Tuesday, December 25, 2012


I want to wish everyone all the peace and love of Christmas.  I hope you have a blessed day, today and everyday through out the year.


Sunday, November 11, 2012

Happy Veteran's Day!

I just want to send a "Thank You" to all of our military personnel, present, past and future for ensuring me the freedoms I have in the USA.
Remember to thank a Veteran.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

The trio of Tim Holtz Distress products

Are you surprised? Here I am back so soon.

I finished the Distress Stain tower so I am going to post a picture of all three towers I have completed.  I think the next storage I will be working on is for Adirondack Paint Daubers. I have several of these and they are hidden away in a box. I also need to make something for the Distress Crackle paints. So little time, so much stuff.

This is the Distress Stain storage.

This is all three of the storage towers I have completed. The paper I used is TH "Lost and Found".

I hope everyone has a great weekend!
See ya soon.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

It's what day??? Can't be Oct. 30 already......

Wow!  I have really gotten behind in my blog. I am really going to make the effort to keep it up. The store is going pretty well and I have been busy teaching classes and making items.  Two of the items I have made have been a storage tower for my Distress Ink Pads and a storage tower for the Distress Ink Refills.  I saw the tower for the pads on a Ustream series by Scrap n Share. This is the link to the Ustream channel http://www.ustream.tv/channel/scrap-n-share . 

 After completing this I decided I needed something for the refills so I didn't have to pick up and look at every bottle when I needed one. So this is what I made.  Both of these are covered with Tim Holtz "Lost and Found" papers.

Now I need to make something to hold my Distress Stains.

I have been trying to organize the store and have it look a little neater.  Maybe when Halloween is over and I can take some of that stuff home it will help along with creating some storage for item that need to be at the store.

Well I think this is all for the night, I think I am getting the cold that has been going around.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

What happened to June???

I didn't realize it has been over a month since I last posted.  I have been staying pretty busy with classes at Behind the Turquoise Door, I am teaching Copic marker, card making and technique classes.  I am teaching at least two separate classes each week, so it takes some prep time.

I am working on a new Halloween album using Graphic 45 Happy Hauntings paper. Love, love, love this paper!!! I will post pictures when I get the album finished.  I also am working on some A2 cards for the Carlsbad Downtown Farmer's Market, I got juried in so I will begin having a booth there on Sat. mornings from 8-11 am.  When I get those finished I will post some pictures.

I hope everyone has a great rest of the week and an even greater weekend.

Monday, June 18, 2012

First Copic class supply list

You will need the 8 Copic markers listed here for the class:
YG63  Pea Green,  E47  Dark Brown,  RV95  Baby Blossoms,  Y35  Maize,  E23  HazelnutN5 Neutral Gray No. 5,  E43  Dull Ivory0 Colorless Blender

I will provide the stamped image, the base for the card, the sentiment and the ribbon (it may be different than what is pictured).

You will need to bring scissors, pop dots, adhesive (ATG or tape), inks if you want to distress the card.

Please sign up early so I can get the markers you need ordered. I will need at least 2 weeks to order markers to be certain they will arrive before the class. I require one-half of the price down to order.
Markers are $6.25 each and the cost of the class will be $10.00
For each marker bought at Behind the Turquoise Door, you will receive a $0.75 credit for the cost of the class.

If you have any questions, please give me a call at 575-706-3447 or come by Behind the Turquoise Door at 121 S. Canal Ste. B.
Also check out the store blog at http://behindtheturquoisedoor.blogspot.com/ .

Sunday, June 17, 2012


I finished my first week at my new store, Behind the Turquoise Door, it was a great week and I plan on having many, many more weeks like this one. I was only open for 5 days this week (I had to go to Roswell for a tax seminar on Friday).

I completed four cards this week, which will be for upcoming Copic classes, and started an album, I hope to have the album completed the early part of this week.

I have scheduled my first Copic marker class for Mon., July 9, it will be a day class (I will post the time soon) and I will be having the same class on Thur., July 12 at 5:30 for anyone who wants an evening class.  If you want to learn to use Copic markers the image on this card will be easy to do and it doesn't take many markers. When you leave the class you will have a completed card.

