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!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Ferris Wheel ~ Glitz Design (Color Me Happy Collection)

   I just LOVE color, and what better collection to showcase a rainbow of colors than with Glitz Design's (Color Me Happy Collection)!

   As soon as I saw the mood board this month at Scrap Around the World I was immediately drawn to the colors, and was inspired to drip a rainbow of paint on my page.

   I also drew inspiration from their sketch, because what's a ferris wheel photo without some kind of circle design. Keeping that in mind I hand-stitched a circle with a rainbow of beads to mimic the lights from the ferris wheel.

This is also my entry for a few challenges at
 November 5 Ingredients Challenge
2.drops and/or drips - acrylic paints
3.matted paper-I matted my photo with black cardstock that I punched holes in.
4.banner with words
5.frame - After playing with my paints, I cut the chevron frame and placed it on my page,  before adding the gesso with my mini gears template on the left side of the photo.

November Four Categories Challenge for category 1 to use washi tape, with the twist to use it in 2 different ways. I have some under the photo and over it. I also used Fancy Pants Chalk tape to create the banner, and drew the letters on with a white pen. The leftover triangles that I cut from the banner were used to create the arrow pointing to yes, because I love ferris wheels and being up in the air!

Stamping Challenge that I host with the twist of embossed stamping, which I did to all of my flowers and the photo corner. I stamped "enjoy the ride" with black ink on the yellow file sticker that I cut on the bottom right. Here's a closer look at the flowers.

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

@ THE PARK ~ Bo Bunny (Trail Mix Collection)

   After receiving a stack of fabulous photos that my Sister-in-law took of my nephews, I knew that this was the one that I HAD to scrap, especially when I saw how perfect it looks with Bo Bunny's Trail Mix Collection.

   I was inspired by this sketch from last month's sketch challenge at I just replaced the hearts with circles, but will probably use this again with the hearts, because I think it would make a beautiful wedding or Valentines page.

   The background gears were masked with Distress Inks (peeled paint and gathered twigs). The helm was cut with my Cricut Expression (Life is a beach cartridge), and inked with gathered twigs. I painted the "@" in the title with a cream acrylic paint to match the paper it's on. The dragonflies were stamped, cut out, and inked.

  After cutting out all of the circles, I machine stitched over them, and created a net like the one on the bridge in the photo. The curvy, uneven stitch lines make this my example with the twist, for the Sewing Challenge that I host @ After all the sewing was done, I glued rope around the the circles.I finished up the page with a leaf and some buttons. Here's a closer look at the stitching on the bottom.

   I hope you're all having a great weekend! I'm getting ready to start on my next page.Thanks for stopping by!