Showing posts from October, 2013

Just Because You Can ... Don't, Spooky Layout

I was determined to use the last of my Reminiscence Halloween paper...pieces and all.  None of the paper was whole.  So I had to use the pieces to cover areas that I had cut for detail cutting.  I should of thought this through a lot better. 

Fast forward ... I ended up redoing it by using my pieces of Graphic 45 Happy Hauntings.  Again, none of the pieces were whole, this time I used my head and realized you don't have to use everything on one layout.

This is the layout I ended up with (showing you the better one before the shock of seeing the first one.  LOL). 

Simple and Clean Ingredients
Graphic 45 Happy Hauntings paper collection
Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Vintage Photo, spinner, metal tag
American Craft Thickers
WeR Memory Keepers twine
Other, buttons, rickrack, burlap ribbon

What Not To Do!
Busy, Design Disaster! The foundation has a cut out piece at the bottom and at the time I could not figure out how to cover it and keep the cute little witch.  So I created the tags.  No…

Rescued and Altered, Christmas Home Decor

During the move of my son and his wife I found an old wooden frame in the "throw away" bag.  I thought "Surely, I can make something from this."

I stripped off the old items from the frame and set aside the glass.  I closed my eyes and thought of Christmas decor.  One song we love to sing every Christmas is The 12 Days of Christmas, but no one ever remembers the order of the gifts in which "my true love gave to me."  I thought it would be fun to have a "cheat sheet" hanging near the tree.   

Graphic 45's paper collection The 12 Days of Christmas is perfect for this project and I get to have fun cutting out all the details. (Click on photo to see the details.)

Let's Break It Down
Graphic 45 12 Days of Christmas
Blue Fern Studios Lamp Post
May Arts Ribbon glittered ribbon
Ranger embossing ink, black embossing powder, Stickles xmas and frosted
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Vintage Photo, metal fitted corners
Fiskars Micro-Tip Scissors

Generations of Strong Women

My mother's family is well known for the strength of the women in her family.  This strength is attributed to the generation before them and before them.  This photo is of my great grandmother, my grandmother, my Aunt, her daughter, and lastly, her daughter.  Each one with their story of strength and survival. 

Great Grandma and Grandma raised many children on farms, carving out of this country their own richness of spirit, strength, and inspiring a faith, a work ethic and love of family to each of their children. My aunt lost her husband in Vietnam while pregnant with her youngest.  She raised all the children with dignity and pride.   She demonstrated strength that only this woman could have while dealing with her own health issues.  Martha lost her husband to cancer and little Diane lost her father early in life.  Strength is part of who we are, it's a part of me.

Let's Break It Down
Cloud9 paper collection
Prima flowers, butterfly
Blue Fern Studios chipboard flo…

Let's Make a Halloween Tree!

Christmas is not the only time to create "trees" for your home.  Spring is another time that is great for making "trees."  I find Halloween is a great time for "trees" to decorate in your home.

I created this tree several years ago.  I pull it out every year for a small table centerpiece.  It is fun and easy to make.

Let's Break It Down
Styrofoam Cone
Paper Cloud9
Fiskars Large and X-Large Square-A-Licious squeeze punch
Straight pins with the rounded heads
Bazzill Chipboard  Bat
Ranger Orange Stickles, Glossy Accent
Distress Ink Soot
Synthetic Spider Web

1.  cover the top of the cone with tissue or paper
2.  cut your squares with a punch or use your trimmer
3.  punch through pin holes on opposite corners
4.  curl the square together and insert pin
5.  pin the piece into the foam starting at the bottom
6.  use 2" on the bottom three layers (depends on size of Styrofoam) and the 1.5" for the rest.  If you are using your trimmer …

Graphic 45 & Blue Fern Studios

In my dinning room hangs framed layouts created for each of my grandchildren and one for each of their parents.  This is my last layout I just finished for the Blue Fern Studios monthly challenge.

