Saturday, November 24, 2012

Just Gift Giving

Hello and hope you enjoyed turkey with you family!!  Now that the big feast is over, its time to think Christmas!!!!

For some great holiday gift giving inspo, head on over to the Creative Imaginations blog.  CI has teamed up with Xyron and Faber Castell for some fantastic ideas...............its a really cool blog hop, with lots of prizes involved!!!!!!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Just Happy Thanksgiving

Hello there...................been gone a while, but happy to report hubby is doing fabulous and, after over six months', our lives are slowly returning back to normal.........thank you Dr. Carlos David at Lahey Clinic!!!

And Happy Thanksgiving to all of you.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Just Gossamer Blue

Jumping on quickly before the debate to share a layout I created over the weekend with the fabulous Gossamer Blue kit.  Be sure to check them out ...........

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Just Happy WCD!!!!

I know......bad, bad blogger these last months......summer always does that to me.........Here we are in October though, so I'm finding myself inside and creating more as I am no longer distracted by the sun.

Anyway, Happy World Cardmaking Day!!!  We've been celebrating it all week long on the Creative  Imaginations must go check out the inspo over there.    Amazing.

Anyway, a couple of weeks ago, I finally sat down and had some fun with Jen Jockisch's Pop Off the Page class that had been offered at Studio Calico.  Jen knocked it out of the park with this one.........I find myself reading, re-reading and reading again.......and creating, too.  I was completely motivated by this class, and I needed it.

Using a stencil, I first applied a layer of gesso on the layout base before I started layering the elements  on the layout.

So fun.

Now, armed with paper, glue and trimmer, I am off to go celebrate World Cardmaking Day.  Hope you enjoy yours!!!!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Blog Holp with Creative Imaginations & Faber-Castell!!!

Creative Imaginations and Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft designers have teamed up for a fabulous blog hop from August 27-31st! Hop with us today for craft ideas, inspiration and tutorials!
Don’t forget to leave a comment on each blog for a chance to win! Creative Imaginations and Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft will each be giving away a $50 prize pack! 
The blog hop will end at midnight on August 31st. The two winners will be announced on the companies’ blogs on September 4th. 
Ready to be inspired? 
Start hopping!!

Here's a peek at one of my projects........look for all of them with more detailed instructions on the Creative Imaginations Blog on Wednesday!!

Your next stop is Colleen McGinty's blog!!!!!!!   

Thanks for stopping by & have fun hopping!!!!


Tanisha Long

Rita Barakat 

Shelley Hamilton

Jill Foster 

Lynne Forsythe

Tiffany Johnson

Alicia Giess

Jen Matott 

Donna Bryant   YOU ARE HERE

Colleen McGinty

Lynn Kopas

Mou Saha 

Jules Eickmeier


Products Used:

Faber Castell Mixed Media & Collage Kit

Luminarte Radiant Rain Shimmering Mist Butternut
Luminarte Radiant Rain Color Concentrate Dauber Cinnamon

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Just a Winner!!!!!

Hello scrappers.   I apologize for the delay in posting  the winner of the Pretty Little Studio Sandastle giveaway, but here I am!

Congratulations Angel, comment number 3!!!

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Donna, your layout is just so CUTE! Love love the castles.
July 23, 2012 8:53 AM

Please email me your mailing address and your prize will be forwarded to you directly from Pretty Little Studio!

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Just Gallivant

Hey all!!!!  Hopping on to share a layout I created for CHA using Creative Imaginations new Gallivant collection.  Its a beauty..........perfect muted blues, creams and browns with images of  suitcases, compasses and things.  And, there is a really cool alphabet, too.

I loved all of the papers and stickers, so punched a bunch of circles so I could use several different designs and then stitched down the center of the circles and clustered those and lots of stickers on the right side of the layout.

More sneaks of all of the CHA releases on the CI blog and I'll share another fun Gallivant one tomorrow.

Have a great day!!!!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Just a Pretty Little Studio Sketch Challenge

Hello again!!!!  I've more Pretty Little Studio goodness today, and there is a sketch AND a prize involved!!

Each week there is a sketch challenge featured on the PLS blog, and this week's is a great one!!!  Head on over there and get inspired,  create a layout based on the sketch and then post it for a chance to win a gift certificate to their store!!!!

Here is a peek at mine.  The full layout is on the PLS blog.

Have fun!!!!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Just Pretty Little Studio & Sand Castle Giveaway

I'm so delighted and honored  to be guest designing for Pretty Little Studio this week.  I had a blast playing with their new Sand Castle collection, perfect for just about all of your activities this time of year.

