I’ve finally decided on the paper collection that I will be using on my Thirteen Frights Before Halloween project!  It’s the super cute, super fun Carta Bella Trick or Treat collection shown above!

Thirteen Frghts 2015

This online “class” event will start on Sunday, October 18th.  These will not be live classes but videos uploaded to YouTube each day October 18 – 30, 2015.  You will be able to watch these at your own convenience at any time—thirteen videos on how to make an adorable Halloween mini album PLUS either a bonus video set or within the thirteen videos, instructions on how to make a book box to store you mini album!  Videos should be posted each day by 2:00 p.m. Central Daylight Time.

Here’s a list of some of the supplies you might want to purchase now to have on hand if you are wanting to create your project just like mine:

  • 4 – 6 each 12×12 black chipboard
  • 4 – 6 each 12×12 black cardstock
  • 1 each 10 x 14 piece of white Tyvek (same material that Priority Envelopes are made of–you can purchase envelopes at an office supply)
  • Glue (Scotch Quick Grip or Glitter Glue)
  • Scor-tape or Miracle tape, 1/4″ size and 3/8″ size
  • 2 each “Trick or Treat” Carta Bella Collection Kit
  • 1 package Simple Stories Frankie & Friends Bits and Pieces
  • Assorted Halloween ribbons and twine, orange narrow satin, black twine etc.
  • Halloween Washi or paper tape (Little B Black & Orange Strip & Little B Haunted Halloween Fence)
  • Black flowers (Petaloo)

If you are unable to find some of the items listed above, check with Flossie Scrapper at 817-295-7100, Vicky will ship product but don’t wait too long as she does run out of popular stuff like this Carta Bella paper collection!

In the video below, I show you the items listed above.  For sure, I will be using the Carta Bella paper collection.  The other items may or may not be used (such as the flowers and paper tapes)–it all depends on how they look and if I feel they add to the finished project or not.

BEWARE! When you click on the video, it is a bit SCARY at first…..Ha, ha.

Happy Crafting!


So….perhaps you are wondering where I’ve been for the last several days?  Hmmmm….well, uh, I’ve been here. But not blogging.  I did not get around to working on my next Finish it Friday project last Friday. I’d planned on it; but, just didn’t do it. I still have not decided which unfinished project I want to work on for my next Finish it Friday series.  I blame my lack of creating and crafting on what I call…”crafting overload.”  Yep.  I get this a couple of times a year especially after I’ve been to a crafting retreat where I stay up late for 3 nights in a row and I work on several projects all day and most of the night. Don’t get me wrong, I love going on retreats but it’s such a heavy dose of crafting that when I get home I’m like…eeehhh. I think I’d rather watch t.v., read a book or nap! Ha, ha.  So, yes, last week was the week after a retreat.  I did do the things I needed to do, like finish putting class kits in bags and actually teaching my Betsy Couture and coloring classes at Flossie Scrapper on Saturday, but I was definitely suffering from crafting overload and it shows by my lack of blogging.  I thought I was cured on Sunday when I added a fence and glued flowers to my Gypsy Garden wagon project but then I was interrupted by late afternoon lunch with hubby at Del Norte Tacos in Godley, Texas.  Yum. By the time we got home I only felt like watching movies which we did.  Yesterday I worked in the office and did laundry and then again watched t.v. in the evening.  So today, I figured I’d better pull myself together and blog!!

This album is a re-make of my Gatefold album and I finished decorating it at the retreat.  Several months ago I designed one out of Graphic 45 Artisan papers for Flossie Scrapper.  But I added so many pockets and elements that it can be a bit hard to close, so….I re-designed it with wider side spines and finished this album in Authentique’s Moonlit paper collection for Halloween since I will be teaching a class on it in October at Flossie Scrapper.  If you are interested in signing up for the class, contact Vicky at the store for price etc.  I will be teaching it on Saturday, October 24th at 10:00 a.m.  You will be making a blank, black album so you can finish it in any papers of your choice at home or during one of the store’s Finish It weekend workshops.


I kept the front of this album fairly simple with just one decorative grouping on the right front panel. The girl with the cat is cut out of the Moonlit paper and then Crystal Lacquered to make it really stand out.  I added some stickers from the collection and then a few Prima or Petaloo flowers, a Teresa Collins brad, glittery spider and twine.  The closure is one that I ordered last year from China via Etsy.  Not sure if I would be able to get any more of those or not so, a closure is not included in the class kit but I will give you ideas and techniques on how to or what to use for a closure for your album.


This photo shows how it looks open with pages on the left and pages on the right, lots of pockets, belly bands and a slide out photo mat on each page with a closure flap.  Lots of room for photos!


I figured out that it’s impossible to take photos of every page of this album, so I did a quick YouTube video to showcase it.

And that’s it for today….whew!  Will I be crafting any today?  Probably not.  But I am getting that feeling that I might want to by this weekend.  For now, we have plans to attend the State Fair of Texas on Thursday–hubby and I, my brother-in-law and two nephews.  Hopefully I’ll get a few good photos with my iPhone to share.

Happy Crafting!

