Sunday, November 20, 2011


It's been a wonderfully warm day today in New England, but that didn't stop me from using this week's Let's Scrap card sketch (created by DebbyD) to make a Christmas card!

I am finally getting into the "layering" technique in my scrapbooking and cardmaking, and I managed to stack up 6 layers on my card!

But, wait, I am getting ahead of myself. Take a look at this versatile card sketch:

Remember, this sketch is to stimulate your creativity, and the liberty of using it exactly as you see it or using it for inspiration and varying it a bit, is totally up to the card artist. Here's my take on this sketch:

The sentiment is a quote by Edna Ferger and reads: Christmas isn't a's a feeling!

red and green cardstock: my stash
diamond and poinsettia pp's: Authentique Paper, LLC
music pp: Making Memories' "Twinkle"
quote: Authentique Papers, LLC

Until next time, happy crafting! Please leave a message so that I know you were here!


...and I am delighted to let you know that I am one of the members of the December 2011 through March 2012 team!!! I am privileged to serve on the Let's Scrap Design Team (DT) with both "seasoned" DT members and some serving for the first time. Here are my very talented colleagues:

Teresa Davis

Beth Koenig

Mindi Brown

Cathy van de Bruinhorst

Susanna Granroth

Jeaunes Viljoen

Sue Down

Roulien Stahnke

Elizna Parsons

Betty Hornbrook

Michelle Hartley

Erica Mouton

Wilna Cremer

After our official debut on Let's Scrap (December 1), I will let you know the blog addresses of those DT members who have them so you can "follow" them and be even further inspired on those sites. I will also add my application layout (think Christmas!) after the "big reveal" on December 7. Until then, shhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

Thanks for dropping by. Do leave comment so I know you were here!

Sunday, November 6, 2011


And, a good Sunday evening to you all! Hope everyone has remembered to change their clocks *back* an hour so that you don't arrive at work too early tomorrow!!

There are a lot of bits and pieces to this post, so I hope you will take time to read it all!


I have been wanting to do a layout with some fall hiking photos I have had of my step-daughter (since 2008). I was motivated to complete this project by the "Nuances de Couleur" Group October Challange on the Bella Creations website. I was challenged to create a layout, card or tag using the colors black, orange and purple! I have never been fond of purple, but, you will see, I did manage to get it into the layout.


You may have noticed an addition to the upper right-hand corner of my blog. I first saw this cute ATC on a friend's blog ( It is a friendly reminder to honor proprietary rights of artists. I do have permission from the original artist, Marsha Jorgensen, to use her ATC on my blog! In that vein, I will tell you that I "lifted" the layout design for my layout above from an artist named Charity Hassel, whose similar and inspirational layout was published in the Fall 2009 issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today. Charity has graciously given me permission to "lift" her layout!


I have another opportunity to "TOOT TOOT" my horn, as I have been named Bella du Mois for November on the Bella Creations website, which can be very loosely translated as Artist of the Month. There is nothing more satisfying for a scrapbooking artist than to be validated in such a way as this by her peers! My thanks to Bella for this!


You may remember that I served on the Design Team of the Let's Scrap website for the May-July 2011 term. It was exhausting, but, I must confess, I loved every minute of it. I needed a bit of a break, though, and time to spend with my husband at our New Hampshire campsite over the summer, so did not reapply for the August to November term (yep, it's now a four-month commitment). After deep thinking, a consult with my husband and other Let's Scrap members, I have decided to throw my hat back into the DT ring! I created my application layout over the last week, completed my written application this afternoon, attached the layout, and pressed SEND! I am excited! Being a "former" DT member is no guarantee of being reappointed, so I have to sit on pins and needles once again, waiting for the announcement on November 20! Wish me luck!

Thanks so very much for spending a few minutes with me. Please do leave a comment to let me know you were here!