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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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The Shabby Tea Room - Week 55 Challenge - Flowers

Hello everyone!

Here is my entry for The Shabby Tea Room, Week 55 challenge - Flowers. 

Inspiration Photo
I used Webster's Pages Ladies and Gents collection to create this card.  I was excited to use my new Just Rite Stamp set, "My Rainbow Set", to create my sentiment.  I stamped the sentiment using pigment ink so I could heat emboss the image.  I die cut the sentiment using my scalloped oval die from Spellbinders.  The flowers are from Prima and Bazzill Basics. 

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Sunday, March 27, 2011

You - Mini Book

Hello everyone!

Today I am happy to share with you a mini book featuring Prima's new Botanical collection.  I am having a ball with all of the new CHA releases this week.  I picked up the new Butterfly Garden collection from Pink Paislee which is absolutely stunning.  I can't wait to use it.  I also received my new Webster's Pages and a few other goodies here and there. 

I knew exactly what I wanted to create with this new Prima collection.  A mini book!  I love chunky, over-the-top embellished books. 

The wooden album is made by Kaisercraft.  It was one of the last at my local stamping store.  I originally bought it to make a Valentine's Day book, but as you can see that never happened. Lol!

I painted the book white and sprinkled with white glitter.  I began layering flowers, lace and patterned paper to "chunk" up my cover.  I finished my cover by trimming the patterned paper and chipboard elements with my Pearl Pen in cream and gold. 

 Here is a close up of the cover detail.  I just love my Pearl Pens!

I added lots of fun ribbon and trims to my finished book.  I added chipboard elements, as well as this Melissa Frances key.

This is the first page of my book.  The journaling square was cut from my patterned paper. I did a bit of light masking, then added a butterfly and bling.  I wanted these elements to be seen through the open areas of the cover.  I especially like being able to see the butterfly's wings when the book is closed.

I absolutely love pages two and three.  Lots of soft detail with ribbon and flowers.  I used a Prima bouquet along with a beautiful large butterly and masking on page two.  On page three, I used a simple chipboard frame and trimmed it with cardboard stickers and a fun heart shaped key from Making Memories.  The cardboard stickers on page three (flowers and green border) are from the Botanical collection. 

Pages four and five are my favorite!  I mixed the old with the new on these pages.  Page four features a journaling square from the collection along with some old favorites.  I used the Lily bouquet as my focal point.  I trimmed the bottom of my journaling square with lace and a Prima flower border.  Page five features a tag which I made using a beautiful stamp and Making Memories metal frame.  The journaling square inside of the frame is from Webster's Pages.  I finished page five with lots of pearl accents I made using my Pearl Pen in Light Blue, Light Green and Yellow.

Patterned Paper:  Prima - Botancial Collection
Inks: Distress Ink - Bundled Sage, Mustard Seed and Scattered Straw; VersaMagic Chalk
 Ink - Tea Leaves
Stamp:  Tim Holtz
Wooden Book:  Kaisercraft
Flowers:  Prima
Pearl Pen (Viva Decor):  Gold, Light Blue, Light Green, Salmon, Yellow
Ribbon & Trim:  Memrie Mare; Craft Supply; Collage Trims; Prima
Embellishments:  Metal Frame - Making Memories; Tags - Stamper's Anonymous; Doily - My Little Yellow Bicycle; Crytals - Prima; Butterflies - Prima; Chipboard - Basic Grey, Tattered Angels; Mask - Prima

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

BINGO! The Shabby Tea Room Weekly Challenge

Hello everyone! 

Today I am pleased to bring you an elegant card designed for The Shabby Tea Room's "BINGO!" challenge.

This was one of the most fun challenges ever!  Using the BINGO! board, you get to choose any three embellishments in a row to create a project.  If you use all the embellishments listed on the card, you will be entered into a special drawing.  

Here is the fun BINGO! board.

