Monday, December 3, 2012

DECEMBER : La Belle Vie ( :

Here's what you'll need this month!
La Belle Vie kit
Paper Trimmer
Tombow Blender Pen
Black Sponge
3-D foam
colonial white cards/envelopes if making cards

Black Ink
Blush Ink

1 x 3 1/2
2 x 3 1/2
2 x 6 1/2

brochure layout:
2 - 4x6 PORTRAIT
You could opt to put a small 2 3/4 x 2 3/4 or smaller on the tag that has the tower on it - that inserts into the pocket - that would be super cute ( :

bonus layout:
1 - 6x6
2 - 4x6 PORTRAIT
3 - 3x3

The layout is pretty straight forward - remember when you are cutting on the cricut to leave your mat in and cut ALL the pieces from that paper at the same time.
All the pieces are sponged with Black ink - I opted to turn my B&T paper over and use the back side instead of the stripe - you can do what suits your photos best.
I've had trouble with my scanner so I only got 2 photos up on here at this point but plan to add more - you could opt to use the 4x6 flip flaps to add more photos if you want to the 2nd page. If you do that - put them in the middle of the 2 photos - not the outside edge photo since that one has the lamp post on it.

I did not get to the second layout this month - had some unexpected company that was here for 2 weeks - sorry ) :

I opted for a super simple card - my favorite of the two seen:
LEFT card:
4 1/4 x 5 1/2 black cardstock
4 1/8 x 5 3/8 purple cardstock in pack
4 x 5 1/4 Tan B&T
2 1/2 x 3 1/2 purple cardstock in pack
2 5/8 x 3 5/8 black cardstock
left over banner pieces from layout - polka dot one is 2 x 2 1/2, pink is 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 then notched
I cut a 7/8 x 3 piece for the word and then cut it to size
sponged all in black ink
I stamped the image in the upper corner
sponged the paper flower with baby pink & blush ink

RIGHT card:
super simple - just a plain colonial white card base
I stamped an image 3 times in the background - I used the tombow blending pen to highlight the butterfly in the image
I cut random length stripes of paper - I think my width is 1/2 - but you could do some fat some skinny - mix it up - cut the banner on the cricut - pg 35 Accent 2 pink cardstock, Accent 2 shift Black cardstock - I believe mine is cut 1 1/4 as it measures from the widest part on the banner - but you could cut it to fit your words.
This is my favorite card as it is something you can easily adapt to do for lots of different occasions using different papers etc.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Oh my darling, Oh my darling, Oh my darling CLEMENTINE

It's November so that means we are back working with our Workshops On The Go Kits - this month we will work with Clementine.

Please bring the following:
Clementine Kit
Paper Trimmer
3-D foam (if desired)
Sponge for SADDLE ink
Desired Alphabet letters - I changed mine to work with my photo choices
EXTRA cottage assortment if you are making cards or multiple layouts
Colonial White card bases/envelopes if making cards
Brown sparkle pack if desired
Burlap ribbon if desired
Corner Rounder for scalloped edges

Creme Brulee

1x3 1/2

brochure layout:
5 - 2x2
bonus layout:
5 1/2 x 8 PORTRAIT (i took a 8x10 landscape and cut the sides off)
4 x 5 1/2 LANDSCAPE (this is a 4x6 with 1/2" cut off one side)
4 - 2 1/2 x 4 LANDSCAPE

This kit teaches the "leather technique" you will need a spray bottle / iron to complete - if at my house I will have that - we're at Kristina's place I believe for Everett - so she will have that.

You need to cut the cardstock slightly larger than what is needed - I do about 1/4" to 3/8" larger to allow for shrinkage.
Mist the cardstock to moisten the paper - gently crumble it up and then open and wad it up again - I repeat this a few times to get a nice texture to the paper.  Then press it with the iron to dry it and set the wrinkles.
Next - gently sand the cardstock *do not use the coarse side* - this will take the color off the ridges and leave the color in the valleys of the paper - then sponge the cardstock with the same color of ink - the ink should hit the ridges and be slightly darker/deeper than the valleys showing the paper color.

I didn't really make a lot of changes to the first layout - although I did add the burlap ribbon & sparkles to mine. **NOTE**I could not get the "good times" to stamp onto the textured cardstock piece and be readable - so I opted to make a faceplate piece - if you want to do the same you will need the following cut:
AP cartridge pg 25 1 1/4 colonial white cardstock
AP cartridge Layer pg 25 1 1/4 sorbet cardstock

The second layout I swapped out the tan cardstock they had the stamping on for colonial white - just personal preference - so you can opt to leave it if you prefer.

This second layout is a Magic Layout - cutting instructions are online under the wotg area - but here are the measurements:
4 1/4 x 10 1/4 Saddle Cardstock *leather technique piece so it is cut larger than the book states
1/2 x 12 Blue B&T
5 1/2 x 2 Colonial White (like mine) or tan cardstock
5 1/2 x 6 Colonial White (like mine) or tan carstock
1/2 x 6 Blue B&T
1/2 x 4 Blue B&T
1/2 x 4 Creme Brulee B&T - scalloped edge
1/2 x 6 Creme Brulee B&T - scalloped edge
left card:
4 14 x 5 1/2 Desert Sand - sand using the cross hatch method
3 1/2 x 4 Blue B&T
2 x 4 Saddle
2 1/4 x 2 1/4 Sorbet
1 3/4 x 1 3/4 Colonial White

4 x 5 1/4 small flower B&T
3 x 4 Sorbet
2 3/4 x 2 3/4 Colonial White
2 3/4 x 1 1/4 Blue B&T - you will tear one edge and then mount this over the colonial white piece

3 1/2 x 4 1/4 Small flower B&T
4 x 5 Sorbet
3 x 2 colonial white
1 x 2 blue B&T w/torn edge to make it a finished 1/2 x 2 piece
2" circle - I used the cricut for mine

So - as a reminder:
all sanding for the layouts & cards I did using the cross hatch method - diagonally across both directions.
All the pieces are sponged
Be creative with the burlap - they used the edges - tied with a knot for some pieces - then took the left over middle piece from that and removed threads to make a more open burlap ribbon.

