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26 posts from October 2010

October 18, 2010

Wander

BG October Wander I know I usually devote Mondays to highlighting the featured manufacture for the month, but today is going to be a bit different.

I just got my supplies for class on October 23rd, and I'm so excited that I had to share them here. This month's class gets to use paper and stickers from Basic Grey's Wander. This collection is one of my favorites from Summer CHA. Almost every time I see Lisa I ask her if Wander is in yet. You are going to love this collection too.

You can play with this fun card kit 2 ways. The first way is to join me for class on October 23 from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm. You will make 4 cards and learn a new technique in class. Additionally you will go home with enough supplies and the directions to make the 12 cards pictured here. Cost is $20. All you need to bring is your paper trimmer and your preferred adhesive. 

If you cant' make class, don't worry, you can reserve a class kit with the supplies and directions to make the 12 cards pictured here for $20.

All you need to do is call AWDML at (712)476-3443 to reserve your spot.

If you're missing today's Featured Manufacturer inspiration, you can check out what the Design Team is doing with Woodware USA and Studio Calico on the DT Blog or in AWDML's Gallery.

October 16, 2010

The Latest Newsletter

If you haven't received the October 14 Newsletter, you can find it on-line by clicking here.

October 15, 2010

Friday Fun - Alphabet Soup

Have you seen Alphabet Soup by My Mind's Eye? One of my vary favorite things about My Mind's Eye is that they often come out with 2 versions of the same line; one boy and one girl. For someone who scraps 2 boys and no girls, I really appreciate this. I love pink sparkly stuff as much as the next person, but I often can't use it. MME offers both an Alphabet Soup Boy line and an Alphabet Soup Girl line. Both lines are fantastic mixes of colors and patterns. Don't just take my word for it check out these cards by Christy and Layout by Samantha:

 
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October 14, 2010

Mini Memories

Today I have a mini album to share with you that Christy made. ChristyChallenge11Thursday   032  037
My favorite thing about this mini album is the apple on the front. Christy cut it using her Cricut. The paper she used for this album is Pink Paislee Old School. I love this paper, the colors and patterns are gorgeous. If you like a more mature school line, this is it. If you're looking for more ideas for using old school check out this post from back in September.

October 13, 2010

Did you know it could do all that?

Today's post is completely, entirely devoted to one of the most overlooked, and most useful tools (well, at least in this paper crafter's opinion): The Paper Piercer. MMPaperPiercer I know what you're thinking, "That tool? Why's that tool so great?" Well, let me just tell (and show you) a few of my favorite uses for it. Grandma S flower detail 2Piercing a hole where you want to place a brad makes life a lot easier. Here I pierced a hole through the center of paper flower, but this works anywhere you want to put a brad. ScrappyGlue Now, I know some of you may think this is abuse, but I use my paper piercer to de-gunk my liquid glue bottles when they get stopped up. Works like magic! Grandma S stitching detail I really like to hand stitch on my layouts. Whether you do it free hand or with a template, pre-piercing your holes with a paper piercer makes hand stitching a breeze. Note that if you pair your piercer with a piercing mat, you won't put any holes or scratches in your table either.  4U Finally, if you like the look of stitching, but don't like all the work, you can just use your paper piercer to create a pretty design like the squares on this card.

If you have any more uses for the paper piercer that I'm missing, I'd love to hear all about them!

 

October 12, 2010

In Store - Pet Supplies

P9090015 I love animals. I've always had pets, from hamsters to dogs, you name it I've probably owned it. However, I often forget to included these important members of my family in my layouts. That's why I love, love, love this page by Lisa. It's a beautiful pet page, that's not just about Lisa's dog, but the bond between her daughter and her dog.

Now, if you're like me and you're thinking you've got to stock up on some new pet paper crafting supplies (any excuse to buy more paper, right?), I have a few suggestions. First is the line Lisa used in her layout, Pebbles Inc Cats and Dogs. My second suggestion is Basic Grey's Max and & Whiskers. Finally, if you're a Bo Bunny Fan you should check out either of their 2 pet lines Pet Shop or Posh Pets. Whether you're a dog lover, a cat lover, or something in between you're sure to find some fun pet supplies!

 

October 11, 2010

Monday Manufacturer Highlight - Woodware USA

  Best Teacher In case you don't already know, one of October's featured manufacturers is Woodware USA. Here's a really simple card I made using Woodware's School Tots. I stamped a single apple repeatedly in brown on kraft card stock. Then, I  chose random apples and colored them in with Copic markers. Adding color to just a few images in the background adds some interest and saves a lot of time on coloring.

Supply List:

Paper: Crate Paper School Spirit (Ruler, Pep Rally, Chalk Board)
Stamp: Woodware School Tots
Accessories: Pleated Ribbon By the Yard (Brown), Crate Paper School Spirit Phrases Stickers
Tools: Fiskars Apron Lace Punch, Fiskars Scalloped Sentiments
Markers: Copic (YG03, R29, E29)

 

October 08, 2010

Friday Fun - Pixielicious

I've got to be honest, it's Friday, and I don't feel like doing work. I really just want to have some fun today. I just want to be creative, get a little ink on my hands, maybe even bust out the glitter. So, in the spirit of fun, I thought I'd share some cards made with one of the most fun lines out their right now. Even the name is fun to say. Without further ado, I bring you Cosmo Cricket's Pixielicious:

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October 07, 2010

Brick & Mortar October Newsletter

I'm just getting ready to send out the October Newsletter.  It's filled with information about our Fundraiser Crop next weekend, some classes in October, and even a few surprises!

Click HERE to check out the newsletter if you haven't seen it in your inbox!

ENJOY!

Flower Bouquet

P8110063 I love making paper flower bouquets. There are so many ways to do it, and you can find so many ways to dress up your containers for the flowers, that it never gets old for me. For today's project, I thought I'd share a little origami flower bouquet I made from October Afternoon paper. The flowers are simple enough. They are origami, so there's no fancy cutting or gluing needed. Step-by-step directions (with pictures) can be found here.  I used 3" x 3" pieces of paper. I wouldn't recommend going any smaller, but you could go quite a bit larger if you like. I used different brads to make the centers of the flowers. I also misted the flowers with Tsukineko Gold Shimmer Spritz,so in person the flowers have a bit of a shimmer to them.  I have 9 little flowers planted in my pot. I painted the pot with Claudine Hellmuth Dash of Red Acrylic Paint, placed floral foam in the bottom and wrapped a ribbon around the lip of the pot. I then "planted" the flowers into the pot with small pins, and added some decorative Maya Road Leaf Pins. The best part about this bouquet is that it will last a really long time! P8110065