I used die cuts, dry embossing and ribbon.  I chose a timeless toile pattern as the base of my card.  I love to use stripes and they look beautiful on this card.  I just received my new Clear Art Stamps - Cupcake Party from Simon Says Stamp.  I used the the butterfly and "hello" sentiment designs from the stamp set to design the card.  The butterfly was stamped on ivory cardstock and inked with Black Soot and Victorian Velvet Distress Ink.
Beaded Circles from Spellbinders is one of my favorite die sets.  After die cutting my shapes, I embossed them using an embossing mat.  I used my Pearl Pen in Lilac to adorn the embossed beaded trim of the circle.  The circle and butterfly were mounted on the card using foam squares.  I finished my design with scrunched seam binding from the Memrie Mare on Etsy.  

Here are the rules for the challenge:

... using the inspiration board as a starting point for your design, please choose any THREE IN A ROW embellishments to create a card or project with this week! For example, you may decide to use brads, buttons and die cuts on your card ... OR you may decide to use buttons, flowers and glitter on your project! Basically, a wild card week!

BONUS ... anyone using all 9 embellishment choices will go into a random drawing for 5 yards of Shabby Vintage Seam Binding from the Simple Treasures Etsy Shop!  Please visit The Shabby Tea Room for more details.

Patterned Paper:  The Paper Studio, Bo Bunny
Stamps:  Clear Art Stamps - Cupcake Party
Die Cuts:  Spellbinders - Beaded Circles, Standard Circles
Inks:  Memento - Tuxedo Black, Distress Ink - Black Soot, Victorian Velvet
Ribbon:  Memrie Mare
Pearl Pen - Viva Decor, Stickles - Frosted Lace

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Scrap That! April Kit Sneak Peek!

I can hardly wait for the full reveal of the April Scrap That! kit.  This sneak peek is full of beautiful bits and pieces from projects created by the talented Scrap That! Design Team. 

Be sure to get the full reveal on the 25th and don’t forget to join the Design Team blogs for a spectacular reveal blog hop and a fabulous prize giveaway

Monday, March 21, 2011

French Door Book

Hello everyone!  As promised, here is a photo of the book I created during a recent book binding class I attended. 

I love to learn new things.  My local stamping store, Angela's Happy Stamper in Reston, VA, has the most amazing bookbinding classes.  I have always wanted to learn this fascinating art form and I finally took the plunge in February of this year. 

For those of you familiar with the coptic stitch, please be easy on me. lol!  This was my first time ever working with this amazing technique.  I don't think I did too badly for a beginner.

Here is a close up of the stitch.  I absolutely love the elegance of the stitch.  We were given plain book board, book cloth and patterned paper for our project. 

Here you can see the book cloth.  It is beautiful!  I plan to use it more on my mini album projects. 

I hope you have enjoyed taking a peek at my newest endeavor.  It was fun and I hope to take more classes in the near future.

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Sunday, March 20, 2011

"My Love" - Prima March Build-A-Page

Hello everyone!

I finally had the chance to use my new Prima products this weekend.  I love the new Botanical collection!  The color palette is amazing!  I used this collection for the March Build-A-Page sketch. 

The sketch is wonderful with lots of fun circles and of course, Prima flowers!

I used my newest Martha Stewart Crafts punch to create an intricate border for the bottom of my page.  I then layered new Prima Ribbon Borders on my punched design.  I painted a Prima felt gate with white acrylic paint. I wanted a bit of a white washed look for the gate.  I applied pearls using a Pearl Pen in cream and salmon. 

I love paper folding techniques and I try to use them as much as possible.  Here I used a fan fold technique to add interest to my page. 

Patterned Paper:  Prima Botanical Collection
Flowers:  Prima (Flowers, Leaves and Blossom Branches - Truffle)
Embellishments:  Prima Felt Gate and Chipboard Letters
Tools:  Martha Stewart Crafts punch - Garden Gate
Ink:  Distress Ink - Aged Mahogany and Fired Brick
Pearls:  Pearl Pen - Cream and Salmon

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Friday, March 18, 2011

Amazing - Graphic 45's Le Cirque Collection

Days gone by...this is what came to mind when I first saw the Le Cirque collection from Graphic 45.  One of my fondest childhood memories was our annual trip to the circus.  I remember vividly the excitement I felt when I saw the commercials announcing that tickets were on sale.  As soon as we got close to the Armory you could see all of the balloons and vendors selling the most amazing trinkets.  My mom would probably call it junk...but I loved it!

