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, November 30, 2011

November Zva Blog Hop Winners Announced

We'd like to congratulate the FIVE November Zva Blog Hop winners! Their names will be found on the following blogs:

One winner from each of the 5 blogs will receive a Zva prize package worth $30.00.

Congrats winners and thanks for joining us!

Zva Products: Supplies Used: FL-04CA-131 (Graceful Roses - White), CR-04CB-117 (Lovely-Soft Blue Crystal/Pearl), FLBK-03CB-149 (Elegant Rose Buds - Blue), FLBK-03CB-101 (Mini Rose - White)

Cardabilities Sketch #44

Hello everyone,

Let me just say, the card sketch is beautiful this week!  Take a look....

Sketch #44

I used the Blush collection from My Mind's Eye to create my card.  My Mind's Eye always has gorgeous coordinating embellishments and great patterns.  I used ribbon, a flower and a butterfly to add dimension to my card. 

The  gorgeous handmade butterfly is from Kaye's Kreative Korner ETSY -

Patterned Paper:  My Mind's Eye Lost and Found Two- Blush
Layered Chipboard Embellishment:  My Mind's Eye Lost and Found Two - Blush
Card Base: Memory Box - Licorice
Ribbon:  Our Daily Bread
Flower:  Prima
Ink:  Prima/Ingvild Bolme - Branch Bark
Butterfly: Kaye's Kreative Korner
Adhesives:  Helmar's 450 Quick Dry, Scotch ATG 700
Paper Trimmer:  Fiskars
Scissors:  Queen Bee

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Thanks for joining me today.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Zva Creative November DT Blog Hop!

Hello everyone and welcome!

Zva Creative and our talented Design Team welcomes you to join us this November for a blog hop that we feel is always extra special because it is the first hop for many of our new 2011-12 team members! We also thought it would be more fun to add even more chances to win our blog hop prize! See details below.

As you know, Zva offers many beautiful color groupings for pearls, flowers and crystals. We want to make sure that they shine bright for you, so each designer was asked to share a creation using a specific color or color combination on their blog hop project. If you like Zva's products you can find a list stores and online retailers that sell Zva HERE.

If you are one of my regular visitors you can go to the beginning of the blog hop which begins at Windy Robinson's blog.  Windy will have the complete list of all blogs that are participating in case there is a glitch along the way. If you would like to play along, just follow along the blog path.  I am linking to one of the Zva designers and that designer is linking to the next and so on. Be prepared to be inspired along the way!

Hidden on FIVE of the blogs is a Zva Creative prize package! Winners will be randomly chosen after the hop is over, so it's important to leave a comment on as many blogs as you can along the way.

The Blog Hop starts today, November 28th and runs through midnight US Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, November 29th.

The 5 winners will be announced on Wednesday, November 30th on each of the five winning blogs. The full list will be found on Windy Robinson's blog as well. We will do our best to notify each winner, but it's best if you can pop in to all of the blogs once again on Wednesday... plus, you never know what kind of inspirational creation that you may find there.

All you need to do is leave a comment on this Zva Blog Hop do not need to leave a comment on each and every designer's blog post to qualify. However, the more times you leave a comment along the blog hop path though, the more chances you will have to be one of the lucky winners.

To increase your chances of winning:
* Comment to let us know that you posted on your Facebook page about our hop (link to any of the blog hop posts)

* Comment to let us know that you "tweeted" about our hop (link to any of the blog hop posts)

* Comment to let us know that you asked your local store to carry Zva creative products. If they already do, that's fantastic, maybe you can suggest other products that they don't carry.

So you have FOUR chances on each blog to win one of our FIVE prizes! That's a lot of chances to win!

The layout that I'm sharing today uses Zva's Graceful Roses (FL-04CA-133), Dual Flowers (FL-04CA-129), Dual Frosty Flowers (FL-04CA-124), Elegant Rose Buds - Blue, Mini Rose - White and Blooming - White Pearl (CR-04CA-119).  My color focus is blue and ice white which goes beautifully with this photo of my daughter. 

I added just a hint of white paint to my flowers to give them a dreamy look.  I used the pearl flowers from Blooming White Pearls (CR-04CA-119) and cut them to make separate flowers.  This allows me to place pearl flowers throughout my design.

Zva Creative: 
1.5" Graceful Roses - Blue - FL-04CA-133
2.5" Dual Flowers - Blue - FL-04CA-129
3" Dual Frosty Flowers - White - FL-04CA-124
Elegant Rose Buds - Blue - FLBK-03CB-149
Mini Rose - White - FLBK-03CB-101
Blooming - White Pearl - CR-04CA-119

The blog hop begins here: Windy Robinson. Your next stop is here: Lisa Gregory.

P.S. Next month's blog hop will be happening one week early so mark your calendar to join us on Monday, December 19th for another inspiring Zva blog hop!

Thank you SO MUCH for joining us

Christmas Emporium Mini Album

Hello everyone!

I am the "Martha Stewart" of Christmas in my family. My maiden name is actually "Stewart" so I get teased quite a bit.

I made this mini album to display duirng the holiday season and for many years to come. I chose this album because of the unique design of the cover. The open design allows for lots of Graphic 45 goodness to shine through.

