Monday, July 21, 2008

CHF Challenge #17 - All that Glitters

Yeah... I love glitter.  Did you know that Cornish Heritage Farm carries 305 different colors / varieties?  No?  Well, neither did I!  Julia Stainton wrote a wonderful review on Barbara Trombley's Art Institute Glitters in the CHF Forums --> HERE.

And it's Monday again!  The girls at CHF are doing a glitterfied challenge.  With most of us just getting home from CHA, we couldn't all get this completed.  So, the challenge for you is to get glittering and let us know when you've created a project.  Here's the thread for our weekly challenges... RIGHT HERE.

So, here's my project this week...

Warm Heart:

I stamped my snowman on my cardstock and added a snowy hill with my Copic BS pigment pen.  After I colored the snowman, I stamped the snowman again and cut out the body, taping it lightly in place over the first image.  I used the Copic airbrush system to add the sky.

Other fun details:

* I stamped the Perfect Plaid Scrapblocks™ on the cardfront.

* The grunge board chipboard was inked with Worn Lipstick Distress ink and then covered with Cosmos glitter mixed with clear embossing powder.  While the ink was wet, I embossed.

* I used an Essential Glue Pad to stamp snowflakes over the snowman and sentiment and added the crystal glitter.

* I used a Sakura Quickie glue pen to add glitter to the snowman's heart and the outline of the hill to give that added glimmer.

Thanks for stopping by!





-Heart Warmers (The Kim Hughes Collection) by CHF

-Perfect Plaid Scrapblock™ by CHF


-Worn Lipstick Distress ink by Ranger

-Pitch Black and Shell Pink Adirondack dye ink by Ranger


-Cryogen White, Perfect Baby Pink and Perfect Baby Blue Light by Prism


-Clear embossing powder

-Barbara Trombley's Art Glitter in Cosmos and Crystal

-Quickie Glue pen by Sakura

-Essential Glue Pad by Tsukineko

-trims by Making Memories

-Nestabilities dies by Spellbinder

-Copic markers, airbrush system, BS Black pen,

-Swirled Grungeboard heart

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Chicago CHA Highlights

Hiya!  I'd typed out this HUGE post about CHA with pictures and my blogger zonked it.  Ugh...

I hope I catch the gist of it again...


Lori Craig, Julie Campbell and I roomed together, after we arrived late that evening.  Long queues for luggage, excessive amounts of Starbucks caffeine and copious amounts of giggling kept us up late.


Lori, Julie and I went to the Copic Certification class all day.  There were tons of stamping rock stars in this class.  I couldn't help but be intimidated.  I had the opportunity to watch Debbie Olsen in action.  Amazing stuff!!!  Serious talent!

Here, Debbie's giving some pointers to the group (and some serious rock stars, I tell ya!):

We sat with Bev Gerard, Vicki Garrett and Kristi Ferro and these girls kept us in stitches the whole time.  What a fun day!

Bev and Vicki hard at work:

And Kristi... what a hoot, this girl:

Marianne signing my certificate... it's official!!!

Kim Leech had come in search of us in our class and we'd gotten a group shot.  Notice how Lori, Julie and I all got the memo on wearing pink?  LOL!!

After class, we headed to the showroom floor to help with booth set up.  When the boxes were all piled, it seemed like an insurmountable task to get that all set up, but somehow we managed.  We had some last minute work to be done on Friday, but this was almost exclusively complete.

Besides being excessively (read that as oppressively hot on the show floor), I think we were all wiped out.  We eventually made it to the Hyatt for dinner, where I met up with my mom.  She was able to join the crowd too!  I was so grateful she came.  My mom and I are very close and it meant a lot to me to spend my time at CHA with my best friend.  You'll have to read on Julie Campbell's blog her humorous account of dinner.  Let's just say it was really funny how a nearly 60 year old hit it off with the group.

After our dinner, we went to the lobby of the Hyatt for an informal lesson with Ellen Hutson (!!!) on coloring with Copics and Prismacolor pencils.  What a wonderful discussion!  I learned a great deal.  What I found most interesting was that Ellen talked about who inspired and influenced her in her art and here she was doing the same for us.  Thank you, Ellen!

Julie, Ellen and I:

Dawn Lusk and her sweet daughter, Amber:

We somehow managed to get back to the hotel (nearly midnight) and fell in bed.  What a LONG day!  How fun!!!!


