Christmas in July Tag Trades . . .

A small group of friends decided to do a Christmas in July tag trade.

It's happening this morning and I can't wait to see what everyone created.

Tag A

The idea was to create 3 tags per person.

I made 3 different designs for each person in the trade.

Tag b

The tag above uses a piece of wood from a friend's family farm.

This wood is part of the original homesteader house built in the late 1800 or early 1900's.

Tag c

Of course, we had this bright idea about 5 months ago.

I started my tags last week - ha!

Tag d

Angels are a must . . .

Tag e

You can always add your own flower bling with the help of

Art Glitter Glue. It dries perfectly clear and no sheen like some other adhesives.

Tag f

Every time a bell rings . . . 

Tag g

I'll share what my trade buddies have created soon.

Obsessed with Scraplings . . .

Scraplings are cards or tags that measure 1.5" x 4.5" - perfect for scraps of paper. I first saw these on some Eastern European blogs I follow and thought they were so adorable and a perfect way to use up bits of scrap paper.


I paired leftover Prima Marketing papers and flowers with Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts. We all have scraps so why not give it a try.


The above Scrapling uses Feathery Flourishes

and Wrought Iron Miniatures.

You can visit Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog post today 

for a step-by-step tutorial.


I love these Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts bees and honeycomb sets.

They come in 3 sizes.  I used the smallest size.


And back to the Flourishes for the last of the three Scraplings:


Thanks for checking out these mini creations.

Try your own Scraplings and let me know how you like making them,


trading them


using them as embellishments on cards or scrapbook pages.



Christmas in July: A work in progress . . .

Save the date:  Saturday, July 8

July 8 1

(Note: the shine you see is from the glass frame that encloses the scene)

Where: Checkered Cottage - Kirkwood MO

Time: 10:30 ~ 3:30

Wanted to give you a heads up on this workshop.

The good news: Here's the preview

The bad news: I'm still adding dimensional snow drifts and baubles.

(Those will be ready by class time)

This is a 10" X 9" shadowbox (including the *feet*)

and is 5" deep.

It has a hinged glass frame that covers the winter scene.

Inside, there's a sleigh complete with Christmas tree, twigs and wreath

that hides the mechanism for the twinkling Prima lumies.

Sign up by calling

Checkered Cottage ~ 314-909-7233

Class Cost: $55

Class supply list:

  • Craft Mat a must!
  • Paper Trimmer
  • 3 Adhesives: Beacon 3-in-1 or Fabri-Tac and Score Tape 1" and 1/2" and Art Glitter Glue
  • Silver Medium Point Marker.  I recommend Pen-Touch
  • Glue Gun & glue sticks
  • Black Ink pad & Applicator
  • Paint Brush: #4 flat
  • Tweezers
  • Small Glue Dots
  • Palette Knife


  • Marvy Snow Pen
  • Gloves if you want to save a manicure
  • Stickles: Star Dust or similar

Innie's and Outtie's . . .


Years ago I taught a class called

Innies & Outties.

It was all about creating scrapbook pages with

photos on the inside of a page protector


embellishments on the outside of the page protector.

It's been years since I've completed an Innie & Outtie album

until recently.

Below is a close-up of the album cover with a few pages from the album:




You can see the sheen of the page protector with the

decorative paper and photo mat tucked inside.

The embellishments are attached to the outside of the page protector.



This next page has the decorative paper and photo mats under the page protector

with a flip on the outside of the page protector.

If you have lots of photos, this is a good way to add real estate to your albums.


The photo below shows the page/flip opened up.


Incorporating a handmade greeting card every now and then 

gives much needed room for journaling.


Thanks for visiting my blog today.

See you again soon!

Did you happen to see . . .

this post on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog?




Well, here's what you didn't see:  I couldn't close the book!

As usual, I couldn't close the mini-book properly.

Here are some of the inside pages. They're really simple so not sure what happened.
















The solution:  Cut off the right side piece that is supposed to fold over the cover.

Glue the piece to the cover and pretend tie the closure.