Tuesday, January 31, 2012


I forgot to post the April, May, June tags yesterday....so sorry! Here they are.

Here are some photo's of the mini inside of the trunk as well...

I filmed 7 videos yesterday but can't get them off my Flip camera! Will try to redo them on my phone today!

Last night I had dinner with the Graphic 45 Design team and the incredible people from Graphic 45. I am TOTALLY in love with Diane Schultz (amazing designer and owner of G45) She is an amazing, beautiful, and extremely gracious lady with the most amazing heart!! I am even more honored to be associated with this incredible company!!


Monday, January 30, 2012

CHA Day 2

What a great day yesterday was. My feet were killing me by the end of the day, but it was worth it! After the show, we had some of the local followers come to our room for pizza. We had laughs and GIGGLES and a TON of fun!

As promised, here are the photo's of my Graphic 45 projects as well as the monthyly tags from the Wardrobe Trunk for Tim Holtz Ideaology.

Butterfly Garden from The Old Curiosity Shop:

A cradle from Little Darlings and Metal Staples:

Here are the tags:

Today I have a couple of appointments and I am demo'ing in Graphic 45 booth and then dinner with the Graphic 45 design team. I will film some video's for YouTube to upload.


Sunday, January 29, 2012


We are having technical difficulties getting Ustream to work at our hotel....so we won't be able to broadcast tonight. We will explore other options and keep you posted regarding doing a show on one of the other days. Boo hoo!!! I really wanted to share our excitement about some of the cool things we have seen. We will keep trying, guys!

Thank you all for your super nice comments. Later tonight I have permission to post my Graphic 45 projects and tomorrow I will be doing some Youtube videos.


CHA Day 1!

Here you go guys!

Here are the CHA projects that I did for Tim Holtz Ideaology booth. The first is a wardrobe trunk is created from configuration boxes and has two compartments. In the larger compartment, tags hang like party dresses. There are 12 tags, one for each month. The monthly tags hang individually on the opposite wall each month. Bingo numbers attach magnetically to the pocket watch for the day of the month, creating a perpetual calendar.

The second project is a box or field camera. This camera type was popular in the late 1800's. This version is also created from Configuration boxes. Photo's slip into pockets hidden in the folds of the bellows. In the back is a box file with space for more photo's.

I will post the monthly tags on the blog tomorrow. I am also checking on whether or not I can show you the Graphic 45 projects here on my blog or wait until they show them on their blog.

Both of these projects will be offered as video tutorials after the products used become available.

Thanks for checking these out!


Saturday, January 28, 2012

California here I come!

Projects done, everything packed and ready to go! Leaving for the airport in about an hour. I am so tired that I think I will do something I rarely do on an airplane....sleep! Looking for ward to thefun and excitement of CHA but also a bit of a break form mom duties. By Monday I will be missing my husband and kids a ton, but.....

Keep checking in here for news and info!

I will have my laptop and all my pattern info with me if you have problems with patterns, I can fix most of them from there.


Thursday, January 26, 2012

A BIG shout out.....

I have a BIG shout out to give to one of my AWESOME followers - Melissa Merrit (aka missa424 on Ustream).

Melissa has made a listing of ALL of my Ustream shows with show titles, archive page numbers, and whether or not there is a pattern available for that show! WOWZA! This was a TON of work and I give huge hugs and mucho Thank You"s on behalf of myself and all of the Ustreamer's.

I can truly say that we have the most GENEROUS and giving people on the internet in our amazing little community. I quite literally burst into tears when she sent this to me....I know how much work this was to put together. She has posted it over on my Ning site and will keep it updated. Please send your Thank You's to Melissa.

The countdown is on for leaving for CHA. I am finishing up the last bits and pieces of samples that I am carrying down with me. Whew! It has been a crazy week weather-wise and otherwise around here. Looking forward to getting some sleep while in Anaheim (yea, right!).

I will be posting my projects here on Sunday. I am allowed to show them as soon as the actual show starts so I will schedule the blog posting for Sunday morning. We will also be doing a Ustream show Sunday evening from Anaheim....keep an eye out here and on my Facebook and Twitter for details!

Class is ON for Ustream on Friday night (7pm Pacific).....see you then!


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

What a Week!

Wow! It has been a wild and crazy week. The Pacific Northwest has been hit by a series of severe storms. We have had it all! Snow, freezing rain, ice, hail, huge wind and power outages. We were fortunate to have lost power for only 2 days....some in the area have been out for over 6 days! We have power crews here from around the country. We have had very mild winters for a few years....I guess it all caught up to us in just one week!

The timing, for me, could not have been worse. Trying to keep up with my CHA obligations as well as my Ustream classes while having my kids home for 10 days straight and the loss of power has been a big challenge. As a result, my schedule is having to flex a bit. I am having to cancel my Ustream class for today, Wednesday (as my regulars know, I RARELY cancel my classes) but I will have class on Friday night. We will begin a Valentines project then. I am sliding the Gatefold Envelope Stack the Deck (and the pattern for it) until after CHA. I am sorry to have to delay this, but in order to give the pattern and class the attention it deserves, I have to flex the schedule. Thank you all for understanding! I will miss you all today!

Have a great week and I will see you at the regular time (7pm Pacific) on Friday!


