Showing posts from September, 2013

Halloween Came Early on D's Paper Studio

I couldn't stop myself.  The air is cool.  The nights are getting longer.  I see goblins and ghosts in all the stores.  Candy by the bag fulls and little girls wanting to be princesses.  I have so many photos from last Halloween I could not resist starting Halloween a bit early on D's Paper Studio. 

Here is a layout of my Ali from her first Halloween. FYI, she did not eat the candy.

Trick or Treat
Let's Break It Down
Reminisce Halloween paper (Spellbound) collection
Graphic 45 Paper collection A Place in Time and the Magic of Oz
Blue Fern Studios Fence
American Crafts Thickers
Tim Holtz Distress Ink vintage photo
Ranger Paint Dabber picket fence
Jenni Bowlin Studio round letters
Making Memories tiny alphas (2012)
Paper Studio burlap ribbon
WeRMemory Keepers twine

I would highly recommend purchasing Blue Fern Studios Country Picket Fence for your Halloween layouts.  From one chipboard length of fence I have been able to use it three times.  It's time for me to reorder.…

Fiskars Hexagon Squeeze Punch ... I Just Can't Put It Down!

Yes, I love my hexagon squeeze punch.  I've tried cutting out hexagon's by hand and they never look just right.  If a hexagon is off a little it just doesn't look right.  I hope we see more of this type of shape, I call them quilting shapes, in the future.

This is my sweet Ali back at Easter.  Her skin is so beautiful that I could not help but call the layout "peaches 'n cream."

Sweet Peaches 'n Cream
Let's Break It Down
Bo Bunny Ambrosia paper collection
Fiskars Hexagon Squeeze Punch
Blue Fern Studio chipboard (branch with bird)
May Arts Ribbon
Webster's Pages Storytellers
Queen & Co. Pearls
Martha Stewart Flocking Transfer Kit (bird at the bottom of the page)
Inspired by a sketch created by Carin McDonough

Giveaway Winners
Thanks for leaving comments.  They are always welcomed and appreciated.  Here are the two winners of the Christmas books.

Dictionary said...
What great projects, Love that layout with the photo of the girls..just so sweet!


Love Chipboard ... Blue Fern Studio September Sketch

Have I told you that I LOVE Blue Fern Studio chipboard?  It is so detailed and I don't worry about it breaking like many of the wood pieces.  Oh, I still use wood cutouts, but I'm addicted to Blue Fern Studio's designs.

The photo on the layout is of my granddaughter Ali on the occasion of her 1st birthday.  This is my favorite of the bunch although all of them were fabulous. 


Let's Break It Down
Kaisercraft On This Day paper collection
Blue Fern Studio chipboard
Ranger Paint Dabber Picket Fence
Prima rhinestones and epoxy embellishments
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Vintage Photo
Glitz Design rub-on (love ....)
Vintaj butterflies

Don't forget the Christmas giveaway HERE on D's Paper Studio.  I will post the winner on Friday morning.  Thank you for the comments that have already been left and for those who have enjoyed the 12 Days of Home for the Holidays blog event in the past.  This year is looking fantastic!

Have a Crafty Day!

Sweet Friends ... Christmas Giveaway

I loved the sketch from Simple Scrapper over at Paper Issues so much I thought I would do another take with the sketch. 

We spend a lot of time at the local zoo.  Little and her one of her best friends from school met up for a time of fun.  I loved it when they held hands and walked off together to see the birds.  No poising for the photo ... it was too special ... just a few candid shots.

Let's Break It Down
I think, but not sure that the background paper is My Mind's Eye.  Correct me if I'm wrong.
American Crafts cardstock
Sizzix embossing folder
Mauvy Uchida Clever Lever Craft Punch
May Arts Ribbon
Prima Flower
Blue Fern Studio heart
Ranger Paint Dabber Picket Fence
Tim Holtz chitchat, Distress Ink Vintage Photo, fasteners
Momma's crochet lace (the last piece of white...hint, hint Mom)
Jenni Bowlin Studios circle letters, Alterable Alphas

I've been working hard on 12 Days of Home for the Holidays.  From my Crafty Guests to the incredible Sponsors…

College Bound ... 5 Photo Scrapbook Page

My oldest granddaughter headed off to college this year.  I can't believe the time has shot by and she is now a beautiful, talented, loving young woman.  I know her mom and dad (my son) miss her greatly. 

The larger photos are of my granddaughter on move in day at college.  Can you believe I used more than one or two photos?

College Bound

Let's Break It Down
Graphic 45 An ABC Primer and A Place in Time paper collection
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Vintage Photo, Philosophy Tag
Jenni Bowlin Studios tiny alpha (numbers)
Fiskars / Jenni Bowlin Scalloped Banner squeeze punch
American Crafts Thickers

My favorite part of the design is all the banners at the bottom of the page.  Layering the two different style banners worked.  Instead of putting the banner at the top of the page I love it at the bottom.  I was inspired by a banner shape challenge by Fiskateers. 

I love back-to-school stories and Suzi's is no exception.  Here is her story of her granddaughter.
Our 3-year-old granddaug…

Back To School ... College Life

This is the last of my children who is off to school.  Going to elementary, middle, or high school is a breeze compared to sending one off to college.  I'm fortunate that Jay is still just downtown, but he lives on campus.  Everything he has been taught through the years goes into play right now.  His dad and I are very proud of our young man.  I am blest.  Yes, I still cry when he goes back to school every Fall. 

