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Sunday, December 28, 2014

Scrapping During Recovery

Sometimes life tosses curve balls at you. The best thing you can do is find a way to just go with them. I had great plans of accomplishing so many projects during the fall/winter months. But instead, I needed some major surgery on my right (dominant) arm. I've been laid up and unable to accomplish even the simplest of daily life tasks.

I decided to try to scrap photos from this adventure. Not to worry - I blurred out all the incisions and nasty stuff for those that don't like to see that! Since I can't handle most of my tools or lift/carry anything yet, I thought I'd do some digital scrapping. Turns out, even that is difficult!  After spreading the work out over a period of 3 days, I still ended up in pain with lots of swelling! So I'm just going to quickly share this 2 pager that I created.  

The kit Everyday Kind of Hero by Etc by Danyale was perfect for my theme of Surgery-Recovery.  Using the templates Gimme Pockets Vol 4 by Cluster Queen Creations made it easy to layout my photos and journaling.

Here is a view of the 2 pages side by side. And now I'm going to rest and rejuvenate my arm with some of my PT moves.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Movie Organization

We love watching movies.  One of my sons is really into movies, he can tell you all about a film, who stars in it, who directed it, what awards it won or was nominated for and how it fared with movie reviewers. Thanks to this love of films, we have ended up with an ever growing collection of DVD's and Blu-Ray discs.  These things start to take up a lot of room in the house!

We have been through several DVD racks, actually starting with those that held VHS tapes and then DVDs.  But our collection was beginning to squeeze us out of space to enjoy watching the films. Several years ago I came up with a better way to store the discs without taking up the entire family room!

While walking through the Target store one day, I came across these Movie Sleeves by Atlantic. They are plastic sleeves that each hold 2 discs and DVD artwork. Using these sleeves, you can store 8 discs in the space that 1 DVD in it's box would normal take up!  Sounds great. So I grabbed a few boxes of these.  Now to find a basket or something to put the sleeves into.

I rounded the corner in the store to the home decor section and found one of these Bento boxes by Rubbermaid. It was the perfect size to stand the sleeves up inside. Using the bendable pockets in the box, I can stand 2 rows of the movie sleeves next to each other.  Hot dog!  Perfect!  And the Bento Box has an available matching lid. The lid is great, it keeps dust out of the box and holds the new sleeves ready for any newly acquired movies!

So I've had this one Bento Box in the family room holding all of our movies for several years. As we acquire new films, we put the discs and artwork into a sleeve and add it to the box.  We have over 180 films and TV series (some with multiple discs) stored in that box and still have room for more!

With Christmas upon us and knowing that we will be gaining some new film additions, I decided that I wanted to add another box and I wanted to dress up the boxes. Using some movie motifs and a marquee-like font (Limelight), I designed some labels for the boxes.  I cut the labels from heat transfer vinyl using my Silhouette Cameo. I then applied the labels to the boxes using my iron. Remember to reverse your images before cutting so the words come out the right way!

Here is a photo of how the discs and artwork fit into the sleeves
The art work is removed for the original DVD box, folded and placed inside the main sleeve. View from the front of the sleeve.

There is an insert to the sleeve that holds the discs. In this case we have the 2-disc version of ELF, so there are 2 discs in this sleeve. View from the back of the sleeve.

Love it when my crafty supplies can be used to decorate the house!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Christmas Tree Card

My son needed a card for a very special person this Christmas. He asked me to make a card for him that featured a Christmas tree.  This is what I made for him. He was thrilled!!

The papers in the digital kit Sugar Sands Beach Winter Christmas by Etc by Danyale were just right for this card.

The design for the card came from the magnificent Bird's Cards. She very generously shared this cut file.  Check out her site.

After cutting all the trees, I sprayed them with some Glimmermist to give them a bit of sparkle. The trees are folded in half and glued to each other to create the 3D tree. It is hung in the opening using a bit of thread. The tree can be folded flat to allow the card to slide into an envelope and then repositioned to it's full 3D glory for display.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

December Timeline

Etc by Danyale has a brand new release today and a special Advent surprise!  Hurry and stop by Etc by Danyale to grab up the freebies today only!

