Monday, July 28, 2014

Sweet Taste of Summer + a Winner.

Hello blogging friends. I hope you are enjoying your summer. I have a layout to share with you about my cat Deli (short for Delta). Or maybe I should say my husband's cat. You see Delta was a stray he brought home from the airport on Christmas Eve a few years ago and he dotes on her. She is treated like a queen even when she is naughty. See, she likes not just to smell flowers but to eat them. I caught her in the act!

I used the newest Imaginisce collection, Little Princess. This collection has lots of pattern papers that work well for everyday photos as well as for your little princess. I also used gobs of Cheery Lynn dies. I am linking up to their challenge this week "Hot Time in the Summer". The flowers were made with the Daisy Strip. I also used the French Pastry Doily die, the Fanciful Flourish die, and the Mini Fanciful Flourish die. Here is a closer look at those oodles of flowers ....

You can also see the texture and color I added to the background here using some modeling paste, gesso, and inks.

I have a winner from last weekends blog hop too. 
Congrats to  .....   Lisa from Lisa's Creative Niche!!!

Lisa, send your mailing address to and I will get your prize on its way to you.

Enjoy your week everyone.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Licensed 2 Drive - Creative Scrappers Reveal

Hello Weekend! I thought you would never come. I seriously need to de-stress by scrapping before going back to work on Monday. If you find yourself with a little extra scrapping time, you might want to consider joining us at Creative Scrappers for the latest sketch reveal. Check out this fabulous sketch...

When I decided to scrap this photo of my son after getting his driver's license, I knew those circles in the sketch were going to become gears. He has a bit of a smirk on his face because he was complaining about my wanting a picture, but secretly I think he loved having me make a fuss. Here is what I came up with using some Boys Rule from Crate Paper ....

This is the perfect collection for this photo with the tire treads and cars! Lots of embellies on here too (I may have gotten a little carried away!)

Studio Calico wood veneer cars, Crate Paper chipboard pieces, Tim Holtz metal gears, Petaloo chipboard gears, Love My Tapes washi tape, and a Maya Road zipper .... I am linking up to the latest Paper Issue "Say Cheese"... Maya Road is sponsoring their giveaway.

To Win a prize from our August sponsor Pink Fresh Studios, Create a layout and enter the challenges for Sketch 274-275. Deadline to submit your layout is August 31st at Midnight 

Please Visit PinkFresh Studios on Facebook for your chance to WIN some goodies! Just LIKE their page and let them know Creative Scrappers sent you ;-) 

I hope you will join in the fun over at Creative Scrappers.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Christmas in July + a Giveaway = Scrapping Our Stash Blog Hop

Hello blogging friends! There is a fabulous fun Scrap Our Stash blog hop going on with a Christmas in July theme. You should have arrived here from the Practical Scrappers blog.

Here is the line up in case you get lost along the way ...


I think my Christmas paper stash exceeds any other I have. I don't know why I have to buy a couple different collections every year. I keep telling myself that I can use the extra papers to make cards to send out. Well, truth be told.... not many cards get sent out. I get too wrapped up with work, my kids, and entertaining around the holidays that I run out of time. Here is what I created using the fun Doodlebug North Pole collection.....

This is actually a tri-fold card. I love the extra dimension the layers add. I actually embossed the sentiment too!! Pretty fancy for this girl.

Well.... I still had so much paper left after making this card, I decided to scrap this photo too....

This is my oldest Naomi visiting with Mrs Claus at one of my employee Christmas parties a long time ago. It's a little sad that this tradition is no longer observed by my employer. There is lots of negative space and bling going on here....

Now for the giveaway.... I thought I should actually giveaway something Christmas related, so how about a 6x6 Studio Calico paper pad. I bought 2 of these last Christmas for my Christmas cards and didn't even touch this one before I ran out of time. My procrastination can be your gain. Leave me a comment and become a follower of my blog. Easy Peasy! Tell me if your a procratinator too and I'll throw in some other goodies. I've been cleaning/organizing the scraproom and discovering all sorts of treasures, sometimes in duplicate because I forgot I had already bought it or worse I couldn't find the first one I bought so I bought another.  ( Hi, my name is Marcia and I am addicted to scrapbooking )

Studio Calico Magical 6x6 Christmas Paper Pad

So now its time to hop over to the very talented Laura's blog . Thanks for stopping by. 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Prom Night - Mixed Media Layout for Love My Tapes

Hello blogging friends!  I am sharing a washi tape mixed media layout on the Love My Tapes blog today. Did you know that washi tape is a fabulous way to add layers on a mixed media background. On my layout I layered pieces of torn paper and washi tape, then added some gesso, modeling paste, and inks. Take a look ...

That's my niece in the photo. Isn't she gorgeous!! I couldn't wait to scrap this fabulous picture. 

Here is a closer look at my background. The washi tape I used had text on it. Do you see it? The torn paper and torn edges of the tape give my layout a grungy feel. That chipboard piece is from Creative Embellishments. I LOVE their chipboard. I painted it with gesso then inked it with VersaMark ink and added some shabby blue embossing powder. The embossing powder was heat set until it melted, giving it a little shimmer, perfect for Prom.

