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Monthly Archives: December 2012

A Merry and A Happy and A Challenge Update!!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all you bloggers out there!  It has been an exciting few months for me.  I started this blog in September and I’ve been having so much fun discovering the wonderful world of scrapbooking and crafts online, but most especially  I’ve been enjoying discovering all of you.  I love visiting your blogs and seeing what you’ve been up to.   There is such a wonderful exchange of creative ideas out there.  I am learning so much!

Tonight, I’m re-posting my Always Believe layout, because …yay… I’m lucky enough to be 1 of 3 winners for the Webster’s Pages Royal Christmas Project Challenge over at Two Peas in a Bucket.   Click here for my previous post with the details and a supply list for this layout.


Thanks so much 2Peas and Webster’s Pages!!  I am definetly looking forward to that prize package: $50 worth of Webster’s Pages scrappy stuff.  It will help me out with one of my goals for next year:  SCRAP MORE!!!  By the way, another one of my goals for the new year is to add a few more widgets to my sidebar…I mean, c’mon…really?

P.S.  I think I still believe in Santa.  Do you?


20 years…WOW!

Here is a Quick and Cost Effective card I recently created for my husband, for our 20th Wedding Anniversary.  Quick and Cost Effective is when I set a timer and use supplies that I have on had to make a card or gift tag.  For a more detailed explantion click here to view a previous post.


I started with a pre-scored blank card and dove deep into my stash.  The only current item used is the K&Company decorative tape, because that is just always on my table.

DSCN1071I used these old Making Memories black letter stickers, but wanted them to stand out a bit more.  I came up with the idea of painting them with some silver acrylic paint.  I am happy with the results and think it might be something to try out on a layout.  You never know what’s going to happen when you have to improvise!

Supplies:  Blank card:DCWV; Pattern papers, decorative tape: K&Company; Stickers: Making Memories; Acrylic paint: Liquitex; Pens: Zig, Gelly Roll, Adhesive: Herma, Ranger Collage glue stick.

I’m in Donna Downey’s Bathroom!!!

…no really!!!  Well, my art work is!  I participated in Donna’s amazing Altered Brush Project!  What has her bathroom got to do with you ask?!  Well, at Donna Downey Studios, Donna wanted her bathroom walls to look as amazing as her gallery walls…thus was born the Altered Brush Project.  To find out more about it visit her blog SIMPLY ME.  My brush is on her blog post today, Pinterest and in her bathroom!!!


The photo of my son is a black and white copy that I transfered with multi-medium to sticky-back canvas.


I painted the raw wood of the brush handle with black gesso and did some sanding in areas.  I then layered on top of the sanded gesso with acrylic paint and randomly placed rub-on letters.


I rusted the metal band around the brush, painted dash lines and added twill.  I altered the chipboard frame by applying seed beeds and clear gems.  I painted the gems with acrylic paint.  I really am happy with the looked I achieved with the painted gems.  They look like they have lost some of their shine over the years and I think that works with the piece.

DSCN1096Thank you so much Donna Downey for this opportunity!!!  I really enjoyed creating  this piece and I am so thrilled to be a part of this project!

Please leave  any questions about how I made this altered brush in the comments and I will leave a reply ASAP.  As always, thank you so much for stopping by and I do(!!) appreciate all the lovely comments!!!

Always Believe

The holiday season is in full swing, so I thought I’d share with you a  layout about my son dropping  his letter to Santa, in the big red mail box, at Macys last year.  I was inspired to create this layout for  the Webster’s Pages Project Challenge at Two Peas in a Bucket.  The challenge features Webster’s Pages Royal Christmas Collection.


The gold and red starry papers from Webster’s Pages was just perfect for this photo, since Macy’s logo is the big red star!!  After I layered on the mix of white and black gesso and stamped on my current favorite perf marks clear stamp, I began to play on the star theme.


I free hand cut the stars and layered them on the decorative tape.


The little punched red stars and the stars I cut out that have an outline are from the red pattern paper.


I painted a red dashed line across the decorative tape.


Here you can see all the layers, including a copy of the original Santa letter,  trims and brads.

Supplies:  Pattern papers, trims, sticker: Webster’s Pages (Royal Christmas Collection); Decorative tape: K&Company; Acrylic paint and gesso: Claudine Hellmuth Studio; Clear stamp: Jenni Bowlin Studio; Rub-ons: 3 Birds; Brads: Jo Ann; Ink: Ranger Industries; Pen: Sharpie; Other: cardstock, embroidery floss, button.

P.S.  I’m not sure why the detail shots got so grayed…it happened in the editing process.

I got my JBS goodies!!!

Hello everyone….show and tell time.  Yesterday, I received my JBS prize package for being lucky enough to be 1 of 2 winners for the Jenni Bowlin Studio Project Challenge.  Just look at all these awesome goodies!  I can’t wait to dive in!!


Don’t you just love these vellum butterflies?!!


Click here to see the layout I submitted for the challenge and here for more blathering about it.  And don’t forget you can always visit to pick up some of these wonderful supplies for yourself!

Thanks again Jenni Bowlin Studio team!!!


P.S.  I’ve been working hard on some new projects and I will be posting them soon!