Thursday, October 17, 2013


Hello there!  Today I have a post over on the Memory Works Blog featuring a tag that I created using the Echo Park Reflection line.  I hope you stop over there and look at all the really creative things that the design team has been up to.  Here is a link to the website with pictures of the entire Echo Park line. There are so many wonderful new products that Memory Works is carrying.  I hope that you will contact me if you'd like to order anything for your paper crafting projects.

Here is my tag that I created:

I will be using this tag as a special element on a layout that I will be creating soon.  Meanwhile, I just get to look at it.  I think it is really pretty and will make a great addition to my future layout.

Thank you for stopping by today and I hope you come back soon.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Blog Hop Winner!!!

Congratulations to Shelly Walker!  I'll be sending you a roll of Washi tape!  Email me with your address!  Thank you to everyone who stopped by my blog and left

Monday, October 14, 2013

Memory Works Blog Hop!

I'm so glad that you have joined us today!  The Memory Works Design Team is so excited about out new fall catalog that we wanted to share some of the products with you.  If you came here from Jody's blog ( you are in the right spot.  Isn't Jody such a talented paper crafter!  She inspires me daily. 

Today I am sharing a layout that I made using the new Echo Park Reflections line.  I chose a picture of my 1 year old nephew Bobby because I wanted to show how even though the paper line is on the dark side it can work beautifully with little boy pictures!  I love his little grin!

I hope you have been inspired and I know you are going to just love what Gia has for you!  Gia is also a wonderfully talented artist and she also inspires me with everything she does!  Enjoy the hop and don't forget to leave a comment on each blog to qualify for a prize to be awared by Memory Works!
Be sure to become a follower of my blog and leave a comment for a chance to win a roll of really cute washi tape!

This way to Gia's great page...

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Creative Friday

Happy Friday to you! Today I'd like to share my creative spot. I am fortunate to have my very own Tuff Shed building at the back of our yard that I can create in! The thing I love about this is, it is away from the house and I can just close the door and lock it when I am done working, no need to clean up my workspace. This is my little "Scraptuary"

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

4th Generation

Just a quick little blog here to show the layout I just finished of my father, brother, nephew and grand-nephew all named Robert Louis Petithomme!!!  My niece Taylor Petithomme sent me some wonderful pictures of baby Bobby whom I will refer to as B4.  Thank you Taylor!  Here is the first layout I created with the pictures she sent me.

I used a variety of paper lines for this... My Minds Eye, Simple Stories, some old sticker letters from Leaving Prints, Authentique tiny sticker letters, and solid color cardstock from American Crafts and Bazzil.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Memory Works Spring Blog Hop

Welcome to the Memory Works Spring/Summer Catalog Preview Blog Hop!
You have arrived here from Amanda Bratu's blog. Didn't she have great things to share. For a complete list of participants or to start from the beginning of the hop please visit the Memory Works blog.
 Today I am so thrilled to be able to share some projects created with fresh new and exciting products from Carta Bella.  Carta Bella is fast becoming one of my favorite lines that Memory Works offers.  You can see all of the Carta Bella and Memory Works products here.  I am using the fun new line called So Noted. 
Double sided cardstock

Coordinating cardstock stickers

Journaling Cards
6 x 6 coordinating papers 
I wanted to show you how versatile these products are so from one line of product I have created a 12 x 12 layout, a mini album and three note cards.  I have enough product left to create at least two more layouts and lots and lots of cards. 
This layout is a great picture that my father in law recently gave to us.  It is him when he was in the Army Air Corp in World War II.   I used my Heidi Swap edge distresser to rough up the edges of some of the papers.  I made the envelope using an old school Colluzle envelope template.  The ribbon is seam binding that I sprayed with walnut stain and crumpled then dried with my heat gun. I used my sewing macine for additional texture and inked around the edges of the cream cardstock.

Here are the three cards that I have created so far.  Like I said, there are tons of paper and stickers left to create many more cards!
I love making mini albums for all sorts of occasions.  But sometimes I can get stuck in a rut and I have a hard time coming up with new ideas.  For this little book I used the 4 x 6 journaling cards and punched two holes in them and then created a cover using elements from the cardstock, stickers and the 6 x 6 pad.  It came together really quickly and I think I will use it for inspirational qoutes that I come across.
 Your next stop is JodySpiegelhoff's blog.  She has something very special waiting for you.
There will be a *prize for one lucky winner !
Leave a comment at each blog you visit along the hop for more chances to win! You have until midnite to leave your comments. Winner will be announced on the Memory Works blog on Thursday, April 18th
*Prize is sponsored by Memory Works.n!

Friday, April 5, 2013

Memory Works Blog Hop Sneak Peak!

Here's a little peek at what I have created for the Memory Works Blog Hop.  This is all I can show you now but be sure to stop back on April 17th for the full reveal!! 

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Spring Blog Hop Coming Soon!

