Wednesday, August 31, 2011

A Bo Bunny Suprise.....

All month long Bo Bunny has been spot lighting their design team members. As part of the introductions Bo Bunny was also going to give away prizes to a random person that left a comment on each members introduction. So I checked the blog today and OMG.....I won! So right away I sent them my name and address and now I can't wait to see what my prize is. I will be sure to share pictures when it comes!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Busy Bee....

Wow, I can't believe a week has gone by already since my last post. But I have been working hard on some DT layouts, Kit Club & Guest Designer applications. So rest assured I will have lots of new projects to begin posting next week. But for now I will leave you with a peak at one of my DT application layouts . . . .

Stay tuned for more sneaks this week as I work like crazy to get everything done!


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

You Hold The Key To My Heart

So here is the layout I created on Sunday using the Timepiece Collection by Bo Bunny.

I decided I wanted to do a layout of just my DH and I and I love this collection by Bo Bunny. I am totally thrilled with how it came out. These are probably three of my most favorite pictures of us together. #1 was at a Chicago Bears football game in Chicago. #2 was a random shot of us taken by a friend while over visiting them. #3 was taken in Aruba on a family vacation.

On this layout I did a lot of layering, distressing, and inked the edges on like everything! I also cut out some shapes from the paper and used them as embellishments. I also got a little bling happy cause this is the most bling I have ever used on a layout before!

I now want to tell you about the flowers.

The flowers are actually homemade out of dryer sheets (yes, the ones you throw in your dryer with your clothes!) I got the idea from a very talented lady named Gabrielle Pollacco. She has a tutorial on her blog on how to do this (
*Note - I did a slight variation from her tutorial though, instead of using alcohol ink in water I used Tim Holtz Adirondack Color Wash and just sprayed the dryer sheets. Just make sure you do this with paper towels or something behind the sheets because the spray will go through. I used Bounce sheets that were unscented and had no coloring.

Thanks for looking,

Products Used:
Patterned Paper: Bo Bunny Timepiece Collection - Unlocked, Stripe & Moments
Tim Holtz Adirondack Color Wash: Espresso & Cranberry
KaiserCraft: Clear Rhinestones Strips & White Pearl Strips


Monday, August 22, 2011

My Weekend

Wow.....what a weekend! I am so blessed to have such a wonderful family and group of friends. On Saturday I celebrated another birthday, but it really started on Thursday evening. Thursday we went out to eat with our nephew Seth and our daughter Kaitlynn. After dinner we stopped by my father-in-laws and he gave me a gift card to Kohls (YEAH!) Then Friday evening my husband took me out for dinner, just the two of us, to our favorite Sushi resturant in Springfield. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Sushi! Saturday morning, yes on my actual birthday, I got up and ran 17 miles. My birthday present to myself! For those that don't know why I did this, it is because I am actually training to run the Nationwide Better Health Columbus Marathon on October 16th! Then we got ready and went over to my mother and stepfather-in-laws house for a birthday dinner from them. She made the most awesome porkchops and my favorite veggie, green beans! Then Sunday I spent most of the day scrapbooking and then helped my husband out in the woods putting up a new treestand and clearing a out brush and setting up trail cameras. I can't wait to go shopping and use my giftcard. I also received a new cricut cartridge from my other in-laws!! So now you now why I have been missing for the past few days. But I promise to be back tomorrow with pictures of the layout I created on Sunday!


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

So You

This is probably one of my most favorite layouts I have done to date, and yes it was a DT project. I used some product that I had never used before, which was lots of fun. I am really getting into trying new techniques and embellishments on my projects. The picture is of my daughter from a couple years ago, but still one of my favorites.
Here are some close-ups of some the detail
I added pearls to the wings on the butterfly that I had cutout and on the top of the cage.
Its a little hard to see but i added strips of pearls around the word paper where it didn't overlap the layer behind it.
And here I cut out one of the doilie shapes from one of the papers and used silver stickles around the edge and then placed another cutout butterfly on top of it trying to create dimension.

Thanks for looking,

Products Used:
Pink Paislee - Butterfly Garden
Patterned Paper - Flower Blooms, Dragonflies, Butterfly Wings, Dew Drops, Botanical Gardens
Prima - Summer Carnation Lemon
Thickers Alphabet

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Its A Fiesta! (on cards)

Since I just started this blog at the beginning of the month I am taking this opportunity to post some of my older DT projects in with the more recent ones. Can't believe it has already been a year since I started on the DT at The Scrapbook Outlet. I feel so blessed and privileged to have been selected and have enjoyed every minute of it! I love how they rotate us through the different project styles because it keeps us from getting tired of doing one thing. We rotate through cards, layout, paper craft, and altered item.

So of course this is another past DT project where I had to make cards using the Fiesta Collection from We R Memory Keepers.

