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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Saturday, July 31, 2010

Scrapbooks Plus August DT Kit - Tim Holtz - Family Forever Mini Album

 This project has been removed for publication.

Design Team member Karen Bearse selected Tim Holtz's paper collection for the August DT kit.  The Lost and Found collection is filled with beautiful, rich vintage designs.  As soon as I saw the papers I got right to work.  The first project was this fun chipboard album by Basic Grey.  I used tags from 7 Gypsies to create an album featuring phrases that focus on the family.

The majority of the pages were covered with patterned paper.  I adhered the paper with Zip Dry (for the edges) and Scor Tape. 

I used a beautiful transparency between the heavily decorated pages.  I cut the transparency using the chipboard pages as a template.

My favorite quote is shown above "Families are like fudge, mostly sweet with a few nuts."  Yep, that's my wonderful family.

I love Tattered Angels clear stamps. I used the dragonfly from the Nature Graceful Journey collection. 

What is an album without Prima bling?  The element to the left is actually plastic packaging.  I used alcohol ink to color the plastic. 

Thanks so much for joining me today. 


Saturday, July 17, 2010

Family Reunion!

I won’t be around to post new work for a couple of days as I am headed out of town this weekend to my family reunion. I am taking all of my vintage layouts to share with my family. I am so excited for everyone to see how they turned out. I just know they will be pleased. We always love to see old photos so this should be a treat. I also have two photos that I was not able to identify so I am hoping that mysteries will be solved this weekend.

I have been busy printing name plates and hanging photos on display boards this week. I am a bit of a perfectionist so I always plan things out way in advance. It’s a good thing I did because I had to get two eight foot tables to accommodate all of the frames and display boards. I will definitely share photos of the display when I return.

Have a great weekend everyone and visit my vintage page by clicking “Vintage Projects” at the top of my blog. You will be able to see some of the layouts that will be hitting the road with me.

Be back soon


Sunday, July 11, 2010


You all have seen this photo as my profile photo but I have never scrapped it until now.  I used a fun new website called Photofunia.  My scrappy friend Lisa Valentine turned me on to it.  They have wonderful images and it allows you to upload your photo into a pre-designed scene.

I used Webster's Pages to create this layout of "Me."  I have had this beautiful vellum paper for months.  I was saving it for the perfect photo.  As soon as I printed out my photo from Photofunia I knew I had the right photo.

The vellum has a chandelier but because it is vellum it is very faint.  I decided to add a Dusty Attic chipboard chandelier on top of my vellum image.  Below I show you how I decorate the frame.

I painted the chipboard chandelier base with white acrylic paint. 

I added Banana and Ocean Blue acrylic paint from Making Memories to accent the chandelier. 

Once the flames and dangles were dry, I added Lemon Ice Stickles to create a beautiful sparkle.  I also added blue Stickles over the blue paint.

Here is the finished piece.  I love the way it tunred out.

I added Webster's Pages fabric trim above my Prima floral border.

I finished the layout with Prima bling and a beautiful Prima flower from my inventory of madness.

Thanks so much for joining me today.


Saturday, July 10, 2010

July Challenge - Webster's Pages - Remember

Webster's Pages is hosting a challenge this month featuring vintage photos. Be sure to visit the challenge site by clicking here.  I am preparing for my family reunion so what a perfect time to create a vintage project. 

This is a photo of my aunt Shirley.  She is my mother's younger sister. I have not seen many baby photos of her so this one is a special treasure.
Since this was a baby layout I wanted to use soft, beautiful colors.  Lullaby Lane has the perfect palette for such a project. 

 I distressed the edges using my edge distresser. 

I inked the edges with Old Paper Distress Ink. I like using the blender because I like the soft look as opposed to inking directly from the ink pad.

I trimmed around the turtle and around the flowers at the top of the page in order to fit my mat.  This is a technique that I love to use.  It makes the patterns in the paper pop off of the page.

Fussy cutting is something that I do quite often.  It makes such a great impact in your design.  I cut leaves from patterned paper to use as an embellishment.

I used Key Lime and Robin's Egg Blue glimmer mist on the page.I used my matting as a mask.  I simply turned it over and sprayed.

I used a fancy chipboard frame for my photo.  I used zip dry to glue the paper to the frame.  I turned the paper over and glued the front of the frame to the back of the paper. 

Once trimmed, I sanded the edges with my file set from Basic Grey and inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

I used a stamp from Stampin' Up to create leaves along the bottom of my page.  I used Brown Memento ink and Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

I also used Brown Memento ink to stamp my border.  This stamp is from American Crafts

I painted the fairy using my Copic markers.  I used E11 to color her skin.

Along the way I like to take a photo to see how my page looks.  Here you can also see how I build the page. 

I love Webster's Pages Bloomers.  I could use them on everything!  I cut three and glued Prima mini roses to the middle of each bloom.

Thanks so much for joining me.


Tuesday, July 6, 2010

I Adore You

I have been holding on to this collection since the spring.  You know there are times when the paper is soooo beautiful that you just have to buy it.  Well that happened to me when I saw the Webster's Pages Lullaby collectin.  The soft patterns and beautiful designs are breathtaking. 

Here I used Dusty Attic's French Flourish Border.  I love their chipboard designs.  I painted the chipboard with white and green acrylic paint and added yellow pearls and green crystals to finish the design.  I also love bloomers from Webster's Pages.  This ribbon is exquisite!  I added Prima minature roses in between blooms.

One of my favorite companies and artist is Melissa Frances.  I had the honor of meeting her and shaking her hand at the recent Great American Scrapbook Convention in Chantilly, VA.  It was an honor and she is amazing.  She spent time talking with me about her products and I was awe struck. lol.  Silly me!  Oh, I almost forgot, I used her beautiful swag on the journaling card.  I dabbed green acrylic paint to add depth.

I used quite a bit of glimmer mist and distress ink to make my page pop!  I used Key Lime glimmer mist and Spiced Marmalade and Fired Brick distress ink.

Thanks for joining me today.


Monday, July 5, 2010

Scrapbooks Plus July Design Team Kit - Bo Bunny

I love, love, love my hydrangeas. I chose to use this particular piece of patterned paper because I consider my hydrangeas to be my star performers. Just look at all those pretty stars! This is an 8x8 layout which is always fun and easy to create. I used the wonderful chipboard elements from the collection to embellish my page. The flourish really caught my eye. I decided to add twine, I don’t really have a fancy answer as to why, I just knew that I liked it. The title letter stickers are also from the collection. I typed my journaling in word, cut and adhered to card stock.

This layout is based on the July DT kit from Scrapbooks Plus. My fellow DT member, and designer of the month, Deborah Mahnken designed this wonderful sketch.

As designer of the month, we have to design a sketch and select a collection for the DT to use. Deborah chose the Bo Bunny “Block Party” collection. These papers have has a wonderful color palette. I usually stay away from primary colors, but I loved working with them in this collection. In addition to fabulous patterned papers, the chipboard elements are fresh and vibrant.

I love how the green makes the red, white and blue pop! This month I decided to create this fun party invitation as opposed to a greeting card. I was not always a card maker,but I always wanted to create them. I went out and bought like 50 card bases over the past few years. Now, I try to use them whenever I can.

How to:

1. Create an A2 card base or use a pre-made base. 4 ¼ x 5 ½.

2. Cut a 4 x 5 ¼ piece of green patterned paper, adhere to base.

3. Cut a 1 x 6 blue strip and cut the ends as if creating tails for ribbon. Adhere to the left side of the card.

4. Adhere the round sentiment to the middle of the large chipboard star.

5. Tie ribbon around the bottom of the star and tie a knot. Trim the ends. Adhere the large star to the middle of the card.

6. Cover the small red star with Stickles (Candy Cane) and mount directly to card base in the top corner of the large star.

7. Add gems to the blue strip.

Blue, green and red was the color combination I used for all of my projects. This month I highlighted flowers from my garden for my two page and 8x8 layouts. The vibrant red of the roses worked perfectly with the color palette of the collection.
The “Keep Growing” plastic card is from Melody Ross. I used my Cricut Home Accents cartridge to create the title “Grow.” I kept the design nice and simple since my flowers are the show stoppers.

Thanks for joining me today.


Sunday, July 4, 2010

Dusty Attic Sketch Challenge

I thought I would toss my hat in the ring over at Dusty Attic for their July sketch challenge.  There is a great sketch posted on their blog so hop on over and take a look.  I just love their products and the prize is $75 worth of DA goodies!  Can you imagine?  Fabulous!

Happy 4th to you all!


Saturday, July 3, 2010

The Age of Innocence

The age of innocence. Children are truly one of life's most precious gifts.  I am blessed to have a wonderful daughter who is now a young woman in college.  When my cousin Crystal shared this photo of her niece I was awe struck.  What a beautiful little girl.  I want to thank Crystal for capturing such a beautiful moment in her niece's life.  I hope she cherishes it for years to come.

The quote from Elizabeth Stone is the perfect sentiment for this layout.  There are not many words, yet it speaks volumes.

Thanks so much for joining me today.


Friday, July 2, 2010


Prima is one of my all time favorite things in life! Whether it’s the flowers or patterned paper I just can’t get enough! In a frenzy earlier in the year I bought every piece from their new lines. I am just now finding the time to sit down and start using it! I know that happens to all of us.

I have been so fortunate to have friends and family that have been willing to share their photos with me. I love doing pages with sweet little ones, but my little one is now 19! I just can’t seem to get her into a tutu anymore. Lol.

This beautiful photo was given to me by my cousin Crystal who is also an avid scrapper. This is her adorable little niece. Crystal was kind enough to share photos that she took recently of her niece and nephew. Thanks Crystal!

Time Saving Hint
I use my Tim Holtz mini stapler to secure my flowers. I make sure to staple near the flower centers so that the staples do not show. It saves a lot of glue and is more secure.

Patterned Papers:  Prima and Webster's Pages
Embellishments, Flowers and Die Cut– Prima
Punches – EK Success, Martha Stewart Crafts
Corner Rounder - Creative Memories

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