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

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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.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015


Hello, everyone.

I'm working with Sketch No. 5  today. (My first fifty sketches have been collected here).

I modified the sketch slightly. Instead of working with two square photos, I chose to go with one landscape photo, and I filled up the rest of the space using a frame filled with embellishments.

Supplies: Paper and Die Cuts: Pebbles (DIY Home); Ephemera: Crate Paper (Maggie Holmes Confetti); Stencil: Tim Holtz: Distress Ink: Tim Holtz (pumice stone); Die: Die-namics (tag) Other: Dew Drops, Gelatos, modeling paste, doilies

Process video (direct YouTube link here):

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Saturday, November 7, 2015

Skylands and the Green Sweater

Decided to take a road trip up to Ringwood, New Jersey and the Skylands Manor to catch the tail end of the fall color.  The timing was perfect, since I had just finished my latest sweater and needed to get it photographed.

The sweater is Bridgefield by Amy Herzog. I knit it using Madelinetosh DK Twist in Jade.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Simply Me

Hello, everyone. There's another new sketch today. Two this week!

This layout was created for a Get It Scrapped article on layouts using pattern paper backgrounds.  In order to keep the focus on the photo and story, I used a large mat (or series of mats) to separate the photo from the the background.  Because the paper itself is so busy, I kept the embellishments to a minimum.

For more ideas on using pattern paper backgrounds, check out the article at Get It Scrapped here.

Supplies:Paper, Chipboard, Wood Veneer: Simple Stories (I Am); Enamel Dots: Simple Stories (Rad); Miscellaneous: tissue paper, acrylic paint

Process video (direct YouTube link here):


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