Monday, December 7, 2009

Etsy store

Hey everyone! I've got an Etsy store now.

I'm featuring mini album kits and other little bits from time to time. You know how I love to shop and this has brought out the treasure trover in me!

Anyhoo, hope to have the actual website up soon. ( But for now, I will remain FlimsyFilm - LOL.

Please check out my YouTube videos - see all the doof-meyer things I say! All I can say is, don't make videos at

Oh, and remember my post earlier this year about Luminarte? Well, they've just announced that they are part of the Creative Imaginations company. I don't know if it means they are partners or if CI bought them. My guess is the latter. You know, they had the Rain product years ago - I think the original "glimmer mist" - but I don't think they marketed enough, kwim?

Thursday, July 23, 2009

While Everyone is Going Green, Go Ahead and Go Pink!

Check out Bona's blog where she has a great giveaway - too cute! She has some awesome videos, too. So very talented!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Heritage Scrapbook Layout with SEI Windsor

Heritage pages are the most challenging for me. I used SEI's Windsor line - normally, designated as a wedding line, but the patterns and gold running through really reminded me of the fancy brocades and other Japanese fabrics.

These are my grandparents (my grandmother on the left and grandfather on the right). Furthest right image is my grandfather at Waseda University where he went to law school.

The flowers to the far left were all hand-cut. I thought I would be good at this. In reality, I got very impatient with it. But I'm glad I did it and then elevated with pop-dots. The photos were all held with gold photo corners - I finally got to use that Canson pack!

From the left: Grandmother's father and siblings. Uncle with my Great-grandmother and my Uncle with his wife.

I got more comfortable with Windsor at the point and trying to assimilate into an Asian look. I was trying to achieve that rich-brocade feeling in many of the art panels I've seen in Japan.

I still need to add the journaling. But the headline reads: "Japanese Ancestry."

Most of the images photographed really flat, but I wanted to emphasize the gold foiling running through here. SEI Windsor is so unusual, but beautiful! Many of the pages have flocking which is hard to see as well. :(

These letters are from black mat board. Seemed rather flat so I stamped a character-text background stamp with VersaMark and clear embossed. The photo doesn't really show it clearly. Can you tell it's not Japanese? LOL. It's Chinese - I think from a newspaper article!

Last, I used these cool sparkly, velvety flowers from Maya Road; layered on creme Prima flowers and centered with an antiqued, square rhinestone brad.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Trick or Treat! Halloween Mini Album

Ok, I am finally posting the Halloween mini book/mini album I did last year. It's a 6x6 mini, with black mat board pages.


I used Tim Holtz' trinket pin and Philosophy tag along with a boatload of ribbon and a couple of cute Pumpkin bells.

Back Cover

Recognize the Fiskars' Threading Water punch? I love it.

Inside Pages

Each pocket holds 3 tags with photos on both sides. The last tag on the right side has several bats from the Martha Stewart punch.

Last pocket page. Used American Crafts vinyl thickers on both for titles. It's kinda hard to see the "treat" on the right page. They didn't stick too well so I had to reglue. I like the chipboard and Puffy alphas from AC a lot better than the vinyl.

This page is kinda busy. I designed and created this book before I gathered the photos. I'm not going to retrofit design any more. It really shows it on this spread.

It's a bit hard to see, but I used the MM foiling paper here. I love that paper. I don't know why it isn't more popular. So versatile. I also used the Little Yellow Bicycle felt borders stickers. I also had to add some adhesive to these, they just kept lifting up. I used it here to hide a beat-up plastic lawn chair at the pumpkin patch.

Added the LYB epoxy "Spooky" sticker. So cool. The LYB pumpkin stickers are so cute, too!

The centers of the black chipboard flowers are the Doodlebug Jewels in jet. Those are some of my favorite bling. Reminds me of black Tahitian pearls!!

I love the simplicity of this spread. The Bo Bunny paper had this wavy text so I tore it following the wave.

This last page, I used the MM's foiling again and the Glitter Check. On every other square, there was a circle-punched, ink-edged and pop-dotted graphic (if those aren't true verbs, they are now! lol!)

Supply List
Used wonderful Bo Bunny papers (Spooktastic-Stripe, Haunted, Grim Dots and Smell My Feet); MM papers (Funky Stripe, Glitter Check, and Foiling); Thickers Sprinkles (Black and Orange); Bo Bunny Chipboard (double-dot and alpha licorice); chipboard Shimmer Shapes Halloween; other papers (Orange Crush; Oh Baby Peapod; Moroccan Floral Curry; Pumpkin Bead Board); Doodlebug Tuxedo jewels; Black Diamond Stickles!
All from's paper store!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Great Product...going...going...going....

I'm so sad, as are many of you, to learn that the LuminArte company is closing. Little did I know that they are based out of Fresno! It's one thing when a California company goes out of business, but more importantly, it is privately-owned by the woman who "invented" this product.

You are probably more familiar with their product line, especially the twinkling H2Os. I've been a painter for a long time, including some watercolor. These are in pots and infused with mica. These are super fun, especially for cards, tags, journaling and scrapbooking, of course.

Once word got out of their impending closure, they were inundated with orders. Rather than just say, "Sorry!" they have been working night and day to fulfill the orders. It's especially difficult because most of the staff was gone by then and they were just working to close the warehouse.

Anyhoo, I placed a large order and they've just sent notice that they will stop taking orders soon. They announced the closure in February (I think) and were planning to be closed by March. So here it is almost May!

I hope they manage a comeback, but in the meantime, place your orders. You may not see this product again. Here's the link.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Check out Susan Boyle!

