An UmWow Sneak Peek

Hello everyone!  You all know how much I just loooooove to tease (and so does my husband for that matter ::ahem::) and today is no different.  I have a little bit of a sneaky peek of my next project for UmWowStudio.

I went about this one with a li'l bit o' FLAIR and CONFETTI.  Get it?  A total party on a page right there. 

Awwww!  See?  So sweet with all the hearts and love and mushy stuff!  Be sure to check out it!

Thanks!

Hop Along With May Arts, Little Yellow Bicycle, and Xyron!

 
Good morning hoppers!  I hope you all have been enjoying the tons of inspiring projects all three teams have been sharing this week.  And talk about a FABULOUS giveaway right??!!  I wish I could enter to win that bad boy!  Not sure what the hub-bub is all about?  Well keep reading and I'll spill the beans at the end.

You should have arrived from Emily's blog.  If not, head on back to May Arts and find out where to begin.  And while you're there, you can check out the rest of the hop from earlier this week too!

Now I've been itching to do a layout lately.  I started out in this hobby doing layouts and over the last couple of years, I've gotten away from doing them because I favor more of the "alter"nate side of things, if ya know what I mean.  So since we teamed up with Little Yellow Bicyle and Xyron, I thought it was a good time to try and bust one out.

For my page, I wanted to knock the rust off the ol' hinges so I went on the hunt for an awesome sketch.  And I found one!  This sketch is by Liz Chidester for Practical Scrappers.  She has some really cool sketches up on her blog and encourage you to take a look.

March 2013 Sketch by Liz Chidester for Practical Scrappers

I was drawn to this sketch because of how I could use some mixed media elements in it.  Here's what I came up with.

I thought Little Yellow Bicycle's "Poppy" line was perfect for my photos of the kids at Cape Hedo.  The bright, summery colors just made me feel happy.  See what I did there?  I slapped some modeling paste down!  Go me!

I was inspired by the waves and water when I made my little ruffle down there.  Did you know that this was pretty darn easy to make?  I grabbed my chevron twill and I just made my folds and glued them down with Xyron's double sided tape.  Those folds aren't going anywhere now!  Once I was done, I ran that li'l sucker through my Create A Sticker.  That little tool is bad ass!  I love it!

I really like the raw look when it comes to wood veneers.  I wanted a kinda subtle highlight so I wrapped my frame with some May Arts twine.

I think I have some rust that still needs to be banged off....hard.  But it's a starting place right?

Ooooooh.  Now ya wanna know all about this li'l ol' giveaway don't you?  Well, it's easy.  Just leave a comment along the way and you are entered to win 3 spools of your choice from May Arts.

Cheers!

Supplies Used:

May Arts Ribbon (Aqua Chevron Twill (382-34-94), Black Baker's Twine (412-10))
Little Yellow Bicycle "Poppy" papers and vellum tape
Little Yellow Bicycle "Naturals" Straight Pins, Wood Banner
Xyron Double Sided Tacky Tape and Create A Sticker
Imaginisce i-Rock and rhinestones
3rd Eye Stamps
Dylusions spray
MT Tape
Studio Calico wood veneer
Liquitex Modeling Paste
Art Anthology Sorbet paints (Outrageous Orange, Little Dip O' Ruby, Baby Blue Eyes, June Bud)
American Crafts Thickers
Clearsnap Cat Eyes inkpad (Black)
Lawn Fawn Stamps
StazOn ink (Jet Black)

Hoppity Hop Time With May Arts and Helmar!

 Good morning fellow twisted muses!  I hope you are all having a wonderful day and enjoying this awesome Fall time of year.  Today and tomorrow, May Arts is teaming up with the creative and awesomely talented Helmar creative team.  You should have arrived from the talented Miss Kate's blog.  If not, then head on back to the May Arts blog and join in the fun.  You won't want to miss a single thing along the way.  Plus, true to the Ribbon Lady's style, there's a giveaway!  Keep reading for the deets!  Here is the line-up!

For my project, I decided to go back, waaaaay back, to my roots and bust out a layout.  It's been a little over a year since I've dabbled in that arena and figured Glitz Designs' "Cashmere Dame" was the perfect line to use.

Beautiful color mixed with equally beautiful and bold patterns just called to me and accented this photo perfectly.  I used a Helmar adhesive tape runner to glue down all of my papers.

 My twine is glued down using some of Helmar's amazing 450 Quick Dry Adhesive.  When I say "amazing", I mean it.  I'm not a fan of liquid adhesives because I am impatient.  This stuff is a dream!

