Thursday, March 23, 2017

Gift Bag Punch Board 'B' Class

This is the fourth of our Punch board series classes; the second Gift Bag Punch Board class. I had a blast putting this together and creating these containers. I know you will get just as much enjoyment creating these, too. It's going to be 2 1/2 hours of fun!

Gift Bag Punch Board Class 'B'

When: Saturday, April 22nd
Time: 2:00 - 4:30
Cost: $25 + GST...
3730 Grange Road Studio

For this second class with the Gift Bag Punch Board we will be creating a Bakers Box which will hold a ton of cookies, or up to three muffins or cupcakes depending on their size. There will be a sweet little Back Pack box/bag, and a Star bag, and Milk Carton box. These also will hold many different kinds of gifts. Also will create a couple of Rosebud Cups to add Smarties, M&Ms, Cadbury Easter Eggs, and more, with a little banner to label with a persons name or a little sentiment. In order to make these, we will learn how to create an octagon from a square piece of cardstock!

Please bring to class: Your Gift Bag Punch Board, 12 x 12 score board, paper trimmer, scissors, bone folder, double sided adhesive tape (Scor tape/Sookwang is the best for these kinds of projects), liquid glue, and a non-stick mat for when we use liquid glue.

Each project close up

This is the box that can hold some great baked goods, or whatever else you wish to put inside.

This star shaped bag is great for some kind of odd shaped items like finger nail polish, lollipops, those round ball like lip balms, certain shapes of  perfume or cologne bottles, etc., or just to hold a bunch of candies or chocolates.

This little back pack is great gift packaging for a little back to school gift, a teacher gift, or even a graduation gift.

Milk carton gift packaging can be created to any height that you wish, and can hold a lot of stuff from a ton of candy to candles, and more.

These sweet little rosebud cups are great for table decoration for any kind of dinner or celebration and hold a surprising amount of candies, chocolate eggs, or mints.

What did I tell you...2 1/2 hours of fun, right! See you in class.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Spectrum Noir Class #3 - Pinks & Turquoises

Our third Spectrum Noir class! I'm a little busy typing up instructions for a few classes so I am not saying much, and just copying and pasting the post from Scrapbook Essentials. We are going to have even more fun in this class, so see you there!

Spectrum Noir #3 - Pinks & Turquoise

When: Saturday, April 22nd
Time: 10:00 - 12:30
Cost: $25 + GST...
3730 Grange Road Studio

This class brings us half way through the beginner series for Spectrum Noir. We have learned a lot and are getting comfortable using these amazing markers. In this third class we will be introducing Pinks and Turquoise into our colour collection and colouring a pink Flamingo with some background features and a turquoise butterfly with background features. Some of the techniques for this class will include how to make feathers on a bird, a couple of tips when colouring with water, and filling in more of a background watercolour look.

Remember to bring your homework from the last class for Show & Tell. There will be a surprise for those that do their homework and spend two hours practicing before this class.

Please bring to class: All your Neutral, Green, Yellow, Blue & Cool Gray markers to class along with your Pink & Turquoise markers. You will need your double sided adhesive tape, scissors, and 3D Foam squares to assemble your cards.

To substitute Copic Markers for the colours we are using - RV06, E81, BG10, BG11, BG15, BG49, E47, YG01, YG99, & BG72.

Stampendous 'Flamingo'

Penny Black 'Butterfly Party'

My practice sheet...(sorry editing went wrong)

Keep on colouring, and happy creating!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Sharing Spellbinders Sample Cards - Owl

OK, today we are back to me sharing the sample cards I made for the Spellbinders Educator reveal a week ago. Today's is the "Owl" (SDS-039). Such a sweet owl, don't you think? You will have to forgive the non-Spellbinders sentiment this time. I enjoyed colouring this image, and had fun with the little extra feathers. It's so nice to have the dies for each item in the stamp set.

Here is the card when it was on display at the reveal. It is now on display at Scrapbook Essentials BC in the new Spellbinders section of the store.

Here is a closer look at the owl...

...and the side view to see the layering of this card. Of course you don't have to pop up all the layers I did, I just like the overall effect.

If you like colouring, whether it be with alcohol markers, colouring pencils, or watercolour pencils, this is a fun stamp and dies set! And, I know that there are 2 or 3 at Scrapbook Essentials BC, waiting for you to add to your repertoire and write you name on it.

Thank you for stopping by to have a look today. Happy colouring!

