Summer ATCs and Coffee Themed Pocket Letter

As we say goodbye to summer and usher in the new season with its cooler weather, I decided to share two separate projects I created recently using some fabulous products by Creative Embellishments. 😀 First up, I created a four ATC set for a trade partner I met through a facebook group. Since all 4 were for a single recipient, I made them all similar, yet different. For the base, I distressed and layered papers that I’d stamped with the CE Distressed Text Stamp and splattered with black India ink, then swiped a bit of gesso onto corrugated cardboard. I topped each cardboard piece with some wood veneer pieces from the CE Summer,  Anchor, or Boat Wheel sets. I finished them with a bit of tied twine around each piece. Here’s how they turned out:


Close ups of the individual cards:





Next, I created a coffee themed pocket letter. For the base, I dyed the white cardstock background paper with real coffee grounds, then splattered it with a Lindy’s Stamp Gang color shot and Tattered Angels glimmer mist used the same color shot to add “cup rings” to the page. I then added fussy cut images from a Heartfelt Creations paper pad. I then added my CE Coffee set pieces which include the title (altered using acrylic paint), the layered CE “to go” cup (altered with with gesso and acrylic paint), and the cup and saucer (altered with PITT artist markers). I left the wood veneer Coffee Cup piece bare. Here’s how my pocket letter turned out:


Close ups of each row:




TFL! I hope you enjoyed my projects! If you haven’t already, be sure to check out our September Challenge post for info on how to enter for a chance to win the $50 gc prize!


First Day of School (Kindergarten) – Layout for Creative Scrappers sketch #197

I absolutely love Creative Scrappers sketch #197! As soon as I saw it, I knew it was perfect for my dt layout for the Manufacturer/Brand challenge I’m hosting on Paper Secrets. This month’s featured manufacturer is Graphic 45, so I selected a pic of Matthew this last fall on his first day of school and the fabulous G45 ABC Primer. I was also thrilled to be able to incorporate some of the gorgeous Dusty Attic chippies I got from the STTG scrap store! Here’s my take on the sketch:


Graphic 45 ABC Primer pp
American Crafts cardstock
Graphic 45 diecut alphas
G45 metal flowers
G45 brads
G45 paper flowers
G45 chipboard button
Dusty Attic chipboard alphas
Dusty Attic skeleton clock
DA chipboard gears
DA chipboard key
Tim Holtz pen nib
ZVA Creative flourish
LYB doily
Tattered Angels Glimmer mist
Ranger distress embossing powder
Folk Art acrylic paint


Helmar Quick Fix Adhesive Runner
Helmar Premium Craft Glue
Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots
Helmar Zap Dots


Martha Stewart Doily Lace border punch

The fabulous CS sketch #197:


Thank You for being a Friend – Layout for Prima BAP and STTG #1

STTG‘s first challenge is to use “Thank You” or “Thankful” on a paper based project. For my example, I decided to use that theme and the current Prima BAP challenge which ends today. Though my first thought was Larry and the kids, I figured everyone already sees page after page of my family and know how much I appreciate them and how truly grateful I am to have them in my life. However, what a lot of people do not know is that Nicolle, my online scrappy bestie, has been been a true friend to me. I’m fortunate to have served on 5 different design teams with her (some current) and I’m so incredibly thankful that we met about a year ago. I don’t know where my head would be without her some times and I know that I can talk to her about literally anything…what a gift! She’s a real listener, which is so rare these days and I greatly appreciate everything she does to contribute to the teams we’re on. She’s focused, dedicated, loving, caring, generous, responsible and a wonderful friend. She’s fabulous wife and mother. I only wish there were some way my page could capture all of that, but this will have to do. lol

Thank you, Nicolle, for being YOU! 😀


Prima Alla Prima pps
Prima Alla Prima Avon Rose flowers
Prima Alla Prima Coventry Rose flowers
Prima Alla Prima Jardinere flowers
Prima Alla Prima Resist Canvas
Prima Alla Prima Antique Mirror piece
Prima Alla Prima mini alphas
Prima Water Color Alphas
Prima Raspberry Tea Alphas
Prima Raspberry Tea butterfly sticker
Dusty Attic chipboard frame
Tattered Angels glimmer mists


Helmar Quick Fix Adhesive Runner
Helmar Premium Craft Glue
Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots
Helmar Zap Dots

The fabulous Feb Prima BAP Sketch:


Love Birds – dt layout for Let’s Capture These Sketches #119

For my example for the Let’s Capture These Sketches #119 by Natalie Roy, I went with photos of the birds that nest on our porch each year. These were taken Sept 2010. I’ve only taken pictures of them twice but they have visited us every year we’ve lived here (7 years). I’ve only scrapped one page of them before (layout was titled Love Nest) and still have a couple more pics to scrap, including shots of them feeding their babies. 😀

Here’s my take on Natalie’s awesome sketch:


Pink Paislee Mistables pp
Prima flowers
Dusty Attic chipboard Feather
Dusty Attic chipboard Birds on a Branch
Tim Holtz tissue tape
Maya Road decorative edge envelope
Tim Holtz tissue paper
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist
Distress Ink


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

Sketch #119:

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