Upcoming “Must Attend” Crafting Events

Please join me at two papercrafting events that have “FABULOUS” written all over them!!!  These events may prove to be the premiere gatherings for Papercrafters of Color from all over the United States.



You’ll enjoy 3 DAYS of SCRAPBOOKING

Beginning Fri, Mar 1, at 4:00pm until Sun, Mar 3, 2013 at 4:00pm


Here’s what you can expect

  • You’ll rest in the comforts of the Embassy Suites Hotel, Alpharetta, GA for 2 nights located by North Point Mall just north of Atlanta, GA – in the middle of PLENTY of GREAT places to SHOP and EAT! (Your room includes a refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker and complimentary parking.)
  • Enjoy 2 Delicious (made to order) Breakfasts
  • Enjoy 2 Manager receptions with hors d’oeuvres and beverages (even adult beverages)
  • Snacks
  • Goody Bag
  • Make n Takes
  • Contests and Prizes
  • Challenges
  • Lots of Giveaways
  • Scrapping Space
  • Dinner Saturday night

You’ll receive an EXCLUSIVE Scraps of Color Apron

**Attention Laptop croppers – there is an additional $6.00 fee for each 24 hour period of wireless internet that will be charged to your room account and is not included in this Retreat fee.


All activities are optional.  You decide!

  • It’s Me!  ATC Swap between retreat attendees
  • Rep your State Challenge
  • Bingo My Sistah Bingo – Challenge
  • My Sistah’s Keeper – Challenge



Here are your options…

Stay for the weekend – Share a Room with 3 friends – Be willing to Share a Bed – price is per person based on quadruple occupancy

$240 per person

Stay for the weekend – Share a Room with 2 friends – All rooms have a pull out couch – price is per person based on triple occupancy

$260 per person

Stay for the weekend – Share a Room – Have your own Bed –

price is per person based on double occupancy

$290 per person

Stay for the weekend – Single Room just $390



Questions?  Just ask Tiare Smith, classygirl@me.com


For those who cannot attend the Atlanta retreat, do plan to join me at Jazzy Scrapping’s 2nd Annual Crop


Event Planners: Samara Joseph and Jackie Boleware

Event Planners: Samara Joseph and Jackie Boleware

10 a.m. – 10 p.m.


MARCH 9, 2013


Jazzy Scrapping Crop 2013 Flyer

Your Day to Crop includes:

  • Your own table
  • Valet services
  • Frequent raffles, prizes, drawings, and games
  • Goodie bag
  • Make & Takes
  • Chair Masseuse (optional)

Crop Only Prices:

  • $45 thru February 28th
  • $55 after February 28th

Be sure to send your payment before Feb 28 to hold your table. 

Jazzy Scrapping Crop 2013 Flyer

For more information, contact Samara Joseph, jazzy_events@yahoo.com, 313-769-5920

Regrettably, Copic instructor, Suzanne J. Dean, will not be joining us as previously advertised.


Lessons from my Fairy Craft Mother

In a previous post, I shared a two year old lament to be able to create artwork like my experienced and talented craft sisters of Scraps of Color.  I was the little novice who wanted to run with the big girls!  Like good big sisters, my experienced craft sisters were tolerant and encouraging. But the truth is I simply did not have the supplies, equipment or skills to produce what they did.  Well, over a two year period, my fairy craft mother came and offers me three papercrafting wishes.  (She only makes her appearances via my journal.)  Here’s a peek at what I requested.

Card created with basic supplies.

Card created with basic supplies.

Dear Fairy Craft Mother, my first wish is for a complete set of basic supplies which include adhesives (you need more than one kind), cardstock, designer papers, a good paper trimmer, sharp scissors, a variety of embellishments, corner rounder, Micron pens, a self-healing mat, and a non-stick craft sheet.  If you’re a cardmaker, you would want a metal ruler (or score-pad), a bone folder, rubber or digital image and sentiment stamps, dye-based inks, micro-fine embossing powder, and a heat gun. Whew! See why you need a fairy craft mother? Let no one tell you this hobby is inexpensive.

Dear Fairy Craft Mother, my second wish is for a portable multi-purpose die cutting machine that both cuts and embosses shapes, designs, and fonts for your project. You will also need a starter set of dies and embossing sheets or folders to use with the machine of your choice.  Some machines are manual. Others are electric. After seeing what my craft sisters used, I asked my fairy craft mother for a Sizzix Vagabond and Christina Griffiths’ Spellbinder starter set.  The Vagabond was a disaster the very first time I used it.  Three months later, my fairy craft mother got me an eBosser.

First card created with eBosser and Spellbinder starter set suggested by Christina Griffiths, Card-Making-Magic.com.

