Saturday, February 26, 2011

Easter Fun LO for Cricut class

I have been asked to teach a Cricut class at an upcoming crop in my area. I had a really hard time figuring out how to work this. I know many of you out there in the land of Cricut bloggers have held these type of classes so I'd appreciate any suggestions on how this works for you. What I came up with is to have everything pre-cut in a kit. I would provide detailed instructions on how I made all the cuts and the special Cricut features I used. Then at the crop at the beginning of the class doing a 20 minute presentation demonstrating how I made all the cuts and the features I used. Then I would let them finish their layout at their own pace. I don't think they will all be bringing their own Cricuts and probably won't have all the cartridges I used so I think time wise this would work best. Please comment with suggestions you have for this type of class. Also I was thinking of charging $15 for the class. It includes instruction and all the materials, ribbon, paper, brads, and all the tiny cuts on a strip of Xyron so they don't get lost. Would you pay that much for this?

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Who's Ready for Spring page for stamp club

I am trying to get together a group to make a stampers (or scrappers) 10. I want the focus to be on scrap booking and over the course of the 10 months we meet we would complete an 8 x 8 album. I have just created my first sample that I would use for March. Going to email the photo to my small SU mailing list and see if I can get close to 10. Wish me luck!
I used the funky four stamp set and owl punch. The designer paper is playdate. The alphabet stamps are retired SU that I am comfortable using for a class because I just can't see replacing alphabet stamps every time they retire. They are just to pricey  to discard like that. 

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Loads of Love card for several challenges

This is the first card I have made to enter several challenges at once. I used a folded frame  in this card to meet the criteria for Tuesday Morning Sketch #81. I also used the sketch for the Tuesday card sketch at Sketches in Time. In addition to that I used colors to meet the criteria for the EAD Feeling Irish Color Challenge EAD Feeling Irish Color Challenge. I used SU papers in Old Olive, Very Vanilla, and Chocolate Chip as well as Old Olive designer paper. I embossed the stamp (Loads of Love, and Loads of Love Accessories) in gold. The sentiment is from my favorite SU set Teeny Tiny Wishes and I used some hardware from the Hodgepodge Hardware set.

Sesame Place and Scrap Fit Kick the Winter Blues entry

I love the bright colors I used for this LO of Sesame Place. The challenge at ScrapFit was to use green, orange, yellow, and white. Yup got them all. I really felt that because of the brightness and large patterns of this paper from We R Memory Keepers it really needed the white space to balance it out. I borrowed the Sesame Street ABC cartridge from a friend to cut the letters in the title and the Elmo and Big Bird die cuts. I cut the sun and cloud from Simply Charmed and gave them Peach Keen doll faces. I thought the title was very clever if I do say so myself. I also used a few coordinating We R Memory Keeper chipboard stickers to embellish the page. The paper used for the journaling box came from the SU celebrations designer series pack.

I turned of all the lights in my scrap room except the overheads (it would have been pitch black without) but I still couldn't get rid of the glare on my photos. It's too bad because they are really beautiful shots of the Sesame Street parade.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

My Digital Studio Birthday Projects

Oy! I feel like I have totally neglected my blog and craft room this week. Between the weather and my kids being sick I feel like I have done absolutely nothing in the last week and a half. I am happy to report that I do have something to post today and this is the first post on my  new laptop. Yay!
So, my boys turned 4 yesterday and I crafted a little hybrid project. I used Stampin Up! My Digital Studio to create a little scallop layered with circles that said Happy Birthday with 4 in the center. I used them to make little birthday banners for their chairs and toppers for their cupcakes.
 To make the banner I used the pizza cut from Simply Charmed (with the shadow feature) and welded it on my gypsy with the scallop border cut from Accent Essentials. I cut it on SU! Celebrations patterned paper. It's not perfect but it worked well enough for my purposes. I cut another pizza in Real Red again with the shadow feature on to layer on top. I cut two 1.5" x 12" strips of Brilliant Blue and scored them at every 1/2". I folded them like an accordion and glued together. I then punched out with my SU large scallop punch the scallop circle I created with MDS. I hung them from my boys chairs with ribbon. They really liked them and noticed them right away when they came out for breakfast yesterday.

For the cupcake toppers I again used my scallop punch to punch them. I also punched scallops of the same size in Real Red for the back. I placed a toothpick in the center and glued them together with Zip Glue. I put my clothespins that have been laid off for the season to work holding them together overnight. I am sure they didn't need to dry that long but I did them late Mon. night and just let them sit overnight. The kids were impressed and I didn't have to do anything fancy to come up with cute looking cupcakes.