Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Loving Trees

It's been a while since I've been in my crafting area to create cards.... I've missed it! =)
I so wanted to work with some new stamp sets, but.... this one came together so quickly.... I just had to use one of my favorite stamp sets - "Lovely As A Tree'.

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets - Lovely As A Tree, Loving Thoughts
Paper - Naturals Ivory, Soft Suede
Ink - Soft Suede
Accessories - Big Shot, Windows Collection Framelits, Simply Scored Tool, Taffeta Ribbon (Soft Suede), glue dots

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Philly Zoo


I decided to play with the progressive challenge #14 on Splitcoaststampers website for the first page, and then I created a companion page to finish it up with the rest of the photos I had from the Philadelphia Zoo trip.

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Background Paper - Very Vanilla Cardstock
Stamp Brush set - Spring to Life (leaves -- Basic Black to create background paper), My Sweet Pea (bird - Basic Black)
Punch - Square (filled w/Spring to Life DSP #10 --with ripped photo option, #12 and Textured Cardstock - Lucky Limeade and Very Vanilla), Flag (Tangerine Tango), Scallop Circle (Basic Black), Banner (Tangerine Tango and Lucky Limeade), Rounded Corner (Lucky Limeade)
Embellishment - Spring to Life (swirl flower), Taffeta Knot (Basic Black)
Font - Elephant (Basic Black)

Seaside Museum


Finishing up our trip to Seaside, OR with our visit to the Historical Museum there. It was cool to see so may early inventions there at the museum.

Thanks for taking a look!

Supplies Used:
Background Paper - River Rock
Embellishment - Ruffled Ribbon (Island Indigo)
Punch - Photo Corner (River Rock), Square (filled w/Keep This Memory DSP #4, Oval (filled w/Island Indigo), Rounded Square (filled w/River Rock)
Stamp Brush Sets - Bunch of Backgrounds (Crumb Cake), Certified (Cajun Craze)
Font - Celebrity (Island Indigo)

Seaside Coast


With these two pages.... I wanted to use a photo for my background paper -- AND, I wanted it to span both pages.  It was easily done with my software, as all I needed to do was place it in double-page view and then right-click and select 'span pages'.  So cool!

While walking along the shore, we came across a historical trail marker. Marking the trail that Lewis and Clark took. Very cool!

Thanks for taking a look!

Supplies Used:
Embellishment - Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon (Soft Suede)
Font - Dolphin (Marina Mist and Whisper White)

Seaside Aquarium


Getting closer to finishing this 2011 photobook!!! I'm into August 2011 now...whoo-hoo!  Mike had work in Beaverton, OR around this time, so we decided to drive to the coast (Seaside, OR) to do some sight-seeing, as well as to walk on the coast!  Here is our trip to the Aquarium there.... right on the coast.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Supplies Used:
Background Paper - Soft Sky
Embellishment- Brads (Pewter), Basic Pearl, Knots and Ties Trim (Pacific Point)
Stamp Brush Sets - Anchors Away (helm - Summer Starfruit, seahorse - Pacific Point, clam shell - Pacific Point and the color to match the dots in the DSP, waves - Pacific Point and Whisper White), A Split Second (Splatter - Whisper White)
Punch - (filled w/ Summer Starfruit DSP and a photo)
Font - Tubular (Pacific Point)

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

International Rose Test Garden


We took so many photos at the International Rose Test Garden in Oregon that I had a very hard time choosing which ones to place in our scrapbook.  Fortunately, I came across this sketch (off of Pinterest) from the 'Let's Scrap' blog.  Such lovely inspiration and with many photos too! Bonus!

Thanks for looking!

Supplies Used:
Background Paper - Early Espresso
Embellishment - Scallop Dots Ribbon (Cherry Cobbler), My Sweet Pea (stitched leaf), Festive Blooms (Cherry Cobbler), Soft Blooms (Very Vanilla)
Stamp Brush Set - Natural Composition Overlays (Very Vanilla at 20% opacity)
Punch - Tasteful Trim (Very Vanilla), Scallop Circle (Cherry Cobbler), Circle (Very Vanilla)
Font - AltastGreetings (Early Espresso)

Columbia River Gorge


My husband and I wanted to take a trip to the Columbia River Gorge to look at the many waterfalls in the area, so we decided to hike the many trails to find them along the gorge.  We had a lovely time enjoying the falls and the scenery along! The Pacific Northwest is so very beautiful!

I used a template from the Summer Home pages for my first page, and just swapped out the colors, and added a few more embellishments to make it my own.

I submitted this for the My Digital Challenge - "Tailored Template".

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:

Background Paper - Sahara Sand
Embellishments - Taffeta Ribbon (Early Espresso), Round Button (Whisper White, Kiwi Kiss), Button Latte (Whisper White), Brads (Calypso Coral, Early Espresso, Kiwi Kiss)
Stamp Brush Sets - Vintage Overlays (Whisper White), Enjoy Every Moment (dotted circle - Whisper White, Early Espresso; flowers - Early Espresso, Calypso Coral, Kiwi Kiss), All Scallops (dotted scallop border - Early Espresso)  ***Not sure where the '&' stamp is's not showing on my supply list*****
Punch - Square (filled w/Sweet Shop DSP #3), Circle (filled w/Kiwi Kiss, Calypso Coral, Early Espresso and Whisper White)
Font - MV Boli (Early Espresso), Century Gothic (Early Espresso)

Monday, July 22, 2013

Buffalo Creek Lodge


Moving along, working on my 2011 scrapbook.  I had already created a photobook specifically for our trip to this Lodge (as a keepsake for my family members), but wanted to include a two-page spread in our 2011 photobook as well.  So, I chose to just include the Lodge picture and our family photos.
Thanks for taking a peek!

