28 September 2010


This is my entry for the September Stamping Challenge at Pages In Time (click the title of this post to go directly there).  The challenge was to create a layout using only stamps and cardstock!  I stamped and embossed, then tore all of the background papers, the frame was created with pieces from a Tim Holtz stamp.  The flowers are from a Heartfelt Creations stamp and the butterflys are Close To My Heart.  I used my white pen to faux stitch the edges.  I thought I was quite clever in using the 2nd photo to get all of the balloon in the picture!  I didn't mean to capture our hound, Miss Maisie, in the pic but she does like to watch over the little ones. 
I did this layout at the beginning of the challenge then deleted my post - not colors I typically use and I was a bit confounded by the challenge!  But Olivia's mumma mentioned liking this one and where did it go - so it is back on!


Our Canadian Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away!  Maybe you can find a way to use this.  For place cards, napkin rings or maybe just rolled up and tied with raffia as a take home reminder.  Don't forget to click and save on the larger image for the best resolution.  I haven't downsized this one.

24 September 2010


“I am participating in a GINGERSNAP CREATIONS Creative Connection. I heard about this month’s GCCC - Haunted is the inspiration - from HELENE  of  LOTSA SCRAPS. Why not play along? Post a creation to your blog mentioning my post and to the Creative Connection post on Gingersnap Creations. Let’s all craft it forward and see how far we can get this connection to go!”

Do check out Lotsa Scraps and Gingersnap Creations even if you are "shy" about posting your own project - you will get lots of inspiration!

The photo is a vintage one originally from Where Families Connect.  I've built this on a letter size piece of glossy chipboard.  The haunted house, fence, bats and moon are a sticker set from Martha Stewart as is the "Deadly Morsels" label which I popped up.  The witch is a stamp that I embossed with black Zing.  The bingo card is Jenni Bowlin and I used a Tim Holtz fragment over the 31.  The sparkly swirls are KI Memories and the "or Treat" was in my stash.  I used Black and Mimosa Glimmer Spray on the white braid to grunge it up a bit.  Both the braid and fringe were in my stash.  The background paper is from Making Memories.

I first posted this without a hanger - I love hanging projects like this one with an old pant hanger!  This is a chrome and wood hanger that the DH sprayed a flat black for me.  I want to look at it for a few days and decide whether I am going to decorate the hanger or not.  I like time to let things process and sift :)


This is my response to the current challenge to create a "vintage tag" at Our Vintage Affair (click here or on the title of this post to go there).

My start was the stacked teacup stamp and as I worked through the tag what came to mind was an old fashioned bell pull.  I used a resist method to stamp in a scroll all over, created a mask for the teacup stamp and then worked the background with Distress Inks.  I stamped in the teacup and brushed Crackle Accent over all.  The flowers small and large are Prima which I sprayed with Wheatfields Glimmer Mist to make then a nice cream color and add a shy bit of glitz.  The teeny leaves are bits of ribbon I folded and tucked in with DST.  The velvet leaf is 7 gypsies.  The cream fringe trim and tassles I had in my stash.  The gold cord and tassles were on a Victorian Shadow Box that the DH bought at an auction - even though the box is clearly authentic I am fairly certain the cord and tassles were added and are newer.

I don't usually stage a photo (I'm not a great photographer!) but couldn't help myself here.  The music sheets are from the turn of the 19th century (and inspired the title) and the photo is a family one.

23 September 2010


McLean (Mac, who will be 5 in December) is crazy for Star Wars right now and in need of new name banner.  To help me along in the "getting it done" category his mumma ordered the papers and had them delivered to me.  Cheeky daughter of mine..but smart.  She ordered two 12x12s of patterned paper (one was double sided), a 12x12 diecut of Storm Trooper heads and a sheet of epoxy stickers.  I still have enough for a layout of Mac in his Luke Skywalker halloween costume.

The pennants I cut out of a glossy chipboard (comic book backers actually), the tops measure 5 1/2" across and 6 1/2" middle to tip.  I glue stick the chipboard then lay that onto the paper and cut with a good kraft knife.  If your blade is fresh this will be a zip.  If the pattern can be turned anyway then you will get 3 pennants - 2 if not from each 12x12 with plenty for creating embellishments or an additional layout or card.

