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12 Tags of Christmas

September 2, 2014

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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.


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:

april blog tb 1

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

april blog tb 2

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:

april blog tb 3

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:

april blog tb 4

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:

april blog z

april blog zz

Thanks for looking!



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:

July blog 1

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:


1 Wipe out (word side)

1 Heatwave (Bicycle Side)

1 Stripe

And from Bo- Bunny Coordinating papers:

2 Paprika Dot using plain side


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)

July blog 2

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


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!



Ruth Moody is a long time volunteer at Creating Lasting Memories. In addition to working at the store on Wednesdays, she taught a beginning scrapbook class called Scrappin’ Wednesday for years.  These days you will find her at her “real” job as office manager at KURY radio. And she still runs the Friday night crop at Creating Lasting Memories.

Ruth began scrapbooking years ago when her first grandchild died of SIDS. It was a way to document and honor his life and share what he had meant to her. She has three other grandchildren that often are the subject of her layouts, in addition to her grown daughter and son and their spouses.  Like Jacki, she loves cats and you will see one of them in the layout below.

Ruth loves simple pages that focus on the photos and the journaling. She has a great sense of design and color.

Here is her layout that she designed for the challenge using the Prima Hello Pastel designer papers and embellishments:


To make this layout Ruth used one sheet of Bazzill Butter Cream, and one sheet each of the Hello Pastel Cupcake, Powdered Petals and Sugar Cube papers.

Mat photos and attach as shown.

Punch 3 photos into 3″ circles and attach to 4″ doilies.  Here’s a close-up of a doily (and one adorable cat!):

challenge close up

For embellishments, she added the spray of flowers as shown and some brads to her journaling block.

She also cut 4 small strips and made banner tabs, each with a brad. She attached two to the top left and two to the bottom right.

Finally, she added a bit of ribbon to the flower spray.  The flowers and brads are from the Prima Hello Pastel collection. She edged her mats with Versamagic Aspen Mist chalk ink.  Beautiful job Ruth.

For a favorite layout, she submitted this one:

project fav

Isn’t that a great layout for Father’s Day?

I appreciate all Ruth does to support Creating Lasting Memories.  Keep watching for more of her wonderful layouts.



Jill and her husband and two teenage sons just recently moved to Brookings.  She started coming to our Thursday Make ‘n Takes and I could see right away that she was a talented card maker. She has a lot of experience with Stampin’ Up and especially loves kinetic cards – that is, cards that move when opened.

Here is one of two cards she submitted for the challenge using the Prima Hello Pastel:

jill challenge outside 1

She didn’t ignore the inside, but included a nice piece of the patterned paper there, too.

jill challenge inside 1

Here are her instructions for making this card.

  1. Cut 6 strips of various lengths and widths of the Hello Pastel decorative papers.
  2. Clip the ends into triangular shapes, making them into banners.
  3. Curl up the ends and attach to card stock base.
  4. For decoration, tie an organza ribbon into a bow, attach a button with a piece of white string.  She used a couple of glue dots to attach to the top of the strips.
  5. Then cut a piece of decorative paper slightly smaller than the size of the card for the inside.

With her second challenge card, you’ll see her love of unique openings:

jill challenge 2

It opens to look like this:

jill challenge 2 inside 1

Then you open again to reveal this:

jill challenge 2 inside 2

To make this card, follow these instructions:

  1. Start with a 4 x 12″ piece of card stock.
  2. Score at 4″ and 8″.  Rotate paper and score diagonally on the two outside 4″ squares from the bottom left to the top right corner. Make sure the two diagonals are going in the same direction.
  3. Fold the left side into the middle then fold down the triangle. Repeat on the right side except fold the triangle up (see photo).
  4. Cut two 3 1/2″ squares of decorative paper. Cut one on the diagonal for the two triangular flaps.  Use the second for the inside. She sponged this one with brown ink.
  5. Using Spellbinders Label One, cut 2 pieces of solid card stock with the #3 die using your Big Shot, Cuttlebug or Vagabond. Sponge both pieces with brown ink.
  6. Cut three pieces using the #4 die using decorative paper. Stamp a saying on one of them for the first opening.
  7. When she attached the bigger labels to the card, she made sure they lined up witb each other and then she knew where to put dimensional adhesive to keep them attached on the outside label.
  8. Run 24″ of ribbon underneath the outside label before attaching. This makes a nice big bow.
  9. Decorate the outside with the Hello Pastel flowers and leaves. She also added a flower and leaf to the inside. A few pearls is a nice addition.

For her extra “favorite” projects, she submitted these two cards:

Easel card

Easel card

Easel card opened

Easel card opened

window card

window card

Window card opened

Window card opened

Window card opened - back side

Window card opened - back side

I love the net on the back side of that fish! Can’t wait to see what Jill will be coming up with for the design Team.  So glad you moved to our beautiful coastal town, Jill.  By the way, Jill just started working at Fred Meyer as a checker.  Look for her smiling face the next time you check out!


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Welcome to the 2013-2014 Design Team.

