Thursday, May 25, 2017

It Just Makes Me Happy!

I don't think I have ever worked with a paper collection that I could say "it makes me happy."  I love many papers but Bo Bunny's Faith collection just puts a skip in your step and a flutter in your heart.  Really!

Here is another layout in my Super Heroes series.  Read the story here:  "Be The Light...."

I love creating my own elements from the paper collection.  The flowers, butterflies, clouds are all from the Faith Collection.
The frame is from Technique Tuesday.  I used Tim Holtz's Oxide to color my frame yellow.  I love the brilliant but soft look of the Oxides.  I added a little touch by sewing a few stitches on each side using the different colors of the paper.
The flowers are from Prima Flowers.  I found these at Tuesday Mornings...a discount store that carries some of the most beautiful merchandise.  I found these flowers from Prima for $1.99.  The colors and style are perfect for this collection.

My title is Tim Holtz's Alpha Tiles. I sanded the edges and inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
Sometimes I just fly against the flow.  I had to have one butterfly do the same.  Once I cut the butterflies out I reproduced the design from the paper by lining the butterflies up, although I did turn one downward, and sewed a line to tie the pieces together instead of it being a drawn line.
There are other odds and ends but doesn't the colors and the theme of the layout just make you smile?

Check out, Simon Says Stamp, and Bluemoon Scrapbooking...are all places you can pick up Bo Bunny's Faith Collection.  (I don't earn any thing through these links.  I just love this collection.)

What is your favorite (to date) collection that absolutely makes you happy?

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Monday, May 22, 2017

My Beautiful Flower with Kaisercraft Hanami Garden

I looked it up ... Hanami.  Hanami literally means "flower viewing."  It is associated with the cherry blossom festival in Japan.  In this case it is referring to my "beautiful" granddaughter growing and becoming one of our beautiful and talented flowers in our garden.

I had a relaxing time with a lot of fussy cutting, creating a tag and little bits here and there.  It was a marvelous time creating...


Few Highlights
I used an old mask for the backdrop of the layout.  I purchased quite a few during the trend of "masks." I never really got the hang of it so now I use them as elements to my layouts.
I fussy cut the Hanami Garden flowers.  If you want to look into how someone designed a piece of paper art, try cutting out the piece with all it's details.  These beautiful flowers are incredibly detailed and have a light airy in feel.
The foundation of the tag is a canvas that I added Tim Holz Distress Stain.  The stamp (meaning love) is from Fiskars' Clear Asian Inspired Stamp set. The ballerina is a silhouette I printed on the back of the Hanami Garden paper and cut out.  I added a few more of my favorite Tim Holtz and Prima elements. 

Prima Flowers Blackthorn are perfect for the Hanami Garden Collection.  
The butterflies are made with Fiskars Fly Away squeeze punch.  I never waste my Ken Oliver's Color Bursts leftover mixture.  I dab up the leftovers onto a piece of cardstock for later use.  That is how my butterflies came to be. 

It's been dance recital weekend.  I had a great time watching my grands tap and dance ballet.  I imagine you will see more of my angels throughout out the summer.  

Do you like to fussy cut?  Yes!  Cool.  No.  What is your "thing" when creating your art with scrapbooking?

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Ahoy Mateys! Favorite Photo Technique

It's spring, but summer activities are beginning.  Some of my family has made it to beach already.   This is a scrapbook layout of my granddaughter last year at the beach.  The clouds were dark and the wind high but that made for some beautiful photos.

I used Basic Grey's Adrift collection I purchased at their last warehouse sale.  I miss their paper lines but your should see their fabrics.
I think the most distinct feature is the photo.  I cropped the photo twice.  Printed all three pieces.  Cut them and left a white boarder around it.  I had to cross my eyes a couple of times but I was able to creativity place the photos to make "one" photo.

Other products I used are...
 Sizzix seahorse die, and added Stickles (glitter glue but better)
Tim Holtz hot air balloon stamp, Vintage Photo Distress Ink, Idea-ology "kiss" (with Rangers paint dabbers, Picket Fence, worked into the letters),  gumdrops and "rope" ribbon
Inkadinkado sand castle stamp,
Technique Tuesday stamp "Beach Bum," "endless" and "fun,"
Prima flowers,
Queen and Co. pearls...probably more.
Another feature that was fun was the "gum drop"circles above the photo.  I used Golden's Glass Bead Gel and a stencil to create an "embellishment."  Now you can make your own gumdrops.  This is a great product, that once dry, you can add alcohol ink to change the color.

Warning for Me
Do not add embellishments so close to the edge of the paper.  When you slip your layout into your album sleeve the edges pinch any bulk on the edges.

What is your favorite Photo Technique?

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Answering the Challenge From Paper Issues!

Paper Issues, an online store and community via Facebook, "issues" different challenges throughout each month.  Lisa Swift posted this month's sketch on her blog "Remember the Good Times."  I told her I would give it a shot.

So I twisted it and flipped it until I think I got just the right view of the sketch to create my layout.

This is a photo my dad took of me!  Yes, I am calling myself in my layout "gorgeous."  At that age I certainly was gorgeous but I didn't know it.  Isn't that the way it always is?

Here is the sketch as I used it:
My foundation is Julie Nutting's French Flea Market.  I tried a bit of mixed media by using a crunched up plastic bag (or part of one) and dipped into my ink and tapped it around the page.  Nope, didn't like it, but I will practice it again and learn more about it.  I did ink Vintage Photo Distress Ink around the edge of the paper.

You can see my Tim Holtz idea-oligy chit-chat pieces I used for journaling. 

My ribbon stash became my "ribbon" extending from the bottom.

My Prima flower become the circle.

When you turn the sketch around at the angle I did, the top of the layout has nothing.  I tried to walk away from it, but I could not.  LOL  I added the title "Hello gorgeous."  It was originally one piece.  I cut around the "Hello" for one word then fussy cut around the word "gorgeous" in more detail for the second word.  I like how the title turned out.

Here is the original sketch if you want to take up the challenge.  "Link your finished project to the Sketchy Saturday album in the Paper Issues {Friends & Fans} Facebook group by June 4th to be in the running for a gift certificate to the Paper Issues store." (Quotes from Lisa at "Remember the Good Times.")  There are a lot of challenges so make sure to scroll down to this challenge to post your "answer" to the sketchy challenge.   

I hope I see you there!  Let me know in the comments when you post your "answer" to Paper Issue's Challenge.  I will make sure to look for it.

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

The Perfect Storm with Bo Bunny's Juliet

My layout did not start this way, but my granddaughter's face inspired me and I had a lot of fun.  Ali's hair, Juliet's paper for a background and a lot of fun playing with inks and paints...I call this the perfect storm.

I'm going to try to hit the highlights.  It you have any questions feel free to leave a comment or email me at

The photo was taken by her mother on a smart phone.  What a perfect moment to capture!

While I was working on another layout idea I had accidentally adhered something to the background paper.  I panicked and reached for the cleaner.  I spritzed before I realized I had picked up was the wrong cleaner.  That is where the orange-ish color on the left side came from.  Cool effect.

Frame from Technique Tuesday.  Covered in gesso and painted with Tim Holtz Distress Paint, tarnished brass.  I used my Glossy Accents with ScraPerfects No Clog Writing Cap to get the tiny lines I needed to add Martha Stewart's Mico-Beads.

forever mine heart
The chipboard is from Maya Road painted with gesso.  Ken Oliver's Color Burst created the colors.  Dried with a heat gun.

Tim Holtz Mixed Media Dies
I have the original set of dies but haven't used them.  I could not figure out how to use it on a layout.   I saw a layout by Aida Haron from CHA 2015 using the die.  I lifted and used a different die.  Everything else is original, but this was such a great idea I'm going to work to expand the possibilities.  Thanks Aida.

