Monday, August 31, 2009

Once upon a time....

there were these two people who had been married for 4 years. They really wanted a baby. They wanted a baby so much so that they kept getting animals. Over the 4 years of wedded bliss, they had acquired 2 pug dogs and 3 cats. The woman said to the man, “We really need to have a baby soon before we have a zoo.”

Then one day in December of 1995 ~ on a hockey night in Pittsburgh ~ two cells collided and divided, making a little human “bean”.

On Christmas Eve the woman wrapped up a rattle for the man and gave it to him saying she wanted him to open a present early. Tears of joy followed.

On September 1st, 1996, our beautiful baby girl was born.

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13 years later, I am now the proud mother of a teenager. God help us!

Happy Birthday Emma!!

Birthday Card & More Staycation picts

This weekend we celebrated Emma's 13th birthday at G-ma's and Paps house on Sunday. (Her real birthday is tomorrow.) She totally made out in the $$ department and we will be going to purchase her cell phone tonight. That's all she wanted. That's all we have heard about for months! She'll be happy. She'll have a better phone than I have. Oh well, I sit here all day in front of my mac doing graphic design so I don't need a fancy phone.

Here's a picture of her card that I made for her using My Little Shoebox papers. It turned out pretty cute, if I do say so myself!! ;)

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A few more photos of our "staycation" that I wanted to share. Is it still a "staycation" if you go somewhere? I figure if it's within an hours drive, you're technically still in your neck of the woods, staying close to home.

After we went to Laurel Caverns, we went to Ohiopyle State Park. This is a photo of Cucumber Falls where we hung out for a good while. It's really pretty. I'd like to go back during the fall to get some really colorful photos.

Here is Emma walking by the falls
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Another view of the falls:
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A funky tree root, which I dubbed "Davey Jones":
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Lastly, a pretty picture of the forest. If you turn 180° from facing the falls, this is the view:
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That's it for today.

Hope you have a great day.


Thursday, August 27, 2009

A Card and Staycation Photos

I did this card for Creative Charms as an example of what you can do with their Scrap Pink kits. I have never had so much fun using a product. I used A LOT of product!! That was the fun part. :) Normally, I'm really stingy with my embellishments because I like to save them. It was pretty cool to just let loose and play.

Check out the Creative Charms blog if you are interested in ordering some kits for a Breast Cancer Crop. All the contact information is in that post.

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I paired pink and teal cardstock with Doodlebug Tuttifruitti Collection - floral and Doodlebug Sweet Treats Collection - sundae stripe. Both papers are still in stock at Ally Scraps.

Speaking of Ally Scraps, they are going to be doing things a bit differently. This upcoming month is going to have more blog features AND a they have a guest designer all set up. I don't know if I can let the "cat" out of the bag yet, but she's an awesome scrapbooker, so stay tuned.

Last week we took a "staycation". I feel bad that we didn't get to do more exciting stuff, but the kids seemed to enjoy it. We went to Laurel Caverns and saw a bat. He was kinda cute... don't you agree???

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They have colored lights set up in the cave which really made this photo turn out so cool. There is a pond in this photo, if you can tell, and the cave top is reflecting in the water. I love how this photo turned out.

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Well, that's it for today. I'm still having a rough week... still trying to wrap my mind around the news I received on Monday.... I guess I'll get through it with lots of prayers and hope and faith.

Take care. Have a great day.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Mondays.... and a Layout....

Monday.... is this the worst day of the week or what? Will the sun come out tomorrow? I hope so.

Anyway, I just wanted to share with you a layout I did using some My Minds Eye Paper ~ Penny Lane. I know it's older, but it's so pretty, and perfect for a baby or little girl.

This is my daughter, who will be 13 in a few days... man, where did the time go?
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And a couple of closeups:
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I love these colors together.

All of the embellishments are from Creative Charms. If you have never seen these embellishments, talk to your local scrapbook store and see if they can get them in. The white butterflies are so cool... they are brads, and you can bend the wings to open them up.

That's it for today, just a quick share. TFL

Have a great day. Hopefully, better than mine.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Up for a Challenge? Win big bucks!!

