Monthly Archives: March 2014

Stand – Once Upon a Sketch March

I made this layout for the March challenge at Once Upon a Sketch.


This picture was taken at my daughters youth group retreat and I absolutely LOVE it.

Here is the sketch (I rotated it 90 degrees):

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The background was done with mist, paint, drywall tape, gesso, washi tape, torn strips of paper and gelatos.


Lots of layers!


I used some torn cardboard under the picture and altered it with gesso, paint and beads.  I think it added to the “grunge” feel.



Showtime – C’est Magnifique March Challenge


Here are some more pictures from Ally’s school play.  I used the sketch from C’est Magnifique for March.  I also used the kit for everything on this layout.  Such pretty papers. Here is the sketch:


I made the background with a little gesso, Distress ink, texture paste, chalk ink and some stamping.


The papers from the kit have a resist side and plenty of things that can be fussy cut for accents and layering.



One more close up:


Bliss – Blue Fern Studios March Challenge

Here is my layout for the Blue Fern Studios March Challenge


I used this sketch:

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This was my first time using the new Blue Fern paper and it is so nice – nice and heavy and easy to work with.


I cut the lattice from one of the papers and used it as an accent.  The Love Letters paper has a lot of cards, tags and works to use in your layering.


Both of the chip board pieces were coated in gesso, then painted with a coating of pigment powder mixed with gel medium.  Then I stamped over them.

The heart on the Page Dangle was also embossed.


Blue Fern products used:

Blue Fern Garden Paper – Signature and Love Letters; Chipboard – Flourish and Winter Page Dangles

Remember Today

This layout features pictures of my daughter in her school play.  It was her first role with solo singing and she did a great job.

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I used the sketch from Prima for their March Sketch Challenge.  This was very different for me, because there is no empty space and I was a bit intimidated but ended up having a lot of fun with it.

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I used the colors from The Color Room.  It also wanted Junkmail to be included in the layout.  It is hard to see but the paper that has the black flower stamps was part of a catalog that came in the mail.

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Here are some close ups:

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Prima Products:

Nature Garden paper #950194, Fairy Rhymes paper #950484, Songbird Vine Pink #539054, Resin Heart #891879, Rusty Typo Zippers, Crackle and Fourish stencils, Wood Icons Butterflies and Birds, Rosarian and En Francais stamps, Chalk Edger in Garden Grass and Old Rose, assorted Prima flowers and leaves.

Cherry Blossoms

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This layout was inspired by the March mood board at Scrap Around The World

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I was immediately drawn to the pink flowers because I love cherry blossoms and I happen to live in a place where we have famous trees.

I used this sketch from Lets Get Sketchy to go with the mood board.


I kept this pretty simple because the photos are so pretty I didn’t want to distract from them.  A little bit of gesso, some washi tape, and mist are all that I have on the background.

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A few layers of paper, and these pretty Prima flowers, a glitter dipped feather (again!) and some epoxy dots.

cherry blossoms

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I went to an all day crop yesterday so I have 4 layouts to post.  10am till 11pm and I made just 4 – I am sooooo slow!

This is my cat with the creative name – Kitty.  She was helping me put the Christmas tree away.


This layout is for the Sketchabilities #110 Challenge.

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I made the background with Twinkling H2O’s, a stencil, drywall tape, washi tape, gesso and some stamping.


A few layers of distressed paper, some tags, a doily and a fussy cut flower.


Be Happy

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This is my niece, isn’t she just so adorable?  I made this layout for the Scrap and Music Challenge.  The fun part was to incorporate some lyrics from the song “Don’t Worry Be Happy” into your layout.  Here is the sketch:

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I made the background with a strip of patterned paper that I went over with a light coat of gesso.  I wanted a heart stencil but I didn’t have one, so I used a punch to make a sort-of stencil for the texture paste I used to make the hearts.  I used 2 colors of mist and some random stamping.

be happy

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I found an old clear heart in my stash and stamped Happy on it, and added a doily and the inside of one of the heart punches from the stencil.

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I used a quote from Dr.  Seuss instead of journaling, because it went with the picture.