Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Stamping with Stickles

Practical Scrappers has a great post today about 10 ways to use gems and stickles,
10 things to do with Gems and Stickles.
I was inspired by a pin on Pinterest...
100 ways to use Stickles.
One way that peeked my interest was to stamp with Stickles, hmmm...not such a fantastic idea.  I tried lots of stamps and lots different amounts of Stickles, which equaled out to lots of EPIC fails.  Messy and not so fun!

Finally tried Claudine Hellmuth's Decor Foam and Clear stamps...which worked perfectly.
I stamped the circles with Broken China Distress Stickles with foam stamps, then waited for them to dry before stamping with the clear matching stamps with Broken China Distress Ink.
Love how it turned out...but I won't be stamping with Stickles again! 

Thanks for stopping by! 

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Monroe and the Silhouette

Monroe's very favorite spot to sleep is right by my Silhouette!  Not very helpful...she gets totally annoyed if I need to use it and I have to move her!
Yes, the Silhouette needs to find a new home!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Winterland to cool you off!?!?

Guess who is up on the Moxxie Blog today?
 It is just too hot here in South Dakota. The temps and humidity have been unbelievable. The heat doesn’t really bother me, but being a West River girl, who recently became an East River girl...the humidity takes some getting used to. I don’t think I will ever adjust. Yuck!!
I thought I might cool myself off a bit, if I created something with Moxxie's Winterland. It kind of helped, as now I remember just how cold it was last Winter. Brrrrr!

I created this layout with these Moxxie Supplies:
other supplies used:
Vintage Doily, Bazzill Chipboard Snowflake, Liquid Pearls, Twine from the Twinery, Stampin’ Up Heart Punch, heart button and Machine Stitching

How hot is it?
IT'S SO HOT in South Dakota that
The birds have to use potholders to pull the worms out of the ground.
.....the trees are whistling for the dogs.
.....the best parking place is determined by shade instead of distance
....hot water comes from both taps.
.....you can make sun tea instantly.
.....you learn that a seat belt buckle makes a pretty good branding
.....the temperature drops below 90 F and you feel a little chilly.
.....you discover that in July it only takes two fingers to steer your
.....you discover that you can get sunburned through your car window.
.....you actually burn your hand opening the car door.
.....you break into a sweat the instant you step outside at 7:30 A.M.
....you realize that asphalt has a liquid stage.
.....the potatoes cook underground, so all you have to do is pull one
out and add butter.
.....the cows are giving evaporated milk.
.....farmers are feeding their chickens crushed ice to keep them from
laying boiled eggs.

Stay cool, my friends!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Lily Bee Hello

I simply adore the Memorandum line from 
Lily Bee.  They are fast becoming one of my favorite companies, I love the slightly distressed paper, the gorgeous tones and the amazing quality.  What's not to love!
This card was designed for Sarah at 
Stetler Arts back home in Rapid City!
Here's hoping that you all have a happy, happy Monday!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Momenta Cupcake Box

Just wanted to share this cute baby shower idea...a washcloth cupcake in a fun box and of course, a Momenta Tag & Bow!

The box is a cupcake box from Wilton!  I used 4 baby washcloths to create the cupcake!
The bow was cut with the Silhouette.
Momenta supplies used:
Twine from the Twinery

Thanks for taking a peek!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Moxxie Gone Camping

Sharing another layout made for the 
Moxxie party with the Happy Camper line!  Such an adorable line...easy to create with especially when you have two cute kiddos to scrap!  Thanks Angie for always sharing them with me, I think I get the better end of the deal!  LOL!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

A layout created for the Moxxie Party!

The Moxxie Muses were asked to create some projects for Moxxie's big new release party in Chicago.  How very fun!  Wish I could have been there.  Oh, how I miss CHA...so unbelievably awesome!
Here is one of the layouts I created for the party!
This is Moxxie's Midway Madness line.  So perfect for these photos.  Thank you Cara for sharing them. 

Monday, July 16, 2012

Clean & Simple

Some fun tips and ideas for creating clean & simple on the Practical Scrappers Blog today. Definitely a challenge for me..but I love how they turned out!
 The card features papers and stickers from Adornit's Capri Collection, the little corrugated house is Jillibean Soup!

card is out for publication

The layout features Pink Paislee's Indigo Bleu, a bit of burlap ribbon and lace!

Happy Monday!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Going Up? Inspiration Elevator

You may recall from last month's challenge that the purpose of this challenge group was to take our scrapbooking to the next level, to stretch our creative process and to grow as artists by embracing challenges that make us think, work and grow. 

This month our challenger was the very talented Audrey Yeager. Audrey noticed (as you may have too) that all but one of our members is a single page designer. Our default design is a single 12x12 design! That's why we love IE..so many styles and we all approach it differently! In fact, we have invited a valued guest designer to join us this month; her name is Scarlett Salamone.

Here's a bit of what Audrey had to say in her challenge this month. She even gives us a few tips and a link to a great blog for inspiration! 

