Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Jacks Halloween Card



Old rubber stamp images from Stampin' Up!
Assorted card stock scraps, decorative paper from Die Cuts With A View, orange and white bakers twine, scallop edge border punch.

Thanks for looking =)

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Witching You A Happy Halloween Card




Rubber stamp image is an oldie from Stampin' Up!
Decorative background papers are from an old Die Cuts With A View paper stack.
Tag topper paper punch to make my own tag also from Stampin' Up!
Orange organdy ribbon bought in bulk years ago from an online retailer no longer in business.

Thanks for looking =)

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Halloween Tree Card



Another really old stamp set of mine that I have hardly used and put to use to make a Halloween card this year. It was from Stampin' Up!

The background papers are from an old Die Cuts With A View Fall Stack.

Thanks for looking =)

Friday, October 28, 2016

Sanded Embossing Halloween Card



Simple enough to make Halloween card using scraps of card stock and an embossing folder. I lightly sanded the orange with white core card stock after it was embossed.

Thanks for looking =)

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Boo To You Halloween Card



This is such an old card !!! I made several of these years ago, too many actually so a few extras have been hanging around my craft dungeon. I've updated this one a bit. I removed the black raffia hanger that was originally on it, replacing it with narrow grosgrain ribbon. This makes it easier to mail.

I added the had cut stamped banner and brad this year.

I also removed the bat head and reattached it with a dimensional. The bat was hand cut wth paper punches and scissors. The ghost was hand drawn then cut out with scissors.

All rubber stamp images were from Stampin' Up!

Thanks for looking =)

Saturday, October 22, 2016

A Lot of Pink Layout



This is the second 100% digital scrapbook layout I created for the pinks: use a little or a lot challenge at Digitally Sweet Challenges this month.

I used My Memories Suite 7 software to design the digital page.

The background was created by stitching together several sheets of digital papers (5x7 size) by Lozzy's Digi Designs that I won at last months challenge.

The stitching, buttons and pink bow are all commercial use items by Mommyish and Just Jaimee found at www.the-lilypad.com

The heart and rectangles are Shapes in the MMS7 software.

The font used is Scrap Casual.

Thanks for looking =)

Friday, October 21, 2016

A Little Pink Layout



I'm happy to announce that my apple pies layout was a winner at last months Digitally Sweet Challenges! With that honor, I was able to choose three sets of digital papers from Lozzy's Digi Paper Designs (new blog under construction). The grungy background papers on the layout above are from one of the sets I chose , Dark Grunge. This 100% digital layout was created for the current challenge at Digitally Sweet,: use pinks, a little or a lot. This layout uses a little. I will share another tomorrow that uses a lot and more papers from my win :)

I used My Memories Suite 7 software to create this page.

It is easy to import your own paper or elements into the software. This particular page uses the imported background (use the Browse button on the Backgrounds tab to locate a paper or photo elsewhere on your computer). I also imported another of the grunge papers into the rectangle paper shape under the cluster.

The cluster is created by combining various elements in the MMS7 software. The white swirl was also in the software.

I created my own custom banner/flag shape (pretty easy to do within the software), for the journaling.

The photo was changed to black and white, then the pink shirt was brought back in. I thought it would look better on the papers this way rather than a full color photo.

Thanks for looking =)


EDITED TO ADD: November 1st, 2016 My page was chosen as one of the top three !

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Very Beary Christmas Card






I took a break from making Halloween cards
to create a Christmas card for the current challenge,
at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown. 


I thought this Very Beary Christmas set 
(such an old one from Stampin' Up!)
was so cute when I bought it years ago -
initially to use the teddy bear on a rocking horse
image to create birth announcements with !
I still like it and since it hasn't seen much ink,
decided to use it for the challenge. 

The card stock colors are kraft, blushing bride,
 midnight muse and naturals ivory. 

The image was water colored using various inks
from my classic ink pads and a water brush.

I dotted on white craft paint with a toothpick
to create the polka dots. 

Rose red seam binding was fastened behind 
a metal backed pearl brad. 

Real stitching done with my sewing machine 
and distressing along the edges of the pink/kraft plaid piece.

The sentiment panel is attached with dimensionals/pop dots.

