Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Hope your day has been magical and full of family, friends and good food!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Clip it Up Wall Mount

My 5th post for Simply Renee Clip it Up is on their blog (see link to left). This month I featured the Wall Mount. I've used mine above carts that hold my seasonal and cooking papers. The wall mount rod hangs above the two carts and I was able to put all of my seasonal and cooking embellishments on it.
It holds a ton of embellishments and I still have room for more!!
Using the wall mount for embellishments is just one way to use it! I came up with an alphabet of uses and here they are, from A-Z:
A- acrylic stamps
B- buttons, brads
C- collage clips, cards, chipboard
D- die cuts, decoupage pictures
E- embellishments, ephemera, embroidery floss
F- fabric, flowers, felt
G- German scrap
H- handmade paper, holiday craft items
I- ideas from magazines
J- jewelry making supplies
K- knitting patterns, kits
L- letters, latchhook yarns
M- metal items, mini books
N- number stickers, new product
O- origami paper
P- photos, patterns
Q- quilling items
R- ribbon, rhinestones, rub-ons
S- scraps of paper, stickers, stencils
T- Tim Holtz products, trims
U- unfinished projects
V- velvet scraps
W- wool felting supplies
X- x-stitch supplies
Y- yarn
Z- zillions of things!!!

I hope Santa brings you lots of Clip It Up products and that 2011 will be your best (and most organized) year ever!!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Guest Design spot

I am a guest designer at Sketches in Thyme ( This is the card I made, based on a sketch from Cardabilities. I will be doing another card in January. Check out their site, it's very nice!!

Monday, December 6, 2010


The above layout was spotlighted at Creative Scrapbooking Divas! I'm honored, thank you, ladies!!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

December Daily

I am hoping to make a December Daily album this year, for the days Dec. 1 - 25. I plan on journaling the snowfall in Dec., my decorating, any baking we do, places we go... I have my album almost ready to go (just have to punch holes)! This will be fun!!
Right now, I am working on organizing -
My first goal is to be really organized - not just surface clean, but actually being able to find something when I need it. My craft rooms are undergoing a major overhaul. The most helpful items - my Clip it Ups!! I really love being able to see what I have.
My second goal, which goes along with the first one, is to use my stash! I may be able to papercraft until the year 2020 just using what I have! Not kidding!! I will still buy new things, just not every new thing!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Cookbookin' layout

Here is my November Cookbookin' layout. November 21 was Milo's first birthday. His mother gives him no sweets or processed food - she makes all his food, bless her heart! He was allowed a few tastes of birthday cake, but didn't really love it. However, his guests did - it was delicious!!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Mini Clip it Up

Love my mini Clip it Up!! My fourth posting for the Simply Renee design team features the mini. Please check it out. Click on the design team blinkie at the left.
Also, they are having all Clip it Up items @ 50% off for a few more days.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

At the crop

My sister and I went to a crop this past weekend. It was great! I actually got quite a bit done! This is just one of the pages I finished.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Happy, happy!!

That's me - sooo happy! I made the design team for Scrapping the Moments! I will be doing ad challenges there. How fun will that be?!! The grand opening is Saturday, November 13 - Monday, November 15. Come join us!! There will be lots of challenges and chances to win prizes too!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Scrapping the Moments

I found a new forum and it's great! Very friendly and lots going on. Friday night there was a sketch challenge which had to be completed in two hours. I did this page featuring Milo in his Halloween costume as a gnome. He hated the beard and kept ripping it off. But when his mom put him in the leaves, he forgot about the beard and she got some really cute pictures.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Cookbookin' Sketch

I just loved the October sketch @ Cookbookin'!! This is my take on it -

Monday, October 25, 2010

Scrappin' Silhouettes layout

I made this layout of Rocco based on a sketch @ Scrappin' Silhouettes. My design team term there is halfway up; I can't believe it!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Cookbookin' sketch challenge

There was a lovely sketch over at the Cookbookin' site and I did a layout of my daughter. I am so glad to be adding to my recipe/cooking binder again!
Cookbookin' will be having a monthly challenge, so check it out -

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Design team layout

This is my last layout for the Sharing Memories Scrapbooking design team. I've really enjoyed being on the team and will miss it!
The challenge this time was to scrapbook a favorite photo from summer 2010. This is a photo of my daughter at the beach in Chincoteague, Virginia.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Clip it Up!

