Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Paper Issues Crop

I made several layouts for the Paper Issues Crop last week.  Unfortunately, I didn't film any process videos because it was spring break, and the kids were everywhere!  At least I can share the photos here.

This first layout was for a challenge that involved using no card stock.  Papers are all from last fall's Arsenic and Lace collection.

Also from the Arsenic and Lace collection, this one was a challenge to use a stencil.  On the left side of the layout, I used a recollections stencil.  I started by inking it with brilliance white pigment.  I then shifted the stencil and inked with Fired brick.

A third from the Arsenic and Lace collection, this layout was for a challenge that asked for at least 6 patterns to be used on one layout.  This was a fun one!  The stamp in the lower right corner is Stampendous.  

This was a "bling" challenge.  I used stencil paste through a Heidi Swap stencil and then inked it with some of my home made glimmer mist.  I used holographic embossing powder on the title words.

This was a very involved layout.  I used a custom designed cut from my silhouette for the title.  This is full mixed media.  The background paper was from Kaiser Craft.  I gessoed it to bring down the color a bit.  I then used matte medium to apply the die cuts.  I added gold gilato to the sun die cut and around the title letters.  I heat embossed with gold on the large letters of the title.  I submitted this one for the design team entry.

This was the last layout from the echo park Creative Agenda paper... I'm so glad it's done!  I think the challenge was a color challenge.

Papers were Carta Bella yesterday.  I submitted this one to the "large title" challenge.  Lots of silhouette cuts here (I picked up a Cameo on this day... I'm so in love!)
 This used a free cut file from the Paper Issues store.  I used a kaiser craft paper behind the cut file... then I took black acrylic paint and pushed it through a recollections stencil.    Some heat embossing and stamping...  This was for a challenge to use one of their free files.

 This final layout didn't get completed in time to submit to a challenge ;(... But it's fun.  The background is the giant letter svg file from their store.  I used recollections papers that I bought a couple of years ago for this one.  I laid the "negative" space of the cut file down and sprayed it with some old glimmer mist.  Then I built the layout on top of that.  I glued the letters LOVE together, painted them black, covered them with Distress crackle, and then painted over that with gold pearl x paint.  They look AWESOME

I will be making a video of these layouts... but there will be no process video.  Just a layout share vid.

Monday, March 23, 2015


Here's a layout I made for my Grandma's recent 86th birthday party.

Here's the blog challenge I'm responding to:

3rd Grade

This is a picture they took of Jackson at school.  They gave me a copy.

Here's the blog challenge I'm responding to:


Sunday, March 22, 2015


Sour dough pancakes on Sunday morning is a tradition that goes back to my Grandma.... I've been trying to perfect them for years.  Today's pancakes weren't too bad.  Here's my layout:

I am responding to a sketch on this challenge blog: http://stucksketches.blogspot.com/2015/03/featured-entry.html

Friday, March 20, 2015

Special Day

I just got my first month of Unity Stamp Club stamps in the mail today.  I had to get them inky!  I decided to use some of the stamps to make a layout for Jack's last birthday.  Here's my layout:

Here's the Unity challenge I'm responding to:

On the Hunt

 Here's my layout about Tony's recent job hunt.  He was put on furlough by his previous job in early December.  It took until late February to secure a job.  In the end, we were job hunting all over the nation.  Luckily, he found a great job right here in Boise!

 Here's my process video:

Here's the blog challenge I'm working with:


Here's my layout about my one and a half year old Rat Terrier, Gimli.

 Here's the process video:

Here is the blog challenge I'm responding to:

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Imaginative Play

Here's the page I've made to celebrate Jack's emerging love of imaginative play.  I consider this to be a huge milestone.  Many developmentally delayed kids never learn to play imaginative games or make up scenarios.  This kind of play is crucial to intellectual development.

Here's my process video:

Here is the blog challenge I'm responding to:

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Window Gel Clings

Here's a layout about my son's Jack's obsession with window gel clings:

Here's the process video:

Here's the blog challenge I'm responding to:

Pay Day

This one is about Tony's first pay day at his new job.  What a relief!

Here's the layout process video:
Here is the blog challenge I'm responding to:

Family Time: Paper Issues Sketch 006

Sunday mornings are always family time for the Stricklands.  Here's a layout about our breakfasts together.

This is the process video:
Here is the blog challenge I am responding to:

So Angry

Rhiannon is becoming such a teenager.  Here's a layout about a recent bad day she had....

Here's the process video:

Here's the blog I'm responding to:

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

March Sketch Challenge #24

St. Patrick's Day Fun!

Here's the process video:

This layout is responding to this blog challenge:

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Becoming 13

My little girl is not so little anymore!
Here is my process video for the layout:

Here's the blog challenge I am responding to:


I responded to this mood board by using the colors of the images.  I also mimicked the paint on the door for my background and stamped the background with a wood grain to echo the wood grain on the door.

Thursday, March 12, 2015


Here's a blast from the past.  This gorgeous photo was printed on metallic paper.  I needed to be scrapped!

I should have a process video soon!

Here is the blog I'm responding to:

I found the color, the flowers, the paint, and the dress inspiring.  I used gesso on a stamp for the paint.  I added the trim on the left for the dress.  I added the vellum flowers to represent the cherry blossoms.  And of course it is heavily influenced by pink!

B is for Beautiful Smiles and Birds

Here's the blog I'm responding to:

Here's the card I made:

I should have a process video soon!

Confetti Cupcakes

Here is the blog I'm responding to:

Here is the card I made:

I should have a process video soon!

Embossed Vellum

Here is the challenge I am responding to:

Here is the card I made for it:

I will have a process video soon.

Bold and Bright Triangles

Here is the challenge I am responding to:

Here is the card I made:

I will have a process video soon.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Mojo Monday 388: The Bunny is Back

Here is a link to the blog challenge I am responding to:

Here's my Card:

No process video for this one.  Here's what I did:

  • Started with a recollections card stock base in a limey green.  Then used a pattern paper from Echo Park 6x6 collection.  I used both sides of the pattern paper on this card.  The carrots are the background and the green plaid is the a 3/4" band.  
  • I stamped the band with Olive Green Staz-On using a Studio G stamp.  
  • Then in black staz-on, I stamped the bunny image and the carrots.  I water colored the carrots and bunny with distress ink.
  • I punched the background scallop circle with a Stampin Up! punch and embossed it with a cuttlebug folder.  I then inked it with distress wild honey and dried marigold.  
  • I popped the bunny up on foam tape.  The orange twine is from Target dollar spot.  The black "gems" are Black Jewel Dazzles stickers from Hot Off the Press.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

2 Challenges: Lizard Eyes

Goofy Glasses... Hats.... Dress up of any kind is a big hit with Jack.

I did a layout process video for this one:

I used this blog sketch challenge to create this layout:

I also attempted to do Fiona's PIT challenge, although it didn't work as I had hoped.  Here's a link to her challenge: