Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Batik Stamps

A couple summers ago on a visit to Seattle we went to Pike's Market (isn't it almost the law that you have to go there and smell flowers, taste honey and eat doughnuts??) I found this batik stamp in an import shop and had to have it - I love that it has a history behind it and the paisley is a favorite of mine also.
Corey had a customer that knew I loved stamping and sent the other batik stamp to me - This one has a handle on the back of it. These stamps are used to make batik cloth by stamping onto cloth with wax (instead of ink) and then dying the cloth. The wax acts as a resist on the cloth and keeps the stamped areas the original color. Pretty cool!

Friday night we had the second Vintage Monogram class - We had a little more room to spread out than on Wednesday. Another Friday night of fun at Serendipity!!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Blissful Papercrafting Kit

Time for more papercrafting goodness with the new Blissful Papercrafting Kit. A simple gift can be so much more when you take a little time with the packaging. Recently I bought some soaps that smelled great but didn't look so great in their original packaging. I rewrapped them with waxed paper and then patterned paper but still something was missing - a custom box.
After measuring the needed dimensions for the box and using the ever handy Scor-Pal I decided that it would be good to cut an opening in the lid so you could see the prettily wrapped soaps. A Long Scallop Rectangle Nestabilities die made that a quick and easy task. The next step was to back the cut opening with clear acetate. Another fun step was scalloping the edges of the box with an edge punch before assembling.
It is hard to hold slippery satin ribbon to tie a tight pretty bow, so a pair of locking hemostat pliers is a great tool to keep on hand! You can buy these online but here's a quick tip - these pliers are used by fly fishermen to tie their lures so if you have a sporting goods store nearby you can probably find them there.
Finished - I really like how the scallops are on the top and the sides of the box. Last step - a pretty tag to finish it off.
I used the new A Muse Monogram Frames Set for the sentiment, sponged the edges a little bit, scalloped the bottom and then finished with a pretty flourish that was cut with my Slice. (TIP - I cut the flourish out then sprayed some adhesive on the back, layered onto my tag and then cut the excess off).
Let's not waste the piece we cut with the Nestabilities die for the lid - it was the perfect size to back one of the scented tags included in the Blissful kit. WOW! This tag smells so good that it makes me want to eat a cookie (okay, fine - I ALWAYS want to eat a cookie!) The new A Muse Dill stamp (2-4163G) added a simple elegant touch to this quick tag.
Simply layer paper (more scallops) and a big Sentiment from A Muse (9-8616C BIG Thanks) on a kraft bag and you have a beautiful gift presentation. This paper is so pretty and timeless that you could make a gift like this ahead of time and save it for when you need a hostess gift or other small thanks.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Monogram Class

Number of students - 12
Number of cards created - 120
Hours spent in class - 2 (give or take a few minutes)
Pieces of cardstock that were cut/stamped/scored/punched - at least 650!!!
WHEW! Now that's what I call a class!!!
By the way - Time when UPS man showed up with new stamps, JustRite Stampers, etc. - 1:24PM!! Figures, huh??

Monday, November 16, 2009

Vintage Monograms

How would you like a boxed set of 10 monogrammed notecards?? My classes this week at Serendipity are featuring the above cards plus a box to store them in - I had a blast designing this set of notecards since it is so different from what I normally do. There are pages from an old book (after my initial reluctance to deface a book I am now looking forward to using all the pages so I can recycle the cover somehow), vintage crocheted lace and some new stamps from Stampington. Plus we'll use some fun tools - JustRite Monogram Stamp Set (with Damask rings), Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher, Bow Easy, Parisian Edge Punch, etc.
Don't ya love the patterned paper at the top of this card? WAIT - it isn't patterned paper at all - it is the clear stamp set - French Dictionary. There is a lot of potential for this stamp set as backgrounds, etc. Looks just like old newsprint.
Wednesday's class is already at capacity (can't believe I can actually type this!!) but there is room in Friday's class - See you then!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Monogram Necklace

Look what I made tonight!! I got a new sweater today and didn't really have a necklace to go with it - I got the idea to make a monogram necklace with my new Slice -
The soldering stuff is from Simply Swank (available at Serendipity - hint, hint) and the beads, etc. are from my stash. The paper is from Basic Grey.
LOOK - it is reversible - I am so obnoxiously proud of this - I've never made a necklace from scratch before! I've made lots of soldered pendants but this is my first monogram one. Don't look too closely at the beading cause I'm definitely a novice at this!!
BTW - By putting the barrel clasp at the top of my pendant I can not only switch out pendants quickly and easily but it is also easy to turn the pendant over without taking off the necklace and turning it around - There may be something that would do the job better in the findings department but it was the only think I could think of with my very limited beading experience.
Don't ya just love trying something new??!! I do!!

Serendipity Bloghop - Blissful Papercrafting Kit

It is time for Serendipity to reveal the new Blissful Papercrafting Kit!! These colors are so soft and pretty! Guess what?? Lots of brown and green!! WHOO HOO! More indulging in my favorite colors - - -
Can you see the shimmery scrolls? That look is courtesy of a Stampington stamp (Wrought Scroll C8473) and Perfect Pearls in Bronze. Kim told me I'd like these but I had no idea how much I'd like them!! So pretty - quick and easy - and the best thing is that a quick spritz of water from your mini mister sets the built-in resins so there is no flaking or smearing.
The ribbon in this kit is so soft and satiny - 3 beautiful colors and the leaf ribbon is so cool!! The sentiment is new from A Muse (9-8614C Thank you for everything).
We don't want the insides of our cards to be plain when it is so pretty on the outside -
The Blissful Papercrafting Kit retails for $25.00. It has lots of other elements that will delight you - You need to hurry though - it will only be available for a short time at Serendipity (of course).
Time to hop over to Roni's blog to see her Design Team creation and the Blissful kit's details -
If you missed the beginning of this bloghop here is a link to Kim's blog -
Have a great weekend!!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Happy Anniversary, Mom and Dad!!

Today is mom and dad's 44th wedding anniversary!! Time flies when you are having fun - look how young they were at their wedding. Dad was ready for the honeymoon (he's got all the cards with money in his pocket)!! ;-)

The card was made with the little bird from SU! (mom is a big time bird lover) and my new Slice - the paper is from Basic Grey and the sentiment is from A Muse.
Yet another green/brown card - when will this madness end??!!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Copic class -

This is one of the cards we will be making this Wednesday in the Copics 101 class - This acorn stamp is one of the newest A Muse stamps and is so fun and easy to color with Copics. BTW - this is the third card in a row that was green and brown - can you tell that they are my favorite colors?!! Part of the reason I love Fall is that I can indulge in all the brown and green I want -
Stamps - A Muse 2-4162D Acorn, 9-8246B Thinking of you hand
Ink - Momento Dye Ink in Tuxedo Black
Paper - A Muse square notecard in Cottage Green Argyle, A Muse Fern, kraft
Accessories - Copic Markers (E13, E33, E57, YG23, YG95), Scallop edge punch