Saturday, January 24, 2015

Artist Point

I created this layout today using Let's Capture our Memories Sketch #105.  I have been in a "playful" mood lately and so I added stamping across the bottom and then inked around the large photo mat.  I also have been adding lots of layered embellishments.  Hope you enjoy! 

Exciting News to Share!

I am so excited to announce that I am now part of the Sin City Stamps Design Team.  The Team will be sharing their projects and tutorials several times a week!  I already have started my first projects and will be sharing them soon!!!  Check out all my teammates blogs, they do amazing work!

Monday, January 19, 2015

The Petrified Tree

Today I am sharing this layout using Just Imagines/Kreaxions # 310 punch and This week's sketch at Nuts about Sketches.  I used #310 by itself on the top borders then used the punch with the A insert along the bottom ribbon border.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Lamar Valley

Here is my challenge for this week for Turtle Soup!  My challenge was a sketch challenge, but I challenged everyone to change up the sketch.

I choose to rotate it and repeat it to create a 2 page layout.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Learn to Pause

Love these older Bisous PDQ papers.   They have been in my stash for a few years waiting for just the right pictures. I used this week's Nuts about Sketches sketch # 352, adding some banners, and gem dots to help "modernize" this stash paper.

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Nuts About Sketches # 351

Here is my take on this week's sketch at Nuts about Sketches. I have been trying to use up some of the papers that I have had saved for a while.  Loves how the colors in these autumn papers brought out the colors in the pictures.

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Black Opal Spring

Today I am sharing this lovely layout highlighting Black Opal Spring at Yellowstone.  I love how the blue paper matches the blue in the pictures!  For this layout I used Kreaxion punch # 304 for the border and then used #602 for the leaf under the top flower!  I love the Kreaxion punches and all their possibilities.

Monday, January 05, 2015


I have had this picture of my hubby's grandparents for a while and wanted to create something special for it.  When I saw the Design Team call for Sin City Stamps  I decided to try and combine the two. I have wanted to try out for this team for over a year.

I love the designs on their stamps and am anxious to get my first order!  TO create this layout i tried to pick stamps that were similar to some of Sin City's stamps. I have included a step by step creation process below.  

The first thing I always start with is just simply laying out the design to get a feel for what I want to do.  Sometimes the finished product turns out exactly like the "starter" one and sometimes it doesn't. 

Next I used a Crafters Workshop stencil and Momento Ink on both sides of where I wanted the photo to go.  Hint ... I used just a bit of Washi Tape to hold the stencil in place for easy removal!

I added a bit of color using this Heidi Swapp Stencil and some Tim Holtz ink.  The paint splatter on the paper was part of the paper design so I had to do was match the color. I added a little bit of the stencil to the left of the photo, and then on the top right  and the bottom right of page.

For the large photo matte, I used the back of a package from a Prima Stencil.  I thought it looked very Vintage, but too  "white".   So I masked off some of the design using post-it notes and stamped over the top using 2 different background stamps.

Before adhering the stamped photo background, I tied a sheer ribbon around the background.

I love that large butterfly stamp, but didn't want it to be just white in the background, so I stamped the image onto some text patterned paper that had just a hint of pink in it.  I then fussy cut out the butterfly and added a tad more pink to the butterfly using my Tim Holtz ink and a dauber.  You can see that little bit of color really pops. 

I matted the photo on a multicolored paper and used pop dots to raised the photo off the stamped background.  To finish off the layout I added some matching die cut roses, banners, tags and title.  I thought the roses kind of blended into each other so I added some punched leaves in with the roses. I love how the layout turned out and it was a blast playing with all the stamps and the inks!!  BE sure to check out Sin City Stamps  and the Sin City Blog for lots more inspiration.