Thursday, December 20, 2012

Jump Start 2013!


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Here we go again. 

After last year's success of Creative JumpStart Nathalie Kalbach decided to organize it again. (About 4,500 subscribers joined the Creative JumpStart in 2012. It was so much fun and so inspiring!)

So here's the scoop about it: 

January is approaching--a month that is full with promises, resolutions and intentions. A month that for many is following lots of holiday celebrations, family gatherings and other end-of-the-year events. It’s also time to start creating again. But, suddenly, there it is for some of us: that lost feeling on how to start. Here is the cure!   :)

Nathalie invited a group of wonderful, inspiring, and creative ladies and gentlemen from around the globe in the mixed media and scrapbooking world to join together for the Creative Jump Start Summit 2013. We are coming together to show you some ways to get back into the creative groove and how to get your creative juices flowing. We want to share with you "3 Ways to ..." help you jump-start your creativity in 2013. 


WOOHOO!!!

Here’s what you get and how it works:
  • 1. Throughout January we will share videos showing tutorials to inspire you –
  • 2. You sign up for the Creative JumpStart 2013 newsletter HERE and, in January 2013, you will receive  a daily link and password to unlock the view of the materials as soon as they go live
  • 3. On some days our Sponsors will have a giveaway for you and you will receive two newsletters these days
  • 4. You watch the presentations and you will be hopefully inspired to be more creative—all for FREE! If you like it you can donate to the cause - check it out here.
So come on—get inspiration from some of the most creative people in the community What are you waiting for?  

(Did I mention it’s FREE?)

(And a special thank you to Nat for the wonderful invitation!! She is simply wonderful to work with and super talented to boot!)

Monday, December 3, 2012

Christmas Joy Card!

It's the holiday season and I have a "Christmas Joy" tag card just for YOU!

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First I started with a tag. Tags are so fun to make, but I run out of ideas of what to do with them...so I added it to a card base!

Then I grabbed a few of my favorite things: doilies, punches, a date stamp, Ranger tissue tape, twine, and LOADS of Prima!

You know I save all my scraps. Do any of you do that? Well, I picked out all of the ones that fit this color scheme and used them here and there on the tag.
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Remember the "Got Flowers" jars filled to the brim with gorgeous blooms? I found a bottle, pulled some out, and added crystal centers to them. I also punched stars out of the bottom of the tag to let the red-striped Prima paper peek out.

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A velvet trinket and a touch of twine add the perfect finishing touches.

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Top off your tag with a white bow and adhere it to a card base (I just used coordinating paper for the base.)

Next send your amazing card to your FAVORITE person in the whole wide world! They will love you forever!

Merry Christmas to each of you! ~Sharon



Prima Supplies:
  • Ledger paper
  • Velvet Trinket
  • Alphabet
  • Got Flowers
  • SIIC centers
Other:
  • Date Stamp
  • Ranger Tissue Tape
  • Doily
  • Thread
  • Twine
  • Seam Binding
  • Star Punch
  • Pinking Shears

Friday, November 16, 2012

Quick Tip Video: Ornament 3!



Today I have the last quick video tip for making ornaments!

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This week we will look at creative ways to use doilies, Comfort Craft Chalk Inks & Prima packaging to create this wonderfully inexpensive Christmas Ornament that can be customized to match your home.

As a bonus my daughter used the tips in all 3 videos to create her own ornament! (I think hers is super cute!)

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Brittany created a washi tape hanger, sandwiched a doily (colored with chalk ink) and lace in between her papers, AND added a punched photo (instead of patterned paper) to make a one-of-a-kind ornament!

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The flip side announces her engagement date and shows off a few special embellishments!

So-jump right in and click play on the video below. I would love to have you create along with me.


Prima Product List for Ornament 3:
  • Prima Packaging
  • 844073, 844080 Songbird paper
  • Leaves
  • Vintage Trinket
  • Vintage Button
  • Pin
  • 561444 Serenade White Flower
  • 556952 Tasha Brown Flower
  • 555481 Lucerne Sugar Flower
  • 891169 Ingvild Bolme Fluid Chalk Ink
  • Other: Marvy Uchida green scalloped circle punch, 4 inch doily, seam binding

Video 1 is located here
Video 2 can be found here!


