Sunday, March 5, 2017

A bit of Fantasy and Whimsy

Greeting paper peeps!!
Today I would like to share with you a layout I created filled with fantasy and whimsy.  I was inspired by the three challenges below. 

I love this cut out picture of my daughter on her way to the prom.  Throwing care to the wind she steps out of the everyday and into her zany carefree self.  Just like a beautiful butterfly free to be themselves.

After selecting the beautiful 7DS paper I set about putting a thin coat of gesso on it so the paint colors would stand out better.  Then I used two different masks to center my design.  I used several layers of the LSG Sunset Pink to achieve the right intensity then came back and applied Clam Baked Beige and Ocean Breeze Blue.  I finished it off with a bit of stamping.

I layered in flowers, chipboard, sequins and more to complete the dream. 
I am entering these
 Spring is in the air!
 Thank you for stopping by today!


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Sweet Senitments & Love

Ode to Spring

As some of you may have noticed I have not been very active on my blog.  I have decided to take a break from scraping as much as I have in the past.  Spring is here and I can't wait to play in my gardens.  So here is my ode to Spring.

I have used Graphic 45 Sweet Sentiments paper for this layout.
For the background I used a stencil with modeling paste then applied a pink embossing powder over it and dried it.  This has caused this lovely bubbled affect.

I did a lot of fussing cutting and layering.  Then added sequins, pearls and beads.  Finishing with splashes of pink and white paints.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I always enjoy your lovely comments.  Now go out and smell the daffodils!
More Than Words Together and ampersand
Sweet Sentiments and love go together just as springtime and flowers.
February 2017 Challenge

Monday, January 30, 2017


     Before I share my final layout with you this month I would like to thank Blue Fern Studios for choosing me as their "Fan" of the month.  It has been a wonderful honor and opportunity to work alongside the very talented BFS design team.  I absolutely adore Blue Fern Studio products from their gorgeous paper collection, coordinating blooms to embossing powders etc!

Hello all of you Blue Fern Studio fans!  Kathleen here with another layout for you.  This time we are leaving the tropics far behind and landing in Ireland with my second daughter.  Here we were visiting the beautiful town of Trim.
I used the beautiful Twilight Fable paper with lovely rose bouquets scatter all around.  To begin this layout I used note punch and used it randomly around the paper.  I used a doily punch on one of the strips you cut off from the bottom of the paper and glued equal pieces behind the first punch outs then backed it all with white cardstock. Then using a stencil and modeling paste I created a linear background to the design.

Next I cut out then layered the note cards, cut outs lace and chipboard.  The chipboard is so gorgeous.  I used seafoam embossing powder on half of the chippie and painted the rest in red top with pink pearl glitter.  The chippie was cut into sections then tucked into the layers.

I selected blooms from the Dark Tropical Lilies and Attic Charm Glitter Roses plus a couple from my stash.  Then using a deep pink rose paint and tea stain brown I painted around the layers topping it off with white splatters.  Finally I added a few red pearl dots from my stash and voila we are done!

Blue Fern Studios products used
Memoires collection
Twilight Fable
Photographic Record
Heartland XOXO
Pink Pearl
Dark Tropic Lilies
Attic Charm Glitter Roses
Embossing Powder
Sea Foam


My Story

My last layout as Fan of the Month.  This is my son when as a tot.  I have had this photo in my pile of pics to scrap for years!  Then I saw this gorgeous paper in the Memoires collection called "autumn biography" and I knew it was perfect for this picture.

For the back ground I used a mask and pasted. After that dried I layered my note card using pop dots in between each layer to give height allowing space for tucking bits and pieces. I cutout the girl holding a journal from the note card "My Story" and tucked it into the foliage.
Finally using some green  and burnt red water colors I shaded in areas around the design.  Then came a few copper micro beads and blue glass beads to complete it.

I keep all of my scraps for future use such as these cut outs I used here from the Autumn Anthology collection.  These collections blend seamlessly together. 
When you don't have a lot of blooms just pull apart layers and tuck them into the foliage as shown above.  Then add a few beads to the bottom layer and viola another complete bloom shown below.

 Blue Fern Products used:
Memoires collection
Autumn Biography
Calling Cards
Autumn Anthology collection
Heartland Blossoms
Heartland Roses and Blooms

Thank you for stopping by today.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Loves Journey


Hello again!   Kathleen here with you.
 You will find I mainly scrap my family and our adventures.  So now our travels take us to the other side of the world!  This is a picture of my daughter with some Chinese students after they performed a dance at their school in rural China.   For this layout I select the Heartland collection- Love Blooms paper as my base and Love Notes paper for my layers.

