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!

Marjorie

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Goldfish

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

mister

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.

Marjorie

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I just love World Cardmaking Day at Creating Lasting Memories. First, I have some terrifically talented teachers (try saying that 3 times). They each design their own card and I think they do a wonderful job of creating something that is beautiful but not too difficult for everyone to make in the 40 minute time slot they have. Secondly, it’s just plain fun to get together with like-minded artists and make cards. Plus the food and prizes are pretty nice. And there is the anticipation of Christmas coming – even though it was a beautiful warm fall day.Tthere is nothing like October on the coast.

So here are the cards we made:

chris

This card was designed by Chris Liles. It features Just Rite stamps and a Spellbinder ornament die set.

Cathy

This photo is definitely a little blurry, but the card is beautiful. It was designed by Cathy Verzi. Cathy loves stitching and she used metallic thread and some die cut scallop shapes. I love the center flower with wrapped thread. This looks complicated but it was really easy to do.

Carole

This card was designed by Carole Gardner. It uses some of the newest Bo Bunny Christmas papers and features a nice unique fold. Here is how it looks when you open it up:

Carole inside

Jill

This card was designed by Jill Petersen. Jill has been creating some beautiful cards for the Design Team. This was her first time to teach and she did a great job showing us how to make this angled easel card. It has embossed snowflakes (these don’t show up n the photo) with a large die cut snowflake on top.

Sonja

This card was created by Sonja Woodward using Hero Arts stamps and Elizabeth Crafts glitter. It doesn’t show in the photo, but this card is covered with a fine transparent glitter. Just gorgeous and perfect for Christmas.

candice

I loved this card by Candice. The Tim Holtz Tattered Poinsettia (die with matching embossing folder) shimmers with gold 3D stamp paint (love this stuff) plus a little glitter. The saying is by Penny Black.

Tirsha

This card was created by Design Team member Trisha Easley.  I love the way she used the enlarged Christmas USPS stamp image (from the stamp package front). And I think the red, blue and gold color palette is a nice look. The border is a Fishers punch; joy is embossed in gold.

Here are all the girls. These photos were taken at the end of a full day of card making and they are still happy and smiling!

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Thanks everyone for a fun day!

Marjorie

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Summer Time

October 9, 2013

in Design Team, home decor, Trisha

Design Team member Trisha Easley made this absolutely beautiful summer canvas. How perfect for those of us lucky enough to live here in Brookings.

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It almost has to be seen in person to be appreciated but here are few close ups so you can see some of the detail:

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Here is how she describes her design process:

Start with a 12 x 12 stretched canvas. Coat with Gesso and let dry (if you get a few crackles that’s OK it adds to the distressed look!!

Paint canvas with your favorite colors of acrylic paint. I used Tim Holtz Distress Paint (Salty Ocean is my favorite, this week!) and Golden Fluid Acrylic.

Apply paint horizontal let dry.

Once canvas is dry I used a variety of different effects. Caps dipped in Interference Paint, Stamps dipped in Acrylic paint and Faber-Castell’s “Stampers Big White Pen”

I also printed out some things on the computer cut them in strips and glued them on.

To decorate the Maya Road Vintage Wood pieces, I painted them with Interference Fluid Acrylic. I outlined the birds with blue paint. Let them dry.

I stamped all the birds and the twigs with 3D-Stempel-Farbe Black 3D paint. The stamps are from 7gypsies “Collections from the journey”

Glue Birds on at random.

On the top and bottom of the canvas I used Clear Granular Gel.

First I put a layer of clear granular gel very randomly then laid some polyester netting in it and the Maya Road Wood Twigs. I wanted it to look like driftwood on the shore with frothy water. When you use a heat tool on it the netting it shrivels up and looks like seaweed.

When it was dry I used some more paint and glued tiny beads and bobbles.

Thanks Trisha for the inspiration!

Marjorie

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Using the Lawn Fawn stamp and matching die set “Critters in the Forest”, Design Team member MaryRuth Willard made this shadow box card:

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Card front

When you open the card, you see this:

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Card open

Here is how she made it:

Lawn Fawn Forest Critters Card

1. Out of green card stock make a (folded at top) card 6″ w by 5″ h. Use a nesting die to cut a frame in the front slightly off center to the right.

2. On a patterned paper panel 5 1/2 w by 4 1/2 h use the next larger nesting die to cut a frame to fit around the frame on the card front. Adhere to card.

