Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Sketch #536 from Sketches In Thyme

 Hello, my creative friends! Today I'm thrilled to share my interpretation of sketch #536 over at Sketches In Thyme Facebook group. When I seen the sketch I knew it would work perfectly with the layout I had done back in May of my daughter's graduation photos. 

I did a lot of fussy cutting for this one. Starting with the black shapes on the background from an older Vicki Boutin line "Wildflower & Honey". I also cut some of the flowers, leaves, and little bees from another paper in that line so that it would tie in with the other layout. I used the same stencil and continued with the splatters on the background so that it looks like a 2 page layout now. Here are a couple close ups of the details.

And here's the wonderful sketch I based my layout off of.

Thanks so very much for taking the time to come by and allowing me to share with you today! I appreciate you!

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

In My Heart

 Hey there, my friends! I would love to share with you my latest layout. This one I created using the sketch over at Soul Scrappers along with the new recipe at Bash Your Scrapbook Stash Facebook group.

I distressed all my layers and mounted them on thin cardboard for a little more dimension. The background has a lot of stamping, stenciling, and splatters for added texture. I love the jute twine circles throughout the clusters.

And here's the wonderful sketch this month at Souls Scrappers.

If you create with the sketch let me know. I would love to see your interpretation.

Thanks so much for dropping by today! Have an awesome week!

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Live Your Story

  Hello there! Today I'm sharing my latest layout I created for The Stir challenge at Bash Your Scrapbook Stash Facebook group. They give you a list of recipe items to use and each item is worth a point. Each week there's a new recipe. It's a fun challenge to get your motivation going. From the recipe I chose torn paper, tags, the color white, ephemera, and sequins.

I love the white background, but I'm not good at taking pictures. There has to be a trick for white backgrounds that I need to learn.

Thanks so much for stopping in and letting me share with you today! I hope you have a wonderful week!

Friday, May 27, 2022

This Moment

 Good morning, crafty friends! My daughter recently graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Tennessee and I couldn't be more proud of her accomplishments. She sent me some pictures from her graduate photo shoot and I wanted to get started scrapping them right away. The current sketch from Let's Get Sketchy inspired my first layout. 

I did quite a bit of fussy cutting using the Vicki Boutin "Wildflower & Honey" collection. It's an older line, but it's new to me and I couldn't resist the designs in this pack. I picked it up for a steal recently at my local Tuesday Morning store. I fussy cut the black shapes from the Hive paper, inked the edges, and mounted them on thin cardboard for a bit of dimension. All I had to do to the background was add some stenciling with modeling paste and a few splatters of acrylic paint. Easy Peasy. The layers under the photo were also mounted on cardboard. Most of the flowers and ephemera are from Prima and Tim Holtz, along with a few leafy die cuts using my Sizzix. The whole layout seemed to come together so easily once the fussy cutting was done. That's the great thing about sketches. Here are a few close ups.
And here is the May sketch from Let's Get Sketchy that jump started my layout.
Thanks so much for coming by and letting me share with you! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Thrifty Treasures for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog

 Good morning! Today I'm sharing the layout I created for my guest spot at Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog. The focus is thrift store finds. One of the first things I always look for when I go thrift shopping is tea cups. I love to collect them and I'm always thrilled when I find them. I also love to check out the old books section. The book page on my layout is from one of the books I've picked up recently from a thrift store near me. The brown envelope that my photo is on I also picked up there. It was in a gallon sized baggy chocked full of these brown envelopes in various sizes. I had originally got them because I thought they would work well in a junk journal and I've been wanting to make one for a while now. I just haven't started of these days. I also recycled a Tim Holtz package backing into my layers under the photo. The tags remind me of the price tags you see at some of the shops. The pearls, watch, and tea cup charm remind me of the costume jewelry typically found in most thrift shops. I distressed everything to give it a worn feeling, keeping in tune with the thrift shop vibes.

Here are a few close ups of the details. The navy roses and navy splatters on the background look almost black in the photos unfortunately. Hopefully it just shows that way on my monitor. Lol
Be sure to check out the challenge over at the Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog. I would love to see your take on the challenge. Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful week.

Monday, May 2, 2022


Hello, my creative friends! I'm back today with a new layout that I created for the current challenge over at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog. The challenge was to create something showing contrasts, like the changing of seasons such as wintery grays and browns giving way to the warmer colors of spring.  I chose to focus on the warm yellows and gold with splashes of pink on a gray background. I also chose to include the contrast between distressed, torn edges with a worn feel and straight, crisp edges as well as a couple fussy cut frames and butterflies. I hope I understood the challenge correctly.

 A few close ups of some of the details and layers.


I'm still rusty, this being only my second layout since my 6 year hiatus.  However it was a lot of fun taking the challenge and the perfect motivation I needed. Maybe you can join in also :) Here's the link again just in case The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog. Thanks so much for stopping by and letting me share with you! I hope you have a wonderful week.

Monday, April 25, 2022

It's been ages...

  Good morning! Thanks so much for stopping by! First, let me say please excuse my blog. It's in desperate need of a complete facelift. I didn't realize blogging was still a thing so it still looks the same as when I stepped away from crafting 6 years ago. (That will be a headache for another day) Recently circumstances have changed so I find myself with more free time and the creative bug has been nipping. When I was finally able to recover my FB account and log back in I came across the current sketch challenge at Let's Get Sketchy. I figured what better way to jump back in than to join the challenge at one of the first sites I used to play along on, then later design for. Sort of like going back to the roots. Brenshevia's sketches always seem to inspire me. So I grabbed my one small box of supplies that didn't make it to storage, blew the dust off and got to work. I admit I'm extremely rusty, but this is the layout I created based off the sketch. 



It's fairly simple and not a lot of details, however I'm pretty happy with it considering. I'll have to make a trip to storage and bring my supplies home. I do truly miss scrapping. Here are a few close ups.



And here is the wonderful sketch from Let's Get Sketchy! that inspired me to get started again. Hopefully it can inspire you as well.

Thanks again for stopping by! hopefully I will post again soon with a new creation. Hope you have a wonderful week!