Sunday, April 29, 2018

Remember This Day

 I finally just got done with my layout for the April Mixed Challenge over at  I went crazy with some white washed gesso paint all over the corrugated cardboard and burlap pieces.  I also used some crackle on the cardboard to distress it more and then inked it up.  I also added some stamping on the Blue Fern background paper, but it's hard to find. I left the chicken wire and heart alone because their raw form stood out perfectly on this country garden themed layout.

I took this photo of my nephew's beautiful bride, Crystal, walking down the aisle with her dad in October 2017.  The wedding took place at a winery in Temecula which was a beautiful venue.
 I did some stitch work by hand on the top and bottom of the page.  My 3 peekaboos have 4 layers of lace, Blue Fern Remnants paper, Dusty Attic chicken wire and white washed burlap.
 I used 49 and Market blooms and sprigs.

 This heart came from Creative Embellishments.
These gorgeous snow white botanical blooms are by 49 and Market.

Saturday, April 28, 2018


 It's Round Robin time over on again.  I was feeling pretty ambitious this month so I participated twice and this time I made this page for Team 4 week 4 for April.  So I am following Doreen, Susanne and Carol.  I kept the original big circle from all their designs, used a birdbath in place of a tree from Doreen's and Carol's layouts, used a photo of a child walking away holding a balloon (instead of holding someone's hand from all their pages), included some journaling using the title as part of it from Doreen's and Susanne's pages, I used some lace in place of Carol's squiggle along the boarder of the layout, did some stitch work on the circle like Susanne and used flowers like Susanne did as well.

I just got my first 49 and Market papers and flowers and had to put them to use right away.  I used the Tattered Garden paper line and used a mix their of blooms with a floral vine.  Everything is terrific quality and couldn't be more pleased with my new stash.

The little girl in the photo is Cali, whom I used to babysit, around her first birthday, at La Quinta park in January 2014.  It is one of many photoshoots I did of her.
 I white washed this Dusty Attic birdbath, then added a string of pearls for d├ęcor.
 I added some moss to the mix of 49 and Market blooms.
A 49 and Market vine with some extra flowers added to it.  I hand stitched inside the circle, making a quilted look with added pearls and diamond shaped stitch work.
 A rub on and hand stitches around the boarder of the whole page.
After white washing this chipboard, I used some crackle paint to age it, then used some glimmer misted cheesecloth behind it.

Have a beautiful day, thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Toujours (Always)

 I believe I found my most favorite challenge over at and it is the Leftover Challenge.  This is the second month I have participated in.  For this challenge, you aren't allowed to use anything new on your page, including the base paper and even your glue.  So you can't use any new sheets of paper or open any new packages.  It can be a bit frustrating while you create, but it is worth doing because it really gets you to use up your old stuff and you have to get pretty innovative with your design.  The goals are to finish up your packets of goodies and the entire pieces of paper for points.  For this page, I finished up one paper, a package of glue sticks, 2 packages of embellies and one package of that gave me 5 points.

This photo of Jasmine was taken for her senior photo shoot I did in November 2017.
 The printed steampunk looking chipboard pieces are from Prima as well as all the flowers.  The timepiece is by Tim Holtz and I finished up the packet.  The key is from Amazon.

 This tag is Tim Holtz and I was able to finish the packet.
I did some hand stitching around the circular Kaisercraft paper (which I finished up).  This title means Always in French.  The chipboard piece is Dusty Attic which I misted and inked. 
Thanks for stopping by :)

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Down Memory Lane

 Isn't this sketch super pretty?  I wish I could give the person who made it credit but it never came with anyone's name.  It is from a past month's sketch used for the Monthly Sketch Challenge over on that I saved to use one day.
 Again, these are more Lost Relatives from my dad's second wife's haul of pictures she couldn't identify.
 The key charm was from Amazon.

I hand stitched around the whole page.  If you would like to see how I made the doily from paper and an edge punch, please let me know.
I matted the title to make it pop.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Choose to Shine

 Here is a page made with Tim Holtz, Prima and Maya Road products.  The baby is yet another Lost Relative from my dad's second wife's photos.  The only couple things I know about this is that his name is James Louis Mathis, 5 months old in 1916.  He was wearing a dressing gown called a frock.
 I hand stitched around the page.  I made a couple of peek-a-boos with lace underneath.

