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Monday, December 22, 2014

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Christmas Cards, Tags, and Bags using Sketches, Part 8

Continuing once again with our Christmas Card and Sketches topic. We are on the eighth out of nine sketches. Only one more to go after today! If you've missed any part of this series, make sure to check out the previous posts:
Part 1 HERE
Part 2 HERE
Part 3 HERE
Part 4 HERE
Part 5 HERE
Part 6 HERE
and Part 7 HERE
WOW...that's a lot! 

Today's sketch is #8:

Sketch #8


Check out the cards, tags, and bags I made using this sketch!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Christmas Cards, Tags, and Bags using Sketches, Part 7

Continuing once again with our Christmas Card and Sketches topic. yes, I do have more! If you've missed any part of this series, make sure to check out the previous posts:
Part 1 HERE
Part 2 HERE
Part 3 HERE
Part 4 HERE
Part 5 HERE
and Part 6 HERE

Here is today's sketch #7:

Sketch #7

Check out the cards, tags, and bags I made using this sketch!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Christmas Cards, Tags, and Bags Using Sketches, Part 5

WOW! We've covered quite a bit of Christmas cheer so far with the cards, tags, and bags using sketches. Have you been following along? If not, you can catch up. Check out Part 1 here , Part 2 here, Part 3 here, and Part 4 here. Each post uses a different sketch to create quick holiday projects. Give it a try.

Today we use sketch #5:

Sketch 5

Check out the cards, tag, and bag I made with this sketch!


Monday, December 8, 2014

Christmas Cards, Tags, and Bags Using Sketches, Part 4

More Christmas Cards, Tags, and gift Bags coming your way today! If you've missed any part of this series, make sure to check out PART 1, PART 2, and PART 3.

Today's sketch is #4:


Check out the cards, tags, and bags, below, I made using this sketch.


Friday, December 5, 2014

Christmas Cards, Tags, and Bags Using Sketches, Part 3

This week I've been sharing some Christmas cards, bags, and tags I made from a previous workshop that I team taught along with Jeri Parks and Linda Dotterer at My Creative Classroom. In the class we used sketches to design out cards. By using sketches you can focus on creating without spending time deciding on the placement and design of things. 

Make sure to check out Part 1 HERE and Part 2 HERE


Today we are using Sketch #3.

Sketch #3

Here are the cards I made using this sketch.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Christmas Cards, Tags, and Bags using Sketches, Part 2

Have you gotten the chance to whip out some handmade Christmas cards yet? By using sketches you can get started creating without spending time deciding on the placement and design of things. 

Today I continue to share some Christmas cards, bags, and tags from a previous workshop that I team taught along with Jeri Parks and Linda Dotterer at My Creative Classroom.

Today we are using Sketch #2.

Sketch #2


Check out the cards, tag, and gift bag I created using this sketch.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Christmas Cards, Tags, and Bags using Sketches, Part 1

Lots of people like using sketches when creating cards and scrapbook layouts. Sketches really help you get started creating without spending time deciding on the placement and design of things. So today, I'd like to share some Christmas cards, bags, and tags from a previous workshop that I team taught along with Jeri Parks and Linda Dotterer at My Creative Classroom.

Let's start off at the beginning with Sketch #1.


Card Sketch #1
 
Check out the cards, tag, and gift bag I created using this sketch.

Monday, November 24, 2014

7 Ways to Jazz Up Your Cards: Fun with Ribbon, Part 1

I don’t know about you, but I have quite a large stash of ribbon and need to really start using it up!  There’s loads of ways to use ribbon in our card making. Most of these ideas I’ve presented here don’t take a lot of ribbon or a lot of time.  Try some out on your cards and see if they don’t look a bit more textural and interesting!



There are so many ways to use ribbons on cards, but check out the video below with part 1 of my favorite 7 ways to use ribbon!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Video Tutorial: Family Accordion Book, Part 2

Well, it looks like I've forgotten to post Part 2 of my Family Accordion Book. Oops! Make sure to view Part 1 HERE. 

Family Accordion Album


This is a great project to use up your scraps AND giving thanks for your family. Create one, fill it with old family photos, and bring it to Thanksgiving to share with your family. I bet they will love it!

