Monday, April 30, 2012

Beautiful Mini Book

Here is my  Primrose Mini Book that I had the pleasure to create with this beauty...this little mini is full of simple pleasures and vintage flare. I love this mini so much that it's perfect for a Mother's Day gift for my special mom and mother-in-law. I can see this sitting on their nightstand with a crocheted doily and a pen to jot down their little thoughts of their day.

 Simply print out and cut away! I used chip board, brown paper with Distress Stain-Walnut ink and used multi-medium gel over the covers to give a leather feel. Adorn this little beauty with a wonderful find at a antique store this pretty lace trim. My binding is from Marion Smith's binding technique from her Journey Book. (special video for binding when you purchase the Journey Book).
 Printed my digital pages on white card stock, added some extra pages with the same card stock dyed with Vintage Photo reinker, water, perfect pearl powder mixture. Used my distressed edger on all the papers to give a worn look.

 Then comes the favorite part "embellishing" who wouldn't love it-added some vintage items I had in my stash, twine, little charms and Prima flowers. I believe that embellishments are the icing on the cake.
Wouldn't you love to give your mother, friend or teacher a beautiful journal for a gift, then Primrose is for you. Enjoy
Peggy Lee

Primrose Printable Mini Book Kit
White card stock
Distress inks and stain (walnut ink, vintage photo)
Prima flowers
vintage lace, buttons
charms (7Gypsies, Tim Holtz)

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Simple Sunday Card | Picnic Time

For today's Simple Sunday Card I re-made a card I'd made years ago.

This card only includes two stamps, some simple inking with multiple inks and a little border strip. Photo corners, and a few blossoms finish things off nicely.

What I like about this card is the texture that the stamp gives. It's not a perfect impression and the stamp is designed to be distressed. By inking up this type of stamps in multiple colors you automatically get grunge and soft color mixed together. Super simple. And the photo corners give it a nice polished look which is in contrast to the stamp.

I don't usually gravitate toward flowers on my projects unless their stamped but when I found these blossoms in my stash I knew I wanted them on this card. They seem so fitting for a picnic card. A picnic without flowers just isn't a picnic....right?!


Cardstock - PTI New Leaf, Vintage Cream, Kraft, Blueberry Sky Patterned Paper: MME?, Ink: Broken China, Spiced Marmalade, Peeled Paint Distress Inks, Border Punch: Fiskars, Misc: Blooms from my stash,

Saturday, April 28, 2012

AA: Featured Artist | Brigitte Haydel name is Brigitte and I am a craftaholic!

Ever since I can remember, I have been a crafter. One of my fondest memories from childhood was when I was 9 years old, my uncle subscribed me to a craft of the month kit club. It was so exciting each month when the package arrived. I spent hours at my desk assembling whatever the craft was for that month which was usually dollhouse furniture or Christmas ornaments. I look back and think, what an awesome Uncle that he was to have noticed at such a young age what made me happiest.

Since then I have dabbled in so many different art forms. Crocheting (which both my Grandmother and Aunt were experts at), knitting, cross stitching and sewing (which I learned from my Mimi). Quilting was really my first love as an adult. I made hand stitched quilts and then discovered machine quilting which took me in another direction to making art quilts. I would take every art and painting class that I could come across on the internet, where I met so many talented and welcoming people.

That is what I thought I would spend the rest of my life doing until my birthday one year when my husband gifted me with a Cricut Expression. I had never heard of this machine before so I began to research it on the web. Then came my love with everything paper! OMG, there is so much to do with paper! Why hadn't I discovered that before! From paper crafting also came a love for mixed media art. This is the art where anything goes! You can use all of the supplies that you have collected over the years and slap it all onto one canvas. What a dream.

So lately I have been spending my time creating in mixed media. I am just a beginner in this art form but I can already think of so many directions in which to take it. I hope you will enjoy seeing some of the pieces I have created lately. The girls without faces were inspired by a class called "She Art" by Christy Tomlinson that I recently took online. It is a wonderful class and full of technique information.

