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Friday, July 31, 2015

Full Wrap Of Superhero Academy

Settle in, this is a loooooonnnnng post, seriously order lunch in you'll be here a while.  I hope you read it all though, so much good info.  Today I'm giving my full wrap up of Superhero Academy Craft Weekend, in addition I'll also be talking about a few moments of clarity for me that occurred to me during and after the weekend.  Don't worry I won't get too philosophical :)  I pulled out my camera to take some pictures at the very beginning, then never took it out again.  I got a couple with my cell phone and was sent a couple that some friends took but that's it.  Don't worry though it will still be a full and complete wrap up! I think I got caught up in all the fun it just never occurred to me to take out my camera...guess that's why I'm not a scrapbooker.  Michelle had 28 people in attendance, I wasn't sure how she was going to fit 28 people in the room but she did!  Here's my spot right at the end of the table.  Each group (there were 4) had a different city assignment, we were in Gotham City home of Batman.  That's all my stuff on the floor and I still had more in the car!
Here's a closer look at the table.  There's a schedule, a notepad and pencil.  The fry boxes, door prize slip and a tri-fold card that we had to write down our superhero name for the weekend.  I was the Glitter Crusader!  Fun!!!  The fry boxes were put in one of those Starbucks bottles.  Michelle, Dan and my parents drank a lot of those coffee drinks prior to the weekend to have enough jars :)  I don't drink coffee :/  It wasn't long until the tables were full of crafting supplies of every variety! 
 
 
 
We took some 'city' pictures.  Here's all the ladies who helped hold down Gotham City, we were the best one you know ;)  Back row, Barbara, Kellie, Nikkie, Kim, me.  Front row Angela and Pam.  Aren't our matching t-shirts cute!?  One of our activities for Friday night was to make our superhero t-shirt for the weekend.  Everyone's is customized with their own initial, then we ironed them on our shirts. So cute!
 
You need some good fuel when you're working as hard as we do :)  Don't worry there's some healthy food in there....somewhere......but calories don't count at craft weekends so it doesn't matter ;)













Saturday night everyone in my city had left me, I was working all alone.  There were still plenty of people in the room, just not from Gotham.  They probably all had some superhero emergency to get to.  Our tables look very different from that first picture, before everyone 'moved in'.





