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Friday, October 23, 2009

Serene Snowflakes Class

Project: Custom designed matchbook with, 6 standard-sized cards with envelopes
  • Featured Products: Frost White Shimmer Paint, Serene Snowflakes stamp set, Jumbo Snowflake punch, Clear Rhinestone brads, Very Vanilla Taffeta ribbon
  • Featured Technique: One Sheet Wonder
  • Level of Difficulty: 2 - this class involves simple stamping, card and Matchbook assembly

    Don’t have enough Designer Paper? No Problem. This class will solve that for you. These six cards are all created using a One Sheet Wonder technique. Stamp these beautiful snowflake images as your Designer Paper, add the coordinating matchbook and you have an amazing gift set!

    There are several kit options available to meet your needs!

    The Serene Snowflakes mega kit includes both the serene snowflakes and the four the holidays stamp sets, the jumbo snowflake punch and the re-inkers $60.00

    The Serene Snowflake complete kit includes both stamp sets (re-inkers and snowflake punch excluded) $40.00

    Serene snowflake and Four the Holidays stamp sets only $33.00

    Serene Snowflakes Class Kit
    (includes Serene Snowflakes Stamp set) $30.00

    Serene Snowflake kit with Four the holiday stamp set only $25.00

    Jumbo punch and 2 re-inkers $24.99

    Serene Snowflakes Stamp set only $20.95

    Snowflake Punch $15.95

    Four the Holidays Sentiments Stamps $13.95

    Re-inker kit (night of navy/sahara sand) $8.95

    Serene Snowflakes

    Paper Bag Luminaries

    By Marie LeBaron

    Halloween is a fun time for spooky lights in the night. These Paper Bag Luminaries can help lead the children up a pathway to some tricks and treats. They're fun to make and give a glowing charm to your home.

    Luminaries Materials


    Paper lunch sacks, preferably white
    Razor blade and cutting mat
    Holiday stickers
    Flameless tea lights (LED lights)
    Paper weights, like rocks, rice, beans


    Luminaries Step1
    Step 1: Using scissors, cut the top of each sack into a scalloped shape. You can do this with pinking shears or make your own with scissors. First, fold your sack in half at the top so you get the scalloped shape even on both ends of the sack. Then make crescent shapes up and down the top of the sack. You could make zigzag shapes or really any shape you like; it just gives it more of a finished look.

    Luminaries Step2Ab
    Step 2: If you want to create an image on the bag, you'll need a razor blade to make the cut. First unfold the sack out all the way, so the sides are folded out. If you don't do this, the cuts will be made on the sides of the bag as well, unless that's the look you're going for. Next, lightly draw an image with a pencil on the top of the sack. Lay the sack on top of a cutting mat. Then, being very careful, cut out the image on the pencil lines using the blade.

    Luminaries Step3
    Step 3: If you'd like to make a more kid-friendly-crafting version for these, you can simply attach stickers to the outside of the sack. Place stickers on each side of the sack so the light can shine throughout either side.

    Luminaries Step4
    Step 4: Before these sacks are ready for the outdoors, they need a light and a paper weight to hold the sacks down. It might be windy on Halloween night, and you don't want these sacks flying around. I added a handful of pebble rocks to each sack, as we have a driveway full of them. You could add rice, large rocks, uncooked beans, etc. Then place your light in the center of the bag, nestled in the rocks.

    Now light them up on Halloween night and they're ready for the trick-or-treaters! Have fun crafting this Halloween!

    About the Author:
    Author Marielebaron
    Marie LeBaron is a crafter, foodie, and mother of three from Salt Lake City, Utah. You can see more of her crafts at her blog Make and Takes. Or for more monstrous Halloween fun, check out her Monster Mania eBook.

    Sweet Treat Video

    Where To Learn Beginner Scrapbooking Techniques

    Christine Perry

    Beginner scrapbookers have many resources available to learn how to scrapbook. Scrapbooking is one of the fastest growing hobbies, and options for learning this craft come in many different places. Before considering which method is best for you, consider your time and money commitment, as well as, your goals for scrapbooking.

    Are you just looking to make attractive pages for your family to enjoy and preserve your photographs and memories? Maybe you want to learn scrapbooking for a new hobby you can share with others. Scrapbooking can be as simple or as complex as you want to make it.

    Your local craft store is a great resource to learn beginner scrapbooking. Some craft stores specialize in scrapbooking, and their staff can help you choose basic tools and supplies to get you started. Many of these stores offer classes on the latest techniques. These classes often allow you to try out new tools and see how others approach their scrapbook pages. You might also take a project class that allows you to complete an entire album.

    Scrapbooking classes vary in cost, but most are quite reasonable. They usually provide all the tools and materials necessary, which make them a great way to try out this hobby with little financial investment. You will need to bring several photographs to use on your page layouts. Teachers are experienced and enthusiastic. They are trained to teach all levels of scrapbooking techniques and can answer any questions you might have about this hobby to help you decide if scrapbooking is right for you. Don’t be surprised if you see more experienced scrapbookers in these classes. Some people will take them just for the social aspect of the class and for new ideas on how to use basic techniques more effectively.

    To find a class in your area, check with the large craft stores, as well as your local scrapbooking stores. Most offer classes with convenient schedules, and many offer classes that can be started any time.

