Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Covered Spiral Notebook

I am starting a Medical Terminology class for work today. It will help me to become a Certified Professional Coder. To encourage me I decided to make my notebook pretty. I will definitely need this incentive to go to class after work! I am usually not a big fan of orange but I needed another accent color and my background paper already had orange. First I cut a piece of 12x12 paper to fit a spiral notebook. This step would up not being important because when I adhered it (with TONS of adhesive so that it became unpeelable) it got a bit off kilter. I then used my Big Shot to cut out "medical terminology" in baby blue card stock with my Quickutz 2x2 alphabet dies in Moxie. This made the process so much faster because I could put multiple letters in at once. I cut some Stampin' Up! card stock in orange into 1 inch wide strips. I am not sure what the specific shade of orange is because the paper was from some scraps that were genrously given to me. This shade of orange coordinates perfectly with my non-Stampin' Up! paper. I used my Xyron machine to put adhesive on the back of all of those letters. I save the lines under the O's and the I's dots for later. I adhered all the letters to the strips and left a one inch margin on either side of each word. I then used my two way glue pen to adhere the I's dots and O's lines. I knew that my notebook needed something else to be special and I have really been on an owl kick for the past couple of months so I dug out a cute owl from my Hero Arts Sparkle Clear Set called Yoo Hoo. I stamped him with StaZon Jet Black ink so that he would not smudge. I colored him in with colored pencils and used Gamsol to blend him I decided that he wasn't brown enough for me and used a Marvy marker to accentuate him with more brown. I colored the edges of his eyes blue to match the background paper. I then stamped the whole paper with the owl with Versamark ink. I poured clear embossing powder on it and heat embossed it. I only added one layer because I wasn't really going for a full on faux glass technique just an even layer of shine without the curling effect that liquid glue has. I then cut out the owl. It is important to cut out the shape afterwards so that you get an even coat of embossing and have something to hold onto while embossing. I then adhered the strips to my notebook after laying them out and deciding where I wanted the owl. For the final step I adhered the owl. I was not too happy with the amount of black notebook showing around the edges and the background paper overlapping so I decided to take an Exacto knife and trim the edges. This wound up cutting into the notebook cover some and making it uneven. I would recommend using scissors next time.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Maya Road Post-It Note Holder

I went on a major shopping spree this weekend and picked up this cute Maya Road clear stamp set. It is called Build A Tree Singleton Stamp Set and was (obviously) $4.99. I just couldn't pass it up! Scrapbooks from the Heart had a $5 off any $10 purchase so I had to get them... along with a little something for Janna's upcoming birthday. I love how the leaves were designed. Each leaf can be attached to the tree on either side. Having both a bird and an owl give you many options so that you're not digging through your other stamp sets to find something that coordinates. I did not even notice the little heart in the tree until I got the stamp set home. I am thinking about making an engagement card with this set. Wouldn't this tree look cute with shiny silver rings instead of leaves?

I decided that this stamp set would be perfect for a project that I have been thinking about for a while: Post-It Note holders. I saw them on another blog and have been obsessing over them ever since.

I used Stampin' Up! Chocolate Chip dye ink to stamp the tree trunk. I then used Colorbox pigment ink to stamp the leaves. The bird was stamped in blue Colorbox pigment ink. I used my Marvy marker to color the little heart in the tree trunk red. I used my Aqua Painter (a water color brush that is prefilled with water) to paint the leaves with a lighter green Colorbox pigment ink. I used my Stampin' Up! Blender pen and my Colorbox pigment ink to color in the bird. His wing was colored with another Marvy marker. I stamped the pear on a piece of baby blue card stock with the Colorbox pigment ink. It was darker than the Versamark ink and helped my project coordinate with the post it notes. After stamping the pears for the background I stamped a pear onto every Post-It note with Colorbox pigment ink. Thank goodness I didn't get real Post-It notes-those have more pages! I matted my tree image on bright green cardstock and adhered it to my pear background. I slid it into an acryllic picture fram from the Dollar Tree. To complete my project I used The Paper Studio's Double sided Mounting Tape from Hobby Lobby. It is essential that you use some type of heavy-duty adhesive for the Post-It notes otherwise they will eventually fall or peel off. Thanks for looking!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Trendy Trees

I just got Stampin' Up!s Trendy Trees set and I couldn't wait to use it. I knew that it would be perfect with my Top Note die for my Big Shot. I ran a piece of white card stock through with the Top Note die and then trimmed it along the perforation lines. I used an edge distresser to... distress the edges! I used Tim Holtz distress ink in walnut stain with a sponge around the edges. I then stamped the tree tops in Stampin Up! craft ink in Green Galore and Gable Green. The tree trunks were stamped in Stampin' Up! Chocoale Chip dye ink. The sentiment is from Stampin' Up!s A Little Birthday Cheer set and is stamped in Stampin' Up!s Real Red craft ink. I used Making Memories eyelets in brushed steel (or some such name) on each side of the sentiment. My Crop A Dile was being uncooperative and smashed both eyelets. I hate the different settings! Anyway, I cut a strip of red ribbon that I bought in bulk and adhered it in between the White and green Top Note shapes. Next I stamped another tree top from Trendy Trees in Real Red craft ink on Stampin' Up! Chocolate Chip card stock. I put adhesive on the ribbon and the Top Note shapes and adhered them to the card. Finally I trimmed off the excess red ribbon.