Thursday, January 31, 2013

February Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!

Thank you for stopping by to enjoy our February Stamp of the Month Blog Hop featuring this month's SOTM:
 Home Sweet Home S1302!
If you've just arrived here from HELEN'S BLOG then you are on the correct path.
 This month I created a simple house-shaped card that is approximately standard-size (4.25" tall x 5.5" wide). Colors I used are Black, Cashmere, Colonial White, and Cranberry. I cut my sentiment stamp in half so I could stamp half of it on the front of the card and the rest on the inside of the card. I also used the January promotion special "Whooo's Your Valentine" stamp set to stamp my background with Cashmere ink and to stamp the larger hearts with Cranberry and Cashmere ink. My card is embellished with our oh-so-versatile NEW Durables Artisan Studs Z1816. Here's the inside view of the card as well (below):

I would suggest stamping the background hearts on the house shape with Cashmere ink (tone-on-tone stamping) BEFORE you adhere it to the front of the card base. As you can see from the photos (below) I waited to stamp with the background image until after the card was assembled which meant I had to add the additional step of using my Cricut-cut scraps to cover up the holes where the windows are before stamping (as shown in last photo below), when it would have been a little faster and easier to just do the stamping first:
  This card was much easier to make than it looks.  I started by simply cutting the House "Layer" shape from Cashmere cardstock using the Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge at 4.25".  Then I adhered it to the front of a 4.25" x 11" piece of Colonial White cardstock that I had folded in half with the crease along the left side as shown (above).

Then I used scissors to trim off the excess Colonial White cardstock around the outside edge of the card base (cutting through two layers of cardstock at once). I also trimmed out the door of the house on just the front of the card as you can see (below):
Finally, here are all of the images (below) that come in this lovely stamp set
that is available during February 2013 only!

Now you can continue on with our Blog Hop to be inspired by more creativity using this stamp set by visiting MELISSA'S BLOG next! Enjoy!!

February Scrapbooking Classes (are Fast, Fun, and DONE!)

Friday, February 22nd (7pm-10pm)
Saturday, February 23rd (1pm-5pm)

You choose that date works best for you (or attend both)!

Your paper is PRE-CUT by me, so all you do is assemble & add the stickease & embellishments included in the kit (no stamping required). Simply add your pictures & go home with completed, oh-so-cute pages! Even if you can't attend in person, you can still purchase this kit from me to use at home at your convenience!

This month we are using the new FOR ALWAYS paper pack (X7165B).
This will be an ongoing "series of classes" this year, using a different paper kit each month.
You can jump in anytime (just be sure to reserve your kit for each month before the class fills up)!

This will be a monthly class that I offer all year long - imagine having completed 48 pages by this time next year! Come join the fun as I show you how to scrapbook faster, simpler, easier, and more affordably than ever before!

We have room for just 10 people on Friday 2/22 and 10 people on Saturday 2/23. PLEASE RSVP to me on Facebook (and post which date(s) you plan to join us) or contact me by cell/text (760) 220-0683 to reserve your kit no later than Saturday night 2/16!!

The basic $20 kit option can be paid for when you attend the class!
You also still have the option to pre-order the full WOTG kit as shown in the Idea Book that includes the coordinating stamp set for $35 or the WOTG kit with the stamp set and coordinating Complements for $40 (pre-payment is needed with these options).

My CARD-MAKING CLASSES will continue to be offered on the 2nd Friday night each month. Make any 3 cards for $5 with me this month on Friday 2/8 (7pm-9pm). More details (including photos of the cards we're making) will be added here to my blog soon!

I hope you can join us for all the fun we'll have creating these pages in February!!
 Layout #1 (inspired by Make It From Your Heart - Volume 1, pattern 13)
 Layout #1 (Left Side)
Photo sizes are:
(2) 4" x 6" tall (1) photo cropped to 3" x 3"
 Layout #1 (Right side)
Photo sizes are:
(1) 4" x 6" tall (1) photo cropped to 3" x 3"...and (1) photo cropped to 3" x 4" wide
 Layout #2 (inspired by Magic - Performance, p. 48)
 Layout #2 (Left side)
Photo sizes are:
(1) 4.75" tall x 3.25" wide photo and (2) 2" x 2.25" (1) 3.75" tall x 5" wide photo and (1) 3.25" x 5" wide photo. These last two photos listed could also be replaced with just (1) 5" x 7" tall photo OR (1) 4" x 6" tall photo.

