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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Forver Love with Pink Paislee and Vintage Voyages with Graphic 45 "Steampunk Spells" Paper Collections!!!

I am posting this a little early since tonight is Halloween and I will be busy Trick or Treating with my two beautiful "fairies"!!!! 

Happy November everyone!!! Can you believe it's November already?!?  Fall is officially in full swing and the temperature is FINALLY getting a little "cooler" around here (In Florida, that means anything below 90 degrees!!!).  

"Forever Love" with Pink Paislee "Secret Crush" Paper Collection
I'm here today to share a wonderful layout I made for my November Creative Monthly Project Challenge over at Colorful Creations.  Your challenge this month is to create any type of project using BLING!!!  That's it!!! You may use as much, or as little as you like.... As long as I can see it, You're in it to win it!!!  
Here's a layout I made using various types of bling:

I used papers and embellies from the "Secret Crush" paper collection, as well as trim by Petaloo and a doily die-cut which I misted using pink Glimmer Mist!  Flowers are from Heidi Swapp and Recollections.  Most were also misted to my desired color.  The butterflies are also by Recollections and again, misted (seems to be a theme here!!!).  I added bling under the flower cluster by the photo and "my homemade bling" under the butterfly, as well as the bling on the butterflies themselves!  Isn't she too stinkin cute?!?  
Here are some close-ups:

"Vintage Voyages" with Graphic 45 "Steampunk Spells" Paper Collection
Another project I've put together is called "Vintage Voyages" which was made for my "Once Upon A Theme" Challenge over at Sketches4All.  This month, your challenge is to create a project (of any type) using the theme "Adventure".  
Here's a look at what I came up with:

I used the Graphic 45 "Steampunk Spells" Paper Collection and embellies, as well as chipboard by 7 Gypsies, and various flowers by Petaloo, Heidi Swapp, and Recollections.  I did a LOT of fussy cutting here... All the pattern flowers that match the coordinating paper behind the background die-cut were fussy cut from a piece of coordinating paper.  I fussy cut ALL the balloons as well.  I also used metal by Tim Holtz, bling by Prima, and of course my favorite, liquid pearls!!!  
For the chipboard word "remember", I started by heat embossing black powder in certain portions of the word.  Then I sanded most of it down and spritzed it with Glimmer Mist.  I finished by adding a light coat of Perfect Pearls and topping it with Liquid Pearls.  Here's a close-up:

Just an FYI... I will be posting WINNERS for my "Enabler" Giveaway tomorrow and have more exciting news to share in just a few days so stay tuned!!!  

And don't forget the Holiday Hop going on at Sketch N Scrap!!! Every day is a Holiday for the hop and there are TONS of prizes to be won!!!! Stop in and check it out if you haven't already :-)

Well gang.... Thanks soooo much for stopping in and have a LUCKY day :-)

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Make Your Own Bling!!!!!!! Save TONS of Money!!!!!

Happy Tuesday everyone!!!  Today is Tuesday Tutorial Day at Colorful Creations and I'm up for the bid!!!  I found this FABULOUS tutorial on the Frosted Design's Website and decided to share it with all of you!!! This really should be shared with every crafter who likes to use bling, but hates to spend money on all those beautiful swirls!!!

(If you haven't stopped in for my "Enabler" Giveaway yet, there's still time!!!!! Click HERE for details!!!) 

Making Your Own Bling with Liquid Pearls or Puffy Paint

Here's what you'll need:
~Flourish Bling Template (I downloaded several images just by "Googling" "flourish bling swirls" into my browser)

~Transparency (I usually use what I have... All clear stamp packs usually come with two pieces so I keep one as a "spare" for special projects.  Some embellishment packs come with some as backing for the adhesive pieces.  Just keep them when you're done with the package in case you need it in the future!!!)

~Liquid Pearls (Silver, Pink, and White used here), Puffy Paint, or something similar

Start by choosing which swirl templates you are going to use.  Here are some of the ones I found online, then printed onto cardstock at a height of about 5.5 inches.

These are the two I choose to use:

Now you're going to adhere your transparency right over top of the paper.  I used double sided tape, then cut off any excess.

Start to fill in the "dots" using your Liquid Pearls (puffy paint, or something similar), trying to keep them the same size as the "dots" on the template so that it all blends well at the end.  (If you mess up, DON'T WORRY!!!  It will wipe right off the transparency so you can fix it!) Here's a look:

This is what it should look like before you cut it out:

Set your "BLING" aside until dry.  (Liquid Pearls don't take very long to dry so I waited about thirty minutes, creating more bling in the process!!!)

Once the bling has dried, remove the paper behind the transparency and "fussy cut" your bling out, getting as close to the bling as possible so you don't see any excess transparency.  You may use scissors or a craft knife.  I tried both and found that my Cutter Bee scissors worked far better than my craft knife and I was able to get closer to the bling.  I used my craft knife to get in the "hard to reach" areas!  

Here's what it will look like when you're done:

Isn't it beautiful?!?  And it costs nearly nothing to make!!!   Here are all the ones I made using the two different templates.  I have SEVERAL more to make though, and believe me, I WILL!!!!!

I hope this helps you in your future crafting and thanks to Frosted Designs for showing us how it's done!!!  

Well gang... Thanks for soooo much for stopping in and have a LUCKY day :-)

Sunday, October 27, 2013

There's Still Time to Enter the Giveaway!!!!! Graphic 45, 7 Gypsies, Studio Calico, and more!!!!

Just a reminder:  There's still time to enter the "Enabler" GIVEAWAY!!!  If you haven't stopped in yet, click HERE to check out the details!!!  A simple comment can enter you to win over $25.00 worth of FREE SCRAPBOOKING GOODIES!!!!!

Here's a "peek" (Yes, there's more!!!  This is just a tease!!!):

AND.... Since I surpassed the 100 follower milestone (Thank you ALL!!!!) , I'm going to draw TWO LUCKY WINNERS!!!!!   

Want a "peek" at what else is up for grabs?!?  Like Graphic 45?!?  How about 12x12 papers from their "Steampunk Spells" paper collection?!?  Here's a look:

Not to mention other goodies by 7 Gypsies,  Studio Calico, and more!!!  

So what are you waiting for?!?  STOP IN NOW before time runs out!!!!

Well gang... Thanks soooo much for stopping in!!! Have a LUCKY day :-)

Monday, October 21, 2013

Making "Spook-tacular" Projects with Cricut!!!

Hello again my crafty friends!!!!  I recently held my annual Halloween party for the kiddies this past Saturday and wanted to share some of my "spook-tacular" projects made using my Cricut Expression 2 and various Halloween Cartridges.  It's amazing what you make with just a little bit of cardstock and some creativity!!!!

"Handmade 3D Coffin Favor Boxes" cut from the "Happy Hauntings" Cricut Cartridge
First, I wanted to show you a wonderful way to make your favor boxes really creative!!!  Using the "Happy Hauntings" Cartridge and some "Black Magic" Coordinations cardstock (Black on one side and colored on the other), I cut out the 3D coffins at 7.5 inches (just big enough to hold all the goodies I wanted to put inside!!).  Here's a look:

After assembling them, I cut what was supposed to be the "bottom" layer out of some K&Company Halloween themed cardstock, made it smaller so that it would fit neatly on the top piece of the box, inked the edges with black distress ink, and adhered it to the top of all the pieces.  This is what gave them their different designs :-)
The, I just had fun embellishing them all with different embellies and various ribbons!!!  Aren't these just adorable?!?  Here are some close-ups of them:

"Beware" Handmade Spooky Halloween Banner made using "Happy Hauntings" Cartridge
I really wanted to make a banner using the "standard" Halloween colors, but wanted something a little different for the font.  Luckily, the "Happy Hauntings" cartridge has a "Bloody Font" feature that worked PERFECTLY for this!!!  I went with a triangle banner instead of a pennant banner (which is what I almost ALWAYS use!!) because I thought it would look better with the theme!  I also embossed the letters using the "polka dots" embossing folder for a little added detail.  
Here's the finished banner:

"Creepy Spiders" and "Flying Bats" using Cricut Free Cuts!
Throughout the month of October, Cricut also had several "spooky" themed cartridges as their "free cuts" for a week and boy did I take advantage of it!!!  Here are some spiders I cut using the "Spiders" Craft Room Exclusive:

Another "Free Cut" was from the cartridge "A Frightful Affair".  From that one, I made the spider webs above and several bats in various sizes and placed them throughout my house.  I only adhered the middle of the bats to the wall and pulled the wings outward to make it look like they were "flying"!!!  I also tore up a piece of black cardstock until it looked almost circular and made it look like a "hole" in the roof!!!  Here's a look:

