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“MY FAMILY” -Twisted Sketch #37 (twist: wood)


Here is my latest DT layout for www.twistedsketches.com , sketch #37 with the twist being “wood” -any how or any way that word inspires you. I am having so much fun with these sketches and “twists.”

Twisted Sketch #37 -twist: wood
www.twistedsketches.com -sketch #37 twist being “wood”

Journaling on this reads, ” My home will always be…with these three….My Family.”

 The “wood” twists I included on this are as follows:  used Hambly’s “Woodgrain” patterned paper on the background, wood flourish & scalloped wood trim (both from Michaels), Creative Imaginations 6 x 12 real wood thin cherry paper used for my “house”, wood miniatrue clothes pins from Craft-T,  & felt tree  from CTMH.

Other products used here include:  all patterned paper, except the cloud paper from American Crafts, Hambly’s woodgrain paper, and the green/white polka-dotted paper used in the layered grass from DCWV, is from the Early Bird collection from Cosmo Cricket; CTMH acrylic stamps used: Childhood Portrait (the grass) & Around the Block (for the house); the cherries are ephemera found in my mother’s junk drawer; pins from Memory Makers, “Love Notes”; buttons from Oriental Trading Co.;  embroidery floss from Janlynn; red rick-rack trim from my stash, unknown brand; fiskars scalloped scissors; TomBow permanent adhesive, and Timeless Touches 12 x 12 cork board and Fiber Friend stitching template/ruler.

Here are a few up-close detailed shots of the layout:


To better understand how this layout came together, I am including some “behind-the-scenes” photos:

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To My Valentines – twisted sketch #36 (twist:pens, pencils, markers)



www.twistedsketches.com   Here is  the latest twisted sketch #36 with the twist being “pens, pencils, markers” any how…anyway.  For the twist…I used a black colored pencil to highlight the background notes, used pen and pink colored pencils on the square border, used pink marker and outlined with pen around the circle and around the beige paper, I drew the “Hugs & Kisses” part of the title with my black Precise pen, traced around Prima chipboard letters and doodled the paper for the “valentine”, used pink colored pencil to color the hearts on the bg paper, colored in the center stitched flourish with pencils and pen, & highlighted all of the butterflies with pen.

  Here are my 3 valentines! Saylor, Daniel, and Elizabeth. What I love about twisted sketches is that it gets me doing techniques that I normally do not do…in this case…I used a lot of colored pencils, markers, pens….doodling….stuff I don’t normally do on my layouts…! it is so much fun!

I used the Smitten paper from K & Co here; pink carnation, shell pink, and black colored pencils are all from CTMH as well as Watermelon pink marker, black and red cardstock used to mat the titles & the small distressing files used on the titles; the heart cupcake toothpicks I picked up today on clearance at W – Walton brand; Hambly lace transparency on the side of the 3 photos, Anna Griffin paper (beige paper in the middle) and flower transparency in the circle bg area; I also used Prima Times Chipboard Alphbet small letters to overlap, then trace for the “valentines” section of the title; also in the title are reverse black miniature Jenni Bowlin stickers & Paper Studio white CS sticker alphabet; For the Hugs & Kisses title work…I used an acrylic stampology stamp for my inspiration…using my Precise VS pen (undoubtably the most used product in making this layout); the stitched flourish was made using a flourish stitch template from Oriental Trading Co…I was rather impressed with this template even though it is made out of incredibly flimsy plastic (let’s just say I had my doubts); the trim is from Making Memories “love notes”‘ and other misc includes, Tombo permanent adhesive runner, Timeless touches corkboard and paper piercer, green pom-pom trim & red rickrack of unknown brand, black sharpie marker, Janlynn embroidery floss, adhesive pearls and hearts are unknown brand, EK Success 3-D pop dots, and my handy-dandy Xacto knife! couldn’t live without that!

If you haven’t already…come check out www.twistedsketches.com ran by Prima & My Mind’s Eye’s own Anam Stubbington…such a talented lady! TFL everyone!!!

