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2017 Christmas Classes!

2017 Christmas Classes!

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Need some creative inspiration?  I’ve got loads of different classes this holiday season!  Find one perfect for your seasonal sentiments and gift giving!  Limited enrolment so you get individualized attention!

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Super Simple Three Step Snowflake Card

Super Simple Three Step Snowflake Card

If you’re in a hurry, today’s super simple three step snowflake card may be just the ticket. I absolutely know you’ll be able to make it in 5 minutes or less so it’s featured on my Keep It Simple Sunday. Two colours of cardstock, one ink colour and a sparkly embellishment are all you need for an elegant and wintry holiday greeting.

super simple three step snowflake card

Classic, beautiful and dramatic, it works for just about anyone on your holiday mailing list. Once again, I feature black and white like I did with this card. I hadn’t realized how much I tended to use these colours (or non-colours really)! They’re just so clean and to me, clean equals simple! Maybe you think so too.

super simple three step snowflake card

Don’t you just love the beautiful Winter Wonder embossing folder? It can completely stand on its own, even with a larger card like this one. See how easy this super simple three step snowflake card is to make for yourself.

Ingredients:

  • Basic Black cardstock 5” x 10” scored at 5”
  • Whisper White 4 1/2” x 4 1/2”

Recipe:

  1. Centre white cardstock in Winter Wonderland textured impressions embossing folder and run through Big Shot
  2. Stamp greeting in bottom right in Tuxedo Black Memento ink and glue to front of folded card base.
  3. Adhere medium clear faceted gem to middle of snowflake

super simple three step snowflake card

If you have another two minutes and want to get REALLY fancy, make a stamped inside too. The greeting is stamped in Tuxedo Black and Basic Grey for the snowflake (for a bit of variety).  I used a couple different sets here to finalize the card because I love the simplicity and font for this greeting.

super simple three step snowflake card

We sometimes think we need to get elaborate, piling embellishments and ribbon onto a couple techniques and a few colours, to have a beautiful card. NOT! This card is a fabulous example of less is more.

Here’s the few supplies to make it yourself.

super simple three step snowflake card

When I designed this card, it quickly became a favourite. So much so, it was one of my easy Holiday Open House make’n takes. That work table was tidy and finished up lickety split so I know how quickly it goes together.  Minimal supplies and a stellar embellishment are all it takes for a super simple three step snowflake card…why not try one today?

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A Much More Fun Use for Shaving Cream!

A Much More Fun Use for Shaving Cream!

Only paper crafters would have come up with a card with a much more fun use for shaving cream! Today, I’m showcasing a beautiful card by Karen for my Front and Centre Friday. By combining stamp pad inks, two-step stamping, and a coordinated thinlit she’s created a stunning fall (or even spring) card!

a much more fun use for shaving cream!

Don’t you agree? It’s hard to decide what’s the best part of this card…

  • Maybe the soft and swirly background?
  • Or the almost perfect two-step stamping?
  • Perhaps the sparkly detailed die cut?
  • Or just the clean and simple feel of the overall card?

a much more fun use for shaving cream!

 

Karen’s used a technique that’s been around for awhile…that’s undergone a little facelift recently. Using shaving cream and her stamp pads, she swirled the ink and cream together on an acrylic block, then “painted” it onto Shimmery White cardstock with a palette knife. We used to create a whole pan of coloured shaving cream with re-inkers, then dunked our paper into it and scraped it off. This is a bit more precise – and maybe even a tad less messy! She got her inspiration from Kim Jolley who designed this “Not Your Mother’s Saving Cream Technique”.

The results are exceptional. And what’s even better? A much more fun use for shaving cream! makes it easy to create a bunch of backgrounds to put into your stash of ready-mades.

a much more fun use for shaving cream!

Using these as backgrounds makes card making so much easier. Karen simply stamped the solid image leaf from Colourful Seasons in Pear Pizzazz, then over-stamped the detailed image in Old Olive to create the veins. (Psst, this is a breeze with two-step stamps!) Her last touch was die cutting a Pear Pizzazz leaf and swiping her Wink of Stella over it for some extra glimmer.

Here are some of Karen’s tips:

  1. Make sure you use shaving cream, not gel
  2. Use your acrylic block like a stamp in tap it into one colour, then apply cream on top (Karen used blocks B and C)
  3. Mix up your colour and cream with the palette knife, almost like you’re icing a cake
  4. Although you can use other paper to apply the cream on, the Shimmery White gives a subtle and pretty sheen
  5. Smear the cream on your cardstock
  6. Have LOTS of paper towels handy to wipe off the shaving cream (and maybe even a bowl of water to rinse the blocks)
  7. Feel free to go over a section more than once if you want more depth of colour

Need a few supplies? Here’s everything Karen used for her beautiful card.

a much more fun use for shaving cream!

I love receiving cards from friends I can feature on my Front and Centre Friday. It’s amazing how creative everyone is. Just take a look at Crystal’s and Doreen’s to see the variety. To have your card showcased, simply send it to me at Box 911, Blackfalds, AB Canada T0M0J0. (I’m always excited when they feature current Stampin’ Up! supplies and product.) Who knows – maybe you’ll be inspired and try a much more fun use for shaving cream!

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DIY Cutest Hallowe’en Notecards Set

DIY Cutest Hallowe’en Notecards Set

You’re going to love this DIY cutest Hallowe’en notecards set today! I think 3” x 3” cards are such fun to make – and receive! With so many ways to package them up, today I wanted to feature the new Mini Pizza boxes in the Holiday Catalogue. So easy to make a neat gift for a special friend, you’ll be crafting a few sets in no time! Here’s your gift all boxed up!

