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March 2010

Betsy's Friday Challenge

I used my Silhouette to cut a bunch of cute pink bunnies and yellow chicks to make Easter cards with. I made several cards...you can check out my new Etsy site with some of them! Anyway, I had a handful of die cuts left on my table, and didn't know what to do with them. Then along came Betsy's challenge...great! I also had some scraps of leftover paper, etc. I think this "leftover" card turned out to be one of my favorites. I hope you like it too.

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Stamps: SU Fancy Flexible Phrases

Ink: SU Classic Bravo Burgundy

Paper: SU Very Vanilla, So Saffron, Pretty in Pink, Parisian Summer designer series paper

Accessories: yellow gems, pink glimmer gems, SU Lots of Tags Sizzlits dies, SU 1" circle punch, Chocolate Chip taffeta ribbon, 1/8" circle punch, SU soft subtle eyelets


Scrapbooking and Another Diecut Title

I have been trying to use my Silhouette machine more lately. I have been cutting titles and shapes for scrapbook pages as well as items for cards. I made this layout of a Sox game that I went to with my buddies Tiffany and Janie last September. I didn't really have any font dies on hand that I wanted to use, but I was able to find a font on my laptop that I could use. I love that the Silhouette can change the scale also to match whatever project I am working on.

Because I used so many pictures on this layout, I decided to drop color saturation so that it didn't seem too busy. Plus, I think it gives it a cool look that matches the theme and colors of the home team. Enjoy!

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Stamps: SU Sanded Background (on the paper that the letters were cut from)

Ink: SU Classic Basic Grey, Sahara Sand

Paper: SU Basic Grey textured, SU Whisper White, My Mind's Eye 29th Street Market

Accessories: SU small and large start punches, SU Style Silver Hodgepodge Hardware, Silhouette machine,Old English Text MT


Moxie Fab-Picking Up the Pieces Challenge

I like to follow several blogs for creative inspiration. I follow all kinds of blogs from other crafters, photographers, print and design blogs and a few of the card/scrapbook magazine blogs. I like the MoxieFab blog because Cath seems to feature a little bit of all of these categories in her posts.The most recent challenge was to use paper piecing, either for a focal point or a background. I recently created a set of thank-you cards for a an expectant mom at work. I figure that all new moms could use thank-you cards, right? Anyway, I pieced the sun, sky and grass, and used two different stamped critters along with a stamped tree. Enjoy!

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Stamps: SU Forest Friends, SU greeting set

Ink: SU Chocolate Chip and Garden Green markers and Classic Ink

Paper: SU Whisper White, SU Patterns Designer Series Paper in Soft Sky, Apricot Appeal and Wild Wasabi

Accessories: PTI New Leaf stitched grosgrain ribbon, Nestabilities 3 Labels dies, stampin' dimensionals


Gingerbread Houses

I finished another 2 page spread yesterday all about my family making Gingerbread Houses this past Christmas. This was took me a while to complete. I knew I wanted to include several pictures, but they were all busy and the color was a little dull. I applied a color action to them (the Creamy Toffee Latte action) from The CoffeeShop Blog. It kicked up the color, and also made them seem kind of dreamy which was perfect for the theme. I also used my Silhouette to complete this layout. I cut the scalloped squares (which are cropped for the corners of the pages), the gingerbread house and the welded font words (that I created myself) all on the Silhouette! The left pages was inspired by a layout from a book called The Designing With Recipe Book. I'll share the card that has my original sketch  too. I'm really happy with the results. Hope you enjoy it!

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Stamps: PTI Holiday Button Bits, PTI Journaling Lines

Ink: SU Close to Cocoa, Real Red, Green Galore

Paper: PTI New Leaf, Pure Poppy, SU Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa, Whisper White

Accessories: Silhouette Machine (gingerbread house, scallop square), Rage Italic font, Cooper Black font, PTI Pure Poppy vintage buttons, white thread


Welcome Baby

 
Today I have another scrapbook layout to post. These are more pictures of the first time I met my friend Carla's baby girl. She is sooooo cute! The original pictures were a little dark, so I worked on them before adding them to my layout. I'm proud of myself because I used some fabric as the main background element on this layout. This is Basic Grey's Sultry charm pack (pieces of 5" square fabric). I stitched the pieces to the very vanilla cardstock first. Then, I cross-stitched by hand the photos to the fabric background, and attached it to the layout. I also cross-stitched the title to the page after attaching the photo block. A few stamped and layered floral embellishments and it is ready to be added to my album! Enjoy...

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Stamps: PTI Vintage Labels, PTI Journaling Lines, SU Simple Type alphabet, SU I'm Here

Ink: SU Classic Chocolate Chip, Kiwi Kiss

Paper: SU Close to Cocoa, Very Vanilla

Accessories: American Crafts Craft Fair corduroy flowers, Art Warehouse buttons, Nestabilities Labels One, brown journaling pen


Homemade Embellishments #2

So, I had so much fun with the challenges during Papertrey Ink's anniversary celebration that I decided to make another set of them, but with different colors. I have more fun making these from scratch, and I'm less likely to horde them since I have all of the pieces to make more. Anyway, I'll just share the embellies now, and maybe a project using them at a later time. Enjoy!

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Stamps: PTI Background Basics Polka-dot Basics, Background Basics Diamonds

Ink: SU Classic Riding Hood Red

Paper: SU Baja Breeze, Certainly Celery

Accessories: SU Fire circle brads, American Crafts Backyard Foam shapes, SU Baskets and Blooms Bigz XL die, Nestabillities Pinking Circles, Art Warehouse buttons, white thread, green and red and blue felt, SU Red corduroy buttons


Back to Scrapbooking

Wow...I can't believe it has been a month since I have posted anything! Well, that's what happens when you work for an accounting firm...and it's tax season...and the work spills over into the nights sometimes. Anyway, I have managed to carve out some time to create over the last month, but not to post until now. I think I have mentioned before that I wanted to get back to scrapbooking again. I think I have 5 large boxes of cards made now...LOL! So, I decided to make a cute and girly page using pictures of my friends' Mike and Carla's baby Ronnie. Isn't she so adorable? I had fun using lots of different papers, tags and stamps, and embellishments both homemade and purchased. Anyway, I hope you enjoy the page, and make time to create something fun this week!

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Stamps: SU Tiny Tags

Ink: SU Craft Pixie Pink, Regal Rose, Close to Cocoa, brown journaling pen

Paper: SU Close to Cocoa Textured, SU Candy Lane Designer Series Paper, SU Parisian Breeze DSP, Making Memories Paperie journaling notebook

Accessories: SU Sweet Pea Stitched Felt, SU Tiny Tag Punch, Art Warehouse buttons, American Crafts Craft Fair Vinyl accents, SU and Sizzix dies, pink felt, American Crafts Thickers, Art Warehouse velvet brads, Making Memories ribbon, We R Memory Keepers corner chomper.