Thursday, January 31, 2008

Sticker Pox--DT Entry #3

The 3rd entry we had to have was a layout featuring the use of embellishments to add dimension. This was a fun page to do. Colton had found some little smiley face stickers one day and put them all over himself. It looked like chicken pox...hence the title! I cut the title out of chipboard with my Cricut and All Mixed Up cartridge. I also stamped dots on top of the letters with white ink. Under the title is a circle of brads and written under the brads is "Children of scrapbookers most susceptible." It's hard to see it in the picture but there is a strip of white Magic Mesh under the top picture and one under the bottom. Placing the picture of Colton looking up was actually done on purpose this time! Usually I do stuff like that accidentally but not this time! My journaling is done on a tag under the focal photo, which just talks about him putting the stickers on him.

Supplies: card stock (Hobby Lobby); patterned paper (KI Memories); buttons (Autumn Leaves); paper tagger & tag tails (Around the Block); wavy trimmer (Creative Memories); circle cutter (EK Success); tag, ink (dye and pigment), marker, stamps, fiber, pink ribbon, blue brads, Magic Mesh (Stampin' Up!); blue ribbon (Hobby Lobby); pen (American Crafts Precision); staples (Making Memories); cartridge, die-cut machine (Cricut by Provo Craft); large brad (Close to my Heart); pink and green mini brads (Making Memories); heart clip (Hot Off of the Press); binder clips (Rob & Bob Studios by Provo Craft); photo turn/brad (Creative Impressions); fabric tape (Making Memories)

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Feeding Time

Lately, I've been trying to use older pictures in some of my layouts. I've got plenty to choose from and since my goal is to make 15 layouts a month, I might as well pull from the old ones too! These pictures are from Christmas 2004. Ali had received Reindeer Food from Santa when she went to visit him earlier in the month. For some odd reason, we actually got a bit of snow for Christmas Eve. She took her feed out and sprinkled it on the lawn. And, yep...that's Brannon wearing shorts and a jacket! Later after Ali went to bed, Brannon took a broomstick outside and made "reindeer tracks" all around her food. She was so excited that they actually ate at her house!!

I made this layout using Crop Addict's January kit and the January kit option add-on. I used my Cricut cartridge, Accents and Elements to cut the scallop around the patterned paper. I defined the edges by inking them with a marker. It's hard to see but in the lower right corner is an acrylic snowflake. I tried painting it with glitter spray but for some reason my can was going nuts and wouldn't stop spraying...had to throw it in the trash to keep from glittering up my whole room. It wasn't really spraying that much glitter anyway so I hurried and covered it with Stampin' Up! glitter while it was still wet. The photo mat was made by running it through an embossing folder in a Cuttlebug and then inking the top. I used chipboard letters and embossed them in white. I didn't cover the letters all that much and let some of the chipboard show through so it would look antique-y. I also used a Daisy D's rub-on runner around the edges of the blue cardstock. I'm not too thrilled with their rub-ons but I didn't have anything else to use. They are hard to get to stick down and they leave a huge ghost image if you use it on dark cardstock or other surfaces. Just fyi if you were planning on buying any.

Supplies: Crop Addict January kit and January kit option; distress ink (Ranger); Cricut Expressions, Accents & Elements cartridge (Provo Craft); marker, glitter, emboss powder, sanding block, corner rounder, vanilla cardstock (SU!); glitter spray (Krylon); rhinestone brad (Making Memories); rub-ons (Daisy D's); ink (Versamark by Tsukineko); swirl, word eyelets (Making Memories); pen (American Crafts-Precision); marker (Bic Mark-It); embossing folder, Cuttlebug (Provo Craft); staples

Serendipity Scrapbooks--DT Entry #2

Silly, Happy, Me

The next item that was needed for Serendipity's DT call was a new layout made with a minimum of 3 photos. I had fun playing with this one. I won a drawing from the Calendar Girls on 2 Peas and one of my prizes was a few sewing templates from Bazzill Basics. I used that to make the hearts. The borders around the pictures were made by using an eraser on the photo (I print mine at home). And, to make the "me" stand out, I painted the back with green paint.

Supplies: card stock (Stampin' Up!); patterned paper (Daisy D's); distress ink (Ranger); twill & ribbon--orange, green, blue (SU!); orange ribbon (American Crafts); floss (Bazzill-green, blue; DMC-orange); buttons (SU!-green; Making Memories-orange); craft dots (Glue Dots, Intl); foam adhesive (Miss Elizabeth's, SU!); sewing template (Bazzill Basics); laugh charm and brad (Queen & Co.); journal tag, pocket (7Gypsies); rub-ons (American Crafts); XOXO sticker (3 Bugs in a Rug); cardstock stickers (SU!); acrylic letters (Heidi Swapp); paint (Making Memories); staples (Making Memories); pen (American Crafts-Precision); eraser (Sanford); sewing machine, thread

Monday, January 28, 2008

Serendipity Scrapbooks--DT Entry 1

This is my first entry for the Design Team Call at Serendipity Scrapbooks. We were required to submit a total of 5 items, one of which was an altered project. If kids are willing, then I'm going to post an entry a day with each one being a one part of my submission.

I bought three of these little tins right before Christmas at Target. They were in the $ Spot. I bought two of them for the boys' stockings and the other one for me to play with. When I was trying to come up with my altered project, I finally remembered that I had this. I thought it would be a cute way to keep Ali's school pictures.

The tin had Cars all over it so I roughed it up with steel wool (Making Memories Distress Kit) and painted gesso (Plaid) over it. I coated it a couple of times. After it dried, I painted it red (Making Memories). I used a school scrapbook kit by Pebbles. I measured the front and back and cut a piece to fit and rounded the corners (Stampin' Up!) and then used chalk ink to finish the edges (Clearsnap). I made an accordion album out of Naturals Ivory cardstock (SU!). There are enough pages for 2 pictures a year. Ali's school usually takes a Fall picture and a Spring one. I cut pieces of patterned paper to fit the inside top and bottom, rounded and chalked the edges, and adhered them to the tin. I made a little journaling block to put in the inside front. The pencil cutout is from CK Combo disk. Then, I adhered the album pages to the inside back. I added Ali's pictures, writing the grade and her teacher's name on each one. Ribbon was added and I was done!! Now I either need to confiscate the ones the boys got for Christmas or find some more so I can make them for their school pictures also!!

Supplies: lunch box (Target); gesso (Plaid); paint (Making Memories); scrapbook kit (Pebbles, Inc.); small corner rounder, 3/16" corner rounder, dye ink, journaling stamp, Designed By stamp, black gingham ribbon, Naturals Ivory card stock (Stampin' Up!); chalk ink (Clearsnap); ribbon (The Paper Studio); white poster paint pen (Sharpie by Sanford); rub-ons (Doodlebug); pencil cut-out (Creating Keepsakes CK Comb0); pen (American Crafts Precision); steel wool (Making Memories)

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Story not over... disaster didn't turn out as well as I thought. I used my tablet all morning and it was even acting like it was back to normal. It was just messing with me! Grrr After my computer went on standby, it went bye-bye! The whole thing quit. I restarted my computer and then it worked until standby again. This morning I couldn't get it to come on at all. I unplugged it from my computer to look at it and I can see Pepsi oozing out of the cracks. So after begging and pleading with Brannon, he finally agreed to let me get a new one. I have to "pay" him out of my scrapbooking budget I get now over 4 months. But on the bright side, they don't sell the one I have anymore--it's been replaced with the Bamboo Fun and my PSE will be upgraded to 5.0! So there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Best Buy is supposed to have the one I want in stock. Hopefully, they really do and I can get it tonight instead of waiting for it to ship. Having said that though, Wacom has very fast shipping so that really wouldn't be that bad either or I could order it from Best Buy Online and use our rewards card. It really irritates me that I did that!! I never have drinks near my computer and won't allow anyone else to either. So why I did then is a complete mystery to me! Hopefully, we'll have a happy ending after all!

Monday, January 21, 2008

Cute project!!

I just saw the cutest little mailboxes (the ones from the Target $ spot) on Nancy's blog. You can find them here. I so can't wait for our Target to open this summer! I hate driving an 1 1/2 to go to the nearest one. Hope you enjoy her mailboxes as much as I do! She even gives you the directions on how to make them!! Can't beat that!

My little disaster!

