Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Make a Wish ~ Practical Scrappers-- Using Ribbon On A Layout ~~ WAS THE SUPER NOVA WINNER OVER AT PAPERCRAFT STAR!!!

Hi everyone!!  Today I have a layout for the "Ribbon On Your Layout" reveal over at Practical Scrappers.   Be sure and check out the sidebar over at Practical Scrappers to see what's coming up... We would love to post your work on our Blog.
For this layout I decided to use a b&w photo of little GD Savannah taken March 20, 2011.  She's just growing up way to fast.. I hope her parents are ready!!!! 

Here are a few close up....

Here you can see my Distressed Edges, String of Pearls, Distressed Glitz Design Paper...
More Distressed Edges,  Distressed Doily, String of Pearls, Ribbon, Tab, and Button...

More Distressed Edges,  Prima Flowers, a Couple of Charms, Butterfly, Ribbon, Prima Lace and Gemstones, Martha Stewart Punched Edge, Button, Spellbinders Heartfelt Creations, and Stick Pins..
And finally, More Distressed Edges, Martha Stewart Punched Edges, Prima Lace and Gemstones, Button, String of Pearls, Ribbon, Prima Flower and Spellbinders Heartfelt Creation Die Cut.

Here are a few challenges this layout will qualify for...
Allsorts Challenge ~ Needles & Pins
Crafts & Me ~ Pink and Sparkly
Crafty Catz ~ Button & Bows
Creative Inspirations ~ Anything Goes
Incy Wincy ~ Anything But A Card
Make My Monday ~ Flowers and Leaves
Papercraft Star ~ Something Victorian
Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge ~ Ribbon and Buttons

Here is the list of scrappy things I used on this layout..
  Cardstock ~ Stampin' Up
Paper ~ Making Memories, Kaisercraft, Creative Imaginations, and Glitz Design
Title ~ My Mind's Eye
Prima ~ Lace & Gemstones, and Flowers
Martha Stewart Punch
String of Pearls
Stampin' Up Ribbon
Spellbinders Heartfelt Creations Die Cut
Stick Pins

Thank you for dropping by today!!
Have a wonderful day!!
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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Family Time (Cherish the Memories) ~ Frosted Designs/Sketch Along Tuesday -- CHOSEN AS A TOP 3 OVER AT CRAFT YOUR DAYS AWAY!!!

Hi everyone!!  Today we have another great sketch reveal over at Frosted Designs!  This weeks sketch was created by our very talented Ashley Horton and is a fun one and has so many possibilities...

I decided to use these cute photos of little GS Colten taken on Feb. 20, 2011,  riding like the wind on Black Beauty!! :o)  We sure are getting our money's worth out of Black Beauty!  Colten and Savannah love to ride him and I'm sure this summer Zach will be wanting his turn, too!!

Here are a few close ups..
Here you can see some of the Distressed Edges, the Metal Gears with Brad Centers, the Tim Holtz Elegant Flourishes, some misting with The Crafters Workshop Brick Template,  Tim Holtz idea -ology Timepiece and Game Spinners, Simple Stories Chipboard pieces, and The Paper Studio Affinity Epoxy Sticker.

More Distressed Edges, and another Tim Holtz Elegant Flourish..

More Distressing and another Tim Holtz Elegant Flourish..

Here are a few other challenges this layout will qualify for...
Craft Your Days Away ~ Distressing
CropStop ~ "A Bit Old You Said"
Fab 'n' Funky ~ Bingo (I used--Vintage/Flourishes/2 Different Papers
Pollycraft Monday ~ Warm It Up  (I used warm colors)

Here is the list of scrappy things I used..
SU So Saffron Cardstock
Bo Bunny Et Cetera Collection
Simple Stories Journey Collection
SU Basic Black Cardstock
SU Kraft
Tim Holtz Walnut Stain Distress Ink
The Craft Workshop Template ~ Bricks
Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Elegant Flourishes Die
The Paper Studio Affinity Epoxy Stickers
The Paper Studio Stick-A-Bilities Letters
Tim Holtz idea-ology Timepiece and Game Spinners
Simple Stories Fundamentals Cardstock Stickers
Metal Gears with Brad Centers

Be sure and check out the inspiration from the other girls over at Frosted Designs!  We have a wonderful prize from Detailed 4U..
 Be sure and check that out as well over at Frosted Designs!!  But you have to play to win!!

