Thursday, June 30, 2011

My Scrapbooking Process

Hi Everyone,
Today I thought I would share with you some of the way I start out a scrapbook page. My mom has always asked, how do you decide what picture to do? What makes you pick the colors you pick? You know stuff like that. So today I thought I would share with you a little bit of my process and how I start out a layout project...

First thing I learned was...Do not scrap in chronological order. Pick a picture that inspires you...So for example the next layout I'm working on is with this picture....I love this picture of Ethan and his grandparents.

The problem is my mother-in-law is wearing a green sweater and it just seemed to stand out in this picture, so I had it printed in black and white...
Sorry about the glare :)
Generally when I'm selecting the colors I'll use with my project I pick from the picture. Since I'm using a black and white photo I can pretty much pick whatever inspires me.

Next I start looking through my cardstock and I pick colors that I want to use as photo mats, titles, accents...

Then I move on to some other pattern paper that I think might coordinate with my main focal color pattern paper. Since I went with a black and white picture I pulled in more black and white (really off-white) colors.

Slowly I start pulling out supplies that I think I may want to use somewhere on my layout.
Like Punches...

embellishments and stamps...

I don't always use what I pick and sometimes I pick something different as I'm working...

As I start to work on this layout I will snap more pictures and show you more of the process. Thats all for today, I hope you enjoy the day.

Hugs and happy scrapping :)

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Cousins Layout

Hi Everyone,
This has been a week and a 1/2...I hope it starts to get a little better soon....

This is one of my fav layouts I've done so far. It's of Ethan playing with his cousin's, my twin nieces. They have such a good time together...


I cut the border title cousins using my Silhouette. I just picked a font that I already had on my computer and welded it together. I don't remember what font it was though?


Of course the paper is all October Afternoon and from a variety of collections...


I used the Just the Ticket Paper Trey Ink Stamp and Die set to create the little tag and then the 
Buttons #1 Die with the same pattern paper I used for the layout...


Supplies:
Pattern Paper: October Afternoon
Cardstock: Bazzil Brown
Stamp Sets: Just the Ticket, Bitty Backgrounds Blocks (Paper Trey Ink), Calendar (Jillibean Soup)
Inks: Malted Milk, Brown Sugar, Stick Candy (Jenni Bowlin) (on sale at Joann's.com
Punches/Dies: Postage Stamp Punch (Fiskar), Just the Ticket Die (Paper Trey Ink), Buttons #1 (Paper Trey Ink)
Die Cutting: Silhouette SD
Misc: Twine (Paper Trey Ink), Sewing


Thanks everyone and have a great Wednesday.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Video Monday (Cherry Limeade Lite Cartridge)

Hi Everyone,
I hope you had a fabulous weekend. We went to the lake on Saturday to continue with what seems to be the never ending renovations to the cottage. We're getting there...So even though we spent most of the day Saturday working, we still had a good time. Ethan even chipped in and helped Scott put together chairs, he even got a little swim time in too....We are so looking forward to going to relax and not working...

Now on to today's video...
Watch Video Below | Watch on You Tube

Supplies:
Cricut Gyspy, Cricut Expression 2, Cherry Limeade Cricut Lite Cartridge
Kraft Cardstock (Paper Trey Ink), Pattern Paper (My Minds Eye), Lemon Tart Cardstock (Papery Trey Ink)
White Sakura Gel Pen, Martha Stewart Crystal Fine Glitter
Scotch Quick Dry Glue, Zig Two Way Glue, Stampin' Up! Dimensionals,
Buttons (Paper Trey Ink), Twine
Malted Milk Ink (Jenni Bowlin), Ink Applicator

Have a great Monday everyone :)
Hugs and happy crafting,

Friday, June 24, 2011

Stampin' On Friday (6/24/11)

Hi Everyone,
Happy Friday, ready for another Stampin' On Friday video? I was working on a layout of Ethan and my nieces and decided to use what was on my desk for today's Stampin' video. I'll post the layout I did next week...So here we go with today's video...
Watch below | Watch onYou Tube
Supplies: 
Pattern Paper: Thrift Shop (October Afternoon)
Cardstock: Vintage Cream (Paper Trey Ink)
Stamp/Die: Just the Ticket and die (Paper Trey Ink)
Ink: Brown Sugar, Stick Candy, Malted Milk (Jenni Bowlin)
Misc: Brown Satin Ribbon
 Hugs and happy crafting :)

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Cricut & Silhouette Why?

