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“The All-American Boren Brothers” -Twisted Sketch #55 with the “flag” twist!


The latest Twisted Sketch is live over at www.twistedsketches.com ! The twist for this assignment was “flag.”  There are some amazing interpretations of  THIS sketch over at Twisted Sketches…you really should check it out and play along.  Just be sure and link up your layout under the comment section at Twisted Sketches!  Here is my interpretation of this latest sketch.

I think it is pretty obvious how I integrated the “flag” twist into my project.  I bought this platter at our local Dollar General Store for $1.50.  It looks like about the size of an average plate…but I assure you it is larger.  I will include some photos to demonstrate it’s size in comparison to an average “plate.”  The 2 boys in this layout are my nephews….they are the biggest baseball fans and players that I know (well, next to their parents – fans that is.) 

The Kraft chipboard here was purchased at www.scrapbook.com . The chipboard scalloped edge is from CTMH.  The little fans were made out of some old Heidi Swapp cardstock.  The star buttons are from my stash, as is the red/white/blue ribbon, and zig-zag trim.  The yellow sticker letters are from Prima.  The “Letterman” stickers are Thickers, and the little “the” is Little Yellow Bicycle.  I used a lot of hot glue and Terrifically Tacky Tape to ensure a strong bond on this platter as it is hard plastic.  TFL! and I appreciate your comments and feedback!!!

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Twisted Card Sketch #10 with the twist of “YELLOW”


Here is my interpretation of  Twisted Sketches Card Sketch #10 with the twist of “yellow.”  If you haven’t checked this awesome sketch site out before…you really need to visit www.twistedsketches.com .  And! if you want to try out to become a Twisted Sister Design Team member over at the Twisted Sketches site….Anam (the blog’s founder) has posted an open call!

Yellow enough for ya’? 🙂  I used scraps here…so I can only positively identify the Martha Stewart polka-dotted paper & my beloved “Howdy” paper from American Crafts.  I cut the little bird out of a sticker, stole a few feathers out of Lizzie’s boa, & cut small pieces of twine for my nest here.  I glued the little pieces of twine down, then secured them with some of my CTMH’s Liquid Glass.  I had a ton of fun making this card.  To see a psuedo-tutorial on how I made this card, check out my layout, “My Family”, here.  The various buttons are from my stash.  Did some hand-sewing.  and Voila! 🙂

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A Special Father’s Day Card for our special Daddy!!!


Here is the card I made for my husband this recent Father’s Day! I have been wanting to try my hand at one of these tri-shutter cards for awhile….and what a perfect occasion! I must say…it is SOOOO much easier than it looks! You can find the awesome tutorial for this card here!  Give it a try – not only was it a lot of fun to make…but it also looks so cool! I can’t say that I have ever seen one of these cards that didn’t look fantastic!

I used a superhero paper with coordinating brads and die-cuts that I purchased on-line from Oriental Trading Co. ages ago.  Here is a link to the paper in case anyone is interested.  It is perfect for all of those sons and husbands, for that matter, who love all things super-hero related.  I also used some cardboard for the base of this card…it was the only handy thing I had at my recent scrappy club…and it worked great, giving just the right edgy feel and sturdiness.

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Twisted Card Sketch #9 with the “rub-on” twist!


Whew! what a week! 2 kids with strept throat…just waiting until my husband and I come down with it! Ugh! and the littlest one gets stung by a bumble-bee on the back! not to mention that I have just worked 7 days straight! What a week! but I’m not complaining…I am counting my blessings.  In the meantime…I did manage to do the 9th Twisted Card sketch over at www.twistedsketches.com.  You can find this particular sketch here.  The twist to this sketch was “rub-on” -any how, any way that inspires you.  Here’s my take!

and here are some up-close detailed photos:

Products used here include:  Paper from GCD’s Homespun Collection (Pink Stitchery); Thickers (Venus Accents); the 2 Rub-ons here are from Plaid & Autumn Leaves (Heather Bailery); Anna Griffin journal spot (Flora Collection); green cardstock from Best Occasions; Button/Brad from K & Co ( Serendipity); blue “Felt Fusion” from Queen & Co.; and pink tulle from my stash.  TFL! and thank you for any and all comments! I cannot tell you how much I appreciate it!

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The Happiest Day – twisted sketch #53


Well…twisted sketch #53 over at www.twistedsketches.com is LIVE!  Come on over and check out this amazing sketch site for some out-of-the-ordinary inspiration!  This week’s “twist” was acrylic….check out my interpretation below:

I must begin by saying that the background resist paper here was completely white.   It is probably easy to guess that my “acrylic” twist here was acrylic paint.  BUT, I also used an acrylic XL bracket piece from ClearScraps to layer over and under all the “stuff” I added to this.  I was really wanting to make a mess…and this certainly satisfied that need.  

This is a photo of myself on my wedding day….I was riding in the classic car we rented (don’t ask me what kind it was because I really do not have any idea..but it was classy : ) to go to the Myriad Gardens where we got married.  It was such a happy day.

Here are some up-close detailed images:

 I pierced holes into the acrylic using a flourish Punch n’ Stitch template from Oriental Trading Co.

After punching the holes, I used embroidery floss for the stitching…I’m not used to being so mindful of what the back stitching looks like, but because of the clear acrylic I had to be very careful.

Above is a photo of the background paper…it was white.  This paper has a resist type treatment/design that when you ink or paint it, it leaves the design showing through.  I have searched the world over trying to properly identify this paper…I think that it came in one of my monthly kits from Swirlydoos but I cannot (for the life of me) find out who makes it.  If anyone can identify this paper and help me out it would be greatly appreciated…please e-mail me or leave it in the comments so that I can properly give credit where credit is due.  I saturated this with a multitude of different colors of acrylic paint…then, lightly sanded it with a sanding tool from Close to My Heart, better defining the background design.

Ingredients for this layout include (but are not limited to – not for my lack of trying) the following:  Thickers chipboard letter stickers; XL ClearScraps bracket clear acrylic sheet; Colorbok’s Sticky Border Stax and Sticky Journal Stax; Oriental Trading Co.’s Punch n’ Stitch flourish template; CTMH paper piercer; Timeless Touches 12 by 12 cork board; Spare Parts’ brads by the Paper Studio (HL); Loveshack patterned paper by BoBunny; Love Elsie paper; Bracket chipboard frame by Technique Tuesday; Kaisercraft die-cut paper (flourish-like photo corners) painted black and cut off the paper; green/black polka-dotted ribbon by Recollections from M’s called Urban trim; buttons from my stash, but also included in some of the monthly Scarlet Lime kits;  & flowers from Prima, Petaloo, and from a Lei my son brought home from school : ) All acrylic paint used here was from PLAID and included the following colors:  Neon Pink, Carribean, Turquoise, Engine Red, Bright Pink, Citrus Green, Pure Orange, and Perfect Purple.

Thanx for stopping by…and I really appreciate your comments!

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