Friday, October 25, 2013

An Anna Griffin Giveaway

Well Northridge Publishing is giving away one of Anna Griffin's amazing card kits.  I saw Anna on HSN and this kit is to die for.  Well don't really die...but you will oooo and ahhhhhh a lot!  Take a look and let me know what you think!

HT Kit Contents

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Cherry Tree Shoppe Class 09/28/13

Well, one of my girlfriends just called and wants me to teach a class at her home....she wants me to do the cards that I did at the Cherry Tree Shoppe in Beaumont.  So I thought that it would be a good time to post them here while I'm still thinking about them.

Witch at Spa card – Black base card size is A2.  Take 8 ½ x 5 ½ and score at 4 ¼.  Fold card.  Antique White web 4 x 5 ¼ paper with black ink and adhere to card base.  Stamp image on white 4 x 3 ¼ piece of white cardstock and color using markers.  Copics I used are:
                Broom E 35, E37, G14
                Stockings and Bubbles  YR16, V06
                Face E21, YG13
                Stars Y08
                Hair E30, E33, E35, E37
                Hat 100, YR16, V06
                Boots G14, Y21, Y17
                Cauldron 100, C1, C3, C5
Antique Edges of white cardstock with Grey.  Adhere to black 4 ¼ x 3 ½ cardstock.  Adhere layer card to card base.  The stamp is from Impression Obsession called Spa Day and the inks I used to stamp and antique are Close To My Heart.

Ice Cream Cone Card – Black base card size is A2. Take 8 ½ x 5 ½ and score at 4 ¼.  Fold card. Stamp image on white 2 x 4 ½ piece of white cardstock and color using markers.   Copics I used are:
                                                                Cone E53, YR21, Y21 and Y32
                                                                Sprinkles YG07, V04, Y38
                                                                Face W1
                                                                Wavy part W0
                                                                Background C1, 0
When coloring is complete, distress outer edge of white cardstock.  Distress pattern 2 ½ x 5 paper.  Adhere stamped image to pattern paper.  Set aside.  Distress 4 x 5 ¼ purple stripe.  If desired, antique with purple or black.  Adhere ribbon to lower half of purple stripe paper.  Adhere stamped image to purple stripe.  Adhere washi tape to bakers twine.  Adhere to purple stripe.  Adhere layer card to card base.   Attach owl.  This stamp is also Impression Obsession.  Distressing Toll and Inks are Close To My Heart.

Double easel Die Cut Beware Card – Start with a 6 x 12 black base and on the 12” side, score at 6” and 3”.  Fold to create base of card.  Cut orange pattern piece at 5 ¾ x 6 and adhere to 3” base fold.  Lay card flat and adhere ghost in window, bats and spider web.  Take 5 ¾ x 4 ½ pattern orange and on the 4 ½” side, score at 1 ½ and 3.  Fold to make easel.  Repeat with second pattern orange piece.  Adhere to card base.  Cut 7” x 2 ½ grave piece to fit and attach to second easel.  Adhere two ghosts at graves.   Attach black pumpkin to left side of first easel.  Adhere the words BEWARE to front base of easel.  Size tree to front easel to make sure card will close without bending the tree.  You might have to cut ¼ “ off the bottom of the trees.  Attach first tree to front of easel.  Add pop dots to left side of second tree and adhere to first tree making sure to offset.  Adhere ghosts though-out the tree.  Adhere skeleton to front of first easel at base of tree. The Web, Window, Pumpkin, Skelaton and Beware are cut from Cricut October 31 cartridge.  The bats, graveyard, tiny ghosts and tree are Memory Box Dies.  The ghost in the window is a Sizzix die.

If you have any questions concerning any of these cards, just send me an email and I'll explain a little more. 

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Sisterhood of the Traveling Scrapbookers and Cardmakers 10/10 class

Well it was time to put Scrapbooking back in the mix since I haven't done it in awhile.  So, I found some great paper on sale from My Mind's Eye and decided to make a Halloween 2 page layout for the group.

