Sunday, January 31, 2010

Mini Album

This is a quick little mini album I put together for my granddaughter, Addyson. She is two years old and loves to stamp and glue with Nana. She loves flowers and butterflys. I covered two pieces of 4 x 4 chipboard in Pixie Pink and added some embellishments cut and punched from some old paper I had. On the inside I used Pixie Pink, Bashful Blue, Lovely Lilac, and Pumpkin Pie. I added a few pictures of her favorite people inside with intentions of adding more. She found it before I had a chance to finish it and officially give it to her. She said "You made this? For me?" I said "Yes, for you." She said "Aaawww, that's so nice!" Don't you just love them at that age, too cute!

I helped her make a birthday card for her daddy today (didn't get a picture). She is the cutest thing. She of course can "do it myself". By the time she was done she had blue ink on the tips of all of her fingers. And it is a good thing I'm not too picky about what my wooden blocks look like because the four that she used from the Holiday Blitz set were pretty inked up with blue too! It's all good though, she got her card done for her daddy and she was mighty proud of herself. Anybody know a good way of getting ink off of a kid's fingers though? I have a feeling she'll be in my craft room quite a bit in the future.

6x6 Valentine Swap #1

Another part of the Valentine swap that I joined from Stampin' Addicts. This is of course the 6x6 layout that I did. This started with a base of Very Vanilla. I used one of the hearts from the Simply Said stamp set in Real Red ink to create the background. The first page has a photo base of Real Red with a tab punched from Chocolate Chip from the Round Tab punch and a small silver brad. The sentiment is from the Holiday Best Level 1 Hostess set stamped in Chocolate Chip. I can't seem to do Valentine's Day stuff without using Chocolate Chip! The second page has Chocolate Chip card stock for the photo base and Real Red banners stamped with words from the Fundamental Phrases set and sponged with Chocolate Chip ink, and finished off with a silver brad.

I was blog surfing the other night and looking through a new-to-me site, StampinByTheSea, where she used her Photo Corner punch to make the tags. I don't know about you but when I find these easy little tricks I have to 1) use it quickly on something so I don't forget it and 2) think, "Why didn't I think of that?!". Make sure you check out her site, she has some great stuff. I love her style. If you want to see how she makes the banners check it out on this post.

12x12 Valentine Swap #1

I joined another swap on Stampin' Addicts. This one was for a 12x12 Valentine double layout. I started with a Chocolate Chip base. You can't have a Valentine without chocolate now can you? The first page has a 81/2 x 81/2 piece of Rose Red trimmed with the new Scallop Trim border punch (that I got free from Sale-a-bration) in Very Vanilla. The bottom has Very Vanilla 1/4" grosgrain ribbon with 1/2 circles of Rose Red and hearts from the new Small Heart punch. Both papers were sprayed with the Shimmer Paint mist spray that I love.

The second page again has the Rose Red paper trimmed with Very Vanilla and the Scallop Trim border punch . I used the Scallop envelope die with the new Sending Love Specialy DSP. I cut a portion of the Scallop Envelope again from Pretty in Pink (sprayed with Shimmer Mist) to line it with. I then embellished it with a heart in Rose Red from the new Scalloped Heart of Hearts and a Very Vanilla (sprayed with Shimmer Mist) punched with the heart punch. I slipped a small piece of Pretty in Pink inside the envelope to journal on.

This was a really simple layout. Probably the hardest part was getting the ribbon to stick on the paper where I wanted it to. Went together very easily. Thanks for looking!

Monday, January 25, 2010

New Arrival layout

Here is a layout I did form my newest grandson. Landon will be 4 months old this week. I had the honor of being there when he was born. Such an exciting and awesome experience. I was fortunate enough to be present at his and his older sister's birth. I was the photographer and some times coach. Daddy got to do most of that though. This layout uses Pumpkin Pie, Wild Wasabi (retired), Bashful Blue, Brilliant Blue, and Jersey Shore DSP (Retired). I also used some retired Wild Wasabi Ribbon for embellishment. I don't think I'm quite done with embellishments. I still think it needs a little something. Do you like the strategically placed little stars in the second page? I used the Top Note die for the journaling spot. Haven't journaled yet, of course. That is the hardest part for me with scrapbooking. I got this layout from a scrap map in a class that I took with Got Sketch?. They had a doubles class a couple of months ago. Awesome online class. Lots of layouts and tips. Of course I adjusted it a little for the size of my pictures.

Thanks for stopping by. Let me know what you think.

