Tuesday, September 1, 2015


Is there anyone else out there that thinks the summer went even faster this year than it usually does? Summer is my favorite time of year and it's never long enough for me.

Well, here we are at the start of September already.  Today we will have our regular challenges and a special announcement! 

Our Scripture for the month is-
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.  Proverbs 3:5

And now for the challenges-

Layout sketch



Cara is also sharing the companion page with us that she created with a PageMaps sketch.

Card Sketch




Off the Page-


We hope that you will play along with any or all of the challenges.  For each creation you submit you will receive an entry for this months awesome prize...which is...

and our special announcement - 

There will be a fun all day crop going on Saturday September 19 beginning at 8am.  There will be a challenge by each Design Team member.  You will have until month's end to complete them. For every challenge you complete you will receive an entry for the grand prize as well as any RAK that the DT may be having on her blog. There may also be something special for anyone that completes all of the crop challenges!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Tips, Tricks and Techniques with Karla!

Karla here today to share this Prima Doll Tag as a tutorial! I love creating backgrounds with layers of stamps and stencils and wanted to share with you all how easy it can be to create this look.

I first started by cutting a tag the size I wanted and then pulled out some stencils and Distress Inks.

I used more Distress Ink in Tumbled Glass and a Tim Holtz butterfly stamp to stamp a light image on the bottom left of my tag.

For my ribbon I used some seam binding ribbon and rubbed Distress Stains directly onto it, then I spritzed lightly with water and crumpled the ribbon with my fingers before drying with my heat gun. This blends some of the colours and crinkles it nicely.

Now, it was time to create the Prima Paper Doll that I wanted to use on the tag! I'm really liking the way these dolls look stamped on a script paper, so I stamped my doll directly onto the script paper shown in the picture below and then used a light peach Prismacolor Marker, which is alcohol based, to colour in the face and skin areas.

I used the yellow floral paper to paper-piece her hair and paper from the Crate Paper Flea Market Maggie Holmes paper pad for her clothes. I also used journaling cards to layer behind the doll to add extra interest. This is also a great way to use up some of those beautiful journaling cards in our stash ;)

I added some paper flowers and gems to my tag and a couple layers of ribbon along the bottom of the tag.

I wanted to add a quote, so I used the Tim Holtz Small Talk stickers, cut apart to fit inside a frame I diecut with a Spellbinder's Die. I traced around the quote with a black pen and added a heart sequin to finish it off.

I love this quote - it reminds me that my day is so much better when I take a few minutes to think of what I'm thankful for first thing in the morning. Then, instead of focusing on anything that might be negative I'm feeling happy about those big and little things that make life amazing!

I found this bible verse from 1 Thessalonians 5 vs 16-18 which seemed quite fitting - 16Always be joyful. 17Never stop praying. 18Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.

Thanks so much for joining me today! Don't forget to check out this month's awesome challenges for your chance to win a prize!! You still have a few more days to enter your project!