Wednesday, October 22, 2014

My Mind's Eye Chalkboard Christmas Cards and Stamplistic Envelope Dress-Ups for Operation Write Home

When Operation Write Home sent out an emergency call for Christmas cards for the troops I decided to help. They asked for 5 cards from each supporter. I decided to make chalkboard style cards. Here's what I came up with.

The boxed cards by My Mind's Eye came embellished with a frame on the card front. Using one large stamp I completed this card by heat embossing and adding hot-fix bling.

This would not have been possible if I didn't use the mini mount from Impression Obsession to hold this large clear stamp. The clear block has a handle and is curved to allow for fool proof stamping of any image but especially larger ones.

In this version, I used the other sentiment stamp in the set to create a layer using the same techniques. The layer was then trimmed and added to the front of Recollections 100 lb. cardstock.

On all three cards I applied chalk dust to give it that true chalkboard look. I colored with a large piece of chalk on my palm and rubbed it on the cards as not to disturb the embossing. This version started with a different base card design but using the same stamp. There were 5 cards in all.

  • My Mind's Eye - Chalk Studio boxed card set - 5.5 x 4.25" - 3 different patterns
  • Impression Obsession - Mini Mount
  • Stampin' Up! - Embossing buddy
  • Versamark
  • Stampendous - detail opaque white embossing powder
  • Nicole heat tool
  • Recollections - Christmas sentiment stamps
  • Glamour Glitz Iron on Crystals
  • Kandi - Glitz 'n Go (to heat set the bling)
  • White Chalk
  • Zig: Wink of Stella - brown, pink, green, silver, gold, orange
  • Uniball sign white opaque pen
  • Memento Tuxedo black ink
  • Stamplistic Collection - envelope dress ups - holiday

The fun doesn't stop there!! I decided to embellish the envelopes since the cards were rather simple in their design. It took the situation from nice to spectacular (in my mind at least)! Using the 2 stamp set by Stamplistic Collection - envelope dress ups - holiday I added some festive stamping to all 5 envelopes.

The quickest way to add color and shine is to use Zig Wink of Stella brush tip markers. The key with these is to remove the black ring and throw it away once you get your pen, close it up, shake it well and then squeeze it a tiny bit until a tiny amount of the fluid gets into the pen reservoir. Then let gravity bring the solution down to the tip. If you over squeeze you'll end up with a blog on your project. Ask me how I know.....

In this closeup you can really see the subtle glittery finish of these colored markers.

And here's the group shot! It took me about a half hour to color all 5 since the areas were so tiny. Luckily the Wink of Stella have a really fine brush tip.

I hope you will be inspired to donate handmade cards to charity and to dress up those envelopes! Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, October 20, 2014

2nd Christmas Pocket Scrapbooking Layout

Welcome back to my blog! I'm showcasing the last (for a while) of my 9-year-old daughter's Christmas pocket scrapbooking layouts. She began documenting her 2nd Christmas in rare form! If you're just joining us please check out Zora's first three posts - day 1day 2 and day 3.

Zora used creative journaling and several embellishments to create these pages in her own style. With each layout her personality is emerging more and more. She has less questions for me and is completing them much faster. Mission accomplished!

Here's another example of how to make a custom journaling card using a Christmas tree and snow globe from Jolee's and a snowflake from Recollections. Zora used white cardstock to represent snow with a green background. I love her use of color and pattern.

Thank you to everyone who viewed these posts, left comments and shared comments on FaceBook. It has really encouraged my daughter to keep going and reinforced the idea that she is doing a great job!


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Deck the Halls! Pocket Scrapbooking

Hello there! It's day 3 of the Christmas album reveal. 
If you're just joining us please check out Zora's first two layouts - day 1 and day 2.

Here is the last page of Zora's first Christmas featuring grandma and auntie. In these pictures Zora is in the early stages of walking. I love when children are wobbly but determined to get to steppin'! That toy with the mallet and the balls was one of my daughter's favorites! A lot of noise and fun. Those were the days...

In addition to the Project Life cards and the ones from Paper Studio, Zora created her own card from scratch using can Lawn Fawn cardstock, bling and dimensional embellishments from Jolee's Boutique. I was impressed that she cut out her own snow hills and moon. Awesome, fantastic!

This girl is on fire.... happy happy, joy joy!

If you have children in your life what are some of your fav first Christmas memories?

Thanks for stopping by! Next time I will have 2 more wonderful pages to share from Zora's 2nd Christmas.


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Pocket Scrapbooking for Christmas

Greetings! Continuing from last post here are pages two and three of the Christmas album my darling daughter is creating. If you missed it, please click here to see page 1.

