Wednesday, September 1, 2010

feeling groovy

products used: Doodlebug feelin' groovy cardstock stickers, diecuts & boutique lilywhite brads, Cosmo Cricket Garden Variety papers, BasicGrey basics kraft trim stickers, Kioshi micro monogram alpha & Sugar Rush woolies, Pink Paislee 365 Be free paper, Sassafras Applejack banner stickers, Studio Calico Homefront alpha stickers.

Monday, August 30, 2010

dreams at 8 & sympathy cards

products used: The Girls Paperie Vintage patchwork paper, American Crafts Dear Lizzy Spring Bliss chipboard shapes, Springhouse crochet flowers, Spring brads, Butter rose ribbon & Wanda Botanique paper, Lilybee Bliss patterned paper, KI Memories flutter paperlace, Making Memories Oliver chipboard letters & Slice design card in Basics shapes 2, EK Success double embossed dotted lace slimline punch, October Afternoon Fly a kite journaling cards & label stickers.
I am really enjoying creating with the American Crafts rose ribbons. They come on generous 1 yd. spools in lots of versatile colors. They are adorable on layouts and were a fast accent for card-making. I had to make a bunch of these sympathy cards and they made a great simple statement.

products used: Fiskars scallop sentiment punch, My Minds Eye patterned paper, American Crafts butter rose ribbon, Making Memories Slice, hands free kit & Wedding design card, American Crafts stamp set, Ranger White Opal liquid pearls.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

a boy's life

"a boy's life"

products used: Sassafras Applejack "phonectics" paper, Jillibean Soup alphabeans green letters, My Minds Eye diecuts & quite contrary paper, K & Company photo frames, BasicGrey Kioshi mini mono stickers, October Afternoon Fly a Kite label stickers, FancyPants Summer Sioree journal pad.

I received these K & Company photo frames in one of Studio Calico's previous kits and wasn't sure what to do with them at first. This week I found photos I used for my son's 3rd birthday party decorations and placed them in the frames and with this adorable"Phonetics" paper from the Applejack collection by Sassafras.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

he gave

"He gave"
products used: Studio Calico grey doily rub ons & Homefront alpha stickers, The Girls Paperie - On Holiday diecuts, Making Memories Oliver alphabet, Hambly grey doily transparency, Making Memories Noteworthy journaling tablet, Making Memories Slice card Words & expressions, Sassafras Applejack - Translate paper, Prima pearl centers.
This layout was very therapeutic for me since my grandfather just passed away and I worked on it right before he graduated to heaven. He was an extremely giving, visionary, and compassionate person and desired to leave a legacy on the earth with his finances. While reflecting on his life, I was reminded of the spiritual & eternal perspective we need to have everyday as we face challenges and problems.
The sketch was inspired from Kelly Purkey's Sketchbook2 class at Studio Calico.
I was so motivated to create by taking this class and it was worth every penny.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

so cute - *Kelly Purkey's Sketchbook2 class*

"so cute"
products used: My Minds Eye diecuts, Little Yellow Bicycle diecut paper, Cosmo Cricket Earlybird paper & tiny type red stickers, The Girls Paperie On Holiday paper & diecuts, Slice basic elements card, Sassafras Applejack red stickers, BasicGrey Lime Rickey buttons, Studio Calico stamp.

Friday, July 9, 2010

boy pages, stars & stamping

If you love stamping on your projects - don't miss out on the great monthly stamp set club called The Stamps of Life. Stephanie Barnard brings you awesome, affordable & versatile sets each month and I use them not only on cards but on my scrapbook pages too.

This set above is called "Stars4You" which I stamped on this layout below.


products used: BasicGrey Basic Kraft collection paper & trim stickers, The Girls Paperie On Holiday diecuts, Making Memories Panorama alpha stickers, Jenni Bowlin patriotic mini bingo cards, The Stamps of Life Stars4You stamp set, K & Company Kazoo diecuts, Shimmerz black licorice spritz, Tim Holtz Frayed burlap distress inkpad, Colorbox Blackbird chalk inkpad, Sassafras Applejack red alphabet stickers.