Somehow I ended up drawing a crowd on Saturday morning when I was working on a card.....here comes the philosophical part of the post, it's in 3 parts...ready?.....1) I know that my cards that I make during craft weekends are often 'over the top' or more elaborate then your everyday card, however I'm no more talented or crafty then anyone else in that room.  My brain just works a little differently.  When you look at a circle punch, it may be just a circle, when I look at it I see any number of things it could be.  It certainly doesn't mean that I'm more creative then anyone else.  Also I CASE so much, I may 'step it up' but 80% of the time, it's not my original idea.  I do try to link to those blogs that inspire my projects, you'll see that next week. 2) The cards and projects I make at craft weekend take a loooonnnngggg time, I worked on one project on Saturday for almost 8 hours.  One. Project. While my patience with children (and sometimes adults) sometimes doesn't last as long as it should, my patience with tiny punch art is apparently endless (probably because the paper doesn't argue and talk back).  Which brings me back to my first point.  Not everyone is willing to spend 8 hours on one project, that doesn't mean they can't do it, just that they choose to use their time more productively.  3 and final) The projects I come home with are pretty amazing and I love them so much, there's very few that I've ever even parted with in the years that I've attended these weekends.  I truly believe that the reason that these kinds of projects even happen is because of the environment I'm in.  Could I make them at home.....maybe.....but I think part of the fun at these weekends is the atmosphere.  No one is rushed, unless you're rushing yourself, everyone is working on something different.  You could walk around the room and see dozens and dozens of different crafty things happening with everyone, not everyone scrapbooks, not everyone even works with paper.  Just walking around the room may inspire something that you'll make later.  Everyone is so creative in their own way, and when there's that many people around you doing something you love and something they love then it's so easy to be inspired and create.  I'm only able to make the projects I make because of everyone around me.  Those of you who attended the weekend and are rolling your eyes right now-STOP IT! I really believe this.  Here ends this part of the post, let's continue to some more fun stuff!
I've learned that you need to pack an extra, empty bag because you come home with so much more stuff then you left with because Michelle plans every detail, every activity so wonderfully!  She gives us gifts and is so very generous with everything!  While I do make some stuff for her and help her out, she doesn't share a lot with me, I had no idea what the bags were for!  The Wonder Woman bag had a whole Project Life album in it!  I'll get to the Batman one later.  Here's everything I came home with that I didn't leave with.  It fills up my desk!
She gave us one of Stampin' Up!'s staplers during 'weapons training'.  By the way if you don't have the stapler you need it.  It's a great stapler!  It's actually the only stapler we own in our home.  The morning gifts on Saturday and Sunday were Black Bakers Twine and an Adhesive Eraser.  New this year Michelle gave us the option to participate in a 'Card Candy' Swap.  If you're not familiar with what card candy is, they're premade embellishments that you peel off the backing they're on and attach to any premade card or scrapbook page.  They're embellishments and stamped images ready to go.  I posted the ones I made for the swap here.  So I came home with 19 different sets of card candy.  Michelle also included some notecards and envelopes to go with our card candy at the swap. 
There's so much here, I wish I could individually photograph them all, they're all so fun!!!  New this year too, Michelle gave everyone a laminated place mat (standing up in the back).  This was so you could place it over your projects while you eat and you don't get food or mess up what you're working on while you eat.  So fun!!!!
I mentioned and showed you on Wednesday that Michelle gave her downline an assignment and asked them to make projects using the (retired) Gift Card Enclosures.  Here's what I made on this post.  Here's what the rest of her downline made.  See those feet down in the bottom corner, those are Megan's waiting for the cookie in the first one!
The adorable Cookie Monster one was made by Cyndi.  So cute!  I'm sure the cookie was yummy, I didn't even get a piece of it.  As soon as I gave the 'ok' that I was done with the pictures it was gone.  The packaging is soooo adorable though!!!  Vickie did the next one, it had chocolate and a tea mix in it and some Superhero Glam Accessories, do you see what she did, she took some of our star sequins and glued them onto some bobby pins.  OMG I love this!!! 
Nikkie also did some punch art and made a box very similar to the one I made for the tissues.  Her adorable little watermelon slice it tooo cute!!!!  Also filled with candy!  Finally Hope made the adorable little bath set.  There were Lavender bath salts and a little scrubber, LOVE IT!!  Her box was super cute and simple too, she just folded up the petals along the score lines and tied them together.  So cute!!!  We received all of these and the tissue box I made at our Superhero Graduation (I even got a diploma!) on Sunday.  Michelle gave out the Batman bags so we had something to keep our gifts in.  As you can see, I had a great time.  We laughed a lot!  I think more than any other weekend.  It was so much fun.  Michelle puts so much work and time into every weekend, you can see that clearly by every creative detail she comes up with.  I mentioned before that she had 28 people there, that's amazing and a true testament to how incredibly popular these weekends have become.  I honestly don't know how she does it all!  Even with the minimal help I provide her she's an incredible planner.  Her next weekend is already nearly full, if it isn't already.  She told me earlier this week she was down the final spots.  I can't say enough good things about these weekends.  Not only are they fun, and I think pretty productive, but they're also the perfect weekend getaway.  If you want more info on her upcoming weekends you can check out her blog here.  If you've read all the way to the bottom, thank you. This post got a little wordy.  I'll be back on Monday to start to share the projects I made at the weekend. 
Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!!!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Superhero Survival Kit


