Thursday, December 31, 2015

Hello, Cupcake

Hello, Everyone! and best wishes for a wonderful new year.

It's been awhile since I've been able to scrapbook, but I found using an old sketch I was able to put together a page from a fall outing to the New York Sheep and Wool Festival fairly quickly.

Supplies: Paper: Pebbles (DIY Home), Authentique (Spectrum II), American Crafts (gold glitter); Alphas: October Afternoon (Daily Flash); Frame, Wood Veneer: Crate Paper; Journaling Cards: Pebbles (DIY Home); Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (ground espresso, tattered rose); Dies: The Cut Shoppe , Tim Holtz (tag); Twine: Lawn Fawn

For this layout I've gone back to Sketch No. 7 (a collection of my first 50 sketches can be found here).  While the sketch was originally designed for a scattering of smaller embellishments, I discovered that it also works well using larger elements.


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Thursday, December 24, 2015

Holiday Cheer

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!

I know I'm really behind on posting scrappy goodness and I apologize. The end of the year rush caught up with me, then I got sick and went into a zombie-like state for a couple of weeks. I finally went to the doctor, the meds are kicking in, and I'm starting to come around to my old self again. Just in time for Christmas!  Yeah!

And I even have a Christmas layout for you! This photo is from last year, but the story is almost as old as I am and it was good to finally capture on a layout.  I went to my stash, brining new life to some very old supplies.

Supplies: Paper: Cosmo Cricket (Art Angle, Wanted); Alphas: Dear Lizzy (Desktop); Stencil: The Crafter's Workshop; Punches: Stampin' Up! (scallop circle), EK Success (1-inch circle); Stamp: Technique Tuesday (journaling lines); Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (ground espresso); Paint: Liquitex (gold); Twine: Lawn Fawn; Enamel Dots: Doodlebug

Process video (direct YouTube link here):


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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

The Best Crew

Hello, everyone.

I've been on a bold stripes kick lately. Rather than use the striped paper as a background, this time I've used it to frame the top and bottom of my page. I've added interest by mixing black and white stripes with coral and white stripes, with a thin strip of black to separate the two and add extra emphasis.

Supplies: Paper: Pebbles (DIY Home); Alphas: Dear Lizzy (Snapshots); Die: Tim Hotlz/Sizzix (rosettes); Ephemera: Crate Paper (Wonder); Enamel Dots: Doodlebug; Stencil: Prima: Ink: Tim Hotlz Distress Ink (black soot); Other: gesso, modeling paste

Process video (direct YouTube link here):


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Saturday, December 5, 2015

Hodge Podge

Hello, everyone.  I've been hard at work on my latest knitting project.

I originally planned to knit Abbott by Michele Wang, using Quince & Co. Tern in Stonington.  I was having a very hard time getting a good swatch in the slip stitch she used to create the chevron pattern, so I switched to a garter stitch and liked the result.  Changing the stitch, however, put me too far off gauge to use Michele Wang's pattern. I turned to Amy Herzog's Custom Fit website and designed my own, loose fitting v-neck.

Where Abbott is a boxy sweater with dropped sleeves and reverse stockinet trim, my version is an a-line v-neck with set in sleeves and i-chord trim. The sleeves have a folded hem to give them a bit more structure.  I did, however, keep the beautiful chevron pattern across the body.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Nature's Beauty

Hello, everyone.

I am celebrating fall with layout of a hike I took to Falling Waters Park, located south of Saugerties, New York, along the Hudson River. It was a gorgeous morning, and the trees were at peek color.

I used a mix of papers from my stash, along with Pink Paislee's new Cedar Lane collection.

Supplies: Paper: Pink Paislee (Memorandum, Cedar Lane), Simple Stories (So Fancy); Alphas: Webster's Pages (All That Glitters), American Crafts Thickers (Wildflower); Stickers: Pink Paislee (Cedar Lane); Dies: Die-namics (tags), The Cut Shoppe; Punch: EK Success; Stencil: The Crafter's Workshop; Ink: Tim Holtz (walnut stain, wild honey); Doily: Bo Bunny; Twine: Lawn Fawn

Process Video (direct YouTube link here):


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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Hello, Hello

Hello, Everyone.

I'm revisiting Sketch No. 6 today. (My first fifty sketches can be found here).  I used the frames in the Pebbles DIY Home collection to balance the photo blocks and as foundations for embellishment clusters.

Supplies: Paper and Ephemera: Pebbles (DIY Home); Wood Veneer: Simple Stories (We Are Family); Stencil: The Crafter's Workshop; Gelatos

Proces video (direct YouTube link here):


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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

My Love

Hello, everyone.

I designed this layout (sketch below) to use several small instagram-style photos.  I take lots of pictures of my cats, but they're usually poor quality because the lighting in my home is so bad. I find that it's easier to get the photos scrapped if I keep them small.

Supplies: Paper: Pebbles (DIY Home), Amy Tangerine (Finders Keepers), Pink Paislee (Cedar Lane); Alphas: Dear Lizzy (Snapshots); Ephemera: Pebbles (DIY Home); Dies: Tim Holtz for Sizzix (Rosettes); Simon Says Stamp (banner); Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (black soot, blueprint sketch); Buttons: Papertreyink;  Other: embroidery floss

Process video (direct YouTube link here):


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Sunday, November 15, 2015


I absolutely loved knitting the Lin-Lin Shawl by Yoko Johnston.  It was a quick and easy knit, and an absolutely beautiful design.  The three sections of the shawl are designed to represent the trunks of trees (wide ribbing), moving into the branches (a lattice lace motif), with birds at the edging (the ruffles).

I knit it in Queensland Kathmandu Aran, and I think that the tweedy texture of the yarn worked wonderfully with the motif.

And it was a gorgeous late fall day. Perfect to head outside for a photo shoot.