Saturday, January 13, 2018

Hello 2018!

Happy New Year! Welcome 2018!

Last year around this time, I shared my 2017 Resolution which was “to use more paper than I purchased.” At first, I tried to keep a running tally of paper used and paper purchases. But, I soon found that hard to keep up with. Instead, I focused on avoiding purchases and digging into my paper stash!

As I reflect on these efforts, I’ve gotta say I kinda met this goal because I definitely curbed my paper purchases. Plus, I consistently used my stash and had a blast using papers that were collected 5, 10 even 15 years ago!

How did you do with your 2017 Resolution? Have you set any new goals for 2018?

My 2018 Resolution is to use the rubber stamps in my stash - especially those that have never been used. Here’s my first effort....

Several years ago, I was “into” anything with gingerbread men. I still love them and decided to finally use a cute gingerbread house stamp set in order to get a head start on this year's Christmas cards, too. Here is a peek at my progress so far....

To add color, I wanted to try watercolor. Did you know you can watercolor with Tim Holtz Distress Inks?! Just dab an ink pad onto an acrylic block to transfer some ink and add a water brush. 

The water coloring is finished so now I just need to decide how to make finishing touches and add a card base! I’ll share these steps in my next post! Stay tuned!

Until next time, happy scrap booking and paper crafting!

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Sketch #301 from Sketches in Thyme


Today, I'm sharing a couple things with you!

First, I recently WON a set of Ken Oliver Color Burst on Facebook! And, I've been having a great time playing with them. Here is a quick peek of some of my efforts created with mist of water and sprinkle of Color Burst! 

Do you have any sets of Color Burst? If you do, I'd LOVE to hear about your favorite techniques. I'm interested in finding more ways to use them!

Next, I'm sharing a layout I created with Sketch #301 from Sketches In Thyme:

Until next time, happy scrap booking and paper crafting!!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Sketches In Thyme - October Week 2 Sketch #296

Here's Sketch #296 from Sketches In Thyme:

Sketches can be as versatile as you make them to be! For this particular sketch, I decided to feature 2 photos (rather than just 1).

The palm tree on this page was created using this "old school" template. I have a decent collection of templates (mostly alphabets) but also shapes and themes like this one.


Until next time, happy scrap booking and paper crafting!

Let's Get Sketchy - October 1st Sketch Challenge

Hello! Today I'm sharing a 2 page fall themed layout featuring recent photos taken at our favorite local corn maze. The right-hand page of the layout was inspired by the October 1st Sketch Challenge from Let's Get Sketchy!

A friend recently cleared some things from her stash including this CUTE scarecrow she acquired a number of years ago. I was thrilled to give him a home on this page! 

Here is the left-hand page followed by the right-hand page.
 I LOVE letter stickers. In this case, I used some "thickers" that my friend also cleared from her stash. There were still plenty of letters left, but I was "short" one letter "R" and had to improvise a little bit. If you look closely, the "r" in "farm" was created by modifying an "n." Be honest, would you have even noticed if I didn't point it out?

Until next time, happy scrap booking and paper crafting!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Stuck?! Sketches - October 1st Sketch Challenge

Today's post features a page created for the October 1st Sketch Challenge from Stuck?! Sketches:

I'm a BIG FAN of paper scraps, paper punches and washi tape! 
I used all of them on this page to help with the embellishments. 

"It's Five O'clock Somewhere" is a phrase we often say in our family. 
So, when a friend gave me this postcard, I knew I wanted to use it on a page! 

Until next time, happy scrap booking and paper crafting!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Stuck?! Sketches - September 15th Sketch Challenge

Hello Friends! 

Today I'm sharing a page created for the September 15th Sketch Challenge at Stuck?! Sketches! 

Last month, I was the lucky random draw winner for the August Stuck?! Sketches blog Challenge. I received this lovely Prize Pack from in the mail!!! THANK YOU so much Stuck?! Sketches and THANK YOU!!!

Couldn't wait to put some of the Prize Pack items to use for the title of this page!

Until next time, happy scrap booking and paper crafting!!!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Two Pages, Two Challenges, One Day Trip

Hello Friends and fellow Scrappers and Paper crafters!

Today, I'm sharing a two page spread with pictures from a late July day trip to our state capital, Springfield, Illinois! On this day, we visited the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum as well as Lincoln Tomb. People from all over the world visit the Lincoln Tomb daily. The impact Lincoln has made on generations is truly sobering.

For these pages, I too inspiration from two sketch is from Sketches In Thyme and Challenge YOUrself!

This is Sketch #291 from Sketches in Thyme:

Here's Challenge #45 from Challenge YOUrself:

For this 2 page spread, I tried to use papers that would lend a patriotic feel while still keeping the focus on the photos. The navy (basket weave) pattern paper is very old and I'm thrilled to finally use it on these pages. This paper helps draw the pages together visually.

We had beautiful weather for this day trip. Sometimes late July in Illinois can mean very hot temps coupled with HUMID conditions. But, we enjoyed beautiful skies and mild temperatures.

Until next time, happy scrap booking and paper crafting!