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Thinking Green

Hey peoples, I’m so glad you stopped by!!

It’s the 15th of March, which means time for a new sketch challenge from Sketch-N-Scrap.  Here is Sketch #53:


Isn’t it so cute??!!  I think so and of course it made me think of Spring.  So I pulled out my Modern Mercantile from Jenni Bowlin Studio, which is the perfect collection for any Spring layout.  I absolutely love this collection designed by Lisa Dickinson.  It makes me think of soft quilts and sunny days.  It was the perfect choice for me to use in creation of this St. Patricks Day layout.


For the background I first applied a thin layer of gesso.  After that dried, I painted on top of it with Mister Huey’s in Dark Calico letting the ink pool and puddle in places.  And over that I added a few drips of the same ink.


I so enjoyed making these JBS Alterable Alphas green.  I just rubbed a Q-Tip on the JBS Seed Packet ink pad and then rubbed it on the letters.  I went for an uneven application to give variation to the color.  …and those little JBS navy circle letters…how perfect are they for this page!

DSCN3180 Each journaling strip relates to each photo.


Like I said, this collection of patterned papers reminds me of quilt fabrics, so I couldn’t help but break out the doodle stitching.  I also crumpled and sanded the papers for a worn look.  I used a vintage payroll sheet from one of Jenni’s kits to frame each photo.  I have gotten so much mileage out of that one payroll sheet, tucking it in here and there on various layouts.


I created this button by adhering a leftover scrap (I having been saving every little bit of this collection) to a JBS Plain Chipboard Button and sanded the edges.  I folded over and tore the background paper to mimic the little colored squares from the sketch.

So, that’s my layout…time for you to create your own and link up over at Sketch-N-Scrap by clicking here.  Remember, you have until the end of the month for a chance to win a $20 gift card from and chance to be a Featured Scrapper!!  Have fun, you may get LUCKY!

See ya soon and don’t forget to wear your GREEN on the 17th!!!   🙂

I linked up to Paper Issues New Issue:  Count Your Lucky Stars.  Thanks Lisa Swift!!


Inspired by…

Hi all!!  It’s time for a new Inspired by Sketch Challenge at Sketch-N-Scrap.  Here is the Inspired by Sketch #3:


I love this artsy sketch!!!  Here is my Paris layout based on it, titled BHV:


The building in the photo is the Bazar de l’Hotel de Ville.  It is a department store that includes a  home and hardware section, sections devoted to beauty and and fashion,  as well as a section for pet accessories.   The Parisians refer to it as BHV.   To the left is a beautiful double-decker carrousel called Carrousel, la Belle Epoque.  It is one of many carrousels thoughout the city.


Love the sheen on these gold Thickers.  The hounds tooth photo corner is by Teresa Collins, He Said She Said.


A little cluster of Jenni Bowlin Studio.  I used the Pot of Gold sequins, the File This punch, Tiny Trims Revised in gold, and a label from the Black Skinny Alphas.


Here I layered this lovely JBS Reader Flatback over my favorite Webster’s Pages trims.


I had so much fun experimenting with mists on this layout.  I first sprayed Mister Huey’s Opaque White, then I dripped on the Heirloom Blue, and added another layer of the Opaque White to give variation to the blue.  Finally, I drip, drip, dripped gold Color Shine!!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you stop by the Sketch-N-Scrap sketch challenge blog by clicking here.  You can link up to win a $20 gift card from or be chosen as the Scrapper of the Month.  They also have some awesome card challenges too! 

See ya on the 15th!!   🙂

Hotel de Ville

Hey ho, it’s a new month and it’s time for a new sketch challenge over at the super fun challenge blog Sketch-N-Scrap!!  Here is the March 1st sketch, #52:


And here is my take, a new Paris layout:


Taking my cue from the photos, I was really playing with dark and light in this layout.  This can be seen in my paper and embellishment choices.


Hotel de Ville translates to City Hall.  This building is Paris’ City Hall, not a hotel…lol!  Love this red patterned paper with the elaborate bows designed by lovely and fun Lisa Dickinson for JBS Mercantile.  I used red as an accent color, because of the woman in the photo wearing the red coat.  One amazing  thing I noticed while walking in Paris that there will be a sea of gray and black and one pop of red.  Do you think only certain people are allowed to wear red to create the effect?? (I jokingly wonder.)


I layered these vintage buttons over this amazing Clock Mechanics stamp, an exclusive from JBS Mercantile.  And what is this guy pointing at?


I steer clear from politics, but this is definetly a sign of the times and definetly capture worthy and…


…warranted the use of this soldier card from Jenni’s Fortune Telling Mini Deck.  The little wood veneer arrows are from Pinkfresh Studio.  They are so cute and colorful on the other side, but I turned them over to work in this layout.  The ones at the top, I inked black.

I hope you enjoyed my layout and I hope you join in over at Sketch-N-Scrap where you have a chance to win a prize (a $20 gift card to!!) and a chance to have your layout featured.  You have until the end of the month to link up so pop over to Sketch-N-Scrap by clicking here for all the details.

Thanks for stopping by!!!   🙂