Thursday, December 26, 2013

Christmas Cards

I hope everyone had a great Christmas! I know I did! I just wanted to share a couple of cards that I made for the season.

I used this tutorial to make the tree. I misted the background and stamped the bricks.

I also stamped all of the snowflakes on this next card.

I was inspired by this sketch #5 used for the December Card Sketch Challenge @

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Winter White & Gold Flower Tutorial

Season's Greetings!! Somehow, in between wrapping presents, shopping, and everything else,  I managed to create this page that's very dear to my heart.

I was instantly inspired by this GORGEOUS sketch from Alda for Mojo Monday @ Flying Unicorn!

I started by using some old vintage sheet music, which I tore and then painted the edges gold. I masked the tree onto it using Glimmer Mists (Forest Green and Snowy Pine). Then I used gesso to make the dots, applying Diamond Dust to them while they were still wet. I finally used my new Martha Stewart snowflake and flourish border punch set, which I  made sparkle by spraying some Glimmer Mist (Dazzling Diamond) on it. I also punched the green pp and around the big doily for the Punch Fun Challenge @, where we also had to use 2 or more photos and 2 or more lines of journaling. I made a scroll for my journaling and tied it with some gold ribbon.

Here's what it looks like when unrolled.

This is also my entry for the December 4 Categories Challenge @ for category 1, to use doilies. The small gold one was stamped and embossed. 
I got the gold flower awhile ago from Michael's, as well as the greenery and red berries. I made the white flowers and will be showing you how I made the larger one. 

Cricut (Mother's Day Bouquet cartridge), white cardstock, glue, gold paint, pearls or bling for the center, and Glimmer Mists (Iridescent Gold and Dazzling Diamonds).

1. Using flower #7 on the Mother's Day Bouquet cartridge for the Cricut, cut out 2 from white cardstock at 2 1/2".  Then cut one out at 2".

2.Use a dropper to splatter on some Glimmer Mist (Iridescent Gold).

3. Paint the edges gold. I did this very sloppy for a more distressed look. 

4.Now curl all of your petals up and over like shown in this photo.

5. Layer and glue your flowers together with your smallest one on top.

6.Now spray your whole flower with Dazzling Diamond Glimmer Mist for some extra shimmer. Then I used these Prima pearls for the center.

Here's the other one that I did using a white half pearl in the center, and surrounding it with smaller gold ones. But I really love the large antique pearl button on the left that I inherited from my Great Grandma Dale.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a wonderful Christmas!!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Woodland Snowflake Tutorial ~ Fotobella DT

I'm so excited to share my first tutorial for Fotobella using Bo bunny's Woodland Winter I want it all bundle! I'm just in LOVE with this collection of GORGEOUS papers and embellies, not to mention the colors!! Perfect with these snow pics of mine.

I started by using some Glimmer Mist (slate) and reninker (antique linen) on the background. Then I used a snowflake stamp. The distressed edges were covered with Gesso. Here's a closer look at the typed journaling, which was one of the ingredients for this month's 5 Ingredients + yours challenge @ The other ingredients were to use the color navy, ribbon, something stamped, and 3 pictures.

To make the snowflakes start by gathering some twigs outside. Using the Woodland Blizzard paper fussy cut out some snowflakes. I decided on this one that I used on the top left of my LO. Then pick another paper and cut out a circle slightly larger than your snowflake. I used Woodland Winter Journal.  Now cover the edges with gesso and glue your snowflake onto it. 

Break your twigs into 6 equal pieces, and cover with Gesso.

Glue the twigs onto your snowflake, using the center design as your guide.

Now find some bling for the center. I used this pearl to mimic a snowball.

Then cut pieces from another snowflake and glue under the circle, in between the twigs. Here's the finished result.

You can get so many different looks just by combining different snowflakes, papers, and gems. Here's the other one that I made.

If you don't have Gesso you could always use white paint. Stickles or Smooch could also work to make your snowflakes sparkle. Just have fun with it!

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Joy ~ Little Yellow Bicycle (Once Upon A Christmas Collection)

Joy is the theme this month at Berry71bleu, so I decided to scrap this old photo of me and my husband on Christmas Eve. I finally broke into my Little Yellow Bicycle (Once Upon a Christmas Collection) that I won from them last year. Lucky me! It really is a beautiful Christmas line!

I got my inspiration from this awesome sketch #104 from Sketchabilities.

I used some Glimmer Mists (Scarlet and Forest Green) to splatter and drip down my page. Then I used my Crafter's Workshop Template (Mini Houndstoooth) with my Distress Inks (Festive Berries, Pine Needles, and Black Soot).I hung the sticker ornaments with some handstitching that I did with silver thread.

I love all of the silver accents that are in this collection, which is the twist  for category 2,  to add silver or gold with red and green for the December Four Categories Challenge @ I made the flowers and leaves from LYB Papercrafting kit. I used silver paint around the edges and then some Smooch and Stickles on top. I also used silver paint around the papers. This is my example for the monthly stamping challenge that I host @, with the twist to use any type of holiday stamp. Here I stamped the North Pole postage in red, but in real life it's straight across the page and not skewed like it is in the photo. I also stamped the reindeer and "magical" in black, and the pine branches were embossed using Ranger Embossing Antiquities in Topiary.

