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ETA: Oh. My. God. Know how I mentioned that I had thrown some cards into the horse race over at Paper Crafts magazine's Gallery Idol competition? Well, I made the top twenty!!!!!! 276 people submitted 1,254 birthday cards for just 20 spots! Wheeeeee! Round two starts immediately. But, just for making it to the top twenty, I get this prize package: Lots of Cosmo Cricket goodies! How fun is that? The next challenge is a wedding card and I believe the public will vote once the cards go up on Monday. I'll post more once I know more. So excited!... Read more →

This is a post that I wrote for the Right at Home Scrapbooking Blog. It appeared on that blog a few days ago. Today, I want to share an easy way to be inspired by modern art: use it to create your background! Mark Rothko is one of my favorite abstract artists. In case you're not familiar with his work, here are three of his paintings: I love the way his blurry colorblocking looks. When I look at these paintings, I see a border with blocks of color inside. Essentially, this: Now, given how much I paint on my pages,... Read more →

8.5x11 isn't really a scrapbook page size that I ever work with. Occasionally, I'll do 11x8.5 (i.e. landscape), but I've just never been an 8.5x11 girl. Another thing I stink at is two-page layouts. I really have a lot of trouble working with the 12x24 canvas. I just don't "get" it. So, I decided to do some experimenting. And lo and behold, I'm loving the 8.5x11 two-page spread. And how cool is this? I just found out that this layout is the "Featured Layout" over at Two Peas! Wowza! I took a screenshot since I didn't know when I'd be... Read more →

Nothing like some shopping to brighten a girl's day! Here are some things I've bought recently: Totally thrilled to start making some art with this! I've been wanting a typewriter FOREVER and I'm delighted to have one that works well and looks absolutely adorable! It's a vintage typewriter from 1935 and it has been cleaned and refurbished. Because the decals are faded, I got it for a great price. Plus, it's a portable typewriter, so it's lightweight (relatively) and that makes me happy! Finally, it's a very mainstream model, so the ribbons are supposed to be easy to replace. Yay!... Read more →

I am becoming a seriously prolific blogger these days. It's kind of scary. Hope you're enjoying reading as much as I'm enjoying sharing! Thank you for taking the time to stop by. I appreciate it. Now, how about some beautiful embroidery inspiration from flickr: 1. so...i think i love you. [embroidery], 2. Mandala Project Embroidery completed, 3. robot*embroidery , 4. Marie Claire embroidery, 5. Corona typewriter embroidery, 6. Dad And Me - Original Embroidery Artwork, 7. Dapper Gentleman embroidery, 8. completed House Embroidery, 9. CPR Embroidery I'm teaching my "Journal Quilt" class tomorrow (Friday) at The City Quilter and we're... Read more →

Scrapbook Trends is a funky little scrapbooking magazine that I think most people are familiar with. It has a cool square format and almost no advertisements. Each layout gets an individual page and the photography is really beautiful! Of course, it can be hard to come by. But, no longer! They're going with the swing of things and offering a digital version of the magazine. If you'd like to check it out, just click on the button. You'll be able to see their free "mini album" edition, which has some really cool projects. There's one album that has me lusting... Read more →

It's no secret that I'm not much of a card maker. I rarely make them. I always have trouble making them, in fact. There's something about the size that just doesn't work in my brain. HOWEVER, this contest was pointed out to me recently. And I always love a challenge! So, I sat down to try and create a birthday card. Here are the cards I came up with: I feel like I've had a break through! I like these cards eleven billion times more than I've ever liked cards I made in the past. I think it's because when... Read more →

According to typepad, I started this post on 1/22/09. I've been working on it in bits and pieces for several months now. So, it has kind of ballooned into the longest post ever. I figured it was time to finally hit "publish".... There are some *amazing* crafting spaces out there. A quick internet search brings up hundreds of photos of beautiful spaces filled with light, bright paint colors, and coordinated cabinetry. They are neat and clean and fresh. My crafting space is not like that. My space is ugly, cheap, and looks so very messy. But, I love and adore... Read more →

Oh. My. God. Seriously, this is the coolest craft project EVER! I found the tutorial here on how to turn a t-shirt into a cooler than cool necklace! And literally ten minutes later, I had this necklace: Well, there was still some t-shirt left, so I decided to make a variation: So fun and easy! I can't wait to experiment with different colors and styles. I'm thinking about ways to add beads to them. They're so soft and lovely to wear. Sort of like a scarf. Have a great day! And thanks for stopping by! Read more →

This is a post that I originally wrote for the Right at Home Scrapbooking blog. Hope you enjoy it! Paint is the first product I reach for when I'm creating. But, it can be intimidating! I get asked a lot of questions about it, so I thought I'd compile a quick list of questions and answers: Q: What kind of paint do you use? I use either acrylic paint or watercolor on most of my layouts. For acrylic paint, I'm a fan of Making Memories (it dries super fast, is awesomely opaque, and comes in great colors) and Claudine Hellmuth... Read more →