Friday, April 18, 2014

CSI #119 - Explore...

No mixed media for me this week!  The "feel" of this case file felt more vintage-y to me. :)  I loved this case file because it gave me a chance to use many of the older papers that have been sitting in my stash for quite some time.  Plus I had so many fun travel elements that had previously gone unused because, well, we don't really go anywhere!  LOL  

Here's the case file:

CLICK HERE to see what the rest of the design team has come up with!

And here's my take on it.

For evidence, I chose wood, globe/earth, and a tag.  Then I chose to journal on a tag and tucked it behind the photos.  It says:  "You are fascinated by all of the places in the world that we have never been, and each time you learn about a new country, you ask me if we can go there.  One of my wishes for you is that you have the opportunity someday and travel the world and see how much there is "out there" besides our tiny little slice of the earth."

Here are a couple of closeups:

This was the perfect time to use my map letter Thickers and I love the banner stickers that have the airline schedules on them!

Studio Calico wooden veneer sayings always come in handy, as does that 7 Gypsies hot air balloon stamp.  I've gotten soooo much use out of it.  The globe sticker is Heidi Swapp and the kraaft and chalkboard circle behind it is (I think?) The Paper Company.

The stamps you see are from Citrus Twist Kits, and the great scrabble letter stickers are from last month's kit from The Memory Nest.

Thanks for stopping by!  Can't wait to see what you create!



Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Sketchabilities #113 - Magical Fairy Princess...

Sketchabilities has just revealed its latest sketch and it's a beauty!  CLICK HERE to see how the rest of the design team interpreted the sketch, then play along with us for some great prizes!  This month we're being sponsored by Creative Embellishments, an absolutely fabulous company which designs chipboard, wood veneer and stamps.  CLICK HERE to see all of their wonderful products!  Here is the sketch:

And here is my take on it.

I flipped the sketch to the left side of the page and layered up some fantastic papers and Studio Calico ephemera from my Citrus Twist Kit.  The stamps are also Citrus Twist originals, which I layered up and repeated in 2 corners around the main portion of the layout.  I also added some Heidi Swapp Color Shine on the background paper and the photo frames.  The letters are DIYS Thickers, which you can peel and decorate.  I covered them with green shimmery perfect pearls and glitter.  The sticker on the left of the top photo serves as my journaling, as this was my daughter's first fairy dress up outfit, and at this time she became obsessed with fairies and Tinkerbell.  Here are some closeups.

Thanks for having a look!  I hope to see your layouts in the gallery this month!



Friday, April 11, 2014

CSI Case File #118 - Puppy Lovin'!

It's that time again!  CSI is back with another great casefile, and this one is accompanied by a fab Em Stafrace sketch!  CLICK HERE to see how the rest of the design team cracked the case!

Here is the case file:

And here's my layout.  Oddly enough, when I saw these colors I envisioned doing a much different layout...but sometimes things decide to go in a much different direction than expected.  That's life, isn't it?  ;-)

So all the colors are there, and for evidence I chose hearts, arrows, animal print, and doodling. I used the "all about me" prompt about what makes me truly happy and wrote about puppies. (I am a serious animal lover and would have a houseful of dogs if the hubs would let me!) Hard to see on the photo but journaling says: "Nothing beats kisses and cuddles from a chunky little puppy...except kisses and cuddles from two chunky little puppies!"

Here's a couple of closeups:

 Happy FRIDAY!  Thanks for stopping by!!



Tuesday, April 8, 2014


I love making cards and it was fun to take a break from scrapooking and photos to put together a variety pack of cards for a good cause.  I created this bundle of cards as a raffle donation for my friend's son's preschool fundraiser...I wanted to make a variety of cards because I often find myself wishing that I had cards on hand for various occasions.  So, here is what I came up with.

I have seen so many awesome cards on Pinterest that used's so easy and the effect is fabulous.  At Christmas time, I made some cards using buttons as ornaments, and this time, I just spread them across the card for a fun pop of color.

 This is a card I actually made during my March gig as a Guest Designer at Citrus Twist.  Layers and texture make it simple and effective.

This Congratulations baby card was a runner up for shower invites that I made for my sister.  She was having a little girl, but isn't a big fan of pink, and wanted something simple and neutral.  Jute and a great vintage carriage stamp look nice against a neutral cream card.

I found this birthday card idea on Pinterest and put it together here using Heidi Swapp papers and dollar ribbon from Michael's.  I love the whimsical feel of the pieced together cake!

This last card was inspired by a scrapbook layout I came across on Pinterest that used ombre paper strips and hole punched butterflies...I got this great Martha Stewart heart punch, and I colored strips of paper with gelatos and mists, using an acrylic sealer while they were wet to give them a marble effect. Then I popped up a few of the larger hearts to give it a bit of dimension.

I hope you enjoyed checking these out...who knows...maybe one day you will get one of these in the mail from me! :-)  Have a great day!!



Me (Currently) - New Challenge at Challenge YOUrself!

Good morning!!  We have an all new challenge for you this month over at Challenge YOUrself!  And a fabulous prize for one lucky winner...all you have to do is create and link up!  CLICK HERE to see what the rest of the talented design team has created!

Here's the challenge:

Challenge Yourself #5:  Something Trendy!
Put those scrapbooking trends to work on your page!  Use a minimum of THREE trendy things on your layout.  List your items.  Don't forget to include a photo of YOU in your layout.

Be brave and get the courage to try something new!
Have fun with this challenge.

And for this month's prize, we have a fabulous 12x12 Hey Kid by Pink Paislee Kre8v Kit!

Here is my layout.  I'm giggling because this WAS me...a couple of week's ago.  Since then, I've chopped all my hair it's not exactly ME, currently.  Anyway, I had fun thinking about all of the trendy things I have seen in papercrafting this past year and for my page, I chose my good old Heidi Swapp mists in Blush, Chartreuse and Teal, washi tape, flair buttons, wooden elements, thread, and a feather, just for good measure. ;-)

I always find myself pulling out word and phrase stamps that come in my Citrus Twist Kits each month...they're so perfect for layering up around photos or, in this case, for becoming an element all on their own.  The "Simple Things" flair button is Recollections, as are the wooden frames (I cut the ones on the left and right side of the page in half).

Another staple in my stash are the cheap and useful Recollections white 4x4 frames.  They're about $2 for a pack of 6 at Michael's and I use them All.The.Time.

The little feather is leftover from an older Studio Calico ephemera pack I had, and the letters are Recollections as well. (Michael's is stepping up its scrappy game, eh?) ;-)

And finally here's a side view to show some of the dimension.

I hope you will come play along with us!  Remember, you have a full month to put your layout together and link it on the blog.  See you soon!