Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Good Times - Imaginisce Inspiration

Hello blogging friends! I have an Imaginisce layout to share today. This one features my niece and nephew, Bailey and Sawyer. This week Imaginisce is focusing on re-purposing a paper collection for an everyday uses. I am using the Perfect Vacation papers. I just love how bright and cheery this collection is. It was so easy to use this collection with everyday snapshots.

I found this awesome sketch at Pagemaps and just had to use it... I was in love with that hot air balloon.

Here are some close-ups. I found this fabulous balloon by Rivka Wilkins in the Silhouette store. The #SMILE is from Creative Embellishments. AWESOME chipboard and more! Seriously, check out their website (Everything is 25% off right now too!).  I also use a new Tim Holtz ray stencil with some distress ink applied with a dauber and just love how it turned out....

Imaginisce: Perfect Vacation Pattern Paper, Die Cuts, Journal Pad, Bling, Button, Foam Tape
American Crafts: Cardstock
Silhouette Cameo
Tim Holtz Stencil (Rays)
Ranger: Distress Ink in Wild Honey and China Blue, Distress ink marker in black
The Twinery, Bakers Twine in Ocean,
Creative Embellishments: #Smile Chipboard
Acrylic Paint
Jillibean Soup: Woodgrain Envelope

I am linking up to the Creative Embellishments monthy challenge. Here is the challenge inspiration ...

Bright cheery colors and those balloons! The twist in this challenge was to use four of the following  (I highlighted the ones I used) ...
Straws/rolled paper
trims- ribbon, lace, bakers twine or hemp
enamel dots or buttons
Texture paste, gesso 
A handmade flower
embossing- dry or heat
Bling- Rhinestones or pearls
A flourish

You have until April 30th to link up if you want to join the fun too at Creative Embellishments.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

You Rock - Paper Issues

Hello blogging friends. I hope you all had a wonderful Easter. I enjoyed the day at my Mom and Dad's house with my extended family. I thought I would share an Easter tradition with you to see if any of you have ever heard of this recipe before.

We have this pastry every year called Yeast Kranz. My Mom says it is my Aunt's recipe and she was Polish. I found a similar one here at (I use warm milk instead of water when making it). The inside is a meringue filling with cinnamon and sugar, dates, and nuts. Pastries were not allowed during lent, so this delicacy was made at Easter to celebrate the end of lent. It is yummy!

Today we also celebrated my nephew Max's 13th birthday!

I made him this card. Thank you Silhouette store for having a card I could use for a teenager!!!

I am linking up to Paper Issues Pitch Perfect issue.
You still have a week to link up your issue and join the fun.

Have a great week!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Cardabilities Reveal

Happy Tuesday! I have another card to share today for the Cardabilities reveal. Karan Gerber has done it again creating another fabulous sketch ...
I just got my hands on some Graphic 45 By The Sea papers and was dying to play with them. Here is my take on the sketch...

The wood veneer anchor is from Creative Embellishments. They have a fabulous selection of chipboard and wood products as well as stamps. I applied crackle paint to the anchor and then inked the edges when it was dry. I really love how it turned out.

The sentiment on this card made me think of my brother-in-law. My bother-in-law loves to be out in his boat in the summer. He is in a battle for his life against cancer since last August. Last week I found out he is having yet another surgery. Every time he thinks he is getting better, he has a drawback. I thought he could use some encouragement. He amazes me that through all of the pain, he has kept his sense of humor. I pray that this surgery will be his last and that he will be able to get out on his boat this summer.

I hope you will join us in our latest challenge. Be sure to check out the Cardabilities blog to see what the other fabulous designers have created.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Hoppy Easter Banner - Imaginisce inspiration

Hello blogging friends. All week long Imaginisce is featuring Easter projects for you. I love the Welcome Spring collection. It is like a breath of fresh air after a long, cold winter (which is still trying to hang on here in Minnesota. More snow expected this week!)

I thought I needed more Easter decor in my house, so I wanted to create a banner. The die cuts from the Welcome Spring collection make it so easy to embellish. Add some May Arts Ribbon and some of this fabulous colored burlap from Celebrate It and voila....

Sorry, I am not showing you my banner hanging in my house, but it was just too dark to get a decent photo.
Here are some detail shots.

Imaginisce: Pattern Paper, Die Cuts (Welcome Spring), Foam Tape
May Arts: Ribbon
Cricut Expression
Cricut Cartridges: Art Philosophy and Birthday Bash
Adhesive: Tombow Mono Liquid Glue

Celebrate It: burlap

Be sure to check out the Imaginisce blog all week long for more Easter inspiration.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Celebrate - Spring Card

Hello blogging friends. Busy day so this will be a quick post. Had to say goodbye to an Uncle of mine this morning. He lost his 3 year battle with cancer. It's so sad that I only see my cousins now for funerals.

This week my backyard was filled with robins. Such a beautiful sight. Hello Spring!! Then we got 8" of snow. Yup its still there. Anyway the robins made me remember that I had this stamp from Papers and Such that I love. I just had to dig it out and make a card. This one is for the Cheery Lynn Back to Nature challenge using some pretty Basic Grey Lucille papers and stickers.

I rarely color stamped images. This is not a spectacular coloring job, but its ok. I should take a class one day. I colored this image with my watercolor pencils. Here are some close-ups.

I used the Cheery Lynn Anastasia lace, Sweet Williams strip, and the mini Flourish.

