Monday, December 22, 2014

Woodland Winter

Good morning everyone! Here we are the Monday before Christmas, have you gotten all your shopping and preparations done? I must confess, I'm running behind this year. I've had health issues with both my parents for the past month so everything else has had to be put off. There's still a couple of gifts I need to run out and get, finish the wrapping, then get started on the baking. If you're one of the lucky one's that's checked everything off your to do list hopefully you'll find a bit of time to play along with the new sketch that was revealed this morning at Let's Get Sketchy. Here's my inspiration page based from the sketch featuring products from
I chose to use Bo Bunny papers for this wintery page. I started by distressing and randomly punching the background. To add interest and texture I added a bit of stamping and stenciling. Then I dry brushed some gesso on the background. For the snowflakes, pine branches, pine cones, and flowers I gave them a quick brush of gesso and while it was still wet I sprinkled on some Hero Arts ultra fine prisma glitter. As a finishing touch I added some silver micro beads throughout the clusters. I love the added texture they give.
 I've used the Dec. challenge moodboard from Berry71bleu for inspiration.
And here's our fabulous sketch for you this week designed by Laura Whitaker.
And before I go here's a list of the products I used from and Etsy shop. The shops are currently on vacation, but will start taking orders again on Jan.2nd.
Snow White Butterflies, Ranger Texture Paste, Tim Holtz Speckles Stencil, Prima Tatiana flowers, and Reneabouquets Silver Microbeads.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I truly appreciate your time and lovely comments! Hope you have an amazing day!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Giveaway Time over at Picture This!

Hello again!  In an effort to increase the following at Picture This! they have decided to offer up some great blog candy!  There are FOUR chances to win. 

1.         FIRST Become a follower of the blog here and leave a comment under this post letting them know.

2.         SECOND For a second entry, you can create a post about the new challenge blog to help them spread the word.  Please leave a comment under their blog post with a link to your post.

3.        THIRD Thirdly, add their giveaway button to your blog's sidebar.  (To add the button, just copy and paste the code underneath the post and paste it in a new HTML section of your sidebar.)  Please leave a comment under their post with a link to your blog.  

4.         LASTLY  Like their Facebook Page

For each of the 4 you do above your name goes in for the drawing so if you do all three that is three times your name goes into the "pot".  This event ends December 31, 2014.

The winner will be randomly selected to win this wonderful collection from Teresa Collins as well as a Guest Design spot at Picture This!

Friday, December 5, 2014

December Reveal for My Creative Scrapbook

Good morning everyone! It's reveal time at My Creative Scrapbook and I would love to share my guest design layouts with you.  I have created four Christmas layouts and a process video using the Dec. Limited Edition kit. I love Christmastime and creating Christmas layouts. I hope you like them.
 With a layout process video link:
The December Limited Edition kit features the gorgeous Kaisercraft Yuletide collection and so much more, including My Mind's Eye Joyous papers and stickers, Teresa Collins Tinsel & Company chipboard elements and stickers, 3 different packages of gorgeous Petaloo flowers,Prima resins, Thickers, and trims.
Well that's it from me today. Thanks so much for coming by and letting me share my projects with you! Hope you have a creative day!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Final post for Stick It Down

Good morning! It's reveal time at Stick It Down and I have my inspiration page to share with you that I based off the sketch.
I kept my design simple and as close to the sketch as possible. I simply flipped the sketch, did a little stamping, splattering, and paper tearing. Quick and simple, while using up some of my older stash- yay! I love when that happens =)
And here's our sketch.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you have a creative day!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Do I hear Santa?

