Monday, May 31, 2010

Card Workshop

Back in March I provided a gift certificate for a free card workshop to be given away as a door prize drawing. The woman who won was very excited. I love it when my customers are as passionate about this stuff as I am. LOL Anyways, I went and taught the workshop today and had so much fun. It was great to hang out with her and her mother, sister, and two daughters. I kept the cards simple because I wasn't sure what the skill levels of everyone attending were. They did a great job and we all had fun. Here are the three cards that we did....same design, just different stamps and papers. :)

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Supplies Used:
Papers: CTMH Boom-Di-Ada Creative Basics, CTMH Hollyhock, Buttercup, & White Daisy CS
Stamps: CTMH One Of A Kind
Inks: CTMH Hollyhock, Garden Green, Buttercup
Misc: CTMH Clear Sparkle


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Supplies Used:
Papers: CTMH Veranda Creative Basics, CTMH Veranda Lvl 2 Paper Pack, CTMH Cocoa, Garden Green, & Colonial White CS
Stamps: CTMH A Tweet
Inks: CTMH Garden Green, Cocoa, & Creme Brulee


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Supplies Used:
Paper: CTMH Cherry-O Creative Basics & Lvl 2 Paper Pack, CTMH Sweet Leaf, Blush & White Daisy CS
Stamps: CTMH A Posy
Inks: CTMH Sweet Leaf, Blush, Heavenly Blue, and Chocolate
Misc: CTMH Blush Organdy Ribbon, CTMH Stardust Glitz, Liquid Glass

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Paint Storage Solution

I've been trying to come up with a solution for storing the Making Memories paints I love to use when I make altered items. It comes in so handy for painting chipboard and other things. I started out with only a few bottles of the paint, only for me to fall in love with it and of course quickly collected quite a few more of them! I found this hatbox/suitcase thingy at my LSS on clearance quite a while ago. Hoarder that I am, I just knew I could find something to do with it. ;) It's amazing what you can do with some paint, mod-podge, paper, and embellishments! I had fun working on this. It was nice to do a project just for me. I used the sketch challenge from Our Creative Corner but as usual I'm a day late and a dollar short for meeting the deadline and they already have another sketch up. Oh well, it was fun. :)

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Supplies Used:
Papers: CTMH Cherry-O, CTMH Heavenly Blue & White Daisy Cardstock
Stamps: CTMH Bowl of Cherries
Inks: CTMH Tulip, Sweet Leaf, and Heavenly Blue, Versamark
Misc: CTMH Clear Embossing Powder, Liquid Glass, Prisma Glitter, Martha Stewart Glitter, SU Oval and Scalloped Oval Punches, Cricut Mini-Monograms Cartridge (for circle and scalloped circle), Self-stick Rhinestones (unknown brand), White Karen Foster Scrapper's Floss, Buttons, Mod-Podge, Making Memories Paint (Sky Blue & Celery)

Friday, May 28, 2010

You're The Best Card

I made this card for a customer who has been spending a nice chunk of her crafting budget with me over the past couple of months. She is a new customer to me (but not CTMH) that I met at a craft show a couple of months ago. She is absolutely delightful and I love visiting with her and having her at my workshops.

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Supplies Used:
Paper: CTMH Cherry-O Creative Basics, CTMH Tulip & White Daisy Cardstock
Stamps: CTMH A Huge Thanks (consultant only stamp set)
Inks: CTMH Tulip, Sweet Leaf, Chocolate
Misc: CTMH Blush Ribbon, Studio G Flocking, Liquid Glass (under the flocking)


I've been wanting to play around with flower soft for a while now, but alas it's just not in my budget. However I did find some Studio G flocking in the dollar bins at Michael's. Needless to say, much like glitter I am smitten and must have ALL colors. I bought one of each pack so I'd have all 20 colors that I saw there. So for less than the cost of one small jar of flower soft, I have 20 jars of flocking. Very easy on the budget I'd say. :)

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Coordinating Gift Bag & Card

My middle daughter turned 14 today. I needed a gift bag and was dismayed to find that all I had was too big or too small or was Christmas themed. LOL Fortunately I had a few plain white ones in my scrapping stash. :) K absolutely LOVES bright colors. Well all colors and lots of them for that matter. She has such a wacky and fun personality that well, colors are just her. She especially loves pink & green....a girl after my own heart!

Anyway, with the crazy busy day I've had, I was short on time but needed to whip something up. I kept the bag plain, but used the scraps to make a matching card. It was worth the time it took....when she saw it a few minutes ago when she came home from school I got a BIG hug and a "thanks, I LOVE it!" out of her. :-D

It's hard to tell in the pics, but the cupcake "frosting" has white glitter over it. I used liquid glass on the cherry.

