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, July 29, 2011

August Scrap That! Kit Reveal Blog Hop


Welcome to the reveal of the August Scrap That! Kit "Somewhere in Time."  If you have arrived here from Lisa's blog you are in the right place.  If you are one of my regular scrappy friends, I invite you to join in the hop and go to http://scrapthatchat.blogspot.com/ so you don’t miss any of the projects we have for you on the hop this weekend.  The papers and embellishments in the kit feature warm earth tones and beautiful blues.  The main kit is filled with Bo Bunny, Creative Imaginations, Dusty Attic and Petaloo  products just to name a few. 


I love the vintage feel of the Timeless Collection from Bo Bunny and I used the patterned papers from the collection to create this vintage layout.   The design is loosely based off of the kit sketch this month.  I simply enlarged the photo area at the top of the sketch and made it into a full page.  The photo is from Dreamstime Stock Images under the “Vintage” category.  I was captured by this photo the first time I laid eyes on it!  Just look at those beautiful faces. 

Creative Imaginations’ Corrugated Kraft Paper is the technique product included in the main kit this month.  I used it on my layout to create a die cut title using Quickutz Nutmeg alphabet dies. 

  

Once the letters were cut, I matted them on Bo Bunny’s Double Dot Cardstock (Sugar) which is included in the main kit.  Once matted, I trimmed the letters leaving a small mat so that the letters would stand out on the page. 

Dusty Attic chipboard is also included in the main kit and I used it to create a vintage inspired photo corner.  I inked the chipboard with Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain Distress Ink. (These inks are not included in the kit, but you can use any dark brown ink that you have available.)  I glued the photo corner to the page then I added Kaisercraft Pearls from the main kit.

 

Continuing with the vintage theme, I used the beautiful kit sketch by L.G. Belarmino to create this layout.  


The warm hues of the “Timeless” collection from Bo Bunny along with the sepia tone of the photo make for the perfect vintage layout.  My cousin had wonderful vintage inspired photos taken earlier this year of her little girl and I knew this one would be the perfect focal point of the page.  

I used papers and embellishments from the main kit and embellishment kit. I love striped paper and I used it here on the left side of my page. I wanted a defined transition from the striped paper to the background paper. To achieve the definition I desired, I punched the edges of my dark olive paper then placed it behind my striped paper.  The clocks were cut from patterned paper, inked and placed on my layout following the sketch design. The chipboard title sticker is from We R Memory Keepers and the leaves are by Prima.

My last layout was created using the main kit contents only. The muted tones of the Wild Spirit collection from Creative Imaginations provide the perfect canvas for a fun western layout. 

I started with my “Wild Spirit Tan” paper as my base.  I cut the center design from “Wild Spirit” paper to create a subtle frame for my base.  I ripped a strip from “Hopes and Dreams” to place behind my photo.  The photo frame was cut from Bo Bunny’s Timeless collection.

The hanging sign was cut using my Tim Holtz “Hanging Sign” die. I wanted to add texture so I used the corrugated kraft paper from the main kit.
I cut a large butterfly from my “Hopes and Dreams” paper then I placed a punched butterfly on top to add interest. Both were then added to my hanging sign. To finish off my sign, I added striped paper, pearls and my title.



The flowers were punched from patterned paper, then inked and layered.  The flower centers are simple pearls from the main kit.   I did not do heavy layers because of the bulk it would add to my daughter’s scrapbook.


Now head over to Shona's blog for some more amazing creations using the Scrap That! "Somewhere in Time" Kit.
**Remember, that in order to qualify for the Grand Prize of a Fully Loaded Scrap That! Paper Crafting Kit you must:

1) VISIT EVERY BLOG ON THE HOP, LEAVE A COMMENT AND BECOME A FOLLOWER
2) GO TO SCRAP THAT! FACEBOOK PAGE AND BECOME A FRIEND
3) GO TO THE SCRAP THAT! SOCIAL COMMUNITY AND BECOME A MEMBER
AND..... if that isn’t enough, BO BUNNY has generously offered a prize as well! So that’s not one, not two, but THREE chances to win!! If you upload our Blinkie to your blog and our blog patrollers see it, you will increase your chances of winning!

