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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Cute Kits!!

Been a crazy couple of weeks!  Had a lot of "family" stuff going on.  My father was badly injured in a fall.  When there is any emergency like that, your really pull together and get re-focused on the important things in life!!

At the same time, I was asked to check out a relatively new digital design shop and try out some of their product. The shop is NitWit Collections.   Well I've got to tell you, I fell in love with the sweet, adorable look of everything in the shop.  But with all that was going on in my life right now, I decided to work with the Family Ties Collection first.  So many cute images in this line.  Go check it out!!!  Well, you may want to keep reading this post and then go check it out!!

The first thing  I made was a set of post cards for announcing a new address.  I made one front and two backs that can easily be printed on standard post cards.  How cute is this to announce you new home???

And here are the two backs I created:

I'll be making some more crafts with this line.  So check back to see what's new!  OK, now you can go check out the shop  NitWit Collections!  Go on, have fun!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Baby Dress TEMPLATE!!!!

Finally had a chance to put together the template for the baby dress card.  Links are below. You can see my post about it (including card instructions) over here at Ideas For Scrapbookers.


Ended up created both a PDF of the template to use to make a card and a layered PSD file to use for creating a scrapbook page or element.  I would love to see your creations, so please let me know if you use these templates.  Have fun!

Click here for the PDF template

Click here for the layered PSD template.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Snow, Fruit and Prizes!

We are getting ready to get slammed with yet another snow storm. This one is a big one. It's been snowing on my cousins in Virginia since this morning and it's just getting going for us. Great timing that it is on a weekend. The boys and I plan to spend some time playing in the fluffy white stuff. Everyone is worried about getting to the grocery market, having food, supplies and safety through the storm. All I can think about is all the great photos I hope to capture so I have more stuff to scrap!! LOL

I've got some "fruit" to share. A layout I recently completed that has a little play on the word PEAR-PAIR. The Basic Grey Offbeat Collection inspired me to create this title "Perfect Pair". The little pear in the collection was so cute and got me thinking about what a great "pair" my hubby and I are. Valentine's seems like all the more reason to capture this feeling!  My youngest son snapped this very casual, but very 'real" photo of us. I love how well the colors in this line worked with the photo.

I did some paper pleating and stitching to give the page some shape, dimension and texture. I kept the journaling short and sweet and to the point about differences between us that really help make us a great team.... a perfect pair!

And now the prizes!!!!  As a Contributing Artist for Ideas For Scrapbookers, I am hosting a new challenge over at Scrapbook.com.  It's a scraplift challenge.  Each of the Contributing Artists has selected one of her pages for you to choose to scraplift.  Then just submit your page by March 15 for your chance to win one of two fabulous prizes.  One winner will get the GCD Studios BRAND NEW Homespun paper pack and 5 embellies from that line. Isn't that some great stuff???  But that's not all....  The second winner will get a $15 gift certificate to Scrapbook.com!!  You can check out all the requirements at this post on Scrapbook.com. This will be so much fun. I'm really excited to be hosting this challenge and hope that you can come play along!!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Stitched with Love

Stitching on layouts can be a ton of fun! This started out as a layout to fit a specific color scheme and turned into something way more! The color scheme was to use the red, blue, cream and kraft. I remembered these photos of my oldest son and my mom and one of the quilts that she made. I decided to use them in this venture.

I wanted the page to reflect the idea of creativity. My mom is one of the sources that inspires me to be creative. She has dabbled in many crafts and expressions of her artistic tendencies. Several years ago she really found her calling. She makes some of the most beautiful quilts you've ever seen. Her creations are stunning to the eye and evoke emotions of love and warmth and happiness. I wanted to capture that somehow on this page.

My mother has always been creative with needle and thread. So of course I *had* to include stitching on the page as well. I have been fortunate to have received 2 of her "old" sewing machines as hand-me-downs. My go-to machine is a 1957 Singer. It still runs like a charm. I love it! It can only do straight stitches, but that machine and I have a long history together from sewing doll clothes as a child to making things for my own children. I'm so glad that my mom gave it to me when she moved on to a better machine.

A few years ago, when she upgraded machines again, I was lucky to receive her "old" machine then too. Now this machine has cams that can do some flexi-stitching. There are all sorts of settings that have to be controlled to make it do what you want. I've not ventured into using this one. I've been a bit timid. Until this page. I wanted to do a zig-zag stitch. So I broke out the 2nd machine to do the stitching. Read through teh instruction manual and made myself give it a whirl. And it worked! I was so thrilled.

The title was hand stitched. I just didn't think I could get a machine to make all those loops and turns for the letters! I used french knots to dot the i's.

A few months ago when I was visiting her, my mom handed me a tin box filled with trims that she no longer needed. I found that beautiful lace in there. Isn't that gorgeous! I've been using some of the laces and trims on several cards and projects. Pretty cool to kinda have a piece of my mom on the page about her!

Well I hope you've enjoyed seeing this page and maybe found some inspiration to try stitching on your own pages. It's really fun!

Spring Cleaning

Thinking about Spring Cleaning? Don't forget to include organizing your digital stash in the list of things to cleanup. Your computer will appreciate it and it will save you time when you are trying to find things.

I've put together a tutorial on organizing digital scrpbook supplies. You can read it here at Ideas For Scrapbookers.

Happy cleaning!
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