Saturday, October 16, 2010

Any occasion card

Hi, this is a card I did, I got the inspiration from a wonder site called Amazing Paper Grace. Its by Becca Feeken, and she is "divine" I love all her work, and that is rare for me to say.  Its not exactly like Becca's but its very close, my take on it.

Here in Puerto Rico there is this wonderful scrapbooking store that has everything, and the owner Rebeca brought this excellent flocked pattern paper, sort of velvety, amazingly wonderful. The texture is superb, and I used the paper for cards because you just have to touch it to get it's goodness.

So here all I did was layer everything, I never give out measurments becasue Im so bad at it that I just I ball everything, so sorry no numbers.  Just simply matted every layer, use for the third from the bottom up cardstock that is embossed with cuttlebug embossing folder, but I dont now the name of the folder, but you can use what ever folder as long as its very detailed so it can show up from behind the other layers. The centre piece is from the cricut cartridge "Heritage" that cartridge has wonderful medallion like shapes, so if you dont have a lot of Nestibilities, then this cartridge is great. Then used a white ribbon that I dyed using distress ink walnut stain and then just mist it with smooch brown colour. At the bottom use a friskas edge border punch to give it some more detail.

TIP: If you use alot of ribbon but dont want to invest alot in different colour, good trick is to by ribbon in different widths but all in white or ivory, then you can just dye them the colour you need them to be, you can also get some cool effect if you experiment with ink pads or also alcohol inks, the combination are limitless and customed to your project, we all tend to have alot of ink pads around so its just a good way of reinvesting your supplies.

Well, thanks again for stoppin by, any comments or question feel free to text me or email me, bye!!!


Sunday, August 22, 2010


Hi, well after being away for awhile I finally finished this layout that I've had on my table for about three weeks, lol.  These are my bestfriend two little girls, Thalia and Channelle, and what one does the other has to also, HAS TO, lol, so on the oldest first day at school, the little had to be dressed up almost the same to go also, but no going inside the school, so adorable.

Here I tried to go for a girly style but not letting go my vintage roots, so I mixed it up with vintage tags and pink tones with craft paper. Which I think the craft paper kept it pretty toned down in the pinkish side and gave it the vintage feel. Its that I cant do a vintage page without it coming out sort of dark and very vintagy. But I think this one turned out great.
- Green flowers are the white botanical mix from prima that I just sprayed with the green of Smooches, love those spayes.
- The pink flowers on top are the little bundles of flower on get at the craft section of any department store, like the ones used for weddings and stuff.
- The 12x12 you will have to forgive me but I totally forgot the name of the brand or company there from. I brought it a long time ago and I never same or remember the names, my wrong!!!
- The vintage style tags are also from that very same collection of pp's, the only thing I remember is that I brought them for Valentines so I hope that helps.
- The butterfly punch is from Mgills and it is awesome, although Martha Stewart has one similar now, but Mcgills is still bigger, on top of the butterflies is liquid pearls and red stickles.
- The title is from the cricut cartridge "Heritage" it's awesome, it bring so many words and styles, I love it.
- And finally the big glass bubbles are from Walmart in the section where you find things to decorate tables, there the pebbles you find to fill jars with or vases and come in different shapes, round, oval, etc.  and for really good price, if I would of gone to the craft section to get the same thing the difference was literally  $2.12, so great find.

Well thanks for stoppin by, any questions just leave me a comment, thanks again!!!!

Sunday, June 27, 2010


Hi, well like a wrote this was a labor of love, I tried to keep this layout a little more tame, lol, lately my lo's are a little over the top.  This is my little cousin (my cousins son) Angel Yamil and I just thought this pic of him was to adorable to let go.  I always try to either get my colour scheme from the colours in the picture or the total opposite, use all the contrary colours, so even though I never like to use dark colours for kids lo's or vintage, I just couldn't resist, so I used the red, black and white from the baby's clothes. 

Well to brake up the dark of the black I used some white chalk ink with Tim Holtz masks of the gears and the compass, to give it that extra something, spark I did some journaling with a white journaling pen, I think it did the trick, give it a sort of extra dimension.  I you want to give it some more feel when your doing masking in a row like here make the first one on top slightly lighter from the next one, with the bottom one being darker, it will give you a sense of depth also. Here the flash just doesn't let you appreciate it much, but it works great, thats a painting tip I use for when I draw and paint, hehehehe. Next the title was a thinking process that stumped me for a while I wanted to do the name of the baby in a mask like affect, but didnt have any masks of letters and let alone that size, so, whala, I just took the same black background paper, cut out the letters on my cricut (used george basic shapes) and inked the edges with the same ink as for the masking and the little stamp of the bicycle at the bottom, chalk inks are good for dark papers like this, really shows up. Well the rest is pretty straight foward, but any doubts or question feel free to email me or leave me a comment.

