Saturday, December 31, 2011

Goodbye 2011

Wow. The last post for 2011....this past year just flew by.  It was a tough year for retailers and many many many people.  I am glad we are still hanging in there with the support of our wonderful customers. So heres to wishing everyone a much better 2012.  Hope to see you all in the new year.

The photo was taken from my back deck this morning. I thought it was beautiful and kinda like a promise of a new year.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Spellbinder Pendants

This card was created from the scraps from our Thursdays make-n-take.  I pop-dotted the pendant and added some silver cord. Easy.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Punch Art

I made this for our last Fab 5 but then we went all Christmas so it has been sitting on a shelf forgotten. Ooops. I turned a 12x12 paper into a frame. On the flower print I used my trimmer to cut the square out of center and then pop dotted it onto the plain 12x12. Then go punch happy! I punched out several butterflies and arranged them. This would make a beautiful piece of artwork on a wall.  With the scrap from the square I cut out of center.....I made the matching card.

Supplies: MS butterfly punch, WeR Memories paper, Kaiser Kraft bling, CS, pop dots.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas Treats

Here were a few last minute gifts I made for my family. The 6 pack was a fun idea I got off from Pinterest and was a huge hit with my stepdad. The votive candle and matchbox sets may be a future class since they would make a fun gift any time of the year.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Santa Treats

One last quick post before the holidays. Here is a real simple little gift you can make quick. I did all 5 in under 20 minutes and they will be some treats Christmas day for my nephews and my boys. I just choose a paper and cut into stripes and taped around the mini candy bars. Then stuffed into a baggie and added a topped cut with Spellbinders. But you can cut just a square and add ribbon, gems, glitter glue...anything you want.  
We are closed Saturday and Sunday so everyone have a safe and merry Christmas.

Thursday, December 22, 2011


Our hearts and prayers go out to all of our Eleva-Strum friends, friends of friends, family and relatives of all connected with the tragic loss/accident of some of our young children from E-S school.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Poinsttia Spellbinder Card

This card was our free make-n-take this past Thursday. I used the Rebecca embossing folder, Spellbinders poinsettia die (which I absolutely love!), Martha Stewart frond punch and then a Cheery Lynn die. All the papers are a text weight metallic which add extra glitz to the card. A Candi in the center and a gold bow to finish it off. Only a piece of the Cheery Lynn die was used.  And if you have not been in the store to check out the Memory Box dies that arrived....awwwww. I bought 3 already to use in upcoming classes and placed another order yesterday for more of the gorgeous dies. They will be my new favorite for the moment. 

Monday, December 19, 2011

O' christmas Tree

Happy Monday!! I could handle this weather all winter. I didn't freeze to death putting my cats in and out this morning =)    This card was featured in our Extravaganza and will also be one of my cards  in the class I am teaching this afternoon. When I was doing inventory on some paper this caught my eye and it already had the triangle pattern on the whole sheet. So since we were in full swing for coming up with tons of ideas for our Extravaganza......I 'saw' Christmas trees. So I just cut a small, medium and large row and then cut the triangles from each strip and poof! You have a tree.
And since we are loving the Candi here at Picture This....I added some of that for the ornaments and used Glue Dots to adhere a gold string weaving throughout the Candi's.

Supplies: Reminisce paper, Candi, Spellbinders star die, Gold Mirricard, Glue Dots, May Arts gold string.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Shaker Card

Here is a card that was made for the Extravaganza and I just forgot to put it on the blog to share. The shaker bubbles are sold out but we still have some left with hearts so you could flip the theme and make them for Valentine's. The shaker bubbles are already done so you just add them to your card. I used Spellbinders to cut the circle on the front so it would peek through and embossed the front with a snowflake folder.

Bye Bye

Here is my goodbye crew each morning and they are always there to greet me each night too. They know the sound of my car since they only run out to be by the door when I get home. You can walk in a circle from kitchen to living to stairs to kitchen and Ryan told me once Diablo runs in circles around this everytime he hears me come. It took about 15 shots this morning to get one that wasn't blurry to share. Try getting 3 to sit still long enough for a photo!!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

StampAvie Bear

Todays card features a cute stamp by StampAvie. I colored it with Copics and the close up shows how adding lines with a white gel pen really add to it and I also used the Blender Copic on the face for dots.
Watch the website for more Copic classes in the new year.

Don't forget you can buy your Santa Paws at Picture This and help the Animal Shelter. You get to keep the cute paw ornament they work so hard to make each year and all money goes to the shelter. 

If you are running short on time with your Christmas cards this year....we can help. We have several card kits and the hard work is done. You just assemble!! So stop in to check them out.

