Sunday, 1 October 2017


 This month's challenge at More Than Words was Delicate fabrics. The word inspiration is delicate and the artistic challenge is Fabrics. As you can see I went with lace. 
 I choose this photo of my oldest daughter Ashley with my newest grandson Hudson. This was taken shortly after his birth. To me there is nothing more delicate and fragile than a new life. And this cutie is so photogenic you will be seeing much more of him on my blog! 
This is the Moodboard on our blog at More Than Words.

I choose to add lace to this layout because it is also so soft and delicate. I ran some generic lace along the bottom and top of the page. I used Maja Design's Vintage Baby papers for this layout. They are perfect for boys and girls. 
I added Prima's lace with bling to the side of the photo. I did a bit of hand stitching along some of the sides of the papers. 
For added interest I did some stenciling with a stencil from 13@rts and snowflake paste. A small Tim Holtz gumdrop finished off perfectly.
The frame and title are of course from Dusty Attic. I tried to distress the frame to make it look old. I used some Lindy's mists on it then went over it with their white chalk mist. When it dried I added some Prima Clear crackle texture paste in order to make it peel and obtain that vintage look. 
I fussy cut around the frame so that I could add my layers of papers underneath. The flowers are old ones from my stash.
I hope you enjoyed this quick peek and hope you join our challenge this month!! We have so many awesome goodies up for grabs!!! 
In the meantime I must start getting to my East Coast holiday pic!!
See you soon!
All the best! :)

Saturday, 2 September 2017

The Road Back . . .

I have been notably absent from my blog as of late and I feel that I owe my followers an explanation. In the past few years I have lost so many people. Both of my parents to cancer, my nephew in a helicopter crash, my brother-in-law to cancer, my best friend only a year and a half ago. This loss still profoundly affects me everyday and now the unthinkable my beautiful step-daughter Leah.
Leah Jamie Quigley Greene
passed away July 26th, 2017

Leah was an army veteran and had the most outgoing personality. She was fun, outgoing, 

bold, wild and loving. Her sudden death has left myself and her sisters reeling.

 Nothing makes sense for us right now. I haven't felt the urge to create and can only sit at my desk and think if I only. . .

We will miss you so much baby girl! The only comfort I have is knowing you are with your dad now (He passed away in 1999 at the age of 42 of cancer).

I will think of you everyday for the rest of my life and make sure that your family is well taken care of.

Rest in peace honey.

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Find Your Own Path- More Than Words July Challenge

 This month at More Than Words we have another fun challenge for you. This month is about exploring and arrows! This is my interpretation.
When I think of the word explore I immediately think of children and their innate need to explore everything in their environment. They love to see and try new things which is why this photo worked for me. A young child exploring the world of painting/Art.
This is the Challenge Board. Explore is the theme and somewhere on your project you must have arrows!
 I even have arrows in my title.  Can't remember who made this chippie but I do remember that I bought it at the Scrapbook Diaries. 
 I used 49 & Market's new papers from their Scents of Nature line. Here is another tiny arrow pointing out the frame with a bloom also from 49 & Market and some prills! All from the Scrapbook Diaries. 
 A close-up of my flower cluster and my masking work using Gabrielle's new Stencil Tile Mania. I also used a Prima die to cut the doilies on the background.
 Another arrow (small arrows are from Dusty Attic). I used some embossing powder from Recollections that worked perfectly with my color scheme! I also did a bit of fussy cutting as you can see around the clock. These papers are perfect for fussy cutting with their beautiful graphics!
Last close-up. I stamped and heat embossed some small flowers. I colored them with some Lindy's and randomnly placed them about the page. That's it for today I hoped you enjoyed! I can't wait to see this month's entries on the blog! Give it a try!
All the best! :)

Friday, 23 June 2017

Mini Challenge More Than Words : He

The mini challenge this month at More Than Words involves making a tag, ATC or card using the word He.
This is my tag for the challenge. I enjoyed playing with the Prima Patina Pastes! 

I enjoy using these tags as book markers! They are durable and distinctive. Hope you joined in this month for fun!

All the best!)

Monday, 19 June 2017

Follow Your Dreams

 This month at 7 Dots Studio the challenge is about Dreams. I love to dream, would do it professionally if I could. But this is my interpretation of my Dream. A mystical dock by the water.
 I used 7 Dots Hazy Days papers for this. (I am absolutely addicted to these!) This is their board for the month.
And a few close-ups
 I used a lot of Dusty Attic chippies on this. I thought it would bring out the feel of nature more.
 I used the Hazy Days Bird on a Wire stencil for my background. I also used a ton of Lindy's Stamp Gang mists for color.
 My moto in life!
I also used some Prills, beads and drywall tape for added texture. I hope you enjoyed!
All the best! :)

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

My Creative Scrapbook Consumer Spotlight Tea for Two

I am back today with layout number two that I did for my guest spot at My Creative Scrapbook Kit Club using the June Limited Edition Kit.

 My mother-in-law with my step-daughter Becky. These two are like two peas in a pod. The papers in this kit worked perfectly with this photo.
The stunning kit I got to work with!! 
 Just a couple of close-ups. The papers are Kaisercraft Tea Time and the flowers are from Prima of course! I actually cut an oval in my paper the drew some semi circles in it folded them back to act as a frame for the photo.
 I fussy cut out a few embellishments and glued them around the frame for more depth.
 Every kit comes with matching Thickers. 
I used some ribbon from the kit to make a little bow to add in the flower mix. This kit comes with everything you could possibly want to make  great layouts!
Thanks for dropping by and I'll see you soon with my last project for MCS!
All the best! :)

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Guest Consumer Designer-My Creative Scrapbook

 I was so thrilled this month to be asked by Pam Rangel owner of  My Creative Scrapbook Kit Club to be a guest designer this month. I have been a customer of MCS since 2007! I had just been introduced to scrapping and was going through the galleries when I came across the gallery of Gabrielle Pollaco. I was immediately enamoured of her work and the kits she used. I was immediately hooked and the rest as they say is history! So without further ado I give you my first layout for MCS called Dreamer.
The kit was filled with beautiful goodies including this gorgeous Kaisercraft paper called Tea Time.

This is the Limited Edition Kit which is my fav. You can see that the kit is filled with gorgeous papers, embellishments, ribbons, chippies, resins you name it! Everything you need to do several pages! Now for some close-ups. . .
  Beautiful Prima flowers were bountiful in this kit! I used a few things from my own stash like the art stones, the fern stamp and the Lindy's mists. I used the wire from the flowers and curled them around a paint brush to achieve an extra embellishment.
 Some drywall tape, stamping and misting for added texture.
 The photo was taken by Holly Evans  from Evans Essence Photography a talented photographer friend of my  daughter's.
 I did a great deal of fussy cutting with this kit! The blooms were too perfect not to. This background page is from the Vintage Artistry line from 49 & Market.
 I heat embossed the title on from a stamp set I just got from Visible Image.
 A little decorative splash to balance the right side of the page.
 I misted my art stones to match my page.  
A close-up of that adorable face. It was actually quite fun trying to confine my page to the contents of the kit. It forced me to be more creative. Using things I don't usually use like ribbons for a bow, the flower stems etc. . 
This is layout one of three that I did for MCS. Unfortunately I became quite ill when my spotlight came. Racked with double pneumonia made it more difficult and yet at the same time provided me with such a positive distraction from my illness which I am still fighting.
I will be posting layout number 2 soon so keep an eye out!

All the best! :)