Thursday, March 21, 2013

Interactive Mini-Book

For a fun way to use up an eclectic array of papers, stamped images, and Cricut® shapes, a mini album is the perfect choice! Learn how to make an 8" × 5" mini album from start to finish for a cute little scrapbook full of variety and personality!


Tuesday, March 19, 2013

For Always Girly Bracket Frame

Today's special artwork again features the Chantilly Textiles, fun and versatile My Creations Bracket Frame, Black Sparkle Flourishes, Hollyhock Zipper Lace, and my beautiful daughter Amelia,

When I began creating the frame, and I had planned to just decorate the frame and create some other fun flowers out of fabric. However, as I began cutting my strips to make my flowers, I wondered what the fabric would look like gathered and attached to the back of the frame. I decided to take a chance and go with it, and after I finished the fabric ruffles, I was thrilled with the result. I had created a fun frame that had a feminine playful touch.

I am thinking of offering this frame as a workshop, so if you see this and are interested in learning how to make it, let me know and if I get enough interest I will do a workshop and create some step-by-step directions.

I also plan to have a few blog posts in the near feature that show how to create this beautiful flower embellishments, so check back soon.


Monday, March 18, 2013

Dainty... Chantilly Layout

On Friday, I shared my 6" x 6" For Always Canvas that I created with some of my NEW Close to My Heart goodies, and today I want to share another special piece of artwork I designed. This project features a very special little lady in my life--my daughter Amelia.

I decided to be brave and work with the NEW Chantilly Textiles which were just released in February in the NEW Spring/Summer 2013 Idea book.  I had seen some beautiful fabric flowers on Pinterest and knew that I could create the same thing with our bright fabrics.

The flat flower is created by cutting a 1/2" strip of fabric and then twisting and rolling it along a circle piece of paper. As the fabric coils around the circle, you can keep it from moving by using a few drops of liquid glass or hot glue.

These photos were taken almost 10 years ago when Amelia was just 1 1/2 years old, of course she isn't so "little" anymore, but I have always loved these photos of her trying on her princess dress for a wedding she was going to be in.

Her porcelain white skin and blond hair gave her the look of being "Dainty," but she also had a curious energy and busy spirit that kept my world spinning as I tried to keep up with her. That energy and spirit are still true of my "Emma" today, and many times instead of just sitting and watching TV you will find her holed up in her room very busy with creating some new crafty projects with fabric, paper, and her new obsession--Duck Tape.

Or you will find her sitting by my side in my scrap studio asking how I made a certain embellishments and wanting to learn how that very minute. {I think I may have a future Close to My Heart consultant in a few years} I love that we can bond over our love of "crafting" and how use that love to celebrate those memories and photos that have special meaning for us.


Cricut foldables

Learn how to create foldable Cricut®-cut pieces that you can add to a scrapbook page, card, or home d├ęcor item for extra dimension! From yo-yos to bows, embellishments cut with the Cricut® Art Philosophy and Artiste cartridges add something special to your artwork.


Saturday, March 16, 2013

Glitter Glam

It’s easy to add glitter glam to your projects with products like glitter paper, Shimmer trim, glitter gel, and more.

 Watch this quick video to learn how to balance that shimmer and bling and not overpower your artwork. I love the tons of tips that Stacy shares in the video!


Friday, March 15, 2013

For Always Canvas

I have been busy in my scrap studio over the last few weeks creating some top-secret projects. Now that I have finished packing my big box of artwork and sent it off to Close to My Heart, I can share them with you!

The first one that I will share today uses the 6" x 6"  Canvas, For Always paper, Black shimmer tape, Black tulle, and small sparkle flourishes. This canvas is a perfect way to display a cherished photo and doesn't take up much room. You can hang it on the wall, or stand it up on a display stand for on a table or your desk.

I also used the Artiste Cricut cartridge to make the beautiful rolled roses. I decided to keep them pretty simple and opted not to sponge them in ink before I rolled them {if you know me, then you realize that is not normal for me--I do love my ink distressing}.To get a more realistic look for the roses, I gently rolled the edges of the flower shape over before I twisted and rolled the rose up.

If you want to create your own canvas you can sign-up and attend my workshop and make one for just $10, don't worry if you can't attend the workshop or live long distance. I will make a kit up for you and send it to you along with directions.

My workshop details are:

Wednesday, March 27th
6:30 PM
at my house, 
{521 Mt Vernon St, Oshkosh}
Cost is just $10 each
RSVP by Wednesday, March 20th

Contact me today to reserve a spot for the workshop, or to sign-up for a kit at or (920)232-832.

Stay tuned for my details in days to come about my other creative projects that I made the last few weeks.


Friday, March 1, 2013

Later Sk8er Kit of the Month

Later Sk8er Layout #1

Later Sk8er Layout #2

Later Sk8er Layout #3

This month's Cherish the Memories Scrap clubs will be ordering the NEW skater inspired paper called none other then "Later Sk8er".

I loved working with the bright and vivid colors in the Later Sk8er paper pack and embellishments and if you have paid any attention to the on-trend colors in clothing or decorating, I am sure you have noticed that bright turquoise seems to be everywhere these days. 

I have 3 layouts ready to go for my active "little man" or I can alter things slightly and have some layouts ready for my active ladies :)

The Basic Kit includes:
  • Later Sk8er paper pack-$9.95
  • Later Sk8er Stickease-$4.95
  • Later Sk8er Assortment-$5.95
  • Spinner (1)--$1.65
  • (3) White Daisy, (2)Outdoor Denim CS-$3.00
  • Cutting Diagram for all 3 layouts-FREE
Total: $25.50 {plus shipping and tax}

The Deluxe kit includes everything in the Basic kit, PLUS:
  • Later Sk8er “C-Size” Stamp Set--$13.95
  • Green/blue Epoxy Bubbles--$3.95
  • Step-by Step color guide--$1.00
Total: $38.85 {plus shipping and tax}

Some additional products you can add to your order {if you don't order the Deluxe Kit}:
  • Green/blue Epoxy Bubbles--$3.95
  • Step-by Step color guide--$1.00
  • Outdoor Denim Ink pad {used to distress}--$5.25
Please contact me to place your kit order and you can either put you Later Sk8er kit together on your own, or attend one of my 6 Cherish classes in April. 

If interested please contact me at and we'll see which class might work in your schedule, or if you are long distance we can order you a kit and I'll email you the cutting guide so you can create them on your own.

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