4th of July

Well seeing as it's almost the 4th of July weekend and since P. K. Glitz is having a Guest DT call, I came up with this card based on their sketch.

After die cutting my title and stars, I added PKGlitz Red Hot Chili Pepper to the #4 and PKGlitz Sapphire around the edge of the stars. I also put glue on the brads and added Red Hot Chili Peppers to change their color.


Glitz: Red Hot Chili Pepper and Sapphire by PKGlitz
Embossing: Cuttlebug Diamond Plate
Die cuts: Cricut Expression
Brads: Joanne


It's baseball time over at Scrappin Sports Stuff where my layout is showcased this week. Gotta love this store for all the cool sports papers you can find. If you haven't checked out the store lately, you need to. There's a lot of new products in stock.

Flair Designs – Field of Dreams Paper
Flair Designs – Baseball Fever Paper
Flair Designs – Baseball Cardstock Stickers
Creative Impressions Brads
American Crafts Cardstock
Die cuts: ProvoCraft Cricut Expression, Sports Mania, Plantin

Use brown cardstock as the base.
Cut the collaged paper into various shapes. Larger pieces work best.
Realign the collaged paper pieces on the base, spreading the pieces about a ¼” apart. You may have to trim the pieces to get them to fit.
Lightly ink all edges, then adhere each piece to the base.
Using another patterned paper, create a mat for a 4×5 photo and a 5×7 photo. Ink edges.
Mat onto brown cardstock and adhere to the base.
Die cut the title and the dates from the Cricut Expression, using the Sports Mania and Plantin cartridges.
Add brad over the “i” in Life.
Using complimentary stickers, add photo corners, photo turns and phrase to the page.
Journal around the photos.


Justrite Challenge #24

The challenge at Justrite this week is to create a card with Justrite stamps and using the colors red, white and blue. So here is my take. I used a stamp from the Beautiful Blossoms collection:

I stamped my flowers in Memento ink and colored them with Copics, adding touches of a Spica pen along the swirls. I cut out my main image with the largest oval, then cut out the border with the largest oval and medium oval. I added touches of Spica pen in red and green around the swirls, then lined it up with glue dots around my main image. I then added the image to a Spellbinders Label 10 and added some additional bling.

Ribbon was added along the bottom and pins were added to the sentiment.

Stamps: Justrite Stamps
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Markers: Copic, Spica
Die cuts: Spellbinders Nestability Small Ovals, Labels 10
Punch: Martha Stewart
Ribbon: Offray
Paper Tagger: Around the Block
Pins, Bling: misc


New Design Team

I am just so excited. I'm on the inaugural design team at Just Imagine Crafts, the US distributor of some amazing punches from England created by Kreaxions products. Check out their blog for details of these amazing punches and the circle cutters they've created. There have some beautiful samples on display on the blog. These punches look absolutely amazing and I can't wait to get my hands on them.


JustRight Stamps

The challenge at Justrite Stamps this week is to create a bookmark. This was such a fun challenge and I used Inspire from the Harmony Classic stamp set plus the border from the Thinking of You Borders and Centers stamp set along with Nestabilities Oval die and Labels 10. I then attached this to one of the Fancy Tags to create the backing. After embossing, I added some touches of Copic markers along the border and some flowers. It's absolutely the perfect bookmark for my favorite magazines!!!

A Fancy Tag die attached to the back of the sentiment makes a perfect tag to mark your page.

Cardstock: Bazzill
Stamps: Justrite, Harmony Classic Oval Stamper II and
Ink: Memento
Markers: Copic
Dies: Spellbinders
Flowers, brads: Making Memories
Embossing powder: Stampendous


Papercraft Star

It's almost time for the first Papercraft Star challenge. Hope you can join us. Check out this inspirational piece. Would love to see how you interpret this photo.


Whimsy Stamps DT Call

Whimsy Stamps is online store with beautiful stamps. If you haven't visited their store, you must as they have some of the cutest images around. As Whimsy Stamps is currently having a DT call, I am submitting these items for consideration:



I created this basketball layout of my nephew for Scrappin Sports Stuff . It’s late at night. You found a photo you desperately want to scrap. You search through your papers for just the right background and guess what?? You just can’t find the RIGHT paper!!

Now what do you do??? Go raid your sticker collection and create a truly one of a kind, fabulous layout. Honestly, it is easy and quite fun to do

Flair Designs – Basketball Cardstock Stickers
Paper House Productions – Basketball Canvas Quotes
Stemma – Party Brads
American Crafts Cardstock
Die cuts: ProvoCraft Cricut Expression, Sports Mania cartridge

Use brown cardstock for base of layout.
Cut white cardstock 10” x 10" and adhere to base.
Double mat a 5” x 7” photo, selecting a color that coordinates with the stickers.
Start adding stickers to create a frame around the photo. Reposition them until you get the look you want.
Add photo corner stickers to the photo.
Create a journal block and position additional stickers to fill in space.
Carefully mark where the journaling needs to be and print on the white cardstock.
Adhere the journaling block and position stickers, triple matting the title sticker.
Die cut 2 basketballs (each 2”) from the Cricut Sports Mania cartridge and position as shown.
Add brads as show to fill in the empty space.