Good morning! Can you believe it's Dec. 1st already? The brand new challenge site Picture This! has decided to issue a mini challenge to give you a small sample of things to come. So for your first challenge your layout must follow this criteria:
1 photo + Christmas + paper strips + layers
Pretty easy right? Here's my inspiration page that I created.
For this I combined two Christmas lines from Pink Paislee and a few misc. items from my stash. I started by giving my second layer a sloppy border with a MS punch then added interest and texture by stamping, stenciling, and adding a few paint splatters to the background. Next I cut all my strips and inked them black for some definition, mounting them on cardboard for dimension. Then I just started layering... and layering lol. I had a lot of fun working this challenge. I used up some of my stash and I love the way my page turned out. Now it's your turn to work the challenge. What will you create? You have until Dec. 15th to link your pages here. I can't wait to see your projects! Hope you have an amazing day!

December sneaks for My Creative Scrapbook

Good morning! I hope everyone (in the US) had a wonderful Holiday weekend with family and friends. And for all my friends outside the US, I hope that you also had an enjoyable weekend. The whole month of November was really hectic for me so I'm kind of relieved that I was able to accomplish everything that I had to, but now that means there's just 24 days until Christmas. Yikes! I've barely started my shopping, normally I'm almost done by this time. lol And speaking of Christmas, today I have some sneak peek photos to share with you of some layouts that I created for My Creative Scrapbook using their gorgeous December Limited Edition kit. 
 And here's a few more until the full reveal on the 5th.
And for more sneak peeks at all the kits please visit here. Thanks so much for coming by! Have a creative day!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Two new cards for Friday the Thirteenth

Good morning! Today I have a couple cards that I've created for Friday the Thirteenth using their beautiful papers. I hope you will like them. On the first card I added some texture by distressing and tearing the edges. Then added a bit more texture using a stencil and modeling paste, smudging it in random spots for a bit of a distressed look, then added pearls to the design. I added a thin piece of cardboard between the layers for a touch more dimension. Next I added my flower clusters and a lacy double bow with a birdcage charm sewn on. I finished it off with a couple of yellow flutters and a few random touches of gesso using a small sponge.

 And here's my second card. For this card I cut a distressed edge with my scissors, then inked the edges with Prima chalk ink for definition. I then mounted a thin piece of cardboard between the papers for added dimension. I've added some stenciling and pearls to this one as well. Next I added my layers of laces and ribbons. I created the paper ruffle by lightly wetting a strip of paper so that it was easier to manipulate, then added my ruffles and allowed it to dry. And then I added my flower cluster, with more pearls, and finished it with a couple of contrasting flutters.

Well that's it from me today. I truly appreciate you stopping by and allowing me to share my cards with you today. Hope you have a creative day!

Monday, November 17, 2014

For ReneaBouquets

Good morning! Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! Today I'd like to share my latest creation for and Reneabouquets Etsy shop featuring some of the products you will find in her shops. I need a title for it though, do you have any suggestions?
 I started by punching a border with a MS punch set- I don't remember the name of it something "gate" I believe. I'll have to see if I can look it up so I know next time =) To lighten up the dark blue background I used a few different stamps and Mixed Media ink in Jasmine. Then using texture paste and a stencil I added more texture, smudging it in a few spots for a distressed look and help lighten the background even further. I was inspired by the way the lady in the photo has her papers sort of strewn about so I tried to mimic it in my layers under the photo. After distressing the layers I mounted them on cardboard for dimension. For a perfect touch of elegance and bling I added a couple rhinestone/pearl buttons and Renea's butterflies. Once I had my design down I went one step further and added some of Renea's glass microbeads to the background and throughout the clusters. It really adds even more beautiful texture and detail to the page.
The products I used from her shops are:
 Tim Holtz texture paste and the Gothic layering stencil
Prima metal mailbox embellishment
Prima Winthrop flowers Tourmaline
Tiny Treasures English Rose Garden butterflies
Timeless Rhinestone button
Reneabouquets Glass Microbeads- silver

Thanks so much for stopping in and letting me share with you today! I truly appreciate it! Hope you have a creative day!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Enjoy every second

