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Monday, February 18, 2013


This layout was made in honor of my son, Lee. He was about a month old when these photos were taken, and was taking his first official trip to see his paternal grandparents and to meet his aunt, uncle and  cousins. It was a very happy time for my husband and me.  
I used technique after technique to do this layout , and had a lot of fun getting goopy! First of all, I tore the paper circles and curled them. Before adhering them to the layout, I applied a thin coat of gesso in the area around the circles to create interest. Using  a stencil and modeling paste I added more texture to the area surrounding the circle. After adhering the curled paper circles to the layout, I painted a little gesso onto the curled paper. 
My sister in law made the prettiest cake in honor of Lee's birth. She is quite a cook, and cake decorator! She wrote, "Hello Nephew" on the cake, which everyone enjoyed.....except the birthday boy, himself, as he was only partaking in milk at the time!  
This little Maya Road tin seemed perfect to showcase the cake. I painted it with gesso, then used a little lime green ink to give the raised design a tiny bit of color. That's when it started....my obsession with dabbing gesso onto almost every embellishment and every square inch of the layout!!! 
See what I mean? It's on the linen heart, flower and the chipboard frame. I couldn't stop!

The two little children are Lee's two cousins. They were so cute inspecting his little baby feet and fingers! The photo in the little flower petal frame is that of my sister in law, who made the lovely cake! 
This layout will be on display at The Crafty Scrapper Booth at Scrapbook Expo in Grapevine, Texas from Thursday through Saturday. If you will be there,  drop by the booth to see it and all the other awesome art created by our design team members.

Products used:

Bo Bunny Press
     Surprise Collection paper and stickers
Delta Cream Coat
     Modeling Paste
Little Yellow Bicycle
     burlap stickers
Maya Road
     canvas flower
     linen heart
     star pins
Ranger Ink/Crafter's Workshop
Ranger/Tim Holts

Thursday, February 14, 2013


This layout was created for The Crafty Scrapper design team. What a treat it was working with all the Maya Road and Bo Bunny products! The Maya Road tin heart, below, was painted with gesso before outlining the scallop with another favorite of mine, Snow Writer by Deco Art. 

Bo Bunny Press, C'est la Vie Collection
DecoArt Snow Writer
Fancy Pants Designs stamp
Inkadinkado stamp
Kaiser Craft ribbon
Liquitex modeling paste
Martha Stewart punch
Maya Road butterflies, birdcage, velvet flowers,
      large heart
October Afternoon stickers
Petaloo paper flowers
Pink Paislee Artisan Elements
Prima zipper, resin bird, stencil
Ranger ink
Ranger, Claudine Hellmuth Gesso
Spell Binders die cut
Tim Holtz stickers and Vagabond 
The stencil and modeling paste work can be seen in the upper left corner here. 

I enjoyed working with the Maya Road metallic  and canvas butterflies. It was so easy to apply a layer of gesso to the metal butterflies to achieve a shabby chic look! For the canvas butterfly I stamped and inked it, then used wire to create the body and antennae.


Wednesday, February 6, 2013


This was a fun layout to do  for THE CRAFTY SCRAPPER design team using the "Love Story" Collection by Echo Park! I took this photo about a year ago, just for fun, after giving myself a pedicure. I never imagined that I would share it with the world....but here I am sharing!
I like to add dimension to my layouts when possible, and the Martha Stewart die cut "Heart Loops Trim" Punch Around The Page seemed perfect here. Using the corner punch, I created the pretty heart edge around the center circle, then folded each section back to get a 3-D effect.


Echo Park Paper Co.
     Love Story Collection

Martha Stewart 
     Heart Loops Trim Punch Around the Page

     XOXO punch
Maya Road
     Burlap Trim, Fuchsia
     Interlude Collection, Red

     Chipboard Stickers, Marquise