I used the brand new kit Sugar Sands Beach Winter Christmas to create my new timeline cover for Facebook. I love all the directions you can go with this kit. You can make a holiday creation that has an awesome breezy, relaxed feel to it. Or you can document those terrific beach photos. If you happen to live in a more tropical climate, or lucky enough to get away to one during the holidays, this is the perfect kit for scrapping your memories!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Christmas Newsletter 2014

Each year I prepare a Newsletter to send out to family and friends with our holiday cards.  This year is a bit of a struggle. As I am still recovering from surgery and only have the use of one hand. Even typing is a bit challenging.

I started out with the above layout. The text in it is just a repeated sentence to hold the spot and show you where text was going to go. That just seemed like too much text to manage with my one (non-dominant) hand.  I thought about using a voice recognition software to input the text. But then I decided that a photo laden newsletter with just some highlights would do just fine!

This is my final design. I like it. Lots of cute pictures, and a re-cap of our year.  

I used the digital kit City Sidewalks by Paper Garden Projects and Kimeric Kreations that just released today to decorate the newsletter with a sweet old-time holiday feel.

Now to get folding and stuffing envelopes one-handed!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Thanksgiving Card (Printable!)

Better late than never?  I'm sorry I'm so delayed in posting these creations. I recently had surgery that has rendered my dominant hand unusable for a few months. Anyway....   I have some Thanksgiving cards to share with you.   

These were both created in photoshop using the very cute kit by Etc by Danyale called "One More Bite". Since I'm working one-handed, I wasn't able to do cutting and gluing. But that didn't stop me from creating a bit of hybrid goodness for the Thanksgiving holiday! These cards are designed in photoshop and printed out! I used some shadowing and burning techniques to give them the look of being layered and inked.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Another Autumn Birthday

This is a busy time of year for birthdays in our family. I love it 'cause I get to make more cards!!  This is for my brother. I wanted it to have a good "Autumn" feel to it.  That helped me in the selection of the color scheme. 

The papers are an oldie but goodie from Pink Paislee called Hometown Summer believe it or not!  I cut the shapes using my Silhouette Cameo.  The sentiment was also done with the Cameo, I used the Amy Chomas Adjustable Pen Holder and a fine line marker to sketch the "happy birthday".

The burlap not only added to the Autumn feel, but also helped to increase the masculine look and texture of the card.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Football Birthday

My son plays football and loves it! Since we are celebrating his 17th birthday, I had to make a football card for him. I found the image of the player doing a Google search. I brought it into the Silhouette software, traced it, them broke it down into the various components; jersey, arms, legs, etc.

I used his team colors and made the jersey number 17 for his birthday. 

What's a birthday without cake?  Inside the card is a pop-up cake!

Even though this was to be a "guy" card, I still had to add a bit of bling!  I glittered up the icing detail for the card.  He really liked it!  And that's what matters!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Slam Dunk Birthday

Made this for a special someone that has a birthday coming up.  I saw a similar design on Pinterest and went about finding what supplies I had that I could use.  Apparently I gave away all my basketball stickers when my son stopped playing the sport!  So I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the hoop and ball from cardstock.  The paper that I used for the ball background looks and feels like a basketball. It's all shiny and nubby. Really neat!

Using the text feature in the Silhouette software, I designed the word art.  The striped paper is BoBunny, the card stock is American Crafts and Bazzill. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Hybrid Autumn Wreath

Despite all of my attempts, I'm not able to stop Autumn and Winter from coming.  I don't mind Autumn, really. It's Winter that I'm not a big fan of. And it always seems to creep it's way into the middle/end of Autumn and then hangs around well into Spring.

