Saturday, April 5, 2014

A Toast To Friends

Tossing in another Girlfriends card for the Art Impressions' challenge. These ladies make me smile, and I especially love the sentiments in this set.  I guess it's not one of AI's newer sets, but like wine, the older the better!

I stamped the sentiment on cork -- thought it was appropriate -- and gave the girls some "tiny bubbles" (aka sequins) to add excitement!  Hope your weekend involves time with good friends and good cheer!

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

Trying new things -- I like to do that. At the recent Rubber Stamp Convention in Carson, CA I picked up a couple Art Impressions Girlfriends/BFFs stamps because they made me think about the long-lasting relationships I have with some of my own girlfriends and BFFs. It really is all about having fun!

I decided to try the Magic Pencil technique because I love to color...have done since forever!  I really enjoyed using my colored pencils and Gamsol (odorless mineral spirits) to create a smooth, blended look. Still perfecting this technique, but I had lots of fun giving it a go!

Barista BFFs

Did you notice the strip of corrugated coffee cup sleeve I used behind the sentiment?  I thought it was a nice touch. When I checked out the Art Impressions blog I noticed they had a Girlfriends weekly challenge, so I decided to join in the fun!

I really had a good time with these ladies -- you may see more of them here on the blog and, perhaps, in a card making class near you!

Have a great day and thanks for stopping in...

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Go West & Celebrate!

How I spent my Saturday? Creating a super fun project with Suzy West at The Making Place!  I met lots of fun, crafty ladies whom I hope to see again soon. Here are some photos of the project itself:

Here are a couple of the elements -- fun pockets and tags galore!

I was thrilled to nearly finish in class and even happier that I completed the project at home in the afternoon, including using almost all of the stickers to make three birthday cards, too!

Had to throw in one of my fave FSS sets...Inside Scoop: Birthday

The end...

Hope to see you at my card making class at The Making Place -- Saturday, March 29 for My Guy: Cards for Your Favorite Men. Call the store to register as space is limited (760) 739-8605. Thanks for stopping by today -- have a fabulous week!  

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Saturday, March 1, 2014

Rainy Days are PERFECT

Hope your weekend is starting off right!  We San Diegans are pretty amazed by all the rain we've gotten over the last couple days, especially since it seems we haven't had any wet weather in eons.

It's also the perfect excuse to stay indoors and get crafty!  Here's my current creative mess I'm working on...

Stay warm and dry, my friends!  Thanks for stopping by -- I'll post an "after" photo when I'm done.

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

New Toy

I like tools.  Throughout the years I've collected a lot of tools.  I'll bet you're nodding your head in agreement about that statement.  When I go to a Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) trade show I'm like the proverbial kid in a candy store.  It's Nirvana for paper crafters, and any other kind of crafter for that matter.  Being in "the business" affords me lots of opportunities to try out quite a few of them each year.

With that being said, lately I've been so busy with other things that I haven't purchased many new toys -- er, tools.  I even waffled back and forth on this one for quite a while, but I finally broke down and used The Coupon to pick one up.

We R Memory Keepers

I've had a blast making little envelopes for every reason I could invent.  I made little Christmas cards for my office mates just so I could use this cool tool.  If I win the lottery and can stay home and craft all day, my challenge will be to make a card for every measurement this baby has on its platform!

Until then, here's one with an envelope ON the card -- the best excuse I could find for making two envelopes for one project!

FSS Stamp Set:  Everyday Expressions

It's also a great way to use up scraps, too.  Thanks for stopping by -- have a wonderful weekend!

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Monday, February 24, 2014

new, New, NEW!

It's been a while since I've posted anything new in a while, so I thought I'd share a couple new things with you today:

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If you live or visit the San Diego area you should know about a fantastic NEW paper/mixed media/fabric/crafting shop called The Making Place.  It's located in Escondido, CA (north San Diego county) and is owned by a lovely mother and daughter team, Cheryl and Nicole.  The shop is filled with awesome paper crafting & stamping products (and TONS of brand new CHA goodies are arriving every day!), lots of cool vintage tchotchke, mixed media art goodies, fabric, wool, soldering, and every kind of trendy, super fun crafting products you can imagine!  And the best part?!  I'll be teaching card making classes there beginning Saturday, March 29!

I love teaching -- it's what makes me happy.  Sharing even the simplest tip or technique, or even better -- a favorite stamp or paper company, with newbie and veteran card makers is my passion.  It's fun to watch folks get together, sharing the excitement and anticipation of making something, then finding yourself looking at the clock and wondering where three hours went!  I hope you'll join me on March 29 at The Making Place (or check out my class calendar above) for a bit of creative fun sometime.  Feel free to send me an email or get in touch with me on Facebook.

Thanks for stopping by -- I promise to get back to my personal blog more frequently (it's all about sharing, right?!)  I'll leave you with a card we made yesterday at our Fallbrook class. Have a crafty day, friends!

FSS Stamps -- You Said It, Sister & Breath of Fresh Flair

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Monday, November 18, 2013

I had just a bit of time today, before my 7-year old niece's performance in The Music Man, so I put together this little gift card holder using A Wee Christmas stamp set by Fresh Squeezed Stamps.

I snapped the photo with my iPhone, so excuse the less-than-professional quality, but I thought this turned out pretty cute considering I simply used stuff from my stash.  I'm also proud of the $10 Starbucks gift card inside, since I only paid five bucks for it…suh-weet!

I used a mini kraft bag from Canvas Corp, and that's Authentique paper, Hero Arts shadow inks in pale tomato and green hills, a bit of puffy Liquid Applique, and some Delicata golden glitz ink on the star (the photo just doesn't do it justice).  The red ribbon is looped, so this can hang on the Christmas tree, too.

Thanks for stopping by today -- have a terrific week (and a happy Thanksgiving, if I don't see you before!)

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