Thursday, January 19, 2012

Slip and Slide!!

The beautiful snow ended yesterday and in true Pacific Northwest fashion, the rain began....FREEZING rain. Western Washington now resembles a popsicle! We are coated in layer of ice EVERYWHERE. Schools are closed, roads are beyond awful, and power is out all over from falling trees. Fortunately we have underground utilities, so outr power is still on.....I am keeping my fingers crossed!

Ustream was uncooperative near the end of yesterday's show. I tried for half and hour to get back in after being knocked out. I was getting messages I had never seen before, so I suspect that it had to do with the internet protest activity that was going on yesterday. We will start on friday where we left off.

As I noted during the show, I am moving the start of the Gatefold Envelope Stack the Deck to next Wednesday's regular show. With my kids (and husband) home for nearly a week due to the holiday and the weather, I am behind on getting the Stack the Deck 2 pattern done and up on the website. That, combined with my CHA samples deadlines, will delay the release of the pattern until early next week. Thank you for your patience. All kits ordered prior to yesterday have been shipped. Orders from yesterday will go out as soon as the roads are safe.

I am SOOO excited to show you what I have been working on for Graphic 45 and Tim Holtz for CHA!! I think they are some of my best work ever and hope you thin so too. I will start posting them each day starting on Sunday, Jan 29th while I am in LA for CHA. I will also be tweeting and posting on Facebook and Youtube while there. The excitement is building!! ( I am trying to keep the panic about getting done from taking hold!!)

I'm off to get back to work. Have an awesome day!!


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Snow Day!

We are being hammered by an unusual snow storm with a BIG storm due to hit on Wednesday. We don't usually have much snow here in the Pacific Northwest coastal areas, so it causes all sorts of problems when the flakes fly. Schools are closed and the roads are awful. I did manage to get out to the post office and ship out kits and prizes from New Years. Phew!

I am running a couple of days behind on the Stack the Deck 2 pattern and I am hoping to have it up by sometime Wednesday, if possible. Kids home really throws off my schedule!

Ustream class will be as scheduled tomorrow at Noon Pacific time.


Friday, January 13, 2012

Tiny Fold Over Bag Mini...

Here's the Tiny Fold Over Bag Mini that I started on Wednesday's class. It is soooo cute and just a tiny thing!


Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Fold Over Paper Bag Mini.....

....on Ustream today and on Friday. Today we will make the base book and the cover. On Friday we will embellish and FINISH the book. Class is at Noon Pacific Time today.

Here is what you will need for this EASY mini:

6 Paper Bags (lunch sack style)
Card stock for binding strips, tags, and accent mattes
Patterned paper, single or double sided, 12 x 12 or 6 x 6
Chipboard for cover and spine
Embellishments to enhance your theme

See you soon!


Thursday, January 5, 2012

SQUEAL!! It's here!!!

The box from Tim has arrived!! **SQUEAL**!!!

I am honored to once again design for the Tim Holtz Ideology booth at CHA-W in Anaheim in a couple of weeks. The new product arrived yesterday! I can't tell you what is in the box...you CAN"T make me talk! LOL! My standard answer for those who ask about the new stuff is "You won't be disappointed!" and it's REALLY true....


I am working as fast as I can to clear the decks and get samples and patterns done for the next few Ustream classes so that I can dive into this box! It is sitting there calling my name and have to keep telling it to wait.....

For tomorrow's Ustream class, The Distress Ink Organizer, I have decided NOT to do a pattern and give out all the dimensions on the show instead. I may decide to write it up in the future as part of the Let's Get Organized series. Here is the supply list for class tomorrow.

- Ideology Configuration Box(es): 8.75" x 10.5" (holds 18 Distress ink) or 6.75" x 8.75" (holds 12 Distress inks)
- (4) 12 x 12 or (8) 8 1/2 x 11 medium weight chipboard
- A pad of Coredinations Distress Card stock or simular
- Ideology Tissue Tape
- Ideaology Tissue wrap
- Ranger Glue and Seal
- Kraft Glassine sheets and/or patterned paper
- 2+ pkgs of Ideology Ruler Ribbon (optional for straps to take it with you)
- (2) 3/4" buckles and eyelets (optional for straps to take it with you)

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Ink Pad Organizer

Here is the first project in the Let's Get Organized Series: an Ink Pad Organizer! I will be making this during my Ustream class on Friday. They are made from Ideaology Configurations boxes and Coredination Distress Ink Card Stock.

Each box can hold up to 18 colors. Use two boxes to hold all 36. They can sit on your desk or insert chipbard panels, add the removable strap,s and you can take your inks with you to class or on retreat or store them away in a tidy package. During class I will make a small version (same exact construction) to make one that holds 12 ink pads....perfect for the seasonal inks!

Stay tuned..... the supply list and pattern will be coming soon!


Sunday, January 1, 2012

Hello to 2012!

Happy New Year!!!

May the coming year bring health, happiness, and prosperity to you and your family!!

Thank you sooooooo much for making the New Years Scrap Bash such a HUGE success last night!! Thank you to the man himself, Tim Holtz for stopping in! Thank you to Stampendous for coming as well!

Looking forward to sharing the coming year with all of you!! Lot's of FUN stuff coming up.....