Friday, September 17, 2010

Birthday card for Mom



This is a birthday card for my mom.

Little Kitty


These pictures are of my son when he was little (many years ago now) playing with his new kitty who he named, very appropriately, "Little Kitty." We already had a cat named "Kitty" so he chose the next thing he thought of, "Little Kitty" or "Little" for short. Yeah, okay, so we weren't too imaginative on names! I'm surprised we didn't just name my son "Baby!" :)



Friday, September 10, 2010

Flowers on a winter's day


I love these pictures of my little step granddaughter that her mom sent me, and I thought the quote totally fit her. She can find something good about anything, like those little flowers she found on a cold late winter rainy day! And knowing her, she thought it was fun walking through the rain to get there! She is just too cute for words, sometimes!


Monday, September 6, 2010

"Quite The Pear" Anniversary Card

I wanted to say Happy Anniversary to my stepdaughter and her husband.



Friday, September 3, 2010

Vintage Looking Card for a Friend



King Of The Stairs and Doodling with my white pen



It's a page about how my little dog, Max, loves to play "King of the Stairs." He waits until you're in the back yard or on the lower deck, and want to come back to the top deck or go back inside. He stands at the top of the stairs and wants you to "fight" him to get past. Oh, I promise he's only really playing. To him, it's just another silly game. He's such a silly puppy, always wanting to play something, even at almost 10 years old! In his mind, he's only 10 months and just a wee puppy, and puppies are supposed to play!

I think maybe I might have loved doodling with my white pen a bit TOO much? I feel as though I somehow became carried away with it!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Earrings out of Shrink Plastic

Within 30 minutes I made a pair of earrings with shrink plastic, that stuff that first came out in the 70's but is now widely available again. And talk about fun to work with! First, cut the shapes, then stamp image on the rough side, and then color in a few areas of the stamped image. I punched a hole near the top with my 1/4" hole punch. (You have to remember that holes shrink, too!) When I got done, this is what it looked like:


Then came the fun part, the shrinking! The instructions said to shrink it in the oven, but I just used my heat embossing gun and it worked fine. When I got finished shrinking, it looked like this:

See the huge difference in size? Wow! And the best part, I thought, was that it became shiny and hard. Just like, well, plastic!

I then took out my jewelry making box of toys, added a couple of jump rings and my earring hooks, and TA-DA! A new pair of earrings!


Friday, August 27, 2010

"Faux" Lace Cardstock


I used a Cuttlebug die that I have, one of the Vintage 2x2 set, and cut several out. Then I ran them through my Xyron X and adhered them on my background side by side, and layered patterned paper on top. It gives the illusion of being a piece of lace cardstock cut down and used as a layer. Or, at least, that was my intention! I think it works!


Thursday, August 26, 2010

Altered Fridge Magnet


This is for a challenge over at Sweet Peach Crop Shop Blog which was to alter something. I took an old fridge magnet that had advertising on it and turned it into this.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

The Court and Getting Creative

Here's a page about my son making Prom Court this last spring at his Senior prom. The theme of their prom was Monte Carlo, and they even had a pretend casino where they played for tickets that they could turn in for chances at door prizes. That's why I have the cards on there! And yes, those are real cards! We have a deck that was missing a few cards (not sure why we'd kept it) so I snatched a few more. Who's going to miss them, right? I was sure to grab "the court" (king, queen, etc) to match the topic of my page! See that frame around my picture, that is good 'ole fashioned aluminum foil. Yep, straight from the kitchen cabinet! Sometimes a crafter on a budget has to get creative with what she has!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Happy {Summer} Birthday!

Here is a card I made for my sister-in-law's birthday.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Spring Time Camping


This layout is about a camping trip we took last April. I love spring time camping, because it hasn't got hot yet, and you can really get outside and enjoy all the new plant growth and warm sunshine. And I think my little dog loves spring time camping, too, because he wants to walk, walk, walk and then take a nice long nap! Such is the dog's life! Those yellow flowers on the pages are my attempt to crochet my own daffodils. Not too bad, I thought, considering I came up with the pattern all on my own.

Here's the pages with a little bit closer look:





Friday, August 6, 2010

Paper Piecing & My Jump Start on Christmas!

I'm already getting a jump start on my Christmas cards! (We'll see how long this trend lasts, though! I always have good intentions every year but, well, you know.....)

