Thursday, November 12, 2009

Christmas with Bind-it-all

I've been busy trying out some new ideas for the craft show on Saturday. If you're in the area, I'll be at the Chassell school (Google map) from 9-2pm. I've been trying to get in the holiday mood, which is a bit tough for me. I firmly believe that the Christmas season shouldn't begin until at least mid-November (it used to be after Thanksgiving, but it's creeping a bit earlier on me!). I also love little notebooks, and I've been exploring some new things with my Bind-it-all. I really love this tool for making little books. It's fun to be able to use sheets of paper instead of folding and stitching. My first book uses some of my favorite Christmas colors and the herringbone technique from Club Scrap. I know I've used this technique before, but I just love using these little strips of paper. These old-fashioned colors feel very warm and cozy to me.

Next, I've been thinking about modifying the Quick Jot journal I made from the Club Scrap Cruise in a Box earlier. I love the idea of a little folder for a notebook, and being able to slide the notebook in and out. I also like being able to replace the notebook with a new one so the folder can be reused. I find these little books very useful when traveling for keeping a travel journal. This is a picture of the closed book. These handmade papers are from Club Scrap, and the black elastic will keep the book closed if it's in a bag or purse.

Open, the book has an old-fashioned holiday spirit. I love these tree stamps, and the rich colors. This is a handmade book created with my bind-it-all, but it's about the same size as a 3x5 notebook, so that could be used as a replacement when the book is filled up. It also has a place for your pen!

Hope to see some of you on Saturday, and if you're not in the area, have a great holiday season! I can't wait to post some of the great gifts I've been working on for my family and friends.

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Graduation cards

A friend of mine from work recently graduated, so I made some cards in celebration! Our school colors are gold and black, so in this first card, I used those colors with teal and maroon as accent colors. I love this graduation hat punch - it comes in very handy! I also really love using my spellbinders die cuts. I think layered cardstock looks fantastic, and the textured paper with the deep colors really works well here.

On the second card, I went a little wilder. I took a piece of gold cardstock and coated it with my xyron adhesive. After coating, I applied a variety of scraps to the paper. The exposed cardstock was still sticky, and I covered it with clear embossing powder and embossed. I learned this technique as part of the Club Scrap "carpet tape chronicles." I would recommend using the carpet tape for this technique, because I get the feeling that it is tackier (to hold more embossing powder) and more heat resistant. While I was embossing this cardstock, the scraps lifted off (but did reattach nicely when everything cooled back down).

The saying on this card "Another brilliant day life today, is just waiting on the wings" is from the Club Scrap Retreat kit 2008. I think it's a perfect saying for a graduation, since it is just the beginning of many wonderful days ahead.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Friendship Swap

I recently attended the Club Scrap Retreat (see Paul and me wearing cowboy hats!), and about 50 of us signed up to swap pages about ourselves. It's a great way to learn more about each other, and have a lasting memory of the friendships formed through scrapbooking and crafting together. I decided this year to make my books from the kit made especially for the Retreat. This year, it was called Bandanarama. Although it technically has a country-western theme, the colors and designs are completely adaptable to any project you have in mind. I love the post-bound album I created. The colors are rich, and lots of fun. This is a great memory of the weekend, and something that I will really enjoy.

My page for the swap is below. One photo is from our trip to England, while the other is from our snowshoeing adventure earlier in the year. I love pictures of me on snowshoes for some reason!

We also swapped "twinchies," or two inch square pieces of art. I decided to put these in little pockets, so I could pull them out of the pocket to see the text on the back. Most of the ladies wrote their name on the back. My twinchie is in the upper left corner, and uses a really cool herringbone technique that everyone at Club Scrap has gone cuckoo over. This is the cover page for the second album.

I don't often do swaps, but I love doing these swaps for retreat. It's nice to have so many memories, and learn more about all of my Club Scrap friends. It's really touching that so many of us took the time to share a bit of ourselves with each other.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Craft show season starts

This weekend I began my craft show season at the Bluffs. I don't do many shows in the summer, since I work with paper and don't have a tent. Also, even with a tent, cards don't stay on tables too well in the wind!

It was nice to see some familiar faces and meet some new folks. If you're looking for me this season, I'll be at the November 14th show in Chassell at the school on 41. The show is 10am - 3pm.

