Monday, January 25, 2010

Memo Board or Organizational center...

I'm not really sure what to call this. It's sort of a memo board, sort of an organizational center. All around it's cute and functional.

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The big open area is for using a dry erase marker. The top layer (under the cork) is acrylic so you can dry erase to your heart's desire. The bind it all wires are for keys and the really great thing is the top layer is not glued down so you can lift the acrylic and swap out the picture at the top. I decorated my own push pins to match.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Birthday Cards

It has been requested several times that I create a birthday card class. It's strange I think just about everyone would say they use birthday cards the most but I almost never make birthday cards. Usually I make a general card that I know the recipient will like and use that. It was fun to use some new stuff and make birthday cards this time.



The class is for 10 cards and will be on February 26th at Felica's Scrapbooks.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Valentine Class

It seems like we barely get out of Christmas before it's time for Valentine's Day. The first class I ever taught at Felicia's was a Valentine class and I've learned a lot about teaching classes since then! I have four of the five cards that will be in my class to share with you.

My first card is an easel card.

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The second card is a side step card.

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The third card is a crossword I created (see that degree in education paid off as I learned to make crosswords in a class!).

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The last card is a surprise pop-up card. I love the stamp set I used for this one. It was a set by SeeD's full of coffee stamps. The entire set was $3.99--great bargain.

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and the open view...

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Supplies:
Patterned paper: Scenic Route
Cardstock : Bazzil
Stamps: Imagiese (bird) See D's (hearts, coffee cup)
Dies: Sizzix (Rustic Hearts, Owl) Embossing folders
Ink: Chalkbox

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Designer's Lottery

Over at Inspire Swap Chat, there is a weekly designer's lottery. Basically there is a theme and/or item you have to create and post by a deadline. At the end of the deadline someone is chosen and wins the "pot" of creations. Then we all mail our item to the winner. I am normally not put together enough to get my creations finished in time but I did manage to finish for the vintage tags week.

My tag doesn't scream vintage but I am not much of a vintage person. I cut the tag out and stamped snowflakes on it. Then covered it with crackle accents. My mom used tulle for her bows on packages this year so I of course had to keep it all to craft with.

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Supplies:
Card stock: Papertrey ink (kraft)
Patterned paper: Unknown scrap (red)
Stamp: $1 bin Michaels
Trims: Recycled Christmas Bows, Prima (poinsetta)

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Calendar Pages

So far I am keeping up with a couple goals. I completed the January pages for my calendars. I want some of the pages to be more personalized for the recipient. I have a range of people I give these to so I want the pictures to be of them with the kids or something they were there for.

I used our pictures from sledding/playing in the snow for the January layouts. I have one layout that will be for my family and one for Fletcher and his family. The first is for Fletcher's family. The pictures focus on the kids. The second will be given to my dad, my brother and my grandpa since it has pictures of all of us playing in the snow.

The digital elements I used were found through digifree blog. I'm not very proficient with digital scrapbooking but that's ok because I don't like it nearly as much as I like getting my fingers covered in glue, ink and glitter to make a real page.

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Saturday, January 9, 2010

New Year's Goals

I have a few personal goals for this New Year but I have also created a few paper related goals. Some of the paper goals relate to the personal goals. I do believe writing something down and posting it helps keep me on track. So without further ado here is my list of paper crafting goals for the year.

1. Send out at least 2 cards every month
2. Send out only handmade birthday cards. I have more than enough paper to do this for like 10 years and not ever buy a new supply
3. Speaking of supplies, I want to cycle through and use or pass along some of the paper and embellishments I've been holding on to for "something special"
4. Complete at least 2 scrapbook pages each month. I am seriously behind in my scrapbooks. I need to focus on using some of the card making techniques I love in my scrapbooks.
5. Fill my Etsy store and maybe try out a craft show.
6. Start on Christmas presents early, specifically before December first!
7. Be better about creating class items. I was doing 2-4 classes a month. I'm lucky to complete one project for a class each month.

So there you have it. My paper crafting goals. So far I'm on track. I have a card ready to mail to my mom that I used some old supplies on, I started the calendars for next year--I hope to make one layout a month for them--and I've started projects for 2 classes.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

No winter lasts forever

The Cinema Saturday challenge this week is to create a card inspired by the Chronicles of Narnia movie. I was most inspired by all the snow scenes in the movie. I am also inspired to use my brayer of late. I've owned it for like 2 years and never used it much.

I brayered a snow scene with a snowy mountain and a bare tree. I finished the card with some wooden snowflakes I've had longer than the brayer.

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Supplies:
Stamps: Papertrey Ink (branch from out on a limb); Hobby Lobby (French Script)
Paper: Stampin' Up (Caribbean blue) Papertrey Ink (black, white)
Ink: Stampin' Up (Caribbean blue, Not Quite Navy, Brocade Blue, Chocolate Chip)

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

We're back

Finally we are home. I wanted to leave on Sunday but it snowed, not so much where we were but where we were traveling to. So Monday was a delayed start. We arrived home at midnight and now we're swimming in a sea of clothes and toys to put away. I will be posting again later today with some goals for the new year. I hope everyone had a good holiday. I'm ready for some back to normal.