Tuesday, April 30, 2013

In the Whisper of the Trees

Hi there,

Here's my layout that was submitted at Soul Scrappers for their Song/Lyric Challenge (SLC21).  The song is "Love is in the Air" by John Paul Young.  The challenge is to use a word, sentence, song title or whole song somewhere on your layout.  It's a "free scrap" so any theme can be used.

Here are the lyrics:

Love is in the air
Everywhere I look around
Love is in the air
Every sight and every sound

And I don't know if I'm being foolish
Don't know if I'm being wise
But it's something that I must believe in
And it's there when I look in your eyes
Love is in the air
In the whisper of the trees
Love is in the air
In the thunder of the sea

And I don't know if I'm just dreaming
Don't know if I feel sane
But it's something that I must believe in
And it's there when you call out my name
(Chorus) Love is in the air
Love is in the air Oh oh oh Oh oh oh

Love is in the air
In the rising of the sun
Love is in the air
When the day is nearly done

And I don't know if you're an illusion
Don't know if I see it true
But you're something that I must believe in
And you're there when I reach out for you

Love is in the air
Every sight and every sound
And I don't know if I'm being foolish
Don't know if I'm being wise

But it's something that I must believe in
And it's there when I look in your eyes

And here's what I created.  I was inspire by these words from the song, "In the whisper of the trees" and based my page on an outdoorsy feel.

Our Boy Scout Troop on yet another camping/canoeing trip on the Allagash Waterways.  We had so much fun even through the pouring rain (well, maybe this was not fun) but we had so many great times during the remainder of the trip with beautiful weather.

Supplies used:
Paper: Colorbok
Masking (trees above the photo)
Stamp: Stampin' Up! Lovely as a Tree
Ink: A la mode Green
Stickers Title
Canoe Die Cut Sticker
Sharpie Marker
Sketch: Page Maps (May 2005)
To have more of an outdoorsy feel, I knotted twine and added it in the upper right of the page (as if the background paper wasn't outdoorsy enough, right).  :)

I also added twine to the left of the title on top of brown ribbon.

This is the best stamp ever to create masking with!  I always have so much fun with it!

Hard to believe I actually fit all my journaling in this block!  I usually come up short and have to figure out another way to include it all on my page!

Just for something different, I added strips of twine in the lower right.

This was the smallest canoe I could find (other than the bright red one)!  I adhered it onto cardstock and cut it out... which makes it so much easier to adhere to my page.
Thanks for stopping by my Blog!



Another beautiful day!  Since I didn't want to spend it inside... I set up a desk and brought everything outside so I could enjoy the sunny weather while getting some scrapping done!

This layout was submitted at Archi-scraps for their May Inspiration Challenge.  The challenge is to use Autumn colors and leaves.

Head on over to Archi-scraps and check out their cool challenges!

Here's the inspiration photo for May:
As a member of the Design Team at Archi-scraps, I had to submit this layout quite some time ago.  The title is "Focused."

Our animals with their eyes on the food!  They are very focused!  Nothing can distract them... except maybe someone else with food!  :)

Supplies used:
Paper: Colorbok, Other

Sizzix Leaf Die
Rosettes: Hand Made
Glitter Gems: Home Made
Twine: Home Made
Sharpie Marker
Clear Glitter Title Letters
Various Color Mists
Home Made Mists
Perfect Pearls Mists

Here's a portion of the right side of my page.  The cheesecloth was misted and placed under the flowers and leaves.  The rosettes were made with decorative ribbons and seam binding ribbon.  Also had a blast making the glitter gems!

In the upper right I folded down the corner of the page and added a square brad.

The larger rosettes were made using wider ribbon.  A bit more tricky to work with, but I got it after awhile!  :)

 Here's the cute little chicken leg that I tied with twine, left to dangle right where the animals are looking!  The remainder of the twine was circled onto the flower and adhered in place.

A closer look at the chicken leg... which was printed onto cardstock.

A closer look at one of my flowers and gem.


The leaves were cut with two different papers and tucked within the flowers.

Hope you enjoyed the photos.
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, April 29, 2013

"A Little Note" Card


I have one more card to share with you today.  This was submitted at Colorful Creations for their Random Wednesday (rwapr) Challenge.  The challenge... to use QUILLING on your project.

