Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Autumn layout

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Hello, Donna here with another layout I did using Quick Quotes Club Q. Even though this kit was for the summer, it shouted autumn to me with the pretty pastel oranges and greens. Below I want to show you have I made the distressed flower using Powderpuff ink, near the bottom of the layout, a technique I learned from a Quick Quotes Workshop I attended a few years back!
To make the flower the first thing I did was apply Antique Linen Powderpuff Ink NEW for this year. This color is really awesome!
Next in the center I added Limeade Powderpuff ink, and inked the rest with Coral Powderpuff Ink. The edges I applied the ink extra heavy. I did notice you have to make the flower darker than you want, because after you spirtz it with water the colors lighten up a bit. Also don't worry if it's not perfect, it all works out in the end! One more note ink the outer part of the flower on the back in case it curls up a little.
Then I spritzed it 2 or 3 times with water, and crumpled it up into a little ball. Let that dry.
When dry, open it up and you have a distressed flower.  I did this with three different sizes so I could layer my flower. In the kit there are three sizes so that makes it super easy!
All that worry about putting green it the middle didn't matter anyway, I covered the center with a button from the kit! It would have mattered if I used a small piece bling or a small brad in the middle.
 See those leaves above? Taking two flowers from the kit, I made them using the same technique above, except do not let them dry all the way, maybe two minutes. Very carefully open up the flower then fold the left third of flower into the center and repeat that on the right side. On the bottom I squeezed the flower together and there you have an instead leaf!
Products Used:
Other products
Tim Holtz distress spray, twine.
Thanks for stopping by
Donna Coughlin

Club Scrap Woven Strands Blog hop

Pin It         Hi, Donna here today, and welcome to Club Scrap blog hop. I would like to share with you a layout I did using the Club Scrap Woven Strands kit. I LOVE the deep purples and lime greens and the silver accents this kit has to offer.

Here is a closeup of the flower cluster, it is so simple to intertwine ribbon and a bead strand through a flower stem, to give it an elegant look.

Included in the kit are these fabulous wood corners. By simply dabbing some ink onto the wood you can coordinate with any layout. I also added a rhinestone form the kit just to give it a little flair.


Several years ago I was doing a Disney layout and trying to make a Mickey head shape out of hemp. It kept coming apart and after several unsuccessful attempts I came up with this idea on how to keep the circles perfect by taking a 50/50 mixture of water and tacky glue wetting the hemp in the mixture and wrap it around a paint bottle and let it dry. It worked perfectly and for this circle I took the fiber from the kit and used my Curvy Cutter on a craft mat in order to keep the shape (well sort of, but the irregular shape was intentional). When it was almost dry it kept its shape and I was able to attach it to the layout without any loss of shape and did not need to add any more adhesive.

                                                       Products used from Club Scrap:
Other products, Prima flower stem, pearl strand, ink.

Your  next stop on the blog hop is Hetty Sanders, hop on over and see what she has for you.

Thanks for stopping by and having fun blog hopping!
Donna Coughlin

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Club Q for August

Pin It Hi, Donna here for Quick Quotes here to present to you a layout I did with the Club Q for August. I had so many pictures leftover from the summer a few years back. I didn't want to just throw them in a drawer so I made a pocket page to put them in. Using pieces from the mini album part of the kit I made several tags (or envelopes) to add some pictures. On the front of the layout I added three additional pictures and put the tags in pocket. You could add as many tags as you want, but with the tags I made I added an additional 7 pictures. They may not be the best pictures ever taken, but still held memories!
To make the pocket you cut a piece of paper (approx. 11 x 9 - I used the striped paper below) and adhere only the bottom and two sides. On this layout I hand stitched it. You can also use pocket pages to hold tickets, pamphlets, ephemera, whatever you like!

Here is an example of one of my tags. I made another pocket and inserted a small journaling tag and other photo inside which holds a picture on the front and back.

Here is a close up of the title. I used the new Powderpuff Ink - Peach Tree for this. All the items used in the title were included in the kit!

Products Used:
Thanks for stopping by today!
Donna Coughlin

Club Scrap Stencil Challenge

Pin It Hi everyone, Donna here today with my first project for Club Scrap. First I would like to say I am thrilled to be part of this fantastic group! Second the kits are phenomenal and when I received this kit it just screamed Irish to me. Luckily for me we go to the St Patty's Day parade every year in upstate PA. The little town of Girardville puts on this huge parade and everyone parties from morning to night. My son being half Irish is no exception to this! He took my camera and was taking selfies of himself and I just loved the way his eyes looked in this picture.

Todays layout was based on a stencil challenge from club scrap. The first thing I did was used the Nice to see you stencil and using black ink just dabbed it on.
Next I took the Twin Tags Honeycomb stencil and using Gesso added that randomly to the layout. When dried I took some diluted paint and dabbed it over the Gesso, giving it some depth.

