Friday, January 29, 2010

Watch Dog

Happy Friday Everyone!  This layout is my DT project this week over at Frosted Designs.  This week's challenge is to use embossing on your project.  I will admit that I do not do a lot of embossing on my layouts, but am tickled pink with how cute this layout is.  The subject of my layout is my precious dog,  Zoey.  She is definetely the "watch dog" of the yard.  She will sit by the side fence keeping on eye on the back of the property.  She patiently sits waiting for the deer, rabbits, or anything else that happens to appear.  I love the smaller photo on the layout!  Can you see her nose peering through the gate?

Most of the paper I used is  the new Basic Grey Origins.  Great for those outdoor layouts.  I also used some papers by Making Memories, Chloe's Closet.

I used the distressed Stripes Cutttlebug embossing folder on the fence, then added some chestnut roan ink.
The Bazzill paper I used on the tree was already embossed.  I used my Cricut Serenade cartridge to cut out the tree.  The cute little bird is from the K and Company Ka-zoo collection.  The flowers along the fence are Basic Grey Origins.  I cut the grass using Cricut cartridge Plantin Schoolbook.

I cut the watch out from Cricut cartridge My Community.  The flowers are Making Memories Chloe's Closet.
The cute little little bees are K and Company Ka-Zoo. I used the Loop punch by Martha Stewart.  The cute little sign that points to Zoey's nose came from the digital kit, Everyday Moments by Digital Scrappers Experts. Oh, almost forgot, I used Cricut cartridge Street Sign for the title. I had so much fun working on this one!  Hope you enjoy it.

Sunday, January 24, 2010


I came across this beautiful picture from a few winters ago.  I can't take credit for the picture,  but I can give the credit to my talented daughter Sara.  She has eye for taking photos at different angles.  I used the Friday sketch over at Practical Scrappers.  You can check it out here. This layout did not photograph very well.  Today has been one of those cloudy, rainy days.

All of the beautiful paper I used is Bo Bunny,A Gift of Love.  They are glittered and absolutely stunning.  The chipboard tree and snowflakes are Little Yellow Bicycle 25 Days of Christmas.  I added some baby blue and lavendar stickles to them. The center of the snowflakes have glittery brads, also by Bo Bunny.  I did a lot of inking using Tsukineko Dew Drops Chalk Ink in Purple Hydrangea.  I printed my title on vellum using a Christmas Card font.  Haven't used vellum in a while. I found the lace trim at a local fabric store.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Home Sweet Home

This layout is my first project as a Design Team member over at Frosted Designs.  Their challenge this week is to use chipboard on your project.  I chose to do a layout of my house. The paper I used is all by Basic Grey, Boxer Collection.  I thought the color scheme went well with my Spanish style house.  I had a lot of fun working on this layout.  It gave me the opportunity to use my new Cricut Serenade cartridge.

The large chipboard flourishes are by Fancy Pants.  I chose to paint them brown.  I then punched some scalloped sqaures from some thin chipboard.  I punched several of them and then layered them.  I then covered them with patterned paper and added HOME using Ashlyn's Alphabet by Cricut.

The dainty blue border at the bottom of the page is actually a doily paper by Basic Grey.  I punched several different sizes of circles and added them also at the bottom of the page.

Along the top of the page I punched out a brown border using my Martha Stewart Doily Lace border punch.  I inked the edges and added some blue brads, and then backed it with more of the Basic Grey Doily paper.

I cut the bird and the tree from my new Cricut Serenade cartridge.  I love this cartridge.  It has a lot of cute trees, birds and butterflies on it.

The flowers were in my stash.  All I did was add blue brads to the center.  The leaves were cut using a Quickutz die.  I did a lot of inking on the layout.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Everyone Must Take Time To Sit And Watch The Leaves Turn

Fall is no doubt my favorite time of the year.  I love the colors and am amazed every year when the leaves turn color.  I took this picture a few years ago at a park down the street from my house.  I based my layout on the current sketch challenge over at Stuck On U Sketches.

The paper  by K I Memories I have had for awhile.  The circle around the picture I cut using the George cartridge with my Cricut, and inked it with dark brown ink.

The cute little border at the bottom is by Recollections.

The felt leaves are by Jolees, and the word Autumn is by Cloud Nine.

On the upper right hand side of the layout I added strips of ribbon.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

A Card For A Friend

I rarely make cards, but I have a friend who is really going through some rough times and I thought a hand made card woud cheer her up.  I also thought I would enter this card in the current challenge over at Practical Scrappers.  Their challenge this week is to use some type of embossing on your project.

I went through my cuttlebug embossing folders and came across the swirl one.  After I embossed the paper, I inked it with chestnut roan ink.  All papers are Basic Grey Sugared.  Pearl flourish by Prima, photo corner by EK Success.  Love the font I used.  It's called Bizzy Bee.The butterfly is a Martha Stewart punch.

Monday, January 18, 2010

I Made The Design Team at Frosted Designs!

I am delighted to say that I have made the Design Team over at Frosted Designs.  This is my first time being a part of a design team and I am thrilled to take part in their weekly challenges.  I spent Saturday working on my first challenge and can't wait to share it with everyone!

Sunday, January 17, 2010


Sweet Sandy over at Details by Sandy passed this award to me.  What a treat!  Sandy is a truly amazing person, and her eye for detail on her layouts are truly inspirational.  I look forward to seeing what creations she comes up with.  Even though we have never met, I feel as though I have known her a life time.  Sandy is also co-creator of Stuck on U Sketches.  Here weekly sketches are posted and anyone can join in the fun.

