Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Mini Backpack Video

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Sunday, November 9, 2008

Here is part 1 of the Stationary Box video.

Part 2

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Friday, October 24, 2008

Featured Designer

Ahhhh-I can finally tell you what I have been up to....I was a designer for this years "Holiday Helper". Check out this website. Soon you'll see what I created.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Card from a 12 year old

It amazes me at what children can create. My daughter needed a birthday card for her friend and I asked if she'd like to make it and she said she would. This is what she came up with. On the inside she cut a smaller piece of pink and wrote her note to her birthday friend.
Have you let your children play with your stamping goodies?

Sunday, September 7, 2008

I have been a huge fan of Sizzix. Here is a video to show you why.

Friday, August 22, 2008

So Saffron

Here is a quick and easy card. Cut 2 pieces of coordinating cardstock-I used Stampin Up's double sided Designer Paper layer them slightly with adhesive then take a piece of So Saffron ribbon and place over the area where the two papers meet and adhere to your card.

Next, embellish the front using SU Scallop and Cicle punches. The flower stamp is from the Priceless set and the rhinestone brad in the center is the icing on the cake!

For information on how to order this product visit FLARE 2 SHARE. Soon you will be able to order directly from my site....

Enjoy making this card!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Simply Sent

You are getting a sneak peak at one of the new products Stampin Up will carry in their upcoming catalog! Simply Sent is a Card Element Kit containing items to create 9 cards (3 of each style). Elements is the key will receive embellishments to adhere to your cards...Yippeeeee buttons, brads and riboon!
I was having a "think outside the box" kind of day and came up with THIS..........

Enjoy!!! Our minds are a wonderful gift!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

4th of July

Here is a layout I created by going to Word and printing out a star shape to fit my 12X12 paper then adhered pictures to it making sure not to miss any space, cut it out the cut it into 5 pieces, adhered them to a blue piece of cardstock then onto white. The stars are made with SU punches. The font was from CK Freedom, paper trim on top and bottom DCWV paper and rhinestones by Doodlebug

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Create your own Designer buttons

Stampin Up sells the coolest clear buttons!!! There are three sizes: 3/4" & 1" circle along with a 1" Square!!! The sample I created was inspired from Tena Sprenger with Big Picture Scrapbooking! I used black Staz On, fabric, ribbon, paper and a flower!

Pretty cool 'eh!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Kreativ Blogger Award

Wow, what a nice surprise to receive a Kreativ Blogger Award from Lorri Heiling.

Now it is my turn to pass on the award to people who inspire ME.....

MamaShag: MamaShag
Jessica Guthrie: Kits2Remember.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Faux Bow

Friday, June 20, 2008

Paper Gator

This little beauty is amazing! I had heard you could make your own scalloped paper with it SO I bought one to try it out!

It REALLY works! Just remove the pink guides by unscrewing them with a coin. You can make larger scallops with the 3/8" corner rounder. I used the 1/4" rounder.

Not only will it cut chipboard but acrylic sheets as well!!!

Here is a sample I did with an acrylic sheet. For an awesome selection of acrylic sheets...go to Kits 2 Remember

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Ribbon Tutorial

How to Tie a Ribbon

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Friday, June 13, 2008

Heidi Swapp Class

Last night I took an amazing class from a wonderful lady, Heidi Swapp. We created an inspiring book titled "To Your Own Heart be True". It is filled with inspiring quotes and pages to put down thoughts and pictures... It is a story about My Life....How I chose to Live it and Why......

I will leave you with one quote from the book and a picture of the project, which hasn't been released yet....

"We cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are..." max de pree

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Color Combinations

Here is a wonderful color chart for you!!

Color Combinations

Saturday, June 7, 2008

VOTE NOW...Please

Please help Team Cross & Crosson by voting.... Cross & Crosson.

Thank You!!!

Friday, June 6, 2008

Win a Book!

Watch the video for directions on how you could WIN a FREE organizing YOUR scrapbook room! This is being given away by Marilyn Bohn.....

Monday, June 2, 2008


Ingredients 2 a Perfect Card.....

uuhhh, okay.....maybe MY idea of a perfect card isn't the same as others view it. Anyway, here it goes.....

I start with a color/paper/embellishment I LOVE and then create from there. I also see inspiration from magazine covers.

The following card was pretty without anything....BUT....what if I alter it....just a little bit. This is how it turned out.

Now-on THIS card....I really added goodies to it. Take a guess as to how many punches I used!!!

What is your guess??

Hint-Hint-It is a kind of soda.

With this card, I didn't have ribbon to coordinate with the card SO I improvised by cutting a piece of cardstock, running it through the crimper and weaving it within the "Leave It 2 Weaver" punch. CUT-RUN-WEAVE....EZ....

Happy Scrappin'.....

