Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Mud scrappin

Since I am a mother to six, I have done my fair share of scrap pages about mud, dirt, water, and other kid activities. So, when I sat down to scrap these pictures of my nieces and nephews playing in the water that turned to mud, I just didn't feel like doing the typical smeary, brown, mud pages. Or, blue water pages for that matter. I felt like the pink soccer shirt my niece was wearing was kind of reaching out to me, so I played off of that. I did use brown, but....you all know pink and brown are among my favorite color combos! My page base is Chocolate chip cardstock from Stampin' Up! For the splashy drippy feature (what would YOU call it?) I used a stencil I got from Crafters workshop several months ago. I actually TRACED the stencil onto pixie pink cardstock and cut it all out. I know, the entire time I was thinking....''don't I have something on my Cricut that will cut this out??" but, once I got started, I had to finish. So, finish I did. It wasn't so bad, and it kept me from making the 60 invitations I needed to finish yesterday....so, well worth it! :o) I laid the pink parts all out and placed my pictures on them and thought....it needs something....so I pulled out my 1/4" circle punch and went crazy with it. Granted, there were circles on the stencil that I didn't cut out, but...I used them in my OWN places. I stuck all the pink down with Tombow Liquid glue (can you tell I love it?) and then put the pictures down. I did mount two pictures with Close to Cocoa and popped them up with dimensionals. I added three pink mini brads to the picture of Gwennie, but overcame the urge to put ribbons on there. I used three different alphabets for my title...Well, "good" is actually from a set of foam stamps from CK, 'clean' is from Stampin' Up!s Jumbo Outline alphabet, and Fun is from my newest SU set, Taffy Alphabet. I stamped good and fun with white craft ink and clean with close to cocoa onto vanilla cardstock. I used my white gel pen to add some journalling around the bottom edges to double as a little border. In spite of all the time this took, it was a lot of fun! I think I may have to scrap again tomorrow!

Scrappin for me!

I had a big project to do for the elementary school Monday night. Not a 'hard' project, just time consuming. I was able to finish it after Family Home Evening while we watched a historical movie for our activity. (yay for my new high desk!) I finished before it got too late and thought, "hey! I want to do something for ME!" You know how it is, you do so much for assignments or other people that sometimes you forget why you craft at all! I decided to pull out some kits I had put together for the Scrap Expo crop I went to last month that I hadn't finished. When I say 'kits', what I mean is that I had picked out some patterned and solid papers to go with groups of pictures. It makes it easier to sit down and scrap when I don't have to dig through pictures looking for ones I want to scrap. I did a quick easy layout to get my scrappin juices flowing, and then moved onto these pictures of my daughter and her friend. I'd picked out this Bohemia paper from My Mind's Eye because I loved how the blue picked up the girl's eyes. It really seemed to compliment their coloring. It can be hard to balance three pictures sometimes, especially when they are all the same size. I decided to barely trim them and make a faux film strip with them. I mounted them at the diagonal onto basic black cardstock from Stampin' Up! To get the film strip look, I used the SU spiral punch along both sides. This little punch is SO easy to use and line up! I really like it! After I had my faux film strip, I mounted it onto my blue paper, again on the diagonal. I use basic black ink to stamp swirls and flowers in the bottom left and upper right hand corners with the Doodle This stamp set from SU. I traced the swirls with a green Velvet marker and heat set it. When you heat it, the ink puffs and turns to faux velvet. Very cool! It also softened the color and made it blend with the background paper. I traced the flowers with a purple stickles but....before it could dry, I decided I really didn't like it. I used a paper towel to carefully wipe it off and put some prima flowers on there instead. But....I decided I wasn't crazy about that either! So, I tore off the upper most right corner, flowers included, and put a piece of Close to Cocoa cardstock that I had fed through my crimper and inked with Powder Puff midnight ink. THAT , I liked! I had been dying to use my new embossing/diecutting butterflies I bought for my cuttlebug, so I ran some vellum cardstock through with those and made these awesome butterflies! I adhered them along the body with the Tombow liquid adhesive and added some clear stickles for trails. The final touches were an acetate overlay-frame on the center picture and the "beautiful"...from My Mind's Eye (Tres Jolie). I took my black micro pen to the edges and drew a loose line around the entire page instead of mounting it on something for a border. I thought would be too harsh. Sigh, so, you see...sometimes it takes a while to get it just how I want. I planned to just do a bit of scrapping last night, but when I went to bed, it was 12:30! I'll show you what else I came up with tomorrow!