A few Prima vines and a Prima chipboard piece are great accents.

I used Helmar's Zap Dots to pop my image and elements off the page.  And of course, more May Arts twine adds a nice touch.

Now for the giveaway!  All you need to do is leave a comment on any stop along the way and you will be entered into the drawing by May Arts.  Easy as pie!

Thanks for hopping along with us.  Your next stop is the wonderful Jen Matott of the Helmar team.

Cheers!

Materials used:
Adhesive:  Helmar
Twine:  May Arts (412-10)
Paper:  Glitz Designs "Cashmere Dame"
Die Cuts:  Glitz Designs "Cashmere Dame"
Florals:  Prima
Chipboard:  Prima
Punch:  Martha Stewart
Distresser:  Making Memories

The Latest (And Last) Twisted Sketch is up!

That's right.  The last Twisted Sketch for me is up and ready to go.  After being with the super creative team over there, I've decided that it's time to pass the torch and the spotlight to some fresh faces.  I can hardly believe that it's been a YEAR!  How time does fly when you're having fun!

And speaking of fun, that is the twist for this week's sketch.  You like that nice, smooth segue *wink*?!  I decided to take "fun" and turn it into "funny".  I have been holding onto this photo of my youngest daughter, Julia.

I paired this classic photo with the fabulously fun "Daily Junque" line by Pink Paislee.  Now, I am one for quirks and going against the grain so I turned the tickets paper and, well, the whole darn sketch on its side!  I LOVE how it looks turned!  To keep the focus...oh...shiny......oh..huh?  Oh yeah, FOCUS on the photo, I used a bolder background paper and paired it up with a more subdued color and pattern.

I made the accordion badge after about an hour of frustrating failure!  I tried making several different types of flowers, but my patience ran out.  So at this point, tissue flowers - 2 and Chrissy - 1.  Yeah.  I will have my revenge!  However, I did decided to stick to what I know.  Accordions!!  I glued the tissue paper from the "Soiree" line to some white cardstock and made my badge!  I "banner" cut a ticket from the "Daily Notes" pack of die cuts.

To keep the fun look cohesive with the rest of the page, I stuck a Recollections flower as a center and layered the whole darn thing onto a metal frame from the "Sweetness" line.

I decided that the left side of the photo was looking a bit lonely.  I cut 2 more of the die cut tickets into banners, layered them, and shoved them under my photo.  Last touch was some fun and whimsical lettering by American Crafts...THICKERS!  Gotta love 'em!

Well, with that, I bid you all adieu.  I'm not gone for good though!  With one door closing, another opens and in this case, that door is the front door to Gauche Alchemy.  Keep on the look out in September for my Gauche Alchemy debut!

Awesome NEW Twisted Sketch!

I'm sorry this is soooooo late!  It's been a very busy couple of days and I FINALLY have a breather!  Whew!  I hope all of you are doing well, enjoying the summer and for us Americans, enjoying 4th of July LOOOONG WEEKEND!

Anyway, without further delay, here is the latest page for Twisted Sketches.  This week's twist is "water".  I decided to use some photos from our Utah vacation last summer and some of my BoBunny "Gabrielle" stash.

I kept the page pretty simple and just added a few extra touches.  Once again, this paper line is FANTASTIC for layering and a little goes a long way.

I hope you visit the Twisted Sketches site and check the rest of the pages done by the Twisted Sisters.  Be sure to link up your page to the site in the comments section if you decide to play along so that we can come by a leave a bit of love for you!

Enjoy the long weekend, my fellow Americans, and to the rest of you out there, just enjoy the day!  Happy 4th of July!

My Baby is Growing Up!

Hi everyone!  I hope you all had a great memorial day weekend!  I know we relish the long weekends, especially if the weather cooperates!

The latest sketch for Twisted Sketches is up and this week's twist holds a special sentiment for me.  This week's twist is "result" and I thought what better photos to use than those of my oldest daughter and her best friend the morning of their elementary school promotion.  Their hard work has paid off and now they are middle schoolers!  It's so bittersweet but we are proud nonetheless.

I decided to use Basic Grey's "Hello Luscious" line.  I love the bold and playful colors and sophisticated patterns.  The journaling was printed onto cream cardstock and pop-dotted to the layout.  I wanted to blend "child" like details with more "grown up" details so I used serious alphas for the first half of the title and fun, glittery letters for "elementary".