Here's two cards that uses two different techniques of paper piecing. The first one, the first Christmas card of the season, uses paper piecing with a stamp. I had just bought a Studio G Soloz stamp at Michael's with that exact technique in mind! I had these scraps of paper left over and laying on my desk from my last layout, and to me they looked a little Christmas-y, so it only seemed right to use them up. I stamped the gift on my white cardstock, then again on my two patterned paper pieces, and yet again on some of the burgundy cardstock. I then trimmed all the pieces out and then glued them to the white cardstock using the stamped image there as a guide. Kind of like putting together a puzzle.

The second card uses paper piecing with die cuts. It's a birthday card for my young step-grandson. Here is my card:

I took a few die cuts of the same sailboat, just using different papers, and cut them into pieces that I then put together to make a new boat. (I had several of the die cuts given to me by a friend who has recently given up scrapbooking and was getting rid of her things. Can you imagine...I didn't know anybody COULD "give up" scrapbooking?!?)

I made two more cards that don't involve paper piecing, but they do use a couple of my favorite Christmas stamps. Well, now I've got 3 Christmas cards done! And oh, I dunno, about 27 more to go! But, hey, I figure if I can whittle away at that number a few at a time, I should have them done in no time. And with no stress! After all, this is supposed to be fun, right? And the best part on these is that I used up every piece of my scrap paper! Yoo-hoo! Life is good!















Friday, July 30, 2010

Snow-Woman





This page is about the snow woman that my son built in the back of his truck during last February's snow storm. He thought that would be funny! I think he had intentions of driving around with her back there, but sadly by the time the roads were clear, she was just a half melted blob of unrecognizable nothingness. Kind of like me on a Monday evening! LOL! Well, I liked her hair in the beginning, anyways!


Friday, July 16, 2010

Baby Talk


Here's a new page I did with a picture of my newest step grandson who was just born a few weeks ago. Isn't he the cutest? He looks so angelic sitting there like that! I did this page following a sketch and color challenge over at Page Maps. LOVE LOVE LOVE her sketches!

This is my first attempt at a pinwheel, but I like how it came out despite some issues I had. Next time I think I'll use the double sided patterned paper like the tutorial I was using suggested, instead of trying to adhere two pieces together. Either that or use an adhesive with a more overall coverage than what I did. Let's just say that pinwheels are not as cute when their layers start separating!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

More challenges!



Here's a page using pictures from a couple of years ago when my son got his driver's license. This layout meets three challenges. One is over at Stuck On U Sketches which was a sketch challenge as well as to use red, white, and blue. This isn't a 4th of July layout, but it's got those colors in there! The second challenge is over at Scrap and Stamp Saturday which was to use the color red and at least one stamp. I stamped the bottom part of the title, "Will Drive," with a new alpha stamp set I just got and some red paint. And the third challenge was over at Challenge Masters which was to use stars and stripes. Again, they may have been looking for something a bit more towards a 4th of July layout which this is not, but I definitely have stars and stripes on there.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

The Puppy Grinch

Here is a scrapbook page that I recently finished about my little dog at Christmas. It meets a challenge over at Practical Scrappers which was to use animated or cartoon images. I downloaded some Dr. Seuss Grinch images from the internet and colored with markers, and used some older diecuts that's been in my stash for a while. I added colored brads to my little Christmas tree for ornaments! Enjoy!


Thanks for looking!

Monday, July 5, 2010

More creations!




First up is a birthday card that I made for my stepgrandson. This meets a challenge over at Practical Scrappers which was to use some type of animated or cartoon image. The dragon image on this card was illustrated by Dustin Pike who designs alot of stamps for High Hopes Rubber Stamps. This particular image was a free digi download from his website, though. I colored the digi with my Prismacolor markers.



Here are some more projects that I've made lately including a scrapbook page about my son, a couple of anniversary cards, and the card I sent to my father-in-law last month for Father's Day. Enjoy!







































See the card with the flowers on it? That's an anniversary card for my stepson and his wife. The flowers were cut from an old greeting card that I had lying around. I like recycling, and thought the flowers were very pretty! The gold/brown/blue anniversary card was for my brother-in-law and his wife, and is a re-structured card that I'd originally made at a card class about a year ago. At the class we were limited on sentiment stamps and, well, I never really liked the sentiment I had used on this card. I loved the colors and design, though, so I took the sentiment off and replaced it with the Happy Anniversary I stamped with one of my favorite stamps. On the scrapbook page on my son, I tried my hand at using some handmade shimmer spray. I don't think it was shimmery enough, but I liked the unique splatter that the spray caused. The lighthouse card is a Father's Day card for my father-in-law. Stamped image was colored in using my markers. I like this image for the masculine cards.