To help enjoy the Fall season a bit more, I thought I'd add some decor to the house to keep the focus on this gorgeous time of year.  Using the beautiful digital kit Climbing Trees and Falling Leaves by Etc by Danyale, I created this candle wreath.

The papers in this are super rich and vibrant and there are so many amazing patterns to choose from! There are also coordinating solid color papers too. A must for someone like me who will be dipping back into the kit to create some festive cards!

After selecting a few papers and printing them out, I cut the shapes for the "leaves" of my wreath using my Silhouette Cameo.  I wrapped some ribbon around a wreath form, then started gluing the leaves to it using fabric glue.  It was a great project to do while catching the season opener of one of my favorite TV shows this week!

My plan is to use this as a candle wreath as I've shown it here. But I also made a loop on the back so that I can hang the wreath if I choose.

Hope you are having a wonderful adjustment to the changing seasons!

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Butterfly Birthday Wishes

Just a quick post to share a birthday card I put together. Sometimes I find it hard to remember that less can be elegant. This card was made using plain white card stock. I dry embossed some of it to create a patterned background.

Then I die cut and embossed a butterfly and some leaves. The pearls added a bit of shimmer to the card.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

She Believes

A little mixed-media fun to share with you.  Life is good when I can find time to be creative. And when I get to play with lots of media, it's even better!  For this canvas art, I started out in the digital world and then crossed over to reality!  The papers used to create the dress, flowers, word art and butterfly are all part of a digital bundle by Etc by Danyale called She Believes

As soon as I saw this preview of the kit, I knew what I was going to create! I really like how the dress turned out.  These papers are gorgeous! And the word art is so inspiring. I know I'll be making lots of cards with this kit too!

The canvas also has stamps from House of Three, Tim Holtz, Ranger, Inkadinkado and Bobunny. There are also rub-ons by Kaiser, OTC, various markers, crayons, paints, inks, embossing powders, and cabochons by Prima. And doodles!  Lots of doodles!!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Hope you have a creative day!

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Another First Day

Got to do some more scrapping!  It's such a celebration when I can fit creative time in to my day!  These are photos from another "first day" of sorts.  One of my sons returning to a program that he is participating in. He works really hard, has learned a ton. The best part? He enjoys it!

I used some more of the Little Yellow Bicycle Generation Z set that I've had on hand forever! This page was designed in my Silhouette Studio software.  I'm seeing a trend in my paper scrapping, I'm tending to go to the Silhouette Studio first to layout out my sketch rather than sketching it out on paper as I used to.  It makes it really easy to make my own elements for the page using shapes that I cut with the Cameo.

The polaroid frame, star, "say cheese", and star border are all shapes from the Silhouette store.  The jounral tag is from Little Yellow Bicycle.

Thanks so much for taking time to stop by. Hope you have a creative day!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Back to School

This has got to be the fastest I've ever gotten something scrapped!  Took the picture in the morning. Made the layout that same day!  Wowza. OK, so that may not seem so fast to many of you. But I'm a r-e-a-l-l-y slow scrapper. Really. Slow.  So I'm pretty thrilled that I was able to scrap a photo I had just taken the same day!!

I used some papers from the Little Yellow Bicycle  Generation Z set.  They are wonderful masculine papers.  Yes, it's an old release. See I bought it when it was new with the intent to scrap photos of my sons. But I just haven't gotten to it!

Today was different.  I snapped some "back-to-school" photos of my kids as they headed off this morning.  After work I had some time. And some mojo. Great combination when those two things come together, isn't it?

Using the Silhouette Studio software, I designed the layout.  I cut the hexagons and the elements.  On the plain blue cardstock I sprayed some Glimmer Mist and some craft paint to great a sparkly splattered background.

To get the yellow arrows under the word art to layout perfectly, I used a little bit of contact paper to [pick them up off the mat as they were designed. I applied adhesive to the back, laid them on the paper and removed the contact paper.

The journal spot is from Little Yellow Bicycle too.

It sure felt good to do some scrapping today!  Hope you're are getting time to be creative too!

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