Saturday, November 30, 2013

Elizabeth Crafts Glitter Card Class

Hi there!  I thought I'd pop on and share the card we will be creating at my upcoming Elizabeth Crafts Glitter card class!  I had so much fun making them and I can't wait to share all my tips and techniques using these beautiful products!

First up is a glittery birthday card:

Glitter Balloons Card 1

With this one, you'll learn just how easy this glitter is to color over using Copic markers!  It's a fun one!

Glitter Balloons Card 2

Doesn't it sparkle?  These glitters are so pretty!

The second card features the great snowflake diecuts:

Glitter Snowflakes Card 1

This one is my favorite!  I'll show you how to mask and glitter with different colors.  There's also a stripe technique hiding on this card!

Glitter Snowflakes Card 2

Love the blues and silver- they sparkle so much in real life!

My third card is a Christmas card:

Glitter Christmas Tree Card 1

You'll learn the ins and outs of glittering diecuts with this one!

Glitter Christmas Tree Card 2

I hope you'll be able to join us for class!  It will be great for beginner, intermediate, and expert crafters especially if you're wanting to learn about the great glitters from Elizabeth Crafts!  Here are the details:

Elizabeth Crafts Glitter Card Class
with Tessa

Saturday, December 14th at 1:30pm


Please bring these things to class:  adhesive, pencil, scissors, bone folder, tweezers, paper piercer, course paint brush or other brush to use with glitter.

Hope you are all having a great holiday weekend!  Stop by the store to see the class samples in person along with all the beautiful Elizabeth Crafts products we have in stock!


Kids Christmas Class - Hexagon Exploding Box

Hi Everyone!  Its Rachael back with another kids class.  I am always excited to make one-of-a-kind gifts for the important people in my life.  I have passed that love on to my kids, so they are super excited to make a gift for their teachers this year.  We will be making a  Hexagon exploding box. 

I am in love with exploding boxes because they can be modified in so many ways, and I love the unique hexagon shape of this box.  This project would make the perfect gift for teachers, grandparents, and friends. 

I hope you can join me on Sunday, December 15th from 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.  Cost is $14 per student.  Kits are available if you are unable to attend on the 15th.  Please bring at least 6 pictures that are 2 inches x 2 inches in size, and some adhesive. 

Friday, November 29, 2013

More Christmas Cards with Dawn

Oops, I almost forgot to post my next card classes which are next week!!   Anyway I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends.

I was on a snowflake kick when I was making my cards for class, so there are lots of snowflakes, lol!  We are also going to be using some fun dies and awesome new glitter by Elizabeth Craft Designs.  This stuff feels like velvet!  It is incredible and it comes in some seriously gorgeous colors!!  Anyway, here are a couple of sneak peaks of a couple of the cards that we will be making.

I look forward to seeing you in class.  Stop by the store to sign up!

Dates:  Wednesday December 4th at 10.30 am
or          Sunday December 8th at 1.30 pm
             Cost:  $15.00 cash or check made payable to Dawn Schuster

Pick the day that works best for you.

Supplies to bring to class:  trimmer, bone folder, pop dots, corner rounder, double sided tape (skinny), liquid glue or glossy accents, scallop border punch if you have one, xyron if you have one or a skinny glue pen.

Home For the Holidays...

Now that we are all stuffed from our Thanksgiving feast and gearing up (or winding down) from our Black Friday forays, I thought I'd share a cute little recent find at Scrapdoodles.  I came across this super sweet sheet of paper from Bella Blvd.  Don't you love these adorable little houses and cars all decorated for the holidays? The design is fun, bright, and playful.  The backside is also a fun shade of blue with tiny polka dots, which is a fun little break from the traditional Christmas colors.
I couldn't help but take a sheet or two home with me and had lots of fun whipping up a few projects in my craft room.  First I covered a little notebook that I can use to jot down all my Christmas and holiday plans and lists.  I started with a base of the blue polka dots and added a strip of homes.  The scallop border is a sticker from a Bella Blvd sticker sheet.  The snowflake and title are cut with my die cut machine.  I printed "for the holidays" onto a scrap of the blue, and then trimmed and notched the ends before raising it from the page with pop dots.  For the finishing touch, I added a few ribbon scraps to the binding.
I also created a couple of cards that I can use for gifts or holiday greetings.  The paper doesn't need much and I let it take center stage on these projects, which made them quick and easy.  
So, if you're in need of a little or a lot of Christmas cuteness, hurry in to Scrapdoodles and find this sweet little paper in the Bella Blvd Christmas Countdown collection.  Ask the girls if you can't locate it - they're happy to help!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Easy Christmas Countdown - It's Design Team Wednesday!

