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Monday, October 31, 2011


This is a layout that I did for a BOBUNNY Challenge. The sketch, (below) was created by their designer, Gabrielle Pollacco, and can be seen at the  BOBUNNY Blog:  http://bobunny.blogspot.com/  To honor Gabi, I created the layout using the lovely "Gabrielle Collection", which is named for her. My layout titled, "Dream" features a photo of my daughter, Elizabeth, that I took a few months ago. She is a recent college graduate and is a young woman who lives life to the fullest. 
For the circular frame, I tore and curled the paper to bring dimension to the layout. 
Using only BOBUNNY paper, trim and stamps, I made flowers with the lovely "Gabrielle Wraps". The center of the small  paper flowers consists of the little turquoise string of beads from this package of lace, beads and tulle trims. After curling each petal, I used Color Box's Fluid Chalk Petal Point in tangerine to bring out more of the lovely colors in the paper. Behind the photo, can be seen the "Gabrielle" Clear Stamps that I inked with Tim Holtz Distress Ink by Ranger in "Vintage Photo" and embossed it with Ranger Embossing Powder (clear). The die cut used for the flowers is by Sizzix/Tim Holtz (Alterations Collection) called "Tattered Florals".  For a bit of texture, I ran the flower pieces through my Cuttlebug using the Cuttlebug embossing folder "Love Language Combo" and then sanded over the texture.  Last, I applied "Diamond Dust" by Twinklets, for a bit of sparkle. Also used is  a Trinket from the lovely "Gabrielle"  collection by BOBUNNY
For the large flower I also used the "Gabrielle Wraps". I chose the lovely tulle trim and gathered , then sewed the two ends together. Then, I glued it to a one inch circular piece of chipboard. Taking another piece of the tulle, I cut it a tiny bit shorter and gathered it just as I did the first piece and glued it in the center. Next, I added the large rhinestone from the "Gabrielle Wraps" that I first colored with Alcohol Ink by Tim Holtz/Adirondack in Terra Cotta . Last, I used a small bit of the pearl strand from the "Gabrielle Wraps" around the rhinestone.

Thanks, everyone for taking a peek at my latest creation....I appreciate your comments! 

Saturday, October 22, 2011


At Christmas each year, I give to my son and daughter, all the layouts that I have done about them in the previous year. This layout is for our son's album. The people in the photo are dear friends of both Lee and Liz. They both endearingly call  the gentleman "Dad". So, as a present for Lee. He hasn't seen it yet....but I guess by Christmas, it won't be a surprise....LOL...Oh, WELL.....what else could I do, right? 

Supplies used are: 

BO BUNNY PRESS Timepiece Collection Papers
TIM HOLTZ  Grunge Board Elements
TIM HOLTZ - RANGER Crackle Paint (Metalic Brushed Pewter and Picket Fence)
TIM HOLTZ-RANGER Distress Ink (Walnut Stain)
SIZZIX-TIM HOLTZ Texture Fades- Alterations Collection- Embossing Folder Bingo and Patchwork Set
STAZON INK (Jet Black)
TEN SECOND STUDIO Metal Sheet (Black)
MAYA ROAD Mini Alphabet (Caroline)
BAZZIL BASICS Cardstock (Black)
7GYPSIES Industrial Gears and Foldover Sticker Book
STAMPENDOUS: Aged Black Embossing Enamel

From my stash: 
Brads and chipboard gear (unknown origin)
corrugated cardboard
Bringing out the gear theme from the Bo Bunny Timepiece patterned paper to the embellies!!!!

A little grunge work close up!

Thanks, everyone, for taking a peek.....and.....shhhhh, don't tell Lee!!!

Sunday, October 16, 2011


It's October and that means Octoberfest in many towns across America. We went to Fredericksburg for their Ocotberfest this year and had and enjoyable weekend. Fredericksburg is a small central Texas town in what we call "The Hill Country". It is an area cloce to our state capital, Austin. Many of the small towns in this area were originally inhabited by German immigrants more than a century ago and their descendants who live there today keep alive everything that is good about the German culture. 

Fall is finally in the air, after one of the hottest summers in Texas history. 

The children had a great time on the bungee jump and were so much fun to watch.
Mother and me having a little fun. 
The Monarchs were on their annual  flight from Canada to Mexico! 

A little "Oom-pa-pa" was in order! 

The food at The Peach Tree Tea Room was so delicious that we went there all three days for lunch! Their gift shop has nice gifts that anyone would enjoy having. 

Who could resist gazing into a beautiful garden scene?
Check out the lovely and peaceful coy pond with waterfalls. There were gumball machines that had fish food in them so people could feed the fish and everyone wanted to do their part. 

This is a typical building of the nineteenth century in the Texas Hill Country. The pioneers used stone from local  lime quarries in their architecture. 

About thirty minutes outside of Fredericksburg is "Enchanted Rock" . This unique pink granite dome rises 425 feet above the surrounding countryside and is one of the largest batholiths in the U.S..
We spotted a group of deer grazing at the Enchanted Rock State Natural Area.

Hope you enjoyed going along on our weekend get-away! 

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


I love snow days! They are such rare treats here in  north centeral Texas and I enjoy driving around and taking in the beauty. My wonderful husband did the driving for me this day in early 2011 and it was so very nice to get out of the house! These two young ladies were building their snowman just about a block away from were I grew up and it seemed that they were having a grand time. Rolling down the window, I asked them if I could take their picture and they were happy to pose for me. It reminded me of times gone by when my friends and I spent a chilly afternoon building our own "Frosty"! 