I am linking up with the July Creative Embellishments and the Paper Wings Productions joint challenge. Here is the July photo prompt ...

My inspiration was those gorgeous blues and those flowers. The other rule is that you must emboss something (dry or heat). I chose to emboss my chipboard piece.

Have a great week!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Princess Party Gift Holders - Imaginisce inspiration

Hello blogging friends. I hope you are enjoying your summer. We have had the strangest weather here in Minnesota. We broke records in June for the most rainfall and experienced flooding in places. Now in the middle of July when the temps should be in the 90's, we have temps in the 50's and 60's. There is a positive side... my garden is flourishing and I don't have to water :)  These blueberries are starting to ripen now. I am so excited!

Ok, now onto the Imaginisce paper inspiration... My niece has a birthday coming up so I wanted to create a birthday card for her with the Little Princess collection. Ok, she will be 17! But I still remember her loving to dress up in a Cinderellla costume when she was about 3 years old so the Little Princess collection reminds me of her. I went browsing in the Silhouette store for inspiration and found this cute folder. It's perfect for slipping in some cash or a pair of movie tickets. The folder would be great for party invites too. You could slip a card with the invite details inside. While browsing the Silhouette store I discovered something else too, there are LOTS of print and cut files for the Imaginisce Enchanted collection. They are perfect with the Little Princess collection! I printed and cut out the carriage, then downsized the frog and crown before printing so that I could use them with my i-Top. I love my i-Top and my Silhouette for creating my own flair to coordinate with my projects. 

Here are those gift holders....

I had to decorate the back too with these Princess die cuts....

I was having so much fun, I made another folder...

Isn't this collection adorable! Don't forget to use the i-Magicut ribbon cutter for no frayed edges on your ribbon.

Imaginisce : Pattern Papers, Cardstock Die Cuts  (Little Princess), Foam Tape, i-Magicut Ribbon Cutter, i-Top, small, large, and extra large brad daddies 
Silhouette Store: Carriage, Fairytale Creatures (Imaginisce Enchanted collection)
American Crafts: Cardstock, Adhesive
Silhouette file by Jamie Cripps

Enjoy your week!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Zombie Fun - Creative Scrappers Reveal

Hello blogging friends! I hope you are enjoying your summer. I can't believe it's July already. I've been busy with my gardening, making jam, and enjoying time with my kids when they are around on a rare weekend. I came across these fun photos of my kids on my phone from a few years ago and thought they would look great with the Fancy Pants Be Different collection. When I saw this Creative Scrappers sketch with 3 photos I thought now is my chance to scrap these! Here is the fabulous sketch by the very talented Jenny Evans ....

I love all the layers! Here is my take ...

I had a zombie app on my android phone. It would take a normal photo and alter it to change the person into a zombie! It was hilarious. My kids had a blast with it. I love the patterns and colors in the Be Different collection. I couldn't resist using one of the monster die-cuts from the ephemera pack. I cut the title on my Silhouette using the offset feature. Here are some close-ups ...

We Welcome Paper Camellia as our CS Sponsor for July 


To Win a prize from Paper Camellia  all you need to do is create a layout and enter the challenges using our inlinkz widget at the end of the reveals for Sketch 272-273

Deadline to submit your layout is July 31st at Midnight EST. 
Visit  Paper Camellia;  Facebook / Kits / Blog 

I hope you will join us at Creative Scrappers for our latest reveal. I would love to see what you create!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Washi Tape Wedding Decor - Love My Tapes

Hello my blogging friends. I have an awesome decorating idea to share with you today using my Love My Tapes washi tape. My daughter is engaged so I have been keeping my eye out for wedding ideas and found this gorgeous way to add  some elegance to plain votive candles and had to share.

I used this very chic black and gold washi tape to wrap around my votive candles before placing them in these holders I picked up at a Dollar Store. These will be perfect at a wedding shower, or even on the wedding table at the reception. So simple to do too....

It looks so much better with the washi tape doesn't it! I think I'll be eyeballing my washi stash in a whole new way now :)  What else can I decorate with washi...

Have a great week!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Bucket List @50 - Creative Scappers 272 Reveal

Hello blogging friends! I hope you are dry where ever you are. Here in Minnesota, we just set the record for the most rain in June. Lakes and rivers are so high people who live near water are sandbagging. Let's hope July is a little dryer (especially on the weekends).

I have a layout to share today for Creative Scrappers that is all about journaling. The sketch has no photo!


I decided to scrap a layout about my bucket list. I turned 50 last September. When you turn 50, you start thinking about how much longer you will be in this world. How many people live to be 100 or more? My life is half over! This past year has been so hard watching my brother-in-law struggle in his battle against cancer. What if my spouse or I become terminally ill? It really made me think about what I want to do. In fact I spent more time thinking about my journaling than I did on creating this layout. So this is my bucket list @50.

I used the awesome Amy Tangerine Plus One collection. "Live the life you love, Love the life you live" quote on a sticker really fit my bucket list theme. I printed my journaling out on vellum and used some bright green washi tape from Love My Tapes to adhere the vellum to my layout. Here are some close-up details ....