Are you ready for December?  It's right around the corner so I'm sharing a couple of quick and fun projects to help you count down the days until Christmas.  Scrapdoodles has a great selection of Christmas papers and I wanted to highlight one of my favorites - Echo Park's Reflections Christmas. There are so many beautiful and versatile pieces in this collection - I love the vintage images, traditional colors, and variety of patterns.  Some of the sheets include border strips and project life style cards. Check out the collection here online and then stop by Scrapdoodles to see them in person and pick out all of your favorites.  One of my favorite sheets is the beautifully detailed North Pole map paper.  I used it as the background for a "Tracking Santa" layout.  I added a border strip and a few other cut elements from the Reflections collection.  (My title and santa sleight are cut with a die cut machine.)  The fun arrows are wood veneer that I misted red (these are made by lily bee designs and are available in the store).  Did you know that NORAD begins counting down and tracking Santa on December 1st?  Check out their website HERE and add it to your family countdown activities.  All you'll need to do is snap your photo of the kids at the computer and add it to your layout with your journaling - one more memory recorded!

The second project I am sharing is a simple countdown made from a 5x7 inch frame.  To make this project, layer 3 rectangles of Echo Park Reflections Christmas papers: red base layer cut to 5x7,  then green layer cut to 4x6, and on top of that a patterned piece cut to 3 3/4 x 5 3/4 inches.  Toward the bottom of this piece layer several stickers, including letter stickers "days 'til".  Put this inside the frame.  Outside the frame I added the large Christmas tag sticker with twine.  To hold the countdown cards, attach a clothespin (dyed red and glittered) to the outside of the frame at the top.  I used foam dots to support it over the glass and hot glue to secure it to the frame. Once the frame is done, you can set it aside and work on your countdown cards.

One of the collection sheets includes a set of numbers 1-24.  I cut them apart and used these numbers on each of my cards.  I cut apart the Echo Park 3x4 cards from the large sheets and added more 3x4 cards cut from various papers to total 24.  Then I used additional stickers and papers from the collection as well as additional items from my Christmas stash to embellish each card.  If you look closely, you'll find twine, sequins, doilies, stickers, fussy cut papers, and washi.  Each card is different and fun!  Now I can display the frame and put up a new card each day as we countdown to Christmas!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Holiday Hours

Closing at 4pm on Wednesday, Nov 26

Closed Thanksgiving

Closing at 3pm on Tuesday, Dec 24

Closed Christmas

Closing at 3pm on Tuesday, Dec 31

Closed New Year’s Day

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Design Team Wednesday - Clean & Simple Christmas cards

Good morning, this is Dawn and I was excited to be asked to do a guest spot for the design team today.  I have 3 clean and simple Christmas cards to share with you using the cute North Pole paper line by We R Memory Keepers.  I love the fun patterns and the slightly muted colors.  For my first card, I decided to make a poinsettia out of one of the patterns and then made the center of the flower using a flower punch and sunny yellow pearls with my pearl pen by viva.

For the second and third cards, I let the paper do all the work.  There is a sheet of 12x12 that is full of tags and sentiments, perfect for the front of cards!  I cut out one of the tags, added the twine and popped it up!

The last card uses another of the tags from the 12x12 sheet.  I cut out the Happy Holidays block and added a green scallop border to the bottom and popped it up on the card base.  I then threaded a button with some fun twine and tied a double bow.  It is also popped up.  Because my cards tend to be clean and simple, I like to add a bit of dimension just to add some interest!  I should seriously have some stock in pop dots lol!!  Be sure and stop by the store and pick up some of this fun North Pole paper for yourself!!  It is never too early to start on your Christmas cards!  Happy Hump Day!!

