Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Flower Fun with Retro Rubber Tic Tac Toe

We have another fun Tic Tac Toe board for you to play along with us at Retro Rubber.  Just a few rules to follow, use at least one stamp that needs inky love and is more than a year old (tell us the age please), and enter no more than 10 challenges total.


I choose the vertical row: Ribbon or Twine, Flowers, Embossing.  I was experimenting with several different colors of Tsukineko's Delicata inks to create a shimmery card. 


  • Different portions of the Wild Rose set by Technique Tuesday (2016) were stamped on to coordinating squares of cardstock.  
  • The coral squares are stamped in Dark Brown Shimmer and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  
  • The white square is stamped in Celestial Copper and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.
  • The black square is stamped in Shimmer White and heat embossed detail white embossing powder.  
  • The card base is inked with Dark Brown Shimmer and a large Ink Dauber.  
  • A square of white cardstock is trimmed to 3 3/4 x 3 3/4 and inked with Celestial Copper.  
  • Sheer Shimmer Spritz in Copper is flicked over the card base and backing cardstock.  
  • The sentiment is stamped in Celestial Copper and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.
  • A small hole is pierced at the fold and gold twine is wrapped around the card.  A double looped bow is adhered over the knot.
  • The layers are adhered together with dimensional foam adhesive.  
 Thanks so much for stopping by!  Please do come and play along with us at Retro Rubber, we look forward to seeing you in our gallery!

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Flowers for Spring at Retro Rubber

I don't know about you, but I love when the spring flowers are blooming.  We have a few in our flower beds, and also some of our trees bloom as well.  It is all lovely!  Retro Rubber's Challenge is to use flowers in your project!  Check out our simple rules 1) Use a stamp that is older than a year and tell us how long you have owned it and 2) Enter up to ten challenges including ours.


I've enjoyed playing with layering stamps in different ways and using Altenew's Vintage Stamp and die set from 2014 was perfect for this challenge.  I used glossy cardstock as the dye based inks are more vibrate when layering stamp colors.  Starting with the lightest color first gives the layered depth to the color.


  • The flowers are stamped on glossy cardstock in Memento Elderberry, Sweet Plum, Lilac Posies, Angel Pink, and Lulu Lavender then die cut with the matching die.  
  • The leaves are stamped on glossy cardstock in Memento Pear Tart, Bamboo Leaves, and Pistachio and die cut.
  • Kraft cardstock is die cut with Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Rectangles.
  • A background layer is trimmed to 4 3/4" x 6 1/4".  I used an Ink Dauber to ink the edges in Lulu Lavender to have a perfectly matching frame.
  • Ink a section of glossy cardstock with Lulu Lavender and die cut with Echo Park Sentiments Enjoy die.
  • Adhere the layers together to an A7 Kraft card base.  Select a few flowers and leaves to adhere with dimensional foam adhesive to add a bit more dimension.
Thanks so much for joining me today.  I enjoy reading your comments if you are so inclined to share with me how I've inspired you!  Please join our challenge at Retro Rubber and have some fun creating!

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Stick It Down May Reveal Jumping on the Tramp

We have a really fun sketch for May at Stick It Down!  I knew that this sketch would be perfect for a sequence of photos taken by my Mom of my boys on the trampoline.



My version moves the photos apart just a smidge to highlight the triangle shapes. Most of the photos lined up so closely that the sky from one photo blended into the next, so the small separation works really well.


  • I started with yellow cardstock and three patterns from Me and My Big Ideas Boy collection.  
  • Just a little tip to help you get the triangles to fit together well and closely match the sketch.  First print the sketch design in a Word Document 6" wide.  It is easy to measure and size up the sketch because the ratio is 1 to 4.  In the sketch the edge of the triangle is 1 1/4", so my photo edges are 5".  (1.25 x 4 = 5)  I decided where I wanted the center of the photo on my 4" x 6" prints and placed them on a cutting mat.  Each photo is then cut on the diagonal 2 1/2" from the center point.  
  • Once the photo sequence is placed on the background I then measured the distance and matched it with each of the patterned paper strips.  
  • The Best Buds is actually a ribbon that fit the theme and color scheme perfectly.  
  • Before adhering the patterned papers I splattered the two corners with Danube Blue Fireworks! spray.  
  • Blue cardstock is used to die cut the title with Quickutz Zelda Grand.  
  • The same blue cardstock is die cut with the star pennant from Spellbinders Pennant Trio.
  • Red cardstock is die cut with the heart pennant from Spellbinders Pennant Trio.  
  • Searching through my embellishment stash I found a star paper clip and some heart paper clips.  Bits of craft thread are tied into small bows around part of the clips before they are adhered to the layout.  
  • Journaling is done in Zig Writer Blue.  
Please do come join us at Stick It Down.  We have sketches each month for double page layouts, single page layouts and cards.  We have a ton of fun, and would love to have you play along!

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Anything Goes for Retro Rubber, Just a few Butterflies!

We have everyone's favorite challenge for the next two weeks at Retro Rubber, Anything Goes!  So have a little fun and share your projects with us.  We have a few simple rules 1) Use at least one stamp that is more than a year old 2) Tell us how old your stamp might be 3) Enter no more than 10 challenges including ours.

I decided to play around with some of my supplies and create a butterfly themed card.