" I take a lot of photos.  Right now, I have been using 2 or 3 smaller photos on my layouts.  But truth is, I have a lot of events where I would like to include a lot of photos on a larger spread so that you can see the details in the photos to.  So I print out the photos with the intention of putting them on a 2-page spread...
I just can’t get it.  I feel like I have a certain style, yet when I sit down to create a 2 pager, it feels nothing like “me”. 
SOOOO, your next challenge is to create a double page layout.  And I don’t mean just any double page.  I want you to really think about your style and your design practices for single pagers (the first assignment helped us define our style, so think about those elements).  Then take those ideas and try to apply them to a double pager.   
Here are some ideas:
*Start by thinking of your canvas as a 12x24” size.  Before you even print photos or pick papers, try to envision (or sketch out) a design that feels like “you”.
*Once you have a basic design, think about the techniques that you love and where/how you will incorporate them on your page.
*Choose products that you would use for a single page layout.  If you use white cardstock as a base a lot of times, then use it on your double page.  If you mostly use patterned paper, then use that.  And if you don’t have 2 of the same sheets of patterned paper for your background, I REALLY challenge you to use 2 different 12x12 sheets for the base of your spread!  (Kim Watson does a superb job of using 2 different sheets for her backgrounds…if you have CK magazine, look at some of her pages.) http://kj-starre.blogspot.com/
*Another way to approach this, (which I personally want to experiment with more), is to create 2 single pagers, but use the same papers in the same ratios.  The papers and the photos will help tie your design together.
You might do this challenge and not be happy with your first result, so I challenge you to KEEP TRYING!  Do a 2nd , double page layout and try to learn from your “mistakes” on the first one.
Also, if you typically DO create 2 pagers, then apply the same ideas to a single page spread instead.
As we create this month, if you have thoughts about your process or are struggling, OR you are loving what you are creating, share some of your ideas with us!!!
I can’t wait to see what you create!"
Okay, you all know that I never, I mean NEVER create two page layouts.  I am just not good at them, I can never make them flow or look like my style!  Even when I had the store and did layout classes, I created coordinating layouts that customers could do one or two page layouts by using collections packs and card stock.  So this was a challenge for me, I struggled with it and then struggled some more.  I muddled my way through it..determined to create something that felt like me.  I had these wonderful photos that Rosie shared with me and I just wanted to do them justice.  They are just too cute and the pictures share such a precious moment!
Two pagers really don't fit on the blog, so if you click on it, you should be able to see it up close!  So here it goes:

 What makes it "my style"?
Bazzill Swiss Dot Card stock (love it)
Studio Calico Mister Hueys
My Mind's Eye Papers
A bit of open space,a bit of sewing, some bling and twine!

Do I love it?..not so much..but I am okay with it.  I might even try my hand at a couple more two pagers...might being the key word.  I enjoyed the challenge and I am a bit worried about what Audrey's next challenge for us might be..lol!
Take a peek at what this amazing team has created!

Cathy Harper (you are here)
Scarlett Salamone - July Guest Designer 

I invite you to play along with any of our challenges. You can see the first two challenges: #1 is here and #2 is here. We would love to see what you are inspired to create. Add your comment below with a link, I will be sure to drop by and say hello.

Friday, July 13, 2012

More Moxxie

Yep, I've got Moxxie...lots of it!
You wouldn't believe the new box of gorgeous scrappy stuff they sent for us designers to create with...unbelievable!
I will start sharing the new lines with you next week!
This layout features Moxxie's Midway Madness collection.  Such fun!  The layout showcases a friend's son...the first picture was taken before he stared Kindergarten and the other a couple of months before he graduated from High School...how very fun and creative.  She used these pictures for his Graduation Announcements.  The white circles and title were cut with the Silhouette!

Thanks for taking time to stop by today...and Happy Friday the 13th!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

A Moxxie Layout

Just a fun page today created with
Such a cute picture...thanks Leslie!

Everything with Moxxie coordinates so easily...I always feel like I am cheating when I create with Moxxie products. My very favorite thing is to layer all of their awesome die cuts and stickers...I just love to pop dot them and keep clustering.  Fun!
The sunburst was cut with the Silhouette!
The layout feautures:

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Momenta Baby Bib Card

Playing with Momenta goodies today!
I adore their clear layered stickers..they add dimension and glitter all in one!
I cut the bib card with this file from Silhouette...Baby Bib Card by Alaa'K.
Momenta supplies:
Other supplies:
Bazzill Swiss Dot Card Stock
Twine from the Twinery
Stampin Up Ribbon and Button
Prima flower
Echo Park letter stickers

Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Quick Card!

Sharing a quick card designed for 
Stetler Arts...you can find the link to the blog on the right!
Created with Lily Bee Memorandum papers and some fun files from Silhouette!  
Fun and simple!

Happy Tuesday (really? is it only Tuesday?)

Monday, July 9, 2012

Pull out your Stamps today!

I know we all have tons of stamps in our stash that we never use....so be inspired by today's post on 
It's all about stamping!

It had been forever since I had pulled out my stamps...so this was a good challenge for me.
I got out some Tim Holtz stamps and the Spring Distress Inks to create this card!
Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Monroe chillin

We have had Monroe for 3 weeks...she has adjusted quite well and now rules the house.
She keeps her 3 dogs in line at all times and causes havoc everywhere she goes!

She is nothing but attitude!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

LYB Paradise Sunshine layout

This little girl brings so much sunshine and joy to everyone who knows her...she is the light of their lives.

Another layout featuring Little Yellow Bicycle's Paradise...available from
Make sure to stop by Scrap a latte this week for a great sale.  38% off their already low prices.  Amazing deal!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Just a quick post with Adornit!

Sharing a layout that I created for
 Scrappin Ladies in Pierre.
This is Adornit's Capri Line...gorgeous and the hottest colors of the season.

I have a card created too but can't share that til a bit later!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Another Day in Paradise with LYB!

Love this line from Little Yellow Bicycle...seriously, it just so easy to create with these papers.
This was created for 
They have the whole line of this fantastic collection!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Celebrating Red, White & Blue Today

A couple of days early for celebrating Independence Day, but it so fun to share the inspiration with you!  Amazing layouts and cards are up on the 
I got this beautiful Authentique paper from Scrappin' Ladies in Pierre.  Love it and if you have never created with Authentique, you have to get some...they have the most amazing paper..the texture and weight is almost unbelievable!

Enjoy your Monday and thanks for stopping by!
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