Friday, November 13, 2009

Long time, no post

Ok, I never said this would be easy for me to keep up with... I have some news to share with your though. Cindy Echtinaw has 4 new stamp sets coming out. 3 of these stamp sets coordinate with several Spellbinders dies which should be fun! I'm posting pictures of them for you to see. The stamps will be in soon and can be ordered through StampingScrapping.

I can't wait to get my hands on these and play around with mixing stamps and the Spellbinder's dies! They will work with Fancy Tags, Tag Trio 2, Lables 2, 4, & 8. These will make it so much more fun to play with my tags!

Good night all...

Saturday, October 3, 2009

World Card Making Day

I can't believe it's been soooo long since I posted anything here... I have been a bit under the weather and working on class projects.

This is a card I made a while back, but thought I would share. I stamped it with a stamp from Outlines Rubber Stamps. It is stamped on 2 colored papers, cut and layered. I love working with these stamps! I am working on a few more, just don't have them finished yet...

Happy World Card Making Day!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Personal update

I haven't been crafting much lately. Normally I wouldn't put up a personal update, but felt that I needed to do so in case anyone follows this blog. I have Fibromyalgia and have been trying the newest medication approved for this condition. It's called Savella and is supposed to help those of us with Fibro. So far, I just feel more tired. I may have an interaction with 1 or 2 of my other meds which would leave me exhausted. Basically from what I understand, I would have a toxic combination and may have to quit this medication since I can't change pain medication. It's tough when you can't take NSAIDs. Also, it looks like my gastric bypass (2007) may be another problem. I have developed new complications and may have to have surgery again.
So, needless to say, I haven't been up to crafting much, although I am inspired to do so. I just don't have the energy to finish a lot.
I did recently enter an ornament contest through Creative Home Arts club. All the ornaments will be donated to Ronald McDonald Houses. I wish I had taken a picture of it, but maybe I'll get published in their magazine. Should I win even an honorable mention, I will share it here.
Well, that's about all for now. Hang in there while I work through some medical problems and hopefully get my groove back!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

A Couple of Blog Candy opportunities for ya & Project updates

While looking around at all the blogs I am following, I'm spreading the Blog Candy joy with you.

The first one is over at Froggaritaville. Visit Froggy's blog to find details to win her Blog Candy which includes Martha Stewart punches! You have until Sept 11, so get over there right now...

The second is over at Starving Artistamps. Visit soon as the contest ends on Sept. 10. What do you win??? Well 2 lucky people will win Starving Artistamps' newest release. Check out the ways you can enter this contest.

Updates on what I'm working on right now...
Outlines Rubber Stamps ornament toppers
Outlines Rubber Stamps layered ornaments
Clear Scraps mini mixables albums
Hero Arts quickie Christmas cards
Samples of KaiserCraft Memo board, train & clock.
And the last thing I'm working on right now is a once a month class on creating altered books. We will cover the basics of covering/creating pages, creating niches and adding pockets to pages.
So, if you are in the Greensboro, NC area and would like to check out one or more of these classes, you can get info here at The Stamping and Scrapbooking Room's website. Pictures will be posted soon here, but you will find some at the store's website.
Have a great day!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009


I haven't posted in a long time and I'm bad about that... What have I been up to since CHA? Well, I've been trying to come up with classes I can teach at The Stamping and Scrapbooking Room in Greensboro, NC.

I'm teaching a couple simple Christmas Card classes from Hero Arts. I will be teaching more Outlines Rubber Stamps this year. We are doing layered ornaments and the ornament toppers. I'm working on a Clear Scraps Mixables album as well.

I'll post pictures of these a little later...

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Blog Candy Winner

So sorry I forgot about this when I got back home. I used to pick the number of the winner. Here is the winning #

Result: 15

CorrieW said...

This is such a nice card, I think I need those nesties now LOL

July 23, 2009 8:40 AM

Congrats, Corrie W you have won a gift pack of holiday embellishments. Please email me your information at Thanks for all the wonderful comments!