  • I placed the Mini Flutterby stencil by Crafter's Workshop over a piece of white cardstock and spritzed it with Fireworks! in Lilac Posies and Lulu Lavender and let it dry.
  • The edges are inked with Elderberry Memento Luxe and heat embossed with Iridescent Embossing Powder.
  • To create the butterflies I stamped the Layering Butterflies by Hero Arts from 2015 in several Memento colors:  Elderberry, Sweet Plum, Lilac Posies, Angel Pink, Lulu Lavender, Grape Jelly, Bamboo Leaves, and Pear Tart.
  • The images are die cut with the matching Frame Cuts.
  • The outer edges of the butterflies are inked with the corresponding color to the butterfly body.
  • I pounced Versa Mark ink over the images and heat embossed them with Iridescent Embossing Powder.to give the lots of shimmer and shine.
  • The butterflies are adhered to the card front with glue dots under the body and dimensional foam adhesive under the wings.
  • The sentiment from the same set is stamped in Elderberry Memento Luxe and heat embossed with Iridescent Embossing Powder.
  • The card front is adhered to the card base with dimensional foam adhesive.
Thanks so much for stopping by and do come again soon!  Play along with our challenge at Retro Rubber, we love seeing what you create!

Monday, April 15, 2019

Celebrating Baptism and Father's Day


We had a fantastic weekend a few years back and this is the second layout in the series to document the time.  I had another Baptism related embellishment in my stash that I picked up for free several years back.  This title and the many colors in the photos lead my color design choices.



I found a heidi swapp collection in my stash I don't remember purchasing or using on a layout.  A few sheets were gone, so that added to my confusion.  At any rate it was a good starting point. 

·      Several complementary patterns are trimmed from the Dreamy Collection (American Crafts).  The pink is 3/4" on both sides.  The geometric pattern is 3 1/2" on the left and 2 1/2" on the right. The pastel pattern is 6".  I wanted the blue die cut to have contrast verses being on the blue background cardstock.
·      The Baptism die cut is by Laserline.
·      Another pattern is ued to trim the frames for the 4" x 4" photos. I statred with 5 1/8" squares and used the We R memory keepers Frame Punch Board set at 3/4" borders.
·      To finish the title I pulled out a sentiment set I've had since the late 90's, Dream Ink's Words & Phrases 34 pt Dauphin.  Using a stamp positioner I stamped the phrase in Versa Color Smoke Blue around the die cut.
·      I used a scrap to print the journaling so the story would fit in a smaller space.
·      I had a few more patterned strips left so I decided to trim them to 7/8" and span the bottom of both pages to tie the layout together.  This is a duplicate layout set, one for each boys' album, so this was also a factor in my design choices.
·      I didn’t feel like the layout was complete, so I searched high and low for something to finish it off.  Finally I found a embellishments by stamping crosses and die cutting from the Jillibean Soup by Hampton Art. 
·      Looking through my Bible Journaling supplies I also found the Paper Smooches set Have Faith and Religious Words.  All the finishing embellishments were stamped in Versa Color Smoke Blue on coordinating papers from the collection.  The smallest cross is fussy cut.  The Blessed sentiment was perfect because that is how we felt on that day!
·      To add a tiny bit more, sequins by Spiegelmom Scraps collections 50’s Sock Hop, Southern Blue Bells, and Grape Juice were glued into place.  Yippee, now if finally looks “done”!

Initially I was stumped in the design process but stuck to basic design principals to create a layout that I like.   The small amounts of pink from the collection are picked up in the geometric pattern to apply the ounce quart gallon principal. The pink is the ounce, the greens the quart, and the blues the gallon.   Creating a visual triangle with the finishing embellishment added to the impact. 

Thanks for stopping by, your comments are always appreciated!

Sunday, April 14, 2019

My Baptism Layout

Here are a few pages that commemorate a special event in our boys lives.  Less than a year after the boys came home from Russia we received news that their God Parents were coming to visit us in Bend over Father's Day weekend.  What a perfect time to plan their Baptism!  We had a full weekend of celebrating both at church, in our home, and out in nature.


A few years back I found some give-away items at a crop and snagged a few sets of of Baptism related stickers made by Karen Foster Design printed in 2005 aptly named Baptism.  The colors turned out to be perfect for the photos, and thus guided my choice of papers.  Two colors of Craft Smith Cardstock were selected along with one pattern from Provo Craft Slab III and one pattern from Hot Off The Press. 
  • A strip of blue cardstock 2 1/2" x 11 1/2 was pressure embossed with Darice's Crosses,  which had a narrow slot to move the paper through to get a mostly continuous pattern.  A little secret here, I covered the area that didn't match with a strategically placed sticker!
  • The embossed pattern is backed with patterned papers.
  • Three crosses are die cut from white cardstock with Spellbinders Crosses Two.  Two are also pressure embossed with the pattern on the dies.
  • The right side of the layout has one pattern trimmed to 7" x 8" inches.  I choose to not extend it all the way across the page to allow large die cut cross to shine.
  • The blue cardstock is trimmed to 8 1/2" x 12, and patterned paper strips are layers behind the cardstock.
  • Another secret, I gutted the one edge of the blue cardstock for the blue journaling blocks.  I had longer story to share, and it best fit by word processing and printing onto the cardstock.
  • Brads are added to the baptism stickers.  A few already had holes to be embellished.
  • The baptism stickers and crosses are adhered to finish the page.
Know that I appreciate you stopping by and viewing my blog.  I enjoy sharing the creative process with all of you!

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Rainbow time!

We've been having an extraordinarily rainy spring here in Central Oregon so this challenge for Retro Rubber is perfect because I've seen a few rainbows recently!

I have a wonderful stamp and die set from The Stamps of Life by Stephanie Bernard that was released in July 2017.  Perfect for this challenge!  Once I had the stamps on my stamp positioner I decided to stamp more than one rainbow and make a series of rainbow themed cards.  The rainbows that are more pastel are the second stamping from one inking.  I like both versions!