    Another option is to learn beginner scrapbooking in your own home. Direct sales companies, like Creative Memories and Close to My Heart, have consultants that will come to your home and give a class on basic scrapbooking. Much like a Tupperware party, you invite your friends to your home for a lesson. The consultant will teach the basic philosophy behind scrapbooking, as well as, how to choose supplies and tools, and how to design a simple page. You and your friends will usually make a 2-page layout with materials supplied by the consultant and photos you bring from home. Consultants may or may not charge for the lesson. This usually depends on the cost of the supplies used for the pages. The lesson usually ends with an opportunity to purchase that company’s products.

    Scrapbooking magazines are full of information on basic techniques and beginner tips. In the United States, most bookstores sell a variety of scrapbooking magazines. The most popular magazines are Creating Keepsakes, Simple Scrapbooks, Memory Makers and Scrapbooks, Etc. Buy a single issue of each magazine first. Each has a slightly different slant on scrapbooking. For example, Simple Scrapbooks focuses on quick, easy pages. Once you find one that seems to match your style, buy the annual subscription which is always more cost effective than buying single newsstand copies.

    Many craft stores offer crop nights that can be another way to learn scrapbooking. Crops bring together groups of scrapbookers to work on their pages together. Basically, they are scrapbooking parties. The store will often charge a nominal fee and provide refreshments for the evening. Many will allow you to use their tools during the crop, as well. This is a great way to try out more expensive tools, like die cut machines and cutters. You could even invite your scrapbooking friends to your home for a crop. Crops allow everyone to share techniques with each other and provide beginner scrapbookers with tips and ideas.

    One more option to learn basic techniques is to purchase an album kit. Many album kits come complete with all the supplies you need to make a scrapbook. They provide detailed instructions and sometimes even basic color and design layout theory. However, to complete the album you will need to buy your own tools, such as, scissors and adhesive.

    Once you’ve learned beginner scrapbooking, remember to practice your techniques often. The more pages you make the better you will become at designing layouts. As you master the basics, you can use the same resources above to find more advanced tips and techniques.

    Cute Scrapbook video I found on youtube

    Shimmer Paint Shimmer Spray & Shimmer Stencils

    Make your own Shimmer Paper!


    · Shimmer paint from Stampin’ Up!

    · Sponge Daubers

    · Cardstock and Rubber Stamps

    · Definitely Decorative Stencils from Stampin’ Up!

    · Small Spray Bottle with Rubbing Alcohol


    1. For Shimmer Spray, fill small spray bottle 2/3 full with rubbing alcohol and add a few drops of Shimmer Paint. Shake and spray!
    2. To Stencil: Shake Shimmer Paint, open lid and dab sponge dauber into paint that is inside the lid
    3. Dab off excess on scrap paper if necessary
    4. Apply shimmer paint onto the stencil to shimmer your design

    Shimmer Paint

    ScreenHunter_01 Sep. 10 10.04 Holiday Mini catalog, pg 27

    #116806, Champagne Mist, $5.95

    #116864, Frost White, $5.95

    #116807, Platinum, $5.95

    Blessings Card

    Blessings Card Project by Stampin' Up!

    Project Difficulty: In a Snap
    Blessings Card
    Create this subtle Thanksgiving card to share with someone you love just how much your cup is running over with blessings--and while you're at it, invite them to your home to enjoy a Thanksgiving feast

    Bright Blessings $9.44 | $8.50 Qty:1
    Dusty Durango 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock $6.11 | $5.50 Qty:1
    Naturals Ivory 8-1/2X11 Card Stock $8.33 | $7.50 Qty:1
    Whisper White 8-1/2X11 Card Stock $8.33 | $7.50 Qty:1
    In Color 8-1/2" X 11" Textured Card Stock $12.17 | $10.95 Qty:1
    Pumpkin Pie Classic Stampin' Pad $6.61 | $5.95 Qty:1
    Versamark Pad $8.33 | $7.50 Qty:1
    Button Latte $8.83 | $7.95 Qty:1
    Stampin' Dimensionals $4.39 | $3.95 Qty:1


    Pumpkin Boo Pops

    A fellow demo created this fantastic little treat! You can see more here

    I have loved our Cast-A-Spell Designer Paper and even though it goes a long ways, I’m on my 2nd pack!!


    115677 $9.95

    And I have used and used and used this Pumpkin Patch stamp set. I’ve also seen some really cute ideas to use the adorable "pumpkin" ovals as Easter Eggs! It is multi-dimensional!


    116499 $22.95

    I used the Spooky Treats rub ons on the small cello bag that holds the boo pops. With a sheet of black and a sheet of white, one pack will cover your crafting needs for this Halloween! Wait until you see the other things I’ll be posting with these rub-ons. Love ‘ em!


    115729 $10.95 2 sheets, 1 white, 1 black

    Finally, this great project would not have been complete without the wonderful 1 1/4" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon. While I used the Pumpkin Pie color for this project, the Chocolate Chip, Old Olive And Basic Black options would have all worked well. So many ribbons, so little crafting time! :o)

    Featured Video: Stampin Up Dracula Halloween Treat Box

    Featured Video: Small Christmas boxes

    Blender Pen Fluid Recipe

    What you need to make this refill:

    1. 1 no. 1-oz eye lotion bottle (one which has a dropper tip)

    2. Glycerin - 1/3 portion

    3. Distilled water - 2/3 portion

    4. 1/4 teaspoon alcohol

    Mix all the above ingredients in the bottle.

    Refill your blender pen with the homemade fluid.

    Free Butterfly Strip SVG

    It was a little cold this past week, I thought some great Spring Butterflies would warm us up! Of course these are by Free SVGs again!