I used vellum tape strips in the background, and vellum for the journaling. Here's a closer look.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Fotobella Sketch Challenge

Happy Holidays! We're so excited to introduce our monthly sketch challenge @ Fotobella.
We would love each and everyone of  you to join in and create your own interpretation of this sketch. Not only do you get to take a time out and just enjoy creating, but you also get a chance to win an I want it all bundle!

Deadline is December 15. Please post your LO on our facebook page, and then come back and comment that you posted it. 

Here's my take using Bo bunny's Woodland Winter I want it all bundle.

I used some gesso on the top left, and then sprinkled it with some buttons and snowflakes in chipboard.

Here's a close up of the journaling.

 Click here to see how the rest of the design team used this great sketch!

Friday, November 29, 2013

Read em and weep

I had a blast playing with my stamps on this page that I made from white cardstock, except for the black matting on the top photo of my Mom and Brother. I used 6 different stamp sets including the title, and used a toilet paper roll to stamp the circles on the bottom.

I was inspired by this awesome sketch #4 used for the Monthly Sketch Challenge @

I tore diagonal strips of paper which were first colored with Distress inks and stamped in different patterns using Jet Black Archival Ink. I also splattered some black soot reinker throughout the page and onto the flowers. Here's a closer look at the journaling and some of the poker chips which were stamped and embossed using Ranger super fine detail black embossing powder.

Thanks for stopping by!

Viva Las Vegas Stamps! DT Tryout

I made a scrappy goal for myself a few years ago to start using my stamps more often, and I'm happy to say I've accomplished that goal. I love stamping on my projects, and even host a monthly stamping challenge at I  had to apply when I saw the DT call for Viva Las Vegas Stamps, and what a huge and awesome selection of rubber stamps that they have. Besides the black cardstock behind the top photo, the rest of this page was made using white cardstock, inks, and stamps. I used 6 different stamps sets including the title, and even used a toilet paper roll to stamp the circles on the bottom.

This next page was also made with black and white cardstock.I stamped, masked, and inked the whole background, and stamped and embossed all of the flowers, except for the white ones. 

For this last page I stamped "enjoy the ride" on the yellow file sticker, and stamped and embossed all of the flowers.

Thanks for looking!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Boca Dam

   Hello scrappers! I'm sure you're all glad that the weekend is finally here. I've been fighting a pretty bad cold, but finally finished up this page that's been sitting on my scrap table all week. I used some old Bo bunny papers (Gypsy, Olivia, and Beautiful life) to scrap these photos of Boca Dam in Truckee, CA.

   I used bonus sketch A from the Monthly Sketch Challenge @

   I made the umbrella from the Gypsy paper, adding stickles, bling, and stitching to it. It was so fun to make!

   The background was created with gesso onto kraft paper. I applied it with an old credit card and then used a comb to create the wavy lines. After it dried I used some mists over it (Lindy's Stamp gang ~ Tibetan Poppy Teal, Glimmer Mists ~ bahama blue and it's brown, and Perfect Pearls Mist ~ turquoise). It's kinda hard to tell in the photo, but in real life it's really sparkly and shimmery. I really love the teal/brown color combo, making this my entry for the Nov. 4 Categories Challenge @ for Category 2, to use these colors with the twist of some sparkle.
   I hand stitched the edges and stamped the large flower with the brown button. After stamping the petals, I used Prisma markers to color it in and then used stickles on the darker teal.

Have a fabulous weekend, and thanks for looking!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Bo Bunny ~ Woodland Winter Brrrthday Card

I'm so excited to show you what I've been up to with my very first post as a design team member for I made this card from the fabulous new Woodland Winter I want it all bundle by Bo bunny. I absolutely LOVE this line, and honestly I'm still drooling over it!!

I was inspired by this sketch from Cardabilities. I started by cutting a rectangle 9" x 5" using the reverse side of Woodland Winter Mittens paper. From the reverse side of Woodland Winter Journal paper I cut a piece at 5' X 4 1/2", and distressed all of the edges using my Tim Holtz distresser.

Then I  used some gesso over the edges and immediately added some white glitter to it. I glued the pieces onto this same kraft cardstock that are in these photos, and folded it in half to make a card.

My next idea didn't come out the way I intended it to, but ended up being a happy mistake. I used a doily template on the bottom with a little too much gesso, that you couldn't even see the doily design except for on top, which I knew I would be covering. But because it looks like snow, I think it worked it out OK. As it was still wet I added the snowflake sticker that came in my bundle, and then added more of my white glitter.

Then I cut the diamond shapes out from the Woodland Winter Scarf paper. I inked the edges with some Distress ink (faded denim) and then outlined them with some Stickles (waterfall). I also used the Stickles to make the dots in the centers of the stars.

I wrote on the sticker  frame using a white pen,  and finished it off with the mittens button that I threaded with some white fiber.

Thanks for looking!