Saturday, November 11, 2017


     Here is the beginning of my very first attempt at making a mini album all by myself. This Sketch N Scrap Sketch is just perfect for this book. 

Sketch #92
     I turned the sketch, then flipped it. I changed the two photos to one larger photo. A tag is added behind the photo as well as a 4 inch flap. It was easy to take a sketch intended for a 12 x 12" layout to 8 x 8". 
     The photo frame is actually a 4 x 6" foiled vellum piece. I used a circle die to remove the center, which is a wooden wheel. I added a wooden button and silver glitter enamel to the middle.  

     This sketch was just right. I'm hoping the December sketch will give me more inspiration for another page in the book.


Materials List:
     Patterned Paper: BoBunny - Bella Rosa (Whisper, Reflection)
                                               Double Dot (Wine, Shadow, Island Mist)
     Ink: Gina K - Cherry Red
            Distress - Frayed Burlap
     Dies: ECD - Tags & More (Lace)
             Spellbinders - Standard Lg Circles
                                  Orchard Harvest
             Sizzix - Tattered Flower Garland 
     Punch: ek - 1" Corner
                       1/4 " Circle
                Fiskars - 1/8" hole punch
     Embellies: Wooden Button
                     Silver Enamel Dots
                     Bo Bunny Brads
                     Bella Rosa Foil Vellum
                     Wire Word - Family


CAS-ual Fridays - Anything But A Card - #39 - November 14

Monday, November 6, 2017

Peeking Sunflowers

    This November sketch from Sketch N Scrap is a fun framework to make a card. You have ALL month to try out this sketch and enter it for a prize. This card is posted on the Sketch N Scrap Facebook page as well. 

Sketch #109
     This card is made using some Graphic 45 Time and Place paper I had sitting around. I die cut the corner of the card using a circle die, then used that same die plus the next larger nesting die to make a border.

    For the tag I used a craft knife to slice along the lower right corner of the border, then peeled it back. This made a peek-a-boo for the sunflower on the inside of the card.

     The envelope is made using the Envelope Punch Board. The corner design was strategically placed so that it shows when you open the envelope.

Materials List:
    Patterned Paper: Graphic 45 - Place in Time (August)
     Card Stock: Bazzill - black  
     Dies: Our Daily Bread - Stitched Circles
     Ink: Distress - Vintage Photo
     Embellies - Metal Sunflower


Saturday, October 28, 2017

Thankful for You

     Karrie, from Scrappn Savvy gave me a stack of Moxie: Autumn Glory patterned paper. She asked me to design and kit a fall card for the Subs and a 6-Pack Class (Subway sandwich and 6 card projects). This is the card I came up with.

This paper had a distressed look with a collage of flowers and swirls in the corner. This isn't the sheet of paper a card maker usually grabs. I stamped and die-cut the leaves and sunflower from this paper. I also traced the lines on the leaves and sunflower with my Sakura gold gel pen to add a bit of sparkle.

     For the inside of the card, I used the corner of the patterned paper.

Inside of Card

Materials List:
     Patterned Paper: Moxie - Autumn Glory
     Card Stock: Bazzill - Malt Ball
                       WeR - Bewitched Goblin  
     Stamps: Gina K - Give Thanks
                               Pressed Flowers 2 (coordinating dies)
                               Year of Flowers 2
     Dies: Stamps of Life - Pumpkin Fold It
             Spellbinders - Standard Circles Large
     Ink: Momento - Rich Cocoa
           Gina K - Dark Chocolate
     Embellies - 7 green gems
                     Gold Sakura Gel Pen


Vellum Spider Web

     I chose this sketch for my last bit of Mind's Eye "Spooked" patterned paper. I never saw the entire collection, but the 3 pieces that I did see were amazing. This paper is old; and Mind's Eye is no longer creating paper collections. So much for hoping for a re-release of this fun paper.

