Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Tres Monet

At Scrapperie, all during Fantastic February, there are challenges, games and lots of other things going on. One of the challenges was to create 3 cards using a Monet impressionist piece of art as inspiration. And the first thing that came to my mind was to get out my Prima clear paintables that have been waiting patiently. And I got to play yesterday. These were painted with Ranger Alcohol inks. I probably trashed one of my paint brushes, but thats all good.

Let me know what you think!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Book Print love and a Bird or two

I recently decided I could rip up a book and get over it.
I love reading and my mom lovingly kept several of the books I owned and read from childhood. And I was keeping them for my own children.

But... one kid with Dyslexia and one Wii later, I've found that maybe my kids won't be me. Maybe they won't miss the bus stop coming home because they are reading. Maybe they will love other things just as much and I need to embrace their loves, and get over mine.


All that to say... I ripped up one of my childhood books because I wanted old yellowed book print, and I didn't want to go to Goodwill at the moment. (And the library gets really ticked if they discover you are the one that keeps ripping pages out of their old books.) lol. And please let's just ignore the fact that YES - enough years have passed since my childhood... that the pages are faded and starting to yellow. sigh.

I have been adding page print here and there to several things lately - most recently a page that will go up at Creatively Yours soon, but here are a couple I can post now - i've been loving making felt birds, and also i did some buttons using my book. and i posted them earlier but here's a picture of them again.

Thanks for stopping by and hope you have a super day!
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Monday, February 16, 2009

Use Your Stash Item of the day...

Check out the fun cards each member has created using ribbon, over at Use Your Stash! I played around a bit and also came up with this card - I just punched holes in a circle and used a basic backstitch with a large needle. pretty easy!

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Sunday, February 15, 2009

Quickie V-Day Recap

Just a quick post, I made the girls some valentines for yesterday and I wanted to show them, i thought they came out relly cute. I used Fancy Pants paper, and lots of Stickels.

thanks for looking!

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Friday, February 13, 2009

Something Old Something New...

I'm doing Jan's Anniversary challenge at ScrapbookerOnline, and since her anniversary is this weekend, she challenges us to scrap something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.

So I started out well - Something old = Helen Keller, Jillian did a presentation on her at school.
And something new would be the Prima gems on the flower centers.
Something borrowed = take your pick, the Creatively Yours sketch by Noella, or the feathers. ;-)
Something blue... well, that was where I kind of dropped off, but there is blue on the page so that will have to do.

And then I tried it again because i was in the mood to scrap and i have struggled with this paper, i love it but couldn't figure out what to do with it. So what do you think? i think it came out pretty cute.

And then, to really stretch, i did a card based on the sketch too. how fun is that?

Here's the link for the sketch I based everything on.

Have a great weekend! Hope you are scrapping!

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Happy almost Valentines Day!
I used a 40% coupon at M's to buy their Friendly Forest stamps, and the frog really needed to be on a valentine. He's cute, isn't he? He's embossed because right now I have to emboss everything or it doesn't look finished to me. And I have also justified keeping that KI epoxy valentine square for 3 years because i really like it on this card. ha. At least I finally used it!
Behind that is a K&Co tag, and some GCD patterned paper.

Anyway, my scrap desk is a mess and I can't do anything creative now until i clean it.
So, sadly... i haven't been doing anything.
I'm not sure how long this can go on. I miss making stuff. How long have you let the mess pile up on your scrap surface before you had to break down and clean it?

And seriously, don't tell me thats all part of the creative process. Because I choose to say I don't think so. And if I could force one of my children to clean up my stuff I would do it. And only feel a little sorry. because its their memories dang it.

(yes that was sarcasm, i'm really not as mean as all that.) lol.
but if the Valentine fairy would come and clean up for me, that would be a perfect day...
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Monday, February 9, 2009

Lollipop, Lollipop, Oh Lolly Lolly Pop

I am posting this for Kelly Goree's blog, she's looking for Valentine ideas - and these are easy peasy V-day gifts. Especially if you have the Basic Grey Notch cutter or Stampin Up's notch punch.

Cut a strip of paper 5" x 2.5"
On one end, cut/punch a notch
Fold over the top to match up with the notch
Decorate the front flap
Insert lollipop with stick throuh the notch and fasten the front in the notch...

Give to your favorite Sweetheart!
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Hang on to your Hats! Maybe button them down... heh heh

So I got inspired to make some fun button flowers. And sometimes I get a little Obsessive Compulsive about things like this... I think that's why I like scrapbooking, I can hide my OCD tendencies by calling them my stash...

Anyway, look at the buttons I made! It was very fun and since it was a sewing weekend, I also made some felt birds. But I think I'll save those for another day, since this is already a lot of pictures to ask you to look at. :-)

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Friday, February 6, 2009

Cute Luv Bugs

Have you seen the cute chipboard books from Colorbok at your local Michaels stores?
I couldn't resist, and made these fun mini albums. I placed them at Our Creative Outlet in the Logan Village Mall.

What a fun shape! I have some houses that have yet to be worked on. Maybe something I can do for March!
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Thursday, February 5, 2009

Use Your Ribbon!

This months challenge at Use Your Stash is to use some of the ribbon that is filling up your drawers and clogging your creativity! Get it out and use it girlfriend! Go check out the blog for some inspiration and then send in your entry to win a prize!

But before you go,
Here's another page I put together with some ribbon. I started with a Pencil Lines sketch, then started layering away with the ribbon and cut designs.

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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Valentine Inspiration

You can download a cute little valentine here but seeing those cute ones made me want to play with some digital brushes I just bought by Erica Hite, here, so I made my own!

I wish I could let you have them too, but i didn't buy the commercial license and I don't want to break any rules. So give them a try yourself! The file comes with .pngs also, so all you need to do is open them in your photo editor and play!

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Monday, February 2, 2009

I love making cards!

Again, that is...
Before Christmas I was having so much fun making cards, then i hit the wall and couldn't even face them. But my card hero Jan just challenged us to make some at ScrapbookerOnline, and it was my buddy Carolyn's birthday, and my Bible study buddy just had a baby boy... so I had inspiration and motivation all at the same time. The planets aligned, and I did make some cards. ha.

Seriously I made a couple I love and actually submitted. So here are the "real" ones that I mean to even put a stamp on and mail!
So without further ado...

Happy Birthday Carolyn!

Happy Birthday Daryl!

Happy Birthday Kris!

And congratulations Sonia!

Stay tuned for more... Use Your Stash has a challenge coming up in 3 days (the 5th of each month) and I did a couple fun ones for that too!
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