Yesterday, the kids were sick so we didn't go to church. I spent most of the day working on tagging and organizing my digital scrapbook kits (for ideas how to do this, see Patty Debowski's book...the link is on the bottom-left). Anyway, since I was up here all day, I just brought my sandwich up with me and my drink. I NEVER leave my drink by my computer, but for some bizarre reason I did this time. Not only that, it was on the shelf above everything. And yep, I spilled the darn thing...all over my Wacom tablet!! I can't believe I did that! My pen part still worked thank goodness but the mouse wouldn't. I just knew I'd have to buy another one! Finally, after the mouse dried out a bit, I got smart and cleaned my tablet with Brannon's glasses cleaner. Then, it started working. A little later, I got on the internet and my browser kept backing up (like the back navigator button was stuck) until I'd get all the way to the home page (or the first page on a new tab). Kristen told me to delete all my temporary cookies and internet files. I did but it was still doing it. I also tried live chat with my cable (everything is bundled together) but he tried telling me it was a software problem and not theirs. how come both of my browsers were doing it??? After I gave up and shut the computer down, Brannon told me that 1/2 of our cable was out too...we didn't have any channels below 100. Sounds like a cable problem to me!! I was scared to death that I had caused my internet problem to but nothing was spilled on my CPU or my modem so I really didn't know how I did it. But it all happened at the same time...pretty stressful evening for me!! So far today, everything seems to be working ok. Keep your fingers crossed for me!!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

2 More for the Challenge!

Here's two more I did last night for the Demo Planner challenge. I don't really like how the first one turned out...I was mainly wanting to try out SU!'s new rub-ons. But I like the second one. The deadline is today so I'd better get on the ball and get them posted over there. I stopped here first since this is my home page!

Supplies (All from SU!):
You Make Me Smile Card: stamps (A Beautiful Thing); card stock (close to cocoa, brilliant blue, brocade blue, mellow moss); ink (close to cocoa, brilliant blue, brocade blue, mellow moss); Eastern Elegance rub-ons; tag corner punch; 1/8 hole punch; Pretties Kit; moss gingham ribbon; dimensionals

So Kind: stamps (Priceless); ink (Cameo Coral, Bashful Blue, Always Artichoke Classic pads; Apricot Appeal, Always Artichoke Stampin' Write markers); card stock ( Cameo Coral, Apricot Appeal, Bashful Blue, Whisper White; Always Artichoke Prints Designer Series Paper); 3/16 corner rounder; 5-Petal punch; Soft Subtles brad (Apricot Appeal); dimensionals

Monday, January 14, 2008

Demo Planner Challenge-January

I skipped last month's planner challenge since the month was so busy. But now, I'm back in the game. This is the card I created for the challenge. Since Stampin' Up! is no longer selling demo planners, we are using last year's sketches for our monthly challenges. I made this card using Time Well Spent, a new Level 2 Hostess set that the demonstrators got for Christmas from SU!. This is based on the 2nd sketch using the color combo Lovely Lilac, Almost Amethyst, and Certainly Celery. The butterfly is layered...think K&Company's Grand Adhesion stickers.

Supplies (All from SU!): stamp sets (Time Well Spent and Three for You Punch Box); card stock (Lovely Lilac, Certainly Celery, Almost Amethyst, Very Vanilla); ink (Almost Amethyst, Certainly Celery, Basic Black Classic Pads; Lovely Lilac, Almost Amethyst, Certainly Celery Stampin' Write markers); 3/16 corner rounder punch; ticket corner punch; double circle punch; black gingham ribbon; Dazzling Diamonds glitter; Stampin' Dimensionals

More layouts

Here are two more layouts I did this weekend! I used the DW 2008 calendar prompts for these too. I used the prompt to watercolor a unique background for Angel Baby. A few weeks ago I was up at the scrapbook store and they had Prima's Paintables in stock. I grabbed one thinking it would be fun to play with. I did most of the background with plain ole Crayola watercolors. I used masking fluid to paint the angel and the swirls and then just painted the rest with the watercolors. After Christmas, I bought the Cottman watercolor starter set from Winsor & Newton. I mixed my water with gum arabic and painted the angel and the swirls. Then after it dried, I painted over it with Iridescent Medium (Winsor & Newton) to make it glittery. I went back over the angel wings with gold Stickles (Ranger).

