Smiley from Good morning!  I hope y’all had a good day yesterday.  I spent the better part of the day in the studio working on more Graphic 45 projects.  Friday is going to be here before I know it and things need to get done . . . laundry, packing, last minute shopping, pedicure . . . Smiley from

I know how y’all feel about sneak peeks, and I have one more for you today.  This time it’s for Graphic 45 but I think you’ll see some Spellbinders in there too!


Love this new paper from G45 . . . Olde Curiosity Shoppe.  I can already tell you that this collection has fast become a new favorite and see that woman . . . oh the possibilities she has!

That’s all for me today . . . I’m heading back into the studio.  Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great day!


Good Monday morning!  I hope y’all had a great weekend.  I stayed buried in the studio for two days working on Graphic 45 projects.  Almost done . . . just an altered piece and one more card to finish up.  Plus, I have a few samples to make with the new metal butterflies.  Have you seen them?  OMG they are fabulous and YES, they are in the house.

I’ll be working these into my demo at CHA.

I’ll be at the Graphic 45 Booth on Sunday, January 29th at 11:00 am., demonstrating different techniques to use on the Metal Flowers.

If you are at CHA, I hope you’ll come by and visit with me!

Oh and did you see these?

These will be worked into my demo too . . . Metal Clothespins!  How cool are these?  When I first saw them my mind was already running with ideas on what to use them for!

I’ll be sharing more with you later in the week!  In the mean time . . . thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a fabulous day.


Hey every body!  As promised the other day, here’s the details on the Moroccan Lantern that I did for the Spellbinders Blog Frenzy.


After I had taken the initial photos for the Blog Frenzy, I found some battery operated lights on clearance . . . So you know I had to try them in the lantern.

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Now for the video:

Can you tell I have a love for blues harmonica?  There were some of my uncle’s favorites too!

Thanks for stopping by today!  I’m still in the last minute crunch for CHA projects . . . only a few more to go . . . spending lots of time in the studio!


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Good morning!  Today is the first E-Team Hop of 2012 and I’m so excited to be taking part in it.  Recently Wendy Vecchi posted about today’s technique, Faux Crazed Porcelain, and Daisy challenged The E-Team to give it a try ourselves.

Wendy covered a metal plaque with Ranger’s Glue ‘n Seal and then Rock Candy Crackle Paint (which you can see at the link above), but I didn’t have any metal pieces that were appropriate for what I was working on.  So . . .

I had to come up with something else that was metal to try the technique on.

I stamped the work “Art” on a white tag, put Scor-Tape on the back of the book plate, and stuck the plate to the tag.  Once I had trimmed away the paper, the book plate was covered with a layer of glossy Glue ‘n Seal.  After the Glue ‘n Seal had dried I poured (right from the bottle) Rock Candy Crackle Paint into the book plate, letting the extra run out over the sides.

One word of warning here . . . I thought the Crackle Paint had dried and stuck my finger into the middle of the plate . . . WRONG, it had not dried all the way.  You can probably see my fingerprint right on top of the “A”.  When the top was dry, I painted across the top with Frayed Burlap Distress Stain and wiped away the excess.

I probably should go back and show you what I originally started the project with.

I’ve had this Grolsch beer bottle for probably 20 years.  I had had surgery and a friend sent me some orchids that were put in the beer bottle as the vase.   In the picture above, I’ve already removed the hinged top.

Using the same technique that I used on my Spellbinders Moroccan Lantern (which video will be posted in a day or so), the bottle was covered with matte Glue ‘n Seal which was allowed to dry, and then a very thick coat of Rock Candy Crackle Paint.

Here you can see where I brushed it on the neck of the bottle.

Then around the bottom, I began to pour the paint directly from the bottle to let it drip down the sides of the beer bottle.

You can see (in the above photo) the different layers the Crackle Paint created by pouring it on the bottle instead of brushing.

The finished bottle . . .

The book plate is hung from the neck of the bottle with silver chain attached to the ends of the plate.  That skeleton key is one that belonged to my grandfather that I had in a display case in my dining room.  I thought it needed a new home!  I had the beads from old $ charm bracelets and the crystal is from Maya Road.

