Monday, August 18, 2014

Pocket Scrapbooking: YO HO HO!

Arrrrrgh, mateys!  It's Monday already!   Did you have a good weekend?  We sure did--it was a race weekend for my guys, which is always a great time for our family.  Both guys did great, no podiums this weekend, but still a lot of fun hanging with some of the coolest cyclists in the Midwest.  

I have a scrapbook page to share today.  It's a double layout using pocket scrapbook pages and is from that same ol' trip to Florida that I've been working on lately.  Check 'em out:

Left side...used my Cameo for the words and journal boxes.

Right side.  Again, I used my Cameo for the journal box.  The red piece is a canvas sticker that came from the CTMH "Tommy" line of products.

This was SUCH a fun day...if you are in the Panama City Beach area and have kids younger than about 10 years old....definitely look up the Sea Dragon Pirate Cruise.  My son had a blast and it was a great time for parents to relax a bit, as the crew definitely entertained the kids the entire time!  Well worth it!

Have a super day!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Hello, there!

TGIF--right?!    This was my son's first full week of fifth grade.  He's really enjoying it so far, but I'm not kidding when I say we're all dragging our tails from the hectic pace of life once school starts up.  We're ready for a weekend, that's for sure! 

I'm sharing a card today that I'm going to drop in the mail to my niece, who has just moved into her new dorm as a Freshman in college.  I loved getting mail when I was in college and I think she will, too.  I made this card very quickly this morning so I could get it in the mail later today.  Check it out:

Materials used:
Cardstock: SU
All inks: SU ink pads and markers
Stamps: Cheep Talk by SU
Patterned Papers: MME scraps
Fiskars border punch

I forgot how much fun it was to use markers to ink up stamps.  That's how I accomplished the two-tone tree branch with green leaves.  

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Pocket Scrapbooking - Destination: Relaxation

Hey everyone....the scrapbook page I'm sharing today highlights a few pictures we took around the condo that we stayed in during a trip to Florida.  

All papers are by Echo Park or are scraps of cardstock.  

One thing I've learned about pocket takes up much less space!  What I probably would have made into a 20 page album is going to be done in just a few pages for this trip!  I think I'll probably go ahead and do our next vacation in pocket style scrapbooking and just add it to this album, perhaps calling it "Family Vacations" or something like that. I've worked on a few more pages since my son has gone back to school and have nearly completed this trip!  So exciting to make progress!!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Floral Wreath Sympathy Card

Hey everyone...I realized that I was running low on sympathy cards again and decided I'd break out my Copics and color a stamp that has become one of my favorites--it's "Floral Wreath" by GinaK and I got it free.  When I first received it, I remember thinking it wasn't really my style...but the more I looked at it, I realized it had all sorts of potential.  Check out my most current creation using it:

I really think the coral, red, black and white are so very striking.

Close up so you can see how I colored those flowers and added a drop of Stickles to each center.

What I used:

Cardstock:  PTI
Patterned Paper: Echo Park scraps
Stamp: Floral Wreath by GinaK
Sentiment: PTI Mega Mixed Messages
Copic Markers
Creative Memories Circle Cutter
EK Success Edge Punch

That's all for today....hope all is well in your world!

Friday, August 8, 2014

For a mom-to-be

Hey everyone...I have a friend who is expecting her first baby and I wanted to share with you the card that I made for her.  She's not too far along, so I sent a gender-neutral card.  Check it out:

What I used:
Cardstock: SU and scraps (green and yellow)
Embossing folder by Darice
Stickles in each embossed swirl
Stamps: Goody Goody Gumdrops by SU
Copic Markers

So yesterday was my son's first day of school.  I missed him a ton during the day, but spent a lot of time scrapbooking more of our Florida trip. I'm debating about whether I'll share more of those pages with you.  I need you all like the pocket page posts or not so much?  It's all good....I can take your honesty.  But back to my son...when he got in the car he announced it was his best first day, ever.  Music to my glad he's excited about a new school year.  I'm a happy mama.

Have a wonderful Friday.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

August Christmas Share....Snowmen in shades of blue

Hi's my day to share a card over at She's a Sassy Lady, so that means I'm sharing my monthly holiday card.  I've been making a different holiday greeting card each month to hopefully inspire you to get a jump start on making your Christmas cards.  It won't be long they will be on everyone's blogs!  

Are you ready for some snowmen?

So along with my goal of creating something monthly to be ready for the holidays, I've also been on a bit of a spending freeze.  Today's card is a wonderful reflection of what one can create from all sorts of things found in what we all probably have on hand!  The patterned paper is by DCWV from the Winter Basics 6 by 6 paper pad.  I used one entire sheet--the paper is two sided, so I simply flipped the leftover cut strip over and decided I liked the contrast of the stripes against the subtle plaid background.   The white and navy shapes were leftover from another project.  I probably cut them from Elegant Edges, but they were just sitting on top of my workspace (taking up valuable real estate!), so I stamped the snowmen from the Stampin' UP! set, The More the Merrier.  I colored them with my Copic markers and added a few Stickles.  The felt snowflake had the year 2006 on the bottom of the jar and I know I've had those snowflake brads for at least that long, too.  The supplies may be old, but I think the result is adorable!

Here's a close up of my coloring for you.  I didn't do much blending because my white base is really cheap paper and wasn't going to blend very well.  The sentiment is from SP&Company's "Snow Much Fun" set.

Thanks for stopping by today....make it a day filled with creativity!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Pocket Scrapbooking: Father & Son

Hey everyone and a very happy Monday to you!   I have to take my son to the dentist today and neither of us are very excited about it.  He has a chipped tooth and another one that is probably a good candidate to be pulled, as he is terribly slow at getting loose teeth out of his mouth.  Ugh....send good thoughts our way today!

I have another pocket page from our Florida trip to share today:

Materials used:
Cardstock: Bazzill
Patterned paper: Echo Park
Border Stickers: Echo Park
Cameo for "Father/Son"
"&" is a sticker from Echo Park

That's all for today!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Happy Mail from Australia!

Hey everyone...I met a lovely lady through the Cricut message board a long time ago.  We have become friends through various online means and I always enjoy chatting with her.  Whenever I see an envelope in the mail from Perth, I know I'm in for a real treat.  Here's what my sweet friend Debbie made me for my birthday:

I love purple...this card is just gorgeous!  Debbie puts a lot of time into the cards she makes.  I'm so very grateful for her day I'll get to Australia to meet her and make a card or two together!  

Friday, August 1, 2014

Happy Birthday, book lover! (and my update on my crafty goals for July)

Hey everyone...shortly after school starts, our media center coordinator at school (what was known as a school librarian when I was a kid) will celebrate her birthday.  She's a phenomenal asset to our school and I credit her with helping foster my son's love of reading.  She has always taken a special interest in my kiddo and has often gone above and beyond to be helpful towards him and our whole family.  I wanted to maker her a special card to acknowledge her special day:

Materials used:
Cardstock: SU
Patterned paper: Out of the Blue by MME Lime Twist
Sentiment: Mega Mixed Messages by PTI
Image stamp: Hedgie Reading Books by SP&Company
Copic Markers
Cateye Chalk Ink

So....for July here's a rundown of my crafty goals:

Create More:  I made 15 shirts, 10 layouts, four cards, one necklace and two "other" types of things. I am happy with this amount of output.  Many of my layouts were pocket scrapbooking, which is totally new to me.  I'm struggling a bit, but giving it a good try.

Spend less:  I spent some $$ in July.  I picked up a pocket scrapbooking "kit" at my LSS.  It wasn't exactly what I was looking for, but I got it anyway.  I'm having buyer's remorse.  I should have looked online for exactly what I had in mind.  I also bought some supplies today to try my hand at glitter ornaments.  $20 in glitter seems ridiculous.   I think what is happening is the longer I've gone without spending money on craft supplies regularly, the harder it is getting for me to do that.  It's weird...I'm sitting on about $200 that I've allocated for new stamps and cardstock and I have yet to see a stamp set that has caught my eye.  Any suggestions?  I really need some sympathy stamps, if that helps!

Be "PRESENT":  I think I'm doing pretty well with this.  There's times I've put off doing some cleaning project or something else I "should" be doing just to sit on the porch and talk to my husband.  Or to feed the fish in the pond with my son.  Or to attempt to put the world's most frustrating puzzle together as a family.  Or to ride our get the idea.  I'm trying to be more fluid about just going with whatever is happening at the moment.  That will likely work for the next six days, until school starts again and the routine of that becomes second nature.  OH!  And I took some classes at our local bead store.  I went all by myself and had a really good time.  The projects were cute and I look forward to making some fun things for myself and to give as gifts.

What do I want to do in August?  Keep scrapbooking.  I'm enjoying it again.  As much as I struggle with pocket scrapbooking, I do love a challenge and I'm glad it's re-energized me to get some layouts done.  Also, I want to create some things out of supplies that are in my room (jars that need personalized, frames that need something in them, etc). What's the point of storing all that stuff?!  And lunch with friends....I really need to catch up with my girls.  I've missed my mom-friends this summer.  Time to have some lunches out again!

I hope you have a fantastic day!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

More happy mail....

Hey everyone...I have another lovely card to share today that I received for my birthday.  This one is from my Mom.  I have some great memories of my my sister, Mom and I making cards during some of my visits back to my home town.  Hopefully we can stamp again soon! 

Aren't those butterflies pretty?  Such a striking card with the red and white.  Thanks, MOM!!

Have a super day!