Saturday, January 30, 2010

Mom and Dad LO

Well I just whipped this LO together in under 3 hours, that is way fast for me!  I am such a slow scrapper!

I did this LO using my DT kit from Pages in Time.  These pastels are not colors I use alot so it was fun to do something different.

Journal says: 

  I love this picture of Mom and Dad that was taken around 1993.. It was taken one weekend when they were with their motorhome club. I love how Dad has his hat cocked to the side! Mom says the photo was probably taken in 1993.
  Mom and Dad first got a 5th wheel trailer while they were living in Texas. They didn’t keep that one long before they traded up for a motorhome. I don’t remember how many motorhomes they’ve had over the years but it’s at least 5. They travelled all over the US going to FMCA rallies and visiting family and friends. They even came to Alaska twice to visit us when we lived there.

  I imagine I got my love for RVing from them. I love traveling in my “land yacht” where I have my own bed and bathroom! We are retiring this year (2010) and we are going to hit the road!

Supplies used:
MME Dreamy 2 - Sugar & Spice collection -
  Background cardstock, two largest flowers, picture frame
Corner pp with the cute bird is MME, Abbey Road Best Friends
PP behind the photo is MME Ooh La La
Chipboard journal spot - Pink Paislee with journaling printed on vellum
Small flower - Sassafras
Large white chipboard flower - unknown, painted with Holtz white crackle paint
Everything inked with distress weathered wood ink
Studio 18 Rhinestone eye

New LO - Jezebel

Meet Jezebel!  She was a Rhodesian Ridgeback and a very awesome dog.  She has been long gone over the Rainbow Bridge (1995) but she does live forever in my heart.  These photos were taken when she was opening her Christmas bone and the look on her face says it, don't bother me!  I used the BasicGrey Fruitcake collection for this LO.  This layout is for an entry to the Pagemaps Blog, the winner will receive the new Sugar Rush and Origns collections!  Awesome prize!!

Artist's trading cards - Challenge too.

Have you ever made Artist's Trading Cards (ATCs)?  This is my first and it was so fun!  I was skeptical about making it at first 'cause I thought I'd rather be doing a LO but I really loved this.  I think its a great medium for trying new techniques.  You can focus a single technique on this small little project.  If you don't like what you did, throw it away as you don't have that much time invested, hopefully!  I just got this great stamp set from Back Porch Memories and an idea popped into my head for my first ATC.

I painted the background with T Holtz brushed pewter crackle paint, then rubbed several colors of alcohol ink into the cracks to give an etheral appearance.  Then I used one of my new BackPorchMemories stamps to stamp the words using archival ink.  Then I adherred the fairy, placed a BG rubon on the left, added stickles to the fairy's wings and bodice, and sprayed all over lightly with marshmellow glimmer mist. I rather like it and think I will do more! 

I am hosting an ATC challenge at Pages in Time and I will randomly select a winner for a RAK.  Do come join my challenge, and check out the other challenges too.  We've got some great challenges going on!  There are challenges for shabby chic, flowers and bling, an exploding box, scraplift!  Come join us!!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Book Cover

I have way too many scraps of paper flying around my SB room with little notes on them of things I need/want to do.  It all sort of gets lost in the shuffle!  So I got inspired by Denise, a fellow DT member at Pages in Time, and decided to make a notebook to keep track of everything.  I am using a small 3 ring binder (about 7 x 9) and this is the from page.  The notebook has a plastic sleeve on the front so I will just slide this in the sleeve!

