Sunday, May 31, 2015


Twenty years later, and I finally returned to Paris.  Since we took the redeye, I planned a quiet first day exploring Montmartre.

View from our hotel room.
We stopped by our hotel first to drop off our bags and were courteously greeted by the staff of the Hotel Des Arts, wonderfully situated just off Rue des Abesses and Rue Lepic, underneath the shadow of a windmill, and a short walk from everything there is to see in this amazing quarter.  It was too early too check in, but they took our bags and gave us a lot of information, including the recommendation for a fabulous spot to have brunch - Coquelicot.

After reviving ourselves with food (very good food), we set off to explore. We braved the crowds on the steps leading up to Sacre Coeur, then escaped into the quiet side streets to explore Montmartre. The Musee de Montmartre is a wonderful spot. We enjoyed both the art and the quiet gardens. Behind the museum is an actual vineyard, which has been there since the middle ages.

We wandered back into the hectic, more tourist laden streets, caught sight of the Moulin Rouge, then escaped again into the quiet of Montmartre Cemetery.  Paris cemeteries are beautiful places to explore. And we had a purpose for our visit. Montmartre Cemetery is the final resting place of Adolphe Sax, the inventor of the saxophone.  We also paid our respects to Degas and several other musicians and composers.

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Sketch Challenge

UPDATE: Wow! everyone, thanks so much for participating. I really enjoyed seeing all of your layouts when I got home. I can't get over how wonderful they all are. I counted up all of the individual submissions and, using the random number generator, the winner is Susan Brocho

Ready for a sketch challenge?

I’m a bit busy this week and won’t have time to scrap, so I’ve decided to turn the tables and ask that you show me your creations. 

Create a layout using one of the sketches below post is anywhere you like online, and then share a link to your layout in the comments section below this YouTube video before midnight on Sunday, May 31, 2015.

I will chose one layout and the winner will receive a $25 gift card to A Cherry on Top.

The more layouts you submit, the more chances you have to win.  

Any layout you’ve created from one of these sketches is eligible, so it is okay to link up layouts you’ve made before this week.

I can’t wait to see everyone’s layouts. And thank you all for your support. It means a lot to me to be part of such a wonderful community.  I know you are all wonderfully creative and I'm sure you will find inspiration from one another's work. So please, go ahead and look at what everyone else is posting and leave a bit of love.

And if you want to see what I’m up to this week, follow me on Instagram or check back here.  

Don't forget post a link to your creation in the comments to this YouTube video by midnight, Sunday, May 31, 2015 in order to be eligible to win.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

You and Me

I was excited to play with my new Silhouette Cameo and a background cut file I picked up from The Cut Shoppe.  I kept the layout simple and used only one photo.  Dividing the page into one-third and two-third segments is my default design.  Layer some papers for the photo and add a few embellishment clusters and you're good to go.

Supplies: Hip Kit Club May 2015 (Paper: American Crafts Dear Lizzy (Fine & Dandy), Pink Paislee (Citrus Twist), Chickaniddy (Yippee); Wood Veneer: Evaliscious)); Die Cuts: The Cut Shoppe (trellis), Silhouette Design Studio (scribbled circles); American Craft Thickers (Amy Tangerine/Grace, Crate/Celebrate); Making Memories Tiny Alphas; Doodlebug Sprinkles; Tim Holtz Distress Ink (fired brick); Mister Huey's Color Shine (real red)

Process video (direct YouTube link here):


Detail shots:

Monday, May 18, 2015

Life is Sweet

Last month we spent a beautiful spring day at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens with some good friends. After a long winter cooped up inside, it seemed the whole City had turned out for the Cherry Blossom Festival. 

Supplies: Hip Kit Club May 2015 (Paper: Chickaniddy (Yippee), Pink Paislee (Citrus Bliss); Die Cuts: Pink Paislee (Citrus Bliss); Wood Veneer: Evaliscious; Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Mermaid Lagoon)); Heidi Swapp Color Shine (teal); Doodlebug Sprinkles

Process video (direct YouTube link here):


Detail shots:

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Art Journal Sunday

Hello, everyone. Time for another Art Journal Sunday.

This is a continuation of last week's experiment.  In addition to the india ink, gold paint and TCW stencils, I've added a bit of texture with modeling paste. The doodling is in black ink behind the molding paste.