Friday, June 23, 2017

One Layer Creations

This month the Club Scrap Artist Team was challenged to make one layer creations! Today I made a layout that is totally one layer - well, except for the photos of course.  It was so much fun coming up with different ways to add texture and depth to the lo.

I started off by measuring the photos I wanted to use and marked out where I wanted them to be with pencil.  

Next came the barn, fence and windmill all stamped with onyx black ink.  I used black because I really wanted these images to pop to the foreground when the layout was finished.

I then tore a piece of scrap paper in half and used the jagged edge to create the grass/soil areas around the barn and windmill. The sky was then inked in.  I used more than one color for each to help create depth between the lights and dark inks.  Also, I don't know if you can see it or not but the cardstock has a pattern embedded into the paper which really pops where there is lots of ink - it shows up really well in the brown areas and a bit in the grass.  This adds a totally unexpected dimension that you wouldn't normally get with plain old cardstock.

An additional "layer" was added by stamping the text image with both light and dark brown inks.  I kept the darker ink along the bottom in the "dirt" areas to help ground the image and used the lighter color elsewhere.

Next step was to add the photos followed by stamping both the large and small wheat stalks to help frame the photos.

As the finishing touch I added splatters of metallic watercolor paint, which adds a nice shimmer IRL.

I hope you've enjoyed your stop here and my one layer scrapbook layout.

The next stop on the Artist Team Challenge is...

and if you get lost along the way the complete list can be found here...

Supplies: - Stamps, Papers, Inks

Prima - Metallic Watercolor Confections

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

NEW Summer Issue of RubberStampMadness!!

Yes, it's that time of the year...time for the new Summer issue of RubberStampMadness magazine!

To receive a free copy of RubberStampMadness's Summer issue, send an email to and mention this blogsite. The first 100 responders will receive a copy. 

Here's information about the issue: ATCs are the main focus, with six-pages inside, an ATC-filled cover. Down on the Farm stamp art incorporates cows, chickens, barns and over-sized potatoes in pastoral scenes. Judy and Bobby Duke of B & J's Art Stamps share the story of their home-grown business and samples of Judy's fabulous artwork. A how-to feature explains steps for making Simple "Step Cards," perfect for sharing through the mail. Three terrific tags are showcased in The Tag Shoppe. An album of "Not-Feeling-So-Blue" artwork and more are in this issue. 

Monday, June 19, 2017

Friday, June 16, 2017

Upcycled Mirror...

A few weeks ago Mom and I went to the town wide garage sale. I am always on the look-out for items I can upcycle. This time I found this stained glass mirror (the center part is the mirror even though it looks black).   The center panels had an iridescent quality about them which looks colored in the photos - they were actually clear with the iridescents on the back of each piece of glass.

I needed a mirror for the spare room so I went with the current color scheme...

It's amazing how the sun casts such a lovely design over the entire room! You wouldn't think such a small piece would have such an impact but it really does.  I was going to hang it on the wall but I think I'm going to leave it in the's just too pretty with the light streaming through it.


Imagine: StazOn Studio Glaze - Tangerine; Cactus Green, Blue Hawaii

Other: Stained Glass Mirror

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

I Do

Today I have the final layout from the wedding album... I DO.  These are photos of the kids during the ceremony.....

This is more Club Scrap cardstock, stamps, cut-aparts and embellishments from the kit - Color Me Happy. I absolutely loved this kit! Of course blue is my favorite color and it matched the guys vests perfectly but that paired with the black and is just so classy looking.  

Since the prints and accent papers I used were so bright I printed the photos B&W to really make them pop. I didn't want any of the background to distract from Bob and Morgan.  I think it worked out well.

I just love how it turned out!
So there you go...
I hope you enjoyed seeing my foray into scrapbooking after years of absence.
It was so nice to give it a go.

Supplies: - Color Me Happy Kit
MFT - Alpha Dies
Vellum (for the dragonflies)
Paper Lace Doily Heart
Mr. Huey's Opaque White Spray (love this stuff!)

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Gettin' Ready to Party...

Today I wanted to share another wedding layout. These photos are of us decorating the church Friday afternoon. Morgan, Bob, Maddie (Morgan's sister) and I cleaned, made decorations, set up all the chairs and tables before the rehearsal. We had lots of fun and I was so proud of how Bob chipped right in and did what he could.   He did volunteer to fill the candy dishes that were on each table...not sure if more went in the bowls or his mouth - LOL!!

The papers are all Club Scrap, I used MFT dies to cut the title.  I am so happy to say that I've had those rosettes for YEARS and I finally used them.  The colors matched the papers perfectly - I was so tickled - it's like I planned it ;)  LOL!!

We also set up the kitchen in the annex for the reception the next day.   It made it so nice to have everything laid out the night before - all we had to do Wedding day a.m. was put everything in it's proper roaster/crock pot and let it simmer. All of the buns, pops, salads and chips had their designated spots as well so when something arrived we didn't have to fuss. Made it all such a nice smooth event. I have to say I really enjoyed it, I love organizing so this was loads of fun for me.