I adore the Sand Castle collection...............the number tags, calendar cards and beach word stickers are definitely all faves of mine..............

Check out the PLS blog for  my projects this week, and win  some of my favorite Sand Castle products!!

Just leave a comment here and grab another chance to win  by leaving a comment on the PLS blog.  Giveaway will close on the 27th!!

Here is one of the layouts, I'll post another mid week and stay tuned for a third layout and a tutorial at the end of the week.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Just Scatter Sunshine

Hello!  Check out the fun embossing idea feature at Practical Scrappers today - there are ten ideas for embossing and there are some really cool ones!!!!

I brushed acrylic paint on the inside of my embossing folder, then inserted white cardstock.  Such a bright, fun end result!!!

Enjoy your Tuesday!!!!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Just Vacation

Hey scrappers......... check out the Creative Imaginations blog for a cool, 6 x 6 Canvas Corp 6 x 6 mini I recently created.  There are iron on photos and more!!!!

And now I'm off to hang by the pool for the rest of the day............ Yay, summer!!!!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Just a Photo Clip!

Hello Wednesday!!!  I've a photo clip to share with you today, a fun project for one of those days, like today, when its just so very hot outside, you have no choice but to stay inside and create!!!

Here is a peek, but check out all of the details on the Creative Imaginations Blog!!

Stay cool!!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Just Happy Birthday

Hey scrappers!!  Be sure to check out the birthday card feature today at Practical Scrappers and, if you are looking for a great design team, they are looking!!  Check out the link, below.

 Practical Scrappers Design Team Call

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Just Circles

Hey all,

Check out Practical Scrappers today to see ten (10) ways to use circles on your layouts!!!

I stitched a few punched circles over a transparency here.........

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Just been a long time

Its been a very long time since my last post and I won't get into details, but will say that my man is home, doing marvelous, and we are truly blessed - I do believe in miracles......

Anyway, I didn't create for about four weeks, but, when I finally sat down - it was wonderfully healing, I might add, I played with some Creative Imaginations ATCs! n What fun I was having!!!!!

Pick up a few packs of these and play, won't you?  They are tons of fun!!

Monday, April 30, 2012

Just Weekend Creating

Hey on a Monday!!!

There was a fun crop over at Cocoa Daisy , Picnic in the Park, over the weekend,

and I played along...............

Did you get some creative time in?

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Just A Tag With Zing

Hello on a Wednesday.  In the mood for embossing?  There's a cool feature on it, wet and dry, over at Practical Scrappers today.  Check it out!!!!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Just Creative Imaginations and May Arts

Hey all!  Its a beautiful, sunny, spring Tuesday here in New England - hope you are enjoying it.

I'm so excited to say I had another Guest Designer opportunity with Creative Imaginations recently.  I love all of their oodles of products and enjoy creating with them each time.  My projects were a part of a blog hop they are having with May Arts this week, where you will find creative ideas on the CI Blog  and the May Arts' blog all week.  

I peeked one of my projects last week, but make sure to check out the CI blog today for its full reveal and the other project, which I'll peek here now.  NOTE:  There are prizes involved!!!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Just Happy Easter

Happy Easter everyone!!!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Just a link

I've two (2) fun projects on the Creative Imaginations blog today!!!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Just A Nautical peek

I woke up with a horrible head cold yesterday, and, the sore throat this morning....uggh.......I hate being sick!!!!

Anyway........stay tuned for more on this!

Enjoy your Thursday and thanks for stopping by!!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Just Random

You know...........I just don't know where the time goes...........

Anyway, a few randoms since my last post.

I went to a wonderful scrapbook event a couple of weeks ago and had an absolute awesome time.  It was my first time attending Crop on the Cape and for sure, it will not be my last.  It was beyond fabulous to see old scrap friends, visit and create with them  and catch up.  Of course I had my camera, but did I take any photos?  No.  I'm still not sure what happened there.  

I got a few pages done, but only a few.  I'm fine with that though, the visiting was so marvelous I was totally  all right that  the creating lagged a bit.

I've been shopping for summer flip flops and sandals and having some pretty good luck with that.

I'm loving guest designing over at Practical Scrappers - constant inspiration over there.  This was from a tags on cards feature.

I actually created quite a bit throughout the month of March, but I've been bad about photographing and scanning my projects.

The flowers around the yard are finally blooming....

A friend of mine has a daughter getting married this coming Saturday and at the bridal shower last weekend, there was a toilet paper wedding dress contest.  That was a first for me.   Check out the winning dress

And oh!!!  I finally discovered Facebook.................