We hope you all had good fun hopping with us today. The hop ends at midnight MST on Sunday, July 31, 2011.

Thank you so much for playing along! Watch for the Scrap That! newsletter posted on our NING community on August 22nd to see if you are one of the lucky winners!


Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Scrap That! August Kit Sneak Peek



Mark your calendars for our "Somewhere in Time" kit reveal Blog Hop beginning this Friday, July 29th at 10 a.m. MST.

The Scrap That! Design Team will showcase our projects using this  beautiful kit. 

We will have a fabulous prize package of Dusty Attic up for grabs. Post a comment on each of the blogs you visit and you may be selected to win!

Visit SCRAP THAT! at: http://scrapthat.ning.com/?xg_source=msg_mes_network

Thanks for joining me today. Feel free to contact me directly with any questions by clicking the "Contact" link at the top of the page.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Scrap Room Tour




Hello everyone!  I am busy working on new projects to share with you this week.  In the meantime, I wanted to share new photos of my scrap space.  I have had many of you inquire about my workspace and how I organize my stash.  I have moved things around and purged A LOT from my stash. 

This is a long post, but it's fun!  Enjoy.



I have a cozy room in the corner of our basement which has become my sanctuary. While it doesn't have a window, I get to see great natural light from my french doors while I sit at my desk


Here's a close up of my desk.  It is from Ikea and features two sawhorse supports which provide extra storage space.



Here is a close up of the sheer storage boxes from The Container Store.  You have to assemble them, but they are quick and easy to put together.



This is my corner desk, also from Ikea which houses my computer and extra accessories.  The boxes on top of the unit contains all of my flowers arranged by color. 



These binders, made by Anna Griffin,  hold my acrylic stamps.  I ordered them from HSN and I absolutely love them!  I really need to order more because I have run out of space in my binders. 


The most popular question people ask me is "where do you store all of the layouts you make that are dimensional?"  I have several shadow box frames as well as these frames from Creative Memories.  I switch the photos in these three frames once a month.  I enjoy looking at the photos and can't bare to tuck them away in the dark pages of an album just yet.



Here is an updated space that I have never shared.  I have an alcove in my room which is perfect to tuck away storage cubes and cabinets.  Eventually, I want to have custom cabinetry done, but I have to get my daughter out of college before I even begin to think about that! lol. 

I love these storage cubes.   I purchased them from my local Michaels and AC Moore Craft Stores. They always have them on sale for 40%-50% off which makes them affordable. I have slowly built my wall system by catching these sales over the last year.

I have drawers for all types of embellishments and tools such as:
Webster's Pages, Tim Holtz, Melissa Frances, Vintage Trinkets, Painting Supplies, Alphabets, Tools, Card Making Supplies, Tattered Angels, Ribbon, Bling, Adhesive, Inks and Flower Punches to name a few.


Here is a look at one of my ribbon drawers.  I have set aside four but this is the only one ready for viewing! lol.  I am making ribbon cards so I can continue to organize by color.  I  used to store them in several jars and drawers which made it hard to remember what I had in my ribbon stash.



Here is my drawer of alcohol inks, embossing powders and smooch sprays.  I really like the dividers which make it even easier to find what I need.



Here's a peek inside my Tim Holtz drawer.  I just love his ornate plates!



I am also asked where I keep my completed cards.  I found these great card keepers at my local Michaels craft store.  I have also seen them at The Container Store.  I currently have two in my stash.



I am now starting to give the cards I make to the special people in my life so my stash is slowly dwindling.   Time to make more cards! lol.



I love this wall unit and can't believe it is filled up!  I house all of my Stickles, Making Memories paints and Smooch Inks here.


