2015 Year in Review . . .

January found a new class idea: Graphic 45 tags each month of the year.

Jan 2015

February workshops featured Graphic 45 book-in-a-box.

Feb 2015

March travel workshop with another Graphic 45 book-in-a-box.

  March 2015

Every now and then I make a mini-book for myself.

This one was a really fun April project:

April 2015

May: One of Laura Denison's brilliant patterns with Prima papers.

May 2015

Getting ready for travel plans with a June workshop and 7 Gypsies travel papers.

June 2015

A July workshop teaching a 2 page 12x12 layout at Checkered Cottage in Kirkwood MO

July 2015

August plans for workshops at Checkered Cottage, Kirkwood MO


a group of great gals in Memphis TN

featuring Graphic 45's A Christmas Story.

Aug 2015

A group of us began a 4 part series in September

with one of my all-time favorite collections:

Graphic 45's Botanicabella

Sep 2015

There's something about October's colors that pull me in every Fall.

Oct 2015

November's project features 7 Gypsies Christmas collection


Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Houses in a Box

created especially for my workshop.

Thanks Gina!

(PS: Not teaching this class until January so don't panic please.

And for those of you who didn't get into this class, I will be teaching

another one featuring birds and nests in the Spring.)

Nov 2015

December upcoming Junque Journal workshop with 7 Gypsies Ordre du Jour

Dec 2015

Thank you to all who attend my workshops.

Very grateful you enjoy my classes and keep coming back for more.

I appreciate each and every one of you.

Here's to another creative year in 2016!

7 Gypsies Ordre du Jour . . .

Save the date for the 7 Gypsies Ordre du Jour 2016 calendar.

Ordre du Jour

Checkered Cottage Tuesday, December 29 @ 10:30 am to 1 pm


We'll fill this 5x7 book with 7 Gypsies Ordre du Jour calendars and journal pages,

along with mini-file folders and photo pockets.


then bind it together with 1" coils.

BYO junque goodies if you'd like to add more to your spiral bound book.

Limited Seating - only 10 spots available.


Reservations required by calling

Checkered Cottage, Kirkwood MO


WOW . . . I'm a Canvas Corp Crew Member!


7 Gypsies

I am so very excited to be working with 

one of my all-time favorite companies.

When For Keeps Sake Scrapbook/St. Louis MO closed it's doors

I didn't ask for any displays, tables, chairs

except for one thing:

The 7 Gypsies logo sign and it hangs in my craft room.

Love everything they design

including this book I treasure:

7 Gypsies Book

Just yesterday, at Checkered Cottage/Kirkwood,

my class talked me into teaching this 7 Gypsies project:


The box and houses were designed for me by

Gina's Designs Laser Cuts

and decorated with

7 Gypsies Farmhouse Christmas.

Not sure of any details as of yet except the date of the workshop:

SAVE THE DATE:  January 4, 2016

10:30 am - 4 pm

If you're interested in taking this class,


Checkered Cottage, Kirkwood MO

and get your name on the list.

We'll call you as soon as we have the price and details worked out.

In the meantime,

thank you a million times for choosing me to be a 

Canvas Corp Creative Crew Team Member.

(Check out the link above. You might see some other names you recognize!)

7 Gypsies Farmhouse Christmas complete . . .


This was so much fun to put together.

The box and houses were designed by me and perfectly cut by

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts (formerly Gina's Designs).

The paper is from 7 Gypsies Farmhouse Christmas collection.

Here are some close-ups of the house panels:



Lots of snow with a Marvy Uchida Snow Pen.

The door is from 

Farmhouse Christmas Holiday Door Tags.


The roof of panel #2 used 1/2 circles from the

Tags on Ivory paper.

The truck was cut from the Stripe on Ivory paper,

colored with Copics, inked with Distress ink

and then made into a pocket

to hold some of the Tags on Ivory paper cut-outs.


Panels 4 & 5:

Cut-outs from 

Better Not Pout Tags on Kraft,

Tags on Ivory


Stripe on Ivory


Panels 6 & 7:

Merry & Bright as a side pocket with tags from

Tags on Ivory.

Wreaths from Stripes on Ivory

painted with Copics and Stickles.


Tree from

Farmhouse Christmas on Ivory.

Snowman from Stripe on Ivory.


and it all fits in the Christmas Farmhouse box perfectly.




A 7 Gypsies kind of Christmas . . .

I received the most amazing products from 7 Gypsies.


