Thursday, June 30, 2011

Practical Scrappers reveal ~ Front Porch Kit -- One Sunny Day

Hi everyone!!  Today I don't have a project to share with you, but I do want to let you know what's happening over at Practical Scrappers.  We are Introducing Front Porch Kits!  This Kit Club is like no will find no strings attached, no contracts or other commitments. Items in the kits are hand picked including some expected and not so expected goodies! The Front Porch Kits are always unique and will appeal not only to Scrappers but all you Craft Enthusiasts as well..  Also included in the Front Porch Kit is a cd-rom with projects on it to help you get started.  How easy is that?!!! 
And right now we will be giving away one of these beautiful kits to one lucky winner... 
Here's what you need to do to be eligible to win....
1) Make sure you are a follower over at Practical Scrappers and leave a comment over there telling us which Front Porch Kit is your favorite..
2) For a second entry become a follower on their blog and let us know over at Practical Scrappers you did.

Deadline for entry is July 8th..  For more details head on over to the Practical Scrappers blog !!  Good luck!!
Have a wonderful day!!
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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

A Sweet Awards from 2 "Sweet" Friends!!!!!

I am so far behind here on my blog... And I really don't have an excuse.. I am retired, you know...  And I feel so bad that I have not acknowledged these two wonderful and amazing friends for passing "The Irresistibly Blog Award" to me...
First of all I want to thank Nanne from Nanne's Creations...  (She sent this to me Saturday and I'm just now thanking her..  me bad!!!)   If you don't know Nanne, you have got to check out her blog ...  Let me tell you, this lady does gorgeous Layouts and Mini Albums...  Please stop by and tell her hi!!!
Next, I want to thank Kacee from "you had me at scrap..."  (She sent it to me on Monday...  still bad!!!!)  Kacee is one of my newest friends... She does some wonderful/cute things with her cricut and has the cutest little girls...  Please stop by her blog and tell her hi, as well!!!!

Now, to except this award there are a few things I have to do...

 1.)   I am to thank the person(s) who sent it to me and add a link to their blog
Thank you so much Nanne and Kacee for thinking of me!!  That's so sweet of you both and you don't know how wonderful that makes me feel!!!

2. Tell 7 facts about myself:

1)  Now that I'm retired, I try to scrap everyday just a little...
2) I am a very messy scrapper!!  But I like it that way!!
3)  I hate cold weather...
4)  I have 1 sister and 2 brothers...
5)  I'm a homebody...  I don't like to go anywhere.. Except to visit family...
6)  I'm still trying to learn Photo Shop Elements 7
7) And finally, I'm going to learn how to use my cricut, design studio, and gypsy!!  Anyway I hope I do!!


3. I am to pass this award onto 8 others -
But, since I know this award is making its rounds, I want to pass it on to all of my followers!!!  You don't know how much I appreciate each and every one of you!! 
Please grab the blinkie and display it proudly!!!
Thank you so much for dropping by, and be sure and visit Nanne and Kacee!!
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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Zach - June, 2011 - Sketch Along Tuesday/Frosted Designs

Good morning everyone!!  Today we have another sketch reveal over at Sketch Along Tuesday/Frosted Designs...   And this one was created by Libeeti and there's so much you can do with it... 
Here it is...
As you can see I changed it up a little...  Instead of using the 4 squares, I chose to use 2 large scallop corners cut with my Silhouette SD.
  The photo is of little GS Zach taken June 11, 2011.  And he's watching his mommy very closely...  I think she has his sippy cup..   

Here are a few close ups....

Here you can see the beautiful Petaloo Mixed Blooms in Mocha/Brown, part of a Prima Voila Felt Ribbon, and a Basic Grey Vine Chip Sticker..

Here I've folded the corner, did a little distressing and then added a Martha Stewart Butterfly punched from Doodlebug Beetle Black Crushed Velvet..

