Saturday, March 12: 10:30 am

Bird In A Box Spring @ Checkered Cottage, Kirkwood MO

You will need to bring:

Craft Mat

Paper Trimmer (12" recommended)

Scissors: precision tips for fussy cutting and stamp edge scissors

Adhesive: both wet & dry

Crafty Foam Tape (dimensional pop-ups)


Paper Piercer

Pencil & Ruler (recommend Tim Holtz ruler)

Edge Distresser

Ink and applicators to match project papers


small paint brush (flat)

Ink Pads Used: Distress Black Soot and Vintage Photo

Baby wipes or something for paint clean-up.

IMPORTANT: Would you consider bringing your lunch? 

We have tons of work to do today and would love to see you finish the project.

Bringing your lunch would save lots of time.

House in a Box Spring copy

See you there!

What a whirlwind month . . .


For Keeps Sake Events

has been very busy, measuring, cutting, sorting and kitting

for our Graphic 45 workshop in Memphis.


I ran out of boxes so had to use one from some shoes I had ordered.

The outside of the box read

*something addictive is inside*.

It's now packed with Graphic 45 supplies

so, yes, it is very addictive!



We are very excited about meeting 30 new students!

On another note,

Timi showed me how to complete this mini using

Graphic 45's Mixed Media Box.

I think she saw it on their site (but not sure).


It has a very clever binding inside!


The binding is attached to the side of the box


so that when you open the box, the book opens as well.


What is it about tiny books that make them so fun to decorate?


See you at Checkered Cottage this week for

Wednesday's Heritage Layout


Friday's Graphic 45 tags.

After that, we're off to Memphis, TN!

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.