Saturday, September 23, 2023

Bloom & Grow

 Hey everyone!

Today I am sharing a layout I created using sketch #582 by Bev Code at Sketches In Thyme. I took photos of the flowers I planted this spring and used them on this page. I used Simple Vintage Farmhouse Garden by Simple Stories for this page:

I tore strips of patterned paper and stitched them to my white cardstock background. I added 6 photos, matting a few on patterned papers:

I added some stickers and diecuts:

Here is the fun sketch:

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you will play along with the sketches this month!

Monday, September 18, 2023

Wedding Mini Album

Hello Scrappy Friends!
Today I am sharing a mini album I created for Creative EmbellishmentsI used a tutorial from Bev Code. This album is a wedding gift for a friends son and his wife. I used Paper House Productions Wedding Day along with some wonderful CE chipboard pieces from the store:

On the cover, I added patterned papers, a doily, Little Birdie and Recollections flowers and a few Hearts:

Page 1 has a booklet that pulls out. The twine is from the wedding couples invitation. I wanted to incorporate it in the album as I did with the doilies in the popout album on page 2. The doilies were part of the invitation as well. I used a few words from the Wedding Word Set on these booklets:

Page 2 opens up into this. These words are from the Wedding Word Set too:

                                                          Page 3: Wine Bottles & Glasses

Page 4: Love Hearts

Page 4 Booklet: Heart Pieces Set

Close up of page 3:

Page 3 opens to this:

Here's a close up of page 4:

Page 4 Booklet:

                                                           Page 5: Bride & Groom

Page 6: I Love You, Limo Set (couple with heart)

Close up of page 5:

Page 5 Booklet:

Close up of page 6:

Page 6 has a waterfall booklet:

Here's a look at the waterfall cover:

Here is the back of the album:

I made a matching card to go with the album:

I hope I have inspired you in some way today.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Monday, September 11, 2023

As Time Goes By

 Hey there Creative Friends!



It's been 22 years.

Where were you on that tragic day?

Today I am sharing a 9/11 layout I created for Creative Embellishments documeting a little about that day, as I remember it. I used Creative Embellishment chipboard along with Paper House Let Freedom Ring Boston papers:

I added some torn strips of patterned papers to the striped backgraound and did some machine stitching. I added the acetate piece with the gold stars and machine stitched 3 of the sides. I added in some blue glitter and a few star sequins to created a bit of a shaker to the right of the photos:

I colored the Star Banner with inks and added that to my page. I also colored the Full of Love Frame with ink. I placed my photos on patterned paper and placed them on top- adding foam tape where needed. I added in a few BoBunny diecuts:

Here's another look at the Star Banner. I added a few flowers here (Recollections and Fancy Pants):

I stapled together a booklet that I made and added my journaling to. I added some Carpe Diem word phrase stickers. I used Paper House alphas for my sub title:

I used As Time Goes By chipboard piece for my title. I colored that with inks as well: 

Please take a few moments to think about those that lost their lives on this tragic day.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Thursday, September 7, 2023

It's the Little Things In Life

 Hello Scrappy Friends!

Today I am sharing my take on case file #418 at CSI. I used a lot of Echo Park  (Anything Goes, The Simple Life, Day In The Life and Photo Freedom) along with items from my stash for this layout of my friend and I:

I decided to create a grid and use the 4 colors in the file, other than the white which is my background, as the base for each grid. Then I popped in a few of the other colors in each part. I used a Cloud 9 Designs stamp and ink to stamp the "Life is better when it is FUN":

I hand cut the tag, added a twine bow and tucked it under the green block. I added some machine stitching to each block. I fussy cut the butterfly and stitched through it:

I also used a stamp with navy ink and added the dots on the background. I punched the butterfly and red striped border. I added some buttons and Shimelle enamel hearts:

I fussy cut the banner and butterfly. I also tucked in another tag, Hip Kit and My Minds Eye enamel dots and button:

Here is a quick look at the case file:

I was inspired by the colors and friendship theme. For evidence, I used: stripes, floral, grid pattern, people, hearts, flowers, clips, buttons, stitching, circles, string, tags, enamel dots and borders.

Check out the full file in the CSI Facebook group and play along with us!
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Thursday, August 24, 2023

Almost Like A Fairy Tale

Hello Scrappy Friends!
Today I am sharing another layout with you that I created for Creative Embellishments. These photos were taken in the Stockyards Station in Fort Worth Texas last January. I am a huge fan of using lights to decorate and thought this area was so pretty! To create my background, I added light modeling paste through the Twinkle Star (upper) and Crackled Brick (lower) Stencils. Once it was dry, I added watercolors. I let it dry again and added some white acrylic paint spatters. I added a strip of torn wood grained patterned paper from PaperHouse and stitched it in place:


 I inked a few of the Spruce Clusters, added white acrylic paint spatters. I added them to my background. I also tucked in the Christmas Light Strand 1. I inked this as well. I added my photos which I matted on black cardstock:


Here is the  Spruce Cluster on the right side of my photos. The "be happy" and "my life" chipboard are Mambi chips from my stash:


 I used Prima, HipKit Club and Thickers from my stash for my title, machine stitching some:


 I used white acrylic paint and brown inks on the Horse & Buggy. I added it under my photos:


To finish off my layout, I added some white acryluc paint spatters, my journaling and some Tim Holtz and Simple Stories word phrase stickers:


 I had a blast creating this fun layout! I hope I have inspired you in some way. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Wednesday, August 23, 2023

Loving Life!


Greg and I are really enjoying our retirement so far! We have done some traveling and are seeing some awesome sites! The photos on this page were taken in Nashville in May- We have been there 3 differents times since we retired!

Today I am sharing a layout that I created for Sketches In Thyme using sketch # 578 by the talented Rochelle Spears. I used My Minds Eye Collectable collection along with a guitar from Creative Embellishments and Simple Stories embellishments on this travel page:

I added patterned papers to my white textured cardstock. Then added some machine stitching. I hand cute the tage and added some Divine Twine to it:

I added the chipboard Guitar from Creative Embellishments and then added some diecuts from Simple Stories:

I added the chipboard from on top of  the left photo. I also added the chipboard leaf. I finished the page with some paint spatters and my journaling:

Here is the sketch:

I hope you will play along with us this month!
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Thursday, August 10, 2023

Texas Longhorn

Hey there Creative Friends!
Happy Birthday to my Mom! She turns 87 today!
I am back to share a layout with you that I created for Creative Embellishments. On our trip to Texas last winter, I got to see my first longhorn! We were walking through Stockyards Station to get to the rodeo and came across this beauty:


 I started my layout with black textured cardstock and added white acrylic paint spatters to it. I added inks to a few Grunge Mini Frames, placed them on my background and then added my photos on top:


 I added a Recollection flower along with some die cut leaves on the right side of the photo:


On the lower left side of the photo I created another cluster  consisting of diecut leaves, a flower and the cowboy hat, boot, rope and longhorn are from the Cowboy Set. I inked them and added white paint spatters. I also added a Barbed Wire Border that I inked. For my title, I used Making Memories alphas from my stash:


 I inked and cut another Grunge Mini Frames and added the pieces on the top left and lower right side of my page. I created clusters in both of these spots as well: 



 I love how all these elements pop against the black background. I also love how this page came out! I think it is my favorite! 
 Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!