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Monday, March 29, 2010

Eggstra Special

This page has pictures from last year's Easter!  Yes ~ I am way far behind on scrapping.  I attempt to scrap chronologically.  It just never works out that way!  Any way, with the holiday fast approaching, I thought you would enjoy this digital layout.

Easter Morning (Main in the moon)
Kids at Play (Sm Design Team Collab)
Sunshine and Showers (Designs by Tater & Happy Scrap Girl)
Sunnyside up (Chelle's Creations)
Pretty II All-in-one alpha (Sarah Bennett)
Shine 0n (Bon Scrapitit)
Petite Paper Flowers (Katie Pertiet)
Happy Easter Newsletter (WM Squared)

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Fabric Easter Card

My mother is a quilter.  Last year she made some beautiful Easter table runners.  I swiped a square of one of the fabrics she was using.  It's gorgeous with rich, bright, bold Spring colors and lots of blingy sparkle running through it.  I've used it to make this card.  Guess who I'll be sending this to?  :-)

I ran the fabric through my cuttlebug using a Spellbinders die to cut it.  I used a scalloped Spellbinders to cut the white paper circle under it and stitched them using my sewing machine.

Cardstock: Bazzill, American Crafts
Patterned Paper: K&Co.
Fabric: "stolen" from my mother
Thread: Coats & Clark
Flower: Prima
Gem: K&Co.
Stamp: Verve
Ink: Colorbox
Dies: Spellbinders
Die Cutting Machine: Cuttlebug

Spring Clean Up

Have you started Spring cleaning?  I have.  Well, I've been doing some home renovations and that has forced me to need to do some major cleaning.  You know how a project can start out sounding so simple, but then you add another idea, another plan, and before you know it your little project has snowballed into a major overhaul?  Yep that's what's going on at my home!

Since I was cleaning up, purging and refreshing the house, I thought I'd spruce up my blog too!  I've added some fresh elements.  If you were visiting today, you may have stumbled here while I was in the midst of re-arranging things.  Sorry if there were any bumps and glitches. Hope it didn't disrupt your visit.  I think I've got it all settled down now.

Until the cleaning bug bites me again!  :-)

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Footprints on the Moon

This is a new digital scrapbook page that I did for a challenge at Scrap Matters.  I've been meaning to get to all the older photos that I have.  You know, from before digital cameras!  I need to scan them and archive them. Of course scrap them too!

My oldest son is beginning to look at colleges and moving on to the next phase of his life.  So this page was very reflective.  I miss the days when he was young.  They were filled with so much fun and laughter.  Don't get me wrong, our days are stilled filled with laughter and fun, it's just different.  Childhood goes by too quickly.  So glad I'm a scrapper and can capture those moments so we can share them over and over again.

So here is my son at 2 years old wanting to fly to the moon.  Seems that's right about where he has set his sights.  He wants to study aerospace engineering!  So the title on this page is some word art that seemed perfect. It says  "Never tell me the sky's the limit when there are Footprints on the Moon".

Template by Connie Prince
Digi kit: Kids at Play (Scrapmatters Design Team)
Word Art by Bethany

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Easter is Coming!

All that extra snow that we got this winter kept me from thinking ahead. I felt like winter would never end!   Then we got hit with a week of pouring rain.  I really thought I would see Noah floating by in an ark looking for animals to join him!  Today the sun finally came out!!

The annual Special Needs Resource Fair that I put together took place this past weekend.  That is a sure sign to me that Spring is here!  Now that all the work of putting that event together is behind me, I can concentrate on some other projects!  Like finally finishing up the wall paper removal in my house!  I'm up to the Spackle and sanding part.  Soon I'll be getting the first coat of sealer on.  So glad I can finally open the windows.  I think I'll take advantage of that, the sealer really has an awful odor!

Anyway - today I got to "play" with some new stamps.  I just got these stamps from Verve.  They are really nice quality clear acrylic stamps.  I made several Easter cards to send out in two different designs.

This next one I used this weeks Mojo Monday sketch (#130)
I hope you enjoy these and that you are getting a taste of Spring too!

A Warm Welcome

This was a really fun hybrid project. I made this nice little gift set using the Family Ties Collection from NitWit Collections. Included are an altered candle, a birdhouse decoration, a gift tag and gift bag to present it all. For the candle, I used several of the papers from the collection, and then edge punched them, inked and layered them, placed a few Prima flowers about and wrapped it around the candle. I placed the house as the focal point. (are you picking up on a theme here? LOL).

The birdhouse started out as a bare wood birdhouse ready for treatment. I sanded it and used a few of the papers to decorate the outside, including making some grass with flowers growing in the garden. The roof was made using the apron edge punch by Fiskars. The fascia was made using the Martha Stewart Doily edge punch. The butterfly I punched (also Martha Stewart) then sugar coated with glitter and topped with glossy accents.

