Saturday, April 28, 2012


Here's a fun layout I did with some pictures of my kids at Six Flags Great Adventure back in 2001.  This is for the sketch challenge over at Scrapping Everyday Miracles.

Here is the sketch:

and here is my rendition:

Hope you enjoyed taking a peek!  Thanks for stopping by.
Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, April 26, 2012


I had so much fun creating these art journal pages.  I used the technique of the week from the Art Journaling Club of the OutlawWomen Scrapbooking Emporium, a project that I needed to complete about myself for the class I am taking with Nana Campana called Ashes to Beauty and the Third Second Floor Challenge which was to do a project prompted by 'truth'.  The technique was to draw puzzle pieces all over the page, gesso the page then color the pieces (which I did with colored pencil and turpenoid) and then do your project on top - which I then added stenciling with Molding Paste, Picket Fence Stain and Gold Paint Dauber, and then writing down the first 10 of my Character Strengths from the VIA Survey of Character Strengths.

Here is my finished work:

I hope you have enjoyed coming with me to the Second Floor and learning a little bit more about me all at the same time as checking out my latest creation.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012


This month's challenge over at Scrapping Everyday Miracles is asking you to create a project that focuses on the people in your life that brighten your day with their silly side.  More specifically, the funny things they say

I immediately thought of a story from when my older son was just over 2 years old.  He had recently been to a children's puppet performance at church that was followed up by an alter call which he went up all by himself and asked Jesus to come into his heart.  One of the other things Robert loved was trains.  All kinds.  We would take him out to local train shows on a regular basis.  The journaling on my page tells the reads:

Imagine what I thought when you were driving to work with me one morning and from the back seat your tiny voice says..."Mommy, I want Jesus to come out of my heart."  I nearly slammed on the brakes right on the highway.  "NO!  You don't."  Determined, you said "YES I DO!  I want him to come with me to the train show on Saturday!"

Here is my layout:

Hope you enjoyed this little peek into my now 19 year old son's childhood.
Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, April 23, 2012


I am taking a wonderful course with Nana Campana called Ashes to Beauty.   All the assignments have bible study, writing and creative projects.  I thought I would post my creative projects here.  I chose to do art journaling for my creatives. These are the ones I did for week 1 in my journey.

I would like to share them as my 'WIP' Monday projects on Scrap Scene.  

Hope you enjoyed this little peek into my journey, 


Hello and welcome to My-O's 32 Birthday Blog Hop! Shannon is turnning 32 and what better thing to do then have hop a with us crafty people to celebrate!! If you stumpled upon this hop by chance excellent!! Just make sure you start back at the beginning to give Shannon, the birthday girl some warm wishes and for a chance to win some awsome yummy candy!! If you came here from Janet you are in the right place.

For Shannon's birthday hop I decided to work on more birthday pages of my youngest son Thomas' second birthday (these pages are really over due - he is now already 13!).  Hope you enjoy my pages and have fun viewing all the great work along the hop.

Thanks for hopping along today. Your next stop in the festivites is Shelly

This is the full line up in case you have gotten lost along the way.
Lisa -
Oma Gloria -
Paula-   YOU ARE HERE!
Shelly-      NEXT GO HERE!

Thursday, April 19, 2012


is having another sketch contest from April 16 - May 14.  The sketch they gave us to use for inspiration is:

I took the sketch and turned it 1/4 turn clockwise to accommodate my photos.  Here is what I came up with:

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012


Paper Issues is having a contest to 'Just Smash It' and show off your projects using 'Smash' products.  Here is a layout I did for one of my challenges at Colorful Creations.  It uses some great black and white polka dot smash tape.

Hope you find it simply smashing!
Have a great day and thanks for stopping by to look.

Sunday, April 15, 2012


My new challenge at Colorful Creations is a little game of Tic Tac Toe where everyone is a winner.  All you have to do is to choose a row - horizontal, vertical or diagonal and prepare a layout using those 3 features.  Easy Peasey right?  Here is the board:
I chose the diagonal row starting in the upper left corner.  Here is my sample:

I hope you will head over to Colorful Creations and enter my challenge as well as that of our other wonderful creative Design Team.  Don't forget...there are prizes involved!  Have fun!


Friday, April 13, 2012


Today is Janet's birthday (and mine is on Monday!) and she is hosting a super blog up.  Here is her message:

Happy Birthday to me, Happy Birthday to me!
Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you!
All my rowdy friends are coming over to party!
At this blog hop, it's a party!! Our fellow blog creators have come up with awesome projects from cards, to decor, to all sorts of ways to make your Birthday bash the best! Here at this hop, you get all the presents! I'll be giving away a Cricut Cartridge- Birthday Bash!

As for me:
I decided to do a birthday layout as I am so far behind in my kiddies birthday part photos.  Here is a page from my son Thomas' (now 13) 2nd Birthday party.

