Monday, December 7, 2015

PGCB #93 - Christmas


I'm here again playing along with the Paper Girls and their Christmas challenge. We have a lot of holiday traditions, but nothing is more sweet than the visit with Santa. The kids get so excited every time! Here is a sweet little layout I created for this challenge.

The sketch I used is from an older Scrapbook Steals Mid-week Mojo project. I'm linking this project to their Sunflower #2 project.

Thanks for visiting, I hope that you'll link up a Christmas project to the Paper Girls Challenge Blog before 11:55pm MST on Saturday, 12/19 on the blog.

Have a great week!

Monday, November 16, 2015

MWM - Carnation 10

Happy Monday!

I am celebrating a scrappy success, it has been a long time since I have successfully completed a Mid Week Mojo series! I am feeling accomplished and my albums are starting to come together, I need to keep this up :)

Here is my take on the Carnation 10 sketch:
This sweet girl lost another tooth and was so excited for the tooth fairy. I just went to a Creating Keepsakes Convention in Tacoma, WA this weekend and they gave us this adorable paper by Fawn Lawn when we arrived to the crop. I paired the paper with a little gold accents (Washi and sequins), then added a matching title from Thickers and Simple Stories word stickers (both I got from Scrapbook Steals).

Here is the actual sketch: 

Thanks for visiting!

PGCB #92 - Winter Sports


It is so cold here in Washington today, it feels like we might get snow (eeeek)! I can only hope...I love snow and all the super fun things that come with it; like sweaters, warm drinks, and of course winter sports! I grew up in a resort town in Utah, so skiing, sledding, ice skating, and snowshoeing was part of our winter life and something we looked forward to once the first flake fell from the sky :)

The Paper Girls are challenging us to create a project around winter sports. This was a golden opportunity for me to finally get some old pictures printed and documented.

I used Echo Park's Winter Park collection to get my kids first sledding pictures on paper. The chipboard snowflakes are from Freckled Fawn and sprayed with Mr. Huey's and October Afternoon spray inks. The sketch is from and their current Flash Back Friday challenge.

We hope that you will link up your winter sport projects to the Paper Girls Challenge blog. And better yet, you get an extra week to participate because there are three Mondays in Novemeber, so projects are not due until Dec. 5th.

Stay warm,

Monday, November 9, 2015

MWM - Carnation 9

Hard to believe that we are already on week 9 of the Carnation sketch challenge! 
Here is my take on the sketch this week:

Here is the sketch:

Thanks for visiting!

Monday, November 2, 2015

MWM - Carnation #8

Hello, and happy Monday! has another great sketch as part of the Carnation series this week! I loved that they used the 2x2 intasquares from Simple Stories...I have so many left over from projects I've created, so I was very inspired to incorporate them into my layout. Here is what I came up with:

My husband and I just celebrated our 11 year anniversary, and although we are not really "blingy" people, I love all the just scream celebration to me :) The journaling cards, instasquares, and the majority of the embellishments are from Simple Stories Gold SN@P! pack. I added a little extra gold bling and candi too :)

And here is the sketch:

Thanks for stopping by!

PGCB - #91 Stamps

Good morning!

I am playing along with the Paper Girls this morning for Amber's challenge to use stamps on a project.

Here is my card:
This simple little card came together fairly quickly. The stamps I used are from Fawn Lawn On the Mend, I stamped them in Tuxedo Black Momento ink and then colored in with my ink pads and a blending brush. I added a little sparkle to the center with a glitter pen.

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you will join us and link up a project showcasing a stamped image before 11:55pm on Saturday, 11/28. 

Thank you!

Monday, October 26, 2015

MWM Carnation #7

Hello my crafty friends!
I am playing along (and actually staying caught up) with the Mid Week Mojo sketch series. I have so many pictures to scrapbook from my recent trip back to Utah, these sketches have been really motivating!
Here is my take of the current sketch:
This is another favorite kit purchase from, it is Crate Paper's Storyteller collection. I love that the kits have everything I need to make a beautiful page :)

Here is the Carnation #7 sketch:

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, October 19, 2015

MWM Carnation #6

This last week I celebrated my 15 year anniversary at my is hard to believe that so many years have flown by, but life sure has a way of doing that! But over the years I have made some incredible friendships working there, some that I know will last longer than my employment :)

I used this weeks Mid Week Mojo sketch from to highlight the only photo I took of me and my wonderful friend at Happy Hour celebrating 15 years of friendship and work (for me...she has been there even longer!).

I used an old SEI paper collection (Winnie's Walls) which seems appropriate for the length of our friendship (and I am pretty sure she was at the CKC convention when I bought it several years ago).

