Good afternoon everyone! Today I have a new layout featuring a watercolor background and “slicing” a photo.

Happy (2)

The “slicing” of the photo was inspired by ACOT’s “What’s on TV?” Challenge. Joannie chose “Life in Pieces”, which in turn, made the challenge to have at least one photo that is in at least 3 pieces. I really love how it turned out, as you have to have the PERFECT photo for this particular technique.

The design is based on Let’s Get Sketchy Week 2 sketch:

LGS Week 2 July

I really love all the white space, and usually I leave it “as is”, but decided to break into my gelatos to create a watercolor background. I had originally went with yellows and oranges, but mixed with the pink..it just didn’t look right. So I went with a pink gelato in Watermelon and it turned out a whole lot better IMO! 😉

All the products that aren’t mixed media – brads, washi, chipboard, pattern papers, stickers – are Basic Grey “Highline” collection.

TFL! 🙂

Old Friends and Food Coma

Funny combination, right? LOL! THis is what happens when you jump around when you scrap AND you want to use the items you pulled from your stash for the Use It or Lose It challenge!

First up, I used the MME “29th Street Market”. It was a solid purple, but flipped it over, and it was this really pretty (busy) damask print. Kind of vintage looking. So I used that piece, tearing it into a wide strip as part of my background.

Old Friends

I went with the whole purple monochromatic look for this layout, to match the dresses in these pics. They were take a few years ago at a wedding. I also used twine (wrapped around the photo) and my WRMKs SewEasy Circle to stitch the very large circle. Both the SewEasy and the pattern paper are from my March Use It or Lose It post.

The other items I used on this layout are washi tapes (Queen & Co), a stencil I created using my cricut, mists (Tattered Angels), paper clips (Freckled Fawn), flowers (Bo Bunny), bling (Zva Creative) and alphas (Webster’s Pages).

Here is a close up of those flowers:


My second layout is about my cousin who passed out after the big Thanksgiving Dinner from 2014. His mom took this picture and its priceless! I used gelatos in snow cone, metallic blueberry, pistachio, and aqua dolce to create my very messy background. I chose to use the packaging technique:

Food Coma


I then added several little stamps from Basic Grey and Close To My Heart (LOVE those splatters!)



The stickers are all from Bo Bunny – “Welcome Home” and “ETC” collection, both items are from my original March Use It Or Lose It Challenge. I did try the Bo Bunny rub-ons from my February Use It or Lost It post and those rub-ons would not work at all. I guess they were just too old.

My alphas are from SEI and washi tapes are from Glitz Designs and Love My Tapes.

My messy background was perfect for the Make a Mess Challenge over at ACOT. You can use gelatos, mists, inks, watercolors – just make a mess!

TFL! 🙂

Think Happy Thoughts

This layout is based on the newest sketch offered by Let’s Get Sketchy, plus the Title Challenge over at ACOT.

Here’s the fabulous sketch:


The moment I saw it, I knew I was going to do some form of mixed media work. And here is what I came up with:

Think Happy Thoughts

I rotated the sketch 90 degrees and used clear gesso to prime my cardstock in the bottom right corner. I used Faber-Castell gelato in metallic melon, using the packaging technique.



My embellishments are from MME, with the papers from Pebbles. Those butterfly rub-ons are from Bo Bunny (still trying to use them up!)


My title is stamped, using those mini stamps from my Use It or Lose It Challenge. The title was chosen by the hostess of the Title Challenge, which is actually from September’s Title Challenge. She also wanted us to use gold. I used a couple of the gold enamel hearts along with the bit of gold in my chipboard.

TFL! 🙂

Lunch at Chili’s

Still trying to get as many layouts done before the new year arrives! This layout features me and my hubby a few years ago at Chili’s. Its for ACOT’s “What’s on TV? Challenge” – which the hostess chose DINERS, DRIVE-INS, & DIVES and the challenge is that one photo must show a restaurant/cafe, inside or out.

Lunch at Chilis

The design for this layout is based on Let’s Get Sketchy, December Week 2 sketch.


When I saw this sketch, I knew I was going to do some mixed media. Taking the colors from both our shirts, I chose to use gelatos in Snow Cone, Metallic Blueberry and Aqua Dolce and the red is mist from Tattered Angels. I used the packaging technique, which I’m so in love with!


I even tried stamping on top of all the gelatos/mist. I need to practice a bit more, but I still like the affect.


The “Please & Thank You” is a die cut piece from Basic Grey’s “Fact or Fiction” collection (all the papers, bits and pieces and brad came from that collection). I fussy cut the frame, and then trimmed a bit more, popping up the phrase, so it stands out, with the red mist in the background.

TFL! 🙂


Taking a break scrapping Thanksgiving and doggie pics, so I went back to working on my sister in law’s Bridal Photos. The layout is inspired by a sketch from Let’s Get Sketchy (November, Week 3) and the Music Challenge over at ACOT.

Hello, hello


When I saw LGS post this sketch on Monday, I just couldn’t wait to work on it. The white space. The watercolors. I just KNEW I’d be using my gelatos and the “packaging” technique.

My papers and stickers are from Pebbles, Inc.

