Thursday, October 16, 2008

Alien Tunnel Album

Another Tunnel Album

Mummy Halloween Tunnel Album

I can't take credit for this super cool scrapbook idea since I found the directions on how to put the papers together somewhere online, I wish I knew who inspired me to create my own tunnel album....because I would thank her up and down! It takes 3 sheets of cardstock, some designer paper, stickers, embellishments and a little creativity to create these 3D scrapbooks. These books accordian out from a 4x6 starting size and you can fit 5 pictures easily. The little shadowboxes really set off the scene for whatever you are trying to feature. Last year one of my Artisan entires for Stampin' Up was a tunnel album and it was a huge hit. This has to be one of my favorite lines of paper from K&Co - Tim Coffee. Tim's designs are unique, colorful and they really capture the holiday spirit well!

Crazy for Coaster Books

Here are a few samples to share of some recent coaster books I've created. These are addictively fun not only to make, but to fill. These books are slightly bigger than the mini board books since they are 4x4 in size. You can add up to 8-9 pictures per book, these make fantastic gifts for someone you love or simply keep them for yourself and fill them with your photo treasures! Enjoy.

Spooky Tin

What do you do with those left over gift card holders? Well, instead of throwing them away, go green and recycle!! I love to create these super fun accordian scrapbooks. You need 8.5x11 CS and some designer paper and embellishments and some really strong adhesive. I tend to use Sticky that stuff! It works great on just about any medium.

3x3 Minibooks

These minibooks are made of chunky style chipboard and can be filled with 3x3 pictures or smaller and are perfect to showcase 8 pages of that special someone.

Little Treasures at a little price

This is just a small sampling of the handmade 4.5x6.5 bound books I've recently created. These 10 page books feature an assortment of fine scrapbooking papers, stickers, stamps and embellishments and sell for only $9.95. These books are the perfect gift for yourself or someone you love, simply add your own pictures and wallah! I have many categories to chose such as: Family, Friends, Baby Boy, Baby Girl, All Girl, All Boy, Teen Girl, Teen Boy, Vacation, Travel, Sports, Christmas, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Love, Wedding, Dogs, Cats and more. If you would like to purchase any of these items, be sure to contact me at: Thanks as always for looking.

Been a long time...

Wow, it's been since April since I last made any sort of update and boy do I have alot to cover. I thought i would take some time to post a few things that i've been working on lately that will be featured in my upcoming craft shows. Take some time to go to these shows if your in the area, you'll be pleasantly surprised about all the new items. I will have all upcoming shows listed under the "Upcoming Events" are. You can also email me if you have any interest in purchasing any of these items or would like me to create a custom scrapbook for you. Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 9, 2008


Jody and I are gearing up for another spring show in a couple of weeks! Come join us and see all the fun things we create. This is just a sample of some of the goodies you'll find.

Don't Call Me PRINCESS

Ok, had to add one last page from my K&CO Urban Rhapsody this paper! Z - you're too cute as well!


More K&C0 urban Rhapsody...did I mention earlier that this too is available at Michaels of all places, crazy! I love it! I also love the diaper about CRAZY!


More Urban Rhapsody by K&CO - this stuff is just so fun. I was having a blast mixing colors...pulling some bright turquoise alongside artichoke colored paper. Zachary & Jacob - we really miss you!!!

This too is some of my favorite paper!!!! Love it love it love it! K&Co's Urban Rhapsody is so's got this real nostalgic feel to it...lots of cool sayings, symbols and great muted colors that work well no matter what color palette you feel like mixing it with! I've used some chipboard 3D elements as well as some Stampin' Up! mini library clips...I love those things, seriously, they are so great! (But their gone for now...they used to be in the holiday mini)

Life's Treasures

I love it when I can create a page in no this one. I had some extra tags that I had made just waiting to be used and buttons that I bought a million years ago. My husband and I were both downstairs at the dining room when this page unfolded and it took like 2 minutes tops...seriously and it shows...nothing flashy, just a quick page to remember the moment. Don't get all caught up in your underwear about how perfect your pages should be...just getem done! I sure did and my husband was cracking up over it. I bought this patterned paper at HIP 2B SQUARE and can't for the life of me remember who makes it...I think it's Scenic Route, but then again maybe it was Crate Paper, either way, I'm loving this paper. There is something about rust/orange and olive green that I just can't get enough of!


