Well, hello crafty friends!  It’s been a fun but busy week here in my world.  I really thought that once the Olympics were done I’d be back up in my crafty room in the evenings but that didn’t happen. Okay, I’ll confess there were a few shows premiering this week.  For now I’ve dubbed Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights as t.v.watching nights.  Maybe a couple of those shows will turn out just so-so and I will get back to my normal evening schedule.  I’ve also only been able to sneak away out of the office for a few hours during the day since there are several non-fun things like yearly reports that I’ve been working on.  But even with my limited crafty hours, I was able to get caught up (for now) on my Journal 52 project.  The photo above and just below this text is for Week #7.  The prompt was “When I Grow Up.”  
When I was a kid and as a teen, I had lots of hopes, dreams, aspirations and a good imagination! When I was about 7 or 8, I imagined marrying Elvis Presley.  I also dreamed of being a mother, a super woman and yes, a princess.  As a teenager in high school, I aspired to be a very fast typist–I even wanted to write a book and to have a cat (or cats) that could live in my house with me.  Some of these did come true and some did not (obviously Elvis and the princess thing) LOL.
I had a blast creating this page!  The background is various colors of Distress Ink.  All the collage images were found on the computer and printed up and then cut out.  I collaged them to the page with Multi Matte Medium.  I outlined some of them  with black pen and added some white india ink splats to the page.
The page for week #8, shown below, is for the prompt “Found Poetry.”  I found my poem by selecting various words on an old book page.  I matted the book page to my journal page and then colored it with Faber Castell Big Brush pens.  I stamped the found words for my poem onto part of the book page and then cut them out and matted them down with Multi Matte Medium.  The girl and the stormy sky image were also found on the internet and printed up to collage to the journal page.  I used a large pen cap and white india ink to stamp the irregular circles on the page and then added some blue and yellow ink with the Big Brush Pens.

Here’s a close-up of the collage piece to show how well it blends in to the page when you use Multi Matte Medium.  I did add a bit of white and silver ink to her hair.

Well, tomorrow is supposed to be a gorgeous spring like day with Sunday turning rainy, cold and maybe even having some icy sleet.  I have a couple of major craft projects I hope to work on but plan on taking time to go for a long walk tomorrow.

Hope you have a great and crafty weekend!

So, what does a honey bee do to stay warm in the winter?  She wears furry ear muffs, shoes and a beehive dress, of course. Ha, ha.

Okay, I decided that since February is almost gone that I needed to make a card with NO pink.  Ugh. So very hard for me. Seriously.  I had a terrible time.  I even had to color this cute little honey bee image TWICE.  I finally ended up with this card from these designer papers but I’m still not feeling it.  I guess I just should have given up and added in that pink color somewhere.

Anyway….This adorable “Winter Honey Bee” digital stamp image is from our sponsor, Lacy Sunshine for our sketch challenge on Seems a Little Sketchy.  I colored her up with my Copics and matted her to some snowflake print designer paper and stamped, matted the “just a note” sentiment.  I fussy cut out the floral piece and banner on the left to follow Seems a Little Sketchy’s Sketch #59 below.

Supplies Used:
  • Seems a Little Sketchy Sketch #59
  • “Winter Honey Bee” Digital Stamp Image by Lacy Sunshine
  • Papers by We R Memory Keepers, “Winter Frost” 6×6
  • Papertrey Ink Sentiment Stamp from the Daily Designs Set
  • Stampin’ Up! Lucky Limeade Ink
  • Copic Markers

I hope you’ll use this sketch to create a card for our challenge on Seems a Little Sketchy.  We always award one random challenger a prize from our sponsor which this time is 3 digi images from Lacy Sunshine.

Have a great week!

Today’s challenge on Digi Haven is a bit different than usual.  I say this because the theme is “Bookmarks.” I assume it means to enter the challenge you need to create…a bookmark or use a bookmark on your creation perhaps.  There will be more clarification on the actual blog challenge post so before you make something, check that out.  The sponsor for this challenge is Melonheadz and the Digi Haven Designers were each given a “Bookmark Digi Image.”  These come in a digi set with one for each month.  Since February is my birth month, I chose February.  And even though it is now after Valentine’s Day, I still went with a Valentine type design since the cute digi image had all these wonderful hearts.  I colored up the digi bookmark with my Copic Markers and then matted it to some pretty stripe paper, punched the hole and added the twine.  Then I decided it needed a little bit extra on it, so I  printed up another copy of the same image but only colored one heart and cut it out and paired it with  the Feb. 14 image that I cut out of the designer paper.  Then I added the red paperclip.

