Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Hearts Composition Book

I suppose the stickers I used on this composition book aren't what you typically think of when you think of hearts. I love the watch gear type aspect of them. They were in a sticker pack a friend gave me with some other scrappin' stuff for my birthday and I finally found a good use for them. :)  The paper is from an SU paper pad they had out a couple of years ago as part of a promotion/special buy. It seems like it's the paper pack that keeps on going and going and going....

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Supplies Used:
Paper: SU paper pad
Inks: SU Melon Mambo, CTMH Sunset
Misc: Stickers, Prisma Glitter, Martha Stewart Glitter

Monday, July 23, 2012

Vintage Hotel Composition Book

Here's the other secret sister composition book I made this week. One of the girls we needed to do a secret sister gift for isn't into "girly girl" kind of stuff. I found this paper in my stash and thought a teenager might find it kinda fun and funky and went from there. I really like how it turned out.

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Supplies Used:
Papers: Tim Holtz paper pad
Inks: SU Early Expresso, CTMH Desert Sand
Stamps: Unity Stamp Co.
Misc: Stickles, Crackle Accents

Friday, July 20, 2012

Smile Composition Book

My girls needed a couple of composition books as secret sister gifts this week. I had a lot of fun making this one. I love how bright and cheerful it is. Of course I love making these notebooks in general. I've made so many altered composition books that it feels like I'm making the same old stuff but I absolutely LOVE making them.

I didn't do anything particularly special with this one. I love the background paper so much that I wanted it to shine. 






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Supplies Used: 
Paper: CTMH Dotty For You Cardstock: CTMH Sunset, Colonial White 
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, CTMH Sunset, CTMH Lagoon 
Stamps: Don't remember the name of it or the company. It's a single stamp I bought at Archiver's. 
Misc: Ribbon from The Ribbon Retreat, Prima & Recollections flowers, SU Everyday Enchantment brad

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Newest 4 legged family member

I just couldn't resist sharing this pic from our road trip. Besides visiting family and friends one of the main reasons we took our trip to Texas was to bring home our newest family member, Maggie. She's a pit bull mix that my mom rescued when she was about 12 weeks old. Someone dumped her out in the country. Totally despicable, but I'm glad that we have her!  She can be very energetic at times but is usually pretty laid back and puts up with whatever anyone dishes out. Use her as a pillow...no problem. Play with her ears...no problem. Dress her up....no problem. LOL  She rode in the far backseat of the van with Emily for the 1,700 mile trip home. I didn't find this pic until I dumped the pics from my camera to the computer. Silly girls!

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Punch Challenge

I've been feeling like my mojo in non-existent and that all I've been making is the same old stuff. When I commiserated with friends about it on Facebook, my friend (and Stampin' Up enabler) Meranda suggested a challenge to make a card front using our punches.

I love the first card but can't take any credit whatsoever for the creation. I cased a card off of Pinterest that had inspired me a while back. I'm kinda so-so about the second card. I had a completely different look going on for it only to scrap it and start over. You know how sometimes you think a project needs just a little something more but then when you add it you realize "oops, that was too much"?  Well that's what happened with the second card. It was way cooler before I messed it up and had to start over. I also should've learned my lesson from the first card and whole "it's too much" thing. I'm not loving the prisma glitter on the ice cream cone. Oh well. C'est la vie.

The third card I just threw together so I could use up the cute ribbon. A friend gave me some chocolates for my birthday and that ribbon was tied around them. I saved it thinking it would be perfect for a project of some sort and the card just kinda went together from there. I realized after I had it done though that the ribbon was crooked. Yep, one of those kind of crafting days. Perhaps I should consider being less of a perfectionist. LOL  Speaking of perfectionism, please forgive the spot on the 1st card...apparently I had something on my camera lens. Sigh.

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Supplies Used:
Cardstock: SU Peach Parfait, Poppy Parade, Concord Crush, :Lucky Limeade, Island Indigo, Crumb Cake
Stamp Sets: CTMH Happy Birthday
Inks: CTMH Gypsy
Misc: CTMH Smoky Plum Brads (dipped in glue & glitter), Martha Stewart edge punch, 

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Supplies Used:
Cardstock: SU Lucky Limeade, Early Expresson, Concord Crush, Poppy Parade, Island Indigo, Peach Parfait
Stamp Sets: SU Sweet Scoops
Inks: SU Early Expresso
Misc: SU Everyday Enchantment Brads, Sizzix Label Die, Stickles, Prisma Glitter

