Toronto Spring Creativ Festival

Chirp chirp...tweet tweet...quack quack...ah the sweet sounds of Spring.  Even with the light snowfall yesterday I am seeing (my tulips) and hearing (the ducks are back in my pool) signs of Spring. Sweet!

I am super excited for the Toronto Spring Creativ Festival next weekend at the Toronto International Centre.  I'll be teaching a couple of mini classes at the Scrapbook and Cards Today booth next Friday April 25th, hope you can drop by and say hello!

I am teaching a double page layouts class where we will use pretty papers, trims and a little bling to surround the photos you love and cherish.  The second is a card class where we will make some pretty cards and create a cute little box from scratch to hold them.

Double Page Layout class

Card with box class
You can register for my classes here.  We are going to have a wonderful time getting crafty!


An amazing time at Scrapfest Kitchener!

A huge wave and shout out to everyone that came out to Scrapfest Kitchener!  I was lucky enough to be teaching in the viewing lounge which had a bird's eye view of both the cropping are and the market place. Pretty cool to see one arena filled with busy vendors setting up their mini stores, doing mak'n takes, demos etc. and then turn around to see another huge arena lined with cropping tables with lots of scrapbookers getting creative!

Huge hugs and thanks to all who joined me in my classes.  All you gals rocked the classes and I hope you had fun picking up a few ideas and inspiration along the way.  Please let me know if you would like the pdf files for the class images, my email was included in the set of your class instructions.
Thank you Myra (plus a few others...you know who you are!) for being my indispensable TA all weekend long! 

Disney Layouts using Simple Stories.
It was an awesome treat for Kelly Panacci (and Mario!) to drop by my Craft Fusion workshop.  We loved working with Kelly's beautiful Eclectic products in this class and it was amazing to hear how she started designing this collection, her inspiration and the design process of her art getting manufactured by K&Company.



Thanks Kelly Panacci!
Lastly, thank you to Lisa Furtney and her wonderful team for another success Scrapfest Kitchener!  

Winnipeg Crop and Create wrap-up

Just came back Winnipeg, fantastic meeting some lovely creative gals at Crop and Create Winnipeg!
Thank you to all who came to my classes and a huge thank you to amazing sponsors Be Creative and Glitter Ritz for your  wonderful products, after the Glitter-licious card class, we were a little sparkly and glittery all weekend long!

For my make and take we coloured glitter and I just wanted to share that here today.

All you need is some double-sided Be Creative tape, Glitter Ritz microfine transparent glitter, outline stickers and some Copic markers.
Apply the tape to white card stock, peel away the tape liner to expose the sticky surface, pour glitter over the tape, brush away the excess with a brush and burnish (rub) the glitter onto the tape with your fingers.
Using tweezers grab an outline sticker and adhere it on top of the glittered surface.


Use the brush end of your Copic marker, lightly brush the colour over the glitter, you do not need to over blend or colour because the alcohol from the marker will begin to remove the adhesive under the glitter.  

Just think back to grade school when we could sit for hours on end just colouring with crayons, it is as relaxing and easy as that!




After you have finished colouring just trim out the bird and use on your card or scrapbook page! 

Thank you to My Minds Eye for sponsoring my Delightful Double Pages class, you Winnipeg gals rocked it! Thank you Sherri Funk for being my awesome TA- you were amazing!

Have a wonderful day!



Crop and Create- going to Winnipeg!

A shout out to all the lovelies I met this past weekend at Crop and Create Moncton!  This was my first time teaching at C&C and thank you to all who made it such wonderful experience.  It's has been a crazy March for me and this time away was the perfect therapy (in so many ways!).

Hello Winnipeg! looking forward to travelling your way for a weekend of creative inspiration and fun.  

Crop & Create Winnipeg is a special event that includes:
  • 24 hours of cropping time with over 3ft of table space per person
  • two delicious evening dessert buffets
  • a gourmet soup/salad/sandwich lunch on Saturday
  • A-MAZING prizes from our industry partners
  • special make n’ takes and teacher meet and greet
  • event challenges
  • a coordinated attendee kit "goody bag" you will be talking about for a while!
REGISTRATION:  Dec.2, 2013 @ 8:00 p.m.  EST
(Alumni - Dec. 1, 2013 @ 8:00 p.m. EST)
Event Date & Location:
April 4th & 5th, 2014
Best Western Plus Winnipeg Airport Hotel (formerly the Greenwood Inn), Winnipeg, MB
All this for only $149!
Classes* are only 3 for $109 or 1 for $45!

Wow, wow and wow.  Hope to see you there!



Shake it up with a window card!




I'm up on the Scrapbook and Cards Today blog sharing  a very quick and easy window style card, this is a great way to use up your sequins, rhinestones and beads stash.  

All you need is a clear cello bag and your choice of filler.   I’m going with green sequins to coordinate with some fabulous Simple Stories Charmed Life pattern papers.  You can purchase little clear cello bags at a packaging store or save them from the packaging of your craft purchases.

