Saturday, December 29, 2012

10 Buttons with Frosted Designs!

On the 10th Day of Christmas.....  BUTTONS - but only 10, as part of the Frosted Designs 12 Days of Christmas Challenge Celebration!  Here is my layout, entitled, "PLAY!"

All 10 of my buttons are red, in various sizes and styles! 
I used Simple Stories Summer Fresh, SEI Washi Tape, Pink Paislee striped paper, Jenni Bowlin journaling card cut into strips, Basic Grey and Recollections brads, and Zots and Tombo adhesives!
Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

8th Day of Christmas @ Frosted Designs

On the 8th Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me.....  I created this layout for the 8th Day of Christmas challenge at Frosted Designs - use 8 different brands/manufacturers - exactly 8! 

Here are the 8 I used:
Simple Stories Summer Fresh line
SEI Washi Tape
Basic Grey brads
Jenni Bowlin journaling spot, ticket and "E"
Echo Park red polka dot paper
My Mind's Eye Lime Twist circle die-cut
Cosmo Cricket white/polka dot paper Get Happy Number 9
Bazzill Basics red cardstock
Happy New Year!

4 Crafty Chicks Challenge # 122: Color Combo

It's me again!  This is my last challenge as a guest designer with 4 Crafty Chicks for the month of December!  Our challenge was to use the provided color combo in a project!  Can you guess the 4 colors?  (Black, gray, white, canary yellow!) 


To create this layout, I used these products & tools:
My Mind's Eye Follow Your Heart Be Amazing Paper & brads
My Mind's Eye Miss Caroline paper
7 Gypsies Avignon paper
Bazzill Basics Lemon Garden embossed cardstock
thickers by American Crafts "rocketeer"
Mon Ami Gabby yellow Crepe Paper
XXL Glue Dots
Quick Quotes Powderpuff Lemonade Chalking ink
Stazon Jet Black ink
metal frame by Close To My Heart
CTMH Paper Shapes flutter butterflies
Apple Barrel Acrylic paint in white
Foam dots
embroidery floss
We R Memory Keepers paper piercer
Prima handheld comfort distressing tool

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Friday, December 21, 2012

Lots of Gold! (10 Yellow Elements!)

5 Golden Rings.....  The 5th Day of Christmas celebration at Frosted Designs is to include 5 or more gold or yellow elements on your project!  I have included yellow printed cardstock, 2 types of yellow ribbon, yellow cardstock matte underneath my photo, yellow flowers, yellow brads, yellow jewels, a yellow BINGO card, yellow stitching, and yellow title foam stickers!  That's 10 yellow elements!!!

Merry Christmas!

4+ Patterned Papers for Frosted Designs!

For the 4th Day of Christmas event at Frosted Designs, the challenge was to use at least 4 different patterned papers!  I love this and do it often, so I was able to use 6 patterned papers, all from My Mind's Eye! 
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Thursday, December 20, 2012

4 Crafty Chicks Challenge #121: Make your own patterned paper

This week at 4 Crafty Chicks Challenge, the assignment was to make your own patterned paper and then create with it!  I'm a guest designer the month of December, and I really enjoyed this challenge!  I love to get messy!
Here is my completed piece of homemade patterned paper!  I used recycled/repurposed things to make my patterns, that otherwise would have been thrown away! 

And here is the layout I created with my new paper!

Here is a look at the recycled materials I used to add the various textures and patterns to my cardstock.
And add a nice big squeeze of white acrylic paint to work with:
Dab that paint all over the bubble surface of the bubblewrap with a sponge.
Place that face down onto your darker cardstock anywhere you like - I chose an angled tilt and off-center.
Next, I sponged white paint all over the foam slats of this little protective cover that Asian Pears come wrapped in, and placed it face down on my cardstock, too!
Try to keep the various items you are placing on the cardstock still, without sliding them, as you will end up with a big white smudge rather than a print/pattern.
Here's how that came out.  You can turn the foam inside-out and you will have the other diorection of the weave pattern.
Next, I added in a shimmery blue acrylic paint to coordinate with my photo.
I sponged that all over one side of the plastic rings that I saved from my son's individual juice bottles (I don't normally buy these, but he was very sick, and he needed the fluids!)

