Sunday, December 29, 2013

January 2014 classes

Here's where I'll be teaching in January - come by and say hi !

January 2014 Classes

Saturday January 4
Card making classes at Scrap N Yap - Monrovia CA.
10:30-12:30 Punches & Patterns   Using simple punched shapes to make five different
Greeting cards.
2:00-4:00 Chinese New Year! Make four Asian themed cards plus a pretty (and easy) Origami Box.

Monday January 6
Card making classes at The Stamp Addict – San Diego CA
9:30-12:00 Re-use, Recycle & Rejoice!  Using recycled household items to make five different greeting cards.
2:00-4:00 same
6:00-8:00 same

Saturday January 18
Card making classes at Scrampers – Torrance CA (-Address: 1309 Sartori Ave, Torrance, CA 90501 Phone: (310) 320-5476 )
10:30-12:30 Chinese New Year!
2:00-4:00 Re-use, Recycle & Rejoice!

Friday January 24
Card making class at Memories Live On – Cupertino CA.
6:00-8:00 Faux Tooled Leather – make faux tooled leather greeting cards perfect for the men in your family.

Saturday January 25
Card making classes at Memories Live On – Cupertino CA.
10:30-12:30 Faux Tooled Leather Cards
2:00-4:00 Asian theme cards plus an Origami gift box.

Wednesday January 29
Card making classes at The Stamp Addict – San Diego CA.
10:00-12:00 Punches and Patterns
2:00-4:00 same
6:00-8:00 same

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Hannah's Birthday Cake


Although the party was last week, our little Hannah turns one on December 20. She is the most adorable baby I know (prejudice Grandpa). Happy Birthday Hannah Banana!
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Sneak peek

Cloisonne Nesting Squares stamp and die cutter set coming in January.
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Monday, November 18, 2013

Cardboard Boxes

Sometimes a cardboard box from Costco is the best toy in the house.The girls are enjoying a ride on the "Spinning Teacups"
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Don't forget to save the leftovers from your card making projects. I used the two leftover die cut pieces from the two card at the top to make the cards at the bottom. I just punched a lot of holes in the diecut trees and backed them with colored paper inside the leftover frames. Of course there is a fair amount of bling added on too!
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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas

We'll be making these cards on Saturday November 16 at Scrap n Yap in Monrovia.
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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Plaid Tidings!


Here is a plaid sample for you to print out and use for cards. The card I made is in the upper right. The ribbon is from Costco. I made the plaid paper by laying strips of the ribbon side by side and scanning it. Enjoy!
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Friday, October 25, 2013


Congratulations to Kathy Higgs! Your name was chosen at random to win the Spooky Blog Candy. We'll be shipping it today. Watch for more blog candy coming soon.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Spooky Blog Candy!

If you would like to win this spooky blog candy you need to act fast! I will be sending it out to a person chosen at random this coming Friday October 25. Just make a comment here before the end of the day on Friday to be automatically entered. Good luck.
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Monday, October 14, 2013

Hand painted Autum card


Here's one of my favorite techniques is making hand painted backgrounds for cards. I call it NPSR technique, that's "no painting skills required". Here I used three fall colors, a one inch bristle brush, a tile scrubbing brush, Inka Gold and a Copper Pearl Pen both from Viva Decor. As you can see from the first picture I made a bunch of pages for my class this coming Saturday at Scrap 'n Yap in Monrovia. I just painted each brown piece of 8 1/2" x 11" card stock with yellow orange and gold using broad brush strokes. One of the best things about Inka Gold in addition to it's beauty when rubbed directly onto paper is that it's water soluble and can easily be used as a gorgeous transparent water color paint. I splatted copper paint on to each sheet at the end using the tile scrubbing brush. After the card stock is dry you can cut it up or punch out shapes and use it for card making or scrapbooking. I like to make lots of different color combinations so I have a ready supply of background papers. Enjoy!

