Thursday, November 12, 2009

Fall fun and Classes

This last weekend I crossed the border and went to a Creating Keepsakes Convention. It was a scrapbooking and papercrafts convention. I went with two friends Shelley and Lee. We had a great time and are already looking forward to next year! We attended many classes. One of my favourites was a Technique Tuesday card class"A Greeting for Every Reason". These cards used some new stamping techniques, and some new products. They taught us many ways to use one small set of stamps. The four cards shown below were made with the same small set of stamps.


A couple of weeks ago at the end of October, Shelley and I attended the BC Crop for Kids. It was three days of cropping and classes. We attended one class with a new instructor and some very good card designs. These cards are absolutely beautiful! I find them inspiring and full of ideas. The class was called "Seasons Greetings" and used paper from "Blackriver Designs" whom I had never heard of but I really love their products.

I really enjoyed seeing all the great ways I can use my border punches. Isn't this paper wonderful. They even have some great rubons. My favourite new look is one the card below, where you round alternate corners of a square. It makes a cool shape. It was nice to see someone using Cuttlebug embossed papers.

The white card with the half circle design was made with a rub on. Just look at the detail of that. The little tag hanging from the ribbon is quite cute as well.

We also had a great time taking a class with Shelley's siter in law. it was called the "Not so Secret Garden" and taught all different types of flowers to make with paper. This was fun and eye opening. The flowers, for the most part, are stunning and simple.
This one is just layering of different shapes and materials of various sizes. It's cute hey.

This one is by far my favourite and not just because it calls for bling. Look at this flower! You would never guess that it was made from old sewing patterns. There were about 15 layers of sewing pattern punched out, then we crumpled them up and sprayed them with Glimmer Mist (a favourite product). When they were dry we glued them together and then scrunched them again, artfully, and added some wool balls and glitter. BEAUTIFUL!

It was a great card design as well. My question about these cards was "How are they supposed to fit into an envelope?" My answer was that these were hand delivered cards, no envelpoe needed. I'm not so sure about that idea, but I sure like the card.

These next three cards I am not so fond of. The middle one (when I looked at other peoples)
I liked. My circles were too different in size.
While we spent our days crafting, the Crop for Kids offered "Make and Takes". these are small projects to teach you about new techniques or materials. I did a couple of card ones. I think they are pretty good.
Shelley, Leslie and I also took a class called "Dramatic Background Effects". This class used products from Upsy Daisy Designs. It taught new techniques for using your stamps, inks and embossing powders. I thought the techniques were great, but I disliked the one stamp set available to us. So I finished the cards at home with my own stamps. I really enjoyed the design of the gift card holder(front and center).

In September I cheated on shelley by attending a Glitter class at Clipper Street without her. I took my friend Jodi, and introduced her to Glitter and the Glitter Queen, Lori. Lori did not dissappoint and had some great new products and designs for us. On this card the "wish" was a die cut piece of blue paper and Sookwang tape.
This card was definately the belle of the ball. I found it very daunting, I even had to ask for help in placing my petals. But it makes a really stunning Pointsetta, of course most people did theris in red and green. I never follow the rules, and I like mine just fine, classy, sophistocated, and Lori loved it!
We then used some new products on this last card. We used a glue stamp pad on the cuttlebug embossed paper. Just rub it over the raised part and sprinkle on the glitter. We then used a snowflake rub on design adhesive from Clearsnap Designs. We then sprinkled on the glitter but don't rub it in (no burnishing). If you want it extra flashy then don't use Ultra Fine Glitter. Two excellent products that I was happy to try.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Thank You Card

I went to the hairdresser for a perm and the next day my hair was fizzy and sticking out sideways. I looked like a nightmare. So I went back and talked to the hairdresser again, she was amazed and had no idea what went wrong. So we made an appointment to do it again. Another four hours in the chair and my hair looked great, maybe a little extra curly, but much improved. So I came home and made this card for her. It was the first time I used my owl die cut too. Very cute little guy.


I admit that I have been rather fixated lately on Paper Bag Albums, so this is of course a paper bag card. I like the versatility. I also like the added room to decorate.


My friend Shelley makes some really incredible cards and is excellent at the layering thing. I tried to imitate her style. I got a couple of layers at least. With the help of Shelley for inspiration and some great papers form Basic Grey I think this is a really cute card.




Saturday, June 27, 2009

"All for the Animals Auction"

This is the second Paperbag album that I made for the Abbotsford All for the Animals Auction. I found it very difficult to deal with colour. I think it finally worked out well though. I used Making Memories paints on the paperbags and a lot of rhinestones and different embellishments. Please come out to help the animals. See the next post for time and place.



















