Friday, February 20, 2009

Male Cards

Male cards are so hard to make and I had to come up with one today for Philips soccer coach. As many of you know soccer is big in our house and Philip plays on two teams. His coach has been his coach since he was 5 and as he's 10 next month so that's a while. The two families have become close friends as we all live on the same street although we never knew each other before we signed up for soccer. I wonder if we would be as close friends if it wasn't for soccer. Funny how live could turn out differently.

Anyways Jim has his birthday today and we off to eat Pizza at our favorite pizza joint - mama's

I realised I didn't have a card for him as I find male cards so hard that I didn't have any made ready to go. So this is what I came up with. Its using a technique I'm teaching in March called pierced spotlight. Its fun to do and I think it makes a cool card. I won't teach this card as not everyone is so soccer nuts but something more general which will suit all.

Have a great weekend.


Stamping with Solid Images

When you use acrylic stamps with solid images sometimes you have problems when they are new getting a good image. I've tried many ways to fix this and the one I use most often is stamp clean stamp and clean again. The following blog entry though gives you a good review of some other methods to use.

Notice she recommends the foam mat - ever wondered what that foam was for in CTMH stamps well thats your answer. I though as many of you know keep the large foam mats on hand - plus remember the CTMH self healing mat has foam on the back just for this reason.

Anyways here's the link to the blog -Preparing stamps blog

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Ok - I know shoot me!

I can't believe I haven't had chance to post in so long. Why bother coming to my blog if I don't post often. I really need to get better but life seems to take over so much that I don't get it done.

What have I been working on I hear you ask? Well making a tutu - well to be more exact updating a tutu. This last weekend Eleanor performed her first ballet solo and she needed a tutu to wear. New tutu's start at about $250 so you can see why I preferred to use one that belongs to her dance teacher and just add some extras things. Here's a picture of the finished tutu - I forget to take a picture of the before.

Then here's a picture of her dancing in it!

So you can see why I've been busy now. I have had some time to play with my stamps but haven't made a scrapbook page since we cropped in January. The following card is one I'm teaching this month. I really like how the background piece came out. You use string and masking tape to do it so its even cheap to do. The colors are outdoor denim, indian corn blue and crystal blue - all are shades of the same blue family. The stamps are all CTMH stamps.
I taught the card for the first time last night and everyone had fun doing this. Its a fun cheap technique for making your own backgrounds and could be used on a scrapbook page as well.
Come to class this month if you want to learn how to do it. Check my website for club times and email me if your interested.