Christmas in July: A work in progress . . .

Save the date:  Saturday, July 8

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(Note: the shine you see is from the glass frame that encloses the scene)

Where: Checkered Cottage - Kirkwood MO

Time: 10:30 ~ 3:30

Wanted to give you a heads up on this workshop.

The good news: Here's the preview

The bad news: I'm still adding dimensional snow drifts and baubles.

(Those will be ready by class time)

This is a 10" X 9" shadowbox (including the *feet*)

and is 5" deep.

It has a hinged glass frame that covers the winter scene.

Inside, there's a sleigh complete with Christmas tree, twigs and wreath

that hides the mechanism for the twinkling Prima lumies.

Sign up by calling

Checkered Cottage ~ 314-909-7233

Class Cost: $55

Class supply list:

  • Craft Mat a must!
  • Paper Trimmer
  • 3 Adhesives: Beacon 3-in-1 or Fabri-Tac and Score Tape 1" and 1/2" and Art Glitter Glue
  • Silver Medium Point Marker.  I recommend Pen-Touch
  • Glue Gun & glue sticks
  • Black Ink pad & Applicator
  • Paint Brush: #4 flat
  • Tweezers
  • Small Glue Dots
  • Palette Knife

Optional:  

  • Marvy Snow Pen
  • Gloves if you want to save a manicure
  • Stickles: Star Dust or similar

Innie's and Outtie's . . .

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Years ago I taught a class called

Innies & Outties.

It was all about creating scrapbook pages with

photos on the inside of a page protector

and

embellishments on the outside of the page protector.

It's been years since I've completed an Innie & Outtie album

until recently.

Below is a close-up of the album cover with a few pages from the album:

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You can see the sheen of the page protector with the

decorative paper and photo mat tucked inside.

The embellishments are attached to the outside of the page protector.

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This next page has the decorative paper and photo mats under the page protector

with a flip on the outside of the page protector.

If you have lots of photos, this is a good way to add real estate to your albums.

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The photo below shows the page/flip opened up.

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Incorporating a handmade greeting card every now and then 

gives much needed room for journaling.

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Thanks for visiting my blog today.

See you again soon!


Did you happen to see . . .

this post on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog?

Mini-Book 

 

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Well, here's what you didn't see:  I couldn't close the book!

As usual, I couldn't close the mini-book properly.

Here are some of the inside pages. They're really simple so not sure what happened.

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G

 

K

 

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The solution:  Cut off the right side piece that is supposed to fold over the cover.

Glue the piece to the cover and pretend tie the closure.

Done!


Scraplings . . .

My newest obsession is Scraplings. The first time I saw these I was perusing some paper artists out of Eastern Europe and they were talking about Scraplings. 

Scraplings is a card or tag that measures 1.5" x 4.5" and is made up of mostly leftover scrapbook papers and ephemera. Most of the scraplings I saw were cards. And gorgeous!

If you're on Pinterest, you can search for Scraplings (or Skraplings). Your search will ignite all sorts of ideas including beautiful, whimsical, hand painted, detailed and amazing creations.

In the meantime, here are a couple I'm obsessed with:

Hope you enjoy seeing these as much as I did.

 

 

 


Micro-Bead Mash-Up . . .

I love using Prima Marketing Micro-Beads.

They are available in an array of gorgeous colors.

I mix Micro-Bead colors to create my own mash-up:

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My go-to colors are bronze, copper and silver.

Using an empty prescription bottle, I mix my own color combination:

about 1/3 of each color.

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Put the child-proof (insert smiley face) lid on the prescription bottle,

shake up and you have your own beautiful combination of

Prima Marketing Micro-Beads

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These micro-beads are part of Finnabair's Art Ingredients collection.

You can see how she uses micro-beads here:

Finnabair and Micro Beads on You Tube


June 10: Flips, pockets and more @ Checkered Cottage, Kirkwood MO. . .

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Hope you can join me

June 10 @ Checkered Cottage, Kirkwood MO

10:30 - 4:30

for this adorable mini-book

that combines

Prima Marketing with Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.

We'll create this mini from scratch

using a very simple bookbinding technique

and pre-cut, pre-scored base pages.

Please bring to the mini-book class:

  • Craft Mat
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Scissors for fussy cutting
  • Ruler & Pencil
  • Black Foam Tape
  • Decorative border punch (not a deep one)
  • Score Board
  • Edge Distresser
  • Broad tip gold leaf pen (We'll be painting the back of the window.)
  • Adhesives as follows: Frank Garcia's 1" and 1/4" Artisan tape and Beacon 3-in-1 or Beacon Fabri-Tac and Art Glitter Glue & a tape runner. If you don't have Frank Garcia's tape, you can use Sookwang or similar.
  • Bone Folder
  • Distress Ink: Black Soot & Corduroy (or any medium brown color)
  • Baby wipes

 


Saturday @ Checkered Cottage . . .

What to bring to May 20 workshop @ Checkered Cottage

Students will need to bring to Hidden Drawer Book Box class:
  • Craft Mat
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Ruler & Pencil (Tim Holtz ruler will be best)
  • Adhesives as follows: Beacon 3-in-1 or Beacon Fabri-Tac and Art Glitter Glue and tape runner
  • Paint Brush - #4 or #8 flat
  • Paper piercer
  • Brayer
  • Black Distress Stain
  • Distress Ink: Black Soot & Corduroy (or any medium brown color)
  • Baby wipes - and please save the manicures for after class.