Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Silver Bells....

Hello! I hope you are having a great week! It is so hard to believe that July is almost over!  Where did my summer go?

While I have slowed down on making the Christmas cards, I am still trying to make at least one a week.  Using up older DSP is still a goal, but not a priority (can't completely reform my hoarding ways!)  I am also continuing to use the Merry Monday sketches for my cards! Just makes life easier!!

I used sketch #15 for my card today. I also pulled out the Ski Slope DSP from my stash of retired papers.  I love the baja breeze background piece and was a little sad that there are only little pieces left now...sniff! sniff!

I knew I wanted to use the bells from Bells and Boughs, but had a momentary setback when I didn't have a punch the right size. It was the Three Bears all over again.  This one was too small... This one was too large...  So I grabbed a juice glass from my kitchen cabinet and traced around the image.  That one was juuuuuust right!  I cut that baby out, colored the image with pastels, and put my card together. Taadaa!!

Well, that's it for me today! We're off to do a little 'back to school' shopping! Wish me luck!!

Card Recipe:  Cardstock-whisper white, Ski Slope DSP (ret), Ink-chocolate chip, pastels, Stamp Set-Bells and Boughs, Accessories-chocolate chip scallop dots ribbon, juice glass

Monday, July 30, 2012

Scrapbook Monday-The last of the Hollywood Studio pages

I have been working away on my Disney pictures! I am dreading the bill for printing these, but it will be so nice to have both girls' albums done at once.  I am amazed at how much easier MDS gets every time I use it.  Through trial and error , and an awesome class from my upline, Kelly (Thanks, Kelly!!), I am learning all kinds of ways to create my pages.  I'm also looking forward to the release of MDS 2, which has even more wonderful features and techniques. Stay tuned for more details!!

But on to my pages... Once again, I forgot to document the patterns of DSP and elements... Oops!

This page features pictures from our dining experience at the 
Sci-Fi Drive In Theater.  This was by far, the coolest place ever!  
Our table was a convertible car with small tray tables and bench 
seats.  Add to this the giant drive in movie screen showing old 
cartoons and Sci-Fi movie preview, AND a 'starlit' sky and we 
had the most amazing experience!  The food was yummy too!

This page is a variety of different places we visited at
Hollywood Studios. We went on the Great Movie Ride
and had a blast.  Our tour guide was super fun and when
we were hijacked by a gangster, he asked our girls if they 
ever robbed a bank.  They giggled and replied that they had 
not.  Then he wanted to know why.  They immediately 
pointed to their Daddy the police officer! So funny!

My last page is from the Indiana Jones stunt show.  We were amazed
by the skills of the stunt actors,  the special effect, and actually feeling 
the heat and pressure from the explosions.  This is the one page that I 
remember which DSP I used! It's from the Well Worn set and I thought
it went well with the adventurous theme of the pictures.

Well, that's all I have for now.  It is actually Sunday night as I create this post and tomorrow morning bright and early, we are going out to eat breakfast with my nephew before he moves to Wisconsin.  He recently took a  position as an assistant track coach for a college, and we are so proud of him and all he has accomplished.  We will really miss him, but are so thankful he found a job in his desired field!  But a 7 am breakfast date will require a decent nights sleep, so off I go!

Have a great week and happy crafting!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Feeling Challenged...

Hello! Do not adjust your monitor... Yes, this is the second post of the day, and it even qualifies as another Flashback Friday!  Lack of sleep and lots of coffee does wonders for my crafting abilities!!

I love visiting challenge sites!  They often kick my mojo back in gear, when nothing else will.  Unfortunately, I have not played along with many challenges this summer.  But then I saw a very interesting challenge at Shopping Our Stash-Something New!  Now for the average crafter this would not seem like much of a challenge, but if you visit SOS, you will know that their primary purpose is to get you to use your stash, you know...everything you bought with intentions of using it and then either misplaced it, grew tired of it, or forgot why you bought it (not that this ever happens to me :D ).  So the challenge to use something new is not an invitation to go out and buy something new, that really wouldn't be a challenge... but to use something that has never been used.

I didn't have a problem finding something that had not been used; my challenge was choosing which item to play with for the first time.  After digging through some older papers and chipboard stickers, I came across a full sheet of monkey stickers.  My daughter and I HAD to have these a few years ago when we spotted them in an Archiver's in Chicago. Guess what's going on my project!!!

