Monday, August 8, 2022

Scrap And Me Guest Designer

I am honored to be a Guest Designer for Scrap and Me. It has been such a pleasure working with their gorgeous papers. Today I am using the beautiful Spring Purple paper collection. And it is special to me, because purple is my favorite color. I also chose a special photograph of my grand daughter and my sisters grand sons. They are all about the same age. Cousins are the best. Grandchildren are very special!! I chose to use a meaningful quote about children. We love them so much. 

For the background paper, I used Spring Purple 02. I wanted to focus on the fussy cut flowers and leaves, so I chose a paper that did not have any design print on it. The paper itself is beautiful. A watercolor design that I love so much. 

From top to bottom, I created a strip using lace, cheese cloth, and jute. I attached the jute using tiny staples, then adhered the strip to the background paper offset to the side. I fluffed out the cheese cloth to distress it a little. 

.I created the sentiment in Photoshop by choosing the quote, creating the page in Photoshop, and  printed it on parchment cardstock. I cut it into strips, inked the edges and adhered it to down the strip above and below the photo. I backed each strip with chipboard to give it some dimension. 

I fussy cut the flowers from the Spring Purple Cutout Sheet, the leaves were cut from the Leaves 09 Cut

Out sheet, and the butterflies from the Butterflies Cut Out Sheet. I sat and fussy cut them all, then chose the ones that fir my design. I added a few purple flowers from my stash. Once the layout was finished, I used some distress ink and white gesso for the splatters around the design. That added the finishing touch. 

Thank you for joining me. I hope that you are inspired to create your own project using Spring Purple. 

Monday, August 1, 2022

49 and Market Curators Meadow "Nature Lover"

 Hello lovelies. Today I bring to you another layout created with Curators Meadow. A beautiful collection of everything meadow and woodlands. Perfect for the photos I take of my granddaughter in my back yard, who is a Nature Lover by heart. The earthy colors in the collection reflect the beauty in the wild life around us. Give a child a chance to explore, and they will create a world of their own. 

I started with the Curators Juniper paper. I machine stitched around the edges, and inked it with distress ink. I laid a foundation in the design shape I wanted on the paper, and started to build on to the design with all of the elements. There are so many fun elements in the Curators Meadow Laser Cuts and Ephemera bits packs. From small woodland animals, to butterflies, mushrooms, birds, and greenery. I must not forget the moths!! I love moths! I used 4 sentiment strips to tell a happy story on the theme of my layout. 

Laser Cut Elements are trimmed on the edge. Ephemera Bits have a small border around them. I like the look of the border as the piece stands out. I used the Essential Clip to attach the sentiment strip and the butterfly onto the Ephemera Bits Frame. I added small strips of corrugated cardboard to the underside of the frame so that I get some dimension on the layout.  Most of the elements are backed with the cardboard and the whole layout is dimensional.  I used some of the rub-ons on the outer edges of the vertical strip. You can use them instead of stamps and achieve the same look. They are easily cut apart to apply just about anywhere you need to. 

The love the small slide frames in a lot of the collections. For this frame, I added a smaller photo captured on another backyard adventure. Look at all of the beautiful Laser cut mushrooms!! Butterflies and moths fluttering around. 

I strung the Nature Lover round tag with the single ply jute, and attached it to the frame using tiny staples. I simply just love all of the natural elements used on this page. And unbelievable, but I didn't use any flowers!!! Say it isn't so!! I forgot the flowers! And looking back, this layout has so many wonderful laser cut elements that you don't even miss the flowers. Is it to late to tuck a few in??!! Nah...We will just leave it alone. This time....

Thank you for joining me. Grab those nature photos, some Curators Meadow, and start documenting those precious moments bought to you by mother nature herself. Until next time. xoxo

49 and Market Products Used:

Curators Meadow-12x12 Collection Paper Pack

Curators Meadow-Juniper

Curators Meadow-6x8 Rub-on Transfer Set

 Curators Meadow-Laser Cut Elements

Curators Meadow-Ephemera Bits

Vintage Artistry Essential Binder Clips

Jute Cording- Single Ply

Friday, July 29, 2022

Heartfelt Creations Alumni Design Team July 2022 Blog Hop


It is that time again! Time to get inspired, and have a chance to win! 
All you have to do is leave some love on each of the artists blogs, A  randomly chosen comment from one of the blogs will be chosen to win a $25 Heartfelt Creations Gift Card. Heartfelt Creations is also giving away a second $25 gift card for a randomly chosen comment from their blog.  You have until Midnight August 1st.  Then you will have 72 hours to claim the prize by emailing Please write “Winner of the July 2022 Alumni Hop” in the subject line.The winners will be announced on the Heartfelt Creations blog and Facebook page on Wednesday, July 3rd.

