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A Face in the Crowd

Hey guys!!

It’s the 15th, which means another awesome sketch challenge from Sketch-N-Scrap!!  You have until the end of the month to link up here for a chance to win this amazing prize and a chance to be the Featured Layout Scrapper.

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[Love these Crate Paper goodies!!]

So, let’s get down to business…here is Sketch #51:


Isn’t it so fun?!!  I just loved working with this sketch.  I used it to create this new Paris layout:


Now for the deets:





To create this bit of atmosphere on the background, I first painted a light wash of white acrylic paint (dabbing some paint off with a paper towel), then I sprayed over top of it with bronze Perfect Pearls Mists.

All I can say is get over to Sketch-N-Scrap and win yourself those amazing Crate Paper goodies!!!  If you have any questions about the supplies I used or techniques, feel free to ask me in the comments and I will leave an answer there asap.  🙂

Thanks for stopping by today and Keep Scrappin’!!!!


A Peak at the Pompidou

Happy Monday!  Here I am with a new Paris layout for Sketch-N-Scraps’ new Inspired by challenge.  Here is the wonderful sketch by Kelly Holifield; Inspired by Sketch #2:


And here is my layout:


I remember walking down Rue du Temple, turning my head and unexpectedly seeing the Pompidou….I felt my college Art History classes coming to life.  The Centre Georges Pompidou is a museum for modern art, a public library, and a center for music and acoustic research.  Then center is named after Georges Pompidou, who commisioned the building.  He was the President of France from 1969 to 1974.  Unfortunatly, the museum was closed while we were in Paris, so I never got to go inside it.  However, I do have photos taken on a later date of the colorful water fountains in front of the museum.  I can’t wait to scrap those!  If you would like to learn more about the Pompidou, click this link.

Details, details:


 Incorporating fortune cookie fortunes into my layouts is something I use to do in the past.  I decided to revive this fun tradition of mine!

DSCN3042  I layered and stitched down these October Afternoon banner flags and then bent them up for some added dimension.

DSCN3045  I used some of my “try it out left over stampy paper” to create this banner.  This camera stamp is an exclusive from JBS Mercantile and the yellow tag is vintage from one of Jenni’s past kits. 


This My Mind’s Eye chipboard bird cage banner flag completes the underlying bird theme going on in this layout.  It started with the little October Afternoon bird saying, “Shhh,” in the middle of the trims, to the little bluebird on the banner flags, to this bird cage, that I thought related to the building of the Pompidou itself.  I also just love these Teresa Collins photo corners that I’ve been trying and trying to use.  I was so happy when they worked on this layout!

I really loved working with this sketch and I know you will too!  So, get yourself over to the Sketch-N-Scrap challenge blog for all the details and link up to win.  The prize this month is sponsored by Sketch-N-Scrap, which is some awesome goodies from Crate Paper’s Love Notes collection.

Also, reminder…reminder…Claudine Hellmuth’s Technique Toolbox at Big Picture Classes starts today! 

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If you want to boost your creativity and get daily inspiration from Claudine, this class is for you!!  You have until February 13, 2014 at 10:00 pm PST to register.  And remember that gets you forever access to this class.  Just click my affiliate link to find out more and to register.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!!!    🙂

UR loved at Sketch-N-Scrap

It’s February 1st and we would love for you to join us for the new sketch challenge over at the Sketch-N-Scrap sketch challenge blog!!  Here it it…Sketch #50, designed by the talented Lisa Hidy:


And here is my layout:


The supplies used in this Valentine’s Day layout are from the Jenni Bowlin Studio August 2013 PaperCrafting Kit still available here.  I had fun creating lots of texture with stamping, painting, embossing, stenciling, and glitter.  So lets look at some details.


Here I made a little faux valentine card.  I cut to size a piece of exclusive JBS Mercantile pink/red dotted paper to fit inside the glassine envelope.  I topped off this “Valentine” with a thought bubble cut from the Chalkboard Quotes Echo Park patterned paper and a glittered up Maya Road chipboard heart.  I created the chevron patterned strip by using the kit exclusive stamp and stamping with white pigment ink and embossing with clear embossing powder.  I really love the texture that was created with my imperfect stamping!


I created the background texture for this layout, by first painting around my photo and embellishments with white acrylic paint (inspired by Wilna), then stamping with the date stamp, and adding another layer of paint.  I embossed the chipboard heart with Zing embossing powder in the color Rouge.


For The background stenciling I used the kit exclusive stencil and Jenni Bowlin Studio ink in cough syrup.  I then toned it down with a layer of  white acrylic paint (blank canvas by Claudine Hellmuth).


I love this Jenni Bowlin Studio flatback…so perfect for this photo of my son and his “M&M Guy”.

Have fun with this awesome sketch and pop over to Sketch-N-Scrap and link up to win a prize!  You have until the end of this month.

I also linked up my layout to Paper Issues new issue, You Are Just My Type.

Ta-ta for now!   🙂