Tuesday, July 30, 2013


Ten Things Tuesday at Practical Scrappers.
Pre-made flowers are in the spotlight today. I don't use them too often, and when I do I only sprinkle them lightly on my project. I prefer hand-made flowers and non-traditional embellies instead. If you are not the flowery type here's a quick trick that will have you using up your flowers happily.
~ Thanks ~
The yellow butterfly on my card is made with a 4-petaled paper flower. I simply removed two of the petals.
This card is also my entry for Paper Secrets July 21st Card Sketch.
Paper:Graphic 45, GCD Studios, Glitz Design
Gems:Jolee's and Recollections
Trim:Pink Paislee
Corner Punch:Kreaxions #304
Template and Circle Cutter:Kreaxions

Monday, July 29, 2013

Toe Socks

So loving these Riddersholm Design papers from C'est Magnifique kits. They are all about elegance and dreamy colors. They were right at the top of the list of items for spending my
~ Toe Socks ~
This is also my entry for Use It Tuesday's, "What was I thinking!" Challenge # 60.
This is my niece (now 12 years old), wearing Grandma's rubber gloves on her feet. She thought she was SOOOO fancy. Can't wait till she sees this layout, she'll be saying, "What was I thinking!"
 The ribbon is from a card of trim that I purchased in 2010! The transparencie and the rub-ons are from the same "era."
Paper: WeRMrK, Pion Design, Maja Design, Riddersholm Designs
Trim:TPC Studio
Gems:Recollections, Glitz
Rub-Ons:Glitz, TPC Studio
Stickers:Bazill, Prima, WeRMrK
Alpha and Ink:Prima
Medallion:Bo Bunny
Photo Corner:Recollections
Transparency:GCD Studios
Shape Punch:Martha Stewart, CTMH
Washi Tape:MME, Recollections
Border Punch:Kreaxions #304
Circle Cutter:Kreaxions

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Everyday Moments

If you've stopped by today for the Practical Scrappers Blog Hop please follow this link:
Happy Day

Specials Ops post today on the SWAT blog, and this time it's an altered tea box.
~ Everyday Moments ~
But what good is a box with out a mini-album to fill it?
This project is just too big for one blog so I shared the love with Just Imagine Crafts/Kreaxions.
Be sure to stop by both blogs to get all the details.
Paper, Stickers, Journaling Cards:Echo Park, Carta Bella
Die Cuts:K and Company and WeRMrK
Gems:Prima and MME
Tea Box: Lipton
Mini Brads:Recollections
Punches:Kreaxions #304 #307 #604 #606 #901 #915 #917 #919 #924

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Happy Day

Welcome to the Practical Scrappers Specialty Team Blog Hop!
Chevrons are such a fun trend. Have you ever realized how many shapes are really chevrons? There is the typical 45° angle or the zig zag pattern but what about the rest? Arrows, hearts, the letter X, stars, angel fish...you get the idea.
For my project I punched several 1inch strips of cardstock with a decorative corner punch to create the majority of my chevrons. I choose a punch with heart shapes to further the theme, then used an alternative punch for the top portion of the dress form. To keep all the purists happy I added cork chevrons as well.
~ Happy Day ~
 This weekend you can swing by the blogs of any of the listed team members and check out their Chevron Projects. Several team members are doing giveaways and BONUS so is Practical Scrappers! Scrapbook Pal has graciously offered to sponsor this hop and are going to be giving away a $25 gift certificate to their store! Details on how to enter are located below the blog hop list!

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Paper:Maja Designs, Pink Paislee
Cork Chevrons:Studio Calico
Word Stickers:MME
Rub-On:K and Company
Corner Punches:Kreaxions #915 and #917
Jewelry Findings:Stash
Dress Form Pattern

Grand Theft: Cereal

On our most recent car trip we found a rest stop with super friendly fuzzy guys. The kids were sure it was the same one we'd located last year and had the cereal all ready to go. This ground squirrel wasn't happy with the few pieces he was offered. He tried to take off with the WHOLE bag!!!
~ Grand Theft: Cereal ~
I knew I needed a sketch with three narrow photos but was having trouble deciding how to arrange them to make the story pop. Then I found this great sketch at Let's Get Sketchy and it all came together quickly.  
Paper:MME, Kaiser Craft, Creative Imaginations
Alpha and Numbers:Echo Park
Tiny Type:Authentique, Echo Park
Twine:Pick Your Plum
Stitching Tools (Sew Easy): WeRMrK
Pirate Circle:The Paper Studio

