Monthly Archives: April 2010

flowers. doily. pearls.

Just over a week until Mother’s Day. Wonder what I’ll get this year. 😉 A day off from cooking sounds great right about now. Do you ever get like me and stare into the fridge wondering what you are going to make tonight?

I’m in the CLASSroom again today and this time I’m sharing a Mother’s Day card. Lots of feminine goodies here and if you pop over to the CLASSroom, step outs on how to create the card and make a twill double bow.


Have a beautiful weekend!


I’ve been fascinated with chipboard since it first hit the crafting market. There is something about dimension on a project that makes me happy. It’s a great product to paint, cover with paper, glitter, ink…whatever. Recently it was suggested to me that I host another chipboard Ways to Use it Challenge. Great idea so here it is. Hope you can play along.

It’s always fun to create your own chipboard shapes using some chipboard and a die cutting machine. Craft-a-Board is a chipboard product that is thin enough to die cut and is actually a soft white color so that you can stamp right on it. For my project, I’ve die cut three butterflies from Craft-a-Board, stamped and inked them and lined them up over my stamped background. The background stamp is my new Life Scrapblock that was released by CHF a couple weeks ago.


Butterfly Life


Quick Tip: Make sure you use a permanent ink when spritzing with Glimmer Mist or a dye ink spray so that your ink doesn’t run. Here I’ve used Coffee Archival Ink by Ranger with my Glimmer Mist.

Supply List: Life Scrapblock by CHF, cardstock by Memory Box, Neenah Solar White cardstock, Craft-a-Board by Ellen Hutson LLC, Pearl Trinket Pins by Maya Road,  Tiger  Lily & Viva Pink Glimmer Mist by Tattered Angels, twine, dimensional foam adhesive, Memento Inks by Tsukineko

Happy stamping!


I’ve been sitting on this layout for a while now and excited that I can finally share it. Creative Scrappers has been celebrating their birthday and 100th sketch for the month of April. I was excited to be able to create a sample for one of the special sketches this month. Check out the post and the rest of the readers reveal here.

I absolutely love this sketch. It was such a joy to work with. I stayed pretty true to the original format and I love the offset focal point.


Summer Joy


I mostly used a Jenni Bowlin kit for this project. I love the bright summery colors and that die cut paper reminds me of watermelon. I can’t wait for summer!

Thanks for stopping by!

my boys

You may or may not know but I have five kids.Because of a 7.5 year break in the middle I have older teenagers and then little boys. It can be a balancing act at the best of times but I cherish each moment. I’ve been so blessed.

This is another layout featuring Lily Bee Design papers.  This time I’ve used a very vibrant and happy line called Hello Sunshine. Love it! I decided to try and go outside the box a little and see if I could make these papers work on a boy page. By keeping the color blocking small, it lessens the floral feel of the papers and the more structured layout works to make the look more masculine. I’ve used one of the Lily Bee chipboard flowers in this layout but cut it in half as an accent. This makes it look more like a cloud accent.

And just a quick heads up…. Lily Bee Hello Sunshine is on Moxie Fab World today.  Make sure you visit as there is a great giveaway!



Quick Tip: Once again I’m loving Lily Bee Design’s super sized rub-ons. You can rub them right across your photos for a fun look.

If you’re looking for Lily Bee Design product and can’t find it at your local store, you can find links so some on-line stores that carry it in the sidebar of the Lily Bee Design Blog.

Wishing you a great start to your week!

a little bit of sunshine – sketch 61

I was a little nervous using this week’s Card Patterns sketch. I’m used to designing with a few more layers to be sure. I’m really thrilled with how it turned out though. Some of my favorite paper and a little creativity made it work. This week is sketch 61 and is sponsored by Limelights. I hope you’ll join us this week! Here’s the link.


My first thought when seeing this sketch was to add a piece of patterned paper or wide lace where the black part of the sketch was. Totally fine but I thought I’d try for something a little more original. I love taking a layer down instead of up for a change and decided to tear away a strip to reveal and inner paper. The edges were curled up by hand. Totally an accident but it made my day…when the paper was flipped over (it’s two sides of the same paper) the stripes lined up perfectly. Love that! And I am totally in love with Jillibean Soup!

hello sunshine


Supplies: kraft cardstock by Bazzill, patterned paper and corrugated alphabet by Jillibean Soup, Tiny Type letters by Cosmo Cricket, Dried Marigold Distress Ink by Ranger, rhinestones by Prima Marketing

Quick Tip: Sponge ink on the edges of the corrugated alphabet to highlight the edges and show off the texture.


Have a beautiful sun-shiny day!

Oh so shabby

The shabby, vintage look is one that I absolutely adore. As I’ve never been blessed to get to CHA yet, each January and July I spend a lot of time on the computer looking for glimpses as the new products and lines and show videos. While not as good as being there, it definitely gives me a feel for what’s on trend, what’s new and cool and what to put on my wish list. The Girls’ Paperie was a new company showing at Winter CHA and I just gasped when I saw it. Especially the Paper Girl line as it’s so me. I ordered it as soon as I could and it’s been sitting there waiting for me for a couple weeks. Being so pretty, I had a hard time cutting it up so I finally decided to just go for it and used Sketch 100 from Creative Scrappers to get it done.

being sixteen


My favorite part of creating this layout was the shabby paper flowers. I created them with the new Tim Holtz Tattered Florals Die. I die cut flowers from the Paper Girl papers and also from some vintage dictionary pages I had on hand.



Supply list: patterned paper by The Girls’ Paperie, Tattered Florals Die, rhinestone flourish, rhinestones & felt flowers by Zva Creative, Doilies by Little Yellow Bicycle, Tiny Attacher by Advantus, Vintage Buttons by Jenni Bowlin, Invisibles Chipboard by Heidi Swapp, Worn Lipstick & Frayed Burlap Distress Inks by Ranger, chipboard letters by Basic Grey & American Crafts

Stamping Basics

Basic stamping techniques are always a great thing to revisit. When you’ve been stamping a long time they become second nature but for beginning stampers, a few easy tips may help make your creations look like you want them to. Positioning your stamped impression is an important basic to learn. Today I’m back in the CLASSroom and it’s my turn to do a Back to Basics post. I’ll be stepping you through how to use a Stamp-a-ma-Jig and using a grid on Acrylic Blocks. I hope you’ll join me for some easy tricks to stamp where you want to.

Special Day Card


Happy Friday!