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Friday, March 23, 2012


This is a Crafty Scrapper design team layout that I created using a photo of my mother and members of her family. Mother is the little girl on the left who is needing a little TLC from her cousin. 
Techniques used here are paper tearing, distressing, punching, inking, stitching and painting. 

     Tea For Two Collection paper
     Flower and Leaves Punch
      DC41 07 Bird with cage
     Double Craft Punch, Large Monarch Butterfly
     Punch Around the Page, Vintage Floral

     Kraft Note Envelopes, Polka Dots
     Krafty Owls, white
     Velvet Jewel Flower, Green

     Vintage Crochet Trim- Baby Pom Pom, white
MY MINDS EYE: Wooden button
     Distress Crackle Paint, Picket Fence
     Stickles Glitter Glue, Platinum
     Idea-ology Jump Rings
Idea-ology Washers

Friday, March 16, 2012


This layout was easy and fun to create. It was made for the CRAFTY SCRAPPER design team in WAXAHACHIE, TEXAS. Techniques used here are misting and die cutting. Two of the flowers were made from a chipboard circle, a 1" circle cut from paper,  and Maya Road Satin Pleat Edging, and a little fiber. 
     ADIRONDACK: Color Wash, Stream
           Doily Garden Trim Punch Around the Page
          Glass Microbeads, blue topaz
     MAYA ROAD: 
            Chipboard Frame 
            Daisy Vintage Lace Trim, small
            Medallion Flower, mauve
            Ruffle Blossoms, pink
            Ruffle Edge Trim, pink
            Satin Pleat Edging, aqua and mauve
            Small Organza Roses, cream
            Trinket Pins, Heart, pink and hot pink
           Happy Easter 2012 Collection papers  
                     Happy Easter 2012 Collection stickers
            Glimmer Mist, vintage pink

Thanks for your comments!

Sunday, March 11, 2012


This is a layout that I created as guest designer for the wonderful SCRAPS OF ELEGANCE KIT CLUB http://scrapsofelegancekits.blogspot.com/. The pastel colors in this kit would work well for Easter, Spring, baby or any other layout that requires a soft color palette.  I love this Bo Bunny paper in the kit this month! Also included in the kit are the precious butterflies made by my friend, Renea (Reneabouquets) at Scrapbook.com . Her blog,  http://myglittercoatedlife.blogspot.com/ , has a full gallery of lovely scrapbook layouts. Also in the March kit are ZVA blue crystal flourishes, Petaloo flowers and a seed packet of Forget-Me-Nots! This week, the seeds will be planted in my garden! Last, but not least, is the little blue bow tied around the bunny's neck. 
The Petaloo tissue trim, from my stash, seemed perfect, since it reminds me of Easter Grass. The fence is made with Grungeboard, then painted with Crackle Paint, both by Tim Holtz.
This little bunny was first die cut, then embossed, inked and splashed with a bit of color using Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist. 
What memories this precious photo brings back! This was taken Easter Sunday in 1992. We had been to church, out to eat, then we drove to Joe Pool Lake for picture taking. The bluebonnets were in bloom and Lee and Elizabeth were happy and playful. Liz was showing us one of the eggs that the Easter bunny left for her. 

Friday, March 9, 2012


This layout was created for SCRAPS OF ELEGANCE. What an honor it has been to serve as guest designer for the month of March.  It seemed that the colors in the March kit were perfect to convey just how long and hot our Texas Summer was in 2011. We struggled through  record setting heat, drought, critters and a slab leak...all while planning a  party for my mother's ninetieth birthday. The most frightening thing that happened to us was the fire that started in our neighbor's backyard pool pump. Fortunately, I was home and heard the loud popping in time to run outside and find our fence and three trees engulfed in flames! I grabbed our garden hose and did my best to keep the situation under control until the fire department arrived.  We didn't think that our long, hot  Summer would ever end! 
Here are some flowers that I created using an EK Success punch called "Flower and Leaves".

I appreciate your comments. 

Wednesday, March 7, 2012


This layout was created for SCRAPS OF ELEGANCE., What wonderful paper,  embellishments and other suupplies are included in their March Kit, "Butterfly Dreams"! Be sure to check out this awesome Kit Club if you are a scrapbooker or paper crafts lover!

The photo is of my son and daughter, Lee Elizabeth, when they were ten and six, respectively. This was such a fun time for them....especially since the Easter basket had a live bunny inside! 

Throughout the week there will be more posts of work using "Butterfly Dreams". 
Check out my friends at SCRAPS OF ELEGANCE for a scrapbooking TREAT! 

