Friday, November 28, 2014

Card Friday

Its BLACK Friday.

I don't officially shop on Black Friday...except perhaps on line.

I refuse to become part of the "stuff for cheap" masses. 

Plus, people are crazy and I don't need that in my life.

But one thing that this day DOES mean for me: the Christmas Season can officially begin in the Krech household. 

For my kickoff, I wanted to share some awesome Christmas cards from my Embellish Kits November card kit.


Ok, really...there hasn't been one I didn't love...

This kit came with the DIY Christmas Die Cut pack from Simple Stories. I couldn't believe the variety and the GREAT pieces that were in that little baggy. 

They so beautifully coordinated that the cards go together in a snap. 

This little gem of a paper is from the December Documented line by Simple Stories. I like this line so much that I'm getting some more of the Simple Stories DIY line to make more cards.

So....Uh oh, and look out...I'm finally going to venture out on my own in this card making realm...

Peace, ya'll!

and for those of you shopping today - may the force be with you!

Thursday, November 27, 2014


It seems appropriate on Thanksgiving that I would be sharing a layout about kisses from Heaven...

Check out Inside Out today for the story behind Kiss...

Peace, ya'll. 

Friday, November 21, 2014

Card Friday

One more set of beautiful cards from the July 2014 Card Kit from Embellish It...I have loved every single card I've made with this kit!

Once again, the blue ink pad was used for edging each piece.

The hello paper is the most adorable paper in the 6 x 6 format. In fact, the re-sizing of all of the prints for the 6 X 6 used in this kit are adorable. The whole pad is eye-catching and versatile.

This little typewriter is my favorite element...

Have a beautiful Friday, every one!!!

Peace, ya'll!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Me vs Me

How do you measure "luck"? or for me blessing? 

I mean, if I were to take a look at MANY of the lives around me, I might think THEY were more blessed than me...

And, oh, my goodness, isn't that the easiest thing in the world to do?

Head on over to Inside Out today as I get into how I measure "luck".

Peace, ya'll!

Friday, November 07, 2014

Card Friday

This card kit from Embellish Kits is THE kit that got me to take the plunge into the card kit subscription.  

It features the SUPER cute Pink Paislee Pen Pals Collection and the Doodlebug Patriotic Parade Collection.

I did some edging on the pieces with my blue ink pad (in place of my usual black or brown)...the rest of the time, I followed the kit instructions pretty much exactly.

If you are interested, this kit is still available. You can get yours HERE.

Peace, ya'll!

Thursday, November 06, 2014


I don't actually believe in luck...

See how I unfold the story behind this art over on Inside Out today.

Peace, ya'll!

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Perfect - Two Ways

Very often, I find I have the same shots of my boys at the same general times in their lives...such is the case with these photos - both in the bath.

The stories are not exactly the same, but they are close enough...and when I find that I have the same shots and similar stories, I do double layouts.

These two layouts are based on an old sketch from the now defunct Allison Davis Sketch Support blog:

I adjusted the photo sizes to meet my own needs, but the results are otherwise quite close to the original.  The first layout is of Jayden and uses red and yellow a black background.

The version for Noah uses the same color combos, but in different proportions.

As I've often said, when you find yourself with the same pictures and a similar story, its easier to do both layouts the same time, following the same design. 

In the interest of getting my stories told, this is a great shortcut for me...and as each boy will eventually have the books for his own stories, they will appreciate that there were things that they shared, even three years apart.

Peace, ya'll

Monday, November 03, 2014

Big Boy Underwear

I was browsing the Autumn 2014 issue of Somerset Memories and came across the amazing black, white and one color work of Louise Nelson

Photography by Georgie Daniels

I seriously do not do her work any justice, but her work inspired me to do some experimenting with plain old acrylic paint and a texture tool plus my handy Heidi Swapp Color Shine Cherry mist...(Pardon the hearts, but little boys must be protected!!)

I wanted to get the effect of those vertical lines and mess around a little bit with being messy...
The hardest thing about this process is letting the project dry between steps enough to do the next step.  I found I'm not overly patient with letting paint dry. :-) 

I'm looking forward to exploring play with acrylic paint and ink some more. I see this being a great technique to mess around with. 

Peace, ya'll!

Sunday, November 02, 2014


Its up!  Its up!

The newest kit from Inside Out is UP!  

Its full of beautiful paper and embellishments from Fancy Pants Designs, We R Memory Keepers, American Crafts, Jenni Bowlin and more.

I have to say when I opened this one, I loved every singe solitary piece of the kit. Its just absolutely gorgeous!

I can't wait to share my layouts from this kit through the month. 

Head on over to Inside Out and get yours to play along!

Peace, ya'll!