Monday, May 22, 2017


Here I did this layout of my granddaughter and her aunt (who look so much alike!) with  a sketch from My Creative Sketches. I love the sketches there so be sure to check that out!
Paper was Echo Park, the big metal flower was Momenta covered with Tim Holtz ink (stream) and the butterfly was Teresa Collins.

Here's the sketch

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Sketch by Sketches in Thyme

Today I made this simple layout using the sketch from Sketches in Thyme. I don't know, I think I have to go back add more things! LOL I am not a blank space person! But it did turn how I wanted it to, so maybe I will leave it alone> what do you think?

Here is the sketch

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to visit Sketches in Thyme! Your comments as always are greatly appreciated!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Memorial Day Projects

Hello there and this is my first post for Oriental Trading! I am an ambassador and I would love to show you what I did. The  DIY Large wood tray and galvanized pail I decorated myself  with directions below. The Vintage American banner was a perfect touch as were the USA Fireworks paper cups also sold at Oriental Trading.

 To make the tray I took this awesome DIY Large wood tray and painted it white. Around the outer edges I painted a blue and red stripe. Because I am not the neatest painter, to keep my lines straight on this project I used a very thin washi tape around the center.

  I then painted red and blue stars randomly on the inside of the tray. Next take  a Patriot flag and use Modge Podge to adhere to the tray. Since this might get food or liquid on it, I applied another layer of Modge Podge all over the tray.

Here is the side view of finished project
Inside view of finished project.
 Next I painted the galvanized pail ice bucket, a strip of red at the bottom and blue at the top. Use painters tape to keep things straight when you paint. Using a stencil paint three white stars on each side. Take two Patriot flags (one for each side) and apply Modge Podge and got it good and wet, then applied it on the pail, smoothing out with a damp paper towel to remove any bubbles. Such an easy and fun thing to do.

Now my granddaughters come over for Memorial Day they can enjoy dessert in a  fun and Patriot way by serving these cupcakes topped with these festive Peanuts® Patriotic Fringe Picks.

Next wait till you see the awesome candy firecrackers I made for the girls! So be sure to stop by shortly.
Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out all of Oriental Trading crafts!

*Disclaimer: Oriental Trading sent me products in exchange for a blog post; however, all opinions in this post are mine.

Lookin' Sharp

My grandson in his new glasses, I used the Club Scrap Succelent kit.

This layout was based off a sketch from Sketches from Thyme. I rarely do digital but I thought I would give this one a try since I have the kit.

Here is the awesome sketch!

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017


I made this layout using the sketch from Let's Scrap and Oriental Tradings  paper Nautical Paper Pack. I really loved the quality of this paper and be sure to check out Oriental Tradings craft items, so many awesome products!

My layout of last years Memorial Day parade, my son and his football team march in the parade every year. Such a fun hometown parade.

I covered the 3D Self-Adhesive Lowercase Alphabet Script Stickers in silver Ranger Metallic Stickles and also added some stickles to the inside of the stars.

Here is the awesome sketch at Let's Scrap.

Thanks for stopping by today.
*Disclaimer: Oriental Trading sent me products in exchange for a blog post; however, all opinions in this post are mine.

Baby Sister

Here is a layout using the challenge from Scrap Our Stash. I just LOVE Rochelle Spears sketches, they are just so do-able and very creative.

Here is my layout.

This was the challenge.
 I used
M - Material
O - Office Space paper from Club Scrap
T - Tom Bow glue dot runner
H - Handmade flower
E - Enamel Shapes
R - Ranger ink

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out Scrap our Stash


Friday, May 12, 2017

Lets Scrap Challenge May

Hello today I would like to share a layout I did using the May challenge for Let's Scrap.

It was a Tic Tac Toe challenge below.

I chose the middle row across. Heart shape ( lower left hand corner of frame), the color gold (alphas) and Brads (in the flowers)

This is my sweet little granddaughter!
Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out Let's scrap!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Stuck Sketches May challenge

 Hello everyone,
I did a layout using the May sketch from Stuck Sketches
Here is what I came up with, my adorable granddaughters at a picnic we went on last year at the Museum.
Thanks for stopping by and be sure to visit Stuck Sketches!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

May challenges

I have been super scrapping this week, got so much done.  This one I combined the two challenges and it worked out great!

Close of the two pages, the rose arches were cut from the Silhouette Cameo

Here are the two challenge the first one is from Scrap our Stash, I used a journal card, the color yellow and 3+ pattern paper.

The second challenge was this sketch from Let's Scrap.

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My Creative Sketches and Club Scrap

Hello today I would like to share a layout using the My Creative Sketches and the wonderful
Club Scrap Cherry Blossom Kit.

Once again I used my homemade foam cherry blossoms. Directions can be found here. Everything else came from the Club Scrap Cherry Blossom Kit. except for the flowers and the Want2Scrap bling.

Here are some close ups


I always love Liz Chichester sketches and have used many of them in the past!

