Friday, July 1, 2022

TGIF; Thankful Friday #228

Hi there, happy Friday and happy Thankful Friday! This week I'm thankful for FaceTime. I may have mentioned this before but isn't this modern technology pretty cool? I mean, I can see my mom and actually sign with her (she's deaf) when she's in a whole other state. I can also talk to my granddaughters when we need a fix.

And with the right phone plan, it's all free!

So yup, that's what I'm thankful for this week. How about you? What are you thankful for this week? Let me know in the comments. 

LTCCB; I'm Back!


Hey there, I've returned as a Design Team member for the Love To Craft Challenge Blog. I love to create so it's perfect for me. LTCCB has changed their challenges to six weeks versus a monthly challenge so you have from July 1st through August 15th to link your Anything Goes project.

The thing I love about this challenge blog, is that it's not just a paper crafting blog, it's a "whatever you're crafting" blog. We want you to share your craftiness!


For this challenge, I did decide to showcase a handmade card with fun stamping. I had a request for a dragonfly card so I pulled out all my dragonfly stamps. Little did I know that I had six of them!



The stamp I selected is the one that I stamped in Electric Lime. I also used a purple watercolor pencil to add some color to it.

The black inked dragonfly was an afterthought. I started putting the other stamps away but I really liked this one so I thought...hmmm, what if I stamp this one over the green dragonflies? You know what? I LOVE the way it turned out!

I hope you do too! I also used a stitched rectangle die to cut out the panel and added sequins as well.

Don't forget to link your crafty project to the LTCCB challenge blog before August 15th.

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Baseball Is My Favorite Season Layout; CutCardStock Blog

I know I've said this many times, I don't do mixed media layouts...guess what? I did. I designed this layout in Cricut Design Space first. After I cut the elements out, I placed the elements on the white layout base and realized that it was way too stark for a baseball layout.




Look at the difference! It needed the grunge!


So, I pulled out two shades of orange ink and a gray one. I didn't want to use black since I thought it would be too dark.

Check out the YouTube process video to see exactly what I did:

Originally I thought I'd just layer the cut pieces onto the layout and guess their location, but I decided to use the cutaway portion to use as a guide. I taped the cutaway portion down using blue painter tape since it would be easy to remove. I taped it on the top in a hinge fashion. This was a great time saver!

Then I adhered the baseballs, stars and photos to the top half of the layout. I love how this is turning out! When I was ready to place the title, I realized it needed something to rest on too so I added some more orange ink mostly on the right side of where the title would lay.
Close Up:

Isn't this a fun layout! MLB Opening Day is always a big deal in our household and I'm so glad that my son and hubby took pictures!

Materials Used:
All Cardstock is from CutCardStock and can be found HERE
Pop Tone Orange Fizz, Pop Tone Black Licorice and Wedding Cake Textured cardstock for the base & the fun white layer. (I don't even know what to call that!)

Inks: Only Orange by Stampin Up! Nectarine and Pewter from Close To My Heart (CTMH)
Black Licorice and Citrus Cooler Color Silk (splash) from Fun Stampers Journey/Spellbinders
Cricut Design Space for the title, baseballs, stars and circle cut outs.

Be sure to check out this post on the CutCardStock Blog and leave a comment! 

Monday, June 27, 2022

Dollar Tree Updo; Splash Tub

I bought a simple black tub from the Dollar Tree so my granddaughter can use it for water play in the backyard. I took one look and decided I needed to add something bright and fun to it - so I did!

I used a splash sentiment, fishes and bubbles all from Design Space and scrap pieces of vinyl for this project.

I placed all the pieces on one mat using the guide in Design Space to match the placement of the multiple color pieces to the mat.

It's so much easier and less work to cut as many colors as possible on one mat. Especially when using small scraps.

Isn't this super cute!?!



I know she'll love it when she comes to play!

Sunday, June 26, 2022

Live Your Life Junk Journal Page


I love taking what I call a unfinished page and transforming it to something pretty. That’s what I did with this one. 
I used a regular pencil to draw some wonky leaves and then some black acrylic paint to paint around the leaves 
I used two different white paint pens to outline the leaves and to add splatter around the page. 

I recently found out that one of my longtime friends, over 40 years, had a heart attack and passed away this week. I’m still in shock. It’s unbelievable. I’m reminded that life is short, be sure to Live Your Life. 

I have a YouTube video on this if you want to check it out 





Friday, June 24, 2022

TGIF; Thankful Friday #227


Happy Friday and Happy Thankful Friday!

Hmmmm...what am I thankful for this week? I'm thankful that Summer Reading Marathon is in full force and I have already read FOUR books! I love this summer tradition that my daughter and I started back when she was a new reader and that our whole family (although they don't read with us) are into it with us.

This year seems a little different as we are discussing each book as we finish with each other. I like that. I've already read which I believe is going to be one of my all time favorite books, West With Giraffes by Lynda Rutledge.

It's a historical fiction novel and I loved it!

How about you? Are you a reader? Do you have a favorite book to recommend?

Also, let me know what you're thankful for this week! I'd love to know.


Thursday, June 23, 2022

Horseshoe Bend Layout

I'm still working on our 2020 Road Trip photos but I'm making great headway. I realize as I'm going through the photos and memories, we did A LOT during this short road trip. I took a ton of photos and it is going to take some time to scrapbook them.

I'm using a sketch from the Scrapbooking With Ann Marie website. If you haven't had a chance to check it out, you really should. She has lots of challenges, games, tutorials, and just great scrapbooking chatter. There's a free membership and a paid one. Of course you get more from the paid which is what I'm a part of. I'm also a part of her Design Team.

This sketch is a good one since you can use plenty of paper and you know I have a lot of it!

Here's my first take and some close ups:




I thought I was finished, but it was missing something so I added a title to the lower left corner. So much better.


Check out my YouTube process video for this one:

Cutting measurements:
Blue Plaid Echo Park: 3x11 and 2.5x11
Khaki: 1.5x10
Dark Brown: 1.5x9.75
Wild Blueberry cardstock used to mat the photos and journaling spot is from CutCardStock.

I love using punches for these border strips. I used a tab and starburst punch but you can use whatever you have. Just have fun with it!