Here's my scrappy list of things I used on this layout...
SU Basic Black CS
BoBunny ~ Timepiece Dot
KaiserCraft ~ Ferris Wheel
BoBunny ~ Timepiece
Basic Grey Chip Stickers
BoBunny Cardstock Stickers ~ Grow Love
Petaloo Mixed Blooms in Mocha/Brown
MS Butterfly Punch
Prima Voila Felt Ribbon
Silhouette SD

Be sure and check out the inspiration from the Design Team...  We also have a wonderful prize, but you have to play to win... Check it out over at Frosted Designs...

Thanks so much for dropping by!
Have a wonderful day!!

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Monday, June 27, 2011

Red, White and Blue Card ~ Practical Scrappers

Good morning everyone!!!  Today over at Practical Scrappers is Red, White & Blue Card reveal...  I have a couple of cards to show you...
The first are actually Birthday Party Invitations I made for my GS Zach..  I made 20 of these and the color combo just happened to be red, white & blue... 
I guess I have lived under a rock for the past 10-15 years, because I have never heard of Blues Clues... until about 6 months ago...  Little GS Zach loves Blues Clues..  so this was perfect for his Birthday theme....

Scrappy things I used on these invitations...
SU Blue CS
SU Real Red CS
Computer Image of Blues Clues
SU Basic Black CS
Cuttlebug Houndstooth Embossing Folder
SU Blue ink
SU Oval Punch
SU Oval Punch

And here is a card I made in celebrating July 4th...

Scrappy list of things I used on this card...
SU Real Red CS
SU Blue CS
Fireworks Stamp
Red Embossing Glitter
Red Jewels
Decorative Corner Punch
4th Button

And I want to show you the card I made for Zach's Birthday... I know it's not red, white and blue, but I still wanted to share...

I used another cute Blues Clues image from the computer, but this time I went with a green and blue color combo...  Paper is from Stampin' Up..

Wednesday we will feature our red, white, and blue layouts! Don't forget to check the side bar over at Practical Scrappers for all the newest calls and be on the look out for some exciting news....Practical Scrappers is turning 2 years old in August!  Some exciting details to follow!!

Thanks so much for dropping by!!
Have a wonderful week!!
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Friday, June 24, 2011

Creative Cuts and More Mini Album ~ Frosted Designs Color Challenge

Hi everyone!!  (This was not supposed to post over at Frosted Designs until tomorrow, but I see that they have posted it today instead... So here is my post...  Just pretend it's Saturday!!!  lol)

Big Birthday Party this afternoon after nap time!! ~ not his, MINE!!  LOL jk

I don't usually post on Saturday, but today I have something special to share with you...  This is a Mini Album that I created for my GD Savannah..  Next month is her 6th Birthday..  I hope she likes it...

  I also did this for 2 Design Teams I'm on..
   Frosted Designs Fabulous Friday's  ~ "Black & White plus 1 color challenge...
Creative Cuts & More, who is sponsoring the prize over at Frosted Designs this month..  Which is this wonderful  Sea Life Mini Album Kit, valued at $34.99... This 8" x 8" mini album kit is jam packed with supplies, be sure and check it out here..  Remember you have to play to win!!
Creative Cuts & More so graciously let the DT pick out things they wanted to use for this challenge...
Talk about a kid in a candy store.. I finally decided on:
2) 6" x 6" Album Pages in Black Chipboard--Heavyweight and
1) Rectangle Picture Frame-Large in Pearlescent Swirlette

Now I only used 2 album pages, but this little mini is jammed packed with photos...  And I took a lot of photos of it, so sit back and relax... I hope you enjoy it!!

The front and back I added this beautiful black glitter paper...  I took this photo trying to show you just how sparkly it is..  Still not a good picture, but it's the best I can get.. Also wanted to show you this gorgeous Large Pearlescent Swirlette Rectangle Picture Frame I got from Creative Cuts & More..   Click on any of the photos to see it better...

