Home Sweet Home Recipe Book Class

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♥ “Home Sweet Home” Recipe Book

at The Paper Forest in Washington, IL

Tuesday, December 8th from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Cost:  $35

Create a spiral bound recipe book using Graphic 45’s “Home Sweet Home” scrapbook paper and stickers.  Inside the album is several heavy duty pouches from Deflecto just waiting for your own special recipes.  Perfect Gift Idea!

Contact The Paper Forest www.thepaperforest.com or 1-309-745-3440 to sign up.

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Merry Album

Merry Album

Is it too early to start thinking about Christmas?

I bought this “Merry” Album from October Afternoon with hopes of using it during

my Annual Christmas Workshop.
To decorate my album:

  • I painted the chipboard with red acrylic paint.
  • After the album dried, I splattered it with white acrylic paint using an old toothbrush.
  • I added an extra 5″ x 7″ page of green cardstock behind the cover to make the word “merry” stand out.
  • I decorated the album with paper and stickers from Graphic 45’s “Twas the Night before Christmas” Collection.
  • Tie it off with some gingham ribbon, jingle bell and greenery.

October Afternoon Make it Merry Album


My trip to CHA Paper Arts in Chicago

Last week, I got the opportunity to attend CHA Paper Arts in Schaumburg, IL.

I hadn’t been able to attend a CHA Show (Craft Hobby Association) since the last time

it was in Chicago a few years ago.

As you can imagine I was excited to go.  (any excuse for a get-a-way)

I knew going in that it was going to be a small show.

But…by being a small show, it gave me the opportunity to mix, mingle and really get to know people.

I got to meet, in person, a few online friends, was able to make a few more and make some really

great connections.  All in all I was satisfied.

Back in it’s hey day, when I had my store, I remember spending three days walking the show

and still not being able to see everything.  (those were the days…)

On the first day of the two day show, I did remember to take a few pictures.

I wish I had taken more.   Enjoy!

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First off in the Sizzix Booth was dies from Stephanie Ackerman. 

I’ve been following Stephanie’s blog, Homegrown Hospitality, for years.

She’s a real Superstar in my books.

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 New House Dies from Tim Holtz and Sizzix

I love the little house dies from the always popular Tim Holtz.

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Tim Holtz Holiday Canvas

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Ken Oliver of Ken Oliver Crafts

Ken’s another one of my Favorite Superstars.  Here I am with Ken and The Paper Forest girls.

They had just taken a picture with Ken and was rubbing it in my face.

So… I made them take another.

Ken Oliver's Color Burst

I finally got the opportunity to play with Ken’s Color Bursts. 

It only took a few minutes to create this masterpiece.

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Eileen Hull’s Vintage Camper, Scotty on The Paper Trail at CHA.

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Such a cute little camper.  You can read about Eileen and Scotty’s Adventure here.

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Eileen Hull’s Samples made using Sizzix Dies.

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More samples from Eileen.

I met Eileen a few years back and she’s such a sweet and personable lady.

You can’t help but love her.  And her dies… they are just too cute.

If I had her camper, I just might enjoy camping.  (well maybe)

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Another picture with The Paper Forest girls at the Graphic 45 booth.

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Graphic 45 World’s Fair

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Graphic 45 Mon Amour

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Ready for Christmas Crafting?  I am!

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More Kaisercraft Christmas…

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Little B LLC Christmas

Little B 2858  I fell in love with Little B’s New Christmas Washi Tape.

This is another one of those booths where I got talking and forgot to take more pictures.


As a reward for all my work (aka…having fun).  

I ended my adventure with a trip to my favorite Big Blue Store, IKEA.


Home Sweet Home Cookbook

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There’s something about good old family recipes that’ll bring a smile to your face. 

Warm, Comforting, a little piece of Home.

So… When I saw the Home Sweet Home Collection from Graphic 45, I knew a cookbook was in order.

I paired the Home Sweet Home collection with the new 5″ x 7 1/4″ flexible pouches from

Deflecto Craft Solutions.  Using the pouches not only helps protect your recipes from stains and spills

but they also make it easy to swap recipes in and out.

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  • My cookbook album was put together by covering chip board with the scrapbook paper and distressing the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
  • I made the stickers dimensional by adding each one to chipboard and cutting them out.
  • The circle stickers that spell the word “recipes” were stuck on round buttons and then glued onto the book.
  • The pouches were punched and the book bound using the Cinch Binding Machine.

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Products used:


  Product Ordering Information through Amazon*  (see disclosure policy)

“This is a sponsored post. As a member of the Deflecto Design Team I have been provided product in exchange for my creative ideas, views and opinions.”

Celebrate Christmas with Graphic 45 (edited)

Graphic 45 Twas the Night before Christmas Group

(Celebrate Christmas with Graphic 45 was a card class that I gave in November of 2014.)

In this class, I showed how to make use of the varied patterns and bits & pieces to create layered pieces with charm and style.

The Vintage Christmas collection from Graphic 45 is based off the classic tale “Twas the Night Before Christmas.  This collection is packed with all the fun and traditional images of this festive season. Reds, greens, gold and cream – this collection will remind you of all the special moments in this special time.

Click on pictures above for ordering information from Amazon.*

(I am an Amazon Affiliate)

Graphic 45 Santa Stockings  Graphic 45 Santa & Toys

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Graphic 45 Merry Christmas Santa

New Class: By The Sea Mini Album

By the Sea Album

Here’s my new class for May that I’m teaching at The Paper Forest in Washington, IL.                      You can sign up for the class by calling the store at 309-745-3440.  I’d love it if you joined us.

By the Sea Mini Album Class:
Saturday, May 24th
10:30-1:00 p.m.
Create a Fun travel themed chipboard book using an album kit from Clear Scraps and paper & embellishments from Graphic 45’s “By the Sea” collection! This class is intermediate skill level and requires use of craft knives, paints and other items.
Please bring: exact-o knife, sanding block, paintbrush (ex. 1/2″ flat), scissors, tape runner, Crop-a-dile (optional) all other materials will be provided.
Cost:  $35.00
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Beach Rules

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Planning a Beach Vacation this year?

If so, here are a few rules you may want to consider.

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I love it when you can use an item for multiple purposes.

Like the “All Mixed Up” chipboard album from Clear Scraps.

The chipboard album comes with six different overlapping pages.

I used the fifth page in the album to create my “Beach Rules” wall hanging.

By the Sea Album

To create the “Travel” album, I used the remaining 5 chipboard pages.

I painted three of the pages with acrylic paint the others are covered with papers from

Graphic 45’s “By the Sea” Collection.

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I’m not sure it’s in the cards for me this year.  But a girl can dream, can’t she.

This project was created for and sponsored by Clear Scraps.

Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Cards & Tags

Botanical Tea Cards and Tags Class

These are the cards we made in my Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Card and Tag Class at The Paper Forest.

This has to be one of my favorite collections from Graphic 45.
We made all four of these beautiful and elegant cards and tags.  Did I mention I love this collection?

You can view the Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Collection available at Amazon* by clicking on the above pictures.  (I am an Amazon Affiliate.)

Botanical Tea Cards

Botanical Tea Envelope  Botanical Tea Blue Bird Card