Sunday, April 27, 2014

Over the past month, I've been working here and there in cleaning out my craft room and rearranging things in an effort to make the space more usable and efficient.  When you acquire more material, the old space just doesn't work as well.  About half done now.  No cleaning this weekend as I need to get some cards done -- 2 Graduations, a Thank You, a Baby card and some Mother's Day cards.

In cleaning up my work table so I could create, I found a rubber stamp I didn't think I had -- it wasn't on my list.  List?  Yes, I have a list -- of all the rubber stamps, templates, inks, pens, glitter glues, paper packs/pads, etc., I own so I do not pick up duplicates.  You're all familiar with that, right?  Thus my list.  I checked my list, and discovered that all the rubber stamps, templates and embossing folders and die cuts on that table were not on the list!  I think it is updated now, so I can create once again....

First, let me show you a birthday card I did for younger sister Jan back in March. Besides Penguins and Tweety, she also loves Fairies, so this is quite appropriate for her.

The 5-layered Fairy came from a pack of layered patterns from The Netherlands, compliments of our Belgium friends.  Each layer of the Fairy is hand cut.  Base paper is Bloemen (Btossoms; i.e., Blossoms) Block 14 (StudioLight in The Netherlands).  My Dutch is a little rusty, but I believe the translations are correct.  The stock red paper was embossed with Ornate Frame (sizzix #656989).  Butterfly ribbon (craft smart), and Pink and Silver stars (The Netherlands) completes this cute birthday card.

This adorable Baby Boy card with Bear comes from the same Netherlands layered pack -- and each layer is hand cut, up to 5 layers.  Base paper is Baby Boy (me&mybigideas).  Stock maroon paper Top Note die cut (stampin' up).  The white paper Doily is brushed with Tim Holtz Salty Ocean distressed ink.  Blue stock ribbon and black Train brad complete the card.  For once, I completed a card well in advance, like 3 months early.  The baby is due in early June.

I also wanted to play with my embossing powders yesterday.  I had purchased a couple of new powders at the Sew & Stitchery Expo in late February, and wanted to see how they compete with the Ranger embossing powders I currently use.  I haven't made cards with them yet, and will post photos when completed.

Here is the card I completed yesterday with the Ranger silver embossing powder, Butterflies and Apple Blossoms:

Silver Embossed powder on green marbled paper, edged with French Blue (cats eyes).  Butterflies and Apple Blossoms are all colored with Copic markers and Gelly Roll glitter pens for highlights.  Adhered with pop dots.  Green lace ribbon (the paper studio) completes the card.

Last Saturday, I taught a (postage) stamp greeting card class at a stamp show in our area (see earlier postings).  I had three students, who thoroughly enjoyed the class.

This is the first time Jack has ever attempted a paper craft project.  He caught on quickly, did a great job on making his cards, and he thoroughly enjoyed the experience!  Some of his cards will be used as birthday cards for his mother and sister.

Gina is a school teacher, and hoped that what she learned in class, she could apply to the classroom.  Her husband is a stamp collector, so she was under no time restraints to complete her cards.  She enjoyed the class immensely, and her husband was impressed by the completed cards.

Lisa is a beginner card maker and is at the level we all start at -- basic papers and punch-outs.  She took the class to improve her skill and loved what she was learning!

Lisa learning to use an adhesive runner instead of glue.  All the students agreed the adhesive runners are a lot better than glue of any sort.

Jack proudly showing a completed card.

Lisa showing off one of her completed cards.

All three students did a great job with their cards!  They all want another class with at least one card a Christmas/Holiday greeting card.  Before the class even started, one of my sample cards was sold by my husband!  Customer agreed to pick up the card after the class.  After class, I left the remaining sample cards on the table with the flyer for that class.  Several customers and vendors' wives inquired about the class.  It appears I may well have a full class come July, when we will have it next at the Evergreen Stamp Show in Kent, Washington.

After the class ended, Lisa brought out several items to ask for advice in how to use.  Then she brought out this:

I've been making greeting cards for about 10 years and have not seen this paper pack (or just missed it on the store shelves).  I got a kick out of it and took a photo.  I posted a "remember this?" message with photo to DCWV Facebook page.  We are all getting a kick out of older items.  Thanks Lisa!

