Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Divine Desert Divas

Since we will soon be Scrapbook Store orphans, a group of us decided to create the Divine Desert Divas Scrapbooking, Stamping and Papercrafting group. Many of our customers and friends are wondering where they will go to crop on Friday nights. Well, we have solved your problem. One Friday a month the Divine Desert Divas will host a crop (we are still working on a location). Anyone and everyone is welcome. We will also be providing you with classes and special events. Please check out the brand new blog www.divinedesertdivas.blogspot.com You can sign up for our email newsletter, and please take a moment to sign up as a follower so you receive emails every time we update. If anyone has any ideas please feel free to leave comments on the blog so we can bring you the type of crops and classes you are looking for.

Sad News

Our beloved Scrappy store here in Victorville will be closing it's doors May 17th. I have worked at this store for over three years as the Assistant Manager, Class Coordinator and Design Team member. We have made many, many friends here, in fact everyone I know here in Victorville I met through the store. We have had a lot of great times together and I am so very sad the store is closing. Our last crop was last Friday night. We had a full house, and for some reason, these girls were really into ribbon that night. I must have cut 700 yards of ribbon! Whew, my arm hurt the next day. Since our owner Vesta announced the store closing this group of girls: Jackie Bullock, Nancy Baron, Penny Turnquist and Patty Clark have been cropping and mourning at the store almost every day. I will so miss seeing these girls and all of the other awesome customers every day. Thanks for the memories Scrapbook Boulevard.

Thanks Mick!

Last year we had the pleasure of meeting Mick from Kaiser Craft. He came all the way from Australia to do a FANTASTIC class for our local scrapbook store Scrapbook Blvd. Well, our Jackie was quite taken with Mr. Mick. At CHA this winter we tried to get hold of Mick to hold up a sign for Jackie, but were informed he had left. Left? No, not possible Lisa and I said. "You must get him back here," Lisa and I said. Nope, he's gone back to the hotel. Oh, no! What will we do? For the next two months I missed him at every store I taught at by a day, AAARRRGGHH. Finally, Jennifer Priest to the rescue. She has a friend at Kaiser Craft that got hold of Mick, and these are the pictures. Thanks Mick, your a good sport.

Prima and Tattered Angels Blog Hop

Prima and Tattered Angels have teamed up for the month of April to bring you great projects using both companies products together. I am in heaven! I have always loved mixing these two products, they compliment each other beautifully. I have given the blog links for the first week in my previous post. Here are the rest, enjoy!

April 13:
Trisha Ladouceur
Sally Lynn MacDonald
Jen Jockisch
Jaime Warren

April 20:
Lauren Ferguson
Michelle Van Etten
Caroline Ikeji
Cari Fennell

April 27:
Michelle Jackson
Liz Hicks
Melissa Phillips
Julie Feifan Balzer

And don't forget to check out Prima and Tattered Angels for some great inspiration and giveaways.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Magenta goodies are here!

I just received a yummy package of the new Magenta products. These papers are to die for! And the stamps, oh, the stamps. If you aren't familiar with Magenta please check out their website here
They have the most beautiful products, especially the stamps. I am so excited to be a part of their U.S. design team. Keep your eyes peeled for some new classes with these awesome products. I will be creating them next week, so check back for a schedule of the stores I will be teaching them at. I am also working on my new Tattered Angels classes, and should have pictures and a schedule soon.

Easter Pumpkin?

Yep, it's a real pumpkin. David brought this monster pumpkin home from the Upland Market on Halloween night. It weighs over 100 pounds. A pumpkin this large does create the obvious issue of what to do with it after Thanksgiving. I was unwilling to cut it up and cook it to make pies. Seriously, how many pies would a pumpkin this size make? Dont know, didn't want to know. We have dressed it up for every holiday since then. It is time for it to go. The kids tried to disguise it with Easter grass (the bunny ears wouldn't fit). It's too heavy to heft into the trash. We've had it so long it's almost a part of the family, almost. I think I am going to dig a place up in the back yard, chop it up and bury it. With any luck we will have pumpkins growing in the fall. I'm not really a gardening fan, so I don't know if this will work or not. Worse case scenario, the ground will get a nice fertilizing. Any suggestions?


