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4th of July Mixed Media Canvas (Design Team Scrap-Art-Zine)

For the Scrap-Art-Zine Design Team I was asked to create something for their blog for Wednesday Inspirations. My date happened to be on the 4th of July. :) Since I've never had any decoration where the holiday is concerned as I've lived in Germany basically my entire life, I thought I would create something to decorate my home. And since I'm dabbling a bit in mixed media (by no means expert), I thought I would make...yes....yet "another" canvas. LOL 

I had a LOT of fun with this one, using my cricut and free clipart to depict a few symbolisms of Independence Day. For instance, the .svg file for the Statue of Liberty I found here and the bell and flag I found under free clipart on the internet and printed on cardstock. The stars I cut from Prima patterned paper with my cricut expression using the basic cartridge that came with the machine. First I painted the top part light blue and the bottom sea blue with acrylic paint. After I cut out the Statue of Liberty, I inked all the edges and assembled and adhered her onto the canvas. The chipboard clouds were painted white, inked and a thin layer of modge podge was put on top to give them some shine. On the flag I also put rock candy distress stickles and on the bell I used rock candy crackle paint (both Ranger). The metal accents are from Tim Holtz's Ideology metal collection and I found some old Making Memories threads to adhere the star with. Slapped on a few letter stickers and doodled here and there. The 4th of July may be over, but it will definitely be sitting on my sideboard for awhile. ;-)



For more close-ups, please visit the Scrap-Art-Zine Blog here - and check out all of the other inspirational creations from the Design Team.

Have a super weekend! (Yes... I do realize it's not Friday yet. ) LOL



Butterly & Moth Mixed Media Canvas

I supposed I'm starting to get hooked on canvases for some reason! LOL - Gabrielle Pollacco inspired me with her recent work. I decided to make this one, possibly for my daughter... if she likes it. ;-) Used Making Memories Acrylic paint.. yep, it was a little thick being so old and all, but I was able to thin it with some water. Papers are from Marioposa collection (Die Cuts with a view), Prima shabby chic bird cage, Holtz metal corner, Prima flower & pebbles. Modge Podge and Glossy Accents holds it all together...





Make yourself a canvas today.... so easy and so much fun!!

Have a great week!





Altered Matchbox - Scrapbooking Stuttgart Design Team

This is SO way overdue!! What should have been taken care of in May has now scooched into June. I was on vacation in Vienna and after that I was in Finland on business, so please forgive my long gaps in posting!

Mother's Day was a while back, but I still wanted to show you what I made from the kit I was sent from Yvonne @ Scrapbooking Stuttgart. Making cards over and over gets a bit boring after a while, so this matchbox idea came in handy for me. 


"I adore you MOM" - Mom loved this idea and she now keeps it in her car/purse to place her kleenex, so it is always with her. Bless her heart....I was very moved. <3


Supplies used...






A to Z Book of Me (Part I)

So... HI! FINALLY, I can post some of my A to Z book (inspired by the beautiful and talented Teresa Collins). For this book, I used papers from Echo Park for the Scrapbooking Stuttgart Design Team, just gorgeous! They're double sided and have awesome patterns and colors.

This project inspired me to take a little look at who I am and what I like ...or not. It's nice to remember yourself and what is important to you for a change.

This Part I includes the letters A - E...hope you like it.

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A-Zbook5  A-Zbook6

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A-Zbook9  A-Zbook10

A-Zbook11  A-Zbook12

A-Zbook13  A-Zbook14



I also recently made a few cards I wanted to share with you:

One is an ink embossed thank you card and the second was a birthday card for my very special nephew Patrick (Patti). <3 him.

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Hope you are inspired a bit. Please stay tuned for more of A to Z Book of Me! ;-)

 Cya soon!


Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of Christmas, Tag No. 1

I thought I would give this a try...although I did have to improve since I do not have the die cuts etc. I think it turned out pretty nice! :) (it only took hoooouuurrrrsss!) I used glitter glue instead of regular glitter, a different embossing die, my own pine cone creation LOL, and had to majorly improvise on the greenery. 



Can't wait to do more of them! See ya soon!


Altered Projects & Cards

Goodness! I just looked to see when I last blogged and it was SEPTEMBER!!! I'm SO bad! Sorry guys, don't know what happened there. I guess I got so wrapped up in my custom orders that I've neglected my blog. Never to fear, I'm not gone, no way. ;-)

Aside from my custom orders, I did a few other things along the way.... 


A birthday card from my nephew.....


Some altered letters for


A marathon congrats card for my hubby....


A 60th birthday card....


A sympathy card...


custom order of Slovenian Christmas cards


A so sorry card for friend who's birthday I totally forgot (shame on me)..


