Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Workshop Samples

Wow has it been a week already. Time is flying, and lately I can't seem to keep up. I took a quick break from my CK Convention preparations to do a home workshop for a customer. I don't do a lot outside of my home anymore, so it took a little extra prep time- since I haven't updated my customer folders (in over a year) and things like that. Anyway, we had a great time and I enjoyed getting out of the house. Here are the three projects we did. I keep things simple for workshops due to the variance of skill and experience levels I encounter. All the ladies seemed to enjoy the projects.

This first project was done with my favorite Crazy for Cupcakes set and Sweet Always Designer paper. This set is on sale this month, so it was the perfect excuse to pull it out. The cupcakes are colored and the tops are glittered. The ribbon is the Pink Taffeta tied in a knot and layered over a piece of Regal Rose cardstock that has been scalloped with the scallop edge punch.

This next card is a simple embossing card using Snow Swirled. I demoed how to emboss, but had the embossing already done for them, so all they had to do was punch. It was a great way to show how you can stamp and emboss a whole sheet of cardstock to save time. Saving time is a big factor for me when I am making large quantities of cards for things like Christmas. The only tough part of this card is tying those tiny bow with the silver cording.

The final project we did is these Sour Cream Containers. This pattern has been around forever, however it has been years since I have done. them. They each got a piece of Holiday Treasures Designer paper and adhere and crimped the end. We put Kisses inside, then finished the other side. The tag was super simple. We inked up the image and used a marker to change the color of the sentiment in the middle. Then we simply punched out our tag with the matching Curly Label punch from the set/punch bundle. We finished them off with the Alpine ribbon from the Holiday Mini Catalog.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Calendar Kit Clipboard

Last night I pulled out another Calendar Kit and a small On Board Clipboard. I added a few embellishments, but for the most part used what was in the kit. Very simple and fun project. The hardest part was getting the paper around the clip on the clipboard. I took each calendar month and cut the bottom 3.5" off, turned it over and adhered it to the top piece overlapping the two pieces to shorten it. This allowed space for the 2009 Calendar embellishment to be seen while the pages are on the clipboard. I folded together the blue striped case that comes with these kits, added a ribbon and the Made for you label. The pages that aren't being used can be stored in the box for protection. This will be on display at the CK Convention is Bellevue, WA.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Calendar Kits

Here is a completed Calendar made from the Calendar Kit in the Holiday Mini Catalog. These kits are only $7.95 and will make a great Stocking Stuffer. I literally copied the SU instructions (except I added the red strip) and it took less than 5 minutes to make. There is a small sheet of self adhesive diecuts to use to highlight special events through the year. I just placed it inside with the calendar pages. Super cute. I have two more kits that I am using for other projects that will be on display at the CK Scrapbook Convention in November. Check back to see what I come up with.

Sunday, October 19, 2008


I have been super busy getting ready for the Creating Keepsakes Scrapbook Convention in Bellevue, WA on Nov 14-15th. Each year I decorate a small tree for the booth. This year the tree will feature the On Board Trinkets Ornaments featured on page 14 of the Holiday Mini Catalog. This is a great kit, in fact it makes up to 40 ornaments, which is great. I love how the designer is diecut to match the ornaments. Last year, I traced and cut out so many intricate snowflake ornaments for the tree. Anyway, here is a selection of the ornaments- most sparkle, though it's hard to tell in the pictures.

This first set, includes the use of the Pretties Kit, Felt Flurries, layering and glitter.
This next set have all been inked with Versamark Ink and embossed with Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder. This is a great way to add sparkle and really jazz up the pieces.
This set is all done stain glass style. I layed the ornaments down on wax paper and then filled the openings with Crystal Effects. Some are sprinkled with different glitters before drying, and others were filled with CE that is dyed with reinker.
Here are two examples where I adhered Silver Microbeads. These turned out really cool. The ball is done with Sticky Strip and the other one was done with Tombow Multi Glue. This last selection of ornaments show a variety. The Green one, has tiny dots of Dazzling Diamonds carefully placed in the centers of each flower. The red one on the left has green glitter around the edge, pretties beads hanging down and half pearls in the center. The blue one has been painted with Crystal Effects and sprinkled with Dazzling Diamonds. The snowflake is a felt flurry that I embossed with Iridescent Ice EP. The final red one has Fire Square Rhinestone brads and silver beads applied. The brads had their prongs snipped off and adhere on. The beads are held on with Sticky Tape.I hope you like the sampling of these ornaments. I am moving onto my next project for the event. If you are going to be attending the show, be sure to drop by and say hi.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

October Stamp Club Projects

Here are this month's stamp club projects. We worked with the Big Shot and Holiday Mini items.

