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Croppin' Train; c/o Dora Poage; PO Box 982; Bentonville, AR 72712-0982

Imagine a weekend devoted exclusively to you and your favorite hobby... SCRAPBOOKING!


Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Glimmer Mist for Sale

We have the following colors of Glimmer Mist for sale for $5.60 each (includes tax). Buy 3 and get free priority shipping. Buy 6 and get the 7th free plus free priority shipping.

Go to to see the colors.

If there is a season and year after the name, that is when it was available. So it may not be on the website site anymore. Let me know if you cannot find one and are curious about the color.
Don't delay - we only have 2 to 3 of each color (I will delete the colors as they are sold out)
At this Fall retreat, I will demoing more ways to use glimmer mist.

(Payment note: email us your order at and we will email you the amount you owe and hold your order until payment is received. You can mail us a check or we can send you a paypal invoice. )

Aspen Yellow

Auburn - Fall 08

Autumn Leaves

Black Gold - winter 08

Blue Skies

Candy Apple Red

Cherub Pink

Cinder - Fall 09

Cinnamon - Fall 08

Coffee Shop

Coral - Summer 08

Cranberry Zing

Dewberry - winter 08


Frosty Nights -Winter 07

Gingerbread -Winter 07


Golden Terracotta

Harvest Orange

Holly Berry -Winter 07

Kiwi - Summer 08

Lavendar Wisp


Mustard Seed

Old Lace

Olive Vine

Oriental Poppy

Pineapple - Summer 08

Pink Taffy

Red Maple

Red Velvet

Sage - Fall 08


Simply Khaki - Fall 08


Snow Angel - winter 08

Spring Mint - Spring 08

Spring Violet


Sugar Cookie -Winter 07

Tattered Rose

Timeless Lilac

Tuscan Sun

Twilight - Fall 08

Walnut Gold

Watermelon - Summer 08


Wild Currant - winter 08

Winter Pine - winter 08

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Today, I'm sharing a couple pages from a work-in-progress multi-page wedding layout to highlight some techniques to add texture and dimension to your pages. These pages use SU! cardstock. On this first page, I stamped an image from the Cherish stamp set (love that set!) multiple times to create the border. If you want multi-stamping to look random, be sure and turn your stamp so you're not stamping the same position every time. And, NEVER be afraid to stamp off the paper - just make sure you have something covering your work surface beore you do. After stamping, I used SU! Mini Glue Dots to adhere the pearls. I used Grey Taffeta SU! ribbon to separate the two cardstocks, and, again using Mini Glue Dots, adhered tiny pink jewels to the taffeta. The pearls and pink jewels came from Hobby Lobby's bead section. I am not concerned about embellishments like that being acid-free - they're not touching my pictures, and they're adhered to acid-free cardstock, so there's a buffer between them and my pictures. Across the top of this page, I wheeled with an SU! jumbo wheel, with a Versamark-filled ink cartridge. I then embossed that image with clear embossing powder. Then I sponged pink ink all over the image. This resist technique is very easy to do, and, depending on the colors, can be subtle or very striking. After I sponged with ink, I also used a cotton ball and 'scrubbed' over the embossed areas, just to clean them up a bit.

This second page - with that beautiful cake! - highlights the Cuttlebug Embossing Folder. In the enlarged section, you can see how the swirls on the gray cardstock match the swirl pattern on the cake. I ran my cardstock lengthwise through the Cuttlebug, then turned it around and ran it through again. This allowed me to get the embossed image across the 12" width. This technique will 'shrink' your cardstock a bit (width-wise), but I don't mind having that sliver of background color on the edges.
Hope you enjoy today's post, and can use some of the techniques highlighted here. Have a great week!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

This week's layout features my youngest grand-daughter, Maebre - pronounced like "maybe" with an "r". I love her name - it's unique, and I particularly like the old-fashioned spelling of "Mae". This is a collection of photos from her first year -- she just turned 3!

The pattern paper is from Close to My Heart - Life Delights, and the solid cardstock is all from Stampin' Up! The ribbons are from Adornit; the other embellishments (chipboard flower and brads) are also Stampin' Up! The chipboard flower was naked, so I painted it with a SU! Craft Ink, and then stamped an image on each of the petals.

Both the title on the left and the words on the right were cut from the Wishblade cutter. I originally intended to use the individual letters for the title on the left, but, after I got it cut out, I liked the silhouette of the name. The Wishblade is similar to a combination of Cricut and SCAL (Sure Cuts a Lot), wherein you can cut any font, image, etc. you want. No cartridges are required. I've had the Wishblade for about 3 years, and have used it extensively one week-end! Shameful isn't it? I still have it, but find I use the Cricut more often. I have Design Studio for the Cricut, but have not yet invested in SCAL.

Something to think about

I was looking at the Aug/Sept 2009 issue of Scrapbooks, Etc. today and read a question that made me think.

