Sunday, July 8, 2012

Moving and Time Away

Hello Crafters!

I'm sure you've noticed there has not been an update in about a month - I'm still here, but I am going to have to be on hiatus for the next 2 months.  David and I have been house hunting, and we found one we love!  We hope to be moved in by the middle to end of August (just a few tweaks we need to do before moving in.) Once we are moved and settled I will be back with more crafting videos, ideas and inspiration.

In fact, I am working on some great sketches for cards and scrapbook pages, as well as planning some great mini albums.  So be sure to come back in mid September to see where we're at.
Until then, I'll still be popping on to post links to some crafty inspirations I've seen on You Tube.

Happy Crafting and I'll see you all again soon!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Back From the Convention!

Hi Crafters!  I am back from the GASC and wow was it awesome!  Lots of shopping and lots of awesome classes.  Our weekend started with Shabby Chic cards from Melissa Frances - what a great class!

I will be posting other projects from the convention throughout the next few weeks so stay tuned to see all the fun stuff!

Now on to this week's tutorial. I am still working with the Madeline collection from Prima, but this week I am also working with my Circle Border punch from Fiskars....the one I just HAD to have a few summers ago. :D

To make today's card you will need the following:
 2 sheets of coordinating patterned paper
2 sheets of coordinating card stock
Circle die or die cutting machine
Circle border punch
Decorative label punch
Sentiment stamp

You can watch the video here, or you can follow the directions below.

1. Trim card base to 5x10 and fold in half. creating a 5x5 inch square card.
2. Trim patterned paper to a 4 7/8" square.
3. Trim a double point banner tip into the end and attach to the patterned paper square.
4. Adhere the patterned square and ribbon to the card base.   Secure the ribbon to the front of the card with a strip of tacky tape.
5. Die cut the coordinating card stock into a circle (4" or slightly smaller)
6. Cut a 4" circle out of the second piece of patterned paper and punch using the circle border punch and tape to the top of the card stock circle.

7. Using cardstock scraps in the same color as your card base, stamp your sentiment of choice and cut punch out using the decorative label punch.
8.  Cut another strip of cardstock 3/4" x 2 1/2" and trim the tips in a banner shape and attach to the back of the label punch, leaving tails hanging off either side.

9.  Attach the label and strip to the center of your circles.
10.  Use Foam Adhesive to attach the circles to the center of the front of your card.
That's it!  You just created a beautiful card perfect for any occassion.

I can't wait to see what you guys make!  And remember, if there is something you'd like to see or something you want to learn more about, hit me up - I'm always glad to do what I can to help!

Happy Crafting and I'll see you next week!

Monday, May 28, 2012

A Challenge to You All!

Hi guys!  Sorry, there won't be a tutorial this week. Memorial Day weekend kept me pretty busy, and I will be gearing up over the next 2 days for the Great American Scrapbook Convention in Arlington, TX.  I promise to take lots of pics and fill you all in on the awesomeness on Sunday when I get back tho!

In the mean time, I have challenged myself to use some tools I bough way back when and just had to have.  I'm sure you all have one - what's yours?  Do you use it?  Tell me all about it!

I will be taking mine with me to the convention and working on creating something awesome and fun!  There will be a full tutorial on this project when I get back!  (And possibly a give away of goodies fresh from the convention) so stay tuned!

IN the mean time, let me leave you with a list of my favorite crafters on You Tube:

Kristen Wilson -
Drew -
KWernerDesign Video:
Chic'n Scratch -

There are quite a few more that I sub to, but these are my top 4 faves.  Stop by, check 'em out and show some love.  :)

Happy crafting and I'll see you next week!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Use Up Those Scraps!

Hi Crafters!
This weeks tutorial was inspired by two of my favorite Youtubers- Drew at cardofmyeye and starofmay.  They both did very similar cards and I just loved them both.  So much, in fact that I scrap lifted and combined the 2 designs in this weeks card.  Now I did not use my scraps for this card but it is a great way to use them up.  You'll see what I mean.

Before we get started let's gather our materials and tools:
- adhesive
-Paper trimmer
- label punch or die
- corner rounder (the chomper or Fiskars squeeze punch if you got it.)
- ink blender tool and distress ink ( I used Walnut Stain)
- patterned paper-approx 4-8 coordinating patterns (I used the Madeline line by Prima)
- coordinating card base (I used Lagoon by Bazzill)
-White cardstock
-seam binding or other soft ribbon
- flowers or other small embellishments

You can follow along with this video tutorial, or you can follow the written instructions below.

Step 1:
Trim down your patterned papers into strips ranging in widths of 1/4" up to 3/4".

Step 2:
Trim white cardstock to a 3 3/4" x 5" rectangle and cover with adhesive.

Step 3:
Starting on the top left hand corner, place the strips of patterned paper over the white rectangle, letting the excess hang off the edges.  Line up each strip against the one before it until the entire surface is covered.

Step 4: Trim the excess papers around the edges leaving a beautiful diagonally stripped pattern.

Step 5:
Round the edges of the base card and the patterned rectangle

Step 6: ink the edges of the patterned rectangle and the card, and attach the rectangle to the top of the card.

