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Channeling my inner Linda . . .

Do you know Linda?

She's one of the talented creators behind the samples at

Checkered Cottage.


Linda's samples are crisp, clean and detailed without being overly done.

I love them.

She inspired me with her samples

so I dug in my blue-green leftover paper drawer


and made the above two cards.



I just purchased this butterfly stamp at the Checkered Cottage

in their resale section.


Checkered Cottage has lots of beautiful stamps

both brand spanking new and in their resale section.

I always seem to find something!


Stop by Checkered Cottage (Kirkwood MO)

and see what Linda has created.

You can purchase the instructions for each of Linda's cards as well.


We're looking for . . .

For Keeps Sake Events 

is looking for

local artists

in the

St. Louis, MO and Newburgh, Indiana region

for two events taking place in August and November.

Do you specialize in

unique jewelry?

one-of-a-kind items?

ephemera collected from far away places?

Want a chance to sell your items to people from all over the world?


Nancy Wethington


I see a 7 Gypsies workshop in the future . . .

I am totally in love with

7 Gypsies American Vintage Collection.

Gypsy 1

Getting everything priced, ordered, etc

Gypsy 2

for a mini-book workshop in July

Gypsy 3


Checkered Cottage, Kirkwood MO

Gypsy 4

Not in the St. Louis area?

Gypsy 5


For Keeps Sake Events

Gypsy 6

or e-mail


Gypsy 7

We can bring this workshop direct to you

Gypsy 8

at your favorite local scrapbook store

Gypsy 9

or via a mini-book kit.

Laura Denison's Twisted Pockets . . .

This may be one of my favorite patterns yet.

Laura Denison's Twisted Pockets

Book 1

Laura shared this pattern on one of her

What's Up Wednesday Video Tutorials

Book 2

As you can see, I turned mine into a mini-book

with accordion fold pockets

to hold the Twisted Pockets of Laura's designs.

Book 3

Each page has some type of tag(s), flip or fold out

in addition to the pockets that hold the

Twisted Pockets.

How genius are these twisted pockets?!

Book 4

Each one folds inside the other and fits snugly into the largest pocket.

Book 5

More inter-active pocket activity:

Book 6

Each page of the book holds a Twisted Pocket:

Book 7

Book 8

Book 9

Thanks Laura.

You are a genius at construction


pattern making!

Something old, something new, something blue . . .

Ken Oliver asked his Style Contributors

to alter something with blue.

Frame 1

I found this frame at Tuesday Morning in the clearance section.

I think it was about $6 (yippee).

The wood was chipped up but I was going to alter that part anyway.

After sanding the wood,

I mixed up a pale blue/green wash using

Color Burst

Frame 3

and made a wash using lots of water.

Then with a flat brush, *washed* the wood portion of the frame with it.

Next I used Heartfelt Creations flower die,

die cut a flower with some scrap paper

and gave the flower some shape with a Tonic Embossing Tool.

The edges were inked with Ken's Click It Ink Pad (Walnut)

Frame 2

Next, I needed something in the corner to create dimension.

This Crafty Secrets ephemera was on my desk and gave me

inspiration for the rest of the vignette.

Frame 7

I found a stick in the yard with some pretty blue moss,

an abandoned nest I had years ago,

a few *eggs* and some brown stems.

Frame 8_edited-1

And now it's ready for the wall.

Hope you like the *blue* project.