Sunday, September 18, 2016

Halloween Fun, Remarkable Blog Hop

Hi Crafty Friends! It's time for the Remarkable blog hop. A group of demonstrators get together (virtually) to share some creative ideas, the third Sunday of every month. And here it is, that third Sunday! Today we are sharing Fall and Halloween ideas.

I love Fall and Halloween, (maybe as much as I love Christmas)! I am a sucker for all things seasonal. And yes, I have had a pumpkin scone at Starbucks already this season, even though it's still pretty hot in Maryland.
 I'm sharing two projects today. Both Halloween cards, one quick and easy, and one a bit more involved. I bought two Halloween stamp sets from the Holiday Catalog this year. Although I think the whole Halloween line is totally awesome.

My quick card uses the Jar of Haunts set and features the truly lovely Halloween Night Specialty DSP. If you've checked in with me before, you know how I love my DSP.

Super cute, yes? And true confession, I may have been eating a wee little bit of candy corn as I was making this. I needed it for research purposes, to know which order the colors went, so I could color  the candy with my Stampin' Write markers. And note, there are several two packs in the Holiday Catalog, awesome!The sentiment is from the Spooky Fun stamp set, which is up next.

This is a double Z fold card. They're all the rage in crafty land, so I had to jump on the hay wagon. There are a lot of videos out there, and I just might make one myself this week, so I'll just give the basic measurements here.

You cut your card stock in inches to 11 x 4 1/4. The card stock for the front piece is 1 3/4 x 11. The DSP is 1/8 an inch smaller. Then score the card base and card stock strip at 2 3/4 and 5 1/2. I laid the DSP down on the scored and folded strip and then folded it to match. Then I glued it on with our Tombo liquid adhesive.

The rest is just building the picture. I did not attach the front piece until I knew what I wanted in front and behind. I attached it when I was ready with Tombo. I used the Tombo and glue dots to attach all the elements. I used almost everything from the Spooky Fun stamp set and the Halloween Scenes Edgelits Dies (sold as a bundle for a 10% savings).

Here's the view of the card closed:

I mean, really, isn't it the cutest? I'm planning to send it to my son at college next month.

Well, I hope you enjoyed my Halloween projects, and enjoy the rest of the blog hop.
Stay Crafty!

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Friday, September 16, 2016

A Shaker Card for Christmas

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

Hi crafty friends! Today I am sharing a how to video for shaker cards.
We made this Christmas snow one in class last week.

Super cute, I think! 
Not hard, but you need to remember the steps in order!

1. Cut opening.
2. Emboss, if you want.
3. Snail the window sheet to the opening.
4. Put foam strips on the window sheet, around the opening, and in the corners.
5. With the card face down, rub the foam edges with your embossing buddy and then put a pinch of sequins, confetti, or glitter (or any combo of) in the center.
6. Peel off the backings on the foam.
7. Attach the back, image side down.
8. Mount on your card base.
9. Decorate/embellish as wanted.
10. Shake and enjoy!

Here's the video:

And, here are a few more ideas:

I see many more shaker cards in my future!
So, stay crafty and have fun!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The Christmas Card Adventure Begins!

Hello Crafty Friends!

If you're a crafter, Christmas might be your biggest time of the year. There are so many ideas and so many possibilities. And, you need to start early. This blog post is all about the cards. I'm offering lots of Christmas card making classes this year, so that participants can have fun AND get the work done.

If you're interested in attending or in to go options, check out all the info on my social media sites or my web site, click here. Or send me an email at

This is a picture laden post, if you need more specific details on "how to" or what Stampin' Up! product was used, just ask, I'd be happy to pass on that info.

So, my friends, sit back for a moment and enjoy...

My first Christmas card class got us going strong, we made 20 quick and easy, mailable cards.
4 each of 5 designs.

A few close ups:

Here's some of that lovely Stampin' Up! designer series paper.

Here's what 144 Christmas cards look like before they're assembled:

Card's so pretty!

Here are the happy and accomplished class goers:

One friend got a flat tire and couldn't come, so the next week, I took the class to her! We met at a Panera, half way between our houses as she lives a bit away from me. We had a great time chatting and putting the cards together. We even had to get a bit creative when I realized I had forgotten a few acrylic blocks. We used a stamp case, and my phone!

Christmas card class number 2 featured a few cards that were a bit more involved. 
We made 2 each of 5 designs. ( 1 each of the stitched cards).

The stitched cards are from a Stampin' Up! kit. Super cute, and everything is prepped for you. (The hardest part was threading the needle).

And a few close ups:
This one might be my favorite. I love this bear!

This tree is from the stamp set Lovely As A Tree, it's an oldie but a goodie, in the annual catalog.

A shaker card! Look for a post with a how to video next week.

This class was a lot of fun! 

All in all, the Christmas crafty season is off to a great start!

The Stampin' Up! Holiday catalog is amazing! 
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Or contact me and I can help.

I offer classes at my studio, to go classes, and I can bring the class to you!