Tuesday, September 25, 2012

my super-hero-errific podcast with Lain Ehmann

Guess what?! The fabulous Lain Ehmann from layoutaday.com and the producer of True Scrap interviewed me for one of her podcasts. If you haven’t listened before, they’re pretty awesome. We’re talking about my class for True Scrap 4, Stretch Your Sketch as well as scrapbooking, and other fun stuff. Take a listen HERE!

My True Scrap 4 Blog Giveaway

Congratulations to Jean H! She’s the winner of my blog giveaway. Jean’s prize is a Class Replay of her choice from True Scrap 1, 2, or 3 - they're are over 40 classes to choose from. The grand “super hero prize” will be announced on Wed. Sep. 25, 2012 at layoutaday.com.

True Scrap 4

Join Heidi Swapp, Jessica Sprague, Nichol Maguirk, and A Dozen Other Super Hero Instructors for True Scrap 4! You can check out all the classes, descriptions, and sneak peeks on the TS4 site.


My Class:

Stretch Your Sketch: Take Creative Control of Your Scrapbook Sketches - It’s time to take creative control of those sketches and make them work for you. Join Gretchen Schmidt as she shows you how to adapt several sketches into different sizes of scrapbooking layouts, cards, and even a mini-album! Spend more time scrapbooking and less time trying to figure out what goes where. Learn how to make multiple layouts from one sketch like a pro and get those layouts done.


Save $20 by Registering Before September 30, 2012.

>> Register for True Scrap 4 <<

Hope you enjoy the podcast!

Monday, September 24, 2012

ookey-spookey trick or treat card | tutorial

I know it’s not until next month but I’ve already got Halloween on the brain! I received new dies from Sizzix last week and could not wait to play with them. I absolutely adore the Halloween Shadows Sizzlits Strip (that’s the die with the cute little trick or treater’s on it!). I even tried something new (for me!) with the Pop `n Cuts!


For this particular card, I used two different shades of black; one for the card base and PNC piece and another shade for the die cut pieces. This way the illusion of a shadow is given and you can differentiate between the two.

Time to create the ookey-spookey card!


Starting with the front of your card, cut out your die cuts. You’ll need one Rickety House, the trick-or-treater’s from the Halloween Shadow Sizzlits strip as well as the “trick or treat” saying, and one bat from the Mini Bat and Skull Movers & Shapers Set. With the trick-or-treater’s, cut away the pumpkin and cat that are on the right and left sides of the kids.


Next, fill in the holes of the windows on the Rickety House. If you wanted, you could cut the house out again using yellow cardstock and glue each piece down. To make it a bit easier, I cut a piece of yellow cardstock to fit behind the house and then glued it down so when it was turned over, all the windows were all yellow but with less work.


Create your card base out of black cardstock. You’ll need a 5-1/2” x 11” piece of cardstock that has been scored in the middle and then folded in half making your finished card 5-1/2” x 5-1/2”.  Cut a piece of patterned paper that is 5-1/2” x 5-1/2” to cover the front of your card and glue it down. Cut a piece of black cardstock that is 5-1/4” x 5-1/4” and adhere down to the center of your patterned paper.

Glue your Rickety House down to your card front as shown. Tear a piece of brown cardstock approximately 1” wide and glue down to the bottom of your card and trim edges (add adhesive to the bottom and sides of your brown cardstock strip only). Tuck trick-or-treater’s underneath the top of the brown cardstock strip and then glue them down once you have the placement you want. Add the “trick or treat” saying and bat to card front.


With todays card, I wanted to use the PNC insert in a different way. Instead of it opening from the top and being a vertical card, I wanted it to open from the side and be a horizontal card.

Center a piece of black cardstock that is 6-1/2” long and approximately 5” wide over the Circle Label insert that you’ve added to your Pop `n Cuts base tray (be sure to line up the tick marks!). Sandwich your pieces and run through your Big Shot machine to cut out. Fold according to package directions.

Glue down cut PNC insert piece on the right hand side of the card in the center, lining up the main folds. Make sure the “shelf” fold of the PNC is also facing the right as shown in the example.


Tear a second strip of brown cardstock that is approximately 1” wide and glue down to the bottom right side of the card as shown, trim if necessary.


Cut your die cut pieces for the inside of your card. You’ll need 3 bats from the Mini Bats and Skull Movers & Shapers set, one cat from the Mini Cat and Raven Movers & Shapers Set, one Tree Branch, and one fence using the On The Fence On The Edge Die (trim the bottom of the fence so it’s about 1/4” wide).


Insert your tree on top of your PNC label piece and fold PNC down. This is to get the placement of the tree so the top and bottom of the tree do not go over the edges of the card. Once you find your placement, glue the tree down.


Now it’s time to add the fence! Make a fold about 1-1/2” in from the left hand side of the fence. Try to line up the fold of your fence with the fold that is on the left hand side of the PNC.

Lay your fence piece down over the lower half of your tree (the goal is to have the fence be even with the bottom of the card but not go outside the card when closed). Gently start to close card making sure to keep the fence inside the card (it might be necessary to trim your fence edge to keep it inside or to make a new fold in your fence post). Once you decide on placement, adhere your fence to the tree and to the left side of the card using glue dots on the farthest left post to keep it in place.


Finish your card by adding patterned paper and cardstock strips on the right and left hand sides of the card as shown. Add the cat on top of the fence on the right hand side and the three bats to the card itself. Your ookey-spooky trick-or-treat card is now complete!


