These cupcakes taste terrible!

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Pretty to look at, but not so yummy to eat. Cupcakes made with paper crafting supplies! They're built around a styrofoam ball and chipboard base. Add lots and lots of ribbons, flowers, glitter and hot glue, and you've got a darling cupcake! I'm always intrigued by interactive elements, so these ones have a pull-out and an accordian fold-out, but they'd be cute just as a desk-top decoration too.

To see what inspired all this cupcake craziness, check out Linda's amazing artwork.

Let it Snow... and Snow... and Snow?

Sunday, December 21, 2008

I was dreaming of a white Christmas, but this is ridiculous. Most of it came in 36 hours, and now after a day-long break to get ourselves dug out there's more coming today. Well, it's certainly beautiful! These pictures were taken before the first snowfall finished. Yesterday we had beautiful blue skies and intense cold, but I didn't get out and snap some more photos to share. Wonder why?

Looking down our street:

The steps to the back door on the garage:

James, clearing the driveway. He's already cleared that truck off and it's just accumulating more snow. The 4-wheeler with the snow blade has made James the hero of the neighborhood. He's like a big kid with a new toy.

Action shot:

A Christmas Medley

Thursday, December 11, 2008

I found this on youtube. These guys are so talented, and very funny!

Published in Paper Crafts Gourmet

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

I just got my hands on the new Paper Crafts Gourmet Book (and yes, I mean BOOK!) I'm so excited to have three projects in this issue, the ice cream sauce tag shown above is one of them. This is one fabulous cookbook/craft book. Fifty recipes and 110 projects, how could you go wrong? The spiral binding inside makes everything lay flat, and the recipes look so yummy! Find it here!

Papers by Carolee's Creations, Stamps by Close to My Heart.

For a Friend

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

I created this box for Lisa, a friend and customer who lost her mother after a long illness. Sometimes we're not ready to scrapbook all those precious photos when a loved one passes, but we want to keep them close so we can visit those memories often. Lisa's mother loved cobalt blue, and Lisa loves warm autumn colors, so I chose a color pallette for both of them. I left a blank space on the front for a special photo, but kept the inside simple to accomodate the loose photos and allow anyone to easily look through the pictures. When Lisa is ready to scrapbook, she'll have everything in one place.

Plenty of Perfectly Patterned Papers

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Know what I love about stamps? The possibilities are only limited by your imagination! Background stamps are probably my favorite, because they can be so versatile. The color and technique you choose make all the difference in the world. This folksy tree card has a bit of a contemporary edge to it, all because of the ultra cool Spot On Backgrounds stamp set.

Want to make a tree of your own? Create your own template by cutting a big triangle for the tree and then slicing it into three sections. Add a short rectangle for the trunk and you're done!


Friday, November 14, 2008

My uncle Clifford passed away recently. We are attending a memorial service this weekend and I've created this piece of artwork for his daughter and family. Clifford was a farmer, a devoted family man, and as straightforward as they come. The world would be a better place with more honest, simple men like Clifford.

He was also hilarious, often without knowing it. Clifford had very poor hearing, which caused him to speak very loudly. Add that to his habit of saying whatever came off the top of his head... well let's just say it was always a treat to visit Uncle Clifford. My favorite story: quite a few years ago my family was enjoying supper at Clifford's home, prepared by his wife, my aunt Idabelle. She was the most genteel woman I've ever known, so proper and very beautiful. Someone at the table commented on how thin Idabelle had become, as she had been sick. Clifford joins the conversation by bellowing "you should see her NAKID!" Needless to say, there was a bit of an awkward pause.....

I'll miss my uncle Clifford.

'Nuther one...

The photo could be a bit better, we did have a brief glimpse of sun yesterday so I was able to get a little natural light to reflect off my glittered card, so I'm going with this one.

