Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Presidential Field Trip...a scrapbook page

Hey everyone...still working on some scrapbook pages, and today's is definitely Clean and Simple.  I *still* have many of my Clean and Simple Scrapbook magazines around in my scrapbook room, serving as inspiration.  Definitely my style!  This page has pictures from my son's field trip to Lincoln State Park.   

Check it out:


Clean lines, no lumps and bumps.  Oh, and stripes.  

I'm a happy girl.  

And the Silhouette Online Store had a bust of Lincoln--could it get any better?

Yes, CAS is my style.  That's all!



Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Snowglobe Birthday Wishes

Hey everyone...I have a fun, wintery birthday card to share today!  I have several friends and relatives with January birthdays, so I made a couple of these cards to send out:


Materials used:
SU Cardstock
DCWV patterned paper
Stamped images by GinaK Snow Much Fun
Copic Markers
Cut file from Silhouette Online Store
Snowflake brad from a purchase ages ago at Meijer

Wishing you a great day!


Sunday, January 25, 2015

January Christmas Card Share

Hello everyone....I've decided to still make holiday cards throughout the year, but I'll be sharing them on or around the 25th each month this year.  To start off 2015, I've got a non-traditional card made entirely of scraps!  Nothing like making old stuff new again to kick off the new year!   

Check it out:


This super fun and funky card is 100% scraps, can you believe it!  The pattered paper is by DCWV and was on a sheet that was just strips of various designs.  I had used the rest of the sheet and found this in my green scraps in my Big Blue Tub O'Scraps.  I cut it apart, found some scraps of green and pink and laid out the basic background of the card.

The sentiment is from an SP&Company stamp set called "Falling Snow".  FYI  SP&Co is no longer selling stamps.  I cut out a pink scrap using Art Philosophy from CTMH Cricut Cartridge and stamped the sentiment with an old Garden Green SU stamp pad. I added some metal bling that I got from Joann's $1 bins ages ago.  And that's all there was to this card.  Sometimes letting the paper do the talking really works!

I hope you are having a great 2015 so far....will you be making your holiday cards throughout the year or more towards December?

Have a creative day!



Thursday, January 22, 2015

What a beautiful day!

Hey everyone....last night I was having a little creative session in my scrapbook room and after completing a page in my son's album decided I was going to work on a Valentine or two.  I pulled out a lot of Close To My Heart stamps sets that had some hearts, love or otherwise Valentine-like potential and got inky.  The result?  Not a Valentine by any stretch of the imagination!  Oh well....I do love the card that resulted, even if it's not a Valentine!


What I used for this card:
CTMH Trees & Things
A variety of SU ink pads
Red scrap paper
Old Olive SU Cardstock
and a sponge for the edges

This week has been a trying one at our house.  There's been some stressful events, my son is on the verge of not feeling well and our schedules have been sort of crazy.  The time I spent making this little card brought a nice reprieve from reality.  It brought some BALANCE to my week.  And the more I look at this card...it was *exactly* the card I was meant to make yesterday, because it was indeed a beautiful one my in corner of the world.

Sometimes you have to get ink on your fingers for things to fall back into place.  I hope you have a wonderful day!


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Grandparents Day: A scrapbook page to share

Hey everyone....I have another scrapbook page to share with you today!  I'm working on pictures from my son's fourth grade year and this page has a wonderful picture of my son and all four of his grandparents at his school for Grandparents Day.   

Check it out:


I'm a total slacker...I have no clue what papers I used, just that I really, really liked them!  I know they came from one of my last stops at Archivers after a bike race we had been at.  I sure miss those stops, such a fun way to end bike weekends and to quickly add a few fresh things to my scrappy stash.  I cut the funky font on my Cameo.  

Have a great day!





Friday, January 16, 2015

Happy!

Hey everyone...I'm so glad it's Friday!  I'm sure you are, too!   I have a sweet birthday card to share today.  I used up the last of one of my favorite 6 by 6 paper pads to create it, which really makes me super HAPPY!  Check it out:


The background sheet was the last one in the pad and I just had been struggling with how to use such bold prints with any level of success.  For this card, I stamped the letters using a My Craft Spot stamp set onto pennants made with the SU pennant punch.  The border in pink was cut using my Cameo.  I added tiny little pearls in between banners.  The inside greeting is what makes it a birthday card.  I just love the result!

Hope you have a great weekend!



Wednesday, January 14, 2015

First Day of School!

Hey everyone...I am a bit behind again on scrapbooking.  I realize that I need to BALANCE (there's that word again!) my cardmaking along with creating some scrapbook pages.  So I recently sat down and went to work on a few pictures from my son's fourth grade year of school.  

