Monday, June 28, 2010

Canada Day

Good Morning,

Hope you had a good week-end. I did! Happy Birthday wishes to my DH! We're now the same age for another 360 days! My big brothers birthday today too!

Went to the movies last night and saw "Shrek"! I've always liked all the Shrek movies. I enjoyed it but it wasn't the best of the three. You still have to love Donkey and Puss as well. lol

I'm ahead this year on my Canada Day page! Deborah had sent me some pattern paper to work with. Click on Fargo Cat Shops to see more detail of the paper. The paper is double-sided. The side shown here has maple leafs on it and at the top (I covered it up) it says Vancouver with a maple leaf in white. The other side is maple leafs with the word Vancouver through out the page. Check back on Thursday cause I'll show you what I've done with that. It's not quite finished yet.

The top black strip is 1 3/4" wide. I used the Cricut and cut the words Canada Day out of the black and cut the words again out of a sparkly white. The letters now inlay to the black. The red maple leafs are a punch.  The fireworks are from "Lyrical Letters" cartridge. Cut once at 3.5 and once at 2.75.  The maple leaf is from Designer Calendar. The white and red shapes are cut at 10". George and Basic shapes used to cut the circles. The black layer was cut using the shadow feature on the Designer Calendar.  Once I have some photos I can journal in the left hand corner.

Have some work to get done here so have a "Happy Monday"!


Thursday, June 24, 2010


Good Morning.

First off this is going to be a quick post. Kevin's plane has just landed so I can hold up in my craft room today.

You're thinking more Christmas cards....well apparently I'm not the only one who is thinking Christmas. I went to Hobby Lobby yesterday for a piece of paper...(I bought a scrapbook for Xavier too. 1/2 price and I've been looking at it waiting for a sale...back to topic). While wandering the isles I look once, twice, no way...they are putting out the Christmas decorations. It's still seven months away. Oh yes, I notice all the Halloween stuff is already out.

The HO HO HO is one of those Bazzill - Just the edge strips. This one was in a green color. I embossed it with red tinsel EP and it turned out beautiful.

The stocking and snowflakes are a spellbinders die. They were cut out of plain black cardstock and then I spritzed them with vanilla Smooch. Gorgeous!

There you more down!

If you're thinking you should get a head start on those cards check out Deborah's blog. She's having a sale on her House Mouse stamps and is offering a free card class. Check it out for details.

Thank you to all who sent me birthday wishes yesterday. I had a great day. Ice cream for lunch and then pampered myself with a manicure/pedicure and some shopping too.

I'll see you Monday.


Tuesday, June 22, 2010

My First Wheels! Now I'm Lightening McQueen!


Again this layout was done for Sketches!{by tamara}. The challenge this week was to alter your journalling by color, size, font. Check out the rest of the design teams contributions!

I love this layout. This is Xavier (of course) on his first birthday. Mommy & Daddy bought him a new ride-on toy. I used my cricut for the majority of the layout. The borders on the banner are actually Bazzills - Half the edges. They are 6" long but fit seamlessly together for a 12 x 12 layout.

The race track I designed with my Gypsy. The race car...that was a lot of work. Firstly, those Disney cartridges that have lots of layers. They are really only designed for Wall Decor. The car was cut at 6" and you could not go any smaller as the small layer pieces are just too tiny. Even at that size it was a challenge.
I thought the journalling was cute. Just trying to ready Adam for the teenage years. lol Especially #1 & #3. The "Does It Do Stairs". He'll probably try that with a bike....
Every different color you see is a separate piece.
If you're wondering ... I spend hours on one layout. Some people would say.."She needs a life." I enjoy crafting so much I don't know what I would do if I didn't have it.

Always enjoy your comments and I loved reading yesterday about your wildlife encounters.

Do something for yourself today...

even it it's just for a few minutes....

and don't feel guilty for it....

you deserve it!


Monday, June 21, 2010

Grunge Roses & Donna Salazar Newspaper

Good Morning...

Hope everyone celebrated a great Father's Day. Kevin is still in Nigeria so I celebrated by going to the local coffee shop and having an ice tea and a very tasty cinnamon crunch bagel. I made it into brunch. It's a sweet bagel. Yum.

