Thursday, February 27, 2014

Friends Are The Family We Choose Card

Hello friends!  Happy Thursday!   Today I am up at Susan K. Weckesser and I wanted to share an extra special card I created with Susan K. Weckesser's amazing stamps and papers to give to a dear friend of mine.

I just LOVE The Happy Homestead Stamps.

 I first stamped the house stamp with black archival ink onto white card stock and then "painted" it with some mists to coordinate with Susan's Live In Color Collection of patterned papers. 

 After it was colored and stamped, I popped it up on the card with some pop dots.  I then stamped the word "family" onto white card stock, cut the letters out separately and adhered it to the card.  I fussy cut the sun and adhered some yellow twine and placed a large sequin  in the center of the twine and adhered it to the card.

 Right now I am loving the sequin trend so I wanted to give a little more texture and dimension to the house roof so I adhered some pink sequins to the roof.

Finally I fussy cut a cloud, flowers, grass and a bird out of the Live In Color Collection of patterned papers and adhered them to the card and used some tiny letter stickers to finish the title.  

I am happy how this came together.  Thanks for stopping by and I hope you are inspired to create a card for a friend. Have a great day!


Cardstock - American Crafts (White)
Letter Stickers - Tim Holtz
Patterned Papers - Live In Color Paper Collection by Susan K. Weckesser
Rubber Stamp - The Happy Homestead by Susan K. Weckesser & Unity Stamp Co.
Sequins - Teresa Collins
Sprays - Heidi Swapp Colorshine (Primrose, Mint Green, Black Velvet, White)
Stamp Ink - Archival Ink By Ranger (Black)

Monday, February 24, 2014

Boys Rule Scrapbook Kits Layout #4

Hi scrappy friends!  Today is the last layout guest designing for Boys Rule Scrapbook Kits and I wanted to thank Boys Rule for asking me to design with their amazing January/February kit.  It has been so much fun!

Here is my last layout:

This layout was created completely from the January/February kit and I loved creating this winter layout of these cute kiddos.  The photos are courtesy of Rockwood Photography and the sketch is by Kristine Davidson for Creative Scrappers Sketch #259.

Thanks for stopping by and letting me share with you.  Have a wonderful day!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Today And Everyday You Rock Layout

Hello and happy Sunday!  Today I wanted to say goodbye as my term is up on the design team and I have really enjoyed working with all the ladies and the amazing Kreaxions punches.  

I am sharing a layout of my oldest son that I created with the Kreaxions 4 in 1 Punch #902.  I used the inserts A for the border and B for the corners of the blue paper.  I then adhered the positive shapes randomly to the layout.

I created this layout with the January 2014 Main Scrapbooking Kit  that I won from My Creative Scrapbook (I was also asked to guest design for them in March and April) 

 for winning the January prize for my take on Sketch #259 over at  Creative Scrappers

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful day!  The Kreaxions 4 In 1 Punch #902 can be found in the online store here 

Thanks for sharing your Sundays with me and thank you to Just Imagine Crafts for having me. It was a pleasure creating on the Kreaxions Design Team.


Acrylic Paint - Ranger
Diecuts - Simple Stories Daily Grind Collection
Patterned Paper - Simple Stories Daily Grind Collection
Punch - Kreaxions 4 In 1 Punch #902
Letter Stickers - Simple Stories Daily Grind Collection
Wood Embellishment - Studio Calico

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Liebster Blog Award

Lori from Inkinglyyours was so kind and nominated me for the Liebster Blog Award! If you haven't seen her blog you should go check her out!  Thanks Lori...I am so honored you thought of me!

Here are the rules of the nomination:
  1. Be sure to thank the blog that nominated you and be sure to link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions that the blogger asked you.
  3. Nominate 11 of your favourite blogs with under 500 followers and ask your own 11 questions.
  4. Make sure to let each blogger know about your Liebster Blog nomination on their blog (leave a comment and link back to your Liebster Blog post).

Here are my 11 questions that Lori asked me:

1. What made you decide to start crafting? My grandmother taught me to knit and I loved it and then created ceramics as a teenager and then I cross-stitched in my 20's and 30's and then took up scrapbooking in my 40's and now that is mostly what I do.
2. Where is your #1 place to purchase crafty supplies? My local scrapbook store 
3. Do you prefer rubber/clear stamping or digi stamping? I am not a big stamper but when I do, it's usually texture stamps for mixed media layouts and canvases.
4. How long have you been a paper crafter?  I started paper crafting in 2001.
5. How many design teams are you on? I am on five at the moment.
6. What's your favorite holiday?  Easter
7. What would you say your crafting "style" is? CAS? Layers? I would say it is eclectic or whatever my photo takes me.
8. What's your favorite source for crafty ideas? Magazines? Online sources? Pinterest
9. What do you use for coloring your images? I am not really one to color images but if I do, I like to use watercolors or "paint" with sprays.
10. What size cards do you typically make? The standard size
11. Are you a scrapbooker, stamper or both?  I am mostly a scrapbooker and do layouts and mixed media.

