Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Class Schedules

I'm working on putting my class schedule and looking for suggestions. I know that alot of us work, and I'm one of them. I would like to offer classes both in the evening and in the morning on the days that I'm off from work. Scrap N Pretty Class Schedule Mother’s Day Card & Gift 4/22/2011 & May 3 1pm & 3pm 5pm – 7pm $20.00 ***Select day & time Stamping 101 “Beginners” 4/25/2011 or May 7th 1pm – 3pm or 6pm – 8pm $10.00 ***Select day & time Ladies Scrapbooking Night
4/30/2011 6:30pm – 9:00 $20.00* Spring Stamp a Stack Card (12)
5/03/2011 12:30pm – 3:00 pm $18.00 Technique Class
5/6/2011 6:30 – 8:30 $12.00 (You'll make 1 full size card and one technique card (for your technique ring) for each of the 3 techniques featured.) Big Shot Class
May 14th 6:30 – 8:30 $25.00 (You’ll make 5 awesome projects: Box, 2 cards, Mini Book, & Goodie Bag) Girls Night Out Scrapbooking
May 21st 6:30 – 9 pm $20.00 All supplies provided with the exception of the glue, please bring a double sided adhesive and a Tombow liquid glue. *Ladies Scrapbooking Night will include pizza and drinks, just bring all your pictures, adhesive, and paper (you will have access to all my punches, dies, inkpads, stamps and much more)! ALL classes are PREPAID, please pay before you come to class! To reserve a spot, please call Mai Larsen email me at You may also pay by using PayPal: account - If you have paid for a class and are unable to attend I will put a kit together and mail it to you. There will be no refunds, since I must pre-cut all projects prior to class. Again, thank you for attending this workshop and I hope to see you again! You may visit my blog at and please be sure to sign up as one of my followers to ENTER TO WIN A FREE STAMP SET

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Stamping 101 "For Beginners"

Are you new to rubber stamping and card making? Are you interested in learning on how to create your own handmade cards? If your answer is YES, then you should come to my Stamping 101 on Monday, April 25, 2011 1pm - 3pm and for those that work I will offer the same class in the evening from 6pm - 8pm. I will have another Stamping 101 on Saturday, May 7, 2011 from 1pm - 3pm & 6pm - 8pm. Let me know which one will suit you best.
Come and enjoy a relaxing and rewarding day, where you will get to learn the basics of stamping and make some gorgeous handmade cards that everyone will treasure.
Whether you are new to stamping or just need a refresher course come check out what Scrap n Pretty has in store for you. I will guide you through the basics in a step by step instructional class. The cost of the class will be $10.00, which includes 4 make and takes and basic instructions.
Heres' what you will make:
So, what will we learn:
  • Inking up your rubber stamp and stamping image
  • Adhering your card stock layers
  • How to use a punch
  • How to use versamark and pastels
  • Tissue paper faux finish
  • How to tie a ribbon
  • How to use the Stampin Up! Smooch Pearlized Top Coat
  • How to use an embossing folder
  • How to use the Big Shot Machine
  • How to clean rubber stamps
ALL Classes must be prepaid prior to class. You may use my Paypal account: to make a payment or email me to make payment arrangements. All supplies will be provide with the exception of the snail adhesive, so please bring your own double glue, glue stick, or snail adhesive. You may find these at Walmart, or you may purchase one from me prior to class. Since it is a basic class, I will be demonstrating the techniques very slowly. Also, I will be having a Girl's Night Out Scrapbooking on May 30th, so send me an email if you plan to attend.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Best Things in Life are MADE!

Here's a Sew Suite card that just about anyone that loves to be creative with their hands will absolutley love. It's Chic and Fabulous, but not only that it was handmade! The Stamp Set is one that I recently got from our Mini Occasions Catalog....Sew Suite and the sentiment is from one of our Stampin Up! Catalog Tote-ally Tess (#118595). Now you can't get any fashionable then this run way Sew Suite Set (#122009).

Now I couldn't stop just with the stamp set, I had to throw some of my handmade flowers using the Fancy Flower Petal Punch and Cherry Cobbler Cardsock. To accent this models dress I threw in some pearls, because some girls love diamonds and others can't get enough of pearls.

