Monday, July 27, 2015


 Hi everyone!  Greetings from humid stormy Delaware.  That thunder last night sounded like the world could be coming to an end.  It even set off some car alarms in the parking lot of my complex.  It's still humid today but at least no storming...yet...

I had fun creating a tag with one of Julie Nutting's Decade Dolls - Jill - our gal from the 1960's.  It was for a challenge over on Addicted 2 Paper Dolls Facebook Group.  The problem is I mistakenly shared it openly when it was for a later I can share that one with you now...and let you know that in about 2 weeks you will get to see the one that I actually ended up entering.

Here is the challenge - 

Create a Julie Nutting or C-thru the Woods Boy or Girl Doll tag, card, canvas or project of an activity that you like to do based around a Summertime Song.

Here is my first one which I can't enter...

and a few close-ups-
check out those white patent go-go boots!

and the title of my summer song!

The next doll I did will be shared with you in a week or keep your eyes open!

Next I have a layout from a few of the photos from my trip to Rivercrest Farm for that fabulous fun Barn crop with Robin's Scrap Nest

I chose this sketch from 
Let's Get Sketchy July week #1.

And here is my layout - 

with some fun close ups-

These boots were part of the base paper but I needed to add that other strip for the design so I fussy-cut around the tops of the boots and slip the strip under!

This fun little hat was on a different ribbon but was given to those of us lucky enough to be attending the crop by our fabulous hostess Robin Adair Lawrence Immel!

This little bird was from Robin also!

and this sticker was from my Carta Bella Giddy Up Boy collection and I thought it was just perfect for this picture of all of us attending the crop!

I hope you have enjoyed these creations.  I expect to be back tomorrow with more!  

I really love knowing you were here and to know what you thought so please do leave me a comment!


Saturday, July 25, 2015


I have another fun layout to share with you today from one of our beach trips back in 1996.  This is my sample page for challenge UUS20 that I am hosting over at Soul Scrappers.  It is for using up our scraps - and this month we are using diecuts.  I was so excited to get to use these particular diecuts as I received them in a swap I participated in at a Yahoo Group that I was in called KroppinKids.  

Here is the layout - 

and here is a close-up of the super cute diecuts - 

and some other fun close-ups 

this cute little guy is now 22!  It's my eldest son Robert...

Here we are relaxing when Robert tells us it's time to build a sand castle.

and HERE is our castle!

And, the papers are also from the fun Echo Park collection "SPLASH"!

I hope that you have enjoyed this blast from the past and will pull out some diecuts of your own and join in my challenge.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015


Last weekend Thomas found this punk show he wanted to see in a big park in Philadelphia.  It was a beautiful day so I grabbed a pad of watercolor paper and a bunch of mediums to play with.

Here's a bit of what came out of my afternoon... (please remember that I do NOT have any raw drawing talents so this was actually a big deal!)


This was the spot I ended up sitting in...

Watercolor crayons

Derwent Inktense blocks


And now I have a funny to share -

Is this not simply THE cutest?


My first layout uses sketch #44 from 
Make It Monday at The Memory Nest

I rotated the sketch 1/4 turn to the left, and I used 2 photos instead of 3 because of their orientation.

and a few close-ups -


My next layout is for the design team call over at Let's Get Sketchy!

So first I will tell you a little bit about the call in case you also want to submit a creation of your own. Let's Get Sketchy is a sketch blog owned by Brenshevia Baker, previously owner of the Ning site Colorful Creations.   She is very talented and a lot of fun to work with.  As a DT on this site you will need to complete 2 layouts per month, comment on all entries to the challenges and post the challenges on your blog.  

Full details can be found in the post at:

There were 2 sketches to choose from. Here is the one I deciced to use.

and here is my layout - 

and a few close-ups -

I loved this saying and thought it was perfect... after all, not many of us get to truly enjoy a really rainy day...but getting an opportunity to see this most spectacular rainbow reminded me that if you are not ready to enjoy all your minutes you could miss out on something as amazing as this rainbow!