While attending scrapbook weekend I always like to give special little gifts to my friends and my downline there.  Since the theme was Superhero Academy I decided to make a small super hero survival kit.  It's super cute!!!!  I used the small woodmount cases (did you know you can buy empty wood and clear mount cases!) and I filled them with just a few essentials to get you through Superhere Academy.  The boxes were really easy to make, I printed and punched out the greeting and punched out the star sheild.  I stuck some cardstock in the case and that was it!  Easy and really cute!!!!
So what exactly is in a superhero survival kit???  Here you go see for yourself.  Hero Vitamins (M&M's), Secret Identity Bar (Hershey Bar) and finally Hero Juice (Raspberry Vodka).  I posted the vodka on my facebook page a couple weeks ago when I bought it.  I bought 8 bottles at once.  The clerk looked at me and asked what they were for.  I said they were for a craft project.  I'm sure you can image the strange look I got from the 50 something year old man :)  I love these little bottles, I'm not sure why I went with the raspberry flavor other than I wanted to try it.  The survival kits were very cute and a big hit!  You could easily customize this for any occasion.  I'll have a full wrap up of scrapbook weekend on my blog tomorrow. 
Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

So Many Uses!


I know there are a bunch of you out there waiting for you Tree Builder punch.  I think it's one of the most versitile punches in the catalog and when you pair it with a super cute set like Sprinkles of Life it's gonna be even more popular!  Today I have lots of different uses for that punch!  Michelle asked me (and some of her downline) to create anything with the Gift Card Enclosures (retired).  She gave me 3 packages to create one for each person attending scrapbook weekend.  I thought it would be really cute to make a tissue holder.  I searched a little on Pintrest to see if there were measuements to score this holder and I found this one by Janet Wakeland who gave many different sizes of measuments.  I went with the one that made the largest box.
Once the box was done the rest was easy!  I knew exactly how I wanted it decorated.  I used some DSP from the Sweet Li'l Things package.  The clouds fit perfectly with my theme.  I printed the sentiment on some White cardstock then punched them all out (looking back I would have stamped then punched).  I also punched some raindrops from the Tree Builder punch to finish it.  Super cute!!!!
Michelle also had an optional swap we could sign up for at the weekend.  The swap was for card candy.  If you're not familiar with what card candy is they're small elements already put together and have a dimensional on the back.  You just remove the dimentional backing and you have a premade element to add to any card or scrapbook page.  I went with a different uses of the Tree Builder Punch theme.  I have a bird on a branch, a tree, a reinder and my favorite a rainbow behind a cloud.  All of these are super easy to put together and would be so fun on any card!  There you go so many uses for the Tree Builder punch! 
Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!!!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Superhero Bags


One of my other tasks for the weekend was decorating bags to look like superheros.  I don't know really anything about Wonder Woman so I had to search a lot of images and crafts on Pintrest.  I wanted her 'skirt' to have some dimension and not just be completely flat so I deciced it would be cut pleated.  After a little trial and error I finally got the dimensions right.  Pretty much for this bag It was about 10 inches long I used an 8.5x11 piece of cardstock cut down the middle at 4.25.  I wanted an inch on each side so from each side, to get the pleated look you have to score two lines, so I knew it would be 1 and 1.25 from each side.  Then I found the center and scored 4 lines there at 5 1/8, 5 3/8, 5 5/8 and 5 7/8.  I'm usually not a fan of measuring down to 1/8's but for this bag because I wanted that 5.5 right in the middle I had to.  Once I had it figured out it was easy.  Fold on the score lines to get the pleated look and your done!
I added a Gold Glimmer belt and Dazzling Details Glimmer stars.  The logo was also a trial and error thing.  After looking at the logo for a while I decided to try the triangle punch.  I used a 6x2 piece of cardstock.  I marked the center at 3 that's where the bottom triangle is punched.  Then I marked at 2 and 4, 1 inch on both sides off of the center.  That's where the two top triangles are punched.  Then I just eyeballed it and used my snips to cut the sides.  It worked and I had a template for the rest of them!
   
