Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Girlfriend Getaway Layout

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My friend, Sue, and I do a "girlfriend getaway" in January and go see author & comedian Lorna Landvik at the Bryant-Lake Bowl. Here we are with Lorna herself!

The Bryant-Lake Bowl is kind of a "hole-in-the-wall," so this grungy paper was just right. To bring a feminine twist to it, I added pink, glitter paste with a TSW brick stencil and Prima flowers.

For a theater feel (yes, there is a tiny stage in this bowling alley!), I added gold, glitter accents and heat embossed (hard to photograph) a frame around the outside of the page with WOW's Cloud Nine embossing powder.

The design of this layout is based on a sketch at Stuck?! Sketches.

This page is entered in:
  • The "Emboss It" Wednesday challenge at Simon Says Stamp

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Design Team Layout

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I had this blog for only about a year when I was chosen to be on TWO design teams! Still can't believe I was picked to be on Quick Quotes' AND Scrap Our Stash's design teams. I, of course, had make a layout about it.

The papers are Quick Quotes' Mulberry collection. The flowers are Poppy Stamps' Stitched Bloom Trio diecuts, with embossed stitching and edged with Quick Quotes' PowderPuff Chalking inks. The letters are by K & Co.

The adorable pup is Flogger by Latina Crafter. This page is based on a sketch on the Latina Crafter's blog.


This page is entered in:
  • The "Emboss It" Wednesday challenge at Simon Says Stamp

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Enjoy The Summer with Quick Quotes Club Q!

Hello Quick Quote fans, June here today.

I am loving the June Club Q kit, it is all about summer and fun! You can check it out here.

I was inspired by the beautiful orange striped paper and white chipboard suns in the "Big Altered Project" kit, it was prefect for this photo of my son leaping into the air on his last day of school.


Even thought the original design of the Big Altered Project kit is to create a mini album, I found it worked well for making 12" x 12" pages, too! (Two papers were also used from the Page Layout option.) The small pre-cut papers work well as photos mats, backgrounds and accents, plus there are so many cute, white chipboard pieces to play with. With the addition of the Page Layout option (or save by buying the Ultimate Combo Club Q) you can make several matching pages.

To bring extra pizzazz to this page:
  • Suns and "summer" chipboard from the kit was backed with white cardstock that was colored by blending Sunset and Buttercup PowderPuff Chalking Inks to make them POP
  •  A frame and 2 flowers from the kit were colored with Sunset and Buttercup PowderPuff Chalking Inks
  • 3 flowers from the kit were colored with Seafoam and Sky Blue PowderPuff Chalking Ink
  • Raffia from the kit was added to the title
  • Several cut-apart quote banners were attached with mini copper brads from the kit
  • All the papers were edged with Sunset or Seafoam PowderPuff Chalking Inks
  • Drywall mesh tape and ribbon (not included) were added to the background for texture

Products Used:
 June Club Q
 PowderPuff Chalking Inks: Sunset, Seafoam, Sky Blue and Butterup

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-june/DT Member 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Mom's Day Layout

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Ever since I was little, I wanted to be a mommy. Throughout my life I've had several wonderful careers, but I have always been first and foremost a mom and wife. How could I not love it with these fabulous men!

I wanted something very special for this photo and Lilith Eeckles great sketch and video at the Altenew blog was prefect and sooo inspiring. I stayed pretty true to the sketch and video suggestions.


Altenew's Wild Hibiscus stamp set was, well, made for Mother's Day and prefect to incorporate into this layout. The flowers and butterflies stamped from this set were watercolored with Prima's Watercolor Tropical Confections and dimensional paint was added to the centers.  The sentiments are also from Altenew's Wild Hibiscus and heat embossed with WOW's white embossing powder.

I also fussy cut the rose flowers from papers in Altenew's Reflections Scrapbook Collection and added them to the floral clusters. (Oh, how I love this collection!)  Mixed in the clusters are gold embossed Circle Loop diecuts by Simon Says Stamp. The letter stickers, decorative wood brads, striped pattern paper and even the date stamp are all from the Reflections kit. 

