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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Monday, January 31, 2011

"Celebrating our Milestones" Blog Hop Winner!!!

First, I have to thank everyone for joining us in the "Celebrating our Milestones" blog hop.  Yolie, our blog hop coordinator, each designer and all of you have made this event a huge success.  I am thankful to everyone who left comments for me and for those of you who decided to follow along with me duirng my creative journey.

Using, comment #17 was selected.  I would like to congratulate Trisha! 

Trisha wrote:  "This layout is just wonderful. Your best friend is so lucky to have such a beautifully creative best friend. I love your layout. Thanks for sharing and the chance to win. I am a new follower."                

Thank you so much for participating in the Celebrating Our Milestones blog hop.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

"Celebrating Our Milestones" Blog Hop - Day 2

Welcome to Day 2 everyone!  I was so touched by all of the lovely comments that you all left for me.  For all of my regular readers, you may follow this amazing hop by starting at Yolie's site.  Just click here.

Each and every designer has created beautiful projects for you to enjoy.  Be sure to stop by each blog, you may find fun prizes along the way!

I would like to thank Yolie for inviting me to take part in this very special blog hop.  I have enjoyed every minute. 

I would also like to thank each of you who have honored me by leaving a comment, and following me on my blog, by having a giveaway! 
Leave a comment for me today and you will be entered into my drawing for a $25 gift certificate from  This is one of my favorite places to shop and one size fits all! lol.  This post will remain up until Sunday, 1/30/11 at 11:59 EST.  The winner will be announced on Monday, 1/31/11.  Good luck everyone!

The milestone I am celebrating today is the day I married my best friend.  We celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary in June, 2010 and I love him more than ever.  I decided to use our wedding photos, you know, when we were young and still able to stand up without our bones creaking! lol.

I used quite a few techniques today but inking and paper pleating take center stage. 

I used Parisian Anthology resist papers from Pink Paislee as my background.  This collection is a must have because of its versatility.  It allows you to use the ink color of your choice to customize your page.  I used Tattered Rose Distress Ink to coordinate with my patterned paper which is from the Je t'Adore collection from Making Memories.  Using a blending tool, I inked the upper left and lower right sides of the paper which containied the resist design.

Here is my finished page.

The next technique I used was paper pleating.  I used my Scor-Pal to score my 12" paper at the following intervals:

1 1/2"
3 1/2"
4 1/2"
6 1/2"
7 1/2"
9 1/2"
10 1/2"

Fold to create pleats.  You will need to repeat this step if you plan to use the pleating on a 12" x 12" layout.

If you don't have a scoring board, you can use your ruler and bone folder.  This technique is fast and easy and makes a beautiful element for your page.

Next up is the talented Marilyn Rivera. Just click here.

Here is a list of the wonderful ladies participating in the hop today. 








Robin, (You are here)




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Friday, January 28, 2011

"Celebrating Our Milestones" Blog Hop, Day 1

When my husband and I were married, we never really went on a honeymoon.  It's my fault because I was terrified to get on a plane.  I still have problems with flying, but now I am brave enough to try it every now and then.  In 2007, he surprised me with a trip to Puerto Rico.  It was our first vacation in our 17 years of marriage. 

The trip was absolutely magical!  We stayed at a beautiful resort which was right on the ocean.  I will never forget this beautiful experience.

I decided to use Graphic 45's "On the Boardwalk" collection as the backdrop for our photo.  One of the techniques I use time and time again is inking.  I try to ink everything I do because of the definition it adds to my project. 

Another technique I use is detail cutting.  Here, I cut around a mermaid and inked with chalk ink.

Here is the finished product.  I slipped my photo behind the mermaid.  The top half of the mermaid was adhered using foam squares for added dimension.

Foam squares are another must have for me.  They allow you to add beautiful layers to your projects.
I used scallop edge scissors to trim my wave.  I love the look of it! 

Patterned Paper:  Graphic 45, Webster's Pages
Lettering:  Webster's Pages
Ink:  Colorbox
Embellishments:  Bakers Twine - Papertrey Ink, Pearls - Prima
Tools:  Scallop Edge Scissors
Sketch:  Creative Scrappers - Kristine Davidson

You will now be visiting the blog of Marilyn Rivera.  Just click here.

Tomorrow, I will celebrate my wedding day!  Here is a sneak peek for you.

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Saturday, January 22, 2011

So Inspired

Hello everyone!

Thanks so much for stopping by to visit me.  Today I had the urge to stamp something.  I absolutely love stamps.  I found a wonderful stamping store called Angela's Happy Stamper located in Reston, Virginia.  I could stay there for hours.  The staff is knowledgeable and always willing to help you with even the most basic question. 

While I was at the store I ran across the most beautiful paper collection from Kaisercraft called Devonshire.  I immediately knew I wanted to make a card.  The beautiful stamp I used, Butterfly Collage, is from Memory Box.  Isn't it just beautiful? Sigh!!!

I used the front and back of the Guinevere patterned paper.  I stamped the image onto the blue side of the paper and trimmed the entrie image.  Then I stamped the image again onto the yellow side of the paper.  I cut the butterfly image from the yellow paper and placed it on top of the butterfly image on the blue patterned paper.  The leaf is a die cut I created using my Silhouette.  I love their leaf images. 

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Friday, January 21, 2011

Je t'Adore!

Hello everyone!

I am pleased to share with you this layout I created using the Spring Market and Lullaby Lane collections from Webster's Pages.  Lullaby Lane is one of my favorite collections because of it's soft color palette.  I framed my photo with chipboard hearts which I inked with Tattered Rose Distress Ink.

I used an accordian folding technique on the green patterned paper from the Spring Market collection.  See the tips and tricks below.
I cut my paper in half so I had two 6x12 pieces. Then I scored the paper at every 1/2 inch. Then I began folding back and forth like an accordian.  To adhere it to the page, I used my ATG gun and ran lines of adhesive back and forth on my base layer.  Then I positioned the fan folder paper.  I used 3-D foam squares, which are perfect for the 1/2 inch fold, to hold my top layer of patterned paper.  When you do this design, it is best to have things mapped out first. 

I used liquid pearls to accent my embellishments.  I love the new formula, it is beautiful!  The small rosettes are actually the centers of the larger flowers on the layout.  I replaced the centers of the larger flowers with Webster's sparklers as seen below.

This beautiful banner is from the Je t'Adore collection from Making Memories.  I inked the window with VersaMagic chalk ink in Tea Leaves.  To finish off the window I used liquid pearls.

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Laughter is the Best Medicine!

This card is for a very special crafter.  After chatting with her today I wanted to create something special to cheer her up.  The inside reads:  "Always remember that this is just one moment in time.  Keep wowing us with your beautiful gift and never, never give up."

I used a fun technique with a new stamp I purchased. It is a background stamp from Impression Obsession called “Cover a Card.” It is the coolest. I inked my stamp and placed it on my Mega Mount. The Mega Mount is a 6" x 6" slightly curved acrylic block with a handle. It is made to make stamping large stamps easier. I rolled the design on the cardstock and voila! It’s that easy. I am excited about this concept because it will allow me to create custom backgrounds using inks.

1.  Create a 5” x 5” card base using black cardstock.

2.  Trim blue cardstock to 5 ¾” x 5 ¾” then punch floral design around the page. Adhere to card base.

3.  Trim white cardstock to 3 ¾” x 3 ¾”, center on blue cardstock.

4.  Trim white cardstock to 3 ½” x 3 1/2” and stamp image on page. Adhere to the center of the white cardstock using foam squares.

5.  Stamp sentiment on white cardstock, then die cut. Apply chalk while paper is still in the die. Adhere to the center of the card using foam squares.

6.  Apply liquid pearls to the punched design. Allow to dry.

7.  Tie a bow just below the tag.  Attach button using twine.

Cardstock: Bazzill
Stamps: Impression Obsession – Cover a Card – Large Paisley; Fiskars - Laugh with Me
Inks: Memento – Tuxedo Black; Pebbles Chalk
Embellishments: Button and Ribbon – Craft Supply; Liquid Pearls; Twine - Papertrey Ink
Tools: Spellbinders – Fancy Tags; Martha Stewart Crafts – Vintage Floral Punch
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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

What Beauty Is....Webster's Pages

During the CHA previews I was the lucky winner of the Spring Market paper collection. While looking through the papers there was one that reminded me of a trip I took to Mexico. I decided to use that paper for the background of this layout titled “What Beauty Is.” True beauty doesn’t come from a store (you couldn't tell with all the lip gloss I own! lol), wrinkle reducing creams or the finest clothes. I believe that true beauty comes from within.

This photo was taken by my cousin, Crystal Thomas, of a woman selling jewelry in Cabo San Lucas. This is one of my favorite photos. I have saved it since 2009, just waiting for the perfect papers to come along.

Webster’s now has chipboard buttons and twine embellishments! I absolutely love them. I used them on the flowers and on the upper right corner of my photo.  I used Spring Market – Good Living as the background page.

I used a butterfly stencil from The Crafter’s Workshop and airbrushed using Copic markers YG17 and YR04 . I cut a circle using Vellum and inked the edges with Bundled Sage Distress Ink. I stamped around the circle using a beautiful flourish stamp from Tattered Angels Flowering Vine acrylic stamps.

The beautiful rose bloomers and blue fabric trim are also from Webster’s Pages. I used Spring Market - Simple Pleasures to cut the windmill embellishment that appears on the left side of the page. I inked the edges of the windmill using Bundled Sage Distress Ink.

Patterned Papers: Webster’s Pages – Spring Market Collection, Bo Bunny – Double Dot
Stamps: Tattered Angels – Flowering Vine Acrylic Stamps
Bloomers, Buttons, Fabric Trim and Twine: Webster’s Pages
Inks: Distress Ink - Broken China and Bundled Sage
Markers: Copic – YG17 and YR04
Tools: Deckle edge ruler - Fiskars, Spellbinders 12” die, Copic Airbrush System

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Monday, January 17, 2011

Webster's Embellishments Debut - Day 1!

Just when I didn't think it could get any better, Brandin O"Neill revealed the new Pins and Silhouettes collections on the Webster's Pages Blog.

Back for a return engagement are Webster's Silhouettes!  I just used the last I had in my Webster's stash.  I can't wait to add these to my collection.

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Webster's Pages New Collections!

Last week over at InspireMe, we were given sneak peeks of the new Webster's Pages collection.  When I say they are beautiful, I mean they are gorgeous!  Here is a peek from each collection for you.

The first collection we got to see was:

The patterned papers are so fresh!  Just like being at the market in the spring.

I don't think I need to say a thing!  The beauty of the ribbon speaks for itself!  Sigh!!!

This button and twine set is awesome!

Webster's has flowers!!!  This is a dream come true for me.  What is one of my layouts without flowers?

Webster's also has stamps!!!

The second, and my favorite was:

Look at that!  Just gorgeous.

I own three birds and I instantly fell in love with this page.

The third was:

Crisp, clean, beautiful!

The fourth was:

This die cut is to die for!  So lovely and elegant.

I love the color palette of this collection.

Last, but not least, was:
This collection is perfect for all of the fashionistas. 

Love that cute taxi cab.

I hope you have enjoyed this sneak peek of the new collections from Webster's Pages.  I can't wait to buy each and every piece!

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