Thursday, April 20, 2017

Shabby Chic Class 2

I can't believe that I missed posting this card class a month ago!! This class is actually happening this evening, so I will not include all the class information. I am just sharing these cards as inspiration at this point. If you wish to refresh your memory as the cards of the first Shabby Chic class, click here.

In this second class, we continue using the Blue Fern 'Attic Charm' paper collection.

For this card, we die cut circles, distressed the paper edges and stitch them. Tucking in some small paper pieces in behind the rips that are curled, adds the look of another layer of paper without the waste of another paper layer. Painted laser cut chipboard and some Spellbinders die cuts tucked in some cheese cloth with some sheer ruffled pink ribbon add to the wonderful look of this card. I think I used something like 16 to 18 pearls on this card.

For this next card, I cut out a heart that is curved as it points, but when everything is added over it, you can't even see the unique shape of the heart. Again we have some painted laser cut chipboard and cheese cloth around the heart. Added a little strip of  taupe lace, some fussy cut little flowers from the paper, layers of paper, a large pink bow, and then randomly touched up the card with gesso.

Either of these cards would make a lovely Mothers Day card, or feminine birthday, or all occasion card.

I will have to make sure to get my posts out for you. I might have add them onto my schedule instead of relying on my memory with all the classes I need to prepare for.

Thank you for stopping by to have a look. Hope you are inspired to create your own Shabby Chic cards. Happy creating!

Friday, April 14, 2017

The First Spellbinders Educator Class Photos

Sharing with you some photos, today, of our first Spellbinders Educator classes held Wednesday. We had so much fun! This was not a class with spurts of complete silence that happens when everyone is fussy cutting, but instead moments of loud noises as people cranked their die cutting machines.

I shared all the great things about Spellbinders' new Platnum6 and Prizm, the Tool-in-One, discussed using and care of Spellbinders dies, and of course made two cards with the beautiful Tuscany Strip die.

In this first photo you can see everyone that is in this first class of the day. (We had a second class in the evening, but I forgot to take photos. Sorry to those that took the evening class)

Here are some photos of busy hands and their end results.

We are all really looking forward to the next Spellbinders Educator class!

Thank you for stopping by to have a peek at our class.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Graphic 45 Portrait of a Lady Vintage Layout Class Series #1

Hello everyone! After 3 1/2 years I am back with some vintage Graphic 45 layout classes, and I'm real excited about it too.

Do you have special single photos of loved ones or friends, or heritage photos where there usually are only one or two for a layout? Do you love vintage layouts and want to learn some new techniques for yourself? Then this is the class for you! We have been requested to use the gorgeous G45 "Portrait of a Lady" collection for some layouts. We heard, and now have a series of 3 classes with Sabrina, each with two single page layouts. Each class will have a little homework, and some portions of the homework given for each class may not be used until another class, but it will help to have it done when needed.

BRING TO CLASS: paper trimmer, scissors, paper distresser, ink sponges and your favorite vintage ink colour (Sabrina used Gathered Twigs, but Tea Dye, Pumice Stone, & Vintage Photo all will work), non-stick craft mat, fine water mister, heat tool, mini-glue dots, double sided adhesive tape, glue, Black & White 3D Foam Squares or tape, and if you have the Spectrum Noir marker GB8, bring it to colour the pearls with.
Thursday, May 4th
Thursday, May 11th
Thursday, June 1st
Time: 6:00 - 9:00
Cost: $35.00 + GST each class
Take ALL three classes and SAVE $5 each class

To register CONTACT Stacey at

Here is a closer look at each page, plus a little something about them.

Above is a photo of my Mom before I was born, and not long after she married my Dad. She is sitting outdoors and cross-stitching a beautiful table cloth, which I now have in my possession. My mom was always a lady, and this Portrait of a Lady collection fits her so very well. What better way to remember my mom than by using this paper collection. She loved roses all her life, so fussy cutting roses in these layouts is just the right kind of embellishment.

This second layout, shows my Mom with her Mom (my Omi). I believe my Mom is about 18 in this photo. I am not quite sure of the occasion here, but I believe it was the day they got their Canadian citizenship.

Love these two women.

Thank you for stopping by to check out these layouts. Happy creating!