Check out the video below on binding the book.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Creating Gift Baskets, Bundles, and More!

As we approach the holidays, your thoughts are probably turned toward gift giving. Have you thought about preparing a gift basket or bundle? With a little planning and preparation, you can gather, package, and present your bundles in a thoughtful and creative way. 


Items in each bundle will vary as they will be unique to each recipient.  In this post we will discuss the following topics: The recipient, choosing a theme and items, the container, presentation and packaging.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Handmade Stamped Holiday Wrap

Here is a great project to get the whole family involved in the holiday preparations.  Use those foam stamps you have made in your Cricut (see my previous post) or use purchased stamps to create an ensemble of items to use for your holiday gift giving.  

This project can be tailored to any theme…garden party, children’s birthday, etc. 


I love creating with Kraft paper. Such humble paper paired with the very basics of white paint and black stamping ink. It yields a great, graphic look. With this type of project the goal is not perfection, but “humble simplicity”.  It does not matter if the stamped images are not straight or the threads are showing on your stitched cards…it’s all a part of the simple look.

Check out the instructions below.

Friday, November 7, 2014

DIY Stamping with Cricut, Part 2

In my last post, I shared my thoughts about using Cricut Cuttables Stamp Material. Not my favorite at all. Now let's talk about using craft foam. Craft foam is so cheap and works so much better. I have made a ton of foam stamps!  Just know that there will be imperfections when using raft foam. 


 
Check out the instructions, below:


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

DIY Stamping with Cricut, Part 1

You can cut stamps with your Cricut.  Just know that whatever material you choose to cut, it won’t be superior to any stamp image you can purchase.  If you come into this understanding that, you’ll be a lot happier.  These cut stamps will have imperfections.



You can either cut stamps using Cricut Cuttables Stamp Material or Craft Foam Sheets. The foam sheets work MUCH better than the stamp material. I'm just sayin'...

Let's start off with the Cricut material. Check out the instructions below:

Monday, November 3, 2014

From Old Book to ScrapBook

It is no secret that I love books. I have created mini books, journals out of books, and several altered books. Today I share with you a scrapbook that I made from an old book.



Check out some photos from inside...


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Video Tutorial: Family Accordion Book

Here's a great tutorial for using up your scraps AND giving thanks for your family. Maybe you'd like to make one, fill it with old family photos, and bring it to Thanksgiving to share with your fam?? I bet they'd get a kick out of it and you would be creating new family memories. It's a win-win!




Check out the video tutorial below:


Monday, October 27, 2014

How I Spent My Sunday

When you were in grade school did you have to write, "What I did on my summer vacation"? Seems like people always talk about it, but I don't remember ever doing it. Now, that doesn't mean I didn't do it...just means I don't remember! ;-)

Here's a glimpse of what I did yesterday...spending most all of my Sunday filming, photographing, and creating for an upcoming blog post (week of November 3rd) on My Creative Life 2014. MCL2014 is the official blog of Craft Classes Online.



Can't tell you what it is all about, but you may be able to guess from the photos?? If you want to see the video where I do my creating, make sure to sign up for our NEWSLETTER. it is the only place where you can see the videos of our project process.

Have a happy week!

Friday, October 24, 2014

From Old Book to Journal

I keep saying that I will never go totally digital. I love books. I love the way a hard book cover feels. I love turning the page and feeling the paper. While I do love books, I'm not beyond re-purposing them for another use. One of my sisters, a teacher, says I'm destroying perfectly good books. I beg to differ. I just use old books (that were probably destined for the garbage) for art. That way I can appreciate them even more after they are repurposed.

repurposed book made into journal


See how I turned an old book into a journal.


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

I've Got You Covered! Post-it Note Tutorial

I'm a sucker for a pack of Post-it notes. That repositionable sticky is such genius and oh-so-useful! So when I saw this cute craft to make a little covered booklet for them, I fell in love. I think you will, too. Use up your scraps and make a few as gifts. Your friends will thank you.

  

Come see how easy it is to make this...

