December Monochromatic Card Class

Hello everyone! So nice of you to take the time from your busy schedules and come by for a quick visit.

Today I`m sharing with you another Monochromatic card class set. For this class we are using for our pink card, Bazzill's Iced Pink & Piglet; for our blue card, Bazzill's Starmist and another slightly darker blue, who's name fails me at this time; and the golden yellow card is Bazzill's Beeswax with a large dot paper from Pink Paislee; and lastly for the green, we are using Bazzill's Paulo Verde and Kraft. (I'm trying to learn and remember the names of all the Bazzill cardstock, that's why I'm listing all the

So here we go. These are the four card we'll be making.

A little something for every one's styles, colour preferences and level of experience. I had a lot of fun making these cards. Sometimes, when you have to make cards with cardstock colours that look better online than in real, or you are more in the mood to work on a project rather than cards, it's not quite as fun to prepare for a class. But this time, I was in the mood for cards and the colours were great.

Let's start the card details from from left to right. So that means the pink card is first.

I must say that I loved tying this bow because of the kind of material this 1 1/2'' ribbon from May Arts is made of. I wish I had more of it in different colours and widths!

I was in the mood for colouring and ended using my watercolour pencils with a water brush afterwards. Stamps, inks, and dies used will be listed at the end of the post. Here are a few more shots from different angles.

Now, for the blue card.

My blade on my paper trimmer was beginning to go dull which created a little bit of a challenge to cut the tiles with clean edges on the inked and dry embossed cardstock. But with patience it worked.

Let's take a look at the golden yellow Beeswax card.

I love the Stacked Stars of the Die-Namcis' die used here for the first time. I thought that with this card people could add their own banner on the striped ribbon next to the stars to add to the ''happy'' by stamping either, birthday, anniversary, day, friends, etc., on it, or leave it just as it is.

Now the final card, the green one.

This card looks much better in real life. I normally don't care to stamp on Kraft unless I heat emboss, but in this case it worked out great to just stamp right on the Kraft that I used behind the green.

So, that's it for the December 2012 Monochromatic card class cards. Thank you for stopping by, and hope you found some inspiration here. Soon a new year will begin and another year of Monochromatic card to look forward to. (remember the 'bring to class list' is at the end)

Till next time, and happy Crafting!


Cardstock: Bazzill - Iced Pink, Piglet, Starmist, Beeswax, Paulo Verda, Buttermint Cream, & Kraft
Spellbinders: Labels Twenty, & Twenty-Eight, Fancy Tags 2
Die-Namics: Fancy Flourish & Stacking Stars
Tim Holtz: Tattered Florals
Embossing Folder: Unknown (but remember the name is 'Leaves')
Ink: Pumice Stone, Weathered Wood, Shabby Shutter, VersaFine Vintage Sepia
Stamps: Flourishes Siberian Iris, PTI Pretty Peonies, Hero Arts Reversed Flowers & Leaves background, & Hero Arts unknown because lost name on packaging
Ribbon: May Arts, Websters, Pink Paislee

Please bring the following to class:
-paper trimmer (be sure the blade is fairly new and sharp for this class)
-pencil & ruler

-scoring pad
-dbl sided adhesive
-quick dry glue
-pop-dots (thin & thick)
-Pumice Stone, & Weathered Wood ink pads
-ink blending tool & sponge
-splat mat
-colouring tools - pencil crayons, or water colour pencils, or copics, or other colouring markers, or even chalks if you prefer (if you bring water colour pencils remember to bring a brush as well)

Christmas Ornaments

I can't believe it is now less than a month until Christmas! How are you all coming a long with your preparations? Me, well I'm behind schedule, but experience has taught me that somehow it all works out in the end.

Well, we've made Christmas cards galore, made a few Christmas tags, and now it's time to make some Christmas Ornaments.

These are not ornaments that haven't been seen or haven't been made before, but it's always fun to make more and use different papers. The paper used for these ornaments are from a 6 x 6 pad of Teresa Collins Christmas Cottage collection.