I placed this face down on the paper and pressed firmly!

Next, I sponged the entire corrugated side of this little lightbulb box insert with a mixture of the blue and white paints, and reapeated my face-down press!

I used these products and tools to create this patterned paper & layout:
American Crafts Metropolitan City Park paper
Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint in white
Folkart acrylic paint in Metallic Blue Sapphire
Magic Scraps Felt Die Cut Shapes "All Boy"
Tim Holtz ideo-ology memo pins
Mon Ami Gabby Crepe Paper
XXL Glue Dots
Bazzill Basics Classic Blue & Handsome cardstock
Michaels ribbon
Adorn It font stickers
CTMH distressing ink in brown
thickers vinyl white letters
Old tags, one of which was from a sweater I recently purchased
foam cover from an Asian Pear
Corrugated cardboard insert from a lightbulb box
plastic separating rings from juice bottles for kids
embroidery floss

Sketches in Thyme: Sketch # 97

I'm a guest designer at Sketches in Thyme for Sketch #97!

To create this 2-page layout, I used these products & tools:
Kraft cardstock from Close To My Heart
My Mind's Eye Follolw Your Heart Be Amazing paper & decorative paper clip
Tim Holtz Memo Pins and metal gears
CTMH twill ribbon
Pink Paislee 365 degrees Flip Notes
XXL Glue Dots
Hemp cording used in jewelry making
My Mind's Eye Lost and Found 2 Sunshine Burlap Trim
Basic Grey Brads
CTMH Paper Shapes flutter Butterflies
Here is the left side of the double-page layout!
 This is the right hand page of the double layout!
Below is a detail of the twill ribbon flower I made by twisting and pressing the ribbon onto the super-tacky XXL Glue Dot!  I left a little length and tied on a gear for some masculine charm!
I would love for you to become a follower of my little blog & hop over and participate at Sketches in Thyme!
Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Our Gem: Layout for Frosted Designs

As part of the 12 Days of Christmas event at Frosted Designs, I created this layout for the 1st Day of Christmas Challenge: 1 Bird
I chose to use a tag with an aqua colored bird - it's on the lower right portion of my layout! 
To create this layout, I used these products and supplies:
My Minds Eye Follow Your Heart Collection
Pink Paislee Spring Jubilee Shipping Taga
Jenni Bowlin Mercantile printed Name, Date, Place ticket
Close to My Heart Flutterby Paper Shapes
American Crafts thickers chipboard font
Close to My Heart chipboard buttons
Tim Holtz Metal Timepieces clock parts
Ranger Adirondack Acrylic paint Dabber
Foam Dots
Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 16, 2012


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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Sketches in Thyme: Sketch # 96

I am so excited to be a Guest Designer this week with Sketches in Thyme for Sketch #96!
As much as I love to use as many photos as I can on a layout - because I have so many to scrap - I am equally thrilled to focus a layout around 1 favorite photo!
All of these papers are from the My Mind's Eye Follow Your Heart Collection!
I created the 2 very different "rosettes" with an XXL Glue Dot for each, and torn strips of crepe paper twisted and stuck down for the larger, and strands of baker's twine and burlap twine twisted and coiled around and stuck down! 
I threw in a couple of random clock gears from Tim Holtz I picked up at a convention. I added in a cork tag I have had since 2007, and adhered patterned butterflies from Close To My Heart to it, along with a My Minds Eye bakers twine length or two!
 Next, I added a ticket from Jenni Bowlin and inked it all over.  Another butterfly to tie my clusters together, and a twine rosette I made with an XXL Glue Dot!   I added some simple journaling, a title with puffy thickers, a few brads, and I was done! 

