Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Take a Tour of the Fabulous Scrapbook Store and More

Now that I'm settled back home for a bit, I've composed another video tour of my latest teaching gig at The Scrapbook Store and More in Greenfield, Wisconsin right outside of Milwaukee. This fabulously huge, delightful store is one not to miss if you're in the Milwaukee area. Christine Slak, the owner, knows her stuff when it comes to not only stocking and marketing her wonderful store, but she's also a creative person; something you don't always see in scrapbook store owners. She often designs and teaches her own projects at the shop.

Many wonderful teachers come to her store, including but not limited to Eileen Hull, Dyan Reaveley and Frank Garcia. Therefore, I was honored to be invited to teach my Graphic 45 classes here after meeting Christine at Creativation 2017 (formerly CHA, the Craft and Hobby Association show in January). It was a full weekend packed with creativity. Christine was very accommodating and her customers were enthusiastic and so friendly! I hope you have time to enjoy this peek into this fantastic store...

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Vintage Hollywood Masculine Pop-up Card Especially for Jeff

Hi again everyone. I've got a masculine-style card on the Graphic 45 blog especially for Jeff Filimoehala of the Graphic 45 family, who is celebrating his birthday today. I've provided a tutorial so you can try one yourself, so I hope you get a chance to check it out. Here's a peek below...

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Master Detective Briefcase and Mini Tag Album


Graphic 45's new Spring releases are now in stores! This includes the fun "Master Detective" collection (think Sherlock Holmes meets Halloween) and fan-favorite "French Country" in the form of a Deluxe Collector's Edition. I thought I'd share a quick video of my first creation with Master Detective above. I'll be teaching this at Running With Scissors  Kent, Washington this August with my pal Maggi Harding who will also be teaching a fantastic layout class. (Click on my calendar tab above for info and links).

Friday, May 19, 2017

Portrait of a Lady Elegant All-Occasion Card

Good Friday morning all. I took some "me time" yesterday to create a pretty card with Graphic 45's Portrait of a Lady 12" x 12" Patterns & Solids collection. As I've said before, this is my year to use up what I have and try to resist always buying new. So I'm happy to say this card is a great representation of my goals. The only new product used was the paper collection itself. Everything else was already in my stash.

The card measures 5" x 7", my go-to size for card making. I've incorporated Cricut cuts for those doily elements you see in the background (square is from Anna's Elegant Embellishments, round is from Close to my Heart's Artiste) and added pretty buttons (oh, I have SO SO many buttons) and shabby chic elements like the key and brad from Graphic 45.

I tend to buy buttons all the time, whether I have a project in mind or not. So I have TONS of buttons in my stash. These came from my local Hobby Lobby. 

And like many of you, I also have tons of ribbon. I used a golden, sheer wired ribbon here and affixed the stamped tag with ivory waxed twine. The stamp and tag are from PaperTreyInk. Very old, but classic!

The tiny leafy branch die is from Elizabeth Craft Designs. And that big, beautiful flower is from Petaloo, my favorite place to get the BEST flowers.

Another great way to use up papers and scraps is to decorate the inside of the cards you make. This one is very simple, but I was happy to use up the scraps and add this old Hampton Art stamp of a pretty teapot.

So that's just a quick share today. Thanks for popping in and have a fabulous weekend!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Take a tour of Palette & Paper of Indianapolis

I'm back from teaching at Palette & Paper in Indianapolis, and what a wonderful weekend it was. All went smoothly, the store was delightful, and the students were all so incredibly kind. Paul accompanied me on this trip and was able to spend time with an old friend while I was busy. He also scoped out downtown. So after my classes were over we stayed at The Alexander for two nights and explored the city while also enjoying our 25th anniversary! It was a great weekend.

I wanted to share a little video I created on my phone of Palette & Paper so you could experience what a quaint and delightful shop it is. The owner, Mare Mullineaux, is so sweet and accommodating and her store feels like a cozy home for friends to gather. Her husband Bill has helped with many handy fixtures in the spacious classroom. I hope you can get a sense of it from this video.

