Monday, September 1, 2014

card week: day 1

To celebrate the start this Thursday of my latest Big Picture Classes workshop, 28 in 2 Weeks, I'm hosting a week's worth of card inspiration my blog. Some of the cards I'll share are new, and some are favorites I've created over the years. For more card ideas and inspiration, register for my workshop HERE, or visit the Big Picture Classes Card Ideas Pinterest Board HERE. Enjoy!

Using Sketches

Using Sketches when making cards can be very useful and a great time saver. They help take the guesswork out of the design process, but still allow for your own creative interpretation. To demonstrate this I created two projects (a card and a tag) using the same sketch as inspiration.

Here's the sketch I created and used as inspiration for my two projects. And here are the projects I made.

Can you see the sketch in both of these? For the tag I stuck pretty closely to the sketch. For the card I rotated the sketch 180 degrees. For more details about these projects plus some great tips for using sketches, visit the We R blog HERE.

Check back Wednesday for more card inspiration!

Friday, August 29, 2014

winner, winner, chicken dinner!

The winner of the FREE SEAT to my 28 Cards in 4 Weeks workshop that begins next week is...

Haloheidi said...
I love making all kinds of cards, but my favorite are birthday cards. They are as special as each recipient! Thanks so much for the opportunity and I am so happy to have found you!
August 26, 2014 at 6:02 AM

Congratulations! Please send me an email (link's in the sidebar) with "cards winner" in the subject line and I'll get you registered and set for class.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

festive fall wreaths class

I've got some exciting news! I've been a busy girl over the last few months preparing some classes for release on Craftsy, an amazing online education site dedicated to crafts of all kinds. The first one is a free mini class where you'll learn how to make some gorgeous fall wreaths to dress up your door for the holidays. It's scheduled to launch next week, so I'll link you up once the classroom launches!

Once I had prepared all of my class content they flew me out to Denver to their studios, and put me up in a lovely hotel downtown. We shot two classes worth of video for three days. I took some photos of my trip to share with you.

Denver airport
I got picked up in a lovely town car!
free breakfast with a pretty waterfall each morning
free cookie bar each night with flavored milk
makeup and hair with this cute girl each morning

star on my dressing room door!
working with the best crew ever each day!!
on set--crew perspective
on set--my perspective
original craftsy logo on set
back at the hotel after day 1 of shooting
treating myself to free room service every night after a long day of shooting
I had a wonderful experience working with everyone at Craftsy. I highly recommend checking out their site--they offer beautiful video courses that are so well done for every craft you can imagine. 

Monday, August 25, 2014

28 cards giveaway!!

I'm super excited for my 28 Cards in 4 Weeks workshop to start next week. So excited, in fact, that I think I'll give away one FREE SEAT to one of you wonderful readers! Here's a little bit about the class:

In Aly Dosdall's 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! 

If you'd like to be considered for this giveaway please leave a comment below telling me your favorite kind of cards to make--everyday, Christmas, birthday, etc. I'll announce a random winner on Friday morning. Good luck, and don't forget to check back to see if you 

ETA: comments for this post are now closed. thank you for entering!

Friday, August 22, 2014

back to school teacher gifts

There's nothing like a little teacher gift to help your student get off on the right foot at the beginning of the school year. Here are a couple of teacher gift ideas that you can make with your craft supplies.

Washi Tape Frame

I covered some plain wood craft sticks with Sea Foam Washi Tape. The smaller rolls of We R Memory Keepers washi tape are the same width as the small craft sticks (or popsicle sticks) so they fit perfectly. I just had to trim the excess at each end. For more details and instructions visit the We R blog HERE.

Flower Pencil Jar

Teachers can't seem to get enough writing utensils--probably because they disappear from their desk so quickly. Well these unique and decorative flower pencils will most likely stay put. They're not something that students will easily walk away with by accident.

I made the flowers with my Flower Punch Board, threaded them with florist wire, and wrapped the wire around the pencils with some florist tape. An empty and washed pickle jar makes the perfect container. More details on the We R blog HERE.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

i'm guest blogging for...

...Scrapbook and Cards Today magazine today! Come on over and check out some more photos and details about this darling 6th Grade DIY School Agenda I made for my daughter.

I used the new Pebbles Home Made collection by Jen Hadfield from Tatertots and Jello. Love the fun colors, pops of black, and gold accents.

I also used some of my favorite We R tools--the Tab Punch, the Cinch binding tool, and my Envelope Punch Board.

To get the full tutorial and to see all the pages, visit the SCT blog HERE. Enjoy, and happy Back to School!

Monday, August 18, 2014

back to school week

I'm hosting Back To School Week on the We R blog this week. I can hardly believe it's that time of year again. This summer went way too fast!

The first project I'm sharing is easy, adorable, and you can include the kids on this one. Use your favorite colors and patterns of washi tape to dress up basic school supplies.

Cute, huh? It took me almost no time and adds a little extra something to your kids school gear that will catch their friends' attention. For full supplies and instructions visit the We R blog HERE.

Friday, August 15, 2014

summer mini book

It seems like every year my family and I look forward to summer--making travel plans, registering for day camp, and buying our swimming passes. And every year it seems that summer flies by so fast! We all hate to see it go, so every summer I make a mini book to record our fun memories and adventures.

Summer Mini by Aly Dosdall

This summer I decided to use my Envelope Punch Board and Indian Summer journaling cards to create a pocket summer mini book.

For a full tutorial and supply list to make this mini book, visit the We R blog HERE.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

jar die card

I love all the mason jar icons I've been seeing lately, so when Echo Park released their jar die I was thrilled! Here's a fun card I made with it using the Fine and Dandy collection.

I cut the jar lid from an adhesive-backed metallic sheet from Lifestyle Crafts using my Evolution. I love the extra touch that the metal lid adds to the card. I adhered the heart shape and bee sticker with foam squares for added dimension.

For my sentiment I cut apart one of the 3x4 journaling cards and machine stitched it to the card front. I love the texture that stitching adds to projects.

For a free downloadable PDF file with full instructions and supplies for this card, visit the Echo Park Paper Co website HERE. Enjoy!

Monday, August 11, 2014

exciting scrappy news!

For those of you who may not have heard the exciting news yet, I thought I would share it here and express some of my feelings about this change.

That's right. Big Picture Classes is now part of the Studio Calico family! Woo hoo!

Before I continue I thought I would clarify that the Studio Calico I'm referring to is separate from the SC licensed product that's available for purchase from American Crafts. The Studio Calico I'm referring to is the independent business based in Bowling Green, Kentucky that sells wonderful kits and offers online classes.

If you'd like to read more about the exciting changes you can check out the announcement and FAQ on the Big Picture Classes website HERE. Please know that I'm not going anywhere, Stacy's not going anywhere, Kayce's not going anywhere, and neither are the other teachers there. =)

Here are my thoughts about this wonderful change. First, I absolutely adore and completely trust Stacy and Kayce. They love the BPC community and would never make a decision that would be anything but the best for it. Second, I have always admired and appreciated the amazing creativity and talent at Studio Calico. Third, while change can be difficult, it can be the catalyst for wonderful things.

What are your thoughts? I'd love to hear what you have to say.