Thursday, May 31, 2012

Three things...

First, Lift Me Up has commenced at Big Picture Classes today... Thanks to all who are joining in. There's still time till June 6 to join if you want.

Second, here's a layout I did for October Afternoon.

And third, a journal page at Faber Castell.

Monday, May 28, 2012

CK+BPC Living The Dream Workshop

The CK Dream Team members and Big Picture Classes have partnered to create the Living the Dream online workshop, and we are doing a blog blitz to promote it.
Now hop on over to

I can give away ONE spot in this fun class.
NOTE: If a single person wins more than one spot in the class, another name will be drawn.
Leave a comment by June 3 with your name and email in the comment, so you can be contacted if you win.
Good luck :)

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Yet another giveaway

Actually, two... TWO spots in my Big Picture Lift Me Up! workshop for CK Blog readers. You can enter here.

Last weekend, I was at the Orlando Scrapbook Expo demonstrating how to use Faber-Castell tools and mediums and we had an awesome response! Playing with watercolors is very relaxing and fun and I ended up with a bunch of demo pieces that I decided to cut up and make into a few cards... they would have gotten thrown away otherwise and I couldn't let that happen! So here are my cards...

Card # 1

Card # 2

Card # 3

Have fun... 12 more days to summer and no alarm clock :)

Monday, May 21, 2012

Maggie Holmes Photography Class Blog Hop and Giveaway!

I have mentioned Maggie Holmes in my blog quite a few times in the past. Apart from being a member of the Creating Keepsakes Dream Team, Maggie is a magnificent photographer. Here's a little bit about Maggie...
Maggie Holmes has been a professional photographer for 7 years and has created two online workshops in which she gives you all of her tried and true secrets, tips and tricks with you. She shares her knowledge in a format that is candid and easy to understand. Past students rave about how much they learn in such a short amount of time and that the workshops more than pay for themselves because the progress they make is invaluable!
You can see samples of Maggie's photography here.

Her next two classes have just been posted for registration.
Photography 101: July 9th - August 18th, 2012
Advanced Photography: August 20th - September 29th, 2012
These are the last two classes she's offering in 2012 and class size is limited so it is best to register now in order to guarantee your spot.

Hurry in to take advantage of this discount!!!

GIVEAWAY: Maggie is giving away a spot in each class on her blog
BONUS - She is also giving away a surprise BONUS spot in the Photography 101 class and the winner for this will be drawn at random from one of the blogs on the hop. So, make sure to visit every blog on the hop and enter to win at each one because we don’t know which blog the winner will be drawn from!
Giveaways are open until Wednesday the 23rd and then Maggie will draw the winners and post them on her blog.

So, hop on to...
Piradee Talvanna
Stacy Cohen
Maggie Holmes

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Faber Castell-Prima Blog Hop

Is there anything better than two companies combining their amazing products? Today we have a joint venture by Prima Marketing and Faber-Castell! Not only do our products work perfectly together, but they provide wonderful platforms for inspiration and creativity!
We challenged our talented design teams to create projects combining products just for YOU! Hopefully they will get your creativity going too.

We've also included a chance to win some of our products. Hop around to our talented design team blogs and leave a comment on each of their blogs. Once you are done, come back to our blog and let us know your favorite technique. We will pick a random winner on the Prima blog May 30th! Faber Castell will also have a prize so make sure you go to their blog for details on how to win!

Ready for the fun to start?
Ready, set, GO!
Blog Links for Prima:
Blog Links for Faber-Castell:
Hi everyone, welcome to the Faber Castell-Prima Blog Hop. If you are new here, then, a very warm welcome to my blog :)

Products I used:
Color Gelatos & Clear Stamp: RED/YELLOW #770152
Color Gelatos & Clear Stamp: BLUE/GREEN #770153
Metallic Gelatos & Clear Stamp #770155
Essential PITT® artists pens: BLACK #770075

Donna Downey Foam stamp item # 920524 
Sun Kiss Collection A4 Paper Pad Item # 844325
Resistant Canvas Londonerry Item # 551650
Writers Tape Bare Item # 550806
Reflections Printery Item # 551100
12"x12" Alphabets Alla Prima Item # 550134
Flowers Ceylon White Wedding Item # 552893
Lilliput Roses Item # 537685
Cream Lace Ribbon Item # 541125

Craft knife
Sewing machine

My favorite technique on this layout:
I blended the blue and green gelatos directly on the foam stamp and stamped up a small garden on cream cardstock. Then, I cut out the garden with craft knife and attached to the layout. I added details with black journaling pen.

