Thursday, September 21, 2017

Ribbons, Ribbons, Ribbons...

I love ribbons.  I have a great stash of them.  With that said, I am always looking for new ways to use ribbons.  I found a fantastic tutorial on "woven flowers."  I implemented this technique on my layout below:

The bigger flowers have ribbons that are "woven" into a die cut.  The smaller flower simply has a ribbon tied in a knot for the center.  This was a fabulous idea and I plan on using it again!

I also added a canvas-type ribbon for my white vertical strip down each page.

I decided this was a great entry for the challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbons.  The challenge is to pretty much use ribbon on your project!  Links are due October 4th!

Materials Used:  ribbons, Studio Calico Die Cut stickers, recycled tag from clothing (Legacy), Echo Park - Season's Greetings paper, Recollections- Christmas Noel wood tiles, old ampersand, Teresa Collins - Urban Market enamel dots, Stickles - Icicle, and Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die cut.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Hello Again!

I am happy to be scrapping again.  As par for the course, my life often goes unscripted and NOT according to my plans.  But hey - that keeps me on my toes and my world pretty much exciting!  So I can't complain.

Here is a layout for the challenge at Sketch N Scrap's July 15th challenge and the sketch:

Ahhh - this photo means so much.... so much so that it deserves its own page.  See, my daughter was showing this horse over Memorial Day Weekend.  The duo was struggling a bit and my daughter fell off her horse twice.  The last fall, we were encouraging her to call it a day but she wouldn't hear of it. She was determined to get back on the horse and complete a course - even if it meant competing on a harder course.    Well, Miss Determination got her way -- with her number tattered and her attire all muddy - she gave it a go.  The team came out of the arena with a blue ribbon (first place).  We were so incredibly impressed by her tenacity and perseverance.  To say that we were proud of her is simply an understatement.  What continues to make this photo so special is that this horse died quite unexpectedly less than three days later.  It comforts my daughter just a little knowing that his last run was a Blue Ribbon result.

Hence - my absence from scrapping as we scrambled to find another horse for to ride the rest of the season.  I think we have found one!  Whew!

In any case, this sketch was super easy to follow (a huge bonus if you are in a hurry) and I love the result.  For the splatter effect, I used Tim Holtz's Adirondack Alcohol inks.  With the provided applicator - it was incredibly simple to use and it dried very quickly! Wait - what - no drying time!  SWEET!

I hope you can join us in this challenge!  All links are due July 31st.

Materials Used: cardstock, DCWV - My Sunshine paper, Tim Holtz's Adirondack Alcohol Ink - latte & ginger, silk flowers, brads, Cricut - Alphalicious font, and an upcycled Girl Scout Insignia Tab.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Last Sketch for the Bash at Sketch N Scrap

The last sketch challenge to celebrate Sketch N Scrap's birthday has been posted.  Here is the sketch and my example:

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This is another great sketch that is also easy to follow!  Give it a try!  Links are due June 2nd.

Materials Used:  DCWV - My Sunshine papers, PaperTrunk - Benny alphabet, Cosmo Cricket - Tiny Type alphabet (date), Basic Grey - Basic Candy Buttons, and unknown manufacturer of vinyl star.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

On Time With This One....

If you have been following me, you will have noticed that I have been a little late posting my DT challenge examples.  Oops!  This one though - I made it on time!  A small miracle!

In any case, here is my work to help release the current challenge at Lasting Memories.  The challenge is to use a lot of little photos to make one BIG shape.  This is what I created:

I grabbed a heart shape mosaic pattern off the internet and cut pictures to fit the pieces,  Then I just put the page together with a few layers and an embellishment cluster.  I hope you can join us for this true challenge!  Links are due by May 26th.

Materials Used:  DCWV - Hey Sailor papers, cardstock, upcycled yarn (from shopping bag), brads, fun wire, PaperTrunk - Benny alphabet, and Sizzix photo corners original die.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Catching Up On My Posts...

Today (only a day late now....), I am sharing my example of the latest challenge at Sketch N Scrap.

Here is the sketch:

I stayed true to the sketch for the most part.  However, I cut one of the layers a little short (the more solid brown piece).  So I cut the paper again into two pieces and used the horizontal strip (brown with white circles) to help lengthen the brown paper.  All the embellishments (the title, brown paper, circle/brown strip, gold foil cut outs) were fussy cut from another piece of paper from the collection.  I added the white circles and brads to complete the page.

I hope you can join us in the challenge!  The links for this sketch are due June 2nd.

Materials Used: Me & My Big Ideas - Hello Beautiful mambi sheets, cardstock, Creative Memories circle punch, and brads.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Check This Challenge Out!

This was a fun challenge to complete for Lasting Memories.  Of course, if you are following me this week, I am a little late posting my DT examples.  None the less, there is time to play along.  The challenge (#344) this week is to use strips of paper or washi tape in a BIG way.  This is what I came up with:

I was inspired by a layout I saw on the internet and unfortunately I cannot recall where.  None the less - I am thrilled how this turned out.  Please join us on this great challenge - be sure to link up by May 26th.

Materials Used:  Cricut Everyday/Best of Times and Extreme fonts, Darice Gemz strips, several washi tapes, Bazzill cardstock, cardstock, and foam tabs (under the photo).

Still Catching Up...

Here is another late example for Sketch N Scrap!  This layout was completed for the May 15th challenge (#129).  Here is the sketch and my work:

For this sketch, I rotated it to accommodate my horizontal photos.  I also added a small embellishment cluster and a few brads.  Finally, I was purposely messy when I inked the cream cardstock.  You have until May 31st to play along with this challenge!  I can't wait to see your work!

