Friday, November 30, 2012

Anna Griffin SUPER SALE!!!

I have to share, Anna Griffin is having a Super Sale, you can buy products that were previously sold-out! You have to check this out if you love Anna Griffin!!!

Couture craft supplies, high-end papers, intricate stamps and embellishments and so much more are available for up to 80% off! Exclusively at Anna Griffin and for only a short time, you have one more chance to buy previously sold-out products. The Scrapbook Super Sale starts on Friday at Noon EST through Noon on Monday.
You get a free gift with orders over $50 qualify and free shipping on all orders (within the U.S., excluding Hawaii and Alaska).
Link to sale (will activate at noon EST on 11/30)

Monday, November 26, 2012

MOXXIE Super Cyber Sale!!!!!

OMG, you will not believe the sale that Moxxie is having now! You have to check this out:

Moxxie's Cybersale Open To All!

Normally, Moxxie only sells to your favorite retail stores. However, for this special event, we are offering 3 superb assortments at an incredible deal to the public! Here's all you need to know:
All things boy! We compiled a fun assortment of papers and matching embellishments from some of our favorite collections, all of them great for your "manly" projects! 
This is the greatest assortment for any girly-girl project! Whether you're scrapping for a baby book or have a 'tude filled teenager, you'll find tons of fantastic pieces to use.
It is quite possible that this could be your "Year of Scrapbooking" in one great assortment! We put together a bit from every holiday and season throughout the year to help you complete your books in a snap! 

You can order any or all of these assortments (no limit) by going to the special webpage we have created for this offer: 
This deal gets better and better! We are offering a flat $5 shipping rate! Order 1, 2, 3, or more, pay only $5!
Order yours now, then share with your friends so they can get this great deal too! Remember the people on your gift list when placing your order!
This offer is valid from November 26 through December 11th (or while supplies last), and is only available online.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Challenge Time at OUAS!!!

November Challenge - Group B Reveal

It's time for the second half of the reveal over at OnceUponASketch, and this is a great sketch, and if you've never joined in the fun, now is the time, there is no journaling criteria for this one, it's "anything goes"! Please check it out at the OUAS blog and see all of the beautiful work from the DT and also our Guest Designer, the beautiful and talented Heather Jacob!!! Here is the link to the blog.

Also, I should say, there are FABULOUS prizes given each month, I think more prizes than any challenge blog and more than lots of mfg. contests!!!! So please join us!

Here is my project and then below is part of the blog entry with the sketch.

I had so much fun putting this page together! This is one of my all time favorite sketches. This is my sweet little cousin Addy! I loved that she is holding the shell up to her ear!

I used Imaginarium Designs chippies, the title and the medallions, I embossed them with  Suzy West blue embossing powder. I stamped some shells with an old stamp set from Stampin Up and used 3 colors of the embossing powder. I also drew the little sand dollars with my Zig Writer marker. I also added drops of Glossy Accents to look like water droplets.

Here is a close-up of the shells.

The chicken wire was also drawn by hand with my Zig Writer markers. And I spritzed the page in places with my Mister Huey's Custard mist. I used Websters Pages netting in a couple of spots as well.

My journaling is writen on a tag and tucked behind the photo.

Kuratake Zig Writers
Imaginarium Designs chipboard (title & medallions)
Ranger Glossy Accents
Misty Huey mist - Custard
miscellaneous blooms and pearls

Hey everyone! Time to show you what the second half of our amazing Design Team has put together for your inspiration for our November challenge :) 

Theme: Anything Goes..

Yep! You read right.. No theme this month. You are free to create a layout based on whatever theme you like.  You can journal as little or as much as you like, but your layout must include SOME journalling AND the sketch below. 
Please make sure that we see some sort of journalling on your layouts and please tell us where your journalling is . Hidden journalling is perfectly fine.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Anna Griffin

Anna Griffin was on HSN yesterday, she had some new items too. Lots of gorgeous products and you can find them all here at

I had some items featured and thought I would share so you could see closer. All of Anna's things go so beautifully together and everything is always so easy to use and so elegant. I can't wait for you to see a couple of the new items!!!

One of the new items is the Fabulous Folded Paper Embellishment kit. Here are a couple that I did with it, there are little paper dresses, butterflies and pinwheels! You get all the pieces, and ribbons and they are already prefolded. And you get pictures of the directions! You can find this HERE.

