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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Sunday, January 31, 2010

Swirlydoos February Kit - "With Love from Venice"

What an absolutely beautiful kit we had this month.  The Swirlydoos February kit featured papers from Bo Bunny, Creative Imaginations and 7 Gypsies.  The sketch this month is gorgeous and was designed by Beggahuna. 

The embellishments were stunning in this kit.  I loved working with them all!  I still have a few leftovers.  I can't wait to use them up! lol.

My absolute favorite in this kit were the Prima stamps.  I used the stamps to to design this vertical element.  I am really please with the way it turned out. 

For the next few days I will be showcasing several new designs.  I hope you will be able to join me.


Friday, January 22, 2010

My First Sketch Challenge!

Hello everyone.  I have always wanted to learn how to create a sketch.  I recently joined a design team and one of our requirements is designing a sketch when we are Designer of the Month.  That is something that I love to do, but I wasn't quite sure of the software to use.

Well once I found out how easy it was, I was hooked.  I have created several sketches, but this one is my favorite.  So I decided to see how well it would be received. 

Create a layout using my sketch and you will be eligible to win a wonderful RAK.  Please send me the link, or web address, where I can see your layout.  Please post the information in the comments section by February 28, 2010. 

I will be posting a new sketch at the beginning of each month beginning in March 1, 2010.

Good Luck and thanks for playing along.


Thursday, January 14, 2010

Scrapbooks Plus Design Team!

I was recently selected for the Scrapbooks Plus Design Team.  We were given beautiful papers from SEI's Juliette collection to use for our submissions. As soon as I saw the papers, I knew exactly what photo I wanted to showcase...a beautiful sleeping angel.

I can only give you a sneek peak for now, but I will be showcasing this collection and the layouts and cards I designed on February 1st.


Tuesday, January 12, 2010

*Swirlydoos* The Ten Days of Winter - Day 4 - Wintery Birthday Card

This is a repost of my Day 4 project which will be featured 1/13/10.  I am running this series at on their blog.  Stop on by and visit us this week.

One of my resolutions for the new year is to make at least two cards each month.  I absolutely love cards.  I recently purchased a Silhouette Cutter by Quickutz mainly because of their beautiful card designs.  You could also achieve the same effect of the snowflake cutout above by using rub-ons, stamps or even punches.

Product List
  • Two pieces of solid cardstock (I used a light gray and purple)
  • Bo Bunny Snowy Serenade Collection Patterned Paper - Winter Night
  • Silhouette - Card Design - Winter Snow (optional)
  • Spellbinders - Nestabilities Collection - Die Cutting and Embossing Templates - Small Standard Circles
  • Spellbinders - Nestabilities Collection - Die Cutting and Embossing Templates - Small Classic Scalloped Circles
  • Distress Ink - Broken China
  • Ribbon
  • Foam Squares
  • Cut a 6x10 inch piece of solid gray cardstock and score in the middle.
  • Cut a piece of purple cardstock to mount to the inside of the card.
  • Cut a piece of the Bo Bunny paper to mount on the outside of the card to the left of the die cut design.  If you are not using the die cut card design, leave a 1 1/2" solid edge on the right side of the card front.  You can leave it plain or decorate with stickers, rub-ons or stamps.
  • Cut or punch a scalloped circle using the purple cardstock.
  • Cut or punch a smaller plain circle using the gray cardstock.
  • Stamp a sentiment to the center of the solid gray circle.
  • Adhere the smaller plain circle to the purple scalloped circle using foam squares.
  • Adhere foam squares to the back, left side of the scalloped circle.
  • Adhere the circles to the middle of the card.
  • Tie a ribbon to the left edge of the card and tie in a knot.
Thanks for joining me today.

See you tomorrow.


Sunday, January 10, 2010

A Special Thank You

I wanted to thank each of you for visiting me during the "Ten Days of Winter" series.  I had so much fun doing the series and hearing from you.

I will soon be working on more layouts featuring the Swirlydoos February kit beginning next week.  I will post the layouts using the kit here on reveal day, January 31st.  You can also visit to take a look in the gallery.  You will see the beautiful works of art the design team and members have created.