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“Animal” – Twisted Sketch #35 (twist: animal)


Here it is … my first Design Team project at www.twistedsketches.com .  To see the actual sketch be sure and check out the site…the twist to this assignment was “animal” – anyhow or anyway you interpret it!  A fun project!  Please come over and join us for this challenge! Be sure and post a link to your layout in the comment section under the sketch!  Anam will choose a winner in the coming weeks!

Ingredients for this layout include: Zebra Paper by DCWV, Cheetah print paper from Anna Griffin, Acrylic alpha/flowers from Recollections (a Michael’s brand), acrylic alpha/flowers painted with white Polymark Acrylic paint, cardstock from Close to My Heart, pink/green floss twisted together for the border stitching – floss from Janlynn, Orange buttons (unknown brand), giraffe stamped strip from Stampendous Acrylic stamps “Simply Safari” , Black Staz-on ink, dymo clear embossing tape – I LOVE this stuff! green/black polka-dotted and pink ball trim from Recollections, American Crafts plastic die-cuts: green flower, Color Box chalk ink in red and dark brown,green photo corner by Heidi Swapp, and my handy-dandy hot glue gun for the fanned orange medallion!  TFL everyone!
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“Mother of the Year (Don’t Judge)” Twisted Sketch #32 -twist: stamps!



I am off and running, working on my latest goal for 2010…every twisted sketch since the blog’s beginning! here is the Twisted Sketch #32 with the twist being STAMPS, anyhow/anyway…you can check the actual sketch out over at www.twistedsketches.com and click on sketch #32. I struggled with this one a bit at the beginning…and changed the direction I was heading 2 times before this manifested! This is Baby Elizabeth, and yes, she fell asleep in her bouncer/walker! That is why it is titled ” Mother of the Year- Don’t Judge” 🙂 – the journaling reads…”When I stopped hearing the bounce, I knew something was up…” I used my January Scarlet Lime kit http://www.scarletlime.com/  for this layout… which included the Letterman Thickers, the red/white ribbon and green buttons, 3 Bugs in a Rug paper: Little Red/Spread Your Wings, Scarlet Lime Exclusive paper: the green tulip paper, and the GCD green paper: Christmas Sleigh collection. Other supplies used out of my stash included the Jenni Bowlin reverse black alphabet stickers, the Doodlebug Design Blue title stickers, the round, blue circle stickers from Martha Stewart, Colorbok’s Sticky Alpha stax “Ink Edge White” stickers (again in the title), Plaid acrylic paint: Fire Engine Red, Close to My Heart acrylic stamps: Around the Block & Priceless Love Word Puzzle,  yellow cardstock from the Paper Studio, & red embroidery floss from Janlynn (see little embroidered heart and border stitching.)  I sew on my pages by hand because I like the control….and because of this the 2 most imporant tools I used on this layout have to be the “Fiber Friend” stitching ruler and the 12 x 12 cork board that are both from http://www.timelesstouches.net/ .  Before that cork board…which is perfect for punching your stitches…I used a pizza box! (oh, the good old days when I had bloody & bruised fingers 🙂 )

This was a fun layout to do….I folded some of the ribbon that came in my Scarlet Lime kit and sewed it to make the flower in the upper right corner…I used the red acrylic paint around the photos….the stamps I used here (you know for the “twist”) are the X O X O, the clouds, and the date stamp in the bottom left corner.

Here a few up-close details:

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New Goal for 2010


Well….I have finished my first Design Team project for www.twistedsketches.com WOOHOO! and while I wait for it to go live tomorrow (be sure to go and check it out, even though I plan on posting it here after it goes live!) – I have made a new resolution for this wonderful 2010……are you ready… (wait for it 😉 )… My goal is to go back and do every Twisted Sketch that has been posted since the blog’s original beginning! (I must say that this idea was spawned by visiting another Twisted Sister’s blog, Yatie, at  http://scrappingwithyatie.blogspot.com/ …she is trying to do 100 layouts this year! and that is such an admirable goal!   Anyway,  I am completely entranced with the Twisted Sketches site  and it’s concept! I love the “twists” – they really get your creativity working over-drive!  To break it down…it’s so fun doing something that I absolutely LOVE! and the “twists” are getting me to use my supplies and to do things a little differently! that THRILLS  me!  So here I go! Wish me luck and check back often 🙂

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