Friday, July 29, 2011

Acetate/Acrylic Summer Mini Album ~ Stuck On U Sketches and Creative Cuts and More Summer Mini Album Blog Hop

I wanted to show you the 3-D effect here!  Look at those water droplets, they look like they are floating!!

Happy Friday everyone!!!!  Welcome and thank you all for stopping by today.. 
We have a Summer Mini Album Blog Hop going on over at Stuck On U Sketches sponsored by Creative Cuts & More ...  and we are going to have so much fun!!   I hope you can pick up a few good ideas on how to scrap some of those wonderful photos you've taken this summer..  Each of the Design Team Members from Stuck On U Sketches and Die Cut Divas (which is the official blog for our sponsorCreative Cuts & More) have put together some amazing Summer Mini Albums for this hop..  I also want to mention that Creative Cuts & More has so graciously provided each of us some goodies of our choice for this hop!!
  A BIG THANK YOU to Creative Cuts &More owner Terry!!!!
 I also want to show you the prize Creative Cuts & More is giving away to one lucky person who followers all of the rules and completes the hop before Midnight, July 31, 2011 Eastern Time...
Here's the prize!

Wow, look at all of the possibilities here!!!!

Okay, lets get started...  
You should have "hopped" over here from Die Cut Diva's Design Team Member Dawn Lotharius..
If you didn't, you may want to head on over to SOUS (StuckOnUSketches) to be sure to start from the top!!  You won't want to miss any of the albums we created today.  Today's hop is all about SUMMER and Creative Cuts and More has a lot of albums perfect for all of your summer activities... so be sure and check that out after you finish the hop!!!

Now, for my Summer Mini Album, I decided I wanted to make an acetate/acrylic album... I've never done one, but have wanted to try one for a while now...  So I chose the 6" x 6" Album Pages in Acetate  from Creative Cuts & More.  
I know there are a lot of different ways to decorate an acrylic album, but I decided to stick with what I thought was a pretty basic technique...  I wanted a clean, 3-D effect..  First of all I painted the edges of my album with some bright acrylic paint.   Then I decorated the front cover, leaving most of it clear so you could see through the whole album... I also covered the very last page with Tim Holtz alcohol inks... Love the way this page turned out!!!  And now to fill the "in between" pages..  I had an idea of what I was going to do, just a matter of making it look good...   I concentrated on photos of my grand kids all taken on the same day while they were playing in the pool..  I found 3 that would work together nicely, and then proceeded to cut Zach and Colten out of their photos and layer each on a different acrylic page over the larger photo of Savannah...  After I got them where I wanted... I just start adding stickers, embellishments, ribbon.. anything you can think of until you get the look you like...  I attached the album together with album rings and tied lots of fiber and ribbon along with some charms.  I hope you enjoy it.....

Looking through all of the pages...

Front cover...

Inside of front cover...

2nd page...

3rd page...

4th page

Back side of 4th page...  Details about the photos..

Last page... I used alcohol inks on this one...

And again looking through the whole thing!!!

 I'm also giving a little prize!!  I wish I could give something to all of you, but I can't...  So one lucky winner will win this prize from me....

To win you will need to ..
1.  Let me know what you think of my Acetate/Acrylic Mini Album...
2.  Become a follower to my blog...
I will draw a winner August 1st ...  Good Luck Everyone!!!

Your next stop will be Kayla DuPont's Blog and don't forget to leave some love..

Thank you again for stopping by and taking a look at my mini album, I hope it has inspired you to want to make one of your own....  If you do, be sure and check out all the wonderful things Creative Cuts and More has to offer...everything from album covers/ pages , album ringskiller red or white tacky tape, and embellishments..  Be sure and check it out!! 

And Creative Cuts and More is also offering a 20% discount this week. Just use discount code SOUS20 during check out to save 20% off your entire order!  So what are you waiting for!!
Happy shopping!!

Have a wonderful day!!!
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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

and the Lucky Lady is... ~ Frosted Designs -- Made Top 3 over at Lasting Memories!!!

Good morning everyone!!!  Today we have another beautiful sketch to reveal over at Frosted Designs/Sketch Along Tuesday and it's another beauty by Karin!!  She is doing a fantastic job on these and we would love for you to play along..   Here is her sketch...

Remember now, you can follow it exactly, or you can be inspired by it and make it your own..  There are lots of things you can do with it...

