Friday, January 29, 2010

Ella the builder

Ella just loves to build blocks and can spend a good chunk of the day making all kinds of wonderful things. She likes to make "Transformers" right now and she is holding one of her unique transformers in the pictures! We went to Walmart last night and we got even more blocks to work with now so even more Transformers can be built!
Since I went shopping and gave all the kids showers and baths, I didn't have a lot of time to work on projects. I did continue working on a secret Valentines swap item and I got a lot of work done on a Circle journal that I've been working on, but nothing is complete yet. I will hopefully have something to show tomorrow!
Happy Friday Everyone!

Thursday, January 28, 2010


This picture is of an old bridge that is now shut down out in the country outside of our town and I thought it looked so pretty in this picutre. I love how the trees look in this picture.
I am hoping to get to work on a few projects today/tonight and hopefully be able to share them with you tomorrow.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

A little Funky

Wow! Somehow it got to be almost 3 pm and I am just now getting a chance to post this!! Time flies!! Anyway....

This card is a bit funky, but it was relatively quick and easy to do. I distressed almost every bit of it (and was wearing tons of distressed paper shavings in the process to prove it!) and had fun doing it. I used DCWV papers with the exception of the the piece used with wish stamped on it; that was from Basic Grey. The wish stamp is from a Fiskars set that my Grandmother gave me (Thanks Grandmom!!). The lace is from Fancy Pants Designs and I used Chocolate chalk ink!
And just to touch on the Vikings game............I am sorry our team didn't win. We could have easily...the Saints did not play well, but we seemed to have some fumble issues, Aidrian (Butterfingers) Peterson to name one, but I am hopeful for next year! I personally blame my cousin Amy who never watches with me and did for that game as the reason we lost! LOL. (Not really, but I like to tease her!!) Better luck next year Vikes!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

A little Purple Pride

Okay, we have one of the ugliest mascots/symbols around, but I have to show my Purple Pride today and hope that we beat the New Orleans Saints today to advance to the Super Bowl!! Go Vikings, and even though you have an ugly mascot, I will be sitting on the couch wearing my Favre jersey and cheering you on! Good Luck Vikings!

Saturday, January 23, 2010


I finally have a brand new laptop which is working wonderfully and I can show you what I did last week. I did do way more cleaning than scrapping, but I did manage to get my goal of 2 pages done and 1 card so I will share them with you now!

This first layout is of Dylan at last Summer's Arts and More festival in town where he got his face painted like a lady bug! I used My Mind's Eye papers and Crate Paper papers as well. The buttons are from my vintage stash and the title letters are from Basic Grey. There's also some stitching on the page as well, but it's hard to see.

The second layout was from this past October for the first snow. The kids were so excited to see it, there was just no keeping them out of it! I used a vintage pattern in the center, Jenni Bowlin and Thickers for the title, Making Memories paper, My Minds Eye paper, a kraft tag, and snowflake brad for this page.
This card uses mostly Bo Bunny papers and a journaling spot, Hero Arts stamps, Making Memoreis and Prima flowers and a vintage button as the flower center. I used a stick pin from Fancy Pants to complete the card.

Finally, I have to wish the Minnesota Vikings luck on the big game tomorrow! I hope we can make it to the Super Bowl!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Good morning! Today is a bit unpleasant so far as my laptop is not cooperating with me and I can't get pictures to upload anywhere on it. I think it needs to be taken in. Perhaps it is infected with something yucky!! I am on my husband's desktop right now, luckily getting this to work.

I made this card last night super quickly! I was about to leave my scraproom at 1 am (yes, I stayed up that late!) and I saw a box of beads that I need to go through and I thought that I would like to use cardboard for a project sometime. I proceeded to rip part of the box of right then and there an dthe idea for this card came quickly. I simply tore the cardboard and peeled off a bit until I got it to look the way I wanted. Then I used Copper Glimmer mist on it for a little shimmer. Then I added a Basic Grey chipboard accent and Prima flowers to the front. I love Crackle paint and I added a bit to the bottom right of my card. I did have to wait a while for it to dry and then I added my stamped 1 of a Kind sentiment. Finally, I added some string on the crease! I hope you can be inspired to reuse something in your crafting today!

