Saturday, June 20, 2020


     I put this card together using stamps and dies from Stamps of Life. I love a card with a toucan and these tropical flowers are lovely too.     

                       I used this sketch by Lisa Hidy from Sketch N Scrap.

Card Sketch #172 by Lisa Hidy

Inside of Card

Materials List:
      Card Stock: My Colors - Black Magic
     Patterned Paper: Graphic 45 - Safari Adventure
     Stamp: Stamps of Life - Tropical 2 Stamp
                                         Sloth 2 Stamp
     Dies: Stamps of Life - Tropical
     Ink: Gina K - Chocolate Truffle
     Copics: 100, Y18, YG23, B93, YR27, G94

Friday, June 5, 2020

Homemade Pizza

     Making homemade pizza can be a family affair. Brooklyn and her daddy made very cheesy pizza together. I used La La Land Crafts Marci with Pizza to document the occasion. 

     I chose my patterned papers first and colored Marci and her little friends to match the colors in the paper. I usually take the patterned paper and note one Copic color match for each color in the paper. Then I sit down to color.

     I wanted to try to get all of the dies that came with Mari on the layout as well. When I die cut these cheese blocks, I had no idea how I could use them. They ended up making great back drops for each of the characters. 

     The title is made using my Cameo Silhouette. This one is kinda simple, but I was pretty happy with it. 

     There was quite a bit of work that went into the pizza paddle. Unfortunately you can't really see what was done. I placed two equally spaced score lines down the paddle. I then took a pad of white pigment ink and drug ii down the paddle. Next I dragged a pad of dark brown ink over that. It makes the wood look weathered.  I am going to include a chart of the card stock and ink I used in making this pizza. I am going to put the chart here so that the next time I want to make this pizza, I will have all of the information to do it. I really like the way this turned out, and would probably do the same way again. 

  Card Stock Ink
 Cutting BoardPrickly Pear White Pigment
Dark Brown
 CrustIvory Sandy Beach
Warm Cocoa
Charcoal Brown 
 Sauce & CheeseWild DandelionPrickly Pear
Faded Brick 
 MushroomsWhisper Soft Stone 
 TomatoesTomato Soup Faded Brick 
 Bell PepperGrass Green Fresh Aparagus 

Materials List:
      Card Stock: My Colors - Expresso Bean
                                        Lemon Sorbet
     Patterned Paper: Echo Park - Happiness is Homemade
     Dies: La La Land Crafts - Pizza Die
                                          Cheese Block
                                          Paddle with Mitt
             Sizzix - Circles
     Silhouette Font: ld big bold brown nose
     Stamp: La La Land Crafts - Marci with Pizza
     Copics: Face - E50, 51, 53, 93
                Hair - Y21, YR23, E15, 37
                Dress - BG11, 53, 57
                Pizza - Y15 77, R29, 59, E31, 33
                Shoes - RV32, 34, C0, 1
                Mice - E40, 41, 42, 43, 44, E02, R20
                Shirt - BG11, 53, 57, R24, 27
                Hat - 0, T0, T2
                Pizza Paddle - W3, 5
     Ink: Momento - Tuxedo Black
            Distress - Cracked Pistachio
            Gina K - Red Hot
                         Jelly Bean
                         Fresh Asparagus
                         Stormy Sky
                         Warm Cocoa
     Embellies: Twine - Dark Brown


2 Crafty Critter Crazies - with a Critter - #76 - *
Friendship Challenge - Animals #30 - *
Incy Wincy Designs Challenge - Not a Card - #26 - Top 5
Pixie's Crafty Workshop - Anything Goes - #36 - *

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Strawberry Picking & Dipping

     The day before Mother's Day, my daughter's family went strawberry picking. They took pictures of Brooklyn picking strawberries. The next morning Brooklyn and her daddy dipped the prettiest strawberries in chocolate as a Mother's Day gift - another opportunity for pictures.

     The strawberries and leaves are die cut from white card stock. At first glance one might think that the edges are inked with a very dark ink. In fact I made 1/16 inch mats for them using the Silhouette. 
     To make the banners, I used the Silhouette to cut the words "PICKING" and "DIPPING" from black card stock. I then used one of La La Land Crafts' Long Flags to die cut while centering the titles.

     FYI: this basket of strawberries weighs a ton. There are so many layers here. The basket is a die-cut - double thickness - and a mat which is also a die cut. All of this coupled with strawberries and leaves makes for a sturdy addition to this layout. 

     These enamel dots are part of a collection specifically made for this paper line from Carta Bella.

     As soon as I saw the pictures from the strawberry field, I went on-line searching for a cute image to color for a layout. This little sweetie was released in July of 2015. I was able to find a new, never-used stamp on ebay. 

Layout with pictures
Layout with pictures

Just Getting Started

Materials List:
      Card Stock: My Colors - Black Magic
                      Carta Bella - Summer Market Solids
     Patterned Paper: Authentique - Summer Market
     Dies: La La Land Crafts - Long Flags
             Elizabeth Craft Designs - Strawberries
                                                 Lady Bugs
             The Stamps of Life - Basket Fold It
     Silhouette Font: simply put
                             lucky star
     Stamp: La La Land Crafts - Marci with Strawberries
     Copics: Face - E000, 00, 11, R20
                Hair - E42, 43, 44, 47
                Dress - Y21, 23, 26, 28
                Hat - R81, 83, 85, 89
                Strawberries - R22, 24, 29
                Leaves - YG11, 13, 17
                Basket - E53, 55, 57, 59
     Ink: Momento - Tuxedo Black
            Distress - Cracked Pistachio
            Gina K - Red Hot
                         Jelly Bean
                         Fresh Asparagus
                         Stormy Sky
                         Warm Cocoa
     Embellies: Carta Bella Summer Market - Enamel Dots


Creative Fingers Challenge - Anything Goes w/Paper - #101 - *
Country View Challenges - Summer Fields - #3 - June 30
Crafting Happiness Challenge - Summer - #21 - Top Pick!
Diva's That Cut - Summertime Fun - #4 - *
Retro Rubber Challenge - Summer Time - #1 - *
Sparkles Monthly Challenges - Spring is in the Air - #56 - *

Monday, June 1, 2020

Braver, Stronger, Smarter, Loved

     I originally purchased this Authentique paper for pics of my grandson playing tennis. When I got these two pics of him shooting a hunting gun with his daddy for the first time, I thought this was the perfect paper. Because of this, this was one of the fastest layouts I have ever put together. 

     Here is the sketch by Lisa Hidy in which this layout is based. I did make a 90 degree turn clockwise.

Sketch #202 by Lisa Hidy

Materials List:
     Card Stock: We R - Bewitched Goblin
                                 Authentique - Cobblestone
     Patterned Paper: Authentique - Youngster
     Dies: Burniston - Clock and Gears
     Silhouette File: Gears by Michelle Renee
     Embellies: Brads - 4 green arrows
                                2 metallic blue
                                1 metallic green