Saturday, January 31, 2009

Ms. On the Go Mini-Album

Ms. On the Go Mini - Album

I created this cute little mini-album and gave it to my friend Tauna for her birthday. Of course, I also had to add a cute little gift bag to go with it. Happy Birthday Tauna!!! Supplies used: Bo Bunny Chipboard Album Refill Pages, Key to My Heart Paper Pack, Juniper, Sorbet, & Tulip Inks, Ms. On the Go Stamp Set, Journaling Jots Stamp Set, Ribbon from the Ribbon Retreat, Prima Flowers, Making Memories Brads, Fiskars Threading Water Punch. (Perfect Day Paper Pack, Cocoa & Juniper Inks, & Dream Team Stamp Set used on the gift bag.)

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Mojo Monday Sketch Week 71

Yes, I do know that it is Wednesday. I'm just a little behind. So many projects and oh so little time. I created this card for the Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge. This is a 6x6 card using the CTMH Key to My Heart Paper Pack & Ms. On the Go Stamp Set. I used Prisma & Bic Markit! Markers for the coloring. Her dress and the baby buggy are paper pieced. I used CTMH tiny sparkles for her earrings. The ribbon is from the Ribbon Retreat, I apologize I don't remember the color, but it is a close match to CTMH's Sorbet.


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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Thank you Sue for the blog candy!!!!

Okay, so I've never won blog candy before - until now that is. I just want to give a shout out to Sue and thank her for the blog candy. It is totally yummalicious. I was so excited and couldn't wait to create something with it, so I came up with this acetate card, using the Hearthrob & All My Love stamp sets from CTMH. The heart is stamped in Hollyhock ink and embossed in clear EP. I used prisma glitter on the details inside the heart.

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Monday, January 26, 2009

Birthday Gift for Mom

Corey's mom had a birthday this past weekend & it was celebrated in style with a surprise party. Dad requested tribute letters telling how much Mom means to us rather than gifts. We decided to make a mini-album for her with some pics from different family events this past year and let her know just how much we have learned from her. I tucked the journaling tags of the things we have learned behind the photos. Corey & I did 6 of them, and let the kids each do one to make it an even 10. I apologize for the poor quality of the pics. You'd think I'd have learned by now to take the pics UPSTAIRS where there is decent light rather than in the basement. I really need to get a light box built!

Supplies used: Maya Road Acrylic Album, CTMH Floral Tapestry Paper Pack, Journaling Jots Stamp Set (for the tags behind the pics), Typewriter Alpha, Making Memories Brads, Circle Window Charms & Glitter, Garden Green CS & Ink, Orchid Bouquet CS & Ink, Colonial White CS, Lilac Mist CS & Ink, Coluzzle used for the tags. Scalloped edges created using the Fiskars Threading Water Punch.

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Here is the matching box I made for the album to go inside of. Box purchased at Robert's & the edges painted with CTMH Create-a-Shade Pearl Paint before adhering paper. Font used are from the "Handwritten" fonts cd from Autumn Leaves.

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Monday, January 19, 2009

"Piggy Bank" for Scrappin' Stuff

Well as I posted recently, I am trying to be more careful with what I spend on scrappin' stuff and am working on using up what is in my stash. I created this jar to put spare change in so that I can save up for new supplies. I figure I might be more careful about my spending if I have to make more of an effort to save the cash and not rely on the credit card. After emptying a jar of peanut butter (no it wasn't the brand that was recalled), I got to thinking the jar might be useful for something. So I decided to create a "piggy bank" and went to town decorating it. I used some CTMH Cocoa Cafe paper, Ms. On The Go stamp set, Prima Flowers, and sparkles from Michael's. I colored my stamped image in with Prisma Color Markers and Bic Markit! Markers.

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My Scrappin' Space

This is my humble but well loved scrap space. When we bought our home a little over a year ago, one of the things I was adamant about was that I wanted a space that I could have for scrappin'. Originally this room was one large, unfinished, basement room. It measured approximately 13'x20' and was completely unfinished - concrete floor, no sheetrock, bare lightbulbs hanging from the joists, and not nearly enough electrical outlets. So we hired someone to come in and frame the wall out to divide the space in two (and do all of the sheetrock & texturing) and an electrician to upgrade all of the electrical. Then DH took care of all of the trim work, the vinyl floor, and painting. Didn't he do a great job? Behind curtain is a storage area where DH built me floor to ceiling and wall to wall shelving for food storage since the kitchen pantry is rather small. The shelves above my table and to the right of my desk are made from scraps from that project. Eventually bifold doors will go where the curtains are that divide the two areas. Fabric for curtains just fit better into the budget at this point. As you can probably tell, I share this space. The Webkinz covered computer belongs to the kids. One of the things I love about how I set up the furniture is that while I am scrapping I can see what the kids are doing on the computer. The other desk (not covered in scrap stuff) belongs to DH. Not only does he work from home occasionally, but he also wanted to be able to spend time with me while I'm scrappin'. Isn't that sweet? He made his desk by making two bookshelves for support and then installed a prefab kitchen counter from Lowe's for the desktop. It only cost about $40 total for his desk. The kids' computer table and the dresser I use for storage are a matched set I purchased for $50 at the Humane Society Thrift Store. They were a dark green and rather beat up. I stripped them and repainted them white and added hardware to the dresser. The shelves on top of the dresser are actually a bookshelf that was also a little worse for wear. We merely took the damaged back off of it and bolted it to the wall for extra storage space. I had high hopes of the table behind my desk being used as a secondary work area, but it has become more of a storage area. The bins hold my CTMH cardstock & papers. Maybe someday I can purchase more Cropper Hopper storage for them. The little drawers on the table (behind the cricut) store my Coluzzle Templates, punches, extra scissors, etc. All of my CTMH stamps are in cd crates from the dollar store. The storage drawers next to my table & in front of my desk hold various crafting supplies since I do more than just scrapping. All of my colored pencils and what not are in pint size mason jars I simply tied a ribbon around the neck. Simple, cheap, functional, and doesn't look too bad if I do say so myself. So if you have made it this far....sorry for babbling....here are the pics.