Supplies Used:

  • February Bookmark Digi Image by Melonheadz
  • Papers by Crate Paper, “Fourteen” Collection 6×6
  • My Mind’s Eye Lime Twist Pink & White Baker’s Twine
  • Red Paperclip
  • Copic Markers
I’m thinking I may buy the bookmarks set from Melonheadz as I think it would be really cute to have a bookmark for each month.
I’d love to see what you come up with for a bookmark for this Digi Haven challenge.  It starts today, February 21st and runs for two weeks. There is a prize for one random challenger for something fab from Melonheadz.  Most likely a credit to their store, so you could apply it to this cute bookmark set if you had a mind to!  
I hope you’ve found some inspiration from my post today to go create!  Have a great day!
Happy Wednesday evening to you!  I thought I’d share a little bit more of my Super 12×12 hidden hinge album–The Snapshot!  Though the papers I used were already fabulous, I added a doily sticker, a camera sticker and a  “Memories of You & Me” card tag to the cover.  I also put black and white Washi tape along the edges of the covers to protect them a bit.  Love how that looks.  I then added some pretty Prima flowers and a butterfly. (The polaroid photo frames and star design was already printed on the paper.)
Today’s been a different sort of day for me.  I got to play hooky from the office by forwarding the phones and went to a gym with my daughter for some swimming pool exercise and a lot of time in a hot tub and sauna!  Then when I got home I went on a walk with the dog and cats.  Oh my! It’s been quite a while since I’ve done that much “exercise.” But I feel great!  Yes, it was a great day except for my early morning visit to the dentist.  Nothing major–I had that done a few weeks ago when a tooth broke off and I had to get a crown. Today was just for checkup x-rays and a cleaning.  But I still HATE to go to the dentist even for that. But now it is done for 6 months. Yay!!  Below is a close up of the flowers on the album cover so you can see how I arranged them.  I used foam squares and hot glue to make sure they stay stuck.

When you open the album, you see the first page which has two doors that are held closed by a magnet  with a die cut camera.  The charms that hang on the right of the camera is what you pull to open up the doors.

Here’s a close up of the camera which was custom cut for me at Cat’s Creation’s Scrapbook Store.  I have a Time Holtz camera die but on the day I started this album at the LSS, I didn’t have it with me and Cat cut this camera for me!  Thank you Cat!

Okay, it’s almost time for dinner.  My daughter is cooking us each an individual pizza and is trying a new recipe for a healthy pizza crust made with cauliflower!  Can’t wait to see how it turns out and tastes!

Have a great evening.  We will be watching the Women’s Figure Skating Short Program for the Olympics!

This is what my work table looked liked in my crafty room on Sunday afternoon.  I have since cleaned it up as I’m finished with this project!  Yay!!  Hubby and I even went to the movies late Sunday afternoon to watch Monuments Men.  It was a good movie and I enjoyed the afternoon out.

But back to this project.  As most of you know I love to create mini albums however, in  July of 2013 I decided to take some of the mini album construction skills I’d learned (hidden hinge, sleeve pages, pockets etc.) and design/create a 12×12 album out of chipboard and card stock!  I put the album cover and hinges together one afternoon at Cat’s Creations Scrapbooks following a mini album class that I taught  and shared it here in >THIS POST<. Once home I worked on it a time or two creating the pages/pockets and covering them with some beautiful papers I’d bought at Cat’s.   On Saturday morning I pulled it out of the project tote it had been in for several months and got to work adding decorative elements  and cutting photo mats.  For this one I decided to just cut the photo mats and then clip them into the album rather than adhering them to the page as I’m not sure what photos will be going into the album just yet nor which direction the mats need to be–horizontal or vertical.

I did take some notes when I created this album for the instructions but I need to type them up and THEN create another album to make sure I got it right and to fix any errors!  This album does have it’s flaws and mistakes as it was the “prototype” one.  But I’m toying with the idea of offering the instructions and an online video class on this in the future.  We’ll see. This would be a first for me and it will all depend on how the second album goes.  Now I just need to decide which paper collection I want to use for the second 12×12 album.  Any suggestions or awesome paper collections that you’ve seen I could look at?  Of course, I could go through my own extensive paper collection. Ha, ha.  Back in July I was calling this project the “Super Album.”  But I wonder if it needs a better name or not.    I was thinking of maybe  “The Snapshot Album.”   What do you think?

It’s a beautiful day here in North Texas!  Spring like temps ALL week.  Yesterday was awesome! I went for a nice walk with my daughter and her dog Ava.  It feels good to be out and about though I do love my craft room!  I hope you’re having a great week too!

Happy Crafting!