To wrap it all up and present the gift I made a gift bag. I started with a plain kraft paper bag. I layered a few NitWit Collections Family Ties papers, stitched them together. The frame in the center is from the NitWit Cottage Charm Collection. There is also a gift tag hanging from the bag, this was made with the Family Ties Collection.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Hoppin' Along

The snow is nearly all melted!!  It has started to rain.  The temps are just warm enough that it is not freezing.  Spring is just around the corner.

So I had to do some Spring crafting.  The Hoppy Hearts Collection over at NitWit Collections was just perfect to satisfy my need for crafty sweetness!  I used that set to create this hybrid card.
I layered the bunny, basket and grasses using various depths of pop-dots.  I used a sketch from Mojo-Monday.  The ribbon and thread are from my stash, everything else is from NitWit collections.

I'm gonna hop on back to my crafty table and do some more creating!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Kiki Art Designer Showcase

Been so excited to share this with you all... All of us Contributing Artists over at Ideas For Scrapbookers got the supercalifragilistic opportunity to play with some papers and embellies fromKiki Art !!! And today is the big unveiling of all the projects!!!

Each artist was given different papers to work with. I got a few papers from the Amor and the Jardin collections.  Here is what I created.....

The Jardin collection has some really bright colors and fun designs....

The Amor collection has a mix of brilliant and subtle colored papers that are really "lovely" :-)  .....

On the "Heart throb" layout I wanted to highlight the subtlety of the background paper in contrast with the bright hearts patterned paper.  I also did some beading work in the lace border that I created. Here's a little close up of those details.

You can see all the great projects by each of the artists at this post on Ideas For Scrapbookers: Design Showcase Kiki-Art. Go on, I know you really want to see what they all created!  Let me warn you... it's a bunch of yumminess all in one spot!  Enjoy!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Special Gifts

My youngest son is going to make his Confirmation in church this month.  As part of his preparation for this faithful commitment, he has prepared himself to receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit.  This is a very important journey in his life.  I've been working on a special gift for him.  I wanted it to be something that reminds him of all the talents, skills and "gifts" that he possesses.

I altered a plain wooden box (like the one shown here).
I wanted it to have a vintage, aged look. So I painted it and then applied some Tim Holtz Distress Crackle Paint by Ranger Ink.  I also rubbed it with the matching Distress Ink to help bring out the color and cracks.

I then drew the cross pattern.  To get the look of stained glass I used micro glass beads in various colors.  I used markers and Smooch Ink under the micro beads to enhance the colors. Each section of the beads was applied using Glossy Accents adhesive.  For the black "metal" framing I used Black Diamond Stickles Glitter Glue.  I then coated that area of the lid with another layer of Glossy Accents to seal the beads.

The stamped images are a Tim Holtz set that I stamped on ivory card stock and distressed them.  I adhered them to the lid and decoupaged them using Mod Podge.
Inside the box I will placing trinkets to represent each of the gifts of the Holy Spirit.  I created a note to my son including the list of trinkets, distressed it and decoupaged it inside the box lid.
I'm hoping that he will appreciate this gift for many years to come!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Lucky Charms

They are magically delicious, but I'm not talking about a cereal!  In this case, the lucky charms are my kids!  I'm having a hard time believing that it is March already!  Soon things will be turning green.  For St. Patrick's Day!  And maybe, the snow will melt and we see some green grass and beautiful flowers!  OK, I'm hoping I did not just jinx us into getting walloped with another snow storm!  LOL

I made this 2 page layout of the boys and some of their many attempts to  trap a Leprechaun.  My boys have tried every year to build a trap in hopes of capturing a Leprechaun.  The traps often include Lego's, K'nex, pulleys, robots, laundry baskets, you name it!  One thing we have found is that the Leprechaun that visits our house always gets the book the Wizard of Oz off the shelf and leaves it somewhere in the house.  So the boys started using that as bait.

Well, this is a tradition that they are outgrowing.  But I can remember it always in my scrapbooks.  I used my punches and dies to cut shapes to make the Leprechaun and pot of gold.  I used Ranger Ink's Antigue Gold embossing powder on the gold and the hat buckle. That is some awesome stuff.  Really has a nice sparkly shimmer and shine and great texture.  I created the rainbow using Making Memories paints and a Glitz Designs Roller Doodle.

Here is a look at the punched/cut pieces that I used to make up the Leprechaun.

I used the Spellbinder Labels Four for his face, scalloped circles for his beard and hair, hearts for the shamrock.  The hat buckle is Spellbinders Labels One, which I also used as a stencil to draw his mouth.  His nose was made using Fiskars Upper Crest Border Punch.  The pot of gold is an oval punched piece that I trimmed.  The gold is punched circles that were embossed.

Hope you have a lucky day!
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