Sunday, February 27, 2011

Our New Team!

Here is our new Design Team.. We could not be more excited or proud of our team.. This team is starting in March and will be posting project on their blogs and on our blog...

Terri Sproul:
Our Team Leader
Terri Sproul is the producer of a new DVD called "MasquePen Magic" and the owner of Ultimate Scrapbook Retreat. She is a diverse and experienced designer and instructor for multiple companies in the paper craft world including “Stewart Superior”, “Sakura Hobby Craft” and “Rubberstamp Concepts” to name a few. Terri and her husband Marc have the pleasure of living in San Diego County On top Of Palomar Mountain. She has received a Bachelor of Scrapbooking Arts from Creating Keepsakes and Bachelor of Scrapbooking Education from EK Success. Terri’s passion is teaching fellow Scrapbooker’s and Stamper’s new techniques and to think ‘out of the box’ and ‘off the Page.’

Chelsea Povall:

Chelsea is a crafter, actress, singer and dancer. She started crafting from a very young age. She started scrapbooking to document her adventures as a performer, and started knitting and crocheting backstage in her down time. So she strangely has acting to thank for her creative outlets. She's been a Scrapbooking and Knitting instructor and Design Team Member for KatScrap Studio, and hosted Teen Knit Cafe, a Knitting DVD by Leisure Arts. Her style is nostalgic and vintage, and takes inspiration from turn of the century artists like Alphonse Mucha and Maxfield Parrish.

Heather Morrow:

It was a tragedy that led Heather to discover her passion for oil painting. In the summer of 2002, her husband of 11 months was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. They both found hope in The Wellness Community Center of Pasadena and there took a class called Painting Your Way to Wellness. Heather was surprised and delighted with the painting that came home with her that day. After a courageous year, her husband passed away and she found true solace in painting.

Two years ago, Heather started Creative Souls, a mixed medium art workshop. Participants work with the elements in the kit and by the end of the two hour session they walk away with a unique piece of art work. There is no right way or wrong way in the sessions and each person is encouraged to explore their own creative soul.

Karen Myers

I've been a crafty gal for as long as I can remember. I'm a wife, mom and grandma who loves to scrapbook, create, design, sew, collect, organize, and read. I enjoy watching movies, antique shopping, gardening, home decorating, baking and most of all hanging out with my family & friends and my extraordinarily talented husband, Robert and our little dog, Phoebe.

I love to collect all sorts of vintage ephemera, buttons and fabric bits to use on my creative projects. My favorite style is vintage – grunge and I like my projects to have different textures and layers. Moving off the scrapbook page onto different kinds of mixed media projects is my latest love. My new creative inspiration is nature since recently moving to the picturesque mountains of San Bernardino, CA.

Jennifer VanPelt

I started stamping in 1996 when I attended a home stamping party at a friend's house, my addiction was started! In 2006 I saw a sign in my local stamping store that they were looking for a new owner. My interest was triggered! A few months later I quit my regular job and was the proud new owner of The Stamp Addict! A short time later I was engaged then married to the love of my life, my soulmate Eric Van Pelt and we have been having a blast revamping the store and expanding on our classes, products, services and growing our Stamp Addict family! Please, come in, introduce yourself, join our family.

Carole Lassak:

n addition to paper crafting Carole enjoys a variety of handcrafts and fiber arts, including needlepoint, crewel, knitting, crocheting, beadwork, and lacemaking. She regularly travels abroad to study the dying art of handmade bobbin lace. She incorporates mixed media techniques to create unique jewelry and paper art pieces. Carole holds Tombow Techniques Basics certification. Her favorite food is sushi, especially sea urchin. “I think any piece of raw seafood on a pillow of rice would delight me

Cheryl Lindsay has been a lifetime Beach Girl born
in Redondo Beach and now residing in Oceanside just
down the California coast line. She is the mother
of 3 and the Nana of 5. Cheryl is a Mixed Media Artist
currently focusing on Jewelry usually made from Sakura findings
and Crystal lacquer has become her new best friend.
She has a blog and sells at
She was published in the Nov.-Dec. issue of Belle Armoire
magazine with her "little black dress".
She has a Junior college level teaching credential in Needlecraft
and clothing construction. Cheryl is currently the design team
co-coordinator for Gee Gee's stamps n stuff in Carlsbad,
California where she also teachers....

Well there is the New Sakura Hobby Craft Design Team... I hope you stop by each of there blogs and congratulated them.
We are excited to see the new design work each team member will be bring to the blog.
Starting in March we plan on having 3 different projects per week posted on this blog, get you excited to purchase our products...

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Under the Sea with Video

here is a fun project with two techniques. In this video I will teach you how to make the Cyrstal Lacquer Skin I used in the background of this Mixed Media project and how I made the coral effect across the bottom.
3-D Crystal Lacquer
Color Crystal Lacquer: Blue, Light Blue and Green

Post Card sizes EcoArt Board from Rubberstamp Concepts.
Misc. Sea thyme Die cuts
Red Line Tape
Black Rub-on Letter - I believe mine are from Ek Success
Teflon sheet


Make your Cyrstal Lacquer Skin as seen on Video. (this is a link to my video on youtube)

Adhere your misc sea theme die cuts directly to the EcoArt board to build you scene. after you have built your scene onto your EcoArt board. place your Cyrstal Lacquer skin over the scene, I used a little crystal lacquer to adhere to the background. You do not need to cover the whole skin, just add a small amount of crystal Lacquer to a few area and you should be ok...

After I added my Crystal Lacquer Skin I add more Die Cuts and my Rub-on Letters.

Next I did the Coral section across the bottom of the project. This technique is also shown in the video. Add the red line tape across the bottom of your scene and add your coral and Crystal Lacquer.

Well I hope you enjoy that fun technique and come back for more soon..

Terri Sproul
DT Leader....

Saturday, February 12, 2011


I was steampunk before I knew what steampunk was... LOL I just love clocks, gears, crowns, wings, machines, etc....
Here is a very simple project...

First I used a large Jewelry Finding (white Brass) from Sakura #6200 it's size is 1 7/16 x 1 1/2". I punch out a clip art image of clock and gears using my 1 1/2" punch. Adhere it down using a small amount of 3-D Crystal Lacquer. Then I started to drop of Clock gear and clock hands into the bottom of the finding... Added more 3-D Crystal Lacquer to the top of the image and let set over night. When I woke in the morning. I just love what I made... Now I can just add some chain and wear it. OR, I could remove the bail and place on a card?
Hope you like????
Terri Sproul - DT leader....

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Design Team Call

We had a Design Team Call while at CHA - some wonderful artist stop and fill out and application to join our team. I had a hard time pick only a few to go to the 2nd round...
here is the group we pick to move to the second round. They will be posting a project using the little goody bag I sent home with them on Feb. 15, 2011 on their blogs. I can't wait to see how these ladies impress me... Stop by their blog and see how they use our products... = Fabiola Valera - Besty Roberts - Jennifer Van Pelt - Terrill Helander - Megan Flick - Carole Lassake = Heather Morrow - Cherie Kirschenman - Karen Myers - Barbara Bennett – virgi bondi – Chelsea Povall – Carol Berns. - Julie Walton – Cheryl Lindsay

Terri Sproul is our Design Team leader for Sakura and will be posting two "Tips and Techniques with Terri" on this blog starting in March...

Our design team will be posting up to 12 project per month on this blog. how exciting is that... Also starting in March...

Yes, 12 projects + 2 tip and technique per month!

Tell all your friends about the excitement here