Thursday, May 12, 2011

Lots of Roses!

One of my customers requested specific colors and roses for this month's scrapbook page, so I always try to please.  As soon as she requested it, the ideas started flowing in my little brain.  I originally was thinking of using paper flowers, dyeing them & layering them, but too many people signed up for my classes, and I'd litterally have gone through hundreds!  And, after all, this class is to teach you scrapbooking with rubber stamps, so of course, I used the retired set, Roses in Winter.

I had 4 ladies here for yesterday morning's class, and they were all beginners, soooooo, almost 5 hours later, they finally finished!  lol  I worked on this spread over the weekend doing a little here & there, but I don't think it should've taken that long!  lol  We'll see if it goes any faster for my evening group.  We were supposed to have the class this past Monday, but a couple couldn't make it, so I re-scheduled the class for next Tuesday (there's still room if you want to join us).

Here's a closer look at the pages:

Here's the left side page, and below, the right:

We used lots of different techniques on these pages that are hard to see in these pics.  For example, we used Versamark ink in a cartridge and rolled the Rough Texture jumbo wheel over the Crumb Cake base pages.  We also stamped a base layer of about 20-25 roses directly on the Whisper White cardstock.  Then, we stamped an additional 15 roses and 20 leaves on more Whisper White and cut them out.  We popped them up with Dimensionals and layered them all over the stamped base of roses.  The rose colors are So Saffron, Regal Rose, Rose Red, and the leaves are Garden Green.

We used the Top Note Bigz Die for the journaling block and trimmed off the outer edge on the Crumb Cake so we could layer it on some Regal Rose.  I stamped some roses off the edges, but I might just make a couple more roses and cut them out and pop them up on the journaling tag.

We also used the Scallop Edge punch along the bottom, and punched strips of Regal Rose with the Dotted Ribbon punch, which we then stitched 'X's in them with white embroidery floss and layered them above the scalloped edge.

And, finally, for the title, we used the Headline Alphabet with Regal Rose Craft ink and Whimsical Upper Alphabet with Rose Red Craft ink, which was then outlined with White Gel Pen.

These ladies were so cute ... they were saying "but my daughter doesn't have curls," or "I have no pictures of girls with curls."  lol  As I said, they're beginners.  So, I suggested Spring themed titles, or Mother's Day, etc.  Since it's Spring now, I told them they could always take their kids to the park and take some pics and make the title "Spring Fun," or "Spring has Sprung!"  So, one lady opted for the latter, one did "My Beautiful Girls," one did "Easter 2011", and the 4th lady had to leave, so she's going to finish her pages at her next class.

Can't wait to see what my evening class comes up with!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Ooops! I forgot!

As I was designing the scrapbook spread for my next class, I realized that I never posted the cards from last week's Technique class.  Ooops!

This first card was soooo very simple!  We used a product called Flower Soft on the tops of the flowers.  I chose to use this product because a couple of weeks ago, some of my students & I went to the Heirloom Stamp Festival in Allentown, PA.  One of the make 'n takes was with Flower Soft, and it was so much fun to use!  I mentioned that I had some of this, and the girls wanted to use it on a card, so what's my motto?  You ask for it, you get it!  The cardstock was Perfect Plum & Whisper White; Herb Expressions stamp set; Framed Tulips embossing folder; Perfect Plum ink and an Old Olive 1/4" grosgrain ribbon bow.  Simple!

This next card was watercolored because another student stated that she wanted to try watercoloring.  We used watercolor paper, Cajun Craze & Early Espresso cardstock; Black StazOn ink and the following watercolor crayon colors:  Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, Crumb Cake, Basic Gray, Always Artichoke, More Mustard & Pumpkin Pie.  We also used a buckle from the retired Hodgepodge Hardware in Aged Copper on some 1/4" Twill Tape.  The embossing folder was one of Tim Holtz's Alterations called Woodgrain.

And, finally, this last card had lots of techniques:  3-step stamping, stamping off, Color Spritzer, Distressing, and our Pearl Jewels.  I used our retired notecard & envelopes, but you can still get them ... they're just a little bigger than these.  We stamped using the retired Roses in Winter set (love, love, LOVE this set!  I just used it on this month's scrapbook spread!), with Regal Rose, Old Olive, Marina Mist & Basic Black inks.  We used the Chocolate Chip marker in the Color Spritzer tool, and the Tea Stain inkpad from our Distressing Kit.