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A new class coming up for me…..

14 May

I have another class coming up at Ben Franklin.

This one is coming up quick.

The date is Tuesday May 28th, 2013.  The time is from 10:00am to 12:00 noon.

The cost will be $22.00 for 4 12 x 12 pages. (That translates to 2 complete 2 page layouts, all paper supplies included)

Not included are the following.

SCISSORS, ADHESIVES, FOAM DOTS, DIMENSIONAL FOAM, GLUE DOTS, DISTRESSING INKS AND SPONGES ACRYLIC PAINT FOR DOTS.

Because of time constraints, it is best to do distressing and paint dots at your leisure, at a later time, namely at home.

Without further ado, here are the pages we will be doing.

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So, what do you think?  Are you interested in coming?  What about a Kit?

You can order a Kit for $20.00.  If you don’t live by me you just pay for the kit plus shipping, it’s that easy!!

I have based the layouts of course on the lovely Mary Engelbreit.  But I also love the art of  Lauren Child.  I love how she mixes pictures of  real objects with her drawings and art.

That’s what I have done with these layouts.  Some of the items are actual pictures mixed with die cuts and other things.  I just love how everything turned out and I hope you like these layouts too.

If you want to sign up for the class to take from me at Ben Franklin,

Call: (530) 273-1348.

Let them know you want to sign up for a class and they will direct you to the right department.

If you want to order a kit, send me a message at:

jmdegruc@yahoo.com.

I will need a mailing address to quote your shipping.

That’s it for today!

Thanks for stopping by.

So many things….

7 May

Ooh I have been so busy!  I work 3 days a week at the best store in the world.  If I haven’t bragged in a while, I work at the local craft store in our area, Ben Franklin Crafts and Frames-Grass Valley. I work in the Paper Arts department and I have recently started teaching classes. We have free classes during the week and on Saturdays.  I teach the Saturday classes.

Head on over to our Facebook page and LIKE us!!  Be sure and let them know Jeannie sent you over while you are there!!

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ben-Franklin-Crafts-and-Frames-Grass-Valley/109294332432249?fref=ts

But, I also teach classes that you can sign up for(that you have a fee for) and I have been getting some great feedback from the ladies taking the classes so far. HOORAY!!

Today I taught my Mad about Mary Card Class.  Here were the main cards..

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The cards you see here are my samples and what is so awesome about them is each one has a handwritten sentiment on it.  For my class the sentiments were computer generated, but they turned out just as cute.  It seems I have a lot of bosses at my job, but my direct boss, is the MOST AMAZING ARTIST,….well, outside of Mary….Linsdsay about takes the cake!  Go take a look at her blog to see what I’m talking about.  Her name is Lindsay Ostrom.  She is the one who has handwritten all my sentiments, how lucky am I???

Also this month….Clear Scraps has revealed their new Kit…and let me tell you…WOW is it a good one!

You can be part of our little Kit Club family by going to our Facebook page and liking it.  Creating Made Easy Kit Club Facebook Page. Let them know Jeannie from The Polka Cabana sent you over!

That way you can keep up with our kit reveals and what we are up to.

Here is our May 2013 Main Kit

May Main Kit 2013

Click HERE... to see what all is included in this kit.

My Mind’s Eye Papers….LOVE IT!!

If you head on over to the Clear Scraps Kit Club blog, you can see what our Design Team has been up to with this kit.  Here is a sneak peek at what I made…

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You will have to head on over to the blog post to see my completed project and I’d love to have you leave a comment and let them know I sent you over.

Here is the link to see my completed project!

http://clearscraps.typepad.com/clear_scraps_kit_club/2013/05/you-make-me-smile-scrapbook-page.html

I will be back later with more Clear Scraps projects.

Next up at Ben Franklin’s:

Mary inspired Scrapbook Pages

Washi Tape Cards

Father’s Day Cards

Joy’s Life meets Mary Engelbreit

29 Aug
Hello everyone, Jeannie from The Polka Cabana here today with a fun gift card/tag/letter etc. idea.  I hope that some of you from Close Friends on Facebook are here to visit and get an idea of what you can also do with things you might have lying around your house.  I am on a design team for a fun site called Joy’s Life.com.
All of us on the Joy’s Life DT are working with these Swatch Tag. Swatch tags are used for lots of crafters to keep track of paper and pen color samples etc. 
Here is my completed project.
 
