Monday, July 15, 2019

It's A Girl!

I would like to take a moment to share a completely non-crafting photo! This is Allie the newest member of our family.  She was a bit of a surprise because after Shadow passed away, we weren't planning to even look for another dog for a while.  Then DD1 comes home and shares that her boyfriend's supervisor is heartbroken because she needs to find a home for her mom's beloved dog.  Her mom went into a nursing home and the daughter tried to keep the dog, but with her long work hours she wasn't able to care for her as much.  As a result of the move and lack of company, the dog began to develop anxiety-like behaviors and really wasn't happy.

We went to meet her and she was so timid it almost broke my heart.  I think DD knew I wouldn't be able to say no once I met her... It has been a big adjustment for all of us.  She had to adapt once again to another move and we had to remember what it was like to have a new dog again.  I spoke fluent Shadow, but Allie's language is still pretty much a mystery to all of us.  Thankfully, I've had the summer off so she has had plenty of interaction and attention. As a result, she follows me absolutely everywhere.  She is slowly coming out of her shell and even plays and runs with the girls, LOVES to go for walks, and thinks she could be quite helpful in the kitchen if only I would let her put her paws up on the counters...  She isn't the biggest fan of my craft studio, but enjoys lying on the floor just outside of the door so she can keep an eye on me and everything else.  I can just hear Shadow saying "Well... she's no Black Shadow, but you always were a sucker for a rescue..."

Thanks so much for visiting and letting me share our news!  Who knows, maybe there will be a few Allie hairs appearing on my work soon!

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Scrapbook Saturday- Mixing the old and the new

Hello!  Since it has been so incredibly hot and humid outside, I thought I would spend a little extra time in the air conditioned comfort of my craft studio.  I was rewarded with two more finished pages!

I was so excited about getting these pages finished and couldn't wait to share my enthusiasm with my family.  You see...I'm just a 'little' behind on my 11 years behind... and because I feel incredibly overwhelmed thinking about scrapbooking chronologically, I have started album hopping.  A page from 2008 on day, 2011 the get the picture.  But I have yet to do any recent pages until these.  I walked into the living room to share my wonderful 2019 pages and my family responded with blank stares.  So I repeated the fact that these pictures were from 2019!!! My youngest DD responded with "Yeah, but it's not like you're all caught up on them." (I'm considering cropping her out of several photos now...)  I then reminded her that at her graduation party there might actually be an album that has photos of her that are recent and most likely quite a bit less embarrassing that some of her earlier photos.  I must have hit the importance home because she then told me I should really focus on the more recent photos.  My oldest DD just rolled her eyes, but did comment on how pitiful a one page album might look.  DH has long ago learned that smiling and nodding is a safe response to any discussion that revolves around my creativity.  I always try to learn something new and today that lesson was that no one in my family really 'gets' scrapbooking and  the sense of accomplishment it brings their mother.  Next time I'll just share my pages with the cat.  She's rather nonjudgmental as long as she has a spot on the table to rest.

Here are the new pictures with some old papers that were in my bashing pile.  I also managed to use some really old epoxy stickers and glittery letters from my stash as well.  Nothing like mixing the old with the new to get things done!

The photos are from the Vacation Bible School that my girls have volunteered at for years. Ironically, they help with making photo frames in arts and crafts.  Maybe there is hope for them yet...

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Throwback Thursday-A little page mapping

Hi and welcome to another Throwback Thursday where I dig into everything old to complete a project! I don't think I used a single thing that was less than three years old, so this definitely qualifies!!  I also pulled out a binder that I started years ago with different page maps and page inspirations.  This was started before the invention of Pinterest, and I have to admit that I probably pull out that binder more than I ever go back and check my sketch pins... Sometimes 'old fashioned' just works better!  Both layouts were old Page Maps designs.  I don't know if Becky Fleck is still creating new ones, but I love using her sketches!  I also like Creative Scrappers, but I don't have as many of those in my binder.

I pulled out an older pad of K & Company paper, some really old chipboard pieces that by pure chance went pretty well with the papers, a fabric tag, three different flower punches, and some pearls to complete my two pager.