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Candy winner!

Yesterday was a super busy day! We had two soccer games, a birthday party, a spaghetti dinner/auction, scuba lessons, and a workshop. That is my excuse for not posting. I was dead dog tired by the time I got to bed! The good news is, my daughter did awesome at soccer and my son made it all the way through the game...actually on the field! I had to bribe him and his coach did some pretty awesome pep talking, but he made it! All the parents made a point of praising him and telling him what a good job he did. Granted, he was given a spot to guard on the field and that is where he stayed. I mean, literally. His feet did NOT move, but he was out there. He cheered for his team and he tried to watch the ball, but he stayed in his spot. He awesome coach moved his spot now and then to keep him in the thick of the game. It was awesome. He had a great time!

I wanted to share a really cute card that I got for my birthday. This is the card Shari made me. I like it a lot because of the colors, but also because she figured out how to use the sticky shapes! I couldn't get the backing off of them when I tried, but she did. It looks awesome in person! she used bashful blue and berry bliss patterned paper for this card. I love the hodgepodge hardware in the lower right corner. (Don't have any of this new set yet...) Thanks for the great card Shari!

I also want to announce my blog candy winner. I had a fun time reading about all the things you like as a you grow older. Seems like most of us like the fact that we are wiser, calmer and basically not a teenager! My random pick for the candy is...........
Deb Neerman said...
My favorite thing about getting older is the attitude adjustment ... you kinda roll with the punches and stop worrying about the little things ... or things that you can't change.
Deb, I totally agree with you on this one. Don't sweat the small stuff is a great motto that I try to use a lot! Send me your snail addy and I will mail you the blog candy! Thanks everyone for your comments and mostly for visiting my blog! Have a great Sunday!

Friday, April 25, 2008

Bloggers challenge week 44

This week our challenge was to use Brocade blue, So saffron, Certainly celery and Chocolate chip on our project. What a great color combo! I was excited to play with it! I had to wait a bit tho, I was busy all morning rearranging my office. I know, I do that all the time, but this time it was for a really good reason. I got a new stampin desk for my birthday! Do you get excited about furniture? I totally do! I had gone to Staples the other day, just browsing around looking for a high desk/table for my stamp room. I decided I sit too much and was just 'thinking' about getting a desk I could stand at. Well, they had this really cool black high desk that I just loved! There was no price on it, so I just went home. I called the next day to ask about it and after some deal workin, the manager gave it to me for $70! The cool thing is, it was originally $260! It has two wings that fold out and one was damaged, so he was willing to give me a discount. The damage didn't bother me at all. In fact, with one wing off, it is the perfect size! Gotta love a good deal!

So anyway, after taking my office apart and then putting it back together, I made this card for the challenge. My card base is Chocolate chip with a piece of so saffron designer paper layered on it. I rounded the corners of the two colors at the open edge of the card to go with the dot pattern. The strip across the middle is the brocade blue faux stitched with the paper piercer and my white gel pen. I rubbed the edges of the saffron paper with my bloody mary chalk option pad (shh don't tell...that wasn't in the challenge). The celery ribbon is the new thin twill tape from the Stampin' Up! mini catalog. Shari got this for me for my birthday. I love it! I used it to make some faux leaves too. I stamped Happy in brocade blue on white and layered it onto some saffron paper and put that in the middle of a white flower from the pretties kit Kimber got me for my birthday! I added some swirls from the Precious set with Versamark to the two corners and stuck a clear rhinestone brad on the left to tie it all together. After I was done, I went back and added a bit more bling with clear stickles to the dotted swirls.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Birthday blog candy!