Friday, January 15, 2010

My first Alchohol ink experiment

Well, yesterday I got to play around a little bit with the Tim Holtz Alcohol inks. They are pretty fun and create a unique look. I am sharing a picture of the atc that I made using them.
I used a million different colors and I also used some copper powder to add even more metallic to it. I used a few inchies on it as well.
I will definitely be working more with these! Happy Friday!

Thursday, January 14, 2010


Thank you so much Erica and Michelle for weighing in on my picture issue from yesterday! I did upload to a folder and it worked like a charm! I swear, I know so little about computers! Of course, I didn't read my blog until this morning, so I went out and bought another camera card, BUT, I figuree now I can have a camera card strictly for project pictures and one for the family. Thanks again girls!
This is one of the pictures that I was going to share yesterday! This is Debbie at our card making pajama party at a nearby stamping store. There was a game we all played where we were blindfolded and competed against a partner to sift through this bowl of rice to find small safety pins and whoever had the most pins found after 2 minutes won a prize. It was was extremely hard to do. It amazed me how the safety pin and rice felt very similar! Debbie found 7 pins in her rice bowl and won a treat. Later in the evening, I was her opponent and she beat me! I only found 3 pins (pathetic) and she found 5. It was a good time and we enjoyed our time together!
Now this is a picture of Debbie getting down to business. We had stamped on a glass square and we were using Smooch colors to paint on them. We made a lot of fun projects that day!
Yesterday I went to Red Lobster with my cousin Amy. It was bliss! We always have crab legs and enjoy every moment! There's a bit of a funny story to go with the night. Now, for YEARS, Amy and I go to Red Lobster to have a night out and each and every time we go, we have one of those $4 coupons to use from the paper and each and every time we go, we NEVER use it! We always forget it, switch purses, whatever; somehow we just never use it and then we kick ourselves about it! Well, yesterday we finally used the coupon and we actually felt bad about it! LOL. Perhaps this story isn't funny, but oh well, I had to share!
I hope to get crafting tonight. I bought Alcohol inks for the first time and after having watched a few Tim Holtz videos, I feel that I can conquer the inks! I'll show you what I do tomorrow if I indeed figure out how to do it!
Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


Today's post is pictureless! For some reason I keep getting an error message from Picassa when I try to import a few kiddo pics off of my camera! I am hoping it is just a problem with the camera card and I will get a new one tonight, but I am frustrated!! Technology is a pain!

Hopefully I can give you a picture filled post tomorrow! Have a wonderful day and I hope you have better luck with technology than I am!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Roses are Red...

Just a little Valentines card to share today. I wanted to use some nontraditional colors so I chose browns, blues and greens mostly for this card. I used AC Cardstock Earth tones brown for the card base. The brown polka dot paper is from an unknown manufacturer. I had some K and Co. borderstrips that I stitched on with my sewing machine. I used a Close to My Heart heart punch to make 2 hearts for the card. I used Old Paper Glimmer Mist on the largest heart. I used buttons from my personal supply and brads to complete the card. Thanks for looking!

Monday, January 11, 2010

A card and a cutie

I started to make the Valentines Day cards last night. I used Cosmo Cricket papers for this, buttons from my stash, Melissa Frances Resin pieces, Hero Arts flower, and Paper Studio corderoy brad. I probably won't make many Valentines' day cards, but I do enjoy them.
Here's my cutie! I purposely went to my patterned paper and pulled out one that I have had for a very long time. This paper is from Basic Grey. I used a 7 Gypsies journal page and a 7 Gypsies number file tab on this layout. I also used a kraft tag (source unknown), Hero arts brown flowers, vintage pattern girl, and old doilie on this layout. Thanks for looking! Have a wonderful Monday!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

A little party today

Debbie had her family birthday party today. She had a great time and loved her cake. She is on a big penquin kick in the last week or so, so she wanted a penquin cake. I hope to get crafty tonight and have something to post tomorrow!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Three layouts, One night

So far, so good on my resolution to do 2 layouts a week. Last night I did 3 layouts, so I thought I would share them today.

