Saturday, July 30, 2011

Put a bird on it

HI! I'm here with my card I made with sketch #70 for Twisted Sketches, and the twist was punch.

I used a Martha stewart border punch for the edge of the cardstock, and an unknown corner punch on the background paper, and a fiskars punch for the scalloped circle.  I cut the frame on the Cricut using the Elegant Egdges cartridge which is my all time favorite Cricut cartridge.  I used Colorbok cardstock, My Little Shoebox patterned paper, The Twinery twine (caribbean) and the sentiment is from Cosmo cricket. I so didn't want to be one of those papercrafters who uses all the cute cartoonie stuff all the time, but guess what I am lol.  I especially like my cards to be cute.  I guess I am just not as sophisticated as I thought I was ;).

Thursday, July 28, 2011


The sneak peeks are up for the Scrapbooking From the Inside Out August "Growth" kit! I love the earth tones in this kit, and it had great  texture pieces too.  I cant wait to start sharing my layouts.

Monday, July 25, 2011


So I am here to share another layout from the July "Independence" kit from Scrapbooking From the Inside Out.   My fellow DT member Pamela called this layout an informal grid, and she said it better than I could myself. 
That little yellow phone is American Crafts, but Rachel is so awesome at matching colors that the stickle that comes with the kit made it coordinate perfectly.  There are the rose centers of the prima ribbon I used earlier.  Everything on this page comes with the kit except the twine which is pink paislee and the smaller alpha  which was made using my martha stewart punch.  One of the coolest things about the kits from SFTIO is getting product like stickles and mist that are coordinated so well with your kits.  It takes out all the guess work, and I am not a fan of guess work.  Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Monday, July 18, 2011

words to live by

Today I'm sharing another layout from the July "Independence" kit from Scrapbooking from the Inside Out. My favorite thing about this page is the paper, the kraft papers from the last release by American Crafts are some of my all time favorite papers. 
I made this layout an 8 1/2 by 11 and I used the scraps to cut out my doilies that I popped up.  I think I could wallpaper my house with those doilies ;).  The inspiration for the idea for this layout is that I've been an independent thinker my whole life (sometimes called hardheaded, but I prefer independent), and the quote on the photo I found on pinterest "warning: reflections in this mirror may be distorted by socially constructed ideas of beauty".  Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

I'm a treehugger

That's right I have literally hugged a tree.  I used my tree love as inspirations for Twisted Sketches #68.
cardstock: bazzill, patterned paper: october afternoon, chipboard: maya road, twine: divine twine, mist: studio calico, decorative scissors: fiskars, stamp: martha stewart, ink:close to my heart
The sentiment is a quote from Hal Borland and I used a butterfly stamp to mimick the leaves and limbs of the trees.  I also used pop dots for the trunks of the trees.  This is my favorite card I have made in awhile so I hope  you like it, thanks for looking.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

double edged sword

My oldest son is autistic and so the level of independence he will achieve in life is up in the air.  We have a special bond, a bond I don't share with my youngest son (who I love just as much I promise :)).  I can read him like a book, which is a good thing because most of the time he's not going to tell me what he's thinking. This relationship is so special to me, it's painful to think that my biggest dream for him (independence) would also mean the end of the almost blind faith he has in me.  It is definitely a tradeoff I hope to make someday, even though it will break my heart. That was the inspiration for the my dream/my fear layout I made with this month's Independence kit from Scrapbooking From the Inside Out.
I used the pics because I was journaling about my hopes that he would grow and blossom.  On the bright side even if my dreams don't come true I will still have something wonderful in my life.  To make those clouds I cut out two different size hearts on the cricut and placed them on their sides.  I love to use this design for two photo layouts when the photos are different orientations.  It's not anything new, but it sure works! Thanks for looking and have a great day!
There is also an Independence giveaway on Donna Downey's blog so be sure to check that out.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Prompts Are A Go

The prompts for the Independence kit are live at Scrapbooking From the Inside Out , and they are totally inspiring! Whether you have this kit or not you should definitely take a look.  The Wonder Woman pic is definitely the crowd favorite! I thought I would also add some inspiration of my own.
photo source

What is your favorite image of Independence?

Thursday, July 7, 2011

No purchase necessary

(If you're blog hopping scroll down to the next post) I am just popping in to spread the word of one more way to win one amazing kit.  Rachel has a post up on the CK blog highlighting this month's "Independence" kit.  Jut leave a comment about your own personal experience with independence and you could win!  Here is what you're playin for

Tuesday, July 5, 2011


Happy Birthday to Scrapbooking From the Inside Out. If you're here for the blog hop then be sure to start @ Melissa's blog. This hop is to celebrate 3 years of amazing inspiration from a different kind of kit club and I am honored to be a part of this blog party! Rachel, Melissa and everyone @SFTIO has been awesome, I am talking about you too members! We've got guest appearances from past designers, the first layouts from the new DT and prizes too!  We will be giving away 3 kits  - each winner will get to choose from Independence, Optimism or Friendship. And for a grand prize, we are giving a $50 gift cert toward the CRAFT retreat!  All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on the blogs in the hop.  This is my very first kit here and I was impressed.  I have been waiting for what seems like forever to share my layouts so I picked my favorite for the hop

July's theme is "Indepenence" and this page is about my 4yo who thinks he is 16! I don't even want to think about what he will be like when he actually is 16.  This layout is cricut heavy lol.  I cut my hearts on the cricut, then cut the scalloped circles on the cricut also.  I layered the circles on the hearts and then flipped them over and trimmed the edges with an exacto. I filed the edges so they would have a seamless look.  The ribbon is just a bit I  trimmed off of some Prima rose ribbon, but dont worry you will see the actual roses later.
     You're next stop on the hop is Felecia.  Be sure to have fun and enjoy all the inspiration along your way.  Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Debbie Gibson flashback

You would think that with 2 boys the "blue" twist for Twisted Sketches card sketch #66 would've been a breeze, but you would be wrong.  Maybe I was just overthinking it and I should've just made a blue card but that would've been to darn easy ;).  Then the immortal wisdom imparted to me at age 12 by a derby hatted, peg rolled jeans Debbie Gibson came rushing back and the "Out of the Blue" card was born.
cardstock: american crafts, patterned paper, chipboard: october afternoon, stickers: pink paislee(chalkboard), jenni bowlin studios(letters), button: bobunny, twine: may arts, metal banner: pink paislee
I absolutely loved this sketch, and I hope you play along because I can't wait to see what everyone makes.