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, August 26, 2011

Scrap That! September Kit Reveal "Birdsong"

Welcome to the Scrap That! September Kit reveal blog hop.  The blog hop will begin at 10:00 am MST (Noon EST).

To say that this month's kit is the most beautiful of the year is an understatement.  The soft beautiful tones and images from Pion Designs makes for the perfect background for my projects.   If you have just arrived here from Pion Design’s site you are in the correct place! If not, head back to the Scrap That! blog for the blog hop order and links.

Today I’m going to share with you my project using the Scrap That! Exclusive Pion Design “Birdsong” Kit.  

I am a vintage girl at heart so my first layout takes full advantage of the vintage influences from the kit.  I used the main kit which included liquid pearls, Prima flowers and delicate doilies from My Little Yellow Bicycle.

There are several sheets in the Pion collection that have elements which can be cut out to create custom embellishments.


Here is a brief video tutorial showing the steps I took to create my "Lovely" layout using the main kit.

Supplies:  Scrap That! Main Kit; Dies - Sizzix, Fiesta Alpha (Quickutz); Ink - Frayed Burlap Distress Ink (Ranger); Photo - Dreamstime


My second layout features a beautiful photo of my coworkers daughter.  She wanted me to create a layout of her one and only.  I used the main kit as well as the embellishment kit to create this layout.  The Prima branch is one of my favorite flowers of the year.  The soft elegant blossoms are the perfect touch for my page. 

The large white flowers are also included in the embellishment add on.  I inked my flowers with Distress Ink to create a soft ivory color.  The beautiful ribbon that runs across the page was cut from the patterned paper included in the kit.  I softly inked the edges with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink to make the ribbon edges more pronounced.

Supplies:  Scrap That! Main and Embellishment Kits; Ink -Frayed Burlap Distress Ink (Ranger)


This last layout was created using the main and embellishment kits.  The chipboard letters included in the main kit were painted with ivory acrylic paint to coordinate with my page.  I used a stencil from The Crafter's Workshop to create the die cut paper.  The stencil also includes a stitching template which I used with a white pen to create faux stitching.

The flourish is a stamp from LaBlanche stamps.  I stamped the image on LaBlanche's stamping paper, inked with Old Paper Distress Ink, then trimmed to create this one of a kind custom embellishment. 

Supplies:  Scrap That! Main and Embellishment Kits; Stamp - LaBlanche;  Ink - Ocean Breeze Chalk Ink (Colorbox), Memento - Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko); Paint - Manila (Making Memories); Stencil - The Crafter's Workshop; Decorative Scissors - Scalloped Scissors (Fiskars)

Before you hop along to Shona's blog you will want my SECRET WORD, which is "A."

**Remember, that there are FOUR prizes to win, and FOUR ways for you to enter.
1) First of all, you will need to visit all TWELVE blogs :) **This is important** Each blog will have a special word. As you hop be sure and write down the special word from each blog. Once you have all the special words they will make a sentence. You will need to email the SECRET SENTENCE to All correct sentences received will be entered in a draw to win the Dusty Attic Prize Pack. (Please note: Dusty Attic does not have a blog but just follow the link leave a comment on the forum thread in their community.)
2) Everyone who emails us with the correct secret sentence will be sent a short marketing survey. Once you have completed the survey you will be entered to win a Scrap That! Exclusive Pion Design “Birdsong” Kit.
3) If you want to enter to win the Grand Prize of a Pion Design Prize Pack, then head over to our COMMUNITY for details on our monthly challenge. The challenge will run from August 26th to September 14th so you have LOTS of time to post your creations. You can enter as many times as you like. You do not need to be a subscriber to participate. The more entries, the more chances you have to win!
4) Finally, if you post our blinkie on your blog you will be entered to win a Scrap That! Gift Certificate - super easy right? Just post a link to your blog in the comments the Scrap That! Blog so we can come visit :).

Here is the blog hop order just in case you have just joined in:

Robin - (You are here!)

We hope you all had good fun hopping with us today, thank you so much for playing along! Watch the Scrap That! newsletter on September 22nd to see if you are one of the lucky winners!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011


The “Christmas Emporium” collection definitely brings out the spirit of Christmas.  I created this 8 ½ x 11 layout using this amazing holiday photo.  The tree was cut from “Christmas Emporium” and placed in the lower, right corner of the page.  The lettering is from Imaginarium Designs and is the perfect size for this page.   I finished my layout using beautiful flower tags topped with stockings which were cut from “Christmas Emporium.”  You will love this collection and you will find it your “go to” for all of your Christmas projects. 

