Sunday, December 30, 2012

Christmas with Sarah: A SCRAPLIFT

Had a great time taking pictures with my daughter over the holidays.  I totally lifted this layout using the Two Peas Garden Girl  Jen Gallegher's layout she created in her Memory Keeping Monday video.  If you need inspiration, Two Peas video tab is a great place to go to.  I have really learned a lot about layering and how it can really add dimension and therefore pop and unity to a layout.

Most of the Embellishments and paper in this layout were made using my Silhouette.  I wanted to use the same elements and sure enough, I found all of them there. Even the bingo card.  I used the Glitz Design and other paper patterns they have available on their site.  Even the kraft envelope came from their die cut and pattern. The heart was cut using a Martha Stewart punch.  I hand cut the banner where the title was typed.  There are ways to type after you die cut the shape but I find it easier to simply hand cut it after it is in print if the shape is simple enough.  The border punch on the left was made using the Fiskars Lace punch.  The twine around the tag at the top was made using twine we had left over from our garden this year.  This was a fun layout to do because I knew what I was looking for at Silhouette and I put enough twists on the overall design to make it my own.

Friday, December 28, 2012

SOU Sletch Reveal: Deer Die Cuts

Hello to all. I hope your Christmas was a merry one.  Today's reveal at Stuck on You Sketches is a die cut challenge where you are to create something using a deer die cut.  I made this little treat bag to put chocolates in when my daughter came to visit for the holidays.  I put it  on her night stand.  I will make a few more for our Grandsons. as New Year treats to alleviate the holiday let down.

The entire bag was made using my Silhouette and their die cut for the bag.  I drew the mouth on and added some wobbly eyes to give it more personality.


Friday, December 14, 2012

SOU Die Cut Challenge: First Bike

I made this layout for the Stuck on You Sketches Die Cut Challenge.  Our task was to create something using a die cut that is a toy.  Our Grandson got his first bike for his birthday.  We were so tickked because he could not quite grasp the concept of having to pedal to move.  So, everone took turns pushing him.  We are to work on that issue. :)

I used the Nursery Tales  Cricut Imagine Patterns Cartridge to make the tree representing his growth and Silhouettes "Boy on Bike" die cuts.  I also used Silhouettes print and cut feature for the die cut lables with bikes that I used.  The title was cut using the Silhouette in two fonts.  The arrow was from a sticker set  had in my stash.  I also used a die cut tag to put my journaling on that is tucked in the die cut label at the top.  That way readers won't have to take the layout out to read it.  The papers I used are from American Crafts Every Day, which is an older collection I have laying around and need to use.  The cardstock is from Bazzil. 

Thursday, December 13, 2012

The Danish Elf

Our family is scandanavian and everyone has an unusual sense of humour. I made this scrap of my cousin who lives in OH. I haven't seen him in years. Thank goodness for Facebook.

I made the snowflakes using Cricut's When its Cold Outside cartridge that was free last week.  The papers were printed off of my printer using Echo Park's This and That Christmas.  I cut up the page that had all of the tags and tucked them in the pockets I made throughout the design.   The title was made using two different alpha stickers I had in my stash.

Friday, November 30, 2012

SOU Sketches Reveal: Making Christmas Gifts

Stuck on You has a new Die Cut challenge being revealed today.  The task is to make something using a "gift" die cut.  I make a lot of my Christmas gifts.  I always liked receiving hand made gifts so I like playing that joy forward.  I thought I would scrap this to help me in giving them  Sewing projects can be like your children.  You just hate to let them go. 

 I used my Silhouette to make these die cuts incluing the title, mat, gifts and even the journaling block which is a print and cut item.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Gift Grin

This is our, normally very serious, grandson's response to our question of whether he was ready for his brother to open his birthday gifts.  It was really refreshing to see a two year old happy for another who was about to get toys, when he wasn't.  His grin was priceless to us.  They share very well, so I think he knew that whatever his brother was to get, he would be able to play with too.

