Tuesday, December 29, 2009

A Quick Share and New Creative Charms

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, or holiday. We visited with family on Christmas and yesterday. My kids got to play with their cousin Bobby who lives in Virginia. He and Ethan even got to snowboard a little.

Everyone was very happy with what they got for Christmas. It was an electronic sort of Christmas for us. Ethan got his Flip camera to video skateboarding stuff, Emma got her purple iPod Nana, Daddy got a GPS for the car (he just loves his new toy, I did good!) and I got an iPod Touch. I love that thing. I figured out yesterday how to get my email on it, so that's way cool for when I'm out of the office. Plus, of course, all the fun "apps".

Here's a layout I did a while back. These photos were taken the second day we had Pearl. She was sooo happy. I submitted the layout to CK and SBetc, but it didn't get picked up. It was super quick to do. I put the title right on the photo in photoshop. I placed all the photos on an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet and printed it out, then just cut it in half. The paper is Sassafras. The shaped journal card is My Little Shoebox.

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Here's a close up of the flowers, they're Prima, the cloth brad is Little Yellow Bicycle.

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And in this close up on the journaling card, I added some Creative Charms Pearl Stickers.

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Speaking of Creative Charms, I was sent a package with some of their new CHA winter lines coming out. I love the gradient brads. I'm working on their new catalog for CHA, it's a tight deadline, and I'm still waiting on some new products to be shipped. But, it's always fun to do.

You can now order the Creative Charms goodies at Addicted to Scrapbooking. Check it out, lots of embellishments. My favorites are the crocheted flowers, felt embellies and their gradient jewel and pearl stickers. Oh, I almost forgot, their vintage brads are to die for!! I don't think Addicted to Scrapping carries the vintage brads yet, but we just started with them, so look for those to be added.

Hope you have a great week. I want to get scrappy at some point this week. I have some new goodies that I ordered, and haven't even touched. AND I picked up a new Martha Stewart punch at Mikes on Sunday. Now that the busy holidays are over I hope I can get to play.

Hope you have a scrappy day!!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Christmas Dance and Chipboard Freebies

I know these chipboard elements aren't super fancy, but I was playing and thought I'd share. There's a reindeer, the word NOEL, Believe and 3 ornaments, all on a single png file that you can use the lasso tool to copy to your layout.

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Here is the link to the Holiday Chipboard Elements.

I also wanted to share a photo of my dd in her Christmas dance dress. Seriously, it feels like yesterday that she was running around in a Snow White dress 24/7 and playing princess. She's still my princess!

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I think this is the last year for that Christmas tree... it's on it's last legs... or should I say trunk?

Oh, you've got to check out Andrea's blog. She made some cards using my houndstooth and polka dot paper! I was so excited. They are adorable!

Have a great day! Hope you get all your baking and shopping and wrapping all done so you can relax and enjoy the day!

Monday, December 21, 2009

How about bracket paper?

I did this baroque bracket paper (at least it looks like baroque paper to me!). I've done a jpeg and a png in case you would like to layer it on some cardstock paper. The PNG doesn't have a background color, it's see thru.

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Here's the link to the Baroque Bracket Paper.

Enjoy!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Last 2 Paper Freebies

Just a quickie post today... I need to get ready for a fun Christmas lunch with a client. I can't wait. The rest of my day is pretty busy. My son has his Christmas play and my daughter has a Christmas dance to go to. Do you know how hard it is to find decent shoes for a 13 year old? If they don't want to wear flats, the heels are 4 inches high. We wasted so much time looking for shoes. She's just going to wear my flats... she really wanted something with a small heel. Apparently they don't make any except ugly grandma looking shoes, and there is no way is she walking around in hoochie mama high heels.

Here are the last 2 papers I made for you. Solids and Stripes.

Four sheets of stripes:
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Link to striped paper.

And 5 sheets of solid papers:
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The link to the solid paper.

Enjoy the papers. Have a great day!!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

What you can do with free paper, and more free paper...

I took a few sheets of the paper I created, printed it out on my favorite ink jet paper, which is Staples brand Photo Supreme double-sided matte paper. It's 61 lb. weight, so it's somewhat heavy, but still goes thru my ink jet printer. I set my printer settings to brochure paper. It prints out really well. I even use this paper when I want to print vintage photos, so they're not shiny.

I placed 2 different patterned papers on an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet, because I knew I wouldn't need a whole sheet of each pattern.

I made 2 cards with the blue papers.

Here is the first card, using the polka dot paper and the plaid paper... ignore the really horrid sewing (the foot pedal to the Purple Pixie sewing machine broke!):
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A close up:
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Card number 2, I used 3 patterns, the blue polka dots, which I crimped, the plaid w/distressed edges, then I punched out a circle of the tan houndstooth and inked the edge. The felt mitten is from American Crafts. Jewel is from Creative Charms:
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Close up:
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I think I'll hand deliver the last one, it's kinda bulky.

