Monday, February 22, 2010


Hope you all are having a happy Monday so far!

I want to share this really quick layout I did yesterday. I love this photo of Ronan and how his expression exudes a sense of joy and wonder.

Several of the items I used on this layout came from the Seaside Cottage Kit at Noel Mignon.

Patterned paper - Webster's Pages
Stamps - See D's
Ink - Ranger Distress Ink - Vintage Photo; SU! Cranberry Crisp
Accessories - acrylic paint; brad & eyelets - Making Memories; silk ribbon - The Little Pink Studio; marker - Sharpie fine point; glitter chipboard heart - Prima

Thanks for coming to visit!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Pretty in Pink

After all of the white and gray days we've had recently, I have been so drawn to color wherever I can soak it up. So I was thrilled when I saw that Pammyjo had picked a pink theme for our Crafty Secrets challenge this week.

Here's the card I made:

Stamps - Crafty Secrets - Little Dancer & Fairyland (sentiment)
Patterned Paper - SEI - First Kiss
Cardstock - Bazzill (pinks) & Neenah Paper (white)
Ink - Ranger Distress Ink - Vintage Photo
Accessories - rhinestones - Prima; glitter glue - Stickles; embellished butterfly - Jenni Bowlin; ribbon - Making Memories; markers - Copic Sketch

And, in keeping with the pink (and apparently butterfly) theme - here's a card I made today. It will be part of a pack of cards that I'm donating to my daughter's school auction.

Stamps - SU! Wonderful Wings (butterfly); Papertrey Ink - Everyday Blessings
Patterned Paper - Prima - Flights of Fancy - Faith
Cardstock - Bazzill
Ink - Ranger Distress Ink - Vintage Photo
Accessories - markers - Copic Sketch; seam tape ribbon - Rebecca Sower Designs; label - Elle's Studio; corner punch - Fiskars

Hope you all are enjoying a relaxing weekend!

Monday, February 15, 2010

My New Toy & Storybook Dress Up Day

My frustration with not being able to find a decent adhesive for papercrafting finally reached a breaking point last week. I kept reading rave reviews about the Scotch Adhesive Transfer Gun (ATG) but felt I couldn't justify the cost or the size. However, after being disappointed once again by yet another piddly, little tape runner and receiving some birthday money from my bil with the imperative to "buy yourself something," I finally went for it and bought a 3M 700 ATG from I ordered it on Wednesday, and it arrived Friday!

It took me a couple of minutes to load it, and I was off and running. I used it all weekend, and let me tell you - I am in love! Once I got over how big this mother-of-all-tape-runners is (it is a little awkward at first) I was impressed with how easy it is to control and especially how tacky the adhesive is. Word of warning - this tape is not forgiving, so you need to be very confident when placing items on your card or layout.

This is one of the projects I made over the weekend:

Stamps - Inkadinkadoo (letters); Greeting Farm (cow)
Ink - Ranger Distress Ink - Fired Brick & Black Soot
Patterned Paper - Martha Stewart
Cardstock - Gina K. Designs - Pure Luxury (cream); Neenah Paper (black)
Markers - Copic Sketch; Sharpie Fine Point

Thank you for stopping by today! I really appreciate all of you!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Lovey Dovey S'mores

I'm looking forward to a nice, long Valentine's Day weekend with my kiddos and my hubby (when he isn't studying). I have to work a little bit this morning, but there should still be plenty of crafting, baking, cooking, and celebrating in the next couple of days. We have a potluck tomorrow at church after morning worship, and I'm planning to make a big slow cooker of these and maybe some yummy cherry dump salad. Then we're going to go visit with my dear mother-in-law, who's just back from three weeks in Australia and New Zealand! Can't wait to see her photos!

Don't you just love making Valentines? We made a bunch for Shannon's class (sorry, forgot to get a pic!), and I've been crafting a few here and there over the past couple of weeks. Here are a couple that I made recently.

This one's for my dad - not a traditional Valentine, but it suits him exactly, I think. He loves vintage and cheesy puns!

Rub ons - Cosmo Cricket - Mr. Campy
DP - DCWV - Rustic Stack
Cardstock - Core'dinations - Chocolate Box
Felt rickrack - Offray

This Valentine is for my brother and sister-in-law:

Main Image - K&Company - Brenda Walton - Sweet Talk
Patterned Paper - Stampin' Up! (plaid); K&Company (pinks)
Heart Stamps - Crafty Secrets - Sweet Kids
Accessories - glitter glue - Stickles; seam tape ribbon - Rebecca Sowers Designs

Wishing you a love-filled weekend!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

First Day of First Grade

I've been trying to work in a little more scrapbooking time lately. I tend to craft in short increments of time, usually 15 minutes to an hour. The nice thing about the way my craft room is set up is that I have two working surfaces. On my counter, I can leave out an ongoing project like a scrapbook layout (I'm a very slow scrapper), which leaves my table free for stamping and cardmaking.

Here is a layout that I worked on throughout the past week. It documents her first day of first grade this past fall.

I cut out individual leaves from the patterned paper and popped them up on foam adhesive dots to make accents for the title and journaling box.

I made the journaling box wider by stamping the image on the right, then flipping the stamp over and stamping it again on the left.

I hope you all are staying warm, dry, and safe! Here in Western PA, we are expecting another 4" to 8" inches of snow in the next 24 hours. I think I'll make French toast and sausage for dinner, grab some blankies, and have an early pajama night with the kiddos.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

For the Guys

With all of the flowery embellishments and girly scrapbooking papers out there, it can feel a bit daunting to make cards or layouts for the guys in our lives. Despite the challenge, though, I usually have a good time papercrafting for the boys.

This first card is similar to one I just made for our pastor's birthday. I'm donating this one as part of an assorted pack of cards for my daughter's school auction.

Stamps - SU! Noble Deer; Papertrey Ink - Out on a Limb (sentiment)
Patterned Paper - My Mind's Eye - Organic Glitter Pack
Cardstock - Neenah Paper (natural); Core'dinations Chocolate Box
Markers - Copic Sketch
Ink - Ranger Distress Ink - Vintage Photo

On the Crafty Secrets member forum challenge this week, Lori asked us to make projects for the guys in our lives. This card will be for one of the sweet boys in my daughter's first grade class. Isn't this image fun?

Main Image - Crafty Secrets - Childhood Images & Journal Notes
Patterned Paper - K&Company - Kazoo Kids
Cardstock - K&Company
Ink - Ranger Distress Ink - Vintage Photo
Accessories - tag - Crafty Secrets - Boys Alphabets & More booklet; rub ons - K&Company Kazoo Kids; embroidery floss - DMC; edge distresser - Heidi Swapp; vintage button

Thanks for stopping by today, and remember to give those special guys in your life a hug!