Monday, June 4, 2012

Top Ten challenge

It's Monday! You know what that means....another DT challenge over at Little Scraps of Heaven Designs. This weeks challenge is create a Top Ten list. Here is mine.

Here is a close up of the journaling and the Monster. I used three different files for this layout. The Little Monsters Pattern collection for the monster, a past freebie for the grass border and the banners set.

Be sure to stop over at the LSHD DT Blog and see what the other girls did. You can also find all the challenge rules over there.

Happy Monday!!


Thursday, May 24, 2012

Today's List

Thought I'd share my latest creation with you. It took me  a couple days, I had to steal a few minutes here and there to work on it. I've been super busy this week. It's made with a combination of files from Little Scraps of Heaven Designs and border templates from Kiwi Lane Designs.

It has placement for 7 photos or 6 photos and a journaling block. The large photo mat has 2 photo tags that pull out for those little extras. Here are a few close ups.

You can find the files used by clicking the following links:
Laundry Day
Girl in Capri's
Dear Diary
Kiwi Lane Designs

This layout is "for sale" $34.99 plus shipping. You can find it on the Keepsake Ave. Creations Facebook page. Or you can email me at for purchasing details.


Monday, May 21, 2012

Hangin' Out!

I love the lazy days of summer. Last summer I spent 8 weeks in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. It's a stunning place to explore. While there I had a visit from my Niece & her friend, along with their 4 children. I took them to some of my favorite places. Autrain Falls is one of them. The kids had a wonderful time exploring along the Autrain River and checking out the Falls. It's also Monday and that means it's time for a Monday Challenge over at Little Scraps of Heaven DT blog. This weeks challenge "Make it BIG". Here's what I did.

I used the boy and girl from the "Car Wash" set and made them BIG. Such fun. I also used my "new" border templates from Kiwi Lane Designs. Here are a couple close up shot of the kids.

Their little "crocks" make me smile every time I see them. I made the border strips like pockets so I could tuck a couple more photos and some journaling in. I so love the "Framing" system that Kiwi Lane Designs has come up with, I ordered a few more pieces.

This is what the pages look like with the photo tags pulled out.

And a shot of the title.

I am really really really enjoying the Kiwi Lane Designs system. You can check them out here at KLD.

Be sure to stop over at LSHD and check out whats new. This is what the Car Wash set looks like.

And one more thing stop over at the DT blog to check out what the other DT gals did with this challenge. You can also find all the rules for entering the challenge yourself. Hope you'll join us.


Monday, May 14, 2012

Just A Fishin'

Happy Monday! I had the pleasure of attending a crop with some friends for the weekend and I got a couple layouts finished. The first one was for the Monday challenge at Little Scraps of Heaven Designs DT Blog. Be sure to visit the blog for the challenge rules and to see all the DT layouts. This weeks challenge is to create a scene.

I used the Just a Fishin' and Boy in boat files for my layout. You can find the pattern over at Little Scraps of Heaven Designs. I also used something new! New is fun. I attended the Great Lakes Mega Meet over the weekend, very BIG scrapbooking expo. Found a  company called Kiwi Lane Designs. They have a wonderful system they call "Framing". You can check it out here:

I bought 2 border sets and used one on this layout. LOVED it!!

Here are a couple more close ups of the pages.

On the right side of the layout there are 3 photo/journaling mats that pull out for extra room. Two are smaller mats by the boat and one under the big mat for larger photos.

This layout is for sale. $30 plus shipping. Email me at if you are interested.

Happy Monday!


Monday, May 7, 2012

Scraps are us!

This weeks Monday challenge is to create a project using only scraps. Yes you heard me, only scraps. You can't even use a full sheet of background cardstock, it has to be scraps. So here's what I did. (Please forgive my photos, it was very overcast here yesterday. It's really not this dark of a layout.)

A close up of my Pilgrim and the journaling.

For those that know me I frequently start with a sketch. One of my favorite places to grab a sketch is PageMaps. As soon as I saw this sketch I knew I was going to use it. Be sure to check out the May edition of PageMaps. Some truly wonderful sketches.

Head over to the Little Scraps of Heaven Designs DT blog for more inspiration. If you need a super cute paper piecing pattern to use, check out the latest at Little Scraps of Heaven Designs.

Here's a little sample-

Have a wonderful week!


Monday, April 30, 2012


Just a little Einstein for you on a Monday morning. This weeks challenge at Little Scraps of Heaven Designs DT Blog is to make a Tag and use a LSHD pattern on it. Here is mine:

There is a wonderful set over at LSHD call Little Einstein. It's simply adorable.

 This weeks challenge is create a 4 X 6 Tag!

Just make sure you add your favorite LSHD paper piecing.

To be eligible for a chance to win the $20.00 in FREE patterns you MUST Create your tag & use a LSHD paper piecing (or piecings) somewhere on it.

Either link your project to the DT blog or post it on the fanpage by Sunday, April 15 , by Midnight Central time.

MAKE SURE that you are linked up on the DT blog to be eligible to win!
If you submit your photo via facebook (if you don't have a blog), then you can still add it to the blog using the link to your photo (or we can add it here for you).

Feel free to also post your project on the LSHD Facebook Fanpage after you link up! 

Have a wonderful Monday!!


Friday, April 27, 2012

A New Venture.