I chose to do a scrapbook page because the monkeys were so large, and I really wanted to use a new stamp that I found while shopping at Big Lots.  I don't normally buy a lot of stamps other than SU, but could not pass up the sentiment on this baby!!  I also found a yellow piece of cardstock in my stash that reminded me of ripe bananas.  What would go better with a monkey?! The chipboard title that I found in a drawer, was still sealed in the original packaging. I know I had a reason for buying that...

I did not put a picture on my page, because I am now on a search for the perfect family photo, one that will fit the sentiment!

After watching me use some of the precious chipboard stickers, my DD, and partner in purchasing crime, decided to make a card.  Now remember... I didn't want to make a card because I thought the monkeys were too big...

Sigh...  I realize that I helped put her feet upon this path, but she is obviously guided by a higher power in her creativity!  Her composition is often WAY better than mine!  While we still need to work on her stamping skills, I think the cockeyed stamping really works with this card!

Very limited SU items on this one! I used a bit of chocolate chip cardstock and black stazon ink for my page.  Be prepared to see some projects featuring my new products very soon!!

Have a wonderful weekend and be sure to dig through your stash and play along!!

Flashback Friday with Cottage Wall

Hello! I had every intention of creating this post earlier, and just as I was winding down my MDS session for the evening, I realized I had not posted my Flashback Friday. So now here I sit at 1:30 in the morning creating my post! So if I get to rambling or talking foolishness, you know what's up!

This week, I decided to use an old Page Maps sketch that had lots of squares on it.  I thought this would make for a clean and simple card, plus use up some of the retired DSP that is crowding my paper hopper!  I decided at the last minute to give it a quilted look and used my square lattice embossing folder.  Then I just added a few brads and I think it turned out pretty good!

My oldest DD even gave it her approval, although it does have a lot of purple in it, so it might just be the color talking...

I took the easy way out with the squares and used my punch. I know... it's probably not much faster than the trimmer, but I do love that I can line up the pattern when I use a punch.  Not to mention that it validates my purchasing yet another punch... 'Yes, Dear...  I really do need ALL of them!'

My Flashback items are the Cottage Wall DSP (ret) and pale plum cardstock (also retired).

Well, I am heading off to bed! Thanks for stopping in!  Hope you have a wonderful weekend and happy crafting!

Card Recipe: Cardstock-pale plum, old olive, Cottage Wall DSP, Ink-rich razzleberry, Stamp Set-Fabulous Phrases, Accessories-1 1/4" square punch, brights brads, square lattice embossing folder, big shot, paper piercing set

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Merry Monday Sketch 14

Well, I managed to squeeze in one more card for the Merry Monday Past Sketch challenge!  Today's card uses sketch #14!

I was trying to come up with a card for this sketch and saw the piece of green patterned paper from the retired Ski Slope.  I thought it would make a nice little wreath and after that the rest just fell into place!  I couldn't resist breaking into one of my NEW stamp sets! Joyous Celebrations will be available next month and features images that fit perfectly into ovals or circles!  I used one of the sentiment stamps in the center of the wreath.

To make the wreath, I used two scallop punches.  I find that it is much easier to punch the smaller scallop first, then line up the larger punch around the 'hole' left by the first punch. A few colored rhinestones and a little bakers twine bow finished it off nicely!

Thanks so much for stopping by to visit today! I hope you have a wonderful day and happy crafting!

Card Recipe:  Cardstock-baja breeze, whisper white, Ski Slope DSP (ret), Ink-chocolate chip, Stamp Set-Joyous Celebrations, Accessories-2 3/8 scallop circle punch, large scallop circle punch, white bakers twine, rhinestones, red Sharpie,  chocolate chip scallop dots ribbon.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

A Merry Monday on a Tuesday!

I thought I would try to squeeze one more card into the past sketch challenge at Merry Monday.  I used sketch #13 for my card.

This could easily be considered one of my flashback cards with all of the retired goodies on this! I used a little more of my stash of Ski Slope DSP and also pulled out the Stitched Stockings stamp set and matching punch (both sadly retired...).  I also dressed this up a bit with the red glimmer paper and red sharpie colored rhinestones! Fortunately, neither of these are on the retired list!