Friday, April 7, 2017

Spellbinders Educator Class #2 - Graceful Fans

For our second Spellbinders Educator Class we will be using "Graceful Fans" (S4-703). You are going to love this die set, because there are so many combinations to be made, that you will be able to create many lovely unique cards with this set. There will be no limit to your imagination with them. I will have a couple of display sheets with just a sampling of these combinations for you to see.

Please bring to class: Die cutting machine (you can order the Platinum 6 (PE-100) f...or a nice portable machine from Stacey), die brush if you have one (or order from Stacey "Tool-In-One" T-001), scissors, double sided adhesive tape, mini-glue dots, & white 3D Foam Squares (the white foam tape is easier to use in this class).

When: Wednesday, May 24th
Time: 3:30 - 5:30 or 6:30 - 8:30
Where: 3730 Grange Road Studio
Cost: $40  (includes the $26 die shown below which has 6 parts!)

Contact Stacey at to register for this class. Thank you.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Fun WIth Portrait of a Lady

In search of photos for this class to make the homework instructions, I realized that I never posted them on my blog!! I'm not sure how I missed that... This class is full for this Saturday (April 8), but I still want to share it all with you anyway.

The class entails six A7 (5 x 7) cards and a large gift bag to coordinate with the cards.

This is my favorite of all the cards, and of course uses a lot of fussy cut pieces and a lot of layers.

This one has some Spellbinders die cuts and gold Liquid Pearls on it.

One of my favorite things to do with cut-a-parts that have frames, is to cut out the image and frame as separate pieces, and then pop up the frame giving more dimension to the card.

This one has a lot of layers as well, but what I really like about this card is the image of the woman on the sofa. She reminds me so much of my youngest sister when she danced ballet for many years. The smaller two framed images represent my other sister, and myself.

This one was fairly easy, and fun to put together.

And, here is the gift bag with coordinating card. I love to use wide ribbon for feminine images and paper, and it works well with these two items.

Here is the bag, alone.

Thank you for joining me in a look at the cards and bag for this class. Happy creating!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Sharing Spellbinders Sample Cards - Other Tuscany Strip Cards

Today I am sharing the last of the cards I made for the Spellbinders reveal at Scrapbook Essentials BC open house March 11th. both of the cards today use the 'Tuscany Strip' die.

This first one, in soft coral and cream colours, also uses the stamp and die from the 'Feather' set (SDS-038). I wanted everyone to see that you do not have be into colouring in order to use stamps and die sets like this. I just used a coral ink to stamp the image, and then die cut it.

The second card for today, uses just the 'Tuscany Strip' die. You will note that the top strip layer has ribbon woven in and out of the die cut pattern on this beautiful paper.

On the small Labels Eight die I stamped above, the little stem of leaves from the same stamp set as the first card, which adds a bit of a finishing touch to the sentiment.

Both of these cards are A7 (5" x 7").

If you would like to order any, or both, of these sets. just let Stacey from Scrapbook Essentials BC know. If she doesn't have it in the store, she can order it for you. (

Hope you are inspired to create today,

Friday, March 24, 2017

Sharing Spellbinders Sample Cards - Feather

Sharing another Spellbinders card with you today from the Spellbinders reveal a couple of weeks ago. This one combines two different sets - Feather (SDS-038) and the featured die for the first Spellbinders Educator class, Tuscany Strip (S4-655). I decided to cut away a part of the card and glue two die cut Tuscany Strips, one on the front and one from behind on the inside to give the space a little more strength and a more finished look on the inside.

Here is a closer look at the coloured feather. It was quite fun to colour this feather, flowers, and the little ladybugs. I used Spectrum Noir to colour the feather, but a person could use colouring pencils, watercolour, etc., or an ink resist technique.

It will be fun to try different colours for future feather colouring. Below are the Spellbinders product used.

Hope you enjoyed the card and are inspired to try any of these products for your creations.

Happy creating!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Gift Bag Punch Board 'B' Class

This is the fourth of our Punch board series classes; the second Gift Bag Punch Board class. I had a blast putting this together and creating these containers. I know you will get just as much enjoyment creating these, too. It's going to be 2 1/2 hours of fun!