  • All of the cards have the black outline stamped first.
  • Each color of the rainbow is stamped into position.  Memento Lady Bug, Tangelo, Dandelion, Cottage Ivy, Danube Blue, and Grape Jelly were the colors I choose to stamp the rainbow.  
  • The clouds are die cut from white cardstock and inked with Versa Cold in Smoke blue with a touch of Delicate Sapphire Blue that was left on the large Ink Dauber from a previous project. 
  • The clouds are adhered over the black outline image with dimension foam adhesive.
The following were completed for this card.
  • Light blue cardstock was die cut with Sizzix Card, Regal Stand-Ups to create the easel card.  
  • Light yellow cardstock was trimmed to fit the inside.
  • Gingham ribbon from my stash is adhered, along with a knotted bow.
  • Sayings4rainbows set provided the sentiment which is stamped in Memento Danube Blue. 
  • A few sequins from Spieglemom Scraps Southern Blue Bells were added to create a little sparkle.


This card is a second stamping for the rainbow colors.
  • The card base and front are die cut from white cardstock using the Sizzix Card, Scallop with Banners.
  • I sponged in a small amount of Versa Color Baby Blue behind the rainbow.  The edges of the card base were also inked.
  • Bakers twine from my stash is threaded through the top lace holes and a bow is added.
  • The sentiments are from Penny Black Spiritual Snippets released in 2017, and are stamped in Danube Blue Memento ink.
  • The layers are adhered together.


This card is also a second stamping version.

  • The card base is die cut from blue cardstock using the Sizzix Card, Scallop with gifts.
  • The card front also uses the Sizzix Happy Days Drop Ins Sentiments and is die cut from light yellow cardstock.  
  • A few gold sequins by Advantus Corp from the Mixed Sequins set finish the card.



The last card in the rainbow series.
  • The card base is the interior of the Sizzix Card, Scallop with Gifts and is die cut from white cardstock.
  • The sentiments are the Sayings4Rainbows set and are stamped in Memento Danube Blue.
  • A bit of Versa Color Baby Blue is sponged behind the rainbow before it is adhered with dimensional foam adhesive.
  • A few dots of Nuvo Crystal Drops and the final touches.
I hope you enjoyed my series of Rainbow cards, they were a blast to create and make each one a little different.  Please let me know what you think, comments are always appreciated!  Remember to create your own Rainbow inspired creation and post it over at Retro Rubber Challenge Blog.  We have a few simple rules:  1)  Use at least one stamp that is older than a year 2) Tell us how long you have had it in your stash 3) Enter up only up to ten challenges including ours.  Thanks!


Monday, April 8, 2019

Climbing On Smith Rock

This is a layout that commemorates a really fun day for my older son.  It was also I day where I took probably 100 photos and decided to narrow it down to just five!  These photos were perfect for the sketch we have for this month at Stick It Down:

I wanted really subtle patterns to allow the photos to shine, so I dug through my old Provo Craft Slabs and found a selection of twelve different papers that coordinated. 

  • The papers were trimmed to fit the sketch design in varying diagonals.
  • In the photo on the far right, I used two arrow veneers to mark the locations of my son at the top of the pitch and his guide midway up the pitch. 
  • The journaling was printed and added as an embellishment. 
  • I die cut 4 layers of the state of Oregon using the Quickutz Oregon die.  Gelly Roll White pen by Sakura is used to mark the spot.  
  • SEI En Route is used to stamp the compass in Memento Tuxedo Black then is die cut with Spellbinders Standard Circles Small. 
  • A slide and rub-ons from my stash create the final embellishment.  
Please come join us over at Stick It Down.  We also have a single page sketch and a card sketch to play along with each month!

Saturday, March 30, 2019

The Pond is COLD!

Remember the time when . . . in this case the kiddos wanted to swim the the irrigation pond at our new home.  As the title suggests it was very cold, and this was about the only time they used it as a swimming hole!


I love shopping my old stash and this is a perfect example of some fun paper choices I have available.  I also feel good when I use up some of the paper I've collected over the years!
  • The background is DCWV blue cardstock chosen to match the water and colors in the coordinating papers.
  • All the patterns are from a paper stack by My Minds Eye.  I am not sure of the name.  At one point MME would print the same patterns on paper that they had released on cardstock.  The stacks were available at Michaels.  This is a duplicate layout so each pattern was trimmed to 6" x 12" before I designed the page. 
  • The the corners are rounded on the layers.  
  • The title is Quickutz's Star Mini and Diesel Classic and is die cut from brown cardstock. 
Another layout complete from a few years ago . . . I have a few years to catch up on and am glad my scrapping mojo is going full force.  I am also thankful that I have a stash to shop from because the only way I can acquire new collections is by shopping online, there are no LSS in my area anymore.  Only the big box versions, which are good for cardstock selection, but not so much for new releases.  Have a wonderful day, we are finishing our spring break here and are thankful for slightly warmer weather!

Friday, March 29, 2019

Fishing at Wizard Falls

This was a fun layout to create, one that used old school die cuts from my stash.  


