Michaels Scrap-In on National Card Making Day! 5 Photos Included

Hi all, October 5th was National Card Making Day and appropriately the monthly Scrap-In was held and I had a whopping 5 students attend and couldn’t have been more thrilled! What a fun time we all had making cards, laughing, talking and sharing tips and our cards with one another. We demonstrated the Spellbinder Grand Caliber machine and the Martha Stewart corner and border punch sets. It couldn’t have gone better. I’ve attached a few pics of our cards and messy crafting table too. Nothing says “we’re makin’ stuff” than – an incredibly messy table, ha, ha!

Michales Stores holds their Scrap-Ins on the first Saturday of every month for $5 and students are encouraged to show up with their projects to work on. I welcome empty handed students as well to just come a play and gain inspiration for a craft. We always end up having a great time.

A messOur messy crafting work space

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Witches Hat

So I spent this past Saturday at the monthly Scrap-In at Michaels where I teach paper crafting. After turning out over 20 cards for Operation Christmas Card for the troops, we moved onto Halloween! Michaels has some Paper Mache bases to work with right now like this Witches Hat (too small to wear) but great for decor!

These hats are inexpensive and so fun to put together! I started with the hat by running my black archival ink pad around the rim and brushed it over the pointed hat tip as well. Then I began tearing the cream, damask & spider web printed paper and adhered it to the hat with Scotch Quick Dry glue. After that, I took a break and shopped the store for my vision of a shabby chic, classy Witch Hat and found myself in the CHRISTMAS DECOR aisle!! 

A few Halloween stems and a black feather boa from the kid crafts section and I was ready to put my hat together!

I am not a huge fan of the hot glue gun (just a personal preference) however, I like glue and needed to figure out something that wouldn’t take forever to dry but was tacky/sticky enough for all the add-ons. I ended up digging in our classroom stash and found Aleene’s Super Thick Tacky Glue (the pink label) and it worked great!

I added and added embellishments to cover paper seams and any kraft colored areas and the result is so great! I had people stopping me in the store and parking lot to look at this hat (grin). It’s a keeper!

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Michaels Card Making Class

So I taught my class today and had two students that turned out some adorable & really nice cards!  I was so pleased to work with them.  So here are a few snapshots of the finished cards. I share the classroom with our crochet instructor Alice and we always have such a nice time teaching side-by-side. It’s great to have students see other classes in progress. My student got Alice’s crochet class schedule! It works out nice.

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A Little Valentine for the Boss

Hi bloggers! Many of you know, I instruct paper crafting at Michaels where I live. So typically I find great deals and see new stuff when it comes in.

I found these really adorable (alterable) balsa wood boxes perfect for treats. I decided to kiss-up to the boss (ha, ha) by making her one adorned with patterned paper, embellishments and fill it with treats! I really like these little boxes, they’re easy to embellish and fun to make. They are a step up from paper boxes because they have a more solid feel to them.

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DSCN2462 Rear View – covered entire box with Basic Grey’s “Kissing Booth” DSCN2464Hanging View – I adorned the box with embellishments using Recollections brand from Michaels. Also, I used some fussy cut ephemera from K&Co.’s Valentine Themed paper called “Cupid’s Specialty Paper Pad” as well as a Spellbinder’s Die Cut.
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Open View – I added a little velcro for the closure and threw in an embellished clothespin for flair with a handwritten note on a die cut tag from the Silhouette Cameo.DSCN2471Open View II – Can’t forget the chocolate! {wink}

What I left on my son’s bed this Monday…

My teen goes back and forth from his dad’s to my house. It’s a science now… However, it’s nice to welcome him home when our week begins, ya know, because I miss him when he’s gone.

Here is what he came home to find on his bed for a belated Halloween treat!

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All products were K&Co. from Michaels except the plastic coffin ($1 store find). The candy were his faves, or so I thought… Kit Kat, yes, Whoppers, oh ya, but Milk Duds… not-so-much… I guess his impression of them is, well, “it’s fake caramel, not like the real stuff”. So two outta three ain’t bad, eh? I’ll keep a look out for buttered, salted caramel – the REAL stuff. Too funny.

Haunted Estate Paper Bag Mini Album

Hello all!

I’m still enjoying this fall/Halloween season with all the paper collections out there right now. I am plugging away at a few more Halloween projects before moving onto Christmas. This particular album was great to make and… I was really impressed with Recollections’ design and style of their patterned paper. I was looking for spoooky and they definitely delivered!

I used some I Am Roses flowers on the cover with a stick pin that I glued a cute little button to. I finished it off with a spooky lady skeleton cameo. On the binding, I used some fun trim and attached a Tim Holtz little glass bottle of black glitter with some bakers twine.

The oval tags inside the album that look spritzed… were. I didn’t care for how “bright white” they looked, so I sprayed them with some Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist. The trim on most of all the tags was Martha Stewart (this year’s collection) and used Tim Holtz’s Tiny Attacher. Some additional embellishments are from Jolee’s, Martha Stewart and trim & buttons from my stash. I hope you enjoy!

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