…back for show and tell…

… with my “Wheres the mail?” layout.


This was my entry for a few challenges, which you can check out here.

I did A LOT of stuff with this page.  At first I used all my paint dabbers to make a polka dot pattern and then used the same dabbers and my distress stains to make thick stripes.  Well, I didn’t like the stripes, so I used gesso to cover them, as best I could.  At least the gesso toned it down, which helped.  Then I used some of my spray inks on the top to give a nice touch of color.  I normally don’t use 4 x 6 photos, but it’s the only size I could print at home, so I printed out two copies, then angled and layered them before matting them on several patterned papers from DCWV Rockstar, Amy Tangerine, We R Memory Keepers WhiteOut, and Simple Stories Documented.  I also had a leftover frame and striped patterned paper that I dyed with red Distress Stain.  I also used my yellow Distress Stain on some polka dot paper, then used stencils to make several die-cuts of stars, arrows, and circles.


On the background I also layered different paper tapes and some ribbon, as well as adding some matte medium to attach a nest of different colored embroidery thread.  I had used my red and blue Distress Stain on two yellow polka dot flowers.  I’m not a big flower person, in a sense, so on a whim I trimmed off the tops of the petals, leaving me with a bunch of mini scallops and two pentagon shapes.  I laid out the petal tips to make a scalloped border (part of the sketch).  The red and blue paper ribbon is patterned paper that I applied Distress Stain to and had been sitting around.  So I added some stickers/embellishments and layered under a green vellum frame.


I also added some twine in spots, as well as a couple embellishments from Amy Tangerine (love her stuff!).  The postage stamp is a sticker from Simple Stories Documented.  I had played with my sprays and liked it so much I cut out a square to cover the center of the stamp.  I had a polka dot die-cut circle that I stamped “etc.” onto and adhered it to my layout.  The yellow camera die-cut was yellow and pink, but I covered the pink with white paint, and added some feathers, and a die-cut arrow.  I also had a strip of white fabric with brown polka dots.  Once again playing with my Distress Stains, I made it into a rainbow piece under the photo.  I also used my striped cloud stamp with paint to make my cloud die-cuts.


Phew!!  I think that’s everything 😛  This is what happens when you have a lot of varied supplies and play! 🙂  If you have a question about anything, let me know!

Thanks for looking and happy scrapping!

…showing some love…

…and enjoying playing…

Several items in my Etsy shop need a refreshing. I’ve remade cards before, and you almost couldn’t recognize them.  So here’s a sneak peek at another one that’s gotten a facelift.  Some elements have stayed, but altered. 😛  I had fun playing with my gesso and Tim Holtz Distress Stain, as well as my Tattered Angels spray in black.  The bird is a stamp image that I cut out of altered patterned paper, then, added the black pen and a touch of red and blue distress stain to help it match the card.  I also used distress stain in the bottom flower layer (it was brown, but I made it a great shade of blue.

congrats card

So click the link and feast your eyes!

And now to show some more love to my hubby.  I love ScrapFriends blog, everything about them.  The challenges are fun, their design team is super talented, and their tutorial posts and videos are so awesome!  Anyway, that being said, I’ll admit to have a tough with the current ScrapFriends Colour Challenge.  Not that I don’t like the colors, perse, but I’m not the hugest fan of brown.  Kraft, I dig, but brown can turn me off at times (but I love chocoalte, go figure!).  Thankfully, the design team did some awesome work and I was struggling to make the layout work.  Then I saw Miae Rowe’s take on the colors.  It reminded me that I can use the colors however I’d like.  And her texture was so cool!

So I started anew with different photos as well as Creative Scrapper’s Sketch Challenge, flipped the sketch, and got to work.


I love my hubby, I love his brain and how it works (fantasy writer, sword and sorcery type, check him out here).  And I love movies, and the Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly movie A Beautiful Mind popped into my head, as did my homemade texture paste (recipe here).


Now blue is hubby’s fave color, and the patterned paper (from DCWV Tattered Time) worked great.  I like how the letters are upside down (complete accident, by the way), since hubby’s created his own world, so outside the box a little. 😀  I had already done a bunch of stamping with white paint and had my layers put together, so I snipped a little off to make them fit better on the layout.  The ticket you see above is by Amy Tangerine (the changed the pink lines to black with a pen).  The bottle cap was plain, so I finger painted the top blue, and when dry, spread a little matte medium to seal it.  I also wanted to use cogs and gears, but I don’t have many, nor a die-cut machine to make some.  So, I improvised.