Another photo of the front...  This is GD Savannah taken May 1, 2011 ~ First Dance Recital..

This is the inside of the front cover...  the black background is the chipboard...  This stuff is GREAT!!  Just decorate it...  This is a little book...

Little book pulled out.....

Little book opened....

Next page... with a "flap"

Tag pulled from under the quote.... The back of this one is blank.. for journaling..

Flap opened...

And another flap...

Here's the inside of the back page...  Again I just decorated the black cardstock..   I made 2 tags...

Tags pulled out...

Back side of the tags....

The back of the mini album... Again, I used the black glitter paper and added lots of bling...

This mini also qualifies for a couple challenges...
Simply Create ~ Fly With Us
The (Paper) Trail Makers ~ Anything Goes
The Stamp Man Challenge ~ Butterflies/Dragonflies

Thank you so much for dropping by... I hope you enjoyed my Mini Album.. 
Have a wonderful weekend!!!
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Spring 2011 ~ Stuck On U Sketches

Good morning everyone!!  It's Friday and that means it's time to reveal another great sketch over at Stuck On U Sketches... This weeks sketch is by Liz Qualman and if you like banners you're going to love this one...
  Here it is...
As you can see I changed it up just a bit.. I went with a bigger banner... so I could put some large letters on it...  Take my word, the older you get you will appreciate the larger letters... lol  The photo is of little GD Savannah taken on May 22nd here at our place..
Here are a few close ups....
Here is a Silk flower with a paper flower layered on top  Paper flower is a Prima, but not for sure about the silk flower.. Added a button with twine for the center...  You can also see part of the MS Eyelet punched border and the Prima Say It In Crystals..

Here you can see some more of the MS Eyelet Lace Borders, the MS Doily Lace Trim Deep Edge punched piece, another button with twine, Prima Say It In Crystals, some jewels, photo corners and my layered circles...

And finally, here are my banners which I made out of the SU Scalloped Square Punch which I folded in half over some black twine..  Added the letters, bows, and butterfly from MS Butterfly Punch...

This layout also qualifies for a few challenges out there...
Alphabet Challenge ~ H for Half Dozen...  (My little banner flags)
Crafty Creations Challenge ~ Let it Shine... (I added stickles to both butterflies)
Crop Stop ~ Summer Inspiration
Everybody Art Challenge ~ Anything Goes
Fab 'n' Funky Challenge ~ Summer Loving
Sketches In Thyme ~ Open Sketch
The Paper Variety ~ Summer Inspired Theme
The Stamp Man Challenge ~ Butterflies/Dragonflies

Here is the scrappy list of things I used on this layout...
SU Tempting Turquoise CS
SU Pink Flamingo Designer Series Papers
SU Basic Black CS
MS Eyelet Lace Border and Corner Punch
SU Corner Punch
MS Butterfly Punch
MS Doily Lace Trim Deep Edge Punch
SU Scallop Square Punch
Prima Say It In Crystals
Thickers ~ Tiara

For more inspiration be sure and check out the other beautiful layouts from the Design Team...   And this week we also have a Guest Designer -  Shona Keehn, be sure and check out her amazing work here...   We would love for you to join us, remember you have 2 weeks to play along..
Thanks so much for dropping by!!
Have a wonderful day!!
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Monday, June 20, 2011

B is for boy and his bugs...

Hi everyone!!!  Happy Monday!  Today I have a layout I did using some of Creative Cuts & More's die cuts..  I used 2 of the Hinge No. 04 in Whitestone - Neenah Smooth.. 
Here's a close up of both hinges...
Top one...

bottom one...
I used my Cuttlebug Distressed Stripes Embossing Folder on both hinges and then I rubbed some Memento Ink in Rich Cocoa and sponged around the edges... Added little copper brads, to the holes that were already punched for me...  For once I got something straight!!!!! lol  Love the way these turned out...

