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Wednesday, October 19, 2016


Well here we have another layout of our grandson. The photo was taken  in June of this year, doesn't he look so cute in that yellow hat?  For this layout I used the Scenic Route "Metropolis Idea" kit that I've had  in my stash forever. I used it earlier on a layout showing off Liam's Baby Blues.This is a perfect kit for doing boy layouts with all of the fun colors and stickers etc.  For my background paper I used a piece of orange paper that I also had in my stash. I took some modeling paste and a star stencil and stenciled over the paper. Here's a photo of it.
I then took some of the different papers and cut them to different sizes and played around laying them out until I liked the design. I distressed all the papers and then glued them back down to my design. For my photo I popped it up with cardboard before laying it down. I then went into my flower stash and pulled out different flowers that would look good together and with the papers. I had these really cute little bug buttons in my stash so I picked out a couple of bee's and a ladybug and cut the back off and glued them down on the papers and flowers and also added a little butterfly and called it done. I was quite happy with the way it turned out. What do you think?

Friday, October 14, 2016


I love this photo of our grandson, the way his arms look like they are being held out in front of him makes it look like he's taking a selfie, hence the title of the layout, lol. For this layout I used the Bo Bunny "Bella Rosa" paper collection.

For my background paper I used the Bella Rosa "Whisper" paper and I took a duplicate piece of paper and fussy cut out the left side floral section and popped it up with foam dots on the background paper. I then cut different size pieces of the other paper's in this collection and played around laying them down in different ways until I was happy with the design. I then distressed and inked all of the papers and glued them down. I took the photo and matted it and popped that up with some cardboard. 

I took some hexagon chippies from my stash and painted them with orange acrylic painted that I toned down with some white paint, helping to match up the color to the flowers in the paper. On the top right corner of the layout I tore the paper and distressed and rolled the torn edges back. I added a small peach colored piece of paper behind the torn corner and added some flowers from my stash along with a couple of tiny rose buds that I made myself and added a small feather popping out from that small flower cluster. I then added another flower cluster on the bottom right of the paper using the same flowers from my stash and added a couple of small feathers. I was very happy with the way it turned out. What do you think?

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Happy News

So excited, I just found out that I got Layout of the Week over at Swirlydoo's for my layout of our grandson Liam below! Yay me!! This is quite an honor as all of the ladies over at Swirlydoo's are such amazing scrappers! Thanks so much for this honor ladies!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Another One For The Album

I'm giving myself a pat on the back that I managed to use up some older paper from my stash for this layout. These papers are from Basic Grey's "Oh Baby Boy" collection. Since I didn't have a lot of these papers I made the layout fairly simple. I distressed all of the papers but I didn't ink them this time. For my first layer I used a medium sized doily. My other layers consisted of two banners running vertical and the other two banners running horizontal. I fussy cut some of the rocket ships from one of the papers and popped them up with foam pop dots. In the top right corner I cut two very small banners and added a small green flower on top of them. So there you go, a quick and simple layout!

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Another Grand Baby layout

I'm sure everyone must be getting tired of seeing all these layouts of our grandson Liam but I'm sure anyone who is a Mom or Gramma understands how we like to show off our babies, lol. I'm trying to do as many layouts as I can of Liam because he'll be 1 years old on December 2nd and I want to give our daughter and son-in-law an album of Liam's 1st year for Christmas. 

I'm trying to use up papers from my stash before I start buying more, not sure how well I'm doing at this but at least I'm trying, lol. I used this pretty die cut from Websters Pages "Sunday Picnic" collection. I matted my photo on some of the other pieces from this collection and I popped it up over the other papers with cardboard. I did distress the paper layers a bit. In my stash I found this ribbon threader (probably not the correct name for it) in my stash that says "Heartbreaker" and I knew it would be perfect for this layout! I had some pretty blue ribbon that went with this paper and then cut out some smaller banners to hang of the ribbon. I fussy cut one of the flowers from this paper collection and popped that up with foam dots on the top right of the photo. I then added some flowers on the bottom left of the photo and added the pretty stick pins that one of my friends from Swirlydoos sent me for a RAK, thanks Angelica! Here's the finished page!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Early Christmas?

I'm not sure if it's because I was in Costco the other day and they had all their Christmas stuff out or I'm just really looking forward to Christmas....I'm just thinking I'm crazy, lol. Anyways I was wanting to make something other than a scrap layout and I thought I'd use this little box I've had in my stash for quite awhile.

I first painted the box with white acrylic paint. I chose some Christmas papers from K&Company that I've had in my stash for quite awhile. The paper collection is called Swell Noel. I cut the papers to fit into each slot of the box. I used a little Christmas tree that I got at the $Store, I used some blue & red Stickles which I dotted about the tree like Christmas balls. I used a poinsettia and smaller flowers from my stash, along with some berry branches. I used some chipboard pieces (Gift box, stocking and house in the snow) from the same paper line. I added a little bird in one square and a little mouse  in his bed, this was a Christmas ornament that I bought at one of the craft sales I went to. I then added a small chipboard bird  house and a little bottle of "Fairy Dust". So here's the finished project:

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Swirlydoos August Sketch

Although I am not able to purchase the Swirlydoos kits each month I still like to try out the sketch's using papers I have in my stash. I thought the August sketch for the tranquility kit would be perfect to do for a couple of photos of our grandson taken in July. Here's the sketch:
I used some papers I've had forever in my stash from Websters Pages "Park Drive" collection. I used the yellow "Blanket" paper for my first layer. I then took the green "Snacks" paper which I punched with one of my Martha Stewart punch around the page punches. As you can see by a couple of the corners I haven't quite mastered these punches yet, lol. I used lace, flowers and small pearl flourishes from my stash. I matted the photos with some yellow paper. There were journal cards in this collection that said "Today Was" so I cut them down in size and attached them to the back of the photos. I picked out a couple of words from my Tim Holtz small talk sticker book and attached them to these cards. One said "Beautiful" and the other "Extraordinary".  I then added a couple of stickers from the sticker pack that came with the paper pack. I tried to use papers that were quite bright to mimic the colors in Liam's play station. Here's the finished layout.

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: