Sunday, September 27, 2015

My 3rd Annual Fall Card Workshop is coming

What better time of year to host a Fall card-making workshop than the 1st day of November. It's that time again where I host this fun class in my home here in Melbourne, Florida. 
Here's a peek at the four cards we'll be making below...

Two cards measure 5" x 7" (one vertical, one horizontal) each with a unique shaped cut; one 5" x 5" scalloped square card, and a 4" x 6 1/2" tag-shaped card. 

The class is Sunday, November 1st from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Cost: $25

The technique focus will be creating realistic fall leaves featuring dies and tools designed by Susan Tierney Cockburn, and the product used is the lovely Botanicabella Deluxe Collector's Edition by Graphic 45, which includes not only the paper collection, but the coordinating sticker sheet and chipboard as well. 

It's going to be a fun afternoon of card-making, fall snacks, warm cider and friendship.
The cost is only $25 per guest. Guests who RSVP will receive a supply list of inks and tools to bring as the class approaches. Everything will be pre-cut and ready to go.

(sorry, no take-home kits for this workshop)

You may be wondering why I host classes in my home rather than a public facility. The answer is, I love my home and have it decorated for the season and have plenty of room for an average class size. In the event of a exceedingly great response to this or any class, I can make other arrangements to accommodate a larger crowd. I simply enjoy hosting it here in my home.

You may also be wondering why I don't always offer take-home kits for my classes. The reason for this is that a technique class like this is very difficult to communicate through a typed tutorial. Some things are just visual, ya know?

So, if you're in the local central Florida area and are interested in this fun class, please RSVP by October 5th since space is limited. You can reply by e-mailing me at

Thanks for stopping in today. Have a wonderful week!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Guest Designer for A Vintage Journey - Altered Fall "Welcome" Frame

Hello and happy "almost the weekend" everyone! I'm excited to share a project with you I've created especially for the wonderful folks over at A Vintage Journey today. A Vintage Journey is a challenge blog for those how love to make vintage/shabby projects and mixed media or journaling artwork, strongly influenced by the work of non-other than Tim Holtz. Each month, they invite a guest Creative Guide to join in the current challenge. This month's theme is "Home Sweet Home" and I was thrilled to be asked to play along!

Above, I've given you a bit of a teaser of the finished project. And this is what I started with...

A 99 cent frame from the local thrift shop.

You'll have to hop over to the A Vintage Journey blog to see how I transformed this into a wonderful Fall frame to welcome my family and friends when they enter my home this season. I've used a couple of my favorite Tim Holtz techniques and products, so be sure to check it out.

Have a fabulous weekend and thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The Undertaker Is In

Hello everyone! Hope your Wednesday is going well so far. I've been creating a fun Halloween card this morning that I'd love to share with you. It's created with All Things Tim, as I like to say, meaning all Tim Holtz products. Check it out...

The Undertaker! My current favorite Stampers Anonymous stamp set for the season. He takes front and center on my 5" x 7" card. Let me take you through how I made this card, and I'll share the links to all products at the end of the post.

My card base is black Kraft Core card stock folded to make a 5" x 7" card. I cut a burnt orange piece 4 3/4" x 6 3/4" and a light tan piece 4 1/2" x 6 1/2".

From the 8" x 8" Regions Beyond paper stash I cut 8 pieces 5" x 1 1/2". 
(I added an eighth piece later.)

Working on my non-stick craft sheet, I adhered the strips (after inking the top edges with Black Soot Distress Ink) onto the light tan card stock, turning and tilting the strips as I moved my way down. I did this on the non-stick craft sheet because the strips have sticky adhesive on them and are hanging over the edge of the light tan card stock. This makes it easy to peel up and trim later.

I trimmed all the overhanging paper strips and inked around the perimeter with more Black Soot.

After sanding the edges of the black and the burnt orange card stock pieces, I adhered the three elements together.

My light is rather bright in this photo so you can really see the reflection on the ornate frame. I die-cut it from Tim's Kraft Core Metallic Collection, using the Bronze color. I sanded the surface a bit to make some scratches, then inked the outer edges with Black Soot. The inside of the frame is tan Kraft Core card stock.

I stamped the large "Undertaker" (there are two sizes in this great set) with embossing ink and embossed it with black embossing powder. Once it was cool, I shaded a soft yellow along the left side of his face, then cut him out close to the stamped edge.

Next I stamped this image onto more of the light tan card stock. I free-hand cut the banner quickly and loosely so it looks a bit distressed. 

I have to wonder if "James Fallon" is a nod to the funny man Jimmy Fallon of The Tonight Show...? (I'm a big fan, so it got my attention.)

I popped up the Undertaker with foam tape then added the banner with more foam tape, just in the center, and glued down the ends. This gives it some dimension.

I die-cut the medium size bow from the Bow-Tied strip die using Black Kraft Core card stock and adhered it below the Undertaker. Like a bow tie, of course. Below the bow is one of my favorite new embellishments this season called Crypt Cameos. There are five different cameos in each pack and they are substantial! I could easily make a fun necklace out of one of these. Maybe that's next on my agenda...

Here's a look at the completed card one more time.

Oh, and we can't forget the inside of the card. More stamps in the Undertaker set. I really love the Happy Halloween font, don't you?

Friday, September 18, 2015

Rare Oddities Halloween Banner

Hello and happy Friday to ya! Today my monthly Friday Follies group is making this fun Halloween banner. I thought I'd share it with you, even though I don't have the twine inserted in the pennants yet. But I think you'll get the idea.

(Be sure to click on the image to see a much larger view.)
I've used Graphic 45's new Rare Oddities collection in the 12 x 12 papers and the Chipboard 2, plus some fun Tim Holtz goodies that I'll tell you about in a sec.

Let's take a look at each pennant in the banner a little more closely...

I've used two different Idea-ology packs from Tim this season: Regions Beyond Fasteners (large brads, small brad gems, and small brad pearls) and Oddities Adornments (word charms and Halloween creatures). I've also worked in the Apothecary Remnant Rubs in the background.

I've incorporated a few die-cut pieces, also from Tim/Sizzix Alterations. You may have noticed the leaves in the first pennant, and the flourishes on this one. Both are from the Festive Greenery die. I've fussy cut some images from the Rare Oddities papers and layered them with varying levels of foam tape for interest and dimension.

The die cut branches are from the Autumn Gatherings die. You may have noticed by now that all these die cuts are cut from Black Kraft Core cardstock and lightly sanded for a distressed look.

The little skull & crossbones is from last year's Crossbones Adornments. It's attached to a clear fragment and dangling from a jump ring.

Do you see the little pumpkin charm? He's also from the Oddities Adornments. These are super cute and I can see why they are out of stock. I scrambled to get enough for my class today! And some of them are arriving this afternoon. Just in time!

This banner was so much fun to make and I can't wait to hang it up. I'll be using black craft cord I found at Hobby Lobby. I'll be sure to take another photo when it gets closer to Halloween. We're having a party for my daughter and her friends this year, so I'll have a lot to share!

Thanks for popping in today. Hope you liked the banner. Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Rare Oddities - Not just for Halloween

Graphic 45's new Rare Oddities collection is perfect for all sorts of fun Halloween creations. In fact, I've just finished a fun Halloween banner that I'll be sharing this Friday, BUT it isn't JUST for Halloween. I've created two fun birthday cards that I've love to share with you today.

Although the zombie stamps make us think of Halloween, this is a birthday card for my friend Patty (who absolutely LOVES Halloween). It measures 7" x 5".

This 6" x 6" one is for my hubby Paul, whose birthday is today! No signs of Halloween here.

The zombies are from a stamp set I found at Stamp Fest this year by Sugar Pea Designs. I knew when I saw it, I just had to have it. They are so fun to color in with markers I could make a million of them!

All the sentiments in the set are fun too. Things like: "I chews you 'till death do us part" and "My love for you with Never Die" and "I'm brain dead. Sorry I forgot your birthday" and finally "You have my Undying gratitude. I'm dead serious." Cute, eh?

The cake stamp is an old favorite from Close To My Heart called "Piece of Cake." After coloring and cutting it out, I popped it up with foam tape. And popped up the girl zombie as well. 

The inside of the card is simple yet pretty. I hope Patty likes this custom card made just for her.

Back to Paul's card. My Paul is definitely a rare fella. Not the typical guy. Funny, definitely a guy's guy, and a unique-thinking individual. So I consider him my Rare Oddity. The stamps used here are from Rare Oddities Clear Stamp 2 from Hampton Art. Lost of great sentiments in this set too.

I've used the Rare Oddities 6 x 6 Patterns and Solids and some of the 12 x 12 collection here. Paul is spelled out with the alphabet stickers in the sticker sheet. I used my 5/8" circle punch to add black cardstock circles around the letters to make them pop. 

I worked in a little Tim Holtz embellishment here and there, just because his stuff just goes so well with the vintage goodness of Graphic 45. Don't you agree?

The inside of the card coordinates nicely, and not a hint of Halloween, right? The Happy Birthday stamps in both cards are from Close To My Heart's "Joyful Birthday" set.

So, although I'm a HUGE Halloween fan, I love it when Graphic 45 collections are versatile enough for other occasions and creations.

That's it for me today. Come on back on Friday and I'll share that Halloween banner I mentioned earlier. Thanks for stopping in today. Have a great day!

Friday, September 11, 2015

World's Fair Easel Card

Happy Friday everyone! I'm here today with a 6" x 6" card using Graphic 45's wonderful World's Fair papers. This card was on display at the PaperArts Show this past summer when the new collection came out and is featured on the Graphic 45 blog today alongside Lori Williams and her beautiful Mon Amour card creation.

What's great about World's Fair are the numerous positive messages printed on many of the papers. Great not only for card making, but scrapbooking as well.

So, now that the new papers are available, have you gotten yours yet? Which is your current favorite? I'd love to know.

Thanks for stopping in. I'm off to crop all weekend in Orlando. Watch my social media to see the fun!

Friday, September 4, 2015

Halloween Pie Box Treat Favors

Hello and happy Friday. Just For Fun Friday! I'm sharing these fun and easy Halloween treat holders made with a Sizzix pillow box die. (I've always called these "pie" boxes because they remind me of the McDonald's original apple pie containers.) This particular die is one I've had a very long time from Stampin' Up. 

I cut the pie boxes from Tim Holtz's newest paper stash Regions Beyond in the 8" x 8" pad. If you love Halloween and vintage, this is gonna be a favorite. 

I added a 1 1/4" wide band of paper around each. To ensure the scores and folds were crisp and lined up with the boxes, I cut these bands with the die, simply laying them across the center of the die area.

I had a bunch of these Halloween muse tokens in my stash, so I colored them with drops of Ginger, Sunset Orange, and Pitch Black alcohol ink. This gave them a cool creepy look.

Next I took orange and black Kraft Core card stock strips and ran them through the mini rosette die, assembled them, and attached the tokens with strong glue.

I stamped a strip of ivory card stock with Black archival ink using the Simple Sayings stamp set by Stampers Anonymous. Finally, I cut a strip of black tulle and tied it into a knot, then frayed the ends and attached them to the tokens with Fabri-Tac.

This is an easy, fun project you can do in just a few hours while watching TV or listening to Halloween music. All that's left to do is fill them with candy once Halloween is here. 

Thanks for stopping in today. Are you into Halloween like me? I can't stop making Halloween projects right now! I love it! What are you working on for the season?

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Halloween Mini Album Tutorial is Ready!

Hello all! As promised in my Instagram, Facebook and Twitter sneak peek posts over the weekend, I have finished my Halloween Mini Album 2015 using the new Nevermore paper pack and some fun embellishments from Close To My Heart

I've put really good use to the Cricut Artbooking Cartridge to make this fun album, and I'm excited to share it with you. I've done some welding, grouping and tweaking to some of the cuts to make this album more to my liking and style, and thanks to the Cricut Design Space online software, I'm able to share my custom cuts for this album with you!

Here are some teaser photos of the entire album. Keep reading below to see how you can purchase the tutorial and also receive my cut files so you can make your own.

There are few details you need to know before making your purchase:

  • The Digital Download Tutorial is available in my Etsy Shop for $12.00 at this link.
  • In order to receive my cut files, you must own the Artbooking cartridge and use Design Space.
  • Once you've purchased the Tutorial, I will share my cut files to your e-mail address. FREE!
  • You'll need the following supplies to complete the album exactly as I've made it, otherwise you can use any paper, any stamps, and any cardstock you like and the album will still turn out great.

                   Supply List:

                            Artbooking Cricut Cartridge
Cricut Design Space online software
Close To My Heart “Nevermore” paper pack (X7198B)
Close To My Heart Enamel Stars (Bulk362) Contact your CTMH consultant
Close To My Heart Sparkles Flourishes, black (Bulk336) Contact your CTMH consultant
Pumpkin Chevron  stamp set (B1488)
Steampunk Scoundrels stamp set (B1503)
Ink Blot stamp set (D1660)
1 sheet Saffron cardstock (CTMH)
Several additional sheets of black cardstock for base pages and Cricut cuts
Scoring tools
Foam tape
Office style single hole punch
Ribbon and twine
Three 1 1/2” book rings
Black ink pad and sponge dauber
Autumn Terracotta ink pad and sponge dauber
Autumn Terracotta marker (or similar color)
Slate ink pad and sponge dauber

For those of you who are wondering, no I haven't rejoined CTMH, but I'll always be a fan and I LOVE their Cricut cartridges. Being a big Halloween freak, I couldn't pass up the Nevermore paper pack. If you need a CTMH consultant, I highly recommend ordering from my friend Jacki Tibbitts. Here's her link.

Let me know if you have any questions, or simply how you like the project. My goal to is create projects with tutorials like this on a regular basis for you to enjoy.

Happy September 1st. Enjoy the new season, and thanks for stopping in.