Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Oh Boy!

 Today I did the second challenge from Stuck?! Sketches blog! I used up some old MME About a Boy stash I had.

Here is the awesome sketch!

Thanks for looking and be sure to check out the challenges at Stuck?! Sketches blog.
Your comments are always appreciated

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Cousins are the Best

Today I was pleasantly surprised with the challenge from Stuck?! Sketches blog! There was two sketches to pick from, so of course I will be doing both. But here is the first one. I used mostly  Pinkfresh Studios Escape the Ordinary kit.

Such a nice sketch!!

Your comments are always appreciated

Chinese New Year Candy Lantern

Hello, Today I made these lanterns in celebration of Chinese New Years. My daughter home schools her three children and this year they are learning about different cultures from around the world. I thought it would be fun to bring them a lantern filled with candy and as a bonus a necklace from Oriental Trading craft supplies.  (Instructions below)

Here is one of the  finished lanterns. These would also look awesome with a candle light in them!!!

Here is a view from the top of one of the lanterns.

Supplies from Oriental Trading
Metallic Gold Cups or any color you choose (red would be awesome!)
Aleen's Quick dry glue
Metallic Trim
Chinese Character Necklaces
Hot glue gun
Valentine Tassels
Red Cardstock

The first step poke a hold in the bottom of cup, I used a pencil.

Next using a razor or scissors cut down the cup making slits about an inch apart
Gently push down to get the folds for the lantern

 Take the necklace an put a knot about 3-4 inches from the charm.

Using a hot glue gun attach a tassel to the bottom of the charm.

Through the whole you punch insert the necklace. Where the knot meets the cup put some glue around it with a glue gun to hold it in place.

Decorate the cup with the ribbon. You can add whatever embellishments you like, I used ribbon on this one but I also used metallic trim.

TIP: Use clothespin or clips to hold the ribbon in place while it dries!

 For the top I cut open an extra cup and traced the top of the cup for the template. Also put a hold in the center, I used a hole puncher.

Decorate the top if desired. This on I made using red cardstock and  a starburst design with the metallic trim. Insert the cord of the necklace through the lid and push the lid down to the rim of the cup.
 All I have to do is fill them with goodies, and since I have necklaces I am going to give them each a few in the cup.

And there you have a fun project using a few Oriental Trading craft supplies.

Hope you enjoy

*Disclaimer: Oriental Trading sent me products in exchange for a blog post; however, all opinions in this post are mine.

Summer Sizzle

Here is a layout I did using the Sketches in Thyme Feb. 15th layout. My granddaughter enjoying time in the ocean. Used Echo Park papers and Oriental trading banner.

here is the awesome sketch!

Thank you for your comments and be sure to visit Sketches in Thyme

Thursday, February 15, 2018


Here is a layout I did using the Blend a sketch challenge at Scrap our Stash. I am loving these blend a sketch challenges!

I got my inspiration from the stars  from the first sketch and the basic design from the second sketch.

Be sure to visit Scrap our Stash
Your comments are always appreciated

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Hi, Paper Issues Blog and Csi Challenge blog  have teamed up for this challenge and it was exactly what I needed to get this mini album done for my granddaughter . So for this challenge I used the following clues (maybe more!)

 sky blue
bright lime green
Barbie pink
Floral patterns

TESTIMONY (Journaling ideas)
Topic: Document a summer memory
Inspiration Words: forget

This mini album was actually a flip album from Paper House, that I tore apart (more on that later) The cover I used a large bottle cap and some3-d stickers.

For the center of the cover I started the center and added a shadowbox with sand and shells, but then I went crazy around that and put more shells, glued sand around added some beads and some fishermans netting.I also stained the bottlecap with blue ink

Side view of the bottlecap
 For the side of the album I added some twine, and anchor charm, a seashell with a "pearl: and a small bottle filled with itsy bitsy shells and sand.
I had to have some to keep the book closed so I simply took a piece of twine and made a round circle large enough to fit around the bottlecap.

The album was made from this which I won from Scrapbook.com last year along with other items from Paper House! SO COOL! The album I carefully separated the frame apart so that became my front and back of the album. The flip part was on the inside. Then I used the packaging and cut it to make two inner pages using the side of the package for the frame. Wish I took pictures, but at the time I didn't know how it was going to turn out.

Inside of the book has a fold out and pull out pictures.

The two center pages was the flip album packaging repurposed!

Journaling the time in the ocean with Pop Pop

The two center pages have pull out pictures as well.

By adding a sheet of cardstock to the packaging I was able to create the pockets that hold  4x6 pictures.

One of the pull out pictures has journaling the uses the word never FORGET

Thanks for looking and as always I love reading your comments.


Sunday, February 11, 2018

So much love!