Katrina Parke is one of the younger members of the Design Team.  She is active in the Pelican Bay Art Association here in Brookings, creating their monthly newsletter. A multi-media artist, Katrina is best known at Creating Lasting Memories for her wonderfully creative ATCs (Artist Trading Cards).  For her primary area of interest, she said she would like to do cards and ATCs – she just can’t choose one or the other.

Here are a couple of ATCs she submitted for the challenge, using the Hello Pastel collection from Prima Marketing:

katrina 1

Spring had Sprung

katrina 2

Life by the Sea

I love this ATC.  So be beachy.  Here’s her description of how she made it:

  1. Photo copy your image on to watercolor paper in black and white. Lighter is better.
  2. Color you photo copied image with alcohol based markers.
  3. Once it is dry, highlight your image with the Gelly Roll pens. As you do this, use the water brush to spread the Gelly Roll ink around like watercolor paint. Use the paper towels to dab your brush clean between colors and to soak up excess water.
  4. Set image aside to dry.
  5. Take the Prima paper, blue and white side up, and wrap hour ribbon diagonally across the front. Glue the ends down on the back.
  6. Trim any excess ribbon overhanging the edges.
  7. Take your canvas diamond and distress the edges by running your fingernail or the blade of your scissors over the edge to make them fray. Then lightly run one of your markers over the frayed edges.
  8. Glue the diamond to the center of the card.
  9. Adhere a button to the center of the card.
  10. Adhere a button in each of the corners opposite that of your ribbon.
  11. Cut out your image you colored.
  12. Glue the image to the center of the diamond.
  13. Embellish with sea glass and remaining buttons.
  14. Adhere white cardstock to the back of your card.

Now, here are two of the cards she submitted using the Hello Pastel designer papers:

Thanks a Bunch

Thanks a Bunch

On the Road

On the Road

I love this card, too. Here are her instructions if you’d like to make it. Once again, it uses a photo copied image.  Katrina does this a lot.  I’ll try and get her to tell me her internet source for some of these images!

  1. Photo copy image.
  2. Decorate photo copy with Gelly Roll pens and set aside to dry.
  3. Fold yellow card stock on half.
  4. Take a 4 x 5 1/4″ Prima paper and punch one of the longer sides with an edge punch. The grey side will be up on your card.
  5. Adhere it to the center of the face of your card with the punch side on the outside edge.
  6. Take the “Sugar Cube” Prima paper and select a square of roses. Cut it out.
  7. Spray your selected square of roses with Dylusions ink spray. Blot with paper towel.
  8. Once dry, glue if off center on the face of your card.
  9. Cut out the photo copied image you decorated earlier.
  10. Adhere it to the center of your card face.
  11. Take the original image and cut out the focal point.
  12. Layer it on top of the photo copy with pop dots.
  13. Cut the heads off of your Prima flowers.
  14. Arrange them around your image, gluing them down with Beacon 3-in-1.

Katrina said that she wanted to be on the Design Team because she thinks outside the box and would guarantee us that we would get something that is different every month.  I know this will be the case with Katrina and really look forward to what she will be contributing to the team.


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Welcome to the 2013-2014 Design Team.

To many of you, Jacki should be no stranger.  She has been a teacher at Creating Lasting Memories since 2009 with her popular The Creative Page class which meets on Saturday mornings at 10:30 am.  She also volunteers at the store on Thursday afternoons.  Needless to say, she is very well informed on the latest products and loves to showcase them on her pages.

For her two personal entrees, Jacki sent in one of her Christmas layouts:

jacki 1

As those of us her know her well, here is a die cut of a house and a deer, which often surround her home here in Brookings.  She is a big fan of her deer pets.  I love the images she put behind the windows of her house, straight from a Tim Holtz seasonal papers line.

Her second “personal favorite” entry is this one with the giant rosette.  Again, for those who know her well, we are not surprised to see the rosette.  Jscki loves these bulky but fabulous embellishments! For those of you who don’t know Jacki, she loves cats and calls no less than 7 of them her pets.  I was honored to meet them.  Believe me, you have never seen a cleaner home.  I left wanting one of my own.  So cute!

jacki 2

For her Design Team Challenge, using the Prima Hello Pastel collection, here is Jacki’s fantastic layout:

jacki 3

To recreate this layout, here are her instructions for this layout:

  1. For my project is used the provided papers plus a scrap of SEI paper I had in my stash.
  2. I used my Sizzix Big Shot and a Sizzix Big Shot scallop die fot the strips.
  3. The cardstock and the pattern paper shpaes were cut out on the Cricut.
  4. For the butterflies, I used Ranger foil and Ranger alcohol inks in several different combinations until I found two pieces I liked.   After inking the foil I used the Tim Holtz Movers and Shakers butterfly dies to cut them out.
  5. I added the flower accents that were included in the kit and took them apart for more interest.
  6. And of course, everything was either distressed or inked  before assembling to the page.

I feel blessed to have Jacki on the Design Team.  You will too, I am sure.


