Scraps of thoughts, photos and art


Those of you who know me well, know that I love ocean and beach themed paper to the max! I can never get enough of it. I guess it comes from living near the ocean. I do like Flair’s papers as a rule, but their beach and water collections are my favorites. The colors, the patterns and design all comes together very well. Maybe it’s the subject material! I had the pleasure of reviewing this new collection at ScrapFriends and I’d like to share some of my projects with you.

Lots of stamping with this layout. The stitches are stamped among other things on the page. The majority of the stamps are from Starving Artistamps, including the shells debossed on the circular elements. LOVE that technique!

Beach Break

Beach Break close-up

This little guy is also from Starving Artistamps and is stamped with glue then covered in foil! You should see him shine!

Foil Card

Here’s another shell, but this is a patterned adhesive transfer that Creative Imaginations sells. Check out the review on ScrapFriends for the foil and transfers.

Foil Card

I like these sneak releases from BasicGrey – sort of like the appetizer for the main CHA releases! The pinks, purples and turquoise colors in this collection are bright, fun and full of flowers. It definitely has a “girly” feel to it, but spring, parties and birthdays all come to mind when using this paper too. Coming with the usual embellishments of brads, chipboard and fiber, this collection also matches many of the newer Prima bling quite nicely! So BasicGrey, where’s the bling?

BasicGrey Euphoria


BasicGrey Euphoria

Scrapping beach-y pictures must be one of my all time favorite things to do – I just can’t do enough of them! It seems that I’m never short of ideas and it’s a good thing that I have a lot of beach photos! The photographer for this layout is Fred – thanks for the great view in Daytona Beach, Florida. Great lighting and a great view of the beach, water and condos. Thanks Fred! Check out the review for this collection at ScrapFriends.

Sandylion Coastal

Sandylion Coastal

A recent challenge on ScrapFriends gave me the push I needed to try Inchies. They are 1×1 pieces of art – each one can tell a story or a bunch of them can be put together like a mosaic. I opted for the “bigger picture” effect so here’s the result:

Starving Artistamps, Big Tulip

The Inchies were a piece of BasicGrey Two Scoops paper trimmed down for the card front then into the 1×1 squares. The tulip is from Starving Artistamps and was embossed with PK Glitz Mint Julep Embossing Powder on vellum. The coloring comes from Twinkling H2O’s and is oh-so shimmery!

Starving Artistamps, Orchid and Snail

The background is a piece of BasicGrey Sugared paper. The Inchies come from a layered background starting with the Lil Squares BG with the Orchid on top then trimmed down for the card front and into the 1×1 squares. All stamps are from Starving Artistamps.

Starving Artistamps, Orchid, Stem and Stitches

This card brings a quilt effect to the front. Pieces of BasicGrey’s Two Scoops were cut and stamped then pieced together for the effect. The Orchid was stamped and covered with Crackle Accents to bring the flower’s veining to life! I love using Spellbinders Nestabilities for the mat and corner.

Starving Artistamps, Big Iris

This card was stamped and embossed similarly to the Tulip Card above with the exception of the embossing powder was Inque Boutique’s Lilac.

Starving Artistamps, Grapes and sentiment

BasicGrey’s Periphery Collection just seemed to match the theme of this card, so I went with it! The grapes were stamped and embossed with PK Glitz embossing powder in Gilded Grape Leaf and Gilded Grape. I colored the grape image with dye inks using a Blurred Vision Watercolor effect. The Spellbinders Nestabilities once again came in handy for the sentiment.

Creative Imaginations has a fun take on the aging males out there with their newer Old Guys Rule Collection. Containing witty sticker sayings, die cut chipboard, metal charms and of course patterned paper, the collection just oozes masculinity. Browns and blues are the theme along with “woody” station wagons and surfboards, all reminiscent of the 50’s and 60’s California dude.

The likely target for working with this paper was my DB, but my step-father won out! This great shot of him at Easter taken by my aunt, just seemed to fit. He even dressed to match the papers! How perfecto is that?? Honest, he didn’t do that intentionally, but didn’t hurt the layout at all. 🙂

Creative Imaginations, Old Guys Rule

Creative Imaginations, Old Guys Rule

I love the taste of tea, usually black not herbal, with a little Sweet n’Low – total YUM! It’s my touch of paradise throughout the day. Simply amazing how something so simple provides such comfort.

I got to play with some terrific Tea stamps from Lasting Impressions with Panache last week. Using good ole dye inks, Color Dusters and yummy paper brought these cards out to their glory. If you’re needing some stamps, go visit Denyse and Laura at LIWP.

Lasting Impressions with Panache, Tea Card 1

Lasting Impressions with Panache, Tea Card 2

Lasting Impressions with Panache, Tea Card 3

Lasting Impressions with Panache, Tea Card 4

I recently had a great time reviewing this collection at ScrapFriends. I found it was very versatile with it’s wonderful colors and patterns. Very easy to use and create practically anything – layout, card, altered item. For the layout, I used Stampers Anonymous Stamps as additional background filler. The Wild Woodland rub-ons worked wonderfully over the Heidi Swapp chipboard hearts! I trimmed the long swirl from the Tabs & Tags sheet and added a photo turn to create the large “F”. A white pen came in handy for doodling on the birds and flowers. A Glitz Roller Doodle is responsible for the swirlies on the sides of the photos, cute! Stickles were the final touch over the letters for that added bling!

Comfort Food-Wild Woodland

The card almost made itself! The patterned paper was ideal for the square card and a little added embellishment was all it needed. A rub-on from the Blur line plus stickers from Wild Woodland and a random ribbon – perfect!

Celebrate Card-Wild Woodland

Now this was a fun project! I’ve had a box of tissues on my desk forever and thought that it would be a great touch to create a custom cover just like I had in the bathroom! So, the panels were cut from one piece of Wild Woodland, adhered to chipboard then assembled together with 7gypsies Gaffer Tape. The top was a different piece of Wild Woodland then the whole thing was inked with Tsukineko’s All-Purpose Vegas Gold ink – love that stuff! I trimmed out some of the larger flowers from yet another piece of Wild Woodland and added one to each side for a 3-d effect. Now my tissue boxes will have this lovely cover whenever residing on my desk!

Tissue Box Cover, pic 1-Wild Woodland

Tissue Box Cover, pic 2-Wild Woodland

Tissue Box Cover, pic 3-Wild Woodland

So many of the recent flower stamps released by Starving Artistamps are just plain gorgeous, that I must have them all! This stamp is one of the many orchid designs recently released and lends itself to lots of design opportunities. I used some of my newly mixed pearly misters to create the background for the orchid and Nestabilities for the front frame and window. The paper is Cosmo Cricket’s Fleuriste recently reviewed at ScrapFriends.

Heavenly Card



Some Odd Girl

Sizzix Blinkie

Origami Owl anyone?