Friday, January 23, 2015

Oh My ...Its Raining Family and Cats and Dogs!

The Scharff Family 2014
Hi Friends,

The New Year is upon us and the holidays are behind us.  It was a very eventful holiday season for our family this year.  We love having family and friends visit and this year was really special for all of us! 

Our twins, Jennifer and Jessica were having a milestone birthday this New Years Eve, so we were thrilled when Jennifer (in the white sweater) and our darling granddaughter Quinn (next to her mom) decided to fly in on Christmas Day!  Time with loved ones is always precious and even more so when out of state visits are far and few between.   

We were all so busy (and I was bushed) I barely remembered to take pictures of us!  What???   Well I did get this one, so from our house to yours, wishing you all a very Happy, Healthy and Prosperous 2015!   May your dreams and wishes for the New Year come true! 

So lets get this scrappy party started...

I'm a bit late, but I thought I would close out my 2014  blog posts by sharing pictures of the mini albums I made for our girls this year.  Jennifer and Jessica love their fur babies so when Graphic 45 introduced their Raining Cat's and Dog's Collection, I knew had to make them a keepsake mini for their beloved pets. 

I used a simple folded envelope tutorial to make these easy pages and then developed a unique binding method to pull them all together.   I promise to learn how to video tape this year, because I know that pictures just don't capture certain projects, like mini's, the way they should.  Lets have a peek anyway.  I didn't post pics of both books but here's one I hope you enjoy:
Chunky, Pretty and Fun!
The books are 6 double sided envelop pages with 5 tag pockets.  With 3 tags per pocket, they got a little chunkier than I thought they would.   The photo mats are all double sided so there is plenty of room for journaling or any other little goodies you may want to tuck away.   
The Cats Meow
Cool Cat

Lucky Dog

Dog Day Afternoon

Love is a Four Legged Word

The Cats Meow

C is for Cat

Puppy Love

Lucky Dog

Carte Postale

The Cats Pajamas
Well friends that's it for me today.  Thank you so much for dropping by to visit.  Until next time, make something from the heart and enjoy a happy day!   Hugs ~ Dawna

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Luxury Envelope with Merry Christmas Tag

Luxury Envelope with Merry Christmas Tag
Hi Friends,

Today I'm so excited to share this lovely envelope and tag which I created for my Christmas Card Club this year.  The original designer of this envelope fold is Christina Bitts and you can view her easy folding technique on YouTube.  To follow along, grab one sheet of medium weight 12 x 12 double sided cardstock and your tape runner or glue.  Click here to go to Christina's envelope folding tutorial. 

Once your at Christina's video, you'll see other variations of this envelope done in different sizes and styles.  The one I really like was done by Tara and rather than a tutorial, she shows us her collection of different envelopes she's decorated.  This one really got me thinking about what other items I had that I could use to make mine unique.   Click here to take a look at a few of Tara's beautiful styles. 

Luxury Envelope with Ornament Magnet Closure
Luxury Envelope with Festive Merry Christmas Leaf Tag
Merry Christmas Leaf Tag Close-up

As a designer myself, its very important to me to give credit to these talented artists for sharing their beautiful work and creative ideas.  I encourage you to give Christine and Tara's video's a look (they are both short and sweet) before you get started on your own ideas.   With your stash, who knows what you'll be inspired to do! 

I'm just amazed at how simple Christina's folding technique is and what an amazing envelope it creates.  Embellishing the envelopes can be clean and simple or as elaborate as your heart desires.  No matter which way you go, they are easy and fun!  

Christine and Tara chose to adhere seam binding or ribbon to tie their envelopes closed. You can see by the pictures below that I chose to use a magnet for a closure.   Even as I write this, there are several more ideas floating around in my head.  The sizing and decorating possibilities are just endless! 

Top (Open) Magnet Closure
Bottom (Hidden) Closure
A word of caution:   I used a heavily glittered page which did two things.  First, it created a massive glitter bomb which I am sure to be cleaning for weeks (or months) to come.  And second, since my paper was heavily glittered on the front side when I folded my flap the score line across the inside was rough enough to almost split the heavy paper. To get crisp clean fold lines, I recommend using a medium weight double sided paper (rather than a heavy weight) and remember to cover your entire workspace if you chose glitter paper! 