The line-up for the blog is:

Janet R.-
Melissa-          YOU CAME FROM HERE!
Paula-        YOU ARE HERE!
Claire-           GO HERE NEXT!
Tricia -
Liz -
Lisa Peters-
Lisa T. -

You should have come from Melissa.
If you didn't, you might want to go back and check. They could be wearing a lampshade if they've partied to much...
From here you need to go to Claire
If they're getting rowdy, just join in all the fun! Have fun!
If you get lost, the entire line up is posted above and will also be posted at Janet's ( )
She'll be checking id's... just kidding... this is a family friendly event! And Happy Birthday to you! I'm either early or extremely late in wishing you a Happy Birthday, but it's the thought that counts!


Today I discovered another sketch blog and have done a layout using the following sketch for the base of my layout:

I had several different sized photos I needed to get on this page but needed a sketch that I could use as a base.  Here is my interpretation:

Hope you have enjoyed this little peek into our day at Children's Garden in Camden, NJ.  

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

C'est Magnifique!

Today I discovered a sketch challenge over at C'est Magnifique Kit Club.

This is the sketch for their April challenge:

and here is a page I did using the sketch and some photos from our 2003 trip to the Philadelphia Zoo.

It was a fun sketch to work with!  Hope you enjoyed your peek at my C'est Magnifique!


I haven't been able to keep up with my quote a day for the last few weeks but I have done a few and thought I would share them.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Ginger Snap Scraps Grand Opening Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Ginger Snap Scraps Grand Opening Blog Hop!

Ginger Snap Scraps is owned by Cori Wagner, a stay at home mom who has been scrapbooking, card making and rubber stamping for 15 years!

Ginger Snap Scraps carries Cricut Cartridges always for $35 and under. They have popular brands such as My Mind's Eye, Tim Holtz, Copic, Doodlebug Design, The Twinery, Bella Blvd, Graphic 45, La La Land, Little Yellow Bicycle, Riley & Co., Peachy Keen, and any more!

Many wonderful ladies have created projects to show case some of the brands that are available in the store.

I decided on a simple mono-chromatic birthday card for my project.  I started with a 5x7 base card and covered it with aqua cardstock.  Then I took the Cuttlebug Happy Birthday embossing folder and used another piece of the aqua cardstock.  I distressed and inked the edges and the embossing with Versa Magic Chalk Ink Turquoise Gem.    Then I took Carribean Blue twine and wrapped it around the card 3 times in each direction.  In the center I put the aqua flower brad from American Crafts Flower Shoppe.  Inside I stamped the sentiment "May all your Dreams come true" in Turquoise Gem.

Please visit Ginger Snap Scraps today and enjoy free shipping on $25 orders to the U.S. and Canada!

The full line-up for the hop is:

Barb -

Your next stop along the hop is Tammy-

Wednesday, April 4, 2012


The challenge this time around is to use something from your art stash that you've never used before.  Whatever that means to you or however it inspires you.  The prompt is simply meant to get you started.  The level of challenge you aim for is entirely internal and up to you.

For this challenge there really wasn't anything in my stash I've been waiting to use but there was a technique I wanted to try which used various items in different ways.  I decided that since the technique was new and I'd use a lot of different products some of which I don't use often it would make a good trip to the second floor.

My project is an art journal spread using the quote "Once you choose hope, anything's possible" -Christopher Reeve.  I started by coating my pages with Matte Mod Podge.  I cut several different lengths of different colors of embroidery floss.  I dropped them onto the page and pressed them in with my fingers.  Then I took a sheet of hot pink tissue paper (I would have used white but I didn't have any).  I crumbled it and then unfolded it and pressed it down into the Mod Podge.  Once I was satisfied I gave it another coat of Matte Mod Podge.  I then dripped on some pink acrylic paint and some gesso and spread it over the texture with an old credit card.  I loved the webby textures that were created by the thread and the crinkly tissue which were further accentuated by the lighter shades of paint.  I added gold stickers for the words CHOOSE HOPE.  I wrote the quote on the page with a Pitt marker.  I finished it off by dusting it with Gold Perfect Pearls.

Here is the result:

Thanks for stopping up to my second floor.  Hope you enjoyed the trip!


Today I found a challenge on 'Scrap It Girl' to use Creative Memories cutting system and/or other CM products.  Although I don't use many of their products I do have the cutting system and it is fabulous.  Here is the layout I used using two different frame shapes both inside and outside cuts.  I paired this with the Spring Color Challenge on Colorful Creations.

Hope you like it!


This months challenge at Paper Issues is to "Show me your Chevrons".  I am so happy to be able to present this layout I did recently using chevron papers as well as a cut chevron.  Photos are from my youngest son's first Easter back in 1999.  Hope you like it.