Monday, November 25, 2013

Starstruck on you!

"love that you are a geometric shape"
"love that you will cut through chipboard, fabric, felt, etc."
insert thought bubble..."sigh..just so many possibilities with you.."

insert some REALITY now!

Okay, okay, I know it's just a border die but honestly it's an awesome border die designed by Tim Holtz for Sizzix.  What I find special about this border die is the wide layer of stars that are cut out in one roll through.

Here a couple of ways that you can use this border die on your paper projects.

I have a gazillion glassine bags (so after this post I have a gazillion minus a few now, lol).  I cut the stars along the top of the bag and you could definitely use this as cool envelope on your project.  For something different I cut the bottom off so that the glassine bag becomes a sleeve which would look fantastic slipped over some pattern paper just for a little extra delicate layer.

For the card below I dry embossed the glassine bag, again just for little more texture in the layering. Here's a close-up of the card:

The pattern papers are Echo Park For The Record 2 collection:

Grab an envelope, seal it first and then roll it through the star border die to create a fun edge along the top of your envelope which you can use as a journaling pocket on your scrapbook page.

This scrapbook page records a history project that Anna created last school year.  She was so proud of it, it was displayed in our living room from last Winter to this Spring.  Then it got moved to the basement for the Summer-Fall.  So now that it has almost been a full year we decided it was time to let it go but she will have a fond memory of her project with this scrapbook layout.

Papers on this layout are also Echo Park For the Record 2 collection.

I hope you are inspired to give border dies a try and maybe I did a wee bit of enabling, tee hee. 

Have a wonderful week!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Crop and Create Moncton!

Crop and Create Moncton registration opens tonight and guess what...I'll be Moncton bound!!

I am so excited to meeting some new paper crafters and teaching along side some amazing teachers, Vicki Boutin, Kelly Goree and Nicole Harper!  Here are the details for Crop and Create Moncton.

 I will be teaching 2 classes in Moncton.  Here are some sneak peeks:

We'll play with beautiful My Mind's Eye pattern papers and have so much fun creating three double page layouts!

You know I can't get enough micro-fine glitter, learn about making beautiful embellishments and be inspired by all things shimmery and sparkly!

Looking forward to Spring 2014! 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The past, the present, and the future.

I am sorry I have not been blogged lately, it has been really crazy here lately so I hope it's okay if I summarize into one post.

The past.

After an amazing time at Scrapfest Oshawa in October I had to funnel all my creative capacity into creating a Starbucks frappuccino costume for my daughter.  She had been very patient with me the entire month of October as I was super busy with prepping for Oshawa Scrapfest and I had taken on a client album at the same time.  With just 6 days prior to October 31 I had to sharpen up my sewing skills.  It turned out to be a 'community' effort.  I was having difficulty creating the cup pattern, I wasn't getting the right girth in the cup so my friend Mary (who has a fashion degree) gave me some advice on pattern making and voila a perfect sized cup was in the making.  And my friend Myra (who is very wise) advised the froth had to be lower below the neckline so that it would not look too 'clowny'.
Armed with such awesome advice (thank you gals) I hunkered down and got to work.  With 2 days to spare before Halloween night I finished the Mocha frap and matching loot bag.  Here is a look at my cute Starbucks Frappuccino!  She was thrilled!

I had mentioned taking on a client album.  The final count was 276 individual photos in the finished album! yup you read that right 2-7-6 lots of photos. This album was created for a man so lots of graphic and typography in the design.  Creating a masculine themed album definitely challenges you creatively because you can't rely on the fancy frills of flowers, borders, cutesy things etc.

Having the month of October just whiz by, brings me to 

The present.

I'm am under a pile of scrapping goodness kitting for my classes at Cropfest Cambridge this coming weekend!  Looking forward to returning to Cambridge for a fun time! Video links to my classes can be seen at the Cropfest website here.

Lastly, the future.

More scrapbook teaching is in the works which I'm very excited about, can't wait to share some sneak peeks very soon!

I don't have any crafy deadlines in the immediate weeks ahead so I'm just going to take it easy and have fun with this:

I love the organic look of these oversized burlap bags ( I bought a few from Creative Bag when they were on Clearance for just $1!) and thought it would be fun to decorate them with foam stamps, rag flowers, buttons, etc...whatever I have in my stash!  This bag would fit 12 x 12 sized items perfectly, hmm...what do I know is 12 x 12, lol!

Anyways that is what is going on in a nutshell, I am also going through a bit of technology crisis-- my computer, my printers, and just recently my phone has decided to give up on me all at once! So I'm in the middle of a technological transition which I absolutely dread, i just want these things to work when I press the button, ya know!

Have a wonderful week!