"favorite bike"

products used: Unity Stamp Co. "This is the Time" mini stamp set, FancyPants That Boy collection paper, blue alphabet & stickers, BasicGrey Granola chipsticker alpha, Jillibean Soup Diced Bacon paper, FancyPants Rough & Tough journal.

On this layout above, I used the Unity Stamp Co.'s "This is the Time" mini stamp set for the star on the journaling diecut.

Saturday, June 5, 2010


I still can't get enough of the Dear Lizzy products that came out this Spring. Something about Elizabeth Kartchner's whimsical designs with the cherry red, brown and pastel colors make me so happy.
I can't wait to see the new Dear Lizzy Summer CHA releases.
products used: Dear Lizzy Spring collection papers, fabric paper, and chipboard stickers. Jenni Bowlin orange butterflies, Sassafras Applejack border stickers, BasicGrey basics 6X6 white pad, Prima pink gems.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

tone on tone punching

Have you noticed this trend? I'm loving all the tone on tone punching I'm seeing in galleries lately. I decided to try it with this favorite photo of my kids on vacation in 2008. (I have it framed and hanging in my hallway).

I used my new favorite punch the Martha Stewart Doily lace double edge border punch. It is a MUST have. So versatile and amazing.
I used sketch #47 at Inspired Blueprints and items from Noel Mignon's Playdate kit and Studio Calico's Granny's Cupboard kit.

products used: Lily Bee Whimsy paper, Pink Paislee Queen bee brads, October Afternoon Fly a Kite journaling cards, Websters pages Lullaby lane trim, Prima Woodstock flowers, Martha Stewart doily lace double edge punch, Jenni Bowlin alpha rub-ons, My Minds Eye transparency title.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Estee's after NSD challenge!

I just completed my entry for Estee's after-NSD challenge at - to scrapbook a layout with a photo of a thing (no kids, people or pets). Not my usual -- but a great challenge.

I used the sketch on this week's challenge at

products used: BasicGrey Marrakech collection papers, element stickers & letter stickers, Fancy Pants Summer Soiree notebook journal, Leaving Prints Ocean letter stickers, Scenic Route grid paper, K & Company jewels, Fiskars Scallop sentiment border punch.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

good friends - Sassafras Nerdy bird collection!

This page came together really fast with the adorable Sassafras Nerdy bird papers & stickers from the Noel Mignon playdate kit.
The papers go so far because they are double-sided and have a separate border on the bottom. I only used 2 different papers on this layout!
It was my last hurrah from this 2010 NSD weekend!
Warning: If you are looking for the Dear Lizzy Fireberry puffy alphabet thickers - I am sorry but they are ALL in my stash because I have snatched up every last one! They are DELICIOUS. I need more ;)
products used: Sassafras Lass Nerdy Bird Cheery & Sprightly papers & Nerdy Bird Sweet treats stickers, American Crafts Dear Lizzy Fireberry puffy thickers, Daisy D's Victorian border rub-on tape, October Afternoon Fly a Kite label stickers.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010


I hope JOY is a theme for the rest of your 2010 too. Some more Easter photos with one of my favorite color combo's: teal and fuschia pink. I find myself always drawn to products with those colors?

The title reads Jesus is ....Joy!

I hope you can feel that encouragement in your heart today no matter what stress, problems or challenges you are going through.
products used: American Crafts Dear Lizzy Sweet strawberry & flowering fields papers, Prima Chelsea white e-line flowers, Sew cute Precious embriodered paper, chipboard newsprint alphabet , pebbles, & Flirty journaling cards, Making Memories flocked Hillary chipboard alpha stickers.

easter morning

OK - this photo cracks me up! I had this great idea of getting a quick shot at 8:30AM before church with my kids and 2 of their cousins on Easter morning.
BAD IDEA! The sun was too bright, the girls were whining, and the boys wanted to bolt. I should have a video clip of this disaster ....hilarious!

I loved how real this looks and that it's not a "posed" photo. Priceless!

This layout was completed for the challenge to use up some older product.
products used: Making Memories Garden party paper & chipboard stickers, KI Memories butterfly glitter lace diecut sheet, Prima Caboodles #2 & Sultan pink flower centers, Doodlebug Lilywhite frills, rhinestones & boutique brads, Fiskars Scallop sentiment punch, Martha Stewart Doily lace double edge border punch, Pink Paislee Artisan teal paper tape, Heidi Swapp floral journaling spots.