To get the multiple colors on this star (CTMH Shining Star), I inked up the stamp in yellow (CTMH Creme Brulee) and then used a sponge to add red (CTMH Tulip) around the middle section, and a small finger dauber to add the blue (CTMH Juniper) in the center. After adding all these colors to the stamp, I stamped the image onto Colonial White cardstock, cut out the star and aged the edges with brown (CTMH Chocolate).

And of course, you gotta add glitter. Everything's better with glitter.

Christmas Card time!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

I'm getting ready for my annual Christmas card workshop blitz. I try to keep my Christmas cards on the simple side, in consideration of my workshop attendees who wouldn't enjoy a 5 hour workshop... go figure. So, here's one of the cards. The red berries just add so much! They're made by mixing liquid glass, cranberry re-inker and Martha Stewart red glitter. Will post another tomorrow, if I can get just a tiny bit of sun to photograph my lovely glitter. Dreary November days are not good for photo shoots.

Good Fairy?

Thursday, November 6, 2008

I took this shot in our front yard, and the setting is perfect for my little flower fairy. I just love how this came out. Is she a "good" fairy? Not particulary, especially when it comes to posing for photos. I got one shot facing the camera, and lots and lots of pics of her back turned to me. What is it with kids of scrapbookers? Don't they know they'll thank us when they get older?
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Halloween Faces

Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!

Whew! Did my first "official" facepainting event last night, at the Fall Festival for the elementary school. I'd volunteered myself and my 16 year old daughter's time for one hour, but do you think we could turn away the giant line of kids once our hour was up? We ended up painting until closing time, and the kids were still lined up. We had a blast, it was so much fun to see the look on the kid's faces when you hand them the mirror and they look like this:

Okay, just one more. Me, 'cuz I'm one cool cat.

Just for Grins

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Ever have a kid with an obsession? My son Richard has been obsessed with ships and boats for as long as we can remember. And it's not just any old boat, although he is interested in just about anything that floats, but it's got to be big. Cruise ships and yachts are his current favorite, although we've seen battleships and cargo ships thrown into the mix occasionally. He spends countless hours on the internet, searching for information and photos, and he's checked out every book in his school library about ships.

This month, my husband took Richard to San Francisco for fleet week. My husband's brother owns a large boat and they spent the weekend on the boat, touring the harbors and going out to sea for some fishing. This is the first time that Richard has been around so many boats at once, and the first time he's ever seen cruise ships and battleships up close and personal.

Richard's face must have been sore from grinning all weekend, as you can see.

His mom and dad are pretty happy about it too. Nothing like making a child's dream come true. And when he buys his first yacht, he says we can come and visit him.

Although he did mention that his sister is not invited.

Custom Made Papers

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

I wanted to show off this page, because first, I do sometimes scrapbook the photos that I post on my blog, and second, I'd like to show what I do when I don't have any patterned paper that suits my photos. The great thing about stamps and inks... you just make your own patterned paper!

Products are by Close to My Heart, with the exception of a few embellishments (like the Heidi Swapp ghost letter and ribbons).

To create the patterns, I stamped the circle from Spot on backgrounds in Citrus Leaf ink onto the same colored cardstock. Next, I created the blue cardstock by stamping the swirls from Western Flourishes in Ocean ink onto the same colored cardstock. I then went over the swirl stamped background by stamping the circles again in Clover Meadow ink. I didn't want to cover up all the swirls, so I used a bit of "Bad Stamping" techniques. Yes... you can stamp badly on purpose. Don't argue with me.

Because I have nothing better to do....

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

I seriously need some counseling. I often get so excited about a new way to share information, that I can put everything else on hold while I monkey around with my new pet project. The blog, the videos, and now the Presentations.

The good news is, if you haven't been able to view the video version of my Halloween Pop Up Treat Holder, this might be the answer. It's a slideshow format, so you can advance each slide manually, or even print the images if you like. Now, it's a lot of slides, so if you plan to print, you might want to see if you can choose to print the images smaller than full page, or you'll have a whole darned book... and a lot of ink used up.

From the fabulously distracted mind of Tresa... the slideshow.

