Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Breast Cancer Survivor Album...A Tribute To My Mom!

This was a special gift for my Mom. I wanted her to know how much I admired her strength and courage as she battled breast cancer 12 years ago. She is truly a survivor! I love you Mom!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you'll take a look around and leave a comment. God Bless You and have a wonderful week!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Simply Shabby Card!

I wanted to share a shabby card inspired by the amazing artist, Jules! We both fell in love with a card we'd seen on Pinterest. Jules, the wonderful artist that she is, was able to create something all her own, the result was simply beautiful. After seeing her tutorial, I couldn't wait to make my own!

The paper- DCWV- Primrose, Sheet Music from a Thrift Shop, Doily Die- Cheery Lynn Designs- English Tea Party, Flowers- Wild Orchid Crafts, Congratulations Stamp- We R Memory Keepers- Antique Chic. I stamped the image onto card stock and glued it to a wooden oval piece for added dimension. Twine, Cheese Cloth, Gesso and Netting for added texture. Metal Heart- JoAnns.
I'm always so happy that you've stopped by and would love to have you leave a comment! Hope you'll give this card a try, would love to see what you create! Have a wonderful day!

Please stop by Jules Aviles's you tube channel to view her tutorial!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013


The past 10 days have been very special and something I will always cherish. We were able to fly our daughter home from San Francisco for a much needed break from school and visit with family and friends. She has been attending college full time, working and staying up until all hours of the morning studying. Needless to say, she couldn't wait to get home and we couldn't wait to have her home!

She and I have always wanted to create a project together. I was thrilled to learn that she had been designing something very special for me...A beautiful digital doll stamp! I watched as she sat at her computer drawing each little detail, from clothing to make up. I was so excited, I couldn't wait to create my first layout with my very own stamp. Her name is Sage!

I chose Marion Smith's new digital printable line, Scarlet! The butterfly patterned background held a special meaning for me, as the butterfly is the symbol for Lupus. The past few weeks have been met with several complications, as a result I decided to title my layout, "Courage!"

You can order Marion's new collection at http://www.marionsmithdesigns.com/scarlet-12x12-8x8-or-6x6-printable-papers-and-embellishments
Thank you so very much for stopping by!
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Saturday, August 3, 2013

Prima Doll Pocket!

Thought I'd share another Prima Doll Pocket! This one is very similar to the one I made for Jodie and will be on display at the Pages In Time Scrapbook Store. The paper is from My Minds Eye. I often work with both 12x12 sheets of paper as well as a 6x6 paper pad. So many colors and patterns and everything is coordinated...Love it!
I'm so glad you stopped by!  I'd love it if you'd leave a comment! Hope you can find some time this weekend to do something you love! Hugs!!!

Monday, July 29, 2013

How Time Flies!

How is it possible that my youngest daughter will turn 20 y.o. tomorrow? No longer a teen, in what seems like the blink of an eye, she's become a beautiful young woman! I honestly couldn't be prouder!

Wanting to make something special but needing to keep it simple, I decided to make her a little pouch, which would be perfect as a money or gift card holder. I'd seen Marion Smith and Steff Miller make these several times and always loved the way they looked. I used a black Celebration bag from Michaels, which was the perfect height to hold my Prima Doll Stamp. To cover the pouch I used Marion Smith's Garment District Printables...love the muted vintage look! For the journaling spot I used Marion Smith's Cottage Chic Printables, decreasing the size to 3". I stamped the doll image on a Prima Julie Nutting Tag, then used My Minds Eye Papers for the dress as well as the doily, from Tim Holtz On The Edge Die. The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and the little wood bird is from Prima, which I distressed with Prima Chalk Ink. I also used the chalk inks to distress my edges. I love the way it glides onto the paper, leaving the perfect amount of coverage...thank you, to Ingvild Bolme.

If you've not had a chance to play with the Prima Doll Stamps, take a few minutes, relax and give it a try! Can't wait to see what you create!
Take a little time each day to enjoy doing what you love! As always, thank you so much for stopping by!  I'd love it if you'd leave a comment and join my blog! Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

A Sweet Little Pocket Box Mini Album!