Thank you to Tonya and Angee for asking me to submit this blog post.

I truly feel honored.

Brigitte Haydel

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Mother's Day Card | Love You Mom

Hi there.

I've been following Amy Rysvy on Youtube for the last couple years. She is doing a Mother's Day Card series right now and I was inspired to make one of my own.

Decided to go into my stash and make this card today. Surprisingly it just seemed to flow. There wasn't much guess work here. The papers were super fantastic. I just seem to have all the right ideas, and embellishments. That happens from time to time and other times I struggle to get it just right. Today everything seemed to fall into place. Don't you love it when that happens?!

I found an old Artsy Addicts kit from Marion in my stash and decided to use the papers from the kit for this card. I so miss the Artsy Addicts kit club.
Now that I see this picture I may just go back and add a few pearls and/or bling over on the right where the flower bouquet is. That will finish it off quite nicely, I think.
One thing I did do was use different sizes of dimensional adhesive to make the corders of my layers stick up. I used thinner dimensional adhesive on the bottom corners and thicker dimensional adhesive on the upper outer corners. And I die cut the Mom sentiment using my silhouette cameo and my favorite script font. Easy as pie!
I also scored my vellum so that it would camouflage the adhesive strip used to adhere it to the card.
See you all on Sunday for this weeks Simple Sunday Card.
Sweet Crafting.


Patterned Papers: Pink Paisley Butterfly Garden, Cardstock: PTI Sweet Blush, American Crafts, PTI Vellum cardstock, Alpha Stickers*: October Afternoon Mini Market Grey & Cream, Adhesive: ATG adhesive, Elmers Craftbond Spray Adhesive, 1/8" Red Line Tape, Lace: From my stash Ink: Distress Ink Pumice Stone

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Primrose Printable Mini Book Kit

Well here we are, another chic and grungy printable mini book! This one is called the Primrose Mini Book kit. I really love how it turned out, I had this exact vision in my head when creating it. Don't you just love it when you are able to create something you've pictured in your head? That is why I love designing products for this industry.

Anywho this mini book is actually the same size as the journey book, so you can use these pages in your journey book as well or vise-verse! Below is my video tutorial on how I put this book together.

You can purchase this kit here

Monday, April 23, 2012

Girly Girl Scrapping

A few post back I created this Girly Girl Album as promised I am sharing my scrapping journey with you. Here are my girly girls Olivia and Emilee, even though they are grown up two beautiful young ladies. I knew my first few pages would be of them when they were young, both my girls love wearing hats what little girl doesn't!
One the first page is of my oldest Olivia wearing her favorite Mini Mouse pink hat, she wore it every wheres. On the second page is of my youngest Emilee and she found this vintage treasure in my friends closet..Vintage Satin Yellow hat with all that lace trim, she wore it all day. I just love how both my girls have such personality and style. Even today they still love to style it up (they just won't let mom help, ah ah).
 I kept all my scraps of paper from creating the album to use for the inside pages-I cut 1" strips and snip off the ends to create little banners. Yes these are Prima flowers-my cool find of the week, I was out shopping at a hardware store were they  have a gift section and there sitting on the shelf was Prima goodness...Oh I was so excited!! I added this yellow flower to match with the vintage hat and help off set all the pink and brown that is going on in the album.
From the same Prima flower collection these little blue flowers popped out-helping to bring both pages together, in Emilee's photo there is a little bit of blue showing in the curtain.
I have enjoyed creating these pages, digging through all my boxes of photos to find different stages of my girls growing up.
Enjoy your children while they are young build memories, capture even the simple little things to cherish and admire with them.
Creative Scraps by Peggy Lee

My Minds Eye "Madison Avenue" paper line
My Minds Eye (Lost & Found-Madison Avenue "Pretty" Stamps)
Distress inks (brushed corduroy, walnut stain)
Distress Stickles (vintage photo)
Helmar 450 glue
Prima: lace
Prima: flowers (Essentials: Lucid)
Recollections Boutique Fleur trims and gems
trims and lace
McGill flower punch
Bind in all-binding

Sunday, April 22, 2012

SSC.02 | You

Hello there.

