I am a mother. I am a wife. I am a sister, a daughter, an aunt, a cousin.
I am a scrapbooker.
I have always been artistic, it just took me a while to find my outlet. I sew, needlepoint, and draw. I also enjoy cooking and baking. I have dabbled in scrapbooking since high school by adding memorabilia to my pictures, but something was still missing.
I found modern scrapbooking after our first daughter was born and I have not looked back. I really do hope that someday, my children look at my scrapbooks and really get who I am and how much I love them. Within the last few years, I've been introduced to mixed media and well, the world will never be the same.
My husband of 12 years and I have two sweet little girls, aged 9 and 3. They are funny, sassy, sometimes naughty, silly, gorgeous, loving, bright, often cheerful, diva-esque little princesses, and they are the lights of my life. I am lucky to be married to my best friend; I swear, I love him more every day. In real life, I am a portrait and wedding photographer, but my true loves are all at home. :)
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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Simple Sketches Reveal

Sketch #22 is live at the Simple Sketches blog!
 
Sketch reveals are always my favorite--I love, love, love to see what different people can do with the same building blocks!
 
I've made a canvas this week:
 
 
The background is created using various mists (Heidi Swapp ColorShine and Shimmerz Coloringz) sprayed on and then spread around with a dry brush.  The little wooden house uses several Tim Holtz Distress Paints and a couple of different masks.  I also used the TH pains on the Starbucks cup holder and along the bottom of the canvas.  A few strips of washi and a couple of flowers (a RAK from my friend Tena!) complete this housewarming gift.
 
Link up your projects over at the Simple Sketches blog...I'd love to see what you come up with!
 
 

Monday, January 13, 2014

Cupid Calling ;)

 
Today, I've got a sweet little layout using Pink Paislee's Secret Crush line, with pins from Maya Road and flowers from Pink Paislee and Prima. The ink is Heidi Swapp, and the doily is from my stash. You may find many of these items in a Flamingo Scraps Warehouse Combination Box. :)
Here's a close-up of the layering at the bottom:
This is my oldest daughter, Evelyn. She turned 10 last August. I had almost forgotten how very round her sweet little face was as a baby. :)
Happy scrapping!!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Simple Sketches #20


The new sketch is live on the Simple Sketches blog!  I have to admit that this is one of my favorites of late.  I think Ellie was given extra cuteness to balance out all her extra naughty.  It doesn't get much better than that face, a cupcake, and bright summer colors.  Happy scrapping, all!

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

All Partied Out

  I hope this post finds you all recovering nicely from a wonderful Christmas, and ready to rock 2014!

I have a simple layout to share with you today, full of paper and embellishments from my Flamingo Scraps Combination Warehouse Box. Did you know that these boxes contain paper and embellishments valued at $150 or more AND are currently on sale for $45 EACH? These medium flat rate boxes are stuffed to the gills and full of all kinds of amazing stuff!

I worked with my staple techniques--a bit of misting & dripping on the background paper (all Pink Paislee, Remarkable), inking the edges of some of the papers, a bit of chalk ink on the Pink Paislee Artisan Elements, some fussy cutting, and lots of layering.
To top it off, I added a couple of Fancy Pants Cork Shapes and doodled around the border.
Thanks for looking, and I wish you all a wonderful and SAFE New Year's Celebration!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Simple Sketches #18 Reveal

Good Morning!

I used this week's sketch to make a cute birthday card.


Head over to the Simple Sketches blog to see the rest of Team B's interpretations, and a special announcement!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Gifting, Gifteroo!

I'm still madly crafting amidst all the holiday baking and get-togethers.  I have two more canvases that I made as gifts today. 

Ok, truth:  I made the first one and loved it so much that I made a second so that I could keep it all for myself.  *blush*
These were so super simple!  I used a couple of 12x12" canvases and put down a rough base coat.  All of the paint used for this project is Tim Holtz Distress Paint in the holiday 2013 collection.  You should definitely contact suzanne@flamingoscraps.com for a SUPER deal on special ordering these bad boys.  I really love this group of colors!!  The top canvas was rough coated with pumice stone and iced spruce, and the bottom canvas painted with evergreen bough.  I wanted just a little more distressing, so I added some bubble wrap stamping; on top, in evergreen bough and the bottom in ripe persimmon.  I let that mostly dry, and then used a ruler to sketch in a 2x2" grid.  I was going for a bit of a distressed look, so I didn't worry about making the lines even widths or even when the marker went through some damp paint.  I found this awesome quote (for those that don't know, I've been a professional studio/wedding photographer for just over 13 years now) and pulled out my Prima wood icons and played with them to determine placement.  I decided on one row of different colored cameras; love the contrast.  The cameras on the top canvas were painted with pine needles and aged mahogany, and the cameras on bottom with ripe persimmon and dusty concord.


I was going for a messy, distressed look, so I didn't worry about getting the paint even or completely covering the wood.  I'm sorry that these detail shots are a little blurry.  Michigan's been in the middle of a snow storm all weekend and I wasn't able to get very good light.  The typewriter font and ink are from my stash.

Thanks for looking, and I'll be back soon!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Baby in Fancy Pants

Have I ever mentioned that every time my husband hears me mention Fancy Pants he puts on his little girl voice and sings "Fancy Pants Unicorn, Fancy Pants Unicorn."  It was from some random cartoon we watched with the girls years ago, and it's stuck in his head.  Fancy Pants and Unicorns are forever linked in my head!

I've got another blast-from-the-past layout for you today.
This little cutie is now 10 years old, and about 4" shorter than moi. She's still that cute, though. ;)
I started with a sheet of kraft paper. I love the Fancy Pants Corrugated Paper, and decided to play with its texture a bit more by ripping it. LOVE! I have really been into layering lately, and used a few sheets from the Fancy Pants Collecting Moments 6x6 Paper Pad and the coordinating Brag Pad. I kept on with my ripping theme for one of the lower layer pieces. I liked how the color tied in with the ripped corrugated (see how I did that?) ;) All of the unripped paper edges were inked with a medium gray chalk pad.

(omg. Would you look at that baby face??)
I add some wood embellishments from Prima, Maya Road, Cosmo Cricket, and some teeny stars from my stash. I completed the layout with a gorgeous oval frame (Webster's Pages, something you might find in a Flamingo Scraps Combination or Embellishment Warehouse Box!) and some Thickers from my stash.
Thanks for looking, and I'll see you next time!