The first thing I did was to make three circles of various sizes with a clock mask and modeling paste.
Next I cut out several note cards from the Love Notes paper.  I matted my picture and a couple of the note card with white cardstock.  Next I tore out a page from an old dictionary crumpled It (this creates added texture) and layered it in my collage.
I love, love, love this sweet chipboard piece don't you!!  The first thing I did was cover it in a thin layer of gesso.  Then I came back and used Stormy Seas embossing powder on the long cutout portion of the chippie.  It sparkles so beautifully but unfortunately you just don't see it in the picture.  Then I used Pink Pearl embossing powder as a base coat on the bird and vine middle section of the chippie.  Then I came back and using a glaze medium(I always try using things in different ways such as glaze for gluing purposes) and mixed it with a heavy dose of Pink Pearl glitter.  It goes on very thick and poufy which I adore! 
Here you see all of the height of the various layers topped off with gorgeous chippie piece.
Blue Fern Studios products used

Heartland collection
Love Blooms
Love Notes

Heartland Roses and Blooms
Heartland Blossoms

Pink Pearl

Embossing Powder
Pink Petal
Stormy Seas

Spirit of Heartland
Last but certainly not least I finished off this light and airy layout with a mix of Blue Fern Studios gorgeous blooms! 
Thank you for stopping by today.

Kathleen White

Wednesday, January 11, 2017




Hello everyone!

I am so honored to be here with you today as Blue Fern Studio's first "Blue Fern Fan"! 


My first layout
This layout is all about love.  My daughter and her husband are enjoying a beautiful tropical day.  They were celebrating my niece's wedding.  So Blue Fern Studio's new Heartland paper collection with its vibrant pastels and beautiful floral design were perfect for this photo.


Blue Fern Studio products
Heartland paper collection
Sweet on You
Love Notes
Memories paper collection
Songbird's drama
Spring Lilies
Dark Tropic Lilies

On the inside of the floral heart I used a sea inspired stencil then using several shades of blue I recreated the ocean to mirror the picture.  I cut out a piece of white card stock to frame the picture with then positioned one of the Heartland card notes behind it to accentuate the sand tones. I dipped a long strip of cheese cloth in a soft blue paint and flowed it behind the picture along with some white string.   Then I tore strips from the Songbird Drama paper to create height and anchor it all.


I adore these Blue Fern Studio lilies and blooms.  They are gorgeous!

I used several different blue paints on this gorgeous Blue Fern Studios chippie.  I cut it in half and placed it above and below the picture.
Thank you for stopping by today.  I can't tell you how much I have enjoyed sharing my creation with you.
Kathleen White


Monday, November 28, 2016

Nani Ke Ola Blog Hop

Blog Hop

 Hello and welcome to the first ever nani ke ola blog hop! We love 7 Dots Studio and were so excited for the new collections we wanted to do something special AND have a giveaway for you!

You should have arrived here from ( Christine Szekeres) and started at the Nani ke Ola blog(here)


   Make sure to go to the next blog ( Jenn Meleli  )
To qualify for the prize, make sure to follow and comment on each of the blogs on the list. You have until Dec 1st to comment, and the winner will be announced on the Nani ke Ola blog on Monday Dec 5th! Good luck everyone!
For an additional prize, make sure to follow us on Instagram and comment on the prize photo there. You have until Dec 1st to follow and comment, and the winner will be announced @Nanik3ola on Dec 5th!

I love sweets, don't you!  Hello and welcome my crafty friends!
 7 Dots Studio's have created this deliciously sweet new collection called "Cotton Candy"
You can find it at Nani Ke Ola store along with "Writer's Block" here.
Today I would like to share with you a layout I created using this vibrant and whimsical paper "Strawberry Fields".
My daughter and I went to China over the summer.  Here she gives a peace sign in a beautiful garden nestled in down town Shanghai.

The butterfly chippies received a coat of gesso then a coat of all purpose glue and finally dipped in orange glitter.  Each received black gem dots.  I used a black magic marker on the word chippie then used a white pen to high light it.  The bicycle chippie was painted with yellow gelato then black marker and white pen to high light areas.

products used:

Cotton Candy-
element stickers
6x12 Words Stickers
12x12 Tags
12x12 Strawberry Field
12x12 Sugar Haze
Thanks for hopping along with us this week.
Now off you go to Jenn Mileli
 For an additional chance to win a different prize, please follow and comment on the Blog Hop photo for each of the following @Nanik3Ola @heifer21

I would like to enter this into this challenge


Friday, November 11, 2016

Bloom Where you are Planted

This summer I had a lovely time taking many outings with my grandson.  Here he is trying to open a fairy door attached to a tree at Bunratty Folk

Here I have used    .  Using a 12x12 sheet I used this punch all along the four sides of the paper and placed it on top of .
Now it is time to riffle through my stash and see what I can come up with to create a fun fairy land to surround my picture.
Using gelatos and water colors I have painted my chipboard pieces and set them aside.
Now I took some drywall tape and cut thin strips and run them down the paper followed by
Thank you for stopping by and taking a peek.
The papers are new and the bling is blue and the dry wall tape is old.
My grandson is very "special" and dear to my heart.  He is my inspiration for this layout.