Thursday, December 30, 2010

Making Sweet Memories ~ Sketches In Thyme Challenge

Hi everyone, it's time for another sketch challenge over at Sketches In Thyme and this week we have a wonderful multi-photo layout for you to use as your inspiration!! 

I decided to use the photos of GD Savannah decorating her gingerbread house this Christmas...  I think she did a wonderful job on it!

Here are a few close ups
Here is my beautiful Petaloo Canterbury Magnolia flower vine.

I used my silhouette SD to cut out the title and then I added some stickles!  You can also see the little gingerbread boy!!

Another petaloo flower cluster and the little gingerbread girl...

I used Webster's Pages and die cuts and Graphic 45 paper
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist
Petaloo Canterbury Magnolia ~ Cream
Silhouette SD
Candy embellies
Gingerbread boy and girl

Please check out the other fabulous layouts from the Design Team and we hope you find the time to play along with us..  If you do, be sure and upload your creation so we can all see it and most importantly so you can have a chance to win our fabulous January Prize - The January Kit from Lucky Girl Crafts!!! Check it out:
Remember the more times your play the more chances you have to win!!
Thanks so much for dropping by and come back anytime!
Have a wonderful day!!
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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Zach's 1st Christmas ~ Sketch Along Tuesday Challenge - Frosted Designs

Hi there, it's time for another wonderful sketch challenge over at Frosted Designs ~ Sketch Along Tuesday.. and Debbie has done it again with this wonderful sketch -- So many possibilities!!  Here it is
It's a perfect sketch for some of those Christmas photos you're just dying to scrap, or for any photos...  I decided to use it for Zach's 1st Christmas photos!!  The lighting makes Zach look like a little carrot top, but he's not... That would be my other little sweet GS Colten!!  lol   I guess it's the lighting..  Anyway I loved the way this one turned out!

Here are a few close-ups

Here you can see one of my fussy cut ornaments, popped up and I added the ribbon..  You can also see the vine I cut with my Silhouette SD and the berries are from my swirlydoos kit.  I was debating on whether to call this layout "anticipation" only because if you click on the close up you can see that little Zack is drooling and sooo ready to put whatever is in this package in his mouth... lol!!  And he did, too!!!   Too cute!!!

The other 2 fussy cut ornaments with ribbon..  These are laying flat...  You can also see a little of the cording I framed the photos with here.

Here you can see how I've added ribbon to the 2 ornaments printed on the paper..  I think the paper is just gorgeous!! 

Love the Thickers Lullaby Glitter Letters!

And finally, here you can see the doily I sprayed with tattered angels glimmer mist, another vine cut with my Silhouette SD, some more berries, and more Christmas cording around the sweet photo of little Zach!!

This layout qualifies for a few other challenges out there:
CES Challenge ~ Anything Goes
Crafts and Me Challenge ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Cutz ~ Your Choice
Creative Inspirations ~ Anything Goes (Christmas)
For Fun Challenges ~ Anything Goes
Fun at Fairy Knoll ~ Anything Goes
Here is the list of scrappy things I used on this layout:
BoBunny ~ Noel Collection
American Crafts Thickers ~ Lullaby Glitter Letter Stickers - Rouge
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist
Christmas Cord
Silhouette SD

Please be sure to check out the other beautiful layouts from the  Design Team!!  Our challenge runs for 2 weeks and we would love for you to play along.. If you do, be sure and upload your creation so we can all see it and so that you can have a chance at this beautiful prize from Debbie..

Thanks for dropping by and come back anytime!!
Have a wonderful week!!
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Sunday, December 26, 2010

Savannah ~ Smile; Show Me Sunday Tutorial at Frosted Designs

Hi everyone, I hope everyone who celebrated Christmas had a wonderful day with their friends and family, and I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend!!  We celebrated our Christmas with the kids and their families on Friday, because this is the year they spend Christmas day with their spouses families...  We had a wonderful time.  Everyone was off that day, so it was an all day celebration.  Hope to have some layouts to share with you real soon...  But today I'm showing you a layout I did using the tutorial I did over at Show Me Sunday at Frosted Designs, showing you how to add a little bling to your die cuts!!  Can you believe I've done 2 tutorials in 8 days!!!!  Wooohoooo, go me!! lol  This one is pretty easy and for those of us that like "BLING", well, you really need to go check out this tutorial!!!  