Must tell you though...before that around 6:30 a.m. I went for my usual walk. I always see deer in the yards. I stopped and counted 17 deer on the front of one lawn. More than half of those were little Bambi's. Every Mom must have had twins. So cute ... they still have their spots. We live on the edge of a state park. These deer know they are safe...they stand and watch you as you walk by. Some home owners put out bowls of food...looks like metal dog dishes. lol I keep saying I'm going to take my camera but never do.

Saturday I went to an all day crop. I got some pages partly done but what I want to put on them is always left at home...I think I like to just scrapbook where I have everything...unless I was going to go there with somebody then it would be more social. Well I better get to today's project....

This is a wall hanging. In January when I was at CHA it was one of the classes I took. Well part of it anyway. You'll notice the flowers and the bird cage are part of Tim Holtz's latest collection of dies. The flower die is "Tattered Florals". I also used Donna Salazar's Crafty Chronicle to cover my grungepaper. Cardstock could be used instead of grungepaper. This Crafty Chronicle is an 8-page newspaper that is scrapbooking safe. For the $2.25 that Deborah sells it for it is a great deal. First off you need to read the paper cause it has some great articles. Click on this link to see a short video about  the paper. She explains how to cut it apart and what different pieces can be used for. Anybody who wants to try a little vintage or collage or anything else it is great. Also she has her own version of paper flowers.

I've decided to hang it in my craft room. I don't have anything up yet and I think it's high time I started decorating.

To alter the flowers I used Tim Holtz Distress Inks. The rose was Wild Honey, Victorian Velvet and a touch of Barn Door. The flower behind the rose was Broken China, Weathered Wood and a touch of Wild Honey.Also this flower I cut in half and then stapled the base so it would tuck underneath nicely. Around the outside of the vanilla mat - Old Paper. Around the edge of the 12 x 12 - Wild Honey & a touch of Vintage.

I spritzed the flowers with Vanilla Smooch so they glimmer a bit.

My rose centre could have been a little tighter but I dug out my directions after I completed that part of the project. Also don't forget to add color to the back of the flower pieces as well as the front. Another part of the directions I missed and it was much more time consuming after the fact. Hmmmm!

Hope you enjoyed today's share. My next 3-D project I think will be creating on canvas.


PS -
Check back tomorrow cause I have a really good scrapbook page to share. It's been done for a month and I've really wanted to post it. hehe

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Smooch Along The Way

 Hi There,

Boy am I late in posting. My intentions were good. I started the process this morning and the upload was taking so long I walked away....I just forgot to come back. lol

Just sharing the same House Mouse image as Monday's but I used different colors and card designs.

I used Co-ordination paper and the cricut to cut out the holly and sand the edges. There are foam dimensionals to keep them raised up. Some red pearls represent the berries.

Unfortunately I can't get a good really good shot of the cuttlebugged background. It is co-ordination paper too but just a light green and when it is sanded it is a very subtle difference. I sprayed Vanilla Smooch over it after the paper was embossed with the snowflake folder. It left a nice shimmery effect.

A close up of the adorable Mice. I used the same colors for the mice on Monday and just changed up the color of the socks.
Copics for sock color YG 41, G07, G014

Red Copics used on card.
R17, R27, R29 
 Deborah over at Fargo Cat Shops is planning some special events/sales/classes. Be sure to sign up for her newsletter to stay up to date on all the happenings.

Let me know which is your favorite mouse....I like the blue one from Monday best.


Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Challenge #124-Card Sketch

Hey There,

Tuesday again! Time for another sketch or challenge from Sketches!{by tamara}.
We had to follow a card sketch. Take a peak over at the above link and see the sketch for yourself and while you're there check out the rest of the design team.

I have a few people graduating this year so decided I better get busy on some cards. This one is nice and simple...go for a boy or anybody for that matter but it's not too cutesy. I forgot to take a pic of the inside but I did create a pocket to hold a gift card/money/cheque.

I'm busy in scrapbook mode today. I spent yesterday reading a book. Couldn't put it's finished now. I've been getting my fingers dirty with glimmer mist, smooch and Muddpuddles. That's a new product I got last week in Arlington. hehe Unfortunately I won't be able to share the page with you till next month....I know such a long time to wait but the page part of my design team projects.

On an exciting note next Tuesday I do have a super dupper page to share. Think "Lightening McQueen"!

Later Guys...Thanks for shopping by....I enjoy knowing you're out there!