So the big question is...why did I buy a Silhouette if I have the Cricut?

Well here is why...I'm love this hobby....I love making cards, working on scrapbook pages, and even altering projects...I love everything that comes with this hobby. I will confess I'm a scrapbooking, rubber stamping, cardmaking addict....

As I mentioned yesterday I've really gotten back into scrapbooking my family memories and one thing I loved about the Silhouette is how detailed the cuts are. I can't cut a one inch phrase on my Cricut with the detail you can get from the Silhouette. Does this mean I'm not going to use my Cricut anymore? No Way..I love my Cricut and as you guys can probably tell I use it for the shapes and not so much for the fonts and words. I purchased the Silhouette to use mainly for cutting scrapbook page titles...

I will still continue my cardmaking/Cricut and rubber stamping videos as I have been doing on Monday's and Friday's and sharing some other scrappy fun in between. The thought of abandoning my Cricut hasn't even crossed my mind. Cricut is here to stay!!!!

Hugs to all and happy Crafting

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The Good Life Layout

Hi Everyone,
Wow Wednesday? Ummm what happened to Monday and Tuesday....Weekend is coming and I can't wait. We're heading to the lake all day Saturday...

I have been really having a great time working on layouts. At the beginning of the year I started doing one layout a month. I'm now up to one (if I'm lucky two) layouts a week.

I've been learning so much from Teri my SBFF (ok I know you are wondering what SBFF stands for, it's scrappin' best friends forever). Not only has she directed me to some great scrapbooking resources like Page Maps she's also given me some great tricks on using my Silhouette. Teri has been such a huge inspiration to me and getting me to scrapbook more. Thanks T! You have to check out her layouts this week. Today's layout is my favorite, or wait was it yesterday's? No, no it was Monday's...Well anyway head on over to Teri's blog and check out all the great projects she's been working on, she has even more coming this week...

Today's layout is from Scott's birthday last year. My favorite part about working on this layout was having Scott pick the title and getting involved with helping me. He decided to go with "The Good Life" as the title since we had his party last year at the lake.
Now I will leave you with some pictures of my layout...




Supplies:
Electronic Cutter: Silhouette SD
Pattern Paper: Seaside & 5&Dime (October Afternoon)
Cardstock: Black Bazzil Cardstock
Dies/punches: Ledger Die (Paper Trey Ink), 1-1/2" Scallop Punch, Upper Crest Border Punch (Fiskar)
Buttons: Enchanted Evening (Paper Trey Ink)
Stamps: 7Gypsies Date Stamp (Thank T!)
Twine: Black Twine


Have a great Wednesday!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Father's Day

Hi Everyone,
Just wanted to pop in and wish all those DAD's out there a Happy Father's Day. Especially to my hubby (Scott), my dad, and my father-in-law,

Happy Father's Day!
I have two more Father's Day cards to share. These are the cards that Ethan and I gave to Scott....Both cards are Kristina Werner inspired cards.


 This one is Ethan's card to Scott, I used my new Silhouette to cut the card. "World's Best" is so tiny and it cut out beautifully. I want to send out a huge thank you to Teri (my SBFF) for helping me yesterday...We chatted on the phone for a while and she helped me so much learn the machine and the software. Thank you Sis! Check out Teri's blog for some great Silhouette info...She's been having so much fun with her machine.


Have a great Sunday and a Happy Father's Day

Friday, June 17, 2011

Stampin' On Friday (6/17/11)

Hi Everyone,
Welcome back to another Stampin' On Friday video. I hope this week zoomed by for you.

Here is todays card...
This is really the first time I actually did a kind of scene on a card and I really had a lot of fun playing with it. I love my Copic markers and I feel like I'm getting better every time I use them, practice practice, practice. I got an email after I filmed this video from Carpe Diem Store, Sketch Markers are on sale $3.95 (you have to add them to your cart to see sale price).

