Wednesday, January 29, 2014


This is one of those photos I could just scrap over and over again!
It is simple enough that all you see is her inherent beauty. I also love that it was taken by her sister. I DO find it amusing that this is the same photo I scrapped for the last Paper Secrets Challenge. Hope there's no rules agains THAT!!!
~ Precious ~
I'm enjoying the new twist Paper Secrets has added to there sketch challenges. Here are my items for WINTER:
W:White hand made paper for journaling card
I:Ink on the edges of the flower and various other items.
N:Navy Blue Ribbon
E:Ephemera from K and Company
Paper:7-Gypsies, Crate Paper
Flowers:Prima and Recollections
Gems:MME, K and Company, The Paper Studio
Rub-Ons, Liquid Pearls:Ranger
Ephemera, Die Cuts:Prima
Wood Leaves:Prima
Ink:Ranger, CTMH
Alpha:Basic Grey
Resin Heart:Webster's Pages
Border Punch:Kreaxions
(one turn to the left)
Kelly Hollifield

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Just Because

 Chalkboard ideas on Practical Scrappers today...stop by and check them out.
I love using pastel colors on black paper. It looks just like the colored chalk drawings we used to make on the blackboard at school!
 ~ Just Because ~
This card was published in Create, a new magazine by Scrapbook Generation!!!
Check it out HERE.
Paper:Recollections, Kaiser Craft
Twine: Twinery
Grunge Board:Ranger
Sentiment:Teresa Collins
Staples:Making Memories
Shape punches:Kreaxions

Monday, January 27, 2014


My Scraps and More posted a delighful sketch for their sketch blog Design Team Call. I found it so inspiring I put together this layout. I recorded the process via photograph to show how easy it was to build this project.
~ search ~
To begin with I chose a neutral paper with a distressed look.
Step1: I layered rub-ons along the photo area. I put them on in more then one direction or upside down because I was going for added texture, not a specific wording.
Step 2: I misted the paper with white Chalkboard mist and then layered white pigment ink on top.
 Step 3: I attached jute with staples, applied modeling paste over a honeycomb mask, dipped the mask in mist and blotted it on the paper, then inked the mask and stamped it on the paper.
 Step 4: I misted the layout with brown and with pink.
 Step 5: I stamped images over the modeling paste and pigment ink.
Step 6: I attached a bottle of shells, added a craft paper shape, and then a few stickers.

 Step 7: I added a couple pieces of chipboard and then clear buttons to look like sea glass.
Paper:Riddersholm Design, CTMH, DCWV
Modeling Paster:Liquitex
Mist:Ranger, Tattered Angels
Glass Bottle, Jute:Dollar Store
Stickers:Simple Stories
Rub-Ons:7 Gypsies
Buttons:Basic Grey
Stamps:Pink Paislee
Staples:Making Memories
Alpha:Jillibean Soup

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Incredible You

 Special Ops day on the SWAT blog!
Stop by and see how I made the fun,
 ink splattered crowns for this card.
 ~ incredible YOU ~
Paper:DCWV and Recollections
Twine:The Twinery
Large Alpha:American Crafts
Sentiment Sticker:ADG
Punches:Kreaxions #611 and #901
Ink Spray:Ranger
Adhesive: Elmer's Craft Bond
Thread:Coats and Clark
Sewing Machine:White

Friday, January 24, 2014

Celebrate New Life

Scrappy Friends Challenge is always fun to participate with.
I love that the ladies cooperate to offer different challenges and SO many opportunities to win a prize!!!
These photos are of my sister and I during my first pregnancy and her fourth. It was fun to be pregnant at the same time!
~ Celebrate New Life ~
This month the Scrappy Friends offered a color challenge from
Kelly:I chose burgundy, both blues, and the sage green.
A word challenge from Kristi:
I used Celebrate and New
A tic-tac-toe challenge from Rochelle:
I went with Flowers, Embossing (dry embossing on the craft leaves) and Buttons (centers for the blue flowers)
and a sketch challenge from Brenda:
Paper:Farmhous Paper Co, Echo Park, Carta Bella, DCWV
Alpha:Farmhouse Paper Co, American Crafts
Stickers, Tiny Type:Echo Park
Chipboard:Farmhous Paper Co
Ink, Liquid Pearls:Ranger
Buttons:Crate Paper

