Saturday, August 31, 2013


Welcome to the Spice & Sugar Sketch A Thon!
If you watch 2 Broke Girls you know the Spice & Sugar theme came from the
"It's Not Pretty Enough" episode!
Here is the clip

so you will notice that our sketches are all black and white and fairly simple, so your mission is to add embellies and make them pretty!
You will have the entire month of September to complete the sketch a thon, each dt will be offering an RAK for completing their sketch, and we will offer a grand prize at the end of the month! Every sketch you complete will give you an entry for the grand prize.
Make sure to become a follower of each dt members blog while you are there!

Here is where you can find all the sketches!

2 Broke Girls Blog Sketch 1 You Are Here
Tabitha Sketch 2
Tammy Sketch 3
Brandi Sketch 4
Janet Sketch 5
Michelle Sketch 6
Miwa Sketch 7
Karen Sketch 8
Cyndy Sketch 9
Tabby Sketch 10
Michelle M Sketch 11
Darcy Sketch 12
Pat Sketch 13
Stephanie Sketch 14

Don't forget we will also have our regular sketches during the month of September as well!

Here is my sketch

And here is my take on the sketch...

This is my daughter and my furry child Aro Volturri.  He was supposed to be our ferocious guard dog....Which is why he's named after the Volturri from Twilight....Instead, he's a big oaf and the best friend in the world to my 2 girls!  Please feel free to follow my blog and maybe just can win a little swag from Steph... :0) 



Happy Anniversary Red Carpet Studios!  I have so enjoyed being a member of their design team.  I've met some great crafty people and have significantly added to my scrapbooks thanks to this blog.  It's amazing how inspiring a movie theme can be!  This layout was made for the "Anything Goes" challenge for the anniversary weekend festivities.  For my anything goes, I decided to do a "this moment in time" scrapbook layout by recording my girls' and husband's favorite movies right now.  I used red (because we are "Red" Carpet Studios) and lots of 3D movie embellishments.  For all of you following RCS, thank you for your support this year!


 This is my first layout for 2 Broke Girls!  I must say, I have been looking forward to creating this page; and sketch #18 was perfect for what I had in mind!  My daughter thought it would be lots of fun to introduce our chihuahua to the art of paw painting. No animals were harmed in the creation of this art, although I'm pretty sure Lila suffered immensely for her masterpiece.....I just bought this Doodlebug paper, and each one I loved but worried the patterns would overtake the pictures.  However, the layout below helped to break up the busy, bright patterns and allowed a wonderful "frame" for my pictures.  If you ever have a great piece of paper, but aren't sure how to anchor it on your page, go check out 2 Broke Girls.  Lots of inspiration, lots of sketch ideas.  I'm so excited to be part of this group!

Thursday, August 29, 2013


Welcome to Red Carpet Studio's One Year Anniversary Celebration!! We're starting the party off right with a blog hop, but don't forget we also have games and prizes going on in our Facebook event group!

This weekend our design team is sharing with you inspiring projects for movie nights! Invitations, decorations, and more, you'll leave the hop wanting to have a movie night of your very own.

If you've come from Melina's blog, add her link you're in the right place! If you'd like to start at the beginning of the hop, please visit Red Carpet Studio.


For this project, I decided to make decorations one could use as a centerpiece or party favors for a movie themed party. And let me just say, these are not only super easy to make but also super easy on the wallet!  I used items I already had in my scrap room stash & my kitchen.... The red goodie bag is simply a standard gift bag from Target that I jazzed up with some paper and 3 dimensional movie stickers from Michael's.  I used a clear ornament left over from a baby shower and filled it with popcorn kernels as a souvenir guest could take home from my movie theme party. A tag with movie stickers and a cute ribbon finished off this project.   Finally, my jar is filled with the remainder of the popcorn kernels that perfectly hold up lollipop sticks displaying movie theme embellishments; a great centerpiece for a buffet table.

Once again, thank you so much for joining us on our blog hog and supporting Red Carpet Studios this past year!  Make sure to hop on over to the other designer's blogs.  We have some amazing projects to share!

