Blossom by blossom …

A layout, with a photo I took, using the Tres Jolie February scrapbooking kit.

I was smitten with the 13@rts paper used for the background, and fortunately Mother Nature let the first signs that spring will return peek out so I could have a photo that matched the colors perfectly!

I grabbed my Ranger Gold Embossing Powder, TCW Paste, & my Art Anthology Lotus stencil for the background, and the bit of ribbon on the bottom I’ve had for a few years!

Under the photo I cut apart Prima’s “Rose Receipts” for layers and fussy cut “Midnight Garden” for the darker flowers peeking out at the top and bottom of the stack.

All of the “top flowers” (the ones with centers showing!) came from the Prima flower packs that were included with the February Tres Jolie Kit, and I dug into my stash for the “bottom flowers” (the ones where only petal peek out!) and the leaves.


  • February 2019 Scrapbooking Kit
  • 7 Gypsies Architextures
  • Iron Fence
  • 13@rts 
    • Aqua Flora: Pink Bouquet
  • Prima Midnight Garden Collection
    • Rose Receipts (12×12)
    • Midnight Garden (12×12)
    • This Place (Flower Pack)
    • Dark Romance (Flower Pack)
  • Ranger 
    • Gold Embossing Powder
  • Prima
    • Wildflowers Pillar
  • Art Anthology Lotus Stencil
  • The Paper Studio
    • Bright Lace Ribbon Scrap Pk
  • TCW
    • Light & Fluffy Modeling Paste
  • AC This to That
  • FabriTac
  • JudiKins Diamond Glaze
  • Altered Box

    An altered box I did for the Reneabouquets Feb 2019 Valentintes/Romantic Mood Board Challenge over on Facebook!

    I started with the Shimmerz Raspberry Sherbet for the lower half of the box then used their Salt of the Earth for the upper half & lid, and left it to dry overnight. When I work up the next morning I felt that something was missing, so I pulled out my new Prima Indian Pink wax, my Nuvo Mousse, and my jar of Iridescent Glaze, and I sat down to ponder what to do with it all!

    Eventually I decided to put the Indian Pink wax on top of the Raspberry Sherbet, I added a middle band of color with the Nuvo Mousse, and I put the Iridescent Glaze on the remaining white Salt of the Earth. After it was all dry I was arranging the flowers on the lid and kept thinking I should add something subtle, which is where the lattice stenciling came from. Then I finished arranging my flowers, sprinkled on some glitter glass, and added the “Astrial Pink” butterfly from ReneaBouquets for some extra color.


    • ReneaBouquets:
    • Hot Pink Shard Glitter Glass
    • Astrial Pink Glass Wing Double Butterflies
    • Tropical Summer Limited Edition Anemone Mulberry Paper Flowers (the light pink flowers & leaves)
  • Shimmerz:
    • Paste-eez
    • Salt of the Earth
    • Raspberry Sherbet
  • Prima
    • Finnabair
    • Art Alchemy Metallic Wax
    • Indian Pink
  • Art Extravagance
    • Paper Texture Paste
  • Tonic
    • Nuvo Embellishment Mousse
    • Peony Pink
  • American Crafts
    • Vicki Boutin
    • CreativeFX Iridescent Glaze
  • Art Anthology
    • Lattice Stencil
  • KaiserCraft
    • Paper Blooms
    • Hot Pink
  • JudiKins Diamond Glaze
  • Fairly Purple Shadow Box!

    I received the January Mixed Media Kit from Tres Jolie and was just in love with the shadow box! (Yes, part of the kit! Kim puts EXCELLENT kits together!! Tres Jolie has a monthly scrapbooking, mixed media, and card, tags, & more kit. No, I’m not reimbursed in any way to promote the kits, I’m a regular customer who happens to love the kits!)

    Anyhow…the kit also came with purple paint & purple flowers…(and other items)…
    Then I saw the January Mood Board Challenge at Mixed Media Place and I thought to myself, “Huh, that works!”

    Mixed Media Place January 2019 Mood Board

    After I primed the shadow box (Kilz spray primer because I didn’t want to use a paintbrush on chicken wire!) I put on a coat of DecoArt “Lavender” Acrylic Paint. After that was dry I applied a thin coat of Prima’s “Frozen Berries.” The chicken wire was sprayed with Ayeeda Mist “Patina Bronze”by 13 @rts. The doily is a Creative Embellishments doily that I used black gesso on then painted with Prima’s “Rustic Brown.”

    After all that it was just a matter of playing with placement until I thought it “looked right.” (All the products I used are listed at the bottom of this post.)

    All lit up!

     Here are some close ups:

    This darling little fairy, “Tessie B Darling,” can be found over at, as well as the butterflies and the (light) purple flowers.