Here's my layout 

This is a layout of sweet GD Savannah taken ealier this year and I think the photo is perfect with this BoBunny paper!!

Here are a few close-ups
Here you can see the Prima Vine and one of the butterflies, you can also see a little of the sanding I did in the corners....

Here is another butterfly and a portion of the Prima Say It In Crystals...

And the third butterfly..  click on it to get a better look at the glitter...

Here is a list of scrappy things I used on this layout:
BoBunny Sohie
BoBunny Petal Pushers ~ Blossoms Die Cut
Prima Flutter Vine
MS Butterfly Punch
QuicKutz Butterfly
Glitter Tutorial ~ Frosted Designs
MS Sugar Coating ~ lily white glitter
Tim Holtz Sander ~ I love this thing!!
Prima Say It In Crystals
Just a quick reminder, check out the tutorial on how to add sparkle to your die cuts over at Frosted Designs!! 
And, my next upload will be this coming Tuesday for another sketch challenge over at Sketch Along Tuesday at Frosted Designs, so be sure and check that out, too!!
I want to thank everyone for dropping by and come back anytime...

Have a wonderful day!!!
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Friday, December 24, 2010

I believe ~ Christmas 2008 ~ Stuck On U Sketches

Hi everyone, Happy Christmas Eve!!  We have a gorgeous sketch over at Stuck On U Sketches!  I realize that most of us are very busy right now around Christmas, but remember our challenge is for 2 weeks, and so, we hope you find the time to play after Christmas..   Here's the sketch
Isn't it beautiful?!!

I really loved working with this one.  I chose this photo of GD Savannah a couple of Christmas' back..  I printed my photo out a little large so I could cut it like the sketch.

 Here are a few close ups
Here you can see the Petaloo-Magnolia & Berries Branch (Burgundy); Petaloo-Flora Doodles -Crinkled Rose; Petaloo-Poinsettia & Berries Picks; Prima Glistening Vines Berries; Prima Say It In Crystals;  and the 7 Gypsies Savannah Tag.

Here is the Making Memories Glitter Bling Word with a Dress It Up Snowflake.  You can also see what I did to the doily... I sprayed it with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist, then distressed it with Tim Holtz Distressing Ink and then added some stickles...

Here are some more snowflakes and a K & Company-Brenda Walton Santa Grand Adhesions layered sticker.

Here's another Petaloo Poinsettia & Berries Pick and Prima Say It In Crystals.

And finally another Prima Say It In Crystal flourish..

Here are a few other challenges this will qualify for:
For Fun Challenge ~ Christmas
Anything Goes Challenge ~ Letter C (Christmas)
Crafts and Me Challenge ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Catz Weekly ~ Your Choice

Here is the list of scrappy things I used on this layout
Bazzill Cardstock
BoBunny ~ Noel Holiday Die Cut
Graphic 45 ~ Christmas Past Collection (Circle around the photo)
Petaloo ~ Canterbury Collection --Magnolia & Berries Branch Burgundy
Petaloo ~ Poinsettia & Berries Picks
Petaloo ~ Flora Doodles Crinkled Rose
7 Gypsies Savannah Tag
ADORNit Carolee's Creations - red hot -- small letters
K&Company-Brenda Walton Santa Grand Adhesions
Making Memories Glitter Bling Word
Dress It Up Snowflakes
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist
Tim Holtz Distressed Ink
Thank you for stopping by and please go check out the other beautiful layouts from the Design Team...  We would love to see your take on this beautiful sketch..  If you play, remember to upload it so we can see it..
Happy Holidays everyone!!
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Saturday, December 18, 2010

Napkin Tutorial ~ Sketches In Thyme ~~Sassy Saturday Tips, Tricks and Tutorials

Hi everyone, I hope you're having a wonderful Saturday, and you've got your Christmas Shopping done.  So now you can maybe try something new!! This week it's my turn to share a tutorial with you over at Sketches In Thyme Sassy Saturday Tips, Tricks and Tutorials and I hope you like what I came up with! :o)

About two years ago over on Split Coast Stampers they demonstrated how to make a background using paper napkins... I have used this numerous times since then and I just love it.. You can really personalize a scrapbook layout using this technique.. Just think of the possibilities ~ Birthday Party Napkin on a Birthday Layout ---  Wedding Napkin on a Wedding Layout...  The possibilities are endless!! You can also use this technique on cards!!

