Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Robot Mini-Album with Matching Tin

I'm finally finished with the mini-album and tin that have been in the works for a couple of weeks now. I stared at them for days not knowing which stamp set to use for a theme and inspiration just was not coming to me. I originally wanted to create a gender neutral album since the papers are so fun and bright. My daughter insisted that I really should use the new robot stamp set I picked up at Michael's. I told her I wanted it gender neutral to which she replied "I like robots. Besides those robots are REALLY cute"! So I went with the robots. Between the hint of pink in the paper as well as the flowers on some of the paper, along with robots, it's certainly a nice mix but I'm not sure it qualifies completely as gender neutral. LOL Sorry for the dark pictures. My scrap space can be such a dungeon at times! Enjoy!

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Supplies Used:
Paper: American Crafts Tea Party Paper Pack, CTMH Tulip, Citrus Leaf, and Heavenly Blue Cardstocks
Inks: CTMH Tulip, Citrus Leaf, Heavenly Blue, and Outdoor Denim, Staz-On Jet Black
Stamps: Recollections (by Michael's) Robots Stamp Set, CTMH Ticket Tags, Reach for the Stars, Star Struck, and Journaling Jots
Misc: misc buttons, grommets, ribbon from The Ribbon Retreat, Liquid Glass, Prismacolor Markers, Making Memories decorative pin

Monday, September 28, 2009

Aly's Sunday Challenge Card

Tami's daughter Aly recently started a sketch challenge blog. As most of you know, I love a good sketch challenge! What is so special about this particular sketch challenge is that Aly is only 10 years old. She is very creative and makes beautiful cards. If you get a chance, check out her challenge and play along.

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Supplies Used:
Paper: SU Razzleberry Lemonade DSP, SU Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo, and Crushed Curry CS
Ink: SU Melon Mambo, CTMH Honey
Stamps: Imaginisce Cupcake
Misc: Button & Ric-Rac from my stash, Ribbon from The Ribbon Retreat, Prima Flowers, CTMH Bigger Brad, Liquid Glass, Marth Stewart and Doodlebug Glitters

Friday, September 25, 2009

Another organizational project...

One of my favorite things to do here lately has been to participate in image swaps on SCS. The biggest problem has been organizing the images that I've received. So once again, I am recycling a box that I had saved. If I remember correctly, it came with envelopes in it. The dividers on the inside of the box are also recycled - they are pieces of cereal box chipboard sandwiched in between layers of dsp. Recycling definitely helps keep costs down. :)

I'm still working on the mini-album I mentioned the other day. I'm sure an idea will strike in the near future and I'll get it finished up in no time. Meanwhile, this project seemed to be calling out to me. I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend. Until next time, happy scrappin'!

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Supplies:
Papers: SU Polka Dot Punches DSP, CTMH Colonial White CS, GP White CS
Stamps: CTMH Doodle Alpha
Inks: CTMH Sweet Leaf, Creme Brulee, and Heavenly Blue
Misc: Ribbon from The Ribbon Retreat, Dymo label maker, Quick Kutz tab punch, Mod-Podge

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Tote Bag

Okay, as promised here is my non-paper crafting project. Well I suppose if I used it to take to a crop it would then be paper crafting related. :) I am using it to hold my current knitting project & supplies. I digress though. We made these cute tote bags at a church activity last week. As I've stated before, I am not much of a seamstress. I do okay if it is straight lines and not too difficult. I've become the queen of making curtains for my house. LOL I'm sure my sewing machine enjoyed seeing a little action that was not curtain related!

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I found the fabric at Home Fabrics. I lucked out and found it on clearance for $2.00 a yard! I plan on making some more of these for my girls. Their fabric is all cut out and pinned, now I just have to take the time to spend part of my day in front of the sewing machine. The grommets made it a bit pricier because of the tool I had to purchase, but I am sure I can find many more uses for it! I wish I could remember the name of the book that the pattern came out of. It's all about making tote bags out of different things including placemats, t-shirts, and this tote bag originally called for a fabric shower curtain. 54" wide fabric substituted nicely for the fabric shower curtain. One yard will make one lined tote bag. If anyone is particularly interested, let me know and I'll call my friend who owns the book and get the name of it for you. :)