First is a page with the little butterflies:

Here is one with the adorable little dresses:

and the pinwheels:

She also had a gorgeous Paper Weaving kit! The strips are precut and everything! Such gorgeous colors!! And easy instructions for different patterns! You can find this one HERE.

And here, the gorgeous 18th Century Garden Stamp Library, this has so many stamps! Gorgeous ones too. You can find them HERE.

She had lots more, but I'll save those for a later post. And she is debuting something fantastic at HSN on Janyary 23rd, so make sure to be looking for that!!!

Thanks so much for dropping by, I really appreciate it!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Flower Tutorial

Okay, everyone that knows me will tell you that I love flowers. I don't get to buy many of the beautiful Prima, Petaloo, ManorHouse and other blooms. So I try to duplicate the look of some of them. I just got some of the pretty little Prima Overture blooms, they had a soft watercolor look, so I decided to try to make my own. I was pretty happy with the result, so I thought I'd share with you

Below you will see the blooms in the pack and 3 of mine beside it. I used watercolor pencils and a waterbrush.

Here are 3 of mine on the top row and the 3 original below them, not exact, but good enough for me!

To start off, use a punch or handcut three 5-petal flowers, and three 3-petal ones. I used white cardstock, and you want to use a thinner cardstock to manipulate the petals easier.

Next, take your watercolor pencil and color in sections of the blooms, color three petals the brighter color and 2 yellow. On the three petals, just vary the sections. You also want to color both sides of all the blooms.

Next, use the waterbrush and blend all of the blooms. Blend on both sides, they will look something like the ones below.

Now, while they are still damp, you want to curl the edges, all the same direction. You can use a stylus, a pencil or whatever you are used to. On one of the 3 petal ones, cut one petal seperate and curl them like shown.

You can make the base of the blooms by drawing a star shape with 2 shades of green and blending it the same way.

Attach each layer, alternating the petal direction, then adhere to the green bottom. This is what the finished bloom will look like! Pretty close to the real thing!!! I love the softness of the colors!!! I used Stampin' Up watercolor pencils, the colors are great!

Now, I'm going to use them on a layout! I am going to play with doing some more variations of these little blooms, they were really easy!!! Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you liked the tutorial!!! Let me know if you did!

Friday, November 2, 2012

MOXXIE Blog Hop Time!!!

Are you ready for another fun Moxxie blog hop?  For November we are focusing on the Forever Family line.

Here is my page:

 and here is the collection:

This amazing color palette is perfect for family portraits, heritage photos, and even a pretty fall-themed layout! The front sides of the paper are title papers for each member of the family, and the back sides have a variety of both masculine and feminine patterns for you to use to accent your photos. Card makers and papercrafters the designs are small, so even on a cut down piece of paper, you are still going to get the colors and textures of the large design.

In addition to these great papers, the embellishments will help give your creations a family-type flair. Use them as titles, journaling spaces, accent pieces, and embellishment clusters to finish off your pages.

The Moxxie Muses have put together some awesome ideas for this line and you could win the collection.  All you have to do is hop through the blogs and comment on each one.  For an extra entry, comment on the Facebook page and "like" us if you have not already.  How simple is that?   Comments need to be made by Tuesday evening and the winner will be announced on Wednesday on the Moxxie Blog.  Our international customers and fans are free to play along if you are willing to pay the shipping if you are the winner of the prize.

Here are the blog links for hopping.  Just start at the top (Moxxie blog) and work your way down the list until you have visited all eleven blogs.  We are so happy to have you joining us and hope you enjoy the projects we have made.

Happy hopping!

 Patti Hamil   you are HERE

 Here are some closeups of some of the details on my page.

Here you see how I used the die-cut circles and added some layered blooms and ribbon.

Here I used one of the stickers with more blooms. I used buttons for the centers.

Here you can see where I cut some of the flourishes from the patterned paper also. And of course more blooms!!! I also used my brown ZIG marker to do the "faux stitching" around the border of the page.

I hope you like the page, and I hope you are enjoying the hop, please don't forget to visit each blog, I'm sure you will find something that inspires you!!! All of the Moxxie lines are so versatile and easy to work with!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by!!!