**SCRAPS OF ELEGANCE** March Kit and Guest Designer

If you are not already familiar with SCRAPS OF ELEGANCE, you need to check out the brand new "sister" to SCRAPS OF  DARKNESS. This  kit club is wonderful  and will not let you down. Their papers and embellishments are DIVINE, and the  design team is top notch, too!  You will get so many wonderful ideas here from them. What a creative group of ladies! Check out the March reveal of "Butterfly Dreams":

Lisa Novogrodski- Lead Designer

Charlotte Jenkins- Sketch Artist and Designer

Jennifer Snyder Designer

Mandy Harrell- Designer

Karen Zueger- Designer

Renea Harrison- Designer 

Rachelle Sigurdson- Designer

Escape Kitty, the Mascott for Scraps of Darknes and Designer for Scraps of Elegance

What an honor it is to be Guest Designer for this amazing kit club.....Thank you, Mel! 

How difficult it is to believe that this photo of my sweet daughter, Elizabeth was taken almost ten years ago.....the day after she graduated from high school. We had a photo shoot the following day because she had been too busy on graduation day. This is my favorite shot from that day, and it will live in my heart forever. When I saw the papers in the March SCRAPS OF ELEGANCE Kit, this photo was one of the first to come to mind.

Can you tell that I love details? Usually, when designing a page, I leave some little space somewhere that allows the eye to rest....but not here!!!! Had to add some of my own embellies: Kaiser Craft's Sweet Nothings Collectables, more Petaloo flowers, Melissa Frances Vintage Embellishments and make my own butterflies. Well, this month's kit is titled "Butterfly Dreams", right?!!

Hope you enjoyed these photos of the gorgeous SCRAPS OF ELEGANCE March Kit and will consider joining their club! 

Tuesday, March 6, 2012


This layout was created for THE CRAFTY SCRAPPER in Waxahachie, Texas....my favorite place to shop for scrapbooking supplies! The photo is of my daughter, Elizabeth.

COSMO CRICKET'S Evangeline  and Baby Jane collections and PRIMA's Printery collection made a lovely palette for the photo and MAYA ROAD embellishes it beautifully.

Techniques used were misting, painting, inking and fussy cutting. 

Complete Product List: 

     Baby Jane Collection
     Rhinestones, champagne
     Canvas Butterflies, large
     Chipboard Keychain Words
     Large Daisy Vintage Lace Trim
     Small Organza Roses Ribbon, brown
     Trinket, Satin Roses, brown
     White Small Daisy Vintage Lace
MY MIND'S EYE: Wooden buttons
PRIMA: Printery Collection
RANGER: Perfect Pearls Sunflower Sparkle

     Glimmer Mists:
          Golden Tereracotta
          Vintage Pink

TIM HOLTZ: Distress Ink, Tea Dye
     Glossy Accents

Monday, March 5, 2012


This layout was created for THE CRAFTY SCRAPPER Design Team in Waxahachie, Texas. It uses the beautiful  BO BUNNY Serenity Collection, MAYA ROAD,  PRIMA and PETALOO embellishments.
Techniques used were stitching, inking, stamping, misting, painting and fussy cutting . 
Full Product List: 

Advantus / Tim Holtz: Idea-ology Mini Paper Clips
Bo Bunny Serenity Collection paper
Fancy Pants Designs: From the Garden Stamp
Maya Road:
     Chinese Coins
     Decorative Scrolls
     Frayed Edge Pleated Trim, khaki
     Gingham Checked Ribbon
     Kraft Note Envelopes, Polka Dots
     Krafty Owls, white
     Linen Burlap Trim
     Mini Tag Canvas Pieces
     Time Flies Kraft Clocks, white
Peebles Mini-Clothes Pin
Petaloo: Darjeeling Collection Hydrangea in black 
     and cream
Prima: Aglow Collection, coffee bean
Ranger Ink Tim Holtz: Distress Crackle Paint, 
     Black Soot
Thickers: Roller Rink Black 

Thursday, March 1, 2012


This is design team work that I created for the CRAFTY SCRAPPER in Waxahachie, Texas. It will soon be on display in the store. 

This LO was done with the beautiful Serenity Collection by BO BUNNY PRESS and lots of MAYA ROAD products. Also, the leaves are by PRIMA.   The quote is a stamp by DYLUSIONS by Dyan Reaveley.  Techniques used include paper folding, machine stitching, die cutting, painting and a little fussy cutting.  
For interest, I added some wire from my stash to the sweet little MAYA ROAD Butterfly Canvas and just twisted it to create the body and antennae. 
Here, I cut, inked, folded and stitched the paper that lies horizontally, across the bottom of the photo. 
The MAYA ROAD Decorative Scrolls Chipboard piece is painted with RANGER INK /  TIM HOLTZ Crackle Paint in "Fired Brick". The Tim Holtz Alterations Die Cut, "Festive Greenery" lent itself well to an Asian theme.

Thank you for your comments!