Monday, December 10, 2012


On the 10th day of Christmas - distress a die-cut and use on a tag.  I added inks and Stickles. 

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Mr. Grinch!

Who doesn't love the story of "the Grinch that stole Christmas"?  If you have a Grinch in your family, you NEED to make some of these tags!  I used mostly punches and a few things cut by hand.  I lifted the idea from lizzier on Splitcoast Stampers. 

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Friday, December 7, 2012

Angel tag

On the 7th day of Christmas I made a monochromatic angel tag with a pop of dark red.  The angel was saved from a Christmas card, just because it was so darn cute!  I added gold Stickles to the halo and stamped then heat embossed the stars on the background.  To make the crinkled ribbon, I threaded it through the tag as usual, then hit it with the heat gun.  Don't want to do it too much, or it will melt and not be the pretty crinkle look you want. 

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Thursday, December 6, 2012

stamping, and misting

On the 6th day of Christmas I made a tag with stamps and misting. 

tag within a tag

On the 5th day of Christmas - we are to use a tag within a tag.  I fussy cut the candy canes and bow from a Christmas card.  the To: From: tag is a stamp I've had forever and hasn't seen ink for a while - glad to put it to use.

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Christmas tag 4

On the 4th day of Christmas we are to use a stamp.  I used my Stampin up! paint print set and made the poinsettia by stamping twice, cutting out the flower, layering it and adding 3 gold brads.  All papers are scraps from Stampin Up holiday papers. 

Monday, December 3, 2012

Christmas tags 2 and 3

2nd day of Christmas - use 2 colors of mist.  I used a snowflake stencil and misted with blue and gold.  The bottom border is a sticker and the snowman was saved from a Christmas card.  

3 day of Christmas - make a Christmas tree.  I love how this one turned out and if I find a bit of time I will make a few more.  Using all scraps with a little stitching and added a star brad. 

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Ho! Ho! Ho!

On the 1st day of Christmas - I made a tag with a vintage image and inked the edges.  This is for the tag challenge at Scrap 'N Chat. 

Gift card holder

For the card challenge at Scrap 'N Chat I am challenging you to make a gift card holder.

I used the directions on the Better Homes and Gardens site -  there are several to choose from.  I made the coaster card holder.  I love the look and feel of this one.  Now I need to find some more coasters.  LOL

Monday, November 26, 2012

Hooray A R Queen

This layout is a lift from Seatrout on  It is for a lift challenge at Scrap 'N Chat. 

camped out

This layout is a lift from Leslie Ashe, challenge was posted on Scrap 'N Chat. 

Photo is of Jim's family in 1962 at Placerville Camp in Black Hills, South Dakota. 

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Boys Rule

The sketch is by Diana at Scrap 'N Chat.

I used a lot of Scenic Route papers.  The title piece and border strip are by Cosmo Cricket. 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

no guts no glory

Here we are carving our pumpkin in 2009.  Katie designed a kitten face, turned out so cute!

The sketch is from My sketch World

At my Scraps & More  this layout fit into Julie's 3*2*1 challenge.  I used 3+ pp stripe, plaid and other; 2+ embellies twine, bling, dimensional flowers; 1+ technique  spray and stamp. 

At Scrap 'N Chat I completed the Blitz Bingo from Oct. 5th.  I stamped, misted, used a button, orange, and twine.

Monday, November 19, 2012

You're Paralized

Sketch from Bev's challenge at My Scraps & More.

Title prompted by the song title "Thriller" at Scrap 'N Chat.  

I used some very watered down paints to create the background and the pp and stickers are Monster Stew by JilliBean Soup. 

Thursday, November 15, 2012

kit swap

Over at My Scraps & More they are having a "kit swap".  We each put together a kit with 3 pp and 4 embellies.  Here's my kit from Juliee.  Wow, look at the pretty papers and embellies.  Now I need to figure out a way to use them!  Looks like possibly a "girly" layout coming up. 

Sweet ride

Sketch from My Scraps & More sketch blog.  For my stamping challenge at Scrap 'N Chat I used a Stampin Up! Antique Cracking  stamp with Creamy Caramel stamped off on the yellow to tone it down a bit. 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

happy Double Digit

Here's my take on the great sketch at My Scraps & More sketch blog.    The colors are for the  color challenge at Scrap 'N Chat.  

These are photos from youngest DD's birthday party in 1988! 

Thursday, November 1, 2012


Katie had 2 costumes, one the vampire from "Adventure time" for Trick or Treating and the other for school had to be a book character, she chose "Katie, the kitten fairy.  I made her fairy skirt and wings. 

wishing you happiness today and always

This is the card I made for Melissia and Travis's 1st anniversary.  It is also the November card challenge at Scrap 'N Chat - using rounded corners. 

Friday, October 26, 2012

Sweet Memories

Photos from our 2010 vacation in South Dakota.  Sketch from My Scraps & More.  Pattern Paper challenge from Scrap 'N Chat.  I used a lot of scraps in this doing that!  Papers are from  3 Bugs in a Rug and DCWV stacks.  

