Prima Education Days in Indiana . . .

This past weekend I had the privilege of teaching at two wonderful Indiana stores.

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Friday night was spent with new and old friends at

Mary's Scrapden

We started with a Carte Blanche blank slate.

Added beautiful Prima papers (everyone chose their own)

and then painted

4x6 Paintables with Oil Pastels.

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Each one was finished off with 

Adhesive Rub-Ons and Rub-On Foil Sheets.

They all turned out beautiful and unique to each artist!

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Not to be missed, are Prima's beautiful gold doilies!

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Next I traveled about an hour up the state to

Doodlebug Inc

for two Prima projects:

First up, a 6x6 Memory Hardware mini-book.


Can you tell it was a very cold, windy day?

But we had fun inside this beautiful store chock-full of great goodies!


We decorated the books using a couple of cool techniques

and many chipboard shapes from

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

The paper is from Frank Garcia's Collection: Vintage Emporium

as were the flowers.

Mel and Hannah make everyone feel right at home

and did I mention they ship for one (very low) price?


Hannah and Mel have one little section with

really cool jewelry and purses.

Yep, bought a couple. Did you see the price on that purse? $9.99!

OK, on to altered art.

For the 2nd workshop at Doodlebug

we began with Prima's Watercolor 12x12 Panel.

A blank canvas was painted using

Oil Pastels.

Not saying this because but . . . 

these are the best oil pastels I've ever used.

They mix easily with water,

are creamy,

come in a ton of colors

and one pack of 24 colors is only around $20.

I think the gals that used them this weekend would agree!


We also tried the beautiful

Artisan Powders

and the

Opal Magic Paints and found out they are definitely magic!

We painted with Art Alchemy paints

and finished off projects with detailed

Prima Trims.

Once the base canvas was painted, we layered it with


various Prima stamps and Birdy Nest stencils.

Using Art Extravagance Texture Paste - Crackle Mediums were a big hit!


Of course, we also added Adhesive Rub-Ons and Rub-On Foils.


Each canvas is beautiful and unique to the creator.






Mel and Hannah had prize giveaways in each class:

Gotta love Comfort Craft Tools!


Thank you Indiana! I had a great time visiting and teaching for

Prima Marketing.

A wonderful Prima Educator Day . . .

Spent the best day yesterday at Checkered Cottage, Kirkwood MO


We got together to create this mini-book.

It's a Frank Garcia Memory Hardware Chipboard Album (Square).

We all loved using this album with a 6x6 paper pad.

Frank's trick of painting the edges of the album in your favorite color

makes putting this together a snap!

The classroom is ready and filled with gorgeous Prima Marketing products.


We were using Prima's Butterfly 6x6 paper pad

with a theme of butterflies, birds and fairies for our books.

Then we got down to busy-ness:


We started with 4x6 Pocket Paintable Cards

and used

Prima's creamy Oil Pastels.

They easily mix with water and have the most delicious colors.

They are, by far, the easiest to blend I have ever worked with.

The girls agreed!


Each of the girls picked out an intricately cut butterfly from

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.

We first painted with a layer of 

Prima's Altered Alchemy Light Patina,

let that dry and then added

a layer of 

Altered Alchemy Opal Magic Blue.

Why is it called Magic?

The color is brilliant when painted on white or cream.

Paint it on black and the color magically changes.

(You'll see in a bit.)

We finished the inside pages and 

then started layering the cover:


Since each of the gals chose their own image for the cover,

each book was uniquely their own. 

Here are a few samples of what they completed:


Notice the butterflies!


The doily on the front cover was cut using

Prima's Die - Parisian Lace.


Of course Prima flowers were everywhere

as well as 

Prima's Butterfly Matchboxes.


Butterfly Tags & Tickets

were used on the cover and throughout the book.


We were finished creating at 2 pm

(I thought)

but the gals kept fussing, adding flowers, leaves, embellishments and fussy cutting.

It was so much fun!

Thank you to all those who participated.

I loved every minute of it and hope you did too.



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.

Just signed a contract . . .

So very excited to be a new member of the

Prima Education Team.

(I'll be added to their blog as soon as I take my own photo!)

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I paper craft therefore I hoard . . . as we almost all do.

And one of my paper addictions is Prima Marketing.

Their vintage style matches my crafting wants.


Here's a book I completed using Prima's Time Travelers collections and one of Laura Denison's patterns.

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I adore vintage look papers, interactive pages and mini-books

and these Prima papers and Laura Denison patterns fill all those desires.

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Tags, pockets, envelopes!

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Make shabby look even older with the help of

torn papers reminiscent of old wallpaper, tattered lace

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and dyed vintage look ribbons.

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So what can you expect from me as a Prima Educator?

More workshops featuring Prima Marketing products.

Maybe a kit or two here and there for those out-of-towners.

Teaching at your local scrapbook store or at one of your planned scrapbook retreats.

(No number is too small!)

Stay tuned for more projects with these beautifully designed papers and embellishments.

Contact me if you'd like me to teach at your store!