Monday, December 31, 2012

Auld Lang Syne

The words "Auld Land Syne" literally translate to "Old Long Ago"... And though the song talks about remembrances of friendships and relationships past, the idea of looking back on times past can ring true for so many different situations.

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

Crafty Ribbons is Celebrating Advent

Check THIS out!!

It's really NOT beginning to look like Christmas

I can't handle how WARM it is outside... well, ok, today was about 35 degrees out, so it's a little colder than usual, but still... Christmas is only three days away and it just does NOT look like it's time. So when I made this card, I was planning on putting another snowflake in Mae's hand, but I just COULDN'T think snow... So I figured, hey, Spring feels like it's around the corner, why not make it a little flower! :)

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

Warmest Wishes!!

Hello blogland! And Happy Thanksgiving! :) I hope you are enjoying your time with family and friends and such... Most importantly, I hope you take a moment to remember what you are thankful for these days... We tend to forget to stop and appreciate the little moments that make life worth living... WAIT... I'm talking to SCRAPPERS here. As scrapbookers, we tend to CHERISH those little moments, trying to preserve them and remember them throughout the years. So scrappers out there, keep doing what you do... Cherish and preserve those memories, and give thanks for each and every little smile, smirk and scuffle...

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

Just because...

I'm up late tonight trying to squeeze a few cards in before Sandy arrives... I'm worried my scrap room will end up under water and powerless again so I'm taking advantage now while the power is in and the floor is dry... I made this card for the Operation Write Home sketch challenge using one if my newest itty bitty stamps from Unity.... I had lots of fun making the owl look hairy with my copics but now I have to go check and see if owls have hair or fur... Hmmmm...
Thanks for looking and I pray you are all safe and dry!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Welcome FALL!!!

And welcome to World Cardmaking Day... A day late, lol. I was SOOOOO bummed yesterday as I checked out all the cool challenges going on while sitting at the Lodi Pee Wee football game... My daughter cheers EVERY Saturday and the day is filled with the kids, cleaning, and football. At least until November! :)  SOOOO, as SOON as we got home and shoved the kids in their beds I HAD to bang out a card... or two. :)

This one was made with one of my Unity Stamp Company Stamp of the Week stamps (You Drive me Nuts)

I stamped the image using Close to My Heart's Slate gray ink and then colored it in with copics in all sorts of E shades... SOOOO many shades lol, but I was trying to get the whole cast shadow technique down. :) 

Finished off with some CTMH papers that were in my stash since forever and a ribbon, and viola... Happy Fall! :) 

I THINK I'm going to use this card as our first Operation Write Home project at school next Friday. I have about 19 girls signed up to learn how to make cards at school, and I'm trying to make quick and easy projects with them so that they can make one to take home and one to send to Operation Write Home for the troops. Because my school is HUGE on service projects, I thought this organization would be a nice way to give back to the troops while fostering my students' creativity. 

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

Ready for school!!!

Hello blogland! And welcome to almost back to school time! :) My current college freshmen are moving into dorms this week and I'm in the process of buying school supplies and getting my daughter back into a healthy sleeping routine! :) WOOOT!!!! I'm kinda looking forward to going back to work this year...I enjoyed the time at home with the kiddies, don't get me wrong, but teaching a bunch of high school students is WAY easier than taking care of five bratty kids all summer, just sayin! :)

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...

I made this card with a special student in mind... the red highlights are totally inspired by her current doo... :) The notebook paper is also a stamp I snagged at 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! :)

Kenny K's (Anything Goes)
Catered Crop (Distress)
Pile it On (P.... Patterned Paper, iPOD)

Friday, August 3, 2012

Where is the summer going?

I agonized over the summer each year worrying about finances, projects around the house, keeping the kids occupied, etc... But by the time reality sets in and I get a second to breathe, its August and almost time to go back to work!
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...

