Monday, September 30, 2013

October Club Projects

Thought I'd share with you some of the projects we'll be making in my October clubs.  If you'd like to join us, we meet on Monday, October 21st, 10 a.m. or 6: 30 p.m.  You can choose to make the two-page layout or cards (and burlap bag).  Cost to attend club is a $20 minimum order.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Thought I'd show you a couple more cards I made with the "You Are My Happy" stamp set.  Remember that this TRIPLE stamp set is available only in September and it's only $10 with a $50 purchase (see the stamp set images below).  What I think I like about this set so much is that you can stamp most of your cards with just a black stamp pad.  On the top card (which will be one of the cards for our 20 Card Marathon class later this month), I cut the flowers using the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge and stamped them in black.  You could cut the flowers out of any color you like because black and white goes with everything!  For the bottom card, I stamped all of the birds in black, but I also stamped one on a scrap piece of Honey cardstock, cut it out and mounted it on the one that I stamped on the white background.

20 Card Marathon Coming Sept. 23 & 24th

The most popular class that I offer is the 20 Card Marathon because everyone loves to make practical cards that they can actually use!  We'll make four each of  five different card designs featuring some of our newest papers and stamps.  I will put out a variety of sentiment stamps so that you can put different messages on your cards--you don't necessarily have to use the same sentiment that I put on my sample card.  Cost for the class is placing a $20 minimum order the night you attend.  I have three slots open on Monday, September 23rd, and only one slot left on Tuesday, September 24th.  If you'd like to attend, sign up NOW!

Below is a photo of the cards I have chosen for the class, though I reserve the right to change any of them if I come up with something I like even better!  Remember that you can change the message.  Because some of my customers don't need baby cards, I may also offer you an option to turn the baby card into a birthday card.

September Club Layout

We'll be doing a Laughing Lola Layout (say that three times fast!) for our club layout this month.  I used the layout from the Workshop on the Go Kit and just changed a couple of the papers.  I used some of the bow clips and buttons from the Laughing Lola Assortment (Z1854, $5.95) on my layout, and club members have the option of ordering these to add to their layout.

Card makers will be making some of the cards shown in my previous posts with the September Stamp of the Month and the September You are My Happy stamp set special.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Artbooking Made Easy (S01E01): Getting Started with Cricut Artbooking

Making Cards with the September Special: You are My Happy

So, I finally got a few minutes to sit down and play with the September National Stamping Month exclusive stamp set--You Are My Happy.  This TRIPLE stamp set is ONLY available in September, and you can get it for only $10 with a $50 purchase!  That's an incredible deal for three stamp sets in one!

This stamp set comes with a full alphabet set, and the letters are a great size. . .small enough to put words or names on a card but large enough to be a title on a scrapbook page.  For this card, I cut the "happy" from the new Artbooking cartridge twice (once in Ruby, once in Honey) and layered them.  The paper is from the Pro Player paper pack.

I'm a sucker for butterfly stamps!  For this card (featuring Laughing Lola paper), I stamped the butterflies in black on the white strip, then stamped them again in black on B&T paper (by the way, the blue butterflies were cut on paper from the Pro Player pack and the purple from Laughing Lola--I'm mixing my kits)!  Then, I cut the butterflies out, folded their wings forward and just glued them down the middle on top of the pre-stamped butterflies.  That way, I could still see the attenae without having to cut them out.

These simple stamp images are great for paper piecing.  I stamped the cake on two different pieces of Laughing Lola patterned paper and cut out each layer.  Again, I stamped the original cake and message directly on the white paper and then added the cut-out pieces on top.  This will be one of the cards we'll do at my 20 Card Marathon class later this month because it's super quick and easy!

I was SO happy to see a Dr. Seuss quote among the sentiments included in this stamp set. . .and, okay, I was just a little bit excited when I saw this hedgehog image!  He's so cute!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Some of my creations with the September Stamp of the Month

I finally got time to play with my September Stamp of the Month set, Poster Tidings!  It's a unique set of stamps--one for autumn and one for winter--and because the stamp images are fairly large, they'll work well on both cards and layouts.  Keep in mind that you can use the WHOLE poster image or stamp the image and just cut out the particular words that you want.  You can order the September Stamp of the Month on my website,, for only $5 with a $50 purchase.  
For this card, I stamped the image once in Cocoa ink, then stamped it a few more times in different colors.  I cut out the larger words from the colored images.   That's the Huntington Paper Pack on the background of the card front.

These stamp sets are PERFECT for a long, narrow card, like our Colonial White Die Cut Cards & Envelopes (Z1738, $6.95 for 10 cards and envelopes).  I got the rainbow effect on this card by using our pigment inks.  I blotted the different pigment cubes across the words I wanted in each color--the small size of the pigment inks allows you to only color a small swath at a time.  A general tip:  start with your lightest colors and then work your way up to the darker colors.  The pigment inks stay wet on your stamp image longer, so it gives you plenty of time to ink up with the different colors (Olive, Cocoa, Autumn Terracotta).  Paper is from the Huntington paper pack.

For this card, I also used the Colonial White Die-Cut Cards & Envelopes.  The fact that they're already pre-cut with the nice little flap at the top makes it easy to whip out a beautiful card!  I stamped the winter Poster Tidings stamp with Crystal Blue pigment ink.  This time, I chose the pigment ink because it's creamier and works really well on solid images.  The paper on the card is from the Frosted paper pack.

I haven't made a layout yet, but I bet you can visualize how beautiful these images would look on a layout page!
One other quick tip:  you'll need the 4" x 5" acrylic block for this stamp set (Y1012, $15.95).  Couldn't squeeze it onto any of my other blocks!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

September Stamp of the Month, Poster Tidings

Can't believe it's already September!  We have some awesome stamp images in our Poster Tidings set--great for layouts AND cards.  Stay tuned for some handmade artwork featuring these versatile  seasonal designs.  You can purchase this stamp set for only $5 with a $50 purchase in September.  Keep in mind that, if you have a $50 purchase, you ALSO qualify to get the National Stamping Month special (the triple You Are My Happy stamp set) for only $10 (take a look at the video in the previous post to learn all about it).  Two great deals in one month!