To finish off this page, I blended gray inks over Altenew's beautiful Stone Wall stencil to ground the photo, and then splattered gold Color Shine over the layout.

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Licensed To Drive for Scrap Our Stash

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This page shows my son just after he tested for his driver's license, and he got it on his first try! Aaron is loving his independence and so are we. In true scrapbooking form, I got him being triumphant in front of the DMV and taking off on his first solo drive.

 Scrap Our Stash is having fun tic-tac-toe challenge. I used the diagonal - RIBBON, RAINBOW and WOOD. (I "accidentally" did both diagonals with RED, RAINBOW and HASHTAG.) Check it out  here and if you play along you could prize a great prize.

June Tic Tac Toe Stash Challenge

I raided my stash for fun car related items and found some great chipboard car parts by Creative Embellishments. I colored "chippies" with silver Inka Gold. To created the rainbow tire track background with a Creative Embellishment's stamp and Quick Quotes' PowderPuff colored ink. I used Simple Stories pattern papers. (Can you find the name of the collection from the tear strip used as an embellishment on this page?

This layout is entered in:
  • The "Make It Masculine" Wednesday challenge at Simon Says Stamp
  • The Creative Embellishments June Challenge. I was inspired by the gears and the guy driving.

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Collage Printing with Canon Selphy and Quick Quotes

Hello Quick Quotes Fans! June here today to share with you a fun layout and wonderful feature of the Canon SELPHY.

My son and I love to go on mini adventures on his school breaks and try to do something each day. This is a page of our spring break trips this year.

I just discovered the most amazing feature of my Canon Selphy CP1200 - the SHUFFLE collage! Check it out, 6 photos on one standard size print (it will do up to 20 photos). Plus this fabulous little machine magically knows which way the to orientate the pictures and clusters them together.

 It is so easy to do:

  • Go through the normal steps:
    • Turn it on,
    • Upload photos
    • Press Menu
  • Using the down arrow key move cursor to "Change Setting," press "ok" button
  • Using the down arrow key move cursor to "Page Layout"
  • Using the right arrow key scroll thru collage options to "Shuffle," press "ok" button
  • Select collage options, then press "back" button
  • Press "menu," with up arrow key move cursor to "Select and Print," press "ok"
  • Press right arrow to scroll thru photos
    • Press up arrow to add picture to collage.
    • You can add as many photos as you like up to 8 or 20, depending on the collage options you choose.
    • Don't worry, the Selphy orientates and sizes each of the photos.
  • Now for the best part, press the "print" button and watch the magic happen!

To create this layout I used Quick Quotes "49 Shades of Grey" collection. Here are the directions:
  • cut Windsong WS105 to 11.5" x 11.5" and attach to 49 Shades of Grey SH-100
  • mat photos on SH-101
  • cut 3 strip from SH-105 and cut each stripe to 4" long
  • punch/diecut 5 orange and 7 blue flowers
  • punch a 2" circle from Windsong WS105
  • cut circle phase embellishment from SH-500
  • edge all elements with Coal Miner PowderPuff Chalking ink
  • add gems to flowers and journaling to large circle 
  • add title across the top and assemble as shown
  • finish up with Quick Quotes Metal flowers and twine bow
Here are a few close-ups:

Quick Quotes Products:
 49 Shades of Grey - 100, 101,105, 500
 Windsong Paper Pack
 PowderPuff Chalking Ink - Coal Miner
 Metal Embellishment flowers

 Printer- Cannon SELPHY CP1200

Other Products:
 Simon Says Stamp - Fresh Daisy and Marissa snowflake dies
 flower punches
 letter stickers 

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Sunday, June 4, 2017

Oops! Layout

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My 10th grade son's last day of school was on Thursday. He was so excited,  he threw his backpack high into the air. A little too high ... see it there lodged 15ft in the tree! It took him 20 mins. to get it down before he could really start his summer break!