Last, but not least.... a Halloween Card.... :)

I would have more to show you if I was authorized by some of my customers, but they prefer not to have me display their customs orders....such a shame... ;-)


If you are needing me to design any Christmas cards or gifts for anyone, place our order now, because Christmas is not too far away! 



August Kit from Scrapbooking Stuttgart - Altered Cardboard Crown

I just fell in love with the new August Kit from Scrapbooking Stuttgart, as I've always wanted to do something like this for Jenna, either in the form of a mini-album or as decoration for her room. So, this was perfect for me and I could hardly wait to do something with it. I had to work with it right away!

Jenna is a real "girly girl", so the paper that came with it was perfect for her room and she was excited when I showed it to her. Danny thought it was super cute too.  LOL Something like this belongs in every little girl's room!




Supplies from the kit (buy it for 12€ in the shop at Scrapbooking Stuttgart) :

  • Rayher Papermachè crown
  • Bazzill Kraft Cardstock 12x12"
  • DCWV Mariposa Paperpack
  • Metal trinkets
  • E line paper flowers
  • Gem brad
  • Gems
  • Crochet lace
  • Ribbons, red & cream (not used in this example)

Other supplies:

  • white acrylic paint
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink Vintage
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Modgepodge
  • Martha Stewart butterfly punch
  • 1-1/2" Paper Shapers circle punch
  • Packaging string (from the Juli Kit)

Then I also made this card from leftovers from the kit: 



I hope I was able to give you a bit of inspiration...

Have a wonderful start into the new week and to all the schwabian folk, have a good summer vacation time!



Design Team Work - Scrapbooking Stuttgart

As Design Team member at Scrapbooking Stuttgart, I was recently sent some products to use for whatever I wanted. Once I got started, there was no stopping me! LOL With just two sheets of double-sided patterned cardstock, twine, 3 kraft gift bags, brads and metal embellies, (and a few items from my stash) this is what I came up with. 











Supplies from Scrapbooking Stuttgart:

  • Cosmo Cricket Crafting Kit "Social Club" - Swingin' & Borders Papers
  • Knorr Prandell Gift bags
  • Brads from Rayher
  • Divine Twine by whisker graphics
  • Metal guitar & musical note


Supplies from my stash:

  • Prima flower
  • Tim Holtz Vintage, Shabby Shutters, Barn Door Distress ink
  • Ranger crackle paint clear
  • Making Memories buttons
  • Fiskars border punch
  • DCWV cards (brown & black)
  • Hero Arts sparkle clear sentiment stamps
  • Other cards (white and pink)
  • Martha Stewart butterfly punch
  • Kars sticky pearls
  • Cuttlebug heart die cut
  • White Signo marker
  • Wooden butterfly

Please note that most, if not all of these supplies can be ordered at

Of handmade flowers, Mother's Day cards & altered frames

It's been awhile and I apologize profusely! It's been a busy busy life.... still is for that matter! We've had Easter and I've had an big event at work we've been planning for (in Zurich). Now that it's over, I can breath....even if just for a little while. ;-)

I know Mother's Day is long over, but in my last post I had been making flowers like a crazy person and just wanted to show you a few examples of how you can put your handmade flowers to use. It's nothing new or extraordinarily exciting, but these are my examples and perhaps it will spark something in you.


This year's Mother's Day had my mom in tears, which was exactly what I was aiming for....tears of joy that is.



I've been making decorative frames for all seasons....Christmas, Valentine's Day, Easter, Fall, but I didn't have one for Spring. So, my handmade flowers fit perfectly for what I wanted to make. I drew stems with leaves in pencil on cardstock, then pierced holes along the design and back stitched some green thread on to it. I adhered the flowered, stamped a flourish on opposite corners and was done. Yes, it's simple, but romantic and I like it. Just another decorating idea for ya.

Question for you:  Would you purchase something like this if were for sale?

Stay tuned for more uses of handmade flowers....Until then, have a superb weekend!



Paper flowers and a tissue box ;-)

Don't ask me why I decided to look up videos on youtube about how to make paper flowers, but for some reason I did and I obviously had a lot of fun! :-) Then I decided my tissue box was too pretty to throw out, so I decided to make a flower box to hold my hand-made flowers. Now, it could use a few more details around the edges, but this was a quicky. I just cut along the top of the box on one long end and the two short ends, covered the opening with a large journaling tag I cut with my cricut, then added a brad on the top and long side of the box to tie a string for closure. Like I said....very quick. 




