Saturday, March 4, 2017

All Occasions Card Class

Happy Saturday, Stampers and Scrappers!

Yep! I'm once again posting to my long neglected blog.  AND, I have some cute cards to share with you from my recent All Occasions card buffet class.  Here is the lineup:


This first card features the Drapery Fold technique, and the card design is one I saw on Lyssa's blog and loved.  To learn the dimensions for scoring your designer paper, see this link.  We used the Regals Paper stack for the DSP on these.



This cute card features a free Sale-a-bration stamp set called "Tasty Trucks".  It is the cutest set that you can add cupcakes, ice cream, or tacos to, to make it a custom truck -- with adorable sayings to go with.  We used the new water color pencils and blender pens to color in the truck.



I called this card "Washi Tape Madness".  I have collected way too much washi tape over the years, and am determined not to buy any more until I have used some of my collection up! Ha ha!  For this card, we simply took a Whisper white panel and added our strips of washi tape, and then die cut the circle with the layering circle framelits.  That cute little scalloped border at the bottom, is made using the top edge of the best badge punch.



This card was inspired by a card SU posted with the new Glitter paper selection that was added to the Sale-a-bration freebies.  I didn't have any of that yet, so I used the Blushing Bride Glitter paper.  This card features the Stylish Stems thinlet dies.  I die cut the two flowers out of my white front panel, and then put two squares of the glitter paper behind the die cut outs.  Those little leaves are from the same die set -- I lined up all four leaf designs on my Big Shot plate and ran them through.  Some Blushing Bride sequins and retired ribbon that I had added that final pretty touch.

The Paisleys and Posies stamp set carried over from the Holiday catalog last year, and I hadn't had a chance to play with it much.  This is a super simple card using just the stamps, but the coordinating dies are also beautiful! Colors used here are: Blackberry Bliss (retired), Mint Macaron, and Sweet Sugarplum.


This "High Tide" stamp set from the Occasions catalog, is one of my favorite new sets.  You can stamp it simply, or go all out with this set.  Colors used: Smokey Slate, Dapper Denim, Whisper White, Old Olive, Crumb Cake, and Memento Black.

This Heartfelt Sympathy stamp set had not seen ink even once, so I had to use this set!  I had some retired Baked Brown sugar card stock, which I used for the base, and combined it with Soft Suede and Very Vanilla.  The swirls are stamped with the Falling Flowers stamp set -- another set I haven't used enough.  That gorgeous little embellishment on the front, is from the Occasions catalog -- Falling in Love embellshments.  I LOVE these!  They are so elegant, and add that perfect touch to this card!


This Mickey and Minnie idea, is from Pinterest, so can't take ANY credit for this design.  I thought it showed a brilliant way to use the swirly scribbles thinlet dies.  We used the bow builder punch for the bow.


The "Beautiful You" stamp set caught my eye the first time I looked at the Occasions Catalog.  It has so many lovely sentiments in addition to the pretty lady.  We used gold and clear wink of stella to color in her dress and hat.  The lacy look, is another die set I love! -- the So Detailed thinlet dies.  It cuts so easily, even though it is so intricate.  LOVE that! Colors used: Basic Black, Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla.

Last, but not least, this thank you card features two free Sale-a-bration stamp sets -- Delicate Details, for the lacy border on the bottom, and the So Very Much set that has that gorgeous thank you sentiment.  We stamped the Delicate details border in Early Espresso, and then stamped the Thank You in versa mark, and embossed it with copper embossing powder.  It looks so elegant in real life, and yet not hard to create.

Ok! that's it for today!  Sabina and I are having a "girls' weekend", as Daddy and brother are off to a jiu jitsu tournament!  We have play dates planned, and maybe a chocolate cake???

Don't forget to check out the Sale-a-bration freebies you can get for FREE with a $50 through the end of March!  There are some beauties this year!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Sunburst technique -- trial and error!

Happy Wednesday, friends!

I saw this link on Pinterest, for a Sunburst layout, and was so excited to try it.  Well, all I can say, is that mine didn't look quite like theirs does, SO,..... I did my own thing and came up with my own template which seemed easier to me.  Inspiration always starts somewhere, though, right?!!!