Thanks for stoppin by and lookin, lol, take care, bye!!!

Sunday, June 6, 2010


Hi, thanks for stopping by, well, this layout is really in my safe zone. I just love vintage, and got alot of goodies from my local scrapbooking store, like the wonderful graphic 45 pp, this on is "on the boardwalk" block of pp, and also brought this wonderful dictionary style pp which is the second layer on the lo.  On the dictionary pp I use Tim Holtz masks, looks like the top ends of an old gate love it, forgot the name of the mask but it has this one and another smaller one and a barb wired one.  The keyhole, key, and hinge are from the Sizzix dies of Tim Holtz, that I just painted with bronze coloured arcylic paint and to give it a bit of an old style to it I dabbed on some distress ink in black soot to the edges, on the keyhole I added a little metal heart that came in an embellie kit. The row of stamps and the small tag with the twine and the vintage stamp of the lady at the beach are from the Graphic 45 block of pp, there the die cuts that came in the pack, how great is that. The title is from the cricut cartridge, true to form "Heritage", just seemed fitting, lol. The little butterflies that you see are acutally metal, in a cooperish kind of tone, there embellishments for sewing.
TIP; go to you local department store's sewing section or fabric section, you'll be amazed at what you can find for scrapbooking and at just a fraction of the cost, sometimes there the exact same things, but since there not in a scrapbooking store, its a whole lot cheaper, ribbons, embellishments for blouses, lace, on a couple of the flowers on the lo, theres sort of a green little flower in the centre of the bigger paper flower and that is a fabric ribbon that comes in a row of all the little flowers and all I did was cut it up and wala!!!!  The flowers are from Prima's white Botannical Mix, which I just sprayed with Smooches colored sprays, make the investment with them there great and save a whole bunch of time and your flowers will be custom made by you for your layout, thatst cool, so best buy SMOOCHES, here I used the brown chocolate one, the sage one and the yellow, there fabulous.
Thanks again for stopping by, I love visitors, if you want sign my guest book, thanks again, any comments or doubts, just leave a message, bye!!!

Friday, May 28, 2010


Hi, thanks for stoppin by, well, this was so simple to do, modesty aside, lol, really, I wanted to do a lo with this pic of my wonderful little neighbor, but I alway get stumped on masculine lo, but this just click on after the other. I started with the blue background pp, that looks like old jeans and I thought wow it goes great with the blue in the pic, so then I brought about a month ago a nice sort of pirate treasure map pp for boys. I love the vintage style of it and didnt think I'd even use it for kid, the paper is from "Sandylion" and its called "treasure map", aww, its so great, it can work for anything.  So I inked the edges with distress ink matted on some gray and blue checker board style pp and did the same for the pic.  Then the dilema was should I use flower on the boy lo or not, back and fourth untill I said "aww heck" lets do it, so instead of using pinks and purples I used yellow and green from the wonder line of "Smooches" those sprays are WONDERFUL, I'm so addicted, thats why I try to always buy my flowers plain white so I can give it my style. The title is from the cricut cartridge "Home Decor" wonderful cartridge, must have. The mask of course is from Tim Holtz, and just took a cosmetic sponge, bent it all up in my hands untill I made a sort of ball shape at the tip of my fingers and with some distress ink Saphire chipped, I dabbed away, lol.  People ask me if its misting and no, I dont mist with my masks because I could never get the controll I get with the sponge. Hats off to those who can mist with the mask, could never mange it, lol, clumpsy I guess. Oh almost forgot, yes the twine, I couldnt find a ribbon masculine enough for the tag in the middle so I thought "twine" it is, some I had left over from a beading project (I always recycle when I can) just did, oh about six to seven eight inch turns, cut the ends and with some real small gauge wire, I twisted it untill I achieved that sort of palm tree look, hope it worked out. Since the theme was sort of a jungle adventure typel, thought it be nice to stick it in.

TIP; Twine works great in nautical and masculine layouts, just give it that rough textured effect.

Any doubts or questions just leave a message, thanks again for stoppin by, bye!!!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010


Hi this is another layout I did, I pretty much winged it as I went, had no design in mind. I think is turned out more than I expected, the girls look so pretty and forever beautiful.  I wanted to do a lo that would be vintage but not dark or somber so did it with touches of pink and yellow, gambled on the colour scheme.  The flowers are white paper flowers that I sprayed with smooch and tattered angels. Then I added some stickles in "diamond" to give them that pop of sparkle, love the diamond stickle it works with almost any background.  Then used the new Tim Holts dies of the keyhole, key and hinge, in cardstock and grunge board, and painted it with a metalic bronze acrylic paint with some black soot distress ink at the edges to make them stand out.  The pearl flourishes that come out from the butterflies are just "liquid pearls" that I put on a pencil line I drew to keep the dots going in the right place, lol.

Well hope I explained it well if you have any question, just leave a comment and I'll get back to you asap.  Thanks for stopping by, love to have visitors!!!

Thursday, April 15, 2010


Hi, this is a card I did, really started out as a birthday card, but left it pretty neutral for all occasion. I love this colour combo a sort of blue aqua and brown, I embossed with the folders of the cuttlebug, the poka-dot and the flourishes.  Used the Spellbinders Nestibles to make the scalloup shape in the second from the larges die and the second from the smallest, hope that made sense, lol.  The butterflies are a punch out from the Martha Stewart line and just did a brown on the bottom and blue on top, makes a great 3-D shadow effect doing it.  And a tiny little knotted ribbon on top, gave up trying to do a pretty bow, for some reason just wouldnt come out, lol.

Thanks again for stoppin by and looking any doubts or questions just leave a comment be more than happy to answer, bye!!!

Sunday, April 11, 2010


Hi, well like I wrote this is a tribute to my late aunt (titi) Awilda.  She died of cancer about six to seven years ago, the picture was taken sixteen years ago on my little cousins birthday, her son. She was so happy and proud of him, her only son after two girls.

Well here this is my version a a scraplift I did of the very talented and admired Gabrielle Pollacco's layout titled "BEAUTIFUL",which you can find at her blog what a l/o. I dont neccesarly scraplift to its entirety, just use some general ideas and make it my own, but what a layout, lol, I just had to literally copy it, at least to its majority, with a few twist and turns. So the credits go completly to Gabrielle.....!!!

This layout was not so simple, at least not for me, lol, the ribbon part is very easy, Gabrielle shows on her blog how to do it, its just punching some holes on the paper and passing the ribbon through, how geniuous. I the biggest change from here original is the little "inchi twichis" the small square pp that I used to make that quilt look. I just could for the life of me find my round cutter so I remember seeing this style around alot of the small quilted patches and decided the space was just right.  Some on wrote about measurements, I really dont measure anything, lol, sorry, I literally eyeballed everything, and since I distressed the edges of the little papers the uneveness doesnt show must.  Worked to my advantage.

Well hope you all liked and any more questions or doubts just leave a comment and Ill get back asap, thanks for looking bye!!!

Saturday, April 3, 2010


Hi, well, I just love, love, love these colours, how many of you ladies have done a card that in the process you say, "yeah", I tried this colour combo before, but added brown to it and it wasnt what I expected, and just left it, but then went back to it and said "these colours rock, what am I doing wrong" so I just took out the brown, yay, lol. 

Here I used basic light green cardstock for the base and just layered, used the cuttlebug poka-dots folder and on top of the pp used the new flourish folder and for the strip under the flower, used again another embossing folder strip.

Flowers are from the cricut cartridge "George basic shapes" and a small little ribbon flower in the center.

The title and flourish below it is from the wonderful "Heritage" cartridge from cricut.

Labor of love, hope you like it, bye!!!


Hi, thanks for visiting, well this card was so easy to do.  Just got some real light biege card stock, made the base for the card and found in my cardstock stash, this awesome light blue sort of aqua colour (thought I finished them out, its my favorite) and had to find some pp for it. And whala! first paper I see is this great biege and blue with green pattern on it, just clicked for me.