Sketch #4
     The sentiment on the card front and the spider on the envelope are heat embossed with shiny black powder. Originally, I die cut the web in black, but alas the spider didn't show up. I recut the die using vellum and attached the vellum to the black by running it through the Xyron. The banners are made using an edge punch, then trimming at equal intervals.
Card and Envelope
     The patterned paper you are looking at is from the scrap pile of "Boo Crew", an earlier project. If you look at the previous project, you will notice that I die cut stars from it. Well . . . . . . . . this is the scrap of paper with the stars cut from it.
Inside of Card

Materials List:
     Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye - Spooked Stars, Spooked Stripes
     Card Stock: Bazzill - Papaya Puree
                                   Sugar Wafer
     Stamps: Burniston - Halloween
                  Stampabilities - Halloween
     Dies: Burniston - Halloween Scene #1014
             Spellbinders - Standard Circles Large
                                 Petite Scalloped Circles Large
     Punch: Martha Stewart - Diamond Star
     Ink: Momento - Tuxedo Black
     Embossing Powder - Black


Saturday, October 21, 2017

Pumpkin Shape Card

     I decided to try something a little different with this sketch. How would it look if all of the sketch elements were placed on a shape card? Here is the sketch from Sketch N Scrap for the World Card Making event. 

WCMD 2017 Sketch #3
      As you can see, I did twist the rectangle a bit and added some bling. I used one sheet of Moxie: Autumn Glory paper. It had a distress look with a collage of flower and swirls in the corner. I don't think this is the sheet of paper a card maker usually grabs. Not only did I use this paper for the pumpkin, but I also stamped the sunflower and "Happy Fall" onto it as well. The mat behind the sentiment is a quasi-solid that was the reverse side of the paper. The strip of leaves - well that was the border at the bottom of the sheet. (BTW: I haven't used the prefix quasi- for quite some time. I double checked the meaning and spelling to make sure I was using it correctly. It means almost.)

     For the inside of the card, I used the corner of the patterned paper. I feel like I used this sheet of paper to the max. There was barely any left.

Inside of Card

Materials List:
     Patterned Paper: Moxie - Autumn Glory
     Card Stock: Bazzill - Malt Ball
                       WeR - Bewitched Goblin  
     Stamps: Gina K - Give Thanks
                               Pressed Flowers 2 (coordinating dies)
                               Year of Flowers 2
     Dies: Stamps of Life - Pumpkin Fold It
             Spellbinders - Standard Circles Large
     Ink: Momento - Rich Cocoa
           Gina K - Dark Chocolate
     Embellies - 7 green gems
                     Gold Sakura Gel Pen


Sunday, October 8, 2017

Owl in the Oak

     Here is a fun fall birthday card using a Sketch N Scrap Fall Fun Crop sketch. Make your own card and enter it by downloading a picture of your card under this sketch. Click here to find just the right place to put it.

Sketch #2
     I used my Copics to color this wise owl and then mounted him on a circle mat. I dug out the Die-namics Blueprint #18 again (You'd think I would have had enough of that die when I made 6 cards using it last month.) to make a background with a diagonal cut.
Card and Envelope
     I love coloring these acorns using E27 on the top and W5 on the bottom. I then take the colorless blender (0) to make a plaid-like pattern on the top of the acorn.
Inside of Card
     I colored two owls in case one wasn't good enough to put on the card. The second one turned out OK. I hated to waste him, so I put him on the back of the card.

Back of Card

Materials List:
     Patterned Paper: Gina K - The Simple Things
     Card Stock: Gina K - Ivory
                                    Dark Chocolate  
     Stamps: Gina K - Give Thanks w/ coordinating dies
                               Wise Old Owl w/ coordinating dies
                               Stitched Leaves w/ coordinating dies
                               Genevieve Giraffe
     Ink: Gina K - Grass Green, Fresh Asparagus
                               Honey Mustard, Tomato Soup
                               Dark Chocolate
                  Momento - Rich Cocoa
     Die: Die-namics - Blueprint #18
     Punch: ek - Fall Leaf
     Embellies: Green Twine
                    Gold Sakura Gel Pen
                    Wooden Dot
     Copics: Owl E31, 33, 35, YR27. E47, 49. C0, 1, 3. 
                Acorn E27, Blender Pen. W5


Crafty Addicts - Autumn Colors - #46 - *
Creative Friday - Dies & Punches - #38 - *
Gem of a Challenge - Birthday Card - #61 - *

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Christmas Magic

     I made this card using the scraps from Dreaming of Snow. It is basically a card on top of a card. When you untie the bow a gift card holder is revealed. 

