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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

More Junk Album Workshops

My studio was a busy place last weekend.  Two groups came over to make the paper bag junk albums, and Jess was home from college and worked on her Disney pages.  Here are a few pics from the weekend:
Sonny taking a snooze under the Cricut.

Sandy, Hannah, & Maureen hard at work.
Jess working on a pool page.

Heather, Mary, & Kelly admiring their work.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

A CU Inspired Card with Footloose

I've been home sick for a couple days with bronchitis--yuck.  (CU'ers:  The cold I had in Idaho turned worse after I got home--I hope I didn't infect any of you!)  I've also been frantic to get to my studio to do some crafting since returning from CU.  Unfortunately I can't craft and lay on the couch at the same time, and the couch has won.  But, my good friend Cheryl was hospitalized last weekend, and I have to make her a card, especially because they wouldn't have wanted me to show up at the hospital in my state.  Definitely calling upon ideas I took away from CU, here's what I came up with:
I love the Footloose papers and colors.  I used them for the first time at CU in Sheila's class.  The little flowers, flourishes, bling, & general layout look a little like Michelle L.'s tin.  And Joy, although she wasn't a CU instructor, inspired me to get out my Cricut (along with all the other women who were easily cutting out shape after shape at CU).  All the Cricut shapes (the labels, the flourish, & the butterflies) were cut from the CTMH Art Philosophy cartridge.  And, what did Michelle N., inspire me to do?--this one will be obvious:

I added a pop-up to the inside of the card!
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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Creative University - Part 3

The Charm Swap

Aside from a few yarn and macaroni necklaces, CU's charm swap was my FIRST ever experience making jewelry.  I stressed about it from the day I signed up for the swap.  Erin Grotegut organized the swap.  Erin is a very talented artist.  She also taught our CU jewelry class.  Her blog, Inky Smiles, is HERE.  The swap rules were to create an art charm and a filler charm within the theme "woodland fairy" and use no silver, only gold, bronze, & copper metals.  We had to make ten of each style charm--one to keep and nine to swap with other CU attendees.  I made a few extra, so I swapped a couple more after the organized swap.

Here was my offering to the charm swap.  My art charm was basically a wooden disc with stamping and Modge Podge.  I'll post instructions here soon.
And here are the other creative ladies' charms.  When available, I've linked their blogs with their names so you can check out their other fabulous artwork.
This is from our charm swap leader, Erin Grotegut. Awesome!  There's a tiny little dry dandelion inside the bottle to make a wish on...I think I wish I had as much talent as Erin.

This charm was made by Tahne T.  It's a cute little wooden door.  I'm pretty sure a gnome would live inside there.  Tahne taught us the chain mail bracelet on my last CU post.

This set was made by Diane K.--a beautiful little fairy in the frame plus an owl filler charm.  I love the colors and the art nouveau feel.

I swapped twice with Linda S. and got these two sets.  Look how creative she was to make that toad stool on the far right with two beads.  Linda sat behind me in the cropping room--she's a sweetheart, even when she's tiring of making angry bird cards.

These two charms were made by Melody P.  Her charms match her background so well I don't want to detach them!  Melody also has a cupcake business and brought along some very tasty cupcakes to share at CU.  And, when I forgot one of my bags at CU, Melody was kind enough to deliver it to me in Spokane.  Thanks again, Melody!
Tamara W. made this set.  It's a little hard to see in the pic, but the colors are also awesome.  The little tag from the fairy charm says "believe."  Tamara was one of us "downstairs" gals, and I really enjoyed her and her sidekick, Kim.
Nichole L. is the artist behind these charms.  I love the fairy dust!  And her base card is adorable too.  I'm glad I took pictures of them all before disassembling them.  Nichole took hundreds of pictures at CU.  I can't wait to see them.  I peeked at some of her projects on her table, and they were amazing.
This very creative charm was made by my good friend who I've known since the 3rd grade, Robin G.  She was worried it wouldn't be good enough.  Ha!  It's adorable, and she made it from a real puzzle piece.  Robin helped me a lot with my charms and taught me how to wrap the ends of the head pins to get me started.
Another example where the photo doesn't do the charm OR the card justice.  This set was by Lisa S.  I enjoyed meeting Lisa and her mom, Linda.  Both are very talented women.  When I got home one of the first things I did was order some of the watercolor paints Lisa was using at CU.

