Monday, September 22, 2014

H2H challenge - My FAV -orite tool

Well I must admit that this is tough one!   But the battle lines have been drawn and the tool is....

The sponge dauber!

Yep!  All of you are scratching your head BUT think of all of the times you have reached for this small little tool, the not too expensive one and used it!  So for me, that entitles it to my FAV-orite tool!

But alas, I must admit I have a close second, not CTMH either..  "Oh, no" , one exclaims!

Yes- I love my Pazzles!!  The digital paper cutter that I can design and cut any type of design that I desire!  But that's Ok because here is a fall card that I created using my TWO FAV-orite tools and life is good...

I used the"Print and Cut" feature of the machine to create the canning jar. Then I stamped the images, cut them up and sponged them a bit and glued them to the card.  This card is perfect for any fall occasion- right?!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a bit of fall in your hometown- ME?  not so much...

Please join us here and share a design with your favorite tool!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Another Sunday afternoon

Well, today I spent the afternoon scrappin' my pictures from my recent trip to Alaska!  I have 500+ pictures that I have to decide what I am going to keep and what goes away....

If you did not know this, my trip to Alaska was a trip organized by the Pazzles company based in Idaho and it was terrific!  On the days we were at sea, I was sitting in classes hangin' out with some great ladies and learning so much from the ever FAB-ulous Klo!

I am super excited because I have actually completed several of the pages to my album and I thought I would include them here.  I used the Timberline paper pack for these but there are several layouts with another paper pack altogether.

Here is my cover page for the pictures from Skagway!  OK- this is the LAST port but ...whatever!  This one page layout is  for"Alaska Cruise members" only as part of the "Projects" section of the new InVue software (I love it!)  Did I tell you we were spoiled rotten by them???

I would be remiss if I did not thank Klo Oxford publicly for lending me her camera!  I actually would not have any photos for this port without her generosity.  I thank you!!

Here is another awesome "Projects" two page layout.  If you have not purchased the new your NEW Pazzles yet, the INVue software is included. 

This layout is one I completed before I went to Alaska and all I did was add the pictures!  I should do this more often....

Last but not least is the Studio J layout that I received yesterday in the mail and I love the quality of the pictures in this layout!

I am just so excited that I have 4 pages finished and in my albumin the same month as my trip!  Can anyone else relate?

Next post I am off to Ketchikan, the first port of our trip.  I am a little backwards- oh well....

Monday, September 15, 2014

Welcome to our FIRST Studio J Blog Hop

Welcome to the FIRST Studio J Blog Hop!  This month we are very small but we hope to grow as big as the SOTM Blog Hop group!  It is a circular hop and if you get lost along the way, you can always come back here to find the list of participants below:

September 2014 Studio J blog Hop "Anything Goes"

1. Adeline Brill -

2. Marianne Hancock

3. Julie Sinnott -

4. Heather Plotzke -

5. Rebecca Brown -

6. Jen Patrick-

7. Traci Godbee-

If you have been hopping with us, then you have just arrived from Traci's blog here and saw her beautiful layout.

I just recently returned from a dream trip to Alaska.  We cruised out of Seattle and visited Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Victoria, BC and stayed an extra day in Seattle.  It was awesome and we took over 800 pictures!  With that in mind I decided to start a Studio J layout before I left with a 15 photo well template.

  Here is my template below:

I did change  the title and added some journaling and the month but that is it!  I am so excited that I have at least one layout finished and on it's way!

Created in: Studio J
Kit: Timberline
Pattern:  Fab Fifteen
Kit Mix: 2

If you haven't tried Studio J, then just go to your favorite consultant's OBA and try it out. Just establish an account and try out a few layouts - they really do go together quickly! 

Check out below a screenshot of the workspace in Studio J.

Now it is time to move on to Marianne's blog here and check out her layout.  

H2H Challenge - Favorite Technique

Wow - It has been a long time since I posted anything!  But I have been on vacation and it is soooo hard to get back into the groove again!