The first 3 pictures show a 2 page layout of my Grandparent's trip to MN early in the Summer. It was the highlight of the kids' Summer for sure. They love their Nana and Pop Pop so much and miss them dearly. These pages used Cloud Nine Designs papers and die cut sticker embellies. I used a 7 Gypsies tag on the 2nd page of the layout in addition to a new Prima Jewel Box Glade flower on the 1st page. Otherwise, all supplies were from Cloud Nine Designs.

The last layout I have to share today is from this past Fall when the kids were by the neighbor's tree (they had better colored leaves) and they were having a blast playing around. I used orange AC Cardstock as the base, then I layered a Little Yellow Bicycle diecut page on top to show the orange through. The patterned paper (green and leaf print) are also from Little Yellow Bicycle. I used Jillibean Soup Journaling Sprouts to write a few little notes about the Fall fun. I used Thickers for the title and my new Fiskars Upper Crest border punch on the leaf printed paper for a little something extra!
Thank you for looking today and I hope you have a wonderful Friday!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

My little girl isn't so little anymore...

Debbie is officially 8 years old today! I am not quite sure how the time flew by so quickly. I snapped this picture this morning! She is excited for school today because she gets to bring treats. The only bad thing is the weather is bad today and schools are delayed at the moment because the winds are making it impossible to see. The poor girl will be heartbroken if she can't go to school on her birthday! So, I am hoping things clear up in the next hour and a half! :)

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Sisterly Love

I am trying to stick to my 2010 resolution of doing 2 layouts a week. This is my first one of this current week. I really loved this picture and have been holding on to it since September. I took this picture on Ella's 3rd birthday this past year. I used papers from Carolees Creations paper as well as paper from Cosmo Cricket to complete the layout. I used Bo Bunny and Making Memories flowers and a 7 Gypsies brad as the flower center. My mother in law had old paper doilies that I cut in order to add the scalloped accent as well as the two flowers on either side of the main pink flowers. Of course, it seems like no layout is complete without a Fiskars border punch. The journaling reads, "You girls aren't always this sweet to each other, but on Ella's 3rd birthday, you girls were so sweet!"

Thank you for coming by today! Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Valentines Inchies

I have been having a lot of fun making inchies lately! There's something about the tiny size that gets me hooked on them! They are very easy to do and you can crank out a lot of them in almost no time at all! I was making Valentines Day themed inchies for The Sheila group on and these were my two ideas. The first one (left) has a heart punched out of the blue paper. The blue paper is then layered on top of the pink under paper and I used pink crackle paint around the edges. The second inchie (right) has a Valentine paper as the base, a pink heart on top and stamped hearts on top of that. I used Glossy Accents to add to the polka dots on the stamped hearts!

Thanks for looking! I hope everyone can try an inchie sometime!

Monday, January 4, 2010

A simple Valentine

I needed to make a few quick cards for a monthly swap that I do. I decided to make them Valentines themed and use little embellishment. It was kind of hard not layering like crazy, but I think I ended up with a sweet, simple card. I used a heart stamp from Fancy Pants, a one inch square punch, and a small Fiskars scalloped oval punch for the card. The "forever" sentiment came from a $1 set from Michaels that I got at least a year ago. I did think it was a bit plain and needed something, so I decided to turn on the sewing machine and add a few rows of stitching! Thanks for coming over to look!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

A freezing, but fun Saturday

When we woke up today it was -27 degrees! Ugh! Enough on that subject. Anyway, we were perhaps crazy, but we bundled up and went to town to do a little shopping. We ended up going to two antique stores where I happily found more treasures to use!

I didn't have any more patterns of little boys so I happily snatched these up to make some cards with!

I just loved the dresses on these girls and I thought that they would be perfect for some Spring and Summer cards!

I was really interested in the pattern above and to the left! It is children playing in Winter! I thought I would try and use them on a Winter layout.

I LOVE milk glass and the antique store had 90% off!!!!!!!!!!!! I got this bowl to hold who knows what right now in my scraproom!

This bowl will also have some sort of use in my scraproom! I was super excited to get this too! It was a good weekend for me in finding some great vintage items! Now I just need to get busy doing something with them!!

Friday, January 1, 2010

I died and went to Vintage button heaven

Oh My!! I went to my mother in laws today to help her organize her crafty space and we got a lot done. I also got to take a lot home! I got to take thousands of buttons home and lace and bias tapes as well! I am very excited to use them!!