Hope everyone had a happy Easter. I was sick, so mine was not so great, but the girls had a great time. We spent the day at Davids Grandma's house. I got a great picture of the four generations of Davids family. David, his mom, his grandma and our girls. One of the kids favorite things is decorating easter eggs. As you can see from the picture, they share their love of bling with their mom.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Prima and Tattered Angels Team Up

Ok, I got my scanner working so here are the better pics. Also Prima has a fabulous giveaway on their blog too. To see the Prima girls' projects go to the Prima site hereand click on the designers (in the column on the right). Here is a list of the supplies I used for the acrylic wall hanging. Also, I printed my picture on a transparency for a softer look.
Supplies used:
Prima stitched paper
White festive flowers Prima
Center Kisses in aqua and turquoise Prima
Leaves Prima
Die cut felt border Prima
Butterfly framed font Tattered Angels
Glimmer Screens - Vine from Blossoms set, swirl from Master set
Colors of Glimmer mist used: On butterfly: Turquoise, Patina, Olive Vine
Flowers: Pink Bubblegum and Old Lace
Leaves: Olive Vine
Die cut Felt Piece: Patina, Olive Vine
Swirl image: Turquoise
Vine Image: English Ivy

Prima and Tattered Angels Team Up

Mini album. Supplies used: Prima printed cardboard two 12x12 sheets
White Festive Flowers by Prima
Say it in crystals by Prima
Center Kisses in Turquoise and Aqua by Prima
Raw Lace by Prima
Stamps by Prima
Die cut felt lace by Prima
Velvet ribbon and lace by Prima
Paintables by Prima
Glimmer Chip(frame on cover) from the Regal Framed Fonts by Tattered Angels
Key on binding ring: Tattered Angels
Large Glimmer Chip Frame: Tattered Angels
Colors of Glimmer Mist used: Vintage Pink(die cut felt)
Starfish(inside cover)
Turqoise and Olive Vine(inside cover)
Red Velvet - page one on frame and on velvet ribbon
Turquoise on page one
Red Velvet and Starfish for flowers on front
Turquoise and Olive Vine on frame on front
Red Velvet on raw lace on front cover
Turquoise on raw lace on binding ring

Prima and Tattered Angels Team Up

I am so excited about this month! Tattered Angels and Prima have teamed up to create some fantastic designs using both companies products. I am a huge fan of Prima, so this was like a dream! My powers of photography are apparently as sad as my powers with the computer so my pics are not the best, but you get the idea. My scanner is having issues right now, but I will post better photos later. I will also post more pics of the other pages of the book later this week. I have yet to figure out how to put captions under my photos so I can give you step by step directions with the picture, so I'll just give you a few tips: The picture of my daughter Hannah with the dandelion was created on two pieces of acrylic: one 8x8 and one 12x12. To get the glimmer mist swirls and vine on the acrylic, I lightly misted the area where I wanted the image. I let it dry completely, then added another layer of glimmer mist. Then, when it was completely dry I layed my glimmer screen over the misted area and dabbed off the glimmer mist around the screen with a slightly damp paper towel. Voila, you are left with the screened image! Acrylic can be tricky, the secret is to LIGHTLY mist onto it and completely let it dry. The colors I used for the acrylic piece are Turqoise, English Ivy, Pink Bubble Gum, and Olive Vine. The flowers started out completely white! Glimmer Mist also works beatifully with the Prima raw lace, which starts out sort of gray, but it takes the Glimmer Mist so well. I love stuff like this that can be customized to whatever color I need. The die cut lacy felt pieces also take the Glimmer Mist Beautifully. For the little book I used the printed cardboard from Prima. It comes 12x12 and I cut it up into 6x6 inch pieces and made a book. The fabulous thing about this is you can make a book with it, and you don't have to fool around with covering the cardboard, it's already done. Love that. Every Monday this month we will be "blog hopping" between the Tattered Angels, and Prima design team blogs. For this Monday here are the links for the other designers for today:
Vicky Chrisman (TA)
Amy Parker (Prima)
Sharon Laakkonen (Prima)And don't forget to check out the Prima site (here)
and the Tattered Angels site here
Be sure to check out the Tattered Angels blog today. Michelle will be giving away something yummy! If you want to ask me about any techniques used in the projects I posted today you can email me at luliscraps@yahoo.com
Have a great day!