Wednesday, March 4, 2015

March Shoebox Card Night

Greetings everyone!  

Wow!!  What an Amazing Night!  Great projects!  Thanks everyone for coming and sharing! And Thanks Julie for bringing our Sugar Buzz (Peanut M&Ms)!!

So here are the creations from tonight!!

Anita Taught us how to do flower layers!!  Two large flowers and two spiky flowers for the middle.  Curl two large flowers up and two large flowers down, create a well, push and shove, curl the spiky flower two up and two down, create a well and glue together!  Turned out so lovely!!

The Flower makes the card Amazing!!

And this box is her own pattern made from a 6x12 sheet of thicker B&T paper.

This is my creation using the Brushed stamp set and A Thing Well Done.  Someone posted a card similar to this in one of the public forums and then it disappeared .. but I loved it so much that I tried my best to copy it.  Unfortunately not able to give credit where credit is due... but I love love love this amazing card!!  Butterflies cut with Art Philosphy Cricut cartridge!!

Here's second version

Dulce taught us to make a room card out of 4 circles. (that's my thumb holding it together before it unfolds.  Who knew!!  Loved making this clever card!!

Here it is open... and what fun to decorate.  Each room can have a different color and theme!

And here's a view from the top!  Love that when it's open, it's like a full circle!  What a great craft and it was relatively easy... fold in quarters, cut on one crease and then bend one quarter (not close to the slit in half again.  Make all four pieces look alike and glue three sides.  Pretty impressive!

Julie wowed us with her waterfall baby cards.  She gave us enough stuff for a girl card and a boy card!  I love the brads that pink and blue in the centers.  And she had off the pieces cut for us!  Crazy great!!  And lots of great tips... starting with gluing the "Y" on first and then gluing the "Y" to the strip for easy pulling... 

 Close up of the baby boy card

 Close up of the baby girl card

Kathy dazzled us with a quick lesson in colored pencils.  What a bright and fun card for Easter.  Love the sweet Spring brads too!!  Hoping that Spring will arrive soon!!

Melani taught us how to turn water color splashes into Easter chicks!  We first splashed some water color spots on the paper and when they dried, we free handed the circle around them, then drew two eyes, wherever we wanted then added a triangle near the eyes for a beak and added a splash of orange color to the beak. next we drew the legs and feet. Then we added tail feathers and wing (oops for my wings) and then a little swoosh of a line and some green paint for grass... quick and fun and unique!!

I learned tonight that Shannon is Irish!  So we made Saint Pat's cards!  Fun B&T paper and a great stamp with the blessing on the inside.  Love stamping the shamrocks and the embellishment of the clover.  Darling Fun Card!!

 Inside ... had to post this as it was just such a nice saying!!

It was a late night but so totally fun!! Our next Shoebox night will be Tuesday April 7th!!  We missed our Friend Lori who is recovering from knee surgery... (She'll probably be running circles around us next month!!)  And maybe even Roxxy will join us next time!!

Again, thanks everyone for coming and sharing your talents and supplies and I hope you all had a great night!!  See ya next month!!

Monday, March 2, 2015

What fun!! I received a RAK today!!

What a fun mail day today!  Thanks to Tammy Lubick!!

What's a RAK you ask... 

It's a Random Act of Kardness!! It's a great way to make someone's day just like it did mine!  Thanks Tammy for the lovely card!!  

Up for the challenge?? send a RAK each month ... for no reason... just to reach out to someone!! 

This lovely card features Heartstrings paper, and February SOTM!!  

It's so pretty!  and the bling totally makes it!!


Saturday, February 28, 2015

Time for a change

Hi Everyone!!

It's time for a change!  WOTG on the 4th Tuesday will be going away... but not too far away...  It's moving to the 2nd Tuesday of each month in conjunction with Hostess Club and is optional.

Here's the new plan.

The doors will open at 5:00 pm (guests are welcome to arrive anytime between 5pm and 8pm) and there will be a hostess club layout that will be designed using the bulk paper for the WOTG kit featured.  Also, club members are still able to choose their own papers and colors for their layout.

Guests can then do their hostess club layout and chose to stay and work on WOTG or they can just do the hostess club layout.

For the month of March, the WOTG will feature layouts using Heartstrings.  Heartstrings doesn't technically have a WOTG, but we are still making several layout using this darling kit!

For April the feature will be Brushed, so be sure to order Brushed at the March Hostess Club if you would like to participate in that class. 

Just a side note, anyone can work on any WOTG that they want... 

Here's a list of WOTG that have layouts:
Chalk It Up
Yuletide Carol

There are several reasons behind this change.... 
**Small number of people participating.
**One less night away from your families.
**I need additional night for other things that only happen on Tuesdays.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Craft Night with the Girls

In December, one of my dear friends invited us over for a night of Crafting... She saw something on Pinterest... Glitter wine glasses... (and although I don't drink, I thought it would be fun).  

It was so much fun that we decided to have a get together each month with different hostesses and different projects...

