Monthly Archives: January 2010

Sketch 49

I had so much fun this week combining the Card Patterns sketch 49 with some goodies from a Jenni Bowlin kit. I thought they worked together well to make a textured and shabby valentine for hubby. Check out the sketch challenge here.

love u


Quick Tip: Sand letters to make them fit with a shabbier style if you need to. For this design, I only had some very shiny metallic red letters that looked very modern for my design. A little sandpaper made them work with the look.

Supply List: cardstock by Bazzill and Coredinations, patterned paper, letter block and stickers by Jenni Bowlin, Thickers by American Crafts, Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher and mini pins, twine, sand paper, Black Crochet Ribbon lace by May Arts

Have a beautiful day!


I’m having a blast with my 30 in 30 challenge. So much so that I’m actually ahead of the game! You should see my studio though…it looks like a tornado hit it. One good thing is that I have a place for everything and it will clean up fairly quickly.That’s just one of many items on my to do list today.

snow fun


This layout uses photos I took last Saturday. The little boys were having a blast. We’ll be staying instead today though…the thermometer is reading -20°C. A little too cold for my taste.

Quick Tip: Layer chipboard over and around photos. The swirl chipboard on the bottom left “frames” the photo and draws attention to the sweet expression and my little guy’s face.

Supply List: cardstock by Bazzill, patterned paper by Fancy Pants Designs & Basic Grey, Chipboard by Cosmo Cricket, Thickers by American Crafts, Wild Card by October Afternoon, Distress Stickles by Ranger

Have a wonderful Saturday! Make some memories!

Button Up

Buttons. These little bits of round & basic sweetness are one of my crafting essentials. I’m back in the CLASSroom today chatting about buttons and sharing some sweet button designs. Here’s one of them…

rock-a-bye baby


You can find the tutorial here.

Have a fabulous weekend!


I love textiles. Long before I ever discovered the joy of paper crafting, I loved to sew. There is something magical about creating things whether it be clothing, home decor or layouts and cards. More and more I’m seeing the two worlds mix as textiles are a big trend in paper crafting right now. I’m lovin’ it!

I also thought this would make a great challenge. I hope you’ll join me today for the Ways to Use Textiles challenge.

 Postal Miss You


For this card, I’ve stamped on some Prima printed canvas. I can’t tell you how much mileage I’ve gotten from one 12×12 sheet of it. I am determined not to throw away a single scrap as it is so pretty and fun to work with. I’ve used my On the Desk stamp set and mixed it up with some fun bright embellishments. I was wishing I could get a away some place tropical and send this card back. A girl can dream!

If you like the On the Desk stamp set and other vintage themed product…check out Paper Crafts cool Vintage Valentines Sweepstakes. Looks like a super cool package of goodies to win!

Supply List: On the Desk stamp set by CHF, Black Memento Ink by Tsukeinko, Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink by Ranger, flowers, burlap and canvas by Prima, Thickers by American Crafts, ribbon by Creative Impressions, tag by Avery

Happy creating!

a little start to finish…

I have a card to share with you today. This one is from the new Paper Crafts Start to Finish special publication. This is such a fun issue.

Thanks a Bushel


This card uses some October Afternoon paper mixed with a couple stamps from Cornish Heritage Farms.

30 in 30 update: I’m having a great time working on layouts. I’m actually ahead of the game. To stay on track, I decided to make myself a new blog page (see the top of the banner), very creatively named 30 in 30. 😉 I’m keeping a list of where I am and a few pictures of some of what I’ve created. A few people have jumped in and decided to scrap along with me. So fun! Feel free to do the same with your own 30 in 30 timeline. It’s really easier than I thought to do one a day.

 Have a beautiful day!

my space

Thanks so much for the sweet response to my scrapbooking challenge post yesterday. I’m never quite sure how readers are going to take a different crafting approach. I really appreciate all the encouragement. I have to say…now that I’m back at scrapping a little, I’m loving it. It’s actually full circle for me to where I started paper crafting a decade ago. Styles, products and my take on it have certainly changed as the years have passed.

This layout is #2  in my 30 in 30 challenge. I’m not quite as thrilled with this layout but that’s OK. It’s all about enjoying the process and learning as you go. I’m still working on getting good photos of my layouts. It’s actually quite different from shooting cards and I’m continually frustrated that they look much better in person.

You can see a few of the photos from my new room…yes it is FINALLY finished!!!! If you want to check out all the photos and details, I’ve blogged about it here…my creative space. I hope you’ll stop by for a visit.

dream come true




design notes:

  •  add color with strips of ribbon, paper and felt
  • layer journaling boxes
  • pink birdie is actually a very cool Heidi Swapp die cut mirror

Supply List: kraft cardstock by Bazzill, patterned paper by Pink Paislee, punch by EK Success, ribbon by Making Memories, flower and Pebbles by Prima, mirror by Heidi Swapp, journaling note and sticker by Jenni Bowlin, twine, Thickers by American Crafts, Adage Tickets by Tim Holtz

Tomorrow I’ll be back with a card to share. :)

Thanks for stopping by!

the challenge…

My friend Becky issued me a challenge the other day. I’d been whining, I admit it, how I had planned to do more scrapping but never seemed to get around to it. Her solution: scrap a page a day.

Yikes. YIKES!

Daunting to be sure. I can’t do that.

But I kept thinking. And thinking. And thinking.

And I accept.

I’m going to give it a whirl. For the next 30 days. And maybe even longer.

We’ll see.

And now that the decision is made. I’m excited.

So much so that I couldn’t wait to get started. Here’s number one…





P.S. Just I case you think you’ll be inundated with layouts…I won’t be sharing them all every day. I’ll keep you  apprised of how I’m doing and share a few but I’ll still be posting cards and other paper crafting.

Quick Tip: Use rub-ons  as a layer instead of paper to put an interesting spin on your sketch.

Supply List: cardstock by Bazzill Basics, bling by Prima, flowers and page pebble by Prima, Thickers by American Crafts, sewing machine, circle cutter by EK Success, metal tag by Making Memories, rub-ons by Pink Paislee, dymo label maker, Bird and Journaling Sheer by Maya Road

I’m calling this my 30 in 30 challenge. I’m looking forward to the creative journey. For this layout, I used a Creative Scrappers sketch to get started.

Do you have a creative challenge you’ve been meaning to work on? I’d love to hear about it!

Happy creating!