Blue Fern Studios chipboard is perfect with Graphic 45.  Both have a delicate quality and both can be cut and altered.

tab & dave
Let's Break It Down
Graphic 45 A Place In Time paper collection
Blue Fern Studio chipboard
Prima Flowers
American Craft Thickers, crochet ribbon
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Vintage Photo, flourish stamp
Ranger Paint Dabber, Picket Fence 
WorldWin Translucent Vellum

I used vellum as a circle accent.  One I layered with a tag.
Another set of circles I sewed around the edges.
One the third one I stamp a flourish.
It's been awhile since I used vellum and I would guess I'll be using more soon.

Carved Pumpkin
I told you I would post another of my carved pumpkins last Friday.  We have been fighting a stomach virus and I helped take care of my grandgirls and Monda…

Halloween and Pumpkins, You Gott'a Love it!

I've never really been big on carving pumpkins, but I always love seeing everyone's creativity.  Last year I picked up my X-ACTO knife and carved a pumpkin for their contest.  I was a runner-up and I was hooked.

This year I have carved two pumpkins.  Here is my first one I carved for a Fiskateer (Fiskars) challenge...using leaves. 

Let's Break It Down
Pumpkin, medium
X-ACTO retractable knife
Fiskars USX template Leaves

Bo Bunny Autumn Song paper collection
Creative Imaginations Super Seal

Paper Studio (Hobby Lobby) burlap ribbon

I saw a pumpkin on Pinterest using the leaves for eyes so I could not help but to use the leaves for eyes, acorn for the mouth, and continue the leaves at the top of the pumpkin.  This makes a fun center piece. 

I coated the leaves with Super Seal which is like a liquid laminate so if I put it outside the dew will not damage the leaves.

This was totally fun. Friday will be pumpkin number 2.

Have a Crafty Day!

Let's Just Say, It's Funny!

If your eyes hit the layout before reading I can see you laughing.  This is another photo from me and my husband's 30th anniversary trip.  The "cow" was in front of a comedy house in Pigeon Forge.  It seemed appropriate to "milk" the cow.  My husband, who grew up on a farm, laughed at this city girl.  We had a wonderful time.

Say Moo
Let's Break It Down
Bo Bunny paper collection, Autumn Song
Blue Fern Studios chipboard circles
Prima Flowers
Fiskars Scalloped Sentiment border punch
American Crafts Thickers
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Vintage Photo and Spiced Marmalade 
Kaisercraft rhinestones
Cloud 9 3D Gel Word Stickers
Wilton Doily
Other, buttons and yo-yos. 

Two Notables
The "leaves" for the flowers are circles from the center of flowers from Blue Fern Studios.  I never throw away anything.  You never know what you can do!

The pack of yo-yos I found in a thrift shop for 25 cents.  Score!

One last notable and the best one to date.

Happy 36th Anniversary…

My Challenge / Vintage Layout

I enjoy going to yard sales from time to time.  You never know what you can pick up.  The last two yard sales I found a set of Stampin' Up stamps, never used, for .50 cents!  I also found a scrapbook kit from Colorbok, brand new with an album. for $5.00.  I don't know how old it is, but I loved the papers and you can hardly get an album for $5.00.

The challenge is  to use not only their papers but their die cut tags and stickers.  The papers are not two sided, but it comes with plenty of paper.  I'm not great at using the matching tags, but Lisa Swiftinspired me to try.

I'm pulling out my old photos again.  I love scrapbooking heritage  photos.  I am blessed to have so many photos of my family.  All thanks to my dad.

This photo is of my cousin Doug, Me, and my Aunt Robbie.

Special Moments
Let's Break It Down
Colorbok paper collection
Blue Fern Studios chipboard circle and bicycle
Prima Flowers
Ranger embossing powder
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Vintage Photo, Chit Chat …

An Autumn Anniversary with Bo Bunny

I try and play catch up with my photos every now and then.  It's an impossible task in the age of digital cameras. 

