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“A Joyful Day” – Twisted Sketch #60 with the “twist” of JOY!


The last sketch, #60,  for this Design Team term is now live over at www.twistedsketches.com ! The “twist” to this sketch was JOY – any how or any way that word inspires you!  There is so much beautiful work done by this term’s Design Team – and I have been honored to be included in this group of amazingly talented ladies!  A direct link to this week’s sketch can be found HERE.  Please come over and join in on the fun! and be sure and leave a link to your layout under the comment section of sketch #60…I would LOVE to see your interpretation!

This is a photo of a family friend on her wedding day! Isn’t that a GREAT photo!

I used a ton of Prima on this!  Other than Prima paper, I used some Creative Imaginations paper (the heart and the “newspaper” paper.)  I hand-made the flowers (using Prima paper) and scallop/rolled the paper edges using some AWESOME techniques from the amazingly talented Gabrielle Pollacco….you can find all kinds of brilliant tutorials over at her awesome blog HERE.  Other products used here include, Bazzill’s stitching templates, Basic Grey scroll stickers, Martha Stewarts “Deco” fan border punch, Fiskars scalloped scissors,  and the rest is Prima. 

Here are a few up-close detailed photos:


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Twisted Card Sketch #17 with the “GLITTER” twist!


You don’t have to ask me twice to get out the glitter paper 🙂  Here is the last Twisted Card sketch (#17) with the GLITTER twist! I wish that photographs could show the true glitz and glitter that you see in real-life, but alas, that is never the case (sigh).

I used 6 layers of glitter paper for this card…all from Best Occasions.  I hand-made the 2 large flowers…using the glitter paper and the metallic paper (also from Best Occasions).  Glitter stickers used here for the sentiment are from EK Success.  Brads used here are from the Oriental Trading Co. (the black/white ones), and the glitter brads were found in the $1 section of Target! Long live Target 🙂  I will try and put a tutorial up later showing how these large flowers were made!

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WOO HOO!!! another round with Twisted Sketches!!!!


I am soo excited and thrilled to be able to share my latest good news!  I am so lucky and fortunate  to have been given another opportunity to be on the design team over at www.twistedsketches.com for another term (doing the happy dance!)   This last term was amazing! and I am absolutely beside myself with joy that I get to continue for another term!  Not only do I get to push my creativity, but I am steadily getting the layouts DONE!  and I LOVE IT!!!! I am having the MOST fun! and I hope that I am inspiring a few along the way!  

Through all of this I have realized something about myself….I enjoy the “process” of scrapbooking as much as the end result!  and my therapy is the details….each and every hand-stitch, painted stroke, home-made embellishment….that gives me my serenity.  A much-needed serenity… in a job dealing with the long-term mentally ill, and not to mention the toddler and preschool antics of my little ones! Thank you GOD…for my husband, my scrapbooking, the girls/the monthly scrapbook meeting, my much-loved and needed occasional dates with my dear husband (11 thus far this year…yes, I count them! 🙂 and of course, my sweet-cheeked cherubs and family!!!

Here is the layout I created using the sketch #DT4 from www.twistedsketches.  You can find a link to the sketch HERE. The twist to this sketch was MUSIC, however that word inspires you to be creative!

Here are my 2 kiddos…on the long road-trip to New Mexico for a family wedding! I love those HUGE earphones…they are sooo “DJ” style! (another secret dream of mine – to be a DJ 🙂   The title and sub-titling here is from Madonna’s “Music” song – “Music, makes the people, come together,” & “Hey, Mister DJ, put a record on, I want to dance with my baby.” 

Music paper here is from Love Elsie, green CS from Bazzill, glittered music notes are from W; Title “MUSIC” is Thickers from American Crafts; clear letter tape is from DYMO;  music ribbon is from the Paper Studio; little letterin is from Little Yellow Bicycle; large MISTER stickers are from Creative Imaginations; & large, deep-set border punch is from Martha Stewart.

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Twinkle Twinkle Little Star – Twisted Sketch #59 with the “STAR” twist!


Twisted Sketch #59 is now live over at www.twistedsketches.com !  The twist for this sketch is STAR.  I think it is fairly obvious how I was inspired by this 🙂 You can find a direct link to the twisted sketches site and this particular sketch HERE.  Please come over and join the fun!  Be sure and up-load a direct link to your interpretation of this sketch directly under the COMMENT section of Sketch #59! I cannot wait to see what you have created!

Love this photo of my little S-man!  He looks so content and sleepy! all dressed up in his dapper duds!

Supplies used here include:  American Craft paper; ribbon, stars, bouncy ball, & cloud chipboard accents from Cosmo Cricket; white twine & chipboard title letters  from the Paper Studio; green Bazzill cardstock and Just the Edge scalloped border strip. Oh, and the star translucent border is Hambly!

And of course, have to include some up-close detailed photos.

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Twisted Card Sketch #16 with the “Metal” twist!


Here is card that I made using card sketch #16, with the METAL twist, over at www.twistedsketches.com ! You can find the sketch HERE. 

