Friday, November 17, 2017

Christmas Cards from Leftovers - Kaisercraft "Letters to Santa"

Welcome back!

Today I am showing you some real easy cards to make with leftover paper from other projects. For those that live here in Victoria, BC and attend classes at Scrapbook Essentials BC, you will be particularly interested in this post. If you take the Kaisercraft "Letters to Santa" Sampler Triptych class, you will have some beautiful paper left to create what ever you like. If you want to make some quick and easy cards with that paper, then this post is for you!

The photo I took of all the cards together was no good enough to use in a post, but I was too lazy to take another photo. But, I think the individual photos will be just fine for you.

For this first card you see, I used the wood slats as a mat, and a piece of the holly paper as the background. Then from the sheet that has all the large poinsettias and roses, I fussy cut one out and trimmed it to fit over the 4" x 5 1/4" holly paper, and popped it up with from tape.

The sentiment is stamped onto the black strip with Versamark and heat embossed in white. I love how striking a tiny sentiment can look on black like this!

Next I used my Clear Wink of Stella on all the berries, and when try added Glossy Accents over top.

This next card is the easiest of all four! A Red Brick card stock mat and the image cut to size right from the paper! I then stamped in red, my sentiment on a white narrow strip and popped it up! That's it! Real easy, and very mailable!

If you wanted to the some Gold Liquid Pearls to all the gold balls of the garland, that would be a lovely added touch. I did not this time, because I was in a real hurry the day I made these, but I still might when I go to use them.

I am a little partial to this next card because it brings out the little girl in me as well as fond memories of all the German Christmas traditions we used to do as I grew up. The image is very European and makes me think of St. Nicholas Day!

Again, I used the wood planking as a mat for the music paper this time. I fussy cut this image from one of the sheets of paper and cut it to size with straight edges where needed, and popped it up with foam tape.

I used Clear Wink of Stella on his white hair and beard to make it shimmer. Once again, I did the sentiment with white heat embossing on a narrow strip of black, and popped it up with foam tape.

Next, and last, another card similar to the first one. It just has a different rose form the paper, and has no straight sides/edges. It is popped up and the sentiment strip is popped up over the rose.

So there you have some real simple, easy, and lovely Christmas cards.

Be sure to check in again tomorrow. I created some real cute cards for my grandchildren and for those of us that are still young at heart (because I like cute things too).

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Altenew Bold Blossom Personal Challenge

Glad you stopped by again!

Yesterday I posted a card created for the Altenew November 2017 Challenge. I enjoyed challenging myself by using different colours than I normally would for the roses (Bold Blossom) and while making that card, wondered if it would be possible for me to use the same stamp set to create a Christmas card!

So as soon as I was done with the challenge card, I created this card!

By using one of the brown Tombow markers to draw naked branches, and adding some gold drops onto the card, along with a Christmas sentiment, I believe a achieved the look of a Christmas card! Hope you think so too.

Need I say that I had a whole lot of fun making it? By stamping the 2nd layer stamp of the leaves alone without the base, and fussy cutting them out, I think it hints towards pine or evergreen a bit. Don't you?

I am loving the layered stamps, and especially the ones at Altenew. I so look forward to getting many more of their stamps and die sets!

Tomorrow I will be posting some of the new Christmas cards I created with leftover papers from the Kaisercraft Samplers class coming up on December 2nd. So be sure to stop by to see some of those cards.

Happy creating!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Altenew November Challenge

Welcome back!

It has been a long time since I have entered a challenge, and right now I have a little time to create something that is not for a class. Because I got some of my first Altenew stamp and die sets a couple of weeks ago, I searched for a challenge to enter and I stumbled across the Altenew November 2017 Inspiration Challenge; a colour challenge. You should go check out all their challenges! Great inspiration!

Since this is a newly discovered stamp company for me, I was excited to see that they also have challenges that you can participate in!

This is the inspiration image for the challenge.

I used the Bold Blossoms stamp and die set and the Super Script sentiment stamp set for this card.

I have to laugh a little at myself because I was so excited about getting the card made that I forgot to follow through with some of the ideas I had in mind for creating this entry!  I wanted to include some copper metallic thread and ink blend around the edges a little with one of the colours. Even though, I think this card could would look better with those ideas, it still looks real good for my first Altenew card.

The next couple of photos show side views so that you can better see the layering and construction of the card.

I do not know if I would have ever come up with the idea to use these colours for a rose, had it not been for this challenge. Thank You Altenew.

I also used my fairly new Tim Holtz Tonic Stamping Platform to make this card. It sure is much easier to "layer stamp" using this tool!

