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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Give a Crafter a Cookie: Teacher, You're The Best

Hello! Today is a new challenge at "If You Give a Crafter a Cookie".

I picked this tri-shutter card from the Silhouette online store.


Bella Blvd: We're Expecting
Bella Blvd: Tiny Tots
Echo Park: Spring - Sparkling Stripe
AC White Cardstock
AC Black Cardstock
White Gel Pen (faux stitching on apple)

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

PDE Linky Party: thankful thankful

Hello! This week's challenge at PDE Linky Party: Animals

I needed to make this card fast so I reached for Doodlebug's 
Flea Market. I lifted the card from Doodlebug's DT member Courtney Lee.

It's so simple, yet so very effective!!!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

PDE Linky Party: Apples

Hello there! Today's challenge at PDE Linky Party is: APPLES

I reached for the Autumn Box card collection from SVGCuts 
for this project. Cute, right?!



PP: Carta Bella - Autumn Collection
Authentique - Flutter (wood grain side)
AC Cardstock
Prismacolor White Chalk pencil

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Studio Challenges: Siblings

Today's challenge at Studio Challenges is "Inspired by a book cover". I'm not ashamed to say that I cheated just a little bit. First I made a layout I wanted, then went and looked for a book cover. 😂

I am a huge fan of "For Better or For Worse" . . . so I didn't really cheat . . . much. The comic strip is all about family . . . mothers, fathers, children . . . SIBLINGS!!

This layout is really a "do-over" layout for me. I really couldn't tell you why I didn't like the original, just that it didn't feel like "mine". It's rare for me to want to make a 'do-over', as I believe my layouts are all part of the creative process. I've just learned to accept that I am not going to be in love with all of them.

I practically insisted on making this one 'harder'. It would have come together so quickly otherwise, that I just didn't feel right about it. So I added hand-stitching to the title. Figures!! But I really did enjoy reaching for a smorg-a-board of random stuff and forcing it to work. That felt right, as the three of us may have come from the same parents, but we are very different individuals. Also, we are a rather chaotic and loud family, so I felt like the layout needed to reflect that a bit.

My sister and I are moderately hearing impaired, so yeah, we be loud! (P.S. Drives my husband bonkers).

Thanks for stopping by today!!!

We are the 'Simmons' kids. Obviously my sister and I have
married last names now. My brother is the oldest, then me
on the right and my sister on the left.

I machine-stitched the arrows, but hand-stitched the title.

Just random stuff from my stash! 

The butterfly was part of a die-cut exchange.

----Studio Calico - Lemon Lush
----Echo Park - Sweet Day
----PinkPaislee - Solstice
----CratePaper - Click
Sewing Machine
Silhouette Cameo
Buttons, butterflies and stuff from . . . somewhere

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Give a Crafter a Cookie: You Rock

Hello there!! There is a new challenge at "If You Give a Crafter a Cookie":

There are lots of ways to interpret these cookies!!

At first I though I was going to use a guitar, but then I 
came across my blueprint dies from My Favorite Things.

So I combined those dies with stamps from Creative Embellishments
and came up with this fun masculine card!!!



Tim Holtz Distress Inks
MFT Blueprint Dies
Twine from Target
Sewing Machine - dark blue thread
Creative Embellishments - stamped colors
AC Coordinations cardstock


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

PDE Linky Party: Autumn

Hello there!!

Janis has reinstated me to the PDE Linky design team. I was part of the 
team about a year ago . . . some boring stuff later . . . and I'm back!!!

Without further ado, this week's challenge is AUTUMN!!

This awesome "bread basket" file can be found at Dreaming Tree.

It's all paper and rather too small for real bread, but it's a wonderful
decor item all the same.

I used AC cardstock cream and an old BoBunny PP line.

Thanks for stopping by today!!!

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Studio Challeges: Beautiful Day

Today at Studio Challenges is a sketch!

I chose to flip the sketch and add a background wreath to it.

Photo was taken in the mountains in Germany. We were 
about 1 mile high, so it looked like we were up in the
clouds. Everything about the photo is real.

I think there was suppose to be another cloud here,
but it fell off (not glued down) before I realized it 
was missing.

The background is "today" from Ashley Horton.
I stitched all over and then added the extra zigzag
to make it look like "messy stitching".

Thanks for stopping by today!!


---Elle's Studio "day to day" schedule - background
Sewing machine

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Give a Crafter a Cookie: You Are The Sweetest

 Welcome! Today at "Give a Crafter a Cookie" we have 
these gumball cookies for your inspiration.

My sister actually gave me the idea on how to proceed with
this. She said, "Lots of circles and make the sentiment 'sweet'".

