Monday, May 27, 2013


There is a story behind this layout.  Every Spring I encounter Finches that insist on building their nest on my front porch.  Whatever it may be, a potted plant or hanging plant, I always worry once the eggs hatch, as I fear when the babies begin to fly that my dog will go after them.  I try each year to check my plants and if I see the beginnings of a nest I discard it.   This year I wasn't on top of nest checking and found one in a planter on my front porch.  By the time I had discovered it, eggs had already been laid, and when I checked on it Saturday, I discovered that the eggs had hatched and the nest contained several little babies.
It's hard to tell in the picture, as the babies are tiny and all curled up.  I thought this picture was perfect for  Bellaidea's May Challenge at Inkido, birds, feathers & birdscages, along with the Punches Challenge at Frosted Designs.
I used a few pieces of papers from Inkido's Beautiful Memories and Forever Summer collections along with some of their Fashion Flowers. I punched a strip using my Martha Stewart Daisy Lace border punch and them stamped it using a Crochet Lace Doily stamp by Recollections.

Here I incorporated a small twig that I found near the nest and added a K & Company bird along with a metal bird cage by Recollections.

A pretty flower cluster.
I painted a small amount of gesso on the flowers and added some spanish moss.

And here I added a few small delicate feathers.

It's a chilly day here today, and quite windy.  I've got a cook out planned for my sister whose birthday is Tuesday.  Looking forward to spending some time with her today.

Hope you all enjoy your weekend!

Thanks for stopping by!
. . . Debbie

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

So In Love With You

I love when I have a fabulous picture to work with. I draw so much inspiration from it.  This one is a friend's daughter.  All I can say is so sweet and precious!♥   I completed this layout for a few challenges.  First one is the May Challenge at Zeus and Zoe, using their mood board which you can see here. I got my inspiration from the filigree butterflies, the key and pink bows.  I am also entering this in Get Creative's May 1st Challenge which is to use flowers on your layout, 

I used a piece of "Damaged Punchinella" chipboard from UmWow Studio which you can find here.
I painted it with some pink paint and then sprinkled it with glitter.

I've been enjoying my Silhouttee Cameo and used it to cut out these pretty filigree butteflies 
along with a fancy flourish frame for my picture.

Here a cut out a circular frame which you can find here.

More cuts from my Silhoutte which can be found here.

Here is a closeup of my flower cluster:

It's hot and humid outside today. 
I'll be staying inside and working on a few more projects that I will share
with you in the next couple of day.

Thanks for stopping by!
. . . Debbie

Friday, May 17, 2013


This month Berry71bleu is collaborating with Once Upon A Sketch.
To enter this month's Berry71bleu challenge you must use the sketch provided by OUAS and incorporate numbers anywhere on your project.  In addition, you need to use chipboard on your project which is Berry71bleu's part of the challenge. Here is my layout for the May Challenge at Berry71bleu, a layout of my sister celebrating her 50th birthday.

The DT was provided with papers from Lucky 7 Factory, our main sponsor this month.  We all worked with their Technologie Collection which is part of our main prize.  We were also fortunate to work with chipboard provided to us by Scrap FX.

Here are a few closeups:

And here is the lovely sketch I worked with from OUAS:

We have lots of prizes up for grab this month so the rest of this post is going to be a long one, but well worth it!
Main prize for May: Lucky7 Factory
The Lucky7 Factory is a young company in Quebec, Canada. It all started around a table practicing our favorite hobby, scrapbooking. Our friendship circle then added another string to its bow; by becoming business women.

For 3 years now, we offer collections that include double-sided papers and handmade ornaments. We are now in our seventh collection (Technology). With the latter, we offer handmade flowers, buttons and alphabets stickers. Together, they are perfectly coordinated.

Our goal is to create a quality product while respecting our beautiful planet. That is why our paper is 100% recyclable. It is thick enough to make cards and is the perfect support for mix-media techniques. It is quite versatile. The handmade ornaments are made with lots of love and care. To ensure customer satisfaction, we try to surpass ourselves with each new collection.

