Snowman Ornament Class

Snowman ornamentThere is still room in Saturday’s ornament class … this is a great gift idea for you, a teacher, grandma, the kids or anyone who loves snowmen. Older kids are welcome as long as mom stays … we use a heat tool in this class and it can burn!

Colors and embellishments can be completely customized.

Here’s another example …

globecraft wreath candy spiegel detail

I love how different each one can be!

Call Capture A Memory at 810-733-0716 for details.

Decorative Christmas Candle & More

It’s been a busy few weeks and I have lots of news to share.

First, I was asked to be on the design team of Scrap It Girl! Scrap It Girl is a monthly challenge blog run by my online friend Kimberly Congdon … each month there is a theme and participants can create whatever we want based on the theme. The design team shows off what they did and then everyone is invited to submit their creations. At the end of the month, a winner is chosen to receive prizes!  I’ll join in the fun in December with a clock challenge.

Globecraft & Piccolo released some new products this week, so I have been busily updating the website. There are new colors of 3D Enamel Gels, snowflakes, leaves, a fireplace, a window and more. Follow the “shop now” link on the right of my page to check them out.

Then, I completed my Copic Intermediate training in Grand Rapids last week. So, in January, I’ll be offering advanced Copic classes including shading, hair and face tones, and more.

A few days ago, I was notified that I made the Mosaic Moments Design Team! It has not been publicly announced yet, so it should remain our little secret, but I am so excited I couldn’t wait any longer to share it! This is one design team I really wanted to be a part of. I have been making Mosaic Moments pages for years and I love how easy the system is to use and how amazing the results are. I have had the opportunity to interview Tami Potter, the owner of the company, and have met her husband and her daughter. They are wonderful people and I am so excited to be a part of their team! And, in January, I will start teaching classes using this system.

I am also participating in my very first blog hop Nov. 16-18. I’ll be posting my project on Nov. 17 — which I just finished at 10 p.m. last night! I hope you’ll stop by and check out all of the wonderful homemade creations for the holidays.

Finally, Friday and Saturday I will be helping Capture A Memory and Michigan Scrapbooker Magazine with their booths in Birch Run at the Deer Widows Weekend Scrapbooking and Stamping Show. There are lots of vendors participating in this show and it should be plenty of fun. Capture is selling Elizabeth Craft products. If you haven’t checked them out yet, you need to! They take minimal effort and provide maximum results. And, I believe we are the only store in Michigan to carry them. Stop by and say, “hi”.

On top of all of that, I am also working on holiday classes, including this decorative Christmas candle. The class is scheduled for Nov. 28 and is limited to 6, so sign-up quickly.

It uses the Copic Airbrush System, a stamp by Impression Obsession and a Piccolo key.

So you see, I have been working hard even though my blog has been a little quiet lately!  Good things are definitely happening!


Sunset Shores Retreat

I’m back from Sunset Shores and, as usual, we had a wonderful time.

I spent four days with some of my closest friends and made a few new ones, too. It was four days of fun, laughter, cropping, sharing, learning and eating. I spent part of Friday and all of Saturday teaching, so I didn’t get very much done, but I love to teach, so it was still fun. We even managed to fit in a movie and two Detroit Tigers games.

Although what happens at the crop, stays at the crop, I thought I would share a few photos from the weekend …

Linda is working on a page I did that she saw on display at Capture A Memory. She took photos and measurements and bought the supplies and brought it here to work on. I was so honored!


Croppers know how to improvise. When Lynnette, Claudia and Janet couldn’t find shot glasses, they made do with bowls!


Elaine completed several layouts over the weekend.

This is the view from my crop space. We may be in the basement, but there is still a view of the lake!

Vivian, the owner of Sunset Shores, always puts out an amazing spread for every meal.


Hungry croppers …

These are the ornaments the girls made in the class I taught. I love how different they each are.


Sandy used Distress Markers to color in her Elizabeth Craft’s image.

