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You Love to Camp

Hey there!  I’m finally posting my first Things That Shine layout today!!!  It has been a stressful few weeks of major computer problems leading to a not so sudden death last Thursday.  Ugh!!!  But, as you can tell I’m up and running, which means major dollars forked over for a new machine  and thankfully a techy type guy to transfer all our data over to this new beast.  So, on to the layout.

DSCN3769I used the first days of summer kit from Ashley Calder and the Things That Shine to create this layout.  This wonderful kit full of fresh greens and aqua blues was perfect for this camping layout.

DSCN3755This woodsy washi tape is a perfect back drop for my title.  I love the contrast of the masculine feel and the lovely sentiments.


To coordinate with the washi, I used walnut ink to customize plain cream photo corners.  The layer of dictionary paper is actually part of the kit packaging.  I just dry brushed some acrylic paint over it to coordinate with the green embellishments from the kit.


And last but not least, I had to include this detail, similar to my sneak post, of this super cute wood veneer tree and hanging birdie.  I placed the star embellishments around the tree to really give the feel of camping under the stars and also for my star camper!

So, pop over the Ashley’s etsy shop Things That Shine a get this wonderful kit for yourself.  It is perfect for capturing your summer memories; bike rides, picnics in the park, long walks, and more.  Actually I’ve got another project waiting in the wings I made with this kit and I still have left over goodies.

See ya soon with more Shiney Projects and visit Ashley’s shop so you can get Shiney too!!

I’m linked up to Paper Issues newest issue: Say Cheese!


The Best There Ever Was

Wow, it’s June 1st!  I can’t believe it!  Summer is fast approaching and I am looking forward to a slower pace.  How about you?  Well, before we slow down let’s get some scrapping done.  Join us at Sketch-N-Scrap for a new sketch challenge and a chance to win a prize from Chic Tags!!

Here is Sketch #58:


Here is my take on the sketch:


The jounaling reads:  Trying to speak our language.  He’s Murphy the talking dog. 

Murphy is a beagle mix and apparently beagles like to try to communicate with their owners in their owners’ language.  It is interesting, to say the least, with some of the sounds he makes.  Sometimes it gets a little freaky.  LOL!

Still working through my March 2014 kits from JBS Mercantile for this layout.  I only added kraft paper, inks, teresa collins photo corners, and ribbon.

Here are some details:DSCN3534

I stamped on kraft paper with the exclusive PaperCrafting Kit stamp to create this background paper.  To create the border, I painted the back side edge with chalboard paint, punched it with the JBS “ticket please” punch, and added two rows of stitching.


I added some drips and drops of ink…Color Shine in Sweet Cherry and Coral…Mister Huey’s in Dark Calico.


Always important on a layout, the date (or approximate date) of the photo.  I use the same Sakura white gel pen that I used for the journaling to hi-light these number stickers from jillibeanSoup.


I just love this little cluster of embellishments!  The JBS “speak” chalkboard flatback, the Dear Lizzy puffy sticker heart, the punched kraft heart using the kit stamp and JBS Cough Syrup ink, and Murphy’s worn out dog tag.

Have some fun with this sketch and link your layout up over at the Sketch-N-Scrap Challenge Blog.  Remember, you have a chance to win a prize from Chic Tags and be our Featured Scrapper of the Month.

Also, Sketch-N-Scrap is looking for some new Design Team members!!  There’s only a few days left to apply.  Click here for all the info.

And there is still plenty of time to enter my challenge sponsored by JBS Mercantile!  Get all the details by clicking here.

Ta-ta for now!   🙂

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!!!   🙂

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’!!!!

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!   🙂

Adore – A Paris Mini Album

Hi everyone!!  I’m so excited to share this new project with you.  I did skip ahead in my Paris photos in order to create this Paris mini album featuring The Eiffel Tower and my love for Paris.  This mini actually started out as an October 2013 Halloween Mini Album Kit designed by Jenni Bowlin that I purchased at JBS Mercantile.  To transform Jenni’s kit, I took out the orange and the spooky and added the pink and the Paris.  I did follow the kit’s instuctions, but customized them by changing things up; adding items and taking items away to suit my needs.


  • Cover –  I added a black embossed Eiffel Tower, pink trim, and letter’s cut from the included Bazzil Basics Halloween word stickers.


  • Inside front cover – I used the included chalkboard paint and marker to design my inside cover and added iridescent star sequins.
  •  Page I front –  I love the JBS sillohette rub-ons included in the kit, especially because I had used the silhouette images in a recent Paris layout.  I added the JBS chewing gum paint to use with the JBS Fishnet stencil and added a word sticker from 7gypsies.


  • Page 1 back – I added an October Afternoon label sticker and some journalling.
  • Page 2 front – I made a black and white photocopy on cardstock of my photo and painted in some pink clouds.


  • Page 2 back – I added Echo Park patterned paper from the So Happy Together collection, a Webster’s Pages flower, and pink butterfly sequins.
  • Page 3 front – I added the JBS Black Vellum Butterfly and some embroidery floss to this JBS Clock rub-on.


  • Page 3 back – I add this double-sided mulberry paper from my stash to the JBS Black Skinny Alpha stickers and the black German foil trim from the kit.
  • Page 4 front – I trimmed my photocopy to fit the included Lilybee Index Journaling Cards and added trim.


  • Page 4 back – I added the quote and 7 gypsies sticker onto the Echo Park pink paper.
  • Page 5 front – To this JBS Photographers Mark rub-on, I added a butterfly punched out of the mulberry paper and topped it with a Black JBS Butterfly sticker, which I backed with another butterfly sticker, so that once I attached it with the staple I could fold up the wings for some added dimension.


