Friday, February 29, 2008

Spring flowers

This is a page I did for my scrappin night last week. I wanted something that had a spring or Easter feel. I love the look of purple and yellow together for spring. I had these pictures I had taken a few weeks ago at the doctors office and they worked great. You may ask what kind of doctor has a forest in their back yard? Well, here in Florida, it is amazing how close the wilderness is sometimes. The natural vegitation and wildlife are always on the fringes. Just yesterday as I was on my walk around the neighborhood, I came upon two HUGE herons (I think) that were walking down the sidewalk. I was a bit nervous because they were almost up to my shoulders, but apparently I was scarier to them than they were to me because they took flight as I got close. Beautiful birds! Anyway, behind our chiropractor is a bit of wilderness with trees and bushes. Instead of sitting inside and drinking all the water from their fountain (Ben's favorite pasttime) we decided to have a photo shoot. These are just a few of the shots I got.

I especially liked the flowers I made on this page. I used the five petal punch twice and sponged the edges with my vanilla pad. I layered the flowers and punched two 1/8 inch holes in the middle. Then I simply tied a piece of pink taffeta in a knot in the middle. They look almost velvet in person. Have a great day!

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Evidence of Fun!

I have been trying to upload some pages for days! My internet is either acting up, the power is out or I am just too busy with life in general. I made myself sit down to day and take some time to share these pages. I just love these pictures! These are from a field day at the school last spring. My B had such a fun time! He was a great sport and participated so was wonderful! I really wanted to focus on the pictures so I kept the embellishments at a minimum. The base of the cards is textured Creamy Carmel. The spotted paper is from a retired SU packet from last year. I think it was called Playgroup(?) I only had two strips of the paper left so I used one on each side. They don't even reach across the whole page, but that works here. I used some celery grosgrain to give the paper a strong edge and mounted a couple pictures in the same color to keep the flow. The circles are cut from More Mustard. I used rub ons from the Anchored set for the circle words and the stars. These rub ons are SO fun and easy to use! The title is rubberstamped. I got this stamp "evidence" from a girlfriend of mine. I LOVE it! I think it is from Stampers anonymous. I hand wrote "of" and stamped FUN with the big deal alphabet. I stamped the words with my basic black classic pad. I love my craft pads, but when it comes to black, I prefer the classic for my scrap books. The craft is just a bit too think and hard to work with unless I am embossing. Just my opinion.
We spent the day at the Science Museum with E's class. I took the older boys since they are homeschooling now. sigh, we will see how THAT goes! The museum is a fun, hand's on place. We had a fun time!
Off to the rest of the day!

Friday, February 22, 2008

Bloggers challenge Friday

This week our challenge was to use Old Olive, Purely Pomegranate, and Brilliant Blue together. I thought it was a nice color combo. All bright vibrant colors. Here is what I came up with. I used a Pomegranate stamp pad to ink up my flower (heartfelt thanks) and an Old Olive marker to ink the stem. I spritzed the stamp with water and stamped the flower three times onto watercolor paper, without reinking. This gave me the varying colors of flowers. I used my heat tool to dry the flowers. I stamped directly over the flowers again with the same stamp using a Versamark pad this time. Because the Vmark is a sticky pad, I was able to dump clear embossing powder over that and emboss the flowers. The reason I embossed the flowers was because I wanted to be able to watercolor blue behind them without the colors smearing. I smashed the lid of my brillian blue pad into the pad to create an ink pallete and added some water to that. I used a wide watercolor brush to brush color across the entire image. It was a bit splotchy so I spritzed that with water as well to blend the blue better.
I added some yellow rhinestone brads to the centers, a ribbon around the front with words from the Lots of Thoughts SAB set, stamped in Olive. I mounted the front onto Olive, white and then the card base of Pomegranate. What do you think?

