Saturday, January 29, 2011

Super Sunday Cards by the Dozen

Yes, the Show Me Scrapping card workshop is on for February 6 despite the big football game happening the same afternoon. We start at 2:30 and should be done around 5:00, so you'll still have time to catch the kickoff at 5:30.

Here's a picture from the last card workshop.  Don't these ladies look like they are having fun? Doesn't it make you want to join us?

At the "Super Sunday" workshop, you will make a dozen cards, four of each of the designs below.  You can also make a valentine card of your own design for someone special!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Altered Mini Composition Book

This little journal is the perfect size to tuck into your bag and was literally a 15-minute project. And now that I've made one, I could probably make a dozen in that amount of time. Great gift idea!

The composition book (4.5" x 3.25") came in a 3-pack at the dollar store and I used left over scraps to cover. So the investment is almost nothing! You can't go wrong.

4.5" x 3.25" Composition Book
2 - 4.5" x 3" pieces of paper (2 more if you want to cover the inside covers)
1 - 1" x 3" piece of paper
Large corduroy black brad
8" crochet thread
Smaller pieces or paper or other embellishments for the front

I used the xyron to adhere the papers to the book to make sure entire surfaces were stuck down tight. The larger pieces go on the front and back of the book. Note that I did not cover the spine since the original black coordinated well with my paper. 

For brad closure: Fold thread in half and tie a knot about 1" from the fold. Place the knot against the open side of the book at the approximate height that you want the brad. Run the tail of the thread across the back of the book and cover with smaller piece of paper. (See picture below) Trim off ends. Put a touch of Liquid Glass on the thread just under the paper to help make sure that it would not slip out. Attach brad to the front at the same level as the thread loop.

One thing I may change on the next one is to use stretchy thread instead of crochet thread. If you make one or have suggestions, please share by commenting on this post.

Wings B&T Duos paper
Corduroy brad from black Mini-Medley

Monday, January 17, 2011

H2H Challenge

I've now entered the world of competitive scrapbooking/cardmaking. It's an intense sport and I'm going for the black belt!

Here's the deal: a "challenge" is posted on the Heart 2 Heart blog. Maybe it is a color scheme, a layout sketch, or other technique. You make a piece of artwork that meets the challenge requirements and post a picture on your blog, then link it back to the Heart 2 Heart before the deadline. Winners are picked, yada, yada, yada... or something like that...I am new at this and still figuring it out...

So the current challenge is to create artwork using these colors:

My entry is this altered composition book:

Saturday, January 15, 2011

A couple cards

Until the last few months, I did not make cards. First of all, I'm not very good at actually sending cards. Second, I typically realize I'd like to send a card about the time it needs to be sent. At that point, a trip to the local Hallmark store (or Hallmark aisle of a department store) is all there is time for.

A goal of mine for 2011 is to send at least two handcrafted cards per month. They are so much fun to make, this is one resolution I'm looking forward to keeping.  Here's a couple cards I made last weekend while chatting with my sister-in-law, Penny. (Her cards were much cuter!)
from Originals by Jeanette Lynton, "Overview"
Daydream B&T Duos paper (retired)
"A Little Thanks" My Acrylix stamp set(Nov 2011 Stamp of the Month)
Black Exclusive Ink
Hollyhock courduroy brad (Autumn Garden Mini-Medley)
Blush square brad (Winter Cozy Mini-Medley)
Hollyhock Ribbon Rounds

from Originals by Jeanette Lynton, "Triple the Fun"

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Gift Wrapping Money

Who doesn't like a gift of money? No matter how you wrap it, cash is always appreciated. However, it is fun to dress it up a bit. This week, I made two money gift wraps based on designs in Jeanette Lynton's book Originals. These would be perfect for bills, checks or gift certificates.

The pattern and instructions in the book were easy to follow, and I enjoyed selecting the paper, stamps and accessories. I love how they turned out.

For the "Beautiful Friend" money holder, I used the brand new Wings paper and the Find Your Style stamp set. These are brand new for January. You can purchase these items as well as all of Jeanette Lynton's books on my website.

Since Find Your Style is January's Stamp of the Month, you can get it discounted or even free with a qualifying order. Click on the Stamp of the Month link at the top of this page for details.

Recipe for Mistletoe Scalloped Money Holder
Originals by Jeanette Lynton p. 58
Mistletoe Level 2 Paper Packet
Tag the Occasion Stamp Set

Recipe for Wings Money Purse
Originals by Jeanette Lynton p. 69
Wings Level 2 Paper Packet
Find Your Style Stamp Set
Mini-Medley Accents Black Collection

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Find Your Style!

Tonight while waiting for the new year to come, I played around with the January Stamp of the Month Find Your Style and items from the Wings Workshop on the Go. I couldn't wait to share the results with you.The design for the two larger cards are "Colors & Cubes" and "First Impressions" from Jeanette Lynton's book Originals.

I also used the Find Your Style stamps to finished this fun Mini Album. It started as a 12 x 12 True Fit Folio folder, but it is anything but simple now. An instruction video for a variety of mini albums is on my website via CTMH TV. To view, click here.

Front of album