The idea for the hollowed out book came from a blog post on G45's site a while ago and i had been dying to finally use these papers!!!
Thanks for looking and i do hope you enjoy the rest of your summer!!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Still thinking about London...

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! :)

Something Bella for High School

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...

I am submitting this one to Card Makin Mamas who challenged us to whip out our rubber stamps and Do You Stack Up who challenged us to use red as a predominant color. Thanks for looking!!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Paris is Always a Good Idea

I FINALLY began scrapping our trip to London and Paris last night only to realize my darling 8 year old daughter has taken almost ALL the good pictures. She made a mini purse chipboard album titled "Keep Calm and Carry On" that came out GREAT and the best part was that she did it all by herself! :) BUT the downside is that she picked all my favorite photos and left me without the ones I had planned on using in my mind...

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!

This layout was created using the Little Miss papers, stickers, charm and rubons from Bo Bunny... Yes, I said STICKERS! :) I actually ended up scrapping this entire page more because of the Scrap Fit stickers challenge... I HATE using stickers. They are like my arch nemesis and my good friend Sherri uses them SOOOO well in all her work... Just the other day I commented on how she is able to incorporate stickers into her work seamlessly... This was definitely a challenge for me but the title sticker and the "Paris is always a good idea" sticker weren't SOOO intrusive as to make it difficult to include.... this time! :)

Here's a closeup of the clustered corner featuring pieces from my stash including Prima blooms and two mini tags created using Distress Inks (Antique Linen, Tattered Rose, and Victorian Velvet), the Bo Bunny Sticker, and umbrella charm.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Ready for Summer yet?

My students are officially done... And so am I! We still have about a week's worth of meetings and facuty planning going on, but I have officially checked out and begun to focus on my crafting (it's been TOOOOO long!!). And with the summer, comes fun in the sun with the kiddies and friends! :)

I scooped up this cutie Magnolia in Flip Flops stamp at Scrap-a-Doode Doo during one of my recent visits and HAD to add some Mud Puddles to create the sand effect... I think I'll include her in my upcoming fancy folds class featuring the side step and center step folds... What do YOU think? :)
She was colored in using copics (Hair: E50, E53, E31, E33, E23, E25; Skin: E000, E00, E11, E13 for the tan and R20; Shoes: E27; Flower: R22, YR02; Grass skirt and leaves: G21, Y06; Shirt YR21, YR25).

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

The Graduation Season is Upon us..

And last weekend the BA Class of 2012 bid their final farewells and took their first steps into adulthood. I can't say it wasn't a tear filled event, nor can I say I was totally unhappy it was their time to leave our hallowed halls... The Class of 2012 has such a special place in my heart for so many reasons...

I have taught many of them since they were Sophomores and because of that, I have had the joy of being a part of their lives for longer than usual. Which brings its own set of ups and downs, but also made me infinitely more attached to them than to any class before. I have been a teary mess since, say, April, because as I saw these ladies blossoming into young women before my eyes, I would flash back to when they were scared little sophomores and I'd realize just how far they have come...

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

Punchy AND Twisted!

Hey blogland!!! I mentioned in my last post just how addictive the Martha Stewart punches are once I was able to figure out how to use them correctly and as soon as I was done with my last layout I was brainstorming ideas for a card using them as well...

This twisted easel was made using the traditional easel base with the top flap folded in half at a diagonal instead of straight back, then I added the punched patterned papers at the 6X6 size to the base, cut some matted papers with the punches as well, then added the image.

This GORGEOUS Elisabeth Bell image is a Whiff of Joy stamp that I colored in using copics (Skin: E000, E00, E11; Hair: E50, E53, E31, E33, E25; Green trim--BG93; Paper pieced dress: YG21, R20). I had the hardest time finding markers to approximate the colors in the papers so I paper pieced her dress and added shading with the copics as best I could...

This one was made using the sketch over at Elisabeth Bell's Challenge World and the challenge over at Card Makin Mama's is to get Punchy!! :) (Pretty appropo, no?)