Now I am to list 10 things that knock my socks off and pass this to 3 blogs that do the same.  The three blogs that I have chosen are:

Here is my list:
1.  My two kids - they are my inspiration and motivation in life.
2.  My mom and sister - my family, but also my friends.
3.  My third child - Zoey my beloved dog.  Loveable and loyal to the end.
4.  My friends - who have stuck with me through thick and thin.
5.  Life - it has had its ups and downs.  I am truly blessed with what I am and what I have.
6.  Scrapbooking - my creative outlet.
7.  Gardening - hard work, but so worth it when everything is in bloom.
8.  Autumn - always amazes me when the leaves turn color.  Breath taking, Gods's giving.
9.  The internet - without it I never would have been a part of the scrapper's world.
10. Weekends - Never long enough, but the time when my family is home and we can be together.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Bundle Up!

I  came across some more old pictures and decided to do a layout of my son way, way back from 1991.  He was only 4 years old.  He was so cute, all bundled up playing outside in the snow.  He was so into dinosaurs back then.  Instead of building a snowman, he built snow dinosaurs.  He was so cute and I remember that day!  He had so much fun!  This layout did not photograph very well.  I will give it another try tomorrow in the day light.

I decided to give color blocking a try with this layout.  I see more and more of it in the galleries.  The paper I used was a winter stack I bought at Michaels last year by SEI.  I inked the edges of the squares with some chestnut roan ink.  I broke down and pulled out my sewing machine and stitched around the squares.  I definitely need to adjust the tension on my machine.  Haven't used it in years!  I used my Cricut, Cricut Design Studio and the George cartridge to cut out the frame around the large picture.

The title and mittens I have had forever.  Remember Rebecca Sower embellishments?  These embellishments are made of felt and were sold by EK Success.

I love the trim I used around the layout.  I bought several of these spools a few years ago at Joanns.  The "sweater" like rick rack is soft and reminds me of a pair of mittens.

The snowman I had in my stash.  Not sure who made it.  I did ink it a little to blend in with the colors on my layout.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


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Sunday, January 10, 2010

Santa Was Here

I can't believe that a whole week has gone by and I haven't done any scrapbooking.  My creativity went AWOL and it was driving me crazy!  Last night I was laying in bed and an idea popped into my head.  Thank goodness!

I found myself again looking through old photos.  I believe that the magic in Christmas is what he get through our kids.  It was so magical when my kids were younger.  I surely miss those days.  I guess that is why I find myself gravitating towards old photos lately.  I came across this photo last weekend.  This was taken 15 years ago, back in the good old days when they still believed!  I was married at the time and my husband took a pair of his hunting boots and put them in the dry ashes in the fireplace.  He made footprints coming out of the fireplace and across the room to the Christmas tree.  The kids were so excited when they woke up Christmas morning!  What a thrill!

I based this layout on the current challenge over at StuckOnUSketches.

The paper I used was by Fancy Pants, Christmas Magic, and Deja Views.

The Santa boots are Jolees.  I placed them right above the ashed footprints in the photo.

I have had these rub ons forever.  They are by Daisy D's.  I loved that line of paper and was sad when they went out of business.

I found the wooden Santa at Joanns after Christmas.  The list and bag and holly are all Jolees, which again I have had forever.  It felt good to use up old supplies.  The ribbon is American Crafts and the decorative border is by K and Company.

I used Cricut cartridge Christmas Cheer to cut out the Christmas tree.  I inked it with some moss ink and added some buttons and flat backed pearls. I also used Cricut cartridge Street Sign for part of my title.

The Santa part of the title are glitter letters by Making Memories.  Some of the additional rubons on the layout are by Fancy Pants.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Christmas Magic Moments

Hope that everyone had a safe and Happy New Years!  I spent a quite night at home, curled up on the couch watching movies.  I just finished this layout, which will be the first page in my Christmas album.  I am so far behind on my pictures that I made the decision to have separate albums for certain events. I have a garden album, Halloween album, Fall album and a Christmas Album.  The last yearly album I worked on and finished was for the year 2003.  So you can see I am very far behind.

This is the first time I have used papers from Graphic 45.  I have seen so many beautiful layouts on various message boards and blogs. I took the plunge and bought their Christmas line.  I absolutely love it.  I was able to incorporate several embellishments that I had from K and Company on the layout.

The beautiful poinsettias are by Prima.  The green leaves were a spray I bought at Michaels.  I outlined the leaves with gold stickles.  The dark red flowers I bought at Michaels last year.  I added some gold and red stickles.

The little Magic Moments sign I have had for years.  Don't even remember where I bought it.  When I looked through my Christmas stash I found it and thought it was perfect for the page.

The Santa was a punch out from the Graphic 45 papers.

The Christmas Tree is a transparency by K and Company.  I added a gold doily behind it.

The title was cut using Cricut Winter Woodland cartridge, using the shadow feature.  I inked the edges with some moss green ink and added some red stickles.  All of the ribbon I used I have had for awhile.  Felt good to finally use some of it.  I have tons of Christmas ribbon.

The photo corners are also by K & Company.  I inked the edges with some gold ink and added some red flat back pearls and gold bling.

Down along the right hand side of the layout I adhered a Christmas die cut border by K & Company.