Gift Bag Punch Board Class 'B'

When: Saturday, April 22nd
Time: 2:00 - 4:30
Cost: $25 + GST...
3730 Grange Road Studio

For this second class with the Gift Bag Punch Board we will be creating a Bakers Box which will hold a ton of cookies, or up to three muffins or cupcakes depending on their size. There will be a sweet little Back Pack box/bag, and a Star bag, and Milk Carton box. These also will hold many different kinds of gifts. Also will create a couple of Rosebud Cups to add Smarties, M&Ms, Cadbury Easter Eggs, and more, with a little banner to label with a persons name or a little sentiment. In order to make these, we will learn how to create an octagon from a square piece of cardstock!

Please bring to class: Your Gift Bag Punch Board, 12 x 12 score board, paper trimmer, scissors, bone folder, double sided adhesive tape (Scor tape/Sookwang is the best for these kinds of projects), liquid glue, and a non-stick mat for when we use liquid glue.

Each project close up

This is the box that can hold some great baked goods, or whatever else you wish to put inside.

This star shaped bag is great for some kind of odd shaped items like finger nail polish, lollipops, those round ball like lip balms, certain shapes of  perfume or cologne bottles, etc., or just to hold a bunch of candies or chocolates.

This little back pack is great gift packaging for a little back to school gift, a teacher gift, or even a graduation gift.

Milk carton gift packaging can be created to any height that you wish, and can hold a lot of stuff from a ton of candy to candles, and more.

These sweet little rosebud cups are great for table decoration for any kind of dinner or celebration and hold a surprising amount of candies, chocolate eggs, or mints.

What did I tell you...2 1/2 hours of fun, right! See you in class.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Spectrum Noir Class #3 - Pinks & Turquoises

Our third Spectrum Noir class! I'm a little busy typing up instructions for a few classes so I am not saying much, and just copying and pasting the post from Scrapbook Essentials. We are going to have even more fun in this class, so see you there!

Spectrum Noir #3 - Pinks & Turquoise

When: Saturday, April 22nd
Time: 10:00 - 12:30
Cost: $25 + GST...
3730 Grange Road Studio

This class brings us half way through the beginner series for Spectrum Noir. We have learned a lot and are getting comfortable using these amazing markers. In this third class we will be introducing Pinks and Turquoise into our colour collection and colouring a pink Flamingo with some background features and a turquoise butterfly with background features. Some of the techniques for this class will include how to make feathers on a bird, a couple of tips when colouring with water, and filling in more of a background watercolour look.

Remember to bring your homework from the last class for Show & Tell. There will be a surprise for those that do their homework and spend two hours practicing before this class.

Please bring to class: All your Neutral, Green, Yellow, Blue & Cool Gray markers to class along with your Pink & Turquoise markers. You will need your double sided adhesive tape, scissors, and 3D Foam squares to assemble your cards.

To substitute Copic Markers for the colours we are using - RV06, E81, BG10, BG11, BG15, BG49, E47, YG01, YG99, & BG72.

Stampendous 'Flamingo'

Penny Black 'Butterfly Party'

My practice sheet...(sorry editing went wrong)

Keep on colouring, and happy creating!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Sharing Spellbinders Sample Cards - Owl

OK, today we are back to me sharing the sample cards I made for the Spellbinders Educator reveal a week ago. Today's is the "Owl" (SDS-039). Such a sweet owl, don't you think? You will have to forgive the non-Spellbinders sentiment this time. I enjoyed colouring this image, and had fun with the little extra feathers. It's so nice to have the dies for each item in the stamp set.

Here is the card when it was on display at the reveal. It is now on display at Scrapbook Essentials BC in the new Spellbinders section of the store.

Here is a closer look at the owl...

...and the side view to see the layering of this card. Of course you don't have to pop up all the layers I did, I just like the overall effect.

If you like colouring, whether it be with alcohol markers, colouring pencils, or watercolour pencils, this is a fun stamp and dies set! And, I know that there are 2 or 3 at Scrapbook Essentials BC, waiting for you to add to your repertoire and write you name on it.

Thank you for stopping by to have a look today. Happy colouring!

Spellbinders Canada Educator