Surf’s Up, Come on Down!

May’s Scrapbooking workshop features the Surf’s Up papers, in sunny orange and gold plus plus the blues and greens of water. Perfect for those beach photos from Spring Break or those Summer days at the swimming pool:

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Aren’t they gorgeous! I’ve added enough extra paper to make 5 full layouts and the embellishments that go with these pages are awesome: cute painted wooden buttons, pinwheels and paper rosettes along with the cardstock complements.

If you’d like to join us in making these pages, register now for  May’s Scrapbooking Workshop.  The Surf’s Up paper pack, extra pages, complements, buttons, pinwheels and rosettes are all provided.

When: Sunday, May 5th
Time: 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Where: 1832 Birch Rd, McLean VA 22101
Cost: $30

What to Bring: Paper cutter and adhesive
RSVP: 703-790-3497   or

Please reserve your spot by  April 30th
{so I can order your paper pack and Embellishments}

If you are unable to attend on May 5th, you may order your complete “kit” to complete the pages above at home and pick it up in person or have it mailed to you.

Buzz and Bumble Bee Cards

April showers bring May flowers and flowers bring bumble bees!  May’s cardmaking workshop features the Buzz and Bumble paper in warm creme brulee, sunset and cocoa, with bumble bee and honeycomb accents.

We’ll make 2 each of the five friendship and thank you cards shown below:



We’ll meet on Thursday morning, May 9th, for some tea and coffee, cake and cookies and fellowship while we play with some fun stamping techniques used in creating these cards.

In addition, we’ll make one of these classy tea dispensers, great for Mother’s Day or just as a nice Thank You gift (plus they are just plain fun to make!)….





Workshop is limited to 8 participants. RSVP by Monday, May 6th so that I may have your materials prepared for you.

When: Thursday May 9th at 9am

Where: 1832 Birch Rd, McLean VA 22101
Cost: $20 for 10 cards with envelopes and a tea dispenser

RSVP: 703-790-3497

You can purchase this kit to work on at home.  Everything will be pre-cut, necessary pieces will be stamped, and all accessories included.  I will provide you with a photocopy of the cards so that you can create them at home.  The prices are as follows:

  • $20.00 – you need to pick them up
  • $23.00 – mailed to you first class

Creative Fumblings….

So I’ve been doing a lot more time self-indulgently creating, than I have updating this blog 🙂   I no particluar order, here are some of the fun things I’ve been working on lately:

Helping my 13 year old daughter’s Civics class create cards to cheer up a home bound classmate…. It’s hard to bring materials for 20 kids to create unique cards in a 47 minute period, but it worked out great. I cut 6″ x 6″ card bases in a variety of colors and then provided stacks of 3″ x 6″ patterned papers, two spring time stamp sets with white cardstock squares and rectangles to stamp them on and colored cardstock squares and rectangles to mat the stamped images and then threw in a bucket full of scrap ribbons and buttons and sparkles of course. Here are two cards they came up with:


At last report the home bound girl was delighted to receive the shower of cards and the kids all had fun “discovering their creative side”, even the initially skeptical and sullen-appearing boys, who by the way used up ALL my sparkles before the girls could even get to them…. just sayin’!

On Good Friday we had a triple sleep over… this happens in a house with 3 girls and 2 boys. The girls all invited friends to spend the night so I set up the craft room for a girl’s night in.  I gave them free access to all my goodies to create Easter cards, on the condition that they each choose a lucky recipient and actually give away their cards on Easter Sunday. Here’s what they came up with:


and I’m pretty sure there were some happy folks receiving suprise Easter cards from these sweet children on Easter Sunday 🙂

Soon thereafter, my friend Cath popped over to make some baby cards for friends who were expecting. I’d been wanting to use my Christmas cards set with the rocking horse and the stocking anyway, so here’s what we came up with:


Trying out my  new Stamp of the Month for April:


I love hot air balloons!

And a few more random cards I’ve been working on:


Finally, some 3-D projects… a tea holder I saw on pinterest and have been dying to try, as well as a cool “origami box”:

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There are still my quilted cards I made with the friend vising from New Hampshire and my undersea fish cards I made with my new favorite stamp set, but I may include those in a future card workshop, so I’ll stop here.

Hope you’ve enjoyed the photo gallery of my recent creative efforts…  Stay tuned for info and pictures on my upcoming Buzz and Bumble cardmaking workshop and Surf’s Up scrapbooking workshops in May!

Picture This!

Results of the Canvases Workshop are now in…..   They all turned out beautiful and so different. With the permission of my friend Cath, here are the canvases she created of her daughters: photo-77 photo-78     Of course it helps to have kids as cute as hers to work with 😉 My friend Machiko made a set of small canvases for grouping together on the kitchen wall, showing her little boy in various stages of “helping out” in the kitchen. It is the sweetest set of images I’ve seen for a kitchen!  Other canvases included a sepia tones image of a couple on the beach and a sunrise shot of  a son and new daughter-in-law on the beach. Both show timeless beauty.   I can’t wait to try more of these canvases myself. They are so quick and easy as gifts as well: portrait for a hostess,  new baby for the nursery, new couple for their engagement, …the list is endless.  I especially like the small canveses grouped together as a set, with the same subject in different poses, from different angles, experimenting with Sepia tone and black and white images as well.

Creating with Canvas

Another technique for transferring a photo to CTMH’s 6×6 canvas.

To create your own artwork with this 6×6 canvas, as well as CTMH’s 12 x 12 canvas, sign up for my Canvases – Big and Little Workshop on Thursday, April 18 and/or Saturday April 20th. See my previous blog post for me details and to register.


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