Sunday, January 31, 2010

February Stamp of the Month - Piece of Cake - Blog Hop

It is time once again for our Close To My Heart stamp of the month blog hop -- this is a round robin hop, so if you are starting here, keep hopping until you are back here and you will have seen them all. Laurie is the next blogger on the hop BUT -- WAIT -- check out my creations and please take a moment and leave me a note letting me know what you thought.

I love February's stamp of the month, Piece of Cake (D1407). Cakes, cakes, cakes, and more cakes -- tiers, cupcakes, flowers, candles and so much more. Here are a few of my creations using this great stamp set AND YOU CAN GET IT FOR FREE (ask me how).
Years ago, before I became a stamp addict, I saw this great technique for creating depth using paper piecing. The initial technique used a wedding cake stamp. When I saw the Piece of Cake stamp set, I knew it would be the perfect stamp set for creating depth. Here is my version of this great paper piecing technique.

Using jet black StazOn (Z888), I stamped the cake image on the project piece first and then 3 more times on a scrap piece of cardstock of the same color as the project piece. Using markers, I colored in all of the 4 stamped images exactly the same.

Using the stamped images on the scrap piece of cardstock, I cut out the cake platter and two of the layers of the first image and using foam tape I adhered this cutout atop the image stamped on the project piece. Next I cut the cake platter and the first cake layer from the next stamped image on the scrap piece of cardstock and again using foam tape, I adhered this cutout image atop the first and second image on the project piece. And then I cut the cake platter and adhered it to the stamped image on the project piece. It was so easy and looks so cool!

Looking for something outside the box, I made a comment to Kelly, one of my friends and team members, during a recent team training. I was holding the stamp set and Kelly said 'hey that cake platter looks like a chandelier' -- light bulb moment.

Thanks, Kelly, this turned out so cute -- I stamped the image on a piece of You Rock B&T (pattern paper) and using an Outdoor Denim marker, I colored in the flowers.
I added the rays of light using the You Rock workshop on the go exclusive stamp set (ask me how you can get your kit). To give it that homey look, I used Welcome Home (D1370) to add a sofa and end table.

Don't you just love how versatile our stamps sets are.

Next, I created another little paper pieced platter of cupcakes. Simple stamping in Outdoor Denim creates a beautiful masculine card -- a good card for that special someone in your life.

And last, a quick and easy card with a little bling -- bitty sparkles create a great shiny candle -- they are so blingy and fun to work with.
Make Piece of Cake (D1407) one of your staples in your stamp collection!!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Where Did the Month Go?

I cannot believe January is already over and I only posted once -- well, I have a replacement computer and am up and running again.

Please let me share the newest Art and Soul webisode = it is all about chipboard, one of my favorite embellishments.

Here are my hearts and stars covered in Sunflower and Chocolate cardstock == the hollyhock linen album is the perfect backdrop for the cover of a pink Disney album.

The letters for cousins are inked in black - very simple to do with a sponge or dauber and a little ink.

Add texture and depth by stamping a design, dots, flowers, or flourishes.

So many ideas and so little time. Enjoy letting your creativity flow!

Friday, January 8, 2010

New Year Scrap Room Organizing Tip

And a funny story -- -- before Christmas I saw these cute 'what I thought were Christmas ribbon holders' in the sporting goods section at a local department store (which starts with a 'W'). I told my Mom, I think they have these in the wrong place but I will wait til after Christmas before I buy one cause they should be half price at the after Christmas sales.

Well, I kinda forgot all about them until last Tuesday on a shopping trip with my Mom, I remembered the cute little 'Christmas ribbon holder' and went to the sporting goods section and there they were but not on sale, so I picked one up and read the label and realized it is in the right place cause it is a fishing line spool holder -- DUH!! If you have not figured it out, I am not a sportsy type person.

Well, I figured if you pop out the small plastic piece found in the six openings (shown with this piece already removed), it is perfect for bulk sized ribbon spools. And I purchased this little ribbon organizer for under $7! I think that is a great bargain -- I wonder 'when do they have their after-fishing sales?'

My tip today -- think outside the box (remember to read the label) and get your scraproom organized.