Friday, February 26, 2010

Take 5 Friday...

On Fridays over at the Pink Paislee blog, we are challenged to only use 5 products to create something. I love the fun colors in the new 365 Degrees line and think of birthdays when I see these colors, so I decided to make a little set of colorful birthday cards.

I used:

1. 6x6" Paper Pad (perfect for card makers!) from the 365 Degrees line

2. Cork Buttons

3. Flip Notes

4. Bella Brads

5. Expressions Glitter Alphabet - Berry Blue

The cork buttons are so versatile and fun! You can use them as little birthday balloons like the first card or polkadots as I did on the second card!

Well, I'm off to Michael's to get some Un-do. Not sure why AC Moore doesn't have it! Have a great weekend,


Thursday, February 25, 2010

New classes coming up soon...

I can't believe it's been almost a week since my last blog post! Time seems to be slipping by so fast lately. I have been fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to teach some classes in March and April, so I wanted to let you know more information about these!

March 19-20th: Lasting Memories, Danbury, CT.

Friday night - Jenni Bowlin layout class.
Saturday - a card class, a layout class and a mini album class with the new Pink Paislee lines. Visit Lasting Memories for more information.

*Please note if I have any kits leftover, I will be able to sell them on my blog, so keep checking back for those.

April 30-May 1st: Newport Beach, CA.

I have been invited to teach at the Reflections event in California with some amazing scrapbook teachers, including Kelly Goree, Elizabeth Kartchner, Katie Watson and Maggie Holmes. I'm so excited about this, can't wait to meet everyone and come to CA! If you are in the area, I hope you will check into coming to this retreat!

Click here for more information: Reflections 2010.


And a quick page to share from the next kit at Jenni Bowlin! The kit will go live on the 28th at midnight. My daughter Kati just ADORES my niece Rachel...they have such a special bond! (excuse the glare on the photo)I used a craft knife to cut the wings out from the butterfly, just enough to pop them up from the page a bit.
I appreciate you stopping by, and hope to see you at one of my classes!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Good to be queen...

...for a day. Not me, but we are hosting the February birthdays in my husband's family here at our house tomorrow, so I've been busy making a few birthday cards! I love the Queen Bee line by Pink Paislee. The grays, greens and yellows together are so different and refreshing.

I used the frame stamp on the edge of the yellow piece and just stamped one edge of the frame. The sentiment was done with the computer, and the font is Edwardian.

I stamped the bees and bent up their wings for dimension. Did I mention I love dimension?! :)

The flower was a just piece of lace. I ran a running stitch with thread and a needle on one edge of the lace and then pulled the thread tight. The lace will bunch up and you can form it into a circle. There is a tutorial that I did previously here if you would like more of a visual on how to make this type of flower.

I will be teaching 3 classes again in Danbury, Connecticut next month, so if you are in that area, keep your eye out for more information coming soon. We may be doing some Pink Paislee projects with the new lines! :)


Wednesday, February 17, 2010


Just a bit of card inspiration for you today made with the new Homespun Mini Papers and journaling cards by Jenni Bowlin!

On the first one, I used the green checked journaling card on the front. I cut out the little square to house my buttons (a.k.a. cherries). The inside says, "Wishing you a sweet day!" But you could also use it as a thank you card and write, "you're sweet" or something similar.

The next card says, "Oh How I Miss You!" The background paper is Red Lined Ledger Paper, labels are new Multidotted Label Stickers, button is from the new Vintage buttons and heart tickets....everything is Jenni Bowlin. I made some of my little ribbon roses to go with it.

Banners seem to be so popular these days, so these new banner stickers by Jenni are really fun! They come in a few different colors. I attached them to a string of pearls and then punched a little hole up in the top corner and tied the pearls on with a bit of hot pink embroidery floss. This card could be used as a baby announcement or card for someone who just had a baby. OR birthday, congratulations....the banners are really useful for several different occasions!I stitched the little ticket on with pink stitching.
This one was inspired by these new Mini Sport Bingo cards. You get "team, cheer, win, score, play, and shoot" in the pack. I immediately thought of a thank you card for a coach.
The background paper (green) is from the Mini Homespun papers and chipboard star and new button are by Jenni also. I've had someone ask me about the letter stamps. They are by EK Success and I bought them here. Added a bit of black stitching.
Taylor's been off from school this week for a winter break, so we've been quite busy...went to the movies (Tooth Fairy - pretty cute), the mall, played lots of board games, cards, Wii, had play dates, went out to eat, etc. And we had some new snow yesterday! Trying to keep them busy...and it's exhausting! :)

Well, that's about it here. Have a good weekend!


Sunday, February 14, 2010

Slice of life...

Happy Valentine's Day! Hope you are enjoying your day.

I remembered that I hadn't shared this whole mini album with you yet, and thought I'd pop in really quick and post it. I created this for the CHA show for the Pink Paislee booth. The album is one of the new canvas albums and I used the Bayberry Cottage line of papers, borderline stickers, flip notes, etc!

I called it "Slice of life" and used tall skinny photos to represent "slice". Love printing out my photos at home because I can crop and make them any size I choose with Photoshop!

