Friday, October 29, 2010

Crate + JB = love!

Would you like to win a Jenni Bowlin kit? Pop over to the Crate Paper blog for your chance to win! They are featuring a few of our projects that we made with the Oct. kit, which had some gorgeous Crate Paper - Restoration in it. I am so in love with this line!!

I am working with the next JB kit right now, and made 3 layouts with it last night. I know I say this every month, but this next kit is gorgeous too!! I will give you a little's raining here today, so it's not the best picture, but you get the idea at how beautiful the kit(s) are!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

I picked a winner! (of the class...hee)

Evelin said...
I love your projects! I'm so glad I found your blog through Shimelle's! :) and Thanks for a chance at the giveaway! :) I'll be back here often! :) October 21, 2010 9:22 PM

Congratulations! Can't wait to see you there, Evelin! Thanks to everyone for stopping by.

Yesterday was another "Take 5 Friday" on the Pink Paislee blog, which means I was challenged to use 5 Pink Paislee products in my design. This month we are working with the Hocus Pocus line, but instead of using the papers for a Halloween project, I used them on a couple of Christmas cards! The greens, blues and purples in this line are lovely colors that can be used for Christmas/winter projects as well, not just Halloween!

On the JOY card, I used the Hocus Pocus – Hocus Pocus paper (blue), Hocus Pocus – Spider’s Lair paper (brown), Sweetness – Love Letters paper (background), Hocus Pocus – Good Fortune paper (snowflake) and the cardstock sticker letters from the Hocus Pocus Collection Craft Kit. I punched a snowflake out of the blue paper to let the background paper show through. For the dimensional snowflake, I punched 2 snowflakes and layered them together, then added some glitter over the top and a button from my stash.
The Merry card is just white cardstock that I punched some snowflakes out of. This was REALLY quick and easy. If I had to make a stack of cards for the holidays, this would be a technique I could do for a quick design! I adhered sticker letters to spell “Merry”, some glitter, ribbon and another dimensional snowflake.
The twine is from Studio Calico and the glitter is called Diamond Dust (from AC Moore). I used wet glue and applied it with my finger in several places, then poured the glitter over the top. The snowflake punch is Martha Stewarts' Himalayan Snowflake that I got here. The little vines would be cute on a card as well, those are here. I hope this inspires you to get crafty with your papers that aren't necessarily for Christmas!

Friday, October 22, 2010

a journaling class sneak!

The giveaway for Shimelle's journaling class is still open.
See the post below to enter! 
Just popping back in to show you a sneak of my layout for the class. :)  I had a lot of fun with this. Oh, how I love layout challenges. I always create my most favorite layouts when I'm given a SPECIFIC challenge! I hope you'll sign up for this class.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

True Stories, an on-line journaling class...

Do you struggle with journaling, telling your stories, and creating meaningful layouts?

The sweet Shimelle Laine has an awesome new class beginning on Oct. 25th called TRUE STORIES that will cover 15 different ways to approach your stories, give you prompts and some amazing inspiration with 15 guest bloggers as well! Stop over to read more about this class! She has graciously asked me to make an appearance in her class as well!

I have one spot in her class to give away - please leave me a note if you'd like to be entered! I'll choose a winner randomly by Sat. Oct. 23rd!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

He's making a list....

...and checking it twice! This little Vintage Santa Button by Jenni Bowlin inspired me to make a little notebook to keep in my purse for the holidays to remind me of what I need to do/buy/etc!
I know Halloween isn't over yet, but it's nearing the time for me to start thinking about Christmas, presents and all that goes with it! I decided to turn one of the little JB mini albums into a notebook. I made a section for each of my daughters (marked by tabs/tickets) where I am going to have them write in what they would like for Christmas! I can then keep this with me to refer to it when needed. When the holidays are over, I will add photos of them opening their gifts, and voila! I have a mini album complete from the start of the holiday to the end. I love that I'll have their handwritten wish lists in here to keep forever.
I love the Family Tree line for the holidays with it's reds and greens. I covered the front of the album with the yellow mini paper from the Family Tree mini paper pack. To get a star punched out of it, I had to trim off the corner of the paper and slide my star punch in. It was the perfect size punch to match the star already in the mini album! Then I added a red star banner sticker and pearl down inside on the first page.