This was one of my favorite finds at the CKU convention in Portland recently. The designer paper and punch outs are by Daisy D's and I have no idea the actual name, but it was a super cute pack! I actually made 3 layouts out of this kit and was so highly impressed with myself after the disappointment of only finding that the kit had 1 double sided sheet of paper and a sheet of punchouts.

Good Times

I'm realizing that I have a lot of favorites...including this awesome paper pack by K&CO called Mira. OMG it's gorgeous and colorful and there are all these really super cool swirls and shiny things and and and....I could go on forever...oh, but I almost forgot you can get it at Michaels of all places. This spread was a lot of fun to do. I totally love journaling via my computer even though it's so important to have your own handwriting to cherish too. I have a cute little butterfly on the top right of this page that is actually 3D, but it's hard to tell w/ this me, it's cute...the wings pop right off the page and only the body is attached. I did use Garden Whimsy by Stampin' Up! for the butterfly that's underutilized right now along with many of my stamps. I'll get there.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Busy! Busy! Busy!

Ok friends, I realize I am really behind on my posts so look out...the next few days i will be on super post speed. I spent the last 3 weeks traveling, then getting signed up in various activities. I've also been setting up my new office! I finally have a room of my own and am completely out of the dining room - what's up with that! I'll chat with you all in a wee bit of time.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Time for You

I just fell in love with this set called "Time for You" out of the mini Occassions catalog. It's very cute, has a chair, a clock and a bicycle (which is the real motivation behind buying it). I kept the card very simple by wheeling a city background and popping up the main image.
Stamp Sets: Time for you, Neighborhood
Paper: Bashful Blue, River Rock, Whisper White, Basic Black
Ink: Basic Black, Basic Black craft, Bashful Blue, River Rock, Creamy Caramel
Accessories: Striped grosgrain ribbon, clear EP, dimensionals, aqua painter

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Altered Picture Frame

Loving this Le jardin paper (obviously). i created this the same time I created the altered clipboard. Enjoy!

Altered Clipboard

Stampin' Up! has these chipboard clipboards that are really cool. This was an altered clipboard I did using Le Jardin DP. it's slightly tricky to get your paper lined up around the actual clip mechanism, but the result once you've figured it out is totally worth it!
Stamp Sets: Define Your Life
Paper: Le Jardin DP
Ink: Craft White (I would recommend using Staz On, gives a brighter result)
Accessories: Vintage Brads, Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon, 5/8" Vanilla Grosgrain, Clipboard

Target DOLLAR SPOT Find! Cars Tin

I am always so excited to run into Target and stop at the dollar spot to see what new treasures they might have waiting for me! Last year in the fall I was delighted to find these absolutely adorable little Cars Tins - seriously, they are super cute and oh so tiny. I picked up a few (ok, like 24) because I knew I would have a use for them. This is what I came up with, a kids Cars Scrapbook for any Cars crazed lover! Simply add pictures and wahlah!

With a little bit of imagination and a lot of sticky strip to hold this puppy in place, I created an accordian style album that open up but doesn't fall out. Here's two photos showing the inside of the album.
I'm excited to announce Target has new adorable little tins for the spring - they have Bambi, Thumper and Dumbo....umhhh, yeah, I did pick a few up! Check back to see my new designs.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Very BIG Heart

Not only do I LOVE the "Happy Heart Day" set, I also love the Ginger Blossom Designer Paper! This was a card I designed for a swap with my stampin sistas recently. To create the large flower, I used the negative space on some SU chipboard and just traced the heart image on ruby red paper. I distressed with my inkpad and wahlah!

