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Gotta have it . . .

This is the coolest tape ever! It's called X-Tape. This is the X-Tape Hinge:

and this is the X-Tape Strap:

If anyone knows where to purchase this short of flying to Korea or paying an arm and two legs for shipping, please comment below. 

This is WAAAAYYYYYY too cool not to work into some kind of paper craft project!

UPDATE:  Just ordered mine from here:  http://vivalas.blogspot.com

The secret is out . . .

Graphic 45 has chosen their 2012 Design Team.  Here's the list of new designers:

1.  Denise Hahn - USA

2.  Sharon Ngoo - Singapore

3.  Nicole Eccles - USA

4.  Clare Charvill - UK

5.  Alberto Juárez Díaz - Spain

6.  Arlene Cuevas - USA

7.  Tara Orr - Canada

8.  Jim Hankins - USA

9.   Maiko Miwa - Japan

10.  Gloria Stengel - USA

11.  Susan Lui - Singapore

12.  Kristin Wilson - USA

13.  Jane Tregenza - Australia

14.  Roberto Cesar dos Santos - Brazil

15.  Laura Denison - USA

It's going to be a great year for Graphic 45. I love each and every one of these designers and have, in the past, sent several notes of encouragement to some, hoping they would try out for the G45 DT.

I received the sweetest note last night from Diane, Charee and Aimee.  This is really one of the nicest, kindest companies I have ever had the privelege of working with.  I'm sad to leave the Team but still am pinching myself that I ever made it in the first place!  The work that my Team Mates have accomplished in the past is amazing.  I'm constantly in awe of their design work.  

Last year, when I tried out for the Team, I felt that I had created some of my best work ever.  Lately, I've been bogged down with so many other commitments that I felt what I turned in was good - but not great.  Some of you have heard me express that.  I would have been extremely happy to have served another year, but not surprised to see my name didn't make the list.

Currently, I am teaching up to 12 classes a month at For Keeps Sake, serving on the Graphic 45 DT as well as Simon Says Stamp & Show DT and Oxford Impressions DT.  The design team work alone brings on another 8 projects a month.  I'm running out of ideas and time . . . and it's time to give up some of this work and enjoy others art.

So not making the Graphic 45 DT is bittersweet.  I'll miss the team that was but will still enjoy their designs as well as the *new blood* that has joined the team.  It will also give me a bit more time during the month for other things.

I am so appreciative to Graphic 45 for all they've given me including encouragement and the opportunity to work with an amazing group of people.

Thank you G45 and a sincere congratulations to the new Team!


Molldeli's . . .

If you're in the St. Louis South County area (or just passing through), there's a new kid on the block.  It's Molldeli's and it is DELICIOSO!

Being the foodie that I am, I feel it's my civic duty to try any new restaurants in my area.  After giving Molldeli's a couple months to *settle in*, we finally tried it today and OH MY GOSH it was SOOO GOOD!

Molldeli's is located on 21 (Tesson Ferry) less than 1 mile north (or would that be east) of I-270.  It's in the same strip mall as Hessler's and Pizza Hut (if you're a SoCo person).  The menu is exemplary!  The food is delicious and the place is super clean (and kid friendly).

Today we had their cod sandwich - !!!!! - and spinach salad - !!!!.  To our order we added homemade chips from BillyGoat (another St. Louis fave).  There's also a really well planned kids menu.  

Oh and I forgot, they do serve beer and wine.

Although we came home stuffed and very happy, we had to bring home a homemade carrot cake cupcake (just in case we had the urge for something sweet later).  Haven't tried it yet but it smells wonderful.

Locally owned and operated, give them a try if you're in the area.  

They deliver and cater!


11836 Tesson Ferry Rd
St. Louis, MO 63128

open monday – thursday

10:30am – 9:00pm

friday and saturday
10:30am to 10:00pm

CALL 314.729.1800

Fax 314.774.1824

PS: I wasn't paid to write this.  I don't know the owner.  I'm not related to the cook.  And I didn't even use a coupon or get a discount for my food.  It was simply THAT good!

Like them on FACEBOOK!


A week of card making . . .

with Graphic 45 continues on their blog with some amazing creations and mind blowing techniques that my Team Mates have come up with. I'm always in awe of what they've created.  

My card is very simple and celebrates shopping in Paris.  If a girl has to dream shop, it may as well be in the world's fashion capitol.

G45 Paris card 1

Using soft Copic Marker colors, I painted the girls and the Eiffel tower and placed them on a Spellbinders background.  You can see close-ups on the Graphic 45 blog.

Hop over (I'm saying hop a lot this week but it is almost Easter!) and see what my Team Mates have created. I'd like to peek inside their creative process every now and then just to see how they think. I'm always amazed that we can all look at exactly the same papers and they come up with such gorgeous art.

Don't miss out.  Go see!

Class tomorrow . . .

At 2 pm tomorrow we will be making some adorable cards designed by Inky Antics with some of their newest springtime stamps.  Please bring to class basic supplies plus:

  • Craft knife
  • favorite edge punch or two
  • Copic markers or colored pencils for coloring in stamped images

For a list of basic supplies, please see this post: 



Hope to see you


For Keeps Sake Scrapbook

4530 Lemay Ferry Road - St. Louis MO 63129

(314) 487-8131


Once Upon A Springtime . . .

This week Graphic 45 is celebrating the art of card making. Beautiful things can be created with various G45 collections.  

This is a very simple layered card using Spellbinders dies and papers from Once Upon A springtime.

G45 Feb 2012-Card

Love those bunnies for Easter!

Hop on over to the Graphic 45 blog to see what my Team Mates have created.

This week's challenge . . .


Have you seen Prima's newest lines? They are beautiful! Having just purchased Prima's Almanac line, I decided to use it when creating my tag.
Prima's Almanac paper stack is what I used to cover the tag before adding a bird ATC image from the same papers. 
A Prima wood ticket was added as well as a Prima clock face. Using a piece of Canvas Corp burlap, I gathered the burlap creating a border at the bottom of the tag.


I added a bird charm (similar to this one from Vintaj) on the burlap that hangs from a trinket pin.

Hop over to the Simon Says Stamp & Show challenge blog to see what my Team Mates have created.  Then enter your own tag for a chance to receive this:


Friday & Saturday @ For Keeps Sake

I have two classes this weekend at For Keeps Sake.

Friday March 23: Creating with Copics starts at 6 pm.  This workshop will focus on shadows and highlights with Copic Markers.  A list of Copics we will be using in class are posted here: http://art-from-the-heart.typepad.com/art_from_the_heart_class_/.  Please feel free to substitute colors.

Please bring to class:

  • Copic Markers (feel free to substitute colors as you wish)
  • Cutter
  • Scissors (Please bring precision scissors such as Fiskars or CutterBee's precision.)
  • Craft mat
  • Adhesive
  • Pop ups (those spongy little guys)
  • Ink for edges (Antique Linen Distress Ink or similar)


Saturday March 24:  Graphic 45's An ABC Primer mini-book with 7 Gypsies Binderie

10:30 am - 4:30 pm


This class is definitely a two-fer! Create this adorable 6x6 mini, bind it with a 7 Gypsies Binderie and you keep the Binderie!  This class is sold out.  If  you're attending this workshop, please bring:

  • Cutter; scissors
  • Ink for edges (Distress Photo or similar brown tone)
  • Craft mat
  • Craft knife and ruler
  • Adhesive (both wet & dry glues such as Beacon 3-in-1 and a tape runner)
  • Colored pencils or Copic Markers for coloring in small stamped images