Saturday, December 29, 2007

The Reason why I was Missing for so Long...

















Sorry...not even going to try to line these photos up. Too much of a headache as it is.
This is what I've been doing all month long. I made 10 of the notebooks (with the flower), 4 of the mini-composition notebooks, 10 each of the cards except for the City of David card which I made 20 of, and 40 of the little gift bags. The little mini book was made with some leftovers from Crop Addict's December kit and a Bind-it-All. I still have a lot of the kit left and have some layouts in mind. I'll post them when I finally get them done.
Have a great rest of the weekend!!

Friday, December 28, 2007

Merry Late Christmas!

Wow...this has been a wild month!! I don't think I've ever been this busy for Christmas before. I do have a bunch of cards and a mini book to post. I think I might have even done a layout. I'll try to post all that this weekend. Now, I think Caden and I have the flu so I'm not doing anything that requires thinking.

I hope everyone had a very safe and Merry Christmas! Hope you have the same for your New Year's too! I'm really looking forward to my Creative Team responsibilities for Crop Addict...I've already got a few things in mind. So be sure to hop over there and check it out. You will love the people over there and Debbie and Michon put together some awesome monthly kits. I've tried several kits in the past and these are by far the best!! The January one is available for order now...I can't wait to get mine in! Here's the link...http://cropaddict.com.

Talk to you soon!

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

More December Kit Layouts


I've still got a lot left from the Crop Addict December Kit. I only used one sheet of the Heidi Grace paper for the picture frame (see a few posts down). And, I think I still have a sheet of the We R Memory Keepers paper. So, keep an eye out for some more projects!

If you want the supply list, please visit my gallery on Crop Addict. The December projects made with the kit will be under the December Kit link in the gallery. I'm too lazy right now to type the supply lists. Sorry!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Buds

I did this layout last night. I've joined up with the Calendar Girls on twopeasinabucket and we are supposed to create 4 layouts a month based on the Designing with 2007 (or whatever year) calendar. I started mid-month so this is my first layout. December will be a better month! This layout is based on November 6. The "assignment" was to use masking tape to make a background. It was a stress reliever tearing up all that masking tape! Smile

Supplies: (from Crop Addict November Kit): patterned paper (Basic Grey Mellow collection); cardstock letters (Basic Grey) (from my own stash): cardstock (unknown); paint (Making Memories); ink (Ranger); brads (Stampin' Up!); ribbon (May Arts--this actually came from a previous Crop Addict kit); vellum quote (www.cen.quik.com/scrappy1); journaling pen (EK Success); staples; masking tape








Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Crop Addict Creative Team

I got a call Friday before last from Debbie. I had made the Creative Team for Crop Addict. It's a little different from the Design Team, and I'm not sure exactly what I'll be doing yet. I heard I made it and that's as far as my concentration could go. It had been a pretty bad day up until then too so my concentration was off anyway. But I'm really excited about it and can't wait to get started!! I was really hard not to say anything until the announcement was made. I'm so glad the wait is over!! And I can't wait to work with the rest of the girls. They are a great bunch over there and I'm glad that we are (and are becoming) friends! If you ever get a chance, hop on over and chat with us awhile. Hello

Look what I just found! A scrapbooking smiley...how cute is that!!! Scrapbooking





Monday, November 19, 2007

Crop Addict December Kit
















I've uploaded my projects for December's kit the other day so now I can post them here! I still have a lot of kit left over. I've got another project in mind to do and then some more layouts I want to do so I can get everything used. If you like kits, don't miss out on this one!! You can see all the supply list in my gallery on Crop Addict.
Sorry, the pictures are all wonky again...this happens everytime I upload a bunch and I have no idea how to fix it.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

New Toy!!

I got another new toy the other day! Brannon came home with a Cuttlebug for me Monday at lunch. Of course, we had had a HUGE fight (the only "real" fight that we've had the whole time we've been married...5 1/2 years). We both think flowers are a waste of money since they die so quickly and we'd both rather have something that will last. So I got a make-up Cuttlebug instead!! Woohoooo!! I had showed him one the other day so he could get an idea for Christmas and he was actually paying attention to me. I told him that he didn't have to buy me anything but I'm not about to take it back! He took my back to Hobby Lobby that night and let me get 6 embossing folders. Who knew that embossing could be sooo much fun?? I can use all my old Sizzix dies and my Quickutz dies too.