I wanted to use a big gift on this layout emphasizing the size of his grin.  The story tab is placed to emphasize the journaling that is to be placed in the bow. (The journaling is not there yet.  His mother doesn't want his name posted anywhere on the web and the journaling will have his name.)

I used the Cricut Imagine to create the papers using the Hop Scotch patterned paper.  The gift was cut from Slumber Party.  The title was cut from Cricut Craft Room Basics using solid colors from the Hop Scotch Patterns cartridge.  The mats were cut using Cricut Craft Room Basics and Hop Scotch as well.  I covered brads using my i-Top tool using the scrap papers I had left over from the die cuts and I placed them with the flag and word stickers, from Teresa Collins Fabrications collection, in various spots and colors to create my visual triangles.  It is rare that I limit my page to two big items like this, but that grin was really big.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Gift Bags

It is time to get my ho ho ho on and start wrapping gifts and making them special with some home made embellishments.  These two bags are my start.  I use traditional and non-traditional colors in my holiday wrapping.  We live in a log cabin which is very dark inside.  I decorate in red, white, hunter green and burgundy and then use all sorts of colors for the gifts to make our tree really pop.  Being eclectic by nature, I just love how it all looks when pulled together with the room.

I bought some cheap bags at Dollar General (2/$1.00) and decorated them.  This is a favorite gift wrapping tactic that I often use.  I took a basic sketch and applied it two ways.  On the red bag the design was an embellishment on the bag on the green bag the design was used on the bag itself.   
For the red bag embellishment, I made the borders from a Martha Stewart Punch. The die cuts of the snowman and the snowflake were from Gypsy Wanderings.  The red wood look tag was cut from the Forever Young Cartridge using the pattern from Greetings Inside and Out  . The matting was cut using paper from the Teresa Collins Fabrications collection. I sprayed white seam binding in Frost from Tattered Angels to dye the ribbon.
 On the green bag, I used the same punch on the tag, but raised it up behind the tag more, to give it a different look but similar shape as the border on the bag.  I used images from Santa's Village to make the die cuts The red wooden look tag pattern came from Greetings Inside and Out.  I scattered 20 mini snowflakes punched from an old EK Success punch I bought years ago.  I put them on the bag and the tag to pull the design together better.   Both bags took about 20 minutes to do, so if you decorate your gifts, you will find this overall layout to be very versatile and fast.  Enjoy!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

SOUS Card Sketch Challenge: Wish

This is a card that I made for the Stuck on You Card Challenge.  This one was totally out of my element for my style is very linear and this required curves in my mind..  I love these challenges for they make me stretch myself.  Here is the sketch...

This is my creation:

I used my Silhouette die cutter to make the embellishments and the card element papers.  The card itself was a scrap I had in my ever growing scrap basket.  I need to start using this stuff.  It runneth over.  I added a bit of Prima bling and die cut the title, again using my Silhouette

SOUS Sketch Challenge: A Perfect Fit

I have great news! I have been selected to be a Team Designer for Die Cuts on the Stuck on You blog. I am so thrilled and am working on my first project this weekend.  Can't wait to get it out there for you. It's going to be built for fun.  They have another layout Sketch Challenge going on this week.  I found it as the perfect opportunity to scrap pictures I took back in the Spring.  I am running behind. 

I used Teresa Collins Fabrications line for the papers and fussy cut the flowers that take the place of the circle in the sketch.   I also reversed the page horzontally for the pictures layed better that way with the big flowers for the order I wanted them in.  I made the brads using my I-Top tool in both small and large.  I then inked the edges in Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Barn Door.  I put gesso over the black flower for it was stark. I then ran some blue shimmers over it and then gold to soften it up a bit more and have it blend with the colors on the page.  I used the Wildflower Punch around the Page border punch by Martha Stewart for the solid color in the background in a shimmery cardstock.  The title was cut using Tim Holtz strip alpha die called Market Place.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

It's Your Birthday: SOU Challenge

I made this card for the Stuck on You Card Sketch Challenge this week.  The task is to use an owl on whatever creation you like.  I LOVE owls, so this was fun.  It was nice to take a break from Christmas cards for a change.



