Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Good Tidings

Wishing you all a Christmas filled with joy, family & friends, and the spirit of the season!

Put up the "big tree" and it's filled with memories...

Oh my! Can't wait to try these decadent treats from first San Diego "snow day"!

Katie in our new digs...Merry Christmas!

I'm looking forward to an incredible new year filled with creative friends and new adventures. Now, off to my craft table to design card samples for my monthly card classes starting in January -- check out the CLASSES tab above for details!

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

What's New?

It's been a while since I've posted -- not because I had nothing to share, but because I've been SO busy!

So, this happened:

Gina, Rina and Mishy
Gina K and I...she's so sweet and petite!
Wreath Builder tools and kit
Since I missed meeting Gina K at her shop in Wisconsin last June, I hit the "spontaneous button" and flew up to San Jose one Friday morning to meet Gina K and her daughter Rina at The Island's Creative Escape in Los Gatos. I was so excited to learn how to use the awesome Wreath Builder kit from Gina herself! Got back on the plane a few hours later and was home in no time.

And then Mom and I enjoyed celebrating Taylored Expressions' fifth Stamp Joy event in Ankeny, IA:

Wow! One of the food stations at the Friday Night Gala
Taylor's Make A Splash watercolor class
We learned so much and created beautifully colorful cards
From Susan Block's Get Stenciled class
Debbie Olson shared some Copic tips-n-tricks
Outside Memory Bound Scrapbooks -- SO funny!
Spent a snowy Sunday afternoon at AR Workshop...
...creating a Christmas centerpiece box like the one above.
We made 22 handmade cards this weekend, plus a vintage Christmas mason jar and greenery arrangement, and then the wooden Christmas centerpiece box, too! Mom and I definitely got our craft on this past weekend!

Now I'm preparing for our October card making classes here in the San Diego area. Check them out by clicking on the CLASSES tab above -- we've got six gorgeous Christmas cards lined up at the end of this month.

Keep it crafty, San Diego!

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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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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Celebrating Spring

Welcome! Thanks for joining me for this week's Tic Tac Toe Challenge. This challenge is the best way to utilize all your goodies in your craft stash -AND- helps you turn it into an amazing handmade card! So take a look at this week's inspiration board created by TTTC Design Team Member Nicole Watt:

I've been thinking about springtime, bunnies, and the like, and decided to take that top row (twine, bold sentiment, and red) and turn it into something sweet and charming. Twine, Bold Sentiment, and Red hardly seem like an Easter card, right?

Well, here's where the fun begins...

I took some liberty with "red" and used a brick (or maybe dark carrot?) red for the bold sentiment and twine color, as those just worked so well on this uber sweet patterned paper by Authentique from their Jubilee line. I popped up strips of that paper with foam tape onto the card's base and then added some pink pearls around the lamb focal point. The "happy" sentiment die cut is from Taylored Expressions.

Hope you're thinking about taking some inspiration from this week's Tic Tac Toe Challenge board because we'd love to see what you come up with! Be sure to link your creation to this week's post!!

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Being Green

Welcome and ribbit (frog for "howdy"!) It's time for another awesome Tic Tac Toe Challenge and this new inspiration board is chock-a-block with fun ideas!

Kermit's song, "It's Not Easy Being Green", immediately came to mind, so I grabbed Lawn Fawn's new set called Toadally Awesome and set to coloring.

If you've visited my blog recently, you'll notice this card's layout is similar to the set of Valentine's cards I made in Mindy Baxter's class. I was just smitten with those little square cards, so I altered this to a 4.25" square and used papers from Authentique's collection called Shamrock.

Now, for even more card making inspiration using this week's board designed by Claire Broadwater, head on over to the Tic Tac Toe Challenge blog! I guarantee you'll scurry to your own craft space and break into your supplies. Don't forget to snap a photo and link it to this week's challenge post.

Thanks for stopping by...ribbit (frog for "farewell"!)

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Walking through the wildflowers

The calendar says it's only a few weeks until spring despite that pesky groundhog and the weather outside. But, I was hopeful and inspired by this week's Tic Tac Toe Challenge board and I know you'll be as well!

With thoughts of fluttering butterflies and fields of green, I looked to the center row for inspiration and here's my card:

The patterned paper is from Echo Park's Homegrown collection, and what's the most charming vessel in which to put wildflowers? A mason jar, of course. This stamp and die are from Taylored Expressions and it's appropriately named Wildflower Bouquet. I also used a Taylored Expressions die to make that sweet little tag -- there are eight different tags to choose from in the set called Designer Mini Tags. To finish off this card with a rustic touch I used ivory jute twine.

Keep hopeful and thinking about the daffodils that are sure to bloom sometime soon, bringing a smile to your face and sunny days to your neighborhood. In the meantime, why not create a lovely card with our Tic Tac Toe Challenge board and bring that smile to someone's face this week!

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Yummy Valentines

First, please excuse my photo. Second, please enjoy my photo!

This past Saturday my crafty friend Felicita and I took a little road trip to Chino Hills, CA to a LSS neither of us had even heard of before last week. It's called This N That Scrapbooking, and its services include a FABulous paper crafts shop, a dry cleaner, alterations and Fed Ex shipping place all rolled into one! I didn't need anything mailed or cleaned, but I was very excited to meet My Creative Scoop's Mindy Baxter and take her card class. She is a wonderful Copic colorist and I was thrilled for the opportunity -- and her adorable Lawn Fawn Valentine cards were pretty awesome, too!

So, if you live in southern CA and are looking for another creative outlet, go find This N That Scrapbooking in Chino and tell 'em Shannon sent you!

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Finding Llove

It's time for another Tic Tac Toe Challenge and my Team O buddy Jeanie Stark has come up with a fabulous inspiration board!

There are just TOO many fun choices to make here! For my card I chose the bottom row: Green, Heart, and Include Ribbon.

This sweet llittle llama, with his big ol' ears, is decked out in his favorite scarf and is out playing in the snowflakes. This stamp & die set is from Taylored Expressions and comes with a couple really cute sentiments. I'm not sure how this guy got that heart-shaped tattoo on his backside, but it's kinda' cute so I put Glossy Accents on it to, well, accent it!

Now, this card and these animal images provide us with a little zoology lesson... while the stamped image is of a llama, the adorable patterned paper by Authentique is scattered with well-dressed alpacas -- see their smaller ears? And in real life, a llama is much bigger than his "cousin", the alpaca.

I'll bet there are a million different ways YOU could use the elements in that bottom row: Green, Heart and Include a Ribbon. But if another row interests you, let's see your creation!

Check out the Tic Tac Toe Challenge blog for loads more inspiration, too! Thank you for stopping by -- have a crafty day!

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