Until then, I have a few other ideas in mind.  I have to get working on my new years resolution to create two cards per month.  Sounds easy right?  I am having the hardest time getting started.   I am going to talk to a Stampin' Up rep in a few weeks.  If anyone out there has purchased products from them, please let me know what you think.  I am very excited by what I have seen thus far.


Saturday, January 9, 2010

*Swirlydoos* The Ten Days of Winter - Day 10 "Me and My Mittens"

Day 10! I can’t believe it! Thank you all so much for visiting with me each day. I hope you picked up a new tip or two during your time with me. Please leave me a comment to let me know what you thought of the series and if you would like to see more in the future.

Today I am featuring “Me and My Mittens.”

My mom used to always bundle me up for the weather. I remember times I could hardly move because I had so many layers. What a smart lady! My mom always makes sure there is something warm and fuzzy for me to wear outdoors. Yes, even now in my 40’s!

I used Bo Bunny papers which are just amazing! The die cut is my favorite. Even though I received them in the Swirlydoos January kit, I ran out to my local scrapbook store to stock up on more!

Distress Ink Flowers

I absolutely love Prima flowers. The flowers I used were originally white. Using my non-stick craft sheet, I dabbed Distress Ink (Dusty Concord) directly to the sheet. I then sprayed a little water. I rolled the edges of my flowers in the mixture and then sprayed lightly with glimmer mist (Moonlight.)

I used several techniques on the different snowflakes.

Chipboard Snowflake Corner
I used smooch ink (Blue) to paint the chipboard snowflake corner which came with the Technique add-on kit. I used Dusty Concord Distress ink to color the chipboard snowflake. I then placed a smaller chipboard snowflake on top for added dimension. I painted both snowflakes with Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint.  I glued the chipboard snowflakes to the middle of the snowflake corner.

Wooden Snowflake
I used Flower Soft to decorate the wooden snowflake   I placed a round photo to the center of the snowflake. I then traced the photo and set it aside. I used Flower Soft glue and applied it to the outside of the snowflake. I then sprinkled Flower Soft on top of the glue and let dry. Once dry, I added my photo to the center.

Chipboard Icicle

I accented the icicle drops with stickles.  I placed a line of glue across the top of the chipboard piece and sprinkled with white glitter.

The letters are from the Bo Bunny Snowy Serenade sticker sheet. I traced the lettering with a white pen to make the letters pop.

Friday, January 8, 2010

*Swirlydoos* The Ten Days of Winter - Day 9 "Snow Cute"

Wow, we are on the 9th day already! Time sure is going fast. Today I will be featuring close up photos of my “Snow Cute” two page layout. I don’t usually do two page layouts. I had so many photos of my sweet puppy (He’s really a 3 year old) and one page just wouldn’t do!

I used the Swirlydoos January main kit for this layout. The kit included Bo Bunny Snowy Serenade patterned papers which were perfect for Chance’s photos.

I used the purple snowflake border from the Bo Bunny Snowy Serenade sticker sheet to run along the lower half of the two pages.

Then I pulled out my circle makers and went to work. I used the Creative Memories Cutting System – Circles and Jumbo Circle Maker to create the circles.

I punched small circles to surround the center photo. I placed gems in the center of each circle and mounted them on foam squares. Once adhered to the page, I placed a drop of stickles between each circle.

I cut two smaller circles using purple cardstock. I used snowflakes from the Bo Bunny Snowy Serenade sticker sheet and placed them in the center of the circles. I adhered them to the page using foam squares.

The Bo Bunny Snowy Serenade collection had beautiful rub-ons which I used sparingly. The paper was so beautiful that it didn’t need much embellishment.

Thanks so much for joining me today. If you have any questions please leave me a comment. I would love to hear from you.


Thursday, January 7, 2010

*Swirlydoos* The Ten Days of Winter - Day 8 - "It's All About Love"

Thanks for joining me for Day 8 of the 10 Days of Winter Series.  This series features the January Swirlydoos kit. 

I love this photo!  I know, I know, I say that all the time. lol.  This is my cousin and my daughter at my cousin's wedding in 1996.  It was a beautiful June wedding with beautiful colors of purple and white.

The flower add-on from Swirlydoos was just made for this photo.  They accented the photo to perfection.