Zora was really getting into it this time around. I think she really got over her 'scrapbooking is hard/boring and time consuming' phase. She found her stride and was able to make decisions a lot quicker.

In the upper left hand corner, she layered a large and small journaling card with a pine cone sticker to create the perfect backdrop for her picture. Next door she combined a clear sticker and chipboard sticker to personalize the journaling card. I love how she was unafraid to layer a sticker on top of the picture to create the desired effect.

On this next page she used her own cute handwriting to title the picture in the top left. That empty journaling block will allow our family to add their memories as well. This really has become a pleasurable experience and I can let her play without much input. It works well for us both.

Do you craft with your kids? What do you usually make?  Inquiring minds want to know!

Thanks for stopping by! Stay tuned for the next installment!


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Our Christmas Holidays Together (Pocket Scrapbooking)

My 9-year-old daughter and I have been working on a special Christmas gift for grandma. We envisioned a Christmas album of all the holidays we have spent together since my children were born. It would be an album we add on to each year.

I was excited to share the art of traditional scrapbooking with my daughter and yada yada. Well after completing our first page (click here to see what she created) she complained how slow the process is and how she wasn't enjoying herself "at all." HEARTBROKEN and sullen I put away all the stuff and tried to come up with a better way.

Then I remembered my hubby bought me a pocket scrapbooking kit from Mambi Me & My Big Ideas for my birthday and I had put it up on the shelf. I had not yet gotten into pocket scrapbooking and wasn't sure how I felt about it. It's fast but is it cheating? Will I enjoy it as much as creating a traditional page? Inquiring minds want to know...

But alas... I figured out a child will definitely respond to pocket scrapbooking. It's fast and there's less decisions to make. No Cricut needed. I already had the ones from Mambi, so I went out and bought various sizes of Christmas and family themed Project Life cards and ones by other companies such as The Paper Studio.

In the beginning Zora created this one page and was EXHAUSTED. I am proud of her for journaling and using her creativity to cut out shapes and layer them to create her own embellishments and such. In the next few posts I will share more of the album as it develops. Whatever we get done by Christmas will be the gift. It's a work in progress. Unbreak my heart... my girl IS a scrapbooker!!

How do you feel about pocket scrapbooking? If you do it, let me know wzup! What do you document  using this type of scrapbooking? Where can I find all the best supplies?


Thursday, October 9, 2014

It's my Haul Y'all - Scrapbook Expo Sept. 2014

I am experimenting with making videos for YouTube. Bare with me as I learn and continue to improve. I'd love it if you follow me on YouTube. Thanks for stopping by!!


Sunday, October 5, 2014

DCWV and Prima Doll 4th Grade Back to School Layout

Today I completed a scrapbook layout of my daughter's first day of school. I was inspired by a Page Maps sketch, a Julie Nutting Prima Dolls stamp and the Die Cuts With A View (DCWV) Edumacation Stack. 

Here's the Prima Doll Copic-colored and styled to match my daughter's American Girl outfit; which in turn matches the outfit her American Girl doll Cecile is wearing.

And here's the whole layout.

  • DCWV - The timeless type stack, The Edumacation Stack
  • Julie Nutting Prima Doll stamp
  • Stamps of Life - branches4flowers
  • Tim Holtz Grid Blocks
  • Copics - 0, 100, C: 1, 3, 5, 7, 9   E: 13, 15 
  • Xyron sticker maker 1" and 2.5"
  • Memento ink - Tangelo, Tuxedo Black, Bahama Blue, Bamboo Leaves
  • Copic Mutliliners - 0.3 black, 0.5 red, 0.5 blue
  • Copic X-press it blending card
  • Scotch ATG
  • Sharpie extra-fine point metallic gold paint pen
  • Martha Stewart scallop dot punch
  • Reminisce Making the Grade - 4th grade and Kindergarten dimensional stickers
  • Mary Engelbreit Scrapbook Stickers by Creative Imaginations - apples, School Days 
  • American Crafts Thickers - Paperback patterned fabric letters stickers
  • Scrapbook Page Maps by Becky Fleck - 12x12 layout: 4 photo sketch 

The first page features 4 patterns of cardstock from DCWV Edumacation stack and a collage of stickers from Creative Imaginations and Reminisce to create a striking title.

The second scrapbook page shows my daughter alongside the Prima Doll and her American Girl doll.     To mimic the tulle flowers on her skirt, I stamped a tiny flower image from The Stamps of Life onto the Prima Doll's skirt. An extra-fine point Sharpie metallic gold paint pen was used to create the necklace.

