First Spectrum Noir Christmas Card Class

Now, you are probably wondering, "Why did she post this twice?" Well, I was killing two birds with one stone when creating these cards. One of which I made for the DT submission at the Christmas Card Challenge #39, which you saw Sunday, August 25th, and another one made for Scrapbook Parade's first Spectrum Noir Christmas card class. And that's what this post is all about.

I made both with the CCC#39 in mind where the challenge was to use punches. I made the one on the left first, and I think I may have gotten a bit carried away with the use of punches on this one.

The punches used in the making of this card are all Martha Stewart punches - (Around-the-Page) Holly, Alpine Snowflake, Himalayan Snowflake & Jingle Bell. A light amount of Star Dust Stickles were applied to the snowflakes, and Glossy Accents on the ornament held by the girl in the My Favorite Things a la modes Sparkling Season stamped image.
I actually did the inside of the card too. You get a peek of it with this next photo.

Did you see that I popped up the little bow on top of the ornament? Here is the detail of the punched jingle bells, and punched snowflakes.

Now this next one is my favorite of the two, and that is probably why I entered this one as my DT submission for CCC#39.

Isn't this mouse adorable! I had so much fun colouring him. The stamp is from Stampavie Tina Wenke titled 'Mouse With Ornament'. I paper pieced the center band in the ornament, used Star Dust Stickles on the scallops of the ornament, and a tiny bit of Glossy Accents on the candy cane.

The punches I used for this card are again from Martha Stewart - Himalayan Snowflake, Alpine Snowflake, and the edge punch Pine Needles. The star punch is a Fiskars punch. Here is a close-up.

Well that's it. It was a log post, so I'm glad you stuck it out.

In case you are a Spectrum Noir marker user, these are the markers I used for both of these cards, - BG6, BG4, BG2, BG1, EB1, TN2, FS6, CT4, CT2, DG3, DG2, GB10, GB8, EB2, DR7, DR3, DR1, IG1, FS3, FS2, True Black, IG10, IG8, IG6, IG2, Blender & a Palette.

Thank you for stopping by for a close look. Getting in the Christmas mode yet?

Happy papercrafting!

Tri-Fold Wedding Folio/Album

Love working with beautiful paper...

If you are wondering were I've been for the past few days, I've been a busy beaver. I do have this beautiful tri-fold wedding folio to show you. I created this for a class coming up in October.

Made from scratch using medium weight chipboard, black cardstock, and Kaisercraft's beautiful "On This Day" paper collection, we will be making this project at Scrapbook Parade. Just a note for people wanting to match cardstock for these papers; if I were to make this over again I would go with Bazzill Bitter Chocolate cardstock rather than the black.

For this cover I fussy cut the flowers and attached them in the corners of the more masculine paper in the collection.

Here you can better see what I used for the folio closure.

I explain in the video at the end  how this works. Here are the rest of the photos so you can see the inside.

The top three tags are magnetized. It's quite fun to play with....

When completely opened like this the folio measures nearly 33" in width.

Each page has a nearly page-sized tag that pulls out for more photos.

So there you have all the photos of the project. If you would like to see and hear some of the details, ideas, and suggestions for this project you should check out the video below.

I had a lot of enjoyment putting this project together. It is so rewarding to see what you envision turn into something tangible, especially when it turns out well.

As I mentioned in the video, I am considering to create detailed instructions and tutorials on making this project from scratch. If you are interested, leave a comment and when I can get to creating the instructions for "Paper Architecture with Sabrina" I will notify you. However because the busiest time of the year is here within days at the store where I teach, it will take more time to get that out for you. So please be patient and I'll get it out as soon as I can.

Thank you so much for stopping by to check out this project. Happy papercrafting everyone!

Punches - DT Christmas Card Challenge #39

We're at challenge #39 over at Christmas Card Challenges! The weeks just fly by! And the challenge for this week is 'punches'! Of course you can still enter the challenge without using them as long as you enter a Christmas card. And, speaking of which, here is my DT submission for the challenge.

It's my first time using the new (to me) Martha Stewart Pine Needle punch, and I love how it looks. I have a few ideas I want to try with it now. I also used a Fiskars Star punch and Martha Stewart's Alpine Snowflake punches in the in the making of this card.

As for the stamp I used, don't you think that is the cutest little mouse sitting on top of the ornament? The stamp is Stampavie Tina Wenke - "Mouse with Ornament". You can't tell in the photos, but I used Glossy Accents on the candy cane, and after colouring and paper piecing the band on the ornament, I added Star Dust Stickles over the scalloped part of the ornament.

Be sure to check out the Christmas Card Challenge blog to see all the DT submissions as well as all the entries! Remember, you don't have to use punches, just as long as it's a Christmas Card!

Here are the links to the DT blogs so you can check out their designs.

Alanna -  DT coordinator 
Sabrina - That's me!
Sparkle-- Owner

Thank you for checking in today to have a peek. Hoping today is a great day for you and the beginning of a wonderful week.

