Monday, December 2, 2019

Tis The Season - Pebbles and

Hello blogging friends!

I can't believe its December already! I've been dying to scrap a layout with the Pebbles Merry Little Christmas collection. But you don't need to use it just for Christmas pics. It works so well with your winter photos too. My favorite pattern paper is the snowy background with the kids playing in the snow. It's perfect for this winter photo of my daughter with her great pyrenees dog.

That fabulous cut file I used for my title is available at as part of a cut file bundle. I love it backed with the pretty pattern papers from the Merry Little Christmas collection. It looks great on my pink mixed media background and accented with a snowflake and mittens dangling from a bow.

If you love making Christmas cards, you need to check out the Merry Little Christmas tag pack. I love the winter scene on this Happy Holidays tag. I even discovered that I could create a dimensional scene on the tag using the sticker pack.

So many things to love in this collection!

I even have a new YouTube process video! I hope you will check it out...


Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great week.

Friday, November 22, 2019

Vintage Truck Holiday Gift - Jillibean Soup

Hello blogging friends!

My husband is restoring an old truck...  ok, so maybe not so much restoring right now as the truck is in pieces in our garage! I hope the restoration will start soon. Anyway, when I say this Vintage Truck svg from SVGcuts, I knew I had to make it. The old guy's birthday is coming up after all. But I discovered that a small loaf of banana or pumpkin bread fits in the truck bed perfectly and I thought it would also make a really cool hostess gift. I guess I'll need to make a few more of these.

I used a Jillibean Soup digital cut file available in the Silhouette Store and printed it on vellum for my truck's door signs. Jillibean Soup has lots of cut files you could choose from. I opted for the dairy sign as my father grew up on a dairy farm, but there are pigs, chickens, cow, flower signs as well.

Of course you want a hostess gift to look pretty too so I added a Jillibean Soup shaker tag and huge bow to the bread bag. Here too I used another Jillibean Soup digital cut file and printed it right on the tag. It looks like I stamped it! I filled the shaker with two shades of blue beads. I didn't want to cover up the words though.

I love how this turned out. It even has headlights and taillights!. Be sure to check out SVGcuts because their 3D cut files will astound you.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Christmas Star Garland - Pebbles

Hello blogging friends!

Do you like to make some of your own Christmas decorations? I love adding homemade touches around my house... like this star garland I created with the Pebbles Merry Little Christmas 6x6 paper pad. These origami stars can be made into ornaments for the Christmas tree or added to a swag to decorate your fireplace mantle.

To make my star garland I selected a variety of 6x6 pattern papers from the Merry Little Christmas 6x6 paper pad.

The first step to making these stars is to fold and cut the 6x6 papers into pentagon shapes. There is a fabulous tutorial I highly recommend on how to fold the stars here.

Once I had all my stars folded, I tied them to my swag garland with some gold thread.

This is even a craft you could do with older children. Here are some closer views of the stars...

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope I you will want to make your own origami star garland.

Pebbles – Merry Little Christmas Collection – 6 x 6 Paper Pad


Thursday, November 7, 2019

You Have My Whole Heart -

Hello blogging friends!

Did you know now has cut files for sale? They asked me to help promote them and I jumped at the chance. These cut files are awesome! I am using the My Whole Heart cut file bundle on this layout and a combination of Pink Paislee's Truly Grateful collection and American Crafts Color Kaleidoscope Mixed Media Background papers.

This is a photo of my daughter Colette and her dog Nana. My daughter adores this dog and spoils her rotten. Did you notice they have matching outfits. The title You Have My Whole Heart is perfect!

I am seriously crushing on these gorgeous Pink Paislee floral die cut ephemera pieces... the wood buttons... and the puffy phrase stickers.

I love adding bows on my layouts. It adds some feminine charm, don't you think?

Please watch my YouTube video to see all the details on how this layout came together.

Supplies used:

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Grateful - PageMaps

Hello blogging friends!

The November PageMaps sketches are up and they are awesome! Here is the sketch I worked with this month.

I used the gorgeous Pink Paislee Truly Grateful collection and decided to scrap some senior photos of my oldest daughter Naomi. Here is how it turned out.

One of my favorite ephemera pieces is this heart cross stitch circle. I stitched it with some pink embroidery floss before adhering it to my layout. I used one of the Truly Grateful phrase thickers for my title, layering it over the heart.

Here is my journal spot, embellished with more of the thickers puffy stickers.

I created a floral cluster underneath my photo on the right. In addition to the floral ephemera pieces I added a few JustNick Studio digital cut file stems and a few tassels.

I added some machine stitching for texture and just a few splatters of ink.

I love how this turned out!



Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Color Me Happy -

Hello blogging friends!

Did you know your favorite scrapbook store is now selling cut files! They asked for help promoting, and being the cut file junkie that I am I jumped at the chance. Take a look at the Color Me Happy layout I created with their latest cut file...

I had a blast at the local paint party studio with my three kids. We learned how to paint Matisse's Cat With Red Fish. Who's painting do you like the best?

I used this colorful pattern paper from the gorgeous Pink Paislee Horizon collection and added die cut ephemera from Vicki Boutin's Kaleidoscope collection.

I love how this turned out. All that color makes me smile.

Thanks so much for stopping by. 


Thursday, October 24, 2019

Happy Cake Day Party Favors - Pebbles

Hello blogging friends!

Today is my first post using the fun Pebbles Happy Cake Day collection. I love making party favors. They can really help to create a festive vibe at your party. Instead of making just a couple cake boxes, I made an entire cake! Best of all, they can be displayed on a cake plate just like a real cake.

