Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Anna Griffin love!

You know I'm not much of a card maker, but I was swayed to purchase some of Anna Griffin's products when she was on HSN during National Craft Month in March.

I purchased the Anna Griffin® Cuttlebug™ Embossing Folders & Dies - Lace Trimmings. I have been holding out for a long time on buying anything even remotely like Spellbinders/wafer thin dies. But I just couldn't wait any longer.  The embossing folders are FABULOUS! Oh, I also bought an Anna Griffin card making book, too. I figured that if I can learn from her card style, which I love, then I just might start to like making cards.

Here's my first try. What do you think? It's either a birthday card for my niece or 60th anniversary card for my parents. I don't have a good sentiment stamp, so I may have to print something off the computer as I think it needs something else for the front.

I inked the embossing folder to get the ink on the embossing design.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Online class giveaway!

Head on over to the My Creative Classroom blog, My Creative Life 2014! I'm giving away a free seat to my brand new online class, "Cricut: Crafting with Fabric".

All you need to do is head over to THIS POST on the blog, My Creative Life 2014 and follow the instructions to get in on the giveaway.

Course Description

Have you been secretly longing to use your Cricut machine to cut fabric but are afraid to try? Maybe you tried, but gave up in frustration. There are some limitations, but with just a little know-how, you, too, can successfully cut fabric with your Cricut. Create fun little fabric shapes for cards, T-shirts, pillows, tote bags, aprons, quilts and more. Take your crafting to a whole new level!

In this class students will:

  • Learn which fabrics and Cricut images will work the best
  • Learn how to prepare and cut fabric with their Cricut
  • Create several projects of their choice using the fabric appliques
In this class students can create projects which require absolutely no stitching or finish off the projects with hand stitching or your sewing machine.Please see Supply List for specific lesson projects. Students will receive two downloadable Cricut Craft Room file for the various projects. Use any Cricut machine and any cartridge you own. Students must have basic knowledge of their Cricut machine and the Cricut Craft Room (CCR) if they will be using it in class. 

The course materials and projects in this class are totally new and different from the lessons in "Crafting with the Cricut: Beyond Paper".

What are you waiting for? Head to THIS POST and get in on the giveaway. Giveaway ends Sunday April 13th, winner will be announced Monday April 14th on the MCL 2014 blog!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Special on Square 1 Masterpiece extended!

Square1 Special offers
24 sheets of Square1 Ink Jet Printable Media for only $29.99 extended to Sunday, April 6th!
Through Sunday night at midnight, get 24 sheets of our Ink-Jet "Print and Cut" product for only $29.99 and this includes Free Priority Shipping! It is unlike anything else on the market and only available through Square 1.
It is so easy to use. Place in your ink jet printer, Print, Cut, and Apply to your project. ORDER NOW! (Scroll to the bottom of page)
Check out some of the projects I've made using Square 1 Printable.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Project Life with Traditional Scrapbooking

Are you a collector of Project Life cards, like me? There's so many cute cards from Project Life, Simple Stories Snap Studio, Fancy Pants Brag Book, and others. I've been inspired from a course taught by my friend, Monica Bradford, at Big Picture Classes called, "Scrapbooking Outside the Pocket".
One of my goals this year is to complete two wedding albums for me and my son and daughter-in-law who were married last year in Paris. Here's one of the pages I've done using some of the PL cards. It was so quick and easy, as opposed to how I usually scrapbook...taking a day to decide what papers to use, what design to use, etc. UGH! If I scrapbooked like this more often just think of what I could accomplish!!
I can't tell you who made the cards or other supplies as I don't remember! I love the rhinestones around the perimeter!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Stamping on clear buttons

Want to make something totally unique for your next art project? Try stamping on clear buttons.


My clear buttons are by 7gypsies from quite a few years ago, but you can find them through other companies, too. Just do an internet search for "clear buttons".

When stamping on clear buttons or anything non-porous, you must use a solvent ink like Staz-On Ink by Tsukineko.
Lay your stamp on the table rubber side up and pat the ink pad on the stamp.

Lay the button down gently on the stamp.  Press and lift off when image has been stamped.

Remember that you'll need to stamp on the FRONT side of the button if you are stamping letters or words.

Try layering a patterned paper behind the stamp.  Adhere paper to button with dimensional glue and trim off edges.

And voila! A totally unique embellishment!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Winner posted!

I've just posted the winner of the giveaway to my brand new online class, "Cricut: Crafting with Vinyl" on the blog, My Creative Life 2014. Make sure to check and see if it was you!

And if you didn't win, there's still time to register for the class. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.


Remember that during the month of March at My Creative Classroom we are celebrating National Craft Month where you can earn free seat(s) to our online classes. Click here to find out about National Craft Month.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Help me with this card!

I have said it before and I'll say it again...I don't like making cards. I don't really know why, but I seem to rarely like what I make. Take, for example, this card, below.

It must have taken me an hour to create this and I still don't like it. Seriously!!??  So I am begging for your honest advice...what does this need? Is the background too busy? Does it need more buttons? Does the sentiment need to be on something different so it is more visible? Does it need to go in the garbage?? Please help!!

I will take your advice, redo the card and post the before and after.

I wait patiently for your reply. :-)