Supplies Used - My Digital Studio software

Background Paper - So Saffron
Embellishment - Dahlias (More Mustard), Grosgrain Ribbon (River Rock)
Stamp Brush Set - Decorative Overlays (More Mustard)
Punch - Square - Rock-a-Bye DSP #3
Font - CK Honey (Very Vanilla)



Continuing my work on my 2011 scrapbook..... with a two-page spread of my niece, Haley's dance recital.  She has been in dance since she was really little, and I have been to all of her dance recitals so far.  She amazes me with her gracefulness and beauty onstage.

Thanks for looking!

Supplies Used: My Digital Studio software

Background - Night and Day DSP #3
Embellishment - Taffeta Trimmings (Night of Navy), Keep This Memory (tickets - recolored Basic Black)
Stamp Brush Set - Frames with a Flourish (Smoky Slate)
Punch - Star (Smoky Slate, Whisper White and Glitter (Night of Navy), Scallop Square (Glimmer - Silver)
Font - Broadway (Night of Navy and Smoky Slate)

Friday, July 19, 2013

Elmwood Park Zoo


Created another two-page spread for my 2011 photobook!!!  May 2011 is almost complete.... just putting the finishing touches on my other two-page spread....and I will share it with all of you! =)

The above pages are from our trip to the Elmwood Zoo near Philadelphia. It was a smaller zoo, but it didn't disappoint.

Supplies Used: My Digital Studio software

Background Paper - Pistachio Pudding
Embellishment - Timeless Taffeta (Crumb Cake)
Stamp Brush Sets - Torn Edges (swirl leaves - Crumb Cake), Presto Patterns Overlays (Crisscross - Always Artichoke at 20% opacity), Bloomin' Marvelous (leaves - Always Artichoke)
Punch - Square (Early Espresso)
Font - Bliss (Whisper White and Early Espresso)

Longwood Gardens


It's been awhile since I worked on my 2011 photobook, so thought to create a double-page spread of our trip to Longwood Gardens near Philadelphia.  Beautiful Place!  We had so many pictures it was so difficult to chose the ones I used on my pages.  =)

I loosely used a sketch I found on Pinterest from Simple Stories blog -- Life Documented #2 Sketch.
I loved that this sketch had so many photos.... my husband loves to take them, and I love to show them off. =)

I also used the MDS Challenge - Color Challenge #4. Use Crisp Cantaloupe, Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay, So Saffron and Smoky Slate on your page.

Supplies Used - My Digital Studio software 

Background paper - Coastal Cabana
Embellishments - Taffeta Ribbon (Basic Black)
Stamp Brush Sets - Presto Patterns Overlays (Bermuda Bay), All Scallops (scallop design - Basic Black), Earth Laughs (flower and flourish - Basic Black and So Saffron)
Freeform Tool - I colored in the flowers with So Saffron.
Punch - Scallop Border (Smoky Slate), Square (Crisp Cantaloupe)
Font - Regency and Pristina (Basic Black)

Saturday, July 13, 2013

50th Birthday Cascade

This is my first attempt at creating a cascading card.  I made it for my husband's 50th birthday.  I kept the colors simple....yet now when I look at it... it may seems a bit plain. BUT!  My husband adored my card! =)

I created the "label" part in My Digital Studio (MDS), and printed it on Whisper White cardstock before using the Labels Collection Framelit.

Supplies Used:
MDS - Stamp Brush Set - Bunch of Backgrounds (weathered - Basic Gray at 50% opacity)
MDS - Font - Broach (Basic Black)

Paper - Whisper White, Night of Navy, Glimmer (Silver), Basic Black
Accessories - Simply Scored, scissors, Oval cutting system (Non-SU), Labels Collection Framelits, Big Shot, glue dots

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Lovely Expressions - CTS35

I created this card using the CAS(E) this Sketch Challenge #35 (CTS35).  You may view their blog here:

Stamp Sets - Lovely as a Tree, Express Yourself
Paper - Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler, Naturals White, Soft Suede
Ink - Soft Suede, Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green
Accessories - Big Shot, Bitty Banners Framelits, Taffeta Ribbon (Soft Suede), glue dot

Frosted Flurries

Decided to play with some exciting new products  from Stampin' Up! that will be available August 1, 2013 for customers.

The Festive Flurries Stamp set and Festive Flurries Framelits, as well as...the Frosted Finishes Embellishment.

I used the "Less Is More" blog as a guide for my card.  The challenge was to create a card using shades of gray.  I used Basic Gray and Smoky Slate for my card.  If you'd like to see the challenge, here's a link to their blog:

Supplies Used:

Stamp Brush Set - Festive Flurry
Paper - Basic Gray, Smoky Slate, Whisper White
Ink - Smoky Slate, Versamark
Accessories - Northern Flurry TIEF, Festive Flurry Framelits, Big Shot, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Gun, Frosted Finishes, dimensionals, glue dot
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