Monday, July 21, 2008

Melanie's Birthday Card


I haven't done any scrapping in a while but I knew my friend Melanie would want a handmade birthday card that was meant just for her. It took me a little while but here is what I came up with. Melanie is a huge Mets fan therefore I took this image of Sophia and wrote in "Mets" on the teddy bear and used the Mets colors of Blue and Orange. I punched out the space for a sentiment using SU's horizontal punch and the Birthday wishes stamp is GinaK Punchy words, which was a gift from Heather.


I gave Melanie the card today, she loved it. Happy Birthday Melanie!!!!


Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Altered Starbucks Bottle


My sister asked me to put together an idea for favors for her son's graduation party. So I decided to alter a starbucks bottle. His school colors are Red and Black and although the bottle isn't complete I wanted to put it on my blog. The finishing touches will be added at my sisters this weekend. We plan on putting a small tag with the words "thank you" and attaching it to the silver thread and filling the bottle with kisses. My sister loved the idea so now the hard part is getting 28 bottles. She has 6 and I have 10. Let the drink-feast begin, we still need 12 bottles.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Tigger page


I have a ton of pictures that need to make their way into my scrapbook and I also have a bunch of pages that I swapped at one time or another. Some pages I have taken apart and some I really like. This is one that I really like, although all the designs are stickers (which I rarely use), I just don't mind because it's such a fun looking page and my son really like it. This page was made by my sister Helena...it was the first time she participated in a swap and was constantly on the phone to me asking all kinds of questions, sending me photos LOL. She did great and I am glad I was finally able to use her page.


I have many more swapped pages in holders and I look forward to using them more to get my pictures in the scrapbook and I also look forward to sharing them with you. As always, thanks for stopping by, have a great night.



Sunday, June 1, 2008

Me



I didn't have anything to show for this weekend. My son and I were a bit under the weather on Saturday and today was beautiful, so I planted my garden and all my flowers. Took me 3 hours but it's worth it. In June and July I am in my glory
with all the flowers surrounding me on the patio.
I made this page for ASB, the topic was "Me". I am glad I did it, I would not normally do something like this and I am glad I finally did it. I now plan on doing one of my husband and adding it to Logan's Scrapbook. The beading was by accident, I made the holes, then didn't like them so I decided to stitch the holes, I didn't like that too much and decided to brighten up the page by adding the beads. When I finished one circle of beads I looked at the page and thought....it looks a little like a halo, so I added the second set, didn't want anyone to think I was implying I was an angel LOL.
I really like how the page came out in the end. I find that I start a page and have an idea of how it is going to come out and then I wind up with something totally different. Sometimes accidents are good. Thanks for stopping by and everyone...have a great week!!!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Super Son layout

I hope everyone had a great Memorial day weekend. Over this great weekend, my husband and I celebrated our 10 year anniversary. I can't believe it, it's been 10 years!!! Anyway, here is a page that I was working on for over two weeks. Why couldn't I get this page together? Because I didn't care for the pictures...My husband really wanted them in the scrapbook. The pictures are of my son making believe he is taking off as superman. The second is of my father-in-law with my son. This is actually the last picture we got of him before he passed away unexpectedly a few weeks later. The third is a family shot and I don't like the picture of me at all and the last is a far away shot of my son at the park. Hopefully the next page wouldn't take me so long. Thanks for stopping by, enjoy the rest of the day. Hugs to all.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Thank you Laurie

Looky what I got in the mail!!! Isn't this card beautiful? I received this card and stamp from LaurieU at ASB. Two weeks ago Laurie had a contest, complete two cards...emboss resist and sponging and be entered to win a stamp. For those of you not familiar with ASB, Laurie is in charge of the technique challenge, which she puts up every Monday. She has made some stunning cards. If you are interested in doing one of her challenges, they can be found here.
The stamp states "Simply put you make the world better". Isn't that so sweet. Thanks so much Laurie, I really enjoy your challenges and I absolutely love my gift!!!