Let the inspiration begin!!
I chose to do a 1 Sheet Wonder mini album. Can you believe the album base was constructed using 1 12x12 sheet of paper!! So easy!! It measures 6x3 inches small. I chose a beautiful paper from the Decorative Dragonfly Paper collection. The colors are smashing!! 

The album ends up with a front, a back and 3 pages in-between. I did some machine sewing on the paper before folding and  constructing it. I left some of the threads hanging to give a little shabby chic look. 

Inside of each of the pocket pages, there are pockets filled with tags. Some were cut from the sheets of the collection, others I created a template for the larger tags, and hand cut them to fit the pockets. 

I used the Leafy Accents, and the Clematis Flowers to decorate the cover. I also fussy cut the dragonflies. There is a die that will die cut them, but I didn't have it. It would have been so much easier to die cut them! 

Two of the pockets are top pockets, and this one in the photo is a side pocket. It all depends on where you place your glue when adhering them together. I used a circle punch to the pockets as it makes it easier to slip the tags out. And if you are mindful of the pattern on the paper when you construct it, the design comes out perfectly when you fold it.  I love how this one came out.   

On this page I created a pocket for the tag, and on the tag, I created another pocket to fit a smaller tag. 

Here is another page with 2 tags slipped in tuck spots I created. 

Here is a close up of the flowers. I used the Art Foam to create them. I stamped and inked the flowers before I heat them on the iron. Then used a ball stylus to shape them further, right after they came off of the iron. I added little half pearls to the centers. Isn't that dragonfly darling!!??

Thank you for joining me for the hop!! Make sure to visit all of the artists for more inspiration! Good Luck on the win!! 

Heartfelt Creations Products Used:

Decorative Dragonfly Paper Collection

Clematis Die

Clematis Cling Stamp set

Leafy Accents Die

Leafy Accents Cling Stamp Set

Ranger Archival Ink Pad Fern Green

Ranger Archival Ink Pad Cactus Flower

Ranger Archival Ink Pad Majestic Violet

Ranger Archival Ink Pad Paradise Teal

Art Foam Paper Pack

Flower Shaping Essentials

Heartfelt Creations Blog Hop:

Kathy Clement- Kathy by Design

Vicki Dutcher- All I Do Is Stamp

Amarilys Doria- Amarilys’ Creations

Bozena- BBartCards

Lynn Stanborough- What the Heart Wants

Alissa Wells- Will Run for Stamps

This is ME!! Lisa Gregory- What a Beautiful Mess

Candy Slabaugh- Candy’s Creations

Gloria Stengel- Scraps of Life

Monica Edwards-  Simply Monica

Heartfelt Creations- Heartfelt Creations Blog

There are many tutorials to create different mini albums from 1 sheet of paper. This is the one I followed!! Eva of Bohemian Crafting. She shows 2 different versions. 

DIY Use Your Stuff 12x12 Books from 1 sheet (Step by step)

Saturday, July 16, 2022

49 and Market Curators Meadow 12x12 layout "Become one with nature"

 Hello lovelies. Today I bring you a 12x12 layout done with the fabulous new collection Curators Meadow. If you love mushrooms, moths, and anything found in a meadow, you are going to love this collection. It is beautiful, rustic, vintage and reminds me of the woods behind my home with all of the little creatures and earths delights. I love the greens and earth tones with the touch of blues, browns and rust colors running through the papers. And like many of the collections, you will have so many coordinating "accessories"  to choose from. The laser cuts are fabulous, and they are already cut for you! 

I started by layering the top designer sheet over one of the solids from the Solids paper pack. I love how the green brings out the greens on the page. I love saving as much paper as possible, so I cut out the middle of the green solid, and will save it for another project. I left a 1.5 inch border to work with. I cut the "field notes" paper down a bit and layered it over the solid green paper. Dont ever discount the design on back of the cover paper!! I fussy cut the frames to use on this layout. All 3 fit perfectly!! 