I used the Silhouette Die Cutter to make the owl branch and hearts.  I also printed the card using a pattern they have available as well.  I had some old lace paper ribbon that I folded for accent. The sentiment was printed using the Prima Alphabet Stamp System.  I am still learning the tricks to this for making it a clean print but I love how versatile this tool is. 

Thursday, November 15, 2012

(Heart) On the track: SOU Challenge

 I made this for the Stuck on You Sketch Challenge this week.  I used to think that race tracks were about nothing but cars running fast.  While racing is important, there is another element that is involved as well.  Our family loves racing. It is the one thing we all do consistantly together.  Whether it is the love for a son nephew boyfriend or just for the car there is something there for everyone to love.


I used My Minds Eye diecuts from collections I bought two years ago.  I figured it was time to start depleting older stash.  The title was made using Basic Grey little letters and Foam Thickers.  The paper in the background was printed on my Imagine the solid cardstock is from Coordinations and a stack I bought at Walmart in black.  The frame was actually made by the negative of a border I punched for another project.  I hand cut the tire and punched the hubcap with an EK Success small starburst circle punch.  It is popped up from a journaling spot which again was from My Minds Eye. I cut small strips of paper to underline the title so it could be seen better and used the same paper that the border on the right was cut from using a Fiskars border punch.  I wanted to emphasize the blue sky behind the girls to tie it all together.  More journaling will be written in the bottom left black corner with a white gel pen.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

SOU Challenge: Fall Perspective

I made this for the Stuck on You Die Cut Challenge.  We are to use the words Fall or Autumn somewhere in the layout. 

I used my Cricut Imagine and the Autumn Celebrations cartridge to make this Fall Layout.  I also used Copic pens to offset those die cuts that were off scale at the bottom..(little tip).    I went with rounded fall icons to go with the picture of me in the pipe.  I also was very round last year too. :)  The banner at the top was made by cutting a die cut from the Tim Holtz mini album die label in half.   The border on the bottom was cut using a Martha Stewart border punch.  I tucked the ribbon underneath it and added two buttons stacked on one another to create more color.  The title was made using the Cricut Alphabet.  The stamps were used with Memories ink in Artprint Brown

Here and Now

I made this for two challenges.  The first being the Prima Contest being held this weekend.   The other is the Glitter Girl Challenge where I was to use ribbon on my layout.  This photo was actually  one taken on Halloween, but I wanted to emphasize the mother and son aspect of it in my coloring so I went with softer tones.  In retrospect, the pic should have been in black and white for it to be more appealing.  My lesson learned on this one was not to be afraid to go with a black and white photo if the colors in the layout do not match the picture....


I used Glimmer Mist to create the background paper.  The honeycomb pattern was cut using a silhouette pattern to make the stencil.  The other stencil is from Prima.   I used an old paper from the Cottage Chic Collection to make the banner strips.  I cut the frame from my Silhouette. It was supposed to be a black chalkboard frame, but my printer gave me gray.  I called it kismet and went with it.  I embossed the two clock stamps from an older Making Memories stamp set and used black opal embossing has glitter in it....ergo the opal.  The die cuts came from some sizzix cuts and from Echo Park elements in This and That Charming found at Jessica   The flowers are from Prima and I centered them with clear bling but colored the bling with a copic pen to match the blues.   The gromets are from Tim Holtz.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Life at the Cafe

The men in our family, and in our area have grown to look at our local diners as a second home.  They all tend to migrate there to eat and catch up on local gossip. One has to go to the diner to be in the know.

This design was pretty basic. I used kraft cardstock and a few strips of paper and a little banner to add interest.  The stickers were from my stash and I am not sure who made them.  I tried my hand at the cute splatter trend using a glimmer mist, but mine turned out more like blobs as the paper soaked it up. I guess it takes more practice.  I embossed the flourish by the title using Zing embossing powder.  Wow!  That stuff really pops and was just what the page needed to tie it all together.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Crazy Love

My brother and his wife have been together for almost 40 years now.  Wow!  My brother has quite a sense of humor and every now and again, he will surprise us when we least expect it.   This was one of those times where he pounced on his wife.  It found it to be a cute pic.

