Monday, March 31, 2008
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Here's the actual folder for some of my Eureka! unmounted stamps, as an example. After I stamp each stamp into my image index binders (see previous post) under the image category, I stamp them all on the front of the folder as shown above. Or if it's a full sheet of rubber that came with the images preprinted on an 8 1/2" x 11" piece of paper, I will just adhere that to the front of the folder instead of stamping each image.
Then I apply Scotch double-stick permanant tape to the inside of the folder in the corresponding area to the cover image, and stick the rubber to it. I've moved the pumpkin square so you can see that you definitely don't have to cover the whole area to get the rubber to stick. And my folders lay flat so they don't see a lot of shaking up, or anything that would cause the rubber to become loose.
My mounted stamps I like to keep in categories, but honestly, I store them however I can these days! I have this ugly but efficient tall drawered cabinet that works the best because even tho the stamps are one layer high, the drawers are long, front to back:
I love it because I can stack background stamps four deep and the shelves are far enough apart to easily lift a stamp out without removing the rest.
I have some Hero Arts boxes stacked higher up, and it holds the large boxes perfectly front to back.
Stampin' Up! background stamps just get lined up on a nearby shelf on end, and then stacked on LOL where I can reach them easily.
I don't have so many clear stamps and oddballs that I have to worry about how to store them yet, so they are just kind of stacked in a falling down mess on one shelf, which I'm guessing you'd rather not see LOL My Judi-kins, etc. cubes are stored in a plastic frame tray on a shelf.
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Monday, March 24, 2008
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Click photo for detail
For the background, I did the super quick and easy Frost Background from the TechniqueJunkies February 2005 newsletter. I know this will be one of my favorite new ways to add visual texture to my work! If you click on the photo and check out the lower right corner I think you can see the effect - very subtle but effective - it almost seems like a leather look. The original "recipe" calls for glossy paper but I was looking for a more antique look so I used matte cream cardstock.
I started with the main panel, stamping the woman (Treasure Cay) in Palette Burnt Umber, and coloring in with Stampin' Up! chalks and Q-tips. I edged the panel with Adirondack Raisin straight from the pad. I trimmed around closely, rounding the corners slightly, and mounted onto dark brown cs, then onto green cs.
After doing the background (and I kid you not, start to finish it took less then one minute!) I laid the main panel where I wanted it, drew pencil marks at the corners, and then used a stamp positioner to put the tatting border (Stampin' Up!) in a rectangle as shown using the Burnt Umber ink. I used a small stipple brush to color the open areas in with the same. I used Raisin ink to stamp Autumn Leaves Elegant Flourishes by Rhonna Farrer as shown. I stamped some small script (Penny Black) lightly along the side with Stampin' Up!'s True Thyme.
For the quote panel I stamped Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers tulle in third generation Raisin ink and the quote (Inky Antics) with Burnt Umber. I edged it in raisin from the pad and pop-dotted it over the main panel.
Thanks for looking!
Friday, March 21, 2008
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
BUT, I do have some great tips for you! I had the thrill of going to a used stamp sale on Saturday (love finding images I didn't buy when they came out and have grown to love seeing others using them, and seeing other stampers I don't bump into very often but like very much :o) Also picked up a couple new embellishments at a stamp store on Friday, all of which brought these tips I like to use to mind.
- When you get home with embellishments, put them in a basket on or near your stamping surface so you remember to use the new and trendy while it's current.
- Attach the receipts to the items in case you realize you made a spur-of-the-moment purchase that's going to turn into a oops, shouldn't have thrown that in my cart! LOL
- Go thru the basket about once a month and return/exchange/give away what you know you won't use, and put away the rest into categories amongst your stash.
- Stamp your new stamps into an index and toss into the "hot new items" basket so you remember to play with them.
- If I get a new stamp image that I have an idea of how to use with other stamps I already have, I use a large blank index card and black ink to stamp them out in the vague format while I'm thinking about it.
- If a stamp is a gift, like my cool new Eiffel tower tip-top-view stamp from my stampin' friend Cheri (a recent out-of-state-vacation score :o), I like to jot a note about that in my index.