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, June 27, 2010

Play Time

This is my cousin's beautiful little niece. I fell in love with this photo. I am inspired by photos 99.9% of the time when I create a layout. I used to buy lots of beautiful paper, but when I got it home..nothing. lol. Now that I have matured a bit, I have become a little more selective and I try to exercie constraint. Okay, so when it comes to Webster's Pages I can't help myself. I mixed several collections for adorn this beautiful photo.

I have also become quite fond of Zva crystals.  I love this particular design because of the elegant and delicate curves. 

I adorned the circle with Dusty Attic chipboard which I painted white with my Adirondak Lights Acrylic Paint Dabber.  I love working with paint dabbers because I can move quickly over chipboard while controlling the amount of paint I apply.  When I work with Dusty Attic chipboard, I like to paint it lightly.  I love to have the chipboard show through.  It gives a bit of an antique feel without using a lot of technique.  I added Prima flowers and a title sticker from Anna Griffin to finish the page.

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

My New Love! - Canon EOS T2i 18 MP Digital Camera

After months of searching I have finally found true love….again! No, not my wonderful, loving hubby, but my new Canon EOS Rebel T2i 18MP digital camera. This camera has been nearly impossible to find online or in real life! After searching and searching I finally found one right under my nose! My local Best Buy had one left! Are you kidding me? I never thought to look there because I had been checking the Best Buy website for weeks. I even called customer service to see if they knew when they would be getting more. No luck.

Thank goodness for father’s day. My daughter and I went to Best Buy to get a gift card for my hubby. While I was there I thought I would sashay over to the camera department. Ahhh, there she was just sitting there locked behind the glass…begging to come home with me. I didn’t even think to ask the sales rep if they had them in stock. I left the store just happy to have touched the camera.

Father’s day comes and we give my hubby his gift. I have been using his Canon Rebel XTi for the last few years and I asked him where he bought it. I was hoping it was Best Buy so I could trade it in! Imagine my nerve….trying to trade in HIS camera. He laughed and said he bought it at Ritz. He saw the disappointment in my face and asked me why I wanted to know. I told him there was a camera that I wanted, but I was still saving my pennies to buy it. You know what he said…I will help you get it. What? All I had to do was ask, but that is no surprise. He is so generous. I think I will keep him for a little while longer. Lol. (I will have been married for 20 years next week, June 30)

While looking through the books that came with the camera, I noticed some wonderful lenses. Okay ladies out there, you all did not tell me that they cost more than the camera! There was one that I just had to have. I spent all my lunch money on a Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro Lens. It allows me to get close up on subjects and take beautiful photos.

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Saturday, June 19, 2010


I love using pictures of my aunt Ruby, I have been so busy lately that I haven't had a chance to sit down and just create a layout for no reason! Just because. lol.

I picked up the new papers from Creative Imaginations Beloved collection. I waited and waited for this collection as soon as I saw it on the CI blog. This collection works well with my vintage photos. I love the beautiful brown, blue and ivory colors of the combination I used for this layout. The chipboard embellishment is from Dusty Attic and was part of one of my Swirlydoos kits.

The beautiful roses are prima and the ribbon is from the Memrie Mare. The tiny blue flowers are from Offray and I picked them up at my local fabric store. I just couldn't resist using my Martha Stewart border punch. Her punches always give my layouts that little extra something.

I loved this bird so much that I could not cover him up.  I cut around him with my craftg knife so I could slide the photo behind him.

I mentioned earlier that I used ribbon from the Memrie Mare Etsy Shop.  If you haven't visited, you must.  She has the most beautiful cabbage rose ribbon.  The brown fabric trim is from Webster's Pages.

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Pages in Time

I have recently had the honor of being asked to be a part of Pages in Time.  Design team member Lisa Valentine graciously asked me to provide the members with some of my sketches.  I was so excited that I could hardly type fast enough to say yes!

In honor of this special occasion I thought I would pull out one of my favorite pages in time.  I created this layout before I started blogging. 

This is a photo of my Great Aunt Ruby and Aunt Jean in the 1940's. I couldn't wait to get the new Webster's Pages when they came out last year. I love them and they work well for my vintage layouts. I picked up some really cool trim from G Street Fabrics. I loved the draping effect and satin look of the trim. I cut the window and awning from another Webster's Page called Salon les Fleurs. I used Melissa Frances Vintage Embellishments in the middle of the large flower and at the top of the photo. I cut an oval to frame the photo and inked it with Distress ink (Shabby Shutters.) I added Prima and Petaloo flowers all around. Almost forgot, the small frame is Tattered Angels Framed Fonts. I sprayed the frame with Glimmer Mist (Pinecone) to give it a vintage feel.

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Sunday, June 13, 2010

Best Wishes - Baby Shower Card

This card/envelope/gift bag project was a true pleasure to create.  I worked with my daughter to create the card and envelope.  My cousin is expecting twins and we attended her baby shower on Saturday.  I have an extremely busy schedule which includes commuting 3 1/2 to 4 hours per day.  Since my darling daughter is home from college I thought I would ask for her help. 