This card from the kit was painted and splattered with green acrylic paint that I watered down. My original intention was to be a journaling card, but when I was doing the layout I decided to cut out the design and glued to the right of the picture.

Of course what would St Patrick's Day be with a four leaf clover? So I took the fiber in the kit and made one myself by simply pulling the fibers through the button and making to bows. The fiber I dampen a bit by using some tacky glue watered down, and the reason I did this was so I could make the bows rounded and they would stiffen and retain their shape. Then I glued the button onto Silver embroidered accent doily. The very last thing I did was add the Rhinestones and this was completely random. I actually just sprinkled some of the rhinestones out of the wheel and where they landed is where I glued them to layout!

Products used from Club Scrap:
Other products, Gesso, paint, ink, metal accents pieces.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope I inspired you to try some new techniques!
Donna Coughlin

Friday, August 7, 2015


Pin It Hi Donna Coughlin here with a challenge for you for Quick Quotes (see below for details). My challenge is make a layout or card with at least three circles! I had a bunch of miscellaneous pictures that didn't really fit any theme, so I thought this was a perfect way to scrap them. It really shows all her personality, sweet - shy - playful - and quiet!

Here is a closeup of the cluster. I used Quick Quotes Sheer Joy Chipboard and Petaloo flowers and fiber. Also you can see the stitching I did around the large circle.

Products Used:
Dusty Road Chipboard
Other products:
Petaloo Fancy Trims and flowers
Want2scrap Bling
American Crafts White cardstock
Be sure to enter this month!

Friday Challenge 54:
  • This challenge is to use at 3 circles, anything that is round can be used, be creative!
  • You can create any kind of project, just be sure to include at least 3 circles.
  • Of course we would LOVE to see Quick Quotes products used on your project, but it's not a requirement to play. 
  • You may use any products to participate in the challenge. 
  • No back posting allowed, projects must be newly created for this challenge. 
  • One (1) entry per person, per challenge please.
We can't wait to see what you create this month!
Challenge begins today and is open until 11:55 pm PST on 8/25.

The 'Top 3,' as chosen by our Design Team, will have bragging rights  with a 'Top 3 Fave' button to display on their own blogs.  Everyone who participates will be entered to win the prize for this challenge.
Prize = $25 gift certificate* to shop in The Quick Quotes Online Store!
Use the InLinkz button at the bottom of this post to link up your project!
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  • InLinkz will ask you for the direct link to your project, not just your blog address.
  • Click on your projects specific url and copy/paste it to link up. 

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If you live outside the US and want to play, you would be responsible for any shipping costs for prizes won.
The $25 gift certificate does not cover shipping costs.)


Monday, August 3, 2015

New Design Team

Pin It Hi everyone, I am here to say I made it on a new artist team, it is for Club Scrap!!! I am so excited and please be sure to visit the site and the for all the Artist Teams creations, they are very unique kits that you cannot find anywhere else!
Check back often here to see my creations! Thank You

Thursday, July 23, 2015

2 page layout

Pin It Hello, Donna here with a two page layout. It's been a while since I've done a two pager and I forgot how great they are to do. First of all you can use tons of pictures, I like it because it is good to group all those odd and ends (pictures) that you have leftover from an event, such as this one of my daughter and children camping.

Here are close ups of the pages. When I was done I kept looking at and knew it needed something. By just adding the green border on the top and bottom it really made the layout pop! I love the coordinating chipboard pieces, what a fun way to add some depth to the layout.
The title are wood pieces I got on sale at my local scrapbook store, they looked great just plain, but by adding some Quick Quotes Powderpuff ink helps bring in all the colors. 
Products Used:
Joy Ride 200
Other products: wood alphabets, Maya Rd Journaling card, brads
Thanks for stopping by today
Donna Coughlin

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Hey Cupcake

Pin It This layout is done with a sketch from My Scraps and More Blog. I am really liking the sketches they have. They are always so usable. Sometimes I find sketches and they contain 1 or 2 tiny pictures on a big 12x12 layout. That just isn't my style. I like to use photos I can see!
Anyway here is my take on the sketch this week.

Here is the sketch.
Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, July 13, 2015


Pin It Hi Donna here today with a layout I did for Quick Quotes using Catalina Island papers. Aren't the colors in this fabulous? This layout was based off the sketch from Sketchabilities and is also for the challenge this month. Karan at Sketchabiities does a great job with her sketches, and I use the frequently.

