Friday, May 19, 2017

Rise and Shine

Today I have a challenge up at Creative Inspiration for the May Mini Crop. This month the theme is "Colors" and I have "yellow".  My challenge is to create a layout, card, tag or altered project and it has to have the color yellow on it and you must use some type of  banner on it.  Be sure to check out the forum to see the other challenges from the Design Team.
Every month I host a girls night out for some friends.  In April the theme was Rise and Shine.  The girls had to wear their PJ's and I served breakfast foods ... what a blast!  I created this banner for above the food table. 



Thursday, May 18, 2017

Water Color Technique

I'm sharing a watercolor technique on the Off The Rails Scrapbooking Blog today.

For this watercolor technique I started by using a wash of orange watercolor in the upper right hand corner and on the left side of the page.  I just used a set of Crayola watercolors, you know the kind you buy for kids.
I wanted to create some texture so while the watercolor was still wet I used a piece of plastic wrap and scrunched it on top of the watercolor areas.  This was the hard part.  First fighting with the plastic wrap and second letting it set while it dried completely.
This is the result of the plastic wrap over the watercolor.  I love the added texture.

Next I used a stencil and applied some Super Heavy Gesso randomly on the page.

I'm not very patient so I used a heat gun to speed up the drying time. 

For my creative process I went through my stash and pulled any items that I thought might work for this page.  Through the process of elimination I finally decide what papers and embellishments I was going to use.
After putting the page together I decided it was missing something so I found the perfect ink and did some stamping around the edges.

Not quite satisfied with the page I added some mist and gathered some flowers ... just in case.

Adding the flowers to this page was the finishing touch that it needed.




Monday, May 15, 2017


It's May 15th and that means it's time for the Off The Rails Scrapbooking Mid-Month Design Team Reveal.  I loved this month's mood board and the addition of using feathers.  Be sure to check out the blog to see what the rest of the Design Team came up with ... and be inspired!
May Mood Board - Use Feathers
The Howard's are adding another blessing to their family.  Yes I'll be a grandma again come June.  This page is for the new baby's album.

My take on the Mood Board

Saturday, May 6, 2017

A Design Team Project and a Challenge

I'm up on the Just Imagine Crafts/Kreaxions Punches Blog today sharing a card.  I also have a challenge up at Creative Inspiration for the NSD Mini Crop.
I created this card "Precious Baby" for our granddaughter who is due in June.  I used the Kreaxions 4 in 1 punch #921.  I used both the positive and negative pieces from  the punch to create the layered ruffles across the onesie and the positive piece from the punch for the border strip at the top.  I love the vintage feel of this card and the little details that the punch added.

For my NSD challenge at Creative Inspiration (using punches) be sure to check out the details in the forum and see what the rest of the Design Team has come up with for the NSD Mini Crop.  Hope you can join in the fun!
"Precious Baby"

Using the positive pieces from the Kreaxions 4 in 1 punch #921
I created this border strip for the top of the card.

Using the positive and negative pieces from the
Kreaxions 4 in 1 punch #921, I created layers of ruffles and cuteness.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Sharing Two Design Team Projects today

Today I have two Design Team projects posted:

1) The DT Reveal is up on the Just Imagine Crafts/Kreaxions Punches Blog today and the theme this month is "babies". 

Since we have two grandchildren on the way, one due in June and one due in September, this gave me the opportunity to get cards made.  For the little guy coming in September I chose to make his card using the Kreaxions 4 in 1 punches # 916 & 918 along with the Circle Cutter.  I used my Cricut and the Create a Critter Cartridge - "Welcome Little One".

When I want to add that perfect little detail to a project I turn to my Kreaxions Punches every time.


Kreaxions Punch # 916

Kreaxions Punch #918
2) The May Design Team Sketch Reveal is up at Creative Inspiration.  Bev Code has provided us with another inspiring sketch to work with.  Be sure to check out the forum to see what the rest of the Design Team did with this sketch.

May Sketch

My take on the sketch



Saturday, April 8, 2017

Peaceful Hearts

If you have a die cutting machine you will love this Kreaxions thin "Butterfly Die"!  Since the Design Team featured the "Butterfly Die" for their reveal on the first I thought I would use the die again, but in a different way.  I used the negative piece from the die to create this card.  After making my base card out of white cardstock I covered the front with washi tape.  I then cut out two butterflies using the die and used the negative pieces.  I adhered them to the front of the card over the washi tape and added my sentiment.  This has been such a fun and versatile die to work with ... so many ideas and so little time.  Be sure to check out the Just Imagine Crafts/Kreaxions Punches Blog to see what the rest of the design team is up to this month.



