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My name is Kathy Kamradt. I have been a Stampin' Up! demonstrator since 2006. I love to stamp and I love teaching others this fun craft through my classes and workshops. I live in northeast Florida, am married to a wonderful man, have two terriffic children and 5 beautiful grandchildren...4 boys and 1 girl. Life is good! I hope you enjoy my blog. Please feel free to comment. Also, you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
It's fun to take inspiration from unlikely places...a magazine ad, the fabric design on a favorite dress, etc. I found my inspiration for my card from a rug in the Home Decorators Collection catalog. I used the direct to paper technique using Mellow Moss as my base and then randomly hitting it with Old Olive, Whisper White and Garden Green ink pads. Over that I stamped the swirls from Season of Joy in Whisper White, Always Artichoke and gold.
Not sure how to find inspiration for your cards? Go to splitcoaststampers.com and try the Inspiration Challenge posted there. You'll find it really stretches your creativity.
Friday, July 22, 2011
Today's class was a lesson in the beautiful uses of shimmer paint. Unfortunately, the shimmer on these cards does not sparkle through the scanning process. These cards are MUCH prettier in person.
The Noel cards both used the same technique. First I inked the stamp with Classic Ink and then patted on shimmer paint with a sponge and then stamped the paper. This made a nice shimmery color.
The Happy Holidays card was made by mixing a couple of drops of shimmer paint with a drop of Old Olive re-inker, then painting in the trees. I followed this with Stickles on the stars and ornaments in gold, red, and green. For the snow at the base of the trees I used some Puffy 3-D Glue.
On the Seasons Greetings card, using the Top Note Die I die cut a piece of window sheet, then taped it over a piece of water color paper using Dotto removable tape. I put this in my spray box and sprayed it with a mixture of 1 ounce of alcohol, a few drops of shimmer paint and a couple of drops of re-inker. (You can find small travel size spray bottles at the drug store.) Carefully remove the window sheet as it will be wet and drippy. Let the sprayed piece dry, which doesn't take long because of the alcohol. The trees were painted with silver shimmer paint then stamped into the sprayed area. This card has wonderful shimmer to it, but did not photograph very well.
It may be hot outside, but for a little while we felt cool as we stamped these holiday cards. Of course, the air conditioning helped too.: )
Sunday, July 3, 2011
Gosh, I can't believe it's been over 4 months since my last post. Throughout much of the Spring I was remodeling my craft room. It took a bit longer than planned due to various issues with supplies and furniture, but that's a story for another day. I am so pleased with my new "Craft Cave" and find it so much more efficient than before. The work table is in the middle of the room and offers cubbies on two sides for my stuff. Another favorite is the hanging wall shelf for my stamp pads,reinkers, ribbons and embellishments. More cubbies along the walls and a repainted cabinet finish off the room. I kept my computer desk and just moved it across the room so I don't get light reflection from the window. I found some fabric at JoAnn's to make a cornice over the window, which set the theme for the room.
I'm planning to organize and transfer to disks the pictures of my craft projects, so in the process I'll try to get some posted here as well. In the meantime...
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