Thursday, November 29, 2012

Oklahoma City Zoo


Creating a two-page spread for our trip to the Oklahoma City Zoo, while we were in Norman, OK in July 2010.
A few things to note on these pages.... I used the rounded corner feature on the photos and cropped the taffeta rippled ribbon (so I could make the ripple go the length of the page).

Thanks for looking!

Stamp Brush Sets - Torn Edges (swirl leaves- Basic Black), Fabulous Florets (flower - Basic Black), Elementary Elegance (Butterfly - Basic Black)
Background Paper - Urban Oasis DSP #1
Punch - Square (filled w/Urban Oasis #10)
Embellishments - Taffeta Trimmings (Kiwi Kiss)
Font - Subway (Basic Black)

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Oklahoma Museum


Created another spread for my 2010 scrapbook. <---Still a lot to scrapbook, but the more pages I do...the closer I am to the end! = )
This two-page spread didn't follow any challenges this time ... just had my own layout in mind.

Thanks for looking!

Background Paper - Well Worn DSP
Punch - Square (filled w/Cajun Craze)
Stamp Brush Set - Fresh Vintage (Very Vanilla)
Embellishment - Flower Brads Neutral (Very Vanilla)
Font - Broadway (Very Vanilla)

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Little River Zoo - DGSC090


Working on my scrapbook (July 2010), and trying to catch up on some challenges on Splitcoaststampers.  This challenge DGSC090 - Recipe for Holiday Ads was to create a page like the Ad above, using these these features:
  1. Your choice of colors and theme!
  2. Try to use five photos (but you can use less/more if you want.)
  3. Give your page an old fashioned or vintage look.
  4. Your journaling block is on the left side.
  5. Begin your Title with a flourish behind just one letter
  6. Add a background layer that is even with your journaling block & title at the top.
  7. Add second journaling block that goes across the bottom to the right side
  8. Finish the lower right corner of your page with a fancy embellishment accent.
You may view the challenge here:

Not sure how I did with the old-fashioned/vintage look, but I think I got everything else! =)

Thanks for looking!

Background - Crumb Cake
Stamp Brush Sets - Natural Composition Overlays (woodgrain - Early Espresso), Autumn Elements (Early Espresso)
Punch - Square (Very Vanilla)
Font - Parchment and Sherwood (Early Espresso)

Monday, November 26, 2012

Space Center - DGSC089


Continuing with my 2010 scrapbook.....I will get this finished.....eventually! HA!  I would really like to get this finished by the end of the year, but not sure that it's a possibility.... I'm still working on June 2010! I am plugging away though, and My Digital Studio makes it so much easier to design the pages.
In June 2010, we were in Houston, so on one weekend day....we took a drive to the Space Center in Houston.  It was such an amazing place, so fantastic to see all the rockets and artifacts on display.

I used the Splitcoaststampers Digi-Scrap Challenge - Going in Circles DGSC089 for these pages (using circles).

On the design level, I used the overlay (Vintage Overlay #11), and while I was designing it -- it looks a bit different on the page than it does when transported as a .jpg file. It kinda looks more like space in the background now that's it's a .jpg file.  I hope when it's printed it will look like this! =)

Thanks for looking!

Background - Midnight Muse
Stamp Brush Set - Vintage Overlays #11 (Going Gray), The Open Sea (Going Gray), Extreme Elements (Summer Starfruit)
Embellishments - Designer Rosettes (Crumb Cake re-colored Summer Starfruit), Sweet Shop (swirl brad re-colored Midnight Muse), Taffeta Ribbon (bow -Night of Navy), Day in the Life (circle re-colored Summer Starfruit), Dahlias (Midnight Muse), Cheerful Treat (circle re-colored Summer Starfruit)
Font - Franciscan (Summer Starfruit)

Baby Girl

A friend just had a baby (she came 4 weeks early)! I needed to create a card quickly, and found a lovely card that Tamara Kimber had made on Stampin' Connection.  Her's was lovely with added embellishments and vellum.  I chose to scale down my version by just using cardstock.