Tuesday, July 23, 2013


Today is all about Letter Stickers.
When I was little I would draw an alphabet house to remind myself which part of each letter went into the basement, ground floor, or upstairs of my lined paper. I loved that each piece of furniture resembled a letter. I still think it's kinda cool!!!
SOMEWHERE that I used to live
For my project I re-created the alphabet house. I used b's and d's for for the chair and of course a T for the table. I used a T and and I for the bed and a letter center for the pillow. The basement stairs were trickier, but I decided on the corners of B's and D's.
This is also my entry for Red Carpet Studio's Challenge #46:Driving Miss Daisy
Paper, Tiny Type:Authentique
Rub-Ons:TPC Studios, Daisy D's
Flowers, Key:Petaloo
Alpha:Authentique and Jilibean Soup
Canvas Stickers:Prima
Hinge, Metal Tab:Daisy D's
Film Strip:Ranger
Twine, Enamel Dots:MME
Notebook Punch, Paper Clip:7 Gypsies
Modeling Paste:Liquitex
Stencil:Anna Griffin
Felt Arrow:Maya Road
Washi Tape:Studio g, made in Japan
Corner Punch:Kreaxions #304
Tag, Burlap:Stash

Monday, July 22, 2013


Paper Girls Challenge #36 is up today, with the fabulous Amber hosting. I have been very hesitant to mess with watercolors but sure enjoyed painting the peacock feathers on this Graphic 45 paper.
~ beauty ~
Paper:Graphic 45
Trim:Webster's Pages
Burlap:7 Gypsies
Resist Canvas Sticker:Prima
Brads:My Mind's Eye
Alpha:American Crafts
Water Colors:Rose Art
Stamp:Glitz Design

Sunday, July 21, 2013


Just Imagine/Kreaxions DT reveal for July.
This time I used my 4-in-1 punch as a border punch. It adds just the right touch to the edge of the paper. It also draws attention in quite an elegant manner to the photo.
~ bliss ~
Paper:CTMH, Sassafrass Lass, Junkitz
Flowers:Prima, Spare Parts
Gems:Prima, Jolee's, Glitz
Trim:Webster's Pages
Brass Findings:Bo Bunny, Studio g
Silver Wings:Orinetal Trading Co.
Wood swirls:Blue Fern Studio
Wood Title:stash
Tickers:K and Company
Frame, Canvas Resist Stickers:Prima
Stick Pins:LYB, Fibre Craft
Circle Stickers:Momenta
Ink, Metal Page Clasp:CTMH
Faux Stitching:Sharpie
Border Punches:Kreaxions #915, # 919, Insert A

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Far To Go

SWAT unveils Drill #12 today.
This time it's a sketch with a twist, all paper MUST be patterned!
With all the stars featured on Lanettes sketch, this was the perfect opportunity to scrap my daughters 6th grade graduation photo. She and her friends look SO happy!
Stop by the blog for the details then join us!!!
~ Far To Go ~
Paper:Echo Park, Carta Bella, MME
Trim:TPC Studios, American Crafts
Washi Tape:MME, made in Japan
Enamel Dots, Border Strip:MME
Modeling Paste:Liquitex
Mask:The Crafters Workshop
Star Stickers and Gems:Mark Richards
Transparency: Little Yellow Bicycle
Ink:Close To My Heart
Alpha:American Crafts
Shape Punches:TPC Studio, Martha Stewart, CTMH
Border Punch:Kreaxions #915

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Butterfly Bracelet

Today's installment of Thrilling Thursday is up on the Just Imagine Crafts blog!
Rush over and see what cool Kreaxions tools I used to make this great gift item.
Transparency:Little Yellow Bicycle
Punch:Kreaxions #604