I used the patterned paper with circles so that the clusters could be centered and stacked in them to add interest to the page.  Note that some of the circles are off the page.  This brings continuity to the page and ties it all together.  I use my cricut to cut the title and multiple colors to highlight the word crazy.  It was a fun page to make.  Find a patterned paper with repetitive shapes seperated from one another and find ways to tie them to your pictures using the same shape on top.  Here I had circles and cut doilies from a Martha Stewart punch to center on the circle design.  The same can be donewith ribbon on stripes, frames on squares, bubble journal spots on bubble jpurnal papers out lately.  You just may enjoy the challenge.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Shatley Springs

The birthday of my brother in law and myself are two days apart.  Our family always celebrates them together.  We typically go out to dinner for everyones birthday throughout the year, but this year we went to Shatley Springs, (A mountain retreat) for breakfast.  They are well known for having great food.  The view was wonderful, they had shops selling handmade goods and scenery that was just wonderful.   I could tell, that this year the selection of places was for me this year.  It was wonderful. 

I used a lot of Cricut and Silhouette cuts to make this layout.  I ventured into clustering to embellish the page, as well as mixed letter titling.   Clustering is the stacking of individual embellies to create one big one.  I really like this technique for I think it creates unity on the page when you overlap the cle uster on the picture.  I corner punched the mat using an EK Success corner punch to tuck the picture into the mat.  The papers were from Basic Grey, My Minds Eye, and Apocothary by Echo Park printed from the collection found at Jessica Sprague's site.  This picture had a lot of color which allowed me to use vibrant colors in the layout, which is not often the case for me.

Best Ever

We went to a distant couin's funeral home viewing with my FIL and his girlfriend. On the way home we stopped at a diner in Lexington called Speedy's.  It was 10 minutes until they closesd, and they still let us order.  We were grateful, for we were starving.  They had the best BBQ sandwich I have ever had with home made potato chips.  I could not believe how good the food was in this hole in the wall off track restaurant was.  When done, I went outside and could not get back in for they had locked the doors.  I snapped this shot of everyone elase sitting the table from outside and loved the picture.
I used kraft cardstock as the base and layered printed papers from the original Echo Park This and That collection, found at Jessica  I cut the title frotm my Cricut Imagine.  The other embellishments were printed and hand cut from the same collection or from scraps I had in my, now overflowing, scrap bin.  I hand made the buttons using the Artiste cartridge and Close to My Heart stamp set that I picked up at the Charlotte CKS convention this past Summer. I had an old mop that had fallen apart, that I use as string to put into buttons.  It works great,  To add texture, I ran a strip of paper through my crimper, by Fiskars, for the upper border, then added lace to the sides to create the feel of curtains, to align with the window view of the photo.  I wanted a vintage look feel to go along with this old fashioned diner.

My Hero

I made this scrap as a fitting tribute to my dh.  He is a wonderful man and I am so grateful that I have him in my life.

I purchased the Charming This and That collection from Jessica Sprague and printed off the embellishments. The title and start were made using my Cricut Imagine and the yellow and white embellishement were cut using my Silhouette SD.  The rosette was made from an offset error strip of paper cut on my cricut, where a blue border was created on a white piece of paper.  (May as well make lemonade, right?)  The yellow tab was from Making Memories.  I just hand cut the arrow.  All item edges were inked with Tim Holtz's Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Dream Big

This is a pic of our Grandson sleeping in the backstreet of his mother's car. What child doesn't look sweet when sleeping. 

I made this using the Imagine.  I used Cricut Craft Room Basics, Art Philosophy, Black and White, Vintage Damask and Vintage Papers to make the papers.  I distressed the edges and the papers that had white tones to soften the overall look and to keep the brown tones of the hat intact throughout the layout.  I cut out the flower sprays and bird cage from Lori's Garden and then sprayed them with home made glimmer mist I made using metallic sand paint and water.  It softened the look and made the pink flowers more peach.  I enlarged the typewriter key buttons on the medallion so I could focus on one key, and cut the ribbons from Art Philosophy.  I cut out the frame from the More Cards cartridge and again, distress inked it to soften the overall tones.  I cut a little burlap to put behind the picture matting of white and brown.  I tried to avoid using the lace since this was a boys layout, but it really tied the lower border together with the flowers and bird cage.   I think this will go in my favorites category.  I am quite pleased with the results.   

