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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Friday, December 30, 2011

Cardabilities Sketch #46


I can hardly believe we have come to the end of another year.  I would like to wish everyone a  happy and joyous new year!

This is my last card project with the Cardabilities Design Team.  It has been a true pleasure working with Karan and her beautiful sketches for the past three months.

I used Pink Paislee’s Bonjour and Nantucket collections to create my card.  I love the soft color palette that both collections offer and thought they would be perfect for this card sketch.
I used scalloped cardstock to create the three scalloped rows at the top of my design.  I used my large scalloped circles die from Spellbinders to create the half circle design just below my scalloped rows. 
I finished my design with ribbon, decorative pins and a soft fabric flower.

Patterned Paper:  Pink Paislee
Ribbon:  Our Daily Bread
Flower:  Prima
Pins:  Jenni Bowlin
Dies:  Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Circles Large; Standard Circles Large

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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Graphic 45 & Petaloo!


Hello everyone! 

I am so happy you could join me today as I reveal my Graphic 45/Petaloo calendar project.  Graphic 45 and Petaloo have teamed up this week to show you the latest Graphic 45 collection, Tropical Travelogue and the beautiful Darjeeling flower collection from Petaloo.

Here are the links so you can easily visit each blog:

I love decorative calendars and I was extremely excited when I heard we were partnering with Petaloo to create a calendar. I decided to use a large frame originally designed to hold 6 4x6 photos.   To finish my design I used a variety of Petaloo Darjeeling flowers to embellish my frame. A May Arts ribbon, topped with a Darjeeling flower, was used to hang my photo frame on the wall. 

I used calendar stickers which were die cut, then placed on a dark brown square mat. I used Exotic Destination from the Tropical Travelogue collection as my background in each section.

Here is a close up of all the gorgeous Petaloo flowers.

Graphic 45: Tropical Travelogue - Exotic Destination
May Arts: Ribbon BE08
Petaloo: Darjeeling Collection - Leaves Med x24 Asst Colors; Petites x24 Blue/Eggplant/Brown; Sienna Asst; Zinnia Mix; Wild Rose Mix; All Cream x24; Sage Green Asst
Fancy Pants: On Display - Window Black
Ranger: Pop It! Shapes
Spellbinders: Nestabilities Classic Squares Large; Labels 1
Bo Bunny: 12" Coffee Dot
SRM Stickers: Mini Calendar
Helmars 450 Quick Dry Adhesive
Lifestyle Crafts: Revolution Die Cutting Machine

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Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Happy Holidays


I just want to thank each and every one of you who stop by to leave me beautiful messages of inspiration.  Your comments mean so much to me and I wish you all a happy holiday season.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Zva Creative Blop Hop Winners Announced Today!


We'd like to congratulate the FIVE December Zva Blog Hop winners! Their names will be found on the following blogs:
Robin Shakoor (That's me!)

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

I would like to congratulate Emily! 

Emily, your name was randomly drawn (using from my blog to receive a ZVA prize package worth $30.00! Please click the "Contact Me" tab at the top of this page to email me your mailing address.

The Welcome Home collection from Bo Bunny is one of my favorites of the year.  I love the gorgeous blue, green and brown color combinations.

I used Zva Creative pearls and a single flower accent to adorn my page.

The chipboard pieces from the Welcome Home collection are absolutely beautiful.  I used a large green flourish and added small chipboard birds to each end of the piece.

I accented my page elements with zig zag stitching. 

Patterned Paper and Chipboard:  Welcome Home Collection - Bo Bunny
Flower: Zva Creative 2.5" Dual Flowers - Olive - FL-04CA-129
Pearls:  Zva Creative 12" Double Chains - Olive - PEC-03CB-103
Ink:  Prima/Ingvild Bolme - Branch Bark
Sewing Machine:  Singer
Jumbo Circle Cutter:  Creative Memories
Lettering:  My Mind's Eye
Photo:  Tina Phillips

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Monday, December 19, 2011

Zva Creative December DT Blog Hop!


Hello everyone and welcome!

Zva Creative and our talented Design Team are delighted to have you join us for our December Design Team blog hop! The Blog Hop starts today, December 19th and runs through midnight US Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, December 20th. 

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 what you see, you can find a list of stores and online retailers that sell Zva HERE.

The Blog Hop begins at Windy Robinson's blog. She will have the complete list of all the participating blogs 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 5 winners will be announced on Wednesday, December 21st 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 post... you do not need to leave a comment on each and every designer's blog post to qualify. However, the more times you comment along the blog hop path, the more chances you will have to win.

We also thought it would be more fun to add even more chances to win our blog hop prize! 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!

I used the beautiful Sweet Nothings collection from Kaisercraft to bring out the beauty of the soft pink Zva flowers.  My color focus is pink and I absolutely love it! 

I layered various hues of pink along with cream to accent my photo.  The 8" branch adds beautiful texture along with the Zva pearl flourishes.  I used a dry brush and Manila acrylic paint to give my leaves a soft, light appearance.

Zva Creative:  Elegant Rose Buds - Pink (FLBK-03CB-146); Mini Rose - Creamy White (FLBK-03CB-112); 8" Branch w/leaves (FL-04CA-109); Small Flourish (A) Pearl Pink (CRW-04CB-110); 1.5" Graceful Roses -White - (FL-04CA-131); 1.5" Graceful Roses -Pink - (FL-04CA-132);  Pleasure - Pink Crystal/Pearl (CR-04CA-128); 2.5" Dual- Flowers - White & Dusky Pink - (FL-04CA-128); 3" Dual-Frosty Flowers - White and Pink - (FL-04CA-124).

Additional Supplies:  Lettering (Thickers/American Crafts); Paint (Making Memories); Lace Trim (Graphic 45); Patterned Paper (Kaisercraft); Scallop Edge Scissors (Fiskars); Adhesives (Scotch ATG 700, Helmar's Quick Dry); Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper (We R Memory Keepers); Photo (Tina Phillips)

Next on the hop!

The blog hop begins here at Windy Robinson's blog. Your next stop is Sarah Gough.  Enjoy!

Thank you for joining us! Happy Holidays!

P.S. Mark your calendar to join us again on January 30thfor our next Zva blog hop!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Cardabilities Sketch #45


I love this sketch!  This month Cardabilities has some beautiful sketches in store for you.  When I first saw the sketch I knew exactly what I wanted to create.

I decided to make a 6x6 card using white and tones of pink.  A few months ago I cut a gorgeous border using a Spellbinders border die.  I have held onto the piece just waiting for the perfect project.  This was it!  I adorned my die cut border with pink liquid pearls and pink chalk ink.  I also used Spellbinders dies to create my leaves.  I wanted to keep with my monochromatic theme, so I made the leaves white with soft pink accents. 

I finished my card design with gorgeous Prima flowers and a beautiful sentiment banner from Making Memories.

Patterned Paper:  My Little Yellow Bicycle
Dies:  Spellbinders
Flowers:  Prima
Resin Embellishment:  Prima
Banner:  Making Memories
Doily:  My Little Yellow Bicycle
Pearls:  Petaloo
Ink:  Victorian Velvet Distress Ink
Pearl Pen:  Viva Decor - Ice White

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Graphic 45 & May Arts Blog Hop!


Hello everyone and welcome to the Graphic 45 May Arts Blog Hop!

Graphic 45 and May Arts are teaming up for a super fun blog hop December 12-16th! There will be tons of inspiration, fabulous prizes, incredible crafts and so much more! Behold the magic that happens when Graphic 45 vintage-inspired papers and embellishments join forces with gorgeous May Arts ribbons! Our design teams are going all out to bring you the most enchanting crafts! You'll discover lots of fabulous new ideas to inspire your holiday season! Have fun and get inspired every day of this fantastic blog hop with Graphic 45 and May Arts!

Want to learn more about Graphic 45 and May Arts? Here's some fun information about these two fantastic crafting companies!

Graphic 45
Graphic 45 an award-winning scrapbook and paper crafting company­— owned and operated by a mother and her two daughters. Together we create vintage inspired crafting products that capture the flamboyant style of the 1920's and 30's - with vibrant color, irresistible texture and imaginative design to create products with decades-old appeal that's both fresh and familiar. Let our products inspire your next scrapbook layout, card, album, altered art project, or home decor DIY project.

May Arts
May Arts is a ribbon wholesaler, based in Riverside, Connecticut, serving over 16,000 customers worldwide. We offer an exceptional selection of ribbons, including sheer, satin, grosgrain, silk and a variety of patterns and prints. We also maintain a steady stock of inventory so that orders can be fulfilled immediately. As one of the country’s leading wholesalers of decorative ribbons, May Arts has been providing superior products and the highest level of customer service for over 25 years.

I am so excited to be taking part in this hop today. I am a long time fan of May Arts ribbons and it has been a joy incorporating their ribbon in my project today.

