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Monday, November 28, 2011


Hello friends.  I’m so excited I can hardly stand it!  I’m not able to tell you all the details just yet, but, hopefully soon! 
Here’s a portion of the email I received:
I would like to thank you for taking the time to submit your entry to the mystery company. I would also like to let you know that YOU have MADE OUR TEAM!!!

Suzy West is  heading up the Company  and the name of the Company will be announced very soon!
This is a team that consists of designers all over the world and I’m thrilled to be among them Smile  Let’s just call it “Can’t tell yet DT”.
Design members and leads:
*Tricia Wilson--lead
*Gina Lideros--lead
*Jen Deal--lead
*Angel Bartonico--lead (Suzy's daughter)
*Erin Payne--lead
1. Sesil Cratin, Utah
2. Ilene Tell, Delaware
3. Lara Scott, Utah
4. Amy Sotolongo, California
5. Diana McGraw, California
6. Jeannie DeGruccio, California
7. Jennifer Matott, New York
8. Anne Brown, Texas
9. Sherrie Shuttles, Ohio
10. Linda Abadie, Virginia
11. Jamie Cripps, Michigan
12. Jenifer Cowles, idaho
13. Tanisha Long, New Jersey
14. Jan Hennings, Iowa
15. Patti Hamilton, Georgia
16. Gini Williams, North Carolina
17. Tina McDonald, Canada
18. Donna O'Leary, New Zealand
19. Benedicte Raphalen, France
20. Amy Prior, Australia
21. Irit Shalom, Israel
22. Jennifer Roach, Canada
23. Erika Taylor, Canada
24. Iris Uy, Philippines
25. Katarina Damm-Blomberg, Finland
26. Birgit Koopsen, Netherlands

Home Décor Using Ribbon Spools and Vintage Thread Spools

Hello friends!  I’ve been visiting your blogs and see many of you are in the full swing of Christmas.  I don’t have my tree set up yet, but I’m feeling the pressure..LOL!  Maybe this weekend.  Although we are tree-less, the house is beginning to look a LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS!  So many handmade treasures perched throughout the house.  I decided to recycle many of my ribbon spools and thought I’d share so you’ll have time for a little DIY home décor, too.
spool 1 cu
The chipboard heart is Basically Bare.  Image is Graphic 45, Mica Flakes are Melissa Frances
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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Creating With Vintage Illustrations by Crafty Secrets

Hello friends :) I'll be cooking for the family tomorrow and we're planning a lot of traditional Thanksgiving foods. Turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, cranberries, pies and plenty of home made bread and salads! I have so much to be thankful for. Wishing all my USA buddies a very Happy Thanksgiving!  I count the many friendships through blogging as one of the top blessings. So, thank you!
Just a reminder that the new Crafty Secrets, "Creating With Vintage Illustrations" CD is available for pre-order :)

CD 2 InsideCover

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Creating with Vintage Illustrations CD by Crafty Secrets

Hello friends!  WOW!  Have you been to the Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage blog?  Well, there's some super exciting new AND a newly released Creating With Vintage Patterns CD!  The Design Team will be sharing projects this week, so be sure to check out the designer blogs!
Creating with Vintage Illustrations CD picture
CD 2 InsideCover
The CD is available for Pre-order right now.  Check out the blog for info on how to get a free goodie if you pre-order.
Here's a card I made using the Illustrations in the beautiful CD!
and an altered tin

Monday, November 21, 2011

Imaginarium Design Team Call: All About Chipboard

Imaginarium Designs is having a Design Team Call. How exciting is that?   I’ve been busy making some new chipboard albums, mixed media and home décor projects! I've been a follower of their blog for several months and the products and projects are always GORGEOUS! They’re requesting 10 of my favorite chipboard projects.  So, are ya ready?
My first project is a December 25th album, I’ve used a chipboard ornament on the cover and various chipboard on the inside
chipboard ornament 6
chipboard 6  inside
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Second is one of my favorite albums.
chipboard 3 cover
chipboard3 inside
inside 3
Third:  Home Décor, Primitive Style
chipboard 1
Fourth: Sweet Treats in a Tin
chipboard 4
Fifth:  A Christmas Stocking (I used a chipboard baby rattle and turned it into a park light.)
Sixth:  Possibilities Album
Inside (Using a chipboard dress form as a mask)
poss inside
Seventh:  Dream Home Décor

Eight:  Santa Album  (Using cupcake chipboard and an upside down chipboard ornament)
chipboard 9
close up
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Nine and Ten: The 12 Days of Christmas (most contain some sort of chipboard)

Guest Designer: Clearsnap

Hello friends!  If you're here for the sweet little train giveaway, please scroll down.  I'm thrilled to be a Guest Designer for Clearsnap for November!  I created a "Thankful Album".  I just love the fluid chalk inkpads and the ever so sparkly glitter!

