Tuesday, September 20, 2011

SUNFLOWER SERENADE

This fall has been really special for my husband and me. Now do you say my husband and ME, or my husband and I? Once a teacher told me you say it the way it would stand alone right - like you wouldn't say special for I, you would say special for me so in this case it's me. Did that teacher give me a bum steer? Anyway, back to the subject at hand. For the past few years my husband was driving truck, and we didn't get to do much in the fall. This year, he got a new job and he's home again. THANK GOD!!! So we have been driving around a lot on weekends like we have always loved to do in the fall since forever, and just "exploring" as Keith has named it for as far back as I can remember. We have seen several sunflower fields. I have never seen that many sunflowers in one place. I am fascinated by sunflowers....the bright yellow color as well as the fact that there is a stem thick enough to hold them up- they just fascinate me for some reason and they are one of my favorite flowers ever. And fall, it's my favorite season too. Just the leaves, the crisp, cool air, a warm sweater (before my hot flash days) and maybe some hot steaming apple cider. We got married in the fall, had two of our kids in the fall, we just love fall!! FALL rocks! And sunflowers, well how can you look at one and doubt that there is a great big God who created them?? Somehow in fall, you get that cozy feeling that all will be right with the world. Until next time, Karen

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

VINTAGE BLOUSE TUTORIAL

Hey, how cool is it that the Paper and Pixel's online magazine decided to feature little old ME in their magazine this month??? Pretty Cool I tell ya!!! And how cool is it that that gave me the kick in the rear that I needed to do a THIRD tutorial.....I am getting to be quite the pro at this tutorial stuff, Doh, I take that back, pride cometh before the fall, and heaven knows this is the longest tutorial ever....and I am pressing my luck to get cocky at the beginning - I better wait till I'm finished before I start patting myself on the back, aka, tooting my own horn. Let me get thru this first and actually publish it, and then I may have to celebrate. If I don't wipe out any pictures, I will be so proud of myself! Here we go.....as you can see, this will be a kind of complicated card that you might choose to make once, and then you will say, never, ever, ever, ever again.....because it's not exactly a quick card! I just happened to be wearing a vintagey blouse to church one Sunday and when I should have been paying attention to the sermon, it hit me that making a card like it would be the perfect project for being featured in a magazine and all....gee I think the sermon was on pride......okay, anyway - here I go with the tutorial, say a prayer for me.......here comes steppo uno................................
The first thing you want to do here, is to score a 1/2 piece of 8,1/2x 11 cardstock lengthwise at 6" to make your card front 6"x 4, 1/4. You will need to add a small extension to the back of your card after you finish the front to make the length of the back long enough to match the front. Can I just say that I made this card BEFORE SU came out with their great new scoring tool, or I would not have had to use this lame thing pictured here. Their new scoring tool ROCKS my friends!! But this worked too, when it was all I had. On to the next step....


Using the Established Elegance SU stamp set, stamp the small flower using black Stazon ink in rows up the blouse front. I do this by first stamping one row off the edge of each side. then I stamp one in the middle that will eventually be covered by the button panel, but it just helps me to then eyeball the middle of each side and stamp another row of flowers, so in the end you have 5 rows, the middle one which you will cover up with the button panel, so don't waste your precious time coloring it, you are already going to spend at least 10 hours making this puppy so spare yourself coloring that middle panel and get moving!! You don't have all night!! Moving right along.....




From that same stamp set, use the swirl stamp and stamp some crumb cake swirls in the middle of each row of flowers. On to the next step - you are doing fantastic, you only have about 50 more steps to go!! Start thinking of someone REALLY special to give your card to, come on, you cannot go thru this much trouble for just ANYONE!! Next picture please.....







Color your flowers using the Marker Layering technique shown a few entries down on my blog...it's one of the other two tutorials I have ever done in my entire life....but it was only a couple of weeks ago, or maybe a month, so I am improving on tutorial frequency. This is a pretty rocking tutorial if I do say so myself, and I've gotten tons of positive feedback on it from all kinds of stampers.....DOH, I need to keep that bragging in check.....what with pride coming before the fall.....and I am not even 1/2 done with this tutorial so I can't get cocky YET......anyway, if you feel like your coloring is all one dimensional and kindergartenerish, you may want to give my tutorial a try....marker layering is an awesome technique.....and get coloring because this dang blouse has a ton of weeny flowers and it could take all night, and remember, leave the one row in the middle blank, no coloring.....get moving if you want to finish this BEFORE your mother's next birthday!!

Oh geez I just about had a heart attack cuz this picture got moved way down and I thot I deleted my whole rest of the tutorial but PHEW! Here it is, next step....OH, first the colors I used to color - SU watercolor markers, for flowers, Bashful Blue, Baja Breeze and Marina Mist - for leaves, Pear Pizazz and Lucky Limeaid. I then highlighted each flower with white gel pen. Now this pic to your left now- the button panel - Cut strips of crumb cake cs, 1/2" by 5,1/2" and 1,1/2 " x 5,1/2". Run them thru the Big Shot with the Square Lattice folder. Move on down to the next picture, you are GETTING THERE....hang in, it won't be much longer now.....do you need to take nourishment? Have you been working for several hours now?????



