Thursday, April 28, 2011

Father's day gift - Lucky accordion album

I have to say that Lucky is one of my favorite paper packs!  It is so versatile and can work for many things!  It could be a Father's Day paper, outdoors, fall, boy, pumpkin patch, biking, so many others!

Here I intended this to be a Father's day accordion album and it just turned out to be a very versatile familish album...could be used for Father's Day!

I will be doing this as a Workshop on Monday, June 6 at 6:30 and Thursday, May 26 at 10:00 am.
Cost will be $15, you only need to bring adhesive!  Everything will be cut for you!
RSVP and Pay by May 13!


Monday, April 25, 2011

20 page Workshop done in Sophia

On May 14 during my retreat you can create these layouts for $30 out of any paper pack of your choice.  You do not have to attend the retreat to participate in the workshop!  You do need to RSVP and pay for the Workshop by May 1 and let me know which paper pack you want to use!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Days of Splendor

This is another page from my January retreat!  I was so tired of this paper pack by the time I finished the zoo!  Splendor is retired but was a great paper pack for outdoor pictures!  It is still available in Studio J!  I love that!  It seems if I run out of paper or missed a paper pack like Giggles and Grins I can still take advantage of it in Studio J!  Click here to experience Studio J!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Baby Shower Gift

Topstitch paper meets a

9" x 9" My Creations Memory Showcase!

A friend of ours is having a baby, her fourth.  I wanted to make something special for her and the baby girl.  

I put this together in about 5 hours using the Topstitch paper (retired), the Reflections (9031) how to book and various embellishments.  This is only my second one of these and I really like them!  Guess, I might be making more!

 I used the Cricut to do the baby's name, retired colonial white ribbon and pink sparkles from the Red, Pink and Purple assortment (Z1326) 

On this page I used the Mocha Opaques (Z1333) and a Just Blooms flower (Z1300) sprayed with our Spray pen (Z1380) filled with water, Vineyard Berry reinker (Z2257) and Create a Shade Pearl Paint (Z1039).

On this page I used Irresistable Eclectic Alphabet (z1395) Inked with Baby Pink ink (z2102) and the Pearl Opaques (Z1336).  I love the way the flowers made with the pearls came out!

The flowers and Corduroy brad I used on this page are retired, but oh so cute and made the layout, in my opinion.

A is for Abigail!  The A is a Dimensional Elements Monogram (Z1055) inked with Baby Pink and the hearts are also Dimensional Elements Hearts (Z1278) inked with Heavenly Blue (Z2126) and Baby Pink inks.  A little bling is added with the Pink Sparkles from the Red, Pink and Purple Assortment 
One of the things Close to My Heart changed on our newest Idea Book was all the buttons.  They are so varied and cute!  Arranged by colors rather than our color family, makes it easy to get a variety of pinks without digging in several packages!  These buttons are from the Pink Assortment (z1370) and an old twilight button is on top of the center pink button! 

Can you tell I am trying to use up some stash!?

I absolutely love this layout and it's simplicity!  All I added was some Chocolate ribbon (retired)!

Last but not least!  The final page with only buttons as embellishment!  I love the shine it adds, without making it busy!

This was really fun to make and was a joy to give!

To buy any of these products go to my website or send me a message and I will get it ordered for you!

If you are interested in making one yourself but don't know where to start, then contact me and I will show you how!

More Vacation 2010

This uses paper from an old promotion called Key to my Heart.  My kids do not suck their thumbs, well most of them don't but in keeping with our friends' kids they joined the trend!  Thankfully it didn't last.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Retreat Pages from Vacation 2010

I made this page at the retreat I went to in Chicago area in January.  I finished 18 - 2 page layouts!  I mean embellished, journaled and titled!  It was a lot of fun and I enjoyed getting away!

So why should you go to a retreat?  Wow, so many reasons!
1. Extended time to crop!
2. Fun with friends!
3. Time away from_____!
4. Creative ideas from others around you!
5. Get as little sleep as possible!
6. Contests
7. Free Make and Take!
8. Wear your PJ's all weekend and no one will care!
9. Free use of my stamps, inks and cricut (bring your own mat)!
10.  Because I am having one on May 13th through 15th at my house!

Retreat, Friday May 13 to Sunday, May 15- $50, RSVP and Deposit $10 due by April 15.

Need a break?  Behind on your scrapping?  Need to make some cards?  Want to learn how to use Studio J?  Need to make a lot of pages?  Want to learn a new technique or stamping basics?

Then reserve May 13-15 to get your projects done!  I will be hosting a retreat at my home!  The cost will be $50 (or $25 plus a meal for everyone) for the whole weekend or $20 for Saturday only!  Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided on Saturday and breakfast and lunch on Sunday!  You are on your own for Friday night.  I have room for a maximum of 8 overnight retreaters and can have up to 4 additional day retreaters.

For $5, there will be a stamping basics class on Friday.
A technique class for $5  and 20 layout (10 two page layout) workshop for $30 on Saturday!

You will have access to my stamps, inks and cricut for free, please bring your own 12x 12 mat for the cricut or $6 to buy one from me.  I will also have some paper, embellishments and stamps for sale.

To reserve your space a $10 non-refundable deposit will need to be paid by April 15 and the remainder will need to be paid by May 1.  Space is limited so reserve yours today!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Stamping on Layouts

Unless I am doing a title or workshop I rarely think about stamping on a layout.  The layout on the left had a bare spot on the bottom right and I couldn't figure out what to do with it until I remembered the Felicity Special from a while back had a argyle diamond pattern in it.  I didn't like it with a single color so I stamped first with Sweet Leaf and then rock and rolled with Dutch Blue and Chocolate.  I loved the way it came out!  The second page I just planned to do the title with the diamonds but it seemed to need a little more so I made some more diamonds and pop dotted them in the upper left.

It is not often that I am proud of a layout but this one was pretty out of the box for me!  I will have to start thinking more about stamping on layouts!