Wednesday, September 28, 2016

awesome summer fun

I wasn't sure that I was going to be able to do it, but I managed to create one more layout prior to Ashlyn's surgery tomorrow. It has been a great way to keep the day before a major surgery stress from sinking in too deeply. Now I can clean up my space and feel as if I have left nothing undone. 

It is rare for me to create a masculine page, but I am so glad I did, although I had to look long and hard to find papers that worked. lol 

This layout is based on the Stuck?! Sketches September 15th sketch

I used the Funky Piecharts and WORD2 cut files from JustNick. 
I have a new addiction to JustNick. ha! Maybe I'll be lucky enough to be the lucky winner in the random drawing at Stuck?! this month. One can dream...

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I know I shared this in a previous post, but I am just SO EXCITED to have been selected as a design team member for Stuck?! Sketches!!! You can see the new team by clicking here
It's a true honor to be able to work among these super talented women! Look for my first dt reveal layout on October 1st. 

some fun news!

Hi y'all! This will be short and sweet. I have some exciting news to share today! I am honored to have been selected as a design team member for Stuck?! sketches! :)

you can check out the fabulous team here:

Sunday, September 25, 2016


As many of you may know, Ashlyn will be having Spinal Fusion surgery this coming week (Sept. 29th). I have been busy trying to prep for her surgery and long recovery, so the only scrapping I have done the past few weeks has been for design team work. I am all covered until November, so I took today to create just for me. 
I decided to partake in the newest The Studio Challenges challenge, which is to use watercolors. This challenge took me outside of my comfort zone, but I am loving the end result! I "borrowed" this photo of my oldest daughter and granddaughter from her facebook photos. I just thought it was so sweet. 

I created the flowers by painting an 8.5x11 sheet of watercolor paper pink. I then used the Lazy Daisy cut file from JustNick to cut out two sets of the flowers; one on the painted watercolor paper and another on plain white watercolor paper. I then added some pops of orange, yellow and blue to all of the cut pieces. A few were layered and some were left as is. The leaves were cut from white watercolor paper using the Make A Wreath cut file from 17turtles and then colored with a couple of green watercolor shades. 

I also used the Simple Scallop Strips cut file from JustNick to add a bit more black and white to this layout. 

pp: Simple Stories and Crate Paper
watercolor paper: Canson
watercolor paints: Michael's
epoxy stickers: Crate Paper
enamel dots: I made them using Perler beads
DMC floss
string art template: Pink Paislee
stickers: Teresa Collins
twine: Papertrey Ink
machine stitching
cut files: JustNick and 17turtles

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

you & me

I have been sitting on this layout for well over a week- I have been too lazy to edit and create a blog post until today. lol 

Anyway, here is my take on the September 1 sketch at Stuck?! Sketches

pp, enamel dots, and stickers: Simple Stories
die cuts: Cocoa Vanilla
grid pp: Fancy Pants 
twine: Prima

Monday, September 19, 2016

crazy hair

I had so much fun creating this layout for the Make it Monday No. 72 sketch on The Memory Nest blog! 

I started this layout with a softer palette but I just wasn't feeling it so I dug through my stash and decided to try bold and sassy and I love the final outcome.  

cardstock: DCWV
pp and alpha: Pink Paislee
enamel hearts: Heidi Grace Designs
"hello": Heidi Swapp
spray mists: Shimmerz and Tattered Angels
twine: Trendy Twine

Check out the fabulous sketch and work from the team here

Friday, September 16, 2016

every summer has a story

As I was digging through my stash, I came across a layout that I had started last year (just the background) but never quite finished. While I still wasn't quite feeling it, I decided just to go for it, and here is the end result. Not a fav, but another in the books.

I was inspired to add the frames using the September 11th challenge from The Studio Challenges blog.

pp. stickers, frames, enamel dots: Simple Stories

Thursday, September 15, 2016

shine bright

Wish upon a star- create a layout using stars is the newest challenge theme on the Picture This! challenge blog. 

I had a lot of fun with this one! As soon as I saw the challenge I knew which photo I wanted to use and immediately got an idea in my head. Initially I was going to make this bright and bold, but after pushing some paper around I decided that soft and airy would work better. 

pp: MME and Webster's Pages
stickers: Fancy Pants and Simple Stories
chipboard alpha: Thickers
twine: Webster's Pages
spray mist: Shimmerz
sequins: Hazel & Ruby and stars

Check out the challenge and fantastic work the team created here

Monday, September 12, 2016

snowmen fall from heaven {card}

Hello! I've got something extra fun to share today! Perfect Paper Crafting has teamed up with Stampendous! and I am delighted to have the honor of creating a card featuring several wonderful products from Stampendous and Perfect Paper Crafting. 

For all the details on this card, you can go to this post (which will also lead you to a link for some awesome GIVEAWAYS on the Stampendous! blog. WELL worth the visit ;) ).

Thursday, September 8, 2016


Hi! I am sharing a layout that was up on the Epiphany Crafts blog last week featuring a several awesome EP products. For all the details. you can visit this post.

Monday, September 5, 2016

i feel good!

Does anyone else feel as if Summer just sped by? I can hardly believe that it is already September. A new month means a new sketch. The Memory Nest's Make it Monday No. 71 is up and ready to inspire you.

I cut the chevrons out with my cutting machine, backed with pp, and then stitched around them with DMC floss. 

Check out the blog for the sketch and awesome layouts from the team!  

Thursday, September 1, 2016

beach time

A new challenge is up on Picture This! blog. 
The challenge is Boys Rule- Create layout featuring a male in your life. (Males ONLY in the photo.)

I added a bit of texture by mixing some modeling paste and coppery paint that was then applied over a stencil with my finger. 

pp, stickers, and enamel dots: Simple Stories
button twine: Papertrey Ink
modeling paste: Liquitex
paint: Martha Stewart
stencil: Tim Holtz

Go here to see the awesome work from the design team and enter your layout for this challenge!