Monday, April 24, 2017

Card with Envelope on the Front

The inspiration for this card came from this card on Pinterest with a vellum envelope on the front.  This card had confetti inside the envelope.  As I experimented, I wondered about making the inside of the envelope the main part of the card.

I realized you really didn't need to open the card itself so this one is free standing with a very simple stand in the back.

Here's the process video on YouTube:

Thanks for visiting this week and if you know what color hedgehogs are supposed to be, let me know!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Sketch Challenge and Distress Inks

The Splitcoaststampers sketch challenge this week was yet another excuse to play with my Distress Oxide inks.  When I saw the sketch, I instantly thought of the Stampin' Up! Medallion stamp.  I haven't used it in ages and that is a shame because it makes such pretty and fast cards.

For this one, I inked the stamp with three of the Distress Oxide ink colors - Worn Lipstick, Fired Brick and Purple working from light to dark.  I stamped on bookpaper and then misted with water to get that oxide effect when dry.  You could also mist before stamping for a pretty, softer look.

I used Walnut Stain for the greeting, flourish and distressed edge.  Find bookpaper at my Etsy shop:  Lovely Layers Art

Thanks for visiting today!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

What's so funny?

Some people like my mother have a wonderful sense of style.  Others, like my husband, well, not so much.  I couldn't help but take this photo of him walking in an unconventional combination of clothes.  I sent it to my stepdaughter who told me I should burn it.  What did I do?  Scrapbook it of course!

The layout uses a sketch from the 2016 Sketchbook that was originally meant for more photos.  The 4 I have fit nicely along the strip at the top with a larger photo on the bottom.  I'm continuing with the same Basic Grey collection I used for the last layout.

Watch the video

Hope you are having a wonderful day.  Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Inspired Mother's Day card

I took the inspiration challenge at Splitcoaststampers today and took the opportunity to get my Mother's Day card done.  Last night my BFF mentioned using the 5th Avenue Floral set.  It was still on my mind as I looked through the gorgeous Pinterest gallery linked up to this challenge. All the challenge details are shown here.

I chose a photo of an arrangement with peach/magenta roses and little purple flowers.  I was also inspired by a photo of a ballerina's costume that included detailed lace and satin cutouts.  To create mine, I cropped down a Silhouette border and then cut several individual pieces so I could curve them into the desired shape.   They are coated with some iridescent ice embossing powder and linked with narrow white ribbon and a strand of beads.  The sparkley doesn't show up that well in the photos.

I combined several stamp sets to get the floral arrangement.  The rose is colored with watercolor crayons and the leaves are colored with colored pencils.  The purple flowers are stamped with Distress Oxide ink.

It was a joy to just experiment and play making a card.  Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Birthday page from collection

Most birthday themed collections seem to me to be more for children. This one from Basic Grey works for all ages.  I was blessed to receive several Basic Grey page kits from a friend cleaning out her stash.  I was just delighted!  You know how I love Basic Grey and this is such a treat.  This is my first layout from the kits.

For Mother's birthday, I spent a lot of time planning her cake.  The rest of us are real chocolate people.  She, however, is not as much of a chocolate fan though she does eat it.  I thought I'd take the opportunity to do something different.  This is a coconut cake with raspberry filling (courtesy of Smuckers) and 7 minute frosting. The cake recipe from Bake Me More is here.  I looked at so many 7 minute frosting recipes and videos, I'm not really sure which one I used.  I think it was Martha Stewart's with the addition of cream of tartar.  I'd never made it before but it turned out nicely and everyone enjoyed it.  A hint from my DH:  leftover 7 minute frosting tastes wonderful with chopped bananas.  I can't eat bananas so you'll have to take his word for it.

This the only cake I've ever made that called for powdered sugar in the batter, a full pound of it! It worked.  The only objection I have to making it again is it takes every pan and bowl in the kitchen to make it.  Oh, well, that's why dishwashers were invented.

DH made mother a card based on a saying he saw somewhere else. He added the first verse himself.  It read:

On your birthday...
When you arise from your slumber
and totter around unassisted,

remember that age is just a number
And yours is ....Unlisted.