The nice thing about using digi papers is that you can make as many as you need to send. Plus, if you goof up cutting a piece, you can just print out another.

I suppose these cards are hybrid since I used digi paper.

Today's free paper is snowflakes... fancy snowflakes... hope you like them, I think the red is really pretty:
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The link to download the Snowflake paper.

This past weekend my daughter and I went to see the local production of The Nutcracker performed by The Laurel Ballet here in town. Em's best friend Jade danced as a snowflake and the dew drop fairy. It was a wonderful production.

Here's Jade as the fairy:
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And, Jade is here to the far right as the snowflake:
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Tonight we're meeting Jade and her mom to shop for their Christmas Dance dresses. I love doing all these fun Christmasy things!

Have a great day... let me know if you got creative with my papers, I'd love to see what you made.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Vintage Papers & Polka Dots

How about some vintage papers? Kinda has a Websters pages vibe going on?

Here ya go!
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Link to Vintage Papers here.

And why not some polka dots to go with it!
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Link to Polkadot Papers here.

I made 2 cards the other night with my plaid and polka dot paper, I'll post those later on, I need to take a photo of them first.

Enjoy!! I'm off to breakfast/brunch and a bit of Christmas shopping!!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Happy Hanukkah - and Freebies

I'm tellin' ya, this patterned paper thing is pretty addicting!!

Here I have a sheet for Hanukkah. Great for printing out and making a card!!

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Here's the link for the Hanukkah Paper.

And, some fun with plaids!! (I'm seriously addicted to creating these patterns!)

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Link for the plaid papers.

Enjoy!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Happy Holidays - Freebie

Hi y'all!!

As promised I have some holiday freebies for you. I've been working on these for about 2 weeks. I did everything in adobe illustrator, and had a blast making all these neat patterns to share. I did take them into photoshop and added a little grunge factor.

First up, I have the very first pattern that I made, Houndstooth! I just love, love, love Houndstooth and was so excited when I learned how to make it.

I have five different 12x12, 300 dpi jpeg papers for you to enjoy:

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Here is the link to download.

Now remember, this is just for personal use only. If you use it, please give credit if you can, and also don't try to sell it, because karma will come back to bite ya in the butt!

I also made some coordinating journaling cards. You can either use them on a digi scrapbook page, OR just print them out on an 8 1/2 x 11 page, trim to size, and even use a corner rounder if you like to add to your traditional scrapbook pages.

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Here is the link to download the journaling cards.

I hope you enjoy these Holiday Goodies. There will be more to come, so stop back!!

Have a scrappy day!!

Monday, December 7, 2009

18 More Shopping Days!

or baking days, or wrapping days, or crafting days!!

Is December going fast or what? I have sooooo much going on, as I'm sure, you all do, too.

Friday my friend Carol came over and we made cookies, cookies and yet, more cookies. I survived 12 hours of cookie making!! I'd post a photo, but right after I took the photos off from my project below, the battery died, so I'll have to do that later.

I still need to bake my nut rolls and Kolache. I'm Slovak, so, it's gotta be done! Tradition, love tradition.

Rather than scrapbooking lately, I've been crafting. I found this paper maché star at the craft store a few weeks ago, and thought it would look pretty with some pretty scrap paper on it. I used Basic Grey's Eskimo Kisses line, and I love how it turned out.

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I took jump rings and attached the Santa to the Merry & Bright chipboard piece. He's cute and dangly! (I'm pretty sure dangly isn't a word! LOL)

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Used a little ornament brad to attached the Merry & Bright to the star.
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And here I just added the chipboard strand of lights for some height, and a few sprigs of "stuff" and a little birdie. It was really quick (aside from glue drying time) and easy to make.

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That's it for today. I need to make my list and check it twice!! Much to do, and only 18 days left to do it. Amazing how we all manage to get it done.

Have a great Monday!!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

New Christmas Tradition

I'm sure this tradition isn't new for a lot of people, but for us, we just started it last year. We started the new PJ's for Christmas tradition. My mother-in-law likes to buy them for us, so hey, I'm not gonna complain! When she was here for Thanksgiving, she gave me a check to buy the PJ's for this year.

I did a layout of us in our new PJ's from last Christmas. I used older Christmas paper, which I have a ton of. Note to self ~ stop buying so much Christmas paper!!

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See the Joy Ticket? I made those last year as a downloadable freebie for Christmas. This year I'm working on some papers. I'm playing with patterns and having fun with some vintage images, so stay tuned for an upcoming holiday freebie! I will also have a few SVG/PNG files to share for cutting or using in a digi project.

