Wednesday, November 9, 2011

SPCS - Try it Thursday

I did this LO for the SPCS Try it Thursday challenge which was to use patterned paper as your LO background. I ended up suing 4 6x6 papers and then I hand-sewed in-between them. Crazy talk for me :P

Anyway, this is the only pic I had from a rather memorable - and crappy - day a couple summers ago. So, despite the picture of my 2 friends being terrible, I decided to use it any way. The long story of my horrible day will go on a tag in the MR envelope.  I also went out of my way to use some older stash items.

Supplies: Bazzill CS, Authentique PPs, Fancy Pants Rub-ons, Marcella by Kay epoxy letters, MM glitter alphas, Prima and Artsylicious flowers, Artsylicious and Recollections buttons, MR envelope, MM journaling note, Colorbox ink, Embroidery floss

Sunday, November 6, 2011

SPCS: SEI Corinne

I have not had an easy couple years. While I am blessed with an amazing family and we moved into a new house in that time-frame, I have dealt with several major illnesses in my immediate family, lost my grandfather, lost a job I loved (the company went under), etc. So, I know I have shared a whole lot of angst with my friends. As much as I try not to be a Debbie Downer, sometimes I've just needed a shoulder to cry on. Luckily, I am incredibly blessed in the friend department- including the one on this LO. She is always there for me and the title and journaling is about that.

I used the Sept SPCS Juicy kit. The papers were mostly SEI Corinne, Honestly, I didn't think I liked the line that much; but, they turned out to be way better in person. pics don't do justice.  I fussy-cut the PP and really love the resulting LO

Supplies: SEI PP and Epoxy stickers; Prima letters; CC Tiny Type; AC Thickers & tape; MS punches; Hambly washi tape; bazzill CS, OA Sprinklers

Saturday, November 5, 2011


My much-talented friend Brie made a gorgeous quilt for my equally talented friend Erin for her new baby. Since we are all scrappy, Brie thoughtfully made it from BG Origins fabric. So, I just had to scrapbook this pic with the Origins line. I think I salvaged the LO but I really did not like how it was going at first. It's not my fav but I like it okay now and I love the girlfriends :)

Supplies: BG paper, rub-ons, woolies, take notes; AC Thickers; CC tiny type

Friday, November 4, 2011

Holiday Cards

Feel free not to look if you get cards from me. I don't normally post cards before I send them but I just can't help myself cause I am so pleased with how they came out (for once - I'm not much of a card maker). Plus they are relatively simple to make en masse

The first one is a more generic holiday card. The stamp is from Hero Arts (new this year) and was embossed with Versamark and AC Zing blue embossing powder. I then colored in the bird and tree trunks with prisma-color watercolor pencils and a blender pen and put stickles on all the snowflakes (or stars) in the sky Sentiment is from a clear acrylic set from Making Memories (maybe Fa-La-La?). The card bases are pre-made/folded cards from DCWV. Ribbon is from Michaels.

The second card is also embossed - this time with Versamark and Gold embossing powder from Ranger. The stamp is from Stampendous and I love it!!!! Card bases are also DCWV pre-fabs. Sentiment on the inside is from Inkadinkadoo and says "Wise Men Still Seek Him". I am in the process of coloring in all the cards with Sakura Glaze pens. The pics do not do them justice- the glaze pens with the embossing looks like Cloisonne :) Obviously, the coloring on these is time consuming but they look beautitul just embossed wih gold and are much easier to make en masse that way :)

Thursday, November 3, 2011


I did this LO at Archivers a while back. I had a gorgeous kit from Sweet Peach Crop shop (August) and I decided it would be fun to do a page with my boys with what is stereotypically a girl color- pink. I'm actually super happy with how it came out.

Supplies: TA glimmer mist, AC Thickers, Sassafras fold-it(?) flowers & die-cut sticker, Kaisercraft pearls, Authentique PP & die-cutss, Bazzill CS

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

SPCS - Include Something Handwritten/drawn

This was made largely with the SPCS July sweet kit. I really like how it came out :)

SPCS Challenge- Make A Book Mark

This is a really simple bookmark- but it works as one for sure and I ahev a huge box of these shipping tags :P

Supplies: Ranger distress inks, mat; Color Box chalk ink, stamp- unknown

SPCS - Back To School Crop | Office Supply Challenge

Supplies: Amy Tangerine (AC) paper, stamp, Hambly tape, Recollections (Michaels) border, brad (unknown), BG bling, MM journaling page

This was made mostly with the SPCS September kits

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

SPCS - Back to School Crop: Lessons Learned Challenge

This LO does not expressly spell out the lessons of the day- but they sure are implied:  1) that I always be here for my son and 2) that he should always strive to go beyond his limits- never to settle for the mediocre when he can fly :)

Supplies: Bazzill CS, Sassafrass sticker, AC thickers, Prima flowers, KI memories diecut CS, Homemade glitter mist, Chatterbox buttons, kaiser Craft pearls, K&Co brad, Autumn Leaves buttons, Jenni Bowlin paint dauber, chipboard- unknown

SPCS - Crop Challenge #2 – All about Numbers!

