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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

International Scrapbook Garden: Vanishing Visitors

When I received this awesome new Halloween kit by International Scrapbook Garden, I KNEW I would be making at least one large 3-D project.

I was greatly inspired by Patricia Hugs Vintage Halloween Art Tag project from a few years ago. I do not have my own process video, but just watch hers. Hint: It's a very large tag that she makes. You'll want to play all day like I did.

I did follow her closely as far as technique, but this project took a life of it's own. I really had so much fun putting it together. Patricia Hugs uses much more dimensional objects for her project, which I simply did not have. But that's OK, I was looking for inspiration and not necessarily wanting to copycat.

When I started this project, I wasn't sure what the overall theme was going to be. As I was building this and playing around - skeletons, poison and graveyards became the theme.

There are a few minor things not found in the kit, like the apothecary jars, but over all I tried really hard to stay within the kit.

The great thing about making stuff like this is that you are practically encouraged
to jumble and layer stuff together.  
A photo of some of the products available through the kits.
Aren't they awesome?!

What other time of year does purple, orange, black and white go together?
Halloween and Fall are my favorite time of the year to be creative. I did
discover that the dimensional paint, Paste-Eez Lava Flow, "bubbles" when over heated.
I loved the effect.

I think my favorite embellishments were the skulls and the broomsticks.
The tree, bat and headstone are part of the chipboard extras. 

I did add a few things from Hobby Lobby, like the leaves and
Fall plants. I knew this project would need a "filler" like that to bring it
all together. 

I simply love the Dazzlerz "Dreamscicle" color, which is what I used for the
writing. The splotches are white acrylic paint. However, when I was first working
with the background I wanted the black bricks to be less "black". So I went
over them with the Texturez Tidy Widy. Love that stuff!

Look closely! The items are sitting on a toilet paper roll covered
in burlap. Both are your average household items.


International Scrapbook Garden Toolshed Kit Paper - Spider's Web
ISG Toolshed Kit - Spider's Web Embellishment Bonus kit
ISG Toolshed kit - Spider's Web Mixed Media kit
ISG Toolshed kit - Spider's Web Bonus Chipboard

Supplies from my stash:

Label Chipboard from Hobby Lobby
Stencil backgrounds - brick and words
SVGCuts file - fence
Apothecary jars
Scrap paper with words (needed this to be thin and easy to work with)
Hobby Lobby - Leaves and feathers (they were 90% off)
Dyson label - poison
White and Black Acrylic Paint
Tim Holtz Distress ink - Frayed Burlap and Walnut Stain
Black Archival Ink

KaiserCraft iridescent spray ink - Charcoal (from last month's kit)

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Studio Challenges: Fall

Today is new challenge day at Studio Challenges. 
The challenge is - make your own background. It can be die cuts
or mixed media, or some variation.

Die cuts for the win!
File found at the Silhouette Online store.

Machine stitching of course

AC cardstock behind flower and leaves. Some little flowers from
my stash for extra dimension.

Using pop dots, I clustered stickers from the Carta Bella line.



--Carta Bella - Autumn paper and stickers
--Simple Stories - SN@P Basics
--AC Cardstock (behind flower and leaves)
Wooden embellishments
Machine Stitching
Prima Botanical mix flowers

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Give a Crafter a Cookie: Oh Happy Day

Hello there! It's new challenge time at 'Give a Crafter a Cookie'.

I made this paper piecing quite a while ago, from Scrapping 
Bug Designs. I thought it was perfect for this challenge.

I thought I throw in a little humor with the phrase
"Oh Happy Day". Sorry, you do have to squint
to see it.

Patterned papers from Fancy Pants 'Golden Days'.


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

PDE: Thinking of You

Hello there!! It's new challenge time at PDE Linky Party.
The theme this week is 'Clean and Simple'.

I really did put this card together in record time. Die cut pieces are all
by DoodleBug Designs: Flea Market.

Bow is handmade by me. I did pre-make a bunch of bows
a while back so I just have to reach for what I want.

Thanks for stopping by today!!!!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Spooky 2017

Hello everyone! Can you believe this page is NOT for a DT project.

Yeah . . . me either.

But I did make this page for a variety of challenges, including the mood
board challenge at Scrap The Boys.

The photo is of my son, his best friend and his little brother. The
three of them together can be quite the whirlwind!!!

This page was not my usual "let's take hours to make it" page. 
Sometimes, a crafter just wants to be simple . . . it's like going back in time!

I did manage to make the title on my Silhouette and add machine stitching.

Thanks for stopping by today.

I did journal on the side of page but cropped it off for privacy. 
The chipboard piece on the left is from Creative Embellishments.
I sprayed Kaiser Craft Mists - charcoal on it for color.