Used here for the embossing the cuttlebug folder, I think its the new flourish one but pardon me for not being sure.  Then just cut out a strip of pattern paper for the center and another smaller piece or the same blue background paper thats embossed.  The small blue strip is also embossed, with the cuttlebug folder strips, there so awesome, cant see it much because of the letter but I added some stickles in Diamond to give it that pop, since it would be behind the letters

The title or fonts is from the cricut cartridge "Heritage", love it its so awesome, so many shapes and styles, must have for you ladies, definately. Did a small little bow on top with ribbon flower I found and put a brad through it so it would stay in place.  And to top it all off, some liquid pearls in yellow to give it that finiall garbo.

Thanks for stopping bye, take care!!!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010


Hi, well this layout is untitled because I just went insane with the details and forgot to leave space for the title, lol. Has that ever happened to anyone else???  Here I just did some paper tearing, well alot, lol, and on the light blue I tore and inked the edges with some dark blue, love the way it makes it look like if it was deeper and its actually on the pink. Did some faux stitching to the borders and added some ribbon that looks like vines to give it more green. Added the fence because of the flowers. Whats new that I've done is the wires the leaves had this wire stem and instead of cutting it off I just twisted it and left it to give it that detail.
TIP, when you want to give that extra shine and sparkel to something just pearl mist it, the're alot of product out in the market that come in mister bottles and its a must buy, I used it here on the flower, there just white prima flowers that I mist and inked and whala!!! so buy those little bottles you won't regret it, take care thanks for stopping, any questions just email me or leave a comment, bye!!!

Saturday, February 6, 2010


Hi ladies, well this is a lo I did for a local challenge here in Puerto Rico.  Here I embossed, stamped, distressed, inked galor, lol, and some masking with the Tim Holtz clock mask.  Used also Tim Holtz's screw brads which I love. Hope you like, any question leave me comments and I will surely and quickly answer, bye and thanks for stoppin by!!!

Sunday, January 24, 2010


Hi, I love the colours here, there so what I like doing, since the background of the pics is the kids backyard, I thought earthtones are the best bet. Here I did for the first time resist inking, which is nothing more than embossing in clear powder your image and then inking on and around it, then wipping away with a clean paper towel.  The embossed part with wipe clear and the image with show along with the paper under the embossed image. Follow this link it will show you how to do this tecnique. You can see it here under the title, the leaves were done with the clear embossing powder.  I did alot of stamping but I thought that black would make a good contrast colour to set the brown back a bit.  Like always layer, layer, layer, it just give it so much more detail to what you do.
TIP, clear stamps and stamps in general are such a great investment, not only can you use them over and over again, but with different coloured inks and dyes the possibilities are endless.  Apart that you can also emboss with them and watermark. When your looking at your lo and just don't know what to do in that little corner or that awkard space between something, get out your stamps, chances are theres just what you needed.  It worked for me here!!!!


Hi, this is a lo I did of my bf little girls Talia and Channelle, I just love these colours a sort of teal, aqua kind of colours. People have asked me if it was complicated to make and it was all the contrary. It may look complicated probably because of the pp, but it was all just assembly, the hard part was the thought process, lol.  I layered the bottom cardstock and cut a 12x12 pp, oh about and inch in and distressed the edges.  Then put on top the big tag and finished the layers with the yellow, to give it some spark and the pic.  On the yellow I used some Liquid Pearls in white and distressed the edges.  The flowers are just two different style punch-outs in different sizes that I inked the edges with Distress Inks blacksoot from Tim Holtz of Ranger, used two different pp for the punch out all in cordinating colours. The fence is a foam tape runner that I found at a bargin store here in Puerto Rico, but cant remember the name of the brand, it fell off, but I imagine you can find this in any local hobby or craft store. I you find it buy it it's definatly and investment.  The piece of resistance is the birdcage, this is a clear stamp from Basic Grey called Porcilain Avairy, I think, lol, that I embossed it in black embossing powder to give it that rich depth feeling.  Title, birds, branch and flowers all from Cricut cartridge Home Decor.
TIP, I like to layer alot but for me sometimes the edges sort of blend a bit, I remedy this by distress, inking or using faux sewing, which is nothing but drawing the stitching lines by hand.  I love the effect of stitching on the edges but Im sooooooo lazy to go to the sewing machine and doing it, so what better way I found to just draw them.  Some perfer the actual stitching, which is fine, but I feel I get a similar affect for what I need. Best investment for this is white journaling pen and any rich dark black fine marker, thanks take care!!!

