Christmas Wishes

Monday, December 24, 2007

Merry Christmas to from the Blacks!
Thank you to all my readers, may your holidays be merry. Here's to a fabulously artsy new year, and lots of fun and informative blog posts to come!

A published one!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Almost forgot to share this card, it was recently in Papercrafts magazine. Dec 07/Jan 08 issue to be exact. Gotta love that white paint, I seem to be edging everything with paint these days.

Say it with me now.. awwwwwww!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Seriously, how cute is that elf? I chose reverse masking and a sponge to color the little guy, with a bit of chalk on his pink cheeks.

Blues and Burgundy

Wow! Did I miss two days of posting? I've been so busy cooking Christmas goodies I lost track of the days. Margarita jelly and Jalapeno pepper jam for gifts this year. Yum!

Better make up for not posting! Colors taken from the Just Chillin' CTMH paper pack. Glitter on the punched snowflake really makes it sparkle!

Reindeer Thumbprint card... so cute!

Sunday, December 9, 2007

I can't show off my Christmas cards and not post this adorable card! Extra special for a couple of reasons. One, this was made a few years ago, so my kid's thumbprints look so itty bitty. Oh, they grow up so fast, don't they? Another reason this card is near and dear to my heart... it was one of my first published cards. Gotta love that!

Swirly Snowflakes

I told you I'd find a card that didn't have a tree, see? Love the sponged backgrounds, I seem to use this technique a lot! Just a simple card, but pretty to look at. Silver embossing and a layer of vellum complete the card.

Another snowy tree

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Two tree cards in a row! Tomorrow I'll mix it up a bit. This one has liquid applique added to the tree for a snowy effect. The liquid applique is heated after it dries so it will puff up. A word to the wise: the liquid applique picks up dirt very easily. Also color from other cards. Learned this little tidbit after this card was stored in a pile of other cards, and the next time I ran across it the snow had turned lovely shade of brownish on the tops of the puffy parts. Ugh... dirty snow.

White Christmas

Friday, December 7, 2007

This card was created using bleach to stamp the tree. The bleach lifts the dye from the background, and gives a bit of a ghosty appearance to the stamped image, perfect for a snowy look. I love using bleach stamping on my projects, it's such a versatile technique! The fumes can be a bit overwhelming, so work in a well ventilated area, and don't make 150 cards in one sitting.

What did you get in the mail today?

Thursday, December 6, 2007

It's that time of year, where every trip to the mail box becomes a little adventure. Isn't it fun to check your mail box and find a stack of colorful envelopes with Christmas greetings from all over? When I was a kid, we used to tape a long ribbon around our fireplace mantle and the cards would be taped to the ribbon. It was so much fun to see the "card garland" growing every day.

How do you display the Christmas cards you receive? Post a comment and tell me!

Meanwhile, here is a Christmas card for you. Check back frequently, I'll be posting a new card daily for a week or so, until I run out of cards to show.

Thankful for...

Monday, November 26, 2007


Working from home means you sometimes forget why you're home in the first place. So many tasks, so little time. That's when it's time to slow down and put aside the work, pull out the brownie mix and have a little fun. They grow up so fast, and I'm so thankful for these times.

Wow... I won!

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Holy cow, I just found out today that my entry for Close to My Heart's National Stamping Month video contest won first place! This is the first video I've ever put together, and it's all done on an itty-bitty flip video recorder, edited with Windows Movie Maker. My classes really are like this. Don't ya wish you could come?

Special thanks to my little actress, Jessica, for being so adorable. And to my husband, for letting me talk him into shooting his scenes just minutes before he left for a week-long hunting trip. And to Susan, who will never live down the feather boa shot.

Cool stuff! Painted resist technique

Monday, November 5, 2007

I love this painted technique, it's so "artsy" on a scrapbook page. First, stamp and heat emboss the trees with clear powder. Next, paint over the embossed images with acrylic paint. I used a big foam brush and left lots of dry brush strokes so the background would show through. Lastly, wipe away the paint from your embossed images. A baby wipe is perfect for this. You can wait for the paint to dry, or wipe it away when it's wet (I used the wet method with this example).

