February 27, 2013


Yay, this layout was featured for the February C'est Magnifique challenge!!

Here is my entry to the February C'est Magnifique sketch, I swear I misted the gorgeous chipboard frame with purple and green mists then coated with some gesso kinda just looks brown here, but it is lovely and shimmery in real life :) This layout is chock full of February kit goodness with a few small things from my stash. I even cut out the images from the Blue Fern packaging. I only managed this layout from the kit this month, but hope to use more of the papers soon!!

Here is the yummy sketch:

Cardabilities #69

Here is another card that I made and sold today at my cafe stand!  Most don't usually sell as fast, lol, just happened to have a friend that needed a new baby and wedding card today!

I used the great sketch at Cardabilities to make this one!

Vintage Wedding Card

I am pleased this was Top 3 at Red Carpet Studos!

I really enjoyed making this wedding card for my little card stand at a local cafe here in Ireland. But it never actually made it to the card stand, a friend bought it from me before it could get there!!!!

I would love to enter this at Sugar Creek Hollow and Red Carpet Studios challenges.

Couture Creations First Design Team Audition

I recently heard about Couture Creations and their gorgeous dies, embossing folders and so many more gorgeous items. It would be a dream to be able to work with them, so I would love to show some of my work using dies and embossing folders for their audition. Wish me luck, crossing my fingers!!!!

February 24, 2013

Christmas Flashback!

Excited to say that this layout got featured at Get Creative!

I hadn't played at CSI for a few weeks, and thought I'd try to do a layout or two for their challenges. Here is my layout for Case 59:

For my evidence I used frames, flourishes and texture paste. For my testimony I used a movie title "Santa Baby" and journaled about my own little Santa baby girl! I found this photo while looking through old files this week and had to do a layout with it. My February Scraps of Elegance kit valentines papers worked well for this!!!

I also would like to enter this in the snowflake challenge at Get Creative.

February 22, 2013


So excited to be featured on the Prima blog with this layout!

I did this layout for the Prima BAP and for my first Color Room challenge. I had a lot of fun with this, and got a lot inkier than I usually do! I like mixed media, but I love clean vintage/shabby too! I used lots of Lindy's Stamp Gang mists, molding paste, recycled corrugated cardboard (from crackers the girls like for their lunches!) and lots of Prima goodness! I love the resistant canvas flourishes and swirls that I misted.

The photo is of my girls listening intently to something up at their grandma's house, no doubt a story or one of their uncles playing some traditional music!! I love the expressions and Aisling sweet thumb in her mouth!

Here are the gorgeous Prima sketch and the color room color inspiration:

February 20, 2013

I Love You So Much My Sweetie!

Yay! This was featured on 13 Arts Love Challenge!

I really love the papers in the Scraps of Elegance February Kit and those fun Pink Paislee Secret Crush Paper Goods die cuts!! I love how this turned out.

I am entering this into the Zeus and Zoe love challenge, the Get Creative love challenge and the Scrap Africa Hearts challenge, there are little die cut hearts in the cluster in many places and they are all over the paper layers too :). I love my girls so much and just love this fun photo of my eldest on her first horse ride!

February 18, 2013

Frosted Designs Be Bold Challenge!!

I was so excited to be chosen for Frosted Design's new design team and my first official layout will be done for March 1st, but when I saw this week's challenge, I knew I had a layout for inspiration that would suit this perfectly, lots of bright colors and flowers on this layout!

Be Bold! Use bold colors and bold patterns 
on a card, layout or off the page project!

Here is my inspiration piece I did back in December for the Prima BAP challenge, it even got a feature on the Prima Blog!!!

Frosted Designs offers amazing prizes for their challenges, check this one out!


We are so thrilled that Graphic 45 has been and continues to be a faithful supporter of Frosted Designs!

Graphic 45 is an award-winning scrapbook anpaper crafting company. We offer vintage inspired crafting products that capture the flamboyant style of the 1920's and 30's - with vibrant color, irresistible texture and imaginative design to create products with decades-old appeal that's both freshand familiar. Let our products inspire your next scrapbook layout, card, album or home decor project.  

Graphic 45 has generously offered this prize.... 

A set of 12x12 papers from the Resaissance Faire line!
How is that for a prize ??

Be sure to link up your project for a chance to win!

I hope you decide to give this week's challenge (they offer two a month!) a try. Click here to see the design team's gorgeous inspiration!!

February 15, 2013

Generations of Love - February Reveal for Paper Mixing Bowl!

I loved this month's recipe!! Red Velvet Cake!! Lots of layers, that yummy red, brown and cream combo...

I decided to do mine with old family photos. I layered some book pages from my favorite vintage Jane Austen novel I read so much it fell apart. Luckily it happened after I started scrapping and I bought a new copy of the book and my eyes lit up with possibilities for using the yellowed book pages for flowers, layers, etc!!

For the utensils: I made my layer cake, lots of layers of doilies book pages, some burlap and 3 photos. For my frosting I used a ledger mask and molding paste to make a background behind my layers and then I inked it up with walnut stain distress ink. For my pairs I used two hearts two branch stamps and pairs of similar flowers...the photos are also full of pairs!! I have some postage stamp fussy cut from the Pion Papers that I was using, the From the Heart collection.  I put a few coffee stain rings on the layout with my inks, and lots of flowers and hearts. I used three photos.

