Thursday, February 23, 2017

Michael's Ends Classes

Things are changing at Michael's Arts and Crafts stores, some good and some not so good, at least from my standpoint.  I've been the Paper Craft Instructor at Michael's in Lee's Summit, MO for the past two years and absolutely loved the experience.  I have also loved teaching crafting techniques, tricks and tidbits and being able to do that inside an Arts and Crafts store was flatout amazing!  But, time marches forward and the world changes and that applies even to Arts and Crafts Stores.

I have no idea why the Corporate decision makers decided to put a stop to all Instructor led classes and instead use only employee/store associates to lead their class demonstrations.  Instructor Choice classes were a way for the Instructors, working from Micheal's, to teach classes that were not corporate designed classes.

But everything is ok...  Michael's has graciously allowed me to continue teaching my classes from the classroom as long as there are no financial transactions inside. Yay! so, here we go...the NEXT CHAPTER, stay tuned.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Way past July!

Here we are in 2017 and rapidly coming to the end of January. Time marches forward and some days seem to march faster than others.  I'm really not sure where the Christmas Season went.

I just wanted to check in and let everyone know that I'm still here, I'm still creating and I'm still planning on keeping this blog updated, but let's face it...that's probably not going to happen as often as I would like.  

I've got some projects done for the month of January and I'm working on some more.  Here is what I have so far and I just don't know where I would be without Pinterest giving me the inspiration that I need.  As soon as I get them photographed I will come back and update to add the photos.

Monday, July 11, 2016

July Already?

Honestly, I don't know where the time goes....
Once again, it's been forever since I've posted anything to the blog, time just keeps getting away from me.

There were so many things that I was going to do when spring finally arrived, and well... it arrived, it left and I still have not done certain things lol.

Anyway,  I was playing around with vellum.  It's been years since I've done anything with vellum, but I happened across my stash the other day and thought - Hey! I remember you!

I stamped a gorgeous bird and a butterfly (Inkadinkado Mindscapes) on clear vellum, then I used a number 3mm Stylus on the back of the stamped image and with little circles, filled the area in.  I then fussy cut out both the bird and butterfly.  I loved how puffed and crinkly they became from the embossing.  The vellum that I used is the open stock vellum from Michael's, it's not heavy weight not not super thin either.  If I had to guess, I would say around 30 lb.

I used my new Darice embossing folder that I first inked up with distress ink "Picked Raspberry" and ran it through my cuttlebug using white cardstock.  I used one of my border dies from spellbinders (A2 Borders number 3) to make the pink banner (I can't remember who the stamp is by) and stamped the sentiment with VersaFine Jet Black ink.  I then stamped in VersaMark a few flowers on the same vellum and heat set them and fussy cut them out as well.  The bird, the butterfly, the flowers and banner were all attached to Flamingo Pink card stock (value pack from Michael's).  I used another spellbinders die for the inside corners "Decorative Curved Square".  I then made a matching envelope using the Envelope Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers.

I enjoyed the entire process.  I really wasn't sure where I was going with it when I started so I'm certainly pleased that I like the end result.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Things I've been doing...

Here are some photos of some of the things I've been working on for classes at Michael's.  I realize that I'm not very good with keeping up with the blog, but with everything for the classroom being put on my (Pinkey Finger Crafts ) facebook page, it just seems redundant to post them here also.  I wanted to use this blog for my personal crafting and not my class stuff, but honestly I don't really do much these days that doesn't turn into a class project.

This is the Mixed Media page for June "Wishes".

I created this in Design Space using Splice/Align tools and the font "Regal".  I love how it turned out, it's Decoupaged with paper from the Country Road stack onto a wrapped 9x12 canvas.  I then cut the monogram out in Vinyl and attched it.  I actually had some trouble with it and this is the 2nd time around.

Another canvas mixed media project and this one was made on a 9x12 canvas panel using paper from the "Best of My Mind's Eye" paper stack. I used the Cricut to die cut the clouds but the background and balloons are from the paper stack.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Card for a Wedding

My Sister-In-Law's friend recently got married (eloped!)and she wanted me to make her a card that displayed the date of her wedding.  After looking for inspiration, I came up with on that I found on pinterest and tweaked it.  I then made a dimensional box for her to present to her friend.  The card is a 6x6 Easel card, the cardstock is from DCWV "Garden Party" and uses Spellbinders dies (the 2 largest of the "Floral Ovals" dies, Majestic Labels 8, a fancy small rectangle that was cut apart for the corners and a couple of small flourishes)  I also used an embossing folder by Anna Griffen "Eyelet Stripe" and the Cuddlebug. The Fonts used are Alex Brush, Cantoni Pro and Cantoni Pro Flourishes and Myriad Pro.  I also created a Dimensional Envelope with 1/2 inch depth using the Martha Stewart Scoreboard with the diagonal piece.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

