Okay, don’t faint but I actually did some scrapbooking! Yes, I did some 12×12 pages…the most I’ve done in oh, a couple of years? I really like to make cards because of the quick turn around and creative outlet and I use things on cards that I sometimes don’t use on my scrapbook pages. I like the looks of the lumpy, bumpy stuff on my pages BUT those types of pages really fill up an album and I already have a TON of scrapbook albums and I’m running out of space so I need to sort of keep the pages more flat. Anyway, I have not been in much of a scrapbooking frame of mind. But this week I became inspired (sort of). Ha, ha. You see…back in January, my LSS, Cat’s Creations Scrapbooks issued a challenge. She told us that if we created a page or card EVERY week using the current Sketch Inspiration sketch that she’d have a year end party for those who did ALL of the sketches. At first I did a pretty fair job of keeping up by making cards but you know what? Making cards from 12×12 sketches is HARD!!! So I slacked off. Then comes the month of June and she announces that she’s going to do a half year thing for those who are current. Uh-oh. At first I thought “heck I’m WAY to far behind to even try.” But then…I got the great idea on Thursday night of the 28th (and the deadline was today the 30th) to give it a go and do 12×12 pages, surely it would be easier and quicker to do the sketches for what they are intended. And sure enough! I was right!! In just two and a half hours on Thursday evening, I did all FIFTEEN page layouts minus the photos that needed to be done for me to be caught up. On Friday, I selected and printed up the photos and attached them to the layouts, photographed them and uploaded them to Cat’s Facebook page. Whew! I made it! I will say that deciding to do Halloween pages for all the sketches was a very smart decision on my part as you can go with any Halloween paper, mix it up, throw in an assortment of embellishments and stickers and it looks great because Halloween is a mixed-up, gaudy, fun thing anyway. No need to fret over the right paper or right this or that.  By the way, I do love Halloween and I love making Halloween pages!

So here are the pages that I made…I didn’t want to overload this blog post with 15 photos so I did a collage of most of them and then will share a few individual photos.

Click on the collage image to see it in a bigger size…

So Boo to You!  I scrapbooked!  Do you see yourself in any of those photos?  There were some incredible costumes and characters in attendence.  And these are just a fraction of them.  I will need lots more scrapbook pages of this party.  But for now I must go shuck about 12 ears of corn and get it ready to cook for a Fourth of July barbeque we’re attending later today at my niece’s house.

Have a great day!

Christmas Card Challenge #30 ~ Rolled Paper Flowers
Clear It Out Challenge ~ Anything Goes + Two or More Ribbons from Your Stash

I’m talking about the sentiment and Christmas as being the “Most Wonderful Time of the Year”  NOT this summer heat.  If we could just get a day of rain it would cool things off a bit.  But it is summer and summer doesn’t usually yield much rain around here.

Today’s card is for two challenges.  First, the Christmas Card Challenge which requires you to use “rolled paper flowers” and make a Christmas card.   I’ll explain further down on how I made mine.  And  the Clear It Out Challenge  of “Anything Goes” but you must use two or more ribbons from your stash–in an  attempt to clear out some of that excess stuff. Ha, ha.

Creation Details:

  • Paper:  Bo Bunny Blitzen Collection 6×6 pad
  • Bazzill Paper Flourishes
  • Rolled paper roses made with green Post It Note paper and colored with R24 Copic Marker
  • Creative Memories Snowflake punch
  • White doily paper for the snowflakes
  • Clear rhinestones with some colored red with the R24 Copic Marker
  • Off White Hug Snug Seam Binding Ribbon for the bow and the ruffled strip
  • Brown Velvet scallop ribbon on the edge of the card
  • Stickles “X-mas Red”
  • Sentiment:  Stampin’ Up “Jolliest Time of the Year” rubber stamp

To make the rolled flowers, I took green Post It Note paper and cut a medium size circle.  It does not have to be a perfect circle.  Start on one edge and cut a circular strip.  Roll up the strip into a rose flower shape.  Glue the end with a strong liquid glue.  To make the flowers not stand up as tall on the card, I cut about hall of the thickness off of the back after it dried.  I then used a red Copic marker to color the flowers.

I’m starting to get a good collection of Christmas cards for this year thanks to all the wonderfully inspiring Christmas challenges that I’ve found.  It won’t be long until it is indeed the “most wonderful time of the year!”