That heart background is a Kerri Bradford file. I love her designs. I used some of the cut out hearts to add more dimension with some foam adhesive.

Oh, you can't read my journaling? Here you go, my bucket list ....
  1.  I want to see all three of my kids graduate from college.  One down, Two to go! (Colette has 3 years of Vet School and Trenton has 2 more years of undergrad studies)
  2. I want to be more tech savvy where my Silhouette is involved. I have learned a lot, but I feel there is so much more I could be doing with it.
  3.  I want to feel the sand between my toes and warm sunshine on my face  while on vacation in Hawaii. A trip to Hawaii would not be complete without seeing Pearl Harbor and the Volcanoes National Park.
  4. I want to see whales up close in the Atlantic Ocean while they are migrating off the east coast.
  5.  I want to see the redwood trees in California that are so big, people can drive their cars through tunnels in them.
  6.  I want to see fields of tulips blooming in the Netherlands. I've been there for work on a couple occasions but it was winter and there was no time to sightsee (and no tulips).
  7. I want to visit the Louvre in Paris to stare at Impressionist paintings all day.
  8. I want to attend mass at the Vatican with the Pope residing.
  9. I want to go on an African Safari. Just imagine seeing an elephant or a lion in their natural habitat!
  10. I want to go on an Alaskan cruise when the sun shines 24 hours a day.
  11. I want to go ice fishing.  Crazy, I know. I live in Minnesota with lots of lakes and frozen water , yet I have never been ice fishing!
  12. I want to enjoy my grandkids (if I ever have any!). I never had the opportunity to be a stay at home Mom, so I am hoping I can indulge my grandkids with trips to the zoo and science museums, playtime in the park where we can feed the ducks, swimming at the lake, and theater outings.

We Welcome Paper Camellia as our CS Sponsor for July 
Sketches 272-273
Deadline to submit is July 31st at Midnight EST.


What's on your bucket list? I hope to see you playing along with us at Creative Scrappers!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Guest Designing for Top Dog Dies!!

Hello blogging friends! I am so excited to be guest designing for Top Dog Dies today!!!! I had so much fun with the Top Dog Onesie Card and Finishers Die Set. The first thing I thought of was adding some ruffled lace to the back side of the onesie. I loved dressing my girls up when they were babies with clothes that had ruffled butts :)  It was easy to do with Love My Tapes adhesive lace. This lace is one of my new favorite things to hoard, lol. The onesie card could be used for a baby shower invite, a baby shower card, a thank you card, or as a baby announcement. Here is the card I made ...

There is a die to cut an insert for inside the card that you can use to add a writing space. I love that Top Dog thought of this, because most pattern papers are double sided.

and my favorite back side view...

Now I said this lace had an adhesive back, so how did I keep it from sticking to everything where the lace is peeking out at the leg openings? I applied some baby powder to the sticky side using my EK Success Powder Tool. Now my card even smells like a baby :)

I decided to make a mini album to show you how versatile these dies can be. Just because the onesie die was created for cardmaking, doesn't mean you have to use it just for cards! I cut the onesie at the top where the fold was and mounted the die cut papers onto boxboard (cereal boxes work well for this). These dies have no problem cutting through the thicker boxboard. I did not even have to run it through my Big Shot more than once! The boxboard gave the mini more stability. I used eyelets at the top where my mini will open for added strength. Take a look at my mini created with the Imaginisce My Baby collection ...

Look at how detailed these dies are ...

This cute little guy is my great nephew Harper.

You'll have to hop over to the Top Dog Dies blog to see the rest of my album. Don't forget to leave me some love there and check out the Top Dog Dies store.

Don't you just love these dies?  Want to win some?  You will be happy to know that Top Dog Dies is doing a giveaway!  The winner will receive  $50 worth of exclusive dies from Top Dog Dies...your choice!  Simply click on HERE or on the image below to register via the Rafflecopter app on the page to enter. Deadline to enter will be Monday, June 30 at midnight Central Standard Time.

Thanks Top Dog Dies for having me this month!

Firecrackers Table Decor - Imaginisce Inspiration

Hello blogging friends! Are you hosting any 4th of July BBQs? If so, I have the perfect table decor that I created for Imaginisce. My BBQ guests will get a BANG out of these (sorry, couldn't resist the pun)...

Those are upcycled toilet paper and paper towel rolls (I cut the paper towel tube down). I wrapped them with pattern papers, tied them together and added some embellishments. Cut your paper 1" wider than the roll. Once you have it glued on the roll, cut slits around the end so you can wrap the paper around to glue down on the inside. If your kids are getting bored already on summer vacation, they can help make these. Cut a circle larger than the tube, punch a hole in the middle and string some fibers through for your fuse and adhere inside tubes. I used papers from the Imaginisce Perfect Vacation collection and the Love You More collection.
Imaginisce : Pattern Papers (Perfect Vacation, Love You More)
American Crafts: Cardstock

Linking up with Paper Issues: "In the Navy" theme. This fits the Red, White, and Blue patriotic option.

Thanks for stopping by.