I hope the snow melts fast here and that you have a fabulous weekend!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

No Foolin' - March Publications

Hello blogging friends! I thought I would quickly share a layout and card that were published last month by Northridge Publishing ... and this is no April's Fool joke!

First up, a layout created with the Vintage Bliss collection by Simple Stories ...

I LOVE this collection. Those colors are fabulous. Here are some details...

and here is a card I created with the Quick Quotes Pattern Perfect collection that was published in CARDS. I just love how it was photographed in the magazine...

If you have a subscription check out the April magazines (Yes, I have 2 more pubs in there!). No Foolin'!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Family Hike - Imaginisce Perfect Vacation inspiration

Hello blogging friends! I hope you got outside yesterday to enjoy the balmy temps. We are expecting upper 50's here in Minnesota! Take that snow! I did get out myself. Some girlfriends and I took a little road trip to Pine City to visit the awesome scrapbook store there. We had lunch in a local cafe and visited a few antique stores :) I'll be playing with some new papers here soon.

Today, I am sharing a layout I created with the Imaginisce Perfect Vacation collection. I LOVE the colors in this collection. These papers could be great for those lake photos (In Minnesota, we are the home of 10,000 + lakes). I am using it for this photo of my Naomi and Trenton hiking around the base of Devil's Tower. One of our favorite vacation destinations, but it has been a while since we last visited. My oldest, Naomi, was always so good at watching out for her little brother. Still is, lol.

I love the map paper in this collection, and the compass elements in the collection were so perfect. The die-cuts even have this trendy geo tag :) I love the journaling pads too. These would work so well for pocket pages too.

Supplies: Imaginisce Perfect Vacation Pattern Paper, Journal Pad, Die Cuts.
Maya Road: Paper Clip, Studio Calico Cork Arrows, October Afternoon Stickers,
American Crafts Cardstock, Sukara Micron pen in black,
Cricut cartridges: Boys Will Be Boys (font), Gong Places (compass), Art Philosophy (banners)

Now I am going to get to some Spring cleaning. Thanks for stopping by,

Sunday, March 30, 2014

For Your Confirmation - Cardabilities reveal

Hello blogging friends. I think Spring has finally arrived! 50 degrees is expected today! I am keeping my fingers crossed that it will melt the rest of the snow here. Yes, there is still snow on the ground here :(

I have another card I made for Cardabilities Here is the fabulous sketch by Karan Gerber ...

This challenge is sponsered by Pickled Potpourri DesignsYou can find them here... Facebook or here... Pinterest. 
March 30 Sponsor

Pam from Pickled Potpourri was sweet enough to send me some digital stamps to work with for the reveal. I chose to use the Cross. With Spring right around the corner I was thinking about the First Communions and Confirmations at our church. They always seem to coincide with Easter. My intent was to make a masculine Confirmation card as I have a nephew that will be getting confirmed. A masculine card with this sketch and the digital stamp just wasn't working for me though. Instead I came up with this...

Definitely a feminine card. I like the yellow with the peach color combo. To me it says SPRING! I am not huge on coloring either so left my cross plain. There is enough color on this card already, don't you think.
Be sure to check out the other designer takes. They always WOW me with their talent. If you would like to work with Karan's sketches, Cardabilities and Sketchabilities are having DT calls. 

Enjoy what's left of your weekend!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Mom, You Stamped an Egg! - Imaginisce inspiration

Hello blogging friends. I have an Imaginisce Snag 'em stamp project to share with you today. 

On a recent trip to the grocery store I noticed the Easter candy, decorations, and egg dye kits were being displayed and I had a "aha moment". A lightbulb lit up in my head. I wanted to try decorating my eggs with the adorable stamps from the Welcome Spring collection. Stamping on eggs takes a light touch. Press too hard and your egg may crack. But think of the heads that will turn when they see your eggs! Give it a try with your kids too. I bet they would love to stamp on their eggs :) I used all the stamps in the Welcome Spring collection except the owl. I thought the owl was a bit too big for eggs. I also whipped up a couple egg holders using my Welcome Spring papers. These would look great on your Easter buffet table. 

My kids reaction when they saw my eggs. (Yes, I had all my kids home last week on Spring Break!)..."Mom, you stamped an egg!  That's pretty cool!".

Aren't these stamps from the Welcome Spring collection are the cutest, most adorable stamps ever! 

I used a dye based ink on my eggs. It dries fast and will not smudge off. Once the stamp was inked, I used my fingers to press it onto the egg, that way I could curve the stamp to fit the egg.
Imaginisce : Pattern Papers (Welcome Spring), Snag 'em Stamps (Welcome Spring), Bling (Welcome Spring)
Silhouette files: Egg holders

Thanks for stopping by,

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Look Who's 5! - Scrap Your Stash Blog Hop

Welcome to the Practical Scrappers Blog Hop 
where we are Scrapping our Stash.

If you would like to hop from the beginning, go here.
Lots of designers are doing giveaways- so make sure to check out each blog! 

I played with the Cakewalk collection from October Afternoon and created this layout...

It's perfect for birthdays. I love the die cuts in this collection. So cute!

Practical Scrappers Blog Hop List
Wendi Robinson
Marcia Dehn Nix        <----- You are HERE
Christine Meyer       <-----  Go here NEXT!
Claude Campeau
Heather Sweet

Now hop on over to the awesome Christine Meyer and see what she has created with her stash.

I am linking up with Paper Issue current issue : Thank Your Lucky Stars.  I figure I have counting and stars here.

Thanks for stopping by,