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.