I hope to have some projects on here soon! I'm preparing for a workshop that I have on Saturday, plus trying to finish up my layouts and projects for the Crop Addict December kit. I have to wait to post them in Crop Addict's gallery (November 21) before I can post them here. I've got some tutorials I'm wanting to put on here too but just haven't had a chance to work on them. December is going to be slow as far as workshops go so I'm hoping to have time to put a lot of projects on here then.

In case, I don't get a chance to post on here for awhile...Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!!!

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Do Not Disturb

I did this layout last night of one of our cats, Emmitt (named after Emmitt Smith, of course!). The background is one sheet of patterned cardstock from Luxe Designs. The middle where the pictures are is just a black strip. The paper didn't need anything added to it so I just left it alone. I adhered the photos down and put a piece of Heidi Swapp tape along the seam in the middle. I ironed on some HS iron-on fuzzy letters for my title. That was a trip!! Not sure if I really liked that...ended up scorching one letter and a little bit of the paper. I need lots of practice for that one! I left a space between not and disturb and put a HS pink ghost flower with one of her chipboard letters for the flower center. The big flower is attached with glue dots and a puffy flower center was placed in the center (both HS also). The journaling spots are also Heidi Swapp. I chalked the fuzzy letters to try to hide the scorching with Pebbles shimmer chalk. The paper and the "e" both came from Crop Addict kits but I can't remember which ones.

I have a couple more layouts. You can view them here. Enjoy!

Dishonest people

I know that every once in awhile everyone tells a little white lie. That's not what this post is about. This is about the really dishonest people. Yesterday, Brannon and I drove over 2 hours to go to a scrapbook store that carried a certain product I wanted and wasn't available here. This place was listed as a store on the manufacturer website. So, off we went! We end up pulling into a residential sub-division and the address was that of a home! I was soooo disappointed. We finally found a couple of other stores and I told the owner of the 2nd one what happened. Apparently, this lady is notorious for doing this kind of thing, even going so far as to take pictures of other stores to show as her own. The manufacturer of the product I wanted doesn't allow anyone but retailers to order from them, so she lied to be able to be listed on their website. According to the other store, I'm not the first one to have driven hours just to find a house instead. She's been turned in before (and was again yesterday!) and has even been kicked off other manufacturer web sites before...guess it doesn't matter to her. She'll just keep doing it until she gets everything she wants. I think it's sad for the honest business owners who are doing what they are supposed to and then they have someone around that cheats like that. Anyway, this has really been on my mind and wanted to share. Moral of the story...call before you jump in the car to go to a new store; you never know what you'll really find!

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Funny Face

This is a layout that I did today. I'm feeling a little lazy now so if you want to see the supply list you can find it at www.cropaddict.com. Just go to the Gallery link at the top, then scroll down to Members Gallery, and choose my gallery...I'm croppycatter on there, too. You can also see the last couple of layouts that I did too. Two of them were for a challenge and one of them is for a contest I submitted to Simple Scrapbooks. While you're over there, you ought to sign up for the message board. We have a great time!! Oh, and most of the supplies for this layout came from Crop Addict's September kit. Hope to see you over there sometime!!

Digital Scrapbooking

I've been playing with this a little and I am a hybrid scrapper. I finally found a book to help! It's called Digital & Hybrid Scrapbooking & Card-Making with Photoshop Elements. If digital scrapbooking is something you are interested in, I would definitely recommend this book. You can find the link to it all the way at the bottom of this page. I've been using Photoshop Elements for a couple of years now and have already learned a lot of simple tricks that I never knew existed. You also get a DVD with digital kits and coupons and a whole bunch of tags to use in your Photoshop Organizer. The best part about the whole thing is that it is written in English, none of that techno-blabber you find in most books like this. I can't ever see myself giving up my paper scrapbooking (love the mess too much!) but I love being able to combine both. So if you are interested, be sure to check it out. Just click on the link at the bottom of my blog and then hit the tab for the Book at the top of her web site. Right now she has it on sale, too!