Monday, June 14, 2010

Little House Mouse Christmas

 Good Morning,

I know what you're thinking...Christmas ....get a life! If I don't start my cards early I won't have enough made by the time November comes.

Come on...they're so cute...and the colors...they are gorgeous...even if I say so myself. Wouldn't you like this cute little guy in your mailbox?

Firstly the cute little stamp is called "Stocking Full of Love" and can be found at Fargocat Shops. There are a few other Christmas ones over there too that catch my eye. I must admit I didn't make just one of these little guys I actually have three other completely different designs and colors combos that I'll share over the next few days just to give you some creative ideas.

This was very quick to put together. Let's start with the background. Cuttlebug folder "swiss dots" on white cardstock. Wait . . . do you see the shimmer on that cardstock. I spritzed it with Vanilla Smooch and the sentiment got a spritz too. Those snowflakes are my favorite element. They are a 12" strip called "Bazzill Just The Edge Strip - Christmas". The package I have has some green and some white strips. There's ornament, stocking, trees, snowflakes, holly, Christmas lights, snowmen to mention a few. You could use them as a border on a scrapbook page or cut them apart for cards. Remember I said they were green or white....lookie mine are blue... I spritzed them with Glimmer Mist - Riptide and then put a little pearl in the centre. you could use a brad, eyelet, button. Added some glitter to the snow around the sock. Do you see the pretty blue paper? That is Bazzill Bling and it has just the right sheen to add to that overall holiday glitz! Nestabilities to cut the image and layer.

Copic colors use
sock - B00 (Frost Blue), BG05 (Holiday Blue)
mice - E21 (Baby Skin Pink). E31 (Brick Beige), E33 (Sand), R20 (Blush) ears & nose
snow - Cool Gray C1 & 3

Blogger has been doing some strange things lately so on occassion something might look a little unusual, don't be alarmed!

Enjoy your day and do stop back soon to see more ideas. I will be showing you other ways to alter those Bazzill - Just the Edge Strips!


Friday, June 11, 2010

A New Look

 Good Morning,

You may notice my blog has new colors this morning....don't be alarmed I'm just trying out new has nothing to do with your computer! I may move things around on it too. My blog link and name will stay the same, just the look changes.

Speaking of changes I'm sharing some old photos with you today. I've had the pages done for quite some time but didn't have the journalling done cause I don't really like journalling. I know "gasp" for all the hard-core scrapbookers. So sometimes my scrapbooks are really more like fancy picture albums but that's makes ME happy! Remember that when you're scrapbooking do what you like not what people tell you to do.

So that is me in the photographs. About 8 months pregnant with our first child - Adam. I was only 23. Back then...people got married earlier and had their families earlier.

I stamped all the green cardstock with versamark and a leaf stamp. I have some skeleton leaves attached to the pages. They were a popular embellishment for awhile. Things change quickly with scrapbooking embellishments.  Those are metal brads on the page to that look like rick-rack.

The pictures were taken in Northern Alberta. That's also where I was born, raised and met DH. Now you know a little more about me.

Have a great week-end.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Birthday Greetings & Cats

Good Morning to all you Bloggers!

I hope today's card puts a smile on a couple peoples faces - those who understand cats and also two people who have a birthday today. First Happy Birthday to "Deborah". She has two of those fur babies and you can find a picture of them at Fargo Cat Shops. By the way, they are huge cats.

The next Happy Birthday goes out to Julie. I met Julie while I was living in Halifax and crafted with her and some other gals on a monthly basis. Miss those outings. She just recently got a new kitty cat!

So if you are so inclined stop over to their blogs, look around and maybe leave them a birthday wish!

Deborah - Fargo Cat Designs

Julie - Mutch To Stamp

Not too much to tell you about today's card. The image was colored with copics. Cool Greys 1, 3, 5, 7 and B93 (Light Crockery Blue) B95 (Light Grayish Cobalt) B97 (Night Blue). These blues remind me of country kitchen blue - remember that era. I liked blue!

I did punch a hole in the front of the card so the ball of yarn would show through from the inside.

In all honesty the part that took the longest on the card was cutting the nestabilities. I misplaced one of the metal circles on my desk and I don't know how long it took to find it. My desk was even messy but it was hid under a piece of cardstock.

Hope everyone has a great day - especially those birthday girls.

