Saturday, July 19, 2014

For the Boys Blog Hop: Congrats Graduate!

Hi Everybody! Welcome to the For the Boys Blog Hop! 

We all know how hard it can be to create guy/boy themed projects, so this hop will help you with that! You'll find tons of inspiration for the men and boys in your life!! We've also got GREAT blog candy for those who leave a comment on and follow the participating blogs (see more info below)!

OK! If you came from Alicia's blog, then you're in the right place. If you just happened upon this Blog Hop, make sure to head over to Jenny's blog so that you see the full hop from the very beginning. 


Crafting for the fellas has always been a tough one for me. I love all things pink, frilly, sparkly, flowery etc. and it's hard for me to create anything without those essentials! LOL! But when a friend's son graduated from high school recently I decided to make an extra special manly card for him. I hope I was able to sufficiently dial it down on the frilly and turn up the masculine in my design aesthetic. 

I was inspired to design the outside as well as the inside of the card which is not my norm. But I figured, if I couldn't add all my go-to accents it would make it look more interesting to do more with the inside of the card. Recollections - Regent Street fit the bill as the inspiration for this masterpiece. It has all the manly card stock and designs you can handle in a variety of hues.

Kiwi Lane templates assisted me in varying the pattern and colors. I tried out many curvy styles but felt that straight lines were the best in this case. Using Memento ink I stamped images and sentiments from the Hampton Art Signature collection. Since I just finished the Copic certifications I was compelled to color the cap (and a bit of the sentiment inside the card) and am very happy with the results!

  • DCWV - green square 5 x 5 card
  • Recollections - Regent Street paper pad
  • Kiwi Lane - mini strip set
  • Hampton Art Signature Collection - Graduate stamps
  • Memento - Rich Cocoa ink
  • Copic Markers - B93, B95, B99, 0
  • CTMH - Durables Triangle Studs


Before you go, make sure to leave a comment on and follow the participating blogs to be eligible to win these AMAZING PRIZES! You will have until Monday July 21st to comment and the winners will be announced Wednesday July 23rd.

  • $5 Gift Certificate from Miss Kate Cuttables
  • Size A Stamp Set from Close to My Heart
To sweeten the pot, I've also got some crafty goodies to give to one lucky follower!! 

If you'd like to be entered for a crafty grab bag please follow this blog, my Pinterest and my Facebook fan page. Leave only one comment on this post. Tell me where you've followed me and please say something nice about my work as well. Thanks in advance! Oh, be sure to leave me your user names for blogger, Pinterest and Facebook so I can identify that you are a follower of mine.

Now it's time for you to head over to Gina's blog

Here is the full line up in case you get lost along the way: 

Thanks for hopping by!!



Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Use a Physical or Digital Stamp - Cards Galore Encore Monthly Challenge

Welcome back to another Crafts Galore Encore monthly challenge! July's challenge: make a project using a stamp or digital stamp!

July's sponsor is Fred She Said Designswhich offers a wide variety of digital products with a floral flair and cute characters too - Digi's, Pre-coloured images, Papers, Sets, Fred's Flower Kits, and even digital cutting files. Have some fun with Fred!

Fun indeed, cuz if you win, you'll get a generous prize of $15 credit to spend at the Fred She Said Designs store!!! 

I was given the Emma & Rosey digi which comes with or without the butterflies. The digi comes in a singular image and in a sheet of 4 to print out.  I love choices! The page included 4 images, 2 with butterflies and 2 without. That way I didn't waste any of my special card stock and had a couple of images to practice on before deciding on my coloring implements. 

For the first time I colored a digi using only Wink of Stella brush markers by Zig. Well, I had to use a Copic for the skin but other than that it's Wink of Stella. I decided to go with the butterflies and love how it came out. I did a minimal amount of shading and it was very quick to complete the project that way. Freedom!!!

Here's a slanted view so you can see the unique shimmer Wink of Stella pens create. Now I am going to blow your minds.... guess what? I used a spellbinder's die to cut out the image in my cuttlebug for the first   time! AND.... I added the background (card stock was white) AFTER I colored with the Wink of Stella. "What?" you say?? 

YES I DID. It was a risk. I had no mask. I could've messed up all the effort I put in. But guess what? Wink of Stella dries quickly and doesn't pick up the Distress Ink. I used a dauber to get it on there and a water brush to soften it. In the process of trying to steer clear of my images I created that white halo around the image that makes it look good (by accident) score!! Then I stamped the sentiment full strength in the same Distress Ink used for the sky. This was a time saver for sure. Give it a try!

  • spellbinders die - fleur de lis rectangles (largest rectangle)
  • Copic X-press it blending card
  • Copic E11
  • Zig - Wink of Stella
  • Recollections 100 lb white cardstock
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Stormy Sky, Mowed Lawn
  • The Stamps of Life - Crayons2Stamp "hello"
  • waterbrush
  • bone folder 
  • CutterPillarPro
  • Scotch ATG adhesive

Here's the back view. I simply cut a rectangle of 100 lb Recollection card stock about an inch longer than the card (A2) scored, folded and flattened it so I could adhere it to the back of the card front. Voila! I hope you enjoyed this presentation and will join in on this month's challenge!



Crafting for All Seasons - Whatever the weather 

Crafty Girlz - ATG   

Inky Impressions #165 - ATG 

Crafting by Designs - here comes summer   

Cute Card Thursday #327 - circles 

Brown Sugar Challenges #100 - Color challenge

Creative Fingers #41 - ATG 

Fussy and Fancy Challenge #117 - Summertime 

QKR Stampede #94 - Include a dog 

Wags 'n Whiskers #132 Summer Fun 

JW Scrapshack - #56 In the Garden 

Little Scrap Pieces - Show it off Sat. Linky Party 

Pile it on Challenges #26 - Outdoor Fun 

The Pink Elephant #257 - ATG 

Scrapbook Blessings - ATG/June use a digi 

Cutie Pie Challenge #72 - Cute girls 

Cheerful Stamp Pad #89 - Weekend Activities

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Lawn Fawn Kiwi Lane Christmas '05 Layout

My 9-year old daughter and I got some uninterrupted quality time together to craft this week. I've been planning this project in my mind for years and finally bit the bullet. We are making an album of our Christmases with family over the past 9 years and will add to it each year. My side of the family lives about 6 hours away driving and we only see them a few times a year. Those times are special and we wanted to give this album to them for one of their Christmas gifts.

In the first layout, Zora is just a couple weeks away from turning one year old at her first Christmas. She chose pictures of just her and me and my husband for this one and a second layout to come will feature auntie and grandma sharing in her special moment.

I'm teaching Zora how to design scrapbook pages with designer collections like Lawn Fawn's Peace Joy Love templates by Kiwi Lane. In the process she schooled me on a few techniques! Go figure. Children are so creative. It doesn't matter how many classes I take and certifications I get, she's amazing and keeping me on my toes. I guess you're wondering what she taught me....

I allowed Zora to choose any embellishments she wanted from my Christmas section in my ScrapRack. She chose pine cones and candy canes along with a Jolee's Christmas tree. The pine cones are singular but she said I'm going to make a wreath. I was thinking...what? but look how nicely it came out and accents the page?! I was like go Zora, go Zora, get busy!! (dating myself for real!) But really, it's nice that someone enjoys what I enjoy and that I can share it. Sigh.....

The red cardstock is by Bazzill and the patterned ones are by Lawn Fawn. Kiwi Lane templates Happy Trails and Spook Alley were used. She traced the designed on the back side of the cardstock with a signo white uniball pen and cut it out with Elizabeth craft fussy cut scissors.

