Wednesday, July 23, 2014

28 cards in 4 weeks


Over the years I've had several requests for this so I'm thrilled to announce that my 2012 Big Picture Classes workshop, 28 Cards in 4 Weeks is back for another round!

In my popular workshop, 28 Cards in 4 Weeks, you'll create a year's worth of quick, simple, and stunning cards for all seasons and occasions--before the rush of the holiday season begins. They'll be ready to use at a moment's notice! 

During each week of class, you'll make seven cards, each taking 15 minutes or less. You'll learn to use sketches, samples, downloads, and videos to create some cute and clever cards that your loved ones will adore. Topics will cover major events, holidays, seasons, and many everyday occasions and themes. And you'll use up lots of scrapbooking leftovers along the way!

For more info and to register, check out the class description page HERE. Also, you can check out my promo video below:




Monday, July 21, 2014

super stashbusters blog hop!

Hello, and welcome! Thanks for stopping by our Super Stashbusters blog hop today! I'm thrilled to be a part of this blog hop along with some of my eight fabulous contributors. If you'd like to participate in our blog hop please browse around here and then hop over to the blog at the top of the link list below. A free seat in the class will be given away at some of the stops in the blog hop, so be sure to leave a comment on each blog and enter to win!

If you'd like to learn more about my Super Stashbusters workshop which begins at the end of the month, you can visit the class description page HERE. Registration is now open!

Katie Smith: http:http://www.punkprojects.com/2014/07/super-stashbusters-workshop-blog-hop.html
Anandi Raman Creath: http://papercraftlaboratory.com/blog/2014/7/18/super-stashbusters-class-and-giveaway-woot 
Amanda Johnson: http://asjmade.blogspot.com/2014/07/big-picture-classes-super-stashbusters.html
Pepper Tan: http://peppercreations.blogspot.com/2014/07/super-stashbuster-bloghop-giveaway.html 

My crafty friend, Ashley Harris, designed a set of stamps for Avocado Arts last spring. She was kind enough to send me a set to play around with. I absolutely love her stamps--they're super useful and versatile. I created this layout using them.


I filled my page background with diagonal washi tape strips and then stamped directly onto the washi tape using StazOn black permanent ink.


I love the arrows, chevrons, and ledger lines in this set--right up my alley!

This layout also happens to be one that I created based on a sketch and repetition challenge for my upcoming class, Super Stashbusters. Here's the sketch that the layout is based on.


This challenge also comes with a video, studio cutting files, and a digital layered template for digital scrapbookers. Plus, you'll get to see a guest designer's take on the same challenge and sketch.

What is your biggest scrapbooking nemesis? Creative Block, Captain Indecision, The Hoarder? Leave a comment on this post telling me what your biggest challenge is for a chance to win a FREE SEAT in Super Stashbusters! I'll announce the winner on Friday morning. Please check back to see if you won, and good luck!



Friday, July 18, 2014

anna griffin soft hues metallic paper

Anna's first metallic paper kit was wildly popular, so naturally she released a second kit. This one has some beautiful soft pastels, including yellows, blues, and lavenders. There's also a pretty navy blue that I love. Check out some projects I created with this kit.






And, of course, they're pre-cut to fit your Cuttlebug for die cutting and embossing. Aren't they beautiful?


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

DIY wedding ideas

Being a paper crafter I think DIY weddings are awesome! Not only do they help the budget situation, but they're totally customizable and trendy as well. Here's a roundup of DIY wedding ideas for everything from invitations to decor. Enjoy!

DIY Doily Invitations

We R DIY Doily Wedding Invitations by Aly Dosdall
Get the how-to on the We R Memory Keepers blog HERE.

Vellum Wedding Banner


Learn how to make one of your own on the We R blog HERE.

Letterpress Wedding Menu Card

We R Letterpress Wedding Menu Card by Aly Dosdall
Visit the We R blog HERE to learn how I made this menu card using the Letterpress tool.
DIY Wedding Advice Cards
We R DIY Wedding Advice Cards by Aly Dosdall
Once all the guests have written their advice to the happy couple on a card (or two, or three…) you can bind them together with twine, ribbon, or a binder ring by punching holes with the Crop-A-Dile.
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This little heart-shaped advice card booklet is the perfect bit of memorabilia from their special day that the bride and groom will enjoy browsing through for years to come.
For full instructions and supplies for this project, hop over to the We R blog HERE.

Monday, July 14, 2014

anna griffin lattice punches

Last spring Anna released some new interchangeable punches, and the Lattice Punches are some new cartridges Anna released to fit with the interchangeable punches. Here are some projects I made with those:


Create a cool background by arranging the same design punched in different colors diagonally across your project.


For the above card I backed the punched designs with ivory cardstock to set them off and trimmed the edges to match the design of the punch.


On this card I punched a border strip by punched both side of a strip of patterned paper.


For the page above I added punched borders to the patterned paper designs.


On this page the punched border strips follow the design of the patterned paper and blend right in.



Friday, July 11, 2014

echo park layout + tutorial


I love to scrapbook heritage photos and the sweet new Simple Life collection is perfect for that! I’d like to share with you today a two page scrapbook layout that I created using the Simple Life collection and the coordinating Simple Flowers Designer Dies.