I just posted a challenge on the Ally Scraps cat fight forum. Stop over and play. You could win a $10 gift certificate to go on a shopping spree in the Ally Scraps store. Did I mention that she has the new Nikki Sivils lines in??? Great for those back to school layouts!! Or how about the new Cosmo Cricket boyfriend line? Just save me some... I'll be placing my order next week! ;)

Here’s what I did for the challenge.... I used scraps! Imagine that! I know you have them, so why not use them? My challenge is to use scraps to make a title banner for either a card or layout.
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That’s it. Couldn’t be easier. But, you gotta play to win!!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Staycation, Another Lost Dog Story & A Layout

It's our "staycation" week. I'm trying to finish up my work so I can take the kids to do something today. Most likely swimming. I think it's going to be 100°, I kid you not. YUCK.

We decided not to go on vacation because our dog Louie is 15 years old. He's not sick, but he's senile, blind and deaf. I have this fear that if we put him in a kennel or leave him with someone, that is when he will choose to cross the rainbow bridge.

On Saturday night, our neighborhood had a block party. It was pretty fun. We left about 9:30 because the bugs were eating us alive. The party was only 5 houses down. When we came home, we left the dogs out to do their business. Usually after Louie goes, he just sits down and waits for us to pick him up. (It's kind of hilarious) Well, my dh had a few brewskies and apparently forgot to bring Louie back in. Around 11 pm I get a call that went something like this,

"Hey, do you have a dog named Louie? I called this number that is on his tag." said the young man.

"Yes, but he's right here sleeping." I get up and look in Louie's bed which is in our office... um, no, he's not there.

"Uh, hold on a minute." I say, and put the phone down.

I run into the living room to see if Louie is in there... no Louie I yell upstairs to my husband to see if he remembers bringing him in. He swears he did.

We give the boy (who goes to Emma's school) our address and a few minutes later, he brings Louie home. Emma answered the door and offers the boys money. They didn't take it. Then she thanks them for bringing our super old dog home.


Again, I can't believe he walked the whole way down there! I think the only thing guiding him was his sense of smell... hamburgers were in the air! LOL!

I managed to scrap a few projects this weekend. This is the first one I did. It was a pretty quick and simple LO.

I love these old photos. Emma was 2 in this picture and we were at the county fair. She'll be 13 in 2 weeks and 1 day. Wow, did that go fast!

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The background paper is Fancy Pants Bracket Trees and I combined that with some Cosmo Cricket Girl Friday Line: Thursday Girl and both sides of Saturday Girl. The journaling tag and the tag under my title is from Cosmo Cricket Girl Friday Collection - 12x12 Elements.

Here's a close up:
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Check out the Ally Scraps store, Cathy has been adding tons of new CHA stuff. I can't wait to get some of the new lines she has in!!

That's it for now. I'd better get moving if I plan on doing anything.

Have a great day!!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Fabulous Fabric Tags!!

These little tags are soooo much fun to make. I was rather inspired by the fabric tags by Prima... but rather than purchase them, I decided to "upcycle" and make some out of one of my husbands old button down cotton shirts.

Here are the tags:
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And, my personal favorite:
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These are so fun to make, and very addicting!! My daughter made one with me and she said, "Mom, this is fun!" She doesn't like to scrapbook, but, she does like to paint and stamp.

I put step-by-step instructions on how to make these tags on the Ally Scraps blog. Check it out.

Have a great weekend!!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

More CHA and a Ranger Make n' Take

Yep, I still have CHA photos to share.

Being a designer, and having designed my share of tradeshow booths (all pretty corporate) I was pretty enthralled with how fun and creative all the crafty booths could be. Mind you, there were a handful of very, very, veerrrryyyy boring booths. I really wanted to walk up to this one guy and say, "Hey, let me do your logo." Seriously, he didn't even have a logo. He was selling these plastic container things. Which is fine, but he had Barbie dolls in it (yeah, you girls who went to CHA, you know the one!)... um, dude, you're at a craft show, put some CRAFTS in it.

Needless to say, he did not get a lot of traffic to his booth.