Here are 11 of my favourite blogs that I have chosen to nominate for the Liebster Award: 

Cathy Harper Scrap Playground
Christine Freet Meyer Scrapping With Christine
Marcia Dehn-Nix One Scrap At A Time
Kelly Guzlas Kelster Jean
Lisa Peeples Snappin' And Scrappin'
Laura Whitaker Scrappin Around The Clock
Michelle Gallant Scraps And Pixels
Christa Uttley Do What You Love
Cathryn Hanson Cat Scrap Creations

Finally - here are my 11 questions:

1. What made you decide to start crafting?
2. Do you prefer crops or to create alone?
3. Where do you create?
4. How long have you been a paper crafter?
5. How many design teams are you on?
6. What's your favorite holiday?
7. What would you say your crafting "style" is?  Layers? 
8. What's your favorite source for crafty ideas? Magazines? Online sources?
9. What is your favorite scrapbooking trend?
10. Do you prefer to use sketches or other challenges to create?
11. Are you a scrapbooker, card maker or both?

Here is a link  to some info on the award if you are new to blogging and aren't sure what it is all about! Have a great day!

Practical Scrappers February Blog Hop Winner!!

Hi scrappy friends!  Today I am announcing the winner of my prize for the February Practical Scrappers Blog Hop.

and the winner according to is:

Sandy Ross(Winner) 

Congratulations Sandy!  Please contact me to claim your prize and I will get that out to you.

Thanks to everyone for playing along and becoming a follower.  Have a great day!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Some Happy News!

Hello friends!  Happy Friday!  Today I wanted to share my excitement.  The Spring 2014 Issue of Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine is making its way to mailboxes now and this is what I found in my mailbox today.

I have a layout on page 27

Thanks to Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine for publishing another one of my layouts.  I am truly honoured as there is so much talent out there.  Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine is published four times per year and they are always looking for submissions.  You can subscribe to this great printed magazine too.  There is also an app for the digital version so you don't have to live in Canada to subscribe.   

Have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Create To Live Layout

Happy Tuesday!  Today I wanted to share a layout that I created of why I love to create.  It truly is a part of me to do something creative just about everyday or else I feel something is missing.  I used the lovely Live In Color Paper Collection by Susan K. Weckesser and also fussy cut some of the designs from the paper such as the clouds, kite, flowers and title.  I also used a Faber Castell Pitt Big Brush Pen and a Susan K. Weckesser stencil to add some faux stitching and also Susan's A Little Grunge Love Stamps.

I also misted my die cut title that I cut with my Silhouette Cameo and added some paint splatters and some misted spots so that the journaling would be easier to see.

I hope you are inspired to create a layout on why you love to create.  Sometimes selfies are therapeutic. Have a lovely day!

Stitched Vellum Hearts With Sequins Tutorial

Today at Scrapbooker's Paradise, I am sharing a tutorial on how to create stitched vellum hearts with sequins.  I hope you will check it out on the Scrapbooker's Paradise blog here.  There is also a surprise coupon to the online store.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Vellum Heart Card

Hello! Happy Sunday! Today I wanted to share a card that I created with the Kreaxions 4 In 1 Punch #905.  

For this card I punched the corners of the floral paper and diecut a heart from white cardstock and punched hearts from different colored cardstock and adhered them to the diecut heart.  I then placed a sheet of vellum on top and machine stitched around the heart.  I then placed some additional punched hearts on the outside of the vellum heart and inside some of the sequins.


The Kreaxions Punch #905 can be purchased in the online store here
Thanks so much for stopping by and have yourself a wonderful day! Happy crafting!


Saturday, February 15, 2014

Bee Mine Layout

Happy Saturday!  Today at Stuck?! Sketches is the reveal for the February 15 sketch created by an amazing lady and friend Laura Whitaker

For my layout I rotated the sketch and used only one photo.

This is Hanna.  She is known by the nickname "Hanna Bee".  She is my daughter's niece and I wanted to scrap this adorable little girl and her big blue eyes.  This layout was created with the Be Loved Collection by Fancy Pants as well asa some crocheted hearts by Bella Blvd., some paint splatters with Heidi Swapp's Colorshine Collection of mists.

 I also cut some vellum hearts with my Silhouette Cameo.  I love the way it cuts vellum like butter.

