New Cut Mania Cut Files

I love this time of year – the chill in the air and the golden leaves but last night we got snow on the mountains – Winter is fast approaching.  I’ve just added some Halloween cut files to my etsy store.  Halloween brings out my  twisted and playful side so I hope you enjoy them.




Sketch n Scrap #113

Sketch #113 at sketch n scrap was perfect for my photos of our rainy hike up to Wolverine.  I created a title Cut File using a Dr Seuss quote again perfect for the theme

Quote reads,”You’re off to great places. Today is your day.  Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way”

yourmountain  sketch-113




CSI Case 212

We almost got into trouble at the weekend when my friend Susie drifted out onto the lake and was then unable to start the jetski..  Fortunately a king neighbor  floated out on the paddleboard and was able to assist.  She and Lauren then spent an enjoyable evening jetting around.

This page was inspired by case file 212 at CSI  – I loved the colors . My page is also inspired by a page at Paper Issues. I created a special star cut file – with a dashed outline and 3D raised stars in the middle.




Creative Scrappers Sketch #298

Finally had a chance to play along with one of Kristine Davidson’s wonderful sketches  As usual I had an idea , then it kind of spiraled (pun intended) into something different – hope you can still see some resemblance to the original sketch


I used a new Fall cut file from Cut Mania – Windswept and some older pics of Lauren playing in the leaves one windy Fall day.




End of Summer

We’re trying to squeeze in some outdoor activities before Fall comes – the signs are here – cooler temperatures, yellow leaves, fireweed is all bloomed out.

Yesterday I never made it into the kayak – the water was low – I was trying to drop the kayak into the lake from the deck and it got stuck – when I pulled it suddenly came loose and I fell into the muddy gunk at the edge of the lake.  Lauren did, however, get in a little paddleboarding.

I used one of the latest cut files from Cut Mania – ripples.  I inked with 3 Tim Holtz inks behind the cut outs.keepcalm


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Stuck Sketches Challenge

When we were in Ireland we went to Belfast to check out the Titanic exhibit – very interesting – especially to think of the working conditions for the men building the Titanic, the lack of safety precautions, no power tools (everything was done by hand), the long working hours and rare vacation time, the crowded conditions and noise – it’s amazing that it ever got built.

We spent some time on the dock side and Lauren and Emma had their photo taken with a “captain”.  The September 1st sketch from Stuck Sketches?! was perfect, although I did rotate it just to be rebellious !!


hello there sailor