Sunday, July 14, 2019


This is the front cover for my 'Beach Time' CD Album that I designed using the most wonderful digital kit from Karen at Snickerdoodle Designs called 'Beach Day'. You can find that kit HERE.
I created this 'CD Mini Album' by repurposing an old CD case.  I followed a great video presented by JoAnn that you can find HERE.  

Here are my templates.
JoAnn's measurements are good for this album, however, since I brought the digital kit into Photoshop Elements for designing I had to measure in quarter inch increments.  So I did a little trimming as I put pages in the album.

After cutting out all templates, I burnished the edges with Tempting Turquoise ink by Stampin' Up.  I attached the pages with 1/2" Score Tape and Elmer's runner tape.

Here's the inside of the album showing the inside front page and the attached photo squares.

Here's the back cover.

And there you have it...Thanks for stopping by

Sunday, June 9, 2019


I created this 5 1/2" x  5 1/2" mat as my entry for the June challenge at the 'Frilly and Funky Challenge Blog'.  All the information on this challenge can be found HERE on their blog.

I started by cutting a 5 1/2" x  5 1/2" card from medium weight chipboard.  I then used molding paste on a sunburst shaped stencil.

While paste dried I made the roses with 'Tattered Floral' dies by Tim Holtz.  Smaller flowers and roses are made with a five petaled punch by EK.  All the edges were burnished with three different Distress Ink colors.

I used many layers of Distress Inks in pinks and greens on the mat.  I lightly spritzed with water and Glimmer Mist before adding all the embellishments.  Which is what the challenge is all about!

The  2 1/2" rose is nestled on a layer of greenery made from various dies . The 'floating pearls' are really an old necklace from my stash.  The  glass beads and other pearl beads are also from my stash.  

And there you have it...Thanks for stopping by...

Saturday, June 1, 2019


This is my 'Tower/Step Box' I created using a wonderful tutorial by Cynthia at 'The Scrappy Bookworm 1'.  You can find that tutorial HERE.

To begin with I selected a darling digital kit called 'Beach Day' by Karen at Snickerdoodle Designs.  Her kit is available HERE.  Using all the measurements provided by Cynthia in her tutorial, I made templates using Photoshop Elements 15.  All the backgrounds, elements and characters came from that kit.  Then I cut everything out and created my box.

This is the box opened up to show the steps made from the smaller boxes.

This is the outside of box with characters attached.

On top of the lid I created a lotus type flower from scrapes of paper using the 'Tattered Florals' die by Tim Holtz. 

It made a great nest for the duck that was cut from the 'Beach Day' collection.

After decorating and attaching lid here's side one.

Side two.

Side three.

Side four.

And there you have it!  Thanks for stopping by...

Saturday, May 18, 2019


I custom designed this 'Photo Album' for a gentleman with many interests and talents.  It measures 5 1/2" x  7 1/2" with a 2 1/2" spine.
The motorcycle is an image from 'Fred She Said'.  You can find that HERE.

Inside cover, page one and many other pages were designed using a great kit from 'Snickerdoodle Designs' called  'Firm Foundation'.  It is retired now but I was able to utilize so many of the images to complete the album with so many of this man's interests.  You can visit her site HERE.

Pages two and three.  The large photo mat measures 5" x  7" and slides in sideways on all the pages.  There is a small flap held down by a magnet.

Close up of the large mats.  They are double sided.

Page four has a side pocket where I put a template to use to cut his photos. 
Page five has a small photo mat that measures 4 1/4" x  6 1/4" that slides into pocket.

Pages six and seven.

Pages eight and nine.  Backgrounds used here and on a few of the other pages are scraps from one of Tim Holtz's paper kits.

Pages ten and eleven.

Page twelve and back cover.  I tucked more templates for photos behind the images.

Back of Album.

And here's the spine.

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Thursday, May 9, 2019


I am so happy and honored to have been selected by the 'Frilly and Funkie Blog' team to be guest designer for the May Challenge.
The theme challenge is 'I love it because'.   How often do you create something just for you that makes your heart sing? Doesn't it feel great when you do! My challenge to you is to make a vintage or shabby chic piece of art, be it a journal page, a tag, a card, a home decor project etc, that fills you with happiness and makes you smile - don't forget to tell us why you love it so much. 
If you would like to join in on this challenge just jump over to 'The Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog' for the details HERE.

