Back Massage – dt layout for SWAT

This week’s drill #16 on SWAT is a wonderful sketch by Bev. There’s a twist that you need to incorporate twine somewhere in your design…any type of twine will do. I used jute for my page.

My youngest, who is now 3, loves to give back massages, but they tend to be rather brutal. lol I got a few pics of him giving his brother, Matthew, one and it kinda looks like he’s beating him up. I selected this particular photo because you can clearly see that Matthew is cracking up laughing and wasn’t injured by the experience. 😀 In the pic, Christian was 2 and Matthew was 6…therefore the time on the fabulous Creative Embellishments steampunk clock. I also combined the sketch with the Time Flies challenge on the Flying Unicorn Forum, where you need to include at least 2 timepieces on your page.

Here’s what I came up with for my example for the SWAT sketch and entry in the Flying Unicorn challenge:

Bev’s lovely sketch for the SWAT challenge:


Creative Embellishments steampunk clock
Webster’s Pages Plum Seed papers, sparkler, clip, alphas and camera charm
Prima junkyard finding, TH timepiece, muse token and philosophy tag
white signo pen

TFL! Be sure to check out my current blog giveaways HERE. 😀 You could win a $10 gc to the Creative Embellishments store or a Webster’s Pages/October Afternoon $50+ prize pack!

So Sweet – dt layout for Creative Embellishments

It’s Thursday, so I’m up on the Creative Embellishments blog today with a page I created using two of their fabulous flourishes, smart phone frame, hash tag title piece and one of the gorgeous bird cages. I stained and painted the flourishes, but for the birdcage, I also added some details to the birds using Pitt artist pens.

With permission from the site owner, I also combined my dt work for CE with the September challenge at the 123 Challenge Blog. Here’s what I came up with:

A close up of the birdcage:


Creative Embellishments birdcage
CE Smart Phone
CE Flourish set 1
CE flourish set 9
CE Social Hash Tag title piece
Webster’s Pages Western Romance papers, bird resin, fabric ticket, journaling card, princess petal, pins and alpha stickers
7 gypsies hanger
ZVA flowers and other flowers from my stash
Tim Holtz stencils
Pan pastels
TCW stencils
Distress paints and stains
Pitt artist pens
Distress ink
acrylic ink
Helmar acrylic sealer
Fiskar and Martha Stewart punches

This is the 123 inspiration image for their September challenge. To play along, create a page using pink, the word “sweet” and florals. 😀


Love & Happiness – dt layout for Sketchabilities sketch #99

***(HINT HINT)READ TO THE END***I’m so excited to share my first layout as part of the Sketchabilities team! I’m honored to be working with such talented crafters! Please be sure to stop by the Sketchabilities challenge blog to see all the fabulous examples they’ve created for sketch #99. 😀

For my page I just HAD to use Webster’s Pages. I think everyone has their favorite manu’s and their standbys. For me, WP is my go to manu. Whether I’m looking for their gorgeous classic papers, a soft pattern or a bold one, I’m sure to find just the right combination with their collections. I have to admit though, I’m totally guilty of HOARDING my WP. They’re so beautiful that sometimes it’s really hard to make myself USE them, cut into them, layer and not just admire them. lol Here’s what I came up with for sketch #99 using a combination of WP’s Palm Beach and Everyday Poetry:

The incredible sketch I got to work with:


Webster’s Pages papers, sparklers, cameo, frame, journaling card, fabric ticket and flower
October Afternoon stickers and flower sack bits
Freckled Fawn polaroid frames
Prima wood pieces
Tim Holtz distress stains, paints and washi tape
acrylic paint
Pitt big brush pen
sizzix die cut flourish

HERE’S THE REALLY FUN PART!!! Just for stopping by the Sketchabilities blog, checking out the entire dt’s examples there and saying hi to me, I’m giving away one $10 gc to my new favorite laser cut chipboard and wood cuts company,

Creative Embellishments!

CE is a brand new company started by my bestie and her hubby and they offer high quality, stunning, intricate original designs at great prices! I also have the awesome privilege of designing for them. 😀

THAT’S NOT ALL!!! If you decide to play along w/the Sketchabilities sketch #99, let me know here on my blog and I will select 1 participant to receive a HUGE Webster’s Pages/October Afternoon mystery prize pack that I will put together personally. This prize pack will include papers, embellishments, trims and more! Guaranteed to have a retail value of OVER $50!!! 😀

All entries must be made by 11:59pm Saturday, September 28, 2013 to be part of the random drawing. I will select 1 winner for the $10 gc from all the comments left on the Sketchabilities Sketch #99 reveal post that mention “hi” or my name in any way. 😀 I will select 1 winner for the HUGE Webster’s Pages/October Afternoon mystery prize from all comments here on my blog that let me know they played along w/the Sketchabilities sketch challenge. Thank you!


Thank you to everyone who participated in my blog candy giveaway! I really appreciate all the lovely comments left on my Creative Embellishments post! The randomly selected winner of this prize:

Blog Candy


Nancy who left a comment on September 5, 2013 that said “Oh Wow! What beautiful layout! I love all the textures and sweet spots!”

Congrats, Nancy! Please email me (there’s a tab at the top of my blog to contact me) or PM me on facebook with your correct mailing address and I’ll get your prize right out to you! 😀

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