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Be a star

I am a craft junkie. I love gadgets, gizmos and just about every craft item I come across. I am a sucker for all things craft! And then there are the stamps. I have loads of them! I 'need' them. Special ones for special projects, all season ones for every possible holiday, bold ones for fabric, lines ones for artsy times, .... you get the idea. In spite of all the awesome stuff I have in my craft room, I find that some of my favorite projects have been made using bits and pieces of left overs hanging around my desk. It is almost relaxing to limit the items I use sometimes. That is the case for these two projects. I was cleaning off my desk, yet again, so that I could reward myself with some stamping time. (you do it too, don't you?) and I came across this little yellow flower I had punched, the blue button, and the strip of blue paper. They just went together so well I had to make something with them! This card is built on a river rock long note, because that is how long my strip of olive paper was. I cut a piece of dotted paper from the, can you believe it....Cutie pie paper (yes!) and layered the three papers on the front of the long note. I used my sewing machine to stitch along the sides of the blue....I thought it made the blue look a bit like denim. I brushed the edges of the flower with a bit of blue ink and stuck the button on with a glue dot. The words are from a retired set. I even made a little envelope to match! So fun! I had a tiny strip of blue cardstock left over so I decided to make a matching tag. This one has a star on it instead of the flower and turned out quite boy-ish. Same basic layout and design for this tag. I used a scrap of twill tape for the tie.
I have quite a pile of scraps from the Ginger Blossom paper packet hanging around...I can't wait to get playing with that!
Have a good one!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Tuesday sweets

Yesterday was a fun day. We spent the morning working on 'the fort' in the backyard. (read: the boys worked on the fort, mom couldn't breathe due to allergies, dang!) After that,I took my girls shopping and bought myself some new running shoes. My excuse for not running has been that my feet hurt. So, now that I have these cool new shoes, I went walking this morning. It was beautiful outside! I walked over a mile and totally enjoyed it. It felt good getting some exercise! After my walk, I came home and spent 3 hours making chocolate truffles. (dramatic pause)

LOL I have a Pampered Chef party tonight and wanted to share a new recipe my good friend Kimber gave me. I'll also be making these for my scrappin event on Thursday night so...if you want the recipe, you will have to come! We will also be making a recipe scrap page on Thursday.

Here is a tin I made for my sweeties with some truffles inside. I had to make a special package for him or there wouldn't be any left for him! I used a tin that used to have candy in it and covered it with a sheet of designer paper from the Ginger Blossom packet. I thought it looked a bit manly. I tied a big chocolate ribbon around it and added a strip that says "the GOOD stuff." This is a foam stamp from Creating Keepsakes kit of the month from a few months back. It is great with paint! I used white memory paint and outlined the 'good' with my chocolate marker.
I better go feed my kids before the festivities start!

Monday, February 18, 2008

Super scrappin!

I was at Target on of those 'run in real quick and buy this certain thing and get out' kind of shopping trips and, as usual, I did not find what I was looking for but I did find some super cute stuff! You gotta love Target. I found some little scrappin kits on the end isle marked clearance. They were only marked down a buck-fifty, but that was enough for me! I picked up two. This page was a snap using it! The base paper is a sheet from the SU Ginger blossom packet. I used a rectangle of craft cardstock on the right side. I brushed a bit of white memory paint on the upper right for my journaling using a foam brush. I love this memory paint, it dries almost instantly! I kept my pictures full size for this one because I felt like it just flowed better. For the scallop border, I used my 1 inch circle punch to punch a bunch of circles out. I laid my base paper on my grid paper, lining it up with a line. I put a swipe of snail adhesive along the back edge of the base paper and then stuck my circles along that, using the grid paper as a guide to keep them all even. All the flowers and the 'fabulous' came from the cute Target kit. I just sprinkled them on and then went back and added a bit of Wasabi ribbon from SU. I roughed up the bottom corner of my craft paper and then used one of my chalk uption pads to brush a bit of color to that and to the scallops...I don't know if you can even see it here it is so subtle. This page was just so quick! It took me about 1/2 a hour to complete it.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

I couldn't resist....