I always enjoy doing something with the paper other than cutting and pasting, and I experiment with different ways to make a layout interesting. This time, I used concentric circles and tore, rolled and stitched around them to add interest. 

The BO BUNNY "Blitzen" collection was perfect for the layout, as the colors bring out the colors in the picture.
MAYA ROAD'S snowflakes (chipboard and paper) seemed a perfect way to bring out the browns in the picture, as well. Also from MAYA ROAD, I used "Snapshot Words" and "Seasons Keychain Set" and "Trinket Pins". The paper snowflakes were ready to use and I decided to paint the chipboard flakes and then doodle in black for additional detail.

Other supplies used are EK SUCCESS Edger Punch "Snowflake", MAY ARTS ribbon, STAZON Ink "Jet Black", ZIG WRITER (black), ADIRONDACK Acrylic Paint Dabbler "Snow Cap" and little red pearls by BO BUNNY. 

Thanks, everyone, for looking at my latest creation for THE CRAFTY SCRAPPER Design Team! You can see it displayed in the store in Waxahachie, Texas.


Those of you who are cat lovers understand why this layout is so dear to me. This precious little kitty was just as beautiful on the inside as he was on the outside. Seven years ago we lost our precious Hercules. For a long time, I could not do any scrapbook pages about him, but I finally conquered my emotions and much to my surprise, found that doing layouts about "Herkie" actually helped me deal with our loss. 

The Merry Christmas Collection by BEST CREATIONS INC. was deligntful to work with. It gives a bit of a vintage look to any project using traditional Christmas colors. Other papers included are BASIC GREY'S Basic Manilla Paper Pack and BAZILL BASICS cardstock "Jade". Embellishments used are PRIMA's "Medley Spray" (Midas), MAYA ROAD "Organza Roses" ribbon, COSMO CRICKET's "Dear Mr. Claus" collection's cardstock stickers, canvas fabric from my "stash" and MAYA ROAD's "Snowflake Chipboard Set". 

Paints, inks and stencils used here are KRYLON 18kt. Gold Leaf Pen, MAYA ROAD'S Maya Mist, RANGER INK- INKSSENTIALS Crackle Accents, TATTERED ANGELS Glimmer Mist and  glimmer screen "Fanciful Stencils" and TIM HOLTZ mask "Seasonal". Other products used are MARTHA STEWART Punch Around The Page "Holly Leaves" and ZIG writer "Hunter Green". 

Thanks, everyone, for taking a peek at my latest creation!

Monday, October 10, 2011


Creating this layout was a delightful experience because of the lovely BO BUNNY "Father Christmas" collection  and the lovely embellishments used! 

Included in the embellishments are MAYA ROAD Vintage Findings, "Grandma's Doilies" and "Paw Paw's Doilies",  Let It Snow Kraft (snowflake), and Chipboard Mini Alphabet, "Audrey". Topping off the embellishment list with some lovely PRIMA flowers with holly leaves, and MAY ARTS ribbon and BoBunny pearls and buttons!  
Techniques used were paper distressing, inking (TIM HOLTZ) Distress Ink (Vintage Photo), machine stitching, painting (Tim Holtz Crackle Paint) layering and border punching with the MARTHA STEWART "Ribbon Loop". A new technique that I used here was paper padding, which adds depth to to the lovely oval picture of an angelic baby on the Bo Bunny paper. First, I cut out the oval shape around the child's face and then misted it with water to get it to stretch a little. Next, I stitched and inked around the edges of the oval and cut three concentric ovals of cotton batting to place under this sweet image. Last of all, I added a cardstock back to keep everything in place before adhereing it to the page. 

Thanks to everyone for taking a peek! 

Wednesday, October 5, 2011


Here is another fun Christmas layout that I created for THE CRAFTY SCRAPPER Design Team. Papers used were the Merry Christmas collection by BEST CREATIONS. I relied heavily on the Tim Holtz/Sizzix die cuts, Paper Rosette and Mini Paper Rosettes. Ribbons are by MAY ARTS and flowers are Crystal Palace Star Burst by PRIMA. Ribbons are by MAY ARTS, and the diecut used is MARTHA STEWART Punch Around The Page, Ribbon Loop.
Check out the pretty little MAYA ROAD Trinket Velvet  Pleat (flower) in a lovely mint color to match the PRIMA Crystal Palace Star Burst! 

Techniques used were sewing by hand and machine stitching.

If you are in the North Texas area, be sure to stop by The Crafty Scrapper at 308 College Street in     Waxahachie.....right in the historic Downtown Square.....you won't be disappointed!

Thanks for taking a peek, everyone! 


What a joy it was to create this design team project for THE CRAFTY SCRAPPER  in Waxahachie, Texas! The classic style papers are from the Father Christmas collection by by BO BUNNY PRESS and Christmas Emporium collection by GRAPHIC 45 . MAYA ROAD products used were the brand new Tulle Pleat Trim in Cinnamon, Time Flies Kraft Clocks, Let It Snow, and Autumn Mini Chipboard Set. The red alphabet stickers in the title are by October Afternoon, and ink used was RANGER ARCHIVAL INK: (Emerald Green).  All other products are from my stash. 

Techniques used were paper tearing, rolling, distressing, inking, machine stitching and painting. 

Thanks, everyone, for taking a peek!!!