Sunday, July 31, 2011

More Fanfare Workshop on the Go Samples

Like I said, I love this stamp set!  I used the stamp set to make Lindsey's birthday party invitations and thank you cards.

Right Away and Small Wonder from Wishes
The thank you card is an explosion card with the words "BIG thanks" stamped on the inside.  To create the cupcake wrapper, I embossed on Pear paper and then stamped the wrapper image on the back side of the paper.  I then cut it out, and whaa-la you have a spotted cupcake wrapper.  The frosting was stamped in blush and sponged with hollyhock.  The frosting was mounted as was the whole focal rectangle.

The Invitation was also an explosion card.  The theme of the party was itty bitty so this 2.5" x 3.5" card was placed into several ascending sized envelopes.  I thought it was super fun!  For this card, I stamped the ice cream in Hollyhock and mounted it on top of  the second generation chocolate cone.  The arrow has been discontinued for sometime.  But I was happy to use that supply up!

All Supplies CTMH:

X7131B Sophia Paper Packet
G1021 Fanfare Workshop on the Go
Z2128 Hollyhock Ink
Z2106 Blush Ink
Z2111 Chocolate Ink
Z2123 Goldrush Ink
Z891 VersaMark Ink
Z673 White Daisy Embossing Powder
Z270 White Daisy Grosgrain Ribbon
3-D Foam Mounting Tape

August Workshop

I've been sitting on this workshop for several months now, sorry.  And I love the idea too much to give it up.  Fortunately, during the month of August we can still order the Workshop of the Go from the Spring/Summer 2011 Idea Book.  Some of you may already have the kit.  But if you don't, you'll want it after this workshop and extra samples.

We'll be making two of each of these three cards.  But if notice, we're not using the Fanfare Papers.  Nope, the stamp set is too fun to stay with those papers.  Besides, you already have instructions using that paper.  Instead we're using Lucky paper!

I hope you join me on August 15th or August 16th from 7 to 9pm when we'll create these wonderful birthday cards.  Please email me at by August 5th to participate.

Friday, July 22, 2011


A new addition to the My Creations line is a Memory Game.  This box measures approximately 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" with a magnetic closure and twenty-four (24) 3" x 3" chipboard pieces inside.  There are lots of things you can do with this "game" besides the namesake.  Here, I chose to make the game into a learning tool.  I've taken pictures of all of the family members and made an, you guessed it, ABC box!

I covered one side of the inserts with background texture paper, a punch, and a letter of the alphabet (I did double up on a few letters).  Then I glued the pictures of the family members (including dogs and a cat) to the other side labeled with the appropriate name.  Here's what these look like:

At the end of the box, I put in the statement shown in the picture. :)

My girls really enjoyed looking at the pictures of their Cousins, Aunts, Uncles, and Grandparents (oh, I guess siblings and parents should be included too).  For those letters I didn't have a family member's picture, I stamped something.  The best part is that the girls will look back at this years from now and marvel at how everyone looks today.

All Supplies CTMH:
X7141B Elemental Paper Packet
Z888 Stazon Black Ink
Z2118 Desert Sand Ink
Z2114 Cocoa Ink
D1222 Tiny Typewriter Alphabet
E1002 Rustic Alphabet
D1303 Classmate Alphabet (flap words)
B1390 Countdown (stars between words on flap)
Z1450 Color-Ready Alphabet - Cork
Z1615 Red Collection Designer Ribbon
Z1489 Olive Mini-Medley
Z1466 Bling Assortment

Explosion Card

An important aspect of Extravaganza, I believe, is showing other consultants how to do something.  Not tell them how something was done.  Since I was one of the lucky 28 teachers, I wanted to show them how to make an explosion card.  And I thought I'd share that here too.  :)  This was also my swap card at convention.

You are going to start with a square piece of paper.  For my card which is 3"x3", I used a 5 1/2"x 5 1/2" piece of paper.  You are going to want to stamp and distress your paper before you start folding it.

