Thursday, March 28, 2013

Playing with Distress Inks

I am trying to make a bunch of cards to put out at my Spring Garage Sale come the last weekend of April, and while going through my stash of items to put out for sale, I realized I haven't used my Distress Stains in a long time.  So I got them out and used them to make some backgrounds for some cards and also used them to color in some flowers on other cards.

If you live in my area of Ellicott City, Maryland,  I will be having a lot of scrapbook / card making supplies at my garage sale which will start on a Friday, April 26 and go through Saturday, April 27.  It is a neighborhood garage sale so we have over 10 families who will have garage sales going on on our street and the connecting street.

I will be selling stamps, Spellbinder and Sizzix dies, embossing folders, ribbon, embellishments, ink pads, Martha Stewart punches and an assortment of greeting cards.  Everything will be priced to sell, so you won't find prices lower than mine.  If you are in to crafting, you won't want to miss this sale as people who came to it last year will tell you.  Friday is always the best day to come before the crowds get around on Saturday.
I will advertise the sale on Craig's List, but the hours will be Friday and Saturday, 4/26 and 4/27 from 8-1.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Using Reverse Stamps

Just a few cards showing how you can use reverse stamps in a way to make them "pop":

All of these cards were stamped using Versamark ink and then heat embossed with black embossing powder.  When you heat emboss the Reverse Stamp, it allows you to color in the images easily as your marker stays within the embossed areas.

These cards will all be for sale at my April 26-27 garage sale.

Monday, March 18, 2013

April 5 -- Stretch your Stamps Class -- Cancelled

How do you get a background stamp to do that without cutting out your stamp in a circle?

Different background stamp, smaller circular area.  How do you do that?

Same background stamp as card #2, but how do you get it in 4 small squares?

Oval shaped background stamp technique

Flower shaped background stamp technique

Update 03/30/13:
Sorry, due to unforeseen circumstances, I am having to cancel this class.  Look for my next class that is offered on April 20, the Reverse Stamps Class.  Thank you.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

March 22 -- Another Class being offered (Bicycle cards)

I will be offering two classes together at the same time on Friday, March 22 as the cards in these classes are all fairly easy to make and don't require a lot of instruction.

The first class is the Bottle Caps II card class which has it's own post.

The second class which will run at the same time, from 10-1pm and cost the same amount, $20.00, is
the Bicycle Cards class, of which the cards we will be making are shown below.

You do not have to make all of these cards.  If you only want to make some, that is fine.  I will also have the Memory Box bicycle die available for you to cut out as many of as you want as long as it doesn't interfere with the other cardmakers from making their cards.  Just bring in whatever color paper you want your bicycles cut out on and your die cutting machine.  I will supply the pink and black cardstock.

These are some of the cards we will make in the  Bicycle Cards class:

Thinking of You Bicycle Vintage Post Cards

Vintage Bicycle Stationery

Vintage Bicycle Thank you card

Memory Box die cut bicycle cards

I will have other cards available and will post them during the week.  The last day to sign up for this class is Tuesday, March 19 by 12:00 noon please.

You will need to bring the following supplies / tools to this class:

A paper trimmer
Scissors and a bone folder
Roller adhesive and two sided tape, 1/2 inch works best
Glossy Accents or any glue with a fine tip or a glue pen
Foam adhesive dots in a variety of sizes

If you plan on cutting out a lot of the Memory Box bicycles, please bring your own die cutting machine and plates.  This die does cut better with a thin cardboard shim which I will provide.  You will also need a paper piercer to poke out all the tiny pieces once the bicycle is cut out.

If you want to take this class, please email me ASAP to reserve your spot as seating is limited since this class is being combined with the other class.

If you are already signed up to take the Bottle Caps II card class and want to purchase a kit to make these cards, you can do so at the time of the class.  The kit will cost $20 and will include all of the cards above except for the one with the balloons.

Monday, March 11, 2013

March 22 Class -- Bottle Cap Cards II, 10-1pm, $20.00

In this class we will make some bottle cap cards that are totally different from the ones we made in the first bottle caps card class...........these will include some masculine cards as well as some others as seen below:

 (click on images to enlarge)
Could also do this card as a Father's Day card, just use a different greeting
Can also put a sympathy greeting on instead

I have a bunch of different stamps you can use on this card, notice it is a girl's bike?  I used Bottle Caps for the wheels and punched out the spokes for the insides but you have to look closely to notice that.

On this card I took off the basket from the stamp and added an extra bar to make it a boy's bike.  Good card for a long distance birthday wish.

Thank you bottle cap card to give to a guy

I finally found the paper to make this rosette.  We were not able to make this card in the first class.

If you are interested in taking this class, please send me an email ASAP at as this class is expected to fill fast and seating is limited.  The deadline to sign up for this class is March 17.

The supplies / tools you will need to bring to class with you are:

Roller adhesive and foam dots in a variety of sizes, two sided tape 1/2 inch will work well
Scissors and a  bone folder or something to roll your flower on card #2 around such as a pencil
Large glue dots
A die cutting machine if you have one, such as a Cuttlebug (optional, can use the one in the room if you don't have your own)

All the paper, bottle caps and epoxy dots to cover the images inside the bottle caps will be provided.
You will be able to make as many of the above cards in class as time allows.  Since I may be offering this class on another date in April as well, only the cards you actually assemble in class will be taken home and not parts of cards that you did not have time to make.  

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Spring Flowers Card Class Special $10 - March 9, 11:30-1:00pm

I know this is short notice, but I decided to move up the Spring Flowers class to March 9 in order to offer it right after the Easter Cards class that same day and offer a 50% discount on the class fee as well by doing this.  If you can make it to the class on this date, the class will start at 11:30 right after the Easter Cards class.  You do NOT have to take the  Easter cards class in order to take the Spring  Flowers class; in fact, the Easter Cards class is closed out.

These are the punches we will be using if you happen to have them or if you purchased them while they were on sale; the green and purple ones are from Hobby Lobby, the largest / last one is from Michaels.  If you have the blue one, that is no longer made but is a Marvy Uchida and is the same as the one at Michaels.
If you don't have these punches, let me know and I will have the vellum punched out ahead of time for you.

To give you an idea of what the flowers look like when made with DSP:

These flowers go great on 3D items like boxes or embellish a tag with them

 this is the same as the one above

You will also need a stylus of any size and a pad to roll the stylus around on; a mouse pad will work.
The most important tool you will need is a pair of tweezers that are straight nosed like these:

The tweezers cannot have a curve at the end or they will not work.  These can be purchased at Hobby Lobby in the Scrapbook Dept for less than $4.00 plus you can use your coupon on them.  Click on the image to enlarge.

Other supplies you will need for this class are:

A bottle of Glossy Accents
A roller adhesive to hold the card layers together
A roll of two sided tape such as Scor-Tape
Tweezers with straight tips
Stylus and pad

These are some of the cards we will make in class.  The flowers are made with vellum:

The cost of the class is $10 payable in cash the time of the class.  If you are interested in taking this class, please email me back before Friday night at 5:00 pm at