The Blues

April 21, 2015

in Scrapbooking

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I laughed when I saw this quote. I saved it to my desktop.

Little did I know that in a few short days it would be my life.

I was trying to put together layouts for an upcoming scrapbook weekend in Puyallup, WA, at Scrapbook Expo. And it seemed every layout needed blue paper and none of the blue paper I had was the right color of blue. And I have a lot more than 20 sheets of blue. More like 20 x 20 sheets of blue. Two of the layouts were pool parties. It seems the color of my parent’s pool is unique. Then there was the layout with the balloons. Blue sky. Simple enough. Not for me. I needed two sheets the same color and I only had one. So I compromised and tried some creative options. I could see sprays in my future. I put together the layout kits and moved on.

When I got my Snapfish order in the mail with more photos I thought, “Surely Christmas photos will not be hard to match.” Wrong! Again, everyone was wearing blue! Who would have thought blue would be my nemesis? I really like the color blue. Maybe there’s a reason they call it “the blues.”

Stay tuned for the layouts I will be making using mismatched blue papers….



March tag

March 22, 2015

in Tom Holtz 12 Tags

Are you following along with Tim Holtz’s 12 Tags of 2015? Here is my version for March:

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Love the colors in this tag.  There’s nothing that makes more unique, never-to-be-repeated backgrounds than distress paint. Embossing texture paste through a stencil was a fun technique. I didn’t have the butterfly stamped image so I used the feather. It’s not quite as open and airy but I still think it came out pretty nice. And certainly fits the “found objects” theme. I love finding feathers.


Here is my latest art journal creation. Right now I am just copying the work of others, primarily Vicky Papaioannou. She does these great step by step videos on You Tube and she is very generous to share all her tips and techniques. Just google her name and you can easily view these yourself.

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I find the process so satisfying. Once I feel confident with the techniques I am going try some of my own designs.



12 Tags of Christmas

September 2, 2014

in Uncategorized


It was  fast-paced and totally fun making the 12 Tags of Christmas with these ladies.  We made 4 tags a day for 3 days. The last tag was a house with the Tim Holtz lantern. It actually lights up. How cute will that be hanging up at Christmas time? Thanks ladies for a great Stay ‘n Play Art Retreat.


Spring Fling!

April 27, 2014

in Creating, Spring Fling

It was another awesome event at Creating Lasting Memories.  Gotta love these teachers who were such good sports about wearing the bunny ears! I think they secretly liked them.

First up, Chris, getting fitted for her ears by her sister Kathy. Her card featured Viva Decor 3D shimmery stamp paint and a set of clear stamps by Penny Black.


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This next card was designed by Cathy. It features a wooden stamp by Northwoods. Those bunnies look good enough to eat!


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The third card we made also used the Penny Black clear stamp set. This one was designed by Jill.


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Carole’s card was a fun birthday zoo card with an accordion fold.


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Candice had us making art boards again.  I LOVE them!


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Loye made a card with a unique fold using the Memory Box dahlia die.


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Tricia had us all making tags using the new Tim Holtz framework dies (one of my favorite products from CHA 2014).


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And last but not least is this fun card by Sonja.  This technique is a great way to use up your scraps.  Watch for Sonja to repeat this card at a Wednesday Make n Take in May.


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It was fun to see all the different cards that were created from this one idea:

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A big thank you to all my super talented teachers!

And here are some photos of everyone just having fun.

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It was a great day.  So glad you could all come and play!



This week’s Design Team project is a double sliding box by Cheryl Stapleton. This box is great for holding candy or something larger as it measures about 5″x3″.  Here’s the box closed:

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And when you pull on the ribbon to the right you get this:

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So you can make this too and here is the supply list:

1 1/2″ square punch

white  cardstock

patterned paper (Authentique “Abroad” collection used in the sample)

embellishments from the collection

Color Box Chestnut Roan ink pad

Ribbon to match

Plastic grocery bag


1 piece 2 3/4″  4″ patterned card stock (tag)

1 piece 2 7/8″ x 5″ white card stock (slider frame)

1 piece 6 3/4″ x 8 1/2″ pattern card stock (box)

1 piece 5″ x 8 1/2″ pattterned card stock (box cover)


Punch a portion of each end of the frame using the square punch if you have one. Should like like this:

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Cut a 1″ x 9″ strip of plastic grocery bag. Wrap around the frame and adhere to itself cutting off excess. Do not adhere to card stock. It should slide freely.

Score the box on the 8 1/2″ side at 1 , 2, 6 1/2, and 7 1/2 and on the 6 3/4″ side at 1, 2, 4 3/4, & 5 3/4.

Crease all score lines, cut out the three outer squares on each corner, and cut tabs. Should look like this:

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Fold box together and apply adhesive to assemble box.

