September 30, 2011


I'm really excited to be participating in the Big Sketch Contest at My Creative Sketches.  Here is my layout for sketch #1.

I'm pretty sure this is my favorite photo of Allison!  Dan took the photo while Allison was looking at me.  I've got a copy of it on my desk and I often catch myself staring at it.

About half of the patterned paper, as well as the alphabet stickers and roll-up flowers that I used here, are from the new Playtime collection by My Little Shoebox. The blue scalloped quarter circle is actually the scalloped edge from one of the Playtime papers, cut out and layered onto a dictionary page-looking paper from an older collection by October Afternoon.  A couple of the other papers that I used here are also from that OA collection (leftovers from an MCS kit!).  I really wanted to use those blue scallops to bring out her beautiful blue eyes.

Oh how I LOVE the My Little Shoebox roll-up flowers!!!  I included 9 of them here in red and blue among a handful of off-white Primas in various styles. I also love me some bling, so I used two different Zva crystal and pearl flourishes (although the one near the bottom of the layout ended up getting mostly covered by the flowers and leaves!).

This was a raw chipboard shape that I first painted with wicker white acrylic paint and then covered with a coat of rock candy crackle paint.  Love that effect!  That little bit of bling there is part of one of the Zva flourishes that I had cut apart.

This is the sketch.  I ended up flipping it to accommodate the orientation of my photo but I otherwise kept things pretty true to the sketch.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

September 26, 2011

I Appreciate Everything You Do

Hello everyone!  Today I have another card, this time featuring Eyelet Outlet brads and ribbons along with My Little Shoebox patterned paper, die cuts, and cardstock stickers.

Eyelet Outlet products used:
 My Little Shoebox products used:

September 24, 2011

Enjoy Your Vacation

Oh how I wish I was going on a vacation right about now... to some exotic all-inclusive resort in the Carribean perhaps... but, at least it's a weekend, and I'll take that :)

This card is featuring ribbon and a brad from Eyelet Outlet along with some adorable paper by Pebbles.

Eyelet Outlet products used:

September 23, 2011

Be Yourself

Today I have this card featuring some fun Eyelet Outlet brads and eyelets :)

Eyelet Outlet products used:

September 22, 2011

Gift Box, Card, and Envelope Set *Tutorial*

Hello Everyone!  I'm on the Momenta blog today with a step-by-step photo tutorial for creating this cute but simple gift box, card, and envelope set.

If you'd like the instructions, please head over to the Momenta blog :)

Momenta Products Used:
Let's Party Pyramid Pad (PA-2386)
Let's Party Shimmer & Shine Stickers (ST-4914)

September 20, 2011


Allison lovvvvvvvvvves being in water whether it's in the bathtub or a swimming pool or even in the lake that she got to swim in this summer.  In the tub, she lays down on her back and kicks as hard as she can, splashing water everywhere including all over the person who is bathing her lol.
I used the beautiful Enchanted Garden collection by My Little Shoebox along with some ribbon and trim from my stash.  I cannot get enough of those roll-up flowers (yes, you have and will continue to hear me say that about those delightful flowers lol)!

September 19, 2011

Merry Christmas (Sock Monkey Style)!

I'm having a great time playing with Eyelet Outlet's brads.  Today I have this fun Christmas card featuring the adorable Holiday Sock Monkey brads.
Visit the Eyelet Outlet blog today for more Sock Monkey inspiration from the DT!

P.S. Are you working on your card for the September card sketch challenge?  The winning card will be awarded a prize pack of Eyelet Outlet goodies and a Guest Designer spot on the blog in October!

September 17, 2011

Thinking of You

Hi blog friends!  Here's a card I recently created with the My Little Shoebox Enchanted Garden collection.  The soft colors and patterns in this line definitely make this one of my favorites of the new releases.

I absolutely love the brilliant punch-out roll-up flowers that MLS has included with the new collections.  They really make adding beauty and dimension a breeze. 

September 15, 2011

My Little Shoebox and Punky Sprouts

My Little Shoebox teamed up with Punky Sprouts this month!

I'll be the first to admit that I tend to avoid using mini-albums.  I think it might have something to do with my perfectionistic need for my albums to all be the same size, shape, style, etc.  But, I really wanted to have a try at the super cool Punky Sprouts products that I received, and boy am I glad I did!

I got to work with the Punky Sprouts "Trunk Punky" album, some of their trim, and some of their roll-up flowers.  Instead of creating a true mini-album, though, I went a different direction and used those products along with the gorgeous MLS Enchanted Garden collection to make myself a much-needed notebook!

Oh how I LOVE those roll-up flowers!!

I'm always searching for paper to jot down phone numbers, reminders about work, DT assignments, and so on.  Well now I have a 75-page custom notebook in my favorite color combination sitting on my desk :)  Because I wanted my notebook to be pretty and practical, instead of just pretty, I kept the inside simple and designated the dimensional elements to the front cover.  I used my binding machine to assemble the finished notebook.

I hope I've encouraged you to think outside the box... mini-albums are not just for photos!  Thank you, Punky Sprouts, for the opportunity to work with your fun products :)

September 12, 2011

It's Your Day! *Card Sketch Challenge*

Eyelet Outlet is hosting a card sketch challenge this month with a chance to win a prize pack of Eyelet Outlet goodies and a Guest Design spot on the blog!

Here's my take on the sketch.
I used Eyelet Outlet's cake brads, cake ribbon, and 7mm pearl brads along with papers and a die cut by My Mind's Eye and a rub-on by Deja Views.

Visit the blog for more inspiration from Marcie and Ro!

Here's Melinda's fabulous sketch.
Create a card based on the sketch and post it to the Eyelet Outlet Facebook wall or email it to by September 30th at midnight Pacific time.  The entries will be posted on the Eyelet Outlet blog to be voted on by the followers.  The winning card will be awarded a prize pack of Eyelet Outlet goodies and a Guest Design spot on the blog in October.

September 11, 2011

Happy Grandparents Day!

Allison has such awesome grandparents!  I hope they like their cards :)

All of these adorable papers and embellishments are from the New Addition collection by Pebbles.

September 7, 2011

Note Card Set

Hi everyone!  Today I have a pretty little note card gift set to show you.  The set consists of a holder, six 4.25 x 5.5 cards, and six envelopes.

I used one of my favorite Momenta collections, Butterfly Garden, to construct this set.  The colors and patterns are so feminine and pretty.

The note card holder is opened by simply sliding off the ribbon closure.

This set will soon be mailed off to a loved one whose name obviously begins with "L" hehe.  I hope this pretty little gift will brighten her day and come in handy when she has occasion to send a note.

If you're interested in the product list, you can find it on the Momenta blog, here.

Thanks for stopping by!

September 3, 2011

One More Sneak

Here's a peek at something I finished up today for Momenta.  I'll be able to share this one in full in just a few days :)

September 1, 2011

September Sneaks

It's a new month and that means soon I'll be able to share what I've been creating for my DT assignments.  In the meantime, here are some sneak peeks :)

My Little Shoebox:

Eyelet Outlet: