Altenew Fuschia Flowers!

I loved this month’s color challenge from Altenew . . .just as much as I LOVE their flowers! So I used a black background card, to make the flowers “pop” even more . . . and one of my most favorite frame dies from Spellbinders, and colored my Altenew’s “Beautiful Day” stamps with several different fuschia markers  . . . .and voila!! This is also one of the cards we’re going to do in my upcoming “Spring Flower Frenzy” class here in Sacramento (watch for date and time . .. late March, early April).

And, since we’re still in “monsoon season” here in Northern CA today . . .with wind, rain, rain, and more rain!!! . . . this bright and cheery card brings a smile to my face! Check out all the other beautiful color challenge cards on Altenew’s blog,  here

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“Out of the Cold” for the Frilly & Funkie Challenge

I love all the yummy vintage goodness that pops up on Frilly & Funkie. Such fantastic inspiration! Their challenge right now is to chase away the winter blues with a project that brings you “in out of the cold”! PERFECT for the Graphic 45 banner I just created for my next class at It’s All About the Scrapbook in Dixon, California! I am totally in love with G45’s “Nature Sketchbook” line. Just did a lovely mini-album class in Dixon a couple weeks ago, also using this paper.

So – here’s the banner . . . . I just feel like smiling (as well as warm and cozy, not cold!!) when I look at it. Be sure to check out the challenge blog and see the guest designers creations, and the other challenge submissions here!

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Graphic 45 Valentine for Mojo Monday

Played along with Mojo Monday this week . . . . and decided to use some scraps of Graphic 45’s yummy “Mon Amour” . .. still love that Valentine lovey dovey stuff!! This one was quick and easy . . . got a lot goin’ on this weekend! Happy Stampin’ . . . and Happy Valentine’s Day!

Check out all the wonderful cards this week on Mojo Monday.

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Color challenge for The Paper Players

Wow! Two posts in one day! I really don’t like to do this; I know many of you, like me, get too much email! Just this once . .. sorry! I forgot I wanted to enter this card in The Paper Players color challenge this week. The challenge was “black, white, and one color” . . . .This is also a card we’re going to make in my February stamp clubs. I love black, white and gold. The dragonfly stamps and dies, as well as the gold patterned acetate cardstock, are all from Stampin’ Up. I have found I am just a bit obsessed right now with dragonflies!! LOL!

Check out for all the beautiful cards this week!

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Pretty in pink . . . for a “pink” friend!

One of my dearest friends just LOVES pink! (another hates it!! LOL!)  . . . . so I always love making special “pink things” for her. She gave me something really spectacular (which you’ll see when I get a picture taken!) . .. and I wanted a “worthy” thank you card for her. This is pink, pink, and MORE pink . . . with lots of gorgeous Prima flowers and bling . .. on some beautiful new cardstock (I think it was from Prima, too) . .. . . and she loved it! What could possibly be more FUN than that!!?? Sooooo much fun to bring smiles to faces you love!

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Just “Believe”!!

This world can get to be a VERY crazy place . .. sometimes it’s hard to remember that all we really need to do is “believe”!! I got this lovely stamp with that sentiment, last year, but hadn’t used it yet. I also found some sparkly blue glitter embossing powder in my stash . . .put them together and here’s  a lovely card! I made 2 different versions . . . experimenting with some dies to accent the stamp . . . which do you like best? Happy Stamping!!

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Mini Album Engagement Gift

A sweet friend got engaged . . . and I happen to know she loves navy blue . . . and vintage . . . and the “stuff” I create . .. so I made her this mini album as an engagement gift. Had SUCH a good time making it . .. altho’ I found out it’s tough to find cool, vintage-y navy papers!! Hobby Lobby came through for me, as well as digging around in my stash of paper in my craft room (approx. 5 ft. tall if I’d stack them all up!! LOL!!) Found more vintage lace in the stash . . . and don’t you LOVE that gorgeous die on the front???? That’s from Creative Expressions.

And . . . mini albums are my new favorite “to do” item! Expect to see a lot of them here on the ole’ blog, in the near future! Happy Craftin’ to all!

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Pretty Prima Pink!

Happy Monday! What a wonderful weekend I had . . . we had “monsoon season” here in Northern CA so I had 48 hours of not leaving the house, most of it spent in my crafting room! I had actually made this pink Valentine last week, for the Mojo Monday sketch challenge, but didn’t get it posted in time on Friday . . .but I do like it, so wanted to show it to you! I got some gorgeous new Prima papers a couple of weeks ago, so have been playing with those . . . you’ll be seeing more of them in the very near future. They’re aren’t “Valentine specific” but would make beautiful Valentines!


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Valentine Banner Inspiration!

Ahhhh . . . such a SUPER several days at home, to craft and create! Of course, my long list of “clean out the hall closet” type jobs haven’t been touched . . .but I sure have been havin’ FUN!!

My friend Jill has been my inspiration for banners! (Check out her gorgeous Valentine banner on her Facebook page!) I really do like banners, but my question is always then “what do I do with it?” . . . but I’ll figure that out later, because I’m goin’ “banner crazy”!! They really are quite addicting. Here’s my Valentine banner (well, one of them . . . I may make some more!!) . . . created with Graphic 45’s “Time to Flourish” papers for February. LOVE IT!! Tried to stay true to my “vintage style” and used lots of cute embellishments . . . If anyone wants to buy one, I think I’ll sell them for $15.00 . . and would be happy to create a “custom” one for you! Happy Stampin’ in 2017!

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Nature Sketchbook Mini Album Class!

Graphic 45 at its finest! Look at the luscious colors in this new line of paper, aptly called “Nature’s Sketchbook”!! A very “botanical” feel, but with deep, passionate colors of nature.

We’ll be making a Graphic 45 “Butterfly Square Tag” mini album. The album already comes with the butterfly pattern on it. We will be adding “Nature’s Sketchbook” papers and embellishments . . . lots of fussy cut butterflies from the paper, yummy May Arts silk ribbon, and bling. The album also comes with 5 kraft colored square tags to decorate and place in the pocket pages of the album. (there are also many “plain” pages to decorate). I’ve also added a few “flip pages”, so you can put even more photos and journaling in this album. Perfect to record a special event, a wonderful trip, a year in review . . . for yourself, or a special gift! Please join us for an afternoon of crafting inspiration!

Saturday, February 4th, 2017 – 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. at “It’s All About the Scrapbook” in Dixon, CA. Seating is limited; call the shop to reserve your spot! (707) 676-5252.

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