She got a little bent out of shape at the word "totter." While Mother's age remains a mystery disclosed to only a limited number of us, I assure you she looks marvelous and is ridiculously healthy for her age.  If only I had her strength!  Oh and she does not totter.

Here's the process video:

Another page coming along with this same kit soon.  Thanks for watching!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Challenge Card, Birthday Blooms and Video

For Splitcoaststampers Color challenge, I made this card with the Birthday Blooms set I had close at hand from....

making this card over the weekend.

For the first card, I used some of the extra stamps from the Stampin' Up! Birthday Blooms set. The color challenge included a pink/lavender color that I don't have so I used several watercolor crayons to achieve the color.  The cardstock is from Papertrey Ink and was the last scrap of that color I had.  The other colors are the In Color Mint Macaroon and the older color Pear Pizzazz.  A little lace was dessert for this challenge.

For the 2nd card, I stamped and colored on bookpaper which I've shared in this video:

I have some variety packs of bookpaper on my Etsy shop:  Lovely Layers Art.

Thanks for visiting today!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Sunrise page with a collection

Most of my beach sunrise pages use stencils, stamping or some other DIY technique to achieve the colors I desire.  Finally I stumbled upon a collection that looks lovely with the colors of sunrise.  This is a fall collection from Fancy Pants and it is perfect as the photo was taken on Halloween.

For the page, I also used some sequins and one of the sketches from the 2016 Sketchbook.

Here's the video:

Thanks for watching today!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Inspiration Challenge

It has been ages - maybe years - since I did a card challenge but I wanted to do something a bit different this weekend.  I took the Inspiration Challenge from Splitcoaststampers.  The inspiration came from a Pinterest board.  One of the pins had several Ranger ink colors.  I had two of the 4 and subbed in the other 2.  All of theses are the Distress Oxide Inks.

To make the card, I started with some bookpaper.  Packs available on my Etsy shop.  I stamped and embossed a background image and then put the inks on my craft mat.  I added water and dipped in my embossed bookpaper.  The flower is from Wild Orchid Crafts and it also got a good dose of Distress inks in Fossilized Amber, Marmalade, and Vintage photo.  The greeting is Stampin' Up!'s Year in the Life set.

I also made a scrapbook page this weekend with video so I'll have that up soon.  Thanks for visiting today!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Distress Oxide Sampler Card

For my Mother's birthday, I've created a card with vignettes from the In this World stamp set by Stampin' Up!  Almost all the ink is the new Ranger Distress Oxides.  I used a little regular distress ink as the oxides don't have any really pale colors.

I've used almost all the techniques in this card, too.  Originally I was using plain white paper for inking the background.  Then I thought that bookpaper would make a much richer look and really go with the images in this set.  For a variety of bookpapers check out my packs at Lovely Layers Art.

The flower is Prima and the cardstock is Dark Chocolate from Papertrey Ink.

Here's the process video:

Thanks for watching today!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Distress Oxides are Here

With everything going on around here in January, I didn't watch a single CHA video showing the new products. So I'd never heard of Distress Oxide inks until I saw them pop up on my Instagram feed as fellow crafters began getting them in.  So I went to check them out watching videos from Jennifer McGuire and Tim Holtz.  These inks can do almost everything you would want in an ink - all from a single pad so I just had to have them.

I say almost because the one thing they are not is permanent.  As I haven't been doing quite as much mixed media I'm not needing permanent quite so much so that doesn't matter to me right now.  What these inks do is:

High quality stamping
Add color to paper as a solid
"oxide" with a whitish look when water is added
Emboss as the ink does not dry immediately
and of course, Distress edges.

As a bonus, I only had a couple of these colors in regular Distress Inks so I got lots of new colors buying the set.  After getting them, I did a color palette to be able to easily choose the right color for a projects and see how each color works with its different features.


I had already been thinking that I needed to use my stamps and inks more this year as they are my single biggest investment in my craft room.  Now I really want to use them more!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Response to Question: Putting Album Together

I was recently asked on YouTube to do a video showing an entire album.  I've been asked about what I use on the back of pocket page layouts.  I also had a question about cutting out the page protector to reveal hidden journaling tags and such.  What good questions!

