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Baby Fresh

Hi all!  Here’s a “fresh” layout I created with the April 2013 Jenni Bowlin Studio Mercantile Paper Crafting and Artisan Add-On Kits.


In the kits are these fun yellow dotted bags from Pebbles.  I arranged them side by side and overlapped them in the middle, which created an elliptic patten running through the center.  I then stitched criss-cross with my sewing machine across the page.  This was the first time I did something like this and I wasn’t sure where I was going with it, but I just went for it and I’m pleased with the results.

I love these vintage Citroen labels, which are part of the kits.  These labels were right by my side with each layout I did with these kits…I was trying to tuck them in here, layer them there….and finally they became center stage (well, besides my Cutie Patootie in the tub) for this layout.  Fresh squeezed baby, lol!

I also, had fun using  my Fiskar’s border punches to create the photo frames.  I inclued the  main street punch from Jenni Bowlin for Fiskars.


A detail of the criss-cross stitching.


The circles are punched from a large graph patterned paper from Elle’s Studio Serendipity Collection and both types of leaves are from Martha Stewart Crafts.  I am entering this layout in the Elle’s Studio/JBS Challenge for the month of June.  The contest ends today!

Thanks for stopping by!!! xo Evie


At Ten

It’s all about the hair @ 10.


Here is a layout I made mostly with the April 2013 PaperCrafting Kit from Jenni Bowlin Studio.   Some additions are: Modern Mercantile and Wren patterned paper, plain chipboard button, Grocer’s List stamp, File This punch: Jenni Bowlin Studio;  Distressed graph patterned paper: Echo Park; Thought bubble stamps, gesso, acrylic paints, multi-medium: Claudine Hellmuth Studio Line; Twine: Webster’s Pages.



How I created the blue thought bubble background:  I first painted a layer of Claudine’s gesso, stamped the uninked thought bubble stamps into the gesso (this lifts off the gesso in the stamped image) and then let the gessoed background dry.  I used Claudine’s Studio Line paints to create this bright blue.  I added a “smidge” of smidge blue to the sky blue.  I watered the paint down a bit and washed it over the background with a brush.  This not only creates new brush strokes, but allows for the details in the dried gesso to be picked up and also lets the paint sink into the stamped areas creating a darker blue tone.


Here I created a paper ribbon of sorts:  I cut a strip from the text side of the JBS Wheatgrass paper, inked it with Clearsnap chalk ink in Chestnut Roan,  stitched it, crumpled it, and then sanded it.


Another detail of the paper ribbon, which also shows the stitching across the Studio Calico paper, and the patterned paper I created with Claudine’s stamps from her “Words and Frames 1&2” clear stamp sets.  I used Ranger Archival Ink in True Blue.


To create this custom button:  I used a plain JBS chipboard button and covered it in a scrap of Modern Mercantile.  I sanded, inked with the same True Blue ink, and then sanded again.


I am entering this layout in Simon Says Stamp’s current challenge.  The challenge is to include a button or many button’s on any kind of project.  The winner will be chosen randomly.  Pop over to the Simon Says Stamp blog for some awesome button inspiration by clicking here.

FYI…my son waited almost a year to cut his hair.  I loved it long with all his waves and curls, but now with it short again, he looks so fresh and ready for summer!  Yay to that!!!

Let’s Get Minty!

I was so inspired by Ashley Calder’s trendy minty post at the beginning of this week, I decided to get a little minty myself.  Although my minty stash pales in comparison to Ashley’s I had fun digging through my scrapbooking and crafting supplies to find all things mint!   Some of the items are “very” new and some are “very” old.


Starting from bottom left then up and around: Glitter by Martha Stewart, a scrap of ribbon, random beads, vintage yo-yos, a Making Memories brad, alpha chipboard pieces by ki MEMORIES, a chipboard button by MME the sweetest thing, twine by Martha Stewart, heart and cupcake stickers by Claudine Hellmuth, a tag sticker by 3Birds, a stone bird bead, painted chipboard pieces from Jenni Bowlin Studio.




Beacause I didn’t have too many mint colored embellishments I decided to create a few of my own by using the JBS chipboard pieces and Claudine Hellmuth Studio Line acrylic paints.   I first primed the raw chipboard pieces with Claudine Hellmuth Studio Line Gesso, then I mixed the Studio Line acrylic paints sky blue and yellow pastel to get the prefect shade of mint.  On Claudine’s website she had an awesome color mixing chart that shows you how to create many fabulous colors with her paint line.  Click here to check it out.DSCN1895

And here is my lovely palette, the lid of a cottage cheese container!


Above are rub-ons that I have purchased through HSN.  They are all by 3Birds, except the Claudine Hellmuth cupcake.  And below Berol PRISMACOLOR pencils in true green and light green.  The cardstock is a light mint green as well.


And now for some papers.  Starting at the left I have arranged them from oldest to new.


We have two sheets by K&Company, scrap cardstock, the torn sheet is daisyd’s, 6×6 minty sheets by Echo Park Parsdise Beach, Amy Tangerine’s minty houses, more minty cardstock scraps and a 12×12 Webster’s Pages with some minty dots.


And now for the alphas: 3Birds, OA, and Heidi Swap.


As Ashley said, you can find this minty trend in home decor and fashion.  This is a detail of a sweater I had bought this spring.  Who knew I was trendy?!


With all this mintiness on my mind, I couldn’t resist these delicious looking cupcakes from our local market.  Yum!

I hope this post has gotten you in the mood for mint.  If you haven’t already, be sure to check out Ashley’s post for some major minty inspiration by clicking here.  I really enjoyed rummaging through my stuff with the mission to find everything and anything  minty.  It really made me look at the supplies I have in a new light.  I plan to keep these minty supplies gathered on my table so I can incorporate them into my upcoming layouts and projects, keeping me on trend! 

Now how about some dessert?

On the Go


On the go…isn’t that the truth!  Here my son is just 7 months old crawling from a comforter on the floor to a peek-a-boo shot under the coffee table.  Life was so different back then, days of chasing a crawling baby around the house, a baby on the go, keeping me on the go.  Different, yes, but my son is still keeping me on the go, especially in these last days of school.  We have this week and most of next still to go.  With all the activies (clarinet recital, a choir field trip, the talent show, starting summer baseball, etc…..) and me trying to get some appointments taken care of before he gets out…and, of course, I am driving myself nuts still trying to squeeze in some scrapping.  Well, maybe that is keeping me sane?  Needless to say, I am behind on photographing and posting layouts and I am dying to get to a new project I am so inspired to start on (more on that later!!).  Well enough of my ramblings (just had to get that out) let’s get to the layout.

I created this layout  with the April 2013 Jenni Bowlin Studio Mercantile Paper Crafting Kit with the addition of some heart stickers from Claudine Hellmuth and Distress Ink from Ranger in frayed burlap.  I chose papers and embellishments from the kit to emphasize the movement of my son.  On the Go and > Hello!







So, how do you cope with the end of the school year?  I’d love to know.

Have a wonderful day!  xo Evie