This is a project that I’ve been wanting to do for some time and I’m very happy with the results . . . I’ll be saving those wine and other libation bottles now instead of recycling them.  Wouldn’t this look fabulous with a Makers or Jack bottle?

Now let’s get to the hop details.  The designers participating are:


Please stop by and see them . . .  I’m amazed at everyone’s take on this technique!  Oh and Daisy will be participating on the eP Blog!

Of course, there are also prizes to be won!  Three very lucky random winners will each win a $25 eP Gift Voucher.  All you have to do is leave a comment on each E-Team members’ blog between Friday through Sunday.  Three random winners will be drawn and announced January 23rd on the eP Blog.

Thanks for stopping by today and enjoy the hop!


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The entry window for the
Spellbinders Paper Arts contest on this blog has ended.
Don’t forget that you still have time to enter
at the blogs listed on the Spellbinders blog. Thank you!

Welcome to the seventh day of the Spellbinders Abilities and Beyond Blog Frenzy!


Spellbinders™ Paper Arts is absolutely thrilled to bring you our largest product releases ever! These new collections are some of the most innovative and beautiful die cutting and embossing templates in the world! The Spellbinders Abilities and Beyond Blog Frenzy allows you a sneak peek of our introductions for the 2012 Winter Craft and Hobby Association trade show later this month.

Win today’s new Spellbinders products!

Be eligible to win the Grand Prize by entering each day, see the schedule below!

Enter my Blog Frenzy from 12:00 am Eastern Standard Time (EST) January 18, 2012 until 11:59 pm January 19, 2012.

Today’s participating Blog Frenzy includes my blog and Linda Duke and AJ Otto’s blogs.  You can enter yesterday’s blogs, Kimberly Crawford, Donna Salazar and Ken Oliver through January 18 at 11:59 pm EST.  See the Spellbinders Blog for the complete schedule of designers and contest rules.

Thank you Spellbinders Paper Arts for sponsoring this contest!

Moroccan Box

From the side.

Moroccan Box 2

Here are the new dies I introduced:

S5-064 Moroccan Accents

Sku Name S5-064 Moroccan Accents
MSRP: $29.99

Border: 9 x 7/8″
Corners: 2 x 1 ¼”
Star SM: ½”
Star LG: 3/4″
Oblong Accent: 1 5/8 x 3″
Large Accent: 2 ¾”

S5-065 Moroccan Motifs

Sku Name S5-065 Moroccan Motifs
MSRP: $29.99

Flower SM: ½”
Star: 1 ¾”
Round: 1 1/8″
Motif SM: 1 ½”
Motif Med: 2 ½”
Motif LG: 4 1/8″

I prepared a step-by-step tutorial in video form for you.

My second project is a lantern made from an empty candle jar.


The candle lit.



I have also prepared a step-by-step tutorial for the lantern and will be sharing that with you in a few days!

By entering the Spellbinders Abilities and Beyond Blog Frenzy you agree to the Official Rules.  For questions on the Spellbinders Abilities and Beyond Blog Frenzy, send an email to; no entries will be accepted at this email address.


My blog is open for entries from 12:00 am, January 18, 2012, until 11:59 pm, January 19, 2012, EST.

1) Send your Blog Frenzy email entry to:

2) The subject must be S5-064 Moroccan Accents and S5-065 Moroccan Motifs.

3) Send!

Be sure to visit all the Designers on their Blog Frenzy dates!

Daily winners will receive an email within 24 hours of the blog frenzy’s closing. The winners will have 72 hours to reply to that email to claim prize. If a winner fails to respond within 72 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

To be eligible for the Grand Prize, enter each and every Blog Frenzy within its designated time period, send your entries from the email address for each entry. The Grand Prize has a retail value of over $1900 and includes the complete Spellbinders line of die cutting and embossing templates released at the 2012 Winter CHA show, and a Spellbinders Grand Calibur® Die Cutting and Embossing Machine!

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