Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Just Because

Just Because....you are so dear and sweet.  Spring is here and the weather is warm.  Children can't wait to play outside.

 I just received these incredibly beautiful Inkido papers and couldn't wait to create with them!

This is my little pumpkin playing in the sand.  We lived in Germany back then during the Chernobyl disaster.  Parents were told to keep their children indoors.  All the sand boxes on the play grounds were clear and new sand put down.  Scary times.

I had this one last remnant of lace that I was saving for a special layout.  I had to cut it in half to fit the length of the page.  Then I started layering. 
I gessoed the key tied this lovely blue cord around it and applied this awesome rub on.
I found this beautiful bright crocheted flower in my stash and layered it with blue flowers, a button and topped with a dot.
 I used this clothing tag as part of the flower petals.

Thank you for stopping by to see what the papers are saying today.  I am so close to my goal of 50 followers.  I hope you will become a new friend.  I look forward to seeing you again.  til then have a very blessed day.


Inkido  Yellow music, Beige Anemon, Butterflies Border


The Robin's Nest  The girls Rub-ons and blue dots
Little Yellow Bicycle Canvas stickers
KaiserCraft wooden flourished
Petaloo Botanica Collection Spring Berry cluster and Pixie Glen flowers.
Stash item; lace, bling, yarn, key and various other blooms

C'est Magnifique sketch

Vintage Cafe Card Challenge  Use lace and layers

The Color Room Color pallet and clothing tag

Friday, April 18, 2014

Vintage music box

We just returned from a fabulous trip to southern France a couple of weeks ago.  I love European children stores, so different from ours here.  I found these fun old time music rolls.  So hubby made this box and I decorated it for my sister's birthday gift this year.  I hope you like it.

 I used these fabulous Graphic 45 Secret Garden stickers and rough sanded the edges then use brown ink on them.  I wanted the feel that this box came from years ago. 

 The top has an old seed box label.  I did not wish to cover up all the wood and left the corners exposed.
Thank you for stopping by to see what is happening here in our little ole work shoppe!  Happy Easter one and all.

Vintage Utfordring 

Thursday, April 17, 2014


Ireland...really?!   This looks like the orient to me.  lol..but seriously Ireland has a long standing fascination with the Orient so it works for me.  We had visited the homeland several times over the years. And yes I still have family in County Clare.   This last time we went and stayed on the east coast, Dublin area.  Here I am at Powers Court.  If you have ever seen the sequel to "Gone with the Wind" called "Scarlet" this is were they filmed one of the scenes. 

 I wanted this layout to have a 3-D feel to it.  Giving the viewer a sense of walking through these magnificent gardens themselves. 

 Scrap Africa has a distress it with a difference challenge going on right now.  So, I liked one of their ideas to use a grater for distressing the edges of the papers.  This didn't work out so well for me.  I ended up using the thumb nail for a greater effect! 
Thank you for stopping by and seeing what the papers are saying today.


Graphic 45 Pearls of Wisdom, Jasmine Dream, Longevity, Good Fortune.


Graphic 45 Bird Song chipboard and letter stickers
Petaloo Textured layers bloom (Amber)
3 Tails Craft Butterfly side view
Stash items; pop dots and adhesive

Scrap Africa Distress with a twist

Lulupu Vacation/travel/holiday theme

sketchibilities sketch #113

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Happy Birthday Amy V!!

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Massive belated birthday ****Give Away****

Hi ya all,
I'm very sorry for being this late with my birthday giveaway the time has taken control over me.....
With this giveaway I would like to thank each and everyone of you who are always visiting my blog and giving me such sweet comments!!
You guys are the best.
But here it is my: 
Give Away....

Donated by the wonderful 
The gorgeous 
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Treasure the Moment

Have you ever seen the movie "RED"?  Well if you have this pictures reminds me of John Malkovich with his pink pig.  "I'm getting the pig!"  It looks like the pig got my son in this pic!  lol!!

 I have just about crafted my way through this incredibly beautiful Blue Fern collection.  I have so enjoyed it.  Just look at this fabulous Blue Fern chipboard title piece.  So easy to work with.  I used gesso then inked and finished with this intense silks blue.