I also sand all of my stamped pieces to help them fit the feel of the page/card.


Card Club

Here are a few of the cards we've made in card class the past few months:

These embossed cards are beautiful but very easy to achieve - You will need Clear Embossing powder for the one on the left and White Embossing powder for the one on the right.  VersaMark Ink & A heat Gun.
 here's some instructions:

Left Card:
4 1/2 x 4 1/2 cardbase
I then cut the following using the cricut Artiste cartridge:
pg 63 "C" page - CARD 2x2, 2 1/2 x 2 1/2, 2 3/4 x 2 3/4
You will also need one that is 3 1/4 x 3 1/4 BUT you need to space it away from the other images cut so you can have a square edge to cut around it - making it a mat piece.
The image is inked in VersaMark ink and then immediately inked into a colored ink pad and stamped on the 2x2 cricut piece - pour clear embossing powder over it - tap off the extra and heat emboss. 
I then layered the pieces alternating w/3-D foam between the 2x2 & the 2 1/2 x 2 1/2, and then foam again between the 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 & the 2 3/4 x 2 3/4 which is glued directly to the card front.
Right Card:
I used our new alcohol markers on this card - remember they soak into the cardstock so you will want to layer the paper you use these markers on.
base I cut is 4 1/4 x 11 - with a top fold - this allowed me to run a ribbon through the card.
Creme Brulee 4 x 5 1/4 - if you want you can add another piece for the inside of the card
I used the corner rounder on the 2 bottom corners
This card uses the masking technique - so stamp your main image once on scrap paper - like photo copy paper - trim it out and set it aside.
Stamp the main image onto your cardstock using VersaMark Ink and then cover in White embossing powder - tap off the extra and heat emboss.  Now take your mask piece and place it over the image you just embossed and stamp the image a second time to layer the images - repeat for as many layers you want - in this case I have 3 flowers layered in the corner - the 2nd two flowers were added behind the first because of the masking technique.
I then used the alcohol markers to color the flowers in.
Both of these cards came from other consultants - I tweaked some a bit here and there but want to give credit to them for their ideas.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Pear & Partridge Cards ( :

Okay so October is the month for me to get my Christmas cards made - you all know that if you wait to do anything until November it just isn't going to get done right?!  So - if you too are making the cards this month then this is for you ( :

Supplies needed:
Pear & Partridge card kit
3-D foam
Cranberry Ink
Cocoa Ink
colonial white card/envelopes

**I needed to make MORE cards than what the kit will alot for - so I changed the cutting slightly - used left over paper from the scrapbook kit and left over cardstock scraps from the advent calendar.  I swapped out ribbon - I did use what came in the kit but when I ran out I grabbed the pack of Cocoa Ribbon and made it work by swapping out cardstock colors and by "coloring" the white stitching on one of the ribbons ( just simply sponge champagne or cashmere ink on the white thread to make it creamy).  I was able to make a ton of cards by just thinking outside the box - so can you ( :

Card 1:
You will stamp the "words" of your choice in second generation on the card base - I did them brick style - meaning I tried to not line up the beginning of the word on each row - but staggered them so that there was no pattern - look at the example in the brochure for a visual on this until I get a photo posted.

I opted to swap out the red cardstock for Cocoa cardstock on this card so piece 1A will still be 4 x 2 1/2 but in cocoa not cranberry.
I also swapped out the olive cardstock piece for a B&T pattern - so piece 1B is 1 1/4 x 4 1/4 but cut out of the striped B&T (short stripes NOT long)
I used the ribbon that came in this kit for this card and sparkles

Card 2:
I made this card as shown BUT I swapped out the B&T papers cause I ran out the the pear & partridge paper - so I opted to use another B&T in it's place - the olive tree & partridge paper.  I used the ribbon that came in the kit for this card as well.
NOTE:  You can stretch your cocoa cardstock "base" area farther if you want by cutting the pieces down.  The brochure calls for a 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 piece (2A) of cocoa - that everything is built on - but you are then putting that onto a card base - so you could just cut a 1/2" x 5 1/2 cocoa piece & 2 1/2 x 5 1/2 cocoa piece.  You will still have the cranberry piece (2B) that will help cover the card base.

This card has the cute flag with the words "a merry little" in cranberry - I found it was easiest to just stamp this on scrap cardstock and THEN cut it to fit the area I needed it to sit on.

Card 3:
This is the card I made the biggest changes to cause it used the most B&T.  I used the pear & partridge pattern instead of the olive B&T side that is shown on this card in the brochure.  I also cut that background piece down so that I could get more cards out of it.

So - piece 3A which was to be 4 x 5 1/4 was not cut - instead I cut a piece 2 x 4 & 1/2 x 4 and then of course you will still have the 3B piece (cranberry cardstock) that will fit in between those patterned pieces.

I didn't have enough ribbon from the kit to make my oodles of cards to I used the cocoa ribbon here which meant I needed to swap out the cocoa cardstock piece (3C) with something else - so I opted to put Olive cardstock there instead.

ALL of these cards have been sponged in cocoa ink - which I think is super nice.