Stamp Set: Happy Heart Day
Paper: Groovy Guava, Ruby Red, River Rock
Ink: Ruby Red, Basic Black
Accessories: Groovy Guava double stitched ribbon, vintage brads, Ginger Blossom DP

So Much

This was yet another scrapbook submission to SU featuring an 8.5x11 page. All materials are Stampin' Up! This layout focuses on simplicity so as not to lose focus on the main image especially with the amount of color in the photo. I can't believe how versatile the Bali Breeze Designer Paper you can tell I've used it a ton recently. (see older posts)


this was one of my submissions to SU! Just a simple 6x6 Scrapbook page - All pieces are from the Simply Scrapping Boho Kit using Old Olive and soft sky. I added some vintage brads as well as a define your life "You" stamp.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

I finally had to try my hand at these little criss cross cards and oh my, they are addicting! This card was created as a thank you to my dear friend and her 2 daughters who made my birthday extra special with their handmade treasures! Each tag has it's own special Thank You sentiment.
Creating a criss cross card is simple, but instead of a confusing explanation, you can visit this link with great detailed instructions including pictures. Enjoy!

"Spy Kids" Birthday Invitation

This birthday invitation was inspired and created for my son after repeatedly watching the movie Spy Kids 3D over and over and over and over again. It's safe to say we're obsessed! I'd like to gladly give credit to, Tresa Black, featured in Paper Crafts Magazine, Birthday Creations, Volume 2. Tresa created a super cute military inviation using this file folder design which I totally had to case. Too cute!

The contents of the folder include a formal "Spy Mission" invitiation, a special Code Name crypto name assigning device and general instructions for the party. In addition, we've included a map with specific instructions on how to get to the secret mission location without being spotted, followed or captured. Our guests are currently
awaiting their secret passwords in order to attend the party.

Stamp Sets: Top Secret (Amuse), Please Come!, Stamp of Authenticity, Making Memories Magnetic Alpha
Ink: Real Red Craft, More Mustard, Basic Black Craft, Tim Holtz Distressing Ink
Paper: More MustardAccessories: Coluzzle, Coluzzle File Folder template, paperclip, Clear EP, staple, photo, copy paper

Stamp-A-Stack of Birthday Cards

These are the cards from my recent annual "Stamp-a-Stack" event. This was a great turn out and lots of fun! 39 of us made 20 cards each (5 designs - 4/each) Yes, I was feeling a little crazy, but everything worked out beautifully. Here's a quick look at all the cards we did.

Stamp Set: Pick a petal, It's Your Birthday
Ink: Old Olive, Tempting Turqouise
Paper: Whisper White

Accessories: Bali Breeze DP, 3/4" Circle Punch

Stamp Set: Star Wheel, It's Your Birthday
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Blue Bayou
Paper: Whisper White, Blue Bayou, Chocolate Chip, Sahara Sand

Accessories: Blue Bayou double stitched ribbon, Large Star Punch, Scallop Punch, Small Star Punch, Vintage Brad 1 3/8" Circle Punch

Stamp Set: Happy Everything
Ink: Craft Old Olive

Paper: Old Olive, Rose Red, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories: Clear EP, Piercing Tool, Vintage Brads, Felt Flowers, Dimensionals, Bali Breeze DP

Stamp Set: Fast & Fun Notes, It's Your Birthday
Ink: Staz On Black , More Mustard, Rose Red, Barely Banana
Paper: Rose Red, Barely Banana, Whisper
Accessories: Barely Banana Brads, Ticket Punch, Aqua Painter, Bali Breeze DP

Stamp Set: Zoofari, Invite One
Ink: Basic Black
Paper: Pumpkin Pie, Tempting Turquoise, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Accessories: Bali Breeze DP, Brown Taffeta Ribbon, Glue Dots, Photo Corner Punch, Stampin' Write Markers

Friday, January 4, 2008

2008 Resolution Unleashed

I'm so excited I can hardly stand myself right now. (Tee hee hee!) After 6 months of wanting to start my own blog I'm finally doing it. So, without further delay, here I am taking this ginormous plunge and getting myself connected to this awesome online world...and I'm proud to say, this was one of my new years resolutions. (one down) I feel so blessed to be surrounded by so many talented individuals and lucky that a few of you enjoy the creations I have put together. (smile) I hope I can offer unlimited inspiration, ideas and possibly even some new concepts and that you will want to come back and visit often. I'm planning on sharing some of my yummy papers, embellishments, stamps and of course punches that I've been recently using from SU (Stampin' Up!) since the new Spring/Summer catty just came out! There is so much to be created! Let's stop dilly dallying and get started!