I had some really sweet photos of the children's fishing day at Wizard Falls Fish Hatchery.  I remembered I had a rod and reel in my die cut stash from back in the day when we would buy die cuts . . . before all of the chemical etched dies came on the market.  The trees were most likely die cut from a steel-rule die at a Local Scrapbook Store.  Remember when we would buy the paper and stand at their die cut station and die cut multiples for future use?  That time is finally now, about 18 years or so later?  
  • The water and shore is trimmed and punch with the EK Success bubble edge punch.  
  • I used Square Pastels to add dimension and depth all of the cardstock.
  • Delicata Silvery Shimmer is used on the reel part of the die cut.  
  • White craft thread is adhered to the back side of the rod and adhered with rolled up glue dots to the page.
  • The title was rather long so I decided to print it out on vellum to be adhered to the layout.  (I made a duplicate of this layout, one for each boy's album.)
  • Journaling is written in Zig Chocolate Dual Tip pen.
My husband really likes the whimsical wonky trees and the fishing rod and reel.  It is one of his favorite layouts for the month.  I hope you enjoy my stepping into an old style layout!

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Softball on the 4th

This layout is from the first Fourth of July we celebrated in our new home.  We actually have a softball field in our backyard.  Now we mostly use it to graze two steer in the summer.  But this is proof that we have played softball on our property!


The photos didn't really call for a red, white, and blue theme so I went with a patterned paper that featured stars in many colors.

  • I had two sheets of Star Struck from the Shabby Princess Collection from Bo Bunny Press 2007.  The pattern had an obvious direction for the stars.  I wanted to make two duplicate layouts, so one sheet I trimmed on the horizontal axis (all 3" x 12"), and the other on the vertical axis (2 1/2" x 12" and 3 1/2 x 12".  Viola, enough patterned paper for both layouts!
  • Digging through my stash of old Provo Craft Slabs I found coordinating papers from Slab II, Slab III, and Slab IV.  The yellow pattern is 6 1/2" x 11 1/2", the green is 5" x 12" and the blue is trimmed to back four of the photos.
  • The cardstock from DCWV and is the backing frame on the right and the base of the layout.  
  • Both cardstocks are used to die cut the title using Quickutz's Tangerine with Shadow font.
  • I also have giant Ric Rac from my stash (unknown origin) that was a perfect finishing embellishment.  Fortunately there is enough synthetic fiber in the Ric Rac to singe the ends to keep it from from fraying. 
This was a fun day that included a BBQ and lots of laughter.  Thanks for checking in, and every comment is fun to read!

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

We Love Our Puppy

Typically I am not a single photo on a layout type of scrapper, but this photo deserved it's own page.  My four-year-old son had his face painted at a local street event and wore the paint for the rest of the day.  Once he got home I snapped this adorable photo.  The challenges over at Rochelle Spears and Scrap Your Stash were a great fit for this layout.


I have about 6 inches of Provo Craft light weight paper in my stash that I dug through to find all of the coordinating patterns and colors.  Once that was done the layout came together quickly, that is the beauty of using a sketch for inspiration!

  • All three mats that back the photo are trimmed to 4 1/2" x 6 1/2".
  • The striped pennant is 2 1/2" wide because that is the largest size that fits into my new Paper Studio Pennant Punch.
  • Rings are die cut with two sizes of Spellbinders Standard Circles Large and Small.  They are about 4" in diameter.  I use Zig glue to carefully adhere them to the layout.
  • The tag is also 2 1/2" wide because I have another punch by Paper Studio punch that punches tag tops.  To finish the tag I punch a 5/8" circle and adhered it to the tag before punching the center whole.  It is finished with a ribbon bow, made from ribbon out of my stash.
  • I searched through my pet embellishments to find a few things to create the cluster.  KI Memories made Lace Cardstock titled Dirt Treats that I had sprayed with a few different Tsukineko Walnut Inks from the Spritzer Workstation (Eucalyptus, Terra Cotta, and Walnut) to make a background for another layout.  I still had the "mask" in my stash.  I trimmed a small corner to be the base of the cluster.
  • A Coluzzle template allowed me to cut the perfect size heart to layer over the top.  
  • Two paw print die cuts from my stash topped the cluster.  
  • With the dark background it was time to pull out the white sticker letters.  Swirly White by Creative Memories spelled out the title. 
  • I used my first try at the Coluzzle heart to journal and finish the layout.
Thanks for checking in here at Finding Snippets of Time to Craft, I hope you are finding snippets of time to craft in your neck of the woods! 

I was inspired by the following challenges:  
Scrappy Friends March--I was inspired by the love, circles and the puppy images in her layout!

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Get Well Wishes for Retro Rubber

I always enjoy using Tic Tac Toe boards to create cards, there are so many options to work with and be inspired by!  Retro Rubber has a fun Tic Tac Toe for this challenge.



I decided to use the Punch or Dies, Leaves (on the flowers), and Ribbon or Twine. 




  • I stamped the Technique Tuesday image from 2016, the Wild Rose stamp set, in Delicata Black Shimmer and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. It was then die cut with matching die.
  • I colored on a craft mat with Memento Markers in Morocco, Tangelo, Pistachio, and Olive Green. Then I picked up the color with a Niji water brush to color the image.
  • The sentiment shape is die cut and inked with a large Ink Dauber with Memento Cantaloupe.  I stamped the sentiment in Memento Morocco.
  • The two backing layers are die cut with Spellbinders Floral Ovals and Petite Ovals Large.  These were inked with a large Ink Dauber in Cantaloupe and Pistachio. 
  • The edges of the card base with are inked with an Ink Blusher and Pistachio for a soft edge effect.
  • The layers are adhered together with dry adhesive and dimensional foam adhesive.
  • To finish the card I tied a double looped bow from orange craft twine, added an extra set of tails,  and adhered to card with a glue dot.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and please do play along. We have a few simple rules.  You must use at least one stamp the is one year or older.  Please limit you challenges to ten including ours. Hope to see you in our gallery.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Fourth Grade Memories

If you have been scrapbooking for awhile like I have, you undoubtedly have a few page kits in your stash.  I've made it a goal to use up these wonderful gems, and here is an example that features a kit from embellish it! from 2013 with a few changes.

  • The kit features Simple Stories 24/7 including Red Tweed Calendar, Good Stuff, and Journaling Card Elements.
  • The Journaling Card Elements are trimmed apart and used as embellishments through the layout.
  • Cast Away Lazer Cork "Memories" was part of the kit, as were the mini film strip, twine and buttons.  I used the twine on one of the journal card elements that is cut apart into journal strips.  I also added some red craft thread to the buttons for little bows.  I don't like empty button holes!
  • The additional title words are DCWV Cork Stack die cut with Quickutz Frankie.
  •  Another plus of journal cards?  They can be used to journal a layout!
This kit was designed for four photos, but with a little creative use of the journal card elements I was able to pull off a cohesive layout.  Another layout complete for my son's album!  Thank you for leaving a comment when you stop by, they are always encouraging!

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Best Friends Water Fight

Nine years ago on the Fourth of July my young son enjoyed a water fight with our German Shepherd.  She was easily twice his size, but was his devoted companion and guardian.  The first years on our new property I knew that if Peter was outside with Sable, she was only a few feet behind and would make sure he was safe.  She was also a great playmate for a young boy.  I particularly like his expression in the last photo, one of pure joy!

  • I choose to work with scraps from the DCWV Premium Pet Stack.  The theme and colors worked well in many ways with the photos.
  • Only one sheet of the "just right" color of a Bazzill green was found in my stash, so I made it work.  The actual background of the left side is just lightweight white cardstock, so all of the sections would stay in place.  
  • Blue DCWV cardstock is used to die cut the title with Quickutz Katie.  This font allows a longer title, but doesn't take up as much space width wise.  
  • Vellum Quotes w/Flair Dogs provided the theme appropriate quotes.
  • The journaling is completed with a Zig Pen in Blue.  If I were to do this again I would use a black pen on this dark green cardstock to make it easier to read.  
My husband likes this layout as well, because it shows the relationship between Peter and Sable.  It was just a few moments in time, but now can be remembered and shared.  Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts!

Saturday, March 23, 2019

We love Snow, (just not 28" in 48 hours)

Winter came late this year in Central Oregon . . . February 25th to be exact.  Lots of snow in a short amount of time.  Four snow days from school as the city and county could not keep up with plowing the roads, even though the fourth day was blue-bird clear and beautiful!  As the journaling indicates, we all contributed to moving snow, and had fun playing outside.  I captured some stunning photos from our back deck, one in the early morning capturing the sunrise, moon and Venus.  The second is actually also looking the same direction but at dusk when mist was forming over the snow fields around our home.  These two photos directed my color choices.


  • The background is really old Creative Imaginations Snowflake paper that I've have for probably 15 years!
  • Two pieces of white cardstock are trimmed to 5" x 12", and 2 1/2" x 12 inches.  Martha Stewart's Aspen border punch set punches out the small snowflake pattern.  
  • Needing a bit more color I trimmed lavender cardstock to fit the area and pressure embossed with Darice Snowflake background.  To bring out the snowflakes the surface is sanded.  
  • The two focal photos are backed with coordinating cardstock.
  • The title is Quickutz Frankie Classic and Shadow along with Frankie Mini.  The larger letters are embossed with Quickutz Goosebumps Sparkle.  After adhering to the backing letters I sanded the surface to bring out the design.
  • I inked Studio Calico wood veneer snowflakes with Memento Luxe Wedding Dress, and a heart with Versa Magic Spring Posies.
  • The journaling is done on white cardstock and using Microsoft word and creating text boxes.  The edges are inked in Versa Magic Spring Posies.
Another winter in Bend, and another beautiful snowfall.  It is taking a while for the all snow to melt, many parking lots and side streets still have a great piles of snow!  Thanks for stopping by and I truly enjoy reading your comments!

Friday, March 22, 2019

Butterflies at High Desert Museum

Did you know that March 14th was National Learn About Butterflies Day?  I didn't finish this layout in time to post it on March 14th, but still want to share our fun experience from a few years back.

Since many of the butterflies that photographed well in the exhibit had orange coloration, I choose orange cardstock for the background.

  • The border along the bottom is Spellbinder's Butterfly card front.  The die is designed to be continuous, but great care must be taken to line up the design.  I die cut 3 1/2" x 12" sections from white cardstock to create the border. 
  • Cuttlebug Butterfly dies are used to die cut black cardstock.
  • I found some great butterfly washi tape by Paper Studio at Hobby Lobby to finish the edge of the bottom die cut.  Such pretty butterflies!
  • Fortunately I had taken photos of the identification charts so I was able to accurately label the photos of the butterflies we interacted with in the exhibit.
  • The title is CK Typist by Quickutz.
Even though the layout is simple it did take time to die cut the bottom border and title!  Butterflies are wonderful insects and have special meaning for me.  We don't have many varieties here in Central Oregon, so visiting a butterfly exhibit is a special treat worth remembering.  Thanks for stopping by and taking a look!

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Last Day of 5th Grade (School is finally out Version 2.0)

It just so happened that the year that school was extended by a week was the last year my younger son was in elementary school.  In the month of January that year, his school was closed for 11 days due to snow.  Well actually 4 or so of those days were because of snow and lack of plowing, but the other days were due to the fact that another elementary school in our district had their gym roof collapse! School was cancelled just as classes were starting and the district called in the engineers to check the structural integrity of all the buildings.  They found problems in five more schools, and spent parts of the next two weeks clearing the roofs of buildings with snow blowers and shovels.

