Thursday, January 31, 2013

Track Back:Pyratitude

 My son was looking through my finished scrapbooking projects and found this adorable layout of himself. I still can't get over what an adorable little rebel he is! I'm pretty fuzzy on when I put this page together, but I'd guess it was 2009.
  ~ Pyratitude ~

Paper:Rusty Pickles
Alpha and TinyType:Making Memories
Stickers and Pirate Ribbon:Oriental Trading Co.
Mist:Tattered Angels
Stamps:Studio g and CTMH
Wood Element:Michaels

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Captain Charity

I am so very excited to introduce a brand new blog to you!
 And to announce my new Scrapbooking Position

Captain Charity:Special Ops Trainer
Check out the new S. W. A. T. blog
>>> here<<<
I was so thrilled when Lanette Erickson chose me out of her pool of scrappy aquaintances to start this new blog with her. Then when she told me my specialty would be to offer "off the page" step-by-step projects I was hooked!
Here is a look back at some of my favorite step-by-steps!
{Click the title for the original blog post.}

Octagon Gift Card Holder
Featured at Scrapbook Steals
My Diva Moment
And my all time favorite of 2012
Advent Box

Stop by the new blog and meet the other designers. Then check back often to participate in challenges, tutorials, and one-of-a-kind projects!!!


Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Sweet...another photo

Practical Scrappers is featuring Kraft projects today. Run by the blog and check out all the projects from our fabulous design team.
I could use this type of paper every day and not get tired of it! It is so deliciously distressed and vintagy, perfect for feminine or masculine layouts. Truly a diverse scrapping must have.
~ Sweet...another photo ~
Kraft Paper and Alpha:MME
Corrugated Paper:Classic Elegance
Tiny Type:Glitz Design
Brads:Creative Impressions
Glitter:Martha Stewart
Stamps:Hot off the Press and Hampton Art

Monday, January 28, 2013

Forever Friend

Phantom, our sweet beagle, has been Annalys's best friend since the day he came home with us. He takes it so far as to refuse food unless she is in the house. Summer Bible camp was a stretch for him, but he made it through. He's one of those dogs that knows just when she'll get home from school and loves nothing better than a soft pillow and good book.
Paper, Heart brad, and Die Cuts:We R Memory Keepers
Chip Board:My Minds Eye
Shaped Scissors:Fiskars
Enamel Accents:Ranger
Tiny Type:Authentique
Embossing Folder:Cuttlebug
Trim Kieffer's
Heather Leopard for Creative Scrappers

Friday, January 25, 2013

Thanks a Bunch

Card sketch up at Practical Scrappers today. It's a beauty by Patty Selah. Stop in for some designer inspiration, then link your take on the sketch to the Practical Scrappers facebook page!
The first time I saw this embossed paper from the MME:Oliver collection it fairly SCREAMED cards at me. Although this card was a cinch to put together, I love the classic look this paper lends it.
~ Thanks a Bunch ~
all items are My Mind's Eye
Lost and Found 3:Oliver
or Merry and Bright

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Make Waves Not War

I've been in love with PinkPaislee's Nantucket line since it first came out...but never seemed to get around to picking it up. When I finally did order it my children discovered this jeweled sea horse and claimed it for their own. To keep them all happy I made it into wall art for their bathroom.
~ Make Waves Not War ~

To get the wave-like curve for my title I used a
Kiwi Lane Design Template.
This project is also my entry for Use It Tuesdays Challenge # 48 Warm It Up. My hoarded item on this project is the Blue cardstock...I've had that sheet 4 years!!!
Paper:Pink Paislee
Alpha:Cosmo Cricket
Ink:CTMH and Ranger
Chipboard and Washi:MME
Punches:Ek Success and The Paper Studio
Stamps:CTMH, Pink Paislee, MME, and Clear Arts

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Mini Swap

I participated in a mini-album swap before Christmas, but my poor swapee had a crazy month and my mini arrived in January. When I opened my package I was simply BLOWN away! What a lot I have to learn about mini-making!!! But I'll let you judge for yourself.
Just how FABULOUS is this mini?
Don't you think?
And these are only a few of the pages!!! There is a set for each month of the year, each pair more beautiful than the last.
Thanks for my wonderful present, Eileen Robertson!!!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Day Dreaming

This month has been so busy I've barely had time to play with my kit from C'est Magnifique! I finally found a scrap or two of time and put together my entry for the sketch challenge. The papers from this months kit look like they were chosen specifically for this photo! Putting this layout together was delightful.
~ Daydreaming ~ 
Paper:Ruby Rock-It
Mist:Tattered Angels
Sparkle Yarn:Stash
Gems:Zva Creative and Prima
Flowers, Chipboard, Chalk, and Resin:Prima
Michele Singh for C'est Magnifique

Monday, January 21, 2013

Feeding Nana's Dog

All the sewing embellies in For The Record 2 are so fitting for layouts featuring our Nana. If she's not doing something crafty then she's cooking or cleaning. Our Nana is ALWAYS busy, but the whole world stops if a baby needs held.
What a great role model!!!
The Paper Girls are challenging us to use wood elements. Stop by the blog and see the designer's projects, then link up.
~ Feeding Nana's Dog ~
Paper:Echo Park and Graphic 45
Alpha, Stickers and Die-cuts:Echo Park
Seam Binding:Coats and Clark
Wood Die-cut:MME
Twine:The Twinery
Stick Pin:Fibre Craft
Buttons:Basic Grey
Shaped Scissors:Fiskars
Kiki Halbert for Creative Scrappers

Friday, January 18, 2013


This photo of my son standing in front of a windmill is a classic tourist pose. Although I have scrapped this photo before {BEANIE} I couldn't resist using the gold tones of Lost and Found 3: Oliver to embellish it again.
~ Whirlygig ~
Paper, Chipboard, Large Brad, Twine:MME
Produce Netting:Ashland
Small Brads:CTMH
Alpha:American Crafts
Mist:Tattered Angels

Thursday, January 17, 2013


This card is completely inspired by the work of my dear friend Becci. Her cards and banners have fabulous accordion centers and layers of color.
To apply the glitter to the kraft paper I used a thin paint brush and Elmer's School Glue. I painted the glue onto the existing design and added glitter. Waiting for the glue to dry is the hardest part!
~ Thanks ~
Glitter:Martha Stewart
Crepe Paper Trim:MME
Flower:May Art Ribbon
Mist:Tattered Angels
Ric Rac:Vintage
Tiny Type:Authentique

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Happy Mail

Todays post is a tale of woe that stretches from Alberta, Canada to Grand Forks, North Dakota! Back in December I signed up for a SWEET prize on Cathryn's Blog. I was the lucky one chose and I waited in anticipation for my package. The postal system did its thing: lost the package, tore the wrapping, delayed for a blizzard...etc. But yesterday when I arrived home from class this FABULOUS present was waiting for me!!!
6 sheets of Pink Paislee City Sidewalks Collection
City Sidewalks Ephemera
City Sidewalks Parcel Tags
8 sheets 12x12' Bazzill Cardstock
Jillibean Soup Alphabeans in Black
2 Authentique Petite Type Square in Red
3 pkg. buttons
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Barn Door
Making Memories Black Eyelets
Thanks Cathryn!!!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Burlap Tags

Sometimes scrapbooking isn't about paper at all. The fiber side of memory keeping adds texture, interest, and depth to projects. I sewed these burlap tags out of remnants I picked up at a yard sale. They were super quick to make and are just waiting to add pizaz to the perfect project.
To see more tag ideas stop by the
Practical Scrappers blog.
I would like to note that adding eyelets to burlap is much easier then adding them to paper.
~ Hi ~
~ Hey U ~
~ Hello ~
Brads:Creative Impressions
Blue Lace and Striped Ribbon:Pink Paislee
Alpha and Blue Twine:MME
All Others:Stash

Monday, January 14, 2013

Free Spirit

My daughter always had a definite idea about what she wants to wear, how she wants her hair to look, why it will give the impression she is after. This first day of school photo is typical of my a-typical little girl. She really is a
~ Free Spirit ~
Paper:Ruby Rock-It
White Brads:CTMH
Ribbon Rose:May Arts Ribbon
Spray Mist:Tattered Angels
Silver Wings:Oriental Trading Co.
Pearlescent Paint:Duncan
Large Flake Glitter:Donna Michelle
Silver Brads and Blue Gems:Recollections
Peach Flower Brads:Pebbles
Crocheted Butterfly:CathiO
Alpha:American Crafts
Lace and Large Butterfly Wing:Stash
Diamond Stickles and Grungeboard Hinges:Ranger
Chipboard, Chalk, Printed Twill, Grey Gems:Prima
Michele Duffy for Scrapbook Steals


Friday, January 11, 2013

Mirror Pond

After spying these delicious Prima Blooms at
I was inspired to make my own out of DCWV's Chateau Lavender, a scalloped circle punch, ink, and some twine. This is what I came up with.
...and here is where I used them!
~ Mirror Pond ~
Trim:Stash and May Arts
Twine:Doodlebug Design
Pearls:Mark Jacobs
Alpha:GCD Studios