6x6 Scrapbook album - another BIA project

I am having so much fun creating my own albums with my Bind-It-All. I'm getting to use up a lot of paper that I've had for years. It is the cutest stuff for girly projects and since I now have 4 granddaughters I have plenty of girly projects to make! This one is for Elaina. I wanted to give her one for Christmas but life happens (she got a new little sister) and I didn't get it done. So better late then never here it is. I covered it with this pretty paper that came in one of those paper stacks but it doesn't have the cover anymore so I don't know who made it. Anyway, I filled the insides with Appricot Appeal, Pink Passion, Bashful Blue, and Lovely Lilac. One of the reason that I had this paper for so long is because in the tons of solid cardstock that I had I couldn't find any that went with it. But now that I have SU! I'm not having any trouble finding things that match. And bonus, I have embellishments too since all of SU! stuff coordinates. The E on the front is a retired piece of chipboard colored with Bashful Blue craft ink. I dried it with my heat tool and then sprayed it with my Shimmer mist spray that I have talked about before. I just love that stuff. I don't think I've ever stamped or anything with the Shimmer Paint, all I've used it for is the spray mist. I think I'm going to add some more ribbon to the front too. I don't have any ribbon that would match this except for the Pumpkin Pie 1/4", which looks good but I wanted some pink. So I took my Pink Passion marker and colored some of the White Taffeta ribbon. Isn't it cute? I need to get some more so I can finish this. Now I'll just have to plan some scrapping time with Lanie to help her get this book filled up.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Beautiful paper with Shimmer Mist spray

I have been seeing the most beautiful paper all over the place. It looks like the paper is covered in glitter. It got me to thinking that I could make my own glitter paper with the Shimmer Mist spray, only I like it a lot more because the 'glitter' doesn't come off. I have to say that I am totally happy with it. The pictures here don't do it justice because it is very hard to capture the shimmer on film. You'll have to try it and see it for yourself! I got the instructions for the Shimmer mist spray from Adrea Walford's blog but I use 70% alcohol instead of the 99% and I didn't add any reinker to it. I read on Splitcoast that the 70% was better to use so that your sprayer doesn't clog up. So far I have left it sit for a couple of months at a time and it hasn't clogged yet. This first picture is just trying to catch the shimmer with a photo.

This is the start of a layout I did with the paper, it is the SU! Rose Red. It works great with the new Sending Love Specialty paper that is in the Occasions mini catalog. I just love that paper, at least one side on each piece of paper has glitter on it. Not a bunch, just enough. And the package has a bonus for me, the cardboard/chipboard that is in the package with the paper is great to use for my BIA projects. This is from my daughter's wedding almost 2 years ago, see how far behind in my scrapbooking I am! Oh, by the way, don't you love that border? I did that with the Eyelet border punch. I can't wait to get my new border punches that SU! has come out with. They should be here tomorrow. Woohoo! I'm looking forward to it. This paper is the only thing that I preordered so I can't wait to get home from work tomorrow night and dig into all of my new goodies! I'll post this layout again as soon as I finish it off. Hopefully soon. Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

All Day Crop & Classes Too

It's time for another All Day Crop! Bring whatever projects you have and join us for a full day of uninterrupted stamping and scrapping. That’s right – uninterrupted! A day to relax, hang out with your friends, and work on your scrapbooks and/or cards.

Date: February 6, 2010
Time: 10am – 6pm
Place: Capital Mall, Community Room, Jefferson City MO
Cost: $15

We are also offering a couple of Classes that day:

Valentine's Day Projects Class
  • Cost $20
  • 6 projects (2 cards - 4 treat holders)
  • Class time: 10am - 12pm
All Occasion Card Class
  • Cost$25
  • 20 cards w/envelopes (5 each of 4 designs)
  • Class time: 1pm - 4pm
Discounts available:
  • Register for the Crop and both classes for just $50
  • Register for just the classes for just $40
Check out all of the details here.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Card Purse with thank you notes...

This is a gift that I made for my sister. She asked me to make her some thank you notes. I was inspired by some note cards that I saw on Andrea Walford's blog. She has a lot of wonderful stuff on her blog. Lots of videos and tutorials. Awesome stuff! The 'purse' pattern I got from a tutorial on Splitcoast. I used Bermuda Bay cardstock and Polka Dot ribbon for the purse and handle. The base for the cards are made from the Clear Bigz Scallop Square die cut in Bermuda Bay, Gable Green, Pixie Pink (I think). The note card itself is a piece of Whisper White, most of the flowers are made from a combination of the pieces cut from the #2 Daisy die, you can really make a bunch of different looking flowers with that one die. A few flowers are from the Scallop Circle punch. This was a really fun and easy project to make. I love the bright colors. What a great way to say thank you, huh? My sis really liked them. Hope you enjoy them too.