I used "Le Cirque" for my background.  I absolutely love this paper and it is one of my favorites from the collection.  It's got "fun" written all over it!  I used a craft knife to remove the center design in order to create a fun frame for my photo.

I placed my frame on "Extravaganza" which provided just the right contrast for my frame. 

Next, I fussy cut flowers from "Bohemian Floral."  This paper is a virtual playground for those of us who love to create custom embellishments using patterned paper.

Here's a look at the fussy cut flowers placed on the layout.  I also used them as flower centers.

I adore these Le Cirque Tags!  I used the three flowers from this sheet and placed them along the top, right edge of my photo. 

One of the things I love about Graphic 45 is the coordinating border sheet that they create for each collection. 

I used two of the borders along the bottom of my photo.  I matted the star border on the blue floral border.  I love the way this turned out.  Oh look...there are more fussy cut flowers. lol!

Finally, it was time to create my title.  Have you ever seen a more perfect sheet of ready made titles?  Well, this is only one of the many ways you can use the versatile "Magnifique." 

I used "Amazing" for my title. I cut the title out using my scallop edge scissors.

Patterned Paper:  Graphic 45
Inks:  Distress Ink - Fired Brick
Button and Twine:  Webster's Pages
Flourish:  Pink Paislee
Flowers:  Prima

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Happy Birthday! The Shabby Tea Room Turns 1!

I am happy to congratulate Debbie Marcinkiewicz, creator of this inspirational site, as The Shabby Tea Room celebrates its first birthday. The Tea Room features a weekly challenge where you are provided with an inspirational photo and theme. Be sure to stop by and take a look. I am sure you will be inspired.

Here is this week’s inspiration photo and theme “Party Time”:

You are asked to design a CARD, BANNER and/or GIFT with a BIRTHDAY OR CELEBRATION THEME! (You need not use the colors in the inspiration photo.)

I used the February Scrap That! kit to create this birthday card. I love the color combination of pink and yellow and thought it was the perfect palette for this design.

I created my card base using pink cardstock then I distressed and inked the edges. You can’t be shabby without distressing! Lol. I used the yellow striped patterned paper from the kit as my base layer. The kit included cards and I loved the pink with the scalloped design.

I used my Sizzix Birthday Cake die to create the focal point of the card. This is quite possibly my favorite Sizzix die.  I used “From the Heart” and a banner stamp from Tattered Angels. I used Colorbox pigment ink in Rosebud then I embossed with clear embossing powder.  To finish my design, I applied pearls using my Pearl Pen by Viva D├ęcor in Ice White.

Happy Birthday and many, many more!

Scrap That! February Kit
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics
Pearl Pen – Ice White
Inks: Distress Ink – Victorian Velvet, Colorbox Pigment Ink – Rosebud
Embossing Powder: Ranger - Embossing Antiquities Frosted Crystal
Stamps: Tattered Angels
Stickles:  Lemon Ice
Die Cut: Sizzix - Birthday Cake

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Monday, March 14, 2011

"Bloom" - Scrap That! February Kit and Creative Scrappers

Hello everyone! 

I am so excited to use my first Scrap That! kit along with a beautiful sketch from Creative Scrappers. 

The sketch this week was designed by Amarilys Doria.  I was instantly drawn to this gorgeous sketch and couldn't wait to use it! 

The Scrap That! February kit included the most beautiful vintage inspired embellishments.  This card was my absolute favorite so I decided to use it right beside my photo.  I used my pearl pen in Salmon to add a few fun accents to the crown.

I used an extreme amount of liquid pearls on this layout.  The pearl pen is a wonderful tool and I plan to get them in every color!  I find the pearl pens much easier to work with than liquid pearls.  It may be the longer bottle which allows me to have better control. 

Scrap That! February Kit
Liquid Pearls - Baby Blue
Pearl Pen - Salmon
Alphabet - My Mind's Eye - Lush Collection
Punch - Martha Stewart Crafts - Vintage Floral
Jumbo Circle Cutting System - Creative Memories

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