Saturday, June 15, 2013

More In-Color Pages

I made these pages Thursday when I crafted with my friend, Deb.  They are CASEd from some birthday pages I found on the internet by Lisa Curcio.  Her pages were made in bright, cheerful colors and had a birthday image in the circle on the left.   I thought the design worked well with our new in-colors and a floral theme, too.

On the left-hand side, I used four-inch strips of Coastal Cabana, Crisp Cantaloupe, and Strawberry Slush cut from 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock.  They're attached to a 12 x 12 sheet of Baked Brown Sugar.  The circle is cut from Very Vanilla cardstock, and I used my favorite SAB set, Bloomin' Marvelous, for the design.  It's such a versatile set.  I'm so glad to have it in my stash.

The right-hand side has two different types of banners.  I placed pearls at the V on the long strips on the right.  I left the punched banners blank for now in case I can use them for my title.  If I can't, I'll add pearls to them, too.  The circles may end up as spots for pictures, journaling, or a title.

When I first started scrapping, I only made pages to go with my pictures.  Then I took some classes where we made pages first and added the pictures later.  How eye opening!  I could make pages much faster that way and get a lot more scrapping done.  Now I almost always make my pages first.

When I go to retreats, I take all my pre-made pages and pictures and match them up!  I also take extra cardstock and embellishments in case I need to add anything.  It's amazing how many more pages I can get done that way.  At the last retreat, I completes over 20 pages and still had time to play scrapbook bingo, eat lots of good food, and have fun!

Friday, June 14, 2013

In-Color Birthday Pages

I'm really happy with my new pages!  They're based on a layout I CASEd from the internet.  Don't the new colors go well together?

This side is my favorite!  After I added  my pictures, I decided to punch 3/4 in. circles out of the Strawberry Slush cardstock and add them to the top of each cupcake as cherries.  They look so cute.  I wish I'd thought to do that before I'd taken the picture.

I love the candles on this side.  I used my bird punch to make them.  Who would ever guess the flames were actually wings if I didn't tell them?

I had a blast crafting with my friend yesterday and completed three, double-page spreads.  I look forward to sharing them with you.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Finally scrapbooking again!

Finally started scrapbooking again.  These pages are CASEd from the internet, but I've viewed so many I don't remember who to give the credit to.  I needed lots of pages for birthday pictures.

The left-hand side has two birds made from the SU! bird punch, and they are wearing party hats I  made from scraps.  The original page I cased had two owls.

I used Pool Party and Calypso Coral to mount the pictures.  The DSP comes from the Everyday Enchantment pack that is retired from a previous SAB but still available on the Clearance Rack.  The page backgrounds are Lucky Limeade that just retired as well.  The scallops are made with the Bigz XL die that has different types of trim.  I used Crumb Cake for them.

I was pleased with how the pages turned out and can't wait to add a title, pictures, and journaling.  Tomorrow I'm meeting my friend, Deb, to craft and hope I have LOTS more pages to show you in the future now that school's out for summer.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Epic This and That DSP

When my This and That bundle arrived, I fell in love with the designer series paper that came with it and decided to use it for a few cards.  I'm still struggling with photographing cards for my blog and hope these are better than the last ones!

This card uses crumb cake as a base with daffodil delight as mats and ink.  I used the Upsy Daisy stamp from March's Best of Flowers set. 

This card uses basic gray as a base with DSP as the mat.  I used the retired corner punch with whisper white paper to bring out the white pattern in the DSP.  I used night of navy for the bicycle in the SAB Feeling Sentimental stamp set and basic black for the celebrate sentiment at the bottom.  The pool party shape was cut, using my Sizzix Labels Collection Framelits.  Small white brads finished out the look.

The second card has a daffodil delight base, The Epic This and That DSP as a  mat, and black ink for both the bicycle and sentiment on the pool party cardstock.  The Sizzix Labels Collection Framelits make it so easy to cut shapes quickly and will even let me cut more than one at a time. This card has small silver brads as accents to change things up a little.  I'm always struggling to come up with masculine cards for birthdays and think both of these celebrate cards will work well for that.

The last card is my favorite one.  It has a pool party base, a DSP mat, more pool party that was embossed with the lace embossing folder from the spring catalogue, and flowers and leaves from the SAB Bloomin' Marvelous stamp set in daffodil delight and gumball green on very vanilla cardstock.  The centers of the flowers are pool party cardstock to tie everything together.
I have several more cards using this awesome designer series paper and can't wait to finish them and share them here in the future.
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Sunday, March 24, 2013

It feels great to be back!

It's taken me four years, but I'm finally back and on track! 

I love being a Stampin' Up! demo again.  This time around I've been making a lot of cards with all the goodies I earned during SAB.  With my limited vision, card making has been the perfect way to ease myself back into crafting, and my mother-in-law and sister-in-law love receiving them as gifts.

Even though they've been around a long time, I'd never done a One Sheet Wonder before, so I started with an easy version.  All you have to do is take an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of printed paper and cut it into four rectangles that are 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 each.  The trick comes from what you do with each rectangle.  The first one is cut diagonally and makes two cards.

The second rectangle is cut in half either horizontally or vertically.  (I'm still learning how to take pictures with my new camera, and it doesn't seem to be as blog friendly as my old one.  I do love the great SAB buttons, though!)

The third rectangle is cut into two sections:  one that is 1/3 of the paper and another that is 2/3s of it.

Love that matching SAB ribbon!  The background paper was embossed with the lace embossing folder.

My mother-in-law needed cards that could be used in a variety of situations, so I used the Celebrate You stamp from one of the old birthday sets.  She can use it for birthdays, graduations, congratulations, etc.

The final rectangle is cut into 3 sections.  To change things up, I used the reverse side of the Sycamore Street DSP paper for one of the cards.  My sister-in-law liked this one best!

I had a little trouble with the last one and would definitely cut or tear the paper differently next time!

I hope you enjoy seeing my first attempt at One Sheet Wonder card making.  I look forward to sharing a different version with you next time!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Happy Birthday, Judy!

Judy and I have been friends since 1st grade! This card uses the new Spiced Curry and Rich Razzleberry in-colors and the Razzleberry Lemonade DSP. I really like how it turned out and love the new butterfly and modern label punches!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

A Big Thanks!

A big thanks to everyone for their kind words and encouragement! After I completed three surgeries in three months for my eye--and was unable to salvage the vision in it, my husband ended up in the hospital for 19 days and had two surgeries of his own.

He was diagnosed with Grave's Disease and Myasthenia Gravis. He has been home from the hospital for several weeks and is finally able to go back to work part time. He's still being fed from a tube in his stomach, but he is also able to swallow some things, and the list of foods he can swallow is growing.

I couldn't have made it without his family's willingess to take over with his 24/7 care and give me some rest.

Now I'm back at work full time and enjoying being in my new classroom with my students. We're getting geared up to start making the items for our craft fairs, and I can't wait to post some of them here on my blog.