Can you believe how much stuff we bring to a crop!?!


Christina is working on Halloween photos …

So much fun … I can’t wait until next year to do it all again!


Sunset Shores Retreat

I apologize for being MIA this past week … I’ve been working on Globecraft Memories’ new website, having a shed (a.k.a. kitchen pantry) constructed and picking and preserving more food from the garden. It seems like time has totally slipped away from me — I haven’t even unpacked, yet!

My trip to Sunset Shores was amazing. In fact, I enjoyed the retreat, complete with classes taught by Linda Neff, more than when I just take my own things to crop. The fun factor — three days with the girls — and the amazing food was still there, but it was so much more relaxing to have each day already planned with projects. When I returned, I felt like I had been gone for weeks, rather than just a couple of days.

Here is Linda hard at work …

Here is one of the projects we made … it is made from a DIY Ornament and enamel powders by Globecraft Memories, clip art, moss and Art Glitter.

You can see the inside of the globe better in this photo …

Click here to see Linda’s version in progress …

We also did a quick make-n-take with a charm set from Globecraft Memories. These Piccolo parts are enameled and then coated in Glastique. It was very late when we did these and in my sleepiness, I did not choose the best colors of enamel powders, so the inside set of gears are a mess, but the other parts are awesome when covered in Glastique.

We also made a mini album, which I will show as soon as I add photos to it, and a window, which I will showcase tomorrow.

Despite being busy the whole time, I did manage to stop and smell the flowers …


Capture diamonds glistening on the water …

Take in an amazing sunset …

And get my feet wet …

Finally, here is a little teaser of our windows …

From left: Sandy, Lynnette, Faith, Me, Diane, Cathy and Lori showing off our windows.







Upcoming Classes

Happy Mother’s Day!

I hope all of the moms out there are having a nice day, today.

I wanted to share my latest heritage class … Home.

This page is perfect to highlight a family home, your grandparents’ house or you own house for future generations. It is simple, but filled with layers punched from pieces of paper, a Lifestyle Crafts’ die, a Cricut title and two different Crafter’s Workshop templates. It’s scheduled for Wednesday, June 6.

Don’t forget, I also have a Copic 101 class and my custom-made supply book class scheduled for May. Be sure to call Capture A Memory at 810-733-0716 to reserve your place.

Candy’s Supply Book

If you are anything like me, you have trouble remembering which colors of ink, paint and markers you have at home. When this affliction strikes, one of two things is bound to happen when you visit the store.

A. You think you have the product at home, but when you get home you discover you don’t and that you must return to the store to purchase it. Or B. You don’t think you have it home, so you buy it and then you have two! Both options are time and money wasters.

When I found myself buying duplicate Adirondack Paint Dabbers, I decided to take matters into my own hands and I created my very own supply book.

This 5×5 book is ring-binder bound and can easily fit in a purse or bag so you always have it when you need it and the pages can move around, be removed or added as necessary.

I’ve even included a hinge clip at the beginning so you can write down notes for yourself the next time you are in the store. The tabs can be modified to your taste to make it easy to find what you need.

I’ve created custom pages to record Distress Inks (including pads, markers, paints, Stickles, stains and more), Ranger Archival Ink, Memento Ink, Adirondack (including alcohol ink, paint, embossing powder, Color Washes and more), Claudine Hellmuth Studio products, Liquid Pearls, Dreamweaver pastes and F/X, Perfect Pearls, Flower Soft and Stickles. Additionally, five pages will hold color samples for all 358 colors of Copic Sketch markers — printed on X-Press It Blending Card so you know exactly what the colors will look like on your project. Also included are blank pages for recording additional ink pads, embossing powders, mists and sprays, glitter, flock and beads, and pens and markers.

The best part is I’m running this as a class, so you can make your very own supply book, at Capture A Memory in Flint Township. The class is set for Tuesday, April 24 from 5:30-7 p.m. Contact the store for details.

