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Monday, September 26, 2016


I love this photo of my daughter when she was 13 and we were on the ferry going back to the mainland. She was just lost in her own thoughts when I snapped the photo. When I downloaded the photo into my software I gave it a soft focus effect which was the perfect touch. I used the Prima "Tales of You & Me" collection again. I'm in love with this paper collection, can you tell, lol.

I used the Notre Jardin Secret for my background paper. I took a duplicate piece of that paper and fussy cut out the flowers from the second piece and popped them up with foam dots for a 3D look. I distressed and inked all the papers. Here's how it looks:
I then picked out 3 other papers and cut them to the size I wanted. I distressed and inked all of these pieces also. Once I was happy with the way the papers looked I glued them all down.
I took my photo and a duplicate one without the soft effect  and laid the soft photo just off to the side of the other one as shown in the finished layout. I added some card board to the back of the photos to pop them up. Using some Prima flowers from my stash I played around with the placement of the flowers and when I was happy with how they looked I glued them down. I added some seam binding ribbon that I had hand died and added that to the cluster. I also added a few flourish blings, tucking them just under the flowers a bit. I added a small Prima fairy that I inked a bit with pink to the top right of the photo. In the flower cluster on the bottom right of the photos I tucked one of my handmade stick pins among the flowers. I added my title and to finish the layout off I took some gesso and watered it down and added the white drips from a paint brush all over the layout. Here's the finished project. What do you think?

Thursday, September 22, 2016


I'm still working on my ATC's for Swirlydoos "Not so RR". Week 4 of this challenge is Eclectic. Now I have to admit I have no idea what Eclectic is, apparently the meaning describes a combination of many different individual elements of styles, themes, mediums or inspirations pooled from many sources. I still don't really get it but here is my attempt at doing an Eclectic style ATC card.
For my background white card stock I used three different shades of blue Gelatos. I just rubbed the card stock with the Gelatos and then misted it with water and used my finger to blend the colors down the card. I then took one of my stencils and some molding past to make all of the different sized dots on the background paper. For my shabby look I distressed and inked the edges of the paper. For a bit of steampunk I added the metal silver heart and flower. I searched through my stash and found some Tim Holtz books of sayings and used three ones that I liked. I then added one of my handmade rosebuds and some blue rhinestones and called it done. What do you think, does this have an eclectic feel to it? Thanks for stopping by! 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

September RR, week 3!

So this is week three for the Swirlydoos "Not so Round Robin". The category for this week is Seasonal/Holiday ATC's. I did two ATC's, one for Halloween and one for Christmas. 

For my Halloween ACT i used a purple  Halloween paper I had in my stash. I then took some cheesecloth to layer over the background paper. I had some layered 3D Halloween stickers in my stash so I used the Halloween Title and Mummy embellies on this card. The skeleton & cross bones were from my stash and popped up with card board. I also used a small flower from my stash, a corner paper piece, a small "boo" embellishment and some copper colored sticklles. Here's the finished product:
For my Christmas ATC I used three different Christmas papers from my stash witch I distressed and inked. I added some green ribbon to the card and layered on top of that a Santa face punched from one of the papers from my stash and layered on top of some coordinating card stock. I also added some gold colored berries to the top of the card,and a pretty cream colored poinsettia. I also had a small "Merry Christmas" tag that I popped  up with card board and added some clear gem stones on the bottom right corner.  Here's the finished card: 


Friday, September 16, 2016

September ATC Challenge

So it's week two of the Swirlydoos "Not so Round Robin" for September. This week's ATC will be a Steampunk ATC.

So for my card I used 2 pieces of torn kind of vintage type paper. One piece being torn an laid in the top left corner of the card.  I punched a hole and added an eyelet to the top right and bottom left corner of the tag. I layered a couple of gears on the top left and bottom right corners of the tag. I also added a small rosebud on to the top of the layered gears. I added a small pointing hand and a metal tag with a brad to the card. I then added  small gold colored pearl flourish to the card and added some thread twisted over the card. I found this steampunk photo of the girl on Pinterest. I popped the photo up on card board and added it to the ATC, finishing off my card. So what do you think about my steampunk card? Here's the finished project...