Thanks for looking and hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Feelin' Punchy...

Hey there!! Me again... :)

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! :)

This "simple" layout was definitely a trying piece only because I have never really used the punch around the pages punches for their specified use before, so it definitely helped to read the instructions... Who knew there were specified page sizes?! :)

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

Momma's Gift

Hello blogland and I hope you are enjoying your Memorial Day weekend! I know this is the weekend for honoring fallen troops, and I am totally indebted to their sacrifices... but this weekend I somehow find myself missing my own lost loved ones who did not necessarily fall in war... In particular I'm missing my Mima who has been gone now almost ten years (ridiculous how time passes) and my father-in-law Gilbert who passed over a year ago...

Well... though my heart has been full of thoughts of loved ones, I do have a project to share that I made for my mommy this month... We have grown closer and then further apart and then close again the past few months, and she is probably my number one scrappy fan cause she displays all my artwork proudly.

This Kaiser Kraft Desk Organizer was probably the most crafty fun I've had in a while... I painted the base Golden and then went to town (somewhat) with my left over Graphic 45 Springtime papers. A little ribbon, some prima flowers and lots of Mod Podge later, and viola...

The sides of the organizer were painted and embellished with paper clippings from the collection.

The back of the desk organizer was simply a piece of paper from the Graphic 45 collection; it fit PERFECTLY...

All in all, my mom loved the piece and honestly the project probably took all of two hours, with paint dry time included! For a quickie pretty gift, this one was tops!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Those Parisian Nights...

As I mentioned in my last post, our trip to London and Paris was absolutely life changing for my students. Don't get me wrong... it was definitely a moment to remember for me too! :) But for my students, most inner-city girls from Newark who have only dreamt of seeing the Eiffel Tower in eprson, well, it was monumental. One girl was actually in tears the night we were up close and personal with the tower... Another was in tears at the Harry Potter exhibit (which I can't WAIT to scrap!!).

This card was made for Chloe (aka Feisty), who got choked up when she stood under the tower while it was all lit up during our first night in Paris. And who KNEW that it would get all glittery too? It was gorgeous...
I don't think this photo does justice to the stickles on the tower, but I absolutely love love love my Graphic 45... And this card was perfect for Ms. Chloe on so many levels...

I am submitting this card to Cute Card Thursday (for the little bit of sparkle on the tower). Sweet dreams... :)

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Springtime in Paris

Hello there bloggers!

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! :)

I had lots of fun making this one because it was made with lots of love for a special mom who inspires me to be a better mom myself... And that always makes papercrafting that much more exciting...  :)
I'll be submitting this one to Charisma Cardz for their Pink and Girly challenge. They are also having a DT call over at Charisma... I'm considering applying because my darling Karmyn is always gushing about how much she loves her spot there, but I'm not sure yet...

I'm also submitting this one to Card Making Mamas for their flowers challenge and Simon Says Stamp's Anything Goes challenge. Thanks for looking and happy scrapping!!!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Rush, rush...

Hellooooooooooo there! :) Just a quick post to share a REALLY quick project I finished in about a half hour today as a Congrats gift for Melanie's dance school secretary... I had made a pretty cool mirror for the school back in October and of course I didn't photograph it... it was all royal blue, black and white (Dance company colors) and had some cricut cuts from the Twinkle Toes cart... Well, the past is in the past. :)

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. :)

I'm entering the mirror at Anything Goes, Tuesday Throwdown (the lace flower) and Clear it Out...

I even slapped together a card using up paper from my stash, the matching brad from the mirror and a Ketto stamp my good friend Karmyn stamped for me aeons ago...  

