Mojo Monday: a little note

good morning!!!

wow! has it really been a WEEK since i last posted???  i guess time flies when you’re having fun!  i have been working myself to death!  luckily i love my work!  i have all sorts of news to share with you today so grab a cuppa coffee and let’s go!


Our latest issue of Through the Craft Room Door is at the printers and soon on it’s way to mailboxes.  i LOVE this one – so much info, great projects and best of all a wee bit of a facelift.  no drastic changes but definitely some polish.  this involved me learning an entirely new, complicated bit of software at break neck speed but i am a serious software junkie so i loved every minute of it!  i can’t wait to hear what our readers think!  if you are NOT already a subscriber you can get all of that info on our website – TTCRD subscription.

We have also GREATLY expanded our website and boy do we have loads of fun planned!!!  we are quickly approaching our 1 year birthday and we think that calls for a PARTY!  and this party will be open to ALL – subscribers and non subscribers alike.  think games, challenges and a heap of goodies to give out to YOU!  a fun time will be had by all i assure you!

We will also be opening up a new challenge – every 2 weeks we will issue a challenge for anyone who wants to participate.  of course a challenge will need a design team so we will be posting a call for creative folks like YOU!

Current subscribers – Magazine content and all of the tutorials and videos that go along with a subscription is still only accessible to current subscribers.

In addition we now have a referral points system in place so be sure to check out the details of that HERE.  what do you get for points?  cold hard CASH or the equivalent in a gift certificate to your favorite crafting store!!!!  EVERYONE can earn points so be sure to read all about that and get started on your collection!  We have received SO MUCH support over the last year and we want to give something in return!

Get the details on all of this and more by checking in on our News & Events page!

Pezadoodle {digi} Designs

Yup i am going digital – not digi stamps mind you but designing digital elements for YOU!  i have been doing this for quite some time for myself and friends and just love it!  i hear alot of the folks who do this are seriously backed up so i thought i’d offer my services!  here is a price breakdown:

Banners (non-flashing) – $25

  • Blogs
  • Etsy stores


  • Non-flashing – $15
  • Flashing – $35

Watermark – $5

Siggy – $10

Advertisement Banners or Sidebars

  • Non flashing – $30
  • Flashing – $50

These are fully customized for you!  you dream it, i create it!  You can see samples on my digi page HERE.


One last tidbit before we get on to my project!  tomorrow is release day for Susana’s Custom Art & Card Design.  we will be doing the usual blog hop fun!  i hope you will all join us!


hahhaha i felt like my project needed a title too 😛

i used the current Mojo Monday sketch for today’s cute card.  i decided to do the square version.  In addition I have entered it for the following challenges:

Papertake Weekly: Anything Goes
Stamp Something: Flowers

My friend Elizabeth of Softpencil has been working very hard on loads of new things and has just released some new Easter digis – oh so cute in her adorable signature style.  i decided i needed to get some printed off from my collection and managed to get one colored up:

isn’t it cute!  i love love love the simplicity of the images – so relaxing to color.  i did this one using Prismas and Gamsol – i usually don’t use Gamsol but i give it a try every once in awhile!  The little tag is cut from the Christmas Cheer Cricut cartridge.

Elizabeth gave me an excellent tip about digis and colored pencils – i had some trouble with my black ink smearing.  She said give it a mist with Workable Fixative and the problem is solved.  Works brilliantly!  it comes in a spray can much like spray paint would and is available at most craft stores.