Thursday, July 1, 2010

Celebrate--I made a card!!

I haven't had much of a chance lately to scrap or craft, so haven't had much to post here. But, I realized suddenly late tonight that my brother-in-law's birthday is a few days away and I needed a card. So, while I was crafting, I decided to follow along with a few challenges as well. Here's my card:


The challenge this week over at Practical Scrappers is to use either a border punch or decorative scissors. So, I used my decorative scissors, deckle shape, to cut the pp behind the car (the pp with the clock on it). It's kind of hard to see in the picture, though. The car stamp is by Stampabilites. I heat embossed it and colored it with a combo of markers and distress inks with my watercolor pen.

The second challenge I followed was one over on
Scrap Challenge Masters which was to make a masculine card with something heat embossed. Worked out great for my card!

Now, while I was making this card, I realized that also next week is another birthday and two anniversaries! So, I guess I'd better get back to crafting some cards! I'll try to remember to take photos of them before rushing them to the post office! :)


Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Have I told you lately how much I LOVE challenges???

So, have I told you how much I LOVE scrapbooking challenges? I love how they get your creative juices flowing and your rear in gear! I have found so many great challenge sites lately that I'm like a kid on too much candy! The trouble is, though, that 1) I don't have enough scrap time in a day to do all these challenges (but oh, how I wish!) and 2) I'm waaaaay too slow a scrapper to meet and keep up with all the submit deadlines! But, you know, I'm going to try to 'suffer' my way through! LOL! :)

Here's a layout that I did for three different challenges. It's a layout using pics taken a few years ago of my step-grandson taking a spin in his new sweet "ride" he had just got from Santa a couple of weeks before.
First challenge it meets is a sketch from Twisted Sketches and the twist was to use chipboard. My chipboard pieces are the black circles which I thought simulated the look of the tires on my step-grandson's truck. The second challenge it meets is the one issued on Practical Scrappers to use eyelets. As you can see, on my "tire" circles, I used silver eyelets. I was hoping it'd somewhat copy the wheel rims on the truck. It would have looked better, I thought, with a couple more eyelets per circle, but unfortunately, that was all the silver eyelets I had. And the last (but certainly not the least) challenge is the one over at Scrap Challenge Masters Daily Grind challenge which was to use pictures from an outdoor everyday (not special or holiday) event.

Here's some other layouts that I've done recently but have not posted yet. One is of my son when he was in Kindergarten and the other is one of my stepson when he was in the middle school choir. These pictures go way way back! No, I'm obviously not a chronological scrapper, ha ha! The third layout is of a photo taken just a few weeks ago of my step-granddaughter when she fell asleep in the baby seat that's ready and waiting for her new little brother who's due any day now. She's so sweet!


And just for the record, I do enjoy other crafts besides scrapbooking, even though I don't show them here much. I also crochet, and here is my latest crochet project. It's a kitchen set of a dishcloth and scrubbie. The variegated cotton yarn is by Lily Sugar 'N Cream (I got the big cone at Wally World) and the white yarn on the back of the scrubbie is a nylon yarn, typically used for plastic canvas (at least that's what the package said). It's really kind of stiff, great for a scrubbie, but not so great for my hands and fingers. By the time I was done with one, I'd have to take a break from the nylon to give my fingers time to recover! I made myself a set and loved them so much that I made both of my neighbors a set, too. I made a little gift bag and everything! I'm lucky to have some of the greatest neighbors who are always doing nice things for us, so I wanted to do something for them, too.



Friday, June 4, 2010

More challenges and A Graduation!

Hi, again! Thought I'd share a few more creations!

Here is a card I made for a couple of challenges.

First, I used a sketch from a challenge over at
Twisted Sketches, and the "twist" was to use rub ons. So, the "Precious" part of the sentiment is a rub on. I don't really own that many rub ons, but not sure why. I really do like them, but for some reason, just don't stash that many. I suppose I use them as fast as I get them! The card also is for a product challenge over at Practical Scrappers which was to use acrylics, vellum, or transparencies. So, the rest of the sentiment, the "Welcome" and "Baby," are transparencies. Well, technically they're not. They're actually cut out from those clear guide sheets you get with your acrylic stamps. When I moved my stamps storage to clear CD cases, I no longer needed these guide sheets. I thought I could cut them up and use them as transparencies, and they work great! On the word "Baby," I simply colored the letters from the back with a Prisma marker before running it through my little Xyron X. (I love when I can attach transparencies that way, it gives an even coverage of adhesive so you can't see it!)