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Our Song

Still playing with those fun cardstock stickers from the Vintage Collector line. I love the cassette tape and put quite a bit of thought into a catchy sentiment to match it.
~ Our Song ~
Paper, Stickers:DCWV
Tiny Type:Glitz
Page Maps

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Famous first word: HELLO

The kids and I checked out a few sales yesterday and I found the Vintage Collector  cardstock stickers on sale at Michael's. These fun shapes made this layout a SNAP to create!
~ Famous first word:
When my oldest was 2 we lived on a dairy farm in Italy. She was fascinated with the cows and loved to visit them. Every friendship begins with "Hello" and she said it to the ladies often.
Paper, Stickers:DCWV
Alpha:American Crafts, Prima

Monday, January 20, 2014

Dino Friend

Pinecone Pizzazz
Stop by the blog and look for the earthy goodness of pinecones on each project!
~ Dino Friend ~
I have quite the stack of photos of Lori with this dinosaur.
I just couldn't resist all the greens!!!
Paper:Crate Paper, WeRMrk, Authentique
Journaling Card, Fabric Ticket:Webster's Pages
Twine:The Twinery
Stickers, Tiny Type:Authentique

Sunday, January 19, 2014


I just love Karen's sketches! They give me so many ideas for adding layers to my projects! I took this photo of my son a few summers ago. It reminds me of the idea that all children look innocent when they are asleep.
~ Innocent? ~
Paper:Crate Paper, Recollections, Bazill
Transparencies:Little Yellow Bicycle
Alpha:Cosmo Cricket
Rub-Ons:Daisy D's
Ink, Mist:Ranger
Paper Clips:7 Gypsies
Wood Shapes:Prima
Stickers:Crate Paper
Border Punch:Kreaxions

Saturday, January 18, 2014


Drill # 24
Sketch with Buttons 
Buttons always leave me wondering if I should:
1. Sew them on with floss
2. Tie them on with twine
3. Just use a dab of glue and call it good.
For this layout I decided that a glue would work best. I was going for colored bubbles and needed the transparent effect.
~ Friends ~
Be sure to stop by the SWAT blog and check out the interpretations of this sketch and how the DT decided to use buttons! Can't wait to see what YOU make!!!
Paper, Diecuts, Title, Trim:Glitz Design
Buttons:Basic Gray

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

She is a GIFT

So excited to be participating with the Paper Secrets sketches again!!! And what better photo to use
 then one my eldest took of her sister?
Here is my interpretation of PARTY:Jan 1st Sketch.
~ She is a GIFT ~
These are the items I used to spell party:
P: Prima Gems
A: Alphas
R: Rub-Ons
T: Twine
Y: Yellow Paper
Paper:7 Gypsies, Farmhouse Paper Co
Alpha:American Crafts
Gems:Prima, The Paper Studio
Modeling Paste:Liquitex
Mask:Studio Calico
Trim:Pink Paislee
Die Cuts:7 Gypsies
Chip Board:Farmhouse Paper Co.
Border Punch:Kreaxions
Kelly Holifield for Paper Secrets

Monday, January 6, 2014

Tough Enough

New Year's Resolutions
There are SO many things I plan to catch up with now that I have a substantial school break. But picking just one to illustrate is NOT hard. My goal is to spend more time with my kids, celebrating the wonderful young people they have become!
~ tough enough ~
I am so proud of my son for learning that a REAL MAN says "I am sorry!"
Paper:Echo Park, Carta Bella, Kaiser Craft
Rub Ons:American Crafts, 7 Gypsies
Alpha:American Crafts
Tiny Type:Authentique
Staples:Making Memories
Brads & Stickers:Echo Park
Honeycomb Mask:Studio Calico
Mist:Tattered Angels
Enamel Dots:MME
Circle Cutter, Punch:Kreaxions

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Fancy Frost

My favorite part of scrapping layouts is finding the right papers to accent the color combinations in my photos. I'd say that the sparkly paper from DCWV is just about perfect for this winter theme.
~ Fancy Frost ~
I decided to go for an all out glitz look to mirror the frost crystals in the photo.
To add to this theme I added dots of silver stickles to my chipboard. 
Karen Gerber for Sketchabilities
Paper, Brads:DCWV, Echo Park
Alpha:Making Memories
Mist:Tattered Andgels
Trim:May Arts
Border Punch:Kreaxions
Laser Cut Chipboard:Blue Fern Studios