Monday, February 20, 2017

Two New Classes Coming in March

Hi and Happy Monday everyone. I've got two fun class offerings coming up that I wanted to share with you today.

DISTRESS OXIDES • Sunday March 5 •  2:00 - 4:00
$10 • Space is limited to 20

First up is Demo/Mini Class on Distress Oxides. I'll share their unique properties, demonstrate different ways to use them, and compare them to Distress Inks. Guests will each create 3 tags each.

DIMENSIONAL CARD CLASS • Sunday March 19 •  1:00 - 5:00
$45 • Space is limited to 15

Second is my Dimensional Card Class with Graphic 45's Off To The Races collection. As you'll see from the cards, this is not just a horse-lovers paper collection. I've used the patterns and solids and the B-sides of many of the papers to show how versatile it is. I've got a great little video on each card below. (Sorry about the quality. I uploaded this from my phone. Still learning I guess...)

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Creativation Recap - a new perspective

Creativation, formerly known as CHA (Craft & Hobby Association), was held in Phoenix a few weeks ago. I've been to the show every year for the past handful of years but this year was from a new perspective as I was invited to teach in Graphic 45's first in-booth class. Classes are always offered at the show, but typically in classrooms away from the show floor. This year, Graphic 45 wanted to test out a 12-student mini-class right in the showroom booth as an added offering to retailers. Today, I thought I'd share a bit of my experience with you.

I always arrive at the show the Thursday beforehand, leaving plenty of time to meet with friends for dinner and to wrap up some loose ends on Friday before the show starts. My hotel roomie Linda Ledbetter and I met up with Graphic 45 gals Ginger Ropp and Maggi Harding. The two I'm doing the Creative Mountain Retreat with in October, so of course we had lots to talk about. We usually talk via Skype, so it was great to actually meet in the flesh. And the dinner was delicious!

Friday morning, after coffee, I headed over to the showroom floor to the Graphic 45 booth to deliver my samples and do some last-minute preparations for my in-booth class. It's a crazy scene on Friday because EVERYONE from every booth is setting up. This is how things looked when I walked into the G45 booth. They take hours and hours to set up and it's fabulous when they are finished.

Friday evening was the New Product Showcase which needs little explanation. It's a great time to mingle with others, grab a cocktail and get a glimpse at some of the hottest new releases.

Although I didn't snap this photo myself (I grabbed it off Instagram) I just had to share. David Tutera has partnered with Sizzix and was debuting his new wedding-themed dies and accessories. You can check them out here. My daughter Jamie and I use to watch his show all the time, so I made sure to send her this photo. She flipped!

Finally Saturday was here and I was ready. Since the Graphic 45 family always dresses to highlight a specific paper collection each day of the show, I was thrilled to be able to join in too! First up was Midnight Masquerade. Jamie and I did a little thrift store shopping when she was home for the holidays and we picked out some pieces for the show together. I did some tailoring and adorning for my outfits. What fun this was. 

From the time I got to the booth and taught four classes back to back all day, it was all a blur and absolutely a thrill! No time for a single photo, but the classes went smoothly and I met a bunch of great people.

Sunday's theme was Portrait of a Lady. Graphic 45er Maggi Harding was working in the Petaloo booth, so she was a busy girl too. We snapped this quickie before all the excitement began.

The outfits the Graphic 45 family are so beautiful and perfect. They layer and accessorize, and look absolutely stunning. Here Charee is chatting before the show. 

Charee's brother Jeff and sister Aimee are pretty casual before the floodgates open for the day.

And there's sweet Joanna Hardy, who was just as beautiful as can be in her gorgeous attire.

I can't even describe to you how lovely Graphic 45 creator (and Mom to Charee, Jeff and Aimee) Diane Schultz looked in person. I had to have my photo with her. Her layers, her jewelry, her hat... she was perfect! And such a warm and genuine person she is.

I can't wait for Portrait of a Lady to arrive in your stores. You all are going to LOVE this collection. The booth was just fantastic down to every single small detail.

Sunday evening was such a JOY. The entire Graphic 45 team, including family, designers and ambassadors had dinner together. It was so great to see Yumi again, and to meet Magda and Kaitlyn in person, and of course to have a chance to chat with Charee, Jeff, Aimee and Diane.

