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Saturday, December 29, 2012

January Card Tricks at Michael's

The January Card Tricks class is scheduled for Tuesday January 8th at 6:30 PM.  I used a techniques and layouts from a recent magazine article about using patterned papers.  All great ways to use scraps though I'm using a pretty K and Co. coordinating paper pack available at the store.

Hope you enjoy them.  I'll have a variety of stamped sayings and punches to make the cards whatever you like.  Class Trick will ring at the register at $25 and will have a price adjustment to $10 for the four cards.  Email me if you have any questions.

Happy New Year.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

New classes at Michael's in 2013

Lots of new classes are in the works for 2013 in the Michael's paper crafting program.  I'll be updating the calendar at the bottom of the blog and Michael's on line website will be listing new classes for January and February.   Check it out:

Martha Stewart's Clay
Cricut Test Drive
Spellbinders test drive
Smash bash
Mini Card Class (six small cards)
Altered Canvas

Mark your calendars for the Open House on January 12th.  There will be discounts on classes when you register that day, in person only.  I'll have dates in the registration book through April.  Contact me with any questions,

Friday, December 14, 2012

And the winner is...

Barbara Parker.  I'll bring your prize to you when I see you next.  Thanks for signing up for my blog and becoming a follower.

I'll have another give away after the first of the year.


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Blog Give Away

I love Tim Holtz' Alterations Dies.  How much do I love them?  Enough to buy the same thing twice even though I have that fabulous app on my phone.  What to do?  Have a blog give away!

You could have this wonderful Christmas die for the holiday season.  I really want to increase the number of followers to the blog and comments so here is how you can enter.
  1. Sign up as member of the blog
  2. Become a follower of the blog (include comment that you've done so)
  3. Leave a comment on a recent post
That's up to three entries be person.  Entries must be completed by midnight EST December 11. The winner will be randomly selected and will receive an email with mailing information.

In my box of duplicates I have an extra ATC Tim Holtz stamp that will be added to the die.  Feel free to pass this on to other crafters. Thanks for helping build my blog.


Monday, November 26, 2012

Patchwork Pandemonium

Based on Tim Holtz's most popular class, Patchwork Pandemonium is a fun journey of Ranger inks and paints with of Tim's products.

You'll use grunge board, textured fades, stamps, tapes, and lots of Ideaology pieces to create a framed work of art.  The final product is held in an 8 X * shadow box.  This class is good messy fun.

Register at Captured Moments at or call the store at 518-356-7985 or with me directly.  The class is $75.  You must bring a craft mat (Inkssentials mat recommended). which will be available for purchase at the store.

Technique Tags featuring Ranger Distress Products

On January 16, I'll be presenting a technique class which based on Tim Holtz' Creative Chemistry 101. You will create individual tags that take you step by step through multiple techniques using Ranger Inks, paints, powders, etc.  to learn how they work.  

Each tag includes written instructions to replicate the technique.

This class explains the 'hows and why's' of these products.  You'll have time to play with the products and create a reference book for your use in future projects.  

Register at Captured Moments at or call the store at 518-356-7985 or with me directly.  The class is $35.  You must bring a craft mat (Inksentials mat recommended) and a blending tool with extra sponges (Inksentials).  Both will be available for purchase at the store.

December Card Tricks Class at Michael's-Vintage Christmas

The third of the Michael's Special Holiday Card Classes, A Vintage Christmas, features cards using distress inks and techniques. This class will be repeated on December 4th and only costs $10.  Register at the Latham Michael's.

October Sketched Out class at Michael's

I'll be posting past Sketched Out samples on my blog that weren't posted prior to class dates.  Here are the October pages.  The first person to sign up and I discussed doing a football page where she could use her Giants scrapbook paper and so I planned it with my Jets paper.

Two Halloween pages with Martha Stewarts paper, Martha Stewarts punches (blood dripping, spiders, spider webs), twine, ribbon, and a felt sticker.  I cut the hats on the pumpkins and mounted them with foam tape then added black stickles.

The football pages were fun to make and I have lots of pictures to add to this type of page.  The football papers, other than the Jets paper, is from Echo Park.  The player, helmet, title, goal post, and footballs are cut on the Cricut.  We had a great time making these pages.  For the Giants page, we switched the colors to red, white and blue.

It's great to leave class with four pages done, ready to add pictures.  Sign up for future Sketched Out classes at the Latham Michaels.

January 2013 Sketched Out Samples-Michaels

Looking forward to 2013 and thinking of snow inspired pages.  The Recollections pack used for the December pages had LOTS of snowman pages.  I loved it.  I selected the pages that said 'Memories Never Melt".