In addition, via our blog, we love sharing tips and tricks to create while recycling everyday objects. Twice per month, we create challenges that help motivate or get you out of your comfort zone.  It is also a great way to get to know each member of our Design Team (DT) and follow the evolution of the company.

Through this adventure, we love talking to our customers and share our passion with them.  These moments are always filled with small joys and madness. This represents us very well!

Come discover us by visiting our blog, our Facebook page and Pinterest.


First Prize winner will receive these new collections from Lucky 7 Factory

Second Place Prize:

Rapakivi is young Polish company that designs original scrapbooking papers. We love our work which is also our hobby and we want to share our passion with other scrapbookers. Our papers are always full of colours and beautifull patterns. For our designs we use only acid & lignin free, thick (250 gsm) paper with FSC certification. In our plans we have also other product dedicated to paper crafters. 

Second place winner will get Just a Note collection from Rapakivi.
 The owners of Rapakivi were so nice to get you two sets of it!

and a collection from

6 double sided papers

Third Place:
 3rd place winner will get a collection from Rapakivi BE OPTIMISTIC. 
The owners of Rapakivi were so nice to get you two sets of it!

Random prizes:

We are a polish producer of scrapbooking papers and other craft embellishments.
Special Moments collection:

I hope you will join us this month at Berry71bleu.  Create a project and link it here on our blog.

Thanks for stopping by!
. . . Debbie

Monday, May 13, 2013

Love You Beyond Measure

I had a wonderful Mothers Day yesterday!  Hope you all did too!  
Two days in a row with a layout to share!☺  A new record for me.   Frosted Designs Fabulous Friday Challenge is Black and White + one color.  I chose red!♥
 I dug into my stash and came across the Yours Truly collection by Echo Park.  I admit that I forgot that I  had it.  I've got to start looking through my stash more.  I was shocked at the various Echo Park collections that I had purchased and forgotten about.  

Here are a few closeups with lots of Purple Pumpkin embellishments:
Purple Pumpkin red fabric button.

Purple Pumpkin red heart button

Purple Pumpkin red spotty button

I painted gesso on the polka dot paper, added some stitching and stamping.

Frosted Designs challenge is sponsored by
10 Yards of May Arts burlap string (red and Natural) 2 wooden veneers (winners choice) and 2 Washi tapes and again lucky winner, you'll get to choose that too!

Please stop by the Frosted Designs blog for inspiration by our DT and join us in the challenge.  You have until 12:00 pm (cst) Thursday, 5/23!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

You Sparkle

Wishing all you mothers out there a Happy Mothers Day today!  Hope your day is as special as you are!
It's been a while since I've shared a layout with you, let alone paying you a visit,  but you know . . . life gets in the way. I'm happy to report that I am on the up and  up and working very hard to get my life back into some sort of order.  It's a slow process, one day at a time.  It took me several days to get this layout completed and I had fun working with my May kit from Artful Delight along with their May layout sketch.

I used my Silhoutte for a lot of the cuts:

If you would like a chance to win a June Scrapbook or Card kit from Artful Delight please join our sketch challenges:

There are still a few May kits left if you would like to order one.  You can check out the contents of both the Scrapbook Kit and Card Kit here.

Any special plans for today?  
I am having my sister over for a small family cookout and then the both of us will be going to visit my Mom.

Thanks for stopping by!
 . . . Debbie

Silhouette Cuts:

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Happiness Is My Binky!

I am so in love with the Vintage Bliss Collection by Simple Stories!  Love the colors and designs!
I used it on my layout I created for the May Sketch Challenge at Purple Pumpkin.

Lots of Purple Pumpkin embellishments on this layout! 
Stop by the Purple Pumpkin Store here.

A cute fabric bird button and small yellow crochet doily.

A large pink crochet doily along with some flowers.

A pink plaid fabric button.

And a cute little girl flair button!

Hope you have some free time this month to join in on our sketch challenge.
I designed this month's sketch:
Enter for a chance to win $25.00 in Purple Pumpkin products.
Check out all of the details here.

Thanks for stopping by!
. . . Debbie