Monday, April 29, 2013

Prima Pocket Album-Part 2 featuring Prima Marketing- Engravers Line by Moriah Macdonald

Prima Pocket Album-Part 2
featuring Prima Marketing- Engravers Line

Remember this album I showed you a few weeks back?  I told you I would show you how I would use the pockets and how to keep the goods from falling out of the slashed pockets...

The pockets all got a 3.5"x 6" piece of cream cardstock.  The cardstock can be used for journal writing, or extra pictures, or both!

The pocket tags got some extra embellishment with some ruffled ribbon and circle punched pretties.  Since most of the goods used are rustic looking, I thought stapling the ribbon & circles would be way cooler than just adhesive. :)

The slash pockets are held together with washi tape. Eeeek!  I just LOVE the stuff!  Usually I punch a hole in both pockets, weave some twine, and tie a bow.  When I saw this tape though, I knew it was perfect!

The flowers on the slash pockets are from Bo Bunny paper.  The Hen's Den sold out of this paper (there are still deals to be had in the On Sale section!) when it went on sale, but I gave you a suggestion of something I was swooning over. :)

I hope you were inspired today!  Wanna craft your own fab creation?  Check out the links below.  Please share with us what you make from goods you got at The Hen's Den!!!

The goodies used in Part 2:
Tag Decorations- Prima Marketing- Engraver- Arcade
                          May Arts- Sheer Ruffle- Brown
Washi Tape-My Minds Eye- Collectable- Unforgettable Washi Tape
Pocket Decorations- Bo Bunny- Serenity- (Sold out, but you could use this for an AMAZING effect!)

And if you don't want to go back to the old post for the Part 1 list of goods:
Cover Paper- Prima Marketing- Engraver- Black Leaf
Inside Papers- Prima Marketing- Engraver-Cartouche
                     Prima Marketing- Engraver- Cesello
                     Prima Marketing- Engraver- Calligraphy
                     Prima Marketing- Engraver- Atlas
Flowers- Prima Marketing- Engraver- Vines
Lightbulb Frame- Prima Marketing- Engraver- New Print Mini Frame
Button- Prima Marketing- Engraver- Wood Buttons
Ribbon- May Arts- Crochet- Green

Friday, April 26, 2013


Prima Marketing Lyric Collection - Together Layout
Prima Marketing Lyric Collection
Designed by Anita L. Mulcahey

Here is a layout that I did from our wonderful trip to Jamaica.  I adore my hubby and we had such a romantic day.  Everyone thought we were celebrating something big and kept asking us.  We were, celebrating our love and the fun that we always have together.  I love how the moon is captured in the background and the way it matches these papers so perfectly.  I don't know how long Charlie is going to be able to keep these in The Hens' Den store so I would definitely get mine while I could.  I love how the word together came out so pretty on these papers using my Silhouette.  Have a great weekend everyone.

Prima Marketing - Lyric Collection - Orchestra
Prima Metketing - Lyric Collection - Box Office
Prima Marketing - Lyric Collection - Tempo
Prima Marekting - Lyric Collection - Pacato
Prima Marketing- Lyric Collection - Lyric Collection Brads
Prima Marketing - Lyric Collection - 12 X 12 Chipboard Pieces
Prima Marketing - Lyric Collection - Wood Buttons
Prima Marketing - Lyric Collection - Say it in Crystals
Graphic 45 - Signature Series - Venetian Lace Cardstock

May Arts Satin Pleat Ribbon - Cream
Prima Marketing - Flowers

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Upper Gardens featuring Graphic 45 Secret Garden

Graphic 45 Secret Garden
Mt. Vernon Upper Garden layout 
Created by Janet Bagnall
Hey everyone:

Today I am showing you a layout from our trip to Mt. Vernon last year (I love that place) and when Charlie sent me this wonderful Graphic 45 Secret Garden kit, knew I just had to use the flower photos I took while we were there.  They worked so well together.
I love this embellishment of the little girl - it reminds me of our daughter, Elizabeth, when she was younger and would pick wildflowers for me and her grandmother - oh, those were the days.
As some of you may know, I love, love, love DC and would go back every weekend if I could, but we are 8 hours away and I still haven't convinced Jim to take me this often, but I'm still working on him :)  Mt. Vernon is a wonderful place to visit because it allows you to get an idea of how life was back when George Washington and his wife Martha were living.  I am a very huge history buff, so all this is right up my alley :)  I really thought this layout turned out pretty and it was the first time I have created a layout without people in it :)
I hope you are having wonderful weather where you are, it has been a wonderful week here and hope it continues throughout the weekend.

Head over to The Hen's Den store and take a look at all the goodies Charlie is offering - you will enjoy your stay, I promise.