Close Up of Tag Top

Well friends that's it for me today.  The balance of this post is dedicated to my supply list and sources.  Thank you so much for dropping by.  If you have a minute to leave a comment, please know that I always appreciate hearing from you! 

If your new to my blog, please 'follow' along or sign up for emails so you don't have to wander any further than your in-box to see what's next!   Until next time, remember to create from the heart and live life inspired!  ~ Dawna

Ornament Magnet Closure

Luxury Envelope and Merry Christmas Tag
 Supply List

1 ea 12 x 12 Tinsel Paper from MME Joyous Collection
1 ea 12 x 12 Bazzill Textured Criss Cross - Kisses Cardstock
1 ea 12 x 12 Bazzill Canvas Textured - Ivy Cardstock
1 ea 12 x 12 Bazzill Grass Cloth Textured - French Vanilla  Cardstock
1 ea 12 x 12 Bazzill Gold Foil Cardstock
Elizabeth Craft Designs:  3-Leaves No. 953 Tag Die Set
Elizabeth Craft Designs:  Ornament No. 3 Die Set
Elizabeth Craft Designs:  Merry Christmas Die Set
Martha Stewart Frond Leaf Punch 
Spellbinders Poinsettia Die Set (used med flower for leaves)

12" of Websters Pages Velvet Red Sparkle Ribbon
12" of 1" wide Venice Lace from Tresors de Luxe at Etsy
6" of 7/8" wide Sheer Red Organza Ribbon
Beacon Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive (Use on Ribbon and Rhinestones)
Aleene's Easy Flow Glue  (Paper to Paper)  
1 set 1/4" Magnets (for flap closure)
5 ea 5/8" Red Rhinestones
11 ea 1/4" Red Rhinestones

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

BELIEVE Holiday Blocks

 Morning Friends,

Can you "BELIEVE" it, the holidays are upon us!   Where did the year go?   This morning I'm kicking off the holiday season by sharing my last friendship swap gift for my dear friend Debbie.  She loved getting them and is threatening to keep them up all year round!  Hey, Christmas in July is allowed!   Right?  lol 

Here's a few more close up pics I hope you enjoy:

Tim Holtz Tattered Poinsettia

This display is about 30" Wide

Close of Holly Berry Block

Add a little lighted greenery to complete this centerpiece and BELIEVE! 

Well friends that's it for me this morning. For a list of supplies, please visit my gallery, Dawna's Place at  

Undecorated painted blocks are available in stock at my Etsy for $3.00 each or decorated blocks can be special ordered for $6.50 each.   Undecorated blocks ship immediately, decorated blocks can be customized for Christmas, Hanukkah or any other special occasion and require 7-10 days to ship.   

Thank you for dropping by and enjoy a beautiful Sunday!   ~  Dawna

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Happy Brithday Card

Morning Friends,

Sharing a simple birthday card I made for my dear sweet friend Patti.   I used Graphic 45's beautiful Botanical Tea paper collection.  I've made a few projects from this collection and just love working with these feminine images and beautiful soft colors.   

To create this card, measure and cut your pink polka dot paper to fit your card base then distress and chalk the edges.  I used A7 or 5x7 card base.  Cut the 3"x5" wild rose card and distress it.  Then cut two small blue butterflies and one 4" doily in half.  Add one small pearl to the your butterflies.  Even though your pearls already have an adhesive backing, always add glue to them otherwise they maybe easily knocked off especially if they are mailed.  Next cut the "Hello Friend" sentiment from the boarder paper and gather up 6 baby blue pearls (2 ea of 3 graduating sizes).  If you don't have this color, you can use a Sharpie or Copics marker to color white pearls any color you'd like. 

