Friday, February 28, 2014

A Morning Like This

SWAT:Drill # 27
For my project I used modeling paste. I decided white just wouldn't do so I used my Dylusions mist to tint the paste before applying it over the stencil. I love the bright color that resulted.
~ A MORNING like this ~
This layout is also my entry for The Paper Bakery
Paper:Farmhouse Paper Company
Flowers:Making Memories
Enamel Accents:Ranger
Alpha:American Crafts
Mist:Ranger, Tattered Angels
Wood Elements:Studio Calico
Corner Punch:Kreaxions
Juliana Michaels
Sketch 20 by Juliana Michaels for Paper Bakery


can't believe today is the last day to enter the
My entry features my sweet little girl, and her infatuation with horses. She was convinced they needed some love.
~ Kisses? ~
Paper:MME, Martha Stewart, WeRMrk
Alpha:Echo Park
Flowers:Tim Holtz
Ink:Creativity Inc
Modeling Paste:Liquitex
Washi Tape:MME, Crafty Steals, Target,
Anrich, Studio g, Recollections
Lanette Erickson

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Spring Bouquet

Springtime is my last Challenge on Cute Card Thursday as February's Guest Designer. I certainly have enjoyed
sharing my creations with you this month!!!
This last project was created with strips of patterned paper, border punches, and lots of hot glue.
Paper:MME, Glitz Design, Pink Paislee
Ink:Close To My Heart
Gems:Jolee's Boutique

Tuesday, February 25, 2014


Practical Scrappers is posting ideas for adding gold to your crafty projects. I love kraft paper and DCWV has some great foiled stacks.
~ Thanks ~
For this card I let the paper dictate the card design.
It came together quickly, but is simple and classy.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Washi Tape Storage

Special Ops day on SWAT
Stop by for a step by step on how to turn a $1 item into a handy washi tape holder!
Paint:Rust-Oleum, CraftSmart
Paper, Trim:Recollections
Border Punch:Kreaxions

Friday, February 21, 2014

Frugal Finds:Cookie Cutters

Practical Scrappers wants to remind you to dig in your stash of unwanted items and make something beautiful! Today we are using Cookie Cutters to inspire you.
This project was super easy and had my kids oooh-ing and aaah-ing over the result.
These are Christmas Cookie Cutters in a lovely forest green. But I wanted something white and blue for my bathroom. To I roughed up the finish a little and painted the cutter with 3 coats of white acrylic paint.
Then I strung beads on floral wire and and wrapped them around the "stump".
A suction cup for the mirror or window finished the job beautifully.
Cookie Cutters:Michaels
Beads:Bead Landing
Floral Wire:FloraCrafts

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Up Up and Away

 Buttons and Bows today on Cute Card Thursday.
Translucent buttons make great bubbles.
I snagged this bubble wand from the kids, added a cheery phrase, and felt spring move just a little bit closer!!!
 ~ Up Up and Away ~
Buttons:Basic Grey
Trim:Coats and Clark
Stamp:Pink Paislee
Bubble Wand:Toy Box

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Not JUST a Mom

Another AWESOME sketch from Karen Gerber
This time I combined it with a theme from Turtle Soup's
Scarlett challenged us to create a layout about our selves
with affirming happy thoughts.
~ Not JUST a Mom ~

Paper:Farmhouse Paper, Recollections
Chipboard, Stickers:Farmhouse Paper
Twine, Enamel Dots:MME
Dimensional Paint:Ranger, Hampton Art
Staples:Making Memories
Mist:Tattered Angels
Brads:Basic Grey
Border Punch:Kreaxions
Karen Gerber
(turned twice to the left)

