Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Look I did it...

It's week 4 over at CSI ( http://csicolorstoriesinspiration.ning.com ) ....  and oh what a challenge...color and embellishment choices that I would never have made for myself.... and just as importantly.. a fun and relaxed group of folks....so head on over and play along...

As I looked over the layout suggestions...I immediately thought of these photos that I had taken of Liam last summer... right after his 4th birthday... when he received his new Roller Blades and safety Gear...

He just HAD to do it all by himself!!.. and you know what.... he did!! hee hee


Products used:

Designer paper, brads, small alphas, decorative strips: Echo Park - Happy Days
Black & Beige Cardstock: American Crafts
Black Foam Alphas: My Stash
Tan Brown Tulle: My Stash
Teal & Blak Paint Splatter: DecoArt Acrylic Paint
#4 Stamp: Autumn Leaves - Mindy's Alphas by Mindy Terasawa
Ink: Stazon - Jet Black 
Date Stamp: Staples
Ink: Color Box Fluid Chalk - Creamy Brown
Washi Tape: Tim Holtz
Tan Colored Stars: Cricut Cart - A Child's Year; Paper by DCWV's The NATURAL Cardstock Stack #PS-005-00086
Staples: Mini Attacher - Tim Holtz 
Bar Code from the Actual 12"x12"  bottom strip off the Happy Days Design Paper

Black Frame was hand cut

Wednesday, January 25, 2012


 Maybe it's the time of year...when old man winter puts me in hibernation mode....and because of that, I am so glad for  Scrapbook Challenges...especially  the fun ones over at CSI.... this is Challenge 3..with colors like Lavender..that I would rarely if EVER work with!!

My grandaughter Kiara finally found her voice and asked to take Riding Lessons....something she has wanted to do since she was 5....well....as the journalling says....she had to overcome her shyness in order to ride better...it was so sincerely wonderful to watch that process in her...and I am one very proud Nonna!! hee hee


Products used:

Design Papers: My Mind's Eye - Life Stories - "Description of Activity" & "Lavender Plaid"
Fussy Cut Flowers: K&Company - Tim Coffey - Blossomwood Collection
Cardstock: Lavender - American Crafts
Metallic Gray Vellum: from my stash
Doilies - Studio Calico
Vintage Blue - Glitz Designs 
Year.o.graphy - Unity Stamp Company

Inks: Tim Holtz Distress - Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain
Punches: EK Success - Embossed Scallop & Notepad Edge
Title: Cricut Cartridge - A Child's Year

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Oh Dear Me...

I decided to enter a challenge over at CSI ( http://csicolorstoriesinspiration.ning.com/ )...they just began this website and it's proving to be a lot of fun place..... so head on over!!

Each week's "Case" is based on a Color "Scheme"...along with some interesting "Clues" found in the  "Evidence" and "Testimony" files....what a trip!!.. hee hee

This particular Case lead me to seek out a much younger photo of myself... at 10....which is almost 50 years ago...( as I will be turning 60 this year) .and the journaling was to be about...advice.. or experiences in our journey...I found it to be a VERY emotional experience as I tried to write my journal...I kept looking at the face of this very sweet young girl.... and finding myself getting a wee bit teary..... okay... a LOT teary... hee hee..but then I found myself writing something truly heartfelt..and uplifting to me....

The journaling is hidden behind the older photo of myself... which you can see in one of the closeup photos....and it says:

 "Oh Little Girl...I wish I could reach back through time
and simply hold you and tell you... in  such a way that you
could truly hear me.... just how much I love you and no
matter who or what comes along...you are amazing..I remember
all those times you were afraid and lonely..but I am SO
grateful for your strength and courage, that got us here today...
Thank You....."


Products Used:
Mini Ephemera from 7Gypsies
Ink: Colorbox Chalk - Wisteria
Fences Die Cuts: Cricut - Heritage Cartridge & EveryDay Paper Dolls
Design Paper: used to cut flowers from: Webster Pages - Love Note - #US1671D
Blue Mulberry, Corragated Paper and background Design Papers from my stash..
Acrylic Die Cut: Created using some acrylic packaging and my Sizzix Fancy Labels Framelits # 657575
Alpha: Doodlebug - Candy Shoppe - # 2163 beetle black
The yellow Alpha.. is an old Thickers one that I covered in some design paper.

and that's it folks!!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

My Travel Log...

