Entry for Sketches in Thyme Challenge

For my entry I used Webster’s Pages Garden Gala Papers, alphas, trim and sparklers. The punch I used is by Martha Stewart, the buttons are by BoBunny, the flowers are by Prima, the chipboard scrolls are made by Maya Road and the glitter glue is Ranger’s Sticklers.

If you would like to enter the sketch challenge hosted by Sketches in Thyme too, CLICK HERE.


Review – Martha Stewart Scoring Board

I’ve wanted a scoring board (aka scoreboard) for a while now and after quite a bit of comparison shopping, I finally decided to get the Martha Stewart version. Though most products of this kind are very similar, the main features that set this one apart for me were the measuring increments offered, included an envelope guide and scoring tool, and compartments to house the guide and tool for storage. Unlike other versions, this one offers scoring guides every 1/8″ across the entire width of the board. The envelope guide is also very handy since it allows you to effortlessly place your paper at the perfect angle and has the proper measurements and score line placements printed right on the device. There is also an insert in the compartment that gives you the measurements for card sizes and boxes!

Using this convenient and easy to use tool, I created 3 gift bags. I referred to the tutorial offered on Scrap Whispers to enter their challenge, but made a few modifications.

This first bag is made using the instructions, but I folded in the top on each side by 7/8″ to reinforce the paper since I planned on adding ribbon handles. For this one, I used MME Bella Bella paper from their paperstack (not cardstock) and SEI ribbon.

For the second bag, I followed the instructions, but added a few additional score marks to allow the bag to close smoothly. I also punched 2 holes on each side so I could run the ribbon through both sides and tie a bow for the closure. This gift bag was created using cardstock from the DCWV Nana’s Nursery Baby Girl Stack and bit of Webster’s Pages trim that I took apart.

The additional score lines: When the instructions say to turn the paper and add a score line all the way down at 5″ and 7″ I added a short 1″ score mark at 6″ on both ends. Then scored 1″ from the edge of the paper and the end of that mark to where the lines intersect on each side of it and repeated for the other end. I then creased inward on these marks. It’s hard to describe, but I think you can see it well enough in this pic:

The third gift bag was made the same way as the second. For this one, I used Webster’s Pages Wrapping Paper from the Waiting for Santa line, fussy cut elements out of Reindeer Cottage from the same line and tied it with a strip of vintage inspired netting.

To view the tutorial I used or to enter the challenge, CLICK HERE

Review – My Mind’s Eye Lost and Found Collection

From their Wild Asparagus range to Tres Jolie to Lost and Found, one thing I’ve always loved about My Mind’s Eye is the heavy weight and texture of their cardstock. For this layout I used the Moments papers from the Union Square range. A great feature to this line is that they’ve already included glittered elements on the papers that really make the gorgeous details pop! I didn’t have any lettering that were the color I wanted, so I used white alphas by Pink Paislee, inked them w/distress ink and embossed them which created a really cool marbled affect.

MME also offers many items that coordinate with their products. There are trims, tags, buttons, brads, dimensional stickers, stamp sets and chipboard mini-albums that go with each range in this line. You can see more of their fantastic designs HERE.

Giveaway – Webster’s Pages Late Season Release Spring Market – giveaways all week on their blog (Jan 3-7)

Webster’s Pages just released Spring Market…and it is GORGEOUS!!!

Complete paper collection (6 double-sided 12×12, vellum and diecut) and tons of fabulous new embellishments including chipboard sticker buttons w/twine, FABRIC FLOWERS!!!!, petite berry bouquet, and luscious ribbons and trims and MORE! This is a “mini-release” so the full CHA release is going to have FIVE TIMES as many embellishments!!! Can you believe that?!! For your chance to win an assortment of NEW Spring Market Goodies, just CLICK HERE and leave a comment on their blog.