This cute dragonfly and "believe" charm is from Darlys R..  The photo is a little blurry, but her charms and card are beautiful. I'm absolutely in love with the dragonfly. 

Both of these charms are pretty enough to be the art charm of the set.  Bobie G. is the artist.  She used resin for the charm on the right, which I'm too scared of to use.  Hanging off the top of the left charm is a little acorn.  Too cute!

Lastly, here is the set by Lisa T.  How creative that Lisa made a fairy wand?  And her blue fairy charm on the left is gorgeous.

Those are only the charms I got.  There were many, many more involved in the swap.  I'm not sure yet if I'm going to make a bracelet or several necklaces.  For now, I might hang them up in my studio, still on the cards, so I can admire them.

Here are a few more pictures from CU:

Traveling buddies:  Jeannie W., Molly, & Robin G.

Melody getting a flower painted on her arm by Tresa Black.

Traci & Olya

Robin & Joy

What an amazing weekend!

Creative University - Part 2

Lake Coeur d'Alene at Camp Lutherhaven.

Did I mention in my earlier post how beautiful the area was?

Seven of the twenty technique examples from the "Technique Boutique"
One of the creative classes was a "technique boutique" where we were given the opportunity to make twenty 3x3 cards, all showcasing a different stamping technique.  These are my favorites:
Starting at the upper left, is a faux silk technique using tissue paper, a resist, dyed ribbon, a stencil, a reflection using transparency, painting with Lindy's spray, and white ink on black cs.  These are just my favorites.  I was soooo tired that evening that I didn't complete all twenty cards.  Instead I just cherry-picked my favorites.  All the examples were outstanding though, and I wish now I had done them all.  Some of my favorites were the ones using the Lindy's Stamp Gang products, which I had never tried before.

Here's a shot of some of the "loot" I brought home.  Gifts from Tresa, secret sister gifts, roommate gifts, etc.  Cards, stamps, treat holders, supplies & tools--and this photo doesn't even show all the candy and other treats, which I'd already moved to a bowl in my kitchen.  There's some amazing artwork here:  sewing, stamping, Cricut crafts, and jewelry making.

I gave away a few things too.  Here are some examples of my offerings, which I've been wanting to post, but had to wait until after CU:
secret sister gift

Secret Sister Gift

Secret Sister Gift

Roommate Gifts

The surprises inside the owl gift bags.

There was so much gift giving and sharing it was almost like Christmas.  Thank you so much to my secret sister, Kristen, and my roommates Robin, Theresa, Tammy, and Rachel for all the fun presents.

Another little extra was an impromptu lesson by Tahne T. on how to make this bracelet.  She brought all the needed supplies, and several of us made them.  I love it!, but dang that was a lot of jump rings to open and close.
The picture is dark, but the jump rings are linked together all around a strand of blue glass beads.  It's very beach-like, and I plan to wear it two weeks from now when we visit the gulf coast.

Here's a pic of me with my roommates outside our cabin.  We were the "Lil' Otters."
Lil' Otters
Another fun person I got to know was Joy.  Here's a picture of us.  I took it in front of that wall hanging in the dining hall so I wouldn't forget her name...lol

Molly & Joy
Joy is the co-author of the blog "Everyday Cricut" which is huge in the world of Cricut users.  Provo Craft sends Joy and her friend Melanie cartridges before they are released, so they can create projects and blog about them, thus enticing the rest of us to buy.  It's not hard to be enticed by her projects.  She is an absolute wizard with the Cricut and just may have motivated me to get mine out and use it.  To check out the Everyday Cricut blog, go HERE.  Joy's personal blog, Obsessed with Scrapbooking, can be found HERE.  I just checked it, and Joy blgged about me.  A cyberspace full circle I guess.