Here is a layout I did this week... using a bright "Fall" napkin.
I love the bright colors of the napkin but I really just wanted to use the border for this sweet layout I did of GS Colten...  so you can easily layer paper over it.  But be sure you place your paper in the right place the first time, because if you try to move it around you're going to tear the napkin...   The photo was taken around Thanksgiving this year and Colten has an acorn in his hand and he is trying to show it to me..  He is such a sweetie!!

Here is another example using a pretty "Spring" napkin

I origanaly did this one back in May/2009, but I just added the ribbon and the flowers in the corner just because I thought it needed something else...  You can see the original here... This has been in an album sleeve for a 1 1/2 and as you can see it's just fine...  This is sweet little GD Savannah at about 8 months old... and one of my earlier layouts!!

Now here are some cards that I've made using this same technique
Here is the Birthday card I made for GD Savannah on her 4th birthday, July, 2009..   Her theme that year was Tinkerbell and so I found these beautiful napkins that I thought looked like where a fairy would live, used it as my background and then added the chipboard Tinkerbell and other embellies...   I loved the way it turned out and so did she!!!  You can see more about this card, here...

 Here are a few "Fall/Thanksgiving" Cards I made
I really love the rich colors of this napkin and I think it went beautifully with the image and the cardstock colors I used..  This was made for Thanksgiving, 2008..

Another beautiful "Fall" napkin that I used for a Thanksgiving Card..   Noticed the embossed leaves... 

And finally, this is my favorite card...
Here are my cute girls, Ellie Mae and Sweet pea, with their hats on wishing everyone a BIG  OL "Happy Thanksgiving from Texas"!!   I used the same napkin as above on the background and added the cute photo that we photoshopped the little hats on their heads... and sent them to all of our family, who, by the way, do not live in Texas, and they got a big kick out of 'em.....  

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial and seeing the different things you can create using it...  Maybe not something you would want to do a lot of, but I think it definitely gives you a few more options to scrap that special layout, or make that special card...
I'm not going to go into the tutorial here, but it's posted it over to Sketches In Thyme's Tips, Tricks and Tutorials and you can also see it here....
If you do try it, please let me know, I would love to stop by and see it!!!
Have a great weekend!!!
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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Dear Santa ~ 1984 --Sketches In Thyme Challenge

Hi everyone!! It's Thursday and that means it's time for another sketch challenge over at Sketches In Thyme!!!  This week we have a wonderful sketch from

Here are a few close-ups of my layout

Here is a close up of the Poinsettias, the Prima, and the frame, which  is actually recycled chipboard..  It  had quite a few skinny chipboard frames in it and this is the part you throw away, but I decided to ink this up and use it as a frame...  These are my cute little kids back in 1984...  I can't believe that Levi is now 31 and Amanda will soon will be 29... 

Here is a close up of 2 of those cute buttons from our sponsor this month Charlene's Button Box...   They are so cute and she has so many different designs..  Be sure and browse her etsy shop..  You can also see the little ornament stickers that I added..

 Here is a close-up of some of my distressing!!

This layout will qualify for a few other challenges out there:
Fab 'n' Funky ~ Quick and Easy does it..
Paper Play Challenges ~ Anything But a Card
Punky Scraps ~ Recipe -- I used Buttons, Ribbon and Cardboard (chipboard frame)

Here is the list of scrappy things I used:
Webster's Pages ~ Home for the Holidays Collection ~ December Journal
BoBunny ~ Noel Collection ~ Joy
Chipboard scrap frame
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist
Prima Holiday Vine
Holiday Time ~ Poinsettias
Charlene's Button Box ~ Holly Leaf Buttons
SU Ribbon
MS Double Loops Border and Corner Punch
EK Success Letters

Remember here is what you're playing for this month... But you have to play before you can win!!!

And also, please check out what the other girls did with the sketch and then why not give it a try..  We would love to see your interpretation...

I would also like to invite you back on Saturday.  I'm giving a tutorial over at Sketches in Thyme and I would love for you to try it!!  I will be showing you a few cards and layouts of examples... 