With this layout, you'll just have to do as I SAY, not as I DID, ok?  I promise, it WILL work out better that way.

Here is my layout and then I will explain what NOT to do, and show you a template of how your pieces should go together.
As you can see, the pieces between the right and left pages don't line up in the middle.  This is bothering my Type A-ness EXCEEDINGLY much -- but not enough to waste a bunch of paper to re-do it...  Instead, I'll just show you how NOT to re-create my mistake.

So, first, these are the measurements I used for my designer paper strips.  Cut each rectangular strip diagonally to create two triangular pieces.  The designer paper I'm using here, is the Floral Boutique DSP from the main SU catalog.  It is such gorgeous paper -- one of the few packs where I like every single sheet!  Also used on this layout, are the new succulent framelit dies to create those beautiful little flowers.  See! these dies can make flowers as well as succulents!  The title piece is cut with the new stitched framelit dies, layered on a scalloped oval from the layering ovals dies.
Ok, here are the measurements you'll need if you decide to embark on this journey yourself!
(2) 12x4" pieces -- here these are cut from navy card stock
(5) 8x4" pieces
(4) 6x4 pieces -- one of these is also cut from the navy card stock

Start with your left hand page, and mark the center point at the bottom of your page -- i.e. 6" in.
Use one of your 12x4" pieces, and line it up with the end point pointing at that 6" mark you made at the bottom of your page.  You will then build your layout around this triangle, leaving about 1/8" in between each triangle. See my template below to see which sized pieces go where -- I have labeled each piece with the dimensions on it, so you can easily fit your "puzzle" together. You will get a big messy mess of points in the middle, but don't worry, be happy! you can trim them off and cover them up with your photo mats!






 Ok! Now you're ready for the right hand page, AND to avoid the mistake that I made!  You will create this page as a mirror image of the left page.  Start by trimming off your excess paper from the right hand edge of your left scrap page.
 Now, do the same thing -- mark the middle of your right scrap page at the center point at the bottom -- 6" mark.  Grab your 12x4" triangle, and line the edge of it up with it's sister on the left hand page, with the point pointing towards that 6" mark -- see the photos below.  Add your next strips, lining each of them up with it's coordinating one on the left page.



When you trim off all your points, this is how the papers SHOULD line up -- unlike the layout I did.


For the layout I did, I used triangular scraps that I had trimmed off the edges to fill in the bottom of the page, but for the template I created, I used a single 6x4" triangular piece (cut from Navy Card Stock) to fit into that little niche at the bottom of the pages.




Don't forget!  It's Sale-a-bration time!  Get a FREE product with every $50 purchase.  AND, there are 3 NEW freebies coming out on Feb 21st.  More details coming soon -- my favorite new upcoming product, is a 6x6 stack of glimmer paper in NEW colors!  Ooooh la la! AND a beautiful Medallion stamp set.


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Christmas cards by the hundreds -- literally!

Hello Everyone!  Yep! I've been missing in action since, uh,.... October maybe????  BUT I DO have a few good excuses. :)  I recently organized a huge (well, it felt huge to me, anyways) fund raising event at my kids' school.  I am the new PTO president, as of late last year, and this event was my idea of a fund raiser.  I'll be honest, it was a pretty big leap of faith -- in so many ways!  We had a high quality arts and crafts show in one gym, a Kid Zone in another gym, bake sale to benefit our PTO, food booth for our 8th graders to fund raise with, and raffle fund raiser.  My worst fear was that no one would come to the event, but I'm happy to say the parking lot was packed solid for hours that morning, everyone was smiling from ear to ear, and the feeling of community coming together was simply, incredible.  Our two main goals for the event, was to draw the community together, and raise money for the school -- and we accomplished both!  Woo Hooo!   AND, I am very glad it's over! I have to share a couple of the decorating pictures with you, cause they made my little heart happy! A local wood worker made the palate trees, and I thought they looked so woodsy and natural, which was kind of my decorating theme for the event.  The LED trees made such an awesome little cheery accent for the entry way -- complete with little wooden snowflakes I found at Michaels.  AND, those incredibly cute little reindeer below the trees, were another amazing find I purchased from another local wood worker.  They are most definitely one-of-a-kind reindeer!  Those little red light bulb Rudolf noses! Sweet!