Here is the Carnation #6 sketch:

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, October 12, 2015

MWM Carnation #5 - You Make Me Smile


I'm slowly catching up on some older scrapbooking projects that have been haunting me, so I'm grateful for the weekly motivation from Melodee and the Scrapbook team! This weeks sketch was a nice quick to throw-together page, so I'm sure I'll be using this sketch again and again :)

Here is my take on Carnation #5:

Here is the sketch:

I didn't create long banner pieces like the sketch because I wanted to show off my die-cut bubble wand to help tell the story, but I'm happy with how it all came together. This was one of the first kits I bought from Scrapbook Steals - I visited their warehouse while I was in Utah one year and this adorable kit was out for sale. They have such great collections!

Thanks for visiting.

Supplies used:
  • All paper and embellishments: On the Sunny Side (My Minds Eye)
  • Letter Stickers: Honey Sticky Keys (October Afternoon)

Monday, October 5, 2015

MWM Carnation #4 - Lucky Us

Hello, my crafty friends!

I wanted to share a layout I created based on the MWM Carnation #4 sketch from

Here is the sketch:
I added an extra picture, but other than that I stuck to the sketch very closely.

Thanks for visiting!
Supplies used:
  • All paper and embellishments: Hello Friend (Glitz)
  • Title and heart stickers: Lucky  - Thickers (Amy Tangerine)

PGCB #89 - Food!


I am playing along with the Paper Girls today and Kerys has a fun challenge today around Food

I used the theme to highlight my favorite ice cream shop in Ogden, UT. I got to travel back to Utah to visit family this last weekend and that always entails a few traditional stops at our favorite places to eat...and one we never miss is Farr's ice cream :) Here is the layout I created:

I love how this place hasn't changed all that much over my life has been like this since I was a little girl. But this little ice cream shop holds a lot of happy memories for me and my family.

I based this layout off of the MWM Carnation 3 sketch from

Here is the sketch:

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you will share your food inspired project with us on the Paper Girls Challenge blog!

Supplies used:

  • All paper and embellishments: From Neapolitan (Dear Lizzy)
  • Title: Die cut from Cricut

Friday, October 2, 2015

Bulk Thank You Cards


We were very fortunate to get to celebrate my Grandmother's 80th birthday this last weekend with her. We hosted a celebration at the local church in her small town and had a really nice afternoon getting to meet her friends from over the years. I wanted to make sure that my Grandmother had thank you notes all ready and assembled so she could quickly send thanks to all those that were able to attend. Not really knowing how many people where going to attend, I made 40 of these...think assembly line stamping, ha ha!

The color scheme was fall related with hits of gold, so these were the cards I created for her:

I tried a technique that was new to me (but I had been wanting to try for a long time) and that was to use my embossing folders in my Cuttlebug like a letter press. So, I brayered on ink onto one of my embossing folders and added the detail to the edge. The ink got a little messy on the edges, so I just covered it up with a thin strip of gold washi - it was perfect!  

I then used up some stamps that haven't seen ink in a long time. I only used three other in colors: chocolate, vineyard berry, and autumn terracotta - but I used second generation stamping to achieve the lighter yellow-ish colored flowers. I was very happy with the results...and thankfully my Grandmother was too!

It was really great that Scrapbook Steals had a Monday Craft Madness dedicated to cards just as I was creating, I am linking this post with their #THENEWMCM challenge :)

Thanks for taking the time to stop in!

Supplies used: 
  • Paper: Cardstock - Colonial White 
  • Stamps: Sentiment: Loving Words - Ali Edwards for Technique Tuesday; Pussy Willow: Posh Impressions; Flowers: Boho Frames - Inque Boutique
  • Inks: Chocolate, Vineyard Berry (retired) and Autumn Terracotta (retired) - CTMH; Gold Pigment Ink - ColorBox
  • Gold Washi and Modern Wallpaper Edge Embossing folder - Cuttlebug/Cricut

Monday, September 21, 2015

PGCB #88 - Sweater Weather


I'm hosting the challenge over with the Paper Girls for the next couple weeks and I'm challenging you to create a project that is inspired by the changing weather - the cooler temps, the changing colors, crispy leaves, or anything that makes you cozy - like Sweaters, for instance. It's a perfect way to bring in the Fall Equinox!

Here is my take on the challenge:

We wrap-up summer by harvesting fall fruits from our yard - concord grapes, apples and pears. This year we had quite a bounty :) I chose colors that reminded me of the fall colors I am starting to see pop up around, and of course, I added a few die cut sweater circles from one of my favorite (and very well used) old sweaters. It really added a nice touch, in my opinion. 

