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Plastered {& gessoed}

Posted by on Apr 5, 2016 in Freebies, Personal Use, Scrapbooking | 0 comments

I have a REALLY fun collection for you — Plastered {& gessoed}. I got the inspiration for it while looking for some ideas for creating flowers and spotted some that looked like porcelain. Imagine my surprise when I found out they were artificial roses that had been dipped in plaster. Luckily for me, we were having a break in our recent rain so I could give it a go since it really was too messy to do indoors. As it was, I couldn’t stop with just dipping flowers, I just had to try pouring the left over plaster into some silicon ice molds that I never used.

Then the rain started up again and I needed to do some indoor stuff. I thought “gesso” looks like plaster, so I started playing with gesso. I then found out that gesso is actually plaster of Paris with a glue binder (or at least it was at one time). Anyway, long story short, this collection is the result of my messy, fun playtime. You can find it in both of my shops, theStudio and Jilbert’s Bits of Bytes, for 30% off excluding the Collection which is 60% off. NOTE: The individual elements and papers packs is only available in my Jilbert’s Bits of Bytes shop.

So here’s a look … and be sure to stick around for the freebie at the end of my post.


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April Fools

Posted by on Apr 3, 2016 in Personal Use, Sales, Scrapbooking | 0 comments


Yes, I realize it’s no longer April 1st, but theStudio’s April Fools Mini Sale is still going on (it ends April 8th). The designers got together and created a mini (all the same size) which have been disguised so you don’t know which one you’re getting. BUT, they’re only $1 each, so it really isn’t much of a gamble.

Here’s a preview of the one I did — Mechanical Mayhem.


Have fun and happy shopping!

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New Personal Use Products

Posted by on Mar 26, 2016 in Personal Use, Scrapbooking | 0 comments

I have 2 new personal use products to show you – Mixed Media Papers 1 and Masqued Masks 4. The mixed media papers would make a great base for your art journal page, but it works just was well with a traditional layout. Add one of the masks (actually, one of my team used two masks) to the page and your layout is practically done. While theStudio’s Easter sale is on (thru Thursday), they’re both on sale for 40% off. After that, it will be 30% off at theStudio and Jilbert’s Bits of Bytes.



You know how I mentioned that all you needed was a paper and a mask for a layout? That’s all I did with this one … well, I did add some text, but that was all. Quick and easy, right?


Here’s one that Judy did with 2 masks … one of them she colored and added to the background. The elements she used are from the collection I’m releasing next Saturday.

Thinking of You web

That’s it for today … HUGS!!!

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Splashes 8

Posted by on Mar 23, 2016 in Commercial Use, Scrapbooking | 0 comments

There’s been a lot of painting going on in my little craft room and I’ve taken some of the “splashes” that I made and turned them into brushes. These are available in my shops at theStudio and Jilbert’s Bits of Bytes and they’re 30% off. Check them out —


Quick and to the point — HUGS!!!

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CU Sampler Grab Bag Sale

Posted by on Mar 20, 2016 in Commercial Use, Sales, Scrapbooking | 0 comments


Once a year the Commercial Use designers pool together a bunch of goodies and have a CU Sampler Grab Sale. This year, there are 3 grab bags and you’re going to want all three. You’ll want to move quickly on this, because they’ll only be around for 2 weeks. Here’s a look at 3 of the samplers¬† —

There are full reveals on the product pages. Be sure to check back and I’ll show you the rest of them. HUGS!!!

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Indigo Garden

Posted by on Mar 19, 2016 in Freebies, Personal Use | 5 comments

Yesterday, I gave you a peak. Today, I’m going to show you my newest collection called Indigo Garden. I AM IN LOVE WITH THIS!!! I’ve never attempted to work with a limited palette and I think things came out great. See for yourself —


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Sneak Peek

Posted by on Mar 18, 2016 in Personal Use, Scrapbooking | 1 comment

I have a new collection coming out tomorrow and thought I’d stop by and give you a sneak peek. If you are a participant of the March 2015 Just Art Challenge, you’ve had MORE than a sneak peek. There’s an incentive for participating — first, you get the papers for free and, second, one of the participants (randomly picked) will win the elements to go with the papers. EVEN BETTER, if you’re one of my newsletter subscribers, I’m going randomly select someone to receive the entire collection for free.


Are you glad you stopped by??? HUGS!!!

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Cafe in Paris Retiring

Posted by on Mar 12, 2016 in Personal Use, Scrapbooking | 0 comments

I SO hate to see this collection go … it’s definitely one of my favorite. I not only enjoyed making it, I LOVED have the excuse to eat those macarons (the French kind … I don’t like the other ones that have coconut). I’m retiring this in both shops (theStudio and Jilbert’s Bits of Bytes) although I’m definitely thinking about occasionally bringing back some of my retired items for special “Bargain Basement” sales in my personal store.

Here’s a look at the collection —


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New CU Brushes – Curls 2

Posted by on Mar 10, 2016 in Commercial Use, Scrapbooking | 0 comments

I’ve just released a new set of brushes — Curls 2. They are on sale for 30% off at both theStudio and Jilbert’s Bits of Bytes shops.


Boy … that was quick … HUGS!!!

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Nana’s House

Posted by on Mar 5, 2016 in Personal Use, Scrapbooking | 0 comments

Nana’s House is always a warm and welcoming place. When you first walk thru the door, you’re greeted with tons of hugs, kisses, and wonderful smells of something cooking in the kitchen. But we don’t stay indoors for long because she’s got the most amazing green thumb and the perfect place for us to sit and admire it. This collection is the embodiment of all that AND hopefully more.

Gotta love that “romance” text, but I’m only recounting what it’s like to visit my kid’s Nana and Papa. And, while my newest kit is very vintage, Nana and Papa are anything but old fashioned. Yes, they have some gorgeous antiques, but they’re house is SO much more than antiques. The thing that really stands out when you visit is their wonderful garden. They were even the “garden of the month” a while back and hardly anything was in bloom.


In fact, many (most) of the flowers I’ve extracted for my CU stuff are photos I took at their house. However, when one thinks of a nana and papa, they think vintage and, since I was in the mood for creating a vintage style kit, what better inspiration than Nana’s House. It’s not a huge collection. In fact, it actually started out to be a mini kit, but then it took on a life of its own. Check out the previews —

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