I still have some B&T papers left that I could make a few more cards with - but I was able to with these cutting adjustments make about 60 cards using the kit, the scraps from the scrapbook kit & leftover cardstock from that advent calendar kit - and adding in some extra card bases/envelopes, a pack of cocoa ribbon & red sparkles.  Clear sparkles would also be a great option.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Hostess order for Sept-Dec 2012 & Jan 2013

Here's the tentative dates for Hostess Order  & classes for the rest of the year & January:

Marysville Card Class:

Sept 15th  - Hostess Judy
October 20th - Hostess Beth
November 17th - Hostess Sue
December 15th - Hostess Giulia
January19th - Hostess Dana

Marysville Scrapbooking Class:

Sept 18th - Hostess Deb
October 16th - Hostess Deniece
November 13th - Hostess Renee **CLASS DATE CHANGE BECAUSE OF HOLIDAY
December 18th - Hostess Dana
January 15th - Hostess Olivia

Everett Scrapbooking Class:

Sept 19th - Hostess Kari
Oct 17th - Hostess Carolyn
November 14th - Hostess Kristina **CLASS DATE CHANGE BECAUSE OF HOLIDAY
December 19th - Hostess Melissa
January 16th - Hostess Tanja

Avonlea - September 2012

This month we will be working with the Avonlea Kit(s) - please bring the following to class:

Avonlea Kit (card or scrapbooking)
Fiskars Euro Trimmer
Keepsake Alphabet
3-D foam for cards
mini glue dots for cards
Chocolate Sponge - or Sponge Dauber
ALL pieces are sponged - including pictures for the layouts - I left the cards "clean" but you are free to sponge them if you'd prefer them sponged.

Inks Layouts:
Chocolate marker (i have not used this on mine as of posting as I couldn't order then at that point)

Inks Cards:
Smokey Plum
Slate **NEW INK**

1 x 1
1 x 3 1/2
3 x 3

Photos needed:
4 x 6 (x2) PORTRAIT
2 x 2 (x6)

bonus layout:
4 x 4 1/2 LANDSCAPE
*I added a slightly smaller than 3 x 5 to the journaling area

The card kit allows you to cut 5 each of 3 different designs - but I was able to actually cut 6 out of 2 of them giving me 17 cards total - you will need to add 2 extra card bases/envelopes to complete your cards if you do this - but it basically uses all of your paper up  ( :

Measurements if you choose not to buy the kit but make some similar cards:
Thank you on left:
5 1/4 x 2 5/8 Chocolate Cardstock
1 1/2 x 5 1/2 B&T
3 1/2 x 2 1/2 Smokey Plum Cardstock
3 1/4 x 2 1/4 Avonlea White Cardstock
2 pieces of ribbon 3 1/4" each tied w/knot on one end - adhere w/glue dots

Just Because card - middle:
1/2 x 5 1/2 Slate Cardstock
1 3/4 x 4 1/4 Chocolate Cardstock
1 1/2 x 4 Avonlea White Cardstock
2 1/2 x 5 1/2 B&T
7" ribbon to tie around the wording

Wishing card - right:
1 x 4 1/4 Slate Cardstock - random stamp image on this piece
2 3/4 x 2 Smokey Plum cardstock
1 3/4 x 2 1/2 Avonlea White Cardstock
4 x 5 1/2 B& T
22" ribbon tie through card base

Crusin' Cards August 2012

This month is your "free" month where you can work on whatever project you want ( :

I used the Cruisin' paper packet to create these cards - cutting instructions are below - I did use the NEW Cricut Artiste cartridge and will bring that to class if you would like to create similar cards at class.

Please be aware that since you are all using different paper packets this month I will not be able to bring all of the materials - so - IF YOU NEED a particular ink pad or item that you do not have - PLEASE email me prior to class so I can bring it with me to class.  Thanks ( :

Flip Card:
5 1/2 Accent 1 ARTISTE cartridge pg 52 - Grey Wool (this is the flip base)
4 1/4 x 5 1/2 Squiggle B&T
2 1/8 x 5 1/2 Argyle B&T (stands tall)
2 1/4 Oval5 Layer AP cartridge - pg 62 Juniper *this will give you a frame and a smaller cut out
2 1/4 Oval5 AP cartridge pg 62 White Daisy
1 3/4 Oval5 AP cartridge pg 62 White Daisy
Just a number stamp set
Mini Sparkles
Black Ink

Fold the flip card in half - then fold the front part back in half again - so that you have a "folded edge" running half way down the card w/half of the oval5 pattern showing on the right of the fold.  You will adhere the 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 squiggle paper to the inside but "back" of the flip card - to it's left is the grey wool cardstock showing - mount the juniper frame to the 2 1/4 oval5 white daisy piece and then adhere that over the grey wool oval5 shape showing to the left of the B&T you've just adhered.  This is sort of the "middle" of this card.  Close the card and you should now just see grey wool on the left  w/grey wool oval5 shape showing on top of the squiggle paper. Attach the argyle B&T to the left side of the card - you will now only see 1/2 of the oval5 shape showing in grey wool on the right of that B&T.

**in order for this to "flip" open you need to adhere the white daisy oval5 piece to the juniper cut out and then cut the layered pieces in half - STAMP your images of course FIRST before cutting out - then mount that to the oval5 shape showing and decorate w/sparkles as desired.

Film Strip Card:
White Daisy Base
4 1/4 x 5 1/2 Linen B&T
2" Accent 2 ARTISTE cartridge pg 67 Black Cardstock
1 1/4 x 5 1/4 White Daisy cardstock - to layer behind the film strip
Black Ink
3-D foam

I used the August Stamp of the Month to create this card - you could opt to put whatever images / words you desire into the boxes - simple card but fun ( :

Mustache Card:
White Daisy Base
4 x 4 1/4 Argyle B&T
1 1/2 x 4 1/4 Linen B&T
3/8 x 4 1/4 Cranberry Cardstock
1 1/2 Accent 2 shift ARTISTE cartridge pg 65 white daisy cardstock
1" Accent 2 Shift ARTISTE cartridge pg 67 Black Cardstock
Black ink
3-D foam
Button Brads
Mini Glue Dots
my legacy writers

I used the writers to add the little frame work around the words on the bubble - 3-D foam the mustache up.  Instead of having the brad backs showing in the card I used nippers to cut off the arms of the brads - and then mini glue dots to adhere them to the card front - giving it a clean inside.