First I'd like to show you a series of photos that show the center ornament details. This is no ordinary ornament, as it is all folded up looking nearly like a cube hanging on the end of the ribbon. But when you pull the bead up on the ribbon it pops open and then you flip it and pull the bead down on the ribbon to keep the ornament open. So here goes.

It is so much fun! I played with this one several times before actually completing it with the gold Stickles. I added gold Stickles around the edges to match the ribbon I used, and I quite like it. So at this point it looks like a star.

The next one is a geodesic paper ball ornament. I added some snowflakes to the center ring of the ball, but it would probably be even more fun to add little triangle photos of family members in some of those triangles on the ball.

And the last one is a double ball ornament made with paper strips.

I didn't do much embellishing, because I want to encourage the participants in this class to do their own embellishing. I can hardly wait to see what they all come up with! I envision bows, large beads & pearls, glitter or more Stickles, lace, die cuts, fussy cutting, stamping, and more.

Everyone in class will get materials and supplies in their kits to make two of each ornament, but we'll only be making three in class; one of each.

From now one, I've decided to include a list of things that need to be brought to class as per a few requests. The list will always be posted after my blog signature and is not the same as my ''Materials & Supplies'' used list that does occasionally follow my blog signatre. In the case that I need both of these lists to be on the blog post, the class list will be the last one.

So thank you for stopping by and leaving your comments. I so love reading what you all have to say.
Bye for now, and happy crafting!

Scrapbook Parade Class List

-scor pad (ScorPal or Martha Stewart)
-bone folder
-quck dry glue
-wet cloth for wiping glue
-paper trimmer
-Stickles - anything that says Christmas to you
-paper piercer
-small hole punch (1/8") & regular hole punch (3/16") (a Big Bite has both of those)
-splat mat
-self-healing mat
-any 'Christmasy' embellishments you may wish to add

Sold Before Getting Very Far In It's Creation!

This is not a class posting! You must get tired of seeing only my class projects being posted.

There are times when teaching some classes where I have a little time while class participants are busy working away without need of my help. So I decided to have something to work on for those quiet times while I teach. Recently, I decided to work on a double page Christmas layout and sell it. I had gotten to where I had completed the three layers for the background and framing, had die cut a whole lot of Spellbinders Layered Poinsettias and was brushing on a bit of white gesso here and there. One of the class participants sitting near me asked what I was doing. When I explained it to her, she said "Sold!" I hadn't even gotten the layout to the point of seeing anything in place! She was determined she wanted it sight unseen.

My only worry is that at times I have a tendency to over do the page embellishments, and this may just be one of those times. I mean the main focus is supposed to be the photos, and not the embellishments, right? Well I hope she likes it.

As you can see these are not traditional Christmas colours. The Bazzill cardstock I used were Walnut and Cinnabar. That Cinnabar is a beautiful colour.

Here are some closer looks.

 The tree is a Laser Cut chipboard tree that I dabbed white gesso onto and then scribbled on some Star Dust Stickles. Here's a little closer look at the tree.

You'll note that I also added the same Stickles to the punched out snowflakes. I love the winding and looping of the ribbon throughout the layout. Let's have a closer look at the right of the layout where the journaling strips are.

Next is the center bottom of the layout, where you ca see how I seamed the ribbon between the two pages.

And, you can see some of the doodle framing I did. I think my white gel pen is beginning to dry out. Lastly, you can see the Poinsettias a little closer.

I think next time I'll try to keep the white gesso down a bit too. I applied it to each piece before assembling them, so If I do it after the entire page it together it might look better. Another thing I might do differently is to have the tree on the left up with the Poinsettias below it rather than on top of it, and have the journaling strips lower.

So there you have it. Thank you for stopping to have a look. I hope to have more classes and more projects like this to post soon.

Happy crafting, and Happy Thanksgiving to all our U.S. friends!

Tools & Supplies

Spellbinders - Romantic Rectangles & Layered Poinsettia
Martha Stewart Punches - Alpine & Arctic Snowflakes
Stickles - Star Dust & Ruby Slipper
Paper - Bazzill Walnut & Cinnabar, Upsy Daisy's Hot Chocolate - Dash Away
Ribbon - Offay 1/4" Fern Microcheck
Stamp - unknown

Sparkly Christmas Gift Tags

Just so that everyone knows, the tags I made for this class I'm also entering to the Crazy 4 Challenges-C4C163 Gift Tags challenge.

