Make Something Monday #14

It’s a wet start to our week down here on the Gulf Coast! Guess that’s how spring gets going, huh? :) So did you get time to be crafty this past weekend? Unfortunately, even with the rain keeping me indoors, I didn’t get a chance to break out the craftiness. I plan on changing that today! 😉 First off, let’s see who caught our eye in last week’s SPARKLE challenge! Our featured project was made by

LOLS at Lorraine’s Loft!

Lorraine's Loft

All the sparkle caught our eye! We love this Christmas card! Nothing like getting a head start on the Christmas rush! 😉 Beautiful job! Thanks for sharing it with us! Go see more beautiful work and get inspiration at Lorraine’s Loft!

Now, on to this week’s challenge….Last week we wanted you to sparkle. This week we want you to SHINE! Yes, get your shine on! It’s time to break out the enamel dots, glossy accents, acrylic bits, and anything that shines. We are not looking for sparkle – just shine! (no glitter, sequins or rhinestones!) Are you up to the challenge?

Since I didn’t have time to create a new project, I snagged a layout from last year to share with you today. I used dew drops on this layout to give a little shine as some accents!

Silly Croppers

Yes, that’s Sam and me with one of our table mates being silly at a crop hosted by ScrapHappy! I love hanging out with Sam! She’s a hoot! So, now it’s your turn to share your shine with us! Get out anything with some shine – embossing powder, glossy accents, those popular enamel dots, some fancy brads you’ve been hoarding – and make something!

Check Sam’s Blog to see her project – she got to spend time in her craft room!!

See you on Wednesday! Now, go get crafty!

Make Something Monday #12

I’m so sorry I missed posting on Friday. I was so sick. :( Went to the dr and was diagnosed with laryngotracheobronchitis. Big word, huh? Yep. Got some meds, and now I’m on the mend! :)

We had several link ups to last week’s challenge to use a stencil or mask on your project. It was so hard to choose a winner this week! There were so many great cards! (everyone made a card!) We finally settled on the following card made by

Piali Biswas!


I love the bright colors, the water spots and the graphic design! Congrats, Piali!! You can see more of her creations at her blog: Touch of Creation. Be sure to stop by and see more of her work. Thanks so much for sharing this card with us, Piali!

This week’s challenge is to USE A DOILY on your project. This can be a store bought doily, a doily cut on your silhouette or other digital cutter, or even a stamped doily! Here is a layout I made that uses a red heart-shaped doily.

true love

I’ve made so many layouts using doilies in the past, but usually stick to the traditional round white doilies. This one made me go outside my box. Since it was heart shaped, I chose to use lots of hearts on this layout. Perfect for the wedding theme of love!

Check in with Sam to see how she used a doily on her project!

Now it’s your turn to make a project – card, layout or whatever – using a doily! Link up below and you may be our featured crafter next week! Have fun and take some time to be creative this week! See you on Wednesday!

Make Something Monday #11

We had some great participation last week and some beautiful green and gold projects submitted. Our featured crafter this week is:


March Challenge

This card is just too stinkin’ cute! Check out more of her work at her blog here: The Stamper’s Touch Thanks so much for sharing your card, Linda!

This week’s challenge is for you to use a MASK or STENCIL. Many crafters use these terms interchangeably but they actually are two different terms. A stencil is what most of us are using typically. This is a template with a cut out area that we use our media of choice on, and when we remove the template, we are left with a positive image in the media of our choice. Here is an example:


blue heart card

The heart print stencil was laid over the inked surface and the hearts were traced, then misted with water to leave a lighter heart print on the finished project.

Here is another sample using a polka dot stencil and modeling paste


The stencil was removed leaving textured polka dots in the top corner of the frame. So, stencils leave a positive image behind when you remove them.

Masks, on the other hand, leave a negative image behind when they are removed. The mask covers a portion of your project, and when the media is applied, it’s applied around the mask, leaving a negative image behind. Here’s an example:


A chipboard flower was used as a mask with some blue ink mist to achieve the floral image to the right of the journaling.