I used the same technique on the words "summer" on this layout as well. Neat stuff!

If you've ever had a cat,

Monday, October 29, 2007

You'll get this video. Heck, even if you don't have a cat, it's very funny.

Spooky Treats

Saturday, October 27, 2007

My late-night cupcake creations for the school Halloween carnival. I copied both of these designs off the internet... what did we do before we could search for "Halloween cupcake designs" so easily from the comfort of our own home? I was kinda hoping that one of these cuties would be voted as "best in show" by the students, but alas, a kitty litter cake won out. Lost to a tray of cat poo.
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Gettin' Crafty

Sunday, October 14, 2007

My Scrap & Stamp club members are the best. I really do love to teach and share my passion for scrappin' and stampin'. This card keeper is going to one of my lucky club members, I hold a drawing at the end of the class year, in November. I adore these papers, they give that perfect "Funky Granny's Kitchen" look. This would make a great recipe tin, don't you think?

Goofing around....

Thursday, October 11, 2007

I'm such a dork! (Well, that's what my kids think). I don't know, what do you think? How can you not be excited about a new pack of stamps?

Ahhh... Ikea!

Monday, October 8, 2007

I could seriously get into trouble if I lived closer to Ikea. Lucky for me (and my wallet), it's about a five hour drive to the closest one. Everything I need... and the kitchen sink. Now, if all those organizing containers that I bought would just do their job. Buying the stuff is fun, putting it to use: not so much. Still had such a good time, and my outfit kinda matches this room display, so who can resist a great photo op when it comes along?

Seattle Celebration!

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Last weekend I had so much fun at Close To My Heart's Regional Training event in Seattle. My dear friend Yvonne, who also happens to be on my consultant team, attended with me... we share the drive and a hotel room. Five hours of listening to me chatter in the car until I was hoarse, thanks for putting up with me Yvonne!

Creative Day was a blast! Make and Takes at warp-speed. Nothing like a high-energy creative session to really get me going. Keeping up with our "neighbors" Kimberly (above, center) and Tamara was impossible. Girls, you rock!

Country Baby

Sunday, September 30, 2007

I created this collection for Papercraft's Room to Room issue, love how it turned out. The farm stamps done in blues look so much like a french Toile pattern, yet still perfect for baby. And how cute is that little washbucket?

Everyday drive...

Saturday, September 22, 2007

I have been taking a class at Big Picture Scrapbooking, and one of the fun parts of the class are the daily picture assignments. Through the month, I have been taking pictures of things that I might not have thought to take pictures of before. It's really starting to sink in, how much of our real life we don't show in our scrapbooks. The everyday stuff, and the REAL stuff. Like messy living rooms, favorite snacks, and the places we go every day. This is the view that greets me everytime I leave my neighborhood. I have made this drive thousands of times, and I always love the beautiful scene that greets me, whatever the season. I was very, very, careful to have my camera ready for a quick shot as I headed onto the road, and I could have had a cleaner windshield, but I'm glad I have the picture to remind myself of my daily drive.

Shiver Me Timbers!

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Today is national talk like a pirate day. Arrgghh! I'll be drivin' me kids nuts, mateys!

Before and After...

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Jessica's never had a haircut, officially. It's just so beautiful, with the long ringlets and that golden color. But she hates it... the snarls, the daily battle to comb it, it's always in her way. I promised her that we'd get it cut in time for preschool, and the day finally came. I waited until the last possible moment, but it was time to let my little girl's curls go. We had 13 inches snipped off, and the hair is being donated to Locks For Love, so it's going to a good cause. Jessica loves her new 'do, and can even comb her own hair now. She's still quite a cutie. Makes me want a sassy new look too!

Goodbye to an old friend

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

I've been carrying this purse off and on for a few years. That furry leopard print just calls out to my wild side I guess. And it's big, open top begs to be stuffed with any assortment of items. I can shove it full of receipts, church bulletins, my camera, a nice assortment of lipsticks, it's even been known to harbor a few McDonald's toys and an extra pair of toddler socks. But all good things come to an end, and it's time to retire this old friend. For now, I'm settling for a conservative black number, that has a nice little cell phone pocket on the outside (yeah!), but it's only a matter of time before I find something that's more me, and sure to embarrass my kids.

For a tutorial on Color Washing, to create the background for this page, click on the photo below
Color Wash technique

One that didn't make it

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Created this baby gift bucket for a magazine submission and it didn't make the cut. Still think it's darn cute.

Does it get any better than this?

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Stamping on the deck at my mother's, over labor day weekend. The sounds of the creek rushing below, a cool breeze through the trees, and the fresh smell of country living. Oh, and my kids are laying on the floor inside, watching Sponge Bob square pants 'cuz Grandma's got cable. Gads.

Cute, cute, cute.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007


Seriously, how sweet are these little birds? Both the number 2 and the birds are on the SAME stamp set, talk about a great value! I love getting more for my money. The giant solo numbers will be available to everyone starting September 4, but I get to play with them a little early. One of the perks of being a Close To My Heart consultant.... early releases! Yippee!
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Cousins can be....

Monday, August 27, 2007

completely goofy. Not sure what's going on here, but this cracks me up. We spend a week every summer with quite a few of my husband's family members, and these two have always had a special bond. Melissa and Andrew, two goofballs.

No, you can't just BUY a card....

Sunday, August 26, 2007

True Story. Nothing has been changed to protect the innocent.
Husband: Haven't you made that thank you card for Jack yet? The party was a week ago.
Me: Sorry, I've just been so busy, and the kids are bored and fighting, they are just driving me batty.
Husband: Never mind. I'll just buy a card.
Tresa exits room, immediately goes into studio and produces stunning thank you card. Proving to husband that you CAN'T just BUY a card.

I work best under pressure. And grumpy, apparently. Maybe I could get more scrapbook pages done if I'd just get mad more often.

Ahoy! I'm in Papercrafts!

Just got my October issue of Papercrafts, their photo set-up of this party is awesome. (Mine's a little too non-halloween-ey, with that white background). I'm loving this party idea. Everyone is into pirates right now, how fun to have an ADULT pirate party. Rum punch, anyone? Aaarrgh!

Things you CAN'T do when you're NOT in a swimming pool

Friday, August 24, 2007

This makes me laugh....

Lucky Girl....

Saturday, August 18, 2007

You think I'd been invited to the prom. I was giddy all day, couldn't sleep the night before. Why? Because I'd been invited to Stacy Julian's home for an Uppercase Living party. Stacy is the founding editor of Simple Scrapbooks magazine, and creator of Big Picture Scrapbooking, as well as an incredible artist, teacher, and all-around-nice person. How'd I get that red-hot invite? A little history here... follow along. Stacy has the world's best nanny (okay, I don't know many nannys, but if I had to choose, Jenna would be it). Jenna (the nanny) attends my scrapbook classes (along with Jenna's Mom, Cheryl, Jenna's sisters, Cyndi and Katie. It's a family thing, love that!) Still with me? Okay! I had an Uppercase living party last spring and Jenna and her mom came. Jenna took a catalog back to Stacy, who booked a party for herself. So, that's me above, sitting right there in Stacy's studio! In case you're wondering about the huge white patch on my arm, thinking I had a terrible injury requiring bandages, not to worry: my nametag would not stick to my shirt, for some reason. After several tries, I ended up sticking it to my arm. Looked like a goof the whole evening, but at least I was a goof with a name!

We had a tour of Stacy's studio, which was a charming as Stacy herself. So bright, sunny and happy. She was in the middle of a big project, and "said" the room was messy (hello?! come over and see my room sometime mid-project. Where were the piles of paper?) I snapped this picture of her desk (above), and didn't realize I'd captured Stacy reflected in the window, wearing Addie in a front pack. And don't get me started on how adorable Addie is.