Well, I survived another year of Kids Camp! We came home Sunday evening, took showers, ate a quick meal, and went to bed! I was the first to wake at 9:30 Monday morning!  The weather was perfect for camp! Don't get me wrong, it wasn't 'cool' during the day, but there was a refreshing breeze the whole weekend and the humidity was low. We even used blankets on Saturday night! Saturday, while my DH and another officer were grilling chicken, they were talking about the camp and the our friend mentioned that the grill was built for the first camp.  We looked at the base of the grill and sure enough, there was the date.  Next year will be the 25th camp and DH and I have helped with either 15 or 16 of them! Wow!! I'm not sure if that is commitment or the need to be committed!

Thanks so much for stopping by to visit and I hope you find some time to be crafty this week!

Card Recipe: Cardstock-riding hood red, whisper white, chocolate chip, red glimmer paper, Ski Slope DSP, Ink-chocolate chip, old olive, Stamp Sets-Teeny Tiny Wishes, Stitched Stockings, Accessories-stocking builder punch (ret), basic rhinestones, bitty banner framelits, red sharpie

Monday, July 23, 2012

Scrapbook Monday at Hollywood Studios

Well, I survived another year of Kid's Camp! This post was created in advance because I knew that when we arrived back home on Sunday evening, I would be wiped out and not feel like doing anything but getting a shower and crawling into a real bed!  I'm hoping after a morning of sleeping in, I will feel much more human and find some time to create in between loads of laundry!

I have four MDS layouts for your viewing pleasure today.  They are all from Hollywood Studios.  We were told by several people how crazy we were to go there during the Star Wars weekend, but we figured why not get the added benefit.  All things considered, it wasn't insanely crowded and most of the people were waiting in line at the character meet and greets so we pretty much breezed into everything else.  It was however incredibly HOT! Good thing this was the smallest of the Disney parks!

Entering the park-a view of the sorcerer's hat, views of the 'streets' of Hollywood, 
a picture of the Roger Rabbit billboard (Catie loves this movie!)

pictures from Beauty and the Beast- a fabulous show with gorgeous
costumes, great effects, and wonderful singing, also our first show

A trip into Animation gave us some insight into creating an
animated movie.  I fell in love with the replica of the artists' 
work areas. They were a creatively cluttered and messy 
dream!-must be crafter's envy!

The girls loved seeing all of the Brave displays.  They also took
a short class to learn about drawing characters.  They both left 
the class with their own sketch versions of Dopey from 
Snow White. Super Cool!!  We even got a quick peek at 
Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl on their way to a greeting
station. The girls reverted to youthful giggles as the 
couple waved at them. Silly Mom did not have her camera
ready and missed that shot...

I am a very bad blogger and forgot to write down exactly which papers I used...  Still not used to this whole digital scrapbooking thing!

Well, I hope everyone has a wonderful week and that all of us find some time to be crafty!  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Working my way through the sketches...

While I am at camp, I thought this would be a great time to schedule some of my other Christmas cards.  After all, if I'm sweating away in the heat, my blog should at least have something wintry and cool!  I have been diligently working my way through the sketches at Merry Monday.  This is sketch #12.  Very clean and simple and would be a great design to use if you had to make several of these.

I have the tendency to rethink my cards after they are finished.  While I like the simple design of this, I think when I use this sketch again, I will emboss the base or use a background stamp to dress it up a little.

I even used some retired DSP on this one (I really do need an intervention...) and now I don't feel the least bit guilty about the new purchases that are sitting on my table just waiting for me to use them!!  

I hope your weekend is wonderful and wish you happy crafting!

Card Recipe:  Cardstock-riding hood red, Ski Slope DSP (ret), Stamp Set-Teeny Tiny Wishes, Ink-black Stazon, Accessories-whisper white taffeta ribbon

Friday, July 20, 2012

Flashback Friday and Merry Monday

Happy Friday, everyone!  As you are reading this, I am preparing for a weekend campout with 21 rowdy and hungry 10-12 year old boys! Woo! Hoo! I am praying that a cold front moves in and we have zero humidity for a few days!! Don't need to add stinky to the list of adjectives!!  I honestly have to admit that while this is usually a very hot and tiring weekend, I really enjoy it! Crazy, right?!

I am proud to announce that these are the last two cards using Merry Moments DSP (at least for now...)  I am still planning on using up some of my other older Christmas papers and of course there is the NEW paper that's sitting on my table begging to be used!  But for now, Merry Moments is being re-retired!

