Thursday, April 4, 2013


Hello Friends! I hope everyone enjoyed the Easter Season!
I wanted to share with you, this adorable photo of my niece Christy taken in 1976.
I have been scanning photos into Photoshop lately and when I came across this one I knew at once I had to scrap it!

The papers used are from K&Co Brenda Walton Flora. I have had them for some time, but love using some time proven products!
I stamped the background paper with  Bo Bunny Distress Stamps and doodled around the edges.
The circle doilies were cut using the new Martha Stewart Circle Edge paper punch. (LOVE IT)
I fussy cut the photo and popped it up with foamies to give it some dimension. I then inked the edges to define it a bit more!

The banner was made with Sizzix Framelits Banner die. I used 2 sizes. The base layer is scored at the top and folded over to give some depth for the mini clip to hold on to. The mini paper clips are Tim Holtz Ideaolgy.
The lettering is older stickers that I have inked and adhered using foam adhesives for dimension.
The little ballet slipper is made by Jolees Boutique. I thought it worked perfectly!

 You know I love to layer flowers and this was no different! I layered them using various punches and dies, then inked the edges with Adirondack Citrus, Purple Twilight and Distress Worn Lipstick. The leaves are from a Martha Stewart Rose Leaf punch. Again I inked all edges and added some leaf veins.
I will be doing a flower Tutorial on this flower soon :)

The final touch was this pretty little chip bird cage that I have had for a few years. I am not certain who makes it.. but I would love to have more! I inked it with Distress Shabby Shutters and added a flower.  I wrapped some wire around a stick pen and stretched it out along the bottom, to give it a metal feel.
I really enjoyed doing this layout! The colors were fun to work with and the photo brings joy to my heart!
Thanks Friends for stopping for a visit! It is much appreciated!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Clip It Up-Shoerack Style!

 Hi Friends! I wanted to share with you an inexpensive, quick and easy way to make yourself a Clip It Up!  This was inspired by a post on the blog Golden Moments.
I purchased a Three Tier Revolving Shoe Rack from Bed Bath and Beyond for $24.99
(after using a 20% coupon).

Assembly was super easy. I only used 2 of the 3 tiers as I wanted mine to be table top and I felt the 3 tiers was a bit tall as a table top style. The base is surprisingly weighted and feels very sturdy overall.  I used the long post on top for all those long packaged embellies!
Also if you notice the original one had the basket snipped off. I chose to leave it on for additional storage. Plus it keeps the items neatly divided.

 I purchased a box of mini clips and paperclips that were on clearance at Target! I love a good bargain!
I then slipped one side of  the mini clip over paperclip and looped it over basket portion of the shoe rack. And there you have it!

Thanks for the visit!  I hope you have fun saving some money making your own clip it up!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013


 Hi Folks! It has been way too long since I have scrapped. I have still been visiting blogs & galleries-just not scrapping. I think that is past & now have a renewed energy for it! I had to take a little break, however now I am happy to be back at it!
The inspiration for this layout is a photo of my son, Nick & daughter in law Stephanie taken in Maui. They work work work & have found that their place to refresh is Hawaii! They go every so often and just love the peace that Maui has to offer.
I used the Basic Grey Kioshi line of papers... the colors were perfect!

A Sizzix flourish was used to cut the flourishes. I still have my hand cranked Sizzix & no electronic cutting machine. I guess I am living in the Ice Age!!!

I made flowers using various dies & punches , inking the edges &  adding a drop of Scribbles for the centers. I also dotted the flourishes with the Scribbles.

Lastly, I stamped around the edges with Inkadinkado (whew I always type that wrong ) chandelier stamps-using the chain portion! It was just what I needed!

Thanks so much friends for visiting & hanging with me in my absence!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012


 Hi Friends! Well we almost have made it through the winter! I imagine everyone is ready for spring time!
The inspiration for my layout is my sweet niece Anna, & her dreamy ways!  At  family get together you always find Anna with her animal friends! If it is furry & has a tail she is usually off in some world with it! Anna is quiet & calming along with her fur babies... in their own dreamy world!
From my stash I  used Prima papers from the Strawberry Kisses Collection.. they were soft & spring-like! So I felt they were perfect!
 Lots of hand made flowers here! It took me 6 hours to make just the flowers!! I found it very therapeutic! I made the flowers using various punches & dies. The leaf portion was a Martha Stewart rose leaf punch. I inked all layers of the flowers with Distress Walnut Stain & Worn Lipstick, the leaf is inked with Peeled Paint.
 The large lettering is about a 5 year old purchase from an Archiver's $1 bin. I have not been in an Archiver's in several years, so I do not even know if they still have $1 bins! I added some ink & a bit of Petal Pink Liquid Pearls.
 The little droplets was made using beads & some awesome wire that I got at Joann's online. The product name is "FunWire" & is a translucent covered wire in various colors! I just added the beads, wrapped it around a lollipop stick, stretched it & attached!
Lastly, I added some corner flourishes made with a Bosskut die & added a beaded stick pen so it sorta looks like a butterfly!
This was a fun layout to do! I was off in my own dreamy world thinking of spring!
Thanks so much for dropping by!  You guys are the best!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Sisters Valentine Tag

 Hello Friends!   I hope this finds everyone doing well!
My inspiration today is my sister! We will be having a little mid-winter getaway at Harrah's for a couple nights... so I thought this would be perfect as a tag for a bottle of wine to share!!
I used the adorable image from Lisa's Altered Art , scraps of Graphic45 papers, a few Prima flowers, and some scraps of ephemera. Just a bit of fussy cutting, glue & ink & I have a tag! It measures about 4x4.. so probably a bit bigger than most... but I will get the BIG bottle of wine , so it doesn't look so large!! :)
 String of pearls framed the heart & dots from gold Liquid Pearls!
I love the postmark! It was part of a sticker pack of ephemera I got at local scrapbook store.
I really enjoyed making this for my sister!! I know we will have fun!
Thanks so much for visiting, you guys are the best!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Easy Scallop Die Cut

 HI Friends! For along time now I have made my own scallop die cuts. Here is a quick glance at how I made the one for my recent layout.