I also plan to make kits available for those who cannot attend the class. I’ll have those up in an Etsy shop shortly.

March Classes

Here are the classes I have planned for March at Capture A Memory in Flint. I hope to see you at them!

You can find links to the store’s info and the times/dates of my classes in the sidebar at the right.

Heritage: Western

I absolutely this paper line from Authentique. It’s really a friendship theme, but it reminded me of a western and I knew it would be perfect with this picture of my husband dressed up as a cowboy. This class uses stamps from Tim Holtz, Distress Ink, ribbon and more.

Copic: Texture

In this advanced Copic class, we’ll use colorless blending solution to create a variety of texture in our images.

Cricut: Snow Day

We’ll use the Cricut machine to cut out masks, a title and a layered die cut. In this class, we also play with Faux Snow by Art Glitter, Stickles and Perfect Pearls Mists. You don’t have to have a Cricut (or this cartridge) to participate. Just let them know when you sign up and I’ll cut your elements before the class.

Art Glitter: Easter Mini Book

This mini book has room for 5 or more photos, along with three tags for journaling. It can also be used as part of your scrapbook page to hold more photos. During the class, we’ll learn to embellish die cuts and we’ll play with Art Glitter, Vintage Glass Glitter and ribbon.

Copic 101

This is a beginner class I offer each month that shows you how inexpensive Copic Sketch markers can be, how to build your collection, which colors to start with, how to color with them and much more. All supplies are provided, so you only need to bring a pencil for notetaking. Students leave with a variety of handouts, images to color, mediums to practice on, a color chart and more. This class (or something similar from another instructor)  is required before taking any of my advanced Copic classes.

Hope to see you in class soon!

Classes, classes and more classes

Learning is fun — if you know where to look. And crafting classes are always great fun.

Personally, I like real classes — not ones that are more like project kits — but ones where the instructor provides tips and tidbits while helping you make a project or learn a new technique. It doesn’t really matter what I make, it’s the process that is rewarding.

I could listen to Wendy Vecchi, Colleen Schaan, Tim Holtz or other experts teach all day long. I could take the same class again and again and always learn something new.

Sure, I can follow the directions and place a brad at a certain spot, I don’t need an instructor for that. But when the instructor adds tips for lining it up just right or telling you what not to do (because they’ve done it and it was a minor disaster), well, that’s what I expect to pay for when I take a class.

I remember taking a class from an EK Success rep years and years ago. We were working with products that aren’t even made anymore and the layouts I created never did receive photos or make it to my album. But, that rep taught me how to tear paper — a simple technique that you wouldn’t think you would need help with, but I’ve taught it over and over again and everyone seems thankful for the tips.

It’s moments like that that make the class worthwhile. And, since that is what I expect, that is how I model my classes.

And, I have quite a few classes on the horizon … I’m going to add a space to my blog for them to reside permanently, but for now, here are the classes I have coming up:

Art Glitter Lace Notebook

Sunday, Jan. 22 1-2:30 p.m.

Copic Airbrushing

Tuesday, Feb. 7 5:30-7 p.m.

Heritage: Holding Documents

Sunday, Feb. 19 1-2:30 p.m.

Adding Texture with Copic Colorless Blender

Sunday, March 18 1-3 p.m.

Cricut: Layers & Masking

Tuesday, Feb. 21 5:30-7 p.m.

To register or for more information, contact Capture A Memory at 810-733-0716 or click here …

I look forward to seeing you there!


Art Glitter Class

I have been working on bringing Art Glitter classes to Capture A Memory, a scrapbook store in Flint Township.

For the first one, we’re going to be making a notebook that makes a perfect gift for a teacher, mother, friend or yourself … it’s just the right size to tuck into your purse so you always have paper handy.

This class is being offered on Jan. 22 from 1-2:30 p.m. Space for this class is limited. Contact the store for more information or to register.

I look forward to seeing you there!