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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Thursday, September 29, 2011

I Am Loved - Webster's Pages Banner of the Week

Hello everyone! 

This layout was created for the Webster’s Pages September Challenge - “Dazzle Me.”  I am happy to announce that my layout was selected as Banner of the Week! and I am so truly honored.

I used the beautiful new “All About Me” collection from Webster’s Pages to create this sweet layout of my little cousin. I converted the photo to black and white to coordinate with the cool color palette I selected for my layout. I created layers behind the photo using patterned paper, which I ripped, and netting. I mounted the photo on “You’re Timeless” patterned paper.
At the bottom of my page I used fabric ribbon and “All About Me” trim topped with Dazzle Me Gems.

I surrounded my photo with lots of layered flowers in different styles to add interest. To further enhance off my flower clusters, I tucked in dazzlers and punched patterned paper circles.

To finish my layout, I decided to use “All About Me” fabric tickets to create my title. I surrounded these beautiful tickets with flowers, gems, sparklers and whimseys.

I used the die cut from the collection to create a bracketed frame for my page. I trimmed my frame using my light green Pearl Pen by Viva D├ęcor. 

Patterned Paper: All About Me Collection (Webster’s Pages)
Flowers: Prima, Spellbinders, Webster’s Pages
Spray Inks: Glimmer Mist – Key Lime Pie (Tattered Angels)
Fabrics & Trims: Fabric Tickets, Fabric Trim, Netting (Webster’s Pages)
Pearl Pen: Viva Decor
Dazzle Me Gems, Sparklers and Whimseys: Webster’s Pages
Dies: Spiral Blossoms 2 (Spellbinders); Swirls (Lifestyle Crafts)
Die Cutting Systems: Revolution (Lifestyle Crafts), Grand Calibur (Spellbinders)
Adhesives: Zip Dry (Beacon), Glue Dots, Foam Squares (Scrapbook Adhesives), Glue Pen (Creative Memories)

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.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Day Two! Graphic 45 Trick or Treat Hop!

Hello everyone and welcome!

Each day you'll see a sneak peek of a fantastic Graphic 45 trick-or-treat bag designed by my fellow design team members. Just click on the link to their blog at the bottom of this post and you'll be transported to a magical world of craft bliss! See the full unveil the trick-or-treat bags on our featured design team member's blog each day and get inspired by their amazing projects! We are offering two awesome Magic of Oz gift packs as prizes this week!

Here is the list of blogs for today's hop:
Robin Shakoor: (That's Me!)
Tara Orr:

I hope you have enjoyed the awesome projects by my talented teammates thus far.  I love the Wizard of Oz and the Magic of Oz collection from Graphic 45.  I have said this many times, but the Scarecrow is my one of my favorite characters from the collection so you will see him quite a bit in my designs.

The design team created treat bags for Summer CHA using the Magic of Oz collection.  I can tell you all that you are certainly in for a treat this week as we unveil our bags. 

Trick or Treat!!!

I decided to use the Scarecrow as my focal image and surround him with other characters from the story.

First, I sprayed my paper bag and handles with Smooch Ink. I sprayed lightly so that you could see a hint of color from the paper bag.

I created a brick wall using a stencil from The Crafter's Workshop. Used yellow acrylic paint on dark brown cardstock. Once dry, I added glossy accents to each brick. The collection has wonderful images which I detail cut to create custom embellishments.

Paper: Magic of Oz (Graphic 45)
Ink: Distress Ink (Ranger)
Embellishments: Stickles (Ranger), Metal Flower (Graphic 45), Stencil (The Crafter’s Workshop), Punch (Martha Stewart Crafts), Paint (Making Memories), Glossy Accents (Ranger), Brad (Craft Supply)
Adhesives: ATG 700 (Scotch), Foam Squares (Ranger). Scor-Tape (Scor-Pal), 450 Quick Dry (Helmar’s)

Thinking of You - Card

Here is the coordinating card to match my bag.  Many of you have seen it before, but it's fun to bring him back out again.

Project Title: Thinking of You
Paper: The Magic of Oz (Graphic 45), Cardstock (Bo Bunny)
Ink: Distress Ink (Ranger)
Embellishments: Pearl Pen (Viva Decor), Stickles (Ranger), Ribbon (May Arts), Card Template (Lets Party Hearty), Chipboard (Graphic 45), Glossy Accents (Ranger)


Want the opportunity to win? Just click on over to our featured design team member's blog each day and leave a comment. We will choose two random winners from our design team member's blog comments and announce them on Friday, September 30th! Sound like fun!? You bet it does!