I used the Bo Bunny Toy Box collection and two colors of Bazzill cardstock to create this layout.


  • The blue cardstock is trimmed to a circle using my trusty Creative Memories circle cutter.  I like that I can cut large circles cleanly, even though it is a really old tool!  The circle is then divided to bookend the other patterned papers.
  • Bo Bunny's Cheerful, Story Time and Circles scraps are trimmed  and layered together with the outside corners rounded.  
  • One of the reasons I choose the Toy Box collection is because the colors matched this ancient die cut of a bus of unknown origin.  Yeah!  It is on a layout and no longer languishing in my stash.
  • Quickutz Venus and Blossom are used to create the title.  
  • To add a the finishing touches I added a few wood veneers from Studio Calico, a heart and an arrow.  
My older son's version of this layout is much different, but it is fun to use photos in multiple ways.  Thanks so much for stopping by, your comments are always appreciated!

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Dogs by Sergey

Doctor Suess' birthday is this month, so it is great time to scrapbook about books!  This layout is about a book my son wrote in fourth grade.

Both of my sons are adopted from Russia, and he completed his book project about 6 months after he came home to the US.  Our older son still used his Russian name, but changed his choice just a few months later.  Both our oldest, my husband's daughter and our son had the same fourth grade teacher.  They did the same project four years apart.  So this layout is not just about a school event, but the parallels between the two kids.

I have a great collection from My Mind's Eye, Academy by Jen Wilson that is subtlety glittered and has a bit of grunge feel.  Combining several patterned papers from this collection and two colors of coordinating cardstock pulled together a cohesive double page layout.


  • Four sections Burnt Red cardstock are trimmed to 1/2" x 12" to break up the pattern between the large polka dots and the glittered stripes.  
  • The striped pattern is trimmed to 1" x12" and 2" x 12".
  • The center Sage Green cardstock is trimmed to 5" x 12".
  • The title is die cut fro the Burnt Red cardstock using Just a Note by Sizzix.
  • Journaling is done in Zig Writer.
  • A few dog themed brads by Around the Block are added by the title.
  • I still wanted to add a bit more, so two Brackets #1 by Plain Janes Deluxe Designs were inked up with Red Brick Versa Magic.  
Even though the photos aren't the best, I am pleased with the final layout.  Another memory preserved.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you enjoy my little creative space!

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Turning Eleven

I decided to work with a challenge that required using paper scraps and using up a sticker sheet.  The paper and stickers are left over from It's Your Day layout about my younger son's eleventh birthday. The color scheme is very similar but the two layouts are totally different!


The collection is from 2010 by Basic Grey named Life of the Party.

  • I selected two coordinating colors to the paper collection that turned out to be orange and green, complementary colors.
  • The scraps of striped paper left over from the first layout were adhered together to form a section that was about 5" x 12".  
  • Spellbinders Hexagons were used to die cut the shapes.
  • The title is die cut from the orange cardstock using Quickutz's Blossom font.
  • Spellbinders Nested Pennants are die cut from the green cardstock.
  • The photos are backed with the same green cardstock.
  • To be honest I moved the hexagons around the page to fit the title and the fun stickers before sticking everything down.  
  • I still had a few presents left over as well that could be fussy cut to line the bottom of one photo.
  • The journaling is done in Zig Writer Blue Jay.  Turns out the blue doesn't really show up much as blue on orange cardstock.
This is a really busy time for our family when the photos were taken.  We had purchased a new home and started moving the day before my son's birthday.  So a party at home wasn't in the cards, but a simple dinner out at his favorite fast food restaurant was a perfect fit.  

Thanks for stopping by, you comments are always appreciated!

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Thank you with a few stripes for Retro Rubber

It is always fun to use a few stripes in your cards and scrapbook pages, they add a bit of visual interest.  Our challenge at Retro Rubber Challenge Blog is:


Great collections from Quick Quotes often include a stripe pattern that ties all the colors together in the collection.  Here I used the Spring Showers Collection for this card.



  • I based my choice of dimensions for this card on the size of the sentiment.  To fit the elements I went with an A7 size card base.
  • The striped section of is trimmed to 1 3/4" and inked the edges with Powder Puff Chalking Ink in Rusty Nail.  
  • The floral section is trimmed to 3" and inked the edges with PPCI in Rusty Nail.
  • The sentiment from the Thanks stamp set from 2014 by Stephanie Barnard for Sizzix is stamped in PPCI in Capri Blue on a piece of coral cardstock.  It is die cut with the center oval from the Spellbinders Radiant Rectangles then edged with PPCI in Capri Blue.
  • The two pennants are about 1/2" wide and the ends are die cut with a combination of Spellbinders Classic Petal and Classic Decorative Inserts Two Edgeabilities.  The edges are inked with PPCI in Capri Blue.  The pennants are trimmed to match the curve of the die cut.
  • The two backing layers are adhered together and the pennants are adhered.  
  • Craft thread is wrapped around the layers and adhered.  Three strands of craft thread are tied into a bow and adhered.  The sentiment is adhered.
  • The outer edges of the card are inked in PPCI in Capri Blue.
  • I thought it needed a bit more so I pulled out a small wooden heart to add the final embellishment.
Thank you so much for stopping by (pun intended).  Please do come by and play along with us at Retro Rubber.  We would love to see what you create in our gallery.  Just a few reminders about our simple rules.  Please use at least one stamp that is older than a year and tell us how old it is, and enter 10 or fewer challenges.  See you soon!

Monday, March 4, 2019

DMC Wrestling Season Double Page Layout for Stick It Down

We have a great quick double page sketch for the month of March at Stick It Down, one that I used to create a layout about my son's most recent club wrestling season.


