Definition: Aggregate is a collection of items that are gathered together to form a total quantity.

The fleeting moments of knowledge in which we discover our existence are facts that can be committed to memory. We can enlarge this aggregate memory and refashion it as we go through a lifetime. By saving these memories on paper and reconstructing the images of our lives. We see the art of our lives unfolding before us.

Face the brilliance of your most wonderful creations and dwell on your dreams.
I believe in teaching, the sharing of ideas and playfulness of creating.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Prima Mini Brag Book....

Hello Crafty Friends....

I wanted to make a small little book that I could take with me on my travels to remind me of home and my favorite moments with my Family.

This mini book is only 4" x 2" and has six little pages with a clip to keep everything tidy.


Prima Song Bird Collection.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

More May

I know it just keeps going and going.....
ha ha

Here is another card that I created with Basic Grey What's Up? collection.
Do I dare say how versatile this collection is AGAIN?....
Wishing you a very creative week.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Day 2012

A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.
 ~Joseph Campbell

I come from a family who have lost members that have protected my freedoms. I am grateful everyday for them.

Creating this card for me is to reminder that what I hold close to my heart. The creative freedoms that I have and that I can choose who it is that I am.

Stampotique Designer Challenge

 SDC55: Bright Colors-Stampotique Stamps Only (5/23-6/12/12) 5 p.m. E.T.

This week Vicki is our hostess and she has challenged us with the following:

Summer's ALMOST here and when I think Summer, I think BRIGHT......the Brilliant Yellow Sun, the bright green grass, bold blues in the lake and the variances of bright and cheerful I challenge you to create a Bright Card!!!! 

Hope you will join us this week for your chance to win a $30 gift certificate to Stampotique for stamps.  Please remember that in order to qualify you must use your Stampotique stamps and only one entry per person. 

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Tutorial Crazy..... Paper Earrings.

 I just can't stop.....!

I always joke that I have Art A.D.D. I just like to do it all. I mean why not? A little of this and a Little of that. It is F to the UN.  If you know what I mean.

Ok well that is enough about that rant and On with it.

I used to make jewelry before I started doing glass work. So I am always looking for different ways to create jewelry.  I have been loving the paper line from Basic Grey What's Up.... and the colors are perfect for some jewelry. This is so very simple... I promise.

All you need is a few basic paper supplies and two jewelry hand tools. Wire snips and barrel tip pliers or needle nose pliers will work.

Paper: Basic Grey What's Up?  Cut strips of  the paper, I did mine 1"x6".
Glossy Accents Glue
Small wooden dowel or toothpick
Razor Blade
Wire or Headpins with the loops at one end
Earring wires
Wire snips
Needle nose pliers

 Step 1:
Cut your strips of paper to your desired length and thickness. Mine are 1"x6".
Step 2:
Cut the wooden dowel or tooth pick down the center with the razor blade.... PLEASE be so so careful when you are doing this.You are creating a channel to place the paper in to wind it into a cylinder.
This is what it should look like when you are done.
Step 3: 
Slip the paper into the slot you made and start to wind it around the dowel. This is the hardest part is to get it going. But once you start you might not stop. ;D

Step 4:
Glue the edge with Glossy Accent... This image is not quite accurate... I had a hard time holding the camera and the glue at the same time.... I opened up the cylinder about half of a wind and place the glue. Then once the glue is set you can remove the cylinder from the dowel.
 Then Repeat so that you have two.
 I was on a roll and made a whole bunch......
Step 5:
Slip the head pin with the loop at one end into the paper cylinder.

 Step 6:
 Make another loop at the end to secure the paper cylinder to the wire.
Step 7:
Attach the looped end to the earring wire and close. Repeat...

There you have it now you can go out on the town with your new jewels... ;D

I made the bracelet just because I was a nut and made so many of these little guys. These would also make great embellishments for a card or a layout. 


Saturday, May 26, 2012

Tattered Rose Tutorial.....