I think I'll share a very old scrapbook page with you tomorrow. I've had the pages done for a long time but just needed to add the journalling. Finally did that yesterday.


Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Fancy Pants Designs - Sharing

Hi There,

Not posting any projects but many of you were interested in my treasures of last week-end.

I started out this morning trying to take some pictures of the paper....when that didn't really seem to be working well for me I thought about going to the internet and just linking the paper. WOW! Did I ever get a good deal. Yes, I'll admit the paper is probably from last years line but like I care....I like it. lol

The line that my paper came from was FancyPantsDesigns. I bought 100 sheets for $20.00. Where I'm linking to one grouping of papers is $18.00.

These first two lines I liked cause they weren't all glossy and bright but more of a Kraft look, hence the name Kraft Kuts - for girls and Kraft Kuts - for boys. These two groups are not double-sided.

Rough and Tough Collection

Delight Collection

On A Whimsy Collection

Christmas Magic Collection

Little Sprout Collection

Trick or Treat Collection

Dancing Girl Collection

I also purchased before I found this other stuff the "dude" line from paperloft. Nope...didn't get any good deals on that paper but I liked it. Very boyish/masculine paper.

Last thing I'll show you today is my felt shapes. This was my $2.00 purchase. There were other kits/colors too but I didn't think I would use them as much. Pastels and Bolds.

Any of the links I provided once you're there you can probably click on the picture to bring up a more detailed view.

On that note I'm going to go and craft something to show you tomorrow. All this paper...I better go craft. lol

Enjoy your day...whatever it is you're doing.

Val - Happy Birthday!


Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Challenger #123 - Recipe Challenge

Hi There,

It's time for Sketches! {by tamara}. This week it is a recipe challenge. On your card or layout you need to use at least one of each of the following.
  1. Ribbon Bow
  2. Distressing & Inking
  3. Clear Acrylic Embellishment
The clear dew drop tear drops counted as my acrylic embellishment. I distressed the black strip of cardstock as well I used Tim Holtz alcohol inks on metal, then the textile folder to emboss followed by sanding off the top of the image to distress it. Lastly my image is stamped with versamark and embossed with black.

You can see here where I've made a card on a card.
Enjoyed reading all your comments yesterday referencing my trip abroad. Leaving Dallas I only made one wrong exit but it was no biggy. Of course I was leaving during rush hour 5:00 on a Friday.  Maybe I'll take some pictures of the cool paper I bought and post some of that tomorrow. Some wanted to know what else I bought. I confess I bought another Cricut Cartridge - Cindy Lou. It was really calling my name and then it said "Take Me Home." I did! Also purchased some new sanding tools for chipboard. Very cool and I've got a contact name to pass along to Deborah and she may try and get some into her on-line store. 
Have you heard of Mud Puddles? This stuff is pretty cool too. I do know Deborah is also working on getting this in. It adds texture to cardstock or the chipboard books. Oh yeah, bought some 12 x 12 chipboard. I have a couple word books I'd like to make. Last purchase was a Vanilla Smooch spritzer.  I lied I got four sheets of 12 x12 felt embellishments. I couldn't leave that behind it was only $2.00 for all four.
That's all but there was lots more I could have bought.

Have a great Tuesday and get a little crafting in if you have time. Leave me a comment and tell me what you're working on these days. It doesn't even have to be crafty related.


Monday, June 7, 2010

Dazzles & The Great American Scrapbook Convention

Hello There Bloggers!

I tried to get on earlier this morning but couldn't get access to post my entry.

Going to start with the card post and then at the end I'll post about the Scrapbook Convention I went to on Friday - there's a humours side to this story.

So today's card is made with Dazzles. They are basically a sticker that you can color/alter. The ones I've seen can be silver, black or brown. They also come packaged as themes. The one I have is the summer stickers in black. I peeled off the picnic table and put it onto white cardstock. You will see how it leave parts of the cut out behind. If you wanted to be really frugal you could cut around the outside of the picnic table and then use a transfer sheet to pick up all the little pieces and then apply to another piece of paper.

This image shows the picnic table lifted off and placed on the white cardstock. The image is sticky on the one side. Also notice the glass lens - you can alter the color of the stickers. If you don't like black you could use a metallic pen and change it to gold, silver, copper. I used Xyrlon marker.

I colored the image in with my copic markers and it colors in very fast with no streaking.  Once you have it colored in you can cut it out.
Here you can see the sun  - it was placed on white cardstock, colored with yellow marker and then I spritzed it with Vanilla Smooch. It gives it a nice shimmer. With the sun I could have placed it on yellow cardstock and I would only have had to cut it out not color it.

Because the images are sticky on one side you can also dip the sticker into glitter and this will give you a reverse image. For obvious reasons you can't do this with the words. Other ways to color these in would be with chalks or watercolors. You could also use the images as stencils. Using the Smooch you could mist overtop of the image and then life the image off to reveal the stencil.
I created a card with my Dazzles but they would work very well for scrapbooking!
The lemonade stand I peeled off and placed on white cardstock. Colored it in and then cut it out. The glass I placed the sticker on a piece of white cardstock and punched out the circle.
The words say, "When life hands you lemons... make lemonade!
Once again I used the Grafix - Rub on Transfers. Oh yes, the little pitcher placed directly on the inside of the card and colored. Now if you wish to read on I share my scrapbooking adventure with you!

This maybe a little long....grab a coffee but promise me you won't laugh too hard.

So Friday morning I decide to venture out all by myself and go to a scrapbook convention. This convention is about 3 1/2 hours or 225 miles away. I'm up at 5:00 a.m. stop and get a coffee and muffin and on the road by 6:00 a.m. I had my GPS and I also printed off instructions from mapblast. Hey, I'm good to go!The first three hours were pretty uneventful. You just get on the interstate and drive North and keep driving. Now I'm closing in on the city of Dallas and traffic is picking up. I was following map blast and not paying any attention to my GPS when the unthinkable happened....I was behind a big truck and didn't realize till it was too late that you had to exit - no choice. Now I can no longer use my map blast directions but must rely on the GPS to re-navigate us. I should have checked to see if the volume was up on the unit before I reached the city. Nope not on and I can't figure out how to turn it on while driving. After numerous wrong turns I stopped and fixed that problem. Guess I should have also taken a lesson on a few other things with the operation of it. I also seemed to have a nasty habit of turning to soon which made my trip twice as long. Finally I make it to the convention centre. Yippee! I was so excited I hopped out of my car, exchanged my sandals for running shoes and headed for the event.

I spent the day shopping and browsing so many booths. It was all stamping/scrapbooking supplies - I've never seen anything quite like it. There were some good deals to be had and I made sure I helped out the local economy. After a full day of shopping it's now time to go home. I make my last rounds and pick up the large bundle of paper I had been eyeing. (Such a good deal). Ooops some paper organizers caught my eye on the way out too. Gotta have those for all the paper I bought. Okay, now I have my bags and goodies and I'm ready to head home. I exit the same door I came in and I look around the parking lot to decide which way my car can tell where this is going, can't you? It's 95F the sun is beating down my arms are full and I'm wandering parking lot after parking lot with my car keys trying to hear if any of the cars are honking. Yes I'm pushing the panic button but it's not helping....after about 20 minutes I go back inside, re-group my thoughts and think about the morning events. I stand outside and remember back walking down a sidewalk that was shaded by trees. Yes, I remember that clearly now as there were people in front of me and I wanted them to walk faster so I could get to the convention quicker! Walk to the end of the sidewalk and then I remember....I had to walk down a hill so I must need to walk up the hill. After about 30 minutes in total I arrive back at my car. I had been so excited to get there in the morning I had just followed the crowd of people instead of paying attention.  You can rest assured another time I'll be paying attention!

It was fun and I'll go back next year. There were classes you could take as well but I should have registered on-line for those as many were sold out.

Have a good evening!


Friday, June 4, 2010

Donna Salazar Paper


Both of these pictures are of my daughter oh so many years ago. I made sure I took the kids in regularly for some professional photos. Well it was Zellers at the time. lol Didn't have a Walmart!

The first layout is using the same Mosiac paper from Donna Salazar line that I did the card with yesterday. See all those squares that can be cut apart. I was unable to find any stores in my area that carried her line of paper. Really too bad as it has just a nice vintage feel to it.

My flowers and cotton lace ribbon are from Walmart. I used 1/8" double sided tape to attach the ribbon.

The black flourishes and font are from the Cricut. Lyrical Letters for the words and  Home Accents for the flourishes. By the way, if you own the Gypsy there is a new update to be downloaded. It can hold photographs now and there are some other new capabilities.