I used some American Crafts and Cosmo Cricket paper here.  The grass and gingham scalloped border strips came from a paper pack found in the dollar section at Target. The car was cut out of some of my old Danny O’ paper.  I used a ProvoCraft stamp for the sentiment…circa font.  The little banner was cut from actual miniature star stickers…unknown brand.  The METAL key-hole is from Oriental Trading Co. and the little hinge/red brads are from Close to My Heart.  The white picket fence was in one of my Swirlydoo kits. Finally, the little bird on the limb sticker is from EK Success.

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Twisted Card Sketch #15 with the “FRAME” twist!


Here is a card I made with the inspiration of a card sketch over at www.twistedsketches.com ! You can find a direct link to this sketch – sketch #15 – here.  The “twist” to this particular sketch was FRAME.   I think I covered the “twist” to this sketch rather nicely, if  I do say so myself….and adapted and simplified the sketch to fit my needs.

Supplies for this card include: paper from Webster’s Pages; chipboard frames from Making Memories; chipboard photo corners from K & Co.

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Here Comes….Peter Cottontail – Twisted Sketch #57 with the “Sunshine” twist!


Sketch #57 is now live over at www.twistedsketches.com ! The twist to this sketch was “SUNSHINE,” any how or any way that inspires you to create! Please come over and check out this sketch and play along. Be sure and post a link to your layout under the sketch’s comment section!  I’d love to see your interpretation!

I did a lot of fun techniques on this one.  I used yellow tissue paper to layer the sun & used some pipe cleaners for the sun’s rays.  I used my Martha Stewart “branch” punches to make a ton of little grass blades – This was actually easier than it looks.  I punched the little “branch”es  out of different colored green pieces of scrap paper…then, put down a strip of Tombow adhesive and layered all of the punched “grass” down alternating shades of my green paper scraps to give it some more dimension… It really looks awesome in real life.  I, then, layered some of my stamped Easter eggs into the dimensional “grass.”

Here is a little tip on using stickers for your layout titles….If you run out of a certain letter, and the stickers that you are using have a “bleed-over” off the edge of the pealed sticker, you can use an exacto knife to use the negative aspect of the sticker.  If that doesn’t make sense, then see the photos below for a visual explanation.

Here are a few up-close photos of my layered tissue paper sun:

Other supplies used here and not already mentioned include:  12×12 Kraft Chipboard from Scrapbook.com; fabric heart brad at top left corner from Paper Studio;  flourish & bird from Basic Grey’s Lime Rickey; Sassafras Lass: little cloud w/the owl (I cut this out of an insert I got in one of my scrapbooking magazines); Close to My Heart acrylic Easter Egg stamp;  3D Zot Dots; Janlynn embroidery floss; Colorbox’s Rouge chalk ink; and trim, buttons, and title stickers all from my stash…unknown brands.

I made the little journaling cloud free-hand onto a piece of white cardstock.  Journaling says: “Easter 2005 – I’m sorry for always dressing you up in silly outfits – but look at you – how could I resist?! Easter Sunday – family picnic at Andrews Park – Saylor, 6 months old”

I extended the clouds from my beloved American Craft’s “HOWDY” paper and stitched in their shape with embroidery floss.

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Twisted Card Sketch #13 with the “twist” of FLOURISH


While I wait for my next Twisted Sketches layout assignment to go live this next Wednesday…I have been trying to get caught up on the Twisted Card sketches (a new Card Sketch is posted every Saturday.)  Twisted card sketch #13 has the “twist” of FLOURISH, any how or any way that word inspires you to create.  You can find the sketch to this card here.

Supplies used here include:  Paper from Scarlet Lime monthly kit club; flourish template from Hot Off the Press; Janlynn embroidery floss, Chatterbox “Fabulous” Chipboard words; Pink ribbon from Anna Griffin; Pom-Pom trim from my stash; K & Company’s Citrus die-cuts; Fabric Covered brads from the Paper Studio; brown butterfly die-cut from Crate Paper’s Mia collection; and green zig-zag trim from Oriental Trading Co.

TFL! Come on over to www.twistedsketches.com where you are sure to find a sketch and “twist” to suit your need for inspiration!

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Twisted Card Sketch #14 with the “GOLD” twist!


Well, yesterday marked another Twisted Card sketch over at www.twistedsketches.com ! This week’s twist was GOLD, any how or any way that inspires you.  This was a HUGE challenge for me! I really am not a fan of GOLD, I’m more of a silver person.  I really was shocked that I was able to find as much GOLD “stuff” in my stash as I did.  Here is my interpretation:

I am very happy with how this turned out, being that I really found it a challenge.  It is a lot more sparkly in real life.

Supplies I used here include: Basic Grey’s Cappella/Pagentry paper (front and back sides); Prima Butterfly; Bic’s Mark It permanent marker in “Tiki Hut Tan” which I used to turn my Zva Pearl Adhesive flourish from white to GOLD; Inkadinkado’s Bird stamp -stamped in Colorbox’s GOLD pigment ink; Best Occasions adhesive metal GOLD dots; Janlynn’s Gold metallic floss, K & Company’s “All Occasion” vellum sticker quotables and Colorbox Chalk Ink in several shades of brown to ink the edges. 

If you haven’t checked out this Sketch challenge site, they post a sketch for layouts every Wednesday, and a sketch for cards every Saturday.   The sketch for this particular card can be found here.

Here a few more up-close detailed photos:

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