Monthly Archives: October 2010

Christmas Card Class

Looking for a fun night out getting ready for the holidays? Why not join me for my next class, the Mitten Weather Christmas Card class? We’ll be creating six fun cards using a 6×6 Mitten Weather paper pad and coordinating chipboard. With varied styles, folds and techniques, you’ll take home lots of great ideas you can use throughout the year. We’ll also be creating a fun holiday tree ornament to finish off the night.

Here’s a little peek…

Where & when…


Scrapbook Memories
1890 Hyde Park Rd.
London, Ontario


Wednesday, November 24th
6:30 – 8:30

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Take care,

a little togetherness

Every time I make a tag I mentally kick myself and wonder why I don’t make more of them. They are just so quick and fun! Even better, they use up all those little scraps I have laying around my desk.

I am hereby challenging myself to make more of them. Tie one on a little kraft gift bag and you’re good to go.

Togetherness Tag

This sweet little tag uses up some Togetherness scraps on my desk. Don’t you love these muted Cosmo Cricket colors? What I really like about this tag is the die cut paper rosette. It’s a Tim Holtz Sizzlets die. I’d held off on buying it as I didn’t think it would work in my Cuttlebug. As you can tell I broke down and gave it a whirl. You have to run it through part way and the die cut it the other as the die is long but it DOES work with a little finesse. Of course if you’re lucky enough to have a Big Shot, you’re all set. I had a great scrapbooking garage sale the other day and have a lovely credit at my local store. I’ve purchased some new Copic markers with it but I think I’m going back for that Big Shot too.

Quick Tip: Use a strong dry adhesive such as Wonder Tape by Ranger or Be Creative Tape to hold this rosette together.

What I love most about this project is the hit of green. I never would have used this bright green a few years ago but now it looks oh so fresh and fun. I love how color styles change breathing new life into the spectrum of things.

Supplies: Black Tiny Type, Togetherness Paper Kit and Chipboard by Cosmo Cricket, twine, Vintage Green Pearl Trinket Pins by Maya Road, corner rounder, Tiny Attacher by Advantus

Love a sale? Ellen has a fabulous Warehouse Sale going on right now. Enjoy!

Have a sweet day!


I love seeing the new and latest trends. Some of them I like, others not so much. And that’s ok. Have fun with the ones you love and leave the others for someone else.

One trend I’ve been noticing a lot of is frames. Frames on patterned paper, frame style embellishments, frame themed stamps, chipboard frames, even frame rub-ons and transparencies. I think they are a super fun way to highlight a portion of your design. Today I thought it would make a fun Ways to Use It challenge on SCS to incorporate frames into projects. We’d love to have you play along. Check out the challenge details here.

Framed Hi

For this card I had fun pulling out my inks and some new Hero Arts stamps. I’m a sucker for pressed flower images and script. They are timeless don’t you think?

The tiny resin Melissa Frances Applique Frame highlights the little Tiny Type sentiment and embellishes the design.

Quick Tip: A large white mat frames the stamping and allows the design to “breathe”.

Supplies: kraft cardstock by Bazzill, white cardstock by Neenah, butterfly by Jenni Bowlin, Cling Old Letter & Real Flowers stamps by Hero Arts, Sepia Archival Ink by Ranger, Tumbled Glass, Worn Lipstick, Wild Honey and Victorian Velvet Distress Ink by Ranger, applique frame by Melissa Frances, twine, edge distresser by Tim Holtz

Happy creating!

October Zva Blog Hop Winners announced & a little birthday bling

We’d like to congratulate the five October Zva Blog Hop winners!

Their names will be found on the following blogs:

Jillian Deiling Cassity
Veronica Goh
Ingrid Danvers
Teri Anderson
Carole Maurin

One winner from each of the 5 blogs will receive a Zva prize package worth $30.00. Congrats winners!

Shabby Bling Birthday

I love creating birthday cards for special people in my life. Yesterday one of my very special aunts turned 75 years young. Happy birthday Auntie Ann!

Quick Tip: Cut your crystals apart to create new leaf configurations. This can give you different looks for your crystals and also make them fit into difficult design spaces.

