Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Indianapolis, here I come!

For weeks I've been prepping for upcoming classes. I used to think it was the glamorous life to travel teach, but it's a lot of work! You've got to be on the ball (ahead of the ball really. But it's always fun to teach in new stores and get to meet new Graphic 45 fans.

Now I'm wrapping up all the details for my first teaching gig of the year (...had to cancel Canada. Long story.) in Indianapolis next weekend at Palette & Paper. Paul will be joining me on this trip since it's our anniversary weekend. He also has a college friend who lives there he can visit. So it should be a fun trip for both of us.

Palette & Paper is hosting a weekend of fun for National Scrapbook Day 2017 and I'm honored to part of the celebration! Friday evening, we'll be making this fun Midnight Masquerade treasure box.

Saturday we'll be making this big beautiful Portrait of a Lady album filled with interactive pages, pockets, pull-outs, and envelopes. What a special Mother's Day gift this would make! Or wedding, or birthday, or graduation...

Sunday afternoon, we'll create this lovely Nature Sketchbook mixed media album/planner. I've included ephemera cards, chipboard, die-cut flowers, policy envelopes and printed monthly pages to use as a calendar or planner. 

I've also got a cute make-n-take up my sleeve for the weekend. So if you're in the Indianapolis area and would like to join me, register with Palette & Paper QUICKLY, as there is limited space available for these classes. REGISTER HERE.

Thanks for popping in. I'll be sharing my travels with you on my Instagram, Facebook and Twitter next weekend, so be sure to follow me! Links are in the righthand column of my blog.

Have a great week!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Crazy Dogs Happy Wishes Card

I've only played with my Crazy Dogs stamp set from Stampers Anonymous once. I love this set, but haven't made time to play with it until this past weekend. I wanted to make a super cheerful Easter card for a friend, and incorporate the new Distress Oxides too. So today I thought I'd share how I made it...

First I got out my Distress Oxides and decided which colors I'd like to use. Then I cut a 6 3/4" x 4 3/4" piece of Ranger Mixed Media Cardstock. After smooshing the colors onto my non-stick craft mat (directly from the open ink pads) and spritzing them with water until I got nice beads, I then dipped and tapped my cardstock into the colors, moving around a bit and taking a peek each time I lifted it. Notice I said dip and tap. I've found Oxides give them best effect if I just softly dip and tap around into the colors. Once I was happy, I heated it dry with my Heat-it tool.

I grabbed two more colors (darker ones this time) and repeated the steps. 

After looking at it, I decided to add more Worn Lipstick (my current favorite Oxide) and then I was happy.

To fill in those open spaces, I stenciled more Worn Lipstick here and there. I love this new Ornate stencil from Stampers Anonymous. It's so pretty.

Next, I stamped these cuties from the Crazy Dogs set using Jet Black Archival ink onto the same Mixed Media Cardstock then fussy cut each one out. I used my water brush and my new Transparent Watercolours by Talens. They are so intense and easy to work with, and the water brush is neater than a paintbrush and cup of water. I enjoyed coloring and shading all these fun pieces. You'll notice I also stamped some accessories for my dogs from the Crazy Things stamp set.

Putting a hat on a dog is never easy, but a snip or two with my scissors was all I needed to get my hat around those puppy ears.

Same goes with this guy's hat. Doesn't that bow tie look so cute too?

Now the fun of layering everyone onto the card.

I used foam tape to pop up my two outer doggies.

I added Happy Wishes to the top left of the card, but it didn't seem to stand out enough... I went in with a gray marker and created some shadows to help it out.

This card just makes me smile, it's so goofy and crazy and fun.

I hope you enjoyed this quick and easy tutorial. Have a great week and thanks for popping in!


Thursday, April 6, 2017

Strawberry Box Card

Time for some more Cricut fun! I totally love projects, and found this cute strawberry box card on their site in the Box Cards SVG Kit. I purchased the kit a few weeks ago. (You may remember the St. Patrick's Day box card I posted here.) I like to spend my spare time either art journaling or creating a fun, easy Cricut project like this. Two very different things, but both creative outlets.

I love using Graphic 45 papers for my Cricut projects, because - duh - they make the BEST papers in the industry. Here I've used an older collection, Time to Celebrate. Such a cheery, bright collection perfect for Spring, birthdays, or anything happy! This little strawberry box card was so fun and easy to make, I just had to share.

I simply downloaded the SVG file to my computer then imported it into Design Space and started cutting all the pieces. I used Poppy cardstock from Close To My Heart for the box pieces, plus I cut the box pieces a second time with a Topiary green cardstock. You'll see why in a moment.

Assembly is easy. And SVGCuts supplies a tip sheet with every file. I love to print them out in color and keep them in a notebook for future reference. Here I've begun to adhere the papers to the box.

Then flipped it over for the flaps that'll show from the top of the box.

I used the Topiary green cardstock pieces as my base for my insert panel assembly, then layered the Poppy cardstock handle in place, along with all the strawberries and leaves.

The white flowers are next with a dot of yellow from my Pearl Paint Pen. I set that aside to dry while I had some lunch.

After all the papers were on the box, I assembled it. 

Then it's just a matter of bending the insert panels on the score lines and adhering them in place. SVGCuts includes the numbers 1 - 5 on the cuts so you get them in the right order, working front to back. They make it super simple!

I grabbed a coordinating chipboard tag and stamped my sentiment, then adhered it to the front of the box. It all came together in less than 2 hours. The whole thing folds flat and fits into an envelope, which, of course, is also included in the SVG file. Gotta love that.

Thanks for popping in. I'd love to know if YOU use a cutting machine like a Cricut, Silhouette, etc? I hardly ever used my Cricut machine for the first few years, but now that the Explore is wireless and I can control my designs in Design Space, I find that I use it all the time.