The laser cuts are simply fabulous! Just check out the beautiful twining stem that I used to frame the photo. And to hold each of the photos onto the frame, I used a postage stamp from the Washi Tape Postage Stamp roll, tore each of the stamps in half, and taped the photos to the frame. I love the little touches that make a big impact on projects. 

I used piece of corrugated cardboard in a couple of papers to give the layout a little more of a rustic feel. I added laser cut butterflies, the bird, and look at the strip of tiny mushrooms!! Aren't they sweet!!! I chose flowers from a few different collections. I love just love "picking" flowers out of my box!! So many beautiful 49 and Market flowers to choose from! If you see a pack you love, grab them because before you know it they retire! You can see the close up of how I used the washi potage stamps. 

And her is a cluster of one of the many mushrooms in this collection. There are a ton of laser cut mushrooms! I added a few piece of corrugated cardboard underneath to lift them up and give them dimension on the layout. It casts a little shadow and they become so real looking. I simply love the laser cuts. 


Thank you so much for stopping by to see my project this week. Make sure you visit the blog everyday as the 49 and Market designers wow you wit their beautiful projects. And pick up Curators Meadow. The collections is not only perfect for layouts, but art journaling, mini albums and cards. So much to be created!!! xo

49 and Market Products Used:

Curators Meadow 12x12 Collection Paper Pack 

Curators Meadow Postage Stamp Washi Tape

Curators Meadow Field Notes

Curators Meadow 12x12 Solids Collection Paper Pack

Curators Meadow Laser Cut Elements

Sunshine Enchanted Petals

Stargazers Lemondrop flowers

Sunshine Pixie Petals

Rustic Bouquet - Bluejay

Friday, July 1, 2022

Spectrum Sherbet Explosion Box with mini album

 Hello Lovelies. Today I bring you an Explosion Box with a surprise mini album inside. This time I used the beautiful papers in the Spectrum Sherbet Solids Pack and also the Foundation paper pack . I wanted to show the range of gorgeous colors in 1 project. This was the perfect project to do! A true confection! I used most of the colors in the range, sticking to the lighter shades. 

When you open the lid and the walls come tumbling down, you will find a tiny mini album. I constructed it using chipboard and covered it with paper and added 4 pages. Each page has a Spectrum Sherbet laser cut tab. The small tabs were the perfect size for this mini. I adhered 1 to each page. 

This is the view of the explosion box completely open. There are 3 layers. Each layer contains pockets, belly bands or foldovers. 

Inside of each pocket, belly band or fold overs, contains Spectrum Sherbet tags, accordion folded papers, and/or specimen cards, and small cards, all created with Spectrum Sherbet papers. I added Spectrum Sherbet Leaves rub- ons to each corner heart, and added the Roughly Sewn Rub Ons on the pockets. 

Here is a closeup of the mini album. It measures 3x3 inches. I hand tinted some Sari Ribbon using Distress Ink in Twisted Citron. It was the perfect color and matched the papers beautifully. I tied the ribbon, along with some Single Ply Jute around the spine. I decorated the cover with flowers, leaves, Spectrum Sherbet Chipboard, and a laser cut for the sentiment. I layered it behind the chipboard and added some Sherbet Wishing Bubbles and Baubles to simulate brads. 

I also used the ribbon and jute cording around the outside lid of the box. I chose a variety of flowers for the lid. 49 and Market has so many to choose from. Get them while you  can because they sell out really fast.  I used flowers from 7 different collections, but they all coordinate so well. At the base of the lid, I used Spectrum Sherbet Washi tape. The one with the dots. 49 and Market Washi Tape is so versatile. And so beautiful!! 

I hope you enjoyed this project, and you are inspired to create your own Explosion Box. I had a lot of fun creating this, and I think I can even add more surprise elements to it. Have a beautiful day!! xo

49 and Market Products Used:

Spectrum/Sherbet 12x12 Sherbet Solids Pack

Spectrum Sherbet 12x12 Sherbet Foundations Pack

Spectrum/Sherbet Tag Set

Spectrum/Sherbet Washi Tape Assortment Set

Spectrum/Sherbet Chipboard Set

Spectrum Sherbet Chipboard Words

Spectrum/Sherbet Essential Laser Cut Elements

Spectrum Sherbet Strawberry Lemonade Laser Cut Elements

Spectrum Sherbet-Leaves Rub On Transfer Set

Majestic Bouquet Flowers: Mango

Royal Posies Mango Paper Flowers

Royal Spray-Passion Pink Paper Flowers

Royal Spray-Bashful Paper Flowers

Enchanted Petals-Mint Paper Flowers

Garden Petals- Sea Glass

Sugar Petals-Tutti Frutti

Roughly Sewn Rub-Ons in white

Jute Cording Single Ply

Monday, June 27, 2022

Scrap And Me "Pink Blossom 2 paper collection"

I have been honored to Guest Design for Scrap and Me. I couldn't wait to work with this beautiful collection. Pink Blossoms 2. I have so many pictures of my granddaughter when she was born, and wearing pink! This photo goes perfectly with the Pink Blossom 2 Collection. 