Step 1 completed
Step 1:  Fold the paper corner to corner.  Crease the seam.  Unfold the paper.  Fold the paper corner to corner the opposite way you just folded the paper.  Crease that seam and unfold the paper.  Your paper should look similar to this (without the lines). :}

Step 2: Turn your paper over and fold the paper in half.  The fold should be in the same orientation as the fold on your card.  So if your card opens toward the left, your fold line should be to the vertical (up and down).  Now here's the thing, though -- if you stamped something already on the paper, make sure the words are in the correct orientation as the card fold too.  You are going to glue on either side of the fold you are creating here.

I've probably confused the whazoo out of you, but you'll understand once you finish the folding -- or after you fold your paper the wrong way once.  :)

Step 2 completed.  I folded on the blue line
Now, I turn my paper over to fold this because it sets me up nicely for the next step.  It isn't necessary however.  Anyway, your paper should now look like this:

Pushing down on center to create the triangle
 Step 3: Now you want to fold the square into a triangle.  How you do this is by pushing on the center of the  paper (where the three folds intersect).  Since you flipped the paper over for the last fold, when you poke the center, the sides should "naturally" start folding.  This is how the paper should look from above:
Step 3 from above

Continue folding the paper until it looks like this:
Step 3 completed

first corner folded into center
Step 4:  Now that we're safely here, let's move on.  Take one corner and fold that corner into the center -- keep the top edges flush.  Crease this fold really well. Repeat this step for the other three corners.  I referred this "picture" as a dog with his ears flapping.  If you've only done two corners on one side, then you'll have a reindeer.
Step 4 completed

Step 5: This next step is the "trickiest" I think.  What you are going to do is reverse fold the fold you just created in step 4.  I hold just below the crease with one hand and open up the fold with the other hand. 

Once you open the fold up, you're going to push the center fold inward. 
Opened fold on it's way to be reversed
Reverse fold almost complete

First corner reverse fold complete
And when you're done pushing and reverse folding that corner you should have this:

That was so much fun, you are now going to repeat the reverse fold on the other three corners.

Step 5 completed.
 If everything has gone to plan, you should have a shape of a top or, if you are a baseball/softball fan, home plate:  

Step 6:This last step is to apply glue to the surface and glue it into the card.  I prefer the Bonding Memory Glue for this step.  The glue allows for great adhesion without lumps/waves Liquid Glass would.  And the Tombow just isn't strong enough to withstand the opening and closing of the card.  So, apply Bonding Memory Glue here on one side:
Glue goes all over this flat side.

Put this into the card, point toward the seam of the card. Close the card to glue the explosion piece into the card.  Open the card to the non-glued side and add glue to that side.  Close the card once more to adhere the explosion piece to the card.

My "Big thanks" card opens to the side
Step 7: Open and close the card and marvel at your work!  You did a great job!

Notice my center fold is in the same orientation as my card opens?  If your center fold goes the other way, you have a top opening card.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Baby Shoe Gift Box

This a gift box made from our new card box.

I've used a pattern from many years ago to make the shoes.  Before cutting them out, I stamped them.  After cutting I added an eyelet to the strap.  Ready for the pattern?  Get it by clicking here.

The dimensions of the box are:
Top: 6 1/2" width x 4 1/2" depth
Sides: 4 1/2" depth x 2 1/8" high
Front and Back: 6 1/2" width x 2 1/8" high.  The front has a notch.
Flap: 6 1/2" width x 1 1/8" high.

The Sophia paper I cut gave a 1/4" border on each side, therefore I cut the papers 1/2" less than listed above.  The edges of the box were sponged in Hollyhock.  I also used Hollyhock to stamp the flowers on the shoes. The name Daisy was mounted after sponging the Color Ready letters.  Not shown is the tissue paper inside that I stamped in coordinating colors.

Supplies Used (all CTMH):
X7131B Sophia Paper Packet
D1460 Love Ya (tag)
B1393 Joyful Jar (shoes)
Z2128 Hollyhock Ink
Z2111 Chocolate Ink (tag)
Z2118 Desert Sand Ink (paper distressed)
Z2169 Vanilla Cream Ink (paper distressed)
Z2106 Blush Ink (paper distressed)
Z1466 Bling Assortment
Z1384 Pink Collection Designer Ribbon
Z1383 Sweet Leaf  Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon
Z1229 Chocolate Soft Set Eyelets
Z1208 Soft Set Eyelet Tool