The Music Challenge over at ACOT was to use MOTOWN as your inspiration. An artist. A song. A record. Album cover. ANYTHING. At first I was planning on using a Motown song from my time period – the 90s. But since I was scrapping my SIL’s bridal pics…and saw these fun photos…I said HELLO! And lo in behold…Lionel Richie has a song called “Hello”!

TFL! 🙂

Now That’s a Burger!

My husband got a sourdough starter started a couple of months ago and he’s been keeping up with it by making sourdough bread, sourdough rolls/buns and waffles. Last month, his buns came out so good, we decided to make some burgers. But not just ANY burgers. Applewood smoked bacon infused brisket burgers. They were sooooooo delicious! We just had to take a picture of it!

Now that's a burger!



Oh yeah, “yum” is right! I used a stencil by Crafter’s Workshop and gelatos. Papers, alphas, tag, and frame are from Fancy Pants. Still working on my “kit” for the “Kill a Kit” Challenge. And I usually don’t scrap about food, so its also for ACOT’s Guest Designer Challenge #4 – FOOD!

Layout is also based on Let’s Get Sketchy’s July Week 1 Sketch:


I basically followed the sketch but rotated 180 degrees to better suit my needs.

TFL! 🙂

The Windjammer

I am really slow at scrapping my pics that I took when I went on that cruise last April. So usually when I do scrap those photos, its for a challenge. And sure enough, ACOT’s Guest Designer has chosen a Travel Challenge!

Here’s my layout, featuring Laurie and I getting our first meal:

The Windjammer

I ended up using gelatos for half my layout. Created my background with metallic melon, sealing with some Faber-Castell Glaze. Then just went crazy with the layers! All papers are from Fancy Pants “Collecting Memories” collection. This whole collection, along with some washi tape and other small embellishments, is my homemade “kit” I created for ACOT’s “Kill a Kit” Challenge. So far this month, I’ve created 8 layouts so far! Woo-hoo!

I then layered some fun washi tape (stamps and arrows). One is from Love My Tapes, the other is The Paper Studio.

I then added some spackling paste to my coffee stains stencil. Yes, you read right. Spackling Paste. What you would find in the Hardware store (Home Depot, Lowe’s, etc). Everytime I think about picking up modeling paste or whipped spackle, whereever I go, they are out, or don’t carry it. So I figured I’d try out spackling paste. And OMG! I just love the results!



The chipboard pieces are from Cloud 9 Design. Just fun little accents – thought they went quite well on a layout about a cruise!

The layout is based on Sketches in Thyme Sketch #155


TFL! 🙂

Friends Fur-Ever

When Rob and I closed on our house, we made sure to bring the doggies over to the house at least once before move in day. My dogs have never known anything other than the previous house, so we didn’t know if they were going to freak out, get upset, try to dig out, etc. So the day after we closed, we took all four dogs over to the new home. Jeffrey had already been there, but the girls – it was their first time. And I made sure to capture those moments.

One of my fave moments of that day was to watch Ruby and Bear (who are 10 yr old litter mates) explore the yard. Together. With Ruby eventually leading the way.

Friends Fur-Ever

I’m in love with MAMBI’s newest stickers – both sticker and chipboard! They go with almost any subject.




My stencil work (needs more work..lol) was from My Favorite Things (the staggered paws) and I used a black gelato mixed with a bit of glaze (both from Faber-Castell). I really love how it turned out.

I went with this color theme (blues, purples, neutrals, gold, silver, and grey) to participate in ACOT’s Disney Challenge. I don’t do this challenge often as I’ve never been to Disney World, and I’ve only been to Disney Land once (but I was young, before I was a scrapper). But this month, the hostess had us use a picture of the Castle as inspiration and made it a color challenge!

My layout is based on a wonderful sketch from Let’s Get Sketchy (May – Week 4):


I pretty much stuck to the sketch. I love the use of 2 photos, with layers and either stencils or stamps or gelatos or even mist! This sketch has so many possibilities!

The complete list of my materials are as follows:
Background paper: Basic Grey
blue pattern paper, die cut title: Anna Griffin
mist: Tattered Angels
cardstock: DCWV
chipboard arrow/heart, word bubble, stickers: MAMBI
gelato, glaze: Faber-Castell
washi: Little B
stencil: My Favorite Things
black pattern paper: from stash

TFL! 🙂


With my latest order from A Cherry On Top filled with gelatos, I am having a blast with them as there are so many different techniques out there.

This latest layout features gelatos mixed with gesso, which I painted on the dark brown pattern paper.


I used the Lemon gelato from Faber-Castell and it really brightens up that dark paper, making the pattern paper strips and photos POP!

I even use a little bit of the gelato and rubbed it into the Studio Calico veneer arrow I used:



This layout is based on a sketch over at Let’s Get Sketchy – Week 3 May:

lets get sketchy

I changed my layout a bit by rotating the photos, and not putting anything in the upper right hand corner.

This layout was also inspired by ACOT’s 3 in a Row Challenge, where I used the 1st column – something brown, burlap, and painting.

My list of supplies are as follows:
Papers, “fun” chipboard piece: Echo Park
Burlap: DCWV
“documented” sticker: MAMBI
doily: Doodlebug
veneers: Studio Calico
painted background: Gesso mixed with Faber-Castell Gelato in Lemon
“hello” title, sequins, tabbed folder: from stash

TFL! 🙂