Sunday, December 10, 2017

Happy Birthday!

Hello and Welcome!
Today I am squeezing in a birthday page between all the holiday festivities.

This page was inspired by Corrie Jones' layout and video over at Jillibean Soup, and I used  mostly Jillibean Soup's Souper Celebration collection.

I also used Winnie & Walter's diecut for the gold birthday title and Verve Stamp's pink sequins.


Today I am the featured DT at Scrap Our Stash with this layout. For the SOS tic-tac-toe challenge I used the last column: Ribbon-Gold-Sequins


Come join in the fun! There is a lot of great inspiration, new ideas and prizes!

Thanks for stopping by and happy holidays,

Friday, December 8, 2017

Christmas Coffee Card

Hello and Welcome!

Today I am joining the fun with the Coffee Loving Card Makers hop and I am up on the Quick Quotes blog.

I used Quick Quotes' new Serenade papers and edged everything with Coal Miner PowderPuff Chalking Ink. The colors of this collection are perfect for this time of the year.

For a fun twist I made a pocket for a gift card!

The cute coffee cup is a stamp by Paper Smooches. The fun Christmas frame is by My Favorite Things. The snowflakes are die cuts by Lawn Fawn and the sentiment is by Verve Stamps.

So come join the fun challenges. If you use die cuts on your card, as I did, we would love to have you join the Quick Quotes Challenge this month. You can link to it here. And if you have a winter themed coffee project you can enter it here.

Quick Quotes Products:
Serenade 103, 105
PowderPuff Chalking Ink: Coal Miner

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, November 27, 2017

Celebrate Together

Hello and welcome! Hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving holiday.

Our Thanksgiving tradition is for everyone to make a favorite dish to share. I thought it would be a good keepsake to create a page that included the recipes we used and photos of this occasion.

Most of the page is pretty simple, keeping the focus on the photo and recipes. I used Sonata and Windsong papers and quotes.

To make the recipe mini album:
  • cut five 6" x 3.5" rectangles from Windsong 102
  • attach each rectangle to the page with washi tape on left side, spacing each card an inch apart
  •  cut one 6" x 3.5" rectangle from Sonta 100
    • die cut the center to make a frame
    • attach to the top of the first Windsong rectangle
    • add title and embellishments
  • add recipe cards and photos 
  • attach tabs

All of the pictures were printed with my Canon Selphy photo printer. The photos in the recipe album are mini prints. If you want a tutorial of how to make them, you can find it here.

Quick Quotes Products:
Sonata 100
Windsong Paper Pack
Windsong Quotes & Phrases

Canon Products:
Selphy CP1200 Wireless Compact Photo Printer
Selphy High-Capacity Color Ink/Paper set
I really like how this page turned out and will be making a similar one with our holiday cookie recipes.

Thanks for stopping by,

Friday, November 24, 2017

Still Falling For You

Hello and welcome!

My husband, Jeff, and I went on a romantic weekend to Red Wing, MN and climbed the bluffs. The views are spectacular!

I designed this page for Scrap Our Stash and it is up on their blog today. I used the SOS sketch and word challenge. For this layout I stayed pretty close to the sketch and for the word challenge I used:
T - twine, Tim Holtz label
H - hearts
A - arrow
N - Nestabilities frame die
K - kraft
S - squirrel, swirls

I used mostly Carta Bella's Hello Fall pattern papers.

The chipboard leaf boarder is by Quick Quotes.

The cute squirrel and leaf die cuts are by Little B.

Hope you had a happy Thanksgiving and find some fun time to spend with your family,

Friday, November 17, 2017

Layered Powdered Inks

Hello and welcome!

I have a fun and colorful ink stamping technique for you today.

I love playing with Quick Quotes' PowderPuff Chalking Inks. For this card I stamped different colored inks on top of each other for this fabulous variegated look. Perfect for making fall leaves.

It was fun layering the inks and using different combinations of yellow, orange and red PowderPuff Chalking inks to create unique, colorful leaves using the same stamp. I used a stamp positioner (a Misti tool would also work well) and, starting with the lightest, stamped different shades of color on top of each other 3-4 times.

