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One of the themes for submissions for the next issue of Creative Scrapbooker was recycling a cookbook. Because my roomies here in Phoenix are enthusiastic garage and estate salers, I asked them to be on the look out for an old cookbook that I could possibly use for the submission.  It wasn’t long before they came back with a perfect one that was in my price range of a dollar.  It was a 1953 Better Homes and Gardens cookbook, complete with old fashioned pictures and life lessons.

I set about making a layout using it.  I admit that Vintage is NOT my strong suit and not my favorite style, but I did like the resulting page.  So my friends, the operation was successful, but apparently the patient died as my layout was not selected for the magazine.

In order to justify the $1.00  investment, I am publishing it here instead.


Trying Something New

I like doing things that are new and different.  At least this is true in the crafting world, not so much in the computer world.  The other day, Scrapendipity owner Selena asked me to make some cards using some Paper Tole sheets that she has brought in.  I looked at them, kind of dazed and confused, as I had never tried doing this craft before.  The craft is quite popular in the UK as I often see these 3D printed shapes in online stores there.

How much fun were these!!  They were simple to put together and very eye-catching.  I had fun deciding which background scenes would make the Pop-Ups stand out.  I was very happy with the results.  This means, of course, that I have just acquired another crafting addiction……………….thanks Selena.  Now I am off to see if I can find some images of castles, tea cups or perhaps the Loch Ness monster as I am working on my British Isles Scrapbook.


Monday Challenge-Feb 29 2016

The Monday Challenge this week is to leap into the unknown.  Since I just got Tim Holtz Distress Crayons in the mail, it seemed like an invitation to try them.

The crayons are super creamy which I loved, but they weren’t well suited to my small detail stamp set because of their snub nose.  Now they worked perfectly when I just put the pigment on the craft sheet and then used the colour with a water brush, but goodness knows I already have several watercolour mediums that do that well.

I liked the brillant colours that resulted on the card but do feel that the crayons full potential would be better utilized on a different type of project. I am thinking that I would like to test out the crayons on the background to a  scrapbook layout.  I am not enamoured with mixed media that much, so I need to find an alternative for which the crayons can become my “go to” product.  I didn’t bring any stencils to Arizona so I think I will make a couple using my cutter and try the crayons with that.

Here is the fun Easter card I made.


Supplies: Tim Holtz Distress Crayons, Bo Bunny Eggcellent Stamp, Carta Bella Spring patterned paper,  Papertrey Ink Wet Paint die,  Ranger black and white enamel accents, Taylored Expressions If Dogs Could Talk stamp set (to add faces to the eggs)Stickles, Crackerjack Palace eyes, Simon Says stamp card base, Scor tape, Xyron adhesive

Simon Monday Challenge- Using the letter “N”

Sandra wanted to enter Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.  The Challenge is to create something that begins with the letter “N”.  Sandra didn’t tell me what she was going for, but looking at the card, I would say she was inspired by “N”ature.  She was probably  also inspired by NA NA,  NA NANA! because she knows I love this graphic nature stamp set and only she owns it and I don’t.

Explore Nature Sandra Monday challenge SSS


Simon Says Stamp Sets – One With Nature and Giving Thanks

Michaels – Ribbon

Cardstock – Recollection

Pattern Paper – Bo Bunny

Ink – Stampin Up

TPC – Gemsupplies:


Impression Obsession Challenge

I wanted to enter the Impression Obsession Challenge but I don’t currently own any sentiments from IO, so what to do?  I decided to let the flip flops  and the colours of the Adirondack Chairs tell the story.  Fall is definitely coming as shown by the colours of the chairs and the various states of disrepair in the flip flops.

Here is my entry:


Supplies:  Impression Obsession Adirondack Chair and Flip flops Die (DIE190-C), Bo Bunny Sandy Toes patterned paper, Jolees Sand Dollar stickers, Recollections card base and cardstock and Scor tape.

Sandra uses Tim for her Timmies

Canadians love their coffee…………specifically…………….they love their Timmies, being coffee from Tim Horton’s.   I think it is fitting that Sandra made her Timmies’ coffee card using stamps from the Starbucks fanatic Tim Holtz (there is nothing really indicating that this is meant to be Timmies’ coffee, but hey, I am holding the pen or the keyboard as it were).   This is her entry for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge-Coffee or Tea theme.