  • Page 5 back – Here I added the gold embossed Eiffel Tower and a little description of what actually happened for the Year 2000 celebration.  Even though we weren’t actaully in Paris then, I really wanted to use the count down on The Eiffel Tower as an underlying theme in the mini as it could only be seen in 1999, the year we were there.
  • Page 6 front – This is a color photocopy that I sized down to fit the Lilybee index card.  I added a different trim, some gold confetti stars, and a vintage button.


  • Page 6 back – Recording the actual date we were in Paris.  I added an October Afternoon label sticker and some gold JBS sequins along with the included Bazzill Basics Kraft die cut numbers.
  • Inside back over – To give The Eiffel Tower that chalkboard look, I used a Claudine Hellmuth Studio Paris Holiday stencil and Claudine Hellmuth Studio Blank Canvas paint .  I added gems from my stash.


  • Back cover – I covered the back cover with the included JBS Mercantile exclusive patterned paper to match the front cover.  I then added the JBS Mercantile Film Negatives stamp.  On the stamp I recorded what envelope of my Paris pictures these photos came from (4 out of 5) and which frames on that roll of film (yes film) these photo are.  I also stamp all my Paris layouts on the back like this.


Ahhh…Paris love!  With this mini, I am linking up to Paper Issues Fallin’ For You Issue.  I definitely fell for Paris when I was there and now that I am currently scrapping all my Paris photos, I am falling for Paris and all things French all over again!!

I really loved Jenni’s original Halloween mini when I first saw it!! I had been thinking of creating a Paris mini for a while and when I saw the black and cream polka dotted paper and the included rub-ons in her kit the ideas to add pink and Paris started.  This was such a fun and challenging project to work on and I think it makes a nice additon to my Paris Series.  Click here to see the cover of Jenni’s Halloween mini.

Supplies I used from the kit:  JBS Circle Chipboard Mini book; JBS large tart tin; Lilybee Design Index Journaling Cards Harvest Market Collection; Americana Chalkboard paint; Marvy Uchida Chalk marker; JBS Mercantile pattern paper; Bazzill Basics Halloween word stickers; black cardstock; black German foil trim; JBS Rub-On singles; Bazzill Basics Kraft die cut numbers; JBS Black Skinny Alpha stickers; JBS Kraft folder; 2 small manilla tags.

Supplies I added:  Cardstock: Paper Reflections(pink); Patterned paper: Echo Park So Happy Together-Neighbor; Mulberry paper: The Paper Company; Stickers: 7gypsies Collection Stickers-Trousseau; October Afternoon Label Sticker-Postmarked, JBS Butterfly Black Stickers; Embellishments: Vellum Butterflies-Black, Webster’s Pages Perfect Petals-pink flower; Clear stamps: Stampendous! Charm Collection, JBS Mercantile; Trims: Simplicity; Sequins: JBS April, June kits; Paint: Jenni Bowlin for Ranger, Claudine Hellmuth Studio; Punch: Martha Stewart Crafts; Tiny Attacher: Tim Holtz; Embossing Powder: American Crafts Zing-Gold, Stampendous! Stamp-n Stuff-Detail Black; Stencils; JBS, Claudine Hellmuth Studio; Other: embroidery floss, vintage button, confetti, gems.

I’m so glad you stopped by to see my latest project!!  I will see you soon with a new Paris layout!

UPDATE:  My Paris Mini Album is being featured today, November 12, on the Jenni Bowlin Studio Facebook Page!!  You can see it over there by clicking here.  Thanks JBS!!!

xo, Evie

paint brush = le pinceau

Hey there!  This week I’m playing along with the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog.  It’s my new thing!  The challenge is: Stamping on anything but plain paper.  I think I got that covered in my French Word tag below.  🙂


This time I thought I’d show you a bit of my process in making this tag.


I started with the Claudine Hellmuth Studio sticky-back canvas in white and cut it to the size of a Ranger #8 manilla tag.  I then painted the canvas surface with Claudine Hellmuth Studio paints and when the canvas was dry I applied it to the #8 tag.


Here I did a laser photocopy transfer, using one of my own Paris photos, on top of the painted tag.


And now let’s start stamping on this photo transfer on painted canvas surface, lol!  I used Jet Black StazOn ink with the Jenni Bowlin Ink Spots stamp.


And here’s a detail of the paint brush and title on the My Mind’s Eye pattern paper.  I used the same StazOn ink to stamp the brush and painted a sweeping of gesso to write the title on.   I also used foam tape to raise up this hand cut patterned paper shape.


As a finishing touch, I edged the top and sides of the tag with gold pigment ink.


Another inky, painty, transfery, canvasy detail.


Supplies:  Tag: Ranger Inkssentials; Sticky-back canvas, multi-medium, acrylic paint, gesso: Claudine Hellmuth Studio; Patterned Paper: My Mind’s Eye Notabe “Memo” Reminder Paper; Clear Stamps: JBS Mercantile; Anna Griffin Creativity Clear Stamp Kit; Ink: StazOn, ClearSnap Color Box Pigment; Chipboard: ki Memories; Ribbon: May Arts, other; Twine: Martha Stewart Crafts; Pen: Amy Tangerine; Foam Mounting Tape: Scotch.

If you haven’t entered my Give-Away there’s still time!  Click here to enter.  Also, it’s my b-day today, Woo hoo!  Another year older, Boo Hoo!!!

Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see ya on Tuesday with a new Paris Series layout and a Give-Away winner!

xo, Evie