Friday, December 28, 2012

{Party Cards} Graphic 45 Birdsong

Everybody loves a party AND everybody especially loves getting invited to one! Just imagine how special your guests will feel when they receive a had made party invitation from you!
Graphic 45's Birdsong collection offers some great party invite papers: Endless Spring, Longevity, and Enlightenment are my picks.
When die cut labels serve as the back drop for invites created with Bella Blvd.'s Sophisticates (Salt Water) alpha stickers and Birdsong's Endless Spring paper there is definite excitement in the air.
  Add a tiny bell to the card front to create drama and interest before the envelope is even opened.
Longevity is grand and majestic (great for guy cards too) with  bold lines in jeweled tones.
Add pins for interest.
(Hint: I use glue dots to hold my pins together and a second glue dot to hold them in place. I tie a tiny bow from 1/4" ribbon and add that to the intersection of the two pins. Cover the pointy ends with a label. I pop dotted the label to allow for the extra bulk of the pins).
Vellum is a great way to soften any paper colors and create mystical drama! When adhering vellum to the card front look for ways to hide the adhesive (because it will show through the vellum) behind objects that will adhered over the top of the vellum.
I fussy cut several lanterns from the printed paper to adhere to the top of the vellum (Lower right). I used different pop dot depths to create layers.
Thanks for taking a look at my "Party Cards". I hope they have inspired you to consider creating hand made invites for your next get -together.
All of these great products are available for purchase at The Scrapbooking Studio, Moline, IL.

Friday, December 21, 2012

{Cards with Graphic 45} Birdsong Collection

Shanghai Girls is a cheeky, fun paper from the "Birdsong" Collection (Graphic 45). Shelly here with a  few cards I would love you to take a look at. I  created them using the Graphic 45 Birdsong papers:
You'll notice "the girls" are printed on about the size of a playing card-so they work great for the front of a greeting card.
The left card says, "Hello" spelled out using alpha stickers from Bella Blvd. Sophisticates Saffron & Mustard stickers ("Thank-You") is from the same. I wrapped cream toile around the fold at the top of the card and tied it in a bow. I added a metal brad to the center of a Graphic 45 flower and placed both in the bow's center.
The Thank-You card (as well as the "Hello" card) have Jasmine Dream as the printed background paper on Bazzill cardstock.
Here are a few more cards I created using Bird themed papers from the Birdsong Collection as well:
I feel that these cards will work great as Anniversary cards for special couples. It's always so hard to find good anniversary papers and the bird pairs are so pretty!
I used Spellbinder dies to cut two different label pieces (Metallic gold Bazzill and backside of Tranquility), and a word die for "Congrats". Highlights were created with an American Crafts gold metallic pen and a black Spica glitter pen. The cards base is Core'dinattions paper embossed with a Cuttlebug embossing folder and then sanded with a Tim Holtz sanding block.
This card was created using a Bazzill card base, Tranquility paper from the Graphic 45 Birdsong line, Prima flowers (3 layered) and Prima self-adhesive button, Just Rite word stamps, black cat eye ink for the edges of the card.
Thanks for taking a look at my cards today! All of these products area available for purchase at The Scrapbooking Studio, Moline, IL

Friday, December 14, 2012

{Mini-Album} Graphic 45 Birdsong

"Birdsong" paper line by Graphic 45 offers a huge array of gemstone colors! When Birdsong papers are mixed with Graphic 45's  Black Policy Envelope mini-album bright colors really pop adding a bit of amazement to your project. Shelly here with a mini-album project I would love to share:
Create a cover embellishment cluster using Maya Road flower ribbon, gem-stone brad center, and Prima flowers. I removed the black string closure and added a black ribbon bow and a Basic Grey magnet closure to the front of the mini-album.
 Nestabilities die cut images (Spellbinders) mixed with Birdsong papers and vellum papers create a petal soft appeal to each page. Adorn pocket flaps with large gems and buttons. Tuck secret messages or your own journal pages into each pocket (pictures slip in nicely too, of course!)
Add your favorite quotes and sayings to journal tags. Papers I used in this mini: Birdsong, Joy Luck, Good Fortune, Tranquility, Cherry Blossom, and Harmony.
I again used a large Maya Road ribbon flower as an accent to the envelope flap on this page.

