Tuesday, November 20, 2012

MFT - Wednesday Stamp Club

This creation was inspired my my husband's darling Grandmother who turned 100 yesterday!!  Yes, I said 100!!!  She is simply beyond amazing and really...one to be marveled at.  There was a party in her honor at her home - just how she likes it!  Such a special lady.  I drew inspiration from this week's MFT sketch as my starting point:
I used my Snowflake Die-namics in lieu of the flower element and added resin flowers (my favorite) scattered sporadically but specifically in place of the top left element.
 I added a double doily for the background element sponged with Vintage Photo Distress ink.  I used Big Greetings to stamp my sentiment inside and out.  (love this set!)
I know that Grandmother had an amazing 100th!!
Crafty Hugs!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Getting Scrappy With MFT!

Greetings!!!  The sketch challenge at MFT this month was so fabulous that I was compelled to create two more pages with it!  I am presently almost 23 weeks pregnant with my third child and while my daughter (my first) has two 12x12 albums totally completed within the first year of her life, my darling son's photos and supplies have been waiting patiently for, ahem...6.5 years - give or take a few weeks!  Shame on me!!  My first two are only 17 months apart, does that count for anything?  Needless to say, life got hectic when my my darling boy came along and then, well, I got sucked into card making and that was kind of that as far as scrapbooking went! 

But now that I have a third on the way, my goal is to complete my son's first year memories before I am due in March.  So with that said, I have created the first two pages of his album using this sketch:
Here is page one:
I kept my layout simple and sweet using the centers of the Perfect Pinwheel Die-namics for some custom button/twine embellishments and my favorite Fishtail Flag Die-namics for the top element.  I pulled my color scheme from my son's blue and green blanket pictured in the lower right hand photo.  And oh by the way...he still sleeps with it every night...love.
My second layout is a mirror of the original sketch - I figured having these two side by side in an album would flow better if I flipped the sketch.
You'll notice that I added an envelope pocket to the top left to hold both his and my hospital bracelets from that day in addition to a journaling notecard.  These pictures make me swoon as it was the first time brother and sister met and it just melts my heart.  Sighhhhhhh...

IMO there is nothing better than the red/turquoise combo.  It's just my favorite!!  So versatile!  I used my Stacking Star Die-namics as the main decorative focal point pulling in my Notched Tag Die-namics with an added sentiment. 
I can't wait to see what sketch the fabulous MFT team has in store for us next month!!

Thanks for stopping by!!

Crafty Hugs!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

My Favorite Things Goes Scrap-Tastic!!!

Greetings Friends!!!

For those of you who follow along - you'll know why I haven't been blogging in forever and for those of you who don't - here's WHY!  =)  But I'm heading into that really good stage where my energy is pretty high as is my motivation.  I can feel the nesting coming on!!  I'm trying very hard to dive back into the scrapbooking world as I have so many projects that have been waiting so patiently for me for many MANY...(gulp)...years! 

And really - you all know how much I ADORE all things My Favorite Things related and couldn't contain myself when THIS was posted on the MFT blog. 
And I must be honest with you - I have THE hardest time photographing 12x12 pages.  I have a light box that works wonders with my cards and other small projects but when it comes to large scale projects I struggle so I hope that I did my page justice!

I so adore the simple and classic elements of this sketch.
 This page is, as you can see, of my darling daughter from this past summer.  I chose four of my very favorite pictures from a family trip to Vermont to capture the essence of her fun, sweet and wonderful nature.

I kept my colors light, summery and breezy using cardstock from Bazzill.  The majority of my patterned paper is from Amy Tangerine.
I've used some of my very favorite MFT products including Behind The Camera Die and Stamp set, Tag You're It Die and Stamp Set, Mini Pennants, and Botanical Beauty.
I love the earthy use of sticky back cork combined with the fun summery colors.  As you can see above, I took a light blue button, colored it with a turquoise hued Copic to create just the color I needed.  I then coated it in Matte Multi Medium and dunked it into crystal glitter so that it added a hint of sparkle.  I backwards tied my bow behind my button and anchored it down with a drop of hot glue.

I am hoping to have some time to create with the Project Life version that the crafty gals at MFT provided as well!  We'll see what the rest of the week brings my way!!

Thanks for stopping by!!

Crafty Hugs!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Really Big News!!

