Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Time For A Giveaway!

Hello everyone! I hope you're having a great week and enjoyed this past weekend with the fathers in your life.  I have an awesome package of goodies up for grabs perfect to scrap fun summer photos. I love the cute patterns on these papers, think banners, barbecues and good times!

Included in this package:
Creative Imaginations paper kit
Creative Imaginations cardstock stickers
Creative Imaginations Chipboard stickers
clear stamp set
Prima e-line flowers
2 packs of Prima flowers
BoBunny word album
Jenni Bowlin paint dauber

All you have to do is leave a comment on this post and become a follower (if you aren't already). I'll draw a random winner on July 5th.

Have a wonderful rest of the week!


Thursday, June 9, 2011


Hello there! I'm back to share with you another layout I created using the gorgeous Gabrielle collection by Bo Bunny. The sweet photo is of my daughter making a wish while throwing a coin into a fountain in Cinderella's Garden in Disney World, Florida last year.

This week's layout challenge in the Bo Bunny blog was to create a layout inspired by a piece of clothing or fabric. I was inspired by the halter top Emily is wearing in the photo. I tried to recreate ruffled edges all around my page to mimic the ruffles on the front of her top. I also thought its color coordinated very well with the teals and browns in this beautiful range.

I was also inspired by another wonderful sketch designed by the talented Nadia Cannizzo from Once Upon a Sketch blog. Please check her out, she's not only super creative and gifted, but also absolutely sweet and friendly!

Because I love this paper so much, I decided not to add as many layers as I normally do, instead, I made a slit on the paper and tucked a punched trim in between. I'm very pleased with how this turned out. Here's a closer look...

The gate behind the photo is a Dusty Attic chip piece I bought from Vicky Alberto's etsy store, another super sweet and talented crafter. To get the old patina look, I first sprayed it with Tattered Leather Glimmer Mist, then lightly brushed a thin layer of turquoise blue acrylic paint and followed with another layer of Glimmer Mist. I call this, 'easy peasy patina squeeze'! I know, so corny! LOL!

I hope you have enjoyed my post today. If you like to play along with this beautiful sketch, head over to  Once Upon A Sketch, the deadline is June 15th.


Sunday, June 5, 2011

My Creative Scrapbook!!!

Good morning friends! I'm so excited to share with you some really awesome crafty news. I will be joining the Design Team over at My Creative Scrapbook! YAY!!!!!!! I have been a fan of MCS's kits for many years now. Pam (MCS owner) is always very generous with her kits and fills up each shipment with tons of paper, flowers, trim, and all kinds of beautiful embellishments.

For the month of June, I had won a spot on My Creative Scrapbook GDT call and received the Limited Edition kit to play with. This kit was amazing with so many variations of paper styles and colors. To my excitement and suprise, I was invited to join the DT full time! I can't wait to work with so many talented crafters and play with the best products around! Thank you so much Pam for all your kind words and for this amazing opportunity!

These are my creations with the June LE kit, which included all of Crate Paper's Portrait collection plus papers from My Creative Imagination, Glitz Designs and My Mind's Eye as well as gorgeous Prima flowers and pearls. For my first LO, I chose pastel colors to make a summery page. This photo was Emily was taken last year, with a little bit of tweaking in Elements, I turned it to BW. I just adore her smile here.

Here's a couple of close-ups. The pink background was created with a Martha Stweart Punch Around the Page punch. I also used Liquid Pearls in the center of each flower design. The letter stickers for the title were given a hint of color with Tattered Rose Distress Ink. The ruffled border was created by pleating a strip of paper I punched using a Martha Stewart border punch. I really liked the perfectly imperfect effect!

I did a lot of fussy cutting here, there were two sheets of this gorgeous paper in the kit!

For my second page, I used the doily die cut paper included in the kit and enhanced it with a punched paper border. You can see the tutorial here.  For this page I went with black and cream to complement the colors Emily and I were wearing in the photo, which was taken this past Easter.

I did some corset lacing here. The key to this technique is to punch an even number of holes and thread your lace or string 'one X at a time'.

The kit included an entire sheet of chipboard elements where I got the birdhouse and little clock. I just inked them and painted them some Crakle Paint in Rock Candy.

I wanted my next page to be subtle and elegant so I white-washed the green and yellow floral papers here.

This was my first time using my new sewing machine, I can only hope to get better! LOL! Aren't these flowers just gorgeous! They really make your pages look elegant. This would be a perfect wedding or communion page as well.

The stitched border was created with a Sew Easy tool and floss. I also did a little bit of stamping in the background using white paint bubble wrap. When trying out this technique, use a paint brush to spread your paint around your palette as you will get a better effect if you only have a thin layer of paint on your bubble wrap.

My last page with this kit uses papers by Glitz Designs. I scraped a photo of my beatiful sister which I printed twice and stacked them like you would playing cards to go with the theme of the paper.

I really distressed the edges a lot here adding straight and zig-zag stitching with my sewing machine. I also covered this design in the paper with Rock Candy Crackle Paint to highlight it as I decided to keep things simple as use that as my title.

I misted the background with Raven Glimmer Mist and added a few droplets of Candy Apple Glimmer Mist for contrast.

Lastly, here's a photo of the kit contents. I wasn't kidding when I said it was PACKED with gorgeousness! As you can probably tell, I only used kit contents, there was no need to add anything from my stash. I made four layouts and I still have a TON left over for cards or more layouts. These kits are an awesome value indeed!

Thanks so much for visiting today. I hope I have inspired you to create something! Have a happy scrappy week!

Punched Paper Border Tutorial

In this tutorial, I will show you how I created the punched paper border on my 'Memorable' layout. This quick and easy technique can be used on all kinds of die cut papers to add a 'finished with lace' look to your projects.

1. Start by punching the border of a 12x12 piece of cardstock using your favorite border punch. I used Swirling Lace by Martha Stewart.

2. Now cut out your punched border allowing about a inch of space. To go around the circle paper included in the LE kit, you will need just a little more than 3 strips but I cut out 4 strips of paper just to be safe.

3. Use your scissors to 'fringe' your paper strip on the side opposite of the decorative border. Each slit does not have to be cut at the same distance, we just want our cardstock to be more flexible and follow the contour of our die cut paper.

4. Apply adhesive to the edge of your circle paper or any other die cut paper you choose. The adhesive I'm using here is ATG tape by 3M.

5. Now you're ready to 'mold' your fringed strip of cardstock around your die cut paper.

Here's what the whole die cut paper looks like on its back side.

And here's what the front, finished layout looks like...

I hope you give this technique a try! Have fun playing!!!