I decided to scrap another wedding photo of my daughter Amanda's wedding..  When I look at this photo I have to smile... to me it looks like she is getting ready to shoot a free  just kidding...   So much concentration!! :o)  
Here are a few close-ups of the beautiful Prima lace and crochet flowers..

This layout also qualifies for a few other challenges out there...
Anything Goes Challenge ~ Pick of the Bunch (use flowers)
Crafty Creations ~ Seeing Double (crochet flowers)
Cupcake Craft ~ Shabby and sparkle
ScrapFIT ~ Border Punches
Lasting Memories ~ It's All About The Title

Here is a list of the scrappy things I used...
SU Chocolate Chip CS
SU Bluch Blossom CS
Basic Grey Cappella Collection ~ Bravo
Basic Grey Cappella Collection ~ Figaro
7 Gypsies Savannah Tag Set
MS Rings Border and Corner Punch
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist
MS Doily Lace Trim Deep Edge Punch
Prima Flutter Vine
Lace Trim
Tim Holtz Alterations Elegant Flourishes
Stick On Letters

Be sure and and drop in over at Frosted Designs to see what the other DT members did with this sketch!!  And while you're there check out the wonderful prize....
  But you have to play to win!!  Good Luck!!
Thanks for stopping by!!
I would love to hear from you!!
Have a wonderful day!!!
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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Colten's First Birthday and Natural Cowgirl Savannah ~ July Sketches for Practical Scrappers

Hello everyone!!!  I hope you're having a wonderful weekend!!  Today I have a couple of layouts I did for the July Sketch Challenges over at Practical Scrappers...  I couldn't decide which one I liked the best, so I did both!!! :o)  If you haven't checked out our Sketch Challenges you really must..  We have a couple of very talented ladies who design our sketches exclusively for us and they are fabulous...   And remember you don't have to follow it exactly, just get your inspiration from it and just take off!!  All we ask is that we can somehow tell that you used our sketch..  Pretty easy, right!!  So if you didn't get to play along this month, be sure and check out our August Sketches and play along...  
Here's my first layout....  

This is little GS Zach on his first Birthday...  He sure was watching that candle closely...  and boy did he love his cupcake...  He had it everywhere..  Buy then, that's what he was supposed to do, he's just one!!!!!!
Here's the sketch I used... This one was from Pia...

And as you can see I followed it pretty close....

Here is my scrappy list of things I used...
SU Sage Shadow CS
SU Kiwi Kiss CS
Basic Grey Oliver Collection Paper and Element Stickers
Bazzill Just the Edge CS Strips
3 little metal frames from my stash
Stick On Letters


Here's my second layout using Practical Scrappers other July sketch..  This is little GD Savannah taken about  a year and a half ago..  She loved it when they brought the little ponies to daycare to take pictures...  Just look at her, she's a natural cowgirl....

Here is the sketch I used for this one....
Here's the sketch from Jannike...
Now this one I stretched it a little... But you can still see that I used the sketch for my inspiration!!  Which is perfectly fine!!

Here is my scrappy list of things I used...
SU Pink Passing CS
BoBunny ~ My Darling Bella
We R Memory Keepers ~ Tiffany's
Doodlebug Design ~ Limeade Daydream CS
MS Deco Fan Border and Corner Punch
Sizzix Bigz Die ~ Flourish #2
Tim Holtz Elegant Flourishes
Spellbinders ~ Fleur De Lis Pendants Die
MS Butterfly Punch
Elements Crystal Stickers - Light Pink
Offray Flowers

Be sure and check out the other Challenge Calls over at Practical Scrappers..  We would love to feature your project right along with the Design Teams...
Have a GREAT day!!!!
Thanks for dropping by!!
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Friday, July 22, 2011

Star Dancers ~ Stuck On U Sketch Challenge ~ Made Top 3 over at Lasting Memories!!

Hi everyone, Happy Friday!!!!  Today is reveal day over at Stuck On U Sketches...  and we have another fabulous sketch to show you by our very own Nanne!!! 

I told you it was fabulous!!!!  :o)

I decided to get some of my son's wedding photos scrapped...  Let's see, since he and my DIL have been married for 9 years now, I guess I should get started on his scrapbook..    This is a photo of their first dance and I actually found this photo in one of the albums I got after my Grandmother pased away... Since I already have this photo, I  decided to scrap her photo.. that way I don't have to scan it to the computer and reprint it again..   None of my son's wedding photos are scanned to my computer..  it just takes me so long to do that, but I really need to get that done and then back it up on a disc..  Maybe when I have a spare moment or week!!!  LOL    Anyway, I hope you like my layout!!
Here are a few close-ups...