Stamp sets - Well Scripted (Regal Rose)
Paper - Regal Rose, Whisper White
Ink - Regal Rose
Accessories - Word Window Punch, Oval Punch, Simply Scored Diagonal Plate, Simply Scored Tool, Dimensionals

Christmas 2012 -MDSM001

My husband and I put up our Christmas tree this past weekend. Just a simple tree with ornaments that we've collected throughout the years.

I saw a new challenge on a blog called MDS Monday. I felt that our tree photo would create a great page with the MDSM001 Challenge in mind.  If you'd like to view the sketch and all the other pages created by this sketch, click here:

Background color - "Picker Tool" (Color = 128,21,37)
Stamp Brush Set - Decorative Overlays (More Mustard), Frames with a Flourish (Always Artichoke)
Embellishments - Designer Rosettes, Festive Blooms (Cherry Cobbler re-colored Raspberry Ripple), Basic Pearls
Punch - Flag (filled w/ Always Artichoke DSP #1 and #4 and Playful Patterns #1)
Font - Edwardian Script (Always Artichoke and Very Vanilla), Elephant (More Mustard)

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Family Reunion


There's a new MDS Challenge on My Digital website (Scrap Map 3).  Contest ends in two weeks, and the winner receives a free digital download (from the next digital downloads released on the following Tuesday).  Come join in the fun!  All are welcome to participate! =)

Thanks for looking at my page.

Stamp Brush Set - The Great Outdoors (fire - Early Espresso; sticks - Soft Suede)
Embellishments - Designer Rosettes (Soft Suede), Timeless Taffeta (Soft Suede)
Paper - Botanical Gazette DSP #1 & #6, Villa DSP (Dusty Durango)
Punch - Circle (filled w/Botanical Gazette DSP)
Freeform Tool - Circle (hidden)
Paint Tool - fire - Dusty Durango and Soft Suede)
Font - Signboard (Soft Suede)

Monday, November 19, 2012

Flowering Trust - SCCSC146


Working with the sketch on Stampin' Connection (SCCSC146), I decided to create a portrait card since it worked better with the stamps I wanted to use.

Thanks for looking!

Stamp sets - Trust God, Flowering Flourishes
Paper - Daffodil Delight, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink - Basic Black, Black Staz-on, Daffodil Delight
Accessories - Apothecary Accents, Big Shot, Basic Rhinestones, dimensionals

MDS Christmas Cards 2012

I created our Christmas Cards for this year in My Digital Studio.  It was very easy to just create one card and have them professionally printed by Stampin Up! (since I needed 70 cards).

All I can say is WOW! Fabulous!  I'm really happy with the results.  Thanks to My Digital Studio and Stampin' Up.... I am ready for the Christmas season! =)

I used the tri-fold card template in My Digital Studio.  It measures 3.5x5 (folded) and 3.5x15 (unfolded).  The ability to design both sides of the tri-fold card was what drew me to this card type, as I could place a photo and journaling, as a message of Christmas on the cards.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by!

Stamp Brush Sets - Autumn Harvest (branch - Always Artichoke), All Holidays (words - Early Espresso and Real Red), Delightful Dozen (words - Early Espresso and Real Red), Tree Trimmings (ornament - Always Artichoke)
Embellishments - Tree Trimmings (ornaments -one is re-colored Always Artichoke), Taffeta Ribbon (Real Red)
Paper - Textured Cardstock (Very Vanilla)
Punch - Square (rounded)
Font - Adorable (Always Artichoke and Real Red)

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Primrose Gift Box

I've wanted to try my hand at two projects that I've seen on the Stampin' Connection website from two very talented crafters.

