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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Hybrid License Plate Mini-Album

All this past week or so I've been snatching a moment here and there to finish up work on a vacation mini-album.  I had this idea floating about in my head before we even went on the trip.  I couldn't wait to get it done so I could share it with you.

We had a huge family vacation at the Jersey Shore this past summer.  There was so much fun and so many great memories, I knew I wanted to make a special album.  So I used (recycled) and old license plate as my album cover.

I'm going to be sharing more about how this album was made in a post at Ideas For Scrapbookers on Tuesday (Oct. 5).  For now I'll just give you a sneak peek!


Now that it is done, perhaps I'm a bit more ready to say good-bye to Summer and welcome Fall.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Easy Christmas Cards

Christmas Cards?  It's not even Halloween!  It's barely even Autumn.  Here it is 90+ degrees out and I'm talking about holiday cards!  The earlier you get started making them, the less stress you'll feel as the holidays approach.

Plus, if you'd like to send some Christmas cards to Operation Write Home,  you need to get them submitted by October 30.  Not familiar with OWH?  They support the US troops by sending them blank handmade cards to use to write home!  Check them out.  And maybe you and your kids can craft some cards together to send to them.

I'm sharing a few ideas and cards over at The Hybrid Chick blog today to help you get a jump on making holiday cards.  Stop by and get a closer look.


I now return you to your regularly scheduled balmy weather!  :-)


Thursday, September 23, 2010

It All Started with a Mouse

You've probably figured out that my family and I really enjoy Disney.  There's so much to do at the Disney resorts, so much fun to be had, and there is something for everyone at every age.  Capturing all those memories to bring home can be fun too.  I've put together this accordion planner to help with that.

I've included places for us to keep track of how we spend each day and our dining reservations.  There is also a place for us to jot down all those Hidden Mickey's that we find. We absolutely love discovering them.  And a place to stash receipts or other odds and ends.


I've shared the step-by-step instructions for this project at Ideas For Scrapbookers today.

In the words of Walt Disney "All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them."

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Pumpkins!

It is not yet the "official" start of Autumn, that happens on Thursday the 23rd. But already there are pumpkins and Halloween stuff everywhere! Yes I'm sure there are even places that may already have or are about to have Christmas stuff out too.



To help get into the mood for the preparation for the coming holiday season, I made some cards today. These are easy-peezy-lemon-squeezy to make. I used a layered digital template by Krisi's Kreations (available at ScrapMatters.com. The papers are elements are from Trixie Scrap's Autumn on the Lake, also at ScrapMatters. She even offers a set of clustered elements which makes it even easier to make up cards, or scrap pages!

The weather here is still holding on to summer.  We are heading back into the 90's this week!

Happy Scrapping!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Clipboard Challenge

Hello!  Just wanted to let everyone know that I am hosting a challenge over at The Hybrid Chick. The challenge is to make a hybrid altered clipboard.  Here is a look at the one that I designed.
So come on by and play along in the challenge. And there is a prize in this too!  A $5 gift Certificate to Kelleigh Ratzlaff's Shop!

You have until October 2, 2010 to share your project. So get creating!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Chocolate Cake!

As promised, here's a look at the chocolate cupcake card I made for hubby's birthday.

This cupcake has no calories, but all the sweet yumminess of a decadent treat! Complete with cherries on top!

The card opens to allow for sentiments and greetings inside.


Of course we had to have real chocolate cake too!  Shame that one doesn't have zero calories!

Ingredients (for the card! LOL)
Digi Papers: Splendiferous by Jennifer Fox & Jenn Barrette
Digi Template: Kelleigh Ratzlaff
Stamps: Unity, Stampendous
Ink: Stampin' Up, colorbox
Glitter: Stampin' Up, Stickles

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Bird Rescue

We really enjoy having the wild birds come to the feeders close to the house to eat. They are just so pretty to look at and their songs are soothing.  Today before running out to the market, one of our cats, Oreo, had gotten himself a great view of a bird eating at the feeder just outside the kitchen window. That's OK. The cats just watch.  But when I got back from the market, Oreo was still there and so was the same little bird. Although the bird was looking a bit forlorn.
I tried to shoo the bird away, but he didn't leave.  I walked out back and went right up to the feeder, and the bird still did not leave.  So I grabbed some gloves to help the little birdie. Of course, first I snapped some photos to scrap!  I had to lift the feeder down and gently untangle the poor birds foot.

At first he hopped on the ground near me. Then he scooted off under a bush.  A few seconds later he flew out, breezed passed me then headed to the back of the yard.  Looks like he is going to be OK.

I made this quick page to capture the photos and the memory.