Here is another example:

mask detail

full page

You can clearly see the flourish mask that was spritzed with ink leaving a crisp image behind. In the case of a mask, the negative image shows the background paper with ink defining the shape.

Check out Sam’s Blog to see how she used a stencil or mask on her layout.

Your challenge this week is to use a MASK or STENCIL to create your project! Be sure to link your card, layout, or other project below for a chance to be featured next Monday! I can’t wait to see what you create!


Photo Friday – Layout Share

I was a guest designer for 3 Scrappy Boys for the month of February and they sent me their Trio Kit to use to create. I ended up sharing 3 layouts and one project. I put a sneak peek of the journal I created for my daughter a few weeks ago, but didn’t share the layouts here. Here are the three layouts I made and a short bit about each one. :)

my vivian LO

This layout uses photos taken a million years ago at my first son’s baby shower. I had become close friends with an older woman, and she became like an extra grandparent to me. She was always happy and full of laughter and love. I miss her greatly.


This next layout is with a heritage photo I’ve had in my collection. The journaling is hidden on the tag that is tucked into the pink pocket. I love that confetti print paper! It is perfect for celebrations without being too over the top and in your face.

bundled up

This last layout to share is a photo of my oldest son during his first winter. He was such a cutie pie! This photo makes me giggle every time I see it! The layout was quick and simple, but I’m really pleased with how I was able to use a kit that had so much aqua and pink and make a gender neutral or masculine page with it. Evaluating both sides of a patterned piece of paper and using parts of a stripe can really help you stretch your kits.  The only things from my stash that I added to the above layouts are one set thickers, enamel dots, sequins, and some twine.

Thanks for taking a peek at my layouts! There’s still time to enter your green and gold creations in this week’s Make Something Monday Challenge #10. Visit Sam’s blog to see what picture she’s loving this week! Remember to find some time to be creative! I can’t wait to see what you make!

Flashback Friday!

Next week I’ll let you in on what’s been keeping me so busy these past few days! Until then – here’s another flashback post. These were originally posted in April of 2013.

Just dropping off some images of a few somewhat-recent layouts I’ve made. I have more around here….
I need to photograph them….
Soon, I promise…

I’ve been scrapping older photos – some are 10 years old….others are almost 30 years old! Enjoy!

This is Life Circa 1986


Check out Sam’s Blog to see what her favorite photo of the week is!

Also, remember to take some time and be creative – let the sketch give you some inspiration and be sure to link up to our Make Something Monday Challenge!


Make Something Monday #9

These weeks seem to just fly by! I can’t believe that we are issuing our 9th challenge!Before we get to our newest challenge, I’d like to share my favorite card from the link up last week! It would be the card made by Marilyn, with House Mouse Stamps. I simply adore how this card looks with the little mouse tails still hanging outside of oval on the cover!




Send your mailing information to me at “susan dot fairchild at gmail dot com.” I’ll mail out your stamp set in one week. It was difficult to choose just one person to feature when you’ve come so far!

When Sam and I were talking about the challenges, we sat and planned out the first several months. This week the challenge is SKETCHES – use a sketch to complete your project.

As it so happily happens, it;s also my first week contributing to the new Design Team at Nuts About Sketches! Shawn was gracious enough to let us use her sketcch this week! You can click over to her site to see what the other design team members made using the sketch as inspiration.

Here is the sketch:

307 - Due Mar 2

And here is my interpretation of the sketch:

sketch LO

This is an older photo of when my oldest son was in preschool. So, what can YOU make with the sketch? How will it inspire you? In addition to Nuts About Sketches, you can go visit Sam’s Blog and see how she used the sketch. Remember you can reverse a sketch, rotate a sketch, change the number of photos – whatever it takes to make the layout work for you. Look at sketches as a jumping off point to inspire your creativity. It doesn’t have to be an exact copy. Rarely do I find a sketch that I follow exactly. While you can “see” the sketch in my layout, it’s not an exact replica, either!

Now it’s your turn! Use the above sketch to make a layout! Link it up below and you might see your name highlighted right here next week.

Be sure to link up your projects before Midnight on Sunday! Have a great day and remember to be creative this week – even if its only for a few moments!

Here’s the new link up and I’ll see you Wednesday!