Here is a side view, these tags could be used as anything.
 
I have gathered all of mine together as a card/letter
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I had a lot to say, so each tag is numbered on the back to keep them in order.
 
 
I used quite a few stamp sets and had fun mixing and matching the phrases to get the exact words I needed.  That is the best thing about these stamps for me.  First there are so many phrases and then if you get creative, you can make up your own by mixing, matching and splicing! 
 
 
 
All of my images are taken from a Mary Engelbreit desk calendar.
 
All of my fun papers are from Canvas Corp.
 
A big thank you to May Arts for my wonderful ribbon.
 
The buttons?  Are from PaperTrey Ink.
 
Isn’t it great how I was able to get some sort of sentiment for each tag I made?
 
I am so happy to have these Joy’s Life stamps, it makes projects like this so much more fun to put together.
 
Here is a final peek at all of them together.
I hope you have liked my project for the day.
This has been Jeannie posting for Joy’s Life.com. 
A special thank you to any and all of you who have stopped by from Close Friends!

Mid-afternoon Wednesday Wowzer

15 Aug
First day of school kind of snuck up on my and before I know it, Wednesday was here…I had not finished my WOW and I had kids to get to school!
I got them to school and I just got done with my project for today!
I am entering a couple of different challenges.  You can read about those on my blog.
For this card I used the following sets:
Friendship Rainbow and Gurnsey Gingham. You might now be able to tell, but the stars are punched out from the embossed pattern of Gurnsey Gingham.
I am using on of my favorite Mary Engelbreit Calendar pages for my focal point.
I hope you like my quick little card.
It is based on this sketch.
I will be entering this challenge.
This is for a challenge up on Chick Challenges with {ippity}.
This has been Jeannie from the Polka Cabana with today’s I heart {ippity}’s post.

A card with a TREAT inside

10 Aug
Hi everyone, I’m here with my post for Joy’s Life.com.
All of us on the design team have all been focusing on how to use the different craft containers that you can find on the Product page on Joy’s Life.com.
So today I am using one of the mixed sized tubes and also some of the sentiments from Sweet Popsicle Puns.
Here is the front of the card.
 
 
A close up of the sentiment on the card front.

 

 

From the side you can see the tube filled with candy..
 
 
When you open the card you can see the surprise inside.

 

 
Doesn’t that make and extra special card?

 

 
I love using the stamps here and there.

 

 

Here is one last look at the card, the cute little girl is from one of my Mary Engelbreit calendar pages.
 

 

All of my papers are from Canvas Corp, ahhh how I love Canvas Corp papers!!!
That is my card for today!  I hope you enjoyed it.
This has been Jeannie from The Polka Cabana with today’s post.

Really wowing you Wednesday!

8 Aug
Since we are fresh off our I Heart {ippity}, blog hop, I really felt like I needed to take it up a notch to WOW you all today!
For my project I am using the sketch on the Chick Challenges with Ippity site.
Here is the Sketch for Chick Challenge #41.
Also on the Unity Opportunity site they have a challenge going on and their challenge is to use the itty bitty {ippity} stamps and I am using the set called, SOMETHING GROOVY to play in that challenge also.
Here is a Gift set made from a draw string bag from STATELINEBAG.COM and inside the bag I have a craft container that is the perfect way to stash some cash for a birthday gift or whatever the occasion requires.
The container is a craft is a craft tube from Joy’s Life Products.com.
Here you can get a better look at how I have assembled the gift bag.
The bag itself measures 4″ x 6″ so instead of sewing the fabric, I used my Beacon Adhesives Fabric-Tac.
The stamped image is laminated and can be removed from the bag and doubles as a bookmark.
Aww…this set has so many fun surprises!!!
I just love everything about it!
I hope you do too!
This has been Jeannie with The Polka Cabana with today’s post for I Heat {ippity}.