I had fun playing around with the paper to create these cards. I just love the bright colors.

Thanks for looking,

Products Used:
We R Memory Keepers - Fiesta Collection
-Hola 12x12 patterned paper
-Salsa 12x12 patterned paper
-Rica 12x12 patterned paper
-Bonita 12x12 patterned paper
-Mi Familia tag
-Embossed Stickers

Monday, August 15, 2011

Easter Eggs

Here is another DT project from earlier this year. I was given two paper mache eggs and paper from the Happy Go Lucky collection from Pebbles. At first I was kind of like "you have to be kidding right?" But they were serious and so I knew I had my work cut out for me. So I took my kit home and showed it to my wonderful husband and it was actually him that came up with the beginning attack plan (gotta love a supportive husband!)

The egg!

So I took each egg and using a pencil I divided them into quarters and then each quarter into smaller even sized sections.  I then took a piece of vellum and laid it over the egg and traced a copy of one of the individual sections.  I then cut out the piece of vellum.  I then used that piece of vellum to lay onto the pattern paper as my template.  I traced as many sections as I needed for each egg and then cut them out.  The eggs are actually two different sizes.  Iwasn't too worried about the size of paper being exact because I knew I was going to cover the seams.  To give it a little texture I actually crinkled up the paper before adhering it to the eggs.  I used Mod Podge glue to secure the paper to the egg.

Thanks for looking,

Products Used: 
Pebbles - Happy Go Lucky
-Chirpy Varnish 12x12 patterned paper
-Splendid 12x12 patterned paper
-Glitter Flower Brads

Glitter Glue
KaiserCraft Bling
Silver Cord (StampinUp)

Friday, August 12, 2011


This is actually a layout I did for myself! Last fall my daughter took a photography class at college and one evening while her grandparents were over she and her grandmother were out in the yard taking some pictures trying to learn how to use the different features on her camera. She had to take pictures for class using different speeds and apertures. I couldn't resist capturing the moment myself of the two of them together.

I finally got use the Prima bling that I bought months ago and was waiting for just the right layout to use it on. I added some additional bling just for some contrast. The flowers are Prima and the film strip is from Tim Holtz. The title is done with Thickers in black glitter.

Thanks for looking,

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Once Upon A Springtime - Cards

This was a DT project from a few months back (can't remember the actual month - getting old and forgetful!) I was given product from the Once Upon A Springtime collection from Graphic45 and some Petaloo flowers. Cards always seem to take me awhile to come up with ideas for and these were no exception. But once I got started they came together quickly.

For this card I cut out one of the postcards and distressed the edges. The flowers where white so I used distress ink and inked them to match.

Added some glitter glue to the petals of these homemade flowers to make them sparkle.

The edges of the petals on this flower were inked with a green distress ink. I thought it looked a little plain by itself so I cut out one the pixie's (?) and added it. I also used some of the glitter glue on the center of the flower and the pixie. The button was from my collection that I got from my grandmother.

Thanks for looking,

Products Used:
Graph45 - Once Upon a Springtime
-Fairy Folk 12x12 patterned paper
-Butterfly Kisses 12x12 patterned paper
-Woodland Fantasy 12x12 patterned paper

-Rhinestone Strip Clear
-Pearl Strip

Petaloo Flowers

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

School Days

For a long time I had wanted to make something to hold all of my kids school pictures through the years, but I was never a fan of the oval mat frame. So when 7Gypsies came out with these awesome painter trays I was so excited. Since we have a large senior photo of our daughter on the wall I thought I would use her kindergarten through eleventh grade pictures. This tray hangs right below her senior picture so they are all together on the wall.

I used the Back To School collection by TPC Studio for my supplies. I also choose to print my picture in black in white because I didn't want to have so many competing different colors. Her school colors were blue and white which is why I chose the paper that I did.

I matted each photo on solid blue cardstock that I had inked the edges of with a dark blue ink. I also tend to like things not so centered or squared so I moved my pictures around in each of the boxes instead of just centering them.

And lastly I added some random blue ribbons that I had in my stash to the handle at the top to kind of dress it up a bit. Its amazing to see how she changed over the years. I really enjoyed making this one and can't wait to make one for my son.

Thanks for looking,

Products Used:
TPC Studio - Back To School
-Stripe 12x12 patterned paper
-Ruler Stripe 12x12 patterned paper
-School Days 12x12 patterned paper
-Chipboard Alphabet
-Chipboard Numbers

Dress It Up - Classroom Theme Collection

Friday, August 5, 2011


Here is a layout I completed using a lot of first for me (and won't be the last!) I really like the vintage feel of it. Since I see my parents so little because they live so far away now I wanted to really focus on the faces.  I really liked using both black & white and color pictures in this layout. 