Other: Papaya Puree Dark cardstock (Bazzill), Charcoal Weave cardstock (American Crafts), yellow and brown cardstock (unknown).

Are those little trick-or-treater’s adorable or what?!



Friday, September 21, 2012

it’s Friday, yo.

Remember when you were young and it was Friday and that meant you had all weekend to do whatever the heck you wanted. Or nothing. Sometimes doing nothing was awesome too. I loved Fridays. As an adult though, it doesn’t have the same relaxing connotation as it had in my youth.

Today was a Friday I looked forward too however. On Wednesday Karen and I planned a get together and I’d been looking forward to it. Today ended up being one of those Fridays of my youth thanks to Karen. It was a “do whatever the heck you wanted” kind of day and that was pretty darn cool (and needed!). We went to Archiver’s and lunch at Cheddar’s and there was lots of talking involved. The perfect day.

I don’t know what Saturday and Sunday hold for me but I can only hope those days will be as great as today. Maybe I’ll be able to do some creating with my new dies… I hope!


New dies? I guess that means you should be looking for a new tutorial soon. ;-)

Free Scrapinar in October: Project Life Step-by-Step

Be sure to sign up for the October FREE Scrapinar from layoutaday.com. This scrapinar was created by Project Life Creative Team Member Jennifer Woodbury and it’s called Project Life Step-by-Step. If you’re into Project Life or just want to learn more about it, this is the scrapinar for you. Even if you can’t be there on October 2nd, be sure to sign up so you can watch it on the replay.

Have a great weekend!

Reminder: Don’t forget to sign up for the amazing True Scrap 4 giveaway I’ve got up on my blog right now. Awesome prizes! Check HERE for more info. Drawing ends soon.


Monday, September 17, 2012

True Scrap 4: GIVEAWAY

Look, up in the sky! Is that a bird? A plane? NO! It's TRUE SCRAP 4, coming October 19-20, 2012!

True Scrap 4 is the galaxy's ONLY online, live scrapbooking and papercrafting experience. With 15 A-list instructors, five virtual make-and-takes, and a ton of fun, you won't want to miss it. Instructors (like me!) bring classes on everything from photography to design to inspiration right to your computer – live! You log in from home and interact in our state-of-the-art webroom, chatting, learning, and interacting in real time. And it's all recorded so you can go back and watch again and again.

Sound cool? I think so! And here's something even cooler: You can WIN a FREE spot in True Scrap 4, valued at $147, plus some other great prizes. Here's how to enter:

1. Go to http://www.truescrap.com/ts4-coming-soon and watch the sneak peek instructor video.
2. Sign up for the “More Info” email list at the bottom of the page.
3. Come back here and leave me a comment letting me know you've done steps 1 & 2.

Contest closes on Sunday, September 23, 2012. Winners will be notified by Wednesday, September 25, 2012, and all prizes must be claimed by Friday, September 28, 2012.

Important: please make sure your email is set up with Blogger so I can contact you if you are a winner or leave it in the comment section. I need to be able to contact you if you’re a winner. Instructions on how to set up your email with Blogger can be found on this post.

I am so excited to be part of this event, which is sponsored by Two Peas in a Bucket. Here's the full list of instructors who will be appearing LIVE at this event:

• Julie Fei-Fan Balzer
• Erin Bassett
• Monica Bradford
• Kelli Crowe
• Laura Denison
• Jennifer Gallacher
• Nic Howard
• Noell Hyman
• Katrina Kennedy
• Nichol Magouirk
• Gretchen Schmidt (me!)
• Katrina Simeck
• Jessica Sprague
• Heidi Swapp
• Jennifer Wilson

Ready to sign up? You can get $20 off your registration by going HERE now!

Get ready for a fantastic weekend in October!

The drawing has now ended and the comments are closed. Thank you for participating. Winners will be notified by Wed. Sep. 25, 2012.

Friday, September 14, 2012

just saying hello card | tutorial

It’s tutorial time! I’ve got a new tutorial up on the Sizzix blog making this Just Saying Hello card. I’m using a Scallop Rectangle Framelit, the Pop `n Cut insert "Hello” and several other awesome Sizzix dies.


Visit the Sizzix blog for full tutorial

Thursday, September 13, 2012

6 things to share…

Howdy all! In no particular order I have a few things I wanted to share with you. :-)

1. Tomorrow I will have a new tutorial up on the Sizzix blog! woot!

2. I was doing a little online window shopping at Scrapbook.com and noticed that they were now carrying Lawn Fawn stamps. YES! That is awesome news!

3. I see that Two Peas in a Bucket and Simon Says Stamp has Pop `n Cuts in stock… I know Scrapbook.com does too. All three stores have a lot of the inserts in stock but currently only Two Peas has the base die in (as I type, it says 3 in stock on their site). If you’ve been looking for a base die, now is the time to get it! 

4. Two Peas in a Bucket is the headline sponsor for True Scrap 4. Coolness!

5. I’ve got a podcast interview coming up with the fabulous Lain Ehmann soon about my class Stretch Your Sketch for True Scrap 4 I’ll link it up as soon as it’s available.

6. Make sure to visit my blog on Monday. just sayin’. ;-)


Happy Thursday! Have a great day!

Sunday, September 09, 2012

September haul video – TONS of stamps!


I had a pretty quiet summer shopping wise but have made up for it since I’ve gotten the kids back to school. I had a great time shopping at Simon Says Stamp and Lawn Fawn and wanted to share my latest goodies… I picked up tons of stamps and two different Lawn Fawn paper lines.

Supplies Shown:

Thanks so much for stopping by! :-)