Sunday, August 19, 2018

The Actual Wedding Card

Looks like I forgot to post this yesterday.....

Yesterday I showed you a card I had made while trying to make a wedding card, and it turned into a birthday card. Since I needed a wedding card, I had an idea I wanted to try. I used white embossing powder with silver glitter in it, and use NUVO Mouse for a metallic watercolour look. I wanted glitter and glimmer since it was to be a wedding card and thought that this embossing powder would do that for me. It dodo not quite have the effect I was looking for, but it is different.

I love layering die cut stamps over masking and having everything all on one layer. I see many beautiful and gorgeous one layer cards out there and wish I could make my one layer cards as beautiful.

The next photos show you other details of the card.

I kind of wish that silver sparkles would look better in photos.  A real close up below...

I think next time I water colour with NUVO Mousse, I will use a stamp that does not have all those lines in it. You learn from the experiments though, and that is good. I do love how the clear Crystal drops turned out on the card.

You should give water colouring with NUVO Mousses a go. It looks real pretty on the paper. Of course the more mousse you use the darker the colour.

Happy creating!

PS  The bride loved the card.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Attempt At A Wedding Card Turned Into A Birthday Card

Have you ever made a card that did not turn out how you expected it would? That is what happened with this card. Not that it was something to throw away, but it was not what I wanted for this wedding card.

After showing the card, I will list what I felt was wrong with the card.

First of all, I was excited to use the new Spellbinder Special Moments Die Set (S5-378). It might be a die set we will use at the studio for a future class. Anyway, I thought it would be ideal for a wedding card and this was a perfect time to play and experiment with the set.

It turned out to be too bright and look more like the colours for a little girl, rather than a weeding card. My first thought was that I should have made it all in white, or maybe not put on all that sparkle.... So though it may not be wedding-like in looks, it certainly would be a good birthday card for a little girl.

I do not know if you can tell in the photo, but there are two layers to the whit oval screen, and three for the floral flourish base.

Everything was coloured with Distress Oxide except for the bird.

Seen from another angle...

And a third angle...

It will be fun to see this die set used in different colour combinations and in different ways. I will be sure to post some of the experiments, and class sample posting if we end up using the die for a class.

How would you use this die set?

Happy creating!

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Another Studio Kit - First Christmas Kit For This Year

KITS ARE NOW SOLD OUT (I haven't even finished kitting them yet!)

Hi Everyone!

Just wanting to share with you a new card kit I have put together for Scrapbook Essentials BC. My first Christmas card kit of the year.

Vintage Christmas - Card Kit #8
$35 + GST (SOLD OUT)

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

Can't attend all the Christmas card classes, and you would like to get your allotment of Christmas cards made? Well, we have a kit for you to help you get some of your handmade cards done!

Get creative with paper! With this set of cards you will be creative with paper in the cutting, folding, quilting, and fussy cutting. All the sentiments will be stamped for you, all the die cuts will be done for you, and all the twine, wood button & sequins are included in your kit. As are the instructions to help you with all your paper fun. You will even have enough paper left to make another 1 0r 2 cards of your own design! These are all 5 x 7 cards and the card bases and envelopes are part of the kit too.

Please Note - the products used to complete these cards that are NOT included in the kit are: NUVO Drops - Simply White or Glossy White, Autumn Red, Bottle Green, Metallic Bright Gold, & Glitter Drops - Honey Gold, White Blizzard, or Glossy Accents.

Kits will by available by the end of August.

Since there are 8 cards to go through, you may want to get your favourite beverage and get all comfy so you can browse through at your leisure.

I love how this looped tree turned out. The kit has instructions on how to make this tree. It was my first time making it, and I can see using this idea again. Here are some other views of the card.

Adding the little green drops on the red paper is a great little touch. This can be don on any grid-like paper.

This card works well using dots and stripes.

The fussy cut pieces really contribute making the appealing with the die cut tag.

You know me, I love layers and dimension. So in the photo below, you get an idea on how I did it on this card.

For this next card, I had started out to do something different, but in the end changed it to quilting squares. I did, however, forget to do the stitching. Any way, normally I would not have matted each square, I would have placed them on a single mat spacing them apart. I ended up putting them on a single piece.

Let's have a look at the embellishment.

Always fun working with small, and even tiny, squares.

This next card is not a new idea, but looks good with the paper layers and white NUVO drops.

The word "Joy" is made with 2 layers of black cardstock and then topped with the printed black paper and covered with Glossy Accents.

It has always been a good technique with die cutting layers like this. The NUVO drops look good too.

You can see how the layers are done for this card in the next photo.

Again, lots of layers and dimension for this next card. It adds to the appeal of the card even with it's simple design.

Three twine bows, a sentiment, and a popped up fussy cut pinecone cluster give the card it's appeal on the popped up layers. Here is a closer look.

From the side view you can more easily see how the layering is done.

This next simple card is jazzed up with Glossy Accented letters, white drops for the snow, and glitter added to Santa's hair & beard, and the fur on his cap and coat.

Here is a closer look at the top part of the card.

In the photo below, hopefully you can see where I added the glitter drops. Rather than cover his entire beard, I followed some of the lines, creating the motion of his wind swept beard.

In the side view you can see that the top portion of the card is popped up, as is the fussy cut cluster of pinecones.