3. Stamp all images and die or hand cut. Stamp trees on green and patterned card stock. Stamp just trunks again on brown card stock. Trim trunks off green trees and use foam tape to adhere brown trunks to green trees.

4. Color all images as desired.

5. On a white panel 5 1/2 w by 4 1/2 h use pigment ink pads and stipple brushes to create a “sunset” background. Tear a lt brown strip of card stock for ground and adhere to sunset panel. Adhere inside card. (Don’t you just love that sunset background?  I think this may take a little practice to turn out like MaryRuth’s!)

6. Adhere images on card using foam tape on some to add dimension.

7. Stamp “hello foxy” on white card stock. Trim. Adhere to a blue piece of card stock and trim. Adhere with foam tape inside card where shown.

8. Add Stickles glitter glue where desired.

And here is another card she made using the same set (please excuse the blurry photo):

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Lawn Fawn Owl Card

1. Use wood patterned card stock to make a folded card 3 1/2″ w by 4 1/2″ high.

2.Cut a 2 3/4″ square panel out of blue card stock and a 3″ square out of green card stock. Ink all edges with brown ink. Adhere blue panel to green.

3. Hand cut a tree branch out of the wood patterned card stock and adhere to blue panel as shown. Place a brad in each corner as shown.

4. Cut a 2 1/2″ by 3 1/2″ panel of light brown card stock. Using a brown ink pad stamp ” woo-hoo” randomly on panel. Ink edges. Adhere inside card.

5. Stamp leaves and 2 owls. Use die to cut out owls and handcut leaves. Color all images as desired and adhere as shown using some foam tape to ad dimension. Adhere panel to card front.

6. Create sentiment for card front in computer or use a label maker. Trim. Adhere to a blue panel then a green panel slightly larger inking all edges with brown ink. Wrap twine around left end of panels and tie bow. Adhere to card front using foam tape.

7. Add Stickles glitter glue where desired.

I feel very blessed to have such talented Design Team members!

Marjorie

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I admit to being seriously in love with Then/Now layouts.  The idea is that you take a photo of the past and a photo of the present and write about the difference.

I had been wanting to post Design Team member Ruth’s July layout.  But I needed some bicycle photos. Then I found this wonderful photo of my daughter, Allison, on her first two-wheeler with training wheels. And I had a photo of Allison that I took this spring, so what more could I ask for?It was tailor made for a Then/Now layout. Here’s how it came out:

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This layout is made using the BoBunny Key Lime papers. But what I really love is the Memory Box bicycle die. So cute.

Here are Ruth’s instructions for how she made this page:

YOU WILL NEED:

1 Wipe out (word side)

1 Heatwave (Bicycle Side)

1 Stripe

And from Bo- Bunny Coordinating papers:

2 Paprika Dot using plain side

LEFT PAGE:

I used the Memory Box Die first and cut 6 bicycles out of scrap papers from my stash. (I love the way she mixed colors so the horns and baskets are different colors from the bikes – Marjorie)

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Building on the Paprika plain side paper

Add eyelets to bicycle wheels. Adhere bicycles at bottom of pages 3 per page. I used a glue pen to adhere.

6 1/2 X 8 1/2 Stripe Adhere 2″ from left side and 1/2 inch from top

3 X 8 1/2 Bicycle.. Adhere next to stripe

From back side of wipe out paper carefully cut out “Just Cruisin” journal block and ribbons

5 X 7 Wipeout

4 1/2 X 5 1/2 Bicycle and layer on the 5 X 6 Wipeout

RIGHT PAGE..

5 X 8 Stripe.. place 1/2″ from left side 3/4″ from top

4 1/2 X 6 1/2 Wipeout

1 X 5 Bicycle ..Place under Stripe

6 X 4 1/2 Bicycle

1/2 X 6 Stripe .. Place under Bicycle

4 1/2 X 1 1/2 Bicycle for top right

Again I used jewels from the Keylime Selection. hope you enjoyed this layout. Ruth

Here is what my journaling says:

THEN: The inscription on this polaroid photo, in Allison’s handwriting: “KrisTeN’s Party 3-3-90.” Things I wish I knew: Who is Kristen? Is Allison riding her own bike with training wheels? What park were they at? Who took the photo? Things I do know: I love the party hat. I love her brave & serious spirit as she heads out on the bike path alone, obviously new to riding a two-wheeler. I love that I have her own writing on the photo.

