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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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Graphic 45 Little Darlings Collection


Hello everyone!  

I have another sneak peek for you from Winter CHA.  Graphic 45 is taking you "behind the scenes" at the show and will be featuring projects from the Design Team.  This is one of my projects titled "Happiness Be Yours."  Be sure to head over to the blog to see more gorgeous projects from the team and peeks from the show.

I love creating unique shaped cards.   I went through all of my Cricut cartridges to find just the right shape to coordinate with the Little Darlings collection.  While both the New Arrival and Heritage carts had gorgeous carriages, I chose this vintage baby carriage from the Heritage cart.  This is one of my favorite cartridges to use for my vintage projects and this shape was the perfect match for my patterned papers. 

I cut the background using white cardstock which I inked with Old Paper Distress Ink.  Next, I cut the main image using “Little Treasures”.  I added a paper border, Graphic 45 trim, Pom Pom trim and a beautiful white ribbon to embellish my card.  I finished my design with a beautiful “For Baby” image from “Bundle of Joy” and round punched circles (from “Baby Borders”) in the center of the wheels (topped with Diamond Stickles). 

The inside of my card has a message that reads "Happiness Be Yours".  Unfortunately, I didn't take a photo of it before I sent it off! 

The stamp I used for the sentimet is from Crafty Secrets called Card Sentiments.

Graphic 45 Papers
Little Darlings Collection: Little Treasures; Baby Borders; Bundle of Joy; New Arrival
Graphic 45 Staples: Trim
Fiskars: Scallop Edge Scissors
Crafty Secrets: Clear Art Stamps – Card Sentiments – Large
Creative Memories: Circle Punch 1”
Provocraft: Cricut Die Cutting Machine, Heritage Cartridge
Craft Supply: Vellum
Ranger Distress Ink: Tattered Rose, Old Paper; Stickles – Diamond; Pop It Shapes
Tsukineko: Memento – Tuxedo Black
Tim Holtz: Ribbon - White
Melissa Frances: Pom Pom Trim
Bazzill: Cardstock
Scotch ATG; Helmar’s 450 Quick Dry Adhesive

Thanks so much for joining me today.  

I will have another Graphic 45 sneak for you on Monday, February 6th.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Zva Creative January DT Blog Hop!

Hello and welcome!

Zva Creative and our talented Design Team welcome you to join us for our first Design Team Blog Hop of the New Year! We are happy to have you join us today and wish you the best for 2012!

The Blog Hop begins at Zva Creative's NEW blog! Be sure head on over to check it out! Leave a comment there for a chance to win an extra prize package just for visiting the blog and telling us that you stopped by!   You will also find a complete list of all the participating blogs there (in case there is a glitch along the way). 

If you would like to play along with our design team, just follow along the blog path. I am linking to one of the Zva designers and that designer is linking to the next and so on. Be prepared to be inspired along the way!

The Blog Hop starts today, January 30th and runs through midnight US Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, January 31st.

As you know, Zva offers many beautiful color groupings for pearls, flowers and crystals. We want to make sure that they shine bright for you, so each designer was asked to share a creation using a specific color or color combination on their blog hop project. If you like what you see you can find a list of stores and online retailers that sell Zva HERE. 

My terrific color focus for this month is Orange and Ginger.  I used the Farmhouse collection from October Afternoon to create my layout.  First, I started with cream cardstock, then used a beautiful Harlequin template from The Crafter's Workshop to create a custom background.

I love using circles in my design and I thought they would work well with these wonderful new crystals.

Here you can see the gorgeous Zva flowers I used along with the crystal embellishment which provides a beautiful touch of elegance to the page.

I wanted to add interest to the top corner of my page.  I used more circles framed by more beautiful crystals.