Monday, February 17, 2014

This Way Home

Paper Girls Challenge #50
In my mind, home is an area not a particular house, city, or state. In fact, every time I take the long drive west I can see home in the distance when the mountains begin to show against the horizon.
~ This Way Home ~
For this project I was convinced I needed brown modeling paste. But if you've checked the Hobby Lobby shelves lately, you'll notice they aren't exactly carrying colored modeling paste. But I know my color wheel so I glopped white modeling paste on a non-stick surface, added a splash of brown, a little red, and some green mist and had the color I wanted.
This is my entry for February's C'est Magnifique Sketch Challenge.
Rub-Ons:Michaels, Tim Holtz
Laser Cuts:Blue Fern Studios
Arrows:DP Corkies, Pink Paislee
Alpha, Stamp, Washi:MME
Modeling Paste:Liquitex
Tiny Type:Authentique
Mist:Ranger, Tattered Angels
Stickers:Echo Park, Simple Stories
Stencils:Pebbles, Chatter Box
Ink:CTMH, Ranger
Burlap:Hobby Lobby
Buttons:Basic Grey
Embossing Powder:WOW
Stick Pins:Fibre Craft

Michele Singh for C'est Magnifique

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Dance in the Rain

This time it is all about brads and eyelets.
For my project I heat embossed an umbrella image
and added brads to simulate rain.
"Anyone who says sunshine brings happiness
has never danced in the rain."
Paper:Authentique, Pink Paislee, CTMH
Embossing Powder:Wow
Stamps:Glitz Design
Ink:CTMH, Ranger
Border Punch:Kreaxions

Friday, February 14, 2014

These have I loved

Scrap Your Stash Blog Hop
has the same theme as SWAT Drill # 26
~ LOVE ~
I have been making this year's Valentine decor out of kraft and paper straws.
With a little clever cutting I was able to get one more project out of my supplies.
Here are my other items with this theme:

Paper:DCWV, Recollections, CTMH
Paper Straws:Target, Michaels
Corner Punch:Kreaxions
Alpha:Silhouette, Sunday Font
Practical Scrappers is thrilled to have Kiwi Lane Designs sponsoring the Blog Hop this month!

Kiwi Lane Designs creates templates that help take the frustration out of scrapbooking! And one lucky winner today will get a border set and an accessory set from Kiwi Lane. We are big fans of Kiwi Lane Designs and in fact have several members of our design team who either currently or in the past have been a part of their design team! Details on how you can win this prize are at the bottom of this post!
We recognize that this is a huge list for the blog hop and would love for you to visit as many as you can...but we are not making that mandatory to qualify for the prize here. That said, many of the designers are offering prizes of their own so I do recommend seeing what you can get in on :).
Practical Scrappers Blog Hop List
Practical Scrappers: You Are Here
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1) Become a follower here or
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Leave us a comment so that we know what you did! This contest will close at 11:59 pm CST on Sunday, the 16th.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Picture Perfect

Clever Cutting is this weeks Challenge on Cute Card Thursday.
This time I took my craft knife to the shapes in my patterned paper.
With a bunch of punching and a bit of bling this card is:
~ Picture Perfect ~
Paper:Crate Paper, Glitz Design, CTMH, MME
Tiny Type:Authentique
Film Strip:Ranger
Gems:Prima, MME
Cork:Denise Parcells
Resin Heart:Webster's Pages
Shape and Border Punch:Kreaxions

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Be Mine

It's time for me to get my sweet kiddos cards finished.
I turned to DCWV for inspiration this time.
So VERY glad I did!!!
~ be mine ~
Tiny Type:Girls Paperie
Paper, Cork, Die-cuts:DCWV
Kimber Mcgray
(I turned the sketch upside down.)



Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Missing Piece

Practical Scrappers card sketch day.
I've been having fun putting my new Silhouette Portrait to work.
For this card I wanted a puzzle piece cut file.
 ~ U are my Missing Piece ~ 
Today we have two sketches to choose from.
I went with this one by Patty Selah:
Paper:KaiserCraft, Recollections
Chip Board:Basic Grey
Tiny Type:EK Success
Cut file:Silhouette

Monday, February 10, 2014

Welcome Aboard

Check out today's sketch challenge on the Turtle Soup Forum.
It's a blue print for fun!
~ Welcome Aboard ~
These photos are from last summer's trip to the Oregon Coast.
We had a great time exploring this sunken ship
and getting very wet.
Paper:Pink Paislee, K and Company, Riddersholm
Stamps:Ink-a-Dink-a-do, MME
Ink:CTMH, Color Box
Embossing Powder:WOW
Alpha:Mrs Grossman's, CTMH
Flower:K and Company
Burlap:Hobby Lobby
Dimensional Accents:Ranger, Hampton Art
Bev Code


Friday, February 7, 2014

Hugs and Kisses

We are getting our Valentine on over at Practical Scrappers today. Stop by the blog and see what lovely things our designers have come up with!!!
~ Hugs and Kisses ~
Valentines is a REALLY big deal at our house. Every year the kids and I exchange presents and have a celebration tea party. Decorating for this event is a must. I made this banner to add to our decorating options.
~ Hugs ~
~ and ~

~ Kisses ~

Paper Straws:Michaels, Target
Border Punch:Kreaxions


Thursday, February 6, 2014

Words of Love

Thrilled to announce that I am guest designing for
Cute Card Thursday this month.
This weeks challenge is Lots of Love.
I've been waiting for the perfect opportunity to use this
wood-chip typewriter and here it is.
~ words of LOVE ~
Stop by the Just Imagine Crafts blog for directions to make this card.
Card Stock:CTMH
Stitching Tools:WeRMrk
Tiny Type:The Girls Paperie
Wood Chip:Studio Calico

Tuesday, February 4, 2014


Practical Scrappers: Monthly Sketch
Come play along with us on the PS blog!
We've added a linky so we can enjoy your work.
~ Waiting ~
This is another one of those photos that I love to scrap over and over. I had the priviledge of babysitting a friends two children while she was in labor with their third. It was a beautiful day so we went out and had a photo shoot. These sweeties were such good sports that we had a CD full of photos for Mom and Dad when they came to pick them up.
Paper:Prima, Bazill
Alpha:Jillibean Soup
Doily:Michaels (bake ware)
Christine Meyer

Monday, February 3, 2014


It's all about LOVE on the Paper Girls Challenge Blog.
Stop on by to get the details then get crafting!!!
~ LOVE ~
For my project I decided to try out paper straws. I found 2 colors in the Target $1 section and 2 more colors at Michael's. I traced a quick heart on folded paper, cut it out and then traced my template straight on to the Kraft paper. The straws cut quickly with a craft knife and I used my wonderful hot-glue gun to attach them. A bit of ribbon added bling and it was ready to go in no time.
Paper Straws:Target, Michael's
Trim:May Arts
Border Punch:Kreaxions

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Weekend Getaway

The pictures we took of our trip to the Oregon Coast in 2012 were just so magical that I scrap them over and over! Sketch #108 from Sketchabilities gave me an opportunity to offer this scene in a panoramic format. Haystack Rock is in the central panel with ocean to the right and coastline to the left.
~ weekend getaway ~
Paper:CTMH, Kaiser Craft
Mist:Tattered Angels, Ranger
Modeling Paste:Liquitex
Stencil:Crafter's Workshop
Vellum Title:DCWV
Medallions:Bo Bunny
Border Punch:Kreaxions
Liquid Pearls, Ink:Ranger
Laser Cuts:Blue Fern Studios
Paper Clips:7-Gypsies
Staples:Making Memories
Sequins:Made in China
Washi Tape:Made in Japan
Rub-Ons:7-Gypsies, Fancy Pants, Kaiser Craft, Making Memories
Stamps:Ink-a-Dink-a-Do, Pink Paislee, Elmer's Glue Cap
Karen Gerber

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Beach House

SWAT turns 1 year this month!
To celebrate we are starting off with a
Black and White +1 Challenge.
I chose lime green as my +1.
~ beach house ~
It's been two and a half years since our trip to the beach house with my Sister and her family, but we are still reliving the fun times there!
Paper:Pink Paislee, Recollections, Fancy Pants
Star Punch:The Paper Studio, Recollections
Wood Gears:Prima
Ink:Color Box
Embossing Ink:Ranger
Embossing Powder:Zing
Washi Tape:Recollections
Border Punch:Kreaxions