I got the black flourishes from eBay and the gears and keys were from Amazon.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Hello Friend Card (for sale of Etsy)

This is sketch #5 over on for the April Card Sketch Challenge.  I turned it over and followed the amount of layers it has.  Instead of using 2 ribbon tails, I just used 2 strips of papers across the front.  This is my first masculine card I have ever made.

 The lined paper came from eBay, I tore it then inked it.  The tag, gears and key all came from Amazon.  The blue paper is DCWV, the black is Graphic 45.
I brought the ideas of the front to the inside of the card as well to tie them together.  Another tag from Amazon and the brown pattern paper is DCWV.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Joyful Laugh (for sale on Etsy)

This was created for the ABC challenge over on I must admit this was quite a challenge and very difficult for me to work with, as these colors aren't something I use that often.  So I honestly didn't have a lot of product to use and choose from.  For this month we are using J,K,L,M letters and I chose Jewelry, Kiwi, Laugh and Magenta.

 This little cutie is Cali whom I used to babysit.  Oct 2013
 This journal card tucks in behind the photo.  I left it blank for someone to fill it in with their own writing.
 This spiral flower is the first one I have ever tried to make, and it wasn't as easy as it seems.
 This charm is for my piece of jewelry which came from a bookmark.
I added the heart over the letter A for a little bit of fun.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Hope is Never Lost

 I made this for the April Scraplift the Person Before You Challenge over at  I had the total pleasure of lifting my good friend Pat (GentlewoodFarms) and one of her beautiful pages.  For this lift I chose her layout called "Celebrating 80".  I love how my page turned out.  Once again, I used a photo of  people I don't know, I just appreciated this 100+ year photo of 9 children.  Since I was scrapping kids, I used school like papers throughout the whole layout from Tim Holtz.
 I hand stitched the design around the entire page.  I added Tim Holtz die cuts of report cards and arithmetic.  The old fashioned camera is Prima.
 The large flower is Maya Road.  I added gears, buttons and Dusty Attic chicken wire around it.
 This peek a boo can be used to journal on.
I got this amazing doily off ebay.  The butterflies are wooden chipboards.

Thanks for taking the time to see my page!

Saturday, April 14, 2018


 It's time to reveal my Round Robin entry for Team 6 week 2 over at  I had the absolute pleasure of following my friend Dawna and her page called Paris.  The inspiration piece that we followed has 3 seasoned lady friends walking in the rain under umbrellas next to a lamppost along a sidewalk.  Dawna creativity caught the idea of seeing a "scene is straight out of a movie set in Paris. I can only imagine them happily making their way down the Sine River after having come from the opera house." 
I love Parisian themes, so I definitely wanted to continue along using that whole idea.  I also really wanted to use that lamppost from the inspiration piece on my page.  I love this page I made of Jasmine walking along a sidewalk near Indio's museum, under a lamppost in March 2013.  The papers used are from Prima's Almanac collection.  I hand stitched around the whole page and of course had at layer it up.  The doily came from ebay.
 These creamy and rose gold flowers came off a headband.  Why have accessories when they'd look so much better on a layout!  LOL!
 I used some crystals as lightbulbs inside the lights.  I got the black flourishes off eBay.  That heart charm is Prima.
I gave this Dusty Attic lamppost some texture, with molding paste, as the one in the photo has.  I then painted over it with black gesso, then sprayed it with some heirloom gold glitter mist.

Thank you for letting me share this with you.

Friday, April 13, 2018


 So over on there is an April Artistic Challenge and for this month the ingredient is to use a Big Bold Title.  I used this picture of my kids during their first week of school in September 2013 and I tried to make it look like it is on a real bulletin board.  I used a real 12x12 cork canvas and Graphic 45 ABC papers with Tim Holtz die cuts.

 These denim flowers were handmade!  Yup did them myself. They were layered up, glued down then cut and frayed. (please message me if you would like a tutorial.)
 I used some + and - brads to "pin up" the periodic elements to the "bulletin board".  I used staples, more brads and pins to "pin" all the die cuts to the rest of the "bulletin board".  I made it into a collage as well for a messy layered look.  All the die cuts are school related.

Thanks for stopping by!