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Thank you for the inspiration!

Yep! I was in love and then I was inspired and then I got to playing!

I found out about this wonderful event for Jenn Shurkus:


It’s awesome that she’s been blogging for 10 years! I can’t wait until I get there (and I’ve got a ways to go!)

So, I’ve had a few of her projects on my inspiration list and then I saw this card:


And I knew it was the one for me!!!

So, I got to looking around, found a die cut from Echo Park in the Silhouette Online Store that I thought would work for what I hoped to do and got cutting, then painting, then piecing and then putting it all together!


At this point I’m thinking “it’s a good thing I like putting puzzles together!”


The middle of the flower had lots of tiny dots as part of the die cut, which were going to be very difficult to work with at this scale, so when I was working on the background I painted some dots in the middle and started to put the puzzle together around it. It was honestly fun!


My finished card. I’m so glad I gave this a try and want to thank Jen so much for the inspiration! I probably would have tried this at some point, but having a deadline inspired me to go for it!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! There’s a little bit of time left to enter, so check out Jenn’s blog and hopefully I’ll see your project there before the gallery closes!

Happy crafting!


Card: Halcraft; Watercolor paper: Artist’s Loft; Watercolors: Kuretake; Rub-on: We R Memory Keepers; /a

Scrapping our Stash Blog Hop

Scrapping Our Stash Blog Hop

Hi! It’s been a while, but I finally have some stash-busting projects to share on the Practical Scrappers Scrapping our Stash Blog Hop! You should have come here from my friend Brenda’s blog. If you would like to start the hop from beginning, stop by Wendy’s fabulous blog.

It is such a good feeling to create something with items from my stash and today I’ve got three fun cards to share with you in honor of National Parents and Siblings Birthday Month. You didn’t know there was such a thing? Well, maybe I made that up because there are five sibling and parent birthdays in February between my hubby and I and it certainly feels like it should be nationally recognized! I’ve already sent out two cards, today I’m sharing the parent’s cards.

So, in birthday order, we have the fisherman:


The elegant mom:



And last the purple-loving mom:





Did you notice that the two mom cards are the same design, just different papers/treatments? I love how they are so different and still beautiful! That’s the magic of paper-crafting for me – how much room there is for choices to change things up!

The flower cards were both too bulky to fit into the A2 sized envelope that they are designed to fit in, by the way (the flowers all stack in the same spot when folded and I added a LOT of dimension there, even with just the buttons.) Also, I assembled the purple one with the right side flower in the middle instead of the back and that makes it stick out too much when folded so it needs a wider envelope. I suggest doing a trial run with your project before gluing! Liquid glue is awesome for good hold when working with 3D projects, along with wiggle room while they are still wet, but they are not forgiving when dry.

Files and supplies: I used a couple of different files from Lori Whitlock and Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons (Layered Labels 1 Cutting Files), patterned papers from Close to My Heart, Echo Park (Lori Whitlock designed) and Trimcraft, Cardstock from Carta Bella, Close to My Heart and Recollections, sequins from Doodlebug and Pretty Pink Posh, Twinery Twine, Buttons from Stampin’ Up!, pens from Silhouette and Zig, ink from Close to My Heart, adhesive from Glue Dots, Scotch, ScrapPerfect, and Xyron.

Thanks so much for visiting today! I’d love to hear from you if you’ve got a busy birthday time of the year in the comments below. Be sure to head to Alison’s blog next! 


Here’s the list of blogs in the hop, in case you get lost! I know you had to have been inspired by these projects today!

Wendy C


ETA: I am entering Simon Says Stamps’ Monday Challenge : No Rules


First Things First!

The newest challenge at The Creative Cutting Challenge is Anything Goes! This was such a fun one because it meant I got to go through all of the files that The Creative Pointe offers and then put a project together that would go whatever I wanted to use! I chose a school layout because it’s a goal of mine to keep plugging away on finishing up my daughter’s school album (K-8) and there haven’t been any school challenges. I just really loved the School Set II files!

School Set Two PV

These have lots of fabulous details and layers! I really felt they would be perfect for the early grade school pictures of my daughter so I dug up her 1st grade picture and went to work looking for a sketch. The Let’s Get Sketchy Sketch a thon Hop #2 had lots of great sketches and I really loved the one on Laura Whitaker‘s blog, designed by Brenshevia:


I loved the strips at the top and bottom and how the picture and central elements were layered. I flipped the top and bottom, but here’s what I created:


A+ for cuteness (and she always works hard, too)!

