Friday, September 26, 2008

Hot Mama!

Check this hottie out! It was love at first sight when I saw this motorcycle mama and I couldn't wait to get her inked up! I used Prismacolor markers to color her and I dug through my scrap paper stash to accent the card. Thanks for peekin' in. Talk to you soon friend!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Mongramming Fun

Have you noticed that there seems to be a monogramming craze in the card making world? There are these really cool stamps by Just Rite that first caught my eye, but I have put myself on a budget with crafting things for a while. So one day while working at Scrapbook Garden our owners put some of their rubber stamps on clearance 50% off! Hello! I got an alphabet set and this fun little border set for the price of one...which was much cheaper than the Just Rite stamps. Last night I decided to ink these little babies up. Not too bad! Wanna know the best part? The paper I used is all from scraps of other I feel so efficient! Doesn't that give you a good feeling when you are using every little bit of your supplies? Kinda like eating leftovers but way more fun! Well hope you are all having a good week and not worrying about the economy too much! Sheesh this is a really crazy time we are living in huh? Thanks for peakin' in!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Summer Days

Here is a layout that I did of the girls. My friend Lynette took these pictures of the girls one Saturday afternoon last year. I had to teach a class at Scrapbook Garden and I dropped the kids off at a kids scrapbook class at the Rivercity Rubber Works barn (which isn't there anymore...darn it!) and after the class Lynette picked them up and took them to her house and monkeyed around with them in her yard taking pictures. After my class we had lunch together and she gave me these pictures! What a treat!

Here's my page recipe: I am not sure what brand the patterned paper is. Nikki picked it up for me at a scrapbook store in St. Louis...thanks Nik! See the turquoise furry looking paper on the first page? That's mulberry paper. I don't use it very often but I thought it would be fun on this layout. I just dipped my finger in water and traced along the edge of the mulberry paper and pulled it apart. It makes that really cool feathered edge when you are finished. I layered the pattered paper on the perfect plum shade of Bo-Bunny's double sided dot cardstock. Love that cardstock. They have so many colors to choose from! The flower is one of those giant Heidi Swapp flowers...which I am sad to say they will not be manufacturing any more. So if you like them you better buy them up cuz when they're gone they're gone! Anyway, the rubons that I used are from Basic Grey, I have had them for a while so I am not sure if you can still get them or not.

It's amazing how quickly kids change in a year's time! Well it is simply gorgeous out today...hope you are having a wonderful weekend! Later friends!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Sunny Day

Two posts in one day! Holy Cow! These are pictures I took around the school today. I have picked up a few tips from my sister and my pal JoEtta on photography. I thought the pics came out pretty good for an armature!

Have a good night!


I took off this afternoon to go to Haley's softball game. I was so glad that I could go. Most of the games are in the afternoon and there is no way that I could take off work for all of them. This was a home game so I took the afternoon off and headed out to St. Joe. What a beautiful day! The sun was shining and it was just gorgeous! Any way here are a few fun shots I got at the game. What a fun group of kids. I sat in the stands and cheered them on with all the other parents and kids from school. It really brought a lot of memories back for me from my school days!
I am going to post more pictures in a bit. I took a walk around the school and church grounds. It is so beautiful out really get the feeling that the Lord is out there. There is such a peace. It's really hard to explain. But that's why I am so glad my kids go to school out there. I know every place has their "issues" but I know my kids are happy to be there too and that is the important thing.
Talk to you again in a bit!

Monday, September 15, 2008

under the weather?

Hey girls...I know it has been a while since my last post. Sometimes life just gets in the way of my stamp/scrappin fun! No seriously the kids are back in school and it has been hectic...homework, ball games, dinner, bedtime...not always in that order! Anywho...I tip toed downstairs this evening to make this little creation! Isn't she cheery? I would feel better if I got this from someone wouldn't you? This is one of the fabulous Bella girls. I recently purchased some new markers. I was thinking about purchasing Copics but I just can't afford them right now so after some research I decided to purchase Prismacolor markers. They are alcohol markers also but the deciding factor for me was that they were half the price of the Copics. So anyway I used them to color this image. I used real red and gable green SU card stock and the patterned paper is from Scrapbook Garden...I can't remember the company though! The sentiment is one I purchased from Amuse Art those girls...they are based out of Seattle...where our oldest lives...*sniff*. I thought it would be fun to add a little bit of glitter to her Kleenex box and water thingy on her head (yeah that's right I don't know what the appropriate name is for that thingy on her head) LOL!

