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I am grateful for the years of support and kindness that I have received. :o)

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Happy Holidays everyone!  Hope everyone enjoyed their Christmas.  I actually got to stay home today because of the snow storm we had last night.  This morning I couldn't even get my front door to open because of the 19 inches of snow blocking it!  I spent most of the morning cleaning up the beautiful white mess that Mother Nature left us, and now I am relaxing in my scraproom and finally posting my last layout.  This is my first holiday layout (woohoo!!), but the pictures are from 2007.  I don't think I will EVER catch up to the present LOL.

 For this layout, I mixed and matched some old Christmas papers by Bo Bunny.  I cut out the holly and berries from another paper and overlapped them on my layout.  I also hand stitched around the entire page using inked embroidery floss.  The beautiful beaded flower vine is made by Kay. You can find them in her etsy shop as well as other beaded flower vines, beautiful butterflies, unique chippies and other goodies.  Take a moment to stop by Kay's Kreative Korner and check out all of the fantastic embellishments.
 Here is a close-up of the lacing and stitching I did on my layout.  The stitched border was first punched with a Martha Stewart punch and then stitched using embroidery floss.  The scallop border and holes used for the lacing were made using a Fiskars punch.  Most of you know that I am an eyelet fanatic, so of course, I have incorporated gold eyelets on my holiday layout.
 The chippies in the corner of my layout are made by Dusty Attic.  I inked them using Distress Ink in walnut stain, and then I added Perfect Pearls (Heirloom Gold and Green Patina) using a brush.  Again, the beaded flower vine is from Kay's Kreative Korner.  

I decided to round the corners of my photos to give them a softer feel.  I placed a heart doily behind them and added some ZVA pearls to frame the photos.

Well, that's it for today!  Thank you for taking the moment to stop by.  I would like to wish you all a fabulous new year filled with love, laughter and good times with your loved ones.  See you all in 2011!!

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My Gifts From Above

To all of the wonderful people that I have met this year... I would like to wish you all a fantastic Christmas and a fabulous new year filled with love, laughter and good times!  I have been so swamped at work this past week and have not been able to personally wish many of you a Happy Holidays.  Thank you all for your constant support and encouraging words.  Have a memorable and safe holiday!!

Hi friends!  Thanks for stopping by to take a peek at my layout.  I know I haven't been uploading or posting much lately, but I have not been feeling well.  Plus, my husband had to be taken to the ER on Thanksgiving night, and it turned out he needed an appendectomy!  So aside from being ill, I have been helping him get around and do whatever he is unable to do himself.  Add working, house chores and caring for my children on top of that... well, you can imagine why I haven't had much time to scrap.  Thankfully, though, we are both much better and I have a teeny bit more time for myself.
I actually started this layout before Thanksgiving, but it took me forever to finish.  Not only did I lack the time, but I just found it to be one of those layouts that gave me trouble.  Nonetheless, I finally finished it and am satisfied with it.
The larger picture is of my children about 4 years ago.  They used to always go to work with me, and one day I just found them on the floor in this hugging position.  I found it to be so precious and sweet (especially since my son wouldn't go near my daughter for months after she was born).  The other picture is one I took of them sleeping.  I found them this way- with my daughter's foot on her brother's head LOL.  I thought it was hilarious and could not miss this photo opportunity.  I know these aren't 'picture perfect' photos, but sometimes the candid shots are the most sentimental :o)
This flower, as well as the other three larger flowers on this layout, is my Pinched Flower.  Click here to be directed to the tutorial.  I inked the edges with worn lipstick Distress Ink and added a layer of Diamond Dust.
I found this quote on the internet.  I am very lucky to have children who are very close to each other and that protect each other.  So I thought this quote was appropriate.  The journaling strips are adhered with dimensional foam tape.
Here's another close-up of my other Pinched Flowers.  The light blue flower is covered with Martha Stewart's tinsel glitter.  I love the effect of this glitter.
Beneath the title I set a row of snaps.  Aside from being an eyelet freak, I also have tons of snaps that I bought YEARS ago.  I'm not even sure if they sell snaps anymore.  For those of you who are not familiar with them, snaps are like a combination of a brad and an eyelet.  The top part looks like a brad, but the back is similar to an eyelet and needs to be set with an eyelet setter.  I added a touch of Stickles to my snaps for a little extra bling.
I also did a bit of stitching on this layout.  I love the look and texture of stitching.  QUICK TIP: If you find that you don't have the right color of embroidery floss, or if you just don't want to buy every color out there (like me), just take your white floss and ink it in a coordinating color.  Problem solved!
If you are familiar with my work, then you have probably noticed that I love to lace.  This time I created a circle with a zig-zag type of lacing.  I have seen this pattern stitched before, but I have no idea what it is called.  So "zig-zag" will have to do for me :o)  For a simple tutorial of how to make this Zig-Zag Circle, please click here.  Generally, when I lace I use eyelets (my favorite!), but this time I decided to go with brads.
Inside the circle I did a little masking using a Tim Holtz mask and Distress Ink.
At the top and bottom of my layout, I used a new Martha Stewart punch to punch a partial border.  I added a little bling to each flower center. 
I altered this chippie by first coating it with white acrylic paint.  Then I inked certain areas of it using Distress Ink in worn lipstick and broken china and added a layer of coordinating Stickles

