Friday, July 31, 2009

ADORNit Blog Hop

adorn it

Ally Scraps is participating in the Adornit blog hop. The complete list of artists is here, check out all the talent, including Stacy Julian, Melissa Phillips, Jana Eubank, Emma Hicks and more. The theme is summer time, so there will be tons of inspiration for your projects and layouts.

Check out what the Ally Scraps team did, lots of cute projects here.

For my summer project, I made a center piece for your BBQ table. It says PARTY. It's a little red, white and blue, and a little bit shabby chic. I used Webster's Pages paper and some Jenni Bolwin, including the bingo card.

Party 1

Party 2

I am so going to use this. I really wanted to make something pretty and useful, and this fit the bill. I purchased the little bucket at Target last year, and it usually sits on the shelf with scrapbooking supplies in it. Target always has cute stuff in the dollar section. I think the tin was $2.

I decorated my chipboard pieces then just taped them to a skewer. I placed floral foam into the bottom of the bucket, put some paper Easter grass to cover the foam, then I poked the skewers in.

Note the little crocheted strawberries hanging from the bird? That is a Creative Charms product... isn't it cute?

Have a fun day of blog hopping!!!

CHA ~ The Aftermath

aftermath (noun) the consequences or aftereffects of an event.

The aftermath for me would be super tired-ness. I enjoyed going to CHA, but, it was work, and I worked hard.

Sunday, I woke up at 3 AM (after going to bed at midnight), showered and got ready, left by 4:15. Got to the airport around 5:30... ate breakfast with Michelle, the owner of Creative Charms, then we got on the airplane around 7:30. Landed in sunny Tampa around 9:30 am. We couldn't check into the hotel yet, so we sat in the lobby. The hotel was gorgeous, btw.

Around 11:30 they let us check in. Then we had to give a presentation over at the convention center, so we hurried over there with 5 large boxes of products. Schlepping around product is not fun, and my arms still hurt. We did the presentation, grabbed a bite to eat at a nearby hotel because all the food things were closed at the CHA convention. Ran back to the convention to set up the Crafters Home show. We did that from 5-9, repacked everything up by 10, schlepped it all back to the hotel again by 11. By this point, I think I was up like 20 hours... totally insane.

Monday, we just relaxed, did some outlet shopping. That was nice. :)

Tuesday was the show. We had to schlep more product over. (I keep using schlep, because that just totally describes what we did!) We set up some Creative Charms stuff in a fellow Pittsburghers booth, then I could finally walk the floor. That's when the real fun began.

I met up with LaVerne first. OMGosh, I just love her. What a fun girl!! We took pictures by Pink Paislee & Karen Foster's booths, checked out some stuff, found her friend, lost her friend, then found her again... I wish I could have stayed one more day, then I could have had a beer with LaVerne!!

Next, I headed over to Tattered Angels and found Liz Hicks, another CKMB buddy. She's so cute, and just oozes talent. What a nice girl. (sorry for the blurry photo, I took the little camera)

Then, I got a call from Noel Joy... yeah, after 2 years we finally get to meet IRL! What a blast. She was working as a reporter for the Scrap Review, but she took a few minutes to say hi, and snap some photos. What fun. (sorry for the bad photo... I look weird, Noel looks awesome as usual!) She's great. Oh, and just as nice in person as she is on the MBs. ;)

Then, I got a surprise call from Kim!! Wow, I didn't even know that she'd be at the show. Kim (aka ~kim~) is another girl I met thru CKMB (Creating Keepsakes Message Board.) She was such a sweetie... we hung out and watched Tim Holtz and we also did a make and take together at Ranger. That was fun.

OK, that's it. I have CHA photos, but, so does everyone else. LOL! And, really, it's all such a blur to me. My first time, you just kinda have to soak it all in. I'm so bummed that I missed so many booths. I hit the big ones, but I missed stuff like Melissa Frances, Jenni Bowlin, and Webster's Pages. Next time, I'll go with a plan.

