August 25, 2017

Fifteen Two Fifteen Four

Hi there!

I have a fun but simple layout to share today with the Maggie Holmes Carousel collection.

I started with the woodgrain patterned paper to match the crib board.  In my stash, I found a piece of Maggie Holmes paper with the blue dots which reminded me also of a crib board.  So, I cut it in the shape of our board and the rest just fell into place.

The title was cut from my Silhouette and most of the embellishments are also from Carousel. I did pull out some very old Making Memories rubber stamps to make the heart, spades, diamonds and clubs label. And to simulate the cribbage pegs, I found some stick pins and added some flags.

This page just makes me smile.  And makes me crave a pina colada.  ;)


August 19, 2017

Horse & Buggy Tour

Hi there!

I'm up today with a double page spread using lots of mixed media and lots of layering.

I started by applying white gesso on the cardstock with my fingers. I like using my fingers because it gives a more textured look than applying it with a brush. When it was dry, I used the "smooshing" technique to add some colour with  Distress Oxide inks in Fossilized Amber, Worn Lipstick and Faded Jeans. As often happens, the papers pretty much hide all my hard work, but there are hints of it that show on the edges.

Once again, I am using the Crate Paper Oasis collection mixed together with some older Pink Paislee Atlas paper.  The title is inspired by a layout from Cat Martin, and stamped using the Oasis alpha stamps and some Thickers. The rest of the layout is embellished with Oasis ephemera and chipboard, some Crate Paper Journey, Tim Holtz Small Talk stickers, Shimelle enamel hearts and miscellaneous rhinestones.

The last step was to sprinkle some gold on the pages with some Heidi Swapp Colour Shine.

The page is pretty warped because of all the mixed media and it looks crooked in the photos, but it is straight in real life.  The warping doesn't really bother me, unless I'm trying to photograph the layout. It drove me crazy trying to edit these pages to be straight. In the end, I gave up. ;)  Once the pages are in the album, the warping doesn't show.

Pretty happy with how this layout turned out.

Thanks for looking!

August 11, 2017

Birthday Dinner by the Sea and Scrap Shotz Design Team

Hi there!

I'm up today with a mixed media layout using water colours and Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks.

When I ordered the Crate Paper Oasis Collection, I knew I wanted to use this piece of paper for these particular photos.

Without thinking about it, I used the wave side for this this layout.  I thought I had ordered two pieces.  Argh!  I was really sold on using this paper, so I took a piece of white cardstock, painted it with gesso and started applying some Distress Oxide Inks to create my own ombre effect background.  Unfortunately, I only have a few colours of oxide inks, so to fill in some colour gaps, I used some water colour paints. The photo doesn't do the paper justice, (the lighting is yucky) but I'm really happy with how it turned out.

To scrap the rest of the page, I kept it pretty simple. The flowers are fussy cut from another Oasis patterned paper. I used some vellum strips for my journaling because I didn't want to cover up the pretty background.

Now, on to the exciting news! I'm happy to announce that I have been chosen to be on the Scrap Shotz design team!  It's been quite a while since I was on a design team and I'm really looking forward to it. I subscribed to their kit a couple of years ago and I loved them.  For more information on Scrap Shotz, the kits and the new design team, check out their blog at

Thanks for looking!

August 4, 2017

Paradise Found

Hi there!

Today, I'm sharing a layout using a lovely cutfile from Paper Issues. I just love their free cutfiles and this summer they have made so many tropical themed ones that I will be using them a lot in this album.

When I started this album, one of my plan was to use the Crate Paper Oasis and line with bits of old beach collections from Fancy Pants. The background paper is the b-side from Beach Bum made in 2010.  The colour matches perfectly to the ocean in my photo (at least it does in real life).

I used the brown b-side from another piece to cut the palm trees. The "palms" are from a 6x6 pad of Oasis and scrap pieces of Fancy Pants from Down by the Shore and Beach Babe. I fussy cut the hibiscus flowers from Down by the Shore and embellished with some Oasis die cuts.  Because of the big palm trees, I didn't really feel the need to add too many embellishments.

The title is another Paper Issues die cut.  Once cut and adhered to the page, I covered the entire title with Nuvo Crystal Drops.  I used to do this technique with Glossy Accents but the Crystal Drops have a lot more dimension when they dry.  I put a few on the page like they were enamel dots and in really  life they add a great texture.  Great.  Now I want them in every colour!!

I just love this page! And I'm so happy to be using us some older supplies.

Thanks for looking!