Good morning and happy Saturday! Here we are midway through November already and it's time for a challenge reveal at Colorful Creations. And here is the page I created using the color palette and sketch.
I was inspired by the black, gray, green, and yellow with touches of white in the color palette so used KaiserCraft's Limelight range. I started on the background with a few random punches using an EK punch, then inked the edges black. Next I did some stamping with a couple different stamps and added texture using modeling paste and a stencil. Then I gave the background a good dose of splatters using thinned gesso and Smooches in lettuce and wicked. After adhering all the layers in my design I added a few more splatters as a finishing touch. Here are a few close-ups.
And here's our mid-month sketch and color palette. 
You have until the end of the month to link your creations up. I'm looking forward to seeing your projects. Thanks for stopping by! Have an amazing weekend!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Country Cutie

Hello there everyone! Hope you're enjoying your week so far. Today, I have another page I created using Rustic Beauty.
I have loved creating with these FabScraps papers paired with the Prima embellishments. The creativity just flows and the projects come together so smoothly. Here are a couple detail close-ups.

And here's a quick guide on how I created this page.
Thanks so much for stopping in! Have a wonderful day!

Monday, November 10, 2014


Good morning and happy Monday all! It's time for a new sketch reveal at Let's Get Sketchy. So today I'm sharing my inspiration page based off this week's fabulous sketch.
I used KaiserCraft's Key To My Heart collection for this page. On the background I've done some stamping and stenciling, as well as some sloppy punch work. Then I distressed all my layers, mounting the layers under my photos on a thin piece of cardboard for a bit more dimension. The large flower and flair are from Prima, all the other flowers, buttons, and pearls are from my stash. I colored my wooden title with a couple different inks trying to get a bit of a mottled, aged look. As a finishing touch I thinned down some gesso and gave the page a few splatters with a fan brush. I'm pretty happy with the results. I hope you like it =)
And here's our fabulous sketch this week designed by Laura Whitaker.
Now it's your turn to work the sketch. I can't wait to see your projects. Remember you have until Nov. 30th to link your creations up. Thanks so much for dropping in! Have a creative day!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

In love with my life for My Creative Scrapbook

Happy Sunday everyone! Hope that you are enjoying your weekend so far. Today I'm sharing another creation for My Creative Scrapbook using the November Limited Edition kit featuring Kaisercraft Be-You-tiful papers and Prima flowers and metal trinkets.
And I have the process video for this page here:

Thanks so much for stopping by and letting me share with you today! Have a fabulous day!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Picture This Design Team Call

Welcome to Picture This! Challenge Blog!!

Who Are We?

Picture This!  is a scrapbooking challenge blog that is dedicated to focusing on photos, technique and products. Each month we will post a new challenge that focuses on a certain number of photos, product, techniques or even placement.  The recipes are short and sweet. We want you to "picture it" then let creativity be your guide!

For more info, check out How Our Challenges Work.

To help us get off the ground and running we are going to need a Design Team so we are holding our very first Design Team call. I am looking for about 6 talented committed designers who are energetic, dedicated and committed to making this blog a success!  As a designer you will be require to complete one project a month.   You must also promote Picture This! on your blogs, Facebook, Instagram, etc....  Challenges will post on the 5thof each month.

Why apply for our team? 
  • To be inspired and to inspire others to use those machines
  • To be on the ground floor of an up and coming blog 
  • You will be a part of an amazing group of women and develop lifelong friendships with women from all over the world. 
  • Your work will be featured on Facebook and Pinterest. 
What is expected of our Design Team? 
  • Complete 1 project month (you will be given challenges at least a month in advance). 
  • Comment on participants entries (THIS IS A MUST!).  Any team member not adhering to this rule will be promptly removed from the team so please make sure you can do this before applying. 
  • Commit to a 3 month term (Beginning January 1, 2015)
  • Keep an active blog that is updated frequently 
  • Post our challenge and your project on your blog on reveal day and link back to the Picture This! blog. This is a MUST!
How to apply:
  • Create a layout using the following picture this formula : (1 photo + frame + flower cluster)
  • Leave a comment below indicating you would like to apply 
  • Provide links to your blog and any online galleries. 
  • Place our DT call on your blog to help get the word out.
  • You MUST have a Facebook account as we will have a private DT group on Facebook
  • Become a Picture This! Follower
We are accepting applications through December 1st. New design team members will be notified by December 2nd.   This is an open call, what that means is, I have the right to close this call at any time if I feel all the positions have been filled.    The first reveal will be January 5th.  Please email your applications to  Place DT call in your subject line.  Thanks!

