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UFO, done(!) and a crafty tip.

As promised, I am sharing my now updated UFO.  I had finished this Santa album last month during Calvinball over at JBS Mercantile Forum, but just hadn’t gotten to photographing it.  I will begin with the album cover.  Daisy on the cover no more (Doris)!  Click here to a previous post to see the cover in its original state and a bit more of an explanation of what  I am talking about in general.


To gussy up this basic 8×8 Pioneer album I used some awesome Christmas goodies from Jenni Bowlin Studio.  I started with the red dotted pattern paper, which is the B side of the Christmas 2012 Accessory Sheet, stamped the JBS Perf Marks clear stamp in black ink, and layered on the Vintage Christmas Chipboard Buttons with a bit of ribbon from my stash.  I just had to add the faux stitching with a brown marker and finish it off with the large plaid ribbon that  most likely topped a package from Christmas’ past.

In order not to bore, I’m only showing 2 of the 8  layouts included in this album thus far.  But, just know that I did add a bit of JBS to spruce up each page.


A little history, behind this project:  Back in, I don’t know, 2005 when vintage was just becoming popular in scrapbooking, I used my Michaels coupon to purchase a K and Company Christmas 12×12 album kit, that came with 12×12 patterned papers and stickers designed by Elizabeth Brownd.  While, I admired this fabulous kit, I never used it.  A couple of years later, I decided to make a small album to hold the photos of my son’s yearly visits to Santa that I could display each Christmas season.  Well, I was in a “use what I have mode” and decide to use the papers and stickers from the  K and Co. kit.  I wanted to do simple consistent layouts so that I would keep up with it each year, but I still didn’t.  Calvinball gave me the motivation to get it done!  Also, although I loved the vintage paper I never quite thought it went well with the photos.   But, when I decided to add the JBS items it all came together for me.  Even though Jenni is vintage, her reds are quite rich and bright, so my JBS additions now connected the photos to the pages.  Yay!!

Okay, so now the big question.  There is still pages left in this album and my son is getting older…hmm…I think we’ll have to start getting the dog involved…maybe that will buy me a few more years??


And now to complete a Centipede Challenge issued by Betsy, here is a crafty tip.  Cut apart your bling!


I used the Powdered Sugar(white) Pearl Flowers in the layouts above.  In the first layout, I used one pearl flower whole atop a Red Doily Flower.  In the second layout,  I cut one pearl flower apart  to use the individual pearls to adorn the ornament sticker.  I also cut apart the Maraschino(red) Pearl Flowers and added some of the individual pearls  to some of the Santa layouts not shown.  I love this idea, especially for bling you may have in your stash that you don’t see yourself using as a whole anymore.  The cut apart gems will have a multitude of uses…clustered in the center of a flower, as punctuation, dotted along a border strip, etc.

:D.1,..2,..3,..4       That’s 4 segments for my JBS Centipede!

Thanks so much for stopping by today, xo!!!


No Pumpkin Guts, No Jack-O-Lantern Glory.

  UPDATE:  Linking up to Paper Issues Halloween Hootenanny!  How about some pumpkin guts…


I had an awesome time making this layout…splashing around watercolor paint on top of the black Bazzill cardstock, creating a jar of pumpkin guts, and layering distressed and stitched spooky patterned paper from  Echo Park Paper Company’s Chillingsworth Manor 6×6 pad.


I used the exclusive  Mercantile Mason Jar stamp from the Feb. 2013 Jenni Bowlin Studio Papercrafting Kit to make this lovely jar of pumpkin guts.  I first painted the pumpkin guts on to watercolor paper.  I used Art Masking Fluid to create and mask off the shape of the seeds before I began with the orange paint.  When all was dry and the masking fluid rubbed off, I stamp the jar over top with black StazOn ink and trimed out the jar.  The jar label is part of the exclusive stamp, so I used it and some alpha stamps on top of some of the lighter Echo Park patterned  paper, trimmed it out and adhered it to the jar.  After using a bit of twine to finish off the jar, I layered it over these fun chipboard stars from Bella BLVD. 


For the title, I used awesome glittery green thickers from American Crafts and the perfect little round alpha stickers from Jenni Bowlin Studio.  You can see, in the background, the different effects I got with the watercolor paint.  This is achieved by the varied amounts of water I added to the paint before I began to splash with wild abandon!!