Layout #2 (Right side)
Photo sizes are:
(3) 3.5" x 5" tall photos (many 4x6 photos can easily be cropped just a little to this size). The two photos on the left side of this page could also be replaced by just (1) 5" x 7" wide photo OR (1) 4" x 6" wide photo.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Sign up now for my FAST, FUN, and DONE Scrapbooking Classes!!

Do you struggle to find the time to finish the scrapbooking pages you've started?
Let me help you get more of them "done" this year with my NEW
Scrapbooking Classes 
starting this month!
Friday, January 25th (7pm-10pm) and/or
Saturday, January 26th (1pm-5pm)

You choose which date works best for you (or atttend both)!
 If you can stay the entire time, you should have a little extra time for socializing, snacking, and/or working on any other creative projects you might want to bring with you. You can also choose from my basket of pre-cut card designs that are left-over from my monthly card-making classes and make any of those as well (3 cards for $5).

All it will take is just 2-3 hours of your time once a month
to create two 12x12 layouts (four pages total) for just $20!
 For just $20 per month, I can help you complete 48 scrapbook pages this year!! Can you imagine how great it will feel to accomplish this so affordably and so quickly with just a few hours of your time each month?!  I will design the pages and have all of the materials pre-cut for you. Then you simply ink, assemble, add your photos/journaling, and embellish them as shown (or use your own creativity to change up the design as you'd like to fit your photos and your style). This will be the new format for most of the scrapbooking classes that I will be offering this next year because I know exactly how difficult it can be to find time for creating when you are just so busy living life and making all the memories!

This month's pages will feature your choice of either
the CLEMENTINE or the DAKOTA kit! 
Class attendees will get a full assortment of self-adhesive CLEMENTINE Complements Canvas Sheets (X7156C) or DAKOTA Complements Foil Images (X7157C) to use, as well as a variety of other coordinating embellishments.

I highly recommend that you bring photos with you to finish your pages during class time when possible, but you do also have the option to add your photos later at home if you need to. Our number one goal though is to help you get your pages DONE quickly and beautifully, so bringing your photos to get your layouts completely finished with my coaching during class time really is the best option to help you feel successful at this!

PLEASE contact me to RSVP and
Reserve your kit no later than Saturday night 1/19!!
The $20 kit option can be paid for when you attend the class!
You also still have the option to pre-order the full WOTG kit shown in the Idea Book that includes the coordinating stamp set for $35 or the WOTG kit with the stamp set and coordinating Complements for $40 (pre-payment is needed with these options).
 CLEMENTINE kit (above) - Layout #1

 DAKOTA kit (above) - Layout #1
 CLEMENTINE kit (above) - Layout #2
 DAKOTA kit (above) - Layout #2
 Here's a better view (above) of how the the "Canvas" Complements look up close! So fun!

 It was tricky to photograph these pages so you could really see how nice the "Foil" Complements look in person (above), so here's my attempt to show you!

Here's another attempt to show you (above) how nice the "Foil" Complements look!

Finally, PLEASE REFER TO THESE PHOTOS (BELOW) to help you know what size(s) of photos you will need to complete your pages at the class!

 LAYOUT #1 (above)

 LAYOUT #2 (above)

 I'll look forward to seeing you soon at our
FAST, FUN, and DONE Scrapbooking Class!!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

$5 Card Class on Friday 1/11 at 7pm!!

Here are the three cards I'll be teaching you to make during our $5 Card Class this Friday, January 11th starting at 7pm!
I hope you can join us for the creative fun!!
It's not too late to please call/text me to reserve your spot now! (760) 220-0683
Standard-size card (above) featuring the Dakota papers
with Perfect Fit-Frames and Pun Fun stamp set.
 Standard-size card (above) featuring the Clementine papers and Clementine WOTG stamp set.
Standard-size card (above) featuring the La Belle Vie papers and Happy Valentine's SOTM.