And, now, onto some Christmas card ideas to share with you.  I did my Christmas card classes differently this year -- Christmas card buffets.  There were 10 card choices to choose from, and folks could choose to make sets of 8 or 16 cards.  I think it helped make the classes run more smoothly, as there was less waiting for one particular card kit.  I had 24 folks attend between the three classes I did, and prepped around 400 cards, I think.  Lots of fun was had by all!  Here is the line up of designs!  I'd love to hear which ones are YOUR favorites.


 These little gingerbread peeps on a cookie sheet, was not my idea -- I saw it on Pinterest, and thought it was so incredibly cute! so had to share.  That patterned paper is the Candy Cane Lane DSP.  It is some of the prettiest Christmas paper I have worked with in a while.  Beautiful patterns, in some non-traditional colors -- like Crumb Cake and Espresso.



 This little flurries card, is made with the Snow Flurries punch and matching stamp set.  I also used the Fancy Frost Specialty paper for the background.  This paper has a raised pattern on it that isn't glossy as some of our other papers like this have been -- just a beautiful, raised pattern in heavy wt white.  Colors used: Island Indigo and Pool Party.



 The cable knit embossing folder, has made quite a sensation, as it is 3-D.  The dimension of your paper looks different with this folder, than it would with a regular embossing folder.  Also used on this card, is the bow from the Holly Berry Builder punch which happens to be on sale this week! and the sentiment is from the Christmas Pines set which is also on sale till the end of November.

 I always try and throw in a non-traditional color combo card, and this was the one for this year.  I ended up altering the card from this photo, as it needed some sprucing up. :)  I added a strip of gold glitter paper and a gold star which made it much prettier than this photo shows.



 My stash of washi tape has gotten out of control, so I told myself I may NOT buy anymore until I use up some of what I have, so this little tree card was the perfect thing.  I had strips of white card stock -- 2x4 1/4" and we added our strips of washi tape to the strip, and then die cut it with the tree from Santa's Sleigh.  I simply love that die set!  The sleigh is kind of fiddly, but the end result is really beautiful!  Colors used: retired Lost Lagoon, silver glimmer paper, heavy weight white.

 This little reindeer and wreath is also from the Santa's Sleigh bundle.  I guess I just really like this set, as I used it for three of the cards in the class!  Other products used: Woodland embossing folder, tree builder punch, silver glimmer paper.

 This card was by far the favorite choice all the way around.  I happened to have a bunch of Mossy Meadow card stock on hand, so I paired that with Pear Pizzazz card stock.  The Christmas background stamp - Merry Medley -- makes the perfect background to layer the pine cones and greenery using the peaceful pines thinlets.  The pine cones are cut from our new copper foil sheets -- simply a must have in my book. One nice thing I found about these dies, is that I could cut several pieces with one pass through the Big Shot, so it didn't take ages to cut the pieces you need if you were strategic in how you layered them onto your plate.

 Another non-traditional color scheme, using Sweet Sugarplum and the retired Blackberry Bliss.  I LOVE the star of light bundle featured here.  Such and elegant, different set than we've had in a long time.  Simply elegant and beautiful!

 I'm generally not a big Santa fan, but I thought this die -- detailed Santa -- was so unique, I just had to get it.  I think you could use those swirls at the bottom for waves on an ocean card or layout, or drifts of snow, or so many other things!

 Here is the sleigh from the Santa's Sleigh thinlets.  It is cut in two parts -- the sleigh base and the top piece which I cut from red foil paper.  You then glue the two parts together to make the completed sleigh. Of course, the Dazzling Diamons glimmer paper makes the snow bank look beautiful!

Whew! I think that's it for today!  Be sure to check out the amazing online extravaganza happening right now!  Just click on my website and shop away!  There is a big list of stamps on sale, as well as the extravaganza so be sure to check out both!

Happy Thanksgiving to each of you!