Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Wednesday Elle's Studio Saying Good Bye

Happy Wednesday,

4 years ago my father passed away and I inherited his car.  It was a 1999 Lexus but when I got it it only had 28,000 miles on it.  It ran perfectly!  I so loved this car.  It was my first "luxury" item.  My dad was a HUGE golfer and in the back trunk he had several golf umbrellas and visors.  When I got it I just couldn't part with them and for 4 years I drove with these items and also his CD's in the car.  It still felt like HIS car.  Well, in June the car was having problems and the dealership said that it would cost more to repair than what it was worth.  So we decided to trade it in.  When we were leaving the house to trade the car in Jack asked me "Mom are you sad that you are getting rid of the car?"  and in that moment I realized that I was getting rid of the car AND my Dad in a way.  It always just felt like maybe he was still around because I had his things with me.  It still hurts to have lost him.  He was diagnosed with cancer in November and died just 4 months later.  So I wanted to do a layout about this experience.  It was really cathartic.  (I am sorry to be rather personal today on the blog but this layout means a whole lot to me! and I am VERY happy about it!)

This layout uses the April Paper Bakery Kit.  I used all the Elle's Studio components in the layout along with other odds n ends that I had in my stash from studio calico and Elle's Studio.
Paper , tags, elle's studio
wood veneer- studio calico
doodlebug pearls
alpha- glitz
sewing machine

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I will be back with the new SOG August Challenge!  See you then, Have a wonderful and crafty day!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Tuesday SOG Digi Release Phone Mae

Happy Tuesday,

Today I have a new SOG digi release for you.  If you have a tween or teenage girl you really NEED this stamp!  This is Phone Mae and she is just the cutest little girl EVER!  I love her talking on the phone in her slippers.  She is just way too cute.  I made the card very CAS because I wanted Mae as the star!  I used some Jillibean Soup pape and then used some washi tape.  I then attached Mae with pop dots to give her a little dimention.  I added some bling because EVERY little girl needs bling. Right???  And finally I stamped my sentiment using one of the clear stamps from SOG! I think it she is just the cutest!!
Be sure to drop by the Some Odd Girl Shop and pick up Mae!  I think you will LOVE coloring her!

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I hope you have a wonderful and crafty day!

Monday, July 29, 2013

Monday Core'dinations and Golf

Happy Monday,
Did you have a great weekend?  We sure did .  I once again just relaxed and hung with the family.  I am still on my crafting break and it was really nice to just to relax! but I am back to crafting this week!

Today I have a new layout using some yummy Core Impressions.  I love this collection.  With this one there is a wood grain embossed on the 12x12 sheet. I also used another piece of the cardstock that has a light flower pattern.  I then cut some clouds using the Silhouette and then embossed those with an embossing folder and lightly sanded them.   I then used some yummy American Crafts papers, some flair, and wood veneer.

This photo was taken last summer when we all went to play Miniature Golf.  We all had som much fun and I got a photo of my 3 favorite guys!
cardstock and tag- core'dinations
paper- american crafts
alphabet- jillibean soup and glitz
studio calico wood veneer
a flair for buttons

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I will be back tomorrow with a new digi release from Some Odd Girl.  If you have teen girls you are totally going to want this adorable new image!!  See you then.  Have a wonderful and crafty day!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Friday Moxxie Bowling

Happy Friday,
I have a quick layout to share for you today.  Jack and I love to bowl and when we went bowling over the winter holiday last year he was so cute watching his balls go down the alley. When he didn't know I was taking the photo I smapped a quick instagram photo of him.  I love it when they don't know you are taking a photo. Don't you?

For my layout I used the Bowlers Up collection from Moxxie.  I fisrt made the background using the Silhoeutte and then I layered my pattern paper.  I added some washi tap, wood veneer and flair and called it a day!
paper- moxxie
washi tape ????
studio calico
flair for buttons

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I will be back on Monday with an all new week of projects.  See you then.  Have a wonderful and crafty day!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Thursday Oh So Good

Happy Thursday!

