Saturday, March 29, 2008

April TJNL is Out!

My April 08 issue of The Technique Junkie Newsletter arrived in my mail today! It is gorgeous and so inspiring. Thanks to a fever of 103, I actually had time to play today. Well not my fever, my thirteen year old's. I was supposed to accompany her to our History Day Competition but this is her second day of running a high fever so I ordered her back to bed. Hopefully she will be well enough to take her Confirmation exam tomorrow and attend her cousin's Baptism. What a weekend to get sick, and she worked so hard on her History Project too. As they say in Italian, "Peccato" (It's a shame)

So back to the newsletter. It is brimming with techniques I am itching to try. My prediction is that this one, called "Waxy Cuttlebug" is going to be a big hit. We all LOVE our Cuttlebugs, don't we? And here is another cool use for all those embossing folders we've been collecting :-)

The card is for my Niece who will be baptised tomorrow. I'm sure my Brother and SIL are way too busy to see my blog before they see the card-lol

The spectrum is ColorBox Atlantis, Flowers are colored with SU, Regal Rose and Handsome Hunter. The stamp is unmounted and I lost track of it but I think it's DRS.
It is mounted on black CS from Michael's and SU Regal Rose. And the ribbon, yep you might have guessed it- that big box from Costco again. Oh and the name is done with rub-ons from Melissa Frances.

Ok full disclosure here, some of you already know, I see Pat a few days every week, as she is my scrapping buddy and I help with the newsletter. Nonetheless it was still great fun to receive it in the mail today.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Another Technostamper Challenge Card and a Free Download!

This is my favorite Technostamper sketch yet. I don't know why but the arrow really got me energized. Maybe it was because I immediately saw how cool it would be with the Good Times paper collection from Close to my Heart. Or perhaps I was thrilled by the idea of using a photoshop text template for the arrow. In any case when I was done I couldn't stop staring at it. Okay so I'm being a little vain here, but I just love this card. LOL

I created the arrow in much the same way as I created the shaped text I discussed in a previous post. As I said before if you use Elements you are in the funny position of being able to import and edit text templates but not create them. So again I offer my arrow to you for free! Click here to go to the download page. Send me a link to your artwork, I'd love to see what you do with it.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Playing With New Toys

Where does inspiration come from? If you are me the answer is anywhere and everywhere. For today’s card it was a combination of my weekly trip to Stop & Shop and my desire to play with some of my new toys.

Yes those Cuttlebug folders and dies were beckoning, as were the new markers, papers and scallop punch from Stampin Up! And then all the Easter displays in the grocery store got me thinking, I just must do something with a bright Spring palette.

I think I still have something to learn about coloring embossed die cuts with markers but overall I’m happy with this card.

I used the Bold Brights SU palette; sorry I don’t know all those color names for the papers. The Cuttlebug toys are Happy Birthday embossing folder and Disney Take the Cake Cut & Emboss. The sentiment is SU Birthday Whimsy.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Sketch Challenge and a Hybrid Card

It's been over a week since I've posted. Needless to say I've been busy. But it is a happy busy. I was in Mystic, CT with my business two weekends ago and I am still working on fulfilling orders. If any of my Mystic customers are reading, thanks for a very successful weekend! And don't forget you can still place orders with me via email or with my online order form. (See the link to my website in the left hand column)

I am also very happy because I just signed up with Close to My Heart as a demonstrator! I've been thinking about this for a very long time. I love their products and I haven't been buying them for some time now because I've been waiting until I became a demonstrator-duh. So I finally took the plunge. My starter kit is due to arrive Wednesday. I await it eagerly.

Now don't tell CTMH, but just before I left for Mystic I received a big box from Stampin' Up. I got all the SAB sets. (Never mind CTMH, don't tell my husband...shhh) It's been so difficult staring at that box and not finding the time to play with the toys inside. Well, yesterday I got them all mounted and today when I got home from work I dropped everything and sat down to play. Yeah! Finally!

So this idea has been stirring around in my head all the while that I've been waiting to get to those stamps. It went like this, "hmmm lots of talk about hybrid scrapbooking going on. Why not hybrid card making?" So the first thing I did was sit down at the computer. I began browsing my photos for inspiration. I found this photo that my daughter took in France last summer. (I let her go without me, darn!) So I opened it in Photoshop, cropped it and removed the people on the path. Then I used another recent purchase of mine - a set of 300 dpi watercolor images from Wetzel & Co. I used two watercolors to alter the photo. One as a color filter and the other to add texture. I layered the color image on top of the photo, set the blend mode to Hue and the opacity to 50%. Next I added the texture layer. I converted it to B&W, used a levels adjustment to increase the contrast, set the blend mode to overlay and adjusted the opacity down to 85%. These are the three original images I used:

Here is the image when I was done editing:

Now it was time to get my hands dirty, literally! I'd been itching to give the Reinker Splash Technique from the Feb issue of Technique Junkies Newsletter a try. Well I think it was a little over my head because I made a mess and played around alot before I got the piece I chose to use for the strip down the side and the sentiment oval. I used alcohol inks - a first for me! The background is stamped with En Francais by SU and the sentiment is from the SAB set Merci.

Oh and I should not forget to mention the layout is Technostamper's Monday Lunchtime sketch Challenge #8 - are we up to 8? I missed last week so I've lost count.

So a new TJ technique, MJ's sketch challenge, Photoshop, and two of my new stamps. So how many birds did I kill with that stone? Happy, Happy Me!