Monday, March 28, 2011

Creative Team Call!

I've decided to start selling SVG kits! Don't worry, I'll still maintain my freebies here and continue to give away designs, but I'm beginning to assemble more specific svg kits and want to distribute them at a reasonable cost. So, I'm looking for two or three creative people who would like to receive each month's designs for free, then post their creations! Here's a sneak peak of one of the first svg kits, called "Fancy Shapes":

Creative Team Requirements:

1. You will receive all my month's designs for free, and in return you will be expected to create at least two projects. These can be layouts, cards, minibooks, or any other paper project.

2. If you have a blog, I'd like you to post on your blog with a link to my online store and blog, as well as post to any messageboard you are a member of. You will be asked to post to one particular MB, to be determined later. If you don't have a blog, that's okay: just post on more messageboards!

3. High quality photos are important!

4. Please don't share the files. They are for your own personal use.

5. If you would like something in particular designed, I'll do my best to accomodate you.

6. This is a 6 month term, to last end-April to end-October.

To apply:
Please email me at with your name, blog address, messageboards you follow, any other DTs you are a part of, and attach or link to 3-4 of your favorite projects.

I am considering all types of paper artists who love svgs! All experience levels are encouraged to apply!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Spring is Coming!

... but not to Calgary, Alberta! It's been snowing here, and is still snowing. It's going to be a late spring! But for My Sheri Crafts challenge this week, I made a spring LO and a new idea to share.

The LO:

I'm beginning to try to use my stash in more creative ways, and so many of my LOs have my old alpha stickers on them and the Jolee embellishments. I still like using them, but haven't bought any in years! Time to use them up!

I love sewing on LOs:

Paper: SEI Poppy Paper pad
Embellishment: Ladybug by Jolee's by You
Alpha Stickers: Me & My Big Ideas "mambi minis"; Martha Stewart "Holly Alphabet"
Journal tag: Deja Views "Love journal sticker tablet"

And a quick tutorial:

I got these MS felt alphas after Christmas for super-cheap at Michael's, but I couldn't really think of how to use them. There's not enough to make a big title, and they seem pretty limiting. But, after a close look, I realized that I could probably slice the holly off them!

Using a sharp exacto knife, slide it under the holly and gently slice through the top layer of the underlying felt:

Here it is, next to an unchanged letter. Looks like it never had anything there!

And the completed title. I've very happy with the outcome! And, happy to use those letters in a different way!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

White on white

I love the effect of tone on tone, and this week's challenge at My Sheri Crafts is monotone. Here's my white on white LO, which is so lovely in person, but a little hard to appreciate in a photo. :-(

There's white stitching around the border, along with two layers of vellum!

Oh, and I LOVE my new Imaginisce I-rock tool. It heat sets jewels and rhinestones. Very cool, and I have a fabulous template to share with you all very soon on a later post!

My first cut from the cricut cartridge, Winter Lace. I love snowflakes, and got this one because you can NEVER have enough snowflakes where I live!

Hope you all have a great week! I'm counting the days until Spring Break -- I've very much in need of some crafting catch-up time!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

St Patrick's Day!

I've done my first "live" tutorial in honour of St Patricks Day! Being an active teacher, my hands are really destroyed after working with kids (and washing them constantly!), so I've never made a tutorial where my hands were seen before. Instead, I've stuck to computer tutorials. Well, it's time to break out of my box! Here's this week's project, bobby pin ribbon Shamrocks:

and the video tutorial on how to make them. They're lots of fun and pretty simple once you get the hang of it!

Please feel free to go to my channel on Youtube to view it bigger and in HD!

And here they are in "hair"! This is actually my daughter's dance wig, but I'll have a chance later this week to take some "real" photos :-)

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Mardi Gras

Here's DD and her fabulous face paint, for Carnival. Fun days!

Paper: DCWV Street Lace
Martha Stewart Monarch Butterfly edge punch
Cricut Hannah Montana cartridge (butterfly die cut)
Font: Grenouille ("Mardi"); Liorah BT ("Gras")