Patterned Paper:  Graphic 45 “Christmas Emporium” collection
Die Cut Tags: Graphic 45 “Christmas Emporium”collection
Cardstock:  Coredinations
Ink/Paint:  Ranger, Making Memories
Chipboard:  Imaginarium Designs
Gem:  Prima
Adhesives:  Scotch, Beacon, Creative Memories
Sanding Block:  Coredinations
Photo:  Tom Clare
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, August 22, 2011


Hello everyone!

Today on the Graphic 45 blog are some amazing Christmas projects that will truly inspire you. 

I created this layout for Summer CHA and it was one of my favorite layouts to create. I have used this design before and it is based on a sketch I created last year.

I love the Heirloom Ornament dies from Spellbinders and I used them to create my layered ornaments.  The center design of each ornament was stamped using Gina K.'s Heirlook Ornament stamp set.  Once I stamped my image, I added pearls, a punched bow and velvet ribbon to complete the look of hanging ornaments.

The beautiful "Nice" list and Santa were cut from "Christmas Emporium" patterned paper.  My letters are from My Mind's Eye and I covered them with "Candy Cane" Stickles to create a gorgeous shine.

Don't have quite the right color alphabet for your page?  To change the color or feel of your lettering, add stickles, paint or other fun accents to create a custom title for your project.


Patterned Paper: Christmas Emporium
Cardstock: Bazzill
Ink: Distress Ink (Ranger), Cranberry Pigment Ink (American Crafts)
Embellishments: Pins (Jenni Bowlin), Button (Craft Supply), Ribbon (My Mind’s Eye), Stickles (Ranger), Glimmer Mist (Ranger), Pearls (Kaisercraft), Letters (My Mind’s Eye)
Dies: Heirloom Ornaments (Spellbinders), Punch (Martha Stewart Crafts)
Adhesives: ATG 700 (Scotch), Foam Squares (Ranger). Scor-Tape (Scor-Pal), 450 Quick Dry (Helmar’s)

Thanks for joining me and I hope you get a chance to stop by the Graphic 45 blog today.

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

Friday, August 19, 2011

Melissa Frances Blog Appearance

Hello Everyone! 

I am off to take my daughter back to college this weekend, but I thought I would share some news with you while I'm away. 

I have the honor of being featured on the Melissa Frances blog this week.  On August 18th and 19th, two of my projects will be showcased.  I am a huge fan of Melissa's and I had the pleasure of meeting her two years ago.  The first thing that came out of my mouth was..."I love you!" lol.  I'm sure she gets that all the time.

I created these layouts for my guest design spot with Verve Stamps in July.  I know that many of you have already seen them, but it is always fun to pull them back out every once and a while.

If you have a chance, stop by and take a look at her blog.  I am a daily visitor and I am sure that you will become one too.

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.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Graphic 45 & Want 2 Scrap Blog Hop Day 5!

Welcome everyone!             

I am so excited to be hopping along with the amazing Want 2Scrap team.  I hope you have enjoyed the wonderful projects and inspiration provided by all of the artists this week.    
Today's featured blogs are:

Friday, August 12th:
Karen Taylor W2S
Lori Craig W2S
Lynette Carroll G45
Robin Shakoor G45    That's Me!


Graphic 45 and Want 2 Scrap will both be giving out two prizes.  Graphic 45 will give out two prize packages valued over $25, one on our blog and one on our Facebook page.  Want2Scrap will give out two $25 gift certificates, one on their blog and one on their Facebook page.  Winners will be chosen randomly from the comments received on one of our blogs and the Facebook prize winner will also be chosen at random from the comments received on the site.

I used the beautiful "An ABC Primer” collection from Graphic 45 to create this nostaligic layout.  Want2 Scrap has an amazing assortment of chipboard and gem embellishments and I used both to add the perfect touch to my layout. 

I applied Vintage Photo crackle paint to each of my Want2Scrap chipboard flourishes.  Once dry, I inked with Fired Brick Distress Ink.  I wiped off the excess ink, then glued my Want2Scrap gems to the center of my flourishes.

