Simply Beautiful – Layout and Card for Paper Secrets Challenges

Paper Secrets has 2 progressive challenges that I’m participating in one is a layout challenge (we’re on week 4) and the other is a card challenge (we’re on week 3). These are my takes on the 2 sketches. 😀 For the layout, I had to select 4 products and a technique from a given list to use on my project. I chose lace/trim, staples, shape punches, 3+ flowers, and distressing (ink splatters).


Sassafras Sweetly Smitten pp
Sassafras Sweetly Smitten folies
MME Laundry Line diecut title
black india ink
trim from my stash


Helmar Quick Fix Adhesive Runner
Helmar 450 Quick Dry
Helmar Zap Dots

The awesome pagemaps sketch we worked with for our week 4 challenge:

For the card, we needed to select 3 products and/or techniques. I selected 3 pp’s, a diecut (sticker that I cut into a ribbon shape) and stamping:


MME Stella and Rose 6×6 pp
MME Stella and Rose trim
MME Stella and Rose diecut sticker
MME Stella and Rose stamp
Stazon ink
distress ink


Helmar Quick Fix Adhesive Runner
Helmar 450 Quick Dry
Helmar Zap Dots

The fab pagemaps sketch we worked with:



Got Milk? – DT Layout for Paper Secrets Feb Sketch Challenge and a Card Challenge

These are my last 2 dt projects to share for the Paper Secrets February Challenges. First is my take on Rochelle’s fabulous sketch. I went with a few bits of Webster’s Pages All About Me pp, trims and a journaling card. The bling and mask are by Prima. The fab alphas are “Cushies” by Pink Paislee. Here’s my take on her artsy/grungy sketch:

Christian was trying so hard to figure out how to get the milk out of that gallon jug. I really think he thought it was just one huge bottle just for him. 😀 I tried to get pics of him trying to drink from the lid and even trying to lick it, but missed those shots. We were all laughing so hard we didn’t stop him until he tried to walk off with that heavy container. lol

Rochelle’s fabulous sketch for the February Layout Sketch Challenge:

I’m still not very good at making cards, but I sure am trying! lol For my take on Joyce’s card sketch, I used Sassafras Paper Crush pp, stickers, alphas and flower. The twine is from the Twinery. I just added a bit of doodling with a black pen. Here’s what I came up with:

Here’s Joyce’s awesome sketch for the Card Sketch Challenge:

Hope you play along with the fabulous 5 February Challenges at Paper Secrets! There’s something for everyone! Kimmy is hosting our manufacturer/brand challenge and the featured manu is Basic Grey. Nicolle is hosting our color challenge and she’s selected black, white, pink and red for our palette. I’m hosting the vintage stash challenge (the challenge thread has 10 items listed…just use 5 out of the 10 items on your paper based projects). Rochelle is hosting the layout sketch challenge with a sketch she created herself. Joyce is hosting the card sketch challenge with her own sketch as well. 😀 Hope to see you in the PS forum!

March Eight Layout for Sketchy Thursdays

I was so sad to hear that this is Sketchy Thursdays last sketch. 😦 When I first started scrapping online about a year and a half ago, Sketchy Thursdays was one of the first sketch sites I found. For a person who was very nervous about posting their work online, ST was a wonderful start. The owners and DT have always been so warm and encouraging and I’ve always appreciated their lovely comments. Upon hearing this, I knew I had to play along with their final sketch even though I’ve barely gotten any sleep in the last couple of days (stomach bug that started w/the baby, passed to me and now 2 of the other kids). Though it’s not my best work, I am glad I got to participate in their last challenge.

This pic is from Matthew’s 3rd birthday and was taken on a slide at Chuckie Cheese. The papers are older, Sassafras papers from Me Likey and Sweet Marmalade.

The wonderful final sketch 1.12:


Just Yawning Layout – Sketchy Thursdays and Get Picky entries

Wow! So many wonderful challenges available this month! There seems to be something for everyone! For this layout, I decided to combine some of them. I started with the awesome 8.4 sketch from Sketchy Thursdays, then added the inspiration challenge from Get Picky, then since I was going with Sassafras papers and embellies, I could also throw in their August challenge criteria…3 or more different alphas. Here’s what I came up with:

Materials: Sassafras Mix and Mend Handmade Hobnob paper
Sassafras Mix and Mend journaling Tags
Sassafras Mix and Mend Sweet Treats (diecut stickers)
Sassafras Kelly Green Glitter Alpha stickers
Sassafras Chocolate Glitter Alpha stickers
Sassafras Yellow Paper Alpha stickers
Sassafras Blue In a Stitch Blossom
Twine from the Twinery
Webster’s Pages storytellers alpha sticker (just the question mark)

This is the Sketchy Thursdays sketch:

This is the inspiration photo at Get Picky:


If you’d like to submit your take on the 8.4 Sketchy Thursdays sketch, click HERE. Entries are due before 10 p.m. (EST) on Wed., Aug 10, 2011.

If you’d like to submit your multi-photo layout based on the inspiration image at Get Picky, click HERE. Entries are due by midnight (Australian Eastern Standard Time) on August 13, 2011.

To enter the Sassafras challenge, entries must be emailed to and contain at least 90% Sassafras product.