Monday, February 27, 2017

Pop-up Card Tutorial with Midnight Masquerade

I had such great response to my Dimension Card series the other day, I had to make another card to share today. Many of you asking for a tutorial, and while it wouldn't be fair to share a tutorial for ALL the cards (why would anyone pay to come to my class if I gave away the farm on my blog?) I thought I'd share the techniques and a tutorial for one of the most popular cards in that series, this time using Graphic 45's new Midnight Masquerade collection to show a variation.

My card measures 4" x 6" when folded flat. I like this size for a couple reasons. One is, the card and a coordinating envelope will fit inside Graphic 45's regular book box. So you can make a whole card set and some matching envelopes, decorate the box with leftover papers and, voila! you've created an amazing gift. The second reason is it makes cutting elements for the card easier, especially working with the cut-apart pages in Graphic 45's collections. Every paper pad includes these cut-aparts in standard sizes of 4" x 6" and 3" x 4" which is ideal for pocket scrapbooking too.

The inside of the card is where the surprise is. Lots of dimension and space for elements! This card couldn't be simpler to make. Take a look...

Cut a piece of cardstock 12" x 6" and score at 4", 6" and 8". Fold as shown.

Cut coordinating Midnight Masquerade paper as follows: Two at 3 3/4" x 5 3/4" 
and two at 1 3/4" x 5 3/4". Ink edges, if desired. I used Dusty Concord Distress Ink. (My papers are from the Midnight Masquerade 12" x 12" Patterns & Solids which are great for card backgrounds.)

Adhere the papers to the inside like this.

Cut a cardstock strip 8" x 2" and score at 4" and 6". Cut coordinating papers 3 3/4" x 1 3/4" and two at 1 3/4" x 1 3/4". Ink edges.

Adhere the papers to the cardstock strip as shown. For a space to write your message, cut apart a journaling card from the paper collection and adhere on the right panel. Keep it toward the top of the panel so you don't cover it up in a later step.

Place double-sided adhesive tape on the back of two ends, careful not to go past 2" from each end.

Peel and stick the unit in place like this.

Here I'm sharing the cuts I made from the cut-aparts in the collection. You could also do this with the Midnight Masquerade Ephemera Cards if you'd rather save your papers for other projects. The imagery is the same. The top row shows the cut-apart, and the bottom shows the elements I cut.

Now for the fun! Start adding elements to your card. The banner across the top is made from the Patterns & Solids again, cut with the Banners die set from Elizabeth Craft Designs.

Fussy cut several masks. I love the Venetian Carnival page in this paper collection because it's full of these fun masks.

Adhere the masks to the inside. I adhered some flat, some with foam tape, and a few others with a double-thick strip of cardstock to serve as a "post". These were adhered to the inside back of the dimensional flap. You have to be mindful when adding elements to the flap so your card will still close properly and not crush them. Just keep closing and opening your card as you add things to check them for placement.

Do a few more fussy cuts as desired and assemble the front of your card.

Here's a better view of the dimension of the fussy cut elements. Just a bit of foam tape does the trick.

My card needed a little something more, so flowers came to mind. And to fill in around the flowers, I decided on some simple punched leaves of very non-traditional colors to match my card. I inked them and shaped them a bit before adhering.

Some Petaloo velvet hydrangeas with a touch of purple were perfect. Then I just added my leaves around them.

Here's another look at the completed card front.

And the inside after adding a stamped sentiment to the left panel.

It's a deceptively simple card with a very impressive look. I hope you give it a try and let me know what collection you used. Have fun and enjoy your creative journey.

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!