Thursday, March 22, 2012

8th Anniversary in Hawaii - LCTS124


Moving along on my 2009 scrapbook.... I'm working on October!  Mike and I went to Oahu, Hawaii to celebrate our 8th anniversary. My parents went with us on this fun-filled vacation week. We had a wonderful time staying at the JW Marriott Resort and Spa, going to the Polynesian Cultural Center and the Botanical Gardens. Back in 2009, I completed a scrapbook on this vacation, but wanted to include a two-page layout in our 2009 yearly scrapbook too!
I used the sketch on Let's Capture These Sketches (LCTS124)... the projects created with this challenge can be viewed here:
Thanks for looking!

Paper - Textured Cardstock (Tangerine Tango), Woodland Walk DSP #4
Photo Mats - River Rock
Text - Gypsy (Basic Gray)
Embellishments - Simple Snapshots
Punches - Tasteful Trim #2 (Woodland Walk DSP)
Stamp Brush Sets - Simple Snapshots (Pink Pirouette, River Rock, Basic Gray), Vintage Overlays (River Rock)

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Family Visiting 2009

Wow! I am amazed I got another double page layout complete today! I am on a roll! These are from our September Family/Work visit in Los Angeles back in 2009.
On the weekend, we went to visit Karen and Michael at their home and see all her animals. Then, had dinner with Dan and Linda and their kids that night.
Thanks for looking!

Paper - Good Morning Sunshine DSP #12, #9, Textured Cardstock (Chocolate Chip)
Photo Mats - Daffodil Delight
Text - Informal (Daffodil Delight)
Embellishments - Striped Grosgrain Knot (Daffodil Delight)
Punches - Square and Scallop Oval (filled w/ Good Morning Sunshine DSP)

Natural History Museum


I'm back working on my 2009 scrapbook.... with the month of September.  Mike had work in Los Angeles, so we were able to visit with his side of the family during that time. I went to the Natural History Museum with Linda and two of her kids. We had a fabulous time looking at the dinosaur bones.... and all the exhibits there.  Aidan and Miranda were a bit afraid of the butterflies though.
Thanks for looking!

Paper - My Sweet Pea DSP #13, #19, #22, #27
Photo Mats - Rose Red
Punch Mats - Chocolate Chip
Embellishments - My Sweet Pea
Punches - Square (filled w/Chocolate Chip for flag), Arrow (Filled w/same as background paper to complete the flag look), Square (filled w/Old Olive for stem of flowers), Decorative Label (filled w/ My Sweet Pea DSP), Butterfly (filled w/My Sweet Pea DSP), Oval and Square (filled with Chocolate Chip for body of butterfly and antennae)

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Holy Communion Letter

My niece, Lauren, is making her First Holy Communion in May this year.  My brother asked me to write a letter to Lauren for her to open on her special day.
What an honor! I decided to create my letter in My Digital Studio so that I could add a cross to the letter, as you see here!
The cross was made pretty much the same way it was completed on my card that I will give to can view the card here: 

Punch - Scallop Trim Border, Scallop Trim Corner  (Pink Pirouette)
Embellishment - Cheerful Treat
Text - Cordial (Black)

Friday, March 16, 2012

Greenhouse Motifs - LCTS15

I saw Linda Keal's 'ink layering' technique, and wanted to try it.  You can see how she did it here:
And I incorporated the "Let's Capture These Sketches" Card Challenge (LCTS15). You can view all the cards created with this challenge here:
Here's a close up of the embossed flower:

Stamp sets - Greenhouse Garden, Baroque Motifs, Curly Cute
Paper - Lucky Limeade, Basic Black, Whisper White, Sahara Sand
Ink - Lucky Limeade, Whisper White (Craft), Black Staz-on, Versamark
Ribbon - Black Satin
Accessories - Heat Gun, Embossing Buddy, Clear Embossing Powder, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Big Shot, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Labels Collection Framelits

Confirmation Cross

My niece will be making her Confirmation this Sunday! May the Holy Spirit remain in her! The 'Crosses of Hope' Stamp set was excellent for this. I did, however, want a dove in the center of the cross. When I saw the 'Easter Dove' in the Occasions Mini.... I thought it was a great fit.
Thanks for looking!

Stamp Sets - Crosses of Hope, Easter Dove
Paper - Poppy Parade, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink - Black Staz-on, Poppy Parade
Accessories - Big Shot, Labels Collection Framelits, Houndstooth Embossing Folder, Flourish Texture Plate, Blender Pen, scissors, dimensionals

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

My Brother's Engaged! - LCTS123

My little brother recently got engaged!!!! Well, he's not really little anymore since he is so much taller than me, but he will always remain my baby brother (he is 14 years younger than me!). I wanted to capture his engagement and the date within a scrapbook, but now think that I may have it framed and given as a gift to them.
I was inspired by the sketch on Let's Capture These Sketches (LCTS123). The sketch and the pages created with this sketch can be viewed here:
Thanks for looking!