Supplies: Copics, Stamp Avie, Tombow white gel pen, GCD paper, CS, May Arts ribbon.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Remember Little Moments

I did bright colors for the kids on most of their Chicago photos but for this beautiful one....I was able to go more dressy. I matted the photo and pop-dotted it onto another mat for added interest. The quote has glitter on it to match the glittered flowers and the colors matched the whole project. The flower spray is actually an acetate comes as one piece and I put some glue dots under the dark flowers to adhere it to the page and added a matching bow.

Supplies: Fancy Pants acetate flower, My Minds Eye quote, WeR Memories papers, CS. May Arts ribbon, gluedots, EK Success corner punch.


Another bright colored double layout for the kids....I used the Grand Calibur to cut out the circle in silver Mirricard to replicate the silver landmark in photo. Then added silver brads to both pages.  I also did the mounting of photo and then pop dotting and mounting again on another color. I always do that if I want a certain photo to really pop. I choose the one with both the kids in. They make such a cute couple =) 

Supplies: Reminisce papers, Silver Mirricard, brads, Jolees stickers, Spellbinders Grand Calibur dies and Grand Calibur diecutting machine.

Iconic Star

My oldest and his girlfriend recently took a trip to Chicago so I took a break from the store projects and did a few pages for them.  I was originally looking for a elegant cream patterned paper to match Marilyn Monroes dress but then I saw this and it screamed at me for more the kids style...had to remember who I was making the pages for. lol  And I know my son loves everything bright! 
I made a hinge on the bottom photo in order to hid another photo underneath so they have a interactive page.

Supplies: Spellbinder star dies, Creative Imagination paper, White gel pen to add squiggles and title, ribbon, brad.

Simple Elegance

Goodmorning. Another P4S from yesterday. This one was very easy since the paper did all the work.
Just because we are all getting shorter and shorter on time doesn't mean we have to give up the beauty of
our pages. Let the huge selection of papers do the work for you. You can still jazz up your pages with some foofoo. I just added the ribbon and a metallic flower and it seemed enough for this page.

Supplies: Best Creations paper, Rose Creation Spellbinder die, May Arts ribbon, brad, metallic text weight for flower.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Butterfly Flight

I am working on pages-for-sale today and a few of these are going to hit the floor this afternoon. I punched the butterflies out of the matting for the photo mat. It gets hidden anyway. Usually when I am doing wings propped up on a page....I will put a tiny piece of mounting foam underneath what I want to stay propped up so once it is in my stays elevated some.

Supplies: Sonburn paper and WeRMemories paper, CS, MS butterfly punches, Zva pearls.

Winter Drive in Wisconsin

My drive to work this morning was beautiful. I just love when the trees are all coated with frost or snow...snow in this case.  Then I met the PT gals for breakfast and the one photo is the pond behind
our favorite Sunday morning spot....see the geese on the water?

Friday, December 2, 2011

You brighten my day

A fun card and I have not gotten to play with My Minds Eye in awhile so  I chose one of their papers to design this card for a past class. Spellbinders dies were used on the front for all the layering. I am the layer queen at the store here. Just my style. Some bling and a bow was added and poof! You have a card. the inside was coordinated with some of the paper from front and a Spellbinder border die.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Graphic 45 and Elizabeth Craft Design Ultrafine glitter

This too was a card from a class I taught. Several Spellbinders were used and the fairy from a Graphic 45 paper. We put the doublesided adhesive sheet over the fairy and trimmed to size and then covered with ultrafine clear glitter and burnished it in. This helps bring out the sheen and makes sure it is adhered to the adhesive good.  The flower was made from the Spellbinders Rose Creation and I just curved the petals up to give them demension.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Simple Version

Here is a more simple version from yesterdays post. I had extras cut since we always have sign ups at the last minute for classes.  I didn't do the extra step with the gold leafing and just attached the stickers. Still very pretty but the extra things you do to your projects are what really set them apart.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Gold Leafing with Elizabeth Craft Design peel offs

Goodmorning!  Hope everyone survived the holiday weekend and Black Friday craziness. I had both my boys home over Thanksgiving so I made the huge meal Thursday with all the trimmings. (Ryan...the college student....had the entire cherry pie at all by himself within 48 hours!) 

This card was one from a class I taught last Monday and I think all the gals loved learning how to do this. Usually I have used the Dreamweavers embossing paste as my base for Gold Leafing. But I tried something and it actually worked so I shared. I covered a small piece of cardstock with a glue pen and let it dry some. Then covered the entire area with gold leafing and burnished the excess off. Then applied the Elizabeth Craft Design leaf sticker over the top and trimmed around the leaf. I was very happy with the results and will be using this method again.

Gold Mirricard was placed behind and 3 Candi's dots at the bottom right.