A Silver Receipt rub on was added to the front cover and Black Ledger Sticker Alphas, along with a few more strips of paper. On the inside, I covered a chipboard star with a green 12" x 12" piece of Family Tree paper and punched a hole to attach it inside the book. To finish, I tied a ribbon around the rings and added a new Vintage Christmas button and pin. Thanks for the inspiration, Santa!

Oh, one other thing for me today...I am completely humbled to have been asked by Cath from Paper Crafts Magazine to answer a few questions for her Moxie Fab blog on my thoughts about trends and where I find them. You can read it HERE! And there is a prize to win, so I hope you'll stop over. :)

Monday, October 18, 2010

simon says "stamp"!

This week over at Glue Arts, we received some HERO ARTS stamps to play with! I loved them, especially the sayings: Big Hugs 4x6 set.

I made a layout which all began with this big chipboard heart by Cosmo Cricket (from their Blackboard mini album). Then I added other bits and pieces from my stash. It felt really good to use up some of my older stuff. I haven't taken many pictures of my girls lately, so the other night when they were sitting together in the chair, I quick grabbed my camera! They were holding hands (in the first pic), so cute. I love that they are getting so close! I am going to add lots of journaling on the back. New photos always inspire me!
Then I made some stamped vellum pockets! I love the look of glassine envelopes, so I tried to make my own out of vellum. I cut an 8 1/2" x 11" sheet of vellum in half and made 2 pockets from one sheet.

I can't wait to play with these stamps more. As a card maker, I always love new sayings to add to my cards, so I was delighted to get these. Thank you, Hero Arts! You can view the directions and supply lists for these on the Glue Arts blog today...and leave a comment over there to win some stamps and adhesive!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Another sneak peek...

I just wanted to stop in and share another little peek to my snowflake class. You will get all of the photos, supplies and directions to create TWO fabulous, different snowflakes made out of wooden spools! Here is a peek at one of them. I modified it slightly from the original one I made, but I actually think it turned out cuter than the first one. Originally I used floral foam for the center, but the hot glue didn't want to stick to the foam, so this is a much better solution. (AND I had a chance to add in some yummy new Melissa Frances tinsel, pearls and resin!) They are both made with Melissa Frances' new Home for the Holidays line.

Some people have e-mailed me about buying a kit, and yes, we ARE selling these on-line as well, if you aren't able to make it to the class in Massachusetts Nov. 20th. Visit Right at Home Scrapbooking HERE (scroll down to snowflake kit) and upon checking out, please indicate that you want your kit shipped. I am also doing the mini album class and the layout class that I blogged about HERE. Thanks so much!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

boo to you!

First thing is first, I need to announce a winner for the Scrapbooking Boys e-book by Ella!

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Congratulations to Gina! Please email me at, and I will send you the coupon code for your free e-book!

I have another Halloween project to share with you today using Echo Park's Happy Halloween line and Glue Arts Adhesives. It's called "Boo to You!" and it's a little home decor item. You could add some photos to this type of project too if you wish! Maybe even turn it into a little mini album to display for the holiday?

I had this scalloped chipboard in my stash, it's called Scallop Accordian Album by Maya Road. It was already on these rings, but if you don't have one of these, you could certainly make your own by punching holes in your chipboard and adding jump rings. I added some paint lightly, leaving some of the chipboard showing through for a weathered look.

The big chipboard letters are from the Cosmo Cricket "Buck Naked" set, which I sprayed with Graphite Glimmer Mist by Tattered Angels for a silver look. I added papers and stickers from the Echo Park line and a resin key hole and pearls by Melissa Frances. The key hole reminded me of trick-or-treaters coming to knock on your door!
Added another sticker from the Halloween sticker sheet and a smaller chipboard button.....
The sticker letters on the last page are also from the Echo Park Happy Halloween line. They had a white outline around them, so they ended up looking nice against the white background.
To get the full directions, please visit the Glue Arts blog today! They also have lots of giveaways, so make sure to bookmark their blog and stop back often! The new team has been hard at work with a ton of fun Halloween projects this month! Sorry for the photos, it's getting grayer here as winter gets closer, so I'm not getting very good sunlight anymore. Stinks for photographing! Anyway, you get the gist of the project. :) Thanks for reading. xo

Monday, October 11, 2010

Much thanks...

to my blog readers for all your sweet comments and notes. I appreciate it so much! I received many emails about my 3 classes in the post below. If you are interested in buying one of the kits on-line and can't make it to the class, please visit this link at Right at Home Scrapbooking and scroll down to the kit you are interested in. Then when you check out, you'll add that you want your kit shipped. (Let me know if you have any questions. My e-mail is

Next, I have one more thing to share that I made with the October Jenni Bowlin kits, packed with some yummy Crate - Restoration along with some exclusive items that Jenni made just for the kit. I layered some stickers for a colorful look.
I found these little clothespins at the craft store - they are neat to add to cards to hold punched hearts or what not.