Sometimes I wonder when people start a business do they just wake up one day and go, "I'm going to start a ______ ." Meanwhile, they have no history in it, no interest in it, no schooling, they just do it. Weird. Then, you end up with a tradeshow booth like Mr. Plastic Container guy.

On the flip side.... you have some beautiful examples of creative tradeshow booths... and they got A LOT of traffic. One of my favs was the Tim Holtz Idea•ology booth. I love how he didn't just show product, but incorporated all kinds of antique collectibles. There's much to be said about a clever arty display of your product, no matter what you are selling.

For instance, this frame with these tags (for lack of a better word, they're more like works of art), beautifully displayed, don't you think?

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And here's a great display of product... but rather than just getting one of those boring racks, he incorporated a hutch to put the product on. I love the bird cage, suitcase, old sewing machine and antique fan on the shelf. Very cool.

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Here's Mr. Timmy himself. He was showing us different things to do with grunge board. I wish I would have retained at least 1% of what he was doing... however, I was in such awe of his work, I have no idea what he did. (OMG, I am such a dork!)

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However... I did do a make and take at Ranger with Claudine Hellmuth. She is just so nice. Seriously. And so creative. I felt comfortable chatting with her... but for some reason, I was inTIMidated by T!M! LOL!

Here's Claudine:
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And here's the make and take we made. I do remember how to do this cool resist technique.

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Instructions:

All the products are from Ranger. I'm so happy my LSS carries this stuff, because I think I'm addicted!

Step one: You need a piece of self adhesive canvas, (this stuff is cool!) and using acrylic paint, paint the canvas completely black (or dark color of your choice)

Step two: After the black is dry, using a stamp of your choice, stamp it into a watermark ink pad, then stamp onto the black. Let it dry.

Step three: Paint over the entire area with blue (or your color of choice). The watermarked area will resist the paint, and the darker paint will show through. Cool, huh?

OK, now, here comes the really neat part:

Step four: Since the canvas is sticky, all you need to do is take it from your work surface and apply it to whatever you want... another canvas, a scrapbook page, a tag... in this case, we made a necklace and adhered the sticky canvas to some glass, also sold by Ranger, called Memory Glass. Then sandwiched the top layer of glass and put it into the Memory Frame.

That's it. I think this would be great for Christmas ornaments. Great gift. You could glue little tiny photos in there. I think this is a pretty neat product. I like to get messy and paint.

Have a creative day. Go play with some paint!!!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Droppin' in on a Tuesday

I'm sitting here watching Tyler Florence making apple tartans... and wishin' I could just stick my hand thru my tv and grab one... wow, they look yummy...

Oh... sorry, lost my train of thought.

This past weekend, my son learned how to "drop in", which is skateboard lingo for being at the top of a ramp, with your skateboard hanging over the edge, then you push down on front and go down the ramp. Pretty scary stuff, and really scary for a mom to watch!! He did this on Saturday before we went school shopping. I didn't get to see, so we told him we'd take the camera and he could go to the skatepark on Sunday. I got some great shots. I'm so proud of my little man!!

Here's a layout I did using my August goodies from Ally Scraps. My base paper is Fancy Pants Turquoise grid shaped paper. The paper under my title is from Crate Paper, Orbits line, as well as the little word bubble that says “I was born ready”. Love that.

I also punched out some gears with that green Crate Paper. I used a path in photoshop to journal along the ramp.

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My free SVG files proved to be popular... so, I thought maybe once a month I'll offer up some sort of free digital element... something usuable, hopefully. I'm thinking tags, more svg files, maybe some templates, brushes... stuff like that.

That’s it for today. Have a great week!!

Friday, August 7, 2009

Friday Freebies! Scalable, cutable SVG files

I have some images to share with you today. You can use them with your SCAL programs for Cricut, or Silhouette, or perhaps other digital cutters.

For these projects (which I've shown before) I cut out the shapes on my Silhouette. For the party centerpiece, I cut out one image using a manilla folder, and then a second image using a patterned paper, then I glued them together.

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Here are the shapes:
Flower
Click here to download SVG flower file.

The butterfly:

Click here for butterfly download.

The other shape was a bird from chipboard, and the star is so simple, you can use a dingbat.

On this layout, I used the people and the bracket edge. No need to buy an edge punch!!

