Monday, December 31, 2012


Hi there!

My layout for today was submitted at Soul Scrappers for their Word Challenge (WC18).  The word to use on your layout is "Believe."

I chose a sketch from Becky Fleck/Page Maps (April 2012) and this is what I created:

These are my nieces.  My sister sent this photo to me of their dance recital.  They're such cuties!!

Supplies used:
Paper: Colorbok
Butterfly Stencil: The Crafter's Workshop
Alcohol Inks 
Gems: Forever in Time
Font: Cricut Opposites Attract
Martha Stewart Border Punch
Stars & Hearts
Foil Embossed Swirls: Forever in Time
Elastic Sparkle Stretch Cord

First time I used the foil embossed swirls and they are so cool!
The circles were made with random objects to trace.  The heart was traced and cut, distressing the edges and adding a bow using sparkle stretch cord.
The heart was so "white" so using a paper towel with alcohol ink dripped on it, I swiped the edges of the heart and before the alcohol dried up, I lightly coated the whole heart.  A small flower with pearl gem was added in the center.

Under the title I hand wrote, "that you can."
The upper left of the page.

And here's the right side of my page.

Have a wonderful start to 2013!
Happy scrappin!
Libby  :)

Friday, December 28, 2012

Christmas Tags

Hi there!
Yes, I know, Christmas is over, but I really wanted to share these two cute tags that I made for a couple different challenges in December.

The first tag was submitted at Sketches 4 All  for their Creative Tags Challenge.

This is my cute little tag:
Isn't this the cutest snowman?
For the tag base, I mixed alcohol ink and glitter paint and "painted" it with a scrunched up paper towel.  A large paper snowflake was cut in half and adhered under the snowman.  The wire strips of the silver sheer snowflake ribbon was snipped off and the ribbon used at the top of the tag and the wire strips were used as trim above and below the center paper on the tag.

Supplies used:
Paper: DCWV
Alcohol Ink: Adirondack
Paper Snowflake
Silver Mesh Ribbon
Sheer Snowflake Wire Ribbon
Dimensional Snowman
Cardstock Sentiment
Pop Dots
Folk Art Glitter Paint

Across the bottom of the tag I wrapped sheer mesh ribbon around it a few times for the illusion of snow.

A better look at the upper portion of the tag.  The title was adhered with pop dots and the edges were stained.  Silver wire ribbon was cut off the ribbon and the wire portions used as trim at the top and bottom of the middle portion.

My next tag was submitted at Colorful Creations  for their Tag Challenge (RachTAG05).

Here's my tag:
The bottom portion of the tag is covered with felt.  Two strips of ribbon were used to cover where the cardstock and felt meet.  Two small brads were added in the lower corner.  The flowers were from a Christmas bouquet purchased at a discount store.  The holly was added under the flowers.  The glittery snowflake with a sentiment in the center is actually a tag.  Wire garland was used at the top of the tag.

Supplies used:
Paper: American Crafts
Wire Garland
Sentiment Glitter Snowflake 
Holly Sticker: Paper Bliss
Decorative Ribbon
Gem Brads
 A closer look at the felt, flowers and gem brads.
This is a better look at the top portion of the tag.

Thanks for checking out my blog!
Libby  :)

Creative Hair Washing!

Hello there,
Hope you're all having a wonderful day.

I have a layout to share which was submitted at Colorful Creations for their Member Spotlight Sketch Challenge (gdtdec).  Here's the sketch:

And this is what I created:
This is Linda and I, washing our hair in 5-gallon pails of water, several years ago!  You do what you have to do if you want clean hair, right?  The boys in our Troop decided they wanted to go on a canoeing/camping trip for 7 days on the Allagash.  Yes, 7 days!  After around the fourth day, we HAD to get our hair washed.  We were so tired of wearing hats.  So Linda's husband carried the pails of water for us and we finally washed our hair... with dish soap.  Let me just say, "I don't recommend using this!"  I think I stood by the fire for over an hour trying to get all the narlies out of my hair!  I'm a conditioner kind of girl, so this was a super shocker for my hair!  It really felt good to have clean hair though!  My hubby said we looked like ostriches!!  :)

Supplies used:
Paper: Colorbok, DCWV
Sheer Pink Ribbon
Font: Cricut Opposites Attract
Alcohol Inks: Adirondack
Perfect Pearls Mists
Snow-Globe Glitter Gems: Forever in Time
Folk Art Paint
Pop Dots
 Above the frame and braid I adhered a pink sheer ribbon and flowers with glitter gems.