Zva Supplies:  Graceful Roses 1.5” (Taupe) – FL-04CA-135, Mini Rose (Ginger) - FLBK-03CB-108, Mini Rose (Ginger Transition) - FLBK-03CB-119, Mini Rose (Creamy White) - FLBK-03CB-111, Leaves #II - 1.5" - FL-04CA-114, 4.25" Flower w leaves - Chestnut - FL-04CA-107, 4.25" Flower w leaves - Peach - FL-04CA-106, 8" Branch w/leaves - FL04CA-109; CR-05CA-130 (Flickering - Champagne/Chocolate Crystal); CRB-05CA-115 (Fancy - Champagne/Chocolate Crystal)
Other SuppliesPatterned Paper:  Bo Bunny Chipboard Stickers (Words): Creative Imaginations; Circle Cutter:  Creative Memories; Glimmer Mist:  Ranger Ink (Pinecone); Paints:  Making Memories; Metal Door Plate:  Graphic 45; Template:  The Crafter’s Workshop (Harlequin); Inks:  Distress Ink – Ranger (Vintage Photo, Spiced Marmalade); Stamps:  Tattered Angels; Glitter Charms:  The Girl’s Paperie


Hidden on FIVE of the designer's blogs is a Zva Creative prize package! Winners will be randomly chosen after the hop is over, so it's important to leave a comment on as many blogs as you can along the way.

The 5 winners will be announced on Wednesday, February 1st on each of the five winning blogs. The full list will be found on Zva's blog as well. We will do our best to notify each winner, but it's best if you can pop in to all of the blogs once again on Wednesday... plus, you never know what kind of inspirational creation that you may find there.
All you need to do is leave a comment on this Blog Hop post... you do not need to leave a comment on each and every designer's blog post to qualify. However, the more times you comment along the blog hop path, the more chances you will have to win.
We also thought it would be more fun to add even more chances to win our blog hop prize!

To increase your chances of winning:

* Comment to let us know that you posted on your Facebook page about our hop (link to any of the blog hop posts)

* Comment to let us know that you "tweeted" about our hop (link to any of the blog hop posts)

* Comment to let us know that you asked your local store to carry Zva creative products. If they already do, that's fantastic, maybe you can suggest other products that they don't carry.

*Hop over to Zva's NEW blog and leave a comment there to tell us that you made it there!
The blog hop begins here at Zva Creative's NEW blog. Your next stop is Fabi Ormerod

Thank you for joining us!
P.S. Mark your calendar to join us again on February 27thfor our next Zva blog hop!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Magic Happens! Graphic 45 CHA Sneak Peek!


Hello and welcome!

Wow, the last two weeks have been absolutely crazy in my craft room!  I have been preparing all of my projects for the Winter 2012 Craft and Hobby Association (CHA) Show in Anaheim, CA.

As you can see from all of the sneaks I have posted, Graphic 45 has done it again!  They have created some of the most beautiful papers I have ever seen!  Out of all of the projects I prepared for the show this project, "Magic Happens", is my favorite.

Do you believe in love at first sight? If you do, then you will know how I felt the first time I saw the Olde Curiosity Shoppe collection. The gorgeous vintage imagery and magnificent color palette will truly make your heart soar. I found this wonderful vintage photo of Nellie Donegan taken in 1913. As soon as I saw it I knew she would make the perfect focal point for my design. I married the old with the new by usng Graphic 45's current metal and chipboard staples. They add just the right touch to this magical page.  

I created custom flowers for the layout to show the versatility of the papers.  I used my McGill Flower punch (Floriana) to create these lovely layered flowers.  I punched each layer, sprayed them with Perfect Pearls mist (Heirloom Gold), inked the edges, then shaped them.  Once I shaped each piece, I layered them and fastened them in the center using Graphic 45's button staples.  I trimmed around each button with Cinnamon Stickles.

This gorgeous image of a roller skate was my inspiration. I added another custom flower int he corner yet I didn't cover the beautiful flourish in the patterned paper.

Graphic 45 Papers
Olde Curiosity Shoppe: Olde Curiosity Shoppe, Bazaar of Wonders, Optical Oddities, Counting Down
Graphic 45 Staples: Chipboard Buttons, Metal Buttons
Scrapbook Adhesives: 3D Foam Squares
Fiskars: Paper Trimmer
McGill Flower Punch – Flowers – Floriano 2 1/8”, Tools
Ranger: Perfect Pearls Mist - Heirloom Gold, Distress Ink – Black Soot, Fired Brick, Walnut Stain; Stickles – Cinnamon
Creative Memories: Circle Cutter
Creative Imaginations: Chipboard Stickers
Helmar’s 450 Quick Dry Adhesive; Scotch ATG 700

Thanks so much for joining me today.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Graphic 45 Kraft Reflections and New Staples!


