Made this for my grandma’s memorial (then gave it to my mom). This is her at 16 years old (~1945).

I used a door off the top half of a (I think) desk hutch. Anyway, I use the hutch in my scrap room, but the doors were only in my way so I removed them (a while ago), sprayed them with some Kilz Primer spray to give the (homemade) texture paste something better to stick to, layered up the texture paste then added Kilz Primer (because it’s white matte) on top.

For the photo mat I coated some heavy chipboard in some acrylic paint & Shimmerz AcriTonez then used Prima Crackle Texture paste and a rose stencil cut file from the Silhouette Store and some white ribbon at the border of the photo.

Products Used:

  • Prima Texture Paste: White Crackle
  • Silhouette Cameo
  • Homemade texture paste (because I was going to be using A LOT!)
  • white ribbon
  • mulberry roses
  • Shimmerz Paints: Paste-eez – Salt of the Earth & AcriTonez – 3 Sheets to the Wind
  • white matte acrylic paint
  • Kilz Primer spray

Hair Up Here

Hair Up Here

A layout featuring photos of yours truly at (almost) 11 years old! The journaling explains it all!

Me, in April 1990, attempting to get the high bangs that were in style at the time. Unfortunately (Fortunately?) I was given a head full of fine hair that has never cooperated!

This layout is for two challenges, the first being the August 1, 2017 Stuck?! Sketches challenge, using the following sketch:

The second challenge is the “Ugly Paper Challenge” over at where I am the hostess. I first did the challenge back in August 2011 with the, I believe, original hostess. Then in 2012 (I think) the second hostess took over, and in March 2015 I took it over! So, as far as I know, I am the third hostess of the challenge. I haven’t done the challenge every month since I first found it (with the previous hostesses), but I have always loved the challenge! In short, two “ugly” papers and one (or more!) “ugly” embellishment(s) are mailed to another player (I give out addresses!) at the beginning of the month, and players have until the end of the month to create their layouts! The papers have to still be recognizable, and the embellishment is optional (it counts as two extra votes at the end of the month!). Now, this isn’t to say any particular papers or embellishments are “ugly,” but the combination given is! Most of the time anyhow! The challenge is receiving a combination that you may have never even considered putting together on your own, plus you are receiving papers that may not be your “style.” Anyhow, I just wanted to make it be known that “ugly” is a subjective term, and I have received (on more than one occasion) papers that were wonderful, even though the sender didn’t think so!

When I received my papers this month I immediately thought of my being a “tom-boy” growing up, but I just didn’t know what photos I had to use with them. It turns out I didn’t have the photos needed, my grandmother did, but I didn’t know that until our family has had to start sorting through her 88 years worth of possessions after she passed on August 3, 2017. And while it has been a sad time for the family, we have also discovered many items, mementos, and photos we didn’t know existed.

The papers, and embellies, I received for the August 2017 Ugly Paper Challenge

Product List:

  • Crate Paper – Chasing Dreams Collection – 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper – Royale
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Sharpie Fine Point Writing Pens
  • Shimmerz Paints: Paste-eez “Raspberry Sherbet,” and Coloringz “Well Blue Me Down.”
  • Carta Bella Paper – 6 x 6 Stencil – Lattice
  • Pink Paislee – Paige Evans – Oh My Heart Collection – Ephemera with Foil Accents
  • American Crafts – Starshine Collection – Thickers – Glitter – Fitzgerald – Teal
  • Tim Holtz – Idea-ology Collection – Industrious Stickers – Deco Type
  • The black/grey glittery paper is DCWV, but it was in my scraps, and I couldn’t even being to guess what the stack was it came from!
  • Hip Kit Club Exclusive Enamel Dots (March 2017)
  • Unknown pink & white twine

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!
All folded up!

All of the cuts came from the Silhouette Store (the card base, the card panels, and the poinsettia).
Product List:

  • Glossy Accents
  • Bazzill Basics Silver Foil Cardstock
  • Seed beads I’ve had forever!
  • Pink Paislee “Merry & Bright” stickers
  • The deer paper is from Me & My Big Ideas – no name given
  • Silhouette Cameo 

Poinsettia Christmas Card!

Poinsettia Christmas Card!