Celebrating Mother Nature

27 Jul
Today I have a cute little canvas to share with you.
Since our theme on the Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge Blog is CELEBRATION,
I decided that something involving appreciating my surroundings was what I wanted to focus on.
I’ve mentioned before how I love to save my Mary Engelbriet desk calendars for focal points on crafts and cards.
 I found this in one of my calendars and it was the perfect focal point for my canvas.
I then used lots of dies and just embellished the theme around the picture.
The rainbow is made from the OVAL dies, the sunshine from the Sunflower and the frame in black around the Mary Engelbreit picture is from CUTIES 3.
What do you think?  I just love this!  It is small and just draws you is because it has so much to look at.
There there is the message!  Such a big message on such a small canvas!
I hope you have enjoyed my post today.  This has been Jeannie with The Polka Cabana with this mini canvas, have a great weekend!

Christmas Time, in July?

6 Jul
It really is hard to believe we are half way through this year already.
But is you are one of those that really likes to plan ahead, we are tempting you this week over at the Cheery Lynn Challenge Blog with a Christmas July theme.
My creation today goes along with that theme.
I know I have mentioned before how I  love to use my Mary Engelbreit calendars as pieces for focal points of my cards.
What I wanted to do with this card was to somewhat mimic the scene that was going on in the Mary Engelbreit image.
You can see here the Window C, peeking from the back of the card image..
When you open up this tri-fold card you will see the small, simple scene inside the Window. I made the snow with Scalloped Circles, the stars are from the Patriotic Swag, the trees are upside down leaves from the Frangipani, and the festive colored flower is the  Frangiapni with leaves.
I also embossed the white scalloped circles with Eccentric Circles Embossing Plate to give them more dimension.
On the inside of the card, I used the Mini Pearl French Flair die for a large background piece and decorated it with the Frangiapni with leaves and Bird on Branch 2.
The white space gives a nice area for a personal note.
I love how the Franipani doubles as a “hook” to catch the corner of the image and holds this card closed.
Be sure to check out our challenge blog and we’d love for you to play along with us on our challenge for your own chance at winning a shopping spree worth $20.00 of Cheery Lynn Designs Dies.
I hope you had a wonderful holiday.
This has been Jeannie with The Polka Cabana with today’s post.

From Trash to Treasure

27 Jun
This might sound so cliche, but I am so excited to share what I have made today!

My daughter could not find any shorts in the stores that she likes(they were all too short) so, we bought pants and I made them into shorts.  Call me a hoarder, but I have a tough time throwing anything away.

Here are the pieces of denim I cut off the pants.

A normal person would have just chucked them in the garbage.  But, I am far from normal!
I thought it would be cool to emboss in white on the denim, I tried that first, but the white actually absorbed too much into the denim.
Here you can see I have all my supplies ready to go.  I have the denim on top of some large acrylic stamping blocks for a hard surface to stamp on.
Here you can see I stamped all the supplies wanted to use, denim, Mary Engelbreit fabric, twill tape, and organza ribbon.
Here is the final product after I put it all together on come thick chipboard and mounted it on some fabulous coordinating Canvas Corp Papers.
I am using the set called:  Let your Heart take Flight.
The lettering is much darker in person,
I just had a blast making this picture.
It’s so fun to find buttons and beads to add to projects like this.
The puffy heart pillow really adds a fun touch to this.
So there you have it, my attempt to WOW you!!
How did I do??
This has been my version of from Trash to Treasure, with Jeannie from The Polka Cabana.

Celebrating America

22 Jun
It’s hard to believe that we are nearing the 4th of July, but it is just around the corner.
Right now on the challenge blog the theme is Red, White and Blue for You, so today my project is based on that theme.
I started with a canvas from Canvas Corp and used lots of Canvas Corp paper to make this adorable 4th of July altered canvas.
I took my inspiration from the Mary Engelbreit image you see on the canvas.  This was from a small desk calendar I have.  I use the calendar on a lot of different art projects.
The strip for the base I cut with the Wittle Weavers.
The swag on the white fence is called Patriotic Swag and the fence is called Victorian Picket Fence.
The small flower by the phrase is the Medium Rose.
I also used the Scalloped Rectangles and squares,
The little banner is just made from cut of squares.
So there you have it, my take on Red, White and Blue for You.
I hope you can go over to the challenge blog and play along.
This has been Jeannie with The Polka Cabana with today’s post.
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