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.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Wave Pool

 This page was created as my example for the Love To Indulge In challenge I am hosting over at  I went crazy with the twist which was to stitch on the page, I did it around the border, the sun and the seahorse paper.  I'm about 15 days late, but at least I finally have it done lol.  I love to indulge in buying season passes to our local waterpark every year.  It opens in March and closes in October so we definitely get our moneys worth.  Plus we live in the freaking desert so it is sure hot during that time.  The photo was taken by the wave pool which is one of our favorite attractions in August 2015.
 These flowers were from the Dollar Tree.  I added some beads in the middle of each one.
 I went a little crazy stitching on the circle to make it into a sun.  The paperclip is holding on to the journaling that is behind the photo.  The beads on the paperclip spell out SUN.
The seahorse paper and two of the background papers were from eBay.  They are fun but very thin, so not the best of quality.  The yellow one is Graphic 45.

These fun waterpark stickers were from Joann's.  I used a real seashell by the sentiment "Enjoy the Moment".

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope to see you over at the challenge with your rendition of what you Love to Indulge In.  A random winner will win a RAK from me.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Just the 2 of Us Card

 Happy Valentine's Day everyone!  Here is another card from the February Monthly Card Sketch Challenge over at  I turned this sketch around for my rendition of the card. 
 I used the Immortal Love DCWV Papers from long ago.  This rose was cut out and glued on with 3D dots.  I finally used some of my pretty old stash.

 This is the Inside of the card.  The sentiment is "Always".  

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Be Mine Card

 Well I had another go in attempting at making a card.  This is my 4th try in making a card.  But this time I used one of the sketches over at in the February Card Sketch Challenge
 Since Valentine's Day is right around the corner I made a card using that theme for my number one client from Etsy for her to use as a thank you from me on her last purchase.  Cards are still pretty difficult for me to make since I am so used to always making 12x12 layouts and cards are so much smaller.  I can definitely appreciate card makers and how at ease they are in making their creations.
 This large heart was cut out from a goodie bag I had snagged a long time ago to use as a real scrap. I used some 3D dots to make it pop! The "love" paper and the lace was from a dollar bin I got a long time ago as well.
 I used the DCWV All Dressed Up paper pack that I have had since forever ago.  I am so glad that I have finally busted it out to use after all this time.  Plus some of those hearts are some stickers that I have had in my stash from long ago as well.
To go along with the front of the card that says "Be Mine" I found a sticker for the inside that says "Today Tomorrow and Forever".  This heart was also from a goodie bag I kept to cut out and use.  I feel like the inside was a bit plain in comparing to the front of the card, but sometimes simplicity works more in your favor when the message speaks for itself and is loud and clear.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

My Guy

 Hey fellow scrappers!  Can you believe it's already February?  I feel like I have slacking off since I didn't get much scrapping done for January...before I knew it, the month was already over.  I created this page for the Scrap Your Pet challenge over at  The twist was to use pawprints, which I think I managed to get a "couple" on this page lol.  This is my dog, nicknamed Guy, in October 2017.  The heart of pawprints die cut was gifted to me from a previous win from this challenge.  I worked this whole page around it.
 The tag says "You will always be my Furever Guy". Both tags are Kaisercraft die cuts and so is all the other die cuts on this page, which I got from Joann's.  The flower is Prima.
 The metal gears came in a huge bundle from Amazon.  The bones are Doodlebug Design Odds and Ends from Joann's.
 I just got the pawprints border edge punch for Christmas from Joann's.  The layers of papers are all by Tim Holtz.

 These alpha stickers are by Tim Holtz.  I used 3D stickers to make the title pop off the page.
 I hand stitched the zigzag lines.  I blended a ton of Old Paper and Vintage Photo inks to really distress the torn paper and then the graph paper.

Thanks for stopping by!