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Satisfied to be Unsatisfied | Last Day to Enter Challenge and Giveaway by Making Memories

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I was putting together a layout I really wanted to do, with shape pieces I wanted to work with, paper I have been saving, and a photo that is precious to me.  Yet, no matter what I did I could not get satisfied with it.  I picked, pulled, started over, walked away,...you name it I did it.  LOL

The layout is finally okay, but really I'm satisfied to be unsatisfied.  Sometimes life just throws you a few learning curves.

Here is my layout.  It is of my daughter and her daughter, my granddaughter, the Saturday before Easter at a local church's Easter Egg hunt. 

The photo is of Little Honey opening the eggs with the help of her mom.  The candy was not age appropriate, so mom had to run interference.


I will often have an idea and try it out and often it bombs.  LOL  I was playing with some plastic, a permanent ink, and an embossing folder.  The ink dried too quickly and I didn't get the effect I wanted.  I didn't throw the experiment out but saved it.  I cut the image "…

A "Slice" of Creativity

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I have a sweet, creative friend who took the challenge of creating a quilt in a matter of about 2 weeks using Making Memories Slice die cutting machine.  Mary Gibson has made me laugh with all her fun videos of her and her sister.  Her and her husband, Hooter, made a great team making this quilt.  Check out her blog CrazyMaryNSC.  FYI:  you should find the video that shows her scrap space.  Incredible! 

I am going to turn my blog over to Mary and let you see the fun she had making her "Slice" quilt.

Welcome Guest Mary Gibson!

I have wanted to try to learn how to QUILT all my life.  It just always looked too hard for me.  Stacy from Love that Bug created some videos on how to make a baby Quilt so I jumped on it.  This is my second one I’ve made.  Her instructions are so easy to follow.  If you want to try this and have never quilted head on over to YouTube and she will show you how.  She made seven videos. Pull out your Making Memories Slice Elite  and start Quilting.
I used …

Cards and More

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I had some fun mixing my gift with my card for Easter for my children. Each of the three oldest are into gardening in one form or another.  So I picked up some herb seeds for each one of them that became the base of my cards.

I used a Spellbinder die, twine, a button, and K&Company paper.  I cut out the scallop and whipped the twine around the flower and added a button to the center.  I hot glued the lace to the back of the flower then adhered the flower to the seeds.  I added a "Happy Easter" using my Dymo Label Maker.The butterfly is from the same paper just cut out and inked around the edges. 


Since joining Pinterest my family has come to expect the unexpected at family holiday meals.  Thanksgiving it was cookie and kisses acorns.  Christmas was melting snowmen.  Easter was Jello filled oranges.  I saw these on Pinterest and had to give it a try.  They were so easy.

I cut the oranges in half and scooped out the orange, which we ate later.  Placing the oranges on a mu…

Well It Started Out As A Card

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This is the week of birthdays and anniversaries.  I sat down this weekend to make two birthday cards for my granddaughters.  I needed to do something quick.  For me that means less than a couple of hours.  LOL 

During Winter CHA releases I found Christy Tomlinson's work, specifically her stamps.  I fell in love with her two girl stamps....SHE Leaped and SHE was a daughter.

So these past few days I decided to look around Christy's blog, website, ART, etc.  I kept running into a workshop called SHE Art.  It is incredible.  This class is now on my to do list for the year. 

I decided to use my stamps with a twist to make the cards.  This is my first time even attempting this and is not even a shadow of what Christy and those who take the class create.  But I did have enough fun I'm going to be playing with the style more. 

How it got from a card to a layout:  After playing with the stamp figure I was looking at the background paper and my imagination was in overtime.  I wante…

A Year of Little Honey...Mini Book from 1985 Antique Photo Calendar

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Remember this?
I was so enamored with the art work, the sweet color combos, and the "aged" paper that when I purchased this 1985 calendar I already knew what I was going to make.  I wanted to make a Year of "Little Honey".

Each calendar page has two months.  That made it easier for me.  I did not have to print as many photos.  Each two month section had the choice between two antique pictures.  With the twist of the ribbon the picture would change.  That was cool and left me very little to do to create a special, whimsical, year-in-the-life book.

Here is the finished product.

Cover:  Lace, created by LH's great grandmother; I curled the pink ribbon by spritzing it with water then heating it with my embossing heat tool until it starts curling;
I made tabs for each section with kraft paper, my Fiskars squeeze punch, Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress ink and my typewriter.  
January/February:  I started with the end of the first year.  Since LH's birthday is in Ma…

Changing It Up

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I'm all for changing it up.  After an awesome trip to the strawberry patch last Friday with my granddaughter I had to scrap photos of her eating fresh strawberries off the vine.  I had found an awesome sketch that I was going to use to guide me, but as I started I just felt like I wanted to do something different, to just play around a bit.



The pattern paper is from Daisy Bucket.  Sadly, Daisy Bucket Designs closed their doors, but not before I was able to pick up two, I only found two, of these incredible sheets of paper.  They have the texture of the old Chatterbox.  The foundation is Core'dination.



The grass at the bottom is hand drawn, (2) colored with a Watercolor Pencil, (3) brushed over with a water brush, (4) outlined with Stamp Markers by American Crafts, (5) after drying sanded slightly.  It was fun just to play.

The stems to the flowers is a fancy stitching I would have never recommend.  Now, not only do I NOT recommend it, but I WARN you not to do it.  I've al…

Vintage Groove 3 and Fiskars Oval Cutter Demo

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I purchased Making Memories Jill Schwartz Vintage Groove III paperweight this week.  It is so cool and holds a ton of possibilities.  The real catch for me is the depth it has to add embellishments.  I can also see using alcohol ink on the metal base or glass top.  The possibilities are endless.

The first thing I needed was an oval insert.  I purchased a Fiskars Oval Cutter a few months ago but I haven't had time to learn and play with it.  I saw I was going to be able to use it on this project so what better opportunity to learn something new, apply it to my project, and create a demo on the use of the Fiskars Oval Cutter.  You can purchase them locally at Michaels or I found it here as well at Fiskars Oval and Circle Cutter Set.




My Project I was looking for vintage style photos when I ran across this photo of my Aunt Texie Mae.  My Aunt Texie Mae and Uncle Max have always had a big impact on my life.  It started when I was only about 2 years old when me and mom stayed with them wh…