Happy Crafting,

Digi Haven ~ Happy Birthday Challenge 

What’s better than a free digi stamp? TWO free digi stamps! And that’s what I used on this Happy Birthday card for this weeks Digi Haven Challenge.  Both of these digis can be downloaded for FREE from Elizabeth O. Dulemba:

Birthday Cake Bear

Birthday Bear

Creation Details:

  • Birthday Cake Bear & Birthday Bear Digi Stamps from Elizabeth O. Dulemba
  • Copic markers, colors shown in photo below
  • My Mind’s Eye “Good Day Sunshine & “Ooh La La” paper
  • “Happy Birthday” Acrylic Stamp
  • Stampin’ Up “Pumpkin Pie” Stamp Pad
  • Action Wobble Spring (to make Birthday Cake bear in the front bounce and wobble!)
  • Orange Rick-Rack
  • Machine Stitching, straight stitch, hot pink
  • “Frosted Lace” Stickles for the frosting on the cake
  • Petal Loo Paper Flowers (pink)
  • Gold Dew Drops
  • Petal Loo Flora Doodles & rhinestone center (yellow)

Be sure to check out all the design team cards & blogs on Digi Haven and grab all the free digis plus join in on the challenge! We’d love to see your Birthday card creations, just remember to use a FREE digi that is free for the duration of the challenge.

Happy Crafting,

Stamptacular Sunday #169 ~ Color Challenge: Teal, Black, Soft Sky & Tangerine
Made Especially for You Weekly Challenge ~ Heat Embossing

Good afternoon fellow crafters!  It’s another extremely hot day here in North Texas.  At noon when I had to get out and run some errands in town it was a breezy 95 degrees  and now, well now I’m not even going to look but I know it is over 100!!   Which means it’s just best to stay in side, make some cards and blog.

I made this card for a very interesting color combination challenge over on Stamptacular Sunday–use the colors teal, black, soft sky and tangerine and as always use a stamped image.  I thought the tangerine color would be a good time for me to learn to use my Gelatos.  But I was wrong. Ha, ha.  I colored the flowers with three different “tangerine” colors–dark, medium and light but I just didn’t like it.  So I started over and ended up coloring them with my Copic markers.  I also did some embossing on the background of this card in the teal blue section so I could enter it for the Made Especially For You weekly challenge for embossing on a card.  I used clear embossing powder and a rubber stamp to create the hint of grass in the background by inking the white card stock after the grass image was heated with the embossing gun.

Creation details:

  • Papers:  tangerine orange & white dot from scrap stash, light blue solid card stock for the card base & white card stock to create the teal blue grass background
  • “Broken China” Distress Ink and Powder Puff Tahiti Blue ink pad to get the teal background color
  • Stampin’ Up “Inspired by Nature” rubber stamp for the grass
  • Clear Embossing Ink
  • Clear Embossing Powder
  • Stampin’ Up “Awash with Flowers” rubber stamp
  • Acrylic Butterfly stamp
  • Copic Markers to color the flowers, shown in photo below
  • Black embroidery thread for flower stems
  • Clear Rhinestones for flower centers
  • Black satin ribbon
  • Black tulle
  • Light blue Hug Snug seam binding ribbon for the bow
  • Stickles in “Waterfall” blue color to accent the butterflies

This ended up being a pretty nice “Any Occasion” card,  I just wish I could have made the Gelatos work for me.  I’m not giving up though.  I’ve been watching some videos oh how to use them and will give it another try.

Thanks for visiting!

Pixie Dust Studio Pixie Challenge ~ Pixie Flix! Grease 

“It doesn’t matter if you win or lose,
It’s what you do with your dancin’ shoes.”
~ from the movie “Grease”
This week Pixie Dust Studio is hosting it’s first Pixie Flix challenge and their flix choice is the movie “Grease.”  Now, I don’t want to ruffle any feathers, so to speak, but “Grease” as never been one of my favorites.  It’s okay.  I’ve watched it once, maybe.  I’ve seen numerous clips  and heard all the songs and feel like I’ve seen it many times.  I know many love it and can quote lines from it, including my son-in-law. Ha, ha.  But I like a challenge so I was not deterred by this movie choice at all and set about selecting a movie quote and a Pixie Dust Studio digi for my card.
In the end, I selected this cute digi called “Notebook.”  They look a bit like Olivia and John (the actors) yes?  And they look like they might be ready to dance.  I colored them up with my Copic markers and came up with this design.

Creation Details:

  • Digi Image:  “Notebook” by Pixie Dust Studio
  • Copic Markers as shown in the photo below
  • Papers:  My Mind’s Eye Six by Six “Everyday Flair”
  • Large Red Button from my stash
  • Sheer Yellow Ribbon from my stash
  • Red ribbon with white stitching from my stash

And now for the sad news.  Well, sad for me I think.  This is the SECOND challenge this week that I’ve gone to link to the challenge blog post  and the Linky thing is closed early!!  WHY?????!!!!  I’m wondering if there is a problem with “Mr. Linky” or whatever the name of the thing is.  And also this week I missed a deadline because I keep getting time zone times mixed up.  Arrgh!!!  Does three strikes mean I’m out? Out of the challenge games?  I don’t think so.  I’m posting anyway and hoping next week or even tomorrow will be a better day!

Maybe I should go have some popcorn, a diet Dr. Pepper and watch the movie “Grease.”  Maybe all that “Grease” fan karma is trying to get me for not liking the movie.  Hmmm…..