Monday, April 22, 2013

Chickies aren't just for girls

I definitely love my DeNami Design chickies. I've taught many classes utilizing them over the years. Once again I wanted to use them for my class in May but wanted to do something different. I wanted to create some cards that will work to give to the men in our lives. I think stampers and crafters think these chickies are girlie and they cannot use them to make a card for a man. I picked a few chickies and created three cards that can be used for a multitude of occasions.

Hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed creating them.

If you live nearby why not join me for my class at KEPT Creations on Sunday, May 5th from 1-3pm. You can pay online or call the store (781-447-4010to sign up for the class.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013


I notice that many students that take crafting classes have a tendency to save the cards and projects they make in the class. I know people like to use them for inspiration or to refer to when making other cards, but I also think these cards should be used for those occasions that they were intended for. 

I've seen classes where you can make different versions of the same card. I liked this idea and thought that not only can you keep one for yourself but you can also use the extras. I decided to teach a class like this and put a different spin on it. These classes usually use several different stamp sets but I wanted to show people that you could do this same thing but use only one set of stamps. I picked the stamp set 'Flap Happy' from Paper Smooches and used some of the dies that go with this set.

What I like about this stamp set is that it has several different sentiments that could work different occasions. Plus, they could be used to create not only elegant cards but also cute and whimsical cards.

I went to my LSS Kept Creations and looked for papers that would work together as a sets. I knew I could create at least four different cards from the stamp set of I decided to make 3 cards for each style. I picked three papers for each set that would coordinate well together.

Here are the four sets of cards I taught in my class.

 For the first set I used the Secret Garden collection from Graphic 45

 I combined two different paper lines for the second set Canvas Corp and Pebbles

 For this set I used three different paper lines BoBunny, Jillibean Soup and Lawn Fawn

Last but not least I used Graphic 45, Bella Blvd and Echo Park

Hope this approach to cardmaking shows that you can make many cards from just one set of stamps. You can also use just the stamps, just the dies or both and by just changing the papers a little you have the same look but a slightly different card. 

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Whoopie Pie Inchie

I just had to share my latest 'inchie' creation. Our inchie swap meets once a month at KEPT Creations and our challenge for April was 'Dessert.' I knew I wanted to make a 'whoppie pie' inchie for the swap. I applied brown Liquid Applique to the the top of two chipboard 'rinchies,' heated them to get puffiness and since the color wasn't exactly what I wanted I used my Copics to get the right shade of brown. Then I used white Liquid Applique on the other side of one rinchie and heated it. I put them together to form the whoopie pie.

Since I wanted to attach my info for the participants in swap, I added a small piece of paper under the white Liquid Applique and then adhered the other end to the other rinchie to create a hinge. 

The added bonus is I wanted to make inchie-sized whoopie pies. It took a little trial and error but I made them. 

It was so worth it. Each person received 6 inchie whoopie pies. Hope you enjoy this as much as I did creating them.