The photo mats were cut with the Cricut Expression 2 from the wintertime layout on the Artbooking cart by CTMH. The vellum sticker is by Anna Griffin Yuletide Greetings. The title is made out of K&Company's Christmas themed Chip Box. They are not self-adhesive so she used Zots glue dots and Scotch ATG to adhere them.

The "1st" portion of the title is customizable Thickers by American Crafts. The font is called rainboots. They come in white and the top (and bottom) is a sticker. You can add anything to the top to make it match your project. We decided to go with ultra fine transparent crystal glitter. I cannot remember where the pine cones and candy canes are from. They are with recollections or Jolee's. Another adhesive she used was Xyron 2.5" sticker maker.

I hope you enjoyed this Christmas in June presentation. I'll be sure to share more of the layouts my dear daughter creates as we create "the gift of a lifetime..." (wish I had one of those echo mikes for that phrase - smile!)

La-Vie and Zora


Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Tim Holtz Distress Glitter Birth Announcement Frame

I got crafty this past weekend! I made a birth announcement frame for my son's daycare teacher. I was inspired by the song "Isn't she lovely" - Stevie Wonder.  I also was dying to use this Heidi Swapp frame and the new Tim Holtz Distress glitter. This was a labor of love and a craft of truly epic proportions. The nursery colors are pink and brown. Pink is my favorite color so I was tickled to work on this project. The walls are pink so I though focusing on brown would allow the birth announcement to pop on the wall.

  • Heidi Swapp decorative wooden shadow box frame 13.5" x 11"
  • Recollections - felt bow, bling, sequin bear
  • American crafts - Thickers
  • Adhesives: 3D Galazy Gloss, Hot glue, Glossy Accents, sticky dots by The Paper Studio
  • Ribbon - stash (perhaps from Micheal's)
  • My Mind's Eye - lost and found two polka dot cardstock
  • Basic Grey - "happy day" flair from the Hey Girl collection
  • Tim Holtz - blending tool, Vintage Photo distress ink and distress glitter
  • Buckle Boutique - Dazzling Diamonds (mounted to mat board and cut with Size die)
  • Flowers - pebbles, paper studio - spare parts, prima, jolee's, recollections
  • Copic markers - E37, E18 hand colored pearls in the bottom right corner

I printed the picture at 25% and edited it in PicMonkey to add the birth info and a simple frame. The picture is mounted on two layers of the leftover part from pop dots. I use it all! 

Although it's not my usual style, I took a risk and created a collage with flowers and accents. Some I built by laying with foam tape. The flower in the lower corner was made by my friend Lyne and I added my new fav craft item - dazzling diamonds by Buckle Boutique. My friend and CTMH rep Cardmonkey Jarvis gave me some to play with at Eileen Hull's Paper Trail. Eileen brought mat board and sizzix dies to get our crafty juices going. Thanks ladies!!

Tim Holtz distress glitter is like glass glitter but without the glass (YAY!). It goes on best with a wet glue that dries clear. I tinted the decorative part of the wood with Vintage Photo distress ink first just in case I missed any spots with the glitter. The result is a vintage look with a brilliant shine. Love it!! I also love the depth of the frame. It's perfect for really tall embellishments and for layering to build the perfect scene.

I attached the ribbon to the back with hot glue using plaid hot glue helpers. The best thing that ever happened to me!! I was able to spread the hot glue and press it with the tools and not get burned or make a mess! Woo hoo! I will use hot glue much more often now-a-days!

Well, I hope you enjoyed this post and will let me know what you think!



Sunday, June 1, 2014

Crafts Galore Encore June Challenge - More than one layer

It's JUNE!! Wow, half way through the year already... where has the time gone? It's time for another craft challenge from Cards Galore Encore! This month the challenge is use more than one layer. I started out with this cutie as my inspiration.

Our sponsor is Beccy's Place Digital Designs and this month's prize is one winner will get the choice of 3 digis or 1 digi set.

Here's my card. It's majorly one layer, but I added 3D embellishments to represent the second layer.

I created the background scene with Tim Holtz Distress products - markers, inks and blended with a blending tool and a water brush. I love the new post-it notes that are sticky all over for masking larger  stamped images.

My quick tip for you today is to use a clear Wink of Stella pen to whiten the eyes on your projects and highlight areas like I did with the horn. She is a nymph so I wanted the make sure everyone sees her horn.

  • Toread - Comge stamp set (nymph and sentiment)
  • Neenah solar white - cut to 3 7/8" x 4 1/4"
  • Wink of Stella - clear
  • Copics - 0, C1, C3, C5, C7, C9, E11, E13, E15, N2, R32, YR 04, YR07, YR23
  • American Crafts Galaxy Marker - white
  • Tim Holtz distress marker peeled paint
  • Tim Holtz ink applicator
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Salty Ocean Peacock Feathers, Broken China, Faded Jeans, Evergreen Bough, Mowed Lawn, Forest Moss
  • Memento Tuxedo black ink
  • Post-it note (mask)
  • enamel dots (stash) maybe Queen and Co???
  • Recollections Fun borders - clouds
  • water brush
Come join in on the challenge!!!



Monday, May 26, 2014

Memorial Day Operation Write Home (OWH) Card making parties

In April and May my children and I have been quite busy hosting card making parties for military appreciation month via Operation Write Home. In a nut shell it's a non-profit dedicated to supporting the troops ability to write home on handmade cards made and donated by crafters.

Another aim is to provide AnyHero mail to keep the troops' morale and spirits up during this season in their lives. We focused on AnyHero mail to thank the troops for our freedoms. During three parties we created a total of 150 thank you letters, pictures and coloring pages. Participants were children from just a few months old to 12 years old.

Once I told my daughter about the cause and provided her with coloring pages, she completed several herself, enlisted friends and asked to bring this community service event to her 3rd grade class and her multi-level girl scout troop (daisies, brownies and juniors). Lastly, we presented the idea at my son's day care that educates children newborn to kindergarten through art.

This is my daughter. Operation Write Home suggests pictures without faces to protect the children's identities. So that's why these pics are taken from different angles. We wanted to show the children working on their thank you notes and coloring pages.

There are many organizations that you can work with to support our troops. I hope you are inspired to   get yourself and the children involved in this very needed year-round cause. It was a pleasure to volunteer and share the spirit of community service with the children and I am especially proud of my daughter for seeing the vision and carrying it further.


Sunday, May 18, 2014


Greetings!!!!!!!! I'm back with more haul photos!! If you missed my last haul post check it out here. This time I went to the Scrapbook Expo in Oaks PA April 11-12th. 

I got a FREE ticket from Eric at Paper Wizard and they also gave me this cool shirt!! I used the show special to purchase many titles and elements for my pages. They have the BEST laser cut titles. Some assembly is required but it really gives your pages that wow factor!

I found even more peel off stickers that I had to get at the Stamp On It booth!

I am crazy for shimmer sheets, greeting farm stamps, peel off stickers and I got my fill at the Krazy Kreations booth! I love that they had the newest styles of peel offs like the dragonfly ladies.

I got some cool My Mind's Eye collections, some foil striped washi, stained glass stamps and some bling from Scrap That!

It's Cheaper Than Therapy! had some amazing deals on embossing folders and I came across the Vintaj brand of folders for square cards. I wanted them all but was good and only bought one.

There was a Creative Memories rep there cleaning out her inventory so I decided to grab this Cricut cart. Sports images always are hard to find. My daughter plays lacrosse and most things are boy oriented of that sport. I hope there's something cool on here I can use for coaches gifts etc no matter which sports my kids chose.

Escape scrapbooking has AMAZING deals on stamps (check the price tags!!) and many other items. I posted most of my haul from there in my last post. I also got some obama card stock.

Here are my make 'n takes from Stamp scrap Art tour in May 2013.

I hope you enjoyed my haul and will get yourself some crafty goodies at the nearest craft expo!