NOW: Allison is very much into being healthy and fit these days (Summer, 2013). As she said to me, “If not now, when? There is never going to be a better time for me to be in shape.” She belongs to a gym. She and Josh have done the Portland Bridge Pedal two years in a row. She participated in her first sprint-triathlon, and came in 2nd place in her division. She excels at the swimming, naturally, but she also runs, even though she doesn’t like it much, and is a great bike rider.

The sun is shining today and it seems we haven’t had enough of that this summer.  But of course, fall is always the best time of the year on the  coast.  So I hope you get some time to get out and enjoy the wonderful weather. And don’t forget to take some photos!

Marjorie

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I’ve got a couple cards to share with you, my Creating Lasting Memories fans!

These are cards designed by Design Team member Alex Fewell using the colorful Graphic 45 Bohemian Bazaar designer paper line. These bright papers scream summer and I, for one, am not ready to give up on this lovely season. The calendar says one more month and I personally am going to enjoy every minute of it.

Square grape vine card

Here’s how she made this card:

1) Cut paper to 5” x 10”. Score at 5” and 7 ½.

2) Cut solid paper to 5 ½ x 5 ½ . Punch using We R Memory Keepers Mini 8 vine punch. Adhere to card.

3) Cut coordinating paper to 4 ½ x 2 ½ “. Adhere to inside of card.   Add chipboard button.

4) Adhere chipboard embellishment, star pin and flower to solid. Add stickles.

5) Cut white strip 4” x 1”. Stamp verse.  Adhere to inside of card.

6) Add yellow gems to card front.

And here is birthday card she made using the same papers:

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The instructions for this one are as follows:

Banner Card

1) Cover card base with blue Time Holtz paper cut to 5” x 7”.

2) Cut green paper to 6 ½ “x 4 1/2 “. Adhere.

3) Cut coordinating patterned paper into strips 2”, 1 ½ , 1” and ½ “. Cut ends to form pennants. Adhere, overlapping.

4) Embellish with buttons and crystal stickers.

5) Stamp sentiment.

6) Embellish with stickers.

This paper is still available at the store along with some nice accessories and those fabulous yellow stars (by Maya Road).

Marjorie

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Our featured Design Team member this month is Jill Petersen.

Using the Authentique Pride collection she designed a fabulous gate-fold easel card. Here’s what it looks like closed:

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And here’s a picture of the card open:

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If you would like to make one like it, here is how she made it:

1. Start with a piece of 8 1/2” x 11” cardstock.

2. Using a scoreboard, score cardstock widthwise at 5 1/2”, lengthwise at 2 1/8”, rotate and score

again at 2 1/8”.

3. Then at top, cut away the outer corners of 5 1/2” x 2 1/8” leaving the 4 1/2” middle section.

Score this section in half (this will be your easel).

4. Crease all of your scored areas folds. Now your ready to decorate.

5. First, I chose a picture to put onto my easel from the Authentique “Pride”

Collection-”Privilege” sheet. I used 3 Star shaped brads in the left corner, and then mounted this onto a 5 1/2” x 4 1/4” piece of “Amend” paper from the same collection with my adhesive.

6. Now attach this to the bottom fold of the easel with adhesive so it will be able to prop up when the card is opened.

7. Now, cut a 5 1/4” x 4 1/8” of “Assemble” with the doile side up and adhere it to the center section on the bottom of the card.

8. Then I chose one of the stickers from the “Pride” components co ordinating sticker sheets and used 3D dots to raise it up to hold the easel in place when the card is open.

9. Next, cut a 5 1/2” x 1 3/4” of “Assemble” and trim the right edge around doile giving it a ruffled like edge. Attach to outside left flap so that about an inch overhangs.

10. Cut 2 pieces of the “Assemble” at 5 1/4 x 2” and attach to the inside flaps with the stripe side up.

11. Then I used a couple scraps of the “Amend” paper and cut 2 banners to attach to either side of inside flaps and added Maya Road velvet pleats to the tops.

12. I used about 6” of star ribbon over the seam on the left inside and tucked the edges with adhesive.

13. For the front, I used Barn Door and Chipped Saphire Distress Stains on some Tim Holtz trimmings ribbon(rossettes). I did 3 with the Barn Door, left 3 white and then 3 with the Chipped Saphire. As it dried I got a really cool effect with the stains bleeding. So I cut the ribbon to length to show that. I also cut the extra tuele off the back for a cleaner edge. I attached these with glue dots so I could run about 28” of the star ribbon unerneath. I like longer ribbon tails, but you can cut them shorter if you would like. I used more glue dots along the back of the card to hold the ribbon down and in place and one dot on the front along the “ruffle” edge and left the ribbon loose on the right panel to tie my bow.

