Thursday, June 20, 2013


This is a layout I did a couple weeks ago when I was up I Estes Park. I love this picture of my Dad and his great grandson, West. I have wanted to document this beautiful photo on a layout ever since I saw it.

I kept it rather simple, using brown tones and greens. I distressed the edges and inked them. I used my Silhouette to cut out the title and the phrase. I used a stencil and some modeling paste to create some texture and dimension. It dried with a glossy look, which was not was what I was going for, but I ended up liking it after all. It helped to bring in some deeper brown tones to the layout. Here's a couple of close ups.

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

5 things I Love about you

Here's a quick and simple layout I did. Sometimes it's nice to do something simple, while using the chipboard stickers and embellishments that come together. It was nice to have this done in just a few minutes! Hope you like it!

Thanks for stopping by! I love any and all comments!!

Friday, June 7, 2013

Estes Park

I'm up in Estes Park with my scrapbook friends. We have a weekend every year that we come up here to crop and have fun. We are fortunate that Amy and Allison's parents own a cabin up here, so we put tables up and crop all weekend! We also do a card swap, so I'm attaching pictures of the cards that I did this year. One was a fun simple one that I let the silhouette do most of the work for me. The other one I did some layering and added some flowers to.

I also have a picture of my silhouette cameo. Just before I came up to Estes, I played with vinyl so I decorated my cameo. I really liked how it turned out!

And I have also been playing a little with my new camera. My daughter, Kaitlyn bought me my first SLR camera, a Canon EOS Rebel T3i. I love it! I've only had it about a month, so I'm still learning all that it can do. This morning I went outside the cabin to take a few shots and I found this huge bumble bee getting his fill of pollen off these pretty yellow flowers. I took several shots, but I liked this one the best! He's quite fat!

Later this afternoon we're going to go into Rocky Mountain National Park, so I'm very excited to see what pictures I can get then. Watch out elk, here I come!
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Monday, May 27, 2013


Here is another layout that I did a while ago. I used a couple of the Tim Holtz dies and one of his small embossing folder with the gears. I used his "moments" word die in the picture, and I really liked how it turned out. I distressed the gears, added a couple of tags and made a ticket strip across the bottom. I also used some distressed tinted tape by Vintage Street Market.  Below is a close up.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

London pages

Today I'm posting a 2 page layout that I made a while ago. It was inspired by many of the Tim Holtz Sizzix dies. You can see that I used the gears, the weathered clock, and the old jalopy. I also used his word die, "dream", cut into the photo.

This shot of the tag shows the use of one of the small embossing folder, very cool look! I also love the distressed tinted tape by Vintage Street Market. Shout out to my friends, Allison and Michelle, owners and creators of Vintage Street Market!

I'm winding down the last two weeks of school, crazy busy right now! Graduation this weekend, finals next week, then summer!! Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Class time!

We had a great bunch of girls today in my Olde Curiosity Shoppe album class. We worked for 4 hours last night, and all day today! I think everyone had a great time and left with a fabulous mini album. It's always a long exhausting day, but I always enjoy it so much. The ladies are great and so appreciative of everything, even when we have to work at a fast pace so we can finish the book!
Here's Linda, Bobbi, and MaryAnn. 

Here's Deb, Sharon, Ranae, and Stacy. 

There's Ranae, the fabulous owner of Scrap 2 It! 

Here's Diane and Rebecca having fun doing some fussy cutting! 

And Deb is all smiles! Thanks to all these wonderful ladies for a fantastic class!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Roses dress form

Hi bloggers! Here is a dress form that I altered. I had so much fun with this! I have been wanting to alter one for a long time now, so I picked up one of the paper mache dress forms from Michaels. First I painted it with black gesso. After it dried, I put on a layer of crackle medium and let it dry. I then painted it with acrylic paint, this was vintage white. It's amazing how quickly the crackle begins to appear. From there, it was fun deciding what to embellish her with. I fussy cut some roses out of some Colorbok paper and placed them on with multi matte adhesive. I wanted a vintage theme with this dress form, so I found some laces and roses that I thought looked good. I also found a vintage looking wooden clock. I used canvas for her wings and cut them out of the Tim Holtz wing die. I layered them together and attached them to her back. I found a locket in my stack and wanted to include that too, so I used some chain and decided I liked the extra chain wrapped around her for added interest. I had a drawer knob that I found in the Michaels bins and placed that at the top. I used a candle stick holder ($1.00 from the dollar store) as the base and dressed that up a bit with lace and flowers. I was really pleased with the end result! Here are a few close up photos.

In this photo you can also see that I used a Tim Holtz trinket pin with a couple of his tassels and a bead jewel. I love the motion it provides. Hope you like it! And thanks for stopping by! As always, I enjoy your comments!

