Monday, December 28, 2009

These three cute little babies!

LOL, this LO is of my dh and his siblings when they were very young!  Aren't they cute??  Dh's brother found this photo amongst some stuff that came from his grandparents.  There is one other photo that was taken the same day that is a really great photo.  Since the photos were made on Christmas Day, I think I will scrap that one in Christmas pps, but for now, I wanted to use these awesome papers that are from a Studio Calico kit that I won at Sisterhood of Scrap!

I used a ton of supplies on this LO!  The things I used from the kit are:
Sassafras Monstrsoity background pp, yellow check strip, and red pp strip, Jillibean Soup button,  and Cosmos Cricket orange scalloped ribbon framing the photo.

Everything else is odds and ends from my stash:  Coredinations vintage collection orange CS, Colorbok Family Forest die cut,  Heidi Swapp clock face, cardboard painted with Holtz tarnished brass crackle paint ( I love that stuff!), MM frame that I distressed and inked, Inkadinkadoo owl stamped and embossed, then cut out.  I had a hard time feeling any connection to this LO since the photo is not part of "my story" KWIM?  I wanted to journal something but really couldn't think of a thing.  This photo was taken after their father was killed in the Korean war and all I could think about was how sad Christmas must have been for their mother and grandparents. So.....I sure didn't want to go there.

TFL!  As always, I appreciate you stopping by my little blog!!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

I hope everyone had a fab Christmas and was able to spend time with cherished friends and family.  We had a wonderful time with my family, and of course ate way too much, as usual!  I took a few pictures and hopefully some will be worthy of scrapping.

But in the meantime, I've been busy trying to get some photos of our new house and related projects scrapped.  I did these pages just before Christmas.   We did so much landscaping the year we moved in and it was so gratifying to see that all our hard work resulted in a lovely blossoms all spring and summer!

I used BasicGrey Urban Prairie mostly on both of these layouts. I love the background pp on this LO and decided to create a larger version of the bird on the paper. I think it turned out quite cute!  The fencing is cardboard painted with Tim Holtz crackle paint and it looks really great IRL.  That big chartreuse flower is Heidi Swapp and it was way too bright for my taste, so I dabbled it with white paint and smeared some pink stickles on it.  Then I added a Prima flower and voila, I like it much better!  The letters are layered Cricut Printing Press mounted on green CS scraps.  They just didn't pop enough so I outlined them with a black pen.

I really like the lace effect around the chevron on this LO.  That was easy to do, I just cut a straight lace strip with my border cutter.  Then I cut each of the lace segments apart and attached them one by one.  I also learned how to weld letters with my Cricut Design Studio for this LO.  I've had that program for a year and have hardly used it so I was glad to accomplish that!  I think I will use my Cricut more as a result.

We have really good friends visiting us from Denver next week.  We are so excited that they are coming!!  So I must get up off my rear and get busy!!  Happy scrapping ya'll!  ;-)

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Christmas is in the air!

Its kind of cold and wet outside, feels like Christmas!!  I did some baking this week, finished buying one last item this morning, all the presents are wrapped except for one that is coming in the mail, and all the decorations are up!  Hurray, I LOVE Christmas!! Friday I had so much fun; that's when I did my baking.  I also made a really cute little card to accompany a tray of home baked goodies for the dogs'  veterinarian and staff.  They do such an awesome job taking care of my babies; I appreciate them so much.  I really think veterinarians are so special and because their patients don't talk they really have to have a 6th intuitive sense!  We are still having issues with Chili and pain management.  She was doing well until the beginning of this week when she started going downhill again.  So now she is off the muscle relaxer and on a pain med, a cox inhibitor if I understood the vet, and has responded really well to this.  She is herself again today, was even playfully nipping at Chena's flanks.  So here's the card the poodles gave their vet.  Its simple, done mostly with Jolee's but appropriate.

The the design team at Pages in Time is having a  Secret Santa gift exchange so I thought it would be fun to alter something to use as a box.  I altered a cardboard canister than Viactiv calcium chews come in and I think it is so cute....sort of hate to part with it!! 

I made it using left over BasisGrey Dasher paper.  The lid is plastic and was purple so I used Ranger alcohol inks to color that silver.  I cut out flowers and used pop dots so that everything would have alot of dimension.  I stamped a couple reindeer on the background paper and embossed (new technique for me, was way fun!) with embossing powder.  I gave the reindeer a red nose with Stickles and also used Stickles here and there for added interest.  I also added a few of Tim's fragments here and there for extra dimension.  Finally I punched two tiny holes in the lid and used a twist tie to attach the bow to the lid, that way the cannister can be reused!  This was such a fun project and it is the first thing I have altered!!

So I have been in such a shabby chic mood that there is dust everywhere in my scrap room.  I decided to change it up a bit and get back to some more traditional SBing.  I finished this one up early this am using Bo Bunny Flutter Butter paper which is so GORGEOUS!!

And that's what I've been doing these last few days.   I hope everyone is enjoying this holiday season and not getting too stressed, after all, 'tis the season to be jolly!!

Thursday, December 10, 2009


Well I've been scrapping alot, but not much barking!  LOL, my dogs are so funny.  They quickly learned that my Dad would give them dog cookies so now when he comes over, they demand that he go to the cookie jar and give them a cookie  before he sits down.  They nose his leg, then go to the kitchen, they come back and nose him again and give him "that look" and back to the kitchen.  This goes on until he goes in the kitchen and fulfills their request!  On Thanksgiving Day when there were alot of people coming over, the dogs decided to capitalize on this idea and demanded that every person entering the house go to the kitchen and give them cookies!  Well, we dubbed this the dog tax, so now all who enter must pay the dog tax!  Animals are so funny aren't they?  I always wonder what will they come up with next.  They are so intelligent, it's like living with small children!

The Dog

I just love this layout but couldn't decide on a title and couldn't figure out where I would put it.  Ah ha, I just decided to be very matter of fact, yes, its The Dog and the words fit perfectly when I moved the right phto  up a little bit.  Now I want to do another LO call the The Other Dog, and you guessed it, it will be a picture of the black poodle if I can get a similar photo of her.  Its so hard to photo black dogs.

Any way, I want to tell you about this LO 'cause I love it!  I used Creative Imaginations for the background paper, it is so lovely and the black is shiny.  Awesome stuff to me!  The the pp behind the photo and the two semi-circles are gcd Designs, Cosette Collection and Patchwork Dots - all heavily inked of course!  The green awning strip is something new that I really like, it is also gcd Designs and is from the Artsy Urban collection, Melody Ross.  It has clear sparkles on it that aren't showin up in the photo.  The wide strip going across the who page is a scrap that I stamped with flourishes using archival ink.  Then I used Shabby Shutters distress ink to color the strip mottled greesn.  I like how that turned out.  The green circles you see are Idea-ology fragments that I've inked with alcohol ink.  In reality they have alot of dimension and aren't quite as translucent as they appear in this photo.  They are cool and I am looking forward to finding more fun ways to use them.  Oh yes, I used white ink around the photos which turned a bluish gray, I like the effect.  Finally I added MM black shimmer chipboard flourishes and green crystals.  This is The Dog, Chili!  She's so pretty isn't she?  Thanks for stopping in and leaving your comments.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Yukon Sadie

Last week was really busy as I spent much of the week preparing for a family reunion that we had on Saturday with my Dad's family.  It was a lot of fun and great to see everyone.

But I was happy to have some time to scrap yesterday!!  This is a LO for a challenge that I issued at Pages in Time to scrap something about Christmas and include journaling.  Sadie was a gift from Dick several years ago and she is very special to me.  I am so girly, I still love dolls!  Sadie has several outfits including a poodle skirt,  a jeans skirt and shirt, Valentines princess dress and a way cool pink bomber jacket and black shorts to go with.  She also has some very awesome rhinestone glasses!  Anyway this LO is about Sadie; here she is wearing her Christmas pjs and sitting under the tree.

I used My Mind's Eye Organic Glitter paper for this, I was in a sparkly mood!  The Y and S are BasicGrey Undressed Letters covered with MME paper and then stamped with flourishes.  I applied stickles to some of the flourishes, keeping with the sparkly mood!  The other letters are DCWV "Once Upon a Life" glitter letter.  They were the wrong color so I used Tim Holtz alcohol inks to change the color.  I am loving those alcohol ink!  I love it when I can change something I already own and use it.  Another thing, the N on Yukon is a Z turned on its side.  I'm glad I've found a use for all the Z's!  The flowers are Primas that I layered and sprayed with Marshmellow glimmer mist.  The center hearts are Dress it Up buttons.  My poodle baby is printed directly on the CS, it is the scriptina font.  Over that is an acetate die cute from K & Co Que Sera Sera and there's another acetate die cut  framing the right side of Sadie's picture.  Behind the S is a small acetate die cut from gcd Studios Melody Ross Artsy Urban.  The striped border strip is also gcd, from the same collection.  I made the black lace border with an EK Success border punch.   I printed my journaling on vellum b/c I didn't want a block of white paper on the LO and I was afraid to run thaat sparkly paper thru my printer.   Finally, I finished it all up with a lace/pearl strip.  I'm pretty happy with this!  I used alot of new products and did some things I hadn't done before.  Thanks for stopping by, let me know you were here!!


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