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, October 29, 2009

Joy and Happiness

I remember the day I received my Sizzix Big Shot in the mail....I was thrilled!  Well, that was over a year ago and I have not used it until now.  I know that happens to so many of us as traditional scrappers have an arsenal of tools, gadgets and paper.  It is hard to use it all.  I decided to use my scalloped card die to create a Christmas card.  The design you see was taken from the packaging.  It was what attracted me to the die.

Here are the steps I followed to create this card.

1.  Select a solid piece of cardstock and a patterned paper of your choice.  Both should be 12x12.  Cut each sheet in half so it measures 12x6.   Run each sheet through your Sizzix die cutting machine.
2.  Select the solid cardstock as your base.  The die will pre-score the card, just fold in half. 
3.  Select the patterned paper and cut so you have two scallops.  (See photo above) 
4.  Glue the patterned paper to the solid cardstock at the folded edge. 
5.  Select your ribbon and tie a bow around the second scallop from the fold of the card. I chose to have the bow at the top so it looks as if it is part of the ornament. (See main photo above)
6.  Adhere your 3-D sticker to the middle section of your card on top of the ribbon and in the middle of your solid and patterned papers. (I used foam squares on the sides of the sticker so it would would adhere directly to the paper.
7.  Position a title sticker to the middle of the solid cardstock and you are done.

I hope you have found this helpful.  Be back soon.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Christmas Already!

Not quite, but it is right around the corner.  I made a vow that this year I would make holiday cards for friends and family.  I believe I have been promising myself, and others, cards for over a year!  I really have to make up for lost time.  I have made four Christmas cards so far.  I really need to make a list, and check it twice, just to see just how busy I will be!

I used the new Anna Griffin Flora Christmas collection for the majority of the cards.  I mixed and matched her collection with older embellishments from my inventory of madness as I like to call it.  I have learned one lesson in scrapbooking...never throw anything away!  The old and the new blend so well together.

A Beautiful Moment

This is a photo of my daughter embracing my beautiful cousin on her wedding day.  My cousin is also a scrapbooker so I hope she likes this. lol.  I absolutely love this photo.  You can see the unconditional love they have for one another and they still have the same love today.  My daughter is now a freshman in college!

Here are some beautiful close ups for you to see.
I couldn't resist a close up of the embrace between my daughter and cousin. It is priceless.I used lace to represent the wedding gown, nothing heavy, just enough to add a beautiful texture. I wanted to show a close up of the flowers. I used a large white flower to frame the beautiful gallery rose in the center. I added just a touch of bling with Prima pearls (I cut the original pearl design to fit the layout.

Product List - Swirlydoos November Kit, Antique Linen.  Prima Flowers (Gallery and Fleur Danseur Collections), Prima (Say it in Pearls Butterfly swirls) Patterned Papers (Kaisercraft Duchess Collection), Lace, Kaisercraft Alpha Stickers, Prima E-Line Pearls, Stickles (Patina) and Distress Ink (Vintage Photo)

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Aunt Ellie - Swirlydoos November Kit

I love vintage layouts and the Swirlydoos November kit was perfect for all of my vintage photos. I wish I had ordered two! This is a photo of my mother's youngest sister, Elnora. I have used this photo before, but I think it is much more suited for this line of papers. I used my Creative Memories oval cutting system to cute the main photo and the two matting papers. I kept the flower work simple on this one, you all know I can go crazy with the flowers at times. lol.

Here are a few close ups for you to see.

I did a little bit of everything from distressing to inking. One other trick I like to use is not gluing every corner to the paper. In the first photo above you can see where I left the corner raised to add dimension.

I enjoyed working with all of the layers. I used quite a few foam squares to give dimension to all of the photos and the title. I added ribbon to the page to add a touch of femininity.


I am pleased to announce that I have been chosen as a design team member for Urban Scrappers.  I am so excited and this is truly an honor.  I can't wait to get started as this is my first design team!  Wish me luck!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


This is a photo of my mother and her three sisters. It is the only photo where they are all together. I used the beautiful papers from the November Swirlydoos Kit. I also used items from my current inventory of madness. lol.

The felt fence is Prima and I picked it up from my local scrapbook store. All of the flowers are Prima. I love circles on layouts and I didn't want to add a heavy cardstock cirlce because I wanted to keep the background open. I used Distress Ink in Frayed Burlap and inked around an extra circle that I had handy.  (I have included the step by step instructions below.)

The tag with the wonderful saying is 7 Gypsies and is also from my stash.

This is based on a wonderful sketch from Beggahuna which was part of the kit.

Circle Mask Effect - Easy Two Step Process

Thanks for joining me today.  Today I will be sharing the steps I followed to create a light circle effect. This is a great technique when you have patterned paper with a design that you do not want to cover. In this case, it was the bird that I wanted to be able to see.

1) I selected Distress Ink in Frayed Burlap. I keep several circle templates handy to place on pages before I commit to adding them to a design. These circles also make great masks. I did not want to add a paper cirlce since the patterned paper is so beautiful.

2) I inked over the mask to create a light circle effect.

Thanks for joining me today.


Tuesday, October 20, 2009


Well it is 12:27am, but I couldn't wait to create this layout.  I received my Swirlydoos November kit, Antique Linen, and was instantly pleased.  The papers and embellishments are perfect!

This is a photo of my husband's grandmother Pearl. We all call her Ms. Pearl. She gave this photo to my husband and told him that it was taken in 1940 when she was 27 years old. She is now in her mid 90's! Wow, what a blessing.

The kit includes a sketch by the talented sketch artist Beggahuna. This is my take on her masterpiece.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Autumn Splendor

Fall is in the air..or more like winter today.  I created this layout using products from the October Swirlydoos Kit Club. 

I have loved this photo for many years. We went to Georgia to visit friends at Thanksgiving. I haven't journaled yet because I can't remember the year. I will post an update soon. I'm thinking it was around 1995.

I used the October Swirlydoos kit for the majority of this LO. The kit came with a large chipboard circle with a leaf motif but I chose to cover them. I guess I was looking for more punch. lol.

There are a few things that were not in the October kit that I added to the LO. The "Autumn Splendor" Chipboard sticker is from Little Yellow Bicycle. I am really becoming a big fan of their products. I added two embroidered leaves that I picked up at G Street Fabrics in the Northern VA area. The large gold flower is Prima.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Sisterly Love

This layout features two of my cousins on a beautiful summer day. As soon as I saw this paper from Prima, I knew it would be perfect for the photo.

I used 95% Prima products to create this layout. The circle was cut using the jumbo circle maker by Creative Memories and Basic Grey's Wisteria collection patterned paper. All of the products used were part of the Swirlydoos Kit Club August and September kits.