I roughed up the edges of the two inner pieces of paper and then used ink to color their edges. I also used sheer ribbon roses and a summer carnation vine from Prima. I also added some Tim Holts and Jillibean Soup emblishments. I didn't want everything to look so square so that is why the one paper is slightly slanted.

Thanks for looking!

Products Used:
Graphic 45 - Le Romantique
Tender Missives 12x12 paper
My Beloved 12x12 paper
Enamored Embrace 12x12 paper
Jillibean Soup
Green/Quarts Sugar Picks
Tim Holtz
Fanciful Buttons
Summer Carnation - Lemon
Clementine Sheer - Prince

One Of The Family - Reba

This was a layout I did a few months back but thought I would share it. At the time these pictures were taken (2006) Reba was our only dog. She was 2 years old at the time. Reba is a Vizsla (Hungarian all-round pointer-retriever). She is an amazing dog and has become a great running companion for me. These pictures of her came about because we had actually just had family pictures taken at the house with a fall theme. I thought it would be fun to take some of just her.

Thanks for looking,

Basic Grey - Max & Whisker Collection
-Gretchen 12x12 paper
-Bubbles 12x12 paper
-Maybley 12x12 paper
-Mittens 12x12 paper
-Sticker Alphabets
-Die Cut Shapes - Pieces

Tim Holtz
-Mini Paper Clips

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Patterned Paper Wreath

My July DT project was to make a paper craft. I immediately fell in love with the paper, mainly because one of them was yellow! Seeing how yellow is my favorite color I couldn't wait to get started and knew immediately what I wanted to make. I remembered seeing on another blog (twogirlsbeingcrafty) where they had made a paper wreath and I wanted to try making one myself. Thanks so much for the inspiration Tristin & Sharon!

I was given 3 different sheets of double sided patterned paper by Pink Paislee. By using the back side of two of the sheets, I ended up with 5 different patterns. Because I like yellow so much I only used the yellow side of that paper. For my base I used a piece of 12x12 gray cardstock that I cut into a large circle and then cut out the middle. I have also seen this done using a foam wreath, but I used paper since this was for my DT project. 

I cut my paper into 1" x 6" length strips and stapled them to the paper. Its a little difficult to see but I actually drew lines on my gray cardstock to help guide me in placement. After just randomly attaching the strips to begin with I found that I needed lines!

This is just a larger shot to show you the wreath at about the halfway point.  I ended up using 108 strips on my wreath (2 sheets of all 3 papers). I think on the one I make for myself I will space them a little farther apart. After I was done attaching all the strips I decided to make it a little more sturdy so I cut out the same size circle from a piece of cardboard and glued it to the back. Next I attached a piece ribbon to hang it from and it was done!


Products Used:
Pink Paislee Patterned Paper: Daily Junque - Junque; Tickets; News

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

4th of July - Altered Wooden Plate

My DT project for June 2011:
When Lindsey handed me my June DT project packet I was a little worried about what I would make with it. But after thinking about it I came up with an idea I hopped everyone would like. My packet consisted of a 9 1/4" wooden plate, tube of red craft paint, and paper & tag from the We R Memory Keepers Yankee Doodle line.

The first thing I did was paint the plate red. Once the paint dried I applied a coating of Tim Holtz Distress Crackle Paint in Clear Rock Candy to give it a weathered look. Since Crackle Paint can take a while to dry I wanted to get this done early.  Now I was free to work on the rest of the project.

Next I cut a circle out of the Star Doodle Glitter paper and distressed the edges.  I also cut out a strip from the Flag Doodle paper and distressed just the top and bottom edge to match the Star Doodle Glitter paper.  I then stitched the two papers together. Since I thought it was a little plain just attaching the tag, I tried something new and put a couple blotches of the red pain on the paper to kind of outline the tag. I applied stickles to the centers of the start to add some shine. I also cut out a few glittery stars from the left over paper and applied to the rim of the plate. And the last touch was to add some various ribbon to the tag.

I was pleased with the finished project. Thanks for looking!

Products Use:
We R Memory Keepers
Yankee Doodle Star Banner Embossed Tag
Star Doodle Glitter 12x12 Yankee Doodle Paper
Flag Doodle 12x12 Yankee Doodle Paper

Tim Holtz Distress Crackle Paint Clear Rock Candy
Tim Holtz Distress Stickles Brushed Pewter
Americana Red Craft Paint

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

And so it begins.....

Well, this is the official start of my blog (yikes)! I still can't believe that I am doing this. I meant for day one to be on August 1st but life happens and our niece needed help moving into her new apartment at the last minute so off we rushed to helped out.  I have been going back and taking pictures of some of my favorite layouts, cards, and projects and plan to start posting them this evening. Hope you come back soon!