Tuesday, March 31, 2009


The inspiration for this layout is a wonderful photo of my Grandma & my mother as a toddler. I love this pic! Especially the babydoll my Mom is holding, & the old auto in the background. My mother was born in 1922, so I imagine the pic was taken around 1923-24. I wish I knew the story behind the photo, but I only have pieces of the past!
Thanks to the wonderful Sunday March 29 sketch by Liz Qualman & the beautiful March kit from My Creative Scrapbook , this was a really fun & easy layout! The kit featured beautiful My Minds Eye Bella Bella papers that screamed "Vintage"! With exception of a few brads & brown card stock the entire layout was done using the kit.
I punched the background papers edges using the Fiskars Lacy Days of Summer punch. I distressed the edges with Distress Walnut Stain & Distress Worn Lipstick Ink. I dotted the border with Ranger Liquid Pearls -gold.

I cut the flourishes from brown card stock & a Boss Kut flourish die using my Big Shot. I sparsely inked the flourishes with the Walnut Stain in. I then scattered lightly distressed Prima flowers about the flourishes & attached with an antiqued brad.

I matted & distressed the pic with pink papers used in layout. I then added a Lacy Day punched border. I dotted the punched border mat with Ranger Liquid Pearls-pink. A Prima Urban Cosmo rub on was just what I was looking for to fill in the corner of the photo!

The title is done with Thickers Daquiri letters. The Butterflies are older K & CO that were distressed with Worn Lipstick & Black Walnut ink. I hand cut the scalloped mat & accented scallops with the pink Liquid Pearls, and inked the raw edges.
The flowers were made from 2 Sizzix dies & 3 different hand punches from papers that were used in layout. I inked all the edges,layered & attached with an antiqued brad.
This was such a fun layout. I really enjoy vintage!
Thanks my friends for taking a look! So nice of you to take the time!

Thursday, March 26, 2009


The inspiration for this layout is the wonderful March Limited Edition kit from My Creative Scrapbook & the Sunday March 22 Sketch by Liz Qualman . The kit featured Prima "Flirty Little Secrets" papers, & Liz's sketch worked perfectly with them! The entire layout was done with the kit with exception of black card stock! I punched the edges of the pink paper with Fiskars flower border punch. I then inked the the edges with Distress Black Soot & Worn Lipstick inks.
I doubled matted the photo, using the same floral print used in layout & black cardstock. All raw edges were inked with the Worn Lipstick & Black Soot.
I made 2 size flowers. The larger flowers have a Prima Essential flower base, and layers made from the printed papers used in layout & various punches. I inked all edges with Worn Lipstick, Black Soot & Shabby Shutters & attached with a brad. I placed a drop of Lime or Fruit Punch Stickles over the brad as flower center.
The floral printed pink paper was puched with the Fiskars Sunburst punch & all edges were inked with the Black Soot ink. The small flower was made with printed papers using the small & xtra small Retro Punch. I doodled the petals & attatched with brad. The leafy swirls were made with my Sizzix Big Shot using a decorative border die. I separated the leafs & placed them around layout as a filler!
The Butterflies are Maya Road raw chip that I painted with Ranger Alcohol black ink. The small butterfly was covered with the pink printed paper using the "cover raw chipboard technique".
I inked the edges to help it blend with the base butterfly.
The lettering is Bo Bunny raw chip alpha that was inked with Ranger Alcohol ink. Nice, quick & easy.
This was a fun layout to do!! I loved the papers in this kit & the sketch made it a super easy & quick layout!! Of course the pic of my sweet little great niece Anna helped too!!
Thanks so much for taking a peek my friends! I appreciate it!!!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009