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Feel Good Day

Every now and again, we all have those days where we ignore what we need to be doing for us and do for others.   I call those feel  good days.  Our church went to a local orphanage to do landscaping work and we had a great time.  I am still catching up on my cleaning at home, but it was worth it.

I wanted to use and L shape design for this single photo.  I fussy cut the black border and used the Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page punch in scalloped circle to  showcase the handmade roses made using the Artiste cartrdige by Cricut.  I added lace to the top and bottom of the border (now fixed).   I cut a shaped label to place under the lace flower and rose on the bottom left, inking its edges in Spun Sugar distress ink by Tim Holtz.  The page still needed something so I added a yard border at the top and placed another rose to the far left to bring out the pink.  The title appeared to be floating above the picture so I tied it together with a washi tape border by Recollections that I got at Michaels.

Proud Parents of the Graduate

My niece is the last of three my brother and his wife have put through school.  All have gotten their Masters.  She is now in her Masters program but this was her undergrad graduation day.  You can see how happy they are to see the light at the end of the tunnel.  So many scraps highlight the graduate, but it also an accomplishment for the parents. I wanted to highlight them.

I downloaded the Echo Park Sweet Day collection on Jessica Sprague's website.  The colors seem muted to me in design, but I think that was because of the black mat I used trying to highlight her mother's blouse since the background highlighted my brother's shirt.   I have been experimenting with Glitter Girl's techniques of layering and tying titles together in the design, but this is not one of my better attempts,  It does look better in person, but I may have to redo this one later on.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

I Think Amanda Likes Him

I found this picture of my niece on facebook.  I take it she likes Brad Paisley.  Facebook is great for getting to know the little things about my family who lives in another state.

I made this on the Imagine, using Artiste for the title andembellisments and, More Cards for the patterned paper.  The border is from Paper Trimmigs.   I snipped off sets of two mini crystals that were left over from the swirl.  The paper swirl is grungeboard, painted pink using Jenni Bowlin paint.  The smaller part of the title was from a sticker sheet I had gotten at Micheal's.

What a Kick

This was a picture take of me an my DD for Mothers Day.  I had made her lift her foot all day  in the shoot as she kissed her boyfriend.  She told me to lift mine for this photo.  She calls it a Betsy shot.  Betsy is my friend who takes cute photos.

This was made using the Cricut Imagine and the Artist cartridge.  The title was from Opposites Attract.  I slanted the upright font on the cart.  The strips of harlequin and polka dots were made stamping distressed ink on white paper strip.  The stamps are by Tim Holtz.  The joural tag is topped with Washi Tape I found at Michaels.  The picture is it's pocket.  The now fixed crooked cloud was cut with white paper on the Imagine and then inked with denim blue distress ink.  The papers are by Pink Paisley.

What a Great Dog

This is my little Chihuahua, Roscoe. He is the best dog. He minds well and runs to me with all of his heart when I call him when outside. I just adore the little pup.

I made this using Recollection paper found at Micheals. The title was cut from red cardstock using the Art Philosophy cartridge.  I used the Fiskars Treading water punch to make the black borders.  The journaling spots are from October Afternoon.   The hearts were punched using an EK Success punch.

Sunday, August 26, 2012


Made this lighthearted photo of my DD and her beaux.  I told her to pick up her foot. She laughed at me.  I think it made a cute whimsical picture.

