Sunday, January 29, 2012


Fabulous zipper flowers made at our workshop today at FabMo.
Four techniques and helpful hints created this group.

We had a great group today....
Great hands working .......even a young crafter, Skyler, 9 yrs old.

Friday, January 27, 2012


This is the favor I did for my daughters wedding.  I was asked to put it on my blog for everyone to see.  I made 150 of them and used them as an addition to the fortune cookie favors. They were also used as place cards with names on the vellum envelope.  The seal on the gold strip is the Yuki seal.

 I made 83 different fortunes flags and mixed them so that each person had a different group of thirteen fortunes plus the date of the wedding and the name of the bride and groom.

The polymer clay fortune cookies that I made were folded just like the ones  I watched  the fortune cookie factory fold them but with an elastic string inside and looped.  I used it as a button to hold the vellum envelope closed....what a baking job that was!  They were very small. The book measured 5.5cm X 7.5cm closed.

Sunday, January 22, 2012


Eleven great ladies met to have a fun day gabbing, sharing, shopping and crafting.
Most drove a distance to meet for this annual event.  We first met at raft (resource area for teaching) to check out the newly opened facility.  We all came out with bags full of great things for our workshops and classes. 
A few more stops, lunch, then share, show and tell.  We ended the day sharing the Paper Rose and box craft.  As I share this craft, I am learning better ways to pass on the 'how to dos'.  This is a great way to improve templates and explanations.
I came away with some very valuable suggestions from very smart ladies.  We sure had FUN!

The results ....Great Job Ladies!


 At Ruth's Table I volunteered to help Artist in Residence, Monica Lee, with a open card workshop.  The idea was to produce cards for events throughout the year, birthdays, holidays and special events.  Along with this, we had 3 different file holders for these events.  Here are some photos. Lots of good stuff!
The Sizzix machine was really popular.

Full house!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

The Main Event: Trivial Pursuits XXIV

 What a fun day it was!  My first time coordinating this event.  We had six wonderful teachers with great projects for everyone to learn, a delicious lunch and lots of snacks that the members brought to share.  Also, see below, the entries to the envelope contest.  They were amazing.  The contributions to the White Elephant table and gift bags were overwhelming and generous.  I believe it was a success.
The finished banner over the lunch buffet put together by  Laura Bernabei and helpers Joselle Kryder and RobinTimm.
Erma Takeda and her flag card
Erma's class examples

David Winkler and pop-in letters

Now, pay close attention.....
 Opposite side of cube.
LOVE cube, one view
Melissa Titone showing how to make the triangle book with suminagashi covers.

Suminagashi..first you add the paint to the water....then

Then, you blow!
Kris Nevius and her multi-pocket card for mini books

Carla Tenret explaining the use of the pointed pen for drawing....light and heavy pressure...

Martha Boccallini and her wonderful materials for debossed letters, lots of examples....beautiful results!

Everyone paying attention???

The first place winner of the envelope contest was envelope #1 by Debra Brawner, top left and the third place winner, Debbie Turrietta, was envelope #11 bottom left.

Second place by Caroline Isokawa,  was envelope #16...grey with white flowers...

All of the envelopes were great.  The first prize winner received a full set of Zig markers donated by Connie Hwang.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Friends of Calligraphy

Friends of Calligraphy is having an annual event for members only this Saturday.  I am the coordinator for the first time this year.  I thought it would be nice to have a banner for the event and made this one with old calligraphy practice sheets.  Trivial Pursuits XXIV, here it comes.
Old practice sheets with cut out base of orange.

This is part of the finished banner sewn on twill tape.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Paper Rose Gifts

I was on a roll and made 21 paper roses to give as gifts, here they are.  I also tried using old magazine pages.  Although you have to take care when you are making the petals, it worked!  Each flower takes a minimum of 20 minutes, after the papers are found and chosen.  From these colorful roses, you would never guess most were from old newspaper ads.