Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Gearing up for Valentines

I have been working on some new items for Valentines and have a couple things listed on Etsy and Ebay. There are a lot more in the works, so stay tuned!

Work Tray Wednesday

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Sketch-N-Scrap Card Challenge #40

If you need any last minute card design inspirations for the year look no further than this sketch from Sketch-N-Scrap.
My interpretation for this card, I guess I'm still wishing it was fall? I had these beautiful papers out from We R Memory Keepers and wanted to play with them more. They worked beautifully for this card.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Monday, December 15, 2014

Sketch N Scrap Layout Challenge #71

Here is the latest sketch from Sketch-N-Scrap. Take time out from all of the stressful holiday planning and prepping to play with our latest sketch and upload your take to the SNS Blog.
I played around with some Halloween paper I had in my stash for some time. I had a great picture of the kids from this year's holiday and this layout worked out perfectly.
Items I used in this layout:
Authenique • Glowing • Luminous
We R Memory Keepers • 4x6 Pad • Spookville
We R Memory Keepers • Scary But True • Embossed Diecut
We R Memory Keepers • Heebie Jeebies • Card Stock Stickers

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Work Tray Wednesday

Hope to have my Christmas cards finished up today!

Sketch N Scrap Inspired By Challenge #12

Today I have the Inspired By sketch for you from Sketch-N-Scrap.
I used a photo from this year's pumpkin patch trip for my layout.
Using the rest of my precious Autumn Splendor collection papers from We R Memory Keepers I created this layout. I do have some scraps left over so expect some cards in the future with this beautiful paper.
 Item I used in this Layout:
We R Memory Keepers • Autumn Splendor • Autumn Leaf
We R Memory Keepers • Autumn Splendor • Amber
We R Memory Keepers • Autumn Splendor • Tawny
We R Memory Keepers • Autumn Splendor • Orchard
We R Memory Keepers • Autumn Splendor • Autumn
We R Memory Keepers • Autumn Splendor • Layered Chipboard
Ranger • Distress Ink • Walnut Stain
Ranger • Blending Tool
Scotch • ATG

Friday, December 5, 2014

Sketch-N-Scrap Card Challenge #39

Today I have a card sketch for you from Sketch-N-Scrap.
I used this sketch to design thank you cards for the triplets recent birthday party. Using paper from Imaginise's B-day Bash paper line I created the background of the card. I cut the large tag form out with my big shot and the strip of paper mounted on the tag. The cupcake is stamped onto a circle and is painted and glittered. The sentiment is embossed on the top and bottom of the tag.
Don't forget to show us your take on the sketch on the SNS blog.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

New Art Pieces

Lately I've been having some fun working on some mixed media pieces. I have a few works for sale at The Country Nest, but I also wanted to get some done to list online. I scavenged the garage looking for left over piece of wood to paint on. I have quite a stack now awaiting me. I took pictures of my latest piece as I worked on it. I probably should've had my video camera on but oh well. Next time.

I started out by preparing my piece covering the whole front with vintage book paper. After a layer of Mod Podge, I added 3 different paint colors lightly so as not to cover the book paper entirely.
Next I did a wash of white paint to mute the color down, keeping it heavier on the outsides of the piece.
A little bit of stamping to create a little texture...
Next I cut out my tree from various pieces of scrap paper. The papers do not work well together, but that is about to be fixed.
I paint over the tree with green paint, covering up the colors in the paper but still showing the various patterns on each piece.
Next comes shading. I still find it amazing how much this step can change a piece. The swipe of a marker and smudge of a finger. The base of the piece is done. Ready for final embellishing.
Using modeling paste and a stencil I apply several different snowflakes. Last I pick the perfect quote and glue it down with a final coating of Mod Podge to seal the entire piece.
This one-of-a-kind piece is available in my etsy store.
While I had my supplies out, I put together this piece on a canvas.
This one is for sale on my ebay page.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Sketch N Scrap Layout Challenge #70

Happy December everyone! I have a sketch for you all from Sketch-N-Scrap. This one gives you plenty of options to layer some paper for a truly unique look.
In this layout, I pulled out some paper from Imaginisce that I had been hoarding for quite some time. The pretty pastels worked wonderfully with my photos. I mixed my paper lines when I dug through my stash for embellishments, finding some from My Minds Eye and Jillibean Soup. The photos show my daughter this summer. She had gotten a scrapbook kit and she put together an entire scrapbook album by herself. All I did was hand her some photos. She watches me like a hawk so she knew exactly what she was doing. I better keep an eye on my supplies now!

Items I used in this layout:
Imaginisce • Baby Powder • Oopsie Daisy
Imaginisce • Fairest of them All • Royal Procession
Imaginisce • Fairest of them All • Magic Meadow
MME • Abby Road • Whirly Bird Sunshine Girl Large Accessories
MME • Mary Mary Best of Friends • Accessory Sheet
Jillibean Soup • Soup Labels • Bean Soup
Adobe Illustrator
Cricut Expression
Ranger • Stickles • Crystal
Ranger • Glossy Accents
Scotch ATG

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Sketch N Scrap Card Challenge #38

So I'm not even going to mention how many days it is until Christmas today. (Mostly because I really don't want to know!) But incase any of you are counting down the days, you know it is getting close to the time to send out your Holiday cards. Well I have a wonderful sketch for you today to get you on your way if you need any extra nudging. (Like me) Add your take on this sketch to the Sketch-N-Scrap blog for a chance to win prizes!
I pulled out my drawer of scrap paper and these pieces caught my eye. Red is a traditional Christmas color, but yellow not so much. However I thought a little punch of yellow was just what this piece needed.

Monday, November 17, 2014


I'm back at it! I've been crafting away on some new designs. These are my Belsnickle that come in two sizes and an array of fabrics. These will be available at The Country Nest downtown Kearney later this week.
I do have a couple that will be listed on ebay, etsy and of course they are added to my website.
Off to more holiday creating!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Sketch N Scrap Layout Challenge #69

I have a beautiful sketch for you all today from Sketch-N-Scrap
I started with the photos of Brileigh and Rylan climbing a tree from this summer. The papers I had had for some time and I pulled them out knowing they would be perfect for this layout. The strip of green paper is the back of the lighter tan paper, so I only used the two pieces of cardstock for this layout. And of course the cream that frames the photos and makes for the title piece.
The leaf banner was very easy to put together, I simply glued Amy Tangerines paper leaves onto a piece of jute with my hot glue gun. I attached it to the layout using glue dots. For the photo frames I lightly stamped the cream card stock with a script stamp. I was watching a Tim Holtz video the other day and he showed the swiping technique. Before when I wanted a light stamped effect I would first stamp the image on a scrap piece of paper then on the actual piece. He showed in the video instead of pushing your stamp into the ink pad, simply swipe the stamp over the ink pad to achieve a lighter look. Amazing! Glad I know that tip now, and I hope I was able to pass that knowledge on!
Items I used in this layout:
American Crafts • Bookshelf • L'Amour
American Crafts • Bookshelf • Faulkner
Card Stock • Cream
My Stash • Script Font Stamp
Ranger • Archival Ink Pad • Black
Ranger • Distress Ink • Walnut Stain
Amy Tangerine • Field House • Paper Leaves Shapes
Thermogrip Glue Gun
Adobe Illustrator
Cricut Expression

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Work Tray Wednesday

Yes I know.... It's Thursday. But I've been without Internet all week so I know you'll forgive me. Working on a new design this week, stay tuned!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Sketch N Scrap Inspired By Challenge #11

Today I have a fun layout for you from Sketch-N-Scrap. Play along with this sketch and upload your layout to the blog for a chance to win!
For my layout, I chose a picture of the boys from this summer's trip to Kansas City. I took them to Lego land and they had an absolute blast. They especially loved the large characters that were placed all over. The colors in my photo were so bright, it worked well with the Fancy Pants Designs paper line To The Moon.
Product I used in this layout:
Fancy Pants Designs • To The Moon • Aliens
Fancy Pants Designs • To The Moon • Solar
Fancy Pants Designs • To The Moon • Strips
Fancy Pants Designs • To The Moon • Asteroid
Fancy Pants Designs • To The Moon • Glitter Cuts
Fancy Pants Designs • To The Moon • Elements
EK Success • 1.75" Circle Punch
Ranger • Glossy Accents
Scotch ATG

Friday, November 7, 2014

Holiday Shopping

I've had some time to get some items online for sale, and I have a lot more started. If you are looking for some unique items to decorate your home or for gifts, check out my website, etsy or ebay, the links are above.

This fun piece is listed on etsy:
These pieces are listed on ebay:

I also have some of my paper cone wreath kits listed if you would like to make gifts for friends and family this year, they are fun to make and give! I have more items in the works, stay tuned!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Work Tray Wednesday

Sketch N Scrap Card Challenge #37

Check out this wonderful sketch from Sketch-N-Scrap! So many sentiments you can use with this sketch.
For my card, I was asked to design some anniversary party invites and I thought this sketch was a wonderful design for them. I used a beautiful paper line from Authentique called Loyal to make the cards. The circle "Our 60th" was designed using InDesign and printed out with my color printer.
Thanks for checking in and don't forget to upload your take on the sketch to the Sketch-N-Scrap blog for a chance to win!