Saturday, February 28, 2015

Born to Run

Layout submitted to Mid Week Mojo

In my grandson's first year turning out for Cross Country, he made the travel team - he's the "horizontal" one in the picture! He did very well, coming in 6th out of 30 competitors. The layout design is based on scrapbooksteals's Mid Week Mojo sketch challenge (see sketch below).

The Born to Run title is from Karen Foster Designs and the glitter washi banners are from Pink Fresh. The stars were punched with a Martha Stewart punch, and the page-wide gold strip is Holographic from Graphix Funky Films.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Bus Full of Fun

Bus Full of Fun layout
This is one in a series of layouts remembering my years as teacher in a one-room schoolhouse in Alaska. Our bus back then (1977) was a van and it traveled the Chiniak Road each day through all kinds of weather. I still know (and keep in touch with) just about everyone in the picture; their names are on the hidden journaling card in the pocket. The layout is based on this week's Mid Week Mojo Sketch Challenge Daffodil #3.

I used plain white card stock and watercolored on it with Memento Dew Drop Inks, then inked the letters in BUS, and covered the card on the top left with washi. "Full of Fun" letters are from Fiskars. The journaling envelope is from Fancy Pants, and and the "You Got This" button is from Pink Fresh.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

First Snow

Layout for Bo Bunny's Blog Sketch Challenge
After moving from Florida to Kodiak, Alaska, last June, my grandchildren had to wait until January to have enough snow to play in! While the rest of the country is buried in snow, we in Alaska have had one of the mildest winters on record.
This layout is based on Bo Bunny's Blog Sketch for February (see sketch below). All of the paper, the alphas, and the brackets are from Bo Bunny's Enchanted Garden collection. It was fun to use paper that is so full of flowers, leaves, and fairies for a winter layout. The snowflakes were cut with Sizzix dies on glitter paper, the washi is a mixed assortment (mostly from PinkFresh), and some extra sparkle is provided by Stickles.

Monday, February 16, 2015

4-H Fun

Layout of granddaughter's fun at 4-H

My 6-year-old granddaughter started in the 4-H Cloverbuds program this year and is having a great time! My kids were in 4-H as well, so I guess it's a family tradition. In case you're not familiar with the program (and can't read the tiny print) the H's are for head, hands, heart, and health. The layout is based on this week's Mid Week Mojo sketch from I've also entered it in 1-2-3 Get Scrappy's February challenge - I chose these three elements: plaid pattern, stickers, only two photos.

I can't identify most of the materials used in this layout, since a lot of them were given to me or bought used. The stickers, however, are from jill bean soup, echo park, and bella blvd. The inks I used on the title and the tag are Color Magic Lime Green, VersaColor Fresh Green, and Tim Holtz Distress Spray Stains spiced marmalade and peeled paint.

MWM Sketch Challenge Daffodil #2

Friday, February 13, 2015

Butterfly Sympathy

Butterfly Sympathy card made for a friend

I've been working a lot with black lately - as the background (in chalkboard cards and other fun projects), and as the foreground on another color. I made this card for a friend whose mom passed away recently, and I decided to work with a black background and lighten it up with some pink, lilac, and teal - very calming and uplifting. Hard to tell here, but the colors in the border really do match the butterfly colors. Stamping on black (especially when the card stock is textured as this is) can be tricky; I have found that chalk inks work pretty well. (Dye inks do not, as they seep into the paper and disappear.) I like using butterflies on sympathy cards - I think they bring a certain peace and lightness at a difficult time.
I used My Favorite Things Sketch 215 as a basis for my card. The double-layered butterfly was cut with a Martha Stewart punch and colored with Memento Dew Drops - Angel Pink, Lilac Posies, and Teal Zeal. The stamped butterflies and sentiment were inked with Prima Fluid Chalk Inks - Hydrangea and Teal Damask. The sentiment stamp is from Stampin' Up. Bling provided by Studio G and Stickles.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Under My Umbrella Card

Card made for MFT sketch challenge

As I was thinking about what kind of card to make today for My Favorite Things' sketch challenge, I realized that I have no cards on hand for a friend who might be having a rough time. Then I saw the perfect quote and was reminded of the umbrella paper. I just knew I had to do some fussy cutting! Most of the paper is from Crate Paper's Raining Cats and Dogs collection, and the quote and golden umbrella are from Fresh Pink Studio's Fresh Press card collection. Stickles provides the sparkle!

Practical Playwear?

More about me for Mid Week Mojo

Another in the series of layouts for my albums about my life for my kids. I kept it very "1940s," but then couldn't resist my very 2015 comment/title. Journaling will follow and will be about all of the splinters, scrapes, and bruises I remember as a result of wearing dresses! I based this layout on a sketch from's Mid Week Mojo sketch challenge. Almost all of the supplies used are from Crate Paper's Oh Darling collection.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Go Seahawks!

Inspiration for the Super Bowl!

While I'm not a huge football fan, I am going over to a friend's today to watch the game. It's fun to cheer for the Seahawks - they're as close as we in Alaska get to a "home team!" And, of course, the food and wine and chocolate is a big draw! I made this banner card for inspiration, and matched it to My Favorite Things sketch challenge (see below). Enjoy the game if you're into it, or have fun crafting all afternoon!