I will have more of these little gals heading your way this week. I picked out 6 that are just screaming for some ink! Hope you are having a good week!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Fall Fun

Here is a little tag book that I put together yesterday. It is the same concept as the birthday book I posted a few weeks ago. The base is orange card stock cut in 3 x 6" pieces and then cut to look like a big tag. I punched one hole and used a ring to join this mini book together. I accented with a few tags, stickers and buttons. This particular day was a day a few years ago that we took one of our nephews to the pumpkin patch with us. We had so much fun but it was bitterly cold that day. The wind was crazy! But we decided to go have some hot chocolate and warm up a bit afterwards. I just love going to the pumpkin patch! Pretty soon my girls are going to be too old to do that. *sniff*
Since my girls have taken up scrapbooking, for Christmas we purchased this great little Epson 4x6 photo printer. It is great and delivers good quality photos, but the neatest thing is that I can make these little mini books so easy! I just put my memory card from my camera into the printer and tell it what size of photo I want to print. It really comes in handy when doing different little projects like this. I used it quite a bit in the Scrappin for Sam book I made a few posts ago.
My sister and I are off to Kansas City this afternoon. She had wanted to get out of town for a bit and I decided to take a day of vacation tomorrow. We have our evening and day tomorrow all planned out. I am so excited! I got on and named my price for a hotel...I got a $140 room for $65 in Crown Center! *woot* Hopefully the weather will be nice to us and we can get some fun pictures. Talk to you later!

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Halloween 06

It was such a rainy gloomy day here, over cast all day. I found it difficult to do much of any thing today. So after a bit I came down to the scrapbook room and decided to work on this fun Halloween layout. This was 2006. This was such a fun Halloween! Haley wanted to be a 1950's diner waitress. I had a hard time finding a costume for this so I ended up getting it on Ebay. I found these cute pink hornrim glasses at Party City...perfect! Sidney wanted to be Raggedy Ann. We found the dress at the Goodwill and my friend Diane, the wonderful and talented seamstress that she is, whipped up the apron with out a pattern! It really made Sidney's outfit! All of the paper in this layout is from SEI's 2007 collection. Except for the title, I cut that out with my Cricut and the Alphlicious cartridge.
When I went to the crop at Yoder in July I got everything in my "to scrap pile" together and matched paper to pictures so I have several bags ready to go. All I have to do is decide what I want to work on. I am really glad that I did this because it has made things so much easier to complete.

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Thursday, September 4, 2008

Birthday Wishes

My mother in-law and my sister in-law share the same birthday a few days after Thanksgiving. So every year after we stuff ourselves full of turkey and all the other wonderful food we have at Thanksgiving we head back over a few days later to celebrate with them (but we usually have chili). These photos were from 2005. I have been blessed with a wonderful mother in-law. She has always accepted my girls and I just like we were part of her family from the beginning (If you have a blended family you know what I mean here). I couldn't ask for a better gal to have for a mom in-law. I have told her many times that when I get to be her age I hope I am as fun and cute as she is! I don't know how she does it but her shoes always match her pants...lime green, orange or pink...whatever the color she has cute little shoes to match...and boring earrings for her! Heck no! They match too! The grandkids just love her. I remember one of the nieces saying one time that as a small child she referred to her as their "cool grandma" cuz she dyed her hair blond and was a private detective (at one time) isn't that a hoot? Any way just thought I would give a shout out to ma! We love her to pieces!
Hope your are smilin' because tomorrow is Friday and that right there is a lot to smile about!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Scrappin for Sam

Scrappin for Sam Memory Book

Sorry I have been MIA lately. I decided to work on a much needed project. A year ago I helped organize a Scrapbook fundraiser to benefit my friend and her family as they had lost their 5 year old little boy in a tragic car accident. We worked so hard to raise a good amount of money to help them and we were very successful! God was definitely with us throughout this project! I promised her I would make her a memory book of the day and here I am ...A YEAR LATER...just now finishing it. But maybe my timing is for the best. Any way she told me she wanted a bag book so this is what I made. It is difficult to see this in the photos but it is a regular craft colored gift bag. You cut off the bottom of the bag and glue it shut so you form pockets, that way you can make more pages and store them inside the pockets. You leave the handles in tact on the from and back of the bag and then the ones on the inside you cut off. I used a new line of Bobunny patterned paper and accented with matching cardstock colors. I made most of the embellishments with different SU stamps to add just the look I was going for. I punched 3 holes in the side of the bags and bound the book using lime green colored rings.
Stay tuned!!! I will be posting some pictures in a bit!

Well thanks for poppin' in tonight. The weather has turned cooler here today...almost chilly! Kinda nice for a break from the muggy weather! Talk to you chickies later!