Tuesday, February 25, 2014


I have one more My Creative Scrapbook kit layout to share.  For a while now I've had an idea in my head for using a small butterfly punch on a scrapbook layout.  When I saw the ombre Crate Paper "Love Note" paper in the kit, I knew it would be perfect for what I had in mind. Here's the result:

It's always a pleasure guest designing for My Creative Scrapbook because the monthly scrapbook kits are always so darn beautiful.  The icing on the cake is that most of the kits include a pack (sometimes two!) of Prima flowers - - a "must have" in my book! You can purchase the kits here:  My Creative Scrapbook 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Watercolor pencil tutorial

I have another My Creative Scrapbook Main Kit project to share. I've been noticing lots of watercolor paper craft projects on Pinterest lately, and it's inspired me to play around with watercolors myself. 

I prepared a quick little tutorial on a basic watercolor technique.  There are several watercolor mediums you can use: watercolor paints, water soluble pigment sticks, watercolor crayons or pencils, and watercolor papers (like the Peerless ones). Watercolor mediums that require water work best with watercolor paper, but you can use regular patterned paper and cardstock as well (just be prepared for a little warping).

I’m going to show you how I used watercolor pencils to create the watercolor background on my  layout. Watercolor pencils look like normal colored pencils, but when water is added to them, they give the beautiful appearance of watercolors. I bought my watercolor pencils individually at my local art store. That way I was able to choose colors that “sang” to me, rather than be limited to the colors that come in watercolor pencil sets.

1. I gathered my paper, watercolor pencils, and a water brush. If you don’t have a water brush, a paintbrush will do.

2. I drew circles with the watercolor pencils.

3. Using the watercolor brush, I added water to the colored circles.

4. Once I finished my first go-around on the circles and let them dry a bit, I went back and added a little more intense color around the edges of the circles. I added a little more water to blend the color. This was the finished result.

5. With all the water added, the paper warped quite a bit. To diminish the warping, I adhered my watercolored paper to a piece of heavy cardstock, then I placed it under something flat and heavy overnight.  And voila . . . vibrant color!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Love This Girl

Here's another layout I made with the My Creative Scrapbook February Main Kit featuring Crate Paper's Love Note papers.


I created a patchwork heart using bits and pieces of patterned paper, then I adhered the lace trim around the edge.  To add to the homespun feel of the page, I backed the patchwork heart with cardstock and then crocheted around the edge.  Here's a close-up.

Have a "love"-ely week!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Guest Designing at My Creative Scrapbook

I'm guest designing again this month for My Creative Scrapbook.  I always enjoy being a Guest DT for My Creative Scrapbook because Pam's kits are always stunning!!  I got to play with February's beautiful Main Kit, which is filled with Crate Paper and Prima goodies.  Here's one the layouts I created with the kit:

I created an ombre heart background by punching hearts from the Crate Paper Love Notes paper in the kit.

It was inpsired by an ombre heart cake I saw on Pinterest:

Check back again to see the rest of the layouts I made with the gorgeous My Creative Scrapbook kit!

Monday, February 3, 2014

A quick share for the day

Here's another layout I created for Queen & Co.'s booth at CHA using the new Darling Divas collection.

I added did a little machine stitching and crocheted the border.

I made the flowers using My Favorite Things dies and patterned paper from the Darling Divas collection.  The leaves were also made with MFT dies.