Add a small piece of coordinating patterned paper to each end of box base if desired.

Punch hole at one end of box, add ribbon for the pull tab

Add desired sticker/sentiment to tag, trim edges, punch hole, add ribbon

Slider frame: apply a strip of adhesive on plastic strip close to the edge.

Stick box to plastic on frame. Make sure the box pull is on the other side.

Flip the box over and adhere tag (sticker/sentiments face down)

Score the box over on the 8 1/2″ side at 1, 4, 5, & 8

Crease score lines, apply adhesive to the tabbed edge and adhere.

Slide cover over box and tag

Embellish box as desired.

Here are a couple of cards Cheryl made using the same paper line:

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Thanks for looking!



Chicken Wire!

March 21, 2014

in Design Team, MaryRuth

What a creative use of a 12×12 piece of chicken wire! Check out this fabulous work of art by Design Team member MaryRuth Willard:

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Here are her instructions for making this G45 Typography chicken wire tag board wall hanging

Supplies: (You can find these items at Creating Lasting Memories!)

G45 Typography 8×8 paper pad

G45 classic keys and keyholes

Petaloo Textured Blossoms

Vintage Patina Ink-Agate

Candi Dots

Stickles Glitter Glue

Basic Grey Wooden Buttons

Mini-clothes pins

Glossy Accents

Assorted ribbons, jute, twine, inks and punches, brads,etc.

Paper Accents 1/2 inch 12×12″ chicken wire panel.

Tim Holtz Facets

Basic adhesives and tools


Weave chosen ribbon in and out around edge of chicken wire panel. Knot small strips of ribbon randomly around edges to keep ribbon in place. Tie 3 long strips of ribbon from top left corner to hang down. Dry brush Patina Ink on 2 keys and 1 keyhole and tie to ribbons. Add 2 rhinestones to keyhole.

Cover 3″ diameter chipboard circle with text paper. (Ink edges of project pieces if desired). Punch and adhere swirl punch where shown. Adhere Candi Dot by swirl. Cut and curl 2 narrow paper strips. Adhere to circle where shown. Adhere 2 blossoms. Adhere Tim Holtz rectangular Facet over chosen quote. Trim and adhere to circle where shown. Add rhinestones and Stickles as desired.

Make assorted tags, cards, mini-books as desired. Use lots of embellishments and enjoy creating! Attach with mini-clothes pins.

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Make a braided jute rope for hanging tag panel. Attach to top of panel and hang up for all to enjoy!

Love all those little details. So much fun to combine rhinestones, jute and wire with those pictures of elegant women. You can see this project hanging up in the store. Stop by and take a look.



Wild & Free

March 15, 2014

in Design Team, Jacki

Here’s a great layout by Design Team member Jacki Rettke:

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I love the watercolor look of the papers in this set.

Supplies used:

Glitz Designs Wild and Free papers:

Arrows, Horses, Small Hearts, Dream Catcher, Drips

Glitz Designs Wild and Free Large Rhinestones

Tim Holtz Rosette Dies

Kiwi Lane template

die cutting machine

foam adhesive

glue dots


hot glue gun


Use two of Glitz Designs Wild and Free Dreamcatcher paper for backgrounds

Fussy cut Glitz Designs Wild and Free Drips paper along the drip line.

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Trim a strip 3 X 12 inches from the edge of Drip paper

Using foam adhesive, mount remaining fussy cut piece of Drip paper to Dreamcatcher paper, (covering up the dreamcatcher), and make this the top of your right hand page.

Mount 3 X 12 iinch Drips piece to other Dreamcatcher paper, also covering the dreamcatcher.

Using the backside of the Arrows paper, cut using the Kiwi lane template, both pieces.

From the Horses paper, cut 4 ½ inch by 12 strips.

From the Small Hearts paper, cut two pieces 1 ½ X 12 inches.

Also from the Small Hearts paper, cut out the hearts in a rainbow of colors, I have 10 hearts per page.

From the Horses paper, cut 2 2-inch strips and run through the die cutting machine using the Tim Holtz Rosettes die, I used both sizes of die.

Form rosettes using glue gun and add large rhinestones to centers.

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Mount Small Hearts paper between the Gray side of the Horses paper and add inked hearts with foam adhesive down the middles (I had the left side going vertical and the right side horizontal.)

Attach the curved pieces, right against the bottom edge on the right hand page, with the drips coming from the top edge. Mount it peeking under the vertical heart strip on the left side.

Mount the horizontal hearts strip over the curved pattern on the right side, up slightly so the color from the curved piece shows at the bottom edge.

Add more Large rhinestones to heart strips as desired.

Attach rosettes along left side.

