sundays are for showers

this past weekend we gathered in honor of my sister in law to celebrate her upcoming nuptials. it was a beautiful, warm day full of all sorts of awesome...

happy friday!


Christmas Memories

I have a new favorite set. It's wonderful. The Christmas Memories set. Just wonderful vintage-y goodness. I haven't gotten quite in the swing of Christmas card making just yet, BUT I did find that this set was perfect for a layout!

Over all the layout is fairly plain and simple. But, the details turned out lovely... On the base of the layout, i stamped the starburst image in a similar color distress ink. i found the pine needles matched my cardstock the best.

On white cardstock, I stamped the ornaments and embossed them with gold powder then tying them up with a bit of red bakers twine. Little drops of glossy accents hold the curls in the bakers twine in place. the "Merry Christmas" was stamped in distress ink (pine needles) and cut out leaving a thick border. Tracing the letters in glossy accents really make the color pop.

I also stamped the large santa from the set on white cardstock in fired brick distress ink. After cutting out the santa leaving a thing boarder, i coated the santa with glossy accents. ok, so this takes pretty much forever to dry, but thats ok! the end result is so worth it. the glossy accents causes the ink to bleed a little bit, which totally adds to the vintage look/feel of the image. LOVE IT! i would LOVE to see this santa (or really the whole set) in mini versions!

The whole layout comes together with just a few layers of hambly screenprints under the photo and a bit of foam adhesive.

I find that i do not stamp much on layouts other than creating a textured background or maybe a phrase here and there. Using so many stamped imaged to create pretty well all the elements of this layout got me thinking. i should use stamps more. simple thought, but i think its worth thinking about.

do you use stamps often in your layouts?



The Sampler: Everything is WONDERFUL!

Another layout from the September kit from The Sampler! I find myself creating simpler layouts these days. The kit really helps me on this. Not having so many choices, which i have the whole crafting world to choose from it seems, really helps to get the job done.

Every year we head to a Christmas Tree Lot and pick out the tree that we will celebrate the season with. Oh i LOVE a fresh Christmas tree and i LOVE to document the finding and decorating and simple enjoyment as well. This past year the boy really got into it to. In fact, he picked out the tree and I have the photos to prove it! Now, I can finally get them into my scrapbook!

Using the "simple joys" patterned paper, I cut the lines apart and set aside the red and green ones. Along with those i also cut out little circles from the "forever" dotted paper. Easy and quick to assemble!

I did think the layout needed a bit more fussing up. So, I used the Gold Pearl Pen to dress the whole thing up by simply covering little dots at random with the Gold.

I know its early to be thinking about the Holidays, but, what can i say? its my favorite time of year!



The Sampler: A Lovely Day

I know I have scrapped this series of photos of the boy and his bff but i just love them entirely too much to miss a single shot. A few pieces from the September kit from The Sampler and another layout to squeeze into my album!

hope everyone is having a great friday! I have a busy weekend/week ahead of me. my wonderful sister in law is finally taking the plunge and getting married. SO, this weekend we have a bridal shower to host and the wedding is next weekend! On top of that, my mom is coming in for the wedding which i'm super stoked about but there is just a lot to do! BUT, at the end of the day we will have many memories and a good deal of photos to share and create with!

happy weekending!


Thankful Silhouettes

Last week, i used the Tim Holtz Thankful Silhouettes set for our DEstress Friday m&t at Memories Live On. I love his new silhouettes sets. They make perfect sense when it comes to layering his stamps and having a strong image to really stand out.

The make & take i did can be found on the Memories Live On Facebook Page but I just couldn't stop myself there. I quickly made two cards using a similar layout but a few different materials.

On a piece of woodgrain patterned paper (previous kit from The Sampler), I stamped the word background from Thankful Silhouettes with the Butterscotch Acrylic Paint Dabber. While that dried, I used a couple Distress Stains to stamp a couple of the leaves on kraft tags and cut them out. To pull the whole card together, wrap a piece of thick twine around the lower portion of the card, knot it, and settle the two leaves underneath.

This card was a little more adventurous and liberal in the use of ink. I started with a piece of white cardstock and stamped the word background from Thankful Silhouettes with the Butterscotch Acrylic Paint Dabber. Once the paint has dried, using a craft mat, I blended ink from Distress Stains to get the background colors. While that dried, I used a couple Distress Stains to stamp a couple of the leaves on kraft tags and cut them out. To pull the whole card together, I used a bit of brown twill ribbon and a couple pins (both from previous kits from The Sampler) to off set the card a bit and settled the leaves under the ribbon.

there you go. the same stamp. two totally different cards. love them both!



The Sampler: When did you get so big?

If I've asked myself this question one time, I've asked it hundreds. And, I'm pretty sure, I will ask it countless more times. When did he get so big? There was no point in time that i hit the "big" button... I still call him a baby but heavens knows that is nothing near what he is...

While I may not have the easiest time with him growing up, I did have the easiest time making this layout. I used bits from


The Sampler "SOAR" Mini Album 9/30/2011

Come to class armed with your September’s kit from The Sampler and ink, staple and stitch your way to a wonderful mini album to hold your most precious memories for yourself or a friend!

For more details on this class, head over to Memories Live On class calendar!


Come Fly with Me.... and a winner!

1st and foremost, our winner from my Sick Day Giveaway is Mandy! I am feeling much, much better and I feel like we have had an appropriate quarantine to ensure the safety of our lucky winner! Mandy, please email me your information asap!

In other news, its reveal day over at The Sampler! Here is september's kit, "Come Fly with Me"

I am loving this kit and the extra goodies it has! Go ahead, check it out!



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