Thursday, August 30, 2007

Birthday Card

I made this card for another swap I was in. The paper is from TAC's Lilly Anna 12 x12 cardstock collection. Beautiful, beautiful paper.

Supplies all TAC-
Lilly Anna 12 x 12 Cardstock p. 14
'Party Time' stamp set, level A Hostess set, p. 7
Prismacolor watercolor pencils p.122
Gray Tombow pen p.120
Tombow Blender Pen p.121
blue brads

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

3 x 3 Fun

I recently signed up for a 3x3 card swap on the Paper Wings forum. I've honestly never made a 3x3 card and it was a lot of fun. I ordered square envelopes and they arrived today....the 3x3 cards fit perfectly. They are so cute!

Supplies: (TAC unless stated otherwise)
Party Time - level A hostess set p. 7
Blossom Builders p. 44 (I used the small solid circle to make the background)
VersaMark ink p.118
Black StazOn ink p.118
Gray Tombow pen p.120
Tombow Blender pen p.121
Prismacolor watercolor pencils p.122
misc. cardstock

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Creating Keepsakes Convention

I was able to attend the Creating Keepsakes Convention in Tulsa, OK. Myself and 21 other ladies loaded a bus and left from Joplin, MO, Saturday morning. Our day consisted of shopping at three scrapbook stores, attending the CK convention and having dinner at Casa Viva. My mother-in-law, Kathy, my sister-in-law, Nikki, and my friend Diana were all able to go along. They all had a blast.

Several of the gals on the trip are members of the HSS message board. It was so much fun getting to meet them in real life!

The highlight of my time at the convention was meeting two Angels that were running the TAC booth. Their names are Jen Bluestein and Angela Miller and their booth was amazing!

I've had a really late night. I've completed three sets of swap cards in two days...I should've had these done sooner, but that's how things go sometimes, right? Here is one of the cards that I'm shipping off tomorrow. I'll save the other one for later.

Supplies- (all TAC unless stated otherwise)

patterned paper from Hemingway p.15 - for the paper pieced leaf
'Lagoon' card stock from the Hemingway cardstock pack p. 15
'Sahara Sand' ink p. 118
Black StazOn p. 118
Seasonal Scribbles stamp set p. 67
ribbon and off-white cardstock misc.
Culuzzle square template for window cut-out p. 114

Sunday, August 19, 2007


My Catalog Reveal was a big success yesterday. 12 ladies attended and I feel that they each had a really good time. I think one of their favorite projects was the frame that is pictured below. I created this just for the reveal party. I'm hoping to take some pictures of each of their individual frames because they were all so creative! A big thank you to all who attended yesterday!

I also want to share that TAC is having an great special during the month of October. If you host a FunShop during the month of October you will received DOUBLE hostess rewards and those that attend your party can earn DOUBLE Gift's with Puchase. If you don't live near me and would like to have a catalog party instead, please let me know!! This is a great opportunity!

Supplies: all supplies from TAC unless stated otherwise

4 inch coaster (not TAC)
Mia's Cottage paper p.18

Stamp sets- 'Label Words' p.75 and 'About A Boy' p.75
Misc. ribbon

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Congrats Nicole!!!

I want to welcome one of TAC's newest Angels, Nicole Dean!!! Woo-hoo!! Nicole is a good friend and co-worker of mine. She is very crafty and makes wonderful cards, mini albums, scrapbook pages, you name it! I'm so excited for her to join TAC and to be my very first downline! I look forward to working with her. Be sure to hop on over to her blog and say hello and congrats!