So for this video, I flipped through the 2016 album and shared the answers to those questions as well as what album I use, the order of the layouts and my front and back pages.  You've seen most of these layouts.  A couple of them were class layouts but most everything else was from regular videos released last year.

Here's the video:

I appreciate the questions and comments.  If you have asked a question that I did not respond to, please ask again.  I get emails from YouTube for most of the comments; however, I just found out that I don't get emails for ALL the comments.  I don't know why but I found out where to see all my comments without having to go to each individual video.  I'll be sure to check that in the future.

Thanks for watching!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

One photo for a Repeated Event

Every year for at least 5 years my husband and I went to a departmental Christmas party in the early 1990's.  We looked forward to this event.  It was always a fun night with good company and food.  I found this one photo of us and I don't even know what year it was.

It was situations like this that prompted me to write the PDF, "No Photo, No Problem" a couple of years ago.  The 34 page PDF contains 17 layout examples on creating pages when you have few if any photos to go with your story.  The PDF has a bonus 45 minute accompanying video sharing how many of the pages came together plus techniques.   More information is here.

For this page, I created this process video.  Be sure to check out the last few minutes as I share a little about what is going on and what to expect from my videos in 2017.

Thanks for watching and as always I love to get your feedback.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Art Journaling with Modeling Paste and Paint

It's been months since I worked in my art journal.  I needed to have a little play time so I did this spread with some bookpaper over stenciled designs, modeling paste and paint.  I've also added some stamping.  To get inspired, I quickly browsed my Art Journaling board on Pinterest.  The link is in the description for the video.

I can not say this is the prettiest page I've ever done but it was fun to do something free and easy.

Here's the process video:

Thanks for watching!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Knitting again

In my teens and twenties, I was seldom far from a skein of yarn. I learned to crochet at age 11.  Later on a wonderful woman in my life taught me how to knit. I worked with regular worsted yarns and even crocheted doilies with that very fine mercerized crochet cotton.  I made afghans, sweaters, toys, toboggans, wall hangings, and pillows.  Most of my gifts were handmade.  I even knitted a Christening dress.

In my 30's I had some issues with my right hand and elbow.  I had taken up quilting and discovered I could not hand quilt anymore.  I tried crocheting and it was very painful so I thought my yarn days were over.  A couple of years ago I gave knitting a try again because the movements are different.  It worked but I still didn't take on any real projects.  Last fall I bought a skein of pretty yarn just to see if I could knit and if I still liked it.  I really thought my stitches weren't that even but was surprised to find a more even stitch than I expected, not as good as my crocheting, but not bad.  I soon completed a vest and just couldn't stop.

This layout is about the projects I completed over about 3 months.  I've just embarked on a tunic length sweater in a finer yarn.

For the layout, I used one of last year's sketches and also knitted some embellishment for the page from the same yarns as the projects.  Here's the video

Have you scrapped about your other hobbies?
Thanks for watching!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Fun Gelli Background

For this layout, I used my gelli plate and laminating film to create the background.  The circles are cut with my Creative Memories circle cutting system.  I tried punches but the circle cutters worked better.  I wanted a semi-transparent look to go with the balloons in the photos.  Touches of silver finish off the page.

Here's the process video:

The sketchbook mentioned in the video has been released. Click here for more information.

Thanks for visiting today!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

2016 book of Scrapbook Sketches is HERE!

All through 2016, I created layouts with videos and sketches for many of those layouts.  Now I have all the sketches compiled in the 2016 sketchbook.  There are 47 scrapbook sketches for both one and two page layouts!  Many of these sketches were not created at the time of the video so you can only find them in this PDF.

The sketchbook is a wonderful reference and jumping off point for your scrapbooking and it is only $8 US for the downloadable PDF.

Here's a preview of the book:

For more information and to purchase, click here.

Thanks so much for supporting my work in the scrapbooking industry!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Eyes to the left

When you first saw this layout, what did you notice?  Was it the title, the leaves or something else.  I'm hoping it was something on the right side of the page.

In our culture, we read left to right.  Sometimes though I want to people to look at my photos from right to left to see the view the way I saw it.  That is the case with these photos of the entrance to the Biltmore Estate.

There are two photos put together in a panorama for this layout.  I'm trying to draw the eye first to the far right side of the page with the hope that you will then follow the photo of the road around to the left to see it as I saw it when the photos were taken.