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Supplies:  Bo Bunny patterned paper, X-pressit and Stampin’ Up cardstock, Tim Holtz and Little Yellow Bicycle stamps, Michaels gems.

The Human Rainbow

Today Sandra and I decided to do our take on the Human Rainbow.  One of the blogs we follow is Sandy Allnock and she has made available a chart to colour in various shades of skin colour.  I found the chart extremely helpful and you sure can’t beat the price which is “Free”.    I have had limited experience in colouring multiple skin colours with copics, so I found making this card, challenging and definitely time consuming, but very enjoyable.

IMG_9218 sandra human rainbow


Supplies “Selfie”:  Mama Elephant Photo Bomb stamp set, Simon Says Stamp Woodgrain Cardstock, Doodlebug Happy and Smile 6 X ^6 Paper,  Mama Elephant Creative Cuts die, Polaroid frame Pazzles cutter, copic markers, scor tape.

Supplies “Happy”:  Bo Bunny patterned paper, Gorguss Stamp, Create a smile stamp, Copic markers.


So in the continuing saga of my Bunny.  I guess the bunny was miffed at me for putting lettuce in her resting spot because she did not show up here for two days.  I became quite worried about her as they are creatures of habit, same place same time, everyday.  I began to imagine all sorts of horrible things that might have happened to her.  Well last night on my way home from dinner out with a friend,  I saw her bounding across the field down from my house.  I stopped my car, opened the door and invited her to come back home with me………………..she declined.  Today though, I went out the front door to get the paper and there she was.  She moved the “offending” and now totally wilted lettuce from her resting spot and settled right back in.


Merely Meerkats but Oh so Adorable

I have loved these little creatures ever since the movie The Lion King came out.  Meerkat Moms do some amazing things to protect and raise their young.  One of the craziest is that they find scorpions  AND bite off their stingers before  giving the rest of the live scorpions to their young for lunch.   Now that is Mom-ism at its’ finest I would say.  They live in groups called mobs.  Really?  The tough teenage meerkats must like that……………yeah I live with the mob!!


Supplies: Bo Bunny Safari Collection, Bo Bunny Noteworthy Safari ephemera,  Bo Bunny Safari Chipboard,  Papertrey Ink tiny type die and stamp, glossy accents, Hemp cord Hemptique, Simon Says Stamp Giant Geotag die (Bargain at $1.00 if you have a need for a giant geotag.  Guess both Sandra and I felt the need because we both got one), Envirotex Lite Epoxy, Souvenir 3D postcard (photographed better than I expected),Scor tape and Tombow tape runner.

Don’t feed the Animals

This layout was not in my plan when I started the album on the Wild Life Park in Phoenix.  However, I think it is cute payback for Sandra trying to drown me in the river in Zion National Park. IMG_9193   Supplies:  Bo Bunny Safari Collection, Bo Bunny Noteworthy Safari ephemera,  dollar store doily, Envirotex-Lite epoxy, Hero Arts ink pads, Pico Embellisher, My Favorite Things  Abstract Art stamp set,  Hero Arts Painted Circle and Painted Spots stamps, Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher, American Crafts This to That adhesive, Scor tape

Feeding the Giraffes

This layout is from Sandra’s and my visit to the Wild Life Park in Phoenix.  We both loved the Giraffe enclosure as we were able to actually feed the gentle giants.  The zoo must have known I was coming because they built a tower for me (who knew 🙂 ), so that I could see eye to eye with these magnificent creatures.  I got the Bo Bunny paper and ephemera from Selena’s fabulous mobile shop that we affectionately call “The Scrapmobile”.  You might have been wondering about how to use the film stickers from the various Bo Bunny collections…………ok maybe only I was wondering.  It was only now when I went to look up what they were called, that I realized that they were sticky backed.  The fact that they are called Bo Bunny Film “stickers” escaped me somehow.  It is all good though as it led me to make little slides out of them using a Maggie Holmes die that I picked up for cheap at Homesense.  I think they look very cute on the layout.






Supplies:  Bo Bunny Safari Collection,  Bo Bunny Noteworthy Safari ephemera,  Bo Bunny Safari stickers, Maggie Holmes Open Book die set, Envirotex lite pour on epoxy, glossy accents, Crackerbox Palace medium eyes, 3M foam tape, Creatology sticky backed fun foam,  American Craft This to That adhesive, Ranger Multi Medium Matte, Simon Says Stamp Sketch Star die and Scor tape.