Have a wonderful day!!
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Wednesday, December 15, 2010


AND THE WINNER IS................. NO. 59 TRINA and she said... What an awesome gift! Your candy is on my sidebar. I could pay a bill but I'd probably just end up buying stamps and paper if I won! :)

Trina, whatever you end up doing with it, I hope you have a Merry Christmas!! Thank you so much for playing along with me!!! Email me your address and I will get it out ASAP!!!

(fernriley at att dot net)

NOTE:   12/15/2010 at 3:30 PM ---Just came for the post office and it's on its way Trina!!  I'm sending it Certified so you will have to sign for it!!!!  Enjoy!!
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Time for some more BLOG CANDY just in time for Christmas!!

Hi everyone!!  I'm having another drawing for some  blog candy and this time I've invited Andrew Jackson... Actually I've invited FIVE (5) Andrew Jacksons... along with the M&M guys!!!  The drawing will be on December 15th, so if you want to share your prize with that special someone for Christmas, you can, or you can just go out and buy yourself that special Christmas gift... It's totally up to you what you do with it!  I just want you to enjoy it ~ from me to you!! 
So here's what you need to do!!! 
1) Become a follower, and while you're here why don't you take a look around!!
2)  Post this in your sidebar until December 15th!!
3) Leave me a little note here telling me you're interested!!
And I want to thank everyone who visits me often!!  I love your comments and you guys are the best!!!
Good luck to everyone!!
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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Savannah ~ Texas size hat ~ Frosted Designs - Sketch Along Tuesday

Hi everyone, it's Tuesday and that means it's another Sketch Along Tuesday over at Frosted Designs and this week it's a sketch from Diana... and it's a beauty!!
A lot of possibilities with this one... Make it CAS like the sketch, or, add a little extra and make it your own.. I kept it pretty simple because I love the distressed look of this beautiful  paper..  The photo is of little GD Savannah in her "Texas Size" hat..  She has her dad's rope and she was showing me how you rope with it... of course she didn't have any calves around so she was roping Colten's little scooter...  It was too cute...
Here are a few close ups... 
Here you can see some of the distressed edges, the two (2) Martha Stewart Punched layers, the Prima Flowers, Prima Vines, Prima Bling and also the Tim Holtz corner hardware with Crystal Stickers-Cabochons for decorations.

Here are a few challenges this layout will qualify for:
Cute Card Thursday ~ Floral Frenzy
The ABC Challenge ~ J is for Jewels
The Crazy Challenge ~ Use at least 3 DP

Here is a list of supplies that I used on this layout
BoBunny ~ Noel Collection
SU Bravo Burgundy CS
Tim Holtz Distressing Inks ~ Walnut Stain
Tim Holtz Idea- ology metal corners
Martha Stewart -Doily Lace Trim - Double Edge Punch and Double Loops Border and corner punches
Prima Vines
Prima Flowers
Prima Bling
Mark Richardsons Crystal Stickers ~ Cabochons

Be sure and check out the inspiration from the other DT Members and then we would love for you to play along with us!!  Remember the more times you play the more chances you have at our December prize...  Yummy!!!

Have a wonderful week, stay warm and safe!!!

Just a reminder........Tonight at midnight my Christmas Blog Candy will close and I will  draw one lucky winner soon thereafter so be sure and stop back by to see who that lucky person is....   I want to thank everyone who participated and wish you all Good Luck!!!  I truly appreciate everyone of you!!
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Monday, December 13, 2010


MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ME!!!  Look what I got in the mail today...  the blog candy I won over at Kim's ~ Memories In Thyme  last week....  You can see a better photo here.......Thank you, thank you, thank you.... Kim.... I can't wait to use this!!!  What a wonderful way to end a Monday!!!! 
Stay warm everyone...  Sounds like some of you are getting some really bad snow storms... Hate to say it, but we were in the 60's here today and supposed to get in the 70's later on this week...  HUGS!!!
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Friday, December 10, 2010

My Blog Candy Winner From The Frosted Designs Blog Hop is........