The coolest product, by far, is the QuicKutz Letterpress. Oh, it is soooo cool. Check out the photos on the Scrap Review. This is something that I would personally really like to get. I could use it for my clients, smaller runs of invites and such. Fun.

Off to bed, I'm still so very tired!!

Have a great day!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

8 hours and counting.....

before I leave for CHA... should I be sleeping? I have to leave my house by 4 AM to be at the airport by 5 AM... do people go to sleep at 8 at night? LOL! I'm still washing clothes, and I need to pack... guess I'll sleep on the plane. It's only a 2 hour flight, though.

I bought some new clothes... and boy, did I find some great bargains or what!! I spent about $80 and I got 1 shirt dress, 1 Ann Taylor jacket, 1 Ann Taylor shirt, a 9 West purse, a pair of Seven jeans, a cream colored shirt and a white shirt with some designs on it. I added it all up and at retail would have cost me about $340. I wish I would have had more time to look for shoes.

Here's the dress, I think it's so cute!!

I want to thank my friend Carol (luv ya babe!) for talking me into buying the dress. Really, it was $16. Even if I wear it one time, it was worth it.

I also have a layout to share... I've had this sitting on my desk for, oh, about 3 weeks, but was too lazy to cut out the title. I finally cut the title Thursday night, since I needed to cut out some shapes and had to fire up the Silhouette cutter.

It's my dd's 5th birthday... wow, seems like yesterday... not almost 8 years ago!
CH_pink party

I used My Little Shoebox papers on this layout... they go perfectly with the whole pink party thing.

Couple close ups:
CH_pink party cu

Have a great day... I hope to post from CHA... I was going to take the laptop until my husband decided that the software needed to be updated... it was running too slow... ugh... now it won't run at all. Poor old iBook... might be time for a new one.

Well, I guess I should pack, and sleep... huh?

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

What A Ride!

Just a quick post to share a layout I did the other day. I used My Little Shoebox papers, the front and back of happy thoughts and slow motion that I got in my Ally Scraps order. I cut the slow motion sheet to mimic the curve of the "Steel Phantom" roller coaster. I love when an idea just comes to you, and then it turns out exactly like what you saw in your head. Doesn't happen often, but when it does, it's awesome!!

what a ride

Here's a close up of the flowers, I used some American Crafts felt flowers, a BoBunny brad (smaller one) and some old-old Autumn leaves brads.


I can't believe next week at this time I'll be at CHA... how cool. I hope I can meet "IRL" some of the people that I've met thru message boards. That would be fun.

Have a great week!!

Monday, July 20, 2009

You Can Teach Old Dogs New Tricks!!

And, I'm living proof.

I decided to take Jessica Sprague's free class: Photo Editing: Frame-ups and Special Effects. When I signed up, I just figured that I'd get some cool brushes and textures out of it. I've been using Photoshop for graphic design work since it came out... so it's been almost 19 years. But, I decided to go ahead and take the class...and I was pleasantly surprised, I learned a few new tricks.

There are many different ways to do things in Photoshop to get the same effect. I enjoyed learning these new techniques. Especially the masking. I even had a tutorial for masking all set and ready to go for my blog, but I might do it her way to see what kind of results I get, then show both ways.

Here are my photos that I used for the cool techniques she showed us:

Here is a "fake" TTV look:

Here is selective color... which I knew how to do, but she did it differently:
selective color

And this is using textures, I think 3 different textures, then apply a png file on and adding type:
textures & type

This one has 2 textures and also she showed us how she does a sepia. Again, I've done sepias, but not how she did. I kinda like her way! (gasp, I know... old dog... new tricks!!)


