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

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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, April 30, 2011

Spread Your Wings

Hello everyone! 

I was in the mood to create a card today.  I used the April kit from Scrap That! Kit Club to create this card.  I added additional embellishments from my stash as well.  I bought the papers before the kit arrived so now I have double Bo Bunny goodness.

The Shabby Tea Room is hosting a fabulous challenge where you are asked to butterflies.  I created the layout below based on the inspiration photo above.  This photo also inspired me to create this card.

I added stickles to the butterfly's wings to make them stand out.  If you haven't seen the Gabrielle collection you are missing out on some of the most beautiful butterflies around!

Note:  PP = Patterned Paper

1. Create a 6 x 7 1/4 card base using Stationery - Oatmeal PP.
2. Cut a 5 3/4 x 7 rectangle from Gabrielle Dot PP, adhere to center of card base.
3. Detail cut blue frame image from Gabrielle Unwritten PP. Adhere to left side of card.
4. Tie ribbon just below blue frame.
5. Cut butterfly image from Gabrielle Flight. Adhere to the center of the blue frame.
6. Adhere “Spread Your Wings” sentiment sticker to Gabrielle Promenade PP. Trim closely to create a thin mat. Adhere to the lower portion of card base using foam squares.
7. Adhere flower and leaves to the center of the ribbon.

Patterned Papers:  Lily Bee Design - Stationery - Oatmeal, Bo Bunny - Gabrielle
Sentiment Sticker: Bo Bunny - Gabrielle
Flowers,Leaves: Prima
Ribbon: Creative Impressions
Foam Squares: Ranger

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Friday, April 29, 2011

Butterfly Garden - Pink Paislee

Happy Friday! 

This is a short post today.  I am getting ready to head off to work but I wanted to finish up before leaving.

I love the new Butterfly Garden collection from Pink Paislee.  The soft color palette is perfect for spring and summer photos and projects. 

This layout is based on the inspiration photo from The Shabby Tea Room's Week 59 challenge - Butterflies.  This week we were asked to create a card or project based on the inspiration photo and use BUTTERFLIES!  There is no requirement to use the colors from the photo.

I used the inspiration photo as my guide when designing my layout.  Notice how the flowers, chipboard and butterflies float diagonally across my page?  It mirrors the direction of the butterflies in the photo.

I used Dusty Attic chipboard flourishes to frame the beautiful bird cage.  I cut the bird cage image from the patterned paper and inked the edges with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink.  I kept the Prima flowers white to maintain the soft look of the page. 

I used Pink Paislee's Artisan Elements - Circles to add interest to the page. Here is a close up of the title which is also part of the collection. 

Patterned Paper, Artisan Elements, Embellishments:  Pink Paislee
Chipboard Flourishes:  Dusty Attic
Chipboard Title Sticker:  We R Memory Keepers Layered Words
Flowers:  Prima
Ink/Paint:  Distress Ink - Bundled Sage, Frayed Burlap, Tattered Rose; Adirondak
Lace:  Maya Road
Punch:  Martha Stewart Crafts

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

April Scrap That! Kit - Madame Butterfly

Hello everyone! 

I could not wait to create a layout using the April kit from Scrap That!  I love this photo of my cousin and my daughter.  My daughter truly loves my cousin and you can see the genuine love they have for each other in this special photo.  My daughter is not so small how time flies!

The Madame Butterfly Kit features the Gabrielle collection from Bo Bunny.  I love the die cut circle included in this collection.  I used it as the framework for the photo. I tucked it inside the butterflies which I cut using my craft knife. 

The liquid pearls were also included in this kit this month. The color is amazing!  Here is a close up photo of the liquid pearls and some detail cutting that I did to create a photo corner.  I used my Fiskars decorative scissors (Clouds) to create a scalloped border around my distressed circle.  You can also see where I have triple matted the photo.  This is a really easy technique which packs a huge punch!

You can always find the best embellishments in the patterned paper itself!  You just need a bit of patience and a craft knife or detail scissors.  I usually use both when cutting intricate designs.

April Scrap That! Kit:  Madame Butterfly
Lettering:  Prima
Decorative Scissors:  Fiskars - Clouds

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Sunday, April 24, 2011

The Shabby Tea Room - How "Egg-cellent"

Happy Easter! 

I created this card for The Shabby Tea Room's challenge this week.  We were asked to create a card or project based on the inspiration photo and use PASTELS and STRIPES!

I used the Baby 2 Bride patterned paper collection from Graphic 45 to create this light, delicate card.  The card base was created using Spellbinders Labels 11 - Grand Calibur Nestabilities.  I also used Labels 20 for my sentiment. 

The sentiment was stamped using the "My Rainbow Set" from Just Rite.  I love the beautiful sentiments in this set and I use it over and over again.  

Patterned Paper:  Graphic 45 - Baby 2 Bride
Stamps:  Just Rite - "My Rainbow Set"
Inks:  Distress Ink - Victorian Velvet; Memento - Rich Cocoa
Pearl Pen - Viva Decor - Cream
Decorative Stick Pin:  Mandy Harrell
Ribbon:  The Memrie Mare
Dies:  Spellbinders Grand - Labels 11, Labels 20
Flower:  Prima

I am honored to have received a "Terrific Top Three" Cup of Tea for this card entry.  Many thanks to the The Shabby Tea Room!

