Friday, May 31, 2013

Onion Envelope class at the Art Studio @ SNR

My onion envelope project is something I still get requests to teach so I think it was a natural fit that this be my first on-line class, now available at the Art Studio @ Scrapbook News and Review!

If you haven't heard about my onion envie , it's basically a nestling of envelope-like templates that fold up nicely into an A9 sized mailing envelope (perfect to send to loved ones).  As it unfolds, there are flip, flaps, nooks and crannies for you to display lots of photos and journaling.  It is a mini-album/inter-active card and is super fun project to make.  Depending on your theme, colour choice of papers and embellishments you can totally personalize it and make it your own.
This one below is the class example, a family themed onion envie, and it uses pretty papers by Crate paper.

Onion Envelope Family theme

I dug through my photos and here are some examples of other onion envelopes. As you can see lots of variation and possibilities which is why I think once you make one, you are sure to make a few more.



Graduation Prom


Here is a quick run-down on what's included in my on-line class:

The template measurements for the onion envelope offered in this class I have tweaked so that the project can be made easily with all the readily available brands of scoring boards.   Lots of photos and suggestions of how I decorated each layer of the onion envelope are included.

In the centre of the onion envie is an accordion flip out assembly, and I give you another template and 2 variations on how to change out this middle assembly.  Also included are 5 themed pdf files of quotes and sentiments (Family, Birthday, Christmas, Baby and Wedding) that you can print out for your personal use as many times to create as many onion envies you want.  These make awesome craft night projects with your scrappy friends and kids!

One last bonus and class participants at SNR are the first to see this is a brand NEW 5 x 5 onion envelope template.  So really you get 2 onion envelope projects in this one class, yay!  I can see this smaller 5 x 5 onion envie created as a cute little brag book, a special invitation/announcement or it can be a fun inter-active way to add more photos to your scrapbook pages.

5 x 5 Onion Envelope- Baby theme

Lastly, I'll be available via email and in a class group forum at SNR for any questions you might have about the class.  I would love to meet you!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Paper Smooches and Scor-pal!

Paper Smooches and Scor-pal have teamed up this week.  I'm excited to share with you a cute little gift card holder I made using Paper Smooches Retail Therapy stamp set and the Scor-pal tool.

The construction of this circle card uses the popular double-pocket card style.  Below I've included the steps on how to create the double-pocket and I've added the circle twist at the end.

First, start with an 8.5 x 11 piece of paper and score into equal quadrants at 4.25 inches vertically and 5.5 inches horizontally.

Then follow the folding steps below:



To keep the circle card together, use thin Scor-tape along the bottom half of each panel to secure the pocket together.  This double pocket card would also be a fun addition to your scrapbook pages to hold journaling tags too!

To win some fantastic prizes, be sure to drop by the Paper Smooches and Scor-pal blogs for some prize draws, good luck!

Friday, May 24, 2013

May Arts and Scor-pal blog hop

Welcome May Arts and Scor-pal fans, hope you have enjoyed the blog hop so far, you've landed her from Erin Theim, just in case you need the order of the hop today, here are the links:

Charlene Driggs
Lori Williams
Christina Colon
Steph Ackerman
DeeDee Catron
Toni Storie
Emily Lanham
Tya Smith
Erin Thiem
Virginia Nebel <------ you are here!
Gini Williams Cagle

Today I'd like to share how to use Scor-tape and beautiful May Arts ribbons to make a pretty flower rosette.

Supplies: May Arts eyelet lace, sheer ribbon, ribbon cord, Scor-pal tool, Scor-tape, SEI paper

Take a sheet of Scor-tape and apply to a piece of cardstock.  Cut (using a circle diecut or scissors) out a 1.75 inch circle.  The circle does not have to be perfect as the ribbon will be covering it.

Peel away the tape backing to expose the sticky tape. Take some pretty May Arts eyelet lace and pleat in a circular pattern onto the tape and trim off the excess when you have completed the circle.

Repeat for a 2nd flower.  Time time the circle tape backing is about 1 inch in diameter and I used the delicate blue sheer ribbon to create the rosette.  This will be nested on top of the larger white lace rosette.

