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July 2009 posts

Don't be jealous, but I'm up to my eyeballs in flowers and beautiful new papers from Prima! Boy-oh-boy is this going to be a good release! How adorable are these birds? Butterflies are so six months ago! (Just kidding, but I do adore the birds!) Prima has some lovely, soft and romantic papers in this release and I collaged a bunch of them together with some gesso to help blend it all. I can never leave well enough alone. I took these gorgeous velvet flowers and added some glitter glue to make them even more girly! Watercolor + Flowers +... Read more →


FABULOUS kit from Label Tulip this month. It's all travel themed and just so adorable! I had a GREAT time playing with it. (Can you tell that I really *loved* this kit?) But... But... But...something weird happened. I barely used any paint. Hmmmm...weird... Very different, right? It's mostly October Afternoon die cuts. Lots of layering and a tiny bit of pen work, but I pretty much left everything alone and didn't use paint or ink to alter it. There's a bit of paint on this one: I used this lace paper... ...as a mask and sprayed several colors of ink... Read more →


This is a post that I wrote for Label Tulip's Anniversary Celebration. It appeared on the Label Tulip blog over the weekend. Don't forget that kits go on sale TONIGHT (July 15, 2009) at 6pm PST/9pm EST. I've got an awesome video tutorial for you today! But first...some random Q&As: If I could be in any infomercial, I would pick the Cricut informerical, because: It’s the only one I’ve watched from start to finish (though, I don’t think I can actually operate a Cricut)! If I could be any character from a movie, I would be Elizabeth Bennet from Pride... Read more →


Just a round up of some cool stuff from around the web... You can buy this notebook, or you can just try it out online. Basically, it's a sketchbook filled with empty walls (and train cars) for you to doodle over. Here's a little sample of me playing around online: Very fun! Technically, I believe this is a craft for kids, but I think it would make such an awesome background for a scrapbook page, or a really lovely piece of fabric...lots of possibilities! Find the instructions here. The person who created the tutorial made this festive bunting: Instructions here.... Read more →


Just some random stuff that's floating through my brain today... 1. This post over at 2Peas made me roll my eyes. Here's the gist of it: So, I was in my LSS the other day and the lady behind me had the cutest kids. One of the kids made a funny comment and I got a good chuckle about it with the mom. She then asked me if I had kids. When I responded that no I did not have kids she just looked at me with the most puzzled looked and then asked, "Well, what do you scrapbook then?"... Read more →


This is a post that I wrote for the Right at Home Scrapbooking blog. It appeared on that site last week. I cannot scrapbook without editing my photos. It has become such a problem that I now have to cart a little photo printer with me whenever I go to a crop! (Or I have to do some serious pre-planning. But, I probably spend between two and twenty minutes per photo). I do all the usual things, like cropping and resizing. But, I also like to play with the curves, levels, colors, etc. Here are some examples of what you... Read more →


So, I've just finished Week 26 (June 25-July 1) of Project Fifty-Two. Here's my project for the week: It's digi. I just started drawing with my pen tablet. I was so pleased with how everything turned out, I decided to put together a little digital kit of hand drawn elements. Here's the kit: And, since we're half way through the year, I thought I'd share a mosaic style image with what I've created for Project Fifty-Two thus far (click it for a bigger image): It's fun to look back and see how quickly the year has gone! In fact, here... Read more →


As I mentioned last week, I was lucky enough to make it into the top 20 of the Gallery Idol contest being run by Paper Crafts Magazine. Gallery Idol is much like American Idol, in that the public votes. Each round, five cardmakers will be eliminated. You can see all of the entries here. To vote, you have to register for the site. It's free and quick. You do have to provide your e-mail address, but you can check a box to make sure you don't receive e-mail. Take a look at the gallery and vote for your favorite. And...if... Read more →


I got the following comment on a recent post... love how you changed those flowers! I have a question about your creative process, if you wouldn't mind answering it... do you plan your LOs, or do they evolve as you're working? I find "artsy" intimidating, because it feels like it just gets thrown together, but how can such awesome work just "come together" IYKWIM? Cheers cate ...and I wanted to take some time to answer it. I think that there probably are people out there who are capable of throwing together a bunch of stuff and having it come out... Read more →


Okay, so here are the details of Label Tulip's birthday celebration... Every day between now and July 15, there will be a challenge, tutorial, or big time sale! Be sure to check the Label Tulip blog every day for all the fun! Some things to be aware of: The deadline for all the challenges is 7/14/09, 6pm PST! All the winners from the challenges will be featured in the Label Tulip newsletter and on the Label Tulip blog on July 15th, 2009! Each challenge has an awesome prize! Each time you participate in any of the 15 fun daily challenges,... Read more →