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Simple Can Be Fun!

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I'm still in the midst of my busy week enjoying Little Honey's Birthday Week.

I love this layout because it is of my dad.  Dad was stationed in Okinawa at the time.  It was there he met a man that became his best friend and eventually my uncle. 

The 5 x7 photo is dad just goofing around.  You can see a very young Chuck in the lower photo.  All the old photos of dad just bring him back to me and how he was when I was little.  Dad was very sick towards the end of his life.  I will always believe that my dad was the best father in all the world.  I tell my grandchildren about him so they will have my memories of Dad. 

I had fun using all the browns then splashing in some blue.  It gave it an abstract feeling.  Simple, but I still get the feeling of a touch of art and a lot of Dad.

Predominate pattern paper is from KaiserCraft.  The paper with the ruler and numbers is from My Mind's Eye newest release.  To get my circle I used my Fiskars Circle Cutter...don't leave home wi…

Is Simple Best?

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I think simple is best sometimes.  I love my scrappy art and have no plans to abandon it.  This weekend I've been busy with my son home from college, my reorganization of my storage areas of my house, and helping my daughter with Little Honey's upcoming birthday.  So I thought this week I would create a few simple layouts. 

As I've been going through EVERYTHING in my house in order to clear out my 2nd scrapbook room to make room for Vanessa and Adam"s baby, I have found more old photos I had forgotten about.  Now I have these short stack of photos all over my computer desk that I'm excited about scrapping.

At one point in my life I was in full time ministry.  I predominately worked with children and training adults to work with children.  After graduate school I started working with college students. 

I grew up in Germany.  My dad was Air Force and we lived their through two tours of duty while I was a child. 
Me in front of the Berlin Wall Now let's pull the l…

ABC Completed

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Thank you for the "Congratulations" and kind words about our new coming grandchild.  Thank you for the encouraging words about the layout.  Bloggers, you are the best!

Monday I shared a few photos of the ABC project my daughter and I were creating.  Here are some photos to show you the finished results along with my daughter Tabitha's other projects.


The balls hanging in the corner is yarn soaked in an Elmer's glue and water solutions and wrapped around a balloon then hung up to dry.  Once dry pop the balloon and hang up.



The banner on the right are photos of Little Honey taken on or around the 2nd of each month.   The second row are photos of Little Honey with her mom's family and her dad's family.
Little Honey
Little Honey wheeling her xylophone stick!
What fun we had.  LH enjoys her new crafty playroom.
Have a Crafty Day!





Gratitude List 1.  a fun day with LH's friends 2.  a great mom and daughter craft time 3.  God's staying hand and love for me 4.  America, …

BIG, HUGE, AWESOME Announcement !

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Jim and I are proud to announce we are going to be Gram-ma and Papa once again!  I feel like the blessings are raining down on our family.  My next to the youngest son and his wife, Adam and Vanessa, are expecting their first child.  We won't know for another month the gender of the baby, but I call the baby "Peanut!"  Peanut will his/her appearance toward the end of August.  Little Honey and Peanut will be close in age and  best of cousins.

I did a layout to mark this occasion for Adam and Vanessa.  This is a sketch for this month from Helmar.  The sketch is by Lydell Quin.


The foundation paper is specialty paper by Prima --older stash.  Hearts are from Jenni Bowlin's Core'dinations, punch with Fiskars Amour Squeeze Punch, sanded and added a bit of Rangers Dabber Paint Snow Cap.  Crocheted flowers by Making Memories--older stash.Large flowers, leaves, and bling are from Prima"3" is from Tim Holtz's Grungeboard and stained with Fire Brick Distress St…

ABC Project

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My daughter and I saw this really awesome, creative way to display the alphabet.  Using three dimensional Kraft letters we decorated each letter with some type of texture or design.

We split up the alphabet, decided the textures and "stash" to use, and we have been working all weekend to create an ABC wall piece for Little Honey's playroom.

We burned up the texting on our phones with photos and funnies all weekend.  Tabitha will be putting all the alphas together tonight and I'll be able to get a photo of the completed display tomorrow.  

Here is my weekend project.  Click to enlarge for a detailed view.

 S-Graphic 45, adhesive Glue Arts J-My Minds Eye, adhesive Glue Arts V- fiber with Cosmo Cricket's Glubers
Q-Photo, adhesive Glue Arts H-Crayons, adhesive Hot Glue Gun R-Robin's Nest Dew Drops, adhesive Mod Podge
F-Prima Flowers, adhesive Glue Dots Permanent E- Basic Grey Ribbon, adhesive Glue Dots Continuous Line
 L-Sea Shells, adhesive Glossy Accents O-Feathers, adh…

I Have the Ingredients, Do You Have the Idea?