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Olde Curiosity Shoppe mini album

Here's my mini album made with Graphic 45 papers, Olde Curiosity Shoppe. I made this mini with black paper bags from Michael's, the Celebrate It bags. I had a lot of fun with this album, the papers are fabulous with lots of opportunities to cut out great things to add dimension to the album. For the cover, I used the apothecary cabinet and fussy cut out several of the bottles. I covered them with glossy accents, then popped them up for dimension. I used this same technique throughout the book, using a lot of glossy accents.

This is a close up, hopefully you can see some of the details. The book is filled with tags and lots of pockets. There are a many places for photos and journaling.

I teach this mini album at Scrap 2 It on Friday, May 17th and Saturday, May 18th. I hope you like it. Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Sweet sisters

Today we got a snow day. Yep, May 1st, and we have 12 inches of snow on the ground. So I spent time on this layout. I used some beautiful vintage floral papers by Colorbok, and chose this sweet picture of my Mom and her sister. I'm not sure of the year, but I think it was around 1941. I wanted to keep the layout rather simple because I thought the paper and the picture went so well together. I distressed the edges with Frayed Burlap. I fussy cut several flower clusters and tucked them throughout. The Sweet banner was part of the collection. I used Tim Holtz alpha letters to spell sisters. I colored the letters with Walnut Stain and Antiqued Bronze distress paints. I also cut out the weathered clock from chipboard and distressed with ink. I used the doily to add to the vintage look of the layout. Added a couple of roses and beads sprays and a fabric flower from my stash, and finished it off with some seam binding and a ribbon label.

I like the simplicity of this layout, using a picture I have loved for so many years! Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Journal De Paris

Here's a layout I completed this morning. I had a lot of fun inking and distressing papers from Colorbok. I also did some texturing with my grid stencil and some modeling paste. I used some different Glimmer Mists, pearl, walnut gold, and suede to add that little bit of shine. That gave me a great background. From there I used some I Am Roses, some Petaloo flowers, a Heidi Swapp travel banner and some lace and a bling flourish from my stash. I always like to use my Tim Holtz embellishments too, along with my new Eiffel Tower die.

This shot shows some of the details up close. You can also see a Prima wooden clock and a "spirit" ribbon label from Making Memories.

The title, "Journal De Paris" I cut from the Colorbok background paper that I used as the base paper for this layout. I used Frayed Burlap to distress all my edges.

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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Configuration box - Mom

During my nearly three year hiatus from posting on my blog, I was still crafting. So I have decided to post some projects that I finished during that time. This first is a Tim Holtz configuration box, my first attempt at one. I made this one to honor my Mom who passed away in February, 2012. I still miss her every day. I made this about three months after she had passed, and I'm very happy with how it turned out.

Here's a close up, sorry it's a little blurry. It shows some of the details that I included in the box. Everything in the box has a reason or memory how it relates to my Mom. I especially love her senior picture!

Here's another picture taken from an angle. My Mom was a seamstress, so there is a strong sewing theme in the box. I remember many outfits I wore as a child, sewn with love by my mother.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Great find!

So it's still snowing like crazy here in Colorado. We actually had a snow day from school today , which I am very thankful for. I went out to the grocery store and it's really bad out there, with no sign of letting up. Crazy weather!! Hopefully it will stop tomorrow and maybe we'll have a little sun!
Today I'm posting a picture of this really awesome wall hanging I got at Hobby Lobby last weekend. It was in the clearance section for only $23. I love the vintage look of it. I caught our cat, Bella, checking it out too.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

April snow

18 inches of snow. April 16th. Colorado. Enuf said.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

C'est La Vie by BoBunny

Yesterday I stopped in at Scrap 2 It to see Ranae. While there I picked up this BoBunny binder and matching dividers and paper. It is the C'est La Vie line, loaded with fun colors and a distressed Parisan look to it. It should be fun to put together with some of my pictures from Paris with the girls.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Meeting Temple Grandin

Today was awesome!! I finally got to meet Temple Grandin. As a special education teacher, I have respected her for years, and have been inspired by what she had to overcome to become the amazing spokesperson for Autism and an International speaker! She accepted an invitation to speak at Poudre High School. It was a huge honor for us to have her at the school. She gave an amazing presentation to the entire school. Before her presentation we had a small meet and greet where Temple met many of our students and signed books for us and even indulged us with some photo ops. It really was a great day!!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Weekend class

I just finished teaching the second class for the Ladies Diary mini album. Wow, am I tired!! The album is packed with fun interactive pages and pockets, a very intense class. We met last night from 6:00 to 9:00, then again today from 10:00 to about 6:00. Very exhausting for me and all the students, but I think they all left happy! So here's a shout out to all the fabulous ladies that took this class!! There were 14 students, so it was busy! I teach these classes at Ranae's store, Scrap 2 It. A big shout out to her as well, especially for allowing me share these fun projects with others and for tracking down paper that's been discontinued! Here's a few pictures taken from the class.

Stay posted. The next class is using Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe. I'll share some pictures soon!

Military Ball

Kaitlyn went to the Military Ball last night with her boyfriend, Nic. We went to the park before to try and get some nice pictures. It was very windy, but I think they had fun anyway. They both looked so nice!!