Key to My Heart – Creative Scrappers/Tres Chic Unique

For my second layout using the Tres Chic Unique kit, I used the gorgeous sketch #185 from Creative Scrappers. I was really inspired by the embellishment clusters and placement and knew it was perfect for the photo I had in mind. Here’s what I came up with:

All pp’s on this layout are included in the TCU kit. The journaling spot, sticker and twine are also part of the Colorful Kit. Non-kit items are:

Maya Road snowflake transparencies
MME brads
Kaisercraft pearls
American Crafts plastic snowflakes and mittens
Webster’s Pages Whimsey heart
Pink Paislee Vintage Vogue lace ribbon
Acrylic paint


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

Tools:Fiskars punch (upper right corner)
Martha Stewart Doily Lace Punch

Sketch #185:

Anything goes at The Paper Variety this week too, so I’ll be entering my layout for their challenge. 😀 TFL!


All Bundled Up – Sketchy Thursdays

This week’s sketch 11.17 at Sketchy Thursdays was perfect for this layout of Matthew all bundled up to play in the snow back in Feb 2010. A little before Christmas last year, I took the kids with me to ACMoore and they had some arts and crafts set up for the children to do and were giving out snowflake shaped, glittery felt ornaments. When we got home, Matthew asked me to scrap a page for his book with it. 😀 Here it is a year later and I’m finally getting around to doing just that! lol

This week’s feature on the Firefly Expressions blog is Pebbles, Inc. and we were given a half set of foam stamps to work with. Mine included this great snowflake piece that used with white acrylic paint for the bg of my lo.

Here’s what I came up with for the sketch:

Matthew’s felt snowflake is in upper right corner of the page. Isn’t it cute? 😀


Bazzill Black Cardstock
Bo Bunny Midnight Frost pp
White Acrylic Paint
Prima mini alphas
Pink Paislee Cushies foam alphas


Helmar 450 Quick Dry
Helmar Premium Craft Glue


Pebbles Shape-a-Roonies foam stamp

Sketch 11.17:

TFL! To play along at Sketchy Thursdays, CLICK HERE.

3 months Layout – My Creative Sketches

My Creative Sketches is having an awesome contest full of prizes and fab sketches. Each month for 3 months, they’re posting a new sketch to create with and selecting 3 winners for 3 prizes each month (one chosen by the dt and 2 random). Then at the end, everyone who completes all 3 sketches is entered into a random drawing for the grand prize which is…3 Month Subscription to their Limited Edition Kit!!! Amazing, right? Here’s my take on Sketch #2 of the contest:


Bazzill cardstock
Pink Paislee Parisian Anthology pp
Pink Paislee Cushies alphas
Glitz Vintage Blue epoxy sticker
Tattered Angel Glimmer Mist
Distress Ink
Glass and acetate “Dew Drops”


Helmar Premium Craft Glue
Helmar Gemstone Glue


Prima mask

The fab sketch I used for this layout:

My take on sketch #1 can be found on my blog HERE.

You can post your entry for Sketch #2 HERE. If you missed sketches 1 or 2, no worries, you can enter the challenge for sketch #3 and are still elligible for the grand prize IF you follow their instructions listed in the contest details.

Two Layouts for Paper Secrets November Challenges

I love the gorgeous sketches that Rochelle has been designing for us on Paper Secrets, so I had a lot of fun creating this layout as part of my dt work for the November challenges. I went with the beautiful All About Me collection by Webster’s Pages and added a little subtle texture and interest using a Prima mask and a bit of Helmar magic. 😀

For the brick wall behind the photo, I had really wanted a different Prima mask, but my fave online store was sold out, so I got the mask that features the mortar rather than the brick. To use it effectively, there are several options. I chose to go with a resist technique using Helmar Acid Free Glue. I simple lined up the mask where I wanted the design to appear, and using a foam brush, applied the Helmar Acid Free Glue in the openings by smoothing it over the mask. I then lifted off the mask. Once dry, I misted the image with some Shimmerz Spritz in Rockafella blue and immediately wiped over it lightly with a slightly dampened paper towel to remove the product from the resist areas. It worked like a dream. FYI, this method can also be used with the 450 Quick Dry, Premium Craft Glue and PVA glue that I know of and have tested, so you can use what you have on hand.

Here’s my take on Rochelle’s fabulous sketch for the November Challenge:

Here’s a close up of the brick wall resist:

I’m so excited to be back on the Paper Secrets DT! For my first challenge for the new term, I wanted to do something special. I greatly admire the work of an amazing talented multi-media artist who I first heard about just over a year ago when I started scrapping online. Steph Devlin is not only a designer for Webster’s Pages, Kaisercraft and Prima, she’s also a published author and has designed for numerous magazines. Steph is also one of the co-founders of The Color Room…a great site for fabulous color challenges and a sketch for inspiration. So, for this challenge, I’ve selected one of her pieces (with her permission) for us to lift for our November Scraplift Challenge!

Here’s my lift of her inspiring creation:

To give a subtle shimmer and add a bit of extra texture, I mixed a bit of iridescent medium to Helmar’s Textured Effects and applied it with a brush to the middle flower on the left of the page. I only covered the highlights on the images. It was really hard to capture in a photo, but here’s a close up:

I love that the Textured Effects not only helps add more detail, but it also keeps the iridescent medium on my project, not my fingers, so when I wipe my fingers across the page, I don’t end up with a bunch of shimmer on my fingertips! 😀

I also combined the PS lift challenge with my dt work at Firefly Expressions and incorporated some gorgeous Dove of the East products. 😀

Materials for Little Blessings Layout:

Webster’s Pages All About Me papers
WP All About Me fabric ticket
WP All About Me Princess Petal
WP All About Me storytellers alpha stickers
WP pin
Prima flourish
Shimmerz Rockafella Spritz


Helmar Quick Fix Adhesive Runner
Helmar Acid Free Glue
Helmar 450 Quick Dry

Materials for Friends Layout:

Dove of the East paper
Dove of the East ribbon
Dove of the East diecut
Glitz Vintage Blue papers
Glitz paper layers
Pink Paislee Artisan frame
Webster’s Pages sparkler
Webster’s Pages silhouette
sticker and cast corner piece from my stash
Tattered Angels glimmer glaze
iridescent medium
Helmar Textured Effects
Prima bling


Helmar Quick Fix Adhesive Runner
Helmar Acid Free Glue
Helmar 450 Quick Dry

Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots
Helmar Zap Dots


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