Acetate Card Tutorial

For those of you who have been waiting for my Acetate Card Tutorial, I wanted to let you know that it is up over on Splitcoast. I'm still having computer woes or I would post a picture of the finished sample here on my blog. You can see it on Splitcoast though (what a challenge it was getting those pics too). I so miss my regular computer. So much for Norton, as my computer got a virus and some. At this point, we're just hoping that we can retrieve all of our digital pictures of the family. We've been meaning to backup the pictures to a CD, but have been putting it off. The best lessons in life always come from the school of hard knocks, but this lesson is particularly hard.

I'm working on a swap for Jami for the upcoming SU Holiday mini. Jami is always nice to offer to take a picture of the card and e-mail it (in case you forgot to take a picture before sending it on its merry way). At least I know that I'll be able to post a picture of that here eventually. So far I'm really liking it. It uses the new Snow Burst stamp set (I always treat myself to a Snowflake set if I like it) and so far, I'm liking what I've come up with. The hiatus from the computer at least is letting me get in the stamp room a little more. :-)

Anyway, please go check out the tutorial on Splitcoast and upload a card or two. I would love it if you would send me an e-mail with a link to your card. I know I will enjoy seeing what you create!


Out of Commission

I wanted to let everyone know the reason why there hasn't been any blog postings for a little while. My computer at home went caput (I'm at work typing this). We've got the hard drive out for repair, so hopefully I'll be able to post some cards and projects soon. :-)



DTGD A Lighter Shade of Pale

This is the card that I made for JanTink's DTGD challenge over on Splitcoast. Would you believe that I didn't even give this set a second glance when I first went through the catalog? Then I saw a beautiful card by JanTink, and then by Julia S, and then gorgeous creation after gorgeous creation by Jenn Balcer. Oh my pocketbook would be so much more plentiful if it wasn't for them. The layout of this card is largely inspired by one that Jenn Balcer did. Please go check out her blog if you've never heard of her. I promise you won't be dissapointed.

This is a standard sized card with about one inch cut off the right hand side. The colors used are Naturals Ivory (card base), Soft Sky, and Very Vanilla. I stamped the Tres Chic background stamp in Soft Sky on the Very Vanilla. I mounted this to a Soft Sky mat and pierced around the edges. This panel was mounted on the Naturals Ivory base that was stamped with the swirls from Priceless. I also did a little DTP on the Naturals Ivory base and some sponging on the Very Vanilla panel with Soft Sky. I LOVE this new color. Prior to mounting the panel, I also punched the corner with my double rectangle punch and tied some Vanilla Organdy that I dyed with my Soft Sky ink pad.

The main flower image from Fabulous Flowers was stamped with Soft Sky ink on Soft Sky paper four times and cut out. I used Martha Stewart's White Gold glitter (love the vintage patina of this glitter) all around the edges. Each cut out panel is mounted with dimensionals for some pizzaz. Some rhinestones finish off the flower center. I mounted the flower in the lower right corner of the cut off panel. After I had this all assembled, I felt the card still was missing something. That DIRTY something! So what is a girl to do but part with some of her stash? Ahhh...parting is such sweet sorrow. I LOVE how the stick pin looks with the pearls and crystals but now feel I must purchase a whole new "Virgin" Pretties kit to hoard and covet. :-)

Swapping with Jami

I received an invitation from Jami (known for running a tight swap) to join in on her New Catty Swap. Jami has some of the best swappers participate (a LOT of my stamping idols), so I jumped at the chance to join in. The only downside to swapping with some of your stamping idols is the sheer nervousness that follows worrying about whether your work will be up to snuff. is what I made using the new Stamping Up set Haunting Halloween. This is a Surprise Pop-Up slider card that I learned how to make over on Splitcoast. This is a super easy WOW technique that Beate Johns wrote a tutorial on. Give it a try, it really is fun!

I used the new Basic Gray SU cardstock, along with Only Orange, Lovely Lilac, Green Galore, and Shimmery White. I stamped the star background and the steam coming from the Cauldron using Craft Black and then embossed over this with Hologram Highlights embossing powder. Sparkly! I watercolored the cauldron with my watercolor crayons. The little frog has googlie eyes for a little pizzaz. The contents of the Cauldron and the stars in the steam have Martha Stewart glitter. The sides are held together with a bunch of eyelets that I set with my Crop-O-Dile (love this tool)! Here is a view of the Pop-Up. Enjoy and thanks for visiting!

Stamp: Haunting Halloween
Cardstock: Basic Gray, Shimmery White, Only Orange, Lovely Lilac, Green

Ink: Craft Black, Staz-On Black, Lovely Lilac
Accessories: Hologram Highlights EP, Bold Brights II Eyelets, Basic Eyelets, Watercolor
crayons, Google Eyes, Martha Stewart glitter, Round Tab punch.

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