I love this image from the patterned paper collection and decided to create a custom embellishment.  I cut the image, inked the edges and mounted the embellishment to my layout using foam squares.

I love my Spellbinders dies and just had to use them to frame the letters of my title.  The "Building Blocks" sheet from the  "An ABC Primer' collection contains beautifully blocked alphas which are perfect for creating titles.  To finish my layout, I added more beautiful Want2Scrap gems between each letter.

Patterned Paper:  An ABC Primer
Pearls:  Want 2 Scrap
Chipboard:  Want 2 Scrap
Ink/Pain:  Distress ink – Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain; Making Memories acrylic paint
Dies:  Spellbinders – Scalloped Squares
Punch:  Martha Stewart Crafts
Photo:  H. Armstrong Roberts

If you missed any of the fabulous blogs this week, here is the complete schedule:

Monday, August 8th:

Tuesday, August 9th:
Dana Gustafson W2S
Mimi Leinbach W2S
Nicole Eccles G45
Jane Tregenza G45

Wednesday, August 10th:
Heidi Blankenship W2S
Jack & Cat Curio G45
Sherry Cheever G45
Yuka Hino G45

Thursday, August 11th:
Terre Fry W2S
Gloria Stengel G45
Nancy Wethington G45
Melanie Forbes G45

Friday, August 12th:
Karen Taylor W2S
Lori Craig W2S
Lynette Carroll G45
Robin Shakoor G45  That's Me!

Thank you for joining our teams on this fantastic blog hop. 

Monday, August 8, 2011

LaBlanche Home Decor

I absolutely love LaBlanche stamps!  These silicone stamps are amazing and I can't stress enough their ease of use and the remarkable clarity of the images.  Here I used their Marigold on Script stamp to create this framed piece.  

LaBlanche - Flowers and Ornaments Collection - Foam Mounted Silicone Stamp - Marigold on Script    

This stamp is available on if you want to give them a try.  I will be preparing tutorials soon on how I stamped and shaded my images.  Stay tuned!

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, August 7, 2011

CHA 2011 - Circle Pop-Up Card

Hello everyone!

Just sharing another Graphic 45 CHA 2011 card project.  I never would have imagined receiving so much positive feedback on my lil’ ole’ card.  Lol!  I used an amazing card template from Let’s Party Hearty to create the card base.   This company was at The Great American Scrapbook Convention a few years ago and I picked up a few of their templates.  Unfortunately, I can’t replicate their design, but you can click here to access their site.  You will find many fun templates, but I like this one the best.

I have to admit that this design was extremely challenging and you will need time and patience your first time around. There are a few little tweaks you will need to make when lining up your pieces. Once you create the base and glue all of the pieces together, the fun part begins…embellishments! 

The Magic of Oz collection features the most amazing Scarecrow I have ever seen!  He is my favorite in the collection and I have had to stop myself from plastering him all over the place!  One of the images is of the Scarecrow in a circle which happened to fit my card base perfectly so I used it as my focal image.

There is plenty of space to add a greeting or sentiment to the inside of the card on the back panel.  All you need to do is add a solid piece of cardstock.

Card Template:  Let’s Party Hearty
Patterned Paper:  Magic of Oz (Graphic 45); Double Dot – Almond (Bo Bunny)
Chipboard:  Magic of Oz (Graphic 45)
Stamp:  Stem and Leaves (Heartfelt Creations)
Ribbon:  Unknown
Ink:  Distress Ink – Black Soot (Ranger); Memento – Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko)
Embellishments: Stickles (Ranger); Pearl Pen – Black (Viva Décor);  Glossy Accents (Ranger)

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, August 6, 2011

Scrap That! Blog Giveaway!

Scrap That! is giving away this beautiful kit full of gorgeous papers and stunning embellishments.  Simply leave a comment and become a follower on the Scrap That! blog  if you aren't already.

Posting the Scrap That! blinkie on your blog betters your chances of winning this beautiful vintage kit!

Here is what is included in the kit:

Prima Botanical Far Far Away
Prima Botanical From the Heart
Prima Botanical True Words
Fancy Pants Lilac House English Garden
Fancy Pants Lilac House Weeping Willow

Maya Road Kraft Envelopes
Bo Bunny Antique Lace Petal
Prima Flourish
Prima Flowers
Prima Leaves
Prima Ribbon
Glitz Love Nest Paper Layers
7 Gypsies Key
May Arts Ribbon
ZVA Paper Roses
Green Tara Satin Bows
Chipboard Frame and Flourish

That's it! Leave your comments by August 19th and we will select a random winner. Watch our newsletter on August 22nd for the winning name. It could be you!