Jill also made a few cards for the store using the Graphic 45 Steampunk line.  So fun, especially if you like Halloween. Jill loves Halloween, so I knew this would be the perfect collection for her.

Check out this cute envelope:

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And then turn it over and open it up. You will find this great card:

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The Tim Holtz mini-gears work great with these papers.

Thank you Jill for your inspiring artwork.

Marjorie

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Drum roll please – it’s time to see the first project of the 2013-2014 Design Team.  The projects this month are from a variety of different companies using the items in their May kits. Jacki made this fantastic Configuration Box using all sorts of Tim Holtz and Ranger product. Here’s a photo of her creation:

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This is what the box looks like when you open it:

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Now isn’t that just so cute?  You could of course make it any theme you want. I also thought it would be nice to add some photos and even some personal memorabilia.  Here is Jacki’s step-by-step instructions:

1. Cut the three 12X12 papers down to fit the front and backcover, and slightly smaller for the inside front cover. Apply Beacon glue to backsides and attach the front and back covers.

2. Before adhering the inside front cover, attach curio knob from the front side and screw down tight, apply the patterned paper to cover hardware.

3. Cut remaining pieces of covers in fit the book binding and edges.

4. To cover individual compartments you will need to measure each size box. Cut paper by adding the depth + width + depth X depth + length + depth.

5. Once paper is cut, score all four sides on the scoring board, at the depth measurement, example: ¾ inch all the way around.

6. Cut notch out of each corner where score lines intersect. Fold on score marks and adhere to compartment using Beacon glue.

7 Continue covering insides of all compartments.

8. Using tissue tape or washi tape, apply to top edge of box so it hangs over edges evenly. Notch the corners with Xacto knife and press down all edges.

9. Use tissue tape to cover seams along the all three covers and outside edges as well.

10. At this point I needed to apply another kind of adhesive over the tissue tape. The tape looked really nice but it wasn’t holding, the edges continued to come up, so go over with a matte glue and brush, I used some decoupage glue.

11. Now comes the fun part: the filling of the individual compartments. I will give instructions on what I put in my box, however you may choose to substitute or go another route, have fun with it. I choose to use mostly Tim Holtz products to decorate my book.

12. Using Specialty Stamping Paper and Archival Black Ink, stamp the Tim Holtz bunny, the nest, (twice), the butterfly (twice), and three small butterflies. Heat with heat tool to make sure ink is completely dry before coloring.

13. Using Distress Markers and Distress Inks with the water brush, color the stamped images. Let dry.

14. Cut the butterflies, all sizes, and the nest out carefully, including the word “Nest”, on the second nest, just cut out the eggs. Leave a surrounding white edge of about an inch on the bunny.

15. Add a small piece of tape to the back side of the middles of the small butterflies, so the brads won’t tear through, and poke a small hole for a brad. Add a small game spinner to each butterfly for the body.

16. Attach piece of foam adhesive to back of butterflies and adhere one to each of the three smallest square compartments.

17. Attach foam adhesive to the eggs and adhere to the nest. Adhere to top right compartment with additional foam adhesive.

18. Die cut the chipboard using the Tim Holtz Movers and Shapers Bunny, and Heart and The Sewing Room Bigz Die. Die cut the Real Wood Paper with the Artful Dwellings Die and part of the branch only from the Bird Branch Bigz Die (I cut two pieces of branch)

19. From the Bird Branch Die, using the cardstock scrap, cut out the bird, and from the Caged Bird Bigz Die, cut out one wing. Cut bird from branch, ink the edges and attach wing to bird.

20. From a scrap of pattern paper punch 5 flowers with the small flower punch. Attach with mini glue dots to the branch.

21. Using the Archival black ink, stamp the script on the heart. Heat to dry, color heart with Distress Stain. Using Distress Stain or Acrylic Dabbers, apply color to plaque, wipe off excess. Let dry.

22. Put brads through holes in plaque. Adhere plaque to top left compartment, apply glue dots to heart, apply over plaque. Fold small banner and attach over heart at angle. I also added a word across the banner from Tim’s word stickers.