Monday, November 12, 2012

Oh, Yes! Video Tip #2

Can you believe it. I'm posting again and it hasn't even been a week!



Today I have another quick video tip for you!

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I love washi tape and was trying to come up with a fab new way to use it. So-I doubled it over on itself and used it to make a hanger. Sweetness. Add a bit to another punched circle to tie it all together and you are good to go.

And canvas resist shapes are one of my favorite products (tan "lovely" word!) On this project I used Prima's Fluid Chalk Inks by Ingvild Bolme and a bit of water! Just click play on the video below to see how easy it is.

One last tip: color these fab resins with a bit of chalk ink too.




Make sure you catch all three of the ornaments videos!
Video one is here.
Video three will be shown next Thursday!

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Prima Product List for Ornament 2:
  • Prima Packaging
  • 844073, 844080 Songbird paper
  • 561185 Washi Tape: Rondelle
  • 890773 Ingvild Bolme Shabby Chic Resin
  • 553715 Grove Vine
  • 554712 Resist Canvas Word
  • 561444 Serenade White Flower
  • 556952 Tasha Brown Flower
  • 555481 Lucerne Sugar Flower
  • 891169 Ingvild Bolme Fluid Chalk Ink
  • Other: Marvy Uchida green scalloped circle punch, circle punches, thread
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Monday, November 5, 2012

Go Green Christmas Mini-Album!


Each November I gather a few of my saved Prima packaging pieces and create a Christmas mini-album. What a GREAT, and inexpensive, way to put together an album very quickly. Then, after I print out my Christmas photos I can just stick them in since the album is ready to go. (Tip: This would also make a fabulous gift for a teacher, neighbor or friend!)

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This year I pulled some of the packaging from Ingvild Bolmes' Shabby Chic resins. The blue and white palette is perfect for a wintery look. You will only need about 3 sheets of patterned paper to cover 3 or 4 packaging pieces on both sides-and Prima's ledger pads are a great deal offering a wonderful mix of coordinating patterns. Tip: Do not worry about tears on the packaging. You will cover those up with paper or flowers!

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Directions:

1. After adding paper to the packaging I looked through my stash for a few elements to decorate with. I love to make scrapbooking simple so I use similar elements through-out the book to keep a cohesive look. Tip: Try to stick to 3-4 colors (turquoise, red, white and black) that coordinate with your papers.
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2. Next I chose 2-3 packages of flowers in different sizes/colors, some leaves, doilies, ribbon, red Velvet Trinkets, alphas, and whatever little left-overs I had around. Tip: I keep a jar of left-over tidbits right on my scrap table so they are always in sight. I find myself using them a lot when I can SEE them! (Buttons, extra flowers, pieces of ribbons, etc.)
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3. I also like to create pockets on minis! What a great place to tuck Christmas memorabilia...or some extra photos! Punch some tags to tuck in for journaling space.
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4. A great way to include a lot of photos on one page is to make your own little book. Staple several sheets of paper together at the top. Then add a binder and glue to the mini-album page. So simply, but so creative.
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5. I love to use doilies when I scrap. Cut them apart to get more mileage out of them. Tip: You can cut down the middle, or, as I did on multiple pages here, cut just 1/3 off for a visually pleasing balance. 2012 page4

6. Add titles or words that carry the holiday spirit through-out the book! Tip: I used the Paris alphas which offer a dark red and light blue. Working wtih two colors opens up your options for placement.

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7. Make as many pages as you wish and then loop them all on a large ring. Make sure to decorate the ring for that little extra touch. Tip: Punch a small hole in some leaves to thread on your ring.
8. Wrap up for a gorgeous one-of-a-kind gift for that special someone!


Product List:
  • Ledger Papers: 843755
  • Paris Alphas: 559137
  • Prima Trim: 550455
  • Precious Metals Leaves: 547394
  • Paris Velvet Trinkets: 559977
  • Melody White Dove: 552923
  • Serenade Turquoise Flwoers: 561475
  • Soubrette White Flowers: 561574
  • Ingvild Bolme Shabby Chic Resins: 891459 (frame & corners)
  • seam binding, tulle, twine
I hope you have enjoyed one of my Christmas traditions! ~Sharon

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Video Time!

