Thursday, December 30, 2010

Thoughts on 2010 and a layout

Last year, on this day, I was receiving chemo number 5. It was the new chemo, the dreaded Taxotere. It made my fingernails feel like they were slammed into a car door, my body felt like I had been stretched on a rack, my tongue 5 times bigger than normal and I couldn't stand up for more than 10 minutes at a time. What a way to start a year.... it could only get better from that, right?

And it did.

2010 wasn't all that bad, there were some good in it, as there is good in everything, but truth be told, I'm glad it's over.
Pumbaa: It's like my buddy Timon always says: you got to put your behind in your past.

Timon: No, no no. Amateur. Sit down before you hurt yourself. It's "You got to put your past behind you."

Gotta love Pumbaa! And, Disney.

Let's all put our behinds in the past and move forward, 2011, here we come!!

Here are 2 layouts I did for my last week as a Guest Digi Designer on Two Peas in a Bucket. It was great fun, and I loved every single digi kit that I got to work with.


This was fun to work on. I put all the different papers in the little dog tag and kind of made a pennant banner. The kit is by Michelle Underwood, called Dog Days.

The next layout came together really quickly. I just used the quote in the kit as my title. This is Emma on the beach at OBX.


The kit is Cloud 9, by Lauren Reid.

Do you have New Years Eve plans? I pretty much slept thru New Years last year (and a lot of the year!!).

We will probably keep our festivities to a minimum. Em is invited to a party in the neighborhood. Matt, Ethan and I will probably just chill in front of the TV... maybe have a bit of champagne.

Have a great day, and a Happy HEALTHY New Year!!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Merry Christmas & New Digi layouts!

First of all:

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. If you don't celebrate, then I hope you had a great weekend!

Today we spent the day at my father in laws house. My husbands sister, her husband and son were there. They live in Virginia, so we only see them a few times a year. We all met at Church Brew Works for lunch. I had a really tasty dunkel! After lunch we went back to Matt's dad's house and we played cards and visited. Then we ordered pizza and visited some more. It was a nice day.

I had them all over for Christmas dinner, which was fun, but exhausting. On Sunday I pretty much did nothing... well, that's not entirely true... I made a ham, broccoli and cheese quiche, then I did 2 digi layouts.

Here they are:
Christmas Eve

This is for my stint as guest digi designer at Two Peas in a Bucket. The layout was done using Reindeer Games kit, by Besty Tuma. Very cute kit. I really loved the alpha that comes with it, although I didn't use it in this layout.

This second layout I used Funtastic Boy kit, by Edeline Marta. I used pictures of Ethan when he was about 5 and still had some chubby cheeks. So cute!

An Artist

That's about it for me. Did you all have a nice holiday??

Thursday, December 23, 2010

It's Begining to Look a Lot Like Christmas!!

Christmas Conerts
Christmas concert

My son is in the highlighted area.

Pretty packages.... (gotta love the Dollar Tree!)

tree packages

Pretty Packages

And, homemade tags:
homemade tag

I cut those using my Slice.

And, 2 more pages of my December Daily... I know I'm a bit behind, but now that my Christmas stuff is done, I can scrap! I'm never, EVER done this early!!



I’m off to do some last minute shopping, and lunch with my friend Diane.

Happy Christmas Eve eve! LOL!!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Two Peas Designer Spotlight

I have my name in lights... hee hee... well, a spotlight, anyhoo.

I'm so excited to be featured today on Two Peas in a Bucket as a Guest Designer.

2 peas spotlight

Yep, I used an old photo, 'cause I don't like my short hair.

Here is the layout that I did for the feature:
my flow
(digi kit Track of My Life)

I did a screen capture on my computer of my iTunes cover flow. It's pretty easy to do, and even if you are strictly a paper scrapper, this would be a fun layout to do and look back on.