This layout was inspired by the yummy March kit from My Creative Scrapbook & the Sunday March 15 Sketch by Liz Qualman . The kit featured My Minds Eye beautiful BellaBella papers. The softness of the papers worked wonderfully with my baby picture! The entire layout -with exception of a few brads, black card stock & liquid pearls was made using the kit! I would like to do an album of baby picture layouts of immediate family. I usually do not do themed albums, but thought that would be kinda cute! Thanks Liz for a great sketch!
I inked the background paper edges with Distress Ink Walnut Stain & Worn Lipstick. I doubled matted the photo, distressed the edges & placed on top of 2 trips of BellaBella paper that had been punched with the Fiskars Lacy Days of Summer Punch. The blue paper was distressed with the Walnut Stain & Broken China, and the brown with Walnut Stain. A border strip of rub-ons was cut into various sizes and placed randomly around edges of background paper.
I adhered lace along the one side of photo & dotted the center of punched flower paper with Ranger Liquid Pearls Petal Pink.The title work is made using Thickers Daiquiri Letters. They are chocolate brown & have a vinyl leathery texture! I cut a few butterflies from kit papers & inked them with the Distress Inks used in layout. I placed a glue dot behind them to raise the wings for dimension & added a few drops of Liquid Pearls for the butterfly trails.
I made a loop bow with some cream satin ribbon. I added a mini Retro punched flower & brad to bow center.
The flourishes were made with my Big Shot . I cut 5 of them & just placed them about to make them look as if they were flowing! I added liquid pearl droplets to highlight. The large flowers was made with various dies & a couple of punches, using scrap papers from layout. I distressed each layer with Broken China for blue, & Worn Lipstick for the pinks. Walnut Stain was used on all layers. A brad was used as flower center & to attach to layout. The small flowers was made with base paper layer, Prima cream flower & mini Retro punch center.
I really enjoyed doing this layout!
Thanks so much my friends for taking a peek!! Your sweet support is appreciated!!!

Monday, March 16, 2009


The inspiration for this layout was a sketch challenge at My Creative Scrapbook & hosted by Liz Qualman . OHHHH what a challenge this was! The challenge was for a masculine layout with NO FLOWERS *gulp* NO FLOWERS! Whew I almost passed out when I read that!! So I knew I was in for some struggles! I could not use any flourishes or swirls... that would lead to blooms!!
Let it be known, my hubby does not care for this photo! I captured the "toughy" in a gentle moment! When I seen the pic, I thought..." this is why I love you". It is true! Strong on the outside & soft on the inside!!
The layout was made using the yummy Marrakech line by BasicGrey & Bazzill black card stock.I double matted the pics & I distressed all raw edges of papers with Distress Ink-Black Soot & Broken China.

The title work is BasicGrey Sweets that were inked with Adirondack Alcohol black ink. It is the best way to quickly cover raw chip! Love them alcohol inks!

I made "sorta" inchies using a sheet of Marrakech that already had the designed squared. I distressed the edges with both the Distress Broken China blue & Black Soot to give the inchies a finished off appearance. I then mounted them on black card stock & adhered them to background on chipboard to give dimension. I then placed a jewel in the center of each inchie!
I made "this is why" on PC & printed it on card stock used in layout. I then adhered it to a journaling board & added some trim that was included in the BasicGrey Marrakech collection pack. I also trimmed small photos with the same Marrakech border sticker. A little bling was added to the printed paper layer. No flowers.... gotta have some bling!
I really enjoyed this challenge! I feel this layout is a bit of a change for me & I am happy with the outcome! Thanks so much for taking a peek!!! I appreciate it so very much!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Swirlydoos Kits Guest Designer!

I opened my email today & was very excited to see I was chosen to be a Guest Designer for Swirlydoos Kits! I was sooo happy to be chosen along with this great group of ladies :
*Paulien van den Bosch
*Zoa Barker
* Beth Root
*Angela Velazquez
* Irene Tan
Wow that is some company! I am very humbled to be with this great group of ladies!
Krissy, Thank you for the opportunity! I really appreciate it!!!! I hope you all visit the site & see the yummy kits! WOOOOOOOOOOOT!!!!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Happiness is a Warm Puppy

Ohhhh the inspiration for this layout is the wonderful timeless quote by Charles Shultz! I have previously scrapped this photo as part of a trio, but wanted to scrap it alone! The "oh so very yummy" Que Sera Sera papers from K&Company were perfect! Used with black Bazzill card stock the colors just jumped off the page. I fell in love with a sketch design by Julie Bonner and wanted to work with it! I think the best part of this layout is the fact that it is 99% paper & card stock..very little other materials.
The photo was doubled matted using background pink papers & black card stock. I used MSWord for the "happiness is" journaled frame. It was printed in repeated rows on the landscape setting... That way I had longer rows to work with. I cut the card stock to 8.5 x 11 & printed away. I adhered small jewels around the frame to separate the journaling. The title work is BasicGrey Sweets & was inked with Adirondack black alcohol ink! Quick & easy!

