Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Colorblock with patterns

Summer is here! Can you tell? I haven't blogged much because I have been hanging with the kids! No is great! We start camps and summer school next week. least the summer is extra long!
I had a totally fun workshop last night with some roudy women. You know who you are....! This is one of the projects we did. The patterned paper you see is from the Palete of pattern sampler pack (yes, I probably spelled that wrong Jesse...) that is available this month. I LOVE the patterns and the colors! On this 6 x 6 page I used the Almost Amethyst and Certainly Celery papers, mounted on a Certainly Celery page base. The squares are all 2 x 2. I sponged the edges of all the squares with Chocolate chip ink to pull them all toghether and to go with the brown ribbon I used for the flower stems. The flower on top is stamped with Amethyst onto white cardstock. The one on the left is stamped with White Craft ink onto celery and the one on the right is stamped with white craft onto amethyst cardstock. I "enhanced" the dots in the middle with my super white gel pen. At the workshop I let everyone pick their own colors of patterned paper from the stack to personalize their page. Some people made a card instead. It is amazing to me how different people can make things. They all looked great! Even tho lots of different colors were used, when the edges were all sponged with the brown, they all coordinated. Awesome trick! Enjoy!

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Purple love

Today was our first day with no school. sigh...I love having the kids home. They have so much energy! I don't usually get much house work done when they are all here, but we get to do stuff together! Today we went and saw Shrek the Third. It was okay. I honestly only go to see those so I can see Puss in Boots. He is the cutest thing. The donkey is a bit irritating and Shrek, well...he IS an ogre.... We had a fun time tho.
The weather here has been awesome. I think we may have to pay for the great season when the hurricane season starts. I guess we better enjoy it while we can!
I am sharing another page I did last week. It is hard for me to get good pictures of scrap book pages because they are so large. This really looks better in person. I used the Encarte patterened paper from SU for the background. You can actually see both sides of the paper because I cut a large triangular shape out of it and flipped it for the the middle section. I stuck all three pieces to a sheet of white cardstock. Along the 'seams' of the paper I stuck a ton of Prima flowers. They not only covered up the seam but added to the "wedding" feel of the page. This page may look a bit incomplete but that is because I left a lot of room for the journaling. I especially like this page because the large picture is actually an enlargement of a small snapshot I received. I was able to crop it down, change the direction of the layout and enlarge it. Isn't it amazing what we can do with our pictures these days? I love it!!

Monday, May 21, 2007

I'm finished!!

Some of you may know that I have a scrapbooking business. It is called 200 Trees. It is named for my awesome yard that has over 200 trees. Anyway, I scrapbook for other people. The last couple of weeks I have been working on a graduation album for a client. It was a lot of fun but also a lot of work. I had SO many other things going on with the end of the school year and other projects...not to mention every day family matters. I am happy to report that I finished the album on time! whew! It ended up being 46 pages. I think I must have done at least 30 of them on Saturday! It turned out well. I hope the graduate likes it! I am just sharing a couple of pages that I made. This first one uses the treehouse papers and Doodle this from SU. I also added a bit of ribbon from my ribbon stash. The leaves and buds by the flowers are just hand drawn. That is one of the things I LOVE about this can easily add to it.
This next page was done using basic grey papers and a vellum quote. The journaling is temporary...I just copied what was on the back of the photo so mom could re-write it herself. The prima flowers are stuck on with mini glue dots and then dotted in the center with Stickles. The hardest part on this page was getting the heart the right size.
School gets out on Wednesday. yay! Then the fun really begins. I am working on the 'summer charts' today. We worked out a point system for the kids to earn their allowance. The goal is that they will actually DO some things around the house and that they will have their own money to spend and thereby won't be constantly asking MOM for money. We shall see...If you have any great tips on how to get your kids to do their chores, I am always up for suggestions!!
Have a great day!

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Happy Mother's day!

I hope you all are having a great Mother's day. I was awaken this morning at 7:30 by my dear son Jared bringing me breakfast in bed! It was a very yummy omelet and strawberry shake. He brought me mine and then pulled up an chair and ate his with me. It was a great breakfast and great company!

I had a 'spotlight' class last night. I demoed several different ways to spotlight in you stampin projects. It was a small class but we had lots of fun.

This first card is made by punching different shapes out of cardstock and using them as stencils. Lay the punched window over your prestamped image and color in just where the window is. We used different shaped punches randomly over the image. It is a fun look.

This next card is really fun! We stamped the bugs from Winged things in black on white cardstock. They we took the simple shape stamps and stamped them over the bugs. I love the little rows of squares! They add such character! After the shapes are stamped, we colored in the bug parts that were 'spotlighted.' The black gingham just makes it all pop. I used the pure color pencils to color this in. They give it a little shimmer.

This last card is the easiest. It is a great technique when you are in a hurry and want a colored in image. Stamp the image with black on white paper. Take the two big square punches and punch out the smaller one where you want your image spotlighted. If you can push the punch all the way in from the edge, that is best. Then take the bigger punch and punch out right over the first punch. If you were able to push your first punch all the way in, you can do the same with the bigger punch and it will line up exactly. After you are done punching, adhere the image to your card base and then the punched out window inside the window. The punches have made a little border for you. Then, just color in the small punched image. Subtle and fun!
I just got news that a friend from church had her house burn last night. No one was hurt but still...what a horrible thing! I hope that we are all thankful for our families and all the blessings that we have today. And, keep my friend Sheri in your thoughts and prayers.

