Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Just wanted to stop in and wish everyone a very

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

It was a CRAZY weekend here in NEW JERSEY - we had a HUGE Snow Storm on Saturday - I don't ever remember it snowing in October - and I believe I heard on the news that it has ONLY snowed in Central Park (NYC -@ 25 mins from me) for a total of 4 times, since THE CIVIL WAR!!  So it was kind of  a "FREAK" occurrence - which I guess is a great description around this time of year!

The trees in our area still have their leaves on them - and this made it a very dangerous situation, as they helped to hold onto the heavy wet snow, which caused many many trees and power lines to go down.  Many people - and quite a few of my good scrappy friends are still without power and heat - and I hope it is restored VERY SOON - as it is quite chilly outside.  I heard that over 3 million people were without power at one point!   I personally feel lucky and blessed that we only suffered a few downed tree branches in our yard, while many others were not so lucky.

I did have a great time on Saturday during the storm -as I was lucky enough to be able to spend it at THE DOO with some of my scrappin' buddies!   Throughout the day - many of us had phone calls from home, warning us of the treacherous situation outside - but since we were safe and warm in our favorite Local Scrap Store - we stayed put for most of the day and night - and only ventured out for home - near midnight- when the snow had slowed down somewhat  - and the streets were plowed and less crowded.  I think this was a good decision, although, I must say that the ride home was VERY SCARY !!!  I felt like Alice in WONDERLAND - Kind of like I had arrived in a dark, gloomy and treacherous world that was still hauntingly familiar.  I am so thankful that my 22yr old son was still awake - and was able to "talk" his old Mom home - through streets with VERY LOW hanging tree limbs - not just branches - covered with snow, and a few downed electrical lines - not to mention very few street and traffic lights!!  I was so afraid one of many leaning/hanging trees would come crashing down on my car, and had wished I had taken the longer, highway route home, but am very thankful that I made it home safely.

Well - it wouldn't be a complete post, if I didn't include atleast one photo  ......AND.....
It wouldn't be Halloween, if I didn't dress up - or put on some kind of a costume!!  I am usually the only one in my office who does - and they are use to my strangeness by now - so here you go!



Green Hair, Halloween Eyelashes, orange jewelry and my Halloween jacket -  BOO!!

I hope I didn't scare you all too much!! LOL!!  SO that was my TRICK - now here is a TREAT - check out these AWESOME Cupcakes made by my LOVELY Niece Danielle - (who is simply AMAZING!)


MUMMY Cupcakes!!


The Skeletons are made out of white chocolate covered pretzels -with Marshmellow heads!!

HAPPY HAUNTING - I hope you ALL get lots of candy!!

TWIX Bars are my favorites-  What's yours?  Leave me a comment - I'd love to know and appreciate the suggestions!! LOL!

Be safe and warm,
Sherri


Sunday, October 30, 2011

Paper Bag Album Class Nov 11th Sneak Peek!


Hi Everyone!
 
Here is a sneak peek of my next class at THE DOO...
 
 
It is a "Mini" Album - that is NOT SO MINI!! LOL!
 
I made with paper lunch bags as a base - there are 6 bags -3 of them have added flip up pages.
 
There are a total 20 pages inside the album for photos, etc... and LOTS of flaps and pockets!!! You are going to LOVE IT!!
 
I'll show you how to make some "faux leather" using TYVEK, and we will be using LOTS of products  - like Tattered Angel's GLIMMER MIST, and using Ranger Distress Stains and Inks, Prima Flowers Masks, a "DOO DAD" frame, ZVA Rhinestones, and the paper line will be Et Cetera from Bo Bunny.
 
This album is quite neutral, and has a little "Vintage" feel. -It would make a GREAT holiday gift, or be a great place to store some special memories!
 
There are only 3 seats left - call 201 818 7060 to reserve and pre-pay for your seat so I will have a kit are ready for you!
 
Cost $35.00
Date: Friday, Nov 11th at 6:30pm
201 818 7060
 
Hope you can make it!
 
Sherri
 
As much time and product go into each kit preperation - Credit card information must be provided at the time of registration. Terms and Conditions: If you cannot attend your scheduled class, you may pick up your class kit any time after We reserve the right to cancel a class that does not meet minimum enrollment requirements. In the event of a cancellation by the store, we will gladly re-schedule you for another class or refund your fee.




Monday, October 24, 2011

Shadow Box full view and instructions!!

