Saturday, 11 November 2017

Urban Scrapbook's Monthly Challenge Kit - November

Welcome to November,
Sweater weather, short days, hibernation, and most importantly, a day of Remembrance. 

This month's kit at Urban Scrapbook features paper from Simple Stories along with some beautiful sparkly paper and doilies.  To check out the other design team's layouts, follow the link here.
 The pictures I found on Pinterest were absolutely PERFECT! The colors and the theme were exactly what I was looking for.  As I've said in the past, a great layout always starts with a great photo(s).

 above, you can get a closer look at the elements I created on the page. The poppy die wasn't a poppy  at all, it was a Hibiscus. I had this one in my stash for a while, I'm pretty sure it has been discontinued, but you could use any 5 petal flower for this and add the black center with a small circle.  The foliage is from Tim Holtz.
Thanks for stopping by,  Christmas Card making season is upon us, so I will be posting pics of my progress on that.  I think I'm leaning towards a more retro feel this year. Check back soon y'all.

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Urban Scrapbook's Monthly Challenge Kit - October

Greetings all...
Pop on over to the Urban Scrapbook blog. There you can check out the design team's layouts for our spooktacular October kit.  Simple Stories - Spellbound.
For my layout, I used an image I purchased from Alpha Stamps. I printed it twice and cut away the window sections so that I could layer it. 
The skull and word "poison" were glittered using the jar of sparkly goodness that is included in the kit.  I added some twisty gnarled branches (Tim Holtz) and some purple and lime green foil to the layout..
thanks for stopping by and having a look. I will see you soon. Christmas is coming!!! woohoo!

Monday, 25 September 2017

Pumpkin Cottage

Greetings to you.
I had to share the adorable pumpkin cottage that I made last week. You can purchase the kit here.

Mary, I LOVE this kit. It is absolutely super cute.
The most work was planning the paper that I wanted to use.  I have a lot of downloaded graphic files that I have purchased from This allows me to print my own patterned papers
I added some die cut vines...
the little mice are from the "Boo To You" graphic pack
thanks for looking!

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Tropical Tiffany Lamp

Hello again, I haven't posted a lot of projects lately. I have been busy enjoying the nice weather and my newly landscaped back yard. It's still a work in progress, but I ran out of money hahaha 😫

I did make something just for me though. this project is from the Boho Butterflies SVG Kit
Boho Butterflies SVG Kit
It took a bit of editing and piecing together, but I really love how it turned out. 
I've made a few of these lamps - halloween, Christmas, snowflakes...but this one is my FAVORITE
I used 3 different images for the "stained glass"; A tropical leaf, hibiscus and wave pattern. They were downloaded from the Silhouette Design store.
I had some really cool seashell patterned vellum in my stash, I bought it years ago. I don't think you can even get it anymore. 
I colored the vellum with my Copic markers using shades of green down to turquoise.
What'd'ya think? I think it turned out rather spectacular.

Thanks for stopping by, I will see you soon.

Monday, 4 September 2017

Urban Scrapbook's Monthly Challenge Kit - September

Sometimes things don't go your way, sometimes things work out.

Back in July, I had posted the last design for Urban Scrapbook's monthly kit not knowing that things would work out.  Instead of the store closing, at the 11th hour, one of our great team members ended up buying and taking over the store!!! I am absolutely delighted and grateful.

Nicole, thank you for keeping the store alive and for keeping the Urban team together. xo

Here is my layout for September, using the kit featuring Echo Park papers and chipboard.
The only extra things I added were the layered leaf die and embossing folder (Tim Holtz)
and the die cuts from the Fall Foliage thinlets set (Tim Holtz) which I had in my stash.

I colored the word "Autumn" with distress oxide inks and added some paint splatter.
I hope you like the layout, you can check out the other team member's work over at Urban Scrapbook's blog.   see you real soon if I can figure out my photo stream situation. I have somehow lost all my pics on my ipad. grrrr

Friday, 4 August 2017

Tiki Bar In a Box

I have a cute little box card to share with you.
This cut file is a flat print'ncut from the Silhouette Studio store, but I made it into a box card.

I printed the tiki bar 3 times, then duplicated and cut the top part off to make the sides.
Don't forget to add "hinges" to attach the box together.
I have a bunch of png images that I have purchased from
I scaled those to size in my work area and printed everything on 12x12 cardstock. (I have a large format printer)
Then it was just a matter of piecing every thing together to complete a fun and foldable birthday card.
thanks for stopping in to my tiki bar in a box. see you soon my friends

Monday, 24 July 2017

Gypsy Soul and the Marquee

I wanted to have a go at making my own marquee sign. It started with a very simple design. You can't get any more basic than a rectangle. Right? hmm it took waaaay longer than I thought.
At least I knew that I needed 24 holes for the lights
Thanks to the rhinestone feature in my Silhouette Studio software, it was easy enough to add the circles to the frame. It just took a little tweaking and aligning of the cuts.
I designed the picture in the software as well, using the pattern and solid fill options to get the background. The plumeria flowers were a download from the store as were the flamingos.
I printed everything but actually cut the birds and flowers out by hand. I enjoy layering the pieces together for extra dimension.
It goes back to my youth, I think, watching my mom create beautiful paper tole. She and I have spent countless hours cutting paper. xoxo
here it is all lit up. I am very happy with the final result. It's really feminine and pretty.
Thanks for looking! see you soon.