Good luck!!!

Friday, August 5, 2011

LaBlanche Stamps

I am excited to share a new stamp company with you today.  LaBlanche Stamps makes some of the most amazing stamps I have ever worked with! 

These silicone stamps produce crystal clear images especially when used with LaBlanche’s stamping paper.  Since this line is new to my local stamping store, I created this card as a store sample.

I would like to send a special thank you to Angela Finet of Angela’s Happy Stamper, Reston, VA, for ordering these beautiful stamps for me.  If you are ever in the Northern Virginia area, please be sure to drop by Angela’s shop.  It is filled with everything you need to create beautiful crafting projects.

1.  Create a 5 x 7 card base using white cardstock. (You can also use a pre-made card base)

2.  Cut a 4 ¾ x 6 ¾ rectangle from black patterned paper.  Mount to the center of the card base.

3.  Brayer Brilliant Blue ink over stamping paper and ink edges with Black Soot Distress Ink.  Tie a bow to the lower, left side of the stamping paper and mount to the center of the card base.

4.  Die cut a beaded oval using black patterned paper.  (Use the largest die in the set)  Mount to the center of the card using foam squares.

5.  Stamp sentiment and die cut using Spellbinders Classic Ovals Large.  Adhere to the center of the beaded oval die cut using foam squares

6.  Stamp three Dogwood flowers on stamping paper and cut.   You will cut the entire image for two of the flowers and just the flower portion (without leaves) for the remaining flower.  Color the leaves of your stamped image using Copic YG67.  Color the flower center with Smooch Ink – Sundance.

7.  Glue one of the stamped Dogwood flowers (with leaves) to the upper right corner of the blue matting.

8.  Add a foam square to the center of the remaining Dogwood flower with leaves.  Place the Dogwood flower without leaves on top of the foam square.  (Make sure the leaves on the top and bottom layers are going in the same direction)  You have now created a layered flower.

9.  Glue your layered flower to the center of your bow.

Stamps:  Dogwood (LaBlanche); My Rainbow Set (Just Rite)
Papers:  Stamping Paper (LaBlanche); Graduation Formal Swirl (Reminisce)
Card Base:  Craft Supply
Ink:  Copic – YG67; Tuxedo Black (Memento); Forest Moss, Black Soot (Ranger Distress Ink); Sundance (Smooch); Brilliant Blue (Stampin’ Up)
Dies:  Classic Ovals Large, Beaded Ovals (Spellbinders)
Pearl Pen:  Ice White (Viva Décor)
Ribbon:  Bazzill
Adhesives:  Foam Squares (Ranger); Zip Dry (Beacon)
Tools:  Brayer, Scissors, Paper Trimmer, Quickutz Revolution

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, August 1, 2011

Graphic 45 - "An ABC Primer" Greeting Card

Hello everyone!  

Today I am excited to share with you my second CHA card project titled “For You.”  I love the simplicity of this design that I created using a variety Spellbinders dies.   This card is perfect for teachers and students as the first day of school approaches.  I can just imagine giving this card along with someone’s favorite book.

The card base is a regular 4 ¼ x 5 ½ rectangle that was die cut using Spellbinders Grand Labels Eleven.  This die set, as well as Grand Labels One, is my “go to” tools when it comes to creating unique cards.

The focal image was die cut from patterned paper using Spellbinders Petite Ovals.  I die cut a second oval in black to mat my image.  I used Spellbinders Beaded Ovals to create a whimsical frame which I chalked and glazed with Glossy Accents.  I added a simple ivory bow to the lower portion of the card for added texture.

I hope you enjoyed my card today and that it has inspired you to put a creative twist on your next die cutting project.

Patterned Paper:  Graphic 45 “School Days” collection
Card Base:  Craft Supply
Cardstock:  Coredinations Color Core Cardstock
Ribbon:  Anna Griffin
Ink:  Distress Ink – Scattered Straw, Barn Door
Die Cutting Machine:  Spellbinders Grand Calibur
Dies:  Spellbinders Petite Ovals, Grand Labels Eleven, Beaded Ovals
Other:  Ranger - Glossy Accents

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.