Clean & Simple Christmas Elegance

Hey everyone! Here’s a little peek at the Christmas cards we’re making in class tonight.

This first card was inspired by Lucy Abrams for Hero Arts. I loved her layout, so I didn’t stray too much from her overall design.

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Tonight we’re playing with the snowflake die from Hero Arts and an AccuCut ornament die to make two elegant clean & simple beauties.

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I found that the Hero Arts dies works best with the intricate Metal Die Adaptor plate from Memory Box – check out the video which shows how to use the Adaptor – a must-have if you love intricate dies as much as I do!

The spot shim looks tedious – I’d much rather use the Metal Die Adaptor!

Here’s a bonus sample I made with some leftover bits from my ornament card…

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I used the AccuCut Vintage 1″ letters to spell Joy with some tiny scraps of leftover glitter paper. Also used here is the Trellis embossing folder from one of my latest Sizzix sets, “Rose Vines & Trellis”. We’re sold out but let us know if you’d like to reserve it – the other one is even prettier!

Okay, that’s all for now! I’ve been working on this post all day in between customers – hope you enjoyed the eye candy! 🙂

~Meghan

Class Peeks

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Hey again everyone! I’m back as promised to show you the other Christmas card we made in class on Tuesday, along with a few others I made during class while I had all my supplies out.

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This colorful idea was inspired by this awesome card by Ardyth Percy-Robb which I saw a few months ago on Twitter. I loved her white snowflake with a peek of all those fun colors hidden underneath – such a cool idea! The AccuCut made our job a lot easier because we were able to cut out ALL seven layers at once (although I’d recommend 5 layers max for future reference).

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I was able to use up a pile of scraps so we could make a combined total of 30 of these cute cards. We started talking about the other AccuCut dies that would look great with this technique, and I decided to make a kids birthday card next with the Balloon die.

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First I tap-tap-tapped the wands from various Dylusions inks to create my inky “confetti” background, then attached my balloons. I stiffened up my twine by dragging it through some Studio Matte Medium first, which also worked as adhesive and allowed me to position it in a loop-de-loo. I love that Hero Arts sentiment too, the font is called Peoni by my favourite font designer Emily Lime.

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After that, I demonstrated to class how they could achieve an ombre background quickly and easily using a Tm Holtz broad tip water brush with some London Fog Dylusions Spray Ink on a non-stick Craft Sheet…

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So! That’s the kind of fun we’re having making 10 Christmas Cards a month in my clean & simple card classes. I can’t wait to show you what I have planned for my May Flowers class on May 14th! I have some FUN techniques up my sleeve using the Memory Box Prim Poppy die.

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Kelly Purkey Recap

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Krista posted a fantastic recap of Kelly Purkey’s visit yesterday!

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We are so thankful to Krista for hosting Kelly at her house, providing some delicious Taffety treats, and so much more.

Before Kelly arrived, Wendy and I used our AccuCut dies to create a custom Welcome Banner and jazzed up our ribbon photobooth with a pop of red ribbon. Hard to believe it was a over a week ago – we still haven’t taken down Kelly’s Welcome sign because it all happened so fast! It’s funny how that happens – you wait and anticipate something big and exciting … and then it comes and wham! It’s over.

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I’m sure meeting everyone on the first night was overwhelming for Kelly, but she was a trooper and she signed lots of copies of her Signature Series book for our enthusiastic customers. It was such a pleasure to meet her, what a sweet and fun girl.

Here’s a peek at the album I created during Kelly’s misting class last weekend.

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As I sat puzzling over what my title would be, I decided I had my subject matter right in front of me – it’s all about Kelly! I plan to post pictures of my progress as I complete the album, and I could really use your help! If you attended any of the Kelly Purkey classes last weekend we’d love to see the photos! Just upload them to our Mojo Monday Gallery on Facebook.

Here’s the back cover of my album too, thanks to Norine for suggesting I get Kelly to sign it! 🙂

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We still have some class kits leftover to sell for anyone who wasn’t able to make it to either of the Kelly Purkey classes – quantities are limited so contact us for more details!

Don’t forget to check out Krista’s blog post to read more about Kelly’s Newfoundland adventures.

Meghan

Mojo Monday: Ribbon & Lace

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This week your Mojo Monday challenge is to create a card, layout or project using ribbon and/or lace.

I had such a blast at the Devotion Wedding Show yesterday! We decorated our usual booth plus a big display in the lobby! I managed to snap a few photos of some models posing in front of our gorgeous ribbon & lace photobooth in the lobby, here’s my fave:

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This gorgeous dress from Kathy Evans Design Studio was my favourite – lovely lace and vintage, I love the sleeves and the lace overlay is removable! Wish I had some pictures of the dresses from Ever After Bridal Boutique – they were all amazing too and Julie is such a sweetheart.

To inspire your creations, here are some things I made for our display:
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AccuCut Pillow Box wrapped in lace and ribbon – so soft & pretty!