The left side has a red snowflake ribbon across with a large photo mount.  Two embossed snowflakes were cut from another page and have buttons added to the center  Two snowmen were punched from silver glitter paper.  The phrase on the page was highlighted with silver stickles.    The right page has the same ribbon.  The large snowman snowflake is cut from another page.  Photo mounts added along with three punched snowflakes from silver glitter paper.  A really easy page and I love the final product.

This spread uses paper from K and Co.  The birds are placed on the outer sides of the pages.  The inside sections have additional patterned paper from the pack and a green felt ribbon with a swirl of red pattern paper.  Photo mounts are added to both pages and a Cricut cut phase cut in layers are added.  Again, a simple spread.  Two very different looks.

This class is scheduled for January 22 at 6:30 PM.  Register at the Latham Michaels.  Hope to see you there.  Kits are available if you can't attend that day.

December Sketched Out Pages-Michael's

Oh this poor blog has been neglected.  I have lots of past samples to post and a schedule to update but most important to me is to post the upcoming class samples.

I'm actually ahead on the Sketched Out pages. Miracle!  This season I purchased both a Recollections and K and Co holiday paper pack that would include pages for both Christmas and Winter themed pages.  I LOVE this pack.

Here are the two spreads.

This spread starts with two K and Co pages that include the tree on the right.  I cut the tree out of the page.  I layers waves of three patterned papers and tucked them behind the tree.  Some foam tape helps give the tree some dimension.  I added photo mounts and hand cut ornaments with eyelets and gold cording.  The ornaments on the tree have glossy accents and the flames on the candles have gold stickles. The title is cut on the Cricut and sparkled with some bling.

This spread starts with two pages from the Recollections pack.  The left side has a scalloped strip of red on white with Cricut cut gingerbread men and buttons.  The word Sweet is part of a Cricut cut expression. The gingerbread men are colored with a Distress picket fence pigment marker.  The photo mounts are cut with a spellbinders die and some have brown twine tied for extra embellishment.  The left side simply has the rest of the Cricut cut phrase.  Buttons are added on the 'i' of each word.  The photo mount is cut with spellbinders dies.  A Cricut cut gingerbread man is added to the right of the house and colored with the Distress marker.

This class is Tuesday December 18 at 6:30.  A kit can be available if you sign up for class and can't make it that night.  Register at the Latham Michaels.

Monday, September 10, 2012

October's Halloween card class at Capture Moments

Happy Hauntings friends.  So many wonderful Halloween stamps to pick from, what to include.  Another challenge. My fall/Halloween/Thanksgiving collection is almost the same size as Christmas/Winter.  This class is scheduled for October 13 from 10 AM-noon.

First up in a DeNami creation using standard Halloween colors:  purple, green and orange.  This sample was done with Tombows but we'll be using Copics.

A Halloween cocktail from Impression Obsessions.  Halloween festivities of spirits and spirits, right.  Cheers.  This stamp is called a Hallotini.  Simple paper layering with some coloring with Copics.  I've decided to glaze the glass with Crystal Laquer.

OK, I bought lots of Memory Box Halloween stamps last year because I just loved these images and papers.  I know I use Memory Box a lot, but really, this one is fabulous.  I colored watercolor paper with watercolor crayons and painted the moon with pearlex gold.

Finally, following my Tim Holtz blitz, I have lots of new Tim Holtz holiday stamps that I purchased for a steal.  Halloween Tim style.  Distress inks and Perfect Pearl mist with some white and black pen accents.

A little something for everyone.  Hope you can join us.  As always, please call the store at 356-7985 or send an email to register.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Classes half price at Michael's this Saturday

This Saturday, all day, you can register for one of the paper crafting classes scheduled now through December:

Spotted Canary Intro to Scrapbooking (4 Thursdays of any month) reg. $25 for all four classes, plus some materials

Martha Stewart Glitter: Second Wed each month. reg. $10 plus kit

Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page: Fourth Wed each month.  reg. $10 plus kit

Sketched Out:  Two double page scrapbook layouts. Third Tues each month.  reg. $25 includes most materials

Monthly paper crafting class:  Fourth Tuesday each month.  reg. $25 includes materials
September: Pink Party, breast cancer pink ribbon scrapbook double layout, two cards, banner
October: Mixed media set of three 4x4 canvas pieces
Nov: six Tim Holtz style Tags of Christmas
Dec: six (new) Tim Holtz style Tags of Christmas

Email me questions at

Don't miss this great deal.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

August Captured Moments Card Class

I'm happy to be posting the four cards for the August class at Captured Moments.  I love the stamps used in all four cards.

First up is an elegant card featuring a stamp from Outlines (so sad they are going out of business).  It also features SEI's Couture paper. Love the colors of this paper.  Don't be intimidated by the layers; you stamp the flower twice on white paper and twice on the Couture paper then cut part of the flower away. The floral layers have accents with Pearl Pens in lilac, light green and kiwi.  This card was designed by Outlines and is listed on their blog.