I love the depth and tones this technique creates.

The sentiment was stamped 3 times with PowderPuff Mocha Mama ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. I then added gold Color Shine splatters, sequins and ribbon.

To finish off the card, the leaf panel was matted on brown and gold cardstock and then added to the Sonta 100 card base, which was chalked with PowderPuff Mocha Mama ink.

Quick Quotes Products:
 Sonta paper 100
 PowderPuff Chalking Inks: Mocha Mama, Lemon Sorbet, Buttercup, Desert Sun, Terra Cotta, Orange Slice, Lipstick and Barn Board

Happy Thanksgiving and thanks for stopping by,

Monday, November 13, 2017

Fall Thanks Card

Hello and Welcome!

I love this time of the year with all the rich colors and yummy textures. I wanted to bring these things into my latest card.

Recently I purchased Paper Smooches Silhouette Flowers diecuts and wanted to use them in this card. It also seemed natural to bring in my favorite Paper Smooches deer from their Happy Camper stamp set. (The deer was watercolored, fussy cut and black gel pen was added to its eyes & nose.) I also slipped in a Paper Smooches Leaves 2 diecut.

The sentiment is Paper Smooches Thanks Word 2 diecut and was cut twice, once in black and once in tan. The black adds a shadow and helps POP the sentiment. Gold washi tape was added to ground all the elements.

To add texture, shine and interest, a wood grain pattern was stamped on dark brown cardstock and heat embossed with WOW's gold embossing powder. The cardstock base was run through a Sizzix embossing folder and a burlap mat was added.

This card is entered in:
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Thanks for stopping by and stay warm,

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Kitty Christmas Tag

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I am so excited to be joining in fun with Tracey McNeely's 25 Days of Christmas Tags. Here is my latest creation.

This tag was inspired by Kristina's tag on day 11 with the fun little bear peeking out of the framed tag.

I used Gerda Steiner's Caroling Cat rubber cling stamp and colored it with Zig Clean Color markers. The sentiment is from Gerda Steiner's Sportsy Santa set. The tag was colored using the smooching technique with Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink. The background snowflakes and gift are stamps from The Cat's Pajamas' Bunny Christmas set.

This tag is entered in:
  • The "Snow White" Wednesday challenge at Simon Says Stamp

Thank you for stopping by,

Friday, November 10, 2017

Creating With Dyan Reaveley!

Hello and Welcome!

I got to take a class with the amazingly talented and crazy designer Dyan Reaveley, creator of Dylusions, this weekend.  It was all about using paint, spray inks, stencils and stamps on pages. The class was creative, messy and full of great techniques, and perfect for this month's SOS tic-tac-toe challenge! What do you think?

Most of the products - paints, spray inks, stencils & stamps - are by Ranger's Dylusions.

One of the great tips I learned was to apply very little paint with a baby wipe. And as Dyan says, "This keeps the background in the background." I also found it kept the paper from wrapping.


This page is up on the Scrap Our Stash blog today. For their tic-tac-toe challenge I used the top row: Plaid-Tab-Brown. So come join in on the fun.


This page is also entered in:

Thanks for stopping by,

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Family Fun with Quick Quotes' Serenade

Hello and Welcome!

I've got a great family project for you today. With the holidays around the corner, it is time to start the preparations.  Creating tags is easy, entertaining and a great way to involve the whole family in a creative project.

I started by die cutting tags and Christmas themed objects from the Quick Quotes Serenade papers. I also set out PowderPuff Chalking inks, ribbon, glue, gems, Stickles and a Christmas stamp set.

Next I got my family together and we started creating. It was so fun watching them dive in and start playing. They even got into edging with the PowderPuff inks!

Of course, I had to join in too!

