Friday, December 3, 2010

Amore Stamp of the Month Featured Just in Time!

This December marks a very important month in my life...on the 5th we celebrate the 3rd birthday of our son, Nathan. The 16th of December marks nine years since the passing of my mom Olga, whom I miss terribly yet inspires me each and every day. And the 17th is my fith anniversary to my one & only, Steve.  Bittersweet inspiration abounds.

When I made this card using the December Stamp of the Month, AMORE, I drew inspiration from these events.  The paper choices, names, colors and textures selected all had a place in how I was feeling that day.  Unforgettable, Enchanted, Mix & Mingle Album, Smoky Plum, Silver , clear card, opaque pearls, organdy ribbon all played a part in expressing the sentiment.  That is why there such a difference between just a card at the store and one that is truly hearfelt for a "card worthy" person.  Honey, this one is for you.


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Ready for Mistletoe in Florida!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Hope you have a terrific day with your families and loved ones.  I finally finished my Mistletoe Workshop on the Go for December! Both layouts are now ready for pictures of our family memories this season!

Loaded with sparkles, cocoa riboon, dimensional elements ornaments, brads, and flowers, this workshop is sure to deligth!

I am using the second page for my team unit meeting which will also be a cookie exchange.

Interactive tab to post my recipe - and the alphabet used is CTMH Acrylix Chocolate Alphabet Large.
Join me on December 29 for this workshop or order your kit!!!!


Monday, November 1, 2010

Hello Halloween!

What a great weekend I had with my family! Love having so much fun with them.  I hope everyone had a great weekend as well and have fun pictures to scrapbook on their Hooligans layouts! I know I do for sure!
This year we were a pirate family and we loved every second of it! The kids had a blast and we had a fun time with friends of all ages.


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Thank you for a wonderful X-Mas Card Workshop!

We are really on track this year!! Last night we had a wonderful Christmas card workshop and we each created four beautiful cards that can then be duplicated to get started early on the Xmas Card frenzy! Different styles, techniques and shapes graced a lovely set of cards made with our Mistletoe Creative Basics collection.  I thank my super sweet customers for always supporting me and attending my events and I am glad that each and everyone of you left happy and with your cards completed!


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Fall into Olivia...well its about time!

Ahhhh...Florida weather! Gotta Love it! Ya know, in weather like we are having now it is there is no question why so many snowbirds flock down at this time of the year.  It is gorgeous.  I do however, miss the beautiful New England days of Fall where the trees would be the ever so perfect shade of reds, yellows, pumkin orange and ivy greens that I had simply ever witnessed in my hometown of Barranquilla, Colombia.
Our next Workshop on the Go for November is called Olivia and it embraces all those tones that I am so fond of.  The first Layout (pictured above) is the one we will complete at our workshop.  I will be using this for my Thanksgiving pictures.  It features sanding, using a stipple brush, heat embossing and generation stamping.  The colors are Desert Sand, Cocoa, Smoothie, Sunset & New England Ivy.  The alphabet stamp used is Frienship Alpha Large.

The second layout, which uses a pattern out of CTMH's new Magic How-to Book, is really lovely.  As you can see, I have used it for my pumpkin patch pictures.  I added some stamped images and used my water color pencils for a shaded effect.

The card workshop that is included in this kit is equally gorgeous and also explores all the techniques used in the pages! Below are the pages I created using the Olivia Stickease- I love these stickers! I added some Cocoa Ribbon, Copper Brads, and our new Foundry Flourishes and voila: two more layouts!!!

So email me today at to attend my next workshop or go to my website at  and order your own kit which ships directly to you with a full color brochure with instructions!  Just enter Olivia in the search bar under shopping!

Have a great day! xoxoxo

Monday, September 27, 2010

Hooligans Fun - for Halloween and beyond!