    [From the] Tres Jolie Mixed Media Kit (January 2019)
    -DecoArt “Lavender” Acrylic Paint
    -Creative Embellishments “Doily”
    -Prima Flowers (Most of the White flowers)
    -Darice Flowers (Dark Purple)
    -Shadow Box

    -Printed Beautiful Board Fairy – “Tessie B Darling”
    -“Salted Caramel” Premium Paper Glitter Glass, Tiny Treasures Premium Paper Glitter Glass, and Magical Miniatures Double Side Printed Butterflies
    -Purple & White Roses & Leaves Mulberry Flowers
    -Mulberry Paper Leaves

    Prima Art Alchemy Acrylic Paint
    -Rustic Brown
    -Frozen Berries

    Prima Heavy Bodied Gel

    Judi-Kins Diamond Glaze

    13 @rts
    -Ayeeda Mist: Patina Bronze

    Liquitex Black Gesso
    Kilz Spray Primer … because I didn’t want to try use a paintbrush on chicken wire! LOL
    Cinnamon Sticks (“generic” – from the grocery store)
    Unbranded light string

    Happy Layout!

    My Great Dane, Lucy, laying in the pond after an afternoon walk.

    Over at I host a monthly challenge, “The Ugly Games.” Each month “tributes” are given someone to send two papers and (at least one) embellishment to. The receiver is then challenged with creating a layout using all or part of the papers, as long as they are recognizable, well the embellishment(s) are optional and count towards two extra votes! This isn’t to say the papers are ugly, but the combination is meant to be U-G-L-Y, or at least something that wouldn’t normally be used together! It really teaches one to think about papers differently and how to combine different colors and patterns!

    For the May 2018 Challenge I was sent the following papers and set of stickers:

    The layout they became is at the top of this post and here:

    The cut file used here is “Piece of the Pie,” from The Cut Shoppe (Etsy). I cut the outer edge of the shape in the yellow paper, then the “outline” in the red & white paper! With the stickers I coated them in clear gesso so I could apply watercolors to them, then used the hearts and flowers on the layout!

    Product List: 

    • Hip Kit Club Exclusive Die Cuts 
    • Pentel Water Brush 
    • Clear gesso 
    • American Crafts – Lovely Day Collection – 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper – Up
    • American Crafts – Little By Little Collection – 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper – Li’l Bit
    • American Crafts – Little By Little Collection – Thickers – Hello Joy
    • Echo Park – Summer Dreams Collection – Enamel Dots
    • Scotch ATG – Adhesive Applicator Gun – Pink
    • Sharpie – Fine Point – Writing Pens – Black – 2 Pack
    • Silhouette America – Cameo Version 3 – Electronic Cutting System
    • Silhouette America – Cameo Version 3 – Autoblade
    • Tonic Studios – Tim Holtz – Non-Stick Micro Serrated Scissors – 7 Inches
    • Prima – Watercolor Confections – Tropicals
    • Tonic Studios – Tim Holtz – Mini-Snips – 5 Inches
    • Crate Paper – Chasing Dreams Collection – 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper – Moment
    • American Crafts – Little By Little Collection – 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper – Cultivate Joy

    Spring Fling Tag Swap at Reneabouquets!

    Over on Facebook, Reneabouquets hosted a “Spring Fling” tag swap for May! This is the tag I came up with for my partner! (Well, I added to what I had been thinking of, because I had daffodils on the brain as soon as I signed up! LOL)

    The daffodils are cut from a thin Mulberry Paper and after I put them together I coated them in (watered down) Vicki Boutin Iridescent Glaze and added the stamen. And actually, I didn’t have the right shade of yellow for them, so after cutting the trumputs out I soaked them in Shimmerz: Creameez “Daffodil” (that was just a lucky coincidence the color I was looking for was also appropriately named!) 

    Product List:

    • Reneabouquet Products: 
    • “Silver Pink” Glitter Glass 
    • Beautiful Board Small Quilling Flourish 
    • Tiny Treasures Sweet Pea Lavender Premium Paper Glitter Glass Butterflies 
    • Mini Pink Lemonade Mulberry Roses & Leaves Set 
    • The gardenias were pulled from different rose sets I had from Reneabouquets 
    • The paper is from Blue Fern Studios: Spring Parade, and you can purchase this from Reneabouquet! 
  • Silhouette Cameo 3
  • PixScan Cutting Mat
  • AutoBlade
  • The lattice cut on the background and the daffodils are both files from the Silhouette store (Design IDs #40858 and #112756)
  • Ranger 
    • Multi Medium – Matte
    • Glossy Accents
  • Scotch ATG
  • Prima – Finnabair – Art Alchamey
    • Sparks Acrylic Pain – Fairy Wings
    • Opal Magic Wax – Royal Robes
    • Art Basics – 3D Gloss Gel
  • Vicki Boutin Iridescent Glaze
  • Shimmerz: Creameez “Daffodil”
  • Tim Holtz Distress Oxide “Shaded Lilac”
  • JudiKins Diamond Glaze
  • Smile!

    Smile layout, featuring your truly!

