Friday, October 28, 2011

Christmas Blocks with Simple Stories

I am teaching another class over at Scrapbooks Plus in December.
 I love all the Simple Stories paper lines but this is the first time I have been able to find the time to teach a class using their wonderful papers.  I am planning on stacking mine on my fireplace mantel every December - but it would make a lovely Christmas gift if you are trying to come up with something a little unique!
Just follow the link   to Scrapbooks Plus for all the details.  I hope you can join me!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Remembering my Sister

I have tried for many years to create a scrapbook layout to honor my older sister, Carolyn. She was only 40 years old when she died in a plane crash.  She lived out in Colorado,where she had gone to college and had established roots.  She loved to fly.  She loved to ski. She was very funny, strong, smart and independent. I collected paper and embellishments for years trying to come up with the right combination...and failed.  I recently got together with some friends to try something new: Art Journalling.  My friends generously shared their collections of ephemera, stamps, and stencils and suddenly...it worked.
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Friday, October 14, 2011

If you're feeling blue...

There is nothing like looking at life through a child’s eyes.  Inkadinkado has a couple of sets of Kid’s Quotes Stamps that I love called Friendly Advice and Tell It Like It Is.  They make great cards!  I used one of these stamps to create this card:

I used my Perfect Crafting Pouch on the cardstock before I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment. Even the tiny lettering on this stamp came out crisp and clean! Then I stamped and heat embossed the image in blue - great Jenni Bowlin stamp called Whimsy Silhouette.

Do you love that colorful background? It was the easiest part! I used the new Tim Holtz Distress Stains from Ranger and applied them directly to the cardstock. The embossed images resisted the stain and I ended up with a great card to send to a friend!

By the way....Inkadinkado has a 25% off sale running through the end of the month.  I placed my order yesterday for some cute little Christmas stamps.  Check it out!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Lucky Boys!

Here is another of my favorite photos- this time of my older son and husband experiencing a bit of luck while fishing.

Sometimes I find it hard to find appropriate “masculine” embellishments and so I decided to make one. I swiped a cork sheet with the Perfect Crafting Pouch and stamped using Stazon ink. Result: Perfect impression! I cut the image with my Spellbinders Nestability Labels 2, and inked the edges of the cork. Using my Nestabilities it was easy to cut and emboss a black mat for the stamped image and it really made it stand out!

The papers are from Graphic 45 and the bingo card is from Jenni Bowlin. The metal embellishment and the stamped expression inside of it are from Tim Holtz. My favorite embellishment, though, is the stamped fish on the bottom right!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Christmas Card Crop

The Annual Christmas Card Crop at Scrapbooks Plus is scheduled for Sunday November 6th.  The samples are up at the store so be sure to check them out.  There is something  for everybody - religious, pet and nature themed cards - using papers from a variety of manufacturers including Graphic 45, We R Memory Keepers, Jillibean Soup and more.  The collection includes a tri-shutter card, a joy fold card, and a diagonal pocket card with tags that is going to be lots of fun!  I'm not allowed to show you the cards right now, but here is a sneak peak:
 We will be using a lot of different techniques and products.  I'll be there from 10am until 6pm, so you can plan to come in to work on your cards at any point during the day.  I have loaded up my iPod with Christmas music and baked up a bunch of Christmas cookies.  Oh!  Did I mention that we will have drawings every hour for door prizes?!  (They really are awesome prizes!) It is a really fun way to kick off the season, craft with your friends, and learn some new techniques as you scratch those cards off your "to do" list!

Registration closes on October 30th.  Some of the cards are "limited editions" so be sure to order yours early!