Thursday, October 18, 2018

Two Cards Using Altenew's Floral Flurries Super 4 1/4" Wide Washi Tape

Welcome Everyone!

While I was waiting for class supply orders to come in, I mentioned yesterday, I was working on a huge kit project. At one point I needed a break from it and decided to make something for myself that I had put off for a long time. That was working with Altenew's Floral Flurries washi tape!

So, these are they.

For this first card, I did some fussy cutting. I attached the washi tape to white cardstock and fussy cut the flowers to arrange and attach as you see. Fussy cutting is one of my favourite things to do because you can arrange the items in ay way you wish, and it gives more dimension to the card.

Don't you just love the colours of the watercoloured images on the washi tape? Here is a closer look at the layering of the fussy cut pieces around the framed sentiment strip. If you do not have a die set to make a frame in the size you want, you can create it from a piece of cardstock in the measurements you want and then cut out the center leaving a 1/4" all around. This means lining up your blade at 1/4" and not cutting through the piece when you start, and finish 1/4" from the end.

Shall we look at the other card now?

To see the gold gel pen lines on this card, I need to show you a closer look.

Metallic gel pens are always a great thing to have on hand for cardmaking.

Popping up the top and bottom pieces add a little interest to the clean and simple card design. DOn't you just love the beautiful watercolour flowers on the washi tape? I have some many of Altenew's washi tapes on my wish list. Check them out! They are gorgeous!

Thanks for stopping by, and Happy Creating!

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Sailboat Frame Card Class

Hi Everyone!

I have been busy of late and that is why you have not seen a post for a while. I have been waiting for class supplies to arrive. While some have arrived, still waiting on others. But I have been able to work on a 16 card kit for Scrapbook Essentials BC, and it took me about 48 hours just to do all the die cutting and packaging. That does not include making the the 16 samples and typing up the instructions! Any way, I am still waiting for the price for the kit from the studio, so you will have to wait to see those cards at another time.

I do have a new class to share with you today, however. It is a class using a scene die cut called 'Sailboat Frame' by Impression Obsession. Sometimes a person can run out of or not even think of what can all be done with this type of die. So in this class we will be learning a few different techniques that help to step up the look of the obvious basic use for this die and other like it.


WHEN: Wednesday, November 21st
TIME: 6:00pm - 8:30pm (If you would be interested in a daytime class, please let us know)
COST: $25 + tax

RSVP: 778-533-4290 OR

These lovely sailboat cards are so Victoria, and can be made very masculine and even feminine. Working with a large die cut or scene die can sometimes stump your ideas beyond the obvious. In this class we will experiment with some techniques that can be applied to these kinds of dies. We will use paint brushes and washi tape to paint ink onto the die cut to add details, and we will create an ink blended scene background to create a faux stained glass look. We will also discuss layering intricate die cuts, and share other ideas that can be done using the Impression Obsession Sailboat Frame die. These techniques can be used on other die cuts too.

PLEASE BRING TO CLASS: scissors, pencil & white eraser, old washi tape which might not be your favourite, Glossy Accents, a pin or safety pin, a couple of toothpicks, paper towel, wipes for your hands and work surface, double-sided adhesive tape (could also use a very narrow at 1/8" or use liquid glue), liquid glue, white pop-ups, non-stick craft mat, 1/4" flat brushes (2 to 4), ink blending tools & extra sponges, heat tool, and as many of the following ink pads as you have -

  • Oxide Inks - Tumbled Glass OR Broken China, Cracked Pistachio, Evergreen Bough, Stormy Sky, Fired Brick, Peeled Paint OR Crushed Olive, Squeezed Lemonade OR Scattered Straw, Worn Lipstick (you can used regular Distress ink pads in these colours, just remember that it will look different than the samples) we will have ink here to borrow if need be....but you will still need your own blending sponges.

So, that is it for the class details. Lets now have a look at each card.

At first glance you might think, "there is no technique here, it's just die cut and put on the front of the card." But, did you notice the shadow being cast in places?

If you look more closely, you can see that there are three layers of the die cut all attached together to make it pop out of the card. It really makes it more interesting when you do something as simple as that. Maybe you can see it better in the next photo.

The next technique is using washi tape, a flat paint brush, and your Oxide ink pads to add some colour.