Happy Papercrafting!

Button Technique Tutorial

Hope you are having a good day so far.

I've created a little video for you because a couple of people have asked me how I can feed double string and ribbon through the hole of a button. These questions arose when I created the following cards.

This one from March (2013)... which isn't a double string pulled through one hole, but is the same concept.

I did this same technique a little differently on this recent one, which is the one I will be showing you because it's a little more challenging.

You'll notice that on the first card I fed the string through each hole creating a loop to pull through the ends. In this second card I pulled I treated each hole as one. So how could I possibly get it through? I will show you in the video how I pulled through double hemp string, double 1/8" ribbon, double 1/4" ribbon, double 3/8" ribbon, and double 5/8" ribbon (the first four I pulled through in one four hole button)

Hope this gives you some creative ideas using buttons and string or ribbon. Thank you for asking, and Happy Papercrafting!

Non-Traditonal Christmas Image - DT Christmas Card Challenge #38

It's challenge #38 over at Christmas Card Challenge this week, and the challenge is to make a Christmas card using non-traditional things/images. I decided to use an old favorite Hero Arts Flourish stamp, Winter Rose Die-Namics form MFT, and lots of velum and sparkle.

On the background piece of velum, I heat embossed the white flourish and while it was still hot, I immediately placed it onto a pre-prepared bed of glitter and pressed it down into it. Because of the heat the embossing is still soft and will accept the glitter. You have to do this right away, though, and have everything ready. Sometimes you may have to reheat to get the glitter into areas that were missed. Once you have tapped off the excess glitter, you reheat it to soften the embossing and get the glitter to stick better. Later when it has cooled you will see that when you rub your finger over it, most of the glitter says in place.

The leaves I again stamped and heat embossed in white, and then took my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and coloured in the spaces in between. I love how the velum really softens the colours. I then fussy cut the leaves out.

After die-cutting the flowers, shaping them and assembling them, I added Star Dust Stickles around the edges and on the center stamen piece of the flower. The other die-cut piece under that I again coloured with my Spectrum Noir markers.

So this is my non-traditional Christmas card. I did have to keep the red, white and green though, especially since I used non-traditional colours last week!

Be sure to check out the Christmas Card Challenge blog to see all the DT submissions as well as all the entries! Remember, you don't have to go with non-traditional things/image, just as long as it's a Christmas Card!

Here are the links to the DT blogs so you can check out their designs.

Alanna -  DT coordinator 
Sabrina - That's me!
Sparkle-- Owner

Hope you are inspired to try out these techniques. Thank you for stopping by to have a look at today's DT submission. Happy papercrafting!


September VIntage LO

After a Summer break, the Double Vintage Layout class is back in September with this LO at Scrapbook Parade.

Now, I have to ask you not to laugh at my writing for the title. I actually did a practice run before going ahead and writing on the layout. Guess what? I tried twice before writing on the real thing, and the second one was perfect! Not sure what happened when I wrote the third time on this one...the real one. Well, I'll figure something out. In the mean time, the layout is the important thing, and since I must get on with the next class, you have to see it.

So here are a few details.

The letters are die cut using My Favorite Things High-Rise Alphabet Upper Case Die-Namics. I used two different colours offset behind each letter.

The paper used is Kaisercraft and the flowers are from Prima's Almanac collection. They just happen to work well with the paper. I had fun using the photos from Dana's visit to Victoria this summer. I converted them to B&W to lend itself a bit better for a vintage lo.

Well, off to the next class project. Thank you for coming by to have a peek.

Happy scrapbooking!

Spectrum Noir Fun Class - Flowers

Time for another Spectrum Noir Fun class! And I'm going to be short and sweet today. Lot's of classes on the go.

For this class we'll be using JustRite Floral Vintage Labels Two stamp set, and our Spectrum Noir markers.

Here they are individually.


And for those of you that would like to know which Spectrum Noir markers I used, here is my practice sheet.

I ended up changing the little flowers from purple to blue.

Thank you for checking in to have a look.

Happy colouring...& papercrafting!

Summer Photos + "Trail Mix" + Configuration Box = Wall Display

I have a fun project to share with you today. Take some of your favorite Summer photos, Bo Bunny Trail Mix collection, and a Tim Holtz configuration box set, and create a wall display of a great Summer memory to put on display and share it with everyone. You can even add some mementos, like a rock from your hike, a tiny jar of earth from a beautiful location, or sand from the beach you had so much fun at, a feather or two that was found,  or whatever else you might have brought home as a keepsake. This is what I put together of my youngest son's, and girlfriend, backpacking trip to Redfish Lake in Idaho, not too far from Boise where they live.

So now I'm just going to show you a few photos of the project.

If you are wondering about the few empty boxes, I left them that way so my son and his girlfriend can add some things from their trip to them. By the way, isn't their little dog adorable!

Thank you for stopping by today!

Happy papercrafting!