I cut a line of three Storm Trooper heads to top each pennant.  The alphas were cut on the Simply Sweet Cricut Cartridge at 2 1/2 inches twice - one cut with shadow and one without to create the layering.  Additionally I outlined the letters with my white pen.  I used the epoxy stickers to create the embellishments between the Storm Trooper heads and on each of the pennants.  I used navy seam binding for the main ribbon and tied 4" strips of red, orange and green narrow satin ribbon between the pennants.  That will keep them from sliding around and adds a bit of "boy acceptable" fluff!

22 September 2010


I think this is pretty clear but it says;  "Seattle, Apr 14th, 1905   Received from JH Oltman to be ret to Seattle & Puget Sound Pking Co   6 QT Glasses Sweet Pickles 1.75   2 Bottles Ketchip @ 11 1/4   22 1/2   (signed by it looks like WO Kirby)  $1.97 1/2    Did you know that quarter and half cents were even used in the US..


This appears to be made to slip behind the clock hands with a slit from the 9 to the middle.  What the use is?  But for those of you who collect ephemera related to time this seems to be something a bit different.


The blog hop this last weekend at Ch(all)enge Masters inspired me to bring this one to life!  Click on the title of this post to go directly there.

I think I had the first idea of this one about two years ago.  I had just been gifted with a Bind It All and set out to create something that had never been seen before, sometimes confidence and talent don't coincide LOL  What a mess!  If it wasn't for the squirrel I likely would have trashed it.  I had the beginning of a cover and 2 inside pages.

I loved this line of Crate Paper especially the die cuts.  This little squirrel was so like a tattered and torn squirrel that frequented our yard and often hung out at the patio door waiting for food!  So this week I have created some additional pages, keeping them simple as I like to do the final embellishments when I've decided on the photos.  I know how to use the Bind It All now and binding a variety of page sizes can be tricky but I get it!  My Squirrel was looking pretty flat then I realized he had to be bronzed.  Micro fine glitter on top of Glossy Accents, I pulled a bit off the edges when it was still wet and then sanded off the edges when dry for the shabby, tattered look.   A few pieces off my stash of autumn stems (90% off at Michael's last year!) and now he can stay out of the trash!

21 September 2010


Well I think these are perfect for a Halloween ATCs - or other Halloween projects!  Maybe you also have a demented sense of humor?  These are from a "Ladies Home Journal" circa 1907.  Seems like rats were an issue.  I've been digging through a box the DH lucked into, a box of vintage magazine covers and ads so you will be seeing more.   

19 September 2010


The challenge this week at the Alphabet Challenge comes from the letter "U" - use your unused stash! I've spent the summer challenging myself to do just that.  Click on the title of this post to go directly to the Alphabet Challenge site.

The structure is an 8x8 portfolio (Sarah's Surfaces) that I bought in Las Vegas a year ago.  The autumn foliage I took apart to decorate the top with I bought at Michael's a couple of years ago when it was 90% off.  The papers are from the "Spider's Web" line by My Mind's Eye, I have had in my stash for a couple of years I think.  The post card I used for the front is from a Crafty Secrets set I bought earlier this year at our Scrapbook Convention.  The fringe - isn't it sweet - is from a local store and I bought it earlier this summer.  The buttons are vintage that I had - black ones which I wiped with copper ink and then topped with old velvet covered ones.  Before I adhered the papers I sprayed the portfolio with Mimosa Glimmer Mist - I think that might have been the first mist I bought (Mimosa is orange - the pic looks a bit pinky to me but isn't).  The stickles on the web, glitter, ribbon and the Sharpie I used for the faux stitching are all items I had.  So I bought nothing new to go on this cover.  Surprized myself!

16 September 2010


More? Can't help myself!  You can't really tell from the scan but;  Happy Halloween is a Memory Box stamp, I've stamped on top of a haunted house background which was covered in warm highlights glitter using DST (double sided tape), on the big spider I used a green gem which I sponged with black Stazon and the two smaller spiders are black gems, Blue Moon - is a background which I have crackled and then covered behind the moon with DewDrops, Halloween Hot Tub (Crafty Secrets) I have crackled, cutout and mounted on black cardstock, used DST to ruffle the black gingham ribbon and then fussy cut and glittered the title.  The first two backgrounds are from Moonlight Journey.