This layout was done with another great sketch from Stuck?! Sketches blog. I put the banner the opposite way only because I wanted the heart doilies to show more. This is my youngest granddaughter who just doesn't get enough love from her older brothers LOL !

Here is the sketch that inspired me from the Stuck?! Sketches blog
Thanks for stopping by and as always love to read your comments!


Hello, Since I have my Halloween stash out I decided to do the next sketch from the Sketches in Thyme blog.  The background paper is Carta Bella Halloween paper  which I absolutely love the quality of their papers!

After Halloween last year I got SO many embellishments really cheap from Michaels, it was crazy. I got foam titles, tags, doilies, and bling. I was like a quarter for each and I stocked up. I gave some to my granddaughters and sold some at a garage sale.

This is my other grandson who was dressed as Ninja, although his mask wasn't on correctly!

Here is the cute sketch from Sketches in Thyme blog

Thanks for stopping by and thank you for all your comments!


Hi everyone!
I finally have time to start doing sketch challenges from Sketches in Thyme. I kind of was slowing down on my scrapping but I started back in full force since the holidays are over. I really like the uniqueness of this sketch and I had those triangles reminded me that I had these banner spiderwebs, so off to the Halloween pics that I had.

This is my grandson who was dressed as Spiderman this past year. I also had this doilies from Michaels that had a spider cutout in the middle. I colored them red on the inside and then decided to put blue in back of the triangles to help tie in the Spiderman theme. The background paper, although you probably can't see it is spider webs.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out Sketches in Thyme.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Love Today

Hi everyone, today I present to you a layout I did using the challenge from Scrap your stash blog
Create a layout inspired by this month's movie's poster board
AND you must include...
TWINE on your layout and the word LOVE in your title!

Here is the layout I made. I got my inspiration from the golden globe, it reminded me of all the glitter and glam that is at the awards ceremonies in Hollywood so I added Stickles, sequins and gold washi to the layout.
Thanks for stopping by

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Valentine's Day card

Hello today I made a Valentine's Day card using five products I already had on hand from Oriental Trading
White cardstock
DCWV Heirloom paper pad
Wood heart
Aleene's Quick DryTacky glue
leftover patterned paper

When I made my Valentines Wreath the other day, I had one leftover wood heart, so in a matter of few minutes I made this card. The DCWV Heirloom paper stack is FILLED with some awesome vintage looking paper!  These sheet I used had all for designs in a row, so I only used on sheet to get the pattern.

The first thing I did was fold the white cardstock in half. Then added a sheet of paper from the DCWV paper pack.  I traced the wood heart in the center and cut that out. Through the hole I attached the wood heart with the Alenes glue to the inside of the card. Also on the inside I cut of the wooden blocks from the the DCWV paper pack and that's it! So easy but such a vintage look!
The bottom gives me room to write my own personal note and  sign  it,
Thanks for looking
Donna Coughlin

*Disclaimer: Oriental Trading sent me products in exchange for a blog post; however, all opinions in this post are mine.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018


Scrap Our Stash blog has an intriguing challenge this month and that is Blend - A - Sketch. Fun isn't it?

So using this is what I came up with. I used the half circle from the left hand sketch and used rhinestone stars (I guess that counts???) around the half circle instead of the title. From the right hand sketch I took the three squares and placement of the photo. I also used rhinestone stars at the top.

Thanks for visiting and be sure to check out the challenge at Scrap Our Stash. As always, comments are always appreciated!

Temporary Insanity

Stuck?!Sketches has another sketch for January for which I did this layout. I just love the Simple Stories Emoji Love paper for preteen girls, and this sketch was perfect for the pictures I had of my granddaughters and their friends.

Here is the awesome sketch from Stuck?!Sketches

PS Comments are always appreciated!

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Valentine's Day Wreath

Hi, Donna here today with a cute Valentine's Day Wreath I made using Oriental Trading Craft products.

The first thing is to gather your products.

scraps of patterned paper
other misc chipboard hearts
9 1/2 circle cut from a piece of heavy cardboard of a box. I used a box
Pink paint to paint the circle and the letter.

Being a scrapbooker I decided to cover the wood hearts with paper I had leftover from scrapbooking, but painting the hearts would work as well. I used DCWV Heirloom stack for the tan hearts and other misc papers for the rest.
I then glued the larger hearts starting at the 12:00, 3:00, 6:00 and 9:00 positions around the circle.
 Then I just went and layering the rest of the hearts that I covers randomly around the wreath.

I cut about an 18 inch piece of ribbon and knotted it in the center, so it had something to hang by.

Also taking a piece of twine, I glue the painted wood letters pink and adhered it to the back of the twine and attached it to the wreath. I then attached the ribbon the back of the wreath and hung it on my door.
Thanks for stopping by today.

*Disclaimer: Oriental Trading sent me products in exchange for a blog post; however, all opinions in this post are mine.