Below you see guests gathered around Stacy's work island. Seriously the best work station I've ever seen. Stacy on the far left, Jenna is in baby blue with her mother Cheryl on her right. Had the flash turned off on my camera, didn't want to be like a stalker-paparazzi with flashing bulbs going off.

The most memorable part of my evening at Stacy's was seeing her light up when she started talking about her scrapbooks. This is one passionate woman, dedicated to teaching and inspiring. I am in awe at her ability to pass on her enthusiasm for her craft, and the way she connects so readily with anyone. Being "in the business" can often burn out someone's passion for their own personal art, with deadlines looming and editorial demands, it's easy to lose your way and push aside the most important reason to scrapbook... your family. But not with Stacy. Everywhere you look, you see her love for her family, reflected in her home and her projects. Amazing and inspiring, as always.

Oh! I should show off my Uppercase Living projects... they've all turned out beautifully! You can put this stuff on anything, not just walls. My husband wants one for the back window of our motorhome, that's next on my list. I have put up a saying on my wall in the family room, and I've also made some plaques to hang by our front door. So easy to put these letters on, love how versatile they are! If you're interested in learning more, contact Christina at Tell her I sent you!

I've been Tagged!

Monday, August 13, 2007

I've been tagged by a few bloggers, so now it's my turn to share!

Random Facts about me:

1. I used to teach bellydance classes, and danced at Fairs, restaurants, art-in-the-parks, even a few weddings. I started taking lessons at age 14. In my 20's, I worked part-time doing "Belly-Grams" (singing telegrams/bellydancer) to help put myself through art school. No laughing at the hair... it was the 80's.

2. This summer I mostly wore just two pair of Calvin Klein capri pants, (a khaki pair and a mushroom color pair), with the occasional summer dress to break things up. I'd wear lots of different tops, so at least I mixed things up a bit. Hope no one noticed.... "Hey! it's two-pants Tresa".

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3. I'd like to be a tea drinker, it seems so much more refined than a big mug of coffee, so I buy beautifully packaged and wonderful smelling teas. Then I never drink them... just don't like the taste. But I drink WAY too much coffee. Any brand will do, I'm not a coffee snob. Has to have lots of Fat Free half-and-half, with Splenda.

4. I was a "fit model" for Utah Opera's costume department for the opera Aida. Not as glamorous as it seems. The lead female costumes were sometimes sewn right onto my body. Hold still, arms out, now don't move!

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5. I tease my kids that I'm going to be "Glam-Ma" to their children someday. I'll need a pink 50's convertible, wear my hair in a big pink boufant, have rhinestone cat-eye sunglasses, and always wear leopard print something or other. Kinda like Dame Edna, only smaller. I've got the leopard print purse, which my 15 year old daughter hates, so that's a start.

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6. I'm a breakfast eater. Can't skip it. Can't even wait very long to eat, no matter what time I get up. Get to the airport by 5 am? Give me a granola bar or you'll be sorry. Most days it's a bowl of cereal. My current choice: Cheerios with a dollop of All-Bran and sliced banana.

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7. I have a rose tatooed on my left hip. Each time I was pregnant it got REALLY big.

Well, that's it. Some very random facts! Here are the bloggers I've tagged to continue the game:
Sally Lynn

Summer Slow-Down

I always start the summer with a big list of all the things I'll get done. As we're half-way through August, I start to wonder what happened to that long list. Oh yeah, I was too busy having fun! I've had a break from my blog and haven't updated in a while, so I'll be getting back on track soon. I've been tagged by a few bloggers, so I'd better get my list of random facts ready... coming soon!

More publishing news!

Friday, July 20, 2007

This has been a good week, I guess! I just got my copy of Card Creations mag and I have four cards in this issue. Haven't had time to go through the whole magazine, but what I've seen looks great, can't wait to snuggle up with this issue and really have a good look.


Thursday, July 19, 2007

You'll find this pretty little card on page 35 of the August/September issue of Papercrafts magazine. I absolutely LOVE the giant flowers on this paper from the Floral Tapestry paper collection from Close To My Heart. Shabby AND chic, don't ya think?