The papers are from  Graphic 45's A Lady's Diary collection.  I loved the titlle and even cut it ouf the barcode strip and used it on the layout.  The clock was cut at 5" from the Artiste cartridge.  The balloon, also from Artiste was cut at 3 inches.  I printed the definition of whimsy from my computer and grunged it up to become a tag.  The flowers were made using the same paper and cartridge.    I used Martha Stewarts punch around the page punch to make the tag pocket and glimmer misted some bias tape with the various colors of the paper to make the tag ribbon.  The bling came from Walmart.  The title was cut using Opposites Attract.  I used he upright cul font and slanted it in the Cricut Craft Room.  The bike came from a Prima freebie dowloadabe offered not too long ago on their facebook page

Saturday, August 25, 2012

When I realized...

I met my stepson when he was 14.  He was a great kid then and always a source of pride to my Husband.  This year I realized he is no longer a kid.  He has the best qualities of his dad and has take on the responsiblity of a job, a girlfriend and realizes the importance of strong family values.  In his 20th year, I realized, he is now a man.

The papers are from Bo Bunny's Garden.  The title was made using old stickers I had fromyears ago.  The iron fence border used above the pic is a Halloween Punch Border from Martha Stewart.  I just tucked the bats beneath the picture mat.  I used black to match the jouraling pen.   I cut the embellishments from Art Philosophy trying to keep the circle pattern of the paper.  The border from beside and under the picture are also from Martha Stewarts border punches. The stamps are from Close to My Heart.  The buttons are from Making Memories.  I made the chevron stamp from Teresa Collins Stamp Maker to make a washi tape look.  I highlighted the year of 2012 using a white gel pen on the oval die cut beside it, which answers the question of when I realized Justin has become a man.   

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Honey Bunch Byrd

We just adopted an 8 year old Bichon Flise from our Preacher's wife.  Her official name on her papers is Honey Bunch Byrd.  Honey has always lived outdoors in a pen and was showing all signs of wanting to be an indoor dog.  She is doing great with her training and is even helping me with our other dog Roscoe who has been having issues with going outdoors. They are great friends and Honey seems to be a lot happier now then when have her and cuddle with her.  My husband is warming up to her, but so far, I am the only one saying..."I just love my Honey Bunch."

I used Better Together as the paper for this layout, for it sort of tells the story for all of us.  The tab came from Making Memories and the lace I got from Deb's Lace and Trims.  The embellished circle was an extra I had made from another layout using Accent Essentials some time ago.  The flower came from Artiste.  The border on the bottom was cut from Paper Trimmings. I need something in that bright pink for the bottom left corner, but am waiting for inspiration to decide what it is.  A heart just seemed too redundant.  To give the page action, for Honey is still a very active dog, I had her coming out of the she would not be so penned up, again going with the theme of the journaling. 

Monday, August 20, 2012

Head Start on Christmas Cards

Getting head start on the holiday cards with A Quilted Christmas and Teresa Collins Christmas Silhouettes.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Perfect Imperfection

My husband owns a grading company and his clothes get dirty and torn each day at work.  He is not the best dressed man I have ever met, but he definitely knows what is really important in life. If you look under the dirt you will find the best man I know.  I really will love this man forever.  Yesterday, we celebrated our 5th Anniversary.  I thought it was a good day to make a scrap of just him.

The challenge I set for myself was to embellish a 12 x 12 page without flowers.  I did use butterflies because of the theme of the journaling. He look like a caterpillar but is really a butterfly.  I have been watching the Glitter Girl Videos on Two Peas in a Bucket and have learned a lot from her in terms of design,.  This was my first attempt at her style. I am happy with it.  She uses a lot of stickers, a mixture of alphas and other expensive products. I found most can be made with a computer, household items, the tools I have and my Silhouette or Cricut.  Ths layout was made using leftover Cricut Embellies and I created the title with my silhouette.  I had the butterfly stickers in my stach from 5 years ago.  The papers I used were from Bo Bunny (Garden) Scraps of Basic Grey and My Minds Eye.  Glitter Girl also teaches you how to make your own kits from different brands.  Her rel name is Amy Heller.  This woman rocks!

CKC Charlotte Make and Take: Enjoy the Journey

I went to the Creating Keepsakes Convention in Charlotte last week.  I picked up some great goodies and made this make and take scrapbook page.

