Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Upcoming Events

I am so excited to let you all know about my classes for the next few weeks!!!  I am really excited about them, and I hope you will join me.  We are going to have such a good time!

Studio J Class Thursday, Feb. 21 noon-2pm
I will be doing my first MONTHLY meeting teaching about the online scrapbooking, Studio J.  This is a free class, and this month through the 15th of March each layout is ONLY $5!!!  Woohoo!!!  So, come and let me show you how easy this digital thing can be, AND save some money!  You will just need to bring your laptop with you.

Card Class Friday, March 1st 7-9pm
This class is going to be so much fun!!!  I designed three very different cards, and I love all of them!  I used the new For Always paper from Close To My Heart.  This paper is so beautiful and elegant.  I love working with it!
Card #1

Card #2

Card #3

This cost is only $20.  You will be using different techniques, and have a fun evening hanging out with friends.  Remember, space is limited, so don't wait to reserve your spot!

What to bring:
  • microtip scissors
  • 3D tape
  • Glue Dots
  • Adhesive
  • Needle for threading the twine
Optional items:
  • black ink
  • Lagoon ink
  • White Daisy ink

I hope you like them, and I really hope you can come!  :o)

Happy Crafting!


Friday, February 15, 2013

Technique Blog Hop: Alcohol Markers

Hello, and welcome to our technique blog hop!!!  This month we are showing the various uses for the new Close To My Heart alcohol ink markers.  If you are coming from Debi's blog, you are on the right track.  So, without further ado, let me show you what I have done, and what YOU can do with these fun markers!!!

I love making cards, so I came up with another one to show you.  I did use the Wishes book for a pattern idea, but I did not use the cutting instructions.  Here it is!

So, I started with the new Claire paper pack from Close To My Heart.  It's one of those that I wasn't sure I would like until I started playing with it.  Now, I LOVE it!!!  I cut the stamped paper out at 3 1/2 inches from the really smooth paper I use for Copic markers (I really couldn't say what brand that is, sorry!)  I stamped in black Memento ink.  This seems to work best for me with no smearing when I color.

I colored the image with Cranberry, Autumn Terracotta, Honey, New England Ivy, and Outdoor Denim markers.  I like to begin with the lightest color first, then add the shading with the darker color, and blend them together with the lighter color.  I colored the branch with the gold metallic marker.  After coloring the image, I distressed the papers with Saddle ink and a sponge.  I also stamped the argyle pattern with Saddle ink on the base paper.  I cut the rosette with the Artiste Cricut cartridge at 1 inch and added an old golden button from my stash.

Do you see these awesome blue pearls?!  Those used to be white!!!  I colored them with the markers!  Isn't that cool?!  You can color any white pearls or clear sparkles with these markers and get them to match whatever you are working on!  You can go over them and get them darker, just let them dry between coats for a few seconds.

I cut the flower out at 2 1/2 inches and distressed it with Saddle ink before rolling it up.  The ribbon is the Close To My Heart Color Ready ribbon.  I squashed my Outdoor Denim and Saddle ink pads onto my craft mat, then sprayed them with alcohol.  I ran the ribbon through the inks and crinkled it up and let it dry,  I love the worn look it gets by doing that!  :o)

Here is the list of supplies I used:

  • Claire paper pack
  • Saddle ink pad
  • Outdoor Denim ink pad
  • Black Memento ink pad
  • Cranberry alcohol ink markers
  • Autumn Terracotta alcohol ink markers
  • Honey alcohol ink markers
  • New England Ivy alcohol ink markers
  • Fabulous You stamp set
  • Pearl Opaques
  • Color Ready seam binding ribbon
  • Artiste Cricut cartridge (of course!!!)  :o)
  • Gold button
I hope you enjoyed the card.  Now, hop on over to Joy's blog to view more fabulous art work!!!  :o)  Don't forget to leave comments.  We all love to hear from you!

Happy Crafting!


Thursday, February 14, 2013

Flutter Card

Hey, peeps!!!  Happy Valentine's day!!!  :o)  I really love this time of year.  It seems to inspire craftiness in everybody, even boys!  LOL  I had an open house last Saturday (I'm sorry if you didn't get an invite...I am still trying to get all of my contacts organized so it's easier to make sure everybody gets an invitation.)  I had some of the new product to show, and I had a fun, simple card for everyone to make.

I used the Buzz and Bumble paper pack.  Even though it isn't as 3D like most of my other cards, I still really like it.  I used the chicken wire background stamp from the Distressed Backgrounds set.  I really like this stamp set.  I didn't use a block to stamp it.  I wanted it to fade in and out in spots even more than they already do in their design, so I used my fingers as a block.  :o)  The only ink I used was Cocoa.  I stamped with it and I distressed all of the papers with it.

The main stamp set I used was a Quick Cards set called Dragonfly.  I really love the saying on it...'you make my heart flutter.'  It seemed like the perfect card to share with you on this day of love and friendship.  :o)

Happy Crafting!!!