Using the same bats but in a smaller size, I made a "bat banner" that extended the length of my living room.  I used eyelets (should of used brads for more "play" but I will know better next time!!) to connect them all and tied them to the columns in my living area.  It was hard to photograph it but you can see a little bit of it here:

And here:

"Wall Size Skeleton" using Cricut Movable Monsters Cartridge
Lastly, I used the "Movable Monsters" Cartridge that I purchased LAST YEAR and NEVER used to make a wall size skeleton!!!  I used the "Whitewash" line of Coordinations cardstock for a more "real" look (not soooo bright white!) and cut all pieces at 11.5 inches.  Here it is:

Isn't he cute?!?  Can a skeleton be cute?!?  Hahaha!!!!  I used left over black cardstock from the banner I made to fill in his "blank spots"!!!  This time, I used brads to attach all the pieces and double sided tape to attach him to the wall :-)

(P.S.  Don't forget... There' still time to enter the GIVEAWAY for your chance at some fabulous goodies!!!  Click HERE for details!!!)

Well gang.... Thanks soooo much for stopping in to see my "spooky" creations!!!!  Have a LUCKY day :-)

New Card Sketch and Holiday Hop at Sketch N Scrap: 2 Broke Girls Sketch # 25!!!

Happy Monday everyone!!!!  Today is Monday, October 21st... Know what that means?!?  That means that the Holiday Hop is in FULL SWING over at Sketch N Scrap!!!!  Every weekday, from now until November 8th, our wonderful Design Team will be inspiring you with TONS of Holiday projects, from New Years to Christmas, and everywhere in between!!!  Hop on over at check it out!!!

(There's still time to enter my GIVEAWAY!!!!! Click here for more details!!!!) 

"Fright Night" Handmade Halloween Card using MME "Haunted" Papers
Sketch N Scrap also has the new car sketch up and running.... Take a look at Card Sketch # 12:

Here is my "Halloween Inspired" card:

I used various papers from the MME "Haunted" paper pad and embellies by K&Company, Martha Stewart, and Jolees.  Very simple, and "cutely" spooky!!!!

"Together Forever" Wedding Scrapbook Layout
2 Broke Girls also has their new sketch up!!!!  Here's a look at sketch # 25:

And here is a layout I made for my cousin's recent wedding gift (I added photos of MY wedding ONLY for purposes of this photo... They were removed and this layout was placed inside a shadow box as their gift!!):

The colors of the wedding were a bright blue, red, and white.  It was also a "country" style wedding so I wanted something that brought that out as well.  These papers were PERFECT!!!!! I just so happened to have some photos that would match the overall "theme" of the page and put them in for the pic!!! 

The papers are by Recollections and Cloud9 Design, as well as basic red and white cardstock.  The "lace doily" paper in the back was cut using the new Edge to Edge cartridge on my Cricut Expression 2.  I cut a circle in the center so it left me with just the outside piece.  I outlined all the papers with a Silver Paint Sharpie for added detail and stamped various "banner" stamps from Hero Arts in Silver Brilliance Ink for the banner at the top.  I finished the banner with some silver liquid pearls (LOVE this effect!!!).  I added flowers from Petaloo, Recollections, and Paperhouse Studios.  The chipboard title is by 7 Gypsies and was heat embossed with silver embossing powder, then also topped with liquid pearls in white.  The small wooden piece hidden in the flower cluster is Studio Calico.  

Well gang.... Thanks sooooo much for stopping in!!! Have a LUCKY day :-)

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Sunday Funday Giveaway Sneak Peek!

Happy Saturday everyone!!!! I hope you are all having a wonderful start to your weekend!!  Today I am hosting my annual Halloween party for the kiddies so I have SUPER busy this week but I did want to share a little something with you!!!

Here's just a "peek" at what will be included in the Sunday Funday Giveaway!!!! Don't fret it... There's still time to enter... Stop in and check it out!!!  AND.... Since I'm nearing 100 followers, if I get to that milestone I will send out TWO RAKS so your chances of winning have almost doubled!!! Be sure to tell your friends in the "scrapbook community" all about it!!!  

Any who... Here's a little something to motivate you:

There's goodies like 6x6 paper pads by Studio Calico and Crate Paper, Chipboard alphas and Flourishes by 7 Gypsies, a huge set of Fiskars Sentiment Stamps, and more ( like maybe various colors of bakers twine and other products from a little someone called "Tim Holtz"!!!!)  

