Tuesday, June 5, 2012

I facilitated my first card making class at Scrappn'Savvy last night and did we ever have fun!  The six participants were awesome.  I loved the way they interacted with each other, sharing tools and ideas!  Here are the cards we made:  


A Big Buckle Father's Day Card.  Had to get creative to cut the slot for the belt.

An "S" fold Fourth of July Card using paper from WeRM, ticker tape and confetti.  The edge is punched with the Martha Stewart star border punch and the phrases are cut from Cricut cartridge "Stand and Salute".

A simple happy birthday card using the Sew Ribbon tool and one of the Sizzix/Hero Arts Stamp and die cut.  The patterned papers are from WeRM Anthologie series.  I am NOT a stamper, but I am loving these stamp and cut designs.  This set comes with some really cute cupcakes as well!

I am busy designing the cards for the next three month's classes.  I am especially excited about the papers I chose for the wedding card we will be making in July--it is going to be BEE-GORGEOUS! 

Sunday, April 1, 2012

I have been so remiss in keeping up with my blog!  So here is a new post.  At the February crop, I was making my Valentine cards and everyone loved the diorama cards I was working on. So they asked if I would teach it at the next crop. So I "taught" a little card making tutorial at a crop last weekend and I want you to see some of the awesome creations of the talented ladies who were there!

A little Valentine inspiration!

Bright and cheerful!

 Who wouldn't love getting this card?

 I love this sock monkey!

 I know the kid who got this one loved those cute dinosaurs!

 This is one of my creations

 And this was one of the Valentine cards I had made that got them requesting that I show them how!

 This is going to my niece for her birthday!

 And this one is for a special friend!

I had a wonderful time teaching this card and I so love seeing how people put their own spin on the basic idea!  For cutting the holes we used spellbinders dies, creative memories cutters or the fiskars shape system.  These cards are actually quite simple and you can find tutorials on them at YouTube--just search for "diorama card".

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Crop Retreat Projects

OK, so now it actually is Fall! And I have been so busy, I haven't posted in a while! But, I went to a crop retreat this weekend and here is what I accomplished!

The front of my Halloween step card using some really cute stamps that I have been waiting all year to use!

The inside of the card. Open it looked like columns and just begged for an image. I used this Anna Griffin skeleton stamp. The green is punched with the MS drippy goo.

A card for a friend who has recently retired.

A special card for a cousin who needs a little TLC. Her favorite color is purple and she loves bling. Hope she likes this.

I missed the June Sampler at Scrappn' Savvy, but got the kit and finally put it together this weekend...well, mostly. It still needs a few embellishments and the picture in the middle, but I am liking the way it turned out! It is a canvas stamped, embossed, and color washed. There are stacked chipboard pieces, stamped images colored with copic markers and even moss and twigs!

This is the cover of the book from the September Sampler at Scrappn' Savvy. We started the book at the class and had to finish on our own. The next several shots are of the inner pages. The ones on the right are those designed by the teachers. The ones on the left are the ones I created to finish the book. This is going to be a gift for someone, but I'm not saying who!

right page on corrugated cardboard...

Right page on felt tag shape...

Right page on chipboard....
Right page on a circle of canvas...
Right page on acrylic...
Right page on chipboard...

Let me know what you think!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Where did Summer Go?

I've just realized how long it has been since my last post! What a wild ride. Just over a week after our return, I was on a plane for Seattle to help my best friend finish the pack up of her brother's house and then driving their van back to Texas. It was a hard driving trip, but we did manage to see some gorgeous and varied countryside along the way! The two highlights were Old Faithful in our day at Yellowstone and the Rocky Mountains in the National Park in CO. Our adventure was not being able to get the car out of gear upon leaving Yellowstone. We managed to "fix" it by using the tire gauge to poke down in the hole beside the shift handle each time we wanted to get out of park! Then when we got back to Texas, it started working again! Go figure!
I've done little of the scrapbooking I intended to finish this summer. But I do have some crop time planned. I've already attended some days of in-service and tomorrow is the official start of our school year. . . and so it begins!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

I'm Home!

Just back from our wonderful trip to AZ for nephew's wedding! We are all so happy at the blending of these two families--they are terrific together! We went on the train! That is why my avatar is posed in front of one! It was a good trip despite the fact that my sister's bag went to San Francisco and she did not get it back until the day before we left AZ! I visited a scrapbook store in Mesa, of course, Mystic Paper--got in trouble! And Black Market Minerals--more trouble! But so glad to be back home!

Before I left Texas, I had spent a fabulous weekend at the Red Victorian in Galveston with the Cross Croppers and here are a few of the items I completed there!

This is one page of a tag book I am making for my "bro-in-law" for his birthday featuring pics of his sweetie.

Wedding card for the daughter of a dear friend who was tying the knot as this card was being made!

Wedding card for my nephew and his gorgeous and sweet new wife!

The 4 X 6 for my July Lickety Slip swap. I used my new EK punch and sewed bakers twine through the holes. Hope they like this one! The bunting forms a pocket.

These are a set of red, white and blue embellishments I made for the a swap yet to be announced on Tx Scrappin' Chicks. Got to do that today!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Graduation Cards

I made some graduation cards today and here is a sample. I modified a tutorial I found on You Tube and made these cute money/gift card cards--several cousins graduating this year!

...and inside

One of my cropping friends is moving to Florida. I will so miss her. I saw a card with this sentiment in Card Trends magazine and thought it would be the perfect use for my owl flourish Cuttlebug embossing folder. Copic markers provided the color, with a few stamping up markers (the yellow and the orange). I love how the ink flows out of Copic markers! I used Sizzix alphabets--Round-a-Bout and Girls are Weird for the sentiment. I hope she likes it!

Swaps Completed!

Here are pics of two swaps I just completed. The first is the Flower swap over http://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifon Texas Scrappin' Chicks. We each had to make 12 flowers to send to our partner. I got to make flowers for Mandy. I hope she likes these!

This is the 4 X 6 card for our Lickety Slip class at Scrapp'n Savvy. We make five and get five back (not our own). This one has a pocket in which to insert one or more photos. The brown is Bazzill--mudpie, red is Bazzill--barkley; stripe is Fancy Pants--hot chocolate series; the gear-embossed paper is from DCWV Tattered Time matstack; I stamped the label with a CTMH "Annotations" stamp in brown ink then further embellished it with a crystal glaze pen. The two gears are cut with an Ellison die from the mudpie cardstock and brushed with crystal glaze (actually in orange but it doesn't show--I just wanted them to be "shiny"!). It is always such a surprise to see what wonderful work everyone has done!

School's out on June 3. But before then, I have to finish inventory and get the summer reading packets together!