Monday, December 31, 2012
When I began crafting this layout, I found the 8X10 picture of Melanie dressed in her tap costume from 2009 and sadly, my first thought was "eesh, an 8X10 is going to take the WHOLE page. The sentimentality of the image, with Melanie's missing tooth and her last traces of babyness didn't hit me until I was all done cutting, distressing, inking, and all that jazz...
The paper used was from an AWESOME giveaway at a winter themed Scrap-A-Doodle Doo crop over a year ago... As was the blue flower... The white lace and beige ribbon trim were from my stash (beige ribbon is Maya Arts, also a gift from Scrap A Doodle Doo!). Overall, because the picture is so large there isn't much going on with this page, but I did use the water technique to cut the frame of the diecut paper and allow room for the striped paper to how through.
Now that I have a moment to reflect on the layout though, what is most captivating to me is the fact that my baby girl, now nine, is growing up so fast. As we celebrate the beginning of a new year, perhaps I'm a bit sentimental, but it's so important to hold the ones dear to you close for as long as possible. Our children grow so fast, our friendships tend to fade as time goes on, and as we grow older, our priorities tend to shift. But let's always remember to "take a cup of kindness yet, for auld lang syne"... And remember those days long ago with fondness. Happy New Year!
***Submitting this layout for the Anything Goes challenge at Kaboodle Doodles***
Saturday, December 22, 2012
I'm submitting this card to the December SOG sketch challenge and Anything Goes at Crafts 4 Eternity and Fat Pages and Cards with Attitude.Thanks for looking and have a VERY Merry Christmas!!!
Thursday, November 22, 2012
As I thought about what I'm thankful for scrappy wise, I am most thankful for the friends I have made through this little craft we share. I have met so many wonderfully talented people both in person through crops and over cyber space... And though life goes on and we get busy and caught up in our own personal issues, when I think about those friends I've made that I would never have known if we hadn't connected creatively, well, I'm thankful! :)
This card was made using a digi stamp created by my friend Kristy, who launched her digi stamp company Some Odd Girl some time ago. I made the card using the sketch up for this month's challenge at SOG, and the whole time I tried coloring a new nose in and lips and such I was channeling my inner Leah... :) (Who needs to come visit...)
With that, I wish you a very happy thanksgiving once again and I hope you enjoy the holiday season! :)
Monday, October 29, 2012
Thanks for looking and I pray you are all safe and dry!
Sunday, October 7, 2012
This one was made with one of my Unity Stamp Company Stamp of the Week stamps (You Drive me Nuts)
Thanks for taking the time to take a look-see, and happy stamping! :)
PS, I'm submitting this one to the Unity Stamp Co's blog for their World Cardmaking Day Fall Theme Challenge, which they GRACIOUSLY extended til Oct 20th! :)
Sunday, August 26, 2012
In preparation for going back to school, I did work on some more student based cards this past week. I have all of five cards ready for my 40 graduating seniors but the year is still young yet... :)
This one was made featuring one of my favorite stamps from Kenny K...
Scrap-A-Doodle Doo recently and inked up with some distress ink (Weathered Wood)... the paper kinda goes with that school theme...
I colored the image with copics and am STILL scared of the dark when it comes to darkening up my skin tones... I was told at the recent Copic Intermediate Certification class that my skin looks like y girls are vampires... WELLL.... this one may be a bit Bella-esque, but I'm working on it... :)
Thanks for looking and as always, happy scrapping! :)
Friday, August 3, 2012
And I never ever get through all the crafty projects I plan on completing when I daydream about the summer months.
I can't even count how many things are just waiting for creative genius... I should probably purge papers and such because its physically impossible to use all the stuff I have stashed...
Anywhoo, I may not have done everything I wanted to do, but I DID finish a Graphic 45 baby inspired altered book for my nephew's son early this summer that I totally love...
The front cover incorporated scrabble tiles and some Tim Holtz goodies...
The back cover was a paper baby tribute...
And the inside was a combination of papers, found items, and lots of love...
Thanks for looking and i do hope you enjoy the rest of your summer!!
Saturday, July 7, 2012
I have scrapped absolutely NO pages from the London trip yet... Today's scrapping actually was from last year's trip to the beach so maybe I'll get to April's trip next summer...