I inked the edges of the doily and cardstock with Dusty Concord Distress ink.  I really wanted to use my Silhouette to cut a fancy circle, but the machine does not accomodate a 12x12 piece of paper.  I used my EK Success punch and glued the cut outs around the circle.  I then used white Smooch ink to make the small dots. I trimmed the doily with purple Smooch ink.

Pearls and gems were in the Swirlydoos Main Kit. Here you see a close up with a speckled flower.  The flower was white and I sprayed it lightly with Haunted Shadow Glimmer Mist.

 Just a close up of the lettering and the beautiful white Melissa Frances Cameo.  I just love Melissa Frances!

Products Used:
Swirlydoos Winter Wonderland Main Kit 
Swirlydoos Winter Wonderland Embellishment Add On
Swirlydoos Winiter Wonderland Flower Add-on

Thanks for joining me today.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

*Swirlydoos* The Ten Days of Winter - Day 7 - "Serenity"

Today I will be featuring close up photos of my “Serenity” layout. I created many layouts using the Swirlydoos kit, but this one is my favorite.

I use Memory Manager photo editing software from Creative Memories. It is user friendly and is great for storing my hundreds of photos. I used the software to give my daughter’s photo a blue hue. What could be more perfect for a winter layout.

I am not usually a big technique junkie. If I glimmer mist or emboss anything it is a big deal! I decided to buy the Technique Add-on this month because it is time for me to step out of the box! The kit included glimmer mist and glimmer screens that were just beautiful.

I distressed the edges of the top layer to reveal the purple cardstock layer.

I layered lots of pretty white, silver and blue flowers.  I also used the beautiful Bo Bunny I Candy brads.  I absolutely love them!

If you have a question about something that I did not cover please leave me a comment and I will answer you.

List of Products - I used the following kits from Swirlydoos:

Winter Wonderland Main Kit
Glimmer Mist/Embossing Technique Add-On Kit
'Signature' Flower Add-On Kit
Winter Wonderland Embellishment Add On

Thanks for joining me today.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

*Swirlydoos* The Ten Days of Winter - Day 6 - "My Little Snowflake"

Welcome back everyone. Well it is “Day 6” and I am so happy that you are still with me. Today I will be featuring close up photos of my “My Little Snowflake” layout. I created many layouts using the Swirlydoos kit, but this one gave me trouble! Lol.

It doesn’t look anything like it started out to be. I had a fancy swirl, fancy paper and curved lettering, the works! I just wasn’t happy with the finished page. It seemed as if my photo was disappearing into the patterned paper and my embellishments just weren’t working…what’s a girl to do? Start over, that’s what. Lol!
The title and snowflake border were probably the most time consuming.

I started with white Smooch paint and painted every other snowflake. I then used purple, then blue. Whew! Glad that’s done. I set it aside to dry.

The title letters “SNOW” were cut using my Cricut Storybook Cartridge. Well, actually, the cartridge belongs to my cousin who so kindly let me borrow it. The letters I used for “FLAKE” were included in the Swirlydoos Add-on kit. I lighted inked the letters with Distress ink and then made small lines using my purple Smooch ink.

I cut a snowflake from the snowflake lace-cut cardstock and adhered it to the lower left side of the photo. I then used the snowflake cut out from my Silhouette – snowflake card design. I just love the swirl that design the wind is blowing. I then added a flower and placed a brad in the center.

List of Products
Bo Bunny - Snowy Serenade – Winter Night Patterned Paper
Bo Bunny – Snowy Serenade – Sticker Sheet
Bo Bunny – Snowy Serenade – I Candy Brads
Cardstock - Purple
Creative CafĂ© – Alphabet
Creative Imaginations - Magical Snowflake Patterned Paper
Cricut Cartridge – Storybook – Alphabet
Distress Ink – Dusty Concord
Making Memories – Small Alphabet – Black
Martha Stewart Edge Punch
MyLYB Snowflake lace-cut cardstock
Petaloo Flowers
Silhouette – Snowflake Card Design – Snowflake Flourish
Smooch Inks – Blue, Purple and White
Unique Pages – Chipboard Snowflake Border

Monday, January 4, 2010

*Swirlydoos* The Ten Days of Winter - Day 5 - Snow Beautiful!

Welcome back to Day 5. I am so glad that you have joined me. I will be featuring close up photos of my “Snow Beautiful” layout today. The layout is based on the Swirlydoos January kit sketch by the wonderful and talented artist Beggahuna.

