Sunday, April 23, 2017

How to easily add embellishments to your craft project

     Hey Scrappy Friends!  I'm here today with a new to me product that I wanted to share with you because it's changing the way I craft.  It's the Embellie Gellie by ScraPerfect.
     Previously I was using the following pick up stick produced by another company.
     The problem with the above is see the green only stays sticky for about three embellishments and then you have to pull it off and advance more.  I mean seriously...who only put three sequins or gem type things on a layout.  I was advancing sometimes three times each layout.  Enter the Embellie Gellie.
Embellie Gellie helps to pick up and attach small embellishments to all your craft projects
     It comes with a wooden wand and the tacky portion in a small re-sealable container.
     Since you only use a small portion at a time I chose to score mine with my Tim Holtz craft knife so that I knew they were relatively proportional.
     Pull off the portion you scored and roll it around the flat end of the wooden wand.  You can mold it to the shape you need for your embellishment.  For a smaller one I used a point and a larger just a more round end.

      You're now ready to start attaching embellishments.  Touch the wand to the embellishment and you're ready to go.   So much easier to perfectly place than using your fingers or having the item pop away from you when using tweezers.  
     You can always pick up multiple embellishments to transfer to your project.  I tried picking up both the flat and rounded side of these homemade enamel dots to test and it worked on both sides.  
     You can these use the pointed end of the wand to do any minor adjustments or push the embellishment further in your dot of adhesive.  Game changer my friends...let me tell you.
    I then pop my tacky portion back in the box and it's ready to use again the next time I craft.  How easy is that and less expensive than buy the other product over and over since it runs out so quickly. 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

One Sheet Wonder Cards

Hey everyone!  I've been keeping something under my hat and can finally share with you.  I'm a guest designer for part of April and May over at the challenge blog Use Your Stuff. I have participated with them before, but not nearly enough.

Their challenge this week is to use flower...eeekk...not something I've done a lot of with only having a girl the last year, and doing boy layouts for six.  I have to say though after some thought I came up with an awesome idea...well if I do say so myself!

I did a search on Pinterest for one sheet wonder ideas.  Yes - all eight of these cards were made with one sheet of patterned paper, and two sheets of cardstock.  I'm not a regular cardmaker, but this is certainly and idea I can get behind and a great way to use papers I may not use otherwise.

The paper is one I received in a Studio Calico kit years ago if I'm not mistaken.  It's from Pink Paisley's Switchboard collection and the specific paper is Hey There.  The punches and stamps are from my Stampin' Up stash that I've had for years.

I hope this gives you a new look at some of that paper you may not use in your traditional way, and I hope it inspires you to pull out some flowers and link up with the Use Your Stuff challenge. I'll be back with them in early May so stay tuned for some more of their great challenges.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

We R Memory Keepers Laser Square Unboxing

I recently shared on my youtube channel the unboxing of my new toy!  I'll be back with a review shortly when I feel I've used it enough to give you a good pro/con list.  Enjoy

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

A House Divided

So if you were to come to our home on any given Sunday you'd see me heartily routing for the Miami Dolphins and hubby trying to find the Steelers on a channel we get.  This year the two teams happens to play each other in the Wild Card game in Pittsburgh, which is about five hours from us.  

We asked my sister and brother-in-law to watch the kiddos for us that Sunday so we could watch the game in piece.  The readily agreed, but we got a call a few hours later and they said...why don't we watch them all day and you guys can go the game!

So...I've had this photo of us at the game since then waiting for the perfect sketch or challenge.  That came this week in the form of a sketch from Clique Kits and a challenge from Challenge Yourself. For Challenge Yourself I needed to use negative space, which I think I did well in the upper left and lower right.

For my title I used a combination of thickers (my favorite Amy Tan ones) and wood veneer.  I painted the wood veneer with an acrylic paint I received in a Studio Calico kit YEARS ago.  This did remind me why I don't buy wood veneer alphabets anymore though...only one E in the whole thing!

For the embellishments I printed a series of logos using the print and cut feature on my Silhouette Cameo.  I then inked the edges to make them stand out just a bit as the white edge was just seemed to get lost even though the background was black.

I added some matching sequins and some Steelers ribbon I've had in my stash for ages, and called it complete.  I felt like adding anything more would have been just to much.  Thanks so much for checking my layout out, and you never know...if you stay tuned you may see the same photo done for the dolphins side!


Friday, March 3, 2017

Crayola Experience

     Back with another layout this week! This one for was for Scraplift Sunday at the Paper Issues Facebook group.  They give you an awesome layout to lift each week.
     The design of this was very out of my comfort zone with the triangles, but hey...gotta try something new.  The papers are from Bella Blvd and were included in an old My Creative Scrapbook creative kit.  I have gotten seven layouts out of the kit so far and there is still a lot of product left. 
     Hope to be back soon with more great inspiration, and thanks as always for checking my layouts out and commenting.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017


Happy March everyone!  I'm back today with a layout that I created for a design team application.  

This is a photo of our two kiddos around Christmas time at a local historic hotel.  I printed the photo on the Epson Picturemate hubby bought me for Christmas.  It has been such a scrapping blessing to be able to just print the photos I want to scrap right now rather than having to wait to go to the studio.

The paper is from the December 2015 My Creative Scrapbook Kit.  Yes...I'm still using up older kits. I've really been working on getting them done!  The doily is a white one from amazon (I bought 1,000) and I used acrylic paint to make it red.

The real fun thing for me on this layout is the typed journalling in the bottom left corner.  I made that on my "new" typewriter that I got for Christmas.  It's a beautiful aqua one from the 1950's that still works wonderfully.  My SIL got is on eBay for a quarter of what the new We R Memory Keepers one cost.  

Thanks for stopping by and I can't wait to share more layouts with you this month.


Friday, February 17, 2017


I am pleased to share this video with you!  I was able to collaborate with a bunch of other artists (not just paper crafters either) showing projects inspired by the new live action Beauty and the Beast.  Come check out my twisted take and check out what all the other talented people made!