Sunday, October 16, 2016

Harry Potter Owl Post Class

Lest you think I relax on the weekends, I wanted to share our super fun Harry Potter Owl Post Class. My mom (of the famous "Coffee and Cards with Pat and Ali" video series) and I coordinated our efforts to put together this HP class. My family is obsessed with Harry Potter! Every year we do a party, but as we saw the calendar filling up this fall, we decided to pull together a class in less than a week! 

Yes. It can be done (especially when we already had most of the decorations from previous years). 

We designed 4 projects (well, one was really designed by our Paper Pumpkin gods and goddesses!!)

Here are the projects:
Paper Pumpkin Awesomeness!

This one features the Shaving Cream technique.
Kids LOVE this! I also used the bats from the
Cookie Cutter Halloween set.

The starry swoosh on this magical birthday card
features the Star of Light set from the Holiday
Catalog. I printed the quote on our vellum.

This one highlights the Playful Palette DSP and the
 retired stocking builder punch.
When the kids (I mean, wizards-in-training) arrive, they first had to eat:

These were so cool! I saw it o Pinterest, of course.

Then we went to Hagrid's Hut to make the shaving cream backgrounds

Then to get to Hogwarts, they had to traverse the Dursley's and all the Hogwarts letters . . .

  Then, once at Hogwarts, they have quills and ink wells waiting for them . . .

And an "Owlery" of course

And those darn proclamations . . .
During breaks between classes, they can visit Hogsmeade for a snack . . .

Then off to the Gryffindor Common Room . . .

Thanks for stopping by today! Now I need to go have a glass of "Butterbeer" and then take a nap. 

See you next time, and stay crafty!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Christmas Card Buffet!

I have been holding monthly Christmas Card Buffets since August to get a head start on Christmas Cards, and it's been such a huge success that I thought I'd share some of the projects we will be making Monday night. 

The "buffet" lets people choose which projects they like the best and make as many of them as they want. This allows them to play with a variety of items from the current catalogs and reproduce the projects quickly. Plus, I do all the hard work ahead of time: the embossing, bow-tying, die-cutting and paper-trimming. All my crafters have to do is come, stamp, assemble and enjoy themselves!

Project #1:

Project #2:

Mini Jingle Bells
Warmth and Cheer DSP
3/8" (1 Cm) Ribbon Silky Taffeta Combo Pack

If you live near Springfield, IL, I would love to have you come out Monday night. Just RSVP to my Website and I'll see you there!

Thank you for taking the time to check out my projects!

Have a great day and stay crafty!


Saturday, October 1, 2016

World Card Making Day!

Do you remember the last time you received a card in the mail? In a sea of junk mail and bills, a card really stands out to the person who receives it. With World Card Making Day on October 1, celebrate by making and sending a handmade card to someone who could use a little recognition, love, or just a boost (which is anyone, really!). And Stampin' Up! is offering some basic supplies at a discount so that making those cards is just a little easier.

As an aside, the Fast Fuse is buy one, get one refill for free which makes it the same price as our snail adhesive. I know that I will be stocking up on that!

I'm heading to my craft studio right now. What are you doing today?

2015-2017 In Color 8-1/2 x 11 Cardstock
2015-2017 In Color Envelope Paper
2016-2018 In Color 8-1/2 x 11 Cardstock
2016-2018 In Color Envelope Paper
Designer Tin of Cards Project Kit
Envelope Punch Board
Fuse Fast Adhesive

Monday, September 26, 2016

Pokemon Go Birthday Card

Happy Monday, everyone!

This weekend was a whirl, as anyone with young kids can imagine. Between baseball games, soccer games, birthday parties and tween girl swim parties (yes, in September!!), I was barely able to get my students' papers graded (oh the joys . . .). 

I got a call late Saturday evening inviting Henry to a birthday party for a friend who had moved to another nearby town over the summer. He missed his friend, so, despite the last-minute invite, we were determined to make it to the party. We ran out to get his present that night. The next morning, I sent Henry to the studio to pick out a card (I was busy grading, you know). Surely, I thought, there is a card suitable for a little 9-year-old boy.

Shows what I know.

Henry interrupted my grading to ask for help. How could I turn down a chance to craft with my boy? Papers schmapers.

Henry had picked out Pokemon Cards for the gift, so we decided a Pokemon card was in order. The problem was time. It was already 10 and the party started at 11, and the whole family was invited. Why must we all attend the Chuck-E-Cheese party? I. do. not. know.

And (shocker) I hadn't showered yet. On any other Sunday, we would all have been cleaned, fed and feeling moral at church, but as I said, we were "determined to make it to the party." So, happy in our pajamas, we knuckled down on this Pokemon card. 

I quickly googled Pikachu. And I mean quickly. We punched and cut so quickly, I honestly cannot remember much. We used the owl builder punch for sure (I should keep that punch in a safe. I love it so much). 

Here is what we came up with:

We made another "Faux Flip" card because I wanted to use the Poke Ball to hide the inside surprise. Plus, I like that it's a little more interactive for a little kid. 

Here's the step-by-step on the Pokeball:
  1. Use the 2 ½ circle framelit to make 1 red and 1 white circle. 
  2. Hold the circles together and punch the center of both at the same time with the ¾ inch circle punch. Save your little white circle for the center of your Poke Ball.
  3. Score the center of the circles (this is the estimate where your center is)
  4. Then cut on either side of the score line. 

At this point, you should have 4 "c" shapes (2 red and 2 white. This is good because you will have extras in case you mess up, which I did. 
You can now build your "ball." Cut a black circle the next size up from the 2½ circle with your framelits. This will serve as your base.

TIP: When you begin building your Poke Ball, place your ¾ inch white circle in the center first. Then, build your top and bottom around the center. I tried building from the top down, and that did not work! 

Here is the rest of the card. You'll have to use your imagination on how to build Pikachu. I really rushed and I'm not very pleased, but Henry liked him and that's all that matters. Plus, I don't think he's half bad for a quick job!

Today's moral? 

I learned that it's ok to set aside my work to spend time with my boy. How much longer will he want to make Pokemon cards with me?

I also learned that we can knock out a card lickety split when we have to.

I also learned that showers are overrated.

Thank you for stopping here today. I hope you come back tomorrow. I will have updates and maybe a Christmas project to show you!

Have a super day. Until next time, stay crafty!