The circle was cut from a wonderful clear acrylic sheet with tiny lavender dimensional dots.

Here you can see the 2 fun embossing folders I used if you can pull your eyes away from that spectacular rainbow!  

Truly a PROMISE from God.

I am also entering this layout in 
Word Art Wednesday challenge #192.

Friday, July 17, 2015


I have been (and will be) sharing more over the next few weeks some layouts that I have created using photos from a trip to the NJ Shore back in 1996.

For today's layout I used a sketch for Make It Monday challenge #43 from The Memory Nest.

Here's the sketch -

For my layout I rotated it 1/4 turn clockwise.

Here's my layout - 

and a few fun close-ups-

I have a really hard time with 'white space'.  This started out as a solid pale blue piece of cardstock. I had this new rolling stamp so I inked it up and ran it diagonally all over the page.  That still didn't quite cut it for me so I got out a red Pitt pen to match the embossed red cardstock mat under the photos.  I added my favorite swirls all over.

The ivory mat on top of the patterned beach paper is a piece of paper made from banana skins!

I hope you have enjoyed my layout...oh BTW the top photo was my husband and the bottom one is my half sister who is 20 years my senior.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope that you will leave a comment letting me know you were here and what you thought!  Have a great day!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015


Today I am bringing you some cards I made for Soul Scrappers CC43 Affirmations.  The challenge calls for creating three cards with positive messages.  Here are mine - 

I hope that you will stop by the challenge and consider creating a few of your own to share.

Thanks for stopping by.  All comments gratefully appreciated.

Sunday, July 5, 2015


I have spent the last few days working on making some tags using my Julie Nutting doll stamps. They are just so much fun!  I belong to a great group on Facebook called Addicted to Paper Dolls.  The Thrifty Thursday challenge for this week was to be inspired by this color chart and create something using one of the great doll stamps.  As I am in an upcoming swap for doll tags I decided this would give me a good opportunity to get started on them.

Here's the color inspiration-

Here are my first 3.


The last one is also for Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Summer of Color 5 week #4. The challenge was to use 1 Red + 1Red + 1 Metallic.

I hope that if you are also here in the USA that you have enjoyed celebrating Independence Day and that you have also enjoyed viewing my latest creations!  

I'd love to know what you thought so be sure to leave me a comment!  

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Please come again soon!

Thursday, July 2, 2015


Today I'm here to share a mixed media piece I created for Soul Scrappers Challenge #SSQ - On the Road Again...

How this challenge works is that we are sent an envelope filled with goodiers that we need to use to create a layout, card or off-the-page project. When I do the SoulQuest challenges I always end up opting to do an art journal page.

These are the goodies I received - 

The goodies came with a note that told us that all the goodies were selected in neutral colors so part of the assignment was to use color. I opted to use several bright colors which I did using one of my favorite colorants - Derwent Inktense Blocks. This is how it started off -

I discovered by being stuck in my tent all day in practically a monsoon that a great way to activate the colors is by rubbing them with Lysol cleaning wipes.

And here is how my background turned out -

Here are the items that were in my envelope as I used them - 

1.  A bus/train ticket-

2.  2 pieces of patterned paper - 

3. A piece of plumber's mesh -
(it's funny how in different places things are called by different names - I have this and it was sheetrock tape.)

4. A piece of muslin - 
(and here this would be called cheesecloth!)

5. Some road signs -

6.  A piece of ribbon -

7.  A piece of twine -
(here this would be rope!)

8.  Some die-cuts

9.  Some rub-ons (plus a cute little stamp I cut off the envelope we received!)

10.  Some Buttons 
(and a cute little piece of metal from my stash!)

And here are some other goodies I added from my stash -

Two pieces of chipboard

Two Quotes I like about journeys 
(including that cute little piece of metal!)

And now here is the grand finale!
(oh which also includes a photo I took on a very long walk I took at Lum's Pond last summer!)

I hope that you have enjoyed getting a look at how I used all those awesome goodies!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  
I hope that you will come visit again soon!