Friday, March 16, 2018

Thank You Card

 Here is the bonus sketch for the March Card Sketch challenge over at
 And here's my take!
 The butterfly is an image that I printed and fussy cut.
 I used my old label maker for the sentiments.  The metal piece is a Prima trinket.  I added the gem.
I tried to bring some of the outside of the card to the inside, such as the daisy border punch and colors.
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

All Things Grow Better With Love (for sale on Etsy)

 Hey all!  Today I am sharing this layout/project that I made for the March Artistic Challenge over at  For this challenge the idea was to scrap a photo with no people in it.  I took this photo of a sunflower at a pumpkin patch in Yucipa CA back in October 2013.

I am selling this page in my Etsy shop with the photo included.  The photo is interchangeable if you want to use the your own personal picture.
 I used a lot of different types of layering throughout the page.  Burlap, paper, jean material and lace...give this layout many textures mixed together.
 This watering can is from Dusty Attic.  I used my Tim Holtz silver glass glitter over some wet mod podge.  I rusted it up by toning it down by using the espresso alcohol ink.  I used the Martha Stewart Garden Trellis border punch to make the fence and added the lace to it.
 I used a couple broken off pieces from Dusty Attic's chicken wire.  The butterfly is a printed image I fussy cut out.
 These sunflowers were daisies before I got a hold of  them and used some brown distress ink to darken the center of the flowers.
The photo is interchangeable by the clothespins and by sliding it in/out of the twine.  The photo mat is glued down.  It makes a nice decorative wall picture if you put it in a shadowbox.

Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Etched in Our Memories (for sale on Etsy)

 So this page was made for the March Scraplift the Person Before You Challenge over at  I had the pleasure of lifting a page by SusanneG.  I chose to lift her page called Sisters.  I took the bones of her design and followed that into my own creation/version.  I also kept the vintage part/feeling of her page and used it on mine.  This photo is over 100 years old.  I have no idea who she is or how she came to be in my my dad's 2nd wife's possession, but loved everything about this photo. 
 I made this layout to sell in my Etsy shop.  So that is why the photo is not glued down...I just used the picture as an example.

 I used quite a few wooden chipboard pieces around the page that I used Glimmer Mists on.
 There are 3 resistive canvas pieces throughout the page.
 I used 2 layers of lace with twine and a string of black pearls.
 I hand stitched the random cross stitches around the page.
 I rarely use decorative scissors, but finally put a pair to use on the photo mat.
 This cameo was glued on top of Dusty Attic's cameo chipboard for more added intricate detail.
 There are 2 vintage buttons on the page, both with pearl tops.
This is a vintage brooch from my stash I inherited from my SIL.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Mickey & Me

 Hi everyone!  I am hosting a challenge for this month of March called Childhood Challenge over at  For this challenge there are 3 different options to choose from to scrap and play along.  You can do 1 or all 3 if you'd like, so you have up to 3 chances to win a small RAK from me.  The winner will be chosen at the end of the month by  So get to scrapppin'!

Option 1: is to share/scrap an important memory of your childhood. Some examples/ideas would be: some of your firsts like your first steps, the first time you swam, first day of school, when you rode a bike without training wheels, etc. How about a day you moved to a new house? A favorite toy that went everywhere with you? First boyfriend/girlfriend? Etc. Pair up the memory with a photo of you as a child.

Option 2: is to scrap/document about the year and month you were born. Example: who was the president, how much was gas, where were you born, what sort of music groups were popular? Etc.

Option 3: is to create/make a family tree: Go as far back as you can. Use photos of you and your family members or you can list their names with their relationship to you or do both.


My layout is based on option 1 with the twist.
The photo was taken in 1983 during my first visit to Disneyland.  Disney played an important role in my life because I loved all the movies and tv shows...and I have always wished to live in my own fairytale with my own Prince Charming (which I am still waiting to meet him lol).
 The lacing technique I used is called Diamond lacing.  (Let me know if you would like a tutorial on how to do it).
 I got these handmade flowers as a gift.
 The film strip was made from a new punch I got from eBay.  The graph pp and red striped pp were from eBay as well.  I had the Disney Mickey Mouse paper in my stash. The wooden alpha chipboards were from my stash.
 This mouse ear die cut hat was also a gift.  I added the flower and darkened the yellow border with vintage photo ink.
This tag came with the mouse ears hat.  I also darkened the bright yellow to this tag.