I love how this turned out!  I love to crowd my pages with all kinds of embellies so I had a ball with this!  I started with Bazzill cardstock that I inked and distressed.  Then the toile pp is Paper Studio. On top of the toile is a  K & Co die cut mat from the Sea Glass collectioon and then the image is Graphics 45 Fashionista Haute Couture.  The paper flowers are Prima sprayed with marshmellow glimmer mist and the brads are MM.  I used a Tim Holtz plate mounted on a scrap of lace that I used when I made my hat for my wedding back in 1981!!  Also used Tim Holtz muse tokens and grungeboard hinges painted with brass crackle paint.  After the paint dried I rubbed the hinges with black ink to make them less shiny.  The two cards to the left of the ladies are are from a K7Co cardstock sheet called Lifes Journey Stamp Collection.  Typewriter letters are also Life's Journey by K& Co.  Black lace is Wrights.  Fabric flowers at the bottom and the checked ribbon are Offray.  Netting and ribbon vine came from Your Scrapbook Stash.  They have some nice vintage  laces there.  Now if this will just slide down in that sleeve, we'll be good to go.  It's going to be a tight fit!!  Thanks for stopping by, let me know you were here!!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

National Papercrafting Month blogspot is having an awesome give away. Check it out!  Todays entry says I should tell you about my favorite embellishments!  Well they are bling, lace, and ink!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

A Decade of Change

This was a really tough challenge to do a LO about the past decade. I was challenged both artistically and as a writer.  Typically when we SB, we are scrapping happy things and it feels good to add bling and flowers and all those bright fun things but that wouldn't work for me on this LO.  All in all, the decade was very tragic and it was hard to gather all that and put it to paper.  I think I could work on this LO forever but I just wanted to get it done and move on.  Perhaps I'll revisit it one day or maybe make some additional pages.  Anyway, here it is, A Decade of Change.

The journaling says:


2000 – We left Fairbanks, Alaska with heavy hearts. We loved Alaska so much; but we looked forward to the new challenges we would face in Denver.

9/11/2001 – There are three moments in time etched in the minds of those living to witness these events. The first event was the day President Kennedy was assassinated. I was in school and our principal came over the PA system and told us about it. I was just in the 7th grade. The second event was the explosion of the space shuttle, Challenger. I was working in Fort Lauderdale, Florida when I heard the news; I stepped outside my office and could see the split jet trail from Challenger’s explosion. It was a sobering sight. Then 9/11/01 happened, the third event. Along with much of the rest of the nation, I sat and starring at my TV as the 2nd jet slammed into the World Trade Center. I was getting ready for work.

10/2002 – The Washington DC beltway area is terrorized for 3 weeks by a sniper who killed 10 people and injured 3. The sniper was a lone man and a minor child.

12/26/2004 – One of the deadliest natural disasters strikes in the form of a tsunami that killed nearly 230,000 people in 14 countries.

8/29/2005 – Hurricane Katrina roars onto the Gulf Coast leaving behind devastation and a mass of confusion for weeks. While my heart was breaking for all the people who lost their possessions and even worse, their lives, it was the plight of the animals that made my heart ache.

4/16/2007 – A lone gunman goes on a rampage at Virginia Tech University, killing 32 and injuring many others in two attacks that were about 2 hours apart.

Fall 2007 – We decide to sell our house, retire, and move to North Carolina after learning that Dick’s job will likely go away some time in 2008. We planned to put our house on the market in the spring of 2008 but we had an incredible stroke of luck when Dick just happened to be talking to someone outside who was interested in buying a house with a view. Two weeks later, we struck a deal to sell our house with closing on January 31, 2008. We drove the motorhome to NC in November to look for a house. After looking at about 50 houses, we decided to build.

Spring 2008 – We closed on the sale of our house and moved into a rental, owned by the people that bought our house on 2/1/08. We lived in their house until 4/29/08 when we moved into our motorhome to await the completion of our house in NC. We left Denver on June 19, 2008 to close on our house in NC. Dick made several trips to/from Denver that summer to move all of our worldly possessions to NC.

Dick’s job in Denver was definitely going away. The stock market was a complete disaster so Dick decided that he couldn’t afford to retire. It only took him a couple of days to line up work in Stafford, VA working with the Marine Corp on the MRAP vehicle, the follow on vehicle to the Hummer.

