Monday, June 29, 2015


Before I left for Creationfest I managed to create one more tag for entry for Fashionable Stamping Challenges #100.  My previous two tags for this challenge used Julie Nutting Decade dolls from the 1920s and 1930s.  This entry is going to be using one of Julie's contemporary doll stamps. Her name is Cassandra.

I also am entering this in the Thrifty Thursday weekly challenge over at Addicted to Paper Dolls Facebook Group.  

Here is the color palette to use for the project-

and finally - here is Cassandra!

And now for a few close-ups-
Look at all the sparkle on the backdrop and her dress!

The flowers include all those necessary colors! 
(including that tiny little lady bug - 
isn't she cute?)

On all the sites that I have seen this stamp it never had a name.  I was lucky enough to chat with Julie Nutting herself about this as she looked nearly identical to my son's girlfriend in their prom picture so I suggested calling her Kathryn.  Julie told me that she loved the story but that she already had a name and it was Cassandra!  It was so exciting to have had the opportunity to chat live with Julie.

I hope that you have enjoyed stopping by to view my latest creation!  All comments greatly appreciated.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015


Here is a blast from the past. These fun photos are from 1996 and show my eldest son and his Dad doing all sorts of relay races.  They even won one of them!

The first page is for my challenge over at Soul Scrappers, UUS18 - Using up Buttons.  Itis the second challenge in a group that I am doing based on using up embellishments that have been building up in all of our stash!

Here's my layout -

and a few fun close-ups!

My next page is also for Soul Scrappers challenge TTT6.  Here is the Tic-Tac-Toe board.

I chose to do the center vertical row.  

Here is my 'something fabric' - 2 fabric ribbons

'Item of my choice' - chipboard swirl 
colored red and coated with 
Glossy Accents.

a butterfly

Here is my layout!

and a few other close ups-

Sunday, June 21, 2015


Today I am back to share another glamorous decade doll designed by Julie Nutting.  I created my tag for Fashionable Stamping Challenges #100. I used Julie's stamp Jeanne from the 1930's.

Here is what Julie has to say about Jeanne - 
"Jeanne is a bit more mellow. This was actually my most difficult girl to draw. It was the 1930's, an era of depression and the beginning of war. To me, she looks like she is going to the train station. She rummaged through her wardrobe to find something suitable to see her love off to war. She's a bit sad as she heads back home to start a new life of working in a factory as she helps with the war effort. Although I drew this stamp at least 6 or 7 times before I liked it, it became my favorite."

I decided to create a mixed media tag for this doll. I pictured her either standing at the train station or outside of that factory. 

I started by cutting some heavy chipboard into the tag shape and adding some Dry-Dex spackle to coat the whole thing. Next I put a layer of sand to create a concrete sidewalk at the bottom and at the top I used a brick template by Crafter's Workshop and more spackle.  

Next I coated the tag with gesso.

When this was dry I used acrylic paint in Suede color for the concrete and Barn Red and Grey for the bricks.

The colors seemed just a tad too bright so I took a cotton ball and dipped in watered down gesso and dragged it across the bricks.

And now the tag was ready to add Jeanne.  I put her on using pop dots to lift her a bit off the wall. I added two resin sayings that I felt described how she might feel.

Here are a few close ups - 

I hope you have enjoyed meeting Jeanne ansd enjoyed what I did with her.  

Thanks for stopping by to visit.  I hope you will come again soon.

Please leave a comment to let me know you stopped by and how you felt about my creation.

Friday, June 19, 2015


Today I am here to share a project that I worked really hard on and really enjoyed. It is using one of Julie Nuttings Decade stamps.  Her name is Ruby.

Here is what Julie has to say about her - 

"Recently in a class, I was asked if my girls have stories behind them and the answer is, of course they do! As I  sit and draw I can't help but come up with stories. This is Ruby. Yes, I watch Downton Abbey and can't help but be infatuated with the clothes! Ruby is from this period and as I was drawing her I couldn't help but think about what life must have been like in the 20's. We all watched The Great Gatsby last year and this little lady seemed to be flirtatious and maybe a bit of a scandalous flapper. I'm thinking she may have even gone to Paris and hung out with all the artists and writers. Perhaps she may have even done some modeling for the well known artists of the day. I do know she would not have been happy at home making jam or sitting in the parlor doing stitchery all afternoon. She wasn't a bad girl (well maybe a bit naughty) she just wanted to experience the excitement of a new era."
And now for mine - 

I created this as I was inspired by Fashionable Stamping Challenges #100 post.  They had an awesome blog hop and their Design Team really rocked it.  You should go check out their creations!

I wanted this piece to be sturdy so I cut my tag out of a heavy chipboard box that I had saved for just such an occasion!

and I want to share with you all the fun little details - 
here we go from top to bottom-

When I researched the 1920's I saw lots of feathers so I thought this would be a fun accent. There were also lots of jewels - my first one is in her hair.

Next there is the little jewel around her neck and a fun long trand of beads.  I caught them up with a small rivet that I added a tiny jewel to the center.