Monday, May 3, 2010

dear lizzy products

I have been counting the days till my Dear Lizzy products finally arrived! The cherry red, pastel colors and cheery patterns caught my eye right away and I couldn't wait to create with them! I used a sketch from the Unity Stamp Co. blog to create this for a NSD challenge.

The title was outlined in Copic markers to create a soft silhouette.

The photos are from last summer when we met Handyman Negri and Speedy Delivery Mr. McFeely from Mister Rogers Neighborhood. Doesn't it bring back childhood memories seeing their sweet faces?
They were just as kind as you'd imagine...

products used: American Crafts Dear Lizzy Flowering fields, Sweet strawberry, Dragonfly dance, Bliss chipboard accent stickers, & Chirp felt pieces, Doodlebug Lilywhite paper frills & Boutique brads, Leaving Prints alphabet stickers, Making Memories diecut paper, Cosmo Cricket Tiny type brown stickers, Jenni Bowlin Orange embellished butterflies, Unity rubber stamps, Fiskars Apron lace border punch, Copic markers.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

NSD - why I scrapbook challenge always hosts an exciting National Scrapbook Day event and this was my entry for the all-day challenge.

I didn't really like how the layering came out but I love the photo so I stop my obsessing over it and just decided to move on.

Enjoy your NSD scrapbooking friends!

products used: Pink Paislee 365 Be Free & Believe paper & Red Artisan tape, KI memories Sweet life glitter sticker borders, My Minds Eye Lush red chipboard alpha, Heidi Swapp clocks, Hambly Red little hearts transparency, Dear lizzy springhouse crochet flowers, American Crafts Always acrylic stamps, Fiskars Scallop sentiment border punch.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

thank you

Did you ever dream what you would say to your Great-grandparents (or a more distant ancestor) when you meet them in heaven? I have ...and this is where the idea of this layout came to be.
I used the awesome Noel Mignon "Playdate" kit and some products from her fun store to bring my idea to life. Her kits are AMAZING. I had to email her and express my joy when receiving my first kit! Her kits include an awesome compilation of the latest products. I liked how she allowed you to try many different embellishments by giving you smaller amounts of each one.

The flowers I made from ribbons in the kit and used this technique from Elizabeth Kartchner to create them.

products used: Cosmo Cricket Garden Variety 6X6 pad, Pink Paislee Queen Bee ribbon pleats & 365 press-on, Jenni Bowlin Polka dot labels, Black banner stickers, Faith bingo card, Black ledger alpha stickers & Pewter/Garnet Rhinestone pins, Jillibean Soup Old World Brown Rice & Diced tomatoes paper, 7gypsies Annonce paper, Prima Sultan burgundy flower centers, Daisy D's Zig Zag rub-on tape, Fiskars Apron lace & Scallop sentiment border punches.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

more hershey love

If you can travel to Hershey Chocolate World with your family this year - GO! You will really enjoy yourselves and Yes, you can really smell the chocolate as you drive through Hershey, PA.

I used some more awesome papers (isn't this orange sunburst stripe paper great!) and products from the April Studio Calico kit.

products used: Studio Calico papers, Sassafras Lass Applejack banner stickers & Fundamental paper, Sassafras Lass Nerdy Bird yellow alphabet stickers, Cosmo Cricket ready set chipboard alphabet, Jillibean soup diecuts.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

a fast layout?

I wanted to prove to myself that I could make a layout in less than 10 minutes...Can you? This is what I came up with using some fun products from the April Studio Calico kit.

products used: Crate paper Brook Collection -Moss & Ripple papers, Jillibean Soup Alphabeans Green corrugated alphabet, Sassafras Lass Apple Jack flag banner stickers & paper, My Minds Eye diecut tickets.