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Cardstock: SU Crumb Cake, Island Indigo
Stamps: from the dollar bin at Michael's
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Misc: Nestabilities labels, Prismacolor & Copic Markers, Glossy Accents, misc ribbon.
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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Shoshone Falls

As I mentioned in an earlier post, we went to Twin Falls, ID for a 3 day camping trip to see Shoshone Falls and to just relax and be lazy to celebrate the end of the school year. It's hard to believe that I now am the parent of a freshman and a junior and that two of our kids are grown and out of the house. I wonder how time has flown by so quickly. I surely must have blinked one too many times!  We stayed a an out of the way campground about 15 miles south of Twin Falls called Nat-Soo-Pah Hot Springs.  We went to see Shoshone Falls, Twin Falls, and of course soaked in the hot pools and swam. We roasted marshmallows around the campfire, played games, lazed around in the shade reading books and in general had a fabulous time. We came home bug eaten, sunburnt, and exhausted but wouldn't trade it for anything!

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Friday, June 8, 2012

Owned by a cat...

For those of you who have a cat in your household, you learn very quickly that it is the cat that owns you and not the other way around. We often call Izzy "the pampered princess". She has the cattitude down just right and it has been that way since she was very young. One of her favorite activities is to stretch full length upon whomever is sitting or laying down. It instantly makes you fair game and an appealing surface upon which to nap. Here are a couple of favorite shots I took recently of her sleeping on our youngest daughter. They both look rather content to nap with each other. :)

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Dotty For You Projects

Wow! I can't believe how fast time has flown by since I shared my last project. It's a sure sign that the school year has ended and summer has started. We always joke that we have birthday season at our house because 3 of our 4 children have birthdays in a 4 week time frame and then we have only a six week reprieve before the 4th birthday. So we've been having fun celebrating birthdays and we took an end of the school year celebratory camping trip to see Shoshone Falls in Twin Falls, Idaho.  With everything I have going on, this will probably be my last paper crafting related post for a while. I've just been too busy.

I ordered the Dotty For You paper pack from a CTMH consultant friend. It was the promo for National Scrapbooking month in May.  Within a day of getting it, I had that baby cracked open and two projects done with it lickety split! LOL  The first is a card I made for the card swap group that I'm in. The other project is an altered composition book I made for my daughter's best friend. I've made her an altered composition book for several birthdays and/or Christmases now and she is often disappointed if she doesn't get one. I love that she actually uses them and loves getting them. Of course it's always nice to know your work is appreciated!

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

More Dyed Yarn

I've been meaning to share these pics for several weeks now. I dyed this yarn right after Easter using leftover Easter egg dye. Once my girls were done dyeing eggs, I put the leftover dye to good use rather than dumping it down the drain.

The yarn is from Knitpicks and is called Bare Swish Worsted. It is a 100% superwash merino wool that comes undyed so that you can do it yourself. I had ordered four skeins of it a while back but didn't really feel inspired as to how to use it. The Easter egg dyes finally inspired me. Oh and just in case you're wondering, the yarn is deliciously soft and snuggly. I was very surprised at how soft it is. I'm thinking that I'm going to make a blanket out the yarn and just dye more yarn when I run out. I just love the bright colors. As usual, the pics don't quite do the colors justice.

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This one is a combo of the leftover yellow & blue dye.
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This one used yellow, pink, I think some orange.
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This one is all blues & greens.
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Pink & orange for this one.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Enjoy the Journey

I created this covered jr. legal pad the same day I made the other one. This one also got mailed out but it went in a swap box with a few other goodies.

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Supplies Used: 
Papers: SU Cheerful Treat DSP, Concord Crush CS, Melon Mambo CS, White CS
Stamps: CTMH Enjoy the Journey, Fiskars butterfly set (don't remember the name)
Inks: CTMH Gypsy, SU Melon Mambo, Versamark
Other: Stampendous Kaleidoscope embossing powder, Stickles, ribbon from The Ribbon Retreat, misc flowers, SU Everyday Enchantment brad, Nestabilities Labels

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Knit Happens

I bet you thought this would be a knitting project post. Nope, just a knitting themed paper project!  :)  I made this notebook for a knitty friend of mine who is having a hard time right now. I hope it made her smile when she got it in the mail. I sure smiled while I was making it for her. Kinda hard not to smile while thinking about her because she's so sweet.