To thank you for being such great blog friends, I would like to give away a copy of Ella Publishing's new e-book called Scrapbooking for Boys.

"Got boys? Whether you're raising one little dude or several, this guidebook is here to help you make sure you capture all the details of who they are. Take a peek into their pockets. Have them take a quiz to reveal their hopes and dreams. Showcase their greatest creations inventions. Share their penchant for damage and destruction. From "things that go" to "games and sports," this guidebook truly has it all!

We invited five moms of boys (and only boys) to brainstorm a list of 20 essential “dude” topics and create incredible layout examples for each. They offered up their best ideas for making their sons' layouts meaningful, authentic, unique, and, well, masculine. And with 15 boys, ranging in age from 3 to 19, these women know a thing or two about muddy boots, grass stains, dump trucks, and video games."

You can find this e-book in my sidebar; there is also a Scrapbooking for Girls version as well!
I will choose a random winner for the boy e-book on Wed. October 13th.
Good luck!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

trick or treat, be so sweet...

...give me something good to eat! Today is Sketch Sunday over at the Pink Paislee blog and we were assigned to use the new Hocus Pocus line this month. I found these kraft cards and envelopes in my stash by Worldwin (they are called Crafty Creations) and thought I could stuff them with treats and make little treat pockets out of them! I used some card sketches to go by when creating my pockets. You can see the sketches over at the Pink Paislee blog.
The boo pocket was created with a kraft envelope turned sideways. I sprinkled a bit of white paint on it, added a felt DooDad and some stickers, filled with treats and tied closed with twine!
Next is the "Creepy" pocket… I used a kraft card by Worldwin and just sewed the left and right edges closed to create the pocket. Here I’ve added a canvas border, another felt Doodad and some stickers, all from the Hocus Pocus line. One trick to the canvas can peel off the stickiness from the back of them and then rough up the edges for a shabby look! I love the look of the strings hanging off.
Last is the "Spider" pocket. I used a kraft envelope here with a Metal Badge and tied twine around the badge to hold it closed after filling it with treats! The top is covered with black cardstock sprinkled with white paint, a canvas border and a star sticker border, again all from the Hocus Pocus line.
You can make a bunch of these very inexpensively just by using envelopes and card bases as the pockets! If you don't celebrate Halloween, you could definitely make these for other occasions as well. Thanks for reading today!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Three holiday classes coming soon...

I have been hard at work...busy, busy creating 3 fun classes for my next visit to Right at Home Scrapbooking in North Attleboro, Massachusetts! They have invited me to come and teach Nov. 19th and 20th, and since it's nearing the holidays, all 3 of my classes are holiday related.
The first is a jam-packed mini album made with the Holly Jolly line by My Mind's Eye, full of texture including felt, chipboard, acrylic, pockets, canvas pages and more. We'll explore many different techniques and create beautiful details and little treasures to find with every turn of the page! No need to bring your photos, you can add them in after the class if you wish. This mini book will hold a ton of photos, special trinkets and all your holiday memories.
My layout class uses the new Lost and Found - Union Square Line by My Mind's Eye that I think you will fall in love with! I've created 3 layouts focusing on some creative techniques using punches, one of my favorite things to work with right now in scrapbooking.

And last but not least, for the third class, we will be creating two different beautiful, 9-10" wooden snowflakes creatively assembled with wooden spools and scrapbooking supplies. These make a beautiful home decor pair or a unique gift for the holidays.  In your kit, you'll receive the new Home for the Holidays line of papers, holiday stickers and resin flourishes by Melissa Frances (along with the spools and other supplies needed to create 2 different snowflakes). Here is a little peek:
More information on pricing and reservations can be found here on the Right At Home Scrapbooking website. The page to sign up for these classes is HERE (scroll down). I hope to see you there! If you can't make it to the classes, you can still purchase the kits. Upon checkout, please indicate you would like your kit shipped. We will provide you with a link to a private blog with directions and photos to complete the projects. If you are outside of the U.S., please contact Right at Home for shipping prices.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

gone haunting...