Thank you so much for stopping by!  To view more layouts or tutorials, click on a button below the 'Categories' heading located in the sidebar of my blog.

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Supplies Needed:
- Paper
- Circle stitching template 
-Thin ribbon
- Needle (optional)
-Hole puncher (Big Bite)
- Brads 

Place your template on your paper and mark your holes.  (I skipped every other hole of each circle.)  If you do not have a stitching template, cut a ring out of scrap paper and place it on your cardstock or paper.  You can 'eyeball' it and mark your holes along the outside of the ring and the inside of the ring.  

When marking your holes, be sure that the marks of the inner circle fall between the marks of the outer circle.  Refer to photo.

Punch your holes out.

Thread your ribbon through a needle but do not tie a knot in the ribbon.  Just leave a loose tail.  If you tie a knot, it will be more difficult to lace the ribbon.  It is not necessary to use a needle, but it makes it much easier to lace the ribbon through the holes.

Start from the back.  Pick any hole in the inner circle.  Lace your ribbon from back to front.  Tape the loose end to the back of the paper.

 Lace the ribbon into hole #2 (front to back).

Your needle and ribbon end should be behind the page.  Now lace through the first hole again (back to front).

Lace through hole #4 (front to back).  This completes one 'set'.  This is basically what you will repeat throughout the entire circle.

Your needle and ribbon should be at the back of your page now.  Move to the next hole of the inner circle and repeat the steps of the 'set'.  Lace through hole 1a (back to front).

 Lace through hole 2a (front to back).

Lace through the first hole again (back to front).

 Lace through hole #4a (front to back).  You have now completed another set.

Repeat the same steps until you complete the entire circle.

Once you finish lacing, add some brads to cover your holes and to add interest.  If you wish to use eyelets, set your eyelets before you begin lacing.  I hope you find this tutorial useful.  I am sorry if it is in any way confusing.  Sometimes I confuse myself LOL.  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask!  My email address is located in the sidebar of my blog.  Thanks for checking out my tutorial.  Have a fantastic day!

To see the entire layout where I used this technique, please click on the link below:
Sibling Love

Hi there and thank you for stopping by!  This is a layout of my son a LOOOOOOOOONG time ago.  LOL.  Well, it feels like ages ago, but it has been about 8 years since this photo was taken.  He had (and still has) the biggest cheeks!  But what I love most about his face are his big almond-shaped eyes.  A funny side note: My daughter (who is now 5) saw this photo and asked if the baby in the photo is her big brother.  I was surprised that she recognized him and asked how she knew it was him.  She said she recognized his eyes.  Her response really touched me for some reason.  :o)
This gorgeous bird on a branch chippie is from Kay's Kreative Korner.  These chippies are awesome and they actually withstand my abuse!  I have tested them with ink (inkpad and mister), markers, paint, Stickles, embossing powder and Glossy Accents.  Not only can they handle my abuse, but the layers don't split apart like some of the chippies made by other companies.  Visit Kay's Etsy and check out her unique chippies, butterflies and vines.   
I found this metal frame by Making Memories in my stash.  I probably purchased it about 6 years ago.  It is a plain metal frame with no texture or designs on it.  Have you ever found something in your stash that you had bought and wondered why you bought it?  I stared at this frame for a while and had no idea what I was going to do with all SIX frames I have.  Then I realized that they were flexible enough to run through my Big Shot, so that's what I did.  I placed it in an embossing folder, ran it through my Big Shot and inked it with three different colors of alcohol ink.  I love how it came out.  Around each photo, I dabbed a bit of Crackle Paint for added texture.
The lacing you see here is my Twisted Lacing Technique again.  However, on this layout I did not add the 'twist'.  I also used hemp cord instead of ribbon which gives the lacing a different effect.  I strung some beads onto the remaining tails of the hemp cord and added a flower brad. 
This beautiful black and white butterfly is also from... you guessed it!   Kay's Kreative Korner!  I tend to shop a lot at this Etsy shop.  Her butterflies are not only beautifully designed, but they are very well-made.  I love how perfect Kay makes her butterfly antennas.  Stop by her Etsy shop and take a peek at all of the gorgeous butterflies she has available. 
I had this chippie in my stash and I couldn't even tell you who makes it because the package is blank.  I cut it in half and painted it with a pearl white paint dabber.  I also added a touch of Stickles to certain areas to give it more color and texture.