So what have you been up to?  I was actually able to scrap a bit for myself last week!  I have been working hard these last couple of days on DT work but I am now taking a couple of days off!  I cleaned my scraproom from top to bottom so that when I get back to crafting next week sometime I will ready to go!!  I do this every couple of months -- I clean like crazy and then take a little break to recharge and then I come back ready to go.  This way I never get burnt out from my hobby.

So as I mentioned I did a little scrapping for myself last week.  I entered the Elle's Studio weekly challenge.  You can go here to see the details.  I broke out my Paper Bakery Kit from March and I made a layout about my favorite thing- Peanut butter and chocolate frozen yogurt.  I am totally addicted and I have to  have it at least once a week to get my fix! LOL!!  I used my silhouette to cut out the sunburst pattern and then used the negative space and backed it with Elle's Studio paper.  I then masked it off and misted my paper with some pink paint. ( I NEVER get to use the pink and it was soooo fun!).  Next I layered some file tabs and paper behind my photo. Finally I added some yummy pink twine from The Stringery!  I love how it turned out!  I didn't win the challenge but I had a ball making it!
cardstock- core'dinaations
paper- tags- elle's studio
flair- paper bakery
twine- the stringery
mist- studio calico
alpha- glitz

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I will be back tomorrow with my Moxxie Friday layout!  See you then!  Have a wonderful and crafty day!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Tuesday Core'dinations and Captain Jack

Happy Tuesday

I have a new Core'dinations project to share with you today.  When I was making this layout I wanted to get a bit messy.  I started with a piece of the Spotted cardstock from Core'dinations. I lightly sanded it to reveal the lighter blue.  I then broke out some paint and just painted it on the cardstock.  Core is awesome because it is a very strudy cardstock and it can handle the paint.  I then made some Slhouette nautical shapes while the paint was drying.  Core is so awesome in the Silhouette.  I then layered come pattern paper along with some of the core shapes.  I also added some of the smooth tags ( I have to say I am in LOVE with the tags!)
 cardstock- core'dinations
pattern paper, flair- fancy pants
tags- core'dinations
elle's studio die cut tags
alpha stickers- october afternoon, jillibean soup
wood veneer- studio calico
sewing machine

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I will be back on Thursday with a new project.  See you then.  Have a wonderful and crafty day!

Monday, July 22, 2013

MOnday CHA Sneak Peek

Happy Monday!

Well, CHA is going on right now and all this week we have sneak peeks of all the new clear stamp sets that will be coming out starting in August.  Today I am up with a sneak and let me tell you I am just totally crazy about these new stamp sets! They are just so darn cute!!

 This set that I used is filled with the adorable coffee cup here and lots of breakfast items.  I used 2 of the stamps on this card- the cup, the steam, and the sentiment.  I think you are totally going to love this stamp set.  I know I do.

Be sure to stop by the SOG Blog all this week because the SOG Design Team are showing off sneak peeks all week.  You can go HERE!

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I will be back tomorrow with a new layout.  See you then.  Have a wonderful and crafty day!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Friday Scrapbook Steals Steal of the Day- Echo Park

Happy Friday!!

Today I am so excited because the over at Scrapbook Steals the deal of the day is AMAZING!!!  Can I say Echo Park and Christmas?????  Well, it is Christmas in July and the steal of the day is a paper and sticker collection that is OUT of this World!!!  In the collection you will receive TONS of Echo Park Christmas collections with coordinating stickers, journaling cards and paper!  I got to play with this collection last week and let me tell you was so much fun.

I created 4 projects with this kit and I could have make about 10 more projects easily.  There is so much stuff!  I made 2 layouts and 2 cards for you.  Here on my blog I will reveal 1 card and 1 layout and then you will have to pop over to the Scrapbook Steals sight to see the others.  So let's get to it!

My first card I used the Dots & Stripes collection.  I just love this collection because it is your basic collection pack and it works back to the other collections so beautifully.  I love it when things can coordinate from different collections.  I used the paper and coordinating stickers for my card.

For my second project I created a layout using the Merry Christmas collection.  In this layout I used the pattern paper and the stickers to create this clean and simple layout.  I love using the stickers because the are such a fun embellishment!

So now if you are getting in the mood for Christmas and you want to see more Christmas inspiration and you want to see more of this awesome kit - head on over to Scrapbook Steals and check it out.  I would love it if you could leave a little bit of love over there too if you have time!  ( They are on mountain time so if you head on over early it won't be up yet!)

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I will be back on Monday with a sneak peek at a new clear stamp set that is going to be released next week at CHA for Some Odd Girl!  Now that is fun!!  See you then.  Have a wonderful and crafty weekend!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Wednesday Imaginsice Designer Day

Happy Wednesday!

The assignment over at Imaginisce was to create a project that shows off your own personal style and highlight your favorite Imaginisce Tool.  This was very easy for me to pick my favorite tool because I am totally in love with the I Rock.  For the project I new I just had to make a layout with one of my favorite collections- Endless Summer!

For my layout I had a photo of Jack on our summer vacation last year.  He was so excited when we went on our daily walk on the beach and he found a coconut washed up on the beach.  He thought it was so cool and awesome!  So I wanted to highlight this photo with a fun frame.  I I also used one of the Snag'em stamps and colored the sun with my Spectrum Noir markers.  Using my Silhouette I cut out the waves and title.

I have a photo of my layout before I started adding the Glam Rocks.  I love my layout but I just love the added pop of the Glam Rocks when the are added to the page.
 A close up now of the added Glam Rocks mixed in with the paint sprays.
 A close up on how easy it is to use the I Rock tool.
My final layout!
paper- chipboard, journaling sticker- stamp- bling- Imaginisce3
sewing machine
alpha stickers- october afternoon
spectrum noir markers

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I am taking the day off but I will back on Friday with the AWESOME steal of the day over at Scrapbook Steals--sssshhhhh a hint Christmas in July!!!!!  You aren't going to want to miss it!  See you then,  Have a wonderful and crafty day!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Tuesday SOG Communtity Challenge Embossing Folders

Happy Tuesday!

Have you ever visited the Some Odd Girl Community?  It is a really awesome and fun place to hang out, chat with friends, see a ton of inspiration, watch videos and just have fun!  Well, each week there is a new challenge.  This week's challenge is to break out your embossing folders and create a project that uses them!

For my project I broke out my new embossing folder by Darice.  I thought the stars would just be so perfect for this little guy who is just ROCKIN'.  I used my Core'dinations Gemstones Assorted cardstock and ran it through the embossing folder.  I then pieced them together and lightly sanded the embossing.  I then adhered my SOG image and then stamped my sentiment.  Love how it turned out!!
cardstsock- core'dinations gemstones, neenah solar white
clear and digi stamps- some odd girl
ink- hero arts, memento
markers- spectrum noir

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I will be back with a new layout from Imaginisce tomorrow!  See you then!  Have a wonderful and crafty day!

Monday, July 15, 2013

Monday Core'dinations Be You

Happy Monday!

Did you have a nice weekend?  I did!  On Sunday I did something that I haven't done in AGES!  I went to Archiver's and met a friend and we scrapped the afternoon away!  It was so much fun!!  Loved every minute of it!

Core'dinations has some of the coolest cardstock ever!  One of those is the Tim Holtz Kraft - Core Seasonal Impressions.  I was blown away at how cool this paper was and how it totally made an awesome layout it minutes!

I used the Americana paper and added some Moxxie and I had the layout done!  For the cardstock I lightly sanded the embossed cardstock to reveal the core.  Next, I made a mat for my photo and scored the paper to create a frame and then lightly sanded it to expose the scoring.  I then layered my pattern paper and added my photo!  The cardstock totally makes this page.  I also cut part of the title using my Core and Silhouette! Lastly I added some wood veneer, a little bit of twine from The Stringery and a flair badge!
cardstock- Core'dinations
pattern paper- moxxie
flair- a flair for buttons
twine- the stringery
wood veneer- studio calico and little yellow bicycle

Thanks for stopping by today.  I will be back tomorrow with a new project!  See you then!  Have a wonderful and crafty day!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Friday Moxxie Sketch and Two Cards

Happy Friday!!

Today I have to share with you a card sketch I made for Moxxie.  The sketch is pretty basic and lends itself to a lot of different interpretations.

For my first card I made a baby card.  I just love the pink sky and clouds.  I used on of the die cuts as my sentiment and added some wood veneer for a quick and easy embellishment.

For my next card I used an older collection from Moxxie and made a 4th of July card.  For my sentiment I used on of the stickers and adhered it to a doily that I made on the Silhouette.  Both cards were made in minutes!  
paper- moxxie
cardstock- core'dinations
wood veneer- studio calico
sewing machine

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I will be back on Monday with an entire week filled with new projects.  See you then.  Have a wonderful and crafty weekend!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Wednesday Some Odd Girl Coloring with Pencils and Gamsol

Happy Wednesday!

I love to color!  I think my obsession started as a little girl and I never gave it up.  When I first started to color again in my paper crafting I started out with pencils.  Then the craze of alcohol markers swept the coloring world and I have to admit I jumped on the band wagon.  Don't get me wrong- I love my Spectrum Noir markers BUT I still love my pencils and will NEVER give them up!!  You can achieve awesome shading with the pencils and quite frankly I think they are easier to use- just my humble opinion.

Some Odd Girl is having and entire week devoted on how to color your SOG images.  There are so many wonderful ways to color and you are going to want to check them all out HERE

So for my tutorial I am going to use Prismacolor Pencils and Gamsol.  Here is the final image of Sneaky Boy Tobie!
Isn't he just the cutest?   I just adore him.  He reminds me of my Jack!  Evey part of this image has been colored with Pencils.  To see how just click on the video below.
I would love it if you stopped by the Some Odd Girl blog and left a little love over there.  I would appreciatte it TONS!  Thanks!!

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I am taking the day off tomorrow but I will be back on Friday with a new Moxxie card sketch and 2 inspiration cards.  See you then!  Have a wonderful and crafty day!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Tuesday Some Odd Girl July Digi Release

Happy Tuesday!

This week Some Odd Girl is releasing some brand new digi cut files.  I am in LOVE with these new digi files because you can do SOOOOOO many fun things with them.  I wanted to use them in a non traditional manner to show the diversity of these cut files.

The first set of cut files are rectangular and there are arrow, chevrons, and triangles. The rectangular shape is just perfect for a base of a card.  I used the triangles for this one and I decided to take the cut file and cut it out and then use it as a mask for my card.  I placed it on my card base and used some Studio Calico mist to create my background.  I then added Sneaky Boy Tobie and stamped my sentiment.  Love how this turned out!  (Tune in tomorrow for a video on coloring your images with Prismacolor pencils and gamsol!)
The next set of brand new cut files are circular using the same arrows, triangle and chevrons.  Again I wanted to use the cut files in a non traditional way.  I cut the circle out and instead of attaching it to a circular card base I used it on a scrapbooking layout.
paper- elle's studio and Studio calico
washi tape- imaginisce and bella blvd.
tags- elle's studio
wood veneer- studio calico and little yellow bicycle
alphabet- glitz
digi cut file- SOME ODD GIRL

( The paper and tags came from the Paper Bakery April kit)

So head on over to the Some Odd Girl SHOP and pick up these amazing cut files for all your paper crafting projects!

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I will be back tomorrow with a video on how to color a Some Odd Girl image (Sneaky Boy Tobie) using Prismacolor pencils and gamsol.  See you then.  Have a wonderful and crafty day!

Monday, July 8, 2013

Monday Splash

Happy Monday,
Did you have a nice weekend?  We did.  I had 2 tennis matches and then I just literally hung out on the couch with my family.  The weather was rainy and we just hung out and watched movies.  It was so awesome!!  I am not usually a lazy type person but sometimes it feels so good to be lazy.

I am still scrapping last year's vacation and several weeks ago I actually had some time to scrap for myself.  I had just visited Archiver's and picked up a couple sheets of the Fancy Pants summer collection (I have forgotten the name of the line- sorry).  I really loved it and I wanted to try out the "nautical look".   I also broke into my stash and used a little bit of everything- elle's studio tags, little yellow bicycle stickers, etc.  It was really fun!
paper, flair, die cuts- fancy pants
wood veneer- studio claico
stickers- little yellow bicycle, jillibean soup
tags- elle's studio

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I will be back tomorrow with the new release of the digi cut files from Some Odd Girl.  See you then,  Have a wonderful and crafty day!

