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

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Studio Challenges: Love Fall

Time for a new challenge at Studio Challenges!!

It's a fall color palette.

This palette was a good excuse to dive into the Oakley Avenue
collection by Ashley Horton. You can get this collection at 

The giant leaf pattern is from the Silhouette Online store.

I filled in the various leaves with the pattern paper. I also
machine stitched the stems for added interest.

The hashtag is from Creative Embellishments. The mason
jar is a punch using a thin cork board.


Thursday, October 5, 2017

Give a Crafter a Cookie: Trick or Treat

It's new challenge time at "Give a Crafter a Cookie":

I picked another card by SVGCuts.
Slowly working my way thru all those wonderful

Thanks for stopping by today!!!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

PDE Linky Party: Autumn Wishes

Today is a new challenge at PDE Linky Party: Pumpkins.

Seriously, one of my favorite things to do is play with fall colors. 
I'll make just about anything!!!!

This adorable barn card is from SVGCuts
I chose it because it's simple to make
and still looks adorable. I have made so many cards with 
pumpkins on them I needed to reach for something new as well.

Thanks for stopping by today!!!

--Scrap paper from BoBunny's Serenade line
--Two-toned cricut cardstock (best invention ever)
--Die cut tag
--Stamp by My Craft Spot
--Brads from another BoBunny line from long ago