Friday, January 6, 2012

I have every finger and toe crossed this morning. Our Memory Box order shipped yesterday; I tracked it and get this, it was shipped from Seattle to us via Portland! The good news . . . it is out for delivery TODAY! Get the keys out to your car and be prepared to drive to the store . . . Art 'n Soul is on my list of 'must-do' stops today!

Another beautiful card from Marj Marion . . .

by Marj Marion

Spellbinders die (bird)
Memory Box die (word)
Magenta Swirl Stamp (41.033F)

Marj has scheduled a "Crazy 'Bout Die Cuts!" class on Saturday, January 28, from 1:00 to 4:00. It's quite appropriate because we all seem to love those dies from Spellbinders, Memory Box, Cheery Lynn and Marianne Designs. And now we're seeing Sizzix teaming up with Hero Arts; I selected one of those a couple of weeks ago at the store.

Saturday, January 28, 1:00-4:00 p.m., Marj

Here’s a chance for hands-on projects using a variety of dies from our favorite die companies.  You’ll enjoy making several delightful cards from Marj’s idea bank!  We’ll use some beautiful papers, some unique elements, and a little bling as well.  Please bring your Cuttlebug or Grand Calibur if you can (with all mats), as this will help the class move along without undue wait times.  Please label your supplies.  Note:  bringing a machine is not required; Marj has two to share.  If you have the little pick-tools, bring those along with your basic kit.

From Graphic 45's blog . . . I love how clever this card layout is. I can see lots of different papers and stamped images to use.

"Next up is this wonderful card tutorial by Robin Shakoor. Robin's cards are always so stunning. Have you ever wondered how she makes such gorgeous pop-up cards? Well today you're in luck! Robin has prepared this fabulous tutorial that shows you exactly how to do it! This is such a great technique and it can be used any time of the year to create the perfect card! So get ready to be amazed and have a lot of fun with the wonderful Robin Shakoor!
'Card making is a passion for me and this is one of the most intricate cards that I make. I used a template (Circle Pop Up Card) from a company called Let’s Party Hearty to create this fun card base. Today I will share the steps I took to create the finished card.
ABC Primer Card

ABC Primer Card Sketch
Step 1 – Using the reverse side of the paper you wish to use, lightly mark your cut lines and score lines using a pencil. The template and instructions has these lines identified.
ABC Primer Card Tutorial
Step 2 – Follow the instructions to cut and score your lines.
ABC Primer Card Tutorial
Step 3 – Fold your card according to the score lines. You will now see your card design take form. When you begin to fold your card, you will find that you will have to make slight adjustments. Be sure to do so before moving to step 4

ABC Primer Card Tutorial
Step 4 – Glue your card base together. I suggest using a strong adhesive such as Scor Tape. Be careful that you do not glue the moving parts of the card. Now you can begin to decorate your card.
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Step 5 – Using the template, you will create a top layer for the cover of the card. You will need to alter it just a bit to fit the center circle. Tie Ribbon to the left of the semi-circle. Adhere to the front of the card base. Add buttons.
ABC Primer Card Tutorial
Step 6 – Die cut a beaded circle and adhere to the center of the card base. (Add liquid pearls once you have finished your entire card) Cut the little girl image from An ABC Primer - Games and Playtime patterned paper and adhere to the center of the die cut using foam squares.
ABC Primer Card Tutorial
Step 7 – Cut ruler from An ABC PrimerSchool Days patterned paper. You will then cut the ruler in half lengthwise. Once this is done, adhere to the inside, top and bottom of your card base as shown. (I cut my ruler into 4 separate pieces, be sure to measure first).
ABC Primer Card Tutorial

  Step 8 - Create a 2 x 4 mat using red patterned paper. Stamp your sentiment on An ABC PrimerHappy Go Lucky patterned paper and trim to 1 ¾ x 3 ¾. Adhere to mat, then to the right side of card.
ABC Primer Card Tutorial
Step 9 – Cut “W, X, Y, Z” from An ABC PrimerSchool Days patterned paper. Ink the edges with Fired Brick Distress Ink then adhere to the right, center of card as shown. Add “School Days” tab to the top, right side of card. Add embellishments.

ABC Primer Card Tutorial
Here is the finished inside of your card. I hope you give this card a try. Enjoy!' "
Graphic 45 Papers: An ABC PrimerHappy Go Lucky, School Days, Grammar School, Games and Playtime
Graphic 45 Chipboard: Die Cuts 2
Graphic 45 Staples: Chipboard Buttons
Partner Products: Hampton Arts – Layered Felt Buttons; May Arts - Ribbon
Patterned Paper: Fancy Pants
Stamps: Crafty Secrets – Card Sentiments; Stampin’ Up – Vintage Labels
Tsukineko: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Ranger: Bisque Liquid Pearls, Foam Squares, Barn Door & Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Adhesive: Zip Dry; ScorTape;
Spellbinders – Beaded Circles Die
Quickutz Revolution – Die Cutting Machine
Craft Supply: Embroidery Floss
Martha Stewart Crafts: Bone Folder
Viva D├ęcor: Pearl Pen

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