Wednesday, December 18, 2013


If you need to do a little last minute shopping and you don't think your gift will arrive in time, here's an idea. Order this on line class for $14.95.  

Order here:
This class offers innovative ways to get the most out of your supplies (from stamps to the Big Shot) with clever tips and all the techniques you need to start creating with success. Divided into six PDF documents this class includes written instructions, step out photos, a few videos, and supply lists for 30+ projects. 

The following topics are covered in the class:
* Basic Stamping
* Embossing
* Masking
* Stamp-a-ma-jig
* Watercoloring and Markers
* Big Shot Basics

       Contact me with any questions.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Trending! - Carve Your Own Stamps

Through the years I've carved a small stamp or two so that I could stamp just the image I had in mind.  Then rubber stamping companies came on the scene and really grew the market so there really was no need to make them myself anymore.  Still, with my large stash of stamps, there are those moments when inspiration strikes and I start to look for "just the right stamp" for a person and have had no luck.  Fortunately, there are still stores carrying rubber and other assorted supplies to get it done myself.

This summer Stampin'Up! rolled out a new kit for carving your own stamps.  It contains everything you need to give it a try yourself.  It also includes some sample images if you need a little inspiration.

Also on the market are a few books that can really take your rubber stamp carving to the next level.  One book in particular is by Geninne Zlatkis . Love her art!!! In her book she has some very cute templates to follow. Take a quick peek at it on Amazon (click on the picture below).  Did I mention you should follow her blog?  She creates these beautiful pictures with her photography and art AND she shares them as screensavers.  I cannot tell you how many people have stopped by my desk just to look at the screensaver she shared for October!  

Another book I came across is by Jenny Doh and it too can be found on Amazon by clicking the photo below.  Nice small stamp carving ideas to get you started.  Unique ideas for making simple stamp shapes into fun projects.  

That's all for this morning.  I'll post my own carved stamp images this weekend.  In the meantime, enjoy looking through the books and of course, don't forget to order your Stamp Carving Kit from me.  Item # 133402 for $19.95 plus S&H.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Wristy Business and Carpinteria

A few weeks ago during our 100+ heat in So. California my friend GinaMarie and I took a drive to Carpinteria to escape the heat and visit the monthly flea market at the Historical Society. Surprise, surprise, the heat was there too but we had a nice, cool ocean breeze. So much to see! I wish I could share all the fun items that were out but I don't have a smart phone - yet!

One booth that caught my eye was from Wristy Business.  The reason their booth caught my eye was because I recently saw an article in my Cloth Paper Scissors Magazine which had featured on the cover something new that I had not seen before - " neck art" is the only way to describe it.  Old men's ties, a little memory wire, some embellishments, and you have a necklace from a necktie.

Here is the March/April 2013 issue cover:

And here are a few of the beautiful pieces made by Leslie and Joy:

Purse Front
Purse Back
Purse with Distinct Ties
Green Pretty Purse

Friday, October 4, 2013

Jewelry Class

I have been teaching jewelry making classes at my local community center for the past three years.  It has been a lot of fun and my students are so fun, I can hear them chatting with each other as I come down the hall to my class. What a great way to start my evening after a day at the office!  I am determined to take pictures of their jewelry designs, they are so creative.  I have made me a list of items to remember to bring to our last class next week and my camera is at the top of the list.  So the reason for this post without pictures at the moment is that I am determined to take pictures next week and post them.  To be continued....

Tuesday, October 1, 2013


Such a quick and cute way to decorate a gift, or even an envelope.  Top two tags use silver glimmer paper (available in the holiday catalog) and the cute stamp set is Ciao Baby (now in the Clearance Rack).

Ciao, Baby tags
Cute and Quick Tags

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Antique Boutique Cards

Today I thought I would post one of the sets of cards I'm working on for a birthday gift, well actually completed, but finally took a picture to post.  Let me know what you think!

Antique Boutique Cards

I'm stamping a variety of labels so they can attached depending on the intention of the card.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Class -What to Washi - ORDER YOUR BUNDLE TODAY!


What is the new and quickest way to dress up your cards and small packages?  Washi tape! This new bundle from Stampin' Up! has everything you need to get started, including class instructions.  How cool is that!

Receive 6 new rolls of Holiday Washi Tape before anyone else!
BUNDLE INCLUDES:  12 rolls of Washi Tape (shown below), your ONLINE CLASS, and package of 20 notecards/envelopes all for only $36.95!

"What to Washi"  ORDER NOW: # 134743

Online class includes over 30 projects with instructions, photos, tips, and 2 videos

Washi Tape includes the 12 rolls shown above
20 Notecards and envelope package measure 5"x3-1/2"
Once the class is purchased, log into your online customer account and access the download the same way you  would when ordering a digital download for MDS. The difference is that the file will be a PDF and will open in your default PDF reader rather than MDS. 

Offering seven different sections of Washi wisdom, this class includes everything you need to know to make the most of one of the hottest crafting trends out there. Washi Tape has taken the crafting world by storm, offering an incredibly quick, easy way to add a fresh, colorful look to any project. Our What to Washi Class explores a myriad of Washi options and provides much more than the basics for you to begin your own Washi adventures. This class includes written instructions, step-out photos, instructional videos, and supply lists for more than 30 projects.

Bundle Includes:
* 7 PDF Documents
* 2 Instructional Videos
* 4 pkgs of Washi Tape (3 rolls per pkg)
* 20 Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes

The following topics are covered in the class:

* The Washi Basics
* The Next Step
* Washi-Above and Beyond
* Sharing Washi with Others
* Memory Keeping
* Storage

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Epic Day

Epic Day - Capture your day while on the go.  One of the newest product lines from Stampin'Up! that lets you capture moments and thoughts during a busy day.

Epic Day Products can be found here
Start with the debossed chipboard covered journal which has 60 printed sheets (30 coordinated spreads). You can personalize or keep the cover as is.   Measures 6-3/8 x8-1/6".
This And That Epic Day Journal
This And That Epic Day Journal
    Item # 131268      Price:  $10.95

Personalize the pages with coordinating stickers in a variety of designs (set of 4 sheets).

Epic Day This And That Designer Stickers
This and That Designger Stickers
Item # 131271      $4.95
Use washi tape to attach any loose memorabilia of the day: photos, receipts, or ticket stubs to name a few.

Epic Day This And That Designer Washi Tape
Designer Washi Tape
Item # 131269   $4.95

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Monrovia Classes -

Spring classes at my local community center will be starting soon.  Hooray!!  April 4th is the first class, Beginner Jewelry, which will run for 4 weeks followed by 4 weeks of Intermediate Jewelry classes for those who would like to continue once they have the basics.  You don't have to worry about having your supplies for the first class because we'll go over the tools, materials, and some suggested projects.

Due to many requests I will be teaching a one-day Mixed Media class on Saturday, April 20th.  It will run from 10am - 3pm, with an hour lunch break.  I hope to have some samples on my blog shortly, but if you're interested, here is the link to the brochure with all the information.  City of Monrovia Spring Brochure link

I have really enjoyed meeting and teaching so many nice members of my community.  I hope you'll sign up, it's a nice way to learn something new and make new friendships.