Flashback Friday

Today I’m sharing a flashback photo and layout! This was originally posted in July 2012.

Remember to join in our Make Something Monday Challenge and you may be the lucky winner of a brand new stamp set! Get the details here!

Check Sam’s Blog to see her favorite photo of the week!


I’m in love with another layout I made. :) You know how that happens? See, there are times I make a layout and I fall in love. I may LIKE other layouts I do, but some layouts just make my heart melt when I see them – every time I see them.  This is one of those layouts. I adore the photo and love the papers I used.

The beautiful bright colors and patterns of Crate Paper’s Random paper collection was perfect for this sweet photo: my youngest son content and in his daddy’s arms.

I love the look of layers on other people’s layouts but haven’t ventured into those waters myself. I got brave and tried a bit of layering here. I like how it turned out! I may have to try this more often!! It was so much fun to let go and create with layers. I always thought layered layouts would be so time intensive. I was surprised when it seemed to go together so quickly. I added some embellishments including some coordinating stickers from Crate Paper.

Some mist on a tag, some chipboard, a crystal ball gem and some canvas gives layers and texture overlapping the stitched and rolled edge.

A bit of extra stitching on one corner and more layered embellishments! I used thickers to spell out my title. I loved the red Hello tag and hesitated to use it on my layout. Then as I looked more closely, I saw bits of red mixed in the rest of the embellishments, and even a touch of red in the photo.  I really love how the whole layout came together.

Maybe this will encourage you to try a new technique or style. This was out of the box for me, but I loved it so much, I can totally see myself repeating this style!

(Supplies: Crate Paper Random Collection Papers, Crate Paper Random Collection Cardstock Stickers, Pebbles Crystal Candy Dots, American Craft Thickers, Ranger Sticky Back Canvas Artist Trading Cards, Sticky Thumb Popdots and Adhesive, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist – Pumpkin Spice, Dragonfly, Juniper, Tattered Angels Chalkboard Glimmer Mist – Sprout, Cornflower Daze, ArtC Glitter Mist – Copper, Manilla Tags, Want2Scrap Nestaboard Gears, Drywall Tape, Sewing Machine and thread)

Merry Christmas – Photo Love Friday

I really wanted to scrapbook a photo I have of my sister and me as small children visiting with Santa. I have to admit, this layout gave me serious fits! Have you ever wanted to try something a bit outside of your normal scrap routine? That’s what I wanted to do….I wanted to make a layout without many layers. I wanted to still use an assortment of papers and embellishments, but to use them as a grid sort of layout instead of layered in a single stack. My brain was just not going in that direction! I tried for an hour to make it work…… I moved things around multiple times. Finally I walked away for a day. When I came back, I tried again. I realized that I needed to just go with the layers. I tried to re-use the papers I had already selected and cut and outlined for the layers. I ended up working on that for quite a while, too. It also wasn’t working. Finally I went back to what was familiar. I started over and didn’t push myself to use anything I had already selected for the previously frustrating layout. See, I was getting very frustrated, and that’s not what scrapping is about! Scrapbooking is my creative get away. It’s my recharging time. I ended up with a layout I love, even if it doesn’t have a clearly defined title!

Merry Christmas LO

I used Heidi Swapp gold lame spritz to give some small ink droplets to the background. I love this stuff! It does take a few minutes to dry, but it’s absolutely beautiful!

detail christmas

Did I mention I also did a process video for this layout? Hmmm…well, I sorta did…. I taped the first hour. Then walked away. Then I taped my second attempt. Walked away again. The third try, I also taped! I’ve not had a chance to edit the video, but when I do I’ll put a link here. It may end up being a three part video, so that you don’t have to watch me redo the process time and again! 😉

Have you ever had fits with a layout like this? Did you finally get it to work, or did you fall back on the tried and true? I do want to try to do an unlayered layout again one day. But maybe not today. 😉

Visit Scrapping With Pirkie to see what photos she’s loving this week!

Take some time to be creative this weekend and link up to our Make Something Monday challenge! Then come back on Monday and see if your project has been featured and find out what our new challenge will be! See you Monday!