Friday, April 29, 2011

Inkstains with Roni HUGE GIVEAWAY

One of my favorite blogs to follow
Inkstains with Roni is having a huge (and when I say huge I mean HUGE) give away on her blog.
Check it out
Seriously, it's awesome!


My layout for this week's Round Robin over at Swirlydoos. I swear these are some of my favorite challenges, and boy do they push the comfort zone.

I used supplies from March's kit to create this. Paper is all Prima. The twist this month was lots of handmade swirls etc. I altered my 3 pieces of Dusty Attic chipboard, and made my swirls using Liquid Pearls (love it).

The picture is my Great Grandparents in 1973. My middle daughter has been doing a family tree project at school and I have been pulling out lots of old family photos for her. I am so lucky my family has always been prolific picture takers.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Isn't Life Beautiful?

New layout for today.
Used Sketchy Thursdays weekly sketch challenge as my jumping off point.
Paper is Bazzill & Crate Paper.
Another one done sitting around waiting on one of the kids. Some days I think I do more in my car than at home....

Tag for today

Just a little bit of art for today.

The background is layers of Distress Stains. The stamps are Club Scrap

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Art Journal for today

We are dealing with my Father in Law dying right now, and in between the numerous discussions about death I have been having with my girls I needed to make something light and happy.
I have a friend's art journal in my possession and decided that was where I would play today.

The background is made using collaged dictionary pieces, covered with a Golden Glaze. Then laid over a Crafter's Workshop Stencil a spray with Memories Mist. Removed Stencil and sprayed Glimmer Mist in yellow.
Used a plaid Stencil for the circles, cut up a doily and sprayed with Memories mist & glimmer Mist in yellow. Yellow is not a color I typically choose but it seemed to lighten my mood and so it was used.

Found a quote I like a wrote with a Pitt Pen.
Now back to real life

Monday, April 18, 2011

Spring Tags

I made up 5 tags for a swap over at PAO.
The theme was Spring. I had a lot of fun working on these. Old maps, Pitt Pens, Gelatos, Staz On ink, Stamps and Rub Ons all used to create each tag.

Saturday, April 16, 2011


We are having nasty weather here in NC so all the girls activities. I tried to act sad but it meant play time for me.

There is a challenge over at Swirlydoos to use odd papers (non cardstock/ non patterned) on your layout.
I have this pic that DH took of me and the girls while we were in Charleston that I love. Time to showcase it.
I used velvet paper and book pages as my "odd" paper. All the supplies came from the April Swirlydoos kit.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Tulips on my mind

Made up some ATCs for a swap at ATCs FOr All. You needed to incorporate maps some how.

My backgrounds are collaged pieces of a vintage map of China. Covered in gesso, then stamped & stained and stamped again.
Rubons from 7 gypsies, Tulip stamp from Blockheads then colored with Pitt Pens.

I was so happy with how these turned out

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Reading Terminal and Sketchy Thursdays

I seem to be on a roll with Sketchy Thursdays sketch challenges. And this week it's sponsored by Addicted to Scrapbooking. Yippee!

The youngest dd's class ended early today, didn't make sense to drive home only to turn back. I brought 4 pieces of paper, some ink, sheet of letter stickers and a punch and the weekly sketch. Found an empty classroom and went to work.

The patterned paper is all My Mind's Eye, letter stickers are Jenni Bowlin.
Our yearly visit to Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia. A must stop every time we are near.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Run Like the Wind

Sketchy Thursdays has this sketch posted for their Guest Designer Challenge. As soon as I saw it I knew exactly what picture I wanted to use with it.

My youngest running on the beach in Kiawah. I didn't want the page to be too cluttered I wanted her to be the focus and this sketch was perfect (most of their sketches are perfect :) )

Bazzill Cardstock sprayed with Chalkboard Mist & Glimmer Mist by Tattered Angels, Radiant Rain by Luminarte and Smooch Ink. (Lots of spray ink-I had to iron my paper flat after)
Then some Clearsnap ink rubbed through Sequin Waste for a bit more texture.

The larger Circle is actually Tulle (couldn't get a good pic of it) and the patterned paper scraps were from Crate Paper & The Girls Paperie.
All letters are from my stash--I NEED to start using them up I have so many.

Thanks Ladies for another awesome sketch

Happy Day

After making my latest scrapbook layout I had a few scraps left on my desk. I also had a sort of ATC on my desk I had whipped up when trying my gelatos & shimmerz together. Not fancy enough to be a full fledged ATC but too pretty to get rid of.

Lucky for me I needed to make a birthday card for Anne (Happy Birthday Anne).

I took scraps of Prima and Basic Grey paper and just layered til I was happy. The ATC in the center was made using Gelatos by Faber Castell, Stencil by Club Scrap, and lots of Shimmerz paints for extra bling. The small stamp is Stampin Up and to finish it off I had a super small piece of ZVA Crystals flourish left over from my layout. It turned into a perfect swirl for my dragonfly.

Off to the mailbox.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Special Event

Got a page done this morning before we head off to soccer.
My middle daughter's birthday is Feb 14-Valentine's Day. While I did want to acknowledge it I didn't want the hearts to dominate the layout.

I covered 4 chipboard hearts with Distress Ink and Utee. The background of the paper is done on Basic Grey using Pan Pastels (tell you I am loving them) and Crafters Workshop Stencil. Cut up some bling to get the swirls I wanted and used some flowers found in my stash.

Perfect layout for an 11 year old (at least that's what she said)

Friday, April 8, 2011

Pan Pastel Play

So I ordered a selection of Pan Pastels from Dick Blick after everyone was raving about them on Scrapbook News and Review.
OH MY GOD!!!! I don't know why I hadn't ordered these before. The coloring of chalk application like paint. Definitely going to be my new "go to" item. All other chalk pastels in my possession are heading up to the High School as a donation. Seriously-try them and you'll be hooked as well.

Pulling them out to play I decided to use them in a friends Art Journal Signature (for a swap I am hosting over at PAO). I used some Crafters Warehouse & Club Scrap Stencils, Pan Pastels and a quote printed on vellum. The butterflies are made using a House of 3 scrap piece, sprayed with 2 glimmermist colors and Stampin Up butterfly die.
Perfectly Springy :)

Friday, April 1, 2011

Always Original

another layout for Sketchy Thursdays

oldest and youngest at the beach.
All the paper is American Crafts. Tattered Angels & Smooch Spritz used to color the paper, Gelatos along the edge
Flourish by ZVA, and Rub Ons by 7Gypsies.

Always Original--what these 2 most definitely are