Enjoy your day and thanks for stopping by.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Just the Green Day

Are you ready for the green day?

There are some fun card and layout ideas at practicalscrappers if you feel like creating something in honor of St. Patrick.

Show all

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Just a Quick Tutorial

Hey all!!!  I hope you enjoyed the Practical Scrappers' blog hop!!!  Massive inspiration along the way for sure!  And I'd like to shout out a  huge thank you to everyone who commented here and became followers and also thanks to Practical Scrappers and Liz Qualman for the inspiration.

Anyway, did you want to Zing on a transparency?  I was inspired to do this from a layout of Vee Jennings.  Its a really fun technique and a great way to add a  punch to your page.  Its pretty easy to do, so here's a quick tutorial.

Grab your supplies..........

Versarmark Ink
Zing (or any embossing powder)
Heat Gun
Acrylic Block

My stamps are a little stained, so I apologize for that.  Any recommendations on stamp cleaners?  I currently use a Technique Tuesday one but it doesn't always seem to do the trick.

I used clear transparency sheets from Stampin Up.  You can also try this on any  other transparency pieces you may have in you stash.  It makes a cool effect if you use one that already has a design on it, too.

Apply Versamark ink to the stamp and stamp you image on the transparency.  Be careful, it can be slippery.  Its a clear on clear image so it may be tough to see, but if you tilt it and hold it up to the light, you can see it.

Apply the Zing powder to the stamped image.

Tap off the extra powder, revealing just your stamped image.

And now the heat.........hold the heat gun at least six inches from the transparency and keep the gun moving a lot, it may take a little while for the powder to melt but you will get there.

The powder will start to become shiny and a deeper color.

Let the image cool for a few minutes.

Thats it,  done!!

Cut out the transparency piece and create!  

I went with a card for this one.

Give this a try!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Just Link With Love Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to the Practical Scrappers "Linking with Love" Blog Hop!  I'm sure you agree that its always important to give credit where it is due to another crafter.  That, is linking with love.  And that is the Practical Scrappers blog hop!!  

All of the design team members used the same inspiration piece to create their projects and each designer will properly "Link with Love".  The hop runs through Noon EST on Sunday, giving you lots of time to get through it.  

Here is the inspiration piece, created by Liz Qualman  from which we all drew our inspiration.   At the end of the hop, you'll land on  Liz's blog where she'll have a new sketch.  

And here is my take on it.

I was drawn to the the way Liz placed her photo toward the left of the page, and loved the way the various elements surrounded three sides of it.  It was from that where I drew my inspiration.

Where Liz placed "live, love, laugh", I wet with a chipboard label holder - still totally hooked on Zing on transparency. 

Where she tagged, I tagged too.

And where she flowered,  I zig zagged stiched.

Take Note:  some  of the designers are providing prizes and Practical Scrappers is providing a prize for one person who becomes a follower at each stop (for all the details head over to Practical Scrappers).


Have fun!!!

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Just Happy February 29th!

I think its cool that there are 29 days of February this year.  Which also means we have 366 days instead of 365.  Which really means we have a bonus day.

photo from


and I am so excited  to say I'll be participating as a  Fresh Face Designer for Practical Scrappers from March 1st through May 31st!

I found Practical some time ago and was instantly a fan!  I recently entered the layout contest they sponsored, and each week I was completely inspired by the challenges presented.   Its a site full of inspiration and there, you can find sketches, challenges, videos and tutorials and lots, lots  more.  You'll adore their "frugal finds" section, there are quzzes to take  and the syle "review" section is pretty cool.

Be sure to go poke around there, and check back here on March 2nd for a "practical" surprise!!!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Just Weekend Things

Hello there on a Tuesday.  Hope your weekend was fun.

I stumbled on this cool diner on Saturday and can't wait to go back.  Its called Patriots Diner, and is in Woonsocket.  The eggs benedict were delish and the atmosphere, totally 1950's.

It was in there, where I found the kitchen table I've been dreaming about neat, isn't it?

Got some creative time in on Sunday, and  found myself embossing, again.  This time, on some cool Crate border stickers.

Also did a bit of experimenting with my Cuttlebug.

Will post the full layouts after I get them scanned.

Did a little vacation planning, too.  Well, actually, a weekend vacation for my birthday (coming pretty soon!!!)  at The Grand Pequot Tower at Foxwoods.

Here, on the Cape,  for an April getaway.

photos from

And again, I will be here for a week in September.  I never get tired of this one.

Ended the day watching the lovely dresses coming down the red carpet!

And there it went!  They go by so fast, don't they?  


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