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Supplies Used:
Papers: K & Company, SU
Stamps: TAC (cupcake - don't remember the name of the set), SU Whimsical Words
Inks: SU Melon Mambo, Memento Tuxedo Black
Misc: Martha Stewart Glitter, Organdy Ribbon, Liquid Glass

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Card Workshop

I taught a card workshop last week and as usual waited till the last minute to prep. The ladies who attended thought it was a great...but as they say, you're often your own worst critic....so I'm only showing my two favorite cards here. ;) I took the workshop from CTMH's Wishes card book. I love how few supplies it took to make 16 cards (2 each of 8 designs). I'm looking forward to making these cards again in the future with different papers and perhaps a colored card base. :)

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Caboodle Mini-Album

I made this album for a customer who specifically asked me to use the Caboodle paper pack and Fun Times stamp set from CTMH. She purchased two albums from me last year for her twin granddaughters and approached me again this year now that she has another granddaughter and a grandson. She loved both of the albums and said she's not sure she can give them away to her kids! LOL I didn't get any pics of the baby girl album I did for her, but here is the album for her grandson. Enjoy!

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Supplies Used:
Papers: CTMH Caboodle Lvl 2 paper pack, Sweet Leaf, Crystal Blue, Chocolate, White Daisy Cardstock
Stamps: CTMH Fun Times, CTMH Bowl of Cherries (sweet smile sentiment)
Inks: CTMH Sweet Leaf, Crystal Blue, Chocolate
Misc: Ribbon, Dew Drops, Nesties Labels, CTMH Clear Buttons, Brown Scrapper's Floss, Liquid Glass

Friday, May 21, 2010

Tri-shutter Birthday Card

Our oldest daughter turned 17 this week. So I've been a little busy and very lazy when it comes to posting! I whipped up this card for her. Unlike most teenagers, she actually appreciates a homemade card - and likes to make them as well. :) Anyways, she loves polka dots and she loves bright colors - especially against black, to make them pop. Believe it or not, I used all scraps for this card. Well if you consider anything less than a full sheet of paper or cardstock a scrap. My largest "scrap" was the piece of black cardstock (6"x12"). I'm glad to say that she loved it, and I loved the way her face lit up. She is such a fabulous daughter and I am soooooo glad to have her!!!

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Supplies Used:
Papers: Bo Bunny Shabby Princess Papers, Bazill Black CS. CTMH Tulip CS, CTMH Sunny Yellow CS
Stamps: CTMH Treasures of the Heart, CTMH Cherish the Moment
Inks: CTMH Tulip, CTMH Sunny Yellow
Misc: Satin Ribbon, CTMH Bitty Brad & Bigger Brads, Prima Flowers, CTMH Just Blooms (dyed with homemade glimmer mist), Yellow Textured Ribbon, Making Memories Pin, Buttons, Karen Foster Scrappers Floss, Prismacolor Markers, Glitter.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Directions for Crocheted Flowers

I've had a couple of requests for the directions for the crocheted flowers I made for the blog candy. I found this pattern ages ago over on SCS and printed it out. I wish I knew the last name of the person who created the pattern to give proper credit, but alas I only know her first name since the pattern is titled "Mandy's Favorite 5-Petal Flower Pattern". :)

Materials: Any size hook (depending on size of flower you want) and any weight yarn.

I prefer to use a really small hook (I don't remember what size off of the top of my head), and the really thin cotton crochet thread (white). I use white because then I can dye it whatever color I want. Details on dying follow after the pattern. :)

Round 1: Ch 5, join into a ring w/sl st in 1st ch.

Round 2: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), work 9 dc in ring, join to top of ch w/sl st -- 10 sts.

Round 3: **Ch 2, work 3 dc in next st, ch 2 sl st in next st** five times. Fasten off.

For a different color center, try changing yarn colors after round 2. Experiment with different weight yarns and hook sizes. To layer a slightly smaller flower on top, go down one hook size from the larger flower.

For Dying:

I mixed reinker with rubbing alcohol in a small, shallow container. All you do is dip the flower in the reinker/alcohol solution. Pull it out and then pat dry with a paper towel. Set aside to dry completely before using. Easy peasy.

* the longer you leave the flower in the solution, the brighter the color.

* the less solution you pat out of the flower, the brighter the color.

* make sure you are using cotton yarn so that it will take the dye evenly.

I will warn you, these are VERY addicting to make! So don't say I didn't warn you when you can't stop making them. ;)

Mother's Day Gift

I made this notebook for my mother-in-law for Mother's Day. We tucked a gift card to a craft store inside of it for her. I really like how it came together. Of course I could be biased since the Sweet Pea DSP stack from SU and Rich Razzleberry are two of my favorite things right now. ;)

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Papers: SU Rich Razzleberry CS, SU Sweet Pea DSP Stack, CTMH Buttercup & White Daisy CS
Stamps: God's Beauty and Of The Earth (both are hostess sets from SU)
Inks: SU Rich Razzleberry, CTMH Buttercup, Memento Tuxedo Black
Misc: Brads (unknown company)

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

We have a winner!!!!

I really enjoyed reading everyone's suggestions. We are in the process of switching my scrap space and the family room. The family room is bigger and will allow me to teach classes in it. I even found an oak dining room table at a rummage sale last weekend for $5. DH just needs to repair a split in the wood for me. Probably 90% of my scrap space is put back together. Now we just need to work on my old scrap space so that it can become the new family room and put the finishing touches on my new scrap space. I expect in another two weeks all of the dust will have settled. Or so I hope anyways. :-D So as soon as I'm able to, I'll post pics of my new space. Meanwhile, the winner of the blog candy is.....

CathyRose

Congrats!!!

Please e-mail me your info (jenn.embry@gmail.com) so I can send these cute little flowers out to you. :)