Monday, October 20, 2014

Creating on the Grid - Fabric Collage

Are you intimidated with fabric? Think you'd like to make a fabric collage or wall hanging but don't think you can do it? I'm here to tell you that you can. If you start off using a grid patterned fabric and then add in little bits and bobs, you can create a gorgeous collage. And you'll gain a boost of confidence, too.

The pattern of fabric that I chose for this piece has a printed grid pattern. This is perfect and lends itself very easily to create a grid of little "canvases” to decorate individually. Even though each square could stand on its own, they all coordinate with each other to complete the piece.



Click below for the tutorial!

Friday, October 17, 2014

10 + Tips for Stitching on Paper!

Sewing on paper is “sew” much fun!  You can create a great textural and visual element on just about any project. I love the way you can add an extra pizzazz or homespun feel with just a bit of thread!!




Check out my 10 + tips for stitching on paper!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Sweet Baby Frame

Way back around 2008 I created this matboard frame wall hanging with photos of my now 25-year-old first born son. It still hangs on the wall in my art studio as it has always been such a favorite of mine.

I don't have any grandchildren yet, but I do think I will re-make this adorable frame wall hanging for our house when the baby (babies?) comes to visit us. I used to think there's no way I want to be called grandma, but I'm warming up to the title. It's what comes with the title that melts my heart!


Come see how I made this...

Monday, October 13, 2014

From Plain Ol' Supplies to Unique Project: Family Photo Wall Hanging

Go through your stash of supplies...there has to be loads of goodies in there. Sure, they many not be trendy right now, but I bet they were at one time. ;-) With just a few of those supplies you can make a unique wall hanging for your family photo. In this project I share about one such project where I have used several very old supplies.



Come take a look...


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Altered Frames Wall Hanging Part 2

On Monday I brought back an "old school" project. If you missed it, GO HERE TO SEE PART 1.  

Today, we put our pieces together and make the hanging portion of the wall hanging. I love that you can create this in any style, colors and configuration. I am also a sucker for anything with a dowel or stick!



Come take a look at the rest of the story...

Monday, October 6, 2014

I'm bringing "old school" back! Altered Frames Wall Hanging

I'm a big fan of "old school".  Actually, I'm pretty much old school on most everything. We have a land line phone (really!), I like taking hand written notes, I only recently got a smart phone in the last few months and, well, I have a lot of old school craft supplies. I'm talkin' reeeeaallllly old stuff!

They guys at the basketball court call my husband "old school" because his shots into the hoop are usually preceded by hitting the backboard. Apparently "no one" shoots like that anymore. Oh, but did I mention that my DH is 54 and plays with 20 to 30 year old men and he the best there? He is a legend on the courts...but I digress. ;-)

Today, I share a project made with lots of "old school" products. The project was from one of my original online classes from way back in 2008.


Check out the supplies I've used. I'm sure you'll laugh at how old they are! But don't laugh too hard. You may have one or two of these things stuffed way back in a closet somewhere! ;-)


Friday, October 3, 2014

Create cards in a flash!

Anyone who REALLY knows me knows for some reason I don't like making cards. I have no idea why, but it's true. But in honor of World Card Making Day (tomorrow), I thought I show some easy ways I've made cards with the Cricut  machine. Sure, if you don't have a Cricut or any die cutting machine for that matter, you can still create cards similar to this. The biggest thing is having a plan, sketch or recipe and following it with all the cards.



 Check out all the cards I made with one simple recipe:

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Art Journal backgrounds

I've been trying to infuse more creativity in my days, so yesterday I was playing around with Dylusions Ink Sprays and stencils (always a favorite of mine).

In this first one, I just laid down a color blocking template (from Deluxe Designs, remember them?). I Then laid down several other stencils on top and added the sprays. I'm really liking the grid. I always have to have some kind of order, it seems!

Check out more backgrounds, below.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Are You Busy? 10 Ways to Boost Your Energy!

I have been busy, busy since April working to create our new website, Craft Classes Online. Along with that I've been creating a place for my online workshops, Creative Workshops with Shirley Pando, and creating brand new workshops, including "A Crafter's Guide to Social Media Marketing". (for anyone with a crafty business)




Then there's the wife and mom duties and a very large emotionally needy dog! Add in spin class 5 days a week AND a personal trainer appointment two of those days! Yeah, I'm pretty busy. (and quite tired, but I love naps!)