For my directions: I used the inspiration word of love and titled the layout Generations of Love.

Hope you come join us over at the Paper Mixing Bowl and give this great recipe a try!!

I am also going to enter this into a few of this months challenges, Zeus and Zoe's Love Challenge, Get Creative's Love challenge, and Scrap for Help plastic challenge (I stamped on recycled report covers with Staz-on ink for the title and branches in the flower cluster)

My Gorgeous Girls

I did this layout with my Swirlydoos January kit, filled with Prima Firefly paper and journal spots and lots of goodies.  My girls when they were little, up our little hill we live on, with beautiful views of the Irish countryside behind them! I love the colors on these papers and I also used a Prima background splatter stamp and some gesso to built up the background a bit.  I used the clear plastic backing that the flowers came on and cut the words on it into little pieces and glued them on the photos and over the layout!

I would love to enter this in the Scrap for Help challenge for this month which is to use plastic on your layout...recycled plastic from my packaging, love that it can be reused!

February 14, 2013

Would you like to be Published?

Would you liked to be published in PaperHaus magazine??

Our SUMMER submission call is OPEN!

The summer issue will be all about MIXED MEDIA.


We are looking for 
altered projects
mini albums 
mixed media 

in the following themes: 


Submissions for publication can be sent to

For more detailed information and submission guidelines, visit the PAPERHAUS magazine blog.

February 11, 2013

Pion Valentine's Card

I am excited to say my card made Top 3 at Quick Quotes and Featured at Get Creative!

Here is my entry for the Pion Valentine challenge for cards. I am in love with this image from last years Heart collection! I layered in post card images and stamps and lots of goodies from my stash!

I am going to try the Quick Quotes challenge for the first time, for a non-traditional color valentines card. Get Creative is also doing a non-traditional color valentine challenge too, which I am also joining for the first time!

I am also entering the Feathers and Fur challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow, this challenge looks like it fits my card making style of vintage/shabby chic images and looks...

Exciting Announcement!!

Design Team Announcement!

We would like to thank everyone who submitted to our Design Team call. The talent shared with us was extraordinary and we were flattered to have so many submit! The decision making process was difficult so if you submitted and weren't selected this time, please submit again!

Frosted Designs

With that said, I am thrilled to announce our new Frosted Designs Design Team! We were very impressed with this talented group of ladies from around the world and I think you are going to find
an incredible amount of inspiration from them over the coming months!

Returning to the team:

New to our team: 
*If you click on the designer's name, you can go to their blog to check out how amazing they are! You can even
leave them a nice congrats message!*

Not only do we have a new Design Team, but we have a new format as well! Now our challenges are biweekly and we will be providing 4 straight days of inspiration starting in March! We will still have our Tutorials and will even be throwing in some Tips & Tricks! We have also invited some extremely talented designers to be Guest Designers over the next few months! Be sure to check back often for all Frosted Designs has to offer!

Love Never Ages

This photo is of my great grandparents, gone long before I was born, but isn't it a great photo, they both look like such fun characters and still in love after all their years together! I journalled a bit about who they are in the tag behind the photo.

I stamped with my Timmy chicken wire stamp and part of the title, using some transparency film from a report cover. The papers are all Pion as well as the fussy cut butterflies. I used a gorgeous Prima vine, a Dusty Attic chipboard lamp that I embossed with Midnight Obsidian Pewter Lindy's embossing powder, and finally some Zva Creative bling. I had a great time doing the paper ruffles having recently been inspired by some of Gabbie Pollacco's layouts like this one here.

I would like to enter this in the OUAS sketch challenge, it was based on this gorgeous sketch:
I was looking back on my blog and I haven now been playing at OUAS every month for a year now. I love Nadia's sketches and think I have learned and grown from all the DT's inspirational layouts and fellow challenge players, such amazing work shown there each month!

I am also entering this in the Pion Valentine challenge and the Inkido black and white challenge, I have done several entries there, 3 actually, since they said you can and I do lots of black and white photos!!

February 7, 2013

Lots of Love!

Here are a few more cards I made today, got on a scrabble tile kick!!

The first one I am entering in the Cheery Lynn challenge to use a flourish! I just love their dies!

I'd like to enter this one in the Tando Love Me Do challenge:

And my final card I made today is based on the latest SOUS card sketch:

Thank you so much for looking!!

A few cards for February!

I still am selling my cards at our local cafe here and sometimes I like to use card sketches to help with new cards! Here is one I did for Unscripted Sketches 196 challenge.

using this sketch:

I decided to use the Cardabilities sketch for this card:

I still need to do a few more cards to fill up my rack, so best get to it soon!!

February 4, 2013

I Love You

So excited to say this layout was featured at Sketchabilities!!

In our January Scraps of Elegance kit we received the 13 arts collection called Frosted Life. These papers have amazing textures and colors and I really enjoyed working with them. I decided to do this layout for the 13 arts love challenge and the Berry Bleu White Space challenge. I have also used a Sketchabilities sketch.

In the tags behind the photo I journal about my passion for my family and the place we are raising them here in Ireland. I feel lucky to be here and to have such a supportive husband and great (though trying!!) kids!! (Do they ever stop bickering, I hear not!!) I am doing this for Another Freaking Scrap Challenge!!