...another pink and brown card! I hope you aren't too sick of them. I made this card a few days ago for a SU contest. It is one of my goals to start entering them again. I am SO glad they changed the timing so I can actually do them now! This is a pocket card made from 1/2 a sheet of 8-1/2 x 11 regal rose cardstock. I started by random stamping the whole piece with chocolate chip ink and the Always set. I added some splatters with my art air tool and the chocolate marker. I adhered the strip of Chocolate chip to the center with just a bit of adhesive down the middle. I used my sewing machine to put a finishing edge on that. I kept my adhesive in the middle because I didn't want to sew over it and gum up my needle. I scored and folded the piece to the center so that it overlapped about 1 centimeter. I used sticky strip to adhere the back and bottom together. A bone folder was essential to get a good fold here because of the thickness of the layers. I stamped my heart with Chocolate chip Craft ink onto Regal rose cardstock and embossed it with clear embossing powder. I cut it out, cutting off the dotted border. Then I stamped it again using Classic Chocolate ink onto white and cut it out including the dotted border. I colored in some flowers using the Regal rose marker and my white gel pen. I layered them with dimensionals and stuck them on with snail. When I stamped my words, they were a tad crooked so I stamped them again onto some scrap chocolate and sponged the edgeds. It almost looks intentional! Since this was a contest making MOM items, I stamped Mom with my defining alphabet and chocolate classic ink, onto white cardstock and then cut them out. I had to use the 2-way glue pen to stick these on because they were so thin. The ribbon at the top is fed through a hole on each side of this pocket and looped around the bottom of a chocolate card insert. When you pull on the bow. the card is pulled out. This idea has been around for ages so I don't know who to give credit to. I was really happy with how this turned out! Wish me luck with the contest!

Friday, February 15, 2008

Bloggers challenge week 34

This week our challenge was to use the layout from the birthday card on page 42 of the SU catalog. This is a very simple, doable card. I jazzed mine up just a bit. Not too much! I started by flipping through my berry bliss paper for inspiration and then stopped! "I cannot do another pink and brown card! "I told myself. So, I reached for my scrap basket instead. This card does have brown steps, right?! ;o) My card base is Chocolate chip with a slightly smaller piece of designer paper from last year's western packet. This set had a bit more green, this year is more blue. I like them both! Anyway, the paper came with the nice sponging effect on the edges, so I mimiced that onto the strip of mellow moss I placed across the middle. I cut the edge with some very old SU scallop shears. I wish me still had those..... I layered a piece of brown satin ribbon (theater collection) across the moss and stuck them down. The focal point is from the Wanted set. I stamped the chocolate square with chocolate using the medallion stamp and layered my scallop punched horse on top. I roughed up the edges of the square with a nail file....didn't want to get up from my desk again....and sandwiched all the layers with pop dots. I used my cropadile to punch through the ribbon tab and put a star brad that I roughed up through there. If you are ever trying to punch through ribbon, it can be tricky because the ribbon wants to move around. A trick I use is to put cardstock behind the ribbon, or in this case, between the ribbons, to stabilize it. Works like a charm! The birthday greeting is from Hugs and Wishes.

In other news, my kids are well today....I had one home with a touch of the flu on Wednesday but she was back yesterday. We stayed out late last night watching the Spiderwick Chronicles...I just love Freddie Highmore! It was a cute movie but it did get a bit scary for my littlest one. My son's are is healing well. He has been riding his electric skooter and playing basket ball so, he isn't is any pain. And can I just say again how grateful I am for the waterproof cast? 12 year old boy, very active....yes, we are SO glad he can shower! Love him!

This weekend looks to be crazy fun like every other one! Hope you have a great one!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Forgotten friends....