When card is opened the face of the card sets just behind the Post-it tray.
There is a tutorial for the Post-it Easel Card HERE.

I love giraffes!  They are just the most graceful and elegant animal I know of.  I found the giraffe image online.  Brought it into Photoshop Elements for sizing, recoloring and cutting out.  Tallest giraffe is about 4 1/2" x  1 1/2".

When card is opened the face of the card sets just behind the Post-it tray.

Instead of using a Post-it pad,  I designed a small matchbox.  It measures 2" x  3 1/4".  The tray slides out and a little monkey attached by an acrylic tab 'pops' out.  Inside are two more smaller open trays for storage of 'doo-dads'. 
There is a tutorial for matchbox HERE.

Inside of matchbox.

Most of the papers I used are scraps from Graphic 45's 'Olde Curiosity Shoppe'.  Animals  are from the internet.  Flowers are made using Tattered Florals die by Tim Holtz.  Leaves are from a die that is now retired.

...Thanks for stopping by...

Friday, April 19, 2019


I created this 'Card With Box' from a tutorial by Arlene Cuevas.  I used her instructions and measurements with one exception:  I wanted my card to measure  4" x  6".  You can find her tutorial  HERE.

Here is the card opened up.  Through the acetate cut out you can see box is filled with candy.  I used papers from Graphic 45's 'Kaleidoscope' collection.

Box lid moved to the side.

Petals of flower on the front cover I made using Graphic 45's Flower Metal Dies.  Center is filled with tiny micro beads and topped off with a colored bead.

This is the back cover.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019


Nobody can make just one!  I wanted to use up the 'Fred She Said' flowers.  Like the other card, it stands about 6 1/2" tall and is 8" wide with the flaps open.  The tutorial by Splitcoast Stampers can be found HERE.

Here's the back with plenty of room to write a sentiment.

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Sunday, April 7, 2019


This 'Cheshire Cat' is my entry for the March Madness Challenge at Frilly and Funkie Blog.  The theme is Alice In Wonderland and we were to make a project with one of our favorite characters.  Challenge information can be found HERE.

I started with a section of a tree limb from the backyard.

I then attached it to a section cut out of a larger branch to make the base.

Then I just started attaching all the leaves and vines I cut from various floral and leaf dies.  The speech bubble reads:  I'm not reality is just different than yours!

This is the image I started with for the cat.  I brought it into Photoshop Elements 18 and recolored it.

Close up of my Cheshire Cat hiding in the tree.  I used Wink of Stella on the teeth to make them glossy.

Here's the backside.  Completed project measures about 8 1/2" x  8 1/2".

PS...I am so happy to announce that on Monday, April 15, my 'Cheshire Cat' was chosen as the winning entry!  As the winner I will be the 'Guest Designer' at Frilly & Funkie  Challenge Blog on Thursday, May 9th.  I'm so excited.  I hope you all will come to see what the theme will be for the May Challenge and join in the fun... 

...Thanks for stopping by...

Friday, March 29, 2019

APRON BOX - Tutorial

I created this 'Apron Box' using the Bigz XL Die from Sizzix.  It measures 4" x  5 1/4".  
Cookies in the pocket are double sided and mounted on toothpicks.

                        Begin by removing tabs from one of the bottom/side pieces as shown.

     Using score tape, adhere the newly trimmed portion of the side/bottom piece between the same tabs of the other.  Then flip entire piece over and lay on work surface.  Now the front surfaces are facing up.

     Adhere the long flat edges of the front and back Apron pieces to the tabs of the bottom.

                                          Using pattern templates, cut out Apron pieces.  

                                                       Adhere Apron pieces to box.

                                 Then fold box up.  All tabs will adhere on the inside of box.

Adhere pocket to front.  Put cookies inside pocket and stuff with recipe cards.  Add jute for handles and a bow for color.

Here's the back.

That's all there is to it!

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