Monday, December 31, 2012

So Happy To Help

My Mind's Eye sketch challenge is back! Definately a clean and simple theme with this one...but the fun is in the interpretation.
My son was so worried that Aunty's feet would get cold that he insisted he put socks on for her. At one and a half he wasn't very adept with clothing, but he gave it a good try!
~ So Happy To Help ~
All Others:My Mind's Eye
MME December Sketch

Sunday, December 30, 2012

M is for Megan

Last sketch of 2012 from Creative Scrappers today. This time it is the fabulous sketch that makes up their logo. I have been just WAITING to do this sketch. So, here it is...
~ M is for Megan ~
Paper, Alpha, Stickers, Tiny Type, Journaling and Bingo Cards:Echo Park
Washi:MME and Target
Epoxy Phrases:Glitz Design
Rub Ons:Glitz Design and Fancy Pants
Twine:The Twinery
Brads:Creative Impressions

Friday, December 28, 2012


Here is another one of those Oregon Coast layouts. I had to stretch for the name, but I just love the way she is so engrossed in what is around her! I used a Kiwi Lane template for the masking on this layout. I had already placed the photo block so I couldn't mist where I wanted to. Instead I used an inked sponge to go around the edges of the hexagon template in a repeating pattern.
~ Discover ~
Paper and Embellies:Pink Paislee
Template:Kiwi Lane Designs 6T
Twine:MME and The Twinery
Embossing Folder:Cuttle Bug
Brads:Creative Impressions
Alpha:American Crafts

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Duck Watching

During this summer's trip to a favorite park we spent several minutes watching the ducklings swim about. They are such adorable little critters, but they blend in so well with the water that it isn's easy to get a clear picture.
~ Duck Watching ~
Paper Secrets has put the sketches to rest for a few weeks and pulled out some super yummy color challenges. This layout is for the December 15th challenge.
Alpha:Basic Grey
Embossing Ink:Ranger
Embossing Powder:WOW
Brads:Creative Impressions
Hexagon Template:Kiwi Lane Design
Twine:The Twinery and Doodlebug Design

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Touch It

I have envelopes stuffed with photos from our trip to the Oregon coast in June. I love each photo because they showcase happy kids in a relaxed atmosphere! I must admit that I am running out of titles, though. Here is another set of my Lori excited about finding a sea star.
~ Touch It ~
Paper:Pink Paislee
Alpha: Basic Grey
Flower Trim:Petaloo
Gems:My Minds Eye
Brads:Creative Impressions
Stamps:MME and Pink Paislee
Twine:MME and The Twinery
Ink and Canvas Buttons:CTMH

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Holiday at Home

Here is wishing you the very best on Christmas and
"May your day be merry and bright..."
Just one more Christmas card to share, the last of my entry for the May Arts Craft Challenge.
~ Holiday at Home ~
Paper:Webster's Pages
Glitter Glue:Ranger
Trim:May Arts

Monday, December 24, 2012

Dear Santa...

Little bits of glitter and lots of Christmas Cheer on this card. This one was for my entry in the
May Arts Craft Challenge.
~Dear Santa ~
I fussy cut the floral elements to the right of the door and painstakingly Stickled the edges. I just love the way the flowers turned out!
Paper:Webster's Pages
Glitter Glue:Ranger
Trim:May Arts

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Happy Mail

This is truly the month for presents and such! I've got another fun post today showcasing some scrapbooking supplies I received as a gift!
These are from Stephanie Umpleby
On the first tray we have some great Thicker shapes, Transparencies by LYB
Webster's Pages trim and a sweet card.
Tray #2 has 6x6 papers and motifs by Webster's Pages and a fun Boulder Innovations Magnet Board.
What great treats to receive in the mail!
Thanks, Stephanie!!!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Joyeux Noel

A sparkly Christmas card today with lots of punched shapes and a bit of May Arts Trim. This project was part of my entry for the May Arts Craft Challenge. I must admit the gears are an untraditional addition to a Christmas card, but I like the way they look!
~ Joyeux Noel ~
Paper:Webster's Pages
Glitter Glue and Embossing Ink:Ranger
Stamp and Gems:MME
Trim:May Arts
Ink:CTMH and Color Box
Punches:Stampin' Up and The Paper Studio

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Snowy View

Practical Scrapper's is featuring a layout sketch by Patty today. I simplified the arrangement a little but kept to the spirit of the design. I incorporated stitching and flowers to make this a companion page to Cup of Cheer.
~ Snowy View ~
Paper and Alpha:MME
Brads:CTMH and Basic Grey
Produce Netting:Paramount Citrus
Stitching Tools:We R Memory Keepers

Tuesday, December 18, 2012


I just love the neutral hues in Authentique's Peaceful collection. They were perfect for this non-traditional Christmas card for my friend who LOVES pink and black. Stop by the Practical Scrappers blog to see a few more projects featuring this elegant paper line.
~ Merry Christmas ~

