Wednesday, March 31, 2010

April Inchies

Today is an absolutely beautiful Spring day here. I hope you all are enjoying a fantastic day out playing, or if you aren't playing yet, you will be after work! Today I am sharing a few inchies I made for an inchie swap next month.

This first inchie uses some AC cardstock as the base. I stamped the Inkadinkado girl onto the darker pink cardstock and cut out the face. I also stamped this on the base pink inchie as well. I applied Glossy Accents to the hair and I placed a small flower in her hair from a $1 punch I got at Michaels a few years back. Once the Glossy Accents were dry, I used 3D foam to place the darker pink stamped image on top of the base!

The second inchie I made had Kraft cardstock as the base. I then punch out a 1 in. square from my Vintage organ music book and glued it to the base. I stamped this adorable little girl (Crafty Secrets Acrylic stamp set) and cut her out and glued to the inchie. I finished off with some brown ink around the inchie.
Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

A little more of my storage

Last night I was busy with kids' baths, story time, cleaning, and watching American Pickers and Pawn Stars so I was not able to spend a lot of time in my scraproom (I desperately need cable up in my scrappy space). Anyway, since I did not get a chance to complete a project, I decided to show you another little way I organize in my scrapspace.

I use this piece of milk glass to hold my Distress Crackle Paints. For now it works! If I get anymore bottles of Crackle paint, I might have a problem!! lol. Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you get a chance to enjoy some Spring weather outdoors where you are!

Monday, March 29, 2010

A Winter Layout

Here it is....finally Spring, beautiful weather and I'm doing a Winter layout!! lol. I'm a bit behind of course! This layout is using one of my favorite pics of Ella this past Winter. There was so much white space with it that I used a Melissa Frances Winter rub on on the side. I have been on a stitching kick lately so I stitched pink tissue paper on the left side of the picture also. I love Kaiser Kraft wooden scrapbook flourishes and I decided to paint them with Crackle paint and use them on this layout.

I had a Making Memories Vintage Winter kit that had these fantastic flowers in it and I added Making Memories pewter brads to it. I had a snowflake charm that I added to the flowers as well. The fabric came from an etsy order that I decided to reuse for this project. I believe the diecut paper I used was K and Co. I have had it FOREVER and my memory is a bit fuzzy, but I believe K and Co. is correct. The backing paper is from Fancy Pants designs.

Thank you for looking today!

Friday, March 26, 2010

For consideration...

One of my goals for 2010 was to be published either in print or online and these two pieces were made for consideration.

The first card is a Happy Birthday card using vintage sheet music. I love to use vintage sheet music in my projects. I also love to use vintage 1950s patterns and this card combines both of these loves!

The second thing for consideration is this High Fashion atc. I used GCD Studios paper, Cosmo Cricket paper, Marvy flower punch, Vintage Vogue pattern , Glossy Accents, GCD studios domed sticker.

********Updated posting as of April 5th: I am so happy to say that both of my projects were picked up by Scrapbook News and Review!! Now I am going to move on to trying to get published by Paper Crafts or Cards Magazine (those are going to be tough I'm sure!) I am honored to be a part of Scrapbook News and Review!!*******

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Altered tin

Well, I did manage to get into my scraproom last night and I sat there and I had no idea what to make. Then all of a sudden it came to me. I had seen an altered tin in a book that I was looking at earlier in the day so I decided to make one myself. My Grandmother had given me Altoids tins quite a number of years ago and I finally altered it! I started by painting it with Gesso. I originally planned on painting the whole thing with Crackle Paint, but I changed my plan! lol

I ended up using some of the Artist's paper that came with an issue of Take Ten Magazine and I cut it to fit the lid. Then I applied my cute little pattern girl and Creative Imaginations rub on. Then I applied Picket Fence Crackle Paint.

On the bottom of the tin I used a piece of white and pink lace. I used pink seam binding and a string of pearls to go around the outer edge of the tin's lid. This photo above has the inside contents (slightly smaller than an atc) displayed.

