Thursday, September 30, 2010

Welcome! It's the October Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!

Sit back and enjoy some GREAT ideas using the October Stamp of the Month...

If you're coming from  Sheila's    blog- you're heading in the right direction. 

This month I paired this awesome stamp set with the new Mistletoe Creative Basics collection of paper and ribbon.  This particular stamp set is filled with very simple line drawn designs which make it GREAT for coloring and paper piecing.  I chose to go the paper piecing route as we have such fun Christmas paper this year in  very traditional colors- i just love it!!

I did sneak in a sentiment from another set and stamped in Versamark followed by some gold embossing powder with my handy dandy heat gun!  The ribbon doesn't necessarily show up well in this photo but it does have a gold tone to it and the gold sentiment really helps to pull it all together.

The second photo shows the fun flock added to his santa suit and hair... It's a great addition to this santa!!  I used the Bonding Memories glue pen to adhere the flocking.

Now that you've seen my project... continue on the hop by visiting
Sarita's Blog

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

"Boo" mini album Tutorial

As promised... I'm posting the directions for making my little "boo" album that I had on display at my expo this past weekend... I'd promised the attendees eyeing it up that I would let them know how to make their own.
 First things first... choose the photos you want in your album- slip them into your flip flap protectors.  The flip flaps have a strip of adhesive- remove the protective covering and adhere your flip flaps together.

Next:  Cut two pieces of cardstock (my green cardstock shown) at 4.5 x 7 inches.  You'll want to cut your "binding"  (my black cardstock) at 2x 4.5 inches.

I then cut coordinating cardstock at 6.5 x 4.25 inches. (this is the blue cardstock).  I adhered it to the green such that the 3 edges that will show are all evenly spaced - doesn't show in this particular photo but it does on the finished product photo.  You'll also want to adhere the binding on.  I recommend starting from the bottom and working your way up.  so adhere your bottom cover to the binding.  Then your flip flaps (which have adhesive on the bottom... ) to the bottom cover.  Then the top cover and lastly the binding to the top cover.

At some point - you'll need to form a crease in your cover so that it can easily be flipped open... I added my creast after decorating my front cover but I highly recommend creasing FIRST so you know where not to place bulky embellishments that prevent folding/ opening.

Once you have your crease- I highly recommend a more permanent binding besides the adhesive you added.  I opted to whole punch with my crop-o-dile and use ribbon to complete my binding.  Then I tied a few other coordinating colors of ribbon around the main ribbon binding- I love the way it looks!
Once the album is put together- decorate however you wish.  Since I made this album to hold Halloween photos from last year- I used the new HooligansLevel 2 paper pack and My Stickease to complete the album.  I also incorporated Pear, Lagoon and Sunset Mini Medleys.  I also used our new Pearl Opaques to add dimension around the "boo".  If you click on the photo you can see it a little better

Here's a side shot to show some of the dimension... I used some pop dots to pop the pumpkin and star sticker as well as the lagoon embellishment off the page.
That's it for today... I'll be back tomorrow night with my contribution to the October Stamp of the Month blog hop!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Ahhh... the Expo is over

Now that my first official Expo is over... I can finally catch my breath and post some artwork!!  Today I'm posting the Hooligans artwork I had on display.  Towards the bottom of the display is a little "Boo" halloween album I created with our 4x6 flip flap memory protectors (15 per pack at only $3.95- these sold like hotcakes)  you can find them here.

As I promised the expo attendees... I'll be posting the tutorial for how I made this - hopefully tomorrow.  I took all the photos while assembling it so I'm working on it now.

thanks for sticking with me - I'll be posting a little more regularly now!
If the tutorial isn't posted by the end of the day Sept 29- watch for it Oct 2.
Sept 30 will be the October Stamp of the Month Blog Hop and I like to leave those posts live for the 1st of the month as well.


Sunday, September 19, 2010

Christmas Card Class Cards

Hi there!  I thought I'd better pop in and post some artwork so those of you popping in from time to time have something to view once in a while!
I promise I'll be back soon with more!  The Scrapbooking Expo I'm vendoring is finally this Friday and Saturday... with set up on Thursday- so it's almost here!!  Thanks for your patience as I devote all of my spare time (which isn't much!) to preparing for it!

