Friday, May 25, 2012


Yep...I really haven't fallen off the face of the Earth!  LOL  Sorry for the lack of posting lately, life has been crazy. I know you all can happens to all of us. With Dax being in and out of the hospital, and still fighting illness, and me supposing to have surgery yesterday, which was postponed due to an abscess tooth, I really haven't had much time to think, let alone craft. However, I am happy to say, that I have crafted most of the day away.

I decided I wanted to do a mixed media layout, so I went to town adding this and that. I am really pleased with the way it turned out.

I love this die cut paper by KaiserCrafts, and just used it as my background base. I had to tape it directly to the wall to get a good photo. LOL.

I had so much fun making a mess while making the embellishments.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

This Face and TPV

Isn't this a great sketch that Diana from Design by Diana has created to use for the challenge at The Paper Variety
 Here is my take on it.
 I used Echo Parks This & That Charming collection. I love the color combo of the collection.

 I love to use mixed alphas and random embellies.

 I cut this from one of the sheets of paper. It has a bunch of cards with different sayings.

 These vinyl stars are not part of Echo Park, they came in the the scrapbooking kit from Boys Rule. I layered them up and added a button with twine.

Be sure to check out The Paper Variety, as each day there is fresh inspiration or tutorials added. And don't forget to add your creation for a chance at this awesome prize.
Bo Bunny's Sunkissed Collection....yummy!

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Sunday, May 13, 2012

My Brother Jeff

Using the May 11th sketch, and the May Kit from Boys Rule Scrapbook Kits, I created this layout of my brother Jeff.

The kit is full of great elements. Here are some close ups.

All of the elements I used came from the kit except for his name, which I cut using George and Basic Shapes, and the silhouette. My friend Sandi from Slightly Off Center gifted them to me a while back. shhhh  don't tell her, I forgot all about them until I was digging in my stash...LOL.

I did some fun doodling for my journaling.

Just a few more fun elements.

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Saturday, May 12, 2012


Hello crafty friends!

It's that time again... when soon we will sadly say farewell to our current Design Team and excitedly seek creative crafters who would like to join our TPV family. 

We're looking for several designers to share their love of paper crafting and inspiring others - artists of all styles and experience levels. If you love paper and enjoy using it to create a variety of projects, then we hope to hear from you!

Here are some DT requirements:
  • Be able to create a variety of paper projects including layouts, cards, mini-albums, altered items, banners, decorative pieces, gift bags etc
  • Submit a project every 2 weeks which follows the scheduled challenges
  • Once a month, submit a tutorial (photo or video) with detailed recipe and instruction of your project
  • Have a blog and link our design team blinky on your side bar
  • Post current TPV challenges and your projects on your blog, linking TPV and sharing sponsor information
  • Be aware of project due dates and be able to meet them
  • Use mostly current products on your projects
  • Comment on participant entries
  • Commit to a 6 month term beginning June 15th
Presently there is no compensation for your DT commitment. However, sometimes sponsors may provide product for our designers.

Applications will be accepted until June 8th midnight. Those chosen will be notified shortly after. Public announcement of the new team will be posted on our blog on June 15th and each designer will be introduced daily following the announcement. :)

If you'd like to apply, please email us at with the following information...
  • Your full name and a brief introduction of yourself
  • Your blog address
  • Links to your online galleries
  • Current/Previous Design Teams (DT experience not required)
  • Photos of 3-5 projects that best showcase your papercrafting style. Please provide at least one layout, one card and one other paper project (such as a mini album, altered item, gift box etc)
(International crafters are welcome to apply, however they will be asked to pay shipping for any sponsor product provided for the DT if such an occasion should occur.)

We hope to hear from many creative paper crafters!
Abby & Suzanne
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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

My Guy

Using the April 13th sketch and the April kit from Boys Rule, I created this layout of Dax when  he was one. This is still one of my favorite pictures of him. It was taken by the water falls in the courtyard of the Shops at La Cantera in San Antonio Texas.

Here are a couple of close ups. Everything I used except for the tiny alphas that spell "my", came in the kit.

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Monday, May 7, 2012

All Aboard

I finally got a chance to scrap after a rough week. Dax woke up throwing up blood one night. I called an ambulance and tried not to show the lil guy that I was panicking. I had never seen so much blood coming out of some one before. On April 19th, he had his tonsils out and apparently the scabbing that is suppose to happen didn't and all that blood was clotting in his stomach....ewwww! He was  hospitalized for a few days due to losing so much blood. But all is good now, he is back to his normal ole bratty self. And returned to school today.

Here is a layout I did of him today. Recently while at the park, a train had parked. The engineer got out and went to the local convenience store, so his mom thought that was the perfect time to take some pictures of him on it. 

 I used Authentiques Free Bird papers and followed the sketch from ScraputanteBlog

  I cut the train and accessories from the oldie but goodie My Community cartridge. I did my journaling right on the caboose. I added Stickles to the rail road sign to emulate lights. For the puffs of smoke, I cut clouds with SCAL and ran them through the Cuttlebug with the D'Vine Swirls embossing folder. I think it gives the impression of swirling smoke.

 For the title, I cut the alphas with Sizzix's Rat A Tat alpha dies. Then embellish with buttons and burlap twine. I love the burlap twine. The Funkie Junkie has many colors of it.

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Shabby Chic Tag Tutorial

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Handmade Flowers - TPV

The challenge this week at The Paper Variety is one of my favorites. I love making flowers. For these flowers, I took a strip of material, folded it in half length wise, then did a running stitch from one end to the other. Then pulled the thread, securing it to the other end when I liked how the pleats looked. I made two for each flower, then sewed a button in the center attaching the two.

Be sure to follow along each day at The Paper Variety to see the flowers the other designers have made.

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