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:
Check out the cards, tag, and bag I made with this sketch!
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.
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.
Check out the cards, tag, and gift bag I created using this sketch.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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:
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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!
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.
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!
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! ;-)
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:
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!
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...
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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! ;-)
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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.
It Up" Cartridge
party pg. 24 castle
gaming party pg. 30 controller
cake pg. 31
party “Walk the Plank” pg. 34
party pg. 44
party pg. 45 gate plus add some flowers
Shop theme…Lollipop pg. 54
a Wish pg. 61 balloons
Your Imagination" Cartridge
party pg. 37: decorate with sunflowers in a Mason jar garden watering can pg. 69 and leaves
beach party with seashells pg. 40
cake pg. 61
birthday pg. 66 caterpillar
number party like, 5th birthday, etc.
Cake on cake stand pg. 99
of the cute animals as theme!
pg. 34 for you…put glitter the shoes!
& Games - use for game area sign
Cheers for You pg. 38
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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