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Looking for advice . . .

Does anyone use Chrome instead of Internet Explorer.  It seems that I am encountering more and more annoying little *dings* when I use Internet Explorer.  I'm not finding these with Chrome.  I'm liking Chrome except for one thing . . .

I can't minimize Chrome.

Is anyone else finding this?  Or is it me?

It's probably me so if you can tell me what I'm doing wrong, I would greatly appreciate your advice.


CYI . . .

I can hardly believe that we're approaching the last day of July.  That gets me thinking about what's ahead and one of those things is my favorite Tuesday night - Create Your Imagination.

The fun starts at this free meet-up at For Keeps Sake at 6 pm.

August 9, Carol B will be the guest instructor with a new page for our altered book.

Here's the list of supplies Carol would like everyone to bring:

  • Paper trimmer
  • Red tape
  • Scoreboard
  • 2 pieces of cardstock/paper the same size as your book page.
  • 1 piece of cardstock cut the same height as your page and 1” less than the width.
  • 3 tags – approximately 2 ½” wide
  • Wet glue
  • Tape runner
  • 1 Tag – 2 ½ x 5 1/4 (or close to that)
  • Piece of print acetate the size of your book page.
  • Picture postcard.
  • Pencil
  • 2” piece of cardstock the same height as your post card and 1” wide.
  • Scotch tape
  • Craft knife
  • Cutting pad
  • 4x5 piece of clear acetate
  • Ruler

Simon Says . . .

This week, the Simon Says Stamp & Show Challenge Blog is focusing on . . .


Well, that's easy enough.

Grandmother's Brag Book 

Since I was going to attend a baby shower for one of my niece's and since this was #5 grandchild for my sis-in-law, I decided to make a Grandmother's Book.  

After 5 grandbabies, don't you think this woman deserved a Grandmother's Book?

Beginning with a Maya Road Lunch Tin Album (it measures just 5" x 4.25") and some of my favorite colors, I covered the chipboard pages with various papers from Crate Paper, Cosmo Cricket and October Afternoon.

The decorating was finished using Maya Road Bingo Chips, a Tim Holtz Hitch Fastener, a Swivel Clasp, Pink Paislee Daily Junque stamps and miscellaneous baby charms.

Grandma's brag book 2 
Luckily, she loved it!

Now it's your turn.  Stroll on over to Simon Says Stamp & Show Challenge Blog and enter something (ANYTHING) you've made this week.

You may be the person who is randomly chosen to win a $50 gift certificate

from our generous sponsor  


or you may be chosen as one of the

top 3 designers for the week!

Stop by


see what my Team Mates have come up with

as well as inspiring entries

for this week's challenge


Simon Says Stamp & Show Challenge Blog.

Danny Gregory . . .

Gotta love this guy!  He is a great source of inspiration for art work and is currently on the lookout for those of you who do art journaling. 

This is something I would love to start but haven't quite made the leap (yet). It's all those delicious drawings/sketches.  I love to look at what other people have done but just can't seem to get the perspective of it all.  My peeps end up taller than the buildings.  Very distorted.

Bill, on the other hand, is fabulous at drawing.  So maybe we should collaborate and he can draw and I'll paint in the images. 

Sounds like a plan!

In the meantime, enjoy Danny Gregory's blog: http://dannygregory.wordpress.com/


Embossing . . .

is this week's challenge at Simon Says Stamp & Show.

Couldn't decide what type of embossing to use - heat or dry - so opted for both.

First, using a Big Shot I dry embossed a Tim Holtz Glassine Pocket Envelope with a Texture Fades Embossing Folder. I cut off the top of the envelope to create a vertical pocket. 

A tag was stamped and heat embossed (Distress Embossing Ink + embossing powder) using Tim Holtz Papillon stamps.

Ribbon and more ink finished off the tag.

SSSS Emboss_edited-1

Check out what the rest of the Design Team came up with for this week's challenge.  Some amazing creations await your perusal!

Speaking of the Design Team, unfortunately, Nancy C., Lori and Kim will be leaving the Simon Says Stamp & Show Design Team at the end of this month.  We're going to miss them and their wonderful artistry.

That means, though, that Simon Says Stamp & Show is having a Design Team call.  Do you want to be part of this great Challenge Blog?  If you love

  • the vintage look
  • to rubber stamp
  • getting inky with it
  • to create something wonderfully challenging each week

then this may be the Design Team you've been looking to join!