My second post for Clip It Up -

This post will focus on the Swinging Wall Arm. This is a great organizing tool with many uses!
I put mine up in my craft room to hold new scrapbook items that I buy. I like to look at my purchases and not just put them in a drawer. New purchases are very inspiring and should be displayed! Clip your new goodies up to get your creative juices flowing!!

New product from a recent shopping trip!

There are so many items that fit nicely on the Swinging Wall Arm, such as rub-ons:


and even dog clothes!

Here to model some of her outfits, my chihuahua, Chiquita!

There are many more ways to use the Swinging Wall Arm - how about in your kitchen to hold coupons, recipes and a shopping list each week?

Or in the bathroom for hair accessories? You could make a bag of ponytails, one for hair clips, one for hair ribbons, one for bobby pins, etc.

In the office area, you could make bags for postage stamps, envelopes, thank you cards, and even clip up the weekly bills to be paid.

I love the Clip It Up Swinging Wall Arm and you will too!!!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

New silhouette

There's a new sketch up at Scrappin' Silhouettes and it's a fun one! This is my take on it: Rocco @ the children's museum.
Check out the rest of the design team's layouts!

Friday, August 13, 2010

DT page

Sharing Memories Scrapbooking is having a summer scrap-a-thon and my assignment this month was to do a page about me.
This page is a new size for me - 8 x 8. I used packaging from GCD Studios for the base of my page, rounded the corners and then used more GCD paper for my layers. I typed statements about me in different fonts, cut them into strips, inked them and just randomly put them on the page. My name is in pink Thickers. The yellow butterfly is from Sharing Memories Scrapbooking.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

New layout

A layout of Milo - isn't he cute?!! Design team page for Scrappin' Silhouettes. Join us for great sketches and lots of DT inspiration each week! New sketches are posted on Thursdays.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Holiday with Matthew Mead

Holiday with Matthew Mead is a "book-azine" celebrating and offering inspiration for the Christmas holiday season. To be released in October 2010, Holiday is available via online orders only - in limited quantities - and by simply following the BUY HOLIDAY MAGAZINE link below their banner, you will be directed to a secure shopping cart and checkout... with a guaranteed October delivery of HOLIDAY straight to your mailbox! Be sure to stick around and read more about what you will find in the pages of Holiday, discover who their famous features are, and find out how you, too, can end up in the pages of Holiday with Matthew Mead!
An incredible site with lots of cool, vintage ideas for decorating, recipes and more!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Friday, July 30, 2010

Seen at the Farmer's Market...

I was driving past our local farmer's market and did a double take! Yes, I was seeing an alpaca! Called my sister who grabbed her camera and back we went. We got some pictures of Bink, who was pretty cute - for an alpaca, that is!!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Evidence of....

Delight!! This photo was taken on the 4th of July. My sister and her husband bought a small pool for Milo. He loved it, as you can tell by his expression!
This is a page I did today in my Evidence of Summer journal. This is for Michelle Ward's July challenge - using strips. I tore scrapbook paper and book pages. Inked up the journal page, layered down the strips, added the ABC stamp and the bee trim.
Then my photo of Milo.
The Street Team challenge can be found here:

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Monday, July 5, 2010

Blue Grid

A grid I made for a color exchange I'm in. There are nine women in the exchange, which is based on the book True Colors.
3 of us are from Ohio, 1 from Pennsylvania and 5 are from Michigan. We all chose a color and mine is blue. We have five weeks to do a double page spread in each book and in one year, we will get our own book back @ Artiscape in Columbus, OH.
Our group is called The Sisterhood of the Traveling Colors.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Artist Trading Cards

I love making ATC's. They are a fun, quick way to make art. I made these two ATC's using BoBunny dotted cardstock for the backgrounds. The faces are stamped.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Clip it Up!

