Thursday, July 30, 2009

Honoring Grandpa

I was given a picture of my grandfather, taken in around 1925. Kind of neat to see him like this... he was a pretty "old guy" by the time my mother was born, so I never knew him "young" at all!

Here is what i came up with for my scrapbook page...

I think the paper is from CTMH. The clock was cut from Graphically Speaking. Ribbon is from Stampin Up and Walmart. :) The words were cut with SCAL. I also tried to accent the clock and the word "Grandfather" with white and gold gel pens.
I wanted this one to be special, because Grandpa was really a great guy! He passed away in 2002 at the age of "ninety eight and a half". I remember that he had always said he wanted to live to be 100, but a few days before he died, he told me that he was really tired and he missed his parents. I know how he felt... we all miss him and his great sense of humor.

Might be a little while before I'm able to post again. DH and I are headed to Atlanta GA for a Foster Parent Conference on Saturday. I've never been to the deep south US before and I'm super stoked to go!! Hope to have some great pics of Georgia to post and scrap by the time I get back.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Scrapbook Page

This is one of my first attempts at scrapbooking using a "sketch". I picked up a book from the library and chose one of the designs in there. This one was for a picture that I really wanted to preserve in a special way, because it was a rarity. My mother gave me a photo of my great-great grandmother, (my grandfather's grandmother)! Too cool! Here's what I came up with -

It took me hours to figure out what to cut and where to place it. I'm sure that this comes easy to some, but not to me. In the end, I was happy with the way it turned out.

They are not fancy, but I made my own borders with Sure Cuts A Lot and they are available here if you'd like. I also created her name with SCAL, but don't remember the font. The dates and frames were done with Design Studio and Storybook. Papers were from Stampin Up and my personal stash.

My next project will be to make one of my grandfather using this picture. It is my goal to take pictures as I go along for this next one... mostly so I can remember what I did in case I have to do it again!

Since I'm so new at this, if you have any ideas (or sketches) that could help me - would you please send them my way?

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Craft Room Update!

I'm in my craft room!!! The floor is in, the baseboards are up! The door has a lock on it! And I'm thrilled!! My own space to work on my projects and not have to put them away for dinner time. :) Sigh... does life get much better than this?

My new space is awesome and bright - and here are some of the projects I was able to work on in my new room yesterday...

For my DH's birthday! A football fan... I couldn't find any footballs, so gave him a trophy instead. He deserves it after all the work he's done on these rooms the last couple of months! I used my SCAL to cut the welded letters from a font called "All Star". I cut the trophy from Locker Talk and wrapped some embossed tin foil around it. I used the Cuttlebug and a Fiskars plate to get this look.

A Hello Kitty card for my niece. I had promised her a day to get together to do some crafting, and then it never happened. I tried to make it up to her with an "official" invitation to Aunty's house to play with the paper. My mother took it to her last night - along with some other cards for her brothers. Mom said they loved them - and that's all that matters to me! I used the card feature on the Hello Kitty Cartridge and pieced it together with the outline feature as well. I also added some glitter glue to the bow and shirt after I'd snapped this photo. Gave it a little extra "pop".

More good news this week too. (Just keeps getting better and better for me!) My newest cartridge, Graphically Speaking got here. I haven't had an extra moment to sit down and print some of these things off yet - but I'm looking forward to some time later tonight or tomorrow. The boys are at camp and the house is almost up to standard, so I'm going to take advantage of that.
This one looks like a super cartridge and I'm hoping that our trip to Atlanta next weekend will get us some great photos that need layouts!

Thursday, July 16, 2009


The challenge? Create a card with water on it. This one uses a versamark and stamp for the background - and hairgel to give it the "underwater" look. I'm linking this one to the challenges on Scrappy Frogs and Sugar Sweet Paper Treats.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Vinyl on the Van

I used my cricut and some vinyl to advertise my business on my van. Plus, it keeps DH from driving it! I used the Jasmine and Mickey and Friends cartridge to put this together. These weren't terribly hard to put together and YES! You can layer vinyl!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Man Made Card

I stumbled upon this one while browsing some other blogs. It was just too funny not to share! It made me laugh out loud!

Man Made Card

I was also able to take a couple of photos of my Scrapbook Day posters before too many people got to church. Didn't think it would be appropriate to be snapping pictures as people were gathering in the foyer. I used the Storybook cartridge to make all the letters and the frame. I also used the Design Studio to weld the frame and letters for the center. I made sure to pop this one out! Thought it was kind of cute - and had a few compliments on it today too.

I was supposed to be moving into my craft room this week - but we had to re-mud the walls - which means we now have to repaint the walls. One more week! I hope... I don't want this to be a summer long project anymore!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Nephew's Baptism

Our nephew in Edmonton is going to be baptized this weekend. Although we can't be there, I made a spinner card and a cute gift that we will send up to him.

I used some of Provocraft's cardstock for the base and some of my stash for the background and letters. I ran the yellow through the Cuttlebug to emboss it. Little guy is from Paper Dolls and font is from Sesame Street. This card spins FAST! It is very cool - if I do say so myself!

The can is filled with some gumballs and candies. We used one of the Tupperware can openers to open it - and then resealed the lid back onto the can with "Crystal Effects" from Stampin UP!
Back of decorated can.
I also made some posters for the ward Scrapbooking Day coming up on July 25th - but forgot to take pictures before they were posted. I'll have to take the camera to church tomorrow and get pics of them then.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Win $1,000 at!

I have just discovered that The Cuttlebug Spot is having a contest - "The Journey to 1,000"! They are trying to reach 1,000 followers by the end of July and need your help. To enter all you have to do is go to their site, sign up as follower and complete a few easy steps and you could win a $1,000 gift certificate to Custom Crops (! GO NOW and check it out at!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Blog Candy! Hurry!

Stumbled upon some great blog candy this morning! Check these out if - but hurry! Some are ending very soon!

Stamp With Ann is giving away this great blog candy.

More wonderful blog candy here at Poppy Petal Designs.

Addicted to Paper is giving away another huge lot of blog candy. Take a look here.

Lisa's Stampin Weblog has some great Stampin Up! blog candy! You can check this one out here.

Finally, Sweet and Sassy is giving away a "kids rug". This is super cute and I know that my kids would love it. You can check this giveaway out here.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Wedding Card and some Sponge Bob

We've been busy today! My mother asked me to help her make a card for a friend's wedding tomorrow and here's what we came up with... This is based on a design from the "Just For Sharing" blog. Such beautiful work from there and so generous to share it!

The boys and I were also playing with the new Sponge Bob cartridge. We love this one! It is so much fun! Here's what we came up with for their walls... T is holding his new Sponge Bob and V is holding his Patrick Starfish creation and making darn sure that I don't catch him smiling for any photos. Both boys worked really hard at piecing these together. It was a fun time with mom!

In between getting all of this done - we finished painting the new rooms!! Actually, my children painted the rooms. Tyler helped D with the first coat and Sarah came over today and painted her little heart out until it was complete! I am so thrilled! THANK YOU!! I'm going to be starting the flooring tomorrow or Monday and doors go up on Wednesday. It's almost done! WOO HOOO!!!

I will post pics once it is all completed. I know you'll love the finished rooms as much as I do.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

More on the Blog Candy!

Hello All!

I've just been sent a note and a link to the Posh Designs Scrapbook site - where they are giving away a brand new Fiskars tool that may revolutionize stamping! Click here to view this new tool, see a quick video and get your name in on the draw!