Paper and Sentiment:Authentique
Glitter Glue:Ranger
Gem and Brad:MME
Trim:MME and vintage

Monday, December 17, 2012

Keeping It Bright

Paper Girls Challenge # 22:Neon...and Bonus if you make it winter or Christmas.
Wow! That was a hard one for me. I don't do neon, especially for a winter layout! But, that is what being challenged is all about. As I struggled with this project I found that each tree I did seemed more gaudy and less pleasing as I went along. Then, all of a sudden it was fun and I had three Fuschia and Lime trees that were just begging to go somewhere special.
~ Keeping it Bright...All Season Long ~
Paper:My MindsEye
Trim and Frame:Stash
Alpha:Making Memories
Design Templates:Kiwi Lane Designs
Sketch:Patty Selah
Please join us for this challenge! Link your project to the Paper Girls Challenge Blog and share on the Facebook page so we can all enjoy it.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Ho Ho Ho!!!

Making cards for men is NOT my strong point. They really don't appreciate the glitter and vintage style layering I love to decorate with. But when I combined Patty's sketch with this fabulous motor cycle paper from Echo Park my troubles drove away! Stop by the Practical Scrapper's blog today to view the sketch.
~ Ho Ho Ho ~
Paper:Echo Park
Ink:Color Box
Alpha:The Paper Studio
Floss:We R Memory Keepers
Tree Template:Kiwi Lane Designs
Brads:Spare Parts and Creative Impressions

Friday, December 14, 2012

Cup of Cheer

I am finally putting my new Sew-easy tools to good use. I couldn't decide which one I liked better so I created a sampler of 9 stiches.
Stop by the Practical Scrappers Blog today and take a look at Liz Chidester's sketch. We'd love it if you'd try this sketch out then post it on our Facebook page!!!
~ Cup of Cheer ~
Paper, Brads, Chipboard:My Mind's Eye
Stitching Tools:We R Memory Keepers
Ink:CTMH and Color Box
Alpha:American Crafts

Thursday, December 13, 2012


The beginning of the month means new challenges everywhere! This layout is my entry for Paper Secrets Color Challenge. It's all about green this time and I couldn't be happier!!! With the added touches of brown I discovered another way to use a mesh produce bag.
This page features my gorgeous daughter, Lorelei. She turns 10 today.
Double Digits...Double Trouble!
Paper and Sew Easy:We R Memory Keepers
Ink, Ribbon, Metal Corner:CTMH
Alpha:Jillibean Soup
Brads:Basic Grey

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

All That Glitters:Christmas Greetings

Lots of glittery layers and gems on this card for the May Arts Craft Challenge.
To balance all that sparkle I added a touch of vintage dictionary paper with some pleating and ink.
~ Christmas Greetings ~
Paper:Webster's Pages & vintage dictionary
Ribbon:May Arts
Brads:Chatter Box
Gems:MME and WP

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

All That Glitters:Peace On Earth

Another card for the May Arts Craft Challenge.
For this card I used my 7Gypsies border punch kit to punch a series of holes on the top and bottom of the card. I punched a series of holes into a WP postcard and then layered the two. It was a snap to lace the papers together with this glittery May Arts Ribbon.
~ Peace On Earth ~

Papers:Webster's Pages
Stamp and Ink:CTMH
Embossing Powder:Wow

Monday, December 10, 2012

All That Glitters: Christmas

May Arts Ribbon: All That Glitters Christmas Craft Challenge is posted for your viewing pleasure. Stop by the May Arts Blog and take a look at all the gorgeous, glittery projects!
I have a set of six Christmas cards in the line up. 
Paper:Webster's Pages
Card Stock and Ink:CTMH
Ribbon and Leaves:May Arts

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Happy Mail

A little more happy mail to share with you today.
This time it is "vintage" 7 gypsies. I just love all the graphic elements of this paper pack. When a friend told me she had this in her stash
I suggested that it would get used, and quickly in my stash. She sent it right over.

The six Sew Easy heads by WeRMemoryKeepers are just as thrilling. Can't wait to show you some projects featuring these lovely tools!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Advent Box Tutorial

We scrappers love to come up with ways to reinvent time proven traditions. Today I have an advent box that I designed around two Kiwi Lane Design templates. I saw the hexagons in their shop and could feel the inspiration bubbling up!
Treat Boxes
Supplies:4 12 x 12 sheets heavy cardstock
strong adhesive
Kiwi Lane Designs Template: Shapes 6T (large hexagon)

Step 1: Trace 6T on a 12x12 sheet of cardstock. If the template is lined up as shown, 12 templates will fit on a single sheet. You will need to trace the template 48 times to get the tops and bottoms of your treat boxes.
Step 2: Cut out the hexagons, being careful to keep edges straight and corners sharp.
Step 3: For the top of the box score the perimeter of the hexagon 1/2 inch in from the edge. This will create a diamond shape at each corner. 
Step 4: Label the scored lines 1-12 as shown. Score the diamond shapes in half, creating two triangles at each corner.
Step 5: Cut each line below the odd numbers so that only one edge of the triangle is lose.