For those of you local followers, Scrapbook Essentials BC is planning on having classes in the new year using your choice of stamping tool (MISTI, Tonic Stamping Platform, or your new Stamping' Up Stamparatus), where we will start to introduce layer stamping and...Altenew stamp sets! So look for those classes in January if you want to really use your MISTI!

Thank you all for stopping by to have a look. Be sure to stop by tomorrow for another take on this card in Christmas colours!

Happy creating everyone!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Watercolour Pencil Class #3 - Watercolour Backgrounds Focusing on the Sentiments

Welcome back! Hope you are enjoying creating cards and things for Christmas. I know from experience that sometimes you are creating so much Christmas stuff, that on occasion you mojo is hindered and you run out of ideas. Here is one that anyone can do if you are in need of a few more quick and easy Christmas cards.

I can not give you the details at this time for the Heat Embossed tips and tricks until after the class, but if you are not living in this area and would like to know, just make a comment or email me, and I will let you know what we are doing with these the sentiments on these cards.

Now, on to the class. For this last minute Christmas card class, we will focus on the sentiment a little more, and learn some sentiment techniques while creating some beautiful Christmas backgrounds. These cards are quick and easy to create. And, you do not need to be an artist!

WHEN: Saturday, December 9th
TIME: 10:00 - 12:30
COST: $30 + GST
This class is a great introduction to free hand painting and not relying on a stamp. Lots of water is the key to these faded Christmas background cards created using watercolor pencils. With backgrounds like these, detail is not important and that means making this type of card quick and easy. Yes, easy. Because they are easy, we will be able to create four cards! Great for those last minute cards, too. 
BRING TO CLASS: Watercolour pencils, small bottle of water, fine water mister, palette or plastic lid, non-stick craft mat, brushes and Aqua brushes if have, a few sheets of paper towel, Washi tape or Removable tape, a wood cutting board with handle, heat tool, VersaMark ink pad, fine gold embossing powder, if you have the Penny Black "Yuletide Wishes" stamp set bring your MISTI or TH Tonic Stamping Platform (can borrow mine if needed), Gesso, and Clear Wink of Stella.

To register for the class, contact Stacey - or 778-533-4290.

Here is an individual, closer look at the cards.

The sentiments for these cards are from the Christmas sentiment stamp set from Penny Black - Yuletide Wishes. It is a great set of Christmas sentiments to have!

Thank you for stopping by again today, and hope you have received some inspiration and mojo back if you needed it.

Happy creating!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Spellbinders Educator Class #8 - The Beloved Layered Poinsettia

The die that we are using in this class is not a new one, but a well loved one. As Stacey just recently taught a class using some of the new beautiful Christmas silhouette dies, I decided to go with a well loved die.

These are the three cards that we will create in the class.

Spellbinder Educator Class #8

Need some last minute Christmas cards! Check out these beautiful cards!

We will be using a favourite Christmas die by Spellbinders - the Poinsettia! Using the negative piece for one card, and the positive for another and inking while in the die to get the leaf lines. For another we will heat emboss the edges of the leaves to go with vellum blooms, and use the first die used for this series of classes, the "Tuscany Strip". We will get ink and glitter all over our fingers, too! Fun, Fun, Fun! Come create these beauties with us.

Bring to Class:  Die Cutting Machine, All plates and tan rubber foam, Non-stick craft mat, your "Tuscany Strip" die if you have (I will have mine there if you need it), double sided adhesive tape, liquid glue (matte if you have), mini-glue dots, foam dimensionals or foam tape, Silver Stickles, Watermark Versamark ink pad, fine silver embossing powder, Embossing buddy - Anti-Static Pad, red alcohol marker to colour white pearls or bring red pearls, Buttercup Liquid Pearls, scissors, flower shaping stylus and foam pad, Following ink pads - Oxide Worn Lipstick & Peeled Paint, Ink blending tool, Die brush tool, and heat tool. Oh, and wipes for our fingers and dies.

WHEN: Wednesday, December 6th
TIME: 6:00 - 8:30
COST: $40.00 (includes $28 die)

To register for the class, contact Stacey - or 778-533-4290.

A closer look at the cards -

Edging leaves in silver embossing powder adds a lovely look with the silver Stickles edging the vellum Poinsettias.

The inked Poinsettia on the die embossed background gives a graceful look to this card.

This more contemporary card with the die cut shapes and added leaves to look like holly is a simply but striking card. (The Poinsettia die cuts from this next card, were used for the card above with the exception of the 2 leaves) I love how you can make the holly looking leaves from the Poinsettia die when cut from green.