I started by adhering the 12x12 paper on a piece of 12x12 corrugated cardboard using Mod Podge. After it dried, I wet the edges of the paper and cardboard and tore away  the paper along with the top layer of cardboard exposing the corrugated part of the cardboard. I distressed the ends of the top layers and tore and curled it in a  few places. Once I was satisfied with the distressing, I let it dry, then brushed the exposed cardboard with white gesso.

For the base of the photo mats, I used the Paper Blossoms 07/08, mounted it on 3 pieces of corrugated cardboard and did the same distressing treatment as I did with the background. I stacked them onto the background. I cut a door from the Windows and Doors 2, cut it in half, and tucked each piece on either side of the mat. I placed a piece of cardboard under the photo, and placed it in the middle. 

I fussy cut the leaves from the Leaves 4 sheet, and butterflies from the Butterflies sheet. I placed my flowers on opposite corners of the mat, then tucked the leaves in and around all of around the 49 and Market Stargazer flowers. I scattered some butterflies on the layout as well. I only adhered the butterflies by the bodies only, then fluffed up the wings. 

You can see the layers of dimension. I finished off the layout using Art Stones, rhinestones, and then spattered white paint over the floral and leaves clusters. I printed out the words "I Hope You Dance", and adhered it to the bottom of the photo. 

Scrap and Me Products Used:

Pink Blossom 2  (07/08)

Pink Blossoms 2 (01/02) 

Leaves 4

Doors and Windows 2


47 and Market Products Used:

Stargazers Petal Pink

Stargazers Simply White

Friday, June 24, 2022

Heartfelt Creations Alumni June 2022 Blog Hop


Welcome to the June 2022 Heartfelt Creations Alumni Blog Hop. You can have a chance to win 1 of 2 $25 Gift Certificates to the Heartfelt Creations store.  The hop begins at 8AM EDT on Friday, June 24th,2022 and runs until 11:55PM EDT on Monday, June 27th, 2022The winners will be announced on the Heartfelt Creations blog and Facebook page on Wednesday, June 29thThe winner has 72 hours to claim the prize by emailing Please write “Winner of the June 2022 Alumni Hop” in the subject line. Just leave some love on each of the designers blog, and you could be picked a winner!! 

I wanted to create a modified slimline card. It is not as tall as the traditional slimline  card. This card measures 3.5 x 7.5. I think it is the perfect size. I started by creating the base with heavy white cardstock. I chose 2 colors from the Clematis Paper pad. Green and a purple. These colors compliment each other so well. I placed the purple on the base of the card, then stacked the smaller green paper over the purple. I cut the green 1/2 inch shorter so it left a 1/4 inch border all around. 

For the flowers, I inked the stamps using black Archival Ink onto white card stock. I then colored the flower middle with Archival Ink in Fern Green, then the petals with archival Ink in Majestic Purple. I did blend the purple a little into the green. I used the Small Wild Rose 3D shaping mold , then I added the Ribbit Prills to the middles of the flowers. I finished them by dusting them with the Crystal Clear. 

I placed the leafy accents on the card first. I die cut them with one of the green papers in the Clematis Paper Pack. I stamped them using Archival Ink in Fern Green, then die cut them. I used the Leafy Accents  3D Shaping mold to shape them. I added the flowers cascading down the card. To finish the card, I created a small sentiment, mounted it on chipboard and placed it on my card. Simple but sweet. 

Thanks for hopping on over! 

Heartfelt Creations products used. 

