Artisan Finalist Blog Hop — Day 6

2013artisanfinalistAI really hope you’ve been enjoying the blog hop for the ten Artisan Finalists which are not on the design team.  I’ve enjoyed looking at all of the details on the other finalists’ projects.  And I’ve picked up a few tips and techniques along the way.

Today I have another scrapbook page for you.

Artisan Love U2 Scrapbook Page


This one has a picture of my two girls which was taken a few years ago.  That was the best picture day ever for the two of them — lots of spontaneous hand-holding, and genuine, happy smiles.  I will definitely treasure all of the photos I got of them on that day!

To draw the eye to the picture, I used a paint brush and brushed a layer of gesso on the dsp under and above the photo.

Artisan Love U2 Scrapbook Page Close Up 1I used a mix of heart punches and framelits to cut out a bunch of hearts from various dsp collections, and then I used my sewing machine to stitch them down.  I also did some stitching around the edge of the page.

Artisan Love U2 Scrapbook Page Close Up 3For the page title, I die cut the letters from Silver Glimmer paper and placed them on a scalloped heart from the Hearts Collection framelits.  It is actually vellum paper which I misted with a mixture of Melon Mambo re-inker and rubbing alcohol.

Artisan Love U2 Scrapbook Page Close Up 2One of the things that I love about scrapbooking 12″ x 12″ pages is that there is almost always room for little “doo-dad” embellishments.

Next up on the hop is Breelin Renwick.  I have so enjoyed looking at her entries!  If you prefer to go backwards (that is perfectly alright), you can visit Wendy Weixler’s blog, and peruse her beautiful project.

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Enjoy your Thursday evening!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Ink:  Melon Mambo Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill
Paper:  Melon Mambo, Island Indigo, White Vellum Card Stock, Whisper White, World Spectacular Designer Series Paper, 2011-2013 In Color Designer Series Paper Stack, Sunshine & Sprinkles Designer Series Paper, Brights Collection Designer Series Paper Stack, Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper, Floral District Designer Series Paper, Tea for Two Designer Series Paper, Silver Glimmer Paper
Accessories:  Hearts Collection Framelits, Labels Collection Framelits, Full Heart punch, Small Heart Punch, Hearts a Flutter Framelits, Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons, Island Indigo Baker’s Twine, Typeset Alphabet Bigz die, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Brights Designer Buttons, Victoria 5/8” Crochet Trim, Tea Lace Paper Doilies, Artisan Embellishments Kit, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch, Stampin’ Spritzer , Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz, Sewing Machine, Gesso
Font:  Bradley Hand ITC






My Favorite Scrapbook Page

Of all the scrapbook pages I made for the convention display boards, I think this one is my favorite.  I don’t know if it’s because I really liked the layout and products on this page or if it’s because this is one of my favorite pictures of my littlest one.

Lovely Romance ScrapbookI decided to embrace the bold patterns in the dsp and  let them be the star of the page, so I used a Crumb Cake background and three of the more subtle patterns in the dsp package for the accents.  I cut lots of different sized and different patterned banners and placed them all under a strip of neutral dsp.

Lovely Romance Scrapbook Close Up 1Then I looped some of the Natural 7/16″ Trim on the dsp and used my sewing machine to hold it down.  I then added some buttons and In-Color Boutique Details as embellishments.

Lovely Romance Scrapbook Close Up 2For the page title, I used one of the Apothecary Accents dies to cut the dsp and then placed little Pearl Basic Jewels around it.  I used the fun Remember This and That Rotary
Stamp for the date.

Enjoy your Monday!  Thanks for stopping by!  Come back tomorrow for two more Lovely Romance projects.



A Gorgeous Grunge Scrapbook Page


I don’t show scrapbook pages very often (mainly because I don’t make them very often anymore :)).  I made this page for the Convention display boards, and used the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set and a couple of others.  I used the This and That Epic Day dsp, which is a perfect dsp to use with the Gorgeous Grunge set — it looks like they were made for each other.

Gorgeous Grunge Display ScrapbookI also used the That’s the Ticket stamp set and coordinating punch for an accent.  The large glimmer paper letters are from the Typeset Alphabet Bigz dies, and the alphabet which runs down the side is from the Designer Typeset Photopolymer stamp set.

Gorgeous Grunge Display Scrapbook Close UpHere’s a closer look at the Gorgeous Grunge set in action in the bottom corner.  It also shows the very fun  Remember This and That Rotary Stamp, which I think is a must-have for any scrapbooker.

Gorgeous Grunge Display Scrapbook Close Up 2I have been very touched by all of the kind comments I received yesterday.  Thank you!  If you missed it, I am giving away some blog candy to celebrate my first year anniversary of blogging.  See yesterday’s post for a chance to win.

Enjoy your Tuesday!  Come back tomorrow and I’ll have another Gorgeous Grunge card for the new Freshly Made Sketches challenge.  Thanks for stopping by!




A Scrapbook Page

Sweet Treat scrapbook page

When I started with this papercrafting hobby, I started with scrapbooking.  It really is my first love.  But along the way, I found that I enjoyed card making even more.  I think it really became a time issue — I can make a card a lot faster than I can a scrapbook page.

Sweet Treat scrapbook page -- doily

But every once in a while, I get the urge to scrapbook again.  When I took this picture, I knew I’d have to make a page for it to remember the first trip to the American Girl Doll store with my youngest.  We had brunch in the cafe, and she ordered hot chocolate that was just beautiful.  It was a definite hit!