Here are a couple more close up shots.

Please head over to Twisted Sketches to see the original sketch and the other amazing pages the other Twisted Sisters created!  I doubt you will leave uninspired.

And don't forget about our 4x4 challenge for the month of May!  Head over to Jess's blog to check out the details and to play along!  There's a prize involved and next month, yours truly will be hosting with another set of products and a new prize!

Just the 2 of Us (Sketch 099)

Good morning!  The newest awesome sketch is up and at 'em at Twisted Sketches.  This week's twist was pretty straight forward--"straight".  I know.  Har har har!  ;)  I love cheesy puns!

Anyway, I decided to use this twist with straight lines and stripes.  I also was dying to Fancy Pants' new line, "It's the Little Things".  I just love the mix of patterns and the luscious colors this line offers.  I love the fresh, new approach to classic patterns.  Such a beautiful and versatile line!  I may have to order some more of these papers to keep stashed away!

Here's my sample for this week's sketch and twist.

Just the 2 of Us (Sketch 099 "straight")

This photo of the hubs and I was taken a week before he deployed for over a year back in 2007/2008.  We decided to have a "last hoorah" night with friends at Avalon in Hollywood.  We don't care where we are, as long as we have each other, laughs, and love.

Below are some photos of some of the details.  I fell back on one of my favorite adhesives, pop dots!

Thank you so much for taking a look at my latest work.  Please go over to Twisted Sketches and check out the wonderful and inspiring work the other Twisted Sisters have created!  Also, don't forget about the ACOT all weekend crop starting Friday afternoon and running STRAIGHT THROUGH until Sunday evening!

"dad" **Sketch 097**

Good morning everyone!  I hope the last week has been a good one for you.  This week's post showcases another sketch from Twisted Sketches, but this one is a bit unique!  This week's twist was "medium".  After seeing an amazing page my friend, Rachel, did, I was absolutely inspired.  I just HAD to use paints, mists, and cardboard.  She made it look so easy and so much fun.  The cardboard was part of a package I had received.  I keep these "slabs" on hand just in case I feel brave enough to attempt using it.  I think it turned out GREAT--for my first time.  I still think I need a bit of practice, but I have a starting point now!

These fun techniques were absolutely perfect for a photo of my dad from the 70's.  And what better paper line to use than Cosmo Cricket's "Social Club"?!  The photo is my dad's graduation photo.  I scanned the original, which was in color, and printed it off in black and white.

"dad" Sketch #097 'medium'

To make the corrugated circle, I traced a plate and cut the first layer of the card board and pulled it off.  It was super easy to do!  It took maybe 5 minutes!  After I had revealed the corrugation and roughed it up a bit, I slapped some gesso onto it.  I wanted to create texture so I applied it thicker in some areas than others.  To keep with the funky look I wanted, I "colored out of the lines a bit" with the gesso.

Once the gesso dried, I sprayed it with Walnut Ink in "Java".  I sprayed it heavily and let some of it run down the cardboard.  To down the Walnut Ink a bit, I used Adirondack Paint Dabbers in the corners and along the edges.  If you have Punchinella, this makes a GREAT mask to add more texture and visual interest.

The little strips under the photo and in the top right corner are cut from the cover page that comes with the paper pack!  Talk about some AWESOME upcycling there!  I placed a chipboard floral alongside the photo to brighten it up a bit.  After some chipboard buttons and a title made using My Little Shoebox alphas, this cardboard project is done!

I am super proud of this page and I can't wait to try this again.  Head on over to Twisted Sketches and check out what the other Twisted Sisters have done.  Let us give you some inspiration...with a twist!

Be True. Be Yourself. **SKETCH 095**

The latest sketch is up and at 'em at Twisted Sketches!  And check this out!  This week's twist was a super fun and easy-peasy one!  PAPER!  How difficult could this possibly be??!!

I used Pink Paislee's brand spankin' new Daily Junque line.  I have been wanting and pining and needing, that's right, needing, this line.  I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it really was to work with.  Amazingly, it looks all "girly" but I manage to "dude it up" a bit for the photo I chose.

This photo is of my neighbor's son (left) and my son, Jerm.  We took the Tribe to the Aquarium of the Pacific since it was just gorgeous weather.  The boys were sitting in front of the seal tank and decided to "dude it up" a bit.  I don't  know what it is about THESE papers, but they just screamed to be used with THAT photo.

