Wednesday, January 10, 2018

MISTI & Altenew Class #2 - Tulip

Today we are having our first MISTI or Stamping Platform class combined with introducing, new to Scrapbook Essentials BC, Altenew layered stamps! Also today, I am sharing what we will be doing in our 2nd MISTI & Altenew class for March. I will be visiting my sisters and my daughter in February, so the 2nd class will not be until March.

Here is the layered stamping we will do in class.

MISTI Class & Altenew # 2 - TULIP

WHEN: Tuesday, March 13th
TIME: 6:00 - 8:00 (8:30)
COST: $40 + GST (Includes Stamp Set)

To register for this class contact Stacey at  or  778-533-4290.

Another Exciting MISTI & Altenew class; our 2nd one! In this class we will focus not only on layered stamping, but the use of white Gel Pens to add highlights to your stamping. We will also used some old favorite techniques that you may not have used for a while to combine with our stamping platform fun.
Just a note...We may only get our stamping, inking done in class, and not actually get to assembling the cards. Your kits will include all the needed pieces to complete the cards at home if needed. If we do get them done in class, that will be a bonus! 

NOTE ON THE INK PADS - Since the focus of the class is how to maximize your MISTI or Stamping Platform tool and introduce you to layered stamping and Altenew stamps, we are not focusing on what ink pads or specific colours to bring to class. As long as your ink pads are water based dye inks, you will be fine. You can even pick different colours from the ones that I used. And, you do not need to have three different colours to use layered stamps. You can use just one colour to get three different tones, or even just two. Your ink pads do not even need to be from the same company. So feel free to choose your colours and ink pads from what you have at home.

I did not use the following stamp pads listed below, however these are the closest in colour to what most of you have (Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads), or just bring whatever colours you want. You do not need to use the same colours for your tulips.

Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads
Peeled Paint & Mowed Lawn or Forest Moss, Picked Raspberry & Festive Berries, Broken China, Squeezed Lemon & Mustard Seed or Fossil Amber, Spun Sugar or Worn Lipstick & Abandoned Coral, Shaded Lilac & Dusty Concord, and Candied Apple & Fired Brick.You will also require a black ink pad like Memento Black Tuxedo.
PLEASE BRING TO CLASS - MISIT or Stamping Platform with magnets, Glossy Accents, white Gel Pen, 3 x 3 Super Sticky Post-It-Notes (these have adhesive on nearly the entire back of each note), White 3D Foam Tape (or other white foam tape), scissors, mini-mister with water, heat tool, medium sized clear stamping block, stamp cleaner and micro cloth (or well washed new $1 store kitchen dish cloth), 3/4" circle punch, a ruler, non-stick craft mat, and the ink pads and colours of your choice.

Here is a closer look at the cards we are making. Note the Nuvo Drops & Glossy Accents as well as the white Gel Pen highlights.

Single Tulip hand cut out of the card stock.

Stamping your image bending the stamps to shape and then die cutting a section to pop up.

Love you get a peek of the pink card stock underneath the raised section.

Masking and multiple flower colours...

Looking forward to this class and seeing you there!

Happy stamping!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Altenew Striped Floral Valentine for Dad

Hello everyone! Today's post is not class related, and I know that Valentines is a bit off into the future, but if I do not post it now, I might forget. Plus there is the time does go by quickly and it will be Valentines before we know it.

One day I was cleaning up my craft area and came across the Altenew Striped Floral stamp set. I wondered if I could make a masculine card using the set, and sat down with it deciding to make a valentine card for my Dad, and came up with this card.

Used Altenew's Platinum embossing powder on the black card stock. It looks better in real life than in the photo. Because I used my stamping platform, I was able to double heat emboss the striped flowers which helped to make the embossing smoother, thicker, and added more dimension.

I also love how the Nuvo Crystal Drops in Ebony Black look on the black card stock.

My heart shaped dies are still packed away in storage, so I had to cut a heart out of the red card stock with my scissors. Again the "for you" is heat embossed in Platinum on the the red (single layer only).

I think that I proved to myself that a person can create a masculine card with flower stamps. It just depends on the colours and techniques you use. I think my 84 year old Dad will like this card.

Thank you for stopping by to have a look! Maybe you will make your own personal challenge to create a masculine card using a floral stamp set...

Tomorrow I will share another MISITI / Stamping Platform & Altenew class, so be sure to stop by again to have a peek.

Happy creating!

Monday, January 8, 2018

Sharing Class Photos - Graphic 45 Seasons Step Cards

Saturday I taught my first card class for 2018. It was the G45 SEASONS STEP CARD class, and the ladies did a beautiful job on their cards while having a lot of fun.