Materials List:
     Patterned Paper: PhotoPlay - Festive
     Card Stock: My Colors - Dark Molasses
                                        Dare Devil                                    
     Dies: Elizabeth Craft Designs - Hardware I - Hinges
             Burniston & Riley - Word Set 3 - Holiday #1022
                                         Snowman #1017
                                         Gift Card Label #1019
     Embellies: White Ribbon
                    2 Red Brads

Monday, October 2, 2017

The Boo Crew

     I love this sketch. You have all month to try it out, post it to the Sketch N Scrap blog, and then be entered for a prize.

Sketch #138

     I had a stack of Halloween pictures of my grandchildren in their costumes. I decided to use Karen Burniston's new Halloween dies and some treasured patterned paper to document them. Midnight the Bat - which includes the small bat - is one of Karen's older dies. The rest of the elements in the Halloween scene are from her new release.

     Some of the fun tidbits are:
  • Title - I used my Cameo Silhouette to make this. The neat thing is that the "Boo!" is the die cut directly from the Big Shot. With the Silhouette PixScan Mat, I was able to make it fit onto the mats perfectly.
  • Stars - The stars are die cut from the "Spooky Stars" patterned paper. 
  • House - The die has a stencil feature. I was able to sponge over the die to get the bricks on the house. I elected to tear the shutters to give a haunted look.
  • Patterned Paper - My fave part about this entire layout is the paper. There used to be a scrapbook outlet store in Destin, Florida. We vacation there every year and I looked forward to visiting this store. As of 2 years ago, it is no longer there. I got 5 sheets of this collection several years back and every time I pulled it out, I didn't want to cut into it to make one card. For this layout I used almost all of it. I used the scraps to create a Halloween card that I will be posting October 28.

The Tag
     I know that I warned my Sketch N Scrap friends that I would be boring them with pics of my grandchildren. I was definitely right about that!!!

Materials List:
     Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye - Spooked Circles, Spooked Stars, Spooked Stripes
     Card Stock: Bazzill - Papaya Puree
                                  Sugar Wafer
     Dies: Burniston & Riley - House & Fence Pop Up #1015
                                         Halloween Scene  #1014
                                         Halloween Elements #1013
                                         Snowman Twist Circle #1012
             Elizabeth Craft Designs (Burniston) - Midnight the Bat #1203
             Die-namics - Blueprint #18
     Punch: Martha Stewart - Ooze
     Silhouette Font: Bubble and Brew
     Embellies: Gray Twine
                    Silver Eyelet

Delicious Doodles Challenge - Halloween Scary/Cute - #6 - *
Pixie's Crafty Workshop Challenge - #301-2 - Snippets - #15 - *
Scrap From Your Heart - Halloween - #1 - *

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Dreaming of Snow

     For this layout, I used a sketch from Let's Scrap Sketches. I've had it finished for a while, but I forgot to enter it and the deadline was yesterday. I'll just blog about it anyway.

     I was planning to put a huge snowman head in the lower left corner with the snowman tipping his hat, but he just didn't look that great without his hat on. I ended up making my own Silhouette cutout of a snowman for this layout. 

The snow globe is a a combination of two purchased Silhouette files. I used Karen Burniston's new snowman die inside the globe.

The hat and scarf on the title are from an old Elizabeth Craft Designs die. 

The mittens are from Stamps of Life. 

Left Page

Right Page

Materials List:
     Patterned Paper: PhotoPlay - Festive
     Card Stock: My Colors - Snowbound
                                        Dare Devil
                                        Dark Molasses
     Dies: Burniston & Riley - Snowman #1017
             Cheery Lynn - Snowflake Set
             Elizabeth Craft Designs - Snowman #929
             Spellbinders - Standard Circles Large
                                 Petite Scalloped Circles Large
             Stamps of Life - Mittens2Stamp                                      
     Punch: Ek - Snowflake Edge Punch
     Silhouette Files: - Lori Whitlock - Dancing is Like Dancing
                              Sarah Hurley - Dreaming of a White Christmas
                              Samantha Walker - Card Snowman Snow Globe
                              Miss Kates Cuttables - Snowman Snow Globe
                              Sandi Idleman - Polka Dot Alphabet
     Embellies: Clear Rhinestones
                    Screw Brad

The Cat's Pajamas Challenge - Fall or Winter - # - October 2

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Spooky Kitty

     One of my favorite things to do is to watch "Watercolor Wednesday" videos from Artistic Impressions and follow along as Bonnie turns stamping into pieces that resemble original watercolor paintings. This project was inspired by the "Evening Scene" that can be found on YouTube.
     After Hurricane Harvey left us, we had a few days of cooler weather. This was the perfect time for venturing outside. Normally southern Texas weather is extremely hot this time of year. 

