Well yesterday just whizzed by and before I knew it the day was over and I did not get this post done. Ugh.  I had so much office work to do too and didn’t get it done either!  Yep, the day just whizzed by just like 2014 did! Seriously.  The year went by way too fast and here we are on New Years Eve getting ready to say goodbye to 2014.

So earlier in December I watched a YouTube Tutorial by Just a Few Designs { you can find it >HERE<} There are lots of tutorials out there for folio type albums.  I liked the looks of the one by Just a Few {maybe it was the Halloween design} and decided to make one for Christmas.  I got it constructed but not finished.  After Christmas I finally had time to work on it.  But you know me, I added way to many flaps and mats and embellishments.  It would NOT lay flat!  So I altered it.  I cut it right down the middle, created a 1″ spine piece from black cardstock and attached it to the two sections with black KraftTex that I embossed with dots.  Then I added a hairband elastic closure and I love it!  You know the saying…”Make lemonade out of lemons.”  I think maybe that’s what I did.

The photo below is a screen shot from the video {which I’ll share further down}.  It’s not that great a photo but does show you a bit how it looks when opened up.  You can see it much better in the video.

Here’s the video.  Remember you can click on the YouTube logo at the bottom and watch it in YouTube at a bit bigger size.
Creations Details:
  • Black Medium Weight Chipboard for covers (cut 2)  6 1/4″ wide x 9″ tall, for spine (cut 1) 1″ x 9″
  • Black KrafTex
  • Dot Embossing Folder
  • Letter Size File Folder
  • Red Cardstock
  • Black Cardstock
  • Doodlebug Essentials Santa Express Collection

I think this will be the last Christmas project that I’ll share for awhile though it’s never too early to get started on things for NEXT Christmas!  Remember how fast 2014 whizzed by–I bet 2015 will be even faster.  Hmmm…maybe I should just leave my Christmas decorations up. Ha, ha. Just kidding.
Here’s wishing you and yours a very Happy New Year!  Have fun but stay safe and well!
Happy Crafting,

Okay, this is funny–at least to me.  I’ve mentioned a couple of times here on the blog {or on Facebook} that I had exciting news to share regarding my crafting for 2015.  I didn’t even notice that I’d unintentionally put a sneak peek of the news right here on my side bar!  I’d created a badge and did a preview to see how it looked but “thought” that I didn’t save it.  Guess I did because it’s right there for you all to see, if you noticed.  Ha, ha.

Anyway…..my exciting news regarding my crafting for 2015 is………..I will be on the Design Team for Scrappin’ Goodtime in Corsicana, Texas for 2015 starting January 1st!!  This means I will be designing projects to display at the store using product kits and I will be teaching classes now and then and participating in other special events.  I applied for the Design Team in mid December by sending Susie, the store owner, this little Candy Cane Mini Album.  It is so cute!  I made it with a chipboard cover & spine and then created the pages out of candy cane stripe paper bags from Pebbles Inc.   I also used the Home for Christmas collection papers and embellishments from Pebbles Inc. to finish the project.

The album is on display at Scrappin’ Goodtime and several ladies wanted to take a class to make their own!  Which means my first class to teach will be on January 17th at 1:00 p.m. The class fee which includes everything you need to create this project is just $45.00  You can find out more information and a tool/supply list by clicking on the Scrappin’ Goodtime Facebook page

I’m having a really hard time getting anything done today! This always seems to happen after a holiday and when you’ve had several days away from your normal routine.  I did finish up on a Christmas file folder/folio type album yesterday and hope to share it here on the blog tomorrow.

Happy Crafting,

Hello!  I hope each of you had a wonderful, magical Christmas.  I still have some Christmas projects to finish up on (yes, they’ll be for next year) and share but for today, I’m posting this birthday card. You see, 36 years ago today I gave birth to a “Christmas baby”–our daughter, Brandy. And while she wasn’t born on Christmas day (though I remember she thought about coming that day), having your birthday two days after Christmas is a challenge in regards to birthday presents, birthday parties etc.  I always did my best to separate the two events.  Today I’ve baked her a cake even though we still have lots of holiday sweets to eat.  A birthday is special and deserves it’s own celebration.

While waiting for the cake to bake, I browsed Facebook and noticed that the December  ODBD challenge (Our Daily Bread Designs) for Operation Write Home was short (a lot) of it’s goal of 50 cards by the end of December.  So I went upstairs and made this Washi tape birthday card to go with the challenge theme of PRIMARY colors–use red, blue and yellow on a card.

I’ve been very slack in doing the Operation Write Home challenges the last few years, but think that I will (hopefully) have a bit more time this coming year to do the challenges and to make a few cards for the troops.  They no longer need as many cards as in the past but still need them to send to those troops stationed overseas.

