Sunday, September 16, 2012


Hello there fellow crafters
I know it has been a while and I apologize. I have been very busy behind the scenes but I will have something to post for you in the next couple of days. In the meantime, I wanted to make you aware of something.
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Thank you for sitting a spell,



8 AM TO 8 PM

Monday, September 3, 2012


Did I happen to mention to you that we are moving to the beach!!!!  After only 4 months we have a contract on our beautiful home of 15.5 years.  And as soon as we close we are DOWNSIZING to a beautiful condo on the beach. 

This will be our backyard!!  No mowing needed.  Although it is a bittersweet time we are very excited about this new season. 
Hope you are having a wonderful long weekend.  Thanks for stopping by.
Nan B


Hey there!
     I am back with our workshop layout project for Thurs Sept 6.  Looking forward to seeing all of you and creating this great scholastic layout.  Supplies are listed below along with cutting guide and helpful hints.  Print this and bring with you.  See you on Thurs at 6:30

Materials Needed
G1049 Scholastic WOTG Kit       E1013 My Acrylix Field Trip Alphabet
Z2170 Ruby Ink Pad                     Z2171 Saddle Ink Pad
Z1294 Sanding Kit                        Z578 Corner Rounder
Z1151 3-D Foam Tape                Y1003 2 x 2 My Acrylix Block
Y1009 2 x 3.5 My Acrylix Block Y1010 2 x 6.5 My Acrylix Block

To create the layout, follow the helpful hints outlined below and the assembly instructions found on page 87 of the Magic™ how-to book.
  • Use diagrams on page 86 of our Magic™ how-to book and this cutting guide to cut papers.
  • Sand distress outside edges of Cocoa bases.
  • Use corner rounder to round the following: top right corner of A, bottom right corner of C, top left corner of D, and bottom left corner of F.
  • Stamp “from the library of” image with Outdoor Denim ink on 2" × 2" stamping accent; trim around circle.
  • Stamp the following in Saddle ink: number border on 1/2" × 12" accents and title on four canvas pennants and 1/2" × 1 1/2" title accent.
  • Sponge all papers, photos, and two canvas arrows with Saddle ink.
  • Assemble layout according to pattern in Magic on page 87, attaching the two 1/2" × 12" accents, journal accent, and title accent.
  • Attach cut-out circle accent with 3-D foam tape, canvas shapes, two large antiqued gold studs, and four small antiqued gold studs.


Happy Labor Day weekend!  Hope everyone is enjoying the long weekend surrounded by family and friends.  We are hanging out at the beach with some of our dear friends.  Just doesn't get much better than this. 

Now on to more fun:  Workshop Tues Sept 4 we will make this darling little book out of cards!  This is just in time for school pictures.  Below is the list of supplies, cutting diagram and helpful hints.  Print and bring this with you.  See you at 6:30.

Materials Needed

G1049 Scholastic WOTG Kit          E1013 My Acrylix Field Trip Alphabet
Z2170 Ruby Ink Pad                        Z2171 Saddle Ink Pad
Z2140 Outdoor Denim                   Z697 Sponge
Z1294 Sanding Kit                           Z578 Corner Rounder
Z1151 3-D Foam Tape                    Y1003 2 x 2 My Acrylix Block
Y1009 2 x 3.5 My Acrylix Block     Y1010 2 x 6.5 My Acrylix Block

To create the featured bonus project, follow the helpful hints outlined below.
  • Tip: As you cut the paper, sort the pieces as indicated in the cutting guide so that each item has its own stack. For example, if the cutting guide labels a piece “page 1,” place it in the stack for page 1.
  • Cut zip strips as follows:
    • 5 3/4" blue hearts (inside front cover)
    • 2 – 5 7/8" maroon phrases (inside front cover and p. 1)
    • 7" blue hearts (p. 3)
    • 2 1/2" blue hearts (p. 5)
  • Use this assembly guide to create card album.
  • Stamp as desired on remaining Colonial White cardstock with inks of choice.
  • Embellish and add journaling, as desired.


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