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Creating — Marjorie Towers


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.


chris card

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


cathy card

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


jill card

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


carole card

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


candice card

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


loye card

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


trisha tag

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.


sonja card

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!



Alex is the youngest member of our Design Team.  She already owns her own business making greeting cards for local businesses in Brookings and elsewhere.  She loves to play with paper and already has customers who love her designs. She says that through paper crafting she has met tons of new people she may never have met otherwise; it has helped her overcome her shyness. I never would have thought she was shy.  She seems to have never met a stranger and talks to everyone.  We lovingly call her “the Mayor.”

Although she mainly makes cards, for the Design Team Challenge she submitted two ATCs.  Heres one of them:

challenge 1

This is such a fun little project. Here are her instructions on how to make it:

  1. Adhere chevron paper to card base.
  2. From coordinating paper cut a 2″ x 2″ square. Fold on the diagonal to form a triangle. Fold again in opposite direction.
  3. Cut on folds from corner to center stopping 1/4″ from the center.
  4. Add glue dot to the center of the square. Then fold every corner into the center and press into glue dot.
  5. Add sparklet to the center.
  6. Cut 2″ length from a coffee stir stick. Glue to the pinwheel.
  7. Glue pinwheel to the card.

For her second Challenge project, Alex submitted this ATC:

challenge 2

  1. Cut polka dot paper and adhere to card base.
  2. Cut 1/2″ strip of stripe paper. Adhere on opposite corners.
  3. Make mini envelope from template.
  4. Cut message card 1 1/2″ square. Edge with ink. Punch hole, add a piece of floss and tie.
  5. Glue butterfly pin (Maya Road), adhere envelope.
  6. Add Prima flowers to lower left.
  7. Cut 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ coordinating paper for mat. Cut 1/4″ x 1″ white card stock. Stamp message.
  8. Attach message to mat and adhere to card.

For a favorite project, Alex submitted a Post-it book. She says she has sold 150 of them.  I personally have owned several of these and I love having one on my desk. Here’s a photo:

Post-it holder

Post-it holder

Here is what it looks like open:

Post-it holder opened

Post-it holder opened

For another project she shared a couple of cards.  This one she says she loves for the colors.  I agree.

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Simple and elegant.  Looking forward to see what Alex will be contributing to the Design Team.



So much fun…so exhausting…can’t wait to do it again!

It was an incredible two weeks and I thought I’d share all the tags with you.

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2012 tags 2

2012 tags 3

2012 tags 4

And here we are on the last day showing off the amazing tag designed by Trisha which actually included a wearable piece of jewelry.

2012 tags girls

Thanks to everyone who participated.  It was great!



What do you do with the handmade cards that you receive?

We all jokingly say that no one better ever throw away one of our cards that we so carefully make and then send off.  But after awhile, those heartfelt creations start to pile up.  Well, I have a system and I thought I’d share it with you.  And I’d love to hear your comments on what you do with yours.

I have two ribbon boards in my studio.  I put all the cards for one event on one of these boards.  For me, I mainly get cards for my birthday, at Christmas and then for Valentine’s Day.  So right now, one of my boards is filled with birthday cars:

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And then the other board holds my Christmas cards:

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To make room for the Christmas cards, I took down last year’s Valentine cards and tied them up with a ribbon:

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These I will save for a year.  After a year, I go through and choose one or two favorites which go in a wooden box.  Some may have a technique that I want to copy and they go in a special binder.  The rest get repurposed*, if they can be. Those that can’t be are thrown away making room for the new favorites. (It’s kind of like going through your closet and getting rid of the clothes that no longer fit, are worn out, out of style or you just don’t like the way they look.)  Now you have room for the new!

Let me know what you do with yours!


*repurposed: remove the card front and attach it to another card base making a new card which you can send to any number of organizations that collect cards – for families of the sick, for the military, etc.   At Creating Lasting Memories we have a monthly “Stamp Your Heart Out” class where we make cards for the military.  We often repurpose cards.


I stopped by Dotty’s home on Christmas Eve for a little cheer. To visit my friend, to be sure, and to see her home all decorated for the holidays.  She always does such a beautiful job.  She loves the victorian look and has acquired such a beautiful collection of simple and elegant decor items.  And then she tastefully arranges them.

What really caught my eye was the way she used rosettes. Small ones, big ones and everything in between.  They looked so great.  Check it out:

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She had them strung across the mantle.  They were made using 12×12 music note paper that we have at the store.  This paper comes with black notes on a cream background on one side and cream notes on black background on the reverse side.  She said, “I thought I could even turn them around for Halloween.”

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If you decide you want try these, be sure to keep in mind the formula for the circumference of a circle (pi r squared).  For example, if the radius is 2 inches, you will need more than 12 inches in length because 2×2=4 and 4 multiplied by 3.14 (pi)  is more than 12. So cut yourself two strips of 2×12 paper and glue then together.

And look at all the tags on the swag over the doorway:

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Of course, both tags and rosettes could be hung as tree decorations.

Great ideas don’t you think. And you have almost 12 months to get them made for next Christmas!

Happy creating~



I just finished talking an online course in writing taught by Allie Edwards called “Storyology.”  If you struggle with journaling on your scrapbook pages, if you think journaling is unnecessary, or if you just want some work on this form of creativeness, then I highly recommend this class. The cost is $14, and in my opinion well worth every cent.  It includes a 2 hour video, a handout, and 6 “prompts” (writing assignments). I found it inspiring, challenging and really informative.  Some of the ideas are really easy to do.  You can watch the video in segments.  You have unlimited access to the course so you can back and review as many times as you want for as long as you want.

Interested?  Follow this link to sign up.  http://aliedwards.com/shop/project-classes/storyology



I love discovering a new technique that uses supplies I already have. In this case, it is printed paper bags from my store and acrylic paint. Before I start, let me give credit to Karin Mason who showed me how to do this at the Coastal Crop Getaway.  It really makes some great punched embellishments. I especially like the weight of these text covered paper bags.  If you shop at Creating Lasting Memories, you probably have one or two of these.  If you don’t have one, stop by and we’ll give you one.

The first step is to prepare the paper bag. You want to cover the surface of the bag with clear slick sealant like Modge Podge.  I used Golden soft gel and it worked fine.  You could probably even use a white glue.  I like the look of the gloss best.  While it is still wet paint with two or three colors of acrylic paint in random spots.  It works best if you leave some areas unpainted so the text shows through. Really, just roughly paint here and there like this:

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Once dry, you can punch shapes, little or big, or both.  Make a large dye cut for a scrapbook page or small elements for a card, ATC or tag. Love these butterflies:

blog butterflies

Or how about leaves?

blog leaves

Aren’t these little envelopes cute?

blog envelopes

Happy creating!



Creating with Palette Ink

October 9, 2011

in Creating

Had a lot of fun using the Stamp and Stick Gluepad – part of the Palette Ink line.  Here is a great way to use your own art rubber stamps to create sticky images which can then be “colored” with gold leaf, mica powders, glitter or foil.  Plus it is a great way to cover chipboard. Press the chipboard onto the pad, then heat and it will be sticky and ready for whatever paper you want to cover it with.

I was in the mood for a “manly” tag for my class this week.  So I cut out Tim Holtz’s gears with my Vagabond, made them nice and sticky, and then added gold leaf.  I used the black Stamp and Stick Gluepad which added a nice distress look for those areas where the leafing didn’t stick. Here’s how it came out:

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Join me in class tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. and you can make this too!



Webster’s dictionary defines solvent as “a substance, usually a liquid, which dissolves another substance.” This can describe any liquid – including water. But in the ink world, the term is used to describe any ink that is not water-based. The solvent is really a carrier fluid to keep the ink in liquid form. Once the ink is applied , the solvent evaporates. This week we played with StazOn by Tsukneko, a solvent-based ink designed for decorating non-porous and semi-porous surfaces, such as metal, shrink plastic, acrylic, cellophane, aluminum foil, leather and some glass surfaces. It dries in about 3-5 minutes on non-porous surfaces. It comes in 31 colors. Cleanup is easy with StazOn All-Purpose Cleaner.  Other solvent inks that we sell at Creating Lasting Memories include Copic markers and Adirondack Alcohol Inks.

In class tomorrow we will make a card using the acetate-tissue paper technique, also called “Caught in Crystal.” You can read all about it here.

This is a picture of the card we will be making using one of Tim Holtz’s new Christmas cling sets.  I love this angel:


This card glitters and shines but all that glitz is captured under the acetate so there is no mess.  Wouldn’t these be lovely Christmas cards?  Here is a close-up of that shine:

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Join us for class tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. if you can. It’s gonna be fun!



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Brilliance Ink by Tsukineko fills a unique niche in the stamping ink marketplace.  Here is a pigment ink with that rich thick intense color that actually  dries on slick surfaces like vellum, glossy card stock, metal and plastic.  The label says “quick drying pigment ink”.  On card stock it does dry quickly.  On vellum it takes 5-10 minutes to dry.  And on other surfaces, you need to let it dry overnight or briefly hit it with your heat gun.  It is the only metallic ink on the market that will dry on all these different surfaces.  I love to use it on dark papers. Try their “moonlight white” or “starlight silver” for snowflakes or stars like on this card.