Card Creation Details:

  • Cardstock – Yellow & White
  • Washi Tape – Four different patterns in Red & Blue
  • Flower – paper diecut from Teresa Collins “Stationary Notes”
  • Punch – Recollections Flower & Hole Punch {To Create the Center of the Flower from Washi Tape}
  • Ink – Stampin’ Up! Real Red
  • Sentiment Stamp – Papertrey Ink “Handwritten Notes”
I hope you will take a few minutes to create a card for the ODBD challenge and link it to the challenge post by the end of December.  If 50 cards are linked, Our Daily Bread Designs will pay for the shipping of TWO boxes of cards to the troops!
Happy Crafting,

Happy Monday for the week of Christmas!  I can’t believe it is almost here.  Have a few gifts to wrap yet and some cookies to bake {that’s all that hubby ever wants for Christmas–a huge tin of cookies!}

Since Thursday is Christmas day, I decided to do a “Throwback Thursday” craft post TODAY.  This is a card I created back in 2012 for The Stamping Shack Design Team.  I shared the instructions for it in the original post but today, I went ahead and did a Snapguide tutorial for you. Enjoy!

Check out How to Create a Fun Fold Easel Card by Sandy Trefger on Snapguide.

I hope you each have a wonderful week and a very Merry Christmas! I may or may not be back with more posts.  It just depends on how everything goes and if I have extra time.  I have a couple of unfinished Christmas projects (luckily they are not gifts) on my workdesk so will see if I have time to play with those or not.  Or I could share some exciting news about me and my crafts in the next few days…..

Happy Crafting,

Happy Friday everyone!  We are in the big countdown to Christmas….are you ready?  I’m always ready whether I really am or not. Ha, ha.

I got the video done showing the steps on how I created this 10″x 10″ Santa canvas.  It’s a “fast forwarded” video which means I speeded it up in editing so it looks like I work super super fast.  I don’t. It is a long process to create a canvas and I did not want to share a really, really long video. So you get to watch it in Speedy Gonzalez mode.  I did add background music. If you don’t like it, turn your volume down or mute.  I also did a voice over to tell you what I was doing….but, YouTube didn’t upload the voice over. Hmmm…not sure why and I really don’t think I will have time to figure that out.  So it is a silent movie except for the music.

I will, however, try to remember and share here the supplies I used and maybe list some of the steps.

  • 10″x10″ blank canvaspaint it with white GESSO.  Allow to dry.
  • 12″ x 12″ scrapbook paper with words (doesn’t matter what it says) – tear into jagged sections and glue to canvas with MULTI-MATT MEDIUM or some other type of fixative of your choice.  Allow to dry.
  • Pink Acrylic Paint – Use a brush to mix the paint with Multi-Matt Medium and brush over the entire canvas piece and the words.  Apply more paint (not mixed with Multi-Matt) to the edges of the canvas and in any area you want a bit darker pink.  Allow to dry.
  • Gesso & Water – Brush Gesso mixed with water over the canvas to blend the words into the background.  Allow to dry.
  • Pink/Red Toned Faber Castell Gelato Crayons – color with three different Gelato crayons (dark, medium, light) in same or similar color familes) to the edges of the canvas.  Use a brush and water to blend the Gelatos, use a baby wipe and your brush to blend and create a background that you like. 
  • Dark Green Faber Castell Pitt Big Brush PenApply the ink from the pen to a texture rubber stamp and randomly stamp the darker color to the corners and edges of the canvas. Allow to dry.
  • Multi-Matt Medium – tear out images like the Santa and the Happy Holidays from scrapbook paper or that you print on your computer and glue to the canvas using the Multi-Matt Medium. Allow to dry.
  • Workable Fixative (Optional) – if desired, spray the entire area with the Workable Fixative. Allow to dry.
  • Fiber Paste – use a Scrapper Tool and a Snowflake Stencil to randomly add snowflakes to the canvas.  Allow to dry, best if overnight.
  • Washi Tape – randomly add 4 strips of wahsi tape.
  • Multi-Matt Medium –  brush Multi-Matt Medium over the Washi Tape so it stays stuck down.
  • Gesso & Water – Brush Gesso mixed with water over the Washi Tape pieces to blend them into the background and to mute the color of the tape.
  • White Sharpie Pen – Add random dots to the canvas with a white Sharpie Pen.
  • Perfect Pearls Mist – spritz the entire canvas with the Perfect Pearls.  (I used the clear “Perfect Pearls” color.)  Allow to dry.
  • Petaloo Flowers & Greenery, 3D Crystal Lacquer – arrange and glue the flowers/greenery to the canvas using the 3D Crystal Lacquer.
  • Perfect Pearls Mist – spritz some Perfect Pearls Mist to your craft mat and use a brush to “paint” the flower petals and greenery to give them a frosty look. Allow to dry.
Here’s what I’ve learned (for me) regarding Mixed Media art.  Use what you have.  Keep the colors simple–using too many colors gets to busy and looks “unplanned.”  For this canvas, I used the pink/red colors that went well together and were similar to the colors in the Santa image and the Happy Holidays image.  Don’t use too many different techniques.  On this canvas I have the snowflakes, the dots,  the texture stamp and a small amount of Washi tape.  Any more and I think it would have been too much with the images and the flowers.  Stop when it looks good.  Don’t try to add more.  I don’t know if this makes any sense or not but I have done some art journaling pages that I did not like when done and I think it was because I tried to use too many colors and too many techniques for the size of the page.  And one other thing….if you do dabble in mixed media, know that you cannot do other papercrafts on the same worktable!  Mixed media (for me) gets everywhere!  I like to do the mixed media project, finish it and clean it all up–putting all the supplies away so I don’t contaminate any of my papercrafting cards and mini albums.
Oops! Almost forgot!  The VIDEO!!
Happy Crafting,