Now,…how do I incorporate this post into the JBS Centipede game?


Well, Doris issued a challenge to blog your favorite recipe, but I’m not too much of a cook, so I don’t really have one.  Although, if  I’m in the mood, after carving the pumpkin, I will roast the pumpkin seeds.  I just seperate the seeds from the orange goo, now known as guts, rinse them off  and spread them out on a cookie sheet and let them dry.  I then spritz them with water and  sprinkle them with salt.  The water spritzing makes the salt stick ( I think I saw that on The Martha Stewart Show).  Then, I just pop them in the oven for a bit and viola roasted pumpkin seeds that no one ever eats…lol!!  Well, I know you can hardly call that a recipe, so I’ll leave you with one that sounds pretty good and maybe I’ll really try it come Halloween 2013.

Pumpkin Pie Seeds

  • 1 cup pumpkin seeds, rinsed and dried
  • 1/2 t. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 t. salt
  • 2 t. sugar
  • 1 T. vegetable oil

Spread the pumpkin seeds in a single layer on a large baking sheet and roast them in 250 degree oven for 45 minutes or until the seeds are completely dry and lightly browned.  In a large bowl combine pumpkin spice, salt and 2 teaspoons of sugar.  Heat oil and sugar mixture in a large non-stick skillet, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon until sugar melts, about 45 seconds.  Scrape seeds into the pumpkin pie spice mixture and coat the seeds.  Allow the seeds to cool before eating and store in an airtight container.  Makes 3 to 4 servings.

So, now that makes  :D.1..2..3..  segments for my centipede!

The Play Date Cafe Challenge #176

Hello all!  Last week my son had his spring break, so I decided to take off a week of scrapping and blogging to spend some quailty time with him.   We went to the library, watched cartoons and major league baseball,  went to some our favorite shops, and had some of our favorite treats.  But, of course, I couldn’t help but pop over to the message boards and haunt my favorite blogs.  I was somewhat sucessful in my endeavors to put all arty stuff aside, until mid-week when the Jenni Bowlin Studio Inspiration blog announced the current Play Date Cafe challenge!   With such a beautiful color story and cool prize (a $25. JBS Mercantile gift card), I just had to get to work on a layout


The colors are listed as  Cappuccino, Slate, and Burlap.  Here is my take on the challenge.DSCN1581

I used the Jenni Bowlin Studio March 2013 Papercrafting kit with the addition of the brown dotted Modern Mercantile patterned paper from the JBS Feb. 2013 Papercrafting kit.


Above is a detail of the layering that’s happening in this layout – sanding Coredinations cardstock, stenciling with Tsukineko “Coffee Bean” pigment ink, and stacking sequins, vintage buttons and those fabulous Studio Calico Wood Veneer Bubbles.


To create this stamped embellishment, I started by mixing Claudine Hellmuth Studio white and black gessos together to make this “slate” gray to paint over old book pages.  I then stamped over top with this JBS March kit exclusive Modern Mercantile spool stamp using the same pigment ink.  If you look closely you can see some of the text from the book pages showing through.  The bitty alphas layered on top are also from Claudine Hellmuth.


Here again, you can see I used some of the painted book pages as layering underneath the Studio Calico vellum and as a punched heart.  The little  *   from the same Dear Lizzy thickers as the title is inked with the same “Coffee Bean” ink.


I punched a little heart in this Jenni Bowlin Studio “File This” punch, so I can file this layout under LOVE!

And now for some more fun!


Doris has done it again!  She had come up with a new game to keep us hopping and bopping this month over at the JBS Mercantile Forum.  There are lots of challenges to pick and choose from to grow your centipede and lots of opportunities to win a prize.  Actually, I just grew two segments by participating in The Play Date Cafe Challenge and by stamping on old book pages.  Come and join the fun!  The more the merrier and the more people that participate the more prizes awarded.

Also, to wrap up lasts months JBS game, Calvinball, my final total was 39.5.  And…ta da…I was picked at random for the $25. JBS Mercantile gift card for participating in that game.  So, besides have loads of fun, it pays to play!!!