Here is today's video

Supplies:
Stamp Set: Wonderfully Whimsical (Paper Trey Ink)
Cardstock: Paper Trey Ink Stampers Select and Neenah White Cardstock
Pattern Paper: Walk in the Park 6x6 Paper Pad (Echo Park)
Copic Markers: E30 & 31, C3 & 5, R27 & 29, BG10, 11 &13, E 37, YG63 & 68
Ribbon: Seam Binding

I hope you all have a great weekend...
Hugs and Happy Crafting.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Father's Day Fun from ProvoCraft

Hi Everyone,
Today I'm excited to share with your some fun Father's Day projects from Provo Craft.
First a Father's Day Card


Materials:
    • Cricut® Expression Personal Electronic Cutter
    • Cricut® Father’s Day cartridge
    • Blue cardstock
    • Brown cardstock
    • Printed cardstock (2 different coordinating sheets)
    • Adhesive
    • Dimensional tape
    • Ink
    • Paper cutter
Instructions:
    • Using paper cutter, cut blue cardstock into a 6” x 10” rectangle then fold in half.
    • Using paper cutter, cut printed cardstock into a 5 ½” x 5 ½” square
    • Using paper cutter, coordinating printed cardstock into a 5 ½” x 1” rectangle
    • Using Cricut® and Cricut® Father’s Day cartridge and brown cardstock, cut 3 ½” Father’s Day 
    • Using blue cardstock, cut 3 ½” Father’s Day layer
    • Ink all edges
Next is a #1 Dad's Day Box


Materials:
    • Cricut® Personal Electronic Cutter
    • Cricut® Father’s Day cartridge
    • Black cardstock
    • Blue cardstock
    • Printed cardstock
    • Adhesive
    • Dimensional tape
    • Paper cutter
    • Box 6” x 4” 
Instructions:
    • Using printed cardstock and paper cutter, cut four squares 5 ½” x 3 ½” and one square 5 ½” x 5 ½” 
    • Using coordinating printed cardstock and paper cutter, cut four squares 5” x 3” and one square 5” x 5”
    • Using Cricut®, Cricut® Father’s Day cartridge and black cardstock, cut 3” Poker, Can, Money and Pool Balls.  Cut 5” Background2.
    • Using printed cardstock, cut 3” PokerLyr, CanLyr, PoolballLyr, MoneyLyr.  Using printed cardstock, 
and a Father's Day Cake

Materials:
    • Cricut Cake® Personal Electronic Cutter
    • Cricut® Martha Stewart Crafts™ Seasonal Cake Art cartridge
    • 10" x 5" Cake
    • Gum paste: brown, teal, aqua, light aqua
    • Buttercream frosting: turquoise
    • Food gel: brown
    • Toothpicks
    • Sugar glue
Cartridge Cuts:
    • Seasonal Cake Art cartridge
    • eight Fit to Length 5" star borders
    • eight Fit to Length 4.5" star banners
    • seventeen 1 ¾" circles with stars inside
    • two 1 ¾" best dad phrases
    • sixteen ½" stars
    • 2 ½" starburst
    • Designer Hints:Cut all images from gum paste, using pictures for color references. Remove excess gum paste from cutting mats and images. Save brown stars from borders. Let gum paste dry so that the cuts can be removed from the mat without being distorted.
        • Layer borders, banners, and stars together as shown using sugar glue.
        • Layer borders and banners to cake as shown.
        • Layer best dad phrases together. Stand phrase on top of the cake as shown.
        • Paint toothpicks with food gel. Let dry. Attach toothpicks to backs of stars. Place on top of cake as shown.

Now that looks like some fun...
Thanks for stopping by Hugs and Happy Crafting,

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Show us...your craftspace

Hi Everyone,

Ready for another show us? Share your craftspace with us....

Ready....Set.....Share!

Here's my space. I did a little cleaning and organizing over the weekend, and I also did a little rearranging.
Almost a full view of my room...

My favorite area that I set up. I see this when I sit at my desk.

My Desk...I love this desk (Ikea)

I got this idea from Teri. I used a three tiered basket and wrapped my lace on clothes pins.