Thanks for looking =) 

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Who Are You Digi Kit





Who Are You is a lovely new digital kit
by JMC Designs that is for sale now at 

I created a facebook timeline cover
and a layout as part of the creative team.
More inspiring projects can be seen at


KIT CONTENTS:
48 Accents - 8 Each - Arrows, Flowers, Hearts, Labels, Owls, Tabs, Tags, Wooden Hearts
8 Cardstock 12X12
18 Flair
12 Extra Papers 12X12
5 Frames
8 Journal Cards 4X3
24 Patterned Papers and
54 Unique Elements
Bead Spill, 3 Buttons, Brad, 4 Buttons, 2 Dried Flowers, 8 Flowers, 2 Frames, Greenery,
2 Grunge, 4 Leaves, Owl, 3 Ribbons, Staple, Stitching, 2 Strings, Swirl, Tag, 16 Word Bits



See images of all kit contents at
or






For those of you that may follow my blog:
Yes, things have been a bit quiet here. We took a nearly two week long road trip recently
(one of the photos was used in the above layout). I do have a couple of cards I've been working on to share soon. I may create a few more digi scrap pages with photos from the trip  - or just share the photos themselves !

Happy Fall  and thanks for looking =)

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Thanks For Your Service Card



A quick card I made for another cousin of mine that recently finished serving with the Navy.
Cuttlebug embossing folder background.
Images from amuse studio.

Thanks for looking =) 

Monday, October 3, 2016

Boo-tiful Digi Kit


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A Boo-tiful new Halloween kit by 
is being sold at

Great colors and design elements
can be used for other digi projects as well
Halloween themed projects. 

This is a Bits n Pieces kit,
you can purchase just the parts of 
the kits that you'd like.
They are currently on sale for $1.00 each
through October 7th.









Saturday, October 1, 2016

Gatefold Cupcake Card





The October challenge at 
is now live ! 
This months challenge: 
make a gate fold card and/or 
use the colors in the photo below.










How I made my card:

I embossed the lighter card stock layer on the front
with an embossing folder and die cut machine.
I then brayered coordinating ink over the raised portions.

The lightest layer under the cupcake image
was stamped and heat embossed with a
glittery clear powder.

The cupcake image was stamped and heat embossed
onto silver metallic card stock.
I then stamped it again onto white card stock.
Both pieces were cut out with scissors.

The icing in the cupcake is some old
puffy paint I had in my stash.
I haven't used it in so long,
 it doesn't work like it once did :(

The sprinkles are colored with colored pencils
that I then added crystal clear dimensional liquid accents to.

The candle is water colored.

The top of the cupcake is mounted on pop dots/ dimensionals.

Because the card didn't want to stay closed well,
I tied a piece of silver metallic thread around it,
attaching a small stamped and punched tag.

The inside of the card is finished with a white piece
of card stock that I stamped to match.

Thanks for looking =)


Be sure to visit the rest of the design teams blogs
for inspiring ideas !

Cohenna | Donna | Em | Heather | Jane | Judy 
Karen | Katarina | Katy | Leslie | Linda | Merethe
Michele | Mynn | Paula | Rocky | Rosi | Ruza
Shawna | Shirley | Steph | Sue N. | Susan | Tina | Toni

Faux Antique Mirror Dry Erase Board






I created a vintage mirror dry erase memo board
to share with you this month for the new challenge at
Read on to see how I achieved this look -
and a surprising item I repurposed !

















First things first, the key ingredient to creating this look:
Krylon Looking Glass spray paint. 
It is costly, it is a different type of paint to work with,
it is extremely smelly so work outdoors only
and as in my case, it is nowhere to be found locally.

I bought this can a couple of years ago to create
There was enough paint leftover to create this 
antique mirror. Yes, just enough paint in the can
to create two projects. It goes on in very thin coats so
it requires quite a bit of paint to cover a project. 
NOTE: this is not meant to create a true solid, smooth 
mirror / chrome look project ! Also, you paint on the back side of 
your project. It is not water or food safe
so you want to make projects that will remain dry
and will not be used for food. 