I used sketch #11 from Merry Monday and made two cards, both very similar, but using some different supplies.  I used  the retired corduroy buttons and brads on both.  I'm so glad I bought extras of those when they were in the clearance rack!!

I colored my rhinestones with a red sharpie so they would add some color and shine to the ornament.

I used up the last of my leftover scallop ovals from my cricut.  It was the wrong size for the intended project and I just knew I would find something that would work with this one!

My Flash Back items are: Merry Moments DSP, corduroy buttons and brads, the scallop oval, and the sentiment is from the retired set Star Studded Season.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and that it's raining if you need it and dry if you don't!!  -I found myself wishing for a way to collect and transport rainwater from flooded and soggy places to other parts of the world that are in dire need of the water...  Now that would be something worth researching!  But anyway... have a great weekend and I hope you find some time to be crafty!!

Card Recipes: Cardstock-very vanilla, Merry Moments DSP, Ink-chocolate chip, Stamp Sets-Tags til Christmas, Star Studded Season, Accessories-chocolate chip corduroy buttons and brads, linen thread, ornament punch, basic rhinestones

Monday, July 16, 2012

Scrapbook Monday-Magic Kingdom

Hello! So glad you popped in to visit me and my little ol' blog! I am always so happy when I see I have a new follower or read someone's comments! It really is so amazing to me that out of all of the various blogs out there, we manage to stumble across others that really speak to us and make a connection that while it's not a 'physical' friendship, it still picks up our spirits and inspires us to try new things and keep creating.  So I really appreciate everyone who stops by to visit!

I know it's hard to believe, but I have more MDS Disney pages to share.  I feel like that lady.  You know, the one who invites everyone over for dinner after her vacation and then shares her 5 hour slide show with them...  I am hoping that since they are scrapbooked pictures, you will forgive me!  The three pages below are from our first evening at Disney.  We went to Magic Kingdom and managed to finish about half of the park before the fireworks began.  It was a very enjoyable evening and we actually had a nice breeze and cooler temps. 

Pictures from the restaurant... our first stop.  Check out
the Lady and the Tramp artwork on the plate-it was
CHOCOLATE!!!! So cool!

It was incredibly crowded in front of Cinderella's castle,
making picture taking a little difficult...

Various pictures from our evening.  After this page is printed, 
I'm going to let the girls do the journaling on the back to 
capture their impressions of the evening.

I had hoped to check out a website a friend of mine used for her Disney album, but without internet service, was unable to do that.  I'm hoping to find a day this week to download some Disney digi art and I may end up changing some of my original layouts, as well as use them on the new ones.  I did manage to make my own little Mickey head using buttons!  The first two pages used the brocade dsp in brocade blue.  The third page is real red with a brocade blue distressed stamp around the entire page.  I also lightened the opacity on the red so it wasn't quite so bright.

Well, that's it for today... Unfortunately, I have reached the point in my summer vacation where I have to start working again.  Mostly from home, but it makes me realize I don't have too many lazy days left... and I'm already cringing at back to school shopping and book rental!  If only summer could last another month!

Have a great week and happy crafting!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Merry Monday Challenge and Internet issues

Hello! I'm back with another post this weekend!! I'm trying to get some of my Christmas cards squeezed in here before I go crazy with my new goodies!

I have another card using the Merry Moments DSP and some other retired goodies!  I even broke out the color spritzer to 'age' my image. Almost had to knock the dust off that baby! But I do love the effect from the splattered marker ink!


I used sketch #10 from Merry Monday.  They are still running their past sketches challenge so I'm also entering this one to play along with the current challenge.  This runs until the end of July so you have plenty of time to play along!!

If I have not been by to visit your blog lately, I promise I have not forgotten you!  We were without phone and internet service for over a week, so I wasn't able to get online unless I packed my laptop to the library to use the free Wi-Fi.  If it wasn't for scheduling posts ahead of time, my poor blog would have been really neglected!  We are now back in service and hopefully they have fixed my connection issues so I can pop in and visit all of you crafty people!!

Have a great evening and hope your week is wonderful!!  Happy crafting!

Card Recipe: Cardstock-garden green, real red, very vanilla, Merry Moments DSP, Ink-soft suede, real red, old olive, garden green, more mustard, early espresso marker, Stamp Set-Christmas Postcard, Accessories-color spritzer, chocolate chip ribbon (ret.)

Saturday, July 14, 2012

No... It's not a Christmas Card!

Surprise!  And you thought I had abandoned my other supplies for Christmas!  I am happy to say that nearly everything on this card is fairly new!

Today we have our Crafty Sistahs' team meeting.  I decided to participate in the swap this month.  Each month there is a swap offered with a different theme, technique, or challenge.  This month's swap was using the new in colors and the big shot.  While I love the freedom of this type of theme, it took me forever to decide on a card! I really wanted to use the NEW stamp set Reason to Smile and finally found an old Clean and Simple Stamping sketch that would work nicely with the image.  I also knew I wanted to use the midnight muse paper from the Comfort Cafe DSP.  I love the fabric like pattern on this paper!

So here is the sketch...

and here is my card...

If you are checking out this image and the name of the stamp set and wondering 'where in the world did she find this...', I have some news for you!

In the month of July, when your Stampin' Up order totals $50 or more (before S&H) you can order this lovely stamp set for $5!!!!  Let me know if you would like to place an order and add this beautiful set to your supplies!

So on this card, I have used all 5 of the new in colors, the new Comfort Cafe DSP, the new Bitty Banners stamp set and framelits, and the exclusive stamp set!  How's that for new goodies!!  And even better-I get to bring home some wonderful cards created by my fellow crafty sistahs! Can't wait!

I hope your weekend is extra special and crafty!  Thanks for visiting!!

Card Recipe: Cardstock-very vanilla, midnight muse, primrose petals, raspberry ripple, Comfort Cafe DSP, Ink-summer starfruit, gumball green, midnight muse, black Stazon, Stamp Sets- Itty Bitty Banners, Reason to Smile, Accessories- bitty banner framelits, beautiful wings embosslit, dazzling details

Friday, July 13, 2012

Flash Back Friday

Happy Friday!  I realize it is Friday the 13th, but since 13 tends to be a good number for me (married on 13th, child born on 13th, first home had 13 in the address), I don't buy into the whole 'bad things' superstition.  Besides, isn't any Friday a good day, regardless of the date!  I am a little sad that I have less than a month of summer vacation left...

Today, I have yet another Christmas card for you!  The good news is I made 3 other cards besides this one and now my Merry Moments is all but gone!  So while I will continue to make at least one Christmas card a week (trying to stay ahead!), there will be a lot more new products and a wider variety of cards, after the last three are posted!  

Once again, I've used a Merry Monday sketch-#9 to be exact.  This seemed to be a good sketch as well (still grumbling about the complete loss of mojo on #7!) and the ornament just seemed to be the perfect thing to put on the center panel!

The pattern I punched out is probably my favorite design out of the entire package.  I'm a little sad it's all  but gone, but I am sure I will find a new favorite to replace it! My Flash Back items are the DSP (obviously!) and the now retired snow burst embossing folder (still sad about this one...), and the stamp set.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend and are able to find a little time to be crafty!

Card Recipe: Cardstock-crumb cake, very vanilla, real red, Merry Moments DSP (ret), Ink-chocolate chip, Stamp Set-warm words, Accessories-snow burst folder (ret), perfect polka dots folder, ornament punch, bitty banners framelits, lucky limeade bakers twine, scallop trim border punch

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

A Vintage Christmas

Little by little my package of retired Christmas paper is going away, sniff...sniff... But the good news is that my pre-order items from the Holiday catalog have arrived!!  It has been so hard to resist breaking into those new goodies!  I do have a project planned for Saturday that will use some new things from the regular IB&C.  So if you're tired of seeing vacation scrapbook pages and Christmas cards, be sure to visit me on Saturday!

I used sketch #8 from Merry Monday and here's the wonderful part!  They are having a month long challenge to use their past sketches, so I can actually enter their current challenge!! Woo! Hoo!

I really loved this sketch and even managed to use up an oval scallop I had in my stash for the main image!  I also broke out the pastels for this one.  I think the soft color works so well with the vintage style.

I hope everyone is having a good week and finding some time to be crafty!  Thanks for stopping by!

Card Recipe: Cardstock-real red, very vanilla, Merry Moments DSP (ret), Ink-soft suede, black stazon, Stamp Sets- Bells and Boughs, Warm Words (ret), Accessories-Chantilly crochet trim, pastels, oval shape cut w/ cricut

Monday, July 9, 2012

Scrapbook Monday-You know you're a scrapbooker when...