Close up of the Prima Flower, Stick Pins, Ribbon, and you can see some of my distressed edges..

Here is part of the Prima Say It In Pearls and a small fancy frame that I outlined with stickles...
Title was printed off of the computer...

Some more distressing and another Say It In Pearls...

Here are a few challenges this layout will qualify for...
Lasting Memories ~ All About Distressing
Crafty Catz ~ No Pink or Blue
If The Shoe Fits Scrap It ~ Have a "Ruby" kind of day - used ruby red jewels on butterfly
Scrapbookers Anonymous ~ Hard to use color or one that is building up in you scraproom...  I love browns and therefore buy a lot so I have a large stash of it...  
Sketches In Thyme ~ Open Sketch challenge
The Corrosive Challenge ~ Let The Music Play

Here is the list of scrappy things I used...
SU Basic Black CS
Creative Imaginations Black Doily (Round)
Bo Bunny Cambridge Post
My Minds Eye - Lost & Found--Market Street "Love"
Prima Say It In Pearls
Prima Flower
Stick Pins
Decorative Frames
Tattered Angels Caramel Apple Glitter Mist

Be sure and check out the great inspiration from the other girls..  And remember we are giving away a prize this month...
 Check out the details on how to win here...  
Good Luck and I can't wait to see what you come up with!!

Thanks so much for dropping by!!
Have a wonderful day!
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Thursday, July 21, 2011

BBQ Invitation using Creative Cuts & More

Hi everyone!!  Today over at Die Cut Divas, I have a card to share with you that I created using the Barbecue Grill #01 - Small  in Stardream Metallics - Onyx  from Creative Cuts & More.. This is just the right size for a card and they have a larger one if you want to use it on a scrapbook layout, which I think would be too cute!!  I made these cute BBQ invitations to send out to my family.. They are so cute and very easy to make.. 

Here's what I used..
Stampin Up ~ Basic Black CS
Stampin Up ~ Old Olive CS
Scenic Route CS
Stampin Up Big Shot Top Note
Cuttlebug Houndstooth Embossing Folder
Stampin Up ~ Only Ovals Stamps
Black Embossing Powder
And don't forget your Killer Red or White Tacky Tape to hold it all together!!

Thanks for dropping by and be sure and check out the die cuts being added daily over at Creative Cuts & More!!
Have a great day!!!
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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Look Grandma.... ~ Wood Grain Paper Challenge at Practical Scrappers

Good morning everyone!!  Today I am showing you one of my favorite layouts for the Challenge Me Tuesday Challenge over at Practical Scrappers...  The challenge was to use wood grain papers...   I did this layout awhile back, but everytime I look at it I just have to laugh...  The photo is of my little grand kids, Savannah and Colten...  and they are petting one of my donkeys...  And then out of the blue Savannah says, "look grandma, Ellies got boogers just like Colten"....  I couldn't help but laugh....  Only out of the mouth of babes...   Kids say the darnedest things...
Be sure and check out what's coming up over at Practical Scrappers on their sidebar...  We would love to feature your project!!!
Thank you for dropping by!!
Have a wonderful day!
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Monday, July 18, 2011

Birthday Card ~ One Layer Card at Practical Scrappers

Good morning everyone!! Today I have a Birthday Card I made for the one layered challenge over at Practical Scrappers...  I used 4 different stamps and did a little sponging around the edges...  Image is colored with copics...
Be sure and check out the Challenge Call over at Practical Scrappers, we would love to feature your project!!
Thanks so much for dropping by!!
Have a great day!
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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Updated Photos of my Scrap Studio

Hi everyone!!!  Just wanted to show you a few photos of the re-design of my Scrap Studio...  Put most of my stamps away and wanted to put out most of my scrappy things so I could see everything...  To me, if I can't see it, I don't use it...  These are just a few of the photos, to see all of them just click on MY SCRAP STUDIO tab under My Followers..  Hope you enjoy it!!!

DH Rick made all shelves and counters...

My favorite wall!!!

Front shelves slide over the window to reveal the back shelves...  DH made these too!!  He's so smart!!!

My computer station, Say It In Pearls, Tim Holtz, and some embellies..

Some Cricut Cart., Ribbon, Bling, Cuttlebug and Spellbinder Station!!

