Saturday, December 30, 2017

Happy Howlidays

 Hey everyone!  I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas :)  I made this Christmas page of my grandfur baby, Chewy at our annual family Christmas party on December 2, 2017.  I invisioned a layout that had large presents in the background so I could use a lot of my ribbons on a page.  I am not sure if I like the way it turned out, it seems a bit overwhelming, but I gave it a try and went through with my design anyway.
 This cute reindeer came from my son's Christmas stash.  the little presents were from the dollar store.  The die cuts and quote chip are by Tim Holtz.
Recently I found my stamp collection and decided to start using the stamps as embellishments on my pages as real scraps.  Both are $.25 which was half of what they cost now...crazy huh?
TI wish you all a very wonderful and safe New Year!

Thursday, December 21, 2017


 Christmas is close so I made yet another Christmas page with this one bringing me down memory lane when my kids  still believed in Santa.  Their eyes sparkling as they looked at Santa to tell him what they wanted for Christmas.  What fun to watch.  Their Uncle Michael and Aunt Jeanie treated us to Wildlights at the Living was a great day. Dec 2011

I created this page for the December sewing challenge over at  I hand sewed on the border as well as around the circular photo.  
 The die cut paper clippings are by Tim Holtz.  The Santa was a sticker that I added some 3D dots behind so it would pop. I tried a little something different with my stitches.  I added some zigzags and doubled back to close the stitches off.
 The snowflake was from the dollar store.  I found the flowers in my stash that came off a decoration.
 The chipboard quotes are by Tim Holtz.  I added the Santa hat to this one.
 I got my Tim Holtz grunge brick stamp to add to the background behind the ornaments that I cut out of some older papers.
Hope you all have a very Merry Christmas with your loved ones.  Thanks for coming by.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Uh Oh!

 Happy Holidays Friends! In the spirit of the season I went on ahead and made this fun Christmas page to add to my examples for the Challenge I am hosting over on  The topic is the Naughty Challenge.  This challenge is for those non traditional Christmas pages. Think of The Nightmare Before Christmas for some inspiration. Some other ideas can lean toward non traditional colors such as orange, black, purple, etc. Got any pictures of your kids crying on Santa's lap or the kids/dogs getting into the presents under the tree before Christmas? Get creative and have fun and come join us!

The papers used were from old Scraps of Darkness kits as well as the leaves.  The rest came from my stash.  The photo (I took) is of my bestest lil friend, Cali.  This was her first Christmas and she cried when she met Santa.  She isn't naughty at all, but I wanted to make this a fun page.  I love this lil girl. Dec 2013
 I used a script stamp to lightly add to the background. And handstitched around the page.  I have a tutorial on how to do that on the right of my blog when you scroll down a bit.
I used a string of pearl beads around the circle to make it pop. The bow came from a pack of 12 that I picked up a the dollar store.  The peppermint die cut is from Tim Holtz. 

 This came from Tim Holtz's Christmas ephemera pack.
 Prima flower
I did my best to make Santa's list on a "scroll of old paper".  I drew the scroll myself, then dampened the paper with water so I could crinkle it up and finished with rubbing it with Tim Holtz's Vintage Photo ink pad using Tim Holtz's ink blender.

I sewed these bells to the paper so they can still have movement to be able to jingle easily.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Silent Night

 It's Christmas time I wanted to make a nice Christmas page of 2 of my dogs from many Christmases ago. This photo is of K-Oz and Angel in December 2011. This is my entry for the December Scrap your Pet Challenge over at

The papers and flower on this page came from old Scraps of Darkness kits.   
 The twist for this month was to use chipboard.  I used an arched window frame by Dusty Attic.  I covered it in glitter trying to make the window look like it is covered by frosty snow so you are looking from the outside in at these sweet pups sleeping, waiting for Santa to come.
 I found this reindeer at Michael's in the floral department, all I did was cut off the stick it was attached to.
 Around the border  of the layout I made some peek-a-boos, showing off some white lace, by pulling back the paper after wetting it with a spray bottle.  
 This sprig came from part of a decoration that fell off.  I put it on top of some sliver leaves and added some pinecones that came from Michael's floral section.
 Prima flower.
 I hand stitched around the whole page, as well as next to the photo.  I drew some lines using a pencil, then poked holes with a needle following the lines then stitched away with thread.
The snowflakes are wooden pieces from Michael's.  I used a border punch on some of my layers behind the photo.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Senior Queen