So how do you boost your energy without too much coffee?? Read on...

Friday, September 26, 2014

All About Me Album - Journaling About YOU!

OK, so by now you know you have "permission" to journal about yourself. You've decided to create a journal or scrapbook that is all about you...your thoughts, dreams, daily routine, etc. YAY for you!

I thought I'd share the journaling in my All About Me Album. (Pretty scary, but I know I can do it!!)


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

6 Reasons to Scrapbook YOU!

So you're not really sure you want to scrapbook about yourself. You're fine just taking photos of others and scrapbooking about them, but what about YOU? Maybe you think (like me!) oh, I hate looking at photos of me. I look so fat/ugly...(fill in the blank). Let's look at some reasons why it just might be a good idea to scrapbook about yourself.




Monday, September 22, 2014

4 Ways to Add More Space to Your Mini Albums

If you've been following along with my blog, you may be thinking about creating an "All About Me" album. Your future generations will be so grateful that you have made one. Can you imagine how they will feel to find a gem like that?


Check out my previous posts to see the "All About Me" album I created using paper bags. Click HERE for part 1, HERE for part 2, HERE for part 3, HERE for scrapbook topics and HERE for tips.




Today I share ways to add in some extra space to your album, just in case you have lots to share!

Friday, September 19, 2014

13 Tips to Jump Start Your "All About Me" Album

Have you been thinking about creating an "All About Me" album for future generations to get a peek at what it's like to be YOU? Check out my previous posts HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE to see the "All About Me" album I created using paper bags.

13 Tips to Jump Start Your "All About Me" Album!

Monday, September 15, 2014

1 crafty take on a Project Runway challenge, Part 3

In the post last Wednesday, I spoke about how much I love Project Runway. In a tribute to the show I've brought back an project made using unconventional materials, or in this case, the utilitarian brown paper bag.

Check back to Part 1 and Part 2 of our project.  In today's post we'll see part 3 of our "All About Me" Paper Bag Album.



Friday, September 12, 2014

1 crafty take on a Project Runway challenge, Part 2

In the last post from Wednesday, I spoke about how much I love Project Runway. In a tribute to the show, I've brought back an project I made years ago using unconventional materials...in this case, the utilitarian brown paper bag. OK, so it's not that unconventional, but it is used in a way it was not originally created for. ;-)

Check back to the previous post to see the start of our project. In today's post we'll see part 2 of our "All About Me" Paper Bag Album.




Wednesday, September 10, 2014

1 crafty take on a Project Runway challenge, Part 1

I love Project Runway. I think I've seen at least 98% of the 13 seasons that have aired so far. (How did I even miss a season of my favorite show? Horrors!) It amazes me how can the designers can come up with a sketch and create a beautiful outfit in one day. As I watch, I try to think of what I would do for that specific challenge. I'd never make it with such pressure to create!!

What is even more amazing is the unconventional challenge. This is where the designers create an outfit using things that are not made for clothing. In past seasons they've used car parts (seat belts, headlights, etc.), candy (Twizzlers, Hershey bars, etc.), and plants (flowers, moss, etc.).

So in that vein, I started thinking of what I've made in my crafty pursuits that began with items that are not your usual craft supplies. Enter: a brown paper bag.

Ah, the utilitarian brown paper bag! It brings back memories of many a school lunch of PBandJ. Such a simple, yet useful, item. It was not that long ago that we used to create scrapbooks with them. I sold many a paper bag album on eBay years ago. Let's head to the "way back" machine and take a look at this timeless treasure.



Monday, September 8, 2014

Creating Stencils and Masks with Cricut

Continuing on from last Friday's post, "3 Crafting Tools You Can Make with Your Cricut". Let's now move onto using stencils and masks.

This stencil/mask, below, is made from a used file folder. Catridge: “Straight From the Nest”, pg. 33, key #6 or A6, Border Shift creative feature at 2”.  



Friday, September 5, 2014

3 Top Crafting Tools You Can Make With Your Cricut!

I love crafting tools. Some would say I love collecting crafting tools, and they just might be correct! I believe that if you spend a little more money to purchase quality tools, you will get the best results in your crafting. Good tools can really make or break your end product. 