In honor of my birthday, I am offering another package of blog candy! All you have to do is leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite thing about getting older. :o) The candy includes a package of cardstock, metal edge tags, sanding block, cool metal border stickers, silver gel pen, and a set of mini gift cards stamped by yours truly.
For some reason, my 'rechargeable batteries' decided not to 'recharge' anymore. I am quite distraught about that. I planned to share these pictures a couple of days ago, but....I had to wait til I bought some new batteries. I have to say tho, I was really afraid I had broken my camera! I'm glad it is just the batteries!
I borrowed my friend's Precious stamp set the other day and have been having fun with it! I made this card using a square card base of chocolate chip (5-12" square). I stamped the swirlies in blue bayou onto a large piece of whisper white and onto a smaller piece. I cut out a butterfly and stuck it on with dimensionals. You know how butterflies just cry out for glitter, so I coated this one with clear stickles. I liked the look so I carried the stickels onto the dotted lines in the swirls. I layered the white pieces and put them on the card base. The edges are blue bayou stitched ribbon. I finished the card off with some square Ice rhinestones on the let. I love these colors together! Since I had the set and colors out, I went ahead and made this little pouch card while I was at it. I used a scallop note from Stampin' Up! that I had stamped the swirl from Precious on with Versamark ink. I scored the scallop at 2" from one side and 1-1/2" from the two sides. Cut out the little triangles you make when you score and then fold the sides in and the bottom up. Easy peasy! I wrapped some vellum cardstock around it 'belly-band' style and added some blue bayou ribbon. I stamped the butterfly on white cardstock and cut him out. He is stuck on with a dimensional and touched up with some glitter. The little tag inside has more swirls and a saying from Full of Life, a new set in the Stampin' Up! mini catalog. I really like this set...I may to buy my own!

Monday, April 21, 2008

Quilted thank you

My computer decided to work! yay! I really wanted to share this cute card Shari planned for our stamp a stack last week. I really liked the colors and layout. She used the Ginger Blossom designer paper from Stampin' Up! for the squares. We punched them out with the 1-1/4" square punch. The card base is River Rock with a square of whisper white over it. The squares are roughed up a bit on the corners and adhered with snail adhesive. The bird is stamped with Cameo Coral, the branch with Groovy guava, and thank you with chocolate chip. A clear button is stuck onto a piece of GB paper with crystal effect and layered onto a square. The little bit of River ribbon in the upper left hand corner pulls it all together nicely. I haven't used this set (Spring Solitude) much so I was glad she used it for our class. She is such a clever girl!
I did get to stamp today, but I sent all my creations away or they are drying in my office. I went a little crazy with the Stickles tonight. I'll show you all tomorrow. I also plan to put another blog candy contest on here tomorrow in honor of my birthday month. Be sure to check back!

Saturday, April 19, 2008

The answer.....and winner!

You all are so clever....almost everyone got the right answer to my question about the cool hand bag. Yes, it was made with candy wrappers! Isn't that the coolest? I mean, I have seen the bags made with CapriSun or KoolAid pouches, but, this is way cooler! I remember my aunt making chains like this out of gum wrappers when I was younger, but to make a whole purse out of that idea? I thought it was very cool. Thanks to everyone for playing along. I picked a random winner........#1!
Michelle said...
Well, my guess is candy wrappers. I see a manufacturer but they make so many things that I can't narrow it down any better than that. It is pretty cool!

