Sunday, August 17, 2008

Relaxing Sunday?

No...busy as usual. I have only one shoot today which is nice. School is out right now for a is actually my favorite time of the year, I get a whole month off of school. I will be attending the Creative Photography Retreat in San Jose at the end of August. E-mail me if you are going want to meet up at one of the events. I have a shoot scheduled on Saturday and am spending the day with friends on Wednesday (I am from California) but the rest of the time I am pretty free.

Here is some of my recent stuff...

This is made on a metal star and Fancy Pants products

I added puff paint to the felt embellishment, jewels for the frogs eyes and cut one of the fancy pants pins to make the frogs heart.

This is a project I did that was used at CHA for the Kids Exhibit in the front of the main hall. I used the chalboard paint (you can pick it up anywhere paint is sold) and used it on a 12x12 piece of acrylic from Clear Scraps. It took a long time to dry but the result is amazing, chalk works on it great. I made holes at the bottom with the crop-a-dile and threaded ribbon. Great kids project!
E-mail me with your questions on this one.

I just made this card a couple days ago. I used the new chatterbox line.

O.k. and now for the other half of my readers that come here for photography ;)

Check out my website, I changed the style a lot.

Monday, July 14, 2008


Well I have some winners to announce.

Thank you to everyone that entered both contests. Here are the lucky ones that won.

Spellbinders Sunflower Die #1
**Bette Cuddahee of Maryland!

Clear Scraps album and bird shapes
**Janet Z
{e-mail me your addresses}

Congratulations Ladies!!!

p.s. I am going to be posting some new clear scraps designs in the next couple days...check back soon ;-)

Friday, July 04, 2008

I hope everyone had a good 4th of July! Now for some more fun, my sneak peak die is S4-157 Sunflower 1 with a suggested retail price of $19.99. Three dies come in this package, giving you a lot of versatility.

Remember to check out this helpful video on youtube describing how to use Spellbinders dies in other die cutting machines.

I decided to alter a plain album with this die. I started out with a fabric album in a neutral color.

1. Cut and emboss the leaf on a green paper of your choice.
2. Ink through the die stencil with a color a shade darker than your paper.

3. Reverse stencil with a shade lighter than your paper by removing the die cut and applying ink to the die (rough side), replace paper in die, then run it through the wizard with the embossing mat.

4. Now you are going to use the Spellbinders die to stencil onto the fabric album. Put the Spellbinders die cut stencil upside down so it lays flush with the fabric album. Use a sharpie or Copic marker to trace around the shape than use a dark color to ink the inside (don’t worry if it is too dark the next step will tone it down).

5. Remove the Spellbinders die and use a lighter shade of green to cover the entire leaf image.
6. Repeat, I chose to have two stenciled leaves on my album.
7. Using the large Sunflower die cut, emboss and ink two sunflowers. I chose to cut on orange paper and ink each with a different color.
8. For the third sunflower cut and emboss with vellum, then ink the vellum through the stencil with an ink such as Staz-on

9. Stack and glue your three sunflower dies, cardstock on top and bottom and vellum in the middle.

10. Cut and emboss the center piece of the sunflower, I used orange paper.
11. Use a thickening medium mixed with acrylic paint to make the inside of the sunflower. Rub it on the die and then carefully take the paper out of the die.

12. The result will be this. Since the die is thick the thickening medium you added to the paint will make the dots stand up.

13. After the paint dries, adhere to the center of your sunflower.
14. Pull back some of the petals of the sunflower to make it more dynamic
15. Add pop dots to the back of the leaf die cut only in the middle and glue the edges. This gives it a dimensional look.

16. After adhering the leaf, glue down the sunflower.
17. Add title or any other embellishments to your album as desired.

If you have any questions about this project or would like more detail with products I used please email me ( To sign up to receive more Spellbinders product release information click here.

Spellbinders Birthday Celebration
Sneak Peek Party Drawing Information

Drawing Information

Spellbinders will randomly pick one entry from each of the 14 Spellbinders Sneak Peek Blog reveals as stated in the “Rules”. This name will be drawn to receive the die being revealed on said blog. These entries must follow all rules stated below to be valid for the drawing.

Entrants visiting all 14 Spellbinders Birthday Celebration Sneak Peeks Blog reveals and correctly entering their information into the 14 separate drawings, as described below, will automatically be entered into a GRAND PRIZE give away of a new RASPBERRY WIZARD and a $500 retail value die package!


Any participant wishing to be included in the daily drawing for the Spellbinders Birthday Celebration Sneak Peek die give away must adhere to all of the following rules:

1) Participant must click on the provided drawing link on blog to enter each individual drawing on sneak peeks between June 30 and July 13.
2) Participant must type in the subject line the name of the die being revealed.
3) Participant must send their entry for this blog before 12:00 midnight Central Standard Time on July 6th
4) Participant is only allowed to enter each of the 14 Spellbinders sneak peek blog give away drawings one time per sneak peek. Participant must use the same email address daily to be considered for grand prize entry.
5) Spellbinders Design Team members and employees are not eligible for drawing.