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Here are the people:

Click here to download the people shapes.

Click here for a PNG file of the people shapes.

The other shape I used, was the bracket edge:
Click here for the bracket edge.

Click here for a PNG file for digi.

I hope you enjoy these shapes. All I ask for in return is a thank you. If you use them on a project link me up so I can see your creations.

Have a very creative weekend!


Note: I apologize, at this time I cannot make GSD files for the Wishblade & Silhouette... I tried inkscape, but I need to have Windows for Mac, which I don't have. I can do eps, tiff, jpeg, png and svg. I've only uploaded SVG, if you want pngs, jpegs or eps files, just leave me a comment. thx

Thursday, August 6, 2009

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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Funny Face & Zutter

First, a photo of Pearl... she is the best! After having her for 4 months now, I think she’s finally settled in and totally showing her personality. She is sooo funny. Every time the seagulls come on - on Spongebob, she barks. And, when she barks, she puts her whole body into it (as most pugs do). She throws her head back, her front paws pop off the ground with each bark... it’s a riot! I'm so glad we adopted her. She is the happiest dog to greet me in the morning. She’s so sweet.

Here’s a picture I took yesterday, which just makes me totally LOL when I look at it:

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Love those teeth... actually, she’s scheduled to get about 5 pulled.

Another CHA project... this was cool. I made it at the Zutter (bind it all) booth. We used pieces of cardboard for the covers. We first tore off the top piece to reveal the ribs. Then, we put the titles on. I tore one, and cut the other. It was all printed in a nice little “kit”, with the cover word art and the inside pages, which are lined for your list. Cute.

I need to fix my flower, the center of glitter fell off while traveling back home:

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Here's a close up:
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And, a pict of me with Donna Salazar. She is very nice, and cute. If you click on her name it will take you to her blog and you can see this same project and a few others.

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I was very tired at this point... why can’t I ever get a good picture of myself. UGH.

Oh well, I am what I am, and that’s what I am!

Have a creative day!!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

7 Gypsies

Today, for your viewing pleasure, we have the 7 Gypsies booth. I hear they had a fabulous make and take which I missed. :( It was a mini book. That's why you need at least 2 days. So much fun stuff there.

Here's one panel, notice the umbrella made out of their paper:

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Cool bird thingy....

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I liked the old suitcases:

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And lastly, a bit of product:
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They had lots of cool schtuff! Love those birdie stamps.

Stay tuned, I still have more pictures! ;)
Blog ya later.

Monday, August 3, 2009

A Really Tattered Angel... and some Sass...

Well, some how my dog got a hold of my Tattered Angels pin and ate all the feathers off... now she's really tattered! LOL!

Here are some picts of the Sassafrass CHA booth...

I loved these monsters and wish I could have taken them home with me:
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Lot's o' paper:
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Cute stuff:
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I think I "need" those felties.

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You know, the coolest part about this booth was the Christine Middlecamp layout I got to fondle. I picked it up and studied it. It was so cool. I was trying to figure out her layering system. Well, I didn't figure it out, but it was so cool to look at it and feel it up close. I wiped the drool off before I put it back. ;)

Have a great day!!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

CHA Tattered Angels Booth & Make n' Take

I finally had a chance to edit some of my CHA photos to share. These are from Tattered Angels, which had a really gorgeous booth. I didn't take a lot of product photos, instead, I took photos of the booths themselves.

Don't they have a beautiful display?

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I just love the chandelier:

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Here is one of Liz's projects:
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And, this is one by Melissa Phillips, it's gorgeous:
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We got to do 2 make and takes. One was this pin. If they spotted you wearing it, you could win a prize. This is the one I made. I sprayed the feathers with pink glimmer mist. To color the little angel, I painted it with glimmer mist. Just spray your glimmer mist onto a paint tray or other non porous surface, dip your brush and paint. Really cool.

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This is the other make and take with their new product Chip Tiles. They are embossed with images and you can spray on them, then I inked over it with black to make the raised part stand out.

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We used this glue on the spider that was kind of "webby", so it made it look like spider webs.

I did several more make and takes that I'll share with you in upcoming posts.

Have a great day!!