Sunday, December 25, 2011

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Little Black Dress December Kit: Devious Darling

Another great kit from the Little Black Dress kit club showed up at my door this month. Here's my layouts:
Dum Dum
Little Black Dress December kit patterned paper: My Mind’s Eye (others), October Afternoon (polka dot), & Crate Paper (stripe) | small alpha: Glitz
{non-kit items:  punches: Fiskers (star) & Creative Memories circle cutter | American Craft Thickers sprayed with seafoam green Maya Mist | white cardstock and vintage typewriter }

First Easter
Little Black Dress December kit  patterned paper: My Mind’s Eye (others), Crate Paper (yellow floral) & Glitz (bird) | small alpha & stickers: Glitz | layered chipboard sticker: My Mind’s Eye | dictionary page, ribbon, buttons {non-kit items: punches: Creative Memories (starburst circle) & EK Success (scalloped circle) | sewing machine & thread}

Pulling Up
Little Black Dress December kit  patterned paper: October Afternoon, Pink Paislee, Crate Paper, Glitz, & My Mind’s | sparkly yellow glittered circles {non-kit items:  white cardstock: American Crafts | starburst circle punch & circle cutter: Creative Memories | vintage typewriter, sewing machine, & thread | inspired by Leann Pearce’s layout found at}

Little Black Dress December kit  patterned paper: Glitz (yellow), October Afternoon, My Mind’s Eye, Crate Paper (stripe) | dictionary page | stickers: Glitz  {non-kit items: alpha stamps: Studio Calico | punches: EK Success (small circle) & Creative Memories (starburst circle) | Silverware shapes cut with Silhouette SD | Tim Holtz tiny attacher | pens: Sharpie & Copic Multiliner | sewing machine & thread}

Splish Splash
Little Black Dress December kit  patterned paper: Glitz (yellow dot), Pink Paislee (aqua), October Afternoon (blue), Crate Paper (stripe) | tiny alpha stickers: Glitz  {non-kit items:  kraft cardstock: The Paper Studio | font: Blackout cut with Silhouette SD | sewing machine & thread}

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

It's that time again!

The November Little Black Dress kit screamed Christmas to me (and I got a Halloween layout out of it too). And I really needed to get some Christmas photos scrapped so it was a win-win situation.

SUPPLIES: Little Black Dress November kit—patterned paper: My Mind’s Eye & Crate Paper | book page | epoxy sticker: Glitz [non-kit items— vanilla cardstock: American Crafts | shipping tag | date stamp | ink: Stampin’ Up | punches: EK Success (tree & label) & Creative Memories (circle) | thread | vintage typewriter | sewing machine & thread]

SUPPLIES: Little Black Dress November kit—patterned paper: Authentique & Crate Paper | big alpha: Jenni Bowlin | small alpha: Glitz | other: brads, pronunciation book page [non-kit items:  punches: Fiskers (star) & EK Succes (border) | Studio Calico Mister Huey | Tim Holtz tiny attacher] 

SUPPLIES: Little Black Dress November kit—patterned paper: Teresa Collins (red), My Mind’s Eye, Authentique | small alpha: Glitz | large alpha: Jenni Bowlin| epoxy word: Glitz | buttons | thread  [non-kit items—kraft paper: The Paper Studio | pen: Copic Multiliner | starburst circle punch: Creative Memories | 3-D foam squares]

SUPPLIES: Little Black Dress November kit—patterned paper: Glitz (gold) & My Mind’s Eye (other) | book page | yellow thread   [non-kit items— white cardstock: American Crafts | alpha stamps: Studio Calico | ink: Staz On | font: Hammerkeys (downloaded from internet | Tim Holtz tiny attacher | plastic spider | sewing machine & thread]

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Scrappy Sunday

Just wanted to share a layout I created this weekend. I was dying to use my new Fiskars star punch. Love the effect I created with it.

SUPPLIES white cardstock & “grow” sticker: American Crafts | patterned paper: Crate Paper, My Mind’s Eye, We R Memory Keepers, October Afternoon | lion sticker: Making Memories | Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher | star punch: Fiskars | “5” chipboard sticker: BasicGrey | other: washi tape, vintage typewriter

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Little Black Dress Kit Club

I'm so excited to announce that I'm one the newest design team members for the Little Black Dress kit club. I can't even tell you how exciting it was to receive one of their kits in the mail and know that I get to see the kit before everyone else! Here's what I did with the kit, and I still have enough supplies left for a couple more layouts.