I found photos of Kati doing different things, and I was thinking to myself...what is really important in life? I came up with 5, see, learn, love, and be. I think when you are a child, you embrace all of these things!
I first painted all the chipboard pages with acrylic paint, making it look shabby by not painting every little bit. Then added a borderline sticker, pleated ribbon, Artisan tape and some rub ons.
I did end up covering the inside and back covers with patterned paper before I sent it off to the show, but didn't have time to take all new photos. I think the mini albums come finished off though, and this was just an early sample for us to create with.
What do you think of the ribbon flower on the cover? I have been making these myself with grosgrain ribbon and having fun with them....just love them so much. I have started selling them, 10 flowers for $8 plus $2 for shipping. Please e-mail me if you are interested: I also have red, gray, pink, pumpkin and dark brown. Since they are handmade, they are all slightly different, but are approximately 2" across in size.
Thanks for stopping in today!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Unconditional love...

On the 10th of each month, you can view that month's creations over at the Jenni Bowlin Mercantile gallery! The creations for February are up by the design team, and it's amazing to see how everyone's pages are so different! I love their ideas.

I managed to get one more page done with the kit yesterday. I love seeing Taylor becoming closer with our cat, Casey. She typically doesn't like younger kids, so now that Taylor is getting older, they are getting a lot closer! Loving a pet is something I think every child should experience!

The kit contains Core'dinations cardstock, Studio Calico papers and alphas and some Pink Paislee papers, and lots more. I created a ruffle with the Pink Paislee paper by first punching one side with a scalloped punch and then folding the strip every 2 scallops or so. I temporarily adhered it to the page and then stitched over it with a straight stitch with my machine. After it's sewn on, you can fold up and tear the bottom of the ruffle for extra dimension.

For the journaling, I wanted to try something fun. I added the labels and then ran the background through my printer. It didn't turn out exactly how I thought it would, but it was fun to try!

Here is the link to the February kits. Enjoy your day!


Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Roses are red, violets are blue...

Just a couple of Valentine cards that I worked on for Melissa Frances. The card bases are by Worldwin, everything else is Melissa Frances.

1. On the first one I added white acrylic paint to the card and let dry before adding the rub on sentiment, so it would show up better, and added a frame stamp under the chipboard heart.

Supplies: Eleanor paper (green), Ella paper (white floral), Pop Out Glitter Hearts, Holidays Transfer (rub on saying), Framework stamps. Other: card base-Worldwin, white paint, buttons, StazOn ink in black.

2. On the Home card, I added a frame stamp for the little door and a resin keyhole. I think this card base was meant to be a tag card, but I couldn't help but see a house when I looked at it.

Eleanor paper (green), Fresh Twist die cuts, Garden Party Applique Set (resin), Framework Stamps, Hamptstead White Keyhole resin. Other: Worldwin card base, black StazOn ink, machine stitching.

3. The last card is another tag card, but this time I used some of the Melissa Frances border stamps to create a tic, tac, toe board and added buttons and a rub on saying to complete it. Super quick and easy!

Supplies: Border stamps, chipboard (x's), Baby Girl Transfers by Melissa Frances. Other: buttons, black Stazon ink, lace ribbon.

Stop over to the Melissa Frances blog to see more photos and some awesome projects. You won't want to miss one coming up by Linda Albrecht. She knocks my socks off every time!!


Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Me at 38...

It's not all that often that I scrapbook about myself, because well....sometimes I feel that I'm not all that interesting! lol But when I was thinking of a theme to do for this mini album for Pink Paislee, I decided to "map" out my life and divide it into 5 categories:

1. Growing up
2. College
3. Getting married
4. Raising children
5. Now

To me, scrapbooking has always been more of a creative outlet. I feel like I NEED to create to be happy! But I don't want to always make things JUST to create. I really want to preserve memories too and tell our stories! I thought this little mini album would be a nice keepsake for my girls. I would love to have one of these from each of my parents explaining how they grew up and experiences they remember. (That's another project - maybe in the near future!)

This was a mini album that I did for the CHA show for Pink Paislee using their new 365 line! I loooooove the colors in this line! It will be shipping early March, so tell your local scrapbook store owners to pre-order it now.

On the front cover, we have the cork buttons, pleated ribbons, die cuts and weathered wood chipboard. Love how it's already distressed. The album is a new Artisan album - I added the red rub ons to the cover, but you can paint or do whatever to the canvas that you'd like.When I first started, I was going to add lots of photos, but the journaling sort of took over and I realized I had more to tell about than I had thought. Inside cover:
1. Growing up...At the top of all the pages, I used the borderline stickers to give it a good flow throughout all of the pages. These are just some random things I remember when I was little.
A funny picture of me, no laughing now! Ok, I laughed when I saw this, so I guess you can too. :)
2. College and some experiences during that time...
3. we met and the events that happened during that time...
4. Raising children...
5. Where I'm at in my life now...
Back inside these cork buttons, they are so neat.
I was glad to have done this assignment and think we should all scrapbook our stories for our children! I may even add more pages to go into a little more depth. This album is on a 3 ring binder, so you can definitely add more pages. I wish I had known more about my grandparents and had them write out their stories for us.