But I HAVE been thinking about the trip and decided to make a London inspired card for a certain friend on her way to NYU using my favorite Kraftin Kimmie stamp Eloise...
I'll be submitting this one to Kraftin Kimmie for the favorite stamp challenge this week... Thanks for checking her out! :)
Hi there blog land! Yesterday was such a crazy hectic day because Elijah had surgery to put in ear tubes and have his adnoid removed. He was so cranky after the anesthesia that all I could dream about was putting him to sleep and getting crafty. I mean along with a glass of wine, what better way is there to unwind? ;)
So I cracked out the Bellas that were once my obsession and have recently been collecting mire dust than I care to admit. This card is the first of next year's palancas... I may have mentioned that a tradition at my school is for all the teachers to give the graduating seniors a note of encouragement around the end of the year. So of COURSE I had to go and start making individualized cards for each student... But in order to prevent it from becoming too much of a burden I have had to start the cards as early as possible...
This one is for a special student who was a pleasant surprise as a junior... One who loves to listen to her music but uses it to help concentrate and ROCK her assignments in class... I have high hopes for this miss next year...
Friday, June 15, 2012
That being said, I DID make doubles of these pictures featuring Melanie and Ariana, Melanie, and Me and Ariana in front of the Eiffel Tower the day of Ariana's 18th birthday. I guess it's safe to say that Ariana is by far one of the most special students I have met in a long time... I think the last student who became family was Sasha... and she is basically my Dominican sister and the ONLY outside person in the world we would trust our home and children with who is not blood related. True story...
SOOO Ariana and Melanie bonded when I took a group of girls to Salem, MA last year. Ariana has a five year old brother (and a 15 year old one too) so she was super amazing with Melanie and they kinda just became close from then on... I had to warn Melanie not to hover over Ariana during our London and Paris trip, and for the most part she was ok with it... but Ariana was still the first person Melanie looked for at each major monument and, well, I can't blame her because I too was looking for Ariana over and over again, especially when we got to Paris on April 10th right on time to celebrate her 18th birthday!
At this point, Ariana and her whole family are truly my family as well. And the though they probably aren't aware (although her brother might have realized when I kept hugging him...), they can't get rid of me now... At Ariana's graduation dinner, my hubby and Melly kinda all melded together with Ariana's family dynamic; it was then that I realized the conclusion of our "professional" relationship became the start of our friendship, and although I already miss Ari as a student, I am looking very forward to seeing my friend soon!
Thursday, June 14, 2012
I'm entering this cutie into the Simply Magnolia challenge (Fancy Folds and Friendship) as well as Simon Says Stamp's Anything Goes challenge. Thanks for looking and I hope to be back LOTS now that school is out! :)
Saturday, June 9, 2012
I also had the chance to take ten of these girls with me to London and Paris this past April, so the bonding there grew even more... to the point that I honestly feel their loss in the hallways. I have been accused of having favorites this year. And with the exception of two or three girls in the class, I have to say that it is an accurate assessment... except that for so many different reasons they are ALL my favorites! I have, of course, one or two I'd personally adopt into my family, but there are so many special individuals in this class and I cannot WAIT to see how far they go in their own personal lives.
So with a somewhat heavy heart, I am sending my own personal farewell to a class that has taught me as much as I have taught them... A class who has fought me tooth and nail at times but a class who has enriched my personal and professional life as well. This class, I will never forget... Congrats girls!
Friday, June 1, 2012
Monday, May 28, 2012
I posted a quick tutorial on the Scrap-A-Doodle Doo blog today about using Martha Stewart's punches, and thought I'd share the results here as well! :)
I cut up some Webster's Pages papers that have been in my stash way too long and even some Creative Memories papers (geez, they must be like five years old by now!) and I got punchy... Counting the cardstock base, the two photo mats beneath the horizontal picture and the two title box punched mats, I have a total of five (5) punched pages on this one layout (done with emphasis for the Truly, Madly, Crafty Challenge this month!!)
For sure I would recommend using Cardstock over the thinner papers anytime, as I did not have such predictable results with the thinner stock. Otherwise, the paper size thing is important as is punching the corners first... Who knew?
Now I'm hooked and I have a card in progress using this punch as well, so I should be back later on this week with another look at the punch shown above. That being said, I'm kinda getting addicted and there are TONS of styles currently available to play with... which one should I get next? I do need a new butterfly punch since Melanie and her BFF broke it last summer...