What I wanted to do here was to teach the group how to match pattern paper.  So, this one is really busy.  I really like how it turned out.  All the paper is My Mind's Eye.  It's not a brand that I use much, but it was a great sale and I couldn't pass it up.

The diecuts were cut using Cricut Craft Room FREE Theresa Collins Image of the Week.  I actually cut a bat border and a skull border.  And, I cut enough for the people who confirmed....then I got another email from someone who wanted to join us and I couldn't say, I revamped the page and cut the borders apart.  It actually worked out better to cut them apart.  After backing the purple "Spooky" Title with black, we used a white gel pen to ink faux stitching on the black and the Close To My Heart black liner pen to pin faux stitching around the "ticket".

I used the Graphic45 Steampunk stamp Something Wicked This Way Comes to stamp in the oval cut from a Sizzix die.  Ye,s I still use my Sizzix even after I purchased my Cricut and Silhouette.  I can't seem to part with it.  But, I know that day is coming.  I also used the flourish stamp in the Close To My Heart Stamp set C1466 Instant Memories to stamp on the skull.  The photo mats are cut 4.5 x 6.4 to allow a border around the pictures.  I also showed them how to cut photo corners out of a 2 x 2 piece of black cardstock.

The diecuts are all pop dotted and really that's it. Patty (my cohort in crime) get to split the $6.00 we collect from each student to teach this group, we really love the friends we made here and try our best to come up with fun ideas.  I get another $3.00 from those that wish to take the scrapbook section of the class.  By shopping the internet for great deals, I was able to pull this 2 page layout off for only $3.00 plus shipping.  I still have a lot of paper left over and will be able to make quite a few cards for the troops.
This was my week to make 1 card/project for the group plus the 2 page layout.  I purchased the Close To My Heart Clear Treat Tubes (6 tubes with lids 4 3/4 x 1 for $5.95).  During Shop Hop, I was able to find some SRM Halloween stickers.  If you haven't used these, you are missing out.  You get enough stickers on the sheet to make 12 of the same projects.  The Happy Halloween and Candy Corn came on one sheet, and I also purchased a second sheet of borders, which I cut in half to put around the bottom of the tube.  So to complete this project, I first used the Close To My Heart 2" Scallop punch and some orange pattern scrap paper.  I then used the Close To My Heart 1 1/4" circle punch which matched the candy corn sticker with the circle exactly!!!!!  I then cut a purple piece of scrap paper and attached the Happy Halloween sticker.  The cat came from my stash.  A few years ago I purchased these diecuts (12 to a page)...not sure where they came from but the diecuts were 2 each of 6 different images. Cats, ghosts, scarecrows, pumpkins, monsters and can't remember the last one...anyway, these have slits in them to put in quarters....they were suppose to be used as Halloween treats instead of candy.   I let the group pick out which die cut they wanted.  I also let them pick out which border they wanted to wrap around the bottom of the tube.  We punched a small hole in each of the three elements we chose.  We wrapped Halloween black, white and orange bakers twine 3 times around the tube, tied a knot, attached our 3 elements and then tied a bow.  I brought a large container of M & M's and each person filled their tube....another project completed for less than $3.00 each.  It was another great class and everyone enjoyed themselves.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Julie Nutting Doll Class

Well I did a Make n Take at the Cherry Tree Shoppe using Lorrena, the Julie Nutting Doll Stamp from Prima and Graphic45 paper.  Well not all Graphic45!!!!!  Also added some bling.  It was a fun class and everyone had a good time.  I always like to add a little surprise, so this time I introduced Quilling.  I have to admit that I don't do a lot of quilling, but I do like it and wanted to show the class a little something.  We did just the basic circle in class, but I did send them home with paper and instructions to complete a snowflake.  Can't wait to see the results.