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

First ever ATC card

So for the Round Robin for September over at Swirlydoos it's going to be 4 weeks of making ATC cards. There won't be any teams but each week is going to be a different category each week and you can do whatever week you want or you can do all of them. I'm hoping to try all of them, at least that's the plan. So here are the categories for each week:
Week 1: Vintage due by 9/10
Week 2: Steampunk due by 9/17
Week 3: Seasonal/Holiday due by 9/24
Week 4: Eclectic due by 9/30

It was a little intimidating since ATC's are only 2½" x 3½" so you really have to think about what you want to do and put on the card. I had this small photo of my Dad taken back in 1941 when he was just 18 so I thought it would be perfect for the vintage card. For my background on the card I took a page out of an old romance paper back book that I had in my stash and glued that onto my card. I then took my "Vintage" distress ink and distressed the edges quite a bit. Then I took the same ink and rubbed some of the ink onto the rest of the card. I also took some "Broken China" distress ink and added that to the background also.Here's how it turned out..
For the rest of the card I added some cream colored lace, a small pearl flourish, a small card stock clock and in each corner I used some of Prima's Junkyard findings screw heads. I popped up the photo with some cardboard and pop dots on the info strip. I'm really quite happy at how this turned out. What do you think?

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Summer Love

As you can see in this photo of my son and his fiance that they have water behind them. Although this is not the ocean, it's a lake on the mainland called Harrison Lake I still decided to use the Couture Creations "Sea Breeze" collection. I just kept out any ocean type things on the paper not on the layout. 

For the background paper I used one of the pieces that  looked like wood strips. I distressed and inked the paper. I then took one of the pieces that was a light blue color and tore a large corner piece and added that to the background paper after I distressed and inked it. I then used 4 of the bottom strips off of the papers, distressed and inked them and laid them from top to bottom of the background paper. I then cut two pieces of the paper from the collection, one approximately 2" x 9" and one 1¾" x 9" and cut them both like a banner at either end. I distressed and inked both pieces and laid them from left to right on the layout. 

I matted the photo with one of the dark blue papers from the collection and then added a piece of cardboard to the back of the photo to pop it up on the layout. I added some Prima flowers from my stash along with a small metal bird in a bird cage and then added the sparkly chipboard title "Love" to the layout. Here's the finished layout.

Friday, August 19, 2016


I love this photo of my granddaughter, soon to be DIL and myself that my son took of us in Hawaii while we were sitting waiting for the grandson's to catch up with us. I also love this paper line from Prima, "Tales of You and Me". So of course I had to use this paper line for this photo, all the colors were perfect!

For the background paper I used the "Notre Amour" paper from the Tales of You and Me collection. I distressed and inked the paper along with using a heart punch on the top edge and again on the right hand side. I cut out pieces from three of the other papers as well as two of the tags from one of the other papers. I distressed and inked all of these papers and layered them on the background paper. I matted the photo with some pink card stock and then used some cardboard on the back of the photo to pop it up.

Now I just had to add the embellishments to the layout. I used some pink Prima flowers from my stash. I had one white flower that I inked the petal edges with some pink ink. To the flower cluster on the bottom right corner of the paper I added one of my own handmade stick pins. I added a little resin fairy from my stash along with a couple of other ephemera pieces from my stash. Here's the finished layout and I'd love to hear your comments on it!

Baby Blues

Okay, so I may be a bit prejudice but have you ever seen a cuter little guy before! This is our newest grand baby born Dec 2nd, 2015. He just turned 8 months on August 2nd. We've decided he's going to be a real lady killer when he's older. Who am I kidding, he already is, lol!