To assemble the front, adhere your distressed pink polka dot paper first, then dry fit your doily halves under the wild rose card so the cut edges don't show.  Once your happy with its position, mark their places and glue down your doily halves.  Center and adhere your wild rose card using 3D pop-up foam tape.  Now your ready to add your flower cluster. 
Here's are a few close ups to see some of the smaller details:
Flower Cluster Close Up
To create the flower cluster, use Prima wired thread and wrap it several times around a slender ink pen to create these great green flower curlycues.   Make three of them about and 1.25" long.  Then you'll need one piece of Prima's lovely floral lace.   Cut the 5 pointed flower in half creating a 3 piece section and a 2 piece section.  Use these as the foundation for your flower cluster.  Tuck them under the top and bottom of the pink Petaloo Botanica flower just so the lace tips peek out.  Add glue to the wire and tuck your curlycue sprigs under the flower along with a few die cut leaves.  Do not glue down your leaf near the "Hello Friend" sentiment until you have it securely in place.  You'll need to add foam tape to the end of the sentiment tag to keep it even with the rose wild card.  Once your sentiment is secure, glue your last leaf just over the beginning of the sentiment.  Finely, add a couple of bumper mini roses to each side of large flower and finish off the cluster by adhering your butterfly and pearl.   Finely, add your second butterfly and both lines of your graduating baby blue pearls as shown in the picture above.  

Now you can move along to the inside of your card.  Your welcome to leave the inside blank so you can use the card for whatever you'd like when the time comes to use it but I like decorating the insides also. They just feel more 'finished' to me. So let's continue with this close-up:
Inside Detail
Here I've done a bit of fussy cutting to get the background papers, these pretty roses, leaves and a blue bird.  I've grounded the flowers with half doilies and added a little punched blue cardstock trim to compliment the bluebird.  Before I adhere anything down, I cut two adjoining bird stamp images and folded them in half.  I adhered one side between the card base and pink polka dot background paper so I could use it as a closure tab to hide the magnet.  If you do it this way, there won't be anything on the backside of your card leaving it nice and clean.  Finely I distressed and chalked the edges,  popped up the roses for a little dimension and finished it off by stamping a sweet "Happy Birthday" sentiment. 
Simple Hidden Magnet Closure
Adding all these layers adds some weight making your card nice and sturdy, much more like a gift all by itself rather than just a card.  As a finishing touch I like to add a nice closure when I can.  These little magnets hide perfectly under the little "birdy stamp" and are the perfect finishing touch to keeping heavy cards neatly closed. 

Well friends, that's it for me today.  Thank you so much for dropping by.  If you enjoyed this little bit of inspiration I'd love to hear from you!  Wishing you all a happy and healthy creative day!   Hugs  ~ Dawna

Announcing New Prima Ambassadors

Morning Friends,

I'm so excited to announce that I've been recently selected to join Prima's Ambassador Program!   As an Ambassador I'll be responsible helping local store owners introduce their customers to Prima products by hosting regular free make-and-take demonstrations.   I love creating fun projects, meeting new people, and helping others tap into their own creativity.   I'm looking forward to getting started and having plenty of fun along the way! 

Please join me welcoming all the new Ambassadors in wishing them well.  Thank you for dropping by and make it a happy day!  Hugs ~ Dawna

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Wedding Anniversary Trip

 Hi Friends,
This morning I'm sharing an  easy mini album you can make using your 4x6 post cards and 3x4 Artist Trading Cards (ATC's).   This little treasure will have you thinking up all kinds of occasions you can stash in this beautiful, yet simple, easy and fun way to keep memories! 

Let me start by saying that this is a companion to a vertical paper bag tutorial I did of our Wedding Day.  Both albums are made from Prima's Stationer paper and embellishments. The Wedding Album has a step by step tutorial and is for more advanced crafters.  This mini album is for all skill levels, so a little something for everyone! 

While I still need to add journaling to this mini, lets get take a look at some close ups then I'll finish up with a few simple "how to" instructions.


29th Wedding Anniversary Dinner View
Beachfront Restaurant and Hotel
Dini's by the Sea Restaurant, South Carlsbad, CA
Richard and I all fat and happy from dinner!  lol
Sunset at Camp
Morning Lookout Over the Cliffs
Enjoying the Surf
Four Hours of Surf = One Happy Guy!