Check out this first page:


The title and the "4th Grade" are both cuts from the Silhouette Online Store.  The papers are from Carta Bella.  My local scrapbook store had a Black Friday deal on scrapbook kits and I took full advantage of it--I used to get a monthly kit shipped to me, which I loved and really enjoyed putting to use.  Having pre-matched papers ready to go really helped me make progress quickly!

Sure feels good to switch things up a bit!



Monday, January 12, 2015

More birthday "packages"...

Hey everyone!  A few weeks ago, I shared a card where I used punches to create packages fit for a birthday card.  I liked the look of that card so much, that I decided to make a more whimsical version using up some last bits of my Echo Park "Hello Summer" six by six paper pad.  This card completely wiped out every last little bit of that paper that I loved so very much!  

Check it out:


Materials used:
Cardstock - SU Bashful Blue
Yellow Paper - scrap
Punches - SU
Ribbon-old Christmas ribbon
Stamp - PTI Mega Mixed Messages
Cuttlebug embossing border folder
Gem
Patterned Paper - Echo Park Hello Summer

Hope you have a super day!



Friday, January 9, 2015

Hearts on a String...

Hey everyone....it's been wicked cold here in my neck of the woods.   Ok, compared to some parts of the country it isn't so bad, but for us....it's cold.  So I totally gave myself permission to stay at home, blow off any errands that needed to run and basically keep warm.  Oh, and maybe get a little crafty, because that's a good "inside" thing to do! And I'm running a bit short of some cards.  But here's the problem....I just really wasn't all that inspired to make anything!  My first card went into the trash bin (and I have to admit, tossing a failed card front felt pretty darned good!).  Rather than waste a good day of potential craftiness, I turned to my Pinterest boards and found THIS GEM.  I loved the simplicity, but decided I'd put my spin on it by using up some tiny scraps of patterned paper that I just loved too much to toss.  Here's my version:


The paper scraps for the hearts are from MME.  I dug the lime green mat out of my Big Blue Tub O'Scraps, too.  The brads are the tiny ones that SU sold awhile back.  I'm not sure if they still sell them, but if they do...these are a good buy.  Nice and small and the backs are good and sturdy, too.  The stamp is one of the Tiny Tags sets from My Craft Spot.  I drew the lines with a Copic Multi Liner black pen.  Here's a tip...start drawing off the page then continue all the way across and off the other side.  It keeps you from getting the blotchy start/stop lines.

So happy with my version and many thanks to the original artist for her version!

Have a super weekend!




Tuesday, January 6, 2015

A Llama Card...and some thoughts on our hobby...

Hey everyone!  This week was a bit of a sad one in our hobby.  Two of the best stamp companies around made announcements that they were no longer selling stamps.  Like many, I'm happy for the employees/owners and what they have to look forward to in their personal lives, but selfishly...I'm sad for the holes that are left in the stamping world.  Probably unique to our hobby, we get invested into these products, their lovely design teams, the challenges, and the wonderful owners themselves.  We await releases with excitement and credit cards ready! And when they go away...there's a void.  A sadness, even.  Maybe that's just me being a bit over-dramatic, but if you're reading this tiny little blog, you must feel at least a little bit that way, too.   So when one of these companies email notification showed up in my inbox, I immediately filled up a shopping cart--desperate for one more order.  And then I paused...and thought about my OLW:  BALANCE.   Was this one last purchase going to bring balance into my world?  Was I willing to give up space (which I'm really short on!) in my craft room for this purchase?  Was there a gap in my craft supplies that needed filled out?  And after closing down that shopping cart not once, but twice, I resisted placing that one last order.  I figured it was the world's way of telling me to use what I have or to move onto something new.  Because when one door closes, another one opens--there's always balance to be found.  While some of my favorite stamps are no more, there's new companies up and coming in our hobby and one of those is Pretty Cute Stamps.

So today, I'm sharing a card made with a llama stamp set I got from Pretty Cute Stamps.   I knew when I saw the llama set, I had to have it.  Rather than let it collect dust...I'm inking it up.   You'll see it a bunch in the future on my blog, as it's unique and super fun.  

Check it out:


The inside says "Happy Birthday".

I made this card using all scraps!  I colored the llama with Copics first, then covered him/her with glue and pressed Fun Flock all over the body.  Now there's a blast from the past!  Who else still has Fun Flock in their stash?  ME!  In several colors, but I'm beyond thrilled with how this lovely llama came out with flock for fur.  Or is it fleece?  This card is the perfect BALANCE of old (paper, flock, brads) with the new stamp set and SVG cut file to match. 

That's all for today....I hope you have a great day!