Here's how to create the album:Start with a variety of shapes and sizes of chipboard. Lay the shape on the desired print and trace around the shape. Cover the front of each of the piece with Forever Fall Collection. Cover the back with a solid. Ink the front and back with Fluid Chalk, Autumn Pastels.After all the pages have been covered, lay them out and decide on the layout of the album. For the back page on mine, I glued two shapes together so I would have a higher back page.Once you’ve decided on the layout of the album, using the Bind-It-All, punch the sides. Bind with 1” O-Wires. Decorate inner pages with Design Adhesives and glitter. Add ribbon and trim as desired. Hot glue the Autumn Spray and glittered branches in place.
Clearsnap Products:
  • Design Adhesives Orchard Spray
  • Design Adhesives Many Thanks
  • Sweet Orange Glitter
  • Cinnamon Spice Glitter
  • ColorBox Petal Point Fluid Chalk Inkpad Autumn Pastels
  • Memory Essentials Terrific Tool and Tips
Other Supplies:
  • Forever Fall Collection (BoBunny)
  • Bind-It All, OWires (Zutter)
  • Chipboard Die Cuts (Unknown)
  • Autumn Spray and Brown Tassel Trim (Prima)
  • Glue Glider Pro, Perma Tac, Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks (Glue Arts)
  • Solid Cardstock (Worldwin)
  • Glittered Branch (Dollar Store)

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Make It Monday Kraft Journal Challenge 45: Sweet Treats and Baker's Twine

Hello friends :)  I was hoping to get a chance to play along with this fun challenge of "Sweet Treats and Baker's Twine".  I've used a metal hinged window tin, Baker's Twine, small tag, and a Memo Pin by Tim Holtz. All these great supplies are available at the Kraft Outlet.  I added some silver glitter to the tin and the sweet image by Graphic 45. The glittered chipboard flourishes and frame are by making memories.  It's all held together with my Glue Gun and Glue Sticks by Glue Arts.
AND...if you're looking for the "Train Load of Baker's Twine Giveaway..just scroll down to the next post!  One lucky person will be receiving this sweet train and the contents!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Santa's Bringing a Train Load Of Baker's Twine and It MAY Be Coming To YOU!

Santa's Bringing a  "Train Load of Baker's Twine" and you may be the lucky recipient! I spotted this sweet little train while shopping and fell in love with it. The little doors open and have been stamped with numbers 1-24 and each contains a sampling of Really Reasonable Bakers Twine! The original colors were quite bright so I distressed it and gave it a vintage look with mists and some of my favorite Christmas papers. See the little smoke stacks all dressed up in Cherry Baker's Twine? So, I'll randomly choose one lucky person from the comments here on RRR blog and on my personal blog. I'll announce the winner here and on the Really Reasonable Ribbon blog on November 27th! TIS THE be sure to send your friends!

OH!  And have you joined in on the current challenge?  Is CAS (Clean and Simple) and we'd love to have you join in the fun!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Little Miss Christmas

Looking for Really Reasonable Ribbon Hop?  Scroll down :)
Hello friends!  Joanne is the host this week for the Crafty Secrets Challenge at Splitcoast Stampers.  All ya gotta do is to use a pin on your card, and of course, a little Crafty Secrets, too!  The sweet little image is from Christmas Creative Scraps and the papers are from “Creating With Vintage Patterns” CD.  Crafty Secrets and Heartwarming Vintage will be releasing a new CD soon and you’ll love the papers, templates and illustrations!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop

Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop

Hello friends!  I’m so excited to be participating in my very first Blog Hop with Really Reasonable Ribbon.  Here’s theNovember Monthly Ribbon Club Assortment.  You should be arriving from Gloria’s Blog.  If you get lost  along the way, just hop over to Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog!
Monthly Ribbon Club, Domestic
I’ve been using this Ribbon Kit on several projects this month.  How about a little Burlap Stocking?  Just the right size to tuck a gift card in, and then use as a Christmas Tree Ornament!
rrr stocking
And if you’re in the mood for classic red and white, how about Cherry Baker’s Twine?
010Baker's Twine Cherry
Just the right size for a Gift Card or Gift Certificate.  I wonder if I give this to my sweet hubby if he’d fill it with a certificate to my favorite scrapbook store Smile  LOL!  So, with just a little burlap, divine twine and the Ribbon Club Assortment, you’ll be all set to get your Gift Card bags done before Christmas!
Be sure to save all your scrap ribbon for projects that need just a tiny bit!

 Your next stop is Emily!