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Halloween Noise Makers!


My mom tells me that when she was a little girl growing up, she always had Halloween noise makers that she took with her when she went Trick-or-Treating.  She tells me that they were “to keep the monsters away.”  Well….she made some for my kids this year, and I just had to share them.

She gave me the basic how-to for these as follows:  She bought paper mache eggs from the local Hobby Lobby (she found them on the raw chipboard aisle.)  She punched a whole in the bottoms of the eggs…then she inserted dry pinto beans…..she then put some glue on the tip of a dowel rod to fit the hole and pushed it all the way through to the top of the inside of the egg.  She then used newspaper and decoupage medium around the insertion site of the dowel rod to secure it to the outside of the egg.  She then painted them with acrylic paint, let them dry,  put 2 coats of Mod-Podge over the dried paint, and then sprayed an art fixative over the finished painted piece.  She then added bits of tulle & ribbon to the handpieces…she used pipe cleaners for the spider legs, and made an ascot out of lace for the vampire…all secured by hot glue.  Mom you ROCK!

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Check this out!


Anam Stubbington, the brilliant scrapbooker & sketch designer for Prima, My Mind’s Eye, and www.twistedsketches.com  (just to name a few), is off on yet another adventure….and I am so thrilled to say that I have had the privilege in being included in this AWESOME project.   To see this awesome new endeavor click HERE.

Talk about an awesome app…I need an IPad Santa! 🙂

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Pretty Baby – Twisted Sketch #72 with the RIBBON twist


The latest Twisted Sketch is live over at www.twistedsketches.com – I’m running a bit late on this post because I have been in the middle of our annual survey at my work….and “whew” am I ever glad that is OVER!!!!  The twist for this week’s sketch is RIBBON – any how or any way that inspires you to create!  You can click HERE to view this latest sketch over at the Twisted Sketch site.  Every Wednesday there is a new layout sketch (with a twist) and every Saturday there is a new card sketch (with a twist.)  So come on over and check out this awesome sketch site and play along…leave a link to your creation in the comment section under the sketch so we can all check it out! I can’t wait to see what you create! Here is my interpretation:

I fell in love with this paper the minute I saw it at my LSS…it is “Bella” from Best Creation Inc.  Other supplies used for this include: Bazzill’s Just the Edge border strips; Cosmo Cricket Delovely pink chipboard border; the blue envelope used to “hold” my fussy-cut bouquet of flowers is from my local Dollar Tree; I attached toothpicks to my flowers so I could “arrange” them better; Zots glue dots; EK Success adhesive foam squares for dimension; Fiskars scalloped decorative scissors; solid pink ribbon from Anna Griffin, polka-dotted ribbon from “Decorative Ribbon” purchased at W; Timeless Touches paper piercer & cork board; Pearl accents from Prima;  TomBow permanent adhesive; blue craft buttons from Oriental Trading Co.; chipboard alpha letters from the Paper Studio; and Zig glue pen.

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Displaying “Highly” Embellished Layouts


I am often asked how I store the layouts that I have made that have a lot of dimensional elements…well…I have a “WALL” of layouts (well, actually, I have 2.)  I have started hanging layouts of my kids in the hallway to their rooms, and I mount some of them on the walls of my “office.”  Here is a photo of the layouts hanging the hallway:

Important to mention:  I hang these just high enough to deter little fingers from exploring.

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Little Bo-Peep – Twisted Sketch #70 with the “PIN” twist!


The latest Twisted Sketch is now live over at www.twistedsketches.com ! The “twist” for this sketch was PINS, any how or any way that word inspires you.  Here is my interpretation of this latest sketch:

You can find a direct link to this week’s sketch HERE.

As always, here are some up-close photos….I used straight, sewing pins for my “twist” here.

I hope that you come over to  www.twistedsketches.com to play along with this week’s latest layout sketch (or join in on the card sketch challenges every Saturday.)  Be sure and leave a link to your layout in the comment section of this sketch over at the Twisted Sketches blog! I can’t wait to see your creations.

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Supplies used for this layout include: paper from October Afternoon’s “The Thrift Shop-Last One” and Fancy Pant’s “Splendid-I’m Yours”; Tim Holtz distress ink in Vintage Photo; an actual Simplicity pattern; Bazzill’s In’Stitchz flourish template; Hambly transparency: “Urban Chic Frames”; pearlized sewing pins from Prym Creative; Prima flowers; Zva Pearl flourishes (Bic Mark-it Permanent Marker in ‘Fandango Pink’ used to change the color of the Zva flourishes); the peacock feather from A.A.F.; beaded trim from my Swirlydoo’s monthly scrapbook kit; Creative Imagination frames; crochet thread in ‘Pretty in Pink’ by Red Heart; white flourish sticker’s from Pink Paislee’s Artisan Elements; and trim from the Paper Studio.

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1994 Flowery Girls


I made this layout for a challenge over at For the Love of Art  blog/store/gallery.  This challenge was to use Shimmerz  and closed September 27th 2010….although I finished it in plenty of time for the challenge deadline, the internet was down for days, making it impossible to up-load.  So, I am only now able to share my layout! UGH!

This is a photo of me (middle), my baby sister on the right, and my niece (now 19 and over 6 feet tall) when we were flower girls at my cousins wedding back in 1994.  Journaling on this reads…”We actually thought these dresses were kind of pretty back in 1994.” 

List of supplies used here include:  12×12 Kraft chipboard from Scrapbook.com; Petaloo flowers; paper from GCD & Glitz Designs; Shimmerz Pearlz in “Grammie Berrie,” Shimmerz Spritz Miniz in “Before Dawn” & “Plum Pudding;” stencils from The Crafter’s Workshp: “Dots All Around” & “Doodle Flower,” the brown lace was from one of my Swirlydoo’s kits; the mutli-colored ribbon and tag were from a Scarlet Lime kit; the “1994” was chibpoard letters from Creative Imaginations; the “flowery girl” alpha/glitter/foam stickers were from the dollar section at Target; the little puffy butterflies are from Darice; circle frame MM; the brown chipboard flowers from Crate Paper; adhesive from Tombow; Janlynn embroidery floss, and Timeless Touches paper piercer.

Here are a few up-close photos:

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