Thursday, May 22, 2008

Pretty Paper Flowers-Class

I am really excited about this months Techniques class called Pretty Paper Flowers! I will demonstrate many ways to create and give life to paper flowers and you will come away with three 'Pretty Projects'! This class has been expanded to 2 sessions and I still have room for more students on Thursday May 29 at 7pm. The cost of this class is $15 ($10 for VIP members). If you would like to join me for this class, please contact me. Also, remember, if you can't make the scheduled class, I am always willing to offer this or any other class for you and a few friends at a better time for you! Take a peek bellow at some of the projects we will make...

This beautiful square card was made using the Fabulous Flowers stamp set and a colour combo that I've fallen in love with: Perfect Plum, Old Olive and Soft Sky.

Because May is International Scrapbooking month (yes, there is such a thing!) Idecided to include a scapbook page among the projects. This cute and simple page incorporates a few different flower techniques. I thought the cheerfulness of this layout went well with a picture of my daughter and her first birthday cake.(It's about time I scrapped some of those photos, we will be celebrating her 2nd birthday this week end!!)

This final project is the one I am most proud of. I saw some lovely pictures of paper roses on the internet and I searched and searched to find out how to make them....but no luck! So, I sat down with some supplies and figured out how to make my own, now I can teach you! These flowers are time consuming but, well worth the effort. Each student will make a rose in the colour of their choice then we will attach them to a sweet little gift box.

I hope you can join us on the 29th!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Father's Day Class

Well, this was supposed to get posted yesterday but,the day got away on me! So here we go a day late. Today I have a couple of really fun projects to show you. These projects will be featured at my Father's Day Class on June 12th (more info to follow)

This first picture is of a family name frame, this is what the original class project was going to be. I really liked working with the All in the Family stamp set, you can easily create caricatures of you family using the various stick body parts though, a Stamp-a-ma-jig is a must for this set! I found it pretty easy to customize each character to represent my family the only thing I think they need to add is a bald head and a beard/goatee. I sort of drew a beard on my husband and I actually gave the dog longer legs because our pooch is a giant! I did not have a current family picture to place in the frame so I created a little insert with a 'T' and the definition for 'Together" on it. I used the Summer Picnic DSP to accent my frame but you could really pick any paper to match your family or home decor. I really like this project and I thought anyone would enjoy making one. Even if you are grown up, moved out but, yet to start a family , I thought it might be a fun gift for your parents featuring you and your siblings. But, alas...only my friends with their own children have shown to our recent Extravaganza I had another idea. I`ve decided that, if you do not want to make a Family Name Frame, to invite you to decorate a shadowbox frame to match your home decor!

This is the frame I decorated, I absolutely love the Ginger Blossom Paper and so I decided to feature it. Once again I could not find a suitable photo so I created a complimentary insert instead. I am quite please with how it turned out and I can`t wait to create more of these!!

In case you are interested, the class information is as follows:

Date: Thursday June 12th, 7 pm

Location: My Home

Cost: $30 ($25 for VIP members)

Details: Payment of class fee is required to reserve your spot. Please mention if you would prefer a black or cream coloured frame. Everything you need to make one frame will be provided but, please do bring your own dry double-sided adhesive. If you wish an additional frame can be made for $15 (you must indicate this at time of registration)

I hope you can join us on the 12th!

Monday, May 19, 2008

Chipboard Inspirations

This month, Stampin' Up! is offering %25 percent off chipboard products with any $40 order! I love chip board but, I find people are generally in 2 camps: either they can't get enough of the stuff or they have no idea how they would/could use it. I thought I would give some tips on how you can use chip board, and show you a few of my recent chipboard projects.

The project just above this text is a frame I made using the Ginormous Pieces chipboard pack. This is a really fun collection because it has oversized pieces that can stand alone as in the project above or be used on scrapbook pages for a major impact plus it also includes some smaller accent pieces that would fit nicely on cards.I covered the frame with DSP and punched the holes with my crop-a-dile (love that tool!) The rest of the recipe is as follows:

Tart & Tangy

Inks: Real red (craft & classic), Old Olive, Whisper White Craft ink, bashful blue marker

Papers: real red textured cardstock, summer picnic dsp (from occasions mini Caty)

Tools & Accessories: Ginormous pieces chipboard, Crop-a-dile, real red 5/8 inch grosgrain ribbon, black gingham ribbon, silk flower from Pretties kit, scallop circle punch, 1-3/8 circle punch, Crystal Effects, Eastern Elegance Rub-ons, Tombow adhesive, glue dots.

20 ways to use Chipboard:
  1. Colour it with markers
  2. Colour it with classic ink by pressing it directly into the ink pad or use your brayer (best for darker colours)
  3. Colour it with craft ink by pressing it directly into ink pad or apply with a sponge (any colour)
  4. Coat with craft ink or Versamark and emboss with clear or coloured EP.
  5. Cover with designer series paper by gluing chipboard to paper, cutting it out roughly then sanding edges smooth with a sanding block.
  6. Distress by sanding, sponging or stipling.
  7. Cover in glitter or microbeads
  8. Stamp on it
  9. Emboss designs on it
  10. Doodle on it
  11. Pierce holes and set eyelets in it
  12. Apply rub-ons
  13. Layer it
  14. Create flowers, creatures and object with various pieces (like punch art)
  15. Cut it using a craft knife
  16. Wrap it with ribbon or twine
  17. Place shape under a piece of cardstock and use a stylus to dry emboss the shape
  18. Use both shapes and their negatives as stencils to create new pieces.
  19. Use larger pieces to create frames, 3-d projects or album covers
  20. Experiment and try your favourite paper craft technique on a new surface!
Here are a couple more projects to inspire you: the first project is a mini album using the Loonies for littles kit available this month as a fund raiser for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Canada. This lovely album was so easy to complete using the decorative papers, self-Adhesive die cuts and unique stamps that came with the kit. In fact I think the most consuming part of this project was choosing the photos to use inside!! Stampin' Up! carries 2 sizes of these mini spiral albums or journals as well as a number of other items that are just perfect for creating your own books.

The last project I will share with you today is made with one of our ChipBoard Clipboards and pieces from a Simply Scrappin' Kit. The clipboards come in 3 very different
sizes and offer a really unique way to display special photos or notes. I can't believe how quickly and easily this project came together using the elements from the Simply Scrappin'
kit! I think I will definitely have to take a closer look at the other kits! Well, that's it for today take a peak back tomorrow for another fun project featuring Chipboard! Also if you have any neat chipboard projects you would like to share send me a picture!