Saturday, March 31, 2018

Give Good Tidings

 I made this to enter in the March Christmas Past challenge over at  This is Andrew from this past 2017 Christmas at my family's annual Christmas party.  We play the white elephant game and always have so much fun.  Andrew managed to walk away with a smart watch and $60.  Lucky kid!
 I got the deer die cut from ebay.  The lace was from a friend, who was so kind to share it with me.  The quote chipboard is Tim Holtz.
 I made the tree freestyle, adding stitching around the border for a bit of detail, then decorated it with stickers.  I love the sticker presents under the tree, they are super cute.  The sprig was from Joann's.
 This was my first time using Snowflake Paste, which was pretty cool.
My hidden journal.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Season Greetings Card (for sale on Etsy)

 This is part of the March Card Sketch Challenge over at  This is sketch #5.
 I had my Christmas stuff out to make a Christmas layout for another challenge, so I decided to make an early Christmas card, to sell on Etsy.
The inside.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Old Time (for sale on Etsy)

 So this page was made for the March Spotlight Gallery Challenge.  Cathy Lane is this month's spotlight artist over at  I chose her Memories Like This layout to lift.  I decided to make a masculine, vintage type of page.  I tried following Cathy's layering but it wasn't as easy as she makes it look, but I think I managed to get the idea of it.  I hand stitched around the border of the layout.  The photo is of Andrew in 2013 at a local museum in front of an old type of tractor used for farming.  I made it so the photo is interchangeable.  I used a lot of  Tim Holtz and DCWV papers.
 The gears and watch were from Amazon.

Please take a look on my Etsy for premade layouts and cards.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Always on My Mind Card (for sale on Etsy)

Sketch #3 over at for the March Card Sketch Challenge.

 I hand stitched around the borders.  The die cut was from Amazon.  The strips of papers were from 12x12" paper labels that had one decorative side.  "Always on My Mind Forever in My Heart" is the entire sentiment.
 I glued a string of pearls around the die cut to give it texture and a 3D appearance.
I brought the outside in to match.  

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Steampunk Kid

 Here is my take on Angelica's Live Free page over at for the Scraplift Your Favorites March Challenge and also for the March Mixed Media Challenge.  I have been dying to use those hot air balloons on a steampunk page for awhile now and got inspired to do so when I saw Angelica's page in my favorite gallery.  I used more of her theme and the idea behind making the page more than I did with actually lifting it.  This is Andrew at Knott's Berry Farm in October 2012, I saw that brick wall and had to get a pick of him in front of it.  I know...typical weird mom over here.  LOL!
 Those gear/cog and clock charms were from Amazon.  I found a few cool items in the garge to add to the page as well, such as the spring, washer and fuse.  The cool looking compass is a steampunk image I cut out.
 This was my first attempt as double punching around the border by layers.  I also made them croaked on purpose.  Then I hand stitched at the bottom of the punch work.  This one also got a stamp.  The green (twist)/black hot air balloons are from the Graphic 45 Steampunk line.  The brick work in the background came from a Prima mask that I painted over with white gesso.  After that dried I sprayed glimmer mists over it.  I used green (twist), gray and blue, letting each color dry before applying the next.
 I also used glimmer mists on the Dusty Attic bricks.
I cut a couple small strips of zipper to use on this peek a boo.  Then added this Steampunk hot air balloon image inside of it.

Thanks for letting me share this with you.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Timeless Card (for sale on Etsy)

This card sketch is from the March Card Sketch Challenge over at  It is sketch #3.

This is the inside of the card.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

You Are Such a Joy

 How I love to show off this page of my beautiful niece, Janelle, with her adorable daughter, my great niece, Addyson.  This photo was taken in January 2014 on Addyson's first birthday.  The theme was Minnie Mouse.
I made this layout for the March Leftovers Challenge at  This challenge is not an easy one.  You cannot use anything new, event the background.  So all papers must have been partly used before and all embellishments must have come from packages that have been opened and used.  I had another design in mind, but the used papers weren't allowing me to go in that direction, so I just did what the papers told me to.  I am very pleased with the result, even after the torcher of not being able to use some other items that were still new.  It felt good to be able to say that I finished up 4 different items.
 I added a couple Minnie Mouse buttons to match her theme.  I border punched some black cardstock and added it to the sides of the paper in the middle of the page.  It really gave it a WOW factor.
 I sewed on the Prima tassel.
 I grunged up the page with some torn papers and torn cardboard.  I used decoratived scissors around the photo mat.  After rolling the paper back from the "V" I cut out of the middle of the page, I added lace on the rolls.  The black pearls around the middle paper dressed it up.
I also plan to enter this in the March Journaling Challenge as well.  I wrote a poem on a journal card which fits into Category 3.  And the card tucks in behind the photo and can be pulled out by the chipboard butterfly.

  It says:
Dedicated to My Great Niece.
Happy Birthday Addyson
You are finally turning one!
No more "Mommy feed me!"
The fun has just begun.
Soon you will be running,
climbing and jumping everywhere.
And Mommy and Daddy will be
pulling out their hair!
But always remember, when the
puinshments do come,
No matter what happens,
You are LOVED Little One.
Love, Auntie Cher Cher

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Your Heart Card (for sale on Etsy)

This is sketch #1 over on for the March Card Sketch Challenge.
I did some hand stitching around the borders.  The white lace wasn't bold enough to be seen on the lighter paper, so I put a dark brown piece behind it.
I punched a lace border on pink paper, then cut out each individual part and layered them behind the heart to create this doily heart.  I used a label maker for the sentiment.
After I cut the heart out to use on the front of the card, I kept the square the heart was cut from to use in the inside of the card.  After punching out the lace border for the doily on the front, I kept the trim from it to use as borders on the inside of the card.
The butterflies are printed images.

Monday, March 19, 2018


 This is an amazing first sketch for the March Monthly Sketch Challenge over at
 My take on the sketch was based on this adorable photo of my great niece, Addyson, when she turned 1 (now she is already 5)..  I flipped around the strips of paper to be vertical.  The film strip made it to my page, I just added her name to it for the title.  I hand stitched the circle.  The paper is Melissa Frances True collection.
I forgot how much fun it is to cut an old pair of jeans into pieces and frayed up a bit to use on a project which I have used recently.  Here, I made layers with jeans, tulle. string of pearls, corrugated cardboard and punched notebook paper.
This large gem button came from the jeans I cut apart.  The birdie art tile is Prima.
I just got these sprigs of pearls from Michaels and was very happy with them.  I kept the film strip from the sketch on to this page.  I added my great niece's name out of chipboard, painted with white gesso and sprinkled with glitter.  I did the same thing with the hearts, but added some pink paint on the outer part so they can pop out from the light background.

This Dusty Attic chipboard was painted with white gesso, had a string of pearls to "hang" from and added crystal beads to dress it up.
The pink posy is from Kasiercraft.

Thank you so much for letting me sharing this page with you. :)

Friday, March 16, 2018

Thank You Card (for sale on Etsy)

 Here is the bonus sketch for the March Card Sketch challenge over at
 And here's my take!  It is for sale in my Etsy shop.
 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!