Thanks for dropping by!
Have a wonderful week!!
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Monday, January 23, 2012


Good Monday morning to everyone!!!  I want to thank everyone who played along with us over on the Winter Wonderland Blog Hop over at Frosted Designs...  And I also want to thank everyone who left me a beautiful comment on my "Texas Snow Day" layout..  So now it's time for me to choose a winner for my prize...

  KellyG said...
Super cute layout! Love how you used the ribbon! I am already a follower!

Congratulations KellyG, please contact me at fernriley (at) with your full name and mailing address before Wednesday so I can get this prize to you!!

Thank you all for playing along!!
Have a wonderful day!

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Friday, January 20, 2012

Texas Snow Day ~ Winter Wonderland Blog Hop / Frosted Designs

Hi everyone!!!  Are you having fun on our Winter Wonderland Blog Hop so far?!!!!

I have a layout to share with you of my little GS Colten..  This was taken last year, I think it's the first time I've seen snow here in Texas the whole time I've been here... :o)   Along with being a "Snow" layout keeping with the Winter Wonderland Theme, this weeks Fabulous Find Challenge at Frosted Designs is Acrylic/Vellum/Transparency...  So, I've used 3 different transparencies on this lo, 1) under the photos, and 1) over each photo. 

 You should have come here from Martina's blog and if you didn't you need to go to Frosted Designs and start at the beginning and get all of the details.. Wouldn't want you to miss anything!!!

Okay, so here are some details...  To win this beautiful prize donated by our own Diana, you will need to complete both #1 and #2 listed below...
1.)  At each blog you will find One (1) word that makes a phrase.  You will need to emailed that phrase to Diana at by midnight Sunday. (Subject Line should say "Blog Hop")

2.)  Link your LO to the Frosted Design Blog by Midnight Sunday.

If you just hop along with us collecting all of the words for the phrase, but don't have time to get your layout completed by Sunday at Midnight, you still have a chance to win this prize from The Paper Trail...

And if for some reason you don't want to hop along with us, but you do get your layout completed by Midnight Sunday, you have a chance to win this prize from Joy's Life..

So how cool is that...  3 chances to win!!  I'd say that's pretty good odds!!

And if that weren't enough..
I'm going to give you a chance to win another prize that I've put together for you...

And all you will need to do is...
1)  Be a follower to my blog...
2)  Leave me a comment...
I will draw my winner Monday morning (Jan. 23, 2012) and you will need to email me by Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012 at 10:00 AM with your info!!

My secret word is "Chocolate"
yuuuuummy my favorite thing!!!!

And now you need to hop on over to the very talented
and see her beautiful layout!!
  I also checked out her great prize...  I would love to have some of those!!
So what are you waiting for... Get "hopping"!!  :o)
Good luck everyone!!

Thanks for "hopping" by!!!
Have a wonderful day!!
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Thursday, January 19, 2012

The One and Only You ~ Trendy Technique ~ Practical Scrappers

Hi everyone!  Today I have a layout to share with you that I did for the Trendy Technique challenge that we are having over at Practical Scrappers.  The Trendy Technique that I'm talking about is sewing.   I see more and more people using this technique on their layouts, and in so many creative ways...   Now, I may not be real creative, but I do occasionally love to sew around the outside edges and around the different layers on my layout..  I used the regular straight stitch and the zig-zag stitch and just kinda free handed it.. I think it goes with the grunge look of my layout very well...
I also used the sketch from Stuck On U Sketches, which was designed by Nanne..

Boy, did I dig into my archives for this picture..  This is little GD Savannah back in 2007 and she is re-potting my ficus tree one little handful at a time!! :o)   And I wonder why that tree didn't make it!! LOL  Oh well, if it wasn't Savannah, it would have been Colten or Zach...

Here are a few close ups..