I made this flower this morning, so easy. You just need 3 of each large, medium and small sized either punched or cut out flowers, whether they be 5 or 6 petal does not matter in the least. Ink them if you like, spray all with water, scrunch or wad them up real tight, then flatten each one out. Take some glossy accents or other quick drying adhesive and begin adhering them on top of each other beginning with the largest and ending up with the smallest flowers on top. Be sure to vary the position of the petals when you stack the flowers on top of each other for more fullness and dimension. What I did below is I put a brad through the middle. Sprayed it with some Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist (Blue Denim), dried it with the embossing gun, then used some Ranger Distress Stickles "Rock Candy" to give it some more glitter, dried it again and it was done. It took about 10 minutes or so. Like I said, real easy and saves you money!! :-) You can use them on cards or layouts, to decorate gifts with or hot glue on to a simple head band to spruce it up. 



Hope you enjoyed these short little tutorials. Have a great rest of your weekend!



Intermediate Scrapbooking Class - Man in da House!

Yo, Yo, Yo....we had a man in da house at Scrapbooking Stuttgart for my last intermediate Scrapbooking Class on 27 February 2011. Something different for a change! Here the students learned a little bit more about color, design and accents and busily worked away on their projects. Our man in the class had quite the creative ideas on his layouts! No wonder, since his wife is the ever talented Susi from the Design Team at Scrapbooking Stuttgart! ;-)


For more impressions of the class, please click here.

Please join us for my next class at Scrapbooking Stuttgart on 27 March 2011 where we'll be making a fabulous Configurations shadow box from Tim Holtz, similar to these below! 


For more information, please visit or click here.

Valentine's Gift - Altered Altoid Tin

I was browsing through CK Magazine last month and came across this cute idea of altering an altoid tin and putting neat coupons inside for my honey for Valentine's Day. The coupon template can be downloaded from the CK Magazine website under free downloads. The altoid tin was ordered via ebay and was fairly cheap. Needless to say he loved it! :)

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Supplies: Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Ink Red Pepper, Cosmo Cricket Yuletide PP, Corner Rounder WeRMemory Keepers, CK Mag free download (coupons), PSE 6.0 Elements, Prima clear stamp, Holtz Distress Ink Fired Brick, Ranger Glossy Accents, Holtz Crackle Paint Fired Brick, Holtz Grungeboard heart accent, Holtz Tissue Tape Nostalgic, other love metal accent, white cardstock colorcore

Happy Valentine's Day everybody!! <3


A trip home to Kindsbach and some scrapbooking stuff

I have been wanting to blog for what seems like ages. All I've been able to do is post classes and send newsletters. Although I'm feeling like a chewed up rag, a little case of the flu, I neeeeeed to do this!

During the Halloween weekend I decided to take a spontaneous trip to see my parents with the kids. Since they have both been very sick this year, Dad with his 4th heart attack and quintuple bypass and Mom with a dangerous intestinal problem, followed by 2 operations, I thought it might be good for them to get to see their grandchildren and daughter. ;-) We were pretty lucky with the weather. It was cool, but sunny on Saturday (which is when the Air Base decided to do Halloween) and I took quite a few photos:

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Danny makes such a cute Luke Skywalker and Jenna was adorable in her witch costume. Unfortunately, it was a little cool, so they had to cover them up. Most of the time I was the keeper of the laser sword. ;-)



This is Kindsbach Lake in the town in which my parents have lived since about 1977/78. I do believe this must be one of the best outdoor photos I've taken, but that is mostly due to the beautiful weather and gorgeous bright autumn colors. ;-) We had a short, but nice walk around the lake with Oma Lotte (Grandma), the grandkids and I. ;-)

Then, I wanted to get photos of them together...and this is what came out of that ;-)

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Danny and Jenna can make some pretty goofy faces....I'll givem' that. Guess they didn't feel like getting their photo taken today. ;-)

Then I caught them from behind.... ha!


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I love the color of the leaves in the forest and I wanted to catch a glimpse of my mom walking on this path.

The photo on the right warms my heart. Danny collected several leaves or rather ferns...and then went up to his grandma and put his arm around her waste and walked along side of her. So precious... just wants to make me almost cry. ;-)

Here are a few more impressions of our visit to Kindsbach....helping Oma in the garden...and "making stuff"


Danny is very good with his hands....not exactly sure what he made here, but it looks cool...just like this heart he made for me out of legos.... ahhhh... isn't he the sweetest kid??


and Jenna here helped Oma to get the leaves out from under the tree....I think she left a few hairs on some of those branches. ;-)


So now I want to show you my DREAM HOUSE. When we build a house, I want it to look just like this! An American family built it (as you might be able to tell due to the style) and it's right on the lake. Of course, it does get noisy during the sommer, but hey... they have that lake right out their front door and can jump in it any time they want! Cool deal. Unfortunately, they had to recently sell it. Sold it waaaay too cheap if you ask me! Anyhoo... here it 'tis...



It's simply amazing to me... I am so in awe of this house! Want it!!! Now!!


And here is what I have been up to scrapbooking-wise.....