We have these papers and the awesome rhinestones in the store.  And Jacki’s layout is also there for you to see in person. Hope you get a chance to stop by and take a look!



I’m finally back with  a new post featuring a great Christmas layout made by Design Team member Ruth Moody using Making Memories “Believe” designer papers.

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Here’s your supply list:

2 12×12 Poinsettia

2 12×12 Green Dot

1 12×12 Chevron

3 12×12 Musical Dot

1 12×12 Little Yellow Bicycle Decorative Edge

1 8.5×11 text weight pearlescent gold

1 12×12 Best Creation Glitter Gold

1 Elizabeth Craft Ornament 2 die

1 pkg Kaiser Craft yellow rhinestones

And here is how she made this layout:

1) Build pages on the Poinsettia paper

2) Cut 2 3.5×12 strips from Green Dot. Adhere to bottom of page

3)  Cur 2 3×12 from Chevron. Follow the pattern to get the points. On one side you will have to cut it to the center of the last point and match up the pattern and piece the one inch (this was the hardest part of the layout). Adhere to Green Dot strips.

4) Cut 10 circles from musical dot leaving the black trim. Adhere to Chevron as shown.

5) Cut 4 4.5×6.5 rectangles from the solid red (back side of the Musical Dot).

6) Cut 4 4×6 rectangles from the Green Dot. Adhere to red and then to layout as shown.

7) Now to add some bling: uses rhinestones to “hang” your Musical Circles.

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8) Use your die cut machines to cut 2 top layers of the Poinsettia ornament from the gold text weight paper. On 1 of the flowers DO NOT push the flower out, only the pieces around it. Put a small piece of Scotch tape behind it. I used my glue pen to glue it in place. Don’t forget the bling in the center and at the top.

9) For the second ornament, use the Little Yellow Bicycle Decorative Edge paper. Cut 2. Save the gorgeous circle for another layout. Using popup glue dots, put the 2 together. Top with gold poinsettia (that you popped all the pieces out of) with a glue stick. Pull a 5″ piece of metallic thread or small string through opening. Tie it off and adhere ornament to page.

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10) Gently straighten the string and attach with a glue dot, then place rhinestone on top.

11) For the letters spelling out Christmas I used my Cricut and Printing 101 at 1 1/2″. For the year I used Alphalicious.

I hope you enjoy making this layout and that you had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!




October 20, 2013

in Design Team, Jacki

This beautiful layout was created by Design Team member Jacki Rettke. I thought the colors gave it a nice fall look.

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Here are her instructions for making this page yourself:

Products used:

Reminisce Autumn Harvest papers

Bo-Bunny Autumn Song Melody papers

Heartfelt Creations Distressed Leaves Precut Stamp Set

Spellbinders Shapeabilities Nested Leaves die set

Twinkling H2Os in Indian Copper, Olive Vine and Lemondrop

water brush

watercolor paper

Ranger Library Green Archival Ink

Ranger Adirondack Butterscotch spray

Dylusions sprays: Lemon Zest, Pure Sunshine and Sweetened Orange

Prima Lyric flowers


heat tool

Cuttlebug die cutting machine

glue dots

tape runner

dimensional adhesive

1. Using watercolor paper, stamp the second largest of the Heartfelt Creation leaf stamps with the green archival ink, six times.

2. Using the Twinkling H2Os and water brush, color the leaves as desired

3. Heat leaves to speed dry time

4. Cut colored leaves with Spellbinders Shapeablilites matching leaf die using the Cuttlebug.

5. With remaining watercolor paper spray with Dylusions spray in shades of yellow and orange, misting with water to blend more. Heat with heat tool. Spray additional layers of color with Ranger Butterscotch spray, adding more or less as you like, heat to set.

6. Cut 13 of the large size tall, slender leaves from the Spellbinders Nested Leaves set. Cut 28 of the same shaped leaves in the smaller size also.

7. Trim Bo-Bunny Autumn Song Melody paper to 11 inch square. Distress and ink edges. Center on Reminisce Autumn Harvest paper.

8. Make flowers using the large die cut leaves, folding some forward and some back for dimension. I used seven petals for one flower, eight for the other.

9. Using dimensional adhesive, tuck three of the stamped leaves behind large flower.

10. Using the small petals, form a center for larger flower, again one of mine has six petals the other seven. The remaining petals are scattered over the pages as falling leaves.

11. Attach Prima flowers to center of flower.

12. Add photos and title

Here are a few close up photos so you can really see the design details and the great photos.

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Love this photo because you even see the goldfish in the pond. The cat who is watching that little fish so closely is named Tucker.

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Tucker’s twin sister Lindsley is peeking around the rock.

Hopefully Jacki will teach this layout in her Saturday morning scrapbooking class, The Creative Page. Thanks for a great layout, Jacki.