Tuesday, May 27, 2008

I'm back!

Wow, I kind of feel like a slug when I don't post something in a few days! I kind of feel like -- "come on girl, get moving-- will ya!" I think I am seriously addicted to my craft room! I put on my favorite CD, turn it up and just rock and stamp. Sometimes its classical, sometimes its kind of a gospel, sometimes it's funk, sometimes its R&B.... I don't discriminate!! :-) But, no matter what the CD fires up, I get this peaceful feeling like it's just me, my stamps and I!

This card was created thanks to Chris and Lesli over at Page Plans! I saw this sketch and thought, Hhhhmmm, I don't think I've ever done a card with a layout quite like that before! So, had to try it!! Click on the link to see their sketch. Here's what I came up with....


I just bought this metallic sheen paper at Hobby Lobby and it is truly luscious! It's actually called the Luxury Stack and DCWV makes it. They are yummy! All I did was cut out a shape with my circles Nestabilities, stamped my Baby stamp (Stampin' Up) and then cut a piece of ivory shimmer paper with my circle scallop punch (SU). The strip to the left is a piece of pink shimmer paper and the other strip is ivory satin ribbon. I attached the scalloped piece to the front of my card with foam tape and then added the adhesive backed pearls in a semi circle.

Now.... to the fun part!! I stamped the "Baby" stamp in Tea Rose Vivid! ink. See how bold it looks? It doesn't match the paper one bit! Well, I had an idea on how to tone it down after reading Sharon Johnson's Blog last week... create some LuminArte Shimmer!


To break it down for you, you need some goodies from Luminarte! If you mix their Simple Solution #2 (three parts) to one part of the Pure Mica Metallic Powder (I used Oyster), it creates this gorgeous shimmer that you can then paint on your paper. I was fully expecting my ink to smear since it was a dye based ink and not permanent - but it didn't! After I painted it on with a foam brush, I hit it with a heat tool and it was dry to the touch in just about a minute. Look at the difference between the two photos!! It's a perfect match to my shimmer paper! This was such a fun technique and super dooper easy to do! The paint is water soluble so it makes for easy clean up! Sharon went more in depth on the process and it is more of a tutorial. Click HERE to read her impressions!! If you'd like to try your hand at this, Flourishes does sell the solution and the Pure Mica powders in a number of colors!!
Well, it's officially summer vacation here at my house - kids home from school and fun to be had! This is when I kick into "cruise director" mode and try to dream up fun things to do. Do you have any fun things you love to do with your kids in the summer? Creative things? Pass them on! Leave me a comment. I am needing some inspiration!

19 comments:

Renee' said...

Very Pretty! All your cards are so original and really cute. I really loved your "bug card" too funny. This one is really classy. Great job! I miss My montana....Live in Kansas now and have no mountains what so ever! ha I grew up in the Ft Benton area and Spent my summers in Glacier park. I have good friends living in Billings and they love it there. Oh how I envy them! Anyways great job and I enjoy your blog! Renee'

Anonymous said...

hehehehe, I liked the slug comment, that was funny. I crave to be in my stamping room right now and I miss it. Love the card, the colors are so pretty. Do you ever let your kids have friends over for a stamping party? I know the young kids around here are having fun getting into it.

Janine said...

Hi Julie... Beautiful card.
Received your ATC's too.
As you know my boys are much older but when they were young every morning we would grab the fishing poles, get some worms, stop at the donut shop for sustenance and then head to our favorite fishing hole.
We would spend at least 4 hours there fishing and wandering and then head home!! They were always pretty tired...

Anonymous said...

Beautiful card! Those pearls and the tag matches beautifully now!

Jennifer Buck said...

How pretty! I love this! The paper and ribbon are so elegant! TFS...hope you had a great weekend! :)

2stampis2b said...

Love the card! My little guy has this week left of school, and then I'll need some activity ideas too! Are getting the heavy, wet snow like us today? Our chokecherries are flat on the ground. I hope it melts soon or we'll be having some power outages!

M. Fosco said...

Happy Blog-aversary! I haven't visited in a few days - we were away for the long weekend/holiday - so I scrolled down a bit to catch up! I love all your cards, but that "bug" was too funny - I'm just gonna have to get the set. We live about 30 miles East of NYC, on Long Island, when my boys were younger and off from school we would take the commuter train in and visit museums, public library, do walking tours of various historic neighborhoods, and run our own photo contest. I'm sure you can do much of the same in your area. Have fun. Marta

Diane said...

Wowzer!! Very lovely Julie!!

Sue at StampnDaly said...

Wow!! I love the color and the background

Anonymous said...

Beautiful card. Almost makes me want another baby just for the card..... ok well maybe not! :)

The card is gorgeous I love the paper and the colors.

sugarnuggets said...

Hi Julie,

Love that card...I've been checking your blog for a couple of weeks and finally have a moment to say hi! Just love your stuff. Occasionally I post cards on my blog but mostly I blog about life.

Blessings! Tetcy

PS I have a link to your site on my page...is that okay?

Melanie said...

awesome "fix! love the pearls you did to accent just one side, I have that stamp set and I love it, will have to try this embellishment trick, TFS!

Cassie said...

This is just gorgeous! Thanks for joining in!

Daniela said...

I am loving this card and what a great technique!

SmilynStef said...

Aren't you clever ... fabulous card for the sketch ... love those pearls.

Penny said...

Hey, clever trick there! The card is so pretty and the pearls are perfect for it!

Sharon (notimetostamp) said...

HOW gorgeous -- ahhhh, and YOU were smart enough to dry it with a heat tool, while I patiently waited -- LOL!!! WHAT was I thinking -- LOL!!!

Deb Neerman said...

Just stunning, Julie!!!

Umm, you ... awww, never mind ...

LaY hOoN said...

This is really beautiful.
Love how you decorate them with pearl.
Enjoy your summer days.