Thursday, April 14, 2011

Perfect Paper Pinwheels

Another great video from Close To My Heart!!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Yet another card....

I've been on a card roll lately, so here is another card I made last week:

The ribbon was pleated by laying down a line of Tacky Tape (red-line tape), then pushing small sections of ribbon onto the tape, one at a time.
Supplies (all products are CTMH, unless otherwise noted)
-paper: Hollyhock and White Daisy cardstock, Sophia level 2 paper pack
-ink: Hollyhock
-stamp set: Little Princess (C1414)
-embellishments: White grosgrain ribbon, White Waxy Flax, Pink Assortment buttons, misc. green button

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Happy Spring!

On this card, I paper-pieced the rabbit's jacket, to match the paper. So cute!!
Supplies (all products are CTMH, unless otherwise noted)
-paper: Kraft, White Daisy and Crystal Blue cardstock, Miracle level 2 paper pack
-ink: Bamboo
-stamp sets: Sensational Season (March SOTM), Connections (D1330), Little Princess (C1414). "Spring" is from another company
-Embellishments: Natural Hemp, Colonial White Brads, Copic markers, Sweet Leaf Stiched Grosgrain ribbon, Fiskars border punch

Friday, April 8, 2011

A fun card....

When I saw this awesome flower tutorial on Connie MacFarlane's blog, I just knew I had to try it.  Here is the result.  I just love the combination of Hollyhock and Pear...makes me think of Spring!!

 Supplies (all products are CTMH, unless otherwise noted)
-paper:  Hollyhock, Pear and White Daisy cardstock
-ink:  Hollyhock and Pear
-embellishments:  white organdy ribbon (discontinued), Pearl Opaques, Blue/Green Sparkles, Red/Pink/Purple Sparkles
-stamp set: Dreams Come True (D1470)
-tools:  Edge Distresser,  SU! border punch

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Springin' Up Flowers

Watch this awesome tutorial to see how easy it is to create a very pretty flower!!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Upcoming classes.....

These are a few of the classes and workshops I'll be offering in the month of April.  Also, as a special hostess bonus, I will be giving away a FREE Flower Power paper flower garden to anyone who hosts a Home Gathering before April 31st.  This is in addition to the regular corporate-sponsored hostess benefits.  Keep it for yourself, or give it away as a gift.  It's your choice!  :-)

This is a long post, so make sure you read all the way to the end!!

Making Magic layout class: (click on the pictures for a larger image)

Do you have paper collecting dust?  Not sure how to use that Waxy Flax?  Join my new class...Making Magic.  Each month I will guide you through creating a beautiful 2-page layout using the "Magic" how-to book, with each layout featuring creative interactive elements.  This will be a monthly class, but there is no monthly commitment necessary.  Even better, you can use your OWN stash of products!!  The only requirement is the one-time purchase of the Magic book ($29.95, plus tax and s/h).  You then bring your own papers and embellishments, and I walk you through the cutting guide to create each gorgeous page.  I will also list the materials I used to create my page, and you have the option to create your own kit if you'd like to recreate the sample page exactly.  There will be a monthly class fee of $5, or pay nothing if you place a CTMH order.  Want more details??  Contact me at 540-338-4110, or email me at

Class date:   Tues., April 26
Time:           7-9:30pm
Fee:             $5 (plus a one-time purchase of the Magic how-to book) 
Location:      my house
Materials on my page: 
-Lucky Level 2 paper pack  ($12.95
-Lucky level 2 Assortment  ($4.95)
-Kraft Color-Ready Borders  ($5.95)
-Natural Hemp ($2.25)
-Posterboard Alphabet ($34.95)

Mayberry Recipe Box:

Join me to create this adorable recipe box.  Using the My Creations Recipes/Photo Box, and the adorable new Mayberry papers, this project will look perfect on your kitchen counter.  Makes a great Mother's Day gift!!  Must register by Weds., April 20. Email me at, or call me at 540-338-4110

Date:        Thurs., April 28, 7-9:30pm
Fee:          $22, or $15 with a $25 CTMH order
Location:  my house

Flower Power Returns!

If you weren't able to get in on the last workshop, why not think about attending Round 2???  :-)  We'll complete this paper flower box, as well as 10 lovely flowers for your "garden".  Have Spring, no matter what the weather!  This project makes a gorgeous Mother's Day gift, or even something special for Teacher Appreciation Day.  Spaces for this class are limited, so register early!

Date:             Sunday, May 1st
Time:             3-6:30 (light snacks and beverages will be provided)
Cost:              $15, or $5 with a $25 CTMH purchase
Location:       my house

Friday, April 1, 2011

Challenges, challenges!!

Well, back in November, I promised I would start posting more projects that I made for challenges.  Today, I make good on that promise.  I needed a few cards this week for various things, so I used the challenges as my starting point.  Here is what I came up with:


These were the sketches to follow for Mojo Monday this week. 

Here is what I made:

A close up of the flower:

I used the new Canvas Badge Buttons to stamp the bird on.  So cute!

Materials used:
paper:  Veranda, Cocoa cardstock, Colonial White cardstock
inks:  Juniper, Cocoa
embellishments:  Colonial White ribbon, Basics Buttons, Canvas Badge Buttons
stamp sets:  The Present (D1436), A Little Thanks (D1444)

Heart2Heart challenge:

The next challenge was the Heart2Heart challenge.  I wasn't able to copy the original sketch, but you can see it here.  This is what my card looks like.  I used our circle cards as my base.

In the next picture, you can see a few of the chipboard pieces I used.  They are from the Lucky Assortment pack....I LOVE that Close To My Heart offers embellishments to match their paper packs.  Makes it soooooo easy to complete a project!  On this card, I simply stamped directly on the chipboard piece, to customize the sentiment.  So simple!

And you see that little tiny piece of "zig-zag" stick out behind the scooter??  That's a piece of one my favorite new embellishments....Kraft Ready Borders.  They are self-adhesive, strips of fun borders that you can stamp on, or ink 'em up.  I've been using them like crazy.  That's because they come 50 pieces to a pack, for just $5.95, so I can afford to use them like crazy!!!! 

Materials used:
paper:  Lucky Level 2 paper pack
ink:  Outdoor Denim
embellishments:  Lucky Level 2 Assortment, Kraft Ready Borders