Here is a picture of my Halloween Lorrena Doll.
I'm not sure who made the background paper...but it's 6 x 12.  I had them cut a small piece off the top on one side, then take that piece to the other side and make the same cut to form the tag.  Then using the crop a dile, we punched a large hole and set an orange eyelet.  We then glued 6" of beaded ribbon to the bottom of the tag.  From Graphic45, we cut the corset and 3 bottles.  From another sheet of Graphic45, we cut the "book".  Since there were 6 different designs on this Steampunk paper, I let them choose which "book" they wanted.  We stamped Lorrena on the Prima Tag paper.  This paper is about 90 lb paper and is perfect for these dolls.  From My Mind's Eye, Happy Haunting Collection, we cut the bottom of the skirt.  I used basic glitter paper to cut the bodice and ruffle of the dress.  We used Copics to color the hair and Stickles to color the headband in her hair.  Lastly, we added some gems on the open areas of the tag and ran ribbon and yarn through the eyelet.....Done!

My introduction to Quilling was short n sweet.  We made a window card, I gave them a handout with 15 or so different quilling techniques and paper and picture of a snowflake for them to practice.

I used Lasting Impressions paper, cut to A2 size.  I had them pen the faux stitching around the opening and around each circle on the front of the card.  Using Close To My Heart Stamp Set C1005 Whoops a Daisy and Close To My Heart Honey Ink, they inked the base of the daisy.  We used Goldrush Ink for the shaded part of the daisy.  After masking the daisy, we used Topiary Ink for the base of the leaves and New English Ivy for the shading on the leaves.  We then penned around the outside of the card and around the daisy and leaves.  The center of the daisy is a Quilled Loose Circle.  I demonstrated how to take that circle and make a teardrop, curved teardrop, marquise, curved marquise, and a square.  I then took another piece of quill paper and showed them how to make a heart and an S shape since those shapes are used in making the snowflake.  I also brought a picture frame that I did some basic quilling techniques to show how to put flowers together and a few books for them to look through.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Cherry Tree Shoppe

Once a month I teach at the Cherry Tree Shoppe in Cherry Valley, CA.  I love the ladies that come and share with me.  I try to teach 4 projects a month.  This month was a huge success.  Wait till you see what I did!  I can't decide which card I like best.

My first card is a 6 x 12 base card folded in half.  I used Close to My Heart papers as they are double sided heavy cardstock quality.  I first set a triangle piece of paper in the upper left hand corner for the base.  I then added 1/8 piece of a 10"doily.  The red print paper is Close to My Heart which I's a gentle fold...not all the way down.  I put a couple pop dots under the fold to keep it rounded.  I used a Close to My Heart pearl as an added embellishment.  The banner was cut from Close to My Heart Cricut cartridge Art Philosophy antiqued and stamped in Pear ink from CTMH.  The flower punches are 4 different sizes of Carl's punches and I used a copic pen to outline each petal.  The leaves were punched from EK Success and Punch a Bunch punches.   Each flower was rolled and shaped using the McGill stylist and soft mat, then assembled.  In the center of each flower, I placed a Starform sticker dot.  While I was teaching this class, I decided to add faux stitching in white around the edges of the red printed paper.  (The stitching is not shown in this picture)

In the next card, I wanted to teach the blending and masking techniques.  The base card is a red Core'dinations Pearl paper 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 folded in half.  I added a white background piece of paper.  Then we placed a 1 1/4 round mask on a glossy piece of paper to represent the moon.  Then going from light to dark, I blended CTMH Buttercup, Honey, Sorbet, Sunset and Hollyhock inks using a soft sponge.  The birds flying are stamped in Hollyhock using a Stampscapes stamp and the feather stamp is from Stampers Anonymous....I remember buying it from Tim Holtz before he was really big.  It's hard to see in this picture, but I also stamped Dream in the lower right hand corner again using Hollyhock ink.

