Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Sincerely Flattering...

Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Flattery

This Charles Colton quote gives inspiration to our card making workshops in 2017.


We all admire, Pin, and admit it, sometimes even drool over the fabulous handmade cards we see all over the internet. They're created by some of the most talented design team members for the purpose of snaring us wannabes into purchasing their manufacturers' products. We customers do so willingly, in hopes of creating our own versions of the awesome samples.


Well, let's use another famous quote: why reinvent the wheel?! We'll give credit and kudos where they're due, but we want to make those gorgeous cards...now! So, that's what we'll do.


February's card kit features Sugar Pea Designs' Countryside Charm paper pad and Best of Cluck stamp set, along with some navy blue Nuvo Crystal Drops. Below are samples of the cards we'll make. I took my inspiration from SPD's blog post introducing Countryside Charm: CLICK HERE

Combination of sets and companies makes for loads of fun!

You'll notice that I've used a couple of My Favorite Things' stamp sets by one of my favorite stamp illustrators Torico/Birdie Brown -- Green Pastures and The Whole Herd. They happen to look veeeerrry similar to sets at SPD, too. What was that quote above??

Lots of cranking for all those die cuts...but worth it!

Psst...don't mind the crumpled card bottom...that's not part of what you'll create!

Loved masking this one!

The 4.25" x 5.5" paper pad is perfect for an A2 card front...

Go ahead and keep lovin' those gorgeous cards by your favorite design team members! They inspire us to try new techniques and think outside our boxes. A BIG THANKS to all the illustrators, professional card makers, designers, and stamp manufacturers for a reason to get inky -- and motivated to stamp our he(art)s out!


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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Cream and Sugar Anyone?

January 2017 has come and gone. February's lovable holiday is quickly approaching and you might need a little sugar and caffeine to get you there, so check out what we made in our January card workshops!

January's kit was full of sweet cards featuring Doodlebug Designs' brand new "Cream and Sugar" line. We got a full 6x6 patterned paper pad, a 6x12 cardstock sticker sheet, and a lovely bottle of Nuvo Jewel Drops in Strawberry Coulis long with everything we needed to make these delicious cards...mmmmm! I used card sketches from various sources such as Mojo Monday, Reverse Confetti, Viva La Verve, and Sketch Saturday to create my samples. Card sketches are a great source of inspiration -- you should try using them, too!

Here are the cards we made in class...


         




 And here are some more Joann from our Fallbrook class made at home later with her kit "leftovers"!





Card Interiors

Check our class schedule by clicking on the CLASSES tab above if you'd like to join us for some crafty fun! Stay inky my friends...



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Saturday, January 7, 2017

Graphic 45 Sneak Peeks

Here's what's coming in early 2017 from Graphic 45 -- I can't wait to see these collections at CHA!


Just thought I'd give you a little something to dream about this weekend! More on Graphic 45's blog next week. Have a good one...



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Thursday, December 29, 2016

That's a wrap!

Where has the year gone? As always, time is flying by, but I have to say that 2016 was a good year all around, especially on the cRaFtY side.

Here's a look at some of the cards we made in our workshops over the past 12 months:

Two from January

February

March - sometimes we make other stuff, too!

April

May

June - donuts, mmmmmm!

July - our first never-ending card

August

September

October

November

And...December!
The new schedule, although tentative, is out and here are the dates & locations. Lots more info and details will follow, so stop by the blog and check out the CLASSES tab in the menu above throughout the year. If you're in the San Diego area, or planning to be here and want to join the fun, CONTACT ME and let's have some crafty fun in 2017!!

In Fallbrook, CA:

Sunday, January 29, 2017
Sunday, February 26, 2017
Sunday, March 26, 2017
Sunday, April 23, 2017
Sunday, May 28, 2017
Sunday, June 25, 2017
Sunday, July 23, 2017
Sunday, August 27, 2017
Sunday, September 24, 2017
Sunday, October 22, 2017
Sunday, November 26, 2017
December - TBD

In Scripps Ranch/San Diego, CA:

Saturday, January 28, 2017
Sunday, February 19, 2017
Sunday, March 19, 2017
Saturday, April 22, 2017
Sunday, May 21, 2017
Saturday, June 24, 2017
Sunday, July 16, 2017
Sunday, August 20, 2017
Saturday, September 16, 2017
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Saturday, November 18, 2017
December - TBD

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Sunday, October 30, 2016

Getting in the spirit of Christmas

It's always amazing to me how quickly the days pass. November is hours away and the holidays will be upon us. I'm definitely not complaining, as I love the holidays, and I'm very much looking forward to making Christmas cards.

Here are samples of the cards we'll make in our November classes. We're using a new Christmas line by My Mind's Eye called Comfort & Joy.

Coordinating washi tape makes everything special!

Inspiration

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Inspiration

Interior of peek a boo flip card above

If you'd like to join us in making these cards, please click on the CLASSES tab above for dates, times and locations. The class/kit is $25 and contains the Comfort & Joy 6x6 patterned paper pad, sticker sheet, and package of tags -- plus all you'll need to create the cards above with envelopes! Get creative and enjoy time with new friends -- contact me today!



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Monday, October 24, 2016

Beautiful Bugs & Botanicals


Here's a sneak peek at Graphic 45's new collection called Nature Sketchbook...do you love it?! The colors are AHmazing! Even the accessories are outstanding, and the details in these graphics are gorgeous. I really think this is a beautiful collection with lots of possibilities.

What do you think -- would you attend a card making and/or home decor workshop using this new paper line? Let me know if you're interested -- the workshops would take place in San Diego county.

Feel free to just let me know what you think of the line itself, regardless of interest in a workshop. 

Have a terrific week ahead!



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Monday, October 17, 2016

Ought to be Autumn...

Lovin' this cooler, breezy weather here in San Diego (even though reports say hotter next week...ugh) and thinking of FALL!

Here are a few photos of the autumn-inspired cards we're making in our October card workshops...

Inspiration HERE



Inspiration HERE

Inspiration HERE

Our kits contain lots of goodies -- enough to make our sample cards PLUS lots of extras to make more cards on your own!


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