Monday, April 18, 2011

A layout....

Happy Monday! I wanted to share a layout that I did...
I used another piece of paper as a stencil... I loved the scalloped edge but it was bright orange! So I made it into a stencil. I inked with Distress Ink and created the border that you see on my layout.
I stamped the hearts on various scraps of green paper and cut them out... I added some sparkle with my atyou-spica glitter pens.
I had the date that these pictures were taken, but my husband or I could not remember the story behind them... (this is why I should stay more current on my scrapbooking!). So for my journaling I wrote words that described "us".

Happy Creating!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

sometimes simple is the best....

I love embellishments! I will be the first to confess I love to pile it on to a layout... but sometimes simple just goes a long way! Here is a super simple layout that I did yesterday, but I am so happy with it! I was going to do some stamping, etc... but when I looked at it I thought it was perfect as is...
I used Kraft Cardstock and inked the edges with an Ink Blending Tool & Black Soot Distress Ink. The silver patteren paper is SEI and the title was cut from paper from Tim Holtz's Lost & Found Paperstack.
These are pictures that I took of the room when my husband was getting his tattoo. I loved all the bottles of ink! There is no journaling on this layout, but I journaled on the first page of this event... Here is that layout:
Details here...

Happy creating!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Drumroll Please....

...and the winner is....
number 77 !!! Yipppeee!
My random generator, (a.k.a. my mom) picked 77 !
You have won a Big Prize in honor of my blog reaching over 300 followers...

AJoy Said:
Mommy loves her new baby! How is Bella Boo doing now? She's almost a year?
We have two kitties...Sweetie 15 and Neo 7. They bring much love don't they!
Love the layouts! I like how you showed not only your new addition but your love for her and all your excitement i.e. the toys! Tells a great story.
Please contact me with your address!
Yeah! Congrats! 

Hope everyone had a crafty kind of Tuesday! It was beautiful, but I have been stuck indoors...allergies! blah! I was able to scrapbook though!
Have a great night!!!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Scrapbookaholic By Abby Challenge #3

Happy Monday! Here is my project for Abby's third challenge:
You can find all the details of the challenge here. We were to make a pet project using the color orange in honor of the ASPCA's goal of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and their "Go Orange for Animals Campaign". So many of us have pets that are so dear and special to us... they are a part of our family! My husband & I adopted our little Kitty last August from our local animal shelter... she has since taken our hearts and taken over our home! lol... I made this frame to hang up in my studio with pictures of my Bella Boo! She is my little scrap companion! She is not allowed up on our furniture, but I will catch her on my scrapping desk playing and when she wants my attention she gets up where my Cricut is... too funny!
I used the Cindy Loo Cartridge to cut out my kitty for the frame... The papers used are Bo Bunny's Love Shack line and a piece from Tim Holtz's new resist paper. Here are some details:
I added orange bling to her crown and made bling for her eyes!

At closer look, the Risist Paper had the definition of Curiosity on it... too perfect for pictures of our kitty!

Here are some other layouts that I did about my little kitty:

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I am not a proud mommy am I??? lol... Hope you have a fantastic Monday! Make sure you check out all the other design team members projects! You can find the list here on Abby's Blog!

P.S. I will announce the winner of my BIG giveaway for reaching 300 followers on Tuesday!

Saturday, April 9, 2011


Happy Weekend! Welcome to the Love Your Pet Blog Hop. Abby was fantastic in putting this together in honor of the ASPCA's Prevention of Curelty to Animals and their "Go Orange for Animals" campaign. If you have been hopping along then you have just come from Liz's Blog. If you are just stopping by and would like to do the hop then go to Abby's Blog to start! Abby is giving away some fantastic blog candy... make sure you visit & leave a comment on all the blogs for a chance to win!
Here is my project: I did a layout about my precious kitty... we adopted her last August and I was so excited getting all the little things needed to take care of our little kitty!
Now hop on over to Kristen's Blog and see what kind of creative yumminess is there...
Have a fabulous fantastic weekend!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

A Happy for a Friend....

Good Morning... I wanted to share with you today a great idea for a happy to give to a friend... Life throws us all kinds of obstacles... some good, some bad. As friends, it is great to lend a helping hand in whatever way we can... Here is a easy to make, convenient & cute gift idea!

It is a soup jar!
This one is Mexican Bean Soup. You put all the ingredients in to the jar... depending on your recipe you might have all the ingredients together or some separated.... You can then decorate the jar and add a tag with the directions on how to cook...

The little bag of beans you see here is just a little something extra that I added... I took some extra beans and wrapped them with tulle and tied with a ribbon... the little tag on it says they are "Get Well Beans"!
Ribbon, tulle, and a rosette really dress up the jar...
Here is the recipe for this soup:
Mexican Bean Soup Mix in a Jar
3/4 cup each dried pinto and red kidney beans

Flavor Packet:
2 tablespoons dried onion flakes
2 tablespoons dried parsley flakes
1 tablespoon chili powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano
6 teaspoons chicken bouillon granules
1/2 cup uncooked white rice
1 cup small-cut pasta

Put beans in a 1-quart jar with lid. Put flavor packet ingredients in a sandwich-size plastic bag. Seal bag with tie or ribbon. Do the same with the rice and pasta. Place in jar with beans.

Type or print neatly the Cooking Directions (Below), on a small card, punch a hole in the corner, and attach with a ribbon to the jar.

Mexican Bean Soup:
Rinse and pick over beans. Put into a 4- to 5-quart heavy pot with 4 cups water. Bring to a boil, cover and remove from heat. Let sit 1 hour.

Drain beans and return to pot. Add 8 cups water and contents of flavor packet. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer 1 hour or until beans are firm-tender (time will vary depending on age of beans). Stir in rice and bring to a simmer. Cover and simmer 15 minutes.

Uncover, stir in pasta and 1/2 cup water. Simmer 10 minutes or until pasta is tender.

This makes such a great gift! It is a dinner and it can be kept in the pantry and cooked when desired! Hope you all have a great Friday! Come back Saturday for the Love Your Pet Blog Hop!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Tags Galore!

Hello! Today I have some tags to share with you...
This is a tag I did as I was playing around with Distress Stains for the first time! I love these stains! They are fantastic!!! I used Peeled Paint and Tumbled Glass. I rubbed them onto my craft mat and then drug my tag through them... that is how I created my background. (When doing this though, keep the stains separate on your mat... don't go over one with another... it will contaminate your stain...)
I cut the grandfather clock out of my Cricut using the Heritage cartridge. The other clock is a Tim Holtz stamp. I stamped onto Glassine Paper using Archival Ink. I then cruppled up the Glassine paper to get the aged look! I added some various embellishments and glitter and whaaa-lah!

...and I am very very excited to show you the following tags.... I was able to take a class from a friend who got to take a class from Tim Holtz! She shared tips & tricks and was just amazing! Here are the tags I created from her class:
Crackle Paint & Glassine Paper

Alcohol Ink & Distress Stains

Distress Stains

Distress Inks & Paint Dabbers

The techniques I learned are awesome and I can't wait to start playing with them and using them on layouts and other projects!!!

Friday, April 1, 2011

A Little House on the Scrapbooking Prairie....

Happy Weekend! I just wanted to share an embellishment that I made for a "3D Embellishment Swap" that I was in this past month... I made this using Tim Holtz's Alteration Die, Rickety House. I cut it out of chipboard and then ran it through the Texture Boutique using the Brick Texture Fade. I inked it up using Distress Inks. I then used the scrap chipboard and made a little flower window box and then my Silhouette to make the white picket fence!  
Have a fantastic & fabulous weekend!