 Next is the Batman bags.  The bags Michelle found are so pretty!  They're so shiny and glossy, Fast Fuse held really well and so did Tombow.  I wasn't sure how either would stick but they both stuck well!  Obviously Batman was a little easier :)  The logo was a little more challenging :)






We weren't quite sure how we were going to do the logo, we thought about printing them, then Michelle sent me this pin.  As soon as I saw it I knew exactly how they made it.  It's just the Word Window Punch!!!!!  I used two sizes of the oval framelits to make the bases and then just used the Word Window to punch out the wings.  These went really fast once we figured it out!!  Aren't they adorable too!  Custom Batman Logos!!
Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Super Hero Fry Boxes


Over the weekend I attended Superhero Training Academy Craft Weekend.  Michelle asked if I'd be willing to help out...of course!  First on my 'to-do' list was these adorable fry boxes.  I believe the plan was to have these at our stations when we arrived (I'm writing this prior to the weekend).  She was going to put a different treat in each box.  How adorable!!! 
One one of the boxes everyone had their own initials.  Then we did a small banner on the middle box.  The last box has a Batman owl on it.  Which seriouly everyone needs!  The idea for the fry boxes came from here.
Since the theme of the weekend was Super heros I did lots of research on them.  Neither of my kids are all that into super heros...with the exception of Batman, but it has to be the 1960's batman with Adam West.  They love the old Batman TV shows, especially Megan.  They loved these little owls.  I'm not the first to do superhero owls.  If you search Pintrest for them you'll find a ton!  I have more superhero projects to share all week plus a wrap up of the weekend!
Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!!!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Sliding Bee-Guest Blogger

I've asked my friend Kim to guest blog today.  You can see Kim's blog here I know you'll enjoy it!  Remember to follow me on my facebook page to keep up to date on all my activites at Superhero Academy this weekend!  Here's Kim:
 
So the other night I was doing some stamping and, as I often do, I texted a picture of the card I made to Ruth because I was pretty impressed with myself!  LOL  To my surprise, she asked me if I would type something up for her to share on her blog!  Now, if you don’t know me, one thing you should know about me is that I am Ruth’s complete and total STALKER!  Her talents BLOW ME AWAY and so I check her blog every single morning right at 6:00 a.m. (which is what time she posts, in case you didn’t know that little nugget).  Anyway … to be asked by Ruth to guest blog for her is a complete honor and I’m happy to do it!

 

The card I’m sharing was created for a co-worker named Barbara who often goes by “B” and, consequently, collects bees.  I wanted to make a bee-themed card.  I also wanted to play with making a slider card after seeing Ruth’s ice cream slider card which was SO CUTE!  I should say here that I have no idea HOW to make a slider card!  I just played with what I wanted the card to do and managed to make it work.  I will be attending a scrapbooking event with Ruth this weekend and I can’t wait to have here share some tips with me! 

 

In order to make the “Truth” part slide, I put a “track” on the back of the daffodil delight card stock using strips of the edges of dimensionals.  The card stock just sets right inside that track between the two strips of dimensionals so that it stays right where I want it.  (I’m sorry I don’t have pictures of that part ~ I didn’t know I would be sharing a blog post on this card.)  After I got the back part of the slider working properly, I realized the front part was just kind of “flopping” around.  I needed to secure it in some way, so that’s why I added the basic black scallop strips.  They are acting as a “track” on the front of the card to keep everything in place.  (I would have preferred NOT to have those black strips, but since I haven’t learned the magic from Ruth yet, I just had to make due ~ there is ALWAYS a way!)

 

As you can see, when you slide the “truth” sentiment out, it says “You can do it” behind the slider.  (Barbara is taking a brief leave from our office to be a substitute teacher, so the sentiment seemed appropriate.)  To finish the card off, I couldn’t resist stamping a little bee on the inside too.
Barbara received the card on Tuesday and LOVED IT!  (It’s so easy to impress when the card is interactive! ~ Note to self … perfect the art of slider cards ASAP!)

 

I hope you enjoyed today’s post.  Thanks for looking and THANK YOU, Ruth, for letting me guest blog!  It is an honor.

 

Until next time … here’s wishing you many creative adventures and a very blessed day!
 
Stamp sets:       
Words of Truth
Honeycomb Hello (for the bee)
Cardstock:          
Basic Black and Daffodil Delight
Tools:                   
Big Shot
Hexagon Hive Thinlit
Scallop Border Punch (retired)
7/8” Circle Scallop Punch
1” Circle Punch
Project Life Corner Punch
Ink:                       
Memento Tuxedo Black


Thursday, July 23, 2015

Almost Time!!!


I spent a good part of Wednesday packing for Superhero Training Academy Craft Weekend!  I'm so excited!!!  It starts tomorrow afternoon!  I'm ready for a fun relaxing weekend of crafting and hanging out with friends!
I'm still taking a massive amount of stuff, but I think I'm getting better at this packing thing....or it was just easier because my room is organized.....who knows!!!  I have a special guest post tomorrow from my friend Kim and make sure to check next week for all the fun stuff I made prior to and for Superhero Weekend!  If you want to keep up to date on what's going on at Superhero Weekend 'Like' my Facebook Page  I'll be updating frequently! 
Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

My Punch Classes


I had a couple people email me recently and in the past on how I set up my punch classes.  I've been doing punch art classes for a while, a few years and I used to just put all the punches on the table and let everyone do their own punching.  I don't do it that way anymore, for my punch art classes I pre-punch everything, more on that later though.  The tables are set up just like any one of my other classes.  There's a sample of the card and all my supplies are on each table for that card. 

Back to the pre-punched pieces.  After about 2 classes of putting the punches on the tables and letting my customers punched I changed my mind and looked for a better way.  Often I use the same punch for multiple cards in punch art (for example we used the 1.5" circle on every card this month!).  There were other reasons too, I was able to control how much paper was used so that I didn't waste much if any.  It saves lots of time, people don't have to keep passing punches around and waiting for that person to finish.  I found this way to work better for everyone.  So I spend more time prepping this class then a regular class because of all the punching prior to the class.  Once it's punched the pieces go in labled zip lock bags so I know what is what.  I have bags that say "Dog Head",  "Santa Body", etc.  Sounds morbid when I type it..... 
When I set up the class I dump the bags onto little labled plates that not only label what each piece is but how many you need of that piece.  I hope this helps out my customers as well as me. 
Like all my classes I hold them at my church.  I don't always get this nice big room, sometimes I get the space in the library, still a nice space just not as big.  Everyone makes 4 cards, they rotate tables.  If you have more questions on my classes, please let me know.  If you'd like to attend any I'd love to have you there!  My class schedule is below, please contact me to attend!
 

August 15, 2015, 9:30am
Pop Up Card Class!
Join me to make 4 fun pop up cards! Printed instructions will be provided so you can duplicate these pop up cards time and time again. This class is $20 or free with a $35 catalog order at the class. Last day to sign up for this class is August 7.
September 12, 2015, 9:30am
Birthday Card Stamp A Stack!
It’s my birthday month! It’s time to make some birthday cards!!! You’ll make 12 cards, 3 each of 4 designs. This class is $20 or free with a $35 catalog order at the class. Last day to sign up for this class is September 4.
October 17, 2015, 9:30am
Christmas Card Stamp A Stack!
It’s here!! You wait all year for this class!! 20 cards for $20!!! It’s the best deal around! You’ll make 20 Christmas Cards, 5 each of 4 designs. There will be an online sign up for this class. You must register online to attend this class. Look for the online sign up in September! Remember to sign up early space it limited!

November 7, 2015
TBA

December 12, 2015, 9:30am
Customer Appreciation Party!
Please join me to make 4 cards FREE! My gift to you! These cards will be quick and fun! Just the break you’ll need during all the hustle and bustle December brings! Orders appreciated but not required. Last day to register for this class is December 4.
   
 Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Punch Art Class Part 2


I have my other two punch art cards from my class to share with you today.  You probably notice on my punch art cards that there's not a lot of technique or accessories added on them.  It's mostly because these cards are really meant to focus on the adorable punch art.  I want my customers to leave the class thinking, "I can do that!" not frustrated that there's too many details or complicated techniques involved.  Birds are always a big hit with punch art, this little bird couldn't be easier!  The tree is just circles!  I was a card that inspired me to make this on pintrest but the link didn't work (don't you hate that!) so I can't link to the original creator. Here's the punched I used for this card: Triangle Punch, 1 1/2" Circle, 2" Circle, 1" Circle.  I also cannot stress enough how much a little sponging can add to your punch art creations.  The tree for example has depth because each circle is sponged with the coordinated Old Olive ink. 
Finally, a cat!  This cute kitty is simple and I love that it's looking out a window.  I was inspired by this card.  Here's the punches used: Triangle, 1 1/2" Circle, Word Window, XL Oval.
Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Punch Art Class Part 1


On Saturday I had a punch art class.  I love these classes and I think my customers love them as much as I do!  I've never (at least I can't remember) a punch class where we didn't do a punch art dog.  It's getting really challenging now to find new dogs, because we've done so many other kinds.  This one I love and it's all mine, I made him up!!! :)  We stuck this fun little guy on the outside of a Mini Treat Bag.  So cute!!! 
There's a card on the inside that we stamped with the Watercolor Words set.  Here's the punches I used for him: 2.5" Circle, 2" Circle, 1" Circle, 3/4" Circle, 1/2" Circle, Fun Flower, Tree Builder.
Christmas in July anyone???? Isn't this Santa cute!!!!??!  I saw this card on Pintrest and LOVED this little guy.  I've had him 'pinned' for a while.  I decided it was time to finally make him.  He's super easy too here's the punches I used: Tree, 2 3/8" Scallop Circle, 1/2" Circle. 1 1/2" Circle, 1" Circle.  I used some googlie eyes to add to his character :)  I have the other two cards to share tomorrow.
Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!!

Friday, July 17, 2015

S'more Fun!


S'more's are those classic summer time treats that everyone loves.  Why not make some cute gift packages and hand them out to your friends?!  These were so easy to make too!!!!  I used the 6x8 cello bags and put a graham cracker and a couple of chocolate bars and marshmallows in it.  I folded the top over and stapled it closed.  Then I cut some Chocolate Chip Cardstock at 2x6 and scored it down the center at 1".  Attach that to your bag.  I printed off the greeting "it's always s'more fun with you!" and cut it out and attached that to the Chocolate Chip CS.
The little s'more guy is super cute and super easy.  He's made with just two punches, Word Window and 1" Square.  Sponge the Crumb Cake and White pieces with Crumb Cake ink, especially on the marshmallow so it looks 'toasted'.  Add a little face and your done!  So cute and YUMMY!!!!!
Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Sliding Ice Cream


I woke up on Sunday with this idea for a card in my head.  After a couple failed attempts I finally got it right!  The card by itself is a lovely card, the Dots for Days background stamp (I told you you'd see it a lot this week) is embossed with Iridecent Ice Embossing Powder so it's shiny and sparkly!  I love the scattered sequins on the card, but the truly adorable thing about this card is when you pull the little tab at the top.....