This is my daughter's last year of elementary school so it's an important year for her. Big girl on campus so to speak... she has many clubs and activities that are now available to her. And this is the first year she can play an instrument. She has chosen the clarinet. I will definitely document all these experiences.

I hope to you enjoyed this presentation! I'd love to hear what you think of my work. Thanks so much!



Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Crafts Galore Encore Trick or Treat? Something Scary? or Something Sweet?

This month at Crafts Galore Encore we're excited to see your Halloween creations! That's right... trick or treat, something scary, or something sweet (for those not into Halloween). Our sponsor Kenny K Downloads will gift two digis of choice to 2 lucky winners! One will be chosen at random and the other chosen based on the content of their entry. 

One lucky winner will also be chosen to receive a Christmas stamp set donated by one of the CGE DT members.

As you can see, I worked with the oh, so cute Trixxie Treat Digi Stamp. It was so fun to color! I might just get myself an outfit like that for Halloween! Holler!! LOL.

  • Hair - C: 1, 3, 5, 7, 9
  • Skin - E: 13, 15, 18
  • Cheeks - R17
  • Lip - R: 29, 59
  • Eyes - E: 13, 15
  • Dress - R: 20, 24, 29
  • Hat - R: 20, 24, 29
  • Leaves - YG: 61, 63, 67
  • Pumpkin - YR: 20, 23   Y: 07, 15
  • Boots C: 3, 5, 7, 9  R: 20, 24, 29 straps black multiliner

I dug into my stash for a black DCWV 5x5" card base and added 3 patterns of halloween paper from my stash (from Joann Fabrics I believe) to create the card front. I finished the card off by adding Trixxie and clear wink of stella pen to her eyes, the ghost and the moon.

Thanks for stopping by!


Challenges TBD

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Stenciled Cami using Prima Marketing Free Spirit

I'm so excited to share my first stenciled cami! I recently watched a video on Prima Marketing's YouTube channel and was inspired to try stenciling on fabric myself. With the Scrapbook Expo coming up and a most creative tee shirt contest arranged by Croppers Delight NYC there was even more reason to create this stenciled cami. Croppers Delight NYC negotiated free and reduced items at many of the booths and you have to show you were part of the group to receive the discounts.

The Free Spirit stencil is 12x12. I used Liquitex Super Heavy Gesso to stencil the image. Then it got interesting... I added my own twist. While wet I sprinkled on Recollections sparkle embossing powder. After allowing it to air dry for some time, I used a heat gun to melt the embossing powder. The glorious sparkly design is amazing! I simply added the group name and my signature and voila!


  • liquitex super heavy gesso
  • Prima Marketing - Bloom Collection by Jaime Dougherty - Free Spirit
  • Tulip stencil spray adhesive (repositionable)
  • Tulip Fabric markers
  • Recollections signature - Sparkle Embossing Powder - Clear silver
  • Nicole Heat tool
  • tee shirt form

Guess who won the contest??? A $25 shopping spree from Mon Ami Gaby??? Me!!!!! I got all kinds of goodies!! Woo hoo!! Here's the owner!

I hope you were inspired!


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

DCWV Amusement Park Scrapbook Layout

As promised I'm back.... with the companion page for my amusement park layout. I created this layout for my nephew's scrapbook with the DCWV Stack-a-holic challenge in mind.

Most of the layout was created using DCWV - My Sunshine Stack. However, a small amount of embellishments are from The Paper Loft - Double-sided die cuts - Summer Shapes, Lawn Fawn Peace Love Joy - sequins and American Crafts ribbon and twine. All the layers were inked with Tim Holtz Distress ink - antique linen using a finger dauber.

For more information on the first page I created, see my last post.

Together they make a great pair of pages about my nephew's ride on the Ferris wheel. After creating the layout I couldn't decide whether to reverse the pages due to the title being on the right hand page. The timeline suggested we waited in line and then we got on the ride so I positioned them this way. However, I think it's a little more pleasing to the eye to see them reversed. 

Here's how they look the other way around. 

Do you see a difference? Which do you like best? Does it matter that the timeline of events is nw backwards or do you just see cute kid faces? I know there's no right or wrong answer. But I am just curious if anyone else goes through these dilemmas. Please leave me a comment with your vote. Thanks for stopping by!



Monday, September 15, 2014

Amusement Park Scrapbook Page - September Guest Designer - Scrapstuffz

Happy Monday!!!

I'm super excited to guest design for the Scrapstuffz "Inspired By" Challenge blog for a 2nd time this month. It's 'double your fun' month so I am back with a project inspired by another photo (see below). It's perfect for those of us (me included) who just don't want to let go of the summer.