If you'd like to get notified when I have a show, drop me a line at to get added to my mailing list, follow me on Twitter (liftbridgecards), or become my "friend" on Facebook. I promise on Twitter and Facebook not to let you know every time I make a sandwich!

Have a great week!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Thank you!

I had the privilege of working on a project for a dear friend. They just dedicated a new space at the university, and wanted to thank the donors. There are many people impacted by the donation, so I came up with the idea of a book (what else!). The book itself is a standard hand-stitched book for me with a pocket page in the back for some photos.

Inside the book, I cut pieces of light grey cardstock so that they could be signed by all of the people, and matted in interesting ways inside.

The cover uses a herringbone technique I learned from Club Scrap. These are the same colors that are used in the book as mat colors, so it was a nice way to bring the inside outside. This is a fantastic technique to use up small scraps. I coated the end product with some bookbinder glue (watered down a bit) to give the final piece a bit of stability and sheen.

The papers are from the Science, Music, and Mosaic Twist collections from Club Scrap. I'm running low on all of these papers, so I have to choose my projects carefully!

The resulting book was stuffed! But, it will stand easily on its own! I also made a coordinating box to go with the book. All in all, a very rewarding project.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Wine for newlyweds

I went to a cousin's wedding this weekend, and she was a beautiful bride. It made me think back to our wedding, and all of the thoughtful presents we received from our friends - some on our registry, and some not. We noticed that they had wine glasses on their registry, and so we took that as a starting point to assemble our package.

To start, I made them a handmade book with a wine theme. The book is hand-stitched, and includes beads on the spine. I had some special charms of wine bottles that I'd been saving for a book like this. The papers are from Club Scrap (solids), and Karen Foster Design (wine patterned). I hope they use this book to store memories of good evenings together - perhaps with a bottle of wine!

We also found some great wine and beer glasses for them. To make sure they had something to fill the glasses, we took a selection of wines from our collection. Some were made by my husband who is really into home brewing wines and beer.

To finish it off, the Club Scrap wedding collection provided the perfect backdrop for a card. The embossed "love" and "honor" parts are integrated into the paper. The silver panel was made by printing out the words, and since it was vellum, it was easy to stamp the silver heart in the middle and emboss it. It's very simple, and elegant, and I'm really happy with how it turned out.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Spinning around

This is the third book I was going to exhibit at the Great Lakes Art Showcase. The show was cancelled, but should be on again next year!

This piece is a hand-stitched book with beading on the spine. All of the materials are from Club Scrap. The inspiration was the art on the cover. I used a spin art machine, and some techniques I learned at Club Scrap's annual retreat. Spin art just isn't for kids - you can create some really great effects, but of course, they are all random. This piece was made with dye inks on a porous paper. I spent a whole day playing, and created a lot of different pieces. Some were masterpieces, and some were not. You can use alcohol inks, mists, and a variety of different papers and materials. Basically, if you can spin it, try it out!

I may not be as active for a few weeks. It's time for a holiday. I do have plans to visit a bookbinding shop on vacation, so I'll definitely be sharing any inspiration I get from my holiday!

Enjoy the summer!

Thursday, July 09, 2009

My passion and inspiration

I've been inspired by some podcasts lately that talk about passion for crafting. All of these podcasts have made me think a lot about how I gather ideas, stay inspired, and how I can give back to the crafting community. I started this blog because I gain so much from looking at the work of others, and hope that someone else catches a creative spark from my work. So, I thought I would start this series of posts that will periodically appear by sharing some of the podcasts I listen to about crafting. I really enjoy listening to my iPod, and I nearly always have some form of talk radio on it. There is something that really helps my crafting mojo by listening to folks talk about the creative process while I'm creating.

So, without further ado, these are some of the podcasts that help keep me crafting. Most (if not all) also have a blog, so I also check those out. The beauty of podcasts, though, is that iTunes just pulls them to my computer, and I don't have to do anything but listen.

  • Craft Sanity. For me, this was the first one that is still on-the-air. Jennifer interviews crafty people, and asks intriguing questions about the difference between art and craft, and how crafting helps keeps us all sane. Craft Sanity, my friends. It works for me. OK, Jennifer says that, but it works for me, too! Jennifer does tend to focus more on fiber arts, but the crocheter and latent knitter in me appreciates that.
  • Crafty Pod. Diane interviews crafters, shares her opinions about the crafty community, and sometimes even talks you through a project. Her earlier podcasts were more about how to make stuff. Recent podcasts focus more on the indie-craft movement, how to follow your passion while crafting, and how to market your craft. Very cool stuff.
  • Diva Craft Lounge. Danielle and Rayme interview folks in the crafty industry on a weekly basis. They interview more industry leaders than the other podcasts, so I like this one to stay abreast of some of the trends in the field. Originally, it was all about scrapbooking, but they have broadened the focus lately to more crafts, and it's inspirational and positive. You can't help but smile while you're listening!
  • Craftcast. This is my newest podcast, and after a few episodes, I'm hooked. This one feels the most like a "talk" show, with Allison sharing details about her garden, latest projects, etc. It's an eclectic mix of crafting - metalwork one week, and bookmaking the next.
I also like video podcasts - more so now that I have an iPod that can play video! I've found two that I like. I like to watch videos on web sites and YouTube, but the advantage of podcasts is that I don't need to look for them. I always have some new crafty inspiration to watch!
  • Scrap Time. Christine shows us the latest products, and greatest techniques. I love when she goes to CHA (the semi-annual craft and hobby show) and videos the products on the floor. It's almost as good as being there.
  • Paperclipping. Noell has free videos, and a pay service. She has a lot of design experience, and a really clear way of explaining design techniques. Her style is fresh and fun, and I always learn a design tip from her.
Do you have a favorite podcast? I'd love to hear about it, and I'll share some of my favorite blogs and web sites in future posts. I've found some new podcasts on bookmaking, and I'm really excited to listen to them soon!

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Copper Country Cruising and Scrapping

I haven't scrapbooked since last year sometime. It's kind of crazy - I love to scrapbook, but I got more focussed on projects for the last year. I've found that I like scrapbooking ALSB style (Assembly Line Scrapbooking). Two Club Scrap members came up with the method - they would make pages out of their kits without picking pictures out. Club Scrap has instructions each month to make your entire kit into layouts for your current kits.

Club Scrap also has these great idea decks. You can find a layout you like, pick the papers, and follow the instructions to make a great layout. Sometimes, I can be more creative with these layouts by adding a whole bunch of embellishments, but sometimes I just want to get the layouts done. I like looking at the pictures later, and it's not as important to me that each layout be completely designed by me. The idea deck is great for using up older papers that might match, but you don't have the whole kit anymore. These layouts are both rotated from the sketch, which leads to a whole variety of layout options. I've actually used these patterns to create whole books, and by the time you add pictures, different embellishments, and journaling, nobody even recognizes the identical layouts from page to page.

These layouts are from my mom's visit last fall. We went Copper Country Cruising to look at the leaves, and took some great pictures. The paper on these layouts are mostly from a design classic remix of the collections paper printed on a variety of kits. The foil stickers with the gold leaves are from the Autumn Splendor kit.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Pine board book - Caardvarks challenge

Club Scrap is sponsoring a challenge at the Caardvarks blog, and I took the challenge to heart. This has been a multi-step project that has taken a little bit of time every night - mostly because each step needed to dry. This is the same project that I showed you a piece of a few days ago. I'm really happy with how it turned out, and it was a creative adventure.

First, I made the inside of the book using a large piece of paper, masking at regular intervals, and then painting, stenciling, and stamping up a storm. I sliced and diced the paper to make a maze book that I then glued so it opens like a regular book. To see how I made the inside of the book, you can watch Tricia Morris from Club Scrap demonstrate this on a different size of paper. On this one, I used gesso, watercolors, the Ivory Elegance stencil (no longer available), and the Be Still rubber stamp.

The covers were made with pine boards from Club Scrap (oh no! These are sold out now, so I need to hoard my stash of these!). I painted them quickly with some acrylic paint, mostly just to seal the surface. The wood grain shows through just a little bit.

To finish it off, I stamped a variety of my favorite quotes from Club Scrap stamps on some paper from the Bistro kit (the orange) and the Written Word kit (the purple). I'm sort of in love with the green-purple-orange color scheme.

Sunday, June 07, 2009

The beginning of something

I've got an idea in my head, and had a chance to start putting it on paper today. When I got the materials for a project from Club Scrap's Cruise in a Box, I knew I wanted to do something different with it, so I started work today. You can see a slice here. I didn't take any pictures along the way, so you'll just have to believe me that this started with a big sheet of paper, a lot of masking tape, and some gesso.

From there, I used watercolors, stencils, and stamps to add color to the page.

When it's done, it will be a book. More later!

Saturday, June 06, 2009

Happy Anniversary!

Paul and I like to make cards for each other. These are our anniversary cards. His is on the left. He has really taken to quilling, and loves to make little bits and assemble them later into cards. He has trouble finding things in my craft room, so he has his own bag for his supplies!

My card is on the right. Since it's our fifth anniversary, I made it out of some wood panels (from the Great Outdoors kit). I covered them in paper (Surf's Up from Club Scrap), and used a paper veneer technique from one of the Club Scrap workshops to give the paper a "wood" look. Lots of stamping and other fun stuff on there.

For our anniversary yesterday, we went to the Ramada Inn. They have a nice restaurant on the water, which we can walk to. This was perfect for a Friday night. Today, we're about to go to the Harbor Haus, a bit fancier restaurant (and a bit of a drive) in Copper Harbor. Both places show how beautiful living near a lift bridge can be.

Monday, June 01, 2009

Tap Dancing in the Wild West

One of the great things about living in a small town is that anybody can do anything. Three years ago, I took up tap dancing. This past weekend was our big show, and you can see from the curtain call picture that everybody was there! I think the cast was at least 130 kids to adults. Of course, all of their parents, relatives, and everybody in the community came out for the big show. It was a blast. It's always fun to surprise people I work with with my hidden talents!

Our theme was "Who's really who in the wild west?" and it followed two clueless folks who were wrongly accused of crimes. I played one of the "gold diggers" in the show, and did a tap dancing number to a great Bob Fosse tune from Chicago (Hot Honey Rag). It was a great challenge, and great fun.

Monday, May 25, 2009

A tale of three books

I made three books this weekend, but am only showing two. The third is a gift for a new grandpa in the area whose grandson was named after a basketball player. So, this inspired me to use the rest of the paper in Club Scrap's Varsity kit to make more sports-themed books. The paper in this kit has some really great colors for more masculine projects - a soft burgundy, tan, and sage green. Some of the pages have wonderful patterns on them that emulate the diagrams coaches draw to show the team where to go. I think these albums would be a great place to gather team pictures over the years.

These books are hand stitched. I used a traditional kettle stitch, and four holes in each signature. The waxed linen thread is sewed over a piece of wide ribbon in the center. I also used an elastic closure, just like on the quick jot journal earlier this month. I thought this was pretty sporty!

When I made the quick jot journal a little while ago, I also used a masking technique with the stamping. I'd forgotten what a great (but simple) effect that is, so I did a bit more with that. The book on the left (sized about 5.5 x 5.5 inches) has the black image stamped first. I masked it (or, covered with paper) so that only a hole in the center of the image was open. Then, I stamped various sports elements with versamark images in the center. The versamark ink gives a subtle watermarked image a shade or two darker than the paper it is stamped on. My style is to be a bit more subtle about incorporating themes or elements in general. The "Number 1" image was then stamped on top.

I did a similar technique for the journal on the right (pages measure 4 x 6 inches). I stamped the saying, covered it with some torn paper, and then stamped some images (football, baseball, basketball, soccer ball) with the versamark on the top.

The edges of each paper needed a little something extra, so I did a little inking on the edges to grunge things up a bit.

I'm really pleased with these books. It's another sunny day, so more pictures outside for the books. Thanks for looking!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Houghton in the Spring

Yesterday was a picture-perfect day in Houghton - unless you're going downtown! The weather was just-right, and we walked to the Suomi for a great breakfast. The whole town seemed to be there, so we were able to say hi to a bunch of people. We walked back along the lakefront to get home. It was a bit chillier that way, but the beautiful blue water was irresistible.

Downtown Houghton is partially chewed up because of construction. They've started with the two blocks closest to the bridge. Montezuma is a two-way street during construction, and traffic on the "yooper loop" is two way, as well. It makes for an interesting start to the day and some interesting photos! After driving through Green Bay last week, however, we quietly thank the construction folks that they are doing great work, and it isn't really that big of an inconvenience. The end of the project should be lovely. I'll keep you posted!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Quick Jot Journal

This was the first project I made from Club Scrap's "Cruise in a Box" and I'm already thinking of ways to make different versions of this. I modified mine by adding an elastic closure, and using my bind-it-all to bind the book inside. If you look closely, you'll see my holes, and the ones they provided. I like to take a little journal with me on vacations, so I tailored this for my trip to England this summer - we'll be in London at least one day!