If you are interested in taking the class and you need the Copic markers, please come by the store at 121 S. Canal Ste. B or call 575-706-3447 before Friday, June 29 so I can order the markers you will need.  If you would like to see the cards for upcoming classes, drop by Behind the Turquoise Door any time Mon.-Sat. 10 am to 6 pm.

I also will be teaching album and technique classes and I have some completed albums for sale, so if you need a mini album come by and see what I have,

I hope everyone has a safe Father's Day.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Behind the Turquoise Door

It's getting closer and closer!!  I wanted to post a picture of my new front door.  I am opening Monday 6/11(wow that's tomorrow).  I will be a work in progress for a while, I am still waiting on my printer, some of my back ordered merchandise and I am working on getting everything organized (is that ever done?).  But I am super excited!!

If you are looking for me on Canal St., I am in Suite B of the Oakley Financial bldg. I have the turquoise door in a very brown bldg. I am facing Kymera's physicians offices.

I am also listed on the Copic website http://dealer.copicmarker.com/stores so if you can only get here on the web check out this link.

So if you are looking for Copic Sketch markers or anything related to Copics or scrapbooking, come by and check me out.  If I don't have what you need, chances are I can get it.

Very soon, I plan on getting back into entering challenges and teaching classes, so I should be posting more regularly.


Friday, June 8, 2012

Happy Friday!

I just wanted to post a quick note.  I hope to open Behind the Turquoise Door on Monday 6/11.  I have the door painted, my sign will be finished today, my chairs finally arrived, most of my shipments are in (some things are on back order), I am still waiting on my printer and cash box, I still need to get some of my personal things moved and I have to wait until I find out if I have jury duty or not on Monday. All in all I am very pleased with how things are shaping up.
I hope everyone has a safe and wonderful weekend.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Good Morning!

I know that it has been a while since I posted but it has been a little hectic here.

I finally found a building to lease to open up my store.  Behind the Turquoise Door  will be at 121 S. Canal Suite B.  I leased the building on Thur. 5/18 and started moving some things over the weekend. I probably won't get much done this week with my Mother-in-law's memorial service on Thur., family starting to come in on Tue., Memorial Day weekend coming up and the CARS Club show on 6/2.

I am hoping to be open by the second week of June and hope to begin teaching classes that week or the next.

I hope everyone has a wonderful and safe Memorial Day.

Sunday, April 8, 2012


It's been almost three months since I last posted.  Things have been a little crazy here.

My husband is finally doing great!!!  He did not do as well as we thought he should have but the doctor thinks he has done so much better than most people do, in fact his last check up Dr. Baca said he is where someone usually is at 6 months.

I have decided to start a business (it's that or go back to work for someone else), so I have been real involved in that.  I am looking for a small place to sell Copic markers and accessories. Unfortunately in Carlsbad everything is too big, too small, too expensive or for sale.  So I will be setting up a store in my studio for now.  My new business will be called Behind the Turquoise Door.  I will be selling the full line of Copic Sketch markers, Copic X-Press It cardstock, Multiliner pens, some books, replacement nibs for the Sketch, Copic wallets and pouches, Spica Atyou Glitter pens and probably adding to the line as the need arises.  I will also be teaching classes in the use of Copics.

I hope to be posting more often once everything settles down.

I hope everyone has a safe and Blessed Easter!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Happy MLK Day!!

Well,  my DH is still not getting around as good as we had hoped but he is making progress everyday.  I spent a little time crafting the other day and almost completed a small fall album using some of the scraps from the pumpkin album.  This is a Stack the Deck album made with envelopes. I made this after watching a Ustream by Laura Denison on The Paper Trail.  I love this binding technique and am working on another album but the new one is for Valentine's Day.

This is the front cover, I used a sticker from the Bo Bunny Forever Fall collection and a sunflower made with paper from the collection.  All of the cardstock in this album is Stampin Up, some old colors and some new colors.

This is the inside front cover.
 This is the first page with the tag pulled out.