A recent beginner scrapbooking class....



and a frame for my best friend's sister who's pup recently died....such a sweet sweet dog too. :-(


Unfortunately, another doggy in our family died too.... Oma Gitti's doggy Tanja. We're all very sad about that and miss her so!


And then yet another doggy died.... his name was Sam and belonged to one of the daycare teachers who has been bringing him for a few years now, so the children knew him quite well. He was only 6 years old.


 ... back to scrapbooking / card making / frames.....


I'm trying to make a decorative frame for every season/occasion....


Finally scrapped some old Kindergarten photos of my two sweeties and their "Red Group". They really enjoyed it there!


A masculine birthday card for my very good friend Frank...

and an envelope I decorated...

Address erased to protect the innocent ;-)...


A purple birthday card for a friend whom I happen to know likes purple.


A sympathy card...


a with compliments tag



An early X-mas tag for a customer I placed with her order


A minibook class I taught on Saturday...


Everybody have a great week!

P.S. Don't forget, next Saturday is a Christmas Card Class! If you're interested and have time, now is the time to register..




Scrapper Style Adventcalendar Class - November 27th!!

Yeah! An Advent Calendar Class! You know you want one!! ;-) I'll be holding this class on 27 November from 2-5 p.m. so, it's your last chance to make one before the Advent season begins!!

We will be making a scrap style Adventcalendar with 24 drawers with the size of the calendar approx. 34cm x 6cm x 34 cm. We'll decorate it with nice patterned papers and/or small photos if you like.

It will be similiar to the photo on the right (different style) below using this plain advent calendar cardboard kit on the left.

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   Photo courtesy of (posted by Anisa)

Cost is 30 EUR incl. supplies and use of my tools.

The class will take place at Memories Artwork in Filderstadt. Out of the 6 available seats there are 4 still available, so register now to save your seat!! 



A frame, a birthday card, birthday invitation and a going away card

Hey Scrappers!

I just wanted to post some recent projects so you don't think I'm sitting around picking my nose... ;-)


A birthday card for my dear Daddy who will be turning 73 in just a few days and I'm so grateful he's made it this far. I'll be wishing him many many more birthdays to come! ;-) This card can be made in ten minutes or less using the following:

  • ready-made card or make a card from cardstock standard size
  • adhesive
  • cardstock for punching
  • 3D foam pads
  • scallop border punch
  • scallop circle punch
  • circle punch
  • letter stickers
  • markers, colored and white
  • patterned paper


This going-away card was a custom card I made for a well... customer. ;-) She needed it for a co-worker who is leaving to work in Africa (wow!). So, I thought I would make a fitting card with some earth-toned colors.


You see, with just a little variation, you can use a similar design (as shown with the first card)  and make it look quite different. Turn the design 45° in either direction and you have yet another design variation.


I recently had to make my daughter Jenna some invitations and since we are celebrating on a pony ranch and she wanted to help, we used her horse stickers to match the theme. Take a look:


psssttt... foam pop dots ;-)

The one on the right is the back side with the invitation information.

I just used one sheet of cardstock, using the front and back of the piece. 


I recently received a newsletter from MOO who make business cards and they offer a mosaic  of your mini moo cards that looks like this:


which inspired me to make my own mosaic frame, since I still had old mini moo cards that I really didn't want to throw away (my phone number changed) and a nice frame I recently bought from IKEA:


Super easy to make! You just have to make sure your spacing is even. Now I have some nice "family" decor to display either on the wall or on the counter, buffet top. :)

I hope you all enjoyed these few simple ideas. 

Keep creating...


Crepe Flowers - Dahlia & Tulip

For quite a while I have wanted to make the beautiful flowers from Martha Stewart's "Encyclopedia of Crafts" and now I finally did and I'm totally proud of the way they turned out. But let me tell you, it's a lot of work, especially since this is the first time I've made them. I am satisfied with the results nonetheless. I made them as a small gift for my very nice friend  Yvonne Simon.


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I think I like making flowers!! :)

Hope you have a splendid day!


Photo Flowers - Cute Scrapbooking Project

Hey Scrappers!!

I was recently asked to make a few flowers with photos of children from Danny's class for his teacher as a going away present. (Too bad I only got to do five ;-)). At any rate, I wanted to show them to you, because I thought they turned out really cute. 


I blurred the photos in order to censor them....just in case you were wondering. :-)


Little flowers all in a row... ;-)

I'm not going to blur my son... that would be silly. ;-)

So for the most part what I did is just took several matching cardstocks and patterned papers and in most cases I misted them with water so that I could crumple them a bit better, dryed them with the heat gun, inked / distressed / cut the edges (in some cases with decorative scissors), then layered the largest circle starting at the bottom, attached the photos to the side with 3D foam tape and embellished either with a star (using glimmer mist), or button, bird, or butterfly. Then I attached the flowers to the wooden stem with glossy accents (gotta love that stuff), cut the leaves from cardstock/patterned paper, adhered, punched tags, stamped & inked them and wrote in the name. I placed an eyelet at the top to attach it with some string.  Eh, voila! Really easy to make and I had great fun doing it!