This weekend (and our challenges) wouldn't be anything without our fabulous sponsors! Those who comment on every stop of the hop are eligible to win these wonderful prizes:

Craft Direct

Disney Classics Cricut Cartridge

The Paper Parade

12x12 Disney Specialty Paper

Scrappy Moms

"That's Entertainment" Stamp Set

Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons

$20 Gift Certificate

Sherri Baldy Stamps

Besties of Oz Collection - 7 Digital Stamps

Unity Stamp Co.

Insta-Live, Love, Dream Stamp Set

And now for the part you've been waiting for... everyone who hops receives a FREE digital goodie bag! Yup, you heard that right! The contents of our goodie bag can be viewed HERE on our Facebook page. Just be sure to leave your email address when you hop and we'll have it emailed to you by the end of the weekend. :)

Winners of the sponsored prizes will be announced at Red Carpet Studio on Tuesday September 3rd.

Your next stop is Connie's blog.

Here's the entire lineup:

Red Carpet Studio











Happy Hopping and thanks so much for joining us!

Sunday, August 18, 2013


Boy, this month has been full of good news for me!  I found out this afternoon that I was accepted as a member of the 2 Broke Girls Design Team!  Their site has become one of my favorite go to sites when I need some sketchy inspiration, so I'm beyond thrilled that they selected me to be part of their design team!


This week's RCS challenge was inspired by the movie "Mystic River."  In other words, use spray ink on our layouts in some way.  I LOVE spray ink!  It's so messy, but SO MUCH FUN! For this layout, I finally used a picture I took of my daughter at Lake Erie over eight years ago.  She was get her toes wet, and I loved the water and sand in the picture.  Then I found the net paper in my stash of scrap paper, used it as a mask for my spray ink.  When I was done using it as a mask, I added it as a texture layer to frame my picture.  To add a nautical look to this, I made the tag using Little Yellow Bicycle Splash collection, jute ribbon, and baker's twine.  I had so much fun making this layout, even if my scrapbooking desk has a permanent blue tint to it!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013


In January, my student Tyler passed away from complications from the flu.  It was one of the most awful experiences of my life and my career having to navigate my students through the death of a classmate.  When my colleagues and I went to pay our respects to my student's family, his parents, who are the most amazingly strong and selfless people I've encountered, asked us to bring this bear with us to Washington DC in honor of Tyler.  We told the students of our plans, and they had a blast posing the bear all over monuments and places we visited in Washington.  This picture is from our first stop in Washington DC at the National Zoo.  We placed Tyler's bear on a statue of a panda bear.  When I saw that this week's challenge for Child's Play was the children's book "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See..." I immediately thought of this picture.  I plan to give the layout to Tyler's parents along with other layouts I'm making commemorating the bear's trip to Washington.  If you would like to look at other layouts based on this challenge, please follow this link back to Child's Play Challenge. Thanks for browsing!

Saturday, August 3, 2013


For this week's RCS challenge, the movie theme was Lilo and Stitch; in other words, add stitching to your layout.  Sewing is the one skill I wish I had.  I own a sewing machine; I just have no clue how to operate it.  So, turned to the faux stitching on this one.  And the knit stitch!  My other hobby is knitting.  I'm a novice.  It's a joke among my co-workers when they ask me what knitting project I'm working on.  I make washcloths and scarves like nobody's business!  I learned how to knit from my oldest daughter who took a knitting class at our local Senior Citizen center.  She taught me, and I taught my younger daughter.  She loves to sit with me watching TV working on her knit stitch.  For this project, I included yarn on my tag and wrapping it around my chipboard letters.  I found some paper scraps in my stash that reminded me of vintage fabric and go the rest of the papers from Hobby Lobby.  A little baker's twine and buttons, and the layout was finished!


Earlier this week I learned that I was selected to be a member of Child's Play Challenges' Design Team!  I am so excited to be a member of another group of people who love scrapbooking as much as I do. This blog asks participants to make a layout inspired by a classic childhood toy, book, movie, etc.  I've played along with them in the past, and am so honored that they selected me to get people's creative juices flowing!  I can't wait to post my first design for them; STAY TUNED!