Let's Break It Down
Kaisercraft 75 cents paper collection
American Crafts Kraft cardstock 
Art Parts by Wendy Vecchi
Tim Holtz findings, Distress Ink Vintage Photo, Film Strip ribbon, letters
Technique Tuesday Tile
Ranger embossing powder, embossing ink
Plaid painting stencil
Heidi Swapp chipboard alpha Newsprint (J)
Inspired by Kaisercraft

Did you have a back-to-school story?  I'd love to hear it.  Leave it in the comment section.  I'd love to feature one story in Friday's blog post.  Thanks

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The Scream, a Scrapbook Layout and Gone Junkin'

Story First
Little loves to be startled.  If you hide behind a doorway and pop out when she comes around the corner she will scream and laugh.  While Mom and Little were playing chase Mom would backtrack and startle her.  Little loved it.  The photo captured one of those moments where Little let out a scream.  Perfect moment to be captured to remember how much Little loved to play this game.

Let's Break It Down
American Crafts white cardstock, white rosette lace
Prism white cardstock (matting)
Kaisercraft pink matting, pearls
Core'dinations cardstock (butterflies)
Blue Fern Studio chipboard
Prima white flowers, white leaf, crystal rhinestones
Basic Grey Wholly Cow rub-ons
K&Co sticker (top embellishment)
Recollection glittered wire
Fiskars All-A-Flutter squeeze punch
Tim Holtz ticket, clock hands, baubles, letters (scream), Distress Ink Spun Sugar
R.S. Tapestry stamps (faint pink background)
Ranger Dabber Paint Picket Fence
Other:  buttons
Photographer: Tabitha Safdi Ph…

it's my Party! Hello Kitty

Well, it wasn't my party, but it was my granddaughter's 1st birthday party.  Ali was bewildered at all the happenings.  The people, the cake, the presents ... which she got use to quickly ....  Her theme was Hello Kitty.  Did you know there is nothing on the face of the earth that hasn't been made into a Hello Kitty theme?  Oh, my!  I even found scrapbook paper and embellishments with the theme of Hello Kitty.  LOL

Here is my sweet Ali on her 1st Birthday!
Let's Break It Down
Hello Kitty, by Sanrio, paper crafting pad, washi tape
Little Yellow Bicycle wooden pins, heart buttons
My Minds Eye brad
Jenni Bowlin Studio washi tape (red and pink)
X-ACTO shape templates (flower)
Webster's Pages storytellers letters
American Crafts Thickers
May Arts Ribbon
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Vintage Photo

I've been under the weather, but hoping to start working on a fun project this weekend.  Can't wait to share!

Have a Crafty Day!

Everyday is an Adventure ... Polaroid Film Frames

I am fortunate to be able to spend so much time with my grandgirls.  I've been with Little since she was about 6 or 7 weeks old.  Now this little girl is not a baby but a student, a zoologist, Micky Mouse expert, artist, history buff, and especially an expert in ABC's and 123's.  I pulled together a few photos to help me and Little to remember our adventures together.

Let's Break It Down
Bo Bunny's Ambrosia paper collection
Blue Fern Studio chipboard flower
Tim Holtz Distress Stain Picket Fence, Distress Ink vintage photo and peacock feathers, ruler
American Crafts Thickers, pop dots
WeRMemory Keepers twine
Jenni Bowlin Studio's round letters
Fiskars Round 'n Round squeeze punch, Micro-tip Scissors
X-ACTO Series Z craft knife
Buttons, Polaroid film

The Polaroid frame was created by using some old Polaroid photos ... (30 years old).  I used my X-ACTO knife and Tim Holtz ruler to cut out the photo.  I peeled off the backing of the frame to remove the …


Generation photos, whether they are now or 100 years ago, are my favorite photos to preserve.  This photo is of Gramps, Daddy and Little's Sister.  That expression on LS's face is priceless.  Daddy's face is one of love and pride in his little girl. 

Let's Break It Down
Inspired by Gerry Van Gent
Kaisercraft On This Day paper collection
Core'dinations (butterflies)
Blue Fern Studio chipboard (fence)
Fiskars All A Flutter squeeze punch
Webster's Pages Storytellers (title)
Sizzix embossing folder (for the butterflies)
Ranger Paint Dabbers, Picket Fence
Diamond Dust, Ribbon, Tulle

On another note, my layout from Wednesday ended up being featured on Paper Issues.  Love for you to take a look and leave a comment.  Date Night In Egypt

Enjoy the weekend and I hope you...

Have a Crafty Weekend

A Date in Eygpt? Sketch Challenge

Lisa Swift has an amazing blog full of creative layouts, cards, and crafts.  I saw this sketch challenge by Simple Scrappers on Lisa's blog, Remember the Good Times, and inspired me to give it a shot.  One thing I've learned about sketches, you need to look at it right side up and upside down because you can change it up. It doesn't have to be exact.  The great thing about sketches is that they are the springboard for creativity.  So, thanks Lisa and here I go.

It was date night for Mimi and Little.  The SC State Museum was hosting a kids night with crafts and a tour of the special exhibit of the world of King Tutankhamun.  It was full of fun crafting and Little was amazed at all the artifacts and stories of life in Egypt.
Let's Break It Down
Kaisercraft 75 cents paper collection
Blue Fern Studio chipboard
Ranger Embossing Antiquities, Queen's Gold embossing power, Archival Ink coffee, Embossing ink
Tim Holtz Distress Ink vintage photo and red brick; wings; grunge p…

Happy Labor Day

What is Labor Day?  From the US Department of Labor here's some exerts about Labor Day. 

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.
It is wonderful to celebrate a day where we recognize each other as positive contributors to this great country.

The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The Central Labor Union held its second Labor Day holiday just a year later, on September 5, 1883.  
When I read this I'm reminded of Disney movie, Newsies. 

Thank you for giving to our country through your dedication to character, honesty in work, and determination to uphold freedom through all you do. 

Happy Labor Day!