I am continuing to put the Colored Pencil class together as I know folks are anxious to enroll.  i have been getting lots of emails begging me to hurry up!

and what was pezza up to while i was typing away on this post?  torturing the poor cat of course.  the weirdest part – tiger has to be near pez no matter what stunts she is pulling with her!

i know what a mess right!
i hope you all have a great day!!!!!


an artful collage!

good morning!

well it appears pezza was a hit yesterday!  she will have video number 2 up tomorrow!!

i have a few things to touch on before getting into my project:


that’s right!  i will be previewing one of the new cricut LITE cartridges and giving a Sweet Treats cartridge away WOO HOO!  for those who are skeptical on these new lite cartridges trust me when i say there is more than meets the eye on these lil goodies!


the july/aug issue will be heading to the printers TOMORROW!!!  what does this mean?  most folks will get theirs by July 1!!!  PDFs will still go out July 1.

it also means that if you want to subscribe in time to get this issue you must subscribe TODAY!!!  >>CLICK HERE<<  we are focusing on embellishments this issue – especially hand made ones.  LOADS of ideas, info & tutorials in the magazine and on the exclusive website.  PLUS you get access to past issue info on the website as well.


General Submission Guidelines:
1. while we will take cards remember – our focus is much broader and we are looking for samples that include other papercrafting/scrapbooking projects too!
2. be prepared to do a tutorial – either written or video – if requested.
3. your project cannot have appeared previously anywhere on the internet or in print.
4. your project cannot appear online or in print for 2 months after our publication if it is chosen.
5. Submissions must be sent to with the subject line stating clearly what you are submitting

Sept-Oct issue:
How do YOU color? We all know about copics whether we use them or not – they are all the rage right now. But what about other methods? Distress inks, prismas, tombows, triart – to name a few. Send us your examples!
Our themes to keep your submissions to are Halloween & Babies
Submissions are due in to us by Aug 1.

Holiday Issue:
Show us what you’ve got for the holidays – Fall, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa – anything that occurs in Nov.-Dec. We are looking for ALL types of ideas, items and crafts – this is not strictly limited to papercrafts!  This will be our largest issue YET!!!
Submissions are due in to us by Sept. 1, 2010

Nov.-Dec. issue:
Stay Tuned!!

In addition we have the regular features we would like to receive submissions for as well:
1. Tips & Tricks
2. Questions
3. Storage/Organization Tips
4. Craft Room pics
we take these at the same email address all the time.
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sfytt060510today i am sharing my Think Ink challenge card with you using Artful INKables stamps!  The challenge is to go outside of the box and do something new.  so i did the collage tutorial from the artful inkables blog from last week.

i also used the SFYTT sketch and the SCS color challenge – Ruby red, Cameo Coral & Tempting Turquoise.

I used stamps from 3 different Artful Inkables sets: In My Garden, Bugs & Blossoms Mandalas, & Fanciful Flowers.  i also used 4 different shades of inks from versamagic, brilliance and memento – LOVE having all of those little dew drops handy!

the trim across the top is from Webster’s Pages – pretty cool huh?!?!  i finished it off with a flower i crocheted myself and some of my exclusive glittered skittles.  What do you think??  This was a fun technique!  quick and easy too!

and now pezzy and i are off to walmart – think they will have any of those LITE carts?  i have 9 more on my wish list! *SCREECH*  that will take awhile to collect 😛  maybe i can sneak one into the cart each week when i go grocery shopping…

see ya tomorrow!!!

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fun day with claudine hellmuth!

good morning!!!

i hope you all had a fun weekend!  mine was great!  i got to spend a little time with my dad who is int own for a few days for some meetings and such shenanigans on the Hill  AND i got to spend the day with my buddy Amy (Pickled Paper Designs) taking a tag technique class with Claudine Hellmuth!  She is a fun person and great teacher!  We also met some great people too – love making new friends!!!

AND amy owes me a starbucks whenever we are together from now on…..she doesn’t want me to tell why but what do y’all think???  should i spill the story….!!!!?????


before we get into the tags check THIS OUT!!!!!  YUMO blog candy!!!!!!

It is new release week over at SCACD – Victoria Case has once again created images to delight just in time for summer fun!  Best of all Susana is giving away FOUR unbelievable prizes – FULL SHEETS of stamps – not ONE IMAGE!