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

one DAY in JUNE

Once again our designers have come up with fabulous uses for tags. For my layout I used Prima product packaging. The background design fitted my color scheme perfectly so I cut the cardstock into rectangles, rounded the corners, punched a hole, and called it a tag.
~ one DAY in JUNE ~
This is my second entry for
The trim on this layout I added to my stash after re-upholstering a set of antique couches I picked up in Italy. It's been there close to 8 years! Two of the brads are from an MME Christmas collections. They both say 25...my birthdate.
This is also my entry for Sketchabilities #95.
On my birthday I was visiting my sister in Oregon and we zipped over to the coast to take a look at this old shipwreck, the Peter Iredale. The pirate in me couldn't have been more pleased!!!
Paper:Carta Bella, Echo Park, TPC Studios
Border Strip:MME
Stickers:Echo Park, WeRMrk
Twine:The Twinery
Tags:Prima packaging
Brads:WeRMrk, MME
Trim:Uphostery Remnants
Alpha:American Crafts
Cork Arrows:Studio Calico
Chipboard Keys, Ribbon Roses:Petaloo
Wood Flourish:Kaiser Craft
"Coffee Rings" made of Modeling Paste:Liquitex
Flower Punches:Martha Stewart, McGill
Butterfly and Border Punches:Kreaxions #915, #304, #604
Circle Cutter:Kreaxions

Monday, July 15, 2013

they FOLLOWED me home

Our sketch designer loves circles and I love using my Kreaxions tools...win/win situation for me!
~ they FOLLOWED me home ~
Paper:Sassafras Lass, MME
Mist:Tattered Angels
Alpha:Creative Memories
Tiny Type:Authentique
Felt:Maya Road
Border Punch:Kreaxions #304
Circle Cutter:Kreaxions

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Today is Yours

Basic Training on the SWAT blog today.
Stop by for the instructions to make this fabulous flower. 
~ Today ~
This is also my entry for Use it Tuesday Challenge # 59:Birthdays.
Except for the Trim and Title I've had everything on this card for OVER a year. The paper is particularly old but it is the doilie I am most happy to use.
Paper and Twine:MME
Tiny Type:Authentique
Button:Basic Grey
Wood Title:Stash
Trim:May Arts Ribbon
Ink:CTMH and Ranger
Embossing Powder:Zing

Friday, July 12, 2013


I love Paper Secrets Sketch with a Twist challenge. However, this is my second attempt since the twist was textured background and the first time (Munchies) I only used a strip of texture.
This layout features a Scrappy Friend I finally got to meet IRL. I expected to have fun, but I didn't expect to find that we both enjoy life on the wild side. Maybe the hair dye should have given us BOTH a clue!!! LOL.
~ Unexpected ~
This is also my entry for
The stars are pretty easy to find on this layout. I decided to just go-for-the-gold and make my textured background with modeling paste and a star template.
Paper:Sassafrass Lass and CTMH
Die Cuts:7 Gypsies and CTMH
Twine, Brads, Border Strips, and Tickets:MME
Gems and Chalk:Prima
Washi Tape:Crafty Steals and made in Japan
Enamel Accents and Liquid Pearls:Ranger
Modeling Paste:Liquitex
Template:Crafter's Workshop
Staples:Making Memories
Alpha:American Crafts
(I flipped the sketch vertically)

Thursday, July 11, 2013


Thrilling Thursday on the Just Imagine/Kreaxions blog today.
Stop by for another look at this project.
~ Munchies ~
My kids sure have a thing for feeding roadside rodents. We always have a bag of cereal on hand in case we find some fuzzy friends with a case of the munchies.
Paper:MME, CTMH and TPC
Alpha and Journal Card:Cosmo cricket
Pearls:Kaiser Craft
Trim:American Crafts and Stash
Burlap:Hobby Lobby
Ink:CTMH and Prima
Flower:American Crafts
Punch:Kreaxions #901
Butterfly Die:Kreaxions
Page Maps

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

If WALLS Could Talk

10 Things: Mist today on Practical Scrappers. I poured a bit of mist in a bowl, dabbed my stamp in it, and plopped it on my paper.
It sure made fun, drippy impressions!
Tis the season to try new techniques! This is my first attempt with modeling paste. It was SUPER easy to work with, dried quickly (couple hours and I put it on THICK),
and was a great surface for stamping on.
This page is a companion page to Sweet Memories.