Do you ever look through your stamps and see a set and think....have I ever used that? I did that last night after my workshop. I was in the creating mood and thought I would make a quick card before bed. Yes, it was 11pm but....isn't that still early, creative-ly speaking? ;o) Anyway, I was looking for a certain set and instead found my Wild Rose set. I know I have had that for a long time, but I didn't remember using it. I felt a bit guilty so I got it out. Was I ever surprised when I found a bunch of cut out masks that I had made for the set when I (obviously) had used it the last time! That, my friend, is a happy find! I hate making little masks, so I try to always save them. Of course, I didn't use any of the masks on this card....but maybe later today....I'll get back to you!
The base of this card is made with Blue bayou. The card measures 4 x 6. Kind of a fun size. I will have to make a special envelope for it. I layered a piece of river rock cardstock that I had stamped the canvas background on with WILD WASABI ink. The three rosebuds are stamped onto vanilla paper using WASABI and PURELY POMEGRANITE. To get the different shades of red, I inked up the bottom layer and stamped off once before stamping onto my cardstock. For the top layer, I stamped it full strength. This flower is super easy to line up! I tore the bottom of the flower pieces and then sponged the edges with the WASABI ink. I wanted to highlight one flower so I stuck two behind the white tafetta ribbon and one over it. The words are from the SAB Love and Happiness rubons. They come all in a straight line, but with these rubons, it is SO easy to manipulate and change them! If you haven't tried them, you just have to! I punched the cornes with the ticket punch and added some silver brads. I wanted black. but....I guess I'm out! I used my paper piercer to adde some stitch markes to the corners and then rubbed the edges of the card with my MOCHA chalk options pad. When I was all done, I decided it needed just a bit more so I added a tiny bit of Stickles to the petals of the rosebuds. It really gives the flowers more depth I think.
Well, Ms Creative here realized today that the Valentine's for her son's class were due today so....yep, you guessed it! I will be making Valentines in a fevered rush this morning so I can take them in. Darn! I have to stamp again today! muaaaa haahaa!! (evil laugh)

Monday, February 11, 2008

Good Monday!

Good morning! My daughter was telling me about a theory she learned at church. Act the way you wish you felt and you will start to feel that way. I am way sleepy today and just want to stay in bed, but there is too much to do! So, I am trying to act wide awake and chipper! We' ll see how that goes!

First, an update on my son. He did in fact break his left arm. It was a fracture and not too bad, just painful. I wanted to put a picture on here but he has not held still long enough for me to snap on! Obviously, he is feeling much better. In fact, he was out playing manhunt again Saturday night! I told him to stay out of the trees! He surprised both me and the doctor when he decided he wanted a white cast instead of a colored one. He said he wanted people to be able to sign it. I also got him a waterproof cast. Yeehaw! I wish they would have had those when my little B broke his arm two years ago! Oh the headache that would have prevented!

I had a fun workshop on Saturday with some girls and their moms. I designed this page around the saleabration set Friendship Blooms and did it in my version of Girl Scout colors, since the girls were all in the same troop. They said the colors were....close. I wanted to show them how to use the trimmer and to conserve on paper (kim would be so proud of me!) so I made the page an odd size. I started by making my Wasabi green paper 8-1/2 square. I cut a piece of white cardstock to 8 x 8 and layered the two sheets. The strip of wasabi across the middle is the piece I cut off the length. I used the swirly stamp in the set to stamp random swirls all over it in wasabi. I added a piece of polka dot paper from guessed it! Cutie pie designer paper packet. You know how I love it! On the piece of white cardstock I had left over after cuttin down by paper to 8 x 8 I stamped one flower in Purely Pomegranite and then cut it out. On the square white, I stamped two more flowers in Pomegranite, leaves in Wasabi, and used my M3 to ink up one flower from the border stamp with Summer sun. I used the pastels to add some color to the petals and leaves. I put a Rhinestone brad through the center of the flower I cut out and adhered it to the page with a couple pop dots. I stamped the GIRLS with the Outline alphabet and used the chalks to add some color to that as well. I layered it all together and called it good! I know this size page is not one that SU carries, but it would be very easy to add this page to a 12 x 12 base. The layout would also work with other size pages too. The gals at my workshop had fun customizing thier pages to their own personalities. They got pretty creative! That is something I love about stamping! Give 10 people all the same supplies and they will all come up with something different. What a great way to be creative!

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Bloggers challenge Friday

It is that time again! This week for the bloggers challenge we were to combine Old Olive, Taken with Teal, Pumpkin pie and Rose red. Not my typical color combo! I started by getting piece of each of the colors of cardstock and just laying them on top of each other in different orders. I realized that the color combo isn't a new one, it is the same basic color combo that is in the Bali Breeze DSP packet. I knew the exact sheet from the collection I wanted to use. Unfortunately, I had already used all of that sheet! Figures....I decided this floral sheet was my next choice so I pulled it out. I used it for the floral strip as well as for the tiny flower in the middle of my Build A Brad. (these are cool!) The card base is Old Olive with Taken with Teal layered over that. Because I was using a floral paper, I didn't want to put another flower on here unless it was the same. I went with a word for the focal point instead. I haven't used this set much but had a ball with it today! Enjoy is stamped with Old Olive, and 'the little things' is stamped with Pumpkin Pie. The smaller dotted cirlcle in the background is stamped with craft white. The larger dotted circle is my handy dandy white gel pen. I added the Olive, pumpkin, and rose strips for more added punch and then dressed it up by added 1/4" punched circles to the olive strip. The wide grosgrain is celery but...come on, it is close to the same color! I added a few silver mini brads to the corners to anchor the whole thing. This is a 6 x 6 card and when I finished....I wasn't sure what it was for! Do you ever do that? I brainstormed a bit and decided with the sentiment on the outside and the size of the card it would be perfect for a CD holder! I took another piece of Olive cardstock, cut it at a slight curve and used my sewing machine to sew it to the inside of the card. The white dots are my white gel pen at work again. (yes, I have about 10 at my desk in varying levels of ink) I added a circle of Rose Red with the journaling circle of flowers in the middle. I used my M3 to color the flowers and lines different colors. I LOVE how easy it is to get that awesome multi color look! I hunted around for a CD to put in here and then thought...what a great possible recruit card! I stuck a First Impressions DVD in there and plan to give it to a gal that I know that would make a GREAT demonstrator, this weekend!

In other news, my son T fell out of a tree last night and may have broken his arm. This is not the same arm he broke last time, it is the Left one. Poor guy! We will be at the doctor Friday morning getting x-rays and possible a cast. He is a tough guy. No pain meds, no ice, just lots of pizza and movies. hmmm sounds like his dad! I'll keep ya posted. Last time he broke his arm his little brother broke His arm 5 months later. I'm hoping we can keep this from becoming a pattern!

Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

I'm seeing spots!

I just LOVE this paper! It isn't a new paper, it has been around for a while. The Cute Pie collection is just so fun and full of bright colors. I sat down at my desk to make some Valentine cards and this paper just flew into my hands! This first card is a smaller than normal card. It measures 4-1/2 inches square. I used Basic black as the base and a square of whisper white under the polka dots. The "Hello" is a rub-on from the Anchored collection. To tell you the truth, I was tempted to just leave the card with only the Hello on there! These rub-ons look so clean and awesome, I have totally fallen in love with them! They are super easy to use too. I don't even use the popcicle stick anymore. Just my thumbnail. (yes, that amazing discovery happened when I couldn't find my stick....) I decided to go ahead and add some more to the card by folding a bit of wide celery grosgrain ribbon for leaves and adding a big daisy from the pretties kit. I punched a circle from Barely banana and just had to put one more rub-on on there. The circle says "forever friends" and is from the same rub-on set. I added a bit of bling with a clear rhinestone brad from the pretties kit and called it good. I still had all that awesome paper on my desk tho, so I decided to make a few more cards.

This next one uses the same papers with an addition of strips of Purely Pomegranite to make the X. I punched out the scallop in black and added an O that I made by punching a 1 inch circle and then a 1-1/4" circle. I added another rub-on to the center of that, and stuck the XO on with snail and then with staples. I put the rick rack on , just for mom and added a Pink rhinestone to the ends. The black strip up top was a bit overpowering so I added some dottage with my white gel pen. This card is a bit bigger, measuring in at 5 inches square.

