Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Rock the Tree

Hello All!

I can't believe half the week is gone!  I'm wondering where my time went.  Hmmm...

Well, today I have a couple of quick projects to share, a tag and a card.  These are really simple. 

Lately, I've been creating lots of tags for birthdays and holidays.  Most are pretty simple, as is this one, but the size is slightly bigger.  I used a left-over die cut from my Cameo for this one.  

(Supplies: cardstock, die cut shape, black pen)

Next, I have a card.  This too was made with a Cameo die cut.  I used a black pen for the "strings" and glitter glue for the "lights."  I stamped the gifts onto scratch paper, inked and cut them, then glued them to the card.

(Supplies: Cameo die cut, glitter glue- Martha Stewart, stamp- Studio G, ink (red and turquoise), black pen)

Well, crafty friends, I bid you good night and thank you for sharing some of your precious time with me.  :)

Happy Crafting,

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Witchy Wear

Happy Sunday!

I hope you are enjoying your weekend.  I have been working on some birthday gifts and a card for Paper Craft Star this weekend. 

This is the inspiration photo on the blog.  Cute picture.  I noticed she has 6 cats with her!!  :)

My stamp supply is very limited and I didn't have any stamps that really related to the picture.  So I improvised by paper piecing the boots and witch tights.  Here is the final result.

(Supplies: die cut books, pattern paper, twine- My Mind's Eye, sticker title- My Mind's Eye, sequins, glue dots)

I used a print out pattern for the boots from the Paper Crafts Magazine website (freebie section), traced them onto black cardstock and cut them out. 
Well, I'm off to continue crafting.  :)  Thank you for stopping by and enjoy what's left of the weekend.

Happy Crafting,

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Yellowstone National Park


How are ya'll doing?  Almost the weekend!!!  Yay!... 

Aside from crafting, another interest of mine is traveling (although I don't get to do it much).  So today I am sharing a layout regarding my trip to Yellowstone National Park.  This trip was my college graduation gift from me to me. :p  Most people throw graduation parties.  I took a rode trip.  :o)

Yellowstone touches 3 states (Idaho, Montana, & Wyoming), so I didn't even get to see HALF of it.  I guess that means I need to return. :) 

Pg. 1

Old Faithful Geyser goes off about every 90 minutes.  Super cool sight.

Pg. 2

(Supplies: grey & blue cardstock, stamps- Heidi Swapp, pocket page cards- Me & My Big Ideas, stickers)

Yellowstone is a pretty spectacular place.  So if you get a chance, check it out.
And thank you for checking out my blog.  I do appreciate it when you stop by.

Happy Crafting,

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Baby Baptisms


The day is about to end, so I'm popping in with a quick post.  Here are more projects that I completed at the crop session. 

This was my nephew's baptism.  He was a cutie and still is!  :)

(Supplies: pattern paper- Glitz, cardstock, paper punch- Martha Stewart, letter stickers, flourish stamp- Inkadinkado, black pearl- Queen & Co.)

The next layout is of my niece's baptism.  She was a cutie, also, and still is! :)

(Supplies: pattern paper- Mixed Company by Heidi Swapp, ribbon, cardstock- red & black, glue dots, paper punch- Martha Stewart)

Sorry for the grainy pictures.  I'm making a mental note to take my photos outdoors, if possible, and maybe order non-glossy prints.

Thanks for sticking around a bit.  I am glad that you came. Have a wonderful night or day (depending on your part of the world).  :)

Happy Crafting,

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Pool Party!

Hello Everyone!

I hope you enjoyed your weekend.  My weekend was bittersweet.  The sweet part was that I was able to participate in a crop session at our local scrapbooking store.  :)  The bitter part is that our scrapbooking store is closing!! I am sooooo bummed about that.  Joann's and Michaels, which I dearly love, don't carry the amount of paper selection that "my" store does.  What am I to do now?!!!?  How about one of you come open a scrapbooking store? :)

Anyhow, today I am sharing some projects that I did at the crop session.  First, a Christmas card.  The ornament was cut out using my Cameo.  I inked the sentiment banner using Pastel Blue ink  

(Supplies: Cameo, music sheet embossing folder- Tim Holtz, alphabet stamp- Hero Arts, ink- Pastel Blue & black, pearl- Doodle Bug, glitter glue- Martha Stewart)

Next, a 2 page layout.  But before I go any further, I want to share my philosophy regarding scrapbooking.  For me, it's about the pictures and the story behind them.  Everything else, such as embellishments, is secondary.  And I prefer a clean and simple style.  However, I am trying other styles, but I don't always succeed. With that disclaimer, let's carry on. :)

I used the October sketch #42 from Sketch-N-Scrap.  I will be adding the first page to their sketch contest.  Here is their sketch.