I made a combination of chocolate and strawberry cake boxes using several different pattern papers for my frosting. Some pretty rosette ribbon looks just like piped frosting along the edge of my cake.

You can decorate the boxes with stickers or die cut ephemera pieces like I did here.

The tops of the cake boxes come off to reveal a nice sized space for treats.

Each cake box also has it's own candle. A little bit of yellow stickles gives them a warm glow.

Wouldn't you love to receive one of these cake box party favors when you attend your next birthday party! You can find the cut file at SVGcuts, It's called B is For Birthday. Be sure to check out the Happy Cake Day collection for your families birthdays.

Happy Cake Day collection 12x12 paper pad
Happy Cake Day collection ephemera with foil accents
American Crafts cardstock

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Halloween Party with Pebbles!

Hello blogging friends! 

I love throwing Halloween parties. It’s fun to decorate the house and invite people over whether its a pumpkin carving party or a Halloween costume party. Of course, part of the fun is creating some party favors to help set the mood. Here is what I came up with using the This is Family collection that Jen Hadfield designed …

Even though this collection is not Halloween based, the colors of the pattern papers have a Fall air about them and I had no problems making them work. The kids will get a kick out of these pumpkin treat bags. I used a svg cut file from SVGcuts called Barn Party. These treat bags could be filled with candy or even popcorn. A clear acetate sheet let’s you see just what treats are inside.

I also spray painted the outside of some pint sized mason jars to look like candy corn. A trick here to prevent overspray is to wrap some scrap paper around the jar and affix with a rubber binder. I spray painted my jars with the opening face down to prevent getting any paint inside the jar.

Once the paint was dry I cut faces from black vinyl to adhere to them.

Box cards make great table decor on your buffet table. This Jack-In-The-Box black cat isn’t too scary. I have a couple of black cats that I took in as strays so it was hard to resist making this one. This svg cut file is also from SVGcuts and is called Halloween Box Cards. It does fold flat in case you wanted to mail it.

I hope this gives you some ideas if you are planning on throwing a Halloween party. This Is Family papers and embellishments are sold through American Crafts. You can also get the This Is Family collection at JoAnn Fabric Stores!  

SUPPLIES:734162 This is Family Patterned Paper Fresh Picked

734164 This is Family Patterned Paper Bike Ride
734167 This is Family Patterned Paper Picnic
734168 This is Family Patterned Paper We Are Family
734170 This is Family Patterned Paper Fall Time
734175 This is Family Patterned Paper Growing Together
734181 This is Family Patterned Paper Chit Chat
734183 This is Family Patterned Paper Tag You’re It
734196 This is Family 6×8 Paper Pad with Copper Foil Accents
American Crafts Cardstock in black

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, October 7, 2019

Trick Or Treat | PageMaps

Hello blogging friends!

I can't believe its October already! That means there is a new set of PageMaps sketches available! I love working with Becky's sketches, especially when I have been in a scrapbooking funk. You can concentrate on photos and papers instead of design. The October sketches are so inspiring too. Here is the one I used...

I liked that this had three photos. I could do a layout of all three of my kids. These photos are from years ago. My kids are all grown up now and off on their own. I converted my photos to black and white to coordinate better with my Simple Stories Vintage Halloween papers. I really stuck to the sketch on this one too ... when you see a great thing, don't mess with it, lol.

This might look like I did a lot of layering, but really I didn't. The stickers in this collection are already layered. I just added some foam tape behind them for dimension. Then I layered some cute flair from A Flair For Buttons, added a bow and some enamel dots.

I still love sewing on my paper using a machine and distressing the edges of my papers. I used washi tape above and below my photos and some black spray mist behind my title to help it pop more.

A Martha Stewart spider web border punch was a fun touch to add. Some sticker bats and black ink splatters help draw the eyes from bottom left to top right.

I really love how this turned out. Go check out the other sketches. They will make you want to scrap your heart out again. Unfortunately, this collection is not available anymore but you can find others here ... Simple Stories Halloween at


Saturday, October 5, 2019

Cardmaking with Peek-A-Boo You | Pebbles

Hello blogging friends!

I am celebrating World Cardmaking Day today with some adorable cards I created with the new Pebbles Peek-A-Boo You collection. This collection is perfect for baby boys and girls.

Cardmaking is easy when you can cut journal cards from pattern paper as I did here. The card sentiment is already there for you so you don't need stamps either. This first card uses just one pattern paper for the background. I used some metal dies to give this stork journal card a unique shape as well as for the doily I layered underneath. A pretty bow and some washi tape add a few more delicate details.

Cardmaking doesn't need to be hard. For this card I picked two pattern papers that coordinated well together to create this card background and placed a journal card on top. I added a delicate butterfly to accent the card sentiment.

How about three pattern papers... I used two for the background and added a third for the scallop punched border. Some ribbon, butterflies, and sprigs of leaves are perfect for baby girl cards.

Thank you so much for stopping by today!

734198 Peek-A-Boo You - Girl - Follow You Dreams
734203 Peek-A-Boo You - Girl - Special Delivery
734200 Peek-A-Boo You - Girl - Little One
734201 Peek-A-Boo You - Girl - Baby Love Girl
734204 Peek-A-Boo You - Boy - Adventure Calls
734205 Peek-A-Boo You - Boy - Jungle Stripes
734206 Peek-A-Boo You - Boy - Be Wild
734207 Peek-A-Boo You - Boy - Baby Love Boy
734209 Peek-A-Boo You - Boy - Jungle Adventure
736760 Peek-A-Boo You - Girl - Washi Tape

736763 Peek-A-Boo You - Girl - Stamps
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