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I am a stay-at-home mom. I have been married to my handsome and wonderful husband for over 14 years. Right now he's battling stomach/esophagus cancer. So I do my best to craft when I can. I have two wonderful boys. My oldest, Garett, is 24 and served 5 years in the Navy. He's been home since the beginning of the year (2014). We are very proud of him. My youngest, "DJ", is 13 and in the 8th grade. I have two Border Collie mix dogs (Koda and Rugu), one Calico cat (Hydie), one orange Tabby cat (Bosley), one Tea Cup Chihuahua (Gigi...I LOVE her sooo much), a Chiweinnie (Lily....sweetest dog ever), and a Jack Russell/Chihuahua (Connor....AAALL boy).

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Baby Album bound with Cinch

The cover was made with the chipboard that was supplied with the Cinch machine.  I painted some wood letters to kinda match the blue in the paper.  The paper was part of a set that I got from The Dollar Tree. I glued the giraffe section of the paper to chipboard then cut out the giraffe.  The frame I purchased from The Dollar Tree as well.  They came in a package 6...PERFECT for scrapbooking, card making, albums, etc.  The edges of the album, I punched a hole matched up to a "tag brad" from Art Accentz Bradletz. 
  The inside cover was paper used from the same set as the giraffe.  I used the Martha Stewart Corner Punch to accent the corners for a cleaner look.

The animals and balloons were cut from Sizzix Sizzlits.  The scalloped edges of the pages were cut from Sizzix Decorative Strip Ribbons.


Embossing Folder used was Sizzix Textured Impressions Hello Kitty Spring set.  The phrase was from the Sizzix Textured Impressions Baby set. I used Offray sheer polka dot ribbon, buttons to match the theme, and I think the diaper pin accents are from Stand-Outs...but I'm not sure.


The paper and the accents are from a Boys set from All My Memories, Studio Collection Boys Theme.


The Underwater page is made from DCWV All About Boys set. The sun, some rocks, and seaweed was cut from Sizzix Sizzlits.

The duck was cut from Sizzix Big Shot, the bathtub from Sizzix Originals, the "splish splash", shampoo, and toy boat was cut from Cricut Cartridges.  For the towel, I just cut a piece from a scrap towel that I have.  The embossed paper was from Sizzix Textured Impression Winter set.


These pages were fun to make!  I used plain brown paper for the background.  The small animals were cut out with the Sizzix Sizzlits Stuffed Animals set. The big teddy bear was cut out using Sizzix Originals. I applied flocking to the teddy bear to give him a fuzzy feeling. I also tied a thin ribbon around his neck.  The cork stickers are the baby collection from Karen Foster. 


The cowboy page was created using DCWV All About Boys for the background paper.  The accents used were Sizzix Sizzlits Cowboy set.  For the race car page I used Sizzix Sizzlits Decorative strip City Scape and the race car set.  I made my own street with black paper and cut strips of yellow paper.   


AND finally...the last page was pretty fun to do.  Since this was a prehistoric theme....I had to do most of the page "prehistorically".  The mountains, palm trees, and rocks were created by tearing the papers and crinkling some up.  The ground (or gravel) was made from the residuals of a border punch that I used once. And lastly...the dinosaurs and sun were cut from the Sizzix Sizzlits.  

This entire album was made from using mostly Sizzix for a few reason:
1. Because I needed more desk space, so I had to move my Cricut machine.
2. Because I have more of a variety of "boy" things with my Sizzix than I do with my Cricut.
3. Because I haven't used my Sizzix in so long...it was time to show them I still love them and always will.

Now...for the album basics....

I measured the Album front and back cover to be 5 3/4 x 8 1/2. I used the sturdy chipboard that came with my Cinch Binding machine.  The pages I cut just a little smaller than the cover.  I set my Cinch according to the directions and cut and bounded the album.

*NOTE:  When creating individual pages, make sure you leave enough space on the end of your project for binding.  Thank you for looking :)

Friday, February 25, 2011

St. Patrick's Day greeting card w/ matching tag

I must say that I am very happy with my GREEN creations. The whole time I crafted these, I had the tune to the Irish Drinking Song in my head (from Whose Line is it Anyway?) I will describe what and how I made the card below:

Embossed card front with Sizzix "Winter" set embossing folder.  I used the Sizzix Texture Botique.  I ABSOLUTELY love it!

