Friday, April 18, 2014


We went to the circus a few weeks ago and I haven't been in YEARS!  The kids had a blast!  I was excited for them to see clowns for the first time.  When we walked in, there were lots of groups of clowns you could get your photo taken with.  Kyler was SO scared, he would NOT go near them.  And it took a lot of coaxing for me to get Charlotte to sit down to take a photo!

I used todays sketch from the My Scraps & More sketch blog, and it also happens to be the daily sketch for our Sketchathon on the message board.

I had a really hard time with this page at first because of all the colors in the photo.  So I decided to do mostly black and white with bits of color here and there.

I started by using some gelattos and water on the background, and then splattering with grey and black ink.

I used some of the thin washi tape from the Amy Tan Plus One collection for the border under the photo, and then embellished with some stickers and brads.

Hope you can play along with the sketch this week!

Stay scrappy my friends!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Do you wanna build a Snowman?

I couldn't help but try and use a line from "Frozen" at some point on my blog this winter.  So here it is.

When I asked the kids this, their answer was YES!  But guess who did all the work?  Momma.  They helped pack in the snow a bit and put some of the pieces on.  And Charlotte helped me find sticks for arms, and while we were doing so, noticed the Holly bush.  So we picked a piece (which somehow ended up in the snowman's armpit) and it also became our snowpersons' name: Holly!  :)

This is yet ANOTHER page for the Sketchathon going on at My Scraps & More!

I started by washing over the background with some gesso and a dry brush to tone down the pattern a bit.  Then I machine stitched a circle with white thread in the upper right corner to draw more attention to the photo up there.  A trick I used on a previous page that I will probably use again and again, is to use a white pen and draw in some lines along the white threads to make the circle stand out more.

I splattered some blue paint on the background, too. Then I just placed my photos, and built up the one in the top right a bit more with some papers and embellies.  For my title, I just decided to use the words right on the die was perfect!

Finally, I bit of layering with some labels, brads, chipboard, and pre-stitched pieces.  Working with a whole collection makes it so easy to put things together!

Would love to see you join in at the Sketchathon!  Check it out HERE:

Stay sccrappy my friends!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Muddy Mess!

When the snow starts to melt, we get mud.  Lots of mud.  Why is mud so fun?  I have no idea....but it keeps my kids entertained and I don't mind throwing their clothes in the laundry!  So I let them play!

I don't usually mix and match lines, but I did a LOT on this page!  I used products from the Amy Tan Plus One, Dear Lizzy daydreamer, Crate Paper Styleboard, Studio Calico Lemon Lush and Wanderlust collections!  I love how the background paper looks like rain drops!  That's why I chose it!  :)

For each photo, I just added some bits of paper behind and clusters of embellies on top of each.  I layered vellum, chipboard, die cuts, stickers, and even some wood veneers. Then topped it all with some machine stitching in black.

On my title letters, the black alphas were just too dark, and I wanted them to look more muddy, so I used white ones and stamped them with some grey and brown inks.  And I LOVE those gold foil leaves from Studio Calico!

I kinda like the bright springy colors of this page contrasting with the MUDDY photos!  :)  And there is a lot more mud out there still!  :)  but at least the flowers are starting to poke through in some spots!

Stay scrappy my friends!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Snow Fall- My Scraps Sketchathon!

Have you stopped by to see all the awesome things going on with the Sketchathon at My Scraps & More???  There are some seriously fantastic sketches by the DT members!

I am sharing one today that is a favorite of mine lately!

We had a LOT of snow this winter and there were literally MOUNDS of it everywhere, espeically after shoveling.  The kids liked standing in front of a pile and falling back into it and then looking up at the falling snow!  I used the wonderfully colorful and fun Bundled Up collection from Crate Paper.

On my background, I started with white cardstock and then stitched a transparency on it from Webster's Pages.  This embellishment is from the Crate 3D embellies pack.

I die cut a whole bunch of snowflakes and then just scattered them on my page.  I dusted off my Stickles and added some glitter sparkle on them.

Finally, I just tucked some tags and a few other embellies on the page and it was done!  The only patterned paper on the page is that strip in the middle!

It is still early in the month and you have plenty of time to play along with the sketches!  Check out the forum HERE:

Stay scrappy my friends!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Let's Be Explorers!- Scrapbook Circle sketch

Hello all!  Back again with another page using the April Scrapbook Circle Kit!  I played along with Diana's sketch today on the SBC blog AND used the exclusive cut file she created on my page as well!

A few weeks ago, while at my parents, the kids and my dad and I went for a little walk and did some "exploring"!  Charlotte picked up some pinecones and sticks, and Kyler a big pile of leaves....all of which ended up in my pocket because we had to "keep" them!  :)

One of my favorite items is the pack of die cuts from the Fancy Pants "As You Wish" collection.  So using Diana's circle cut file as inspiration, I pulled out some of the circular elements from the die cuts and also the buttons, too.

 For my journaling area, I just left one of the circle open to write in!  A pretty simple page for me, but I loved using that circle cut file!

Be sure to share your take on the sketch on the Scrapbook Circle FB page and blog, too!

Stay scrappy my friends!


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