This layout was inspired by a project done by Ashley Horton (WAY back from 2011) and her sketch that you can find here. I've been a big fan of her scrapbooking style for years, so I've stuffed a few of her projects away on my Pinterest page for safe and future scrap-lifting. AND...boy does it feel good to finally use up some of these older collections - this paper and some embellies are from the Farmhouse collection by Crate Paper. I'm linking this up to Scrapbook Steals Monday Craft Madness #30 challenge.

Link your projects no later than 11:55pm on Saturday, October 3rd on the Paper Girls Challenge Blog post here, and I'll randomly select one winner for a prize pack. For details on the challenge, please click here.

Happy Fall!

Supplies used: 
  • Paper: Patterned Paper from the retired Farmhouse collection (Crate Paper)
  • Embellishments: Thickers (AC); Corduroy Brads (Stampin' Up), Autumn Terricota brads and wooden buttons (CTMH); wood veneer apple (SC); Twine and Sweater from my stash

Sunday, September 20, 2015

MWM - Carnation #1 and #2

Hello there!

I'm taking on the challenge over at to try to complete their 10 week Mid-Week Mojo sketch challenge series.

Here are my interpretations of the first two challenges:

Week #1

I used Simple Stories Summer Fresh collection - everything is from that collection kit.

For this layout I used the Basic Grey Sugared collection and some newer Amy Tangerine "Lucky" stickers for the title. 

Both of these collections are oldies, but goodies - but that is a personal challenge of my own since I have WAY too much paper laying around for my own good :) Gotta use up the old to bring in the new, right?

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, August 17, 2015

PGCB #86 - Super Heroes


I'm back playing along with the Paper Girls this week, and Erica has challenged us with a Super Heroes theme! I dug and dug through all my stamps, and low and behold, I had nothing Super Hero related. So...I found this ah-dorable image from Dr. Digi's...Blunder Woman! Her, and her famous partner, Captain Thunderpants, just won my heart over. So, I couldn't resist in making a swift purchase. Needless to say, I'll have a few more Super Hero cards coming around the corner with these two!

Here is the fun little card I made for this challenge:

I used my alcohol inks to color her and I paired her with some retired Close to My Heart paper that I've been hording in my stash for several years. The sentiment is from a Unity grab bag...and it just went with this image perfectly.

Thanks for stopping by to visit. Hope you get a few minutes to play along too and link your Super Hero project to the Paper Girls Challenge blog before 11:55pm on 8/29.

See you soon!

Supplies used: 
  • Paper: Cardstock - Colonial White ; Patterned Paper from the retired Fanfare collection(CTMH)
  • Stamps: Blunder Woman ( and Sentiment (Unity Stamp Co.)
  • Inks: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
  • Copics: C5, C3, C1, R08, R02, E000, E00, E11, Y17, Y15, and BG10. Spectrum Noir: TB6
  • Enamel Dots

Monday, August 3, 2015

Growing In Unity Blog Hop!


I am so happy to be part of the Growing In Unity Blog Hop this month! I had a minor technical difficulty (SO sorry my post got up a little late), but I'm up and live with all these AMAZING ladies!

You should be coming to my page from Laura's blog...but just in case, here is the line up for this hop. Trust me, you don't want to miss one project! AND, if you leave a comment on each blog in the hop, you might be one of the 2 randomly selected winners! So it's a win-win...see pretty projects, and maybe win :)

  1. Lucinde
  2. Laura
  3. Brittany -> YOU ARE HERE
  4. Renee
  5. Sheena
  6. Tara
  7. Angela
  8. Maria
  9. Jen
I was super excited when I found out we were going to be showcasing Angie Girl stamps by Angie Bloom. I got to use Lilli Girl - and she is ADORABLE! The little bird on her shoulder and her coveralls just make me happy! So, this is what I created: 

I'm really in love with smooshing watercolor paper in watered down dye inks to make pretty colorful backgrounds. I then used watercolor pencils to color Lilli Girl, cut her out and paper pieced her onto the watercolor paper. She really stands out this way. 

Thanks for hopping sure to visit Renee next!

Happy hopping!

Supplies used: 

  • Paper: Cardstock: White Daisy, Honey and Twilight (CTMH); and Watercolor paper 
  • Stamps: Lilli Girl (Unity Stamp Co.)
  • Inks: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Twilight, Honey, and Cranberry (CTMH) and Watercolor pencils (CTMH)

Monday, July 20, 2015

PGCB #84 - Blue Jeans


I am playing along with the Paper Girls to share my take on the Forever In Blue Jeans challenge this week. I ended up using denim material and denim printed paper in my project to match the theme.

