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The Crime – www.twistedsketches.com – sketch #47 with the “twist” of CLEAN


Twisted sketch #47 is live over at www.twistedsketches.com .  The twist for this sketch was CLEAN… any how or any way that word inspires you.  This is a great sketch site to get your creativity amped up! We would love for you to come and play along…and leave a link of your layout under the comment section of the sketch you worked with over at twisted sketches!

This week’s sketch twist inspired me by wanting to show exactly how “clean” my life actually is with a 5 year old & 2 year old.  I thought about titling this “After, Before, After, Before” because this photo of my wrecked family room could actually be a “before” or “after” photo.  I cannot keep up with my kids. They can tear a room apart faster than I can clean it.  and I can think of so many better things I would rather do with my time than fight this battle.  (Sigh) But alas, if you don’t keep up with this, it can quickly become a real “situation.” I know that everyone can relate to this. 

 So, here it is….a day in my life.


Trying to use up some old supplies…the paper here is from a large Paper Studio pad, with a few Cosmo Cricket paper details, letters are Creative Imaginations, Dymo label tape, Jenni Bowlin, Thicker asterick details, and some cut-up sticker of unknown brand.  I pierced holes around as a border for some varied texture and visual interest. My kids think this is a pretty funny layout! Thanx for looking!

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Twisted Sketches – Card Sketch #4 with a “button” twist


The latest Card Sketch (#4) went up last Saturday over at www.twistedsketches.com . The twist for this week’s card was BUTTONS….any how, or any way.  I love buttons….I have hundreds of buttons….I use buttons all of the time! So I wanted to do something a little less obvious than just adding “buttons.” 

So I pulled out my fabulous Martha Stewart embossing button punch and used it to make buttons….cut them in half…and added them as a scalloped border to the bottom of the card.  I then stitched them on for a little extra dimension, texture, and detail.

This card was almost entirely made from gorgeous file folders that I found at the Dollar Tree.  They had 3 different floral designs…all packaged in 3 files per pack…and each package for only a dollar.  I cut the folder so that the scored edge was already made for the card…super easy.

I used a chipboard design for my border, and glued it down to another one of the floral file folder, then used my exacto knife to cut off the excess.

I then used one of my small CTMH files to file the edges.

Here is a close-up look at the button scallops.

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Featured Artist over at www.ideasforscrapbookers.blogspot.com !!!


An exciting day! Today I am a “featured artist” over at Pam Callaghan’s amazing blog!  You can check it out here . I shared a tutorial for making the roses you see here on this card.    Please stop over and check out this amazing blog http://ideasforscrapbookers.blogspot.com/ …there are a lot of fantastic ideas and tutorials from a lot of AMAZING scrapbookers!

The design for this card was totally inspired by www.twistedsketches.com ‘s latest twisted card sketch #3 with the “twist” of TWILL. 

All paper here is Anna Griffin.  The butterfly TWILL ribbon is from Paper Studio.  The butterfly and double-scalloped border was done using Martha Stewart punches.  The 2 smaller roses were made using 100% silk ribbon from Baccali, and the larger ribbon was made using ribbon of unknown brand from my stash.

I hand drew the flourish/stems with pencil, pierced the holes, erased the pencil marks, and then hand-stitched the stems with Janlynn embroidery floss.  TFL!!!!

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Had a Good Laugh – www.twistedsketches.com -sketch #45 with the twist of LAUGH


Well….twisted sketch #45 with the twist of LAUGH is live over at www.twistedsketches.com ! Come over and join us….it really is SO much fun!  Here is my DT assignment for this week’s sketch (you can find the original sketch here at http://www.twistedsketches.com/2010/04/twisted-sketch-045.html !

I must first preface this by saying that I received my husband’s permission before I did this layout! I did not want to disrespect something that he takes so very seriously! but I was pretty sure that he could appreciate the humor in this scenario! 🙂  The journaling is hidden under the photo – written on the “the story” paper that is tucked inside the photo (I sewed the photo down on 3 sides and tucked the journaling inside the pocket that was made with the photo.)  Journaling reads:  “Sometime in the Fall of 2007….I will never forget the night you came home from your York Rite meeting (part of the Masons)….wearing this hat, carrying this sword.  I didn’t know I had married a pirate. I didn’t want to offend you, but I couldn’t help but laugh. You very gratiously let me take this picture – I don’t want to forget these moments…and of course, when Saylor saw this hat he thought you were a pirate too.”  I remember thinking, oh, good Lord, what has he gotten himself into 🙂  This was such a fun layout to do! if you go over to www.twistedsketches.com you can check out all the other layouts done by the Design Team….good stuff!!! 

Here is a view of the journaling pulled out from under the photo.