Any participant wishing to be automatically entered into the drawing for the Spellbinders Birthday Celebration Sneak Peek Grand Prize drawing, must enter the drawing from all of the 14 blog reveals and follow all the above rules.

Please note:
*Spellbinders will only use email information to contact the winner.
*Spellbinders will not share this email address with any other parties.
*Spellbinders will not use this email information for advertisements or communications
other than to contact the winner.
*If you wish to be included in further communications from Spellbinders, please go to their homepage and sign up:
*If you have any other questions regarding the contest e-mail

If you would like to own the Sunflower 1 die contest over ( The contest will close midnight CST July 6th. Good Luck and remember to check out all the other sneak peaks.

Clear Scraps RAK

Happy 4th. Clear Scraps is celebrating by giving you some of our brand new product. These are being released at CHA. Leave a comment telling us how much you love Clear Scraps and you will be entered to win BOTH the album and two birds. You will also be one of the first to receive these brand new items - before retailers even get them! Did I mention I am going to draw two winners!

I left the protective coating on so you can see the album clearly. The album is clear.

These birds are fun to work with, the big one is 11 inches wide! (protective covering on birds too)

See you at CHA at booth #4124

Fine Print: Comments will be accepted until Sunday July 13th at Midnight PST. Album and birds will be shipped to the two winners on Monday July 14th from Clear Scraps headquarters in Illinois.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Spellbinders Nestability Dies turning ONE!!

The Spellbinders Nestability Dies will be turning one year old soon! To celebrate, Spellbinders is having a two-week long party, culminating in an amazing birthday gift: someone will be winning a new Wizard AND $500 worth of dies.  More details are posted on the Spellbinders home page here.

Each day a different Spellbinders Design Team member will introduce one of the soon-to-be-released dies!  Blog visitors can sign up during specified times for a chance to win that day's featured die.  My day is July 5th.

Here's a list of the places and dates that you will be able to see the new Spellbinders dies in action.

            June 30: Thinking Inking by Debbie Olson

            July 1: Created From Paper by Jennifer Ellefson

            July 2: Wickedly Wonderful Creations by Wendy Weixler

            July 3: Embellished Dreams by Heidi Blankenship

            July 4: Simple Dreams by Ellen Hutson

            July 5: Caffeinated Thoughts by Michelle Klomp

            July 6: Linda's Works of Heart by Linda Duke

            July 7: Mish Mash by Michelle Wooderson

            July 8: Inky Heart by Sally Lynn MacDonald

            July 9: Cookies for Breakfast by Beth Pingry

            July 10: PaperFections by Sharon Harnist

            July 11: Today's Creations by Holly Craft

            July 12: Donya Schroeder by Donya Schroeder

            July 13: Follow Your Bliss by Trudee Sauer

Don't miss the party!

It is HOT today!

It has been really hot here in Washington, you would think coming from California I would be used to this weather...NO!  I started school again on Monday, a couple more quarters left and I have my degree.  I am only taking one class for the summer month.  I need a little break from school and my summer is very busy with photography.  

If you are going to CHA visit me at the Clear Scraps booth!

Here are some layouts, 

Here are some recent pictures from my sessions....

until next time, Michelle Klomp

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

wii accident

Well we finally got our hands on a wii...and have had our first wii accident, my daughter got hit in the head with the bottom (hard plastic) part of the bat accessory.

Here is her at the hospital after it happened...

And she had to get 10 stitches....

On the scrapbooking front...I think I will be able to show a Clear Scraps sneak peak soon :-)

But here is a card and layout I made with Spellbinders dies.

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Some Scrapbook Stuff...

Not that I have had much time for scrapbooking...I have been trying to keep up with school.

The box of new CHA going to be released goods from Clear Scraps is in the mail on the way to me...I cant wait to play with that :-)

Discount alert - Just Let me Scrapbook is having 25% off their already reduced prices...great shipping and click on the whats new tab to see all the newest CHA products. coupon code is MOM08 and is good through May 12. Oh and be sure to tell them I sent you in the comments section of your order.

This was a fun CHA last year the dorm room I put together won for badges, which I created so this is the story behind that win :-)
Used Clear Scraps acrylic, Spellbinders dies, and Tin Box Creations stamps

stay tuned for more :-)

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Wow it has been awhile....

I promise not to let that happen again.

I have been swamped with life. I had surgery on April 1st...doing o.k. now. The new semester for school started April 1st as well. I am doing 13 units this semester...only a couple more semesters until I graduate.

I do have more work to show...lots more but I am on a different computer then my work is stored I thought I would share some pictures from some of my recent shoots.

These are the handprints of her daughter (5 yrs), she is having a boy so we used blue paint

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Leaving for California in a couple days...

Remember to come by the Spellbinders booth if you are going to be at CHA...I would love to meet all the amazing people that come and visit my blog.

Guess what? I found my card reader...just in time too considering I had a photo shoot a couple days ago. I found it during my 'final search' before I went to the store to buy another one...hahaha

Here is a Sneak Peek of one of the new albums by Clear Scraps. This is a very fun album.

This album is so dynamic.

Flowers are cut and embossed with spellbinders dies.

I love the top of this album!

I used copic markers with their spray system. I used Spellbinders dies for the mask.