I also used Pia's June Sketch over at Practical Scrappers for this layout...  You still have a few days left to get yours done and get it emailed!!  Wouldn't it be great if we featured your layout, how neat would that be?!!
Here's Pia's sketch...
Now, remember there's 2 sketches each month over at Practical Scrappers..  So be sure and check them both out over on their sidebar..

Okay let me get back to my layout!  This is little Grandson Colten, photos taken on April 10, 2011..  He is looking for bugs at Grandma's house and actually found a few...  All Grandma's got to say is that they better not end up in her house!!!  LOL  I had some of these cute 3-D embellies of bugs and thought they worked great on this layout...

This layout will qualify for a few other challenges out there....
Dutch Dare Card Challenge ~ One For The Boys
The (Paper) Trail Makers ~ Anything Goes
The Paper Variety ~ Use 2 or more different types of alphabets 
Top Tip Tuesday ~ Open Challenge
Use It Tuesday ~ Dies, Punches, Cut-outs, Oh My!

My scrappy list of things I used on this layout...
SU Old Olive CS
next layer -  ??  Was a loose page from one of my many paper pads
s e i ~ Winnie's Walls
MS Rings Border & Corner Punch
MS Garden Trellis Punch
The Paper Studio ~ La Petites - 3D Stickers - Summer Bugs Felt
The Paper Studio ~ Affinity - Paper Flowers
Prima ~ Island Pastels (flowers)
misc - Thickers and Alpha Stickers
Prima Say It In Pearls
Cuttlebug ~ Floral Borders Die
Cuttlebug ~ Distressed Stripes EF
Copper Brads
Memento - Rich Cocoa Ink

Be sure and check out Creative Cuts and More for all of your die cut needs!!  They have one of the largest selections in every color you can imagine!! Perfect for the cardmaker and scrapbooker alike!!

And be sure and check out Practical Scrappers sidebar for the upcoming Challenge Call...  We would love to feature your project, but you have to send it in first... 
Thanks for dropping by!!
Have a wonderful day!!
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Happy Birthday ~ Practical Scrappers - Stamped Card

Hi everyone!! Happy Monday!  Today I have a card for the Practical Scrapper's Stamped Card Challenge...  I stamped my cute Sarah Kay image on watercolor paper and colored her.. All the paper I used, except the base, is from my scraps.. (YEA!!)  Added some stickles to the strawberry paper, and also to the flowers in the image..
This card also qualifies for a few challenges out there...
Practical Scrappers ~ Stamped Card
Anything Goes Challenge ~ Here Comes Summer
CES Challenge Blog ~ Lots of Sparkly Flowers (I added stickles)
Creative Card Crew ~ Ribbons and Brads
Cute Card Thursday ~ Birthstone (Ruby)
The Corrosive Challenge ~ Ribbon and Bows

Be sure and check out the other Challenge Calls over at Practical Scrappers!!
Thanks so much for dropping by!!
Have a wonderful day!!
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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Practical Scrappers Disney Layout

Good morning everyone!!!  Today over at Practical Scrappers we are revealing Disney Layouts...  I've only been to Disneyland once, so I haven't got a lot of Disney layouts.   The year we went our kids were mid-teenagers and it was one of the best vacations I can remember... I didn't have to worry about them so much because they were a little older..  And It was just a good time for everyone!!!
To see more details about this layout click here...

Be sure and check the sidebar over at Practical Scrappers to see the upcoming Challenge Calls...  We would love to feature your project, but you have to email it to us!!  So go check it out!!!
Thanks for dropping by!!
Have a wonderful day!!
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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Savannah -- little girl - big day; Sketch Along Tuesday - Frosted Designs

Please scroll down to the post below to see the Practical Scrappers Challenge Me Tuesday "Cork" Challenge and my Creative Cuts & More Layout using the Filmstrip - Large!!