This first card is done with Ski Slope Designer Paper & Little Felt Flurries. We dabbed 2-Way Glue onto the snowflakes and dipped them into Dazzling Diamonds Glitter. We used a large Clear Rhinestone Brad from the Pretties Kit to attach the snowflakes. Around the edge of Textured Old Olive Cardstock and Baja Breeze Ski Slope pieces we added Faux Stitching.This next card is one that I copied from a recent demonstrator meeting I attended. I changed the paper and colors. This sample uses the new Christmas Cardinal stamp set, Ski Slope Designer Papers, Top Notch Die with the Big Shot, and the Alpine Ribbon Originals. The cardinal is stamped on the front of the 1/2 Top Notch Cardstock Vellum piece and colored on the backside. The Chocolate Chip background was stamped using the Versamark Pad.We made these really quick mint holders using the Baskets & Blooms Bigz XL die with the Big Shot. These went together really quickly. I have also included a photo here of a Gift Card Holder. Both are flat, except the month holder done with the Autumn Vine Designer Paper used Dimensionals to close the bottom. The mint holder is embellished with a neutral button and the gift card holder is embellished with a Fire Rhinestone Brad and Filigree Brad. I thought the mint holders would be cute at the Thanksgiving Day table.This last project was also done with the Ski Slope Designer Paper. We altered these tins I got from clearance bin and the local craft store. We wrapped a piece of designer paper around and then applied the metal label holder from the Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardware set that is now available. The top of the tins are done with a scallop chipboard frame, designer paper, Tombow Multi, and sanding block. The snowman is from the Merry and Bright set. Lastly we added a small Felt Flurry snowflake. Everyone was given a choice of adding a Rhinestone Brad or Half Pearl to put in the center of the snowflakes. If the snowflakes didn't have a hole in the middle we punched one with the Crop-A-Dile. This helped keep the embellishement from sticking up.Now that club is over, I will be working on putting together the different kits from the mini catalog to display at my CK Convention Booth next month. I will post those as soon as I can. Have a great weekend.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Last Sneak Peek for WCMD

Here are the last few samples for today's WCMD Event.

This first card is made with the Card Elements Kit that is on sale next week for 20% off.

This card is done with the new Pink Pirouette 1 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon. The ribbon has linen thread weaved through one side, the ends of the thread are pulled tight together and tied. The Glitter was added by rolling the edges in a small pool of Crystal Effects and then the glitter sprinkles on. The Flower Brad is colored. It's hard to see in the picture. To do this, I mixed some Crystal Effects with Rose Red Re-Inker and used a toothpick to paint the inside of the brad. The color combo here is Pink Pirouette, Mellow Moss and Rose Red.
These vases are a case from the SU Demo site that features last years Artisian winners. I loved these vases- done with the small oval punch and trimmed. I added the spritzing of Bordering Blue ink to them and sponged the right side with the Whisper White Craft Ink and the matching classic ink the left side. The flowers are punched from the Three For You Flower Punch. We will also be making the Christmas Cards from the Card Elements kit to send to the troops. Happy World Card Making Day Everyone!!!

Friday, October 3, 2008

Frankie Package

Here is a cute package that I recently made at a group meeting. Isn't it cute. It is done with the SU Top Notch die for the Big Shot. I have seen these around the web, so I not sure who the original idea came from, but I give full credit to all those before me who have created this cool Frankie. I have even seen some girl Frankies. So Cute.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

WCMD- More Sneak Peeks

I have been busy prepping for my World Card Making Day this coming Saturday. Here are a couple more samples that we will be making that day.
This card is done using the new Big Flurries from the Holiday Mini Catalog. I layered it onto stamped Shimmery White Cardstock and added Dazzling Diamonds Glitter to it and added a half pearl to the center. The background is wheeled with the Snow Jumbo wheel. The Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardware (Now Available) label holder holds the saying. The saying what colored directly onto the stamp with a Real Red Marker and a Baja Breeze Marker I made by dripping re-inker onto a dried up Blender Pen. The ribbon is the new Riding Hood Red Taffeta Ribbon.
This next card is a case from my up-up-line Julie. She loves Halloween and comes up with some really neat things. The sets used here are Just Jawing & Gratuitous Grafiti. There is lots of sponging and paper piecing here. The hat is made with the Coluzzle and Small Oval Punch.This sample is a simple card using the Hawaiian Papaya Designer Paper, Eastern Blooms set & Heard from the Heart set. Each of the flowers is cut out and adhered with Dimentionals. Each one has some Crystal Effects finely dotted into the center. The ribbon is the new Double Stiched Chocolate Chip ribbon.Check back tomorrow for a few more.