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Sponging card


I have been struggling with my latest scrapbook page but I didn't want to whole weekend to go by without something on my blog. I made this card for one of the ASB challenges. The challenge was sponging. I used my chalks to sponge the background and colored using colored pencils and marker. The patterned paper is Anne's digital paper Summer Sherbert. I used my cuttlebug to emboss the card, and my Gina K (punchy words) for the sentiment (thank you Heather).
I hope you all have a great week.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Sketch Challenge


Here is a card I made for todays sketch challenge. This is the first time I used this stamp set. I just love the fairy and the mushroom. The stamp set is from Art Inkables and paper is all SU and I glittered the mushroom dots and flower on the fairies head because my friend Heather loves glitter and has inspired me.
Thanks for stopping....hang in there everyone, just a few days until the weekend.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

At the Park

Here is my second page that I made for the ASB design team this month. As in the previous post we used Anne's Digital paper called "Summer Sherbert". These are really cool colors that I would not normally pick up, but I am glad I did. I love the brightness of the Patterned paper and how they compliment the my pictures. Thanks for looking and again "Happy Mother's Day"!!

Friday, May 9, 2008

Look Who's 6



Here is a page I made of my son's 6th birthday this past March. The colors are much more vivid in real life. I like how it came out. I used ASB Anne's Summer Sherbert digi paper and cut it into stripes. I punched the stars and letter from my sizzix dies and the number "6" is chipboard that I inked black, added some glitter and clear embossed. Thanks for dropping by and to all you mom's out there....have a great Mother's Day!!


Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Beaded Pen Chat

I have been neglecting my blog. I have been so busy that I haven't had time to sit down at my computer and write anything much less make a layout. I did make two beaded pens but I can't show them since I lifted a sports team logo from the internet and I am not sure if there are any legal issues attached to a Trademark Logo.

In the past I have made beaded pens by stamping on a mailing label....but I wanted a sports team. I went online found a graphic, played with it in Photoshop, personnalize the graphic then printed the graphic on printer paper. I ran it through my sticker xyron then wrapped it around the RSVP pen. Then the rest is the same for beading a pen, get the red sticky tape and wrap it around the pen, heat it then press pen into the beads and roll it on the counter to make sure all the beads are stuck.

My friend really loved it. Just a quick project that you can make for anyone you know who has a favorite team, TV show etc. If you have any questions, let me know. I am happy to help.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Finding inspiration



Sometimes when I am stuck and can't seem to make a card or a page, I look for inspiration in galleries or blogs. Sometimes looking at someone's work will just trigger an idea. When all else fails I try to find a sketch to help me along.

A few weeks ago, I wanted to make a card, but couldn't seem to get going. I went out to get the mail and I saw this cute stride rite advertisement and new instantly that I would make a card based on this ad. This is what I came up with. Of course I didn't have the same colors but I am sure you get the idea. I just made a regular sized card with an extra inch or so that I scored to flap over the card. Thanks for stopping by, I hope I will have a page to show you soon.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Donations for Cystic Fibrosis

My friend Heather is give away some blog candy to help her friend Chava raise money for Cystic Fibrosis. Chava's baby (6 months old) was born with CF disease and on May 17, 2008 Chava will participate in one of Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Great Strides walks in Des Moines, IA. She is hoping to raise $150 but I know with our help we can get her over this goal. You can donated at the CF Chava's GREAT STRIDES Home Page.

For more information and to be eligible for the blog candy go to Heather's blog and leave her a comment letting her know you donated. Every little bit helps.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Husky Scrapbook page


I made this layout for my co-worker Chips, she is a great friend and always so encouraging when it comes to my cards and pages. Anyway, I wanted to do something nice for her and decided to make her a LO of her beautiful Huskies, Aces and Zephyr. Aren't they beautiful!! She took these pictures in Vermont this year and they all came out great. The page is really simple and I wanted to leave it like that so I could show off Aces and Zephyr. I like how on the bottom middle photo I have each dog looking at themselves in the side photo.

I gave her the page today in a 12 x 12 frame the I bought at the local craft store. She loved it. Whew, I am so glad...making pages for other people and hoping they like them is a tad bit stressful, I am sure we have all been there LOL. Thanks for visiting.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

First time at the Beach (Pt 2)


No sun today to take a nice picture, but here is the second page to the double layout that I promised. I placed the page by a bright window and set my camera to manual and raised the exposure compensation up and this seemed to work for me.