Other products used were Inque Boutique "Monarch" stamps, VersaMark stamp pad in "Sepia", Ranger Distress Stickles in "Vintage Photo", Color Box Cat's Eye inkpad in "Chestnut", and Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in "Sea Glass".

Thank you so much for taking a look and as always, I love your comments.  Please go over to Twisted Sketches and let the rest of the Twisted Sisters inspire and twist you!

Timeless *Sketch 093*

This week's Twisted Sketch is up!  All I can say is, "Curse you circles!"  I have found that my new "arch nemesis" would be the circle!  I seem to have THE HARDEST time using them in my pages and the sketch I had to use this week had not one, but TWO of these bad boys!  Maybe I have a hard time because I NEVER use circles unless I have to!  However, this week's twist, "swirl", is a super-easy one to use!  We use them all the time on our pages!

I chose to use this amazing photo of my oldest daughter.  I had victorian-esque portraits done when she was about a year old.  I figured what better paper to use than Pink Paislee's "Sweetness"!  The color, styling, and just the name of the paper is perfect!

"Timeless" Sketch 093

Here are some close-ups of the detail work and layering.

The flowers are by Recollections.  For the life of me, I cannot remember who made all of the brads I used and the glittery leaves are from a floral spray from Michael's.

Thank you for taking a peek!  Don't forget to go over to Twisted Sketches and check the pages the rest of the Twisted Sisters did for your inspiration!

Let's get "Twisted"!

Good morning!  That's right.  Today is Wednesday!  That means it's time to get TwIsTeD!  The latest sketch is live and hoppin' at Twisted Sketches.

This week's sketch was so much fun to work with  and the twist was super easy!  We all use it on most of our pages!  CHIPBOARD!   Another awesome note about this week...I got to play with my new My Mind's Eye stuff!  I've had it sitting over on my table since it all arrived in the mail a few weeks ago.  Between being super busy with The Tribe and several other deadlines, I never really got a chance to dive into it all!  And let me tell  you.  This line is AMAZING!  I just love the color schemes and how rustic it is.

Anyway, here's pics of my take on the new sketch.

This is my oldest and my son last summer.  I took them fishing for the first time and they just LOVED it!  I can't wait until the summer to take them again.

Thanks for stopping by and please go check out the other Twisted Sisters and let us all inspire you!

Comfortable (Sketch 087 'comfort')

The latest sketch is live and active at Twisted Sketches!  This week's twist was an unusual one for me and I just LOVED the challenge that it posed.  This week's twist is "comfort", any how any way.  After I sat and thought about this for a couple of days, I realized that I had the perfect photo to use!

Sketch 087 'comfort'

This photo of my son was taken a couple years ago.  I walked down the hall and saw him combing his hair after his shower.  I couldn't help it!  I cracked up and just had to take a picture!

The full title reads "Always Be Comfortable In Your Skin", and that he definitely was!  The alphas are by American Crafts Thickers and Adornit.

The border is made from this AWESOME retro style paper my good friend Dawn sent.  I cut out the squares, chalked the edges and layered them.  I used pop dots under some of them to give it dimension.  I just love how they look like the Golden books I used to read when I was his age.  The "fierce" die cut is from Making Memories and just thought it added a nice bit of spunk to the page. 

I used Walnut Ink to kind of give the page a "mud splat and smudge" look.  I like the effect it added to the page in general.

The background papers I used are my Little Yellow Bicycle and were sent to me from Dawn.  She's so awesome!!  The boy die cut is by DaisyDs.

Thanks for stopping by and I appreciate your comments!  Come visit the rest of the Twisted Sisters and show us some looooooove!

I Am Back At It!

Hi everyone!  I've been a bit MIA lately because of my darling and sharing children!  They shared their colds and flu with me!  As a friend of mine said, "Sharing is caring right?!"  I'm back up and at 'em today, though not at 100% yet.  I did manage to eek out a page today though!

Janet over at ACOT is hosting a heritage challenge this month and I thought to myself, "No time like the present to scrap a little bit of amazing history!"  There is a bit of twist this month...love.  I decided to put a maternal spin on the twist and used a photo of my great grandmother with her mother, my great great grandmother!  How amazing is it to have a photo like this?  Of course, the photo on the page is a scanned copy of the original, but still!