Here's another card I made based on the same sketch at Twisted Sketches. I guess I really liked that sketch! The reason for two baby cards is that it seems there's been a little population explosion in my corner of the world! But, that's okay! Babies are sooo cute, and they're really great when you can hand them back to their parents when they start to cry! LOL! :)


Speaking of 'babies,' my 'baby' just graduated high school last weekend. He's not a baby anymore! I'm so proud of him! Here he is all educated and graduated!

Isn't he cute in that figure flattering man-gown? :) And where there's a graduation, there's graduation gifts, right? So, being the thrifty crafter that I am, I decided to make the Thank You cards that my son will send out. Well, just as soon as I can get him to sit still long enough to fill them out! You know how guys are about such things! Here's a sample of the Thank You cards I am making. (FYI: his school colors are dark green, dark blue, and silver. As if you couldn't tell by the aforementioned man-gown, right?!?)



Saturday, May 22, 2010

A Sketch, A Challenge, and a Goal

Here's a 2 page layout I did for the Sketch Challenge over at Sketchy Thursdays and a product challenge over at Practical Scrappers which was to use some patterned paper. I've had these wonderful pictures of my stepgrandkids laying on my desk for a while now, I LOVE these pictures! The joy and happiness on their faces makes me smile! And I've had a goal to get them scrapped since I had them printed, but have been procrastinating. Well, between the sketch challenge and the product challenge, it gave me the kick in the rear I needed to finally reach my goal! Thanks Practical Scrappers and Sketchy Thursdays!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Catching up & Using Sketches!

I haven't posted any layouts lately, but I have been scrapping. So I thought I'd take a second and catch up on posting.

My new scrapping friend, Bonnie from The Mad Scrappers, started posting sketches on her blog every Friday. I LOVE sketches! So, here's the first sketch that Bonnie posted on her website:







And here's what I ended up with:




I only did the left side because I didn't have enough pictures to do both sides, and I flipped it around some. My journaling is on a pull out tag at the bottom left under the subtitle. (And yes, these pictures are from waaaaay back! Like, twenty-**cough cough** years ago!)


And when I was done with the page, I went ahead and used the scraps to make these two cards:




I love using up scraps! Especially when I already have all these things laying all over my desk that match!







Here's some other layouts that I've done lately:
This one uses a picture from when my parents-in-law had just got married. I used some of my grandmother's lace and a rose of ribbon that I made.


This one uses pictures from when our first two grandsons were born (uhhh...that was like 9 years ago now...yeah, I'm what you'd call 'a little behind' in scrapping!).


Thursday, March 25, 2010

New Layout for Mom

Here's a layout that I did for another PageMaps sketch contest. Part of the contest was to do a page about something or someone you appreciate. The word "appreciate" didn't have to be part of the page, but just had to include something you were thankful for. So, I did a page for my Mom, or "Mama" as I still call her. (Yeah, I'm from the South...) Mama and I haven't always agreed on things or seen eye to eye, but I'm always thankful that she's always been there for me. She's taught me so much, both in words and definitely by example, and I hope I have learned most of all how to be that kind of Mom myself. Anyway, on to the layout.:





The two pink flowers I made out of...Coffee filters! Yep! A crafty girl on a budget has to get creative with the things she has on hand! The trim on the left is some crocheting I did, just kind of made up my own pattern as I went, then threaded some ribbon through. The thing in the top right hand corner is supposed to be a butterfly! Now, don't laugh at it! It's just sheer ribbon that I folded round and round (securing each layer with glue dots) for each wing, then laid the wings across each other, and secured together with more glue dots. The body is the body from a butterfly sticker. The body matched my layout colors, but the wings did not. So, I cut the body out, attached some fine gold thread for antenna and attached it to the wings. Not sure I'm happy with the way it looks, but it's kinda cute so will probably keep it on there. All in all, I like my Mom layout, weird butterfly and all.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Hoppy Birthday!

Here is a card I made for my stepgrandson who just turned 9 years old. I hope he likes it!


And yes, those are googly eyes! It's fun to watch them move!

Thanks for looking!