Anywhooooo, hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day and can spend some time getting crafty!!
Sunday, May 27, 2012
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
In April I had the chance to take ten of my seniors, my daughter, and some parents and family members to London and Paris for nine days. My students had a life changing experience and although it was a gruelling trip, every moment was worth it. But it has taken me THIS long to recover from the rigor and be able to begin crafting with the trip in mind. I'm currently working on mini canvases for my students and will post those when I've finished them (thanks to Stephanie for the idea!!).
But in the meantime, I started making thank you cards for the parent that came along... Although I know she didn't enjoy Paris as much as she loved London, we did have a chance to see the Mona Lisa at the Louvre, so this Tim Holtz stamp was perfect for her. And it allowed me to crack out the UTEE that I've been dying to play with for quite a while now! :)
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
THIS one is simple, featuring Cosmo Crickett Circa 1934 paper and stickers, a black lace flower I made on a gluber with a K and Co brad I've been hoarding since forever and a Prima flower... Done. :)
Sunday, May 6, 2012
“A mother would have been always present. A mother would have been a constant friend; her influence would have been beyond all other.” (Northanger Abbey)
This card is for my grandmother (aka Nana) who is hopefully getting out of the hospital tomorrow... she's been in with a stomach infection for over a week and at eighty years old it's getting harder for her to heal quickly. But praise God, it's looking like she'll be released tomorrow evening, in time for us to celebrate another Mother's Day with her next weekend!
I am submiting this one to Kraftin Kimmie's Challenge Blog (Mother's Day), Card Makin Mamas (Cake Inspiration), Card Patterns (Sketch 164), Catered Crop ("B"... for Bling on the flowers and crown), and The Crafty Pad (Girly girl and Pink).
Thanks for looking, and happy scrapping! :)
Saturday, May 5, 2012
So I blew up the image in MS Word and printed it out to fill an 8 1/2 X 11 sheet, then colored it in with my copics.
I used the airbrush system for a little soft background and added tons of old Prima stuff that's been laying around looking to pretty for use! :)
I got the shadow box at Ikea and I MAY embellish it up later on too, but right now I am liking the simple look. I just can't figure out where to hang this piece cause it's so pretty I kinda like it on display on my counter... One day. :)
I am submitting this one to Elisabeth Bell's World for their April/May flowers challenge as well as at Crafty Catz who also are challenging participants to use flowers!
Thanks for looking!! Happy scrapping! :)
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
So I don't know about you, but my absolute, hands down favorite way to get scrappy is to do so with my favorite scrappy peeps... My scrapping obsession got real strong when I was a member of Cafe Mom (feels like FOREVER ago) and I came across gals with uber scrappy talent... My girls Karmyn, Tracey, Jill, Kristy, Lizzie, and Amy have still kept in touch since we left Cafe Mom behind, and I love love love ogling their work and following (stalking?) them on facebook these days...
But then I found Scrap A Doodle Doo, and Stephanie convinced me to try a crop. We started out nice and slow, with day crops that eventually transitioned into full weekend crops hosted by the store. I HAD to take it slow or hubby would've had coniptions... Now he's an old pro at having me away for the weekend once a quarter, but those first few crops were... interesting, to say the least! :)
But one of my favorite parts of the Scrap A Doodle Doo crops are the themes... Stephanie, Mama Doodle, and Mark go all out when they plan these crops and they include everything from props to lifesize decorations to yummy goodies and fun giveaways. She's had crops that were decade related (50s, 80s, etc...), destination related (Disney, Hawaiian luau), and even nostalgic (Winter Wonderland, Candyland...). And at each of these crops we had theme inspired surroundings, music, food and fun.
Last October's Destination Hollywood crop was no exception... From a red carpet to the paparrazi, the Doo Crew went all out with Hollywood style fun! Each participant at the crop was gifted with a really cool giveaway featuring Reminisce's Hollywood Paparazzi and Lights, Camera, Action papers as well as their Hollywood 3D Sticker Sheet and some fun holographic stars to help commemorate the event.
