Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Saturday, April 13, 2013

cute mini album video

Another fabric video

how to use our fabrics

April Card club cards

I must say first that I did not come up with these cards on my own - I saw a cute card that another consultant  posted on our bulletin boards for CTMH and then made a few adjustments to make it more my own - but again - someone else started the ball rolling - which is GREAT!  Stamp lifting at it's best ( :

Both of these are simple to create - I've used new papers w/ a random assortment of embellishments old & new on the right and old papers on the left with new embellishments - just play with the goodies you have ( :

Additional sample cards like the Bee card

This quilted look is so simple really to do - and with the simple change of the paper you can create a whole new look - I've used 2 old paper packets - shown a few different ways to use it - ways to use gems to bling it up a bit etc - come up with your own fun twist ( :

Heard the latest BUZZ? It's Buzz & Bumble month ( :

April's hostesses for scrapbook classes are:
Kristina & Renee

Card class:

Please bring the following to class:
Buzz & Bumble kit
fiskars trimmer
3-D foam
tombow adhesive
Sponge for cocoa ink
corner rounder

Creme Brulee

Markers (old style if you have them):
Creme Brulee

2 x 2
2 x 6 1/2

brochure layout:
5 x 7 landscape
3 - 3 x 4 landscape
2 - 3 x 4 portrait

bonus layout:
8 x 10 portrait
2 - 3 1/2 x 5 portrait

I really didn't change much on the first layout - I did omit one of the stamped images since it was for my son - but that was the only change there.

On the bonus layout though - I swapped out the main paper (the orange) and  used the back side which was the honeycomb side - that meant I also needed to swap out a few more pieces for contrast - but easy things to do - again - these are things you should do when the papers don't work with your photos - just make a simple swap of patterns.
I also opted to not random stamp the base pages with flowers but instead I used the honeycomb stamps there and added in some older stamps for my sentiments since again it was for my son and they worked better.  Feel free to add in other stamps with your layouts - think outside the box ( :
I omitted the title banner on this layout since I didn't have room to put it there without taking away from my photo - no worries - just make a change if that works for you too.
built on cocoa cardstock
next 2 largest pieces - honeycomb b&t 6 x 12 & 4 x 12
sunset band - 1/2 x 12 & 1/2 x 4
bee b&t - 1/2 x 12 & 1/2 x 4 - use the corner rounder for a scalloped edge
the skinny creme brulee piece - I cut a piece 5/8 x 12 & 5/8 x 4 so that the sunset band of cardstock could glue on top and then that creme brulee piece just peeked out - much easier than trying to cut & glue a skinny strip down.
2 - zip strips
the cocoa piece on the right side by the photos - 1 1/2 x 4
colonial white pieces - 2 x 3 & then 2 1/2 x 3 1/2
I swapped out the creme brulee piece shown on the right side with one of the B&T's - 3 1/2 x 5 like the photos
creme brulee flag on left side is 1 1/2 x 2 1/2
scrap pieces for flowers & seed stamp.


I taught this card to my card class last month - it's pretty simple but looks cool - it's a quilt look ( :
Take 3 different patterns or colors of paper cut 2 strips of 2 of the papers and 1 of the strongest or boldest color so you will have 5 strips total.
strips are 1/2 x 6 in length

Using a sheet of copy paper - glue each of the strips down side by side on the short end of the copy sheet - if you look at my pattern I've got boldest piece (the cocoa - which I only cut one of) in the middle.

Once they are glued down - cut off the large piece of copy paper that is still available and set that aside - you will use that in a moment.

Take the 5 strips that are glued down and now free of the extra copy paper and cut that into 1/2" strips - you should be able to get about 11 or so of those.

Glue those down now on that left over copy paper but stagger them off by one square like in the picture here - so that you "stair step" them.
Once you've glued that all down -

you will cut the edge off on the diagonal so that you cut off the "stair steps" you've created with the paper and are left with a clean edge -

turn that piece and place it on the 1 1/2 line on your cutter and you should be lined up to cut the other edge off - double check your line as you don't want the copy paper to show at all on your finished project.
That's it - you've created a fun quilted band that can be used on your cards or layouts. (on a layout do 1/2 x 12" strips instead)

Bee Card:

quilt band
3 x 5 1/2 Stripe b&t
color ready craft boarder - or you could cut something on the cricut ( :
Jute bakers twine

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

March brings us to Chantilly.....and hopefully SPRING will be just around the corner!