So if you haven't stopped in yet, there's still time!!!!  

Have a great weekend everyone!!!

As usual, thanks soooo much for stopping in gang... Have a LUCKY day :-)

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Deconstructing Kraft with Frosted Designs!!!!

Happy Tuesday my fellow crafters!!!  I am here today to share a beautiful birthday card I made for my Step Mother!!!  

(If you are here for my GIVEAWAY please click HERE!!!!!)

"Dream" Handmade Card using Prima "Delight" Collection
I recently received a WONDERFUL prize package from Barb over at Frosted Designs, FULL of all kinds of Prima "Delight" goodies!!!!  Since I had a card to make for my Step Mom, I decided to put this collection to good use!!!  I used this week's card sketch from Deconstructing Jen and combined it with the Frosted Design's Friday Challenge "Kraft,  Flair, and Chipboard"!  
Here is the sketch:

And here is my card:

I had SOOOOOO much fun playing with this collection!!!!  There are so many goodies that I had to add almost all of them!!!  
I started by using Kraft-Core cardstock by Tim Holtz and Coordinations as my base.  I LOVE this line of paper!!! It comes in a ton of colors and they are already distressed looking!!!  

Then I just layered papers from the collection, using the sketch as a guide.  I added the Chipboard title "Dream" which was inked, misted with gold glitter mist, and then topped off with liquid pearls for added detail.  The wooden clock is by The Little Yellow Bicycle, heart brads from the collection, and my Flair is hidden in the coral colored flower at the base!!!  I have Prima flowers that were manipulated and inked, misted, and dried until I got my desired effect.  I have another flower from Petaloo also.  I topped it all of with various trims, a wooden butterfly button, and pearls that I colored using my PP2 Spectrum Noir Alcohol Marker.  
Isn't it lovely?!?   I absolutely LOVE this collection and can thank Frosted Designs for sending me such wonderful "goodies" to play with!!!!  This is also my inspirational card for my Creative Card Challenge over at Colorful Creations!!! Be sure to stop in and check it out!!!

Well gang... Thanks soooo much for stopping in and have a LUCKY day :-)

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

C'est Magnifique October Bits and Pieces GIVEAWAY!!!!!!

Don't forget to stop by C'est Magnifique for their monthly Bits and Pieces GIVEAWAY!!!!!!

(If you're here for MY GIVEAWAY, please CLICK HERE!!!!!!)

Playing with texture and DCWV "Sunday Afternoon"!!!

Guess what day it is?!??  HUMP DAY!!!! Hahahaha!!! Sometimes, I just can't help myself!!!  
Any who... I'm here today to share a couple of things with you that I've been working on!!!  

(If you're here for the GIVEAWAY, please click HERE!!!!!)

"Sweet Beautiful Princess" with DCWV "Sunday Afternoon" Paper Pad
First up:  I came across this WONDERFUL site called "Frosted Designs" earlier this year and constantly find myself trying to make their challenges!!! They provide TONS of creative inspiration from their VERY talented design team and they have recently opened their own kit club as well (which is probably going to be very bad on the hubby's bank account!!!).  Hahaha!!!!! 
Their current challenge is to use "texture" on your project.  This is something I don't dabble with very often but I was tempted to give it a shot!!!  
I also used the week 1 October sketch from "Let's Get Sketchy".  I receive their posts via email and they always have FAB-U-LOUS sketches to work with, and this one I just couldn't resist!!!!  
Here's a look at the sketch:

And here is my page:

I absolutely LOVE this paper stack from DCWV called "Sunday Afternoon"!!!!  It's full of beautiful papers and all kinds of wonderful tid-bits!!!  
I followed the sketch "as is" without altering the layout of it.  For my texture, I mixed some Gesso with Glimmer Mist until I achieved my desired color.  Then, using my Cricut Expression 2 and the new "Edge to Edge" cartridge, I cut out a "mask" and laid it behind where the photo would be.  I added the Gesso all over the mask , let it dry a bit, and this is what I ended up with!!!  I don't know how some people have their's look SO perfect because mine is anything but, but it did come out okay all the same!!!
Then I went to work adding things all over the page cut from the paper stack, including the triangle banner, the hearts (which I hand-stitched using white embroidery thread),  , the hot air balloon (which I pop-dotted), the postage stamp, and "Dream Big" piece.  
I finished the page with some rub-ons, Glitz and Glitter words ("Darling Smile"), Liquid Pearls, Heidi Swapp mistable chipboard pieces,  and flowers by Prima and Recollections that I sprayed with a gold Glitter Mist.  Here's a close-up of them:

