Le’s Talk Kits! (end-of-year sale!)

Some of you may not be aware that for all of my classes I make up kits! Therefore, if you can’t come to a class, you can still order a kit, and do the project(s). And . . . right now, I have a “close out sale” on some kits I have left from 2017 . .. not very many, but a few! Let me know if you’d like either of the following kits:

Fall Banner using Graphic 45’s “French Country” on burlap banners. $35.00


Large photo album (TONS of pages!!) – “By the Seashore” using Prima papers (and others) and lots of embellishments. $45.00

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Valentines with the girls at Mercy Multiplied

Three to four times a year, Katrina and I go out to Mercy Multiplied and make cards with the girls there. (if you’re interested in more about Mercy, let me know!!)

Our Valentines class was very popular last year, so we’re doing it again this year. Attached is a pix of the 3 cards I’m doing; Kat is doing 3 more, so each of them will have 6 handmade Valentines to send to loved ones and friends. These have to be “quick and easy” cards, so we focus on a lot of pre-cut dies, embellishments, etc. rather than extensive stamping, coloring, techniques, etc. It’s really fun to see how some of the girls still use what we supply, and make the cards “their own”!!

This is such a fun and rewarding time with the girls. They are all experiencing miracles in their lives, as they overcome life-threatening situations to truly become “who they were meant to be”. We love them . . . and Mercy! 

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Graphic 45 “Seasons” cards at Ben Franklin Crafts

Thanks for checking out my blog! I plan to do MUCH better this year, posting a couple of times a week, wtih all the fun stuff I’m crafting!

First up is my next class at Ben Franklin Crafts in Grass Valley. I’m offering a quarterly class using Graphic 45’s new “Seasons” line of paper. On Saturday, February 3rd, we’ll be using the “Spring” papers from this line, and making 5 beautiful cards. These papers are sooo gorgeous . . .but you’ll be using plenty of embellishments and dies, too. All the cards come with envelopes, and lots of the pre-cutting done for you. Class is $35.00. Seating is limited, so call the store to reserve your spot. (530) 273-1348. Here’s a photo of the cards we’ll be doing. Hope to see you there!  (Next quarterly class is Saturday, May 5 – making “Summer” cards)

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2018 Starts with Graphic 45!!

What: 2 new Graphic 45 workshops to start the new year right!

When: Saturday, January 6, 2018

Where: Its All About the Scrapbook, Dixon, CA

Graphic 45 has come out with several wonderful new and re-released papers the last couple of months and I’m so excited to share some new projects with you!

“A Ladies Diary” was re-released as a “Deluxe Collector’s Edition” and it is sooo elegant! We’ll be making 5 gorgeous cards with this collection from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on the 6th. As always, silk ribbon, fussy cutting, metal embellishments and bling! Definitely cards that will make the recipient feel VERY special!

Then from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. you can make an adorable “treasure box” with the new “Fairy Dust” papers! We’ll be using one of Graphic 45’s “book boxes” which will hold a lot of “treasure” . . . covering it with the papers and metal embellishments, silk ribbon, glitter, and the fussy cut fairy watching over it all! The perfect gift for a little girl (or a “big girl”) who loves fairies!


Hope to see you on the 6th! Seating is limited! Call the shop to reserve your spot!

(707) 676-5252


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Winter Wonderland Graphic 45 Christmas

Have I mentioned that I LOVE LOVE LOVE this year’s Graphic 45 Christmas line? “Winter Wonderland” has rich but subdued “earthtone” hues that are soooo gorgeous! And I’ve gotten some yummy new silk ribbons to go with this line. Please join me at Ben Franklin Crafts in Grass Valley on Saturday, December 2, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. . . . to make 5 very special Christmas cards for those on your list who would love the pampered feeling you get when you open a stunning handmade greeting card!

Cards feature my “signature” silk ribbon, lots of fussy cuts, embellishments, flowers, and gorgeous diecuts, all precut for you (yes, I tied the bows for you, too!!) Can’t attend? Contact me to purchase a kit (limited quantity available). Kits come with everything you need to make the cards, as well as photos and instructions, as needed.

The sample cards are on display up front at Ben Franklin. I’ve also included photos of each card here. Sign up for the workshop with Ben Franklin at (530) 273-1348. Hope to see you there!

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A Graphic 45 Christmas on November 11th!