This week's challenge on the H2H blog is our 'Favorite Technique'.  I must admit that my VERY first technique ever was "Random Stamping". Back in 2005 it was popular to create a random stamped page and then cut it up into a number of different pieces and make multiple cards from one sheet of paper a.k.a. One-Sheet Wonder.

Well, nine years later I find myself going back to this same technique more than once!  I started working on a very cute flip stand book - thanks to Justine Hovey's  great project idea here!  ( great project girl!)

This will be one of the flip pages of the book.  I will post additional photos in the upcoming weeks as I continue to add to the pages of my flip stand project.  I have had this sitting in my craft room for a long time but it took Justine's artwork to inspire me to 'get it done!'

Here is one of my pages - a random stamped page using two different stamps sets.

Stamp pad colors used were honey, sunset and black.  I sponged the page with thistle and one of our daubers to get the effects that I created on this flip page.

Then I added a photo mat and a few accents for the photo.  The strip is the zip strip from the "Scaredy Cat" paper pack and then I stamped the image twice - once with thistle and once with black.  I added dimension with foam tape and the page is now ready for this years' pics!

The stamp sets that I used today were from D1605 Halloween Greetings and the bat is from C1522 Creepy Creatures.

Please join us this month as we celebrate all of our favorites!  check out this week's blog post here.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Studio J Snippet #8

Well it is almost the end of August and sadly I did not meet my Studio J Challenge of 30 layouts.  But I have used Studio J more in the last two months than I have in the last two years!  I am so pleased with how some of my layouts have turned out and I look back at some of my previous layouts and see how much I have improved!

Studio J snippet #8 - Create a totally different look by changing the colors of a paper pack and creating a matching embellishment by mixing up the My Stickease elements.

Here is a layout I did for convention in 2012 in which I altered the colors of the paper pack and created a totally different design using the My Stickease.

Here is the example I used to create the layout using the Mischief paper pack in Studio J.

I changed the color of the paper on the left from black to Lagoon and the color on the right from black to Cotton Candy.  I turned the lollipops stickers upside down and added a tag and a brad for the frosting and cherry!

I have also entered this layout in the H2H Challenge for this week "Inspired by ...Food!"  You can find the linky here.  Please join us - I am sure that you will find something to scrap about using a food theme!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Picture My Life Make-n-Take

Today I am a vendor at Scraporium's Crop in Tampa, Fl.  I told the ladies that there is a post on my blog to reference my artwork and their "Make-N-Take" project!

For their first inspiration I have posted the video from Close to My Heart showing them some of the examples of the ideas I was sharing today!


Since there are 122 cards in each collection, I knew that I had several to spare and share!

You can scrapbook 250 photos per collection - W-O-W! and there are a variety of memory protectors to choose from.

Skylark was one of the most popular paper packs from last season and so I started off with a few pieces of artwork.

Each kit comes with the following items:

44 – 4" × 6" Cards (2 each of 22 designs)
78 – 3" × 4" Cards (3 each of 26 designs)
1 – 12" × 12" Designed Cover Sheet
10 – 12" × 12" Memory Protectors™ (various designs)

My first sample is the mini-book using 6 of the 4 x 6" card.This took no time to create and is a nice gift to share with your family and friends.

The next project is a quick photo wallet and again is perfect for a nice little gift or an ideal little memory book with all of the babies' pictures in it.

Start with an 4 1/4" x 12" strip of paper.  Then score it at 

Kudos to Julie's Carriere Orleans of Ontario, Canada!  You can find the blog post here for the great inspiration and directions!

Our project today can be either a card front or a journaling box.  We are using the Z1946 Surf's Up Picture My Life Collection BUT we are mixing it with the Z7192 NEW Seaside paper pack collection.

Here are two designs that the ladies made - they are so creative!

I would like to thank Gina Brandsetter for the terrific inspiration for today's project!  You can find her post here for this perfect memory book for your summer vacation pics!  She was a guest designer for the H2H challenge Blog and this is her artwork for the last challenge in July.