Precious – Layout My Creative Sketches and PS DT challenge

The current sketch at My Creative Sketches is by Kim Keane and it is fabulous! It was so much fun to work with and there’s still time to create a layout and enter the challenge! Entries are due by Feb 14th at midnight EST. Here’s my take on it:


Pink Paislee Butterfly Garden pp, PP Butterfly Garden Clear Pops (dimensional butterfly stickers)
PP Butterfly Garden Baubles
Dusty Attic chipboard timepiece
Dusty Attick chipboard title
7 Gypsies loop and hook
key from my stash
Prima flowers
Prima vine
Prima butterfly
Prima pearl and lace trim
Button and Lace from my stash
Distress Inks
Liquid Pearls
acrylic paint


Helmar 2 step crackle
Helmar Quick Fix Adhesive Runner
Helmar 450 Quick Dry
Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots

The Kim Keane’s wonderful sketch:

The gorgeous Butterfly Garden papers by Pink Paislee and Dusty Attic chipboard pieces I used on this layout are currently available in the STTG Store HERE. Simply use the left hand navigation to click which products/manufacturers you’d like to browse. For my project, I altered the Dusty Attic chipboard pieces by whitewashing them with white acrylic paint. I then applied Helmar’s 2 step crackle. Once dry, I enhanced the cracks by inking with distress ink and wiping off the excess.

Be sure to stop by the Paper Secrets forum for the 5 new challenges for February too! This month, I am hosting the Vintage Stash Challenge. All you need to do to enter is use 5 out of the 10 items listed in the challenge thread on your paper based project and upload to the PS gallery with the tag “stash2” listed in the keywords. 😀


Simple Man – Layout for Helmar and Punky Scraps

At the beginning of July, Helmar posted their gorgeous challenge sketch by Lydell Quinn. I knew right away that I just HAD to work this sketch! Now that I’ve completed my dt work for the month, I’ve had a chance to play around on some other challenge sites this week and have been cruising through some of my faves to see what they have posted.

Punky Scraps is a very unique challenge site and they post 3 challenges a month. This month, one is to use tissue paper on your layout. As luck would have it, I just received some fab 7 gypsies tissue paper that I was planning to use on a project this month! So, I figured this would be perfect to combine w/the Helmar sketch challenge!

A couple of weeks ago, Larry’s Aunt gave me a few photos of Larry’s father that I’ve been dying to scrap, but really wanted to make sure I created something Larry would love. Larry’s father passed away a year before he and I met, so I never got to meet the man who was, by far, the greatest influence in Larry’s life. From the stories I’ve heard, Larry is very much like his father and this particular photo is very special to me because, not only is it the only photo I have of the two of them together, but it also shows them doing something together that they both love. His father taught him to play the guitar, fish, hunt…not to be afraid of hard work. He taught Larry to enjoy the little things in life and what really matters. There’s a particular song that always comes to mind whenever I imagine the two of them playing their guitars together, so I used it as the title of my page. Here’s what I came up with:


Pink Paislee (Helmar Preferred partner) Butterfly Garden Cardstock
7 Gypsies Birdsong tissue paper
Pink Paislee wood alphas
Prima decorative border
Graphic 45 staples envelope
G45 staples trims
G45 Staples flower
G45 Staples metal flower
G45 Staples metal buttons
Distress Inks

Adhesives: Helmar Acid Free
Helmar 450 Quick Dry
Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots
Helmar adhesive runner
Helmar Zapdots

Here’s the fabulous sketch I got to work with:

TFL! If you’d like to play along with the Helmar challenge, CLICK HERE.

If you’d like to play along with the Punky Scraps challenge, CLICK HERE.

In case you’re not familiar with the song, I’ve embedded a youtube video below: