Saturday, December 31, 2011

Final post for 2011

Hello Everyone,

It's that time of year again.  The final day of the year!  I am excited to go and visit with some friends tonight for a quiet dinner and board games before ringing in the new year.  It is also my husband's birthday today!  Happy Birthday Honey!  I love you very much!  I hope that everyone has a wonderfully blessed and safe New Year!

My final project of the year was something I made for my best friend.  She starting scrapbooking because of me many years ago but has only really started to enjoy it and evolve over the last 10 months.  I love spending crafting time with her.  This year I decided to go all out on her Christmas gift.  I know that she won't spend a lot of money to feed her love of crafting so I decided a few months ago that I was going to get her the things she wouldn't buy for herself.  I filled a 2 cubic foot box about 3/4 full of all scrappy goodness for her.  She couldn't believe how much I bought.  I made sure she had a good cutter, a heat gun, the TH tiny attacher, a glass mat, lots of 12 x 12 patterned paper, some colored cardstock, flowers, bling, Michael's mini frames, Prima goodness and much much more.  To say the least, she was absolutely speechless.  That is the best gift that anyone could give me.  The looks on their faces of sheer joy is gift enough alone!  I had to ensure that there was a crafted item in her box and this is what I came up with.  I hope you like this as much as I did making it!  Thanks so much for stopping by and showing your support and love!  Would love to hear your comments!

This is the top of the box.  It is decorated with some white lace trim, Wild Orchid Crafts flowers, pearl sprays from Michael's and a big silk blue rose from Walmart.  I truly love how this came together.  The box had the patterned paper as seen but I decided to cover the sides and bottom with a different pattern paper to tone it down.  I added some pearl strands from Karlas001's etsy store to finish off the top.

This is a different angle of the box.

This is a picture of the cluster of flowers and sprays.

A side view of the flower cluster.

The front side of the box.  I added this sticker from Imaginations and then some more Wild Orchid Crafts flowers and Iamroses flowers along with bling from Recollections.  I also used mesh bling and pearl strands to decorate the edges.

Side of box with bling from Recollections and lace, mesh bling and pearl strands.

The back of the box using two colors of bling from Recollections, lace, mesh bling and more pearl strands.

The right side using bling from Recollections, mesh bling, lace and pearl strands.

Thank you so much for all your support this year!  I look forward to getting to know more of you in the coming years!  Would love to hear some comments and feedback!  Take care and a very Happy New Year to all of you!


Christmas Cards I made for my husband and daughter

Hi Everyone,

Thank you for stopping by.  I wanted to post a couple cards that I made special for my daughter and husband.  My husband's card is a two in one as we were celebrating his birthday as well.  I know that they are both very feminine cards.  I guess I was in a Tilda mood that!  Enjoy!

Card for my daughter.

These two pictures are the card that I made for my daughter.  One of her favorite colors are blue and so I chose my paper and embellishments to fit the color theme.  The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts, the pearl sprays are from Michael's.  I used the spellbinder die to cut out Tilda and then Copics to color her in.
I really love how this card turned out!

Card for Hubby!

I made this card as a representation of me.  My favorite color is pink so I thought that it would be fitting if I made Tilda to somewhat represent me holding the banner.  I added the words "Happy Birthday Honey!" to the banner that Tilda is holding.  Along the bottom I used more Wild Orchid Craft flowers, some lace trim and then some beautiful grey tear drop pearl trim and turquoise mesh bling from KARLAS001's etsy store.  Please check out their sites for more information on their awesome products!

Thank you so much for stopping by.  Would love to hear comments of what you think.  Until next time, take care!


Friday, December 30, 2011

Survivor Plaque for Boudoir Photo Shoot

This was a special project that I made for myself.  As some of you may know, I am a breast cancer survivor.  It will be two years in February!!!!  I knew that I wanted to do a photo shoot for my survivorship and when my best friend's daughter decided to hold a Boudoir Photo Shoot Marathon, I decided that I was going to do it!  I had a blast doing the photo shoot.  I got to feel sexy yet elegant all at the same time.  Seeing as how I wanted to combine the two themes together, I went and purchased a plain wood plaque from Michael's and altered it to fit the theme.  I had so much fun putting this together.  I used some pink and cream paint on the wood, Wild Orchid Craft flowers, butterflies from Recollection and some awesome ivory lace that I got from my local thrift store.  I also added a Pink Ribbon Sticker and die cut letters on chipboard and coated with chunky glitter to make the "Survivor" theme.  I hope you like it.  I have also added a couple pictures from the photo shoot so that you can see it being used.

