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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas!



From our family to yours, may you have a wonderful Christmas and many blessings through the New Year!!

This is my family as snow people. My husband the Fire Marshal, My oldest son that dreams of a career in aeronautical engineering, my middle son that loves books, my youngest son who is a Steeler's fan and an avid football player, our dog, 3 cats and 2 birds. And there's me too... always with my camera!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Yummy Treats


Still busy creating gifts. Some for family, and some for teachers and other special people in our lives. I just love making gifts for others. It is really helping keep my holiday spirit running on high!

I made up some yummy Brown Sugar-Orange Pecans. But the yumminess doesn't stop there. I decorated these jars to hold them. I used Cosmo Cricket's Earth Love paper line. Aren't the colors just great?

The jars were simple to decorate. I used Spellbinders circle and scalloped circle dies to cut the papers for the label. The inner most circle was then cut in half and I paired a striped paper and a print paper. All paper edges were inked. After layering all the circles, I then ran a stitch around the edge using my 1957 Singer sewing machine. Yes it still works great!

I layered a band of cardstock and ribbon around the jar and adhered the layered circles. Then I tied another length of ribbon around the neck of the jar.


Thursday, December 3, 2009

It's beginning to look at lot like.....

Well, Christmas, of course! I've been working on cards and projects. Getting the house ready. Decorating. And soon I'll start with all the baking! Oh I just love this time of year. The decorations and lights are so pretty, there is a sense of excitement in the air, the scent of special treats being baked, and the wonderful sound of favorite Christmas Carols. So much to see and do. It really is a wonderful time of the year!

Here are a few things I made today.

Jingle Bell
I altered an old bell. A little paint, some Prima leaves and flowers a splash of glitter and a pretty ribbon and ta-da... a nice vintage ornament for the tree!


Glittery Snowflake Candle
This started out as just a plain white pillar candle. I used Versamark to stamp the snowflake images. Then I embossed them with Ranger Ink Antique Gold embossing powder. Raises the image and has a really nice blingy sparkle to it! Wrapped it up, tied with a bow and attached a gift tag that I made using the same stamping and embossing technique. These will make a really nice gift for some special people that bring light to my life.

And of course I made a few more cards. I can't get enough of making cards especially this time of the year!



They are way sparklier (is that a word?) in real life. Can you tell I really like bling? hehehe (or is that "ho ho ho" ??)

Hope you are enjoying your countdown to Christmas!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

With the right shoes....


I was making a card for someone special who needs a little positive boost. She happens to *love* shoes! I really wanted to create a card with a shoe image. Of course I didn't have one! And I don't have any cutting machines either.

So I created one in Photoshop. I was then able to use some of my digi stash papers to create a shoe that was just perfect for her.

I then created a shoe box for the background which has been ripped open with tissue paper overflowing! Isn't that cute? I popped the open end of the shoe box as well as the shoe with foam dots.



Guess what? I'm sharing the template here with you! It is a layered .psd file. You can clip your own digital papers to change the heel, upper shoe and inside area of the shoe. Have fun creating and embellishing your shoes!

Leave a comment to let me know what you will be creating with this.

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Monday, November 16, 2009

And the winner is......

Thank you everyone for taking the time to participate in the Operation Write Home blog hop this weekend! Wasn't it fun to see all the amazing cards being made for our heroes? I really enjoyed all the energy and creativity that was shared. I'm going to continue to make cards to ship to our heroes every month. I hope that you too have been encouraged to help out in whatever way you can to support our troops.

Now without further ado.... the winner for the RAK is:

Which means, Candace you are the lucky winner!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

OWH Blog Hop and a RAK

It's time for the Veteran's Day Bloghop at Operation Write Home! If you made it here by chance, you can still get in on all the fun from the start. Just jump over to the Homefront Blog. There you will find a list of all the bloggers participating. Be sure to hop around, there is so much talent, creativity and encouragement to be found! And some prizes, RAKS and blog candy too! If you've been hopping along, you came from Cindy's blog.

All this hopping has probably gotten your creative mojo running strong. So why not take some time to create a card... or two... or a dozen :) for a great cause. Operation Write Home (click that link for their web site) is a great organization that gives support to our armed forces through our creativity. OWH not only sends cards for the troops to use to write home, but also cards to encourage them and thank them for all they do for us. What better honor could one of your handcrafted cards serve than to encourage a hero? So come on, make a card... support a hero!

I'm sending this AnyHero card to express my gratitude and encouragement


They are always in need of cards for general purposes, so that our troops can write home to say hi, I miss you, I'm thinking about you, as well as birthday cards. You can check the OWH website for deadlines for holiday cards too. Right now they are in need of Valentine cards. If you want to send in Valentine cards, they need to be completed by January 8 that gives you plenty of time to still get some made!

I've been busily creating some Valentines for them and will share a few with you here.





I've also got some general purpose cards ready to go with this batch as well.


And one more to share.....


OK - now it's time for even more sharing.... the RAK. All you have to do for a chance to win, is leave a comment on this post. That's it! I've got a RAK package that includes some craft supplies to help get you creating cards and even some mini albums too! You've got until 9am EST Monday November 16, 2009. Check back after that and I'll announce the random winner!