For the other layout, the prompt was to use less-than-perfect photos. I think Ali actually took these when she got her first camera. She loved dressing Caden up in girl clothes! She wanted a sister so bad and I just keep having boys. So this was her way of making up for it! This layout also worked for Jana's Crystal Clear challenge on Crop Addict (if I can ever remember to upload it there...need to do that when I get done here!). I wrote my journaling on a transparency and then painted the back. The journaling shows up way better in real life. I just used Stampin' Up!'s Big Deal Alphabet and Supersize Symbols (retired) to do the title. I also threw a bunch of buttons I had from Magic Scraps on there. The paper is from American Crafts.

I hope I get some more scrappy time in today!! I've already spent a little time working on my ribbon storage. I have soooo much ribbon! It's scattered all over my room. Last week I went to Home Depot and got a dowel stick and some eye screws. And true to form, I didn't take a spool with me...I knew I could just eyeball it. Well, I eyeballed it alright...the dowel didn't fit by about a 1/16"!! Brannon took it back this weekend and exchanged it for me. So now I have a ribbon holder hanging in my closet! I'll try to post pics later. I just put the screws in the ends of the stick and hung it on the clothes rod with ribbon. I also tied a ribbon in the middle for extra support...remember I have TONS of ribbon, so that little stick would break in two without extra support. And, no, I still have ribbon stored in different places, but this was the bulk of it...mostly retired SU! ribbon and other ribbon I've bought at the store.

Now, I'm off to check the message boards and clean house so I can scrap some more!!

Friday, January 11, 2008


My 2nd layout for today!!! This is my grandma and her family when she was little. The papers, rub-ons, card stock, and journaling sticker all came from Crop Addict's January kit.

First Tooth Lost

Caden lost his first tooth Christmas night after eating an apple. To say the least, he wasn't excited about it at all. I made this layout today after I finally printed the pictures I took a few days afterwards. One of the challenges on Crop Addict is to use clear accents. The technique this week involves using transparencies. I combined the two to do my title work. The letters are stamped on a transparency with paint and foam stamps and then cut out. I also used the January 24th prompt from the DW 2008 calendar to use a ruler to draw my journaling lines. I think this makes 5 layouts for the month...only 10 more to go! Think I can do it???

Please go to my gallery on Crop Addict to see the supply list if you are interested.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Layout using scraps

Debbie at Crop Addict challenged us to use our scraps on a layout. I only used two since they were the only two I could find that really went together. I did find out that I'm better off using my scraps for cards. Last Christmas, Brannon bought me a set of Making Memories embellishments that came in jars. I used those for most of my layout. I don't think I used anything new on this either...everything came from my stash somewhere. Anyway, I guess that's a few less items I have to worry about storing now!! Part of the inspiration also came from my Designing with 2008 calendar. The prompt for January 10 is to make the most use of your buttons so I used buttons for my flower centers. I now have 5 layouts done and need 10 more to stay on track for my yearly goal of 180!!

Supplies: cardstock (Hobby Lobby); patterned paper (Creative Imaginations--stripes; unknown--dots); flowers, chipboard, buttons (Making Memories); ribbon, corner rounder, wire (Stampin' Up!); floss (Karen Foster); letter tags (unknown); white gel pen (Uni-ball).

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Couple more layouts

Every month Crop Addict has manufacturer challenges. Last month, it was for Tinkering Ink. We get a sketch to go by and we have to use at least 70% of product from the manufacturer. Big Helper was my layout for that challenge. Congratulations to Laura who won!!!

This month we are using Piggy Tales. Point shoot click is my layout for that one. If you want to join in, you have plenty of time. The deadline is the last day of the month. Just click on the forums and find the category for Manufacturer Challenge and open the Piggy Tales thread (it's a sticky at the top).

I'm going to try to at least make 180 layouts this year. I've got 4 done (including the Piggy Tales and my technique one). If I do about 15 a month, I should make this pretty easily!

To see my supply lists, visit my gallery at Crop Addict (the link is in the sidebar).


Thursday, January 3, 2008

Viewfinder Layout

This is my first project on the Crop Addict Creative Team! I'm excited about doing a project like this every month. This layout is actually a viewfinder. See the picture of Caden with his Zoolander pose?? That is actually a window for the viewfinder. The turn is in the notch by the pink "l". A layout like this allows you to add more pictures or journaling. It takes a little planning but is a lot of fun to make! To find the directions and the supplies used, go here. Clicking on this link will take you to the forum post on Crop Addict's message board where I posted the directions. While you're there, say "hi" to everyone!!

Now, I'm off to work on some layouts for the 2Peas Calendar Girls!!