It's the MADNESS of March and we are to Chantilly.  It seems like March is a LONG month of dark gloom and just when we can't take the yuck any longer the flowers of spring brighten our day. Hopefully this beautiful paper will help you through this dreary month ( :

Please bring the following this month to class
Paper Trimmer
Chantilly Kit - Card or Scrapbooking
Sanding Kit
1 1/4" punch (or you can precut using your cricut the circles)
3-D foam
Alphabet - they use Trinity - you can use what works for your layout

2x3 1/2


Cotton Candy
Pear *I liked Sweetleaf better - you can opt for either

CARDS: *this is what they called for - I used these plus twilight
Desert Sand - sponging

PHOTOS needed:
Brochure layout:
2 - 3x5 PORTRAIT

Bonus Layout:
8 1/2 x 11 - My photo was 7 3/4 x 9 3/4 - so if you have a smaller photo - you will adjust the mat accordingly.
6 - 3x3

Except for the change of the ink (sweetleaf instead of pear) I didn't change the original layout.  Be sure to use that cross-hatch sanding method for the base pages - it will soften them a little - especially on the bonus layout.

The Bonus Layout is Reflections Main Frame - it's a pretty basic layout.

Twilight: Bases (2, no cutting required)
White Daisy: 2" x 12" Accent (cut 2), 2¼" x 2¼" Accent)
Blue, Green, Yellow B&T: 1 1/2" x 12" Accent (cut 2)
Cotton Candy: 1/2" x 12" Accent (cut 2) **I used a zip strip here instead
Buttercup: 10 1/2" x 8 1/2", 2¼" x 2¼" Accent (cut 2)
Green B&T (back of flower paper) 1 1/2" x 1" Accent (cut 2), 1 1/2" x 5" Accent

Here's the helpful hints CTMH offers for it:

  • Cut two 1/8" × 12" dots border from Outdoor Denim zip strip
  • Trim long edge of one 1 1/2" × 10" green pattern B&T papers like a pennant; trim one short end of 1 1/2" × 5" green pattern B&T papers like a pennant
  • Use a 2" circle template to cut a 2" circle from the 2 1/4" × 2 1/4" Buttercup cardstock (To cut the circle, you can trace the inside of the Glue Dots® roll, use the 2" scallop punch, or cut a 2รข€ circle from our Cricut®cartridges.)
  • Stamp circle image with Buttercup ink on 1 3/4" × 1 3/4" Buttercup cardstock; punch out circle with 1 1/4" circle punch; stamp sentiment in center with Pear ink
  • Stamp circle image with Pear ink on 1 3/4" × 1 3/4" White Daisy cardstock; punch out circle with 1 1/4" circle punch and cut in half
  • Stamp small flower image twice with Cotton Candy ink on 1" × 2" White Daisy cardstock
  • Stamp pie shape images in a circle with Buttercup ink, leaving a small space between each image; trim each pie shape
  • Stamp journaling with Pear ink on three 5/8" × 1 3/4" White Daisy pieces, trimming one end of each like a pennant
  • Stamp sentiment with Twilight ink on one photo, if desired
  • Stamp title on two 2" × 12" White Daisy pieces, as shown
  • Temporarily place 10 1/2" × 8 1/2" Buttercup cardstock on left Twilight base (for spacing purposes when stamping leaf image); stamp leaf image twice with Twilight ink, placing the image about 4" from the top
  • Temporarily place two photos on right Twilight base (for spacing purposes when stamping leaf image); stamp leaf image twice with Twilight ink, placing the image about 2 1/2" from bottom
  • Sponge edges of pie chart shapes, Buttercup circle, and three journaling strips with Buttercup ink
  • Assemble layout according to instructions in Reflections on pages 23 (right page) and 61 (left page), adjusting the placement of C on page 61, as shown
  • Embellish with pink glitter gems, cut-out stamped images, and Chantilly fabric buttons, as desired

I opted to use the back of the paper - these are cut just as shown in the brochure - just using the floral paper instead of the green - easy change up.

I also added in the spray pen with Cotton Candy reinker & pearl paint for a little shine.

Monday, February 4, 2013

temporary post

I believe there is an issue with blogger today - I will check back tomorrow and see if the photos are working - every other photo is blank and after fighting with if for several hours - I give up for today.  I will check back later and see if it is working or will try to repost if possible.

card club

Here's the cards we made last month in the card club - we were learning about 2 step stamping - which is ANYTIME  you use mulitiple stamps to create the image - so even a flower & a stem ( :

The first card we used an old stamp set called two step backgrounds - the second card is using the MARCH 2013 stamp of the month - it has a background stamp and then an over lay stamp - we also used the alcohol markers to add a 3rd layer of color.

February is FLIRTY : D

Ok - the NEW idea book is out and we are finishing up with our last kit from the fall/winter book, Flirty.
Please bring the following this month to class:
Flirty WOTG kit (paper packet, etc)
Fiskars Euro Trimmer
Liquid Glass (for gluing the chipboard on the page)
corner rounder
Alphabet Stamp set (they used the Hero set - I didn't have that so I used the Friendship Alphabet)


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

Brochure layout:
(7x) 3 x 3's

Studio J layout:
8 1/2 x 8 1/2
(2x) 4x6 PORTRAIT
(3x) 3x3

I created the brochure layout pretty much as seen except for the change of the leaves on the bottom left page - I opted to NOT add those OR the fall days chipboard on the right side - I will probably add something else there later.  If you save the scraps from the zip strip that you use on this layout (you'll have a small piece and one just slightly larger - you can use those on the studio j layout.

I did NOT like the gold on the bonus layout so I opted to create the Studio J layout instead - You will need the following to create this layout:

Since I didn't like the gold paper - I opted to build my studio J layouts on that cardstock provided in the kit (since it's not in any other kit and would be wasted).

Green B&T 6 x 12 piece
Gold B&T 1 3/4 x 11 (with pendant ends cut)
Colonial White 2 x 12 (plus a piece for the title - which I would cut in CCR)
To get the pieces you need for the rest - read the following carefully so you don't cut a piece you need in half / :
Raspberry B&T 10x10 piece & 10x12 piece **keep in mind the back of this will give you the tan rose B&T used as well.
Tan rose B&T  3/4 x 4, 1 1/4 x 4, 3/4 x 12, 1 1/4 x 12 **back is the raspberry B&T
NOW - if you cut the 10x12 piece of the raspberry B&T you will have a 2 x 12 piece left that you can cut the 3/4 x 12 & the 1 1/4 x 12 piece from
That leaves you the 3/4 x 4 & the 3/4 x 12 to cut off the other sheet once you've cut your 10x10 from it.

They show a 9x9 photo on the left page - so since my photo was 8 1/2 x 8 1/2 - I cut a mat of colonial white at a 9x9 and place it behind my photo - that gives me the same lines going across to the 2nd page.

They used random buttons - we don't sell raspberry colored buttons so I used green ones with some of the floss added for a stitched look.  I used liquid glass to adhere my buttons as well.

I made 2 cards - since I used my chipboard flowers on my page I opted to use liquid glass on the B&T paper to create my own flower accent - was super easy to do - just takes a little time to dry and then cut it out.
2 x 8 1/2 tan rose B&T
1 x 8 1/2 Goldrush B&T
1/2 x 8 1/2 zip strip
3/4 x 8 1/2 new england ivy cardstock - use the corner rounder to make a scallop edge or you could cut one on the cricut.
2 1/4 x 3 goldrush cardstock
1 3/4 x 3 new england ivy carstock
1 3/4 x 2 3/4 colonial white cardstock

2  x 12 of goldrush B&T you will use a 2 x 8 1/2 and then the left over you can match up the pattern for the flap of the card so that the pattern just continues across the card front.
1 x 12 Orange B&T - again a 1x 8 1/2 then use the left over for the card front & matching the pattern
3/4 x 3 5/8 Raspberry B&T - add the zip strip to that
3/4 x 3 5/8 goldrush cardstock - use the corner rounder to make a scallop edge (or a cricut cut)
2 1/2 x 4 colonial white
add sentiments as desired.

A gift for a special friend ( :

I thought I would share a gift that I made using the My Creations All-Sorts Mini Album.  You may have one of these little treasures lying around your place and haven't known quite how to decorate it - so hopefully this will give you a few ideas.  AND if you don't have one - while we don't sell this particular chipboard album - there are plenty of other options in our latest idea book.
This book measures just under 6 1/4 x 6 1/4 - the pages have different widths so some are a little smaller.  I used just a few sheets of B&T, a little cardstock, I grabbed out some of the old Kraft Boarders (LOVED THOSE - and I'm sure many of you still have those as well), added a few of the alphabet stickers, sparkles, stamps - really was a blast to make ( :
I used Tombow to glue everything down & then liquid glass for the sparkles to be sure they stayed in place.  The Finishing Files will be your best friend on this little book as it will give you that nice clean edge around the fabulous detailed pages.  You could opt to sponge everything as well - but with time & my wrist issues I opted to skip that this time (:

This was a day trip we took last spring before my friend moved to Utah.  It wasn't a sunny day by any means - your typical PNWet day actually but we had a blast anyways!  Anacortes was beautiful, as we hiked along the Washington Park trail - the scenery was just amazing.

Of course with the rain comes those pesky slugs - they were out in masses that day and we couldn't believe the size of some of these guys!

I fell in love with the peeling trees - they were so beautiful to look at - and the deer were all everywhere.  Someone had placed nuts and seeds long the path. very fun :D

If you look close to the picture on the right - there is an Eagle flying past the tree - just one of many we saw that day - plus we caught a peek at some dolphin swimming as well : D
Of course no trip to Anacortes would be complete without a trip to Gere-a-deli's - such YUMMY sandwiches!

