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Wednesday, June 26, 2013


This is a layout that I created to celebrate mothers and daughters. Specifically, it celebrates the love and friendship between my daughter and myself. 
Techniques used were inking, distressing, fussy cutting, 3-D work, die cutting and adding texture. In this photo each pennant is double cut and double popped up, so they appear to be floating on air. 
With the exception of a small metal heart, baker's twine and an earring that belonged to my mother, all paper and embellishments are by Prima. 

Glimmer Mist by Tattered Angels was spritzed onto the Prima Resist Canvas butterflies, and Prima Self Adhesive Jewels were added after the canvas dried. Using a Sizzix die cut created a lacy botanical addition to the page. 

I created a frame within a frame using a Martha Stewart Punch Around The Page, then cut, distressed, painted and  folded back the inner frame. 

Products Used:

Color Box Cat's Eye Ink
Liquitex Modeling Paste
Martha Stewart Punch Around The Page- Vintage       Floral
Maya Road Baker's Twine
Prima Paper- Lyric Collection
Prima embellishments- flowers, mask, bling, 
     canvas resist,resin bird, wooden ticket and              paper clip notes
Prima/Donna Downey mask- Damask
Sizzix Die Cut- Branch w/ Leaves
Tim Holtz/Ranger Crackle Paint- Picket Fence
From My Stash- small metal heart, earring

Sunday, June 16, 2013


This layout was created with a lot of love and affection. The young lady in the portrait is my  paternal grandmother, who died when I was six years old. I wish that I could have known her for a much longer time, but it didn't work out that way. 
Clairette loved the traditional feminine past times such as sewing, cooking and painting, as was the custom in the early twentieth century. I remember looking through her box of oil paint tubes and feeling in awe of her talent. 
This little cameo was added to the layout to represent the cameo brooch that she found on the sidewalk one day as she was window shopping. She picked it up, but never discovered the original owner. 
The little beehive represents her industry. She was always busy with her many interests and with being a good homemaker, wife and mother. 
The small handpainted button is from my stash and the tiny scissors are from the Barbie house that I had as a girl.

There is a little story behind the journaling which is very meaningful to me. When my father was nearing the end of his life and he and I were enjoying some time together, I asked him to tell me the most important thing that his mother  taught him. He thought for a moment and then said that the most important lesson she taught him was, "Always Tell the Truth".

This layout was created in honor of Clairette, who was a very wise woman. 

Monday, June 10, 2013


This sunny layout and the card below were done as a challenge for the Crafty Scrapper Design Team. Paper used for this project is by Authentique and embellishments are by Maya Road and Little Yellow Bicycle. 
Using burlap trim by Maya Road and Liquitex Modeling Paste added a lot of texture.  

Dimension was added by popping up various features such as the banner, created with Spell Binders dies. Another technique used was stamping. I used a Tattered Angels stamp and Color Box ink.

A pretty frame for the photo was created with a Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page set. 
A little journaling is always necessary! 

Prima brads were attached to the butterfly to add interest. 

The paper was spritzed with a very shimmery splash of color by Fireworks and allowed to dry. Before applying the modeling paste a bit of Pearl Ex powdered color was added and slightly mixed.  Then I spritzed just a bit more sunshine over the paste.

I made this Bon Voyage card to complete the challenge. Since I was a child I have loved pop up cards, so I decided to make this happy card using Maya Road stamps, a Sizzix Pop Up die and the Sizzix/Tim Holtz picture wheel die.