Today's Simple Sunday Card was inspired by this photo that I came across on Pinterest.

For this cards I just lots of stamping and a few different colors of ink. The simple part about this card is there aren't many layers. Aside from the white card stock base and the black card stock strips this would be an easy card to whip up in 5 minutes.

I love the inspiration photo. I love the dark shadows and I might recreate this card to more closely resemble the inspiration photo.

That's it for today.

Sweet Crafting.

Angee Butler-Carter


Stamps: Rosie Posie (PTI), Notting hill (7Gypsies), Cardstock: Plum Pudding, True Black (PTI), Ink: Smokey Shadow, Berry Sorbet, Harvest Gold (PTI), Orchid Opulence, Tempting Turquoise, Pink Passion (SU!)

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Giveaway Winners | Thank you for Stopping By!

Hi there. 

Our fearless leader, Marion Smith, graciously offered to giveaway some of her great digital designs to a few lucky ladies who take time out of their busy schedules to visit our blog. 

Ladies, here's a big THANK YOU to you for visiting and leaving your kind words of support. You're awesome and just to let you know please email me at to claim your mini-album.

That's right a mini-album designed just for our giveaway winners.
 And I must say it's gorgeous. 

Image Source 

Tina Campbell -

Scrappin Girl -

Traci Lord

Jordanna DiPietro - Vigliotta -

Lydbug -

Congrats again ladies. 

Sweet Crafting. 

Angela B. Carter

Friday, April 20, 2012

Hidden Hinge Binding - March Journal

Last week I promised a tutorial on how I bound the March Journal book.

Here is a video explaining, the binding and the cover construction.

Thanks for stoppping in today,
Tonya Gibbs

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Creative Confidence | How do you develop it?


Creative Confidence. 

How I built my Creative Confidence?

It's something that I've only recently been interested in. I can't say that I've always been confident in my creative abilities. I'm a self-proclaimed newbie in the "World of Crafting." And by that world I mean blogging and receiving criticism for my "art."

I even included art in quotations above because it took me a long time to even think of what I did (scrapbooking and cardmaking) as art. I studied art in high school and college and it didn't ever look like a scrapbook, so how could I call what I did art.

1. Learn and seek out as much information as possible.

I've come to realize that art is subjective and left up to the interpretation of the artist. Singers, actors, and dancers are all called artists. You can't see what they've done hung up in an art gallery. You can see a reproduction in the form of a painting or a photograph.

When I first started crafting I was a youtube-a-holic. Still am. I watch more youtube videos than I watch television. I'm a frequent blog hopper and my google reader often has over 100 item each day because I love seeing what's out there and it's really inspirational to see what others are working.

Knowing that there are other people out there creating art everyday lets me know that I can do it too. I can create art everyday. Good or Bad. 

2. Connect with and learn from other people in the field. 

One of my favorite artists Ali Edwards has a great newsletter where she addresses these types of concerns. She's very honest about her creative process and the struggles she sometimes faces. It is through following her and reading her words that I've learned to be confident in what I create.

And I don't mean confident enough to show people but confident enough to show others the mistakes as well as the successes. Confident enough to discuss what I do with others with out the premise "Well, it's all handmade so it won't be perfection."

I don't, can't, and will never be able to offer perfection. What I can offer is time, attention to detail, and an investment in making my art from the heart.

Right now I'm learning and growing and maturing into a better _____________ (fill in the blank with as many adjectives as you can think of). Card maker, Crafter, Artist, Seamstress, Painter, Photographer....

I'm always striving to be better.