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Happy Halloween Oct. 31

Photo from 1986.  I put hidden journaling explaining the characters.  I think most people will know "Snow White", but I'm not so sure of "Pink Panther".  This is for the journaling challenge at Scrap 'N Chat. 

Wednesday, October 24, 2012


Our 2 daughters - Halloween 1984.  Sketch #343 from Sketch Inspiration.  Ribbon flower challenge from Scrap 'N Chat.

meeting Charlotte

Jim and I went to David and Caroline Higgins wedding last week-end in Austin, Texas.  I got to hold our great niece Charlotte Ann Higgins.  She is Jim and Julie's first granddaughter after 2 grandsons and she's just so adorable and looks so much like her Daddy, Ryan.  Here's the quilt I made for her. 

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

arsenic poison

Sketch from My Scraps & More.  Art challenge from Scrap 'N Chat.  Photos of Melissia in the school costume parade - one of my favorite costumes I'd made the girls for Halloween. 


I LOVE the story these photos tell.  We took Katie to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party.  She didn't like being in the fairy costume, kept staring at us in the face paint - she was really taking everything in.  But you can tell how comfortable she was snuggling up on my lap.  Can you tell I love this little girl?  Color challenge from Scrap 'N Chat. 

Monday, October 22, 2012

I'm Scarier than you!

Here's my take on the sketch from Scrap 'N chat. 

Our girls were seldom dressed as anything scary, so had to use this title on this layout.  Since the photo's had so much orange in them it was a good time to pull out all those black, green and purple papers. 

Friday, October 5, 2012

My love

Jim and I celebrated out 39th anniversary at Roy's,  sketch by Heather Landry.  Papers from My Mind's Eye.  

Monday, October 1, 2012

embrace life

The October card challenge at Scrap 'N Chat  is to use the bleach technique.  Splitcoaststampers  has some of the best tutorials out there and this is no exception. 

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Gateway to fun

I used the left half of the sketch from the Basic Grey sketch challenge.  I've been a Basic Grey fan for years, while I don't have every collection I have quite a stash. 

For this layout I used:
cardstock - Stampin Up!
inks & mists - Stampin Up! and Tattered Angels
pp - BG Archaic
border strip and stickers - BG Archaic
buttons - BG Infuse and Ambrosia
Alpha - BG Archaic, Marrakech and Mello 

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Duncombe Elementary School

Photo of Jennifer and her 1st grade teacher, Mrs. Parker at the Parent/Teacher conferences. 

Papers and embellies by Reminisce. 
Brads by Stampin Up!
mini alphas by October Afternoon

Saturday, September 15, 2012

frightfully cute

Another Halloween layout - this one from 1988.  Melissia (the black cat) and her friends ready for trick - or- treating.  The sketch was posted on Scrap N Chat. 

Friday, September 14, 2012


Jennifer and Melissia with their Jack-O-Lanterns in 1980.  This is for a lift challenge at Scrap N Chat.  The original layout came from a blog Inside My Head.  I love this design. 

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Trick or Treat

and too cute to spook!  Halloween photos from 1983.  This was a lift from Scrap N Chat. 

2 wheels

I found these photos of Melissia riding her bike after we had taken the training wheels off.  The photos are blurry, but it's such an important milestone for a child I decided to scrap them anyway.  The sketch is a lift challenge from Scrap N Chat. 

Please join us on the forum and be inspired! 

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Sunday, September 9, 2012


I used Diana's sketch at Scrap N Chat for this layout about us having a treat from the French Pastry shop at Epcot. 

Saturday, September 8, 2012

wish bone

Thanksgiving week 2009.  We haven't saved the wish bone in a very long time!  Katie had a hard time waiting for it to dry.  She wins again!  How does she get so lucky?
cadstock - Stampin Up!
pp, alphas and numbers - Pink Paislee
misc. brads and journaling spots.

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Thursday, September 6, 2012


When we got out the Halloween decorations Katie found the black cat costume I'd made for Jennifer years ago.  I had to shorten the legs, but otherwise it fit well.  Katie made and adorable cat!  2009

Monday, September 3, 2012


Today the 6 of us went to Animal Kingdom to celebrate my Birthday a day early.  We were there early before the crowds and the mid-day heat kicked in.  The line wait was only 10-20 minutes at the rides.  We had lunch at the Rain Forest Cafe.  Was a great day! 

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Silhouette card challenge and tutorial

 My September card challenge at Scarp 'N Chat is to create a Silhouette card.  The tutorial for this card is below. 

 You will need to cut a circle or oval from the center of a piece of vellum.  I used yellow so you could see it easily. 

Use a bit of temporary adhesive on the vellum to keep it from sliding on the cardstock.  Cover the opening with VersaMark. 

 Use cotton swabs to apply your chalks to create a sunset or landscape effect.   

 I did two different colors and two different shapes.  Wipe the chalked area well.  Remove the vellum. 
Choose solid type stamps.  Stamp with black ink and use black embossing powder to make it stand out against the background. 

Layer and embellish your cards.