Thursday, December 15, 2011

Creative Jumpstart in 2012!

Nathalie Kalbach approached me a few weeks ago and asked me to be a part of this AMAZING venture! Go check it out!

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 :)
A group of wonderful, inspiring and creative women from around the globe in the scrapbooking and mixed media fields have joined together for the Creative Jump Start Summit 2012. We are coming together to tell you how we get back into the creative groove and how we get our creative juices flowing. We want to share with you to help you jump start your creativity in 2012.
Let me show you who is participating:

Here’s how it works:
  • 1. Throughout January we will share videos, audio or pictures to inspire you –
  • 2. You sign up for a newsletter HERE and, in January 2012, you will receive a link and the password to unlock the view of the daily materials as soon as they go live
  • 3. You watch the presentations and you will be hopefully inspired to be more creative—all for FREE!
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?)

Friday, December 9, 2011

Christmas Mini and Matching Tag

Last night's class was a lot of fun!

First I want to show you the recorded version so you can play along! (Scroll all the way down and stop the music player you can hear, okay?)

There were so many things that went wrong behind the scenes...if only you could have seen them. (But since you can't, I am going to tell you about them!)
  • first the netbook I was using to follow the chat shut out of the blue. Done. Poof.
  • then the ipad I logged on to couldn't pull the chat up. (That one really got me. I mean, it's by Apple. I love Apple products. How could they let me down like that?)
  • then the laptop Billy got going kept giving me the black screen of death every. single. time.  I bumped it. (I learned to scrap and not bump things on the right side of the table lickety split!)
  •  somewhere in the midst of the computer problems one of my stage lights on the left side burned out. POP. 
  • then 20 minutes later the light on the right side burned out. POP. Seriously?

By this time I was just doing frantic hand signals to Billy (who was busy texting and not paying attention. Go figure.) to get the lamp on my desk and set it up. He eventually got the signal and once he figured out the bulb screws off first, and THEN the shade can come off...we were good to go.  :)

The rest of the class went really smoothly...until I cut the gold vine apart and the top popped off, flying across the room. 

I kinda needed the vine top to finish my project so I asked Billy to find it. 

Just picture a 17 year old boy crawling all over the floor under the cords for the 4 lights, 3 computers, a webcam, and 2 extension cords trying to find a gold vine top. Did I mention he had no clue what he was looking for AND was trying to get me to laugh out loud on the show? 

Yeah. I figure God's just trying to see if I have a sense of humor or not. (There's no stress going on a live show and teaching...why not throw a few little problems Sharon's way?!?)

All in all I finished and I THINK*HOPE*PRAY it was okay!

Here are a few shots of the tag I made with left-overs. This is the packaging from the white Gillian flowers (snowballs!)

Both ribbons by Prima are colored with PanPastels! (see colors used in product list at end)

So fun. So easy!

Love these gilded roses....

and check out the sculpted North Country print flowers. gorgeous!

The main class was this adorable North Country Mini based on Prima packaging!

I love getting products for free...and that's what you get every time you buy from Prima! 

Did I mention how easy the inside pages are to put together?

The background papers are all 4x6. The other measurements are stated on the video! YES, you have to watch it!

Cheapo tip: Use pieces of cardboard to pop your tags off the page (FREE and you always have it around your house!)

Color Prima's cream ribbons with PanPastels for a custom look!

Buy one gold Prima vine and cut it apart for a unified look through-out the book.

Cut apart a Say It In Crystals leaf branch for touches of bling here and there..and to stretch out your $$!

Cover all paper seams with a touch of creamy Prima ribbon. (There's that gold vine top I needed, btw!)

Okay-I did go over the 90 minutes a bit, but we got it done! And there was a prize. Oh yeah, Prima always gives a prize out to some lucky winner on every LWP show! Go check them out!

North Country Up-Cycled Mini Album:
  • 552589 north country flowers
  • 553289 nc coventry roses
  • 552473 avon roses
  • 553456 vine-gold
  • 553418 holiday crimson-christmas flowers
  • 550127 alphas
  • 549992-branch- siic
  • 930073 or 930011 vintage trinket or milk glass bauble
  • 550516 cream trim
  • 550479 cream print trim
  • 550523 blue fringe trim
  • 552923 melody bird/flower set
  • 553036 gillian white flower
  • 553593 splendor leaves-green
  • 843243, 843274, 843311, 843281, 843267, 843250,  nc papers
  • Prima distressing tool-Comfort Craft
  • Prima Packaging-5 sheets

  • PanPastels- bright yellow-green shade (26803), turquoise (25805), Turquoise tint (25808), Turquoise shade (25803)
  • foam tape
  • Ranger distress stain or ink-crushed olive
  • metal ring
  • paper edger/punch
  • tan seam binding

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Live With Prima Class!

Life is crazy busy right now...lots of teaching, working, and family things to do...which leaves my poor blog a tad bit neglected!

However I am teaching a very fun Christmas Mini Album, Thursday, December 8th, on Live with Prima. (6:30 EST, 7:30 MST, 8:30 CST, 9:30 EST, and for our folks Down Under-Dec 9th-1:30 pm Sydney)

You can watch right on ustream (live) here! If that link does not work just go to and look for Prima Marketing.


See you there!!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Italy 2011-Part 1

After Belgium Bill and I took off for Rome. We landed late at night...waited forever for our luggage, saw this sweet sign on the way to customs:

...and then we took off to our hotel. (On the way we saw a peek of the Coliseum at night... A M A Z I N G!)

We could not wait to get up and go sight-seeing the next day! This was the view from our roof-top terrace during breakfast. (click on any picture to see it in a larger format)

We grabbed a"hop-on hop-off" tour and saw the main sites. So very cool! Everything you wanted to see was within walking distance, but we really enjoyed the ride around the city. Did I mention that we had perfect weather the whole trip? I know. Unbelievable.

Seeing the ancient ruins and all the buildings we study in our homeschool was such an amazing experience. I need to take the kiddos next time!

ancient ruins

part of the Roman Forum

There's a story to these church steps. You know those relatives that you HAVE to invite to your wedding? Yeah...when you get married at this church you just have the ushers direct them to this entrance when they arrive. (We are encouraging our kids to get married in Rome now. hehe)

riding the tour bus

gorgeous building and piazza

crossing over the river to see the castle

the famous castle sant'angelo

Cobblestone, Pizza. Bikes. You saw these three things all over Rome.

This Basilica was right outside our hotel!

At The Flavium Ampitheatre (or Coliseum as we know it!)

Arc of Constantine outside the coliseum

Gladiator wanna-bes!

people engraved their names on the coliseum walls

a picture of the palatine area from the coliseum

Animals and pottery found in the ruins of the coliseum

even though the coliseum is in ruins you can see the seating levels, the stage area, and the corridors and storage area underneath.

see the marble seating for the most important people in Rome?

at Da Vincis Machinery Museum

inside his mirror exhibit

at villa borghese overlooking the plaza

Bill with Rome behind him

At the famous Trident shopping area-some of the most exclusive and expensive shopping areas in the world. We just looked!  Sort of!

Okay-I did get my girls something Prada, but I got a good deal!

At the Spanish Steps! I am not sure what the fascination is to be honest. People just sit on them and watch other people.

Everywhere we went we saw people dressed up and taking donations. This person is supposed to be the Statue of Liberty.

Got a few pieces of art from this gal.

Trevi Fountain

Tossing my 3 coins in for a guaranteed return trip to Roma. haha.

And Bill faked tossing coins in cause SOMEONE took his and threw them in earlier. :)More to come later! I still have over 1000 photos to edit. :P