Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and RAK winner

Congratulations Barbara (ladynurse4)!!! I will get your album off after the New Year as we are going to Paris!

Monday, December 24, 2007

RAK Christmas Album

I have a mini Christmas Album (about 6x6) that is just collecting dust, so if you leave a comment on this post telling me one of your Christmas Wishes I will choose a winner at random on Christmas Eve. Anyone can enter - you have until Dec 24th! Be sure to check back to see if you've won!

Good Luck!

Friday, December 14, 2007

I know its Christmas time

But I'm still scrapping Halloween. Here are a few layouts of the girls painting pumpkins.

RickRack Patty-Whack

Here is the card I did for the new {Caardvarks} challenge. Challenge was to use Ric Rac on a card. Okay, I know I'm not very original, I had a better idea, but it just didn't pan out! LOL!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Toot Toot

My 'You Have 4 Minutes' layout was featured on the Multi-photo Scrapbook Layouts blog! But what makes this extra cool is my friends (from ScrapGoods), Tara - Create the Perfect Snowman, and Rina - Fun Winter Memories, are both featured in this post as well! Great job ladies!!!

Friday, December 07, 2007

Glimmer mist and mica layouts

Uploading some of my layouts I did with the November ScrapGoods kit. The technique was Glimmer mists and Twinkling H2Os. Pictures don't really show very much, but they have a wonderful shimmer :D

Me and Ruby> This LO won the 'Best use of Stamp' category for the SG Nov Challenge. I stamped the frame, heat embossed with red embossing powder, and then painted with green mica and water. Then, I made my own shimmery brads by covering them in glue and dipping in the green mica.
This LO was for the Nov 'Scraplift' Challenge. The corner frame of the pic is Prima Paintables watercolor paper that I painted with twinkling H2Os. Flourish in the bottom left is blue glimmer mist sprayed on white cardstock. I then hand cut a flourish and accented with pearl mica powder. I took my Versamarker and drew flourishes around the big one and rubbed a burgandy mica on it to pick up the color. This was lots of fun, and once again, MUCH more shimmery in person!

Monday, December 03, 2007

Need a Hug Crop Challenge Projects

Here are the Challenges I did for the 'Need a Hug' crop over on the ScrapGoods message board this weekend. There are quite a few I didn't get to , but I have them on my never ending 'list of things to do' :D Thanks for Looking!

Challenge: use only cardstock and ribbons with one ribbon slider
I used cardstock and stamped the top half, yellow and orange ribbons with a chipboard ribbon slider covered with green cardstock. Flowers and title cut from cardstock using my cricut. Orange scallops are cardstock cut with my scallop scissors.Challenge: use buttons three ways
I used buttons for the middle of my flower, sewed a heart over a button, and broke buttons in half for the scallop border.
Challenge: use a sketch
Sketch is originaly from PageMaps, its the 5th one down, here is my take on it.
Challenge: Embellie Mania! Use as many embellies as you can - can't count more than three of each embellishment. Even though I could only count three of each embellie, here is all that I have on my LO:
4 pieces ric rac
3 pieces ribbon
3 pieces velvet ribbon
12 brads
12 buttons
14 rubons (the circles that are cut out)
3 eyelets (on the journal box)
4 cardstock stickers
65 pieces of bling - in one bling frame ;)

That's a total of 120 pieces on this layout!

Challenge: Alter Anything
I've had this clock sitting in the hallway for about a month. I bought it at Ikea for 2 euro and hoped it came apart so I could alter it. YAY! It did!! So I cut a large circle for the inside and heat embossed the numbers on it. Then I added some rubons and a little birdie stamp. I decorated the outside of the clock (which was plastic) with alcohol inks. It looks much better in real life! I am so proud. I made this for my scrapbook room, but Dustin reminded me last night that I only have three more weeks before I have to give up my scrapbook room :(
Challenge: Use a photo on a card/Make a holiday card/Doodle
I combined three challenges in one for this card. Sierra took a picture of our big stuffed reindeer. Not just any picture, a picture of his butt! LOL! So when I read the challenge, I immediately thought of this picture! Doodled on it too :D Left is card front, right is the inside of the card.
Challenge: Try to combine the most challenges on one LO.
Use 4 things you are hoarding (Bling Cardstock, Fancy Pants journal card, Heidi Swapp white ghost heart, KI Lace Cardstock)
Scraplift one of your OWN layouts - done
Use your two oldest items - the blue frames and the blue patterned paper with brown swirls
Doodle on a LO - doodled around the photos, on the photos, etc
Use the most embellishments (3 max of each) - eyelets, primas, ribbon, frames, shost shapes, brads, buttons, staples

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Journaling Jogger

We ladies over at ScrapGoods decided to hold a 'Need a Hug' crop this weekend just because we are all kind of bummed about the bad news (see previous post). There are lots of challenges and projects issued for this weekend and I'm having fun and getting some scrapping done.

Ryann is hosting the 'Journaling Jogger' project. Here is mine. The basis is to have a mini layout for each month for you to write important dates (like when the baby got her tooth, or the big girl was potty trained :D) so you won't forget when you go to scrap it.

I cut cardstock down to 4x8 and did my mini layouts. When I was finished I decorated the covers and then bound it with my zutter bind-it-all. I love that little machine!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

So Sad!!

My favorite site to visit on the web, my internet home, is in jeopardy of closing. ScrapGoods owners are taking a break and we don't know the future of the club :( Can I seriously cry!!! So my friends, if you have started a blog and want on my list, please leave a comment so I can add you to my links!!! I can't imagine not checking in with you all every day (multiple times!).

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Make Your Own Advent Calendar

Every single day my daughter asks 'How many more sleeps 'til Christmas?' So I decided to make an Advent calendar with the girls to help them countdown. We even put M&Ms in it so they get a little treat every day! I told some of you I would put instructions on how to make it... there are TONS of examples on the web, and a Tutorial from SCS. But here is how the girls and I did ours.

Mini Muffin tin
Red spray paint (or any color you want)
Cardstock in christmas colors
Patterned paper (if you want)
Asst stickers and diecuts or stamped images
Xryron magnet/laminate cartridge
Circle cutter
hammer and nail
large eyelets (optional)


1. Measure the diameter of the muffin holes on your tin. Make sure its the mini muffin tin with 24 spots (for the 24 days until Christmas). Using the nail and hammer, punch two holes to hang your ribbon from. I used a hammer and masonry nail because I couldn't find anything else that would punch the metal. So use whatever you can to get a hole in the dang thing.

2. Spray paint your muffin tin with whichever color you have chosen. Please spray paint and let dry outside so you don't get sick from the fumes!

3. While the tin is drying, cut out 24 circles that are the same diameter (or a bit bigger) than your muffin holes. You can cut from cardstock or patterned paper, whichever you decide. My holes were a little smaller than 2.25 inches so I wanted a 2.25 inch circle. Of course of all the punches and diecut machines I have (Cricut, Sizzix, Cuttlebug) I couldn't find a 2.25" circle, so I got my CM Circle Cutter out and handcut 26 green circles! Yes, I know that was two more than I needed, but I messed up a few :P

4. Cut smaller circles out of contrasting cardstock or patterned paper. For my second white circle I used a 1.75" circle punch. You could even cut a scalloped circle, or a square, or any other shape you wanted. This will be the base for your numbers or images.

5. Glue the two circles together with the smaller one matted on the large one. If you are going to stamp on the circles, this would be the time to do it.

6. Next, I ran all 24 circles through my Xryon 510 using the magnetic/laminate cartridge. This cartridge puts a magnet on one the back and laminates the top. If you don't have this machine... stop right now, you cannot finish this project. LOL! JUST KIDDING!!!! You can buy magnet pieces or sheets to glue your circles on. The muffin tin is metal, so magnets would be best, but you could even put velcro on the pieces and the tin to get it to adhere.

7. I hand cut the circles (again) and had a laminated magnet. Next was the girls favorite part.

8. I got all my Jolee's and other 3D stickers out, and diecuts and some buttons (the gingerbread people) and let the girls go to town. I used my Ultimate glue to glue them on, even though they were stickers so they wouldn't fall off. This stuff is the best... I need to order more!! I seriously love it, it is like superglue, but it dries totally clear, so you can even glue down clear buttons and transparencies and such! Okay, enough plugging the glue... lol.

If you don't have, or don't want stickers and diecuts, you could put numbers on the circles instead for the countdown. Or (as long as its not laminated yet) you could stamp and color in images. Be creative, its your countdown!

9. Set large eyelets in the holes you punched in the tin in step one. I just glued mine in as I couldn't get them to set without smashing the eyelet. You could skip this step if you want.

10. String ribbon through the holes (and/or eyelets) and tie. I strung through and tied knots, and then tied bows with the same ribbon and sewed the bows on the knot so they face out and aren't twisted. VOILA! Hang your calendar on the wall and have fun counting down!

The magnets aren't the strongest, so we could only get about 10 M&Ms in the tins so the tops wouldn't fall off, but the girls now get a treat every morning until Christmas (what was I thinking!!! 24 days of chocolate!!)

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

My Disney Book

Just trying to get some more LOs done for my Disney album. Some of these may have been posted before or look familiar because of the LOs I did for my mom's Disney book. Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Getting Organized!

Pretty soon I will have to give up my scraproom :( My in-laws are coming to visit for Christmas and then after that, the third bedroom will be turned into a room for my youngest DD. She will be 18 months... so probably about time she gets her own room (and out of Mommy and Daddy's!) So I've been trying to (slowly) get organized... here is what I've done this last week:

Cleaned up my desk area (for those of you who don't know me... Yes, this IS clean!)

I noticed that I tend to look for things based on color... so I bought some plastic containers for my ribbon and sorted by color. The containers are about half the size of a shoebox. Found some neat ribbons I had forgotten about!

I bought these drawers at Ikea this weekend. Just sorted all my flowers by color and I have six drawers left over. I'm going to alter these too... one of these days! :DAll the different drawers of flowers. From top left: Teal, Burgandy, Yellow, Green, Orange, Pink, Purple, Blue, Brown, White/Cream, Black/Grey, and Red! These drawers are pretty big too. Each drawer probably has about 200 flowers in it - except for the Black and Grey one. Um, I DO NOT need more flowers!!!

And these are the Ikea shelves that were given to us that I need to move into the bedroom so I can start putting stuff on them.
I also bought 12 glass bottles for my buttons and brads, but I haven't started on that yet. I wanna cry I still have SO MUCH to do. I have way too much stuff (SHHHH... don't tell my husband I said that!)

ADDED 15 Nov:
Also bought 12 glass bottles for my buttons at Ikea. Then I realized I have more brads than buttons, so I put brads in them last night. No joke, I spent 2.5 hours digging out all the packages of brads everywhere and sorting by color!!! I had so many brads not even opened! And I considered not opening them, but then figured they would get tucked away and not used again. So I ripped open about 6 new packages of brads, all the brads we get in swaps and for extras. EVERYTHING! And put them in jars!

Purple, Green, Pink and Blue were my fullest jars. Seriously, I must have about 300 of these EACH! I came to the conclusion last night that I DO NOT! need to buy anything else for a long long long time...

Monday, November 12, 2007

Tagged Again :D

This one is from Tara

Ten things I did this weekend:
1. Drove to the Netherlands - YAY!
2. Scrapped all weekend long with Marinka
3. Played with a Silhouette - so awesome!
4. Saw the North Sea
5. Met up with Petra
6. Played with Alcohol inks - and acquired a set - thanks Marinka!
7. Talked to Sierra and Ruby on the phone
8. Ate marzipan for the first time
9. Shopped at an indoor mall for the first time since moving to Germany
10. Went to Ikea - so in love with that store!

