Tuesday, April 30, 2013

School is Cool

Today is a quick post showing this cute layout I did with a picture of my niece doing her homework…I used one of my collections from my kits from Scrappy Chic.  If you are ever in Livonia, MI it is definitely a place to visit for all your crafty needs!!
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Basic Grey Bow Tie collection, American Crafts brads, Sissix dies, Lucky 8 punch, Mister Huey Opaque white mist, May Arts jute, ribbon, floral beads, Distress ink and some punches.
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Banners and layers…
And a hidden journaling tag…
I just love the blue with the black!!  This collection is GREAT!

Monday, April 29, 2013


 Challenge #60, yes 60 (can you believe it has been that many???  What I can’t believe is that I have done them ALL!) over at Crop Chocolate this week is to use a neutral base with twine for a pop of color.
I used several different cardstocks, Theres Collins, Fancy Pants and Bo Bunny along with MME twine, American Crafts brad and Doodlebug washi tape all from Crop Chocolate.  I also use some stamps from my favorite Stamp company, Viva Las VegaStamps!
IMG_7329I tried a new technique that my friend Scrappy Canuck is showing over on her blog.  You can hardly see it in the photo but it is a fast and lovely way to do some heat embossing with glue dots and embossing powder.  You should pop over and see her cute card by clicking here.
Thanks for visiting today!

Sunday, April 28, 2013

YOU & me

This month along with our regular kits from Scrappy Chic we have been working on layout kits and samples with products for the Mega Meet booth.  If you are out at the Great Lakes Mega Meet next month (5/9-11) please stop by and see us.
This is one of my April kit layouts using the Pink Paislee Hope Chest collection.

I also used Distress ink, Distress stain, Tattered Angles Glimmer mist,  May Arts ribbon and jute, Tim Holtz letters, thread, paste, mask, button, a pin I made with beads, floral beads, micro beads, paint, stamps and layered chipboard hexagons (these chips are from UmWow Studio).  The stripes of Pink Paislee paper are sewn on for the background.
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I am obsessed with clustering and layers…can you tell??
Thanks for stopping by!! ;)


This month I was the Featured S.W.A.T. girl over at S.W.A.T. and it was super fun and such an honor!  Drill #5 was a challenge to dig deep and scrap your stash.  That challenge closed a couple of days ago and they will be announcing the winner soon.  I also am giving away some blog candy from all of the comments on my post for the challenge.  I had 10 comments and lucky number ten was the winner.

oh those eyelet setters give me such a headache! whack whack whack... LOL Very cute layout :-)
Paula!!  I will have your prize out to you this week.
Thanks everyone for all your sweet comments!!!

Monday, April 22, 2013

A Little Bit of Everything

 Challenge 59 at Crop Chocolate is a fun one!!  Make sure your project includes buttons, ribbon and an image! Your image can be stamped, fussy cut or die cut. No specific theme or colors.
I saw a card on Pinterest ( http://pinterest.com/pin/274438171015496170/ ) I wanted to try and this challenge was PERFECT for it!!
Crop Chocolate product: MME Indie Chic Ginger, BG fibers and button, Jillibean Soup ribbon Other items: VLVS! Spotted Butterfly stamp and High Gloss Embossing powder, sentiment stamp, archival ink. IMG_7284I love this stamp and this technique just showcases the detail of the image!! IMG_7285You have until next Friday (April 26) to enter the challenge…I hope you do!!   Thanks for stopping by!!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

There’s No Place Like Home!

Today’s card is for 2 challenges going on this week, KKS tic-tac-toe challenge and S.W.A.T.’s basic training-playing with modeling paste.


Here is the tic-tac-toe board put together by this weeks Krafty Girl challenge hostess Karen (Scrappy Canuck).  You can see her card here.  I went diagonal from top left down so blue, gems, dies.  This challenge was fun with so many different options!!  My stamp is the cute Dorothy, isn’t Toto cute too!!

I used MME Indie Chic paper, dies, Distress Ink and gems from Crop Chocolate.  I also used my Copics of course and some layered cloud chip pieces (painted and coated with gesso) from UmWow Studio.

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On the yellow brick road I used paste, a brick template and yellow Heidi Swap mist.  I turned out absolutely perfect for this card!!


Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

S.W.A.T.’s Drill #6

Happy Saturday!!  Are you up for a challenge??  S.W.A.T.’s challenge today, Drill #6, is a 2 page sketch.  Now, I have mentioned my challenge to myself to do more layouts, and I have been doing well with it but I have NEVER done a 2 page layout so this was truly a CHALLENGE for me. 
Here is the sketch…
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And here is my 2 pager…
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I used all MME paper, Miss Caroline and On the Bright Side.  Tim Holtz buttons, washi tape,Pink Paislee wood alphas, cheese cloth, sea shells from the beach in Malibu, Distress Ink, Tattered Angles Glimmer mist, starfish stamp and pieces from UmWow Studios embellishment kits Beach Combing (resin piece) and Summer Lovin’ (muslin banner).  These embellishment kits are retired now but there is lots of other stuff going on over at UmWow, you should check it out!!
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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Spring Wreath

April showers bring May flowers…well, if that is the case then boy oh boy are we going to have lots and lots of flowers this year!!
I have had visions of this spring wreath for about a week now so I decided to get to it and make this puppy!


It is a styrofoam wreath wrapped in yarn.  I made some flowers with Echo Park For the Record 2 paper and liquid pearl center (both from Crop Chocolate) and hot glued them on.  Look at those UmWow Studio layer chipboard butterflies…I painted them, splattered them, wrapped some wire around them and added some stickles, Oh I just LOVE them!!  And of course that is May Arts ribbon tied in a pretty bow to hang it from.



My wreath is going up on the front door…hopefully it will coax spring into blooming!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Smiling Sisters!!

I just LOVE my photos in black and white, actually I have always been a BIG fan of black and white photography.  I especially love how you can pick any color combo and the photo just POPS!!  As you know I LOVE pink…put it with black, white and kraft and it just can’t get any better.  Of course when the subjects are so darn cute you can’t go wrong!!
This 8x8 layout has A LOT of my favorite products on it.  UmWow Studio layered chip pieces (stars and arrow), VLVS! images (writing arrowline of chevrons, chevron banner, writing background) and May Arts ribbon and jute.  
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Thanks for stopping by!!!

Frame-it-Up…Challenge 58 at Crop Chocolate

This week  at Crop Chocolate the challenge (challenge 58) is: using paper, fake polaroid, wood veneer, chipboard or whatever your little heart desires, add a frame to your project. Frame a picture on a LO, or a stamped image on a card, anything works, as long as it's framed!


Crop Chocolate product: Echo Park Playground, Bo Bunny Double Dot, Theresa Collins Now and Then, Distress Ink-Walnut Stain and Broken China, Nesting Circle dies, Jillibean Soup ribbon, Liquid Pearls-Baby Blue Other items: Paper Smooches stamp, Fiskars punch

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My niece McKenna wanted to play along on this challenge too.  She made a get well card for her dad who had been under the weather this week.

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 Crop Chocolate Products: EP Playground, EP So Happy Together, MME twine, MM shimmer alphas, Distress Ink Broken China Other items: Stampers Best stamp (from Ms.Paula), crayons


Thanks for stopping by to check out our entries and I hope you will check out the other amazing work over on the Crop Chocolate contest page.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Challenge 57 at Crop Chocolate and Friends with Flair at Unity

This is going to be a super quick post...
I made this card for Crop Chocolates weekly challenge, #57 Bright Spring Colors and I happened to use a Unity stamp so I will link it up to Friends with Flair on the Unity Blog.  I love it when it all comes together!!

Inspired by a card I saw on pinterest http://pinterest.com/pin/274438171015457189/

Crop Chocolate products: Echo Park So Happy Together, Happy Days and Summer Days, Jillibean Soup twine, Fancy Panys button
Other items used:  Jar stamp, Unity love stamp, Distress Stickles.

I just LOVE that jar of buttons...it makes me think of my grandma and of course that is all about LOVE!
Thanks for stopping by!!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Happy Day!!

All day at work I was thinking about CHIPBOARD!!  and this hot air balloon stamp and washi tape.  It was a wonder I got any work done… ;)  So as soon as I walked in my front door I went straight down to my craft room.
I have been using this Theresa Collins Giving Thanks paper A LOT lately but I just love it for card and tag bases!!  The layered cloud chip board is UmWow Studio that I stamped with a VLVS! image (Writing Background) and covered with glossy accents.  The cloud layer is covered in gesso.   I stamped the hot air balloon (Balloon Airship) directly on the card and on a scrap piece of Echo Park cardstock, fussy cut the balloon and used pop dots for dimension.  I also used Hug Snug sprayed with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist and some washi tape.
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Ahhh, making this card tonight was just the relaxation I NEEDED!!  Hope you like it!!
Thanks for stopping by!!!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Kraftin’ Kimmie Challenges!!!

This weekend the Krafty Girls at Kraftin’ Kimmie hosted an online Krop and fun was had by all!!  In addition to this weeks regularly scheduled challenge there are SIX more to participate in…  I made this super cute gate fold card with my brand new just out of retirement Drucilla stamp.  She is just so adorable and SO me!!
This card will qualify for three challenges!!!  How exciting is that?!?
Challenge 173-Flowers, Krafty Krop Challenge #1-Bling it ON and Krafty Krop Challenge #4-Fun Folds.
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Saturday, April 6, 2013

Easter Smiles

I was VERY excited when I saw this Fancy Pants collection in my April kit for Scrappy Chic!  It is a new collection called Park Bench.  I just LOVE the colors and patterns and… well all of it!!
Along with the Fancy Pants awesomeness I also used Doodlebug washi tape, Jillibean words, Stickles and gems.  I cut the chevrons with a Die Namics die and by using a square punch.  I also did splattering with Mister Huey, Heidi Swapp and Tattered Angels mists.
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As always I am happy to have you visit and look forward to the next time!!

S.W.A.T. Drill #5

 Drill number #5 over on the S.W.A.T. (Scrap Warriors Advanced Training) blog is scrapping your stash, dig in to your stash and find the old stuff and find a way to make it new and trendy.  I was invited to be April’s S.W.A.T. Girl and guest designer for this challenge.  I hope you are inspired by my layout and enter the challenge, there is a fabulous prize up for grabs at S.W.A.T. and I will have a random drawing, for some blog candy, selected from all your comments right here on my blog.  If you enter the challenge you will be entered twice.

Drill 5

I dug out the very first tool I ever bought…a spring action eyelet setter.

3I never used this thing until a couple of years ago and every once in a while for challenges like this I get it out and take it for a drive…  For this layout eyelets were a perfect embellishment!

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I used MME Miss Caroline Howdy Doody cardstock, circle nesting dies and punches, Fancy Pants buttons, MME and Jillibean Soup twine, Distress Ink Walnut Stain and punchinella.

Don’t forget to comment for a chance to win and check back over at S.W.A.T. soon where I will be inspiring you for Drill #6 too!!