Note: this post has been edited from its original publication. The slideshow photo has been removed to enable faster loading. To see the slideshow, just click on "the slideshow" link above.

Pop Up Halloween Treat Holder

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Another video tutorial! This one is inspired by ChicnScratch, I caught her video tutorial on these candy holders while surfing on youtube, and wanted to make my own version with CTMH materials. I decided to add the pop-up feature to make it more interactive. As usual, you can enjoy my fabulous acting skills and laugh at how ridiculous I'm willing to make myself... all just to entertain you.

Another One Published

Monday, October 6, 2008

As seen in Papercrafts Nov./Dec. issue. This one was a request from the editor, in my hurry to get out a Hanukkah design for them I inadvertently used a discontinued stamp. The magazine was very gracious about it and published the card anyway, with a blurb about the stamp being unavailable and recommendations for other sources of Menorah stamps. I'm so glad the card made it in, I think it's quite pretty and love that aspen tree paper in the background.

Mini Pocket Scrapbook

Monday, September 29, 2008

Another fabulously artsy tutorial! I have way too much fun making these.

Whoa, when did this happen?

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Practicing for the school carnival face painting booth, my oldest daughter painted her sister's face. I snapped this pic, and it almost took my breath away. She's only 11, but something about the serious expression makes her look much older. And so beautiful it's scary. Now that's a halloween fright, for Mom at least.

October Papercrafts artwork

Saturday, September 20, 2008

The October Papercrafts issue is so much fun! There's a lot of "masking" in this issue (get it? Halloween?), and I was asked to create the artwork for the Tips, Tools and Techniques column on page 92. I think this tag is probably my favorite. The flourish is cut out from a piece of patterned cardstock from BasicGrey's Scarlet Letter collection. I used temporary adhesive to attach the flourish to my orange cardstock and painted over it with acrylic paint. Remove the mask before the paint is completely dry. Ta da! Masked art!

Another version, this one didn't make it in, but I thought it turned out pretty cool too.

Sticker Shock!

Monday, September 8, 2008

Are you a sticker snob? You know what I mean... stickers are not generally the first thing that pops into your head when you think "fabulously artsy". Well, get ready to look at stickers in a whole new way! Click the video below and enjoy!

Like the mug-shots? That's my 16 year old daughter's idea. How brave am I to do that? And keep watching until the end for the blooper. It's not easy staying in character, even when you're the stamp goddess.

Humpty Dumpty Had a Great Fall

Thursday, September 4, 2008


Sometimes life throws you a curveball. Over the weekend, we went to visit my mother. Just as we pulled up to her house and stopped the pick-up, Rudy, our beloved house-cat (oops, sorry... very gentle Brittany), decided for the first time in his life to jump down from the truck without assistance. He launched himself over the side and didn't make it. Now let me tell you, this truck is enormous, and the sides of the truck are over 5 foot high. Normally, Rudy requires coaxing to get down from the back when the tailgate is down. He has never in his life jumped from the truck without help. Not sure what he was thinking, going over the side. The truck wasn't moving, thank goodness, but he hit the ground sideways, coming down on his front left leg and shattering his elbow. The break was so bad we had to take him to the Washington State University Veterinary teaching hospital. The good news is that they have some amazing specialists who put humpty-dumpty back together again, and I'm picking him up today. He'll be sporting a bit more metal in his body with a pin and a screw to keep his joints all lined up, but because of his size and weight, the doctors anticipate a full recovery.

Because the accident happened on Saturday and the doctors weren't able to patch him up until Wednesday, and Rudy had to spend his time waiting it out in the hospital, we've had a lot of lonely and worry filled days. I've learned how much a dog can become part of the family, and how deep our connection can become with a pet. You'd think I'd had one of my kids in the hospital, I've been such a basket case. So, if you have a pet, go give them a hug and let them know how much you love them. You never know when life will throw you a curveball.
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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

I used to shop garage sales, until I had too many kids to make it fun anymore. Unbuckling all those car seats just didn't make it worth the effort. But as they're getting older, I'm starting to ease back into it. Look what I nabbed at a big church parking lot sale. Originally a very old tool box, for sorting small parts. Now... perfect for scrapbooking tools!