I still need to work up samples for the North Sound class, of which I have 7 people interested in taking.  I was hoping to have the class before Mother's Day, but it does not appear that will happen.  Just too many things going on (including a broken shower and broken dishwasher, former fixed today, latter fixed on Tuesday).

Our Belgium friends will be in town in a few weeks, so we can't wait to see what goodies they are bringing.  Rest assured, we have goodies for them....This year, we get only one day together, so we will definitely try to make the most of it.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

If you have a separate crafting room, you know how quickly it can become "overgrown".  My room is in such a state.  About two weeks ago, my husband and I started cleaning it out/up....sorting out all the stitchery and card-making magazines and books, and figuring which I want to keep.  Putting away items I haven't put away in a long time (and that NEED to be put away).  Next, came the couple dozen boxes out of the closet to sort through and put in a separate room reserved as storage.  This included sorting through 25+ years of income tax returns -- what to keep, what to shred and what to recycle; I have four boxes left to sort.  The amount of boxes that went into storage (incomes taxes and family estate stuff) is cut in half, and boxes that went back into the closet is just a fraction of what was previously in there.  I did, however, take the time to clear a path to my work table so I could make a few postage stamp greeting cards for a couple of upcoming shows:

I'm trying to use papers that I haven't used in a while, and I think I have the perfect fit with these cards.  This base paper is from Bo Bunny et cetera Collection.  The ribbon is airmail adhesive paper tape.  Notice the 3 blings on right side of ribbon.  Yes, these are real postage stamps.

This paper is also from the et cetera collection.  World map paper tape and three brads complete this card.  As you can see, I am working on "man" theme here.

This paper is from the KaiserCraft Vintage Timeless paper pad.  The ribbon is from Queen&Co, complete with the three buttons.

This background paper is also from the Vintage Timeless paper pad.  Dark blue-green "coral reef" ribbon was added, and the card was completed with three small seashells. In sorting through our "keepsake" boxes, I came across this necklace that my husband made way back when in the 1970's -- yep, when these necklaces were all the rage.  He asked me what to do with it.  "If you don't want to keep it, put it in the charity box."

"Can you use the seashells in your cards?" he asked.

See why I keep him around!  He strung these shells pretty tight as it was a little difficult to get them off the fishing line, but I managed. Don't the shells look great!  I have a lot more shells for future cards.

This base paper is from MME (My Mind's Eye) Traveler paper pad.  Card was finished with Blue and Green twine and three buttons.

This background paper came from MME Blush paper pad.  The green ribbon is from The Paper Company Secret Garden pack. Love the colors and designs in this ribbon pack.  Couple pieces of flower to make one, add a bling, and card complete.

Base paper here is from Authentique's Splendid paper pad.  Ribbon is again from The Paper Company Secret Garden ribbon pack.  Two paper flowers and a Butterfly brad complete the card.

All paper pads are 6 or 6½ inches square.

The background paper on this card is from Art Talent paper block (out of The Netherlands), in a previous gift box from our Belgium friends.  The paper pack contains 20 designs,  all with glitter and in pastel colors.  The glitter on this card is stripes down the paper in neat columns.  The photo does not do it justice, but looks real nice in person.

Remember, all these cards are for sale.  All my postage stamp greeting cards sell for $4.00 each, regardless of what is on them.

Upon a request from last December, I am teaching a class on making these cards at a stamp show this coming weekend, Saturday, April 19, Noon to 2:00 pm.  See my March 20 entry to view the greeting cards the students are making.  Not shown, is a surprise card they will make.  If you are in the area and want to make the cards, attend the show (no admission), pay your class fee and let's get down to business!  Show information:

Evergreen Stamp Show
Kent Commons
525 - 4th Avenue North
Kent, Washington
Noon to 2:00 pm
$20.00 for 5 greeting cards
Please bring small scissors and stamps to match the topics of the cards shown in the March 20th entry.  I am bringing stamps if you do not have access to any.

Have a great Easter everyone!

And, yes, I am still working on cleaning the craft room....