Monday, January 14, 2019

Creativation and Creative Mountain Retreat registration!

Soon I'll be off to Phoenix for Creativation, the annual craft and hobby show! This is the best place to see ALL the new and upcoming craft products (and trends) in the industry before they are sold in stores, and to connect with other designers, exhibitors and store owners. I'll be attending this year's show with my friend and assistant Tiffany and we'll be taking a few fun classes together so we're sure to have a great time.

I'll be posting lots of photos and videos on my social media, so be sure to follow me on Facebook and Instagram. (my links are in the righthand column of this blog page.) The show officially begins this Saturday, but I'll give you some good stuff to watch and see up until then as well as during the show.

Your Creative Mountain Retreat registration begins tomorrow evening, 7 p.m. EST. We had a shared room become available since the last time I posted, so be sure to check the Retreat Blog for all the info and updates. Read through the main page and the Registration page (tab at the top) so you are fully informed and are ready to go at 7 p.m. Good luck!

Monday, January 7, 2019

Retreat Registration Update

Hi All. If you're interested in our 3rd Annual Creative Mountain Retreat, the registration day is quickly approaching. We've posted an update on the Your Creative Retreat blog today with important info. Be sure to hop over there and read through everything. Thanks!

Sunday, December 23, 2018

3rd Annual Creative Mountain Retreat Dates Announced!

Ginger Ropp (AKA "My Sister's Scrapper) and I are already making plans for our 3rd Annual Creative Mountain Retreat in Hendersonville, North Carolina in the Fall of 2019! We've secured the entire Echo Mountain Inn once again and have picked the dates.

Friday, September 27 through Tuesday, October 1.

You can find pricing and all other details at our Retreat Blog. We can only accept 30 crafters, so this event fills up rather quickly. Registration will begin January 15th starting at 7 p.m. No reservations will be taken before than time.

Once you've taken a look at the Retreat Blog, if you have any further questions, just let me know.

Meanwhile, I wish you a heartfelt Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!

Monday, December 17, 2018

Free 2019 Mini Desktop Calendar Download

Hello and Happy Holidays everyone! I've updated and uploaded the mini desktop calendars for you which are now available to download FREE. Simply click the link, put your favorite paper or cardstock in your printer, and print. There are two pages to get all 12 months so be sure to click both links below.

These are sized for the Time to Flourish Desktop Calendar I designed years ago, but of course you can use these for any purpose at all so please enjoy however you wish. If you're interested in making the whole project, I've got a YouTube tutorial here. But note: there is a measurement correction in the Description section below the video, so be sure to read that before you begin. Enjoy!

January through August 2019

September through December 2019

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Cruise Projects Sneak Peek!

My crafting cruise to Bermuda isn't until June, but I've already created the class projects and I'm ready to share! Here's a quick video of what I have planned. After you've watched, grab a friend and register to join me on this fun-filled crafting cruise!

Thursday, November 1, 2018

It's November. Time for Fall cards!

Hello and happy first day of November! I love Fall (although it's still hot and humid here in Florida) and always think of our visits to New Hampshire during this time; wearing sweaters, crunching leaves underfoot, and seeing pumpkins on front steps. Some day, my friends, I swear I'm gonna relocate someplace where I can once again enjoy a cool, crisp Fall season. Meanwhile, I will continue to design and create Fall-themed projects here in the confines of my air-conditioned craft room.

Today I'm sharing a simple, yet pretty Fall card utilizing different Graphic 45 collections, textures, and die-cuts. Here's a look at how it came together.

Like many of you, I keep a collection of card sketches. This makes it easy and quick to start a card. I don't always follow the sketch to the letter, but rather use it as a starting point for the basic layout, then play with my elements as I go along.

Gather your materials. I chose this pumpkin page ("Don't Be Late," B-side) from Graphic 45's Halloween in Wonderland collection and the golden honeycomb pattern ("Harmonious Honeybees" B-side) from Nature's Sketchbook, finally the green striped paper is a scrap from Portrait of a Lady. I lay out ribbons and cardstock I think I'll use, but sometimes not everything makes the cut. For now, it's just about gathering.

Texture is an important part of any of my creations, and I'm currently in love with this "3D" woodgrain texture folder called "Lumber" from Sizzix. I embossed tan cardstock (on the left) then scribbled Gathered Twigs Distress Crayon on the raised surface, spritzed it with water and rubbed with my finger. Once dry, I blended Vintage Photo Distress Ink over the entire surface. I love the real wood result!

My card is 6" x 6" so I cut the green striped paper to 5 1/2" by 1 1/2" and used a decorative punch along one long edge. I decided on the tan lace and the gold ric-rac ribbon, which I found at Hobby Lobby.

Cut the woodgrain piece to 5 1/2" x 3" then adhere the elements as shown, wrapping the excess ribbon around the back. I find this to look much neater than cutting the ribbon on the edges.

By folding the bulky ribbons around the back, it does create an uneven unit, so I grab some scrap pieces of thin cardboard and adhere them to the back as shown, avoiding the ribbon areas which are already dimensional enough. Foam tape could be used here, but I find it rather thick for this layer.

Cut orange cardstock to make a 6" x 6" card base. Mine is tent-style, but make yours book-style if you like. Adhere a 5 3/4" x 5 3/4" square of the pumpkin paper, then the woodgrain unit as shown. I stamped my sentiment, then placed in inside the cute die-cut frame (Mini Picture Frames by Lawn Fawn). The stamp set is an old Stamp of the Month set from Close To My Heart.

Die cut the pumpkins, stems, vines and leaves. This die is called "Pumpkins" from Elizabeth Craft Designs. There are many Cricut files you can use too.

Die-cut a doily or simply use an existing paper doily and add some color with inks. I've used my favorite French Pastry Doily die by Cheery Lynn Designs. Add the pumpkins next, popping up the front one with foam tape for dimension.

After adhering the vines and leaves to my pumpkins, I added a die-cut leaf stem using Graphic 45's Tags and Flowers die. For a finishing touch, I added sparkly gems to the lower left and upper right corners.

Not difficult, very pretty, and fun to make. Let's kick off November with Fall crafts! Make sure you share your creations on social media for all of us to enjoy. I love following all of you, too.

Thanks for stopping in. Happy November!

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Video recap - 2nd Annual Creative Mountain Retreat

Happy Hump-day everyone! I've compiled all the photos and clips from our 2nd Annual Creative Mountain Retreat into a short re-cap video. If you'd like to see all the classes we taught (and by "we" I mean myself and Ginger Ropp, AKA My Sisters Scrapper) as well as the fun we had, be sure to check it out below.

Our retreat was held the last weekend in September at the Echo Mountain Inn in Hendersonville, North Carolina. We took over the entire Inn for this event with 30 crafters who enjoyed six classes, plenty of down time for relaxation, fabulous catered meals, prize drawings galore, and most importantly, friendship and fun.

We are making final plans for our 3rd retreat now and will announce in November. Registrations will begin in January 2019. If you don't want to miss that announcement, be sure to subscribe to mine or Ginger's (or both!) blog. Same place, same time frame, same amount of slots.