Frosted Design's "The Gift of Giving" Blog hop

   Hello there fellow crafters!!!  Welcome to our "Gift of Giving" Blog Hop! If you've come from the Frosted Design's blog you're on the right track.
With the holiday season lurking just around the corner, we decided to give our members some ideas for fabulous handmade items that can be gifted this year!  Our Design Team has been working really hard so sit back and enjoy the show as you "hop" along with us! As you hop along, you will notice each Design Team member has a "secret" word on their blog that makes a quote.  Be sure to write it down and email with your completed quote.
 We also have some fabulous prizes up for grabs!
And here's the page I created for the hop using Rustic Beauty goodies.
I've been holding onto this photo for quite a while and I'm glad I did. These papers from FabScraps worked perfectly with it. I started with punching & distressing the background. Then a bit of random stamping and stenciling, and then toning it down with a sponge and gesso. It all came together so easily and I really had a blast creating it.
My secret word is "Only" for the quote =) 
Now your next stop is a visit to Sandee.
Thanks so much for hopping by! Have an amazing day!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Stick It Down Design Team Call

Design Team Call!

It's time once again for a design team call! We are looking for new members for each of our teams - single page layouts, double page layouts and cards.

Our next term will run from January to June 2015 so please do not apply if you cannot commit to this time frame.

What you will do:

  • provide one project per month with a possible special event during the six month term
  • comment on all submissions as you are assigned
  • post our challenge to your blog and other social media outlets 
  • have projects completed ahead of time in order to meet the deadline

What you need:

  • an active blog
  • a facebook account as this is where the DT "meets"
  • a love for sketches

What we will do:

  • provide the sketches at least one month in advance
  • provide your posting schedule and commenting assignments
  • be supportive and encouraging
  • share your photo and your link on our blog
  • share your project on various social media outlets

How to apply:

  • send an email to Stick it Down with the subject line "Design Team Call"
  • include your name and location
  • include a list of current teams (no experience necessary!)
  • include 3 of your favourite layouts or cards that best display your style and suit the requirements of the team you are applying for (ie, submit cards if you are applying for the card team)
  • introduce yourself in few brief sentences

This call is open to everyone including our current team members and will run from November 1st to November 21st. The new team will be notified by November 28th and announced by December 1st. The new team's projects will be revealed on January 1st

So Thankful

Hi there everyone! I have two more pages to share that I've created while guest designing for My Creative Scrapbook.
I have loved working with the Kaisercraft Be-You-tiful collection in the limited Edition kit. These papers are so gorgeous and fun to work with, not to mention all the gorgeous flowers. On the first page I've done some random stamping and stenciling, as well as a little dabbing with a sponge and gesso. I tucked my clusters under the photo and used a couple of the Prima metal embellies.
And here's my other page.
Once again I've done some stamping to the background, first along the edges & then randomly with a script stamp. Then I did a bit of random stenciling & sea sponged some gesso for some subtle texture.
Thanks so much for coming by! Hope you have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Love Always

Good morning all! Today I have a page to share that I created using the November Limited Edition kit from My Creative Scrapbook
The Kaisercraft papers are gorgeous and the Prima flowers compliment them perfectly. To start I've done a little random punching along the edges. Then using the Prima stamp in the kit I stamped here and there for touch more interest. To add more texture I used a script stencil and texture paste. I cut the bling flourish and placed them around the clusters.
Thanks so much for stopping in and letting me share with you! Hope you have a wonderful day!