Friday, May 31, 2013

What Shall We Name the Baby?? True Story.

So y'know how when you're first pregnant and so excited about having a baby, and fixing up a nursery and choosing names and all those fun things?  And the list of baby names is so long you think you'd need to have a dozen kids just to use all these awesome names?  Yes, well, so by baby #4, that list is considerably shorter and suddenly the baby is here and whoops, we haven't picked a name yet!  Or we can't settle on one of two choices.  Or something like that.

That's how it was when Ben came along.  I liked the name Mitchell Donovan.  Ok, maybe it does sounds a little sappy-high-school-football-romance-ish, I'll give you that.  But 20 years ago, with a pregnancy addled brain I thought it was quite perfect.  Mr B liked the name Benjamin Dean.  Solid.  Classic.  Also means: "the last of the tribe" lol.  Which this baby was.  We didn't hate each others choices, we just couldn't decide which we liked most.  And his red wrinkled little face didn't state one way or the other either.  So, we polled the family.  Found out, the overwhelming favorite was Ben, and as it turns out, that's exactly who he is!?  Whew, just in time for taking him home!  Can't be leaving the hospital with un-named babies and all!

That's the story behind this layout just up at Challenge Me Happy today.  The specific challenge is "about a name" and we hope you'll join us in creating a layout for this challenge and then posting it for the chance to win yourself a prize!

 Weird thing.  Please pardon the color of these photos.  The white is showing up rather yellow in places.  And I don't have a PhD in Photoshop yet.  The "hello, my name is..." die cut is a Silhouette cut file that I cut with my Cameo.  I also painted over the (BRIGHT GREEN) baby label card in order to sedate it enough to include on this layout.  Journaling is all tucked away on the tag inside the glassine envelope.

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

More Memory Box love...

These dies by Memory Box are quickly becoming my favorites!  Party for their cool designs that stand out from the crowd somehow, and partly for how well they work!  Form and function all in one.  How about that!

The Lovely Peony is a set of two dies and when I got them from Lori at Love is in the Details, I couldn't wait to try them out!  Interestingly enough, what I ended up creating is nothing at all like what I'd first envisioned.  That ever happen to you?

So anyway.  Here's what I made.  Three cards.  First one, pretty straight forward with a cream metallic paper from Paper Creations and the outline cut from the same paper but in gold.  Subtle metallic is very pretty.  And it makes me happy.  Also, some matching Candi dots in the same subtle metallic.

Then I tried cutting these dies with vellum and a cheesecloth type of fabric and layering them up.  Doesn't come close to all the layers of a real peony, but it's a start!  And it remains flat enough to stick in the mail with no extra postage needed!

Finally I did one with layers of vellum where I colored on the underside of the top layer with my Copic markers.  You get a very soft result by coloring on the back side and no particular coloring talent is needed.  That's my kind of craft!

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Memory Box Stamp and die...

Look what came in the mail from Lori at Love is in the Details awhile ago!!  Totally saw, and fell in love with this little stamp and it's coordinating die from Memory Box!  I love non-thematic stamps that can be made to work for any occasion.  I wanted the effect of stamping on patterned paper, to give the leaf part of the trees some texture.  
 I started by randomly coloring spots on the trees with 4 or more different shades of Copic markers.  Copics make blending between the colors so easy!
Here are the four cards I made once I'd die cut and colored the tree images.  

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you saw something that inspired you!!

Monday, May 20, 2013


Good morning all!  Just going to take a minute and show you some cards I've made recently for one reason or another!

In one of my recent pizza boxes from Lori at Love is in the Details was this Spellbinder's M-bossibilities double folders. You fold it one way - you get one design.  Fold it back on itself and get another design!  Very cool concept!  And a very elegant design all by itself; it hardly needs much in the way of embellishing and so, would make up a last second card quite nicely!  These folders word well when doing a faux-letter press look too, but I ran out of time to try that.  

Then, a few weeks back, I made this Mother's Day card.  Found this SO-cute window chipboard die on a sheet of October Afternoon bits and pieces and thought how cute it would look with a vellum sort of curtain/shade behind it!