I finished the first page (part 1) in Feb as a single layout but then I wanted to scrap the remaining photos of this day. When I looked into my scrapbook last week, I realized to keep my Scrapbook organized, I needed to turn this page into a double layout. So the search began for all the correct supplies, the only problem I had was the white mesh. I used it all up and I can't find this stuff in the local craft stores. So I did without. As you can see, I really tried to get as many pictures onto the page as possible without making it look too bad.
I ran into a problem when I thought my page was completed. I glued everything down and then decided I wanted some journaling at the bottom of the page. I figured a nice half circle would look nice but ran into a problem when I realized the line were the paper met paper would driving me crazy (my friends know how I get with these things LOL). I tried ribbon, a piece of paper, chipboard but after a few tries, I decided to stitch it with red floss. It works for me, my eyes are not drawn to that spot anymore. The white mesh would have been nice but I think the page is fine without it. Thanks for stopping by, I hope you all have a great day!!!

Saturday, April 26, 2008

First time on the beach (Pt 1)

This is a page I made for ASB. I wanted to show it with the second page I made today but the clouds are coming in and I can't seem to get a good picture. Hopefully, I will be able to put it up tomorrow.
This is a layout I made with a couple of items from our sponsor K&A die cuts. I love this picture and wanted it to be the only one on a single page. The shaker box was a die cut that I decided to put together because I had some shells hanging around. I glued this particular patterned paper to the back to mimic sand. One of the things I love about this picture is that Logan's diapers are sticking out of his shorts. I hope you all have a great weekend.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Family Scrapbook page


Have you noticed that many great scrapbook pages have only one or two pictures with lots of great embellishment around the picture? I have done a few pages with only one picture and I really like them. Will I continue to do this, absolutely not...I have a ton of pictures that need to get into my scrapbook but I will take those few pictures that I absolutely love and maybe scrap them alone.


I made layout at a crop night. I love going to them for the social aspect, but I really miss having my supplies at my fingertips. I don't think this page has much to it, but I love it's simplicity. It was just a page that emphasised the family.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Super Naomi


This is the third card I made for the Gina K release sketch challenge. I love this stamp set and knew when I saw it, I had to have it. I haven't added any sentiment yet, I will now that my husband has claimed it for his mom. Although it's difficult to tell, I clear embossed super Naomi's suit to give it the superhero shiny look and what kind of superhero would Naomi be if she didn't have some emblem on her chest....I added the "S". As always, thanks for stopping by.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Couple of Thank you cards



I received this cute frog image from my friend Heather (you can see her blog here). She is so talented and always makes the cutest cards. This card was a sketch challenge that I made for Gina K's April release party on SCS. The challenge contest is still open. All you have to do is make a card for any of the challenges, upload and your name goes into a hat for a drawing of a Gina K stamp set valued less than $18.95. Contest ends tomorrow (Tuesday at 7PM). If you are interested get over there.



The second card was a color challenge. We needed to use so saffron, Old olive and vanilla. I just think it's an OK card. I just feel it needs more. The stamp set is The Angel Company's (TAC) Charming gardener and the sentiment is Gina K's punchy words that I received as a gift from my friend Heather.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Cowboy Scrapbook Page



Some of you may have seen this page before, but it's new to my blog. I am still looking for the perfect picture for this layout. My friends at work thought I had lost my mind when they saw me tearing bits of masking tape at lunch one day LOL. They really liked how the faux leather came out once they saw the final product. For the faux leather I went over all the tape with craft spots more mustard, choc chip and then a touch here and there of craft black. I embossed the whole thing with Clear embossing powder and heated it. The letters I cut out from my coasters using a friends Sizzix and I ran the hemp through the loop brads to give it some flare. I hope you like it.

BTW: I made this as a party favor for all the girls who came to my SU party last in August. I gave them the pieces and they put it together. They really enjoyed themselves. Again, thanks for dropping by.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

One Fine Day



I took this photo of Logan on a November day 4 years ago. I really liked it even though he was upset that the leaves were making him itchy. I am so behind on my scrapping...but that is why I am setting goals for myself and keeping track of how many pages I have done by using tickerfactory.com. My ticker is at the bottom of this blog.

This page was made for ASB sublime scrapbook challenge. The flourish paper was made by Creative Dreams. This paper is called Vintage Blush. I used SU paper and acrylic paint, primas, floss, and chipboard. Thanks for stopping by.

My first Award!!