North Pole paper by We R Memory Keepers
Cardstock by Bazzill and WRMK
Stamp by Kaisercraft (sentiment)
twine and button from my stash

Friday, November 15, 2013

November Sketch Challenge

It's time for another layout sketch challenge.  Are you ready?  Perhaps you are stocking up on papers and embellishments this weekend at our yard sale and are itching to put them to use.  How about a sketch? The idea is simple - use our layout sketch (created exclusively for Scrapdoodles!) as a jumping off point for creating a layout of your own, then post a pic of your layout here on our blog or on our Facebook page so we can all "ooh" and "ahh" over your creativity.  That's it!  When the challenge is over (we'll give you 2 weeks), we will randomly pick a winner from all the participants and you'll win a small prize from Scrapdoodles.   Ready for some scrappy fun???  

Here's this month's sketch:

Here's Karen's take on the sketch:
Karen used Authentique's "Natural" collection for her layout, punching circles from the various patterns as well as using a few coordinating stickers.  The stamp is from Elle's Studio.

Now it's your turn!  Don't forget to share your layout!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Simple Stories SN@P! Christmas Album Class

Join Michele and make this adorable Christmas Album using the very popular Simple Stories SN@P! collection.  Included in the class are: SN@P! Green Binder, 4x6 cards, 3x4 cards, stickers and pockets.

Student Supplies:  foam adhesive/pop dots, scalloped scissors/border punch, paper trimmer, bone folder or scoring tool, black pen, ruler, hole punch, corner rounder, red ink, and foam dabber for ink.

Date: Sat., Dec 14
Time: 10:30 am
Instructor: Michele
Fee: $28

Spotlight on We R Memory Keepers!

Hi there!  Today I'm focusing on We R Memory Keepers!  Always on the forefront of innovation, their tools are hard to live without- I reach for my Corner Chomper, Crop-a-dile, and Envelope Punch Board nearly every time I craft!  And their paper collections are equally as loved!  Here are a few of their most recent releases:

They send us a new release each month and we always love them!  Here are a few projects I found on their blog to inspire you:

A beautiful mini album by Aly Dosdall:

An Albums Made Easy layout by Shemaine Smith:

And a pretty pinwheel bouquet using the Chalkboard line by Ann Corbiere-Scott:

They have some great projects on their blog, don't they?  Here are all the different sites to find inspiration using their products:

Idea Gallery:
Facebook: We R Memory Keepers Fan Page
You Tube:

You know what?  I think I will feature them again next week and talk all about their tools!  Seriously there are so many good things I can say about We R Memory Keepers!  We have all of their current collections in stock so pop on by and take a look!


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Design Team Wed.- Webster's Pages Family Fall Mini-album

Fall is in the air, and rumor has it ...snow is right around the corner. Snuggle up with some hot chocolate, Starbucks or in my case- diet coke and enjoy another mini-album....   
                Sue Woolard

This week is about two of my favorite things... Family & Fall. The Family Traditions line from Webster's Pages is perfect to capture those moments. Our family loves to flip through the various mini-albums that are on the coffee table, when we gather at Thanksgiving. This project is super fast and very inexpensive. Create a 7 page (14 sided) mini album for around $15-including the album. You can complete it in less time than it takes to cook the Turkey.

2 pieces of "naked" chipboard have been cut to create a 6x6 mini album. This gave me 7 pages, plus one piece that I cut down to elevate the together element on the cover. The Family Traditions line had the perfect mix of Family & Fall elements, so it was great to use for this time of year.

I have a thing for tags & bags....there- I admitted it. They are often the perfect place to add another place for photos or journaling. I can't remember the last time that I created a project without one.

The embellishments shown are all cut from the paper elements that came in a variety of sizes.

This little porcupine guy was too cute not to use- plus it has the word Happy on it....who could resist.
The element on the back of the tag has been modified. Originally the design element said "my favorite purchase of the fall". By trimming out and adhering pumpkins in place of purchase, it totally works for a pumpkin page.