"Joy" Handmade Christmas Card 
So, Cheryl, over at Sketches4All, is hosting a "Christmas Card" challenge this month so we can get a jump on our cards for this year!!!  I haven't really thought much about my cards for this year but I decided to do something creative for this challenge!  
Here's my card:

I started with white and red papers by Bazzil and used my Cricut Expression 2 and the Holiday Cards cartridge to cut out a "mask" for my card.  Then, I used various Tim Holtz Distress Inks to create my desired colors.  I finished come of the circles with a ring of clear glitter glue for added detail.  I heat embossed the word "Joy" from a set of Hero Arts stamps and added the star on top to finish the card!!!! This was SUPER easy to do and I am quite pleased with the end result :-)

Well gang... Thanks soooo much for stopping in and have a LUCKY day :-)

Spookiness Galore at Sketches4All!!!

Happy October all!!!! As most of you know, Halloween is just around the corner... Which means we're seeing tons of ghouls and ghosts all over the scrapbooking community!!! Well, there's no shortage here either!!!! Sketches4All is getting a little "scary" this month and I've been quite busy creating some very "spooky" projects!!!  

(If you're here for the GIVEAWAY, please click HERE!!!!!)

"Lady of the Garden": Halloween Layout using K&Company Papers
This is a layout I created for the DT's October Challenge  over at Sketches4All.  The challenge is for you to create a Halloween or Fall themed layout using the following sketch by Brenda Ragsdale:

Here is my "spooky" page:

These are pictures taken from the annual "Howl O Scream" at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay two years ago.  They pretty much set the entire park up as a giant haunted house, scaring the life out of you at every opportunity!!! It's a BLAST!!!!
I picked up these papers last year made by K&Company and I just LOVE them!!!!  It's actually from two different K&Company Halloween themed paper pads and they are both pretty amazing!!!  I followed the sketch quite literally, adding various K&Company embellies also.  I created the "Lady" title and creepy frame using my Cricut Expression 2.  The rest of the title was created using Thickers and chipboard letters by MME that were colored and coated with clear glitter glue.  

"Enter at Your Own Risk": Spooky Handmade Halloween Invitation
Every year, I host an annual Halloween Party at my house!  It's my FAV party of the year because I totally get carried away with all the spooky decor!!!  I also enjoy making the invitations and seeing how creative I can get.  This year, this is what I sent out:

I started by using my Cricut Expression 2 and "A Frightful Affair" Halloween cartridge to cut out the door frame in a burnt orange cardstock.  Then, I used my "distress" stamp and some Timber Brown Staz On ink to create the distress look on the front.  I took a piece of vellum and stamped several "spooky" images on it and positioned the "door" on top of it.  I finished this part by adhering them both to the top of a pre-cut card made with Coordinations "Black Magic" cardstock so that the outside of the card is black and the inside is red.  AWESOME!!!!
The "caution" tape was created in Powerpoint and printed using bright yellow cardstock.  I topped it off with a small dot of black puffy paint to serve as the "door knob" and inked all the edges.  Then I did this 29 more times!!!! Hahahaha!!!!!  I really like how these came out and it really didn't take all that long :-)

"Danger! Beware!": Creepy Handmade Halloween Card
Our DT team over at Sketches4All is also hosting a "Scariest Card Contest" this month in which the winner will receive a $10.00 gift certificate to A Cherry On Top.  The rules are simple.... Just create the scariest card!!!!  (Guess the name kind of gives it away, huh?!?  Hahahaha) 
Any who....  I had a scrap from my Handmade Halloween Invitations lying around but it was cut with Coordinations Whitewash cardstock.   So, I decided to put it to work!!!!  Here's a look:

I'm sure you can see the similarities!!!  I did make quite a few changes to this one though (Since I didn't have to make 30 of them I could get a lot more creative!!!).  I used my "tree bark" embossing folder and embossed the door frame, then went over the raised areas with "Walnut Stain" Distress Ink.  I again stamped some creepy images on vellum and laid the door on top.  I added trim to the top and bottom, cutting up the edges of it to make it look "scraggly" (is that a word?!?) and added a few embellies by Martha Stewart (skeleton brad) and Jolees (White Pumpkin and skeleton key).  
This time around, I actually cut out the strips of caution tape, and made them into "washi tape" for a different look.  I added a brad for the door knob and finished it with "fake blood" left over from last Halloween!!!  And there you have it... A scary, creepy, Halloweenie card!!!! 

