Tuesday, September 30, 2008


I am very excited...I was chosen to be a design team member for a new collaborative blog dedicated to the Cuttlebug. Check it out here

Here is my submission for the first challange which was to design something using the "ink the folder" technique. Take a look at the blog for the easy to do directions.

Cuttlebug folders: Birds & Swirls, All Love

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Class cards

I taught a card making class at AC Moore last week. Here are a couple of cards I made for that class. The gals really loved learning the magic colored pencil technique. Since it is not a well ventilated room, we used Goo Gone instead of the odorless mineral spirits. Even though it is "odorless" I was afraid that someone might have a negative reaction. I think it works just as well anyway.

Bee Stamp: Studio G
Cuttlebug: Swiss Dots
Nap Stamp:I think it is an old one from Inkadinkado.
**About a year ago, I took all my rubber stamps off the wood blocks. Unfortunately, I wasn't clever enough to write down all the company names, so I can't remember all of them.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Wishing You The Best

I made this card for a co-worker that is leaving for bluer horizons. OK, I admit that it's quick and formulaic, but I do like the colors... so I thought I'd share.
I used the Cuttlebug for the embossing. The paper is DCWV, all glittery and delicious. The sentiment is computer generated in MS Word. At the center of the words are Fiskar's Rain Dots.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Halloween Chipboard Album

I made this "spooky" chipboard album for a Halloween swap I am in. All cuts are made with the Paper Doll Dress Up cartridge. All the pages are chipboard. As usual, I outline the diecuts with chalk or Prismacolor warm grey 20% marker to give them depth and make them pop. Here is a close up of Count Dracula.

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving Card

I got a whole bunch of Studio G $1 stamps today so I couldn't wait to try 'em out. Here is a quick Thanksgiving card I made using the Magic Colored Pencil Technique with GooGone instead of Gamsol.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Another Class Layout - "Back to School"

I made this layout for a Cuttlebug classs I gave last week.

The bear is Sizzix Bear #3. The cardstock stickers are from K & Co. Embossing folders used are Spots & Dots, Swiss Dots and Tiny Mosaic. I used Plantin Schoolbook for the tags.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Cricut Class Halloween Layout

Here is a layout I created for a Ciricut project class I am giving next month. I teach many basic, beginner Cricut classes. My students also ask for project classes. I don't like to make them too difficult or intricate because most students are still in the learning phase.

I like to add some techniques like chalking, inking, etc. My students love to learn different ways of taking the plain cuts and giving them life. Here's a close up of the detailing techniques I used for this layout.

In order for the cuts to "pop" I always highlight the edges either with chalk or Prismacolor marker, warm grey 20%. Then I use a black Sakura Pigma Micron pen .01. on top of the highlight. For the black cuts, I use Ranger's white Inkssentials pen. This is the best white pen around IMHO.

For the bats, I use Sakura's Gelly Roll Stardust. This pen adds a subtle clear glitter to anything. I love this pen.
Feel free to leave me a comment or ask any questions. It's my pleasure to answer them!