This layout was created from an old kit from Embellish It!, I love how kits help make creating come together so beautifully. 

The denim fabric was cut into circles and layered with other paper torn into circles to look like flowers. The denim printed paper is the mat for my pictures and also the paper I die cut arrows and words from.

Thanks for stopping by. Show us your take on the challenge before 11:55pm (MST) Saturday, 8/1.


Supplies used:
  • Paper: Random Collection  (Crate Paper)  - all papers and layout design from a kit from Embellish It!
  • Other: Die Cut Words (Technique Tuesday); Alphabet Stickers (Doodle Bug); Denim and Buttons from stash

Monday, July 6, 2015

PGCB #83 - Babies


I'm hosting this current challenge with the Paper Girls and it's all about the babies! There are SO many things I love about sweet babies...but with human babies, one thing that melts my heart are all the sweet teeny tiny little baby clothes.

Here is the little card I put together inspired by my thoughts of the tiny duds:

I wanted the card to be simple, but have a little dimension, so I cut a onesie from a panel and popped it up as well as the layered heart. The print below is washi tape.

I hope that you will link up your projects on the Paper Girls Challenge Blog that are inspired by babies or about babies no later than 11:55pm MST, Saturday, July 18th. We will select one random winner to win a crafty surprise! I can't wait to see what you create.

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies used: 
  • Paper: Hollyhock and Creme Brulee  (CTMH) 
  • Stamps: Sweet Baby (Ali Edwards - Technique Tuesday - RETIRED)
  • Inks: Hollyhock Die Ink (CTMH)
  • Other: Onesie Die Cut - from Animal Crackers Cartridge (Slice); Heart punches (Creative Memories); Washi Tape (MME)

Sunday, June 21, 2015

MFT Sketch 233 Challenge

Hello and Happy Father's Day!

I received happy mail earlier this week and got to play with new Die-namics blueprints #24 from My Favorite Things! So, it just seemed right to make some father's day cards.

I followed the MFT Wednesday sketch challenge this week to create this simple card with my new dies :)

I wanted to keep the card simple so it was a bit more "manly", but I did use a bit of foam tape and fussy cut some oars from the patterned paper to give it a bit "extra" without going overboard.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope that you had a wonderful weekend.

Supplies used: 

Monday, June 15, 2015

PGCB #82 - Happy Birthday!


I'm participating in the DT line up for the Paper Girls Challenge Blog with a Birthday themed card :)

I wanted to try something a little new that I've been seeing scattered across the paper crafting blog world, and that is the bokeh technique. But, instead of using watercolors, like most, I just wanted to use my inks.

To create my background, I selected four colors (inspired by the color challenge on the MFT Card Challenge blog), and sponged the colors into place to fill my base.

Then, I created a circle template by cutting various circles from a sheet of acetate, and sponged white pigment ink randomly using the template. 

Ya...needless to say, this is one of my new favorite techniques, and it's super fun to create. I will have to make a few more cards with this to test it out.

My adorable stamp is Birthday Wishes from Tiddly Inks. She was colored with the same dye inks I sponged the background with, I just used a blender pen to pick up the ink and color in the presents, cake, and dress. Her hair and body were colored with my Copics. I cut them out and popped them out (although hard to see in this photo).

I hope that you'll link up a project to the Birthday challenge with us Paper Girls. You have a little extra time this round to do so...but your entry needs to be posted no later than midnight, Sunday, July 5th (MST).

Thanks for stopping by to visit!

Supplies used: 
  • Paper: Colonial White and Honey (CTMH)
  • Stamps: Birthday Wishes (Tiddly Inks)
  • Inks: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Hollyhock, Pear, Petal and Honey (CTMH)
  • Copic Markers: Skin: E000, E00, E11; Hair: Y21, YR21, YR24
  • Other: Blender Pen (Stampin' Up); Mini Staples (CTMH)

Monday, June 8, 2015

GIU Winner Time!

Good morning!

I love starting off my week with good news for people! It really sets the stage for the rest of the day/week :)

I have selected two winners from people who have commented on my blog last week while I was participating in Growing In Unity. I used to help me out...I had a lot of lovely comments to choose from :) These lucky ladies will get 25 random stamps from Unity...a really awesome treat :)

So, thanks to first up is:

A commenter from the 1st day (Monday):
 And out of 29th comments...we have:
 Congrats Amy Williams!!!!

The second winner is from my last day (Friday):
 And out of 26 comments:
 Tracie Nettles is our next big winner!!!

Ladies, please send me an e-mail with your mailing information to that way I'll be able to ask Unity to send you your prize! Congratulations!!!!!