I used Pink Paislee's "Sweetness" papers and K & Company's "Spring Blossom" die cuts and "Life Journey" paper.  The trim is Websters Pages "Bloomers" and AMM vintage trims.  My flowers I used are by Recollections.  To keep with the "vintage" feel I wanted this page to have, I chalked my edges with ColorBox Cat's Eyes chalk pad in dark brown.  I love lace on heritage pages so I used a Martha Stewart border punch on my layered papers.  I think Pink Paislee's "Sweetness" line definitely makes "vintage" a lot less intimidating.  These papers have been some of the easiest to work with!  Love 'em!!

 These are some close ups of the details and textures.  I just LOVED the sentiment on that die cut.  It reads, "For every joy that passes, something beautiful remains."  I thought that was just perfection for this page, especially since my great grandmother was a big part of my childhood and adolescence and she is missed terribly.

Anyway, thanks for stopping on by!

Ski Brighton 'map'

Good morning peoples!  I hope all of you have been able to stay warm over the last week.  I can't complain about the weather here in SoCal.  It's been *cough* *ahem* BEAUTIFUL.  It's been a bit cold (temps in the 50s and 60s) and windy (Santa Ana's) but sunny.  Okay.  I'm done bragging now.  ;)

Speaking of cold and snow, check out the page I submitted for the Twisted Sketches design team call.  The twist we had to use was "map" and I figured I'd use a map of the runs we boarded at the world-famous Brighton Ski Resort in Utah.

This photo was taken at the bottom of the beginner run and it was snowing!  It was just so serene and peaceful.  The snow was pure powder so my bum was thankful!  Amazingly, Brighton isn't that big of "tourist" ski location; it's where the locals go.  I love it how quiet it was and how free it felt.

I used BoBunny's "Midnight Frost" line and alphas from Maya Road.  I also outlined the pattern on the dark blue paper using a white Signo pen in order to add visual interest to the page.  It's hard to see in this photo, but the alphas are painted with acrylic paints from Making Memories and Folk Art then glittered using Doodlebug's Sugar Coat glitter powders.

In case you're wondering, I was invited to do another 6-month term with Twisted Sketches and I look forward to seeing what the new team comes up with.  Come check us out and let us inspire you...with a twist!

The Cheesiest Snow Angel (Sketches 2 Scrapbook)

Hello everyone!  I have some awesomely exciting news!  A winter release of Sketches 2 Scrapbook is now available on iTunes for $3.99!  I had the amazing privilege of submitting some work for this app.

I just LOVE this photo!  This is my youngest, Julia, styling and cheesing in her snow coat!

I used BoBunny's "Midnight Frost" for this page.  I just love rich, saturated colors.

The beautiful flourish is from Etsy.  There are some Petaloo flowers, Maya Road and Making Memories alphas, fern leaves from Michael's, and the snowflakes were made using a Martha Stewart punch.  I also used Tim Holtz Distress Inkpads in "Dusty Concord" and "Pine Needles" around the edges of the papers.

I used DecoArt "Snow Writer" on the letters and painted them with Folk Art acrylic paint.  The trim was a steal!  I got a roll of it from WalMart for $1.50.

To get to the iTunes page to check out this amazing app, just click on the title of this post or the link provided above.  This is such an amazing app!  Show some love and give it a try!

All the Groom's Men (Sketch #085 "white")

Good morning!  After some technical delays, the latest sketch is live at Twisted Sketches!  Poor Anam got inundated with snow and a plow took out a communication pole!  Thank goodness she's doing well and our beloved Twisted Sketches site is once again active!  YAY!  We love you, Anam!

Sooooo.....this week's twist was "white".  And I'm sure that Miss Anam is tired of "white"! LOL!  Anyway, this sketch involved my arch-nemisis....THE CIRCLE!  *grumble grumble*  But that's ok!  I just happen to have the perfect photo and idea for what I wanted to do with this bad boy!  The groom, Dan, turned his camera to the timer setting and set it on the ground to get this fantastic group shot!

All the Groom's Men (Sketch #085)

This page is really straightforward with minimal detailing, so there are not any close ups.  Once again, I used BoBunny's "Peacock Lane".  I added some bling from Prima and flowers from Petaloo.  The flowers are glimmer misted and that fabulous flower center is a rose brad from American Crafts.  The background paper is spritzed with some glimmer mist as well.  The trim that is outlining the circle was a treasure of a find!  I picked up a roll of it at WalMart for $1.50!  Talk about a steal...and I'm all about bargains!!

Go check out the sketch and the other Twisted Sisters' fantastic interpretations!  Let us inspire you with a twist!  Thanks for looking.

A Touch-Up!

