Monday, July 29, 2013


Good Morning friends.  I've been loving Sketch-N-Scrap's challenges this month.  Their sketches have really inspired me to get scrapping.  Today's layout is based on their July 1st sketch layout.  

The bright, happy paper is from American Crafts and I used my spellbinders dies for the photo mounts. the rub-ons and white 3-d elements are from Pink Paislee.  The fuzzy pink and green flowers are from Basic Grey.

The photos are of Lara and I at one of our favorite places to visit, Neptune's Net.  It is a fun little restaurant on PCH in Malibu.  You can eat fresh seafood outside on benches and if you go there during the weekend, you will find a ton of bikers.  During the week, you can often spot a celeb.  Across the street is a fabulous view of the Pacific Ocean sprinkled with surfers.

Thanks for stopping by today :)

Have a great week!


Thursday, July 25, 2013

A Day in the Sunshine

Today I have another layout based on a sketch from Sketch-N-Scrap.  This summer has been so crazy busy that using sketches seems to be the only way to make a layout quickly.  These pictures were of my husband spraying down the kids with the hose in the backyard. 

The paper is from a really old paper pad I had from Me and My Big Ideas.  I cut out the circular element with my Martha Steward Circular punch kit.  I think the title is a chipboard sticker from October Afternoon and the flower is from Prima.  The butterflies were stamped with Sheena Douglass' Flying Colors stamps on color cardstock and then cut out.  The little bit of card stock with the words, "Baby it's hot outside!" was cut from a strip of paper from Bella Blvd.

Have a wonderful day!


Monday, July 22, 2013

joy peace love

Good morning crafters!  It's Christmas in July week over at Crafter's Companion.  (Have you seen their Christmas shop? It's awesome!)  For my Christmas card, I made an ultra sparkly card with a new 8x8 holiday Embossalicious embossing folder.

I started by stamping the pretty presents with sentiment from the Dee Gruenig Ahhh Christmas! stamp set with Golden Glitz Memento Delicata Ink.  (Coming soon to the Crafter's Companion store!) This ink is SO shiny and sparkly, I just LOVE it!  It is a pigment ink and very juicy, so be sure to heat set the image after stamping to avoid smearing.  I used my Claudine Hellmuths Acrylic Rock A Blocks-Set and the edge of my paper to keep my stamp lined up and straight.

Next I embossed my Ultra Smooth Premium White cardstock with the new Embossalicious 8 x8 Seasonal Music Embossabilities Embossing folder. ( This embossing folder is fabulous for everyday cards, as well as holiday cards. )

I wanted the music notes to stand out a bit more, so I grabbed a small make-up sponge and gently rubbed more Golden Glitz Memento Delicata Ink over my embossed paper.  

Even though the Delicata Ink is so sparkly, I wanted even more glitz for my card, so I sprayed the entire 4 3/4 x 6 3/4 piece of paper with Gold Spray and Sparkle Glitter varnish.  This varnish not only adds lots of fine glitter to your project, but it will also seal any ink that hasn't dried.  

Once the Spray and Sparkle Glitter Varnish had dried, I added a piece of ribbon around my 4 3/4 x 6 3/4-inch embossed paper.

To complete my card, I used a die cut for my Dee Gruenig Ahhh Christmas! stamped image and added a bow across the card vertically.  Once you have everything where you want it, you just need to glue down your decorated piece of paper to a 5 x 7 folded piece of card stock.

Do you love crafting with dies?  Crafter's Companion has a July Die Cut challenge going on right now.  You could win a $25 gift card to their online store.  The store is full of gorgeous stamps, inks, paper-crafting kits, crafting sprays, embossing folders, and so much more.  You have until the end of the month to enter.

Thanks for stopping by :)  Have an amazing day!


Friday, July 19, 2013

Playing along with Sketch-N-Scrap

Happy Friday folks!  It is a beautiful day here in sunny California.  I've been busy scrapping this week during the kids' VBS (which sadly ends today).  I found some fabulous layout and card sketches over at
Sketch 'n Scrap to get me started.

This is my take on their July 5th card sketch which you can find here.  I used washi tape for the background stripes, while the arrows and stars were rub-ons that I got in a Pink Paislee warehouse sale.  The red and black cardstock and Happy Birthday rub-on were in my stash piles.  I used a black marker for my faux stitching.