3/2/2009 – The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) closes below 7,000 for the first time since May 1997, dropping 299.64 points, or 4.24 percent, to 6,763.29.

3/9/09 – DJIA falls 79.89 to close at 6,547.05, down 53.78% from the all time high on Oct 9, 2007, down 25.37% from the 2009 open.

10/14/2009 – The Dow Jones Industrial Average breaks through the 10,000 level for the first time in a year. The index has risen 52.9 percent since a 12-year low in March.

11/5/2009 – An Army psychiatrist opens fire in Fort Hood, TX killing 13 people and injuring many more.

12/31/2009 – A decade fraught with disasters, natural and manmade, comes to an end. What will the next decade have for the world? Let us pray that there is an end to the war and violence in the Middle East and that humankind will come together embracing each other’s differences.

Join us at Pages in Time for this challenge, it is a challenge that makes you think!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Here's a great give away at Scrapbooking Supplies R US!  Check out the giveaway details The Crop Spot/Scrapbooking R Us.  The Giveaway includes the products that Irene Tan, aka Scrapalicious, used to make this awesome LO!  Check it out!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

MOM big word mini

Here's my first project for the Pages in Time DT.  Its a mini-album for Mom, BoBunny!  This was fun to make and it will make a great Mother's Day or Valentine's gift.  You can get this at PIT.  I used Pink Paislee's Pop Fashion collection for the papers.  Its just so cute, huh?

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

My Champagne Buddy

In December we  had a challenge for PIT members to create a sketch  and then the DT would choose a sketch and the DT would make a LO from the sketch.


Here is my take on the sketch.  It started out to be a simple LO, but as usual, I couldn't leave it alone and kept adding to it!  I flipped the sketch and sort of went nuts!  LOL, that's me, can't help myself!

Supplies used:

Urban Couture- red pp "silk", red flowers made from same pp
Other flowers cut from K&Co Bailey collection
Red buttons - Dress it Up
Leaves cut from Cricut green collection paper
Yellow diecut - Bazzill
Black CS - unknown
K & Co- Scrap behind photo
Felt bird and butterfly from Colorbok "Friendly Forest"
Paper Studio rub-on paisleys
Letters - MAMBI
Stickles here and there
Prima bling flourishes

A fun little trick I did to give the flowers some texture, I embossed them in my Cuttlebug.  Any embossing folder will probably work.  You could sand the flowers or ink for even more interest!

Thanks for stopping by and visiting my little blog!!

Happy New Year!

Oh a New Year is here, what happened to 2009?  It went by so fast, seems it was just 2008 the day before yesterday!  I had such an awesome holiday season starting with preparing Thanksgiving dinner for my family.  We did lots of entertaining and I loved every minute of it.  WE had 25 people from my Dad's side of the family for a potluck reunion the weekend after Tgiving and then family both Dec 24 and 25.  Then we had very good friends from Denver stay with us Dec 29 - Jan 3 and a New Year's Eve party.  We had so much fun, I think it was the best holday season ever!

Mom and Dad gave all of us this awesome picture of them at Christmas.  It is such a good picture of them, well, of course I could hardly wait to get it scrapped and that was what I did yesterday!

This was my first project using my DT kit at Pages in Time and I'm really happy with how it came out!  The pps and diecut are BoBunny Kitchen Spice Collections.  The paper lace is BasicGrey.  Its actually red lace that I turned over and inked with Ranger Frayed Burlap distress ink.  The fabric/pearl lace is a find at Michaels,  large layered flowers are Prima, the others are K& Co Marcella sticker dimensional flowers,   The brown feather looking things I cut off of silk flowers at Michaels.  They are cool aren't they?  Probably not acid free but I scanned the actual photo so no prob!  I love that bird on the left, its gcd Designs.  I added Stickles here and there and some MM Shimmer flourishes to dress it all up!   What do you think?  I think my Mom's hair looks kind of blue, LOL!!  IRL, she has beautiful snow white hair, definitely not blue!!


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