Hope your weekend was as great as mine!!


Scrapbooking in Stuttgart (Crops)

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Just wanted to do a little market research and see how many interested scrapbookers are located in the Stuttgart area. Google doesn't seem to find much in that respect. Here are a few questions for you. Please leave a comment below.

  • Where in the Stuttgart area are you located?
  • Where do you purchase your scrapbooking supplies?
  • Are you interested in classes? If so, what type? i.e. Beginner and advance scrapbooking, cards, other decorative crafts?
  • Do you hook up with each other for crops? If so, where?
  • What crafts have you created already? Please enter your URL in your comments so I can see your work.

I have room for about 6-10 ladies and have all kinds of tools, such as the cricut expression (die cut machine), the cuttlebug (die cut / embossing), corner chomper, eyelet setters, magazines, paper cutters, mats, inks, stamps, etc.  etc.... I wouldn't mind hosting a crop once a month in my home. Bring along your supplies or you are also welcome to use my tools for a small fee. So, if you're interested in hooking up with other scrappers or are interested in scrapbooking classes, let me know. I'm happy to help!

I would so like to hear from you!!


Altered Frame "happy Summer"

Just one more thing I wanted to do before we fly tomorrow! A nice decorative frame for my buffet in the dining room! I want to make one for all seasons. So far I have Valentine's Day, Easter, Christmas and now I have summer as well! :-) Used a few scraps and my square punch...and there you have it!


I just love having things dimensional...I also removed the glass so the 3D effect would be a bit more prominent.


So.... this is it now.... for more scrapping things, I promise....not until after Grand Canary... :D

Over and out!

Father's Day Tag (ala Tim Holtz)

Hi Y'all!

So... I have a ton of tags and have to use them up, so I thought I would make a tag this year instead of a card for my hubby for (German) Father's Day....which was yesterday.

I used lots of Tim Holtz Stamps and one from Hero Arts with black Archival Ink so that I could use plenty of Tim's distress inks on top of that. I used Vintage Photo, Crushed Olive, Walnut Stain, Fired Brick and Tumbled Glass. The "E" stands for Erik. ;-) Then I used an arrow (also Tim) and a brad, stuck it through the heart. Unfortunately, this is a night time photo, so you can't see how I bashed the brad to distress it a little. I topped it off with a ribbon and stuck it to his gift. Violá!


I thought it turned out pretty cool. ;-)

My iPhone & Me Layout

For Simea's Design Team, I was asked to create something using packaging. I've been wanting to make a layout about my iPhone for quite a while, since I get a lot of strange looks, critique from others, saying that I'm addicted to it, or that it's a nice "toy". For me, it's an organization tool and yeah, well, sometimes a toy. This phone has changed my life. I have information available to me where ever I go, I have internet almost anywhere. I can check and make lists, to dos, input appointments, check the news, the weather, the stock market, find a location, use it to navigate in my car, send emails, blog, converse with friends on facebook, check work/private emails on the go. I can put stars on my kid's reward list, have a flashlight handy, do my banking, buy from amazon, etsy, read my books with kindle for iPhone, look up time zones, set alarms, timers, reminders, read rss feeds, currency rates, English/German dictionary, flights, hotels, train schedules, traffic jams, read the gossip, the news, skype, chat, SMS, take photos/videos, google earth, calculate, check for an emergency pharmacy, sell & buy on ebay, check tv/movie schedule, listen to radio programs, look up recipes, create voice memos, listen to music, watch videos, yoga video, mental games, other games, use paypal, see current online sales, digi scrapbook, read a story to my children..... This little piece of technology can do so much and just makes life a little bit easier, especially for someone with ADD. I think that justifies a layout, don't you? ;-)


 I used K&Co packaging as a photo mat for the iPhone photo. ;-) 

So, all of you people out there, that just don't understand why I love my iPhone so you know! ;-)  If you watch TV, use the internet, read a book or use the phone....does that make you addicted? I rest my case.

Happy Mother's Day card!

My mom already received hers and thought it was the greatest card I have ever given her. ;) she was sooooo happy about it. So cute! That is exactly the reaction I wanted from her. :)

 I saw this technique with the tags a while back and posted it as well with some other tags I made. I temporarily adhered the 3 tags next to each other, then used one stamp across all three and heat embossed with part black and part pink sparkly embossing powder. After that I ink distressed them and adhered using 3D foam tape for dimension. Underneath is just a wide strip of patterned cardstock. I punched a scallop border, used a white gel pen (Signo) to display a bit of stitching, wrote in happy mother's day. Added ribbons to the tag holes and flower with brad. 


