Wednesday, December 19, 2012

PDCC 162 } Jenni Bowlin

Hello everyone, today is the day to share the new color challenge at The Play Date Cafe!  Super fun colors to create with this week.

The wonderful sponsor this week who shared some super cool stamps with us is Jenni Bowlin.

For my take on this challenge I created a tag.  The inks I used on the tag are Distress Ink from Ranger (shaded lilac & peacock feathers)  I stained the ribbon with Ranger Distress stain (peacock feathers), misted the tag with a little perfect pearls mist (heirloom gold) inked the edges of the tag with distress ink and added a little gold embossing poweder around the outside.  The Jenni Bowlin stamps I used were Important Fill In & Typewriter.  I stamed the Fill In stamp as a background using sepia archival ink & the typewriter was stamped using archival black ink. I used Juniper acrylic paint and used the lid of the dobber and stamped a couple of circles on the tag.

Thanks for stopping by today, hop on over to The Play Date Cafe and check out what all of the DT has created.


Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Cycling with Little Yellow Bicycle

Today is the day that I get to share with you the project I created with the Winterings line for Little Yellow Bicycle as part of the Winterings Cycling Team.

I simply adore this line, the colors are fabulous not mention all of the fun embellies...and LOVE the burlap mini album!!

So here is what my cover looks like.

I will share a couple the inside pages, but you can hop on over to the Little Yellow Bicycle blog and see the some of the  album.
I love a chunky album, here is a side view.


I love this page...and a big thanks to my SIL for letting me scrap some of her winter photos :)  Here is what the right side of the page looks like when it is opened.


Ok now hop on over to the Little Yellow Bicycle blog and let me know what you think of the album.

Thanks to LYB for having me on the Winterings Cycling team, it was so much fun to create with this line.


Monday, December 17, 2012

Holiday Ornament Time } Xyron & Teresa Collins

Hello everyone!!  Well it's the busy crazy time of year.  Let's see how i'm doing with getting things done for the (not handmade I bought them and they are still in the box ), baking (not so much), decorating (we did get the tree up), and gifts....all bought ( I wrapped one and put it under the tree, left the house for 5 minutes to find the puppy wanted to know what was in it and started chewing the box and paper so I haven't wrapped anything else :)

That being said I did manage to rock out this super fabulous ornament.   I love all of the metal stars and when I came across this it was begging to be altered!

I used Teresa Collins Chrsitmas Cottage for the paper line, cut all the pieces and ran them through my Xyron 510....this made it super easy.  I tied a couple of jingle bells at the top and hung it up right away.

Thanks for stopping by today!


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

PDCC }161

Hey there, it's that time again.  A new super cool color challenge over at The Play Date Cafe!  I love the colors this week, simply perfect for a non traditional Christmas gift tag.  Check it out, what do you think?

Our sponsor this week is Simon Says Stamp

Simon Says Stamp

Now for my take on this challenge.  I love these colors, as soon as I saw them I new which paper line I was going to use and thought it would be cute to make a tag to tie onto a Christmas gift.  Here is what I came up with.

Supplies Used:
Echo Park Paper - Happy Holidays
Ribbon - Bazzill
Adhesive - Xyron Mega Runner

Well thanks so much for stopping by today, make sure you hop on over to The Play Date Cafe and share your take on this week's color challenge.


Wednesday, December 5, 2012

PDCC 160 } Winter Fun

Hello everyone, today the new color challenge is up over at The Play Date Cafe and the colors are simply fabulous.  I love blue & browns together.  Check out the wonderful colors.

For my take on this week's color challenge I used Carta Bella's Winter Fun.  The colors were perfect for this week's challenge.

Make sure you hop on over to The Play Date Cafe and see all of the wonderful DT creations and see what's up for grabs for this week's prize.


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Christmas Cottage Photo Holder

Hello everyone, today is my day up over at Teresa Collins Designs.  I was in the Christmas mood so I altered some wooden blocks, and made a Christmas photo holder.