I thought she might like to carry a pretty fan - 
it's the summer and it is really hot and let's face it - 
there was NO air conditioning back in those days!

Here are her beautiful patent leather shoes. First I colored them with a glittered black gel pen and then I coated them with Ranger's Glossy Accents.  I used some fun embossing folders to create the effect of a plank floor.

I had this cute little resin piece that I felt really described that era
 - Live in the moment! 
I put a tiny piece of one of my patterned papers behind it 
and then I mounted it on some ruffled white satin ribbon.

My background was done using a copper shiny cardstock which I embossed with a damask embossing folder and inked with a bit of Distress Ink Walnut Stain.  

I edged my tag with one of my favorite Martha Stewart Deep Edge Border punches using a shiny pewter cardstock.  It reminds me of shells which for some reason I also associate with that era.

I so hope that you have enjoyed viewing this creation 
as much as I enjoyed creating it!

I love hearing what you think of my work so 
please please please leave me a comment!  

Thanks so much for dropping by.  

Please come back again soon!

Thursday, June 11, 2015


Today I have a few cards to share with you.  The first two were for my Using Up Scraps challenge over at Soul Scrappers UUS18.  The challenge calls for using up metal.  As scrappers we have lots of metal in our stash already like brads, eyelets, metal sentiments and then there are plenty of other metal around the house that also could be used on cards, layouts and 'off-the-page' projects like paperclips, washers, bottle caps, wire, broken jewelry and more!

Here are my cards-

Here I used eyelets and a metal word.  (The butterfly appears metal but it's not!)

Here I used brads and another metal word.

Next is a card that I created for my Pastor from the congregation as she will soon be leaving us for a new church.  The size of the card was poster board folded in half.  I created the front using spray inks and mists.

Then I have this awesome metal cross that I felt would be great inspiration for the front.

It was a bit larger than the card but I decicded to use that and my favorite Pitt pen and traced the openings for the design.

and finally I added the beginning of one of my very favorite scriptures, Jeremiah 29:11.  I did this not only because I love it but because my Pastor shared with me that when she got the call offering her the change she prayed and opened her bible to this scripture and knew that the call was indeed divinely inspired.

I am entering this into 
Word Art Wednesday challenge #187.

My last card uses sketch #401 from Mojo Monday and was created for a family friend who graduated high school last week.  

Here is the sketch-

and my inspiration

and my card!

and a few close ups-

I am also entering this card in Craft for the Craic June challenge - the Big Occasion!

I hope you have enjoyed my cards! Tonight I hope to work on a layout, or maybe a mixed media piece!  I'd love it if you would leave a comment to let me know you were here and what you thought of my projects!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015


My first share today is a real blast from the past. This photo was taken the day my youngest son was born.  I created this layout for the Soul Scrapper challenge ABC6 - F is for Flair Buttons (plus a word beginning with the letter "F").

and now for a few close ups.

 Here is my flair button! I gave this to my older son the day my younger son was born.

I thought this would be a cute accent for the page as my younger son ended up really loving horses.

Here is a great quote about brothers.

and another great brother quote...and this one meets the other challenge criteria - a word beginning with 
the letter "F" - friend.

The next project I am going to share is a real "off-the-page" project.  It is for a site I just discovered called Fashionable Stamping Challenges.  It is for challenge #99 which calls for stamping a person or persons.  I am not a great stamper - I usually only stamp sentiments but I have become a huge fan of the Julie Nutting doll stamps and had just received a few of them that I hadn't used yet so I decided to 'go for it!' 

This is one of my fun thrift store finds...

It's hard to tell but the center is a mirror.  There was plenty of room around it to alter so the next thing I did was decide how to cover it.  I started by coloring the sides of the piece plus the sides inside the mirror black. Then I selecterd several different patterned papers and cut them into small rectangular shapes and overlapped them all over until the piece was totally covered. On top of this I added a coat of Mod Podge.

For the doll I selected Skyler.  I based the piece loosely on my 16 year old son Thomas who is very musical - spending most of his waking hours playing guitar and banjo.  The paper doll was stamped first on some ivory paper.  I paper pieced the clothes and used colored pencils and turpenoid to do the skin and hair.  I also coated Skyler with Mod Podge and put him on pop dots for more dimension.

The three sentiment stamps I used were 'Dream' related. I stamped them in black and then heat embossed.  

So that covers my stamping portion of the project. All that is left was to add two great chipboard pieces which were custom made for me by Cassondra Gloden of Infinity Engraving.

And finally...HERE is my finished creation!

Here is the inspiration behind that piece, (as well as the little newborn baby in the top layout)!
I am also going to share this project at 
Word Art Wednesday for challenge #187 as well as to use it as a designer sample for applying for the design team at Crafty Hazlenuts Patterned Paper Challenge.

I hope you have enjoyed viewing my latest creations!  Please stop back again soon...I'd also be thrilled if you leave a comment and maybe become a follower.