Using the Fiskar's effervescent border punch, I punched both sides to a wide orange strip & placed it under the photo. I then punched 2 strips for top & bottom & adhered it to the journaling strips. The flourishes are made from black card stock & a Sizzix flourish die. I attached a couple of them together to give it a flowing effect! The small flowers were made from the papers in layout & 2 sizes of a Retro punch..very simple! I attached them to the flourish to fill some holes!

I added a Making Memories butterfly clip to the upper corner just to add some interest to the otherwise empty section!
I used 4 colors of ink ink the layout. All papers were distressed with the similar color ink to cover the raw edges. I them went back & lightly distressed with Distress black soot. The following inks were used: Adirondack Wild Plum, Distress Spiced Marmalade, & Distress Shabby Shutters.
The large flowers were very simple & included layers punched from the Que Sera Sera papers & one layer pf a Prima Whisper flower. The paper layers were distressed & attached!
I slapped a jewel in the middle & wahhhlaaaa.... done!!
This was such a fun layout to do! I just love the papers as they are so easy to work with! Plus other that ink, a few jewels, and punches, everything is paper!
Thanks so much for visiting!!

Friday, March 6, 2009

Anna at 3

This layout was done for the My Creative Scrapbook's "Lift the Design Team" challenge. I chose to lift Robbie Herring's "Jade at 3". Keeping with her birthday theme, I did mine the third birthday also! I used the oh sooo yummy "Que Sera Sera" papers by K&Company! They are soooo beautiful & very reasonably priced! The papers are all double sided- totaling 54 sheets! My scallop circle is made by Bazzill & back ground card stock was from the DCWV jewel stack. The corner decor was made with a Sizzix Sizzlets die & my Big Shot machine. I used a lot of ink with this layout -as I wanted every thing to blend. The following Distress Inks were used: Black Soot, Shabby Shutters. Peeled Paint,Broken China & Mustard Seed. The pink ink used was Adirondack Watermelon.
My bird was cut from cardboard & covered with cardstock from Que Sera Sera. I had a raw chip petal that I also covered & used as the wing! I distressed his edges with the Broken China & Black Soot ink. A jewel was added as an eye!

The flourishes are from Rusty Pickle, and letters from BasicGrey. Both were painted with Adirondack alcohol black ink. Just a tip... when painting chipboard letters with alcohol ink, place drops of ink on the brush.. it makes the process much easier & the ink does not dry up before you get to use it!

The large flower was made using layers of papers from the Que Sera Sera collection & various punches & dies. I distressed them with matching inks & added a Prima tropical flower, then attached with a brad. I alternated green & blue jewels and adhered them around the scalloped edges.

The small vine flowers were originally white. They were found in the bridal aisle of local craft store. They are in a tin & labeled "table confetti"! Check those bridal aisles! ( I always say that LOL) I inked them with alternating colors & attached with brad. The leafs attached to the floral clusters are really a decorative border from Sizzix that I have cut & inked. The scalloped mat is made with the Fiskars threading water punch.
I want to thank Robbie for her great inspiration! I had so much fun with this layout! The papers are just beautiful! Give yourself a treat & grab these up! I am looking forward to seeing your creations!
Thanks so much for stopping by!! :D

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Graphic 45 Submissions

Graphic 45 is holding a Design Team call. The following 3 items were my submission. They were all made with Graphic 45 papers! I know it is a shot in the dark, but I wanted to give it a whirl !

"Cute as a Button" layout was done using Graphic 45 Communique line for background papers & the Fashionista line for the "buttons"The flowers were made from the same papers, using various punches. Fired Brick & Black soot distress ink was used to distress. I inked the Fancy Pants flourishes with Adirondack black alcohol ink. I cut the "buttons" from the "Buttons Ala mode" paper & adhered them to round chip board so they would have dimension. They were then distressed to finish off the edges. A Hambly overlay was placed over the pic. A few jewels were added & light Stickles were painted on the lettering.

The altered gift box was made buy using the Communique line of papers & black Bazzill. This too was distressed with the Black Soot Distress ink. Very basic, just cut- n- cover!

Last was the gift card holders that I made with the Fashionista line. (Directions to made gift card holders can be found here... gift card instructions.
I know that many people are trying for the Design Team, I wish everyone good luck! I enjoyed working with the papers & product line regardless of the outcome!! They are very YUUUUUMMMMY :D
Thanks for taking a look at my blog!!


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