Paper - Twitterpated  DSP #14, #7, #6, #9
Text - Majestic (Riding Hood Red)
Embellishments - Twitterpated Pleated Ribbon & Buttons
Punches - Square (filled w/Twitterpated DSP, Pleated Ribbon), Basic Pearls
Stamp set - Twitterpated (Blushing Bride, Riding Hood Red, Baja Breeze)

Delightful Father - SCCSC110


I know it's kinds early to start designing for Father's Day, but I was in the mood to create something masculine. AND.... with the Stampin' Connection Card Sketch Challenge (SCCSC110)... this card just came together. It's a hybrid project using My Digital Studio.
Thanks for looking!

Stamp set - Delightful Dozen (MDS)
Paper - Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Marina Mist, Very Vanilla
Ink - Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Marina Mist
Accessories - Grosgrain Ribbon (Early Espresso), Houndstooth Embossing Folder, Stripes Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Dimensionals, Blender Pen

Butterfly Rainbow - HSSTC109

Saw this Challenge online at Hand Stamped Sentiments and had to give it a try. You can see the challenge and all the projects created with it here:

Rainbows are so cheerful....especially when it's raining outside! This will be for my niece's birthday... she'll be 11 this year. Beautiful and Cheerful!
Thanks for looking!

Stamp set - Perfectly Penned
Paper - Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White, Real Red, Rose Red, Peach Parfait, So Saffron, Certainly Celery, Garden Green, Pacific Point, Pool Party, Concord Crush, Wisteria Wonder
Ink - Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Garden Green, Pacific Point, Concord Crush
Accessories - Glue Dots, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Beautiful Wings Embosslits, Big Shot

Wonderful Thoughts

My Wonderful Aunt sent a huge package of crafting supplies to me last week. The box contained many scissors, punches, corner punches and cutting tools. She no longer had use for them, and knew that I had a passion for card making and scrap booking! Such an awesome present.... I was like a kid at Christmastime. I couldn't wait to try out several punches today. Here is a card that I created using one of the many punches she gave me.
Thanks for looking!

Stamp Set - Loving Thoughts
Paper - Very Vanilla, Marina Mist
Ink - Marina Mist
Accessories - Taffeta Ribbon (Very Vanilla), Fiskars Border Punch, Stamp-a-ma-jig

Friday, March 9, 2012

Outlined Expressions - SCCSC109

I used the Stampin' Connection Card Sketch Challenge (SCCSC109) as inspiration for my card for my nephew's birthday card.
Thanks for looking!

Stamp sets - Outlined Occasions, Sprinkled Expressions
Paper - Island Indigo, Lucky Limeade, Whisper White, Piece of Cake DSP (from MDS)
Ink - Island Indigo, Daffodil Delight, Lucky Limeade

Wedding Invitations

When my little brother and his fiance got engaged, they asked me to design their wedding invitations. I was a little apprehensive at first....Can I create an invitation that they would love? Would it look professional enough? Do I have time to make them?

Then I thought.... I have My Digital Studio....of course I can create an invitation that they would love! They definitely will look professional! AND.... I can design one.... and have them printed professionally by Stampin' Up! Wonderful!

I started designing the very night they asked me.  Within a few days, I had around 20 different invitations for them to choose from. All of them were designed with the color scheme of Black/Vanilla or Black/White.... this way, they could choose the design first, and we can work on colors later.
Here are the three designs they liked the best:

With the designs that they chose, I was able to step it up with adding color and more detail. Here is what I designed:

They were very pleased with all of these invitation designs, and it was difficult for them to choose which one they liked the best. They decided on the Winter Post Navy/White since their wedding will be in December.

I wanted the happy couple to view and make any necessary changes to the wedding invitation, so I printed one on my home computer.

After printing the invitation, I added rhinestones to the middle of each snowflake. The reception, hotel and gift registry information was printed on the inside of the invitation card.  I, then, designed an RSVP card to go along with the invitation. I completed the sample wedding invitation with the White Organza Ribbon and white envelopes.

Here is the final project:
My brother and his fiance were thrilled with the final printed project, and couldn't wait to show it to friends and family.

Winter Post Invitations:
Cardstock - Whisper White
Ink - Night of Navy
Stamp Sets - Winter Post, Together Forever
Text - Majestic and Cordial
Accessories - Whisper White Organza Ribbon, Rhinestones, Glue, Envelopes

Autumn Days Invitations:
Cardstock - Very Vanilla
Ink - Always Artichoke
Stamp Sets - Autumn Days, Together Forever
Text - Majestic and Cordial

Green Tea Invitations:
Cardstock - Very Vanilla
Ink - Soft Suede
Stamp Sets - Green Tea, Together Forever
Text - Majestic and Cordial

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Dream Away -LCTS14


I am amazed at the talent that is out there.... it is all so inspiring. I've incorporated two talented artists on this one card.... along with the card challenge from Let's Capture These Sketches (LCTS14). All cards created with this sketch can be viewed here:

I used My Digital Studio to create the sunset, using Julie Leblanc's 'MDS Brayering and More' tutorial. Her tutorial can be viewed here:
And.... I used Paper Pursuits - Barbara Ander's tutorial on making a Sailor's Knot. Her tutorial can be viewed here:

Stamp sets - Loving Thoughts, Sail Away (MDS)
Paper - Marina Mist, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White
Ink - Basic Black, Marina Mist, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Cherry Cobbler
Punches - All in, square, tasteful trim#2 using the Brayering Technique
Accessories - Big Shot, Stripes Embossing Folder, Baker's Twine (Cherry Cobbler), Circle Cutting System

Banner Birthday - SQSC29

I feel it difficult sometimes to create birthday cards for men. In my opinion, there are more stamp sets out there for women than men. So, in trying to create a card for our brother-in-law was challenging.
I saw this challenge online on the Stampin' Queen's Sketch Challenge (SQSC29). To view all the cards created with this sketch, go here:
Thanks for looking!