After all the Christmas cards and gifts that are made, there remains finishing touches to be made. One of those is the thing that everyone looks at to see if their name is on a gift. Christmas Gift Tags! At Scrapbook Parade, on November 29th, we are having a class where we will make six sparkly tags, some of which have a lot of dangly stuff hanging on it or from it. Each kit will have all the material needed to make 12 tags, two of each, but we'll make only one of each during class and the rest can be completed at home.

So let me share with you the tags we will be making.

We are using Echo Park's This & That Christmas paper collection. Let's take a closer look at each of the tags individually.

This first one, is a notched folded tag (banner tag), like a little card, where you can write a little more than 'To' and 'From'. The poinsettia is from Jolee's Boutique and I placed three strands of 1/8" red velvet ribbon from behind it. I took advantage of all the little word cards and cut the words out in strips to add to the tags. Matting the "poinsettia" on red, I then edged it with Xmas Red Stickles.  The red, white & green string is from Maya Road and is called Watermelon.
Now we'll have a look at an Ornament shaped tag die cut with Spellbinder 2010 Heritage Ornament die. I traced the inside of the die to get the red pattern paper on the Bazzill Ivy mat with a small border around it. From Gold Mirror Foil paper I punched a star with Fiskar's Star punch. And, to sparkle it up I used Gold Stickles on the star, around the text banner, and dotted the center of each diamond pattern on the paper.
                                            This is a fun tag as it makes a jingling sound from the little jingle bells on it. And, it has a lot of sparkle on it in both Xmas Red and Holly Stickles creating my own pattern as I applied them onto the tag.  The shape of this tag comes from using Spellbinders Labels 13.      
                                                                       Let's look at another folded tag. This one is very long (2 1/4"W x 5 1/2" L). I took advantage of the length and made it look like a little gift. Used a lot of that beautiful 1/8" velvet ribbon on this one. Especially in the looping of the ribbon behind the punched Ivy green circle covered in Holly Stickles. I paced three snowflakes covered with Star Dust Stickles on that and then a red jewel in the center of each snowflake. I made the "merry" & "christmas" into charms or mini tags hanging from it and added even more Holly Stickles. I even used a little of the Xmas Red Stickles on the red dots on the paper. After all, Christmas has to be sparkly, right.
                                                                     This fifth tag, has a tag hanging from it, making it a long one for a nice tall or large gift. You can't see it in the photo, but the other side of the "holiday" tag, hanging from the bottom, says "cheer". Both sides of this tag has Star Dust Stickles around the oval edges that was die cut with Spellbinders Petite Ovals Small. The punched snowflakes and the green Upsy Daisy brad is also covered with Star Dust Stickles. The shape of the tag comes from Spellbinders Labels 6 with Bazzill's Bitter Chocolate cardstock as the mat for the Echo Park plaid.
                                                                      For the sixth and final one, I used Spellbinders Crown Circles as a base with Bazill's Ivy cardstock. I used a strip of Echo Park's This & That red damask patterned paper and scored it every 1/4" to make the fan folded medallion. The on the medallion I created, I placed another of Jolee's Boutique Poinsettias, but this one is cream in colour. With the three word banners I made, I glued them onto the little circles at the outer edges so that they are an extension of them. Each green circle is covered with Holly Stickles, as is the frame of the word strips/banners.                                     The next photo is a close up showing it a little more to the side so that you can see the layering better.

Sorry that it isn't more clear for you. So there you have the six traditional coloured Christmas Gift tags! Hope that you had fun viewing them and that you are inspired to create some of your own beautiful Christmas Gift tags to place on the gifts that you have for under your tree.

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your comment. It lets me know if I'm creating good stuff and if anyone wants tutorials. Your kind encouraging words are always appreciated, and I thank you for those you have left in the past. 