Greetings my friends!!!  It's been a VERY long time since I've posted but as you can see I have a really good reason!  

I am now 22 weeks pregnant with my third child!!  My husband and I are beyond thrilled and our two children (Kendall who is 8 and Tyler who is 6.5) are both extremely excited to welcome a new family member in March.  And we are having a boy!! 
This is the reason that I stepped down from all of my design teams mid-summer as I was newly pregnant and simply oh so sick.  It unfortunately lasted well into the start of school season so it was virtually impossible for me to motivate to be within my crafty space.  I could barely lift my head let alone create!  But I am feeling wonderful these days.  Both of our children are in school full time and I am working two days a week at a private pre-school until the baby comes - which is simply beyond adorable, fun and wonderful.  

I have started to get back to my crafty roots working through my son, Tyler's baby book wanting to get it completed before baby comes and life gets a bit more complicated.  It's been a bit of a struggle getting back into the crafty world but I'm doing so at my own pace using what I have and picking up some fun things here and there.  I will be posting the pages that I've recently finished using the newest MFT Scrap Sketch starting with the basic scrap sketch and I will also try to incorporate the Project Life version as well into my ongoing PL projects. 

I hope you are all doing well my crafty friends - in general and in light of the most recent natural disaster - Hurricane Sandy.  My thoughts and blessings are with those in areas that have been devastated and destroyed. 

With Many Crafty Hugs-


Thursday, October 4, 2012

The Best Day - Part Two

Greetings Friends!!!  Popping in to share with you the card that I sent my sweet and darling son off to his first day of Kindergarten with.  It's the same layout that I used for my daughter's first day card here but I changed up the colors, papers and embellies a bit to be more suitable for a boy.
 I used one of my very favorites MFT Sentiments 6th Birthday Celebration Set to create this fun, simple and bright creation.
I used papers that I had laying around on my desk from another creation.  I used SU! Real Red ink for my main sentiment.  I punched a red cardstock star and coated it with Glossy Accents and let it dry overnight for a focal embellishment.  I added a tiny Tim Holtz paper clip and small silver brads to anchor the corners.  I used a tiny scrap of May Arts Chevron Ribbon to add a little loop on the left hand side of the main layer. 

I added a message to him on the interior and tucked it into his lunch box.  Sigh...he's just so so cute.  

My favorite was when he beamed coming off the bus because he had such a great day.  I'll be back soon with another creation for my darling daughter's upcoming 8th birthday!

Thanks for coming by!!

Crafty Hugs!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

The Best Day - Part One

Hello Friends!  I told you that I'd pop in every now and again with a fun creation!  Technically, I am on a self imposed blog break but I clearly couldn't let the start of school come without a creation or two for my fabulous children. 

My darling daughter started second grade yesterday and I wanted something simple, bright and fun to tuck into her lunchbox on day one.  I recently purchased the MFT Sentiments 6th Birthday Celebration Set
I mean, really, talk about awesome!  I used Bazzill cardstock and Basic Grey patterned papers from the Konnichiwa collection.  (swoon)

I used my Fishtail Flag STAX and my Hearts-a-Plenty Die-namics to complete my project.  To achieve my super glossy and bubbly heart, I cut the smallest heart out in both red cardstock and a scrap of thin cardboard.  I Xyroned the two together to give it some stability and then added a generous layer of Glossy Accents over top.  I let it dry overnight and adhered it to my card using hot glue to ensure that it wouldn't fall off. 

I anchored the corners of my sentiment panel and my outer panel with self-adhesive bling for an added touch of texture.

I was happy and my daughter was beaming when she came home as she had a fantastic first day of school.
I am one super proud Mom. 

Until the next time!

Crafty Hugs!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

A Lovely Farewell...

Greetings my dear friends!!!  I'm here today with a bit of explaining, some fun and a few creations to bid you a bloggy farewell for a short while while I embark upon a new adventure, of sorts! 

My darling friends and teammates at DYSU have organized an amazing blog hop as way to say adieu as I am stepping down from the team.  (sniff, sniff)  I first and foremost want to thank them for this amazing send off as well as my wonderful time that I spent with them on the team.  It was one of the most organized, well thought out, kind, compassionate and caring group of women that I've ever had the pleasure of creating with.  I will miss you all GREATLY but as time goes on I promise to come back and create with y'all when I can!!  Hugs my friends and many, many thank yous to you all!!!