As promised, here is another card made with TAC's 'Circle Sampler' set. I have to admit that it took me a few tries to get a straight row of images for this card, but it was so worth it. Once I got going and had the placement right, it became easier for me to stamp a straight row. Please don't click on this for a closer image just to inspect it....I'm serious!! You better not! :) I'm such a perfectionist and I should know better than to attempt a card like this, but the 'Circle Sampler' is perfect for this.
Supplies: (all stamps from TAC)
'Circle Sampler' stamp set p.84
'Thanks' senitment from 'Sentiments' set p.78
Lt. pink and dk. pink cardstock from DCWV Brights paper pack p. 113
white cardstock
Claret Palette ink p. 119

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

'Circle Sampler'

This card was super easy to make. I used TAC's 'Circle Sampler' stamp set. It was the first set I put on my list after I got my new catalog. There are 23 stamps in this set and the possibilities for the set are endless!! I have to keep this post short. I started back to school this week and I've got to get to bed at a decent time. The kiddos come on Thursday...I'll be busy finishing up my room and lesson plans tomorrow. Where did the summer go??

I will post another 'Circle Sampler' card tomorrow. Have a great night!


Stamps (TAC) 'Circle Sampler' p. 84
sentiment from 'Be Authentic' p. 77

blue cardstock from DCWV Brights paper pad p. 113
white cardstock
pink ribbon
Palette Spot inks- Claret, Chartreuse, and Beaux Arts Blue p. 119

Cha Cha

Cha Cha is one of TAC's newest 12 x 12 cardstock collections! I love these vibrant colors. This fun little accordian fold book is an idea that comes from a magazine put out from Creating Keepsakes called Easy Patterns for Scrapbookers. I love this magazine! There are 136 projects created from 23 patterns. All the materials and cutting instructions are given.


Just a reminder that my Catalog Reveal party is THIS Saturday from 1-3pm. Click this link for more details!!

Supplies used for accordian book:

Cha Cha pattern cardstock from TAC p.10
red bazzill cardstock for base
bookplate (a sheet of tags and bookplates are included with the Cha Cha paper pack!)
brads and ribbon
word stamp from TAC's 'Label Words' set p. 75
flower images were cut from a sheet of the Cha Cha paper (fyi...there is a stamp set that coordinates with the Cha Cha set!! I don't have it yet, but it's on p. 10 of the new catalog!!)

Do you have a TAC catalog yet? Why not?? They are just $5 each! If you would like to purchase one please contact me!

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Stella's Tote

How cute is this?! This is called Stella's Tote. The designer of this tote is Leslie Miller and you can check out her tote and tutorial here. I actually learned about this tote from my good friend Nancy Grant. Nancy made a beautiful Stella Tote and then led her blogging friends to Leslie. I'm so glad I tried this project. I'm so happy with the results. Thank you for sharing your design and tutorial with us, Leslie!! It is awesome!!!


(All supplies from TAC) Page numbers are from current TAC catalog.

paper- pink cardstock (DCWV, Brights pack)p.113
Uptown Girl 8x8 paper pad p.35

Stamp sets
-Sentiments p.78
-Forget Not p.46
-Fanciful Flowers p.41
-Swirly Gigs p.28

black ribbon, black eyeltets, black ink, black pen to color in details

Coluzzle Cutting System p. 114
I used the Nested Rectangle

Sunday, August 5, 2007


I just received 180, 4x4 inch coasters and this is what I've created so far. In the past I've used matboard and chipboard. You have to get out your utility knife and try not to hurt yourself as you saw through. These 4x4 coasters make it so easy. These projects didn't take much time at all.

I learned how to make the coaster box from Taylor Vanbruggen's great tutorial. I came across the caddy divider from a lady named Lynn McAuley. (I wasn't able to find the site so that I can link you. I'll keep looking.) The coaster album is explained in this tutorial from Beate Johns. I will showcase the Crop-O-Dile with the coaster caddy for one of my demonstrations at my Catalog Reveal Aug. 18th.

There is a third coaster project that I came up with on my own, but it is a surprise! It will be offered as a free Make 'n Take at my catalog reveal party. I'll post pictures after my party.

Supplies used:

Patterned Paper from Uptown Girl paper pad by TAC
black cardstock
black VersaMagic Dew Drop ink to ink the edges
black ribbon
Crop-O-Dile tool to punch holes (cuts like a knife through butter!!)
Yes! glue (wonderful stuff!)
4x4 inch coasters