Stamp Sets: Piece of Cake (My Digital Studio)
Paper: Baja Breeze, Early Espresso, Whisper White
Ink: Baja Breeze, Certainly Celery, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Eagle Wings Lodge - LCTS122

Continuing on my 2009 scrapbook! Back in August 2009, the Schwab Family took a long weekend to a Lodge in southern Ohio. I did create a scrapbook specifically for this trip, but wanted to include two pages in my 2009 scrapbook.
I had inspiration from a sketch on Let's Capture These Sketches (LCTS122). You can view the pages created with this sketch here: .
Thanks for looking!

Paper - Juntos DSP #9, #10, #11, #12
Photo Mats - River Rock
Text - Majestic (River Rock and Early Espresso underneath), Comic Sans MS (Early Espresso)
Embellishments - Flower Brads (Early Espresso), Simple Snapshots flowers
Punches - Squares (filled with Juntos DSP), Large Photo Corner (filled with Early Espresso)
Stamps - Autumn Harvest (Early Espresso)

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Penned Avenue


I saw some cute challenges online, so I tried my hand at a few. My card incorporates the Hand Stamped Sentiments Color Challenge (HSSCC108). All cards created with this challenge can be viewed here:;
and the Paper Players Challenge (PP85- Spring has Sprung). All cards created with this challenge can be viewed here:
Thanks for looking!

Stamp sets: Perfectly Penned, Fifth Avenue Floral
Paper: Soft Suede, Very Vanilla
Ink: Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Real Red, Daffodil Delight
Ribbon: Taffeta (Daffodil Delight)

Love Birds


My little brother has recently gotten engaged, and so I needed an engagement card. I saw this sketch on Try Stamping On Tuesday (TSOT56), so I thought I would give it a try. The sketch and all the cards created with this challenge can be found here:
Also, I tried to incorporate the Stampin' Up Only Challenge (SUO40) - Creating a card with the focal point being Green. The Challenge with all the cards created with this challenge can be viewed here:

Stamp sets: Up in the Air, Well Scripted
Paper: Pool Party, Lucky Limeade, Everyday Enchantment DSP, Very Vanilla
Ink: Pool Party, Lucky Limeade, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake
Ribbon: Satin (Early Espresso), Taffeta (Old Olive)
Accessories: Big Shot, Labels Collection Framelits

Friday, March 2, 2012

Cleveland Zoo


I'm up to August 2009 in my scrapbooking....slowly, but surely I will be caught up-to-date! lol! I'm sure having fun creating these pages with My Digital Studio software.
Mike and I were in Cleveland to visit family, so we took my sister and her kids to the zoo one day. It was a beautiful day to spend with family.
Thanks for looking!

Background paper -  My Sweet Pea DSP #27
Photo Mats - Chocolate Chip
Text - Gypsy (Chocolate Chip)
Embellishments - Flower Brads (Tempting Turquoise), Taffeta Ribbon & Bow(Pumpkin Pie)
Punches - Square (filled w/So Saffron - textured), Scallop Border (filled w/Tempting Turquoise), Oval (filled w/Chocolate Chip underneath bee and w/So Saffron underneath bird)
Stamp Brush Sets - Autumn Elements (Pumpkin Pie), Enjoy Every Moment (Chocolate Chip), My Sweet Pea (Chocolate Chip), Sweet Summer (So Saffron), All Scallops (So Saffron)

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Brookfield Zoo - LCTS121


After taking a break from my 2009 scrapbook to create a few cards, I decided that I've procrastinated long enough! lol! I saw this beautiful sketch on "Let's Capture These Sketches" (LCTS121), and just had to create a page with this layout. Here is the link to the sketch blog and all the scrapbook pages created with it here:
Thanks for looking!

Background - Not Quite Navy (textured), Presto Patterns Overlay (Pool Party at 20% opacity)
Photo mats - Pumpkin Pie
Text - Bazooka (Pumpkin Pie with Chocolate Chip underneath and slightly offset)
Embellishments - Round Button (Chocolate Chip), Baker's Twine (Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight)
Punches - Square (filled w/Pear Pizzazz-textured), Square (filled w/Day In The Life DSP #10, #2, #8), Flower (filled w/Day In The Life DSP #12, #2, #8)
Stamp Brush Sets - Upsy Daisy (Crushed Curry w/Chocolate Chip underneath and slightly offset), Presto Patterns Overlay (Pool Party at 20% opacity)

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