 Ink supplies: Green Rubber Stampede Dye Ink, Tattered Angles Bazzill Parakeet, Studio G Shimmer Green Pigment Ink.

First I ran stamp ink across the embossed dots on the card front gently.  After that I lightly misted with the Tattered Angle's spray. I placed a glue dot on the card in the desired location. I attached the ends of the glittered spray to the glue dots. Some sprays I left straight and the other I curved around to meet the other end to the glue dot.  Oh...I also tore the edge to the card front  because it looked better than leaving a blank edge without embossing.

Next I'm getting out my tin of paper flowers and getting the two sizes of GREEN.  This little beauties came inside a scrapbooking bag kit filled with all sorts of goodies that I got from the Sams Club auction site.

Next I'm using my largest rhinestone brad that I can find... 

And placing it through the center of the flower.

Now for my pretty Kiwi Sheer Dot ribbon by Offray (duh).

Tying it in a nice loose knot and snipping the ends as shown.

Next I place a glue dot on the other side of the knot and place it as shown.  Oops...I skipped a step.  Take a length of the ribbon and have it go across the card.  Then place the bow, then the flower with some silk leaves...also using glue dots.

Ok...next I got carried away with my card and ended up putting it all together without taking individual pictures...but here is a package of stamps I use for the ticket with the phrase in the center.  They are "Paperwork Greetings" by Inkadinkadoo.

These two packages of stamps are GREAT. I stamped these images on white cardstock using the shimmer green ink and a lighter green Fluid Chalk.

Now...for my ultimate favorite item right now...my Peapod Bakers Twine from The Twinery.  I love this stuff.  I also have it in Maraschino (Red).

Ok....so as you can see from the assembled card...I stamped the ticket on a tan cardstock. The ink I used for that was Archival Pigment Graphite Black from Tsukineko. Then I cut out the the stamped images.  I used scalloped deco scissors around the "Everyone's Irish for a Day" then inked the edges with the darker green ink.  Then I used a Fiskars circle punch around the other image.  The Shamrocks were cut out using the Cricut Paperdoll Dressup cartridge and the Imagine Country Carnival cartridge.  I did two sizes...one for the card and a smaller one for the tag.  Then I used green and tan fibers for the top of the tag.  And there you have it.  My card and tag set...currently for sale on my eBay site.

Thank you for taking a look at my card/tag set!  Have a great weekend.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

St. Patty's Day Tag

Hey Everyone!  Here is my St. Patty's Day tag that I started last night and finished this morning.  Since I still have materials out, I am going to make a matching card.  I will post that tomorrow.  See ya later!!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Quilling a Shamrock

Start out with a 9" strip of green quilling paper. Coil it up tight then release.  Add a small drop of glue to the end of the strip and glue to the coil. Once dry, form a teardrop by pinching one side of the circle like pictured above.
After quilling 6 tear drops, glue two together to form a heart shape. You'll make 3 of these.
Next take a 4 1/2" strip and coil it up then stretch it out while keeping it semi tight.
Glue all the ends together and VOILA!!!  A Shamrock.  Have a great day!!!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Joy's Birthday Blog Hop

I just got done Blog Hopping and boy am I tired....lol.  I loved seeing EVERYONE's creations and ideas.  I love how Jin uses only Lettering Delights items with Make the Cut program.  When I get a new Windows computer, Make the Cut will be a "must-have".  Thank you everyone for sharing your creative ideas and Happy Birthday Joy!!!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Challenge #6 card

Stamps used were "Birthday Cat with Mouse Present" from Purrs and Pants, "All Around Sentiments" from Joy's Life; Shrinky Dinks plastic, DMC Twine, Cricut Imagine Imagine More Cards, Plum greeting card (prefolded cards) from DCWV.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day End

I hope everyone had a great Valentine's Day.  My 10-year-old had to stay home from school because of Strep Throat.  So we decided to order food to be delivered since we couldn't go out.  Yummy pastrami sandwich :)

Well, I'm off to go create cards.  Have a great day!