I hand-made the ship…drew, cut, & colored the the actual ship from a sheet of chipboard & made the sails from off-white CS and inked the edges….I embroidered the little red cross (a symbol of the Knights Templar…all related to the York Rite Masons.)  I tied the sails onto toothpicks (not an easy task.) I cut the clouds out of one of my all-time favorite papers, Howdy by American Crafts (this was my last piece 🙁   I free-handed the waves, cut and inked them….curled them up for a little dimension….used some foam pop-dots on a few to secure.  The directional and anchor stamps are both from CTMH.  The background map paper is old Heidi Swapp which I scored at Tuesday Mornings awhile back…thought it was perfect for this page!  Inked and distressed the map paper to death….adhered it to a piece of CTMH cardstock for support. The waves were made out of paper that I purchased in a big pack at W.  Used my handy-dandy Fiber Friend from Timeless Touches for my sewing lines, and hand-sewed the photo and lines on the waves.  I also sewed a little red border around my clouds for texture and balance.  The title fonts are from Thickers (laugh), cut (good) out of one of my new Prima Flights of Fancy papers, (had) is from some CS stickers from the Paper Studio….and the “A” is Jenni Bowlin! Such a fun layout to do!


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Twisted Card sketch #2 with twist of “PUNCH”


Every Saturday www.twistedsketches.com posts a new “card sketch” along with the already loved layout sketches which are posted every Wednesday (my latest DT assignment for this week’s sketch will be posted sometime tonight, and when it goes live I will be posting it here…) but anyway, I played along with the latest card sketch and here is my result…the twist here was PUNCH….I used my Paper Studio Folk Heart punches here…. Here’s a little tip that I sometimes use…if you punch the same shape about 5 times and layer them…then you have a nice thick almost chipboard like accent….this also works for die-cuts! works great with the Cricut!

You can find the original sketch here http://www.twistedsketches.com/2010/04/twisted-cards-002.html

I used old Heidi Swapp patterned cardstock, Love Elsie paper, Scrap In Style Mod Sheets, Sticko, My Little Shoebox, and Thickers for the sentiment, & Anna Griffin Pink ribbon!

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TwistedCard #1 w/square twist revised….


a little subtle revisions to Twisted card sketch #1 -chalked the edges, added a little gingham bow, & added some dimensional fabric paint for texture to the polka-dotted square….TFL!

you can find the original sketch over at www.twistedsketches.com !

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Twisted Card -card sketch #1 with “square” twist


I played along with the first “official” card sketch over at  twisted sketches ! The twist to this card was  “square.”  Here is my take:

All paper here is from Martha Stewart. The scalloped paper ribbon is from Miss Elizabeth, ribbon and flowers/brads have been in my stash for awhile (no packaging to reference), and the “BABY” letters are from HL found in the clearance dept! TFL!

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Twisted Card…had to add some flair :)


I wasn’t satisfied with the card I did for the first “twisted cards” card sketch over at twisted sketches  so I added some stitched border accents – I used a stitching template from Oriental Trading Co. to achieve the decorative edge! I think it just needed a little extra flair! so here you have it!

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www.twistedsketches.com starts a new/weekly Twisted Card Sketch


Attention all card-makers! now www.twistedsketches.com has started a new weekly sketch for cards…with a “twist.”  The Design Team for this new twisted sketches venture was revealed last weekend…and since I love to make cards, I decided to play along… you can find the original sketch, as well as all the amazing creations of the new Twisted Sisters here… http://www.twistedsketches.com/2010/03/welcome-the-twisted-cards-team.html .  Here is my take on this sketch:

The twist was transparent…so I in a pinch, I used a sheet of one of my Plaid brand “Simply Stencil” sheets…just cut off the top with the words on it…used my bone folder to make a sharp crease to fold the card.

I used a make-up sponge to apply FolkArt brand acrylic paint in Calypso Sky and Jamaican Sea colors around the edges.  I cut and glued in a sheet of new Graphic 45’s new Le Romantique paper to the inside.  Adhered some of Michael’s clear patterned packing tape (this only cost me $1.00) to the front and back of the card (transparent twist) -this stuff is awesome:

I then layered som of Webster’s Pages new “Bloomers” trim (gorgeous!), made a tulle flower by folding the tulle several times, tying it in the middle then cutting it….I glued down one of K & Co’s Serendipity brads (after cutting the brad clasps off with my button shanker!) I then glued the flower down with Liquid Nails clear glue adhesive so that it wouldn’t show much….I must say that this Stencil paper is very heavy duty and much more forgiving than the absolute clear acrylic sheets…it is a lot like vellum.  Used Thickers cardstock “Delight” alphabet stickers…took a pen to the letters to give a faux stitched appearance (just didn’t feel the need to actually sew this time, go figure!)  Here are a few more detailed photos:  TFL!

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