--BoBunny - 'Wonderfully Wicked' line (paper, ephemera, and embellishments)
Creative Embellishments - chipboard piece
Kaiser Craft - Mists 'charcoal'
Silhouette Cameo - title
Machine stitching

Thursday, November 9, 2017

International Scrapbook Garden: Boys 2 MEN

Hello there!! I'm here today to show you a another page I made using the 

This layout came together in steps.
Step one: Find a sketch I thought I could be happy with (by Par Victor).
Step two: I practiced several times mixing various mediums and colors before
committing to a style I liked. I think I practiced on 4 art journal pages.
Step three: Hold my breath as I got started. I love the Aria Story line that is 
in the kit, but you only get one of each. Didn't want to mess it up.
Step four: Use at least four different glues.

I am really happy with how this turned out. The photo is from 2.5 years
ago of my former German exchange student and son.

The little goofball is my kid. I could have chosen a less goofy photo,
but then we all wouldn't get a good laugh. Boyhood is all about
being weird when mom has the camera pointed at you.

Thanks for stopping by today!!!

I layered several items here. Modeling paste using a brick stencil, two chipboard
items from the kit, twine and wooden cogs. The title is layered on top of all that.

I used the last of the flowers here. The chicken wire is a Tim Holtz stamp
from my stash. The stars are punched using another paper from kit.

I made the title myself on my Silhouette using SCAL4. I layered it several
times to make sure it was sturdy.

I have a dry sense of humor and sometimes add humor to my pages.
Can you guess why I added "admit one" here?

Brothers at heart.


International Scrapbook Garden ' Toolshed Kit'
International Scrapbook Garden 'Mixed Media Kit'
International Scrapbook Garden 'Bonus Chipboard' Kit
International Scrapbook Garden 'Embellishment Bonus' Kit

From my stash:
Brick stencil and paste
Chicken wire stamp by Tim Holtz
Silhouette Cameo - title

Glossy Accents
Mod Podge Matte
Glue Gun - low heat
Permanent Tacky Glue

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Studio Challenges: XoXo

Hello there! Today is a new challenge for the next two weeks at Studio Challenges.

The theme is 'Mirror Image'.

I did use a bit of creative liberties as mine is not exactly a mirror image.
However, whatever I did on one side of the photo, I did on the other side.
Since it's also a mixed media layout, it's not 'spot-on' exact.

I'm having a lot of fun playing around with Gelatos, stamping and stenciling. Who knew,
as I have always avoided stamping in the past.

I also ended up making my own circle background on SCAL4. Everything I found from
different sources were not mirror images.

Thanks for stopping by today!!!

Some minor amount of clustering here using a mix of wooden
and Pretty Little Studio embellishments.

I'm still learning a lot about mixed media. The lettering is white
acrylic paint and maybe next time, I will use something (color)
that stands out a bit more.

Pretty Little Studio: Woodland paper and embellishments
Gelato: pastels
Background stamps and stencils
Machine Stitching
Wooden Embellishments

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Give a Crafter a Cookie: Sweet Baby Boy

Hello! It's time for a new challenge at 'Give a Crafter a Cookie'.

Here is the theme.

I chose to go with a paper pieced bear by Treasure Box Designs.
Paper is Echo Park: Bundle of Joy.

Thanks for stopping by today!!!


Wednesday, November 1, 2017

PDE: Count Your Blessings

Hello there! Today is a new challenge at PDE Linky Party
The theme is "Thanksgiving".

I went super-simple this time, using stickers and paper from the 
'Autumn' collection by Carta Bella.

Thanks for stopping by today!!!


Sunday, October 22, 2017

Studio Challenges: You Are My World

Hello there!! What a busy month, right?!

It's new challenge time at Studio Challenges. The challenge
for the next two weeks is this sketch.

This sketch is brilliant cause it's easy to make it as simple
or as complicated as you want.

I chose to go simple with a layout about my son's 11th birthday.
Or is it about his smile? Or maybe that he's my world?

So much going on in this one photo!!!!!

A few tips and tricks I learned about photographing kids. I picked up
most of these tricks from Click it Up a Notch.

#1. Kids are active . . . they don't want to stare directly at a camera.
#2. Some kids, like mine, resent "photo day". So I give plenty of 'warning'
and maybe, a little money for bribery. Forced pictures look like . . . forced pictures.
#3. This particular photo Daddy is standing rather close to him and pretending
to tickle our son. Have that camera "glued" to your face and just snap away.

I promise you, do these three things and you will love the results.
(Disclosure - I am not a professional photographer. 
Just a mom who took a few classes to learn about my camera and taking
photos I can be proud of.)

Hint: This one photo represents one of 460. So, it takes practice. Plus I have
shaky hands so tend to snap at least 3 photos of same pose.

Nearly everything on this layout is Doodlbug Designs 'Flea Market' line.

I added my own stash of wooden leaves and 'smile' for more texture.

I had to hand-stitch cause my sewing machine went on strike.



Simple Stories - Sn@p Basics 'Elm/Cream Ledger' = background
Doodlebug Designs - 'Flea Market' line, including the sequins
Wooden Embellishments
Hand stitching

Friday, October 20, 2017

International Scrapbook Garden - Forever My Baby

Hello again! Today I'm here to show you my next project with ISG design team,
using the Toolshed Kit.