I drew my inspiration from the ride itself, the colors, the sparkle of the lights and the straight lines. I created the right hand page of a 2-page layout featuring me, my darling children and my nephew riding the ferris wheel. I love the mix of vibrant and muted colors in the DCWV - My Sunshine Stack. I was able to make my own embellishments from the 2 pages of cut outs in the stack. The tag, the word "curious" and the phrase "I love this" for example.

I set the layers apart by inking the edges with Tim Holtz Distress Ink - antique linen - with a brustix. That allowed me to get into small areas because I did all the inking after the entire layout was completed.  Jolees makes the best titles! I've been waiting to use this one for quite some time. So worth the wait!!! The sequins from Lawn Fawn Peace Love Joy give this page a little extra sparkle. My favorite pen for journaling is Copic Multiliner (0.3 size). Today I used brown to allow the pictures to shine the most rather than the words.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you check out the challenges over at Scrapstuffz "Inspired By" Challenge blog. If you'd like to see the right hand page and the complete layout together pop back here tomorrow. It's been a pleasure to guest design this month!



Wednesday, September 10, 2014

More One-Layer Lunchbox Notes

I'm back with a quick post. I have created some more lunchbox notes for my kiddos using Memento Ink. My youngest could care less... but my oldest appreciates and looks forward to it.

For my son, I created this note with a lot of movement. I used the Masculine Collage stamp set from Hot off the Press. I like that this set is all about the fellas and has many tiny stamps that work well together.

This sunflower was perfect for my daughter. The stamps is from Recollections and the sentiment is from Crayons2Stamp by The Stamps of Life. I experimented with some Copic coloring and even though it didn't come out the way I intended, it was still treasured by my kid. Hey, life is short. I figured obsessing over the wrong things is whack! Spread love and leave perfectionism alone.

Well, I'm off my soap box! Thanks for stopping by! Do you make lunch box notes for your kids? Do you think I should continue to make them for my 5 year old? He doesn't seem to care.... LOL.


Monday, September 8, 2014

Back to School Layout - Sept Guest Designer for Scrapstuffz

Hello! I'm La-Vie Borde-Perry of C'est La-Vie Designs Unlimited, LLC and I'm super excited to guest design for the Scrapstuffz "Inspired By" Challenge blog this month. I hope you'll go over there, leave me a comment and enter the challenge.

It's 'double your fun month' so I created a project based on one of the inspiration photos (see below). 

Yup, it's a back to school moment! I immediately thought of scrapping my son's first day of Kindergarten from last month. 

This is an all-time record! I have NEVER taken photos and scrapped them within a couple of weeks. Oooh-wee!! I feel like a million bucks!!

Besides this photo, I was inspired by a sketch over at Sketch Savvy and the only male Prima Doll by Julie Nutting and he's named Aidan. Well, guess what???? My son's name is Aidan!!! OK, so now you understand why why I HAD to scrap it! The stars aligned so well!

I even used opaque markers to draw in the design on his shirt to match my son's. And I used Copics to draw in the design on his sneakers. I only hope that Julie Nutting offers more males with different hairstyles. I would have loved some curly hair to match my son's.

Here's a close up of each page. A lot of love and affection went into this project.

I think folks are afraid to adorn boy pages. I think the exact opposite. As long as I don't add flowers and frilly stuff I think its A-OK to put that extra love into a layout for my lil man. So much so that I fussy cut those apples on the cardstock strip from DCWV. 

I went old skool on making those bubble letters y'all! Do you see my 8th grade skills coming back? I've still got it!! Reminisce... reminisce...


  • DCWV -
    • The Edumacation Stack - cardstock: yellow star, blue patterned , pencil, chalkboard letters, abc banner, cool school memories tag, brown swirls, red stripe, 1st day of school, blue swirls, picture of me banner with age/date/grade and star, apples,
    • The Timeless Type Stack, beige text cardstock used for the base of the paper doll
  • Core'dinations - cardstock for the blue jeans
  • Bazzill Basics - cardstock for the tee shirt
  • Copic X-Press It Blending card
  • Julie Nutting Prima Doll - Aidan
  • Copic Markers - 100, 0.3 black, green, blue multiliner pens,  
    • Skintone: E 11, 13, 15
    • Sneakers: B05, B99, G09, 
    • Hair: E70, 74, 79, 0.3 brown multiliner
  • Opaque markers to create the graphic tee
    • Signo Uniball Opaque White pen
    • American Crafts - Galaxy Marker: blue, orange
    • Marvy Memories - Opaque Stix: metallic green, DecoColor Memory Liner opaque outlining marker: silver, outline blue
  • Lawn Fawn - Lawn Ornaments - Peace Joy Love mixed sequins - white sequins
  • Little Yellow Bicycle - vellum tape with the numbers on it
  • The Paper Studio - yellow polka dot ribbon, red burlap ribbon, Spare Parts: epoxy brads: A+, red star, 2 +1=3, blue star, green, blue, yellow tiny circle brads on the tag
  • Reminisce - Making the grade die cut dimensional stickers: bus, artist palate, K school pic, glue, crayon, scissors, smiley face, yellow stars, backpack, apple, kindergarten
  • Memento Tuxedo black ink
  • Tim Holtz Grid blocks, Vintage Photo Distress ink
  • Xyron 1" sticker maker
  • Zots glue dots
  • Scotch ATG tape runner
  • Glossy accents on the glasses
I'm so glad to be back in my craft room inspired and creating again. Thanks for stopping by! I look forward to your comments on this one!!! Lay them on me!!