Tuesday, May 8, 2007


Lookie what I got in the mail today! My bestest friend Michelle sent me this adorable Bella card. I don't own any Bella stamps...yet... But they are quite tempting! This one is SO cute! Michelle says the B on the bag is for Beckie, not Bella. ;o)

She used the awesome new pallet of prints paper from SU on this card so, I know she loves me. She even cut the little dress out of a sheet! That paper is hoard paper! I can't even bring myself to use it yet! Thanks for making my day Michelle!

This next card is one I actually made today. I was playing around with the Au Chocolate paper and loved the effect I got when I brayered over it. On this one, I used Pretty in Pink to brayer over the chocolate. I also sponged the edges with chocolate chip ink. It really changes the look of the paper and makes it look more shabby chic. I love it! The stamp is from the soon to be retired Girlfriends set. I have gotten a lot of mileage out of that set. I think it is one of my daughter's favorites. For the flower at the bottom, I used my SU daisy punch. I punched out a daisy and then used the negative to trace a daisy on vanilla paper. I colored it in with my M3 markers and used the same punch to punch it out. Cool, huh? Maybe not a totally new idea, but new to me!


I spent most of yesterday scrapbooking. I am doing a graduation album for a client and friend. It has been so much fun!! I had a ball doing this page. I used brilliant blue for my base and stamped the doodle this and doodle that sets in craft white. I colored in the flowers with the metallic pencils and then went back and added some bling with silver stickles. I love that stuff! I added a strip of white cardstock along each side to give the layout some 'closure' and added a dotted line of stickles along that. They look like diamonds in real life. Love it!! I think it really captures the glam of her prom dress. Here is a close up....sorry I don't take better pictures!

Here is another page I did yesterday. I was "in the zone!" I did eight pages! This one is pretty simple. The colorful stripes along the bottom are actually just a strip of striped paper from Die cuts with a view. I layered that onto some Cool Carribean paper (I'm going to miss that color!!) and then stamped the swirly doodle from Doodle this along the side of the large photo. I also enhanced some of the doodle dots with my White gel pen. (You KNOW I love that thing!) I was having such fun with the gel pen that I also added some white dots here and there on the patterned paper. I stuck a few BoBunny daisies on the page with colored brads from JoAnns. It was a pretty quick page but, I think it turned out nice!

Today I am going to be out running errands...I think I have a few more on my list than I will actually be able to accomplish...but wish me luck! I hope to scrap some more tonight. Graduation is this weekend! Crunch time!!

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Crazy for Cuttlebug!

I bought myself a cuttlebug a few weeks ago. It was on sale
for only $49! That is $40 off so...I felt justified. I have had SUCH fun with it! Here are few of the first cards I made with it.
The first is using pixie pink cardstock that
I ran through the CB and then sponged with craft
white ink. The background is so pretty...I didn't want
to cover it up! I punched out a white circle, stamped
the flower circle from seeing spots and stuck a clear
button over it with crystal effects. The white organdy
ribbon is wrapped around the pixie pink and the white
circle is stuck on with dimensionals. Very sweet!

The next card is made with the same CB folder but I ran a folded piece of vellum cardstock through this time. The vellum is thin enough to fit and it embossed both sides! Very cool! I stuck a piece of Pumpkin pie inside the card on the back side and stamped Happy Birthday right under where the front focal point was. The flower on the front is stamped with PPie and punched out with my biggest circle punch. I used a choco chip marker to add little dots around the edge of the circle for a little border and also to mimic the dotted circles in the background. The Brown ribbon is tied around the front flap of the card. To do that, I used a 1/4" circle punch and punched it right on the spine of the card. I secured the ribbon in a few places with the mighty mini glue dots. (don't you wonder how we ever did anything without those things? Love them!!)
This last card is just too much fun! I made all these cards after my watercolor class a couple weeks ago. Kim stayed late and we were in my office squealing over this awesome new toy! I don't remember what the CB fold is called but it looked like alligator skin to me! I ran a piece of green galore cardstock through the cuttlebug and then gently rubbed green galore ink over it with a sponge. The focal point is the alligator from Wild about you stamped in green galore as well. I added a bit of a shadow with some bashful blue using a blender pen. The red brads almost went in the alligator's eyes....we were getting punchy at this point, but decided to make him a nice guy and added them in the corners instead. Black gingham is the best thing ever and anchors this card as well as adds an element of fun. This is my kind of masculine card! Of course...we are talking about young boys...speaking of which, My 'baby' will be six tomorrow. How did that happen? No, I'm not having any more...

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Surprises from friends!

I received this card in the mail last week from Judith Novak. I love it! Talk about attention to detail! It is a cheerful as a fresh boquet of flowers. I am lucky to have such talented people in my downline!

I had a fun surprise today...since it was Tuesday Stampin Therapy, I had a few friends over to stamp. We had fun visiting and stamping and eating lunch. We also shed a few tears over the new retiring list from Stampin' Up! You can see the EXTREMELY LONG list here There are some great sets retiring!! Be sure to get them now while you can. After July 1st, they are gone forever. Anyway, back to my story. My surprise! My good friend Kim brought me this adorable donation jar she had made just for me! She even started it off with $5! The labels say "ribbon, adhesives, bling, ink, paper, & buttons." She is just too sweet! I showed it to my DH when he got home and he wanted to know if he had to climb into the jar...his name is Brad...LOL