Scoop some sequins into the cello bag.  Grab your card front and punch a small circle, this is your window.  Imagine the possibilities if you have a digital cutter- you could cut a fancy shape or title element.

Flip your card front over and adhere the cello bag filled with sequins lining it up to the window.
Use foam adhesive to glue the card front to your card base and voila you’ve just made a cute little shaker style window card!






Didn’t I say that was easy? have fun adding shaker windows to your cards, have a wonderful day!

March Greetings!

First day of March, yahoo!  Spring season is just a few weeks away and hopefully this means warmer days are ahead.  Let's put our collective minds together and 'will' the warmer weather.  For some added gusto to willing Spring days I am sharing a snowy layout to make Winter an official memory.  Yup, experienced it, took the photo, scrapbooked it and let's slip the page into an album and close the book....bye bye minus 20 degrees days!!

My layout is based on March PageMaps sketches.   New sketches are released today, to check them out just hop on over to PageMaps here.  Becky has created some awesome pocket style sketches.  I'm a clean, simple and linear scrapbooker at heart and although I don't scrap pocket style per se it's definitely a design that can be used for traditional page composition.

I chose this single 12 x 12 sketch:


I followed the sketch pretty closely.  The products I used are Simple Stories pattern papers from the Color Vibe collection pack and the journal cards are from the Snap line.  You would think matching to Anna's blue winter jacket would be easy, on the contrary there are some many hues, tones and intensity of blues.  To tackle this problem I just went with the teal blue from Simple Stories collection and kept it consistent throughout the design as the paper patterns (dots, chevrons, stripes etc) provide enough interest and variation.  The penguin diecut is so adorable and I took the cue from the it's red had to add some pops of colour here and there.  The top left hand corner of the sketch I took a 6 x 4 journal card with the pre-printed JAN word and used it as a base and layered the title to create the title 'JAN FUN'.



Thanks for stopping by!







Happy Valentines Day plus give away!

Hope everyone gets a special hug or two today!

I had a chance to play with new Penny Black stamps designed by Becky Fleck.  Love all the cute sentiments.  Here is a peek at a Valentine's card using one of the sentiments along with BoBunny products.


Becky is giving away these new stamps sets to one lucky person! (open to everyone worldwide!).  All you need is to hop on over to her blog here and leave a comment for a random draw.  Good luck!

Got wings!

Good morning, it's my turn up on the SCT blog.  I'd like to share with you a few cards using the very popular tattered flowers die designed by Tim Holtz released by Sizzix.  There are oodles of ideas on the internet using the flowers so I'm going to show you fun ways to use just the leaves.






Now available in the XL die (you need to have the extended cutting plates to cut this through your Big Shot machine.  I know I’ll be using it quite a bit for both paper crafting and home decor projects! 

You know me... I always like to re-purpose to get the most out of my supplies.  With this die I immediately zoned in on the leaves and thought these would make beautiful wings. 



I cut 4 small leaves (to use as wings) out of parchment paper and adhered them behind the dressform shape to mimic an angelic figure form.  The dress form is also Tim Holtz that I cut from chipboard and covered with Tim Holtz tissue paper.The stamp sentiment is also Tim Holtz. Yup, love my TH stuff!



Another creative use for the leaf shape is to make a cute winged-heart for a clean and simple Valentines card.


Hope you've been inspired and ready to 'take flight' with some creative projects!

Have a wonderful day, Virginia

Scrapfest Kitchener 2014!

For some odd reason (hmm...minus 20 degrees and 4 feet high snow in my backyard as write this) I am yearning for Spring which also means Scrapfest Kitchener 2014 is just around the corner!  Get ready for fabulous stores, an awesome crop and crafting workshops all under one roof, wow wow wow!

I'll be there with bells on teaching a few classes and thrilled to be in the company of some amazing teachers.  You can read more about Scrapfest here.

Disney Mega Layouts workshop designed to create 10 double-sided pages, that's 20 single page sides just ready for your Disney photos.  All in one workshop you may wonder?  Yes...I say that a little hesitantly because I've never done this before- jamming so much into a class kit but I have faith that my class participants are eager to give this a try with me, wink wink LOL!!!

I was inspired by the Simple Stories Say Cheese collection- bright, fun, cheerful and very 'Happy'!  The pattern papers are wonderful including some awesome journal cards that are meant for pocket style scrapbooking but I want to share how effortlessly they can be used on your traditional pages too.  Discover how easy it is to s-t-r-e-t-c-h a collection pack into so many layouts!   Fabulous diecut stickers, labels and custom elements covering the Disney theme parks are included for those extra special finishing touches!  Whether you've been to Disney or plan on going soon, these layouts will be perfect to scrapbook your magical adventure!