15 September 2010


Back in August I signed up for Tabitha's cigar box swap at Creative Wings.  I was partnered up with Maria from Australia, her blog is  A Journey That Starts Here   I am so excited, so pleased and thankful for having been paired up with this talented woman.  Have a look!  Here is the top of the box - Maria did this!  Isn't it beautiful?

and inside!
All sorts of vintage and scrap supplies!  Maria I hope you are even half as pleased when you get your box!

13 September 2010


The backgrounds are from Moonlight Journey.  The embellishments a mix of what I had in my stash.  I scanned these and they didn't come out very true, I might try taking a photo and seeing what that result is.

I brushed all of the bacgrounds with crackle finish, inked the 2nd one like a stampscape and the third one I used Pine Needle crackle paint and glitter.  The Witch and the cat have been popped up/out and the ghostie is a felt stuffie.


I have 5 of these, I can't yet imagine using one of the originals.  I haven't seen this image on-line so maybe it will be something new for you to use in your projects.  The back is a sweet little corner don't you think?


I was delighted to find this one - something a little different for your altered projects.  This company has been in existence since 1923 though only in Toronto and Ottawa now. If you are looking for an opera costume this is the place!


A German postcard, postal date 1914. 


The Canadian Thanksgiving is just around the corner so here is a little something you might want to use.  Remember to click on the image and save the larger one for the best resolution.

12 September 2010


I'm submitting this layout for three challenges in the Pages In Time On-line Crop.  The challenges were; do a two page layout, use a bow somewhere on your layout and use three punches.  For the three punches I used a border punch on the two patterned brown strips, with a corner punch I made a photo embellishment and then used a punch to do the three butterflies - all on the right hand page.  Click on the title of this post to go directly to Pages In Time! 

11 September 2010


I am entering this one in both the "Sew on your layout" and "Summer Memory" Challenges at Pages In Time weekend on-line crop.  (click on the title of this post to go directly there)

I hand sewed around the top of the picture and I sewed on the silver dice chain around the bottom left corner (Mardi Gras necklace taken apart).  While in Las Vegas this summer we went to see the Criss Angel, Cirque du Soleil show.  The show was amazing and the artistic theme was Steampunk - so this line of paper couldn't be a better fit. 

This is one of those giant pictures taken at the show, I cut the folder out to use on the layout.  The tickets are tucked behind the picture - vintage ephemera in the making.  I outlined the hand in opaque black glitter to make it stand out a bit, the title is both white Thickers that I used black StaZon and silver leaf on and then a mini silver foil alpha underneath.  The crows I stamped on vellum (glue pad and black glitter) and then cut out.  

If you aren't familiar with the whole Steampunk trend do check it out! 


Pages In Time is holding a weekend on-line crop!  This is the time to check out a great papercrafting community site.  There are lots of challenges going on - layouts, cards.  Trivia and word games - with prizes!  If you are an ATC artist check out the group "Tags and Things" - there is still time to join the current swap.  Click on the title of this post to go directly there!

ATCs - More Halloween!

"We Want Candy"

9 September 2010


OMG Halloween is just around the corner!  I'm working on ATCS for both my regular monthly ATC Social group and a Fall Fantasy Swap at Pages In Time.  (Check out this papercrafting community site - they have a number of activities and groups happening and a dynamite design team)   I've just joined the PIT group "Tags and Things" which  is moderated by  Helene, check her blog out if you love retro and vintage!  

My scanner didn't pick up the glitter on these - the stars and spider web are a deep poppy orange glitter - which are Design Adhesives by CleanSnap -  yummy.  The images are all gift tags I've recycled.  The background are from the Blackbird line by Memory Box.  Those are Gold DewDrops on the pumpkin with the same glitter sprinkled on to cover the spaces in between.  I used a green glitter pen on the cat eyes.

