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.