Here is the info straight from the SCACD blog:
Did I say that Victoria is once again providing a signed piece of Art from this collection – WOO HOO!!!
4 Prizes for 4 People:
*One person will win a sheet of the Hearts and Hugs – Summer Collection PLUS the signed art piece
*One person will win a sheet of the Hearts and Hugs – Summer Collection
*One person will win a sheet of the Hearts and Hugs – Spring Collection
*One person will win a sheet of the Aurora collection
How Can You Enter?
Now to enter all you need to do is answer the following question by May 27th 10pm EST and leave your answer on the store blog ONLY (please one entry per person):
“What was the last thing that put a smile on your face?”
(let’s keep it clean though, LOL)
SO HEAD OVER TO THE STORE BLOG to enter this amazing giveaway!!!
then make sure you catch the new release blog hop this friday!  the store blog also has a lil’ sneaky peek for you!

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Now i want to show you the fun stuff we made in class yesterday with Claudine:

Each tag demonstrated a different technique using Claudine’s fantastic line of paints, mediums and sticky back canves.  Directions are on the back of each tag.  These are such fun classes to take – i did learn lots of fun things and got to experiment with her full line of goodies.  Here are my favorite tags:

NOT a coincidence that they all use the sticky back canvas!  LOVE the stuff!  just another different texture to work with instead of paper.  i also did some transfer techniques for the first time ever – FUN STUFF!  i am not quite sure when i would need to use that as opposed to just stamping BUT it is net how it works!  i do have some ideas i may try tho.  anyone out there do transfers and why/when???  i think the other neatest thing is the red and bronze tag – it has the look/feel of vinyl or pleather – pretty cool!

i wonder if folks would be interested in an online technique workshop sort of like this but that included a finished project with each technique too…???
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speaking of online classes the very first Cricut class on Color Me Creative will be up and ready for registration on Wednesday.  What class is it?  a VERY BASIC intro Cricut class.  it is geared toward folks whose Cricut is still IN THE BOX and will help them get past the intimidation and be ready for the Cricut Classes coming in a couple weeks!

The Intro Class ($15) has FIVE lessons:

1. Unboxing and tips for set up
2. Dial Settings
3. Basic Buttons
4. Mats & Paper
5. Cartridges and Handbooks

Upcoming classes include:

Prices and details subject to change and classes get closer to actual release time!

Cricut Basics ($45): Learn how to use every single feature/function on your expression machine and make 10 projects along the way to reinforce what you have learned

Cricut Cartridge Exploration ($40):

Pagoda:  Use the Pagoda Cartridge and Asian Cuttlebug Folder bundle to create a plethora of projects to include cards, lay outs and gift sets.  Learn to understand all of your different options and Creative Features on the Pagoda cartridge along with the Functions on your machine to really get your money’s worth from this fascinating cartridge.  Advanced projects will include bonus lessons on creating custom backgrounds to enhance your projects!

Fabulous Finds:  This is an oldie but goodie!  This incredibly versatile cartridge can create some truly unique interactive mini albums and fun cards!  Learn what you can use this huge variety of shapes for  and how to make the most of the unique cuts for a wide range of projects.  We will have guided projects as well as open challenges to encourage you to use your imagination to put this cartridge to use!

Sweet Treats:  This is one SWEET cartridge with LOADS of stuff to do!  Some great Creative Features make this cartridge an incredible buy  with lots of versatility.  We will explore these features as well as learn some none paper applications for your Cricut including chipboard embellishments, fabric & felt embellishmnets, masks, stencils and fabric appliques projects.

My classes will include full video lessons with accompanying detailed PDF files and will be available forever so your access to them will not *run out* – this means you can do them at your own pace and refer back to them whenever you need them.  In addition we will have a gallery to display our projects and i will be available for questions and additional help if you need it!

see you here tomorrow!!

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Just Buggin Challenge 19: Stamping Fun


ahhh another monday morning.  i am happy to say that despite hubby having ALOT to catch up on AND pezzy the wonder tot REFUSING to sleep i got ALOT of crafting done this weekend!  it’s strange how some weekends i can be so productive and others i just can’t seem to get anywhere…. not only did i work on some projects but i have a couple tutorials for you as well as my first class samples for Cardmaking Basics 1!

i have alot of stuff for you today 😛

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All of the new studio g goodies EXCEPT the wood alphas shipped friday so i should see them in stock by Wednesday!!  i AM SO ready for some fun new Valentine & Easter stamps & goodies.  i am also anxious to check out the new FLOCKING – all of the tips i give you for microbeads will also work with flock.  and this studio g flock is a GREAT way to collect up a bunch of different colors without overloading your wallet!  i have a VERY limited number of items coming in this time so if you want to get any of the collections head over and check them out!