Graphic 45 - Signature Series Cream Brulee cardstock
Graphic 45 - Signature Series Precious Pink cardstock
Graphic 45 - Secret Garden 6x6 paper pad
Graphic 45 - Secret Garden Banners

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Fly the Coop Retreat April 2013


Fly The Coop Retreat
April 2013
Dancing Bear Lodge, Mt. Rainier Washington
Months of planning finally came together.  The Hens' Den had it's first retreat.  This would never happened had it not been for a dear friend, Tangie Hyatt.  I want to thank you so much Tangie for all the hard work and the hours you spent on the preparation and planning.  Tangie has her own group to run, it is call Hot Mess Scrappers, Ink and she took the time to help me with getting this retreat off the ground.  Many of her Hot Mess Gals came to the retreat and it was such a delight to meet them and spend a couple of days hanging out.
We had the retreat at a the beautiful Dancing Bear Lodge which is located at Mt. Rainier Washington.
Tangie and I arrived the day before to get the tables set up and all the goodies ready to go for all the scrappers.

Tables are set in place and covered.  Tangie and I had to move a lot of very heavy furniture to get the cropping room set up and ready.  That was no easy task and later on, we would take advantage of a benefit at the lodge that would come in very handy.   Here are some of the cute details that she thought of.
Each cropper had a bottle of water that she made a tag holder for.  In each holder were some Crystal Light flavors.  Next, she made wraps called "chicken feed" and inside were bags of pop corn. What a CUTE idea.  "Chicken feed"  Then were the name places for each one of the croppers.  Little details that were so cute. At the end of the day, we treated ourselves to a steak dinner and some nice wine and then we hit the HOT TUB.  Oh Man!! That felt so good. I really wish I had one of those at home. 
The next morning, we put the finishing touches to finish off the welcome.  Each of the croppers got a goodie bag full of stuff.  T-Shirts that said "I flew the coop" 2013, tap runners and goober removers, 6 x 6 pad of Graphic 45 French County collection, ink stamps from Prima Marketing and this was just the beginning.  This is what they found when they arrived:

Hi Sondra!

Set up finished 
Picture of the make-in-take sample- nothing fancy but better than a 12 x 12 layout make-in-take!!

Used the pool table to hold some of the goodies-  that wine box in the middle of the picture was a surprise give for Tangie and it held a very nice bottle of Tequila - she did not know that this was hers and she kept drooling all over it.   hehehehehe - SURPRISE!!


Store goodies for sale, just in case someone forgot to bring something.  WOW!!! You should have seen the "stuff" they all came in with.   LOL... this was not even needed.
So.... The first order of business was that when they got there they had to cover their "chicken" that was in their bags. This chicken would be their mascot for the weekend and if they got caught without it, they had to do the chicken dance....LATER (hehehe).  So the first one to arrive and get set up was Mary and she set to work on her chicken .
I have to try this ball, sounds like a great thing to sit on 

The rest of the group arrived and set up and went to work on their "Mascot" - 

The birth of a chicken - lol
Here are some of the pictures with their Mommies'
     Mary and Joanne
                                                        Terry and Maryam                                       
         Sondra and Jackie


Here is the parade of all the beautiful chickens;
They are all so darn cute!!!!   I loved how everyone put their own style and personality into their mascot for the weekend.  Just down right adorable!!!  More on them later.
Dinner- and the first "Chicken Dance" - Yes.. we had 2 of the ladies forget their mascot so they had to perform at dinner... It was a hoot!.  
Grilled Hamburger's and salad in a jar
Chicken Dance!
 Jackie "do-in the dance"
Terry "do-in the dance"
(Sondra was not impressed with her "Mom's" dancing)
Breakfast the next morning

We had waffles and coffee and yummy and healthy (except the waffles)
Make in Take

Loved that they made them more than I had set out for them to be. 
Sponsor Work Shop
We played with some wonderful and fun products

Everyone loved the texture, color and easy of use with the Walnut Ink sprays, Goose bumps  and Fire Works products!  Goose bumps were everyone's favorites!!!!! 
We had everyone vote on all the mascots and here are our winners.

Jackie took first place:

Sondra took 2nd place:
Joanne took 3rd Place:
Each one got to take home the Imagine Crafts goodies - This was so much fun!!!!

It is Sunday morning and time to leave.  After a long 2 days of keeping everything on pace, having fun and all the hard work, it was time to pack up and put things back as they were before we got there on Thursday.  It was hard to say goodbye and there were close moments when emotions almost showed themselves, but we prevailed and gave a huge sigh of relief that the event went off without huge set backs and that everyone had a grand time. 

I give my final hug to Tangie before I leave and lock the door.  She did amazing.  I appreciate her so much!!. 

As I get in my truck, I see that someone gave me a little goodbye and token for me to keep.   I laughed so hard.  When did they have time to do this and where was I?   Someone snuck in my truck!  ROFLMAO.  Here is what I found hanging from my visor:

Thank all of you so much for a wonderful event!


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