Friday, December 26, 2014

Oh Christmas Tree Card ~ Red Rubber Designs DT

     I hope you had a wonderful holiday!! Here's the Christmas card that I made for my parents using stamps from Red Rubber Designs!

      This is also my entry for the December Card Sketch Challenge @ using Bonus Sketch #6.

     I used the Amelia papers from Red Rubber Designs with gold embossing powder on the edges, and to stamp the tree using Cheery Christmas, and the stars with Build-A-Background. I just LOVE the tree stamp and colored it with some Prismacolor markers and added some Stickles to the ornaments and angel on top. I also used a few dots of Stickles on the green paper on the bottom. 

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Bo Bunny Altitude "Skiing In Canada" LO ~ FotoBella DT

     Merry Christmas everyone!! I hope you're having a wonderful day with family and friends! When you get a moment, be sure to check out FotoBella for their after Christmas sale which starts today. For all of your winter projects you'll love Bo Bunny's Altitude I Want It All Bundle! Even though I'm not a skier, I scrapped this beautiful photo of my sister on the slopes, to showcase some of the ski goodies that come in the bundle.

     I took my inspiration from this awesome sketch used for Bo Bunny's December Sketch Challenge!

     I started with some blue cardstock for my background to bring out some of the blues in the photo. The punched snowflake border and edges of my papers, were painted with white, along with the title which was done using the Tim Holtz Cargo Alphabet Stencil. I also painted the large chipboard snowflake, which came from my own stash, along with the flower, which I colored with Pebbles Inc. chalk. I stamped all of the stitched circles, and added the Layered Chipboard snowflakes. Then I used the ski lift circle embellie that comes in the Noteworthy pack, over the Film Sticker. To finish it off, I added a couple of Buttons with some fiber through them. 

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Inspirational #151 ~ Merry Christmas Card

    Even though Christmas is right around the corner, there's still time to make some last minute cards, like the one I made here for Inspirational #151. I'm hosting this week at Red Rubber Inspirationals with the stamping theme "Christmas Cheer", and would love to see your projects!

     I started this card by blending some Distress Inks (Broken China, Tumbled Glass, and Shaded Lilac) onto some white cardstock, flicking an old toothbrush with water onto it. Then I used some white embossing powder to create snow with the Speckle Background stamp. After cutting 2" strips I embossed the edges to look like snowy windows. The trees were stamped with Palette Inks (Jardin Moss and Burnt Umber) using the Oh Christmas Tree stamp, and then embossed with white again, to create snowy trees. I also used white embossing powder to the hills, which I hand cut, along with the sentiment and snowflakes using Vintage Christmas, all from Red Rubber Designs, which carries a wonderful selection of Christmas stamps at great prices.

      This is my entry for Sketch #5 used in the December Card Sketch Challenge @

     Thanks for your visit, and have a wonderful holiday!!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Bo Bunny Altitude Card With A View ~ FotoBella DT

     I knew when I saw these rustic doors from Bo Bunny's Altitude I Want It All Bundle, I had to showcase them. So I created this card with a view.

     Here's the view when you open the doors! Just like looking out a window on a winter day.

     For step-by-step directions on how I did this, please click on the FotoBella blog! And to pick up your own bundle, be sure to visit the FotoBella store.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Merry Christmas Card ~ Inspirational # 150

     Happy Holidays! Inspirational #150, hosted by Lynda this week, is all about your sparkly holiday greetings, for which I made this Christmas card.

     The Amelia patterned paper from Red Rubber Designs was the perfect choice for sketch #1 used for the December Card Sketch Challenge @

     I started by stamping and embossing the gold script on the red background using Vintage Script, and covering it with some red Stickles. Then I created a banner out of the tags from the paper pack, stringing them through some red tinsel. The green tag was stamped using Holly Swirls. Then I used my gold embossing powder again to stamp Merry Christmas over the tags, and to stamp the zigzag stitching with Running Stitches. I finished it off with more Stickles over the poinsettia and leaf, adding some bling in the middle. We'd love to see your sparkly holiday creations at Red Rubber Inspirationals! Enjoy the season!