The first two cards use a Christmas sentiment stamp set from Penny Black - Yuletide Wishes. (The sentiment used for this last card is from an old stamp set no longer available. Sorry)

Well that's it for these cards. There will be one more class to post for December, and then that will be it until we start posting classes for January 2018! Where has this year gone?

Happy creating!

Spellbinders Dies -

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Happy Birthday to My Youngest Grandson!

Hope your day is going well!

I have a real cute little grandson that will be turning five toward the end of the month. It isn't often when I can go to my own stash of supplies to create something specific for a family member, or friend. I often end up using something I have created for the classes I teach. But I can't very well do that for a little boy turning five, can I?

In my search I found the cute Echo Park Jungle Safari collection, and thought I had better use it before my youngest grandson will not appreciate it any more!

The collection has some real cute stuff in it. I normally am not a sticker fan, but they were a part of the kit and by putting them onto card stock or paper form the collection, and cutting around them, I could pop the sticker up. Had some fun making this for him.

So here is the card...

As a Canadian Spellbinders Educator, I remembered this sweet sentiment stamp, and just had to use it. Who wouldn't want to send their grandson 'oodles of love and birthday wishes'? (Classic Spellbinders Special Birthday Sentiments Stamps)

I also just had to include the sticker "Little Man", because that is exactly what he looks like! A cute little man! Though I understand that my daughter and son-in-law have had their hands full with him. It has been a couple of years since I've seen him last.

Here, in the next photo, you can see the side view and how everything is layered and popped up.

I am still wondering if I should darken the hair of the boy, as my grandson takes after his Dad in hair colour. I just hope I remember to mail it to him! This year I have very much been off on my Birthday card mailing duties, and have ended up sending some cards very late, if at all! Shame on me....

Hope you find some inspiration in this simple card for my turning five year old grandson.

Happy creating!

Monday, November 6, 2017

Watercolour Pencil Class #2 - Snowy Hamlet

Hello everyone!

I had started a few days ago to pre-schedule posts for some classes that are to come, as well as some personal card creations. However, I forgot to complete it. So now I need to go back and reschedule them all for posting.

This is what we will be colouring/painting for our 2nd Watercolour Pencil class. Each one created can be different. One could be like this with a setting sun, one could be a night scene, and another could be a beautiful sunny winter day. I look forward to seeing what each person will create in class.

Watercolor Class # 2
As Christmas comes ever closer we are very much in Christmas card mode. In our second class we will be painting a lovely winter scene that works great for just that. If you think it is too much of a challenge, do not worry, Sabrina will guide you through it. You will each receive three stamped Watercolour pieces ready to paint in. Then you can create your lovely cards at home. Which 3 lucky people will get your masterpiece creations?

PLEASE BRING TO CLASS: watercolour pencils (if using the SN AquaBlend pencils please bring the Primaries & Naturals pencil sets), a small jar of water, a pallet or plastic yogurt/margarine lid, watercolour brushes or Aqua Brushes, heat tool, small gesso in squeeze bottle with narrow nozzle, Stardust Stickles, & toothpicks.
WHEN: Saturday, November 25th (Langford Legion)
TIME: 10:00 - 12:00
COST: $25 + GST

To register, contact Stacey - or 778-533-4290.

If you are interested in this stamp set, it is by Penny Black, titled "Snowy Hamlet".

Thank you for stopping by to have a closer look at the pencil watercolouring class project. Hope you are all enjoying your card making and gift making!

In the mean time, "Happy creating"!

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Oxide Inks and Spellbinders

Just because the name of a die or stamp indicates one thing, does not mean it can't be used for something else. What am I talking about? Well, do you remember these cards? Well, the name for these dies are "Fall Leaves" and that is what I used it make Fall leaves. But what if we used our imagination and create 'fantasy leaves' instead?

For this class we will have fu with colour and blend ink colours together on a 4" x 12" piece of yardstick, and create these three cards with it.

Lets have some fun with colour and leaves! We will use the new Distress Oxide ink pads in this class (colours listed in the bring to class list below) as well the die set! There will also be be flicking of water and Wink of Stella! We will take advantage of the word dies in this set by layering and covering with Glossy Accents. This brings dimension to the die cut text and looks great! I will bring my inks to class in case you have not invested in them yet. But, I do recommend getting them because once you use them, you will want them. The best part is that you can take home your new die set and have loads of fun experimenting with these wonderful little leaves.
BRING TO CLASS: your die cutting machine with all the plates, die cut brush tool, Xyron 1 1/2" Sticker Maker (if you have - mine is still packed somewhere so I do not know if I will have it there for you) or liquid glue (matt glue if you have some), double sided adhesive tape, non-stick craft mat, Glossy Accents, Clear Wink of Stella, water in a little jar and a paint brush or Aqua Brush, Distress Oxide - Worn Lipstick, Peeled Paint, Wild Honey, & Salty Ocean with your ink blending tools and sponges, 3D white foam squares/tape or dimensionals, mini-glue dots, and double sided adhesive tape.
WHEN: Wednesday, November 29th
TIME: 6:00 - 8:00
COST: $35.00 (includes $21 die set)

To RSVP for this class, contact Stacey - or 778-533-4290.