I cut a piece of Marina Mist cs for layering between the crumb cake strips for my button panel. The measurements for the Marina Mist piece are 1,1/8 x 5,1/2. Come on, you are probably at least half way there, keep on keepin' on..........

On the top strip of crumb cake for your button panel, turn it over to the back side after running it thru the Big Shot and place two strips the whole length of sticky strip. Do not use any other adhesive as it will not hold. Sticky strip will hold your kid to a wall, so it's good for this type of heavy duty hold power. Besides, this is your button panel and we don't want anyone popping their buttons, though I might pop mine if I make it all the way thru this tutorial!! Move on down to the next picture please, you are so done with this one!




Remove the sticky strip one side at a time and take vanilla seam binding and pleat it all the way down the length of your card for the appearance of a pretty ruffle on your vintage blouse. Again, only sticky strip will hold these pleats for the long haul.



I layered my strips as shown in this picture to form my button panel, leaving enough at the bottom to fold under and make a nice edge at the bottom. I took 4 buttons and threaded SU's narrow organdy ribbon thru them to look like thread, well actually to look like skinny ribbon, cuz it does not look like thread. WHATever....I then attached my buttons with glue dots, several on each button. Looking purdy....huh? DOH, no pride till this is DONE!!

Using crumb cake cs, and the TOP NOTE die from SU, I ran one through the Big Shot. How did we live before the Big Shot? How did we stamp before the Big Shot? Remember those annoying metal plates and dry embossing pen thingeys, and you would want to scream just dry embossing a flower or two? Oh Mr. Big Shot, I surely do love YOU!! Anyway, run one thru. Then adhere it to a piece of Marina Mist cs, and cut carefully around your Top Note form to make a border as shown in the picture. Now FOLD your Top Note piece in half the long way and adhere it with our faithful sticky strip to the top of your blouse. I'm not gonna say it's lookin' good, (but it is) I think I AM Jan Tink, that's what I think!! I like her style! ;) Moving right along.....

Okay, I know you are exhausted at this point but you are almost there. Take the tiny tag punch from SU, and the Tiny Tag Stamp set, (2 of my favs which I keep right near me at all times) and make a little tag that says, Friends, unless of course you ARE making this for your mom cuz she's the only one on earth you feel is WORTHY of how long it took you to MAKE this card...and in that case you can use LOVE, or 4YOU, or one of those other stamps in that set....Place a pearl bling at the tip of your tag and adhere it to your blouse. Make yourself a huge honkin' bow from the vanilla seam binding for the top of your blouse. I used three pieces of seam binding and tied them together in a bow. A bow can never be too big, just remember that. Okay, you are on the HOME STRETCH now, one more push here and you are DONE!!

Finish off the inside of your card by extending the back bottom piece and covering the turned under edge of the button panel. Again I used sticky strip. You can never use too much sticky strip. This card will last longer then the blouse I was wearing that Sunday cuz it has so much sticky strip on it....(that is that Sunday that I designed this card) when I should have been listening to the sermon on pride!! Because now that I am just about done............

I can feel the cocky attitude coming back because after all, this is a pretty rockin' little card, don't you think? And it came out of my own little head, with no help from anyone. And come to think of it, I have also completed my THIRD tutorial here....all by lonesome......can I just be obnoxious and tell you how proud this computer challenged 50+ person feels right now!! ??? I got all the way thru this, and I hope YOU did TOO! I hope you made yourself a sweet vintage blouse, and I hope you have energy for the rest of your day, too!! I know this isn't one you will be using for a swap card or anything, (unless you really don't like yourself) but I hope you make one for someone really special, as for me, I decided to make this for someone really special.....and that someone, is ME!! Happy stamping y'all, until next time......keep on stampin' and don't stampdream in church, yes, that's the moral to this story!!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

BRAND NEW Ribbons and Bows.....OH MY!!!




Wow!! The challenge this week was to use brandie new ribbon and use it to make ribbons and bows in a way we do not usually use ribbon! Well I am the big fat honkin' bow QUEEN!! So thankfully, my DDIL Jenna paid attention to the recent ribbon rose tutorial on SCS and she taught us how to make these adorable roses at our last downline meeting. She made a card that had this same basic layout but different colors, one larger rose, and no bow at the top. Now, you know me, I had to add the big fat honkin' bow at the top!! After all, this challenge is all about ribbons and bows!! Is it not???? I used the brand new velvet stitched ribbon and the brand new cherry cobbler quilted satin ribbon too! Maybe I will do a tutorial on my blog in the future to show how easy peasy it is to make these adorable roses!! I had to tear myself away from my big gigantic project right now, which is swapping our master bedroom for my stamp studio! How about a husband who is not only willing but completely helps this to happen?? I love that man! Even if it WAS mostly so I would stop begging for the 2 car garage!! BWAHAHAHA.... Happy Tuesday everyone!! Happy Stamping!!! Soon I will be stamping instead of just swapping rooms!! YAY!!! Until next time.........