Prima is starting a new feature called, Video Tip of the Week, and I am excited to share the first video and project with you!



 
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I never throw my Prima packaging out so I created a Green Concepts™ tip on how to make Christmas ornaments using the packaging.

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Of course this would make a perfect, inexpensive gift for anyone: teachers, neighbors, friends, etc. Tip: customize the gift by punching out a photo and adhering to the back of the ornament.
Ornament measures about 3.5 inches/9 centimeters across.

Here we go with Ornament #1!



This is a 3 week series so come back for ornament #2 next week!

Prima Products-Week 1:
  • Prima Packaging
  • 556655 Prima Genie Stones
  • 844073, 844080 Songbird paper
  • 547516 Lovely Leaves
  • 561444 Serenade White Flower
  • 556952 Tasha Brown Flower
  • 555481 Lucerne Sugar Flower
  • 554415 Fairy Belle Wood Ticket
  • 891619 White Chalk Ink
  • Other: wire (I used a floral stem from one of our flowers), Marvy Uchida green scalloped circle punch, turquoise seam binding, thread
 Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Prima & Leeza Gibbons!

Some Prima news today!


The secret's out...
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 TV Celebrity and Author Leeza Gibbons teams with trend-setting Prima Marketing to debut an amazing new line of scrapbooking products launching at Winter CHA- 2013.




  “Wishes and Dreams” – celebrating moments, recording desires and goals, honoring traditions, and making secret wishes!

   “All About Me” – helping children express themselves in their own special way!
 
 Leeza will be in attendance at our fabulous Art*Venture Scrapbooking Event now booking for January 2013.  Register now for this once-in-a-lifetime chance to mix and mingle with Leeza and our six amazing teachers!

 Create a Wishes and Dreams project of your own at our posh resort venue in Palm Springs, California.  For full details, visit the event website at:
http://www.regonline.com/builder/site/?eventid=1143316

Monday, August 6, 2012

Masculine Mixed-Media Canvas

Today I have a mixed-media canvas showing off my just-graduated son, Billy, and Prima's new masks, metal trinkets, wood embellies, and more!

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I started off by painting my canvas...then spraying colored mists and Perfect Pearl Sprays over a Donna Downey mask. I love the look of Perfect Pearl Spray on tn canvas....it has such a gorgeous sheen to it!

After drying I stamped random clock images and added gold, red, and white paint touches. 

Tip: make sure you add stamps and paint to the canvas sides for a finished look.

Next adhere your photo on a piece of cardboard and tear edges for a distressed effect.

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Embellishing with Prima's newest metal trinkets by Ingvild Bolme is perfect for a masculine touch. I love the look of the zipper pulls on this project. They add depth, dimension, and just a solid look for a guy project.

Glue gears and zipper pulls sweeping across the canvas...then add some flowers, wood pieces, and twine touches for a fabulous project.

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So grab pictures of your guys and make a special canvas just for them! Prima has everything you will need to make it a showstopper!
Product List:
  • 922177 Donna Downey Mask
  • 559229 Wood Clock/Ticket
  • 559502 Clock Stamp
  • 558789 Scibble Wood title letters-Paris Collection
  • 891558 Ingvild Bolme Typo Zipper Pulls
  • 891602 Ingvild Bolme Metal Trinket-Gears
  • 560485 Say It In Crystals
  • 562076 Lyrique Felt Flower
  • 562175 Bel Canto Brown Flowers
  • 562212 Spotlight Leaves
  • 562526 Tea Thyme Silentium Flowers
  • Canvas
  • Ranger Perfect Pearl Spray- Heirloom Gold
  • Ranger Gold Dabber, White Dabber
  • Ranger Distress Ink
  • twine
  • cardboard
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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

That Zephyr Line is GORGEOUS!

Oh, yes, it is!!!

I wasn't sure if I would like the bright colors,

but they make my heart happy...

...especially when you get to scrap this little sweet pea!

























I asked Amariah (my granddaughter) to pick up her toys.

She did not want to listen to me.

So she gave me that pouty look.

Of course I cracked up...which made her crack up. 

And now she thinks I am wrapped ALL the way around her pinky. :)


















The silly girl!

