Friday, June 20, 2014

Our favorite College Student, Ali, has been Smashing

Hi Everyone,

Our favorite College Student, Ali, has been Smashing during her summer vacation.  She is taking a selfie a day this year and she is using a Smash album to hold all the photos.


























I love all the Prima Dolls she used to decorate her pages.



Friday, May 16, 2014

Bugs, Bugs, and More Bugs!

I'm in the middle of last minute preparations for Demo Day tomorrow and I saved the best for last.  I'm spending my afternoon with 100 bugs......eeek!....ladybugs, that is!  I'm creating these little beauties using Viva D├ęcor Glitter Pen and some black Liquid Pearls for the dots.

Many people believe that ladybugs are a good omen. They can symbolize a turn of good luck in cash flow, love, or that a wish may be granted.

So, be sure and stop by my table!  It could be your lucky day!  See you tomorrow!

Alice I.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Cindy's Penny Black Blooming Garden class - the 4th card

Join me Saturday May 10th from 12 - 3 pm for a new card class featuring Penny Black's beautiful Blooming Garden stamp set!

We will be making a total of 8 cards (2 of each of the 4 designs).  I will have a variety of sentiments available so that you can tailor your cards to your needs.

We are going to do a great technique with micro-fine glitter, not only over Copic coloring, but we will also make a piece of glittered dry embossed background paper.  It's super easy!

Please bring the following Copics if you own them:

R family - 29, 89

RV family - 00, 02, 66, 69

Y family - 06, 11, 15

G family - 14, 43, 46, 94

YG family -  03, 13, 17, 67

E family - 35

Blender (0)

Please also bring Scor-tape (or another similar product), pop dots, liquid glue with a fine tip, and sharp scissors.

I look forward to seeing you soon!
Cindy







Saturday, April 26, 2014

New Card Class Sneak Peek: Blooming Garden Cards with Cindy

Join me Saturday May 10th from 12-3 PM for an all new card class featuring Penny Black's beautiful Blooming Garden stamp set.

We will be making a total of 8 cards in this class (2 of each of the 4 designs).  I will have a variety of sentiments on hand so you can tailor your cards to your needs.

Here are 3 of the 4 cards we will be making.  The 4th card and a list of supplies needed will be coming soon. Class does not include stamp set.  $29

I'm looking forward to creating with you!
Cindy





Monday, March 31, 2014

Lisa's Chandelier Cards

Lisa Halstead has been at it again.  This time she was playing with a new Chandelier die from Impression Obsession.  She added lots of pearls, bling, layers and sequins.



Friday, March 14, 2014

Chalkboard style cards from Lisa Halstead

Hi Everyone,

Lisa Halstead has been attacked by the card making bug.  It's out of control and we LOVE it!  She actually put aside her scrap book pages to work on cards.   Her latest batch of beauties are using the word stamps that have become popular with the chalkboard style. 

Lisa's oldest is graduating from High School this year so she is thinking ahead with these fun cards using the schools colors. She even added in a few of the new Doodlebug Sequins.  They are a nice alternative to rhinestones.


Lisa has also been making some great Easter cards.  She used white embossing powder to make the stamp stand out on both of these cards.  On the second card, she stamped on watercolor paper and used distress ink to get the pretty watercolor rainbow.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Remember Laura? She made some new cards for us!

Hi Everyone,

Laura has been so busy with work that she has not had a lot of time to create.  Last time she was in the store, she picked up one of the new Memory Box spring dies.  Today, she brought back these beautiful cards to share.  




Sunday, March 2, 2014

Is it Spring Yet?

According to the calendar, Spring has arrived and we should all be outside preparing to plant and make ready for the return of animals and flowers and color! Mother Nature, evidently, has other plans.

Regardless of the mountains of snow we still have around and the temperatures that can't quite crack 32 degrees, Photo Scraps is doing their part to bring in Spring with some new lines of designer papers to help get us into the Spring mindset.

It must have inspired me because after bringing some home, not only did I forget about the snow but I remembered a card project I'd been wanting to try for myself that would be perfect for my paper.

Pop-Up Box Cards are all the rage right now.  I've seen some great box cards created by a few bloggers I follow.

The concept of the box card is to create a card that lies flat (for mailing) but that can stand up and be 3-D.  You can make them in two sizes: 5-1/2x6-1/2 and an A2 version, which may be my next project perhaps using one of the new Graphic 45 lines.

I used a couple sheets of Authentique's Promise Collection, a POW glitter paper I previously purchased, Impression Obsession's little bunny die (can you say ADORABLE!), and a Penny Black stamp set called "Chick to Chick".


I used my Copics to color the images; punched a few small flowers and butterflies; die cut the grass, the "fence" and bunnies; glittered the little bunnies; cut the word Happy in POW glitter paper using my Silhouette; and then suspended many of the elements on strips cut from acetate.  This was so much fun!
 Above is the card flat.  You can flip the two bottom sections up to slide into an envelope easier.
 Front view.
 From an angle.
From other angle, closer.

The sky is the limit with these cards!  As soon as weather permits, I will drop it off at the store should anyone want a closer look.  Hope you'll give one a try!

Be well and stay warm!


Friday, February 28, 2014

4th Northwoods card!!

Finally, I have had a chance to create my 4th card (the daffodil) for my Northwoods Floral Cards - whew!  I really love this card because daffodils and spring flowers hold a very special place in my heart since I missed spring 6 years ago fighting for my life against necrotizing fasciitis (aka flesh eating bacteria).