 Next up is a simple card that focuses on the House Mouse stamp Chewable Aspirin.  If you have your own Copic markers you might want to bring them.  There is a fair amount of coloring.  The ice cube is covered with crystal lacquer and the cotton in the aspiring bottle is covered with white fluff.  

The third card has a beautiful vegetable couture stamp from Lockhart.  How many times can you say 'couture' in one posting?  Anyway, I bought most of these stamps and loved them so much I've bought some more than once.  Ever do that?  I found this beautiful idea on Splitcoaststampers Lockhart file and the Cosmo Cricut papers work perfectly with these stamps.  What I went through to get this paper for all the kits, yikes.  But it was worth it.  Just perfect. Delicious fashion.

Finally, we'll do a technique I learned in a class from Dave Brethauer of Memory Box.  The watercolor paper is colored with Twinkling H2Os and then the Memory Box stamp is pressed on top with Brilliance Coffee Bean pearlized ink.  Some SEI embossed metallic paper, a layer of gold metallic paper and some gold metallic cording finish this off.  I've decided to add some bronze pearl pen marks on the tree for a little something extra.  It's so hard to know when to stop.  What makes one embellishment turn the card into a Wow effect and what makes it become too much?  I always struggle with that.

Sign up for the class by calling Capture Moments at 356-7985 or drop an email to the folks at the store. 

Sunday, July 15, 2012

May Captured Moments Card Class

Wow, I just realized I never posted the May cards for the Captured Moments class.  This class was all about another favorite company, Memory Box, either using the dies or a combination of dies and stamps.  Here they are:

This care uses a Blank Ticket Tag die which coordinates with the Blank Ticket stamp.  After stamping the image on Memory Box paper, I die cut it and mounted it on My Mind's Eye papers.  A little Stampin' Up seam binding, button, and phrase and you have a super simple, super beautiful card.

For the second card I used a Judikins embossing powder blend with the Blank Museum Tag.  This also coordinates with a Memory Box die which has a brown brad added.  The owl is stamped on Memory Box paper and more Memory Box papers are used in the background. A little phrase along the edge and you have another beautiful, easy card.

This most difficult thing on this card is removing the circle flower dies from the paper :)  I used green gate fold cards I picked up at Michael's for a dollar and added a strip of Memory Box yellow gingham paper along the left panel.  The vine is made using the Whimsy Circle Die cut twice on Anna Griffin patterned paper.  The circles are mounted on a small punched circle of Magenta brown pattern paper and I stamped an old favorite flower from Magenta in the center on a scrap of the gingham.  By overlapping the two circles it looks like a flower.  The phrase is simply stamped and punched to balance the piece.

I doesn't get more simple or striking than this.  I used two Memory Box dies: Selena butterfly (patterned paper) and Maribelle butterfly (black paper).  I used some of my hard to part with A Muse heavyweight black shimmer paper for the background and die and some copper lightweight shimmer paper behind the butterfly.  I stamped an old Inkadinkadoo stamp on the copper with Staz-On black ink and used a small circle punch to make the corners like a ticket.  I typed the word FLY on paper and printed in from my computer.  Love this one.

That's it in a nutshell.  I have several of these kits available for sale if you are interested.  Thanks for stopping by.

PS, all of these stamps and dies are available at plus dozens and dozens more.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

DeNami July Blog Hop - Summer

Welcome to the July DeNami Designs Blog Hop.   I actually started to type June because I can't believe it's July already. You should have arrived from the blog of

If at any time along the way a link doesn't work, just hop back to the

DeNami blog 

and you can hop back in wherever you want from the list of participants.  Things happen.

This month the theme is summer and there are so many wonderful images to choose from.
Here are the details of the hop from Paulina at DeNami Designs:

When: The blog hop starts on July 8th at 6 AM, PST. However, you have until July 9, 2012, 11:59 pm PST, to leave comments on all the blogs (to be eligible for a prize).
Why: To be inspired by fun DeNami Design creations and also the chance to win mini shopping sprees on the DeNami Design website!

Prizes: We are giving away THREE $20 gift certificates to our website! We'll be giving away one gift certificate to a random participant (DT members not eligible) and then we'll also be giving away TWO gift certificates to TWO people who comment along the hop!

This month I decided to make a scrapbook page instead of a card.  While cardmaking is my first love, I've been making a lot of scrapbook pages and I love the monthly paper collection release from We R Memory Keepers titled Down the Boardwalk.  

The papers are wonderfully warm and I thought the beach collection would be perfect for summer and would work great with Mimi surfing.  I don't expect to ever have a photo of someone surfing in my scrapbooks, but I do have lots of beach pictures and Mimi's just cool.