Cool Cocktails

Sunday, August 10, 2008

More acrylic album artwork from my class at the Close to My Heart national convention. This book is a breeze to put together. Use the same concept to make on with Holiday recipes, Grandma's cookies or Potluck favorites. The drink photos and recipes all came from the internet. If you'd like to see the photos larger, click here for the online album.

Want the recipes? Click on the photo!
cool cocktail recipes

Clearly, SHE is lovely

Thursday, August 7, 2008

I'm still seriously playing catch-up after the whirlwind of convention. Being gone for six days and missing my kiddos so much, returning to the hub-bub of a houseful of kids, dog and the assorted responsibilities that accompany each. And let's not stop there, my ever-patient husband, who managed to cook, clean and keep everything running smoothly during my absence, including cleaning up the dog vomit, had to leave for a two week business trip the day after I got home. Miss him already.

As promised, the rest of the album I tempted you with a few days ago. This is the new acrylic album that Close To My Heart is releasing on September 1. They measure a tad over 6x6, with four tabbed pages, two small tag pages, one half-circle page and one scalloped edge page. Price is $14.95 with tax, S&H. I absolutely love these albums, there is so much you can do with them, and tons of techniques just waiting to be explored. Below I'll explain some of the fun decorative details I've added.

Once again, here's the front cover. The photo is on the next page, so you get a sneaky view into the album right from the start. I like the fact that I can use a photo more than once in the same book, and take advantage of the decorative details on each page to give it a different look with each view.

If you'd like to view any of the pictures larger, just click on the photo.

Inside, first page. This page is completely covered by the photo and paper. Makes a nice "stopping point" for the eye. I like having a mixture of see-through and solid coverage on the pages, makes for easy viewing.

Pages 2 and 3, with tag page. I used a permanent marker (Sharpie) to write on page two. Works great! And the best part is, if your handwriting is not something you enjoy showing off, print the text on your computer, lay the paper behind the clear page and trace the words. It will be our little secret.

Page 3, close-up. I know, the edge is a little hard to see in this photo. Oh, I know why, it's CLEAR! I've punched holes and laced with sheer ribbon along the edges. The "Pancake Monster" text is printed onto a transparency, then attached with liquid glass adhesive. And...If you don't get the knock-knock joke, don't worry, it's a four-year-old thing. Everything was "pancake" for a few months. Pancake pajamas, Pancake night-night, you get the picture.

Pages 4 and 5.

Page 5 close-up. Where shall I start on all the fun things I did with this page? First, I coated the back with liquid glass mixed with re-inkers. I'm a bit impatient, so the waiting for the drying time was probably my downfall, but I touched the page too soon and left a not-so-pretty set of fingerprints in my nicely tinted background. So... I re-covered the page back with adhesive and attached a solid sheet of patterned paper from the "Perfect Day" paper pack by Close to My Heart. Cool move on my part, it tinted the paper a lovely shade of peachy-red. Totally by accident, loved the effect. Next, the window in the center is cut out with a craft knife. It takes some patience, and lots of passes, and this is slippery stuff to cut so watch it! But eventually I have a perfect little peep-through page. Finished the page by dusting the edge with glitter, stamped on the front with Staz-On ink, and punching holes along the edge and decorated with ribbon.

Pages 6 and 7.

Page 7 close-up. This page has stamping with Staz-on brand ink, and white paint edging. The Staz-on is one of the best choices for stamping, as the ink is solvent based and permanent on the acrylic pages.

When you're designing your album, a back-to-back layout is a quick, easy way to go. No worries about adhesive show-through, since the same-size elements will allow you to hide any adhesive between the layers.

Pages 8 and 9.

Hope you enjoyed the full tour, and learned a few things about working with acrylic albums. I'm not done yet, I have more art to share, and tips and techniques to show, so check back later!