(I think she's right though.)


Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Rondelle Class at Scraptastic

One of my NEW classes is up at Scraptastic!


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Inspired Love Chipboard mini-album with new Prima Summer CHA papers/flowers, artsy fun with PanPastels, masks, coloring and more!

"Join Sharon in creating a gorgeous chipboard mini-album filled with products from the beautiful BRAND-NEW Rondelle line debuting from Prima at summer CHA! Create a wonderful keepsake album while having artsy fun with PanPastels, masks, canvas, coloring, and more!"
Prix: 45 euro
vendredi 5 octobre 2012
19h-22h
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Prijs: 45 euro
vrijdag 5 oktober 2012
19.00-22.00
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Price: 45.00
Friday 5 october 2012
19h00-22h00
Register here

The class size is VERY limited so sign-up now!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Prima and Rondelle

Prima just started posting their CHA sneak peeks! And I am in LOVE with this line:

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It's soft and feminine, yet it has bold contrast

AND

Polka-dots!!!!! 

I love polka-dots!

Here is one layout I made using it:



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That's my oldest daughter, Bethany, and her daughter, Amariah.  I love this picture and was saving it for a special layout to frame.




































Hoping to post some more projects soon! Keep watching the Prima blog, the Educator Blog, and our Facebook Fan Page for more projects & give-aways!





Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Prima's 2012-2013 Education Team!

Prima has just announced the new Education Team for 2012-2013! This is one AMAZINGLY talented groups of ladies and I am thrilled to work with them!


Prima will be showing off their work and their upcoming classes on our Education Blog. Make sure you bookmark it for lots of inspiration.

Jennifer Matott: New York
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Jen's Blog Link
What is your biggest source of inspiration?  My biggest source of inspiration is other artists.  I go to art openings, museums, galleries, Pinterest, and blogs whenever I can!  I love to see what other artists are creating and they inspire me to try new things! My students are also a huge inspiration!  They discover new ways of doing things that I might not thought of.  It's awesome to see other people making artwork that I taught them how to do but put their own twist on it!

If you could pick a dream location to teach this year what would it be?
If I could teach anywhere, I'd love to go to Europe or Australia!  A beach location would be amazing too!

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Stephanie Miller: California

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Steff's Blog Link
What is your biggest source of inspiration? My biggest source of inspiration is other artists (scrapper gal pals) that share the same passion! I get excited chatting about all the beautiful products, sharing fun new techniques and thoughts about what we can create! And then... my favorite scrappy magical moment happens! Feeling that creative sensation hit me - I just know how all those colors, beautiful papers, awe-mazing gorgeous flowers, ribbons, embellishments will all come together !! It makes my fingers get jumpy!! ta-hee! Yes, sharing our scrappers passion with each other - it's a Magical Prima Moment! {sounds a bit corny but true for me.. awww I LOVE IT!}
If you could pick a dream location to teach this year what would it be? If I could pick a dream location to teach this year it would be located at a fun craft store with a gorgeous view of the crashing waves on a beach somewhere.. anywhere.. and the store filled with happy scrappers, lots of laughter, amazing scrapping supplies, snacks, and plenty of TIME! :)

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Nathalie Kalbach: Germany


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Nathalie's Blog Link

If you could pick a dream location to teach this year what would it
be?  It would be New Zealand, and let me cheat and say South America too :)

Do you have a favorite color? I can't pick one- all colors are my friends! Right now I spent lots of time with my friends orange, yellow and purple :)


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Cari Fennell: New York


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Cari's Blog Link
What is your favorite snack while scrapbooking? I love to chew on bubble gum or red licorice.
If you could pick a dream location to teach this year what would it be? My dream location to teach would be Italy. I would love to visit Rome especially :) 



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Jamie Dougherty: California

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Jamie's Blog Link
Where would you love to teach? A dream location for me is somewhat limited, so I guess anywhere in the US or Canada-New York or Kentucky would be cool!
What's your favorite color? My favorite color right now is red.


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Sherry Mendoza: Australia

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Sherry's Blog Link
Do you have a favorite color?
Turquoise is my favourite color. I think that is why the Sun Kiss line was one of my favorites also.
If you could pick a dream location to teach this year what would it be?
My dream location to teach would be the Greek Islands. Hopefully I will get there one day.

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Julie Nutting: California


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Julie's Blog Link
What is your biggest source of inspiration? 
             Fashion, even though I am a jean and tee-shirt girl!

Tell us one thing we don't know about you!  
             I hate shopping for clothes!

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Trina McClune: New Zealand

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Trina's Blog Link
If you could pick a dream location to teach in this year what would it be? I would love to teach in the snow. Anywhere that it’s warm and cosy inside with snow falling outside. We could scrap for a couple of hours, then take a break to drink mulled wine and build snowmen. Then scrap some more. Divine.
Do I have a favourite colour? No. I don’t. I never have, even as a child. I love all colours. I get inspired by them. I drool over the pinks/reds/oranges and yellows found in sunrises and sunsets. The purple in a cloudy day. The blue and greens found in ever changing oceans. Seems I have a thing for nature too?! LOL. But where better do you find the most beautiful colours in the world?
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Nic Howard: New Zealand

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Nic's Blog Link
What music do you love to scrap to? 
I listen to the radio until lunchtime, when I change to my iPod music.  On my iPod is Black Eye Peas, Cold Chisel, The Cult, Alanis Morrisette, Bruce Springsteen, lots of old stuff that I can sing along mindlessly (and badly) to! In the evenings I turn the radio back on.  I guess I like to listen to DJ chatter sometimes, but when it’s time to get really creative, the iPod goes on!
Do you have a favourite colour?
Teal – hands down.  Love it.   It sneaks into most of my pages in some form.  Teal and red, teal and yellow, teal and orange, teal and teal.
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Janine Koczwara: Australia

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Janine's Blog Link
What is your favorite snack while scrapbooking?  I love to have a hot drink, Chai Latte, Coffee, Hot Chocolate. The flavour is less important than the feeling of a warm cup in my hands.
If you could pick a dream location to teach this year what would it be? Somewhere in Scandanavia, as I would dearly love to see the scenery and there are so many wonderful scrapbooking ladies in this area that I would love to meet.


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Marion Smith: Texas

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Marion's Blog Link
  • What is your biggest source of inspiration? Antique Shops/Boutiques/Flea Markets
  • Tell us one thing we don't know about you! I love to sing!


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And me! I'm the lucky gal who gets to work with these wonderful teachers!

Education Coordinator:
Sharon Laakkonen: Kentucky

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Sharon's Blog Link (you are here!)

Where is your dream place to teach? ANY place where I can stay just a little while afterwards to visit with the store owners, students and sightsee! I would love to teach in the Czech Republic (to see my grandparent's culture), or Africa or Ireland; or go back to Israel, Italy, or a million other places!
What is your biggest source of inspiration? New photos and new product really inspire me to start creating. I also love how almost everything around me can inspire in some way; from pinterest to online stores, to restaurant menus to billboards.


Friday, June 15, 2012

Look at the 2012-2013 Prima Design Team and Guest Designers!

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Anna-Maria Wolniak: Poland
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  • What music do you listen to when you scrap? Unfortunately I listen to all kinds of music from opera to disco :) really... But lately I like one song the most... Maroon5 "Moves like Jagger". Very inspiring song.
  • What's your favorite color? I loooove BLUE colour. I adore every kind of blue: cyan, navy, ultramarine, pale blue. This is the colour of my eyes, of the sky and sea - the special one :)

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Anna Dabrowska: Poland
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  • What's your favorite color?
  • Hah, this is an easy question: black! I use it on every single page together with others of course - colors are a great source of inspiration and main element of any creative project, but I feel that black is special to me: no matter in what way - as embellishment, background, stamping, paint drops, photo - there has to be something black!
  • What is your favorite Prima product ever?
  • I've got 3 favorites: trinkets of all kinds - as I love metal findings, background stamps, which I use over and over again and everything made from canvas: resist elements, canvas sheets, album or book covers, flowers, page elements.
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Brit Sviggum: Norway
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  • Brit's Blog Link
  • What is one food you cannot eat? Pickles.......I really hate pickles. The first thing I do when I buy a Quarter Pounder at McDonalds is get rid of the pickles.
  • What is your favorite Prima product ever? Oh, this is difficult, but there is something that I just LOVE LOVE LOVE-and that is the wood embellishments !  
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Felicity Wilson: Australia
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  • Felicity's Blog Link
  • What's your favorite color? My favorite colour is Red... but when it comes to creativity my favorite colour is teal!
  • What is your favorite Prima product ever? Oh definitely the vines and flowers!   There are just so many uses, endless possibilities as to how and where you place them on your project.  I am totally in love with all the vines at the moment! 