As I'm prepping for the expo- I'm also designing my fall classes.  On October 3rd I'm holding a Christmas Card class in  my home... 10 cards for $15.  It's pretty inexpensive  for 10 different cards!
Attendees will need to bring adhesive and scissors.  The classroom will be open from 2-6pm and attendees should arrive by 4 to finish by 6.  RSVP is required by Friday October 1st so I can have enough seating set up.  Limited spaces are available.

Here are 3 of the 10 cards for this class:

One of the reasons my card classes are so affordable is that I use them as an opportunity to use up some supplies that are retired/ retiring AS WELL AS brand new supplies.  The balance of old vs. new helps me clear space and YOU get a great deal!

This first card uses the Jingle Creative Basics from the Autumn/ Winter 2009 Idea Book... along with the Holiday Hoopla stamp set.

This next card uses the new Mistletoe paper pack (which is soooo pretty!!! My favorite holiday pack out of the last 4-5 years!)  This adorable snowman is part of the October Stamp of the Month "Share the Magic".  I used this set on a couple of different cards for class... but I think I'll save some to show during the Stamp of the Month blog hop on September 30th.
The ribbon is from the 20 yard spool of Cranberry ribbon which is now marked down to $4.95 on clearance!

This last one I'm showing today is actually one of my favorites... it's so simple and easy to make but I LOVE the santa silhouette.  Each snowflake has a clear sparkle (rhinestone) in the center for just a touch of glitz.
It is what I would consider... a quick mass producer... easy and quick for someone making a LOT of cards.

If you are in the Kalamazoo/ Battle Creek, MI area and would like to attend this class on October 3rd - e-mail me here and put "Christmas Card class" in the subject line.  If you will be at the expo- I have flyers available and you can pay right at the expo and know you have your spot booked!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Sept club cards

Hi!  I promised my club members I'd have the cards for club (this week!) posted by the end of the weekend so they could choose their project...well- it's certainly the end of the weekend so i'm just in the nick of time!

ok... not the best picture and I do have individuals of each card...  I'll try to post the close- ups tomorrow but I am literally drop dead tired!!
Ever since our vacation last month- I've been working non-stop to prep for my first EXPO event...lots of planning and artwork creating going on and I have a LOT left to do to ensure an awesome booth!!

Not to mention - school is back in session, soccer started yesterday for my daughter and her dance registration for the new season is tomorrow night... the one year old doesn't rest and our house is getting some much needed cleaning and we are working on a total re-do of my scrapbook area.

It was too hot to do much outdoor work this summer (I think I read last week that it was the 4th hottest summer on record for Michigan) and now that cooler temps (and no to low humidity!) have finally arrived- we are cleaning the garage and pole barn areas out plus doing all the splitting of perennials, final weeding etc that we desperately need to do.

I promise once the expo is over- you will be flooded with artwork posts!! until then I will post when I'm able to.  I'll leave you with a photo of my little friend I discovered today.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

September Club Layout...

Perfect for those Back to School photos! The beauty of this layout is that the papers are totally generic and by simply changing the title- it'd be perfect for birthday photos too!

The left page has a space for one 5x7 while the right side holds 2 standard size photos.  You can always shake things up by changing photo sizes or adding a bunch of smaller (2x2, 3x3 etc) photos along the bottom.

My club members can choose to make this layout in September (or a set of 3 cards which will be posted over the next few days when I get the photo)

If you are local to the Kalamazoo/ Battle Creek area of Michigan- you are welcome to attend- send me a quick RSVP here and I'll add you to the list.  Remember to let me know which day you'll come (Thurs Sept 16 at 6:30pm or Sat Sept 18 at 1:30pm- and I'll e-mail you with directions to my home)

If you are NOT local- or the dates don't work for you- I will have kits available (must RSVP by Wed. Sept 15 to purchase a kit or to attend in person)  Fees:  free to club members.  Layout:  $5 to attendees (free with $25 order) or $10 for non-attendees who need to have it shipped(covers shipping)
Cards:  $3.50 to attendees or $5.50 for non-attendees( covers shipping)
If ordering a kit:  please let me know if you'd like the stamping completed...and if so- which school grade.