Sunday, January 31, 2010

Feb. Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

It's... A Piece of Cake... and oh so cute!
Welcome to this month's consultant Blog Hop featuring "A Piece of Cake" - the February 2010 Stamp of the Month... one of my favorite sets in the Spring Idea Book!
I am a member of a consultant Stamp of the Month swap that happens each month and this is the card I made for the swap!  {P.s.  Scroll to the bottom to find the links to continue on the hop!}
My photos are somewhat darker but it was the best way to show the dimesion of the icing on my cupcakes... more flash just blended it all in and made it look "flat"

All supplies are by CTMH and include:
Topstitch Level 2 Paper pack; Piece of Cake stamp set, Chocolate stamp pad; Chocolate, Blush and Crystal Blue markers; Colonial White Ribbon Rounds; Liquid Applique; liquid glass and prisma glitter!

The liquid applique goes on like you are writing with a pen.  If you heat it up it makes it look "fluffy" but if you don't heat it- it is shiny... so no heating on this card!  The liquid glass was added to my cherries to make them look shiny.  Prisma glitter was sprinkled over while the applique and liquid glass were both still wet.
The cupcake image was also stamped on scrap paper and the cake plate cut out.  I colored the cut out cake plate and adhered it over the image panel for a little more 3-d effect.  The second photo shows the icing up close... really close! lol.

Now- Hop on over to Kami Welters blog to continue on the hop... If you get lost along the way visit Jena's blog- she will have the whole list of hoppers posted either with today's post or yesterdays.

Saturday, January 30, 2010


I wasn't really sure which project to share with you today so I did a little "eenie meenie miney moe" which totally brought back childhood memories of playing outdoors with the neighbors during summer break from school... and although this layout didn't win my little "decision making rhyme" ... I chose it anyway :) lol.  Here's another layout from the retreat last weekend... more 2007 photos.  Plowing my way right through that year and I still have photos from 2006 to scrapbook!   This layout is for my album because I've made several layouts for my daughter's book using some of these photos on 2-page spreads.  For instance-  The carousel photo was used on a layout with photos from all the carousels she rode that summer.

We have boatloads of photos of her sitting on the dog... he is a GREAT children's dog.  {Supplies:  CTMH:  Boom Di Ada paper pack, Just Blooms Big pinks, Autumn Buttons, Magic Moments Scrapbooking Kit (summertime sticker on right page) , Color Ready Stickease (2007)  Stampin Up:  Yellow grosgrain ribbon available in spring 2009 as part of the Sale A Bration special}

Friday, January 29, 2010

More Felicity...

and I think it's the last thing I have made with the kit so far... Although there's plenty of paper left for more projects.  I had so much fun with this layout.  The page on the left was made using photos of my mom and daughter swinging on Addie's new swing set back in '07... yes...I told you I scrapped a lot of '07 photos!  All supplies are by CTMH.  The brown flower is a white Just Blooms from the Big Pinks collection that I colored with Desert Sand marker.  There are more sparkles, shades of Chocolate brads and clear sparkles on this layout.   
The right page uses similar supplies and the photos are just a couple of photos from the same time frame of my daughter in her little pool.   The flowers are also D. Sand but the photo makes them look a little bit "pukey" in!  The stars are stickers from the Magic Moments scrapbooking kit that was available as a previous National Scrapbook Month kit.  Well, that concludes my Felicity show and tell for the month of January... tomorrow I'll show something using other paper ;)  And on Sunday- after 9pm... you won't want to miss the February stamp of the month blog hop because this month's stamp set beats all others!  It is by far my favorite in quite some time and I'm excited to show off my card!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

some artwork... finally!

oh my... did I have a blast at the retreat last weekend... I won't bore you with all of the details of the place we stayed... but I will tell you it was GORGEOUS!  ok... i'll tell you a few things.  1) 12 of us women went in and rented it together.  2) it had several kitchens and a bathroom in every bedroom 3) The views were to die for!  and 4)  What happens at a weekend scrapbooking getaway... is never forgotten!  Because who doesn't take their camera scrapbooking with them?  lol- lots of fun pictures. 
Here's one:  This first photo is of Lake Huron right after I arrived.  The photo was taken from the balcony in my room... It was so SUNNY!  If you aren't familiar with Michigan winters... you should know... this is a rarety.  Typically you can count on one hand (two if we are lucky) the number of sunny days during the winter.  This winter though, we have had a few more sunny days than normal and I am loving it!  Look how the whole edge of the lake is totally frozen over and the warmer (warm enough not to freeze at least!) is out further- so pretty!