Thank you so much for stopping by.  Would love to hear your comments and feedback!


Secret Santa Swap on Life's A Scrapbeach

Hello Everyone,

I hosted a secret santa swap on the Beach and this is a picture of the altered cigar box that I made for my sister in the swap.  I had asked a few questions of each participant so that we would know what they liked.  Her favorite color was turquoise, so this is what I made for her.

The box was first painted in black and then I added some regular school glue and then the turquoise paint to get a crackle effect.  I think it turned out awesome for a first!  I added lace and black flatback pearl trim from Karlas001's etsy store along with flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts.  I cut out a picture from the Graphic45 steampunk line for the main image and then added two pieces of bling to finish off the box.

This is a view of the sides of the box.  I used some loopy trim along with some gold ribbon to finish it off.  I love the steampunk style of this box and hope that my recipient loved it as much as I did making it for her.

Below is a video of what I received from my not so secret sister Tammy (sscrafter1 on YT) for this swap.

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas and all the best for the New Year!


October SSSS "Pink It Up" Theme Swap

Hello Everyone,

This was an amazing month to be a part of this awesome swap on the SSSS group!  It was my month.  Seeing as pink is my favorite color, I knew that this one would be a breeze!  I love everything pink...okay, except for cars and!  I had an amazing sister from Montreal, Canada.  It was great having a sister that lived in the same country.  She is an amazing woman!  I had to do some research on what she liked and went from there.  Since she was a fellow canuck, I knew that a few Canadian items were in order.  Here are a couple pictures of the altered cigar box and the Inspirational Quote Journal that I made her.  I hope you love it as much as I did making it!

This is the top of the box that I painted in pink and cream.  Then used the Rock Candy crackle paint by Ranger over the whole box.  I used lace, pearl strands, flatback pearl trim, Wild Orchid Craft flowers, Prima bling, the TH dressform die (covered with black satin, lace, bling) and added a vellum quote in the top corner.  I truly enjoyed making this altered cigar box!  My favorite so far.  I left the inside of the box in its original wood.

This is the side of the box.  I just embellished it with two different kinds of lace and some flatback pearl trim from Karlas001's etsy store.

This is the front of the inspirational quote journal that I made for Christine (bellepoupee61 on YT)  I searched online for the photo as she mentioned that she loved Coco Chanel.  I continued with the Wild Orchid Crafts flowers along with some Zva bling.  The stamp is from TH's collection.  I popped up the photo and used some lace and flatback pearls to trim around it.  The closure for the journal is some pink ribbon.

This is the side view of the book.  I used the TH dressform stamp on sticky back canvas that I misted in pink and added a row of flatback pearls on the back.

Here are the two videos that Christine posted on her YT channel with all the goodies that I sent.  Thanks for stopping by and enjoy!

Part One of the video

Part Two of the video!

I have also included the video of my awesome box of goodies from my dear 5th sister Lana (Louisilana on YT).  Please check out her channel and show her some love!  Grab a cup of coffee as this is a long video and then sit back, relax and enjoy!

Take care until next time!


September SSSS Angel Box

Hello Everyone,

I was truly honored when Jadedstudios asked me to help out with an Angel package for a sister in a special group that I am in.  This was definitely something that was out of my element.  I had to think outside the box for this one.  I was the lucky angel for an amazing sister Allyson in our group.  Here are a few pictures of the altered cigar box that I made for her.

This is the top of the box that I painted and covered with pattern paper.  I used some Websters flower trim across the bottom of the lid, some Prima trim along the sides and double lace across the top.  I cut out the bird and bird cage from the TH die.  I painted them both, sponging glitter paint to the cage and distress ink to the bird.  Being as we are in a group called the Secret Squirrel Sisterhood Society, I found it quite fitting to use a sticker embellishment with the word "sisters".  I used some Zva flourish bling, Wild Orchid Crafts gardenia that I misted, some yellow cherry blossoms also from WOC along with some orange and two tone orange flowers from Karlas001's etsy store.  I really love how it turned out.  The theme was either halloween or fall and since I don't celebrate halloween I opted for the fall theme.

