Friday, October 14, 2016

A Little Halloween Cutie!

Busy, crazy and in love with life.  That's me right now.  I am working on several projects for Halloween, but here is one from when Little was little.  This was her third Halloween.

Want Some?
Little was trying to share her lollipop with daddy.

I still have some Pink Paislee Vintage Moon Collection from some time ago.  This was/is one of my all time favorite Halloween collections.  It was the perfect Halloween paper without all the scary stuff.  Great for princesses or in this case Tinker Bell.

I hadn't heard from Pink Paislee for awhile and wondering where they are and what's up.  Well, they are still in business with some beautiful collections.  Check their blog Pink Paislee and Facebook.

Picture of the Week
This is my granddaughter Ali waiting for her Sunday School teacher.  This was cowboy and boots week.  Around here a little cool weather and all the boots come out.
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Friday, October 07, 2016

Inspirations Friday

I thought I would try and designate Friday to share with you a few crafty inspirations I have come across on the internet throughout the week. 

Fall or Autumn, according to where you are from, is upon us so Autumn Inspiration it is.

From Mark Montano's Facebook page:  Stacked, pleated card stock from Carol Speake.

Spooky Food from Pillsbury:  Walking Mummy Dogs

How about a free printable from Digital Antiques?  

Please download from Digital Antiques and not here.  Their post is older but the work is incredible.  Leave them some love as well. 

Lastly, my photo of the week:

Three of my grands at their first spooky corn maze.  This was the end of the corn maze and they picked out their own mini pumpkin.  Little MJ thought this was the best treat in the world.  He was booking it to make sure no one changed their mind.  LOL

Prayers to all is the wake of Hurricane Matthew. 

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Thursday, September 29, 2016

3 & 4 September, Going Out With A Bang

Yep, tomorrow is the end of September.  Now starts the fun!

It has been too hot for many activities here in South Carolina.  The cool weather is coming and it is time for the ballet season, theater season, Halloween and Christmas activities AND the Nutcracker.

I said I wanted to finish posting the 4th of July layouts before October so here are the last two. 

Little with her American Flag ... she is certainly proud to be an American!  
FYI:  she is VERY independent.  LOL

Bo Bunny Firecracker Collection
Paper Issues July sketch
Tim Holtz: title letters Newsprint, Vintage Photo Distress Ink, Picket Fence Distress Paint, alteration die cut flag, Mirrored Stars
Vintage Street Market Tinted Tape
Blue Fern Studios (blue ... distress ink and gold...distress paint and distress glitter) chipboard stars
Prima rhinestones
We R Memory Keepers Backer's Twine
Glitz Design tiny alpha

My youngest grand just hanging out at the beach being glad it is a party!

Bo Bunny Firecracker Collection
Paper Issues July sketch
Thickers glitter letters
Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink, Naturals Black and Cream Trimmings, Mirrored Stars, Label Letters
Fiskars circle thumb punch, Scalloped Circles Squeeze punch, Stars Squeeze punch
Glitz Design tiny alpha

Hold on to your hats because it is almost October!

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Monday, September 26, 2016

2 of 4 Have You Ever Collaborated On a Scrapbook Layout?

I guess I have two collaborations on this layout.  This is 2 of 4 Fourth of July layouts using Bo Bunny's Firecracker collection and Paper Issues July Sketch Challenge. 

The best collaboration is between me and two of my granddaughters ages 3 and 5.  I was working on this fabulous layout of their cousin when they begin to say things like "Mimi, what if I punched out a star and put it here?"  Or "I can help with the diamonds (sequins)." 

My educational philosophy is you learn best by doing.  So here we are.  A scrapbook layout collaboration by Mimi, Rae and Em.

LIBERTY with Ali

Bo Bunny:  paper, stickers, tag
Tim Holtz Idea-ology:  clear stars
Tim Holtz Ranger:  Distress Ink Vintage Photo
Glitz Design:  Tiny Alphas
Chatterbox: Letters in title
Fiskars star squeeze punch, round thumb punch
American Crafts red and white ribbon

Tip:  distress stickers by laying them on Ranger Inksentials Reusable Non Stick Craft Sheet.  This makes it easy to peel off the mat.  Using an Emory board lightly distress in one direction.  Be careful not to distress the mat.  I find it easy.  I always run my stickers back through my Xyron sticker maker to make sure I have a long lasting adhesion.  

What have you collaborated on lately?

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Bo Bunny Firecracker with Paper Issues Sketch

September is nearly gone, Fall has started and I'm in July trying to do a little catch up with my seasons.  I thought I would share over the next week 4 layouts I did with Bo Bunny's Firecracker collection and Paper Issues July sketch challenge.  For me a sketch never goes out of style!

Em loves the beach and for her and her sister the American Flag is the most special flag! 

Here is the sketch I used from Paper Issues:
Bo Bunny's Firecracker is so much fun to work with.  If you haven't started your layouts from Memorial Day, Veterans Day, 4th of July, military pages and the list goes on... oh my goodness it is fun.

I also used
Fiskars star squeeze punch,
Tim Holtz/Sizzix flag die,
Tim Holtz/Ranger distress ink, Vintage Photo, 
Prima rhinestones,
Glitz Design tiny alpha
Vintage Stree Market Tinted Tape
Tim Holtz/Idea-ology stars.

Check out Sunday/Monday post for more Bo Bunny Firecracker... I need to hurry so I can get into my Halloween fun!

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Use It or Lose It ... A Birthday Layout

I can only share where part of these products come from that make up my layout.  Maybe you know? 

My Little is 5 years old now and growing up faster each day.

I have stashes of paper I no longer know what company made them.  I still love them, but I know that I need to use as much as I can. 
  • Makes room for the fresh stuff.  
  • The danger of not using what you have now, is it goes "out of style."  That makes it difficult to motivate yourself to use the early products when you are so eager to move on with new styles, techniques and ideas.
  • I end up donating it (which is not bad, but I bought it for a reason), sell it or let it sit right where it is stored.  
My challenge to you:  dig it out, use the old and new mixed together and make room for the new, best and brightest products!

Let me see if I can remember some of the products.
Cardstock:  American Crafts
Butterflies:  Graphic 45
Sticker letters:  Webster's Pages
Prima flowers and buttons
Little heart I think is from My Minds Eye
No idea who produced the paper, the "artsy life," or calendar.

Got a guess? 

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Gratitude List
1.  friends, friends, friends
2.  another great year of life
3.  learning and the world it opens up to me
4.  little faces that remind why I love all that is around me
5.  My heavenly Father

Monday, September 12, 2016

First Look at Santa -- Christmas Layout

Little MJ's first closeup look at Santa Claus.  No screaming, just real curiosity.

Graphic 45 paper and embellishments; Thickers silver letters, Basic Grey brads, Tim Holtz's Idea-ology tinsel and Vintage Photo distress ink.   Not sure, but probably inspired by someone crafty.

I know it is not Christmas, but it is time to get your Christmas papers and embellishments ready for those scrap-able moments.   For those of you that are card makers, I suppose you have nearly all your cards finished.  Right?  One day I am going to become a card maker, but not this Christmas.

I have already compiled my books, paper and most embellishments for my December Daily albums.  I did, however, see some new Tim Holtz stamps I am going to have to buy. 

Check out Tim's blog for more delicious Christmas products. 

On the run the week with so many exciting adventures that await.  Have a great day!

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Gratitude List
1. reminder to be kind
2. good friends
3. my wonderful children
4. the ability to fun even when it involves a clean up project
5.  Grace


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