Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Dancin' With Walt


Halfway done on my 2009 scrapbook! In July, we got to see Haley's dance recital in Cleveland, OH. She has really excelled in her performances since she started (when she was little). Dawn (Haley's Mom) and my best friend was in one performance of her own. It was great to see them both dance.
Thanks for looking!

I wanted the background to look like a sequin costume, so I added rhinestones to the paper.

Paper - Night & Day #8 and #5
Photo & Punch Mats - Real Red
Text - Walt Disney Script (Basic Black)
Embellishments - Rhinestones, Taffeta Ribbon and Bow (Real Red)
Punches - Top Note (filled w/Night & Day #5), Circles (Basic Black)

Chess Board Birthday


Moving along on my 2009 scrapbook. While visiting my family in Ohio in June, we got to celebrate my nephew's 10th birthday. My sister created a chess board cake complete with chess pieces on top!

I struggled a bit with the placement of the squares (for the chessboard background). I finally realized that once I have the square in place, that I should 'lock' that object, so that it didn't move while creating the rest of the squares.
Thanks for looking!

Paper: Early Espresso - textured, Crumb Cake - textured, Elegant Soiree #8
Photo & Punch Mats: Early Espresso
Text: Beetle (Baja Breeze)
Embellishments: Grosgrain Ribbon & Knot (Baja Breeze)
Punches: Square (filled w/Baja Breeze or Whisper White), Square & Circles (filled with Crumb Cake placed behind Party Hearty Stamps)
Stamp Brush Sets: Party Hearty (Early Espresso), Delightful Dozen (Early Espresso w/Crumb Cake slightly offset behind)
-- The pictures of the chess pieces were taken from images that I found online --

Monday, January 30, 2012



I'm up to May in my 2009 scrapbook! Yeah! I'm getting there!
Mike and I took a weekend trip to Leavenworth, WA to see the Alpine Bavarian Village and to Wenatchee, WA to see Ohme Gardens. We love exploring new sites in our beautiful state, and this trip did not disappoint.
Thanks for looking!

Paper - Urban Oasis DSP #1,#2 and #6, Kiwi Kiss (textured)
Photo mats - Basic Black
Text - CloisterBlack BT (Basic Black)
Embellishments - Grosgrain Ribbon and Bow (Crumb Cake), Zig-Zag Stitching (Basic Black), Brad (Basic Black)
Punches - Square (filled w/Urban Oasis DSP)

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Saint Louis Zoo


Working hard on my 2009 scrapbook.  I found this sketch (#156) online at scrapbook etc., and thought I could use this for my two page layout of the zoo.

Paper - Lucky Limeade (background), Sun Garden #1, #12 and #4 (at 20% opacity within a square punch overlaying the background), Poppy Parade, Daffodil Delight (textured)
Photo Mats - Poppy Parade
Text - Di (Soft Suede)
Embellishments - Ruffled Ribbon (Lucky Limeade), Button (Poppy Parade)
Punches - Scallop Oval (filled w/Sun Garden #12), Curly Label (filled w/Sun Garden #1 and Daffodil Delight - textured), Square (filled with Poppy Parade and Sun Garden #1)

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

St Louis


Moving along on my 2009 scrapbook!
While Mike and I were in St. Louis, Missouri we saw the Gateway Arch and went on a riverboat cruise. It's funny, the things you remember about a certain trip (even 2 years ago!)..... I remember tripping on the sidewalk prior to going up in the Arch. I didn't hurt anything....just being clumsy.

With the background paper, it consists of two different papers/colors.  I was unhappy with the color choices I had.....so I made my own! I believe with this technique..... the paper possibilities are endless!
Thanks for looking!

Background paper - Cherry Cobbler, Villa - Basic Gray (set at 20% opacity within a square punch encompassing the whole page)
Photo Mats - Basic Black
Text - Bobo (Basic Black and Basic Gray)
Embellishments - Taffeta Bow (Basic Black), Hodgepodge Hardware (filigree brad), Brads (Basic Black)
Punches - Square (Basic Gray & Basic Black), Top Note Shape (Basic Gray Textured and Basic Black)

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

NC Aquarium


Continuing working on my 2009 scrapbook.  In February, while Mike and I were in North Carolina we spent a weekend day at the Aquarium.  I used the Cheerful Treat Vine border to create "seaweed" in the blue 'water' background.
Thanks for looking!

Paper - Pacific Point (textured), River Rock (textured), River Rock, Good Morning Sunshine DSP #12
Photo mats - Kiwi Kiss
Text - Beach (Chocolate Chip)
Embellishments - Hoppy Memories (animals & elements), Cheerful Treat (border #6), Scallop Dots Ribbon & Knot (Chocolate Chip), Hodgepodge Hardware (Jumbo Eyelet- pewter)
Punches - Top Note Shape (filled with textured River Rock w/Chocolate Chip mat), Tag & Square (filled with River Rock  w/Chocolate Chip mat), Large Photo Corner (Chocolate Chip), Circle (filled w/Kiwi Kiss)
Stamp Brush Set - Autumn Harvest

***I submitted this entry into the HSS Beach Theme Challenge #102. You can view the challenge and all the entries here: http://handstampedsentiments.blogspot.com/2012/01/rules-and-deets-you-may-use-any-brand.html ***

####UPDATE#### - My entry was selected as one of the Artists Pick for the HSS Beach Theme Challenge!!!!!! Wow! Such an honor! Thank you!######

Monday, January 23, 2012

U.S.S. North Carolina


Moving along on my 2009 scrapbook! In February of that year, we visited the Battleship U.S.S. North Carolina in Wilmington NC. I tried using a photo strip on these photos, as there were many to choose from. I think the Nautical Expedition papers & colors work well with the subject.
Thanks for looking!