This is the unfinished inside of the box.  I later on finished it off with a pocket along the bottom of the lid and added a peacock feather inside the pocket.  I painted the outside and inside of the box using brown, cream and gold paint.  I love how it has that homey feel to it.  I had so much fun decorating this box.

Here is a video of Allyson opening up her box full of goodies:

Enjoy and until next time!


Curtain Call Photo Pocket Mini Album Swap on the Beach

Hello Everyone,

This is a swap that was hosted back in June on the Beach.  I got the idea from kinderstampo on her YT channel.  I thought that it would make a great mini album with the help of others.  With a few tweaks on dimension I was ready to make it happen.  There were two groups in this swap.  One had 4 swappers and the other had 5.  Here we go:


This is the page made by Elisa.  She did a great interpretation of the Curtain Call line.  I love the TH dress form with the bling, lace, pearls and butterfly.  This is the front of her page!

This is the back of Elisa's page.  I love what she did with the TH tattered flowers die and her addition of a corset die as the tag inside the pocket!  She left the top of the page unattached so that we could add more tags or photo pages inside.  Great job Elisa!

This is the front page of my swap.  I love the use of the Iamroses flowers, lace, pleated ribbon and pearl strands.  I also used pearl flourish by recollections and a stick pin in the flowers.

This is the back page of my swap.  I used the glassine paper by TH and his tattered flowers die.  I crumpled the flowers and then attached them together to make a flower and used a prima epoxy for the centre of the flower.  I then used a sheer organza ribbon, black lace, grey/tan lace and some bronze pearl strand to edge the pocket.  I added a large photo mat inside the pocket.  Hope you enjoy this.

This beautiful page was made by Katina Rivera.  She used the dimensions that kinderstampo used on her video.  I love how she used glass glitter on the eiffel tower die cut!   The use of flowers, stickpins, feathers, brads and awesome trims were gorgeous!  You do some absolutely amazing work Katina!  Love how you popped out the red color to add that little bit of oomph to the page!

This is the back of Katina's page.  She carried the trim from the front to the back and added more flowers made of satin, a pearl spray, feathers and some dimension to the ticket.  Love the different shapes of tags that you used inside the pockets!  Great job!

This is the page made by Vikki!  I love how she used trim that has a beaded trim on the bottom of the page!  The design on the front of the page is amazing!  Love the flower clusters and awesome tags!

This is the back of Vikki's page!  Love the TH clip holding extra lace for everyone, the purse charm and great lace trim!  Love it, love it, love it!  Thanks my dear friend for joining me in this awesome swap!


This is a page made by Bev Allaire.  This is the front of her page.  She used a paperclip to hold the page together, adding bling, tags and a popped up image from the Curtain Call line.

This is the back page made by Bev Allaire.  She added 3 flowers to the top corner, a tag for the pocket and a metal keyhole charm on the flap of the pocket.  Great job!

This is the page that I made for the second group.  I used the SU scalloped envelope die, an Iamroses mini rose, a mini clothespin, some lace trim along with the triple bead trim from Karlas001's etsy store.  I added two tags for the pocket.

This is the back of my page.  I added a large photo mat for the inside pocket, ribbon trim and the flower trim from Karlas001's etsy store, a flower that I purchased from the local dollar store that I misted with crushed shells by Glimmer mists, a bottle cap with a punched image from the paper collection and an epoxy sticker on top of it.  I finished it off with an accent color of reddish pink glimmer cardstock die cut with the TH flourish die.

This is the page made by Kim Hoff.  She used various pieces from the Curtain Call line, some pearl bling, stick pin and a TH stick pin.

This is the back of Kim's page.  I love the collage of pictures from the paper line along with her handmade paper button.  Great use of the paper Kim!

This is the front page made by Leilani.  I must say that this was one of my most favorite pages.  Her use of different techniques and embellishments were astounding.  I love the use of the rosette flower, bling, pearl spray, lace and the film paper.  Gorgeous page!