Here you can see my Distressed Edges/Sewing, Prima Say It In Crystals,  Prima Brick Mask, and The Paper Studio Sticker Butterfly..

More of my Distressed Edges/Sewing, Prima Brick Masking, and The Paper Studio Butterfly Sticker
More Distressed Edges/Sewing, The Paper Studio Butterfly Sticker, Lace Ribbon, My Mind's Eye Jen Wilson Laundry Line Title, and Fussy Cut Flowers..

And finally , you guessed it... More Distressed Edges/Sewing, Lace Ribbon, Seam Binding Ribbon, Prima Brick Mask, Stick Pins, Martha Stewart Eyelet Lace Punch..

Here are a few challenges this layout qualifies for...
Practical Scrappers ~ Trendy Technique (Sewing on your layout)
PaperPlay ~ In Stitches
Alphabet Challenge ~ Y for You Can Choose

Here is the list of scrappy things I used...
SU Rose Red CS
Hot Off The Press ~ Nonna's Garden Paper Pack
Dream Street Papers - Unique Boutique Collection (Antique Chic and Diamond Treasure)
SU Old Olive CS
My Mind's Eye Jen Wilson Laundry Line ~ Flirty "Fun Lovin" Title
Martha Stewart Eyelet Lace Punch
The Paper Studio Butterfly Stickers
Prima Brick Masking Template
Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Prima Say It In Crystals
Seam Binding Ribbon
Stick Pins
Sewing Machine

You still have time to get you layouts completed and emailed to Practical Scrappers for our reveal next week...  We would love to show your beautiful layouts along with the Design Teams...

Thanks for dropping by!!
Have a great day!!!
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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Birthday Cards - Blog Hop and Current DT Call over at Frosted Designs!!!

Hi everyone!!  Happy "hump " day..  I have a couple of Birthday Cards to share with you today along with a couple of things going on over at Frosted Designs that you will want to mark on your calendar...

The first Birthday Card is one I made for my beautiful DD who turned 30 yesterday..  I can't believe that my "baby" is 30 years old... where did the years go!!  And now she is expecting her 2nd baby the end of August and we couldn't be more thrilled!!!

The next Birthday Card is for my beautiful DIL who's Birthday is next Tuesday...   And we couldn't have asked for a better Daughter In Law..

Both cards are very simple because I used the gorgeous BoBunny Snowfall Collection...  And just added a little Prima Pearls, Ribbon, and Stick Pins..

Okay now for the News over at Frosted Designs.
I  want to remind everyone of our Winter Wonderland Blog Hop that will start on January 20th...  You can find more details over at Frosted Designs...  Hope to see there!!  We will have a wonderful prize and some of the DT will be giving away prizes as well on their personal blogs...  I am still gathering up goodies for my prize!!   

And last but not least!!!!
 Frosted Designs  is having a Design Team Call and this is what they will be looking for -- papercrafters of all kinds! If you can make scrapbook layouts, cards, altered art items, home decor items or like mixed media.... they want you!!  Frosted Designs celebrate all kinds of crafters! They are not just a scrapbooking blog or a card blog. They want to let everyone share their skills and with 3 challenges going on all the time, there is something for everyone! They would like to fill some positions on all three of their teams.  Check out the details here at Frosted Designs..  Deadline is February 10th!!  Good Luck!!!

Thanks so much for dropping by!!
Have a wonderful day!!
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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Texas Day at School ~ Savannah, 2011 ~ WAS VOTED IN THE TOP 3 OVER AT CREATIVE INSPIRATIONS!!

Hi everyone!!  I hope you are having a wonderful week!  I have another layout to share with you and this time I used the current sketch over at Creative Scrappers.. I also used a lot of the items from the prize package I won over there on Sketch No. 184...  Don't you just love these beautiful papers and colors?!!!!
Here's the sketch..
I think this is a beautiful sketch!!

I also used a "brand new" challenge site called CSI Challenge for this layout, which is...

You have to use all of the  "Scheme" colors...
At least 2 items from the "Evidence" list..
At least 1 item from the "Testimony" list..
I had so much fun playing along in this challenge... and you can be sure I will be participating in more of their challenges!! 