Hope you have a relaxing weekend!


Wednesday, July 17, 2013


Good evening crafters.  This week the kiddos are in Vacation Bible School for a few hours a day so I had time to create a layout using My Creative Sketches July sketch.

I love the layering of squares in this layout.  I used the DCWV Coral Couture stack for the paper.  Most of the bling and flowers were from Prima, and the alphabet stickers are from Webster's.  The picture is of Lara picking blueberries at a local organic farm.  She ate as many as she put in her container.

Hope you are having a great week!


Monday, July 15, 2013


With the 4th of July just passing, I thought I'd better get to scrapping last year's picture of the kids and I.  I used a brilliant sketch and journaling challenge from Once Upon a Sketch to get started.

To create my background, I sprayed ink all over my Pink Paislee Mistable paper.  I picked my inks for the colors rather than sticking with a certain type or company.  They all seemed to blend well together.  I also took some acrylic paint and brushed it across the page where the photo was going to go.  I also used my sprays to color a few arrows and circular embellishments.  For contrast,  I stamped some stars, circles, and some words in Latin from the Sheena Douglass Ageing Beautifully and Fairy Power stamp sets in black across the background.

The adorable party puppy in the corner is from a new stamp collection from Crafter's Companion called Barkley.  It will be available at the end of this week.  I colored him using Spectrum Noir Alcohol markers IG1, IG3, IG9, IG10, DR3, DR5, DR7, TB8.  I also added some Crystal Stickles to the confetti in the stamp.

To finish my layout, I added some journaling strips along the bottom.  It's reads, "May you grow up to be righteous, may you grow up to be true.  May you always know the truth and see the lights surrounding you.  May you always be courageous, stand upright and be strong." - Bob Dylan

Thank you so much for taking time to stop by today.  Have a good one!


Friday, July 12, 2013

Playing with Memento Ink

Happy Friday folks!  Is everyone excited about the weekend?  I have to say I'm a little nervous about today.  The kids and I are camping locally with my son's Cub Scout Pack and I haven't been camping in over 20 years!  Should be a learning experience, at least for me.  I am dragging my dad with me though, for some back-up ;)  Chris, who camped with Nick a few weeks ago, opted out of the weekend  fun.  Hmm, maybe I should leave him a "honey do" list.

Before I hit the road, I wanted to share a card I made using some new Memento Inks I received last week; Teal ZealDandelion, and Lilac Posies.  I just love these bright, vivid colors.

The flowers are from Sheena Douglass Wildflowers stamp set.  I used Claudine Hellmuth's Acrylic Rock A Blocks to stamp my flowers.  

I stamped the flowers twice on my card to give a shadowed effect to them.

I also used the following stamp sets on my card: Paint Fusion Butterfly (bees) , Stamp-It-Australia Dreamy Daisies (dragonfly), Fairyopolis AutumnStamp It Australia Sentiment Swirls (sentiment).

Thanks for stopping by today!  Hope you have an awesome weekend :)


Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Have a very special day

Good morning crafty friends!  How is your summer going?  Now that I am over getting pneumonia, the kids and I have been crazy busy.  It's been so gorgeous outside and we have been taking advantage of it with lots of swimming and park play dates.  I can't believe it is already July 9th!  The time is just flying by so quickly.  I did have a little time this week to create this very girly, monochromatic card to share with you.  I just got a brand new Lilac Posies Memento Ink pad, so I pulled out some pretty butterfly stamps to make a card with.

As I got stamping, I kept pulling out different stamp sets to build my card.  I was having way too much fun :) The butterflies are from Fairyopolis SpringFairyopolis Autumn, and Sheena Douglass' Paint Fusion Butterfly stamp set.  The two flowers in the bottom right hand corner are from Sheena's Silhouette Garden stamp set.  The "Have a VERY Special Day" sentiment was stamped from Stamp It Australia Sentiment Swirls stamp set.

The layout of my card was inspired by a wonderful card sketch over at CAS(E) this Sketch.

Hope you are having a wonderful, fun-filled day!