After creating my scrapbook canvas, I added a photo mount and hand cut the Mimi image.  She's stamped on white paper with black ink and colored with Copic markers.  Of course I waxed Mimi's board with some crystal lacquer to make it shine.  I was thinking water and sand.  So then I went just a little too far with that idea and thought it would be great to add some real sand.  I don't recommend it.  I used a combination of ATG tape and crystal lacquer and I think it just looks like a mess.  Plus I can't imagine I'll want loose falling sand in my book.  But I left it so show my inspiration, both the good and the bad.  I'm pretty sure I'll be rubbing that sand off the page soon.

Here's a close up of Mimi.  Don't you just love that Nami added Mimi's earrings even when she's surfing?  And not a hair out of place.  

The final stop in this hop in Glenda Wyatt.  Enjoy and don't forget that every comment you leave is an entry to win a gift certificate to the DeNami on line store.  With all the new released image, you'll have a hard time deciding what the pick.  Happy summer

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Amy Tangerine Book Challenge-Covers

Captured Moments is hosting a interactive inspirational challenge using  Amy Tangerine Day Books by Amy Tan.  They've selected the 'Hug' book and several customers are participating.

The details of the challenge are outlined on the Captured Moments blog. Each week they are publishing a section and posting photos of the results.  Tara has added a link on the right side of the blog to select all of the postings about the challenge.

What I love about this challenge is the interaction between people I like to craft with and admire for their creativity, Tiffany's creations, and Amy Tan's wonderful stuff.  Everyone's interpretations are different.  So far I find myself saying 'what a great idea' and 'I love that' when I see a new posting.  So much fun.  And we're having a real internet interaction by commenting on each others work.

Here is what everyone gets in the kit.  The Hugs book, some die cuts, some envelopes, and some paper tabs.

Then I also purchased the sticker set (hello/girl/etc.) and the raised stickers (typewriter) along with some Amy Tangerine letter stickers. is my cover.

I used some papers from an Echo Park packet called This and That.  I cut flower from the same patterned paper I used in the Stampin' Up! card in the previous post. I wanted the cover to have something that celebrated everyday life so I used the sticker "these are the day's" and the die cut "a slice of the good life".  The first sticker is the color scheme of the papers but when I added the bright maroonish red die cut and then I thought of the Stampin' Up! Melon Mambo.  I went looking for the paper to cut some flowers and sadly only had one of the darker pink flower left.  I grabbed it along with some blue and light pink to add contrast to the green and yellow/orange.  Since I turned to the previous cards, I cut some of the watercolored pearlized leaves left over.  I finalized it with the crystal Stickles on the flower centers for some bling. 

Every time I start a journal or altered book I struggle to choose a theme or decide what to write.  I follow Amy Tan's blog and But there's one thing I learned about Amy Tan from her blog, SHE LOVES LIFE!  So I had to make my book be one of celebration of the days I have.  It's so easy to get bogged down with the struggles of life but learning to emphasize the positive makes getting through the day so much easier.  Reading her blog cheers me.

Check out the other creations by my fellow participants on the Captured Moments blog.  New challenge to be posted tomorrow.  Thanks Tara and Tiffany for your persistence in getting these wonderful products.  

Stampin' Up! Club Cards

Here are two cards I prepared to Sue Black's monthly Stampin' Up! club that met last Monday.  

The first uses beautiful Designer Series paper and the lattice die.  By cutting the lattice with double sided paper you can easily adhere the quilt outline with one side and fill in the pieces with the other side of the paper.  They're set to be coordinated.  Oops, I see I lost one little piece.  Glad I have some extras to add in that spot.

The vanilla paper is run through the Big Shot with an embossing folder for texture.  The same folder was used with the Top Note die.  That piece is trimmed to add just one piece along the left side.  This is an easy card that looks elegant.

The second card has a unique fold. Below you can see that the card folds in the front with velcro.  The floral stamp piece opens to the right.  The left panel of patterned paper opens to the left.

The green leaf on the right side is stamped with Wild Wasabi embossing powder and the ribbon is Daffodil Delight. The real beauty of this card is the flowers.  They are stamped with white embossing powder on white shimmering paper from Stampin' Up!. The flowers are watercolored with Melon Mambo and Daffodil Delight ink and when they are dry they have some shimmer paper tapped on for a pearlized look.

I think the cards were a hit.  They got to learn some new techniques and try some products they may not have seen before.  Everyone thought these were going to be complicated cards but I think they saw they were easy once they got to it and followed the steps.  

No meeting in July so we'll resume in August.  Happy Summer club members.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Captured Moments Die Cut Mini Album

Last week I took at class at Captured Moments to make a chip board mini album using multiple die cuts, particularly the mini album die.  The basic design is posted on the Captured Moments blog, but here is what I did to spruce mine up a little.