Tuesday, December 31, 2019

2019 Review!

Good morning!
As 2019 comes to a close and 2020 begins I thought I would do my year in review!

To start I thought I would share my favorite creations from 2019, in no particular order

Pick The Road less Traveled

I really like the layering this layout....I layered paper, elements, and chipboard!

You Rock

I created this one for Creative Embellishments....I like the grungy feel of this one.


Another one created for Creative Embellishments!  Again I think I like the grunginess of this one!

Alone We Can Do so Little

I think its the colours on this layout that I made for Creative Embellishments are the stand out to me.

Easter Joy

I really like how sweet this layout is that I made for Elizabeth Craft Designs.  The die cuts are so cute!

Proud of You

I really like the colors and papers I used on this one that I made for Creative Embellishments and Elizabeth Craft Designs


I think the title says it....its a fun and bright layout I created for Elizabeth Craft Designs


I believe it is a combination of reasons why I like this one....the colors, the photo, the design...I just like it

I love your Smile

This is my first commissioned piece ever.  I created it for Els and I really like how it came out!

Enjoy This Moment

Again I think it is a combination of reasons - the photo is outstanding, the colors, the papers and the elements

So my top moments of 2019....

1 - Jons Cancer

The day that Jons Doctor told him his cancer was in the undetectable range.  They are now 0.013 which means he only goes to the doctor once a year rather than every 6 months and he has to have his PSA done every 6 months rather than every 3.   I remember that day....I think I started to breathe again....it was like all the air was let back in the room again...almost like I had been holding it for the last year....I kept thinking 'I get to keep my husband...hes not leaving me....I get to love him for the rest of my life...'

2 - Ty's graduation 

It was such a proud moment!  Because he has ADHD and a memory recall problem, he had to work really hard to get to this point in his life and he did it!  He received an award for shop class and he was so proud!

3. Cody's Second graduation

Cody decided to return for his victory lap at school! 
He excelled and received an award!  I was so proud!

4. Cody's First Day of College 

I am so proud of Cody!  He worked so hard to get to college!  He knew what he wanted, set his goal and achieved it!

5. Punta Cana

My generous and loving in laws are celebrating their 70th birthdays and their 50th wedding anniversary and decided to take the whole family to Punta Cana.  It was an amazing vacation filled with amazing food, an amazing beach, amazing people, amazing resort and amazing memories!  To say it was amazing is an understatement!

6. Def Leppard Concert

We have been blessed in our lives...and one of our blessings is our outstanding friends.  For Jons birthday this year Pat and Karin treated us to the Def Leppard concert!  Can you believe that!  What an amazing time!

7. Pig Roast

In August we had our first pig roast in a very long time. We had such a great time with friends and family that traveled from near and far with awesome food!

Top 10 photos

I love to take photos....you can usually see a camera in my hand....so here is my top 10 photos I have taken in 2019 in no particular order

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog this year and helping me make this year a memorable one!

Best Wishes for 2020


Sunday, December 15, 2019

Summer Dreamin' - Elizabeth Craft Designs!

Good morning!  
It is very cold here right now and I am missing the heat of summer! Since it is winter and I can't actually enjoy the summer right now I did the next best thing and created a summer layout!

To create this layout:
Step 1) Cut your papers, 1 at 12x12, 1 at 10x12 and 1 at 11x12 then ink the edges and assemble
Step 2) Die cut 4 circles of varying sizes. I used 5 1/4, 4 1/4, 2 3/4 and 2 1/4 in the stitched circles

Step 3) Die cut one sand castle and one palm tree then ink and assemble 

Step 4) Die cut two tags and ink the edges - I used the tag from the planner essentials 7
Step 5 ) Die cut the filmstrip from planner essentials filmstrip

Step 6) Add your title and assemble

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, December 12, 2019

You Rock - Creative Embellishments

Good morning!

Cody loves music...he has very eclectic taste - everything from Johnny Cash to Metallica to Dion!

The awesome Creative Embellishments chipboard mixed with the fabulous 49 & Market Vintage Remnants papers are perfect for a grungy masculine layout.

I love to layer including my chipboard.  I painted all the pieces - music notes, distressed harlequin pieces, and the music artist trading coins  with black chalkboard paint, olive green paint and light green paint to match the papers and to stay grungy!

I added some music flair and some art stones to finish it off!

Thanks so much for stopping by

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Take the road less travelled - Creative Embellishments

Good morning!
I am sharing a grungy masculine layered layout I created for Creative Embellishments!

Our boys wanted to help their dad with polishing his truck!  The photo is perfect for all the fabulous masculine chipboard CE has to offer

I used the awesome Distressed Circle Stencil with Nuvo mousse to add texture

I painted and misted all the chipboard pieces then added some metallic copper paint to add more visual interest.  In the layered clusters I used the distressed chevron border (which I cut in half), a grunge corner,  and a spark plug from the car part set.  I also used a couple of metal gears from my stash.

I framed the photo with the bicycle chain frame,  a title piece from the car part set and grunge harlequin piece.

I love to add texture so I used some Prima art stones that I put in a small baggie and misted with brown mist randomly throughout the layout.

I am entering this in the paper issues Take 5 challenge.

Thanks for stopping by

Saturday, November 30, 2019

The elves - Creative Embellishments and Elizabeth Craft Designs!

Christmas time is here!
I love this time of year steeped with traditions and fun!

Every year while my kids were younger my dad would come over and they would make sugar cookies! 

This months  Creative Embellishments challenge is to use this color board as inspiration and your twist is to use glitter!

So I saw the cookies and I saw the theme and I created my layout!

For the jumping reindeer I painted him a metallic cream color and the fabulous Spiral Tree I painted in black

The gorgeous poinsettias are from Elizabeth Craft Designs.  I die cut I large layer, one lace layer and once small layer using their double sided adhesive papers.  I then molded teh flowers how I wanted them with my stylus, added the glitter in sand dunes, Fire opal and in black.

I also used some fabulously festive Creative Embellishments chipboard poinsettias 

For final touch I created a cluster of poinsettias, and Leaf and Berry Branches, a glitter Christmas bulb, and a title piece from Christmas Sentiments.

Thanks so much for stopping by