Monday, July 8, 2013

Don't Judge Each Day by the Harvest You Grow

Happy Monday friends!  Today I have an easy technique to share with you.  Using just a little water, you can add so much texture to your projects.

To begin my card, I started out with two identical sheets of floral patterned paper.  Using one of the sheets of paper, I cut out a number of flowers.  I laid the cut out flowers down on a couple of paper towels and sprayed them with water using a Mini Mister.  Then I crumbled them into a ball one or two times and carefully unfolded them while still wet.  Thill will give them all kind of cool creases and texture.

Once my flowers were dried, I layered the newly textured flowers onto my background sheet of paper. Notice that I glued them down just to the side of their matching background paper.  This will also give your card a more layered 3-D effect.  I then added two decorative strips across the center of my card.  You could also use stickers, paper, die cuts or ribbon.

For my main focal point, I used the quote, "Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant" by Robert Luis Stevenson.  This is part of the Stamp-It Australia Friendship Sentiments.  I adhered it to the center of my card using Double-Sided Adhesive Foam Circles.  Using foam adhesive will add yet another 3-D layer to your card.  Lastly, I added a few more of my textured paper flowers around the top of my quote and sanded the edges of my background paper.

Do you like to add texture to your paper?  What's your favorite technique?

Have a fabulous day!


Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Thank You So Much

While my children are bouncing off the walls and holding their breaths in mindless anticipation of seeing 4th of July fireworks, I thought I would share a card to say thank you to all the brave men and women who have played a part in giving us all the freedoms we so richly enjoy today.

To create my clean and simple card, I began by stamping a beautiful heart from Sheena Douglass Only Words From The Heart in Salty Ocean and Festive Berries Distress Ink, and a very white pigment ink which is tough to see in this picture.  I used the bottom edge of my 8 1/2 x 11 Ultra Smooth-Premium White Cardstock to line the hearts up.  I then trimmed my white card stock to a 3 1/2"  x 5 1/2" piece of paper.

Next, I took a fine black marker and added some faux stitching around the edges and inside of my heart stamps.  I did this primarily to pop out the white heart.

Next, I stamped my sentiment "Thank You So MUCH",  from Sheena Douglass' Only Words Through The Rain stamp set with Festive Berries Distress Ink in the left hand corner of my white card stock.  Using red and blue baker's twine, I tied a knot lengthwise around my white card stock.  I then tied a another knot around the two twines and made a cute little bow with them.  I trimmed all the edges of the twine so that they wouldn't cover my hearts.

To finish my card, I adhered my decorate piece of white card stock to a 3 3/4" x 5 3/4" piece of red card stock.  This adds a nice mat around your pretty card.  Once that has dried, you just need to add the matted card stock to a 4 x 6" folded piece of white card stock and you are all done.

Do you have a few cards you would like to send to a soldier on active duty? You may want to visit Operation Write Home and find out how.  Happy Independence Day to all my U.S. friends and happy Wednesday to all my international friends :)

I am entering my patriotic card in the red, white and blue challenge over at S.W.A.T. (Scrap Warriors Advanced Training).

Have a great day!


Monday, July 1, 2013

Collage birthday card

Good morning friends,

Today I have a collage card to share with you.  Using some fun patterned paper, a die cut, and a fabulous quote from the Stamp-It Australia Friendship Sentiments stamp set, I was able to make this card quickly and easily.

I stamped my sentiment, "Youth is the gift of nature, but age is a work of Art" with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and added a bit of age to by applying Vintage Photo and Antique Linen Distress Ink with my Adirondack Alcohol Ink Applicator.  I also added a bit of Vintage Photo to the edges of all the paper images that I cut out.  Collage cards are a great way to create something while hanging around watching TV. (Something I have, unfortunately, been doing a lot of over the last week.)  But now I have something pretty to show for it too :))))

Speaking of die cuts and Crafter's Companion, Crafter's Companion has a new monthly challenge starting today.  If you create a project with a Crafter's Companion product and a die cut, you could win a $25 gift card to their online store.  The store is full of gorgeous stamps, inks, paper-crafting kits, crafting sprays, embossing folders, and much, much more.  You will definitely want to check it out here.

Hope everyone is having a wonderful day!