"What scrapbooking project have you always wanted to create but haven't yet? What's holding you back?" (page 14)

Immediately I thought of my project... my husbands pictures from his time in the Navy. I think he would really appreciate me putting his pictures in a scrapbook. I have purchased the album to put them in and paper and embellishments for the US Navy. He seems to get excited and interested. I recently purchased the Stand & Salute cartridge for the Cricut. He liked that. All and all, he is more excited about me getting a Cricut then I would have expected, but that is a different story.

So what is holding me back... I scrapbook for myself most of the time. When I create classes for the retreat or my classes at my house, I am nervous you won't like it, but that is nothing compared to how I feel about doing his Navy pictures. I didn't know him when he was in the Navy. I am afraid to get the wrong tone for the pictures or maybe he sorted them by event and I mixed them up again. Bottom line, I am nervous he won't like the album.

Silly, I know because he has always liked the pages I have done. He actually wants to read my journaling and all.

So how would you answer this question? Think about it and if you want to, post a comment to encourage us all to finally do that project that keeps following us around.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

As you've noticed, Dora's been doing most (well, okay, "all") of the posting to the blog. She's working on a special project this month and asked me (Pat) to post a few things, so here's my first post for you. The left-page, in particular, is quite blurry - I don't know why.

This layout is pretty simple, but I really wanted to show off the subject - my grandson! This was for his 2nd birthday (and he just turned 5!). The cardstock is SU! - Marigold Morning and Buckaroo Blue (both retired) and Chocolate Chip (an all-time favorite!). I cut the title and date in (I think) Base Camp. Just cut two sets of letters and then offset them when I adhered them to the page. The 'photo corners' on the left-side are just squares of cardstock, adhered on the backside, then folded and snipped to form the finished square on the front. I also used a small hole punch to punch holes for the hemp, that is tied in a knot.
I like to do tone-on-tone stamping to create backgrounds. Versamark is a great ink pad for this - it just stamps in clear ink on any color cardstock. However, in this instance, the Versamark was a little too light, so I used the same color inkpads (Marigold Morning and Buckaroo Blue), and stamped images from the (retired) SU! set, "Toy Box". (This set, along with another 300+ stamp sets, will be available for you to use at the Fall 2009 Croppin' Train Scrapbook Retreat.) When I went to get this layout to photograph, in my head I remembered as having sponged all the torn edges. What a surprise when I noticed they weren't sponged! In retrospect, I really should have sponged those torn edges, but, in reality, I'm sure I won't do it now! No stamping or anything special on the right-side page.
Over time, all of our scrapping methods, likes, dislikes, etc. go through phases. When I first started noticing an abundance of one-photo pages, I remember thinking 'what a waste; I would never do that'. Well, as you can see, I've changed my mind. I don't do it often, but, must admit, there are certain photos, layouts, that just lend themselves to that ... and I do like it!

A special Croppin' Train "WooHoo" (Happy Birthday!) to Linda and Dorothy this week. Hope both of your days were special and happy!

Monday, July 6, 2009

T-Shirt contest

We are working on designing t-shirts for your Croppin’ Train Retreats, but we want your help.

So, for the month of July we are having a T-shirt design contest. Please email or snail mail your designs to us by July 31st. We will review the designs and pick the winning design in August.

The winning designer will receive a T-shirt for FREE.

Design requirements:

Design to include one to two color plus black

Must include “Croppin’ Train” and “Scrapbook Retreats” “”

Suggest a shirt color and style

You can create your design on the computer or hand draw it. Both are great ways to submit your ideas. or Croppin' Train; PO Box 982; Bentonville, AR 72712

Friday, July 3, 2009

Look what was delivered

WOW! - this was on my front porch when I got home today.
To give you some perspective, the box is 16" x 16" and FULL of Glimmer Mist.
There was barely any packing peanuts (thankfully) in it because there was no room.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Glimmer Mist is the same great product with a Fabulous NEW Look!

Copied from their blog "Bet you didn’t know that ALL of the bottles of Glimmer Mist are hand labeled? Glimmer Mist is made right in a warehouse in Loveland, Co. And each bottle is mixed, bottled, and labeled by crafters. To make things easier on our staff, they have decided to change the look one last time. Their bottles will now have a screen printed label to help out their bottle crew (and to prevent them from getting Carpal Tunnel!). They bottle over 10,000 bottles a week."

We will have over 60 colors at the Fall retreat plus all the screens they make including the new Halloween screens and colors.

Check out all the colors and products at the Tattered Angels site at

Glimmer Mist card

to make up for my super simple page - here is a card I made for Father's Day.

The cardstock (CS) is Stampin' Up Not Quite Navy and Kraft.
The stamps and glimmer mist is Tattered Angels.

I sprayed the Kraft CS with Simply Khaki Glimmer Mist (GM).
Then I stamped the Compass stamp and the images on the left with black ink.
I painted on Patina GM on the left images and the outer ring of compass.
I painted the inner ring and middle circle on the compass with Riptide GM.
The star is painted with Starfish GM.
I attached black brads to the two left images and the center of the star. I also added a small black grommet to the star center.
Then I edged the Kraft CS with brown ink.

This was inspired by a tag that is on