The second photo was taken from the same balcony right before I left 2 days later.  Quite a difference!  Some of the ice had melted away and you can see some rocks poking through the ice- but look at those waves!! It was much colder and overcast that day.

While at the retreat I completed 22 pages... thought I'd finish more but considering the fact that I probobly finished more than all the rest of the girls combined...not too bad!  It turned into a very relaxing weekend and we couldn't stop enjoying the house itself... so we took plenty of breaks from scrapbooking!
I focussed on using several supplies this weekend including some rub-ons I'd been holding onto for a couple of years.
The pages I'm showing today use the Felicity paper pack that has been the special since mid- December.  After using it on 3-4 layouts this weekend- I am really hoping you picked up a pack for yourself!  The papers are awesome!
Both of today's layouts are made with photos from an apple picking day in 2007 with my daughter.  One layout for her book and one for mine since it was a family event. 

All of the words and the border on the left page are rub-ons... I have a close up of the flower design if you scroll down.
As I post more photos over the coming week you'll see that I went to town with my new Just Blooms Spring Blossoms and bitty sparkles... I couldn't get enough of these items!  Several layouts also use the Bigger Brads in chocolate, white and Colonial White.  I had a few left and wanted to use them up.  It was my goal to try to empty a few packages while gone - whether it was embellishments or paper- I didn't care!
Tell me that the flower/ brad/ sparkle area to the left isn't cute!! LOVE IT!

As I mentioned above, I made two layouts with these photos and the Felicity paper pack and here is the second...
This layout was made following a layout from my inspiration pile (a pile of pages ripped out of past magazines, idea books, website/ blog print outs etc.)  The theme from my idea page was totally different as were the embellishments used... which is the fun part of using someone else's ideas- You get to implement them any way you like!
Just had to show you this close up of the butterfly in the Just Blooms package- You get butterflies in all 3 colors and the bitty sparkles make cute butterfly "trails"

For some reason- all the layouts I created used photos from 2007 except one Christmas '08 layout and a layout of my sister-in-law's baby shower from last March... so no layouts of my baby boy!  I don't scrapbook in any order for the most part but was stuck on photos from that year for some reason!

Hoping to work on some "boy" things soon though... just need to be in the mood!

well- that's it for today... check back soon because not only do I have more scrapbooking and class projects to show- but Jan 31st I'll be posting my piece of the February stamp of the Month blog hop and you definately don't want to miss that!!

See you soon!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

No art... just a reminder

Sorry for the lack of artwork- I have a stack that needs to be photographed but I haven't gotten to it...I'm too busy packing for a weekend scrapbooking retreat I'm leaving for tomorrow morning!  I promise to share plenty o' art next week though!
In the meantime- this is just a reminder that if you were trying to decide whether or not to purchase the awesome Felicity collection- you better decide quick- there's another week to go before the promotion ends and it's to pretty to pass up!  Click the Felicity photo to the upper right of my blog and it will take you to my website where you'll find more details!

In brief:  The kit includes some incredibly beautiful die cut sheets of patterned paper, standard 12x12 sheets in some fun and pretty designs PLUS a stamp set (the stamp value alone is $22.95) which is an alphabet set that includes some great shapes (birds, flourishes etc)

The kit is yours for only $34.95 plus shipping and sales tax OR earn it FREE with a $60 purchase of My Acrylix stamps OR a $120 purchase of anything in our product line - plus if you spend the $120- you'd also earn the Stamp Of The Month FREE!

Have a great weekend- and wish me luck that I get more scrapbooking done this weekend than I did all last year! 

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

January club

Hi There! sorry for being MIA the last week- I've been doing more cleaning than crafting... It's definately a necessity!
This weekend however, is club... so I've been working to get ready for that.
Here are the first couple of projects- I mentioned to them at our last meeting in November that we'd do a Christmas layout in January...only problem- I'm sooo over Christmas!  I haven't scrapbooked my own photos yet though so this layout will definately come in handy next weekend when I go on a weekend retreat with family and friends :)
The first project today is the layout that my scrapbookers will make.

I simply can not take credit for this layout... I needed some inspiration and went to my "inspiration pile".  This layout was on that was on a photo of a display board.  Since their was no name attached I believe it was a board created by CTMH but I can't be certain.  Their title was "dear santa" which I nearly copied as well but then decided I wasn't sure whose book this would go in, mine, Addie's or Kaden's... so I left it titleless for now.  My customers can decide their own title as well.

The stamp set is called "holiday joy" and colors are Cranberry, Ponderoswa Pine, Desert Sand and Colonial White.

The right side uses up some scraps of paper left from a previous layout... I'm all about using up scraps these days!
The tree ornaments are the Holiday Red sparkles we used to carry...using those up too!!

My group is made up of scrapbookers, card makers, and those that do both.  So they chose each month between which project to make. 
Here is the first card for my card makers- their other projects should be posted tomorrow.

This card uses the new Topstitch paper pack and Candlelight stamps!  So darn pretty!  My ink colors are Blush, Buttercup and Cocoa.

Well- it's time to get ready for work so that's it for now!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

gift albums

Imeant to post these yesterday but we've had a very busy weekend and I ran out of time!
This is one of the albums I made for my in-laws for the holidays.  I made 2 exactly the same and gave one to my husband's mom and one to his dad.
Each album used a full Acrylic album and half of a chipboard All Sorts Album.  I used the Twitterpated paper pack on both and a variety of embellishments including rub-ons, ribbon, stickers and stamps. 

The Cover says "Grand Kids" and has open space in the middle.  The second page with the blue paper was specifically left blank- we took a photo of all the grandkids together Christmas day that will fill this space.

What isn't obvious in this photo is that the chipboard letters are sponged in Green and then I sprayed them with some Krylon sealer and sprinkled glitter right away before the sealer dried.  My normal mode of action is to mix clear embossing powder with glitter and emboss my chipboard... but honestly- the other way was faster and looked just as nice.  Plus I had the sealer sitting in front of me while cutting the chipboard and it just had to be tested.  The album is set up from oldest to youngest- and our oldest nephew is a senior in high school!!

I can't even believe he'll be graduating this year- I think he was in Kindergarten when my husband and I started dating!   The album has two smaller "tag-like" pages and I used one here.  Because the album is standing- that tag page is sorta crooked (honestly- the "oldest" is stamped straight... I swear! lol) Anyway - that page says "from Oldest" the "from" being letters from a CTMH rub on set and Oldest is stamped with Black Staz-on using the Field Trip Alphabet stamps.  "Steven" is from a set of our white alterable alphabet stickers... obviously I didn't alter them- I wanted the name to stand out clearly.  The striped stickers are from a previous special called Magic Moments.  With the acrylic album- you really have to plan ahead so you know where to place adhesive... since the album is see-through you don't want adhesive showing in the wrong spots.  The brown paper on the right side was attached only where a photo would show on the opposite side.

 The rings connecting the album on the left, and the white embroidery floss on the right of this page work together to hold the pages together.  Some of the pages in the actylic album are thinner than others and those thinner pages can be punched using a crop-a-dile.  When you flip the page on the album you see that the embroidery floss becomes an accent on the next page as well... cool huh?

I really wanted each grandkids page to be of them... and noone else- so I cropped my photos as best I could so that you didn't see any other kid while looking at a two page spread.  Here I used more rub-ons... The snowflake from the Nature's Ambience rub-ons was a perfect compliment to this Hockey photo!  The photo on the left looks pretty dark- and it was originally but I was able to lighten the photo a bit to show my nephew's face much more clearly... but the lighting when I took these photos was pretty aweful and here it is looking all dark again.  The right page on this blue layout is actually the same paper as the left page... does that give you a hint on the lighting- that the colors are that off!  The right page is from the All Sorts chipboard album... I love how I could combine the two albums to make each album the right number of pages.
  The chipboard album is quite a bit cheaper than the acrylic album... making the project a little more affordable than combining two acrylic albums.
The "Marisa" page is the only page that didn't use Twitterpated paper.. it used paper from another pack... the Emporium Level 2 pack.  Since there's a photo showing through on the right side... I tried to use some rub ons to cover up and it worked pretty well I think!

Here's my girl...   Not much to explain on this one...  I always stamp my titles kinda messy so it doesn't look like I tried to make them straight and messed up... because I guarantee... If i try to make them straight... I will mess up!
The flower above the I is from the Shades of Chocolate mini-medley which I think might be retired as of Dec. 31st.  The rub-on I used on the "Marisa" page to cover my daughter's face now serves to cover the word "Marisa" - perfect huh?

This little guy... so darn cute and only one day older than my son... how fun to have the babies together for Christmas!! 

Awe- here's my guy... he's the youngest as the second mini tag denotes- and hopefully the last!  This album was so much fun to put together!  I hope you enjoyed perusing the pages as much as I enjoyed making them.  P.s.  I have no idea why I put a leaf with Kaden's name...
actually- I saw open space, found a "boyish" rub-on  and once I added it realized I hadn't put his name anywhere... oops!
Anyway- enjoy the week back to work if you've been off for the holiday like I have... I have a few more projects to finish before going back tomorrow and some of those are of the crafty variety... I'll be back later  this week with more!