For this layout I chose to scrap a b/w photo of my little GD Savannah taken last year.  It was Texas Day at her school and they played lots of games and did some fancy foot work (dancing) which she loves to do..

Here are a few close ups..
Here you can see some of my Distressed Edges, Prima Flowers, a Shabby Chic Treasures Metal Birdcage from Prima, Stick Pins, a portion of the Dusty Attic Die Cut Frame, some Ruffled Ribbon, and part of a Martha Stewart Vintage Floral Punched Border..

Here you can see more Distressed Edges, a portion of the fussy cut circle,  a portion of the DA die cut Frame, Prima Masks (Brick) with SU Old Olive Ink, and Prima Say It In Pearls colored with Copics Marker.

Here you can see more Distressed Edges, Ruffled Ribbon, Martha Stewart Vintage Floral Border Punch, DA die cut Frame, K&Company Brenda Walton Dimensional Bird Sticker, Sizzix Die Cut Tag, Ribbon, and Tag.

This layout will qualify for a few challenges, such as...
Scrapbookers Anonymous ~ Masking and (Ink, Misting or Paint) I used Ink..
Pollycraft Monday ~ Anything But a Card
Papertake Weekly ~ Die Cut Special
One Stop Craft Challenge ~ Bingo (I used Distressing/Diecuts-Punches/Charms-Pins)
Creative Inspiration ~ Swirls and Pearls

My list of scrappy things I used on this layout are...
SU Dusty Durango CS
Les Editions Infocrea ~ Sultane Collection - Nature
My Mind's Eye ~  Lime Twist
Dusty Attic ~ Die Cut Frame
Prima ~ Flowers
Prima ~ Shabby Chic Treasures Metal Birdcage
Prima ~ Masks (bricks)
SU Old Olive Ink
K&Company ~ Brenda Walton Dimensional Stickers - Birds and Leaves
Stick Pins
Prima ~ Say It In Pearls
Copics Marker
Sizzix Die Cut Tag
Ruffled Ribbon
Martha Stewart ~ Vintage Floral Border Punch
Sticker Letters and Numbers

Thanks for dropping by!!
Have a wonderful day!!
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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Tunnel (Vision) View ~ Frosted Designs/Sketch Along Tuesday Sketch No. 32

Hi everyone!!  It's Tuesday and that means another great sketch reveal over at Frosted Designs/Sketch Along Tuesday!!  This weeks sketch is by Roberta from our Fabulous Friday DT and it's a fun one...

My daughter took these photos of her son, my little GS Zach on Jan. 1st out at our house...  He was going up to the fort, thru the tunnel, and down the slide all by himself -  Grandma was following close behind, just in case...:o)  This is the first time he has done that and we were very proud of him...  He's getting to be such a "big" boy...  But then he has to because he's going to be a "big" brother this year!!! 

Here are a few close ups...
Here you can see the Distressed Edges, The Artist Trading Card size Burlap that I sponged with Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink, some Leaf Ribbon, and some masking with The Crafter Workshop Bricks Template.  You can also see my sticker letters.

Here you can see some more Distressing, Leaf Ribbon, and a portion of a Prima Voila Felt Ribbon..

Here is more Distressed Edges and a Prima Say It In Pearls that I colored with my Stampin Up Marker..  You can also see a close up of the distressed The Crafters Workshop Bricks Template layer.

More Distressed Edges, Leaf Ribbon and a K&Company Dimensional Bird Sticker.

This layout qualifies for a few other challenges..
The Crazy Challenge ~ Lace and/or Pearls
The Corrosive Challenge ~ Ring In The New Year - Use something brand new on your project (The Artist Trading Cards ~ Burlap; the Leaf Ribbon; and The Crafters Workshop Bricks Template..)
The ABC Challenge ~ G is for Green
Simply Create Too ~ Layers, Layers and more Layers
Scrapperiket ~ Use at least 2 different papers
Little Red Wagon ~ Warm and Fuzzies
Anything Goes Challenge ~ Anything Goes

Here is the list of scrappy things I used on this layout...
Close To My Heart Chocolate CS
Bo Bunny Welcome Home Collection
SU Kraft CS
SU Chocolate Chip CS
The Crafters Workshop Bricks Template
Leaf Ribbon
Prima Say It In Pearls
SU Old Olive Marker
Artist Trading Cards ~ Burlap
K&Company Brenda Walton Grand Adhesions Dimensional Stickers ~ Flora & Fauna, Birds & Leaves
Prima Voila Felt Ribbon
Sticker Letters

Be sure and check out the inspiration from the rest of the team..  We have a fabulous prize for one lucky winner from Paper Issues.

