Tuesday, November 29, 2011

In Loving Memory...

This collection......
In Loving Memory from Reminisce
is just breath taking!!

The loss of a love one is such a delicate thing...
and I think this paper is just perfect to capture the love one has for those who are no longer with us in body but...."Forever in our Hearts"!!

This layout is of my daughter (she's now 18)
with the "Grampas"!!

I created flowers from the flip side of the paper along
with adding some beautiful Petaloo goodies to create a floral spray.

I just love the coordinating stickers with this line......PERFECT embellies.

I will forever Love you Dad!!!

Monday, November 28, 2011

better late.......

THEN NEVER......right???!?!

Not sure why my post....didn't post but here it is!!!

With the craziness of the holiday season......I am looking for ways to KEEP IT SIMPLE this year!!

soooooo.....I located this star template from Lily Oake,
printed it out and blew it up a bit!!

I then cut (2) stars from Tim Holtz Kraft Resist paper.

Using my paper trimmer with a scoring blade in it....
I scored the star.

I pulled out my Stormy Sky, Broken China and Picket Fence Distress Inks.

I covered the entire surface with Broken China.
Then a layer, around the outside edges with
Picket Fence followed by Stormy Sky.

With another piece of Kraft Resist Paper, I cut out the Tattered Pinecone.
I then adhered cardstock to chipboard and cut out the sprigs.

Spritzed a piece of seam binding with Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearls Mist.....
and there you have it!!!

Soooooooooo.....there you have it.......
my take on this weeks challenge at Simon Says Stamp and Show


Looking forward to your uploads to the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge blog.....
who knows you could just win yourself a nifty little gift of

Friday, November 25, 2011

wanted to share!!

So.....I had soooo much fun creating my Thanksgiving Place Cards!!

I had everyone pick their place card and then I had them write on the back...what they were thankful for!!

Here are the results!!

Thursday, November 24, 2011


 Well here in the states.....
it's a day of Great food and Friends and Family!!! 

A day to be THANKFUL.

Today.....I am thankful for.....
Firstly......my children!! They just make my world go around and are the glue that keeps it all together!
My AMAZING supportive FAMILY
Great friends who lend an ear and listen.
A job....
My Design Teams.....those who believed in my creative abilities even when I didn't!!
My home.....as humble as it may be!!
My health....

and YOU my faithful supporter/readers....ALWAYS full of encouraging words!! Thank you!!


soooooo......Even if it's not Thanksgiving where you live......
take a moment to reflect and think of all the wonderful things you have, in your life,
to be thankful for!!

(card created using Petaloo Goodness, Reminisce papers and Kraft Core paper!!)

Sunday, November 20, 2011


It's the adage on the


I chose to use for this weeks challenge at

I wanted to find a quote that explained how I felt while making this card!

Imagination allows us to escape the predictable.
It enables us to reply to the common wisdom that we cannot soar by saying, "Just watch!"

Bill Bradley

I have to say I love the texture and weight of Donna Salazar's papers in the Antiquities Pad! I gathered the papers and piece parts I wanted to used.

I cut the background paper to the size of the Canvas Corp Card. I then spritzed it with water, front and back and squinched the paper. When I had the look I was wanting to achieve, I dried the paper.

I did the same with the cut piece of denim and lace.
I love this technique as the paper seems to change and be stiffer after it is dry.

For my flower I pulled out my Spellbinders ~ Spiral Blossom 1 die. I sanded the edges and rolled the flowers. I then shaped and smooooshed it!!

I cut the leaves from the left over background paper.....
spritz them with Smooch, formed and stapled them. 

I love how my bird came out.......the element to emphasis "SOAR".
I applied a bit of Gathered Twigs to him, smothered him in Glue Gloss and
sprinkled him with Fairy Dust!!

What makes your heart SOAR.......
include a ticket on your creation and link it up to
Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge blog!!

Who knows.......your name could be drawn to win this loverly!!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Canvas Corp Goodness!!!

Can I just say........I LOVE the Black and Kraft paper by Canvas Corp. As soon as I got my hot little hands on them I knew exactly
what I wanted to do.

Being from the North Country.....the flowers are all gone.....the leaves have fallen and it looks rather barren. Sooooo to help get through this time I wanted to create a
floral wreath to bring life into my home!

To create all this floral goodness.....I gathered up a sundry different Sizzix dies including
Tim's Tattered Floral die, some Distress Stains and Perfect Pearl Mists.

I diecut flowers from the amazing Black and Kraft papers.
I cut into the smallest flower to create little petals.

Using Distress Stains, I colored both sides of the diecut flowers.

I then crumpled the flowers.

I layered and adhered the flowers together.
Then spritzed them with Perfect Pearls Mist.

I also used a bit of burlap around the grapevine wreath and some fabby white cording.....
more Canvas Corp goodies!!!
Hope you've enjoyed this tutorial as much as I did creating it!!!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Follow Your Dreams......

Well folks it's time for another challenge over at

Women Only

Now that doesn't mean that only women can enter this challenge as I know there are some UBER talented men out there who create!!

This week I created a tag....hadn't done one in a while. It wasn't just any tag......it was a black tag. I spritz it with Bronze Perfect Pearl Mist and Sunflower Sparkle.....oh the gorgeousness!!! that is after I embossed it and die cut gadgets in it!

My lady is from the Graphic45 Steampunk Debutante. I cut her out and gave her a new do with Sproket Gears.

I cut into the rose petals and then I applied Rock Candy Distress Paint to the rose cause I love that stuff and I knew it would curl!

There you have it.......my Lady tag!!

So.....put on those thinkin caps....and get to creatin'......link you creation up at Simon Says Stamp and Show!!!

Who knows you could be the winner of this weeks random drawing for.......

Thursday, November 10, 2011

The Winner is......

BEFORE I get to that.....

I want to THANK everyone who stopped by my blog for the.....

I was TOTALLY blown away by ALL the WONDERFUL comments!!

Soooooo......without further adieu.......The winner of the Spinner Album Kit.....

Blogger butlerfly24 said...
Super Cool. Thank you
November 6, 2011 1:38 AM
so........Collen, please email
 with your address
so she can send you out your prize!!!


Monday, November 7, 2011

Love this ONE!!!


What kind of creative ideas does that conjur up in your head! The teamies of
Simon Says Stamp and Show want to know!!

Every one have jems just hanging around there house that need a new/different purpose!! And I knew exactly what I wanted to do..........

I am a huge fan of looking at things and trying to see something other than what an objects was designed for. That's what I did with these Shabby Stars,
who's true purpose was to be Christmas ornaments!

Using a Drill Punch, I created holes on the star tips, which I then put large jump rings through to attach the stars together. Using Multi Medium (in the squirt bottle)
I outlined the stars and sprinkled on some Vintage Glitter Glass.

Here is where the true fun began........the use of my brand spankin' new Tattered Pinecone die!! Being from the north country.....I love the little fir pinecones. I used to collect them by the bagful! Now, I can make my own....whoooo hooo. I made my pinecones out of the Kraft Resist paper, that was inked using Gathered Twigs......LOVE THAT INK!!!

I then went to my scrap drawer and pulled out various colors of green Bazzill for the sprigs. I dabbed on a bit of Rock Candy Distress Stickles to give the look of snow. A word of caution.....I tried to put the Rock Candy Distress Stickles on the inked pinecone but notices it was starting to soak up the ink color so I removed it! I adhered everything, including the vintage ribbon,
to the stars with globs of Multi Medium.

And how beautiful velvet Poinsettias from Petaloo were just the icing on my Star Banner!

This banner will look just BEAUTIFUL on my sisters Mantle!!! sssshhhh don't tell her!!

So what visions come to your mind??? I can't wait to see your lovelies linked up over at
Simon Says Stamp and Show......
Who knows......you could be the lucky recipient of this weeks.......

Friday, November 4, 2011

Handmade Holidays Blog Hop

Welcome to the Handmade Holidays Blog Hop!!!

Calling all crafters! We’ve gathered designers from some of our favorite manufacturers to show you ways to create something from the heart this holiday season. This 3 day Hop includes over 60 stops with inspiration brimming from every corner. Explore all thoughtful and frugal handmade gifts you could make for the holidays, all in one place on this Hop!

To sweeten to Hop, we’re offering a gift for you! For every comment you leave on the blogs in the Hop, you’ll be entered to win a prize pack from one of the participating manufacturer sponsors!

MAKE SURE TO LEAVE A COMMENT ON MY BLOG so you can be in the running to win a.......

Spinner Album Kit

 and also to be in the running to win the Zutter's GRAND PRIZE which will include a Bind~It~All!!!

AND if you go to Zutter's Facebook Page ~ Like Us and leave a comment....
you get an extra entry into the Zutter's Grand Prize Drawing!!

Visit the list of blogs below and leave a comment on each by Nov 7, 2011 at 11:59 PM PST.
Each day we will be sharing a brand new list of blogs with brand new projects for you to explore, 
be inspired by, and create from!
Now.....the Holiday's are ALL ABOUT MAKING LISTS (Santa's not the only one you know!!)
so I created this HANDY DANDY....
(need some organization in all this chaos!!)

I began with a piece of Zutter Corrugated Board which I cut to size.
I then peeled off the top layer and lathered on multiple layers of paint.
I then pulled out some Beautiful Christmas papers by
Reminisce ~ A Christmas Story and Dear Santa
and a Gorgeous Velvet Poinsettia by Petaloo!
I cut a "spindly flower" from a piece of the SOOOON to be released
Frosted Plastic
and added a bit of Stickles for Bling!

I wanted to divided my Note Book into sections and I did so with edged pages of the
Frosted Plastic which I then embellished with Reminisce Stickers.

I then assembled my Note Book with the AMAZING Bind~it~All and some O~Wire!

Hope you've enjoyed my creation....
Don't forget to leave a comment before you hop onto your next blog!!!

Your Are Here>>>>>>>Lynne Forsythe
Jennifer Priest- Clearsnap

Cheers to creating gifts from the heart this holiday season!

Happy Hopping!

Be sure to RETURN to the Clearsnap Blog
November 5 & 6
for two more exciting HOPPIN' days of creativity and MORE CHANCES TO WIN!!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Don't Miss It......

November 4, 5, and 6

The Handmade Holiday Blog Hop

.......tons of creativity and LOTS of prizes!!

Look forward to seeing you on the 4th!!!