Monday, July 27, 2009

CHA 2009 Day 1-Workshops

Today I had 2 workshops...
Clearly Capable with Sally Lynn MacDonald and Distress the holidays with Tim Holtz. Sally Lynn was a wealth of information on using the clear acrylic. I have learned a lot to take into my design of these albums and you will see more of them from me. I don't have pictures yet of the album that we did as I didn't have enough time to finish the way I want, so I will post those when I get home and can finish it more. We used Prima flowers, bling, paper & transparencies. We colored with Copic Markers on the transparencies and also used the air brush system on some of the pieces and to change the chipbord letters a little. Thanks Sally Lynn for such great info and I can't wait to begin to play!

In the Distress The Holidays class, Tim introduced us to the new Rock Candy Distress
Stickles and the new Distress Crackle Paint Rock Candy (this is a clear crackle). A difference between the new Crackle paint and Crackle Accents is the cracks are much smaller in the Distress Crackle. It is a very cool product and I can't wait to play with it on a lot of different surfaces including pictures! I have fallen more in love with Distress Stickles!

The pictures below show the front of the Grunge book we did with some close-ups of the Distress Stickles and Distress Crackle Paint. The very last picture is of all the goodies we got in the Ranger class.

Enjoy and check back tomorrow for more photos from CHA!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Blog Hop & Blog Candy

UPDATE 7/26: I will choose a Blog Candy winner when I get home on Aug 2 and post the winner on Aug 3rd. Please check back then!

This is just ONE of MANY images on one of 4 NEW HOLIDAY
Stamps Sets Available in August on
The Design Team will be "Teasing" you with Sneak Peaks
On their blogs
Lynna will start the Sneak Peak here on Thursday July 23rd
Post a comment on EACH BLOG by midnight of the day it is posted and WIN your choice of 1 of the new Stamp Sets
(You must post a comment on ALL Sneak Peak Posts)
Make Sure to be here on Thursday July 23rd!

July 23rd - Lynna

July 24th - Su

July 25th - Wini

July 26th - Candice

July 27th - Linda

July 28th - Mindy

July 29th - Froggy

July 30th - Cindy

Wow, well it can be a bit scary being the first but I've got a great card to showoff!
The images I used is from Best Witches. I've been trying to use up my stash, so the paper and card stock are things that I already had. I even found a whole set of Harvest ribbons which I came in handy!
I used the Octagon Nestibilities for the background and saying. The saying is from the Thankful set of stamps. I added a few punched leaves and bling to top off the card. Of course I have to use my Distress Inks on the saying! I can't live without them. Thanks for taking a look.

Blog Candy alert!!!! Not only will commenting on this blog enter you into the drawing for a set of stamps, but I will choose one additional person to win Blog Candy. I will use a random # generator to choose the winner. The Blog Candy will be packed full of Fall/Winter related items. Good luck!!!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

New Stamps from

Well, I've been working on a few examples of cards made from new stamps from Cindy E. at I was working from a digital source with these until the stamps come in, so thereby limited a little. The new stamps will be shipping in the beginning of August.

What I find nice is that they will work with each other. Example, the whipped cream will work on any of the glasses or the lime/lemon wedge will as well. It makes the sets more usable. I think once I get my hands on the actual set, then I can do a little masking to make some interesting layering effects. Another wonderful thing is there will be card scents to go along with them. I know Cindy is working on more scents to go along with these stamps. These will make great 'girlfriend' cards! I like to leave mine blank inside, but you could easily dress up the insides with the little extras in the sets (strawberries, cherries, etc). Give your girlfriends card to cheer them up or to make a girls night out.
Here are a couple of my samples:

Although you can really see in the pictures, I used UTEE on both stemware to give it a better glass look. I used a clear embossing powder over the colored part of the glass to give it a little shine, but the stem of the glass looks a little thicker in real life.

In the second card, I had a piece of vellum that had the martini glasses on it, so I just had to use it in this project! Both cards are fairly simple, but sometimes simple is the best. I had to hold myself back so I wouldn't overdo them and take the focus off the stamps and sayings.

You can preorder the sets from Cindy E. Just stop by and check them out. She has a special if you purchase all 4 sets.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Mojo Monday Challenge 94

Well, I'm trying to get into doing a least one or two things a week. Today I finished a card for the Mojo Monday blog. You can visit their site to see the sketch.