This is my Low Profile Flower.  I have a tutorial posted if you would like to see how it is made. 

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Angel Eyes

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Hi everyone!  Thanks for taking a moment to visit my blog.  This is a layout of my daughter when she was about two years old.  
 The lacing shown above is my Twisted Lacing Technique.  You can find the tutorial here.  I used a scallop border punch and eyelets to lace my ribbon through.  
 This beautiful floralette butterfly chippie is from Kay's Kreative Korner.  In this etsy shop you will find unique chipboard embellishments, beaded floral vines, gorgeous butterflies and many other goodies.  I inked the chippie with Distress Inks and added a little Stickles.
 The transparency flower was cut from the packaging of an Inkadinkado stamp set.  
 The largest flower you see here is my Vintage Bloom.  Feel free to check out my tutorial to see how it is made.
 I created a corner pocket to tuck my journaling tag in.  The tag was embossed using a Tim Holtz Texture Fades embossing folder.  It was also inked with Distress Ink in worn lipstick and peeled paint.  
 I did a lot of stitching on this layout.  It took me FOREVER to do, but I really enjoyed the process.  I found it to be soothing and relaxing.  The border and holes were made using a new Martha Stewart punch I recently bought.  Please click on the link at the bottom of this post to see a list of supplies used for this layout.  
I added a border of white crackle paint to my photo and then added a layer of ink on top.  

To see other layouts and tutorials, click on a button below the 'Categories' heading.  Thank you for stopping by!

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Welcome back to another flower tutorial!  I was browsing through Prima flowers and I came across these beautiful blooms  They inspired me to create my own similar flower.  I'm sure a similar flower has been created before, but below is a tutorial of my version of the flower.  I also tweaked the center of the flower a bit.  

 Supplies needed:
- (3) Large flower cutouts (preferably with spaces between each petal)
- (1) Medium flower cutout
- (2) Small flower cutouts
- Ink (optional)
- Scissors
- Wooden skewer or similar item
- Embossing stylus or similar item (back of a sharpie or eraser of a pencil)
- Quick-drying glue

The best paper to use for these is cardstock because both sides of the paper will show.  If you are like me and love patterned paper, you can ink the white side of the paper with a coordinating color.   

STEP 1: Take Layer 1 and with the printed side of the paper facing you, curl back each petal with a wooden skewer or similar item. 

Flip your flower layer over and this is what it should look like.

STEP 2: Loosen the curls using your fingers.

STEP 3: Repeat Steps 1-2 on Layers 2 & 3.  Notice that Layer 2 is slightly tighter than Layer 1, and Layer 3 is slightly tighter than Layer 2.  This will help fit the layers into each other to create the flower.

 STEP 4: Take Layer 1 and add a dab of glue in the center.  Fit Layer 2 inside Layer 1, remembering to off-set the petals.  

STEP 5: Add another dab of glue in the center of your flower and fit Layer 3 inside Layer 2.

STEP 6: Loosen and adjust the curled petals with your fingers. 

STEP 7: Take your medium-sized cutout (Layer 4).  If there are no spaces between each petals, cut a little slit between each petal.  If you already have gaps between each petal, skip this step.

STEP 8: Curl back each petal of Layer 4 and place the layer in the palm of your hand.  Using an embossing stylus or similar item, press down into the center of the cutout, forming a cup-like shape.  

STEP 9: Adhere Layer 4 to the center of your flower.

STEP 10: Repeat Step 8 on your next layer (Layer 5).  (Curl back the petals and indent the center of the layer.)

STEP 11: Adhere Layer 5 to the center of your flower.  Use your skewer to flatten the center of your flower.

STEP 12: Curl back the petals of your last layer.  Only this time, adhere the layer upside down.  The petals should curl inward.

STEP 13: Add a bead, microbeads, glitter or whatever you desire to the center of your flower.  Hope you enjoy making this flower.  Thanks for stopping by!  Until next time!

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To see the entire layout where I used these flowers, click on the link below.
Sweet Innocence

  • I have decided to step down from all Design Teams to spend more time with my family. I do occasionally create so keep an eye out!