My project started with an old 12 x 16 frame that had seen better days.
It's been in my picture frame stash for several years.
Having worked as a framer oh so long ago, I kind of have
an addiction to frames, mats and the like ;) 

Take the glass out of the frame and thoroughly clean it.
I used a glass cleaning product followed by a final
wipe down with vinegar, buffed dry with a lint free cloth.

The side you are working on will be the back of the mirror
once your project is complete, it is not going to look shiny.

I lightly sprayed the paint across the glass several times.
It did not fully cover the glass. I wanted just a light coat first.

I then lightly sponged black glossy acrylic craft paint with a 
sea sponge (this is something I use for faux painting walls)
in small areas of the glass. Not all over it, just random places.
You want to use a sea sponge, not a regular kitchen type sponge,
so you can get random splotches of paint. 

The next step is to spritz the mirror with a mixture of
50% vinegar and 50% water. This technique too is a matter of 
taste, what you wish to achieve. I did a light mist then carefully dabbed
at it with a damp rag to remove some of the looking glass paint.
Once again, in random areas of the glass, not all over it.
I also added a heavier mist to create a bit bigger "puddles"
then sprayed the Looking Glass paint over it, hoping to create
"rings" around the water drops as they dried. It did work on a couple
of larger drops I sprayed. NOTE: keep the glass laying flat
as you are working on it, unless you want to have runs in the paint.
The vinegar/water solution "eats" away the paint and will
make a drippy, runny mess if you move it around. 




The above photo shows vinegar water droplets. 
You may also be able to see the black splotches from the 
glossy acrylic craft paint I applied with a sea sponge. 

The below photo shows the silver after it has been dabbed away
in places with a damp rag.


I then spray on more layers of the silver paint. 
A couple more spritzes of the vinegar water solution 
then dabbed with the damp rag to remove some paint
in a couple of places and I left it alone to dry. 
It didn't take long since I was working outdoors
on a very hot Midwestern summer day.

I  decided to spray the back with a clear
spray paint to seal the fragile faux antique mirror
paint layers. I was afraid I'd scratch through the layers
(they are so thin!) as I was assembling my project.

A piece of mat board is also on the back of the mirror glass
to help protect it inside the frame. 





The antique mirror is now done, 
time to decorate the old frame a bit.

I had lots of ideas, Some would have been really cute, too: 
repaint it a fun bubblegum pink color (spray paint I already had)
and add black/white polka dot ribbon, flowers, etc.
Crackle paint it, chalk paint it,  
dry brush on metallic paints, etc , etc, etc !
I ended up using it pretty much as is. 

Ribbon, lace, paint, glue on glitter, etc - 
what to do with the icky old canvas insert?








 I decided to make it more time consuming on myself:
I made a faux embossed tin trim !

I measured the width of the channel then trimmed 
some metallic card stock to fit. Luckily I had a 
large piece, 17" in length which was just perfect. 
Because the strips needed to be 17" long,
I had to used a straight edge and Xacto knife to cut them
to the correct width. 



The only embossing folder I had that I felt was suitable ;)
I had to keep running the card stock strip through the 
same portion of the design, lining it up with the previously
embossed section. 


Once I had all of the pieces embossed, I dry brushed on
black acrylic craft paint 

I then laid them out in the channels and carefully trimmed
the inside corner angles to fit.

Heavy duty double stick tape was applied to the back
of the strips. They were then adhered into place. 








That surprising thing I repurposed on this project ?
The bottom half of a travel toothbrush holder
to hold the dry erase marker!



I spray painted it black then brushed on light gray
craft paint along the top edge,
 layering silver metallic over that once dry. 
I wrapped a piece of black grosgrain ribbon around it,
attached it to the back of the frame.

It wouldn't stay up in place so I glued 
a scrap of heavy chipboard on top of the ribbon. 
Works like a charm (for the time being at least !). 





Finished frame attached to the side of a metal
filing cabinet using 3M Command picture hanging strips.
(I edited the photo to add ribbon and flower)

This is a pretty basic, almost masculine looking memo board.
You could certainly decorate it in so many ways, 
make it more girly, match your decor, etc by adding flowers and such. 

By the way, YES, dry erase markers wipe off of glass easily
(I use a Quill brand chisel point marker) !



Thanks for looking ! 



I'm entering my project in the following two challenges: