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More Creative Love from Kaisercraft's "Now Boarding"

My first design team assignment with The Paper Forest was to use the

"Now Boarding" Collection from Kaisercraft.  

This collection has a great selection of travel images.

I made a quick and easy card, which I turned into a anniversary card.

I also made this accordion album with flaps, pockets and plenty of room

for journaling.

In the collection of 12 x 12 papers is a page with six 4" x 6" images.

I cut this page in 1/2 vertically, used a small strip of coordinating paper to 

join the two strips to make my accordion base.  I then went to town making

flips and pockets.  The front and back of the book is covered chipboard.

(page #1)

(inside of the book)

(Pocket Page)

(Pages #4-6, flaps closed)

I really loved working with this collection.  

Very vintage inspired, yet modern.  (is that possible?)

 More "Now Boarding" Layouts down below.

Kaisercraft "Now Boarding"

I finished up my Design Team layouts for The Paper Forest.  

I used the Kaisercraft "Now Boarding" collection.

The pictures are from my parents 50th Anniversary Trip to England in 2005.

(this how I like to remember my mom...  Happy and Healthy)

Cleaned, Dusted and Ready for Pictures

I love looking at where people create.  Do you?
It's been exactly two years from the last time I shared my space with you.
So....since it's finally clean enough for pictures I thought I'd share it again.
(I think it's a mixture of Cabin Fever and Spring Fever.)
My Desk:  I wish a could say it looks like this all the time.  
As soon as I start a new project it'll be a mess.
My Workshop measures only 8 1/2' x 10 1/2' feet.
It has a large sliding patio door onto an upper balcony, a door into the Master Bedroom, a closet door and a door into the main hall.
Size alone is a challenge, not to mention working around all those doors.  
Family Picture Board: some of my favorite family pictures hanging over my desk.  It just makes me happy.
 My Favorite Ink pad Drawer: I keep all my favorite ink pads close at hand.
My Ikea Shelf: This picture makes me smile.
It gives the illusion of a lot more space than I really have.
The patio door is right next to my desk. I keep ribbon spools in one of the boxes and finished samples in the other. One shelf holds my Big Shot another holds my Bind it All. I have drawers of thin dies, thickers, flowers and one for a special project.  The door on the right of the picture is the door into my master bedroom. 
I was once on a business call with the door open and they asked me if I was outside. (darn birds)
 I love all the little cubbies in my Ikea Cabinet.
My Red Stamp Rack: Some of you may remember last summer when I painted this red.  To the left of the rack is the door to my bedroom, to the right is a small closet door.  To give you an idea of how small the room is, you can see in the bottom corner of this picture the wood filing cabinet that holds my paper. (see next picture)  It holds stamps, punches, cardstock, buttons, glues and embellishments.  It's my go to shelf. 
My Die Cutting Station:
I still have my old Accu-Cut Mark IV from when I had my store.
I also use this space as a staging area for projects and classes.  
To the left is my go to cardstock.   In the upper cabinet I have office supplies, the cabinets down below hold stamps by the season and my extra adhesives.  Both of the drawers hold my extra ink pads. (I have a lot)  To the right of the cabinets are my dies.  The left corner of the picture shows my closet door.  You can tell how small the wall is, I have a tiny hall and then the door out to the main hall. You can see the punches hanging on the back of the door.
My Punch Bags: I have two over the door old Crop In Style punch holders.  After years of hanging there, I have found out that I have messed up the door.  It no longer closes properly.  These and the ones on the stamp rack are only a portion of my punch collection.  I have two under the bed storage boxes filled with punches hidden under my bed.  
(The hazard of working with punch companies.)
Storage Cabinets: Up until this week all the cabinets were white.
I got the idea to paint the old one red and love the look.
On the left of the picture is the door leading to the hall (which holds the punches).  The right of the picture is my desk.  
You can spin in the middle of the room and see everything.  
(but just one at a time, no room for two spinners)
My Inspiration Board: I can't believe that before this week, the inspiration board had not been changed since I last showed my room.  I took the old bulletin board which had the faux wood look and used my Deco Color premium silver pen from Marvy Uchida and covered it.  I used my black Ancient page permanent ink pad from Clearsnap Inc. to give it a aged look.  I did the same with the buttons in the corner. So much better than before.
If you're at this point, then you made it to the end of the tour.  
Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed it.

