Saturday, May 24, 2014

Scrap Around The World - 1st Year Anniversary

Congratulations to Scrap Around The World for reaching an Anniversary milestone!!!
Be sure to visit Scrap Around The World and become a member of the community.  Many designers from all over the world are members and this brings a wide range of artistic talent.  
Lots of inspiration for everyone.

Here is the celebratory mood board.
My eye was attracted to the combination of the Kraft/Stone colored  paper packages, the pink and black balloons. This mood board is a sunny happy presentation and that really helps with my sunny pictures of my Clematis flowers.

Each year I celebrate the beauty of my Clematis bush that loves its sunny spot. 
To-day is a beautifully sunny day, so enjoy the adventure, thanks for stopping by. I am participating in the Anniversary Challenge this month, so visit and become a member of the community.


Core'dinations Cardstock, Glitter silk, Tim Holtz Adirondeck, Graphic 45
Authentique Paper, Flourish Collection
Tombow Adhesive

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Maja Design

Coffee in the Arbour is a new collection designed by Maja Designs from Sweden.  Please visit there blog and become a member of their community.  A talented design team will surely inspire you to create lovely layouts and cards.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Coast to Coast Events

Hello I wish to share a great event with my readers today.  Check it out.

  USA artist's make note of this opportunity.

Organizer, Audrey DeJong has a team of staff who share the love of our fine art industry and I had the opportunity to experience the dedication that  Audrey gives to this community when she hosts 
the Coast to Coast Events.  ( ).

Coast to Coast had a show in April 2014 held at the Holiday Inn in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  
I had the pleasure to represent Powertex products to the attendees of the show.  

Brigette Thompson and her husband are the Canadian Distributors of Powertex Canada, based out of Sudbury, Ontario Canada. 

I had the joy of introducing artist to Powertex and even had returning artist from Buffalo NewYork, USA attend the Toronto April 2014 show for the second time.

Nancy Donaldson and I  presented two demonstration to showcase the product to visitors who attended the Coast to Coast show.  

 Powertex is a liquid medium that is a fabric hardener that is highly versatile that makes most porous surfaces hard and weather resistant. This amazing product gives form and structure to cloth, paper, wood, gauze, cardboard and more.

I demonstrated how simple a 100% cotton T-shirt piece, once dipped into Bronze Powertex, can have the appearance of  a leather bound scrapbook.  My photo above is the result of manipulating the T-shirt while wet.  Thoroughly drying the sample overnight and adding copper highlights with paint the next day.

Those fortunate enough to travel, there are 2 more shows scheduled for 2014.  

One in London Ontario Canada.  This location is about an 1.5 hour drive from the Port Huron, Michigan, USA border.    Check out the C2C website and register to attend this 
August 6-9, 2014 show now.

Nancy will be an instructor at the London, Ontario, Canada show. (Jewelry)

The other show is in Leduc, Alberta, Canada.  Scheduled for September 24-28, 2014.

Join the Powertex community by visiting the Canadian blog.
Plan to attend 
Coast to Coast

 There are many creative instructional artists at each of the shows scheduled later this year.  Be sure to check out the website and plan a trip to visit the area as well as attend the Coast to Coast show.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Spring Smiles with Core'dinations Cardstock

Hi everyone!  Wanting  to share a Joyful Spring card with you. The Core Essentials Pastels Pack gives this Spring Card the perfect texture and color to celebrate Spring's new beginnings.

 Step 1.

Die cut your card base and all elements from the Pastels Pack.  Here I have used Scotch, Tranquil Blue, Sugar-N-Sprice and Pistachio.

Step 2.

Emboss the sentiment and crinkle the cardstock in the corner of the card.  Dry your card and sand.

Step 3.

Here you can see a close up of the antique technique, where you spritz your card with a mixture of water and glycerin, crinkle, dry and sand your cardstock.

 Step 4.

Sand all of your embellishment elements and adhere to the card.

Coredinations Cardstock supplies
Core Essentials Pastels Pack
Sand it Gadget
Dusty Buddy

Other Supplies
Tombow Adhesive
Spellbinders Label 8& Layered Flowers Die
EkSuccess Butterfly Papillion Mariposa Die
My Favorite Things Die-namics Leaf-Filled Flourish

Blue Fern Studio

New Release over at Blue Fern Studios.  Check it out.

Thursday, May 8, 2014


A special time in one's life is graduation day.  The preparation leading up to this event is enjoyable by all families.  I would like to share a card for my niece who will be graduating and the school colors are red, white and black.

Step 1

Die cut a few labels from Spellbinders, emboss, ink and you have a multi-layered card.

Step 2

Tearing Core'dinations Cardstock for a distressed edge is my favorite technique.  Here I used Tim Holtz and  Ranger Distress Collection,  Fire Brick Red Cardstock.

Step 3

Heat embossed my sentiment in black ink and stamped my star's in Red, Clearsnap Colorbox Ink.

Step 4

Layer the label die cuts with foam squares from Tombow, add some rhinestones and a bow.

I am ready for Graduation, are you?

Core'dination supplies
Tim Holtz & Ranger Distress Collection, Fire Brick Red Cardstock
Signature Series G45, Photogenic
Core Essentials Pastel Pack, Snowflake
Sand it Gadget & Dust Buddy

Other supplies
May Arts Ribbon
Tombow Adhesive
Spellbinders label 8 dies
Clearsnap Colorbox Ink

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Ann Butler Designs with Clearsnap Colorbox Ink

Hello.  Here to share a card featuring Ann Butler Designs Unity Stamps and Clearsnap Crafters Ink.

 Step # 1  Gather your  supplies and start stamping strips of colored cardstock using the 2"  Leaves all over and 2"  Stripes, Dots and Hearts.  I used the Limelight green on red cardstock which changed the actual look of the stamped color of the ink.

Step # 2  Cut 1" squares and design a pattern that you like on a spare piece of paper.  Once you like your design, use Tombow Stamp runner to apply a layer of adhesive over your actual mat.  Position your squares to the mat and adhere mat to your embossed card base.

Step # 3  Add a black embossed sentiment onto a die cut label and adhere to your card front.  
Step # 4  Embellish with rhinestones and ribbon.

2"  Leaves all Over , Unity Stamp Co.
2"  Stripes, Dots and Hearts, Unity Stamp Co.

Other Supplies
Core'dinations Cardstock, Gemstone and Darks, Firebrick Red
May Arts Ribbon
Tombow Runner Adhesive
Clearsnap Black Embossing powder