Well I have an announcement to make. I've been thinking about it for quite awhile now and the time seems right to start my own Paper Piecing/Layout business. As of last night Keepsake Ave. Creations is open for business. If you've seen a paper piecing or layout on my blog that you'd love to have, give me a shout out. Layouts I can recreate, I can make them similar (I may not have the pattern paper available). Individual paper piecings can be made to order, color & size can be changed if needed.

You can follow me on Facebook at Keepsake Ave Creations. You can send me email at I would love to hear from you.

I can't post and not share a project so this is one I did recently.

This is my son at 2 with two cousins. These boys were so happy eating their suckers while hanging out in the camp chairs. I wish moments like this could go on forever.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Thursday, April 26, 2012

It's National HUG day!!

To honor this wonderful day Tricia over at Little Scraps of Heaven threw out a mini challenge. You can find it on the Facebook fan page. This is what I created.

This is a close up of the title and the Chickie Poo! She's just wonderful! A gal after my own heart. LSHD pattern called "Girl in Capri's".

OK folks in honor of today Go give away a few HUGS! They are free after all.

Happy Crafting!


Monday, April 2, 2012

Another Monday Challenge

This weeks challenge is to alter a picture frame. Here's what I did with a $1 frame from Micheal's.

I used the Snuggle Bunny collection from Little Scraps of Heaven Designs.

Be sure to stop over at the Design Team blog to see all the wonderful creations we've come up with to inspire you this week. 

There's also a wonderful SALE going on over on the LSHD website.

While you're over there you may see some wonderful new patterns. Here's a couple of my favorites. 

I'm heading out of town for a week of SUN on the warm beaches of Gulf Shores Alabama. If I am able I try to post so you can enjoy the sights and sounds of the Gulf.

Happy Easter Everyone!


Monday, March 26, 2012

It's A Banner Monday!!

It's time to think Spring on this Banner Monday. Guess what that means? It's a Banner challenge this week over on the Little Scraps of Heaven Design Team blog. We have some wonderful examples to show you, so be sure to run right over and check them out! Here is mine.

I'm so in LOVE with it I can hardly contain myself! lol I used many different files to create it. Here's a close up of each letter and I'll tell you which files I used to make it. First up the "S". I used the Boy on a tire swing and for the tree Boy on a limb. 

The letter "P". I used the squirrel from the Gnome in my Garden set. For the cloud I used the Angel Bear with Ribbon pattern. It doesn't show the cloud in the picture but trust me this cute little bear is sitting on a cloud. 

The letter "R", I used the Great Outdoors collection for the fire, the rocks and the body of the girl. In the pattern she is a moose. I used the Girl on a Swing for the head and hat of the little girl.

The letter "I". I used the flowers from the barrel in the Gnome in my Garden set. 

The letter "N". I used the rabbit from the barrel in the Gnome in my Garden set, along with the sign. The grass and boulder are from The Great Outdoors collection. The red bird on this letter and on the "P" are from the Storybook series Red Riding Hood

And finally the letter "G". I used the Gnome in my Garden set for the little deer, the rocks ad grass are from The Great Outdoors and the sun is a single pattern called Happy Sun.

I had such a good time creating this banner. My son even complimented me on it. For a 14 year old to say "Hey Mom, your spring thing is really cute." means so much. It's currently hanging in our living room off the mantle. I hope you find inspiration in all our banners on the DT blog. We'd love to see what you come up with. For all the challenge details please visit the DT blog. You could win $20 in free patterns from Little Scraps of Heaven Designs. 

Have a Banner Monday!


Monday, March 19, 2012

Spring has Sprung!

We've been setting all kinds of records here in Michigan lately. New record high temps and consecutive days in the 70's, plus it looks like we are not done yet. Put me in the Spring mood. It's Monday and must mean a new challenge over at Little Scraps of Heaven Designs DT blog. Here's the sketch for this week.

And here's my take on it.

I turned it into a 2 pager and added a couple more photo mats. I used the Easter Tweets file.

Be sure to stop over at the Design Team blog and see what the other girls created this week. Come and play along, its addicting.


Thursday, March 15, 2012

Happy Birthday Card

I almost forgot to post this weeks challenge over at LSHDIt's a card challenge based on this sketch.

And here is my take on the sketch.

I used the Dear Diary collection.

Be sure to stop over at the Design Team Blog and check out the other wonderful cards based on this weeks sketch. You can find all the challenge requirements over there too. 

Have a wonderful weekend.


Thursday, March 8, 2012

Who Me?

Here is my layout for the Challenge over on the Little Scraps of Heaven Design Team Blog this week. First the sketch.

I used the Boy with a Sling shot pattern.

Close up of my little guy.

Be sure to stop over and see what everyone did. There are some amazing layouts over there.


Friday, March 2, 2012

My Lucky Charm

A little Luck of the Irish for you today. This one will go in the current gift album I'm working on. It's 8x8 in size.

The pattern pieces all come from Little Scraps of Heaven Designs. The title is from "My Lucky Charm" collection. The rest are all from the Clover Bear set.

I used the clover and made it really BIG, including the mat, then I shrunk the clover and made it a couple sizes to make all the smaller ones. Very happy with how this one came together.

Here's one more look at the paper piecings-

Have a wonderful Friday!

Be sure to stop over at LSHD and check out all the cute new patterns from this week.