Have a creative day!!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Break Over!

So sorry, I meant to post something last week, but, I got lazy and took a break. Actually, I wasn't lazy, just very busy. We hosted Thanksgiving here, and although my dh did almost all the work, I was soooo very tired. I really can't wait to be done with this chemo and be "normal" again. It was nice to do nothing after Thanksgiving, tho. We got some movies on Friday and just watched them all day.

I made the matching place cards for Thanksgiving. They matched the candle ring things I had made earlier. They're not fancy, but they did the job:
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And, it snowed on Friday:
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It all melted by mid afternoon.

Saturday we celebrated Matt's birthday with his dad and stepmom. We had Chinese food, and I ate spicy tuna sushi, totally forgetting that I'm not supposed to eat raw or undercooked meats while on chemo... (oops). I meant to only eat the cali rolls, but OMGosh that was good spicy tuna!

I made these babies last night... Christmas ATC's Tim Holtz style:
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I first used clear embossing powder on the white swirls. Then I sprayed some blue and a bit of orange mist onto wax paper and then smeared the card into it. Then I stamped the deer and put black embossing powder on him. Then I stamped the ornaments onto the deer antlers and used silver embossing powder on those. The stamps are all Basic Grey from a few years back. It was a messy project, but fun to do.

I got some great mail goodies last week that I'll share with you later. Haven't had a chance to take pictures yet.

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.... and if you're not from the US, hope you had a great weekend. :)

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Not So Happy Cookies

If you are from around the Pittsburgh area, you might have heard of Eat n' Park restaurants... they are famous for their Smiley cookies. Our local supermarket has their own take on this cookie. However, I found myself kind of depressed after eating them...

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Ummm, someone get these cookies a Prozac, pronto!

Actually, they made me giggle. While they were in the packaging the label covered up their ambivalent faces, so I didn't notice. Maybe they were made by a disgruntled baker.

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I did a bit of crafting this past weekend. I was inspired by Lisa Dorsey's napkin holders to make these candle rings. I mostly used scraps and old stuff to dress up these very inexpensive candle holders.

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Here's a little close up:
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I started on some matching place cards, but haven't finished them up yet. I think I need to clean first seeing that I'm having guests over for turkey day. It's soooo hard to clean. I need a maid. I'm not just bellyaching, I just get super tired with my chemo treatments. However, I am so very grateful that I have a husband that does help me cook, clean and take care of the kids. He's such a great father and husband. Despite everything, I'm a lucky girl. I'm so very thankful to have the best hubby in the world this Thanksgiving. He loves me no matter what, even now, when I look like one of those hairless cats!

What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving? I'm sure if you think about it, you have plenty to be thankful for.

God bless you, and have a most happy Thanksgiving.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Sacred Paper

The other day, I had to ask myself... do I dare use the “sacred paper”?

You know what I’m talking about... you buy it, you hoard it, you pull it out to use, but your photos aren’t worthy, so you put it away. Well, stop doing that!! Just use it. Your photos are worthy, they’re memories, right?

I have loved, loved, loved this Cosmo Cricket paper from day one. I had a heck of a time trying to find it. My dear hubby bought me some for my birthday in September (after I found it on eBay), and finally, two months later I cut into it!

My photos aren’t perfect, a bit blurry, and my son is cut off in the one, but, it was a great day, and a great memory, and they looked great with my sacred paper, and that’s all that matters. :)

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I love using the little “extra” words that Cosmo puts on their paper. You know, their titles of the paper on the bottom strip that we usually cut off and throw away. They work great as little extra’s on your page:

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I’m glad I used my sacred paper. I have plenty left over to do more projects. If you have some sacred paper laying around, go ahead use it!

Have a scrappy weekend!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

A Little Behind...

on blogging. I wanted to post this yesterday, but the day got away from me.

On Sunday Emma and I went to Art Tech's open house. They are my local scrapbook store, but they also sale lots of art supplies and stamps... tons and tons of stamps. I was looking for an ATC stamp, but they didn't have one. I managed to buy some stuff anyway. I got some of the new Basic Grey Christmas line Eskimo Kisses. I've been seeing so many cute projects with that paper.

Here are some cards we made at the open house... these were so fun and easy to make. Don't ya just love make and takes? Everything is cut for you... love that. We used the Ranger alcohol inks on vellum, then we punched out leaves from it. It's so cute! And they embossed the words using Coordinates cardstock. That was my first time using it. Loved that too.

Here are the cards:
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Here's a close up of the leaves, it was a Marvey punch, that punched and embossed:
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I was so excited to do those, because I needed to make cards for my mother-in-law and sister-n-law... got to check that off of my list. I was going to add a button at the top, but then I thought, nah, I need to mail these, so I just kept them flat.