I am so lucky... I get to send you on to the final stop on the hop!! Follow this link to the OWH End of the Hop!

Thanks for hopping along!

Friday, November 13, 2009

OWH Veterans Day Bloghop

I'm so excited I can't wait! I'm busy getting ready for the Bloghop at Operation Write Home to celebrate Veterans Day and honor all the armed forces Heroes that serve our nation! The bloghop kicks off Saturday Nov 14. So be sure to stop back... there is a prize in it for you!

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Ready

Ever have something jump out and get your creative mojo going? That happened today! I found this awesome scrapbook sketch and it just screamed out to me to be used for some more of Patrick's football photos. I'm really loving the whole blog Ideas for Scrapbookers. It was started by one of my favorite artists, Pam Callaghan. It is such a great place to find inspiration.

Like I did today!! I am normally one of the slowest scrappers, but this page came together in about an hour! OK, here is what I made with the sketch:


I edge punched paper that looks and feels like a football with the Fiskars Upper Crest punch. I used the negatives created when I punched that edge to highlight the center photo of Patrick. The other papers and journal spot are Bo Bunny. Felt footballs are Queen and Co. The felt star is craft supply. The alpha stickers are Colorbok.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Another Card Box *updated*


Recently finished making this tin. I've decorated it with the Bo Bunny Flutter Butter line. Such great papers and the colors are so pretty. They are just right to blend with the decor where I envision this box sitting. Shhhhhhh..... This will be a present for someone very special on my Christmas list. I'm also making a bundle of greeting cards to fill it. This way they will have cards ready when they need them and stored neatly in a decorative tin. In side I've made tabbed dividers to help sort the cards by type. The dividers have places on them to keep track of special dates like anniversaries and birthdays.

I hope they will like this!





*****UPDATE*****

I've gotten some requests about how to make this, so I thought I'd share a few tips. I was so into this project that I didn't stop and take pics along the way. Kinda wish I had. Sorry all I can do is share some text and no progress photos.

I used a tin from Oriental Trading Company as the base for this. The hardware was not removable, so I wanted to cut the papers to go around them. I used regular printer paper (or other thin paper) and placed it on the tin, just holding it in place with my hand. Then I used a pencil to trace the pattern of the tin. I cut that out and made sure it lined up on the tin correctly. If you are using a different type of container, you might be able to remove any hardware and make it easier to create a template.

Then, using the template, I cut the patterned paper to fit the tin. I used my ATG Gun as adhesive for the papers.

To cover the lid rim, I used a piece of ribbon adhered with the ATG along the sides and with glue dots on the corners. You'll have to gather the ribbon to "bend" it around the corners. I then covered this with a thin strip of paper that I accordion crinkled. This strip was attached with a hot glue gun to help secure it.

Embellish the tin as you desire. I used papers and embellies from the Bo Bunny Flutter Butter line for a very coordinated look. I cut and combined some flourish cardstock stickers so they would flow the way I wanted them. I used DMC floss to stitch the buttons. The flowers and leaves are a mix of Bo Bunny, Prima and Petaloo. Gems are Bo Bunny, Making Memories and Creative Imaginations. Ribbons are American Crafts and craft supply.

The handle of the tin was a black plastic... not very pretty. So I covered it with ribbon strips that I looped and tied. Hope this helps you if you are making one. If you do - I'd love to see it, so please leave a comment to let me know!

Happy creating!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Fall Memories


Earlier this week was election day. Since the kids schools and hubby's work place are all polling places, they always have off. This was the first year in ages that I was able to spend the day with the family! If that was not exciting enough, I also got some time to scrap!!! Yippee!! It felt great to create! We spend that day off together hiking and letter boxing. Got some good photos. Hubby snapped this photo of me and the boys. Yes they are all getting really tall. I will soon have to look up (literally) to the two oldest!

My youngest was collecting leaves, pine cones and rocks along the hike. Do you remember in grade school making leaf impressions? Well I used that technique to create the background for the photo. I used the leaves and pin cone that he collected to paint images on the card stock. I really like the pattern that the pine cones created. And it was so fun to do! I think I'll have to use this again.

Hope you are enjoying the wonders of Autumn!

{cardstock: Bazzill Basics, patterned paper: American Crafts, GCD Studios, edge punch: Fiskars}

Monday, October 19, 2009

Ghosts & Goblins


I was clearing off my crafting spot and uncovered this little album that I started working on last year! I got distracted by life and other projects and this poor thing became neglected. I was able to spend some time finishing pages for it. All I have left to do is add some photos from this years Halloween and I will have 1 Dozen Years of Happy Halloweens all wrapped up in a pretty little package that can sit out for all to see and enjoy.

The pages are a mix of digi and traditional scrapping. It was really fun to gather photos from the various years and relive the fun with the boys. We shared lots of giggles and laughs and memories. That's what it's all about, right?

I've included a few of the pages here for you. The album is Making Memories Spellbound. I used some of that paper, sticker and embellishment line too. As well as scraps and such from my stash.





Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Great Team Work!


