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!