The Cutest lil’ BIG temper

Good morning folks,

Like all mothers of young children (who are still in their cute stages, I might add), I’m love struck by my children. Even their temper tantrums are so adorable and I have to stop to take a picture. You think that makes her angrier that I’m taking a picture?? bwahahahahahaha!!!

With this layout, I tried going outside my comfort zone and used paint on my layout because I thought all that screaming deserves some muddy and messy painting. Well, like I said it’s outside my comfort zone, not one of those ideas that pan out IRL and I’m not comfortable with the end result at all.

Here are more details:



Cardstock: Bazzill

Patterned Paper: Tinkering Ink, Basic Grey, American Craft

Stamp: Stampendous (Elegant Borders, Amore Frame)

Stickers: Authentique Paper

Alpha: Alphabet Soup and scrabble tile

Paint/Ink: Claudia Helmuth, Ranger

Journaling Marker: Copic

Washi Tape: Queen & Co.

Flower: Prima

Heart: Tim Holtz

Ribbon/Twine: Webster’s Pages

Pearls/Gem: Mark Richards

Die: Papertrey Ink

Die cut machine: Sizzix

Thread: Gutermann

Sewing machine: Kenmore

Adhesive: Scotch & ThermoWeb



  1. Paint a frame on cardstock with white acrylic paint and let dry.
  2. Zig zag stitch patterned paper on white painted frame.
  3. Stamp flourishes from Elegant borders and border from Amore frame onto top left corner, middle right and bottom of layout.
  4. Affix title stickers to top of layout.
  5. Adhere photos to layout tucking in 2 strips of patterned paper strips to left of photo cluster.
  6. Attach some washi tape to bottom right of photo cluster, followed by titling alpha. Tuck some pearl topped ribbon under the “temper” title.
  7. Diecut banners and add journaling on it. Mount to layout with foam tape on every alternate journaling strip.
  8. Add twine and heart to the last journaling strip.
  9. Finish with fabric flowers to 2 corners of layout.

I’ll still keep this layout – it’s a reminder for me not to use it again or use it more sparingly. What have you done lately that is outside your comfort zone? Share please!


Dad & Me

Good morning folks,

Just to switch things around and in honor of National Scrapbooking day today, I’m sharing a layout and a 2 pager at that. Sometimes I make a matching 2 pager with a design that flows directly from one to another, and sometimes, like this one, its meant to go together (similar pics, colors, story etc) but could also different enough to stand alone. That’s the beauty of scrapbooking, I think – there are no rules – just do whatever that makes you happy.

Here it is – the layout makes me happy and the people in it makes me happy too:

Don’t forget there is a new Stampendous challenge this month as well – simply make a gift, gift set or a gift card holder and add the direct link for your project to our collection at the end of this post (or on the Stampendous blog) no later than Thursday, May 31 at 11:59 PM EST .  You do not have to use Stampendous products, but we sure love it when you do!  As an extra incentive for playing along, one lucky crafter (drawn at random) will receive this fabulous new Cling Jumbo Tropical Garden stamp set:

Be sure to check out what my teammates have created for the challenge or to commemorate National Scrapbook Day today!

Due to shipping restrictions, the winner must have a US address.  We hope you have a chance to play along with us (you an enter as many times as you’d like!) this month…Happy Crafting!

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Enjoy your art!


Crafter’s Companion Blog Hop/Scavenger Hunt!

Welcome everyone!


For my regularly scheduled Friday’s Crafter’s Companion post, we’re planning for fun! But let me 1st share with you the layout I made for today’s fun!

See the big compass stamp to the right of the layout – that’s the newly released Stamp-it collection this week at Crafter’s Companion. I had lots of fun misting the background with the chicken wire template as a background, then laying down a very old dictionary paper as a mat. I didn’t realize how old it was until I tried putting adhesive on it (just my regular ATG) but the paper was so aged that it was starting to rip as I was laying down adhesive!  A few more patterned paper layers and photo, followed by the compass was the finishing touch for this layout.

*And now for more fun stuff – we have a blog hop and a scavenger hunt going on today and 2 chances to win prizes.*

Now let’s get you started on the Scavenger Hunt! There are 12 design team members and each of us have a question that will give you clues to 12 different items that you can find in the Crafter’s Companion Store.

So your goal is to hop around to all 12 blogs and get all 12 questions and then hop over to the Crafter’s Companion Store to find the answers. When you find all 12 items, you should email them to Bindy at bindy@crafterscompanion.comPlease use the subject line:  CC Blog Hop. That way Bindy can easily find your entry.

This blog hop will run from Friday, April 20th at midnight and end at midnight pst on Sunday, April 22nd. Winners will be announced on the Crafter’s Companion Informational blog on Tuesday April 24th.