Happy hopping everyone!

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Using pinks on boy pages

Do you find it challenging? I kind of like the unconventional!
Here are two of my takes

I did this one for Hambly.
And here's another one I did for Creating Keepsakes...
As seen in Creating Keepsakes magazine, January-February 2012 issue, Copyright: Creative Crafts Group

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Some more cards

First of all, thanks Madeline Rains for your sweet comment :) I'm glad you liked the challenge. Doesn't it open up a whole new world of creative possibilities?
BloggerMadeline Rains said...
Hi. I tracked down your blog in order to let you know how much I appreciated your challenge! I kept adding in upcycled materials (that I've been collecting for too long) on other challenges too, and will frequently from now on. Your style inspired me when i used to have a subscription to Creative Keepsakes and I'm glad now to have found your blog. Whew. Longest message ever. Hope your son's feeling better.
9:55 PM
And now, time to share a few cards I made over the last few days...
Card # 1

Card # 2

Card # 3

Now, to get back to work!

Monday, May 07, 2012

Glitz for May

If I had to choose the biggest influences in my life, I'd have to pick my mom, my grandma and greatgrandma. They shaped my values growing up. In my adult life, however, the biggest influence is my daughter, in whom I see a little bit of everyone of these ladies. My first layout is dedicated to all of these wonderful women.

And my second layout.

Layout 1
Happy Travels Paper Pack, 6x6
Happy Travels Giant Rhinestones
Dance in the Sunshine Epoxy Stickers
Love Nest Journaling Stickers
French Kiss Peekaboo frame

Layout 2
Pretty in Pink Stripe, 12x12 Paper
Happy Travels Floral, 12x12 Paper
French Kiss Fleur, 12x12 Paper
Afternoon muse Paper Layer
Love Nest Title Stickers
Laced with Grace Title Stickers
Vintage Blue Title Stickers
Ivory Block Teeny Alpha Stickers
Love Nest Journaling Stickers
Pretty in Pink Epoxy Words
Beautiful Dreamer Whatnot
Beautiful Dreamer Trim

Saturday, May 05, 2012

Happy NSD!

Hope you are able to do something creative on National Scrapbooking Day! I'll have to stay close to home because of my sick little boy and puppy, but I'll pop in and out at the Big Picture Classes and Creating Keepsakes sponsored Creative Crop event.

Big Picture Classes

There will be challenges, prizes, and live chats. It's free and fun!

If you get chance, please join me for a live chat from 6:15-6:45 pm PDT.
Let's see, that would translate to 9:15 pm EDT or 8:15 pm CDT or 7:15pm MDT.

I hope you'll play along :)

Friday, May 04, 2012

Another Hambly

This one's based on the Hambly monthly sketch by Leah Farquharson.

Check out the other layouts here.

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Still sick!

Boy, some week this has been!!!
Even before I could recover from last week's fever, Om fell sick Friday. I was shivering under two blankets in Florida and going out to get the kids in the afternoon in my parka when it was above 80 outside. Then, I had classes to teach on Saturday. Only I know how I managed those.
Sunday, we had to take Om to urgent care. He kept throwing up. After that it has been a blur. He's been home sick all week. And then last night, Brave started throwing up too...
I have done countless loads of laundry. The morning routine has changed. We start the day with morning medicines, then I take Nini to the bus stop, come back and call the school to report Om's absence. Home is quiet even when Om and Brave are together. I could use some sleep, but I keep waking up. Work has accumulated because I haven't had the time or energy. Food has no taste, sleep isn't restful.
Life here is out of order right now...

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Hambly layout

Screen printed designs can work as resists for ink. Check out the tutorial here.