I recently taught her how to use Copic markers.  I must say she picked up the art in a matter of minutes!  The stamp is a digi stamp is called "Mother to be" and is from Mo's Digital Pencil Too

The patterned papers and die cuts are from My Mind's Eye Ooh La La collection.  I have been trying to use up materials from my inventory of madness.  My cousin is a member of a sorority and their colors are pink and green.  The beautiful colors from the Ooh La La collection were perfect. 

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010


I totally love these stamps from Mo's Digital Pencil Too.  I love the variety and beauty of her digital stamps.  I must apologize.  This started as a practice image that I was using to test print sizes.  I printed some too large, then some were too small....this one was just right.  In all of my excitement, I lost track of the Copic colors that I used.  I can tell you that I used B00, B02 and B05 for the dress.  I also used E11, E13 and E15 for the skin.  I now keep a sheet of paper handy even when I am playing around.  Who knew this would become a card!

The patterned papers are from my inventory of madness.  It is the Ooh La La collection from My Mind's Eye.  I still love the colors of the papers and they went perfectly with this image.  The flower is prima and the ribbon is from Hancock Fabrics in Virginia.  I used an inksentials white opaque pen for the faux stitching.

I hope you like it and thanks for joining me today.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Thinking of You

This is my first card project featuring a digital stamp. I know I am probably late to the party, but I love these things! This image is from Mo's Digital Pencil Too. I used Copic markers to color the image and DeLovely papers from Cosmo Cricket. The sentiment stamp is from Stampin' Up.

I used Copic marker R20 and painted over it with a Spica glitter pen in peach.  This added just the right amount of sparkle to her lips. I used my Spica glitter pen in mint to outline her beautiful wings.

Copic markers:  R20, Y11, Y15, YG11, B00, Colorless Blender
Spica markers: Peach and Mint

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Sunday, June 6, 2010

Photo – Less Layout

I love to collect pieces of ephemera, cards, books, etc. I find that they make the most wonderful vintage pages. Heck, I even mix them with modern pages to give a unique look.

When I received the June Swirlydoos Kit it contained a package of vintage pieces from Glitz Designs. There was one piece in particular that caught my eye. I didn’t want to create a card to give away. I wanted to create a piece that I could display and cherish.

My latest obsession has been the new Dusty Attic laser cut chipboard pieces. I nearly ordered one of each from the Swirlydoos online store. Dusty Attic has a wonderful collection of beautiful designs. The gates are among my favorite. I used one ½ of a gate to accent my card. I used my acrylic paint dabber (white) and then sprinkled white glitter (Making Memories) on top while it was still wet. I did not completely cover the fence with paint. I wanted the natural chipboard to peek through.


June Swirlydoos Kit
Chipboard Gate – Dusty Attic
Cabbage Rose Ribbon - Memrie Mare Etsy Shop

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Saturday, June 5, 2010

You are my Favorite Thing

This card was created for the June Scrapbooks Plus DT kit.  The new October Afternoon collection was just made for cards! Before I sat down to design my first layout, I already had several card designs in mind.

I used the beautiful sentiment die cut as my inspiration. The die cut is actually from My Mind’s Eye. I have noticed that many companies are creating retro papers. Because of this, I have been able to mix and match papers and embellishments beautifully.

Create an A2 card base, ink edges.
Cut a 4 x 5 1/4 piece of patterned paper, round edges using corner punch.
Adhere journaling card to center of the card base.
Ink sentiment die cut and adhere to the top portion of the card base.
Tie ribbon below the sentiment die cut. Use a strong adhesive to secure the ribbon to the card base.
Adhere roses and leaves to the center of the ribbon where it is knotted.
Add a button below the center rose.
Place pins through the center of the large rose.
Punch butterfly and apply Stickles to the center. Adhere to top, right of sentiment die cut.

Patterned Papers and Journaling Card – October Afternoon
Flowers – Prima
Decorative Pins and Button - American Crafts
Butterfly Punch - Martha Stewart Crafts
Sentiment Die Cut and Leaves- My Mind’s Eye
Ink and Glitter Glue – Ranger
Corner Rounder - Creative Memories
Ribbon – Craft Supply
Adhesive – Scor-Tape, Zip Dry, Zots Glue dots

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Friday, June 4, 2010

Copics Certification Class – Worth the Drive!

Can I just say that this result was well worth the drive! As promised, here is one of my first projects using Copic markers. This is from my technique sketch book which was a suggestion from my instructor. I learned so many new techniques in my certification class on May 23, 2010.

My instructor, Sally Lynn MacDonald, is wonderful! I really wish that the class was two days. I did not want to stop learning. Since my class, I have been on a shopping frenzy and I have watched at least 10 videos on how to color, shade and create with Copics. I can’t wait to incorporate my little paintings into projects.