What you will need:
Patterned Paper: What’s Up?
Basic Grey Abroad side B (Red) Flower
Light as a Feather Side B (Teal) Leaves
Flower Punches or Cutting Machine.
Spray bottle with Water
Distress ink
Heat Tool
Step 1:
You will need 3 consecutive petal sizes.
I used 4 sizes because that is what the cutting file came with.
Punch or cut out
2- Large
2- Medium
2- Small
1-Extra Small
Step 2:
Stack flower with smaller petals to largest petals onto the brad.
Save leaves for later.
Step 3:
Once together spritz the layers with Water….
Just enough to soften the first layers of paper!
You can always add more later as you go.
Step 4:

Bring the first layer up around the brad to form a bud, continue for all layers, making sure the petals offset one another as you work.
 The larger layers can have the tips folded back a bit to create an opening bud...
Once done it should look something like this….
Step 5:
I cupped the flower in my palm and scrunched it
around and around to form it a bit more.
Step 6:
Dab the flower petal edges into the Distress ink.
Spritz with water to allow ink to bleed and run….
Step 7:
Gently open the petals; open out the largest layer to form nice open petals and allow the others to fall as they wish, we can open them a little more later...
Step 8:
Use heat gun to dry. Keep the heat gun moving so you don't burn the petals.  Alternatively sit the flower let it dry naturally.
 Once dried you can arrange the petals more if needed.
Step 9:
Do the same process with leaves….
Add them below flower and fasten with brad.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Girls Night OUT Card Club.....

WELCOME Friday.....
I have been working on my Cards for Card Club..... About 10 of us get together once a month have food and drinks... We all bring cards to exchange as well we make 2 cards while we are all together.

I love these gatherings. They are always high spirited and loaded with laughter.

To all the Ladies out there.

Paper, Stamps & Ink: Close to my Heart 
Embossing Folder: Dots Cuttlebug
Hearts: Silhouette
Clouds: Fiskars
Misc: Bakers Twine and mini clothes pins

Thursday, May 24, 2012

More Sweets for May with

Hi Crafties-
Thought I would share some more Sweets from
CUPCAKE stands.... These are made with  "What's UP?" Basic Grey Collection and 
Silhouette Cameo files are found on Silhouette Studio.
LOVE these adorable flags that come with the "I want it all bundle"

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

More from FotoBella.....

I had to do a layout of our sweet Kitty, a great way for my son to remember her. I think this kind of layout is a great representation in remembering the wild creatures in our lives.... 
She is a snuggler and a talker. But does not like to be held. ;D One of the family. 
Enjoy your furry friends.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

May FotoBella Fun....

Here is a few of the creations that I made for FotoBella.....

Quick note.... I LOVE MY Silhouette. BEST overall purchase that I have ever made. I use it for everything..... Small gift boxes to cupcake holders. FotoBella has the best prices on it. This is where I purchased mine (before I was on the Team).

A warm Thank You to and Basic Grey.

Enjoy your Craftiness.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2012....May

Dwell on you DREAMS....

Here  is my creation for Tim's tag for May....

This was the perfect reason to get my new "Melting Pot" By Ranger.... Coating PRIMA's gorgeous flowers... Well well. LOVE IT-!

and the tip of the day....
you can make your own embellishments-! What? YES- with pressing your favorite found objects into silicone molds and then just pour the UTEE into the mold.  Then Paint, Patina or just leave clear.

Let me know if you like me to do a video tutorial on this process? I do it a lot with my glass work and well it is a lot of fun.


supplies: craft sheet, melting pot, clear utee, archival inks/jet black/cobalt/vermilion, distress ink/frayed burlap/walnut stain, distress stain/antique linen, ink blending tool, collage glue stick, glossy accents, #8 manila tag, heat tool, crinkle ribbon, hanger clip, cash key, paper stash/crowded attic, ruler ribbon,  jump ring, wire flowers, jute, pattern tissue, wood spool

Saturday, May 19, 2012 Tutorial.....

Everything went smoothly with the Tutorial and I am happy to share this with you.

A warm Thank You to and Basic Grey.
Face your most brilliant creations and dwell on your dreams.

Tutorial for May 2012 Layout Kit.


Hello Creatives and Happy Weekend to you.

I have been working the last few days on a Video Tutorial for and Basic Grey....
Yes- I know how exciting, Right? I am thrilled to be able to share it with you in a few days. Just cleaning up the edges.

Hope you will check back soon to see it.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012


Happy Tuesday Creative Lovelies-

So I wanted to show you some watercolor works that I have been working on.
These works are snap shots of images that I took when I was in Scotland a few years ago. Truly an inspiring, wonderful place. I know for certain that fairies live there. At least in my minds eye.....