Hope to see you at the Childhood challenge.

Monday, February 26, 2018


This is sketch #3 over at for the February Monthly Sketch Challenge.  I know that it is pretty different, but it became more of my own personal version, especially with only one photo instead of 3 and flipping the sketch around.  But I tried using clusters of embellies as placements for the photos, journaling and flowers. I also made this for the February Foodie Challenge. The twist was stamping, which I used behind the title and also on the date of the journaling. Andrew and I were at Applebee's on Jan 10, 2017 to celebrate his 12th birthday.  We were waiting on his Hot Wings and my chicken dinner.  I normally try not to combine challenges together, but my creative juices ended up bringing them together anyway.
 I used triangles for the first time in the background. Stitching all Tim Holtz papers together like a quilt. I was attempting to make this page for the Not to be Squared challenge as well, but ended up with lots of rectangles when I was finished, so I felt like it wasn't a good enough entry.  Maybe another time...
 The stitch work took a very long time, but think it was worth the effort.  I will try something like this again.  The gears were charms from amazon.  The @ paperclip was from the Dollar Tree.  I glued some Tim Holtz die cuts to his film strip.  The stamps were also from Tim Holtz's grunge collection, that I layered on.  Some of my glimmer mists don't spray anymore, so I opened one up and let it drip over the layout for a messy grungy outcome.
 Most of the buttons were from Andrew's findings at school.  He collects items that he thinks I can use on my pages, which is just another reason why I love this kid to death.
 I penciled in the bubbles on the test paper for fun.  The leather strip of Almost Famous came from an old pair of jeans.  The rest of the die cuts are from Tim Holtz.  The guitar charm is from my old stash.
 This photo film strip was from Recollections.
 I used a needle to make holes to create a template to follow for the stitch work before adding thread.
The zipper is from Andrew's findings as well.  The cog chipboard is from Dusty Attic.  I used molding paste for texture then used different distress inks for the color.

Thanks for looking! :)

Thursday, February 22, 2018


 Here is Sketch #1 over at for the February Monthly Sketch Challenge.  Its beautiful, right?
 This is what my creative juices made from using the sketch.  I love this photo of my son sitting on the boat trying to fish when we went to the river with my brother and his partner in Oct 2015.
 I recently bought some nautical charms from amazon and they went right on to this page.  The seashells came from my old stash.  The paper was from the Prima Ledger Pack.  I used some burlap from Walmart behind the picture.  TIP: I pulled out quite a bit of the strings from the edges and pushed around some others that were left to make the burlap look a bit worn.
 The lighthouse was a sticker from Joann's.  The rub-on journaling was a bit old and really hard to transfer on to the paper.  I had to use a black pen to fill in the gaps.
 The die cuts were originally a brownish color.  TIP: I took some white gesso paint on my finger and rubbed over the die cuts to give it a light white wash look.  (I also did this on a few areas on the page itself for a softer background.)  I am not very keen on my handwriting so this definitely was not my favorite part of the page...but I had no alphas that would fit on those die cut pieces so I had no choice but to do it.
 I hand stitched around the entire page.  TIP: It is always best to sew before you glue anything together because once you glue the paper, it is extremely hard to push the needle through when you make the holes for your stitches.  When I glued the papers together, I added some cheesecloth pieces around the whole page.
I broke some pieces of a Dusty Attic fishnet chipboard to use here and there around the page and I left them raw.

Monday, February 19, 2018

You're So Tweet Card

 Hey peeps!  This is the bonus sketch over at for the February Card Sketch Challenge.  This is my 5th attempt at making a card in my lifetime and the one I love the most.  I almost kept it for myself instead of sending it to my aunt as a thank you. lol
 I used different embellishments in place of circles which I thought was pretty creative, especially when I used hearts to pour out of the watering can.  I hand stitched around the paper and used some old gems for the centers of the flowers that I inked to make them stand out more.
 These hearts came from the punch work inside the card.
 This die cut came from amazon, that I cut apart.  I used some 3D dots to make it pop.
 More die cuts from the bundle that came from amazon.  The black flourish was a left over piece from another layout.  The small white silk roses are from my old stash.  I used 3D dots on the heart and watering can.
 The postcard has a real old stamp and is a Prima journaling card and I used some 3D dots to make it pop off the page along with the bird and heart.  The clock is a Tim Holtz die cut.  
 I stamped the "Thank You".
 The bird came from the amazon die cuts.