Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Just a few scraps............

When my first daughter was born I got professonal pictures done pretty regularly and she was such a little ham she loved every minute of it. Here she is at the age of two all dolled up. I used Basic Grey's Lemonade collection with a black background. The doilly is by Martha Stewart and the butterfly is chipboard by Maya Road that I covered and then traced to add another butterfly on top for dimension. The title is done with American Craft thickers and the round bling is by Recollections and is sold at Michaels, they have a very nice variety of bling there, you should check it out. The pink swirls are by Prima. I am thinking now that I should have matted the photos but..........

This next layout features my baby niece who is just such a sweetie. Here she is with two of her favorite foods at the time, Danimals, and Pizza. She is four now and is still a picky eater. The PP is from MME 's Fine and Dandy collection. I fussy cut one of the banners and added foam tape under each triangle for dimension. The buttons are from Jenni Bowlin and if you look closely you will see I used the packaging from the buttons as an embellishment on the layout, just trying to be green and creative at the same time. Oh yeah, I used Ms. Elizabeth alpha stickers from the Dollar Store for the title, do they still sell them? Glad I have my stash just in case they don't.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Take that Procrastination!

I have been trying to do a craft fair for a while, but I tend to wait until the last minute to begin working on my projects, running out of time, staying up for 24 hours straight and then crumbling up in the middle of the floor tired and disappointed with myself in tears, but not this time! I signed up for a craft fair on May 7 and I am really excited because I am determined to have a good day. I have already started working on my projects and I will begin sharing them with your over the next couple of weeks. So first up are my decorated coasters. I bought the coasters from Papertrey ink and since they are a little thin I glued two of them together, decorated them and added a beaded chain to hang them from. I love my digital stamp boxing girl from Whimsie Doodles. I feel like I am really getting the hang of hand coloring images and I like using different mediums. On my boxing girl I used color pencils, watercolor pencils and markers. I made nine of these in different skin tones. For the other coaster I used real thread on the spool for a nice 3-d effect! I am in business baby, and feeling good!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

A Layout a Day #3

Have you ever fallen in love with a paper collection the moment you saw it. That is how I felt about Cosmo Cricket's Circa 1934. Now I am not sure if I told you before but I have a paper obssession and when I really, really like a collection I don't want to use it. But I broke down, pulled out the scissors and put this layout together of my daughter. She loves celebrities and fashion and my goodness does she have expensive taste so when I saw the sticker "10 thing I love" I decided to do a layout on a few of her favorite fashion items. I made the flower using a tutorial in the last issue of Scrapbook etc and I jumbled her name for a different effect that me and Mika always tease each other about, lol. Overall I love this layout and how it turned out, I've said that before though right?

Thursday, April 07, 2011

A layout a Day #2

A friend of mine just sent me an article describing the difference between an addiction and a compulsion and i have to admit My Mind's Eye papers are my compulsion. They are a great heavy-weight (at times I wish they were just a little lighter) and they come in great colors. For this layout I used a piece of navy cardstock as my background and the paper line is from the Stella Rose collection. I made the tag using my Making Memories tag maker and an extra piece of pattern paper. I used the pleating technique from the April edition of Scrapbooks etc for the flowers and then used a varitey of border punches for the paper strips, oh yes and the little label came from a close to my heart vendor at a crop I recently attended, I like their products and will definitely be back for more. The tickets were made using the die and stamp set from Papertrey Ink, it is definitely one of my favorites!
I didn't really have a title for this layout. These pictures were taken at Domino's Pizza on my daughter's 14th birthday, so I used my Slice and the Teen design card to cut out the TTYL which reminds me of how teens communicate nowadays.

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

A Layout a Day #1

I have been working on a stack of Works In Progess (WIPs) and even though I am pretty good about posting them once they are complete I don't always tell the story behind the layout. This is a layout of my daughters and their father in NY from last year. They just went for the day on a bus from Chinatown in downtown Philly. While there they visited Times Square and the Empire State Building (at least from the outside, the girls were too nervous to go to the top). I used the Girls' Paperie from the July 2010 www.scrap-room.com kit. I die cut the paper using a template I made from a previous die cut paper and if you look very closely you can see I inked the edges. I cut the banner from the pattern paper and added the bakers twine. I made the pinwheel flowers from a piece of red cardstock and I kind of struggled with them because I just could not get them to stay glued down so I went on glue overload (you can even see it on one of them, ooops!). I used a variety of Alpha sitckers for the title and added some buttons to top it off. Overall this is a fave for me. Even though their father and I are not together I love seeing him take time out for his girls.


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