So excited to announce . . .

Get on the phone and round up the girls.

  Phone 1

I'm bringing

Girlfriend Getaway

weekend crops

back to South County/Arnold MO.


Save the date:

October 6 to October 8, 2017

Drury Inn & Suites - Arnold MO

I'm trying something new:

The cost for 3 days of cropping, some meals,

your own 6 foot table, Saturday nite dessert bar and your favorite vendors.


$50 deposit will hold your reservations.

Final payment due August 15.

Make your own hotel reservations through a group block with group rates.

And we do need a specific number of people to make this work.

So pass the word.


Register Today by clicking on the REGISTRATION FORMS at the top of my blog

Hope you can join me!

Saturday, March 11 @ Checkered Cottage . . .

Nature's Sketchbook Portfolio

Thank you to everyone who signed up for this Graphic 45 Portfolio workshop.

We'll start promptly at 10:30 am. 

Here's what you'll need to bring to the Graphic 45 portfolio workshop Saturday.

  • Paper Trimmer (12" variety)
  • Corner Rounder
  • Crafty Foam Tape - preferably black
  • Edge Distresser
  • Distress Inks: Black Soot and applicator
  • Large round hole punch (for making divets in pockets)
  • Score board - the large one
  • Your patience please. 

I am very excited to share this project with you. There are flips, hidden inserts and other amazing things that you'll have fun with. And that means lots of concentration and work. I'm confident you'll love this when it's complete and be very proud of yourself.

Let the fun begin . . .

Saturday, March 11


Checkered Cottage - Kirkwood MO


Prima Educator Days coming to Indiana . . .

Prima Marketing Educator Days are being celebrated during  National Scrapbook Weekend. As a Prima Marketing Educator, I'm pleased to be teaching in Indiana where we'll be immersed in beautiful Prima products.

Cardmakers Organizer

I'll be teaching this Cardmakers Organizer at Mary's ScrapDen in Evansville Indiana. We'll put it together and then decorate it with Frank Garcia's Wild & Free collection including flowers and Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts trims.

Then hop on over to Jasper where I'll be teaching at The Doodlebug Inc in Jasper Indiana.

PED Doodlebug 1

The morning class will find us working on a Gypsy Soul Laser Cut products and decorated with Prima Marketing's Wild & Free. It's a book box with a hidden drawer! We'll work with new Prima products including paints and waxes. Top off this project with a beautiful Prima resin frame.

We continue the afternoon at The Doodlebug with the second class featuring a built-from-scratch mini-book. When complete, this mini fits inside the hidden drawer book box. 

Join me for a National Scrapbook Weekend of creative fun!

Call each store to sign up:

Mary's ScrapDen:  1394 North Green River Drive - Evansville IN - Phone: 812-474-9099

The Doodlebug Inc:  671 3rd. Ave - Jasper IN - Phone: 812-482-4949

PS: Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts will be there with all kinds of goodies!


April 8 - Cardmaker's Organizer

CO 1

Hope you can join me at

Checkered Cottage, Kirkwood MO

April 8

10:30 to 1 pm

where we'll create this combination

Prima Marketing & Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

Cardmaker's Organizer.

We'll put the box together, add decorative tabs

and spruce it up even more with

Prima Marketing flowers and embellishments.

CO 2

Advance reservations required.

Cost = $35

Conservatory, Greenhouse, Hothouse . . .


Whatever we want to call it, I'll be teaching this 

Gypsy Soul Laser Cut design

along with lots of

Prima Marketing mediums

Checkered Cottage, Kirkwood MO

Saturday, April 22


I'm waiting for a few more things to come in from Prima,

plus some miniature trees that will be added

but it's almost ready for display at Checkered Cottage.

Gina from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

will be joining me with some remarkable

miniature furniture pieces

you may want to add to your greenhouse.

Hope you can join me!

Sharing this piece on Stamping Ground's WOYWW

Wednesday's challenge on Monday . . .


Years and years ago I was a member of the Simon Says Design Team. Between then and now, I have been a member of the Graphic 45 Design Team, 7 Gypsies Design Team and am currently on the Prima Marketing Educator Team and Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Education Team. 

Being a member of design teams means you have projects with due dates each month. Usually with a theme. Sometimes maker's choice.

Working with all those goodies leaves lots of scraps and nowhere to go with them. Enter challenges. Challenges inspire me to use various products and incorporate scraps into my crafts.

This week I'm entering a card into the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge. The theme is Fantastic Florals. 


This card combines Prima Marketing flowers and lace with a Penny Black floral sticker. I altered the sticker a bit by adding white gesso to the flower petals and Prima micro beads to the centers. I also added white gesso to the Prima flower petals.




Thanks for visiting my blog today. I appreciate each of your visits!

It's starting to come together . . .

Conservatory 1

I'll be combining Prima Marketing products with Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

for this

Conservatory Workshop


Checkered Cottage in Kirkwood MO.

April 22 - 10:30 to 4:30

Details to follow.

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Education Team . . .

A couple of weeks ago, I showed this project on the GSLCuts blog:


Today, you can find more of the tags I decorated to use with this project. I used all Prima Marketing papers and combined with Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts chipboard. Take a look here please:

More decorated tags

Here's a couple more tags made for this project:

Tag 1

Tag 2 copy

Tag 1

Tag 2

Hope you get a chance to try this project. It is definitely easy and quick and that translates to fun!