 Here is my interpretation:

Page 2:

The concept behind this page was to create a "timeline" of our event.  However, I feel that my writing ruined it.  Oh, well.  Life goes on.

(Note: I wasn't happy with my writing, so I redid the time line) :)

Here are some detail pictures.
I think Sixto was the winner in the "Pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey" game. ;-) 

(Supplies: pattern paper, Flower die-cuts- Big Shot, banner punch- Fiskars, twine- My Minds Eye, sequins, stickers- letters & flip-flops, radio & subtitle- Cameo, glitter glue- Martha Stewart)

College was stressful, but the friendships I made through that experience are priceless.  And these are some of my valuable friends.
Thank you so, so, so much for giving me some of your time.

Happy Crafting,

Thursday, October 17, 2013

First Communion

Howdy All!

I'm glad that the weekend is almost here.  But I'm wondering WHERE did the rest of my week go?!  I wish there was a device that allowed me to slllooooww down the time.  :)
Well, today I am sharing a layout that was super quick.  The pattern paper has a really fancy, shiny swirl design.  Therefore, I didn't include much, other than a photo and tag, because it's already busy.  The photo is from the 80's, so it looks grainy. 
Those dresses were quite fancy, but the funny thing is that later we used them as Halloween costumes!!!  You should have seen the boys chasing the "brides."  LOL!!! Fun times. ;)

The pattern is beautiful when it reflects the light.

(Supplies: pattern paper- Bo Bunny, cardstock- black, tag, glitter glue (around tag)- Martha Stewart, photo corners.)

Well, my bloggy, crafty friends, I'm off to look for more old pictures.  Thank you for coming over to visit. :) 

Happy Crafting,

Monday, October 14, 2013

Gift Card Set

Happy Monday!

I hope you had a fabulous weekend.  Mine was great. :)  Went to my niece's birthday party on Saturday, and yesterday I got to hang out with her a bit.  I just wish I had HALF of her energy.  :p

Well, let me warn you that today's post if photo heavy.  Today I am sharing my World Card Making day projects.  I actually began on Friday night and continued working on them for the rest of the following week.  I decided to make a card set and I shopped my stash for every item.  That's right!  I restrained myself from going shopping, so I used what I had.  Here we go-

I made 6 birthday cards total with various banner colors. 

(Supplies: banner punch- Fiskars, scraps of cardstock & pattern paper, sentiment- Plaid, cupcake stamp- Studio G, glitter glue- Martha Stewart, sewing machine)

I made 6 baby cards of various styles but only photographed 1 type.  Sorry.

(Supplies: pattern paper- Recollections & Echo Park, sequins, sentiment & stroller stamps- Unity Stamp Co., glitter glue- Martha Stewart, Distress Ink- Ranger)

Gift Tags:

(Supplies: cardstock- tan & solid colors, pattern paper, banner punch- Fiskars, black pen)

And since I didn't want to just place these in a gift bag, I decided to make a container/box for them. This was created from a frozen dinner package.  :p  I measured, scored, folded and stapled.


After: (Front side)

After: (Back side)

(Supplies: cardboard package or chipboard, pattern paper- Echo Park & others from stash, Mod Podge, Flower die cut- Anna Griffin, butterfly die-cut, watercolor pencils, lace ribbon, letter stickers)

Phewwww.  That was a long one.  Are you still there?  I hope I didn't scare you off.  If you are, thank you for hanging in there. :)  Enjoy your afternoon and thank you for coming.

Happy Crafting,

Friday, October 11, 2013

BOO Banner


How are ya'll doing?  I've been feeling out of place today.  Must be the headache I've had throughout the day.  Anyway, I was about to go craft when I realized that I hadn't posted anything today. Yikes.