"MI BOLETO" (my ticket)

Hi, this is a lo I did of my neighbors little girl, Karina, she just adores pink, so what better way than PINK everywhere, lol.  Very simple, i layered under the photo some pp and the last layer I punchout the edges with an edge trimmer and then inked the same edges with Dew Drops Perfect Pumeria chalk color.  With the same ink I masked some butterflies that I later punched out and put on top.  The flowers are two different punchout in style that I did in three different pp and then inked the edges of the petals.  Since I couldn't find brads that would go, I just added some black Liquid Pearls.  I couldn't decide on what ribbon to use, none seem to go well, untill I found this lace, I think it went well, hope so, lol.
TIP, on the petals of the flowers if you look closely you will see that it sort of has those little lines that petals naturaly have along the length of the petal.  That I achived by accident, lol, just use the ink pad of the Dew Drops and swipe it gently along the petal.  The pad itself has a texture that will give it a swipe affect, which in turn will give you that little line effect.  Sorry I dont have a close-up pic of this, but I will put little photo close-up of all my tips, just got to get a little organized, lol, take care bye!!!

Saturday, January 23, 2010


(so precious)

Here I needed to fill in the left side of the purple paper and didn't know what to do, untill I remembered my Tim Holts flourish mask.  Must say did the trick, I used some distress ink in vintage photo to give it the effect, then spayed it with some Tattered angels Maghogany colour, to give it that fine glitter effect. Then used some Liquid Pearls to give the flourished mask some more detailing (love details) so it would pop out. The butterflies are just some punch outs from regular pink cardstock that i inked the edges and embossed.  The flowers are the perfect example of what I wrote in anothe lo of using plain white paper flowers and painting them and stamping them. Here I took the flowers painted them, waited for them to dry and stamped on them with white chalk ink. Finished off with brads in the center. Like I try to do when using little girl lo I made one of the flowers of pink ribbon.
TIP,  when you see scrapbooking papers with different designed edges, usually scalloped, buy one that is a thicker paper like cardstock and don't use it and have it as a template to keep using. Just reverse the side of the one lo paper and draw the outline of the template paper, I usually do it on the side Im not using in case my lines show, then just cut it out.  A very frugal way to do it, but effective!!!


Work of love, I just love the way this card turned out, the pp already had the holy and that sort of distressed peach tone background, so I just distressed the paper and distressed inked it with vintage photo from Tim Holtz and added a cut out of a gift box, the letters and the little banner with the words. For the "piece of resistance" I stuck the Santa cut out behind the top layer and ripped part of the paper in that section so you could see some of his body. I've seen this done alot in layouts and thought, why not in cards as well. Must say the Santa was the hit of the card, lol.
TIP, if you want to give the feeling of depth to a page or card, when you put on cut outs or stickers off center them and take them out of the edges or borders into other parts of the design, makes the background sort of recede, like here with the gift box and the tag of 25.
Thanks for looking, bye!!!


Hi guys, well this is a card I did for christmas. The card opens in half and the ho ho ho part is with the ribbon holds it in place, which is tied in the back but slids off the card so you can open it. Simple layering with green cardstock and pattern paper of the holy's. Seemed a little long so I gave it the illusion of being shorter with the thin red ribbon on the bottom.  The center part is just some embossed green font clear stamps with some little dots that came along in the set and embossed them in red, made it blend with the pattern paper.
Tip, this would make and excellent wedding invitation, same principles just different colours and tones, remember for wedding invitation, less is BEST.
Hope you liked it, take care, bye!!!


Hi, this is a card I did for my neighbors little girl Karina, her favorite colours are pink and soft purple, so choosing the colour wasn't hard, lol.  I tried to make it simple so it would look delicate. Did layering, used ribbon, for girls cards I like to use ribbon when possible, gives it that touch, try it!  I'm into brads do here its a little obvious, lol.  The flower is just some prima plain white flower that I painted with acrylic paint and gave it that extra somthing using glossy accents from ranger, makes it look plastice but soft.
Tip, try to always get plain white flowers and paint them your selves, apart from that extra feeling of accomplishment it will be totally unique to the page.
Tip, when painting flowers or altering them I have found that diluting the acrylic paint (just regular, little bottle acrylic hobby paint) with water will give you very different looks. Very diluted a soft tone and straight from the bottle more harsh, all depends on the effect your striving for.
Hope you liked the card, Karina did, lol, thanks for looking!!!