Monday, December 8, 2014

Bo Bunny Altitude "Icicles" Layout ~ FotoBella DT

     The new Bo Bunny Altitude I Want It All Bundle from FotoBella is SO gorgeous, packed full of goodies and fabulous colors, for all of your winter projects!!! I scrapped this photo of my house when I lived in Truckee, CA, with icicles so big they hit the ground.

     The beautiful chevron paper (Cold Snap), which I got from the Collection Pack, was my starting point, as it brought to mind a warm, cozy quilt. Then I pulled out my Ephemera pack, and used the book page with an image of a house on it, tearing around the edges, along with some of the script, and glued it to my page. I applied a light coat of gesso over it, and misted it with some Lindy's Stamp Gang Sprays (Witch's Potion Purple, Afternoon Delight Denim, and Delphinium Turquoise). After it dried, I used a stencil to mask the dots with some more gesso. Along the left side of my photo, I used a Martha Stewart stamp to emboss the lacy scallops in silver.

     I hand-stitched the large circle with three different colors of embroidery thread, using silver metallic thread to tie them all together, using my Twisted Stitching. The banner was made from the stickers in the Collection Pack, and backed with distressed, white cardstock. I spelled out ICICLES using another sticker set that comes in the Ephemera pack, along with the blue fringe trim, which I used under the banner. The buttons and silver snowflake are also included in the Ephemera pack, as well as the navy and purple papers that I used to mat my photo. All of the KaiserCraft flowers came from my own stash, which I misted, scrunched, and dipped into gesso. 

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Thursday, December 4, 2014

Happy Birthday Hon! ~ Red Rubber Designs DT

     Happy Birthday to my handsome husband, and love of my life!! Here's the card that I made for him, using stamps from Red Rubber Designs.

     I got my inspiration from sketch #3  used for the December Card Sketch Challenge @

     I was also inspired by last weeks Inspirational # 148: Frame It! I stamped Designer Diamonds onto white cardstock with black ink, and cut the middle part out to create a frame. On the inner corners I stamped and embossed Corner Cuts, using Lindy's Stamp Gang embossing powder (Midnight Pewter Obsidian), which I also used for the birthday sentiment using Sophisticated Sentiments. The background strips were stamped using Well Defined Backgrounds. I finished it off by spraying some mists onto the white background. 

Thanks for looking, and have a great day!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Basic Grey Highline Layout ~ FotoBella DT

     I'm back with another layout I made using Basic Grey's Highline I Want It All Bundle from FotoBella. I thought the colors and patterns were perfect for an 80's page, so I scrapped these old photos of myself at sixteen, posing in my front yard in my new outfit. Look at my crimped hair! Lol!!

     The Frames With Acetate Overlays were just the right size for my photos, and since some of them were a little blurry, it also helps distract from any imperfections. I made the tag by placing my photo in between the frame and some paper that I used from the 12 x 12 Collection Pack. Then I punched a hole on top and tied it off with some black fiber.

     For the photo frame under the tag, I used the Die Cuts and Transparencies, and applied them with Ranger Glossy Accents. I used a black Sharpie to write in the bubble. I also used Vellum Tape on here and on the other pink frame.

     I used every color on the Alpha Sticker sheet to spell out different words and phrases from the Valley Girl song. The title was masked using Black Soot Distress Ink and the Cargo Alphabet Stencil by Tim Holtz. The awesome tag comes in the Mixed Brads, and I anchored it with a piece from the Printed Chipboard Shapes, which I also used for the arrows going down. I finished the page off by hand-stitching the border.

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Inspirational #147 ~ Repeat Yourself

     This old photo of my grandparents is really special to me, so I made this page for my Aunt, who has sacrificed so much of her time and money to care for my sick grandfather in her home. My grandma passed away when I was twelve, and I know she's just been waiting for him. My Aunt looks so much like my grandma in this photo! This is my example for Inpsirational #147, which  I'm hosting this week, and want to see any stamped image at least three times.

     I started this page with some kraft cardstock, which I misted in various colors. Then I stamped Aged Ornaments  onto different colors of tissue paper, and fussy cut them all out. The black scroll reminds me of the black iron gate they had around their house, so I used it eight times,even though I covered one of them up with my flowers. Then I decoupaged them along the right, using the zigzag stitch from Running Stitches in between the scroll work, which I embossed in black.

