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Friday, October 20, 2017

International Scrapbook Garden - Forever My Baby

Hello again! Today I'm here to show you my next project with ISG design team,
using the Toolshed Kit.

I was greatly inspired by Nadia Cannizzo's process video. I will say that she used
gelatos instead of sprays and acrylic paint.

Mixed media is about mixing different art mediums and, hopefully, 
loving the results. I am fairly new to the world of mixed media so my
process is ...... not something you are going to want to see. LOL!!

The photo is of my cousin and her baby boy. I was also inspired 
with the title from the book by Robert Munsch 'Love You Forever'.

The Toolshed mixed media kit is mixture of masculine colors including blue,
yellow, a shimmery black and a rusty brown. I didn't use Lindy's magical shaker 
on this layout, instead opting to stick with black.

I did use my own stencils and modeling paste on this layout. 
The title letters are also mine, by Making Memories.

The toolshed kit has a theme of "summer song" so it is full of music embellishments. 
The gears are the perfect touch in keeping the page 'masculine'.

Thanks for stopping by today!!!!

Distressed diamond and circle stencils
Tiny Alpha Stickers by Making Memories
Watercolor pencils
Modeling paste
Mod Podge gel medium

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Give a Crafter a Cookie - Frankenstein Box

Hello and welcome!!

It's new challenge time again at 'If You Give a Crafter a Cookie'.

Aren't those faces and colors fabulous?!

Who is the greatest monster of them all . . . Frankenstein!!!!
(That and I refuse to let go of the Halloween theme just yet).

Frankenstein box is from Dreaming Tree . . . .  super easy to put together
and surprisingly much bigger than I thought it was going to be.

You know how "sometimes" we buy patterned paper and then later
we say to ourselves, "What was I thinking?" Now, you could be extra productive
and sell the unwanted paper or, like many of us I'm sure, the paper just gets
put aside, never to be used.

Make a 3-D project with it!!! I have done this several times and 
have always loved the results. I may not like the paper for a page, but it
seems, to me, to work beautifully with a 3-D project.

It's Halloween month . . . . . go ahead and try it!!

Thanks for stopping by today!!

Silhouette Cameo
We R Memory Keepers - Bewitched
AC cardstock - various colors
White chalk ink
Metal screw brads (side of head)
Random buttons (side of head)

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

PDE Linky Party: Witch's Boot Card

Hello there!! This week's challenge at PDE Linky Party is: Spooky Cute!!

Cute or not, I REALLY wanted to show off this boot card!!!

Purchased from the Silhouette Online store by Snapdragon Snippets

Thanks for stopping by today!!!!
--I think this is Echo Park PP 😬
Ribbon and "boo!" from Hobby Lobby
Pop Glue Dots!!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The Boo Crew

Hi there!! Today I'm playing along with the Tic Tac Toe challenge at Scrap Our Stash. I followed the diagonal line including orange, pumpkin and die cut.

My husband and son dressed up as Marty McFly and Doc last year for Halloween. They even made the Hover Board themselves!! Well, at least Daddy did most of the work anyway. They were the hit of the neighborhood, as all the adults immediately knew who they were.

The pumpkin and title are freebies from Paper Issues. They really do have some wonderful free files on their site.

Without further ado, here it is. Thanks for stopping by today!!


Bella Blvd: Spooktacular paper line and stickers
Paper Issues free file
Silhouette Cameo

Monday, October 9, 2017

International Scrapbook Garden: Adjust Your Focus

Hello there! Oh boy, have I gotten onto the mixed media bandwagon!! My blog is full of paper piecing and die cut techniques so you know this is quite new to me. Here is my second project using the Toolshed Kit and Summer Concert bonus packs by International Scrapbook Garden.

I had a little help with this layout. I followed Nadia Cannizzo's YouTube video and her techniques quite closely, but the finished layout is still my own. I may be falling in love with mixed media, but I would still consider my style "clean" comparatively.

That may change in time . . . but I'm still very happy with how this turned out.

The photo is mine as well, taken in the Alps during our trip to Germany last year. I have been waiting for the "right" opportunity to scrap this sensational photo. I toyed with the title for quite a while, finally settling on a unique title, but small and in the corner. I didn't want to distract from the photo, plus I wanted to use what was provided in the kit, which was 6x12 word stickers Hazy Days by 7 Dots Studio.

Thanks for stopping by today!!!!

This layout does represent my continual goal to scrap
about my vacation in Germany. 
All the colors represented are part of the Toolshed Summer Concert pack
by International Scrapbook Garden. The stamped date is
from my stash.

Showing here a cluster of goodies found in the pack.

The circles are all templates from my own stash.

I did do "messed up" machine sewing as well as add
textured ribbon. 

The photo, in an extra large view. I actually waited for the clouds
to roll in to get this particular shot. We were a mile high up in the mountains.