Thank you to everyone else who joined me this week and stopped by to share your wonderful comments on each of my projects through the week. It really was a super fun week! I hope that you'll come back to visit or even follow my blog for more projects in the future.

I hope you have a wonderful day!

Friday, June 5, 2015

Fintastic - GIU #5


I'm wrapping up my Growing In Unity week today...this was such an awesome opportunity! I can't thank you enough for your kind words through the comments on my projects this week!

Shaker cards are SO popular right now, I see them everywhere and they are SO cute...and super fun to make too! I decided to use up the last of my smooshed water color paper and create an underwater scene using Fishy Philosophy.

This card ended up taking me a little longer than I originally planned, but the final result is exactly what I was hoping for. The adorable little fish were colored with Copics and then given a glaze (using Liquid Glass) which also made them a little more durable for being stuck to the front of the card. I ended up needing to pop up the frame a bit more than I anticipated so the sequins could move around more freely, so I used some extra craft foam I had laying around in my kids art bucket...worked like a charm (and die cut so nicely too...yep...I may have to "borrow" more foam for more cards now).

I'm so happy that you could stop by to visit and see my last project. Please don't forget to leave a comment and visit my blog again Monday morning on June 8th. I'll be announcing the 2 random winners on my blog by 8am (PST)!

Have a lovely weekend!

Supplies used: 
  • Paper: Cardstock: White Daisy and Twilight (CTMH); and Watercolor paper 
  • Stamps: Fishy Philosophy (Unity Stamp Co.)
  • Inks: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Twilight, Olive, Sorbet, and Honey (CTMH)
  • Copic Markers: R08, R05, R02, BG11, and BG75
  • Embellishments/Tools: Craft foam, Sequins and Micro Beads (from stash) ; Labels One Die (Spellbinders)

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Crappy Day - GIU #4

Oh my goodness, ladies! You sure know how to make a girl feel awesome with all those lovely comments the last three days, thank you so much!

One of my favorite things about Unity Stamps is that there is always a stamp that that tells the "real" story...not just your basic sentiments (although they have those too). Crappy Day is one stamp set that always puts a smile on my's perfect for those know you've had one, we all have, right?

I wanted to make a cheery card for a friend who had one of those what better than this awesome stamp and some Echo Park paper (is it me, or are all the colors in their paper lines just happy?).

This card has lots of layers...but I'm still working on my camera skills, so I don't think these pictures really show off the dimension this the's pretty fun in person...really, I promise.

I finished it off by adding a little shading and color to the images with my Copics and added a few enamel dots and a heart. I sure hope this cheers up my friend :)

I'm glad that you stopped by to visit me on day 4 of my Growing in Unity week! Don't forget to leave a comment and come back tomorrow for my last project.

Have a great Thursday!

Supplies used: 
  • Papers:   Cardstock - colonial White (CTMH); Patterned Paper - Splash (Echo Park Paper)
  • Stamps: Crappy Day (Unity Stamp Co.)
  • Copic Markers: R08, R02, RV10, Y17, yG01, BG10, YR04, E43, W1 and W3
  • Embellishments/Tools: Enamel Dots and heart (Freckled Fawn); Circle Die (Spellbinders)

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Wonderful Things - GIU #3

Hello, happy Wednesday!

Thanks for stopping by for day 3 of my Growing in Unity week!

Don't forget to leave a comment for a chance to win! Two lucky people will win 25 Unity Stamps at the end of my week, so be sure to come back each day to visit and leave a comment.

I won a grab bag of Unity Stamps earlier this year and this beautiful fairy image was included. I've been waiting for the opportunity to ink her up and get her in a project! 

This simple card was so much fun to make. I made the background by using a similar technique from my GIU #2 post yesterday, but instead of using a paint brush to add the ink to the paper, I just laid the paper directly onto the spritzed, inky craft mat and let the paper absorb the color mess. The results were perfect for this fairy...almost a magical feel :)

Instead of masking the fairy, this time I used my watercolor pencils to color her in. I applied a white base to the entire image, then slowly added additional colors on top. I left the dress white because it looked so pretty against the background.

I distressed the paper a bit and added a lovely sentiment from the "empowered words" set, then glued it all together.

Thanks for coming by to visit again!

Supplies used: 
  • Paper: Cardstock: White Daisy and Twilight (CTMH); and Watercolor paper 
  • Stamps: Fairy (not sure which set this is from, sorry) and Sentiment - Empowered Words (Unity Stamp Co.)
  • Inks: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Twilight, Olive and Honey (CTMH) and Watercolor pencils (CTMH)