Let it Snow Card

I had some play time this morning and was messing around with my new Punch Pals set. I really didn't know what to do with it so I just sat down and grabbed a piece of Bordering Blue out of my scraps file drawer. I stamped the snowman using Basic Black and colored him with Prismacolors and blended with a Prismacolor blender pencil. The top corners were punched with the tag corner punch and the hole with the Crop-a-Dile (since the boys decided to punch poop with my Fiskars hand-held punches!...the replacements are coming in today). The snowflake eyelet is from We R Memory Keepers. It is part of the Crop-a-Dile kit I bought from HSN back at the beginning of last year. I stamped the snowflakes on the background with Whisper White and then dotted 2-way glue on the snow and the center of the flakes and poured Dazzling Diamonds glitter on it and brushed away the excess. I used the 3/16" corner rounder to make the scallop strip. The rest of my supplies are blue gingham ribbon and dimensionals, both from Stampin' Up!. In fact, all of my supplies are from Stampin' Up! except the eyelet and the Prismacolors.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Kids' Class Halloween Treats

For Ali's Kindergarten and 1st Grade classes, I got to be homeroom mom. This year, they decided to let someone else have a turn (yep...volunteered again!) but I like making the kids little treats anyway. I cut these little boxes out of Pumpkin Pie cardstock using my Cricut Expressions and the Tags, Boxes, & More cartridge. I stamped Frankenstein from Batty for You on Pumpkin Pie with Whisper White and dried it with my heat gun. Then, I used a Green Galore marker and colored him in. It was punched out with the 1 3/8" circle punch and layered on a scallop circle punched out of Green Galore cardstock. Then, the whole thing was layered on the box front with a dimensional. Tomorrow, after I buy some candy, I'll load up the little boxes and Ali and Caden can take them to their classes Tuesday. I made 36 of these little guys today and hopefully have enough. I'm not sure how many kids are in Caden's class so I may actually have to make some more. I sure hope not!!!!

Happy Halloween Card

I bought this set about a week ago and finally had a chance to play with it. This picture is darker than it is in real life for some reason. I started with a 1/2 sheet of Pumpkin Pie cardstock. I layered a piece of Creepy Crawly Designer Series paper (this will be part of the SU! promotion next month). Next, I stamped my family on Whisper White. The images are colored with SU!'s watercolor pencils and Blush Blossom ink refill. The images come from All in the Family and Family Accessories and are stamped with Staz-On Jet Black. The corners are punched with the ticket corner punch and then the piece is layered on top of the patterned paper. At the bottom of the card, I stamped a pumpkin from the accessories set, "happy Halloween" from Everyday Flexible Phrases, and another pumpkin. Oh and after I colored with the watercolor pencils, I blended them with an Aqua Painter.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

October Demo Planner Challenge

I WON!!!! WOOHOOO!!! Just wanted to share. To see my card just scroll down to the other post with the same name and you can see what I entered. Or click on the Demo Planner Challenge link under Labels and it'll bring it up too. I'm pretty excited!

On another note...I'm working on projects for an upcoming workshop and I'll post those soon. I'm also about to go crazy unless I get a layout done soon so hopefully this weekend I'll have one of those to post too. And I'm going to be posting a tutorial on box. Keep watch!!

Friday, October 19, 2007

Tag Time (not the SU! stamp set heeheee....)

I was just tagged...twice actually...by a couple of friends from Crop Addict. If you are a man reading this, YES, you can have friends you've never met before!!! Must be a girl thing but it does happen! Debbie and Morgan both got me!

Here's the rules:

1. Link to your tagger, and also post these rules on your blog.

2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.

3. Tag 7 people at the end of you post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.

4. Let them know they are TAGGED by leaving a comment on their blog.

Here's 7 facts about me:

1. I worked in a daycare for 1 week (with a bunch of 18 mths-2 yr olds) by myself. They about killed me and I quit. I was pretty fresh out of high school and had no idea what I was getting myself into. I love kids just don't love taking care of anyone's but my own (or close friends). And, I still want another one!

2. I was valedictorian of my high school class.

3. I walk with my big toe pointing up...have no idea why but that is the first place I'll wear out a pair of shoes.

4. I love music...anything from Enya to Aerosmith to whatever as long as it's not gangster rap or just horrible to listen to.

