Saturday, May 26, 2007

Altered Franklin Quest Binder

A few weeks ago, I was in Michael's and discovered Martha Stewart's wrapping paper with the rest of her scrapbook supplies. Brannon has a couple of Franklin Quest binders that he had received from his job years ago and I've been wanting to do something with them. Well, I guess at first I wanted to trash them but Brannon, being the pack rat that he is, decided that we needed to keep them just in case. Boy, am I glad he did!! I have a Memory Dock Scrapbook Planner. I have been wanting to get the Memory Dock storage thing that holds the pages when you need to take them out of the binder but I really didn't want to spend that much for it. So, I've been trying to figure out how to convert Brannon's binder into something that I liked. Here enters Martha Stewart. That paper was perfect for what I was wanting to do!! And, my Memory Dock pages fit in it perfectly too. The hardware, brushed gold cardstock, and ribbon are from Stampin' Up! and the eyelets (for the ribbon) is from We R Memory Keepers. I used a drill to make the brad holes for the name plate and the eyelet holes were made with the Crop-a-Dile (I just love that little guy!).
I think I'm going to use the other binder for my Autumn Leaves Desk Calendar when the year is over. I just need to go to Michael's again and pick out another color and then I'm off to play again!

Crop Addict's May Kit

For those of you who like monthly scrapbook kits, I would recommend Crop Addict. Their kits are chock-full of goodies to play with. I did this layout with May's kit. I only added the Heidi Swapp journaling blocks and the chipboard "C" from Stampin' Up!'s On Board Simon chipboard kit. This picture of Colton was definitely not planned! Caden had to go back to school on one of his off days to get his school picture done. His teacher filled out the information so Colton could get one, too. Colton really didn't want to do it either. I was laying on the floor beside him holding on to him so he wouldn't take off. You could see my arm in a couple of the takes so needless to say we didn't keep those! Caden's speech therapist was standing behind the photographer, playing peek-a-boo with Colton, hence the surprised look on his face! That look was so cute that I just had to have that picture! The kit we got this month was perfect for scrapbooking it also. Now, I must go and try to finish poor little Colton's baby scrapbook. I don't have too much to do but he'll be 2 in June and I need to get busy!

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Demo Planner Challenge-2

Here's my 2nd entry for the Demo Planner Challenge on splitcoaststampers. These challenges are a lot of fun!!

I'm still here...

Sorry I haven't posted in awhile. I had a stamp camp Saturday that was a lot of fun, BTW! And, I've been sick since. Today, Brannon actually took most of the day off so I could get some extra rest. He even took the kids to Toys R Us and got them out of the house for awhile! He also came back with a bunch of Thomas toys saying it was part of the boys' birthday presents. Yeah, right!! Anyway, I did do a quick layout this evening. It's simpler than I normally do but I have also taken some of the kids cold medicine (the drowsy kids in the middle of the night either!). So just to have something to it is!

Thursday, May 3, 2007

Demo Planner Challenge

The big flower card is a card I made for the Demo Planner Challenge on splitcoaststampers for April. I used Brocade Blue for the card base and layered Ruby Red cardstock stamped with an image from Doodle That in Ruby Red ink on top of the card. I tied mustard grosgrain ribbon around it first. I also used the slit punch for the tab at the top. The flower is from Doodle This and is stamped with Staz-On Jet Black on Confetti White. It is colored with the metallic art pencils and blended with odorless mineral spirits (Mona Lisa brand). I threaded some beads from the Rich Regals group on a piece of wire from Wire Works and twisted it. It is attached with Crystal Effects. This was then layered on More Mustard and that whole thing was layered on the Ruby Red piece under the slit. Oh...and I inked all the edges with Basic Black before putting it together.

I made this card for this month's Planner Challenge. The card base is Apricot Appeal. I inked the edges with Basic Black. The strip in the middle is Pumpkin Pie. It is distressed with the distress tool from the cutter kit and inked with Basic Black. I tied rose and maize grosgrain ribbon around it before adhering to my card. I used the word window punch to make the word tag. I only inked the "thank you" portion of the stamp (Simply Said set) and stamped it on the tag. The white dots were made with the white gel pen. Next, I stamped the flower image with VersaMark on Regal Rose cardstock and embossed it with black detail emboss powder. I painted the flowers with bleach and after that dried, I painted it again with Summer Sun, Pumpkin Pie, and Apricot Appeal Classic ink. I dotted the middle of the flowers with the white gel pen and traced the stems with an Old Olive Stampin' Write Marker (the small end). The corners were punched with the ticket corner punch. It is layered on Summer Sun cardstock and the corners are dotted with a white gel pen. All the edges were inked with Basic Black, too. The flower piece and the word tag are both adhered to the card with dimensionals.
This was a fun challenge for me...I would not have used those colors together on my own but I liked it after I was finished.

Back to my playroom....or I guess I need to feed the kids first and then it's back to my playroom!

Wish me Luck!!

I have gotten a lot of good response from my Growing Up layout (see pic in Crop Addict post). So today I took the plunge and submitted it to Creating Keepsakes. I thought that would be pretty fun! So wish me luck and if anything ever comes of it, I'll let you know!

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Crop Addict Guest Design Team Contest

In April I had entered a contest to be a guest designer on's design team. All though I didn't make it, I was named as a finalist! So I am pretty proud of that. It was the first time I'd entered anything like that and it was a lot of fun. The anticipation about killed me though! Congrats to cathi who won!!

Here are pics of my entries:

Stampin' Up! Retirement List

It's finally here and it's looonnnnnggggggg! I've lost over 50 sets just glancing over it. There's a few more sets that I still want to get though. We have until June 30 to buy anything off the retired list. Since I get this question all the time, I'll just address it here. No, Stampin' Up! usually doesn't run a sale on retired sets. Having said that, that doesn't mean they couldn't start; they just haven't done it in the past. You can access the retirement list with the links to the right (My SU! web site or SU! customer web site). I'm planning a retirement party in June for all of our favorite stamp sets. I'll have more information coming later. You can check the calendar either at the right or on my SU! web site.

To use my Google calendar, you must be one of my current customers. Just click on the link and it will ask you to set up a free Google account if you don't already have one. After you get an account, email me your account name and I will add you to the user list.

I have a lot of inspiration sheets (project sheets) that go with some of the retirement sets. Let me know if you need one for a set you have that's leaving.

I'm going to go and see what, if any, sets I still have left. Sure glad I decided to go unmounted with my retired sets!!