Supplies: Jenni Bowlin tickets, AC Thickers, MME card, Color Box ink, mesh, tape (Michael's), Hambly washi tape, tapeswell package tape, MAya Road Bingo numbers, buttons (misc)

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

SPCS June Sweet Kit - another LO

Here is another LO I did with the SP June Sweet kit. Love these bright, happy colors. They just scream sunshine and summer fun. That is my husband participating in the neighborhood cannonball contest :P

Materials used: BG PP, Bazzill CS and Edge border, BG stickers, AC embellies and Thickers, JB journaling spot, MM adhesive border

Friday, June 24, 2011

SPCS June Sweet Kit

 This is another LO I made at Archivers using the June Sweet kit and a couple items from my stash. We moved to a new neighborhood with 2 pools a while back and this was one of our first times hanging out at the main pool. They were having an adult cannonball contest and the kids were having a blast watching all the action - including  their dad participate :P BTW, the pic of the LO  is a little crooked- not the items on the LO :P

Materials Used: AC Thickers, AC and BG PP, Bazzill CS, MM border sticker, Creative Charms bling and flower,  ribbon unknown, EK Success border  punch

Monday, June 20, 2011

Sweet Peach Crop Shop June Sketch (and Kit)

I made this LO during my scrapbooking retreat using both the SP June Juicy kit and their  June Sketch. I had these supah cute pics of my kids in the adorable recliners that they got for Christmas complete with built-in cup holders :P  Of course, someone had to hand them (unopened) Heineken for the pics. I really ended up liking this LO a lot though that bling circle keeps coming up - I need to glue it down better but oh well.

Materials Used: Lily Bee papers, Bazzill CS, OA spray mist, BG clip, MR bingo piece, AC Thickers, SC rub-ons, CC letters, MM brads, JB ticket, PP tape, embroidery thread, and HS bling that was cut apart and re-shaped for this

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Sketchy Thursdays - 6.16 Challenge

I did a little scrapbooking last night.... just one page but I really like how it came out. I used the latest sketch from Sketchy Thursdays. Pics were taken in the woods behind my parents' mountain house while my kids were busily "helping" clean up limbs and branches :P

Materials used: Bazzill CS, LYB (Twig) papers and embellies, BG (Marjolaine) papers and Bling It On, AC Thickers, MM buttons and  brad, Chatterbox button, Spare Parts brad , Michael's ribbon, Copic Spica pen, Colorbox chalk ink, Joann's metal letter charm, Zig marker, CM punch

Friday, June 17, 2011

Sweet Peach Crop Shop April Juicy Kit

Here is a LO I did at Archiver's. This was taken at Christmas-time of my 2 beautiful nieces but I decided to go for girly instead of Christmas- with 2 boys, I relish the opportunity to use pink :P The BG PP, measuring tape, pattern, bling, and BG Petals were all kit stuff. I added the Chatterbox buttons and felt flower, K&Co paper clip, MM Brads, pins (Jenni Bowlin and Jillibean), and acrylic letters from my stash. The letters are the girls' initials and I circled their ages on the tape- which works for the 6.17 challenge at ScrapFit . :)

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Sketchy Thursdays - 6.9 Challenge and I'm baaack

Wow! It has been almost 2 months since I've posted. In fact, I have hardly looked at blogs in those 2 months :( Life has been kind of insane: my grandfather was hospitalized in mid-March after a terrible bleed-out and passed away a month later. He fought hard but just could not come back He was released home under the care of hospice and died the next day. We had services for him 2 weeks later and, no sooner were we settling in back at home then my father was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. It's just been 3 weeks since his diagnosis and he is 3 days into radiation and chemo treatments. Crazy, huh?  Anyway, with all the chaos of end of school, my job, my kids, and all the family stuff, I have not scrapbooked much lately. But, I finally had a girls' SB retreat this past weekend and a night at Archiver's (the week before). This is based on the ST sketch from this past Thursday. It uses Bazzil Bling CS, Heidi Grace Harvest Row (old but I love it), Thichers, Dress It Up buttons, and a couple other random embellies of unknown origin :P.  Please pardon the flash - it is storming out and my time has been limited- nothing like the last minute huh?

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Sweet Peach April Sweet and Anniversary Kits - mini book

 All the school/golden-book looking papers in the newest Crate lines (Emma's Shoppe and Toy Box) inspired me to create a school-themed mini-book for my son's teacher. She has been fabulous and oh-so-patient. I used a chipboard base from TLC  that has been in my stash for forever. The book was white so I heavily inked/distressed it as well as the papers I decorated it with.  I used the Studio Calico rub-ons and tags from the 2 kits ( as well as a few other embellies) and added primas, brads, May arts ribbon and MM buttons from my stash. I kept the pages pretty simple as I don't know what pics might go in here yet. I have asked the room mom for more pics but  might end up giving it to Mrs R with a few empty picture-less pages. I really like how it came out and am pretty proud of it for my second ever mini-book (not including class projects)