Monday, September 1, 2014

Crafts Galore Encore Monthly Challenge - Make a Card

It's September and that means it's time to reveal this month's Crafts Galore Encore challenge!! This month please make a card and you'll have a chance to win 3 digis OR one digi set of your choice from our sponsor Beccy's Place.

Unfortunately a friend of mine experienced a loss in her family and I needed to make a bereavement card. I thought Beccy's Place digi Spring Magnolia would be a great place to start. So, I printed this digi at normal size on Neenah solar white cardstock and pulled out my Copics to make an A2 sized card.

I haven't colored in a couple of weeks so it was fun to try my hand at this magnolia. I especially enjoyed adding the cast shadows from the petals. I would never even have thought of doing that before taking the Copic certifications. The colors I used (pictured below) are pretty true based on the magnolia images I found on the Internet.

The cardstock is from Stampin' Up and the embossing folder is an Anna Griffin Cuttlebug called Climbing Rose. I thought it accented the colored image well. The stamped sentiment is from The Stamps of Life Sympathy4You set. Memento Tuxedo Black ink is my ink of choice these days.

Here's another look at the focal image which is raised on the card using Sticky Doos 1/8" thick adhesive foam squares by The Paper Studio. At the last min. I decided to grab my wink of stella clear pen to add some subtle shimmer to the magnolia petals. I love the result.

I hope you enjoyed this project and will join in on the challenge. Up to 3 entries per person please.

Good Luck!



Saturday, August 30, 2014

BRAND NEW!! Club La-La Land Crafts September Product Kit

Have you heard that La-La Land Crafts now offers a monthly kit club? I signed up just in time to get the September kit. Here's a video all about it! Please subscribe to my YouTube channel. I will post a video every time I receive a new kit.


Friday, August 29, 2014

Heartfelt Creations - Bella Rose Leaves Canvas

I love a great find! I was milling around TJ Max and found a five pack of canvases on a random clearance table. I figured hey, this will come in handy some day! Well guess what? Today is the day! I'm dipping my toe into mixed media. I needed a daily reminder for my weight loss journey so I chose an appropriate quote and my fav stamp (that I own) by Heartfelt Creations - Bella Rose Leaves.

To achieve this look, I stamped the image in the upper left hand corner with Stazon ink. Then I painted the entire canvas with gesso. When it dried there was a light outline of the stamp showing through the gesso. I used those guidelines to trace the stamped image with Stickles. After about a couple of hours drying time, I used brush stix (chisel and round tips) to add color to the leaves with Tim Holtz distress inks.

I then added the quote in my own handwriting and faux stitching around the edges using a Copic marker. Next, I sponged on distress inks to blend a two-color background. To activate the ink and leave a subtle spotted background, I sprayed on some sheer shimmer spritz by Imagine Crafts. The final touch was some bling of course!

  • Flat canvas 7 1/5 x 5 3/4"
  • Heartfelt Creations - Bella Rose Leaves
  • Gesso
  • Stazon Ink - Forest Green
  • Copic Marker - 100 Black
  • Stickles - Pine
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Forest Moss, Evergreen Bough, Salty Ocean, Broken China, Worn Lipstick
  • Recollections - clear bling
  • Imagine Crafts (Tsukineko) - Psst! Sheer Shimmer Spritz: Sparkle, Brush Stix
  • Nicole Heat tool

Here's a close up of the Heartfelt Creations - Bella Rose Leaves. I think it is a great focal point for my  daily reminder. This stamp is versatile. It can be used alone or with the Bella Rose stamp set and/or the Bella Rose Die set.

Thanks for taking a peek at my latest project. I'd love to hear your opinions on my work and Heartfelt  Creations.