Friday, July 5, 2013

Friday Moxxie Blog Hop with a Sketch

Hi Everyone,

Guess what day is today?  Yes, that is correct.  It is the first Friday of the month and that means it is Moxxie Blog Hop time.  This month we are going to shake things up just a bit!  Design Team Member Mary Pat Siehl has created another sketch for you and each Muse will show you their take on the sketch.  The Muses will be using all different Moxxie collections.  It is going to be so fun to see what collections the Muses are using and to see how each one interprets the sketch.

So let's get us started with the sketch!  This sketch is very fun and lends itself to many different interpretations.
Isn't this sketch great?  

For my project I combined two different collections - Basketball and Tennis I stuck pretty close to the skeetch but I did add a few things ( a large star, and smaller stars all scattered around).  

So let's get hopping.  Here are the Moxxie Muse's links.  Simply hop to ALL the blogs and Leave a Comment. Don't forget the final stop- The Moxxie Blog and leave a comment there.  

So have I mentioned the Giveaway?  This month one winner will win ONE ENTIRE COLLECTION of their choosing from the Moxxie store.  Isn't that just so awesome????  I know!  It totally rocks!  So I know you are going to have fun today!

The hop starts today and the winner will be announced Wednesday July 10th, 2013 on the Moxxie blog.  Good luck!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Thursday 4th of July with Imaginisce

Happy 4th of July,

I hope Everyone has a Wonderful and Happy 4th of July!

Over at Imaginisce all week we have been having projects inspired by the holiday.  I made a large Firecracker.  This was formed using my Silhouette and all the paper is Imaginisce.  It is going to be my centerpiece for our table.  I think it is just so cute!

Everything is Imaginisce

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I will be back tomorrow with  the July Moxxie Blog HOp!  See you then,  Have a wonderful and crafty day!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Wednesday July Imaginisce Monthly Challenge

Happy Wednesday!

How is your week going?  So far so good here!  I have started the yearly task of going room by room and tearing it apart and cleaning and pitching!  I started in Jack's room yesterday and hopefully will finish today.  It looks so good.  I need to go out today and buy a bookshelf for him to keep his books that he has started reading.  Then after organizing this room I move on to the next room.  I generally have about 5 loads of stuff at the end of the cleaning to give to the Goodwill.  I love purging!!! It feels so good.  LOL!!!

Imaginisce is having their monthly challenge.  The sketch is so awesome!  Let's take a look:
Isn't it just awesome?  So much room for interpretation.  Here is my look.
paper-die cuts-stickers-imaginisce
I Top-imaginisce
mist and stencil- studio calico
sewing machine

To enter this awesome challenge please go HERE to read all the ins and outs.  

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I will be back tomorrow with a home decor piece for the 4th of jUly!  See you then.  Have a wonderful and crafty day!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Tuesday Scrapbook Steals - Washi Tape

Hey everyone.

Today over at Scrapbook Steals I am up with a how to blog feature.  My how to is about how to make quick and easy Washi tape cards.  I don't know about you but I have a ton of washi tape but I am not using it as fast as I am collecting it.  So I have 2 cards for you that literally take seconds to make.  All  you need is Washi Tape and a couple of stamps.

Card #1
Cards #2

To see how I made these 2 cards you can watch the video and there is also a 3rd card.  If you would like to see the 3rd card and NOT watch the video you can go HERE to the Scrapbook Steals blog.
I would love it if you stopped by the Scrapbook Steals blog HERE and said hi!  (The blog is set for mountain time so it will be up later in the day!)

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I will be back tomorrow with a new layout using Imaginisce.  See you then.  Have a wonderful and crafty day!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Monday Some Odd Girl July Challenge

Happy Monday and Happy July 1st.

Can you believe how fast this summer is going.  I can't believe it is July 1st already.  Please time SLOW DOWN!

Some Odd Girl is having there monthly challenge and this one is once again a sketch challenge.
For my take on it I used Kaylee.
supply list
paper- echo park
wood veneer- studio calico
digi stamp- some odd girl
markers- spectrum noir

Now you are going to want to head on over to the Some Odd Girl blog (HERE) and check out the rules for entering the challenge.

I will be back tomorrow with a new project and video for you!  See you then.  Have a wonderful and crafty day!