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Saturday's Class . . .

Father's Mini-Book

Saturday, June 4

10:30 am - 4 pm

Please bring to class:

  • Your lunch
  • Adhesive: both wet & dry
  • Brayer
  • Bookbinding needle (or a needle with a large eye)
  • Cutter + scissors
  • Corner rounder
  • Piercer
  • Favorite ink colors + ink blending tools (I used mostly Vintage Photo.  This book has a lot of navy, deep greens and golden colors.)

 I think that's it, but check back Friday night just in case I forgot something . . . you know how I am!

This class is sold out.  Thank you!

Simon Says . . .

show your favorite stamp.

This was one of the toughest challenges yet.

I am a stamper/paper crafter therefore I collect.  They go hand in hand.  To date, I have amassed hundreds of stamps.  Wood mounted, cling mounted, unmounted, clear . . . you name it, I have it.  So how am I to choose just one favorite?!

I couldn't.  So I picked a couple of mine that I really, really like and came up with this:


This card features a couple of my *go to* stamps.  I started by choosing three patterned papers that would color coordinate.  When mixing patterns, there's a good rule of thumb to follow:  choose one large, one medium and one small pattern in the same color families.  This almost always works for me.

Next I stamped the boy's image from Artistic Outpost Bluebird with Momento Cocoa ink.  I love this stamp set . . . especially since I have a boy!  Wanting his face to show up a bit more, I used bleach and a small paintbrush to lighten his face.  

The banner was stamped onto the large pattern paper with Crafty Secrets Artsy Banner .  This pattern paper already had lines running through it so I was careful to place those lines all across the top of the banner, resembling string. I cut that out and placed that at the top of the card with one at the bottom to help your eye flow through from top to bottom.  The No.21 is also from the Crafty Secrets Artsy Banner and was stamped on a small square of the large pattern paper.

All images were stamped with Memento Cocoa ink. Edges were inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

Continueing with the scallop theme, I used a Spellbinders Scalloped Squares and die cut the medium patterned paper.  To raise it up a bit, I also die cut a piece of grungepaper and placed it underneath the scalloped square.

Next was the Tattered Banners with the same large patterned paper used for the banner.  A simple *happy birthday* sentiment completes the card.


Hope you can play along this week at Simon Says Stamp & Show challenge blog. Use your favorite stamp and enter it on the challenge blog.  You could be the lucky recipient of this:



or you may be chosen as one of the top 3 designers for the week!

Stop by to see what my Team Mates have come up with

for this week's challenge


Simon Says Stamp & Show Challenge Blog.


Inspiration . . .

Long time no blog (at least for me).  Been busy with one thing or another.

One thing:  Beau is officially a St. Louis City Police Officer.  YEAH!  It is truly his calling.  And after 2 tours to Iraq as a USMC and now this job, apparently my true calling is to worry.  I do it well.

Another:  I've been helping re-arrange For Keeps Sake.  It was time to shake things up a bit and shaking things up is exactly what we've been doing.  Not finished yet, but a good deal on our way.  So far, it looks really good.

Inspiration:  I've met up with a couple of people at For Keeps Sake that I hadn't seen for a while.  We were talking about inspiration . . . actually, they were telling me they lost their mojo.  And it got me thinking about finding ideas, keeping inspiration at a high and constantly being able to come up with concepts.

Thought I would share a bit with you.  I am not an out-of-the-box free thinker. I am a rule follower and blame it on 13 years of Catholic school. (Don't write me any nasty messages.  I'm only kidding. But if you went to Catholic schools, you probably know what I mean.) I like things in 1, 2, 3 order.  Line everything up.  When I see someone look at something in a new and different way, I am amazed at their thinking.



Confirguration Box
Never in a million years would I have thought about taking those little boxes out of the configutation box and reworked them like Robin did above.

However, being an instructor and a Design Team member, I do have to come up with a minimum of eight projects a month, not including those things I like to do for myself.  So I look for inspiration from others.