The background on both pages has distressed inks. Antique Linen and Tumbled Glass.

The flowers were cut using Tim Holtz die called Tattered Florals. The die does fit in the Cuttlebug and the sandwich to be used is Plate B, paper, die, Plate B. You can see again the distressed paper background. The 12 x 12 background was another paper from the Donna Salazar line. Bazzill's 6" border on the left side and on the right side is 1/2 of Cardstock with an Edge - mini. You can use them as a layer on a card or as a mat on a scrapbook page. This page has the same flourishes as the last but I cut them apart.
The journalling on the Mini says "Live in the Moment" and was created with the Rub -on Transfer using my printer.

Heading to Arlington to a scrapbook convention. Planning on taking in a few workshops. Haven't decided if I'm staying overnight or not. It's about three hours each way.


Thursday, June 3, 2010

Vintage With Glimmer Mist

Good Morning,

Do you ever have to get a project done and it just won't come together? well that was me with this card. I had planned on going out of town this morning and wanted to have something to post today but just couldn't get my MOJO together last night. I had wanted to use some pattern paper and Glimmer Mist on the project. This was my first time with Glimmer Mist so that might have been part of the problem. Everything has a learning after watching a couple of videos I got working.

So lets start with the focal point...the pattern is a 12 x 12 mosiac by Donna Salazar. It is double-sided so click the link to view both sides. It can be cut in strips/squares/ 6 x 6 sections without destroying any of the designs. Pretty cool. I choose to use one square that is approximately 1.75" x 1.75".
The large background piece was ivory cardstock distressed with Tim Holtz inks - old paper, stormy night, tumbled glass. Cuttlebugged with the script folder.

Half the sheet of the mosiac paper. I have the other half already on a scrapbook page that I'll share tomorrow.

It's hard to see the glimmer but after I distressed it the paper was spritzed with Glimmer Mist - sand & riptide. Very Important - DO NOT SHAKE BOTTLE - this will cause air bubbles and you will get more splatter on your paper. Gently swirl the takes a little longer to mix up but worth the time. If you do get some splatters that you don't like just mop them up with a cloth or paper towel. Oh, one other important thing......the mist covers a large area...think about using a box to spray other materials that are close by!
This shows one piece of paper Glimmer Misted and embossed and the other piece of paper has no misting. Be sure to click on the pictures to see the difference. 
Grungeboard works well with Glimmer Mist too. The key was first distressed with Stormy Sky and then Riptide Glimmer Mist spritzed overtop.

Over at Fargo Cat Shops they have a set of the mists. Her kits have four bottles to a package. The kit I used was called Sand & Surf. There are three bottles that give off a color mist/glimmer and then there is one that gives off more of a clear coat. When sprayed it makes your paper shimmer. Just think how cool that would be for wedding cards. Now I'm getting my MOJO back.

Well I'm still pondering going to "The Great American Scrapbook Convention" in Arlington, TX. It starts today and goes until Saturday. There are lots of workshops and of course places to shop. My only problem it is a three hours drive from my place.

I'll be back tomorrow with a scrapbook page....


Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Layout Challenge - #122 - My Favorite Things

Good Morning....Happy June 1st!

The kids are all out for Summer Break here. Don't know when they go back to school.

Today's sketch is from Sketches! {by tamara}. Be sure to check out what the rest of the design team did with the sketch. There are some great layouts over there.

This week I used a picture of Adam when he was about 2. You probably can't read the journalling but he loved his "blankie & bunny". His auntie crocheted the afghan and the "Easter Bunny" brought him his bunny for his First Easter. We still have both items. Bunny sits in the guest room (just waiting for visitors) and the blankie is tucked away safely. Much larger than the original version (tug of wars, tents & security).

The pattern mat was cut with the cricut as were the stars. The stars were hard to do because the small ones are only about 1/2" I cut a shadow and a base. Put the base through the xyron to get it sticky and then put blue glitter on top. I love sparkly things. "My Favorite Things" was cut with Sizzlits. The little button on the corner of the picture - punched a circle out of the extra paper and attached to a piece of chipboard.

Around the outside of the navy mat and also next to the pattern paper I did faux stitching with a white gel pen.

I spent a little time yesterday at my new desk...I even put stuff away as I was finished with it...I wonder how long that practice will last....