     To make the sheet music, I used the Vintage Background stamp six times on each sheet of white cardstock, which I inked with Distress Inks to give it an aged look. The only stamp that I used once, is the sentiment on the top left, using Fanciful Vintage. You can get all of these awesome stamps for a great deal at Red Rubber Designs

     Most of my inspiration came from this beautiful mood board, used for this month's challenge @ Scrap Around the World.

     The colors remind me of my grandma's garden, as she loved working in her garden, and always had flowers in bloom. Obviously I used the sheet music, and the lace, which I misted with some Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays. I was also inspired by the window, which is in my photo, and the base of my design with the stamp work. My grandma made the doily behind the large pink flower, so I had to include it, along with the pink button that once belonged to her.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Basic Grey Highline Card ~ FotoBella DT

     Bring a cheerful hello someone's way with this fun and easy card that I made using Basic Grey's Highline I want it all bundle from FotoBella.

     Please click on the FotoBella Blog for step-by-step directions on making this card! Thank you!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Lake Mist Flower Tutorial for Inspirational #146

     Happy Thursday! This week Lynda's hosting at Red Rubber Inspirationals with Inspirational #146 ~ Stitch me up. Here's the example that I made using stamps from Red Rubber Designs.

     I was instantly inspired by this month's beautiful sketch #38 @ Scrap Africa! I was so happy to discover them last month, even though I was too late to enter their sketch challenge.

     Bo Bunny's (Trail Mix) paper was the perfect background to cut into squares, and goes so well with this photo of my son! I stamped Running Stitches around the squares and to create journaling lines.

     The title was stamped with the Alpha Grunge set onto some light blue cardstock. Then I inked the bottoms of the letters with a darker blue, and applied Stickles over them in two shades of blue (Waterfall and Distress Faded Jeans). I also used the Distress Faded Jeans Stickles over the flourish that I cut with my Cricut Expression (Home Decor cartridge), and over the dark blue flower that I made using my Seashell Cheesecloth Flower Tutorial

     The other flowers were made using the George and Basic Shapes cartridge for the Cricut Expression. For this example I made the flower on the right using kraft cardstock, cutting two flowers (using the shift lock button) each at 2", 1 1/2", and 1".

     Then I lightly misted some Glimmer Mists (Jack Frost and Slate) onto some wax paper, and dipped my flowers onto the mists. I scrunched them a little from the middle and opened them up, except for one of the smaller flowers, which I left closed for the center bud, opening just two of the petals. 

     The holes in the center make it easy to layer and glue starting with the larger flowers on the bottom and finishing with the center bud. The lighter blue flower was made with the same mists, but cut from white cardstock. 

     These flowers were really fun and easy to make! I hope you give them a try! 

Basic Grey Highline ~ FotoBella DT

     Basic Grey's Highline I want it all bundle, from FotoBella is so fun and colorful! It's exactly what I've been saving this 20 year old photo for, of the Betsey Johnson store in San Francisco. I included her business card on the top of the page.

     I started by using some gesso under the banner that I made out of  Vellum Tape and Printed Chipboard Shapes.  On the ends I used the larger brads that come in the Mixed Brads package, and used some of the medium ones as centers for the other flowers. The flowers were cut from black cardstock with my Cricut Expression, using the Mother's Day Bouquet cartridge, and backed with some of the papers from the 12 x 12 Collection Pack. For the smaller flower centers, I used some silver studs out of my own stash. I also used some floral die cuts from the Die Cuts and Transparencies.

      The splotches and drips were masked with some inks.I used white paint on the Chalkboard Wood Tags , and then rubbed them with a little chalk. On the top of the heart I used some more of the vellum tape.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Sketchabilities and Tresors de Luxe

     I took a little break from design team work to do something of my own. It felt good to use up some older Bo Bunny (Forever Fall) papers on this layout that I made using one of my son's 5th grade school photos.

     My inspiration came from this awesome sketch #126 at Sketchabilities

     I also got plenty of inspiration from this beautiful mood board used for the first Tresors de Luxe Challenge on Facebook!

       To make the drips I used a mix of sprays. Then I used an old stitch stamp in black to go over the drips. The final touch was some yellow gesso, which I applied to a Tim Holtz stencil (Dot Fade).


     I also used a stencil to mask the notebook paper along the left side of the photo. The flower I've had forever, along with the leaf stamp that's coming from it.

Thanks for looking!