Here’s the project I hinted at in my last post.  I really love how it came out and it was alot of fun to do.  I designed it for a creative challenge at scrapmixers.  Head over there and check out the tutorial

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I have been whiled the day away working on a fun  project I am working on for the contest over at Scrapmixers.  Any guesses what it is? I’ll give you a hint, I borrowed my husband’s drill.



Check out the contest here

Surprise contest!!!

Posted: January 12, 2016 in Scrapbooking, Uncategorized
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Attention all papercrafters! things are heating up over at the scrapmixers blog. She is running a little contest. Head over there and leave a comment with my name then share having people leave your name! It’s all in good fun!

Still working on getting our trip to San Francisco scrapped.  I think these are the last of them.

I was excited to do this one of Chinatown because I love all things Asian.  For the background circle I used CM metallic gold medium and a stencill by Crafter’s Workshop called butterfly.  I created the circle background on my cricut explore machine.  I used the image already on the machine, duplicated it and welded it.  make sure you use the align tools to get them perfect!  The dragon and China are also images on the cricut. I mounted the two photos on a bit of chipboard to give them a little diension.  For the tile block I inked the edges with distres ink (mahogany and walnut).  then I sprinkled a few drops of water on it.  to do this I use the Tim Holtz mini mister to spray some on my fingers then drop the water where I want it.  Dry with my embossing gun.  Then used an old rubber stamp to stamp the willow and Technique Tuesday License plate alphabet for the town. The journaling block is stamped with an old autumn leaves journaling stamp.  IMG_2134

By the time I got to this layoutI was pretty burnt out so i just used all the papers on my desk and started layering them.  Some I distressed, some I didn’t. Then when I got them placed the way i liked it, I added some gesso to the edges with my palette knife.  I used the butterfly stencil plus another from Crafter’s workshop (grid) and texture paste.For the journaling I printed it on my computer.  The font is complete in you.  Then I traced an old fiskars template (remember the thick orange ones) and cut it out.  I also distressed the edges and did the water technique listed above.  For the title I used Technique Tuesday’s Big Timber and Big Timber outline.  I first stamped each individual outline letter so that they over lap and then followed by stamping the solid letters in different distress ink colors (salty ocean, cracked pistachio and spiced marmalade.  the circles are a set from technique Tuesday called with flair.IMG_2138

To finish this layout i used dylusion melted chocolate inkspray chocolate. To do this I used three techniques.  First I just sprayed some here and there.  then to get the drops where I wanted them I place a plastic sandwich bag over my hand, sprayed onto it and let the drops roll down.  this gives you a little more control.  Apparently not enough because one landed smack dab in the middle of my journaling.  I quickly grabbed a baby wipe to clean it up and thus another technique was born.  I dabbed the inked wipe hear and there for some added aging.

As always thanks for looking. If you use any of these techniques please post a link or the project in the comments.  I love to see other peoples interpretations and I love feedback.  Even if it’s to point out my multiple typos!

Proud to announce!!!

Posted: January 11, 2016 in Uncategorized

I am officially a design team member on the scrapmixers team!  This new and exciting blog looks at scrapbooking in a totally new way.  It’s a combination of scrapbooking, mixed media art and self exploration. I love the concept and the team is a phenomenal group of scrapbookers and mixed media artists. They are going to be running challenges and contests utilizing the scrapmixing concept.  I’ll be heading up the art journal department. For more details check them out here. Make sure you check out the cool header that I designed.

On a separate note I’ve mentioned that I am back on “the weight watchers”.  Well I’ve officially lost 4.6 lbs this week!  Every journey starts with one step right?!? while the weight loss is really cool, more importantly my blood sugars are trending down significantly so go me.  Next step…get the exercise program up and running.


I’ve recently gotten some feedback that people would like me to include more details on how I achieved certain looks.  A lot of time it’s just trial and error but I’ll try to include some more techniques.

Here’s my latest layout.  The background took me forever.

I started with paper from the DCWV Old world stack that looked like an old stucco wall with alot of green in it.

I used a brick stencil to create the bricks with modeling paste and sprayed tattered angels baseboard collection (red rocks) through it. I made sure I sprayed some in areas that didn’t have paste for added dimension.

Then I  added some Tim Holtz Fossilized amber ink spray here and there and also Heidi Swapp tea colored color shine. I also used a fine spray of water in between the different colors of ink spray.  I find that makes the paint move around a bit so you get different colors.

For the grout I tried using both gesso and thinned crackle paint..  When all of that was dry I sprayed more of the browns to color the grout.

Finally I finished it off with a thick coat of crackle paint to make it look like the wall peeking through. I inked with a little peeled paint Distress ink once the paint was all crackled.

IMG_2133The title was created for my cricut explore machine in Design Space using the font quarter mile for the “garlic” and Captain Howdy for the “BREATH”. I adjusted the letters in garlic until they touched and then welded them.  Then I attached that to breathe and the arrow.

Supply list

  • DCWV Old world stack
  • Crafter’s workshop brick stencil
  • faber castel Gesso
  • Ranger Texture paste
  • DecoArt crackle paste
  • Tim Holtz Distress ink-peeled paint, mahogany,walnut ink, brushed corduroy
  • Tim Holtz distress ink -Fossilized amber
  • Tattered angels baseboard collection – red rocks
  • Heidi shop color shine- tea
  • cricut explore air

Alcatraz and weight watchers

Posted: January 7, 2016 in Uncategorized

This is my latest layout.  it was done for  scraplift challenge at go to for all the latest and greatest scrappy goodness.

The original was done by toni-n-tn and can be found here.  Hers  was originally a one page spread but I really wanted to incorporate more photos so I stretched it out out two pages. I’m really starting to enjoy using diecuts.  At first I thought I would only use fonts but I find myself using more images.  I’m a little obsessed with the barbed wire.

  • Basicgrey Acid washed
  • Creative Imaginations red numbers
  • Diecuts- cricut Explore air
  • Stamps- Technique Tuesday-It’s a date and Club Scrap (texture lines
  • Black Gesso and Crafter’s Workshop 12 X 12 template -Grid and Labyrinth
  • October afternoon – Roadmap shapes

On a more personal note.  I am back to WeightWatchers.  Last year I started in January, lost 35 pounds by April and then spent the rest of the year gaining it back.  So far so good but it’s only been three days.  This is my lunch salad yesterday.IMG_2008

  • Romaine lettuce
  • Baby spinach and kale mix
  • assorted sweet peppers
  • cucumbers
  • shredded carrot
  • 3 oz leftover roasted chicken
  • homemade lemony vinegarette dressing

total 5 sp

Breakfast was a Starbuck turkey bacon and egg white sandwich and a skinny latter (12ps)

Dinner was a kale, blackeeyed peas, edamame concoction that i pulled together (9 points)

Also included tons of fruit and a few bites of daughters mac and cheese.  Gotta work on including more high protein snacks but yesterday was busy.