This photo was taken 6 years ago on my 30th wedding anniversary.  I had printed all the photos that I wanted to scrapbook but I did not finish the book...yet.  I try to catch up when I can.

A trip to Pigeon Forge during the Fall is an incredible, colorful, adventure for me and my husband.  During the week of our anniversary the crafting community comes out in droves and the town decorates for Fall.   This photo was the start of our adventure right in the hotel where we stayed. 

Always & Forever

Let's Break It Down
Bo Bunny Autumn Song
Prima flowers
Blue Fern Studios chipboard (honeycomb)
Creative Imaginations Narratives
Ranger Paint Dabber Picket Fence
Tim Holtz charms and metal leaves
WeRMemory Keepers twine

An FYI:  One of my layouts using Blue Fern Studios chipboard was featured on their blog.  Take a look and see the other two that were also featured.  So…

The World Of Little Sister with Graphic 45

When I saw the Mother Goose collection by Graphic 45 I knew I would have to pick this up for my grandgirls and probably some vintage photos as well.  I've learned when I buy Graphic 45 I go ahead and buy the 12 x 12 pad.  I will use it all. 

This is Little's Sister (my youngest granddaughter).  During the Spring we love to take the girls strawberry picking.  Although LS was too small to eat the strawberries, she had fun checking them out in the basket.  I buy the girls hats for their photos and I totally loved this one on her.  

(Little's faded on purpose) World
Let's Break It Down
Graphic 45 Mother Goose paper collection
American Crafts Thickers
Prima Marketing Flower
Tim Holtz bookplate
Fiskars Micro-tip scissors
X-ACTO Series Z craft knife
Graphic 45 design team (inspired by an altered easel calendar)

I have the most fun cutting out all the small designs with Graphic 45.  I study how it was drawn.  I try very hard not to take short cuts and cut somethi…

Boo To You Too! & Gone Junkin' Friday

I'm not a spooky scrapbooker when it comes to Halloween, but I do love to match the cute photos with cute style paper that still fits my style of scrapbooking.

This is a sketch by Graphic 45 for September's challenge.  It was suppose to be something happening in September, but I could not resist using the sketch for Halloween.

Boo To You Too!
Let's Break It Down
Graphic 45 A Place In Time paper collection
American Crafts cardstock, Thickers
Sizzix die cut (flowers)
Tim Holtz metal flowers, charms, Distress Ink Vintage Photo
Making Memories Halloween tiny alpha
Fiskars Shape Scissors scallop
Dymo Label Maker
Other: photo corners

I had not used my shape scissors for a long time.  When I needed to make a scalloped layer the designer for Graphic 45 suggested using shape scissors.  It was so easy and the effect is great.  I believe I will be using them more.

One of my favorite times of the month with Connie Mercer and Crafty Goodies blog challenge.  I love "Junkin'&quo…

Sweet Treat ... Halloween Continues

I pulled from my older stash of paper to create this layout.  Remember Pink Paislee's Vintage Moon collection?  I loved the design, the colors, and the versatility of the paper collection.  I bought so much it has taken me a long time to use it up.  Actually, I think I have a page or two still left. 

I can hardly wait until this year's Halloween.  I already know one costume that the grandgirls are wearing.  I can't wait to see the rest. 

Sweet Treat
(You can always "click" to take a closer look.)

Let's Break It Down
Pink Paislee Vintage Moon paper collection
Technique Tuesday tiles (circles)
Prima Flowers
American Crafts Thickers
Tim Holtz distress ink...vintage photo, spiced marmalade
Stazon Ink, Teal
Fiskars spider stamp, micro-tip scissors
Ranger black fine embossing powder, embossing ink

What is your favorite Halloween moment?  The candy, the costumes, the decor....  Share, I would love to know.  My favorite moment is seeing the girls in costumes, walking a…