Monday, April 29, 2013

Paper Flowers Blog Hop

Happy Monday Blog Hoppers!!!

Can you believe it?  The Paper Girls Challenge Blog invited me to hop along with them - love those girls!!!

For this hop, you will see a plethora of pretty practical ways to use/create paper flowers on your projects.

I tried something new for this hop:  Coffee Filter Flowers.

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day


Would you like a quick tutorial on how to make these cute flowers?  Perfect, because I wanted to share with you anyway!

Materials:  basket coffee filters (those are new)
mists - Mr. Huey's Custard (from my stash about one year ago)
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist Santa Baby (from my stash - at least two years ago!)
Adirondack Color Wash Lettuce (from my stash - at least two years ago!)
brads or twine (brads are from my stash - 6 months ago - twine is new!)
Embellishments:  Most are from Webster's pages (last summer)
Cardstock:  Kraft paper - that's new!

* Mist the coffee filters and let them dry about an hour.
* Fold the filters into quarters.
* Cut the edges - I used a couple of punches, "points", or "petals".

* Separate the trimmed filters.
* Restack filters by staggering the layers.

* Pierce a hole in the center for either a brad or twine.

* Gather the petals - pinch, fold, fluff to your desired effect.
* Affix to a project!

Again, thank you for stopping by!  Here's the hop in order.  Be sure to comment, follow and have fun!  There are prizes to be won!

What do you have to do to participate? 

 Would you like a chance to win? Get one entry for commenting on each of the blog posts, "Like" the Paper Girls Challenge on Facebook, and being a follower on our blog (all are required for an entry). It you get to see some fabulous projects and you know you want to!

You have until Sunday, May 5, 2013 at 11:59pm MST to comment.  We will announce the winner on Monday, May 13, 2013 at 9:00 am MST!  International readers are welcome to play along but currently we are only shipping prize packs to the US and Canada due to shipping costs.


PS ... want an win an extra goodie?  One lucky hopper will be randomly selected to win a fun prize from me.

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Monday, April 15, 2013

To Love The Journey: Scenic Route

I'm back at Paper Girls Challenge blog with my second installment as April Guest Designer.  This challenge involves "Travel".  

Immediately, I knew which photos I had wanted to scrap for this layout!  Last year, we drove to Jersey Jim's Fire Lookout Tower and spent two nights up in the tower.  Its five stories up and the latrine is five stories down.  A bit of planning must go into your ascent and descent!

While we were at Jersey Jim's, we did a bit of hiking, hiking and more hiking!  It was a truly memorable time with the kids and I look forward to more camping trips with them as the summer approaches.

I used a sketch from - Amber 4

I do hope that you are inspired by the Bev Code's sketch, my interpretation of it and the fun challenge from Paper Girls Challenge blog.

Materials used:  Webster's Pages, StampinUp punch, We R Memory Keepers stamps, Love My Tapes washi, and a map of Colorado

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Kids Grow Up So Fast

I've had this photo of my son on my desk for almost a year and I'm drawn to it often.  I've wanted to create a layout for this photo for quite some time - but just couldn't find the "right" materials.

Kids DO Grow Up So Fast - as I linger over the photo of this boy with a bubble wand I cannot believe that he will be moving on to high school in a few weeks - less than two months!  He's such a treasure!

The title velum and the secondary "Love" velum are from my stash and have to be from four years ago.  My friends over at Use It Tuesday have a challenge to use stickers.  I used the velum and made them into stickers - clever, huh?

Amber #8 sketch from

Materials used:  Websters' Pages, StampinUp! punches, ribbon and flower brad
Velum from probably four years ago!!

Monday, April 1, 2013

April Showers ... May Flowers

Good morning my dear scrappy-happy friends!  I am over-the-moon thrilled to be a guest designer for the Paper Girls Challenge Blog.  Being part of an online scrapping community has really pushed me to continue developing my skills and it also provides me with a sounding board for when I'm not that excited about a layout or card.  Some of my best friends are the gals that I have met through scrapping.  

(An updated photo - thanks to my boy, William)

I do hope that you enjoy the layout I've created for the April Showers Challenge:

I've been just crazy about Kraft paper lately and I really love how it provided a background for the colors and flowers I used in this layout.  I used Studio Calico paper, Kiwi Lane Designs templates, a few stickers from Authentique, an embellishment or two from Webster's Pages and punches from StampinUp!

So, you want to know more about the crafty tricks behind this layout??

In order to create the raincloud and raindrops, I used mists and transparency sheets.  Just scatter several large droplets of misting ink onto the transparency sheet and then cover with another sheet - you get a two for one here - press them together and then pull apart the sheets.  Leave the sheets to dry and then cut to your {heart's} content.  Super easy!

I have a couple of different types of flowers on this layout.  I created the small rosette flowers by using a 1" punch from StampinUp! and then cutting a spiral into the punch.  Carefully rolling the paper on itself, you will achieve a tight rosette.  Glue that baby and you are set - I add a little touch to mine by pressing down on the edges of the flower to get a petal look - a friend of mine sprays the flower first and then presses - either way - its not difficult at all.  Another flower that I made is with a scalloped 1-3/8" punch again from StampinUp!  I cut into the scallops and then curl the petals.  Ta-dah!

Thank you Kristy Lee!

And there you have it, a layout that will hopefully inspire you to create something wonderful.

Materials used:  Kiwi Lane Designs templates:  Wildflower 1T, 6T, Chestnut Drive 2B, 3A, 3B
Studio Calico Memoir Collection Flower Bed and embellishments
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Vintage Photo
Webster's Pages embellishments
Authentique words
Basic Grey "april" letters