Two Cards and a Project for Paper Secrets’ November Challenges

I’m thrilled to announce that Kristi has invited me for a second term on the Paper Secrets DT! 😀 I loved my time serving on the team in May-July 2011, so I’m super excited to be back! There are 5 fantastic challenges for November (though this post will only show my takes on 3 of the challenge), so I hope you can join in on the fun!

First up, we have a great card sketch with a twist, which is being hosted by Nicolle Kramer. The twist is to use glitter and twine. Please visit the challenge post on the forum for the sketch to use and to see the other dt member’s cards. Here’s my take on it:

Next there’s a paper piecing challenge being hosted by Kimmy. For further details and inspiration from the dt, see the post marked November Technique Challenge. Here’s my take on it:

This month’s manufacturer challenge is My Mind’s Eye, which is being hosted by Joyce. While chatting with the other ladies on the forum, I realized that our family does not have a physical phone number, address, email addy book, so if something should ever happen to my computer or our cell phones (like Larry frying his by dropping it in the lake while fishing as he did last year), we’d lose all our contacts. So I figured now would be a great time for me to get on that project I’ve been planning for months. lol I’ve had this Maya Road 5 tabbed sheer album for quite a while now. I’ve held onto it with the intention of using it for this purpose, so this seemed like the perfect opportunity. 🙂

Since I’ve been playing around quite a bit with some of the different Helmar products recently, I decided to give it a go on this one. It’s actually based on an idea I had for a project that’s going to be on my next post. I bought a jar of the textured effects and had wanted to take it for a test spin. I mixed a bit of it with some iridenscent medium and used it on a layout that will be shown on the next blog post. It worked beautifully and exactly the way I’d wanted, so for MR sheer album, I thought it might be cool to blend with perfect pearls so I can accentuate the outer edges of the pages, especially the tabs which I wasn’t planning on covering with paper. Here’s how it turned out:

This is one of the inside spreads so you can see the MME ledger paper I inserted between the dividers for us to write contact info onto:

It came out exactly as expected. I love the added texture and interest the textured effects creates with a bit of perfect pearls blended in. You can get a similar affect by using other powdered pigment products. When mixing, keep in mind that it will dry to a darker shade than it is while wet since the textured affects starts out as a thicker, creamy white medium and dries clear.Since I had some left over, I was also able to add details to the chipboard flower and leaves. I painted dimensional veins to the leaves, enhanced the colors on the center of the flower and outlined the edges too. I love the added subtle shimmer and fab texture!

Materials for the first card:

Crate Paper Farmhouse papers
CP Farmhouse stickers
Twine from the Twinery


Helmar 450 Quick Dry
Helmar Quick Fix Adhesive Runner

Materials for the second card:

Canvas Corp card base
Daisy D’s Autumn papers
K&Comanpy Fall Harvest rubons
K&Company Fall Harvest Leaves Grand Adhesions


Helmar 450 Quick Dry


EK Success Rock Fern punch

Materials for the address book:

Maya Road Sheer 5 tabbed album
MME Stella & Rose papers
MME Stella and Rose Chipboard stickers
Sassafras alpha stickers
Helmar Textured Affects
Perfect Pearls

Helmar 450 Quick Dry
Helmar Acid Free Glue
Helmar Zap Dots



Us – October Helmar Sketch Challenge entry

Gotta love Crate Paper! Their new Farmhouse collection was just perfect for my take on the October Helmar challenge sketch. 😀 Taten’s favorite colors are orange and green and in this photo, he’s wearing this floppy, tye-dye hat that he adored at the time (but thinks it’s silly now) that was also orange and green. One of the papers in this line features these fabulous little leaves that I fussy cut and used ink and a fountain pen to bring out the veins on some of the leaves. I then applied the 2 step crackle. Once dry, I then inked the edges and surface to bring out the crackle affect. I was inspired by the leaves Tracy stamped and crackled on a Ustream class a couple of weeks ago for a frame. 😀 I then curled them a bit by hand and applied them to my page along hand doodled vines.

Here’s my take on the fab sketch by Lydell Quin:


Crate Paper Farmhouse papers
CP Farmhouse Brad
CP Farmhouse Buttons
CP Farmhouse diecut
CP Farmhouse sticker
7 Gypsies clip
Pink Paislee Wood Alphas
Liquitex Acrylic Ink
Distress Ink
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist
flowers and tickets from Paper Secrets


Helmar Premium Craft Glue
Helmar 450 Quick Dry
Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots
Helmar 2 Step Crackle

To play along with Helmar’s October Sketch Challenge (entries are due Oct 31, 2011), CLICK HERE.

A New Adventure in Every Book – Sketchy Thursdays Sept GDT Challenge

Each month, Sketchy Thursdays posts a new sketch for anyone who is interested in being a guest designer for their site to complete. Once you complete your take on the sketch, you simply post the link in the comments and members vote to select the GDT for the following month.

The twist for this month’s sketch is to use reading as the theme of your layout. Here’s my take on the challenge:


MME Stella and Rose Mabel “Joy” paper
Crate Paper Toy Box Collection Build paper
CP Toy Box Explore paper
CP Toy Box trim
CP Toy Box diecuts
CP Toy Box Chipboard sticker
CP Toy Box diecut stickers
Twine from the Twinery


Helmar 450 Quick Dry
Helmar Zap dots
Helmar Acid Free glue
Helmar adhesive runner

This is the Sept gdt sketch:

In case anyone is curious, the stacked books are in groups of 3 intentionally. When I take the kids to the library, they are each allowed to check out 3 books. My rule, not the library’s. The library would allow as many as the kids would like, but I find 3 is a good number for them to keep track of easily. TFL! If you’d like to play along too, CLICK HERE for details.

Little Dear layout – Crate Paper and Sketchy Thursdays

So far, this month has been filled with so many fab challenges that combining a few of them only comes naturally! This next project was particularly fun due to Sketchy Thursdays’ current sponsor for their 8.11 sketch. Paper Secrets is offering a $25 Gift Card to their store, so of course I had to play along! I decided to go with Crate Paper for the layout and they have a color challenge currently posted on their blog. The 3 color pallete of sand, khaki and denim blue was a bit challanging for me with the dual neutral and though blue is my fave color, the photo was so navy blue heavy, I didn’t want to add to much of it to my lo. However, we were able to add another neutral to the pallete (black, white or Kraft) which really helped me create a better blance in my project. Here’s what I came up with:


Crate Paper Neighborhood pp
Crate Paper Toy Box pp
CP Neighborhood diecut
CP Neighborhood diecut sticker
CP Toy Box diecut stickers
CP Toy Box alpha stickers
Making Memories brads
paper doily
Folk Art acrylic paint
DMC embroidery floss


Helmar adhesive runner


We R Memory Keepers Sew Easy

Here’s Sketchy Thursdays’ wonderful 8.11 sketch:


If you’d like to create your own layout based on sketch 8.11, CLICK HERE.

If you’d like to use Crate Paper products and the CP pallete for their challenge, CLICK HERE.

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