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Friday, July 17, 2020


I decided I wanted to color better with colored pencils. I found this really good online class from Kit and Clowder. She has free classes, some great general information, and classes you pay for.  She is in Australia, so the price is not too bad after the conversion and I LOVE her accent. She is also very positive and encouraging and offers free consultations. She covers pencils and while she uses Prismacolors, she has charts for other brands. She also has Copic marker classes with conversion to other marker brands. 

The June/July class was called Brighten Your Day and her is my result. I used Faber Castell Polychromos pencils and Springhill Vellum Bristol Cover Digital - 67# and 147gsm. It fits in the manual feed of my printer without any trouble. You need to be able to print out the images to color.

I have not started the July/August class (classes start on mid month) it is not quite my style (it looks a little like Cinderella), but I can see a lot of interesting shading techniques and practice with skin coloring. So I will try it. 

That is all from here. Take care everyone!!

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Virtual Retreat

I decided to try a virtual retreat. It was held April 25 on facebook and was presented by Brandy Cox, Connie Stewart, Jackie Bolhuis, Lisa Curcio and Sharon Armstrong. I signed up through Connie Stewart.

It was fun, I learned a lot including various tips and tricks, a lot to remember but luckily I have the videos and tutorials to fall back on. I can't share those with you they are for the retreat goers only. But I can share with you what I made using their directions.

So here goes, lots of photos - there were 11 presentations, plus a bonus guest or two!  Not everyone made the exact same card since we used what we had on hand, but all are the same technique. We have a week to post our finished cards and then our names will go into a drawing to win a prize!

The day started with a pop up card taught by Brandy.

That was followed by a 6"x 6" one sheet wonder taught by Jackie. It made 5 cards.

Then Sharon taught this fun fold.
 This extra sentiment layer on the inside was my idea and not part of the tutorial.

Then Lisa taught us how to make a sunburst card. The State flag called to me for this one.

Then Connie taught us a floating image card. I made two.

Brandy then taught us a framed card and using Stampin' Blends and sponge daubing.

Jackie taught us a card to make using paper scraps.

Sharon taught us how to make this box.

We had a surprise visit by Gerta who taught us how to make another box, but I have not made it yet.

Lisa challenged us to make a card using a specific card layout.

Then Connie showed us how to make our own designer series paper and this cool triple fold card.

The day ended with a Mystery card. I have never done this before and it was fun!! Before the retreat started we were given our first clue which consisted of the cuts and scores for card stock and paper, and any other supplies. When the class started we were given clues (instructions) one at a time and in the end we should have a card that looked like the one she made. We did not see the finished card until the end. I was luckier than some mine came out correctly! It was a double Z fold!

If you are interested they plan to do another one in July, date to be determined.

That is all for now!!

Friday, April 10, 2020

Paper Craft Funk

I have been in a paper crafting funk. But I have been stitching up a storm!!
My go do hobby is stitching. I find it relaxing and soothing during this time, so not a lot of paper crafting going on here right now.

My paper crafts club here is on hold until the corona virus is over since our meeting rooms are closed. But we do have a kind of web service (groupworks) and our club President asked members to email or text her photos of their March Challenge cards to help keep us connected.  It was a layout challenge and here is mine:

I used colored pencils to color the bird and birdhouse. The stamp set is birdhouses2stamp by Stamps of Life.

Our April challenge is  a 12" x 12" one sheet wonder. I used Easter paper and made 14 Easter cards. Nothing fancy, they are very simple, but my mojo is off right now.

Keep paper crafting!!

Saturday, March 21, 2020

A Mix of Cards Made Recently

Ok, I am trying something new...creating a blog post from an ipad. I much prefer typing with a real keyboard since I am a touch typist, not a hunter and a pecker! I also love my mouse.

Well, it was a partial fail and now I am on the computer again. Even though I was on my paper craft blog, this posted on my stitching blog. So I had to go to the computer and fix it.

Arizona card using a Saguaro embossing folder, Stampin’ UP! Old Olive, black and a section of 12x12” sheet with Arizona motifs that i got at my local Paper Craft Store. 


 I made this card for a friend’s dad whose birthday is March 17. Colors are  Stampin’ UP! Call Me Clover, Pumpkin Pie and white. Swiss dots embossing folder and Wavy Sayings and die from Lawn Fawn.

My Paper Crafts Club had a class on Quilling and this was the card we made. I really enjoyed it and plan to do more.

Well that is all for now.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Baby Boy Cards

We have a new addition to the family and my hubby and I are a grand Aunt and Uncle!! We are happy too.

I made a onesie card for the parents:

I made this dresser card for grandma:

That is all for now.

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Inaugural Card Class

I am going to try giving a card class!

I have done parties/workshops before, but not a class. Here is my game plan:

All of my events include at least one fun fold. This class will feature a Fall themed window sliding card.

Cost is $20 for four (4) cards, or FREE with a minimum order of $20
You will receive complete kits and instructions to make the following 4 cards:

 Because the focus in on the window sliding card, more time will be given to making this card, but since there are four cards, I plan to do the class like the shops and most of the work will be done in advance. Space is also limited, so I am encouraging folks to sign up in advance to save a seat. I also have a nice group of friends who are willing to be helpers - and I help them when they need it. 

I am still working on a date, but hope to hold the class sometime between October 15 and October 29.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

New Toy!

I used some rewards points and got a Brother Scan n Cut DX!!

I tried it out today and made this simple card. I had to scale down the size of the paw and for the word woof!  I learned how to change the card stock to be cut size, since I was using a scrap.

So far so good!