As we all know, shops like these have been disappearing over the years so it's important to remember that it's up to US as customers to support our local stores to keep them open. Sure the local craft store has coupons, and it's "easy" to simply order online, but it's the Mom & Pop stores like Palette & Paper that carry the specialty items for us. Products like Graphic 45, Stampers Anonymous, Prima and so much more.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Indianapolis, here I come!

For weeks I've been prepping for upcoming classes. I used to think it was the glamorous life to travel teach, but it's a lot of work! You've got to be on the ball (ahead of the ball really. But it's always fun to teach in new stores and get to meet new Graphic 45 fans.

Now I'm wrapping up all the details for my first teaching gig of the year (...had to cancel Canada. Long story.) in Indianapolis next weekend at Palette & Paper. Paul will be joining me on this trip since it's our anniversary weekend. He also has a college friend who lives there he can visit. So it should be a fun trip for both of us.

Palette & Paper is hosting a weekend of fun for National Scrapbook Day 2017 and I'm honored to part of the celebration! Friday evening, we'll be making this fun Midnight Masquerade treasure box.

Saturday we'll be making this big beautiful Portrait of a Lady album filled with interactive pages, pockets, pull-outs, and envelopes. What a special Mother's Day gift this would make! Or wedding, or birthday, or graduation...

Sunday afternoon, we'll create this lovely Nature Sketchbook mixed media album/planner. I've included ephemera cards, chipboard, die-cut flowers, policy envelopes and printed monthly pages to use as a calendar or planner. 

I've also got a cute make-n-take up my sleeve for the weekend. So if you're in the Indianapolis area and would like to join me, register with Palette & Paper QUICKLY, as there is limited space available for these classes. REGISTER HERE.

Thanks for popping in. I'll be sharing my travels with you on my Instagram, Facebook and Twitter next weekend, so be sure to follow me! Links are in the righthand column of my blog.

Have a great week!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Crazy Dogs Happy Wishes Card

I've only played with my Crazy Dogs stamp set from Stampers Anonymous once. I love this set, but haven't made time to play with it until this past weekend. I wanted to make a super cheerful Easter card for a friend, and incorporate the new Distress Oxides too. So today I thought I'd share how I made it...

First I got out my Distress Oxides and decided which colors I'd like to use. Then I cut a 6 3/4" x 4 3/4" piece of Ranger Mixed Media Cardstock. After smooshing the colors onto my non-stick craft mat (directly from the open ink pads) and spritzing them with water until I got nice beads, I then dipped and tapped my cardstock into the colors, moving around a bit and taking a peek each time I lifted it. Notice I said dip and tap. I've found Oxides give them best effect if I just softly dip and tap around into the colors. Once I was happy, I heated it dry with my Heat-it tool.

I grabbed two more colors (darker ones this time) and repeated the steps. 

After looking at it, I decided to add more Worn Lipstick (my current favorite Oxide) and then I was happy.

To fill in those open spaces, I stenciled more Worn Lipstick here and there. I love this new Ornate stencil from Stampers Anonymous. It's so pretty.

Next, I stamped these cuties from the Crazy Dogs set using Jet Black Archival ink onto the same Mixed Media Cardstock then fussy cut each one out. I used my water brush and my new Transparent Watercolours by Talens. They are so intense and easy to work with, and the water brush is neater than a paintbrush and cup of water. I enjoyed coloring and shading all these fun pieces. You'll notice I also stamped some accessories for my dogs from the Crazy Things stamp set.

Putting a hat on a dog is never easy, but a snip or two with my scissors was all I needed to get my hat around those puppy ears.

Same goes with this guy's hat. Doesn't that bow tie look so cute too?

Now the fun of layering everyone onto the card.

I used foam tape to pop up my two outer doggies.

I added Happy Wishes to the top left of the card, but it didn't seem to stand out enough... I went in with a gray marker and created some shadows to help it out.

This card just makes me smile, it's so goofy and crazy and fun.

I hope you enjoyed this quick and easy tutorial. Have a great week and thanks for popping in!