I also did 2 layouts showcasing new digi products. The first one is from a kit called Date It by Jen Martakis (love her stuff!!).

a day to remember

The second kit I got to work with, is called Merry Little Christmas. It was a fun digi kit to work with.

deck the halls

I love both digital and paper scrapping... but you know what's cool about digi? The background paper on this layout was just a tad too light for my liking, so I darkened it up and made it a darker cream color.

Now, I don't think that I could ever have done that so quickly and neatly with a piece of paper cardstock!!

There's also a challenge with my post, so read it if you get a chance, and maybe join in to win a Two Peas in a Bucket gift certificate.

I hope you all are about ready for the holidays. Try to take a day to step back and enjoy all the hard work you put into the baking, cooking, shopping!! and decorating!

As you can see by the last layout, I put up 3 trees!! I'm so blessed and happy to be here for this Christmas and to be able to enjoy it this year. Last year I was sick with chemo... I truly don't remember much.

I intend to enjoy this Christmas with as much gusto as I can muster!!

I challenge you to do the same!!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Mitten Freebie

I have a little SVG cutable freebie file that I wanted to share with you today. I used it below on a card, but thought, wouldn't this just make the cutest gift tags?? I'm going to cut out a bunch for gift tags.

Here's what the file looks like:

sm. mitten

Link to the Mitten

And, here is how I used the mitten on a card. I actually cut out two of them:

Mitten card

This is a card that I'm going to give to my friend Diane, who is Jewish. I used some of the Hanukkah colors in it. It's just kind of a wintery card, rather than a Christmasy one.

Enjoy the mittens!!

(wow, 2 posts in one day, who knew???)

Have a great day!!

My Dog Ate Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol

Exhibit A - Andy Warhol

Emma made this special cookie in honor of her favorite pop artist... and didn't even get to eat it. (luckily her mom is a picture taking freak, so we at least have this!)

Name one of the most time consuming Christmas cookies to make???

Ahhh, yes, the sugar cookie cut outs.

You must mix the dough. Refrigerate the dough for 2 hours. Roll the dough. Cut out the cookies. Bake. Cool. Decorate.

Hours and hours of work, right?

Then in about 2 minutes, your dog eats half of the cookies while the icing is drying! GRRR.

guilty dog

Exhibit B - Guilty Party

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Guest Digi Designer for Two Peas!

I have some happy news!! I'm a digital guest designer for Two Peas in a Bucket this month! Woot! Each week I'll have 2 digital layouts designed with new digi kits from Two Peas! I'm very honored to have been chosen.

Here are the 2 layouts. This first one is from last Christmas, baking cookies with my dear friend Carol. We've known each other for (gulp) 25 years! (since I was 18, you do the math!)

Cookies w-Carol

JOY Kit by Michelle Underwood available @ 2 Peas.

This next kit ~Kitschen Sinque~ was just perfect for my farmer's market picture from this past summer. I had fun making this banner out of the seed packets in the kit. You could totally print these out and add them to a paper scrapbook page.


Kitschen Sinque by Polka Dot Pixels available @ 2 Peas.

That's it for today. Tomorrow I have a freebie to share, and some more pages from my December Daily. I'm trying desperately to keep up! It's very hard with all the present buying, cookie baking and decorating! Oh yes, and this other little thing that I do during the day called work! I have some client projects that I need to send off to the printer.

Have a great day!!
And if you're snowed in and the kids are home from school (like mine are!) keep warm and sane!! ;)

Thursday, December 9, 2010

December Daily Days 1-4

I'm having a blast with this December Daily! I'm doing the inside pages hybrid style, using last seasons Crystal Wilkerson's Christmas kit. Here is a link to the papers that I'm using. They are on sale today on the Jessica Sprague site. Dec. 09 stuff here.

I think Crystal Wilkerson's designs are phenomenal! She also designs for Echo park!!