The fall flower was "fussy cut" and the Saturday & Sunday inserts are perfect for journaling spots that slide right into the bag.

The "love" circle is backed with the "sweet" circle. To enable the "love" circle to hang partially over the bag, only adhere adhesive on the top 1/2. Since sweet has adhesive on the whole tag, it stays secure and easily slides in and out of the bag/pocket.

WeR Memory Keepers washi tape had the perfect colors to complete the final pages. How fast and easy is that page!

Stop by and check out the album or this great line at the store. It is the perfect project to complete before Thanksgiving.
  • 2 pieces of naked chipboard
  • Webster's Pages Family Traditions Mini Bags & Patterned paper-Bountiful Love, Family Time, Cornucopia, Thankful, Funny Stories & Harvest
  • 1 tag
  • white cardstock
  • Lawn Fawn twine
  • WeR Memory Keepers Washi tape
  • 1 blue brad from my stash
  • foam tape, ink, Crop-a-Dile, detail scissors, trimmer, wet & dry adhesive

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Christmas Skinny Mini Class

Need a quick and inexpensive gift for that special someone?  Why not a mini album for their photos and thoughts?

In this class, you will make a single mini and learn how to expand it into a double, triple or whatever size you want.

WHEN:     Saturday, November 23, 2013
WHERE:  Scrapdoodles, Central Park, Fredericksburg
TIME:      10:30am
COST:      $ 30.00  (paper and embellishments included)
WHAT:     Learn mini album basics:
·      Why so many adhesives and when to use them
·      How to score properly
·      Gussets and their purpose
·      Adding magnets
·      Make your album interactive with flips, fold outs, pockets and belly bands
·      Adding hinges
·      Using ribbon for something other than a bow
·      Adding journaling spots
·      Making inserts for additional photos and journaling
·      Expand your album and make it your own


Paper trimmer
Score Board and bone folder
Distress Inks (red and black or dark brown) and applicator
Scissors and/or craft knife
Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive (wet)
1/8” red lined tape or 1/8” score tape
Tape runner and refills
Clear packing tape
Border punch of your choice (I will bring mine)
½” Corner Rounder punch

Big Bite or long reach hole punch

Please call or stop by Scrapdoodles to sign up!

-Lois Kennedy

Monday, November 11, 2013

Teresa Collins Designs' Family Stories Mini Album

This album is beautiful and perfect as a gift this Christmas or just to celebrate those family memories.

Kit includes decorative brads, file folders, die cut accessories, subway paper, note cards paper, doily paper, and numbers paper.

Student supplies: basic class kit, pop dots, and scoring tool.

Date: Thursday, Nov. 21
Time: 5:30pm
Instructor: Cheryl
Fee: 5:30pm

BasicGrey POTM for November "RSVP"

This kit includes stitched vellum embellishments, wood veneer cards, title stickers and
5 papers (2 of each) from the RSVP collection, including an exclusive POTM paper!

Supplies needed: Basic class kit plus a scoring tool, white journaling pen, 1 3/4 inch and 1 1/4 inch circle punches.

When: Tuesday, November 19
Time: 5:30pm
Instructor: Cheryl
Fee: $25

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Spotlight on the Ebosser!

Have you heard of the Ebosser by Craftwell?  It's a wonderful electronic diecutting machine that can cut and emboss items up to 8 1/2 inches wide!  We have received the Teresa Collins limited edition Ebosser along with all the embossing folders that she designed as well.  They are so pretty!

The Ebosser can cut all sorts of products and use any die or embossing folder on the market.  Because it's electronic, all of this can be done with a touch of a button!  Here is a video to show you how it works:

And here are a few samples of the gorgeous things you can create with it:

This frame by Yvonne Blair is so pretty:

Here is an awesome bracelet by Cheri Piles- it's embossed leather!

One more, a beautiful mini album by Yvonne Blair:

There is so much you can do with this machine!  It is on special for $199.99 and if you're interested in seeing it in action, ask one of our employees to demo it for you!  Come in and check it out today!