Hello everyone!!!  Today is Tuesday and boy, do I have a lot going on today!!!  We have our Sketch Along Tuesday over at Frosted Designs and this week it's a 2 pager!!!  I don't do many 2 pagers, so I really had to work extra hard on this one.... But once I figured out what photos I was going to scrap, the rest just fell into place....   This weeks sketch is from 2 of our talented Design Team Members ~  Debbie Bakk and Debbie Burns and here's what they came up with....
A lot of possibilities here....  I changed up the first page just a little, but all in all stayed pretty true to the sketch...  Remember, you don't have to follow it verbatim.. Just get your inspiration from it.. but make sure we can see a little of the original sketch in your creation... 
Okay a little bit about my photos...  I used last months photos of GD Savannah taken at her Kindergarten Awards Ceremony... Her Kindergarten doesn't have a graduation, so this was their big event... I was sitting so far back that some of the photos aren't very good, but since I didn't have that many I still used them for the small ones...  The one with her teacher turned out pretty good...  She told me she enjoyed her first year of school and that she really learned a lot...  I guess so, because she received an award for reading 350 books and she's just in KINDERGARTEN!!  Kids today are just too smart!!!
Here are a few close ups....

This is the left side.. and is a picture of Savannah with her teacher...  I used Webster's Pages - Your Life - Beautiful, and used the Martha Stewart Flower Bed Deep Edge Punch randomly on each side around the beautiful design in the paper...  You can also see the beautiful velvet ribbon that I framed the photo with...  The other ribbon almost matches Mrs. Owen's skirt perfectly!

Close up of the velvet ribbon....

This is the right side...  On this side I used My Mind's Eye - Lost & Found Collection... I think it matches the Webster's Pages very well.....  You can also see more of the Martha Stewart Flower Bed Deep Edge Punched Borders, Spellbinders - On The Vine Border, Prima Hydrangeas decorated with little pink centers, and a beautiful butterfly that I won from Ness over at Scrap with V..

Close up of the Spellbinders - On the Vine Border, Prima Hydrangeas with little silk flower center, and that beautiful Green Tara Butterfly from Scrap with V...

Here is my scrappy list of things I used on this layout...
SU Basic Black CS
Webster's Pages - Your Life-Beautiful
My Mind's Eye ~ Lost & Found Collection - Market Street "Adore"
My Mind's Eye ~ Lost & Found Collection - Madison Avenue "Sisters"
Martha Stewart Flower Bed Deep Edge Border Punch
Green Tara Butterfly Spray
Wrights Velvet Ribbon
The Paper Studio - Black Ribbon
EK Success ~ Glitter Letters
Spellbinders ~ On The Vine Border
Prima Hydrangeas
Offray Silk Flowers

We have some beautiful handmade embellies for you this month from DT Member Debbie Bakk... 

WOW these are fabulous!!!
 Be sure and go to the Frosted Designs blog and check it out..   While you're there be sure and see what the other Design Team Members did with this great 2 page sketch..
 We would love for you to join us!!
Thanks so much for dropping by!!
Have a wonderful day!!
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Creative Cuts and More Film Strip..; Practical Scrappers Challenge Me Tuesday - Cork Challenge

Hi everyone!!!  I swear I'm loosing my mind! lol  I know I wrote this late last night, but where it posted, I don't have a clue!!
Anyway.. This is a layout I did using a Filmstrip - Large Die Cut from Creative Cuts & More...  They have so many die cuts in so many different colors and textures...  I love using them on my layouts whenever I can.. and you will too..
I also did this for the Practical Scrappers Challenge Me Tuesday "Cork" challenge..  I didn't have any cork in my scrap room, so I had to get a little creative...  I had some old coasters so I peeled the cork off, stuck it to a piece of cardstock and then ran it through the Big Shot using the Sizzix Tim Holtz Flourishes Die...  Love how it turned out... Also found some Cork Disks at my local grocery store and used those under my letters....
Now about my layout.... This is my little GS Zach taken in May...   He's wearing a bib because he is cutting teeth and drools all the time!!  You can actually see him drooling in the large photo!   This was the first time he got to spend the day with Grandma by himself... and we had a blast... He is such a sweet little guy..  We're going to have to do it again soon!!!
Here are a few close ups...

