Thursday, December 30, 2010

TJ's Just One December - Texture Plate Smoosh

I am on a roll! I'm in my second month of participating in the Technique Junkies Just One swap. I made this card using the Texture Plate Smoosh technique from the Dec. 2010/Jan. 2011 issue. This is a fun technique. A while ago (read LONG time ago) I had bought a pack of the Sizzix Texturz Texture Plates and sadly never got around to using them. I actually tried to sell them at a yard sale at scrapbooking retreat but there were no takers. I am so glad of that now!!! I have made a bunch of backgrounds using a few of the plates and have to say it is so easy to do!

Here is how I did it:
  1. Trim your white or cream cardstock to desired size. The recommended size in the newsletter was 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" but instead I cut mine to be a little bigger than the size of the plate.
  2. I chose three of the SU ink spots (Real Red, Yoyo Yellow and Only Orange) but any dye ink with work.
  3. Using the lightest color first I completely covered the plate. Then I dotted some Only Orange around the plate, followed by Real Red.
  4. The next step was to spritz the plate with water, the more you spritz the more the ink runs together.
  5. Take the cardstock and place it over the plate, rubbing lightly to absorb the ink. Remove and let dry.
  6. Trim as desired and VoilĂ , a fabulous background!
Sentiment: "Say it with flowers" by Melanie Muenchinger

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Christmas Cards for Shut-ins

My sister teaches Sunday School for the 6th - 8th grade at the church where I got married. To spread some holiday cheer she wanted her class to make Christmas cards for members who are shut-in.

I came up with 3 designs that I thought would be fairly easy to make. None of the kids who would be attending the class had never made cards before. I prepped all the supplies and my sister and I kitted all the cards into packs so it would be easy to keep everything together.

Unfortunately due to bad weather only 5 kids (3 girls and 2 boys) could make it. We were only able to get two of the designs made due to lack of time but a fun time was had by all.

Stamp: Penny Black Starlit
The was the first card that the class made. There was a little problem with the Simple Stick adhering to the background ink so we switched to using a Glue Pad.

My niece helped make some of this card to insure we had enough.

Stamp: Stampin' Up Snow Swirled Set
This was the second card the class made. Since they were now familiar with the techniques this one went very quickly. The only issue was making sure that the Stickles were used correctly. Less is more here when taking into account drying time!

My niece helped make some of these to insure we had enough.

Stamp: Memory Box Poinsettia - Limited Edition.
The class never made it to this card. We just ran out of time. It is amazing how quickly a hour can go by!

To insure we had enough cards for all the members my niece and my sister helped make these with me.