Above to the bottom right you can see a photo of the card box/cake I made along with a "J" Johnson Canvas. I really enjoyed making both but that wedding cake card box got lots of nice comments. Everyone seemed to love it.

Supplies: - Cardstock, Cut-Aparts
MFT - Alpha Dies
Rosettes - unknown

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Card Sketch by Me!

It's my turn to come up with another fun card sketch over on the Club Scrap forum this month ~ 06/17 Card Sketch Challenge and I thought I'd share it with you as well!

Here is the sketch I came up with as well as a few examples...

These two cards were made using the Bouquet stamps from last years retreat.

And these cards were made using stamps from the Succulents Kit (02/17). 
The little cactus was colored using watercolor pencils.

As an added bonus I came up with a cut diagram that will allow you to complete (2) A2 size cards from two sheets of 8.5x11" cardstock.

This photo shows the cardstock pieces cut and ready to assemble.

Hope you give it a try!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Combo Challenge Card!

It's been a trying few days so this a.m. I decided I just wanted to play a bit.  I looked around some of the challenges out there at the moment and came up with a card which will work for 2.

I'm practicing "clean and simple"'s very hard for me because I like layers and ink and lots of stuff. I think this fits the bill pretty well, what do you think?  CAS???  I used stamps from the newest Club Scrap kit - Pattern Play.

I was so tickled because I had ink that matched this weeks Just Add Ink Color Challenge perfectly!  It's Imagine's VersaMagic ink in Persimmon, Turquoise Gem and Aquatic Splash.

starts off with 3 lovely colors to help usher in summer!


I used the sketch from 

Supplies: - Pattern Play: Cardstock, Stamps, Ribbon
Imagine - VersaMagic - Persimmon, Turquoise Gem, Aquatic Splash; Tear It! Tape

Friday, June 2, 2017

Feels like summer...

And today I wanted to share my idea of summer....

Looks like fun huh?  This is a shaker card I made using Vertigo film that was stamped with StazOn ink then colored with Memento Dual Tip Markers (you have to let them dry a long time).  It's set in a stamped/embossed seashell frame that was monoprint with a couple shades of Memento Ink. I also inked the card base with Tangelo Memento ink.   The shakers are a fun microbead, seed and bugle bead mix. It makes lots of fun noise when it's moved around.

If you haven't guessed, Tangerine is the color of the month over at Imagine!  Be sure to stop by the blog all month long to see more fun tangerine projects.



StazOn – Jet Black
Memento Inkpad or Markers – Tuxedo Black, Tangelo
VersaMagic – Persimmon, Key Lime, Mango Madness
Embossing Powder – Gold
Ink Potion No.9
Fantastix (optional)

Just For Fun Rubber Stamps
Cardstock – white

Thursday, June 1, 2017

CSI - Major Case File #231

 I'm excited to say that the Imagine crew was invited to be guest detectives at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration challenge blog!  Here is the case file I was assigned...

If you've never visited the blog before or worked on one of the Case Files, you are given bits and pieces to inspire your entire lay-out. The scene is the initial inspiration, with cues given in the Evidence portion.  You get a color scheme and sketch to help you along.  It's lots of fun, if you've never tried it before you should...I had a blast "following the clues".   Here's what I came up with...

My best 4 legged friend...Graber Barker - mild mannered dog by day, SUPER DOG by night!  He's not only my furry friend but he's also my 12" tall guard dog ;)  LOL!!  He doesn't let anyone get near me when he doesn't think they should be, including Eric!  Not even for a little peck on the cheek.  He's very protective of his mama.

A few close up's showing some of my Evidence....I tried to follow the sketch pretty carefully and I used stars, hearts, the white background, twine, speech bubbles and more.  I loved the medallions from the sketch so I made a couple to help pop up the main photo giving it a bit more prominence.

I used Lady Bug and Dandelion irRESISTible Texture Spray on the background for some fun splatter.  I also found some little turquoise, butter yellow, red and royal blue sequins to add some fun.  The stars are die-cut using a Seth Apter set of dies.

I found some great turquoise pattern paper with tiny stars on it but needed some yellow pattern paper....I didn't have any so I ended up making my own.  I stamped the stars on the yellow cardstock using VersaMark ink and embossed it with clear EP.  Just what I needed!

I hope you've been inspired to give this fun challenge a go!

Imagine - irRESISTible Texture Spray - Lady Bug, Dandelion; Memento Dual Tip Markers (journaling); On Point Glue; VersaMark; Clear EP

Other - 

Club - cardstock, pattern paper
Sizzix - Seth Apter Star Dies
MFT - Speech Bubbles
JFF Stamps - Star background strip stamp
Prima - Twine
Sequins - unknown

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Club Scrap Adirondacks Blog Hop

Hey all - welcome to May's Club Scrap Blog Hop celebrating the awesome kit - Adirondacks! I can't tell you how excited I am about this kit. The colors, images, papers, everything about it is so versatile, down to earth and just plain me! I couldn't ask for anything more.