.....the ice cream starts to grow more and more scoops!!!!  Who doesn't want and endless ice cream cone!!!?!?! 
I ended up only putting on two extra scoops but you can add more!  My original idea was to have them all stacked behind the pink scoop and then they emerged from there.  When that didn't work out.  I realized it will be easier and just as cute to have them all pre-stacked and come up from behind the first layer of the card.  So I stuck down 3 scoops of ice cream and cut a slit in my card front.  There's another smaller slit behind the pink ice cream cone for the pull tab.
Starting from the bottom of the card base you slide you scoops in, pull tab first, so the scoops are behind the bottom of the card base but come up the slit to the top of the card base.  Remember that pull tab and that extra slit you cut? This is where you slide just the pull tab back under the card base through that slit.  The pull tab is only adhered to the chocolate scoop not the other two.  Attach a small horizontal piece of cardstock slightly larger then your first slit to the the bottom of your pull tab (under where it's adhered to the bottom scoop). This prevents your scoops from slidding out completely.  I did have to punch another pink scoop and attach it with Dimensionals over the first pink scoop so that before it's pulled out the scoop is over the top of the cone not behind it.  Stick your card front to your card base with Dimensionals, making sure none of the Dimensionals interfere with the sliding.  Then your ice cream should move up and down!  I hope all that makes sense :)  If not please feel free to leave a comment and I'll respond.
Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!!!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Spinning Sheep


If there are 2 sets from the new catalog that have stole my heart one would be Dots For Days {best background EVER!} and probably Barnyard Babies.  I seem to reach for this set more and more and more.  The little animals are just tooooo stinking cute!  This card started out as like a counting sheep for bed card, but since I couldn't find a greeting that captured that element I turned it into a baby card.  Mostly because I really wanted to finish it, it was too cute not to finish!  The Circle Framelits are the real heros of this card.  I cut out two circles one in Pool Party and a smaller one in white.  Then I traced and cut the white circle out of some printer paper and folded it to find the center and to evenly quarter off my white circle without having to eyeball it.  That never works for me.  I stamped one sheep in each of the quarters. 
My vision on this card was the white piece turns, and the sheep just keep coming.  LOL!  It's super cute!!!  See where the counting sheep would have really been a cute card???  If anyone has a greeting suggestion for that card please comment and let me know, I'll make you a spinning sheep card if I use your greeting!  So stinkin cute!!  I could sit here spinning this card over and over again....oh wait I have done that.  I just gets cuter and cuter!!
The sheep are all colored the same.  I used my Blender Pens and Smoky Slate, Pool Party and Wild Wasabi Pads.  Super simple coloring.  To make the spinner card I used a brad, put through both the Pool Party and White layer.  The Pool Party Circle is slightly bigger and thats key to this card.  You want to adhere the Poop Party circle down along the edges (where it won't interfere with the white circle) with Dimensionals.  I cut mine so they were smaller and fit better.  Don't put any adhesive on the white circle and make sure it's not touching any adhesive and stick it to your card base.  The white circle will spin and the Pool Party will stay put.  So super cute!!!! 
Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Paper Pieced Trailer


I'm really loving the You're Sublime stamp set.  I love all the images and all the puns.  When I first saw this little trailer I loved it and really wanted to paper piece it together!  For the card base though, this is a gate fold card so it opens in the middle.  on one side I kept it super simple, on the other I wanted to mirror the dots on the trailer so I pulled out my Dots For Days Background and I stamped it on one side.  Just a quick heads up, I, unknowingly, used the Dots For Days background on 3 of the cards this week......I didn't even realize it until I was taking the pictures.  I just love it and seem to reach for it a lot!  Back to this card though, for the trailer I stamped the image 6 times, once each on the Bohemian DSP, then on cardstock Melon Mambo, Island Indigo, Daffodil Delight, Blackberry Bliss and Basic Gray.  Then I went to work and fussy cut it all out.  I really don't mind the cutting.  I know some people hate to cut stuff out, I actually like it! I did use my xacto knife for the smaller parts like the window in the door and around the hitch. 
All the pieces that were cut out were glued onto the gray piece.  Once everything was down I covered all the gray outline parts with Crystal Effects.  Since these spaces are a little small I used a toothpick to put it in there.  This was a little crazy and time consuming but I love it.  It adds a nice shiny, glossy look to it.  I also brushed on (with a paint brush) some Crystal Effects on the windows, hubcap and the heart too.
Like I said this is a gate fold card so it opens from the center.  I love it!!
Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!