Saturday, April 30, 2011

for you mom

Pink Reptile Designs released this beautiful new kit this week.

Isn't it gorgeous?? I love the papers, and tried to use as many of them as I could! Here is the layout I made.

Made with the beautiful new kit from Pink Reptile Designs - for you mom
Digiscrappers Brasil
Zig Zag Scrap

Wednesday, April 27, 2011


I am SO late with this! But, this week, Polka Dot Pixels released a huge new kit - grown. It is so full of fun stuff for you gardening and spring layouts!

Here is a 12x12 hybrid page I did with it. It's so cloudy today, so the lighting on this is pathetic.

But, I kind of like the way these close-ups came out.

My youngest exploring our potato garden at 15 months.

Products used:
Grown digital kit by Polka Dot Pixels, sketch by Becky Fleck, cardstock by Colorbok, alphas by Jenni Bowlin Studio and Making Memories, Mono Adhesive by Tombow, Ultra Premium Matte Presentation Paper by Epson, staples

Friday, April 22, 2011

Happy Earth Day!

This was made with a gorgeous new collab, Beautiful Earth.

From the product description:
29 inspirational digital scrapbook artists from all over the world have come together to create 'Beautiful Earth'.
The proceeds of this charity collaboration will go to the Red Cross 2011 New Zealand earthquake appeal.
The Beautiful Earth Charity collab is priced at $12.50 (poignant because at 12:51pm on the 22nd of Febuary 2011 the earthquake happened). At 12:50pm ( 1 minute before the earthquake) everything was normal. One minute later the lives of everyone affected and the landscape of Christchurch would be changed forever. The heart of the city may be broken but with our help we can mend it. Kia kaha Canterbury,... stay strong!

Included in this kit:

252 elements

81 papers

23 wordarts

4 templates

3 alphas
9 Quickpages
8 Clusters
1 bonus scene

that's 381 items (not incl. individual alpha-numeric).

Your contribution will ensure New Zealands second largest city will be beautiful once again, and those who have been affected - a chance to rebuild their lives. Thankyou for your donation and enjoy creating with this beautiful kit. :)
Contributing Designers:
AgnesyArts, Alegna designs, Carena's designs, Cinnamon designs, cherpea designs, Damayanti Studio, Dido designs, emeto designs, Studio Em-ka, et designs, HGD by LaurieAnn, HighFour designs, Holly Spring designs, Jenn Lindsey, Kristin Aagard designs, Kimla designs, Lily designs, Linda designs, Lorie Davison, MaryPop designs, Michelle Stone Designz, MK designs, Micheline Martin, NatashaNaSt designs, NewLife Dreams, Sara Gleason (Z + S), Studio SussieM, Tracy Anne Little, WendyP designs.

I also made these cards with this beautiful collab.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Banner Day

As I told you yesterday, my youngest celebrated his 2nd birthday this past weekend. He is a total lover of tractors, and whenever he was asked about his birthday coming up, he would say, "I trator!" in a total Tim Allen grunt type voice. He's a total boy!

Wish Bliss Studio released a new illustration set of these great banners today, and I thought they were perfect for a birthday layout!

Here is the page I made.

My little guy on the tractor he got for his 2nd birthday.

Banner Day illustration plus alpha from Wish Bliss Studio
Birthday Bling from Wish Bliss Studio
Staple by Pink Repti
le Designs

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Painted Edge Rosette Tutorial

Okay - last week I promised you all a tutorial, and here I am with it! You've likely seen these cool rosettes around - they seem kind of popular right now. I learned a few different techniques, from the likes of Heidi Swapp and Tania Willis, and I used them to make something just slightly different.

Here's how I made this. I started with a sheet of cardstock. Cut a 1" strip. (actually with this blue, I cut 2" - turned out too big when I got to the end - if you are going to do one this big, you need to start with 2 strips.)

Then, I used some decorative scissors, and made a scalloped edge on one side.

Pulled out some acrylic paint and a brush...

and painted a very imperfect white stripe along the scalloped edge.

I used my Martha Steward Score Board here - if you are going to make a lot of these, I would suggest investing in one of these or something similar - but you can also do this by hand (it just takes a LOT longer.)

I scored my entire paper strip every 1/4".

Then, I proceeded to z-fold my strip. Here is where you would start if you didn't have a scoring tool.

Z-fold the whole thing.

Then I get out my hot glue gun, and glued the two ends together. (I played a little switcheroo here on you and went to the yellow strip.)

Now you should have a ring.

I cut a small square of cardboard (from the back of a legal pad), and piled some hot glue on it.

Then I flattened out my ring, and set held it on top of the hot glue until I felt like it was secure.

At that point, I found a pretty button, put a little glue in that hole of the rosette, and pushed the button shank into it, and ended up with this pretty flower.