Michelle, send me your address and I'll send you some goodies. :o)
I have some new samples to share but my computer has been take over by alien forces. I will have to wait til we have reached a treaty before I can upload any pictures to my blog I guess. Dang aliens.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Friday challenge with Chipboard

This week's challenge was to use chipboard. I totally love using this stuff! Stampin' Up! has loads of great shapes and letters as well as book boards to play with. I decided to use some floral shapes from the Blossoms and basics set for my challenge. I coverd the flower, leaves and center with designer paper in summer sun and celery. The tombow liquid adhesive is awesome for chipboard! After the glue dried, I inked up the covered chipboard with Versamark and then heat embossed the shape with clear embossing powder. I wanted to use Glassy glaze (UTEE) but, I discovered I was out. I hate that! Time for an order! I had already made my card base before for another project. It is made from textured cardstock folded in half and then in half again. It is actually a cd holder. There is a full pocket on the inside left and a diagonally cut pocket on the right for a cd to slide into. I need to send a disk of pictures to my sister in law from our spa trip and thought this would be perfect! To hold the folds together, I used my sewing machine to stitch them down. The scalloped half circle on the front is from the SU carousel note sets. I just cut one in half. I added some detail along the scalloped edge with my white gel pen. The "memories" is a rub on from Stampin' Up!'s Cherished Memories set. The cool thing about rubons is that because of how they are made, when you color them in with a marker as I did here, there is a white border that remains around the black. It makes it look like you can really color in the lines because the film resists the ink. Kind of a cool little feature, I thought. I added another rubon to the upper right hand corner and a rhinestone brad to the memories. The ribbon on the left is some basic WalMart satin white ribbon. I thought it looked pretty festive. Now I just have to make that disk of pictures! Be sure to check out the other blogger challenge players, their links are on the left.
Don't forget to comment on my post from yesterday with your guess as to what the purse is made from. Some good guesses have been made....pretty close! I will draw a winner tomorrow for some blog candy!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Look at this!

I had a great stamp a stack tonight with some really great ladies. I've said it before and I'll say it again, stampers are the best kind of people!
One of the gals that came tonight brought a new purse a girlfriend had bought her when she went on a cruise. Check this out! Can you tell what it is made out of? Give it a guess!! I was amazed! I totally want one!! If you guess the right answer, I will pick a name for a prize. Look close.....

We did a card similar to this one tonight....only it was guava and pomegranate, used different background paper, had glitter instead of beads and...well...okay, it was different. but, this is a really cute card! I'm off to bed before I get grounded from the computer by my husband! ;o))

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Sweet girl scrappin

I was out and about most of the day but just had to sneak into my scrap room tonight to do a scrap page. I think that since all my pictures are still out on my table, I am able to hear them calling to me better. I think the closet really muffled their voices. I better get them back in there quick!
I decided to do a 'quick' page tonight. (LOL) I pulled out this sweet picture of my Niece Gwen that I had taken last fall. She is the cutest thing! I saw her only once before, at her birth, and it amazed me how quick she had grown into a little energizer bunny! I started my page with a piece of patterned paper from My Mind's Eye - Bohemian. I LOVE this paper! The colors are great and the feel is rustic, yet,...well, Bohemian! I put my picture in the center of the paper and traced around it with my white gel pen. Normally I would use a pencil, but I knew I was going to use some white paint as a border, so gel pen would blend in. I used my Stampin' Up! Hobby blade to cut out the parts of the flowers that overlapped my picture. The white paint is memory paint that dries suuuper quick. Because I tend to leave my foam brushes on my desk til they solidify and then end up throwing them away, I decided to try and 'paint' with some cosmetic sponges I found in my paint drawer. It worked great and I didn't feel bad throwing it away when I was done. I swiped the paint on for my faux frame and added a bit in the bottom right hand corner for fun. I tore off the upper left hand corner of the paper and sponged the edges with my Bloody Mary chalk option pad. I liked the look of that so I took the pad to all the edges of the patterned paper. I stamped the linen background stamp from SU on some chocolate chip cardstock with white ink and mounted that behind my tear. The words are from the CK kit of the month from a few months back. It is a foam stamp set so I used black memory paint to stamp with. Ink just doesn't work very well with these stamps. I cut a free hand oval from some celery cardstock and put some red brads in it for the flower center and used some chipboard circles from Prima for centers on the other flowers. I thought I would 'quickly' add some stitches with the blue hemp to my tear....yeah, this wasn't quick. It took as long as the whole page! Oh well, I like the look of it so much I added another stitch to dot my I in girl. The page ended up taking longer than I wanted it to, but the good thing is I didn't have to hunt around for stuff. The paper was already done so that cut out some effort on my part. You gotta love the ease of patterned paper some times!
In other news, this week was awards week at out elementary school. I was a dork and forgot my camera for two sessions, but managed to remember it today. My kids brought home quite a haul between them all. AB honor roll for Sarah and some character awards as well. Here is Ethan getting his Citizenship award. Such a cutie!

Metallic blooms

Quick post this morning. I am swamped today! I wanted to share this quick card using the metallic pencils from Stampin' Up! I think these pencils are awesome and they don't get much publicity. Part of the reason for that , in my opinion, is that they are one of the few items that don't come in the traditional SU colors. They have colors all their own. Do not despair! The colors are gorgeous and pair up easily with many SU colors. In this card, I stamped the image with Basic brown onto whisper white. I then used various colors to intensify the hash marks and lines in the stamped image. I did these fairly heavy to get a lot of lead on there. Then I used a paper towel to 'smudge' the colors around and fill in the flower and leaves. (These pencils don't erase well, but you can get a bit off if you are patient with the eraser.) In person, you can really see a shimmer on the flower. I mounted the image onto a card base of Pale Plum, scalloped the top edge with some shears and layered a piece of whisper white inside for a sentiment. The words on the front are from a hostess set last year, stamped in basic brown and put into some hodgepodge hardware. I used the tombow liquid adhesive to put the oval into the frame and it worked great! One more use for that stuff! The ribbon is white tafetta. A quick easy card that has a lot of bang for it's buck.

I also wanted to show you how my picture organizing is coming along. I found these photo holders at Joann.com. They are my favorite!! They are made by Cropper Hopper, of course. They have removable dividers, tabs you can write on and the bottom opens to hold oversized pictures. It is amazing how much room all those little envelopes take up. I am tossing them all! I took all my negatives from 'before digital' and put them into sleeves with dates. Not only does this picture storage system take up less space, I can easily flip through the pictures and find what I want. How do you store YOUR photos?

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Friday's challenge....on Saturday!

Sorry, I am running a bit late this week with the Friday challenge. I spent the last official day of Spring Break with the kids. We went to the movie and saw Nim's Island. It was really cute! I was pleasantly surprised.

Our challenge this week was to make a triangle box. I know there are several patterns out there, but I decided to make my own. I guess great minds work alike because MJ made one almost the same as mine! Check out her pattern here. Mine is a bit different as you will see. Instead of the tabs being on the triangle side, I left mine on the rectangle sides. Here is a picture of the box open. I made it with Stampin' Up!'s whisper white cardstock and then covered it with Gable green textured cardstock and some rose red designer paper. I punched a hold through the front triangle and mounted a piece of white behind it that I had stamped the strawberry from Tart and Tangy on. I used my markers to color directly onto the stamp to get the multicolored image. I punched out a 1-3/8 inch circle from some gable green cardstock and punched the scallop around it and mounted that around my strawberry circle. I used sticky strip to stick one side of the box shut and the other just tucks in. That way you can open it to get the goodies out! (I chose to eat the goodies and leave the box empty...)

I've got to keep this short tonight. The family is waiting on me to watch Mr Bean's Holiday. Gotta love that nutty guy!

Be sure to check out the other blog challenge players on the left! :o)

Thursday, April 10, 2008

A Day in the Life....and Candy!