Club wrestling runs before the Middle School wrestling, and helps our wrestlers prep and have an opportunity to compete with different kids.


I have a number of wrestling themed papers that I mixed and matched for this layout.
  • I trimmed two sections of 4" x 12" from On the Mat Coaches Call by Moxxie and layered the across the bottom of the layout.
  • Both sides of Wrestling Life Paper 5a by Scrapbook Customs are used to create the top of the sketch.  The strips are trimmed to 3/4" x 12" so that the design matches.
  • I wanted embellishments that worked for these wrestling photos and looked everywhere for a stamp or additional stickers to no avail!  So a search of the internet for free non-copyright clip art yielded a few choices.  The clip art is sized, printed on white cardstock, fussy cut, and colored with Prisma colored pencils to add detail and depth.
  • Journaling is done in Zig Writer in Black.
  • Tangerine Classic and Shadow by Quickutz is used for the title to die cut red and black cardstock.
That is all there was to it!  Quick as well as clean and simple, sometimes that is just what the photos call for in a layout.  This is a fantastic sketch for the month, we also have single page and card sketches to play along with at Stick It Down.  Come and join us!

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Let's Fly

Last November we decided that part of Peter's birthday gift would be a trip to the indoor skydiving vertical wind tunnel in Portland.  The facility is named iFly, and it is an absolutely incredible experience.  We highly recommend the investment to spend some time flying!


I had so many photos to work with, twelve to be exact, so I wanted the focus of the layout to be the photos.  The photos are taken by iFly along with a video of our flights.  The videos are much more impressive, but you can't scrapbook videos! 
  • I choose one photo of each person's flight to leave as a 4" x 6"image.  The others are trimmed down to 3" x 3".  All the corners are rounded with a Fiskars punch that has 3 different diameters, I used the smallest one here.  I decided that rounded corners would make the alignment a little less tricky, and I was right!
  • I actually drew a design on scratch paper to determine placement of both the photos and the red and blue alternating blocks. 
  • The red and blue cardstock is trimmed to 3" x 3" as well, with all the corners rounded.  The red is Bazzill Red Hearts, the blue is of unknown origin. 
  • I made this layout in triplicate, and decided that computer printed journaling strips would be ideal.  I wrote the journaling in a word document and formatted it in three columns.  This worked perfectly for the sizing to fit inside the color blocks.  The journaling on blue blocks is inked in Delicata Ruby Red, and on the red blocks they are inked in VersaColor Indigo
  • I saved the iFly emblem from the photos I had trimmed earlier and ended up with three for each layout.  
  • The title is Quickutz Honey and Honeybee, they are complementary fonts, but not exactly upper and lower case. 
  • The backing is white Core'dinations cardstock, but you obviously can't see much of that!  
 With the bright colors and busy photos, this layout represents our memory of the time at iFly in an extraordinary way.  Greg and I agreed that the euphoria high of flying was amazing, and there was a bit of a let down the next day.  That just means we will go again . . . and I guaranteed that by buying more time while we were still at iFly!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Another wrestling layout, Adrian Irwin Tourney

I have too many wrestling photos to even count.  When you are a wrestling mom you look for the great shots and have your camera set on multi-frame mode.  Suffice it to say I have thousands of photos.  For my older son's senior year I decided to make a layout for each major even rather that one highlight layout for the season.  So you might see a few more in this spot in the future . . . .


I am still playing along with a few challenges over at 2Peasrefugees, and this layout is a scraplift of another member's layout.  The Adrian Irwin Memorial Wrestling Tournament is held at another local high school, and their wall pads are purple.  So I choose to go with black and white and leave the red in the photos.  
  • Darice Black Large Dot serves as the background cardstock.
  • I printed the photos on the left as two 5" x7" and butted them together.  The group is backed with black and white cardstock.
  • The photo in the right is 4" x 6" and is also backed with black and white cardstock.  I made the outside frame slightly larger.
  • The journaling was completed in the computer then also backed with black and white cardstock.
  • I recently found a really fun Studio G stamp and die set at Joanns, but the images were really too small to stand on their own.  Digging through my rubber stamp collection I found a few more to complement the layout.  Congrats (Grad), Seal Companon, and Game On all by Technique Tuesday were used along with #1 by Hampton Art.  All the images are stamped in VersaFine Onyx Black.  The circles are die cut with Spellbinders Standard Circles Large and the fishtail ribbons are hand trimmed.  
  • Quickutz's Tangerine with Shadow is used for the title.  
  • It took several tries to create the wrestling mats across the bottom.  Turns out the simplest way was the look I was trying to achieve.  (My husband, always a decent critic didn't like my first two attempts in the least, but truth be told neither did I!)  I have my Grandfather's Drafting Compass that I used to create the circle.  I taped a Sakura Gelly Roll white pen to one leg of the compass and drew 3" and .75" diameter circles on black cardstock trimmed to 4" x 4".  I also figured out is was easier to get a smooth line if I moved the paper and not the compass!  The finished product was trimmed to slightly different sizes to go along the bottom border.
Thanks for checking out yet another wrestling layout!  I will be taking a short break from scrapping wrestling events and try a few other themes for awhile!

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Retro Rubber teams up with Try Stamping on Tuesday!

We have a new challenge at Retro Rubber, and a doubly fun way to play along this go around!  