Jump on over to the Simon Says Stamp & Show Challenge Blog to see what it's all about.  And while you're there, enter your embossing card, tag, scrapbook page or project for a chance to win a fabulous prize from Simon Says Stamp & Show Superstore.

You may be the person who is randomly chosen to win a $50 gift certificate from our generous sponsor  


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

Stop by


be inspired

to see what my Team Mates have come up with

as well as inspiring entries

for this week's challenge


Simon Says Stamp & Show Challenge Blog.



Graphic 45 Previews . . .

One of my CHA-S projects is up today on the Graphic 45 blog.  It was a pleasure to work with two of Graphic 45's brand new products:  An ABC Primer paper collection coupled with one of the altered art boxes.  By the way, each altered art box contains an accordion album!

G45 CHA-S - School Box 1
It is so much fun and easy to work with these altered art boxes.  The window is open so that all you have to do is

  1. decide what paper you want to use on the cover
  2. place the paper behind the window and trace
  3. cut out your tracing and paste

Couldn't be easier!

G45 CHA-S School Box 3 

The top opens to reveal this panel.

(oh and by the way, this box has a very strong magnet so it closes itself ; )

Here's the box totally open.  I put some G45 images at the bottom of the box

G45 CHA-S School Box 5 

but when you open the box, you see this mini-accordion book nestled in the box.

G45 CHA-S School Box 4 

The die-cuts (the sitting boy on the front, the children's silhouettes and the numbers)

are all from Imaginarium designs . . . a perfect addition to this line of papers.

Actually, the sitting boy was a sitting girl until I cut off her pony tail ; )

The mini-book has 8 panels

so I designed this for 1 photo per grade school years

1 thru 8.

G45 CHA-S School Box 6 

G45 CHA-S School Box 7 

There are two more projects to see over at the Graphic 45 blog.  My Team Mates Yuka and Robin have designed two beautiful projects with brand new G45 lines. 

If you'd like to order this product to create this project, here's what I used to make this:

  • Graphic 45 The ABC Primer Collection:
    An ABC Primer
    The Three R's
    School Days
    Games and Playtime
    Happy Go Lucky
    Bedtime Stories
    Grammar School
    One Two, Buckle My Shoe
    Jumping Joan
    Calico Kids
    Alphabet Soup
  • An ABC Primer Tags 1 and 2
  • Graphic 45 Altered Box with fold-out booklet 

Other Papers:

  • Bazzill Cardstock:  Black/OP T10-1022; Bazzill Sandbox T8-819
  • Die-Cuts: Imaginarium Designs:  profile children; clock; number


  • Beacon's 3-in-1 Advanced Craft Glue
  • Scotch ATG Gun with Scotch ATG Gold 1/4" tape

Ranger Products:

  • Glossy Accents
  • Stickles: Lime Green; Baby Blue; Yellow; Patina; Xmas Red
  • Ranger/Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Ink
  • Ranger Antiquities Embossing Powder: Rust
  • Ranger/Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Wild Honey; Black Soot; Vintage Photo; Tea Dye
  • Ranger/Tim Holtz Distress Stains: Vintage Photo
  • Claudine Hellmuth paint brushes
  • Ranger/Tim Holtz Ink Applicator

If you're going to CHA, hope you can stop by the Graphic 45 (booth #715) to see all the projects from the Design Team.  More projects will follow on the Graphic 45 blog next week!


I've had a secret . . .

that I can finally share . . .

From Mary Engelbreit's blog:

"Attention, Home Companion Workshoppers! Our next event is already in the works for Saturday, November 12th and Sunday, November 13th, and it promises to be as fabulous as ever! Not only do we have Charlotte Lyons and Kathy Curotto again, we also have the amazing Nancy Wethington, who will be teaching day-long classes about putting together a holiday and/or family scrapbook."

Oh my gosh, that's my name! I am so honored.  Of course, if you've taken my classes, you know it will definitely not be a traditional scrapbook. A little bookbinding, a little ephemera, a little of this and a little of that. Everything is in the works right now so stay tuned to Mary's blog for more information and defintely


Saturday & Sunday

November 12 & 13, 2011

Where:  Mary's Studio!

St. Louis, MO