Here are the finished tags:

Quick Quotes Products:
Serenade: 101, 102, 103, 105
PowderPuff Chalking inks: Green Leaf, Barn Board, Coal Miner, Baja Blue

Other Products:
Memory Box: Stitched Circle Trees die
Lawn Fawn: Circle tag and snowflake dies
The Cat's Pajama's: Poinsettia dies
Taylored Expressions: deer die
My Favorite Things: Trim A Tree Stamp set

Hope you are inspired to create some beautiful tags with your loved ones, and thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Kitten Card

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Happy Halloween! I was looking for a project to work on in between trick-or-treaters, and was inspired by Kelly Latevola's video on the Simon Says Stamp blog to create this rainbow striped card.

I stamped a rainbow of watercolors (another technique video by Kelly) with Hero Arts' rubber stamp set Texture and Shape LP 283. The kitten and yarn are from Simon Says Stamp's Pawsome stamp set, and were painted with Zig watercolor markers and then fussy cut. The sentiment is from Hero Art's Everyday Sayings set which was heat embossed with white embossing powder.

This card is entered in:

Thanks for stopping by,

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Summer Time Layout

Hello and Welcome!

It has been snowing and sleeting here in Minnesota, so I decided it was a great day to scrap a page about our summer visit to the lake.

I used mostly Simple Stories Sunshine & Happiness papers and embellishments.

Designer Tip #1: To keep the background from overpowering the photo, I used papers with the same subtle design.

Designer Tip #2: I wanted a large element that matched the papers in the upper corner, to break up the vertical strips and draw attention to the photo. It worked well to fussy the sun & cloud from the pattern papers.

Designer Tip #3: To make the photo POP, I used contrasting colors - orange & teal blue

Designer Tip #4: To add a little pizzazz, I added the horizontal border-punched strips in white. They bring interest and a playfulness to the layout.

This page is based on a layout sketch by Susan Stringfellow found on Rochelle Spears' blog.

This layout is entered in:

Thanks for stopping by and stay warm,

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Scrapping On The Go

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This weekend my husband and I went on a fun adventure to Red Wing, MN (famous for shoes, pottery and gorgeous river views from the bluffs).  Here is a layout from our trip:

I wanted to scrap the trip in our hotel room, but didn't want to bring a ton of stuff. This is where having Quick Quotes' October Club Q layout kit and my portable Canon Selphy printer came in handy.  Everything I needed to create a great page was right at my fingertips.

I love the new beautiful Sonata pattern papers that come in the Quick Quotes' October Club Q kit, along with the amazing embellishments. Almost everything you see on this page comes with the kit, even the title and chipboard leaf embellishments (which I heat embossed in gold).  I only added Nuvo Drops and a little vellum to background to help the photos stand out.  The papers were edged with PowderPuff Chalking Inks in Seafoam, Slate, and Peach Tree.

The Canon Selphy printer was great to have along, as I was able to print the photos from my camera right there in my hotel room.  The Selphy was also great because these photos needed some heavy cropping/zooming, which the Selphy did so easily.  Here's how:
  • Turn on the Selphy printer and load your photos.
  • Use the arrows to scroll to the photo you want to print.
  • Press Edit to enter cropping mode.
    • Use the Back button to rotate the photo, if desired.
    • Use the + and - buttons to zoom the print area, and the arrow keys to position it over the portion of the photo you want to print.
    • Press OK.
  • Select any additional photos you want to print, then press the "print" button. Viola!

October Club Q Layout kit
PowderPuff Chalking inks: Seafoam, Slate and Peach Tree

SELPHY High-CapacityColor Ink/Paper Set
SELPHY CP 1200 Wireless Compact Photo Printer

This page is also entered in:

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

A New Look

Hello and welcome! 

My 16 year old son got a new, trendy haircut for school this year and has started to use styling gel.  (I think it has something to do with a new interest in girls.)  Here are the before and after photos.

I used Simple Stories RAD collection. My son said he liked these papers. Here are a few detailed shots:

I am also up on the Scrap Our Stash blog today and this page is based on their sketch and word challenge. Check it out and come join in on the fun!

 For the word challenge I used: L-letter sticker, E-enamel dots, A-arrow, F-flair buttons

Thanks for stopping by,