    Over at there is the “Round Robin” challenge, which is basically how it sounds. Inspiration is posted, in the case of this month, a lovely autumn themed image with the quote “Even though we can’t have all we want, we ought to be thankful we don’t get what we deserve” on it. So, it inspired me this way: I am 4 1/2 years old in this photo, and obviously upset about SOMETHING which I’m sure at the time was because I didn’t get what I wanted or didn’t get my way, hence why I linked this photo with the quote. And, I also threw in some leaves and I have mostly autumn colors on this layout. So there you have it, my Round Robin layout! Now it’s week two’s turn to be inspired by my layout!

    This layout is also going to be entered in the Stuck?! Sketches November 1st sketch challenge, which is to use the following sketch! Instead of three photos, I cut one photo into three pieces! I also flipped the sketch on its head for my layout!

    Stuck?! Sketches Nov. 1, 2017 Sketch

    Product List:

    • Shimmerz 
    • Vibes: Mango Tango 
    • Inklingz: Old Yeller 
    • Creameez: Lapis Dance 
  • Hip Kit Club 
    • Harvest Dreams: Warm & Fuzzy 
  • Elle’s Studio 
    • Black Letters & Numbers Sticker Sheet
  • American Crafts
    • Star Gazer Collection
    • 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper – Make a Wish
  • Crate Paper
    • Gather Collection
    • Ephemera
  • Pinkfresh Studio
    • Escape the Ordinary Collection
    • 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper – Transform
    • Chipboard Stickers
    • Ephemera Pack with Foil Accents
  • Prima
    • Finnabair
    • Art Basics – Mixed Media Silicone Brush – 2 Inch
  • Ranger Ink
    • Tim Holtz
    • Water Brush – Detailer Brush Nib
  • Sharpie – Fine Point – Writing Pen
  • Teresa Collins
    • Daily Stories Collection
    • Cardstock Stickers – Alphabet and Label
  • Tonic Studios 
    • Tim Holtz
    •  Mini-Snips – 5 Inches
  • Orange & White Twine … umm, I kinda threw the wrapper in the trash! 
  • White tissue paper 
  • Clear Gesso 
  • The pink gems I got in a Birds of a Feather Kit back in 2014 … I think 
  • Autumn Tag!

    Autumn Tag!

    Over at Donna hosted a tag swap for Autumn and/or Halloween themed tags! For this swap I was partnered with Kathy and we did both themes! This is my Autumn tag, and here is the link to my Halloween tag! I’ll also be entering this into the Simon Says Stamp, “Anything Goes,” Wednesday Challenge!

    This tag was mostly a matter of choosing where to place all of the flowers, leaves, and pumpkins! But for the background, I used the Echo Park 6×6 Woodgrain stencil with Ranger Texture Paste and randomly sprinkled Ranger’s Gold, Enchanted Gold, and Wendi Vecchi’s Tree Branch embossing powders! (I have no idea the origin of the paper I used!) After the texture paste was dry I used my heat gun on the powders! (If you do it while the paste is wet it will bubble, or so Tim Holtz warned, and I take what Tim says VERY seriously!! 😁)

    After the background was created I just started arranging things and gluing them in place than added a bit of ‘vintage’ lace at the bottom and the last bit of my (unknown) velvet ribbon at the top!

    Close ups of the cluster!

    Products Used:

    • The leaves, the netting looking stuff, and the pumpkins I found in my local 99¢ store!
    • Echo Park 6 x 6 stencil: Woodgrain
    • Little Birdie: Vintage Elements – Symphony Flower Cherry; Vellum Elements – Poinsettia – Lemon; Vellum Boutique Flowers – Sunset Orange
    • Petaloo: Darjelling Collection: Wild Blossoms x 9 Med – Paprika
    • Ranger: Glossy Accents; Texture Paste; Embossing Powers – Gold, Enchanted Gold, & Wendi Vecchi Tree Branch
    • Fancy Pants Resin Flowers: Autumn Hues & Vintage Hues
    • Unknown velvet ribbon & unknown laces!
    • Unknown origin for the paper used on the background!

    Happy Fall!

    “Happy Fall” ATCs!

    A set of ATCs I made for the ATC swap over at! The category for this is was to be “Inspired” by the photo shown below!

    The leaf clusters are put together with a lot of staples from Tim Holtz’s Mini Stapler, regular staples, and hot glue! I used leaves from the Autumn Decor section in my local 99¢ store, cut them in half, then, more or less, folded them into pleats and stapled them! Then I stapled the individual leaves together into clusters, glued them together, then glued them down!

    For the background I used some tissue paper I received with a Pocket Letter (the letter was wrapped in it!) and some Mod Podge!

    Inspirational Photo!

    Product List:

    • Jute 
    • Decor leaves from the fall decor section at the 99 cent store 
    • Lots and lots and LOTS of hot glue!  
    • Lots and lots of regular staples to go with THs mini staples! 
    • The tissue paper came wrapped around the September Pocket Letter I recieved from Donna (bonprof)! It was the perfect color for the BG!! Thank you, Donna