It took awhile, but here’s what I did.  I grabbed some paper flowers and cut all the petals to cog length, then snipped the sides to make them look more cog-ish 😛  Then I painted them with blue paint and edged them with ColorBox brown ink for a worn look before covering them with some mod podge.  Once dry, I added a touch more brown and I had 3 small cogs to add!  The tag you see above is from a loaf of bread, with a “masking tape” word sticker and some pen outlining.  I had also stamped onto packing from K&Co. and cut out the images as tabs that I spread around my layout.


I used foam white glitter alphas and small alphas from Simple Stories Destinations line, and outlined the foam letters with my white pen.  The corrugated cardboard has also had an interesting trip.  Leftover from another project, I ended up with a big quote shape.  After playing with different techniques and mediums, I  painted the whole piece blue with a white outline, then cut it into strips, one for each letter.  You might also be able to see the layers underneath.  More texture paste, blue paint, and silver magic mesh that I coated with matte medium, then went over with my Tim Holtz Distress Ink stamp pad in denim.  There’s also some blue pen doodling on the brown button.  My journaling is on above and below the photos, which are of my hubby’s giant binder that he uses for editing.  Now you can’t read anything in the photos, and yes that’s intentional.

Anyway, enjoy and happy scrapping!

…has been busy!

And it’s time to share because it’s been way too long!  So I’m adding more cards to my Etsy shop, plus I found a way to get some envelopes, so all my cards will come with envelopes now.

So I actually made these a few weeks ago.  Little guy was in his school’s summer program (a good thing), and I thought, I’m making these cards, why not do so for his teachers and such at school!  So I made two cards with patterned paper from an old line from Simple Stories called Destinations.  It’s travel-themed, and thought it would work very well for his bus driver and matron.

I added some letter stickers (both from the same line as well as some from my stash) and a simple blue ribbon for his bus driver:


And of course, the age-old question from kids on car trips seemed so cute for his bus matron.  Add some of the same blue ribbon as the driver card, plus half a compass sticker from Destinations, and some blue/white baker’s twine:


As you can see, even though this is an older line, the principles remain the same.  Everything coordinates well, and there are cardstock die-cut sheets that are already sized to make creating really easy.

So at my son’s school, he has a teacher and a few teacher’s aides.  I decided to do one card for all of them.  For this one I combined a few different lines as well as stash stuff.


So this card really came out different than I planned, but I really like it.  The main paper is Amy Tangerine, along with the two bottom flowers.  The other flower is cut from We R Memory Keepers WhiteOut collection with an American Crafts button.  I used a clothing tag (yes, I keep and use them!) with some baker’s twine, a couple little scraps I had lying around, and letter stickers.

Now the inside presented a slight challenge.  The opposite side of the paper is a pink and white lined pattern, as you can see in the photo.  The pink was really dark, and wasn’t sure the writing would be legible.  So….I went to another lovely Memory Works goody.  Once all the Express Kit subscriptions are filled each month, the rest are available for sale.  I grabbed two die-cut journaling stickers, and added the message on the stickers!


I won’t be able to speak with the driver or matron, so I can only hope they liked the cards.

Next post will show cards that have been added to my Etsy shop.  You can also see them in Pinterest and Twitter.  Plus, next post will have a special discount available, so don’t miss it!

Happy scrapping!

…loving the new collections from Memory Works


I know I’ve been a quiet on the Memory Works front for awhile…so here’s me making up for it.  Simple Stories has some great new stuff coming out that I’m really psyched about!

First, the Summer/Fall 2013 SN@P Catalog! 

snap set catalog

And let’s welcome the other new additions to the Simple Stories family:

say cheese collage
smarty pants collage

dec documented collage

CHA summer 13 catalog header

Here’s a look at August’s Express Kit: Adventure!

MWExpress Aug 13

As always, a LIMITED number of these kits will be available for sale after all subscriptions have been fulfilled.  So the best way to get there kits, is to order them before they come out!  With that in mind, let me know if you’d like to get one of the August kits and if you like September’s sneak peek, act fast! 🙂  There’s some wicked cool stuff here!