I used the Support the Girls stamp set from Crafty Secrets. For each set sold retail, Crafty Secrets donates $1 to the Susan Koman fund for breast cancer research. The papers include Basic Grey, Core'dinations and mulberry paper.
Hope you like...

Monday, June 29, 2009

I thought I would show off a few of the latest projects I have done. This first card was for the Scent My Cards challenge. I designed this Father's Day card. It was based on a sketch from Mojo Monday. Nothing special, I used Cosmo Cricket Wanted papers and Inque Boutique stamps plus a few brads.

This second project was playing around with my Spellbinders Nestabilities. The papers are from Little Yellow Bicycle's Love Letters collection. The flower is made from 4 scalloped circles cut in half and folded. I used a large round brad in the center covered with mesh and a large round acrylic piece.

The 3rd project is for a recent DT project for Stamping Scrapping. I used Cuttlebug embossing folder Just My Type on the edge. I then used Floral Screen to emboss the metal piece on top which was a recycled soda can. I painted the metal with Ranger alcohol inks using a paint brush. I cut it out using the Octagon Nestibilities and paired it with a complementary piece of card stock. I covered the card with light purple card stock, tied a ribbon and layered the Octagon pieces. Final step was to stamp the greeting. Hope you enjoy!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Need to sell

UPDATE: as of 6/22 the numbers in red following the name are what I have left. I still may be able to get more but you must contact me soon. Thanks

I picked up some Autumn Leaves stamp sets at a great price, but I need to get rid of the excess ones I have. This will be first come first served, so don't hesitate to email me. The price is $6 plus $2 shipping for each stamp set. If you purchase 3 or more, I will upgrade you to priority mail (email me for cost). I may be able to get more of these, but I need to know ASAP so I can check with my source. These sets run from $14 - $25 on most sites. Yes, even the alpha sets are $6!!!

Word Art(2 Available)

Scribbles Hearts & Stars(2 available)

Mindy's Alphabet(1 available)

Messy Dates(0 available)

Doodle Birds(2 available)

Brushed Flowers(5 available)

Brushed Alphabet(0 available)

I accept PayPal or money orders. If interested, please email me at for total price and payment instructions. All funds must clear before I will ship your purchase. Again, if you need more than I have listed, let me know and I will see if I can still get them. You can see my feedback on Ebay under gibson.crafts I do not buy or sell much on Ebay, but you can read the remarks. If you have any questions don't hesitate to email me. Thanks for looking!

Also, I have fibers for sale. The groups of colors available are here. I offer them in 3 foot (1 yard) increments in a group of 5 colors for a total of 15 feet (5 yards). 5 yards is priced at $2.00 with shipping of $1.00. Choose 2 color groups and the price is $3 for the 10 yards! I will combine shipping for multiple orders. If you have any questions, please email me.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Scent My Cards

Check out this sale from Cindy E @

Tuesday at 8AM EST...SALE STARTS Sunday
Evening at 12am EST.

BOTH SITES will feature the SALE!
http://www.stamping scrapping. com/

You won't be disappointed with the quality or the delicious scents!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Newest DT project

Well, I am finally getting around to posting my entry for the Stamping Scrapping DT challenge. This project was inspired by my Scraponomics class (recycling everyday 'trash') at The Stamping and Scrapbooking Room. I was to use a set of the octagon Nestabilities from Spellbinders that I needed to incorporate into my project. So, in combining the 2, I came up with this friendship album.

This first picture is of the outside. This is a ribbon spool I took apart and recovered. The following pictures are of the album open. I used the Spellbinders octagons for the pages, layering them to create little pages with sayings. The artwork is from a Dover Publishing Clip Art book. I printed the designs & sayings on my paper then cut them out with the Nestibilities. I embellished with stickles, Copic Spica markers, and several kinds of flowers. To hinge the album together, I used lace trim which I dyed with Ranger Distress Ink. Hope you enjoy!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

New classes

Check out The Stamping and Scrapbooking Room for a description of my new classes for May. It will be a lot of fun. Stop in or Call Betty @ 336-389-9539. Sign up early to reserve your spot as spaces are limited!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Arrow book using Reminisce papers

I love these papers from Reminisce and just had to find a project to use them! This is the Road Signs collection. My husband, son, mother-in-law and myself went to Maine for Christmas last year to visit my mom. I had gotten a new camera before we left and I thought what better way to get to know my new toy then by taking pictures while in the car.