Hi everyone!!!  I have a winner for my goodies from the Holiday Blog Hop hosted by Frosted Designs.... 
The winner is................................Kim @ Crazy About Scrappin'  who said "Fern, Love your card!! It's to cute:)
 Kim please contact me @ fernriley at att dot net  with your address so I can get this out to you!!! 
I want to thank everyone for playing along, it turned out to be a "HUGE" success and we had a lot of fun!!!! 
Hugs to you all!!!

And remember less than a week left on my Christmas Candy... I will be checking my followers with the comments so that I can let you all know right away who the winner is....  So please be sure you are actually a follower...  If not I will have to delete your name..  I will also be deleting all duplicate comments, because I think I will be using random org.. for this one... If I can figure out how to use it!!!!    :o)
Good luck to everyone!!!!
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Savannah ~ Die Cut Paper Challenge at SOUS

Hi everyone!  I hope you're doing well.. My family and I have been down with a terrible cold...  It hit me Tuesday and I still feel pretty bad...  My husband, daughter Amanda and little Zach have all been sick, too!  Hoping we get to feeling better real soon... Also while I was out Christmas shopping last weekend I tripped and fell over one of those stupid speed bumps and really bruised up my arm and both knees...  The knees don't seem to be hurt, which I am sooo thankful for, but my arm still hurts pretty bad...  I feel like I'm falling apart all at once... :o(...  Okay enough about my problems... 
On the flip side its' Friday!!!  Yea!!!  And that means it's time for a new challenge over at Stuck On U Sketches, and this week it isn't a sketch, but, to use Die Cut Paper(s).. Floren from  Generations Crafting  has furnished the team with some beautiful BoBunny Die Cut papers, now you can use any die cut papers, but if you have BoBunny why not use it.. and if you don't have any die cut paper just make you own,...    And one lucky winner is going to win 18 sheets of gorgeous Bo Bunny papers along with a great Summer Sticker Pack. Thanks to Generations Crafting for such yummy candy! Just leave a comment over at the SOUS Blog telling us what you would do with the blog candy if you were to win. We will announce the winner on the SOUS Blog on our Dec 26th post.

Please, go check Generations Crafting out for some beautiful Scrapbooking/Card papers and embellies.. Floren really does have some fabulous items that you can't live without!!! :o) And it's just in time for Christmas!! As I like to say ~~~ "Merry Christmas to ME!!!" lol
 I chose the BoBunny ~ Sophie Joy Die Cut for this fun and playful photo of GD Savannah taken at Thanksgiving!  I really didn't do much to the layout because the paper is just beautiful on it's own... 
And here are a few close ups of my layout
Here is that beautiful paper, and the prima vine which I added the paper flowers..  You can also see the punched strip and lace..

Here you can see the glittered netting, decorative brads and the SU Ribbon..

Here is the beautiful glittered butterfly..

And my single rose with prima leaves!!

Here are a few other challenges this layout will qualify for:
SOUS ~ Die Cut Paper
Frosted Designs ~ Use Ribbon
Alphabet Challenge ~ G for Glitter  The butterfly has glitter on it and the tulle has glitter also..
Anything Goes Challenge ~ Colors of the Rainbow ROY G BIV (I know I'm stretching this one! (lol)
Creative Card Crew ~ Anything Goes
Flutter By Wednesday ~ Open with butterfly, fairy or angel
Fussy and Fancy Friday ~ Anything but a card
Top Tip Tuesday ~ Use Ribbon
Scrap It With A Song ~ Bruno Mars "Just The Way You Are"
The Paper Variety~ The Little Ones

Here is the list of scrappy things I used on this layout:
BoBunny ~ Sophie Joy Die Cut
Bazzill CS
MS Border Punch ~ Doily Lace Trim Double Edge Punch
Prima Vine
Paper Roses
Chocolate Glitter Tulle
Decorative Brads ~ Spare Parts
SU Ribbon ~ Purely Pomegranate
Butterfly ~ EK Success ~ Jolee's by You

Please be sure and check out the other beautiful projects the other ladies did over at SOUS and then we would love for you to play along with us... Remember we have a fabulous prize to give to one lucky person... 
And just a reminder..... I will be drawing a winner for my blog candy for the Frosted Designs Holiday Blog Hop later on today, so check back...... AND next Wednesday is the BIG drawing for Andrew Jackson X 5!!!!! 
Hope everyone has a great day, and a wonderful weekend!! 
Come back anytime, I love to hear from you!
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