The Workshop on the Go kit that we will be working with in October is called Hooligans - super cute kit features monsters and fun colors - Black, Sunset, Lagoon, Pear & Gypsy.  The first two pages shown above will feautre techniques such as glittering paper with Prisma Glitter as well as glittering stamped images.  We will also use Create-A-Shade Pearl Paint on Dimensional Element Stars.  The alphabet stamp set used is called Classmate and I also added a stamped border using White Daisy pigment ink on the black cardstock.

The second layout above shows the versatility of this kit and how to use it beyond Halloween.  Aren's those monsters so cute? And look at the Stickease layouts below - all this for just $29.95!!! Amazing!!!!

Email me at to join my classes today! Don't miss out on all the fun!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Spooky Fun!

As most of you know, I love Halloween!  I really enjoy having fun with my kids and let them pay around with decorations and the more, the merrier...So each year we add a few extra decorations and to our home. I also love sharing my creative fun and having a Halloween night for my customers.  Last year we created a layout and had some fun food and even had a blackout LOL - this year, we will  be creative a fun decor item to add to your home. 

The project is made using our new Mix N Mingle album that comes with assorted acrylic and chipboard pieces.  We will also use the New Hooligans felt stickers and paper pack.  Fun stamping techniques on acrylic and layered  paper pieces.  A little bling, a little glitter gel and a lot of fun - will make this a must-attend event!

Come have some fun!  Space is limited so sign up today!

Date: Tuesday, October 5
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: My House - Boynton Beach
Fee: $28.00

Email me to reserve your spot!


Wednesday, August 18, 2010

C'est Magnifique!!!!

Workshop on the Go Layout 1 - We will do this one in class!

Love this paper!!! Close to My Heart has completely outdone themselves with this color palette - which just transports me into the blue waters of the Mediterranean!  Pacifica, Lagoon....ahhhh these colors speak to my soul! It is called Magnifique and it will be my Workshop on the Go featured in my birthday month of September!  The layout above features a few of my favorite techniques: generation stamping, sueding, paper pleating, and rolled paper flowers.  Alphabet used is called The Works.  More details:

For the second two page layout was made using a pattern from our new how-to book called MAGIC (which is a must!):
On this layout, I added some of our Dimensional Elements and left them white for  a pop effect.  I used the various alphabet dimensionals and one frame from the Framed Fun set!

As always - there is a card workshop included in the kit.  So here are the cards:

I also created (2) additional 2-page layouts by simply using our amazing Stickease and a couple extra pieces of cardstock.  I wanted to show you the value you really get by purchasing a workshop kit for just $29.95!!

Some detail of peacock and our NEW Opaques!!:

Ok, ok how do you get all this?  EASY!!! Come to my workshop or schedule your own, or...I can ship the kit straight to you!!

Magnifique WOTG $29.95 includes: Level 2 paper packet, Exclusive My Acrylix Stamp Set, and Chocolate Mini Medley Collection.

Email me at to get in on the fun TODAY!!!


Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Thanks for Scrapping all day with me!!

We had a great time this Saturday at my all-day crop!  Thank you for all of you who came and supported Operation Smile! As I promised, here is the recipe for the Curried Chicken Salad I served for you!  Enjoy!!

Curried Chicken Salad - Easy to double or triple the recipe!

  • 6 skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup dry white wine
  • 1/4 cup chutney
  • 3 tablespoons curry powder
  • 2 large celery stalks, finely diced
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • 1 cup whole roasted & salted cashews

Salt your chicken with kosher salt & black pepper.  Heat a little olive oil and a pat of butter in a preheated stainless steel skillet and brown your chicken breasts on both sides - do not over cook so they stay moist. 
Depending on the size of your skillet, you may want to cook them in two batches.  Set them aside to cool a bit.

In a food processor or a blender combine the mayo, the wine, chutney, curry powder, and 1 1/2 tsp. of salt and process until smooth.

Cut your chicken in cubes (I use kitchen shears for this) and mix the chicken with the sauce.  Add the celery, scallions, and raisins, and mix well. Refrigerate for a few hours or overnight for best flavor.  Serve at room temperature.  Mix cashews in just prior to serving.