Friday, July 13, 2012

The SUN has arrived so it's time for FOOTLOOSE ( :

This month we will be working with the Footloose Kit - it's so refreshing ( :

Please bring the following:
Footloose Kit (brochure, stamp set, paper packet)
Fiskars paper trimmer
3-D foam (IF DESIRED - I didn't use any)
GLUE DOTS ( you will need them if you are using the seaside shapes)
Footloose dimensional elements (if you bought them)
Seaside Shapes (if you bought them)
Sanding Kit - Sanding Block if you have one or the rough sand paper from the kit
Mini sponge wedges or sponge daubers to shade sea animals
Pearl Paint / fan paint brush for seaside shapes
*I used dimensional element letters for my title - You can use whatever alphabet you like if you would rather stamp the title OR you could opt to use the cricut and cut letters.
**You will need 1 sheet of Heavenly Blue cardstock for the studio j layout & 1 sheet or extra scrap paper of White Daisy if you do that layout so you can stamp sea animals/shells etc

Creme Brulee
New England Ivy
Desert Sand Marker - (you need the marker for the seaside shapes)
Bamboo Marker (seaside shapes) ** I will bring mine as well in case you don't have them

2 x 6 1/2
3 x 3
2 x 2
1 x 1
2 x 3 1/2

Photos needed:
Studio J Layout:
4 x 6 (x2) PORTRAIT
3 x 3 (x2)

bonus layout:
2 1/2 x 2 1/2 (x6) (this is a wallet size squared)

CUTTING for Studio J Layout:

Sand B&T paper cut:
2 x 12 (x2)
1 x 12
2 x 7

Wave B&T (WATCH the pattern on this - you will use part of BOTH B&T papers in the kit to cut this and the second layout)
3 x 12 with wave pattern going ACROSS (horizontal) the 12" part (this piece will go across the bottom of the LEFT page)
3 x 12 with wave pattern going across (horizontal) the 3" part (this piece will be the tall piece on the RIGHT page)

Lagoon Cardstock
7 x 5 (x2)

Heavenly Blue Cardstock
5 1/2 x 12
1 x 12
1 x 7
4 1/2 x 7

Creme Brulee Sun B&T **cut your bonus layout with this first then cut these 2 pieces)
3/8 x 12
3/8 x 7

I used dimension element letters on mine - and stamped the sea animal images on the letters using different inks to give them a cool pattern.

Sand EVERYTHING - all the cardstock I did the cross hatch sanding method - sand one direction at an angle and then turn and sand the other direction going across what you've just sanded.  Rest sand edges of - don't panic if it tears a little or curls the paper - that will add to the effect ( :
Watch as you line up the pieces on the layouts as I messed mine up / : not paying attention to that - just be sure that the left page lines match up with the right page any place the lines cross over the layout.

BONUS layout:

This is a Reflections layout if you have the book - but here are the cuts:
Wave Paper
8 1/2 x 11 with waves going across (horizontal) the 8 1/2

Heavenly Blue (to tie the 2 layouts together)
1/2 x 6
1 1/2 x 6
1/2 x 2 1/2 (x2)

White Daisy Cardstock
7 x 12

5 x 12
1/2 x 2 (x2) for flags
Creme Brule B&T w/sun pattern (cut this BEFORE the extra pieces on the studio j layout)
2 1/2 x 12 - if you cut this first  you will have the sun beams going across the right page
7 x 9

Zip Strip with Lagoon on it and creme brulee wave

*seahorse is colored using sponges - I inked him in creme brulee and then sponged a little sorbet on the tummy, and then lagoon on the back followed by some new england ivy.
Turtle is shaded by inking him in creme brulee and then sponging lagoon around the edges and then new england ivy.

I added images from the Relax set - if you'd like to borrow mine you are welcome to that night.

So - this kit came with the wooden badge buttons to stamp on - I attempted to do this SEVERAL times and had a hard time not getting it to bleed the image - so I opted to NOT use them - you are welcome to use yours if you'd like to - I'm going to just color mine at some point and just use them w/out stamping on them


White Daisy Card Bases for both
Whale Card:
4" Sweet Leaf Cardstock
3 3/4 x 3 3/4 Pebble B&T
3/4 x 6 Creme Brulee Cardstock
2 1/2 x 2 1/2 White Daisy (to stamp whole whale on)
2 1/4 x 2 1/4 White Daisy (to stamp partial whale on)
mini brads
3-D foam
Lagoon Ink
Creme Brulee Ink
Under The Sea stamp set used
Sanding Kit

Sand/distress all of the cardstock - B&T papers etc.
Folds for Creme Brulee piece: score 1", 1 1/4", 1 3/4", 2", 2 1/2", 2 3/4" - glue folds down

Fish Card:
4 1/4 x 5 1/2 Sweet Leaf Cardstock
1 1/2 x 4 1/2 Wave B&T paper
2 x 3 Pebble B&T paper
2 1/8 x 3 1/8 Creme Brulee Cardstock
1 1/4 x 1 1/4 White Daisy Cardstock x3

Sand/distress all papers
Stamp the fish 3 times - one for base - one for sponging and one for the little fin - to sponge/cut out and adhere for dimension.
Add sparkles / waxy flax or bakers twine as desired.

Friday, June 15, 2012


June is Florentine - please bring the following to class:
Florentine wotg kit
Fiskars Euro paper trimmer
3-D foam
sponge (for cocoa ink)
sponge daubers (for goldrush, cocoa, twilight)
White Daisy die cut cards (if you are making cards)
Extra Colonial White cardstock if you are building layouts like mine
glue dots
Trinity Alphabet - or you can opt to die cut letters - I did both!