Such a day I have had! I just have to share. I started the day out pretty normal for a Spring break day. That of course, means sleeping in and only getting up when you hear the trash truck coming and then sprinting out of bed to put the trash out. The way my heart was pounding after that daring dash down the stairs has got to count as some cardio for the day. After the trash, some 'faux yoga' ie. lying on the floor and thinking about my abs. Then, I was a good girl and took my vitamins (hoodia) and drank a very healthy fiber filled smoothie (sweetened with strawberry jam) and then cleaned my bedroom. Well, I vacuumed til I got to the tv....the kids were watching Super Why and, well, you just don't interrupt something like that! I called my friend Laura to bring her boys over to play because, my boys room was still clean! (have to show off things like that!) She came and we visited and the boys played nice and, well, you know what they say....everything's fun and games til someone freakishly breaks thier leg on my trampoline while doing nothing but barely jumping. Yes, the poor little lamb (4 yr old) broke his leg. I'm feelin like scum, but it doesn't stop there...my own daughter was innocently swinging on the tire swing when the rope decides to break and she goes flying and the tire lands, on her of course. Luckily, she was not hurt other than her pride. Yes, friend was watching. If you are a mother of boys, most likely you can match or even top this story. Life with boys is an adventure every day. I wouldn't trade it for the world. I hope my friend continues to speak to me....
In other news.....I have picked a Blog Candy Winner!! I really enjoyed reading all the great birthday experiences you all had! Some were funny, some were sweet, some were exactly what I would like to have on my birthday (apr 24 if you are wondering...) . I picked the winner by a highly technical process which entailed closing my eyes and spinning the round part of my mouse back and forth while I sang happy birthday. The winner is....AMY!!!

Amy said...
My favorite birthday memory happened only a couple years ago. I had said something in passing about how molten chocolate lava cake would make the most luxurious birthday cake ever and my husband went to all the trouble to make me one from scratch! It was such an amazing surprise!Thanks for sharing the super fun blog candy!

Amy, email me your address and I will send you the goodies!

I have to admit...I would NOT turn away a cake like this! hang the diet! Her hubby sounds like a keeper!!
Thanks everyone for playing! I will have more blog candy next week. ;o) Stay tuned!

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

3-D projects

Okay, I am having way too much fun reading all your awesome birthday posts! I'm getting some great ideas for my birthday. Maybe I will have my DH read these too...hint hint. ;o)

I promised to show you all some of the things I have been working on for my craft booth, so here you go! (pay no attention to the mess behind the frame...just a normal day at my work desk. ;o) )
This first one is a 6 x 12" frame I picked up at WalMart I think. (I also collect frames I'm afraid to say...) I used a simply scrappin kit from Stampin' Up! entitled Confetti. These kits have loads of self-adhesive-diecuts! Enough to do an entire mini album. The striped paper on the left is from another SS kit from last year called Primary colors. The frame, dotted stripe, dotted paper, and circle accents are all from the first kit. Since I wasn't putting pictures on this, I stuck the circles that would overlap pictures onto scraps of white cardstock and then cut them out. I then stuck them to the background with a dimensional where the picture wasn't going to be. Make sense? That way the person that uses this can easily stick their picture right under the circle.

This next one is also made using a SS kit. I guess it must be from a past catalog...can't seem to find it! sigh,...I can't keep up with my paper! ;o) While I was making this one I was thinking of my little brother in his skater days. Imagining some half pipe pictures on here....Getting nostalgic. I guess that happens around your birthday?

I was up late doing more projects (and watching Catch me if you Can with the kids) so watch for more tomorrow! Also, I will draw a name for my BLOG CANDY later today so if you haven't left me a comment, go for it!

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Soccer, projects and....Blog Candy!!

Okay, I know I promised to post some blog candy a couple days ago but, what was I thinking? The weekend has become the crazy part of my week! We have entered the World of Soccer. All you soccer moms out there will totally know what I am talking about. We are still in the little leagues of it, only one practice a week and one game. Per child of course....I'm glad my son decided he didn't want to play. Two kids is enough! It was a beautiful weekend tho. The weather was awesome. The sun got bright during the afternoon game, but every few minutes it would rain so, it kept us nice an comfy. Only in Florida can you have rain on a sunny day. It is one of the wonders of the world.