No problem!!!

The pound puppy is from Treasure Box Designs.

Thanks for stopping by today!


Sunday, July 30, 2017

Studio Challenges: I've Got Big Dreams

Hello! Today is a new challenge theme at Studio Challenges: In Stitches.
 I recently bought some new goodies from 
Creative Embellishments and had FUN playing and stitching!! This page also fits
into their monthly challenge as well.

This photo of my son was taken at a car museum in Berlin, Germany during our vacation. My husband & son get excited about all these various car shows, and sometimes I get dragged along. With a big "sigh", I'll say, "Well, I guess I'll take pictures." That being said, it's the only time I can get a true photo of the essence and soul of my son. He has big dreams, and they all include cars!

I got the idea of a big stitched title from Missy Whidden and really, really 
wanted to play with it using a twist of words from the 
song "I like big butts and I cannot lie". 

One technique I struggle with is journaling. Mainly because I usually have a lot to say 
about the page and photo, and then end up writing nothing. This time I did journal, 
but it's attached to the back of the page.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!!!!

The title font is part of a package from "The Hungry JPEG". 

The various embellishments are a combo of Pretty Little Studio and
Creative Embellishments. The small tag reads "You must give everything to make
your life as beautiful as the dreams that dance in your imagination."

I cut out the title then hand-stitched all around it using regular thread.
I wanted to use thicker floss, but didn't have navy blue.

All the crazy background stamping is mostly from Creative Embellishments.
The chicken wire stamp is Tim Holtz. The ink is a combination of Tim Holtz
distress inks and chalk inks.

~~AC White Yardstick
~~Pretty Little Studio - Let's Go
~~Pretty Little Studio - Let's Go
~~Creative Embellishments - Lightbulb, background stamps, stars
Tim Holtz stamp and distress inks
SCAL4 - used Hungry JPEG font
Silhouette Cameo
Bazzil Circle Template
AC letters (I think)
Dymo Label


Thursday, July 27, 2017

The International Scrapbook Garden

This is a brand new blog and kit site featuring international papers. They are having a DT call. Go check it out!!!!

Give a Crafter a Cookie: Santa Treat Bag

This week at "If You Give a Crafter a Cookie" we have a Christmas theme.

I found these adorable treat boxes at Treasure Box Designs. 
Going to make the other designs soon to give to my son's 
5th grade teachers this year. They were super easy to make!!!

The gold is Stickles glitter glue - gold.

Thanks for stopping by today!!!!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017


Hello again!! I decided to join in with the Scrap Our Stash Tic Tac Toe challenge for July. I used 
Red, White, & Blue, stars and a tag column.

I also made this layout for three other challenges at a sketch challenge, sewing (use three different colors) and wooden embellishments challenge.

In my opinion, the American courthouse symbolizes our freedom and laws just as much as 
our flag does. The right to have a jury by peers is definitely a "new age" law that we 
Americans take for granted. Until I served jury duty in my late twenties, 
I really did not understand the importance of this law and freedom.

These photos of my family were taken in an older courthouse 
in St. Louis, MO. I was particularly fascinated by the angles of 
the railings as well (which is why they ended up on the layout).

Thanks for stopping by today!!!

~~BoBunny - Anthem Collection
~~BoBunny - Anthem die cuts
Silhouette Studio - title
Sewing Machine - red, white, & blue thread
Wooden Stars

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Studio Challenges: Explore

Today is new challenge week with Studio Challenges: Scrap about anything but a person.

First, let me just say that I'm aware that my photo editing is not all that great. I've updated my computer, etc etc etc . . . so I have a new program that I am learning. The first pic is about my fourth attempt to get it right. The following pics have entirely too much blue . . . but I'm hoping you get the idea.

This layout is about "signs" even though I used the title "explore". We were exploring Europe so . . . *shrugs*.

Imagine a time where 98% of the population could not read. So how would you communicate your business? With symbols or "picture" signs!!!! We found this cute little town in Germany called Dinkelsbuhl. Although modern, the town tried hard to show the history of Germany and Bavaria with small touches like these signs.

I found the large floral flower file from JustNick. I LOVE how it all turned out!!!!!

Thanks for stopping by today!

The flower was getting lost in the layout so I stitched all around it with blue
thread to outline the flower.

The blue mist is Color Bloom Summer Sky spray mist. It's not
actually "teal blue". Bad photo editing, sorry.

If you asked me what I struggle with the most in crafting, it would
have to be titles. I could have a layout nearly done but still spend so
many more hours coming up with a title.