I've had this Scenic Route "Metropolis Idea Kit" in my stash like forever. As I was digging through my stash to find papers to go with the photo I cam across the kit and knew it would be perfect for this photo! I kept the layout very clean and simple. I layered a few of the different papers from the kit and fussy cut out a few of the stars from the paper and I used one of the arrows to point to Liam's eyes. I dug through my stash of chipboard  letters for the title. For the "Blues" part of the title I had the letters but not in the same color so I just painted them...that's the advantage of scrapbooking, there are no rules, lol! Anyway I hope you like the layout and I'd love to hear your comments!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Island Time

I hope everyone is having a great weak as well as beautiful weather. Here in Campbell River, BC (on the East coast of Vancouver Island) we are in a major heat wave. We broke a temperature record here when it reached 33 Celsius today. Thank goodness we live by the ocean and many lakes, the beaches were pretty busy today, that's for sure!

I decided on scrapping this photo of my son and grandson fishing last year when my dh took them fishing. The layout is a fairly simple one but I like the way it turned out. I basically used Kaisercraft's "Coastal Escapes" paper collection for this layout, along with one other piece of paper from my stash, the ones with the fish, they went perfectly with these papers. 

 Lately I seem to be into cutting papers in a banner shape and this layout was no exception. I distressed and inked all of the papers in this layout. I also used some Prima flowers from my stash along with shells from our beaches here and a bow using some seam binding that I hand dyed with blue ink from my stash. Here's the finished layout, TFL!


So this is a scrap layout of another one of my vacation photos from our Hawaii trip back in January of this year. I used the Coutour Creations "Sea Breeze" paper collection on this layout also.  This is a lift of Bec from Swirlydoos Saturday tutorial which you can find here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X30krhV59AA  

I distressed and inked all of the papers on the layout. All of the shells etc. are from our beaches here in Campbell River, BC. The scallop shell is from a fisherman friend of ours and the star fish I picked up at one of our local gift shops. The bow that I have tucked in amongst the flowers and shells is some seam binding that I hand dyed with some blue ink from my stash. The corner embellishments are also from my stash.

So this is my layout, I hope you like it and leave a comment. Also check out Bec's tutorial along with other tutorials on Swirlydoos You Tube channel, they have lots of great tutorials! Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Fish On

Seems I've been on a roll and managing to do a number of layouts, I guess I'm making up for the no mojo patch I had earlier this year. Now I just have to play catch up and get all of these layouts posted on my blog, lol. This layout is a photo of my grandson fishing when my husband took my son & grandson fishing last summer when they were up visiting. I used papers from Couture Creations "Sea Breeze" paper collection. 

I really like the way some of the scrapbook companies on the strip at the bottom of the double sided paper where they have the company name and collection name on the other side they have one of the other papers in the collection on that strip. So for this layout other than the background paper and the paper behind the photo all of the other papers were the strips from the bottom of the papers in the collection. This makes for a very cheap way of making a layout. I added a small doily that I inked up with some light blue ink. I cut one of the tags out of one of the other papers as well as one of the fish that I popped up with pop dots. From a duplicate piece of paper I fussy cut out the anchor and shells and popped them up with pop dots over the other one on the paper giving it a 3D look. I also distressed and inked all of the papers on this layout.
I hope you like this layout and I would love to hear your comments, good or bad.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Summer Fun

My grand kids come up & visit with us every summer for about 3 weeks so we always spend lots of time at the lake. Last summer my friend and her grand kids came with us to the lake and they were showing my grandson how to do the skim boarding. It didn't take to long for my grandson to catch on to how you do it. I just managed to take this photo at the right moment to catch him looking like a pro landing on the board in the water.....of course it doesn't show the wipe out 10 seconds later, lol.

I used the Heartfelt Creations "Under the Sea" paper collection for this layout. I distressed and inked all the papers and added a bit of cheesecloth behind the papers. I used the Heartfelt Creations "Open Vintage Floret" pre-cut stamp and die set to make the two flowers on this layout. I added a few other goodies from my stash and called it done. TFL!