These last two cards are pretty self explanitory. Very simple and classic. The white dots around the scallop are with the white gel pen. I couldn't decide if I liked the white strip or black strip better. What do you think?

I think I need to go back into my stamp room for some therapy now....I'll blog at ya later!

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Sweet Quincie

I had a workshop yesterday for a dear friend that always likes me to show a scrapbook page. Oh darn....I actually get a page done! I wanted to do a page that had patterned paper, stamping, sticky letters, and rubons. Here you go! I have a hard time coming up with a page without pictures so I printed out these beautiful pictures of my sweet neice Quincie. I'm sure I showed at least one of these before after my Arizona trip last fall. She really is sweet!

For the base, I used a sheet of Chocolate chip that I stamped with the dotted circles from So Much. I used white craft to compliment the white dotted flowers in the patterned paper. The patterned paper is from the Berry Bliss new favorite! I trimmed it down to 10 x 10 and added some punched corner tabs also made from chocolate chip. The brads in the corners are pretty in pink. I used the S from my sticky letters on pretty in pink cardstock and dumped some (less than currenct) fusia glitter over that. It is so cool how it sticks so quick and clean! The rest of "sweet' is stamped with the Big Idea alpha in chocolate chip.

If you look close, you can see a few rubon here and there. On the lower right picture in the lower right corner there is a flower and also on this close up of Quincie's sweet little toes. One thing I love about rubons is how they can go over the seams of layers without losing their lines. Does that make sense?

Have a sweet day!

Friday, February 1, 2008

Challenge Friday!

Today the challenge was to make a card using the Happy Birthday card on the front of the Sale-a-bration brochure as our template. I fudged just a little by making my card a square. Hope that is okay! I just needed more room! I made my card base out of Close to cocoa and Regal Rose I stamped my new Save the Date calendar with close to cocoa and stamped the dots with Pretty in Pink. Uh oh....I did another pink and brown card! LOL Maybe next week the challenge should be to do a "not pink and brown card!" just for me! oh well.... The flowers are from the new SAB set. I stamped them with cocoa and colored them in with Regal rose marker. I stamped the smaller flower from the set using my marker and cut them out. I used a pink brad in the center to hold the two flowers together and added a bit of dazzling diamonds to the centers of the petals. "Celebrate" and the swirlies are stamped with craft white. I stamped "today" with my regal rose marker and punched it out with the 1 inch circle punch. I drug the edge of the circle across my cocoa pad to give it a border. I was trying to imitate the circles on the calendar. Instead of a zigzag cut alon gthe right side, I stapled a strip of white rick rack on there. The pink ribbon is our new pink it!

Yesterday was a big day for my E. He had an awards assembly at school and got an award for being a super reader! They have an AR program where the kids read books from a list and then take tests on them to see how well they comprehend what they read. He really did awesome last semester. He just kind of exploded in the reading area. I think it is great! He would get off the school bus with his Nate the Great book in front of his face as he walked. He had to be careful not to fall off the bus! He slowed down a bit over the Holiday break but I think this award will kick him up again. He also had his first practice run for his first Pinewood Derby. I love the PWD! It is a great way to teach kids (and their parents) good sportsmanship. The only thing I DON'T like is when the parents make the cars for the kids. You know who you are....the kid with the totally tricked out car that was obviously done with power tools. It makes me wonder if the boy actually got to even Hold the car before the race let alone make it. The rules are never must be made by the scout without any power tools....yeah, right. OKAY! I admit it! I used a power tool this time! We were so busy, it got down to the day before the race and we hadn't even started on the car. I tried several very dull saws to cut the tiny little block of wood on the line that E had drawn and....well, I decided I would rather have fingers at the end of the day. So, we took it down the street to our neighbor and had him cut the ONE diagonal cut for us. The rest was just sanding and painting and decorating. Oh, and the adding on loads of weights to make up for all that wood we cut off....Anyway! he did really great and finished third!