Sunday, October 31, 2010

Royal Blog Tour - Game Day 2

Tarheel Stamper - Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween!

I have a quick share for you today.  This was made on My Digital Studio.  I am enjoying exploring what this program can do. 

Stamp Sets used:  All Holidays, Baroque Motifs, Cute Cats, Eat, Drink, & Be Scary.
Colors - Basic Black, Concord Crush, More Mustard, Whisper White.
Basic Black Villa Designer Series Paper

Friday, October 29, 2010

Tarheel Stamper - Cajun Craze Gratitude Card

This is one of the projects we received at the Columbia Regionals. The stamp set is Day of Gratitude available in the Holiday Mini.  This is such a pretty set.  It is nice as a demonstrator to sit down and have everything cut and ready for you.  I didn't have my paper piercer when I made this so I used my perforating blade in my Cutter Kit on the sides of the flower and word stamped pieces.  Gorgeous card I think!
I love the Cajun Craze.  Didn't think I would like it, but it goes so well with Old Olive which is a favorite of mine.  You can click on photos to view them larger.

Happy Stampin',
Tammy aka Tarheel Stamper

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Tarheel Stamper - MDS Christmas Card

Quick share of a My Digital Studio Christmas card I created in a few minutes.  There is an update for the My Digital Studio available.  Remember to check for updates often.  This was made with the Christmas Cocoa Designer Kit.  The ornament stamp is from Wishes and Greetings and the snowflake on the background paper is from Snow Burst.  One thing about My Digital Studio is you have access to retired papers and stamps long after they are gone from the catalog.  I like that I can design projects with it also before committing to paper.  Another idea is using it to make and print your Christmas photo cards.  Printing prices have been reduced in time for Christmas.  You can view the prices here.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Tarheel Stamper Tuesday Tips - Brayer

This is a sneak peek at something I am working on for the Royal Blog Tour!  You don't want to miss this tour.  There are so many talented stampers involved and a lot of blog candy also.  Mark your calendars November 5 - 8, 2010.

I am going to list some ways to use your brayer after this short tutorial.

I rolled the brayer inked with Versamark on the embossing folder on the embossed side, not the debossed side for this project, ran it through the Big Shot, and then added some more brayered ink on it.  I wanted it to look like a frosted window.

Below I used the Versamarker to fill in the area I didn't roll with the brayer.

I think this gift enclosure card turned out cute!

Now for the list of ways to use your brayer!

  1. Stripes:  With brayer on its back, turn roller while holding marker tip on brayer.  Roll brayer across your paper for stripes.
  2. Squiggles/dots:  Same as above, but make wavy lines and/or dots.
  3. Plaids:  Same as with the markers for Stripes except criss cross pattern.
  4. Reverse/mirror image:  Color your stamp, rubber side up and roll the brayer over the image several times, then roll over your paper. 
  5. Kissing:  Brayer over a background stamp then roll over a solid image stamp.  Stamp as desired and you will see the pattern of the background stamp.
  6. Ghosting:  Stamp an image on your card several times in Versamark.  Brayer over your invisible images with regular dye pad and your images start to appear.
  7. Ink up your background stamps with a brayer.  Lay the large stamps upside down.  Ink brayer and roll over stamp several times blending the ink evenly across the stamp.  Great way to ink large stamps and not have streaks.
  8. Brayer over lace or the netting from fruit bags you buy at the grocery store.  This works really well with a foam roller, but you can do it with the rubber one, just press down firmly.
  9. Put several rubber bands around the brayer and ink.  Roll across card stock for an interesting background.  Use string as an alternate to rubber bands.
  10. Ink brayer and using a bouncing motion in a circle pattern on card stock.  You hold one end of the inked brayer on the card stock and then rotate the brayer a short way and pounce down. Makes a cool tie dye look!
  11. Roll over our wonderful Presto Patterns Designer Series Paper. 
These are just a few uses of your brayer and are not my original ideas.  I came across these through my stamping years.  Now go try your brayer and have fun! 

Brayer item# 102395 $12.50

Presto Patterns Specialty Designer Series Paper shown below.
Item# 117175     $11.95

Have a great day!
Tammy aka Tarheel Stamper

Friday, October 22, 2010

Tarheel Stamper - My Swap and More

Here is the card I swapped at SC regionals.  I made two versions of this card using Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive as the bases.  The stamp set is Christmas Classics available in the 2010/11 Idea Book and Catalog. I used Crystal Effects on each of the dots on the ball.  I would have used our rhinestones, but that would have taken too many.  Hope you have a wonderful weekend!  Tammy aka Tarheel Stamper

 Card below made by Sue Oehler.  I love the Rich Razzleberry ornament and embossed background.
Drink pouch holder made by Jean Crocker and Diana Herr.  Such a cute Owl and his googly eyes! 
Love the Pheasant card made by  Jean Irmo.  Cute details of the library clip and punched shapes.
 What a great way to use the Top Note as a sled.  This was made by Sara Willis.  I just love the used of Sizzlits, Top Note, and glass glitter.
 Another view of the sled card. 
 This beautiful snowflake flurry card was made by Esther and Edith Graybill.  Love the color combo!
 Another great use of Stampin' Up!'s exclusive Top Note die!  Love the dry embossing and colors are great together.  Made by Anonymous.
Aren't the swap cards lovely? I love all the ideas!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Tarheel Stamper Tuesday Tips

Actually this tip is not Stampin' related.  My tip for you today is to Live Well, Laugh Often, and Love Much.

