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Home Sweet Home – Twisted Sketch #64 with the TREE twist


The latest sketch is now live over at www.twistedsketches.com, a sketch challenge site that provides a sketch to get you started and a “twist” to get you thinking and creative.  To see the sketch click HERE.

I think it is rather obvious how I interpreted the “twist” here.  This is our house.  We have looked at hundreds of houses…and we actually love to go to open houses still.  Daniel and I both agree we have yet to see a house more perfect for us.  This house has everything we could ever want or need.  Daniel has his “Man-Cave” and media-room upstairs, and I have my own little slice of heaven in my Scrap Room.  Not that I didn’t love our first house.  But 2 kids later, we found we had outgrown that space beyond measure.  We toured this house during a Festival of Homes shortly after it was built and fell in love…but at that time it was more than we needed or could manage.  But we still compared EVERY house we ever toured to this house.  When it came up for sale again it was a dream come true!

The tree here was actually cut out of a 2010 calendar byStudio 18.  I paper pierced holes around the tree’s trunk and branches to embroider an outline around them.  I also color-copied the tree so that I could cut out and layer the flowers and bird using 3-D foam dots for some dimension.

Supplies used here also include:  Bazzill Cardstock; Serendipity paper from K & Co.; Tombo permanent adhesive; buttons from my stash; Stitched rub-on border from Cloud 9 Design; “Sweet” rub-on from My Mind’s Eye; “home” rub-on letters in red from Anna Griffin’s Sloan collection; “home” sticker letters from LYB;  butterfly die-cuts and photo corner from K & Co; flower rub-ons from Minimarks-American Crafts; brown embroidery floss from Janlynn; and 3-D foam dots from EK Success.  TFL!

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Momma Bird and Her Babies


Okay…well, it was a Sunday evening…and both of my kids (3 and 5 years old) were going a little stir-crazy.  I was trying to work on a project and they wouldn’t and maybe just couldn’t leave me alone.  So…I asked them if they wanted to work on an art project…and of course, they were all about making a mess….and I must say, with the feathers used in this project…it made a MESS.  But, they loved it…and the projects are really precious…and best of all…super, super EASY.  I have included the basic instructions to making this project.  AND I want to add…this takes all of 15 minutes to complete….not including glue drying time of course. 🙂

Here is Momma Bird.

and here she is with her babies~

First we cut a circle out of brown cardstock and glued on Spanish Moss:

The baby birds are made using yellow pom-poms….we used a medium-sized one for Saylor and a small one for Lizzie.  We glued google eyes on them, along with a triangle beak cut out of orange cardstock.  I used Liquid Nails for this, mainly because I knew the kiddos would be playing with them and I didn’t want the eyes coming off easily.

To make Momma bird, you want to form the cardstock (in the color of your choice) into a cone shape, staple the edges together, and cut off the bottom so that it sits flat.  It really doesn’t matter if your bird is short or tall…what is important is that the base of the cone fits over your nest.

Next, we cut out the “wings” using the same color cardstock as the momma bird’s body.  I folded the paper in half to do this.

After we cut the wings out, we cut pieces from feather boas and glued 2 strips down to each side of the bird’s wings.  Saylor wanted green feather, and Lizzie wanted pink feathers (big surprise for both of them.) Important to note that the wings are actually one piece.

I picked up some cheap feather boas in different colors from my local Hobby Lobby.

Once the feather strips have dried to the wings, staple them onto the back of the Momma bird’s body.

We also plucked a feather out of the feather boa, added a touch of glue, and poked it down into the small hole at the top of the Cardstock cone for the Momma bird’s tuft of hair. 🙂

We also glued the little baby bird’s down into the Spanish moss so they wouldn’t get lost.

Here is a photo of both birds my kids made.

This is really a fun and easy project to do with your kids.   and how cute would these be in patterned paper such as a polka-dots???  and what about a card alternative for an expectant momma?  If you make one of these, please be sure and stop by and let me know so I can go and admire it. 🙂 TFL!  Anyone interested in my projects, please be sure and sign up over at the right hand column.  A message will be sent to your e-mail anytime I up-load a new post or project! As always, thank you for any comments! Have a great rest-of-the-week!

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Merbaby – a revisit to an older but personal favorite!


