Friday, August 30, 2013

Let's Get Sketchy is going to print

Hi everyone! I've got some exciting news to share. Let's Get Sketchy is going to print! As you already know, LGS is dedicated to showcasing wonderfully talented scrappers from all over the world. You put a lot of time and effort into your pages so here is your chance to show them off to the world! Let’s Get Sketchy will be publishing a quarterly online scrapbooking magazine. Our online publication will be used to showcase designers from around the world, to inspire our fellow scrappers, and to explore current trends and techniques. This publication will also present awesome sketches for your personal use and, last but not least, to showcase our love of scrapbooking.

LGS Online will publish quarterly with our first issue going live in November featuring wonderful talent from all over the world.

Submissions are now open. LGS’s first Winter/Holiday issue will go live online November 1, 2013
Full details can be found here 

Thursday, August 29, 2013


Good morning! Today I'm sharing my inspirational page that I've done for the sketch #67 reveal at Keeping the Best.
I've had this photo I'd taken of the butterflies that visit my yard for a few weeks waiting for the right sketch. The plant is actually just a weed that grows along our fence line, but the butterflies love it so I let it grow. 
For this page I used some older Basic Grey "Lemonade" collection. For the background I fussy cut the paper to a softer shape. It kind of reminds me of butterfly wings. I inked all the edges with black ink for definition and contrast. Then I did some masking with heavy gesso and a CW mask, some random stamping with a Full of words" stamp by 3rd Eye, a little inking, and a bit of  dry brushing with gesso. Then I affixed my banner strips and did some more masking and handstitching. The washi tape is by Queen and Co. The chickenwire chipboard is by Gina's Designs, I simply heat embossed it white then inked the edges black. The title chippie is by A2Z scraplets, and I painted it with magenta and black acrylic paints then inked the edges black. The other butterflies are Recollections wooden pieces that I paint with the black acrylic paint as well. I thought they matched he title chippie pretty well. The doilies, pins, and flowers are all from my stash.
 And here's the awesome new sketch to inspire you...
You have two weeks to create something beautiful and link up with us here. I hope you get the chance to join us. Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great day! 

Monday, August 26, 2013


Good morning all! It's Monday, which means a brand new reveal is live at Let's Get Sketchy to inspire you and get the mojo going.
For this page I put my scissors to good use by fussy cutting the background paper, butterflies, and some of the flowers. Using a Prima mask and heavy gesso, I gave the background a bit of texture. While the gesso was still wet I lightly sprinkled some Martha Stewart extra fine glitter to give it a touch of sparkle. For the stamping I used an acrylic stamp from Glitz Designs and Mix'd Media ink pad in black. I scrunched the ribbon as I affixed it to the page using a hot glue gun. For some more dimension I matted the banner and a few of the flowers on cardboard. Finishing it all off with a few sead beads and splatters.
And here's our fabulous sketch this week designed by Bev Code
Thanks so much for popping in today! I hope you join us this week with your take on the sketch!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

I believe in...

Good Morning! If you're here for the About A Girl reveal please scroll down.
Hello all! A brand new challenge word is live at Use Your Words.
 “And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.” ― Roald Dahl
From this quote your challenge word is "believe". Remember it doesn't have to be in your title, it can be in your journaling.
I used papers from Kaisercraft's 75 Cents collection for this page, which I distressed and punched. The punched edges I curled back and tucked cheesecloth underneath to help soften. The background paper was further altered with some gesso and turquoise acrylic paint. The wooden bird and nest are by Prima, as well as the vine which I cut up then added a few more flowers to from my stash. The metal word charms are by Fairytales, I ran some string loosely through them to tie them together starting at the small tag. The chipboard flourishes are from Dusty Attic, and I simply sprayed them with Heirloom Gold by Ranger then inked the edges black. I based my design from sketch #14 at 2 Broke Girls Scrap and the August  "chipboard and flowers" challenge at Orange Paperie & Co
And here's the fabulous sketch from 2 Broke Girls Scraps, which I rotated...
Thanks for letting me share with you today! I'm looking forward to seeing your "believe" projects. Remember you have until the end of August to link up with us at Use Your Words 