The larger flower my first thought was to add Gesso to the Quick Quotes chipboard flower, and ink it with Quick Quotes Powderpuff Ink Blue Hawaaiin. I was going to put just one bling piece in the middle but I found this flower gems in my stash and added that on top. The Calypso Die Cut stickers are also from Quick Quotes, and I thought the sentiments were a perfect addition for a layout for my granddaughter.  
Here is the sketch from Sketchabilties, I hope you get a chance to use this sketch!
Products Used:
Other Products: Gesso, K & Co Chipboard alphabets, Making Memories Glitter Gem, Want2Scrap bling, Petaloo Fibers and Flowers.
Thanks for stopping by today.
Donna Coughlin

Saturday, July 4, 2015


Pin It Hi everyone,  I did these two layout of my granddaughter/ The first layout based off a sketch by My Scraps and More blog. I used Heidi Swapp Sugar Chic papers

I had to laugh when I saw her in this dress, it reminded me of something I would have worn when I was little! The background paper is Fab Scrap and the other paper is Daisy D's (remember them?) I kept that piece of scrap for years just because I loved it!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Summer Splash

Pin It Hi everyone, Donna here and I can't believe how fast the summer is going already! What is summer without some children playing in water, remember the good old fashion Slip and Slide! Here is a summer layout to inspire you to go out and take lots of summer pictures before it is gone. For this layout I cut out three skinny circles and then just cut some of the paper off to make a broken circle. Quick Quotes Catalina Island papers are perfect for all summer layouts. Be sure to check it out in the store.

The title I curved around the outer circle. Then layered some embellishments and stickers from my stash to complete the layout.
Products Used:
Other products: brads flowers enamel dots buttons ribbon
Thanks for stopping by today.
Donna Coughlin

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Pin It I did this layout based off a sketch by My Scraps and More blog
It is of my granddaughters, the older one absolutely LOVES the baby! Found the papers in a stash of papers - must be old no makers name on the back.
I took a circle punch from the spare paper and elevated the circles with a foam sticker to give the layout a little depth.

Be sure to stop by My Scraps and More!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Adventure it's out there!

Pin It  Hi, Donna here with a layout I did using Quick Quotes Club Q Ultimate Combo kit. I just added some bling and I was able to create this cute layout of my granddaughter swinging on a rope. She is so adventureous and is such a tomboy, but at the same time can be very girly!
Not every scrapbook page has to be square, try cutting different shapes, circles are fun as well! I cut the large shape from a sheet of Gypsy Rose and the large corner pieces I used a Quikutz die.

Look at everything you get in this kit!

Here is a close-up of of the corner. The chipboard pieces are so much fun and are also included in the kit!

Products Used:
Other products; Want2 Scrap bling

Thanks for stopping by today and be sure to check out Club Q!
Donna Coughlin

Friday, June 12, 2015

Disney layout

Pin It Hi, Donna here today with a Disney layout I did using products you can find at Inspiration Station!
Deb carries lots of products you can use for all your Disney layouts. I don't know about you, but when I scrap Disney, I use lots of white and black cardstock which you can buy in bulk at Inspiration Station. They carry American Craft cardstock in packs of 50, which is great because you save money and it is a good heavyweight cardstock!

For my layout I cut out 9 Mickey heads from the Silhouette Cameo on white cardstock and then hand stitched a border around it. Placing that on top of a sheet of black Cardstock and then laid it on the Patterned paper which is from Moxxie.

Then the fun part begins! I took a couple of the Queen & Co Woodie pieces and Simple Stories and Queen & Co embellishments and placed them around the layout. I just love how this turned out.

Here is a close-up of the title from Queen & Co, how perfect and  simple is that? If you look carefully I also took a black fine tip Sharpie and placed dots around each of the Mickey heads.
Thanks for stopping by today and be sure to visit Inspiration Station for all your scrapping and creative needs!
Donna Coughlin

Thursday, June 11, 2015

June Club Q

Pin It Hi, today I would like to show you a layout I created with the new Club Q from Quick Quotes.
Look at all you get in the Ultimate kit!

Here is a layout I created using items from each of the kits. The laser cut chipboard and papers are fabulous! I especially loved the round globe with the saying What a Wonderful World which I covered with the delicous Creamy Cocoa and White Coconut Powderpuff Ink.


Here is the chipboard luggage included with the kit. I inked it with the New Powderpuff ink called Creamy Cocoa and then with the scraps of the Gypsy Road 100 I cut from the postage stamp side little words and pictures and used ModPodge to adhere them. For the smaller piece of luggage I used the brads from the kit and wrapped two pieces of twine around them.

For the luggage tag I used the another scrap to cover it and then added a chipboard piece to it and inked the edges with Midnight Confessions ink.

Products Used
Other products: twine and Modpodge

Thanks for visiting today, and be sure to check out this month's Club Q!
Donna Coughlin