I decided on a card and here's what I created:
I love how this turned out!  I got a wonderful paper cut on my finger from turning the paper on the quilling tool.  Ouch... that really hurt!!

Supplies used:
Paper: Colorbok, White Cardstock
Twine: Home Made
Ink: Vivid! Teal
Quilled Flowers/Leaves
Sketch: Page Maps (June 2012)
So fun to make!  Now I need to hop online for more ideas on what to make with quilling!  :)
Home made twine was threaded through the button and tied into a bow.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cards, Cards & More Cards!

Hi there!

It's FINALLY nice weather in my area, so I've been spending as much time as possible OUTSIDE enjoying the wonderful SUN!!  It's supposed to be nice all week... very unusual for here... but I'll take it!!  :)

I've been working on cards.  Oh what fun!

So these next 4 cards were submitted at Sketches 4 All.  I'll also add what the challenge is for each card.

My first card was for the Twisted Thursday (April 24) Birthday "Theme" Card Challenge (WeeklyBrandiMay).  Your card has to have a "theme."
I found these K&Co. 3D embellies and knew they would be perfect for my card!  Can you guess my "theme?"  A Ballerina Birthday Card.  :)

Supplies used:
Paper: Colorbok, DCWV, Other, White Cardstock
Martha Stewart Border Punch
Ink: Vivid! Raspberry
3D Embellies: K&Co.
Circle Punch
Corner Rounder
Sketch: Page Maps (Sept 2010)

I added two layers of lace on the ballerina outfit and randomly added Stickles to the lace.

My next card was submitted for the Let's Get Cooking #8 (LGC8).  From the tic-tac-toe board, choose 3 in a row to create your project.

I chose the middle row: Embossing, Buttons, Flowers
 Supplies used:
Paper: Colorbok, White Cardstock
Twine: Home Made
Martha Stewart Border Punch
Ink: Vivid! Raspberry
Perfect Pearls Mist
Wilton Color Mist
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder

  The flowers were lightly misted with a pink color mist.  Twine was added through the buttons and knotted.

Here's another card that was submitted for the Technique Tuesday (April) Challenge (TECHAPRIL).  The challenge is to use ribbon on your project.
Supplies used:
Paper: Colorbok, White Cardstock
Colored Craft Wire
Flowers: Home Made
Ink: A la mode Black

These cute little flowers were made using hot glue.  Yup, that's what I said.  After making each "petal" I glued them together and added a gem in the center and wire on the back.  The flowers were painted with nail polish.  So totally fun to make!

I layered the striped ribbon along one half of the card and also used the ribbon for a bow.

The last card was submitted for the Word Prompt Wednesday #8 Challenge (WPW8).  The challenge is to use the word "Friends" or "Friendship" on your project.
Supplies used:
Paper: Colorbok, White Cardstock
Stick Pins
Ink: A la mode Black
Blue Watercolor Pencil
Stamps: Stampin' Up! Time Well Spent
Sketch: Page Maps (June 2007)

I colored in the "Friends" with the watercolor pencil so it would "stand out" more.

 The butterfly was stamped on blue paper and pp, cut out, with the blue one adhered to the card and the pp butterfly only adhered in the center, so the wings would remain off the page.
Under the bow I added two stick pins... just for something different.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

April 1st FAVORITE Layout

Hi there!

Oh my goodness!  My layout was chosen as the April 1st Favorite at Sketches With Color,
How cool is that!?!??

I'm so excited and thrilled and... well, I think you get the picture!  :)

Here's my layout:

A huge thank you to Sketches With Color for choosing one of my favorite layouts!  :)
You can click on their highlighted link above, which will take you directly to their site.
Check it out!


Monday, April 22, 2013

FUN Challenge!

Hi there,

Another COOL day!  I'm so anxious for Spring to really be here!  Actually, forget Spring this year... I WANT SUMMER!  Which means WARM weather (I hope)!
I am so over this COLDness!!

I got my seeds planted in flats of dirt today and they're in the sunniest window in the house.  Nothing like seeing the little seedlings popping out of the ground!

Ok, now on to the REAL reason for my post.

Here's a fun challenge site that you have to check out.  I love participating in each month's challenge and I know you will love it too!

