Saturday, January 31, 2009

Recent scrap sessions

Just a few silly faces to remind us of how sweet Halleigh is and that she is growing up WAY too quickly!! My journaling is inside the scallop envelope that keeps popping open!
Using what I consider the quintessential TobyMac colors, I created a simple layout that shows us having a great time at one of his concerts last year. As Halleigh says each time we hear him, "Dat TobyMac?"

Thank you cards

Here are a few thank you cards that I made for some of our members of a music teachers group I am in, Kentucky Orff Schulwerk Association. They did such a great job, I just wanted to let them know how much I appreciated them!And here is the second card - I made the butterfly using a technique I saw in CK Magazine - I tied thread around the body of the butterfly. But then, I added a layer of butterfly made out of acetate to really make the butterfly look like it was flying. This was the best picture I could get of it! I think trying to catch a picture of that was almost as bad as trying to get a picture of a real live butterfly!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Stuck Sketch

I found this blog called Stuck!
It's a great blog with a weekly sketch to inspire you in your scrapbook pages. So I took the sketch and added a second page since I always like to do double page layouts. Here's what I came up with:
I used my Big Shot to create the swirls and the flowers on this side of the page. The rest of it was mostly just scraps!
Another view and the second page down below. The journaling block on the second page was actually from a notebook that had green and blue, so I just doodled over the blue with Chocolate Chip ink and added a few brown rub-ons to fit the page. The green is acually Kiwi Kiss, although it looks a little neon here!

Friday, January 23, 2009

A little blog candy anyone?

If you're looking for a terrific blog and some awesome blog candy, check out this link:
I love the black and white card just a little bit below the blog candy post. Check it out! And, hey you just might win.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Zoo go round

I saw this sketch a little more than a week ago and had a few ideas spinning around in my head. I just kept letting them whirl around and finally went with just that idea. The pictures below were taken at the Louisville Zoo while we were on the train and the carousel, so I decided to let the pictures look like they were riding on the carousel. Going with that idea, I decided to use some coordinating buttons to create the top lines of the carousel and the animal die cuts as the "horses." Halleigh thought we needed a gorilla, but, oh well...

Monday, January 19, 2009

Lookin' for a good time? Join my Stampin' Up club!

Hannah shows off her innovative idea - she used the scallop sqare and alternated the squares on her finished product. Neat idea, Hannah!
Sisters, Bree and Britani, have a great time together at all of the club meetings and classes they take!
Johnna also used the innovative scallop square punch idea and put her stamped image across both squares! Too cool!
Kittra and Hannah are making their tealight candle covers. They are using the new embosslit, "Sweetest Stem."
Carla is playing with the new Big Shot while Britani and Vicky are working on their scrapbook pages.
Angel is making a Valentine for her sweetest!
Have you been looking for a fun time to get together and make projects? Our monthly Stampin' Up club is a terrific time every month! We have 12 members in our current club and 10 members have shown up at each of the last club meetings.
I am currently looking for new members of a second club. If there are 10 or more people interested in participating in the club, each member will only have to purchase $15 of product each month to participate. Then, on your month, you get to enjoy all the benefits of being a hostess! In addition, you get 2 free #1 ranked idea books and catalogues each year as a fringe benefit! What better way to meet new people, get great ideas each month, and spend time having fun doing your favorite hobbies?
I must say that just like all the other ladies in our current club, I look forward to each and every club meeting! Why not join now? If I can get 10 members interested in starting a new club, I will give away a brand new stamp set to one of those ten brand new members! Email me or sign up on my Stampin' Up website today!

Friday, January 16, 2009

Sweet Stems Votive Holder

Here is a votive holder that I CASED from
to make for our club meeting. I was trying to work in just a little bit more purple for Britani! I thought she could use the same kind of design, but use other stamps for her wedding and use that as a very inexpensive centerpiece idea for her guest tables.

Well, what do you think?