*Cut 2 printed paper circles of the same size.
*Cut 1 circle a bit smaller. This will be the backing
* Cut the patterned paper according to the size you want. I wanted the floral to be a bit a bit larger. You can also cut it vertically!
*Adhere the paper to the base circle

* Ink the edges to give it a finished look!

 *I decided to place a ribbon across the seam ! You can any use anything to cover up the seam! Be creative!

* Adhere the ribbon with 2 sided tape, leaving a bit overhang on the sides. This will wrap around the back. 

 *Punch , Punch , Punch. You can use ANY shape! Be Creative!
 Glue circles/shapes to back, spacing them evenly. If you are off a bit.. stick a flower over it!!
 * Here is the finished product
I know this is probably a well known way to make die cuts.. but i thought I would post it anyway, as I do it all the time! It saves tons of money & makes use of supplies on hand!
Thanks so much for stopping by! I really appreciate it!

Monday, January 30, 2012


 Hello Friends! I am so happy that you stopped by! The inspiration for my layout was this cutey photo of my son in 1989 on his 8th birthday! Nick always would tell me he was going to make "WISHES" when he blew out his candles! Not just a WISH... but WISHES! So when I ran across this photo his closed eyes & little puffed up cheeks brought a smile to my face as I know he was making "WISHES"!

I used the yummy Creative Imaginations LooLah papers. I thought they were perfect for the picture! They also had a sticker that was great for those little details! I made the scalloped dies cut & will be posting a "how to" in a day or so. 

All edges were inked with 3 colors of Distress Ink- Faded Denim, Peeled Paint & Worn Lipstick. The little flowers are  K &Co... I wrapped wire around a little lollipop stem & attached the wire on back of flowers to make them a little "springy". They are much more dimensional than they are showing up in the photo.
The lettering is round sticker letter on punched circle card stock with a little retro flower attached to the back. I raised them with round chip to give the bottom of the layout some interest. The little lady bugs are Jolee's Boutique.
 I really enjoyed this layout! I think I was smiling the whole time! Nick just turned 31, but it seems like just yesterday I was taking this photo of him in his Care Bear jammies making Wishes!!
Thanks so much for stopping by! You guys are the best :)

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Creative Workshops Project

HI Friends!! Thanks so much for stopping by!
I am currently enrolled in LAYER UPON LAYER : THE MAGIC OF DIGITAL ART on the site Creative Workshops. Stop by & see some of the great online classes! This is  my first project! The class is self paced  & awesome! Having lots of fun with it!
Thanks for the visit! You guys are the best!

Monday, January 16, 2012


 Hello Friends! Well I finally finished this layout! I started it in summer of 2011& became so stuck that I had to set it aside ...for what seemed like forever. But better late than never as they say.
The inspiration for the layout was a photo of my husband taken in late 50's. We have less than 10 photos of my husband from childhood through his teens- so the ones we have are very precious to me! It may be a bit grainy... but I still love it!  I seen the spinning top & my mind started thinking...Time Spins Away! And that is so true!
I wanted to use yummy retro look papers. This is a combo of Pink Paislee & Girls Paperie Vintage Travel papers.

 I inked & matted the photo yo make the pic pop off the papers by using a black matt. I really wanted to convey somewhat of a spinning feel.. so I did the letters in the round. They are Tim Holtz grungeboard letters inked with black alcohol ink. After I placed the lettering , I stitched the inner circle, then adhered the lettering.  The corner deco is chip from the Starry Night collection by Rusty Pickle. ( I miss Rusty Pickle.. I always loved their items) It was inked & stickled with  Black Diamond Stickles.

 The clock is made by Jolee's Boutique & was mounted on Grungeboard wings to convey time flying. They were inked with black alcohol ink & stickled with the Black Diamond. I then added it to a Bo Bunny Flower Child chip flower, & inked it with Distress Aged Mahogany & Black Soot.

Again, I used Bo Bunny Flower Child chip board to add some interest to the other side! I scattered some stars about the whole layout to give some detail to those empty areas. 

 I really had a good time with this layout. When I started many months ago I was completely uninspired... then poof ... I knew what I wanted to do & it felt great!
Thanks so much for visiting & taking a peek at my blog! I appreciate it so very much :)

Tuesday, January 10, 2012


HI Friends! I wanted to share with you how easy it is to make the netting used in my layout!
 First grab a bag of produce! I chose this because I liked the larger netting! Look around at the fruits & veggies & you will be surprised at the different kinds!
 Cut open & lay out the net. I used Making Memories Metallic Copper paint, as I wanted to pick up the metallic in the papers. ANY craft paint will work! I found the metallic really held to the net fantastically! I swipe a layer on the work space to test the color.
 Roll the netting into a ball & squeeze some paint on. Do this several times to make sure you have the net full of color!
 Unwind the netting & check to make sure all areas are covered & excess globs removed!
 Allow to dry! I always clip mine to the little dangles hanging from the ceiling fan & place my fan on low! Dries real quickly!
Cut and stretch to your desire!
I adhered it with a couple swipes of double sided tape!
There ya go! I can think of many uses for the netting! I hope you try this & let me see what you have done with the netting!
Thanks Friends! You guys are the best! :)


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