  • Really define my style of crafting
  • Take better pictures of my projects. 
  • Blog more often
  • Share more of myself on my blog (it's very therapeutic)
  • Learn to be more forgiving of myself
  • Learn not to worry so much about what you can't control (My husband is teaching me this)
  • And this list can go on and on.
3. Take a chance. Put yourself out there. 

I started my blog as a way to join that creative community that I'd grown so accustomed to watching. I wanted to be a part of it. I was tired of being a consumer of art and wanted to be a producer of art, and I wanted a place to share that art with others. Now....that being said I've had lots of blogs since then and I currently have about 2-3 that I have now that I'm trying to concentrate into one place where I can call my online home. It's trial and error just like being creative. You won't always get it on the first try but it's the journey where you learn more and more and hone your skills as an artist or a blogger.

The one thing I have learned from having a blog and receiving solicited and unsolicited advice about my art is that I take pride in just seeing it posted on my blog. No matter if I never receive a comment, no matter if I never reach 100,000 page views. It makes me happy to know that I'm out there in the online world doing and sharing what I love.

How have you built your Creative Confidence?

Leave a comment below letting me now how you came to be creatively confident. I'd love to know. 

Sweet Crafting everyone.

Angela B. Carter

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Daddy's Girl

Happy Wednesday Everyone!

I would like to introduce myself to the blog and to all the wonderful Artsy Addicts out there.. My name is Garett Smith and I am married to the lovely Marion Smith and have 3 wonderful kids Blake, Brooke, and Beckam. I will be joining this blog as an author on Wednesdays to add some guy flavor in here. Join me on this journey of creativity, inspiration and beautiful art. Thanks for stopping by and feel free to come back anytime.

Garett Smith

Inspiration behind Layout:

Brooke and I love to be in our garden. There we plant flowers, vegetables, and memories. I want to remember our daddy baby-girl time when she is older.

Daddy's Girl 7x7 layout

Tools used: scissors, Helmar 450 glue,
Tim Holtz Red Brick distress ink, swivel clasp, Prima red flowers, Prima lace.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Girly Girl Album

 Awhile back I had bought the paper collection of My Minds Eye "Madison Avenue". I fell in love with all the pink and brown tones and the tower, birds and such.  I hated to cut up the paper, I didn't want to lose the images on paper, so I decided to create a girly girl album size 6x9. Used black chip board for the covers, adhered with the amazing Helmar 450 glue so love that glue. Gave the book a vintage feel with using Distress Inks (brushed corduroy and walnut stain) added some Distress Stickles (vintage photo).  Used a flower punch to create the flowers using the paper scraps, added some bling gems.

 The pretty lace trim was white to start I used Distress stain (warm lipstick) and Tattered Angels glimmer mist (tutti fruitti and coffee shop) to create the pink shades that where throughout the paper line to match. I couldn't believe how well it matched the paper. That's why I love glimmer mist so much, you can take plain lace and trims and create your own.

I just love the Eiffel tower and the book text this collection is beautiful.
I will be working in this girly girl album scrappin some pics of my girls, I will be sharing with you all.
happy creating, Peggy Lee

My Minds Eye "Madison Avenue" paper line
Distress inks (brushed corduroy, walnut stain)
Distress Stickles (vintage photo)
Helmar 450 glue
Prima: lace
Recollections Boutique Fleur trims and gems
trims and lace
McGill flower punch
Bind in all-binding

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Simple Sunday Card | Welcome Summer

Hello there.

Welcome to the first in our blog series of Simple Sunday Cards.

My hope is to bring you a simple card each sunday throughout the year, starting with today's card.

Welcome Summer

It's almost here and the anticipation is growing among my students and the teachers alike. We are all excited for the testing to be over and the break to begin.

This quick and easy card features Pink Paislee Nantucket Ephemera die cuts along with Patterned papers from October Afternoon - Farmhouse Collection and Jillibean Soup - Apple Cheddar Soup Collection , and a sentiment from Papertrey Ink - A Wreath for All Seasons Stamp Set. Aside from that all I added was dry and foam adhesive and rounded the corners with my corner chomped (the yellow one).