The photos were taken in 2011 when the girls and I went to our county museum.  It really is a cool place to spend the day, especially if you're into history!  We are fortunate that so many people in our community donated and organized for the displays.  There are sections that show the immigrants and origins of our county, a tribute to local veterans and the parts they played in various battles and wars, a section dedicated to various athletes and school programs, and even a walk through mural display sharing the history of each town and city in our county.  They even have a working model train room!  But our favorite section by far was the children's area.  There were pioneer dress up clothes, a supply boat that could be loaded and unloaded, an old time school house, and a lot of older games like Lincoln Logs, Tinker Toys, and checkers.  We had a great time and have made several trips back over the years, often taking newbies with us.  The best trip was this past year when we finally took my parents with us.  Dad had a blast sharing military stories and pointing out all of the antique farming equipment and tools.  It was a great way to link our personal history with public history.

Thanks so much for visiting and I hope you find some time to check out a local treasure!  Maybe you'll be inspired to scrapbook the event too!  Have a wonderful day!!

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

A break from scrapbooking!

Hello!  It's another hot one here and I'm going to zoom through my 'to do' list so I can get a few more scrapbook pages knocked out!  However, as the title states, I took a break from scrapbook mode to create a few cards.  I used some papers that I unearthed when I sorted all of my loose pattern paper.  I have a small stack I am challenging myself to either use or donate.  It has actually made things a bit simpler since I just go to those and make them work for what I need.  I'm still occasionally sneaking into my other paper stash, but the loose papers often are overlooked when I create, so this really helps me use them!

I actually don't need a lot of birthday cards for my stash (Christmas is a completely different story, but I haven't been motivated to make those yet...), but I did need a few youth and ladies cards.  I also made a couple of sympathy cards because those are nice to have on hand as well.

The kids cards were a lot of fun and I pulled out some older stamps and 
my copics to create these.  The top card uses 4 different stamp 
sets and who doesn't love wiggle eyes on a card?!

I also did a bit of coloring with copics on the flower.  I forgot
how relaxing it is to just sit and color! Need to do that more often!

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Taylored Expressions Class aka Losing my mind

About a month ago, my 2 DDs and I went to a class at our LSS.  Taylor from Taylored Expressions taught a watercolor session.  We had a wonderful time and learned some fun ways to use watercoloring on cards.  I would have sworn I had posted pictures of this, but they were nowhere to be found, so I'm sharing them today.  I think pretty much everything I used is TE, but since it was a class, I don't have names in front of me...

this card featured a stamped background, a preprinted card front, and
some tricky painting skills to fill in those tiny hearts and letters

this one has a stenciled background and a watercolor wash
behind the die cut cactus

this is a mix of stamping and watercoloring, the two
large butterflies were outline stamped in light gray
and then watercolored 

the last card features an embossed heart with
a watercolor wash around the edges

I did buy the Sending stamp set, the shimmer watercolor, and a Christmas theme card front panel set. I think that showed great restraint since I really wanted to add all of the watercolors, her paintbrush set, and several stencils... There is definitely a drawback to going to a LSS for a class-too much temptation!!  I have to say it is a lot of fun and a great way to meet other creative people!

I don't have a scrapbook page to share today (even though it should be Scrapbook Saturday), but I'm almost finished organizing my scrapbooking supplies and should be back at it in a few days!  Trying to get as much done as I can in the few weeks of summer vacation I have left!

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great day!

Thursday, July 4, 2019

All that glitters

Hello! Today I have some glitterific cards to share!  Gotta have some sparkle on Independence Day!!  These cards were a multi day project because my time for the studio has to be squeezed in whenever I can, so day one was cutting the paper and using the wonderful Gina K Glitz glitter gel.  A few days later, I did the stamping and assembling of the cards, and today I'm finally posting!

My camera has been giving me fits when it comes to taking pictures of cards and scrapbook pages... I really need to set up an area in my room for photography so there isn't the glare and wash out that happens on my craft table.  I really need to tweak some areas anyway, so why not squeeze in a photo box while I'm at it!  Because of the photo quality, the mix of colors and the actually glittery goodness doesn't show up as well as I would like. You'll just have to take me at my word that they are very sparkly!

I played with three colors of gel: Wild Lilac, Turquoise Sea, and Grass Green, and also used both white and black as background colors.  It's so interesting to see the way a color changes based on the background! My stencils came from a SU set called Pattern Party Masks.  I pulled out a DCWV paper pad called Royal Garden which I haven't used in ages.  There are peacock themed pages in this and my colors reminded me of  the beautiful shading of their feathers.  I pulled out a variety of birthday, anniversary, and thank you stamps for the sentiments which were stamped in either Bermuda Bay or Elegant Eggplant.  I really like the shimmer on these and know that a few members of my family will love these 'fancy' cards!