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Check THIS out..... This started off as a book I picked up at Target for $1......and transformed it into a gift for my friend.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Ribbon Tutorial

Monday, May 19, 2008

Save Money-Scrapbooking TIPS

Who doesn't want to save money on scrapbooking. It seems it can all add up quickly...a few Bling Blings here and there, some cool paper to go with the cute brad you want to use on your page because it coordinates with an element in the photograph, then the new scrapbook tool is a MUST, right?! Okay, you get the picture...Check out this article Frugal Scrapbook Tips
...Hope you save some $$$.

Tara's Tip- I keep cute tags from clothes and incorporate then into projects! What do YOU do??? Please leave a comment.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

My Celebrity Look A-Likes

As I am in the process of making fun board books, I wanted to share with you this wonderful video from The Paper Source!

You are sure to learn from this video gem! Enjoy....

Monday, April 21, 2008

6 Weird Quirks About Me

My talented friend Cathy has tagged me. Her website offers wonderful freebies every week! Check her site out!

The rules are:

1. Link to the person that tagged you.
2. Post the rules on your blog.
3. Share six weird things/habits/quirks about yourself.
4. Tag six others. And let them know they’ve been tagged!

Here are SIX things/habits/quirks about me......RU Ready...

1. I've lived in 6 homes since I've been married which will be 14 years in May which averages a move every 2.33 years.

2. I moved into a new home just 2 weeks ago! Hopefully we will be here until our kids graduate from high school.

3. I LOVE to sing!! You might catch me singing and recording at my home....

4. If you wanna make me happy, take me out to Chipotle.. What do I always order...a chicken burrito, black beans, rice, cheese and HOT sauce!

5. I am from Great Falls, MT and have lived in Ulm, MT - Buckley, WA - Temecula, CA-Mission Viejo, CA and now Phoenix, AZ. The photo above are my children John and Katelyn with a cute little desert turtle who graced us with is a visit!

6. I enjoy tea and don't drink coffee....

Now-who am I tagging???? Check em' inspiring, gifted and good friend Naomi, awesome creator of the magazine Home and Heart Stephanie, my fun Fiska Friends Wendy Jo, Leah Fung, Johanna and Angela Daniels.

I know you will enjoy their blogs!!! Enjoy and have a wonderful day!

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Cloud 9 Board Book

What a fun little book to put together. Shhh don't tell Naomi but this is for her! I printed out pictures in contact form so they are super tiny, perfect for this fun book. Next I adhered 2x2 Cloud 9 paper to each side of the board. Some corners I rounded.

Next I cut out the pictures using punches or scissors. Next came the bling bling..... I had fun using Cloud 9 chipboard stickers, jewls and tabs. I also added some sewing to some of the papers BEFORE placing them on the board.

Quick-Easy-Fun! Try one today!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Lil' Davis Giveaway

I had a fun time working at the Lil' Davis booth at CHA! Some of you may know they are now part of our Fiskars Family!!! Woo Hoo! So---Brian gave me some wonderful NEW products (yes YOU will receive them BEFORE the stores even get them)!!! What do I have for you??? How about some fun border felt, 3-sheets of fantastic rub-ons (they rub off so clean--I even used them on the felt), message carstock stickers, coordinating chipboard *SMILE*, 3 sheets of Castaway cardstocke stickers & 8 sheets of cardstock!

So, if you are a Fiskateer, post a comment on the link along with your Fiskateer number. If you are not a Fiskateer then what are you waiting for?? Go to and join!

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Love My "Fiska" Shapes!

This is how I store my shapes. A three ring binder works wonderful!
Do you get confused on which side to place up?? If so, take your Sharpie marker and trace FISKARS. Now you will always know which side is up-the FISKARS side!
I use my label maker to put my name on them. Why? Because when people borrow them at scrapbooking events I know which ones are mine.

Enjoy using your fun shapes!!!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Fiskars finger tip knife

Here is a picture of the new Fiskars finger tip knife. It is ergonomically correct when holding it. You slip your pointer finger from underneath the circle and guide it with your thumb and pointer finger.... Have fun with this new tool!

Kaleidoscope Kreator Star

Here is a star I made for a friend for Christmas. I took a picture of her quilt and uploaded it and with the use of Kaleidoscope Kreator 2.0 transformed her quilt into a tree ornament! Use the fiskar finger craft knife to make cutting out the star a breeze!

Sunday, January 6, 2008

"No Power" Mini Album

My home was one of thousands without power yesterday. So I decided to make the best of it and create an album without power. With a flashlight in hand, I went to work!

I started with a card and placed envelopes, pictures and mini pages (like the one on the front) inside. Next, I hole punched 4 spots for the paper fasteners. I used the Crop-A-Dile to punch through all of the layers.

I also used the new Fiskar corner squeeze punch throughout the album.

With the envelopes I used them to hold additional photos eg. extra pictures on hand.

I stapled ribbon on some of the edges and hand journaled throughout.....

Go ahead---Challange Yourself---Make a "No Power" project!!

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