Thursday, April 8, 2010


Websters Pages makes the most gorgeous sticker alphabets called Storytellers and the Postcards from Paris sheet is so versatile and pretty. This shade of golden -taupey yellow is hard to find!
These photos are from my daughter's dance recital rehearsal in 2009. I just adored her costume in the peach and rose colors.
You will be seeing lots of layouts from me with these Prima Raja sequin centers. They are one of my new favorites!

products used: Websters Pages - Postcards from Paris Romantique paper & Storytellers Paris alphabet stickers, Prima Flirty paper, BasicGrey Two Scoops Butterscotch paper & Two Scoops Otto rub-on book, Prima Orange creme trellis roses, Prima Raja gold centers, Prima Caboodles flowers, Prima Essentials 6 flirty flowers, Prima Orange bonnet blooms, Ranger Copper metallic paint dabber, Tim Holtz grungeboard Harlequin elements, Martha Stewart Doily lace trim Double edge border punch, Fiskars Scallop sentiment border punch.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Art show layout

Crazy over banners & pennants right now! I was inspired by the Studio Calico blog Sunday sketch for this layout.

products used: Cosmo Cricket Garden variety mini deck, Material girl mini deck, Material girl/Garden variety double deck, and Ready Set chipboard Licorice alphabet, Fiskars scallop sentiment punch, BasicGrey Lime Rickey buttons, Daisy D's rub-on tape, EK success circle punch, Coluzzle oval template.


My daughter being silly after ballet class one Dec. 2008 evening. I really had fun using this Fancy Pants Dancing Girl collection!
I was inspired for this project by a sketch from Cherry on Top contest.
products used: Fancy Pants Dancing Girl collection, rub- ons, stickers and ribbon, Heidi Swapp rub-on, Daisy D's rub-on tape, KaiserCrafts gems, Me & my Big Ideas hibiscus gems, American Crafts black LAX thickers, Zig black pen.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Prima's Big Secret

Prima has some secrets to reveal and you have a chance to win this gorgeous prize pack! Click here to read more.

Monday, February 8, 2010

easter blessings card

The Prima papers and Silver liquid pearls were my next focus with this Easter card! I just love working with Liquid pearls - you can make your own flourishes and embellishments at a fraction of the price of buying a ready-made pearl embellishment pack.

products used: Prima Flirty papers & journaling cards, Prima Essentials #6 flowers, The Stamps of Life eggs4easter stamp set, Colorbox Warm Violet chalk inkpad, American Crafts Metallic gem brads, Fancy Pants trim, Fiskars Scallop Sentiment border punch, Ranger Silver Pearl liquid pearls, Ranger Stardust stickles, We R Memory Keepers corner chomper.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

easter cards

I'm already getting excited for Easter and made these cute-sy cards for my kids' baskets. I used the Eggs4Easter stamp set from The Stamps of Life. How cute is that little chick?

products used: BasicGrey paper, The Stamps of Life eggs4easter stamp set, Ranger Broken China & Shabby Shutters inkpads, Colorbox Warm Violet chalk inkpad & chalk ink ques, Coluzzle Oval template, Ranger Stardust stickles, We R Memory Keeper corner chomper, Tim Holtz tiny attacher.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

noel layout

I finally made a Holiday 2008 layout! I wanted a formal approach to this page and the BasicGrey Wassail collection really complimented the hues in the photo. I painted over the chipboard frame with cranberry paint and topped it with the gorgeous Shimmerz Antique Lace paint.
I used an antique color layer on the photo in Photoshop elements from the website.
products used: BasicGrey Wassail papers & element stickers, BasicGrey Dasher paper, BasicGrey Blitzen paper, BasicGrey Opaline Grass/Ivy, Ranger Cranberry paint dabber, Shimmerz Antique lace paint, Ranger Candy Cane & Platinum stickles, Fancy Pants Flourishes Too chipboard frame, Ranger Peeled Paint distress inkpad, Fontwerks label sticker, Zig millenium black pen.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

valentine mini-cards set

I am always so inspired by Kristina Werner and her videos on Youtube and at She is a brilliant card-maker and graphic designer. She posted a challenge to make some mini- Valentine cards...