I learned how to use tulle on layouts.  You take  a 3D Gue dot and stretch it around the tulle in the center to make a bow.  Those glue dots rock.  Half of one can be stretched to tack anything down,.  I also learned how to distress a doily without tearing it.  (Circular and Slow). Other tips I picked up were stacking tags, and grouping embellishments in threes.  Also,everthing should touch, but can be broken by the embellies. 

Wish I was able to take the classes.  I learned this just on a make and take. I better start saving now for next year. :)

Monday, August 6, 2012

Bring it On

This is a picture of our Grandson on his vacation at the beach.  He had a grand time.Rhylen is all boy and ready for anything, just like his Uncle Justin. He is a wonderful child.

I used the Hopscotch cartridge to make all of the papers and Boys Will Be Boys for the elements.  I loved the plane with the banner which is fairly common at the beach.  The pebble was made using a Close to my Heart stamp on white paper and glued to the back. I love how it magnifies the image.  I also inked some of the element with Blue Denim Distress Ink.  The title was from the CCR Basics design set.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Happy Anniversary Card

On August 18th, my DH and I will be celebrating our 5th anniversary.  I made this card for the event.

The card was made by first printing a whole 8x11.5 sheet of white cardstock with my printer using a Silhouette pattern paper.  I then flipped it over and made the card using another pattern on the Silhouette.  I found the vintage photo on the Graphics Fairy blog.  The tickets were printed using Marion Smith's Jourey Prntable book and the flowers were cut usng the Cricut Flower Shoppe cartidge.  The doily was also cut on the cricut using Teresa Collins Basics found in the Cricut Craftroom Exclusives selection.  The inside pop-up heart was cut using the Silhouette and the sides were punched usin a Martha Stewarts Deep Edge Punch in hearts.

Sunday, July 29, 2012


This is another picture from my Stepson's beach trip...

I had fun with this one.  I finally got to use Cricut's Life's a Beach for a scrap again.  I used Spring Chic for most of the papers, but I also used Hey Diddle Diddle, for the secondary background on the page.  The random flowers are from Memory Makers. I finally grabbed and dusted off the tin.  The bling is from Recollections.  I recently got those at Micheal's.  The new toy I got at Micheal's is Martha Stewart's polymer clay and molds.  I made the frame and it's medallion using those.


This is a picture that my stepson's girlfriend brought back to us from their trip to the beach last week.

I made the whole scrap with white paper and the Cricut Imagne and E2.  I used Ornamental Iron(arch), Lori's Garden (picture mat, flower and butterfly), Black and White (harlequin background), Paper Trimmings (Lacy border on top of harlequin mat), Cricut Craft Room Basis (Title) and Spring Chic (Background paper) cartridges.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Home Can Be Anywhere

This was my daughter's favorite picture from the photo shoot.

I used Spring Chic to print the papers and the CCR to make the mats and embellies.  The flourish is from Sophisticated and he banner on the bottom, an the flowered arced mat is from Art Philosophy.  The photo mats were from Art Philosophy and Cricut Craft Room Basics. The flower was from Cricut Accents and is centered with a brad from Making Memories.  The title is from Botanicals. 

Saturday, July 14, 2012

He Loves Me

Cute pics of my DD and her beaux.  Giving her the flower for the shot was his idea....even if it was a dandelion, I thought it was sweet..

I made the papers using the Cricut Imagine and its Spring Chic cartridge.  I cut out the top note shape at 9.9" so it would center and then cut a side off of the cut out piece to put under the pictures.  I inked all of the edges in Tim Holtz distress ink in Broken China and made the flower from Tim's Sizzix die called tattered floral.  I inked its edges in an ink an crumpled it in my hands before putting it together.  The branch came from the Accent Essential cartridge and the chipboard flourish I had in my stash.  I bought the lace at

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

I Think You Are Amazing

This is a gidital Scrap I made using Photoshop Elements 9.0 and the Echo Park Graceful This & That collection that is now on sale at Jessica Sprague's site.  Digital Design is great when in a hurry. If you know how to use the effects feature in Photoshop Elements, you can make a mini album in no time at all.  These papers and elements can also be printed for more traditional scraps.  Jessica has Cosmo Cricket and a bit of Pink Paisley too.