Ok ready to share your space....you just have to upload your picture to your blog, favorite message board, or online photo site like Flickr or Photobucket and add the link below...





Monday, June 13, 2011

Hobby Lobby & Michael's Haul

Hi Everyone,
Thank you all for the birthday wishes...I had a great weekend, just hanging out with Scott and Ethan. Friday mom, Ethan and I took a trip to Hobby Lobby, its about an 1-1/2 away so we only really go once a year...
Here's my haul....



I really didn't do any scrapping this weekend, but I did get my room nice and organized. I needed to make plans on where my new toy was going to go...I ordered a Silhouette...Teri got one about a week or so ago and she just loves it...The detail the machine will cut is amazing...If you head over to her blog you'll see some projects she's made...So after debating and then seeing her projects I jumped in and ordered one. I can't wait to get it....I'll share either a video or some pictures of my room later this week. I painted it a few months ago and did some rearranging.
Have a great Monday everyone...
Hugs and happy crafting...

Friday, June 10, 2011

Stampin' on Friday

Hi Everyone, Welcome back to another Stampin' On Friday video. It's Friday Woot! Woot!

Today I'm heading to Hobby Lobby with my mom and Ethan. It's kinda of a tradition that we head there in June and do a little shopping and take Ethan to lunch. Yep he's more excited about Burger King than Hobby Lobby! lol

Here is today's Stampin' On Friday video. I got the Newsprint Background Stamp from PTI a while ago and saved if for when I needed to make a masculine card, but after playing with it I can see lots of other ways to use this stamp set.

Here is this the video for today
Click HERE to watch this video on YouTube

Supplies:
Brown Sugar Ink (Jenni Bowlin) & Old Paper Distress Ink (Tim Holtz)
Tiny Tags Stamp set and Die (Paper Trey Ink)
Vintage Twine


Thursday, June 9, 2011

Teacher Gift

Hi Everyone,
Happy Thursday. I'm so excited, yesterday I signed up for "Summer Card Camp 2011" with Kristina Werner and Jennifer McGuire. It's a 4 week program with two of my favorite crafty girls. The list of guest designers is amazing too. Ali Edwards, Nicole Heady (PTI), Nicole Magourik, and so many more. I can't wait...You can find more information HERE.

Last night at the last minute I made Ethan's teacher an end of school year gift. Today is his last day of 3rd grade and he's so excited for the summer.

Here is what I put together...
I used these memo cubes from a Treasure Nest and they where so much fun to make. 

I just simply inked the edges of the box with Shabby Shutters Distress Ink, painted where the picture would go black to look like a chalkboard and then covered the top with October Afternoon pattern paper. Added some flowers and bling...DONE! Oh and I rolled the pencil with the same paper, but I didn't do the whole pencil so it could be sharpened. 

Yep I put it in upside down, I fixed it though...

 Have a great Thursday and see you back here tomorrow.
Hugs,

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Family Ties Layout

Hi Everyone,

Today I thought I would share a layout that I worked on for the past two days. I had it setup every which way before I decided on this one as the layout.
Sorry I'm not the best at taking scrapbook page pictures.

This is of Ethan, Grandpa Thomas, and my niece at the lake last summer. 


I love watching Nicole Magourik over on Two Peas and I love how she incorporates stamping on her layouts. So I pulled out my Paper Trey Ink Stamps and Jenni Bowlin Inks and stamped "A happy life is made of little things". The sentiment is from PTI's Little Lady stamp set and I used 4 different color inks to stamp the border (Chicken Feed, Lemon Drop, Chili Powder, & Seed Packet). 

The majority of the paper and embellishments is from "My Minds Eye" Lemon Twist collection
Have a great Wednesday, 
Hugs,

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Show us...your punch storage

Oh My Goodness. The emails have been rolling in on last weeks "whats on your desk" link party...
I loved seeing all your desks that was so much fun....we all got some great ideas from your photos.

So are we ready for another one? Show us your punch storage ideas.

Ready...Set...Take a Picture...
and post it below
Here's my punch storage....I love my ikea rails, but I need a better way to store my EK punches...



OK now you just have to upload your picture to your blog, favorite message board, or online photo site like Flickr or Photobucket and add the link below...