I made 3 different layouts using various pieces of this kit which I'm very excited to share with you (finally!!).  Here we go -

My guys getting ready... they clean up pretty good!

This is the church where we had the wedding and reception. It has a nice little annex with a kitchen, bathrooms and a basement (where the guys got ready). Morgan's grandparents used to have a farm adjoining this property so she's grown up around it and was thrilled to be able to have the wedding here.

Finally, my favorite layout...  I have had the wooden Mr & Mrs piece since I found out they were getting married.  I knew I'd use it at some point for something and I'm so glad I had it. It meshed with this kit perfectly.  The arrows were added using the funky stencil included in the kit which I inked with Club Scraps white pigment ink.

I also had these "wedding rings" in my stash as well...those I've had for years and years. I've used them from time to time on wedding cards I've made but I finally got to use them on a very special layout.  The raffia was included in the kit as well.

These are some of the "fancy" pictures the kids had taken after the ceremony. They were my favorites of the bunch.

You can see they were spelling LOVE with their fingers.

I hope you've enjoyed the layouts I have created, I had such fun with this kit...I wish I had 3 or 4 more of these kits so I could just continue to create. It's amazing how inspired you get when creating with such lovely papers.

Your next stop on the hop is


You can find the complete list of hoppers here...


Club - Adirondacks - Cardstock, embellishments, ribbon, stencil; Club Scrap White Pigment Ink


My Favorite Things - Die-Cuts
Unknown - ring embellishments; Wood "Mr & Mrs"

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The Dress Layouts

Thought I'd continue to share a couple more layouts from the wedding book.  These ones all center around the dress.

The first layout contains photos of all of the different dresses Morgan tried on. Several members of her family were present as well as Mom and I.  Of course everyone had their favorites that they wanted her to try on. After a couple exhausting hours she chose the very first dress she tried on - LOL!!

Of course you can tell I wrote out part of the title...just wish I would have used pencil lines so it wasn't a bit crooked.  Oh still tells the story I wanted it to.

David's Bridal has the bride ring a bell when she's chosen "The Dress".  This was a photo of her ringing the bell with her veil, dress, jewelry and all.  I included a photo of the girl who helped with all of the changes, accessories and questions.  She was great.

This LO are just a few pics of after she chose the dress....

I left room for her to journal on both sets of LO's so she could add her thoughts.

These were some of my favorite lo's because it was such a memorable day. Since I don't have any girls of my own this was very special to me to be invited to enjoy such a joyful event.

Supplies: - All cardstock, papers, embellishments.

Giveaway Winner

Well, just getting to the final drawing for the month of giveaways due to all of the temporary internet interference courtesy of Frontier....

The winner is (drawn on ....

I keep wanting to try gelli plate printing. It is a little messy and my work area is not too big (and crowded with stuff). So it has held me back from trying it. I also just ordered the distress oxide and am looking forward to playing with them. Have a great day Roni!

Congratulations Donna!
Please e-mail me your snail mail addy so I can get your goodies in the mail.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Wedding Album - Cover LO & Invites

You all know that I've been making a wedding album for the kids. I have been sharing lo's here and there but since I gave the book to them the internet has been down.  I've been dying to share the rest of them with you!   Luckily I had a few posts with them scheduled way ahead so they posted automatically so you've been able to see a few of them.  Today I wanted to share 2 more lo's - the cover lay-out and the lo of the invites.  

This is the first page of the album...I loved this picture of the kids in front of the church.  The writing on the right side is die-cuts (Month & Day - Sizzix; Numbers - MFT), the sparklie paper (American Crafts) and shimmery background papers  (Bazzill) were leftover from making the invites.  The blue and magenta cardstock is from Club Scrap. 

This is the next layout in the book...It must be weird to include this in a wedding album because when I searched for other lo's trying to get ideas for it I couldn't find any!  I don't care, I thought it would be something they would enjoy having to look back on.

The lacy pieces are something I've had for years. I bought a box full of "samples" from an estate sale - the old lady made dresses and from what I understand these were all pieces she could order to add to dresses.  This is the "folder card I made - it opens up and has the invitation on the left and a pocket on the right side that held the goodies on the page below...

And these are the pieces. The invite, the wedding dress piece is actually the return RSVP postcard and the other 2 are additional info and map.  The stamp beside the 2 hearts was actually the stamp off of our invitation.  Just another bit that I thought would be fun to include.  Again the shimmery background cardstock is from the invitations, the blue and magenta cardstock is from Club Scrap.  The lace is some vintage lace I bought down in L'ville at an antique store a long time ago.  

BTW, I never got a chance to tell you all how it went when I gave 'em the album...They loved it and someone commented on one of the posts that she bet there were tears involved with the gifting...  She was right! But all happy tears :)  Made me feel good!