Quick and Easy.

See you all next week with another Simple Sunday Card.

Have a crafty week everyone.

Angee B. Carter

Friday, April 13, 2012

March 2012 Daily Journal

WOW - March's 2012 Daily journal is CHUNKY, 3 inches to be exact! I had a great time working with these awesome designs available for purchase at This month's color inspiration was:

I'm loving all the colors and details in this month's book. And these colors are some of my all-time favorites.

I decided to try a different method of binding. It is called a hidden hinge and I love it! Binding the book this way, allowed me to include embellishments on every page. For embellishments I used several of the motifs on the page in reduced or enlarged sizes, then fussy cut them out and added some vintage Prima flowers.

Look for a video soon on how I bound the book. In the meantime, here is a walk through video of every page.

I hope you enjoyed this project. Are you working on Marion's Journals? If so, please be sure to tag us in Artsy Addicts so that we can see what you have created.

Thanks for stopping in today,

Tonya Gibbs

Thursday, April 12, 2012

12 X 12 Layout | Girly Girl: Who Me | The Reveal

Hi there. 

I finally finished the layout and here it is.

Girly Girl: Who Me?

This is my second layout this month. That's like a record for me. I can't believe I'm scrapbooking. I never thought I would get into it until after I had kids but It's so fulfilling to be able to tell that story, chronicle that moment, cement that memory into a place that it wouldn't have been before. I look at my one scrapbook I have with all of my 5-6 layouts I have in it from the past 4-5 years that I've been a crafter and I'm very proud of what I've done, and motivated to do more. 

I had so much fun with this and I think these colors reflect that. 

This layout was inspired by a sketch from Kelly Purkey's "Sketchbook 4" class that's going on right now at Studio Calico. It's been a fantastic class and it's really gotten me inspired to scrapbook more. I'm probably going to purchase the previous "Sketchbook" classes just so I will have a plethora of sketches at my disposal. They take a lot of the guess work out if it for me and really inspire me to be more creative. I've found having a jumping-off point or a set of rules gives me great motivation and inspiration. It also temps me to break the rules also. (*In A Whisper......I'm a little bit of a rebel that way.......but not really)

Hope you all like it. 


I don't know when it happened. It seems like just yesterday I was wrestling all my guy friend from middle school. Now I'm a full fledge member of TEAM GIRLY GIRL. I love all thinks pink, Girl, and most of all FAB!!!


Let me know what you think. 

Sweet Hugs. 

Angela BC

Sneak Peek | Girly Glam Girl: Who Me?

Got scrappy this week using the new Studio Calico kit. Absolutely love their kits. Can't believe I made another layout. I'm becoming a scrapbooker. Lol. Still putting the finishing touches on this layout for today's post.

Here's an insta-SneakPeek...

I'll be back for the full reveal later this evening.

Sweet Hugs,


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Monday, April 9, 2012

Mini Album for Dad

 an oldie but a goodie

A fathers love is something that is very special in our hearts, my girls truly love their father. I wanted to create a album that celebrates father's. I gathered up some scrap booking papers, stickers and embellishments along with some special photos of family members. This album sits on top of my china cabinet in our dinning room and once in awhile I will grab it and flip through the memories. My heart always skips a beat with love, and yes some tears...since my husband's father has passed but his heart and memory lives on.
                                                                          daddies girls
 This is a album I made for Lee, it's of his father and fathers-father, and of Lee and his daughters. It came out really nice, and Lee loved it.

CTMH Level 1+2 Simple Pleasures Paper Packets (I love this paper line)
Prima flowers
glued paper to chipboard, sanded the edges to give it a distress look
added some photos, stickers, chipboard embellishments, ribbons
happy memories,
Peggy Lee
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