Paper Source Workshop: Fall Card Making – Colorful Paper Tapestry

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Last weekend it was back to Paper Source for their Fall Card Making: Colorful Paper Tapestry workshop at the Birmingham location. We were promised the cards would be beautiful with just the right amount of new, challenging techniques to master. They were right!

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We had a smaller group this time which ended up being perfect as we could help one another with some of the knot-tying techniques. I don’t know about you, but tying knots was definitely NOT one of the skills I mastered as a Girl Scout, I’m sad to report.

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Our first card was the quilt block-like card featuring Rifle Paper Co.’s wonderful (and exclusive to Paper Source) mint floral wrapping paper. We used a flag hole punch to create the pennants that made up the block.

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Next up was this stamped card, featuring the sketch flower rubber stamp, with knotted flower center details. We stamped the images three times in different directions to create a full-looking bouquet on the card. Once embossed, the finished look really stood out.

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Next up, it was time to braid. Using yellow summer brights natural hemp cord, we made a thicker length of braid to add to the front of this friendship card. Braiding was a snap and a glue dot was all that was needed to keep it in place. The yellow matches perfectly with foiled wrapping paper and gold “for you” Prima Press stamping.

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Our final card of the afternoon, and probably trickiest, was this card featuring a mariner’s knot in the center. Again, the Rifle Paper Co.’s mint floral wrapping paper was used, this time paired behind a Silhouette Cameo-cut zig-zag design. We used the hemp cord to create the knot. It took all of us a few tries to get it right, but eventually it clicked for everyone. What I learned from the knot-tying exercise was to definitely use longer lengths of cord than you think you could possibly need. Trust me, it’s helpful!

The workshop was so popular in Birmingham that it sounds like an encore class is on the way. Check your store to see which workshops are coming up this fall.

Summer Travels: Urbana, Illinois

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Before we hit headed up north this month, we headed to Urbana, Illinois, to visit Nick‘s grandmother. I’d never been to Urbana before, so it was great to visit another town beyond my usual Illinois city of choice, Chicago.

Urbana had some wonderful antique stores, restaurants and a beautiful campus for the University of Illinois. Here are a few of my favorite stops along the way.

Journeyman Distillery (Three Oaks, Michigan)

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I’m a huge fan of Journeyman Distillery, so it was great to pay them a visit for dinner along the way to Urbana.

Downtown Urbana

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We did some shopping in downtown Urbana at a few antique stores, like Second Hand Rose where I picked up this great plate and a few prints from local printer the Living Letter Press. I also stopped in the Art Coop, a favorite store of Nick’s grandfather.

Black Dog Smoke & Ale House

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It was packed at Black Dog Smoke & Ale House. We stopped in for a drink and just enough time for me to fall in love with the design of this Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale label.

Have you visited Urbana before? What shouldn’t I miss during our next visit?

Vintage Patch Log Cabin Baby Pillows

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Well, it’s certainly been a busy summer for my family! I went from having two awesome, crack-me-up nephews to three awesome, crack-me-up nephews AND a cute-as-can-be niece in a matter of two weeks. I can hardly wait to get them all together this holiday season.

Leading up to the new babies’ arrivals, we held a joint shower for the moms-to-be. In addition to picking up a few gifts from their registries, I made them each a log cabin-esque pillow featuring vintage and vintage-like patches. Since the new cousins’ birthdays are so close to one another, I loved the idea of them each having a similar gift in their rooms. (more…)