Susana over at SCACD has a new release of stamps this friday that will introduce a NEW character and i just gotta tell ya THEY ARE CUTE!!!  anyone in the mood for SPRING yet??  To celebrate her arrival there will be some yummy blog candy up on the store blog starting tomorrow so be sure to check it out!!  Also my post for TIOT tomorrow will include a tutorial for easy painting using Creative Inspirations Shimmer Paints.


Speaking of blog candy i need to get mine up but i have yet to collect it up and get  pic for ya!

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i have a simple but pretty project for today’s Just Buggin’ challenge – gift tags!  This week Samantha has challenged us to use stamps with our cricut cuts.  one of my swaps i am in is for valentine goodie bags so i decided to go with some tags instead of bag toppers for this one:

 i started by cutting TWO tags – 1 white and 1 red.  then using the shadow feature i cut a black one.  Next i took the red tags and cut the top & bottoms off – this way i have a label that is a perfect fit.  to jazz up the white layer i stamped some hearts with versamark and covered them with some awesome holographic embossing powder from ranger.  it has a rainbow shimmer effect.  Next i edged the white tag with red ink using my foam blending tool and then i lined the white and red pieces with crystal ice stickles.  Ice stickles also have a holographic look to them.  i am making goodies bags for kids so i stamped friend on the tag (studio G of course) and then added a little poly clay embellie.  an eyelet and ribbon tied with wax thread finishes them off!  the layers are attached with foam tape to add some dimension.

foam blending tools and extra foams are back in stock and ice stickles are still 40% off!!

If you like bling, shimmer & shine be sure to catch my TIOT post tomorrow!!

Hope your week is off to a GREAT start!!!!

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i am (finally) releasing some new Christmas stamps for y’all!!!  there was somewhat of a delay at the manufacturer which was disappointing but i am glad to finally have them in my hot little hands!

i have TWO frame stamps designed to fit the Scallop Rectangle Nestibilities die.  These are drawn by my mom, Marty Ayo, a fantastic porcelain artist and long time painter.

I also have TWO GORGEOUS art stamps.  These are done from pen and ink drawings by my brother, Dr. James Banos.  He is also a long time, accomplished artist and i was thrilled when he agreed to let me do some stamps with his artwork.  These stamps are incredibly detailed and very versatile.  They can be colored in OR used without coloring in for folks who aren’t into coloring.

i have SO many ideas for these but not nearly enough time to do them all – especially all at once!  but i do have a few samples for you and you can check out what Cheryl and Sandie have done with them also!

for this card i paired the candle frame up with an ADORABLE little snowman peeking out of a stocking from Peachy Keen stamps.

both images are colored with copics.  i used something new on the stocking cuff and ball of the snowmans hat.  it is called sparkle fluff and was in my DT goodie box from Susana.   let me tell you this stuff is awesome!  it is so soft you can’t feel it when you pick it up and it has little sparklies in it.  i used it just like i use flower soft and it is like velvet – very cool effect!  i will be using it more often!  it comes in LOTS of colors.






next up is the snowflake border.  i thought this little snowman and sentiment from Hampton Arts were a nice fit!  of course he has a couple snowflake skittles too!  i expect these to be back in stock this week!!

i stamped both the frame and sentiment with encore blue metallic ink.  i love how it adds just a little something extra to the main image panel!

 i will have some samples with the others on wednesday!  posted along with details of the big sale!!

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the latest from Studio G!!!