I'm sure by now you've heard of Susan Boyle - absolutely extraordinary performance on "Britain's Got Talent." I think this is the original show that "American Idol" brought over the pond.

If you haven't, you'll have to check it out - especially, if you are a "Les Miserables" fan. I hoped to embed, but YouTube disabled it, so here is the link.

I've got to figure out how to follow her saga.

Monday, April 6, 2009


I met Aisha Tyler last week. She is so smart and funny. I LOVE her! She has a new DVD out of her comedy special at The Fillmore. Her music video is just hilarious. Check it out!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009


Ok, I admit it! I'm a MEME Girl (no, not a Mean Girl).

I joined in on this great MEME that my YouTube/Blogger friend Michelle at Everyday Me posted. Here's the lowdown of how it works:

The first 5 people who respond to this post will get something special from me... it could be anything, it will be my choice, but especially for you. But along with everything fun there are some restrictions & limitations...

• What I give you will be just for you.
• I make no guarantees that you will like it...but I hope you do!
• You will receive it before the end of the year...or sooner.
• You will have no idea what it will be, or when you will receive it.

The BIG catch is you have to repost this MEME and put together something to be sent out as 5 surprises of your own. These surprises can be anything.... whatever you choose...

So ladies, come join in on the fun!!! Post this MEME, comment back here to let me know you have passed it along then email me your addy so I can send you your special surprise!! And to those first 5 people... I'll be checking out your blogs to see what kind of things you like...

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Tim in town

Tim Holtz just posted his schedule and I cannot believe he will be in our neck of the woods 2 times this year!! He'll be at Stampers' Corner and Scrapbook Territory in Berkeley.

Wahoo. It's like Christmas for me!! Last year, I took classes from him at the now closed LSS, My Daughter's Wish - it was such a great store...

Thursday, February 12, 2009

7Gypsies Caravan

It was really the Lucky 13 Gypsies!

Had a super time this past weekend at the 7Gypsies Caravan at Green Tangerines!

"Made" (more accurately, worked on) 3 projects. The photo carousel spinner, mini-book and another semi-transparent mini book.

We had an awesome group and GT did a fantastic job of making this more like a retreat. We had 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners (Morton's Steak on the last night, no less). Our group was great! There was lots of sharing and encouraging and I love LOVE those kinds of environments to create in.

Autumn was kranking out the first album as a 43 Things album. Her album came out really great.

I'm doing mine on 25 Things About Me (that you may not know and may surprise you). A kinder, gentler way to say, "The skeletons are out of the closet!!" JK! But I'll post when done. I've just finished the list today so I need to figure out the photos and journaling - you know, the EASY stuff.

Here is our Gypsy Guru, Brandi, who was just fantastic. Super enthusiastic in her gypsy attire and so helpful in the instructions, samples, supplies!

Here she taking a photo of Rebecca who picked up on all the techniques so quickly!

This is "The Boss" - LOL - otherwise known as Zaragina. She is working diligently here, when she's not counseling Autumn! LOL

This is Debbie who came with her sweet friend, Shelly (sorry I couldn't get a clear shot of you Shell!). She had the most awesome ribbon ring that made us all drool and add want to add that to our shopping lists - along with the stacking bins. They were so nice. Hope to see you both at future events at GT!!

And this is Paula-one of the Big Green Tangerines! Oh I wish I had a picture of her in her gypsy garb - oh so cute with turquoise (my favorite color) and a tamborine. She is just great!

I'll have to get back to these projects soon and I'll post. I have some other projects in the works that come first. Also, I'll post the cupcakes and t-shirts I made for my DS' 4th birthday! Let's just say we had sprinkles and I had to break out the vacuum cleaner! LOL. Have a good one everybody!!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Hello 2009

So, I've been nudged into making a blog post sometime in 2009. It's so much fun reading other people's blogs, it's a different animal to keep up your own. Doh!

Catching up:

Went to Red Hawk casino this weekend. Had a fabulous Prime Rib dinner. Only wished my potato was bigger and the meat smaller - spoken like a true non-carnivore! LOL! But the creamed horseradish and au jus were fantastic. I really wanted the Fresh Strawberry shortcake, but (dang it) got too full. I didn't take a picture. I was admonished roundly the last time I took a picture at a casino.

Red Hawk is brand new and really a great design. Great covered parking, eateries (not just a food court), and kid's area. I always cringe when I see strollers and kids in and around the slots and tables. :(

Took my mom to an ice skating show. She is a die-hard fan, not one of those fickle-fans who drift away once all the controversy is done and over with. It was a good show, lots of good music, great costumes, choreography and lighting. Maybe it was due to the economy, but it was only about 1/3 full. Michael Weiss, Ilia Kulik and Shen and Zhao were truly impressive. No matter how big or small the town or crowd, they give 110%.

Now, only a handful of days earlier, we took our DS to the Monster Jam. I am continually amazed at how arenas can take a basketball court, turn it into a dirt-filled, smashed car/bus berm-laded track, and then a lovely, pristine-white ice rink! I'll post some photos soon. But I have to say, I LOVE it! I was secretly thinking that I would. Love the speed and action and the graphics on the trucks! LOL. Lots of fun and so glad we brought ear plugs.

Just received the Christine Middlecamp kits - packed full of a ton of creative goodness. I can't wait to experiment with her layering style. Check out her blog! She has pictures of a new Staz-On product for transparencies. I LOVE working with transparencies and Tim Holtz' alcohol inks - every since I took classes from him at (the now closed) My Daughter's Wish store. I'm ordering from Treasures To Scrap nowadays - where it's 35% off everyday. Tracy also ships super-fast.

I'll post some photos later. And remember, Make Stuff Everyday!!