My little scrap paper holder

My sisters and I like to craft with each other via Skype because both of them live in Arkansas and I well...don't! lol My younger sister and I both made these wonderful (and functional) scrap paper holder's.  The box actually closes up but for some reason I didn't think to take a photo of it closed.  I got the idea from a tutorial that I found on Pinterest. The paper that I used is from K&Company by Susan Winget and I don't see that the stack has an actual name. The flowers were all made by me using coordinating papers. Here is a photo of my interpretation.

Haberdashery Mini Album

I had the pleasure of working with my wonderful sister over the period of a week on Skype making this album, it was so much fun! The name of this vertical paper bag mini album is from a paper stack by, The Paper Studio called "Haberdashery". I wanted to make this entire album from this one paper stack, but I have far too many beautiful papers and paper stacks and could not resist using other papers. Some of the different paper stacks that I used are "Country Road" by The Paper Studio, "The Rustic Stack" by DCWV and "Tradewinds" by DCWV as well as several Recollections value pack papers and a few single sheets of paper that I had in my stash for a long time. My Interpretation for this vertical paper bag mini album came from the YouTube "My Sister Scrappers" channel . Here are some photos of the project.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Valentine's Day Spinner Card

Everytime I see the date "2016" I'm floored!  It's seem so futuristic to actually be present day.  Then I looked at my Driver's License to see when it was up for renewal and it's not due until "2020"  I was really floored.

okay, back on subject of what I've created.

I was on YouTube one day and came across a spinner card.  I thought it was so darn cute and couldn't believe that I had not seen them before.   I just had to make one.  I have two very adorable little nieces (actually Grand-Nieces I think is the proper word, but that just makes me feel old haha).  I had a sheet of really cute Disney's Minnie Mouse designer card stock and ended up with this:  The card itself is 6x6 and the little heart spins around and around as it moves back and forth across the track (have to hold the card and tilt it right and left to get the heart to spin and slide).  So stinkin cute!  I'm not sure card stock I will use for my other little niece but I know I will have fun making it,

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

February Projects

My craft room is filling up with projects and all the wonderful things that are needed to make projects.  I swear the walls are expanding lol.

Here are some of the things I've made recently and I'm holding class on these projects at Michael's in Lee's Summit, Missouri.

This is a 3x4 Pocket Mini Album that will hold all those Ephemera cards that we all have been collecting as well as the small wallet size photos or little journaling cards.  This would make a great little gift for someone.

These are super simple to make with Spellbinder dies in a manual die cutting machine like a Grand Calibur or a Cuddlebug.  The Heart, Doily and oval emblem were made with the Cricut Explore.

The February Scrapbook page layout.

Super cute Tea Box Dispenser.

Small Tote filled with little Valentine's Day cards.  These cards are approximately 3 1/2 x 4 inches, and perfect size for a school Valentine's.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Winter Scrapbook Page Layout

I bought this beautiful paper pad from Michael's, it's a Recollections 12x12 pad and it's Seasonal and it's called "Crystal Frost" it's all silvery and blue and I just love it.  I made this Winter layout using the paper and some die cuts from my Cricut Explore. I'm not sure that it's showing up very well, but I covered the title in Glossy Accents and it really added a nice effect.  The snowflakes are from an old punch that I have and I'm not even sure where I got it.

More Christmas Cards!

I'm so happy that I'm almost done with Christmas Cards! I actually have just the inside greetings to stamp and the envelopes to make (although I will probably buy those just to save some time).  I can't hardly believe it's time to send out Christmas cards, where did the year go? I had so much fun making the "Window" cards and I think they turned out really cute.  The window's were cut from the Cricut and the images were a "print then cut" feature of the Cricut, which is really great.  The top card with is made using little wooden laser cuts that I bought at Michael's and the inside flourish's were made using my cuddlebug and spellbinders die.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

A New Christmas Project

Finally, a new post! and a new project to go with it.

This is an Explosion Box Card that I've made for my brother and his family for Christmas.  The cardstock that I used is Recollections (from Michael's) seasonal "Red and White Christmas" 12x12 pad and a bunch of stuff that was cut from my cricut Explore.  I will let the photos describe the box.