Sunday, August 30, 2009

Neopolitan Notebook

Was checking out all the challenges that were out there for Sunday and ran across Rosie-Dee's Challenge Blog. The challenge #50 is ice cream inspired, Neopolitan to be exact. I had just finished another altered notebook and this fits the menu perfectly.

The papers are strawberry, chocolate, and vanilla. Matted the paper with chocolate and then added strawberry and vanilla flowers. The flowers were made using my Sizzix, used three layers to give some dimension,then added die cut leaves that are from SU. The leaves and circle sentiment are in an additional ice cream color we will call blueberry.

The sentiment was computer generated, then layered using dimensionals, this is now my favorite notebook, and it will be given to someone special at our family reunion.

Happiness is one of the challenges at GSC and this is was makes me happy. They have had different quotes all month regarding happiness this is just one of them, it reads

Finding happiness is like

finding yourself. You

don't find happiness, you

make happiness.

David Leonhardt

Thanks to the talented ladies at GSC these quotes have been put to good use, copies them and made little signs for our office, they have been greatly appreciated by the staff, a little positive energy never hurt anyone.

The quote for today really hit home and can't wait to put it up in the office, know that all of your being so creative will relate to this quote:

The greatest happiness

in life is to be truly

and consistently


--Peter Koestenbaum

Hope everyone has a crafty day.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Rainbow Travel Journal

Not just one challenge, not two, or three, but four challenges in one. This was a challenge in it's self, but really fun.

Challenge #l was a rainbow and Gingersnap Creations. Wanted to make some journals for an upcoming reunion, had some paper in my stash and covered the composition notebook. Added some other colors on the cover and stamped "Memories" on the green. and "Enjoy" on the yellow.

Added pocket in red to hold the chipboard luggage tag. Chipboard was also one of the challenges at GC. Using chipboard is new for me, have purchased some and had also been given coasters from the local restaurant. Made a die cut of a tag from Sizzix, the tag was the challenge at Crafty Creations. The chipboard used had advertising on it, so it was necessary to cover the tag, used travel paper, then stamped it with "Our Journey" added ribbon, the tag can be used as a luggage tag for easy identification when locating your luggage at the airport.

The red pocket also has our "Our Journey" stamped on it (sorry the picture doesn't show the stamp.)

The last challenge was for Cinema Saturday Challenge, using red stitching, representing the movie "Field of Dreams." The red stitching was added to each white mat and also around the edge of the entire journal. (Once again I need to work on my photography.)

This is one of my favorite projects, in the past I have done notebooks for bridal showers, Christmas gifts for fellow employees, recipes books, and now a travel journal.

Just a quick note, I used a MOJO MONDAY sketch for the layout, it really works great, only required one full sheet of 12 x 12 printed paper, am ready to product a few more journals. There are all kinds of sketches out there the layouts are prefect for doing the notebooks.

Thanks for stopping by and have a crafty day.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Mellow Yellow

Getting ready to leave for Salt Lake at 6am tomorrow, but wanted to participate in this weeks challenge to use yellow at Crafty Creations Challenges. Have been working on the project before going to work, but just couldn't get it together, know that is no excuse.

Well this morning everything came together. This is my first time using my new Fifth Avenue Floral set from SU, love what can to do with these flowers, it will take some practice on my part to get a realistic look on the rose, but wanted to at least give this a try. Have been making 10 of each card, no doubt I can get some of the practicing done while in Utah and sitting around in the hospital. (Billy is going to be having some tests run, hopefully the doctors will be able to tell us that the pain in his legs is minor and that he won't have to have major surgery.)

Enough about all that stuff. A challenge for myself was to use some of the ribbon that I had hanging around, (this is ribbon I had when I was in business with my mom years, and years ago) the plaid has a touch of blue in it and thus the card is layered with just a touch of blue.

Time to start getting things together for our quick trip.

Have a crafty day.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Make A Wish

My favorite group is Gingersnap Creations. Thanks to the creative ladies they expand my horizons when it comes to making cards. This month Ali opened up the world of patterned papers, she had a wonderful technique and it is simple to do and the results are wonderful.

I don't use patterned papers very often, even though I have quite a selection. With Ali's help this is the cards that emerged.

I printed the sentiment on the paper before cutting it into strips. Will definitely be making more of these and will have a different perspective when checking out all those wonderful patterned papers that are available.

Thanks for stopping by today, have a crafty day.

