Sneak Peek, and Spring Break Woes

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Coming soon, the next set of pages for the mini scrapbook series on youtube. Just you wait, the ruffled technique is so worth it.



Why oh why can't this video be done NOW? I'll tell you why. Because it's spring break. Sure, we're taking a jam-packed exitement filled trip during the latter half of the week, but the first few days? Not so much. Pair a houseful of kids with pretty much nothing to do and a busy momma who needs to catch up on classes and videos and laundry, and what do you get? Not a pretty sight. Spring BREAK? Yeah, right.

Whatever Wednesday

Wednesday, March 24, 2010


Even gals with short nails can have fun. Learned how to do this HERE. I thought it would take a long time, but once I got into the groove, finished all ten in one TV drama show. To view larger, click on the picture.

Warning! This video may contain....

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

graphic noises, silly humor and juvenile behavior. You've been warned.

Part two of the video series on the Adore mini album.

How Charming!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Another fabulous feature of Creative University is the charm swap. This year we had enough to make two rounds of the swap, so I joined in both and have so many charms I can't fit them all onto one bracelet! I tried, but it was so full you couldn't see all the charms, so I downsized and I'm going to put the remainder of the charms on a second bracelet. Then I'll be able to wear both bracelets together if I really want to make a statement (and a lot of noise, haha!) or I can hook the bracelets together with a chain and wear them as a necklace. How versatile. Like me. Haha again.

The only rules to this swap were to create two charms, one is a simple charm, just a couple beads for a "filler", the other charm is a "creative" charm. Swappers can make their own from papercrafting embellishments, or use jewelry making supplies, or anything else that strikes their fancy. The variety of materials used is amazing, you'll see shrinky dinks, fimo clay, metal washers, mod podge, casting resin, paper flowers and more! I've had so much fun inspecting each and every tiny piece of artwork, like a kid in a candy store!

The photo above shows the bracelet hanging, but try as I might, I couldn't get all the charms to face the camera. Here's my first bracelet lying down, I tried to get all the charms to show, but again, there's so many a few are still hiding.

Here are the rest of the charms I have, ready to put onto a second bracelet. Can't wait to see them all together!

If you want to see any of the photos up close, just click on the picture.

Creative University Classes

Friday, March 19, 2010

Time to show off the artwork! Creative University students participated in a jam-packed day of Creative Classes, led by top-notch teachers. This year all the classes were hands-on, so students were treated to an array of techniques and projects.



Bren taught jewelry making class, the students created this beautiful pendant. The base was layered with paper and embellishments, then covered with resin. The hardest part was waiting for the pendants to dry. Gorgeous!


I am so thankful to have had the chance to get to know Bren this year at CU. She is an amazingly creative soul who shares her gifts with all. She is also thoughtful, caring and truly genuine. And she gave me the monkey hat. So I really, really love her a lot.





Denise's class featured a clever use for the 9x9 accordion album from Close to My Heart. The book was cut apart to create the base for this beautiful wall hanging. Learning how to make the dimensional flowers was a highlight of the class.



I had met Denise on a few occasions before Creative University, but I had not really had the chance to get to know her. Let me tell you, this gal makes the energizer bunny look sluggish. She is hilariously funny, she talks a mile a minute, and she is a hoot to hang out with. All that and creatively talented too!





Nona provided two classes for the lucky CU students. First came a darling set of cards where students learned watercolor pencil techniques. But that wasn't all -- she also designed a companion project featuring a Rockin' 2 page layout. Double the projects, double the fun!



What can I say about my dear friend Nona? She has been a teacher for Creative University since year one, she makes my job as organizer so easy, she is multi-talented and sweet and funny.


Can you believe all this talent, just for my little retreat? I'm honored to have such a fabulous teaching team. Creative University professors, you are the heart of CU!

Creative University Highlights

Monday, March 15, 2010


It's been a little over 2 weeks, and I'm in a whirlwind after Creative University. But it's about time I posted some highlights, so over the next few days I'll be sharing memories and photos of all the good times we had.