Here is my day 1. I did this hybrid, and I made it relatively simple. I have one or 2 papers, used a punch, and then did something special with the number:
day 1

day 1 cu

Day 2:
day 2

I hand cut out the snowman & the letter A:
day 2 cu

Day 3:
day 3

Detail, I used Ranger Distress Stickles on the holly leaves, which are really, really --- really old, from Making Memories!
day 3 cu

Day 4:
day 4

Detail, another little hand cut critter from Crystal's digi kit, too cute:
day 4 cu

Here's how I'm putting it together. I've set up an 8 1/2 x 11 template in photoshop. Each page is 8x8. I figure out where the photo goes and leave a white space there for position (also saves on ink, no need to ink what you don't see). There is a few inches left at the top, so I put the things there that I want to cut out, like the snowman or the strips of border paper. Then I cut everything out and add some stickles and I'm done. It really doesn't take that long. I've noticed a few typos, but I wanted to make this easy on myself, so I'm not stressing about it. I'm just happy to get it done!

Are you doing the December daily? Are you enjoying it? I am, but I'm spending so much time in my craft room that I haven't finished decorating! We do have the tree up, tho!

Have a great day! Hope you can get crafty/scrappy/artsy today!

Monday, December 6, 2010

December Daily & a Layout

I had fun this past weekend crafting away! I had 2 cans of Krylon crackle spray paint, the crackle and the base, that I had gotten at Michaels on clearance for 99¢ a can. While having a Harry Potter fest on Saturday, I’d run down to the basement and spray another coat on.

Sunday, I decorated up the cover, here’s how it turned out:

Couple of closeups:
DD cov CU

The crackle:
DD cov Crackle

I tried to get a medium crackle, but it sort of turned out smallish. It's still cool. And was a great surface to work on.

I think I need some baubles or something to hang from the bow. I can always add stuff.

I also did this layout real quick. I used the My Minds Eye Lost & Found papers:
CH Happy Baby sm
CH Happy Baby cu

That’s it for today. I’m going to go work on the inside pages for the December Daily.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope you have a wonderful day!!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Friday Freebie & December Daily

Happy Friday!! Only 22 days until Christmas!

First up, a Friday Freebie. Actually, there are TWO! I have a snowflake and a reindeer for you.

Here is a reindeer. I used him on a card a few years ago. He cuts out really nicely:
reindeer sm

Here's the reindeer link.

And, this is the snowflake. It's a very simple one:
Snowflake sm

Snowflake link.


I've hopped on the December Daily bandwagon. I had this old binder from a paper company, just sitting around, and I thought hmmm, this would be great repurposed.

Here is the before:

neenah cov
neenah inside

I'm still working on the after. I have the page of day one somewhat complete. I'm going hybrid, or digi, or traditional, or maybe all three.

At first I was very stressed about the December Daily because there are so many beautiful albums and I thought that mine just wouldn't stack up to those gorgeous ones. Then I thought what they heck, why stress over it? Just have fun with it.

That is my intention, just have fun. I'll use it as a springboard for some experimentation with products and paints and stamps... things like that. I want to make it chock full of goodies. I want to put receipts, photos, tags, stuff like that. Maybe even used up gift cards. I thought it would be neat to look back next year or the middle of summer at all the December stuff.

Well, I am off to craft for a good 2 solid hours until I have to pick my son up from school.

Hope you have a scrappy day!!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Xmas Layout Using My Freebie

It feels like forever and a day since I did a paper layout. I have had this on my desk for a month, and finally over the weekend had some time to play with paper.

I used the SVG freebie cutouts that I provided in the post below on my layout. I love how it turned out.

Here's the layout:
Dec.25th sm

The title really pops, since it's in green. There is some of that green in the striped paper. All the paper is My Minds Eye i Believe Christmas line. It's so adorable! The brads are MME and the cream vintage velvet flower is one of our new colors from Creative Charms. The chipboard snowflake is from 2 years ago, it's DCWV.