 You will definitely want to play along...  So check out the details here!!!

Thanks so much for dropping by...
Have a wonderful week!!
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Sunday, January 8, 2012

Desk Top Mini Album Tutorial ~ Frosted Designs Show Me Sunday.

Hi everyone!!  Today is my turn to host the Show Me Sunday reveal over at Frosted Designs.  With Valentine's Day just around the corner I'm going to show you how to make a cute "Desk Top Mini Album" that would be a perfect gift for a teacher or co-worker for Valentine's Day?!!

Here it is closed...

Here it is opened (top view)

Here it is opened (side view)

Here is what you're going to need...
4 pieces of paper/cardstock.. I used SU Basic Black CS 
Paper cutter
Bone folder
Tape Runner
2 pieces (10" each) Ribbon
Decorative Paper
And a little "Bling" of your choice to decorate the front cover

Cut (4) - 8" by 8" pieces of paper/cardstock

Each piece of paper/cardstock you will need to do the following:
1) Fold it in half.. Use bone folder..

2) Unfold.. turn the page and fold it in half again... Use bone folder

3) Unfold, and now fold the page from tip to tip and make a triangle... Use bone folder

4) Unfold, and now do the opposite tip to tip and make another triangle.. Use bone folder.

Unfold and turn the paper/cs over... This is what it should look like..

Now you are going to do steps 1 thru 4 again on this side.. and don't forget to use your bone folder..

It should look like this..

Now you are going to take the upper left square and "pinch" it together, while the rest of the paper folds upward. Sometimes it wants to go downward and that is not correct...

You should have a little triangle and a 3 sided square box shape...

Now you want to open the little triangle up and go ahead and run your tape runner on the underneath side and press tight..

Now here's what you should have...

I apologize for doing this in black... It's a little hard to see, but you do have the 3 sides and a little triangle here..

Now this is all you're going to do with this for the time being... Now you need to do the other 3 pieces of paper/cardstock the same way....

This is what you should have when you're finished...

Now it's time to start adding your pretty papers!!! I find it's a lot easier to decorate each box before you attach them together.. Each square should be 4" x 4", so be sure and cut your pp a little smaller...

First I add the paper on the triangle side... It's a lot easier to do this before you tape down the outside edge of the triangle.. Now you can tape the triangle down along the outside edge... You should have a pocket for a tag...

Next you are going to do the bottom... You will have to do this in 2 pieces so it can fold up when you close your album..

Here's my first box decorated...

Here's the second box... You can now put these 2 together.. You should attach a plain "photo" side with a tag side...

Here I have 3 boxes put together.. Notice how I added the ribbon under the pp under the tag side..

Here you can get an idea of how it folds up... I still have to add the 4th "box"..

Here is the final box... Notice that I've added another piece of ribbon under the pp on the photo side this time.. Do NOT TAPE/ATTACH the last box to the first box... This is so you can close your album..

Here is a top view of this album.

Here is a closed view before it's decorated...

I covered the front and back with this pp..

Added a doily, glitter frame, little envelope I punched out with my Sizzix Die and then added a little twine and a little pearl heart...
And there you have my finished album ready to give as a gift of ready for me to add some of my favorite photos!!
You can't add a lot of bulk to these little albums, but you can add stickers, doilies, lace and a little bling...

I hope you've enjoyed reading through my tutorial and that just maybe you will want to give it a try. They make wonderful gifts!!  If you do make one I would love to see it..  Leave me a note and I'll stop by!!

And just a little reminder of a couple of things going on or coming up real soon!!!



Thanks for dropping by today!!
Have a great weekend!!
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