Thursday, July 28, 2011

You and Me by MME

Some of my favorite photos of last summer are of my husband and I with our girls posing in our backyard before a friend's party. I love that my girls' personalities and their special relationship shine through in these photos. My Mind's Eye's Lime Twist line had the perfect colors to showcase my photos. Diecut papers are a favorite of mine and I began this layout trimming the circle paper to create a fun accent in the center of the layout. From there I built the layout adding many different pattern papers in a color-blocking fashion. I created other borders with Kaisercraft's Self Adhesive Rhinestone Strips and a Bazzill Just the Edge border. The Bazzill border was a plain white so I grabbed a bottle of Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist to change the color to a complementary blue. The "Happy Go Lucky" accessories sheet from the MME line had the perfect sentiment stickers. I created the title from this sticker sheet by punching holes in the banners, stringing them with the ever-popular baker's twine in purple, and pop-dotting the banners. Lastly, I layered the butterfly stickers and added rhinestones. Happy Go Lucky is just how I felt when I finished this layout . . .
Flat Lisa July DT 2011

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Butterfly Bonanza class samples

As many of you know, butterflies are some of my favorite images to create with and I collect them in all shapes and sizes. Join me Saturday 8/6 from 12 - 3 pm for my all new Butterfly Bonanza card class. We will be making 6 butterfly themed cards using lots of different butterflies from quite a few different companies. We will be doing some Copic coloring, a technique with Distress inks, and some cutting. Make sure to bring your sharp scissors with you because they are a must for this class!

If you are unable to attend but would still like to make the cards, please call the store and register for the class but let them know you need a kit. Please keep in mind that coloring is not done for you in the kits.

Here is a small list of other supplies you can bring in case you prefer to use your own:

Distress ink: Spun Sugar (and a sponge dauber)
Copic markers: Y19, YR18, YR04
Spica pen in Black

I look forward to seeing you on the 6th!


Saturday, July 23, 2011

NEW CLASS: Butterfly Bonanza!

Join me Saturday 8/6 from 12 - 3 pm for an all new class...Butterfly Bonanza. We will be making cards with butterflies as our theme. The other cards are not ready to photograph yet, but here is the sample of one of the cards we will be making in class. More to come soon!


Saturday, July 16, 2011

MME, MFT and a little Memory Box too

As promised, here are some more cards uisng the fabulous Lime Twist from My Mind's Eye, one of them featuring Flopsey from MFT.

Of all the cute images out there in stamping world, Flopsey is my absolute favorite. There is just something about her; her giant ears, how fun she is to color, how many different things Flopsey can be used to represent based on all her available images. You will be seeing more Flopsey from me, but for this Flopsey card I used that great cloud paper and colored in my image using Copics. I used MFT's cloud die and scallop border die as well as Martha Stewart's grass punch to complete my card. The sentiment comes in the Flopsey set and I stamped it on a scrap of white paper then cut the edges with scissors to give it flag ends.

Here is the gorgeous Ranger Adirondack Wild Plum ink again and 2 patterns from Lime Twist with a sentiment from Impression Obsession. Loving the magenta! This is a super layout that will appear in an upcoming class. Love all the layers! A little ribbon and bling finishes the card.
My final card uses Memory Box stamps, the gorgeous butterfly and the round script stamp. I colored the butterfly with Copics and cut it out by hand. I really like the way the butterfly ended up matching with the orange polka dot paper from Lime Twist. Again, a little ribbon and bling embellish the card.

Some of these cards may even show up at a future Wacky Wednesday. Would you like that?

See you soon!


Thursday, July 14, 2011

A couple of Design Team cards

Wow, how lucky are we to be able to play with My Mind's Eye Lime Twist for July! MME has always been one of my favorite paper companies because their papers are always so thick and sturdy and the patterns are always fun and pleasing. Lime Twist is just delicious! Full of great designs and fabulous colors.

My first card uses some Hero Arts stamps, ribbon and bling, and 2 of Lime Twist's patterns with mouthwatering colors. And while you can't tell from my photo, the little butterfly is popped with foam tape and covered in Rock Candy Distress Stickles. I am really digging the magenta and orange! This was a quick card, and as usual, you could change up the sentiment and the papers to suit whatever occassion you need a card for. Check out the fabulous ink color...that's Ranger's Adirondack ink in Wild Plum. It matches perfectly with the magenta stripes in the Lime Twist paper.

