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Friday, April 27, 2012

50 . . . Can you say Fabulous?

  Tomorrow we are attending my cousin's 50th birthday party!!
How quickly time flies!
Here's fun card I just completed.  The pretty lady is both embossed and glittered, 
although you can't really tell from the photo.
It's not too detailed and looks, a little Arte Nouveau, don'tcha think?!
Image by CTMH Being Yourself; Sentiment by Art Impressions - Girlfriends; Paper and Rubons by Cherry Arte; Quickutz Number diecut

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Year of Cards - Floral and Masculine - Sneak Peek #4

I frequently get asked whether I do repeat classes.  
I don't.  I don't know why but maybe I should than perhaps it wouldn't be so hard to some up with something new!  Hey, I'd be quicker with the samples!

Take these two masculine cards, for example.  I taught how to do them two years ago.  They are still my favorite masculine designs, and we will be making them in class this Wednesday (tomorrow).

Monday, April 23, 2012

Year of Cards - Floral and Masculine - Sneak Peek #3

A sweet friendship card. 
The butterflies were made by running vellum though an embossing folder.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Tea Card from Anne and Open Call - May's Tea Swap

 Last month my tea partner was Anne who lives ALL THE WAY in Denmark!  How cool is that!!

Here is the cute tri-fold card she made for me. 
The theme was TIME FOR TEA!!!  And the color scheme was Purple/Yellow
 She also spoiled me with tea from China, a Hello Kitty puffy stickers and this adorable tea pot keychain

 Thank you, Anne, for being a wonderful partner!!

Want to join us?  Here's your chance

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It's Open call for May's Tea Swap!!

Requirements: 2 tea bags in a handmade card mailed to your partner by May 8.

Optional Card Theme:  FLOWERS!!!  Colors:  Red/Green

Card can be blank OR you can write a note in it. Your choice!

If you are interested, email me no later than April 25
Send me an email SUBJECT: TEA SWAP with
1) your name
2) mailing address
3) email address
4) likes/dislikes/allergies (re tea type)
5) Loose tea okay? Y/N
6) blog (if any)
7) If you are willing to swap international or US ONLY
I will send a group email with the partner list by April 27. Teas must be mailed out by May 8.

Drop me a line today if you are interested!

Responsible swappers only, PLEASE!

Year of Cards - Floral and Masculine - Sneak Peek #2

There is the second Sneak Peek card we will make at the next Year of Cards Class scheduled for Wednesday, April 25.
I like this card because it looks so "Springy"!  (Is that a word?)

I can image this card for a little girl.

Supplies to bring at class: Paper Trimmer, scissors, pencil, black or dark brown pen for "stitching", Scor-Pal, Bone Folder, Piercing Tool, Tacky Glue, Adhesive, Tweezers, Liquid Pearls:  White Opal and Buttercup (for Bisque).  Opt if you have:  Xyron "X", Small Wire cutter or Pliers (The latter for one of the masculine cards).

Hope to see you there!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Year of Cards - Floral and Masculine - Sneak Peek #1

Here is the first sneak peak for the Floral & Masculine Cards class scheduled for this coming Wednesday, April 25 from 6:30p to 8:30p at A Place in Time

This card is perfect for that special female in your life.

When laid flat, this oval card fits perfectly in an A-2 size envelope.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

I created these cute little gift card holder bags for a Stamping Up swap as well as did a make-in-take for a Ladies's Night Crop last week..
I had a lot of vellum on hand, so I thought I would use it.  The vellum was stamped with SU Going Green stamp set using the Classic SU ink pads (hey, they dried quickly and did not smear!!).  Then I ran the vellum through the embossing folder.  IRL, the vellum took on a pretty sheen when embossed. 

 For these bags I also punched a vellum flower to decorate the bags along with card stock flower punchies and inserted a tiny pearl.  The strap of the bag (SU Label punch) closes with Velcro tabs.  The flat eyelets were leftovers from the Celebrations card class.  Sorry, I forgot to take a picture of the inside of the bag.
However, a gift card sits very nicely inside.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Easter card and goodies from Gail

Last week I received this cute gift in the mail: 

Easter gift and goodies from Gail, that creative lady who should have a blog so she can share her talent with all of us!!  :o)
Look at all the details on this beautiful Easter Card.

Thank you, Gail!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Tea Card for Anne

Now that my April Tea Swap partner has received her card from me, I can finally show it to you:

This card went all the way to Anne in Denmark. (Imagine that!!) Stop by and visit her blog called HotchPotch Ehhh??

I used my new dies and stamps from Papertrey, Memory Box Diecut, wire, flower punch and liquid pearls.

Here is a picture of the inside. When you open the card, the tea bags lifts out. (Learned this technique from Dori -- thank you!!!)

I forgot to tell Anne that the teapot diecut on the left is for her to use.

Open call for May's Tea swap will go out in a couple of weeks. I'll post Anne's card to me at that time. If you want to join our little tea swap group, visit us again and watch for the open call.

Finally, I want to thank my students who took the Ningyogami class last night. It was fun and I hope they enjoyed themselves. I know Bill at A Place In Time took some pictures so visit the APT blog. The class created beautiful cards!!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Tango no Sekku Sneak Peek #4 - Ningoyami Class

Tango no Sekku or Boys’ Day is celebrated on the 5th day of the fifth month. This little boy is symbolic of the day with his carp-shaped koinobori flags (carp because of the Chinese legend that a carp that swims upstream becomes a dragon, and the way the flags blow in the wind looks like they are swimming).

This is the last sneak peek of my Ningyogami class scheduled for next week Wednesday (April 4). I understand the class is now full.

I've received interest in online classes. Yes, I do online classes using either PDF instructions or online video instruction. Please note that some classes can not be done online based on the products used.

If you are interested in taking my online class, please email me directly at for specific instructions and what is required. I appreciate and thank you for your interest!!!

To those that commented on the sneak peeks, thank you for your comments, I enjoy reading them!!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Sneak peek 3 - Ningyogami Class

Here is my mature Ningoyama female doll. I love the bamboo stencil on the side of her. The stencil actually includes an asian house on the left but I blocked it out.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Sneak peek 2 - Ningyogami Class

Here is another sneak peek at another doll you will create at class scheduled for next week. All the cards will be displayed at A Place in Time this afternoon. Stop by and see them all or come visit here tomorrow for another sneak peek.

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Sneak Peek - Ningyogami class

For the past couple of weeks, I've been having a hard time staying focused on scrapbooking, crafts, and classes. I think it is the pressure of "having to come up with something" and having to do it in a short time frame. Add in a full time job, family time, family events, cold season, staying up late and you get the picture!! :o)

Here is a sneak peek at the next class scheduled for April 11. We are going to be making Ningyogami (Japanese paper dolls) on simple card bases using asian stencils by A Place in Time. They are fun, quick (after some practice) and are simply adorable:

Supplies to bring: pen glue, double stick tape, scissors, japanese hole punch (if you have), corner rounder, dark brown or black pen, Liquid Pearls: Rouge, Petal Pink and Buttercup or Gold.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Easter basket - Gift from Dori

Last week I quickly connected with my friend, Dori, and look what she made for me!
Cute box using the Top Note die
filled with YUMMY goodies!!!
Dori always makes adorable gift baskets!!!
Thank you, Dori, for such a wonderful gift, and for being such a thoughtful person!!