My third card is a tri-fold card.  I used all Close to My Heart paper, inks and stamps.   Start with a card base of 5 ½ x 12”  On the 12” side, Score at 2”, 4”, 8”, 10”.  Turn cardstock to the       5 ½" side and position it in the trimmer at the 1 ½ mark.  Cut from the 2” score line to the 10” score line.  Turn paper over and make the same cut on the other side.  Fold the first score line as a mountain, alternate valley and mountain folds at the 4” and 8” score lines. The CTMH Chantilly paper is double sided and both sides of the paper was used here, double matted using Twilight cardstock and antiqued using Twilight ink.  The Cotton Candy pink flower, Buttercup yellow flower and Happy Birthday banner were first cut using the CTMH Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge then stamped.   The Cotton Candy pink flower and Twilight Butterfly were stamped first then cut to shape.  A CTMH sentiment was stamped in the center panel.  The pink ribbon was attached to the double mat prior to be glued in place.  A Craft works CANDi dot was pop dotted in the center of the daisy.  The daisy, Happy Birthday sentiment and butterfly were pop dotted in place.

My last card is a center step card.   Start with a card base of 5 ¾ x 11.  Place the long side in the trimmer at the 1” mark and cut from 1” – 6.5”.  Turn over and cut the other side the same way.  Placing the 11” side on the scoreboard  score from the edge of the paper to the cut line at the 1”, 2” and 6.5” marks.  Turn over and do the same on the other side.  Then score between the 2 cuts at the 5.5” mark.  I used paper from my stash for the side panels and center panel.  The center panel is embossed using my sizzix big shot and a cuttlebug folder.  I used the Everyday Paper Dolls Cricut cartridge to make the girls, hair, clothes, hat and sunglasses.  I used the Beep Beep Cricut cartridge to make the car.  To finish it off, I used a red and white gel pen for their mouths and the white gel pen for the tire treads.  I used perfect pearls for their necklaces, bracelets and earrings.  The card sentiment was typed in my computer and cut to size.  The car and girls are pop dotted for an added dimension.  
I sure hope you like these cards.  Leave me a comment and join my blog.  Thanks for looking.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Mothers Day Card

Just wanted to share the Mother's Day card I made this morning.  I was sitting here thinking of all the things she use to tell me when I was a filled 2 pages.  I picked out some of them and made the larger background tag.  I used Close to My Heart papers and sentiment stamp, a digi stamp 4 Joy image, and an SEI embroidered rosette.  The digi Stamp 4 Joy image is colored with watercolor pencils and pop dotted with 3D Foam Squares.  I used EZ Runner Double sided adhesive to attach everything.  The faux stitching was done with an .05 CTMH pen. The card size if 5.5 by 8.5.  Let me know what you think and please follow my blog.  I will be entering a couple of contests with this one.  
Here is the link to the Digistamps4joy challenge:
Mojo Monday challenge:
For the Ladies challenge:
Love To Scrap challenge:

Your Scrapbook Place Contest - I won!

Woo Hoo...well I sent in my address to the blog owner and can't wait until I see what I won.  I am so liking this!  Babycake Doodle is even giving another free digi stamp.  Scroll down and see my entries!

I have some wonderful prizes for the following winners, your cards were so amazing!!  WOO HOO!!

Virginia Montagna
Kaye G
and Mellissa R

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Woo Hoo I won!

Woo Hoo....well I entered a contest and I won..can't wait to get my Dreamweaver soon as it comes in, I'll post a new layout or card using it!

Dreamweaver Stencil Winner
Weekly Winner
The winner from  our April 18th Challenge was: Scrappin Vall! Congratulations Val!  
To everyone else, for an opportunity to win the stencil of your choice, we have two chances open to you right now!  

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Your Scrapbook Place Contest

I was reading my emails and came upon a link to this site from one of my yahoo groups.  http://yourscrapboo kplace.blogspot. com/2013/ 03/april- fun-join- on-in.html  The Your Scrapbook Place site is having a contest using free digi stamps from Babycakes Doodle This and That.  Sitting here with a million and one things to do, I decided to head to my scraproom and make some cards.  hehehehehe.