Saturday, April 1, 2017

Kreaxions Butterfly Die

Today the Design Team Card Reveal is up on the Just Imagine Crafts/Kreaxions Punches Blog.  This month the Design Team is featuring the "Butterfly Die".  I created this "Sing His Praise" card by embossing a piece of cardstock and adhering it to the front of the card.  I then die cut the butterfly from patterned paper and added sequins before adhering it to the embossed piece of cardstock.  For the inside of the card I die cut 5 butterflies and glued them together along the edges of their wings.  I then positioned the middle butterfly along the crease in the card and adhered the outside wings of the first and last butterfly to the cardstock on the inside of the card.  What a fun die to work with!



Monday, March 20, 2017

Recycle those pop cans - flowers

I'm sharing a tutorial over at Off The Rails Scrapbooking today:

I love making my own embellishments and found that I could make some unique flowers out of pop cans.  So pick your pop can(s) of choice.  Mine just happen to be Pepsi cans.


Step One:
I made sure my cans were clean and dry.

Step Two:
I used a X-Acto knife to make a hole in the side of each can.  I used a pair of scissors to cut down the side of the cans…being VERY careful not to cut myself on the sharp edges as I went.

Step Three:
I cut the top and the bottom of the cans off ... it will look like this.  Discard the tops and bottoms of the cans.

Step Four:
I carefully smoothed out the middle of the pop cans and placed them on top of a Sizzix flower die that I have.  I then ran it through my Cuttlebug.  The Cuttlebug cut through the metal pop can like butter.

Step Five:
I then ran the die cut flowers through the Cuttlebug using an embossing folder.

* Again use extreme caution ... the sharp metal cans will draw blood ... I know from experience.  After die cutting the metal pop cans and embossing the flowers, the edges of the flowers are dulled and not as sharp.

I decided to use my flowers on a layout.


Friday, March 17, 2017

Pecorino on Cedar

Sometimes when I'm scrapping a photo and going through my stash looking for just the right paper and embellishments I find I don't have a collection that compliments my photo(s).  That's when I start looking at my basic supplies.  Believe it or not using only cardstock can take your project a long way and/or to a new level.
I have a challenge up for the Creative Inspiration March Mini Crop - create a layout, card, tag, ATC or altered project and only use cardstock ... no patterned paper allowed.  You can use embellishments of your choice.
I created this layout for my son's album.  I only used Kraft cardstock and a variety of embellishments.

Be sure to check out the rest of the Design Team's Mini Crop challenges this month and be inspired.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017


It's March 15th and time for the Mid Month DT Reveal at Off The Rails Scrapbooking.  This month along with the mood board challenge you needed to add stitching to your project.  I choose to use these sweet photos of Gracelynn from when she was in the car with her mom's phone taking selfies.  I stitched the strips down along the outer sides.  I'm slowly put surely using up some of my stash.  I've had some of these goodies hoarded, I mean saved for years ... it's about time I used them.
Be sure to check out the Off The Rails Scrapbooking blog to see what the rest of the Design Team came up with.  You won't be disappointed!
March Mood Board


Monday, March 6, 2017

Just For Fun

Today is the Creative Inspiration Design Team Sketch Reveal.  Be sure to check out the forum to see what the rest of the design team did with this fun sketch.  Again, all of the supplies I used to create this layout I found in my stash.  Some of this "stuff" I have had for years.  My goal this year is to use up as much of my stash as I can ... so I can buy new stash lol!
March Sketch
My take on the sketch

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Easter Card

Today I'm sharing a Design Team card I created for the Just Imagine Crafts/Kreaxions Blog.  I created this whimsical Easter card with patterned paper scraps and materials I had in my stash.  I also used the Kreaxions Circle Cutter, the B Stencil, Positioning Parts 8cm (small) and punch #302.
I embossed the doily and then cut it in half before attaching it to the card which made a great focal point for the bunny.


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Happy Easter

Today is the first of March and that means the Design Team Reveal is up on the Just Imagine Crafts/Kreaxions Punches Blog.  The theme this month is Spring or Easter.  I went with Easter and created this cute card using the following Kreaxions products:
(I've provided links to the Kreaxions products I used.)

B Stencil
Punch #305
Positioning Parts 6.8 (small)
Punch #918 with the A insert
After I created the doily I embossed it.
I was a little leery about using white on white but I think the net effect is one of elegance.


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Industrial Chic

Altered Art Found Object Necklace = Industrial Chic
I have had a bag of old keys for a while now with the intention
that someday I would alter them into something amazing.
Well there is a lot to be said for being retired because that someday finally arrived. 
Actually the last couple of days.  I had so much fun altering the first
key into a necklace that I made 3 more.  My newest altering favorites.

All the items that I used to make these necklaces I had
in my stash except the chain for the "Secret" necklace.
It feels good to be using up some of those hoarded supplies!