I used some pretty Jenni Bowlin mini papers to make this card, using inspiration I found here, at an online crop challenge by Jenni Bowlin Studio.

One more card to show you - my little guy turned 2 this weekend, and this is the card I made him.

I made this with Kristin Aagard's Contruction Zone digital kit.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Birthday Bling

Check out the awesome new kit from Wish Bliss Studio today! Birthday Bling has some really sweet papers, and fun party elements.

I also used the alpha from Middle of Nowhere Monograms

to make this page of one of my sons' 13th birthday, as he blew out the candles on his cake.

I have been having fun, during brief free time periods making some fun hand-made embellishments for my scrapbook pages. I'm going to TRY to do a little tutorial later today, if my kiddos cooperate! :)

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

stitch in time

Check out the gorgeous new kit from Polka Dot Pixels. I squealed when I saw this! I love sewing and fabric, and this was just soooo perfect!! And it's huge! I love it!

I made a little hybird layout with it - I am TOTALLY loving doing hybrid, as I can touch and feel it all I want!!

stitch in time digital collection from Polka Dot Pixels
Epson Matte Presentation Paper
Offray lace
Tomobow Mono Adhesive

Thursday, April 7, 2011


Okay, I promised a fun new collection from Wish Bliss Studio today, and I must say, I think this totally lives up to that!! Check out RAK. I love it! Such bright colors, and fun elements!!

Here is a layout I made with it. I am totally in love with this! I love how the bright colors pop against the background I chose!

My little guy with the car his daddy found for him. I had just asked him if I could get a smile, and he gave me this fun eye's closed big grin. Gotta love this kid!

RAK embellishment collection by Wish Bliss Studio

Background from sincerely digikit by Polka Dot Pixels

I also made these cards with RAK. They were a lot of fun to make - so cheery!

RAK embellishment collection by Wish Bliss Studio

Gems by ek sucess

Epson matte presentation paper

X-acto corner rounder

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

She Art

Well, I told you a while back that I was taking Christy Tomlinson's She Art Class. It took me a while, but I finally got my first canvas done this morning. I'm actually pretty happy with how it came out, since it was really my first time doing this type of thing. I really enjoyed the process, and now can't wait to make another one (though I know work is going to be heavy for the next few days, so it'll be a while.) Anyway, here's my first girl!

See you tomorrow with a gorgeous new collection from Wish Bliss Studio! Take care!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011


Hmmm... are you ready to hear that I joined another team? I have been loving Polka Dot Pixels releases lately, so when my best friend, Deanna, said that she was having a call, I jumped on it!! Her kits are so full, and fun!! She uses a lot of vintage looking things, and I love it! Check out the beautiful new kit she released today!!

I had so much fun playing with it!! Here are a couple of Easter cards I made.

eggstravaganza digikit by Polka Dot Pixels
Mono Adhesive and Dual Brush Pen by Tombow
Lace by Simplicity

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Bliss Rewinds

Isn't this a lovely illustration pack from Wish Bliss Studio? Think of the sweet Mother's Day cards you could make with it!

I decided to use it for a page I wanted to make.

World's Best Mom Illustration Set from Wish Bliss Studio
Euphoria Paper Pack
by creashens

It's a passage from the Bible that I need to constantly remind myself to try to live by. How I wish I could be this woman!

I wanted to print this out and put it in the little book I'm starting at home, so I took off the background and printed it onto a sheet of tan cardstock. Unfortunately, it didn't come out as I thought it would. The border pretty much all disappeared, and anything I made white disappeared (I forgot that any spot that's white doesn't print - that's just negative color space! Duh!) So... I got out my paint, headed outside to watch the little guy play, and tried to make it work. Here's how that came out.

Hope you are having a fantastic weekend!!

Friday, April 1, 2011

I love me some Kitchy!

Oh, how I love the Kitchy look! I don't even know exactly what "kitchy" means, but I know I love it! Pink Reptile Designs is guesting at Sugar Hill Co. this month, and made this kit for her stay there. Isn't it lovely??

I totally planned on making a lovely little feminine kitchy layout, but as I looked through my photos for ones to use, it struck me how these photos of my little guy after a rough day, having fallen asleep on the couch, matched the colors of this kit so well. And I wanted to scrap about how much I love when he falls asleep with these little cars and trucks in his hand - he loves them so much. So, out came this layout.

The Kitchy Collection by Pink Reptile Designs

Queen of Hearts

Well, I told you I was on another new CT. Queen of Hearts posted that she was looking for a few more girls, and guess who told her how much she loved her kits? Yep, that would be me! And shockingly, she let me join the team!! Check out this new collab she did this week with Studio Basic! Time to be Happy is huge and fun!!

Here's the page I made with it.

My little guy in his carseat on the passenger side in Daddy's truck! He LOVES trucks, especially Daddy's!

Time to be Happy by Queen of Hearts and Studio Basic

Here are a couple more items she came out with today!