It's called Farmhouse Christmas and it is filled with vintage Christmas images.

I adore this collection!

I had an idea for a book-in-a-box and turned to

Gina at Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts (formerly Gina's Designs)

and asked Gina if she would design this for me.

Thankfully, she cut to my specifications and came up with

the perfect box with houses inside.


I'm calling them houses because that's what I had in mind


you could easily turn these upside down and create

a banner in a box.

Here's what I have completed so far:


This was so much fun - and easy!

I adore these little stockings from the 7 Gypsies line.

After coloring with Copics and inking with Distress ink,

the stockings were hung with tiny nail head brads.


The door is also from the 7 Gypsies paper.

I added the top from a Sizzix die cut

as well as the trees.

Tiny crystals were placed in the center of each snowflake.

The trees were double layered:

the first layer with kraft corrugated paper

and the top layer with some green & gold paper I had in my stash.

The wreath was *painted* with Stickles.

And then snow with a Marvy Snow Pen - 

and lots of it!


I found this knob at Hobby Lobby and had to have it.

The keyhole was perfect and the red distressed color 

looked great with the 7 Gypsies paper.

And, of course Santa needs a key to enter the house.


I hinged the houses to create a village.

Next, I'll use the rest of the paper to create vintage looking houses.

If I have images left, I'll add them to the sides of the box.


Stay tuned for more on another day!

Thanks for looking.

Working on . . .

Oct 1

I had a bit of a break prepping for October workshops and dug out my stash of Halloween supplies. Talk about some vintage supplies! Do you remember Rusty Pickle's Halloween or Design Originals Halloween? Yep, still kept them and used them this past week. They're still wonderful!

Oct 2

The base pages are from Rusty Pickle

(yes, I keep all the stuff I really like regardless of how old)

all caught up in a 7 Gypsies Bind-It-All

Since it's Halloween, I felt the need to make this eye look bloodshot.

Oct 3

Every page of this book is interactive

with pull-outs, tags, mini-booklets, belly bands, pockets and magnets.

Oct 4

Oct 5

You can see more of the pages here:


TFL - Nancy

This weekend . . .

You'll find me at Checkered Cottage, Kirkwood MO with two workshops:

G45 August Tags

BYO Basics including craft mat +

Ink & Applicator (blue, yellow, rust or orange)

Spongy pop-ups (Crafty Foam Tape)

Wet & Dry Adhesive


and on Saturday @ 10:30 - ?:

7 Gypsies American Vintage Portfolio

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BYO Basics including Craft Mat +

Paper Trimmer

Brown Ink & Applicator

Wet & Dry Adhesives

Paper Piercer

Corner Rounder

Friday June 19 & Saturday July 18. . .

10:30 am: Graphic 45 Tag Class @ Checkered Cottage

June Workshop G45 Tags

Things to bring to class:

Craft Mat

Precision Scissors

Tiny Attacher

Brown Ink (I used Vintage Photo Distress Ink)

Blue Ink (I used Weathered Wood Distress Ink)

Wet & Dry Adhesive

Gold PenTouch Pen (my favorite gold leaf pen!)

Crafty Foam Tape

Edge Distresser

Glossy Accents (or similar)

 We are postponing the 7 Gypsies Portfolio Workshop


Saturday, July 18

10:30 am - ?: Portfolio Workshop

Gypsy Journal copy


7 Gypsies American Vintage Collection.

You'll sew in signatures in this portfolio,

then stuff the inside with incredible Americana-type images.

Each person will be able to choose their own travel theme

based on their favorite U.S. travel area.

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Hope you can join me at

Checkered Cottage - Kirkwood MO

For the Portfolio Workshop, please bring to class:

Craft Mat

Adhesives - both wet & dry

Trimmer and Scissors

Stamp Edge Scissors

Vintage Photo Distress Ink

Paper Piercer

Pencil & Ruler

Glossy Accents

Crafty Foam Tape

Edge Distresser

Mini Stapler

Jewelry Pliers if you have them

Your favorite border punch

See you Friday at The Cottage!

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

I am totally in love with

7 Gypsies American Vintage Collection.

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Getting everything priced, ordered, etc

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for a mini-book workshop in July

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Checkered Cottage, Kirkwood MO

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Not in the St. Louis area?

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For Keeps Sake Events

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or e-mail


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We can bring this workshop direct to you

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at your favorite local scrapbook store

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or via a mini-book kit.