The first is from Cristena Bagne and her box tutorial.  I used most of her dimensions, but I shortened mine to 6" in height instead of 8.5".  Her tutorial can be found here:

The second is from Erin Mise and her Ornamental Rose tutorial. Her tutorial can be found here:

Stamp Brush Set - Decorative Overlays (Primrose Petals)
Paper - Primrose Petals, Certainly Celery, Whisper White
Ink - through MDS (Primrose Petals)
Accessories - Pinking Hearts Border Punch, Simply Scored Tool, Double-sided sticky tape

Dimensions of box
Primrose Petals - (1) 6x11 - scored w/shim at 2,5,7,10; (1) 5x4 scored at 1" on each edge
Certainly Celery - (2) 3.5x2.5; (2) 3.5x1.5
Whisper White "DSP" - (2) 3.25x2.25; (2) 3.25x1.25
Border - (2) 2x.75; (2) 3x.75

Ornamental Rose
Paper - Pink Pirouette
Ink - Primrose Petals
Accessories - Sponge daubers, Ornament Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, Certainly Celery Ribbon, bone folder

Punch approx 40 ornaments, and one scallop circle. After sponging, curl each 'petal' with the bone folder as you assemble the rose. Attach ribbon to bottom.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Midnight Flurry - SCCSC145


I decided to try something different and created a pocket gift card holder.  The panel with the greeting is just loose, and can be pulled out by the ribbon on top.

I used the Stampin' Connection Card Sketch Challenge (SCCSC145) for this card.

Stamp sets - Curly Cute, Jolly Bingo Bits
Paper - Bashful Blue, Midnight Muse, Whisper White
Ink - Bashful Blue, Midnight Muse
Accessories - Northern Flurry TIEF, Apothecary Accents Framelits, Adorning Accents Edgelits, Big Shot, Satin Stitched Ribbon (Midnight Muse), dimensionals

I Will Be Here - DGSC088

Working on another Splitcoaststamper Challenge (DGSC088 - Song in My Heart).
View the challenge here:

I chose our wedding song for this challenge - "I Will Be Here" by Steven Curtis Chapman.

Stamp Brush Set - Decorative Overlays (at 30% opacity -Bordering Blue)
Punch - Scallop Ribbon Border (Bordering Blue)
Embellishments - Taffeta Ribbon (Whisper White), Timeless Taffeta (Not Quite Navy)
Photo - One photo is at 40% opacity
Font - Broach (Bordering Blue)

Happy in Yellow

I saw a design in the PaperCrafts Card Creations vol. 10 magazine (different fonts, colors and ribbon), so I can't take total credit for this design.

I first tried to attempt this using stamps with my stamp-a-ma-jig.  Let's just say, it didn't work out so well (I'm a perfectionist, so the repeated word 'happy' wasn't as straight as I would like).

I used My Digital Studio to create the front panel. Using the 'Days in December' stamp brush set 'Happy Holidays' (but cropped it so only 'Happy' was shown).  I then copied and pasted it (5 in a row, top justified, and spaced evenly horizontally). Once the first row was completed, I grouped the row together and then just copied and pasted each row (staggering the words).  Afterward, I spaced evenly vertically.  I selected one 'Happy' and changed the color to Daffodil Delight.
I then added a text box for the word 'Birthday' (I used the Civilian font).

I printed the panel on Whisper White cardstock.

Stamp Brush Set - Days in December (word 'Happy' in Sahara Sand and Daffodil Delight)
Paper - Whisper White, Sahara Sand, Daffodil Delight
Ink - Sahara Sand, Daffodil Delight, Basic Black (all in MDS)
Accessories - Satin Ribbon (Basic Black)
Font - Civilian (Basic Black)

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Cute Summer - SCCSC144


I created this card for my sister with the Stampin Connection Card Sketch Challenge (SCCSC144).

Thanks for looking!

Stamp Sets- Summer Silhouettes, Curly Cute
Paper - Marina Mist, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink - Black Staz-on, Marina Mist, Illuminate Pearlized Ink (Smooch)
Accessories - Big Shot, Lacy Brocade TIEF, Labels Collection Framelits, Beautiful Wings Embosslits, Satin Ribbon (Basic Black), glue dots

Blooming for You - SCCSC143


Back in my crafting area, making a few cards.  I used the Stampin' Connection Card Sketch Challenge for inspiration on this card.

Thanks for looking!

Stamp Brush Sets - Blooming with Kindness, Itty Bitty Banners
Paper - Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Raspberry Ripple
Ink - Crumb Cake, Raspberry Ripple
Accessories - Big Shot, Bitty Banners Framelits, Fancy Fan TIEF

Monday, November 12, 2012

Eagle Coasters

I created some coasters for my brother, Dave, for his home.