Now, that is easier said then done especially when taking pictures from inside a car moving at 65mph! I had a LOT of blurred images, but learned what several of the settings did during the trip.

Since I wanted to use these papers, I took some of my 'in the car' photos and set to work on the book. The My Word Arrow Album from BoBunny seemed the perfect choice for these fun travel papers. The front cover I used the 'Are We There Yet' paper which fit wonderfully and gave me a title of the book too.

<--This shot is of the book when it is standing up. The picture below is of the first pages. I used pictures of each of us in the car as the trip began. We had over 900 miles to go before reaching our destination.

The next page shows my mother-in-law and some of the beginning shots from the car.

I had great fun trying to capture images while speeding along. I managed to capture the 'Welcome to New York' sign which sat in the middle of the divided highway. I don't know how I managed to get it without getting the GPS or radar detector in the photo...

The picture with the speed limit sign came out clear as a bell even with us going 55 mph! This was outside my passenger window. Beyond the house were some factories and the ocean.

My son looked completely worn out coming home. The paper on the last page is absolutely awesome in person. It's called 'Infinity Detour'. All these papers are cardstock weight and double sided. I used some of the 3-D stickers, travel strips and carstock stickers. I had a blast doing this book.

The 'Road Signs' collection also has construction themed papers & stickers. Anyone needing travel or road construction papers will love these papers. Well I hope you liked this project, cause I sure did. If your LSS doesn't carry this line, you can order papers & stickers from my local store. Contact Betty Sarachick at The Stamping and Scrapbooking Room @ 336-389-9539

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Project pictures coming soon

Not off to the best of starts... Sorry.

I have completed my project that I had mentioned in the previous post, but I didn't have my camera with me to take the pictures. I will get them taken and post the pictures hopefully tomorrow.

It was a lot of fun to work with the Reminisce Road Signs paper and embellishments. The project is on display at The Stamping and Scrapbooking Room. Stop on by if you are in the Greensboro, NC area and check it out. This line of paper would be lots of fun for any projects where travel or construction is the topic.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Be on the look out!

Be on the look out for my newest project! I'm helping out this weekend at the Stamping and Scrapbooking Room in Greensboro, NC while the owners are away for their son's wedding. So while I'm at the store, I hope to get this project finished. I'll give you a little hint... Bo Bunny & Reminisce paper.

That's all the hint you get! I know some customers have seen part of the project, but I hope they won't give it away!!! LOL

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Yummy Cards

Cindy at Stamping Scrapping has done it again! Her newest venture is one that will make you hungry while making cards! has fragrances for cards. These scents are absolutely amazing! I got in chocolate cake, hazelnut cream, cinnamon and fresh cut flowers. I can't wait to get into my card stuff and try out all the yummy scents!

You can also purchase from her main website and combine your orders. Check them out, you won't be disappointed!

Thursday, March 12, 2009


Just wanted to share the good news! I made the Design Team for Since there were 4 really good entries in the last round, Cindy couldn't decide, so she is having all 4 of us join the team!

Getting on a Design Team was one of my goals for this year. I guess I made that goal and now I can focus on getting published somewhere. I'm glad the waiting is over and that I don't have to worry any more.

Thanks to those who voted for me and thanks to those who said my work was good enough for a design team.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Branching out

I decided to branch out a little with my scrapbook pages. Instead of trying to get as many pictures on each page, I wanted to focus a little more on the quality of the photo. I had this picture of my son, who is difficult to get good pictures of, and I loved the quiet, angel-like he was while sitting in the surf at the beach. He was tired of being dragged down onto all the broken shells just a few feet further out, so he put up his boogie board and sat down to play in the 'safe' zone.

The page you see below captured that quiet worn out boy. The photo was taken at just that perfect moment.

I used Basic Grey papers from the Ambrosia line. The 'wings' are cut from the Marmalade paper. I just loved that element in the paper. That is what I saw when I picked up that piece of paper.

I distressed the photo corners with different sized punches and layered Distress Inks over. I used a few Dew Drops around the page. Here you see the close up of the water splashing over my son.

The sun was cut from the Cricut Solutions cart Soccer. I just loved the look. I cut it out at 2.5" and then cut the shadow out. I layered the pieces with foam dots to give better dimension. I also inked both pieces. The punched out border on the bottom is from Tonic Studios Border Punch system. I used paisley #1 cause it looked like little water drops.

On the side, I used one of Tim Holtz's masks with Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink. Also, for the mesh, I used Drywall mesh tape and inked it with Fired Brick and Spiced Marmalade Distress Inks. The lettering on the layout is Grungeboard that I inked with Black Soot and the covered with a bit of Spiced Marmalade Distress Stickles. The 'wings' also have Stickles.

The top corner of the pages is distressed like the photo is and I used a Stamper's Anonymous Stamp by Tim Holtz.

All in all, I'm happy with the way the layout took shape. It took me a long time to distress my photo like I did, but in the end It was just the look I wanted.

Monday, March 9, 2009

DT entry #2

Thought I would show you what I did for my 2nd entry for Cindy E's of Design Team.
Since we were all sent the same items (with a couple exceptions) I decided to forgo the card or scrapbook page. Instead, I made this little book. The only thing on the front that wasn't included was the jellybean paper.

The inside was the most difficult. I didn't want to add pictures as I wanted my work be the statement and focus. Each tag overlaps the one on the other side. I did add a little of my own embellishments. I think that it came out pretty good and would be cute to send to a parent, sibling or friend for Easter.

Well, what do you think? I hope that it is accepted by the judges.

Tomorrow, I hope to show you a page I did on my son. It's an adventure into scrapping much different from a lot of people I've met.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Good smelling cards

Have you ever received a card that smelled yummy? Do you want to send cards to others that smell like lavender, chocolate or how about your favorite beverage? Now you can and possibly win blog candy in the process. Check out StampingScrapping, leave a comment and link the site to your blog. You can order the card scents directly from They come in a roll-on bottle. Cindy has awesome customer service and quick delivery.

Tell her Lynna sent ya! I'm trying to figure out which ones I want...

DT entry #1

Okay, so a lot of people wanted to see what my 1st entry was for design team at Stamping Scrapping. The theme was Valentines and we had to use things that Cindy @ Stamping Scrapping sells. The project had to contain 80% of items found on her site.
Well, I had just bought some more stamps from Outlines Rubber Stamps. I bought the layered heart which Cindy sells.
Here is what I did with that stamp:

But the heart was plain to me and I scoured around all my idea books and print outs and came across a box made using the Scor-Pal. It was perfect for my layered heart. So here is the finished box and heart ornament...

I used many products from Cindy's store and a few of my own.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Here I am!!!!

I swore a few years ago, that I wouldn't start a blog, but here I am... I said that about MySpace too and I have a page there too, not that I visit it often.

So, now that I have taken the plunge, what is it that I want to accomplish here? Well my goal for this year is to join a Design Team outside of the group at my LSS and to get something of mine published in a book or magazine.

Having said that, I do have one possible DT entry and we are waiting for judging to start. I hate this part, the scrutiny, the tearing down of my work, the uncertainty of the whole process. But I know that I did what I could at that time. Of course, now, I could add a bunch of stuff or have done a couple things different. That's life and I'll just let it go and not obsess about something I can't change.

Well, I will be writing blog entries here and at The Scrapbooking Room. The Stamping and Scrapbooking Room in Greensboro, NC is where I teach a few classes. Betty & Eric, the owners, have a very welcoming store. It can be overwhelming on the first visit, but they will point you in the right direction and make you feel at home.

In the next few days, I'll show you some of the things I have been working on lately including my DT entries. Well, that is when I figure out how to upload and place photos! Until I get things going and more comfortable about posting on a regular basis, I know entries will go in stages. Sometimes it may be several then it could be awhile in between postings.

Thanks for stopping by...