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Prima Education Day at Checkered Cottage . . .

Enjoy a day at the Cottage

creating this beautifully layered cover using

Frank Garcia's Hardware Chip Journal from Prima Marketing

Prima Marketing's Butterfly Paper Pad,

Butterfly Tickets,

Butterfly Matchboxes,

Island Mix Flowers


4x6 Paintables

NOTE: You will choose your image from a group of Paintables

so that each cover created in class will be a bit different!

Pre-class registration and pre-class homework required.



Bonus . . .

Feb G45 Cards & Tags

We'll be working on tags for March cards.

And a little bonus will be added . . . 

If you have signed up, I have some very special

Prima Marketing Resin pieces.

You will get 3 resin pieces featuring baby chicks and eggs.

Perfect to add to Easter cards and/or altered pieces.

Because Easter is so early this year, we will be unable to work on Easter cards

with the Graphic 45 March papers.

So I'm throwing in a bit of a bonus to this class.

Join me at Checkered Cottage, Kirkwood MO

Friday, February 19

10:30 am

Reservations Required.

Valentine's day card in less than . . .

This is a very quick and easy Valentine's Day card

CCB Val 1

you can get ready in no time at all.

  1. Cut a piece of cardstock (I used a piece of pink Bazzill) into a standard size (8.5" x 5.5")
  2. Score on the 8.5" side at 4.25" and fold in half  on the score mark
  3. Cut a piece of grey cardstock 5.25" x 4".  Fray ends of the grey cardstock with a Tonic edge distresser or the edge of a scissors.
  4. Cut a piece of Gypsy Moments paper: 20160212_124036 I cut from the left edge and a piece that measured 5" tall x 3.75" wide. Ink the white edges and set aside.
  5. Using small precision scissors and the rest of the flowers on the paper shown above, fussy cut individual flowers.
  6. You will have a small piece of decorative paper left. Cut a piece of the stripe side in a square about 2" x 2".
  7. Take the panel with the flowers on it and fold the right side in 2 directions: one small horizontal fold and one small vertical fold. Roll those edges back to create a window of sorts. (Thanks Laura Denison for this trick!)CCB Val 3 
  8. Place the 2" stripe square behind the window and then glue the panel down to the grey cardstock. The grey cardstock can then be adhered to the pink card front.
  9. Add a heart charm in the center of the window if desired.
  10. Using the fussy cut flowers from Step 5 and Crafty Foam Tape, adhere the flowers to the front of the card, overlapping onto the decorative paper.
  11. Add glitter where desired.

CCB Val 2

12.  Using a 2nd piece from Gypsy Moments, decorate the inside of your card before signing or adding a gift card. Add pearls to the front of the card (or I use Viva's Pearl Pens. They dry in under a minute!)20160212_124103

Love the vintage look of these papers!

And in less than 30 minutes, you can have a card ready to go on Valentine's Day.

House in a box . . . Bird on a box . . .

Bird 1

Whatever you want to call it, this project will be fun to decorate

thanks to papers from

Graphic 45 & Kaisercraft

with laser cuts from

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.

Bird 2

We'll attach 8 panels to create an accordion fold booklet

that fits inside the box

and then decorate with gorgeous papers from Graphic 45.

Saturday, March 12

10:30 am to 4:30 pm

Class Fee: $55

Checkered Cottage - Kirkwood MO

Very limited seating.

Reservations begin tomorrow by calling


Class supply list to follow shortly

Celebrate Spring 4x4 Altered Canvas Corp . . .

As part of the Canvas Corp Creative Crew

we were challenged to create a 4x4 canvas using Canvas Corp products.

4x4 Z

4x4 1

I love using the backs of canvas. Here's one I created at least 10 years ago:

4x4 Y

So, naturally, my first thought was turn the canvas over.

4x4 2

Birds are a favorite subject of mine so I turned to these beautiful papers from Canvas Corp for my design:

4x4 C

I cut a piece of 4x4 Blue & Ivory Mini Reverse Dot paper,

4x4 3

turned it around to the back

and used a centering ruler and pencil to mark off the frame.

4x4 4

4x4 5

After cutting the square on the measured lines, I had the two pieces needed

for both the outside frame and the nook.

4x4 6

Now to the painting.

4x4 7

 I used Tattered Angels Naturally Aged Paint System.

It contains both sprays and paints and had the perfect colors for my project.

First I sprayed with this:

4x4 8

and then I painted with that:

4x4 B

The color combinations in the Tattered Angels kit gave me exactly the 

blue and browns I wanted for this project

with no guessing required on my part.

Once the paint was dry,

I slid in the blue dot paper into the background nook.

Then I fussy cut images from the Birds & Bees on Ivory paper

and painted with Tattered Angels Naturally Aged Paint System.

In this photo, you can see that little bit of sparkle the paint displays

(and it doesn't rub off!).

4x4 D

The assembly in full:

4x4 Z

I added excelsior, a couple of feathers and some miscellaneous corners

from my stash

and the mini canvas is complete.

To see more from my Team Mates click the links below and be inspired to create your own 4x4 mini masterpiece:

Dana Tatar's 4x4 from 2015

Dana Tatar's 4x4 from 2016

Mandy Leever-Koel

Michelle Mitchell

Marie Heiderscheit

Virag Reti

Alison Osborn 

A Soul's Heartbeat

Suzz's Stamping Spot

Art At Home

Patti Senter