 This is a handmade flower.  Simply gorgeous.   Wish I had made it but it was given to me and I thought it would be perfect for the Berry 71 Blue challenge this month.  I must add that I did make the leaves myself out of scrap paper and lacy ribbon.
 A close up of this beautiful flower.
 I just love adding butterflies to my layouts.  I have found a new love in masking!
Thank you for stopping by to see what the papers are saying today.  I hope to see you follow me on this blog.  I am so near my goal of 50!  Wishing each and everyone of you a very blessed Easter.  He is Risen!


Blue Fern Garden collection, picnic, parlor and calling cards
Inkido  Butterflies border
Navy card stock paper


Blue Fern chipboard
Scrappers Garden handmade flowers
Stash items:  cheese cloth, ribbon, note cards

Blue Fern Studios  sketch challenge

Berry 71 blue use hand made flowers

Scap Around The World  mood board.  I like the blue butterflies, the glasses which to me means looking back in time.

Off the Rails  Use stencils and masks. 

Saturday, April 12, 2014

I love you

This is a companion piece to "Love you forever".  I guess I should title it "I love you"!  lol  8-)
These pictures were taken during Columbus days in a town we lived in back when.  There were lots of fun activities set up for the kiddos.

 This is a lot less fussy then a lot my layouts I know.  Hard to believe right?  I feel in love with this month's My Creative Sketches sketch.  This is my version of the sketch.

 I ran out of pop dots and used these straws I had in my stash as a substitute.  They worked out really well!
 Here I rolled this strip of paper to lift the heart at an angle.
 My homemade flower.  Will my talents and creativity never cease!!!  lol!!
 I simply love these dew drop from The Robin's Nest.  This is what I lifted from this month's layout over at XOXO Scrapbooking.  I love the way Tess used these dots to accent her piece.  I hope you stop by and check out this new challenge site.  It has been my pleasure and joy to have been part of this creative team.

Thanks for stopping by to see what the papers are saying today.  I hope you are enjoying a warm sunny spring day.  The rains come tomorrow for me.  Perfect for my flowers!


Fancy Pants Designs  Love letter and I love you  from the Be.Loved collection
Authentique Wishes
Core'dinations cardstock


The Robin's Nest dew drops
Fancy Pants Designs chipboard and buttons
Stash items  baker's twine and straw

Scrap the Boys April Challenge.   Use flowers.  I am not afraid of using flowers on my son's layouts as is evident from my past layouts of him.  This one only has a singular bloom since I had entered the other one in other  challenges.

Creative Embelllishments  I used the following four item; straws, button, handmade flower, bling.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Happy Easter

I went through my old photo albums and found this sweet picture of my son dashing around the farm in search of Easter treats.  I love his smile and eagerness.  It would not be long before our world would be torn apart as the result of an abusive situation.  The journaling is found on the tag.  It is very private.

 The green torn papers are in the shape of a cracked egg.  One should use their strong imagination abilities for this!  lol  I am pleased to say we (my children and I) can now smile and laugh again.  Time heals all wounds. 
 I inked around the egg in a medium blue ink. I used white acrylic paint to create pearls on the scallops then lightly dusted them with brown ink. 
 An egg is laying in wait on the bow.  I hope everyone can find the joy of Easter in this layout.
 I crafted these leaves from ribbon and green grass paper I had in my stash.

 I had some lovely stamps I used from Graphic 45.  I love this cherry blossom branch stamp.  As the paper is torn back everything comes to life.
Thank you for stopping by to see what the papers are saying today.  I hope you and your families have a very blessed Easter.


Prima Marketing Crumpet
Graphic 45 Meadow Lark, Man About Town
Brown and Green Card Stock


Dollie from my stash
Graphic 45 Secret Garden stickers
Graphic 45 Bird Song  cherry blossom stamp
Graphic 45 Secret Garden quote stamp
Inkido Butterflies Borders
The rest of the elements were bits and pieces long forgotten treasures I found in my stash.

Once Upon A Sketch  Theme "An event that changed my life" plus sketch.
Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge  Use a stamp

Inkido Mood board and our "Roots"

Prima PPP