Wow, I hope you have enjoyed all of the sneak peeks from Graphic 45 over the last few weeks.  I am very excited abou the new collections and staples that I have seen.

This week the Kraft Reflections collection was revealed and it is gorgeous!  I have chosen a few of my favorites to share with you.


One of the items I can't wait to get my hands on is the Antique Typewriter Wood Stamp Set.  Take a look....

Look at these gorgeous metal butterflies!  I just have to have them in my craft arsenal.

Metal Brads!!!

Last, but not least, metal clothes pins!  Beautiful!

I will be back soon with brand new projects. 

Monday, January 16, 2012

Olde Curiosity Shoppe Sneak Peek!


Hi everyone! 

Still putting the finishing touches on my CHA projects.  I even have a little sneak peek of my own for you today featuring the new Olde Curiosity Shoppe collection. 

Now, "enter the inquisitive and elegant world of Olde Curiosity Shoppe by Graphic 45!

There is magic and wonder waiting on every exquisite page of this brilliant new paper collection! Inspired by Victorian era fashion and sentiment, Olde Curiosity Shoppe is like stepping into lavish party where imagination is the guest of honor! Picture your favorite antique shop, filled with clever oddities and fascinating knickknacks. There’s always something rare and enthralling to discover. The hypnotic color pallet includes rich rusty hues of red, blue, green, buff and black. Every unique page conjures bright ideas and timeless nostalgia.

The collection will include 12 gorgeous new paper designs, 12x12 and 8x8 paper pads, coordinating die-cuts, cling stamps and sticker sets. It’s the perfect collection to bring an authentic vintage look to any craft creation! When it comes to inspiration, Olde Curiosity Shoppe by Graphic 45 is the genuine article!"

Here are a few of the gorgeous new pages....


"Old Curiosity Shoppe"

"Mercurial Masterpiece"

"Counting Down"

  "Exquisite Motif"

From now until January 25th Graphic 45 will be bringing you lots of brilliant sneak peeks from  the latest releases for Winter CHA 2012!  All this week you will be given lots of opportunities to win this amazing new collection before it's even available in stores!

There will be 4 Olde Curiosity Shoppe prize packs every day! That's right, G45ers, 4 prizes every day! This week's prize includes a gorgeous Olde Curiosity Shoppe 12x12 paper pad, chipboard die-cuts and stickers!

All you need to to is leave Graphic 45 blog and/or Facebook comment!  Four random winners will be chosen and announced on the blog each day this week! This is going to be a stupendous week of sneak peeks, prizes and tons of inspiration! 

As promised, here is a little peek at one of my projects featuring this gorgeous new collection...

I enjoyed taking this little break to share this with you.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Busy, Busy, Busy! More Graphic 45 Peeks!

Hello everyone!

I will be missing for a few days as I am working on new designs for CHA which is right around the corner!  I am having so much fun with the new Graphic 45 collections and I can't wait unti they are available for you! 

I just wanted to leave you with a few more sneaks of the Little Darlings collection.  Be sure to stop by the Graphic 45 blog to see all the sneaks.  There are lots of beautiful prizes up for grabs through January 25th!

My favorite....Chipboard Die Cuts!

Alpha Stickers...just gorgeous!

Last, but not least...Cling Stamps!


I'll be checking back in soon!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Graphic 45 Sneak Peeks Week 1: Introducing Little Darlings


Hello G45ers!

Starting now Graphic 45 is bringing you two and a half weeks of exciting sneak peeks from their brand new products for Winter CHA 2012! Plus they have incredible chances for you to win these new products before they're even available in stores! That's right!

Graphic 45 will be giving away 4 prize packs every day to their lucky readers! That's 52 chances to win between now and January 25th!

Just leave a (click here: blog  and/or Facebook) comment and you will be entered to win one of the four prize packs offered the next business day. Make sure to comment each day to increase your chances. 

Here are some of the beautiful pages.....

"Little Darlings"


"Bundle of Joy"


"Heaven Sent"

Thanks for taking a look today.  I hope you have enjoyed this little sneak peek! 

Be sure to visit the Graphic 45 blog and Facebook sites for your chance to win and to see more peeks!