I altered a dessert plate by Southern Living at Home with the Graphic 45 Christmas Emporium collection and rich May Arts ribbon. The plate design allows you to thread your favorite ribbon around the outer edge of the plate.

The beautiful May Arts ribbon holds my design in place without me having to glue anything down.  This allows me to change my design to fit any occasion.

I also used the same gorgeous May Arts ribbon on this greeting card.  The ribbon adds such an elegant touch to my project.

Graphic 45:  Christmas Emporium - Christmas Emporium, Joyous Noel
Graphic 45: Curtain Call - Curtain Call
Graphic 45 Chipboard:  Die Cuts 1
May Arts:  Ribbon BE08, Black
Scrapbook Adhesives:  My Stik Tape Runner
X-acto Knife
Dessert Plate:  Southern Living at Home
Creative Memories:  Jumbo Circle Cutter

Today's blog hop schedule
(click on the name to be taken to their blog)

Robin Shakoor  (You're here!)


There are lots of exciting chances to win terrific prizes! Graphic 45 is giving away this wonderful prize pack that contains a Tropical Travelogue 12x12 paper pad, coordinating chipboard die-cuts 1 & 2, and some gorgeous May Arts ribbons! Check it out! It's easy to enter to win this awesome prize.

Each day Graphic 45 will be featuring a sneak peek image from one of our design team member's blogs. Just hop on over to their blog and leave a comment! You'll discover some super inspiring crafts, learn some fun crafting techniques, and maybe even win a great prize!

A random comment will be chosen from one of our design team member's blogs and announced on Monday, December 19th! There's also an exclusive Facebook prize! Check out the Graphic 45 Facebook page and leave a comment for your chance to win!

May Arts is also offering gorgeous prizes on their blog and Facebook page! So you'll definitely want to check it out! Just tell them that Graphic 45 sent you! So much inspiration! So many chances to win prizes! This is going to be a great week!

May Arts Blog:

May Arts Facebook Page:

Happy Holidays!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Love - Zva Creative


Hello everyone!

I love weddings and I love the new Sweet Nothings collection from Kaisercraft...what a perfect combination. 

I used gorgeous flowers and leaves from Zva Creative to adorn my photo.  I used Mini Roses (FLBK-03CB-112),  2.5" Dual- Flowers - White & Dusky Pink (FL-04CA-128), 8" Branch w/ leaves (FL-04CA-109) and Pearl Lines - White (PEW-02CB-101).  I cut leaves from my 8" branch and painted them with ivory paint.

I cut a large circle using my Jumbo Circle Cutter from Creative Memories.  It is the fastest and easiest way (for me) to cut perfect circles.  I used a zig zag stitch and white thread to attache my circle to the page.  It's amazing how such a simple element can add so much to your design.  I cut the chandelier, inked the edges with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink, then mounted using foam squares.

When sewing on your layouts be sure to apply enough glue just to hold your piece in place.  You don't want to glue to closely to the sides where you will be sewing as your needle can pick up the adhesive.

I painted my FabScraps chipboard frame with acrylic paint and let dry.  Once dry, I stamped word images using pigment inks, then I sprinkled clear embossing powder on top to heat emboss.  I really like the texture that is created when heat embossing is applied.  My chipboard lettering is from Tattered Angels Framed Fonts - Tattered Traveler.  I inked the edges of each letter lightly with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink.

Photo Credit:  Photostock

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Friday, December 9, 2011

Scrap That! December “Waiting for Santa” Kit Blog Hop!

Hello everyone and welcome to the  Scrap That! December Pion Design “Waiting for Santa” Kit Reveal Blog Hop!

If you have arrived here from the Pion Design's blog you are in the right spot.  We have a total of 8 beautiful blogs for you to see and I just know you will love each and every one!  To start at the beginning of the hop just click here to be taken to the Scrap That! blog to get the full blog rotation.

We are so excited to present this kit to you! These exquisite papers from Pion Design in Sweden are unlike any other papers we have seen and are breathtakingly beautiful and of the highest quality.


Main Kit Contents

I used the main kit contents to create my first layout titled "Angel."  I created custom embellishments using various punches and dies.  The large holly and branches were created using my Tim Holtz Holly Die by Sizzix.  I fell in love with this die set and it is quick and easy to use.  Once I die cut my pieces, I covered them with Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint and sprinkled glitter on each piece while the paint was still wet.  While you can't really see the full sparkle in the photo, in real life, these pieces really shine.

Additional Supplies:  Holly Die (Sizzix - Tim Holtz); Punches (Martha Stewart Crafts); Distress Crackle Paint (Ranger);  Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels); Perfect Pearls (Ranger); Glitter (Making Memories); Photo (Tom Clare); Adhesives (Scotch ATG, Helmar's 450 Quick Dry)


Main and Embellishment Kits

My next layout is definitely more traditional.  I used lots of gorgeous chipboard from Dusty Attic and Want2Scrap to adorn my circle design.  I painted each of the holly chipboard pieces with Smooch Ink in Lucious Lime and the large chipboard framing my photo was covered with Stickles in Candy Cane. 

The kit included beautiful doilies which I sprayed with various colors of Glimmer Mist, Perfect Pearls and Distress Ink. 

Additional Supplies: Holly Die (Sizzix - Tim Holtz); Smooch Ink (Clearsnap); Title (Anna Griffin); Stickles (Ranger); Perfect Pearls (Ranger); Distress Crackle Paint (Ranger); Distress Ink (Ranger); Photo (Poznyakov; Jumbo Circle Cutter (Creative Memories); Scallop Edge Scissors (Fiskars); Pearl Pen - Cream (Viva Decor); Adhesives (Scotch ATG, Helmar's 450 Quick Dry); Chipboard (Want2Scrap); Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels)


Main Kit Contents

I had so much fun with this one!  This is one of my all time favorite photos of my friend's son during one of our big winter's two years ago.  I just love the expression of joy on his little face.

A few years ago I created hills on a winter layout and thought it would be fun to draw a curved design to resemble a ski slope. (a very steep one at that! lol)   I tucked the photo in between the papers so that it appears he is sliding down the slope.  

This design is very simple but offers lots of movement.  I added only two design elements, the punched circles and the die cut swirls.  The title sticker is made by Anna Griffin and works perfectly with the papers and design.

Additional Supplies: Swirls Die (Lifestyle Crafts); Circle Punch (EK Success); Distress Ink - Iced Spruce (Ranger); Pearl Pen - Cream (Viva Decor); Ribbon (May Arts); Tiny Attacher (Tim Holtz); Title Die Cut (Anna Griffin); Adhesives (Scotch ATG, Helmar's 450 Quick Dry)

The Sketch

This month I had the honor of creating the sketch for this beautiful kit.  Be sure to give it a try!

The Kits


Waiting for Santa II - Pion Design
 We have FOUR prizes up for grabs:
1) A Dusty Attic Prize Pack
2) A Pion Designs Paper Pack “Waiting for Santa”
3) Package of Prima
4) Scrap That! Store Gift Certificate

There are FOUR ways you can win!

STEP ONE: First of all, you will need to visit all SEVEN blogs and leave a comment on each blog :) Take your time!! Our designers have beautiful blogs :) **This is important so we know you have been to all the blogs **. There will be a randomly drawn comment winner from each blog, and one of those lucky ladies will be selected to win a fabulous package of Prima! How easy is that?

STEP 2: Once you’ve done that, you’ll need to swing by our * facebook page, and LIKE us, and then head over to our *social community and become a MEMBER. Once you’ve done that you will be eligible to win a Scrap That! store gift certificate.

STEP 3: If you want to enter to win the Grand Prize of a Pion Design "Waiting for Santa" Prize Package generously provided by Jenny at Pion Design, then head over to our COMMUNITY for details on our monthly challenge. The challenge will run from Dec 9th to Dec 29th so you have LOTS of time to post your creations. You can enter as many times as you like. You do not need to be a subscriber to participate. The more entries, the more chances you have to win!

STEP 4: Who doesn’t LOVE some Dusty Attic? Who wouldn’t want to win some Dusty Attic?

Then, while you are hopping, you will want to be looking for the “special” word on each blog. Once you have visited all the blogs and collected all the special words, they will create a sentence. Email the sentence to All correct entries will be entered into a draw for the Dusty Attic Prize Pack.

Exclusive LaBlanche/Pion Design Holiday Elegance Christmas Card and Tag Kit

Scrap That! is also offering a card kit which coordinates beautifully with this month’s kit. Here is a short video which shows you the kit contents as well as what you can make using the kit.

Click here for more information and to see this exclusive kit designed by yours truly!

The kit includes step by step instructions on how to make each one of the projects you see in the video.


Next on the hop you will enjoy beautiful projects by Shona.  By the way, my secret word is "Scrap"

We hope you all have good fun hopping with us today, thank you so much for playing along! Watch the Scrap That! newsletter on December 26th to see if you are one of the lucky winners!