Thursday, October 8, 2015

More Urban! favorite masculine look paper in a long time.  Here is another layout using these awesome papers.  My grandson is a proud FFA member and I created this layout to document the awards night his Junior Year. I found my inspiration in Make It from Your Heart, Volume 2, one of the instruction books available from Close to My Heart.

The background is Colonial White card stock shaded with bamboo. The "ink splatters" are stamped with Whisper ink using the Ink Blot stamp set (D1660).  The gears are cut with the Artiste Cricut cartridge using Sapphire, Saffron and Slate card stock.  No Cricut? Try some circles or maybe hexagons. The FFA logo is stamped with a stamp I picked up at the state fair, but there are logos on the internet that could be printed and fussy cut for your personal use.  I cut the title on the Cricut. You could also stamp or print it.

I share projects for you to use as inspiration...never be afraid to venture out and make your artwork your own.

Sunday, September 27, 2015


Looking for a paper set with a more masculine feel?  If so, you will love Urban! It features industrial designs and the brand new colors, Sapphire, Saffron and Peacock.  Here is the layout I did documenting our visit to all things trains in Pennsylvania and Baltimore.  My man (big boy in this case) is a train collector and enthusiast. Quite honestly, I also enjoyed the museums, especially the two with actual trains!
Urban Workshop of the Go G1103

I used the Urban Workshop on the Go for my layout.  However, since I wanted to use a lot of pictures, I modified a Becky Higgins design and created my own layout with the paper and stamps that come with the kit.  Never be afraid to go with your own instincts when planning your pages...there is no right or wrong in scrapbooking!

Urban Paper Pack X7204B

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Found Supplies

Let me show you how to take a "found"  supply item and turn it into a fun scrapbook page or card.   We went to a renaissance fair a few weeks ago and I decided that the paper lining my chicken and chips basket would make a perfect background for a page highlighting the event.  I said, "I'm going to ask for a couple sheets of this paper" and Ron said "You're not, are you?".  To which I replied, "Just watch me!".  I offered to pay, but the clerks were happy to give me a couple sheets.
I carefully rolled them up, successfully brought them home and created these neat pages.  I wish I had taken pictures before I started working with the papers.  They were thin, almost like vellum, so needed to be adhered to cardstock for stability. Not having any vellum adhesive, I searched my supplies and came upon this spray adhesive.  Outdoors, I sprayed the back of the papers and then carefully adhered them to the cardstock.  I used a brayer to insure good adhesion.  The corners wanted to come up, so I did use a little Liquid Glass from CTMH and that worked perfectly.

I almost always leave a white border around my pictures and this time double matted with Saffron (a lovely new color from CTMH) and Barn Red (unfortunately retired).  Double matting helped them pop off the busy background.  I stamped banners in these two colors with the Bodacious Banners (D1607) stamp set from CTMH.  I stamped them on Colonial White cardstock and hand trimmed them, but there also cutting files on the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge. I used brads from my stash to separate the pennants and make them pop.

I hope you enjoyed seeing this project and will be on the lookout for "found supplies" for your paper crafting needs!

Thursday, July 30, 2015


Before I tell you about this card done with the Bokeh technique, I first want to welcome you back to my blog.  Life was really full this spring with a family illness and other goings on, and I allowed myself to ignore blogging.  I was inspired by my friend, Laurie, who, after two years, picked up the pieces of her blog.  So here I am with the best of intentions, hoping to continue showing you projects that will inspire your paper crafting!  I encourage you to comment on my posts in any way you choose...I will love your feedback!

Now on to the Bokeh technique.  There are so many tutorials posted on various blogs and YouTube.  This one came up first on my Google search, so these are the directions that inspired me:
I used watercolor paper and water colors that were hanging out in my cupboard.  However I am happy to say that both of these items will be available in the new CTMH catalog available September 1st.  I also used one of the stamps from Paper Garden...the September Stamp of the Month.  A happy surprise for me was how the image took on shading from the White Daisy Pigment Ink used on the background.  (I found it best to allow the white pigment to dry overnight before stamping the image)  Be sure to click on the above link to see how easy it is to achieve this look.

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