Color Philosophy Inks

Prima has a brand new ink line called Color Philosophy. The colors are amazing and the selection of colors will keep you in crafting heaven.

My Prima Planner - In the Moment

Here is my "In the Moment" planner all dolled up for January.

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My Prima Planners

Have you gotten your new My Prima Planner? They are absolutely amazing!

Frank Garcia's Memory Hardward

I created a lovely photo album using Prima's Memory Hardware journal. Click the "read more" tab to see the entire album.

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Christine Adolph Stamps

I love to use stamping to add interest and texture to my crafting projects. I will be sharing my latest project using Prima's new Christine Adolph stamps.

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Friday, December 31, 2010

The Last Layout of 2010! Surrender - Basic Grey

Hello everyone!

Here is my last layout for 2010!  Wow, can you believe it is the end of the year already?  I am so glad that many of you enjoyed my top 10 of 2010 yesterday.  I had fun putting it together for you.  I thought I would end the year with a beautiful, romantic layout.  I hope you like it.

I love, love, love this photo.  I am a romantic at heart so this photo spoke directly to me.  Basic Grey really had wonderful collections this year and Curio is one of my favorites. I love when a collection has detailed patterns and designs. This allows me to detail cut them to make custom embellishments. For this design I used the reverse side of the patterned paper because of its fabulous texture.

I started with the red textured side of my paper as the background. Then I adhered the doily on top.  A circle was cut into the yellow textured side of the paper.  I cut the circle off center to allow room for my floral embellishments on the left side of the page. I distressed the circle and inked using Forest Moss Distress Ink.  Then I placed the letters of my title in a circular pattern to match the cut circle.  A small design was stamped around the circle using Tattered Angels Flowering Vine stamps. I also stamped the upper right and lower left corners of the page with Tattered Angels Flowering Vine corner stamp. Then I adhered the yellow paper to the top of my background page.

The floral designs in the collection called out to me. I detail cut several flower designs to frame my photo.
I cut two edge borders and inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink, then placed them below my photo. I selected a chipboard journaling block on the lower left side of the photo then added Prima crystals.

To finish the design, I added Dew Drops from The Robin’s Nest to my circular stamped design.

Supply List
Patterned Paper: Basic Grey – Curio Collection
Embellishments: Chipboard, Basic Grey – Curio Collection; Dew Drops, The Robin’s Nest
Stamps: Tattered Angels – Flowering Vine
Ink: Distress Ink – Vintage Photo, Forest Moss
Photo Credit: Dynamite Imagery
Thanks for joining me today.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

My Top 10 of 2010!

I can’t believe that we are saying goodbye to 2010 already! It has been a terrific year and I can’t wait to see what 2011 has in store for me.

I would like to thank you all for your love and support. You all truly inspire me. Keep leaving those comments! I read each and every one.

I thought I would reflect on my favorite layouts and projects from this year.  Enjoy!

1. Dad – GCD Studios
Me + Dad = LOVE!

2. At Peace – Webster’s Pages
Here I am during a moment of pure calm in Puerto Rico. It was so relaxing to just let go and let my mind be free. Ahh, I can’t wait to go back.

3. So Special – Basic Grey
I loved the Capella collection from Basic Grey this year. The patterns and color palette were stunning and right up my alley. I went all out for this one. I retired this photo of my daughter and thought I would create an uber fancy layout with all the bells and whistles I could fit onto one page.

4. Happy Birthday! - Webster's Pages
I love this card!  I originally made it for someone but I ended up keeping it! 

5. Me – Webster’s Pages
Not many of us take the time to scrap ourselves.

6. Keepsake – GCD Studios
This is my husband’s grandmother as a teenager. She is now 97! I based this layout off of a sketch I created. Martha Stewart punches became one of my top five tools of 2010.

7. Beautiful – Tim Holtz
Okay, do I have to say anything? Tim Holtz created one of the most wonderful vintage inspired collections with Lost and Found. The deep, rich color palette blew me away. I took the pinks from the collection to create this feminine layout.

 8. Yummy – Imaginesce
Crisp and clean! My friend Cindy graciously allows me to use her beautiful children as the subject of my layouts. In return, she gets to keep the finished product. She is a scrapbooker herself, but with twins and a 1 year old, her time is not her own. Cindy, thank you so much!

9. Spiderella – The Girls’ Paperie
Being on the Scrapbooks Plus design team challenged me to create a two page layout each month. Soon, they became my favorite! This one was really fun and The Girls’ Paperie Toil and Trouble collection was perfect for my photos.

10. Remember – Webster’s Pages
This was done for a challenge over at Webster’s Pages. Never could I have imagined the way this layout came to life. This photo is precious since it is the only photo of my aunt as a baby. My aunt is no longer here but is always in my heart. This layout is proudly displayed in my craft room on my wall.

Thanks for joining me today.

Monday, December 27, 2010

"Imagine" - Webster's Pages Digital Challenge

This is my entry for the Webster's Pages December Digital Challenge!  I enjoyed this challenge because it motivated me to start creating digital pages again.  I love the softness of the page and little Emily is just the perfect subject!

I used the Magical Wishes and Postcards from Paris digital paper collections.  I also used the Nature's Storybook digital motifs collection to add the beautiful butterflies. 

The December Digital Challenge rules are simple.  Create a digital or hybrid layout, card or project! That's it!  The projects are due by 12am PST, December 31st so you still have time to enter.  You can go to this link for more details.