Hi everyone - I had a great time at teaching this class at Scrap-a-Doodle Doo on Friday night! THANKS to all the ladies who took the class, and/or purchased the kit!  There is ONE KIT LEFT - at the store - it can be YOURS if you'd like it - Please call the store at 201.818.7060 if you would like to purchase it please. Cost is $35.00 plus shipping - or it can be picked up if you are in the local area.


Here is the finished Shadow Box before I added my photo:



And here are a few close ups:



 

The Kit included: (1) 12x12 Pc Bo Bunny “Et Cetera” ET CETERA, (1) 12x12 Pc Bo Bunny “Et Cetera” CUT OUTS, (½) 6x12 pc Simple Stories Generations “Together” paper,(1) Black Paper Clip,(1) Clear Gem,(4) Metal Flower embellishments, (1) pc Tulle netting, 1 pc brown beaded trim, 1 pc old dictionary paper.




Additional items needed: Viva Decor BLACK Pearl Pen ( or black stickles,) Ranger Distress Stain "Walnut Stain," or any BROWN Distress Stain, and any BROWN INK Pad or CHALK for edge distressing, Tattered Angels Glimmer GLAZE "Indian Summer," Tattered Angels Glimmer MIST "Pumpkin Spice." 3D Foam/Pop Dots, Fabritac Liquid Adhesive., water & Q-Tips, Bone folder. Water spritzer.


FIRST - Paint Glimmer Glaze on all 4 metal flowers and on clear gem - let dry.


Instructions: SAVE ALL SCRAPS - Cut "ET CETERA" paper at 8”x10” with the Black ETC in the lower right corner ( 8” high x 10” wide) INK the edges. Turn the paper over and tear @ 1-1/2" strip down the right side -*Tear BOTH sides of the length of the paper, and tear the 2 short sides to make an @ 8" pc. INK the edges. CUT the Simple Stories "Together" ½ sheet into a 6”x8” pc for frame.(Set aside for now) Cut out the following on the CUT OUTS - "dream" Tag, Black Bingo card, "imagine the possibilities" *cut around fancy edge. Cut out the "B" "I" and "G" from the RED Bingo card. FOR FLOWER - Tear (2) "circles" from the remaining "Together" (1) @ 3"/largest (1) @ 1 1/2"/smallest. Tear (2) circles from ET CETERA (center layers) (1) @ 2 1/2" & (1) @ 2" - INK all edges of all of the above, including the pc of old dictionary paper. Change the "blue" color on the "dream" Tag to orange, by painting with Pumpkin Spice Glimmer Mist (use a paint brush)When Dry - add the "BIG" RED squares.


TO MAKE the Frame - Center a 4"x6" piece of Chipboard on the 6"x8" pc of "Together" paper. Fold up all 4 sides and crease with bone folder. Tear off corners, and tear @ 1/4" off around all edges. Ink edges with Stain, run Q-Tip with stain along inside crease. Spritz edges with water, and ROLL around a pen or pencil. Let dry. Edges will keep their rolled shape.


To MAKE the FLOWER - One at a time - Spray both sides of each of the (4) circles with water. (not too wet -start our lightly -just enough to make them pliable and easy to wrinkle/shape) take each circle and fold up from the center -like into a bud. Unfold edges outward, pinching as you work your way around the circle to give it dimension - *Circles are layered as -Large Together, 2 ETC -large one dark side up, smaller one light side up - then smallest Together in the center. Once they are dry - glue them together and add Gem in the center.


ASSEMBLY: GLUE the 8x10 pc inside the box with Fabritac. Glue the Dictionary page on an angle in the top right corner. Add the strip of the ETC paper across the top @ 1" from the edge *leave a place to slip the paper clip under. BINGO card is glued to the bottom left. Add the brown beaded trim to the bottom of the "dream BIG" tag, with RED LINE tape. Position all remaining elements ( frame, flower, dream tag, metal flowers, Imagine tag) in the box before gluing . Once you have it to your liking -glue everything down. Glue metal flowers with Glue dots & Imagine Tag with POP Dots. Add BLACK Pearl centers to the flowers. Tie a knot in the tulle & add near flower as shown. The photo opening is 4"x6" - I trimmed my photo to @ 3" x 5" by tearing the edge and then inking with brown stain. I also printed it in Sepia with a faux frame/mat. I think it looks really good - BUT- you do NOT have to print it in Sepia - it is all your personal choice.


I hope this inspired you to create something "off the page"


Enjoy!
Sherri




























Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Another Sneak Peek for Oct 21st Shadow Box Class

Here is another SNEAK PEEK of the Shadow Box Class I will be teaching at Scrap-a-Doodle Doo, in Ramsey, NJ on October 21st, Friday night, at 6:30PM. COST is $35.00 per person




The actual frame opening for your photo is 4"x 6" horizontally. I actually printed out my photo using Photoshop - adding a vintage boarder and Sepia tones, a little smaller than the 4x6 photo paper. it had a white boarder around it - which I then tore @ 1/4 "+ around the edges and inked the tears with Ranger Distress Stain - and then placed it on an angle within the frame-this way you still see the beautiful paper underneath!

The project has a very "Vintage" feel, and elements read "imagine the possibilities" and "always dream BIG"


THIS CLASS IS LIMITED TO ONLY 9 STUDENTS


- so reserve your seat ASAP by calling 201 818 7060


The frame itself is made of finished black wood, and measures 9 1/2 x 11 1/2 on the outside. Inside work surface is 8 x 10. It has @ 3/4" depth and can be hung up, or positioned on a shelf or table, as it has a back "leg" like a picture frame does too.



You will be using BoBunny's ETC. line, along with some paper from Simple Stories Generations line. I LOVE to mix and match paper lines when the colors and patterns compliment each other so well! We will also be painting with Glimmer Mist, and changing the colors of some of the elements with Glimmer Glaze. We'll use the new Tim Holtz Distress Stains, and I'll show you some cool water distressing techniques to make a cool 3D frame, as well as a layered flower. We will also use Pearl Pens by Viva Decor, along with some Maya Road metal embellishments and some HOT beaded fringe.


If you would like to take this class - PLEASE call the store at 201 818 7060 ASAP to reserve your seat.
Let me know if you have any questions - I hope you can join me - You are going to LOVE it!!






Thank you,


Sherri


**I will have the sample with me this weekend at Scrap-a-Doodle Doo's Destination Hollywood Weekend - being held from 11:00 AM on Friday and ends at 3:00 PM on Sunday) PLACE: The Crowne Plaza Hotel located in Suffern, New York (www.cpsuffernhotel.com) I will also be vending ALL of my CTMH STOCK at DRASTICALLY REDUCED PRICES, as this will be the last crop I will be vending at. Scrap-a-Doodle Doo will also be vending, so please stop by for some great deals and great products!!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Oct 21st Shadow Box Class at Scrap-a-Doodle Doo

Hello everyone!!

Well, it has been a long time since I last posted - and I have to apologize.  I was away last month on a belated 50th Birthday trip with my wonderful Hubby!!

We went to Walt Disney World and had a FABULOUS TIME!  It was our FIRST week long vacation together without our "kids" in 22 years!!  Here is a picture that I am thinking of using in my shadow box. It was taken of Phil and I as we stood on Main Street USA!!  ( I played around with it in Photo shop, and it will fit perfectly with the vintage feel of the Shadow Box Project I will be teaching!)


It seems I must have left a little of my creative MOJO, down in Disney, as it has been very hard to start projects since I've been back.  Not even the hug that I got from Tinkerbell helped !  I guess she didn't share any of her fairy dust with me :o( 

Oh well, I think my MOJO has finally found it's way back, and now I am back "in the swing" of scrappin'  - YEAH!  I am so excited and can't wait to share this SNEAK PEEK of the next class I am teaching at Scrap-a-Doodle Doo, in Ramsey, NJ  on October 21st, Friday night, at 6:30PM.  COST is $35.00 per person

THIS CLASS IS LIMITED TO ONLY 9 STUDENTS
- so reserve your seat ASAP by calling 201 818 7060

The frame itself is made of finished black wood, and measures 9 1/2 x 11 1/2 on the outside.  Inside work surface is 8 x 10.  It has @ 3/4" depth and can be hung up, or positioned on a shelf or table, as it has a back "leg" like a picture frame does too.

You will be using BoBunny's ETC. line, along with some paper from Simple Stories Generations line.  I LOVE to mix and match paper lines when the colors and patterns compliment each other so well!  We will also be painting with Glimmer Mist, and changing the colors of some of the elements with Glimmer Glaze. We'll use the new Tim Holtz Distress Stains, and I'll show you some cool water distressing techniques to make a cool 3D frame, as well as a layered flower.  We will also use Pearl Pens by Viva Decor, along with some Maya Road metal embellishments and some HOT beaded fringe.

If you would like to take this class - PLEASE call the store at 201 818 7060 ASAP to reserve your seat.  Okay - I've made you wait long enough - here is your SNEAK PEEK!


Let me know if you have any questions - I hope you can join me - You are going to LOVE it!!

Thank you,
Sherri