My second card uses the fabulous cloud paper from Lime Twist. I think this is my favorite pattern so far. These are just the best clouds! The stamps from my card are from the awesome stamp company My Favorite Things and the set is called Up, Up & Away. I am soooo happy we are carrying MFT in the store now! I colored my hot air balloons with Copics, cut them out and popped one of them for dimension. I used a Martha Stewart border punch for the grass and made 2 layers with it, popping the outer layer with foam tape, again to give dimension. When my card was all put together I used Stickles in Yellow over my yellow Copic areas to give some sparkle.

Be prepared to see more Lime Twist and MFT from me in the next couple of days, maybe even tonight :) And remember, visit our Design Team creations when you are shopping in the store so you can see for yourself all the little things that make good projects great.

I look forward to seeing you soon!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Saturday's class supply list

There are still a few spots left in my All Occassion Cards class this Saturday. We will be making a total of 8 cards (2 of each of the 4 designs). Here is a small list of supplies in case you want to bring and use your own so that you do not have to wait during the sharing of supplies. And don't forget your sharp scissors as one of the cards has cutting!

Copic markers: V06, V25, YG17, YG67

Distress inks: Antique Linen, Tattered Rose, Scattered Straw, Dried Marigold, Spiced Marmalade

Sponge daubers for the above Distress inks

I look forward to seeing you Saturday!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Lime Twist Lickety-split!

Hi from Gina A!
I love the beautiful My Mind's Eye paper's from this month's Design Team challenge. Lime Twist has such beautiful colors, designs and embellishments! I've already used this line several times ... you may have seen my hot-air balloon layout of my daughter and her boyfriend with the title "he makes her heart SOAR!" already on display. As soon as I saw that paper I immediately came up with the design idea and I loved the result. I also used the talk-bubble paper for a get well card/book for my little nephew.

For my Design Team double layout I chose some photos of my daughter reading to her grandmother and matched the Happy Go Lucky
"Hello" Zig, "Perfect" Lines and "Together" Lines papers along with the "Perfect" Butterflies paper and a sheet of the matching stickers. The inspiration for the whole page was the sticker that says "Every moment with you is a gift" true as my daughter (age 21) spends time with my mother-in-law (age 90)! To those supplies I added some dotted cardstock with the scalloped edge and a set of stickers from the "school" section to tie in the reading theme.

Best part? This came together "lickety-split" .... from choosing the papers to hanging it on the wall was 45 minutes start to finish!! Lots of fun and results in no-time flat - I love that!!

If you are short on time and want to get some layouts done, think about doing some "scrap-lifting" to speed up the design time. Check out the display of my scrap-lifted pages in the "Spotlight on Scrapbooking" section of the store. (near the scrapbooks and page protectors). For each designed page I include the "scrap-lifted" original and tell you what I did... and remember: Scraplifting is totally legal! So bring your camera next time you're in the store and take some pictures of the many samples of scrapbook pages and cards we have on display. There's nothing better to get the old creative juices flowing so... GO "FOURTH" and Scraplift over the holiday!!!

Adolph July DT 2011
Have fun!
Gina A.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Demo Day and I {heart} MFT!

Demo Day is just around the corner, happening on Saturday July 23rd from 11 - 4 pm. Here is the card you will be making at my table. I will have some regular sentiments on hand in case you don't want the quote on your card. The beautiful quote however, comes from one of my favorite stamp companies, My Favorite Things (aka MFT).

MFT has been around for a while and I am so thrilled that we are now carrying them in the store! They make lots of different stamps ranging from cute to artistic and tons of wonderful dies. All their dies and stamps are of excellent quality and you will not be disappointed with how they perform. I sincerely love their products.

I look forward to seeing you on Demo Day!


Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Cute as a Button

The new lines just released from My Mind's Eye are just amazing--love,love,love them!! It has always been one of my favorite companies and this release did not dissapoint! I am so happy with how this layout turned how the cloud paper and the woodgrain paper work together to reinforce the "outdoor"theme of these pictures. The circle alphas are also MME and I think they add a lot of cute detail to the pages. Finishing touches: buttons, flowers with Hero Arts hues in the insides, lots of Baker's Twine, also from MME and a few butterflies from Little Yellow Bicycle. Little details such as a circle picture on the right (of my sweet hound Myrtle), ribbon "flags" used on both pages and corner rounding the woodgrain paper help make the page more interesting. Come check out what's new at the store this week. Great weather, hooray!! Gotta love this temp.!
Lisa H