Tweet, tweet!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

My Guy

This week is my husbands birthday.  I gave him his birthday present early this year, we took a behind the scenes tour at Disney. It was AWESOME!  I wanted to have something to give him on his birthday so I created this page for him.
It's so easy to find girly-feminine scrapbook supplies and techniques.  Not always easy to find guy- masculine ones.  On this page I used the digi kit Love My Guy by Trixie Scraps Designs.  Lots of great textures and colors for guy pages and just the right touch of florals to still pretty it up a bit!

Wanna see some more masculine inspiration?  Today at the Ideas For Scrapbookers site all of us contributing artists are sharing some of our masculine pages. Go check it out!

Make sure you come back here soon to check out the card I'm making for him. Let me just say that it involves his favorite cake..... chocolate!!  Yummy!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Chosing Words

During a really great chat recently with a close friend of mine, she reminded me to choose my words so that they reflect where I want to be. The words we use to express ourselves can really influence our energy. I was talking about things I am working toward, goals and projects, hopes and dreams. I was using words like "when I have time" or "I just need more time".

What I didn't realize was the negative draw that was making on my progress.  I was setting myself up to never have time!  So I'm being a bit more aware of the terms I'm using and how I look at my goals.  Rather than someday, I want to bring that focus to now. Now seems a bit limited. It is fleeting and doesn't last. I don't want to fail if I don't accomplish it NOW!

So I've thought about using "presently".  It gives me focus on the here and now, without feeling like there is an hour glass about to expire.  Yet keeps me from feeling as if I've pushed things off to some nugget of time in the future.  Besides, who doesn't want to receive "presents"??!!!

How about you?  Have you got any terms you use that are zapping your energy?  What words can you replace them with to keep yourself positive and motivated? 

Share them here, presently!!  :-)

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Autumn Approaches

Why can't summer last forever?  This summer has been one of the most amazing seasons for us. We had a super vacation gathering with lots of family, we did plenty of day trips, there were many sunny days to enjoy.  Record high temps made it a blessing to have the pool for swimming.  All in all it was fabulous!  I need to get scrapping some of those wonderful summer memories so they can last forever!

The past few days the temperatures have dropped a bit, the breezes have kicked up.  Letting us know that Autumn is on it's way. With how dry the summer has been, I doubt that we will have much color in the trees.  In fact, the leaves have already been drying up and falling without changing colors.

Still, there is a vibrant beauty to the season. I'm starting to see pumpkins and gourds, garlands of leaves, beautiful Fall mums, and poised scarecrows ready to protect the coming harvest.  And don't forget the squirrels. Have you noticed them actively storing away acorns?  They have been very busy. You never know where they might just pop up!

To help get me in the mood for the change of seasons, I created this page with some pics we took last Fall.

This was made using the brand new ScrapMatters September Monthly Collab Kit. Isn't it gorgeous?  Wait it gets better..... It's on sale for half price now through September 16. You can snag it >> here <<

Another great part to the Fall season is all the baking.  Mmmmm.  Can't wait to bake up some pumpkin bread or snicker-doodle cookies!  How about you?  Leave me a comment with a special Fall tradition that you do. I'd love to hear about them.

Keep on crafting!
ps. Did you see a squirrel???  :-)

Saturday, September 11, 2010

A Day of Art

Today I was fortunate to visit the opening of a gallery showing by artist Jesse Harrington. Jesse is a phenomenally talented sculptor.  And the nephew of a friend of mine.  He is a kind and spirited person whose visions are transferred through the work of his hands in media such as plaster, metals, stone, marble and wood. I was in awe of his shear talent.  Please stop by his web site to peruse some of his wonderful work, click HERE.

I took a nice drive home through the country side to enjoy the beauty of this breezy sun-filled day.  I said some prayers for all those that lost their lives nine years ago today in the horrible 9-11 attacks on the US.  I said prayers for their families that somehow manage to continue on. Their strength and faith gives me great inspiration.  I also said prayers for all the troops that are fighting for us, for all the emergency responders that put their lives on the line everyday to help us.

When I got home, I had a special reward waiting for me!  I recently took a course called The Art of Digital Design. It was instructed by the very talented Jessica Sprague and Carina Gardner.  Upon completion of the course, the participants had the ability to gain certification as digital designers by passing an exam and submitting a kit for critique. A took and passed the exam several weeks ago.  Today, I got my critique returned!!!  And it was fantastic.  Carina truly took her time and reviewed every aspect of the kit that I designed. Her feedback is extremely valuable and I am grateful for all the time, effort and sharing of talent and creativity that she and Jessica put into the course as well as the certification process.

To celebrate, I'm going to share a mini-kit based on the full kit I designed for the course. You can grab a copy by clicking the link below.



Download {this link is now expired} Click HERE to view the full kit.

Link will only be available for a limited time. Please leave a comment, I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Interested in the full kit?  It's available at my shop. Click HERE or on the menu link at the top of my blog.

Say a prayer and never forget what happened on September 11, 2001.

