Wednesday, September 22, 2010

You Color My World - with Doodles

The Week 3 challenge for Creative Corner at Simply Scrapping Crafts ( was to use doodles in your project. I put this layout together last night using colored pencils, a Zig Writer pen, some alphabet stickers from American Crafts and Pink Paislee, and fuel from a French martini!!!

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Stamping and Stitching

Our challenge for the Stamp & Scrap group over at Simply Scrapping Crafts ( this week is to use a stamped image as the outline for stitching. I used this gorgeous cardinals stamp and some Bazzill floss to stitch portion of the pine needles. Unfortunately I'm not sure who makes that stamp - I just happened to have it in my collection, but it's one of my favorites!

I also used a Tim Holtz stamp for the snowflakes, some Webster's Pages papers from a 6x6 pad, an Imaginisce jeweled snowflake, a Stampin' Up brad, and a transparency from Little Yellow Bicycle.

I had never tried this technique before, but now I'm in love with it!! I don't have a lot of stamps in my collection (yet!) but I'm sure I'll be searching my stash for another one to try this on!

Thanks for stopping by, and visit us over at SSC in the Stamp & Scrap group to see what everyone is making, and maybe you'll get inspired to try this yourself! We'd love to have you!

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Be Well

My friend Angie had some surgery yesterday, and I made this card over the weekend to send to her. As usual, I am a bit late, because the card won't get to her until she's probably well on her way to recovery, but hopefully she likes the card anyway. She is a sweet, special lady, and I pray that her recovery is swift!

I used a paper from a 6x6 pad of the newest Prima line, which is beautiful enough to stand on its own, but you know me - gotta add a bunch of stuff! I distressed the edges a bit. I couldn't decide which color of the dyed seam binding I liked the best with it, so I added all three. I also got a new stamp from Stampin' Up, and used that to hold the sentiment - I added a bit of color with Copics and a few pearls. The sentiment is made with Cosmo Cricket tiny types.

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Sunday, September 12, 2010

Back to School Weekend Online Crop

Whew! It's been a busy weekend between Chris' football game in Gloucester Friday night and keeping up with all the challenges and games on our Simply Scrapping Crafts Back to School Weekend Online Crop.

We've been planning the crop for a few weeks now - I have to give it to my Design Team sisters - they really put their thinking caps on and came up with some fabulous ideas and inspirations for this crop. I spent some time last week putting together a couple of examples to be posted with my challenge and one of Angie's challenges.

This first example was for my Back to School Shopping Challenge. The little guy is on his way to get his new clothes so he can start school!

Angie put together an Art Class challenge. She had an inspirational photo of a paint palette covered with a bunch of beautiful colors, and I made this card as a sample for her challenge. Her photo was really inspiring, and I used a cool technique I recently found online to make the background colorful portion - it's actually a baby wipe that has been wadded up and pressed against different colors of ink pads.

I have been hosting one challenge - Back to School Shopping, and one game - the Pop Quiz. Since there wasn't a whole lot I had to do once I got my challenge and game posted to the community, I took the time to play along with a bunch of the other challenges and made some cards, layouts, and even an altered project.

This first layout was for my challenge, Period 1: Back to School Shopping. The challenge was to make a project inspired by your memories of back to school shopping for clothes. I used these photos of Chris' first day of 11th grade, which was last Tuesday, along with some tags and packaging from his new clothes and backpack.

These next two layouts were made from photos of Chris' football game Friday night. The first one is for Drama Class, where the challenge was to create a project that somehow illustrated drama.

This one is for Music Class, where the challenge was to create a project inspired by your favorite song. Kenny Chesney's "The Boys of Fall" is a great song, and I especially love the video. I think it is so inspiring to young people, but also brings back great memories of my time in high school and college always looking forward to the big game each week.

I made this card for Emily's Home Ec Class. The project was to make a fabric flower following her tutorial, then use it in a project. I've been wanting to learn how to make these flowers, and thanks to Emily now I can.