~~AC White Yardstick
~~Pretty Little Studio: Let's Go Collection
Die cuts by Pretty Little Studio 
Floral Flower Die Cut (background) - JustNick Files
Color Bloom Summer Sky Spray Mist
Sewing Machine - blue thread
Silhouette Machine - flower and title
Cork Stars

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Studio Challenges: Dream

Today's challenge over at Studio Challenges is to scrap lift a fellow team member.

I chose Rachel's layout from June 6th. We both have the same free file from Paper Issues
and I have been wanting to play with it for a while.

Several years ago we had family pictures done and I have yet to scrap
about them. I have been tackling those pictures recently and am loving 
the results!!

Thanks for stopping by today!

I have been playing a lot lately with making layouts that are not made with "squares".
All my cards are square, but I am loving getting away from it for my layouts.

Hand-stitched clouds for texture

Pretty Little Studio has a Woodland collection full
and adorable critters like this one. Too cute!


Paper Issues - Free Cloud File
Echo Park - Spring (Beaming Butterflies) = background paper
Random wooden button

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Studio Challenges: Dreaming With Eyes Wide Open

Hello there! Today is a new challenge at Studio Challenges. The challenge is 
"near and dear" to me as it's my idea: NOT TO BE SQUARED.

Basically, make your background anything but squares and rectangles. 
Reach for your cutting machines and mat files or reach for your 
punches. In this case, I reached for my triangle punch.

Thanks for stopping by today!!

Pinkfresh - Dream On Collection
Flares and Enamel dots from somewhere

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Give a Crafter a Cookie: Life's a Beach

Hello there! Today is a new challenge at "If You Give a Crafter a Cookie"

Here it is!

Here's my project! File is from MyScrapChick.

Thank you for stopping by today!!!!

Bobunny - Boardwalk and Beach Therapy
AC White Cardstock
White Gel Pen

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Studio Challenges: Baby Mine

Hello there! Today I have for you the newest challenge at Studio Challenges.
It's a sketch based off of one of my previous layouts. Thanks Anna, for
finding my layouts inspirational.

Without further ado . . .

For the layout, I decided to go playful and use negative shapes. That means
that I made a pattern of triangles, circles, etc using SCAL4. Then cut those
patterns out onto my background paper. 

I then cut those same shapes using various patterned paper. Finally, I added 
all the stitching . . . which took about 40 minutes.

The rest came together quickly after that.

Thanks for stopping by today!!!

This photo is one of my favorites of my son at four months. Such a playful
and fun couple of months before teething and crawling began.
He was such a happy and chubby baby.

Love how all the stitching brings everything together. The buttons are
from the Japanese store, Daiso.

Doodle Bug Designs - Sunkissed
Bella Blvd. - Tiny Tots
Echo Park - Spring
Embroidery Floss - Pastel colors
Stickers - Bella Blvd. Tiny Tots
Buttons - Daiso
Random turtle from stash
Silhouette Cameo

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Give a Crafter a Cookie

Hello there! I'm here to present my latest DT project with "If You Give a Crafter a Cookie".

Here's the challenge:

Here's my TACKLE BOX!! I did make this for my dad who loves fishing
and is also very patriotic. Hint: I don't have "fishing paper" so I went 
with this theme instead.

The file is by Lori Whitlock, purchased from the Silhouette
Online store. The file came with a fish, fishing rod, and bobber but
those particular cuts were corrupt and would not transfer to the Silhouette.
First for me.

Thanks for stopping by today!!!!!


AC Cardstock - Neutrals
BoBunny - Boardwalk
Wooden Embellishments from Creative Embellishments
Star Brads - on the handle

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Studio Challenge: Sun Sand & Sea

Hello there! Today I'm sharing with you my layout with newest Studio Challenges this week - a color palette! This could easily be Spring or Summer colors.

I had a lot of fun making this particular layout. I actually made it on NSD which had me thinking about my particular style a lot. I love using my Silhouette Cameo and I love stitching. Lately I've been really enjoying cutting background mats for my layouts. They come together like puzzle pieces and look so striking, at least I think so.

Thanks for stopping by today!!

Combination of Prima flowers, die cut tropical leaves and shiny brads

Title is from Miss Kate Cuttables. Wooden leaf from Michael's

For a little extra effect, I added stitching (of course)

BoBunny - Beach Happy and Key Lime paper
Silhouette Cameo - heart, title, leaves and ampersand 
Miss Kate Cuttables - title
Paper Issues - free file heart and tropical leaves
Prima flowers by Anna Marie
Hand Stitching
Wooden leaf - Michael's
Beach embellishments - Michael's
Heidi Swap stamps (lower corner)