It's another Scrapbook Monday and I have several digital layouts to share today!  My family is always laughing at the bizarre things I choose to photograph.  Like the food on the table at Thanksgiving, or the new backpacks on the first day of school,  or candy and coffee packaging...
They are not scrapbookers, because if they were, they would know that the dinner table picture will tell my great-great-great-grandchildren what we ate, the backpacks become a trip down memory lane for my kids "Remember when you LOVED Dora?",  and the candy and coffee shows future chocolate and caffeine addicted family members that they inherited that love from me.  My sister (who also scrapbooks) and my girls, however, understand that you know you're a scrapbooker when...

...you take pictures of signs, towel art, walls, and even the toiletries from the hotel.

...buildings, water parks, and walkways are frequent focal points in pictures.

...your hotel suite's every detail is forever preserved on a page.

...your children vividly remember exact moments, each time they look at their scrapbook.

Words can not do justice to explain how wonderfully, magical our suite was.  It was almost surreal being at the resort!  I can not imagine the time and talent that came together to make this amazing place.  The cast members were fantastic and always had a smile and an offer to help with anything.   It was so fun walking into the building after an exhausting day at a park to see someone smiling and saying "Welcome home!  What did you do today?"  It was not a 'cheap' place to stay, but was worth every penny we paid!  And since we don't go to Disney every year (this was the girls' first visit) we decided to splurge and have the full effect!

I was very naughty and did not make a list of anything that I used on these pages...  The main colors are brocade blue and real red, and I made the fish on the second layout by combining oval punches with heart punches.  The Disney script was found at Urban Fonts and was FREE!!

I like to think that 100 years from now, someone will look at my pages and think "That is so cool!" or "Look at those shoes!" or "Wow! Did you see that OLD TV?!"  At least, that's what we do when we look through all of the old family pictures.  At best, I am leaving a visual time capsule of our lives for our future generations.  At the very least, I am gossip fodder for current family members.  "Did you see her take a picture of the birthday card/grill/car/cake on the floor(true story!)/chickens... Well, she's always been a little odd..."  Little do they know, I will be the cool and crazy, crafty lady that our future family knows so much about!! So who's laughing now?  Yeah, I know... it's still them laughing...

I hope you find some time this week to be crafty!!  Don't forget to take some pictures too!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

The intervention...

Hello, my name is Margaret and I have a problem.  I started making Christmas cards about a month ago to use up my old Christmas DSP.  I thought I could handle it, just make a few cards, use up some old paper, and then I would stop.  I was in control... or so I thought.  I have recently come to realize that I have an addiction to creating Christmas cards.  I've even started looking at other old packages of  Christmas DSP, just to see what was there...  I knew I hit rock bottom when I became frustrated that I had to make a birthday card. "That won't use up my Christmas paper... I have to use up my Christmas paper!!"  So that's my story.  I am a Christmas card addict.  The saddest part of this is I will have to find a way to control my behavior.  After all, Christmas is an annual holiday, and there will always be new DSP to buy, therefore making my current DSP old.  It's a vicious cycle...  But I can change... if I have to...I guess...

All silliness aside, I am really enjoying making my cards early (gasp!) and I was so excited when I realized I only had two full sheets and some little scraps left of my Merry Moments paper.  Bring on the new paper!!  

I once again used a Merry Monday sketch for my cards.  I'm just obsessive enough to feel that I need to do the sketches in order, but really would have liked to skip this one.  It was a wonderful sketch and I had this brilliant card pictured in my head, but when I attempted to put my vision to paper, I did not love it.  So I decided to try the sketch again with a different idea.  Not overly crazy with that one either...  But I finished the sketch and the next few are very basic and I think they will be a lot easier for me to use.  So here are both of my cards using sketch #7 from Merry Monday.  

My initial plan was for the cardinal to be resting on the branch, but it just didn't look right.  I also thought the background would be less bare and more 'forest-like' with the pine tree images.  I just feel like the whole vision fell short of what I wanted...

First of all... apologies for the washed out image... grr...
I decided to go a completely different route with this one.  I wanted to use the shaker frame, but didn't want to actually have a shaker card (confusing, I know).  So I stamped my image twice, added dazzling details to the bottom image and then layered the second image on top.  I think I would have been happier with this one if I had embossed the red background.

So do you ever have this problem?  Finishing a card and then really not liking it?  

Hope everyone has a fabulous rest of the weekend! Happy crafting!

