Monday, July 1, 2013


Our daughter, Maria, has an artist's touch. I've been delighted and amazed to see her work as she develops this special gift. She won several awards this spring, and this page shows her with a piece that captured her age division in a local art show.


I used the June Prima BAP for inspiration along with lots of Prima goodies!!

My page features Really Reasonable Ribbon for the new Challenge #75 ~ Anything but a Card.

Really Reasonable Ribbon Products:

It's also my design team project for the July Scrapping Everyday Miracles Challenge - "These Are a Few of My Favorite Things." The twist is to use an office supply.

Cara created our challenge this month and here is what she has to say:

"These Are A Few of My Favorite Things"

Cara here bringing you the Main Challenge this month. I love learning new things about people, and so I wanted to do a fun challenge about getting to know someone by finding out what their most favorite things are. 

So here's my Challenge: Create a layout about someone's "favorites" can be a page about yourself, your child, your best friend, your spouse, your parent....well, you get the can be about anyone you choose. I think hearing what people enjoy about life can be one of the greatest ways to get to know the heart of that person. It can also be a great way to connect with someone...when we take the time to do things they enjoy, we can bless them. 

The Scrap Twist that you need to include on your project is to use some kind of "office supply item"---some ideas would be paper clips, binder clips, or staples. 

Have fun with this challenge as you show the personality of the person you scrap about through the things they love most! I'm excited to see what you come up with.

Back to me. One of our goals in educating our children was to help them discover their God given talents and to help them explore and develop them. If you asked Maria to tell you about her favorite things, art would be at the top of her list.

Tips and Techniques:
Silk Bow ~ I used Hand-dyed Silk Ribbon from Bonnie's store to tie this bow. This color is not currently available, but there are 46 gorgeous hand-dyed silk ribbons to choose from. This tutorial by Ginny shows how to tie these double loop bows.

Dyed Flowers - The top vine had white flowers which faded into the background. I brushed them with a couple shades of blue glimmer mist, and now they pop! 

Mixed Media ~ I used molding paste with the Prima Static Stencil for my background.

Twine Flowers ~ I tucked a couple twine flowers into the layers of this page. This one is created with 10lb white bamboo. My updated twine flower tutorial can be found here

Aren't these artsy embellishments from Prima so much fun? 

Gilded Leaves ~ I took some basic Prima rose leaves and applied some ink to them, then covered with a new embossing powder I recently bought. This metallic bronze powder by JudiKinz is so gorgeous!! I applied it more heavily at the edges and tapped off some in the center to allow the green to show through. Such an easy technique to add some real sparkle to a project! 

Dyed Fiber ~ I've mentioned before that I like to keep white and cream ribbon and lace on hand so that I can color them to coordinate with my projects. Here I used Bonnie's White Netting by May Arts and spritzed it with Glimmer Mist for this gorgeous blue color. 

Gesso ~ I brushed some of my flowers with gesso to lighten them a bit. 

Framing ~ I wanted to highlight Maria in this photo, so framed her with this Prima clock piece.

Leveling ~ Because the edges of my paper layers were water distressed, there was an uneven spot for my photos. I fixed this by adding Tombow 3D Foam pads to adhere the photos where they needed to be popped up. 

Buttons ~ The great folks at and sent me some of their gorgeous products to work with including these beautiful carved wood buttons and domed 18mm crystal buttons used for flower centers. 

Layered Metals ~ The bronze art piece is actually two Prima pieces glued together with Beacon 3 in 1 liquid glue. 

Twine Flower ~ You can see another twine flower peaking out. This one in Brown Sugar Baker's Twine

Hemp Cord Bow ~ The little bow in the heart button was created by lacing Blue Hemp Cord through the button and tying in a simple bow. This is my office supply for the SEM Main Challenge twist.

Our sponsor for the SEM challenge is:

Pure Painted Signs

Here's what Celisa has to share about her company:

My name is Celisa Schumpert and I am a wife, a mom and I have a love for all things creative.  My husband and I were blessed to spend over 20 years in youth ministry before helping begin a start up church about 3 years ago that has grown to about 1700 weekly attendance, it has been awesome watching God at work in our new adventure.  I am also a mom to three children 20, 16 and 8.  Around 7 years ago we were blessed to bring home our 8 year old from China and it doing so developed a heart for orphans and a desire to help them find forever families.  As a result, I wanted to start a business that could give to that purpose.  I am blessed to combine my two passions into my relatively new business, Pure Painted Signs.  I have always loved painting and with this endeavor I am able to give 10% to my church and 40% to orphan causes around the world, as well as supporting families who are seeking to adopt. 

The prize is a wooden sign such as:

She is also offering a 15% discount on any orders in July the discount code is

What an awesome prize!! All you have to do is enter one of our challenges in July for a chance to win.

I hope you'll join us for both of these challenges:

Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge #75 ~ Anything but a Card using ribbon (July 1 to 12)

Scrapping Everyday Miracles Main Challenge #30 ~ These Are a Few of My Favorite Things with a twist - use an office supply (July 1 to 31)

I have some very exciting news to share. Donna Salazar has asked me to be her Social Media Coordinator. I'm over the top excited to be part of the amazing DSD team!! Be sure to stop back on Friday to see my first project of the month as her July Guest Designer.

Here's a sneak peak:

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Thanks for stopping by! I treasure your comments.

~ Blessings ~


  1. Oh my...there is so much to look at here! It is positively gorgeous!!

  2. A magical lo in stunning colors. The photos gives such lovely contrast to the colors in your lo. Smashing!
    Love n hugs

  3. Tracey.......your layouts are a work of art. The detail is amazing, love all the gorgeous flowers. Your daughter's art is fabulous, really great. Thankyou for visiting me:)

  4. Wow wow wowwwwwwwww! This is STUNNING!! LOVING the flowers, the layers and loving that rainbow ribbon! GORGEOUS!!

  5. What a pretty layout1 Love all the great techniques you have shared! THe ribbon is really pretty! You must be very proud! TFS :)

  6. Such a beautiful layout Tracey. Art obviously runs in you family.

  7. What a gorgeous layout!! Your daughter's artwork is amazing!! She is so talented!! Love this!! Happy Monday :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  8. stunning!!!! your details are always right on!! gorgeous work

  9. Mom's an artist too! Love the colors.

  10. This is so pretty Tracey!! Love all of the blended colors in the background!!

  11. What a beautiful tribute to your daughter! I just adore the array of color, too! So pretty, Tracey!


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