Friday, July 29, 2011

Escape to the Beach class tomorrow

My Escape to the Beach art journal class at Whim So Doodle is tomorrow from 1-4pm. You will be playing with gelatos mixed media style while working on a beach book. You can call 727-827-4911 to sign up. Hope to see you there!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

CK's Summer Fun & Travel and a GIVEAWAY

CK's latest special issue, Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Summer Fun & Travelis finally here!!!

Here's the cover of the 90-page special issue filled with 254 scrapbook layouts and tips!!! I lave gone through my copy quite a few times already and can't decide on my favorites yet... I'm loving Deena Wuest's cover for sure and Cindy Tobey's article about using scenic photos. Every time I look at Guiseppa Gubler's "Lombard Street", it puts a smile on my face. You have to see how cleverly she used her photos! And here's one of my pages about our visit to the aquarium.

Check the issue out at the Scrap and Paper shop and a sneak preview. You can use Coupon code: CKFUN10 for free shipping in the US on all orders of $25 or more by 8/8/11.
You can find fantastic downloads, tips, and ideas from the issue here.
And if you wish to win a copy of this fun issue, you can leave a comment to this post by 7/31/2011 describing how you store your summer memorabilia before scrapping them. On 8/1/2011, I'll be picking one random winner to whom CK will send a copy of Summer Fun & Travel!

Good luck :)

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Gummy worms and cup of dirt

After karate lesson last night, we didn't feel like eating dinner at home. So we stopped at TGI Fridays in the same plaza. And Om had a Cup of  Dirt for dessert!!! Nini and I were happy with more traditional choices :)

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Another fun share

In this layout, I used two sets of newly released stencils from The Crafter's Workshop. Both the clouds and raindrops come in 12x12 as well as 6x6 making it so much fun to layer them. The stencils themselves are designed by my very talented fiend, Julie Fei Fan Balzer. Thanks to Jaime, the owner, I got to play with them even before they reached my lss :)

Friday, July 22, 2011


I'm home... exhausted yet renewed and refreshed!

The Faber-Castell booth where I worked.
My Faber-Castell workshop where we were supposed to have 75 students but ended up having 90. Thanks to everyone who came to play!

The Glitz girls... they are SO NICE and SO PRETTY !!!

We went to dinner at Bistro11 and saw the Hershey's across from street.
Here's the super cute and sweet Megan Hoeppner, CK's Creative Editor rubbing the belly of this little cut out boy at the Doodlebug Booth.

It was so much fun to see my friends again and meet new ones. I roomed with Jen and learned a lot about the busines of wine even though I never drink. Just because we wanted to hang out a little longer, we left for the airport together and even though we had no time left to just sit and chill, we dragged our tired bodies and luggage from one end of the airport to the other... together :)

Sunday, July 17, 2011


Going on the 18th to be back on 21st night.
If you are going too, please stop by the Faber Castell booth on the 19th and 20th between 4 & 6 pm to say hi  or maybe we'll run into each other as we walk the floor :) It's always fun to meet online friends in person.
Will blog when I get back!

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Today's share and a couple of questions answered

Here's a 4th of July card I made with Anna Griffin paper and fabric and Scotch 3M adhesives.

And now to answer a couple of questions that were asked in the comment section in the past few weeks...
To my June 06 post,
unknown said...
Hi Mou,
Couldn't find your email, so I'm posting my question here.
The upcoming class your teaching next month or so, will it be available as kit? Live to far to attend :-(.
4:31 PM

Answer: Char, thanks for your interest. Unfortunately, given the technique-based nature of this class, it cannot be made into a complete kit. However, please feel free to email me at if you have any other question related to this project.

deb said...
So talented..thanks for sharing.
Any plans to be in the Chicago area to teach?
9:20 AM

Answer: Hi Deb, thanks! I'll be teaching a mixed media class at CHA Summer in Chicago on the 7/19 for Faber-Castell. But I'm told that it's sold out. 
You can email me at if you wish to discuss future teaching arrangements

Happy Thursday :)

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Revisiting watercolor

For the last few days, I had been playing with watercolor again. Watercolor makes me happy... in fact, painting in general does... a hobby that took a backseat after the kids were born. I needed a more forgiving medium that did not dry while I was gone, something that stayed as is and I could revisit and alter and that's when I found scrapbooking. Learned a few things along the way... then, I wanted to experiment with collage and watercolor, not acrylic and this is what I have... memories of Sunday mornings bygone...

Sunday morning Teacups

Sunday Morning Pink Lemonade                                                                                     
And together...

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Glitz July Layouts

Here are my Glitz layouts for July.
Summer is in full swing here and so are activities. I'm having a blast taking photos of the things that say summer to me. One such thing is the kids in the pool and also the subject of my first layout.

I stamped the post card onto the solid side of the Love Games Damask paper. Then I drew a fish on it, colored it, cut it out and used it as an accent.

And here's my second layout about a day out with my friend and kids.

Layout 1: I Wish, I Wish, To Be Fish
1. Love Games Damask 12x12 paper
2. Laced with Grace Plaid 12x12 paper
3. Afternoon Muse Floral 12x12 paper
4. Distressing Set 3 Clear Stamp
5. Teeny Alpha Olive Green stickers
6. Teeny Alpha Yellow stickers

Layout 2: PhotoWalk
1. Love Games Stripe 12x12 paper
2. Laced with Grace Plaid 12x12 paper
3. Afternoon Muse Banner 12x12 paper
4. Teeny Alpha Olive Green stickers
5. Cardstock Stickers Scarlett Titles
6. Afternoon Muse Peek.A.Boo
7. Afternoon Muse Paper Layers

Friday, July 01, 2011

What happens when

you have photos overflowing with energy, watercolor pencils and onomatopoeias? This is my version of a possibility :)

As seen in July-August 2011 issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine, Copyright: Creative Crafts Group
You can find the details over at the CK blog today.