The top layer of the die cut is coloured and attached to the top of two basic layers. Same idea as the first technique because I like  more dimension. The difference is using a paint brush and Oxide ink pads with washi tape.

Okay, for the last card I wanted to give it more of a feminine look, and I wanted to use the faux stained glass technique for it.

Some of you will wonder why I did not make more of an effort to get rid of the bubbles in the Glossy Accents for this card. The reason being, have you ever looked closely at stained glass windows. The older ones have bubbles in the glass, and that is why I left them.

The background is created by using Oxide Ink pads and blending tools with water, sky with a sunset. I think for that I should have put the sun lower in the sky though. (chuckle)

It looks so much better in real life.

But this technique is quite striking on a card. I look forward to trying this again on future cards for myself.

In class we will also be discussing other techniques that can be used on die such as this one. I look forward to sharing them with you.

Happy creating!

Friday, October 5, 2018

Mixed Media Christmas Decor Layout Class - Authentique Solitude

Welcome back!

Because many were interested in creating my project in a class, it was decided to have a 2nd mixed media class! I know many of you have already seen the photos for this project, so this will just be a class posting.


Authentique "Solitude" Christmas Decor Project

WHEN: Saturday, December 8th

TIME: 9:30 am - 1:00pm

COST: $35 + GST

Contact Stacey at  or  778-533-4290 to reserve your spot

If you have always wanted to try out Mixed Media, or if you have always wanted to have some Christmas wall decor, or if you just love vintage or shabby chic things, this will be a class that you will enjoy!

Why not take down some of the framed wall hangings you have in your home all year round to make way for some Christmas themed ones to take their place for a few weeks! You can this as you see in the photo, or replace one of the images with a photo (will need to bring that to class).

You will learn how to create a spritz colour using ink refillers and water. How to use water on that and make the ink run while heat drying to create a basic colour  backdrop on top of stencilled on texture. You will also love applying the art stones to create interest and texture to this layout.

Your Homework will include Distressing paper edges on the smaller pieces used, painting laser cut chipboard pieces with white gesso, inking Poinsettias edges lightly with Gathered Twigs, and leaves with Oxide Iced Spruce & then a little with reg Distress  Gathered Twigs, and assembling the Poinsettias, and painting your pinecone twigs and applying the NUVO Red Autumn Crystal Drops to parts to make them look like berries. Homework should be ready for pick up the evening of Wednesday, November 28th.

PLEASE BRING TO CLASS: Paper trimmer, reg craft scissors & large pair for cutting cardboard, pencil, eraser, non-stick mat (mixed media glass mat if you have one), apron to cover your clothes, hand wipes, jar of water with lid, paper towel, heat tool, blending tool, stencils to choose from (does not matter what the pattern is & I will bring mine), Distress Ink Refillers - Iced Spruce & Gathered Twigs, 3 Mini-Misters, Distress Ink pad - Gathered Twigs, White Gesso, Clear Gesso, Matte Texture Paste OR Liquitex Ceramic Stucco, Matte Gel Medium (will have some there if you need), Prima Marketing Art Stones (med) (will have some there if you need), NUVO Mousse - Mother of Pearl, wide and narrow flat paint brushes (have a couple I will bring), Prima Marketing 2" silicone brush if you have (have one I will bring)  OR a 1" - 1 1/4" flat brush (have one I will bring),  1 - 2 plastic lid/s for mixing things in, NUVO Crystal Drops - Autumn Red, & Wedgewood Blue, white foam squares or tape, and one or two flaps from a corrugated cardboard box.

If you wish to see more of the details for this project, click here.

If you would like to see more Mixed Media classes at Scrapbook Essentials BC, make a comment below letting me know what you would like to see in the next Mixed Media class. I would love to hear if there is anything you would like to learn in the mixed media classes as well.

Happy creating!

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Spellbinders Gingerbread Boy

Hello everyone!

Today I am sharing with you the cards we will be making in my 19th Spellbinders Educator Class!


WHEN: Wednesday, November 14th
TIME: 6:00 - 8:30PM

COST: $28 + GST
(the die is not included this time however, there are a few to purchase if you want)

Contact Stacey at  or  778-533-4290 to reserve your spot

What can we all make using Gingerbread men? Come have some fun with the various Gingerbread cookie die decorations. We will be creating 3 cards in class, with a take home project and instructions to create a large tag.

