Friday, June 27, 2014

Little Red Lighthouse

One of the wonderful things about New York City is all the cool things you find around every corner.We went for a walk down under the bridge last month and visited the little red lighthouse. It gave me a chance to practice some landscape photography.

Supplies: Paper: Bazzill cardstock; Alphas, Stickers, Gems and Lables: Studio Calico; Paint: Studio Calico; Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (pumice stone), StazOn (jet black), Studio Calico Color Theory (something blue, sunny day, yes peas); Stamps: Freckled Fawn, Studio Calico; Punch: Stampin' Up!; Washi: unknown

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014


A layout using a Maggie Holmes paper pack in lovely soft colors, perfect for these precious babies.

Supplies: Paper: Crate (Maggie Holmes); Alphas: Studio Calico Color Theory, October Afternoon Mini Market; Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (peacock feathers, picked raspberry, tattered rose); Spray Ink: Heidi Swapp Color Shine (blush, gold); Die: Simon Says Stamp (banner); Stamp: Glitz Design; Punch: Stampin' Up! (1/2" circle); Enamel Dots: Doodlebug Sprinkles

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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Summer Green

Unfortunately, knit in winter wool. This will be packed away and will hopefully fit in the fall.

Kara by Cecily Glowik MacDonald knit in The Plucky Knitter Merino Cashmere Angora Sport in the color Spring Peepers.  My gauge, as always, was off, so I knit fewer repeats of the lace patterns. The circumference is fine, but the sleeves are full length instead of three-quarter.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Vallee de la Loire

Revisiting a few old photos from my stay in Tours, France oh so many years ago. These were not good quality photos new, but I love the memory of this day, when I took a bus out of town and walked back along the river, past gardens and farms.  This page was inspired by Get It Scrapped's Scrapbook Coach class on clusters.

Supplies: Paper: Studio Calico (Because I Can, Loyalty II, velum), BasicGrey (Spice Market), American Crafts (Dear Lizzy Daydreamer); Alphas: BasicGrey, American Crafts Thickers (Rockabye); Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Pumice Stone, Tattered Rose); Spray Ink: Lindy's Stamp Gang Glitz Spritz (Blazing Sun); Punch: McGill (butterfly); Enamel Dots: Twine & Ink;  Other: Royal Lace doily, AC Dear Lizzy rubons; Flair for Buttons flair, Studio Calico cork hearts, dot stamp (unknown)

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014


The team at Get It Scrapped has been discussing How to Push Your Scrapbook Color Scheme Story.

My tendency is to combine a cool and (non-complimentary) warm color, e.g. blue and red, yellow and green.   To push this, I decided to use a triad or split-complimentary color scheme.  Instead of just using aqua and red, I added a dark yellow.

Supplies: Paper, Alphas, and Stickers: Simple Stories (Homespun); Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Scattered Straw, Fired Brick, Broken China), Studio Calico (Emerald City); Stencil: The Crafter's Workshop; Die: Lawn Fawn (circle stackables), Papertrey Ink; Punches: EK Success (1 3/8" circle), Stampin' Up! (scallop circle); Enamel Dots: Twine & Ink; Fiber: Recollections twine

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Saturday, June 14, 2014

The Catskill Escarpment

Such a lovely day to be out in the mountains hiking. We trekked the 4.7 mile Catskill Escarpment Loop from Schutt Road.  I love, love, love hiking in the Catskills. Everything seems so much more textured and saturated.  The weather was perfect, although it had rained heavily the day before, so the trails were streams and the going was muddy and slippery.

Glenn's first newt.

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Glenn in Iceland

He's not happy with this layout.  Nope. Not at all.  But I couldn't resist making this layout.  He really did enjoy Iceland. But he was cold almost the entire time and, when I was going through my photos, I got a kick out of all the pictures I had of him bundled up.  My favorite is the focal photo of this layout, where he's sitting atop a cairn of rocks, soaked to the skin, with a snow covered mountain behind him. While he's sitting there, patiently waiting for me in the freezing rain, I'm in my own world, snapping photographs.

