Friday, August 31, 2018

September's Card Workshop - San Diego / Fallbrook

It's been a while, so I thought I'd check in. August's been a busy month...

Family vacation on the Big Island of Hawaii

Bought a new plug-in hybrid

Inspired by Wanda Guess at A Blog Called Wanda
Created card samples using Auburn Lane and Hero Arts' August MMH kit.

Toss in back-to-work in a new school year and we've just about covered the entire month! I'm looking forward to our September Card Workshop where we'll make EIGHT pretty cards using the new Pink Paislee Autumn Lane collection, as well as the August My Monthly Hero card kit stamps and dies.

Join in the fun -- click on CLASSES in the menu above for details on this class and more. Hope to get crafty in San Diego with you soon!

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Sunday, July 22, 2018

As I ready for my Fallbrook card making class this morning, I'm aware of two things -- how grateful I am for the opportunity to share my passion for paper crafts and especially card making, and for my summer break, which wraps up today.

I enjoyed my crafty jaunts during my break -- Milwaukee (Gina K and Village Paper & Ink) and the Bay Area (Hero Arts and 30 Day Coloring Challenge Road Trip and time with my bestie). These past several weeks have also allowed me to enjoy being a bit of a homebody, taking time to relax and enjoy being at home, but also to really spend quality time crafting.

Lovely Legs/Girlfriends & Coffee from Colorado Craft Company

Be grateful for time, friends and family, health, and your passion for your craft. Life is good.

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018


Hey there -- long time, no see! I'm on summer vacay for a few weeks and started it off with a trip to Milwaukee. Mike loves to visit MLB ballparks and I've wanted to visit Village Paper & Ink for a while, so we wrapped those up in a nice little vacation bundle and headed to Milwaukee.

Can't you just see Laverne & Shirley arm in arm here?!

We stayed at the Brewhouse Inn, a boutique hotel in a renovated building in the original Pabst Brewery. Check out these copper brewing kettles -- these are what we saw outside our room on the second floor.

We took a couple city tours, one of which was a food tour -- so fun! We walked around the Old World Third Street area and the Riverwalk and enjoyed some yummy food.

Milwaukee Brat House
Beer, brats and's what's for dinner! We went to a few baseball games at the Brewers' fantastic stadium with a retractable roof, which was very convenient since it rained some days, but was sunny and gorgeous another.

OK, now on to the main attraction (for me at least!) I took the rental car and made the short trip to Greendale. The weather was fantastic that Saturday... almost like it was made to order. Gina Krupsky, owner of our fave Gina K Designs, has a brick and mortar store in the historic village of Greendale and it is one of the very best local scrapbook stores I've ever visited!

Here's a quick video of the inside of Village Paper and Ink -- I hope it works!

I had the pleasure of taking a Distress Oxide Ink class taught by Emily Schroepfer. She did a great job explaining about the ink, making color choices for blending, and several other great tips. We created two different backgrounds for three cards. I had such a great time doing that and visiting with my classmates.

Emily Schroepfer

A couple of my table mates ... we had a great time!
The classroom was very high tech making it easy to see Emily demonstrate the techniques.

Here's what I created in class, as well as the finished projects.

After class I leisurely lingered in the store and picked up a few (ha!) things. Emily, her sister Hannah, and the rest of the Village crew were so helpful, patient and kind. Emily even autographed one of her stamp sets I purchased! I walked down to Ferch's Malt Shop for lunch and a treat...a peanut butter sundae made with frozen custard.

Later that afternoon the store hosted their weekly Scrappy Hour, where customers can stop by and create a fun card while enjoying lemonade and cookies, and fabulous live music by Gina's husband Tom -- he was really, really good! Here's the Scrappy Hour card we made:

After I left Village Paper & Ink I drove around the neighborhood and checked out the adorable homes, all the green grass and trees (being from CA where it's pretty brown most of the time), and snapped a few pics of the area. It was almost like a New England village that Norman Rockwell might have painted...and here's the proof!

Unfortunately Gina was in Virginia that day at the Scrapbook Expo, but I hope to go back in the near future and enjoy this little slice of creative Americana again! If you ever get the chance, make the trek because it's definitely worth it!

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Friday, June 1, 2018

Keeping the world Colorful!

Just a quick post to say I'm super excited to participate in Kathy Racoosin's 30 Day Coloring Challenge -- her 10th anniversary challenge! Whoo hoo!

And, like the badge mentions, I'll wrap up the challenge by meeting up with other color-rifically crafty people at the The Coloring Challenge Roadtrip at Hero Arts in the Bay Area (California) on the final day of the challenge. Definitely a bucket list type of month, wouldn't you say?!

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

Little Grass Shack

ETA - links are working!

I'm daydreaming of Hawaii, our summer vacation destination, so I invite you to join me for this week's Tic Tac Toe Challenge, and enjoy my inspiration board! 

Here it is:

Summer, aloha, tropics, sea breezes, and "thinking of you" came to mind when I glanced again at this week's board. My inspiration came from the left diagonal (flip flops, sunset, and free), where dies were my "free" tool of choice.

Doodlebug Designs has a new super happy collection called Sweet Summer that checked all my design boxes this week. The colors, patterns and sweet icon stickers called to me, so I layered up this beachy scene! The "thinking of you" sentiment stamp (Friendly Phrases) and Double-ended Flag Stacklets are from Taylored Expressions.

Get all the details about joining this week's Tic Tac Toe Challenge by clicking HERE. As a postcard would say Wish You Were Here...

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Make Lemonade

I'm lovin' layers these days, and just had to pull out some new Jen Hadfield / American Crafts Patio Party patterned paper and stickers when I saw Jeanie Stark's inspiration board for this week's Tic Tac Toe Challenge! Check out all the possibilities with this board:

I selected the left to right diagonal -- stripes, punch and patterned paper. There's a lot going on in this card, but I really like a cheery, busy card!

While this photo may not show it well, the wide stripes are actually gold foil and this touch really makes this card snazzy! With all these goodies, I didn't even pull out my stamps and ink -- wha?! The patterns and textures and layers make me happy.

You should grab the inspiration board and head to your crafty space to dream up something that makes YOU smile! Thanks for stopping by and I look forward to seeing what you create for this week's Tic Tac Toe Challenge.

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Thursday, April 5, 2018

You know when it just hits you, straight on, and you know you have to do it? Well, that's how I felt when I saw my teamie Corinne Blake's Tic Tac Toe Challenge inspiration board this week while thumbing through my packet of Authentique's Jubilee collection!

So, here's the board:

And, here's my card:

I chose the far right column: stripes, ribbon and floral. Well, I think it's closer to say that the column choose ME as I gazed upon this not-so-Eastery, but ever so lovely, paper. It reminds me of old fashioned wallpaper, but in a really shabby chic and awesome sort of way!

Viva La Verve's March 2018 sketch was also an inspiration because it helped put everything together. And, this doesn't happen very often, but this is a no stamp card. Can you imagine? I brushed off some Spellbinders and Taylored Expressions dies and (I think) some older Papertrey Ink ribbon, and voila, a star is born!

I hope you'll be as giddy about the inspiration board in this week's Tic Tac Toe Challenge as I was. It's so much fun to puzzle out how what you have in your craft area can easily be turned into a fabulous card in no time -- Enjoy!

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