One of my favorite design looks is bright colors with a contrast of black and white. Bobunny's Believe collection offered the beautiful, bright colors of summer. I contrasted it with Thicker's bold, black foam letters and white matting around the photo. A vellum background was added to further highlight the photos.


To add to the summer theme, I created flowers with Simon Says Stamp's Friends For Life stamp set and Quick Quotes' PowderPuff Chalking Inks. Ranger's black Enamel Accents was used in the flowers' centers.

To finish things off, I dug through my stash and found a few school themed embellishments including two backpacks (score!) and notebook paper for the lower border. This page is based on a sketch at Stuck?! Sketches.


This page is entered in:
Colorful Creations "I love summer blog hop!"

Stuck?! Sketches June 1 Reveal

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Friday, June 2, 2017

Grant Guy

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We are so proud of Aaron. He has a real knack for writing grants. Aaron goes up against adult writers and has been successful - he is only 15 years old! His secret, a big heart that comes through in his writing.

Since this grant is for his robotics team, I used metal, grunge papers by Reminisce. My new metallic Enamel Accents, older Thickers and Tim Holtz Robot stamps were also used. This page is based on a sketch by Lisa Hidy at Sketch N' Scrap.

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Happy Mom's Day

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Every day is a happy Mother's Day with these two boys!

This layout uses products from Fancy Pant's Atwell collection which was part of The Scrap Room's May 2016 Flavor of the Month kit. This is one of my favorite kits and save it for very special occasions like this. The Scrap Room (TSR) offers sketches, "how to's" and challenges to use with their kits. This page is based on one of TSR's sketches.
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I also added Queen's & Co. pink flowers, Simon Says Stamps' Circle Loops & Cheerylynn's bunny dies and Thickers. Here are a few detail shots:

This page is entered in:
 The Scrap Room Sketch Challenge on facebook
 Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Furry Friends
  Simon Says Monday Challenge - We're Going In Circles

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Stamping with PowderPuff Chalking Inks

Hello Quick Quotes Fans! Glad you joined us today.

I LOVE PowderPuff Chalking Inks. They are my "go to" colored ink for most techniques. These inks come in a huge variety of BEAUTIFUL colors, blend effortlessly and stamp with amazing results.
Check out today's card and see if you don't agree!

Designer Tip:
The trick to getting rich, vibrant and all-over coverage on bold images is stamping twice. To accurately line up your stamps each time use a MISTI or Stamp-A-Ma-Jig. You can also customize your colors by layering different colors on top of each other.

To create this card:
  • Stamp 3 large flowers, first with Fuchsia PowderPuff Ink, then layer Orange Slice PowderPuff Ink. Use Lipstick PowderPuff Ink for center detail. Fussy cut.
  • Stamp 3 small flowers, with Caribbean Blue PowderPuff Ink.  Stamp each image twice for smooth coverage. Added center detail with Royal Blue PowderPuff Ink.Fussy cut.
  • Stamp 3 small flowers, with Royal Blue PowderPuff Ink. Stamp each image twice for smooth coverage. Added center detail with Plum PowderPuff Ink.Fussy cut.
  • Cut sentiment from Mulberry Quotes & Phrases and add border stripes to top and bottom.
  • On 4" x 5-1/4" white cardstock, pencil in a 3-1/2" circle. Stamp leaves along the circle using Green Leaf and Limade PowderPuff Inks.
  • With a black pen trace over penciled circle, skipping over the stamped leaves
  • Attach flowers in 3 clusters, popping up a few.
  • Attach sentiment with Foam Squares.
  • Finish off with Dew Drops.
  • Mat with 5-1/2" x 4-1/4" blue Mulberry paper (MB-103).

Quick Quote Products:
   PowderPuff Chalking Inks: Fuchsia, Orange Slice, Lipstick, Caribbean Blue, Royal Blue, Plum,
    Green Leaf and Limade
  Mulberry Paper MB-103
  Mulberry Quotes & Phrases MB-500

Other Products:
  Simon Say Stamp "Friends Of Life" stamp set
  3L Foam Squares
  Robin's Nest Dew Drops

This card is entered in:
 Simon Says Monday Challenge - We're Going In Circles 
 Power Poppy - Frame It Up! Challenge

Thanks for stopping by and have fun playing with your PowderPuff Chalking Inks!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Nose to Nose

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Our cat, Ciati, got nose-to-nose with this brazen squirrel. I don't know who was more nervous, the squirrel, the cat or me! Luckily, everything ended peacefully, and best of all I got the photo!