The braids were knotted on each end, trimmed and adhered around the frame.
Here's a look at the title and braid... and a little bit of the misting.
For the center of the frame I added a couple of layered flowers with a globe gem.
I didn't braid a long enough piece to wrap completely around the frame, so I hid them conveniently under this grouping of flowers.  Yay!

Here's a closer look at the title along the bottom and the frame around the photos.
I hand cut a "frame" for the photos and adhered it with pop dots.  On top of that I adhered braided twine and sheer ribbon.  Look closely, you can see some of the pop dots.
 A closer look at the flowers, gems, misting on the background paper and a portion of the title.

Hope you enjoyed your visit!
Libby  :)

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Doin' My Part...

Hi there,
Another snowstorm is hitting us... full speed ahead and going to dump 12-18 inches of the fluffy white stuff!  And the wind will be blowing it all around.  It's supposed to go strong until Friday afternoon.  Should be interesting around here for awhile.
I'm very glad we don't have to be out on the roads!

I have a layout to share that was submitted at Sketch N Scrap for their Holiday Bonus Sketch challenge.  This is the sketch:

And here's my layout:
 The pink strip in my hair... it's really such a small thing to do, but at least it's something.  
And ALL the proceeds (my hairdresser receives) is going towards CA.  It was such a bright pink strip of hair at first... and I really liked it.... but it faded after a few days.  :(
Next year I'm going bolder and will get a huge strip colored on the top of my hair rather than underneath, so it "shows" better!

I changed the sketch a bit.  Rather than add embellies on the left side, I added them on the right.

Supplies used:
Paper: K&Co., Colorbok
Martha Stewart Border Punch
Rosettes: Hand Made
Bling Swirls: Forever in Time
Font: Cricut Stamped
Gold Letters
Large Background Flower (traced from cardstock shape)
Self-adhesive Pearl
One swirl wasn't enough, so after playing around with how to add them on my page, I arranged the two swirls into a heart.  How cute is that?  :)

I added the border across the bottom and two ribbons on top of that.
Here's my  l---o---n---g  title!
I made the rosettes using satin ribbon for the larger one and glitter ribbon for the smaller ribbon.
 These cute gold letters are truly a pain to adhere!  I found a stack of these at a garage sale last year.  Since the letters are so little, I didn't think I would ever use them.  But, they're just too cute... so I had to fight with them!  Wow, I need to find a better way to adhere these tiny letters!

Rather than tie a ribbon through the hole in the tag, I folded the ribbon "under" it, and used a swirl of bling around the punched hole.  Ribbon was scrunched on the other side.  The edges of the tag were distressed.

Have a wonderful day!
Libby  :)

Wednesday, December 26, 2012


Hi there,
Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas, full of fun and laughs.  And hope you took lots of photos too!  These photos are going to eventually make it into our scrapbooks, preserving memories forever!

Who went shopping the "Day After Christmas?"  The stores must have been crazy.  Someone is always exchanging an item they received.  Long lines... ugh!  I prefer to just keep it... no matter if I will never use it or if it wasn't something I really cared to receive.  It's the thought that counts.

The sketch for my layout is from Let's Capture These Sketches for their Sketch #163 Reveal.
Here's the sketch:

And now for my layout.  This is what I created:
Here's our son, having fun with "static" in his hair.  I laughed so hard watching him show off his hair standing right out straight!  Funny boy!

