Monday, November 25, 2013

inspired holiday crafting with amy powers and guests



Now that the Thanksgiving celebrations are literally under our belts, 
it's time to energize for holiday crafting again!  

With her wonderful guest contributors, 
Amy Powers has released this season's Inspired Ideas ezine, 
packed with plenty of hands-on crafty goodness as usual.


It's always fun to add my doodles (for example, above and below) 
to my sweet friend Amy's mix, but the real crafting effort takes place 
in over 100 ezine pages of DIY ideas and instructions ...


... like Amy's little felt houses made using Brenda Walton's 
new Country Cottage die for Sizzix (below)


and spool hat ornaments from Jennifer McGlon of Noodle & Lou


and an excerpt from Jenny and Aaron's new mixed media book


and much more, including sewing and painting and good ole cutting and pasting!
There's something for everyone under the tree. :)








The Inspired Ideas for Christmas 2013 is sure to add a little JOY to your holiday!


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

chunky little book for holiday lists




This fat little book was so much fun to make, using Eileen Hull's 
versatile XL Square Box Scoreboard die for Sizzix,  
as another sample for our class on Saturday afternoon, December 7th, 
at Angela's Happy Stamper in Reston.


Within its small frame, there are plenty of pages to make lots of holiday lists, 
like a gift list, a wish list, and that naughty and nice list.
It can hold tags and pockets, too!


In class, Eileen and I are teaming up show you how to create the box and then
how to use the same die to create a chunky book and a shaker ornament.


Although I forgot to photograph the inside liner of this book, 
it's a series of holiday words doodled in outline and then colored in.  
This book liner to color will be part of the class kit, along with instruction sheets
and handwritten tags for embellishing your projects
for the holidays.


Come join Eileen and me for a crafty afternoon Saturday, December 7th, 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

time to start making your holiday wish box



Ho, ho, ho!  Once again the fabulous Eileen Hull and I are teaming up to teach a class using Eileen's awesome dies for Sizzix.  This time we'll be using her XL Square Box Scoreboard die to create a trio of holiday projects.   Starting with the box shape, we'll make a glittery hanging ornament, a photo box for any season, and a fun chunky book for all your holiday lists.


By the way, check out Eileen's blog to see her stop-animation video showing her 3-D Artist Trading Blocks, the new trend being introduced at CHA this January, using her new block dies!!


And then, come join Eileen and me at Angela's Happy Stamper in Reston on Saturday, December 7th, from 1-4 pm!  We'll be busy little elves all afternoon!