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Gerry van Gent: The Netherlands
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  • Gerry's Blog Link
  • What is one food you cannot eat? -  Snails 
  • What`s your favorite movie? -  "Schindler`s List"

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Hege Lundquist: Norway

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  • Hege's Blog Link

  • What is your favorite thing about your country? My favorite thing about my country Norway is not nature that everyone is so impressed or how well we do in especially winter sports ... What I'm most proud of is actually the people. We have a reputation for being cool and cold, but just see how our country reacted to the terrorist act- July 22th 2011. No promises of revenge ... we were angry, but mostly sad. Very very sad .. But we stood together and showed our grief by caring for each other. I love my country!
     
  • What is your favorite movie? My favorite movies are simply  "Hang Over" 1 & 2. Along with "Bridesmaids". They are really my kind of movies where I can just relax and laugh so much that the tears flow and I almost cannot breathe :-D

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Heidi Kelley: USA
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  • What is one food you cannot eat? APPLESAUCE. Blech, it is too sweet, and for a fruit, it's too saucy, and the texture, well... I JUST CAN'T eat it, lol.

  • If you could go on vacation anywhere in the world where would you go? Fiji Islands. Yep, where the water is sooo blue and clear, its warm and you can stay in cabanas without walls or windows. One day I will make it there, I swear!

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Janna Werner: Germany
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  • Janna's Blog Link
  • What is one food you cannot eat? Brussel sprouts - they give me the shivers!
  • If you could go on vacation anywhere in the world where would you go? Iceland... or the Caribbean *yarr* :-)

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Juliana Montoya: USA
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  • Juliana's Blog Link
  • What is your favorite color? Is really hard to pick one color, but if I had to choose it would be white. I love how clean and how shabby chic it looks ;) I also love pale pink!!!!

  • What is your favorite Prima product ever? My favorite Prima products are flowers!!!!!  I have loved flowers ever since I was a little girl and I would pick them up everywhere!! Love all of the different flower styles that Prima carries and I love how they all coordinate with the paper collections.

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Larissa Albernaz: Brazil


Larissa Albernaz Collage
  • Larissa's Blog Link
  • Tell us your favorite thing about living in your country? There are a lot of small things that make Brazil a great place to live. I love its vibrant multi-culturalism; Brazilian food and music; but my favorite thing is the weather.
  • What is your favorite Prima product ever? The Pixie Glen paper line!

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Lea Lawson: USA
Lea Lawson Collage
  • Lea's Blog Link

  • What music do you listen to when you scrap? Right now I am pretty much obsessed with Phillip Phillips who won this season of American Idol.  I cannot WAIT for him to release an album!  Until then, I purchased quite a few of his songs they recorded for the show.  I love singer/songwriter type of music....so that is what you will typically find playing in the background while I am creating.
  • If you could go on vacation anywhere in the world where would you go? I want to travel to Australia so bad, I can taste it!!  My husband and I both feel this way, and we have our dream vacation basically planned out!  We want to go to Australia over the Australian Open, take in some good tennis, and just explore the amazing country and all it has to share!!  One day, we will take that dream vacation...I just know it!!

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Lene Bjornerud: Norway
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  • Lene's Blog Link

  • Tell us your favorite thing about living in your country? I live in the best country in the whole world! That's a fact and I love it because we have all the best opportunities of education, heath care, and so on! I also love our beautiful and unique nature and animals! I love to travel and do some shopping, almost anywhere is cheaper than Norway!

  • What music do you listen to when you scrap? I often see/hear nature and documentaries on web-TV, or else I sit in silence.