Absolutely fabulous

Good morning to ya! It's time for the mid-month challenge at About A Girl, and this time the challenge is all about white space.
 For this page I used We R Memorykeepers "Down the boardwalk" and MME "The sweetest thing" papers, as well as Pink Paislee "Portfolio" ephemera. I inked the edges in black and/or aqua. On the background I added some subtle masking, paint rings, and splatters for a bit of interest and texture. The flowers are a mix of Prima and my stash. The crown charm I picked up at Hobby Lobby. The chipboard vine is by Blue Fern.
 For the chippie I simply applied a bit of gesso and the aqua ink randomly, allowing most of the raw color to show.
Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you get the chance to join us! Happy crafting!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Birthday girl

Hello all!  Sketch #66 has been revealed at Keeping the Best. So today I'm sharing my inspirational piece that I've created for the reveal.
I've done a page of my cute little niece on her fifth birthday using some old Basic Grey "Euphoria"- yes some of my stash is quite old, sad but true. I am making a dent in it though. I used the CW "quarterfoil" stencil and some heavy gesso on the background. Then went over it with a Prima "static" stencil and lavender ink by Martha Stewart. The floral stamp I used is from a pack by Glitz.
And here's the beautiful sketch
 I hope you get a chance to join us! Thanks so much for dropping by! Hope you have a great day!

Monday, August 12, 2013


Happy Monday morning! It's time for a brand new sketch reveal at Let's Get Sketchy.  Here's my take on this week's fabulous sketch
I used my July kit from Scraps of Darkness, which was chock full of papers from Graphic 45 and MME. I did some masking and misting to the layers, as well as distressng and random punching. The flowers, ribbon, beads, and sequins are from my stash. The wooden leaves are by Recollections, and I lightly inked their edges. The butterflies are from Renea's etsy at . I'm gonna need to visit her store again soon, my stash is starting to run dry. Sounds like a good excuse to me.
And here's the fab sketch to inspire you
Thanks for stopping by! I hope you get the chance to join us, I'd love to see your projects! Have a wonderful day! 

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Our moment

If you're here for the About A Girl one color challenge reveal please scroll down.
Good morning everyone! It's reveal time at Use Your Words and this time you're being challenged to use the word "Moment" in your title or journaling. This is my page based from the sketch at StuckOnUSketches for their sketch challenge.
The photo is of my husband and I walking in our yard, just taking a moment to enjoy the sunshine (and letting him brag about his lawn). For this page I used a mix of papers; Webster Pages Nature's storybook, Fancy Pants Wishful Thinking, and KaiserCraft Timeless. I hand stitched my circles on the background instead of the doily from the sketch. Using a Martha Stewart border punch I punched a little on the top, then trailing across the bottom, tucking some cheesecloth underneath. The thin ribbon I pleated then glued to my lace strip to match my bow.
And here's the sketch from StuckOnUSketches 
I hope you get a "Moment" to join us at Use Your Words, we would love to see your projects.
Thanks so much for letting me share with you. Your time and comments are always appreciated.  

Our Glamour Girl

Hello everyone! Or should I say happy August 1st? This year is just flying by isn't it? About A Girl has revealed a brand new challenge for you today. This time we are challenging you to pick one color, any color and create a layout.
I chose to use papers from the "Vintage Shabby" collection by Tim Holtz, with coordinating cardstock between my layers. I ran my layers through my Zutter distressing tool. On the cardstock I used a Martha Stewart border punch, then inked the edges in "Merlot" by Martha Stewart. A little random masking with heavy gesso and a Prima mask, and I was ready to embellish...
I colored my lace and the chippie using "Wild Currant" from Tattered Angels, then I inked the edges of the dressform with black ink, affixing it to my page with pop dots for dimension.
So pick a color and play along with us. Thanks so much for coming by. Hope you have an awesome day!