Well, the washing machine is calling my name and reminding that as much as I would like, I can't spend all day in my studio... Do we really NEED clean clothes?? I'm pretty sure my family would feel it's a necessity. They're soooo needy... LOL!  

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful rest of the week! Happy 4th of July to my fellow Americans! Have fun and be safe!

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Throwback Thursday-page overload!

Hello!  I'm doing a bit of a scrapbook page overload today, but I've managed to get several knocked out and since our weekend is a bit busy, I figured I would share all of my pages at once!

I went letter and border sticker crazy on these and I still have two gallon zip bags overflowing with these... Apparently, the early 2000's were my 'buy all the stickers you can' phase of scrapping... I know I haven't bought a border sticker in at least ten years!  I am floored at the ones that aren't quite 12" long. Like what am I supposed to do with the 1/2" that is left exposed???  I'm thinking several of those are going to end up decorating a card or cut down like I did on my 3rd page.

using a border as a trim piece and those flowery letters
were perfect for this page!

no border this time, but I did use some vellum letter stickers

This is the border crazy page! All of those strips are from one
set of border stickers.  I cut pieces off to both clean up the bent
edges and add some interest. More letter stickers and that flower
has been in a basket to be used for over 7 years!

More letter stickers and that stamped circle has also
been in the same basket for quite a while...

No letters or stickers, but did use a TH metal tag and 
 post card ephemera which  I've had for a while.

Thanks so much for stopping by and dealing with my multi page post.  I hope you have a great rest of the week and I'll be back next week with some new creations!

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Scrapbook Saturday-another paper purge!

Today I have three really easy, simple pages because the papers I used were perfect for a 'drop and go'-dropping a few pictures on there and maybe a frame or a title.  I'm amazed at how many papers I have bought over the years that I never really used because I wanted to use all of the tools and try all the techniques.  I am going to spend July focusing a little more on the artsy creative side, but right now my goal is bashing my stash and knocking out those pages!

I won't give a lot of details because there really isn't much to say...

Got a little more 'fancy' on this one and added some 
foam letters to create the title and date.

I will be back on Thursday with more throwback creations, but will be taking Saturday off for a family wedding!  After all of this scrapping, I think I'll be a little more selective with the photos I take! Not that I'll ever be caught up...DD 1 told me that by the time I would get their childhood albums finished, they'll be getting married and having kids and then I'll want to scrapbook those too!  Why did I produce and raise such a sassy girl...

Hope you have a wonderful day and thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Throwback Thursday- Keepin' Cool

Hi!  My post title is a bit deceiving since it is summer in Indiana, but since I'm scrapping winter pictures I'm trying to keep cool!  Not sure it's working, but maybe if I set the AC just right I can get some frost on the windows! LOL!

I'm still on a mission to use up those supplies and today's pages use older papers, stickers, and even a few rub on snowflakes.  I did break the rules and cut some letters from paper for the title on my second page, but since the paper is older, I'm still counting it!  I love being the rule maker/breaker in my crafty zone!  No one to keep me in check!

Found a month sticker that had poinsettias to match the paper!

Rub on snowflakes and those rebel letters!

The striped paper is the very last scrap of this DSP pack!
One package down, tons to go!

Hope I'm not boring my viewers with all of the basic scrapbook pages, but maybe, just maybe you're seeing some ways to use things you wouldn't normally use!  Thanks so much for visiting and have a great day!

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Scrapbook Saturday-paper purge!

Hello! I'm back with three more scrapbook pages and the theme of the day is Paper Purge!  This time instead of pulling from my box of single papers, I switched to two of the many DSPs that I have in my paper rack.  Did I mention that I really don't EVER need to buy new paper???

I also managed to work in a little ribbon and those pesky leaves that multiply every time I leave my craft studio! Oh, and some REALLY OLD wedding theme stickers too! Hmm...maybe not totally about the paper purge after all...

Another super easy layout and that ribbon was a freebie at a crop I went to earlier 
this year.  There was just a small amount and I used it all on this page!

Used quite a few different size scraps on these pages, and 4 of those leaves!  I also 
used the last of the burlap flowers on the top page.  I can't remember when 
I bought the wedding stickers, but they have been shifted from box to bag to 
basket to table where I finally used some of them.

I am loving how full my albums are getting with all of these finished pages.  I might actually be able to display more than a few completed books at graduation next spring!  Probably not anything from the last few years, but still!  Progress is progress, right?!

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a fantastic weekend!