Sunday, May 24, 2009

Product Spotlight: 1/8" Organdy Ribbon

My friend Michelle is crazy about our 1/8" organdy ribbon. I saw it on a card on her blog the other day and it reminded me of how much I like this ribbon. It's so versatile, and so small that you can thread it through a button!

Monkeys always make me smile! I can stand for hours watching monkeys goofing off in the zoo. I found this stamp in the $1 bin at JoAnn's some time back. It's just been sitting on my desktop looking at me since. I recently purchased the new Basic Grey Lime Rickey paper and to me it just screams, "Use a monkey stamp with me!!"

Supplies used:
  • Basic Grey Lime Rickey 6x6 pack
  • Stampin' Up! Whisper White (sentiment and main image), Only Orange
  • Papertrey White (card base)
  • 1/8" Organdy from Pink Hedgehog Paper Crafts ($5.30 for 41 yards)
  • Foam Tape
  • Nestabilities Labels One
  • Gamsol and Prismacolor pencils

Saturday, May 23, 2009

When Raindrops Meet the Rainbow.....

What happens when our Oregon Raindrops meet the rainbow? Colored raindrops of course!

Editing to add the link to the Raindrop Store as promised!

Shown here in Watermelon, Melon, Sunshine, Kiwi, Sea Blue, and Grape Jelly.....almost good enough to eat!

Watch here for the big announcement, we'll start with 16 colors (hopefully today sometime) and add many more colors over the next two weeks. Check back later today or tomorrow and we'll post a link to the new Rainbow Raindrops page.

My First Attempt at Copics

This past week my friend Michlle (sf9erfan) and I attended a Copic certification class. She is an old hand at using Copic markers, but I am brand new to this medium. The ironic thing is that I sell Copic Markers in my store, but had not yet gotten any for my own use. I colored this image at the Copic class and I loved the way it turned out with perfectly blended colors and fabulous shades of purple. For the life of me, I cannot remember which colors of markers I used, but I sure wish I had written them down.

I wanted to make this card very simple so the main focus would be on the coloring and the girl in the water. I used very few embellishments and went with a monochromatic color scheme to keep things clean looking.

Here's the deets:

Materials used:
  • Basic Grey Wisteria 6x6 paper pack
  • Neenah Classic Crest Solar White (main image)
  • Stampin' Up! Elegant Eggplant CS
  • Papertrey White CS (card base)
  • Stamps: Seaside Sketches from Stampin' Up! and Out on Limb from Papertrey. I used the smaller version of the Out on a Limb sentiments that came with the original set.
  • Copic Markers, I think in the V and BV lines.
  • Eggplant and Iris Organdy from Pink Hedgehog Paper Crafts
  • Tucked in the bottom right corner, I also used some Oregon Raindrops in Amethyst, coming soon to Pink Hedgehog Paper Crafts.....maybe even today!! Keep an eye out!
The Copic training event was packed with information. I absorbed a great deal of knowledge and got inspired to start my own Copic collection at my stamping desk. Thanks to Marianne Walker for her patience with our questions and sharing her vast store of knowledge with us. Kudos to Marianne for making it a super fun day!! You can visit her blog here to learn more than you ever wanted to know about using Copics.

Friday, May 8, 2009

When I think of Spring, I think of birds!

I love to watch birds in the Spring. I have a sliding glass door in my office with a view of the valley. I have lots of different bird feeders hanging from the bottom of the deck, right where I can see them all day. My cats enjoy sitting inside looking at the "birdie buffet" outside the door. I get so much pure joy in watching all of the different kinds and colors of birds as the seasons progress.

I found a great book at all about birds in the Northwest. The best thing about the book is that the edges of the pages are colored and the book is divided into sections according to the main color of the birds. This makes it incredibly easy to look up any bird you spot.

A friend of mine taught a class at our church's Enrichment Night for women. One of my responsibilities is to oversee the planning of these meetings, which we hold once a quarter. We usually have dinner and then we have activities as varied as crafts, service projects, cooking, quilting, seminars, and classes about different topics. My friend taught about gardening. She is an amazing gardener and has really helped us move our efforts in this department along. I wanted to make her a nice gift to say thanks.

This notebook is the result of my efforts. I was thinking while I made it that she could use it as a gardening journal. When she opened it, she said she was going to use it for exactly that purpose!! I used some patterned paper from a big package I picked up at Costco a couple of years ago.

I found the directions on SCS a while ago. One of the VSN projects in January of 2008 was to make a covered Composition notebook. I got the instructions from the VSN post for that particular challenge. These notebooks have been one of my go-to gifts ever since. They are elegant and classy, yet very inexpensive to make, and not really that time consuming either.

I thought I would use one of my favorite sets, Feathered Hope. I just love the softness of this set and the poems and sayings just touch my heart even though I have read them many times. Emily Dickinson just does that to me!

Supplies used:
  • Composition notebook
  • Costco DP
  • Stampin' Up Ruby Red, Certainly Celery, and Very Vanilla cardstock
  • Celery 1/4" grosgrain, olive organdy, and chocolate organdy ribbons from Pink Hedgehog Paper Crafts
  • Stampin' Up! Feathered Hope stamp set
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
  • Prismacolor Pencils and Gamsol