You can create quite a variety with the options in the die set, or can actually decorate them like you would a cookie using the NUVO Simply White drops! We will be doing both in class. All the extra die cutting and embossing will be done for you. You will only need to die cut the easy Gingerbread men in class. We will also show & discuss some fun decorating projects and tags you can create with this die set.

PLEASE BRING TO CLASS:  scissors, liquid glue, dbl sided adhesive tape, Distress Ink - Gathered Twigs, ink blender, NUVO Crustal Drops - Autumn Red, Simply White, & Copper Penny, white foam squares or tape, & non-stick craft mat.

So now that the class details are done, let's have a look at the cards and other things made using this die set and combined with other Spellbinders dies.

Decorating Christmas cookies is always a fun thing to do, and so it is with decorating these paper gingerbread men. By combining different combinations of this die set and other die set cut to it you can make your gingerbread man look more like a girl. That was my attempt for this card. and adding a lacy doily helps too.

Next let's look at a card with two gingerbread people peeking out of circle die cuts.

It wasn't until I was taking these photos that I realized I had forgotten to ink the edges of these two gingerbread people! It sure looks better when you do ink the edges.

If you are wondering what happened to the right eye, some of the white drops went astray and I try to scrape it off which damaged the paper a little.

On these two gingerbread people I had decided to not use the die cut embellishments that are a part of the set, but turned to using NUVO Crystal Drops in Simply White to mimic decorating an actual gingerbread cookie. It was fun!

By leaving off the little red flower and green leaf on this next gingerbread it would look more like a boy. However, it needed a little colour, and that is why I added the flower.

Even though creating the wreaths is fiddly detail work, it was sure worth the effort in the end.

This next project is not a card, but rather a large tag. This will be the additional take-home project for those taking the class.

Bending the hand/arm of the gingerbread person makes it look more like the cookie is holding the tree. You can see it better from the following side view of the tag.

The next projects I am including here are not projects we will make in class, but projects I just had a little fun with and hope will inspire you on further uses of the die set.

On the left is a folded tag created by die cutting on a folded piece of cardstock. The second project on the right is a ring of gingerbread people that could be used for center pieces, around a candle, and so much more. You probably could create a sweet napkin ring with just a single gingerbread man, too!

So I hope you will have a lot of fun with your die set too.

Thank you for stopping by to have a look at our class and for some Christmas inspiration.

Happy creating!

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Mixed Media Christmas Decor Layout - Authentique Solitude


Today I am sharing with you a mixed media Christmas layout home decor project. I do not have it in a shadow box for you, but I know you can imagine it in one.

I used the Authentique Solitude papers for this one. I love this collection. I enjoyed making the Christmas Shabby Chic cards for a class using it, and I have planned 2 more smaller Christmas decor projects to make with this same paper that will also need to be framed in shadow boxes.

So have a look at the photos I took of this project. I am not sharing too much about the project just in case we decide to make this project into a class at Scrapbook Essentials BC. So if you are interested in seeing this as a class project, mention that in a comment and we'll go from there.

I die cut a lot of Spellbinders Poinsettias for this layout...a lot! Many where cut apart and used as leaves.

Bottom left corner...

Upper right corner...

Other closer looks at details...

So if you are a mixed media fan, or contemplating trying it, I hope you have received some inspiration from these photos. Look for my next smaller mixed media projects. I think I will make one as a 6 x 6 and the other at 8 x 8.

Happy creating!

Friday, September 21, 2018

Sympathy Card - With Altenew Stamp & Die Sets


Today I am sharing with you a sympathy card that I made for my brother-in-law whose father just passed away. I wanted to make something quickly to mail to the US, and so I knew I needed to draw on my layered stamps from Altenew, and drew my inspiration from one of my own earlier creations.

This time I opted for a larger card (A7), and also chose to add the rose from Bold Blossoms to the Majestic Blooms.

Since this card is going in the mail, I did not pop anything up except for the sentiment strip.

The photo above and below are just a little closer look at the flowers and leaves that I stamped and die cut.

Side view shows that the flowers and leaves were glued down without popping up with foam squares or tape.

I love the colour combination for this card, and believe that my brother-in-law (& sister) will like the card. The one thing I wish I had done differently is heat embossing the sentiment in black rather than just ink stamping it.

Thank you for stopping by today. Hoping that this card will be of some inspiration for you and future creations.

Happy stamping!