Supplies: gold leafing sheets, ECD peel offs, Candi, Gold Mirricard, CS, Rememisce paper.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Two for One

Today I am showing you how I took one 12x12 paper and turned it into 2 cards with very little effort. I only added the stamped vertical Merry Christmas to one card. the rest is all just letting the paper do the work. And there was enough left to also put some on the inside of one as well.  Create smarter.....not harder.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Winter Houses

This card was featured during our Extravaganza and so the paper may very well be sold out but there are several house designs this year to substitute a different one. I added the Flower Soft and a white snowflake brad. The swirl embossing is a Tim Holtz embossing set and on the inside you can see a pine border by Martha Stewart.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Just a quick page and card sample today using the Basic Grey line, Spellbinders, and inking the edges a little.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Merry & Bright

Goodmorning. This was from a quad paper where you get a pattern on one side but on the other there are 4 6x6 squares with each a different pattern. It enabled me to make a card with several patterns without having to use 3-4 pieces of paper.

Supplies: WeRMemories paper, Just Rites, Spellbinders dies, Bakers Twine, Candi dots, CS and pop dot.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Possitive and Negative

Here both the possitive and negative of the snowflake are being used so there is no waste. The Sizzix flake die was used along with Twinery Bakers Twine and Tim Holtz distressing ink.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

3 Layers

I choose a paper that had a repeat pattern and then cut it out 3 times using smaller Nestabilites each time. I like the effect but would not recommend for mass card producing. lol

Supplies: Karen Foster paper, Spellbinders dies and Edgabilities die, Embossing folder, pop dots.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Santa Santa Santa

Here is another card from the Extravaganza. And some lucky people got to make some at the Card Bash Thursday.

Supplies: Best Creations glitter Santa paper, Spellbinders dies, May Arts ribbon, Stickles.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Happy Holidays

This is the first I have used the Tim Holtz rosettes and I love them. They are easier then you think to work with. I also featured one on the free make-n-take card this past Thursday so everyone who joined us could also see how easy they are. 

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Matchbook Peppermints

Here is a cute little gift idea. Pick any double sided cardstock and cut to matchbook size. I used a gluedot to attach the peppermint to the inside and embellished the front.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Gold Poinsettia

The paper has all the swirls and poinsettia and I just added the gold glitter and gold Candi's to the center.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Fab 5 ~ Day Five

Happy Friday. Hasn't the week just flown? We hope you enjoyed another weeks worth of inspiration. Be sure to tell the girls if you got ideas as they all put a lot of their own time into all the hard work.
Today we featured Flower Soft. I let the paper do all the work again and then added a Cheery Lynn sleigh die and the Flower Soft. Very easy.

Be sure to stop on out this weekend as we will be having Widow Weekend specials, STM, All Day Crop and Saturday is also Small Business Day.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Fab 5 ~ Day Four

Welcome to day we all are featuring 3D projects. We have such a huge selection of gorgeous papers at Picture This....that we aren't just a scrapbooking and rubber stamping store....we truely are your destination for inspiration. I took just a tablet and put patterned paper on the inside and outside of the covers and then used the Just Rites to spell out 'Holiday Planner'.  I also decorated a plain white pilar candle using the Elizabeth Craft Design products. (check out the class board...we are fortunate again to have Elaine coming up to teach another of her wonderful classes on the 29th)

Supplies: Reminisce paper, Elizabeth Craft Design poinsettia sticker and glitters, Just Rite stamps, Spellbinders Poinsetta die, Candi dots, red mesh.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Fab 5 ~ Day Three

Welcome to day three...are your creative juices flowing with all the inspiration? We hope so. Today we are featuring Susan Louis acetates. She is a local artist from down by Madison. I love when I can bring local companies into the store and we have quite a few.  Her beautiful artwork is put on acetate and then you use it on your projects. Very easy. I will be doing a class Nov. 29th and this will be one of the 3 cards you will get to create in class.

Supplies: Susan Louis acetates, Spellbinders, Candi, owl embossing folder, CS.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Fab 5 ~ Day Two

Welcome to day we are featuring Spellbinders. I used the tree die, circle and scalloped circle dies to create this fun card along with their tag one for the slot for the spinner to spin back and forth in.  The paper already had the beautiful glitter swirls on it so that saved me a step. Don't you just love all the choices of papers out there today? We have over 6000 differnet patterns to choose from on any given day. Fun!!
The trees were created by cutting extras and folding down the middle and glueing to each other to get the 3D look. We have a huge selection of Spellbinders for your creative needs too.

Supplies: Spellbinders dies, Copic markers, white applique, Best Creation glitter paper, metallic cardstock.