This is the back of Leilani's page.  The top of the page has a flap that is inserted between the main base.  It allows the use of extra photos and is held by a paperclip.  I was honored to have received the stamp set that she used on the flap as a hostess gift.  The bottom of the page houses a beautiful die cut of a woman on a typewriter.  The beautiful lace and flatback pearl trim finishes off the page.  Thanks Leilani for the wonderful gifts and an awesome page!  I truly loved working with you!

The final page for group 2 is made by Vikki.  Love the use of the red ribbon to accent the page.  There is also flatback pearls along the top of the page and a wonderful arrangement on the pocket with a beautiful stickpin. Love the beaded trim along the bottom.  Great job Vikki!

This is the back of Vikki's page!  She used lace along the top of the page and kept the red accents going with more ribbon.  I love the black lace that was used to edge the pocket!

A big thank you to all the ladies who participated in this swap.  Your wonderful creativity and efforts do not go unnoticed!!!!  I loved working with each and every one of you!  Until the next swap.  Take care!


Black and White/Cream Tag Swap on the Beach

First is a swap that I hosted on  It was for the black and white/cream tags!  I had fun making mine but had even more fun receiving the tags from the other swappers.   Everyone did such a great job!  Thanks for participating and making this swap a success!  Here we go:

Group #1

This tag was made by Gloria Bedford.  Using beautiful black and cream combinations, small bows with pearl, flat back faceted trim, black feathers, gorgeous tag and ribbons!  Great job Gloria!

This was a tag that I made using Black and White.  I used flat back pearl trim from Karlas001's Etsy Store.  I used the TH embossing folder, prima flocked transparency, Iamroses mini roses, clip from Staples, TH ball and chain with a charm attached, mesh trim and a stamp by Pink Paislee.  Hope you like it!

This is the tag made by Kim Hoff.  She used the Curtain Call line by Graphic45, some pearl bling, a beautiful cream button, lace trim, heart stickpin and a hand made flower from glitter cardstock!  Beautiful job Kim!

This beautiful tag was made by Nicole Hayden.  She hand painted the masks adding lots of goodies!  Flowers, stamens, flat back pearls, feathers, a tag, organza ribbon with pompoms!  Now this was one unique and creative idea!  I absolutely love this!  Thanks Nicole for a job well done!

This beautiful tag was made by none other than Patty Fiske!  There were different techniques used on this tag from stamping to embossing, punches, bling, fibers and a beautiful picture of her daughter!  What a beautiful girl!  Thanks Patty!

This last tag from group#1 was made by a beautiful lady named Vikki from the UK.  She used embossing folders, lace to make her own flower, bottle cap with epoxy, paper flowers, brads, ribbons, charms and much more!  Gorgeous tag Vikki!  Thanks for being an awesome swapper!


This tag was made by Belinda Akers.  I love the pockets with the tags, the die cut, fibers, pearl bling and patterned paper that she used!  Great job!

This tag was made by Bonnie Irvine.  She did an amazing tag!  I loved the whole Alice in Wonderland idea!  The way she embellished the tag without over doing it so that you get the top hat and Alice theme was perfect!  Amazing creating ideas!  You rocked Bonnie!

This elegant, vintagey tag is done by none other than Jann Neiers!  I love the chair that is on the tag and the awesome charm as well.  It just looks so real.  Can I borrow your creative brain for a little while?  The beautiful papers and charms, ribbons and inking techniques are amazing!  Thanks Jann!

This gorgeous tag is done by JoAnn McKenzie!  I love bling and she definitely used lots!  I love the heart trim and pearl strands!  Great use of vellum for a tag!  Love the mini cameo too!  Thanks JoAnn for being a part of this swap!

This is the tag that I made.  I used the TH dressform die, Iamroses flower, lots of lace trim, TH Baroque die, flatback pearls from Karlas001 etsy store and different patterned papers.  I love how this turned out!

Last but finally not least, this tag was made by Teresa Boerrichter.  I love the embossed butterfly at the top, the gorgeous handmade stickpin, the prima flower centre, flatback pearls, border punches, feathers and punched flowers!  Awesome job Teresa!

Thank you to all the wonderful ladies who participated.  I plan on using some of these on layouts and other projects this coming year!  I had fun hosting this swap and thank everyone for making it a success!