Supplies: Paper: Studio Calico (Classic Calico), BasicGrey (for Studio Calcio), American Crafts (Chap); Alphas: Colorbok (Sticky Alpha Stax), October Afternoon (Mini Market); Paint: Tim Holtz Distress Paint (Picket Fence, Weathered Wood, Chipped Sapphire); Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Black Soot), StazOn (Jet Black); Punch: EK Success (banner); Stamps: Technique Tuesday (journaling lines), Chic Tags (arrows), Fiskars ("notes," "love this"),  Studio Calico (splatter, heart, 2014); Two Peas ("when it rains it pours," arrows); Enamel Dots: Doodlebug: Wood Veneer: Studio Calico

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014


My first layout for the Get It Scrapped blog.

My husband plays with a California-based ska band once a year when they make the trip to Brooklyn.  

I started with spray ink, a product I use often, but this time I wanted to try to use several inks to create a wash of color across the background.  The vivid mix of colors was ideal for a high-energy subject, but I also knew a black and white photo would work best.  I went a step further and converted my photo into a line drawing with an app.  The spray ink gave the background a gloss that could not be achieved with paint.  Applying a wet medium to the paper will cause it to buckle. Backing it with a heavy-weight paper will help to flatten it out.  A layer of gesso will minimize (but not prevent) buckling, but the ink will not absorb into the paper and will come off if it gets wet.  

Supplies: Paper: Studio Calico (Grid 03), Echo Park (Times & Seasons 2), cardstock; Alphas: Colorbok (Sticky Alpha Stax); Paint: Tattered Angles Glimmer Paint (Royal Velvet, Be Positive); Spray Ink: Heidi Swapp Color Shine (Mustard, Georgia Peach, Sweet Cherry), Tattered Angles Glimmer Mist (Cross My Heart); Enamel Dots: Twine & Ink, MME; Washi: Freckled Fawn, Queen & Co.; Chipboard: BasicGrey Highline; Journaling Sticker: Jenni Bowlin (Photo Freedom); Other: Studio Calico (die cut stars), Flair for Buttons (flair); ToonPaint (iPhone app)

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Saturday, June 7, 2014


A follow up layout with more Yosemite photos.

Supplies: Paper: Crate (Close Knit, Restoration), Scenic Route (blue grid); Alphas: BasicGrey; Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (walnut stain, evergreen bough); Spray Ink: Heidi Swapp Color Shine (mustard), Lindy's Stamp Gang (blazing sun glitz spritz, tears on my pillow tangerine flat fabio); Dies: Tim Holtz/Sizzix (accordion flower), Simon Says Stamp (leaves); Punch: Stamin Up! (scallop circle); Enamel Dots: MME, Doodlebug; Other: Bo Bunny doily

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Les Frissons

Supplies: Paper: Studio Calico (Faded, vellum); BasicGrey (Spice Market), Dear Lizzy (Daydreamer); Alphas: October Afternoon (Daily Flash), Studio Calico (Rubber Alphas); Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Pumice Stone), Studio Calico (Clean Slate); Spray Ink: Lindy's Stamp Gang (Fuzzy Navel Punch, Pearlescents, Cactus Gold); Stamp: Ltd. Ed.; Puffy Stickers: Twine & Ink; Flair: Findingnana; Other: Bo Bunny doily, embroidery floss

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Sunday, June 1, 2014


First off, I'd again like to thank everyone who watches and subscribes to my YouTube channel,  it's been a fun adventure.  Last week I posted a video announcing a drawing.  The random number generator chose number 3, so our winner is: AsianTiger513.  If you could please send me a message using the Contact Form to the right, I will get your prize in the mail.

Secondly, I'm honored to announce that I'm now a member of the GetItScrapped Creative Team.  This is a great site that offers a wide variety of resources for both paper and digi scrappers.  My layouts will be included in the regular blog articles.   In addition to the message board and gallery, the membership portion of the site offers and in-depth seminars that explore design principles.