We scrambled this morning to get to the show on time (a slight issue with the shuttles not running) and made it in time to see the kick-off of the convention.  A parade of bagpipers marched through the hall... it was quite a sight to see...

I spent time in the booth demoing and answering customer questions, which I hope I did well.  It's easy to be enthusiastic about Cornish Heritage Farm's products.  :-)  I did get to meander through the show with mom.  I think my favorite booth was Ranger, where we watched Tim Holtz create a project from the beginning in his grungy style.

Here's Tim Holtz and Ali Edwards demoing at Ranger:

Other favorite stops were Cosmo Cricket and October Afternoon... more paper!  A girl can't have enough paper!!!

After the close of the show, we headed to the Hyatt for the SCS Cupcake Reception.  There were so many people there that I knew but had never met in person!  I met Sharon Harnist and Gina K... both the sweetest ladies ever (and of course, I didn't get photos with them... I'm kicking myself now).  I also met AJ and Teresa (both ladies are super sweet and talented -- and they'd been big sisters for me in the past on SCS).



We'd also taken a CHF team photo of the girls that were there (Michele had left before we got this coordinated).  Richard is laughing in this photo because he'd tried to smooch Lisa Strahl's cupcake on her and failed.  He's a devil...  I don't think we annoyed him too much over the weekend.  ;-)

After the cupcakes, Dawn, Julie, Mom and I went to a great Italian restaurant for dinner called Olivetti's.  If you are ever staying near O'Hare, I highly recommend it!  We stuffed ourselves and then headed back to our hotel, where we stayed up too late laughing over silly things, like girls always manage to do!


I actually don't have any photos for Saturday... I spent a good chunk of it in the booth, demoing and talking to customers.  Gina K stopped by again and I forgot (AGAIN) my camera!  She's a doll and talked with us for quite some time.  What a treat!  After I wrapped up at the booth, we headed to the airport to head home.

CHA was a fantastic experience.  I realize that the convention about the product, but I think it's really about community.  Women 100 years ago used to sit together, creating quilts or making clothes.  Now, we get together to stamp, create scrapbook pages and preserve memories.  What a blessing to meet so many people that share and enjoy doing what I love to do too!

Thanks for stopping by!  Sorry for the novel...


Monday, July 14, 2008

Scrapblocks™ Paper Packs at Cornish Heritage Farms!

Cardmakers and scrapbooking enthusiasts alike will love this addition to the CHF offer!  Papers with subtle texture and design for the perfect background are the heart and soul of this collection.

Here's one of the pages for your viewing pleasure!

Lil Sailor:

To get a view of the entire paper pack, stop by Becky Olsen's blog - Life as a Three Legged Dog.

We have one more sneak peek to share tomorrow and then I'm off to Chicago for CHA!  I'm so excited to be going this year.  I've never attended.  If you'll be at the show, please stop by the Cornish Heritage Farm's booth and introduce yourself.  I'll be demoing a couple of times on Friday and Saturday.  I promise to post pictures and some reviews once I'm home.

Thanks and see you soon!!!


CHF Challenge #16 - Masculine Projects

It's Monday again and we have a fantastic challenge for you this week.  When it comes to creating for the men in my life, I'm usually stumped.  How do I create without glitter and ribbons?  Seriously!

So, our challenge this week was to look through the images and product lines at Cornish Heritage Farms and create a masculine project.  There are a plethora of options between Thomas Kinkade images to the Rummage Bin... and many more to come with the new lines that are being introduced post-CHA!

It Doesn't Get Much Better:

I opted to create a project using the Thomas Kinkade image "It Doesn't Get Much Better".  I stamped with Espresso ink and colored with Copic markers, trying to get the same glow of light as the rising sun on our fisherman enjoying his day.  I layered this on a simple black matte and added a small panel of Suede Brown Dark with a strip of dark copper brads.  Not a bit of glitter or ribbon!  It was hard to do, but I managed to keep it simple.

For more inspiration from the CHF Design Team, check out these fine ladies participating:






Thanks for stopping by!







-Espresso Adirondack dye ink by Ranger



-Herbal Garden Dark, Black Prismatic and Suede Brown Dark cardstock by Prism Papers

-Georgia Pacific white cardstock



-copper brads by Making Memories

-Copic markers

-dimensional tape

-Nestabilities by Spellbinder from

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Seriously Wonderful Sneak

In keeping with the theme of this last week... I'm going to direct you to Lisa Strahl's blog, Mona Lisa Moments, for the latest news!!!!