Be on the look out for an awesome blog hop coming your way... The very talented ladies on the Memory Works Design Team will be sharing projects that we have created using products from the 2013 Spring product catalog.  I am so excited to share with you what I have been working on using Carta Bellas "So Noted".  Carta Bella is fast becoming one of my favorite lines that Memory Works carries. 

I can't say more but be sure to check back and also be looking for more announcements on Facebook and the Memory Works blog.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Creative Friday

Over on the Memory Works Blog I hosting this weeks Creative Friday.  I am sharing a project I'm doing for a very special persons birthday party that my sister in law Becky and I are planning.  Here is a little peek at what I'm making.

Thanks for stopping by and don't worry, I'll be posting pictures of the big day!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Cards & Tags Thursday

Hi again!  Today over on the Memory Works Blog I am hosting my second installment of Cards & Tags Thursday.  Today I have created two tags showcasing the beauty of kraft cardstock.  I purchased this cardstock from Memory Works and you can see all the wonderful colors here.

I went a little "old school" for this first tag. My first step was to put the kraft shipping tag under running water and get it good and wet. Icrumpled it up and then smoothed it out. Next I sprayed it with walnut ink stain and then I used my blow dryer to dry it completly. I then ran the tag through my Big Shot using my clock face embossing folder. I have a pocket watch rubber stamp and using black ink I stamped images on the tag over the embossing. I stamped one image on cardstock and cut it out to adhere to the tag. I used two kraft clock faces from one of my Express Kits and added red bling to the centers of each. I used my typewriter to create the wording and cut like pennants and attached with my sewing machine. I topped this tag off with some red organza ribbon from my stash

For this second tag I used my Big Shot and ran the tag through using another embossing folder and then cut the flowers from kraft cardstock and layered them and used simple pearl brads to hold them together. I added some glitter glue to the edges of the petals. I looped jute twine and glued to the tag wih my hot glue gun and attached the flowers on top. I added a few dots of glitter to the centers of the embossed flowers.
I think this tag is beautiful in its simplicity and monochromatic color scheme. I hope you liked these two tags and thanks again for joining me today for Cards and Tags Thursday.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Two Celebrations

Yesterday I had the priviledge of celebrating two lives.  The first celebration was to honor the mother of my best friend Maggie Cousins.  Her mother Melva passed away on December 9, 2012 and Maggie choose to hold the celebration memorial service this month a week after what would have been her parents wedding anniversary.  Melva's husband Dennis preceded her in death and now Melva has joined her loving husband for all eternity.  I wanted to create a card for Maggie that would honor her mothers memory but not one that looked like a typical sympathy card.  Melva was quite the seamstress and I remember all the lovely formals that she made for Maggie for Jobs daughters when we were in high school so I created a card to remind me and Maggie of this memory.

The second celebration yesterday was a family dinner celebrating my grandson Nicolas' 15th birthday.  We had a wonderful dinner at Fratellas Bistro in downtown Fowler followed by cake and ice cream at home.  I created a card for Nicolas that represented the vibrant young man that he is turning into.  I love to put the boys ages and names on their cards.  I used Simple Stories Awesome collection to create this card.
Thanks for stopping by today and please come again.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Cards & Tags Thursday

Over on the Memory Works Blog I'm on duty today to bring you some cards that I designed.  So I'd like to share them with you here also.

The first two cards were created using cardstock and the Echo Park "This & That" 6 x 6 pad.
For this card I layered my cardstock and 6 x 6 papers and used my sewing machine to add a little texture. I stamped the XOXO on the ivory cardstock and created a pennant. I adhered the dotted paper on top of my other layers and punched two small holes to thread my jute cord through.
This card shows a great and simple way to use up small scraps. I just cut strips and adhered to my cardstock then I stitched down the center of each strip. I then punched tiny hearts out of matching paper and adhered at the base of my stitching.

These next two cards were created again using cardstock and Carta Bella "Beautiful Moments" 6 x 6 pad.
For this card I punched three squares and adhered to the top portion of the card front. I then cut a piece of coordinating cardstock and punched the decorative edge and adhered to the bottom portion. I wrapped ribbon around the center and tied a tiny bow in the middle. I then used the same tiny heart punch from the previous card and punched three hearts from the ivory cardstock and adhered to the center of each square. I inked black around each of the squares and my striped paper.

 I ran a piece of pink cardstock through my Big Shot using one of the embossing folders I got for Christmas. I cut a strip of the cute banner paper from the Carta Bella 6 x 6 and adhered to the bottom. I cut the three hearts using an old Sizzix heart die and attached over some of the embossed hearts. I stamped the sentiment on the reverse side of the banner paper and rounded the two bottom corners and adhered to the card.
Well, thank you for visiting today and I hope you enjoyed these cards and please come back next week because I'll be sharing some tags that I'm making to put on some Valentine's gifts.