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For those of you paying attention, yep, that's the same paper I used on the cupcake notebook for another friend recently. I made use of a large scrap leftover from that project for this one. It's kind of hard to tell, but the "knit happens" is embossed with a red sparkly embossing powder from Stampendous. It's called "red dragon". I used some glossy accents on the basket and find myself wishing I would've used it on the yarn too. The end of the knitting needles are little dew drop type embellishments. And last but not least I used some Stickles to jazz up the paper a bit. I'm beginning to think that glitter is my signature item. I LOVE using it!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Cupcake Composition Book

When I was a kid I thought I had the worst day ever to have a birthday on. No one EVER believed it was my birthday. Yes, I'm one of those....an April Fool's baby. As and adult I realize it's not so bad and in all reality is kinda fun. Plus people usually remember your birthday since it's on such a unique day. ;)  I also have a couple of friends that share my birthday. We have fun with it and refer to ourselves as "fellow fools" or "foolish friends". I made this notebook for one of my "foolish friends" for her birthday recently. It was well received and she just loved the bright colors.

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Supplies Used: 
Paper: We R Memory Keepers White Out Collection, CTMH Pear Cardstock
Inks: CTMH Pear & Tulip
Stamps: TAC cupcake set...can't remember the name of it.
Other: Stickles, Glossy Accents, piece of scrap ribbon

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Saturday, April 14, 2012

Mairead

I was looking for a fun baby pattern to make for humanitarian aid and came across the pattern for Mairead at The Yarn Connection. I will admit that there was a definite learning curve for this pattern. I learned new techniques and also had to muddle through directions where I wasn't quite sure what the designer wanted or if I was interpreting the pattern correctly. I have now finished two of these layette gowns. They turned out beautiful and I am sure that I will make more of them again at some point.

I started the white one first, got frustrated with it and put it in time out for four months. Finally felt guilty about not finishing it, also needed to start another one that my mother-in-law requested that I make for one of her co-workers. Pulled it out and started working on it again and cast on for a second one. I must have found my groove because I finished both of them in two weeks!

To be honest as tedious as doing cables can be, it was the 14" of stockinette stitch that I found mind numbing and had to really push through to finish. Thank goodness for audio books!!! Also, what kept me sane on the cabled bodice was writing the charted instructions down and marking each row as I finished it. That made a huge difference for me. For the white one I use Caron Simply Soft Brites and the aqua one is made from Loops & Threads Snuggly Wuggly baby yarn.

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Friday, April 13, 2012

Kool-Aid Dyed Yarn

I hadn't done any Kool-Aid dyeing since the last time our daughter was home on leave (She's in the Navy) and when she came home on leave again recently she wanted to dye yarn again. Usually when I dye yarn it ends up an all day process because I get so carried away with it. So many colors and choices and JoAnn's having plain wool yarn on sale did not help any. LOL  Here are the results of our dyeing session.

This one was my favorite. I love how the colors turned out and I probably won't be able to recreate even if my life depended on it!

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This one started out as a purple and cream color yarn that self stripes. I overdyed it using Wilton's Royal Blue icing color. The pictures really don't do it justice. The colors turned out so rich and vibrant. My 13 year old daughter took this skein of yarn and made a beanie out of it using the Knifty Knitter looms in her textiles class. It turned out great.

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I can't remember what flavors of Kool-Aid I used on this one but it turned out cool.

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I also love the way this one turned out. The inspiration for it was a skein of Deborah Norville Serenity Chunky Weight yarn that is at JoAnn's. I think the colorway is cotton candy and I just love the blend of pinks and yellows. I tried recreating it using lemonade and soarin' strawberry lemonade Kool-Aid.

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Orbit Gum Holders/Cards

I can't take credit for these cute little gum holders. I bought one at a craft show several years ago and wanted to recreate them for last month's craft show. I thought they'd be perfect for putting in Easter baskets. The punch that was used to create the opening for the gum is from Stampin' Up and is no longer available. I ended up tracing and cutting out by hand the opening using the one I had as a template. If you find a punch that works well for these, I'd love to hear about it.




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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Covered Jr. Legal Pads

I really enjoyed making these for the March craft show I participated in. Like the Easter treat boxes, they were fun to make. I know I've shared many of these covered notepads in the past, but I really felt like my mojo was flowing when I made these. So often I feel like I get stuck in a rut creativity wise and these just really inspired me and made me feel creative for the first time in quite a while. All of the DSP is from Stampin' Up. Cardstock is a mix of Stampin' Up and Close To My Heart as are the stamp sets. If you have a question on what I used for any of it, just send me an e-mail and I'll look it up for you. :)

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