In case you're a first time visitor, or haven't heard of Create U yet, it is an annual retreat that I host. It's made possible by the amazing volunteers that I manage to talk into helping me out, and the fabulous students who attend. The motto of CU is "Inspiration, Education and Relaxation". And we definitely get a healthy dose of all three. My greatest wish for all who attend Creative University is to leave with a sense of excitement and passion to express their creativity in everything they do.

Now for a few highlights!

Gorgeous scenery...




Fantastic Location....


Fabulous Classes....


Creativity of ALL types....


Delicious Food....


Connecting with Friends....


And general hilarity....


Photo credits: Nichole Lewno, Melody Pugh, Kari Seals, Wendy Tunison

More to come soon!

A Virtual Class, for free!

Thursday, March 11, 2010


I've been wanting to create an on-line project class for quite a while, so this video is a bit different because it's in multiple parts. Part one (below) walks you through the creation of the cover of this mini album. I'm going to try to release the inner page videos as I finish them up, so expect one per week (hopefully!)

This first video is LONG, almost 10 minutes. That's a record for me, I like to keep my videos short and sweet. Or short and funny, actually. The inner page videos will be shorter, but probably not so funny, so that I can get them out faster.

All of the supplies used are listed on the video, but there's not an official "what you need" list. That's because I wanted viewers to be able to create the project with items they might already own. The most important part is the mini album, since you'll need cardstock inner pages that you can remove and alter, then put back into the album. You can substitute a chipboard book with rings for binding. If the inner pages are chipboard you'll need to set them aside and cut new cardstock pages. You'll see why in the follow up videos. Can't exactly fold chipboard, now can we?

This "go with what you have" theme is also why I don't have a cutting template or even measurements. Use your eyeballs and a ruler, then just wing it.

Once the series is complete, I'd love to see the final results from anyone who follows along! I'll have a nice prize for one lucky viewer who posts their project, so make sure you take pictures of your finished album.

Coming next, Creative University highlights!

Whatever Wednesday

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Call the kids and wake up grandma. They'll want to see this.

Click on the video twice to watch in full screen on youtube (you will not leave this site).

Welcome Spring!

Saturday, March 6, 2010


It's a fabulous sunny morning, perfect day to post this project from Creative University. The photo above could be better, it was the best I could do in a rush before Creative U. The individual photos should give you a better idea of the detail that went into each piece. I had a blast designing this project, and wanted to feature a different technique on each tile.

This tile is stamped with the letter S, then the letter is covered in liquid glass. A few pinches of pink beads, then irridescent glitter is dumped on to adhere to the remaining liquid glass. The results: a very chunky, sparkly letter!


The letter P uses the glitter n' tape technique. So simple! The butterfly is stamped onto acetate in pigment ink, then heat set. The antennae are jewelry making wire, which is easy enough to bend with your fingers into the curly ends.


Box pleats are much easier than they look. No measuring, just go for it!


I found this chunky pink glitter at JoAnne's. Doesn't it look like something you'd sprinkle on a cupcake? But it tastes terrible.


Love this primitive flower. If you've got cardstock or paper, you can make one. Cut a circle, distress with ink and scissors, crumple it up and stick it together. Easy peasy, lemon sqeezy!


I think this has to be my favorite. I adore this little bird, she's so sweet! I added a wing by stamping a swirl onto her body. A mini brad for her eye and a pile of jute for her nest, how darling is that?

Wow, I'm a Winner!

Monday, March 1, 2010


Thank you to every one of my viewers who have encouraged me throughout this entire contest. I won the "Most Views" contest and I also was honored to be chosen as one of the three winners for the "Best Video" by Close to My Heart. Two fabulous awards, I'm thrilled! The prizes are amazing, $500 in cash for the "Most Views" and $500 in products for the "Best Video". Woo Hoo! Thank you CTMH!

After Creative University



Highlights to come. But until then, Shhhhhh...... Tresa's tired.