Here is the finished project!

I love the added rustic jingle bells and the super fun clothespins that match perfectly.  I used my Xyron 510 machine which made putting this together super easy. 

You can hope on over to the Teresa Collin's Designs blog for step by step instructions.

Hope you have a wonderful day!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Christmas Mini Album Class

Hey there everyone, can't wait to teach this Christmas mini class Saturday December 8th at 1pm.  This class will be at The Scrapbooking Studio in Moline.

This is a 12 days of Christmas album but can easily be turned into a Christmas Countdown or December Daily by simply adding pages.  If you would like to come and have fun taking this class call The Scrapbooking Studio (309)736-7242.  If you can't make it you can get a kit with photos and instructions.

Hope to see you there.


Sunday, November 18, 2012

And The Winner Is....

Hello everyone, thanks so much for all of the fabulous comments on the previous post.  I simply love the Now & Then line from Teresa Collins and I know you will to.

Since we had our daughters 16th surprise birthday party, I had her pick the winner.  Here is the post that she picked.

Christine Stregger said:
Totally love your mini album!!!The now & then papers are beautiful. I think it would be a perfect way to document my personal journey back to health in 2013. Thank you for the opportunity to win :)


As a bonus since I also design for Xyron, i'm sending you one of the new Xyron glue sticks also.  Congrats Christine please email me your mailing info to


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Xyron/Faber Castell/ Creative Imaginations } Teaming Up

Hey there, today i'm sharing a couple of projects that were created with Xyron, Faber Castell & Creative Imaginations products.

Up first is a little canvas piece that I altered.  Just a cute little something to hang for the upcoming Holiday.  I have had this piece of canvas just laying around for so long and it was time to put it to use.  I used a green Faber Castell gelato here and there on the canvas then blended it with my finger, I also mister a little water on it and blended it some more. Using the deep scarlet artist pen I outlined the stitching around the canvas for a little bit of pop.  I took a Christmas stamp set that I had, colored the stamp with the Faber Castell green big brush and stamped the image.  I also outlined the holy berries in the upper right with green and colored the berries in with red artist pen.  The Creative Imaginations (jolly) sticker I ran through my Xyron 150 to give it a little extra adhesive to make sure it would not come off of my canvas.

A close up of the canvas.

Supplies used:
Xyron 150
Faber Castell - Green gelato, red and green artist pen, green big brush.
Creative Imaginations: Christmas Sticker

Up next is a Holiday card.  I took this fabulous snowflake paper from Creative Imaginations cut it to size.  I took a blue gelato and colored over the paper, love how the resist paper works with the gelatos.  Simply wipe off the gelato and you have a wonderful snowflake card.  I added a little bling from Creative Imaginations in the center of the snowflakes and put it all together with my Xyron Mega Runner.

Supplies Used:
Xyron - Mega Runner
Faber Castell - blue gelato
Creative Imaginations - Bling, snowflake paper

Last but not least is a quick gift tag idea.  I have tons of tags around the house, so I created my own gift tag.  I started by coloring the green Faber Castell gelato all over the tag, then actually wiped it off with a baby wipe to see how it would blend.  For the ornaments along the side I used my Xyron Design Runner with the Festive disc, then colored bits of the ornaments in with a red Faber Castell artist pen.  I placed some of the Christmas stickers from Creative Imaginations along the side, placed some ribbon and the tag is now ready to go.

Supplies used:
Xyron - Design Runner & Festive disc
Faber Castell - green gelato, red artist pen
Creative Imaginations - Christmas stickers

Thanks so much to Faber Castell and Creative Imaginations for sharing some of your goodies with us at Xyron.


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Winterings Cycling Team } LYB

So today I get to share that I will be part of the Cycling team for Little Yellow Bicycle!! 

I get to create with the yummy Winterings collection.  The thoughts and ideas are running through my just waiting on the bicycle...AKA UPS truck to get here :)
Please welcome our Winterings Cycling Team:

Check out the fabulous list of designers that will be a part of this!