I used the trial piece I cut to create a stencil for the white "dots" then added Glitz rub-ons for the gold "dots."

Butterfly from Blue Fern Studio.  Gessoed.  I applied multiple colors of Ken Oliver's Color Burst. Heat dried. 

Here is the TRICKY part.  I added Tim Holtz's Distress Crackle.  When you wet watercolor then it continues to react like watercolor.  In order to get my crackle applied I dabbed it in large amounts.  I let it set for a few minutes and then moved it to a different position on my mat.  I did this several times.  The crackled will flow off the chipboard when there is too much.  This keeps you from moving the watercolor around with a brush lessening the color effect you created.  Let dry.

The pattered piece to the left was left over from cutting out flowers.  It was a whim, but I like it.  Left over mulberry paper, left over strips of paper, leftover  rubons, left over mask from Technique Tuesday.

Can you tell I had fun?

If you enjoyed, would you share this post/layout through Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook or whatever is your choice social media?  Thanks.  Leave a comment if you did and I would love to check it out.

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Monday, May 08, 2017

Magical Vacation

I am back from a wonderful vacation to Disney World.  I met princesses, had dinner in the castle with Cinderella and even met the BIG MOUSE!  More importantly, I was able to share this incredible magic with my family.  It was the most amazing time seeing the faces of my grandkids as they discovered the Wonderful World of Disney.
FYI:  the "little dude" ran to meet Mickey and hugged him over and over again.  It was one of those "welling-up-inside-brought-to-tears-moment."

I have several non-Disney layouts to share.  I ran out of time to get them up on the blog.  I'll be back on schedule Thursday. I didn't want you to think I stayed at Disney World.  Do you think that's an option?   LOL

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Thursday, May 04, 2017

"heart" Learning Curve with Mixed Media

My sweet heart.  Little is growing up fast.  I love this dress and when I saw her in it my heart went a-flutter.  When I saw the photo I remembered I had this fabulous paper by Bo Bunny called Juliet that would make a perfect layout for her.

I am always learning or trying to learn new techniques I see around the net.  The cloudy look around the flowers is one.  I really like layering but adding a little paint as one of the layers is pretty cool.
I had an interesting learning curve on my chipboard flowers from Blue Fern Studio.   This I don't blame on the was all my boo-boo.

I painted gesso on the chipboard.
Painted with Tim Holtz's Worn Lipstick ink.  Tap the pad on the craft mat and spritz with water to make the paint.  NOPE the thin colors soaked into the chipboard.
I went back over it again.  NOPE it faded into the chipboard again.
Frustrated, I used Ken's Oliver's Color Burst  Alizarin Crimson.  Yes....then NOPE.  It soaked into the chipboard again.
SO I got it this time....shake out the Color Burst straight onto the chipboard, spritz away with water then immediately dry with a heating gun like crazy.  TA-DA.  Got it.
I added a little gesso which created the pink.  I sprinkled Tim Holtz's Distress Glitter, Spun Sugar.
Whew...sometimes I learn the hard way.
I know there is an easier way...I'll find it. 

Not enough?
I decided to bring the glitter out to the flowers.  I used my Glossy Accents and No Clog Writing Cap to try and make a small design.  I sprinkled it with the Spun Sugar Distress Glitter.  Let Dry.
Too bold, too clumpy.
Just let it dry.
I used an emery board to sand it down lightly.
It faded it back a bit and I can live with it.
I Knew This One
I ran the Webster's Storytellers letters "heart" title through my Xryon Sticker Maker.
Removed the plastic but left the letters on the white backing.
I lightly ran an emery board over the letters to "distress" them.
Afterwards rubbed the letters with Tim's Spun Sugar Distress Ink.
Wipe off all the letters.  The Spun Sugar color will remain on the areas you sanded. 

One adventure after another. has some new YouTube videos and always have free video classes on their site.  

What is your favorite place on the internet to expand your knowledge of the paper art and scrapbooking world?

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