When you create these fun little albums - don't forget the back - I like to use a dark paper on the back so that it hides dirt etc - I typically don't put photos on the back but certainly that is an option.
Hope you enjoyed this fun little book and that it gives  you some ideas on what you can do with your own My Creation All-Sort Mini Album : D

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

and a partridge in a pear tree.....oh wait! that's supposed to read - Pear & Partridge for January ( :

This month we will be working on the Pear & Partridge layouts - I've added the studio J layout as well to this if you are interested in those measurements etc.

Bring the following to class:
Pear & Partridge kit - brochure, paper pack, embellishment (sparkles, rub-ons)
fiskars paper trimmer
paper piercer (for sparkles)
3-D foam (for trees)
sponge (for cashmere ink)
Trinity Alphabet (unless you have another you'd prefer to use)
extra colonial white cardstock if you want to build the other 2 layouts on colonial white as I did

cashmere (new color)
*I also used New England Ivy for the tree

2x3 1/2
2x6 1/2

Brochure layout:
4x6 (x2) landscape  (you could put flip flaps here if you wanted to increase the photo count)
4x6 (x1) portrait
3x4 (x1 or you could put flip flaps here which is what I opted to do) landscape

Bonus layout:
4x6 portrait
3x4 (x2) portrait (could put flip flaps here - I added some here as well)

Studio J layout:
6x8 landscape
4x6 portrait
3 7/8x3 7/8 (x3) - cut down a 4x4 square

**All pieces are sponged - including the photos in cashmere ink - I have most of mine sponged in photo here but some of the base pages are not sponged yet / :

**another note - the rub-ons - they have cut some of them - if you look closely you will notice they use part of one image on the right page of the brochure layout - and the rest of that image is used on the bonus layout.
Also keep in mind that when working with the rubons - remember they WILL stick to what you set them on - so don't lay them on a photo accidentally or it will be there permanently (:  I usually  cut my image I want off the sheet and work with that one image - I have found that easier to do.

**Watch your paper direction if you are using the pear & partridge print you want the birds upright not on their heads (:

On the brochure layout I pretty much followed this as it is in the brochure - I would recommend when you are setting out to stamp the scroll work across the top - take a pencil and draw a line 3" down from the top - and then another line at 4" - stamp that scroll work between those two lines - this will keep it at the level it needs to be at and help keep you straight when stamping ( :
the 4" line should be at the level of the skinny cranberry cardstock piece you see in the photo - so you wont need to erase it - just the 3" line.
I added the 3x4 flip flaps (from the packet I gave you for Christmas) in the upper left corner area.  Put the picture you want on the front into the flip flap - and layer as many as you want there.  Remember when using flip flaps - they attach to the outside of the sleeve - the opening should be facing the sleeve - so the white strip you see in the photo will fold back and attach onto the sleeve. - I can show you in class if you need help with this again.

Bonus layout:
Magic: Final Act
Piece A & B - pear & partridge B&T
Piece C & F & circle - Olive cardstock - circle I did 2 3/8 with coluzzle - so do 2 1/4 or 2 1/2 on cricut
Piece D & I - Desert Sand cardstock
Piece G - stripe B&T
they have added an additional mat to D & I - so that is in cranberry - and is cut just 1/8" larger than the photo - so in case of D - it would be 4 1/8 x 6 1/8 and I would be then 3 1/8 x 4 1/8.

I opted to build this layout on colonial white -  I also turned the green pieces over to use the back part which I personally liked better.   I opted to not cut the stripe piece on the left side - and haven't added anything there yet - BUT you could opt to put a piece of striped paper there - I would do it going across the page like it is on the right side - going from the left boarder and ending at the title strip. - same size width as on the right side.
I putt the 3x4 flip flaps on the right page as well. - again if you need a guide for the scroll image when you do that on the right side you can add the pencil marks for a guide.
Feel free to change titles and wording as you see fit (:

Studio J layout:
Olive Cardstock:
1/2 x 12 (x2)
1 x 12 (x2)

Pear & Partridge B&T: *watch when cutting this so you have the birds going upright not sideways.
4 x 12
1 1/2 x 6

Cranberry B&T
1/2 x 12 (x2)
2 1/2 x 6

I also cut a 5 1/2 circle for the left side - use the desert sand (if you have enough or the cashmere)
I opted to not cut the scallop edge since I was doing it for Aaron but you can totally do that - if you add it - it's Art Philosophy cartridge page 66 shift, font, - should give you the 4 bump scallop - I would then hit the fit to length key on the cricut and cut it to be 8" for the left side - the scallop will be large - you can cut off the flat edge to make it smaller if desired - you would do 6" for the second one.

Again - everything is sponged - add title - sparkles etc as desired ( :