BUT, if I you can actually MAKE your own tools that work well, then that is even better. Such is the nature of today's post.


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

2 Easy Ways to Cut Stamps with your Cricut

Looks like I've really been Cricut crazy lately with all these posts using my Cricut. Actually, these are portions of previously run online workshops. Because they are a little "older" and I won't be offering them again, I now get to share them with you. :-) So in honor of National Stamp Month, here's a video tutorial to learn to cut stamps with your Cricut. 




Monday, September 1, 2014

Create birthday decor with your Cricut and markers!

Today, I share a portion of a lesson from a previous online workshop. The course, called "Cricut: All About Birthdays", was taught along with Cara Miller and Jeri Parks.

A well planned party often has zones or areas where different events take place.  There may be a game zone, an area to set the birthday presents, and a table for the cake and other food items.  We’ll create signs and place cards for each designated zone.



Friday, August 29, 2014

Use your Cricut for your next birthday party!

Have you ever thought of using your Cricut to come up with ideas for your child's next birthday party? It's true! There's loads of ideas on your Cricut booklets. Let's take a look at just one theme idea I've come up with. 

Cricut: All About Birthdays - Tabletop Decor


Check out this list of party themes I've come up with. Ready to plan a party? You might want to check out your Cricut cartridges! ;-)

Please feel free to share on Facebook or Pin on Pinterest!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

22 Great Party Ideas Using Your Cricut!



Got a Cricut? Plan a Birthday Party!

With the new school year starting, there will inevitably be birthday parties for all your children's friends. Or maybe YOUR friends. Stuck in limbo for a party theme? Have you thought of your Cricut? There are loads of ideas for party themes in your booklets.  Here’s a few I've thought of.


"Wrap It Up" Cartridge
  • Princess party pg. 24 castle
  • Boys gaming party pg. 30 controller
  • Birthday cake pg. 31
  • Pirate party “Walk the Plank” pg. 34
  • Robot pg. 40
  • Gumball party pg. 44
  • Garden party pg. 45 gate plus add some flowers
  • Candy Shop theme…Lollipop pg. 54
  • Make a Wish pg. 61 balloons

"Stretch Your Imagination" Cartridge
  • Sunflower party pg. 37: decorate with sunflowers in a Mason jar garden watering can pg. 69 and leaves pg. 76
  • Summer beach party with seashells pg. 40
  • Birthday cake pg. 61
  • Baby’s birthday pg. 66 caterpillar
  
"Celebrate" Cartridge
  • Specific number party like, 5th birthday, etc.
  • Birthday Cake on cake stand pg. 99

"Birthday Bash" Cartridge
  • Any of the cute animals as theme!
  • Birdie pg. 23
  • Birdie pg. 34 for you…put glitter the shoes!
  • Fun & Games - use for game area sign
  • 3 Cheers for You pg. 38
  • BUNCO party “Let the Good Times Roll” pg. 37 (BUNCO is one fun game in case you never played it!)


Have you planned any parties using ideas from your Cricut? Let us know!

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Spreading some Anna Griffin love!

I have to show you some of the wonderful cards I made using Anna Griffin's "All About Kindness" Card Making Kit from HSN. I swore many times I wouldn't get lured into HSN, but when they have their 24 hour paper crafting show, I can't be liable for my actions!! ;-)

There's so many items included in this kit.
  • 20 envelopes
  • 20 cards
  • 20 interior greetings
  • 10 card layers
  • (20) 3D sentiment stickers
  • (20) 3D art stickers
  • 10 die-cut layer stickers
  • 10 foil border stickers
  • 20 bows (10 gold, 10 green)
  • 10 pleated wheel strips
  • 40 die-cuts
  • 150 foam squares
  • Storage box
  • Idea sheet
Here's a few of the cards I've made so far:


This first one's for my middle son who graduated from Navy Boot Camp this past weekend. 
"Anchors Aweigh!" ;-)









In this kit, Anna has provided card inserts with various sentiments. This is such a great idea!


For those of us who hate making cards - that would be me (don't ask me why...I have no idea!) - this is a winning purchase!