Step 6: Cut a small slit at the upper right hand corner and tie on a length of seam binding.  Can tie a bow or a simple knot.

Step 7: Using your label punch or die, punch out a labeled image and rub on or stamp sentiment.  Ink Edges and attach to the card.  Decorate with any of your favorite embellishments.

Wasn't that fun!  Now tell me what you thought or show me what you did.

Can't wait to see your creations!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Quick Quotes Quick Page Kit

Hi Crafters!

Sorry about missing last weeks update - it's been a crazy couple weeks.  But I am back on track, and this week I've got something fun!  A Quick Page Kit from Quick Quotes. Now if you don't know about Quick Quotes, let me tell you about them.  They are an awesome scrapbook and papercraft company with some amazing papers, and even more amazing kits.  They have a monthly kit club, a wide variety of mini album and canvas project kits as well as some fun card kits.  Mom and I found them last year at the Great American Scrapbook Convention and fel in love with all of their awesome ideas and products.  We took 2 or 3 classes at the convention and bought several kits at their booth.  We also ended up going to their annual weekend event called Private Reserve.  I like to think of Private Reserve as papercraft boot camp.  It's a weekend long event that starts Friday (w/ bonus classes) and goes all the way through 5pm on Sunday.  Not including bonus classes you make a 20 page scrapbook album...yes, you actually complete 20 pages - and 6 other classes plus make and takes.  Additionally the do 4 Bonus Classes on Friday.   It was a truly awesome weekend - filled with fun, great prizes, and awesome give aways.  I walked out of their with 10 completed projects, 2 free canvas kits, and at least 6 other free page kits.  On top of that I won a copy of a very popular Canadian Scrapbook Magazine and a 9" Xryon Creative Station.  I haven't had a chance to use it yet with all the changes going on here, but believe me, it'll have a nice home in the new house. :)

Mom and I only signed up for a few of the bonus classes last year...this year we are all in!    Hope you can join us, or join them at any of their other Private Reserve locations around the country.  Want to know more about them, check them out!

Today's Video was going to be one of the page kits I got at Private Reserve this past year.  The papers are fun, the layout is simple, yet awesome.  Unfortunately my video editing software had other plans and combined clips from all sorts of stuff and deleted the second half of the video I spent so much time editing....Oh well.  I do have some great pics of the finished project.  So check out these pages, and then go check out Quick Quotes for even more awesomeness!!

Monday, April 30, 2012

The Easy Gift Bag Tutorial

Hi Crafters!  Welcome to the first tutorial on my new craft project blog!

Before we get started with this tutorial, I would like to run down a basic supply list every crafter should have:
  • Paper Trimmer (w/ Scoring Blade is nice, but optional)
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive (dry and liquid)
  • Hole Punch  - Cropodile is ideal but not necessary

Nice to haves:
  • Score tool - I prefer the Martha Stewart Scoreboard, but SU! makes one, Making Memories has come out with a score tool attached to a trimmer, and there is also the original Score Pal.
  • Bind It All - for you mini album lovers out there
  • Personal Diecut Machine - Cricut, Silhouette, Vagabond, Cuttlebug, Big Shot, etc.  Electric or manual, just good to have.
  • Punches  - Circles, hearts, flowers, tags, labels - they are all great to have!
Now onto the project.  A Quick and Easy Gift Bag for any occassion.  

  • 1 Lunch Bag (trimmed to 7 1/2 inch)
  • Patterned Paper (trimmed to 10 1/4"x4 3/4")
  • Ribbon
  • Hole Punch
  • Trimmer
  • Scissors
  • Score Board
  • Adhesive
  1. Trim Patterned Paper into 2 pieces.
    3 1/4" x 4 3/4" and 6 3/4" x 4 3/4"
  2. Score the smaller piece of paper at 1/2" 
  3. Adhere large piece of paper to the front of the bag.
  4. Adhere the 1/2" side of the scored to inside back side of the bag.  The paper should form a flap overlapping the front of the bag
  5. Punch 2 holes in the bag (through the front and back). and thread your ribbon through the holes, and tie shut.
This is a great way to use up large scraps or to create something super quick and fun with your 12x12 paper pads.  I was able to create 20 of these bags in a matter of hours - super quick and what a great idea for party favors at your kids birthday party or friends shower?  I can't wait to see what you create!

Is there something special you want to see or learn?  Tell me about it!  I'd love to hear about it!  I am hear to serve. ;D

Happy Crafting!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Tutorials Coming!

Hi Bloggers!  I have designated this blog to be specificly for tutorials and projects I will start posting in May 2012.  I am working on projects, videos and detailed instructions.  I have no intention of charging for my tutorials, and anything "scraplifted" will be given full credit to the person whom I learned or lifted from, unless they credit another crafter..then I will credit the original crafter.  Please note, this will happen where possible and if I miss you, please let me know ASAP so I can give credit where credit is due.  The world wide web has a plethora of talent out there and it is impossible for us all to find it all.  I hope this Tutorial blog will help you learn new and creative ways to craft, and make new friends.  I will link this to my own personal blog:  The Myers Memories and if there is anything you would like to learn, or if you would like to provide feedback, please let me know.

Stay Tuned for some fun awesome projects!