Here’s my story…

The owner of my local scrapbook store asked me if I would like to attend a Copic certification class. She said that she thought there would be one in Richmond, VA in the fall. When she sent the schedule, I noticed that there was a class being offered in West Virginia on May 23rd. Heck, I didn’t want to wait until the fall, I wanted to learn now! Initially, I thought, hmm…Charles Town is only two hours away and I can do that with my eyes closed. (That is my daily commute) So I signed up and eagerly watched the calendar. Soon it was the week before class and I decided to map quest my trip. I never like to wait until the last minute so I thought this was plenty of time to get myself together. When I typed in all of my information and hit “Get Directions” I was floored. I looked at the drive time and it said “5 HOURS.” What? Something must be wrong. So I typed in my information using my work address. This time it read “5 HOURS, 45 MINUTES” So I went back to the documentation and realized that it said CHARLESTON, WV, not CHARLES TOWN. Who knew there were two cities with names so similar? I never knew Charleston even existed! (Sorry Charlestonites)

Never again will I assume that I know what I am doing. Lol. I contemplated all week whether to take the trip or just cancel. After all, it would be just me, traveling on Saturday and returning on a Sunday and then having to work on Monday. Whew, a whirlwind! So as you can see, I took my big girl pill and made the journey. I am so glad that I did. The drive was absolutely beautiful. The city was charming and the people were friendly. I visited a wonderful scrapbook store call Almost Heaven. The owner just happened to be in my certification class. She invited everyone to come to the store during our lunch break and after class for shopping. She had the largest assortment of Copic sketch markers that I have ever seen. I think she knew we were coming. Lol.

So long story short...I am now Copics certified!  


Stamp: Whiff of Joy Stamps - Willow Writing Recipes
Copic Markers:

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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Sweet Baby

I love, love, love the Snugglebug collection from Little Yellow Bicycle. The pinks, oranges and greens are so soft and beautiful.

I used my Martha Stewart Crafts punch to create a delicate edge design. The scalloped oval and sentiment are chipboard pieces from the same collection.

I finished the card with a ribbon and Jenni Bowlin button.


Patterned Paper:  Little Yellow Bicycle - Snugglebug Collection
Card Base:  Papertrey Ink
Punch: Martha Stewart Crafts
Chipboard Embellishments:  Little Yellow Bicycle - Snugglebug Collection
Button:  Jenni Bowlin
Ribbon/Floss:  Craft Supply

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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Swirlydoos June Kit - "Keepsake"

This layout was created based on my sketch #500. I will add it to this post later today. The photo is my husband’s grandmother when she was 17. She is now 97! How wonderful is that?!

Vintage layouts are among my most favorite and the June Swirlydoos kit gave me just the inspiration that I needed. I used lots of fun layering, inking and distressing. I love working with Martha Stewart punches, especially the “around the page” collection. I used beautiful texture to give the layout just the right vintage touch. The envelope is from Maya Road. I punched small circles across the top to give interest.

I painted the glimmer chip watch with blue acrylic paint. Once the paint was dry I applied a thick coating of clear crackle paint. The watch face in the middle is a rub on from Glitz Designs.

The flourish to the right of the photo is a sticker from Karen Foster Designs.. I thought I would be able to place the sticker directly to the photo, but due to the layers and patterns, it would not lay flat and it did not stand out. Instead, I placed the sticker on a piece of patterned paper, then cut. Now it is a focal point on the layout.

Patterned Papers – GCD Studios – Ella Blue Collection
Punch - Martha Stewart Crafts - Punch Around the Page - Double Loops
Butterflies – Jenni Bowlin
Tattered Traveler Collection Glimmer Chips Framed Fonts 3-in-1 Alpha Chips - Tattered Angels
Rub on - Glitz
Ink – Distress – Frayed Burlap
Ribbon/Twine – Memrie Mare, Hancock Fabrics and Prima
Deckle Ruler – Fiskars
Paint – Making Memories
Flower – Bazzill
Crackle Paint – Tattered Angles
Flourish Sticker – Karen Foster Designs
Envelope – Maya Road
Vintage Page – Glitz
Distrezz it All

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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Scrapbooks Plus June Kit - "You are my Sunshine"

Wow, did I have fun with this one!  I wasn't quite sure what to do with the papers from the new October Afternoon collection.  After all, I am vintage at heart, heavy with embellishments and all the bells and whistles. I decided to give this layout a bit of an old fashioned feel by doing lots of distressing and inking.  This layout is based on the sketch created by the June designer of the month Megan Carey.

The title says it all.  Strawberries are my favortie food.  I could eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner...and I have! lol.

I love the felt strawberry from American Crafts. I just happened to walk by and noticed it in a four pack with other felt embellishments.  Perfect!

You can really see the distressing, inking and edge work in this photo.  I used my MSC Loops punch.  I randomly tore a few of the loops to give a nice distressed look.  I then inked the loops with Distress Ink (Fired Brick.)  The green patterned paper was distresseed using my Distrezz it All.  It is a great tool which makes distressing your projects a breeze. The chipboard flourish is from Basic Grey. 

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