I met so many nice and talented women at CU.  It was inspring to be around all that talent.  I came home with many new friends and gobs of creative ideas.  I have one more post for later--the Charm Swap.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Creative University - Part 1

Robin G., Tresa Black, & I during Creative University
 Last Thursday through Sunday was Creative University, or Create U, or simply CU.  CU is the brainchild of artist and crafter Tresa Black.  Tresa is a fellow CTMH consultant, a member of the Lindy Stamp Gang design team, and an overall amazing artist.  I've been inspired by her website, Fabulously Artsy for quite a while.

Instead of just stalking Tresa online, my friend Robin & I decided to attend CU this year, something we've wanted to do for years.  This was Tresa's fifth annual CU.  She holds it at Camp Lutherhaven near Coeur d'Alene, Idaho--not a short trip from Iowa.
View of Lake Coeur d'Alene from CU.

The views at Camp Lutherhaven were spectacular!  It snowed a couple times, but not enough to cause problems, and the snow on the pine trees made for some great photos, of course to be scrapbooked later.  Whether we were in a class, hanging out in our crop area, or having a meal in the dining hall, the windows faced the gorgeous woods, lake, and mountains.  Sixty women attended, all scrapbookers, so there were more than a few pictures taken.

Creative Classes:
Card Cafe projects designed by Sheila Bennett

 Sheila Bennett designed and taught the class for these four cards.  Sheila's blog can be found HERE

These four birthday cards all showcased diferent techniques.  My favorite is the whale, which used CTMH's new "Footloose" papers and the "Under the Sea" stamp.

(Oops--the card on the bottom left was upside down when I took the picture!)

Layout designed by Michelle Nist.
Michelle Nist taught the scrapbooking class where we made this layout using CTMH's "Lucy" papers and the "Princess Wings" stamp set.  

Michelle's blog can be found HERE.
The flip-flap on the upper left of the left page of the layout opens to reveal a pop-up butterfly--too cool!

Except for preparing for the CU charm swap, which I'll show pictures of later, I had never made any jewelery until this awesome "Bird on a Wire" bracelet.  This bracelet was designed and taught by Erin Grotegut.  Go to Erin's blog HERE.  I love this bracelet!  I was completely out of my comfort zone, but it turned out great.  I still can't believe I made it.

This project was an altered cd tin. It was designed and taught by Michelle Johns.  Michelle's blog is HERE.  The project used papers from CTMH's "Stella" papers and incorporated some three dimensional flowers cut from the Cricut with CTMH's Art Philosophy cartridge.  I think it's beautiful.  I want to make some similar ones if I can find the cd cases.

The inside of the tin is full of flaps ready for photos.
A long post, and I'm not even done.  More info on CU to follow.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Name Plate with Cocktail Alphabet

I needed a nameplate for a couple crafting events I'm attending soon, so I put this together.  I just got the "Cocktail Alphabet" CTMH stamp set, and I love it.  I added the three dots of white in the capital letters with a white colored pencil.

Ribbon Organization

Here's a peek into my personal ribbon organization system.

My ribbon is in the top right bin on the above bookcase.
  The picture below is what it looks like inside the bin:

If you feel like this system would work for you, feel free to copy it.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Best Spam Comment Ever!

I get spam comments on my blog from time to time, either trying to entice me to click on their link, give money to an African prince, or give me some kind of virus.  I usually delete them without a second look, but this one was awesome.

"obviously like your web site but you need to test the spelling on several of your posts. Many of them are rife with spelling issues and I find it very bothersome to inform the truth however I'll definitely come back again."

I find it very bothersome to inform the truth.  I love it!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Junk Album Workshop

My first Junk Album Workshop was last night, and my three new crafting friends did great!  As my guinea pigs for the workshop, they were great sports about everything that wasn't planned perfectly.

Here's my table full of supplies and tools all ready to go.  It stayed neat through about the first page.

And here's some snapshots of the ladies working.

All their albums turned out awesome!

50th Birthday Card

I made this man's 50th birthday card for a travel-themed birthday celebration.  I used vintage travel stamps and papers and added edge distressing and dark embellishments.  The stamps are colored with watercolor pencils.
Here's the inside.