Thanks for joining me today.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Sweet Baby Frame Tutorial

 It's funny how you start creating one thing and somewhere in the process it turns into something altogether different. That is what happened with this project. This was initally a framed mirror. As I was designing, I wasn't thrilled with the appearance of the mirror. It seemed to be missing something. All of a sudden, I remember having this amazing photo of my coworkers little girl. I love this photo and decided to use it as my focal point.

I bought a framed mirror from Michael's craft store.  I measured the frame, cut my patterned paper and glued using YES paste.  This is one of my favorite adhesives for gluing paper to wood.  I like it because it does not cause my paper to wrinkle.

 Next, I turned my frame over to cut my opening.

 Here is the front of the frame once the inside has been cut.

 I cut my tower of toys using a craft knife.  These days I don't leave home without this valuable tool.

 Here is the result once the design has been cut.

 Next, I adhered scor-tape around the inside of the frame.  Scor-tape is a must have in my craft arsenal. 

 I used the Fiskars Threading Water punch to create a beautiful edge for the inside of the frame.

Once I was done with the punching, I placed the cardboard insert from the frame on top of the piece to create the insdie decorative frame.  This way I didn't have to meaure before cutting. 

 Using my craft knife, I cut around the cardboard.

 I placed the decorative trim around the inside of the frame opening.

 Next I glued trim to the inside of the opening.  This will give my photo a soft, beautiful edge.

 Next I cut a design for the bottom of the frame.

 I know you must be saying, "why didn't she paint it first?"  Well, I actually wanted small streaks of paint to get on the outter edges of the frame.  I find that this creates a soft beautiful edge.  I used Manila acrylic paint from Making Memories.

 Here is the finished edge after painting. 

I have started to buy white flowers so I can customize the color to my projects.  I often use Copic markers to airbrush color but here I used Glimmer Mist in Patina.

Using foam squares, I adhered the tower of toys to the left side of the frame.  I added my large flower, ribbon from the Memrie Mare and small cottage roses from Prima to complete the look.

I also added the same flower arrangement to the top, right side of my frame.  This gives the frame a nice balanced look.

I hope you liked this Sweet Baby frame tutorial. 

Thanks for joining me today.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

My Joy - Webster's Pages "Waiting for Santa"

The "Waiting for Santa" collection from Webster's Pages is simply amazing.  It is perfect for showcasing this photo of my daughter.  During one of our epic snow storms in January 2010 I asked my daughter to take a photo of herself in her new Christmas coat.  I had no idea she would come back with such a beautiful photo.  It has easily become one of my favorite photos. 

I have always liked the look of pulled back curtains on layouts.  The Renaissance Faire collection from Graphic 45 had the most beautiful curtain graphic and I have always loved it.  I decided to make my own curtain using Double Dot papers from Bo Bunny.  I drew the curtain and adjusted it as I cut.  I trimmed the curtain with beautiful ivory rosette ribbon by Maya Road. 

I love embellishing my pieces with three dimensional elements.  I frequent the "doll house" area of my local crafts stores looking for just the right elements.  I bought fencing about a year ago and I haven't used it as often as I like.  Well today I decided to add it to this project and  I am so pleased with the outcome.  I have surrounded the fencing with breathtaking burgandy crinkled roses from Flora Doodles by Petaloo. 

 ..and what is a layout with Prima goodness?  I added gorgeous chocolate cottage blossoms in between the large roses. 
The title was created using lettering found on "Fa La La" from Webster's.  I can't say it enough but Webster's not only provides you with gorgeous papers, but also beautiful images which I like to use to create custom embellishments.  . 

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Thursday, December 9, 2010


This is actually a scraplift from myself. lol.  I loved the trees I created for layout last Christmas and decided to bring them back this year.  I created the tree design by cutting two triangles using green cardstock.  Then I ran the trees through my Cuttlebug  using the Cuttlebug A2 Embossing Folder-Birds & Swirls.  I chalked the embossed images using while chalk ink.  I added stickles on top of the embossed berries. 

The tree top decoration was created using my Cricut Home Accents cartridge. I have always loved this design and it is still one of my favorites. Layering papers and patterns will give your projects depth and interest.

I punched circles to create this scalloped border.  I used a white opaque pen to add interest to each circle.

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Monday, December 6, 2010

Winter Wish - Webster's Pages

This summer I was a lucky winner during the 2010 Summer CHA preview over at Webster's Pages.  This is my first project using the "Waiting for Santa" paper collection that I won.  One of my favorite things about this collection is the color palette.  I loved the rich colors with the color black added for a stunning contrast.  I had the perfect photo in mind once I saw the color palette. 

I always say that Webster's has "built in" embellishments.  If you are armed with a craft knife these collections offer you a whole new world.  I did quite a bit of fussy cutting, layering and trim work. 

I have to say that my favorite embellishments are the quilled flowers.  I used my Cuttlebug Quilled Daisy Kit to create these beautiful, yet simple flowers.  I will be bringing a tutorial soon.  Stay tuned!

Thanks for joining me today.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Santa - Scrapbooks Plus December DT Kit

What fantastic papers from the Fancy Pants Tradition collection.  The clean crisp palette gives you great versatility for your craft projects. 

I used the ornament transparencies from the collection to accent the ornaments on the patterned paper.  I found that overlapping the two make for a terrific effect.  The title die cuts are from My Mind’s Eye.  I used foam squares to adhere each letter.  The collection also features a variety of journaling blocks and sentiments.  I used a curved design which included journaling space at the bottom.  This will allow baby Sarah’s mom to journaling about her first visit with the man in red!

Thanks for joining me today.