SAHM and retired Marine Scrapbooking for the art of it, because I love my family and I enjoy creating art--could there be a more perfect combination? Independent CHA Designer-available for design commissions, kit design, class and project design, teaching events, consultation, product reviews and more!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Rubber Road Adventures on Facebook

The online magazine "Rubber Road Adventures" is now on facebook, become a fan and receive updates or check out what they're doing, meet the Roadies and talk to the designers.

Visit their website to see the latest issue and works of art.

Company Overview:
Rubber Road Adventures is an online magazine that profiles the latest and greatest art tutorial projects in Mixed Media, Altered Art, Stamping, Scrapbooking, Digital Art and Product Reviews. In addition, we help put you on the right track with Fast Track Tips and Rubber Road Sketch Inspirations.
Our Elite Design Professionals are the Shooting Stars in these Galaxies. They are highly dedicated to bringing you the most enchanting how-to projects our world has to offer this industry.
Our sharing mission is 100% non-profit & located on Route 66 in the Galaxies of Cyberspace! Get your Kicks! we're ALWAYS OPEN and ALWAYS FRE. Cruise on over and visit us soon!


Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Easy Tool for Picking Layout Colors

"Back in the day", when I was working PT at a local scrapbook store, I can't recall how many people, photos in hand, would ask my help selecting paper colors to create a layout with them.

I just heard of the coolest color picker tool, and it's FREE!

How did I learn of this tool? I've been following Scrapbook Update by Nancy Nally. This site is very informative about what's happening in the industry, from shows and new product to the politics, closings and of course - break-through tools!

Another Color Palette Generating Tool To Try

Posted: 24 Mar 2009 07:00 PM PDT


CSS Drive's Color Palette Generator allows you to upload a photo less than 1MB in size, and then creates 3 palettes from the photo: light, medium, and dark options. Mousing over the color options in the palettes reveals their color numbers for use in CSS design and other applications like Photoshop.

But Color Palette Generator also offers a second step in the palette creation process. Below the palettes it generates, it displays what it calls the "complete color palette" of all available colors it pulled from the image. You can then click on them to view their color code number and add them to your own custom selected palette of 8 colors.



Monday, March 23, 2009

Blueberry Coffee Cake!

Sunday morning, I'm craving something rich and yummy to go with my coffee. I scavenged three recipe books and the internet looking for a coffee cake that has blueberries in it that doesn't sound dry or dense. No such thing, ha ha! There was lots of other fruit coffee cakes, blueberry muffins and streusel but not what I was looking for, so I started with an altered basic recipe for blueberry muffins and the results were absolutely YUMMY.

WARNING: I always use more butter and brown sugar than the recipes call for! LOL

Preheat oven 350 degrees.

3/4 c. milk

1/2 c. vegetable oil

1 egg

2 c. flour
1/3 c. sugar

3 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

1 1/2 c. large frozen blueberries (if using small ones, 1 c. will do)

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

Wisk the wet ingredents, then add dry ingredients, fold in blueberries.
Split the batter into two parts, spread half into 7x11" GREASED pan.


1 stick butter

1/2 c. flour

3/4 c. brown sugar, packed

1 tsp cinnamon

Blend with fork. Crumble half of the streusel over first layer of batter.
Drop the rest of batter by spoonfuls over the first then spread to create a second layer. Crumble the rest of the streusel on the top.

Bake 32-37 minutes at 350 deg

Remove and let cool; serve warm with glaze if desired.


1 stick butter

1/4 c. milk

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

2-3 c. confectioner's sugar.

Melt the butter, add milk and vanilla. Wisk in 2 cups of the sugar and add more as needed to get the consistency you want. When glaze cools, butter will get more firm, just warm in microwave before serving, it will drizzle easier.

ENJOY and see y
ou at the gym! LOL That was the way my Sunday started, and here's how it ended. Aren't they adorable? That's my grand daughter, Ryan (2 years) and the old puppy, Toby.


Thursday, March 12, 2009

Sharing Cindi B; Designer Friend WCK

I wanted to share a scrappy webisode with you that my designer friend Cindi B taped at the Winter 09 Craft and Hobby Assn. convention in Anaheim, CA! GO CINDI!

When Creativity Knocks
is a web based crafty show that does quite a few episodes at the CHA shows because it's a great gathering of major manufacturers providing easy access to them and readily available designers. Go to their site to read more about what they do and see more webisodes.


Tuesday, March 10, 2009

2nd Annual Craft Challenge

Here is a little art auction for a good cause, if you can, please jump over and see if anything tickles your fancy!

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Retired USMC, Mom of 2, Nana to two, living life creatively in Southern Maine. Need an original creation? That's my specialty!

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