In January, Sophie hosted and Julie taught us the craft!! We did ARM knitting and it was WAY fun!!

So in February... I offered to host and choose the craft.... That was harder than I thought... but then I noticed a eight photo frame I had purchased or had been given quite some time ago and thought... AHA!!  Let me use that!!

So the craft was to make a wipe and write board with the days of the week... It could be a chore list, a menu planner, a weekly family calendar... ETC... Easy to decorate for any occasion etc.. Easily interchangable for holidays and such.  

Special thanks to Julie for cutting out the days of the week using her cricut cartridge (not CTMH) and for Shannon who brought dry erase markers for each of us!!

I used mostly scraps to create this frame and loved the color scheme!  It's easy to mix and match colors and prints!  

Couple of tips... if you plan to try this..

**Orient the frame the way you want it to hang on your wall.

** layout your papers on top of the frames to see if you like it ... It's much easier to rearrange before and check to see if you like your color scheme.  (ps, I picked out lots papers that I thought would look good together, so had lots to choose from) Also, I used mostly scraps!

**if you plan to add "days" to the papers, keep your 4x6 paper on the correct frame and that ensure the correct orientation.  (I used my sticker maker for easy adhering)

**when ready to put each paper into it's correct spot, remove them in an appropriate order... I started at the lower right hand corner with Saturday and laid each day on top of the other. Next do just one frame at a time.  (also it's a good time to clean each frame if it's a bit dusty). That ensures that the backs are put in the correct place ie the hangers need to be in a certain spot in a certain direction!

**Shannon shared the idea to use ribbon to tie a ribbon to the marker on one end attach it to one of the hangers in the back. (note our markers had a pocket clip, but not markers do.)

Also, it would be easy to decorate with stamps and cricut pieces!  Have fun and try it!  

I got the frame at Walmart!  And some of the girls brought different frames... so it's a very versatile project!!  And it would make a great gift!!

Hope you try it!!


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

February Hostess Club

Hostess Club is always one of my favorite nights of the month! It's when I show a layout to my customers and they use it as an inspiration piece to create a layout for themselves.

Special thanks to Wendy Coffman and Sandy Zimmer for their amazing inspiration!  Totally made me fall in love with the February SOTM, A Happy Hello!!  

Tonights layout featured a monochromatic scheme and lot's of fun decorations... Including doodling with the journaling marker, putting ink on the embossing folders and stamping arrows on cardstock for added texture.

Here's my layout... the inspiration piece!  and who doesn't love purple!!

This is Dulce's lovely layout!  She cut butterflies from the cricut!!

Roxxie used Lagoon in her layout... Love the lagoon color!! It was nice to have you back Roxxie... hope you come again soon!!

Theresa loved the sweater paper and used that for her inspiration!  And she has pics on her layout already!  You Rock!!

This was Vanessa's first time joining us and her layout turned out really nice!  It was her first time stamping too!  We were glad to have you join us!  Hope you had fun!!

What a nice evening and the layouts were lovely!  

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Bonus for those who order Two Albums in February

This is a BONUS for customers who order TWO Albums during the Album Allure Constant Campaign with me in February!!

The Bonus is a New Ink Pad (your choice of colors) or any compliments (your choice)!!  

This special is only good thru February 28th and only good if ordering thru me (Diane Bowman).

Also, you can order from my website... just know that the bonus will be sent separately!!

Thanks so much!!


Friday, February 6, 2015

February Event Schedule

Hi Hi!!  

Well since Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow... that means Six more weeks of Scrapbooking!  LOL!!

Schedule of Events:


Tuesday, Feb 3 Shoebox Cards Start time is 7:00pm

Tuesday, Feb 10 Hostess Club:  doors open at 6:30 pm, Dulce is hostess.  
Guests are welcome!  We will create a two page layout!!  Come and learn and enjoy chatting!  Please bring your basic tool kit!

Tuesday Feb 24 WOTG Doors open at 6:30 pm featruing Hopscotch and Heart Strings, but any kit can be worked on (other completed kits are Chalk it up, Pathfinding, Yuletide Carol, and Snowhaven) This class is free with the order of WOTG or the paper pack.  


Tuesday Mar 3 Shoebox Cards Start time is 7:00pm 

Tuesday Mar 10 Hostess Club: Doors open at 6:30 pm. Theresa is the hostess.
Guests are welcome!  We will create a two page layout!!  Come and learn and enjoy chatting!  Please bring your basic tool kit!

Saturday Mar 21 CROP: 9:00 am to 9:00 pm $10 for the day and it includes one meal.

Tuesday Mar 24 WOTG Doors open at 6:30 pm featruing Brushed, but any kit can be worked on (other completed kits are Chalk it upPathfindingYuletide CarolSnowhavenHopscotch and Heart Strings) This class is free with the order of WOTG or the paper pack.  

Wednesday Mar 25-29th Village Creek Scrapbook Retreat Come join me at this wonderful event!!  Contact me for more information!!

Hope to see you at one of these events!!