1 x 1
1 x 3 1/2
2 x 2

studio j layout : 4 - 4 x 4 & 1 - 4 x 6 LANDSCAPE
brochure layout: 1 - 5 x 7 PORTRAIT, 2 - 3 x 4 PORTRIAT (or you can opt for 1 - 4x6 landscape in that area), 1- 4 x 5 1/4 (you'll cut down a 4x6) LANDSCAPE, 1 - 4 x 6 PORTRAIT

**they used the Trinity alphabet on their layouts - I used the cricut and cut my letters
**they built the main layout on olive cardstock - I chose to build mine on colonial white to match the studio J layout I made

Ok - so the Studio J layout is actually a layout from Cherish on page 110 -
You will need the following if you want to cut pieces that match mine:
4 1/2 x 12 - small floral B&T w/ hearts & vines
4 1/2 x 4 1/2 (x2) - small floral B&T w/hearts & vines
6 x 3 - small floral B&T w/hearts & vines
4 1/2 x 6 1/2 - small floral B&T w/hearts & vines
6 x 9 - Twilight B&T paper
6 x 7 1/2 - Twilight B&T paper
2 x 2 (x5) - Twilight B&T paper
2 x 2(x4) - Goldrush B&T paper w/hearts
2 x 2 (x4) - stripe B&T paper
I also used 4 of the zip strips (the ones w/o words)
Sponge all the pieces w/cocoa ink - including your photo edges
I used coco ribbon on these BUT we got ribbon in this kit that you could use - color it as desired.
*I've not totally finished this layout - I would like to add some embellishments - but haven't gotten that done - so bring things you'd like to add to this layout - you could use mocha opaques or pewter badge buttons, brads etc.
Cricut cut::
decorative layer pg 45 (I believe I cut mine 2 " - which you will be cutting off part of this or tucking it behind the photo frame)
You will need to cut the decorative layer in coco cardstock, then cut the again in colonial white - and twilight (this is the solid piece) - I cut the top off the twilight and put it behind the pattern so it would peek through the wholes of the cocoa piece - then matted it again to the colonial white piece so I could write on it.

Brochure Layout -
I changed this layout slightly by building it on Colonial White cardstock - I wanted it to match the first layout more - I also swapped out the B&T paper to match as well - which - your kit may have had a note in it stating that if you wanted to build your layout as shown in the brochure that you would need to log onto the close to my heart site - BUT if you follow the cutting directions in the brochure - and then TURN over that paper they have you cut - that back is the small floral B&T w/hearts & vines that I've used on the studio j layout.
I cut everything as stated in the brochure - just swapped out the cricut letters for the stamped ones.
Everything again is sponged with cocoa ink - the ribbon you will color w/the sponge daubers - it does dry fairly quickly though - I think I left mine maybe 10-15 minutes and it was ready to use.  You will need glue dots to attach the ribbon to the page.
I found that you can opt to use the cricut to cut your hearts - the layout calls for 6 - hearts to be stamped and cut - if you cut 3/4" (cut 6 or you can cut a few extras just in case) - cut on colonial white cardstock

**I used one of the stamps in the set to add some texture / distressing to the page - I can show you how to achieve that look at class.

Landscape card:
I cut the following per card:
1 x 5 1/2 Goldrush heart B&T
3 3/4 x 5 1/2 Floral lace B&T (it's the lightest of the B&T paper - has some of the colors around the edges showing off the lace pattern)
1 1/2 x 2 1/4 Cocoa B&T paper that has the heart boarder on it
3/4 x 5 1/2 Twilight B&T paper
ribbon - you will colorize w/sponge daubers
2 x 2 1/2 colonial white piece for words (or cut a piece to match YOUR word size)
scrap colonial white for stamping the flower
**flower stamping - I inked my image in goldrush and then rolled it in twilight and then stamped it off on scrap paper - THEN i stamped my project piece - that gave me a water color look - after I cut it out I then sponged the edge of it and used the background stamp from that set to add some color w/twilight ink - I will show you the technique in class
I used some embellishments I had on hand to finish the card.

Portrait card:
1 x 5 goldrush heart B&T
3 3/4 x 5 1/2 floral lace B&T  (like used for other card)
1 1/2 x 4 1/2 twilight B&T
2 x 3 colonial white cardstock
1 1/4 x 1 1/4 floral lace B&T (I used a piece that looks like lace)
scrap colonial white cardstock to stamp the large flower 3 times - twice in cocoa ink - and once in goldrush - cut & sponge all the pieces and then layer - I used a piece of the zip strip for wording.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Hey LUCY, I'm home!

It's May so that brings us to the Lucy kit.  I opted to not create the workshops on the go featured layout and chose to make the Studio J layout shown in the Idea Book and then the bonus layout.  You are free to create which ever works best for you ( :

You will need the following for class this month:
Lucy Workshops on the Go Kit (brochure, paper packet, accessories, stamp set)
Fiskars paper trimmer
paper piercer
3-D foam
sponge for GREY WOOL ink
**colonial white cards/envelopes if creating cards
If you are creating the Studio J layout you will need 2 extra sheets of Grey Wool Cardstock - you could also opt to put all of these layouts on Creme Brulee and that would be great as well.

Creme Brulee
Grey Wool

Photos needed:
Studio J layout:
3 - 4x6 PORTRAIT
2 - WALLET sized (2 1/2 x 3 1/2 or 2 x 3)

featured layout has photo sizes listed in the brochure

BONUS layout:
7 x 9 LANDSCAPE (this is an 8x10 cut down one inch)
2 - 4 x 6 PORTRAIT

Cricut cutting:
The studio J layout is primarily cricut cut - I used the Accent Essentials cartridge that should have come with your cricut when you purchased it.
choose 3 B&T patterns and cut:
2" shift (5of each pattern, pg. 76 - accent essentials book)

Flowers for layouts - you will cut as many as YOU desire -so you will see no "amounts" listed below - just the cutting info:
daisy: 1 1/4" shift pg 29
large flower: 2" shift pg 50
butterfly: 3/4" shift pg 41

Studio J layout cuts:
6x8 Sweet Leaf B&T w/honeycomb print
4 1/2 x 6 1/2 Colonial White cardstock
ALL PIECES for this layout are sponged including photos in Grey Wool ink.