Monday, August 10, 2009


Yes, it has happened again, two challenges in one. CSCC#44 "The Thief Lord" the challenge is sisters or brothers. I haven't seen the movie, but can really relate to the challenge. I am blessed with one wonderful sister, she inspires me to be better than I am. Kay is so talented and has no limitations, she is so creative and shares her talents with everyone. When we are together my juices flow and we come up with all kinds of projects to do, the only problem is we don't have enough time to get everything completed. Kay is on the go all the time and can accomplish more in one day than I can in a month, she truly is an "energizer bunny" LOL

Last week I made a card that featured sisters, and wanted to make a new one for this weeks challenge, am pretty pleased with the outcome. Used patterned papers and also stamped on the papers. The sentiment was computer generated, and then stamped with a scroll on the sentiment paper. This was completely out of my comfort zone, but liked the results.

The second challenge was CC#27, to use buttons on your project. I only used one, hope that is still classified as a qualification for the challenge. Used gold twine to make a bow through the button to tie in with the sentiment. The stamps are from Inkadinkado, paper Lasting Impressions. Here is a close up of the poem about sisters.

Let me know what you think of the cards, and how they can be improved. Thanks for stopping by and checking out my projects.
Have a crafty day.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

What Can I Say?

Happy Saturday! Hope everyone is having a great day, talked with my daughter, Kaylene, they were going fishing. Not going to tell Billy, he will be jealous. We will be going to work later today instead.

Was going to post this card yesterday, but had computer problems, I get so irritated when that happens, am not the sharpest knife in the drawer when it comes to this fancy typewriter. Luckily was able to get in touch with my son-in-law, Tim, the computer whiz and he got things going once again, thank goodness, don't know what I would do, this is my therapy. Enough about all that here is my card for today.

My first attempt at a tri-shutter card, have seen them on every one's blogs and was in aah! Just had to sit down and really focus on what paper to use and stamps. The video tutorial I used was over at Dawn's Stamping Thoughts, there is also a tutorial with step by step instructions and video at SCS in the resource section. The card looks complicated, but was really easy, everyone needs to give this one a try.

There are so many things that you can do with this card, and anyone who receives it will be amazed. I was so pleased with my finished project that I couldn't wait to show it to Billy, his comment was "WOW", that was the reaction I was hoping for.

The small butterflies and scroll stamps are from K and Company, the large one is so old I don't know, sorry. The large scroll is from Inkadinkado. The oval is a classic scalloped oval from Spellbinder. Unfortunately my selection of sentiment stamps are very limited, so once again I turn to my computer.

The base of the card is card stock, and then I used pattern papers from Lasting Impressions, the packet has 3 sheets of 5 different patterns, it worked perfect for this project, as I have a real problem with patterned papers, it seems they never come together quite right. With one packet of paper I was able to make 9 cards, love it!

The butterflies were colored in with pencils, this was such a fun project, it is on my list to do again.

Time for me to get my mind around going to work.

Have a great crafting day.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Sister's Day

Over at Gingersnap Creations, there is a list of Reasons to Stamp, the #2 reason is Sister's Day. One of my goals was to use scrap paper, but hopefully have enough paper to complete 9 cards. Everything just seemed to come together, I love vintage type paper had plenty in my stash, it was a no brainer. That is where the inspiration came for this card, also knew that everyone in my family would relate to the picture and verse.

After searching The Vintage Moth blog, I found the perfect photo. My mother came from a large family with 5 sisters, the majority of their photos were of the three oldest girls, hence the reason behind the vintage photo of "Three Sisters". Now it was necessary to find the perfect verse, knew that I hadn't seen a stamp, so the quest was on. Found all kinds of great sayings, but the one that hit home was as follows:

I know some sisters who only

see each other on Mother's Day

and some who will never speak

again. But most are like my

sister and me.......

linked by volatile love, best friends

who make other best friends ever so

slightly less best.

----Patricia Volk

The photo is matted with classic scalloped oval from Spellbinders. Distressed the edges of the sentiment card on the front and inside. (Could not get a picture of the inside, have to use your imagination,sorry!)

Didn't use any stamps, but love the results.

Stop by Gingersnap Creations for more reasons to stamp, we are also looking for new members, love this group of ladies.

Have a crafty day.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Inspirational Challenge

CCC's challenge this week was to use the art of Lauren Alexander as an inspiration for a unique creation. The colors are very bright and that was my original inspiration. Started to work on a card, but the card just wouldn't come together. Did complete a card was not happy with it, so I got to thinking about some of the cards we had made in Utah. This was the card that immediately came to mind, bright colors and very whimsical, can't be any more whimsical than a silhouette of Tinkerbell.

Tinkerbell was cut out by using Cricut Expression, loved the look, very clean and simple layout. A true inspiration is to "Be Yourself," this is one of the reasons I like creating cards because we can be ourselves, no holds barred as to what or how we want to interpret a challenge.

Thanks for stopping by today, have a great crafting day.


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