I was greatly inspired by Nadia Cannizzo's process video. I will say that she used
gelatos instead of sprays and acrylic paint.

Mixed media is about mixing different art mediums and, hopefully, 
loving the results. I am fairly new to the world of mixed media so my
process is ...... not something you are going to want to see. LOL!!

The photo is of my cousin and her baby boy. I was also inspired 
with the title from the book by Robert Munsch 'Love You Forever'.

The Toolshed mixed media kit is mixture of masculine colors including blue,
yellow, a shimmery black and a rusty brown. I didn't use Lindy's magical shaker 
on this layout, instead opting to stick with black.

I did use my own stencils and modeling paste on this layout. 
The title letters are also mine, by Making Memories.

The toolshed kit has a theme of "summer song" so it is full of music embellishments. 
The gears are the perfect touch in keeping the page 'masculine'.

Thanks for stopping by today!!!!

Distressed diamond and circle stencils
Tiny Alpha Stickers by Making Memories
Watercolor pencils
Modeling paste
Mod Podge gel medium

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Give a Crafter a Cookie - Frankenstein Box

Hello and welcome!!

It's new challenge time again at 'If You Give a Crafter a Cookie'.

Aren't those faces and colors fabulous?!

Who is the greatest monster of them all . . . Frankenstein!!!!
(That and I refuse to let go of the Halloween theme just yet).

Frankenstein box is from Dreaming Tree . . . .  super easy to put together
and surprisingly much bigger than I thought it was going to be.

You know how "sometimes" we buy patterned paper and then later
we say to ourselves, "What was I thinking?" Now, you could be extra productive
and sell the unwanted paper or, like many of us I'm sure, the paper just gets
put aside, never to be used.

Make a 3-D project with it!!! I have done this several times and 
have always loved the results. I may not like the paper for a page, but it
seems, to me, to work beautifully with a 3-D project.

It's Halloween month . . . . . go ahead and try it!!

Thanks for stopping by today!!

Silhouette Cameo
We R Memory Keepers - Bewitched
AC cardstock - various colors
White chalk ink
Metal screw brads (side of head)
Random buttons (side of head)

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

PDE Linky Party: Witch's Boot Card

Hello there!! This week's challenge at PDE Linky Party is: Spooky Cute!!

Cute or not, I REALLY wanted to show off this boot card!!!

Purchased from the Silhouette Online store by Snapdragon Snippets

Thanks for stopping by today!!!!
--I think this is Echo Park PP 😬
Ribbon and "boo!" from Hobby Lobby
Pop Glue Dots!!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The Boo Crew

Hi there!! Today I'm playing along with the Tic Tac Toe challenge at Scrap Our Stash. I followed the diagonal line including orange, pumpkin and die cut.

My husband and son dressed up as Marty McFly and Doc last year for Halloween. They even made the Hover Board themselves!! Well, at least Daddy did most of the work anyway. They were the hit of the neighborhood, as all the adults immediately knew who they were.

The pumpkin and title are freebies from Paper Issues. They really do have some wonderful free files on their site.

Without further ado, here it is. Thanks for stopping by today!!


Bella Blvd: Spooktacular paper line and stickers
Paper Issues free file
Silhouette Cameo

Monday, October 9, 2017

International Scrapbook Garden: Adjust Your Focus

Hello there! Oh boy, have I gotten onto the mixed media bandwagon!! My blog is full of paper piecing and die cut techniques so you know this is quite new to me. Here is my second project using the Toolshed Kit and Summer Concert bonus packs by International Scrapbook Garden.

I had a little help with this layout. I followed Nadia Cannizzo's YouTube video and her techniques quite closely, but the finished layout is still my own. I may be falling in love with mixed media, but I would still consider my style "clean" comparatively.

That may change in time . . . but I'm still very happy with how this turned out.

The photo is mine as well, taken in the Alps during our trip to Germany last year. I have been waiting for the "right" opportunity to scrap this sensational photo. I toyed with the title for quite a while, finally settling on a unique title, but small and in the corner. I didn't want to distract from the photo, plus I wanted to use what was provided in the kit, which was 6x12 word stickers Hazy Days by 7 Dots Studio.

Thanks for stopping by today!!!!

This layout does represent my continual goal to scrap
about my vacation in Germany. 
All the colors represented are part of the Toolshed Summer Concert pack
by International Scrapbook Garden. The stamped date is
from my stash.

Showing here a cluster of goodies found in the pack.

The circles are all templates from my own stash.

I did do "messed up" machine sewing as well as add
textured ribbon. 

The photo, in an extra large view. I actually waited for the clouds
to roll in to get this particular shot. We were a mile high up in the mountains.


My own stash:
Circle Stencils (big and little)
Black Ink
Textured Paste
Textured ribbon
Machine stitching
Date Stamp