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Beach cards backgrounds


Here are the images from our "Day at the Beach" class.
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Friday, September 6, 2013

September card making challenge

Here is a little inspiration for our card making challenge at EnjoyMichaelStrongStamps Yahoo group. The challenge is to make a fall card using one of my stamps and the colors of Autumn.
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Friday, August 2, 2013

August Card Making Challenge

For our monthly card making challenge at my Yahoo Group we will be making Anniversary cards. August is a common wedding month in America because so many people have time off from work during that month. This includes Carla and me! We will be celebrating our 37th wedding anniversary on August 21. You must follow the sketch above to make your card. There are no other restrictions or requirements. Three winners will be chosen at the end of the month and swell prizes will be awarded. Have fun and good luck!
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June/July Card challenge winners

Here are the chosen entries in our explosion card challenge. At the top is Heidi Wegman's  summer get-away spot in a box! So clever and whimsical and as always impeccable made!

In the middle is a card close to my heart. Juliet Arrighi has recreated my "Just a Little Hello" card which I did on The Carol Duvall Show some years ago. The 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" card opens to reveal an 8 1/2" x 11" message. Beautifully done Juliet!

Finally, Janet Castle has made a lovely card using my new stamp called "Hannah's Busy Bee" named for my little Grand daughter. Exquisite coloring Jan!

Each of you will receive my new Cloisonne Seahorse stamp set (not yet released) as soon as I have them to send out.

Thank to all who submitted a card for this challenge, every one was wonderful.  It was hard to pick just three!
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Monday, July 29, 2013

Shana Tova Umetukah!

A nice lady in my Saturday workshop purchased Hannah's Busy Bee stamp and reminded me that honey plays a symbolic role in the Rosh Hashanah seder. With that in mind I made some cards for the Jewish New Year coming up in September. The arrangement of the honeycombs makes a Star of David in the negative spaces. Shana Tova Umetukah!

Monday, July 22, 2013

Flowers everywhere

One of the cards in my upcoming "My Summer Garden" class in August. Check the calendar for a location near you.=)

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Lots of Sea Turtles

Lots of Sea Turtles swimming your way this month. Check out the calendar for an "Under The Sea" class near you!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

4th of July Banners


Here's a quick and easy way to decorate for your 4th of July backyard barbeque. All you need is red, white and blue cardstock cut into 2" x 11" strips, A star punch, a small hole punch, scissors and yarn. Punch stars into the strips of cardstock. Punch a small hole in the top of each strip to string the yarn through. Cut a V shape into the bottom of each strip. String them onto the yarn and tie them above your table or where ever you like . Use the punched out star "confetti"  to decorate your table. Happy 237th Birthday America!
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Monday, July 1, 2013

July's new stamp!

Here's a sneak preview of this month's new stamp - Cloisonne Seahorse. There will be a little one to go with the big one. Look for them in the catalog at the end of the month.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Blog Candy Winner!

Congratulations to Julie from Massachusetts whose name was chosen at random to win the patriotic candy. Your stars & stripes are on the way Julie!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Patriotic Blog Candy!

Here's a little red, white and blue candy for you! Make a comment on this post and you could win the goodies pictured here including 10 patriotic card kits. One winner will be chosen at random on Friday June 28, so don't delay. Good Luck!

New Sea Turtles

We're shipping the new Cloisonne Sea Turtle/Seaweed sets today! Here's the first embossed card I made using Mirror Gold embossing powder and four new Inka Gold colors from Viva Decor US, Turquoise, Aquamarine, Mint Green and Jade. The bubbles are Viva Decor Magic Transparent Pearl Pen in blue.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Spinner Card

Here's a little spinner card using Hannah's Busy Bee

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Hannah's Busy Bee Blog Candy winner!

Congratulations to Bonnie Rabon! You have been chosen at random to win the Blog Candy - Hannah's Busy Bee. I will be sending it out to you tomorrow. Thanks for commenting Bonnie. Look for more blog candy soon!

Paper Greenhouse Cards

Here are the cards from yesterday's Paper Greenhouse class. The background panels are below for you to print out.
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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Paper Greenhouse - backgrounds


A BIG thank you to all the ladies who came to Stampin' From The Heart (great store!) in Los Angeles today for our tropical card making class. Can you believe we all fit into Karen's classroom - such good sports! As promised, here are the background panels from the five cards we made. Print them out onto white cardstock and make some more cards at home. Enjoy!
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