Sweet Treat scrapbook page -- pinwheel

I thought the colors in her sweater really stood out in the picture, and I thought the Sunshine & Sprinkles dsp would complement those colors well.

Sweet Treat scrapbook page -- buttons

Nothing hard on this page — the hard part is just getting the picture printed and off the camera.

Enjoy your Saturday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Paper:  Basic Gray, Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Sunshine & Sprinkles dsp, Silver Glimmer paper
Embellishments:  Pinwheel Sizzlits die, Typeset Alphabet Bigz dies, Delicate Doilies Sizzlits die, Scallop Trim Border punch, 1″ Circle punch, Scallop Edge Border punch, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Lucky Limeade Baker’s Twine, Brights and Subtles Designer Buttons, 3/16″ Subtles Brads, In Color Dahlias

Artisan Finalist Blog Hop — Day 8

We’ve now arrived at Day 8 of our blog hop.  You may have landed here from Melissa Stout’s blog if you’re following the blog hop trail.  If not, don’t worry.  You can join the trail here and still make the complete loop.

My scrapbook page today is my favorite of the three I entered.

I saw another page with these types of octagons online, and had to try it.  I let the colors in the photo dictate the colors on my layout.

I added Basic Black card stock to the chipboard tag, sanded the edges and then swiped them with Whisper White craft ink.  This was a fun, and easy page to make.

Are you ready to hop on over to Sandie Conner’s blog?  She has a beautiful project to share with you.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Grunge Rock
Paper:  Crumb Cake Textured Card Stock; Tempting Turquoise, Basic Black, and Whisper White Smooth Card Stock; Brights Collection Patterns Designer Series Paper Stack
Ink:  Crumb Cake, Whisper White Craft
Embellishments:  Brights Designer Buttons, Brights Brads, Basic Black ½” Scallop Dots Ribbon, White Baker’s Twine, Clips Assortment, On Board Merry Medley, Wood Sheets, Alphabet Simple Letters Bigz Dies, Timeless Type Junior Alphabet Medium Sizzlits Dies, Sewing Machine, computer printer for journaling.

Artisan Finalist Blog Hop — Day 5

Well, today marks the half-way point in our blog hop.  Five projects shown, five more to go.  If you arrived here via Melissa Stout’s blog, welcome!  If not, you have jumped into a blog hop for the ten artisan finalists who were not selected for the Artisan design team.  We are showing each of the projects we entered .

My post today shows another of my scrapbook pages.  It features my youngest daughter and is my simplest page.  I did a lot of sewing on this page — all around the outside border, and then on each of the patterned paper rectangles.

Here’s a close-up shot of the journaling, in case you wanted to read it:

And here’s one last close-up of some details:

Now it’s time for you to venture on over to Sandie Conner’s blog so you can oooh and ahhh over her beautiful creation.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Elements of Style
Paper:  Pink Pirouette, Soft Suede and Marina Mist Textured Card Stock; Very Vanilla and Pink Pirouette Smooth Card Stock; Beau Chateau Designer Series Paper
Ink:  Pink Pirouette, Soft Suede
Embellishments:  Beau Chateau Side Notes, Early Espresso/White Baker’s Twine, Subtles Designer Buttons, Antique Brads, Basic Pearls Jewels, Boho Blossoms Punch, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Scallop Edge Border Punch, Labels Collection Framelits Dies, Timeless Type Junior Alphabet Medium Sizzlits Dies, Billboard Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die, Color Spritzer Tool, Sponge Daubers, sewing machine, computer printer for journaling.

Artisan Finalist Blog Hop — Day 4

Moving right along to Day 4 of our Blog Hop…  Did you arrive here from Melissa Stout’s blog?  I have really enjoyed seeing her projects these past four days.

My post today shows one of my scrapbook pages.  We’re required to submit three scrapbook pages, and this is the part that I always finish first.  Scrapbooking is my first love when it comes to paper crafting, and I find it comes easier to me than card making or coming up with 3-D items.

There were lots of fun details on this page.  Here is a close-up of the flower spritzed with shimmer paint and some chipboard elements covered with designer series paper and crystal effects.

This picture shows another fun detail.

And here’s one last picture

Well, are you ready to journey on to Sandie Conner’s blog?  She has something special to share with you today.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Kindness Matters, Apothecary Art
Paper:  Pear Pizzazz Textured Card Stock; Baja Breeze, Basic Gray, Basic Black, and Whisper White Smooth Card Stock; Twitterpated Designer Series Paper, Red Glimmer Paper
Ink:  Basic Gray, Baja Breeze, Jet Black StazOn
Embellishments:  Victoria Crochet Trim, Blushing Bride 3/8” Pleated Satin Ribbon, Cherry Cobbler/White Baker’s Twine, Trinket Hearts, Large Pearl Basic Jewels, Neutrals Designer Buttons, Vintage Trinkets, Paper Daisies, Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz, Antique Brads, On Board Merry Medley, Crystal Effects, Basic Pearls Jewels, Silver Brads, 1-3/4” Circle Punch, Lace Ribbon Punch, Boho Blossoms Punch, Blossom Petals Builder Punch, , Timeless Type Junior Alphabet Medium Sizzlits Dies, Billboard Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die, Blender Pens, Illuminate Top Coat Smooch Pearlized Accent Ink