« March 2018 | Main | May 2018 »

If you ever get a chance . . .

to take one of 

Frank Garcia's Prima Marketing classes.

Run towards the store to sign up.


Every little detail in his designs is perfection.


Butterflies, crystals, flowers, pearls and antique shutters . . . 

right up my alley!



. . . and just look at that gorgeous foiled paper . . .



More later this week with Frank's tags!

New Pricing for the Girlfriend Getaway Crops . . .

Price Drop

Because of your amazing support

I've lowered the price of the Girlfriend Getaways.


Beginning with the October 2018 crop,

the cost will be $115

(does not include the price of the hotel stay).


IF you've already paid in full, you will be getting a refund within a week

in the form of a check mailed directly to you.

Remember, I'm only taking 50 people for these crops

so be sure to make your reservations early!

There are still some spots available.


Thank you



Are you going to CKC St. Louis . . .

April Crop 1

If so, you're invited to the 

Drury Inn & Suites - O'Fallon IL

Friday & Saturday 

8 am to ????

and shop my stash.


Dies & Embossing Folders

(gently used or brand new)

from Tonic and Spellbinders.

April Crop 2

Ribbon by the yard.


Graphic 45 Paper & Embellishments


Prima Paper, Flowers and Embellishments

April Crop 3

ephemera, things to alter and more!

April Crop 4

Come on by and visit before going to CKC.

You won't be disappointed!

Everything below wholesale or better!

Playing with a Piano Hinge for Mini Album Makers Challenge Blog . . .

It's the 1st of the month and that means new mini-books are up on the Mini Album Makers Challenge Blog.  I'm creating a piano hinge mini with help from this month's sponsor, Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.  You can make these books with any cardstock. Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts carries these in both black and kraft. I chose a mix of both for my book.


Piano Hinge A


Here's how easy it is to create a piano hinge:

Piano A

Here's how the pages look from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts. Of course you can cut and score these yourself, but it's so easy to build this with the help of GSL Cuts pre-prepped pages:

Piano B

You can see that there is a score line on the left and on the right with one score line down the middle. The centers are pre-cut which makes it easy to thread skewers through to create the hinge.

Piano C

Step 1:  Fold each page on the outside score lines (the far right and far left score lines).

Piano D

Step 2:  


Above photo shows an actual piano hinge.  And here's our piano hinge page.  The idea is to marry one side of the hinge with the other.

Piano F

To do that, I used a skewer and threaded every other hinge - first one on the kraft and then alternated with one on the black.


Continue that until every other hinge on each page is skewered.

Piano G

You can see from the photo above that you are using every other hinge on the kraft cardstock and the opposite hinge on the black cardstock.

Piano H

For the 3rd page, use the opposite hinges.  (see video above)

And the finished product with simple inside pages:


Now that you've seen how easy it is to put this book together,

please enter your own mini-book

(all styles highly encouraged)

on the

Mini Album Makers Challenge blog

for a chance to win a fabulous prize from this month's sponsor

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.