Monday, June 30, 2014

The theme this week is...

...Fairies!! The design team did a fantastic job - check out everyone's cards at Make My Monday.

For my card, I stamped the girl fairy and chalked her wings, words on the dress and crown. I added a few mushroom stickers, a wood veneer piece and rhinestones on the crown. The paper is from Cosmo Cricket.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Hi, it's Joan with a Moxxie post featuring the Busy Boy collection. What a darling line of papers these are: from monsters to tools to race cars and more! I made a scrapbook page about my great-nephew, Liam, who says "no" to everything!

I began my layout by cutting a piece of background paper (the teal side of the Handy Helper paper.) I attached this paper to a piece of white cardstock, which I then mounted onto an 8.5"x11" piece of black cardstock. Next I cut a piece from the Little Monster paper. Then I cut three strips in varying sizes and patterns and added them behind the photo.

I used one of the little monsters from the Busy Boy rub-on sheet by putting it on white cardstock and punching it out with a scallop punch. The border piece is from the Busy Boy sticker sheet - I trimmed the border down to fit across the bottom of my monster paper. I kept what was left, because it can still be used on a card or tag. I attached the border with pop dots, then the monster rub-on and finally pop dotted the quote sticker at the top of the photo.

Liam is a sweet little guy, but like any three year old, he has some "little monster" in him as well!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Paper Piecing an Owl

Hi, it's Joan, here today to share with you an owl card I made using Kaisercraft's "Tea Break" papers. Using my Sizzix owl die, I cut the owl pieces in different patterned papers, inked the edges with brown chalk ink, and put the owl together on a green background. I punched some small flowers for the top of the head and added a wood veneer heart to the body. The eye circles were punched from cardstock.

I really like to paper piece - it's fun! There is a big variety of patterned papers in "Tea Break" and that makes it easy to use for paper piecing. You can buy this line of Kaisercraft papers at the Speedy Scrappers store.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Happy Anniversary!

The theme this week at Make My Monday is "Anniversaries". I stamped a card using this funny version of "American Gothic". (I'm not sure of the stamp company so I can't give them credit).

I always thought "American Gothic" was a painting of a husband and wife. However, I did some research and discovered that the artist meant the painting to represent a farmer and his daughter. My apologies to Grant Wood (the artist), but I am using this couple for an anniversary card.

To make the card, I inked a piece of white cardstock with Tim Holtz distress inks in yellow, pink, orange and purple. Next, the stamp was inked with black ink and stamped onto the Distress Ink piece. I trimmed it down, added two pieces of washi tape over the bottom (circles and lines on top). The brown frame was die cut from a Spellbinders die. The background paper is from BoBunny.

Create an anniversary themed project and join us at Make My Monday!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Meet the Moxxie Muses!

Hello Moxxie fans! 
We have a special treat for you today!
It involves tons of inspiration and A PRIZE!!!

As many of you know we started this month with a new design team and we are loving all of their fantastic projects and awesome inspiration. So much in fact, that we thought it would be fun to get to know them just a little bit better with a Blog Hop!
You will see a wide variety of styles and projects and hopefully get to know each of our team members just a little bit better.

"Hi, I'm so glad to have you visit my blog today! I'm sharing a scrapbook page about what I like: nature, flowers, banners, touches of gold, birds and the word "Muse" because I am sooo excited to be a new Moxxie Muse! I also like to keep things organized and that's why I did the layout of this page in a grid pattern. I used the pretty papers and stickers from the Moxxie "Quite Contrary" paper collection. Enjoy the rest of the design team's fantastic projects and thanks for stopping by."

 Here is the list of blogs. 
If you get lost along the way just head back here to find the next blog.

Rules of the hop:
- Visit each designers blog and leave a comment. The more you comment, the more chances you have to WIN
- After you've been to all the blogs head back to the Moxxie blog and leave a comment letting us know you hopped.
- Go to our facebook page and share the post about this hop for another chance to WIN! (if you're not already, you will need to be a follower of our page to do this) Go back to the Moxxie blog and leave another comment letting us know you did this.
- Go ahead and Pin It! If you do, leave a comment with a link to it letting us know that you Pinned!
- International players are more than welcome to play but you will be responsible for shipping.

 That is a LOT of chances to WIN! Now you may be wondering what it is that you will win? That is the best part! You get to pick one Moxxie line of your choosing!!
Winner will be announced on July 1st.
Now go, comment, share and enter to win this awesome prize while being inspired by our wonderful designers!

I am a Chattering Robin!!!

I am very pleased to announce that I have been selected to be on the scrapbook layout team for The Robin's Nest! My term will begin in July and I am looking forward to sharing their wonderful products with you. Check out their paper collections and embellishments here. I can't wait to begin creating with The Robin's Nest products!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014


Hello, it's Joan, here to share a card I made. I love the gorgeous "Tea Break" papers from Kaisercraft! I think the background paper with the roses is so pretty on it's own, that I kept the rest of the card fairly simple. I added a die cut doily (from the green paper), a smaller white doily and then the yellow die cut label with the edges inked brown. I extended the doilies above the top of the card. Finally, I added a wood veneer heart. The card is 6"x4.5" (white cardstock).

Kaisercraft's "Tea Break" collection is one that I think everyone will want in their stash! You can buy it at the Speedy Scrappers store.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Make My Monday ... Pink is the Color

The theme at Make My Monday this week is "Pretty in Pink". Check out the cards made by my fellow dt members for some great inspiration!

My card uses paper (Echo Park), small wood veneer hearts (Studio Calico), small white doily (Martha Stewart) and embellishments from my stash. I layered the white doily and the pink flower on the hot air balloon to give it a little pop of color and dimension.

Create a "Pretty in Pink" card or project and link it up at Make My Monday. We'd love to have you join us!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Father/Daughter Dance

Hi, it's Joan with a scrapbook page of my daughter and my husband. Last June, my daughter got married. Since it's almost Father's Day, I made a layout with a photo of their father/daughter dance. The song they danced to was "It Won't Be Like This For Long" by Darius Rucker. Such a true song - her father and I can't believe our daughter is a married woman - the years went by so fast.

For this layout, I used the "Forever Family" collection by Moxxie. I started with the brown "Father" paper, cutting it slightly smaller than an 8.5"x11" piece of white cardstock. I attached that piece to the cardstock and then a piece of the yellow paper, sized 5"x7".

Everything I used on this page is Moxxie (except the white doily). The heart was punched from the green Moxxie paper, the die cut sayings were pop dotted and the die cut scalloped border was attached over the yellow paper.

Buy the Forever Family collection at Speedy Scrappers. This paper line includes all family members (grandparents, parents, children) so you can create and keep memories of your family - forever!

Monday, June 9, 2014


The challenge this week at Make My Monday is "Male Themed". Check out the projects from my fellow dt members for lots of great ideas!

My project is a tag. It's actually an Art Parts tag from Wendy Vecchi. These tags are made from thick paperboard. I covered mine with paper, but you could paint, ink or cover them with fabric.

First, I used three different patterned papers from my stash to cover the tag. I flipped it over and cut between the pointy edges at the bottom with a craft knife. Then I inked the tag. Next I added my man!! He is from Tim Holtz's "Found Relatives". Lastly, I added my embellishments: Tim Holtz gears, buckle, pen nib and edge of a ticket.

I have old ledger paper and I ripped the words "The Hollingsworth Gear Company" from a piece, inked the edges and added it to the bottom of the photo, going over the top of one gear. A piece of ribbon and the word Remember (from Jillibean Soup) were the finishing touches.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Let's Dance

Today I am sharing my very first post for Moxxie! I used the "Night to Remember" collection when I made this page of my daughter and her husband, who were at a wedding reception. I love that these papers can be used for many different types of layouts.

The base of my 8 1/2" x 11" layout is blue cardstock and I layered the BFF's paper onto that. I cut the Prom paper to 7 1/8" x 9 3/4", keeping the flourish at the top. This piece of paper became the base for my photo, stickers and stars. The stars were punched from the chevron side of the Prom paper and then I splotched gold paint on them. I also punched some stars from gold vellum. I added the swirl and Dance the Night Away sticker from the Prom Cardstock Sticker sheet, after punching the saying with a scallop punch. It was layered onto a small white doily and a circle cut from the BFF's paper.

I love the bright colors of this paper collection! It is available at Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Cards, a scrapbook page and a Smash book

I have some projects to share today that I created for Make My Monday, Gecko Galz, Speedy Scrappers and Life in Details. Lots of photos!!

The theme this week at Make My Monday is "wedding". If you have a wedding themed card, scrapbook page, tag or other project - link it up and join us!

Gecko Galz is celebrating summer with patriotic images and baseball!! There is also a design team call right now - click on the link to see the information.

For Speedy Scrappers, I made two cards that are very similar in design but use different colors.

And last but not least, the page I did in my Smash book for Life In Details.

First Haircut

Today I want to share a scrapbook layout featuring my great-nephew, Liam. This is a picture taken while he was getting his first haircut. Every time I am at the hair salon and children are getting haircuts, they cry. But not Liam - not a tear during the whole experience!

This page is 8.5" x 11" in size. I used orange cardstock for the base, layered on white cardstock and then teal patterned paper. I used a 4"x6" photo and placed it off center, so it was farther to the left side of the page.

Next came the fun part - layering on the embellishments!! Stars, words, a ticket and arrows were pop dotted around the photo. The "love this" word strip and the camera were added. All of these items created a border on two sides of the photo.

I love how this layout of my little Liam came together!

Supplies used: Jillibean Soup arrows, stars and words; American Crafts ticket & camera; paper & cardstock from my stash

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Sunday, June 1, 2014

Getting Messy with Mixed Media

Wow, this was such a fun layout to make!! I just finished this page and had to put it on the blog - my 2nd post of the day! I found this photo of my daughter and it inspired me to grab inks and gelatos and stencils and.... Let me tell you how I put this page together.

I worked on the background first. I started with white cardstock, a Tim Holtz stencil (Bubbles) and Aged Mahogany distress ink which I added to a few areas. Then I stamped the large circles using Spiced Marmalade distress ink and a foam stamp and made small gold circles with an Adirondack gold paint dabber. Next I sprayed Heidi Swapp gold color shine mist. I went around the edges with Gelatos in Mango, Banana, Tangerine, Guava and Cotton Candy, scribbling a small strip of color and then blending it out with a slightly damp paintbrush. For the last step, I used a mask by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer (Pomegranate Flower Bit) and Salty Ocean distress ink to make the flower in the corner.

The photo went on next and I put the overlay (Simple Stories) on with vellum tape. I completed the layout by adding a piece of a gold doily with the Tim Holtz tiny attacher, Heidi Swapp word "today", Freckled Fawn wood veneer "noted", three punched gold vellum stars and the camera sticker. I backed the layout with black cardstock.

I am definitely going to create more layouts in the mixed media style. It's a great way to spend an afternoon!

By the Sea

June's theme for the Reader Art Quest at Unruly Paper Arts is "By the Sea". I love all things beach related and I knew right away what I wanted to create! But before I tell you about my project, I want to let you know that if you link up a beach project of your own, you may win the fabulous prize shown below!

The image I used on my project is from Gecko Galz and has long been a favorite of mine. She is from a collage sheet called Sea Side Beauties. I began with this image, which led me to a blue and orange color combo.

I sized the image in Photoshop to 3.25" x 5", fussy cut it and then inked the edges. She was pop dotted to a 6" x 8" burlap canvas. Next I stamped a shell (Stampin' Up) in Salty Ocean distress ink and a starfish (Stampin' Up) in Ripe Persimmon distress ink onto white cardstock and cut them out. Now I was ready to add my embellishments. I swirled some blue and green twine onto the canvas, pop dotted my stamped images and another shell and seahorse (K & Co.). Finally, I sprinkled on teal, green and gold sequins (Lawn Fawn) and a small bottle filled with sand.

I found the word "Story" in my stash and added it. The metal letters that I used to spell the word "her" were a dark gold color and didn't show well on the burlap so I painted them with acrylic paint (Beach Glass by Martha Stewart).

Join us "By the Sea" this month at Unruly Paper Arts!