Page 2 with the back of the tag.
Page 3 with the tag showing.
Page 4 and the back of the tag.
Page 5 with the tag out.
Page 6 and back of tag.
Page 7 with tag out.
Page 8 and back of tag.
Page 9 with tag out.
Page 10 and back of tag.
Page 11 with tag out.
Page 12 and back of tag.
This is the inside back cover.
This is the back cover.  I don't know why this one is so off color but it does not show the colors well.
This is the complete cover for the album.

I have not finished embellishing the pages completely.  I am going to add some flowers, bling, etc., when I have a little more time and won't be interrupted as much.

I hope everyone has a safe holiday, if you are celebrating.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

The last of the Fall mini

Since I haven't yet had a chance to do anything new, I am going to post the rest of the Fall mini album pages.  My DH is getting around a lot better now so hopefully in the next week or so I can get back to a more normal routine and get some crafting done.

This is page 10.  The wagon is all hand made by stamping with Impression Obsession Woodgrain stamp on white cardstock inked with Scattered Straw and Wild Honey distress inks, then cutting along grain lines to make the boards.  The pumpkins are a Quickuts die that has been embossed with some Cuttlebug folders (Swiss Dots, Textile and Swirls), the wheat is cut with TH Autumn Gatherings die.    The wheels are made with 1/4" strips of white cardstock and circles cut with Nestabilities circle dies, it has been inked with Vintage Photo and Weathered Wood distress inks.

The wheat at the top of the wagon is pull tabs for 4 photo mats.

This is page 11.  This page has a photo mat and is decorated with Petaloo Color Me Crazy flowers.  They have been sprayed with Sun Sisters, Sugar Maple and Dragonfly Glimmer Mists.  The wooden buttons, leaf buttons and brads are from the Bo Bunny Forever Fall collection.  As well as the chipboard pieces. 

This shows the tag pulled out.  The tag is made with a Memory Box stamp and die, Blank Ticket.  It is made on white cardstock inked with Scattered Straw, Wild Honey and Fired Brick distress inks, then sprayed with Gold Glimmer Mist.

This is the back cover.  The large tag is from the journaling paper from the BB Forever Fall collection and the sunflower is made with McGill punches and paper from the collection.

I had fun making this and I want to thank Kathryn Kreiger from Life on the {Scrap} beach for making this album on UStream.  Kathryn has some great tutorials on her UStream channel, you can find a link on her blog.

Hope everyone has a great week ahead.


Sunday, January 1, 2012


I am posting some more of the Fall mini pages.

I haven't had a chance to work on anything new since my DH got out of the hospital and it looks like it might be a while yet.  Hopefully, I can get back to coloring with my Copics soon.  I went to the Copic Color website where they have a picture and listing of the new 2012 colors. Just click on the link in this paragraph to see them.

On to the mini.
This is page 7.  It is done with a striped scalloped border that is attached with foam tape.  The large die cut is one from Noteworthy in the collection.  The bling is from the Bo Bunny Forever Fall collection.  The tag is made from white cardstock stamped with Impression Obsession's Maple Leaf stamp.  The background is colored with TH Distress Broken China using the corner of an ink applicator. Then using a brush colored with Glimmer Mist Dragonfly and dried.  The leaves are colored with TH Fired Brick, Peeled Paint and Wild Honey colored one color at a time then colored with Glimmer Mist Candy Apple Red, Olive Vine and Peach Delight, drying in between each color.

This shows the tag pulled out.  There is a mat for a photo on the page behind the tag.
This shows the back of the tag which is covered with patterned paper from the Bo Bunny Forever Fall collection and the sunflower is a rub on from the collection.

This is page 8.  The tree has Crushed Olive Distress Stickles added to look like moss hanging.  The pocket is acetate and has one of the tags, a button with a brad, a dragonfly with a bling trail all from the collection added to the front.  The leaves are cut from the collection paper with TH Autumn Gatherings Sizzlits die. The tag is also from the collection, the journaling paper.

This is page 9.  It is a pumpkin patch with signs on stakes in it.  The pumpkins are a Quickuts die and have been embossed with Cuttlebug folders and the stamps used are from Art Warehouse.

This shows the photo mats opened.  They will hold a 2x2 photo.

I think this is all for now. Hope everyone has a blessed, healthy, prosperous New Year.