I used Bo Bunny and Creative Imaginations patterned papers for this layout. I only strayed a bit from the sketch provided in the kit.

Glimmer Mist Snowflake

1. I layered the Creative Imaginations – Magical Snowflake and Bo Bunny Serenity patterned papers.

2. Using the Bo Bunny paper, I used the Tattered Angels glimmer screen (large snowflake design) and sprayed glimmer mist (Haunted Shadow) on the top left side of the page. I then trimmed around the design with my detail scissors.

3. I used white Smooch ink to accent the snowflake design.

4. I adhered the Bo Bunny paper to the Creative Imaginations paper. I did not glue the back of the snowflake design.

5. Using the snowflake sticker from the Bo Bunny Snowy Serenade sticker sheet, glue behind the glimmer mist snowflake so that the points of the snowflake will show.

6. Trim the snowflake sticker with white ink. I used the Inkssentials opaque white pen.

7. Glue the glimmer mist snowflake to the sticker.

I cut  the flourish above from the Home Accents Cricut cartridge. I placed it on top of the small cirlce and embellished with a snowflake glimmer chip. 

List of Products
Bo Bunny - Snowy Serenade Serenity Patterned Paper
Creative Imaginations - Magical Snowflake Patterned Paper
Cricut Home Accents Cartridge – Flourish
Glossy Accents
Glimmer Mist - Haunted Shadow
Inkssentials - Opaque White Pen
My Little Yellow Bicycle Snowflake lace-cut cardstock
Petaloo Flowers
Prima - Crystal Glitter Sprays (2)
Prima - Flower centers
Smooch Ink - White
Swirlydoos Glittered Wire Butterfly with Gemstone
Swirlydoos Acrylic Stone and Beads Decorative Branch
Tattered Angels Glimmer Chips - Frosty Memories – Snowflake
Tattered Angels Glimmer Screens – Vintage Ice Misting Tools

Thanks again for joining me today.  Tomorrow I will feature my "My Little Snowflake" layout.  Here is a sneak peek.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

*Swirlydoos* The Ten Days of Winter - Day 3 - Winter's Nap

Chance loves to relax and he always looks adorable!  I took this photo of him just as he was dozing off.

I used my new Silhouette to create the snowflake frame and lettering.  In the photo above you can see where I used Making Memories paint and dry brushed white down the side of the page.  I absolutely love the look it gave the layout.
In the photo above you can see the details of the snowflake frame.  I added embossing tinsel which was included in the Swirlydoos Glimmer Mist/Embossing Technique Add-On Kit.  I also inked several of the snowflakes with Distress Ink (Broken China.)  The photo corner is a Glimmer Chip from Tattered Angels - Frosty Memories.  I inked the edges with Broken China and I used Glossy Accents to give a beautiful gloss the design.

In the photo above the lettering was cut using the Silhouette.  I simply chose a true type font from Word and cut.  I absolutely love my new toy.

I used Distress Ink - Rock Candy Crackle Paint to achieve an icy glaze over the icicles.  I had Flower Soft  (Ivory) in my stash so I used it for the snow.

Many of you who are familiar with my work will know that I love working with flowers.  I couldn't resist using just a few here in the corner.  I added Flower Soft (Ivory) to the edges of the blue flowers to give them a wintery feel.

I hope you enjoyed my little tips and tricks today.

See you tomorrow.


Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year! *Swirlydoos* The Ten Days of Winter continues with Day 2

Here we are on day two. I decided to keep this layout nice and simple.  The reason I did this was because...welll...look at that photo! 

I really wanted his photo to be the primary focus of the layout. It only need a few embellishments here and there to accent it's beauty. 

I used all Bo Bunny products.  The alphabet, snowflakes, photo corner, tab and vertical border are all stickers from the Bo Bunny Snowy Serenade - Combo Sticker Sheet.  I matted the photo with Bo Bunny Snowy Serenade - Winter Night patterned paper. 

I then accented the corner of the photo as well as the centers of the snowflakes with three Bo Bunny Ensemble iCandy Brads.

I really enjoyed this collection.  It really allows you to create beautiful layouts without spending hours trying to find the perfect embellishments.  They are all coordinated for you.  Just perfect.

Thanks for stopping by...see you tomorrow.