I am soooo excited - I've been chosen to be on the design team for Simply Renee!! I got a phone call from Renee, who is super nice, and I will be part of the organization team. The company makes the wonderful Clip it Up line of products. The new team will begin posting on the blog on July 14 - please come and join us!!

Monday, June 28, 2010

More evidence!

Evidence of summer - Milo and Chiquita enjoying summer's hot weather!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Grid journal page

I went for a walk on the first day of summer (June 21) and took pictures of flowers along the street. Then I used some scraps from my table and cut them all in squares. I added some stamping to a few squares, some yellow Evidence ribbon and inked the edges of all the squares.
This is for Michelle Ward's GPP Street Team Challenge (see previous post).

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Evidence of Summer....2010

I am very excited because I'm starting a new project just for myself! I'm calling it Evidence of Summer....2010.
It is going to be a combination scrapbook/journal of this summer. Michelle Ward, one of my favorite artists, always talks about evidence and collecting evidence of your life and art.
My first page is going to be a grid. Michelle does a monthly challenge called GPP Street Team Crusade and this month the challenge is to make a grid.
Here is the link to her blog -
where you will find information on the crusade.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Altered spools

This is an idea I saw in Somerset Memories and just loved it! I have made several of these and they are fun to do.
First, I got some old spools. I cut off the thread and inked the edges and tops with chalk ink. I measured the spools and used scraps of scrapbook paper, paper bags or old paper to cut strips to fit around them. I added text and pictures with rubber stamps, magazine pictures, collage bits and rub-ons. I inked the edges of my decorated strips and attached them with a dab of glue at one end. I let the strips dry and then wound them around the spools. I tied them shut with yarn, fibers or ribbon. I glued buttons, bits of old jewelry or metal charms to the tops of the spools.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Here are some photos of my scrap room. The room is 12' by 28'. There are windows front and back and I have two standing floor lamps and a light over my table. I use lots of carts to organize my items; I have 18 black carts and 4 white ones with metal drawers in this room. I scrap by color and so that is how I have organized most of my things. I do have paper stored by company if I have a lot, and some by themes.

Carts which store colors (ribbon, rhinestones, buttons, etc.). Dress form which holds jewelry I've made and some I've gotten in trades.

My computer and wall calendar from Pottery Barn. I love that calendar; it's a whiteboard and my entire scrapping life is on there!! I change it monthly and write in all my design team work so I can see it at a glance.

The white carts hold my Thickers, cooking papers and embellies and Hobby Lobby products.

I got 4 pieces of this white furniture with the colorful baskets this year. I love the bright colors!! This piece stores blank cards, with misc. letter stickers and rub-ons in the boxes on top.

My paint, ink and stamping area. I like to keep my things in "zones" or areas so I can find things quickly. The inks are sorted by color, each to their own drawer. The stamps are sorted alphabetically, by theme.

The sewing area. The white furniture holds material. The wall hanging is a tribute to my mother, who loved to sew.

View of 1/2 the room. I love my work table (from Ikea). In fact, I have another one in my die cutting room!!

Monday, May 24, 2010

CC challenge

There is a new challenge up on the Creative Cookbooking blog. Use a new or old scrapbooking trend on a layout about your favorite summer food. I used inking, distressing, triple matting and mixed alphabets for my older trends.
I made a banner for the new trend.
Join us at

Sunday, May 16, 2010

design team work

This is a page I did for Create It Green. We got a sketch to use this month. The squares in my layout are punched from old magazines and cards.

The layout above is for Moments Recorded. It was a color challenge, based on an advertisement.

Links to both sites are on the sidebar.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day

I hope you had a wonderful mother's day!
Wanted to share some old photos of mothers and children.