Dana Tatar
Kat Blue
Sarah Webb
Sharon Callis
Stacy Rodriguez

Keep your eyes open for all of the inspiration to come from all of us!
Thanks to LYB for this wonderful opportunity!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

My First December Daily

Hey there everyone, i'm sharing one of my Teresa Collins Designs DT projects today.  I have never made a December Daily and I knew as soon as I saw the Christmas Cottage line with all the goodies that I must make one.  I'm going to share a couple of photos with you then you can head over to the Teresa Collins Design team blog and see how you can recreate this album.

Up first a couple pics of the cover and binding.

A few of the inside of the mini album.

Ok so there are a couple of photos over on TCD blog, so head over that way, get your instructions and let me know what you think :)


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

PDCC 155 } Smile

It's time for this weeks new color challenge over at The Play Date Cafe!  Super fun colors for you to try this week.  Before we get to the colors, this week we say goodbye to our sweet friend Ruby.  I have loved designing with you and wish you luck on your new adventures!

The fun sponsor we have this week that shared some of their yummy goodies with us to create with is Technique Tuesdays.

I created this super fun tag using the stamp set Smile Big, Echo Park paper, distress ink, jet black archival ink, juniper paint.

Make sure you hop on over and check out all the inspiration from the DT over on The Play Date Cafe blog.


Sunday, October 21, 2012

Super fun mini class } The Scrapbooking Studio

Hey there, just wanted to remind you that I have a super fun mini album class that I will be teaching at The Scrapbooking Studio in Moline on October 28th @ 1pm. 

Here is a peak of one of the inside pages for you!

This album is created using the Portfolio line from Pink Paislee.  Lots of fun pages with some new pocket technique.  If you can't make it there will be kits with photos and instructions.  Call The Scrapbooking Studio (309)736-7242 or check out the website HERE!

See you next week!


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

PDCC 154 } It's A Celebration

Hey there everyone, yes it's time for this week's new color challenge over at The Play Date Cafe!  This week The Play Date Cafe is celebrating 3 YEARS!!!  There are new changes over on the site and prizes ALL week long!!  Hope on over and check out what the team has been up to.

This weeks colors are way cool together.

I of course created a tag using lots of ink and stamps.

Supplies Used: Wendy Vecchi Stamps (Art From The Heart), Ranger Inks (distress - dusty concord & barn door) (Archival Inks - Jet Black & Coffee), Distress Stain (aged mahogany)

Thanks for stopping by today, make sure you head over to The Play Date Cafe and get in on this challenge and a chance to win some fabulous prizes all week long.


Friday, October 12, 2012

Teresa Collins & Xyron Team Up

Good morning everyone, today i'm going to share a couple of projects with you.  Two of my favorite teams teamed up this week Xyron & Teresa Collins, and let me tell you there have been some AMAZING projects from both teams!  I have to projects to share with you today.  Yesterday was my day to post on the Teresa Collins Design team blog so we will start with that project.

SORRY...the photos of this album have been removed do to publication! (updated 10-13)
I love mini albums and i'm always working on one at any given time.  I created this album to fill with photos of this past year of things my daughter has done.  The inside of this album is 11 pages (folded in half) making it 22 pages to decorate and fill.  Tell Your Story is such a pretty line and the embellies totally rock making it fun to decorate.  The two covers are chipboard covered with the pattern paper.  I ran the paper through the Xyron Creatopia making this a breeze to adhere.

A little close up photo for you to see the fun embellies better.


My project that I created for Xyron's blog post which is up today I used the Teresa Collins Christmas Cottage line.  I simply love this line, totally one of my favorite Christmas lines.

