Wednesday, August 17, 2011


I'm so excited to share that I've been selected for the
Fabulous Friday Design Team at Frosted Designs!

Each Friday they have a challenge to make a card, layout or project that uses the supplies you already have. They also offer a sketch challenge every other Tuesday, and they have awesome prizes from a huge variety of sponsors!

I'm so looking forward to designing for them and hope you will all join in the fun!

Friday, August 12, 2011

We are His - Mixed Media

8"x10" on canvas (click photos to enlarge)

Thursday, August 11, 2011

August 12th - 33 years!

Today Bruce and I celebrate our 33rd Wedding Anniversary!
Here is a page I created in my art journal to celebrate!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Practical Scrappers Blog Hop Winners

I used to pick my Blog Hop Winners! Since I wanted two winners, I told the random sequence generator to give me two columns. The first number in each column are the winning comments.
Here are the results:

Random Sequence Generator

Here is your sequence:
10  15
12   3
20  21
13   4
28  30
24  14
23  18
 8   2
16   9
29   1
 5   7
 6  17
25  26
11  27
22  19
Timestamp: 2011-08-10 23:23:31 UTC

There were 30 comments on the Hop post and chose # 10 and # 15. 
#10 is Lori Apgar and #15 is Laughing Sunshine Creations.
Congratulations ladies and thanks to all of you for participating in the Practical Scrappers Blog Hop, for commenting, and for joining my blog! I will be visiting each of your blogs and hope you will continue to visit my blog as well as the Practical Scrappers blog.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Fun Playground

I just love these pictures of Quinn and the perfect sketch and challenge came up to inspire me to scrap them!

Here is the sketch from Practical Scrappers:
Come play along with us at Practical Scrappers, create a layout with this sketch and link it up here!

Here is the inspiration piece from Get Picky:

Product list:
Today I am patting myself on the back for scrapping my stash - this background paper is by Little Yellow Bicycle and is copyrighted 2008! I picked up these gorgeous stitched felt flowers by Recollections off the clearance rack at Michaels for $1.59 - they are the only new item on my layout, everything else is old, old, old! I think these flowers are so beautiful, I didn't feel the need to add anything but a pearl to the center's of them. I made the stems with paper from my scraps and a Sizzlits Die. Tags and Butterfly rub-ons: K & Co.; Chipboard letters: Crate Paper; Foam letters: Creatology; Mini letters: Kaiser Craft; Pearls: Recollections; Distress Ink: Tim Holtz.

Thanks for looking, I appreciate your comments!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Distress Ink Butterfly

Today I want to share a page from my art journal with you because I am so happy with how these butterflies turned out. The coloring technique is super fun and easy! I am entering this page in the Fabulous Friday Coloring Challenge at Frosted Designs this week.

Here is a close up of the butterflies:

Here are the products I used:

You simply lay the color directly on to the rubber stamp from the Distress Ink bottle (it has a felt applicator) then spritz the rubber stamp with water and stamp it! I have always loved the Tim Holtz Distress Inks in the pads and use them on every project I create. Now they come in these nifty bottles and I am having a blast playing with them. The colors are amazing!

Thanks for looking, I appreciate your comments!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Jakey - Super Star!

Greetings! If you are looking for the Practical Scrappers Blog Hop, please click HERE!

Look at Jacob having fun all fancied up for the baby parade on Pennridge Community Day. His mom (my daughter Robin) did an awesome job decorating his wagon and they won First Place!

I used this sketch and entered the challenge at Sketchy Thursday's this week. I am also entering the challenge to use at least four circles on your layout at The Paper Variety

I wish I could find a challenge for using product from the most different manufacturer's - wait 'till you see my supply list! I used product from TWELVE different manufacturer's!!

Those of you who know me know that I really don't like "bling" and rarely use it but, these rhinestone stars by Recollections were on the clearance rack for 49 cents so I picked them up also - they look cute! Notice that behind these stars I made white dots on the dark blue paper. I used a Martha Stewart dot stamp and white ink. I think it looks pretty and helps the stars stand out.