These books were invaluable when I first began crafting in 2008.  I also have oodles of magazines which are housed on another shelving unit.


Many of you ask about my Pearl Pens.   Here they are! lol.   I love, love, love them!  They are by Viva Decor and they are one of my favorite enhancement tools.



I  have four of these awesome storage boxes for my Cricut cartridges.   I purchased them from Custom Crops.  I don't use my machine as much as I would like, but I plan to start!



This cute storage drawer cart is from the Home Decorators Collection.  It holds all of my wooden stamps.  The smaller cart beside it is from The Container Store and holds my Spellbinder dies, embossing folders and project items.



Here's an inside peek of a couple of the drawers opened.

Well, I hope you have enjoyed this little tour of my little piece of paradise. 

Thanks for joining me today. Feel free to contact me directly with any questions by clicking the "Contact" link at the top of the page.




Monday, July 18, 2011

Exciting Design Team News!




I am pleased to announce that I am officially a member of the Scrap That! Design Team!  I have been a guest designer for this amazing kit club for the last two months and it has been a wonderful experience.  I am proud and honored that I was asked to join this great group of designers.

I am not alone as Tina Rutledge and Shona Keehn join the team with me. 

I can't wait to share the newest kits from Scrap That!  The kits are beautiful and are filled with the latest collections from some of the industries most popular companies.  

The Scrap That! online store features great products which will add just the right touch to all of your crafting projects.

Be sure to stop by and browse the Scrap That! gallery and forums when you have a chance.  I guarantee you that you will find loads of projects to get your creative juices flowing.
See you soon!!!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Christmas Emporium - Graphic 45 New Release!


Hello everyone!

It’s so good to be back with you today with a new project.   I have been a busy little bee creating projects for CHA and now I can begin to share them with you.


My first project is a greeting card that I created using the beautiful new Christmas Emporium collection from Graphic 45. 


I used Spellbinders Grand Labels One to create my card base, then I lightly inked the edges using Fired Brick Distress Ink.  I die cut the main image using Grand Labels One and tied a piece of bakers twine vertically to the left side.  Then I mounted my image to my card base using foam squares.  I used a tag from the collection and adorned it with a button, gem and pins.

Today on the Graphic 45 blog you can get a "first glance" at some of the projects that the design team has designed using the new releases. Click here to see all of the fabulous collections that Graphic 45 has in store for you.


Patterned Paper: Christmas Emporium
Cardstock: Bo Bunny
Ink: Distress Ink (Ranger)
Embellishments: Decorative Pins (Jenni Bowlin), Button (Craft Supply), Baker’s Twine (Papertrey Ink), Gem (Prima), Dies: Grand Labels One (Spellbinders), Flower Soft, Glossy Accents (Ranger)
Adhesives: ATG 700 (Scotch), Foam Squares (Ranger). Scor-Tape (Scor-Pal), 450 Quick Dry (Helmar’s)


Thanks for joining me today. Feel free to contact me directly with any questions by clicking the "Contact" link at the top of the page.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Graphic 45 New Collection! - ABC Primer Stamps!


Hello there!

As promised, here are the new cling stamps from Graphic 45.  I absolutely love each and every image and I can't wait to use them.  Three are three sets of vintage school house images that will add the perfect finishing touch to all of your school projects.

Enjoy!










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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Graphic 45 New Collection! - An ABC Primer





Hello everyone! 

I am happy to share with you a  sneak peek of Graphic 45's newest collection, ABC Primer.  I will be sharing sneaks of all of the new lines and embellishments with you over the next few weeks.  Today I would like you to see Three of the papers included in the new collection.  Tomorrow, I will share the new coordinating stamps which are beautiful!

An ABC Primer



The Three Rs




 
Bedtime Stories



Grammar School




An ABC Primer Tags




These papers and embellishments are beautiful and I can't wait for you to see them.

Thanks for joining me today. Feel free to contact me directly with any questions by clicking the "Contact" link at the top of the page.