Flower Punch Tutorial

Hey Gals, here is the tutorial on how to make the fabulous flowers that I have used in my last two projects. I am new to the video world, so please bare with me as I iron out the wrinkles. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoy doing what I do! Here's the You Tube link

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Fabulous Flowers Bleach Technique

I decided that today was a great day to bleach, so I took out the Melon Mambo Textured Cardstock and went to town on the bleaching technique using the new Summer Mini Catalog Fabulous Florets (#123027). To do this technique I took two pieces of paper towel placed it on top of a syrofoam plate and poured a bit of Clorox Bleach. The paper towel soaked up the bleach and I stamped directly onto the paper towel. Then I stamped the image straight onto the Melon Mambo cardstock. It takes a few minutes to see the final color, but once you do it will be a WOW factor.
I then took my extra large scallop circle punch and punched out 4 whisper white and 4 of the designer series paper pink polka dots paper. With the melon mambo inkpad I daubed the edges and then crinkled the punched out scalloped circles. Make sure you wet the cardstock to get the crinkled affect otherwise it will be very hard to crinkle. Once I let my scallop circles dry I pierced a hole added brad and transformed a scalloped circle punch into a beautiful FABULOUS FLOWER!
I used a couple techniques on this card such as:
  • bleach technique
  • emblossing using both dry and powder
  • Ink daubing
  • punch art
My camara didn't give this card justice, because the bold colors for the Melon Mambo cardstock and Regal Rose didn't stand out.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Strength & Hope

Ok, so I thought I would tease you a bit more tonight by using another stamp set from our Summer Mini Catalog, which will be available to customer to purchase starting May 1st. So, be the first to order! Anyway, I followed an awesome layout created by Mojo Monday, and the finished product looks amazing. I used the Strength & Hope (#123660) Stamp Set and the Baker's Twine Early Espresso (#123124). The designer paper is also from the Summer Mini Catalog along with the ribbon. Be sure to stop by Mojo Monday's blogspot to see what they have to offer. So, here is the finished product: Now let's take a good look at the pretty flower that I created. Believe it or NOT it's made out of the same designer paper Paisley Petals (#122367) that I used throughout the card. To make the flower I used the following:
  • the Fancy Flower Extra Large Punch (#118073)
  • Paisley Petals Designer Paper or you can use carstock
  • Brad
  • Paper Piercing Tool
  • Water spray bottle
  • Dimentionals to adhere to project

I will be posting a tutorial on how to actually make the flower, it's very easy, FUN, and great way to make your very own flowers for embellishing and finishing any project.

So, stop by tomorrow to see the tutorial on how to create your very own Fancy Flower! Hasta la vista.....ENJOY! Oh, and PS, you will need a sewing machine for this project to make a zig zag stitch.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Family Out West!

Today was a FUN and amazing day, I got to meet some great ladies that came to my Family Workshop at the Rock Springs Library. We created one of my family scrap pages that was created using some of the aging techniques. I don't know what it is about me and daubers, but I just absolutely love that technique. It just gives a project an aging touch and makes a lasting impression. So, here is what we's a little of bit of this and a little bit of that, but in the end it was a whole lot of FUN! So, just what exactly did we use to create this wonderful page........Drum Roll Please!!!!! Materials:

Paper: Crumb Cake Cardstock (#119929), Early Espresso (#119691), So Saffron(105118), Tempting Turquoise (#102067)

Punches: 1 3/4" Oval Punch (#119855), Extra Large Tag Punch (#119866), Large Tag Punch (#119876), Corner rounder (#119871)

Accessories: Pewter Hodegepodge, Neutral Brads (#119736), Daisy Paper Flowers (#119243), Flower Brights Brads (#119734), 3/8" Twill Tape (#119970), Early Espresso 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon (#120931), Swirly Die (#113456)

Stamp Sets: Out West (#120543- Clear Mount), Medallion (#115223), Things I Love (#115229), Three Little Words (#113254), Lovely Alphabet (#115030), With all My Heart (#118623 Clear Mount).

I used the classic ink refill to dye the paper daisies and I let them dry on a paper towel. To give the textured Early Espresso Cardstock I used the versamark and the Out West Stamp Set. I simply tore the Crumb Cake cardstock 12x12 and then I grabbed my favorite little tool "the dauber" and aged the torn edges by dabbing it with the Early Expresso Inkpad. The Swirly was created by using my all time favorite machine...."The Big Shot" machine. Now you can create this for a friend or for your family, but one thing for sure is that it is a great page to share with others. The ladies tonight were a blast and my boss Cindy she made it even more interesting, because she whipped right through that page with no difficulty whats so ever! Hmmmm looks like someone is a pro and doesn't know it yet. I would have wished to have taken pictures of some of the great jobs these ladies did, but perhaps at a later post. For now, I enjoyed a great evening with some great ladies and I hope to do it again very SOON!!!!!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Father's Day Sail Away