I put together a few goodies for Blog Candy today. I have been having way too much fun making stuff with coasters and patterned paper lately. Stampin' Up! has made it even easier to use these two items together by offering the Tombow Liquid Adhesive. If you haven't used it, you've got to! It is awesome! My candy consists of a pad of designer paper(5 different colors in there!), a So Many Sayings stamp set (mount these individually on the sides of dominos for ton of stamps!), a stack of blank coaster, a brand new tube of Tombo Liquid Adhesive, and a plastic box full of fun punched shapes (we'll call it 'shape salad'). In order to be in the drawing for this blog candy, please leave me a comment on this post answering this question: "What is your favorite birthday memory?" Also, Please include your name and return address if it isn't already on your profile. I did a contest once and the person I drew didn't have any contact info! So sad!

I have also been busy making items for my craft booth. Here are a few of the clipboards I made. I like the western one the best! I'll have more to show you tomorrow. really!

Friday, April 4, 2008

Blogger's challenge week 41

At least I think it is week 41....they are flying by! This week our challenge was to use the long note sample on page 65 of the Stampin' Up! Idea Book and Catalog as our inspiration. Kind of a cute little card. The first card I came up with used Kraft as the card base. I started with a square piece of cardstock measuring 6 x 6 and folded it over to make my card. This should fit in our long notes envelopes. I used the coluzzle to cut a circle from the Afternoon Tea designer paper and then again to cut a ring from chocolate chip cardstock. To get it to fit like it does, I stuck the ring onto the circle and then adhered them both to my card front with dotto. Love the repositionable adhesive! Then I simply cut off the overhang with my Craft and Paper scissors (aka the Holy scissors). I tied a strip of wide chocolate grosgrain around the front and then layered a piece of vanilla cardstock to the inside to cover up the ribbon. I stamped the branch and Thank You from Spring Solitude in basic brown. I stamped the bird in Groovy Guava and the leaves in Artichoke both onto Vanilla cardstock and cut them out. I gave the bird a bit of dimension with crystal effects. I added some blingage to the left with clear rhinestones from the Pretties kit. I wasn't sure if I really liked this one so I made another card. I mean, it was only 11pm....plenty of time, right?
I used a Kraft base again for this card. The designer paper I had used for the first card is two sided. I had this nice piece of paper with a circle cut out of it, so I flipped it over and used the other side for this card. I stuck the paper to the card base and trimmed off the excess again. I used my coluzzle to cut out a ring from white cardstock a bit bigger than the circle hole in my designer paper. I used some scallop shears to make my ring a scallop ring and then stuck it over the seam of the designer paper and card base. I stamped the hippo from Pun Fun with basic black right onto the kraft paper and again onto white cardstock. I colored the white hippo in using a blender pen and ink from my Bayou Blue ink pad and a cameo coral marker. I cut out the white hippo and stuck it over the hippo stamped on kraft. I didn't cut out the balloon or string, those could be in the background. I used a 1/2 pearl from the Pretties kit as the balloon. I colored directly onto the pearl withe the cameo marker to pull it together a bit. The scallops along the bottom are done with my scallop shears and the ribbon across the top is Blue Bayou. I think I like this one a bit better.
The reason I was up so late working on these is because I had a group meeting last night. We made this awesome little punch charts. It took a LONG time! I think they will be very helpful tho! You can lay the punch holes right over images to see how they will fit. I did these for my downline and don't want to make any more but if you would like the file for the labels, I would be happy to send it to you via email.
I'm still gathering goodies for Blog candy and plan to post it tomorrow. Stay tuned!

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Scrappin rock stars!

