Thursday, January 31, 2013


I made this layout last fall when I traveled with my sister-in-law up to MA to meet up with our cousin for a weekend full of scrapping fun.  I decided to play with stencils and mists, layered flowers, distressed edges, and lots of layers and this was my result.

I used a couple of Donna Salazar papers from the Antiquities paper pad and layered on a butterfly stencil, followed with a spray of mist.  I used a Donna Salazar flower die and layered up all the sizes with some brads.  There's a kraft doily behind the flowers and under that lace and the corner is corseted with some bakers twine.  I threw in a rhinestone flourish and a grunge board flourish with some Stickles for shine.  

The photo is actually taken on one of my daily walks with my employer's dog, Charlie.  We take pretty much the same route every day and each day as I walked by I'd not just stop and smell the roses, I'd stop and drink in the scent.  I had to stop and take a photo to remember these delicious roses.

Get happy, get scrappy!


Thursday, January 24, 2013

add a banner

 The January MemoryWorks Studio challenge is to add a banner to a layout.  I really like how the banners add to this layout.

I used Simple Stories Awesome papers and layered them up.  Two of the banners are chipboard from WRMemory Keepers and I layered the lower banner with a banner I cut myself with from solid cardstock.

I like saying good-by to cars that have served us well.  Maybe that's because we tend to hold onto our vehicles for as long as possible.  They are filled with memories.  I remember driving to Chicago in this truck, Jess & I to help JJ move out his furniture.  We had road-trip music and sang our way across the states.  Of course we had the sound track to "That Thing You Do", "Le Mis", "Chicago", and I don't remember what else.  We got bogged down in traffic but kept our spirits high by rocking out and dancing in our seats.  Fun.  I remember the numerous times we threw the kayaks in the back of the truck and headed out for a paddle.  See?  Lots of great memories.  I like using song lyrics for titles, it provides a sound track to the page.  I'll bet I have you all singing this tag line for at least a few minutes.  

Get happy, get scrappy!


Thursday, January 17, 2013


So here I was, all set to start the new year right, planning to post something new once a week, plus post other random musings as they came to me in between and two weeks into 2013 and I didn't get anything posted last week.  I'm sorry.  I'm working on it.
Here is one of my new favorite layouts featuring my lovable, adorable girls, Cosmo Cricut and burlap ribbon flowers:

I loved this Tea for Two line from Cosmo Cricut--pinks, creams, yellows, greens, all some of my favorite colors, especially when used together.  I stamped the big heart from a Wendi Vecchi stamp set and colored it in with Tim Holtz distress markers.  The lovable card and pin are from Maya Road and I die cut the leaves and punched the plain hearts.

You can see the burlap ribbon flowers I made in this close-up.  I got the ribbon at Michaels and twirled and coiled it to create these roses.  You know I love layering patterned papers to create backgrounds and I did that here, anchoring my photos on the kraft card stock.  The doily is from Martha Stewart, and of course, I inked.  

Get happy, and get scrappy!


Thursday, January 3, 2013

you are my sunshine

I hope you enjoyed the blog hop yesterday.  It is so fun to check out everyone's work.  The TeamWorks girls are all so talented.

Here is what I have for you today.  I took this photo of my granddaughters one night this past fall.  It is so hard to get them in a photo together with both looking at me and smiling.  Sugar Pie (aka Dinara) just doesn't stay still for long.

I was scrapping with my friend Jacque and she was finishing off a layout that featured a sun burst and when I pulled out this photo and thought about a title it came to me, I needed to try to make my own sun burst as these two girls are my sunshine.  I used Studio Calico papers from Take Note.  These double-sided papers gave me the flexibility to make the burst.  I used Marvy Uchida punches for the circle, scalloped circle and McGill punches for the heart and tag.  I stamped the frogs with a Stamps of Life frog stamp on patterned papers from the 6x6 paper pad and cut them out.  The "notes" card is from Lily Bee and the alphas are Sn@p.  I inked almost everything with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and used  red and kraft scraps to mat my photo.  

Go get happy and scrappy,


Wednesday, January 2, 2013

memoryworks teamworks 2013 blog hop!

It's time introduce the MemoryWorks support team for 2013!  I am delighted to be included on the team for a second year.  Today we're sharing the projects we submitted as part of our application.  
You should have come from Amanda's blog ; isn't she talented?  I am always inspired by her work.  Here is what I submitted:

I used paper scraps and the Tim Holtz snowflake die to create a fridge magnet or a clip to hold a special card or ornament for my altered/decor project.  I also created the snowflake just for fun.

My first layout is very traditional, featuring Simple Stories Fabulous papers.  Close ups below.

My second layout, read to me dede makes use of patterned papers layers to create an interesting background with just enough solid cardstock to make the photos of my granddaughters pop.

This tag can be attached to a card front or gift.  I played with inking techniques and used chipboard pieces and papers from my MemoryWorks Express kit.  

I hope you enjoyed checking out my projects, now hop along and visit Kelly's blog to see what she submitted.  Enjoy!