We all know people who truly inspire us to be better.  I'm always amazed at Steff Miller's ability to design a mini album that is pure eye candy! Her blog is, http://withagrin.blogspot.com/  She's also a wonderful educator with Prima! To create this project you may copy and paste the URL to your browser. http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/33241421. In her tutorial she will take you through the process step by step. You can change the order of your page construction as I did, to make it your own!  I also changed it up a bit by using the Lyric and Divine Paper Collections, by Prima!  The embellishments used are also from Prima!  Hope you'll give this one a try!

As always, I appreciate all of you so very much!  As many of you know I struggle daily with Lupus and Scleroderma. Many of us are on chemo and other IV meds to help control our disease. Unfortunately, these drugs leave us with an immune system suppressed and vulnerable to serious infections, which can also be life threatening. A recent CT Scan has detected what may be a serious and rare type of pneumonia.  I will have a Bronchoscopy tomorrow. Once the samples of my lung are analyzed we will discuss a treatment plan, which will include 3 antibiotics for a year and possible lung resection if the treatment fails. I am usually very brave but I can honestly say, I'm scared and would appreciate your prayers...Love & Hugs,

Monday, July 1, 2013

Never Too Old To Play With Paper Dolls!

Thought I'd share a mixed media tag made with one of my favorite Prima Doll Stamps!  Is designer Julie Nutting a Rock Star or what!!!  No doubt many of us grew up playing with paper dolls.  Finding the perfect outfit and accessories was such fun.  Seeing these stamps immediately took me back to my childhood, I couldn't wait to start playing.  I decided my first project would be a Mother's Day tag, perfect for the Mom who has everything and still loves to receive handmade items from her adult child!

The background tag was made with the Prima Divine Collection by Jodie Lee.  The paper became difficult to see once I began using my beautiful Prima Stencil with moulding paste.  I then sprayed the tag with Glimmer Mist.  The doll was then stamped on a tag sheet, designed by Julie.  These are the perfect size and made to be used with the doll stamps.  After cutting the doll out, I stamped a second time on the paper I chose for her dress.  To color her hair and shoes I simply used a paint brush, Tim Holtz Distress Inks and water to dilute the colors.  I also used a  Cherry Lynn Doily Die, Prima lace trim and bling, large pink flower and ruffled netted trim from Maya Road, flowers and butterfly from Wild Orchid Crafts, and finally the floral fabric trim from Websters Pages.

I really enjoyed making this project as much as my Mom loved receiving it on Mother's Day!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  As always, I'd love to hear from you!  Please feel free to leave a comment!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Fun Mini Shadow Box!

Hi Everyone!  Thought I'd share a little shadow box made with Prima's Divine collection, by Jodie Lee.  The resin pieces are from Prima's Ingvild Bolme.  The beautiful flowers are also from Prima.  I followed a tutorial from LuvLee Scrappin.  It was a lot of fun and something a little different.  You should give it a try!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Take care and see you soon!

Missing You!

Sometimes I wish I could reach up, stop the clock and make time stand still.  Silly, isn't it?  It seems the older we get, the faster time flies.  I remember Jamie as a child, watching the travel channel, looking at travel magazines and telling me she couldn't wait to grow up so she could see other parts of the world.  I still remember the day the moving van pulled into our driveway...I just couldn't believe she was actually leaving home.  California seemed so far away.  
Several years have passed since that day.  I still miss her very much but I know she is exactly where she needs to be in order to be successful in the fashion design world.  I am so thankful that I get to be her mom.  She is so sweet, loving and has become such a good friend.  I absolutely love our visits and cherish every moment we have together.  We are always amazed at how quickly our visits fly by, they are never long enough.  Thankfully, once her summer classes are over, we will spend ten days together...Can't wait!!!

For me, scrapbooking layouts of Jamie is very therapeutic.  I love scrapbooking each of my four girls, but find there is something soothing and a little extra special when you create something for a child that you're not able to see very often.

This layout was created using Marion Smith's Grand Printables, Scrapgirls Products and Rhonna Farrer's Products.

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