Here's the process video for this page:

Thanks for watching!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Standing Valentine Card

I don't do a lot of fancy fold cards.  This idea just came to me one evening.  What if I put punched pieces in between layers of acetate and created a window.  Then I decided it would be cool if I could make the window stand up on its own.  After a few different tries, I created this card which I'll give to my hubby for Valentine's Day.

This is no a shaker card, the hearts just hang there between the clear acetate.  I used old transparency film.

I think the concept would work really well for small punched snowflakes.  I might do some of these for Christmas next year.  We've had one snow.  I can't say we won't have more bad weather but the days are getting longer, the grass is greening up so most people are at least looking toward spring.

Here's the video for the card.

Thanks for watching!

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Fancy Pants box

I'm finding warehouse boxes a lot of fun to purchase.  The anticipation of getting them is more fun that a regular scrapbook order.  This surprises me as I'm not a person for surprises.  I like to know what is coming and I seldom do in any other aspect of my life.

But for some reason I'm enjoying these boxes.  I like getting so much stuff for a good price.  I like getting some things I might normally not purchase. This is my 4th in a year.  Fancy Pants offered a box last week and I got in on it very near the end I think. The box arrived promptly.  I love all my paper and some of the embellishments.  Actually I liked almost all the embellishments but I know I just won't use the holiday ones so I'm selling those on my etsy shop at: LovelyLayersArt.

Here's a video of what I got:

Have you tried ordering a warehouse box?

Thanks for visiting!

Monday, January 23, 2017

12 part grid page

For all of these small photos, I have a 12 part grid page.  You could rotate this sketch and have 3 columns and 4 rows.  The sketch will be included in the 2016 Sketchbook available in a few weeks.

We love to dine out on Hilton Head island. There are so many independent restaurants. We have favorites and try out a couple of new places each trip.  We don't dine out much at home so this is a special treat.

The journaling is near the bottom of the page in a little foldover tied with twine.  Here's the process video:

And the sketch:

Thanks for visiting today!

Monday, January 16, 2017

58th Anniversary

Imagine sharing your life with someone for 58 years!  We celebrated my parents anniversary with them a few months ago.  I had a Biltmore House pass for a year and one of the benefits was to take people to one of their restaurants on Sunday without the other guests having to have a pass onto the estate.  It was a nice treat since my dad in particular likes buffets.  We also went to one of our favorite galleries in the Asheville area.

Here's the video for the two pager that includes creating a border from a background on the Silhouette:

And here is the sketch:

Thanks for watching!

Monday, January 9, 2017

My Little Ford Pinto

I learned to drive on a 1977 Ford LTD which was a big boat of a car that really only Mother could drive.  She drove it to town on Friday's to get her hair done and to get groceries.  We drove it to church on Sunday. When you drive a car that infrequently, it doesn't tend to run well.  Mother was the only one who could manage it which irritated my father no end and frustrated me greatly as I was learning to drive.

Fortunately, just a few weeks before I got my license, my parents bought a small car for me to drive during high school and college.  It wasn't the cutest or coolest thing on the road but it meant freedom and opportunity to me.

I unearthed these photos during my Mother's recent kitchen remodel.  It has been a hectic year end and new year to say the least.  Videos may be a bit sparse this month as we are still getting my father on his feet after a long hospital stay.  You never want to be in the hospital over Christmas not just because it isn't festive but because you can't get anything done!  The doctors and nurses on the floor were great.  However, non emergent procedures got put off until the rest of the staff came back to work.

I have a couple more sketches to do to actually complete the number I want to have for 2016 so the 2016 sketchbook will be coming along but probably not for a few more weeks.  Stay tuned...

In the meantime, here is a video for you and be sure to check out my classes at



Thanks for watching and Happy New Year!

Saturday, January 7, 2017

First snow of the year!

We got a lot more snow than expected this weekend.  All the local stations projected it to go south of us.  The doom and gloom channel a.k.a. The Weather Channel had it right this time as yesterday they increased their forecast for us to 4 to 7 inches.  I haven't measured on the ground but probably in the 4 inch range and still snowing.

Hope you are warm and dry wherever you are!
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