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My daughter I have have big ambitions to complete a crafty project this weekend.  Actually, she is working on two.  Here are some of the ingredients I'll be using.  Let me know if you know what we are up to.







I think I'm going to have an absolutely fabulously crafty weekend!  Don't forget to let me know what you believe I'm making or maybe what I should be making!

Monthly Giveaway
Are you working on your challenge for the Fiskars Jenni Bowlin Scalloped Banner Squeeze Punch giveaway?  You have until the end of February to meet the challenge and be included in the random.org drawing on the first of March.

Have a Crafty Weekend!






Gratitude List 1.  tears that bring relief
2.  treasures not yet found
3.  the strength to push forward...look ahead
4.  God making me smile at His Wonder
5.  stone soup

Blurry Photos? I Don't Care!

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In pre-digi days it wasn't easy for the "household" photographer to always get that perfectly focused shot.  I have a lot of vintage/retro photos from the late 60's and 70's.  It was about the time that Kodachrome came out and suddenly color was the thing.  Somehow the quality of photos diminished during that period as well. 

Here's the question:  Do I scrapbook them or not? 

I don't want to lose the stories of my teen years, so I'm not really going to "care" if my photos from that time are blurry.  Some scrappers work hard try to do something creative to hide the blurriness.  Nope, I putting mine out there for my family and friends see.  LOL

This is a layout of when I was 17 years old living in Florida and we had a big snow storm.  I discovered I looked cute in snow clothes.  Until I did this layout I really thought the top photo was of my mom and brother.  I should have figured the time period and age of my brother, but he and Dad look so…

The Love of Family, Rub-on Tip

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Happy Valentines Eve!  I saw a balloon yesterday with the phase "Valentines Day is Over Rated."  Maybe the commercial side of Valentines Day is over-the-top.  A day of focusing on the people you love a bit more than usual is powerful.

My favorite memory of Valentines Day is from elementary school.  The day before Valentines Day you decorated a small shoe box.  The teacher would send home a list of the students in my class and  Mom and I would sit down and make out all my Valentines.  They were the sweet little ones.
1960's Vintage Valentines The next day the we would go around and put our Valentines in everyone's box. My favorite Valentines always came from the teacher.  It would be a card that folded in half and that was VERY special.

Most important to me is remembering my family on Valentines Day.  This is a layout of some of my family that I hold dear to my heart.

The photo is of my Aunt Ruby, my cousins Johnny and Bobby, and of my Grandfather Thomas.  All of them, e…

Valentines Card, "I Cheated!"

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As I mentioned in my last post I had been off the grid.  I've been taking care of my granddaughter for the last 5 days in order that Mom and Dad could go on a trip.  I had the blast of my life!  Of course Grandma had to work at LH's skills as a crafter.  At 11 months she was able to color all by herself.  By 2 I'll have her cutting paper!  LOL

Some of you have asked where you can get the card kit that contains the Vintage Girl I've been using.  After a somewhat long search I found three sellers on Ebay that have great ratings selling K & Company KP VALENTINE I LOVE YOU card making kit.  Here are the links.  Please note I've never used these sellers.  I'm just posting the links I found.

Sweet Vintage Girl, Valentines

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I have been off the grid for several days on special assignment with a very short, smiley, cute girl.  It's not easy creating a post in iPad.

Here is another Valentines Day Card using the vintage paper doll from the first card. The paper doll is from a card kit by K&Co. This card did not turn out like I would have wanted it to, but still pretty cute. This one is for my granddaughter Amber.


I used K&Co, a lot of Prima, American Crafts speciality ribbon, and one heart shaped Rain Dot from Cloud9. The oldest part of my stash is the rub-on words from Heidi Swapp. I am enjoying mixing it up with my new products older stash.

This is a short post today, but I do want to say thank you for all the kind comments and those who have already entered the challenge/giveaway

Have a Crafty day!






Gratitude List
1.  good health this week
2.  an awesome husband
3.  a caring daughter
4.  the grace of God in my life
5.  the cross of Christ and His resurrection

I "Love" It!

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Can you believe Valentines is right around the corner?  I'm still working on Christmas!  I need to make three Valentine's cards, one for each of my grandchildren. 
I'm not sure if it was last year or the year before I purchased a card kit by K & Co.  I liked their card design but I purchased it for the little paper doll.  She is such a cutie.  I used the doll in my own design from my older stash.
I don't remember half the manufactures from my scraps.  I see My Mind's Eye, Fancy Pants (newer), American Crafts ribbon, and a bit of Tim Holt's paper tape.  "You're sweet" is a piece left over from Making Memories I believe.  The fence is from Basic Grey (very old) that I stained with Tim's Distress Stains Picket Fence. 
You can't see it very well in the photo but the heart has a piece of clear plastic packaging on top.  I save just about everything.  I cut out the heart then ran both the paper and plastic through an embossing folder.  The af…