I created the card base myself using Silhouette Studio. It’s a 6″x6″ flip fold. The colors aren’t exact because everything is so shiny getting the right angle was rough, it kept trying to reflect my camera, which really stood out since it’s pink! All of the poinsettia cuts came from the Silhouette Store. The biggest poinsettia is cut from a silver card stock and I used some red seed beads & Glossy Accents for the center. The rest of the poinsettias were done last year on water color paper, and I used Distress Spray Stain “Candy Apple” with some “Pewter” Perfect Pearls mixed in for the red poinsettias, and for the silver ones I used Heidi Swapp “Tinsel” Color Shine. The centers of the red and small silver poinsettias is some Glossy Accents that I used to “hold” a layer of Stickles “Gunsmoke” up (Stickles tend to dry flat, and Glossy Accents tend to dry 3D!). After all the flowers were in place I popped in a few little bells from Basic Grey’s “Juniper Berry” embellishment pack.

This angle shows the colors the best!
Colors aren’t exact here, but I had to lighten the photo a bit so the print on the card stock would show up!

Colors aren’t exact here either, I had to lighten this photo a bit too so the print on the card stock would show up!

 Product List:

  • Hot Off The Press – Paper Pizazz – “Black Silver Floral Foil”
  • -Me & My Big Ideas – The deer print paper, didn’t have a “name” on it.
  • Heidi Swapp – Color Shine – “Tinsel”
  • Tim Holtz – Distress Spray Stain – “Candied Apple”
  • Ranger: Glossy Accents, “Gunsmoke” Stickles, “Pewter” Perfect Pearls, Mini Mister
  • Silhouette Cameo
  • BasicGrey – Juniper Berry – Embellishment Pack
  • Red sead beads I’ve had forever!
  • Bazzill Basics – 12 x 12 Silver Foil Cardstock
  • McGill – Paper Blossoms Collection – Tool Kit

Flora & Fauna Pocketletter!

“Flora & Fauna” Pocketletter!

Another Pocketletter done for the swap, hosted by “bonprof,” over at! The theme (my partner and I chose) this month was “Flora & Fauna,” which gave me a chance to use up some of my stash of Pink Paislee’s “Cedar Lane” collection, along with a few other products! (But it’s almost all from the “Cedar Lane” collection!)

The Pocketletter outside the protector!

Product List:

  • Thickers “Fitzgerald” 
  • Pink Paislee “Cedar Lane”
  • Ephemera
  • Washi Shapes
  • Puffy Stickers
  • Papers: “Market Square,” “Town Square,” “5th Avenue,” “Riverside Lane,” and “Cedar Lane.”
  • Amy Tangerine “Better Together” Rub-ons
  • Basic Grey “Saturday Morning” Cork Sticker
  • We R Memory Keepers Fuse Tool Kit “Aqua,” and Fuseables “Mint” Ruffle Strip
  • We R Memory Keepers Crop-A-Dile & Case 
  • DCWV Tassel 
  • Random beads, charm, and ribbons
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    Whew! After fighting bronchitis for over two weeks I finally finished the last layout I (mentally) started!

    It did work out though that this weeks Wednesday Challenge over at Simon Says Stamp was to “Splatter It”! It worked out because I was working on layout this morning and I was thinking of what else to add, and when I saw the challege I thought, “That’s a good idea”!!

    I used some Peeled Paint Distress Oxide on the title and to highlight the cardboard a little!
    I used the “packaging technique” to add Peeled Paint and Iced Spruce Distress Oxides to my background!

    Product List:

    • Tim Holtz – Distress Oxide: “Peeled Paint” & “Iced Spruce”; Alcohol Ink: “Lettuce” & “Gold”; Sanding Block; “Tracks” Stencil; and “Expedition” Ephemera
    • Pink Paislee: Cedar Lane: Greenspace
    • A bit of scrap Core’dinations green cardstock
    • A piece of corrugated cardboard
    • Ranger Texture Paste
    • Bo Bunny Chunky Charms: Clear Arrows & Circles
    • American Crafts: Shimelle: Stickers
    • Bella Blvd – Ciao Chip – Self Adhesive Chipboard – Words – Adventure
    • Hip Kit Club Exclusive Puffy Stickers
    • Shimmerz Paint: Celery 
    • Flair from {A Flair For Buttons}