The card is also being submitted to Clear it Out (brad)

I can't stress how quickly these projects came together... it feels good to squeeze some crafty time in between running to get the kids... which I have to do now, so thanks for looking and have a great day! :)

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)

With Mother's Day quickly approaching, it's crunch time for crafty presents and cards... this Mother's Day I am making my mom, my grandma, and my aunt cards, and making mom a special desk organizer that I'll post pics of later... I am still in embellishing mode for that one! :)

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!

This one features Kraftin Kimmie's Queen Guinevere stamp colored with copics and accented with distress inks. Copics used: Skin - E000, E00, E11, R20; Hair - E50, E53, E31, E33, E25; Clothes- RV10, RV13, RV14, R20; Crown - YR21, YR24.

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

Shadowboxing and Playtime

Hello, hello, and hello! :) It has been a GOOD time to get crafty these past few thunderstormy nights!!! So I finally had a chance to whip up a shadowbox project that has been in the works (in my brain!!) forever! :) My all time favorite Elizabeth Bell Digi is called Pat-a-Cake and I love love love it cause it always reminds me of Melanie and Elijah... Of course, they never do play THAT nicely together. He's more into wrestling with her and pushing her around, but it is nice to dream...

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.

Copics used: Girl's hair: E50, E53, E31, E33, E23, E25. Girl's Dress: BG10 BG13, BG15, BG18, E13, E23. Boy's hair: E23, E25, E27. Boy's pants: E13, Colorless blender. Boy's shirt E06, YR07. Skin: E000, E00, E11.

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

Gettin all Hollywood with it...

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:

(click on the photo for a larger version)

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

Congrats to our recent candy winner! AND.... New candy! :)

Thanks for everyone who played along in the Scrap-A-Doodle Doo Distress Markers candy give away... I apologize for not having really broadcast the candy as I have in the past, but I do thank you all for checking out the new Scrap A Doodle Doo blog and for commenting on the distress markers tutorial!

Our winner of the four distress markers from Tim Holtz is... (drumroll....)... Lucky #1~ Lizzie!!! :) Lizzie, please send me your address via email ( 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...

Then become a follower of the Doo blog (if you're not already one!) and leave me a comment on THAT post... then head back over here to let me know you played along for this week's candy and post a link back to this blog announcing the candy, then I'll put your name into the hat for your OWN Glimmer Misting Goodies...

I'll offer up one bottle of Chalkboard and one Bottle of Traditional Glimmer mist to the winner! :)

Candy ends April 16th... Happy scrapping! :)

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Nothing Distressing about the New Distress Markers! :) AND SOME CANDY!!!

Hey bloggers! I just finished playing with a little tutorial using Tim Holtz's Distress Markers and thought you might enjoy checking out the recap if you're looking at investing in these gems...

I used them to color in the Hero Arts Make Your Own stamp using a second generation stamping and coloring technique...

I love the vintage, distressed, colored result, and if you'd like to check out how I got such awesome colors incorporated together, visit the tutorial posted at the Scrap-A-Doodle Doo blog...

In keeping with the FUN of new goodies, I will run some candy for the next two weeks... Simply become a follower of the Doo blog and leave a comment on my tutorial by March 24th, and I'll put your name into a drawing so I can send you four of your OWN distress markers straight from the Doo! :) So head on over to the Doo Blog and as always, happy scrapping! :)

Saturday, February 25, 2012

"To sit in the shade on a fine day, and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment" (Mansfield Park)

Spring is officially in the air (although today happens to be a bit windy and cold)... But as soon as I feel that warm breeze I can't think of stamping wintery images any more. SOOOO, I HAD to crack out the Springtime Whiff of Joy images in honor of the new season...

 I used this week's sketch over at the 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)

Hello there blogland! :) Just checking in with a Webster's Pages and Dusty Attic influenced project I was playing around with after having taken my daughter and niece to XSRE for a little girlie time this past summer. The girls had a BLAST playing with the hats, accessories, and trinkets, and I had a mini photo shoot in honor of all the fun! :)
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...