My own stash:
Circle Stencils (big and little)
Black Ink
Textured Paste
Textured ribbon
Machine stitching
Date Stamp

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Studio Challenges: Love Fall

Time for a new challenge at Studio Challenges!!

It's a fall color palette.

This palette was a good excuse to dive into the Oakley Avenue
collection by Ashley Horton. You can get this collection at 

The giant leaf pattern is from the Silhouette Online store.

I filled in the various leaves with the pattern paper. I also
machine stitched the stems for added interest.

The hashtag is from Creative Embellishments. The mason
jar is a punch using a thin cork board.


Thursday, October 5, 2017

Give a Crafter a Cookie: Trick or Treat

It's new challenge time at "Give a Crafter a Cookie":

I picked another card by SVGCuts.
Slowly working my way thru all those wonderful

Thanks for stopping by today!!!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

PDE Linky Party: Autumn Wishes

Today is a new challenge at PDE Linky Party: Pumpkins.

Seriously, one of my favorite things to do is play with fall colors. 
I'll make just about anything!!!!

This adorable barn card is from SVGCuts
I chose it because it's simple to make
and still looks adorable. I have made so many cards with 
pumpkins on them I needed to reach for something new as well.

Thanks for stopping by today!!!

--Scrap paper from BoBunny's Serenade line
--Two-toned cricut cardstock (best invention ever)
--Die cut tag
--Stamp by My Craft Spot
--Brads from another BoBunny line from long ago

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Studio Challenges: 5th Grade

Hello and welcome! Today is a new challenge at Studio Challenges - to include as many items as you can beginning with the letter 'S'.

My layout is school themed . . . with a few stars . . . and a smattering of circles . . . there is even a scalloped circle . . . . striped paper . . . and school supplies patterened paper.

Pretty easy, right?

The layout is made with Doodlebug and Bella Blvd mixed together. Bright, wonderful colors that I have used for all my son's first day of school layouts. Next year I think I will make a more grudge look as he will no longer be in elementary school.

The circle template is from Silhouette online store.

In real life, the tag under the photo has information. It has been
cleared out for privacy purposes. 

The "I love school" is a rub-on from Maya Road purchased
eons ago.

Thanks for stopping by today!!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

International Scrapbook Garden: Hero

Without further ado, this is my very first DT post with the brand new kit club, the International Scrapbook Garden.

If you have ever wanted to play with papers from Europe, Australia, etc . . . check it out!!!! I am on the 'Toolshed Kit' design team, which is more masculine oriented. There are three kits to currently choose from, the other two being much brighter and feminine.

I aslo specifically made this layout for the Scrap The Boys challenge - fathers. This layout is about my dad and his grandson (my nephew). They are two peas in a pod. The little guy LOVES his Grampy and will spend all his time with him when him and his mother come to visit. Grampy is rough around the edges, retired military, and has a brisk and direct way of speaking to people. My little nephew just loves it all. Grampy is most definitely his hero.

I have only dabbled in mixed media. This layout reflects a couple hours of
watching YouTube videos and playing with the supplies from the kit.

I used KaiserCraft charcoal mist on the the frame. Then went around
and sparringly added 13Arts Vivid Yellow acrylic paint.

This is a combination of spray mists, acrylic paint, stamping,
distressing and a die cut!!!


White Gesso
Background stamp from stash
Silhouette Cameo - title


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Give a Crafter a Cookie: Teacher, You're The Best

Hello! Today is a new challenge at "If You Give a Crafter a Cookie".

I picked this tri-shutter card from the Silhouette online store.


Bella Blvd: We're Expecting
Bella Blvd: Tiny Tots
Echo Park: Spring - Sparkling Stripe
AC White Cardstock
AC Black Cardstock
White Gel Pen (faux stitching on apple)

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

PDE Linky Party: thankful thankful

Hello! This week's challenge at PDE Linky Party: Animals

I needed to make this card fast so I reached for Doodlebug's 
Flea Market. I lifted the card from Doodlebug's DT member Courtney Lee.

It's so simple, yet so very effective!!!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

PDE Linky Party: Apples

Hello there! Today's challenge at PDE Linky Party is: APPLES

I reached for the Autumn Box card collection from SVGCuts 
for this project. Cute, right?!



PP: Carta Bella - Autumn Collection
Authentique - Flutter (wood grain side)
AC Cardstock
Prismacolor White Chalk pencil

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Studio Challenges: Siblings

Today's challenge at Studio Challenges is "Inspired by a book cover". I'm not ashamed to say that I cheated just a little bit. First I made a layout I wanted, then went and looked for a book cover. 😂

I am a huge fan of "For Better or For Worse" . . . so I didn't really cheat . . . much. The comic strip is all about family . . . mothers, fathers, children . . . SIBLINGS!!

This layout is really a "do-over" layout for me. I really couldn't tell you why I didn't like the original, just that it didn't feel like "mine". It's rare for me to want to make a 'do-over', as I believe my layouts are all part of the creative process. I've just learned to accept that I am not going to be in love with all of them.