FROM SCREEN 2 SCRAP has a different challenge each month, drawing inspiration from a movie poster.  Seriously, it's only ONCE a month... so you have LOTS of time to hop on over there and maybe get enticed enough to try it.  And, I bet you'll get hooked!

It's so fun to go through all the photos you have (and I know you have lots... because I have a ginormous amount of them)... and find one that reminds you of the movie poster challenge.  

Here's April's Movie Poster Challenge:

Does anyone else remember this movie, other than me?  It's such a funny movie... sure to make you laugh... and we all know I LOVE TO LAUGH!  Or, even if you don't really know me... it's true. :)

And the extra criteria for this challenge is easy:

 1pt = Green and Purple cardstock
2pts = The word 'FREAKY' in your title
3pts = A cut out figure/s on your page

Have you checked it out yet?  What are you waiting for?
Head on over to From Screen 2 Scrap now... and enjoy the site and fun challenge.

I hope to see your linked layout there soon!

Sunday, April 21, 2013


Hi there,

Happy Sunday to you all!  The sun is shining (which is good) but it's brisk out (not so good).

Today, I have a layout to share that was submitted at Colorful Creations for their So You Think You Can Scrap Week 16 Challenge (SYTYCS016).

That's right... I made it to WEEK 16!  How cool is that?!
So this week, there are 13 participants left in the running.  

Here's the challenge this week:

You MUST use ALL of the following:

1. Stay true to the sketch (below).

2. Must use 8 photos.
3. Must use 6 buttons.
4. Must use 3 different stamps.
5. Must use a ticket embellishment.
6. Use rick rack
7. Must be a monochromatic layout.
8. 2 recycled embellishments (buttons will not count).
9. None of the above may be combined (for example, if you stamp a ticket, it will not count as one of your stamps).

Here's what I created:

Our two nieces through the years.  They're the cutest!!

Alright, so this is what I used:

1. Stayed true to the sketch.
2. Used 8 photos.
3. Used 6 buttons (across the top)
4. 3 different stamps (Butterfly and 2 different flowers)
5. Ticket embellishment (upper left, above the photos)
6. Rick Rack (below the photos, under the journaling)
7. Monochromatic layout in Purples.
8. 2 recycled embellishments (hanging on the purple string: an old earring and a key from a toy bank).
9. None of the above requirements were combined.

Here's additional supplies used:
Paper: Colorbok, DCWV
Cardstock Title Letters
Ink: Adirondack Purple Twilight & A la mode Purple
Lilac Mist: Home Made
Metallic Acrylic Paint: Purple
3 Stamps (Butterfly & 2 different flowers): Stampin' Up! Time Well Spent
Darice Embossing Folder
Chenille Rick Rack
Ticket: Sizzlit Die
Stitches Template
Sharpie Marker

Phew!  That's a LOT of stuff!

Tickets were cut using a Sizzlit die and the edges were inked.  I added a smaller stamped flower over that which was misted with home made lilac mist and a heart shaped button is on top of it.
I used an embossing folder for the square in the top row.

3 of the buttons.  I used a stitching template to create the "stitches" around the cardstock.  I ran my ink pad up and down lightly over the background page to create these inked lines.  Love how this turned out!

Using the same embossing folder, I embossed the square on the second row too.  The flower was stamped and misted and the edges turned up a bit for dimension.

The letters were lightly inked and misted with the home made mist.  Thought you would be able to see the shimmer on the letters (bummer).

Here's the grouping below the photos.  The roses pp is only shades of purples (no white or other colors).  I made sure of this!
I used chenille rick rack below the journaling.  The string was white so I got out the purple marker and colored it, strung the embellies on it and knotted it around the rick rack.  The circle is a wooden piece from an old earring and the key is from an old toy bank.  Both were painted with metallic purple paint.
The butterfly is the 3rd stamp I used.  I cut it out and folded the wings upward and curled a bit, only adhering it on the body part.

I added a little journaling below the photos.

A closer look at the inked lines, stitches, rick rack and embellies.

A closer look at my cute little butterfly.

I think you can see a little of the shimmer on this flower....

 Closer look at the ticket, flower and button.

The inked lines show up really well in this photo. 

The metallic paint was SO cool to work with.  It leaves a shimmer, which was perfect for these embellies.

 Thanks so much for stopping by.
Have a wonderful day!