Monday, February 16, 2015

Art Journal Pages

I finally worked in my art journal today, after neglecting it for weeks.  After watching a video with Dyan Reaveley, I decided to cut out some stencils with my Silhouette and give some of her techniques a try.  I love the results!


  • Light-weight acetate
  • Dylusions Inks
  • Acrylic paint
  • Rubber and clear stamps
  • Permanent black ink
  • Silhouette electronic cutter set on the highest settings, with Multi-Cut set to 3
  • Hand-made stencils
  • Dylusions stencils

My Journal Pages

Dyan Reaveley Video:

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day!  Whether your Valentine is your husband, wife, boyfriend, girlfriend,  partner, child, parent - or even yourself  (We have to love ourselves, right?) -  I hope you enjoy celebrating Love today!

Here are a few cards that I want to share with you.  I made them for my children 9can't find a picture of hubby's card) with cut files from Miss Kate Cuttables.  I used the Print & Cut feature with my Silhouette.  I have the original machine, and these files printed and cut beautifully!  Miss Kate has a free file every day, and her prices for other files are very reasonable.  Other materials included:  A2 card (Die Cuts With a View), vellum, patterned paper (Sweethearts by Doodlebug Design), Glossy Accents by Ranger, tiny punched hearts, a rhinestone heart, baker's twine, and embroidery floss.  Thanks for visiting, and remember to always be your crafty self!

(I am not affiliated with Miss Kate in any way, nor do I receive any compensation from her.)

Friday, January 23, 2015

Making Custom Page Protectors

Hi everyone!  I have a new video up on You Tube all about making custom page protectors using a Hot Fix crystal tool.  Enjoy, and thanks for visiting!

Friday, January 9, 2015

Monday, December 15, 2014

How to Make a Card from Scraps

Hi there!  Please check out my first post on the Creative Team for Scrap Your Scraps!  It's a wonderful blog where you will find lots of great ideas for using your scrapbooking and crafting supplies.  Thanks for visiting, and please come back soon.

How to Make a Card From Scraps

(In the spirit of the “use what you have” theme of this article, I’ll let you in on a little secret.  This is an updated version of an article that I wrote earlier this year.  It is so appropriate for not only this time of year, but any time you want to use up some of those scraps and “extras” that you have hanging around in your stash, that I wanted to share it with you this month.)


You know you have them.  I have them too.  We all have them.  They seem to mock us from our scrapbook drawers, bins, baskets, and paper holders.   I’m talking, of course, about paper scraps.  Yes, those leftovers from scrapbook pages, cards, and other paper projects that we just can’t bear to throw away.  We have to keep them because we paid good money for that paper, or because we don’t like to waste things, or because of a dozen other reasons.  In any case, let’s just put those little bits of loveliness to use, shall we?

Here is what you will need to make a card from scraps:

·         Cardstock cut to desired size  (I used a piece that is 4 ¼ x 5 ½ inches when folded in half.)
·         Sheet of printer paper or other scrap paper cut to the same dimensions as your card base  (In my case, it was 4 ¼ x 5 ½ inches.)  We will trim this to a smaller size later.
·         Scraps of paper or cardstock that can be cut into strips
·         Adhesive (Dry works best.)
·         Paper trimmer
·         Sharp scissors
·         Stamped image or other focal image
·         Greeting (optional)
·         Assorted embellishments

1.      Trim your scraps into strips of varying lengths.  You will want some wider than others to    create interest.  You will want them a little bit longer than your scrap of printer paper.
2.      Generously apply adhesive to your computer paper.
3.      Beginning at the top, place your strips of paper on top of the adhesive, butting them up against each other to make sure that they are straight.  The strips should overhang on each of the side edges of the paper.
4.      With scissors, trim the strips flush with the paper base.
5.      Using your paper trimmer, trim the background piece that you have created to ¼” smaller than your folded card base.
6.      Adhere the background piece to the card base.
7.      Add your focal image, greeting, and embellishments.

This is a great project to use up all those extra “things” that you have in your stash.  You can also mix in some of your new supplies to jazz things up a little.  Use some of those flair and wood veneer shapes you’ve collected; add a few enamel dots from the piles that you have stuck in a drawer; glue on a couple of sequins that you bought on sale at the craft store.
I hope this has inspired you to grab some of those leftover scraps and supplies and make a card for someone who is special to you.  


Happy Holidays, everyone!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Christmas Card with the CUTEST Sequin Tree

Shari Carroll made this adorable card, with the most adorable sequin tree you've ever seen!  I just had to share the video with you:

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

New Creative Team

I'm so excited to have been selected for the newest Scrap Your Scraps Creative Team!  It's a wonderful site, filled with easy, you-can-do-it projects.  And we all like those, right?  Come on over and leave some love.  We have cookies!