Materials Used:  Studio Calico alphabet, wood embellishment, brads, unknown manufacturer of tag, Carta Bella - So This Is Christmas papers, baker's twine, Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Bundled Sage, and cardstock.

A Little Late....

I am a little late posting this but at least you still have time to play along the May 6th challenge over at Sketch N Scrap!  Here is the sketch and my work:

The only change I made was to move the title and the embellishment cluster.  Otherwise, I stayed true to the sketch!  I hope you join us!  All links are due by June 2nd!

Materials Used:  Echo Park Merry Christmas alphabet, Carta Bella - So This Is Christmas papers, brad, paper/glitter flower, fabric leaf, and cardstock.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Lasting Memories Reveal

I am happy to help reveal the new challenge at Lasting Memories!  The challenge is to use twine to make a big shape on your layout.  I used twine and big glue dots to make these circles.

This is a great challenge to use your collection of twine!  Be sure to check out what the Design Team created and then share your masterpiece with us!  Be sure to link up by May 26th!

Materials Used: DCWV My Sunshine paper, ribbon, cardstock, Baker's Twine, glue dots of various sizes, brads, and Recollections wood alphabet (backwards "6" for an "A").

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Happy Birthday Sketch N Scrap!

Sketch N Scrap is turning FIVE this month!  To celebrate, we are hosting a crop all month long with great challenges and an awesome prize package for one lucky winner.  The more you scrap along - the more chances you have to win!  Here is the first sketch challenge:

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Isn't this pretty?  This is what I created:

This was such a quick layout to put together!  To me - that is always a bonus!  I started with stitching my circles with my sewing machine.  The stitching is hard to see in the photos but are a great touch in person and do not make the page too busy.

I can't wait to see your masterpiece!  You have time, links are due May 31st.

Materials Used: ME & My Big Ideas - Hello Beautiful paper, cardstock, machine stitching, Prima Flowers - Avante/Lilac, brads, up-cycled silk leaves, Darice Paper Petals/brown, foam tabs (under title), and Thickers Elf alphabet.

Monday, May 1, 2017

May 1st Reveal At Sketch N Scrap

I am happy to help reveal Sketch N Scrap's first challenge of the month - a layout sketch!  This was a easy sketch to follow!  Check it out!

To accommodate my photos, I rotated the sketched and added an element at the bottom of the page.  This is what I came up with:

I hope you can join us!  You have time, links are due May 31st.

Materials Used: cardstock, Carta Bella - So Noted papers and sticker embellishments, Doodlebug Design Inc - Candy Shoppe alphabet, Petaloo - Textured Elements Mixed Textured Layers - Ivory, brads, up-cycled clothing twine, Project Life Journaling card/Creative Memories tag die-cut, Me & My Big Idea - Mambi Sticks, and Basic Grey - Small Details/Wander.

Sunday, April 16, 2017


Paper Piecing requires a lot of patience (or a glass of wine).  I created this layout for Lasting Memories and the challenge was to use a rabbit, egg, or chick on your layout.  So, I decided to use my Cricut to create this cute little bunny.  Ugh... all the layers were like putting a puzzle together.  I do like a good puzzle but I have to be in the right frame of mind to do so!

So without further adieu, here is my work:

I had trouble fitting my journaling in and actually wrote it several times.  Which meant, with each version, I had to get creative with the "replacement/repair" to the page.  I finally wrote the story on an extra piece of paper and placed it over the old story.  To make it look like that is what I had originally intended to do, I stressed the edges and adhered the block with foam tabs.  

I hope to see your work in this challenge - be sure to post by April 28th.

Materials Used: Bazzill cardstock, DCWV - My Sunshine Stack, ribbon, bunny & title from Cricut Design Space, and Heidi Floss edge distressor.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Back at Sketch N Scrap!

I am honored to be back at designing for Sketch N Scrap.  My first assignment is to help showcase the new sketch challenge by Heather Hall.  Here is the sketch and my work:

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This sketch was super easy to follow!  However, as I realized that I wanted to include details of George Washington's Christmas Camel and needed to adjust the sketch slightly to accommodate the journaling.  

I hope that you join me in this challenge - I can't wait to see what you come up with!  The deadline to enter is April 30th!

Materials Used: Authentique - Peaceful/Chill paper & sticker tab, Cricut - Circle/sliced, wood snowflakes, brads, ribbon, and Doodlebug Design Inc. - Jack & Jill alphabet ("a's" & "c's" were cut from other letters).

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Found My Mojo!

I can't believe that it is April already and I have am just making my first post of the year!  Yikes!

In any case, I am happy to help present the challenge over at Lasting Memories.  The challenge this week is to include the word "spring" into your title.  I took this challenge to heart and tried to find  inspiration to be creative with my title.  I came across this quote with a perfect picture to accompany it.  I love being pushed just enough to come up with something truly fun!

Please forgive the photo quality, but I needed to take this photo inside.  Believe it or not, it is snowing in mid-April! I can't wait to see your creative title you have until April 28th to play along!

Materials Used:  Paper House - Stable Wood paper, brads, ribbon, embossed cardstock, scrap paper, Heidi Floss edge distressor, old journaling block, Petaloo - Textured Elements Burlap Blossoms, Petaloo - Darjeeling Collection (pink), Darice Memoir alphabet stickers, and Thickers - Patchwork alphabet.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Lost Mojo....

Well, I had the opportunity to go away to scrapbook with my friends a bit ago.  I didn't have time to order photos or properly pack. In addition, I was not feeling well.  Hence - the lack luster of work I produced before I left early to go home.

It is funny because you can see the progression of the loss of my mojo.

Here are the pages I produced:


Well, I am hopeful to get back into scrapbooking and continue my quest to someday be caught up!  LOL!  Have a great day my friends!