Now this page was fun to do! This is another example of me finding better paper at the expo once I got there. I already had the glossy black paper. I ordered it online and can't remember where from....losing my mind. Anyway, it was one of those... I know I will use it some day... purchases. The red star paper is from Rusty Pickle. I cut it down just a bit so I could put a strip of the glossy black along the outside edges. The super glittery paper is also from Rusty Pickle. I cut a strip and put it along the bottom half of the backgroud paper. It is way glittery in person! I used a die that was provided at the crop to cut the big circles for my faux records. Then, and this is the coolest part, I used my sanding block to carefully etch lines in the records. They look awesome! I don't have a totally steady hand, so the lines aren't perfect, but I thought it was cool! I traced a container from a gal at another table to make the white circles in the center and wrote the name of the song my boys were 'rockin' to on that. The black stars are Heidi Swapp chipboard pieces. I love these pictures of my boys. They had so much fun with thier air guitars. So adorable!
In other news, I am gathering some goodies for some BLOG CANDY so....stay tuned! It should be up tomorrow with my Friday Blog Challenge. Now, I am off to get the 'homeschooling' kids off the Xbox and onto some learning! Happy Day!

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

More scrapping

Sometimes, even when I pre plan a page for a crop, it doesn't end up anything like I thought it would. So is the case with this layout. As I was walking (running) through the expo booths, I came upon the Rusty Pickly booth. oooo such yummy stuff there! I had planned to do a Halloween page with these pictures, you know...black and orange and all those halloween colors, but when I saw these awesome Pirate accessories, I decided to change my plan. After all, the pirate costume was the highlight of Halloween for us this year. Tip: whenever I buy patterned paper, I always buy at least two sheets. You never know what you will need it for! In this case, the paper I liked had the skull and crossbones in the bottom left hand corner and there wasn't a sheet for the right side layout that coordinated. I bought two sheets anyway. When I got down to scrapping it, I found that if I turned the paper so the skull was in the upper right hand corner, it was upside down but I had the coordinating swirls that I wanted. I simply placed a picture over the skull and voila! Coordinating page! I had a hard time using the stickers....they just aren't my thing! I ended up using two stickers and a border sticker on my journaling. It looks a bit like hinges I think. I had picked up these big jewel accents because they were cool...and they ended up looking just perfect on this page! I was pretty happy with how it turned out!

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Scrapbooking expo

I went to the Orlando Scrapbook Expo on Friday with my friend Kim. We went Friday evening thinking we would shop til we were ready to go to the crop. Little did we know the shopping ended at 6pm! Hardly enough time to see everything! I did manage to drop a few dollars in my short time there. I moved fast! The crop was much more 'profitable' you could say. I ended up getting 15 pages done! yay me! It felt SOO good to scrap! It has been ages since I was able to really sit down and focus on scrapbooking. It takes time and planning to be able to get pages done a a crop. It is hard to know what to bring. The way I do it is to group my pictures by event, or by page theme. I put the pictures in a 12 x 12 sheet protector. Then I pick the colors I want to use. I put cardstock and any patterned paper I think I will use in the protector with the pictures. Then I try to put any accessories I think I will use in the protector as well. I don't always end up with everything I want to use on each page, but if I can get the basics of the page put together at the crop it is easy to come home and add a ribbon or chipboard or whatever. I do try and plan pages that use the same sort of things. For example, all the pages I did Friday used either my Stampin' Up! Headline alphabet or Wel-worn alphabet. I know they are retired, but I love them! I also make sure I bring a black permanent pen for journaling, my crop a dile, trimmer and Stampin' Up! crafters kit. I bring my craft spots in all four color groups and a black and white pad and I'm ready for most everything.

For this first page I used some paper by Cosmo Cricket (I think), alphabet by Stampin' Up! and a foam stamp from Creating Keepsakes. The ink is SU Chocolate chip. I cut the brown paper in diagonal curves and layered it over the polka dots. I stamped the 'smile' directly onto the background and started to stamp the name but realized I was spelling Stetson instead of Halston. Darn those nephews for growing so fast! I got them confused! To fix my error, I stamped the correct name on some vanilla cardstock, cut out each letter in a box , sponged the edges and adhered them over the wrong letters. Opportunity for creativity! The hardest part of this page was getting the curves how I wanted them. It was a good page to start with. positive reinforcement! I was ready to roll after this one! I'll share more tomorrow!