Sunday, July 31, 2011

Autumn/Winter 2011 Workshop Schedule

It is hard to believe that summer is winding down already! I am a huge summer-lover. The hotter the better for me. I keep my air conditioner just below 80 degrees and don't mind when the pool feels like bath water. So for me to say I'm excited about Autumn/Winter workshops, means they must be great to overshadow the upcoming cooler temperatures.

In late August, the season will kick off with a birthday card workshop. In September, the monthly Friday night scrapbooking will start back up. I also have a couple creative workshops planned. Finally, I picked two Saturdays for free BYOP (Bring Your Own Projects). Please follow the links below for additional information. You can also register online now (thanks to my dear and smart hubby)!

Scrapbooking Nights

Cards by the Dozen

Creative Days


Please let me know if you have any questions about the workshops. I'm looking forward to creating with you!


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Kraft Cards Mini-Album - Convention Project #3

Here's a picture of the final project we made at convention.

Memory Game Box - Convention Project #2

The second project we made at convention is a decorated "Memory Game" box. We used lots of new materials: Elemental paper pack, a great stamp set called Blue Ribbon, Foundry Pins, and Elemental Complements. You may also notice some Kraft paper and olive brads.

A key to making this project look great is to sponge Desert Sand over the box (it started out white) and the edges of all of the papers. That really ages it and makes everything look like they belong together.

Roxie Layout - Convention Project #1

The 2011 Close to my Heart Convention at Disneyland was excellent! I had so much fun seeing beautiful artwork, meeting new people, and enjoying fabulous entertainment. But my favorite times were the creative sessions where we got to create using new products. Over the next couple days, I'd like to share with your the projects we made. Let me know if you'd like instructions to make them for yourself!

The first project is this two page layout using the new Roxie paper.

Roxie paper set
10 Things Stamp Set
10-Things Pocket
Rhinestone Bling Assortment

You will noticed the new 10 Things Pocket on the right page. This pocket comes with 10 numbered strips for journaling. Clever!
Close up of the decorated 10-Things Pocket
While the pocket comes blank, it coordinates perfectly with the 10 Things stamp set pictured below. I stamped mine to say "10 Things I Love About You". As you can see in the picture below there are many other options including "I Miss About You", "That make Today great", "I wish for your birthday", and more. There are endless possibilities for using this pocket for both scrapbooking and card making.

New 10 Things Stamp Set
This layout also shows off our new bling! The new Rhinestone embellishment pack comes with 6 large buttons, 6 small buttons, plus 6 pins to add sparkle.
Close up of new bling and ribbon

Here's a great tip I learned for adding pins to projects: You may not be able to tell from the picture, but I attached the paper hearts with 3D foam tape. Not only does this add dimension, but also provides a convenient place to stick the pins. How fun is that?

Did you notice the pretty gathered ribbon that runs across the layout? This is from our new red ribbon pack. The Tulip ribbon I used is pre-gathered, so it's super easy to add a professional look to your projects.

Keep watching my blog for pictures of the other convention projects. I hope my pictures will inspire you to try something new today. It was so much fun experimenting with the new stuff, but it also makes me think of new ways to use my current stash (and make room for the new!). Have fun creating!

New Art Philosophy Cricut Collection

I can't wait to get my hands on this new cartridge! It comes bundled with three coordinating stamp sets and chipboard pieces. I saw some amazing artwork at convention created using the cricut. Watch this video to see what you can do!

The cartridge will be available starting August 1. Let me know if you want me to place an order for you as soon as they are available.

Friday, July 1, 2011

American Celebration!

I love the July Stamp of the Month, American Celebration. We used this stamp set in the May Creative Workshop. Those that selected the patriotic option made the photo holder and a wall hanging similar to those in this picture.