Ready to get started? 

*My scavenger hunt question for you is : What would you use to make a thicker envelope for 3D cards?*

And here are your 2 chances to win prizes:

Chance #1:

I’m giving away these prizes on my blog today:

Cute Companion Romance stamp set


  • 1 Cute Companion Romance Stamp set, 2 embossing powders (white and blush rose) and one sheet of EZ mount.


Here is how you win these prizes on my blog:

1. Be a follower of the Crafter’s Companion Informational Blog.

2. Be a follower of my blog and post my blog button (html code found on my sidebar).


Chance #2:

You also have an opportunity to win the GRAND Prize which is entire Peter Rabbit bundle of stamp sets (9 stamp sets!!).

Here is what you need to do:

3. Complete the blog hop and leave each member of the hop a comment

4. Find the answers to all scavenger hunt questions (answers can be found in the Crafter’s Companion Online Store)
and email them to Bindy at bindy@crafterscompanion.comPlease use the subject line:  CC Blog Hop. That way Bindy can easily find your entry.

Have fun on your hop! Don’t forget to leave me a comment before you leave!


Here is the order of the blog hop:

1. Stacy –

2. Dawn L –

3. Jen J –

4. Dawn B –

5. Tracy –

6. Carolyn –

7. Trena –

8. Kathy –

9. Lisa –

10. Steph – (you are here)

11. Paula –

12. Marge –

13. Finish up on the Crafter’s Companion Blog -

Due to shipping restrictions – with much regrets – US winners only.


A clean and simple layout

Good morning everyone,

Woohoo! It’s the first Saturday in April, and that means the Stampendous team has a brand new challenge for you. This month, in honor of Earth Day, we are challenging ourselves (and you) to make something that uses product(s) that are recycled, re-purposed, or reused in some way. The possibilities are endless! Snazz up a household item and turn it into something beautiful, use something unexpected on your card, or even just use up some scraps you’ve had in your stash forever (that’s recycling, right?!?)

This is my layout filled with scraps and things that have been in my possession for quite a LONG while. I don’t know why I even keep scrap paper this small but it came in handy now.  And those mists -so long that it clogged so I dribbled it on instead.

Ready to see some more?  Here is the whole list of my fantastic teammates, who are sharing some fabulous inspiration with you today:


Don’t forget – we want YOU to play along with is!  You have until Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 11:59 PM EST to add your direct link to our collection at the end of this post (or on the Stampendous blog).  You do not have to use Stampendous products, but we sure love it when you do!  As an extra incentive for playing along, one lucky crafter (drawn at random) will receive this fabulous Mother’s Love Perfectly Clear Stamp Set.  Available in stores now, it will be on the website for purchase soon!

Due to shipping restrictions, the winner must have a US address.  We hope you have a chance to play along with us (you an enter as many times as you’d like!) this month…Happy Crafting!

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My Homemade Washi Tape

Hello everyone,

I have OCD tendencies – there I said it. For the most part, I keep it in check and more importantly, try never to inflict it on anyone. However, every once in a while, my OCD tendencies raises it’s ugly head and I become obsessed with 1 thing. This is my latest craze … home made washi tape … thanks Janelle.

I dug out a 12 yard roll of medical tape (paper variety), tape a length of it on my craft mat, airbrushed with my copic markers and stamped on it. Pretty easy to make and let’s just say, there is probably slightly less than 2 yards left and my entire crafting studio is draped with tape. For the more visual learner, my Stampendous teammate Wendy Price has a step-out tutorial here – she uses watercolor to paint her homemade tape. I’ve tried it with acrylic paint too – didn’t like the watercolor (looks very wash out to me) or the acrylic paint (too opaque). So experiment and see which look you like.

Anyhow, with that much tape around – I had to use it of course. Here is the result:

The stamps I used for the tape were all from Stampendous- Cling Cheery Recipe card (lines), Cling Jumbo Rosehip (flower on yellow tape), Fairy Queen clear stamp (small flower on grey tape), the Polka dots were from a discontinued baby themed clear stamp set. Background paper was from studio calico, chipboard stickers were from My Mind’s Eye, the dribble of mists were colors from October Afternoon set and the alpha title was just some leftover letters I had from my craft supplies.

Total cost of my homemade washi tape – $3. Awesome layout – priceless!

Challenges entered:

Moxie Fab World



May I have your support?

Good morning my friends,

This is my 2nd post for the day.

I have an exciting announcement today I can barely contain my glee! I’ve been selected as a semi-finalist on the Heartfelt Creations design team call … yeah yeah yeah!!

Frankly, I never actually thought I will get this far. So it certainly came as a VERY pleasant surprise.

I do need your help to get me to the final round

** Please go to the Heartfelt Creations blog (right here) and vote for me.**

Your input will be taken into account by the selection committee and in return, you will be entered to receive a $50 Heartfelt Creations gift certificate.