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4 Crafty Chicks Challenge #120: Invitation

Welcome to my Guest Designer sample for 4 Crafty Chicks Challenge #120: Invitations
I chose to create an invitation to a New Years Celebration!
I decided to also embellish a matching envelope, and to create my invitation completely with items I already had in my stash!
I cut a flower shape with the Cricut and the Cherry Limeade cart.  Next, I  popped up our reindeer with foam dots. Ribbon strips were added using the Xyron 150!

I love square cards, so that is what I wanted as my final project result.
The reindeer ansterls and hooves are adorned with Stickles, as well as every-other scallop on the main card.  Alternating scallops are pierced with tiny brads!
I dotted Stickles all around the square cardstock on the tiniest polka dots of the pattern.
I also added Stickles around the edge of my die-cut shape made with the Sizzix machine.
 These 4 strips of green cardstock are the details of my party, and I placed them loosely in the envelope, so they tumble out upon opening!

I used these supplies and tools to create my invitation:
Archivers Yours Truly Chartreuse blank scallop notes & envelopes  (6 years old?)
Scenic Route paper, Grafton, Kennedy Street (4 years old)
My Minds Eye Quite Contrary Little Boy Blue "Little Man Growing Up" (2 yearsold)
Bo Bunny Noteworthy Blitzen reindeer die cut (2 years)
Stickles in Cinnamon (2 years old)
Martha Stewart ribbon (2 years old)
Basic Grey Brads (3 years old)
Stazon Timber Brown Ink (2 years old)
CTMH Playful Lowercase stamp set (5 years old)
Zig journaling pen (1 year old)
Cricut Cherry Limeade cartridge (2 years old)
Sizzix Sizzlets Decorative Label Set #4 (1 year old)
Xyron 150 Sticker Maker (5 years old)
Foam dots
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Thursday, December 6, 2012

4 Crafty Chicks Challenge: #119 Snowmen

I am so blessed to be one of the guest designers for 4 Crafty Chicks for the month of December! 
The challenge #119 for December 6th is Snowmen!  I was thrilled to see this topic, as I live in the mountains of NC, and we do have snow in the winter!
We love a good deep snow, as it lends itself to great snowman building!  Here we are posing with our completed snowman! 
To create this layout, I used these products & tools:
Echo Park WInter Park Paper Collection
DCWV Snowflake Foil Paper
Close To My Heart Spring Iris Cardstock
Cricut Machine & Doodletype Cartridge
October Afternoon Mini Market Gray & Cream font stickers
Creative Impressions Winter Snowflake brads
Recollections Floral Trim rosettes
Silver Stickles
Close To My Heart SnowFriends Stamp set
CTMH Spring Iris ink
Copic Markers  Chrome Orange & Lipstick Red
Prismacolor Walnut marker
American Crafts thickers in Jewel Box
AC & Dear Lizzy Glitter Letter thickers in Bliss
I hope you will join us in this challenge, and become a regular participant at
4 Crafty Chicks!

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Monday, December 3, 2012

Squeeze: A Layout For Frosted Designs

The current Fabulous Friday challenge at Frosted Designs is to use 5 buttons on your project!
I absolutely love, love buttons, and was able to work in 8 buttons as the accents on my three part banner!
I used these supplies & tools to create this layout: 
My Mind's Eye Sunny Day collection
Me and My Big Ideas red foil font letters
American Crafts ribbon in Sunshine
Close To My Heart brads
We R Memory Keepers piercing tool
October Afternoon font stickers
Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Mama's Boy: A Layout for Bird is the Word "Sweet" Challenge

Here is my entry for the Bird Is The Word "Sweet" Challenge:
I just love these photos of me and my sweet Mama's Boy together on the steps to my craft studio.

 I "popped up" scrap strips of paper from the collection, and trimmed individual font stickers in random lengths.
This paper collection by My Mind's Eye Sunny Day, is a sweet collection about summer fun, and frames the photos of me and sweet bug just perfectly! 
Title is in Me and My Big Ideas foil font chipboard stickers
Tiny journaling is in October afternoon font stickers
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