Check out this amazing prize!

A Magic of Oz 12x12 paper pad, Chipboard Button Staples, 3 chipboards from Imaginarium Designs, and some beautiful bling by Want2Scrap! Remember, there's two chances to win this week! Wow!

In case you can't make it every single day this week, here is the schedule for our featured design team member blogs. This shows you who will be featured on what day so you can check out all the fun! Don't forget to leave comments for your chance to win!

MondayLynette Carrol:
Jane Tregenza:

Laura Denison:
Robin Shakoor: (That's Me!)
Tara Orr:

WednesdaySherry Cheever:
Jack & Cat Curio:
Nicole Eccles:

Nancy Wethington:
Hilde Janbroers:
Yuka Hino:

Friday Melanie Forbes:
Gloria Stengel:

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, September 26, 2011

A Thing of Beauty - Digital

Hello everyone! 

This was created for the September Digital Challenge at Webster's Pages.  The challenge was to use lots of layers which I love! 

I used a fun template by Lilacs in Bloom which I purchased from Shabby Pickle Designs.  This is my first digital layout using Photoshop Elements. I usually use Storybook Creator but I wanted to try something a little different.

Here are the supplies I used...

Lilacs in Bloom - Flower Burst

Beauty word art - Digital Scrapbook Place

Webster's Pages Ladies and Gents Digital Collection

Webster's Pages Country Estate Digital Collection

Webster's Pages Country Estate Designs Digi Motifs

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.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

You and Me - Card Tutorial

Hello there!

I am happy to bring you a video photo tutorial of my "You and Me" card using the Magic of Oz collection from Graphic 45. 

I love using Spellbinders dies to create unique cards.  In the video, I give you step by step instructions on how to cut and assemble this card base. 

The complete supply list is directly below the video.  I hope you give this card a try.

Patterned Paper:  Graphic 45 “Magic of Oz”

Cardstock:  Bo Bunny, Coredinations

Chipboard “Oz” Circle:  Graphic 45 “Magic of Oz”

Ink:  Ranger, Tsukineko

Dies: Spellbinders Grand Labels One

Stamps:  Inkadinkado (Hearts and Love), Making Memories (Dilly Dally Stamp Banners and Alpha)

Adhesives:  Ranger, Scor-Tape, Zip Dry

Tools:  Scor-Pal, Spellbinders Grand Calibur

Ribbon:  May Arts

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.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Graphic 45 & Fiskars Team Up!

Hello everyone! 

Welcome to day two of the Graphic 45 and Fiskars team up!  I am a long time user of Fiskars products.  I use everything from their paper trimmers to their decorative scissors.  This week Graphic 45 will be showcasing projects designed by the design team using Fiskars products. 

Today I am sharing a fun Outer Stair Step Card using the Graphic 45 Christmas Emporium collection.  The collections contains lots of beautiful images, but the beautiful Santa image is my favorite from the collection and serves as my focal point on the card.

The card base is pre-scored and is made by a company called The Paper Cut.  I purchased my card bases from my local stamping store, but they are also available online.  You can click this link which takes you to Paper Creations which is a division of The Paper Cut. 

This card design allows you to add a multitude of beautiful layers to your project. I used Fiskars Postage Stamp border punch to create a delicate scalloped border which was topped with diamond Stickles. To continue with the postage stamp theme, I punched a postage stamp shape to mat my postal stamp image cut from my patterned paper.

Here is a short video to show you the fun movement of this card.

I used the following Fiskars products:

Fiskars 01-005721 Squeeze Punch, Ex Large Postage Stamp

Fiskars FBP-5646 Border Punch

Fiskars 5249 SureCut Deluxe Paper Trimmer 12

Graphic 45 Papers:
Christmas Emporium: Christmas Emporium, Joyous Noel, Special Delivery, Santa Express
Christmas Emporium Chipboard: Die-cuts 1

Partner Products:
Fiskars: Postage Stamp Border and Squeeze Punches
Fiskars: Paper Trimmer
May Arts: Ribbon and Twine
Scrapbook Adhesives: My Stik Tape Runner

Other supplies used:
Card Base: The Paper Cut
Ranger Industries: Diamond Stickles, Black Soot Distress Ink, Glossy Accents, Foam Squares
Beacon: Zip Dry Adhesive

Be sure to stop by the Graphic 45 blog this week to see all of the amazing projects!

