Thursday, September 27, 2012
Thursday, September 20, 2012
When I first saw the display trays that Lisa Stenz had created (lisascreativecorner.blogspot.com), my jaw hit the floor! I couldn't believe you could create such beautiful things with our new Display Trays. With Lisa's permission, I have copied her Avonlea Display Tray almost to the letter (well, okay, I used the letter "E" for Eisenhour--ha ha). If you'd like to make this project, you can sign up for my class on Thursday, Oct. 11th. Cost is $32. If you'd like to make this project at home, you'll need a Display Tray, the Avonlea paper packet, and the Avonlea Canvas Shapes. You can add stamped images and accessorize to your liking. I used our Colonial White Rosette Ribbon (Z1800), Slate Satin Polka Dot Ribbon (Z1802), Pearl Badge Buttons from the Wrangler Assortment (Z1780) and bling gems from the Boutique Assortment (Z1763). Each slot in the Display Tray is 3 x 4 inches, so it's pretty easy cutting, and you'll only use a fraction of the paper from your paper packet.
|This Christmas Display Tray was inspired by a printer's tray that Lisa Stenz made (you can find it on her blog, www.lisascreativecorner.blogspot.com ). I used our Close to My Heart Display Tray (Z1750, $19.95), and embellished it with Pear & Partridge paper (X7162B, $9.95), the Pear & Partridge Glittery Rub-Ons (X7162C, $4.95), and the Dimensional Elements In Color-Holiday (Z1772, $5.95). You'll use most of your Dimensional Elements, but you'll still have plenty of paper and rub-ons left to make other projects. I'm offering this as a workshop class on Monday, Nov. 26th, 6 p.m. and the cost is $34.|
I haven't done a Halloween workshop in years, but this year, we have so many cute stamps and papers for Halloween that I just couldn't resist. If you'd like to sign up for my Halloween workshop, it's Tuesday, Oct. 2nd. Cost for the class is $5 for materials plus a $10 minimum order. The projects below are some of the things we'll be making.
|These little nugget holders are not a new creation, but they're one of my favorite go-to items when I need a QUICK, simple treat holder. It's the kind of item that you can crank out in masses! To make this project, cut a 1 1/2 x 6 inch strip of cardstock (I used Sunset or Black). Then, layer a 1 1/4 x 6 inch strip of coordinating patterned paper over it. Score a line across the width of your strip 2 1/2 inches from each end. Fold it up like a triangle. Place a Hershey Nugget in the bottom (I use a glue dot or piece of double stick tape to hold it in place). Punch two holes about 1/4 inch apart near the top of your treat holder--through both layers of cardstock. Tie a piece of ribbon through the holes to hold it together. Add a stamped image to the front of the treat holder. I used the Perfect Fit-Halloween stamp set (B1413, $9.95). I cut the circles with a 1 1/4 circle punch, but you can also cut them on your Cricut. You can order any of these stamp sets on my website: http://christina.ctmh.com|
The CUTE paper I used on these treat holders came from my Spellbound Workshop on the Go Cricut Kit (G1040--$32.95). This kit contains the most adorable paper, an exclusive stamp set, and instructions to make everything I have shown in the photo below--the "boo" banner, treat bags, cupcake liners, soda pop wraps, etc. Plus, I had LOTS of paper left over, so I could make other fun projects!! Note, to complete the projects from this kit shown below, you did need to have the Cricut Artiste Collection (Z1790, $99--and worth every penny)!!! But, honestly, if you like to make Halloween projects, I would buy this kit even if I didn't own the cartridge because it has such awesome paper and a great stamp set!!
|I've seen these M&M treat holders in several places and decided it was time to make one for myself. You can get these 1 x 8 clear bags from a couple of different places. I bought mine from www.clearbags.com, but one of my customers bought hers from www.GTBAG.com. To make the project, just stack M&Ms in the color of your choice (I used their current autumn variety). You want the regular size M&Ms. I thought I could use the Peanut Butter ones because they're bigger, but they wouldn't quite fit. Once you've filled up the bag, then add a topper. Mine is made with the Perfect Fit Halloween stamp set.|
|The cat on my topper is cut from the new Cricut Artiste cartridge.|
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
So, I finally sat down to play with our new alcohol-based markers, and I was just blown away by how incredible they are. . .the color is so smooth, and it blends together with no streaks. You can "layer" colors in a way that you never could with regular markers (check out the leaves). I'm so excited!! This card features the September Stamp of the Month. I stamped the images in Staz-On black ink and colored them with our new alcohol-based markers. NOTE: Some of our new markers are not yet in stock--but many of the colors are. When you purchase the markers, you receive two--two coordinating shades of the same color. For our scarecrow friend, I used Autumn Terracotta, Indian Corn Blue, Honey, Creme Brulee, Cranberry and Olive.
|September will be over before you know it!! You can order this stamp set for only $5 with a $50 purchase--or you can purchase it for $17.95 alone. To order, visit my website: http://christina.ctmh.com|
Card Marathon classes are my most popular workshops because we get to make practical cards that you can use! We make 20 cards in one night--four each of five different designs. My goal for this particular card marathon class was to let them sample some of our new paper packs. If you'd like to attend a card marathon, my next one will be a Christmas Card Marathon in November. I'm offering the class on three different nights. November 5th & 6th are full, but I have openings on Thursday, November 8th. Cost for the class is placing a $20 minimum order. . .that's a great deal for 20 cards!!
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Sign up for the Avonlea Cardmaking workshop on October 4th, and you can make 15 beautiful all-occaion cards in one night! Cost for the class is $35 ($29.95 plus shipping/handling) for your card kit, which contains an EXCLUSIVE stamp set, color instructions, and all the paper and accessories you need to make these 15 cards. Sign up by September 24th if you'd like to attend. If you're long-distance, visit my website to purchase the Workshop on the Go Avonlea Cardmaking Kit (G1041). If you're completing this workshop on your own, I recommend purchasing Chocolate, Slate and Smokey Plum stamp pads.