Thursday, July 31, 2014


You know what today is?  It's Harry Potter's birthday!  So happy birthday to the Boy Who Lived, and many thanks to author J.K. Rowling for giving us such a wonderful story.  Love the Harry Potter books.

So today I thought I'd share a layout from a kinda magical place.  Alas, I haven't started scrapping any of our pics from the Harry Potter studio tour, but hey, Stonehenge is pretty awesome too.

See the original pictures here.  One of the stories about the creation of Stonehenge is that it was originally in Ireland, but Merlin saw it and liked it and used magic to transport it to England.  The main problem with that theory is that Stonehenge had been on Salisbury Plain for a number of centuries before Merlin and King Arthur arrived on the scene.

Yep, magical translocation?  Totally plausible.  But not unless Merlin also had a time machine.  Oh wait, didn't he live backwards, where he got younger as time went on?  So maybe it is still possible...

Anyway, there's my title, I love that Well-Worn Alphabet for nice grungy titles.  And Gorgeous Grunge, why did it take me so long to buy that stamp set?  Love it.  The speckles on the title block were accidental though, I dropped the inked-up stamp on the cardstock by accident and then thought oh why not, so I added more.

Smoky Slate embossing powder FTW!  I wanted just a little something in that corner and the embossing powder did the trick.

Have a magical day, peeps!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Well-Worn Alphabet, Gorgeous Grunge
Ink:  Basic Gray, Smoky Slate, Versamark
Paper:  Basic Gray, Smoky Slate, Fall Flowers DSP (long retired)
Accessories:  Smoky Slate EP

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The 100th Nacho Challenge!

Yep, it's a special occasion week for the Nachos--our 100th challenge!  So instead of having a new sketch or color combination for you, the challenge is to take a past sketch or color combination (or both!) and make something new.  I chose a couple of recent challenges...

Yeeeeahhh I'm kind of in love with this color combination.

I can't seem to get the sentiment in the same place as on the sketches lately, but this is the one I chose and then I turned it 90 degrees.

And there it is!  This is my little thank you to the challenge chasers who check out our lil' challenge blog every week and make such beautiful creations.  I used to participate pretty frequently before I was invited to be on the Design Team, and it's been such fun!  Hope you have fun with it too.

So you know what to do--check out the Nacho blog, which has some handy-dandy .pdf files with all the past challenges in one place, plus some eye candy from the DT, and then have fun taking a trip down Memory Lane with the Nachos!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  World Map, Starburst Sayings
Ink:  Island Indigo
Paper:  Pool Party, Island Indigo, Whisper White, Pistachio Pudding DSP
Accessories:  Starburst & Circle Framelits, Dimensionals

Saturday, July 26, 2014

A-Team Wedding 3

Well, the hubs and I have been in our new house for a week now and I just wonder when all our stuff will arrive here from England :)  Can't wait to set up the new craft room!

More photos from my brother's wedding...since I have several layouts from this day, I did the same (or very similar) colors on all of them, but just changed what colors went where.  But on each one I kept the border of patterned paper on the bottom with the cardstock mat, so they still look like they coordinate.

Can't beat Stippled Blossoms for wedding stuff.

I was not so smart on these little flowers...I hand-cut them, then decided to mat them.  Would have been so much faster and easier to just punch them out square in the first place but what can ya do :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Stippled Blossoms
Ink:  Brocade Blue (retired), Night of Navy, Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red (retired), Pear Pizzazz, Garden Green
Paper:  Whisper White, Pink Pirouette, Night of Navy, Bella Rose DSP (retired)
Accessories:  Square & Postage Stamp punches

Thursday, July 24, 2014

CAS Silhouette

Aha!  I found a draft blog post that's a card rather than a scrapbook page.  This one's a CAS CASE...I loved this card I saw on Splitcoast, so I had to make my own version.

I just had to get the Tempting Turquoise embossing powder when it hit the retiring list, I have fun playing with the colored embossing powders :)

Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Serene Silhouettes, Gorgeous Grunge, A Dozen Thoughts
Ink:  Versamark, Certainly Celery, Soft Suede
Paper:  Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White
Accessories:  Tempting Turquoise EP

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Nachos: Kick Up Yer Heels

Howdy, Nacho fans!  It's time once again for a sketch from the Nacho Average Challenges team, and here it is:

I won't lie, this one didn't come easy to me, but here's what I've got:

The hardest part of this was getting the triangle panel the way I wanted it....let's just say there are several other triangle scraps now in with my Strawberry Slush cardstock.  The next hardest bit was that I decided to add the Kaleidoscope DSP layer *after* I'd already adhered that Strawberry Slush triangle and the ribbon to the card front.  Oops.  But I just couldn't leave it plain.

So now it's your turn to take on the challenge!  See a few more inspiration pieces on the Nacho blog and then get yer stamp on, ha!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Bootiful Occasions, Extreme Elements
Ink:  Strawberry Slush, Basic Black, Crushed Curry
Paper:  Bermuda Bay, Strawberry Slush, Basic Black, Whisper White, Kaleidoscope DSP
Accessories:  Crushed Curry chevron ribbon, white baker's twine, Brights Candy Dots, Dimensionals

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Nago Cherry Blossom Festival

Hello again!  I'm back with yet another scrapbook layout that makes me happy.

The page base is the long-retired (sniff!) Almost Amethyst, and I built my own cherry blossoms using the recently-retired Floral Fusion Sizzlit.

I never used the Spencerian Alphabet stamps until after they retired, but I've had fun with it on scrapbook layouts this year.

There's a closeup of my flowers; the Sizzlit cuts three sizes at once so I decided to just vary how I layered the three shades of pink to make all the flowers look a little different.  You can see the original pictures here.

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Spencerian Alphabet, Summer Silhouettes
Ink:  Not Quite Navy, Regal Rose, Smoky Slate
Paper:  Almost Amethyst, Pink Pirouette, Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Greenhouse Gala DSP
Accessories:  Floral Fusion Sizzlit

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Bangles

Ok, today's scrapbook layout makes me ridiculously happy.

I was a kid when the Bangles broke up, but they'd been my favorite band since I was six.  So when they reunited and happened to play in the Hard Rock Cafe in Dallas in December 2003, I was *all over* going to that concert :)  These pics are from before we even got a digital camera!

This was actually the very first thing I made with the new In Colors; I waited specifically to get the new In Color 12x12 cardstock so I could use Blackberry Bliss for the page base.

I paired the new colors with some old favorite stamp sets, like Grunge Rock, Wing It, and Priceless.  Glad I finally got these pictures scrapped :)

Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamps:  Grunge Rock, Extreme Elements, Priceless, Wing It
Ink:  Whisper White, Blackberry Bliss, Basic Gray marker
Paper:  Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon, Whisper White, Strawberry Slush DSP
Accessories:  Curly Label punch, non-SU Sizzlits alphabet