23. Spray chipboard bunny with Melted Chocolate Dylusions Ink Spray. Heat to dry. Ink edges. Attach ribbon to neck and use foam adhesive to adhere chocolate rabbit top center compartment.

24. Using Beacon glue, attach birdcage and bird in flight to left second row compartment. The cage could be filled with whatever you would like, maybe some beads, or pearls? I left mine empty however.

25. Attach large crown from regal adornments to right second row compartment.

26. Using Sewing Room Die, cut canvas tag into dress shape. Color canvas with Dylusions Ink Sprays or Distress Stains. Heat to dry thoroughly. Cut down dress stand to fit inside compartment, ink edges. Attach canvas dress with Beacon glue, tie ribbon into bow around dress and use foam adhesive to adhere to bottom left compartment.

27. Ink edges of chipboard spool and wrap twine around. Adhere with foam adhesive. Use Beacon glue to attach 3 buttons to side of dress.

28. Tie ribbon through hole in key, use pop up glue dots to attach to center bottom compartment.

29. Using paper trimmer, cut ¼ to 3/8 inch strip from corrugated cardboard. Bend around Real Wood house for roof on birdhouse, attach using Beacon glue. Use 5/8 inch punch to make hole in birdhouse. Ink edges. Use foam adhesive to adhere to compartment, Attach flower branch to slightly cover from top left edge, using Beacon glue. Attach bird to bottom edge of compartment using Beacon glue.

30. Use Beacon to attach small wings to bottom right compartment, attach small fractured doll on top of wings, place small crown above head. Attach word stick to left side of doll.

31. Use Beacon to adhere metal photo corners to the two right edges of configuration book.

32. Using pearl pen add centers to flowers on birdhouse branch. Let dry.

33. Now we finish the outside of the book: Cut a piece of light brown cardstock to 4 X 51/2 inches. Using the largest oval on the Fiskars oval template, cut the middle of the cardstock out, leaving a frame. Adhere to colored bunny stamped image using foam adhesive.

34. Using green cardstock, cut the grass using the Sizzix die, cut in half and add to bottom of frame, overlapping slightly. Add flowers as desired. Attach one of the large butterflies to the top left of frame with foam adhesive.

35. For banners, cut four or five patterns into pennant and banner shapes, apply with foam adhesive and string twine underneath foam.

36. For the inside front cover, cut brown piece with Spellbinders label die and attach a 3 inch cream circle to middle, add remaining large butterfly.

37. Lastly, I added my title with American Crafts Thickers and metal corners on the inside edges.

Here are a couple of close ups of the box contents:

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If you are interested in making one of these for your own, but find the instructions intimidating, Jacki will be having several step-by-step classes in June.  The first two classes are Thursday, June 20 & 27, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Call the store or stop by to sign up. The configuration box is on display on the counter by the register so you can get a look at it in person.

Marjorie

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Last, but certainly not least of our Design Team Members, Trisha Easley is a super talented artist and I am so thrilled she was willing to be on the team.  Her medium of choice is watercolor and she has done some amazing paintings. But she also loves Creating Lasting Memories and our little unique forms of art. I can always count on her to try all the new products and techniques. I know she won’t be intimidated.

She helps me teach the 12 Tags of Christmas classes, where we use lots of Tim Holtz stuff. Not surprisingly, her Challenge project, using the Prima Hello Pastel papers and embellishments, was this tag:

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Here’s how she went about creating it:

  1. I took an extra large tag and dragged it through 3 colors of Distress Paint and water. I sprayed more water on the tag and moved it around to get the look I wanted. (I left some areas without paint to show the background). Then I dried with a heat gun.
  2. When the tag was dry I distressed the edges with a distress tool.
  3. Using a Dylusions 5×8 stencil that I taped to my tag, I filled in the design with a white pen.
  4. I then used a Stampington & Co. stamp and archival ink.
  5. With a Vintage Photo distress ink pad and applicator I went over the tag.
  6. I adhered flowers, leaves and butterflies to the edge of the card.
  7. I used a pearl pen to embellish the flowers and the butterflies.
  8. The last step was to add the ribbon to hang the tag.

For a “favorite” piece, Trisha submitted these two canvases:

Trees on Canvas

Trees on Canvas

Bird and frame canvas

Bird and frame canvas

And if you are able to come in the store, I have her “bug” canvas up on the wall near the register. Her work is truly marvelous. Can’t wait to see what Trisha will come up with each month.

Marjorie

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