BONUS layout:
This is the Magic - Trap Door pg 76 layout
You can save paper if you cut Piece B & G as 2 x 2 instead of 2 x 12 as you cover a lot of that paper.
Cutting info is on the website under the workshops on the go - there is a cricut cut using the art philosophy cartridge - on colonial white cardstock  cut:
7" (pg 41)

When I stamped my flowers I used the rolling technique - ink your image up in the ink pad - stamp it off onto a scrap piece of paper then roll the image back in the ink pad so that the edges get ink on them again and then stamp it onto your cardstock - you should see a "shaded" effect.  I used the same technique for the flower center only AFTER I stamped it into the pre-stamped flower I again rolled the image edge one more time in creme brulee and stamped it into the middle again giving it a little more definition.  You could opt to reverse the flower colors - do a creme brulee flower with a blush center - cute ( :

I created 2 simple cards for this month - and also 2 using the Dotty for You paper.

Card One left card (lucy):
Colonial White base
4 1/4 x 5 1/2 Grey Wool cardstock

choose 3 B&T patterns and cut:
1 1/4" shift (4 of each pattern per card, pg. 76 - accent essentials book)
these measurements below are based on MY words I used - so if you are doing the same then these will work but if you are changing the words - cut the pieces to fit your words:
1 x 2 3/8 sweet leaf cardstock
7 /8 x 2 6 1/16 grey wool cardstock
1/2 x 2 3/16 colonial white cardstock
I used our new Bakers Twine on this card - you can leave that off if you don't have it or add waxy flax or ribbon of your choice

Card Two right card (lucy):
Colonial White base
1 1/2 grey wool cardstock
4 x 4 1/4 sweet leaf B&T (honeycomb looking one)
I used a zip strip from the paper for the "belt"
and a large flower popped off for focus
You can opt to add words - I left mine black so I could put the sentiment I needed on later when I use the card.

Card One left card (Dotty):
Colonial White base
**I picked 3 patterns I didn't like the pattern side and so I used the dots for my cards ( :

choose 3 B&T patterns and cut:
1" shift (5, pg. 76 - accent essentials book)
1" pg 56 colonial white cardstock
1" decorative layer cardstock

Card Two right card (Dotty):
Colonial White base
1" pg 75 (cut 3 different papers - you will get all the sizes of boxes - I would cut 3 squares per card of each color and you'll have plenty of squares to work with)

Thursday, April 12, 2012

April is Pemberly ( :

UUUUGGGGGHHHHHHHH! where does the time go to?  I've had these pages pretty much done for weeks but just haven't had a moment to sit and get these posted! SOOOOO SORRRRRYYYYYY!  BUT the GOOD NEWS is that they are SUPER EASY to cut! WooHoo!

So - here's the scoop:

You need:
Pemberly Kit
Fiskars trimmer (for last minute stuff - most of this layout is Cricut cut!)
3-D foam
Sponge - for Desert Sand Ink
pixie or pudgie (eye shadow/chalk applicator for small sponge work) desert sand ink & honey ink *you could also just cut one of the round sponges up into a small wedge

paper piercer (for pearl work)
If you are making the cards they have you using the LIGHT Neutrals Pack - I adapted mine so they would be standard size for mailing - you can make them however you'd like ( :

Desert Sand
Out Door Denim

brochure layout :
4 - 3 1/2 x 2 1/2 PORTRAIT (this is wallet sized) - mine printed 2 1/2 x 3 - so I went with it ( :

second layout:
2 - 4 x 3 PORTRAIT
**small envelope area could house a 2 3/4 x 2 3/4 picture there if you'd like

OKAY - so Cricut Cuts:

These layouts are almost entirely cut using the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge - there are just a couple cuts using the paper trimmer on the second layout.  Even the cards are mostly cut w/cricut!

In the brochure they show you what to cut - LEAVE YOUR CARDSTOCK or B&T PAPER WHOLE! don't cut the outline measurements - just put the whole sheet on the mat and then cut the measurements listed - they tell you directly under the cardstock the size you cut and what page number / image you are doing.  Obviously if you are cutting different words then you will be using more cardstock then they list (like me).

When you cut the colonial white cardstock - before you take it out - if you are planning on creating the second layout - then cut the following:

pennants 3/4" (cut 6) pg 49
1 1/2" letters of choice for title
1 1/2" (cut 2) shift pg 50
1 1/4" (cut 2) shift pg 50
scalloped boarder 1/2" shift font pg 64
scalloped boarder 3/4" (cut 4) shift font pg 64

When you cut the outdoor denim B&T (it has the 3 circles on it) - you can also cut the envelope piece for the 2nd layout if you plan to do that - 3" shift font layout pg 29 (this should give you the envelope).

BOTH layouts are sponged using Desert Sand Ink

I took one of the square cards and adapted it to a standard card size - you can leave it as a square if you'd prefer. MUCH of this is cut on the cricut - so you will see cut measurements/page numbers for that.  All of these cards I sponged using CHOCOLATE INK and stamped in the same ink as well.  I used chocolate ink to sponge the wooden shapes, and tombow to adhere them to the card fronts. Add 3-D foam as desired.

Each of the cards I made 2 samples of - The heart card the heart is glued to the inside of the card so you peek through the heart window - the butterflies then are glued to the front of the heart card flap - I used 3-D foam on mine -be sure to only put the foam/glue on the edge of the wings that will be attached to the card - not over the open window.  On the last card I made one where the front it "flat" - I actually cut the B&T paper described below larger than what is stated and glued it to the inside of the window area - creating a flush front to work with.  On the second card you'll notice I cut the B&T paper (as listed below) the same size as the window and then had the dimensional look - just wanted to show you variations on the card.