The cover of my album features Santa surrounded by flowers and chipboard tags. The album cover has diamond cut outs so I traced the shape on Core'dinations color core cardstock and cut out the diamonds. Once I adhered the black cardstock to the base, I measured each square on the top of the cover. I used "Merry and Bright" to create each of the squares then I adhered them on top of the black cardstock base.

I kept this page clean and simple since you can see it through the cover. I covered the base with the reverse side of "Happy Holidays" and I used the image shown from the front side of "Happy Holidays." I finished the design with a chipboard sentiment and flower accents.

This page showcases my daughter's holiday photo. I used several pieces of chipboard from the Die Cuts 1 & 2 sheets. I trimmed the bottom of the page with black pom pom trim to add a bit of elegance.

I used Core'dinations color core cardstock and Martha Stewart Crafts Vintage Floral punch to frame this gorgeous image from "Happy Holidays." I used puff paint on the fur trim of the image for a gorgeous 3-D effect, then I inked lightly with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink. I added pleated cardstock and crystals to the bottom of page. I made these elements long enough to be seen when the album is closed. I finished off the page with red flowers and ornate flower centers.

Graphic 45 Papers:
Christmas Emporium: Happy Holidays, Merry and Bright, Christmas Emporium, Under the Mistletoe
Graphic 45 Chipboard: Christmas Emporium: Die Cuts 1 & 2
Core'dinations: SigSeries G45 12x12 Asst Pack 30/PKG*
May Arts: Twine
Want2Scrap: Chipboard Flourishs, Pearls
Maya Road: Transparencies
Melissa Frances: Crystal Gems
Prima: Flowers
Ranger Industries: Distress Ink: Black Soot, Fired Brick
Martha Stewart Crafts: Vintage Floral Punch
Provo Craft: Just My Type Embossing Folders
Kaisercraft: Moroccan Album, Gems
Morex Corporation: Ribbon
7 Gypsies: Album Stand

Thanks for joining me today.  Please be sure to leave me a comment to let me know if you have enjoyed your visit today. I love hearing from my all of my visitors.

If you have a question you can contact me directly by clicking the "Contact" link at the top of the page.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Christmas Emporium Card and Sketch!

Hello everyone! 

Join us today on the Graphic 45 blog as we share amazing Christmas card ideas.  This is the card I created using the Graphic 45 Christmas Emporium collection. 

I created the sketch above with this collection in mind. I kept the lines simple and the design allows you to add your own special touches. Be sure to give it a try!  

I used beautiful pearls from Want2Scrap to accent the beautiful golden May Arts ribbon.  I inked a doily by My Little Yellow Bicycle and tucked it behind my focal image.  I finished my design with more May Arts ribbon and a pearl to cover the hole at the top of the chipboard element.

Thanks for joining me today.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Cardabilities Sketch #43

Cardabilities sketch  #43  is an absolute joy!  I used the Kaisercraft Bonjour collection to create this "Thinking of You" card.  Even though we are headed into winter, I couldn't resist the lovely spring time color palette from the collection.

I created a video to share with you with step by step instructions. 


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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Hero Arts Exclusive Collection - Little Black Dress

So, I'm working on a project for my local scrapbook store and I just happen to see a gorgeous stamp set.  I doubled back to take a closer look.  The flowers and design drew me in and I ran to the counter with it in hand.  It was the last set and rightly so...take a look below.....

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Graphic 45 & Core'dinations Blog Hop Day 3!

Hello everyone!

Today is day 3 of the Graphic 45 and Core'dinations blog hop.

I used the Curtain Call collection along with Core'dinations Cardstock to alter this elegant Kaisercraft Bracket  frame.

Curtain Call

Core Impressions Graphic 45 Timeless Collection

First, I painted the frame using black acrylic paint then sprinkled black glitter on top while the paint was still wet. Next, I traced my frame pattern on my cardstock, then trimmed. I sanded the cardstock then lightly inked the surface using Distress Ink (Black Soot).

I cut images from the Curtain Call collection and trimmed the inside of my frame using May Arts ribbon.

To finish my frame, I added metal buttons to each corner. You can really see the gorgeous May Arts ribbon with its gorgeous sparkle.

This was a fun and easy project using Graphic 45 and Core'dinations...what a perfect combination

Graphic 45 Papers: Curtain Call: Curtain Call, Top Billing, Moulan Rouge (8x8)
Graphic 45 Staples: Metal Buttons, Flower Staples, Chipboard Button Staples
Core'dinations: Core Impressions: Graphic 45 Timeless Collection, Sanding Block
Kaisercraft: Wooden Bracket Frame
Zva Creative: Crystals
Ranger: Foam Squares
Craft Supply: Feathers, Twine
As part of this amazing blog hop, you will have the opportunity to win some terrific prizes! Check out this great prize pack up for grabs! A Core Impressions Timeless Sandable Card Stock 12x12 paper pad, An ABC Primer 12x12 Paper Pad, Core'dinations Signature Series 12x12 paper pad, Trim Staples and Chipboard Button Staples! It's a fabulous Graphic 45/Core'dinations combo pack of fun!
All you need to do to enter to win is to leave a us a blog or Facebook comment!  There will be prize packs given to two lucky winners, one from our blog and one from Facebook! Core'dinations is also offering a super prize this week! Check out their blog and Facebook page and leave a comment for your chance to win! Winners will be chosen randomly and announced on the Graphic 45 blog on Friday, November 4th!

To join in on the hop click here.
Good luck and happy hopping!