THEN I used the water distressing technique to create the rolled peek-a-book look shown here, laced up with some pink ribbon and embellished with Dusty Attic's Lacing Tash chipboard pieces. Those were glitzed up with Glimmer Glam in gold and pearl accents were added using Viva Decor pens in cream. 

The pearls on the bottom were the final finishing touch to add some MORE girlieness to the page (as if it were missing some femininity!) Because of the fun distressing done here, I thought it might be appropriate to submit for the Southern Girls Challenge (So Distressed). Thanks for looking and happy scrapping!


Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Wonder and Awe

I can't believe how LITTLE snow we've had this winter... does it sound like I'm complaining about it? Cause I'm definitely NOT... Ok, maybe a little. I could use a snow day ANY day now! :)

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...

For this layout, I used the flip photo cases from Close to My Heart to allow me to include more pictures without cluttering the page. I even made space for journaling underneath the flipped photos which was kind of a foreign concept these days!

Monday, February 13, 2012

"Let's Hear it for the Boys"!!!

I don't know about you, but I find it SO hard to tailor my "foofy," girly, shabby shic style into masculine projects. Even my most masculine layouts HAVE to have a flower of some sorts or at least a piece of ribbon! :) But when I saw the Bo Bunny Cambridge Line of papers, I knew I HAD to play with it for my boy stuff... Or Harry Potter themed items! :)

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.
The sneek peek probably doesn't do the cards justice so I'll definitely post individual pics after the class has concluded, but I got busy with my spellbinders dies and some crackle paint/accents (as always!)... :) And I FINALLY cracked out the bakers twine that I HAD to have when it was released and then did NOTHING with until now! :) 

And these cards definitely ALREADY came in handy since I had not one but TWO masculine birthdays to celebrate just this weekend... Thanks for checkin' out my sneek peek and have a crafty day! :)

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

"Without music, life would be blank to me" (Emma)

Though I'm definitely NOT the queen of the double paged layout, I knew I'd have to attempt one as soon as I dug out my pictures from our recent trip to see Wicked with this year's students. The show was, needless to say, amazing, and both Melanie and I have been walking around the house singing "Defying Gravity," "Loathing," and "Popular" at random moments throughout the day! :)

To make this layout happen, I was blessed with a Wicked title strip as a gift from one of the scrappers at this weekend's Scrap A Doodle Doo crop, and I took my inspiration from there.
Coupled with this week's sketch from Creative Scrappers, and viola, I had LOADS of fun... :)
I used the Cricut Craft Room software to make the cool circle thingy with witch that appears on both pages and I even made an extra or two for some scrappy friends who peeped the embellie while I was makin' it! :) Have I mentioned that I love being able to weld? I have NOT yet gotten the gypsy I've been drooling over, but the Craft Room is so easy to use (and free!!) so although I'm still lusting over one, I think I can hold off for a little longer...
And there you have it... I totally had fun reliving the play while I scrapped it... I listened to the soundtrack to get into the groove and I just kinda visualized what it must've been like when Joey McIntyre and Idina Menzel played Fiero and Elpheba... Wow. The play was absolutely worth the wait though, and I'd go back any day! :)

Welcome February!!

With the LACK of snow falling in Northern NJ, I'm getting a little antsy... :) I mean, it's OK if the harsh weather chooses to pass us by this season, but I'm just getting worried that we're going to get something HUGE in recompense for the beautiful mild weather we're experiencing... Way to try to be the weather man, I know...

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

He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not...

Hello and happy new year blogland! I can't believe how long it's been since I last played on this page... so long it took me fifteen minutes to remember my blogger password! I miss my virtual friends! :) And my scrappy friends are making me HAVE to jump back into the blog land SOOOOOO...

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... :)

Five flower techniques, hopefully in under an hour! :) If you haven't yet registered for the crop, head on over to the Scrap A Doodle Doo website and sign up! It's guaranteed relaxation...

Many hugs!!!