 Here's my beautiful almost 18 year old daughter, Jasmine.  She will be graduating in June 2018 from high school.  We just recently did a photo shoot for her senior pictures.  We had so much fun going to different locations with different outfits and shooting.  My other daughter, Gisselle, was my assistant through the whole thing.  It was awesome seeing some of her perspective shots with her camera.  I like to think she learned it from me lol.  This location was my city park that has a life size chess set.  So I put Jasmine as the piece for the queen.  I used a lot of old Scraps of Darkness kits to create the page with a lot of odds and ends of my  pieces of games stash.  High school is a lot of different games and a lot of ways you can play, different strategies with different endings.  Jasmine played right and is rocking her time there, making her a queen for sure.
 I printed a Queen chess piece to lean against the photo.  This border was punched using with a heart border punch.  Under it, I used a metallic silver paper so I can make it pop.
 For a little bit of fun, I added a Tim Holtz grunge paper crown piece, adding rhinestones and glitter mod podge after painting it black.
 The pin was created by Craftysprinkles and came with an old SOD kit.  For the center of the flower I used a circle mirror.  It seemed fitting to use a queen from a deck of cards.
 The checker board back ground fit perfectly with the photo.  I added a couple string of square mirrors for a cool extra embellishment.  It represents you,  as you look into it and you see what sorta person you are/have become from the games you played in high school and the outcome it gave you. Pretty deep huh?
 Senior is made out of siliver alpha stickers.  Queen was from some alpha rub-ons.
These pretty large purple flowers came in an old SOD kit.  The dice from my stash.  

Friday, November 24, 2017

Got Flesh?

 I created this creepy Halloween page for the November Create Those Halloween Pages challenge over at  I dressed as a zombie in 2014, going all out, to be the creepiest form of myself , using contacts, making bloody cuts on my skin, blacking my teeth, dirt all over, the works!  I also used neon paints on my wig and costume so I could glow under a blacklight.  People couldn't tell if I was a prop or real.  Its was so cool.
 These couple of Prima flowers were peach before I touched them lol.  I used a glimmer mist to darken them up.
 This key was from Tim Holtz's Halloween word keys.
 I used some creepy netting for some added texture.
 This crypt cameo is another Tim Holtz Halloween embellish. I cut out the female zombie silhouette from Moxxie Zombie Attack paper.
 I did some lacing across the page in two rows, adding some black border stickers above and below the lace.
This Moxxie Zombie Attack paper collection was a perfect fit for my zombie side.  Caution: I may look like this if you wake me up before 9am.  Bahaha!

I have lots of Halloween pages for sale in my Etsy shop if you are interested :)

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Friendship Adds to Happiness

 Here's the first sketch out of four over at for the November Monthly Sketch Challenge .  This awesome fun sketch is by Sketches in Thyme created by Rochelle Spears.

 This is my take, with my own flare for the background itself.  I used some Tim Holtz's paper cut into number strips laid out unorganized over some distressed paper layers.  The cutie in the photo is my furry nephew, Buddy, which I am only using as an example for the layout.  The page itself is going to be my white elephant gift for next month with my family.  Almost everyone has a dog so I figured this gift would work out for just about anyone.  I am hoping to see a war go on over who gets it. lol
 The pawprint bead came from Michael's jewelry section. I stapled the corners of the rectangular paper layered frame.
 I used some decorative scissors to make some bite marks on a couple of the paper layers.  I then blended some ink over them to make them pop.
 All the flowers I used were from some old Scraps of Darkness kits.
The ticket was from a pack of Tim Holts' die cuts.

 This special delievery and circles was also from TH's die cuts.
I had this sticker which made for a perfect title.  I put it on some scrap paper to make it pop.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Decades of Laundry

 This is my maternal great grandmother doing the laundry by hanging sheets outside to dry. I believe this photo was taken in the early 1940's.  I made this page for the November Heritage challenge over at  I made the background to look like a bed sheet over a doily.  I hand stitched the "sheet" and used some wooden buttons on all the corners. I also made a couple clothes lines with twine, hanging some mini clothespins and mini hangers from it, making them hold on to the "sheet" and the photo.
 I attempted to make my own laundry basket out of corrugated cardboard and some lace.  I put some cheesecloth inside to make it look like it is holding some laundry and then added a couple pins and buttons for an extra touch.  The pearls came from a broken necklace. 
 These couple spools of thread I had on hand.
 I used an old  elastic waistband that I found in my stash.  It even had its own discoloration which even made it better.  For the center of the flowers I used some buttons that I threaded.
 I got a few charms from Michael's to add to dangle on these hangers.  A thimble and a pair of scissors.  
 I added thread to the buttons as well as ink to give it an aged look.
 I used some grunge board to make this dress form.  The pin I inherited from my SIL.
The measuring tape was broken which made a great piece for an embellishment on this page.  Again, I used some cheesecloth and pins over some burlap.

Hope this inspires you :)