  • The fun animals, leaves and frame chipboard are by Creative Embellishment.
  •  This page was inspired by the bright yellow circle on the mood board.
  •  I used Freckled Fawn's stamps to create the journal square with Waffleflower inks.
  • The title letters and square doily are also by Freckled Fawn. I finished off this page with twine and Ranger's Enamel Accents.
  • This page is based on a sketch on the Freckled Fawn blog.

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Downton Dames Layout for Scrap Our Stash

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My girlfriend hadn't seen the Downton Abby finale, so we made a party of it and dressed up! We had so much fun together. That's one of the great things about scrapbooking, you get to relive these great times all over again!

This is my design for the Scrap Our Stash team, based on this month's fabulous sketch with the additional word challenge of MOTHER. If you want to play along or see more ideas with this sketch hop on over to the SOS blog by clicking here.

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For the word challenge, I used:
     M-Maggie Holmes
     T-tiny tag with thread
     H-Hero Arts stamps
     E-enamel dots

I rarely get to do a girly page. so I pulled out all the stops with pinks, flowers and everything fru-fru.  I used Prima flowers, Maggie Holmes' flairs & stickers and Hero Arts flourish stamps. Here are some close ups:

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Ty's YouTube Layout

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I am so excited to see Tyler pursue his passions. He is writing a fantasy novel, working on advancing his financial analyst career and creating a very successful YouTube gaming channel - Geoswarp! Here I am helping him shoot footage for a Pokemon Go video.

The inspiration for this layout was the leaf shaker. It has been migrating around my crafting room for years, never really finding a home. (Do you have products like that?) So today I decided it need to be on a page. Grabbing these great fall photos of my son, along with and Jen Hadfield's Warm & Cozy collection and a fabulous sketch from Stuck?!, this page came together beautifully.

For some interesting details, I  added Robin Nests' dew drops, buttons, machine stitching, twine, and Color Shine ink splatters. Also check out the depth the fabulous Birch Tree Window die by Simon Says Stamp gives the fox.

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Thanks for stopping by, and maybe you too can find inspiration for a page with some "homeless" products,

In Sync with Quick Quotes

Hello Quick Quotes fans! June here with another fun layout for you. I paired Clear Scraps' "Fleur D Lis Shaker" with Quick Quotes' Earth Wind Fire papers and, of course, printed these photos using Cannon's Selphy CP1200 Wireless Compact Photo printer . These products are so fun to play with and help to bring pages together fast.

I love the Clear Scraps' shaker, it adds fun, sparkle and movement to the page. To customize it:
  • the back panel was painted with white paint
  • the top was heat embossed with silver embossing powder
  • it was filled with sequins in my son's school colors
The large photo was matted on Quick Quotes' Earth Wind Fire 101 paper was popped up using a triple layer of 3L's Foam Squares. The banner was fussy cut from the flip side of Earth Wind Fire 101.

I used Quick Quotes Windsong 102 as the background. Earth Wind Fire 101 & 105 (reds) were used as a contrast to the greens in the photos to make them pop. To finish off the page Earth Wind Fire chipboard die cuts were added along with musical brads, machine stitched Thickers and a stamped heart. All of the chipboard and papers were edged using Mocha Mama PowderPuff Chalking Ink.

Quick Quotes Products:
Earth Wind Fire 101 & 105
Earth Wind Fire Chipboard
Windsong Paper Pack
PowderPuff Chalking Ink Mocha Mama
Cannon's Selphy CP1200 Wireless Compact  Photo Printer

Other Products:
Simon Says Stamp Music 2 My Ears stamp set
Simon Says Stamp sequins

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