Thursday, April 3, 2014

Life is Good!

My friend Liza's girls are adorable.   I mean really.  She posted this picture on Facebook and as I have before, I asked if I could scrapbook it for her.  She said yes!  I'm sure some of my friends are a bit leery of me these daysAnd I tried something new here - for the first time ever I used my Silhouette sketch pens.  It turned out okay.  I wish I had a thicker pen though, or perhaps a very fine marker.  I am going to have to look into this.


 





The paper is from MME.  I got it at one of those package sales at Archiver's right before they went out of business.  Sorry to see them go, but happy about the deal I got on the paper.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

There is this BOY scrapbook page

I know my Mom would absolutely adore the picture retrospectives I put together of my boys and I wanted to send them to her.  I quickly realized that I would not be able to find a frame do to their odd sizes.  So, what the hell I'll just scrapbook them.  

This is the first page, I actually finished it a few days ago.  I have a while to finish the second one though - they going to be part of her Mother's Day gift.  Glad I'm getting that handled early this year!




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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

There is this BOY

For some reason I have been in the mood to make some more home decorish type items.   This has never really been my thing but in the last six months or so we've made some changes and upgrades to our home and the ideas have started flowing.

I came up with an idea to do a picture retrospective of each of my boys with one picture representing each year of their life.  It took a long time to find pictures that worked well together, I am not going to lie.  But it was also kind of fun going through folders of so many pictures that I had forgotten about.  They really brought back a bunch of good memories.  








I found some large frames on Clearance at Michaels.  Not being a fan of white or black frames perse I pulled out some primer and spray paint and got to work.  These pictures are hanging in our foyer, and I kind of like the sunlight you see streaming across.  It does make the pictures harder to see so I have posted those alone as well.  The saying was something I instantly adored and naturally I found it on Pinterest. 

And the prints - well normally something like this would run $30 each at a printing place but I opted for an Engineering print instead.  It's printed on really thin paper and only prints in black in white.  I had already converted all of the pictures to black and white anyway so that they would flow more easily together.  It's not the highest quality print, but it still looks great in the frames, and hey, you can't beat $5 each. This project cost me no more than $60 total!  Which makes me incredibly happy. 

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

What the Caterpillar Calls the End of the World . . .

You know the saying right?  My core group of crafty gals do a gift exchange every year.  The first year we did it at Christmastime and realized quickly how badly that sucked, because HELLO! no one is more in demand right before Christmas than paper crafters!  

But, it's fun, and frankly no one appreciates the work paper crafters do like other paper crafters so we pushed on.  In order to take the pressure off we decided to move the gift exchange to the spring.  Call it Christmas in March.  We exchange wish list items and include one home made item for our elf.  Strange we call them elves, considering we are doing the shopping and creating . . . I digress.  Anyway, the long and short of it is that my *elf* loves butterflies, and since I had recently made a canvas I was in the mood to do that again.  Plus, butterflies are pretty, fun to layer, and well, who doesn't love butterflies?

I cannot tell a lie, I did not execute the magnificent painting on this canvas.  I farmed that out to my mother in law, artiste extraordinaire that she is.  Everything else is mine though!  I hope my elf likes it because I freakin' love it! 






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Sunday, March 2, 2014

Sandora Family Mission Statement

Because I just had to do another one.  I love the way they look, what they stand for.  Everyone should have one. I put lots of hours for this version which is even bigger and better than mine.  It measures two and a half feet by seven feet!  My friend had a lot to say . . .



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Saturday, March 1, 2014

Nico is Two Years Old!

Where does the time fly?  My best friend's little boy turned two not long ago and in honor of his birthday I made him a scrapabook page.  Well, I made his mother one.  He would probably just try to eat it.  Or vacuum it.  That's really what he's into right now.  

I did something a little different with this one - going with a simple block pattern.  But I wanted it to have tons and tons of texture so I decided to add buttons and a bunch of little glittery pieces that I received as a RAK.  Using my stuff, using my stuff . . . I used DCWV's newest birthday stack.  It's such a bright and fun paper. Turns out that the paper warped a little because I got it a bit too wet.  I might have been slightly heavy handed with the glossy accents I used to adhere the buttons and glittery gems.  Oh well, it still looks good and Brandy is happy to have something commemorating Nico's big day.





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Friday, February 28, 2014

Happy Birthday to You (Can You Read This?)

Pulling out the stamps I love but never use!  It's about time.  I, for the life of me can't remember who makes this one.  I'm sure I'll figure it out sooner or later and when I do I'll update this post.  This card was inspired by a card I  pinned to my Pinterest card board. I'll admit it.  I am a serial pinner.  That said, this was something quick and easy that I'll be sure to use.  Okay, hopefully I'll use it.



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Thursday, February 27, 2014

You Are Never Too Old

Verve stamps!  I was on a Verve kick back in the day.  Okay, so back in the day was only like a year or two ago.  Anyhow, these stamps fit perfectly for what I had in mind so there you go.  Pulling out the old stuff, making it work - you like, no?






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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Take A Picture and Dream Big

I am a chronic collector of dies, I admit that I might have a slight problem.  I see them, I love them, I purchase them, and then hopefully, someday I get around to using them.  I am trying to do more of the latter these days.  This is an Instagram die from Kelly Purkey that I HAD to have several months ago and I am finally getting around to using.   INSTAGRAM, HELLO, HOW AWESOME IS THIS DIE?!  This was  quick first effort.  I've got a lot more in me, but I wanted to get this card posted.  Because hey, I used my stuff.  And that's something.


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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

You Are My (insert awesomeness here)

New Papertrey Ink crafty goodness!  I couldn't resist and it's all Kimberly's fault.  I have been very good at not shopping but a friend MADE me go look at the new releases and then I HAD to have this die, and well, the rest is history.  You know how it is.  Here are a few cards I made playing around with my new stuff.  I am especially thrilled to finally be able to use the corrugated paper that DCWV bestowed upon me when I was a member of their design team.  I adore the bright colors and this die cut through it oh so well.








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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Bloom Where You are Planted

Sometime last year my good friend Angela posted these amazing pictures of her daughter Sadie that a good friend of hers had taken.  I begged, and begged for these photos knowing that I needed to scrapbook at least one of them.  Months later the photographer, Tracey Brown, was kind enough to share them with me so I could make a page for my dear friend.  And then I promptly filed them away, and while I didn't quite forget about them, I just didn't get around to doing it very quickly.  So, last month I felt moved and finally made something.  It's really a simple page.  Mostly because the photograph is so absolutely stunning that I didn't want to distract from it at all.  To see more of Tracy's amazing work check out her website here - TracyBrownPhotography.  If I lived anywhere near Virginia I know who would be taking our family portraits.








Of course my pictures are not the greatest.  But I still think you can get the gist of the page and appreciate this fabulous picture of Sadie.  At some point soon I'm going to get this in the mail to my buddy.  I hope she really likes it.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Best Teacher Eveh!

My oldest is quite taken with the piano.  Anytime we go somewhere where there is a piano he likes to sit down and play a little something for everyone.  He even spent a bit of time at Brandy's house giving her son Luca a short lesson a few weeks ago.  My little professor is always so willing to help teach others. I based this page on a sketch by Sherry Stringfield over at Sketch Savvy.  Although it's been a while I have always love playing with sketches.  That was one of the best parts of my time with DCWV's Design Team - getting to see all the different interpretations of a single sketch for the monthly challenge.  I actually used one of my favorite DCWV stacks for this page - Dots, Stripes and Plaids.  This is one of those stacks I've purchased a few times.  The last time was last fall when Joann's had it on clearance.  I got it for five hole bucks - score!  







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