Here is a clipping mask... again, I've done this a bit differently in the past... dare I say I think I've been doing it the hard way... in class she didn't add a texture, but I was playing around, so I did:
clipping mask

And lastly, my favorite. A bee on some lavender in my flower garden. It just turned out so soft and pretty. This has a texture and then some type.
textures & type

It was a really fun learning experience with the textures. I'm always afraid to purchase classes like this because I don't want to end up paying for something that I already know. I did skip about 1/2 of what she showed.

So, the moral of the story... you can teach an old dog new tricks... now, will this old dog retain any of this information?? That is yet to be seen.

Have a great day, I'll have a layout to share in a day or so.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Deal of the Century & Boyfriend!

Does this happen to you? You walk into a store looking for something in particular... it could be any store, it could be a dress for a wedding, shoes for the dress for the wedding, new pillows, face cream... whatever — but you go in and walk out empty handed. Same goes for when you have money. You've got extra $$ burnin' a hole in your pocket, you walk into several stores, and again, walk out empty handed.

On the other hand ... you walk into a store, any store, with no intention of buying anything, you're just looking... then there it is the perfect dress/shoes/pillow/face cream!! Isn't that how it always happens? Well, it happened to me a few weeks ago. My dh went into Dick's Sporting Goods to buy a new hat... I'm sorry girls, but the sporting goods store = boring to me. Luckily, Michael's is right there in the same plaza. I walked in, made a beeline for the scrapbook section, with no intention of buying anything...just gonna look (famous last words!) and there “she” was.... with a big fat clearance sticker. I snatched her up and held her close. I just couldn't believe that no one had found her!! Oh what a deal, what a STEAL!!

Isn't she a beauty!!!

I sat the box on the floor and pulled “her” out of the box, grabbed a scrap piece of paper from my purse and gave “her” a test run. Oh joy, rapture... she cut like butter!!

Lookie at how much I paid!!
cutter tag

Really, I couldn't believe that baby had been sitting there since June 6... and I purchased it around June 27. Guess it was meant to be! :)

When I got her home, I couldn't figure out the “as is” part, she cut fine. Then, after reading the back, she's missing the magnetic ruler. That's all. And, she is self sharpening, so I never, ever, ever have to replace the blade. She scrap's with me all the time!!

So, what should I name “her”? You do name your most favorite scrappy tools, right??? ;)


Have you seen Boyfriend yet! Oh my! I love, love, love this new line from Cosmo Cricket. It's just so perfect for boy layouts. I find it quite hard to find great designs for boys. I'm really tired of rockets and robots. My son isn't into rockets and robots. Never was. I'm also tired of sports and stars. So this line makes me happy! It's retro! I love the banana seat! Oh, when I was 10, that was the thing to have, a banana seat bike! You could ride two people on it!

Here is the boyfriend chipboard... love it!! I definitely can put that skateboard to use in a future layout!
And one of the sheets in the line:
I really like this line. What fun. And, if you grew up in the late 70's, early 80's like me, you could scrap some pictures of your childhood. Look at the soda bottles, the cassette player, the Raybans and Chucks.... cool. :)

Have a fun day! Blog ya later!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Busy and My Blogiversary!!

Happy Tuesday... it’s a beautiful day here. Maybe I can sneak in some sun today. I'm rather pale. Just for a few minutes.

The other day I played with some Sassafras Lass paper that I got in my kit order from Ally Scraps. I really loved the Stampede paper, which is what I used for my background. I know it’s a busy paper, but, I like to think of it as “fun”. I also used Pal Parade and the Sassafras Lass Wild Side chipboard animals. There are a lot of pieces of chipboard. I want to use the alligator. He's cute.

These photos were taken when my kids were little {sniff}... I can't believe that I’ll have a teenager in a month and a half.


Here’s a close up... I put a little birdie on the lion’s head for fun:
Roar cu

I also used stickles on the flower centers and the eyes, but it’s hard to tell in the photo.

