Monday, November 30, 2009

Craft Room Creations -- Brittany's First Pages

I can't believe that it's the last week of November already! Regardles of the date, it has been a constructive day. I am especailly pleased with Brittany's first visit to my craft room this afternoon. A scrapbooking newbie, she worked with a Sizzix Big Shot using the box letter dies, and the Tags, Scallop Combo # 2 die. She also used Stickle Diamond Ice to add a hit of bling to her title, and learned how to embellish with ribbon and flowers.

Here she is with her two-page spread about her day-trip to Chicago with her fiance (Jeff), her mother and another family member. I think she did a great job with these two pages. I'm sure her fiance will be happy with this special holiday gift, straight from her heart. Don't you?

Thursday, November 5, 2009

The AC Moore Experience

I happy to say that I taught my first workshop at AC Moore yesterday afternoon. I had one student (praise God for small beginnings) so we were able to customize the techniques I planned to teach in my background papers class. Caroline, my student, said she was happy with all that she learned and signed up for a beginner's class in two weeks.

I did learn an important lesson -- never, EVER, test the status of your paper cutter blade with your finger. It may seem dull, but it will cut your finger . . . But I did find out that a Fiskar's Portable Rotary Trimmer that I've had an eye on does indeed have a side ruler. PLUS, it will be harder to cut my finger on it.

Next on my scrapbooking agenda is the DelCastle Holiday Craft Fair, so I need to return to my craft room and get back to work.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

DelCastle Craft Show, Deck the Halls Card

I stumbled across this Fluffles Garland wood-block stamp by Stampendous last year and fell in love with it. Unfortunately, I never had much time to do anything with it, are started designing cards to take to the Delcastle Holiday Craft Show at DelCastle High School next Saturday. I used Close To My Heart Tulip, Chocolate and New England Ivy markers to adhere colors right onto the stamp. After a moistening "huff" I stamped the design onto Areopostale Parchment cardstock (I'm using Up my stash), backed it with brown 8.5"x11" brown cardstock from my stash, and added a sentiment from an old cardmaking set. I colored my little cat and the bulbs with copic makers and blinged it up a bit with Stickles. I also added some pop to the branches with a silver glitter pen.
Stop by our booth at DelCastle Technical High School on Saturday, November 7 to see what more we have created.

DelCastle Craft Show, Equestrian Card

My friend, Melissa Fulgham and I, will be participating in our first craft show this Saturday at DelCastle Technical School, Wilmington, Delaware. I'm excited about some of products I'm debuting.

For years I've been planning on developing a series of equestrian cards and pages for my daughter, so I grab any equestrian (English style) stamps I stumble across. While most of the cards I'll be showcasing at the craft show are Christmas-oriented, I couldn't help myself when I saw a preview debut of this equestrian stamp from Cornish Heritage Farms. I ordered it on Wednesday, the stamp arrived Friday and I spent most of Friday night and Saturday crafting the stamps.

On this card (I have three sets of 5 notecards priced at $20 per set). In this case, I used an ochre 4"x5.5" card base. The second level is Aeropostale parchment cardstock on which I used Boxer Scrapbook Production's English Rider Limited Edition Stamp. These are
smaller than normal stamps and are ideal for inchies or background stamping.

For this background paper, I used the ribbon, dressage horse and "equestrian" word element. I added a bit of bling to the stamped ribbon with a dollop of Stickles. The blue framing is Close to My Heart's Moonstruck cardstock. The top layer stamp is from Cornish Heritage Farm's Saturday Evening Post collection. This is called "Horse and Rider Girl/Lady and was released on October 27th.

After stamping the horse and rider, I experimented with Copic markers, Waterman watercolors, and watercolor pencils to enhance the detail. General Kimberly watercolor pencies 704 Brown and 715 black worked best.

I used three colors in my stamping: Close to My Heart's Chocolate, Vineyard Berry and Moonstruck. I chalked each layer's edges with Moonstruck. I'm pleased with the outcome and plan to experiment more with this stamp.

Check back later for more projects that I'll be featuring at next week's craft show.