Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Hiking in Arizona

Hello, everyone!

We just got back from a wonderful visit to Arizona. It's always good to spend time with friends and family. And this trip, we finally had a chance to do some hiking in the Sedona region. 

Our first hike was the Parsons Trail just outside of Cottonwood.  We didn't hike the whole length, but enjoyed some time out in the spring sunshine as we wandered a mile or so down the Verde River before heading home for Easter dinner.

The flowers were in bloom and the sky a wonderful bright blue.

Our second hike was to Devil's Bridge outside of Sedona. We started at the Mescal trail head early in the morning, and beat most of the crowds to the fabulous stone arch.

We did run into some unexpected company on the trail on the way back, startling this rattlesnake.  Given the number of people coming up the trail, we were rather surprised to find him out. Fortunately, he decided to move off the trail and no one was hurt.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

The Story of Ramen

Hello, everyone!

Sometimes it's good to go exploring in your own backyard. A few months ago we discovered a new restaurant on a side street and it was an instant hit. We've been going back every weekend since.

I used three 3x3 photographs on this page, placing two on either side of a strong band down the right side of the page. The map print from Shimelle's first collection was the perfect paper for this layout about exploring in the big City.

Supplies: Paper and Die Cuts: Shimelle (Shimelle, True Stories); Stamp: Shimelle; Alphas: BasicGrey, American Crafts Thickers (Hipster); Enamel Dots: Doodlebug; Ink: Tim Hotlz Distress Ink (blacks soot)


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Saturday, March 19, 2016

Favorite Things

Hello, everyone.

I recently returned to one of my favorite places in New York City.  I used to go to the Strand Bookstore all of the time when I was in school. Once I started work, however, I found myself in that part of town less and less often, and it fell of my radar.  Then, last month, I was invited to a reading and book signing by a popular knitting author, Clara Parkes.  It was the perfect excuse to head back. It's amazing how much joy walking through eighteen miles of books can bring!

Supplies: Paper: Pink Paislee (C'est la Vie), American Crafts; Alphas: American Crafts Thickers (Wildflowers), Recollections; Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (black soot); Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst (cosmopolitan pink), Lindy's Stamp Gang Glitz Spritz (blazing sun), Dr. Ph. Martin's India Ink (black); Labels: Studio Calico; Enamel Dots: Doodlebug; Misc. Doily

To create the background, I first coated the pattern paper with a thin coat of white gesso. I then applied several coats of pink and light gold spray ink, then flicked on big spots of black India ink.  I decided that it needed even more texture, so I ran the paper through my sewing machine to create diagonal lines.  To cover areas where the ink bled into unseemly blotches, I handout flowers from the pattern paper and layered these over some labels.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016


Hello, everyone!

January was a busy month, celebrating with my friends' on their birthdays. It's always wonderful to share joy with friends. And now I have lots of wonderful celebration photos to scrapbook!

For this layout, I printed four 3x3 phone photos. I had converted the photos to black and white to eliminate jarring colors, but I wanted to make the photograph with the birthday girl stand out. I layered this photo on a doily and tags, and embellished it with butterflies to give it more emphasis on the page than the other three photographs.

Supplies: Paper and Stickers: Pebbles (Home + Made); Alphas: Simple Stories (I Am), American Crafts Thickers (Adorn); Punch: EK Success (banner); Twine: Stampin' Up!; Die: Die-namics (tag); Miscellaneous: Doily


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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Family (at Christmas)

Hello, everyone!

Christmas in March today.  But wouldn't you want to revisit Christmas if you had such a wonderful family portrait to scrap?

Supplies: Paper: Pinkfresh Studio (Christmas Wishes), Hip Kit Club Exclusive (Kim Watson "Oh What Fun"); Die Cuts: Pinkfresh Studio (Christmas Wishes); Glitter "Family": Pebbles (Jan Hadfield Home + Made); Stencil: Memory Box; Enamel Dots: Doodlebug; Doily: Recollections: Tag: Basic Grey (Juniper Berry); Modeling Paste


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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Love Today

Hello, everyone!

It's not really me to go all fangirl, but I really couldn't help myself when I met Garrison Keillor.  In order to capture how gaga I felt, I used a heart motif on this page that was created for a Get It Scrapped. For more ideas in using repetition in design, check out this great article here.

I began by stenciling hearts onto the background,  then layered a cut-file, and finished with wood veneer hearts painted in black, which had strong contrast on an otherwise soft page.

Supplies: Paper: My Minds Eye (Necessities, Jubilee); Thickers: Dear Lizzy (Snapshots); Stickers: My Mind's Eye (Market Street); Cut File: BasicGrey;  Stencil and Die: Shimelle; Stamp: Fiskars ("love this"); Paint: Derwent Inktense Blocksl Ink, Liquitex (black acrylic): Tim Holtz Distres Ink (abandoned coral, black soot); Wood Veneer: Studio Calico

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