I have so many beautiful pictures of my trip to Peggy's Cove last Fall.... but I didn't feel like making a 2-pager..and I really wanted to use that BIG awesome photo of the lighthouse and that one lonesome Seagull...

Did a LOT of stamping...I found the messier this page got... the better I liked it!! hee hee

And another point...I'd like to make... some of you will notice that my handwriting is ...well..... ummm... not very neat or tidy..... but it IS my handwriting and I think that is important to record...as much as the photos and story.....So don't be shy.... your children, grandchildren and all those down the road.... will appreciate that little bit of you... that you preserved...


Products used:
Design Paper and Cut Outs: DCWV - World Traveller Stack
*Studio Calico - Jetsetter
*Artemio: #10001152
*Artemio: #10001140
*Toga: Destination Vacances
*Colorbox Chalk : Ocean
*Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Vintage Photo - Walnut Stain - Crushed Olive
Paper Clip: - Tim Holtz Ideaology

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Spooky Dude...

I've had these papers from Fancy Pants for awhile now and found the perfect match for them with this photo of my grandson Liam...looking kinda ghoulish!! hee hee

I Glossy Accented the flourishes and pumkins along the bottom of the page.... cut out the pumpkin's mouths...inserted the face painting pics...did a little tearing... et voila!!!

Oh and....if I had it to do over again....I would NOT have tried to journal on the textured side of the paper....!! hee hee  ( hindsight, eh?? )

Fancy Pants  Design Papers - Rip - Great Pumpkin
Black Cardstock - Bazzill 
Glossy Accents - Ranger Industeries
Foam Alphas - Dollar Store

Metal Sign -  Making Memories - Toil & Trouble
Other Embellishments  - Making Memories - Spook Alley
Staples - Tim Holtz - Tiny Attacher
White Gel Pen - Signo Uniball

Monday, January 9, 2012

Shiver me Timbers...

I scrap with a fun bunch of nutty ladies every Thursday night....and this was a project that I didn't get to complete from my last evening with them.... maybe too much giggling....and chatting....?? hee hee

My grandson Liam received a Pirate Shirt for his 4th birthday last July. He stripped right down and put it on and couldn't wait to show EVERYONE  how cool he looked!!

Mixed up a whole lot of stuff here...

Green Background paper  and border strip: Sassafras - Bungle Jungle - Bungle Dots
Journal Spots: Sassafras - Cardstock Stickers #21135
Stickers: Bella Blvd. - Super Stud
Green Foam Alphas: Dollar Store
Blue Alpha: Dymo
Brown Alphas: American Crafts - Gift Box
Blue  Dots Backround Stamp: Gliz Designs - Distressing; Ink - Color Box Chalk - French Blue
Compass Stamps: Tim Holtz - Journey; Fiskars - Road Trip; SEI - En Route
Corrugated Cardstock & Burlap -  from my stash

Captain Jack Sparrow ClipArt - Internet

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Fairy Thank You Card...

As I was looking through my clipart folder from my last card I came across another cute Fairy and couldn't resist.... hee hee

Vintage Notepad - Market Street Stamps
Thank You - Scrappy Cats Stamps
Giving Thanks - Theresa Collins Stamps
Laced with Grace - Glitz Stamps
Worth Repeating - Autumn Stampology Stamps

Craft Cardstock - American Crafts

Design Paper from my stash

Distress Inks - Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain

Generic Lace & Twine

Tiny Attacher - Tim Holtz

Flowers colored with Prisma Pencils 311, 957 & Champagne


Monday, January 2, 2012

Fairy Birthday Card...

I've been wanting to play with some new dies I had gotten back in November...This  "Large Nesting Lace Oval" Die is from Lifestyle Crafts..formerly known as QuicKutz..

I cut the Oval card from my WildCard Cricut Cartridge ( using the hiding Contours) function

The background stamps are from an old  See-D's Collection - #50018 - Tropicals

Background Inks; ColorBox Chalk Ink - Wisteria; also Bundled Sage and Vintage Photo Distress Inks

The Flowers are handmade..

Fern Leaf  and Butterflies punches -  Martha Stewart

Embossing Folder - Sizzix - Damask

Distress Inks - Tim Holtz - Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain 

Twine held by Tombow Mono Glue

Banner - Cuttlebug Cutting and Embossing Die ( it has no marking on package... Sorry )

Hand wrote the Happy Birthday Sentiment

Heart - Hand drawn and Cut - Embossing folder - Swiss Dots - Cuttlebug

The Fairy has been in my ClipArt Folder for quite awhile