Monthly Archives: January 2014

Girls Only

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Here is a layout I did for a sketch challenge at Lets Get Sketchy.  This picture was taken of my daughter and her friends at a crop last year and I absolutely love it.

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I made the background with gesso through a stencil.  Then I went over the raised parts with some Distress Paint dabbed on with a paper towel (how technical!) and then laid a second stencil over top of that and used chalk ink.  Then I finished with 2 colors of chalk ink on a stamp and some splattered paint.

This is an odd color combination for me – light blue, light green, baby pink and burgundy.  However I found some patterned paper with those exact colors so I figured it was ok if someone else also thought of it 🙂

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I used bits of distressed paper with a few layers and some fussy cut flowers too.

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There are bunches of flowers and some thread thrown in.

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Always Laugh

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Another layout I added to my gallery in January but never made a separate post about at the time.  This is actually one of my favorites, love this picture of my youngest with her BFF so much I printed it in color, black and white and sepia.

Here is the sketch from Stuck?! Sketches for the challenge:

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Love Tag

I hardly ever make tags, but I thought I should give it a try.


There are 3 layers here, popped up with cardboard between them.  I painted the heart and the key chipboards first with purple paint , then silver and purple embossing, and finally some Twinkling H2O’s.

Here is a shot showing the different layers.


Oh What Fun

This layout is for the January challenge from White with One.  The color this month

is tangerine.  And the first thing I think of with orange is basketball of course, so here is

Ally playing.


This was a fun layout to do.  I used white texture paste through a mask, then sprayed with mist and stamped a little here and there.


The chipboard to the right of the photo is some more of the throwaway parts of the Blue Fern Studios Circle Links.  I painted it with gesso, then stamped it and inked the edges.

Some more close ups:

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I used up a lot of embellishments that I have had in storage forever!  The basketball brad and the stickers with the sayings must be at least 8 years old 🙂


Love These Memories


I did this layout of my favorite picture of my 3 kids for the January sketch challenge at C’est Magnifique.


This layout is super “grungy” even for me!  The background paper started out Prima Ledger but you can hardly see it anymore.  I went over the whole thing with brown tinted gesso through a stencil, then added some more patterned paper, another stencil with modeling paste, sprays and random gesso blotches.



I love these Blue Fern Studios circles chipboards.  I covered them in brown paint, then 3 different embossing powders, and some chalk ink.



And some flowers, burlap ribbon, string and other random junk I had lying around (sort of kidding about the random junk but sometimes my layouts end up looking like the only thing missing is the kitchen sink)


Loving This Life

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I did this layout for the January Once Upon A Sketch challenge.

This is hubby and my oldest on Fathers Day.  Journaling is on the back.

Here is the sketch:

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I have been into layering lately and there is a lot of it here.  I used a page from an old dictionary, a distressing tool and some edge punches to mess up the edges of the background paper.  I then used a chalk stamper through a Prima stencil, followed by gesso through the same stencil.

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Flowers of course!

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I also used the “throwaway” part of the Blue Fern Studios Circle Links chipboard as an accent.   Covered in black gesso, stamped, and then coated in Glossy Accents.  I never throw away any of the punch out parts of chipboard; there is always something that can be done with them.

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I have decided to take some of my layouts and put them on canvas and use them to hang up at home since they seem to be getting to “chunky” to put in scrapbooks anymore 🙂

I used this sketch from Sketchabilities as inspiration.

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I went over the background paper with gesso, then attached some old chipboard letters and numbers randomly then went over them too with gesso.


To finish the background I used my favorite Christmas present, Prima Fluid Chalk Edgers through a stencil and then used a few stamps too.


Lots of layering of papers, embossing on some Blue Fern Studio chipboard and Prima flowers.



Prima January Build A Page – Sister Love

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The January Prima BAP sketch is another great one

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I love this picture of my girls from the beach.

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I made the background by coating a piece of Ledger Pad paper with gesso, then texture paste through a Prima stencil.  I used some gold embossing powder and a gel medium colored with pigment powder on the texture paste to add color to the texture.


Prima flowers of course, along with some wood leaves, thread and floral wire in

the cluster.


Prima Products Used:

Paper:  Ledger Pad 844424, Lifetime Pad 834667

Fairy Rhymes Alpha Stickers 562847

Chalk inkers:  Knotted Wood, Shabby Tote, Moss Lawn

Wood Icon Leaves, Junkyard Findings Lace Heart 891879

Flowers:  Amerusse Duchess Mix 539412, Essentials Printery 552527

Snowflakes Challange – 7 Dots Studio

The challenge at 7 Dots Studio is to use snowflakes in a layout.  I thought this picture from a recent ice storm would be a good one for this challenge.

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The patterned papers and chipboard go well with the snowflake theme.  I inked the chipboard then stamped small snowflakes on them before covering in glossy accents.



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A few closeups of the flowers and punched snowflakes.


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7 Dots Products:

All I Ever papers #SDPP0026 and #SDPP0028

All I Ever Chipboards #SDCH9001