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Sweet Peach April Sweet Kit

 This is another LO I did with the SPCs Sweet April kit as well as the embellie add-on. I added a JB stick pin and  a couple buttons and rhinestones from my stash (chatterbox and unknown) I did some faux stitching and inking. TFL

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Sweet Peach April Sweet Kit and Anniversary Sketch #1

 This is a layout I did with the Sweet Peach Crop Shop Anniversary Sweet kit and the week #1 sketch for the month. I love all the Emma's Shoppe and Studio Calico papers in this kit but I have all boys so I had to dig out one of my too few pics of my favorite girls (my nieces). I also used packaging which was one of the anniversary month challenges :P Anyway, in addition to embellies and papers from the kit, I used 1 paper from LYB Twig, K&Co fabric brad and paper clip, Jilly Bean pin, random button, prima lace flower, the sticker from the kit's packaging, and mesh which I used as a stencil and then added to the page. I also did a bunch of distressing, inking and glimmer misting on this LO. It has a ton of texture in real life and I lurve it :)

Monday, April 11, 2011

Sketchy Thursdays - 4.7 Challenge

I went to Archiver's Friday with a few girlfriends. I did  not get more than a couple layouts done but I really like the 2 I did.

Here is my take on the Sketchy Thursdays challenge for this week. I used Sweet Peach Crop Shop's anniversary kit (Crate papers, SC wood veneers, tags and Petaloo heart) plus lots of embellies from my stash (Bazzill Boshers, MR pins and postage stamp brad, WRMK grommets, MM brad, YoYo from Joanns online, K& Co adhesive border). I hand cut the title from a coffee cup sleeve. I also used both glimmer mists and chalk inks to alter the petaloo heart, and all the corrugated embellies as well as the TH tiny attacher to attach the layered hearts.

You can click any pic to see it larger. TFL!!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Sweet Peach Crop Shop - Try It Thursday - 3 Ribbons

This is my final carnival LO... thinking I should have done one LO and a mini-book :P  Anyway, this LO had 3 ribbons on it as per the Try It challenge at SPCS. The ribbons are from Joann's, Michael's, and unknown from scrapbook Expo. CS is from Archives; papers are EP. Buttons and flowers are Sassafras and letters are CM alpha sticker, EP stickers, and Karen foster epoxy. Also used Making memories adhesive labels

Monday, April 4, 2011

Sketchy Thursdays - 3.31 Challenge

 Here is my take on Sketchy Thursday's latest sketch- albeit flipped and rotated :P  I used EP papers & letter stickers, lots of EK Success and MS punches, Twinery twine, Sassafras flower buttons, buttons and hand-dyed "skittles" from my stash, home-made resin star also from my stash, Tim Holtz trinket pin, Queen and Co word dangle, and a alphabet button. Also used MM paint

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Sketchy Thursdays - 3.17 Challenge

Here is my take on Sketchy Thursday's 3.17 challenge. I haven't done ST in a couple weeks and am glad to have gotten a chance to finally join in again. I'd been trying to figure out what to do with these random pics of my husband and son sleeping and finally came up with this idea. The journaling talks about their similar personalities and their shared propensity for falling asleep at the drop of a hat *LOL*

For this I used a bunch of paper scraps: Kaiser Craft and some other unknown PP; Bazzill cardstock, cheap CS from HL,  white uniball gel pen, Pine Needle Distress Ink (Ranger), McGill botanical bird punch, Sizzix (Tim Holtz) wood grain embossing folder, ColorBox chalk ink (chestnut roan), and AC Thickers

Monday, March 21, 2011

Echo Park Springtime

 Have I mentioned loving Echo Park's lines? Probably- 'cause I do :P  Anyway, this LO fits the bill for the design team April challenge at (spring theme) and fit in with my typically chrono scrapping. I used Paper Company CS from Archivers, EP papers and journaling card, MM letters, MM flutter ribbon and random Easter/spring stickers that have been in my stash for ages and ages

Friday, March 18, 2011

Carnival- Walk in the Park - Again!!

I can't seem to get past using Echo Park's Walk in the Park line with all our carnival photos- the colors just seem to work really well and I really love the papers. They are just so versatile and they seem so easy to use for mixing patterns- something I normally have trouble with. Anyway, I used a few papers from the line; the alphas , banners, and ticket are from the line's coordinating sticker sheets. I also used CS by Bazzill and my new twine from The Twinery
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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Cosmo Cricket Togetherness

After J's cousin's wedding, we spent time visiting family. While we were inside with his aunt and uncle, the boys were outside with K, their second cousin of the flaming red hair. I used all CC Togetherness for this LO except the homemade paper flowers which were made with scraps of  BG - maybe June Bug line? I did some fussy cutting - though not nearly as "fussy" as it could be - and used one of the handy-dandy word strips for a "title". I still need to journal of course. And I kind of feel like his one is missing something. It's not my fav LO ever but I am done trying to fix it- not every layout is gonna be my version of a personal masterpiece or even a favorite :P