Alcohol Ink Class

alcohol ink cardsI had a wonderful time teaching some easy techniques using alcohol ink and Yupo paper at Scrappy Chic last night. I loved how the students mixed up and changed their cards. They were so beautiful, I had to take photos and share …

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The tree die I had used on the sample card, quit cutting. I’ve never had that happen after so few cuts before! In fact, I’ve only had two thin-metal dies quit cutting on me — and they had been cut more than 100 times!

Anyhow, I made a couple of substitutions that they could choose from …

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I’m offering this class at Boyne Highlands during the Girl’s Just Wanna Crop event in October. There are two weekends being offered this year and there is still room in the second weekend. Let me know if you are interested and I’ll send you the info.

I’m also working on a follow-up class for Scrappy Chic … stay tuned!

Pointing the Way

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This past June, my husband and I spent a week in the Upper Peninsula. We were supposed to spend the time camping, hiking and photographing nature. Our campsite was right on the beach of Lake Superior and I imagined several evenings sitting in front of the fire, listening to the sounds of the waves crashing on shore, while watching the sun set.

We knew it would be a little cool … we took hoodies and fleece-lined sweats to keep ourselves warm overnight. And, we packed plenty of blankets, as well.

We knew if might rain, so we bought waterproof coats and shoes.

What we didn’t count on was three days of wind and rain, on and off, all day and all night. By the third night, everything in the tent was damp feeling — even though it was dry. The wind picked up to about 40 mph, the rain was coming down in buckets, and the temperature dropped to 48 degrees. We went to bed early (there was nothing else to do) even though we weren’t really tired. Every few minutes, a gust of wind would lift open the rain flaps on the tent and suck out all of the warm air. Every time the wind blew, I got a little colder. I had my hoodie up and layers of clothing on, but I was still cold. And, I must admit, I was a little scared that the tent was going to collapse in the wind. I asked if we could get a hotel room. Matt told me just to snuggle a little closer and he would keep me warm. So, I snapped a few pictures of the raindrops on the tent, snuggled a little closer and prayed morning would come soon.

I had just about fallen asleep when I heard Matt asking if they had a room available for the night.

Ten minutes later, we were comfortably settled down the street at a motel. We cranked up the heat, put our shoes in front of it to dry (we had been playing in Lake Superior earlier in the day and the exteriors of our shoes were still wet) and took long, hot showers before going to bed. It was wonderful to be completely dry and warm that night.

We called it an early Christmas present, since we stayed at the Christmas Motel in Christmas, Michigan.

Amazingly, our tent survived the night … Everything was just as we left it, although it was still so windy the next morning, it nearly blew away as we were trying to get it down. A neighboring camper had to help us! We weren’t able to pack it up, but we did manage to get everything into the car.

Of course, I had to scrapbook this crazy night.

While waiting for Matt to register us at the motel, I had taken pictures of the temperature and the rain on the windshield. The next morning, I took photos of the sign and outside of the motel. I used those, along with the pictures I had taken of the rain on the tent, to help tell the story on my page.

I also used the Mosaic Moments Arrow Die … it’s a versatile die because you can use either the inside or the outside or both together! I made a video to show you how it’s done … click here to watch.

Have you ever scrapbooked the weather?

NOTE: I was compensated for creating this video.

 

Just Roll With It

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A few months ago, I started riding a bike again after 25 years … and I love it! Now I am paying attention to, and buying, all of those adorable stamps and papers decorated with bikes.

I fell in love with this adorable bike paper from Photoplay and thought it would go well with the new stamps from Fun Stampers Journey.

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I used the circle cutter from Kreaxions to create a variety of circles. One tip … if you cut the circle out upside down, you don’t see the tiny hole the cutter creates in the paper.

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Then, I stamped the image and sentiment on one of the circles and assembled the card.

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I think its perfect for reminding someone not to get ruffled by life … just roll with it!

Petal Popping

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See the cute little flowers that pop on this page? These are called Petal Poppers and they are dies made just for Mosaic Moments Grid Paper. They are so cute and they pop right off the page — literally.

I thought they were the perfect accent to showcase the squirrels in my yard who insist on eating bird seed.

I created a video for Mosaic Moments showing how this is done. You can click here to watch it.

NOTE: I was paid for making the video.

Alcohol Ink Card Class

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Alcohol ink is back! Yes, it’s the same Tim Holtz/Adirondack/Ranger stuff you bought years ago, but it has returned — with a new surface, Yupo, to play on.

Join me for this class at Scrappy Chic in Livonia and we’ll use four different techniques to make card backgrounds. Then, we’ll turn them into quick, fun cards you can send to anyone.

Click here for details … call the store at 248-426-9020 to register.

Dance Like No One Is Watching

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So, I found this little mirror in the clearance section at Michael’s one day and knew it would be perfect for an etchall® etching creme project.

And it is!

My problem is photographing it … I tried inside, outside, in light, little light … nothing would work. I wasn’t going to share this project, because I couldn’t photograph it, but it was so fun to make — and, I think, perfect for a little girl’s room, bathroom or foyer — that I decided to share my horrible photos, but fun techniques with you.
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I started by designing the quote on my tablet using Cricut’s Design Space app. Then I used the Cricut to cut out the words using etchall® etchmask.

Next, I adhered the  etchall® etchmask transfer sheet to the surface so I could pick up the little dots in the “e” and other letters.

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Then, I coated the surface with etchall® and let it sit for 15 minutes. Then, I scraped up the etchall® and placed it back into the bottle for another time. I rinsed off the mirror, removed the etchmask and gave it a final cleaning and it was done!

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It really is crisp and clear, but I couldn’t get the letters to not reflect in the photo — unless I focused on something in the mirror and then you couldn’t see the letters. So, trust me when I say it is perfect and crystal clear in person!

 

Mosaic Panoramic

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One of my favorite techniques using Mosaic Moments is the ability to turn multiple photos into one “panoramic” photo. It’s easy to do, just by cutting strips.

It’s a technique that is perfect for landscapes, sunsets and downtowns. But it also great for photos of people when they are far from you like at the beach, in the pool or on the football or baseball field.

I created a video to show you easy this technique is. Click here to watch it!