I love this layout….probably more because of my sweet little chubby “mermaid” than anything else…but I also think that it shows a beginning of my “outside-the-box” thinking when it comes to my layouts.  I look at absolutely EVERYTHING as a potential embellishment…..in case you haven’t noticed 🙂 

I did this layout back in January of 2008…shortly after I started scrapbooking.  I’m posting this here because I am planning on redo-ing a new version of this.  My style has changed so much…yet, I can definitely see the direction I meant to go here.  Look at my juicy baby….she’s not so juicy anymore, but still my little cutie pie.

It has been so long since I did this page…but I think I used DCWV paper for the bg…I printed a photo off of the internet for the sky/ocean view, used sandpaper for the beach, some shells along the bottome, a shell disc intended for a necklace (I think) for the moon, the scales on the fin were made by cutting apart a rather intricate sequined trim (brand unknown.)  I’m not sure about the map paper used for the title…the title font is a stamp from CTMH.  TFL!  Stay tuned for newer version of this cutie pie mermaid!

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SMOOTH OPERATOR – Twisted Sketch #62


Twisted Sketch #62 is now live over at www.twistedsketches.com.  The “twist” for this week’s sketch was “SMOOTH” – I thought these photos of our little “Smooth Operator” would be perfect for this!  Here is my 5 year old all dressed up for a wedding!  He thought he was pretty “smooth.”  I think that he is going to be quite the ladies man when he grows up!

You can find a direct link to this week’s sketch HERE.   Come over and join in! Let the “twists” get you  thinking OUTSIDE the box,  use up some of your stash, & get some pictures scrapped all at the same time.  It’s a WIN-WIN situation.  Be sure and link up your layout under the comment section of the sketch you are working on.  I would love to see your interpretation, and I check out each and every layout  linked up!!! Some come on, whatcha waiting for?!?

Yes, those are discs from a ViewFinder from ViewMaster (sorry kids!) I picked those up at a garage sale for “next-to-near-nothing!” Woo Hoo!!!  I punched circles out of patterned paper to cover the centers!

I hand-doodled part of the title to coordinate with the Love Elsie doodled b/w paper.

Journaling on this reads: “You may only be 5 years old, but you are already a little smooth operator – Uncle Mike had to laugh when he told you that your were fast, and very seriously, you pointed your finger at hims and said, “Yeah! I am fast.”

Other supplies used here but not already mentioned above, include:  Jillibean Soup paper; Bazzill’s Just the Edge loop border; foam circles (cut apart) from American Crafts; Cosmo Cricket title letters (painted red); a large green photo corner from Heidi Swapp; various buttons from my stash (many of which come in my monthly Scarlet Lime kits – they don’t skimp on the buttons!!!); and Janlynn embroidery floss.

TFL!  Please be sure and subscribe to my blog so that you can get an e-mail direct to your inbox anytime I post a new project!!! Have a great & blessed day!!!!

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“My little Girly Girl” – Twisted Sketch #61 with the “twist” of ROUGH!


When I saw this twist and sketch over at www.twistedsketches.com , I was immediately inspired!  For the twist, I had to use SANDPAPER!

You can view this sketch HERE.

Come on over to www.twistedsketches.com and play along.  Leave a direct link to your layout using the sketch under the comment section of the actual sketch and  Anam will choose a winner!

I used a ton of different Prima products here…including the BG paper, flowers, butterfly vine, and the little cut felt border piece.  The pink paper is old Daisy D’s…I sure miss their paper lines.  The rub-on “my” is from CTMH & the “little” rub-on is from the Paper Studio.  The flourish at the top left came from one of my Swirlydoo kits.  I made the “Girly” word using Making Memories Spring Fling alphabet stickers…layered them on top of one another, matted them twice and cut them out with my Fiskars X-acto knife.  The “Girl” stickers are from EK Success.  Note: I changed the color of both the “Girly” and “Girl” stickers using Bic permanent markers to coordinate with my page.  The layered borders are from GCD/Melody Ross.  The yellow rose is from Martha Stewart.  The trim and black button are from my stash.  The pink ornate photo frame/corners where bought at my LSS and did not have a brand on them.  The lace rose and green flowers are from Kaisercraft.  The transparent frame behind the title is Hambly.  I embellished the Bazzill “Just the Edge” waves with embroidery floss and trim from my stash.  TFL!

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