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Leslie Ashe: USA


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  • Leslie's Blog Link
  • If you could go on vacation anywhere in the world where would you go?   I’m DYING to go to Italy. And Ireland. Ok, and Switzerland, France & Scotland. Can you tell I need a European vacation? Like...yesterday.
  • What is your favorite Prima product ever?  My favorite product from Prima HAS to be the masks. I LOVE using all sorts of mediums to play with these. I also have to say my favorite Prima line is Doodle Deux. I LOVE the fun whimsical colors and designs.
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Magda Bolinska: UK
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  • Magda's Blog Link
  • What's your favorite color? I love all color, but recently yellow the most :)
  • If you could go on vacation anywhere in the world where would you go?
    Paris !!! it`s my big dream :)
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Maiko Kosugi: Japan


Maiko Kosugi Collage
  • Maiko's Blog Link

  • Tell us your favorite thing about living in your country? I live in Japan. There is much delicious food in Japan. And I like Kyoto and Kobe. There are rows of houses of a beautiful temple and an ancient city in Kyoto. Kobe is surrounded by a mountain, and the sea, and is a stylish town. Please visit Kyoto and Kobe when you travel Japan.
  • If you could go on vacation anywhere in the world where would you go? Austria (Vienna), France, and Australia
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Marie-Nicolas Alliot: France
Marie-Nicolas Alliot Collage
  • Marie-Nicolas' Blog Link
  • Where do you dream about going on vacation? For vacation, we have a big dream with my husband : going to American Park with our 4 children ! A big big Dream !! We want now to discover another country with our children. I hope this year going to the sun with them ! I dream. lol!
  • What do you love about your country: France. I don't know if you have the same thing in another country ... In France, we adore cooking and eating. And with my family : we love it ^^ And so, we adore going to the market on Saturday to buy all we have need to cooking for the WE. Cheese : lot of cheese ! But vegetables and seafood (we leave at 30min of the sea). And after we come back and cooking all the WE for us or all of us and friends ! I think I can't live in a country where there is no cheese. :-)
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Solange Marques: Brazil


Solange Marques Collage

  • Solange's Blog Link
  • What's your favorite movie? The Notebook
  • What's your favorite color? Red.

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Stacey Young: Australia

Stacey Young Collage
  • Stacey's Blog Link
  • What is your favourite Prima product ever?  Summer Carnation Vine (but any vine will do me)!
  • If you could go on vacation anywhere in the world where would you go?  I would love to take my family to Disneyland and America one day:)
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Steph Devlin: Australia

Steph Devlin
  • What's your favorite color? My favourite color is Turquoise Blue, Hot Pink, Lime Green, Rasberry, Violet, Pastel Pink, Baby Blue and Seafoam Green !!!!!!!   How can I pick just one ... I have always had a love affair with colors.
     
  • What's your favorite movie? I have a passion with movies. I love the escapism and dissapearing for a couple of hours in another world.  My favourite movie ...... Hmmm "Elizabeth" with Cate Blanchett.  The acting, script, cinematography, and costumes, anything historical I adore.  Oh, and I have to sneak in Raiders of the Lost Ark.  Still.
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Design Team Coordinator:


Sharon Laakkonen: USA
Sharon Laakkonen Collagergb
  • Sharon's Blog Link
  • What is your favorite thing about the country you live in: Although I love traveling and exploring new cultures, new sites, and meeting new people, I always love coming home! I have yet to explore all 50 of our wonderfully-diverse states, their amazing variety of foods, and their spectacular scenery. And we have Diet Coke. :)
  • What is your favorite Prima product: Oh no. That is like asking me which of my seven children is my favorite! (Okay-I think I just LOVE our flowers the most. They are absolutely the best ones on the market hands-down! And I have a hard time scrapping without sneaking a flower in here and there!)
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This year we decided to pick 12 guest designers! We will be working with one of them each month, so make sure you look for their work coming up!


Norway-Vibeke Harila

Sweden-Camilla Ekman

Australia-Louise Nelson

Australia-Jill Van Iperen

Poland-Olga Heldwein

Poland- Kasia KrzymiƄska

USA- Frank Garcia

USA-Adrienne Ford

USA-Celine Regnier

Puerto Rico-Marilyn Rivera

Ukraine- Tanya Dudkina

Canada- Keren Tamir

Can I just say, "WOOT!" This is a STUNNING line-up to work with over the next 12 months!