Monday, July 26, 2010

Passages Workshop - a vacationers dream!

This Passages Workshop on the Go was so much fun to put together - irt is really that perfect vacation paper and also makes a great heritage album kit!  The colors featured are Brown Bag, Barn Red, Sweet Leaf and Cocoa - perfect neutrals to make your favorite vacation memories pop!

In this workshop we will work with Heat Embossing, making paper accents using our 1 1/4" circle punch, and chalking Versamark images.  Lots of fun techniques to use on this layout and beyond!  So Join US!!
Date: Wednesday, August 18
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Canyon Springs Clubhouse in Boynton


Wednesday, July 14, 2010

August is not here yet but....

I am inspired!  CTMH Convention was such an amazing experience and I was lucky to have been able  to share that with some of my awesome Memories By Design team members.  We laughed, learned, cried, created, soldified our friendship and it definitely inspred us to SHINE.  I designed the layout above for my Unit Meeting this week using our August Stamp of the Month called Something Splendid.  You can earn it at a discount or even for Free with your August workshop and purchases.


Wednesday, June 30, 2010

It's A July 4th Bash!

Happy July 4th everyone!! I hope everyone embraces the holiday and has a wonderful time with their families!  I would love to invite you to attend my July 4th Layout Party on JULY 28!!! We will be creating this fun patriotic layout that  features dimensional stars, lots of fun stamps, sanding, stitching, glitter, ribbon, flip flaps and whimsy.  You will not want to miss the raffles, gifts and theme goodies! 
So email me now to reserve your spot!

Date: Wednesday, July 28
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: My House
Fee $25 includes full bottle of Gitter Gel

Saturday, June 19, 2010

July Stamp of the Month Sneak Peek!

As some of you may  know, I am taking a much needed vacation with my hubby this week.  My access to the web will be limited - so I decided to leave you with a sneak peek of the card I created for my awesome team for Unit Meeting using the July Stamp of the Month! Keep on checking my website everyday at 11 a.m. for the new June Jackpot deal and I look forward to announcing the winner of the Free Pizza Crop on July 1st!!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Zippidee Do Da...Zippidee De!

The next Workshop on the Go kit that I will be teaching in July is called Zippidee.  Super fun and very timely for all those fun summer vacations.  Although the theme lends itself to Disney pictures quite well, the layouts can certainly be tailored to much more. Notice the Flip Flaps for added photo real estate and the black waxy flax as well as our new adhesive felt and cute buttons in action!

Here are the second pages for you to complete  on your own:

And the cards:

Hope you join me on July 21 at Canyon Springs in Boynton or order your kit to complete on your own!!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

What a Miracle it is...

to love what you do and work with Close to My Heart!  This awesome company has been pulling out all the stops wit amazing promotions.  June is not an exception! Our Jackpot June promotion on my website is in full swing and lots of entries are coming in for my Private Pizza Party Crop!! Stay tuned as the winner will be announced right here on June 30! 

Speaking about June 30, that is the deadline for all my All-Day Crop attendees from May to turn in their challenges - remember the winner will be given free entry into my All-Day Crop on August 14 - it could be you!

Above  is a fun card I created using our wonderful Miracle Kit offered as an exclusine in April & May.  Looking forward to seeing you all for our fun Miracle Party on July 1st!!


Wednesday, June 2, 2010

June Stamp of the Month - Wonderful Friend!

Ok so now that Mother's Day has passed it is time to celebrate the dads!  Although I can't post my Father's Day project on here (as hubby would then not be surprised!) here are some cards I made using the June Stamp of the Month!

The card uses Cherry-O paper for the striped pattren and has a lot of popped up elements (including the tie).
Here is another card made using the You Rock paper pack and some liquid glass accents that I will use at a gathering this month:

The Stamp of the Month can be yours for FREE with a $100 order or at a discount.  Click here to see it and get it!