#G45DarkSide Challenge – “Halloween in Wonderland”

I came up with this last minute design for the #G45DarkSide Challenge. I chose Graphic 45 “Halloween in Wonderland” because of the deep, and dark, rich colors in this beautiful Halloween themed collection.


For this project, I used Recollections Memory Tray. I distressed the tray using Liquitex Gesso, Prima Marketing Sparks Acrylic Paints and Rust Effect Past, and Liquitex Mars Black Acrylic Paint. Additionally, I used Prima Marketing Art Stones in some of the tray corners.

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I fussy cut pieces from the paper collection. I added stacked branch elements from a Silhouette cut file (#6893) and a 3D tree from the Silhouette Ledge (#66039) Village cut file. I applied Liquitex Paint (Cadmium Red Deep Hue and Mars Black) to a puffy heart and added some chain and clock elements. I distressed some keys from my Bead Landing jewelry supplies.


I distressed the memory tray handle with the same Prima products and added ribbon from S.E.I. “Eerie Alley” and black tulle from my sewing supplies. I added finishing touches with the chipboard elements that come with the Deluxe Collector’s Edition of “Halloween in Wonderland”.

I really loved the way this project design turned out. It will make a great edition to my Halloween home décor.

I hope it inspires you to create.

Graphic 45 Halloween in Wonderland
Prima Marketing Acrylic Paints and Paste (also available in sets), and Art Stones (also available in sets)
Liquitex Acrylic Paint

Wink of Stella (comes in a variety of colors)

3D Witch Project from Silhouette

I really fell in love with this project when Silhouette (Design #93621 and 93624) introduced it around 2015. It’s taken me about three years to complete her (priorities), however I love that I finished the project and now she can be displayed for Halloween!

There is so much about the project, it is hard to describe.

Snapdragon Snippets (Needles ‘n’ Knowledge), I will add link below, created a truly fun design for this witch. A bat crown, stars and moon banner, funky boots, and utterly charming outfit highlighted with bat wings!

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Quick Note Pad Gift Ideas

I was asked by my husband to dress up some note pads a parent donated for his school’s annual fall festival. This inspired me to come up with some quick gift ideas that might inspire you to do the same.


I used three different paper collections. “Flight 2715” by Paper Phenomenon, “Catalina” by S.E.I., and “Good Day Sunshine” by We R Memory Keepers. A resource link to some of the paper collections is listed below.

If you are interested in a tutorial or any of these ideas, submit a comment below. I will be happy to post on YouTube.

S.E.I. “Catalina”

Paper Phenomenon “Flight 2715”


Rotating Distress Ink Holder Video Tutorial and Instructions – Now available in my Shop

Super excited to announce your opportunity to purchase the video tutorial and instructions for my Rotating Distress Ink Holder.

I designed and created this project back in May. After receiving many requests, I finally completed the written instructions and video.

To purchase, hop over to the “SHOP” tab on this blog.

After your payment has been confirmed, you will receive a confirmation email and instructions for retrieving the instructions and access to the video tutorials for this project.

Echo Park “Through the Year” Easel Calendar

The year is coming to an end, very hard to believe I know, but a perfect time to think about 2019 calendar projects to record memories and events throughout the year.

EchoPark Paper Co. - Through the Year (designwishesbypamela)

For this project, I used Echo Park Paper Company’s “Through the Year” paper collection. It includes 12×12 double-sided papers, cut a part elements, and a 12×12 sticker sheet.  I have had this collection in my paper stash for some time. I recently search the internet for it and could not find a retailer. The calendar base is a Graphic 45 Kraft Easel Album. I love all of the fun colors and month themed coordinating papers.

All of the calendar pages feature a pocket, photo mats, addition areas for journaling, and a back double pocket to store additional sticker and calendar elements or keepsakes from the year.

I created a calendar template (created in Microsoft Excel) for each month so that the calendar unit could be used multiple years. Each calendar template on the month pages can be removed and replaced with a new month calendar for the next year.

I will be posting a video walk through showcasing details of this design project on my YouTube channel.

Photos for this project courtesy of KCPhotoCreations. http://blog.kcphotocreations.com/

Halloween 3D Pumpkin Stack: School Silent Auction

My husband recently asked if I could make a contribution to his school’s annual Fall Festival Silent Auction. He asked me to donate the Halloween 3D Pumpkin Stack I made a few years back. Of course, I said, “No”, but agreed to make one for the silent auction.

I really love this project. It makes an impressive centerpiece for a table decoration. With the base, it stands approximately 10″ tall.


I simply love this project from Snapdragon Snippets. It’s a Silhouette cut file that you can purchase and download. See the link below to the project tutorial.

The pumpkin has 30 pull out drawers to hide prized Halloween treats!


For this project, I used papers from S.E.I. (Mirelle and Claire). I distressed the edges to give the pumpkin a weathered look. Additional accents are brads from Recollections, and self-adhesive blink from Want2Scrap.Halloween 3D Pumpkin Stack and coordinating

Halloween 3D Pumpkin Stack – Silhouette America and Snapdragon Snippets

Echo Park “Creative Agenda” 12 X 12 Photo Layout

Inspired by the bright colors and fun graphics in the Creative Agenda paper collection by Echo Park, I designed this 12 X 12 layout to showcase a charming photo of two of my nieces and one of my nephews.

EP Creative Agenda 12 x 12 Layout

Keeping things simple, I accented some of the bubble graphics with Wink of Stella in GL Clear 999. I stitched around the text card with my craft sewing machine and layered solid coordinating cardstock for matting. I used the sticker elements from the collection to create the layout title and used the same matching solid color cardstock for the mats.

A technique element used on this project is achieved by using a craft knife to partially cut around the circle graphics to create “photo corner” elements.

Project photos courtesy of KCPhotoCreations. http://blog.kcphotocreations.com/

Listed below are links to a few of the project resources.

Echo Park Paper Company “Creative Agenda”


 Wink of Stella