Happy crafting everyone!

Shades of Green - Colour Series - Scrapbook Parade

Hello Friends! It's time once again to post for the next Colour Series class for December. Shades of Green is the choice of colours and we'll be using Bazzill's Safari, Leapfrog, Patch, & Hilary greens for some of the cards. And no, we are not making Christmas cards. I thought it might be nice by that time to take a little break from things "Christmasy".

So here is a look at the 5 cards I created for this class.

You can see the various shades of green in these cards all lined up for display, here. So let's begin by looking at more of the details for each card. There are a lot of photos to check out on this post, but I hope they show you the details you want to see.

Let's begin with the card that I used touches of Bazzill's Patch green on.

 This card is loaded with flourishes, lacey dies, fussy cutting, popped up layers, Stickles, and a beautiful Fairy Cameo which I touched up with Eucalyptus Stickles on the green oval. You can't tell too well in these photos, but I did use it on the flowers and parts of the flourishes, too. The 'Fancy Flourish' die is from My Favorite Things - Die-Namics, as is the lacey 'Dizzy Border'. I also used Spellbinders 'Fleur De Lis Border' which you may see peeking out from under the white Dizzy Border.

Let's see what else you can see from the following close up photos of the same card.

I love the Lime Green Stickles I used in the three thick dots I made in the upper right corner seen here.

Let's move on to the next card. On this card I featured Bazzill's Hilary paper. The one thing I noticed when taking the photos of these cards is that I had forgotten that I had planned to score lines into the Hilary Green Spellbinders Fancy Tags 2 die cuts I had made. I thought it would add addtional interest and cotinue with the vertical lines of the coloured paper. I'll remember to make that suggestion to those taking the class and they can choose whether or not to do it.

The inspiration for this card came from a used clock that I saw in the thrift store yesterday. can you see reference to an old clock in the design? In the next shot you can see the layers on the card.

And from the other side...

It was fun weaving the velvet ribbon through the loops of the 'Fancy Tags 2' die cuts. I'll have  to remember that for future creations.

Next, the featured Bazzill paper is Leap Frog.

I dry embossed the leafy background with a Cuttlebug folder I believe is called 'Leafy Branches'. Cutting the white frame with Spellbinders 'Floral Oval' die and Standard Ovals Large, I popped it up to frame the embossed leaves. Fussy cutting the two flowers from Pink Paislee's Nantucket collection, I attached them with glue and pop dots to the lower part of the frame and added a bow as a finishing touch suggesting leaves for the flowers.

Here is a side view...

Next we have a card where I did not use a green cardstock, but rather black to go with the green patterned papers of Pink Paislee's Vintage Vogue collection and adding some pink in with the green and black beacuse of the striped paper colours.

Here is a side view of the middle layered section of the card.

On this last card, I used Bazzill's Safari green, which is a very pale 'yellowy' green.

To add colour I used BoBunny's Double Dot paper. The orange pattern had a yellow or even 'yellowy' green colour in the pattern and there for makes this colour combination work. I used the smallest die in the Grand Calibur Labels 11, and everything else is just straight cut on the paper trimmer and rounding the corners. I punched two circles to create the sentiment tag and attached it to a Tim Holtz Idea-ology Memo Pin and stuck it up under the ribbon flowers I glued on.

You can see the Avocado Liquid Pearls I used on the flowers, under the sentiment, and on the right side of the top layer.

Here's a closeup, more side view...

I hope you had fun having a look at the cards to be made in the Shades of Green Colour Series class.

If you leave a comment I'll visit your blog and leave one for you too. I'm guessing many of you are getting into the thick of getting ready for Christmas. For myself, I've just rearranged, reorganized my place by switching functions in my rooms. Still have a lot of work to do to complete the new craft area, but everything else is looking good. But now I have to figure out where to put up my tree! Something I hadn't considered when rearranging everything. But I think I know where I can put it without having to move anything. I hope it works. Traditionally I put up my tree on the first, or as near to it as I can, because all that work needs to be admired for as long as possible! I'm looking forward to doing that soon. It's so close already!

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I always love company...