I am absolutely giddy about this addition!  But... you'll have to stop by Lisa's blog for the deets!


Saturday, July 12, 2008

General Motors - A New Line for CHF

That's right!  You heard correctly!  Cornish Heritage Farms is excited to announce the addition of the General Motors Stamp Collection.  Head to Mona Lisa Moments for all the details.

But in the meantime, here's one of the images in the first release - 1957 Family Bel Air

This is my FAVORITE!  Isn't the image wonderful?  Reminds me of road trips, drive in movies and trips to the family cabin.  How fun!

There's more previews to come... so stop by again tomorrow!



Friday, July 11, 2008


I didn't want to have to enable word verification for blog comments, but I've been getting some weird ones.  Sorry about that.

Thanks for anyone that does stop by and leave comments.  I appreciate it!

More Previews!!!!

Oh my word!!!  It's too much, I tell ya!  A girl could burst from all this excitement!

Kim Hughes has a major cool announcement today!  She has her own paper!!!!

Here's a peak... Iced Cappy:

Stop by Kim's blog (Paper Hugs) for the full monte!  I know you'll be excited to see all the yummy flavors!  And the other Designers have little tastes available too.

Now, I'm craving Starbucks?  Anyone else?

Thanks for stopping by,


Thursday, July 10, 2008

Thomas Kinkade Series Paper Packs - Christmas

So, we've started the sneak peeks and we've more to come.  Today, Becky Olsen has the full preview of the Christmas Series Pack, featuring the gorgeous designs of Thomas Kinkade's holiday art, on her blog (Life as a Three Legged Dog).

These papers have me DROOLING!  I love how you can create the stunning, so simply!!!

Here's a mini peek for you...

Hop around the other CHF Designers for views on the other lovely papers in this pack.

AND... just wait until tomorrow.  Oh my word!!!  It's amazing stuff, I tell ya!

Thanks for stopping by,


Super Sweet!

I received an award from Joanne at Ambrosia and Iron... if you haven't made your way to her blog, you should run (don't walk!!!).  She'll inspire you with each project.  I love to browse her posts and I'm inspired by her unique way of looking at things.

And she nominated me for this award!  Very high praise indeed!

I have so many favorite blogs that I browse... my mom's blog (love to see her creating and sharing her talent - luv ya, mom!), all of the CHF DT's blogs ---> see the list!!!, Joan Bardee (for her fantastic projects and amazing humor), to all the stamping rock stars that I stalk... I mean follow...

Thanks to everyone that reads my blog and for all the inspiration that I find in the stamping community.  Thanks, Joanne!



Edited before this went live!!!!

Christi at Blessings on Paper also nominated me!!!!  Can you believe it?  How wonderful is that?!?!?  Christi has a fabulous sense of style, fun color combinations and creates projects with all the rights details!  Thanks for the nomination, Christi.  I'm blessed to have you come by, comment and spend time with us in the forums.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Thomas Kinkade Series Paper Packs

Cornish Heritage Farms is kicking off a Week of Sneak Peeks! We have 7 announcements to share with you leading up to CHA Summer and Lisa Strahl of Mona Lisa Moments has a HUGE announcement to share!

Are you ready for a preview???

Be sure to stop by Mona Lisa Moments for a complete view of the images... as well as the CHF blog roll, on my sidebar, for little peeks from the Designers.

Isn't this amazing?

Thanks for stopping by,


Tutorials at CHF - Vintage Vellum

For the last couple of months, I've been creating some tutorials for Cornish Heritage Farms' forum.  One of the things I've been most proud of is the level of education about products and projects available to customers.  And now I'm trying to continue to the legacy...

I thought I'd post some of these projects on my blog and post back to the forum for more details on the "how-to".  And I've been doing this for a bit, so I'll slowly make my way through the list of topics we've covered recently.

Vintage Vellum Technique:


CHF became known for a unique line-art offering with the release of the Thomas Kinkade Series.  The exquisite detail, transformed from vibrantly painted portraits, is like nothing else in the industry.  As a recent release of a similar style was introduced in the Sandra Kuck Series, I created this tutorial to give a simple and effective way of coloring detailed line art images.

Using vellum and copic markers, a soft look can be achieved... and it's simple.