Graphic 45’s new “Winter Wonderland” line of holiday papers does NOT dissapoint!! It is soooo gorgeous . .. lovely muted reds, greens and creams . . . and I’ll be helping you make five beautiful cards with this paper at “It’s All About the Scrapbook” in Dixon, CA, on Saturday, Nov. 11th. Photos of the cards are below. Silk ribbons, diecuts, fussy cuts, bling, and all papers pre-cut for you. . . .yours to assemble and spoil your favorite people with! This workshop is from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Authentique has a beautiful line of Christmas paper, too . . . and in the morning (10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.) you can indulge your love of vintage/shabby chic and make this lovely “Merry” banner. (photo below). This banner is sooo much fun to make . .. lots of tea-stained crinkly ribbon, a bit of raw silk ribbon, cutout embroidered lace flowers, doilies, and bling.

Seating is limited! Call the store to reserve your spot for either or both of these and get yourself in the “holiday spirit”! (707) 676-5252


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A Nature Sketchbook Birdhouse

When I saw the amazing birdhouse that Graphic 45 Design Team Member, Pam Bray, made a few months ago, I couldn’t get it out of my mind . . . . yep! Just HAD to make one myself! I loved Pam’s so much that I pretty much followed her design . . . yes, some of the cutouts and embellishments are my own, but I give credit for this project I love so much, to Pam. If you want to see it “in person”, it’s on display in the Graphic 45 section at “It’s All About the Scrapbook” shop in Dixon, CA! Wanna try it yourself? I’m putting together three kits (I have only 3 of the “slant-roof” birdhouses!) . . . . kits are $60.00. Let me know if you want one!

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Midnight Masquerade Special Gift

As you know, I love Graphic 45’s “Midnight Masquerade” . .. those purples and teals are soooo yummy! Am almost finished with my card classes using this wonderful paper (one more at Ben Franklin Crafts in Grass Valley on August XX; see previous posts for photos and call the shop if you’d like to join us! (530) 273-1348) . … but I had paper left and wanted to make a special birthday gift for a “purple-loving friend”! Here it is! I found this wonderful (and useful!!) desk setup on Graphic 45’s blog and was quite enamored of it. I love the way it turned out, and the fact that it is something you can actually USE!! It consists of 2 small boxes, one larger box (all from Graphic 45) and then I went to the “wood store” and had them cut me a slab of wood for the base. Such a FUN project to make!

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A “French Country” Fall

Time to show you what I spent four solid days (really!!) doing over my July 4th holiday! And I’m soooo excited!! Haven’t loved new projects this much since Nature Sketchbook came out!

I loved Graphic 45’s “French Country” when it first came out a few years ago. In fact, it was one of the first of their papers I worked with. I even had a few random sheets of it left in my stash, meaning to get back to it. So .. . I was thrilled when Graphic 45 brought it back as a “Deluxe Collectors Edition” a month or so ago. So . . . . . here we go!

Saturday, August 12, is “French Country Fall” day at “It’s All About the Scrapbook” in Dixon, CA.

Make this rustic and detailed banner in the morning. (10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.) All the gorgeous details in the banner, such as the die cut and embossed leaves, the die cut circles, the pinwheels, and the French Country accents . . . are ALL prepped for you!! All you have to do is assemble this gorgeous banner, accented with Janice’s “signature” . . . some yummy silk ribbon!
In the afternon (2:00 – 5:00 p.m.) make five stunning French Country cards! (3 of the cards shown here). These are 5″ x 7″ cards (one is 5.5″ x 5.5″ square) using many of the papers from the French Country line. The cards are accented with die cuts, sponging, glitter, some metal embellishments, and  . . . of course . . . silk ribbon! All elements are pre-cut for you, to make assembly easy.. . and all cards come with envelopes.
Each workshop is $40.00. However, if you take BOTH workshops, they are only $35.00 each.  All supplies are included. Bring your basic tool kit, including heavy duty “tacky tape” and 3-in-One super strong glue.
Would love to have you join us! Seating is limited so call the store to reserve your spot! (707) 676-5252
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Welcome to the Pinecone Factory!

Busy weekend . . . laughed when I saw the “almost done” mess on my crafting desk, as I was finishing up making 60 Tim Holtz “Tattered Pinecones”.  You happy attendees at “Christmas in July” will be making this darling gift box using your pinecones!  . .. along with 7 cards, another vintage style gift box, 2 gift card holders, and a mini “crate” with 3 x 3 cards and envelopes in it. Still a few seats left for this July 15 (Saturday) even (11:00 a.m.) . . . .let me know if you want to come or need a kit!

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