Sunday, June 17, 2012


I love the old building at Tharpe's Mill in our town. I took this picture of my daughter and Nate when they came to NC for Mother's Day Weekend.

The paper is from Bo Bunny.  I used Party Picks and Banner from the Cricut Craft Room to make the Banner Drop.  I made the medallion in a sewing class using the Cutwork Needles Set from Husqvarna. Lately, I am enjoying combining  the use of sewing and scrapbooking  It is made from faux leather.  The tile and vine are from Prima and he title was die cut from Tim Holtz Vintage Market Alphabet die by Sizzix.  I used the Zutter Distress it All to distress the mat and photo.  The background for the title was from the freebies, Prima is giving away on facebook this weekend. And the strip behind that was hand cut from paper printed from my Imagine using a Vintage Damask Pattern.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Beloved Sunshine

Prima is giving a way free chipboard elements on facebook that can be print and cut out. I used them to make this layout of Justin and Meagan at Tharpe's Mill. Thank you Prima!  I was struggling with the design,because I did not have yellow elements to go with the paper I wanted to use for the picture. 

I used Tim Holtz Sizzix dies fr the tag and side frame.  The flowers, vine  and elements, of course, are from Prima. I also used Zutter's Distress it all on the mat and picture to give it more dimension,  The bling is from Walmart and glued on with Eileen's glue (love that stuff).  I edged everything with Tim Holtz Rusty Hinge and Sage Distress Inks.  I just printed and cut the words o the tag on my computer in green on white cardstock.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012


I thought I would step away from the Scrapbook Page today and make a card.  My Stepson's birthday is next week and this is the creation I made for him.

I used the Cricut Craft Room Basics designs for the card, matting and title.  The pinwheel was made using the 3D  Pinwheel design found in the Cricut Craft Room Exclusive collection.  It was cut at 3" and fastened with a plain brad to keep it mascline...though a flower brad was adorable if you want to girl it up a bit.  I used Helmans craft glue to fasten the pinwheel to the skewer and the skewer to the card.

Monday, May 28, 2012

This was a picture taken at the race track where my stepson races every Saturday night.  I always call my daughter from the track, but she was actually here that weekend. 

This is my attempt at layering and clustering that seems to be  a trend in scrapbooking these days.  The papers are from My Minds Eye.  I used the bottom strip that normally one would cut off and covered the barcode with my journaling.  The title was cut using the Art Nouveu cartridge by Cricut.  The medallion in the center of the threaded string is by Bo Bunny, from their Momarazzi collection.  I framed the picture with some of the paper and punched the corners using an EK Success Corner punch. (A tool I forget to use, but love).  The flowers are by Prima. I faux stitched around the picture mat using the Imaginesce Sew Stamper using the cross stitch head. Though they don't show up well, the brads and eyelettes really add the bling the page needed, when put together.  They are by Making Memories.  I am not quite sure who makes the heart brad.  My LSS sells them in plastic bags

Sunday, May 27, 2012

You Color My World

I just love this picture of my DD and her boyfriend.   If you get the chance that I did to take your kids out for a photo shoot, I highly recommend it.  It can give you months of scrap pictures.  Come up with page titles before you go, so you know how to tell them to pose.  I do photo shoots at this location a lot for couples and it amazes me how the same pose idea always comes out different for each session.  They always tell their story in how they translate the pose.

I made the entire page with the Cricut Craft Room, Walmart's white paper, Prima Pebbles and bling and of course, glue.  I used the following cartridges:
Art Philosophy (circle behind the heart, butterfly on the banner and, the heart)
Cricut Craft Room Basics(title)
Picks and Pennants (banners below the picture)
Hey Diddle Diddle (background Paper on the blue)
Enjoy the Seasons (coloring on all of the lembellies and title, except the blue background and mat)

This layout also looked cute with a Notebook Dooles paper for the background, but I wanted to keep it muted to highlight the color so it would emphasize the title.