I had done a page for the Twisted Sisters design team called "Besties".  It's based on Twisted Sketch #071.  I just wasn't that thrilled with how the page turned out.  I think it's because I don't usually work with circles and this was one of the first pages that really forced me to use circles.  I translated the sketch quite literally and thought it just looked blaaaaaaah.  So, I added a few touches here and there and this is the end product.  I love it!

I added some flowers, bling and my newest mush-have, sparkly fern leaves from Michaels.  Thanks for looking and as always, I appreciate you leaving some love and supporting my blog!  Much love!

FINALLY FINISHED!

I finished the wedding album!  YAY!  We gave it to the lovely couple this past Saturday and they were absolutely speechless.  They loved it!  I was hoping they would and the joy on their faces made the journey to completion well worth it.  Below, are the last of the pages I did.  Needless to say, I probably won't work with purple for a while!  *heehee*

Products used include BoBunny's "Peacock Lane", Prima, Making Memories, ZVA Creative, American Crafts, MAMBI, Ranger, Inkadinkadoo, DCWV, Cuttlebug, K & Company, Recollections, 7 Gypsies, Punchinella, Stampendous, and Bazzill.

The album was a labor of love.  But it was so well worth it.  Thank you for taking a peek!

Here's a bit of a look-see...

Hi everyone!  Well, as I'm sure most of you know, Anam Stubbington (creator of Twisted Sketches) launched a cool new app through iTunes called Sketches2Scrapbook.  It's a revolutionary application in that there are no others of its kind.  This superbly designed app allows inspiration to go where ever you go.  If you have an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, then creative sketches with examples are literally right at your fingertips.  It'll save some room in that crop tote where you normally store your laptop or magazines!  That means, more room for more toys and supplies!  Who wouldn't just LOVE that?!

Anyway, we are now allowed to showcase our actual pages we compiled for this app!  Below, are 2 pages I submitted for it. 

"Hubba Hubba"  Sketches2Scrapbook

Here's one of the pages I did.  This is of my handsome husband.  I just LOVE this picture of him.  I used BoBunny's "Grease Monkey" line which was perfect for his personality.  He's a bit of a "gear head" and his hobby is fixing up cars.  Of course, this sketch was inspired by one of the sketches in the Sketches2Scrapbook app through iTunes.

The second page has some detailed close-ups with it.  I LOVE how this page turned out.

"Birthday Girl!" Sketches2Scrapbook

This my oldest daughter's 10th birthday.  I used regular gift wrapping ribbon and wove it through the flower clusters.  I think it turned out so adorable!  Here are some close ups.

I used some My Mind's Eye, Maya Road, American Crafts Thickers, gift wrapping ribbon, Adirondack paint dabbers, and Doodlebug glitter.  I don't remember who the brads are by, but aren't they adorable?

If you want to see the sketches that inspired these pages, then go on over to iTunes and get yourself the Sketches2Scrapbook app.  You can also go to the Sketches2Scrapbook site, www.Sketches2Scrapbook.com and take a look at some awesome visuals of the app.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek!

*All pages are inspired by sketches in the Sketches2Scrapbook app available through iTunes.

Celebrate Us (Sketch #081-celebrate)

Hi everyone!  This page is being uploaded a week late because we were on vacation in Utah!  Talk about a fabulous Christmas!  We had Christmas with my mom and then got to enjoy the world's best powder!  We got some great snowboarding action in at Brighton, Solitude, and The Canyons.  The kiddos had a blast enjoying their first "white Christmas".  They got to go sledding, made a little snowman, and had a snowball fight!

Anyway, back to the task at hand.  Last week's Twisted Sketch was "celebrate".  I decided to use a fun photo of my husband and I at the 235th USMC Birthday Ball.  It's not unusual to look around and see several people with flasks.  We used one our friend's flasks for a fun photo.  Of course, there were antics and debauchery!  A ball wouldn't be a ball without some crazy silliness!

Sketch #081 'celebrate'

I used BoBunny's fabulous "Crush" line for this page.  I LOVE red, black, white color schemes and thought they would be perfect with this photo.

These close-ups show a lot of the detail work of the paper and of the page.  I'm not a big fan of stitching, but I thought it would be the perfect touch for this page.  I just used a running stitch and 2 different colored flosses.  It took a bit of time to complete, but I love the effect it adds to the page.

Other products used are MAMBI transparencies, stickles, rhinestones, eyelets, and ribbon.  Thanks for taking a peek and leaving some love!  Please come visit me and the other Twisted Sisters and let us give you some inspiration....with a twist!