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.

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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!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

It's Scrap-a-stack time!

Every fall for the past few years, I have done a "scrap-a-stack".  Each participant completes (10) 12x12 pages, in one sitting -- such a great way to get a good head start on your scrap books!  These are the pages we made this year.  One of my goals with this event, is to use up retired products -- card stock, designer papers, embellishments, etc.

This first one features a new product from the Holiday catalog -- the Start of Light bundle.  I LOVE that little "Milky Way" type flourish that comes in the stamp set, and the intricate die cut stars are beautiful!!!  One thing I learned recently, is that if you cut your glitter paper glitter side down with intricate dies, it works so much better.  These intricate stars are just such a die that works better this way.  To make that scalloped border, we used the Best Badge punch -- you just insert your DSP strip into the top of the punch and take "bites" out of the edge with the top cutting edge of this punch.  Easy peasy, and gives you another use for this punch.  We embossed the flourish on opposite corners using Versamark and White embossing powder.  Helps give it a great "pop"

This next layout, is a CASE from one that Lyssa made on Song of my Heart Stampers.  She is an amazing scrap booker (and card maker) and has so many tips to share regarding how to create a balanced looking page.  I just loved how easy this layout was, yet eye catching.  I really wanted to use my little acorn punch, as I hadn't featured it yet in a class, and it is so cute -- just makes me smile every time I see it!  I had these cute "first fish" photos, that also were taken in October, so I went with a fall look and folks could substitute in a title that worked for their photos.

Here is another layout inspired by Lyssa.  I had a ton of this Typeset DSP, and thought everyone would enjoy a vintage, black and white layout.  Since the paper is black and Vanilla, I used a Vanilla matt for the left hand page, with 11" strips layered on.  We used Soft Suede ink sponged over the whole page to soften the starkness of this paper, and help it all blend a little.

This next layout, BEACH Day, is a nice bright layout perfect for those fun summer pictures we all seem to have a lot of.  I had a lot of this Orange DSP, so this was the perfect page to use it up on.  The sail boat, kite, sun, and waves are all from the Swirly Bird bundle.  This is such a unique set, that I thought was down right unusual when I first saw it, but now that I have it, I have found SO many uses for it.  It makes the perfect sun (OR pumpkin, flower, wreath, you name it!).  The title features the new big alphabet set -- Letters For You.

This "everyday adventure" layout was also inspired by Lyssa.  These kits varied a lot based on what DSP papers I had on hand, so each person's layout was different than their neighbor's.  Kind of fun.  This is basically just a bunch of punched circles used to make an interesting border.  The die cut words are actually from a Tim Holtz set I have.