Using Packaging for Scrapbooking or other Projects

YEAHHHH!! Spring is finally here! The trees are beginning their explosion of leaves and blossoms and the world looks wonderful in the sun!

Now I've been saving packaging from some scrapbook products that I wasn't sure how I was going to use, but Simea asked me to make something from packaging, so I hopped to it and made a little spring card. I hope you're a little inspired to put some of your packaging to use instead of throwing it away. You can use it for just about, layouts, signs, frames, etc. 

If you make anything with packaging, don't be shy, send it to me and I'll display it here on my blog. I would love to see what cool stuff you come up with! 

That's all for now....

Vintage Tag Class á la Tim Holtz

The day after I held the mini-album workshop, I held a vintage tag class a la Tim Holtz (that I learned in Holland) for 5 ladies in my home where we made these lovely tags:

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Yvonne Simon made these - aren't they lovely? Excellent photos too. Gotta love that hand stamp!


These are by Sarah Wagner, very sweet girl btw. I just love the eye! Great job!

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And these lovelies are by Anja Ecker. Just love the use of color and butterfly stamps. Awesome! 

You're probably asking yourselves... What would I use these tags for? Well, check it out: 


You can also use these tags to put on cards, onto scrapbook layouts, as a gift certificate, as a card on its own or in a frame used as decoration....or, or, or...;-) See what you can come up with! :D 

We all had lots of fun making these tags and everybody is coming back to the cool card class the end of April! Yeah Ladies, can't wait! ;-)

CU there!  XOXO


Decorative Tag for Wine Bottle - Thank you gift

Let me start off by saying that we have an absolutely awesome pediatrician who really goes beyond his call of duty to help us. He's really helped us out a lot concerning Danny's ADHD symptomatic and returned our desperate calls during Christmas vacation and although he was actually on sick leave! I don't know of any doctor who will do that!

So, I was thinking....we need to thank him in a very special way. I thought, well, a good bottle of Tuscan wine and a Kristina Werner card that I recently purchased would do the trick. But as I saw that bottle of wine standing there, I thought... something is just missing. I need to dress that thing up a bit. Finally, I decided I would make a long tag, punch a hole through the top so that it would fit snugly over the wine bottle and then decorate the tag....which is exactly what I did. ;-) 

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I inked the edges with Tim Holtz fired brick distress ink, then I took this fabulous Hero Arts vintage thank you stamp, embossing ink, and Tim Holtz Walnut stain distress embossing powder and embossed it, rubbed the crystals like he always says to achieve a distressed look and tied a piece of jute? Not sure what that is called. Afterwards, I decided to emboss around the circle with a 7Gypsies clear stamp and some gold embossing powder since I wanted it to look elegant as well as vintagy. It's simple, but classy, which is what I was aiming for. 

We'll be dropping it off tomorrow. I really do hope it shows how grateful we are to him for all of this support, but I think it will do the trick. ;-) I hope this inspires you to create something of your own as a gift for someone special.

Everyone have a beautiful Sunday!


Acrylic Mini-Album with basic instructions

My resolutions for 2010....documented within an acrylic mini-album..


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Acrylic Mini-Album


There are different types of acrylic or other translucent materials.  In this case, I just got some thick transparency at a hardware store in A3 size and cut down the number of pieces I needed to 6x6 inches with a guillotine paper trimmer, which worked great. 

Then you have all of your pieces laying in front of you that you need. After that I wanted to vary the pages a bit. So, what I did was to cut various pages into shapes, but using a template I made from a Making Memories journaling pad. I used a permanent marker to trace the edge of the journaling page and then just cut it out. Since it was going to be covered anyway, the marker would be covered up. If you like you can ink the edges with staz-on ink or with acrylic paint in case you don't want to cover it with paper.

Generally, with acrylic albums, you're doing to want to plan out the pages carefully, maybe even with a sketch as you'll want to cover front an back pages equally, so as not to have adhesive, or the back of other paper or embellishments showing through the page. Sometimes, it's a good idea to use double sided paper and then you can cover any bits of adhesive with embellishments. At any rate, plan ahead so you don't run into problems there.

After cutting some of the pages into shapes, I also stamped some of the pages with stay-on ink as well for a variation in the background. Staz-on is the BEST!

Two holes are sufficient to hold the album together. I made sure to put in the holes before I started designing the album to make sure I don't cover up anywhere where I wanted the holes to be. You can use jump rings or ribbon or you can bind it with a regular binding system....whichever way you would like.