Spellbinders Canada Educator

Saturday, March 18, 2017

G45 Vintage Hollywood Tall Card

This is an interruption of the Spellbinders Educator series of posts. As you all know, not only do I love Spellbinders, but I also love the gorgeous Graphic 45 papers. Today I want to participate in the Graphic 45 Cards & Tags Contest. While working on a mini album for one of my daughters using the "Vintage Hollywood" collection, I was inspired to stop work on it to create this card. I just never got around to posting it. So now is a great time to do that.

I knew the moment I saw this image on the "Silver Screen" sheet, that I would end up fussy cutting out and create a tall card with it. I also used the "Star Studded" paper for the backdrop of the image. This card is 4"w x 9 /14"h, and fits into a business size 10 envelope.

Here are a couple of close ups... thing I wish I had done was to take a gold coloured alcohol marker to the rhinestones.

Next is the side view showing you how I layered the card.

For the inside...(the card base and writing space is a cream cardstock, but doesn't show that well in this photo)

I wish you could see it in real life, because all the rhinestones really glitter with every movement and angle of the card. I would like to try making this card again and try adding a subtle hint of colour to the image and see what that would look like.

Thank you for stopping by to have a look. Happy creating!


Friday, March 17, 2017

Sharing Spellbinders Sample Cards - Snail

I had said, a while back, that I would share with you the sample cards I created for the Spellbinders Canada Educator reveal. This one, titled "Snail" is a great one for those that love to colour with Spectrum Noir or Copics, watercolour or regular colour pencils, or traditional water colouring.

I had planned to go over the dots with white liquid pearls, but forgot to do that as it was very late at night when I made this card the night before the reveal. I always love colouring and watch as the image slowly comes to life with colour.

I love how Spellbinders combines and packages the stamp set with dies. It make it so easy to put together your card or layered image for other projects such as shadow boxes or framed home d├ęcor items.

If you would like this set contact Stacey at to purchase it.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

First Spellbinders Educator Class - Tuscany Strip

Today's post is all about our first Scrapbook Essentials BC Spellbinders Educator Class. Here are the two cards we will be making.

This class is filling up quickly, so reserve your spot before it's full. Contact Stacey -

Spellbinders Educator Class # 1 

When: Wednesday, April 12th

Time: 3:30 - 5:30pm  OR   6:30 - 8:30pm

Cost: $35.00 + GST (INCLUDES THE $20 DIE)

We are so excited to share with you classes featuring Spellbinders product. For our first class we will be using the Tuscany Strip (S4-655) to create two lovely cards. The cost of the class includes the die for each of you to add to your Spellbinders Die collection. In each Spellbinders class we will discuss different creative ways you can use each die and a few die cutting tips. Because you will each be receiving your own die, you will need to bring your die cutting machine to class. If you need to use the one in the store, just let us know. For those of you that attended the March 11th open house, you saw a few cards created using this die in different ways.

Please bring to class: Die cutting machine (you can order the Platinum 6 (PE-100) for a nice portable machine from Stacey), die brush if you have one (or order from Stacey "Tool-In-One" T-001), scissors, double sided adhesive tape, mini-glue dots, & white 3D Foam Squares (the white foam tape is easier to use in this class).

On this card I did not include a stamped sentiment leaving it so that you can stamp whatever greeting or sentiment you prefer to use on the card.

This 5 1/2" square card is all about mitering and will be fun to do.

Here is a photo of the Tuscany Strip die you will each receive in class.

We will discuss many ways this die can be used as we create the two cards in class. Looking forward to seeing you in class!

This next photo is the die that will be used in our second Spellbinders Educator class in May.

Graceful Fans

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Exciting News!

Hello everyone!

Today, I will be sharing some pretty exciting news for those of you that have not yet heard about it, and over the next few days be posting further about it all.

Yesterday, Scrapbook Essentials BC made a big announcement and reveal at their Bi-annual Open House. It is all about the Spellbinders Canada Educator program! I was one of 10 store instructors across Canada chosen to participate in the program!! Of course, I am super excited.

This is what Stacey posted on the Scrapbook Essentials Facebook page.

"So....we announced our special reveal today at our Open House. Wow! Was it ever hard not to tell people before today. But we are so glad we didn't as we were able to tell so many people in person at the same time.

While at the Creativation show in Phoenix, I learned about a NEW program that was in the works with Spellbinders. This NEW program was for CANADA and is the Canadian Educator Program. The instant I heard about this program, I thought of Sabrina right away. So....I filled out an application, gathered testimonials, and had Sabrina put together a profile, included all of her social media links and submitted her application. Anticipation almost got the best of me waiting a few weeks....and then the news arrived. Sabrina was one of the 10 maximum candidates to represent Spellbinders Canada as a Spellbinders Canadian Educator! She will be teaching exclusively through our studio and is the only Educator on Vancouver Island. Classes will be held monthly and will focus on the latest products offered through Spellbinders.
We are so excited about this new addition to the studio and are thrilled to be representing Spellbinders Canada!"
 Here are some of the photos from the reveal...

 Me at the display table...

Here are a couple of the cards I created using these newly released stamps and dies by Spellbinders.

 Isn't that owl adorable?

I was surprised by the cake Stacey ordered...

 It was wonderful to be able to share with everyone all the great products from Spellbinders with everyone and answer their questions. I myself am so excited that I now want a Prizm along with a ton of other product.

This will be great as a portable die cutting & emboss tool to take to crops for those smaller dies!

Over the next few days you will see posts related to the rest of the cards made for this reveal as well as the first Spellbinders class in April! I look forward to many more Spellbinders classes and representing Spellbinders as a Canadian Spellbinders Educator.

Happy creating everyone!

Sunday, March 5, 2017

New Graphic 45 Midnight Masquerade Project - Envelope Mini-Album

If you haven't seen this Graphic 45 Midnight Masquerade collection in real life, I recommend that you do. The colours are incredible! Photos do not do the paper justice. Anyway, Scrapbook Essentials is having a class using this paper.

Graphic 45 Midnight Masquerade Envelope Mini

The fun and rich colours of this paper collection will be transformed into an enjoyable square mini-album based on a class that Stacey took at Creativation (CHA). A great little mini for the photos from any party (costume party is perfect, if you go to those), or if you have some Mardi Gras photos, or some other real fun get-to-gether, etc. You will be receiving written instructions from Sabrina for this class, as well as the added bonus of the Graphic 45 instructions this class is based on! It's a real easy mini-album to make. Using our envelope punch boards we'll create envelope pocket pages with the policy closure, and keep things basic during class time. Then you can go home and fussy cut and embellish to your heart's content.

PLEASE BRING TO CLASS - Envelope punch board (I will have 2 that can be borrowed), bone folder, paper trimmer, scissors, teflon/non-stick mat, double sided adhesive tape, liquid glue, black 3D foam squares/tape, 3/4" circle punch if you have one (I will have one there if needed), 3/16" hole punch (I will have one there if needed). You may want to have some wipes handy in case of glue on your fingers.

Date: Saturday, March 25th
Time: 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm (1 hour dinner break)
Where: Langford Legion during the All Day Crop
Cost: $45.00

Here is a look at the spine of the mini...

...the inside envelope pock pages...

...and the back cover.

I'll add more photos of this project once the class has taken place.

Hope to see all you Graphic 45 fans or mini-album fans at this class!

Forgot to Let You Know!

Hello everyone!

I just realized that March the 2nd has passed by and I forgot to let you all know that one of the classes I am teaching at Scrapbook Essentials BC, has had a date change a while back! Remember the Graphic 45 Safari Adventure Card Class? The date has been changed to March 30th,with the time and location the same.

Just click on the link above to view all the other details. Just remember the date change.

Happy creating!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Another Graphic 45 Safari Adventure Class! - Two Double Page Layouts

Trips to the zoo, even outdoorsy activities, or for the times it's like a zoo at home, are perfect occasions for these two double page layouts.

(this layout has 7 photos at 2 x 2, & 5 photos at 3 x 4)
Between the two, there are 21 photos! We will be mitering paper strips, so that your layout looks like it has several layers without all the use of so much paper. And, we will learn to use our Tim Holtz rulers to easily work with these strips and create boarders with and without the added strips. Mixing photo sizes always makes a more interesting layout, and we will have a brief discussion about photo sizes, and what photos to use in layouts, and what to discard. Getting the best of your photos to tell your story on your pages sometimes is needed as some outings, vacations and parties have a lot of photos. Save on the number of pages you create buy using the tips shared in class.

What to bring to class: Paper trimmer, scissors, 1/8" hole punch, double sided adhesive tape (like Sookwang - as some of the tips will not work with the adhesive off of dispensers), black 3D Foam Squares, Tim Holtz Ruler (if possible because some tips will not work on regular rulers), and a pencil.

When: Tuesday, March 28th
Where: 3730 Grange Road Studio
Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cost: $30.00

(this layout has 1 photo at 5 x 7 , & 10 photos at 4 x 4)

See you there!