I had this first grader paper from Moxxie in my stash and felt I should really use it. The bright colors really went well with my daughter’s sweater and made choosing the colors for the die cuts pretty easy! I adore all the layers on these cuts! Just take a look at them:




I used a woodgrain paper on the pencil and chalkboard die cuts and a silver paper on the scissors. (Laura’s twist included using something wooden on your layout and I love the look that the woodgrained paper gives to these cuts!) The title is three layers deep using CK Jessica for the font and doing offsets for the shadow layers. The chalkboard has four layers of cardstock and the pencil is three layers deep at the top yellow layer (I’ll be entering the Scrap Our Stash Stash A Thon Birthday Challenge #1 ~ Cake/Layering challenge.)

I hope you’ll join along with the Creative Cutting Anything Goes Challenge if you are able to cut non-Cricut files with your digital die cut machine!

Have a wonderful day!


Supplies used:
Cardstock – Stampin’ Up!; Patterned Paper – Echo Park, HP, and Moxxie; Wood Veneer – Studio Calico; Washi Tape – from stash; Pen – Zig; Adhesive – Beacon, Xyron, Zig

A little bit of Christmas love

I don’t know if you’re familiar with the idea of December Daily, but it’s a scrapbooking project that sets out to document daily life during the month of December. I have tried to do this in the past: took pictures of the kids’ advent calendars and what they found inside on a daily basis along with any of the special events that happened in December, e-mailed these images to grandparents, posted them on Facebook, until I tired of trying to get the kids to cooperate and gave up on it. This past Christmas I decided to try and do December Daily again, but focusing on what I love about December instead of focusing on the kids. I journaled about specific things that happened (like me shoveling the driveway and how good it made me feel) as well as general things (like how much I loved the handmade items that were a part of our holiday decorations and traditions.) My project today is the completion of one of my specific journaling days (day 5 – although I believe the event was really on December 4th – it is journaling about that week).

To create this page, I used the Mix & Match Simple Stories binders (6″x8″ format) and one of the pages from the Documented collection as my base. I lined the edges with some washi tape (the red is Jolees Papertape and the silver star tape was from the DD kit from Whimsical Twist.) I let the tape hang over the edge so that it would hold the page to my craft mat. I cut an outline of a phone from scrap paper and used repositionable adhesive on the back to keep it in place and then taped the Studio Calico Huey’s bubbles Mask over the top half of the page. I then smeared Golden Gel Mediums Molding Paste into all the openings, moved the mask to the bottom half of the page, taped it down and repeated the process. I removed the misting mask and allowed it to dry a little bit before spritzing with some Smooch Spritz in Green Olive and Sheer Shimmer Spritz in Pewter. I then removed the phone die cut and allowed everything to dry.

What my page looked like when I was done. I figured you might something to look at.

What my page looked like when I was done. I figured you might something to look at.

I trimmed the edges with my craft knife and metal ruler then I patted the page down a bit with a baby wipe to make sure that none of the spray was going to be messy. I used Alpha Stickers from Echo Park’s Dots & Stripes collection for the title along with some Ranger Liquid Pearls in White Opal (for the “to” as well as a few dots here and there on the page.) I used Zip Dry adhesive to glue down the mini silver stars from Whimsical Twist, along with the round flat sequins from Studio Calico’s stars and dots sequin collection. The date tag was created with a cut from Lori Whitlock’s 3×4 December Daily Life Cards 1-15 files (from the Silhouette Store) using DCWV Shimmer Matstack and Echo Park’s 6×6 ’tis the Season paper pad. I will be sealing up the page with Inkssentials Glue n’ Seal gloss finish to make sure things don’t fall off.

Here’s a detail of how the lower left corner turned out:


This is my first attempt at using the Molding Paste and I’m pleased with the results! The effect of the sequins and stars on the page is really wonderful, reminding me of a mosaic.

I gave this a try because of the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Paste. I’m so glad I gave it a shot as I love texture and could really get into creating my own templates to get different effects.

Thanks so much for bearing with the descriptions. Maybe next time I’ll take the time to photograph my process so there’s more to see along the way. If you have any questions, I’d be happy to try and answer them. Just leave them in the comments. Also any advice or thoughts you might have about this page are welcome!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have a wonderful day!


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