Papers - Nautical Expedition #7, Cherry Cobbler (textured) and Basic Gray (textured)
Photo mats - Cherry Cobbler, Not Quite Navy
Text - Chandara
Embellishments - Baker's Twine (Basic Gray), Brads (Pewter)
Punches - Square (filled with Cherry Cobbler and Basic Gray textured paper), Scallop Border (filled Cherry Cobbler textured paper)
Stamp Brush Sets - Torn Edges (Basic Gray)

Friday, January 20, 2012

The Arboretum


Back in January 2009, we spent the day at The Arboretum while we were visiting family in Los Angeles. I love how these pages came out with the peacock feathers in the brackground.
Thanks for looking!

Paper - My Photo (background), More Mustard (textured), River Rock
Photo Mats - Early Espresso
Text - Fantasy
Embellishments - Lucky Limeade Ruffled Ribbon
Punches - Square (filled with the More Mustard textured paper), Scallop Trim Border (Early Espresso)
Stamp Brush Sets - Autumn Days (Early Espresso and River Rock slightly offset underneath the Early Espresso)

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Wedding Reception

I started designing our 2009 scrapbook today. No, that is not a typo... I know it's 2012! Yes, I know I'm way behind in my scrapbooking, but now that I have My Digital Studio..... I can scrapbook anywhere. (I am traveling more with my hubby, so I am not able to scrapbook like I used to). My goal for 2012 is to get up-to-date in my scrapbooking. I have a lot of work to do.

We went to Los Angeles to attend a family friend's wedding. I'm amazed with all the pictures that we took, we did not get any of the bride and groom together. Oh well! We had a fun time with Mike's side of the family.

Here is the list of supplies I used on my page:

Paper - Basic Black (textured)
Photo mats - Wild Wasabi (w/Wild Wasabi in the shadow effect too)
Text - Elegance (Rich Razzleberry, Wonder Wisteria)
Embellishments - Basic Rhinestones
Stamp Brush Set - Green Tea (Wild Wasabi, Rich Razzleberry, Wonder Wisteria)

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

January Phone Wallpaper

As I was changing my wallpaper on my cell phone.... I thought... wait.... I can create something in My Digital Studio!!!! I thought of this after creating my new facebook timeline cover in My Digital Studio!!!! Such Possibilities!!!!!!! I just used an 8.5x11 paper...as this fit my screen perfectly.

Paper - Baja Breeze (textured)
Stamp Brush Sets - Serene Snowflakes (Whisper White), Teeny Tiny Wishes (Pool Party), Textured Overlay (Pool Party), Winter Post (Soft Suede)
Embellishments - Basic Rhinestones, Home for the Holidays (trees & snowman)
Punches - Tall Heart (Whisper White) placed on it's side to create snow.

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Tri-fold Pear - SCCSC101


I created this for my Aunt for just general correspondence. We shared the same skin aliment that lasted for 2 months - Yikes! Glad that it is finally gone. (Pun - We are a pear!)
I had the Stampin' Connection's Sketch Challenge - SCCSC101 on the right in my mind as I created this card. A wonderfully heartfelt Thank-you goes out to Diane Vanders who showed me how to create this half-cut technique with the framelits.  I believe that the pear stamp (Faith in Nature) works extremely well with the Labels Collection Framelits. Simply yet elegant!
Thanks for looking!

Stamp sets - Faith in Nature, Just Believe
Paper - Certainly Celery, Soft Suede, Whisper White
Ink - Certainly Celery, Old Olive, River Rock, Soft Suede, Early Espresso
Accessories - Stamp-a-ma-jig, Big Shot, Labels Collection Framelits, Houndstooth Embossing Folder

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Outlined Stars - SCCSC100

This weeks sketch from Stampin' Connection was a fun one to complete (SCCSC100).  Thanks Liz for a great sketch! I decided to change my layout just a bit. I always need thank you cards on hand, so I created this for me.
Thanks for looking.

Stamp set - Outlined Occasions
Paper - Island Indigo, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White
Ink - Island Indigo, Daffodil Delight, Lucky Limeade
Accessories - Lucky Limeade Ruffled Ribbon, Big Shot, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Large Star punch, Small Star punch, Scallop Trim Border punch, adhesive

Perfectly Labeled - SQSC20


I created this card for my sister-in-law using the Stampin' Queen's Sketch Challenge - SQSC20. You can view the sketch and all the cards made using this sketch here: http://gettincrafty.typepad.com/stampin_queens_sketch_cha/2012/01/sqsc-20.html

Here are the supplies I used:

Stamp sets: Perfectly Penned, Simply Soft
Paper: Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant, Lucky Limeade, Whisper White
Ink: Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant, Lucky Limeade, Black Staz-on
Accessories: Elegant Eggplant Grosgrain Ribbon, Labels Collection Framelits, Houndstooth Embossing Folder, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Stamp-a-ma-jig, dimensionals, glue dot, adhesive.

The sentiment is stamped in Elegant Eggplant with Wisteria Wonder a little offset to create a shadow effect. Thanks for looking!
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