Mixing images cut from Birdsong papers, journal tags, and die cut mats creates interesting layers throughout the mini-album.
And the final two pages....
Thanks for taking a look at this "Birdsong" mini-album meant to inspire the receiver with beautiful papers, thought provoking quotes, and inviting pockets. All of these products are available for purchase at The Scrapbooking Studio, Moline, IL

Sunday, December 9, 2012

{Copic Card Class} Valentines!

January Copic Card Class

Create five Valentine themed cards using papers from the newest BoBunny Collection: Love Letters along with their matching brads and cardstock stickers.

Each card will be adorned in ribbons, bobbles, flowers and lots more. We will be using Copic Markers to color stamped Valentine images from Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Valentine Collection stamps perfect for friends, spouses, and children.

We will be using the following markers during class: BG10, BG11, BG13, BG15, BG32, BG34, R11, R12, R20, R21, R22, R35, R39, W1, W3, W5, E00, E11, Y32, Y35.

You may borrow my markers during class if you do not own your own. Each class kit includes color photos, written instructions, and envelopes.

Register by calling the Moline store at: (309) 736-7242. (The last Copic Card class sold out-so be sure to register with payment as soon as possible if you want to guarantee your seat in class).

Cost $19/kit
Date: January 13, 2013
Time: 6pm-8pm
Teacher/Designer: Shelly Maxwell

Friday, December 7, 2012

{Layout: Harmony & Friendship} Graphic 45 Birdsong

Graphic 45's Bird Song Collection offers many exiting paper designs! I've never worked with Asian themed papers until this line from Graphic 45, and I was amazed at the versatility of the papers! I would love to share this layout with you today (and a mini-album and lots of cards over the next several weeks). Check it out:
For the background paper I used Pearls of wisdom (beautiful black and gold!), Tranquility, Jasmine Dream, and Shanghai Girls served as complimentary paper embellishments. 
Next I used a white flower cut from Maya Road ribbon and a Graphic 45 flower/misc. gem brad, and American Craft "Delight" white glitter thickers to create the upper left corner title block.
The gold metallic Bazzill cardstock was the perfect pairing with this collection of papers. I also used a Prima Essentials #9 Ornamenta de Floraux flower with a fussy cut paper icon in the center for the lower right embellishment.
I wanted to include a picture of the background paper to show the elegance it offers... 
All of these products (and a ton more) are available at The Scrapbooking Studio! -See you there, Shelly.

Friday, November 30, 2012

{Echo Park Very Merry Christmas} Cards with Shelly Maxwell

I would like to share two Christmas cards with you this week that I haven't shown yet using the Echo Park line of papers, element stickers, and alpha stickers "Very Merry Christmas":
The center card below "Noel" was created using Echo Parks papers & element stickers along with antique piano music torn and ink with red ink and pop dotted for extra dimension.
And secondly, I would like to share this "Holiday Cheer" card also created with the papers and element stickers from the Echo Park Very Merry Christmas line of papers, Petaloo flowers, and as I've mentioned in previous blog posts, my new FAVORITE bling: Prima Say it in Crystals: Tea Thyme (that's the flourish)
These cards went together rather quickly. I feel that is in part due to the great designs Echo Park included on their element sticker page. You can grab all of these goodies for yourself at The Scrapbooking Studio, Moline, IL.

Friday, November 23, 2012

{Echo Park Very Merry Christmas} Card with Shelly Maxwell

Santa is coming soon! Are you on the nice list? I bet you are...
Shelly here with a card I would like to share to rejuvenate your inspirational card making thoughts.  I created this 4"x5.5" Christmas card using the Very Merry Christmas line of papers, element stickers, and alpha stickers from Echo Park. I also used one of my new FAVORITE blings: Prima Say it in Crystals: Rondelle. These are the swirly embellishments upper left and lower right on the card front. I think they make a regular card something a bit more special.
I'm always happy when I can use one of my new dies and on this card I was able to add a Tattered Poinsettia I cut with my new Sizzix die. Happy times!! I added a Maya Road bingo marker with the #25 for Christmas.
The final bit of shimmery Christmas joy comes from the little star pin from Maya Road held in place with glue dots, sharp pointy end tucked beneath the pop dotted Santa image, and embellished with a tiny black bow.
Head over to The Scrapbooking Studio in Moline, IL to pick up all of your Christmas card making supplies  now!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

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