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.

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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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Card for Mom

Hi all!  I’ve been working so been away from the blog for a while.

But I’m back here to share one of my latest creations using the following supplies:

Papertrey Inc. – Spring Hills Stamp Set

Memory Box Die: Breezy Wreath

Tim Holtz Distress Markers: Colored different pieces of stamp landscape in different colors

Bakers twine: Marigold

Paper Collection: Secret Garden, G45

Viva Pearl Pen: Pearls around the wreath

Button: Recollections

Spellbinders Die: Nestabilities Labels 10, Fancy Tags 2

Waltzingmouse Stamps: Sweethearts (With Love)

The sentiment “Find Beauty in Each Day” was done on a square punch from Michaels and I just tucked it under the layers on the card so you only see the bottom half. I also snuck in some vellum paper that has flakes of iridescent circles. In the light, it shines as well as the little sheep and their fleece that I added white glitter to!  🙂  ♥  

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Couple of Rustic Cards

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Now that the holidays are behind us and Valentine’s Day is creeping up, I have time to post some of the fun cards, albums and more to share from this season. Here are two cards made with Recollections paper and Jolee’s embellishments along with gorgeous stamps from Waltzing Mouse. On the card that has the angled pieces together, I just cut the paper diagonal with my paper trimmer and pieced them on the ready made card bases (so great for the holidays to buy the sets at Michaels). Saves a ton of time… 

Some Christmas Projects!

Ok, so for the sake of time and wanting to share what I’ve been up to, I’ve combined some pics of fun projects I’ve worked on this holiday season so far, I hope you don’t mind… Many of the papers I used are from Michaels (perk of teaching there since I get first glance of products when they hit the shelves). 

There are still cookies to bake and cards to mail out along with more keepsake albums to finish, so enjoy the slideshow below. Please feel free to message me any questions in the comments and I will reply :0)  I hope you all are having a festive and wonderful holiday season!

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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.