This is a design that we often see, but is always effective and enjoyed. Each tree is double layered with pop up foam in-between. The clear sequins add a touch of Christmas sparkle.

A closer look...

It is from the side view that you can see more of the details.

The last card of the kit, is again a simple card. But with the large die cut letters, the wood button and  red twine embellishments, the card is appealing.

A closer look.... Again that little fussy cut pinecone cluster really helps.

In this next photo you can see the star behind the wood button that has had the edges inked.

The side view reveals the layering (and the fact that I missed a bit of glue on the letter 'M').

Well, these are the 8 cards of the kit. Now I just have to finish putting the kits together! I hope that those of you that purchase this kit, will enjoy your time creating them. There is my email on the instructions, should you need assistance.

Happy Creating Everyone!

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Changing Up the Majestic Blooms Class

You may be wondering why I am posting this class again. Well, we had to make some changes and reschedule the class. So what is happening, is instead of two cards made in class, we decided to offer a third card as a take home kit in this class. Isn't that exciting!

So this next card you see will be one that we will be making in class.

This is the layering stamp set we will be using in class.

And this is the new class information.

Altenew Majestic Bloom Class
This class is not just for MISTI or Stamping Platform users. If you like stamping with your stamp blocks, you cane come and learn how to layer stamp using your blocks.

WHEN: Wednesday, Sept. 12th
TIME: 6:00 - 8:30
COST: $45 + GST (includes the $28.95 stamp set & a take home kit with instructions)

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

Hello Layer stamping friends! We are so excited to share with you the card samples for this class!  In this class You will be creating two lovely cards using this stamp set, and have everything you need to go home and make a third card that includes instructions, so you can keep using your new stamp set! we will once again explore layered stamping and also learn how to stamp on coloured card stock using a white ink before adding colours. Stamping on coloured card stock can be a lot of fun with beautiful effects.

In class we will create the pink card, and the yellow & card card. The gray & green card will be your take home kit (and of course, you can used any colours you like at home)

PLEASE BRING TO CLASS: Completed cards (or photos) from last class, MISTI or Stamping Platform, scissors, heat tool, stamp cleaner, wipes for your hands, VersaMark pad, Embossing Buddy or antistatic tool, white embossing powder, scrap paper, Platinum Liquid Pearls or Nuvo Metallic Silver Lining drops. INK PADS - Memento Colours - London Fog & Gray Flannel, Pear Tart, Rose Bud & Lilac Posies, Dandelion & Cantaloupe;  OR TH Distress colours - Shabby Shutters & Crushed Olive, Weathered Wood & Hickory Smoke, Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick Scattered Straw & Mustard Seed. You will also require a White ink stamp pad. If you do not have one, I recommend getting ASAP for the class.  If you have other ink pads, just make you best guess with the colours you see in the photos, or bring the colours you want to play with. If you wish to take notes of techniques you will need your class notebook and writing tool.

So here are some closer looks at the card you saw at the beginning of this post.

Notice the layering of the blossom. It really adds some lovely dimension to the flower.

You can see the layering of the blossom as well as on the card, below.

With this card we will be learning how to stamp colours onto coloured cardstock.

And this will be the Take-Home-Card-Kit with instructions.

See you in our Scrapbook Essentials BC class! You are going to love it!

Happy creating!

Friday, August 10, 2018

Another Spellbinders Layered Foliage Card

I love anything that is layered! Layers on cards, layers in scrapbooking, layers in stamping, and layers in die cutting. Especially if the dies layer to create an image of sorts.

With this Special Edition Spellbinders Layered Foliage die, Scrapbook Essentials BC is have a class to create these two cards.


WHEN: Wednesday, August 29th
TIME: 6:00 - 8:30
COST: $38 + GST (includes the exclusive die only available through retailers valued at $20)

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

We have such a beautiful and very versatile Spellbinders Special Edition die set to offer you for this class. You can not buy this die online, only through retail. So we are offering you a class on how to use this die for more than just green foliage, and how to create a see through pop up for your cards.The see though panel technique is one you can use with any die cut shapes!

Because of the detailed work involved in the layering of these pieces, we are offering you the die set before class so that you can do your homework die cutting and assembly of foliage pieces 2 weeks before class. You must pay for your class in order to receive your die set.

PLEASE BRING TO CLASS: Completed HOMEWORK, Scissors (small and large), scoring tool, ruler, bone folder, mini-glue dots, liquid glue (with very fine tip if possible or a bunch of toothpicks), black foam squares, white foam squares. If you feel you may need your die cutting machine and plates for more die cutting, feel free to bring it, but you should not need it because you should have completed all your die cutting homework. 

OK, so now we will have a closer look. I love how the two shades of pink with gold work to create something very special.

See how the only things popped up are the sentiment, and the pink matted background for the foliage arrangement.

Next we have a very tropical looking card. Almost looks jungle-like.

These assembled die cuts are arranged to be over lapping, but still leaving space to see through. The edges are cut and then popped up to create this lovely coloured relief where you seemingly look into something that makes you think tropical waters.

A closer look at the overlapping die cuts.

The side view, to show you the layering of this card.

This will be a class that will show you something new to create and repeat with other die cuts.

Happy creating!