8 September 2010


What a fun challenge!  Click on the title of this post to go directly to The Shabby Tea Room.  My goal is to produce enough tags, early enough, to send all four of the daughters/daughters in law a dozen tags to use for their holiday packages/treats - so this got me going!

These are 5 1/2" tags cut on my Cricut using Basic George.  I like to use a cream cardstock which I think gives lots of versatility.  I inked the backgrounds using Distress Inks and Craft Sheet method.  On the top I used a background texture stamp (Close to My Heart), the cardinal is from Inkadinkado.  The first one I did I embossed the cardinal in black - I prefer this softer, faded look.  I brushed a thin layer of Glossy Accents across the whole tag and used ultra fine glitter in a pepper shaker on that.   The ribbon borders are miscellaneous bits I had the same as the bits of punched borders I used.  The "beads" are all DewDrops.  The Glossy Accents gives the tags a bit of sturdiness along with a great finish (Crackle is great too) and I usually double the cardstock if there is much in the way of embellishment.

7 September 2010


Anne G - please send contact me by e-mail and you can get underway designing your own customized button or blinkie!  Thanks for coming here on the "hop" - wasn't that a lot of fun!

5 September 2010


This is my submission to the "Three's A Charm" Challenge part of the Seasons of Change Blog Hop at Scrapbook Challenges this weekend.  The Challenge was to lift a layout from a SC friend but you had to have used 3 photos, 3 patterned papers and 3 circles.  I used 4 photos so I hope it was "at least".  I also used a Dr Seuss Flash Card - I was tickled to find these recently so you will be seeing them crop up frequently I am sure.

The pics are from a day spent at the Halfmoon Bay Country Fair on the Sunshine Coast in July.  It's a great family event which raises money for the community, simple old fashioned games for the little ones, a local craft market, the best burgers and an uncomparable setting right on the beach.


The challenge was to do a covered wine bottle.  You can see my take on the challenge by going to http://scrapbookinwithg.blogspot.com/2010/08/covered-bottle-graphic-45-communique.html

Click on the title of this post to go directly to Our Vintage Affair - the September Challenge is Vintage Tags!

The prize (above) is from Crafty Individuals...thank you so much Polly, Crafty Individuals and all of the followers at Our Vintage Affair!

4 September 2010


I'm doing three different challenges within the Seasons of Change Blog Hop at Scrapbook Creations this weekend.  If you have missed all of this (!) see my post just before this for all the scoop!

1.  The baby ad challenge - the inspiration ad was for Michelin Tires.  Immediately I knew this layout was going to be about Olivia - the newest of 8 grandchildren!  She is the baby and O for Olivia connects to the round tire.

2.  The What's in A Name Challenge - of course this fits perfectly!  The journaling for my layout above is the explanation of her names.

3.  The fabric challenge - you have to use fabric, make something with fabric.  I'm always about vintage and as I worked this layout through my "vintage lense" - a fabric flower had to go on this one.  The flower was cut with the Tim Holtz Tattered Flora die cut.  I then used a marker to doodle around the petals for a bit of definition.

4.  Now if there was a paint challenge - I painted everywhere on this one!

3 September 2010


Join the Seasons of Change HOP ON !!!  A fun Blog Hop hosted by Scrapbook Challenges (click on the title of this post to go directly to Scrapbook Challenges or right here) and the  Design Team.

There are lots of other great activities goin' on  plus prizes, prizes, prizes!  Be sure you read leave a comment at each of the Design Team blogs to win! 

If you leave a comment on my sketch and say Yes, Yes, Yes!  Your name goes in a draw for a customized button or blinkie for your own blog..good luck!  Check back here on September 7th for the winner to be posted..

The hop starts with Pamela at http://www.pamelasworldofscrap.blogspot.com/  - each of the Design Team had a sketch to base a project on  and members of SC could do the same...here is the sketch

 and here is my take

Gosh darn I love this pic!   Caught in the act and the look on Lucy's face is truly priceless.

You can see what the members of Scrapbook Challenges are doing by hoppin' on !  There will be a prize for a new member too!  Join in and share your take on the sketch!  Go forth and Hop!!  Have fun and be inspired by all of the great design work!