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Toasty Toes

The beginning of the month means a new Scrappy Friends challenge!
This time a choose a photo from Christmas. Both my girls received fuzzy slippers to keep their toesies warm. My "not so hidden" journaling tag describes their reaction to the gifts.
~ Toasty Toes ~
My favorite part of the Scrappy Friends challenge is to TRY to get all four challenges on one layout. This time I not only got all 4 on one layout, but I also completed the DCWV monthly challenge and participated with Practical Scrappers color combo. GO ME!!!
Rochelle:Title and/or Lyrics of "Baby it's cold outside" somewhere on the layout.
-I used a large round sticker from my Authentique:Peaceful stash. It says, "Baby, It's cold outside."
Kristi:Washi, Glitter, and Chevrons...
-I combined the chevrons and washi challenge. The glitter is the gems in my flowers and the sparkly yarn I used to stitch the "snowflakes."
Kerys:Winter Theme...
-lots of snow flakes, and a photo of my girls new Christmas Slippers.
Brenda:Sketch Challenge...use any sketch from December or January
-DCWV Stack-a-holic sketch challenge
Alpha:American Crafts
Brads:Recollections and Pebbles
Dimensional Enamel:Ranger
Washi:MME and Target
Stitching Tools:We R Memory Keepers
Ribbon, Yarn and Stamps:Stash

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

No "L"

Valentine's day is a pretty big deal at our house so I'm already thinking about gifts for the kids. I saw these monogram journals at Michael's and snatched up three of them.
As you can see an immediate problem exists. There is no monogram for the blue journal. Never fear, my trusty embossing tools came to the rescue.
I used a little bit of Ranger ink and Wow embossing powder with a Marth Stewart Alphabet stamp. Voila!
Now I have three monogram journals and I can get on to the fun of making cards for each child.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Friendship Never Melts Away

Felt is one of those great scrapbooking items that can be used in many ways. Practical Scrappers has all sorts of ideas posted today. Stop by the blog and check it out. For my project I used a shaped felt coaster from Michael's. It is thick enough to make a great misting mask without buckling and stays in place nicely so there is no smearing. I have quite a stack of these felt coasters. Next time you are at Michael's check out the Dollar Deals.
~ Friendship ~

Paper:Pink Paislee and MME
Mist:Tattered Angels
Glitter Glue:Ranger
Ink and Ribbon:CTMH

Monday, January 7, 2013

Travel Mug

It's my turn to host The Paper Girl's Challenge Blog. For my theme I choose ledger paper. Stop by the blog and be inspired by our super talented designers!
~ Travel Mug ~
Paper:Pink Paislee, Authentique, MME, and 7-Gypsies
Ink:CTMH and Color Box
Dimensional Paint:Duncan
Tiny Type:MME
Alpha:Jillibean Soup
Punches:Marth Stewart
Mist:Tattered Angels
Brads:CTMH and Basic Grey
Stitching Tools:We R Memory Keepers
 And THIS is the prize you are playing for:

Friday, January 4, 2013

Snow at Last

Layout sketch my Liz Chidester on the Practical Scrappers blog today. Stop by for some inspiration then link your own take on this challenge to the Practical Scrappers facebook page.
Although we live in North Dakota, my girls were so excited to play in the snow at Niagara Falls that they crawled along licking it! {All the while ignoring my warnings about yellow snow.}
~ Snow at Last ~
Paper, Chipboard, Trim, Brads, Enamel Dots:
My Minds Eye
Alpha:American Crafts
Stamp:Pink Paislee

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Ocean Swell

While visiting the coast in June we explored all sorts of tide pools. However, when the tide started to return we found that while the waves were fairly gentle they were also QUITE cold. There is just something shocking about cold water where you least expect it!
~ Ocean Swell ~
Brads:Creative Impressions
Punch:Stampin' Up
Trim and Doilie:Stash
Alpha:American Crafts

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Regency Romance

This summer my 11 year old decided to learn to sew. She wanted a dress like the costumes in Sense and Sensibility. We found a simple pattern and a fabulous gold cloth. But 15 minutes into the project she was done! She was just fine with Mom finishing off the dress in her spare time.
True to her word, she made supper on each day that I had time to work on the dress. It wasn't till Christmas break that I finally got it done. She is thrilled with the dress and treated me to a fabulous photo shoot.
~ from the side:
~ from the back:
~ from the front:
~The Lady at her Leisure ~