Monday, April 30, 2012

Scrapbook Monday-Best Friends

So, are you tired of the birthday album yet? Well, if the answer is yes, you may want to come back another day! Tee! Hee!  I am slowly, but steadily getting this baby completed!  Plus, I just got a new orange envelope from Shutterfly, so I have some new inspiration to work with!  I promise next week will feature something different!!

Not a lot to explain on this page. I used the labels framelit, which I love!  I also added a cricut cut title and some taffeta ribbon. Pretty simple!

Page Recipe: whisper white and basic black cardstock, Apothecary Art stamp set, black stazon and markers, whisper white taffeta ribbon, Framelits Labels Collection, dp from stash

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Blossom Builders Birthday

I was looking for something a little different to create for my stamp club and came across the blossom builders set in the Occasions mini.  I have to admit that I completely overlooked these until a fellow demonstrator did a tictac holder at one of our team meetings.  They are so awesome! All you have to do is punch them out and glue them down! And there is a solid color on one side and a print on the other.  Plus there are those fantastic pink rhinestones too! So I used the card in the mini (changed very little!) as one of my projects.  This was a really easy card to put together and the ladies loved the flowers!

While there are banner strips in the kit, I used very vanilla paper and snipped the ends. The sentiment is from Party This Way which is on the retiring list : (   I also used a circle as the base of my flower.

Card Recipe:  Cardstock-baja breeze, very vanilla, lucky limeade, Ink-baja breeze, Stamp Set-Party This Way, Accessories-Blossom Builders, word window punch, 1 3/4 circle punch, square lattice folder

Monday, April 23, 2012

Scrapbook Monday- Fun Flowers part 2

Hope everyone had a great weekend! Mine was busy, but spent a lot of quality time with friends and family, so it was pretty enjoyable!

Today's page is the second page I used the fun flowers die to embellish.  Nothing too fancy...

I also used the Boho Blossom and Butterfly punches.  I stamped the background in elegant eggplant using a stamp  from the retired set, Sprinkles.  A little ribbon and some dazzling details and we're done!

Page Recipe: whisper white cardstock, dp from stash, Just Journaling stamp, black stazon & elegant eggplant ink, Fun Flowers die, boho blossoms & butterfly punches, title cut w/ cricut, black scallop dots ribbon, dazzling details

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Let the countdown begin!

This year, my family has made a major splurge and we are taking the girls to Disney World for the first time.  We are staying at the resort, using the park hopper passes, and the dining plan-the whole package!!  My sister is also going with us and I think she is as excited as my girls are!  The day after we received our first planning postcard from Disney (which caused a lot of excitement), this arrived in the mail...


My girls thought this was the coolest thing!  Then a little later, this one arrived...


Now they are constantly going to the mailbox to see if Aunt Christie sent another countdown card!  I have inside information that there are several cards already created and ready to be mailed, but I'm not sharing that with them!

We are already making plans on where we will be dining and what we will be checking out.  If anyone has a favorite, I would love to hear about it!!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Another Scrapbook Day -Fun Flowers

Happy Wednesday, everyone!  Half way to the weekend! Woo! Hoo!

Today's page is another from my sister's album.  Her favorite color is purple so I had to add some purple accents on the pages.  If you notice the birthday cake in the picture, you will see my daughter's birthday cake.  Their birthdays are 3 days apart and it was so easy to surprise my sister by telling her it was my daughter's party.  She was quite surprised!

I made the flowers using the Fun Flowers die.  It is such a great die for layered flowers. I really wish I would have brought more of my embossing folders to the crop to add texture to these, but you can't bring everything to a crop! Oh, well!  I decided to vary the centers of the flowers-antique brad, glitter brad, and a ribbon knot.

Well, I'm a few pages closer to finishing this album! Only about 10 more to go...sigh... I have a club meeting and a wedding this weekend, so I won't find a lot of crafting time.  Good thing I accomplished  so much at the crop!

Page Recipe: whisper white and basic black cardstock, purple and dp scroll from stash, Just Journaling stamp set, black stazon and elegant eggplant ink (sponging), scallop trim border punch, fun flowers die, antique brads, basics glimmer brads, purple handmade ribbon from Sherry

Monday, April 16, 2012

Scrapbook Monday-Nifty to be 50

I want to start off with a personal note of thanks to all who left get well comments for my DH.  He is doing a bit better and is getting around a lot better now.  Due to the nature of his job, he will be on a leave of absence until the first of May when he is released by his doctor.  Now I'll be needing prayers for his sanity (and mine!) as he wanders around the house looking for something he can do!  Maybe I can teach him to scrapbook!!  We are very blessed that his surgery went well and even more so that they did not find anything to be alarmed about.

Saturday, my sister and I went to a Relay for Life fundraising crop.  We started at about 8:30 and finally called it quits at 2:00! It was WONDERFUL!!! I had a great time checking out others creativity, eating lots of awesome food, winning prizes, and of course getting some crafting done!  They really spoiled all of us and I was so proud to finish 6 pages in my sister's 50th birthday album.  I also got all of the prep work done for my club projects.  So now I have the rest of the week to play around with other fun crafty projects.  My sister made the cutest purse card and silly me....I forgot to take a picture of it.  Had my camera and everything and didn't take the first picture...  I will try to snag one and post it on my blog.  We had the best time just crafting and oohing and ahhing over the different pages and cards.

But enough of my weekend... On to the scrapbook page!  I am the youngest in our family and while I always took a lot of good natured teasing about being the 'baby' and 'spoiled'.  I am now able to enjoy giving the 'over the hill' comments that I can share with my wonderful older sisters!!  The coffin was not my idea (wish it was!hee!hee!) but since our color theme was black and white, we thought it looked perfect in the corner!  My sister was a true sport and even stepped in to pose for pictures!  I had to pull in some spider web dp from my stash to add to the 'fun' of this page!