Cut chocolate cardstock card bases: card 5 1/2 pg 58 (cut as many as you are doing cards)
3" font layer pg 58 (this is the scroll piece) cut one per card
1 1/2" pg 35 cut one per card
*you will only have one bird in your wooden shapes but you can use other images here as well ( :
Paper Trimmer cuts:
3/4" x 5 1/2 desert sand cardstock
zip boarder cut to 5 1/2 in length

Since we use the honey B&T paper for the layout I opted to use the floral paper for my heart. I also wanted this standard size so I cut the square card slightly smaller and put it on a flat card base backing.

Vanilla Cream cut 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 for flat base if you are doing that
chocolate cardstock 3 3/4 shift card pg 26 (cut as many as you are doing)
scalloped edge (cut 7 per heart) font shift pg 64 1/2" glue these every 1/4" on the heart cut out - starting at the bottom and working your way up
I added a word area since I added the back piece if you are doing the same then cut:
5/8 x whatever your wording is
3/4" x whatever your wording piece is add - 1" to that measure - then I cut a banner end to mine.

5 1/2" card pg 63 in vanilla cream (cut as many as you want to make of this card)
1 1/2" pg 65 CW cardstock
2 1/4" pg 65 B&T paper for background

flowers you will need one of each of the following per card:
2" pg 48 OUTDOOR DENIM cardstock
1 1/2"  pg 50 CW cardstock
1 1/4" pg 50 CW cardstock

Saturday, March 3, 2012


Is it just me or do you think of John Travolta when he played Vinnie in Welcome Back Kotter?  ( :

Okay - this month we ARE using the Stella paper packet - it is my FAVORITE this catalog I must admit! 

Please bring the following to class:
Stella Kit (paper packet, brochure, stamp set & accessory pack)
Fiskars paper trimmer
bone folder
sponge (for cocoa ink)
finishing files
1 1/4 punch OR you can opt to cut your circles w/the cricut (circle 1 at 1 1/4")
**if you are making the tall cards (featured in the brochure) you will need the 8 x 3 1/2 colonial white die cut cards
**if you are making the Kraft card collection - bring your 6x6 craft cards
Token Alphabet
Extra Bohemian accessory pack if you are doing multiple pages
3-D foam


2 x 3 1/2
2 x 6 1/2 (if you are doing the 2nd layout)

Layout 1:
you've got a few options here -
this is what I did:
1 - 4 x 6 LANDSCAPE(cut in half to make 2 - 3 x 4)
2 - 3 x 4 PORTRAIT
4 - 3 x 3
1 -  2 1/2 x 3 LANDSCAPE

You could also trade out the 2 - 3 x 4's on the right side to be another 4 x 6 that is cut in half if you wanted and / or you could take the 2 1/2 x 3 and the 3x3 and combine that to be a photo that is 5 1/2 x 3 PORTRAIT cut at the 2 1/2 line  - thus giving you the 2 photos from one.

Layout 2:
1 - 8 x 10 PORTRAIT
3 - 3 x 3


I made no real changes to the first layout ALTHOUGH - I would recommend that when you stamp the title and add image 8 to the background (as directed in the brochure) that you do it 2nd generation instead of the 3rd they call for in the brochure - it's too light in my opinion.

When you are stamping accent 2 - the boarders using the chair - an easy way to keep yourself straight is to just draw a light pencil line on your cardstock - then be sure that the top of the chair meets that line and the side of the chair connects to the one next to it.

I prefer to use finishing files for my dimensional elements - you can use the sanding blocks if that works better for you.

On the 2nd layout is on page 28 of the Imagine book - when you make the tulips - it is using the lamp shade and the pattern pieces for it - stamp the lamp shade in 2nd generation and then stamp the pattern over top in 1st generation - I believe the instructions they give state 3rd for the base - again I think it's too light.

The word strips can be whatever length you want.


I made a couple of the 8 x 3 1/2 diecut cards featured in the brochure - and a set of kraft cards made from our 6x6 diecut cards.

I also added sparkles and opaques.
card 1:
This is a new pattern to us ( :
8 x 2 & 2 1/4 x 2 out of the Lagoon/Olive damask B&T
1/2 x 8 & 1/2 x 2 1/2 out of the olive shingles B&T
the stems of the tulips are from the zip strip - you will want to trim them to be skinnier
then the word strip should be cut to fit your sentiment and then reach behind the tulips.

**to stamp the line across the top - I would recommend using a pencil to mark the top of your card 3/4" down - you will then stamp that image so that the middle of it straddles the pencil line you've made - this will keep your line straight.

Sponge everything w/ cocoa ink.

when you are gluing the flap area - be sure to glue all the way to the edge of the flap so that when you cut your B&T paper you are laying on top of it that it will be secure - I turned the card over to trim the extra off the free edge and then used my finishing files to clean that up and then sponged.

card 2:
2 1/4 x 8 Lagoon B&T
2 x 3 1/2 Lagoon cardstock
1 x 8 Sunset cardstock
1 x 8 colonial white - you will stamp the chair top on this to make the boarder
2 x 3 1/2 colonial white for chair stamp
2 3/4 x 1 1/2 Lagoon cardstock
2 7/8 x 1 5/8 Colonial White cardstock

Take the Lagoon cardstock that is meant for the flap - line one edge along the diecut area and trace the diecut line w/a pencil - cut that and then sponge and attach so that you have a shadow of the colonial white showing.