~ If WALLS Could Talk ~
This is also my entry for the Scrappy Friends Challenge.
Kristie's Challenge:Clocks or Calendars
Rochelle's Challenge:Celine Dion Title Inspiration
It is such a fun challenge to try to get everything on the same layout and make it look like it just happened to fit together. I am particularly proud of how this one turned out!!!
Paper, Tiny Type:Authentique
Brads, Enamel Dots:MME
Border Punch:Kreaxions #307 and #924
Alpha:American Crafts
Laser Cut Chipboard:Leaky Shed
Modeling Paste:Liquitex
Sequins:Donna Michelle
Mist:Tattered Angels, Dylusions
Hex Dies:Sweet Stamp Shop
Stamps:Sandy Lion, MME
Twine:The Twinery

Monday, July 8, 2013

In Your Eyes

 My week to host at the Paper Girls Challenge Blog.
Go see what it's all about then get crafty and link up!!!
My daughter has beautiful golden eyes. It isn't something you notice at first. But when the light catches them just right you are startled by the tawny, lion color. They leave you with a haunting memory, much like the song by Peter Gabriel.
~ In Your Eyes ~
Ink:CTMH and Color Box
Alpha:American Crafts
Twine:The Twinery
Eyelets and Setting Tools:Maming Memories
Journaling Cards:MME, Prima, 7 Gypsies, CTMH, Font Works

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Bits and Pieces

It's time for the monthly C'est Magnifique Bits and Pieces give away.
Here's a shot of the yummy that could be coming to your scrappy hideaway...
Stop by the blog and get the details!!!!

Saturday, July 6, 2013


Drill #11 for SWAT and we want to make it a brighter day for everyone!
Neon is the name of the game this time. Stop by the blog and get the details.
~LOVE that happy GRIN ~
Paper:Pink Paislee
Ink:Studio g
Trim:Studio 18
Tiny Type:Glitz
Gesso:Faber Castell
Alpha:Making Memories
Stencils:Tulip, Plaid, Kite, and Crafter's Workshop

Friday, July 5, 2013

Sweet Memories

This house holds so many rememberances for me. I lived here as a child and as an adult as well as visited many times. It always feels like home to me.
~Sweet Memories~
Paper, Stickers:Authentique
Alpha:American Crafts
Twine:The Twinery
Hex Dies:Sweet Stamp Shop
Border Punch:Kreaxions #307
Wood Title:Stash
Peridot 10a

Thursday, July 4, 2013


How about a super-duper easy star that looks totally fabulous? It's just a matter of wrapping the twine correctly, and I've taken the guess work out of that for you. Stop by the Just Imagine Crafts/Kreaxions blog for the 3 step tutorial to make this card. 
~ Celebrate ~
This is my entry for MCM # 31:Cards
Twine:The Twinery
Star Template:Kreaxions

Tuesday, July 2, 2013


10 Things Tuesday at Practical Scrappers is ALL about the stars.
I love the good, old-fashioned way of drawing out a star by connecting 5 points. This time I chose to use Eyelets for my points and Twine for my connections.

~ Luftballons ~
This is also my entry for Sketchabilities Sketch # 94.
Paper, Die Cuts, Crocheted Flowers, Brads:WeRMrk
Twine:Too Berry Creative
Eyelets:Making Memories
Tiny Type:Authentique
Cork:Studio Calico
Rub-Ons:American Crafts
Chipboard:MME, WeRMrk
Washi:Target, Crafty Steals, Japan
Gems:MME and Recollections
Ticket Trim:Stash
Circle Cutter:Kreaxions

(I turned it upside down)

Monday, July 1, 2013


I absolutely LOVE being on my summer schedule. I can create and post throughout the day and not have to worry about scheduling my blog far in advance! I get to join in with SO many more challenges that way.  :) 
I love the woodsy feel of this card.
It makes me want to go bug collecting with an old mason jar!
This card is my entry for Paper Secrets Card Challenge.
Paper:7 Gypsies & MME
Ink and Mushroom:Prima
Wood Pin:LYB
Other Items:Stash