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Okay, I just have to brag about 2 of my girls for this next pic. The artwork hanging above my shelf was done by my DD's a few years ago. Kirstyn created the piece in the middle when she was in 1st grade and Allison created the other two when she was in the 4th grade. I don't save very much of their artwork - but I absolutely love these pieces!
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Okay, and last but not least, this is my scrappin' buddy Rosie. If I am in my room, guaranteed she is hanging out under my desk. She just wants to be where momma is. She is such a loyal companion.

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Oh, one last thought - yes that is an airplane light you are seeing hanging down from the ceiling. DH loves all things having to do with flight. He got this light for Christmas last year - isn't it soooo cool?

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Silhouette & Key to My Heart Layout

Another consultant has been posting challenges on the CTMH Artwork Board (for consultants) and I finally took the plunge and participated! What she does is she will post the challenge by days. So on Day 1 you do a small part of the project, not knowing what is coming next, and just create day by day. I have never particpated in the challenge in the past because it felt way too far out of my comfort zone. I finally decided to give it a try, and loved it! These pictures are from a family portrait session we had done in October of 2007. I just love the work the photographer did. These are only a small portion of the pictures we have from the session, and I can't wait to scrap the rest!

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I used the Silhouette Level 2 Paper Pack, Cranberry Cardstock, Cranberry & Desert Sand Inks, CTMH Fonts, CTMH Basic Organdy Ribbon, CTMH Colonial White Ribbon, Cranberry Brads, Black Bigger Brads, Various Connections Clubs Embellishments, Prima Flowers, Gold Embossing Powder.

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More Artwork for the January Use It Up Challenge

Here are the last of the paper packs I used up for the January challenge I posted. These items are made from (now retired) My Reflections Kits (Love Always & Best Friends). I thought it would be really hard to not scrap chronologically, because that is so outside my box. I have been pleasantly surprised by how much I am enjoying just scrapping whatever is close at hand - although I won't put them into an album until I am sure everything for the year they belong to is done. So meanwhile they are in page protectors on an out of the way shelf where they won't get damaged while they wait for the rest of the album to be completed ( I do each year in it's own album). So, here is what I created using the Best Friends kit:

These pictures are from our trip to Texas over Spring Break in March of 2008. We met up with my sister-in-law Patricia & her kids for a tour of the Blue Bell Factory in Brenham. We had so much fun!

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I apologize for the glare on the photos. I don't have a really fabulous place to work on taking photos and have plans to create a lightbox to make it easier.

I managed to create a layout as well as a few cards with the Love Always kit. These pictures are also from our trip to Texas in March of 2008. My MIL, Beth had some problems and ended up in the hospital during our stay there. So while it was unfortunate that our only option of seeing her was in the hospital, we will be forever grateful for that chance we had to see her and visit for a while.

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Friday, January 16, 2009

More artwork coming soon....I promise!

So I have more artwork as part of my Use It Up Challenge for January. But I have also had one of the worst headaches ever this week due to some dental work I had done on Wednesday. So please bear with me. I am hoping to get it posted soon as well as some pics of my almost cleaned up all the way scrappin' space.

Friday, January 9, 2009

***Use It Up Challenge*** for January

So with the new year and working hard towards our goal of getting out of debt, I am on a scrapbooking supplies "diet". This really had me quite bummed out and depressed because a new Idea Book just debuted. *SIGH* BUT...then I took a good look around at my messy scraproom and realized just how many supplies I already have. Not to mention, tools, gadgets, embellishments, etc. I joined Close to My Heart in March of 2006, and am amazed at just how many supplies I have "collected" rather than used. LOL Soooo I decided to challenge myself and see who else I could get to join me. The first paper pack I received in my kit when I joined was Discovery. This is a lovely kit, but not my favorite. It has been a real challenge to work with for me. So I sat down to see what I could do with it. I had about 1/3 of a paper pack and four sheets of half used My Stickease left. I still managed to create 3 complete 2 page layouts and 3 cards with what was left.

So here's the challenge: If you are a CTMH consultant (or avid shopper of CTMH), find a paper pack from the Spring 2006 Idea Book and see what you can make. Layouts, cards, mini-albums, altered items, etc. The goal is to have the entire pack used up...no more hoarding!!! and to get pictures AND journaling on the layouts/mini-albums.

If you do not have anything CTMH, choose a paper pack or papers from your stash - who cares what company. Something you bought meaning to use but have let gather dust - and USE IT UP! I will take note of everyone who participates, and at the end of the month randomly draw a name for a small prize. Please post a link to your artwork in the comments section. Here are my contributions so far for the month. Happy Scrapping Y'all!!!

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