I altered a mason jar for this one.  I started by painting the bottom of the jar with Ranger snow cap paint, and the top part was Ranger Jenni Bowlin Stick Candy paint.  Once the jar was dry it was time to decorate.  I cut a piece of paper, ran it through my Xyron 510 and placed it on the front of the jar. I love the washi tape with this line so I placed a strip of that around the jar.  Next using my Creatopia with the Shapez insert I cut the ornament using the Sizzix Carved Ornament #2 and popped that on the front of the jar.  Tied some ribbon around the top of the jar with one of Teresa's star, added a brad and chipboard sticker and it was finished.  You can place a battery tealight inside to give it a fun glow.

Thanks for stopping by today, hope you have enjoyed this week's inspiration on both the Teresa Collins Design Team blog and Xyron's Design Team blog.


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

PDCC 153 } Bubble gum, pear, tangerine

Hey there everyone!  Hope you are all having a fabulous week so far.  It's time for this week's Play Date Cafe color challenge.  Loving these fun colors together...bubble gum, pear & tangerine.

This weeks sponsor is Simon Says Stamp

Simon Says Stamp

For my take on my tag this week, I played with some dsitress inks, paint, stamps & stencils.

Supplies used: Ranger distress ink (black soot, spiced marmalade, picked raspberry) Ranger paint (Jenni Bowlin stick candy) , Wendy Vecchi Stamps (Graffiti Art, Art Journal Basics) Wendy Vecchi Stencil (Funky Words), Ranger Dylusion Stamps (bits of this).

Thanks for stopping by today, make sure to hop on over to The Play Date Cafe blog and check out all the inspiration for the design team.


Sunday, October 7, 2012

A Family Challenge} The Studio Challenges

Good morning everyone, i'm super excited to share a creation for fellow Teresa Collins design team member Amanda Jones for her site The Studio Challenge.

You can check out the challenge at Amanda's site HERE.

So for my family challenge I created an altered photo holder.  I LOVE the Vintage Finds line from Teresa Collins so that is the line I picked for my project. I used my fabulous Xyron 510 machine making the paper super easy to adhere to my wooden blocks.  Here is the project I came up with.

The top block of the project with the blessed bingo card is perfect to simply slip family photos in and out of making this a great way to display and family photos that you want.

Here are a couple of close up photos.  On the bottom block I used some of the Vintage Finds embellishments (ribbon, button, chipboard pieces)

Here is the close up of the top block. On the top block I used the washi tape, brad, and flowers.

I added some Prima swirls around both of the wooden blocks.  I of course inked everything, even the blocks, with distress ink (vintage photo).

Thanks so much to Amanda for having me hang out with you for this challenge.  Hope on over to The Studio Challenge and check out the inspiration for this week's challenge and don't forget to enter your take on the challenge.


Wednesday, October 3, 2012

PDCC 152 } A Splash Of Color

Hey there everyone, it's time for a new color challenge over at The Play Date Cafe....and I LOVE the splash of color weeks.  Before I show you the colors I would like to welcome a new Play Date Cafe team member........Welcome Rachel!!!  You can check out Rachel's fabulous creations HERE!

Here are the fabulous colors for this week.

A HUGE thanks to our sponsor this week Freckled Fawn...and check out this fabulous prize up for grabs!

For my challenge this week, I thought it was perfect colors for a Halloween here ya go!

Thanks so much for stopping by today, hop on over and see what The Play Date Cafe crew has been creating!


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Xyron & GlobeCraft Memories

Hey there everyone, this week Xyron and GlobeCraft Memories are teaming up to bring you lots of inspiration.

For my project since Halloween is just around the corner, I altered one of the Fancy Frames to hang as a home decor piece.

I love the layers around the ovals, this allows you to place several different pattern papers.

You can do the same layer effect across the top of the frame as well, then simply pop up and embellies you have.

This project was super easy to do.  I ran the pattern paper through my Xyron 510 and then simply placed them onto the frames.  Once that was done I did a little file action so that all the pieces were smooth, ran them back through my 510 and put it all together.

Thanks to GlobeCraft Memories for sharing you fabulous products with us at Xyron.