Tea in Paris?

Good morning everyone!

Welcome to another Crafter’s Companion post. We have a new release this week – some gorgeous Nouveau Sheena Douglass Providence images! Check it out …

I really only colored the door and windows with Spectrum Noir markers (the door & window were shaded with TN3 and the grain was just streaked with TN7, TN8, EB5); the ground and window was shaded with IG2, the pots were EB7. These lovely French themed background paper from My Mind’s Eye and those dots and strips – my latest addiction – Washi Tapes from Queen & Co. Oh and I should point out that the images were stamped twice and fussy cut out and both layers were popped up – so the Eiffel Tower actually looks like it’s in the background. The flowers itself all had Flower Soft on it for texture. I love the simple design with a whole lot of dimension and texture.


I hope you get a chance to visit Paris – in your craft room or in real life.


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!