My first card is using the For You Image. For You
This card is an A2.  I used Close to My Heart products.  As a Close to My Heart consultant, I try to use my products where I can.  The base card is cut from Cranberry cardstock 8 1/2 x 5/1/2 then folded in half.  I then cut two pieces of double sided Stella cardstock.  You know that info strip that most pattern paper has? Well, CTMH does this really neat thing and prints a pattern on one side of the info strip.  So, what looks like two pieces of pattern paper on the right side is only 1 piece using the pattern strip.  I then used CTMH watercolor pencils on the lines of image and used the CTMH blending brush to blend the colors to the center of the image.  The pattern paper and image was corner rounded and the image is pop-dotted.

My second card is using the Love Conquers All image.  Love Conquers All
Again, the card size is A2.  I used Seafoam green cardstock cut at 8 1/2 x 5/12 then folded in half.  I then cut a scrap piece of paper 4 x 5 1/4 and distressed the edges using the CTMH edge distresser. I then inked the distressed edges using Chocolate Ink.  I used some scrap SEI double sided paper and cut 8 pieces 1/2 x 2.  Using 4 pieces, I then folded each end.  I glued the folded ends together to form the zig zag pattern.  I used the other side of the pattern paper of the last 4 pieces and again folded each end and glued them together in the zig zag pattern.  The image itself was colored using CTMH watercolor pencils and blended using the CTMH waterbrush.  The image was distressed with the edge distresser and inked in Chocolate.  The image is pop-dotted.

My third card is using the Hanging Heart image.   Hanging Heart
I used Vanilla cardstock for the base card, cut at 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 and folded in half.  I then cut a scrap pattern paper 4 x 5 1/4 and glued in place, leaving 1/4 all around.  The banners were cut 2 x 3 and 2 1/4 x 4 1/2.  To make the banners, I fold the paper in half lengthwise and cut from the outside edge to the center so both sides of the banner are even.  The larger banner was glue even with the top of the card then the smaller banner was glued over the larger banner and again even with the top of the card.  The actual Hanging Heart image looked like the heart was hanging from a ribbon, but I cut that part off.  The image itself was colored with CTMH watercolor pencils and blended with the waterbrush.  The flower and purple heart buttons are CTMH.  The love button is from Dress It Up and the blue heart button I received in a swap. 

I'll let you all know if I win anything!!!!!

Friday, April 12, 2013

Sisterhood of the Traveling Scrapbookers

I live in a retirement community in Southern California.  There are lots of groups and I found myself gravitating to the Sisterhood of the Traveling Scrapbookers and Cardmakers...they really do all kinds of paper's a great group...In January, one of the instructions decided to quit and I was asked to help lead the group of about 30 women.  We meet twice a month on the second and forth Thursday of the month.    In this session, I did a two-page scrapbook layout and a card.  Patty, my co-hort in crime, did two cards.

In my first layout, I used Taffy background cardstock from Close To My Heart.  I used the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge and cut the Taffy gingham 11" dolly.  I then used a Martha Stewart punch and punch the top and bottom of Dots for You 3 x 9 paper.  The butterfly paper is 2 x 6.  I used the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge and cut various sizes of circles from 3" to 3/4 " using 9 different pattern papers...some are attached with 1/8" and 1/4" pop dots.  Close to My Heart Lagoon paper was used for the picture mat and sentiment.  The end cap feature was used in the Plantin School Book cricut cartridge to cut the sentiment. I backed it in white and used 1/8" pop dots. All the pieces with distressed using Close to My Heart Chocolate Ink.

 I used all the same papers from the 1st layout to complete this second page.  Only the top circle is pop dotted and again, all pieces are distressed using Close to My Heart Chocolate Ink.  I hope you like these layouts.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

I'm back

Well I've been out for quite awhile and now I'm back and ready to go at it again.  I have been really busy and thanks for all the well wishes.  You should be seeing something from me on a regular basis.  C U sooner!!!