We had another fun day at the store on Saturday, April, 13, flinging into spring.  Wanted to share some pictures and the cards we made.

Doesn’t this just LOOK like spring?

spring flings

Here’s the first card I made.  This one was taught by Chris Liles and uses the new Spellbinder Fancy Lattice die :

chris card

And here is a picture of our birthday girl (Chris’ birthday was the next day) with her sister:

chris and cathy

The next card I made was taught by Cathy Verzi.  It uses a stamp by Inky Antics that we colored with Copic markers and adorned with Candi brads:

cathy card

And here’s a picture of Cathy with Areta:

cathy and areta

Then there was the card that Loye designed. It uses a new die by Hero Arts with outline sticker bling:

loye card

Carole taught for the first time and here is her card with a unique fold and lots of layering:

carole card

And here is a smiling Loye and Carole holding each other’s card:

carole and loye

Candice taught us all how to make a Master Board.  This was a super fun technique.  I definitely want to make more of these. And here is the card we made using our “board”:

candice card

Sonja had a unique fold card too, with another stamp from Inky Antics:

sonja card

And here is a picture of Candice and Sonja showing off a couple of cards they made:

candice and sonja

The seventh card we made was a tag designed by Trisha Easley which used the new Tim Holtz Distress Paints for the background.  This was very popular and Trisha showed us how to get a  fabulous look with ease:

trisha tag

Some more smiling faces:

bev and sis

brittany and ruth

group 1

group 2

Thanks for a great day everyone!  See you in October for World Card Making Day!


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What a good day.

Good food, good cards, good teachers, good friends.

We made 7 cards by 7 different teachers. Here’s the one designed and taught by Chris Liles.  It features Memory Box dies. These ornament dies also come in a much larger size, perfect for scrapbook pages.


This next card was designed and taught by Allene Fewell.  The stamp is by Technique Tuesday; they have a great blog.  Check it out here.  We colored using copic markers.


The third card was designed and taught by Shari Townley. I love using Shimmer Sheetz by Elizabeth Craft Designs. They come in lots of colors.  This is the bronze and we embossed it (Tim Holtz Shattered Glass folder) then applied Krylon gold using a foam pad to the raised edges. The symbolism of the light piercing the darkness is so perfect for Christmas.


Our fourth card was designed and taught by Cathy Verzi.  The paper and stamp was Impression Obsession.  The ornament die is by Spellbinders.


This next card was designed and taught by Sharon Bessinger.  I love her paper-piecing techniques.  She is really talented and this card also featured a unique “diamond” fold.  To speed things up (sometimes it is hard to fit all the steps into the alloted 40 minute time slot) she scored and folded the cards for us but she gave us a pattern so we can make them ourselves later. And, with help from her supportive family, she cut out all the MANY pieces ahead of time! There is a tag at the top (sorry, the photo cut it off) that says, “So grateful for you.” Sharon is moving to Oklahoma and I just want to say that I am so grateful for her.  You will be missed, Sharon.


This next card was designed and taught by Sonja Woodward.  It is called a “never-ending” card.  I remember making these way back when and I hadn’t made one in a long time.  So much fun.  It has four “pages.”  And once again, Sonja did a lot of the work, cutting, scoring and writing instructions so we could finish in 40 minutes (well, almost). And we got a pattern from her to so we make them ourselves. I loved making one of these again.


And finally, last but not least, our 7th card designed and taught by Loye Rich.  Simple but elegant poinsettia stamp by Penny Black in their classic watercolor style. Usually we use brush markers to color these (right on the stamp) but this time Loye had us use a stipple brush and Brilliance ink.  The colors and the shimmer are quite lovely especially in person. And the card was finished up nicely with the gold outline stickers (also from Elizabeth Craft Designs).


Now isn’t that a great collection of Christmas cards by a group of talented teachers? All of these cards are on display at Creating Lasting Memories and if you want to make any of them yourself, just stop by the store and we’ll show you the supplies you will need. Plus, we have lots of other Christmas stamps and paper for all your holiday projects.  Hope to see you soon.


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Last week we talked about a unique product called Brilliance Ink which is a fast drying pigment ink.  This week it is Distress Ink which is a slow drying dye ink.  Personally, I would call them both hybrid inks.  They put something in them that makes them different from the normal pigment/dye ink pad  but the formula is “secret.” I think I prefer Palette that just flat out says hybrid ink. But that is next week’s story.

Distress Inks are a slow drying water-based ink designed by Tim Holtz.  They have several unique qualities.  First, they react to water.   Tim says they “travel.”  To observe this phenomenon, simply spritz the ink and watch what it does!  Secondly, they are blendable.  Since they stay wet for a while, using Tim’s ink applicator and a circular motion, it is quite possible to blend colors for a lovely mix. Third, since they are wet, they can even be embossed.

There is so much you can do with these wonderful inks.  I love every one of the 36 colors.  And Tim has also made a “stain” of the colors.  Here is a sample of something I plan to try soon – picket fence stain and then colored with a distress ink.  Click on this link and see what I’m excited about!

picket fence / stain