This is a picture of all the contents taken out.

"I Make Stuff" uses a Homespun Chic fabric tag from GCD studios. I used pattern tissue paper, my sewing machine, Homespun Chic paper and a vintage button to complete the card!

I just love my pattern girls and here is a cute one from a Simplicity pattern. She is on top of lace and the word love was cut from an old book (GASP! yes, I cut a book.)

I used a Homespun Chic transparency on this little card as well as a Glimmer misted piece of sheet music and I stitched it to my card. The sentiment is from Melissa Frances and is rubbed on to a piece of pattern tissue paper. The crown was supplied from my friend Kristin.

I had fun working on this project so I can't wait to add to it. I might need another tin. This one doesn't have a lot of room left! :)

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Busy, busy, busy...

Oh boy, has the time flown by lately!! I have not been able to get very crafty lately, but the calendar is finally slowing down a bit so I hope to work some tonight and have something to share with you tomorrow. Last night we had our church pictures taken and I snapped a quick shot of the kiddos before we headed out. I tried to have everyone is green/purple for the pics.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Kids projects on The Scrappy Tree

Today I did a kid's craft project over at The Scrappy Tree. It was a super easy, quick and fun project to have the kids do. Last night Debbie did the one pictured below and all the daycare kiddos are doing the flowers today. Go over to to see the details and more pictures and check in the next couple of days to see more kid friendly projects that will use things you most likely have around the house!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

A little outdoor fun

Yesterday was such a wonderful day outside that we played out for an hour before breaking for lunch. You can see green grass!! YAY for Spring! In the pic below, Ella is having some fun playing hopscotch with a friend!

Ella and her friend are playing ball!
My little cutie giving me her smile!

Here's to hoping for another great day!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!

(Above image free from Crafty Secrets)
Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone! This is a quickie post as I need to get breakfast ready! I made this card for The Scrappy Tree ( so please head over there if you'd like more details!

I hope everyone is wearing green today!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010


This picture was taken just this morning so it was dark and dreary, but I thought I would show a little bit of how I organize in my scraproom. I have a milk glass vase filled with scissors and my favorite thing is the Coca Cola bottle holder. I have all my Glimmer Mist and acrylic paints in there. I also store a few must have tools such as my Basic Grey Rub on tool (which I swear is THE BEST thing to use with rub ons), my small hole punch, and a few rollers. I also store my Crystal Accents and Tacky Glue bottles in this bottle holder.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Spring is in the air...

Spring is right around the corner! I can see grass and plenty of mud so I know it will be here soon! My friend Erica had a Spring collage over at Zunky Chic ( and the above plaque is for that swap. I used a 4 by 4 art panel and painted it with pink crackle paint. Once that dried, I used some of my favorite vintage pieces (a vintage pattern girl and two vintage greeting card items). I used my favorite glue (Yes! Glue) to adhere everything on the panel! I added a Prima flower, pearls, and liquid pearls to the plaque. Finally, I used my hot glue gun to put a hand made lace around the plaque. I also attached a lace hanger (not shown in this picture) so someone could hang it if they wish!
Today was my turn to post over at The Scrappy Tree ( and I made a St. Patty's Day tag. Go on over and check out the site! We are celebrating National Craft Month and there are plenty of projects to get the creative juices flowing!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Little Boy Blue, I Love You

Last night I went out to my local card store (R Impressions in Blue Earth, MN) and picked up all of the card exchange cards from some talented ladies and I just love coming home from there because I get inspired to create something each and every time.
So, once I put away all of the Walmart goodies (which took forever), I got the kiddos to bed and went up in my craft room.
R Impressions started selling these neat images from Morehead Inc. that you layer. Each image consists of at least 10 parts that are numbered and you simply put them together in numerical order. I used pop up dots on each part to create the dimension. I fell in love with the little boy and his puppy. I thought they were so cute!
Supplies for this card: Morehead Inc. image, Love you stamp (maker unknown), Little Yellow Bicycle brads in two different sizes, burlap, paper distressor and ink.
These images from Morehead are super quick and easy to use. I bought 3 different kinds of them from the store and I think they will be great to pull together a quick, last minute card!
Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