After creating a nice place for my photos to reside I had some space left on my layout, so I decided to add a section to highlight the adorable Simple Flowers Dies. I created a grid background and cut dies from three different color papers from the Simple Life 6x6 Paper Pad. I love to use the 6x6 papers for punching and die cutting so I don’t have to cut small pieces from my full 12x12 papers.


I created some “puzzle piece” flowers using the dies. The layers of puzzle piece flowers fit inside each other like a puzzle piece rather than being stacked one of top of the other. To create puzzle piece flowers first I placed a 6x6 piece of paper on my die cutting platform.


Then I placed the larger flower die face down, and then the smaller flower die inside the larger one. Then I ran the platform through my die cutting machine and out came two separate pieces—one inside the other.



I mixed and matched different color puzzle pieces together, and place them inside the grid squares on my layout. I love how the die cuts turned out! 

For a full supply list visit the Echo Park Paper blog HERE.


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

echo park sunny card

I hope you’re enjoying the summer season as much as I am. I love the warmer weather, and to celebrate I made this summer-themed card with the Walking on Sunshine 6x6 Pad and the Sun and Clouds Designer Die Set.


I die cut some clouds out of a 5 ½” x 4 ¼” piece of plain white cardstock and used the negative space leftover as my card base. I backed the cut out clouds with blue patterned paper from the Walking on Sunshine 6x6 Pad, and then added some clear glass micro-beads at the bottom of each cloud for a bit of dimension and sparkle.


I wanted my sun die cut to be multi-color, so I die cut three different sun shapes from two yellow papers, and one orange paper. Then I cut the sun rays off of the two yellow suns and added them to the orange one, alternating colors. 


You can use this paper-piecing technique with almost any die shape to get a fun colorful look! I finished off my card by adding a die cut sentiment, some yellow and orange gems and by outlining the cut out cloud shapes with a blue fine tip marker.

For full supplies visit the Echo Park blog HERE.


Monday, July 7, 2014

anna griffin cricut projects

This year Anna and Provo Craft have had some exciting things happening together. They launched the new Cricut Explore, and Anna has created some beautiful Cricut Cartridges with tons of 3D party artwork. Here are some projects I create for the Explore launch, and for Anna's new Cricut Cartridges on HSN.












A match made in heaven, I think! =)


Friday, July 4, 2014

easy patriotic projects

To celebrate Independence Day here in the good ol' USA here are some fun and easy project ideas. Let's start with a safe and kid-friendly alternative to fireworks and sparklers.

Jumbo Confetti Poppers

I love confetti. It’s is all the rage right now and is so fun and festive. With the July 4th holiday coming up in the U.S. confetti is the perfect way for kids to celebrate without the risk of getting burned.
We R 4th of July Confetti Poppers by Aly Dosdall
You can use the Candy Box Punch Board to make confetti poppers for any occasion or holiday. I made these red, white, and blue poppers and embellished them with dies, washi tape, and baker’s twine.
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I created jumbo confetti ( about 1”) easily using several small Punch Dies (Circle, Square, Star, Pennant) and some red, white, blue, and black papers from the Farmers Market collection. I added a small tag with basic instructions to open the popper and toss the confetti.
We R 4th of July Confetti Poppers by Aly Dosdall_confetti
Jumbo confetti is not only fun and different, but it’s easier to work with and clean up after the celebration. You could also die cut shapes from colorful crepe paper for lighter weight confetti.
Firework Cupcake Toppers
If you're hosting a party for the 4th of July, here's an idea for fun and festive cupcake toppers. You can make fireworks toppers with Sew Easy Baker's TwineWashi Tape, and Star Punch Dies.

We R Fireworks Cupcake Toppers by Aly Dosdall

These unique toppers are sure to bring smiles from your barbecue or party guests. And since they look just like fireworks, they're perfect for the holiday!

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Here's how I made these easy cupcake toppers:

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Start by trimming about ten 6" lengths of twine. Tie them together at the end of a lollipop stick and wrap some washi tape around the knot so that the ends of the twine point upward. Trim the ends of the twine so that they're all even and about 1-1 1/2" long. Die cut star shapes using the Star Punch Die from Adhesive Metal Sheets and attach one to each side of the topper to cover the knot.

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Add them to your cupcakes and finish off the project with a cupcake wrapper make using the Ring Cupcake Liner Template Die.

Eyelet and Twine Flag Card


I’ve got one final project to share with you before Independence Day tomorrow. In honor of Throwback Thursday I dug deep into my craft stash to create this patriotic card. I made a flag design from old Eyelets and Sew Easy Baker’s Twine using my Crop-A-Dile Big Bite.
We R Flag Card by Aly Dosdall
To set the eyelets I drew grid light lines using my pencil and ruler, and then punched holes where I marked. After I punched the holes I erased the pencil lines. It was much easier to erase the lines before I set the eyelets in the holes.
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I mounted the finished flag on red textured cardstock using foam squares for added dimension. On the inside of the card I added a sentiment strip that I cut from Red, White, and Blue Parade patterned paper.



I hope these ideas have inspired your patriotic crafting. Enjoy your weekend!