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ok now y’all DON’T EGG ME!!! i realize we are only just getting into Christmas stuff and still finishing up Halloween but i like to share stuff with you ASAP when I get it so here are the latest from Studio G for early 2010 – these will be shipping end of December – just in time to get going on spring stuff as soon as Christmas is over!
first SOMETHING NEW!!! Studio G has decided to put out a full set of super soft flocking!!! this is a great way to stock up on lots of colors to play with!
easter 2010 flocking


here is the set of clear stamps – everyone’s favorite! – this time the set is smaller – a little easier on the collectors *grin*

easter 2010 clear stamps

i will also get in a VERY LIMITED number of the wood mounted this time due to lots of previous requests

easter 2010 wood stamps

Of course there are some fun springtime ink pads and glitter glues – these ink pads work so perfectly with the clear stamps – the image is crisp & clear every time!!

easter 2010 ink pads

easter 2010 glitter glue

finally a new set of wood alphas – i will be getting a VERY LIMITED number of these in as well!

$1round_alphas copy

now how’s that for a great set of goodies to look forward to?!?!  and if you know anyone new to stamping or papercrafting pass the word on as these are a great way to add alot to your stash without a lot of pain to your wallet!  These are all up on the website now for early birds but i will probably want to get through Christmas too before i think much more about them!!

and don’t forget about the Studio G challenge – current one ends saturday night so get your entry in for a chance to win a stamp set!!!

Featured Stamper :) & order updates


First up – biz-ness – i have some backorders and all outs to tell you about:

  • Skittle Ladybug & Bee beads – early October
  • Skittle Caterpillar 7 Butterfly Scallop stamps – late September
  • Rock Candy Distress Stickles & Crackle Paint – 9/7
  • Tim Holtz Ideology new releases – no date yet
  • Studio G series 37 – Christmas – COMPLETELY OUT – Hampton Art does not have any more to order at all so i will NOT get any more of these in
  • Studio G orders – I am still waiting on some items for the last few SG orders – i am really trying to be able to consolidate shipping but i KNOW y’all are tired of waiting so i might be sending them out in separate shipments.  I truly aappreciate your patience as the Studio G orders can be incredibly difficult to get straight and get them outta here!

NOW for the FUN stuff!

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i am so excited to be the feature stamper over at Tuesday Morning Sketches! 

My Sketch 13

Melissa has this fun sketch up for this week and as always – there is a prize up for grabs from Lindsay at Sassy Studio Designs!!


I had SO many ideas for this I may just have to make another one if I get time this week!

Here is mine:


This was SUCH a fun little card to do!  the patterned paper is one of my MOST favorite ones from SU.  I decided this was a perfect sketch to break out a just rite stamper set from my friend terri at Stampsalive – she always has great prices if you are looking for anything just rite, cuttlebug, cricut or spellbinders!  so on the top circle i used a border and a center sentiment piece.  then on the bottom circle i just used the border piece to frame my birds a bit.  i thought the side pieces would be great for little cricut border cuts – i edge my cuts with an ink blending foam tool – makes it quick and easy.  

tuesAM close upthe larger bird is grungepaper – cuts nicely in the Cricut with the deep cut blade!  i embossed the grungepaper, painted it with a paint dabber, sanded lightly, rubbed on distress ink – ink only sticks where the paints is rubbed off by the sanding.  i gave them a little flower soft *dirt* to stand in and finished off with a machine stitched edging (thanks to DH for fixing my machine for me – he’s awesome!) and a row of glittered skittles where melissa had brad – looking things on her sketch – i gotta say the skittles really MADE the card.  wish i had taken before and after pics!

i SO need to use my cricut more like i used to!!  much cheaper addiction than stamping!

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Stamps: Just Rite (not sure the name – can’t find it…)

Ink: Distress Ink – Frayed Burlap

Paper: SU – Bella Bleu DSP, Kraft, Whisper White, Ballet Blue 

The Rest: Glittered Skittles, Cricut – Storybook, Wild Card; Flower Soft – Nut Brown, Stickles – Black Diamond; Foam ink blending tool, Grungepaper, Paint Dabber – Cloudy Blue, Sanding block