Inspired By | Thinking Inking

Have you been following along with Jennifer McGuire’s new Holiday Thinking Inking series at Two Peas in a Bucket? I love watching her videos. She makes everything look so easy.

I had to get out my distress inks and play along!

This is what I came up with and how I made it easy:

I didn’t have time to do the layout in one sitting. I need to split up the tasks. The other day when I had a few extra minutes I cut out the leaves with my Silhouette and put them out in my scraproom.

The next evening, I did all the heat embossing and inking. I pulled out some old swirl stamps that I haven’t used in a long time, heat embossed all the leaves and then inked with distress inks. Once the inking was done, I gathered up the papers I wanted to use (more Pyrus – I love this collection!) printed my photo and gathered a few more embellishments.

Today, when I had a good hour of creative time, I assembled the layout. You may have already noticed that the leaves were originally cut with a stem. The stem tore off during the inking process. It was too delicate to withstand the sponging. I decided to improvise with some hand stitching that would serve two purposes — 1. to attach the leaves to the background and 2. give the leaves a stem.

I made the hand stitching easier with tools. I used the Design Ruler by Tim Holtz, to mark a line through each leaf as a guide for punching the holes. The design ruler has holes along one edge at 1/8 intervals, allowing me to poke holes exactly where I need them. I pierced the holes quickly and was able to get my hand stitching done in no time.

I pinched up the leaves to add some dimension and couldn’t resist adding a little bling. 

Now it’s your turn! What are you going to create?

Supplies: Cardstock – White Bazzill. Pattern papers – Basic Grey Pyrus Pomaceous, Bradford and Perry. Ink – Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Spiced Marmalade, Peeled Paint, Fired Brick and Frayed Burlap. Stamps – AL Rhonna Farrer swirls.  Embellishments – Pyrus Small Details, Pyrus Elements stickers, Prima flower, AC letter stickers, thread Aunt Lydia’s in brown, phrase strips K&Co, bling from Michael’s, family token unknown.



  1. I like the leafs and sewing.

    • Thanks Deb. : ) I’m so happy fall is here….had to get out the fall colors!

  2. What a beautiful page! Love the stitching on the leaves!

    • Thanks Christa! The stitching is so easy, makes me realize I need to get the needle and thread out more often.

  3. Now this is CUTE! Love the stamping and the colors and the leaves look so, so cute on your layout.

    • Thanks Linda!

  4. Love this layout…the leaves with their handstitching is AWESOME!

    • Thanks Angela – so glad you like it!



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