To kick of this new week, I thought that I would just throw in some of the new stamps sets that will be coming out in our Summer Mini Catalog, which by the way will be available for customer purchase on May 1, 2011. I wanted to do something that would bring some ray of some here to Wyoming, so I couldn't resist the Sail Away Set. What better way to brighten any day, then a beautiful day at the beach on a sail boat! Well this Father's Day we can definitely spread the ocean breeze to all those lucky Father's with this amazing set.
Let me tell you this new Summer Mini Catalog has alot of surprises, so be sure to check out what we will be offering. Of course I will have to tease you a bit by demonstrating them. That's the best part of being a demonstrator, it's previewing before it hits the market. Oh and if you look very closely you will see that I also threw in one of the newest Designer Series Paper "Nautical Expedition"! What's a girl to do with all these great and new products that will be available to customers on May 1, 2011.
So, don't Sail Away just yet!

Sunday, April 3, 2011


Clearance Rack Grab Bags Are you looking for a BARGAIN? Well, you are just in time for the Stampin Up Clearance Rack! For a limited time only you will be able to purchase Markers and even ink refills! If you are like some of us with a few retired inkpads that needs to be refilled, stop by the Clearance Rack and see what you can find! So, if you weren’t able to purchase them before well now is the best time to buy, because after a while they will be gone! There is so much to choose from such as patterned paper and card stock plus ribbons, embellishments, chipboard and Stampin' Around ink cartridges too.
Grab a bag of our discontinued Stampin Up! Products choose from three sizes: the $5, the $10, and the $15 grab bag. Each bag will contain a variety of discontinued products that could include a combination of any of the following: ribbons, Accents & Elements, chipboard, Designer Series Papers, and Simply Sent kit components. Grab bags will not contain stamp sets or tools. • There is no minimum purchase required to participate in the grab bag special offer. • There is no limit to the number of grab bags a customer may purchase; however, grab bag items are only available while supplies last. • All grab bag sales are final. There are no refunds or exchanges. • Not all grab bags will be unique. • You should use the following item numbers when ordering grab bags:
Item Description
125873 $5 Grab Bag (containing at least $20 worth of products!)
125874 $10 Grab Bag (containing at least $40 worth of products!)
125875 $15 Grab Bag (containing at least $60 worth of products!)

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Friendship Tree

Friendship is a beautiful word and it is defined as the quality or conditions of a friend. Facebook is such a great why to reunite with OLD and NEW friends, but for now, I will share a Friendship Tree that I did in the name of FRIENDSHIP. To have a friend is to value and respect them in all aspects of the word. It is such a beautiful terminally so for all my BEAUTIFUL AND LOYAL FRIEND HERE IS SOMETHING SPECIAL FOR YOU ALL!

So, be sure to let your friend know how meaningful their friendship is to you.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Reading Journal

So, what do you get when you take a plain composition notebook and turn it into something amazing? There's so much you can do with a composition notebook, but for today it will be a READING Journal! The Rock Springs Library will be having a summer reading program, so what I did was take a plain and simple composition notebook and turned it into something that any reader would love to write about.


Punches: Round Corner punch, Scallop Trim Corner, & Scallop Trim Border, Round Tab Punch

Stamps: Tote-ally Tess

Paper: Greenhouse Gala Designer Series, Early Expresso Cardstock, & Pumpkin Pie Cardstock, Whisper White Cardstock (for the girl), Marina Mist (pants of the stamped girl).

Accessories: Rhinestones, Staz On, Crystal Effects, Tombow, Bone File, Composition Notebook, 1/4" Early Express Grosgrain Ribbon, Glue Dots, and Dimensionals

I cut the paper to fit the notebook, but remember the GOLDEN Rule to measure once and measure twice, because the last thing you want is to cut your paper the wrong size. You need a front and a back cover, so be sure to cut two pieces. I covered the spine with the Early Expresso textured cardstock and I cut it 2" that was just the perfect cut for this particular journal.

The tabs, just be sure to use cardstock, because you want it to be sturdy and I used the Tombow for majority of this project, because it holds up better than the double sided adhesive.

My Diva Chic was created using the crystal effects. I stamped the image using the Staz On and then I cut out her pants and a shirt, which was then glued to her stamped image on the whisper white cardstock. So, I basically stamped her three times. Once on marina mist cardstock, then on pumpkin pie cardstock, and on the whisper white. So, you will need your scissor techniques here. I colored her hair using the Early Expresso marker and then applied the crystal effects. Be sure to let this dry for at least 2 hours before you apply it to your journal.

So there you have it a Reading Journal that just about anyone will love!