Friendship Recipe

Just Rite's Friday Challenge this week is to create something inspired by a recipe. I came up with a goodie bag that I will be giving to my friends at an upcoming crop. I used the 50 pt Curlz font from the Harmony Classic Circle Stamp 1 set along with the Baking Stamp Ensemble. The friendship quote was from the internet and I cut it with my Nestabilities, Labels 12. Since I wanted to "hang" the quote, I stamped Friendship and Recipe seperately. I then hung the quote in a sign format.

The background was embossed with one of the new LOVE embossing folders at the top with the D'Vine Swirls embossing folder on the bottom. Where they joined, I added a strip of paper that had been punched iwth a Martha Stewart punch.

Cardstock: Bazzill
Pattern paper:Paper Loft
Stamps: Justrite
Ink: Memento
Diecuts: Spellbinders Nestabilities
Jump rings: Junkitz

Friendship Recipe:
1 cup of friendly words
2 cups of understanding
A pinch of warm personality
A dash of humor

Measure words carefully
Add 1 cup of understanding
Use gneerous amounts of
time and patience
Cook on the front burner
Do not boil
Add a dash of humor
Add a pinch of personality
Season to taste with spice of life
Serve in individual molds

Exciting News!!!!!

Wow, I have been so busy and so excited that I completely forgot to post that I am a new member of the Papercraft Star Design Team. Check out my side bar for all the wonderful team members. Big thanks to Beth and Kristina for making this possible.

Papercraft Star is a new on line community that launches on June 23 - very soon now!!! There will be tons of challenges and inspiration for you to create layouts, cards and altered items. There is something for everyone. Sign up on the message board and have fun with us as we begin the journey.



I'm thrilled to have been selected a Guest DT at DCRU .

With the end of another school year and all the related activities, it’s always nice to give that special someone a gift in appreciation of all they’ve done for your child. I created this journal for a wonderful Dance instructor. It was so much fun to make.

Cut red cardstock approximately 5 ¾" x 5 ¾"
Cut white cardstock approximately 5 ¼" x 5"
Emboss white cardstock with Cuttlebug D’Vine Swirls embossing folder
Ink edges with Spun Sugar ink

Using the ballerina instructions on page 42 of the Cricut booklet,
Cut Body #1 at 4 ¾" from brown cardstock
Cut Body #1 again from offwhite cardstock (shift + body)
Cut Ballerina costume and shoes from black cardstock
Cut leggins from pink cardstock
Cut skirt and hair bows from darker shade of pink cardstock
Assemble ballerina
Add a little rouge to her cheeks with chalk

Type Dance on your computer, using a script font
Cut to 1" x 4" and ink the edges with Spun Sugar ink
Mat on pink cardstock

Assemble your journal.

Spiral bound notebook of any size/style/color
(my notebook is about 6" x 6")
Red, White, Black, Brown, Offwhite and Pink Prism cardstock
Cricut Expression or Original Cricut
Once Upon a Princess Cricut Cartridge
Ranger Spun Sugar Distress Ink
Cuttlebug D’Vine Swirls embossing folder
Zig glue pen
Pebbles Shimmers chalk

The beauty of creating this journal is that you can use all the scraps you’ve been accumulating all while creating a one of a kind journal that anyone would love to receive.

Thanks for looking.


#1 Dad

Challenge at #021 at Justritestampers this week is to create a masculine card.

Card size is 5x7 - my favorite size. I stamped the framed DAD in 95 pt, then used the 50 pt to stamp DAD and FATHER within the confines of the crossword paper as well as the #1. Using my ink tool, I added Ranger Walnut ink along all edges for some depth. The red strip was added for some additional dimension.

Cardstock: Bazzill
Pattern paper: Paperloft
Stamps: Justrite Curlz 50 pt, 90 pt from the Harmony Classic Circle Stamp 1
Ink: Memento, Ranger
Dies: Spellbinders Label #10
Punch: EKSuccess

This card also fits the challenge #13 at theshabbytearoom


Flower Soft Card

I was playing with some Flower Soft this weekend. I love how versatile this product is and how lovely it can make your work appear. I have this wonderful Hero Arts stamp that I stamped with Memento ink and then colored with Copic markers. Once done, I decided to add some Flower Soft for dimension. I love how it turned out. I then sewed the piece to my cardstock with had been run through a Cuttlebug embossing folder. Adding Fancy Tags from Spellbinders added to the look I was seeking.

Hero Arts, Stampendous stamps
Flower Soft
Spellbinders Fancy Labels
Memento ink
Copic markers
Cuttlebug D'Vine Swirls embossing folder


Nesties are in my house.

Last month, during a Justrite Stampers blog hot, I won a $100 gift certificate to Spellbinders. Look what came in today's mail:

Great big thanks to both Justrite and Spellbinders. I can see tons of projects to create with these Nesties.


Tim Holtz Tape

Check out this give away at Simon Says Stamp .

"These adhesive backed tapes have been on everyone's wish list and now we have them IN STOCK! The tape is sheer and has a lovely matte finish. It comes in 4 different packages (and each package has 2 rolls in it!). Each roll is 16 yards long - what a value! I know you will find endless uses for this awesome product! "

These tapes look fantastic and I would love to get my hands on some.