9 things on my agenda this week:
1. Pay for my table at the craft fair
2. buy a screwdriver
3. post office
4. clean my kitchen
5. try to get caught up on laundry
6. finish making items for craft fair
7. put together my Ikea drawers
8. scrap
9. dye my hair.... thinking red/auburn

8 shows I watched last week:
1. Are you smarter than a 5th grader
2. Shark
4. CSI
5. Mickey Mouse (and everything else on the Disney Channel)
6. Jay Leno
7. Friends
8. My Wife and Kids

7 things I cooked last week:
1. Chicken Enchiladas
2. Macaroni and cheese
3. Chicken Nuggets
4. Baked Beans
5. Waffles
6. Eggs
7. Oatmeal

6 things I read this week:
1. CK Dec issue
2. Simple Scrapbooks Nov issue
3. Scrapbooks Etc Oct issue
4. ScrapGoods Message Board
5. Creative Express Message Board
6. Splitcoast Stampers Message Board
(I know... I'm obsessed!!!)

5 Reasons to be happy today:
1. I got to see Sierra and Ruby!
2. I made it home safely (although with a rather long detour)
3. I have lots of Ikea stuff for my scrappy room
4. I can sleep in my own bed
5. I have euro left over from my trip

4 things I need to buy:
1. a screwdriver
2. a table at the craft fair
3. stamps
4. secret santa stuff

3 people I saw this weekend:
1. Marinka
2. Petra
3. Marinka's gorgeous family!

2 things I am thankful for right now:
1. I am thankful I made it home today
2. My family loves me

One Final Thought:
I need to go to bed!

Friday, November 02, 2007

Anatomy of a Card

I am in the process of making cards for the Arts and Crafts Bazaar at Ramstein Nov 17-18th. I figured I could try to get some extra cash for the holidays by selling the things I love to make out of my surplus of stash!!! I'm trying real hard to dwindle down my ever-growing scrappy supplies, much to Dustin's chagrin, it is not working. Oh well!

So I have a favorite card that I've made many times because I really just like it. Nothing fancy, its just fun and elegant. Because it is my favorite card, I decided I would make 12 to offer for sale at the Bazaar. The anatomy of my card follows:

I got my stamps and ink out and started to stamp the images. Remember, I wanted to make 12 cards. So I get a piece of white cardstock out and proceed to stamp 12 images of my 'CosmoBella' Oops... I can only fit 10 on the paper. No worries, I'll just make 10 cards :D

Upon further inspection of the images I notice that I must have gotten too hurried and wasn't taking my time to not get blurry or over stamped images. Happens quite frequently actually... maybe I should slow down and pay more attention to my stamps.
See the blurry or faded parts the arrows are pointing to in the above picture. This was the case on 3 of my 10 images. Not bad odds really. And not a problem, I'll just make 7 cards (for all of you who are challenged, 10-3 = 7 ) LOL!

Then I proceed to color in my images. I love to use the Stampin' Up Watercolor Crayons with a paint brush. I just dip my brush in water, drag it across the crayon, and apply to my image. After CosmoBella was all colored in, I took a Gelly Roll glitter pen to her drink, belt and sandals. Now, the following image is kind of hard to see, but inside the black circle, I got a splash of green paint on her shirt.
Being the perfectionist I am, and the fact that I want to SELL these cards, I scrap this Bella as its smudged. Okay, no problem, I can still make 6 cards. Good thing I didn't cut card bases for 12 cards - LOL! So I cut the card bases and layers and stamp 'Celebrate' on the Bling Bazzill. One of them came out smudged (I really need to pay more attention :eyeroll:)

See the shadow? That would be overstamping. Oh well, just another card for my stash box!

So finally I get all the cards assembled. Woohoo! I have 5 cards to sell... from the 12 I started out making! JEEZ! I must be having an off day. I made 12 Christmas cards last night and only messed up 1, so I came out with 11!

Here is the final product. My CosmoBella "celebrate' -ing. Don't know why, but I just really like this card. Maybe because it has scallops, or bling bazzill (shimmery cardstock), or the fact that I get to color Bella in and coloring is soothing! Either way, I hope these cards sell at the Bazaar or an awful lot of you will be getting card packages for Christmas!!