Thanks for joining me!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Video Tutorial...Testing 1..2..3!

Hello everyone!

I am working on adding video tutorials and would love to get your opinion.  This is my first attempt and I hope you like it.  I am working on focusing issues so I apoloize in advance.

This video is a step by step guide to show how I assemble my pages.  Please leave me a comment to let me know if you would like to see videos from me in the future. 

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.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Apple of My Eye

I love the scarecrow images found in “The Magic of Oz” collection. I used these playful images to adorn the photo of my friend and her youngest son at an apple orchard last fall. 

I placed the scarecrow’s hand in between the two hands in the photo to make it look as if he was part of the fun! I inked Graphic 45’s chipboard buttons to coordinate with the colors of the scarecrow’s hat as well as my background papers. I finished by design with scalloped transparencies and decorative lettering. 

Join me and Lynette Carroll on the Graphic 45 blog for more fall inspiration.

Graphic 45 Papers: Once Upon a Springtime: Tiny Treasures; Magic of Oz: Emerald City, Tenderhearted Tin Man
Graphic 45 Staples: Chipboard Buttons, Trim Staples
Bazzill: Licorice Double Dot Patterned Paper

Fancy Pants: Lettering
Ranger: Bisque Liquid Pearls, Foam Squares, Barn Door Distress Ink
Maya Road: Printed Transparency Pieces –Doilies - Black
Craft Supply: Black Embroidery Floss
Martha Stewart Crafts: Loops Punch

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.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Beauty is Everywhere

Hello everyone!

Today I am sharing a card based on a lovely sketch from Cardabilities.  I used sketch #38 to create this card featuring the Authentique Journey collection.

The Sketch

The Details

I love the embellishments from My Mind's Eye.  I used one of their beautiful glittered die cuts for my card sentiment.  The lacey doily is the perfect accent my die cut.  I used scrunched seam binding from the Memrie Mare Etsy Shop and surrounded it with rosettes by Prima.  I finished my design with My Mind's Eye bling and a punched monarch butterfly.

Patterned Paper:  Authentique Journey Collection
Ribbon:  Memrie Mare
Flowers:  Prima
Punch:  Martha Stewart Crafts - Monarch Butterfly
Die Cut:  My Mind's Eye
Pearls:  My Mind's Eye
Doily:  My Little Yellow Bicycle
Decorative Scissors:  Fiskars Scallop Edge

Thanks so much for joining me today.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Cardabilities Design Team Announcement!

I am happy to announce that I have been chosen to join the Cardabilities Design Team!  I can't wait to get started using the wonderful sketches created by Ms. Karan Gerber.

Be sure to stop by and visit the pages of my new teammates listed below.  I am sure you will finds lots of inspiration.

Ana Pascual--Spain
Anna Iwanowska --Poland
Anna Zaprzelska--Poland
Brenda Rose --USA
Carrie Boissoneault --
Clelia Pirarba --Italy
Francesca Dolciotti --Italy -returning
Jessica Pascarella --USA
Joan Liddle USA
Judy Beeksma Canada
Olga Zhurina --Russia
Robin Shakoor --USA
Sabina Galfre --Italy -returning
Stephanie Lee --USA
Susie Moore --USA
Sylvia Blum --Germany
Tanya Privalova --Ukraine -returning
Zulma Santiago -Puerto Rico

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, September 12, 2011

The Magic of Oz!

Hello everyone!

I am pleased to share with you my latest design team project for Graphic 45. 

I am a huge fan of these fun altered 5x5 Kraftboard Altered Art Boxes w/Album from the Graphic 45 staples collection.

I love these boxes because of their size.  They make the perfect keepsake for you or someone special.  I chose The Magic of Oz collection to decorate my project.

Here is the box opened.  You can see a beautiful field of poppies surrounding the Tin Man and Scarecrow.

Here is the cover of my mini booklet.  I detail flowers from my patterned paper and adhered them to the page using foam squares.

Here are the first two pages of my mini book.  I altered the shape of the accordian album to become a four page booklet. 

Here are my friend's twins having fun on a beautiful fall day.

Complete supply lists can be found by clicking here.  Be sure to leave a comment on the Graphic 45 blog under this post to be eligible for a beautiful prize package.

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.