The July 2013 Memory Works Express Kit is now for sale.  Limited quantities are available, so act fast!

june kit image

 This kit contains:  

 Patterned Paper:

{1} 12×12 All Smiles – Memories Captured (Fancy Pants)

{1} 12×12 My Camera – Memories Captured (Fancy Pants)
{1} 12×12 Memories – Memories Captured (Fancy Pants)
{1} 12×12 Shining Star – Memories Captured (Fancy Pants)
{1} 12×12 Shoreline – The Pier (Crate Paper)
{1} 12×12 Carousel – The Pier (Crate Paper)
{1} 12×12 Poolside – The Pier (Crate Paper)
{1} 12×12 Cut Outs – The Pier (Crate Paper)

Solid Cardstock

{1} 12×12 Fountain (American Crafts)
{1} 12x 12 Dark Kraft (American Crafts)
{1} 12×12 Crawfish (American Crafts)
{1} 12×12 Shrimp (American Crafts)
{1} 12×12 Oregano (American Crafts)
{1} 12×12 Honey (American Crafts) 


{1} 12×12 Coral Corrugated Paper (Fancy Pants)
{1} 12×12 Memories Captured Fundamental Stickers (Fancy Pants)
{1} Package Memories Captured Ephemera (Fancy Pants)
{1} Package Memories Captured Envelopes (Fancy Pants)
{1} 4×6 Memories Captured Sticker (Fancy Pants)
{1} Package Vacation Stencils (Fancy Pants)
{3} Chipboard Photo Frames – Assorted Styles & Sizes (Maya Road)
{8} Wooden Buttons (Maya Road)
{1} ½ Yard Black Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon (May Arts)
{1} ½ Yard Yellow Dot Ribbon (May Arts)
{1} ½ Yard Salmon Faux Canvas Ribbon (May Arts) 

The MemoryWorks Express kit is only $29.95 per month and packed full of goodies! (Does not include shipping, handling & sales tax)


Don’t forget that you can see all these goodies and more on the Simple Stories blog.  So if you see something you just have to have (we’ve all been there :P), shoot me an e-mail!

…going a little post happy…

…since I’m off to a gaming convention this weekend where I’ll be helping hubby promote his book and possibly,show off a little of my wares as well.

So, I’m not sure how my scrapping will be going into the weekend and after coming back.  I have to pack a bunch of the stuff into our room, since little guy will have Grandma and Grandpa to himself and we don’t want him getting his little hands on things he shouldn’t 🙂

So here’s another LO I made using Scrap Friends Sketch #12


The background paper is from Kelly Panacci (not big into her stuff, but this really called to me, wonder why :P)





I went a little crazy with my collection of die-cuts.  I had a bunch that I’d been wanting to use, and this seemed a great way.

Supplies: DCWV Rock Star, We R Memory Keepers White Out, Kelly Panacci patterned paper; Transparency photo frame; Ribbons and fibers; K & Co. ephemera die-cuts; Little Yellow Bicycle Natural bird wood veneer; Tattered Angels spray mist in black and gold; Tim Holtz Paint Dabber in teal; 7Gypsies fabric tape and Bella Blvd. tape in Yellow Chevron and Pickle Juice; Fairy wood-mounted rubber stamp; Pins; Letter stickers; Tim Holtz Distress Marker Wild Honey; Hambly transparent border stickers

…seeing colors everywhere…

and next month’s Express Kit is no exception.  A sneak peek at:

The Good Life


Just as a reminder, to subscribe (which I suggest doing because even though the remainder do go on sale, they go quickly, so to get first shot, best bet is to subscribe), contract me at tjcarrigATyahooDOTcom.  The price is $29.95 plus S&H, and you can have it shipped directly to you or to me and I can deliver it or you can pick it up (Long Island residents only, unless you REALLY want to drive all that way :P).

I won’t have the list is items until the kit is released and sent to subscribers, hence the sneak peek!  Some sneak peeks really excite me, and this is one of them.  A good balance of colors and patterns and no doubt there will tons of goodies packed into the kit.

So contact me and let’s get scrappin!

Happy scrapping!

…liking the signs of spring…

Like this month’s Express Kit from Memory Works:

Live. Laugh. Love.