Close up of the recycled cork flourish...

Close up of the "Cork Disks" that I layered with foam letters... And another recycled cork flourish...

Scrappy list of things I used on this layout...
SU Basic Black CS
Kaisercraft ~ Up, Up & Away Collection ~ Clowns
BoBunny ~ Gabrielle Collection 6 x 6 Paper Pad
Sizzix Tim Holtz ~ Elegant Flourishes Die
Recycled Cork
Cork Disks
Foam Letters

This also qualifies for this challenge...
Scrapbooks Anonymous ~ 3 sheets from a mini paper stack

Be sure and check out Creative Cuts & More for your die cut needs.. They have one of the largest selections of die cuts in so many colors and textures... you're sure to find what you need!!
Be sure and check out the sidebar over at Practical Scrappers for the future Challenge Calls... We would love to feature you in one of our upcoming challenges...
Thanks for dropping by!!!
Have a wonderful day!!
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Monday, June 13, 2011

Disney Card for Practical Scrappers

OMGosh!!!  Is it a typical Monday or what??  :o)   Here is a Birthday Invitation I made for DGD Savannah's Birthday Party..  Had a lot of fun cutting these out with my Cricut and then putting 'em together... 
Today is also reveal day over at Practical Scrappers and todays call was for Disney Cards...  I know it's a little late for this call, but you can check out the other challenge calls over in their sidebar, and who knows, we just might feature your project!!  Something tells me that Disney Layouts may be coming very soon!!!
All papers are from Stampin' Up
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder ~ Dotted Swiss
Flowers and little Bee - stickers..
Also would like to share with you 2 of the gift bags I decorated with some of the Disney characters!!  Too Cute!!!

The first bag... one side..

The first bag... other side...

Second bag... one side...

Second bag..  other side...

This was a lot of fun and so easy to do!!!

Thanks so much for dropping by!!
Have a wonderful day!!
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Friday, June 10, 2011

Tap Dance Costume ~ Stuck On U Sketches Challenge

Hi everyone!!  It's Friday and that means that it's time to reveal another sketch challenge over at Stuck On U Sketches (SOUS)..  This weeks beautiful sketch is from Beggahuna and here it is....

I sorta switched it up a bit because I wanted to use it as the 2nd page to a layout I've already done.  The photos are of DGD Savannah's dress rehearsal that she was exclusively giving me!! This is her whole Tap outfit less the shoes..  I think she is just adorable in it, but then I'm her grandma!!:o)
So here are a few close ups.....

Here you can see that beautiful Spellbinders Donna Salazar Fanciful Flight Butterfly, a decorative frame that I inked with SU Melon Manbo Ink, and a pearl cluster..

Here you can see the Prima Fairytale Roses, Prima Say It In Crystals, and some of the Kaiser Fozz Felt...

And here are the 2 pages together..........

This layout will qualify for a couple of challenges out there..

Here is the scrappy list of things I used on this layout...
Doodlebug Designs ~ Beetle Black Crushed Velvet CS
My Mind's Eye Lost & Found ~ Madison Avenue "Sisters"
Kaiser ~ Fozz Felt
Prime Say It In Crystals
Prima Fairytale Roses Orchid
Spellbinders - Donna Salazar ~ Fanciful Flight
Foam Letters
Decorative Frame inked with
SU Melon Mambo Ink
MS Punch
Pink and White Pearl Cluster
Pink Jewels
Be sure and check out what the other girls did with the sketch..  You've got 2 weeks to get your creative juices flowing...  We would love for you to join us!!!
Thanks for dropping by!!
Have a wonderful day!!
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