I had a wonderful Labor Day weekend relaxing in the cool pines of Cloudcroft, New Mexico. Cloudcroft is such a picturesque little village and even though this past weekend was their busiest weekend ever, the people were warm and welcoming. My friends and I played games, chatted and ate very well! It was really fun and I look forward to going back soon.
Halloween Printers Tray
Halloween is such a fun occasion! Whether its jack-o-lanterns, ghosts or flying witches, I enjoy stamping, die-cutting and coloring all these images. So putting together the Halloween Printers Tray for my October 2 class was a very creative experience. The only problem I had was narrowing down the images I wanted to use! I started out virtually copying one that was on the Memory Box blog then ventured out on my own so I could incorporate stamps from other companies and some of the new Spellbinders Halloween die cuts. This class will last all day October 2 (10am to 5pm with a break for lunch) to assure that we have plenty of time to finish the box. It’s not hard, there’s just a lot of it! Please join us for this very fun and spooky class! Check out close up views of the printers tray and get more details on this class at http://www.stampactelpaso.com/classes/OCTOBER2010.html.
Hallowe’en in Wonderland
Trust Graphic 45 to have the coolest paper for any occasion! Their new Hallowe’en in Wonderland paper collection is so original that it will inspire you to make a whole collection of cards starring Alice, the Mad Hatter and the Cheshire Cat! The Mad Hatter image (above left) is die cut multiple times then stacked together with foam tape. The "Nice Cup of Tea" card (above right) combines a wonderful new stamp from Crafty Individuals (distributed by Magenta) with Graphic 45 paper and a Spellbinders Halloween die. Isn't it too much fun?!!
For even more possibilities, use the Greetings from Wonderland stamps (above left) from Crafty Secrets with the paper collection. For the "Too Late" card (above right), I stamped and cut out the Big Clock (Hero Arts) then distressed the edges with the Tim Holtz paper distresser. The centerpiece (Mad Hatter) is one of the tags from the paper collection. The wording ("for a very important date") was stamped using the tiny alphabet from Just Rite Stampers. I typeset the words using a 2" circle mount and they fit perfectly in the available space. Yeah! I used a new Memo Pin from Tim Holtz to hold the "Too Late" sign. The playing cards are from the paper collection. Finally the numbers along the left border is a stamp called "Fuzzy Numbers" from Post Modern Design. Once I stamped them and cut them out, I adhered Tim Holtz filmstrip ribbon over them using his Tiny Attacher. I really wanted one more element and was thrilled to find that one of the rolls of the Tim Holtz Traveler Tissue Tape is all calendars. I cut out an October calendar, mounted it on cardstock and highlighted the 31st. The perfect final touch to a very fun card!
This card is way over the top and we will not be making the pop-up (above right) in class because it takes way too much detail cutting. I more or less copied one that was on the Graphic 45 blog although it took me some real squinting and guessing to figure out where each piece came from! This is a one of a kind and I doubt you will want to part with it! We will make the card (above left) which uses the paper, a Spellbinders Halloween die, a Tim Holtz key and a Spellbinders die cut "h." The ticket was stamped (Stampers Anonymous) then the words in red were added using the Just Rite Stampers tiny alphabet. Can't you just hear the Queen saying "Off with her Head!"??
In my Hallowe’en in Wonderland class on Sat, September 18 (10am) we will make three of these cards. For more information please go to http://www.stampactelpaso.com/classes/September2010.html.
Halloween Pennant Banner
The new Spellbinders Halloween dies are really, really cool and I loved the banner that Kazan Clark made with them so I decided to create one of my own. I followed her basic instructions (see http://nunutoolies.blogspot.com/2010/07/spellbinders-big-event-blog-frenzy-july.html) but used different papers and dies. I used Spellbinders Big Scalloped Border die for the border on each pennant. What a fun way to use your dies to make a Halloween decoration!
Another recent Halloween project was to make Halloween treats using 1” x 8” cellophane tubes. I filled the tubes with M&M’s and stamped and die cut images to adhere to the top of the tube. These are addictive and would make great gifts for a child’s classroom or party favors. We sell the cellophane tubes and of course we have all sorts of dies and stamps to decorate them with. Stop in and see them in person! Here's one more:
This Saturday (September 11 at 10am) I will be teaching a one-card Pop-up Snowflake Card class featuring a Sizzix die. You will learn how to die cut the snowflake and platform, make the card and adhere the die so that it pops up perfectly! We will decorate the card in soft shades of pink and blue with new Just Rite Stamper Christmas stamps (“Hearts Come Home”). The snowflake on the card's cover (above left) is die cut using Spellbinders Create-a-Flake 2 then glitter with chunnky glass glitter (Art Institute). This is a surprisingly simple card even if you wanted to make several! For more views of this card and details about the class, please click over to http://www.stampactelpaso.com/classes/September2010.html.
Saturday afternoon we will bid adieu to summer flowers in a class that teaches many techniques. We will use stamps from Memory Box, new Clearsnap Design Adhesives, distress inks, perfect pearls, and Memento ink pads. You will make 4 cards and each one is different. Join us for a relaxing yet informative class. To see these cards again and read about the class, please go to http://www.stampactelpaso.com/classes/September2010.html. Here are two more samples:
Shopping for Fall Holidays
Now’s a great time to buy stamps from your favorite companies for fall stamping. We have a good supply of new stamps from Hero Arts, Penny Black, Stampendous, Our Craft Lounge, A Muse and many more. The Spellbinders dies for Christmas and Halloween are in stock and they are truly irresistible! Plus we have great embellishments from unique trims and ribbons to bling and haunted house albums! Please stop in and see all the goodies – I know you will find something you must have! Have a good week! Check out all things new in the store at http://www.stampactelpaso.com/whatsnew.html.