And be certain to enjoy today!
Until next time,
Happy Scrapping!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

End of Summer

Boo! I'm not ready to say good-bye to summer. Apparently our weather isn't either. After a weekend of upper 70's/lower 80's high temps, we are back up in the 90's this week! Labor Day Weekend is the "unofficial" end of summer.

It was a gorgeous weekend. My cousin and her family came up from Virginia for a visit. It was awesome to get to spend time with them. Her daughter is the cutest! We got one last swim in the pool.  Today the pool is getting closed up. That's it. That really is the end of summer.

Here are a few more pics from our weekend and one of the projects I've completed.  Hope you're having a great week!


Rock on!
This is a quick little gift box that I made using the Seasonal Clasp Template by Geeky Diva Designs, Love My Guy kit by Trixie Scraps Designs and the Line it up Templates by Krisi's Kreations. All available at ScrapMatters.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Vintage box

This is a project I've been wanting to do for so long.  I wanted a box that would look really pretty in my living room and would be able to hold some mini-albums and treasures. I really do like things that can be functional. I found this box by Creative Imaginations  a few months ago and it was on sale!  Even better, right?!!
Then I just could not find the papers that I wanted to use.  I spent a lot of time searching for something that would fit in and feel like it represents me.  That would give me that vintage feeling yet mix well with my more current and modern pieces.  Something that speaks to my creative side, and that would always give me a positive upbeat feeling when I look at it.

And then I found them!  The moment I laid eyes on the Retrospect 365 Paper Pack by Quirky Twerp, I knew they were the ones for me and for this project.  The papers are gorgeous, full of rich deep colors and the designs are fabulous.  Butterflies, birds and florals with a slight shabby, vintage feel to them.  OMG - I love them!  You'll be seeing me use these on more projects.

This took me several days to make.  I wanted to apply many coats of Mod Podge Hard Coat to give that nice non-tacky surface that is easy to keep clean.  I like to let each coat dry thoroughly and sand between coats.  Sometimes when you complete a project that takes you a while to create, you feel such added pride when you finally get to reveal it.  Like it's your "baby".  Well..... meet my baby!

I used lots of Prima and Recollections flowers.  Doesn't that Prima butterfly look like it was meant to be there?


Even the back of this box is dressed up.

Here is a view of the side

And a close up view of the top including those awesome vintage buttons.
I hope you have enjoyed viewing my latest creation. I certainly had a wonderful time creating it.


Please feel free to leave a comment, I really enjoy reading them!

Happy crafting!

Ingredients:
Box: Creative Imaginations
PP: Quirky Twerp
Paint: Apple Barrel, Smooch
Sealer: Plaid
Buttons: Websters
Pearls: Zva Creative
Chipboard: Fancy Pants
Flowers: Prima, Recollections
Leaves: Prima
Trim: Fancy Pants
Ribbon: Prima, Wrights
Butterfly: Prima
Metal: Tim Holtz

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Antiquing

Did a little antiquing over the past weekend.  Added some great boxes and trays to my stash. They'll be showing up in future projects.  For now I've got these two to share.

Found this cutlery tray.  It fits right in with my newly redecorated dining room!
Wondering how long it will be before the cats start eating the decorations? They love to chew on those faux berries.

This old Kraft cheese box makes a great platform for the cast iron Snow White and Seven Dwarfs.  Snow White is my favorite princess!
Fits in well with the more current decor, doesn't it?  The birdhouse I just made a few months ago and the pottery my sister painted for me several years ago.

By the way - if you are a collector, I know my set is missing Bashful.  Just haven't been able to find him yet!

That's all for today. I've got several projects in the works. Hope to be sharing those soon!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Splashing with Paint

Hey there - I've got a quick and easy project to share today. I've got lots of pics from several years past that I really would like to get scrapped. If there is a way to save time and help me get it done, I'm on the look out for it!
For this page I worked with the 4x6 prints, that's always a time saver. I only trimmed down the smaller picture.  I had scraps of these fun papers from Cosmo Cricket that went with the pool theme. Working with papers and elements all from the same product line is another time saver.

To create the splashy-water border I used my watercolor paints and some Stickles before adhering the patterned papers and photos. I also took my brush to the edge of the paper to add some dimension.  I just had fun with them creating a swirly flow.  I added the element block, and some Rain Dot epoxy stickers to look like the Popsicle is melting, and add to the "splash: effect. I placed some flowers with a button center to create a design triangle. Then added my very brief journaling in my own handwriting.

Easy-peesy-lemon-squeezy!  Done.  One memory preserved!

Want to see some more ideas for using paint on your layouts?  Check out the Ideas For Scrapbookers blog today.  We are featuring a Designer Showcase using paint!

Ingredients:
Cardstock: American Crafts
Pattern paper: Cosmo Cricket
Journal block: Cosmo Cricket
Epoxy stickers:  Cloud 9
Stickles
Watercolor paint
Flowers: Queen & Co.
Button: Blumenthal Lansing
 
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