Friday, June 27, 2014

Scrapadabadoo’s Sizzling Summer Blog Hop

If you’ve come here from Jess’s blog then you are on the right track, if not please go to to start the ride from the beginning.
I love all things about the beach….the sun and sand, the waves, the water…what’s not to love so that’s why I instantly knew when I received my bike from Scrapadabadoo I was going to decorate it in a beach theme.
I started by giving my bike a light whitewash with a dry brush of gesso as well as on the base the bike is sitting on.  The base didn’t need much as it already looked like a piece of driftwood. I then wrapped the frame of my bike with some rope.
I decorated the inside of my bike with the large gear die cut from the Tim Holtz Gadget Gears Die  I covered it with the wood grain paper then inked it with vintage photo distress ink.  I thought it looked like a ships wheel. I added a sand dollar cut out of chipboard using Tim Holtz’s new Sand & Sea die.  I used the same die to cut the seahorse out of chipboard.  I painted it then added crackle accents.
I added some beach sand to the base much like you would adhere glitter.  I put down a thick coating of glossy accents then sprinkled the sand then allowed it to dry thoroughly.  I also tucked in some shells here and there using Ranger Matte multi-medium  I find it’s the best medium to adhere bulky items like these.
The anchor die was cut out of 2 layers of heavy weight cardstock to give it some stability then painted with several colors of metallic paints to give it an authentic metal look.  I used a small glass vial to create a message in a bottle.
Hopefully you all started with  Then followed the blogs in order. Along the way you will want to collect the letter that is on each blog, and also leave a comment on that blog. After you have collected all of the letters.. you will then unscramble the letter to form a word or words. Once you have unscrambled the letters send your word or words in an e mail to  They will be giving away a Prima Bike to one lucky winner
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as well as three $25 gift certificates to the store. You will have until Tuesday July 1st to enter to win and they will announce the winners in The news letter and on the blog Wednesday July 3rd.
Here is my secret letter.  Since I was the last stop on the hop you should now have all of the letters necessary to unscramble your word or words. Be sure to leave a comment below then email with your word or words.
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  Thank you all for riding along with us all on our first Scrapadabadoo’s design team blog hop.  We hope it’s been as much fun for all of you as it has been for all of us.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Always & Forever

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Hi, Patti here with another Scrapadabadoo design team layout.   I used the beautiful Somewhere in Time collection by BoBunny  I trimmed 1/4” off of one horizontal edge and 1/4” of of one vertical edge of the paper then matted it on a piece of black cardstock from the coordinated cardstock collection  I heavily distressed the edges of the patterned paper with the Prima Distress Tool
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I distressed deeper in a few spots to expose more of the background paper but to add more interest and dimension, I added strips of drywall tape.  I love using drywall tape on my masculine pages…there are a lot of feminine embellies in the market, but not as much for the men in our lives so drywall tape has become a go to for me since I have 2 grandsons.
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Next, I mixed some silver acrylic paint with some Goldens light modeling paste and used aTim Holtz stencil and a Crafter’s Workshop mini stencil  I then randomnly on purpose stenciled around the page…if there is such a thing. 
I also misted around the page using Ranger Perfect Pearls mist in pewter and Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Piece of Heart both of which I’ve had in my stash forever.
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Next, I randomnly on purposed stamped in Black Archival in by Ranger using the Indigoblu bubbles stamp which is my new favorite background stamp.
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Now that my background paper was all prepared I was ready for the photo and embellishments.  I mounted my 4 x 6 photo that I double matted exposing a 1/8” border on a scrap piece of chipboard so I have room to tuck some embellishments under the photo.
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I diecut 2 gears from Tim Holtz gadgets and gear die out of chipboard and painted them in silver acrylic paint, topped it with a flower made with the Tim Holtz tattered floral die and  I misted the flowers with the same Pewter and  Piece of My Heart mist I used on the page to masculine them up and because flowers have to have leaves I stamped and hand cut them out. 
To complete the page and reinforce the masculine look, I added some Tim Holtz mini gears and some jewels from the collection
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This was my attempt at making what I call an artsy, fartsy, mixed media, collage type page.   I need some more practice but I didn't do too bad for my first time if I don’t say so myself…LOL
Thank you for looking. ~Patti~

Sunday, June 8, 2014


Hi everyone,
Here’s a page I did along time ago but never posted.
This is a 4 x 6 vertical photo of my daughter when she was 8 months pregnant with her 2nd son.
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She had some professional photos taken and they turned out well, lovely.
The paper is from one of my favorite Basic Grey collections call Serenade.  I backed the layout with a solid piece of black cardstock.  It helps to draw your eye to the photo.
I layered my photo with a scrap piece of Prima Engraver collection and double matted the photo.
I embellished with some handmade flowers, some punched butterflies and flourishes die cut with the Fancy Flourish die by Cheery Lynn all clustered around a handmade bow using my all time favorite ribbon by May Arts in black and cream stripe.
Thank you for looking.  ~Patti~