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Look what I got in the mail yesterday from one of my besties . . .

My talented friend Sonja sent this for my birthday . . . and this is just the envelope! Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. I'm sure the mailman got a kick out of it.


My address is printed where the blue paper now sits.

Her return address is where the pink paper now resides.


The entire envelope was covered with clear tape so as

nothing was damaged in the mailing of this piece of art.

Every time I look at it I see something I missed before.

Love it!

Maya Road Mini-Book . . .

Saturday, December 13: 10:30 am - 3:30 pm Maya Road Mini-Book

Dec 2014 copy

 Such a fun project with such a tiny book.

Join me and create a mini filled with some of my favorite pages.

Need a small gift for a friend or a thank you for someone special

or perhaps get a jump on Valentine's Day?

Then this workshop is for you!

What to bring to class:  Basics

Sign up for this workshop by calling



on-line by clicking the link below:

Maya Road Mini Book On-Line Sign-Up

Day after turkey-day . . .

This is how I spent the day after Thanksgiving:


Enjoying time with friends - new and old - getting inky

at my first-in-a-series of Graphic 45 tag workshops


Checkered Cottage

Next Graphic 45 tag class will be on

Friday, December 19 @ 10:30 am

We will be working with the brand new

Graphic 45 Time To Flourish

G45 Dec

Sign up by calling Checkered Cottage 314-909-7233

or online by clicking the link below:

Checkered Cottage On-Line Class Sign-Up


December Tag Workshop @ Checkered Cottage . . .

Allow me to gush a bit over the absolutely gorgeous

Graphic 45 Time To Flourish.

Tag 1

This just may be one of my favorite collections since


Throughout 2015, I will be offering a tag workshop


Checkered Cottage in Kirkwood MO

using these beautifully designed papers.

One workshop each month getting tags decorated

using themes for the following month.

December's workshop = January themed tags

Tag 2

Hope you can join me and take a break from the holiday rush

as we

layer, glitz, and create paper bows

Friday, December 19

10:30 am - 1 pm

Tag 3

Add the tags to a card front

or attach a small envelope on the back for either cash or gift card

and send to a your favorite college student,

birthday person,

or out-of-town friend.

Craft Hoarders Anonymous . . .

Gloria Stengel runs an amazing challenge blog called Craft Hoarders Anonymous. You can find her detailed work as well as the designs from her talented team. I had a bit of time to play over the weekend and thought I'd enter Challenge #19. 

This project was inspired by something I purchased at the last For Keeps Sake garage sale from Cim A. I adored this little book she had and bought it as a sample. Then did my own version with a couple of changes, using my stash. I'll use it as a *thank you* for a friend.

The base is a 7 Gypsies small portfolio.

CH 1


Open it to reveal a mini-book along with a couple of photo mats.


CH 2

CH 3

The left side of the portfolio has a mini-book sewn into it

with the front page acting as a pocket.

CH 4




CH 5


CH 6

The small ribbon tied papers combine to make up a flip book.

CH 7

Thanks for looking and thank you Cim for the inspiration.