I have an entire set of Dr. Martin's dyes from back in art school... they're just like the alcohol inks... but I just never think to get them out and use them.

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On a sad note... last Friday, we had our little pug dog Louie put to sleep... that is such a strange term. We felt it was time. He was 15 years old, and couldn't get around very well, having accidents 9 out of 10 times... it's really sad to see your pet get old and frail. He lived a really happy good life. It's hard to remember how spunky he used to be. I found a couple of old photos of him, one is when we first brought him home. He was so small, and his face was so black! What a cutie.

Here is Louie as a baby... he's on the blanket with his big brother Oskar, our first pug.
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And, here's Louie in his hey day, all healthy and chubby. Little bit of gray on his muzzle, he was about 10. Baby Sophie is in the background, she used to be little!
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RIP, little Louie, we will miss you.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Why I Stole This Blog Award! and a Layout...

Andrea gave me the Honest Scrap Award the other day, but I already had one, so if you care to read that, go here.

Rather than do that award again, I stole the other award from Andrea's blog. Actually, I'm just taking the questions... which there are 35 of them. I thought I'd answer them for ya! Cause I'm bored! ha

1. Where is your cell phone? purse
2. Your hair? gone
3. Your mother? missed
4. Your father? at home

5. Your favorite food? steak

6. Your dream last night? weird

7. Your favorite drink? coffee

8. Your dream/goal? health

9. What room are you in? office

10. Your hobby? scrapbooking

11. Your fear? death

12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? alive

13. Where were you last night? home

14. Something that you aren't? pushy

15. Muffins? blueberry

16. Wish list item? vacation

17. Where did you grow up? Pennsylvania

18. Last thing you did?
Parent/teacher conference
19. What are you wearing? jeans and a sweater
20. Your TV?
Off
21. Your Pets?
3 dogs & a cat
22. Friends? lots

23. Your life? happy

24. Your mood? good

25. Missing Someone? yes

26. vehicle? Hyundai

27. Something you're not wearing? necklace

28. Your favorite store?
Pottery Barn
29. Your favorite color? Red, for today ;)

30. When was the last time you laughed? yesterday

31. Last time you cried? today, sort of, I'm very emotional lately

32. Your best friend? Carol

33. One place that I go to over and over? bathroom! ha
34. Facebook? yep
35. Favorite place to eat? my deck

So, I stole a blog award to fill up some space on my blog... but I actually didn't steal the award, just the questions. :D

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Here's a layout I did the other day. It's a fun layout using some Cosmo Cricket Girl Friday, or Saturday... ;)

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and a close up:
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I used the bottom part of the paper that said "But wait, there's more" to show that it's double sided paper. I thought it was cute to add it to the layout with the arrow pointing at the second photo:
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Oh, I figured out where the spot is coming from on my pictures. It's coming from my camera. I put each lens on and took a photo and the spot was on both. I guess I'll be taking it in for a cleaning. I hope it doesn't take long. I'll really miss my camera if it has to go away. {sniff}

That's it for now. Take care and have a great day!!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Finally... Something to Share

I finally got my scrap on! These photos are from 2007. My sister in-law and nephew from Virginia came up to Pennsylvania for a visit, and we went to Idlewild Park. I think Uncle Bob had to stay home and work.

I used some October Afternoon paper for this layout:
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And, a couple of closeups:
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Those splashes are Fiskars, and turned kind of greenish when I put them on the yellow paper, but I still think they're cool.

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I don't know if you can tell, but my camera, my Nikon DSLR is putting a grayish spot on my photos... you can see it in the top layout, right above the tilted photo, it looks like a grease spot. I just tried to clean my lens, so we'll see if that helps. I even tried to clean the mirror on the inside, but didn't want to screw it up, so I just did a quick wipe to get the dust off. I'm so beyond mad. I hope I was able to clean it. I mean, I want to upgrade my camera eventually, but, I was hoping to wait another year. THEN, I was cleaning my other lens, my 55-200, and it has this weird line thing going on. I know I can fix all this in Photoshop, but that's not the point... I think I might have gotten an inferior lens. I wonder if I take my 55-200 to Ritz camera if the guy there could help me... any suggestions? I wanted to keep these lenses and upgrade the body, now it seems like my lenses are crap.

Well, other than that, I've been taking it easy. Still fighting this stupid sinus infection. I went to the doctors on Saturday and got another antibiotic, but she also gave me some Nasonex and told me to also get some Mucinex. So, I did that and it seems to be helping. So frustrating to have a sinus infection for a month. I realize my immune system is low, but this is ridiculous! If this doesn't work, I have to go to an Ear, Nose, and Throat specialist. UGH.

That's it for today. Have a great day!!