Kraft Cards:
Take a 6x6 card - with the scalloped edge to your LEFT - cut the far right 6x6 flap off the card base - this should leave you with the scalloped edge attached to another 6x6 piece - and then take the 6x6 piece you've cut off and cut it in half to be 2 - 3 x 6 pieces which you will fold in half to create 2 - 3x3 cards.

The left over piece w/the scalloped edge - fold the 6x6 piece in half and create a 3 x 6 card w/the scalloped edge.

the 3x3 cards I've cut the following:
2 5/8 x 2 5/8 of a B&T paper
2 3/4 x 2 3/4 coordination cardstock (I used black here)
3/4 x 3 of a B&T paper
I have the circle 1 from the cricut cut at 1 3/4
**I used the new Card Word Puzzle set for the sentiments and the flower - I stamped the flower from that set onto B&T paper and cut it out - same with the leaves. - quick and easy!  Add a few opaques and your good to go!

3 x 6 scalloped edge card:
2 5/8 x 5 3/4 B&T paper
2 3/4 x 5 7/8 Cardstock - I used black
1 1/8 x 5 3/4 B&T paper
1 1/4 x 5 7/8 Cardtock
3/4 x 6 B&T
1 3/4 circle cut from cricut - circle 1
Flower again stamped on B&T paper and cut out - simple!!
Be sure when you glue the circle on the page to ONLY put glue on 1/2 of the back so that it still opens ( :

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Class Dates/ Hostess Order for Feb, Mar, Apr, May

Here's the schedule for classes for the next few months:
18th: 8am-11:30am You Complete Me **cost is $15 please EMAIL me if you plan to attend
18th: 9am - 11am Marysville Card Club - hostess Dana

21st: 7pm - 9pm Marysville Scrapbook Club - hostess Olivia

**22nd 7pm - 10pm Everett Scrapbook Cub - hostess Carolyn - this is a change of date

17th: 8am-11:30am You Complete Me **cost is $15 please EMAIL me if you plan to attend
17th: 9am - 11am Marysville Card Club - hostess Donna

20th: 7pm - 9pm Marysville Scrapbook Club - hostess Tasheena

21st 7pm - 10pm Everett Scrapbook Club - hostess Tanja


17th: 7pm - 9pm Marysville Scrapbook Club - hostess Deb

18th 7pm - 10pm Everett Scrapbook Club - *we need to redraw hostess order

21st: 8am-11:30am You Complete Me **cost is $15 please EMAIL me if you plan to attend
21st: 9am - 11am Marysville Card Club - hostess Judy


15th: 7pm - 9pm Marysville Scrapbook Club - hostess Deniece

16th: 7pm - 10pm Everett Scrapbook Club - *we need to redraw hostess order

19th: 8am-11:30am You Complete Me **cost is $15 please EMAIL me if you plan to attend
19th: 9am - 11am Marysville Card Club - hostess Beth

Monday, February 13, 2012

Better LATE than NEVER! - February's Kit - Wonderland ( :

You will need to bring the following to class this month:
Wonderland WOTG kit - (brochure, paper packet, stamp set, accessories)
fiskars Euro Trimmer
adhesive (refills if needed)
corner rounder
bone folder
sponge daubers or sponge for grey flannel OR if you want to sponge in chocolate then chocolate
**pudgy or eye shadow or/ chalk applicator - this will allow you to sponge the creases of the scallop
paper piercer
White Daisy Cards (if desired - you can use the die cut cards)
3-D foam for cards
Friendship Alphabet

** I used extra bitty sparkles on my layouts
grey flannel

1 x 3 1/2
3 x 3

PHOTOS needed:
Layout 1: 5 x 7 PORTRAIT, 2 - 4 x 6 LANDSCAPE
Layout 2: 5 1/2 x 8 LANDSCAPE, 4 - 2 1/2 x 4 PORTRAIT

*I sponged one layout w/grey flannel (the first one) and then sponged chocolate on the second - that gives you an idea of what both would look like.

I added CRICUT snowflakes to the second layout instead of the stamped images - if you would like to do the same here are the cuts needed:
Art Philosophy cartridge - snowflake 1 on page 22
hit SHIFT - snowflake 1 button - using the crystal blue B&T paper with the small snowflakes - cut 1 snowflake 3 3/4 and 1 snowflake 2 1/4 - this will be the base of your snowflakes
hit LAYER, SHIFT, snowflake 1 - using the batik snowflake B&T paper - cut the same measurements as above - but KEEP the center of the snowflakes that is cut out - so you can use them.
If you have a xyron machine then you can run the snowflakes thru for adhesive - otherwise use your tombow to connect them - and then embellish w/sparkles as desired.

I didn't make any changes really to these layouts at all

CARDS - I sponged all the card pieces w/chocolate ink and used finishing files on the die cut card.  I also used our pearl opaques, twilight brads and vellum - if you don't have vellum you could use regular cardstock or if you would like to buy a sheet of vellum from me to use then email me so I can bring that to class w/me.

Card 1: 

 2 x 5 1/2 Chocolate Polkadot B&T
1/2 x 5 1/2 Twilight Cardstock
1 1/4 x 5 1/2 Light Brown Snowflake / word B&T
*I used some old sassy strands on this - you could use ribbon, waxy flax etc or opt out of adding that
die cut card base

Card 2

white daisy card base
4 1/4 x 5 1/2 Grey Flannel 
5 pieces of B&T paper - cut 3/4 wide by various lengths - mine range between 2 3/8 - 3"
my vellum piece is 1 1/4 x 4 3/4

Card 3

White daisy base - measures 3 1/2 x 5 - folded in half
2 1/2 x 3 1/2 chocolate cardstock
2 1/4 x 3 1/4 crystal blue small snowflake B&T
1 1/8 x 1 1/8 chocolate cardstock
1 x 1 crystal blue small snowflake B&T
1 snowflake 1 center piece - from a 2 1/2 inch snowflake cut in white daisy cardstock
pearl opaque
3-d foam
sassy strands