This card was for Clare's History Class. The challenge was to use paper that was at least two years old. I wasn't sure I had any, as I like to frequently purge my supplies (actually I have to purge them or I wouldn't be able to get into my craft room). I have been hoarding this Blue Awning collection from K & Company, which is one of my all time favorite paper lines. I made this card with some Webster's Pages lace and a fabulous ribbon from Rona Mallard.

Amy hosted Literature Class, and the challenge was to make a project that in some way uses a book. I had seen a tree online a couple of years ago like this and even went so far as to buy some glitter and things to make a set of them for Christmas decorations, but never did. This was the perfect opportunity for me to look for directions online and try my hand at this. It turned out really well, although I learned not to spray the tree with Glimmer Mist, as the moisture caused the sharp folds to wilt a bit. We are going to make these in one of our upcoming Creative Corner weeks, so I'll have to put a tutorial together.

Angie put together an awesome tutorial for a bookmark, and I played along. I seem to always be making things with cats on them. I had these really cute felties from Basic Grey, and just had to use this little cat with some other embellies. I'll probably end up sending this to my sister Liz - we call her the Crazy Cat Lady!

Brianna hosted Lunch - and who doesn't love lunch - and the challenge was to make a cute little snack sack. This is my take on the challenge - I opted for a Halloween theme, and will probably fill this with goodies and give it away to one of my trick-or-treaters.

And last but certainly not least, Pryn hosted a tutorial on making notepaper, and after you made your notepaper, you were supposed to write a note to someone and pass the note - you know, like you did in school! Well, Roxann started the whole thing with a note to Edward to meet her behind the buses. Nikki followed up with a note to everyone saying she was sorry she couldn't play in the classrooms more than she's been able to do this weekend. So I followed up with this note to Nikki!

We all had a fabulous time this weekend. We had a lot of participants, and these weekend crops are always a big blast! Thanks for stopping by, and if you didn't get to play along with us this weekend, hopefully you can make it next time!

Big hugs to all!

Friday, September 10, 2010

I Miss You

Our Creative Corner challenge at Simply Scrapping Crafts this week was to make a design with a nested shape. I had a cool new heart stamp from Stampin' Up, so I wanted to use that as my nested shape. I also had some new stamps from Ippity, and one of them was this awesome vintage postcard. So I played around for awhile trying to come up with something, and this was the card I made. I like the whole frou-frou vintage Victorian feel sort of thing it's got going on.

Card making is my recent trend in paper crafting. I started out making mostly mini albums, transitioned into scrapbook pages, and now I am doing mostly cards. However, I have noticed that the way I designed mini album pages carried over into my scrapbook pages and now carries over into my cards. I love dimension and lots of different textures and shapes - I am definitely not the CAS type of paper crafter!

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Saturday, September 4, 2010

A Scrappin' Up Saturday

I got some new Scrappin' Up goodies from my dear Catherine Pooler (, and I was crafting like a crazy woman. I ended up making three different cards - two just because, and one for a challenge over at Simply Scrapping Crafts that will post later this week.

This first one uses the new fall line of patterned papers - so yummy! I also used some Stampin' Up stamps from 2002 (somehow that makes me feel old - oh wait! I am old!), some alphabet stickers from Cosmo Cricket, and dyed seam binding that Clare Prezzia made for me ( I used a Martha Stewart Punch for the border.

This next one uses the Sizzix Top Note die that's exclusive to Stampin' Up. Everything is Stampin' Up except for the patterned paper (that's one sheet front and back) and sentiment sticker, which are both Cosmo Cricket, and the tiny pearls which are from Want2Scrap. I used a Martha Stewart Crafts punch for the little butterflies.

Now I got a bunch of new Ippity stamps in the mail today from my dear Rona Mallard, so I'll be busy playing with those tomorrow! One of these days I'll get all the housework and things done that I keep putting off so I can play!

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