Wanna see the projects I submitted to get me here … here it is:


Momenta Haircut Layout

Hello everyone,

I think I’ve got it! I’ve been stuck in the card making mode for a while, then a layout making mode – and I found it difficult switching gears. But I think I finally figured it out – so I’d like to share a layout I made of my little Emma’s 1st haircut … it’s a 2 pager but not one of those 2 pager that has the same layout (hence I didn’t digitally stitch it together)

Page 1: Before

Page 2: After

Page 2 was actually an inspiration from a magazine layout. I wish I scanned in the magazine page before tossing it out.

All my pretty feminine papers are from Momenta – Chloe’s Garden Pyramid Paper Pad.

p/s: notice the new blog design?? you likie?



All of us

Good morning my friends,

I’ve been cleaning up and catching up in my craftroom lately and one of the things I have been doing is going through my photos to see which ones to scrap and which ones to update our photo frames around our house etc. I noticed that the person scrapbooking (me) is usually never the person in the pictures. This is the 1st picture I found of all 4 of us – notice how old my youngest child is before this picture was taken (she was 10 months old)!

Papers were from Basic Grey, BoBunny and My Mind’s Eye. Those gorgeous eye catching stamps are from Stampendous – have I said this before, I CANNOT get enough of those jumbo clings. I used the Cling Jumbo Thinking of You medallion and the Perfectly Clear Stamps wedding corners for the flourish. My card is also showcased on the Stampendous Blog today! Yeah!

I actually made this as a 2 page layout – but since there was so few pictures of us 4 together, page 2 was full of pictures of us in pajamas. So I guess I wouldn’t be sharing that.

Have fun creating and taking your own family pictures!


You make me smile …

My dear Emma – I look at these photos of you laughing your lungs out and I have no idea what you were laughing about. It certainly doesn’t help that I’m only scrapping it now – 1.5 years after the photo was taken.

My dear readers – my point is: PLEASE write it down! I know – it IS easier to preach than to practice tho’ … I’ve been saying “write it down” to myself for years but when the time comes for me to write it down, I can’t find a pen/pencil and by the time I get around to finding a pen/pencil, I already forgot what I am supposed to be writing now… hmmm.

So my simplest 2012 resolution: have a pencil/pen with me all the time, behind my ear is a good place to keep it (nerd-alert!) … so anyhow, for now, I’m content with just smiling at her laughing picture and know that she is loved and happy.

My papers are from Basic Grey, My Mind’s Eye and some from my stash. Those magnificant eye-catching stamps on the background are from Stampendous – Cling Jumbo Dahlia and Cling Jumbo Romantic Border. LOVE those Stampendous cling jumbo stamps! Those cutesy flowers are from Pebbles. And you may ask how I did those giant half circles – traced from my dinner plates and dotted with liquid pearls! Oh and I should mention that you can’t buy those Cling Jumbo Dahlias at the Stampendous website anymore but you can get them at the Michael’s store this spring.


Born to Shop

Don’t we all love to shop – some start earlier than others. This photo of my daughter at 1 ½ yrs old digging through my shopping – at 2yrs now, she gets off the shopping cart and picks out toy necklaces off the shelves and accessories herself before we leave the store! Should I be nervous?

Here is a layout of my little darling – born to shop.

I enjoy making layouts like that where the focus of the layout are the photos embellished with little bits of papers from my stash and fun eye candy such as that banner, the tiny crown and dress form, all made from Stampendous Perfectly Clear Charm Collection set and the mish-mash of leftover letterings for the title.

Happy Shopping!


Me, my mom and my baby.

Some of you may know that I started out as a scrapbooker first, way before card making ever came into the picture. However, I don’t share as much layouts as I’d like – they just seem a lot more personal to me when there are pictures of my family and journalling on it.I plan to share more because I enjoy making them (such a bigger surface area to play with) and it also helps you get to know me better.

Anyhow, here is a layout I recently made for my daughter’s baby album that I’m happy to share – the Cling Jumbo Hydrangea was just calling out to be used on this layout and I love how it pops, being in a color totally different from the rest of the layout.

My layout is will also showcase on the Stampendous Blog tomorrow. You will see a detailed supplies list and instructions listed there. But here is a close up of the hydrangea.

I colored it with Copic Markers and lightly sprayed and dribbled it with Tsukineko goosebump for texture. I also lightly sanded the embossed Core’dination cardstock for a distressed look. To add some dimension and interest, I adhere a white doily and only parts of the leaves. I love making layouts.

Oh and if you regularly follow my blog, you will have read that my daughter just celebrated her 2nd birthday during Thanksgiving week – yikes, that’s how far behind I am.