I'm hoping to have another paper project finished and ready to post by Saturday. I have a mini-album and matching tin project in the works. I just haven't decided a theme or stamp set to use to go with the papers I've already started working with. So if you don't hear from me until next week, don't worry - I'm probably just still waffling on a decision or sitting around doing absolutely nothing because allergies are kicking my butt this week! Until next time, happy scrappin'!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Thinking of You Card

Are you feeling spoiled yet? Three posts in three days! It must be a record. LOL I put this card together quickly this morning for a friend of mine. I just couldn't resist trying a "new to me" stamp that I purchased off of e-bay recently. I know that it is from a retired SU set, but I don't know the name of it. I colored the images in using Prismacolor markers. Sorry my photo looks so washed out. I think DH must've changed the camera settings on me yet again, because here lately my photos have been turning out worse than normal!

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Supplies Used:
Cardstock: CTMH Buttercup, Spring Iris, and Colonial White
Stamps: SU - unsure of name, CTMH Say It In Style
Inks: CTMH Buttercup & Spring Iris, Staz-On Jet Black
Misc: Ribbon from The Ribbon Retreat, red brads (unknown brand)

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Road Trip Mini-Album & Matching Tin

I've been working on this little set for about a week now - just a few minutes here and there. I think painting the tin took the most time, and then of course I had to actually remember to buy binder rings when I went to the store. :) The tin is another one of my recycled items. I've had it sitting around for at least a year. LOL It came with dishwasher gel packs in it. There were too many colors on the tin to be able to simply cover with paper and leave the edges undone, so my Making Memories Scrapbook Paints came to the rescue yet again. The album is made with 4x4 coasters & binder rings. Enjoy!

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Supplies Used:
Paper: CTMH Route 66 Paper Pack, CTMH Bamboo, Moonstruck, and Cranberry Cardstock
Ink: CTMH Outdoor Denim, Moonstruck, Cranberry, Bamboo
Stamps: Inkadinkado Brackets, CTMH Small Chocolate Alpha, CTMH Flyin' High, Journaling Set (brand unknown), CTMH Star Struck
Misc: Making Memories Paint, Mod Podge, Ribbon Retreat Ribbon, Misc. Buttons, Liquid Glass, 1" Binder Rings, 4"x 4" coasters

Monday, September 21, 2009

Simple Notebook

Sorry I was MIA for most of last week. It has been super crazy around our house. I've been working on other projects that aren't paper related (imagine that!), as well as attending kid's sporting events, and all the other stuff it takes to keep the household running. This morning I made 16 cups worth of peach freezer jam. I should've bought more pectin - I could've made at least 8 cups more. :) If we're lucky it'll last us till Christmas. I have no illusions of it lasting through the winter. LOL The strawberry freezer jam I made earlier this summer - about 12 cups worth - is already gone! I think I'll make a homemade peach cobbler with some of the leftover peaches tonight, and then freeze the remainder. Later this week I'll post pics of some of the non-paper related crafts I've been working on. :)

I bought quite a few of these little spiral bound notebooks in the dollar spot at Michael's a while back. I normally don't buy notebooks from there to alter, but unlike most of the others I see there, these have a plain kraft cardstock color background with only a printed monogram in the center. That makes them super easy to alter. I'm all about keepin' it easy. LOL
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Supplies Used:
Paper: K & Company Gypsy Baby Paper Pad, CTMH Vanilla Cream CS
Stamps: Unity
Ink: Staz-On Timber Brown
Misc: Martha Stewart Glitter, Liquid Glass, CTMH Garden Green Organdy Ribbon, Light Blue Organdy Ribbon from Dollar Tree, Buttons from my stash.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Simple card for my mom...

I am getting a package together to send to my mom, so of course I need a card to write her a note in. :) I've had these scraps from my journal last week just sitting on my desk daring me to do something with them, so I used them for her card. I think she'll enjoy the paper just as much as I do.