The scrappy goodies came in very handy when I sat down to scrap Melanie's Hollywood Sleepover party... I have to admit that I borrowed Steph's idea of having a red carpet paparazzi event and had the girls walk on the red carpet for a photo shoot shown here:
For this two page layout, I cut the Paparazzi paper in half so it could stretch to a two page layout with the red carpet in the center, and then I added black and red Bazzil cardstock to mat the picture and remaining portions of the page. Then I added the footlights that were at the top of the Paparazzi paper as well as some of the words rom the Lights, Camera, Action paper to add some interest to the layout. I finished up with the little stars that were included in the goodie bag and the three dimensional stickers for embellishment and titles... but of course, I had to stickle them up to give 'em extra pop! :)
So there you have it! Although I haven't yet seen what the Doo Crew has dreamed up in terms of Christmas in July, I'm sure that they have something creative, fun, and inspirational up their sleeves... Hope to see you there! :)
I love the simplicity of this layout and am submitting it for consideration at Crafty Catz (Anything Goes), The Poodles Parlor (Anything Goes), Just Keep on Creating (Anything Goes), and Emerald Fairies (Anything Goes)... I see a theme here with the challenge parameters, just sayin. :) Have a wonderful day and happy scrapping! :)
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Our winner of the four distress markers from Tim Holtz is... (drumroll....)... Lucky #1~ Lizzie!!! :) Lizzie, please send me your address via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I'll send your package on its merry way! :)
ANNNNNNDDDDDD... for new candy, check out my current post at the Scrap A Doodle Doo blog about Glimmer Mists...
Saturday, March 10, 2012
I used them to color in the Hero Arts Make Your Own stamp using a second generation stamping and coloring technique...
Saturday, February 25, 2012
"To sit in the shade on a fine day, and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment" (Mansfield Park)
Whiff of Joy challenge blog to combine thePrima Madeline papers shown here. And of course, I colored the image with copics (Skin: E000, E00, E11; Dress: T0, T6, R49, R29, R27, B26, BG0000; Hair: E50, E53, E31, E33, E23, E25). Thanks for looking!
"Dress is at all times a frivolous distinction, and excessive solicitude about it often destroys its own aim." (Northanger Abbey)
This page was designed with lots of glitz and glam in mind... the gorgeous Candy Party papers just BEGGED to be layered and laced up... I added a skirt to the wire form's skirt on the paper and then had to add a skirt to the mini wire form chippie from Dusty Attic as well...
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Other than the freak snow storm in October, we had ONE other day where there was enough accumulation to let Elijah at least get the feel of snow for the first time... and he was FULL of wonder... He loved it the whole fifteen minutes that I left him outside to play. Then his nose started to run and it was a wrap...
Monday, February 13, 2012
In addition to wanting to create some masculine "fall back" cards, I have ALWAYS struggled with packaging cards for gifts. I love making a handful of cards as Christmas or Thank You gifts, and putting them in attractive boxes or the sorts is always an interesting struggle...
Thus my next card class at Scrap A Doodle Doo! :) We will be making a set of five masculine themed birthday cards for "him" and packing them up in gorgeous clear boxes that will (of COURSE!) be embellished along with the theme.
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Creative Scrappers, and viola, I had LOADS of fun... :)
WELL, in response to all this gorgeous weather, I have had a hard time making cozy "warmth" inspiring layouts and had to instead resort to playing with flowers! :) SOOOO... I gave a quick flower making class at the last Scrap-A-Doodle Doo crop and am going to be giving this class again on February 7th for people who were unable to get a spot in the class or who couldn't attend the crop... The layout featured five different flower making techniques and I am LOVING my Close to My Heart Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge, as most of the pieces are cut from that cart...
I used Graphic 45 papers (Springtime and Steampunk Debutante) and Bazzil Cardstock to make this simple layout, but the fun part was making the flowers... AND playing with Cricut Craft Room to weld the titles! :) I think I love that software...
I'll be back later on today to show some layouts I played with at the crop... Oh no, and I just realized I have to somehow sneak into Melanie's dance school to take a picture of the mirror I made her teacher that I forgot to photograph before giving it away... Geez... Where are my priorities? :) Have a great day!!!
Monday, January 23, 2012
Here's a quick sneak peek at some of the posies we'll be making at the upcoming Candyland Crop sponsored by Scrap-A-Doodle Doo this weekend. Ninety Seven scrappers... One weekend. Holy Crop... :)
Scrap A Doodle Doo website and sign up! It's guaranteed relaxation...