Thanks for dropping by!!
Have a great day!!
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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Birthday Invitations for Savannah

Here is the design that I came up for GD Savannah's Birthday Invitations for her 6th Birthday..  I was given strict orders to use "Pink" by my DIL..  This is going to be an all girl party and everyone is to wear PINK..  Even Grandmothers and Aunts!!  I haven't talked to Savannah for a couple of weeks, they went on vacation last week, and I don't think she knows about the theme, but I guarantee she will love it!!!   Now I just have 15 more or make before the weekend!!!
Thanks for dropping by!!
Have a wonderful day!
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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Live~Laugh~Love Mini Album - Creative Cuts & More

Hi everyone, it's me again.. 
If you're looking for my Sketch Along Tuesday/Frosted Designs layout scroll down to the next post...
I finished my mini album that I started last week and shared a few pages with you over at the DieCut Diva's Blog last Wednesday..  Well, now I want to show you the finished product.. 
Here is the cover..

I'm using the 6" x 6" Heavyweight Album Covers/Pages over at Creative Cuts & More..., which I absolutely love!!!! I covered my album with the 6" x 6" Album Cover in Flame Orange Stardream Fuse Metallic Cardstock This cardstock is so pretty and I love the sparkle!! I embossed it with with the Stampin' Up Sizzix Flourish Embossing Folder...    Notice the frame and the crystal heart charm..

Here is the inside of the front cover... I also used a couple of the photo corners from the Photo Corner Set #02 in Copper Stardream Metallics.

Here is the next page..  Beautiful summer colors...  This is a prima flower and I have 3 tags..

On this page I used some Webster's Pages, added a little stickles to the flowers and butterflies and then added the stick-on butterfly and roses...  I have 1 tag on this page..

Here is the next page... Tied

And here it is untied...  room for photos and/or journaling...

Here is the next page...  I made a flap on this page...  Here is the top page..

Here is the flap opened...

Here is the actual page under the flap....

And this is the inside of the back cover.. Used a prima flutter vine, a couple of Zva Hearts and a fancy frame!!

And here is the back cover... you can see the beautiful 6" x 6" Album Cover in Flame Orange Stardream Fuse Metallic Cardstock. I haven't done anything to the back yet... I'm not sure who I'm going to give this to and when I figure it out I will write a little message...
By the way, don't forget to get some of Creative Cuts & More's Killer Red Tacky Tape to use on all of your mini albums!!!! This stuff is fantastic!!!
That's all I have for today... I hope you've enjoyed my Mini Album and just maybe I've inspired you to go over to Creative Cuts & More to check out their mini album kits, or maybe their individual pages, hardware, and their many, many die cuts... It's a lot of fun and they make wonderful gifts...
Thanks for dropping by!
Have a wonderful day!
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Nature's Beauty ~ Sketch Along Tuesday/Frosted Designs AND Practical Scrappers Bird Project

Hi everyone!!  Today we reveal another sketch over at Frosted Designs/Sketch Along Tuesday..  This weeks beautiful sketch is from our very own Karin, and here it is.... 

Now, I've changed it up a bit, and instead of using a photo in the middle of the circles I used all of the circles for photos and the photo square for part of my journaling....  I had these awesome photos of the different kinds of birds coming to my birdbath and I thought this would be a perfect sketch to showcase them!!  All of the photos were taken through my kitchen window except the Barred Owl...  He/she comes and watches me water my garden every night...  Not scared of me at all...  I LOVE living in the country/woods and being surrounded by such beautiful creatures!!!   And this just so happens to fit in one of this months challenge calls over at Practical Scrappers ~ birds!!  Which, by the way you still have time to get your project in..  We would love to feature it right along side of ours!!! 
Here is a close up of my feathered friends...

They are so beautiful!!

My scrappy list of things I used...
SU Chocolate Chip CS
BoBunny Gabrielle Collection - Gabrielle Dot
Tim Holtz Walnut Stain Distress Ink
Tim Holtz Alterations Movers & Shapers - Styled Labels
SU Canvas BG Stamp
SU Close to Cocoa Ink
Fancy Frame
Red Jewels
Sizzix Swirly Die
QuicKutz Espresso Alphabet Set
Sizzlits Girls are Weird Alphabet Set
Leaf die cut from stash
Butterfly stickers

Be sure and head on over to Frosted Designs/Sketch Along Tuesday to see more inspiration from the Design Team!
Thanks so much for dropping by!!
Have a wonderful day!
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