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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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Window to My Heart - Webster's Pages Digital

Hello everyone! 

I can hardly believe we are about to begin a new week!  I have finally finished up all of my submission deadlines and now it is time to play! lol.

I love, love, love digital paper collections.  Not only can you use them for digital layouts, but you can also print the elements to create beautiful embellishments for traditional pages.

Today I used "Window to My Heart' by Lori Davison and "Country Estate" from Webster's Pages.  I love both of these beautiful digital collections.  "Window to My Heart" contains some of the most gorgeous embellishments I have ever seen!  The frame of my page as well as the gorgeous framing around the photo comes from this versatile collection.  My favorite element, cupid, also comes from this collection.  The stitching detail is from the "Essence of Spring" digital collection.

My fairy digital-mother, Mituse Iwata, gave me exceptional advice on lightening some of my elements.  It really does make a huge difference.  Thanks Mitsue!

Lori Davison - Window to My Heart

Webster's Pages - Country Estate Digital Papers

Webster's Pages - Country Estate Digital Motifs

Additional Digital Package:  Essence of Spring
Photo Credit:  Michael Clark Photographers, Baltimore, MD

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Do You See What I See - Webster's Pages Hybrid

Hello everyone!

The versatility of the Spring Market collection is amazing. I have done three layouts and they all look totally different. I did the serious “What Beauty Is” layout and the cute “Splash” layout. Now it's time for a little fun with the boys in “Do You See What I See?”

I used the collections’ beautiful vellum overlay and mounted it on white cardstock. I cut a strip from my striped patterned paper and adhered it slightly to the left of the center of the page. I used a scrap piece of paper from another Webster's collection and punched the edges using my Martha Stewart Crafts punch. I ripped a couple of the loops for added interest.

I used digital motifs from the collection to adorn the lower right side of my photo. I just wanted a little extra something and the digi motifs allowed me to customize the size of my embellishments.

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

We're Coming Mom! - Webster's Digital

Happy Tuesday everyone!

This is a short post today as I bring you another digital layout featuring Webster's Pages digital collections.  I love this photo of my friend's twins playing at the local apple orchard.  Ahh, to be young again! lol.

The background is taken from the Country Estate collection.  I loved the beautiful color and thought it was perfect for this boy page. 

The floral arrangement in the bottom left corner is from the Spring Market collection.  The bird and butterflies are from one of my favorite collections, Nature's Storybook.  I added bubbles, a beautiful vine, decorative string and a word circle frame to finish my page.

Websters Pages:  Country Estate, Nature's Storybook, Spring Market
Pink Lotty:  Key to My Heart
Essence of Spring:  String, Word Circle Frame
Secret Garden:  Bubbles
Font:  CK Newsprint

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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Grow Old With Me - Webster's Digital

Good Sunday everyone!

It has been an extremely busy week for me.  I had two terrific pieces of news.  I have been selected to be a guest designer for Scrap That! Kit Club and The Shabby Tea Room.  I am over the top excited and honored to be designing for these two great sites.  I also attended a French Door Book Class which introduced me to coptic stitch book binding.  I will share the project I made once I put the finishing touches on the front of my book.

I thought I would put together a quick and easy digital page today.  I used the Country Estate and Ladies and Gents digital collections from Webster's Pages to create this digital layout titled "Grow Old With Me." 

The beautiful fan and greenery at the bottom corner of my page are from the Pink Lotty - Key to My Heart digital collection

This digital collection has the most beautiful designs.  I found out about this wonderful collection from Webster's DT member Mitsue Iwata.  Mitsue uses the most gorgeous digital designs on her pages.  Please be sure to stop by and take a look at her gorgeous creations.

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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Graphic 45 Springtime Birdhouse

I am a bird lover to my core.  I have three beautiful birds and I adore them.  I have wanted to do a birdhouse project for months, but I could never seem to find the right design.  Hobby Lobby recently opened in my area so I went to check it out.  Low and behold, there it was!  My birdhouse!!!  I loved everything about it, the shape, size and color scheme. 

I love Graphic 45's "Once Upon a Springtime" collection.  The designs are soft and beautiful.  My favorite design element has to be the fairies.  

I wanted to make the back of the house just as special as the front.

This is how the birdhouse looked at the time of purchase.  I love this design!  This tutorial will take you through the steps I used to alter the house.  Since the house is not something that is commonly found, I will not give exact measurements.  But if you just happen to have a Hobby Lobby near you and you happen upon the house, just let me know and I will send you the exact measurements.

I started by taking measurements.  I still had to guesstimate when it came to the angles since they weren't exactly true. 

I cut my design from my patterned paper. 

A perfect fit, after quite a few adjustments. lol.  I cut two 2 1/2" strips of striped patterned paper to place on the lower sides of the front of the house. 

I cut these cute little stamps from my patterned paper.  I used them to place over the strips I added to the sides.

I cut quite a few designs using my patterned paper.  The fairies and bird had elements that needed a little bit of sparkle.  I used Stickles to add the sparkle, then I set them aside to dry.  I did this at the beginning of my project so they would have plenty of time to dry.

Next, I cut paper for the sides and back of the house.  These measurements were pretty easy since there weren't any fancy design elements to cut around.

Here is the front of the house.  Not too bad, but we need more! lol.

I used my Martha Stewart Crafts Vintage Floral punch to create a decorative border for my roof.

I cut them at a 45 degree angle, then trimmed before adhering to the house.

I love the way it turned out.  Here is my dried design element.  I attached it to the house using foam squares.

The flowers were cut from patterned paper and mounted on chipboard.  I mounted on chipboard for extra support to hold my fairy.

I used foam squares to adhere the fairy to the flowers.  I wanted lots of fun layers.

Here is a close up of the roof candy and the fairies.  I used a pearl pen to trim my roof decor and to add interest to the flourish around the opening.  I also added one of my favorite fairies just above the opening to the house. 

I used a file to smooth my circle.

I loved this little fairy listening to the frog plead his case. lol.  I cut them out and placed them on the back of the house.  I used beautiful rose ribbon to trim around the bottom of the house.  I really like the softness that was achieved.  Who wouldn't want to step onto this when leaving the house?

Patterned Paper:  Graphic 45 - "Once Upon a Springtime" 8x8 Pad , 12x12 Papers
Ink:  VersaMark Chalk Ink - Tea Leaves
Crystals:  Kaisercraft
Fabric Trim:  May Arts
Tools:  File Set - Basic Grey; Paper Trimmer - Fiskars; Martha Stewart Crafts Punch - Vintage Floral
Adhesives:  Tombo - Mono Liquid Glue, Scor-Tape
Pearl Pen - Viva (Ice White); Stickles - Ranger Ink (Icicle, Lime Green)

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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Scrap That! February Kit - "Love Notes" Contest

Scrap That!, Canda's Best Kit Club, is having a fun and easy contest this month.  We were asked to select a Design Team member's project to write about.  It sounds easy enough right?....not so easy!!!  It was incredibly hard to select just one project to write about because all of the designers are amazing!!!    I finally selected this beautiful layout by Tara Orr titled "Picasso."

I was immediately drawn to the vibrant color combination she used to showcase her beautiful photographs.  Many of you who know me know that I love to layer.  Layer, layer, layer is my motto and this layout is the perfect example of layering done right!  Tara's layering is truly a treat for the eyes.  It seems as if each layer has a surprise behind it in the form of beautifully placed embellishments.

Be sure to visit Scrap That! to see more beautiful projects.  For an extra treat, stop by Tara's blog to see all of her beautiful works of art.

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

I'm Perfectly Shabby!

Hello everyone! I am happy to share with you three projects that I created for The Shabby Tea Room’s 2011 Design Team call which ends on Sunday, February 13th. The Tea Room provides weekly challenges which feature beautiful color palettes to spark your creativity. The theme for the call is “Pretty in {pink} Polka Dot Tea Party.” The inspiration photo is beautiful!  Take a look…..

I love tea! I visit spots such as Teavana just to look at the beautiful tea pots and to smell the aroma of their flavorful collection of loose teas. I used this experience as my inspiration for my first project, a heart shaped gift box.

I loved this heart shaped keepsake box from Maya Road the first time I laid eyes on it!  The beautiful sheer window allows the recipient to get a glimpse of the gift inside.  I can just imagine a collection of gourmet teas and an elegant English tea strainer tucked inside.

I started by covering the lower half of the gift box with beautiful pink music note paper from Making Memories.  I painted the lid white and added black pearls while the paint was still wet.  Once the lid was dry, I trimmed it with ruffled fabric trim from Pink Paislee.  I also trimmed the outer rim with soft pink roping.  Next up, flowers, flowers, flowers!  What would a gift box be without them!  I finished my design with a beautiful swag from Melissa Frances.

Next, I created two thank you cards. I figured someone would surely bring a hostess gift to my tea party. Lol. What better way to thank them than to create special cards of thanks.

The first card is a more elegant take on the theme.  This is the kind of card you send when you receive a beautiful silver tea service!  I kept the design elements simple, yet important.  Layering is an important design element for me.  It makes the most simple design stand out.   I used a Martha Stewart Crafts punch to create the decorative strip in the center of the card.  I topped the strip with a beautiful Melissa Frances design element.  I added two strings of pearls to complete my card.

I love this card!  I used my Sizzix to create the card base.  This die was my first Sizzix purchase.  I have had it forever and it still makes the most beautiful cards.  I fan folded pink patterned paper to create a fan.  I topped the fan with a Prima rose and ribbon.  I also used my Sizzix to create the delicate leaves which frame the fan.  The tea bag stamp is from TPC Studio and the sentiment stamp is from Stampin' Up.  I finished my card design by decorating the scalloped edges of my card base with a white pearl pen. 

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Saturday, February 5, 2011

Love's Gaze

When I first began paper crafting, my biggest influence was, and still is, Anna Griffin. I still gravitate to her collections when I enter my local scrapbook store. I love all of the paper techniques that she uses to turn her pages into pure magic. I have used her pleated paper technique many times.

On Valentine’s Day we can get a little bit cutesy and icky sweet. Well, who doesn’t like that? But today I decided to use Anna’s woven paper technique to create this uber romantic layout titled “Love’s Gaze."

First I chose the two papers I wanted to use as my base. To weave the papers, I left the manufacturers tag at the bottom of my patterned paper. Leaving the tag allows you to keep the paper in place while you weave. I cut 6 vertical lines, every two inches across my paper. Then I cut 6 2” x 12” strips with my coordinating paper. Starting at the bottom, I began to weave my paper in between each one of my slits. I glued my woven papers to a piece of cardstock and trimmed to create a 12” x 12” square.

I created a frame for the page using a stencil from The Crafter’s Workshop. I traced my design in the center of my paper and cut using a craft knife. I inked the edges using Tattered Rose Distress Ink then I mounted the frame to my page using foam squares.

When I use an intricate paper technique I usually go easy on the embellishments. This way there are no distractions from the focal point.

Patterned Paper: Making Memories – Je t’Adore Collection, Bo Bunny – Chiffon Dot
Flowers: Anna Griffin Stickers, Prima
Ink: Distress Ink – Tattered Rose, Black Soot
Pearls and Crystals: Recollections, Kaisercraft
Tools: Stencil – The Crafter’s Workshop, X-acto Knife, Deckle Edge Ruler and Paper Trimmer – Fiskars

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