Well, hello.  Finally I find the time to write my post for this weeks’ Finish it Friday.  It’s been a Friday of finishing things up or starting things or something.  Ha, ha.  I’ve finished cutting kits for my class tomorrow, I finished bagging those kits, I finished picking up the instruction copies for that class and I’ve finished packing for tomorrow.  I finished ordering the air conditioner people to come out and check one of our units on this the hottest day of the season (so far) and we are ordering a new attic unit. Ugh–it’s not the main part of the house where I’m at but still…. I finished ordering and paying for a Port-a-pot to be set up outside. Yes. You read that right.  Roofers are starting on our new metal roof Monday or Tuesday and we want to be sure they have a place to “go.”  I finished all the invoices for this week and finished making all the check deposits.  Whew. That’s a lot of Finish it Friday!  And now I’m taking a few minutes to share with you my next Finish it Friday project.  I’m hoping to work on it Sunday but I have other deadlines so not sure how that will go but I will update you next Friday if I got anything done on this one.  It’s not an old unfinished project as I started on it National Scrapbook Day of this year but it is one that I want to get done!

It’s an adorable album in a box created from card stock and patterned paper.  The tutorial is online through Country Craft Creations’ Facebook Page.  I’m using Authentique’s “Fabulous” paper collection.  Love the patterns and colors.  I haven’t really looked at my box album since I started working on it but I think maybe I assembled it wrong, not that it matters but I’m pretty sure mine does not open the same as the one in the tutorial.  See, even I make mistakes but it’s okay and if I hadn’t told you, you would not have known.  So that’s it, my next Finish it Friday project and all the ribbon and stuff I may put in it.  I hope you get a chance to craft this weekend whether it’s a card, layout, mini album, tag or home decor. Just have fun and stay cool!

Happy Crafting!

P.S. I’ll have a fun blog post on Monday featuring my other June Graphic 45 project.  It’s something I created for their new 3×3 Craft Challenge, check out their blog post (and mine) on Monday.

Today’s an exciting day for me!  I know I’ve already shared that I will be on the Graphic 45 Design Team for another year but today is the day that the spotlight is on me on their blog.  Along with some details and fun facts about me, I share this Cafe Parisian Travel Journal that I created  and a tutorial video on how you can create one using Eileen Hull’s Travel Journal Die on your Big Shot.  All of the Graphic 45 Designers from last year (except those few who had already served 2 years) are returning for another year and we were given the new name of Brand Ambassador rather than Designer.  There are new and exciting things that we will be doing as Brand Ambassadors plus you may have already noticed the new Graphic 45 website and blog.

I added in lots of pockets and flaps and a pen holder/memo pad too!

Please visit the Graphic 45 blog today and  leave a comment over there for a chance at this weeks’ fabulous Graphic 45 prize giveaway (winner will be announced tomorrow–Friday).   Just click on the link below.

Graphic 45 New Blog

I hope you will join me throughout the year as I create new projects with the beautiful Graphic 45 papers.  It is my goal to inspire you to create lovely things too with Graphic 45.

Happy Crafting!


Hello and Happy Monday to you!  Today there is a  new card challenge over on Cards in Envy.  It’s a hard challenge but an easy challenge too.  How can that be? The theme is White on White.  It’s hard to wrap your brain around using just white on a card and to think of a design.  But once you do, it’s so quick and easy to put together and so very clean looking.  Of course, it is hard to stamp an image in white and a sentiment so it is okay to use black or other color ink for the sentiment and black for a stamped image but don’t color it in.  I went with a die image so everything would stay white except for the sentiment “hello.”

Here’s what I used on my card:

  • White Cardstock
  • Scallop Square Sizzix Die
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs Garden Notes Aster Die #1219
  • Stampendous “Hello” Acrylic Stamp from Happy Messages
  • Memento Ink – Pistachio
  • Sheer White Ribbon

There are some wonderful White on White cards by the Designers on the Cards in Envy blog today.  I do hope you’ll check them out and then consider making your own White on White card to share for the challenge.  if you are having a mental block on a design, think about making a wedding card or a snowy winter/Christmas card.  Perhaps that will help you out.

Happy Crafting!

Last Friday I decided to have a go at doing my Finish it Friday series of blog posts again and get some of my UNFINISHED projects done.  I picked up a little mini album that I started on last year and decided it definitely was time to get it done. I’d waited too long to buy the same papers that I started out with so I had to pull in a different collection.  I think I did okay.  I worked on it Friday night and also over the weekend and I’m happy to say that I did get it done and sharing it here today for my Finish it Friday post!

I started the album using  the “Family Reunion” by Echo Park paper collection but quickly ran out and didn’t buy more. So to finish it, I pulled out “Summer Lovin” by Carta Bella and added those to the papers already in the album.  This changed it from a “Family Reunion” theme to a “Family Reunion/Summer Vacation” theme.  I think it works and I do love those Summer Lovin’ papers and colors.  In the photo above you are seeing one of my favorite layouts–a waterfall page  and below are more of the pages in the album.

The little campers are cut from the paper collection and attached to the strip of paper so that they slide and can be moved across the page.  Each camper has Glossy Accent added to them to make them look like thick embellishments.



And the finished cover that I shared last week…

I know I said that I would decide on my next Finish Friday project and announce it in this post but, well….I haven’t decided yet and now I’m out of town for my family reunion.  We’ll be at the lake camping all weekend and it will be very hot but it will be so much fun spending time with friends and family!  Next week I’m also cutting and prepping class kits for my June 24th class at Flossie Scrapper.  I’m teaching a class on my French Country Mini Album. There are still some spots left but you do need to register in advance and the last day to do so is next Thursday the 22nd.  Contact the store to sign up at 817-295-7100.  Here’s what we will be making in class:

I’ve also got my class dates set for July & August!  These classes will also be at Flossie Scrapper in Joshua, Texas.

July 22 – Nature Sketchbook Mini Album to go inside the Treasure Box we made at the May class.  If you did not take the box class, you can still take the album class and finish it at home with any paper collection you choose.  The class fee to create a black blank album is $55.  If you took the Nature Sketchbook Treasure Box class and want your album to match your box, you can add on the decorative paper kit for an extra $20.

August 12 & 13 – Master Detective Curio Cabinet with Folio Album. I don’t have this one made yet but the design is planned and once it’s done I’ll have a price for you.  This is a two day class so we can make the Curio Cabinet on Saturday and the Folio Album that fits inside of the cabinet on Sunday.  Mark your Calendar!

Have a great weekend and Happy Crafting!



I did it! I finished this album!! Not on Friday night as planned though I did work on it that night but over the course of the weekend I got it done including three other Design projects.  Now I’m editing a bunch of photos and videos to get it all finished for future blogs and deadlines.  So….what did I do about not having enough paper of the original collection?  Well, I pulled out a really fun Summer pack from last year? the year before?  And changed the album from a “family reunion” album to a “family reunion, summer vacation” album.  Love, love, love it.  Here’s one more sneak peek of another double page spread in it.

I will share more in my Finish it Friday post this coming Friday, June 16th plus I’ll pick another “Finish it Friday project.”

Psst…. family members…if you like this album, it just may be in the family auction or in a raffle this weekend.  Just in case you might be interested.

Happy Crafting!