For the first time I used fabric in an album as a background. It looks as if it's sewn onto the album, but I just machine stitched a frame on the fabric and adhered with regular old tombow adhesive runner.  This worked surprisingly well. After that I needed to see what to place on the back side. Every double spread is matching in color to prevent chaos for the eyes. :-)  Generally, one page will contain a photo and the other some very important journaling.

On the page with my hubby and I, I stitched a heart on the other page before adhering the fabric, which I then also filled with buttons and pearls using gluedots.  The key I adhered with fabric glue and the keyhole with diamond glaze, which is really almost as tough as super glue, yet acid-free. I left the back side of the heart, because I liked the way it looked on the other side.

As for my resolutions, I'm thinking that if I spent so much time with this album, I just might stick to them better. Who knows?

Christmas Decorations & Cards

Hello out there! I'm still alive, just busy busy!! Aren't we all? Some of the busy time was spent creating nice things for Christmas and I wanted to show you some of what I've been doing and hope to inspire you to make some wonderful Christmasy creations of your own!


Here I took an ordinary frame and turned it into Christmas decoration for my mantle.


This was inspired by a card I saw on Kristina Werner's Blog


Gold embossed pillow box for small items, such as stockings, socks, jewelry, chocolates... the list is long. ;-)


I love hanging little things like jingle bells....they're so cute!


If you would like to give money, a little tag holding a gift card or money is really cute!

okay... one more card...


I'm really into the sheet music and birds (Jen Wilson digifile). I recolored the bird in photoshop, cut it out and adhered. The scroll is also made with PS Elements.

Hope this gets you into the Christmas spirit! I'm off to a Christmas market now to show children how they can decorate gingerbread men! And to freeze... LOL

Christmas Cards & Journal Notebook Class

Hey Peeps!!!

Yes, I know... making Christmas cards again.... but I look at something and then get so inspired that I have to do something about it. It's like an itch. LOL Anyway... I made a few Christmas cards again and wanted to show you a few pictures of the journal I made in Karla Dudley's Journal 3 Ways Class. The class has already begun, but I'm sure she will be having more workshops. Now, I have to tell you, this woman amazes me! She has 5 kids, including 2 sets of twins...two boys, two girls and the oldest is another boy. Wow... is all I can say. Then she's got kids getting sick all over the place, but takes the time to shoot videos and show her students how to make cute journals. I have to hand it to her, Karla: My hat is off to you girl! You are just a cool gal!

Little "medallion" tutorial here:

So, I made these two cards with "medallions" on them that I made myself. The easiest way is to take a 12" strip about 1-1/4 to 1-1/2" wide, cut along the edge with either scallop scissors or zig zag, but it should be something that is uniform, no tearing scissors or anything like that. Next you want to fold the piece back and forth like an accordion, maybe scoring each line before you do that to make it work a bit easier and look straighter LOL. Then just glue the ends together with tacky tape so it doesn't come apart, then push down on the middle part to make it flat....go ahead, I promise it won't fall apart. But, in order to hold it together, you're going to need something sturdy to put on that middle part. Use a scallop circle, a big button, or a regular circle, a flower, anything you want, but you will have to make sure you use a good adhesive to make it stick. I used glue dots, which seemed to work pretty well. Make sure they're heavy duty and the cardstock is fairly heavy weight. Chipboard might be even better.  Then just use 3 D glue dots or pop dots to adhere to your card or layout. I really love the look of it. Next time I'm going for ones a bit smaller though. ;-)


On this one, I originally stamped the flourishes with opaque white stazon ink, but you could hardly see it, so I went over it with a white gel pen to make it stand out more. Truly had fun making the medallions!

Now to Karla's Class! She's so sweet and her videos were so cute. Making the journal was easier than I thought. Tomorrow is week two! Can't wait to see what she comes up with! :D Check out the journal I made today.

The angle of the photo I took, makes it look crooked, but it's not, trust me. ;-) I got this free Katie Pertiet border swirl brush from Designer Digitals. Go check it out!

These are the inside pages using Karla's swirls from the class. Love those swirls! Can't get enough of them.

Here are the pages with the journaling brushes that Karla designed. Don't you just love her handwriting? I mean, okay, mine is not the worst handwriting, but I just loooove Karla's... kind of looks similar to Ali Edward's style of handwriting.

So, folks, that's all for now. I've really got to get to bed! ughhhh....busy week... what am I saying? Months!

Nite all!


Of Halloween Minialbums and Christmas Tags

Good evening all... or should I say nite nite? ;-)  Well, I haven't done much this weekend, besides work some for my day job, grocery shopping, taking the kids to the indoor playground, washing clothes, cooking, etc....BUT, I did get in some scrapping, YESS!!!