Supplies used:
Paper: DCWV, Colorbok
Ink: A la mode Black (applied with paper towel)
Font: Cricut Opposites Attract
Pop Dots
Folk Art Chunky Glitter Paint
Sharpie Marker
Stencil Lightning Bolt

Each "bolt" was traced and hand cut.  I pressed a piece of paper towel in the black ink and lightly rubbed it over each lightning bolt then dabbed another piece of paper towel in the glitter paint and added it to the bolts.  They were adhered with pop dots.
The background paper was created using a paper towel pressed into the ink and dabbed onto the cardstock lightly, so the "pattern" from the paper towel shows.  Pretty cool.  I was playing around, trying to see which technique worked best and this was it.  Try circles or lines... all creating a different background.

The title letters were distressed.
The cardstock was cut after journaling and the edges were inked.
Here are a few photos showing the details a little better for you.

Have a wonderful day!
Libby  :)

Tuesday, December 25, 2012



I made some cards!  Woohoo!  And they're NOT Christmas cards!
I have nothing against making Christmas cards, but, let's face it... after making so many for my own personal use PLUS so many for challenges... I've had enough!  I'm ready for a different kind of card!

Which brings me to the cards I made that were submitted at Cardabilities for their #65 Sketch Challenge.
This is the sketch:

I always make more than one card.  And when I started making cards using this sketch, I ended up with 4 cards!  I LOVE this sketch!  Thanks, Cardabilities!  And I'm pretty happy about how cute these cards turned out too!
So, I will be posting all 4 of them.  They're basically the same with only the sentiments different.  I'm always trying to make as many cards as I can with only 2-3 papers.  Picture it... using different papers would change the whole look of these cards too.  Oh, the possibilities!  :)

This is my "Hello" card.  I know, it's hard to see the sentiment.  I probably should have looked for darker ink.  I used silver gems for the flower centers and string for the banners.
I traced the largest Nestabilities die onto cardstock and hand cut them.
Here's a closer look at the cutest little banners ever!!  :)

Here's my "Hi!" card.  I used clear gems for the flower centers and tried stamping the sentiment on one of the banners.  Not sure if I like this or not...
This is my "get well" card.
 Finally, my "Happy Birthday" card.

Supplies used:
Paper: DCWV, White Cardstock
Nestabilities Die
Big Shot
Clear Gems: Stampin' Up!
Silver Gems: Studio 112
Various Sentiments
Ink: Vivid! Raspberry

Thanks for stopping by and hope you'll stop in again.
Merry Christmas!
Libby  :)



This layout was submitted at Sketch N Scrap for their #23 Sketch Challenge.  This is the sketch I had to work with:

And here's my layout:
I remember these photos of our daughter like it was yesterday!  I wanted to take a photo of her while we were on the Ferry and just as soon as I snapped the photo, her hair was blown around, completely covering her face!  I couldn't believe it!  In the next photo, I was sure to snap the shot before the wind took her hair again!  Man, we had a great laugh over this!!

Supplies used:
Paper: DCWV, Colorbok
Silver Metal Frame: Leeza Gibbons
Vellum & Metal Circle Tag
Perfect Pearls Mists
Tag: C-Thru Stencils
Pop Dots
Rub on Title Letters: American Crafts
What a fun way to liven up a page... by using pearl mists.  Love this stuff!
The rub on letter were added after the misting dried.

Ribbon was added over the horizontal strip of paper.  A vellum/silver tag was tucked under one corner of the photo and a flowers over that.  The larger flowers were were also misted.  The smaller flowers came with the gems already on them.  A good-sized package for only $1!!  What a deal!
A small tag tucks under the photo with hidden journaling.

My journaling.  A glitter flower was adhered at the end of the tag, making it a bit easier to pull it out to read the journaling.
These metal frames are heavy!  But this looks so cool on this page.  I added a small flower to it.  
The frame is tucked under the photo, which made the photo stick out, so I added pop dots under the photo to it was more level.

Thanks for stopping by.
Have a wonderful Christmas!
Libby  :)