Here's where I go:

  • anything Stampington.  I love those magazines and pour over them constantly . . . for hours. I never throw any of them away.  Even the really old ones are still fabulous.
  • other blogs.  I follow almost 400 blogs via Google Reader.  I adore Google Reader.  Here's where you can find it: http://google.com/reader   Sign up and you can add *subscriptions*, that is blogs that you love.  Everytime a blog (subscription) is updated by the author, google reader puts that blog in bold letters.  So you only have to go to those blogs that are in bold.  It's so easy.  I visit google reader every morning.  It gets me going.  Now you know what I do at 4 a.m.!  The other good thing about google reader is that I can bookmark those posts that I love.  It's called *tags*.  So I have a number of tags:  greeting cards, mini albums, vintage.  When I want some new ideas/inspiration, I visit my tags. I don't copy (recreate) anything I see unless I specifically ask the original creator and then give them full credit for the idea.  But I do look (a lot) at their work for inspiration.  You can always tweak and make it your own. 
  • Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/   This is a fairly new way to scroll through pics.  You can search for people you want to follow and crafts (or anything else really) you'd like to see.  It's all photos.  Very inspiring.  Search for scrapbooks, mini albums, etc and get inspired.
  • And the stand-bys:  Flickr, Tumblr, U-Tube, U-stream all offer so many possibilities for inspiration.  One of my favorites to follow on You-Tube is Laura Dennison.  Her mini-albums are unbelievabe.  Here's how you can follow Laura: http://www.youtube.com/user/FollowThePaperTrail  and here's her blog: http://followingthepapertrail.blogspot.com/

So what gets you going? Where do you find your inspiration?



In the style of Wendy Vecchi . . .

This week's challenge at Simon Says Stamp & Show challenge blog is to create something in the style of Wendy Vecchi. 

For quite a while I have had 2 large acrylic covers from Wendy's Studio 490 collection.  One I decorated a while back.  The other, sad to say, has been blank until today.

Studio 490 1

I was very happy to accomplish something that's been on my to-do list - decorate the 2nd set of acrylic covers. I added Studio 490 Art Parts to create a shelf upon which I perched a Wendy-inspired bottle to represent the zero in the 490. A Maya Road sign hangs from Art Parts with Idea-ology swivel clasps and Maya Road letters.

Studio 490

I used Maya Road flowers for the Studio sign because when I first met Wendy, she did not yet have her own line of products.  She was designing for Maya Road.  You could recognize her style a mile away . . . distinctively detailed and beautifully done. Still today, I can't look at Maya Road without thinking of Wendy. 

Studio 4902

Used lots of Wendy stamps for backgrounds. 

Studio 490 3_edited-1 
My Team Mates at Simon Says Stamp & Show

have been busy creating masterpieces

in the style of Wendy Vecchi.

Hope you can play along this week at Simon Says Stamp & Show challenge blog.

You could be the lucky recipient of this:


or you may be chosen as one of the top 3 designers for the week!

Hope you can play along with

Simon Says Stamp & Show Challenge Blog.


Loosey-Goosey . . .

That's how I would describe yesterday's class . . . 7 Gypsies Junque Drawer.

Normally, I am a step 1, step 2, step 3 kind of instructor.  Saturday's class was not at all like that. 

It was more of a free-for-all

with each attendee bringing their own photos to alter and place in the Junque Drawer.

So . . .

everyone began with

a 7 Gypsies drawer

a large pack of miscellaneous tags

a pack of various embellishments.

Then, I encouraged everyone to


LG 5 

LG 3 

and use my stamps

LG 4 

and in between working, cropping and adding to

we practiced techniques, tips and tricks.

LG 2 

LG 1 

and everyone left with miniature works of art

in an unfinished project

because this drawer is a work in progress

and an

add as you can photo assembly.

(At least mine is!)

More photos . . .

of my Graphic 45 CHA-W mini:

Used a mini Graphic 45 Staples envelope for the tab

Cha 1 

and hid journaling inside.