Supplies: Leaf crystals CRS03CB103, Corduroy Brad BR01CB105and flowers by Zva Creative, Restoration patterned paper by Crate Paper, sewing machine, kraft cardstock by Bazzill, twine, Worn Lipstick Distress Ink by Ranger, sticker by Crafty Secrets, buttons by Melissa Frances, Sanding Block by Advantus, Doily by Ellen’s Essentials

Have a beautiful day!

a little holiday spirit

I know it’s not even Halloween yet, but is anyone ready for a little holiday spirit?

I always find the key to enjoying the Christmas season is starting to prepare early. It can be such a wonderful but chaotic time! I’m happy to say that I’ve started my Christmas shopping. A little at a time is also easier on the budget.

I’m excited to have the latest issue of Paper Crafts Magazine, November/December 2010, on my desk to get some holiday ideas spinning. There are some really fabulous ideas! One of the columns, Designer Challenge, is all about using non-holiday product to create your holiday cards. Love the ideas here! So fun and they use things you may already have on hand.

I had a few fun cards picked up for this column and have one of them to share with you today. All you need is some cardstock, a computer and a few accents.

Christmas Text Message Card

Want another idea? One of my cards is an on-line feature and you can find it here.

Have a creative day!

Zva Creative October DT Blog Hop!

It’s time again for the Zva Designers to join together to share a project that we have created using some of our favorite Zva Creative products. I am hoping that you will take some time to join us for a little bit of fun again this month!

The Blog Hop begins at Kim Hughes’ blog. She will have the complete list of all blogs that are participating in case there is a glitch along the way. If you would like to play along, I am linking to one of the Zva designers and that designer is linking to the next and so on. Be prepared to be inspired along the way. Hidden on 5 of the blogs is a Zva Creative prize package …YAY! Those blogs will be randomly chosen after the hop is over, so it’s important to leave a comment on as many blogs as you can along the way.

The Blog Hop starts now and runs through midnight US Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, Oct. 26th and the 5 winners will be announced on Wednesday, October 27th on each of the five winning blogs. The full list will be found on Kim Hughes‘s blog as well (linked above). We will do our best to notify each winner, but it’s best if you can pop in to all of the blogs once again on Wednesday…plus, you never know what kind of inspirational creation that you may find there.

All you need to do is leave a comment on this Zva Blog Hop post…you do not need to leave a comment on each and every designer’s blog post to qualify. The more times you leave a comment along the blog hop path though, the more chances you will have to be one of the lucky winners.

my blessings

This beautiful brown crystal flourish from Zva Creative inspired me to create a Thanksgiving themed layout counting my blessings. My children have grown up quite a bit since this picture. I think that’s telling me it’s really past time to get another family portrait taken, don’t you?! I added in a fun canvas brad border detail along the top of the layout. I love the warm look the Zva Canvas Brads give.

The Zva Creative Crystal flourish draws your eye through the layout from the title to the photo, embellishing it at the same time. The beautiful papers are from the Catching Fall line by Lily Bee Design.

And finally, a little white Zva flower tucked into an embellishment cluster.

Supplies: Canvas Brads BR01CB111, BR01CB110, BR01CB109, Brown Crystal Flourish CRB02CB103 and white flower by Zva Creative, twine, leaf trinket pins, Kraft Ticket, chipboard butterflies and Kraft Mini Tickets by Maya Road, Catching Fall line patterned paper and rub-ons by Lily Bee Design, Distress Crackle Paint and Stickles by Ranger, Tim Holtz Ornate Bookplate and Game Spinner by Advantus

The blog hop begins here: Kim Hughes

Your next stop is here: Julianne McKenna-De Lumen

Thank you SO MUCH for joining us!


Do you love decorating for the season?

How about a fun Halloween Banner that can be restrung from year to year?

I had an absolute blast creating this Boo Banner for the CLASSroom. As this is my first project after not creating for two weeks, I’m not sure if it’s the fun details or the fact that I’m creating again that has me so thrilled with this project.

A little masking, stamping, glitter, collage, paint and some fun goodies all mix together for this large banner. I know the above photo is small (click to enlarge if you wish) but each pennant is 5″x7″ in size and makes a great wall hanging.

I hope you’ll join me today here in the CLASSroom for some fun techniques, lots of closeups and design details.

Thanks for dropping in!