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Changes to May 9 workshop at Checkered Cottage . . .

Hi Everyone!

A slight alteration from the list of *to bring*.

You will not need to bring your

WeR Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board.

I have those pre-done for you.

The rest of the list can be found below.


Thank you to all who signed up sight-unseen!

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Finally received most of the shipments I was waiting for

and could finish the mini.

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We're going to use some awesome products including

Ken Oliver Crafts Color Burst


Goosebumps Clear Texture Spray

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If you're signed up for this workshop, please bring:

Black Distress Stain for book edges

One small paint brush for globe and one medium paint brush for wood postcard

(see cover)

Spritzer with water & old rag

Brown Distress Ink (I used Vintage Photo)

Corner Rounder or Chomper

Crafty Foam Tape


Scissors, Paper Trimmer, Adhesives (wet & dry), Paper Piercer

Mini stapler

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See you at 10:30 and we'll work all day!

Watercolor "painting" . . .

And I'm using that term loosely.


I understand color, highlighting, shading, combining colors, color wheel


I can't draw worth a darn.

My perspective is all off - always.

That's why I stamp.

If you want your stamping to look like you drew them

stamp with a light colored ink

and watercolor on top of the ink

like I did here:

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I used a flower stamp from

RubberNecker and stamped with Staz-On Ink.

Using Ken Oliver Crafts ColorBurst


Ranger's Watercolor Paper

I painted over the light colored ink.

So fun and quick!

I wanted to paint another one that was a bit more ethereal.

(1) Stamped another image with very light ink


(2) Watered down the Color Burst colors a bit more

and began blocking in colors.


(3) Finished in 10" and ready for a card front.



Back to the original for a minute.

I thought the coloring I did was a little too heavy

so I ran it under the water faucet (literally)

'til the Color Burst was a bit thinner:

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I like it better. Do you?

It's the start of something good . . .

UPDATE: Only 2 spots left and it's not even designed yet.

You gals are awesome. Thank you so much.

I'm late. I'm late. For a very important date.

 It's been a crazy travel month and it's still not over.

May 2015

So I am very late with my sample for the

once-a-month bookbinding workshop


Checkered Cottage - Kirkwood MO

Hoping you trust me with the design of this book

and join me

Saturday, May 9

10:30 - 4:30

I'm waiting for deliveries of wonderful things

that will be included with this mini.

Think vintage-look items,

chipboard travel pieces

and lots of other goodies.

The book is 6.75" x 6.25" with 8 chipboard interactive pages.


Hope to see you there!

Graphic 45 Tag Class . . .

Friday, April 17

10:30 am

G45 tags April copy


Checkered Cottage - Kirkwood MO

Please bring to class:

Basics to include paper trimmer and scissors

Fussy Cut Scissors


Crafty Foam Tape

Glossy Accents

Stamp Edge Scissors

Light colored ink for edges such as Antique Linen or similar

See you Friday!

Ken Oliver Crafts . . .

This month at Ken Oliver Crafts, we are focusing on page layouts.

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Ken's products are so versatile.

The Style Contributors have been lucky to work with

Hometown, Studio & Watercolor

mixed with 

Ken's stamps, Color Burst & Click-It Inks.

This time, I'm working with

Ken's Studio Line, stamps, ephemera & Click-It Inks

to create a dimensional layout.


I used white gesso around each photo, dabbing just at the edges.

Then mounted each photo on cardstock.

After inking the edges with 

Ken Oliver Crafts Click-It Ink in Walnut

I used Tonic's edge distresser around the edges of the cardstock.

Those were mounted on heavy chipboard.


I had a bunch of chipboard and metal gears in my stash.

The chipboard gears were painted then distressed with

Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Powders (mixed up some colors).

Added some keys from my stash hanging from a hitch fastener.


I love this Penny Farthing bike.

It's from DeeDee Catron's UmWow Studio.

You can find all kinds of goodies right here:

UmWow Studio

I distressed it with embossing powder then raised it up with pop-ups.

Now I'm thinking it needs brads in those wheels. (hmmmmm)


Last is the title.

I used Ken Oliver's stamps on cardstock and hooked it up to the

butterfly from Ken's Ephemera sheet.

The center of the butterfly is glued down while the wings are left up

with the help of pop-ups.

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Thanks for stopping by.

Loved working on this . . .

It's a mini-book pattern from

Catherine (Cathy) Chapdelaine's Etsy shop SoMuchScrap.

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I've had a collection of black, white and yellow papers

(mostly from Authentique)

that I've been wanting to use and this seemed the perfect fit.

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Layer, layer and then layer those front covers!

The more, the better.

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This pattern is super-interactive.

Everything flips, folds and turns down

yet stays put with the help of magnets and closures.

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Cathy's directions are impeccable

and very easy to follow.

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I changed my book up just a bit.


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This particular book is about 8"x8" so easily accommodates 4"x6" photos.

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Now it's time to start another.

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I'm getting ready to start on a

Laura Denison Designs

pattern called

Twisted Pockets