Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Scrapbooking Garage Sale!!

Just wanted to let all my local friends know about this garage sale coming up on Saturday. I have been cleaning out LOTS of items that are priced to sell! Don't miss out....this is a multi-vendor sale!

2nd Annual Scrapbook & Stamping Garage Sale

Saturday, September 4th 1-5:PM

Held indoors rain or shine at:
903 Apple Rock Leander TX 78641
(Enter address at Mapquest.com for directions)

           This is a multi-vendor sale with TONS of New and gently used merchandise to choose from!

Some of the items will include:
Paper, Stickers, Rub-ons, Stamps, Ribbons, Kits,
Flowers, Embellishments, Fibers, Idea books & Magazines, Storage totes & Organizational Items
Tools, Die cut machines, Dies, Stampin’ Up, Close to my heart, Creative Memories and more.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Not how I'd planned to spend my birthday...layout share

Here's another layout I created with this month's DT kit.
I've had these pictures printed out for while now and just have never used them and I was really inspired by the colors of embellishments in this kit so I decided to use them together in a cluster on this page.

For this layout, I used the same scallop circle paper and just cut the numbers off and used the half circle for my title. The tiny letters are those awesome micro monogram alphabets and the glittery letters are blue vinyl thickers with some stickles glitter glue added on top.
I wrote my journaling on a strip of multi-colored pattern paper.
My embellishment cluster has lots of fun things to look at. The brown flowers were cream to begin with and I sprayed them with brown glimmer mist and they are so sparkly in real life. I used XL white brads for their centers. The centers of the green flowers are just simple white pearls. I also added some of the brown chipboard buttons, lace and a single blue flower cut from the bloomer strand. You can also see the white heart stick pin that I attached to the fabric at the base of the blue flower.
The calendar card was a great accent to use for my layout. I added some more of the tiny monogram stickers for the year and circled the date.

Supplies Used:
*My Minds Eye So Sophie "Possibilities" Sweet Circles
*Jenni Bowlin Calendar Cards
*Graphic 45 Staples: Chipboard Buttons
*May Arts Crochet Ribbon: Cream
*Basic Grey Micro Monograms: Olivia
Making Memories Noteworthy Addie Pattern Stripe
Webster's Pages: Turquoise Bloomers
American Crafts Thickers: Poolside blue vinyl
KaiserCraft Cream flowers (sprayed with mist)
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist: Tattered Leather
Green Flowers: Prima and Making Memories
Turquoise flower: Prima
Heidi Swap XL white brads
The Paper Studio white pearls
Heidi Grace Heart stick pin
Ranger Stickles: Aqua
Scribbles 3D paint: white
Brown Cardstock

* Products I received as a design team member. All other supplies purchased by me.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Dolphin Cove--layout share

We received another great box of supplies this month from Jill over at  Memorable Seasons to use on our design team projects! It had lots of neutral colors for the papers and lots of awesome embellishments. I loved the pop of color the embellishments brought to the kit! Here's all the supplies and the links to them in the store:
Bazzill cardstock: Swiss Dot (Red and Black)
Bazzill Scallop Circle cardstock: Cream Puff
Bazzill Mini Scallop Square cardstock: Brown
Graphic 45 staples: Chipboard Buttons
Graphic 45 staples: Envelope Tags
Maya Road chipboard pieces: Sew Cute
My Minds Eye So Sophie die cut paper (this paper is even double sided)
Jenni Bowlin calendar cards: Black & Red
May Arts Crochet ribbon: Cream
My Minds Eye journaling cards
Maya Road Country Home flowers: Green & Brown
Webster's Pages Bloomers: Turquoise
Basic Grey Mini Monogram Stickers: Olivia
American Craft White textured cardstock (8.5 x 11)

Here's one of the layouts I created with this kit:

I love the textured dot paper and this comes in so many pretty colors. I loved the pop the red gave to these photos, so I used it as my base. I cut the printed circle die cut paper in half so I could use it on multiple projects. And I lined up my similar photos to the left of the scallop circle. My title was added with the micro monogram stickers...those tiny stickers are SOOO cool! I loved being able to spell out words without them being so large on my layout. I also used them to add the date at the top. And these turquoise flowers are so pretty on the layout. I cut one off the roll to use by itself and added two of the country flowers to accent it. I love how they work to accent my title.
For my journaling, I just hand wrote it on the scallop paper over the printed area. I like how it's not too obvious, but you can still read the words and see the pattern too. Definitely a quick and easy layout!

*Products I received as design team member. All other supplies were purchased by me.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Getting Sketchy!

I love working with sketches!  There are so many ways to get inspired by a sketch.
Here's another great one by Cheri O'Neill from Lets Scrap that she drew for us to use over at Memorable Seasons.

Here's my finished layout:

I ended up changing things around a little bit to work with all my photos I wanted to use, so my photos ended up in places where there were accents on the sketch. I did use the stitching as inspiration for the stitched edges on my layout. 
And instead of putting the buttons/circles along those stitch marks, I put mine scattered among the photos. You can also see the top flap of the envelope pocket that I cut off and used above my main photo.
 My title also was inspired by the sketch...started with the main title in larger letters, then my sub titles in smaller letters underneath.
 My journaling is hidden inside the envelope pocket:

Supplies Used:
*Jenni Bowlin Calendar Cards
*Graphic 45 Staples: Chipboard Buttons
*Graphic 45 Staples: Envelope Tags
*May Arts Crochet Ribbon: Cream
*Basic Grey Micro Monograms: Oliver
Cosmo Cricket School House Chipboard Alphabet
American Crafts Rubons: Jane
Office Depot: Cream Tag with brown ink
Tim Holtz (Stampers Anonymous) Psychedelic Grunge Stamps
Marvy Matchables Black ink pad
Black Pen
Foam Squares
Cream Crochet Thread and needle with Blanket Stitch
Black Crochet Thread
Black and Kraft Cardstock

* Products I received as part of the Design Team Kit. All other supplies were purchased by me.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Hand Stitching Challenge--Blanket Stitch

This week is my week to host the challenge over at Memorable Seasons
My challenge is to hand stitch on your layout. I have done the basic straight stitching before but this was the first time I tried the blanket stitch and I'm in LOVE!! For the challenge, you can use any type of stitch, but I wanted to try something new.

Here's my sample layout:

And here's how to create this stitch:

On my layout, I didn't put the blanket stitching just along the edges...I actually cut into my paper with an exacto knife to make a straight edge in the middle of my paper so the continuous line of thread would be more visible. Above the cut line, I punched holes to create the little points of the blanket stitch.

And if you just want to do it along the edge of your page, here's a sample of that look:

I can't wait to see how you use hand stitching on your next project!

And here's more details about the first sample layout...

I had already used the August calendar that came in the set of calendar cards, so I created one for my layout by stamping the calendar word on cream cardstock then cutting it out and attaching it to the card with two blue brads. And yes, I goofed and didn't use a calendar that had 31 days in the month to work for August. oops! :)

Supplies Used:
*Jenni Bowlin Calendar Cards
*Maya Road Country Home Flowers
*Bazzill Brown Scallop Cardstock
Sassafras Pocket Full of Posies Pattern Paper: Hooty
Sassafrass Vintage Yummy Paper: Pleasantly Puzzled
7 Gypsies Mini Label Stickers: Naked Color
Blue cardstock
Hero Arts calendar month stamp
Ranger Inkssentials white pen
EK Success Zig Marker--Red
Close To My Heart blue brads
WeR Memory Keepers Corner Chomper
Cream Crochet Thread and needle (Blanket Stitch)
Vellum saying- Memories Complete
Lil Davis Ice Blue Metallic Paint
Bazzill chipboard square
Foam Tape

* Products received as part of Design Team kit. All other supplies used were purchased by me.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Puppy Love

One more layout to share for this week...

Here are some close-up photos:

I added glitter stickers under the stamped part of the title along with a yellow stamped line border and some flowers.

Here is a closer look at my stamped title. Usually I would use markers to create a multi-colored image, but I was at a crop when I made this layout and didn't have my markers with me, so I stamped the image three times with the three colors, then cut out the words in the different colors and pieced them together. You can hardly see the lines and this was a really quick way to get a custom colored stamp image.
I loved the colors of this lacquered floral paper, so that's where I got the color inspiration for this whole layout. I rounded the corners and added some turquoise ribbon and similar colors for my title to pull it all together.

Supplies Used:
Making Memories Vintage Findings Pattern Paper
The Paper Studio Vintage Ledger Pattern Paper
Red Cardstock--Hobby Lobby
Autumn Leaves Stamp- "Genuine Pure and simple"
Studio G: Line Border stamp
Making Memories Glitter Alphabet stickers: pink and turquoise
Making Memories Funky Vintage Trim
WeR Memory Keepers Corner Chomper
Ranger Distress Inkpads: Fired Brick, Peeled Paint, Wild Honey
Prima Flowers
Making Memories: Polka Dot flower
CTMH brads
Black Pen

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Daddy's Girl

This layout was made for a weekly challenge over at Memorable Seasons. Detta asked us to use at least 3 tags on a layout, so I created this page:

The main part of the layout was created with an assortment of different Dad and Daughter/Girl stickers. I just started piecing them together until they fit all the empty spaces. I've had these stickers FOREVER, so it felt really good to use a bunch of them. I love this photo of my husband and daughter together, so it was perfect for this layout.
The title was created by highlighting one of the main stickers with some gemstones. These were clear gems that I colored with a black sharpie marker. The tags were added under the red paper layer, since I adhered this to the tan base with the right side open to create a pocket. My daughter wrote on one tag to her daddy, my husband wrote on another one to her, and I wrote one to both of them. Love getting the different journaling perspectives!This photo also shows the black lines that I stamped around the red paper.
Supplies Used:
Tan and Red card stock: Hobby Lobby
7 Gypsies stickers: 97% complete (Fatherhood), Mini Label (Naked Color)
Rusty Pickle Stickers: Girly Girl, Sister, Father
Tags: unknown
Black Tabs for tags: Stampin Up
Lined Stamp: Art Warehouse
Black Ink pad: Marvy Matchables
Clear Gemstones: The Paper Studio
Black Marker: Sharpie

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

You are my favorite...

Here's another layout share for today.

This one was really fun to create because I just used small strips of pattern paper and some journaling tags. I also added some buttons and the decorative strip was the end of one of pattern papers. I did add some stitching with my sewing machine and some charcoal ink for a bit of distressing along with a stamped title.

Here are a couple more photos:
Supplies Used:
Sassafras Cherry Delicious "Spring Sprig" Pattern Paper (front, back & border strip)
Sassafras Life is Beautiful "Hooty" Pattern Paper
Hobby Lobby-White Textured Card Stock
 Jillibean Soup Journaling Sprouts: Red Square
CTMH Storytime alphabet stamps
Heidi Swapp "favorite" word stamp
Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink: Charcoal
Autumn Leaves Buttons
Cream Crochet Thread, Black Pen, Sponge
Sewing Machine and Gray thread

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Hi-ho, Hi-ho...it's off to work we go

Just another quick layout to share this morning...

I wanted to keep this one pretty simple, so I just stamped the title words onto some scrap pieces of pattern paper, then cut them out. I traced over the black stamped lines with a white pen to help them stand out a bit more. The rest was just white pen journaling.

Here's a couple more photos...

Supplies Used:
Black Card stock
Creative Imaginations--pattern paper scraps
White Inkssentials Gel Pen
Technique Tuesday Big Timber alphabet
Marvy Black Matchables Ink Pad

Monday, August 9, 2010


I have several layouts to share this week...

Today, I wanted to share this one. My son has some funny pronunciations for certain words and this was one of them. Instead of saying Hallelujah, he pronounces it as "ha-yea-you-ya". Cracks me up every time! :)

Here's a few more photos:

Supplies used:
Fancy Pants Like Father Like Son (starburst paper)
Studio Calico Anthology (letters and cream pattern for stars)
Red card stock- Close To My Heart
Martha Stewart Star Border punch
EK Success Star Punch
Creative Works Star punch
Prima Say it in Pearls
Inkssentials white gel pen
Foam tape

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Cheerful Card Set

oops...found this post as a saved draft and figured it was better to post it now rather than never. :)

I have been in the card-making mood lately and who doesn't need a few extra cards on hand? I created this set to be versatile for guys or girls and I love how they turned out--so colorful and cheery!  All of these cards were created with leftover scraps from Studio Calico Anthology paper collection. I also used some Tim Holtz stamp sets and various stamps for the sayings.

For this first card, I stamped the sun rays with a dark yellow ink pad at the top of the yellow card base, then added the striped paper along the bottom with a blue section of paper and a red scalloped border. I stamped the saying and the stars, then punched it out with a decorative punch and added a green border.

I really like the look of the cut out letters, so for this next card, I mixed some of the red and blue letters together to create the saying for this card. The letters were cut out from the pattern paper. I also added some stamped stars and a punched star with a sequin. Great way to use up some scraps!

This next card was another quick one to create. I added a yellow section of paper over the floral patterned background, then punched a scalloped border and layered a skinny stripe on top. The circle was punched from the pattern paper and then I added the cut out number and letter with foam squares.

This card used one larger piece of striped paper (several patterns on the single piece of paper). All I did was border it on the right with a punched stripe paper. The saying was stamped onto white cardstock, with the star stamped on top, and punched out with a SU label punch, inked with blue ink and layered onto another punched shape.

For this card, I used the striped paper as-is and only punched the top edge with a scalloped border. Then I wrapped some ribbon and lace around it before I glued it down to the card. I used a circle punch to create the train focal point, inked the edges with red ink and a sponge, and then added the "miss you" tiny letters at the bottom.

This card was another quick one to use up some more scraps. I rounded the edges of the gray and blue papers, then glued them down onto the blue card base. The saying was stamped onto white cardstock, punched with a ticket punch, and the cardstock was distressed to match the gray colors. I also added silver star sequins.
This last card is a gift card holder. The entire background is a piece of gray printed paper that I stapled the cream strip onto. I stamped the cream strip with an ink splatter stamp, then created the card saying with stamps and punches. I used the Tim Holtz Tiny attacher stapler to hold all the layers down--love that thing! And the gift card just slips underneath the cream paper.