We are excited to partner with Try Stamping On Tuesday! We are featuring their sketch as our challenge. As always, you must use at least one stamp older than a year. This is double the fun! You can link up your entry with both challenges. Check them out at Try Stamping On Tuesday!
 My niece will be married soon, and this card is to celebrate the occasion.  Her wedding colors are Navy and Gray, so it is color coordinated just for her!
  •  I really wanted to use Heartfelt Creation's Large Elegant Word Background (~2014) because the image is 1 Corinthians 13 and is perfect for a Wedding Card.  It is large format background stamp and drove the rest of the design decisions for the card.  The image is stamped in VersaFine Majestic Blue.  The edges are inked in Delicata Silvery Shimmer
  • The background card has VersaFine Majestic Blue sponged around the outside edges to match. 
  • The heart is a very old Coluzzle shape and is actually it is the third version that fit the card well!  The image is Hero Arts set Yes Stamp & Cuts from 2014, and is stamped in VersaFine Majestic Blue and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  The inner heart is then inked with Delicata Silvery Shimmer and heat embossed a second time with clear embossing powder.
  • The background heart is inked with VersaFine Majestic Blue.
  • Two Celebrate sentiments are die cut from Celebration Words Script by Tim Holtz for Sizzix Thinlits.  One is inked in Delicata Silvery Shimmer and the second is inked in VersaFine Majestic Blue.  They are slightly offset to create a shadow effect.  
  • Washi tape by Recollections is mounted on white cardstock and trimmed into the embellishment fishtail pennants to finish the sketch.
  • The card is adhered together with the hearts slightly raised with dimensional foam adhesive or as those in the UK might say "Sticky fixers!"  I've been reading magazines from the UK recently and this term just gives me the giggles! 
Do come and play along with both our challenges!  Retro Rubber asks that you use at least one stamp older than a year, tell us how long you have had the image, and to enter no more than 10 total challenges.  Make sure to link your challenge to Try Stamping on Tuesday as well!

Monday, February 25, 2019

School Is Finally Out

I am enjoying more time in my craft cave and have another layout to share from this last weekend.  Two years ago we had a record snowfall as documented by this layout, Snowmaggedon.  My older son missed 8 days of school and my younger son 11 days.  The district made up a few days by having student contact time on days that were normally teacher grading days, and by by adding 4 days to the end of the year.  Hence the title!

I am playing along with the sketch from Sketch-n-scrap:

I played around with a few supplies including some really old ones to achieve the look of the sketch and a challenge at 2Peasrefugees.
  • All the papers (except one) are from the Basic Grey Oliver collection; Tyson, Drake, Aidan, and Joey are used on the layout.
  • To create the border, I used some ancient Mrs. Grossman's Stickers by the Yard in Black.  
  • The center is trimmed to 10" x 10".
  • The red strip is trimmed to 3/4" x 11" and pressure embossed with a single line of dots using the embossing folder by Cuttlebug, Daisy Border.  I had tried stamping in white ink and did not like the look, I think this is just the right amount of distressed look to coordinate with the papers.
  • The journaling is done on Scenic Route's Grid Outline on White with Zig Antique Burgundy.  I also ran the pen around the outside edge to give it a bit of definition.  I also used a few rub-on letters (unknown origin), for the "Yeah!".
  • The little label for the date is a Quickutz die, and I added two enamel dots from Echo Park Jungle Safari collection. 
  •  The title is Quickutz Frankie Classic and Mini.  I think it is kind of fun to used both sizes and used two colors for the title. 
  • A few Basic Grey Oliver Elements Stickers complete the embellishments.  
Thanks for stopping by, it is fun to have more time to craft and preserve memories.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Silverton Duals

I tend to scrap within the season even if it is from a few years back.  This is another layout for my son's senior album using photos taken in December 2017.


  • The background is Core'dinations Black Large Stripe.
  • One sheet of Wrestling Life 2b by Scrapbook Customs is used to back both sides.  On the right side it is trimmed to 8" x 8" to back the team photo. 
  • On the left side the photos are blocked together and adhered to a square of cardstock to hold them in place.  The Wrestling Life is then trimmed and added to the outside to create the illusion one backing sheet.
  • Recollections red cardstock is trimmed to back the team photo and die cut with Spellbinders Classic Ric Rac and Classic Inserts Two for the border sections.
  • Sandy Lion Glitter washi tape is used to finish the border edges. The main title is die cut from red cardstock with Quickutz Abigail
  • The sub-title under the team photo is Creative Memories White stickers. 
  • Journal strips of black cardstock and white Sakura Gelly pen finish the layout.


Thanks for stopping by, your comments are always appreciated.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Two Teeth Lost


I like to scrap events and often prefer two page layouts.  So I decided to use the sketch from Sketch-n-Scrap  February's challenge and rotate the design 90° counter clockwise to make a complementary right side page. Consequently I moved the title placements around.


  • I started with a base of Bazzill navy cardstock and layered Recollections Kraft cardstock trimmed to 11" x 11" and rounded the corners. 
  • I had two sheets from the Fancy Pants Like Father Like Son collection, Stud Muffin and Little Tike that worked great with the colors in the photos.  I used both A and B sides to get all the patterns included in the design for the sketch.
  • Stars are die cut with Spellbinders Stars and are backed with navy from the center of that base page.
  • I wanted to play along with a challenge at 2peasrefugees and pulled out all my coordinating buttons.   (Fancy Pants Designs, SEI and misc other buttons were used.)  I don't like naked buttons, so I took the time to thread navy twine or Darice hemp cord through all the button holes.
  • The title is die cut from navy cardstock using Quickutz CK Typist and Honey fonts.
  • With a longer title and self explanatory photos I used Becky Higgins Date Stamp and Memento Pistachio ink and called it done.
Thanks for stopping by, I always appreciate your comments.
I would like to enter the following challenges:
Sketch-n-Scrap February sketch