Thanks for stopping by,





-Sisters (The Sandra Kuck Collection) by Cornish Heritage Farms

-Spanish Script Backgrounder by Cornish Heritage Farms

-Script Essential Expressions (The Mona Lisa Moments Collection) by Cornish Heritage Farms


-Latte and Espresso Adirondack dye inks by Ranger


-Classic Crest Solar White by Neenah

-Baby Blue Light cardstock by Prism

-Translucent Vellum by Prism


-Hardware (Coppered Out) by We R Memory Keepers

-Sewing machine and thread


-Copic Markers

-Tonic Distressing tool

-Dimensional tape

-Heat gun (optional)

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

On-line Classes at CHF

I'm so excited about a new line of weekly events at Cornish Heritage Farms.  Starting on July 22nd, CHF will have on-line classes, featuring Christmas projects by each Designer.  The supply list and a brief overview of the project will be posted in advance so everyone has ample time to get product.  The class will post at 6 pm EST and the Designers will be around to chat, answer questions and offer suggestions on their date.

For more details on the overall scope of the classes, please check out Julia's description HERE.

So... are you ready to jump in???

I hope so!  I'm hosting the first class on July 22nd! 

I've outlined the project with beginners in mind, but have advanced ideas to inspire and hopefully get you in the creative spirit.

For more details and a list of supplies, check out this thread --> HERE.

Please join us for a fun evening of chat and idea sharing!



Monday, July 7, 2008

CHF Challenge #15 - Krylon Leafing Pens

It's Monday again and the challenge is ON!  This week our challenge was to use Krylon Leafing pens.  Julia Stainton has written a fabulous overview on the product in the CHF Forums --> HERE.  We'd love it if you could join us.  Our weekly challenges are posted on the forum too.

Fall Harvest

Copper has that warm glow to it... and I tend to think Autumn.  I grabbed my "All Things Fall" set (The Rummage Bin) and got leafing!

To make my Fall Harvest sign stand out, I took a chipboard coaster and cut it out with my Long Rectangle Nestabilities.  I painted it with Peeled Paint Crackle paint by Ranger and let it dry.  I used the Copper leafing pen on the edges.  It's also hard to see in the picture, but I added Copper leafing to a few of the dots in the lower right hand side.

A few other details on the card:

-Distressed edges and Vintage Photo ink to give an aged look.

-The apple was stamped with two colors.  To do this with standard ink pads, I inked the image with Peeled Paint and used a Q-tip to add the Espresso.

-The apple was trimmed out and popped up on dimensional tape.  I added Glossy Accents on the image for a laquered look.

I hope you'll stop by the other CHF Designer's blogs for added Krylon inspiration:









Thanks for stopping by,





-All Things Fall (The Rummage Bin) by Cornish Heritage Farms


-Peeled Paint and Vintage Photo Distress inks by Ranger

-Espresso Adirondack dye ink by Ranger


-Intense Kiwi by Prism

-Classic Cream by Neenah

Designer Paper:

-Detours (Picnic Basket and Fruit Stand) by October Afternoon


-Copper Leafing Pen by Krylon

-Ink Blending Tool by Inkssentials

-Distressing tool by Tonic

-Glossy Accents by Ranger

-Peeled Paint Crackle paint by Ranger

-Nestabilities by Spellbinder


Finished Size: 5.5" Square

Friday, July 4, 2008

Happy 4th of July!

Forth of July has always been a fun holiday for us.  We get together and BBQ with the family!  Fireworks and watermelon seem to go hand in hand!

I created a really fast card last night to celebrate.

Don't Tread on Me:

Doesn't this Eagle look like he's saying, "Don't even think about messing with me?"  I thought he did!  I've wanted to put this together since I first saw the expression on his face!

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a happy and safe holiday!





-Proud Eagle from the May 2008 Stamp of the Month (Kim Hughes Collection) by CHF

-Supah Star (The Kim Hughes Collection) by CHF


-Pitch Black Adirondack dye ink by Ranger

-Frost White ColorBox Pigment ink


-Classic Red, Twilight Dark and White Prismatic by Prism papers


-Copic markers

-Oval Nestabilities by Spellbinder

-Dymo Label maker and black tape

-Glossy Accents by Ranger (for his eye)

-precision scissors

-Wide flag ribbon from

Note: I stamped the largest star (from Supah Star) on the back of the Twilight Dark cardstock and then trimmed. I didn't want the line on the paper, rather having it look like a die-cut.