Inspired By | Thinking Inking

I have been loving Jennifer McGuire’s new Holiday Thinking Inking series at Two Peas in a Bucket. I love watching her videos. It really inspired me to get out my distress inks and play along!

Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to create this layout in one sitting. This layout has a lot going on and it took me a few days to get everything set up before I could actually assemble the layout.


The first task was to cut the leaves out with my Silhouette. A few days later, 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 with different patterns and then inked with distress inks.

Today, when I had a good hour of creative time, I put it all together. 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.

With my Design Ruler (from Tim Holtz) I marked 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?



  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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