Thin line Scor-tape is wonderful to adhere ribbon to your projects, just unroll and place where needed and your ribbon is securely fastened to your card.

Have fun making your pretty own floral accents!

Enjoy the rest of the hopping, and good luck to all those entering for some prizes!

Next hop stop is the wonderfully talented Gini Williams Cagle!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Exciting News!

It's been in the works for a few months and I'm totally stoked about finally being able to share the news!  Y'all know I love the teaching and education part of this hobby and when I received an  invitation to join the cast of some very talented and celebrated instructors at the Art Studio @ Scrapbook News and Review, I was over the moon!  I have to admit along with the joy was a little bit of apprehension as designing and delivering on-line classes is totally new territory for me.  Luckily for me the Art Studio team have been absolutely amazing with their support, experience, and advice so I think this newbie is going to do okay!

Does this mean I'll stop with my in-classroom workshops, no way! I have more news about that in a later post.  Often I get emails from people who can't attend my workshops asking if  I can sell just the instructions on how to make the fancy fold cards or a mini album.  I look forward to creating classes that are technique driven using some innovative paper cutting, folding, scoring techniques.  These type of projects you can re-create in any theme with your own supplies on hand.  I guess you can sort of call it 'paper engineering' type of projects.  Yup, trading in my iron ring for some paper, glue, and scissors!

You can read more about here at this link, Art Studio @ SNR, it's their anniversary month and they are having some awesome prize give aways too!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Side Step Card with SEI papers

I love making the side step card.  It's a fabulous way to use lots of pretty pattern papers to play up your card theme.

I am using SEI's Think of Me card maker paper pack, just flipping through this cheerful collection makes me happy, hope you have fun giving this card style a try, you'll love it!

Supplies: SEI Think of Me card maker pack, Scor-pal tool, EK success punches, diamond wrap.

The side step card fits flat into an envelope, when the card is opened it reveals beautiful cascading layers.

Here is a little tutorial on how to create a side-step card:


You have just created your side-step card, have fun decorating each step!

Have an 'awesome' day!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Have a sweet day!

PageMaps, one of my favourite sketch sites to go to for creative inspiration, is celebrating their 7th anniversary and I was delighted when Becky Fleck invited me to take part in a card challenge to help celebrate.

Here is the card sketch and recipe challenge:

I created this cupcake card following the recipe by using 1 button, 2 pattern papers by BoBuny , 3 layers (mat, tag, and layered cupcake) and 4 colors (cream, brown, pink, and teal)

Happy Anniversary PageMaps and thank you Becky for all your wonderful inspiration!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Cropfest Barrie

 Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!

Just wanted to wave a big 'HI' to the ladies that joined me last Friday at Cropfest Barrie, it was wonderful to see and meet new faces!  Big kudos to Lisa and her team for making us want a serious taste of summer with a fabulous beach themed crop!!  Bring on the flip flopping weather!!  Lastly, thanks to Michelle for being an awesome TA and wonderful help!!

Here are a few snapshots of my classes in progress getting crafty and glittery!!

I also shared some class ideas (sneak peeks) with the ladies for Scrapfest Oshawa and I'm looking forward to some great times at Oshawa this coming Fall. Mark October 18, 19 in your calendars.  

On a side note, it was an interesting start to my day last Friday.  I had some time to spare before heading north to Barrie and decided to drop by a shopping mall.  Never made it to the store in the mall because of this little incident.

Yes, you are seeing parts of my bumper in my trunk.

And the bumper should be here:

I don't think much is salvageable except my license plate.  I was T-boned in the parking lot, luckily everyone in both cars were okay and I'll remember that my day started out 'just smashing-ly!'

Friday, May 3, 2013

Pretty Pleats

Happy Friday, I am back to share with you a (click on link for all the steps) blog tutorial I posted over at Scrapbook and Cards on how to make pretty pleats with your Scor-pal tool.

Earlier this week I shared a Spring card:

Today I want to share a layout where pleating a little ribbon can highlight elements of your page.

Have fun making your own pretty pleats!

Have a wonderful weekend, I am all packed and headed to Barrie for some fun times at Cropfest!