Climbing Clematis Paper Collection

Small Wild Rose Die

Small Wild Rose Cling Stamp Set

Leafy Accents Die

 Leafy Accents Cling Stamp Set

3D Leafy Accents Shaping Mold

3D Small Wild Rose Shaping Mold

Rajni Chawlas Crystal Clear

Ribbit Prills

Ranger Archival Ink Pad_Fern Green

Ranger Archival Ink Pad-Majestic Violet


Kathy Clement- Kathy by Design

Amarilys Doria- Amarilys’s Creations

Alissa Wells- Will Run for Stamps

Gloria Stengel- Scraps of Life

Lynn Stanborough- What the Heart Wants

Bozena Bodynek- BBartCards

Candy Slabaugh- Candy’s Creations

Monica Edwards- Simply Monica

 YOU ARE HERE: Lisa Gregory- What a Beautiful Mess

NEXT: Oksana Clegg- Everyday Crafting

Vicki Dutcher- All I Do Is Stamp

Heartfelt Creations- Heartfelt Creations Blog

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Vintage Artistry Collectors Volume 2 / Pair of Trifold Folios

I created this project for 49 and Market. I love creating folios. This time I created 2 of them. Similar in size and structure, but using different patterned paper from the Vintage Artistry Collectors Edition Volume 2. The range of colors in the collection is beautiful. The collection is packed with papers, laser cuts and washi tape.  The design of the folio is pretty simple. It is a great way to use up some of your smaller piece scraps to create pockets and tags. Of course what cover would not be complete with out the gorgeous flowers and ephemera!. I hope you are inspired to create your own folio. I have the step by step instructions on how to create one of your own. Plenty of room for photos and journaling. 

Pair of 8"x4" sized Trifold Folios. 

Step by Step instructions:

Using 1 12x12 sheet of patterned paper, Cut it down to 8 inches, bearing in mind, where you want to see the design on the outside of the Folio. Put aside the 4 inch cutaway piece. 

Using a scoreboard, place the 8 inch paper on the board with long side left to right, and score at 3 3/4, 4, 8, and 8 1/4.

Fold at the score lines and burnish the creases. Fold over the right side, then the left. The left side should be placed over the right. You should have two 1/4 inch spines, left and right. This is the trifold Folio. There should be a 1/4 inch gap when folded over. This will allow for some bulk on the inside of the folio. 

Take the 4 inch piece that you cut away, and cut it down to 8 inches. Then cut the 8 inch piece in half long ways, to create 2 8x2 inch pieces. These pieces will be adhered to the inside of the Folio on both ends to create 2 pockets. Make sure to only place glue on 3 sides and leave one side open for a pocket. 

This shows how the 2 pieces are adhered to both sides of the folio. Leave inside ends open to form a pocket. 

Using white cardstock, cut 8 pieces, 3 3/4 x 4 1/4. 

Using a score board, score at 1/2 inch on the short side for all 8 pieces. Then fold over and burnish flat. I will refer to these pieces as "flaps". 

Using patterned paper, cut 8 pieces 3 1/2 x 3 1/2. Adhere these pieces over the 8 "flaps." On the outside of the folded over flap, place a piece of  1/2  inch Score Tape or adhesive  of your choice. These will be used to create the waterfall in the middle of the folio. 

To create the waterfall, place the first flap in the middle section of the folio, about 1/4 inch of the way down from the top. To place the next flap, flip open the one you just adhered, and line the top of your flap to the edge of the flap you just adhered. Burnish. Do this for the rest of the flaps. You now have 8 flaps that flip up, then back down again. If you want, you could also create another 8 pieces for the backside of the flaps. The backs can be used for photos or journaling. You could place photos on the front pf your faps, then journal about that photo on the back. 

Create tags that will fit into the inside left and right pocket folders. Or you could use those tuck spots for more photos. 

You can decorate the cover as you wish. On both covers used laser cuts, and flowers were used. On this one, a ribbon tie closure was used. The ribbon was secured on both spines using a hot glue gun. 

Laser cuts, Bubbles and Baubles,  and flowers on this one. 

Here is the inside of the trifold folio. There is plenty of room for photos and journaling, and you can get more creative by adding more to fill your tuck spots. Tags, photos, a hidden letter, and even smaller booklets for added journaling. 

I used my favorite Labelzz and Tagzz tag die from Crealies  to create the tags. For the second tag, I put 2 tags together, and on the left edge, joined them together using washi tape as a hinge. 

Close up of the cover. I simply adore the flowers and butterflies from 49 and Market. 

49 and Market Products Used:

Vintage Artistry Collectors Edition Volume 2

Royal Posies Orchid

Royal Spray Orchid

Royal Posies Sunshine

Daisy Stems Lavender

Wishing Bubbles and Baubles Lilac