Sunday, May 21, 2017



Hello! I've got some very exciting news to share with you all. A brand new challenge blog is coming and I'm thrilled to say I'm joining the design team. The new Tic Tac Toe Challenge is where all the fun begins on June 8, so go check it out!

The concept is awesome, brilliant even! Each Thursday a new Tic Tac Toe board is revealed with nine inspiration elements -- and you choose three to create an original card using a row of three. Just like the game Tic Tac Toe, it's all about three in a row (across, down, and diagonally). All the details and rules are can be found HERE.

So, stop by the Tic Tac Toe Challenge blog and meet the fabulous design team, too. I'm so looking forward to sharing in the fun and inspiring you to grab a row on the brand new Tic Tac Toe board every Thursday. It all begins June 8 -- see you there!


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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Guys & Dolls

Here's wishing all you mommas a Happy Mother's Day! Whether you have human or furry kids, you deserve a big hug and something pretty to enjoy today.

And since we're thinking about celebrating, we should probably start thinking about the guys in our lives, as Father's Day isn't far off. Or, you might have a masculine birthday coming up...or know a guy that just needs a smile put on his mug! With these occasions in mind, I'm sharing a few of our May Card Making Workshop projects coming to the San Diego area in the next couple weeks.

Below is one of my faves -- when I saw this new clear stamp set from Art Impressions at CHA, I knew I had to have it! How my fishermen do you have in your life?!


And here's one using the new Spring Grumplings set from Taylored Expressions that gave me a chuckle (and there are several different hilarious sentiments to choose from)...


Finally, I pulled out all the stops with Authentique's new manly line called Dapper to put together this one for all the dudes behind the wheel... 


 I'm still lovin' the Nuvo Crystal Drops, too! Remember, if you're in the San Diego area (or maybe coming for a visit), be sure to check our CLASSES tab in the menu above to see about joining us for an afternoon of crafty fun.

Thanks for stopping by!


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Friday, April 21, 2017

Create 365

While I was visiting southern Louisiana last week, I had the good fortune to cross paths with Amy Muffoletto, the owner of Create 365 in Lafayette, LA. She hosted our small group (and a sweet frequent flyer named Charlotte!) to a card making workshop in her awesome studio.



We had such a wonderful afternoon making adorable cards using Authentique's Saucy line -- I fell in love with the vintage patterns and sassy ladies!


This is an extra card Charlotte whipped up from her scraps!

We're a pretty SAUCY group o' gals waltzing through Lafayette on a gorgeous Tuesday morning...

Suzy, Steph, Shannon, Anne and Amy showing off our creations.

Did I mention how awesome the Create 365 studio is??




And before we skipped off for our food tour of Lafayette that afternoon, Amy invited us into her huge backyard for a fun photo op...


Thank you, Amy, for a fabulous experience! I hope our paths cross again soon!!

If you're interested in checking out Amy and her Create 365 business and studio, click here to check out her Facebook page.


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Thursday, April 20, 2017

WWYD?

OK, that's a play on acronyms, but I really would like to know what YOU would do with these brand new Distress Oxide Ink Pads!



Have you used them yourself, seen a cool blog post, or maybe even a video? If so, leave a note with a link to one of your favorite uses or projects using these new inks in the comment section below.

I'll give them a try and share my "findings". Thanks for stopping by and have a happy, creative day!


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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Celebrate Good Times

March is a month to celebrate in my family, with 2/3 of us having birthdays! So, our "It's Party Time" theme seemed appropriate for our workshops this month.



Above is a not-so-good photo of the "tabletop banner" we're making. It was inspired by one I made with Jeanne Ciolli at her Stampin' Studio in Tustin. This CELEBRATE banner is made with Echo Park's Party Time collection kit and I just love the fun colors and patterns!



This is what the banner looks like when it's ready to be tucked away until the next time we need to celebrate. Nice and neat.


Inspired by Taylored Expressions

White cardstock base dressed up with kit's goodies - easy!

The collection kit has so many great 12x12 patterned papers and stickers we can easily create several cards with the banner leftovers. Above are just two we'll make in the workshop (or take home to finish if more time is needed!)

I hope you find something to celebrate before March is over. Look for a reason to party, people!


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Friday, March 3, 2017

What's NEW?

I just had to share a sneak peek of some of the NEW March release products from Taylored Expressions -- they have the cutest stuff, evah!



If you're interested in getting in on our pre-order (release is March 9), shoot me an email by using the CONTACT ME tab above. I'm lovin' me some Taylored Expressions products, for sure! How about you?


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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Sincerely Flattering...

Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Flattery

This Charles Colton quote gives inspiration to our card making workshops in 2017.


We all admire, Pin, and admit it, sometimes even drool over the fabulous handmade cards we see all over the internet. They're created by some of the most talented design team members for the purpose of snaring us wannabes into purchasing their manufacturers' products. We customers do so willingly, in hopes of creating our own versions of the awesome samples.


Well, let's use another famous quote: why reinvent the wheel?! We'll give credit and kudos where they're due, but we want to make those gorgeous cards...now! So, that's what we'll do.


February's card kit features Sugar Pea Designs' Countryside Charm paper pad and Best of Cluck stamp set, along with some navy blue Nuvo Crystal Drops. Below are samples of the cards we'll make. I took my inspiration from SPD's blog post introducing Countryside Charm: CLICK HERE

Combination of sets and companies makes for loads of fun!

You'll notice that I've used a couple of My Favorite Things' stamp sets by one of my favorite stamp illustrators Torico/Birdie Brown -- Green Pastures and The Whole Herd. They happen to look veeeerrry similar to sets at SPD, too. What was that quote above??

Lots of cranking for all those die cuts...but worth it!

Psst...don't mind the crumpled card bottom...that's not part of what you'll create!

Loved masking this one!

The 4.25" x 5.5" paper pad is perfect for an A2 card front...

Go ahead and keep lovin' those gorgeous cards by your favorite design team members! They inspire us to try new techniques and think outside our boxes. A BIG THANKS to all the illustrators, professional card makers, designers, and stamp manufacturers for a reason to get inky -- and motivated to stamp our he(art)s out!


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