First card created with eBosser and Spellbinder starter set suggested by Christina Griffiths, Card-Making-Magic.com.

Dear Fairy Craft Mother, my third wish is for guidance. (And I know some of you thought I’d ask for Copics! LOL!) Help me to identify my craft style and then point me toward mentors and videos that will help me develop my creative abilities to produce the artwork I desire.  I am blessed to have local and online craft sisters who generously share their expertise to help me sharpen my skills. I’ve also been fortunate to find instructional blogs and YouTube videos that teach whatever I desire to learn.

Fancy supplies and equipment in the hands of a novice will never produce the results the same tools will in the hands for the more experienced.  Fairy Craft Mother did not permit me to get my coveted multi-purpose die cutting machine right away.  I had to “make do” with the basics and learn how to maximize their use.  In the process, I discovered which creative styles I preferred. This awareness influences the type of papers and embellies I purchase.  I also learned to color digital and stamped images using Copic sketch markers. In the absence of “toys”, one develops creative skills.

2012 Pastor's Bday Card-ANPI am blessed to have acquired all the supplies and equipment mentioned.  However, it’s confidence born of experience and skills that will allow you to “play with the big girls!” And if anything said or done by Fairy Craft Mother sounds like it came from you, it probably did!

Thank You!

I Am the Dream

I Am the Dream

On Monday, January 21, 2013, like many of you, I watched Barack Hussein Obama sworn into office for a second term as President of the United States.  And as I sat in from of my television, I found myself reciting the end of Maya Angelou’s poem, “Still I Rise”.

Out of the huts of history’s shame

I rise

Up from a past that’s rooted in pain

I rise

I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,

Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.

Leaving behind nights of terror and fear

I rise

Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear

I rise

Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,

I am the dream and the hope of the slave.

I rise

I rise

I rise.

As we rise to achieve the fullness of our potential, let us not forget to reach back and lift another.

Wish List


This was my 2010 wish list designed to fill in my supply gaps and give me what I needed to “play with the Big Dawgz”. It was a mini layout made for one of the Scraps of Color Friday Night Challenges.  Oh, how I admired and envied the sistahs in the Friday Night Challenge! They could whip out masterpiece layouts and cards in 30 minutes or less.  By masterpiece, I mean artwork with decorative shapes, textured paper, flowers, ribbon, a sentiment, and “bling”. (“Bling” is any pearl, rhinestone or sparkly embellishment.) I had bought a Cricut Create (aka: mini Expression) and still couldn’t do what they did!  (That’s a tale for another post!) Our weekly Friday Night Challenge had become my Frustration Night Chaos.  What the heck was their secret???

In addition to skill and experience, they had the right tools!!! Now in all fairness to my hardly used Cricut and Gypsy that I never really learned to operate, I couldn’t do what they did because I didn’t have the right tools.  I was missing an embossing machine, a die cut machine that handled individual dies, and a set (or more) of shape dies. My Cricut is an excellent die cutting machine, but not the right machine for what I wanted to do.  Lesson learned: Know what you need to do what you desire.

BTW, Christmas 2010, I got everything on my list. A beautiful sweet sistah RAKed me (Hi Tina!) with several items including a border punch and I bought the rest with my Christmas money.

So what should be on a novice papercrafter’s wish list? You’ll have to come back and read my next entry.  See you later!

Thanks for stopping by…

Hello Papercrafters and Friends!

Happy New Year and Welcome to my journey! I “dabbled” with scrapbooking for about 10 years. This means I would arrange vacation photos on pages, put down a few simple embellishments, and give it a title. Nothing real artistic or elaborate. Then two years ago, I was introduced to an online group of papercrafters who take scrapbooking and cardmaking to a totally different level!!! Therefore, while I’m not “new” to the craft, I’m definitely a “novice” to artistic papercrafting. This is my journey as a rank beginner who started with a burning desire to learn and very minimal tools — paper, scissors, adhesive, stickers, and a few templates.  I’ll share some of those early works with you.  I’ve now progressed to having favorite tools — my eBosser, thin dies, and Copic markers — and favorite teachers, Suzanne J. Dean and Christina Griffiths.

Please follow me, encourage me, teach me, and even (with gentleness) correct me! And I’ll share the techniques I learn, the crafters who inspire me, and the tools and products that I use.

Thanks for sharing!

This is an example of my Clean & Simple scrapbook style.  Since being introduced to more experienced papercrafters, I've started using "bling".

This is an example of my Clean & Simple scrapbook style. Since being introduced to more experienced papercrafters, I’ve started using “bling”.

My first card. This was also my first use of Stickles, a border punch, Copic markers, and wafer thin dies.

My first card. This was also my first use of Stickles, a border punch, Copic markers, and wafer thin dies.

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