Cha 2 

Made use of a flip book with

Cha 3 

tickets as flip tabs.

Cha 4 

Envelope tops are tied together

Cha 5 

and capture more photos

Cha 6 

Four cascading pages

Cha 7 

hold 8 more photos.

Cha 8 

Adding a piece of cardstock to an envelope flap

Cha 9 

allows space for another 2 photos.

Cha 10 

If you pick up postcards along the way,

those can always be added to the binding

and creates interest and even more memories.

Cha 11 

Junque-ing . . .

Saturday, May 21 . . . 10:30 am . . . 7 Gypsies Junque Drawer Class . . . For Keeps Sake

NOTE: I just finished putting my kits together and I will have 3 kits available for purchase. 

If interested contact For Keeps Sake (314) 487-8131

Each kit will include 7 Gypsies drawer, tags, ephemera and collectibles.

I had so much fun putting this junque drawer together and am  confident you will too.  These are tiny works of love, each one unique and each carrying a photo of someone close to you.  In an earlier post, I encouraged you to get your photos together for this class.  It's really much more fun to pair photos with all the good junque you'll be getting in Saturday's workshop.

Each of your junque drawers will be unique to you in that you will (as much as possible) match photos to ephemera to create your personal collection.


Please bring to class:

  • Photos (Note: the junque drawer on display at For Keeps Sake had 25 photos in it. We may not get to all 25 photos, but this is a good number to bring with you.)
  • Cutters + Scissors
  • Adhesives (including red line tape)
  • Ink for edges (byo favorite colors i.e., Vintage Photo, yellow, red, green, etc.)
  • Pen for writing on your little cards and tags
  • Pop-ups
  • Piercer 
  • Crop-a-dile or hole punch
  • Your lunch

We will also be using the following items.  I will have them for you to use, but if you want to BYO, here you go:

  • Colored pencils or markers to color in stamped images
  • Brads
  • Ribbon + laces
  • Heat gun
  • Fancy edged scissors or edge punches
  • Stickles
  • Mini-Stapler
  • This will be an easy, laid-back class where you can work for a few hours or work all day.  Take a break when you want or go out for lunch, come back and continue to have fun.  It's a no-stress kind of Saturday.

    Thanks for joining me.  I'm looking forward to seeing what you create!

    PS: The last time I looked there were 2 spots still available.  If you'd like to join this workshop, please call

    For Keeps Sake Scrapbook - 4530 Lemay Ferry Road - St. Louis 63129

    (314) 487-8131

    WOYWW . . .

    Today, there are several things going on in Nancyland.  First, it's Workshop Wednesday at For Keeps Sake.  Head on over and see what Amy created for you today.

    Then it's What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday over at Stamping Ground. Here's what I'm working on today:

    WOYWW 1

    It's a little somthing-something for Simon Says Stamp & Show challenge blog.  I need to have it finished by Saturday.  Since I have a class Saturday and kits to make up, I'll finish it today.  This is the only thing I can show you until Monday when it's posted on Simon Says Stamp & Show

    What I can show you is this:

    WOYWW 2

    It's  my altered book.  Would you believe in all the years I've been paper crafting, I have never done one of these.  This is very exciting for me (admittedly, it doesn't take much).  In my CYI group (which meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month at For Keeps Sake), we have *guest* instructors i.e., someone from the group who volunteers to teach one altered page each meet-up.

    Bonnie taught these pages.  Unfortunately, I forgot my supplies (hey, it happens . . . especially when I was worried about remembering everything for the Stamp Club group.).  But I did pay attention to everything Bonnie taught that night.  I loved this little fold with pockets everywhere.  Just finished this yesterday and boy was it fun!

    WOYWW 3 

    Woyww 4 

    WOYWW 5 

    WOYWW 6 
    This was my favorite:

    WOYWW 7 
    I thought this was a genius idea!

    Thanks Bonnie.  Really enjoyed it.