I’m celebrating 2 years of blogging!! Yep... my very first post was July 8, 2007... and I didn’t even post any photos.
Last year I did a drawing and gave a prize... this year I’m doing something a little different. I’m going to send the very first person who left me a message on my very first blog post a little somethin’ somethin’... and (drum roll please) it was Patti Martin!!! Yeah Patti!! Patti is a sweetie, and once out of the blue, she sent me some beautiful Magnolia stamped images. Thanks Patti!!

Next year... I might do something with maybe who left the most comments!! Hehehehe. We all need a little love now and then. So don’t be afraid to say “hi”. I promise I’ll visit you, too.

Have a wonderful day.

Saturday, July 11, 2009


For being super busy this week, I sure did blog a lot. I must thrive on crazy deadlines! LOL! Either that or I'm a masochist.

Catching up {or Ketchup ;-) }... this week, I received the most incredible box from my sweet bloggy buddy Joscie Rhymes w/Bossy. She sent me some yummy Hawaiian Kona Coffee, that, when you drink it, this happens to you. (I wish.) Plus, this Hawaiian baking company bought one of Matt's illustrations to use in their logo and packaging, and Joscie managed to not only find it, but she sent us 2 of the a packages! Thank you so much girlie!!

But wait, there's more!! She also sent me some scrappy goodness! 3 paddles of bakers twine!! How cool is that??? It's really cool!! And I already used it on my layout shown in my last post, that is how cool it is! Plus, she gave me some very cute stick pins that I cannot wait to use.


Oh, almost forgot the Snapea Crisps! My daughter loves those! Joscie saw them in the store and thought of me... because my bloggy/mb name is Chrispea. Told ya she is a sweetie!! Thank you Joscie Rhymes with Bossy (and sometimes coffee!)

Here is a shot of the package design with Matt's illustration on it:

And here is the most awesome bakers twine and pins:

Another thing I wanted to "ketchup" on was my other bloggy friend, Rosie, gave me this bloggy award.


I met Rosie on the Creating Keepsakes message board. She was a fellow Pennsylvania, but has since moved to Missouri. Now, we all went to a crop last year and met, and scrapped... were you there Rosie? I know Amy and Kristin were? I could have sworn you were.... am I dreaming?? LOL! Anyway, thank you dear for the award!!

It's a great lazy Saturday, and I really need that after the crazy week. I think I'll relax by reading a book then maybe scrappin' later.

Have a great weekend!!

Friday, July 10, 2009

So Ready for the Weekend

Wow, haven't worked this hard in a long time! Got a lot of work projects done... and in between it all, I scrapped a page. I really needed it. I needed to do something for me, something fun and rewarding.

This layout is all about Jenni Bowlin! I got everything from Ally Scraps. They have new Jenni Bowlin papers and embellies in. Check them out here.

I used JB Front Porch Red Circle Flowers, JB Mini Patriotic Bingo cards, and for the border some JB Farmer's Wife Cherry Pie paper. I also used some JB chipboard milk cap buttons.


couple close ups:
freedom cu2
freedom cu1

I have more to share, but, duty calls. After being chained to my desk for 5 full days, I need to go grocery shopping... we ran out of dishwasher detergent... bottled water.... cereal.... and the list goes on and on. I had to raid my pantry yesterday to come up with dinner, and it actually turned out pretty tasty. I did linguine with salmon, tomatoes, cream, garlic & green olives. Everyone ate it. AMAZING. I substituted the green olives for capers, and I think it worked out OK.

Since Ethan has allergies, I gave him the sauce before I put the cream in. These are the kind of things you gotta think about when cooking... that way, I don't need to make two different dishes.

I'll blog you peeps later. (do people still say that? Eh, what do I know.)

Have a good one.

Oh, PS. Cosmo Cricket still needs some comments to hit their $1000 mark. If you haven't already commented, please do so. If you don't have a clue what I'm talking about, see below.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Cosmo Cricket Needs Your Help

Wow, this is one of my passions. Maybe because I had some rough times growing up, but this is something very close to my heart.