The book part isn't glued into the cover - it slides into a cute little pocket. The pocket is conveniently the same size as a little ring notebook, so I can see myself using this for more trips in the future. There is also a sweet little pocket on the inside front cover.

The back cover - which wraps around the spine and onto the front cover - was stamped using a variety of stamps and masking techniques. I don't usually get this ornate with stamping. It was fun to play around and try some new things out here.

Most of the stamps are from Club Scrap - the Journeys, Weather, and Collection kits. The stamps on the inside journal also come from Club Scrap's Serengeti collection (2009), Hero Arts (London) and Stampin' Up (suitcases and compass).

It was a nice day outside, so I thought pictures outside would be a nice change. It sure is nice to see some green in our garden - our daffodils are just getting started, so we're a bit behind most of the US with regards to our garden.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day

My mom visited me last fall, and when I went to Club Scrap's retreat, we made this flip book. It is just amazingly cute. It fits into the cute little box and flips out - and each panel flips out. I think I put at least 50 photos in this small little book! My mom loved it, and it perfectly captures a very special time we spent together.

If you're interested in making your own, they're available at Club Scrap. I also have a limited number of kits on hand that I plan to make.

Enjoy Mother's Day with your loved ones.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Signs of spring and tweeting

This weekend was definitely a move forward in the spring direction. Paul did a lot of gardening, I did some spring cleaning, and we heard the first real sign of spring - a boat signaling for the lift bridge to be raised! I really love this sound in the summer, and generally wind up running around the house yelling "boat!".

And, for those of you on Twitter, I have finally taken the plunge! The final push was Club Scrap. They're going on a 10th anniversary cruise (departed on Sunday) and they're going to "tweet" about it. I couldn't resist joining in on the fun, so I signed up. Paul found a neat program for the mac that allows me to follow facebook status updates and twitters in one window, so it is pretty groovy.

I'm "liftbridgecards" on twitter, or Plain old liftbridge is taken up by a brewery in Minnesota!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Crafty weekend

I've had a crafty weekend for the most part, getting work on some projects done. Most of these are gifts, including a FLIPPIN' awesome one for my mom for Mother's Day. In case she's peeking, no pictures until she receives it!

The book I'm posting today is one I made for the (now canceled) art show. I was inspired at the Club Scrap retreat by a maze book that we made from large paper, and scaled this project down to use a 12x12 piece of paper. I also liked the idea of putting the book in a "wrapper" of sorts, since even though I used my Scor-it, the spine was less neat than I like. To make it even sweeter, I put a little elastic closure on it. The pages in this book are about 3x3. Since my last page wasn't glued to a cover, I decorated it with one of my favorite stamped quotes (Painted Desert kit from Club Scrap).

If you want to make your own, watch Tricia Morris demonstrate the technique on a webisode from TVWeekly.

Want to see the book in person? Check it out at the Copper Country Community Arts Center.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Good news for you!

Well, the bad news for me is that the art show my pieces were accepted to was cancelled. I will work on posting the items I submitted over the next few weeks. The good news for you is that you get to hear about these books sooner, and they can now be seen at the Copper Country Community Arts Center in Hancock. I went there yesterday to update my works, and was pleasantly surprised to find that my last book there had sold!

I'm hoping the Einerlei opens up next week so I can drop some new books off there, too. I'm also seriously getting ready to take some nice pictures and upload some books to my Etsy shop.

This book was made using Club Scrap materials. The paper, beads and stamps are from an older collection - Wheel and Sprocket. I love the bright colors and technical aspects of the paper. It's great for an engineer! I was inspired by a technique I saw Tricia Morris demonstrate online in a webisode called "Foam Me to You". Instead of spare foam, I used foam core board from the Chapter 1 kit. This is also the same kind of foam core board you can pick up at an office supply store.

The other neat thing about this book is that I put in a few pocket pages. These are great for storing items like a CD (since this is a 6x6 book) or other pictures, notes, etc.

I hope you have a crafty day! I'm going to be doing some house chores, but also finishing up some projects later today.

