Showing posts from October, 2011

Boo! Not A Scary Post

Happy Halloween!  Tis' the day of dress-up for children and adults alike.  "Knock, Knock."  "Trick or Treat."  Anyone give or get Tricked?  Some of my best memories of growing up are about Halloween.

This year I went with my daughter and granddaughter to her first Halloween Party.  All the kids were totally cute.  Even the monsters were not scary!  They sang songs, played games, and played on all the equipment.  Mr. Jared, LH's instructor, was Hans Solo.  It was so much fun. 

I could barely wait to scrapbook LH's first Halloween page.  Not in the least scary.

The Story
This is LH and me sitting on the trampoline.  She is Minnie Mouse.  You can tell grandma loves her grand-girl.

The Layout
(i'm frustrated about photographing my layouts...sorry it is crooked once again) What was Fun!
I cut the scalloped circle using another scalloped 12 x 12 paper traced on to the sheet of My Minds Eye.I printed Minnine and Blue Bird onto photo paper and cut it using my Fi…

Why? Just Because! Halloween Fun

For no rhyme or reason I decided to create this series of Halloween art with Tattered Angel's Glimmer Chips as my base.  I had no goal in mind other than to take these five "chips" (4" x 8") and make Halloween Art.  I had so much fun.  It was very relaxing.

I used Tim Holtz's Limited Edition Fall Distress Inks on every chip.  For me, these are the best colors Tim and Ranger has produced.

I won't bore you with everything I did for each chip, but rather just the techniques I loved doing.

Favorite Technique(s)
I inked two grommets (Making Memories 2007) black with Stazon Jet Black Ink.  I added the bat from a Heidi Grace stamp for the eyes eyelashes and added the "eyeballs" with a marker. 

Favorite Technique(s) I used Tim Holtz's Tissue Tape(click on the link for the tutorial by Tim) to make my flower.  After I made the flower I took the ink applicator and just lightly tipped the edges with the Ripe Persimmon Distress Ink.  I added the title

Cutest Pumpkin in the Patch

Each time I attend the Craft and Hobby Association Trade Show I take of photos of beautiful and trendy layouts.  To date I've never really done anything with the photos.  Often they end up being deleted.  Somehow a photo of one layout from CHA Summer 2010 survived.  I've wanted to give it a shot since I've saw it.  Well, I did and love it!  It will be up there with my favorite.

Note:  I did not find a name on the original layout, but thank you.  If you are a reader of D's Paper Studio please leave a comment and I'll certainly give credit. 

The Story
Little Honey, my granddaughter, went to the pumpkin patch last Friday with her friends.  This is my favorite photo of the bunch.  The hat is very special.  Halloween 2008 my Fiska-friend Pam crochet this witch's hat for me.  I wanted to fix it this year for LH.  To make it fit I just turned up one edge, added an accent made with flowers from Petaloo, Bo Bunny, and Prima.  TaDa! 

This is her first Pumpkin Patch, Hal…

Homemade Halloween

My mother always made my Halloween costumes.  I remember a beautiful clown suit.  I also remember wearing these very shiny, black boots.  I presume it was a witch's costume.  Was it Mom?  Mom reads my blog just to see what I'm up to!

When Tabitha was 1 year old I made her first costume, a witch.  It was so adorable with a cape and hat.  I even made the pointed hat.  I have made at least two clown costumes that I still have.

There is nothing more fun than a homemade costume for Halloween.

The Story
William and Tabitha, my clown and ghost.  The clown outfit was Tabitha's the year before.  Three of my children wore this suit over the years.  William picked out the hat and face mask.  He did not like the make-up.  Tabitha wanted to be a ghost so a sheet, a pair of scissors (I wonder if they were Fiskars scissors?) and a quick zip around the sewing machine and there was my easiest costume.

The Layout

What I Learned
It's fun to use the old stash.  I haven't purchased any ne…

The SC State Fair...a Two Pager

Friday was my 34th Wedding Anniversary.  34 years with the same wonderful man.  We've had laughter, great hills to climb up, and sheer joy.

Saturday Jim took me to the South Carolina State Fair.  We had not been the last few years.  I did go with friends for lunch with friends so I saw what was going on.

We explored the Art and Agriculture building.  We love seeing all the vegetables.  Jim and I have always loved fresh from the garden veggies.  We watched Mule sports and nearly died laughing.  The dog show was so much fun.  Adam and Vanessa are now trying to teach Lilly to jump for the Frisbee.  We always love the Hand-Craft exhibit.  The wonderful quilts, tatan, woodwork, cakes, etc. were all incredible.  Of course I love looking at the Scrapbook pages.  We played my favorite game:  the water gun race.  Lastly, we ate.  I really didn't eat anything weird for Fair food.  My husband had his traditional donuts.  My son did eat Deep Fried Snickers.  To me this is a call to have a…

52 Weeks of snail Mail

This week starts the challenge of sending out at one piece of snail mail per week for 52 weeks.  I'm adding to my challenge.  I'm making some type of card then actually mailing it off.  I've already sent my first card.  It was the Fall Tag from this post. I sent it to my son and his family.