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Paper Pinwheels made with BoBunny Vintage Dot Island Mist paper; Hero Arts Sunburst Lace stamped and embossed in ivory on layered AccuCut circle dies.

Hope you feel inspired to create something with ribbon or lace, we’d love to see what you create! If you play along with this week’s Mojo Monday Challenge, comment here with a link to your project/blog or upload a picture to The Paperie’s Mojo Monday Group on Facebook! This week’s challenge is just for fun, we hope you’ll play along!

Thanks for popping by!
Meghan

Here are some more photos from our big day…

Mojo Monday + Holiday Tag Blast: Day 7

Hello everyone, it’s Meghan here today to show you a quick tag made with one of my most favourite things: Washi Tape!

This ties in with our Mojo Monday Challenge: WASHIFY!

Get out that washi tape and washify something holiday themed – anything! A tag, a bag, a card, a layout, an album… Show us how you use Washi Tape to embellish a holiday themed project! One lucky winner will receive a fun prize from our Paperie Prize drawer 🙂

The WINNER from last week’s Mojo Monday: Two Tone Challenge is….
KAREN YOUNG! Congrats Karen, it pays to play along! 🙂

Back to the tag, here are the supplies I used: Various Freckled Fawn Washi Tapes, Technique Tuesday “Jingle All The Way” stamp set, Acrylic Block, VersaMark, Silver Embossing Powder, Heat Gun, AccuCut Star Die, Crystal Glitter Ritz, Large Scor-Tape Roll, Metallic Silver Distress Stain.

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I started by taping some silver, gold and grey Washi down diagonally across the tag, leaving a space for my sentiment to go. I laid my sentiment where I wanted it and picked it up with my acrylic block and inked up with Versamark.

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I embossed my sentiment with silver embossing powder and then moved on to the really fun part!

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I used a piece of scrap white paper covered in scor-tape and die-cut a Star using the AccuCut GrandeMark die-cutting centre in our workshop.

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Next I removed the backing of the tape and sprinkled Crystal Glitter Ritz over the star – this glitter is so amazing, it’s so fine that it almost feels like velvet to the touch.

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After burnishing the glitter into the tape with my finger, I used my Metallic Silver Distress Stain to blot silver over the sparkly side of the star. I used paper towel to blot off the excess which left a really thin layer of silver, revealing the pretty glitter below. Here’s my finished tag!

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You could also use the Metallic Distress Stains to alter the colour of the White American Crafts glitter paper we carry, but I didn’t want to cut an entire sheet up for one star so I opted for the Glitter Ritz technique instead.

Here’s a great video from Tim Holtz showing the Metallic Distress Stains in action – love how he mixes them with other Distress Stain colours too.

Enjoy!

AccuCut Showcase: Love and Devotion

We exhibited at the Devotion Wedding Show this weekend past, and Love was in the air! We met lots of excited Brides and Grooms, plus their friends and families. We received many positive comments on our booth display, especially our Vintage suitcase for cards.

Loving what you do is such an awesome blessing. At every Wedding Show I try to show how the latest trends can be taken and turned into something special. Vintage is trending right now, and grey is the new neutral so I created two main displays. One to show understated elegance with a blush, cream and grey palette and the other extreme with a gorgeous Seaglass, gold and cream colour story.

Jennifer Dawe Photography stopped by our booth, and I was charmed by Jennifer’s enthusiasm and passion for her work, which showed in her personality. She had her big fancy camera with her, so I encouraged her to snap away. Imagine my surprise to discover her amazing Blog post about the Devotion Wedding Show, and the Vendors she called “The Creme da la Creme”. Among other lovely booths and talented vendors, there we were, The Paperie! And we were right below our friend, By Sharpe Design, whose beautiful ribbon & crystal draped booth provided the perfect backdrop for our own display.

Here are some photos, taken by Jennifer Dawe Photography as well as Paperie Instructor Lori Smith, who will be teaching us how to make her gorgeous scrapbook page in October.

Plenty of AccuCut dies used here to cut out favour boxes, enclosures, pocketfolds and more! I especially love to create that favour box tower every year in new colours, it was inspired a few years back by this cover of Martha Stewart magazine:

We used our AccuCut Box #21 die with the matching Scalloped Lid to create a tower that coordinated with every other piece of stationery, featuring the Bo Bunny Island Mist Vintage Dot patterned paper.

DIY is very popular right now, so a lot of Brides come to us to make their own invitations and matching paper products. However the demand is just as high for those who would like to focus on other aspects of the wedding, and leave the meticulous cutting, printing and assembling to us. The popularity of pocketfolds is on a downswing, and we are seeing more and more Brides choose clean, classic invitations printed on a single layer of premium quality cardstock. We still love to create both so you won’t see us picking favourites 🙂

We are excited to be showcasing our stationery again at the Ultimate Bridal Shower on October 14th at the Sheraton, from 11am-4pm.