I had to grab a quick group selfie just for fun before everyone went back to their hotels for the night. The lighting is terrible, but I'm happy I got this fun shot.

Finally on Monday, I was able to walk the showroom floor to check things out for myself. This is the best day because many people have already gone home and it's not as busy. And I get the chance to visit with people and get some photos. Like this one with Heidi Swapp, who always inspires.

And I was happy to see Tim Holtz was still doing demo's in the Ranger booth because I really needed to see those new Distress Oxides in action for myself. Guess what? Yep, I ordered all of them.

I'm trying hard not to giggle too much here. Tim was goofing around while taking this. (We had to take a few.) I stopped taking photos after that and just enjoyed walking the floor with Maggi and placing my orders. It was quite different than in year's past where I took a ton of photos. But teaching in the Graphic 45 booth was a thrill and I would do it again in a heartbeat if they asked me. 

And just like that, the show was over. I returned home to Paul and Suki on Tuesday after a fantastic time in Phoenix. I booked many teaching gigs all over and my 2017 calendar is now full! (Stay tuned for info on that soon.)

Thanks for stopping in today. I can't wait to continue on my creative journey this year and share it with you. 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Oops! Correction to May 2017 mini calendar

I was recently informed by a sharp follower that I made an error in the month of May on my free printable mini calendar. I've made the adjustment and updated the accessible PDF. You can find it here. Sorry for any inconvenience. (Some of you probably didn't notice yet.)

Enjoy your Monday and I'll be back tomorrow with some recap photos of my trip to Phoenix for Creativation!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Cafe Parisian Bakery Shoppe Sweets

This weekend I'll be teaching two Graphic 45 classes at Scraporium in Tampa. One of which is a Nature Sketchbook planner/album and the other is a Cafe Parisian Bakery Shoppe. I've been prepping for weeks and sharing teasers of these cute little sweets on my social media along the way, so I thought I would share how I made them today.

A handful of years ago, the Decoden hobby was all the rage in Japan. It tried to catch on here in the states, but I'm not sure if it ever did. Japan teenagers seem to love "super cute" anything. If you don't know what I'm talking about, click this Google search link for Japanese Decoden. Basically, it's the hobby of "frosting" items (like we alter items) and then pressing cute gems, figures, molds into that frosting, then sprinkling with glitter to max out the cutesy factor.

At the Craft and Hobby Association show back in 2014, I was first exposed to this cute hobby in the Plaid booth, featuring some very fun Mod Melt Molds and Melts (glue sticks). Keep scrolling through this post to the end to see the cute projects I made with them.

When designing a project to teach using Graphic 45's Cafe Parisian collection, it naturally came to mind to create a bakery shop. And what better to fill that shop than with little French baked goodies? The Mod Molds immediately popped into my head.

Check out how easy they are to make...

To start, you'll need a hot-glue gun (mini size) and the Mod Podge Mod Melts. I like the Milk Glass White because I like to paint mine, but there are multi-color and glitter sticks to also pick from. I found these at both Joann's and Michael's craft stores.

Then you need molds. The orange one above is an actual Mod Podge Mold (of which there are many choices and themes) and the brown one is from the candy-making aisle of the craft store. You would normally melt chocolate wafers and pour them into this type of mold, so I thought "Why wouldn't they work with my hot glue?" And I found that they did.

It only takes a few minutes for them to cool in the molds, then you can pop them right out. The molds are made of flexible silicone rubber, which makes them super easy to release.

The great news is if you overflow the mold a little, and you have this extra stuff hanging off the edges...

It cuts off easily with basic crafting scissors. No special tools required.

Then you can have fun painting them with acrylic paints. I like Satin finish (or glossy) paints, and especially like FolkArt satin finish paints for their single-layer coverage and slight gloss. If you can't find the right paint color you like in satin, you can always use matte. Just follow up with a coat of Mod Podge Gloss Luster. 

Since my students will be focused on the assembly of the bakery shop and it's mini album (rather than the making of the baked goods) I prepared everyones in advance. Yes, it's a lot of painting of very small pieces, but I found it therapeutic. (My husband thinks I'm crazy.)

These cute little "cinnamon rolls" were made from the lollipop mold, from which I simply eliminated the stick.

Students will put together four little cake stands (which I created on my Cricut machine in Design Space) then adhere their baked goods on top.

Each stand will get adhered inside the bakery window. I purchased a small LED light for mine which I will show the class Saturday. 

Here are my first tries with the molds a few years ago. An altered picture frame, make-up compact, and cellphone case. This would be a very fun craft with younger kids through teenagers. But really, as we crafters know, we don't ever outgrow these things. Age isn't a thing when it comes to crafting. Right?

Thanks for popping in today, I'll be sharing a bit about this year's CHA show, now named Creativation, next week so stay tuned. I had the greatest time teaching in the Graphic 45 booth this year. I'll share that project I taught as well as lots of photos. 

Have a great week!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Graphic 45 Midnight Masquerade Card & Tag Station

I've been working away on Creativation projects (formerly CHA) for weeks now and today I finally get to share one of my projects as Graphic 45 unveils sneak peeks of their newest collections!

Be sure to hop over to the Graphic 45 blog to check out more photos of this project and of all the papers in this new collection Midnight Masquerade. My Card & Tag Station showcases most of the "B-side" of these mystical colorful papers, but the front sides would be perfect for birthday cards, party banners, and all kinds of celebratory paper craft projects. 

New this year! 
Every project I've created for the Graphic 45 booth at Creativation will be a class offering for all store owners or groups who would like to have me teach at their location. So if you see a project of mine you'd like to see taught in your area, contact your local scrapbook store owner and request me! I'll be meeting lots of store owners at the show as I'll be teaching a mini class in the booth this year, so I'll do my part too and get the word out to your store owners.

More samples are coming soon to my blog, so stay tuned in the coming weeks!

Friday, December 30, 2016

Carnation Card for the Guys

Hi and happy Friday, all. First off, if you were having trouble with my last post and those pesky printable calendars, I apologize. I believe I've fixed the problem so please do try again if it didn't work for you before. If they still don't work, just e-mail me and I'll take care of ya.

Today, I'm featured over on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog with my final post on the Susan's Garden Design Team. It's been a wonderful year and I was asked to stay, however I chose to decline in order to focus on my goals for 2017. Namely putting more focus on travel teaching and events, making more YouTube videos, plus offering more kits in my Etsy shop as well as quarterly classes here at home. It should be a busy, jam-packed year of creative fun!

Working with all the beautiful Susan's Garden flower dies throughout the year, I realized I had never created a masculine project. So, I thought this would be the perfect way to close my term. The flower that came to mind for a masculine card? Carnation, of course. But be careful friends, because carnation colors have certain meanings. For instance, I learned that a yellow carnation symbolizes disdain, rejection or disappointment. Oh dear! Red, on the other hand, symbolizes love, pride and admiration. Perfect. This will be Paul's Valentine's Day card this year. (Shhh...)

I've got a quick and easy tutorial on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog today showing how to make this carnation and card with Graphic 45's "Off To The Races" collection. I hope you have a chance to join me for this final post.

I'm a BIG fan of Susan's Garden dies as well as many of the other ECD dies, so this won't be the last of me using them, I assure you. I can't wait to see what new dies are coming at the upcoming Creativation show in Phoenix (CHA).

Thanks for stopping in today and for all the support for my Susan's Garden creations throughout the year. Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Mini Calendar print-outs for 2017

Hello everyone. I hope your Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or Boxing Day was/is happy!

Every year I offer free PDF files of miniature calendars for the new year. I've got my 2017 ones ready and available now. These are great for planners, scrapbooking, and of course, for those smaller calendar projects like this one I did several years ago and I still use every single day. (I've got a YouTube tutorial on how to make this desktop calendar project. Be sure to read the correction in my notes section before you begin, since I made a cutting error in my verbal instructions.)

The calendar print-outs come on two sheets. The first is January through August. You can find the free printable here. (Don't try to print the jpg in this blog. This just shows you what's on the printable.)

The second one is September through December. You can find the free printable here.

Remember to write the month on the back of each one as you cut them out. I like to use this stamp set by Graphic 45 which is a little older now, but you can find month stamps just about anywhere these days. Mine is the "Time To Flourish Cling Set 3" by Hampton Art which you might find on Ebay or Etsy now.

Thanks everyone. I'll be back in a few days with a pretty card I made for my final post for Susan's Garden Design Team. Have a great day!