Supplies: Little Black Dress September kit—patterned paper: Bo Bunny (polka dot) and BasicGrey | bird illustration: from Jenni Bowlin paper | buttons | metal charm [items used that are not in kit— stamps: Amy Tangerine for American Crafts | ink: Stampin’ Up | paint | baker’s twine | small shipping tag | Tim Holtz tiny attacher | scalloped circle punch: EK Success | pen: Copic Multiliner | Glossy Accents | flowers: pattern from Joy Kelley ]

Supplies: Little Black Dress September kit—patterned paper: Studio Calico (yellow), BasicGrey (all others) | ribbon & trim | sticker: My Mind’s Eye | alpha stickers: Sassafras [items used that are not from kit— kraft paper: The Paper Studio | paint | pen: Copic Multiliner | Remington vintage typewriter | sewing machine | thread | Tim Holtz tiny attacher]

Supplies: Little Black Dress September kit— paper used for background: Prima | alpha stickers: Sassafras | crossword page | patterned papers: BasicGrey, Crate Paper, and Studio Calico | trinket pins [items used that are not from kit—  paint: Plaid | pen: Copic Multiliner | layout inspired by artwork by Alex Koplin (found via Pinterest)]

Supplies: Little Black Dress September kit— patterned paper: Studio Calico | yellow trim | flashcard cut to make journal card [items used that are not from kit— pen: Copic Multiliner | punch: EK Success | sewing machine & thread | Remington vintage typewriter | black paper: Die Cuts with a View | label stamp: Studio Calico | ink: Memento]

Supplies: Little Black Dress September kit— background paper: My Mind’s Eye | patterned paper: BasicGrey , Sassafras, & Studio Calico | text strips cut from Melody Ross chipboard accents packaging |  “s’mores” cut from book page with Silhouette machine [items used that are not from kit:  embroidery floss | leaf punch: Creative Memories | font: Howser | Remington vintage typewriter | canvas | owl stamp: Stampin’ Up |  ink: Memento | Tim Holtz tiny attacher]

Supplies: Little Black Dress September kit— ribbon | playing card | patterned paper: BasicGrey & Sassafras | chipboard accent [items used that are not from kit:  kraft Paper: The Paper Studio | butterfly punch: Martha Stewart]

Monday, September 12, 2011

This is how Lucas blows bubbles

 Hey! It's Monday. This should brighten your day.

bubbles from Valerie O'Neall on Vimeo.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Inspiration du Jour

Head on over to the Craft Gossip Scrapbooking blog and see my most recent layout featured. This is the second time I've been featured on the blog. Thanks Francine!

[Oh, and p.s., this isn't my big announcement! It obviously been postponed a couple days, but hopefully will be coming soon.]

Sunday, September 4, 2011

A couple new layouts

It's been awhile. Here are a couple new layouts. And coming tomorrow I have a big scrapbooking announcement, so be on the lookout for that. I can't wait to share the news with you. Hope you are having a nice relaxing three-day weekend!
kraft paper: The Paper Studio | patterned paper: Crate Paper, Pink Paislee, October Afternoon, My Mind’s Eye | orange cardstock: DCWV | alpha stickers: BasicGrey | alpha stamps: EK Success | pen: Copic Multiliner | stamp ink: Memento | other: thread

These next two layouts were made for the class I taught in August at The Keepsake Element.

kraft paper: The Paper Studio | patterned paper: Crate Paper, Bo Bunny, & Bella Blvd. | eyelets: Making Memories | alpha stickers: American Crafts | pen: Copic Multiliner | other: Tim Holtz tiny attacher, baker's twine

cardstock: Bazzill | patterned paper: Crate Paper, Bo Bunny, & Bella Blvd. | alpha stickers: American Crafts | pen: Copic Multiliner | other: Tim Holtz tiny attacher, baker's twine

Monday, July 18, 2011

My First Photo Shoot

I haven't taken a photography class since high school when we still used film and darkrooms. That one class was magic for me, and I decided I must have a darkroom in my future house. Well, things have changed a bit. I've had my Nikon DSLR (D50) for 5-6 years now and have hardly ever moved out of auto. I've been wanting to get more comfortable with shooting manual again, and some friends of ours gave me a good reason to brush up on my skills. Here's a few of my favorites from my first "official" photo shoot on Saturday:

I can't deny it, I am SO pleased with how these turned out! Photography has always just been a hobby for me. I'm not looking to start a "full blown" photography business, but it looks like I may have lots of opportunities for more photo shoots in the near future. ...And I'm totally looking forward to it. I had so much fun!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

In the spotlight

One of my most recent layouts is featured on the Club Ck Blog. Go check it out! (It's the layout titled Curtis Orchard).

Monday, May 23, 2011


My baby boy turned TWO today!

Friday, May 13, 2011

It's been awhile

This page was so quick, it's so simple, and I like it that way. Can't believe this little guy is going to be TWO in 10 days!

cardstock: Bazzill Basics | patterned paper: My Mind's Eye | yellow circle strip: Bazzill | border punches: EK Success | alpha stickers: American Crafts | pen: Sharpie | paint: plaid | other: sewing machine and thread | Studio Calico Blog Sunday Sketch 5/8/11

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Next Class at TKE

My next class is May 12th at The Keepsake Element. You can call the store now to sign-up. We'll be making this fun embroidery hoop layout. Most of the paper is from Crate Paper's new Neighborhood line.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

she is finding her way

Finished a mixed media canvas today: She is Finding her Way (9"x12"). Look for her in my Etsy shop soon.