I practically insisted on making this one 'harder'. It would have come together so quickly otherwise, that I just didn't feel right about it. So I added hand-stitching to the title. Figures!! But I really did enjoy reaching for a smorg-a-board of random stuff and forcing it to work. That felt right, as the three of us may have come from the same parents, but we are very different individuals. Also, we are a rather chaotic and loud family, so I felt like the layout needed to reflect that a bit.

My sister and I are moderately hearing impaired, so yeah, we be loud! (P.S. Drives my husband bonkers).

Thanks for stopping by today!!!

We are the 'Simmons' kids. Obviously my sister and I have
married last names now. My brother is the oldest, then me
on the right and my sister on the left.

I machine-stitched the arrows, but hand-stitched the title.

Just random stuff from my stash! 

The butterfly was part of a die-cut exchange.

----Studio Calico - Lemon Lush
----Echo Park - Sweet Day
----PinkPaislee - Solstice
----CratePaper - Click
Sewing Machine
Silhouette Cameo
Buttons, butterflies and stuff from . . . somewhere

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Give a Crafter a Cookie: You Rock

Hello there!! There is a new challenge at "If You Give a Crafter a Cookie":

There are lots of ways to interpret these cookies!!

At first I though I was going to use a guitar, but then I 
came across my blueprint dies from My Favorite Things.

So I combined those dies with stamps from Creative Embellishments
and came up with this fun masculine card!!!



Tim Holtz Distress Inks
MFT Blueprint Dies
Twine from Target
Sewing Machine - dark blue thread
Creative Embellishments - stamped colors
AC Coordinations cardstock


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

PDE Linky Party: Autumn

Hello there!!

Janis has reinstated me to the PDE Linky design team. I was part of the 
team about a year ago . . . some boring stuff later . . . and I'm back!!!

Without further ado, this week's challenge is AUTUMN!!

This awesome "bread basket" file can be found at Dreaming Tree.

It's all paper and rather too small for real bread, but it's a wonderful
decor item all the same.

I used AC cardstock cream and an old BoBunny PP line.

Thanks for stopping by today!!!

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Studio Challeges: Beautiful Day

Today at Studio Challenges is a sketch!

I chose to flip the sketch and add a background wreath to it.

Photo was taken in the mountains in Germany. We were 
about 1 mile high, so it looked like we were up in the
clouds. Everything about the photo is real.

I think there was suppose to be another cloud here,
but it fell off (not glued down) before I realized it 
was missing.

The background is "today" from Ashley Horton.
I stitched all over and then added the extra zigzag
to make it look like "messy stitching".

Thanks for stopping by today!!


---Elle's Studio "day to day" schedule - background
Sewing machine

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Give a Crafter a Cookie: You Are The Sweetest

 Welcome! Today at "Give a Crafter a Cookie" we have 
these gumball cookies for your inspiration.

My sister actually gave me the idea on how to proceed with
this. She said, "Lots of circles and make the sentiment 'sweet'".

No problem!!!

The pound puppy is from Treasure Box Designs.

Thanks for stopping by today!


Sunday, July 30, 2017

Studio Challenges: I've Got Big Dreams

Hello! Today is a new challenge theme at Studio Challenges: In Stitches.
 I recently bought some new goodies from 
Creative Embellishments and had FUN playing and stitching!! This page also fits
into their monthly challenge as well.

This photo of my son was taken at a car museum in Berlin, Germany during our vacation. My husband & son get excited about all these various car shows, and sometimes I get dragged along. With a big "sigh", I'll say, "Well, I guess I'll take pictures." That being said, it's the only time I can get a true photo of the essence and soul of my son. He has big dreams, and they all include cars!

I got the idea of a big stitched title from Missy Whidden and really, really 
wanted to play with it using a twist of words from the 
song "I like big butts and I cannot lie". 

One technique I struggle with is journaling. Mainly because I usually have a lot to say 
about the page and photo, and then end up writing nothing. This time I did journal, 
but it's attached to the back of the page.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!!!!

The title font is part of a package from "The Hungry JPEG". 

The various embellishments are a combo of Pretty Little Studio and
Creative Embellishments. The small tag reads "You must give everything to make
your life as beautiful as the dreams that dance in your imagination."

I cut out the title then hand-stitched all around it using regular thread.
I wanted to use thicker floss, but didn't have navy blue.

All the crazy background stamping is mostly from Creative Embellishments.
The chicken wire stamp is Tim Holtz. The ink is a combination of Tim Holtz
distress inks and chalk inks.

~~AC White Yardstick
~~Pretty Little Studio - Let's Go
~~Pretty Little Studio - Let's Go
~~Creative Embellishments - Lightbulb, background stamps, stars
Tim Holtz stamp and distress inks
SCAL4 - used Hungry JPEG font
Silhouette Cameo
Bazzil Circle Template
AC letters (I think)
Dymo Label