I used the stamp set Party This Way for the awesome balloons and the arrow. A little fussy cutting, a few dimensionals, and I had the perfect embellishments for the theme.  The title was cut with the cricut and the journaling lines are from a very retired stamp called Just Journaling.  It may have been my very first SU stamp!!  I left the journaling area blank so my sister could record her own thoughts.

**The Stampin' UP retiring stamp set list is now available!  Be sure to get your favorites before they are gone!!

Have a wonderful Monday, and may the rest of your week be crafty!

Page Recipe: Whisper White and Basic Black cardstock, dp from stash, Party This Way and Just Journaling stamp sets, black stazon ink

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Happy Easter (a little late!)

Well, I had intentions of posting this on Easter, but life had other plans for me! I had some last minute errands and preparations that needed to be done since DH had a scheduled out patient surgery on Monday.  We did manage to have a wonderful Easter with our family and had lots of yummy food, an Easter egg hunt, and even a campfire since it was a little chilly as the sun started to go down.

I used up some left over scallop strips from a card I made earlier.  I colored these images over a month ago and thought I better do something with them too. A very easy card to put together and I ended up making enough for my whole family who were pleasantly surprised to receive an Easter card.  I don't usually make them for everyone.

Needless to say, my crazy week has resulted in the lack of a Scrapbook Monday post, but I am going to a crop on Saturday and am looking forward to getting a lot done! Wish me luck!!

Card Recipe:  Cardstock-whisper white, melon mambo, tempting turquoise, daffodil delight, certainly celery, Ink- black stazon, markers, Stamp Set-Festive Four, Punch-scallop border, Extras-dazzling details, crystal effects

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

My Not So Little Artist!

My oldest DD decided that she would help me out and make Easter cards for her teachers.  She has her own 'stash' of supplies which consists mainly of my cast offs, and a few new purchases-she's almost as bad as her mother when it comes to craft shopping...  So while I was busy with Easter preparations, she was sitting on the living room floor creating.  After a little while, she came to me and asked my opinion on this card...

Isn't this awesome?! I realize I am her mother and have to say things like this, but I was floored at how well the composition was on this!  She has quite the eye for embellishment placement! So after giving my squeal of approval, I asked if I could post it on my blog.  She was so excited and happily agreed.

On a personal note, thanks so much for the comments wishing DH well! He is recovering very well and I think he is going to enjoy his little, mini vacation after a few days! He was up and moving around more today, so my job just got a lot easier!!

I'm still here...

Just a quick note! I did not fall off the face of the planet! DH had some minor surgery done and I have been away from my crafting and computer, attempting to be a nurse.  I will have a post later tonight (some Easter cards, a little late...) and will probably be around to visit within a day or two!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Scrapbook Monday

* I just popped in to check my blog list and realized I did not set this to post yet...OOPS! So, here it is...Scrapbook Monday!!!

Well, today is Monday, and let me tell you, having a week off really messes with your scheduling! I quickly adjusted to sleeping in a little later, not having to rush around everywhere, and actually getting work AND crafting done in the same day!  Now, I'm back to early rising (lots of coffee!), working, playing taxi driver for my kids, and trying to squeeze in time to make dinner and get some laundry done. Sigh...

I did have a lot of time to create during my week off and I decided to play around with MDS again.  It seems like every time I use this, it gets a little easier and I learn something new!  I also love how convenient it is to pull pictures from my files without printing them and just dropping them where I want them!  Of course, I have already scheduled an actual 'hands on' day in my week to get more of my sister's birthday album done.  Can't ditch one form for the other, now!

This page is from my oldest DD's birthday.  My wonderful upline, Kelly, did a scrapbooking party for her.  Each girl made a 'birthday cake' candle using battery operated tea lights, and also made a page for my DD's birthday album.  It was so fun watching the girls create and they were so excited with their finished pages and little candle!  I had just started as a demo and was not ready to take this on alone and was so glad Kelly ran the show.  I am comfortable enough now that I would love to do this again!  Since I didn't have permission to post photos of the other girls (and really don't feel comfortable doing that anyway), I concealed their identities for my blog post.  So you will just have to take my word that they are all smiling and proud!

One bad thing about MDS-I keep forgetting to write down what I'm using for my blog! I know the background is melon mambo and the DSP is from Cheerful Treat, but for the life of me, I can't remember which stamps I used... I'll try to do better next time!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Another CASE!

I had grand plans of spending full days of my spring break crafting the hours away.  But the reality was days full of cleaning out closets, laundry, grocery shopping, gardening, running DD to practice, and hanging out with my girls.  We even had a cookout and campfire one evening!  Not a bad way to spend a week, but it did make it a bit difficult to be completely immersed in creating.  So I did the next best thing.  I looked at other's fantastic creations and made my version.  Super creative...not really.  Relaxing and quick...definitely!

Today's card is a CASE of a card made a long time ago by my upline Kelly.  I loved the overall design of the card and after spending most of the day outside, I thought the butterfly stamp was just calling to be inked up!

A pretty self explanatory card.  Hope you have a wonderful day and a great rest of the week!

Card Recipe: Cardstock-Cheerful Treat DSP, bashful blue, lucky limeade, whisper white, Ink-bashful blue, black Stazon, Stamp Sets- Butterfly Prints, Precious Butterflies (sent) Punches-corner rounder, butterfly punch, scallop trim border punch, Extras-melon mambo scallop dots ribbon