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Thursday, April 21, 2011

So Very You - Heritage Layout

Hello everyone!

I am happy to share with you a heritage layout I created using Prima's Moulin Rouge collection, with a touch of the new Botanical collection as well.  I really like the soft blues that are in this collection.  They work perfectly with all of my black and white photos.

I used a lovely soft doily from We R Memory Keepers to frame my photo.  I sprayed the doily with Haunted Shadow Glimmer Mist, then inked with Broken China Distress Ink.  The wooden butterfly is from my local craft store.  I used Distress Inks to color the butterfly and petals.  The body of the butterfly was colored with stickles.

I picked up the new Prima masks and used one to create this shabby border.  I sprayed Moonlight Glimmer Mist over my mask to create this beautiful muted design.  While the paper was still wet, I tore the design by hand to get a truly distressed edge.  I inked the edges with Dusty Concord Distress Ink.

Patterned Paper, Alpha, Mask, Flowers, Pearl Trim, Tag:  Prima
Doily:  We R Memory Keepers
Inks:  Dusty Concord, Broken China Distress Inks - Ranger
Spray Color:  Glimmer Mist - Tattered Angels
Pearl Bauble:  Tim Holtz
Wooden Butterly:  AC Moore Craft Supply

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Let's Celebrate!

I am loving Just Rite Stamps!  I recently went on a shopping spree and bought five sets of their stamps.  I can't wait to use them all.  Not only did I use my new stamps, but I also used the new Yacht Club collection from Webster's Pages.  I decided on a blue and yellow color palette which I love!  I used to stay clear of yellow, but now I am drawn to it! 


I stamped my image using Brilliant Blue ink from Stampin' Up.  The sentiment was die cut using my Standard Ovals die from Spellbinders.   Using soft yellow cardstock from Bazzill,  I used my new Fleur de lis Doily Motifs stamp to create the decorative matting for my sentiment.  I also used my new Parisian Accents border die to create the decorative blue border behind my sentiment.  I cut the border using ivory cardstock, then I used a dragging technique to apply Brilliant Blue ink. 

To finish off my card, I made a bow using blue seam binding which I purchased from my local fabric store.  I added a Prima flower and leaves; Webster's Pages Silhouette and Push Pins; and Kaisercraft pearls.

Patterned Paper:  Webster's Pages
Cardstock:  Bazzill Basics
Stamp:  Just Rite - Birthday Celebrations Set
Dies:  Spellbinders - Fleur de lis Doily Motifs, Parisian Accents and Standard Circles
Ink:  Stampin' Up - Brilliant Blue
Pearl Pen:  Viva Decor - Yellow
Flower and Leaves:  Prima
Push Pins and Silhouette:  Webster's Pages
Ribbon:  Hancock Fabrics
Pearls:  Kaisercraft

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Monday, April 11, 2011

Guest Designer - The Shabby Tea Room

Hello everyone!

I am truly honored to be the Guest Designer for The Shabby Tea Room this week. When I received the inspiration photo I just sighed! I love birds, and own three of them, so this was perfect for me.

The theme for this week is “Doilies and Lace.”  Here is the inspiration photo: 

I created my card base using Bo Bunny’s Double Dot patterned paper. I have this paper in every color that they make! I like it because it is wonderfully versatile being softly dotted on one side and lightly textured on the reverse.

Next, I stamped plain white paper with Tim Holtz’s new Book Covers Stamp. I have to thank my friend Lisa Valentine for telling me about these new stamps.

                                                     Tim Holtz Book Covers Stamps

I used Colorbox Pigment Ink in Rosebud to stamp the image. I just love the richness of pigment inks. I also used this ink to color the border of my smaller doily. Once the doily was dry, I attached it to the center of my large white doily and attached both to the top, center of my card.

I used a beautiful piece of blue lace from Webster’s Pages. I cut a small piece and placed it at the bottom of my doilies. I used my new Parisian Accents dies from Spellbinders to create a label and decorative pieces for my card. I inked the edges of the label and placed it in the center of the doilies. When I first received the inspiration photo I knew what image I would use as my focal point. I knew I wanted a bird and I remembered that Graphic 45 has a beautiful collection called “Once Upon a Springtime” which contains the sweetest image of a baby riding a bird. I detail cut the image and attached it to the center of my label using foam squares.

What would a card be without Melissa Frances’ resin pieces? I placed one of her swags under my focal point. I used stickles to give the swag a bit of sparkle. My Colorbox Pigment Ink in Rosebud got a lot of use during this project. I used it again to stamp and emboss my sentiment.  I added a white decorative die cut flourish to each side of the sentiment to finish my card.

Papers: Bo Bunny – Double Dot, Bazzill, Graphic 45 – “Once Upon a Springtime”
Stamps: Tim Holtz, Hero Arts
Inks: Colorbox Pigment - Rosebud
Embellishments/Other: Swag - Melissa Frances; Lace - Webster’s Pages; Doilies - MLYB
Die Cuts: Spellbinders – Parisian Accents, Stickles

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Sunday, April 10, 2011

Spring Color Challenge - The Shabby Tea Room

Happy Spring everyone! 

I am happy to share with you a card I made for The Shabby Tea Room's week 56 challenge.  The inspiration photo is absolutely stunning! Take a look...

The challenge this week was to use yellow, pink, green, peach & lavender and a neutral (white, cream, kraft)!

I used plain cardstock and die cutting to create my Spring card.  The image is a stamp by Impression Obsession called "Egg Topiary." 

I thought this stamp was perfect for the challenge this week.  I decided to use colored pencils to create a nice, soft look for my card.  I used Spellbinders Fleur De Lis Rectangles and  Classic Ovals dies to create beautiful framing for my image. 

Cardstock:  Bazzill Basics
Dies:  Spellbinders
Stamp: Impression Obsession, Stampin' Up
Inks/Pencils:  Prisma Color, Memento
Pearl Pen:  Viva Decor - Salmon
Lace: May Arts
Flower: Prima

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Friday, April 8, 2011

So Proud to Be! - Graphic 45 Design Team!

Hello everyone!  If this is your first visit, I would like to welcome you warmly and thank you for coming to spend some time with me.  Today I was honored to be introduced on the Graphic 45 blog as one of the new 2011 Design Team members. I am still floating around on a cloud and I still can’t believe I am a part of this amazing group of talented artists.  I am proud to finally share my final round submission projects with you. 

My first project is my card submission. I absolutely love this image. I think I have cut out this lovely lady three times for three different projects. You will definitely see her again soon.  I usesd the Curtain Call 8x8 paper pad to create this card.  I cut my focal image from a 12 x 12 page so the image would stand out.

I knew I wanted her to be my focal point. The pose just screams “celebration!” This is the perfect birthday card for the woman who is happy-go-lucky and free spirited. I think of my mom and I can imagine her striking this exact pose!
This is the inside of my card where I also used the beautiful Curtain Call 8x8 paper pad.  The new Graphic 45 stamps are amazing and I used one here to create this beautiful image above my sentiment. 

Next is my layout submission, "Remember."

Final Round Submission – Layout – “Remember”
 I used the Steampunk Debutante collection to create this colorful vintage layout featuring my aunt and great aunt. I love this photo from 1942 which shows the love my great aunt (my grandmother’s youngest sister) had for my aunt. The baby in the photo has just reached the age of 70 and my great aunt is in her late 80’s! They are both still beautiful!

My next project involved altered record album covers.
I used two album covers which I taped together with heavy black tape.  I painted the covers black to match my papers.  I added Prima crystals and flowers, feathers and Graphic 45 metal flowers.

I stamped the metal flowers using Staz On ink.  Staz On works beautifully on metals.  The title was cut using a Quickutz monogram and lettering.

I used Spellbinders scalloped squares to mount my photos of Billie. 

There is a great artist at my local scrapbook store, Scrapbooks Plus, named Sue Bambrough. Her creativity is beyond compare and I always marvel at the projects she creates. There was this one project she created using two record album covers to create an album. I wanted to take her class, but I wasn’t able to make the date. I can only hope I have made her proud with my version of her masterpiece. Sue, you are a true inspiration and I hope to be just like you when I grow up!

I really wanted my altered project to have meaning. I connect to these papers on a personal level and I wanted that to show in my work. I decided to pay tribute to the great Billie Holiday. Although she had a tumultuous life, that did not stop her from becoming one of the greatest jazz voices of all time.

I wanted to showcase her true beauty and vulnerability so I searched for photos of her that have rarely been seen.

Here is the opened album. I used the beautiful Curtain Call collection because This page with the her signature gardenia is one of my favorites. I bought a typewriter…yes, they still make them…to type my journaling onto a small journaling tag. I didn’t want to run the risk of the tag getting stuck in my laser printer. I thought of the typewriter idea at the last minute and had it shipped overnight. It arrived on Thursday and I had to send off my project the next day! Big shout out to!

The Maya Road sentiments were the perfect addition for this album. Billie’s real name was the same as my aunt, Eleanora Fagan, what a coincidence! While I was reading her history, I knew this project was meant to be! I decided to use “E is for elegant” to represent her real first name and “B is for beautiful” to represent her stage name.

On the right side of the album, I share a bit of her history and showcase a few of her album covers. I used my stencil from The Crafter’s Workshop to create decorative pockets to hold my layouts.

The record album covers hold two 12x12 pages which are also double sided layouts.  To ensure that each page would fit into the covers,  I had to be careful when applying 3-D embellishments and heavy florals.  Each page has a decorative tassel with a music note attached.  The tassel allows you to easily pull the page from the album.

Here are the front and back of my first page.   It is as if Graphic 45 designed this paper just for me...just for this project. 
On my second double sided page I showcase more beautiful photos of this great vocalist as well as a listing of some of her most popular recordings.  The reverse side features a photo of Billie during a recording session. I would have loved to be there to see it.

I apologize for the lengthy post, but I really wanted to share everything with you. 

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