I purchased the tiles from Home Depot (the packages come with 9 tiles, choice of white or beige). Then, sprayed them with Krylon Fixatif, so the stone would not absorb the ink. Once dry, I stamped the images with Timber Brown Staz-on ink. When the ink was dry, I sprayed the fixatif over the surface again. I placed 4 felt pads on the bottom of the tiles, so they wouldn't scratch any surfaces that they were placed on.

Stamp Sets - Lovely As A Tree, Wildlife Reserve
Ink - Timber Brown Staz-on
Accessories - Workable Fixatif (Krylon)

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Brother, Veteran!


Working my way through the Digital Scrapbooking Day Challenges....I'm on #4 (DSD2012-04 - Scrap Your Flag).  You may view the challenge here:
I used the template (and free download) for my page....honoring my brother, a veteran for Veterans' Day!
Thanks for stopping by!

Paper - Textured Cardstock (Basic Black)
Stamp Brush Sets - July Fourth (Night of Navy, Real Red and Whisper White), Blending Mask (Whisper White)
Embellishments - Brads (Basic Black), Baker's Twine (cropped - Whisper White), Love Birds (tag - Whisper White)
Punch- Square (to cover words on tag - Whisper White)
Font - Scriptina and Bobo (Whisper White)

Wednesday, November 7, 2012


Creating another page for our 2013 Calendar (places we've been in 2012).
Thanks for looking!

Stamp Brush Set - Dot, Dot, Dot (Whisper White)
Punch - Circle and Banner (Daffodil Delight), Flag (Real Red), Square (flag pole - Basic Black)
Font - LegoThick (Basic Black and Daffodil Delight) --freeform paint inside w/whisper white), Old Century (Basic Black)

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Kemah Lighthouse -DSD2012-03

Did you get your free digital downloads during 'Digital Scrapbooking Day'? Three wonderful downloads were offered free this past Saturday.

Incorporating the Splitcoaststampers challenge for Digital Scrapbooking Day 2012 (DSD2012-03), it challenged us to use 'A Split Second' Digital Kit on a page.

You may view the challenge here:

Thanks for looking!

Stamp Brush Set - A Split Second (phrase - Lucky Limeade and Calypso Coral, border - Lucky Limeade, frame - Basic Gray and Calypso Coral, lines - Sahara Sand, flag - Lucky Limeade and Calypso Coral)
Paper - A Split Second DSP #2
Font - Long Island (Lucky Limeade, Whisper White and Basic Gray), Lavanderia (Calypso Coral and Basic Gray)

Houston Aquarium


Moving along with our 2010 scrapbook.  I used a challenge found on Splitcoaststampers website (DSD2012-02) for the first page. You may view the challenge here:
-Use two shaped photos
-Use 2 background papers (I used a photo as one of my background papers)
-3 clusters of 3 items (the fish across the two pages)
-Some rick rack (I didn't have rick rack ribbon, so I used the Knots and Ties Trim for the look of seaweed)
-Title and journaling

Stamp Brush Set - Cute Cats (fish - Night of Navy), The Open Sea (anchor - Night of Navy)
Paper - Pink Flamingo DSP #8
Embellishments - Knots and Ties Trim (Wild Wasabi)

Monday, November 5, 2012

Houston Zoo


Still trying to complete our 2010 scrapbook (I'm working on June 2010).....slowly, but surely it will get finished.  While Mike and I were in Houston for work, we spent the weekends enjoying the sites.

Thanks for looking!

Paper - Sun Garden #5, Peach Parfait
Embellishments - Taffeta Trimmings (Soft Suede)
Font - Cuckoo (Soft Suede)

Trick or Treat

I created this scrapbook page for the Splitcoaststampers Challenges - DGSC087 (Halloween) and the Digital Scrapbooking Day - DSD2012-01 (Clean and Simple - using one photo).

Background paper - My Sweet Pea #9
Stamp Brush Set - Delightful Dozen (Early Espresso)
Punch - Modern Label (Pumpkin Pie)
Font - Chiller (Early Espresso)

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