Sunday, February 28, 2016

Sketches in Thyme: Sketch #186

There are lots of great ideas on the Sketches in Thyme blog, so I hope you'll check them out! Here's their Sketch #186 and followed by my layout.

For the background, I used a background stamp (Close To My Heart). Then, I added some "butter" Color Shine spray (Heidi Swapp) on the upper left and lower right corners of the background page. 

The layout features photos taken in Chicago's South Loop, so the bottom border on the page is a sticker of the city's elevated train tracks.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Let's Get Sketchy - February Week 4

Here's the February Week 4 sketch from the Let's Get Sketchy blog!

And, here's my take on the sketch.....

For the background and title, I had some FUN with 
my newly acquired "Color Shine" sprays by Heidi Swapp!

Until next time....HAPPY SCRAPPING!!! 

Sunday, February 21, 2016

SOS: February Sketch +3 Challenge

Here's the February Sketch +3 Challenge from the Scrap Our Stash blog.

For the layout I created based on this sketch, I selected the following for the e's the layout I created based on this sketch. For the +3:

List 1 - Dark Pink
List 2 - Ebony
List 3 - Flair

Hope you enjoy the layout!

Until Next Time....HAPPY SCRAPPING!

Friday, February 19, 2016

Stuck?! February 15th Sketch Challenge

Here's my take on the February 15th sketch from the Stuck?! blog sketch challenge!

Until next time.....Happy Scrapping!!

Let's Get Sketchy - February Week 3

Here's the February Week 3 Sketch from the Let's Get Sketchy blog

This sketch excited me because it gave opportunities to use some of my favorite supplies!

When I saw the circles on the left side of this sketch, I immediately pulled out my favorite circle punches. To create the vertical "stitching" on the sketch, I used my "Sew Easy Stamper" (We R Memory Keepers). The horizontal strips and the vertical triangles were an invitation to dig into my ever-growing collection of scraps!

For the background, I used Metallic Texture Paste (Heidi Swapp) with a stickable stencil (BoBunny). Last but not least, for the small letters in the title, Label Letters (Tim Holtz) worked perfectly. This stack of letter stickers cost less than $3 and there are SO MANY letters -- over 900 in all -- so these will last and last!!

Here's how the finished layout looks! 

Until next time, HAPPY SCRAPPING!


Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Challenge YOUrself #26: One Little Word

For this layout, I decided to try something very different (at least for me)......It's based on Ali Edwards' "One Little Word" and I was inspired by the Challenge YOUrself #26. Please visit the Challege YOUrself blog for more details.

The first part of this challenge required me to choose a word..... Love? Hope? Enjoy? In the end, I decided on "CREATE" because it made me think of so many wonderful things.

On this layout alone, I noted 5 or 6 different things I like to create: friendships, photos, happiness, memories, gardens and art. (To be perfectly honest, I don't really create gardens but I do like the gardens created by my loved ones.)

The other part of this challenge was to include a photo of myself on the page -- I used not 1 but 4 photos of myself! That's quite an accomplishment since many times I'm missing from my scrapbook pages. But, that's part of what the Challenge YOUrself blog is all about! :)

For this page, I was in the mood to make a collage. With that in mind here's how the layout started...just a pile of selected photos and potential embellishments,,,,,, 

With this pile of seemingly random items on my table, I wasn't sure how this was going to work. But, after placing a few of the larger photos, the rest of the collage started to fall together. I'm excited with the way it turned out. Isn't it amazing what "one little word" can inspire? What's your "one little word?"

Saturday, February 13, 2016

City Life

Hello Scrapping and Paper Crafting Friends!

This past week, one day I needed a little "retail therapy" and decided to stop into Michael's on my way home from work. My intention was to get a few stickers for a little "gift" to tuck into a friend's birthday card. But, before I knew it, I was drawn in by the display of Heidi Swapp products.....and....(I'm sure you see where this is going, and you're right).... I have some new items in my stash!

Stencil Minis
Color Shine (mist)
Texture Paste

Couldn't wait to start experimenting with these new "toys".... Hope you enjoy seeing a few pics of my first time use of these new "toys" followed by a layout I made with a couple of the items.

Until next time....Happy Scrapping and Paper Crafting!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Let's Get Sketchy - February Week 2

Here's the February Week 2 Sketch from the Let's Get Sketchy blog! Always in favor of putting more than 1 or 2 photos on a page, I loved the fact this sketch had 3 photo frames. Another thing I liked about it was all the layers in the background. After seeing some of the examples by the LGS design team, I decided to try something new for this background.

First, I got out one of my favorite stickable/removeable templates (from BoBunny) and applied some texture paste (by Ranger) to the background.

After the texture past dried, I stamped on top of the paste. This is the first time I've done this and I liked the results. I plan to try this again in the near future as I'd like to experiment with different background stamps and maybe a lighter color of base paper.

The base paper and chipboard frames are both from "Simple Stories." The paper I've had in my stash for awhile, but the frames were purchased just last week at The Paper Forest in Washington, IL ( Here's how the page turned out! 

Until next time, Happy Scrapping!

Monday, February 8, 2016

BoBunny February Sketch

BoBunny is probably my favorite paper company! While most of my paper stash is all mixed up, I make sure to keep all my BoBunny paper in a special spot -- so I can find it easily.

For this layout, I used the February Sketch from the BoBunny Blog and had a blast with BoBunny Glitter Paste! 

Until next time, HAPPY SCRAPPING!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Scrap Our Stash - February Stash Challenge

The February Stash Challenge on the Scrap Our Stash blog is to draw inspiration from this book cover. I was instantly drawn to the way the animal was holding the title in his antlers, so that inspired my page title. The burst of color in the background was my inspiration to try Color Bursts by Ken Oliver Crafts!

Sometimes, it's fun to try something new. After seeing some samples with Color Bursts by Ken Oliver Crafts, I was ready to see what kind of background I could create for this snow themed page. These powders are pretty easy to use.....
Step 1. 
Sprinkle some powder on your page. 
Absorbent paper like watercolor paper works best, 
and you only need a little bit of powder. 

Step 2. Spritz the paper with water. 

Step 3. Dry paper with a heat tool. (I used my embossing gun).

Here's how the page turned out! Looking forward to doing more with Color Bursts soon! 

Until next time, Happy Scrapping!