A closer look at each of the cards.

I just love working with Oxide inks! Don't you?

Sometimes, just a simple sentiment and a touch of beautiful colour and really make a lovely card. Sometimes clean and simple can be beautifully Wow!

We are going to have so much fun playing with colour and dies! See you there!

Happy creating!

Friday, November 3, 2017

Spellbinders Christmas Gift Tags

After my move, I am still trying to catch up with the samples for upcoming classes! Three weeks left before this class takes place. Trying to catch up reminds me of when I was working a regular job. You go away for vacation and when you get back you wonder if it was worth going away when you see all the work you need to do to catch up!

We had a meeting for the staff and teachers for Scrapbook Essentials BC just this last Wednesday to plan the first quarter for 2018! Very exciting stuff coming up, and of course a well planned schedule means more work to create the class samples for you all. I love doing the samples. Come to think of it, I love just about everything about teaching classes! Even all the searching of new products and ideas, planning and creating, and teaching the classes.

So let's get on with this class for later this month.

You really need to see these samples up close in store!
Creating home made Christmas Gift Tags is always a fun activity whether in class, at home, or at home with the family. In this class each of you will receive the die set to take home with you, and you will have so much fun creating with this die set. 

We will create 4 folded tags and 4 regular tags using the same die set. That's 8 tags in class! The fun thing about this die set is that not only do you get die cutting plates, but also 3 mini impression plates! We will learn some of the things that we can do with them.
BRING TO CLASS: your die cutting machine with all the plates and a tan rubber embossing mat, Paper trimmer, liquid glue (matt if you have), double sided adhesive tape, non-stick craft mat, Star Dust Stickles (Icicle is OK) or the like, glossy accents, 1 1/2" Xyron Sticker Maker if you have one, mini-glue dots, scissors, your favourite Christmas green, red, blue, and yellow ink pads, ink blending tools (finger ones are great for this project), Clear Wink of Stella, and 3D foam squares/dimentionals. You are also welcome to bring any Christmas embellishments you wish to create your own version of the tags.
WHEN: Wednesday, November 22nd
TIME: 6:00 - 8:30
COST: $35.00 (includes $28 die set)

To RSVP for this class, contact Stacey - or 778-533-4290.

Here is a closer look at the two types of tags we will make.

Regular tags...

...and folded tags.

With a few tips learned in class, you can go home and make dozens of lovely Christmas gift tags to use this Christmas or even make sets to give as gifts for the receivers to use for next Christmas.

Look forward to seeing you in class! Happy creating!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Christmas Samplers with Kaisercraft "Letters to Santa"

Hello everyone!

I am excited to share with you this fun class coming up soon. I love vintage Christmas! And to have a project that can be used as a whole piece, or in parts and versatile, makes this class a good opportunity.

Here you see the three sections side by side like a triptych.

This is a great class to create last minute Christmas gifts, or for that added vintage Christmas decor touch you've been looking to add to your home. We are creating three (12 x 12) samplers that can be used as individual pieces for the home or as individual gifts in a shadow box frame. They can also be used together as a triptych by screwing the pieces together in their frames, or on wood plaques.
There is fussing cutting homework with inking edges. For class we will straight cut pieces of paper and assemble the samplers in class. The homework will be available to take home on Saturday, November 25th.
When our projects are done, you will have plenty of paper left from the kit (with stickers, too) to create more beautiful Christmas projects or cards!
BRING TO CLASS: Homework, paper trimmer, (non-stick) scissors, 2 rolls of black 3D foam tape, liquid glue (matte if you have), double sided adhesive tape, Gathered Twigs ink pad and ink blender, baby wipes for hands, nonstick craft mat, gold Liquid Pearls, Clear Wink of Stella, & Glossy Accents.
When: Saturday, December 2nd
Time: 12:30 - 3:30
Cost: $45.00
To RSVP for this class, contact Stacey - or 778-533-4290.




This is the paper kit that you will be receiving in class. Gorgeous! Right?

Well, I'm off to do some work for Dad, and then for myself. It's pouring rain right now, a perfect day for crafting.... Guess it will have to wait for another rainy day. Till next time, happy creating!