Key to My Heart – Creative Scrappers/Tres Chic Unique

For my second layout using the Tres Chic Unique kit, I used the gorgeous sketch #185 from Creative Scrappers. I was really inspired by the embellishment clusters and placement and knew it was perfect for the photo I had in mind. Here’s what I came up with:

All pp’s on this layout are included in the TCU kit. The journaling spot, sticker and twine are also part of the Colorful Kit. Non-kit items are:

Maya Road snowflake transparencies
MME brads
Kaisercraft pearls
American Crafts plastic snowflakes and mittens
Webster’s Pages Whimsey heart
Pink Paislee Vintage Vogue lace ribbon
Acrylic paint


Helmar 450 Quick Dry
Helmar Premium Craft Glue
Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots

Tools:Fiskars punch (upper right corner)
Martha Stewart Doily Lace Punch

Sketch #185:

Anything goes at The Paper Variety this week too, so I’ll be entering my layout for their challenge. 😀 TFL!

Remember This – Sketchy Thursdays and Tres Chic Unique

A lot of changes this month and I still need to update some things on the sidebar of my blog! My dt term with Firefly Expressions has come to a close and the final post is up on the blog.

I’ve accepted a new dt position with Tres Chic Unique for their first ever design team, so be sure to check out their store and forum! 😀

We were sent an awesome kit to work with this month and all the materials on this layout except the paint, one ink and the alphas stickers were all included! I used the wonderful 12.8 sketch from Sketchy Thursdays for my layout and here’s what I came up with:

Sketch 12.8:


Graphic 45 Christmas Past – Toilet Paper Roll Tag

The current Graphic 45 challenge on their blog is to create a holiday tag using their product and post it on their facebook wall labeled “Holiday Tag Challenge” before December 15, 2011.

My favorite type of tags to make utilize empty toilet paper rolls that have been flattened to create a sleeve and decorated, then a more simple tag (even a plain one) is inserted into the “pocket” to slide out with your to and from, sentiment or message. For my entry, this is the type I made.

I started by flattening an empty roll, and painting the edges roughly in slightly diluted white acrylic paint. I then cut a rectangle of G45 Christmas Past paper slightly smaller than the face of the sleeve I created, and inked the edges with Distress ink. I then took the image in the center of one of the diecut frames in the same collection and fussy cut the tree out of it. Distress inked the edges, then dabbed the candle flames with Distress Stickles in Rock Candy, traced the gold strands with Stickles, the red ornaments with Stickles and the pearls with Liquid Pearls and set aside to dry.

I then fussy cut the Santa image from the Victorian Greetings sheet and applied a very light coating of Liquid Pearls to the fur details on Santa’s hat, coat and boots. Using the tip of the bottle, I mottled the surface while wet to give it more texture and more realistic furry appearance. I dotted the red elements of the holly on Santa’s belt and the toys with Stickles and set aside to dry.

The sentiment which reads, “Compliments of the Season,” is a diecut tag from this collection, so all I did was punch it out of the page, ink the edges in Black Soot Distress Ink and apply a dot of red Stickles to the holly berries on each side of the sentiment.

I used Helmar Premium Craft Glue to adhere the gold rectangle of paper to the tp roll, and the tree to that base. I then attached the sentiment using Helmar’s Clear Zap Dots since it provides a touch of dimension, but not as much as the foam Zap Dots. Santa is propped up with a layer of foam Zap Dots. With the sleeve complete, I lightly distressed the inner tag with a touch of Distress ink and tied a red sheer ribbon on it that has just a touch of shimmer.

Here’s how it turned out:


Baby, It’s Cold Outside – Let’s Capture These Sketches/The Paper Variety

The Paper Variety’s challenge this week is to create a paper based project inspired by a Christmas song title or lyrics. So I kept that in mind as I created this layout of my youngest son last winter in his first bunting. He hated that thing, but he was sooo cute in it! LOL I remember he kept looking at us accusingly, like he was thinking, “How COULD you”? The song, Baby It’s Cold Outside, kept popping in my head, so I’m hoping it counts though it’s not really a Christmas song. It’s a winter song that’s often played around Christmas?

This is my dt project for this week’s sketch by Charlotte at Let’s Capture These Sketches:


Fancy Pants Hot Chocolate pp
Fancy Pants sticker
Brown Bazzill cardstock
ZVA Creative flourishes
Rhinestones from my stash
ZVA Creative flower
Prima flowers
Paper Secrets flowers
Snowflake charm from my stash
Distress Inks


Helmar gemstone glue
Helmar Quick Fix Adhesive Runner
Helmar Premium Craft Glue
Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots

Here’s Charlotte’s fabulous sketch:


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