"Eager Eyes": Handmade Halloween Altered Tag
As most of you know, I host a monthly "Tag" challenge over at Sketches4All.  Unfortunately, I've seen little participation the last few months and decided to change it up a bit!!!!   Staring in October, my challenge is now called "Once Upon A Theme...".
Instead of creating a tag, members can submit ANY TYPE OF PROJECT (layout, card, tag, altered items, mixed media, etc...).   The challenge will be based on a "theme" each month (adventure, travel, seasonal, etc...).  Since we are in October, this month's theme is "Spooky"!!!!!!   All you have to do is submit a "Spooky" project and you're in it to win it!!!  
Since I do like making tags (and what better tag to make than a Halloween one) I decided to go ahead with my tag mojo for this month.  Here's a look:

I started with a standard tag and inked it up with various Distress Inks.  I found some checkered pattern paper and cut out all the diamonds in it and then adhered it on top.  I took some Tim Holtz sandable paper, embossed it, sanded it a bit, and layered it on.  I used a thick black Sharpie to outline certain areas as well.  The frame was cut on the Cricut Expression 2 using the "Happy Hauntings" Cartridge, and then I heat embossed the spooky tree in the center.  I finished it with several Martha Stewart chipboard embellies, a skeleton key by Jolees, and Tim Holtz crinkle ribbon that was inked and stained.  Voila!!! Another one bites the dust!!!! 

ALSO~~~~~  Sketch N Scrap will be hosting a Holiday Blog Hop staring October 21st so be sure to put it on your calendar and then stop in and check out the details!!! There will be lots of inspiration and TONS of prizes along the way!!!!  

Well my friends, thanks soooo much for stopping in... Have a LUCKY day :-)

Monday, October 7, 2013

2 Broke Girls Sketch #23: A Travel Themed Album in the works!!!!

Hey there gang!!!  It's that time again for another wonderful weekly sketch from 2 Broke Girls Scraps!!!! 

(If you're here for the GIVEAWAY, click HERE!!!)

"The Trouble Found Me" with Heidi Swapp "No Limits" Paper Line
Here is this week's sketch:

And here is my page:

My family and I went on a cruise back in April and stopped at Grand Cayman along the way.  There is a town there that is actually called "Hell"!!!! Literally!!!!  We sent post cards to our friends and family while we were there so they would receive cards from us postmarked from"Hell"!!! Hahahaha!!!!  I have to admit... There are many places that are on my to-do list but this was certainly a surprise!!!!! 

Any who... about the sketch:  I turned the sketch a quarter turn clockwise to accommodate my photos and then went to work!!!  
I am making an album of this trip for my Father and Stepmom as a Christmas gift and chose to use the Heidi Swapp No Limits" paper line because it is absolutely AMAZING!!!!!  There are soooo many different cut-outs and pieces to make your own embellies with!!!!  The "title" piece was cut from the paper pad, and the chipboard arrow is also by the Heidi Swapp line and was colored with a Spectrum Noir alcohol marker.  I added some various embellies from The Little Yellow Bicycle, Recollections, and some Tim Holtz metal and rub-ons to complete the look!!!  

"Top Ten" with Heidi Swapp "No Limits" Paper Line
I have completed another page for this album using the Sketch N Scrap Sketch #42 and the same paper line!!!  Here's a look at the sketch:

I changed this one around a bit... Here's what I've come up with:

See what I mean?!?  Isn't this paper AMAZING!?!?  I LOVE it!!!! Of course, I pretty much LOVE anything Heidi Swapp!!!! 
I swapped the order of the sketch, putting the top on the bottom and vice versa, but kept the layout on each part the same.  Make sense?!?  Again, most of the embellies were cut from various pattern papers including the chevrons, tags, and compass.  The coordinating letters that come with the paper pad are teal and dark blue but I wanted to change them a bit so for the word "Cayman", I added a bit of distress ink to match the colors of the page.  I added some wooden stars from Recollections, also colored, another "colorable" arrow that was inked with Evergreen Borough Distress ink, a little glitter glue, and twine.  That's it!!!! Another fabulous page created using almost ONLY papers from the collection!!!!  

Well gang... Thanks so much for stopping in and have a LUCKY day :-)