Here's my extensive product list!
Blue Base Paper: My Minds Eye; Red Paper: Pink Paislee; Flag Paper: Unknown; Shaped Paper: BoBunny; Rhinestone Stars: Recollections; Embellishments: Making Memories; "Super Star" Rub-Ons: Making Memories; Yellow Circle border: Pink Paislee; "ST":Kaiser Craft; "1":American Crafts Thickers; White dotted background: Martha Stewart Stamp, ColorBox White Ink; Distress Ink: Tim Holtz; Star punch: EK Success.

Shweew! Thanks for looking! I appreciate your comments!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Practical Scrappers Second Anniversary Blog Hop!

Welcome to my playground! If you arrived here from Amyee's blog for the Practical Scrappers Second Anniversary Blog Hop then you've made it to the right place! I am your last stop before returning to the Practical Scrappers Blog. If you didn't arrive from Amyee's blog and would like to participate in the hop then start in the beginning at Christine's blog and I hope you'll stop back! Since this is a second anniversary celebration, you have seen lots of projects having to do with the number two from the awesome designers at Practical Scrappers. 

I have a layout for you featuring two photo's from two generations! I also have two awesome prize packs to give away to two lucky hoppers who become a follower of my blog and comment on two of my posts!

This is an 8x8 layout I created for my son-in-law's 29th birthday, which is this weekend. The photo's are of him when he was 16 months old and of my adorable grand-daughter when she was 16 months old! Don't they look so much alike?!? (Well, except for the red hair which she inherited from my daughter!)

The paper and the owl die cuts are from My Minds Eye Alphabet Soup Girl's collection. Other product includes: letter stickers by Doodlebug Designs, Pink Paislee, and Cosmo Cricket; embroidery floss by DMC; leaf trim by Recollections, twine by The Twinery, and distress ink by Tim Holtz. The brown flourishes are cut with a Sizzlits die on cardstock from my stash.

You are probably seeing double by now, but before you return to the Practical Scrappers blog make sure you get entered to win a giveaway from me! Look through my blog and comment on two of my posts, become a follower here and at Practical Scrappers, and you will be entered to win one of two prizes from me! I will randomly choose the winners on Wednesday, August 10th and announce them here.

Thanks so much for stopping by, now return to Practical Scrappers and let them know you made it all the way through the hop! I hear there's an awesome prize to be won there also!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Kindness and Love

Mixed Media Art on 8x10 canvas 
(click on photos to enlarge)

the back:
Thanks for looking, I appreciate your comments!

Christmas in July at Crafty Steals

Well bloggy friends, I have been MIA for a bit! I've been on vacation and also working on my mixed media art (will post pics later). Now, I've been asked to make a layout for a birthday gift and I know that when I haven't been scrappin' for a while it takes time to "get back in to it".  I've learned that if I go find a challenge to work on it helps to get me motivated and thinking in the right (scrappy) direction. I also know that the first thing I create after a hiatus I'm not very happy with and that is the case with this card. But, because I go into it knowing this, I can chill and be ok with it! 
Anyway - Crafty Steals was having Christmas in July all week and had this sketch challenge:

So I dug out my box-o-Christmas-scraps to play along. Look at this line-up of Santa's reindeer checkin' in on the 'hood to work on their "naughty and nice" lists!

Here is an angle shot so you can see the embossed snowflake background:

First I embossed the card stock using a Stampin' Up roller stamp in a snowflake pattern. I used VersaMark watermark ink and Zing white embossing powder. The houses are all from scraps so I've no idea who the manufacturer's are. The reindeer rub-ons are by Royal & Langnickel. FYI - rub-ons do NOT like embossing powder!

If any of you are looking for some fun and inspiration this week, Practical Scrappers is having their second anniversary. They are celebrating all week with challenges and giveaways. Culminating next weekend with a blog-hop which I'll be part of. Come join us!