Speaking of Halloween, I have a couple more cards to share with you. I was so excited when I received an email from Nora Griffin asking me to share some cards with them over at Cartwheels in My Mind! I met Nora when I went to the Reflections retreat in California and she was super sweet! Not to mention a talented card maker, sharing her abilities at the carnival we had one night for the attendees. Her make-n-take table was full!

The first card was made with 2 little Jenni Bowlin die cut papers. I sewed them together at the side to create a card base. The feltie is called a "DooDad" (cute name!) and is from the Hocus Pocus line by Pink Paislee. I love the look of vellum these days, so I created my own sentiment, using black and gray text and mixing up the fonts. Keisha Campbell really inspires me with the way she uses vellum! I think vellum is quickly making a come-back in popularity because of her! I hope you didn't throw out all your vellum. :) Glue Arts has a terrific vellum adhesive if you are looking for one.

The next card was also created with Hocus Pocus papers, stickers and a metal badge by Pink Paislee. The polkdot paper reminded me of sprinkles and parties. Taylor's birthday is 2 days after Halloween, so sometimes we do a Halloween themed party! She loves it and the kids get to wear their costumes more than just Halloween! I need to get thinking about her party.

I'll be back with more treats (not tricks) to show you tomorrow. :)

lizard's gizzard and eye of newt...

By the title, you may have guessed that I have another Halloween project to share! :) I do!

For the Glue ARTS blog today, my assignment was to use their Car Accents on a project. It's sort of a vinyl material and it sticks to cars, windows, etc. but you can also use it in other ways! It comes in all different colors. I decided to try chalk on the black one, and it worked, so I made a little Halloween menu board. Wouldn't it be fun to display at a Halloween party?
I used an 8 x 10" frame, removed the glass and adhered the Car Accents (in "Blackout") to the cardboard that was in the frame. Then I dressed up the frame with Echo Park's "Happy Halloween" line of stickers and paper. I used colored chalk to write up the "spooky stew" menu. lol

The chalk erases by getting it wet, so you can change it out. I think one of these would be fun to make as a general one too to keep in your kitchen year-round, one that isn't Halloween themed! (Pardon my spelling, I just noticed that I spelled lizard wrong. oops!)

Here is what you need:
An 8" x 10" frame (with a stand in the back)
Car Accents by Glue Arts in Blackout
Glue Glider by Glue Arts
Permament Tac adhesive refill by Glue Arts
Halloween stickers and paper (This is the Happy Halloween line by Echo Park.)
Spider rings/webbing from craft store

1. Remove glass from frame. Cut Car Accents vinyl piece 8 x 10" to fit inside frame. Attach to cardboard backing and put frame back together. Do not put glass back in, because we want to be able to write on the "chalkboard".
2. Cut green web sticker 8" long and adhere to top over vinyl.
3. Cut striped sticker 8" long and adhere to outside of frame.
4. Adhere "Trick or Treat" sticker and spider sticker. Attach web sticker. Cut ring off of spider and adhere to web sticker.
5. Write menu ingredients on Car Accents with piece of chalk (you can use different colors of chalk if you wish).
6. Cut paper for bottom of frame 8" long. Adhere to vinyl. Stand frame up and dress it up with webbing and more spider rings. You can get the vinyl wet to erase the chalk and write a new menu!

Stop over to the Glue Arts blog for a chance to win!

Friday, October 1, 2010

my scissor's keeper...

For my first Glue Arts project, I received some "Tailor Made" materials from Cosmo Cricket and some May Arts ribbon! I loved the scissors on the fabric, so I wanted to make something that had to do with sewing or crafting.

Glue Arts has an amazing tape runner that is actually called, "Fabric Bond". All you do is run it on the back of your material and iron it on. It's awesome! The Glue Gun is interchangeable, so you just pop out your regular adhesive and pop in the fabric cartridge, just like a tape runner!

Anyway....I scoured the internet to try and come up with a fun project and look for any sewing ideas to use with this scissor fabric. When I saw this, I REALLY wanted to make one for myself! They were so adorable! Mine turned out a bit larger, but it was fun to make. Do you like her little striped granny glasses?
And yes, she has to have a bow, because with all these pretty colors, she has to be a girl! lol

I wrapped some May Arts ribbon around my Cutterbee scissors and left a long trail of ribbon, the reason being that my desk is always a mess and I am always losing my scissors! I am hoping that now I'll see the LONG ribbon sticking out from my mess somewhere! :)
Please stop by the Glue ARTS blog to see the step-by-step directions and patterns to make one of these!