DCC: Project ideas or techniques that blew me away.

This month the Designer Craft Connection Blog Hop theme is:
Project ideas or techniques that blew me away.

"blew me away?".... that thought stumped me for awhile.  

At the suggestion of a friend, I looked to Pinterest for inspiration.

I found a cool technique that I immediately wanted to try.

I'll spare you the details, but, after waiting overnight for results,

it was deemed a craft fail.  

There was one thought that just kept coming to mind.  

Embossing Powder.  

When I was introduced to stamping in 1996, do you know what got me hooked?

It was the Gold Embossing Powder.  

I remember thinking "Wow" the first time I saw that gold powder melting.

At the time, I had a gift store and was looking for something new.

I can't tell you how many people I hooked with that gold embossing powder.

So.....this month I'm going back to where I started.  

Back to embossing powder.  (this time with a twist)

For this project, I started with a oval that was cut from chipboard.

I rubbed White Colorbox pigment ink onto the surface of the oval.

Next, I poured white embossing powder over the entire oval.

After pouring the excess powder off, heat the oval with a "heat tool".

Make sure all the embossing powder is melted. 

Repeat that step 3 or 4 times, building up a thick layer of embossing powder.

After it was thick enough, I added a little red ink to the edge of the oval and 

inked up the "Windmill" stamp.  

I heated up the oval again, making sure the powder was really hot and melted.

I pressed the inked stamp into the hot, melted powder.  Success!

I love the way it looks like red toile.  (which is something I collect)

Here's another project I did a couple of years ago using metallic powders.

If you like to see what techniques blew away the other designers.

Look for the Designer Craft Connection Logo in my upper right
sidebar to start hopping. 

Shabby Ruffled Flower

After this long and snowy winter, I'm looking forward to Spring Flowers.

I love May when I spend hours wandering the Greenhouses looking for 

the perfect flowers to adorn my yard and front porch.  

It usually takes me three trips to pick them all out.  

To get you ready for Spring, I am teaching a class in March called

Shabby Ruffled Flowers.  Here's the details:

Shabby Ruffled Flowers

Saturday, March 22nd


Cost of the class is $25.00

I will show you how to make both ruffled flowers using just two punches;

the scalloped heart and scalloped circle from Marvy Uchida. 

We will make all three projects shown.

Contact The Paper Forest at 309-745-3440 to sign up.

A Productive Day

I enjoyed my snow day yesterday. (didn't leave the house)

I worked on these layouts off and on all day.

Funny how something so simple can take so long.

The first layout is of my sweet grandson Nick.  (fall of 2012)

The second layout is with Nick and his new little brother Warren. 

My daughter-in-law was taking Christmas Eve pictures and we got the

crazy idea to do "Elf on the Shelf" pictures with the little guy.

Of course, big brother Nick wanted to get in on the action.

Glad to get these great pictures on a page.

The Paper and Die-Cuts are from Jillibean Soup.

Another Snow Day...


Ahhh!  The fun of a snow day.  

It would be great if we didn't keep getting them.  (our 7th so far)

With the exception of a 5:45 a.m. phone call, and a second call at 5:50,

I didn't mind school being called off.

A good excuse, to sleep a little later and stay in comfy clothes all day.

I have my wool snowflake socks on and I am spending the day 

getting caught up.  I've got one page done and as soon as I find the 

right pictures, I'm going to finish a second one.

Stay Safe, Warm and take time to be Creative!!!

(The above picture was taken right before Christmas when we still thought a lot of snow was fun.)

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