Recent Layouts and a Card

Wow! Now that was a really busy weekend! The Birthday Bash on the Paper Secrets forum is now closed, but you can still enter the challenges until the end of the month. For each completed project, you get an entry into the monthly drawing for the April prize. 😀

Here are a few more projects I completed for the challenges. I combined some of them with challenges on other sites. This first one is for the “Remember When” challenge. The requirement was that your layout had to reference the number 2 in some way. Whether it’s twins, an age (even a number like 11 counts since it has two 1’s in it), 2 friends, 2 days, etc. I used a photo that only included 2 of my children and Matthew was 2 at the time this photo was taken. 😀 When I’m referring to just Madison and Matthew, I tend to call them “My M&M’s,” that’s where I got my title. I combined this challenge with one in a Sketches4All group. Kaori challenged us to create a layout using metal embellishments. Here’s what I came up with:


Bo Bunny Gabrielle 12×12 cardstock papers
BB Gabrielle Trinkets
BB Gabrielle Brad
BB Gabrielle diecut stickers and alphas
The cover of the BB Gabrielle Noteworthy journaling pad
American Crafts cardstock
Distress Inks


Helmar 450 Quick Dry Liquid
Glue Arts Glue Glider Pro Perma Tac

Another Paper Secrets challenge is the “Wonderful BD” (BD being birthday) Technique Challenge. For this one, you need to create a birthday themed layout with the following requirements: hand cut/fussy cut an element from patterned paper and use pop dots to add dimension to the cut element. Use at least 2 different alpha stickers and incorporate either glitter or stickles on your project somewhere. I combined this challenge with Ilene Tell’s on Back Porch Memories. For her challenge, you just need to use kraft cardstock as the base and the background. Here’s what I came up with:


Kraft cardstock
Webster’s Pages Garden Gala 12×12 cardstock paper
WP Storytellers Diecut Alpha Stickers


Helmar Scrap Dots
Glue Arts Glue Glider Pro Perma Tac

Next I have a card to share that I created for the Shabby Chic challenge on Paper Secrets. For this challenge you could create a card or layout, but they have different requirements. The layout requires you to use a pre-1950’s vintage photo, which I did not have, so I went with the card. For the card, you just need soft colors, paint, stitching and ribbon. Here’s my take on the challenge:


Graphic 45 Once Upon a Springtime paper pad
American Crafts cardstock
DMC embroidery floss
May Arts Ribbon
Distress Ink
Folk Art acryllic paint


Helmar 450 liquid (to attach the ribbon)
Glue Arts Glue Glider Pro Perma Tac

The last project I have to share with you today is a simple tag. This one was for a sketch challenge on Sketches4All. The twist was that it had to be just black and white. The challenge is now closed, but to view the sketch, CLICK HERE. This is what I came up with:


Echo Part Be Mine 12×12 Paper
American Crafts gingham ribbon
E. Line Prima flower


Glue Arts Glue Glider Pro Perma Tac


Imaginisce I-Top

Don’t forget I’m also offering up some blog candy for comments left on any post between April 3, 2011 and April 9, 2011! One comment per post per day please! Followers of my blog have a chance to win a separate prize! See THIS POST for further details and pictures. TFL!

Footloose layout – Sketchy Thursdays challenge entry

For this layout, I used the MME Hazel range for a boy layout. 😀 It’s based on the 2.24 sketch at Sketchy Thursdays posted below. Here’s what I came up with:

Here’s the sketch I used:


My Mind’s Eye Hazel “Fancy” papers
American Crafts white cardstock
MME Hazel “Fancy” title
MME Hazel “Fancy” buttons
white thread
Ranger Distress Ink


Glue Arts Glue Glider Pro PermaTac
Helmar 450 Quick Dry

If you’d like to enter a challenge at Sketchy Thursdays too, CLICK HERE.

Birthday Card (hybrid) – The Paper Variety challenge entry

This is a hybrid card made using Webster’s Pages Wonderfall digital paper. Using editing software, I resized the file I wanted and copied then pasted it 3 times onto one page. After printing, I then cut out the elements in the upper left and lower right of the image on 2 of the copies and layered the cutouts onto the copy that was left intact using zapdots (made by Helmar, they’re like foam dots, except they’re clear and thinner). “Matthew” and the frame around the printed image are handstitched.

I created this card for three challenges. For the challenge on The Paper Variety, you just need a paper crafted project that incorporates stitching (hand, machine or even faux). Scrap Whispers (challenge 89) is using The Smurfs for inspiration, so I went with a blue and white card. 🙂 I’m also entering it into the digital/hybrid challenge on Webster’s Pages’ site.

Tip: When creating my own dimensional elements, I like to leave the bottom layer larger and cut away a little more of each image I layer on top with the last layer having a lot more of the background imaging cut out. I feel this creates more depth than if all the layers are the same. I tried to take a picture to help you see what I mean, but couldn’t really capture it. This is the best I could do:



Webster’s Page Digital Paper
American Crafts white cardstock
Webster’s Pages Storytellers alphas
DMC embroidery floss
Shimmerz Spritz


Glue Arts Glue Glider Pro PermaTac
Helmar clear zapdots


Martha Stewart Corner Punch
Matching MS edge/border punch

To take a look at or purchase Webster’s Pages digital papers or motifs, CLICK HERE.

If you’d like to enter the The Paper Variety challenge, CLICK HERE.

To enter a WP challenge, CLICK HERE.

To enter a challenge on Scrap Whispers, CLICK HERE.

Birthday Banner

Scrap Whispers is having a blog hop today with a banner challenge and tutorial by Nilsa. This is the banner I made for my daughter’s birthday on Friday. I also entered this banner in a challenge on Sketches4all. Sorry the photos are so blurry…poor lighting in my living room/dining room doorway. I really should have taken the photos before hanging the banner! Here’s my entry:

Here’s a close-up:


red and white heart shaped doilies
My Mind’s Eye Wild Asparagus Birthday Girl cardstock
American Crafts cardstock (not visible)
Heidi Grace punchboard letters
Prima flowers
Making Memories brads
Folk Art Acrylic paint


Helmar 450 quick dry
Scotch Quick Dry adhesive

I’ll try to remember to make a tutorial post another day that shows how the individual pieces were mounted to the lace/ribbon so they hang straight and are removable.

If you’d like to read the tutorial or enter the challenge, CLICK HERE.

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