Craft Fusion Fun workshop designed for the paper crafter that loves paper and glue as much as I do and likes to dabble in it all!   Your class kit is brimming with Kelly Panacci's beautiful Eclectic collection of pattern papers, cardstock diecut and layered elements!  We'll be making a fun-fold mini album that starts as an ordinary file folder transforming it into a cute little treasure full of flaps, folds, pockets and nooks for all your precious photos!  I am certain that once you make one, you will see the creative possibilities in making them for little personal gifts from the heart!  Additional design projects in the class kit are a double page layout and three cards!  I first met Kelly and Mario Panacci last Fall (at Scrapfest Oshawa) and they have been so wonderful to work with,  I can't thank them enough for their support!
All About Me Album workshop designed to be a foundation for your stories of the past, present and future.  I have been mulling this workshop around in my head for a few years.  Yup, over the last few years...I've been hand picking supplies here and there with a vision in my mind of the end project.  I'm super stoked that all my little thoughts, ideas and inspiration have come together and this workshop is ready.  Finally.  Even designing the project, I struggled at times through the process (something that you will understand when you take the class as I'll share my light bulb moment that helped me clear the cobwebs out of the way!).  The mental roadblock was not about how to use the products or where to place the title or where to place a photo, nothing like that, it was more the journey of expression-what to write, how much to write etc. Anyways...totally going off track a bit but I hope you get the idea that taking some 'me' time to express the real 'you' is worth doing!

Click above for video link to class details
Class Registration for Scrapfest Kitchener starts February 19! Hoping to see some familiar faces and meeting new ones too!


February PageMaps Sketches!

I have been a long time fan of Becky Fleck's PageMaps and am thrilled to be joining her design team!    Whether you follow a sketch pretty closely or change it up entirely through your creative process they are the perfect inspiration as a jumping point.  February sketches (free!) are available here, definitely worth checking out plus there are some awesome projects by guest designers from Gossamer Blue too!

I chose the 8.5x11 sketch.   This is my cousin's daughter, isn't she the sweetest!  I decided to go with bright summery colours to beat some winter blues, lol!




Registration for PageMaps U card class is now open!

Get ready for an awesome 4-week class, loaded with 32 cards and sketches, exclusive cutting files, slide shows, pdf color instruction sheets, techniques, and so much more. To register, preview sneak peeks and learn more about PMU, visit http://www.pagemaps.com/pagemaps_U.htm



PageMaps U winner!



I have a little helper to randomly draw a winner.....

The winner of the PageMaps U Card class is MaryAnn!! Congratulations, enjoy!
Please contact me for details. 

PageMaps U Card Class

Win a free spot in PageMaps U's card class!

ETA: this draw is closed, congratulations to the winner MaryAnn!

Save the date -- February 1, 2014 -- to register for PageMaps U's first online card class! In this class, you will be creating 32 fresh, trend-setting cards created by some of your favourite cardmakers in the industry. Just like the PMU layout class, this one will be filled with techniques, exclusive card sketches, slide shows, cutting files and so much more. I really enjoyed creating several cards for this class!

Wouldn't you love to win a free spot into the class? For your chance to win,  share (comment) here your favourite card to handmake and send,  I'll draw a random winner on January 30th. Good luck!


This is no ordinary wrapping paper!



I am a sucker for pretty wrapping paper so when I purchased this pretty teal chevron paper a while ago I didn't know how awesome it was until I recently used it to wrap a birthday gift.
  
I noticed immediately when I cut through the paper it was different.  It was much thicker and I could I cut through the entire length of the paper roll in one motion with my scissor blades open.   Turns out this wrapping paper is made from recycled limestone, so it's not even paper! Wow!




Of course I needed to repurpose this recycled goodness into a craft idea!  I ran it through my library pocket die and it didn't tear or break.  I love the teal colour against kraft as a background.


So just in case you run out of pattern paper, raid your wrapping paper stash!




2014 Greetings!

Hi!  Happy New Year to all (a couple of weeks late, sorry...)

Hope everyone survived the deep freeze last week, it's only minus 4 these past few days and I feel like it's summertime, LOL.

Here is a celebration card I made with Simple Stories 24/7, Say Cheese and the Tim Holtz star border die.  I love the effect of the stars folded down for extra dimension and lets you see both sides of the pattern paper.  Here's a quick technique you can use for any border die you own, have fun!



Take a 6.5 x 8 inch double-sided pattern paper and fold in half so that you have a card 6.5 x 4 inches.Place the top edge of the card on the border die making sure the width is positioned within the length of the die.





After you have cut through both layers of the paper, fold the top layer down on a diagonal.  Trim the pocket tag to 6 inches high or to your desired height.
You have just made the base of your pocket tag and you are ready to tuck cute embellishments into the pocket and decorate the outside.
You can use the tag for a card front, a journaling element on your scrapbook page, or slip it into a pocket if you used divided pocket page protectors, enjoy!