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Supplies Used:
Paper: still can't remember the brand or name....LOL
Ink: CTMH Outdoor Denim
Stamp Sets: CTMH Say It In Style
Misc: ribbon from The Ribbon Retreat, ribbon slider from LSS - it came in a box with other hardware, kind of like the hodge podge hardware from SU...I think it might be from We R Memory Keepers but not sure...DH bought it for me for my birthday a couple of years ago. :)

Friday, September 11, 2009

Stylish Embellishment Storage

For anyone who has followed my blog for a while, you know that organization is very important to me. I seem to have a constantly overflowing mess of embellishments. Not only am I addicted to papers & ribbons, but I love, love, love embellishments such as brads & buttons. The magnetic embellishment organizers I made recently can be seen here. I ran out of small craft jars when I put those together and still had lots of embellishments to organize. I was being too cheap to go and buy more jars, so I just muddled along. Then a dear friend of mine stopped by this morning and brought me an old spice rack that I had expressed an interest in if she decided not to keep it. Shameless aren't I? LOL Actually she was already going to get rid of it and I gave her the suggestion to store embellishments in it. She decided she didn't want to keep it after all and brought it over to moi. Thanks Karen, you're the best!!! As you can see some jars are fuller than others, but it works great and looks good too. Oh, and it even spins! You can't get much better than that! :)

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Fall is in the air....

Spring & Fall are my favorite seasons. I love Spring and it's promise of new life, but I also love fall and the crisp, cool air after a warm summer. Fall brings back fond memories of jumping in leaves, picking apples, and preparing for the holidays. Along with the cooler weather comes baking - leaving the house smelling of fresh baked bread, homemade soups/stews, and cinnamon & spices.

My inspiration for this card came from my sister-in-law Christi. Thanks so much Christi. I absolutely love the card you sent me. For someone who claims not to be too terribly creative or a card maker, you did a fantastic job! I had not even attempted to make a tri-shutter card before now. I had printed the tutorial off of SCS but like most things, just hadn't gotten around to it yet.

Those of us in the "Inky Ones" group were also challenged recently by Louise to make a card using a color we don't use very often. She used orange. I confess, that orange is also one of those colors that I don't use much. I'm always pleasantly surprised at how nicely it turns out, but I never grab orange as a first color choice. LOL

Christi's Card

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My Card

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Supplies Used:
Paper: CTMH Enchanted Level 2 Paper Pack
Ink: CTMH Autumn Terracotta, Sunflower, and Pansy Purple
Stamp Sets: CTMH Autumn Splendor
Misc: Bazzill Flower, CTMH Smokey Plum Bigger Brad, CTMH sheer ribbon (not sure of color), misc buttons, scrapper's floss, patterned ribbon from the Dollar Spot @ Target.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

A little something I made just for me...

Whether it involves paper crafting, crocheting, knitting, or cross-stitch, it seems that I never, or at least very rarely ever make a project just for me. Nearly everything I create is sold in a craft fair or given to friends and family members as a gift. So last week I sat down with the goal of making something for me. I wanted another notebook (altered composition book) for keeping notes. The last one I made for me was a few years ago. I use it when taking notes at church or church activities. I'll probably use this one for paper crafting notes and day to day mundane stuff. The paper is from my stash. I had only bought one sheet of it at my LSS when they were having a sale. I wish I had a bit more of it. I love the colors & pattern. It's just so whimsical and fun. My name is spelled out in plain chipboard letters that I coated with glue and glitter and then sealed with liquid glass. I hope everyone had a fabulous holiday weekend and has a great week this week. Until next time, happy scrappin'!

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Supplies Used:
Paper: unknown
Ink: CTMH Outdoor Denim
Stamps: Unity
Misc: Martha Stewart Glitter, Liquid Glass, Crystal Ice Stickles, button, scrapper's floss, chipboard letters.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Matchbox Advent Calendar

I have to say right off how grateful I am Pam (otherwise known as Pammie Whammie in CTMH circles) for e-mailing me pictures of the advent calendar that she had created. I take no credit whatsoever for the original idea. I am just really good at copying. :-) This is a rather easy project but a bit tedious at points. I think the most tedious part was stamping all of the numbers. I am teaching a class on this in October, and I may try to do computer generated numbers that can be punched out just to simplify things. Lazy aren't I?

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Supplies Used:
Paper: CTMH Hollydays
Stamps: CTMH Christmas Melodies, December Word Puzzle, Typewriter Alpha, Chocolate Alpha, Doodle Alpha, No Peeking, Homestead Alpha, Shining Star
Inks: CTMH Holiday Red, Clover Meadow
Misc. Matchboxes, Cookie Sheet, ribbon, glitter, sparkles, buttons, scrapper's floss
, magnets, E6000 adhesive.