Step 6: Fold the scored perimeter up to form the box. Place adhesive on the odd numbered triangles and slip that behind the edge of the box nearest it. There should be an even number, a small triangle, and another even number showing with each corner you adhere. When you have completed the edge of the box all odd numbers will be hidden.
Step 7: For the bottom of the box score the perimeter of the hexagon 5/8 inch from the edge. Then follow steps 4-6 to complete the box.
Step 8: Add a small treat to the hexagon box and tie a scrap of twine or yarn to hold it closed. Add tiny type numbers to the boxes to indicate which day each will be opened.
Step 9:Place boxes 24, 23, and 22 in the small stacked box and the remaining boxes in the large stacked box.
Box Topper
Heavy cardstock
21 inches of 1/2 inch ribbon
3 hook and loop fasteners
Kiwi Lane Designs template 2T
Step 1: Trace and cut 2T.
Step 2: Cut the ribbon into 7 inch lengths, adhere the hook portion of the fasteners to the tips of the ribbon. Adhere the other ends of the ribbon so that they meet in the middle of the hexagon.
Step 3: Adhere the loop portion of the fasteners to the bottom of the large stacking box.
Step 4: Adhere 3 paper roses to the top of the hexagon. Instructions for making paper roses can be found in this blog post:
Step 5: Assemble the boxes and place topper so that the boxes are held together.

As you can see, these are only the instructions for the treat boxes and for the topper. Because of the length and intricacy of the instructions for this advent box I spread them out across three blogs. You will find the instructions for the smaller stacked box here:
Practical Scrappers
and the instructions for the larger stacked box here:

Kiwi Lane Designs
I hope you've enjoyed this project. It was LOADS of fun to design. I'd love it if you'd link your project to my blog when you've finished!!!


Thursday, December 6, 2012

Rose Tutorial

After posting my Chandefleur in August I received several requests for paper flower tutorials. Today I have the instructions for making the red rose in the front on the lowest tier.
Paper Piercer
Petal Punch
1 sheet patterned cardstock
Hot Glue
Glitter Glue
Step 1: Punch 15-20 petals from a sheet of cardstock. Roll the petals around the handle of a paper piercer or pencil.
Step 2:Pinch the pointed end of three of the petals so that the desired pattern is on the "outside."
Step 3:Adhere these three petals together to form the center of the rose.
Step 4:Pinch the pointed end of three petals together so that the desired pattern is on the "inside."
Step 5:Adhere these three petals to the edges of the first three petals, around the center of the rose.
The underside of the rose will look like the above photo. I have inked the petals for definition.
Step 6:Choose three more petals and adhere them in an alternating pattern to the second three petals. I have highlighted the third set of three petals with green.
Step 7:Choose 6 petals and adhere them in an alternating pattern to the third set of three petals. This should complete the rose. If it doesn't look full enough, continue to add petals where desired.
Step 8:Embellish the tips of the petals with glitter glue and the center with a gem.

 For my petals I used the Punch Bunch medium ovoid petal punch.
It can be purchased on line at the following retailers:
Paper and Gem:MME
Punch:Punch Bunch
Paper Piercer:Making Memories


Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Stair Crazy

We all know that any scrapping mistake can be fixed with just a little more embellishing. But what's to be done with the damaged components? Right in the middle of this lovely blue sheet of paper my punch got stuck and in trying to get it undone, my paper tore!!! Since I didn't have another sheet of that blue I had to cover the mess with a photo. I used the torn piece as a seperate design element on the upper left corner.
I pretty much LIKE it!
~ Stair Crazy~
This layout is the companion page to yesterdays post:
Punch:Martha Stewart
Ink:CTMH and Color Box
Metal Brads:Stash
All Others:MME

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

These 2 Are...

I just got my first pack of MME Lost and Found 3 in. I so love the blues and yellows together!!!
This layout is for the Scrappy Friends blog challenge. This month the ladies choose NOEL as their inspiration.
N-Kerys challenge is to use a Number in the title.
(Title:These 2 are...)
O-Kristy's challenge is to use something Oval on the layout.
(I traced and cut ovals onto chipboard)
E-Rochelle's challenge is to use at least 5 Eyelets on the layout.
(I laced 10 eyelets with twine)
L- Brenda's challenge is to use a List of at least 3 things or Lined paper.
(I numbered 1,2, and 3 subtitles and used plaid paper)
~ These 2 are...
Because this is a double page layout the title is a little confusing. Return tomorrow to see what these two are crazy about!
Brads and Eyelets:Stash
Ink:Close To My Heart
Alpha:American Crafts
Tiny Type:Authentique
All Others:MME