Sunday, April 05, 2009

Competitive Card-making!

Whew! I have been busy the last eight weeks or so - a little more each week! I have been thinking of my blog, but I've been participating in Club Scrap's Pro Scrapbookers League. We get randomly "drafted" to a team, and spend eight weeks making cards that fulfill challenges (or not - you can do what you like!). I'm anxiously awaiting the final results for the final challenge - my team has won the last three challenges, so we're definitely in the running.

In the end, it's not about winning, it's about being creative and using what we have. Everybody who scrapbooks has waaay too much paper on hand, and it's fun to have a whole team encouraging you to use your supplies and get creative. My new goal is to be creative every day.

I hope you have a creative day!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Making lemonade out of lemons

I was trying a new technique with memory mists, and wasn't really too happy with it. I liked the colors I got from the sample, though, so I cut it up into a bunch of little squares, mixed them up, and ended up with several cards out of the deal. I love the card! It's so fun to be able to take something not to your liking and turn it into something beautiful.

Enjoy the day! Spring is on the way!

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Busy meeting deadlines!

I've been busy crafting, but mostly more thank you notes and some projects on a deadline. One of those projects for a deadline was a book for my dear friend and mentor, Dr. L. He is having some health problems, and I decided to spend last weekend finding lots of photos of us together and send him a special package. Since he's received it now, I can share it with you. The pictures are from his retirement party (left hand page) and my wedding (right hand page).

My other projects for a deadline are submissions to the Great Lakes Art Showcase. After the show, I can share them with you. Suffice it to say, I'm pretty darn excited by them! I tried some new techniques and folks who have seen them in person have given me good feedback.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Thanks (a lot)

I'm finishing up a big project at work this week that wouldn't be possible without a lot of help from a lot of people. This is one of the cards I made to thank my co-workers. Our school colors are gold and black, but that can be a bit boring. It's also difficult to find other colors to go with that combination. I've gone to our marketing page, and picked up the teal and red from colors they like to use to accent these. Since it's a work project, I think that will make it really special! All paper and stamps are from Club Scrap.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

A Snowy Valentine's Day

Paul and I went snowshoeing around Hungarian Falls today. It sure is amazing to see running water with all of the snow! We had a bit of an adventure by choosing a different way to hike back, and even saw a woodpecker! If you ever wonder why we choose to live "at the end of the earth" the beauty of this day might help you understand.

Hope you have a great day with your loved ones.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day!

I absolutely love making little boxes! I made this one for my co-workers for Valentine's day. The box is sized just right to hold three Ghirardelli chocolates. I got the template from a Split Coast Stampers Tutorial. If I made these again, I would cut the paper to 4.25 x 7. In the last step, the flap is trimmed a bit, and cutting to this measurement would allow you to cut three boxes out of one 12 x 12 piece of paper (instead of two with a fair amount of waste). The background stamp is from Club Scrap and the focal image is from Stampin' Up!

Hope you have a great day filled with the love of family and friends!

Monday, February 02, 2009

Snow, snow and more snow

We expect a lot of snow in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and we love to play in it! Paul and I went skiing this weekend at our favorite downhill spot - Powderhorn Mountain. Today, however, was a different story. I think we got a dozen inches of snow in one day. And yet, we keep on going! The roads were pretty clear, but the parking lots and side streets were in rough shape today. It gets dark early, so no light to take a photo today.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Making samples

I'm teaching a class at our local scrapbooking store called "Memories Mists 101." If you haven't used these yet, they're a wonderful product made by Stewart Superior. I love how they can be funky, subtle, or somewhere in between. I'm getting some samples ready for class, so I made a card for the scrapbook store (shh.. they haven't seen it yet!) that uses the mists in a variety of ways. I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out, so I thought I would share. The stamps and papers are from Club Scrap. The chipboard element is a die cut from Sizzix.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Back at blogging

So, after deciding to start blogging, my life got too busy to blog. I avidly read lots of blogs, though, so it seems only fair that I contribute something to the blog world.

My most recent crafty adventure led me to teach a course at our local scrapbooking store. I adapted a technique I learned at a Club Scrap retreat and used it to make cards. Everybody in the class made twelve cards and learned a lot of fun techniques. The cards turned out great and everybody had a great time at the class. We had so much fun using Memories Mists that I'll be teaching another class on March 14th. Contact me if you want more information!


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