Thursday, June 23, 2011

"May I see your ticket, please?"

I bought the Tim Holtz (Sizzlit) ticket die awhile ago. I had ticket stamps, and thought they looked about the same size. I finally got around to using them. They're not quite the perfect match I had thought. Of course, my stamps are made by Inkadinkadoo and aren't made specifically to go with the die, or vice versa, but a gal can always hope.

The top row are the tickets just stamped and cut out. The basic ticket is blank inside the design, so you can stamp words or images within the ticket. The top tickets were stamped with Halloween phrases because they were going to be used on a layout of my grandson dressed as Superman (which is why they are red and blue instead of orange and black). I stamped them, then cut them out with scissors. What you see is the actual complete stamped ticket. I cut them out with scissors, but used my Crop-o-dile to punch the corners. Cutting out the little round notch at the corner looks really bad if you try to cut it with scissors. I have really good scissor skills, but I couldn't do that little round notch with scissors to save me. These were a later attempt, with the round notch cut out done with the Crop-o-dile.

The bottom row are the same stamp, but stamped AFTER I had wiped off the outside line using a baby wipe. I stamped that onto the ticket die-cuts. If you don't clean it off, it ends up looking like you did a really bad scissor job cutting it out, because the lines don't quite match up with the die-cut. Trust me on this one. Yes, it's an extra step wiping the line off using the baby wipe, and huffing on the stamp to re-moisten just before stamping, but it gives the best look. Personally, I like it better with the outline (the top row of tickets) than cutting out with the die & making the stamp match.

I may have to break down and buy the Tim Holtz ticket stamp, assuming I can find it.

I do like the ticket stamps I have. I just want to also have the option of using the ticket die, too.

The insides of the Halloween tickets were stamped with an Impression Obsession stamp set.
The insides of the 4th of July tickets were stamped with a Studio G set.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Another Blast from the Past: Paper Dolls

I haven't gotten any more recent layouts scanned, but I still have a few oldies that were scanned years ago. Paper dolls were one of the trends years ago. The Trek Or Treat dolls were made with the Jill's Paper Dolls templates, although the Star Trek outfits and logo were my own creation. Unfortunately, because the emblem used for the "O" in "OR" was made of a metallic paper, it didn't scan very well and is hard to see in the scan.

My favorite paper dolls, though, were the ones that were stamped. Debbie's Dolls stamp sets were my favorite of the paper doll stamps. There were so many cute combinations of clothes and hair. Although I don't show it here, I also sometimes used a child stamp and just stamped it onto different colors of cardstock, cut out the different pieces and layered them like paper piecing for a paper doll look. I always was a sucker for stamps, but as I've mentioned before, I was a stamper before I was a scrapbooker.

Paper dolls are definitely a thing of the past now, but for a big grownup girl who was once a paper doll loving little girl, they were lots of fun to make.

I kept all my old scissors and paper doll tools for my grandkids to play with when they come to visit. Yes, those Star Trek kids in the top layout are all grown up now.