I wanted to show you this sweet little pumpkin I made. I got the idea from Jennifer McGuire who posted it on and I thought it was so adorable, I just had to try it out! It's very easy! (Her photo is a bit nicer how it's always mirrored at the bottom. Wonder if I can do that in photoshop. ;-)


The one on the left is Jennifers and mine is on the right.


I've started on the cover of a Halloween mini-album...something that I've been wanting to get around to for a long time and when someone on Simea's Design Team asked for Halloween stuff, I thought, NOW's the time! So, with some papers from the Basic Grey Eerie collection and an SEI mini chipboard album, I got to work...or rather "play". ;-)


Then, I checked out Kristina Werner's blog, since she always has such awesome video tutorials on her cards, and I found the most awesome acrylic Christmas tags! You MUST go visit her website!! So, I decided to put my cricut diecut machine to work once again, cutting out tags out of thin acrylic. Worked like a charm! ;-) So, I made these cuties. I just luuuuv acrylic, don't know why. It just gives it a clean elegant looking touch.


Just love these! Can't wait to attach them to a Christmas gift (which is still a loooonnnng ways off!).

I also needed to gift wrap my daughter's gift to her kindergarten friend for her birthday, but I didn't have any giftwrap at home, so I did this.


I'm so into kraft colored paper (this is actually post office wrapping paper) and butterflies. This butterfly is from a clear stamp set by Amy Butler and I think I've fallen in love with this's so awesome, there's so much detail. I stamped it with fluid chalk ink, cut it out and pop-dotted it. Very simple, but it has a great effect.  "Laura" liked it. ;-)

I'm still working on some custom work, which is also fun, but very time-consuming. ;-) So, I'll have to touch base with you some time this week! Stay tuned! ;-)


Scrapbooking things over the weekend

I was experiencing a bit of withdrawal from scrapbooking, but I really need a creative break after finishing a large wedding album that I really put my heart into.... here is a peak:


In November I will be attending an artist market and I'll be selling all kinds of Christmasy items, such as cards, tags, frames, gift boxes and minialbums (if I make it that So, I got started with a few cards this weekend (I's only September and the weather is still so beautiful!). are some of the cards I made... one of them is not a Christmas card. I just saw a German stencil I picked up at a hardware store and got an idea. ;-)




This card above was inspired by Kristina Werner Design. You should check out her blog, just awesome!!



And THEN, I made another something inspired by Lisa Tutman-Oglesby and her fabulous ideas. You should go check out her blog as well. Very inspiring!  This was made very quicky, using modge podge to adhere and then cutting off the excess paper around the edges. You have to work very fast with modge podge as it dries very quickly. Slap on a few stickers and violá! There you have it! An entirely new and personal notebook.


That's all for now! Stay tuned for more!


Altered Cork Memo Board & a hybrid boy's birthday card

Hello my fellow blog readers! First of all, I would like to thank you for reading and looking. I wish I would have more time to read all the blogs I would like to read, but it's just not possible. But anyway...THANK YOU! :-)

Came up with this idea yesterday for some reason. I used to post our monthly schedule in our kitchen, but it seemed so drab, so I decided to get a cork memo board and dress it up a bit. didn't take long at all! :-)


I think it turned out pretty cute. ;-) I look forward to putting our schedule up there now!

And this is a hybrid card (PSE 6.0) for my nephew Luke.  Since he will be turning 11, I thought I needed to make it look cool.  So I did all of that in Photoshop, printed on cardstock and then inked the edges. Eh violá!


A few cards & a candle

This must be card month or something. :D But, I'm having fun nonetheless. I love to create and to inspire, which is why I share my the hopes to inspire my readers! I want to spread some scrapbooking love across Germany! The word has spread a bit, but it's nowhere near what it is in the States. So, here goes nothin':


The flower is a heidi swapp large flower folded twice and glued together, then affixed with the birdy brad. The border is a material decorating ribbon with an adhesive lace border on top, hero arts stamp and the leaves are stamped with SEI mimosa clear stamps and cat's eye chalk ink and the entire card was inked with Tim Holtz walnut stain ink.


This card was made with just part of an SEI mimosa patterned paper, cutting the flower around the edges, adhering, then used pearl gems around it, hero arts birthday stamp, small flower also from the patterned paper and then inked with holtz distress ink. Very simple!


This is a regular candle (if you can tell) decorated with patterned paper (hard to see here), a heidi swapp flower, unknown crocheted flower (dawanda) and a making memories vellum tag, K&Co gem, Basic Grey brad. Very quick and simple.

Ali's cool idea for a creative project

I was looking at Ali's blog and was stunned by the project suggestion she just posted.  It is so easy and it looks SO cool! Try it out. All you need is a frame, a punch and some 3D adhesive and your ready to roll!

I do promise to take a better photo and replace this one on the weekend. Since I work during the day, there is no chance to do that. ;-)

This is my "better photo"... :-)