This week I made a Halloween card.  Word of warning:  I don't do stamping then coloring the stamp.  There are very few exceptions.  I love my cards to be like my layouts, part of me.

The Card

Core'dinations paper (background)
K & Co paper pad (Fence with Pumpkin)
Fiskars Twinkle Twinkle Squeeze Punch (stars)
Moxxie Autumn Buttons (middle of stars)
Tim Holtz Distress Inks (inked the bottom of the fence)

Here is my question:  I sewed through all the layers, all the way around the card.  Now the card is "tight" and will not close without a fight.  How do I do it differently?

Now the hard part.  Who do I send it to?

Have a Crafty Day!

Gratitude List 1.  wellne…

Stickers? / Winner of Easy Canvas Prints

What a marvelous weekend of crafting and resting!  I did a lot of "learning" that I'll share with you this week.  For now let's get to the good stuff.  The winner of the 8 x 10 Easy Canvas Prints canvas is (drum roll please): 

True Random Number Generator: Result:6

Viji Siddharth said...
Oh wow! this is such a cool giveaway! I have always wanted a custom canvas! Thank you for the opportunity to win!

Congratulations Viji!  Send your email address to .  I'll pass it on to Easy Canvas Prints.  Thanks everyone.

Here is the last layout from CHA (Craft and Hobby Association) this summer.  The original photo of the layout was not really good so I had to wait until I received it back from Epiphany Crafts.  FYI:  Epiphany Crafts has a new blog!  It is really great. 

The layout is of me and my granddaughter.  She makes my heart beat.

The biggest stretch for me is the stickers.  I'm not keen on stickers unless I really alter them.  The flowers were …

Sponsored Giveaway: Easy Canvas Prints

Easy Canvas Prints contacted me to review the process of turning one of my pictures to canvas. Of course I chose a photo of my beautiful granddaughter.  The photo was taken by her mom.  One thing I like was I could make my photo unique and it still could be printed.  Using my Photoshop Elements I added the quote by Winnie the Pooh.  The font is thin and flowing so I would really be able to see the quality of the print.

(original photo with writing)
Here are some outstanding features I found while ordering my canvas.
Once you upload your photo it has a quality check process that automatically check the quality of the print to the size you are ordering.  That was something I was concerned about.  I didn't want to get back a blurry canvas.There are several features that allow you to make your canvas customized. There is an Image Preview where you can Edit Size.  I was able to move the box around the photo to compensate for the .75 inch Image Wrap.  I would recommend when you are working…

Nope, Not Halloween

The Story
These are photos of my son Adam back in the late 80s.  My children were very active in the children's program at church.  Adam had no problem being on stage and dressing in costumes.  He is dressed (1) for a world missions program, (2) a program for a world conference, and (3) as Noah in the whale.  He was so much fun to watch on stage.  Then he was not shy he jumped in with great enthusiasm.

The Layout

What I Learned
Instead of placing the banner on top of the page I added it to the bottom.  To my surprise it really brought out the photos much more.I had fun using Graphic 45's Magic of Oz product line.  The different characters have a special place in my heart.  The Wizard of Oz has always been one of my favorite movies.  I've been going through some of my alder albums.  I found that a lot of pre-adhesive chipboard letters have come loose and fallen.  I decided to start adding more adhesive with my Xyron Sticker Maker.
I had mentioned that Wednesdays will be a…

What Do You Do With All Those Wallet Photos?

I have purchased way too many photo packages of my four children through the years.  When the children were babies the sales people had me.  I wanted every shot in every size.  I have been going back through our professional photos only to find way too many photos of the kids.  
I recently saw a layout on Facebook (which I bookmarked and lost) with a wonderful photo arrangement that I loved using what looked like wallet photos.  I pulled out the box of professional photos and dug until I had enough photos of Adam, child number three, to create a layout using the photo placements.
The Story There are too many stories in this layout.  In columns: the second column from the right is two photos of Adam when we lived in Tennessee.  I was a student and a friend would keep Adam supplied with some of the sportiest clothes.  He knew how to "work it" with the photos!  In the second column from the left, top photo is Adam first Christmas.  The first column from the left is Adam dedicatio…

2nd Annual Orange Blog Hop: Lovin' the New Distress Inks!

Welcome to the Orange Blog Hop where Fiskateers get an opportunity to share their passion for crafting.  If you have arrived here from the Fiskateers Blog then you are in the right place.  If you have "dropped in" for a spot of inspiration then please do join us on our adventure this weekend.

If you get lost remember to check back with the Fiskateers blog.  They have all the blogs listed.

Your next stop will be Lindy's blog, Veni Vidi Scrappy!

Happy World Card Making Day!  Isn't funny this comes right after my declaration to make one card a week to mail?  LOL

Thursday I made a CD card for my granddaughter.  I used the Orange Blog Hop to take the opportunity to make more cards.  I don't think you will find me making very many traditional cards.  They are beautiful, but when I have to make them I freak out.  Instead I created three tags that will be used as cards for friends this month.

Let the Orange Flow
"Orange" for Fiskateers means the awesome line o…