Card Recipe #1-Cardstock-old olive, very vanilla, real red, Merry Memories DSP(ret), Ink-chocolate chip, old olive, Stamp Sets- Lovely as a Tree, Bells and Boughs, Language of Friendship, Punches-scallop oval, scallop circle, bird builder

Card Recipe #2-Cardstock-real red, very vanilla, garden green, Merry Memories DSP, Ink-real red, asst. markers, Stamp Sets- Sweet Snowglobe (ret), Warm Words (ret), Punches-1 3/4" circle, large oval, scallop oval, Accessories-dazzling details, shaker frame

Friday, July 6, 2012

Flashback Friday and another Merry Monday Sketch

I am cruising right through the older Merry Monday sketches.  Today I used sketch #6 and actually used a different older DSP! Yay!!!  I have moved on to Ski Slope (not sure how long I've had this paper...) and since this was a favorite when it was new, I only had about 1/2 of a pack to begin with.  Woo! Hoo!  I also used one of the first Christmas stamps I ever bought.  I stopped using this one after DD#2 was born because there were only 3 snow people, but today I threw that thinking out the window and inked this baby up!  I didn't even mind coloring the images since there were only two cards being made.  I tried to keep the colors neutral so they didn't clash with the dsp.

After putting the whole thing together and photographing it, I really think I should have matted the image on a piece of riding hood red paper to make it stand out a little more... hmmm...

This card definitely fit the original purpose of my Flashback Fridays.  I used retired DSP, a very old stamp, and the snowflake brad was also from my older stash!  After putting a little glitter on the snow drifts, I decided to glitter up the brad as well.  It looked much better with a little bling!

I hope all of my fellow Americans enjoyed some fireworks and festivities over the holiday!  Our day was pretty low key- a family cookout and then a trip in town to watch the fireworks display.

Card Recipe: Cardstock-baja breeze, whisper white, Ink-stazon black, various markers, Accessories-dazzling details, 1" circle punch, Flashback items-Ski Slope DSP, snowflake brad, snow family stamp (non SU)

Monday, July 2, 2012

Scrapbook Monday- Still at the beach...

It's Monday once again and I have a few more pages from our Panama City Beach portion of our vacation.  Again, very little journaling, letting the pictures tell their own stories...

I really wish we would have planned at least another day for the beach.  One evening was not nearly enough time to properly enjoy the sand and water.  I think our next trip to the ocean will have more relaxing and resting time and less regimented schedules.

The second page is views of the ocean from the car as we were leaving Panama City Beach, and one of the orange groves we passed on our way to Lake Buena Vista.  You can't really tell in the picture, but we could see oranges growing on the trees as we passed.  It was raining as we arrived at Disney -typical of Florida this time of year, I'm told...  But it did not diminish our excitement as we arrived at the most magical place on earth!  

I still have a lot of beach pictures that I did not scrapbook.  These will probably go into divided page protectors (photo album style) and be placed with the scrapbook pages.  To be perfectly honest, this will probably happen to a lot of pictures!  I love to scrapbook, but my attention span for one project does not last long!  Probably why I always do Christmas and vacation pictures last!!

We finally received some much needed rain yesterday evening.  We went out to eat for our niece's birthday in a neighboring town and it starting pouring rain!  I was never so happy to be soaked! It stormed enough that the power went out and we ate our meal with only the light from the windows and the emergency lights.  Great mood lighting and a memorable evening for my niece!  We were just glad that the kitchen was still able to make our food!  It was quite disappointing to arrive back at home to realize that it had only sprinkled there.  But shortly after settling in, it did rain a little more.  We are still far below what we need and the fire hazards have not been lifted, but at least some of the dust was washed back where it belongs!

Hope you have a fabulous week and happy crafting!

Sunday, July 1, 2012


Today's card is the last of my stampin' club cards.  I already had a design in mind and then I saw Tiffany's card.  I loved the clean design and how simple it was to put together. I swapped the butterfly for a flower and changed the sentiment stamp, and colors, but other than that, it's pretty much a CASE.  This is also a great card for using up scraps and I'm sure I will be using this layout a lot!

Card Recipe: Cardstock-whisper white, pink pirouette DSP from subtles stack, certainly celery, Baja breeze, Ink-soft suede, Stamp Set- Curly Cute, Accessories-corner punch, little leaves sizzlit, Boho blossom punch, silver brad from metallics collection