     The best thing about the watercolor projects is that all of the items needed fit into a shoe box. Watercolor Wednesday and Zentangle are my favorite things to do when traveling for this very reason. Anyway I grabbed that shoe box, my IPad and set up shop on the back patio (with the love bugs and mosquitoes). You'll notice in my picture there are two lapdogs. The tan and white one is my dog Riley. The blue one on my lap is a handy Lapdog Craft Tray that I received for Christmas 2 years ago. It is amazing for working away from the craft room.

Card & Envelope
      When I complete the Watercolor Wednesday projects, I always feel so successful. I immediately wanted to frame it. I used an Elizabeth Craft die set to highlight my work and constructed a flower for the corner.

Inside of Card
     The inside of the card is made from the pieces that were left over from the front. I was going to do a bit more of the watercolor stamping, but while I was at the Scrappn' Savvy yesterday I saw this cute little "Pumpkin Scene" die set and thought it would be good for the inside of the card.
     Finally, I stamped another kitty on the envelope and added some teeny tiny grass.  

Materials List:
     Card Stock: Bazzill -Forget Me Not
                       Gina K - Edible Eggplant
                       Watercolor Paper   
     Stamps: Artistic Impressions - Tree Set
                                                 Foliage Set 2
                                                 Tuscan Village
                                                 Foliage Set 1
                                                 Cats Set
                  Burniston - Halloween
     Markers: Marvy - Black, Violet, Sepia, African Violet
     Ink: Stampin Up - Elegant Eggplant
     Die: Elizabeth Craft Designs - Fitted Frames Rectangle - Lace
            Rococo - Pumpkin Scene
     Embellies: Mark Richards - Crystal Stickers (10mm Purple)
                    Michaels - Flowers - Melodies & Lace

Monday, September 18, 2017

Sleeping Baby

     A friend of mine is going to be a grandma again. This inspired me to make a baby boy card. With this card I am playing along at the Back to School Crop. You can join in as well. Cards are not due until the end of the month. Just download a pic of your card under this sketch on the Back to School Crop page on Facebook.

Sketch 86
     The stamp for this card is 1/3 of the Lili of the Valley "Baby Trio" stamp set. 

Card & Envelope
      I made the mistake of coloring the image before choosing my paper, so I had to stamp and color again. Rookie mistake - lol. 

      I framed the baby with a scalloped mat, then pop dotted it to a homemade tag. I ended up turning the tag upside down, because I liked the way the diagonal at the tag top looked next to diagonally placed wooden letters.
     You will notice in the materials list that I used some Christmas paper. You might wonder where this Christmas paper is. The answer is the turquoise matting is the back of a countdown to Christmas paper. I got a package of 25 sheets of it at Tuesday morning and placed on the pile of turquoise solid card stock. I am officially down to 6 pieces left - yes, I walked across the room to take inventory.

Inside of Card

     The inside of the card is made with scraps left on the table. How about that Joe Houldsworth quote? Couldn't have asked for a better sentiment: "the ONLY thing worth stealing is a kiss from a sleeping child". I decided to look this bloke up and see who is making these wonderful quotes about babies. It seems that he is from Australia (if I have the right gentleman) and this is the ONLY quote of his that I could find with a google search. Interesting!!!

Materials List:
     Patterned Paper: Dear Lizzy - Christmas Winter Wish
                              Studio Calico - Storytime
     Card Stock: Bazzill - Honeycomb
     Stamps: Lili of the Valley - Baby Trio
                  Fiskars - Precious Baby Quotes I
     Die: Spellbinders - Standard Circles Large
                                Petite Scalloped Circles Large
            Elizabeth Craft Designs - Tags & More 5 (Sunburst)
            Impression Obsession - Circle Baby Cutout Set
     Copics: E50, 51, 53. R20. BG10, 23, 32. C00, 0, 1. Y23, 26, 28. R32.
     Embellies: Doodlebug Boutique Brads (Bumblebee)
                    Wood Veneer Letters


Crafty Calendar Challenge - Kids/Babies - #41 - *
Cutie Pie Challenge - Cute Image - #23 - *