I received my first award today from Jennifer G. You can see her blog here. I met Jennifer through my friend Heather and the Wish Rak on SCS. She is so talented and has a great personality. Thanks so much Jennifer, you totally made my day!

Monday, April 14, 2008

Unmounting wheels

Rough day today at work and I was too tired to do much so I thought I would share with you how I unmounted my wheels. It's very simple.

Find the seam in the wheel and take an exacto knife or razor and make one straight cut along the seam. Lift the rubber at the cut seam and slowly pull way the rubber. The rubber comes off easily. I then mount the rubber on EZ Mount and store the wheels flat in a binder. I am still looking for the best way to store these. Right now a binder works for me.

I bought a 6 x 2.5 size acrylic block very cheap from ebay and I use that to mounted my rubber to stamp.

I use the wheels so much more now since I discovered unmounting. I save my plastic wheel in case I ever change my mind and remount, so far it doesn't look like it's going to happen. Try it out on an old wheel that you don't care too much about. You never know, you might wind up opening yourself to many more possiblities. Hugs to you all.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Bad to the Bone



I am on the Design team at ASB and our challenge was to use The digi paper American Made by Creative dreams, in case you are interested the digi paper can be found by clicking here.

I labeled this page "Bad to the Bone" and used my son's toy batmobile and inked up the tires to run it all over the cranberry paper. The acetate was done using Stazon. I really liked the SU star wheel but knew that there was no way I was going to struggle with it. So I did it!!! I unmounted the star wheel and I was able to use it with Stazon it and I was able to get the stars just like I wanted. I love my wheels unmounted, I tend to use them more that way. Thanks for visiting and I hope you all have a great day.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Making Circle text in Word

My directions for making circle text in Word came from Scrapjanny at the ASB website. For an example see my Belly Page layout below. I made "What an adorable" using these directions:

1. Click the insert word art button at the bottom of the screen (It’s the tilted A). If it’s not there you can click insert at the top, picture then wordArt.
2. Click the Arc (top row, third one over), click OK.
3. Type the word you want in your circle and leave a few blank spaces at the end.
4. Click OK and you will see your text in an arc.
5. Click on the word and your text box will show around your word and a word Art tab or icons will show up at the bottom with the other icons. You can now size it your text by clicking on the corners or sides of the text box. Now you can size it to your desired size.
6. Click on the on the ABC icon also called “Word Art shape” and click on the circle. It’s in the 2nd row, third one in.
7. Click on the text and then go to the top. Click format and pick WordArt. This will open up a format box.
8. Click the size tab at the top and make sure your height and width are the same number.
9. Add or take away spaces to make the text appealing.

With my layout “Belly page”, I decide to keep the spaces and add some brads since I couldn’t make the punctuation look exactly like I wanted it to. Let me know if you have any questions.


Just have to share

TVweekly this past Friday had an excellent Scrapbook page idea. I just love it and plan to try it out sometime in the future. (The site is free but you need to register). Go to Tamara Berg's Building Bridges. She puts a Scrapbook page together using thread. She threaded the bottom left corner added some beads and the result...the threads look like a suspension bridge. I can also see using cream thread and making the corner of the page look like netting for a marine feel.


Check it out, you might fall in love and it's so easy.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Belly page


I made this page as part of Nicky's Challenge on ASB. The background paper did all the work, I just added a few simple colors to it. I love how it came out. I smile whenever I look at it. I still plan on changing one picture on the bottom left. I don't like that Logan has a shirt on and while I am at it I plan on situating the "what an adorable" a little lower, I think then I will be happy with it.
With this page I learned how to make circle text using word. If anyone is interested, I will post the instructions I used tomorrow.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Guest Hostess

I was guest hostess for Laurie's Technique Challenge on A shade of blue last week. So for my technique challenge I decided on the reflection image. I just think that the reflection technique is stunning. If you are in the mood and would like to try it out, you can see my directions here.
I used lovely as a tree and a small PSX stamp that I had to make the background tree. I did this by masking the main tree. I used my chalks to color in and used a black pen to draw in the shoreline. I wanted the water shiny, but winded up using UTEE (ultra thick embossing powder) on the entire image.


Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Welcome

I have seen so many great blogs and scrapping creations over the last few months and I just have to say...you all have inspired me!! I have decided to jump in and try blogging myself. I am still trying to learn the basics and will post as soon as I can.