5. Brannon and I met at work. He saw me up on his floor one day and ask the mail clerk who I was. He didn't know but then 2 weeks later my sister started working in the mail room also. Donnie and her started talking one day and somehow the whole thing with Brannon came up and she and Donnie decided to play matchmaker. We emailed a couple of times back and forth before we actually met. I also worked in Human Resources so I knew more about him than he did me!! Then, when I first saw him my first thought was "Oh no! It's that nerd from the parking lot!!" He always got to work just seconds before I did and always carried (and still does) a briefcase. I used to think to myself that it'd just be my luck that he was the one I was supposed to marry...I always figured it would be a nerd. And lo and behold...here we are 6 1/2 years later!!! I wouldn't trade him for anything!

6. I always have to do things by the book. I hate breaking rules. I always want step-by-step instructions so I don't mess up projects and then after I've made it once, I can usually adapt it for something else. I don't like open-ended directions at all!

7. I'm scared to death of flying (yep...been on a few planes and they were horrible) and scared of traveling by on water (which is going to be interesting if I ever win cruise from Stampin' Up!).

Now to tag someone else...not sure if any of you have been tagged...if so, I'm sorry for the repeat!

Lora

Michelle

Laura

Chris

Alicia

Leslie

Belinda

Yall have a good night and weekend!!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Halloween Purse

Just wanted to let you know that the card tote/purse tutorial in the post before is the same for the Halloween Purse. Sorry for the confusion!! : )

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Card Tote (Purse) Tutorial

I got an email from Judy requesting a tutorial for the Halloween Purse I did a few posts down. Hi, Judy!! Thanks for your comments! I did try to email you back but it wouldn't go through. To answer your question on how to leave comments: just click on the little comment thing at the bottom of the article. It'll have "0 comments" (or whatever number it is at the time) and it will be underlined. Just click on it and it'll take you to the comments screen. I'm not sure if you have to have a Google account to leave your comments or not...I'm still pretty new to all of this...but you can try and see what it does for you! Let me know what happens so I can tell the next person who has this same question.

Ok...now I'll quit hijacking my own article and get to the tutorial!!

1. Cut cardstock to 8 1/2 x 10 1/2 and stamp if desired.

2. With the short ends at the top and bottom, score at 1 1/4" and 7 1/4".

3. Turn cardstock, making long sides at the top and bottom, and score at 4 1/2" and 6".







4. Cut all 4 short score marks (the 1 1/4" marks) up to the long score mark.








5. Fold and crease all score marks with a bone folder.

6. Fold long side tabs and use corner rounder to round out the top.























7. Adhere bag together.








8. Make handles out of coordinating patterned paper (can use cardstock instead if you want). You can make them any size but mine are 1" x 12".

9. Run handles over bone folder--this will curl them, making it easier to form handles.

10. Adhere handles to box--on the inside if you are ready to be done or on the outside if you still want to play! If you are putting them on the outside, don't adhere all the way until the next step.

11. Punch out 4 tabs with the round tab punch. Fold in 1/2...put adhesive on the inside so they will stay folded. Make sure your handle end will be covered by tab and adjust, if necessary. Adhere the handle and then the tab on top.



12. Decorate, fill, and give away! Hint: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" cards fit in this perfectly!!









To make scalloped edge with corner rounder:









1. Take paper guide off of punch...this removes easily and will not break it...I promise!!

2. Turn over and make first punch. I like to make my first punch off the edge of the paper a little bit so I don't have anything hanging off.

3. Line the corner of the punch with the corner of the last cutout and punch again. (Sorry my pictures are blurry...it's hard to take them one-handed! )

4. Continue doing this all the way to the end. Practice on scrap paper before you try it on your project. It takes a little getting used to!

Finished project!!

Supplies (all from Stampin' Up!): stamps (Baroque Motifs, Perfect Presentation); cardstock (Purely Pomegranate, Very Vanilla); patterned paper (Holiday Harmony Designer Series Paper); ink (Purely Pomegranate Classic ink, Garden Green Stampin' Write marker, Chocolate Chip Stampin' Write marker); bone folder; corner rounder; round tab punch; dimensionals; Purely Pomegrantate stitched grosgrain ribbon