Christmas at Checkered Cottage . . .

Prima Christmas 2016

Thank you to those who've signed up sight-unseen for my

Prima Christmas Book.

Saturday, December 10

10:30 am to 4:30 pm

Here's a look at the cover.

We'll be using Frank Garcia's products including

Memory Journal 

Sweet Peppermint 6x6 Collection Kit

Sweet Peppermint Chipboard & More

Sweet Peppermint Flowers

Vintage style chenille candy cane

Sweet Peppermint ATC Cards


specialties by Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

We'll use Gesso and Snowflakes and Paints and more

to decorate this year's Christmas book.

Sign up by calling

Checkered Cottage ~ Kirkwood MO


Heartfelt Creations workshop . . .

Christmas is coming to Checkered Cottage, Kirkwood MO

HC Oct 2016

Join me Saturday, October 1

and create two beautiful Christmas cards


Heartfelt Creations stamps & dies.

Learn how to achieve dimension in handmade flowers.

Add sparkle and snow to bring the flowers to life.

Sign up by calling

Checkered Cottage - Kirkwood MO


Supplies needed for this workshop:

  • Craft mat
  • Large stylus & molding mat (available for purchase at Checkered Cottage)
  • Adhesive (both wet & dry)
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Dimensional pop-ups (Crafty Foam Tape)

Monday, January 4 with 7 Gypsies . . .

7 Gypsies Christmas Houses

Monday's workshop at Checkered Cottage - Kirkwood MO

begins at

10:30 am and will probably last most of the day.

Please bring to class:

  • Paper Trimmer (12" recommended)
  • Scissors: precision tips for fussy cutting and stamp edge scissors
  • Adhesive: both wet & dry and please bring a wet glue that is heavy duty (similar to Beacon 3-in-1)
  • Craft Mat
  • Crafty Foam Tape (dimensional pop-ups)
  • Crop-a-Dile
  • Paper Piercer
  • Pencil & Ruler (recommend Tim Holtz ruler)
  • Edge Distresser
  • Ink and applicators to match project papers (I used Vintage Photo)
  • Marvy Uchida Snow Pen (or similar)
  • Red & Green (XMAS colors) colored pencils or markers or Copics
  • 2 shades of brown (light and dark) colored pencils (Copics won't work)
  • 2" circle punch (if you have one)
  • Edge punch (your favorite decorative edge punch)
  • Score Board
  • Long reach Crop-a-Dile (not the regular crop-a-dile) if you have one
  • Gold leaf pen
  • Black acrylic paint, sponge brush and paper plate to hold paint
  • Baby wipes (it will be somewhat of a messy morning)

See you at Checkered Cottage!

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 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.