Sunday, June 7, 2009

Abbotsford All for the Animals Auction

This year for the Abbotsford SPCA Auction I have made two paperbag albums to donate. I have finished the first. It is all black and white, I like the simplicity of it, I find them very easy to complete. I hope people like it enough to bid on it.

ABBOTSFORD BRANCH
“All for the Animals”
Silent and Live Auction

July 4th, 2009 5:30pm to 10:00pm
Rancho Caterers
35110 Delair Rd. Abbotsford BC
Tickets $45 each
(Includes Buffet Dinner)
Tickets available at the Abbotsford SPCA
34312 Industrial Way or Call
Jodi @ 604-768-4540

Come enjoy a relaxing evening while helping to
Support the animals in our community!
Over 75 items to bid on!

Auction items include:
2 Night Stay at D’Vine Dreams B&B Naramata BC
Echo Valley Ranch & Spa Getaway
Harbor Air Victoria Getaway
Gift Certificates, Artwork, Wine Tours
Designer Dog Wear, Jewelry, Camping
And Much Much More!
There is something for everyone.
Every page has an insert to be pulled out. These pages can hold letters, pictures or journalling, whatever you want to keep safe. The pockets can even hold bulkier items such as childrens artwork etc. Paperbag albums are wonderful that way.






If you come to the auction you too can bid on this album!

Monday, May 4, 2009

My First Scrapbook Challenge

I have entered my very first scrapbooking challenge. My local scrapbook store runs one every month. The May Challenge was to use Class-A-Peels Stickers on a layout. I paid five dollars and got to pick 3 pieces of cardstock and one set of stickers. I chose a Magenta Style Peel Off's. I think that the stickers mimic the moss look. I coloured them with my new Copics. We'll have to see who wins.

Coat Rack

It is very difficult to find a coat rack these days. Even Ikea didn't have a reasonably priced one. I then had to set my mind to work. What would be useful? What would be cheap? What would be unique and creative?

This is what I came up with. It was a broken down step ladder in the basement. I brouhgt it up, gave it a coat of paint, and put it to use. I like it. It is yet another platform to display my purses, it has a spot for mail, I can put my current purse on the platform, I can hang keys and coats, and the shoes fit perfectly underneath it.And best of all I recycled!

Copics

I went to a Copic class at my local scrapbook store. I was skeptical at first and not sure I liked them or not. Above is the card I made. We got 3 Sketch markers at the course. Which was all the collector in me needed. I thouhgt about it for a week. Then I went for it and have started a Copic Collection.
It may be small but it has a lot of potential. Please stay tuned for some great projects featuring my Copic Collection.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Project 365 My Way

Like many of you I tried to get one of Becky Higgins Project 365 Kits. I wasn't even close to getting one. I had already resigned myself to do this project, so I decided that I could do it on my own. I was able to find some 12x12 page protectors (Style E) from I Remember When, I also got a 12x12 D ring binder from We R Memory Keepers. Then I was off to the races.


I used the following supplies as the base of my Project:
1. StazOn ink (black and white)
2. Tim Holtz Distress Ink (milled Lavender)
3. Bo Bunny Circle the Date stamps
4. 4x6 Index Cards
5. a rotary date stamp


For the title page I went to www.wordle.net and made a word cloud with synonyms for scrapbook. It is a fabulous site, you should definitely check it out. I also used two handmade cards that I purchased from www.etsy.com another fabulous site for supporting the arts. The base of my album are the 4x6 index cards which have been corner rounded and distressed with Tim Holtz milled lavender Distress Ink.

I found the Bo Bunny Circle the Date stamp in a scrapbook store in Nanaimo. There was a Christmas Sale in a snowstorm. I was the only customer. It was a good shopping day. I came up with the design of "the week of " page that I liked and use it throughout the album. I used the rotary date stamp and the StazOn ink to put a date on each picture. I then cut the index cards in half, corner round and distress, and use them to journal. I think it looks just like Becky Higgins' kit. I used the black StazOn ink to label the light coloured photos and the white StazOn to label the dark photos. All the photos are labelled in the bottom right hand corner.
My plan for this album is to use the same base elements for every week page and then do some different treatments and embellishments on the 4x6 index cards.

I also decided to add some spice to the blank photos with some stamping. This week I tried some different treatments. I brushed the index cards with Making Memories Scrapbook Colors manila. I also used the Tim Holtz Distress Ink to shadow stamp some images on the cards.

I haven't totally caught up yet. I am sharing this project with my friends through Facebook. I have an album there with all of the photos. They seem to like it. I like the sharing and the feedback about the pictures.


I am really enjoying this project and hope that others will try it. Remember it doesn't have to be a daily picture you could do a Project 52 and just take weekly photos. I think it's a fabulous idea for people with kids. It would be great to see how much they change over time. Enjoy!