 I found a Hollyhock styled stamp, and repeated it at various heights and angles before coloring it and cutting it out.  
Finding the blue brick paper and the wood "fence" paper just sealed the deal.  

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Saturday, May 18, 2013


How many times have parents said this?  "Give a kid an empty box and they'll have all the toys they need!"  I can think of a particular couple of cardboard boxes my mom turned into a fridge and stove for me when I was about 4 or 5.  I can still clearly recall how THRILLED I was about that!  WAY better than any plastic Little Tykes model you can buy now!

This photo was taken on the occasion of my daughter's first birthday.  (Back in the day of film photography - hence the lack of editing!)  The box itself originally contained a little wooden table and Missy sized chairs.  But of course, it was the box that was most fun!

I put together this layout for a recent challenge at Challenge Me Happy, based on this sketch.  Got to lay down a whack of buttons, brads and baubles.  That always makes me happy.

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Thursday, May 16, 2013

So lucky, so in love...

Playing catch up today...

I made this layout recently for a blog post over at Love is in the Details....  I had a technique I wanted to try and I was purposed to use up some DT stash that Lori has so generously provided!
I wanted to try my Copic air brush system, where you insert a Copic marker into a holder on an air can for that cool air-brushed look.  I used a Prima stencil to accomplish this look, and I mixed a couple of different colors of Copic markers.
I also wanted to try flocking on a double sided adhesive die cut.  I used a Marianne's die, cut it from Sookwang adhesive paper, and then applied a mix of white and green flocking powder from Doodlebug.  I really love the soft look and the way it blends into the air brushed design below it.
I used another of the layered butterflies left over from this project here.  The patterned paper is Pink Paislee, Prima makes the wood leaf, the canvas flower and the beaded pin. Alphas are by American Crafts - Thickers and Dear Lizzy.  With a little bit of Daisy D (tag), Glitz Design (transparency),  Melissa Frances (scallop edged sticker) thrown in!

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013


We have this conversation at the lake almost every year, in one form or another.  Why do we love it there so much??  What is it about sitting on the dock at any time of the day or night, that just FEEDS something in us we had forgotten was hungry??  My mother believes that since our bodies are 55%-75% water, we naturally gravitate to water.  Might could be.

Anyway, that's what I was thinking about while I created this layout for our current challenge that just posted today at Challenge Me Happy!  The theme is water and you're free to express that in any way you like!  

Here's what I did.

I'm loving the mixed font titles again recently, as well as the word die cuts I can create with my Cameo.

Also loving the splats you can create with platinum UTEE.  I got this by sprinkling UTEE crystals on the paper and heating it from underneath the paper with my heat tool.  Saw this done somewhere recently but do you think I can remember where, so that credit can be shared??

Please be sure to stop by Challenge Me Happy so you can see what the rest of the design team created and enter your layout! This challenge produced a lot of awesomeness!!  

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Happy National Scrapbooking Day!

Hello my friends!  Are you getting to play with paper and glue today?  I got to play all week in preparation for today's celebration!  Love is in the Details is hosting an online mini crop challenge for everyone who would like to join in and there are PRIZES to be won!!

Lori, Lisa and I each posted a challenge for you and we hope you get a chance to join us.  The deadline is Tues, May 7th.

I know spring has been reluctant in coming in many parts of the globe this year, so my challenge is to create a layout of some summer fun.  Or a winter warm weather vacation or something like that.  Here's the layout I did for example.

I also created this layout for Lisa's challenge to use a minimum of 3 dies.  I included a punched butterfly too for good measure.  The dies I used are Just Rite Custom Dies by Spellbinders and they coordinate with clear rubber stamps by the same manufacturer.  I stamped them on vellum, heat embossed with Zing powder and then die cut them.

Lori's challenge is to make two cards.  One using at least 5 different patterned papers, and the other using a stamp or two.  Here are the ones I made for Lori's challenge.  The first uses the patterned papers.
 And these two both use stamps.  
 On this card, I stamped the bird cage image over top of a paper that had a strong local design in one corner.  I find those papers hard to use for layouts, but by adding this stamp it makes a beautiful card!
Please be sure to stop by Love is in the Details to see what Lori and Lisa created, and for the full rules and links to upload galleries so you can get yourself a chance to win!!