Thanks for stopping by.
Donna Coughlin

Friday, April 28, 2017

Club Scrap Cherry Blossom Team Challenge Blog Hop

Hi there everyone! Welcome to the Club Scrap Cherry Blossom Team Challenge Blog Hop! I am so excited this month because this is one of my favorite kits from Club Scrap. The colors are gorgeous.

You should have come here from Kelly's blog.

The challenge was to use the the bouquet unmounted stamps on our creations. So here are three cards I made using the stamps.
The Cherry Blossom kit got me in the mood to make Asian themed cards. So the first thing I thought of was those beautiful Chinese screens. I created a the pattern on the Silhouette Cameo and went from there. I stamped various flowers on the screen and then using water colors to paint them.
If you would like the file for the screen just email me and I will gladly send it to you ( put SILHOUETTE FILE in the subject line, so I know its not spam)
The Cherry Blossom stickers were an easy way to decorate the top of the screen.

Just wanted to show that the middle lifts up to reveal an area for a message. I used one of the cutouts from the kit underneath.

On this card I embossed the purple cardstock with gold glitter and clear embossing (UTEE) on the black cardstock. The tassle is from a previous kit that I shortened and added a gold bead to.  I used a button at the top to "hold" the lantern with some embroidery thread.

This last card I made from the girl from a Silhouette file as well. The cutout was from the kit and the adorable girl fit on the card perfectly. Adding  a ribbon and the cute Silver fan charm from the kit was the final touch. I also used pop tabs behind the girl to make her stand out a little . The stamp if you look closely, it is the flower border near the bottom of her dress.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to hop on over to the talented Lisa's blog to see what she created.
Donna Coughlin

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Sketches in Thyme April

Hello, it's me again with a layout I did for Sketches in Thyme. This is the second sketch for April this sketch done by Bev Code, so talented!

My granddaughter always gives this "cheeky" smile when you ask her to smile. Her one eye squints up and it is so funny!

Here is the sketch I based the layout off of.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Sketch in Thyme 1st April Sketch

Today I would like to share a layout from Sketches in Thyme. This is the first of April's sketches.
My little niece was trying to take a selfie at Christmas and we all kept jumping in, luckily she was a good sport about it!

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April Club Scrap Blog Hop & Linky Party

Welcome to the Club Scrap Blog Hop and LinkyParty. You should have come here from the FABULOUS Lisa's blog! Hasn't everyone done a great job so!

I made two projects for this blog hop because I just LOVE the Cherry Blossom kit so much!

When I think of cherry blossoms I think of the Orient, and the first thing that came to mind was a lantern. This is not they typical Chinese Lantern but it is a lantern! The first thing I did was cut a lantern from white cardstock from the Silhouette. I cut four red frames, one for each side and  I used the branch stencil  with brown paint on the silver paper that was in the kit. The silver paper is velumn like so it is translucent and I knew it would let the light through. Be sure if you make a paper lantern to use LCD candles! For the flowers I used the Cherry Blossom Stickers and a ribbon on top.

Here it is lit up at night. Looks so awesome! I put it on my dining room table and it gives just enough light that we don't need to turn on the ceiling light when walking through.
Here is one of the side panels day and night.

Next I made this layout of my very beautiful granddaughter!

 I cut out a white circle and painted it pink and purple and then place a layer of faux beads around the edge of the circle.

I made three awesome rosette fans using the paper from the cutout sheets. I LOVE this one! The cute little bird was also included in the kit.

I cut out a parasol and for the parasol handle I painted a toothpick black and used that to give it dimension. The lanterns were also cut from the patterned paper and I used pop tops to give them a lift.

Other products I used were Recollections metal pieces and doilies, Heidi Swapp Acetate title, brads and some of my homemade foam Cherry Blossoms.

On this post I spoke a little about the foam, but let me try to explain how I made them. I cut petals from foam and inked them. As you can see they don't have to be perfect. Next take a petal and put it up against a hot iron, make sure to hold it up with something that won't burn. I was a concerned the foam would melt on my iron, but it didn't. Hold it there until it start to curl and let it drop. Wait a few seconds, pick it up and crunch it up in a tiny little ball, this takes some work.  Then open up each petal and pull lightly into shape, trying not to pull out the top where all the curves and wrinkles are. When you have them all done hot glue the petals on a piece of cardstock cut out in a circle, slightly overlapping the previous petal.

Add a brad, button or stamen in the center.

 Next stop is the very talented Kelly.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Donna Coughlin


Monday, April 24, 2017

Scrap our stash Challenge April

Hello today I would like to share this layout I did for the April Scrap our Stash challenge which was to use this sketch and use something that begins with the  letters from the word FLOWER in the sketch.

Here is the fabulous sketch!

So this is what I came up with.
F - Foil stickers
L - Layers
O - Outdoor photo
W -  Washi tape
E - Elmers glue
R - Rhinestones
And here is my layout

Thanks for stopping by today.