This weekend I did just that and my wish is for you to do the same.  Don't let the hectic schedule of your life keep you from enjoying the family, friends, and fun that God has given you.

My family and I attended the Carolina Renaissance Festival this past Saturday.  I decided a few months ago that I would like to dress up in costume.  At first I felt funny, because that is not the normal thing I would do, but life is too short to worry about what others might think.  Go out there and have fun.  I had a great time and can't wait to do it again next year.  Our family was able to attend together and everyone had a blast.  Although no one else in our family could afford or would dress up, I didn't feel out of place at all.  My two "daughters" want to dress up, but finances kept them from doing it this year.  Maybe next year they will be able to.  We all had a blast!  It is great to go out and spend the day with family.  Something I am not able to do often because of the wonderful job God has provided my husband. 

So I will share some photos if you promise not to laugh too much.  Well wait a minute didn't I say my tip is to Live Well, Laugh Often, and Love Much so go ahead and have a good laugh on me. 

Thanks for reading and have a great day!
Tammy aka Tarheel Stamper

 Trying my hand at shooting arrows.  LOL  I kept shooting the target next to mine.
 My sweet brother Bobby.
 Sara and the dragon.  There was a Sci Fi Fantasy contest there that day.  Hope this guy won.  This armor is made from leather!  Cool huh? See the elf in the background?
 My knight in shining armor - Russell
 Tim our youngest.  Shot the door that was left open and the arrow went a weird way. 
 Randy our oldest.  Boy what an intense face he is making.  LOL  Better look the other way son.
Newlyweds Bobby and Hannah acting crazy.  LOL 
 Yep that is my husband and knight Russell with me in front of the jousting arena.
Funny face I made, but I loved this guy's costume.  Awesome.  It reminds me of WOW, an online game I play.  Yes I am a World of Warcraft nerd.  LOL See the dragon I am holding. My knight won me this in the battle of Ninja Stars.  Actually hit the same star on the board three times in a row.
The 3 knights from the jousting tournament.  

Monday, October 18, 2010

Tarheel Stamper - Columbia SC Regionals Card Swaps

I want to share with you some of the swaps I was given in Columbia, SC at the Stampin' Up! regionals. I was afraid I wasn't going to get to swap any.  I was late because I got in a wrong lane and had to turn where I wasn't supposed to.  Anyway I was late finding the parking garage.  I thought I might not have anyone to swap with, but thankfully I did find a lot of people with whom to swap.  So sorry for the delay in getting these posted. 
 by Kathleen Holland - I love these colors.  I haven't used this set and need to use it.  Love the shadowing on the left side of the image.

 Made by anonymous.  Wouldn't these make great place cards on plates?

 made by Deborah C. Greiner - Color Combo is stunning.

made by Shirley B. McKay - I love the use of the hearts with the sentiment. Jolly Holiday DSP is wonderful.

made by Maureen - Love those colors together - Marina Mist, Bashful Blue, and Crumb Cake

made by anonymous - I love how she used the small stamps in the sets in the background paper.  Pretty colors together. 

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Tarheel Stamper - Regionals Photos

These are from sample boards set up for the demonstrators to look at.  I had such a great time and can't wait to finish my projects they gave me.  I never have enough time to finish them.  I will work on those and take photos and show you the swap I made.  Have a great day!
Tammy aka Tarheel Stamper

Click on the photos for a larger view!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Tarheel Stamper - Columbia, SC Regionals Info

 Woohoo!  The stamp set we received at Regionals was Day of Gratitude!  I will share more sample boards and workshop wow presentations in the following days.

Had a great time at regionals. It was held at the Columbia Metropolitan
Convention Center.   It is a very pretty building with artwork around the walls.  I love pottery so I snapped these two photos of some on the wall.  One is a Southern Face Jar (not a favorite of mine) and the other was a story telling vase.

I went outside to snap this photo of the  gorgeous day and the flags flying.  Isn't that the prettiest Carolina blue sky?

I was able to meet a few fellow NC Demo stampers.  They were so sweet and saved me a seat.  Thanks Pat Wilkinson and Karen Culler.  Karen, a fellow NC Demo Yahoo group member, was a workshop wow presenter so I sat next to a celebrity!  LOL  Her cards and technique were awesome.  She invented a camouflage technique which is perfect for me since I have a wonderful hubby and three great sons, and a fantastic brother and on and on.  In other words I need masculine card ideas. 

Following are some photos of Karen Culler during her presentation and one with Shannon West.  They both are such cuties!
Love this photo of Karen Culler talking with her hands! 

The three wonderful Stampin' Up! employees and presenters were Bonnie Thurber, Shannon West, and Brian.  I cannot remember his last name.  This was his first regional.  He did well and they gave him the hardest presentation.  It was on recruiting.
Bonnie Thurber is a hoot!  She is so funny.  This photo caught her thinking about something!

Shannon West is so sweet and a great instructor.  Bonnie and Brian told some funny stories on her.

Brian did such a great job especially since this was his first regional and the only male in the room.  LOL

I haven't posted in a while because we spent a week home in our NC home.  I painted the dining room and kitchen.  I didn't finish.  :-(  I have some trim left to paint, but at least the walls and ceiling are finished.  I had some helpers of the canine and feline kind.  LOL  I noticed that on two of our dogs there was Ontario blue paint on their tails.  Needless to say I was not amused.  LOL 

Sorry for all the photos today.  I wanted to share more, but will restrain myself! 
Happy Stampin',
Tammy aka Tarheel Stamper