We will be making this card along with 3 others for a total of 8 cards (2 of each design) on Saturday 3/8/14 from 12-3 pm.  Kits will be available if you are unable to make the class in person but you must call the store to sign up.

**I also made an error on the Copics needed for this class.  You DO NOT need to bring C3, YR18, or Y38 with you** 

I am looking forward to creating with you!
Cindy








Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Tracy's Techniques - Stampendous Starry Night Card



I made this card in one of my Stampendous card classes. It was so popular, that I made it on the December Demo Day.  Kirstin, the director, finally had a chance to edit the video to share. 

Here are the written instructions


Silent Night
Silent Night Stampendous Stamp
Versa mark
Stampendous Starry Night Embossing powder
WOW! Silver Glitter Embossing powder
Ranger Glossy paper
Ranger Alcohol Ink in Denim and Silver
Ranger Blending Solution
Ranger Felt tool for the Alochol inks


  • Use 5 drops of Denim Alcohol ink, 1 drop of silver and some blending solution on the ranger felt tool.
  • Use the tool to pounce the color onto the glossy paper until you like the color.
  • Stamp Silent Night on the glossy paper with Versamark ink.
  • Sprinkle with Starry Night embossing powder and heat set.
  • Edge the image with Versamark ink.
  • Sprinkle with silver Glitter embossing powder and heat set.
  • Attach the top layer with pop dots.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

More samples for the Northwoods Floral Card Class

Here are 2 more of the cards we will be making on Saturday 3/8/14 from 12 - 3 pm in my all new Northwoods Floral card class.  I promise that there will be a 4th card, but my crazy schedule has not allowed me to sit down and work on it. 

I love the quality of the Northwoods stamps and am always impressed when I use them.  You get a great image every time.

We are doing a lot of coloring in this class.  Please bring the following Copics if you own them:

FV2
BV family:  01, 02
V family:  20
Y family: 000, 02, 06, 15, 38
C family:  1, 3, 9
YG family:  17, 67
R family:  81, 83, 85, 29, 89
YR family:  18
W7

If you own it, please bring Wink Of Stella pen in Yellow.  Bring sharp scissors too!

Stay tuned for the 4th card and the Copics needed to create it.



I look forward to creating with you soon!
Cindy

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Demo Day Card 2 Almost Done?

I thought for sure Demo Day card 2 would be a cinch.  I pulled out one of my newer Spellbinder dies that I've been dying to try.  Kaisercraft's Key to My Heart Collection roses paper really appealed to me so I want to be able to use it in this card.  Decisions, decisions.  Pink Frame?  Off-White Frame?  I am searching through my stamps for something appropriate and I'm not finding it.  So maybe I should use a phrase or sentiment instead?  This may mean a trip to Photo Scraps....stay tuned for card 2!

 
 

Sunday, February 2, 2014

NEW CLASS Sneak peek: Northwoods Floral Cards

Here is a small sneak peek from my upcoming class featuring the new floral Northwoods stamps.  I love a beautifully drawn flower and this latest release from Northwoods has lots of wonderful flowers.  This class will be on Saturday March 8th from 12 - 3 pm and we will be making a total of 8 cards (2 each of 4 designs).  We will be doing a lot of Copic coloring. 

Here is the first card (really hard to see the sparkle in my photo)...


Using this stamp....

I think this card would be perfect for a birthday, Easter, Mother's Day, sympathy, and on and on.  I can see the rose in lots of different colors too. 

Card #2


Stay tuned for the other samples and a supply list.

I am looking forward to creating with you soon!
Cindy

Looks Like the Making of a Demo Day Card

It is February 2, and time to begin preparations for February Demo Day!  I took some time off from cardmaking and so I'm now looking forward to getting back into Demo Day mode.  I've been playing  with Spellbinder dies (no surprise there), and found some pretty floral papers (my favorite):  one in violets/purples and the other with a very shabby feel to it with distressed roses in a pretty pink.

I recently purchased a Stampendous House Mouse stamp and was determined to somehow work him into the mix.  I chose to color the mouse in grays and with so many petals scattered throughout the stamped image, it was the perfect opportunity to pull in the purples/violets.  Who says you can't mix mice and flowers? lol  So maybe this is the beginning of card no. 1.

Card no. 2 is definitely heading towards more of a shabby feel.  My plan is to use mostly white cardstock and the distressed pink roses paper from the Kaisercraft "Key to My Heart" collection.

Stay tuned!


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Shadow Box Update

Hi everybody!  Hope you are all enjoying our latest snowfall in the comfort of your nice warm home!  It certainly is the perfect weather for crafting, and I am pleased to report that I have finished my little shadow box!  I am just tickled with the results and it's just in time for February, the month of Love...

It didn't take much to create this little box of sweetness.  I used 1 sheet of G45 Sweet Sentiments as I initially mentioned, which I fussy cut.  I did change the background to a pink patterned paper from Kaisercraft's Key to My Heart collection (Charismatic), 1 sheet of cream cardstock for the lattice, which I cut on my Silhouette, scraps of cardstock for all the little flowers that are at the bottom of the oval frame cutout, some seam binding (my favorite ribbon), a little Wink of Stella, and the shadow box.  I am officially ready for Valentine's Day, although I think this box will sit on my shelf over my work area so that I can admire it all year long!

What are you crafting today?

 
Stay warm!  Alice I.