Thanks so much for stopping by and be sure to check out the entire design team's take on Laura's sketch here and link up this month for a chance to win a great prize.  Happy scrapping!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Practical Scrappers Blog Hop - Scrapping Our Stash

Happy Valentine's Day!  Today at Practical Scrappers the design team is having a blog hop and we are scrapping our stash to the theme of love.  You are at the end of the hop and should have arrived here from the blog of talented Wendy Coffman, but if not you can start at Practical Scrapper's blog.  I created a layout of my hubby and I on our 14th wedding anniversary.

I used Fancy Pants Be Loved Collection of papers and stickers for this layout and cut some hearts out of the corrugated paper.  

To be eligible for a prize on my blog, simply leave a comment on this post and also become a follower of my blog.  My giveaway consists of a set of   three 6X6 stencils from The Crafter's Workshop!  These stencils are great for scrapbook layouts, mixed media, cards and art journals.  *Please note that only  U.S. and Canadian residents are eligible for my prize.  Thanks for your understanding.  My contest closes at 11:59 pm CST on Monday, February 17, 2014.

I hoped you are inspired to use up your stash and create a loved themed page.  

Also, don't forget to enter the Practical Scrappers giveaway.  You can find all the details for that prize here.

Good luck and thanks for hopping!


Scrapbooker's Paradise Challenge #10

Happy Friday and Happy Valentine's Day!  Today at Scrapbooker's Paradise Design Team Member Linda Pekrul is hosting Challenge #10 and the design team and everyone can play along.  The challenge is to create a layout, card or altered item using at least 5 of the following:  doily, flowers, ribbon, charm, pearls or other bling, stick pins, stickers, chipboard, die cuts, buttons or brads.  For my layout I used flowers, buttons, die cuts, ribbon, pearls, sequins, and stickers.  Since it's Valetine's Day, I wanted to create a romantic layout of my daughter and son in law on their wedding day.  I used the Kaisercraft Key To My Heart Collection of patterned papers, stickers, and die cuts.

On a white piece of card stock, I cut out a large heart design with my Silhouette Cameo and used some ribbon to lace the heart.  Then I added some sequins to the heart and backed it on the red polka dot patterned paper.

I also cut some vellum heart shapes and layered with some die cuts, Prima flowers and a button.  The flowers were painted with distress paint or misted.

I hope you are inspired to join our challenge at Scrapbooker's Paradise.  All the details are on the Scrapbooker's Paradise blog.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Grandmother And Grandaughters Mixed Media Layout

Happy Thursday!  Today I wanted to share a mixed media layout that I created of my daughter, niece and mother at Christmas time.  It was the first time my entire family was together to celebrate Christmas in about ten years and I had to take advantage of that time and take some photos.

There is something so freeing about mixed media.  I love the "no rules" type of play.  Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!


Acrylic Stamp - Bo Bunny
Chipboard - Creative Embellishments
Drywall Tape
Flowers - Petaloo, Prima
Gesso - Liquitex
Metal Bookplate
Metal Embellishment - Maya Road
Mists - Heidi Swapp Colorshine - Black Velvet, Peach, Blush
Molding Paste - Golden
Pen - Marvy Uchida
Patterned Paper - Bazzil Ambrosia Collection and My Mind's Eye Lost & Found Heirloom Collection
Stickers - My Mind's Eye

Monday, February 10, 2014

Guest Designer At Boys Rule Scrapbook Kits

Hello scrappy friends!  I hope you had a nice weekend.  Today I am sharing my third layout for the Boys Rule Scrapbook Kits as I am honored to be guest designer for January and February using their fabulous January/February kit.  They are awesome kits that are perfect for boys and masculine layouts.  Here is my layout:

The only things I used from my stash was a black pen, some white acrylic paint and a texture stamp and black ink for the chipboard skateboarder as well as a digital cutting file for my Silhouette Cameo courtesy of Nicole Nowosad.  This layout was inspired by a sketch by Allison Davis and the photos are courtesy of my friend Stephanie at Rockwood Photography.

Thanks for stopping by and have an awesome day!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Asia I Love You Layout

Happy Sunday!  Today at Kreaxions it's the design team reveal and the theme for February is "love".  For my reveal, I created a layout of Asia, my family's kitty that we had for twelve years.  She passed away last September and I promised my son I would create a layout of her.

I used Kreaxions Punch #905 for the vellum border on the top of the photo and also the photo corners which are difficult to see.  I love the softness of vellum and love to use it a lot on my layouts.

I wanted to give the layout a "love" theme so I used Fancy Pants "Be Loved" Collection for the papers and stickers and added a feather for softness and painted with some Heidi Swapp Colorshine Mist in Mint Green for a pop of color to the otherwise pastel color palette.

Thanks for stopping by the entire design team reveal is on the Just Imagine Crafts blog here. Have a great day!