Cosmo Cricket will donate one dollar for every commenter up to $1,000 (to their local food bank). We've never come close to reaching that number before, but if you all help us get the word out, I think we might do it. What do you say?

Go to Cosmo Cricket's Blog to leave a comment!

Incidentally, we do design work for our local foodbank, and they are in the midst of doing a campaign with posters to let people know that they can go there to get food. You don't need anything special. Some people are embarrassed, or think they aren't poor enough. So, the campaign is to let them know that there are people that can help, can tide you over until your next paycheck. It's a shame that in the United States there are people out there that have to make decisions between keeping a roof over their heads or eating.

Take this one step further, if you can... after you leave your comment at Cosmo, why not donate some non-perishable food items to your local food pantry this week. They are in need of things like canned goods, cereals, pastas, and even things like soap, toothpaste, and other toiletries. If you would rather not cart a bunch of stuff, they will always take a monetary dontation.

If you don't have anything to donate, how about your time? Our local foodbank has a program called "gleaning". In the fall after all the "good" sellable vegetables have been picked, volunteers come in and pick the non-sellable, but very edible vegetables, and they get donated to the needy. It's a nice way to give back even if you can't afford to make food or monetary donations.

That's it for today. Wow, did Cosmo light a fire under my butt today!!

Have a great day.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009


Hey! How was your weekend? Mine was super! Had family over on Saturday, then we just relaxed the rest of the day and watched some movies. Sunday was a bit warmer and sunnier, so we headed out to the Westomoreland Arts and Heritage Festival. We sampled some delicious ethnic food, and Emma purchased a spoon ring. (that is too funny because they were popular when I was her age.)

Here's a cool sand sculpture:

And, in honor of the 4th, a flag that was at the Festival:

And, here's Emma's spoon ring...

I really haven't been very scrappy because I am working on a catalog sheet and also some packaging for Creative Charms. I am sooo super excited to be going to CHA with them!! Since the package isn't printed yet, I had to "fake" that the product was on the package... here's how it turned out.

And here, is my absolute favorite embellishment from Creative Charms... they're called Vintage Brads... I can't wait to get some samples!!!
OK, gotta run. I need to finish the catalog sheet.

Hope you have a fabulous day!!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Fancy Magazine Holders

My scraproom is still in the decorating process... 6 months after I painted and moved in. I hope to finish up soon. (someday...sigh)

I did, however, make some snazzy magazine holders to house all my magazines. I made them pink, black and white to match my scraproom. I love how they turned out. What do you think?

final mag holder

If you want the complete instructions, visit the Ally Scraps blog for the step by step.

Have a Happy 4th of July!! I've got to run and make some potato salad!! It's always better after it's been in the fridge for a day. Be safe, and have a great weekend.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Channeling Danny Partridge & CHA

You are so gonna laugh at this.

For our second installment of the Book of Me over on Ally Scraps the prompt was childhood memories. I did ages 3-7. I used this Sassafras Lass sheet to give you that 70's vibe... kinda goes with my Partridge Family hair do, don't ya think?

Out for pub, will return in May 2010.
(if you want to read the journaling, just click on the photo and it will enlarge, I believe)

Couple close ups...
i remember cu 2
i remember cu

I crack up every time I see this picture of me. Didn't know I was a natural red head... did ya? lol. I pay good money for that color now! I remember my mom and my aunt doing my hair up for my picture... all the Aqua Net... blech. I sat in my brother's high chair while they worked their magic.


Well, guess what?? I got the most fabulous call today from Michelle of Creating Charms. She invited me to go to CHA with her!! I am soooo excited. Woo-hoo... I can't wait... ok, so I need to lose 10 pounds, get my hair done, get new shoes, new clothes, new makeup.... LOL! Hey, if any of you will be there, let me know and maybe we can hook up! Such fun. I've been to paper shows before, but never CHA. Yeah!!

Have a super day... come on get happy!! ;)