See the flowers Smiling

It is raining cats and dogs yet again today so I was thinking Spring. The lighting really stinks for this picture (since it IS raining cats and dogs) so I appologize for that one! :)
I used some new papers from Basic Grey Origins line on top of some brown card stock. I used my corner rounder on the sentiment panel and stamped a Hero Arts sentiment on it. I used a Teresa Collins journaling stamp on the right side of the card. Initially I would have stamped it straight, but I dropped it on the card and just stamped over part of my accident (Happy accident right?) I used some of the Basic Grey Origins stickers to put on the stamped journaling block. I completed the card by using some Kaiser Kraft and Prima flowers with a Basic Grey Origins brad as the flower center.
Thanks for looking! I hope you have a wonderful and dry day!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

A little Canned Joy

I love Crafty Secrets images and this is one of my faves! I was busy cleaning my scraproom last night so I only had time to make a quick atc, but I was pleased with how it came out. In addition to the image, the sentiment was also from Crafty Secrets. I used a Jenni Bowlin Vintage Button and dmc floss to complete the atc.
Happy Wednesday everyone!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010


I was lucky to get a fantastic package from my friend Kristin yesterday which was full of fantastic goodies. I just couldn't believe my eyes! I just knew that I would have to get creative with some of the items last night.
Almost all of the items on this card come from the scrap pack that Kristin sent me. I used a $1 stamp set from Michaels (gotta love those) to add a sentiment to the front of this card. I also cut up some 7 Gypsies and Websters pages to complete the card.
Thanks for looking today!

Monday, March 8, 2010

March's Inspiration Challenge

Happy Monday everyone!

I am in charge of the inspiration Challenge over at The Scrappy Tree and today is the start of March's challenge. I really loved the beautiful colors and images of the Arizona tea box so that is the springboard for this month's challenge. If anyone wants to participate, please come on over the The Scrappy Tree and check it out!

I was inspired to make a rather simplistic card. I had the perfect stamped image to go along with this challenge!! This is just a challenge for fun, hope to see some of you there!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Monochromatic inchies

I am doing an inchie swap this month where we are making monochromatic inchies. These are two of the sets I am sending out. The one on the left is all white with lace, a punched flower and a pearl. The one on the right is my brown inchie with a wood grained paper as the base, then an owl stamped on kraft cardstock. I finished it off with some brown Scrapper's floss. I am probably going to make another set or two so I'll be sure to post those later on! Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

A very full blog post today!

Hello! I have what seems like a million things to post about today! First off, The Scrappy Tree, is celebrating National Craft Month for the month of March and there are all kinds of fun projects that Kristin, Gayle and myself will be posting to hopefully inspire you to get crafty this month. Go on over and check it out!

Next I want to tell you about a fun swap that I am doing this month. My friend Erica is celebrating her 1 yr. blog anniversary over at Zunky Chic ( and she has opened up a swap to celebrate. This swap is open up to 12 people, so head over quickly if you are interested in a fun, vintage, spring collage swap! I only hope I can make something that others will like!
Finally, I have a card to share with you today. This card was made using some very old supplies! The die cut flowers are from Archivers and I haven't been to an Archivers in 3 years!! Yikes! Anyway, I used some lace, patterned paper of unknown origin, vintage sheet music, an epoxy bubble sticker and one of my favorite rub ons from Melissa Frances to complete this card! I also got some wonderful colored yarn from my mother in law and I decided to add some hand stitching to this card!

Have a wonderful Tuesday and get crafty today! :)

Monday, March 1, 2010

A scrappy page to show you today

Wow! It's Monday again! Where did the weekend go to? I did manage to get some scrapbooking done so I thought I would share a page with you.

This is Debbie from 2004! I can't get over how much Ella resembles her now that Ella is the same age that Debbie was in this photo!