So, today I am sharing a Halloween project to go above the fireplace.  Since I don't have a mantel, and I don't think the landlord would appreciate me tearing up the place, I made a banner to hang up.  I traced and cut the banner and pumpkins out of chipboard and decorated them. 

Here are some individual pictures.
I used a die-cut of the scarecrow and the tombstone & traced them onto black cardstock.  Then I fussy cut them.  

(Supplies: chipboard, cardstock, DoodleBug die-cuts, Recollections Halloween stamp set, pattern paper- Graphic 45, glitter, sequins, witch cut-out- My Mind's Eye, black ink, pop dots)
What have you placed onto your mantel or above the fireplace?  I have to say that this is the FIRST time I've really been into the Halloween spirit...
I appreciate your visit and I hope you have an awesome weekend.  :)
Happy Crafting,
P.S.  I just noticed the challenge at the City Crafter Challenge Blog.  So I will be adding this project to their challenge. 

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Winter Wear


Are you enjoying this Fall weather?  I am!  A couple of my sisters weren't ready to let go of summer, but I am thrilled to have cooler air...

Normally, I share my paper crafts, but today I have something different.  In honor of cooler weather, I am sharing a couple of winter necessities.  :)  Especially, if you live in snowy areas.

 These were all made with Caron Simply Soft yarn and a loom.  I used 2 different colors of yarn for the first cap.

This scarf was made with chunky wool yarn, and it's really thick.  Super warm.

It's a real short post this time.  But again and ALWAYS, thank you for stopping by.

Happy Crafting,

Friday, October 4, 2013

Falling For Fall

Happy Weekend!!!!!!!

I am sooooo glad that we have been enjoying cooler weather in this desert.  Fall is my favorite season.  And many craft challenges are getting into the Fall spirit as well.  That's why I am popping in today to share a card for Paper Craft Star. Here is the inspiration photo:

Aren't those colors gorgeous?

And here is my card:

I stamped the leaves on a separate piece of paper and then colored/painted with watercolors & watercolor pencils.  And then I fussy cut them and glued them to the card base.

(Supplies: stamp & sentiment- Inkadinkado, watercolors, watercolor pencils, Color Box ink in Cocoa, distress ink, pop dot)

On another note.  Tomorrow is World Card Making Day.  So paper crafters, go get your game on!!!!  Here is the website in case you'd like to participate in the contests-  Paper Crafts Magazine.  Hopefully I can use the whole day tomorrow for crafting.  :)

And as always, thank you for stopping by.  Have a wonderful weekend.

Happy Crafting,

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Zoot Suit Time


I hope you are enjoying your week so far.  One more work day and then you're free to relax.  :)

Well, I mentioned in a previous post that I am trying to scrapbook more often.  And since I've been the "unofficial" photographer in the family for EONS, I've accumulated dozens and dozens, ok hundreds, of pictures. 
So today I am sharing a layout of my lil' brother.  I actually had to walk away from this one for a few days and think because I was stuck.  I was at a loss on how to create a "manly" layout.  I wanted to embellish it without it becoming too girly.  And this was the result.  First, a few detail pictures.

I've learned that black comes out grainy in the pictures.  Any ideas on how I can correct that? 

(Supplies: pattern paper- Echo Park, banner paper puncher- Fiskars, letter stickers, sequins, photo corners)

I just realized that I should have added some stitching to it.  Well, that does it for me today.  And again, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for visiting my blog.

Happy Crafting,

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Red Snow

Hello All,

I did something crazy today.  I went to the Zumba class at my gym.  Ok, it's NOT that crazy, but it's crazy how much energy the instructor had!!  I should mention that it was my very first Zumba class.  Loved the music and dancing, but after 15 minutes my body was ready to quit!  But I stuck with it for the WHOLE hour.  I'm debating on ever returning.  ;-p
Ok, on to relaxing stuff (crafting is relaxing for me).  I am sharing a Christmas card today.  I rarely add pattern paper to my cards, but I like how this one came out.  I'm thinking I should use it more often.  I don't recall the manufacturer of the pattern paper, but I think it's My Mind's Eye.  Please correct me if I'm wrong.

(Supplies: cardstock, pattern paper, snow stamp- Stampendous, sequins)

Ok, y'all, I'm off to massage my sore body.  Thank you for stopping by today.  It means a LOT that you did. 

Happy Crafting,