Couple of close ups:
Dec.25th cu 3

This is one of the tags on the MME punch out sheets, I added a simple MME brad and some bakers twine in red & white candy cane stripes.

Dec.25th cu 2

Close up of the Creative Charms vintage velvet flower. They come with a pearl, but I thought this big brad really popped.

And last, is the title that I designed and cut out on the Silhouette:

Dec.25th cu 1

I love the drop shadow.

If you do happen to do the cutout, I wouldn't cut out the December much smaller than 4 inches across, my "m" fell away from the "e".

Instead of regular cardstock, I used the Quickutz sticky back stacks. Perfect for titles because they are already sticky.

Today we are (finally) going to go see Harry Potter! I think I'm more excited than my kids. First we are going to have lunch - we're going out for Sushi! Couldn't think of anything more different than the turkey we've had for the past few days.

By the way, I've reorganized my blog and I have a page just for all of my freebies. Rather than trying to scroll through all my posts, you can simply select that button, and they are there for the taking! I also added a handy dandy search feature.

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoy the last few days of fall, because as far as I'm concerned, winter and the Christmas season begin December 1st!!

Have a great day!!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Black Friday Freebie!

I hope you all had a wonderful Happy Thanksgiving. We had a really nice and delicious Thanksgiving. YUM. Love, love, love stuffing!! (or as folks from the south call it “dressing”.

Today to say thank you to my bloggy friends, I have 2 cutable files to share. You can use these on cards or layouts or even the title for your december daily.

The folder includes jpeg, svg and png files.


25 sm

I’ve cut these out and I’m going to use them on a layout, which I’ll share with you later.

Here is the link to download the file. I hope you enjoy!
december 25th

-----> ETA

Maggie asked what font I used for the 25, it's Claredon. You can get a free version here. December is also Claredon.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Punches 3 Ways....

It was going to be 4, but my snowflake did not turn out and you cannot punch thru folded layers... FYI!

You may have seen some of these techniques before, but I thought I'd share with you a few different ways to use border punches.

No. 1

The first one is a super easy idea. Use your border punch to make the edge of an envelope flap really cute:
punched env

No. 2

The second idea is pretty easy, too. Cut a strip about 1 3/4" wide and whatever length you need. Using a fancy lacy edge punch, punch along each side. You should end up with something like this:

puched ribbon

Looks great wrapped around a small box, or even a gift bag. And, of course, you could use it on a layout as well.

No. 3

The third option requires a bit more work. I have 2 samples. For the first sample, I cut a 12" strip about 1 1/2 inches wide (give or take), then punched along the one edge. Do an accordion fold using the punched edge as a guide. I folded between each scallop, and then in the middle of that scallop as well.

folding small

Once you have it all folded, create a circle, then tape or glue edges together. I used a one inch punch to punch a circle which I glued in the middle of my "medallion". I added a big sparkly gem from Creative Charms to finish it off:

small thingy

This would look great on a holiday bag or tag or even hanging from a Christmas tree. The thinner the paper, the easier it is to fold. I used an old holiday paper stack.

The next one is the same concept, but bigger. I used about a 2 1/2 inch wide strip by 12 inches long, and you will need 2 total. One wide strip won't make a complete circle, so you will need 2.

I scored between my punched edge for easier folding:

score thingy

(this is the Martha Stewart Lattice punch)

Once both strips were folded up, glued and put together, I punched a 1 1/2" circle and topped that with another Creative Charms brad, this time using a vintage brad:

big fan thingy

I think it might have looked prettier had I layered a larger circle under the red one. It's still pretty and would look great on a tree with some added ribbon and sparkle.

These were just my practice ones, to see if punching the edges would make for a prettier accordion folded embellie, and it does!

I'm sorry for the blog absence last week. It just kept getting pushed to the back burner.

I did work on some cool SVG images that I will share with you in upcoming posts. My gift to you for visiting my little ol' blog!

Have a happy Sunday!!