As some of my crafty friends have noticed...my blog has been VERY quiet and getting increasingly more so as the weeks have gone on.  I have resigned (albeit tearfully) from all of the fabulous teams that I was on.  While I cannot share the news ~ just yet (wink) ~ I will say that it has to do in a way with my health (I am TOTALLY fine) but require more time to spend with my darling husband and two amazing kiddies as well as time to care for myself.  With school starting less than two weeks away, I want to spend every single moment with my babies before my daughter heads off to second grade and my son to Kindergarten.  The time is precious and few. 

I am sure that once everyone is settled in school, I will have a little time to dabble creatively here and there but will be more focused on some mini albums for my kids as well as catching up on some scrappy projects that have been waiting for me very patiently.  I will post every now and again so please don't forget about me as I surely will not forget about you all.  I will definitely come by and visit and comment when I can and will for sure get back into the crafty world when it's my time.  But for now...it's farewell to my daily creating and blogging.  Be sure to keep me posted on anything fun and I will come by and say "hello!!" 

And so, without further ado, I am going to leave you with some of my favorite projects that I created while on the DYSU team. 

Thank you my friends for everything!!  See you soon!!

With Many Crafty Hugs!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Four Legged Friends


Birdie Brown
* Winner's Choice of 3 Digital Stamps
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Bugaboo Stamps
* Winner's Choice of 7 Digis

Greetings DYSU friends!  Today we're hosting a super cute challenge at the DYSU challenge blog called Four Legged Friends.  Yep, that's right!  We want you to bust out all of your super cute animal images and share them with us!!

Today I've used the super sweet porcupine image from Bugaboo stamps.  I printed him onto Copic Xpress paper and colored him with my Copics.  I did this twice coloring and trimming out his adorable face so that I could pop it up on foam adhesive to give him added dimension.
I used lots of scraps including some from Bazzill, Basic Grey and SU!.  I used a sentiment from Loves Rubberstamps.  I added quite a bit of embellishments to create a fun little grouping using wooden buttons, twine and twill tape.  I also added some stitching and a tiny clothespin attached to the main image panel.
I hope you come play along with us at the DYSU challenge blog!

Crafty Hugs!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Smashing Kaylee

Greetings Oddies!!  Here again bringing you another amazing set from Some Odd Girl!  Today's release highlights the gorgeous Kaylee and her new fun filled closet
In lieu of a card today I decided to create a smash page using this gorgeous gal!
It's a mini Smash book - about 5"x 7" or so.  Just the right size and place to use lots of bits and leftover scraps.  I inked Kaylee in Momento ink and colored her with my Copics.  I then paper pieced her adorable dress as well as the white trim on the bottom. 
I LOVE the versatility of this set as there's so many unbelievable options!!  I used all kinds of bits and bobs from a variety of sources in my stash.  Bottlecap embellies, resin flowers, rhinestone bling, mini paperclips, rosette trimmed ribbon and Washi tape.  Most papers are from Amy Tangerine.
I used lots of stitching to add extra texture.
My sentiment is from my very favorite Under The Sea Mae set. 

Thanks for coming by again today!!  I hope you are enjoying this new release as much as I am!

Crafty Hugs!

Monday, August 6, 2012

One Hot Dog!

Greetings Oddies!!  Today is SUCH a fun day as it starts our new clear stamp release for August!!  There are four crazy adorable sets releasing this week and I know you're going to love them all!  Today we're showing off the set called Preppie Pups.  I mean, really...do they get any cuter?  Before I get to my project, I am going to show you the entire set:
Sooooooo cute.  I went pretty CAS today using my favorite Distress Ink water coloring technique for this sweet Dachshund.  I used an older MFT sketch as my jumping off point and kept my card relatively masculine in nature. 
My papers are from MME - Darling Dear.  One of my favorite little tricks when using acrylic sentiments is to be able to curve them to suit your panels!  In this case my 'hey hot dog' sentiment is curved to follow the line of the ovals which were cut using my MFT Oval STAX Die-namics. 

I created some rolled flowers using kraft and black cardstock and my rolled rose Die-namic. 

The possibilities with this set are totally endless!  Thanks for popping by today!  See you tomorrow with another fabulous Odd Girl set!!

Crafty Hugs!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Super Fabulous

Super cool, super fabulous, a super great cause...check it out.

Crafty Hugs-