An amazing interception and a great block led to a scoring drive! It was great team work. I was lucky enough to catch it all in photos. It so inspired me that I created a scrapbook page for my sons album.

Loved working with the BoBunny Press Grid Iron papers. They are so perfect for football pages. They have the precise look and feel of a grungy, muddy field. The colors and distressed look give an edgy feel to the pages.

I also used some really cool paper by The Paper Company. It is called "football" and it looks and feels like the surface of a football. It is embossed and has a slight gloss to it. I matted two of the photos that I wanted to highlight with that paper and cut the edges with deco scissors to go with the edgy feel of this page. I then used a cuttle bug die to cut some arrows. I mounted the arrows and the one final photo with some foam dots to raise them and highlight them even further.

*Tip*: To be a thrifty scrapper, I use the "negative" area of the foam dot packs to cut smaller sections for mounting really small stuff on my pages.

A Birthday


I know someone that is having a birthday today! My youngest. I made him a card. We'll celebrate tonight after football practice!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

What Matters Most


We had just finished the "Kitchen Sink" at Beaches and Cream. Our tummies all filled from all that ice cream, we decided to take a stroll. There was a photo pass photographer along the way outside the Beach Club resort. We don't often see them posted here. On a whim we stopped and had him capture our picture. This photo has become a favorite of mine.

I knew I wanted to do something special to show off this photo. I just created this very dimensional page. Sunflowers are just about my most favorite flower and they always look like happiness to me. I was so glad when I saw this bunch at the craft store. I found the fence on clearance in the dollhouse aisle. I distressed it with some inks. The leaves and flowers were old stem goods left over from some long ago project. The fish netting used to hang in the boys bathroom before it was redone. The shells were collected on a vacation at the Outer Banks, and the starfish was found when we were on our honeymoon.

I'm hoping to find a nice shadowbox frame that I can place this in. I think it will look great hanging in the living room.

Family truly is what matters most!

Thanks for looking! Here are some other views.


Sunday, September 6, 2009

Knights


Got some great photos in the parks at night during our recent trip. Really like this photo with the boys, my "knights"

Nice thing about digi-scrapping with a laptop - you can do it even if there is no power in the house (as long as the battery is charged). Yup that was the situation in our house today.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

It's that time of year again


It's like a rite of passage as kids move on to the next grade level. I feel justified in snapping photos of the boys on their way..... off to their first days of school....... And then of course I had to scrap it!

In our house it is also football season! Busy, busy time. But filled with fun!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Altered Cookie Sheet


Getting organized. Does it ever end? I got tired of seeing our calendar just hanging there on the kitchen wall. So I decided to dress it up a bit. I altered a cookie sheet. Used some of my digi stash to make the papers.... they look great with my dishes and curtains! Then I made some buttons and felt flowers into magnets.

I can place our calendar on the one side. The other side has an area I created for writing notes. I'm recycling/reusing paper and cutting it to fit. It slides under the little paperclips that look like hands. Aren't they so cute? Then we also have room to clip up important things like papers to go to school, reminders, etc.

Besides - it was a good (productive) excuse to be crafty!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Peppers anyone?



Wow! We got a few jalapeƱos from the garden! Just a few! And there are more out there to be picked in a few days.

I'm going to be up to my eyeballs in making salsa and stringing up peppers to dry.

Peter Piper would be going nuts!!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Christmas Traditions

I had a ball working with this mixed media album from Fancy Pants Design. The pages are a mix of acrylic, felt and chipboard. It's an 8x8 album with a nice half bracket shape. The shape and the textures of the pages really make it an appealing album to take your time browsing through and recalling all the fun memories. I packed mine with some of the various traditions that we have at Christmas time.
The ever growing collection of snowmen and Santas..... and a few nutcrackers too. They look great on this grand mantle. The collection has grown to need display room in other areas of the house as well. The acrylic pages allow you to see the colors and patterns from the adjoining pages. This really helps the design of the album flow throughout.
Finding a tree is always a treat. Love walking through the farm taking in the scent of all those wonderful pines and fir trees. Then we decorate the tree with lots and lots of lights. The ornaments have been hand-made, handed down or collected from places we have visited, or from special things we have done that year.
Hoping for snow becomes an obsession for the boys at the holidays. Sometimes we get lucky and have some snow before Christmas. No matter, enjoying hot cocoa on a chilly winter day is a definite favorite of ours. As is making up our annual newsletter and cards to family and friends.
Mmmmm... can you smell the scent of freshly baked cookies??? This is by far one of our most favorite traditions at the holiday.. COOKIES!! Lots and lots of 'em! My oldest has taken to making a special Austrian-Czech Christmas bread too. Takes a long tome to make, but it's well worth it!!
Yeah - we're goofy. We like weird Santa hats!
As the holiday draws closer, we visit the Jolly Ol' Elf. This is always a special day.
And then on Christmas Eve when the anticipation is at it's highest, we read the Polar Express. Great story. Then all snug in our beds, we try to sleep! Wonder if there were visions of sugar plums?? The holidays are such a great time. Lot of fun and festivities and many memories in the making.
 
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