Cloudy Evening Sunset

Home Sweet Home

Cliff Side View

Sunshine & Rummy Cube

Beautiful Evening Sunset
Sunset Over the Campground
Evening Fireside
South and Southwest Ocean View

South & Northwest View
Northern Fence Line View

Back Cover and Trinket Chain
Well Friends, that's it for my goodies today.  The remaineder of this post is for a supplies list and a few simple steps on how to create one of these mini's.

Thank you  for dropping by to have a look.  If you haven't been by before, please feel free to "follow" this blog or sign-up for emails to see whats next.  If you have a minuted to leave a comment, I'd love to know you were by for a visit!  Enjoy your day and I hope your inspired to create something from the heart!  Hugs ~ Dawna

Supplies List

1 pk 4 x 6 Post Cards
1 pk 3 x 4 ATC Cards
Adhesive Runner
White Glue
Crop a Dillie
Paper Trimmer
2 ea 2" Clasp Rings
Prima Resin Frame
Two Wooden Doves Stained Walnut
Wink of Luna Pen in Metal
Walnut Stain to Antique Metal Colored Frame
Foam Tape to Lift and Adhere Frame on Three Sides
3 ea. Black Roses
2 ea. Red Roses
2 ea. Cream Roses
3 ea. Green Leaves
4 ea. Stick Pins
2 ea. Brass Corners for Front Cover Edges
Tim Holtz Clasp Chain & Selection of Personalized Trinkets - Attach to Chain with Jump Rings 
Jute Sting
4 Types of Ribbon to Finish Off Rings & Use on Tags
Corner Rounder (optional)


Chose your favorite images for the front and back covers and set aside.  Using a 4 x 6 scratch cardstock to create a template for your front cover.  Use your Crop a Dille to make 3/16" hole at 1 and 1/2" from the right side and left side of the card at 1/2" away from the top edge.  Mark both spots for holes and set your orange Crop a Dillie slide stop at 1/2" to stop the top of each card at the same depth with each punch.  You will use this set up to punch all your cards after they are prepared.  Note that pictures are mounted directly onto these cards, there is no special framing or matting, making this super easy!

Now lets assemble all your pages for punching.  Beginning with your front cover card, adhere two 4 x 6 cards together with adhesive tape, use a corner rounder, if you wish.   Keep your adhesive close to the edges throughout this process.  Set your front cover aside to decorate when your done adhering all your 4 x 6 cards together and punching them. 

Now decide which cards you'd like to use for photos and which cards you'd like to use for pockets.  To create pockets, take your 2 x 3 ATC's and turning them sideways, using your paper to paper glue (not your adhesive tape as it will not hold anything in the pockets without falling apart) glue 3 sides down leaving the top open to tuck in tags.  Repeat until you have created all the journaling tag pockets you'd like to have in this album. 

To make your journaling tags, punch a 3/16" hole with your Corp a Dilie and set an eyelet in the center 1/2" from the top.  Take a 5" jute string, folding it in half, push the fold through the back toward the front of the tag then pull the ends through the loop created.  Pull the jute string until it is snug against the tag.  You can create a 1-3 tags per pocket until you are happy with what you have.  You can alternate the jute for ribbon as you like.  These ATC cards are the perfect size for making these simple journaling tags. 

One you have all your pages punched and pockets made, distress all the pages and their pockets and tags.  You can even use some walnut stain to 'antique' any cream ribbon you choose to use.  Slip a piece of scratch paper into the tag pocket to distress the edge without getting ink on the whole pocket. 

Now its time to do the fun part, the front page!  First take your Wink of Luna "Metal" colored pen and paint the whole front of the frame.  Then use walnut stain to antique the metal color being sure to hit all the nooks and cranny's.  Once dry and allowing enough room for a picture to be inserted into the frame, trim your foam tape along three sides (leave top open) and center it onto your front cover.  Working with your flowers, leaves, and stickpins arrange them into the desired cluster and affix them to the front at the corner of the frame.  Finish off with some Diamond stickles to give it a bit of sparkle.  Add your Claps chain and desired trinkets and voila!  
Well there you have it, sweet and simple!   I hope you were able to follow along and create your own mini album to enjoy. If you have questions please feel free to ask and I'll get back with you.  Again thank you for dropping by and may I wish you a perfectly wonderful day! ~ Dawna