This month’s kit contains:  

 Patterned Paper

{1} 12×12 Laugh Lots – Vintage Bliss (Simple Stories)
{1} 12×12 Spread Sunshine – Vintage Bliss (Simple Stories)
{1} 12×12 Be Happy – Vintage Bliss (Simple Stories)
{1} 12×12 Bingo Cards – Vintage Bliss (Simple Stories)
{1} 12×12 About Me – Sweetest Thing (My Mind’s Eye)
{1} 12×12 Adorable – Sweetest Thing (My Mind’s Eye)
{1} 12×12 Cheerful – Sweetest Thing (My Mind’s Eye)

Solid Cardstock

{1} 12×12 Wood – Vintage Bliss (Simple Stories)
{1} 12×12 Teal Chevron – Vintage Bliss (Simple Stories)
{1} 12×12 Yellow Grid – Vintage Bliss (Simple Stories)
{1} 12×12 Pink Floral – Vintage Bliss (Simple Stories)
{1} 12×12 Green Dot – Vintage Bliss (Simple Stories)


{1} 12×12 Vintage Bliss Expression Stickers (Simple Stories)
{1} 6×12 Vintage Bliss Chipboard Stickers (Simple Stories)
{1} Package Vintage Bliss Decorative Brads (Simple Stories)
{4} Yards of Shades of Teal Ribbon (Petaloo)
{3} Dahlias – Assorted Styles (Petaloo)
{3} Beaded Hat Pins – Assorted Styles (Petaloo)
{2} Vintage Wood Mini Butterflies – Assorted Styles (Maya Road)

The MemoryWorks Express kit is only $29.95 per month and packed full of goodies! (Does not include shipping, handling & sales tax).  If you’d like to subscribe, send me an e-mail!

Like it?  Love it?  Hate it?  I’m liking the blues/teals and yellows and those mini butterflies?  Love ’em! 😛

Happy scrapping!

…chomping at the bit…

…because of the fabulosity (is that even a word?:D) of even more new Memory Works goodies for Spring 2013, and I’m in love…with paper, that is :P…

So first, this month’s Express Kit, absolutely phenom: Everyday Moments


And introducing…


Crate Paper


Simple Stories


From American Crafts: Amy Tangerine and Dear Lizzy




Studio Calico

 And why don’t I have any little snippets for these?  Well, it’s said that the catalogs speak for themselves.  And all of these collections (not to mention the rest), I feel really do speak for themselves.  Some collections I can take or leave (and you know me, I don’t like pink), but there’s minimal pink in these collections, and I absolutely LOVE them!  Seriously, I know it’s not my birthday or any big gift-giving holidays, but yeah, they’re that cool to me!

So if anything catches your eye, e-mail me!  If you’ve got a comment on something, comment already 🙂 Please let me know what you think!  And man, if only I could buy these…heh

Happy scrapping!


…eager to share…

…tons of  new goodies coming out from Memory Works.  Spring is coming around here, albeit slowly and shyly.  So I’m going to share what some companies have to give us for the upcoming season, and then some.


Sometimes there are collections that don’t immediately grab my attention, but I give them a second (or third :P) look and discover that I’m liking it more and more.  Fancy Pants has done that.  Bravo/a to Fancy Pants.

Fancy Pants


Basic Grey covers all the bases with vintage, retro, sweet girly and bright anytime colors and pattersn.

Basic Grey


Now while I’ll admit to not knowing this name, I’m liking the new goodies for spring.  Take a look.

Carta Bella


I’m loving the Mama-Razzi line, personally!



These collections have spring colors all over, with some added tones to ground them in a wonderful way.

Bella Blvd


For those who love summertime, and for all your girly girls and cool boys, Echo Park’s got your ticket.

Echo Park


Tim Holtz Distress Products!  Can you tell I’m excited? 😛

And of course, for March a lovely hostess gift:


March 2013 Hostess Incentive

Needless to say, loads of paper and embelli goodies upon which to feast your eyes!  Does anything grab you?  Something you’re excited to see?  Or would like to see?

Happy scrapping!

…oddly desperate to use all my supplies…

…okay, maybe not all of them, but I have such a stash that I want to do something with.  Mainly because I’m having new product envy.  Strictly speaking I’m not really able to purchase new stuff (having lost my permanent job and now looking for a new one), so I’ve been trying to find challenge blogs (plus I love the inspiration and the, well, challenge :P), and different little projects to make to use what I have.

On this train of thought, I’ve discovered art journaling (and yes, there are challenge blogs for that too! wow :P) and some other names in the scrapbooking industry overseas (mainly Europe).  I’ve added a couple new links to my sidebar.  One for SODAlicious and another for I Like Grey.  Both overseas and both with some fantastic stuff!  Check out their blogs and let me know what you think.

And now, a little teaser, I’ll be posting the sneak peek for the March Express Kit from Memory Works.  You know how some sneak peeks just get you salivating to see the whole thing?  Yeah, this one did that for me…so stay tuned later on 🙂

Happy scrapping!