products used: BasicGrey Blush collection, BasicGrey Eskimo kisses chipstickers & Christmas alpha, BasicGrey Granola chipboard alphabet, Heidi Swapp Crimson chipboard letters & hearts, Me & My Big Ideas Hibiscus gems, Ranger Fired brick distress inkpad, We R Memory keepers corner chomper.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

back to nature card

How could I have not used this adorable collection yet? The Cosmo Cricket Mr. Campy items has been staring at me for months and I just couldn't decide what to start on first...
This is a birthday card for my Dad who is a big Nature lover. He loves camping and anything to do with the Outdoors. He also really likes cute characters too -- the man has a Spongebob Squarepants case for his reading glasses. So funny!

products used: Cosmo Cricket Mr. Campy papers and rub ons, Ranger Vintage photo distress inkpad, We R Memory Keepers corner chomper.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

bridal shower card

The gorgeous BasicGrey Porcelain collection is a great choice for Bridal shower and Wedding cards! I just love the soft color palette. The Porcelain chipstickers are a stunning must-have to your stash! They made this card come together so fast & easy.
products used: BasicGrey Porcelain collection, chipstickers, element & letter stickers, BasicGrey Blush opaline, Coluzzle Oval template, We R Memory Keepers Corner chomper, Ranger White Opal liquid pearls.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

"true love" engagement card

My sister is getting married in June and I'm so excited for her. I thought the little birds looked "in love" :)

The title is stamped from The Stamps of Life "Love2Hug"set. I really recommend the monthly stamp kit program! The stamps are very high quality, so versatile, has $1 shipping and include awesome designs each month! You can check out the details here. I think you would really enjoy them!

Products used: BasicGrey Urban Prairie papers, K & Company Swedish Folkart stickers, Ranger Peeled paint distress inkpad, Coluzzle oval template, Colorbox Blackbird chalk inkpad, The Stamps of Life Love2Hug stamp set, Fiskars scallop sentiment punch, We R Memory Keepers corner chomper.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

new year's resolution

One of my New Year's resolutions is to create more with the beautiful papers I've been hoarding -- especially when it comes to BasicGrey.
I made a set of cards with a basically the same design and mix and matched with some pretty LilyKate papers and embellishments. On the flowers of both cards, I "painted" on some White Opal Liquid pearls and stickles.

products used: BasicGrey LilyKate papers, buttons & monograms, Martha Stewart Doily lace punch, American Crafts metallic jewel brads, BasicGrey Blush opaline, Ranger White opal liquid pearls, Ranger Crystal & Frosted Lace stickles, Making Memories Great Escape flowers, Coluzzle oval template.

products used: BasicGrey LilyKate papers, monograms & letter stickers, Fiskars threading water border punch, We R Memory keepers Corner chomper, Coluzzle Oval template, Ranger White Opal liquid pearls, American Crafts jewel brads, Prima Mix #2 Caboodle flowers.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Sneak Peeks of BasicGrey

BasicGrey is my all-time favorite scrapbooking company. Every release is more beautiful and exciting than the next. I can't wait to get my hands on these new unique collections. Gorgeous stuff!

Kustom Die Cuts

Don't have a die cut machine or the time to make beautiful die cuts? Check out this Kustom Die Cuts and order your own diecuts in specific colors & sizes of your choice. What a great idea!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Haiti relief

Hello again Blog friends,
If you are looking for a reputable charity to donate towards the Haiti disaster, I highly recommend this one:
Love a Child
We have sponsored a child through them for several years and I am very impressed with their program.
What I like about them is that they provide jobs to locals, educate the people to improve their quality of life, and help the Haitians be self-sufficient.
You can donate safely online, read the directors blog, view the latest update on the relief, see the children's school, orphanage, food distribution, medical center, etc.
If you scroll down on the website, you can see they are fully accredited as an EFCA registered charity and the financial accountability is some of the highest I've seen.
Thank you for considering this option, praying for the situation and sharing the link with your friends.

New Shimmers PEARLZ

CHA and winter release '10 excitement has started!
Checkout the fun & giveaways today at SHIMMERZ with their new release of Shimmerz Pearlz! They are giving away entire sets of the new Pearlz every hour for 12 hrs. starting at 10AM MST!
I hope I win a set because I just love all things with a PEARL finish. Yippee! Join in girls and post the announcement on your blog!