I did forget, at the beginning of class, to take some photos until the 'Spring' cards were completed. If you would like to see the photos a littler larger, just click on them.

Starting the 'Summer' card.

Now for the 'Autumn' card.

And the 'Winter' card.

Thank you ladies for coming to class and for the enjoyable time we had in class together.

Happy creating everyone!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Favourites of 2017 # 7 - Personal projects

Well, today is the last of the series for my 2017 favourites. I hope that you have been enjoying the overview of the past year. There were many class projects to choose from. At the end of 2018, I will not have has many to choose from as I am teaching fewer classes and freeing time to pursue other things like Family History/Genealogy, and so much more. I am missing teaching some of the classes I  did in 2017, but have a more balanced life, which is important.

On to the last category of my 2017 favourites - Non Class Projects & Personal Projects

This first card is on display at Scrapbook Essentials BC, but I may claim it to make way for new display items. This tall card was created using Graphic 45's Vintage Hollywood. You can see the original blog post here.

This next card is one of a small number I created for the March Open House at Scrapbook Essentials BC to announce being chosen as a Spellbinders Educator. It is still on display at the store. I think I will need to get all of my display projects out of the store to make room for new ones.

This turned out to be one of my favourites not only as a Spellbinders card, but as a Spectrum Noir coloured card as well. See more photos on the original post here.

This card was also made for the big reveal with the one above. It too is a Spellbinders stamp & dies card coloured with Spectrum Noir markers. (Love the little lady bug on the right) Here is the original blog post.

This next project I made for one of my daughters. I would normally not have purchased this collection, even though I am a Graphic 45 fan, but as soon as I saw it in the store, I knew what I would do with it. I am only showing three of the many photos here, but there are more and a video walk-through as well if you want some ideas. Here is the link.

This next card came not too long ago on my blog. It is a card made for my daughter's birthday. A Fall birthday, so I love the colours. Here is the original blog post for more details.

On the same blog post there is another card for another birthday for a 94th birthday! I made it using some scraps and leftover fussy cutting, so it was quick and easy. Detail and more photos, here.

Toward the end of Summer I came across ALTENEW! It was new to me, and I was edited to see all the beautiful floral stamps and dies they have. I finally purchased a set, Bold Blossom, and when I came across the November Challenge, I took the time to finally make something for the first time and enter the challenge. You can read more about it on the original post here.

After the above challenge, I decided to challenge myself and see if it would be possible to make a Christmas card using the same Bold Blossom set. I learned that you do not need to have a Christmas stamp (just a Christmas sentiment) to make a lovely Christmas card. See original post here.

These next two cards are again Christmas cards recently posted on my blog. I love the paper collection pad that these two cards were created with. You can read about the paper collection on the original post here. I made other cards with this adorable paper, but these two are my favourites.

For the last 2017 favourite is a Christmas card created using Spellbinders. I created the card to put on display for a Spellbinders Contest held at the store. I had fun experimenting a little with layering die cuts and working with non-traditional colours. See the posing here.

Well, that is it for my 2017 favourites! Thank you for going through all 7 posting of my favourites! Hope you enjoyed the review and are inspired to make more creations of your own.

I would like to let you know that there are plans in the works for a few new things to happen over the next couple of months. So be sure check back in every so often to find out what new things will transpire. A few of the details are still in the works, so I can not say what they are just yet. The one thing that I can tell you is that you can look forward to a new look on the blog! It seems that I need a change every so often.

If you are wanting to share your crafting goals for 2018 here in the comments, please feel free to do so. Sometimes when you share with someone, you are more likely to achieve that goal.

Till the next post, happy creating!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Favourites of 2017 # 6 - Layout Classes

Today we will have a look at my favourite layouts for 2017.

I think I have to begin with the 6 layouts created for the series of classes using Graphic 45's Portrait of a Lady. It was difficult for me choose a favourite from each of the three classes, and I do not know if it is because of my love of the paper, or because all the layouts are about my Mom who passed on in June 2016. But here they are...

See class post here. And, class photos here.

Another class... see post here.

And the last class...view post here. And view the class photos here.

And my last two favourite layouts are once again using Graphic 45 paper. Winter Wonderland! First we have a single page layout that would work great as a title page to a Christmas album. See the class posting here.

This is using the paper to create a monochromatic double page Scandinavian layout.

Even though I did create several other layouts, these are more my style and therefore easily chosen as my favourites.

I was thinking how nice it would be to create more G45, or vintage, or even Shabby Chic layouts. Maybe I can fit a few in for their new year.

Thank you for checking in again today. Tomorrow will be favourites from project classes.

Happy Creating!