Tombstone Project G45

If you read my blog regularly, you know that I came up with an idea for a tombstone box and album while hubby and I were at Matagorda on Labor Day weekend and that while I was inside the RV camper one afternoon I designed the prototype out of cardstock but when I got home I created the real piece out of chipboard.  Also while I was in Matagorda, I got the September Graphic 45 newsletter which has a contest to create a Fall/Halloween decor piece out of Graphic 45 paper.  Today is the deadline to get ONE photo or photo collage emailed in.  I just sent my email and the above collage is what I sent.  So now, this will be placed into a photo album on the Graphic 45 Facebook page tomorrow and Graphic 45 Facebook fans will vote (voting closes September 30th) and the winner will receive $100 in G45 product!  So wish me luck and if you like this project, tomorrow or any time before the 30th, go to Graphic 45 on Facebook, like their page and vote for my tombstone and coffin album!  I would  appreciate it so much as I certainly could use $100 worth of gorgeous Graphic 45 papers and stuff. Ha, ha.

Anyway, I had so much fun creating this and decorating it. I used Graphic 45 Rare Oddities and Eerie Tales papers.  My daughter Brandy has already claimed it as hers.  So hers it is.  I hope to find time to make another one (at least the un-decorated version) and do a tutorial on it. But then, I’m still working on finishing the written tutorial on the dog house project. This may be for next Halloween!

I finished decorating the tombstone and Coffin album at the retreat this past weekend and everyone that stopped to look really loved it.  We had a great time at the retreat.  Lots of laughs, good food or rather yummy food. Almost more food than we could eat (there is a dessert for every meal!)  and stayed up late EVERY night or at least I did!  I got home on Sunday afternoon, sat in my recliner and slept for 5 hours and then went to bed! I slept all night too.  It’s taken me a few days to get caught up on my sleep. But it was so worth it!  My friend Barb drove us and on the way we stopped by Flossie Scrapper for some supplies and then had lunch at Del Norte Tacos in Godley, Texas.  If you’ve never eaten there, you should. D.E.L.I.C.I.O.U.S.!!  Then we headed to the Compass Centre in Mt. Calm and arrived after 1 p.m. in time to get set up and start crafting before having to stop for dinner.  Julia’s next retreat will be in March and we’re hoping to go again!  Great atmosphere, relaxing (you could get a massage if you wanted), fun, and super comfy beds with beautiful quilts!  I enjoyed crafting by Barb, Jackie, Anna and Billie who are getting into the papercrafting of mini albums (they’ve taken one or more of my classes) and with Karen who has taken a class with me but was working on her traditional 12×12 scrapbook layouts for the weekend.

I will be doing a video on this Tombstone/Coffin project for YouTube soon so you can see it better.  The Tombstone was  inspired by a smaller wood version that you can buy at Michael’s.  When I say smaller, I mean really, really small.  The Coffin mini album is inspired by a tutorial by Anne’s Paper Creations of Norway.

Tomorrow I hope to share photos of my next Finish it Friday project plus finish packing for my classes on Saturday.  For more info about my classes at Flossie Scrapper, click on the Classes tab underneath my header.

Happy Crafting!

Yellowrose PS

I took this photo and posted it on my blog in May of 2008.  I’m sad to say that since then the rose bush died and we have not replaced it.  Maybe next spring I’ll plant a new rose bush or two as I love roses. Anyway, I wanted to share this photo of a beautiful Texas Yellow Rose for this weeks’ “Picture Day.”

This is what I had to say about this rose and photo back in 2008:

We have a yellow rose bush in our front yard.  As long as we have rain it will bloom from early Spring straight through to Fall.    I call it my Yellow Rose of Texas rose bush.  This year we had a Spring hail storm right after the rose bush reached full bloom.  I just knew that all of the roses were gone, but when I went outside I found this beautiful bloom  still intact on the very top of the bush.  I took this photo after sunset with the sun behind me, that’s why the background has a darker blue/green hue.

I’ve got caught up on my office paperwork after being gone to the retreat and got the laundry done.  The crafty stuff is still mostly packed up though and I may not get that unpacked until next week. We’ll see. This week I’m finishing up on cutting kits and bagging them for my class this coming Saturday at Flossie Scrapper in Joshua/Burleson, Texas.  I’ll be teaching my 8×8 Flip Hinge album that I recently decorated in the fabulous Kaisercraft Betsy Couture paper line. It is on display at the store.  There may be a few spots left open for the class. I’m also teaching a Chameleon Coloring Class in the afternoon. Call the store to sign up for these classes if you are interested.  817) 295-7100

Happy Crafting,

CIE Colors of Fall

Hello Monday! Guess what? The calendar says that this week will officially be Autumn!!  Now, if only the temps here in Texas would adjust down a bit so it’d be more fall like.   But anyway, today starts a new challenge over on Cards in Envy and in celebration of Autumn, our theme is the COLORS OF FALL.  You have to create a card (A2 size) that has the most common Autumn colors like reds, golds, brown, dark greens and blues.  We’d love to have you join our challenge if you create cards and have a blog.

This card was really quick and easy to make!  On my card base, I used a Creative Memories leaf punch and punched the leaves into the front of the card base.  Then I attached the rusty red and gold papers behind the leaves on the inside of the card.  I used another piece of paper the size of the card front to completely cover the front back so it would look pretty on the inside.  The papers I used for this card are Authentique’s 6×6 “Thankful” collection.  I then attached a strip of patterned paper on one side, tied the bow from some twine and stamped “thank you” with Stampin’ Up! Pumpkin Pie ink.  The sentiment is also from Stampin’ Up! in the Happy Moments stamp set.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Today I’ll be unpacking all my crafty stuff (I’ve been gone on a retreat) and doing laundry! Ugh. Oh, and office paper work that piled up while I was gone.  Hope to be able to share later this week some of the things I did at the retreat!

Happy Crafting!