Snow Swirled scrapbook page

I'm going to ignore the fact that there is a bubble over our county which never allows more than 2 centimeters of snow to fall here...and hope that we will have at least one good snow picture this year! I thought I would make this layout for our club meeting. Our hostess, Britani's favorite color is purple, so I thought I would incorporate it into a layout for winter.
I used the Sizzix Big Shot to punch out the swirls and scribbles as well as the top note in Lovely Lilac. Now, you can't see it, but the whisper white frame that has the ticket punched corners actually is embossed using a texturz die that I found at Michael's (I just couldn't wait to play with my new machine!). The die is dots and daisies or something like that, but I thought it would work well as snowflakes on white paper. It just doesn't show up well under pictures - I guess it got stage fright! Oh well, we'll see if I can make another purple idea for our beloved Britani!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

My first two blog awards!!!

Do you know how long my blog list is getting? I spend way too much time enjoying other people's work!'s so much fun! I just love to get ideas from everyone else. Who knew when I started this how fun it would be? So, I must say thanks to Carla, Lori, and Jenn for encouraging me to start this amazing world of blogging. At my very first Stampin' Up workshop they told me I needed to start a blog. Thinking that I was not tech savvy enough, I brushed their suggestions off. But then I got home and checked it out...and, well, I guess the rest is history! Now you're stuck with me!

You know the best part about it? I think looking at other people's blogs is so encouraging, too. I get down on myself pretty easily and just the other day asked my sweet husband if he thought my cards and layouts were okay. Of course, he is very supportive and thinks that everything I do is wonderful, but I always see these amazing creations online and I am way too simple. Nothing I do is ever really that neat. It's okay, but I guess all that matters is that I enjoy it. Mostly, I just want to share the love of our family and our love for God with our family and to be able to give glory to God through my scrapbooks and stampin' creations.

So, anyway, here I am thinking that my stuff is only so-so and lo, and behold, as I'm blog cruising, look what I find, but two different awards for MY blog! It completely blew me away! So, this is probably a bit wordy, but it is all to say thanks to Lori and Carla not just for the blog awards, but for getting me to start this amazing (and quite therapeutic!) journey into the blog world. I hope you enjoy some of my favorite blogs as much as I do! (I guess I can't just give the awards back, but I do love Lori's and Carla's blogs - check them out on the side!)
And now you get to see my not so tech savvy self! Here are the links to blogs I read EVERY day!

Now, I realize that none of these bloggers have any idea who I am. I have learned about them through other peoples' blogs! But if any of you happen to stop through here, please feel free to pass these terrific awards on to 10 more bloggers that you enjoy! I am humbled by your work and in awe of your terrific creations that I find inspiration in everyday!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

2 more challenges!

For the first time ever, I actually have all of the colors in Kristina Werner's color challenge! So I combined the colors with this sketch by Makeesha Byl of Australia to make birthday cards for my two sisters-in- law and my mother-in-law.
The greatest thing about these cards is the reason that neither of the cards are exactly the same. They are completely made by using scraps out of my newly re-organized scrap pile.

The birthday hats are stamped with Old Olive craft ink and then embossed with clear powder. The old olive paper strip on the left side is embossed using the Sizzix texture boards.

Friday, January 9, 2009

My first color challenge

I finally participated in my first color challenge - Lori's Color Challenge #1 was a picture from one of my favorite children's stores - Pottery Barn Kids, so here goes my first attempt...

I think the page looks better when you see it side by side, then you can see how the flowers cascade across both pages. The pictures themselves are not necessarily significant - they just showed adorable little facial expressions on our baby's face. They inspired me to get a few of her cutest moments she has had lately down on a scrapbook page. I always mean to and then forget.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

New stamp sets!!!

Here is a thank you card I made for Halleigh to send to friends and family for her Christmas presents. I just used some leftover pieces of paper from some other projects to create the card. I used a hostess set from the new catalogue called "Goody Goody Gumdrops" to make the card. I was so proud of myself for using the masking technique to make it look like I had a cluster of gumdrops. Didn't it turn out cute?
Here is another 2-page layout I made using some of the new products getting ready to come out. I used a new series of Designer Paper called Rasberry Tart - it is definitely GROOVY! Very seventies! The new stamp set "Sweetest Stems" coordinates very nicely with it. I added a little glitter and a few eylets to my flowers to bling them up a bit. The final touch came from my new toy, an embosslit. I used the Sizzix Big Shot to run my scraps of paper through the machine and it embossed AND cut out the coordinating flower to add the finishing touches to my page.