DIY cutest Hallowe'en notecards set

This Spooky Night designer series paper made the box front so simple! It’s a 3” design on one of the sheets. With 16 on one sheet it’s quick to make multiples! While I spent a little longer on mine – the branches are cut out – you certainly don’t have to to have fabulous results.

Many people are surprised at how sturdy the pizza boxes are. They easily handle these notecards, but would also be perfect for homemade goodies, Hallowe’en treats and Christmas morsels. At $1 each, the make wonderfully different gift holders.

I gave my screech owl a pair of spooky black rhinestone eyes and perched him directly on the branch. I added some splatters too with my toothbrush dipped in my Tuxedo black stamp pad.  And I actually liked the look of the stamped words on my tag.  The Memnto ink pad is a linen finish, not foam like the Classic stamp pads, so I picked up the imprint when I stamped.  (Normally I would reink it a few times to I didn’t get the lines, but here I thought it added to the spookiness!)

diy cutest Hallowe'en notecards set

There’s tons of variety in the four notecards I built. So you can make a full set, just a card or two or multiples of one style. Here’s all of them at once so you can pick your favourite!
DIY cutest Hallowe'en notecards set
DIY cutest Hallowe'en notecards set
DIY cutest Hallowe'en notecards set
DIY cutest Hallowe'en notecards set

I admit there are a LOT of supplies in this DIY cutest notecards set. But take a look how your simple framelit shapes can perk these up. How many different ones do you see? How about the layering circles and squares AND stitched shapes…well, and the large letters too 😬! It’s hard for me to decide which is my go-to shape.  I guess if I had to walk the plank, I’d say the circles…buuuut, those squares make super little frames too!

DIY cutest Hallowe'en notecards set

My cat punch has been working overtime! You saw him in my simple Hallowe’en card a couple weeks ago. He’s so quick and easy to make a super card. Stamp, punch and adhere!

What’s the trick for the frames? Cut out a large stitched frame lit square with your Big Shot (one in black, one in Pumpkin Pie). Then position the next sized square inside the square and run through the Big Shot again…TIP: save this square and use them on your other cards like I did with this one!

DIY cutest Hallowe'en notecards set

This one shows more of the designer paper. One half inch strip down the side, then I fussy cut the two pumpkins and words. The mini sequins gave it a sparkly lift.

DIY cutest Hallowe'en notecards set

Can you see the cutout of the second black frame from the first card? It grounds the two circles and banner and picks up the jack-o-lantern’s happy grin.

DIY cutest Hallowe'en notecards set

To be honest, I couldn’t live without my letters. I made these orange ones using my technique for colouring glimmer paper. See it here! Washi tape adds a fun bottom border and the three black rhinestones adds some quirkiness.

Yes my list of supplies is LONG…however I’ll bet most are staples in your stack of supplies. If you need to add a few, a simple click will get them on their way to you.

Want to see the whole set?

DIY cutest Hallowe'en notecards set

Small gifts like these are sure to be a hit with your buds. Create a variety, or select one style and make multiples. Whichever you decide, they’ll love to receive their DIY cutest notecards set – and will have fun sending them out to their besties.

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Make a Last Minute Thanksgiving Card

Make a Last Minute Thanksgiving Card

In the spirit of my Keep It Simple Sunday, I want to show you how to make a last minute Thanksgiving card. I know many of you plan far ahead and aren’t like me. Running around at the last minute to get a card made for your husband at 5:30 in the morning. Golly, I DO this for a living! You’d think I would be more prepared!

Well I’m not. So I thought, why not combine a couple techniques I’ve shown you recently? They’re top of mind, close at hand, and quick and easy. So tadah, a card made in 6 minutes flat!!

make a last minute Thanksgiving card

There might be some familiar looking pieces here…like the leaf perhaps? The Vintage Leaves set is a classic for this time of year. You’ve seen me use it here already but with watercolour paper for a more subtle mixing of colour. This time, I stamped directly onto Shimmery White cardstock and embossed my ink for a shiny look. Very subtle sheen and quite pretty up close.

Rather than just stamp the greeting on the card and be done with it – which I admit would have been even faster – I stamped on a small strip of Shimmery White. I picked the darkest colour from my leaf, Cherry Cobbler since the greeting is pretty small letters so it would show up. The gold metallic thread and enamel shape add another touch of shine.

So if you also need to make a last minute Thanksgiving card like me, here’s how it goes together:

Ingredients

  • Shimmery White cardstock 1-5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, scored at 4 1/4”, 1 – 3/4” x 3”
  • Gold metallic thread (about 12”)

Recipe

  1. Turn stamp face up and cover completely with Versamark ink
  2. Tap Crushed Curry, then Tangerine Tango, then Cherry Cobbler ink in several spots of the leaf
  3. Stamp onto Shimmery White card front and sprinkle with clear embossing powder. Heat.
  4. Stamp words on strip of Shimmery White and cut right edge into a banner (TIP: snip from the right middle edge about 1/2” into the strip, then snip from each corner to the end of your cut line to create a “V”)
  5. Wind metallic thread around fingers and place onto glue dot then onto card on top left
  6. Use Fast Fuse or Tear and Tape to adhere banner
  7. Attach Metallic Enamel shape

make a last minute Thanksgiving card

So even though there are a few steps, I still consider this a pretty simple card. Not a lot of layers, lots of clean space and simple embellishments. I suspect you may have these supplies hanging around your own craft room. But if not, here is everything I used.

Let’s take one last look (before I throw it in an envelope for the hubby!)

make a last minute Thanksgiving card

I do hope you’re a bit more organized than I am. However if you find you’ve got TOO much on the go and think it’s time to go grab a Dollar Store card, DON’T. This is an ultra quick and super easy last minute Thanksgiving card that they (he’ll?) appreciate even more!

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