Monday, March 30, 2009

BIG boots

Sally at about 18 months wearing daddy's work boots and carrying his gut-bucket. :)

QK dies used:
MaryJane Grand alphabet (BIG)
Marigold Classic alpha (boots)
hiking boot
SOF nesting flower
heart frame
Papers are Chatterbox; brown dot ribbon is American Crafts

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Smurfy new QK dies for March!!!

Using the new house and solid nesting star dies for my assignments, I scrapped some of my kids' baby pics. FINALLY I'm getting to the box in the closet! Yay me! ;)

For this first layout I also used the Rainbow alphabet, which I altered by adding a few bubble holes where there were none, the 2x2 mushrooms, mini heart from the cc love set, and the Disco alphabet. White on white is a booger to scan so I took pics instead. The little house and mushrooms didn't show up at all in a scan.

Journaling in a star.

Layout number two: While I rarely scrap black and white photos, the colors in this photo were atrocious with Grandma Emmy's bright red-orange and off-white afghan on her awful brownish gold couch so it was competely necessary to venture out of the box and go b/w. ;)

Again using the solid nesting stars, I've also used the funky monkey, whom I have to admit I didn't much care for at first but has grown on me so much I'm in love with him now!! Also used the 2x2 cherries, Chick-a-dee alpha, Rainbow alpha, Diesel Grand (3) and the bead border. I added the little house as well but I just realized I had already scanned before I did that! Oops. It sits in the lower right hand corner to the right of the journaling.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Easter tags

These little guys will be attached to lollipop sticks and put in the grandkiddos Easter baskets. :) They were really fun to make!

Monday, March 23, 2009

March release

Look at this adorable alphabet!!! Doesn't it remind you of Rainbow Bright? In addition to the new Rainbow alphabet, I've also used Khaki skinny mini, the 2x2 house from the new release, this month's heart speech bubble club die, and the 2x2 mushrooms.

Journaling reads:
Gracie was so excited. Could she be any more girlie. She loved her play kitchen. Her tea parties are the best ever.

Friday, March 20, 2009


Thank you, Scrap-Mart blog. :) Click here to see the projects I entered!

Santa's Lap

Sally's first Christmas, 1978. Paper is 12x12 Basic Grey Dasher, Partridge in a Pear Tree, trimmed to 9x9.

Three brads from the Chatterbox Easy Brad Maker tell the journaling.

I used my xacto to cut around the bird and branches and tucked the photo behind. Add a little doodling, and voila.... done!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Scrap-Mart blog contest

Fun challenges this week on Scrap-Mart's blog! If you choose to participate, you will be entered into a raffle for a prize--and I'll get another ticket too for you joining in. ;) Do one or both but you have only till noon tomorrow. Sorry for the short notice. I should have posted BEFORE I finished my projects. Oops!

First is the card sketch challenge. Here's my take.

The second challenge is the layout sketch. Great sketch and easy to work with. For this challenge, I used a 9x9 size page for Sally's baby book. I love this picture of my sweet baby girls in their matching party dresses. Cyndi was 25 months, Sally 12 months. Aren't they the cutest!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Chatterbox Easy Brad Maker

Thanks Ros, for asking about the brad maker! This post is for you. ;) And for anyone else wondering how this works and if it's a toy, er, I mean tool, you will use regularly for your projects.

I do love the kit. But I have to say, I hope they will soon come out with refills in lots of other styles and colors. These are nice, just not my style. I'm not into froofy as you can probably tell by my work, so if they come out with much more plain style brad bases, I'll be all over them! I ordered mine from Happy n Scrappin -- she has the best price I've seen, so far.

As you can see in the photo above, the kit consists of the punches, three sizes of the base-brads, a sheet of clear pebbles and circle adhesives in all three sizes. The sizes are slightly off from other punches and dies I have, so I wonder if they made it that way on purpose in order to make us have to buy the kit with the punches over just getting the refill kit and using our own punches. I never really learned to read those tiny lines on the tape measure, but very close approximate measurements of the punches are 3/8, little more than 1/2, and 3/4 inches.

Ok, so here you see I've made my card, now I want to add a coordinating brad to finish it off. I want to use a little bird image on the brad from one of these clear stamps.

Now I have punched the size circle I want from the matching paper. This is the largest size. I stamped a little bird on this circle I punched.

The white adhesive circles are double sided. Pull off the correct size and adhere to the brad. Peel the protective paper off the top then stick your punched circle to the adhesive circle on the brad. Choose the corresponding size adhesive backed pebble from the sheet and place it on top.

Voila! Clear pebble brad. :)

Finished card with coordinating brad.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Logan's Birthday

I don't do two-page layouts very often anymore. This one is pretty simple, just wanted to get all the pics in one layout. The design sort of resembles the shape of a cake.

Quickutz used are nesting balloons, A's exclusive filmstrip border, and Rev. train. Stripe paper is Chatterbox, animal paper is from DCWV Nana's Kids, animals on the train are handcut from another of the Nana's Kids papers.

I used the new Easy Brad Maker by Chatterbox to make this cute little monkey brad from the papers. It's not exactly what I expected it would be -- I thought you would make the actual brads, but no. You are just basically decorating "blank" brads. But it's still fun idea.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

It's a Jungle Out There!

First I made the border. I adhered it to the page after everything else was done. To make the elephant, I used the A's hippo, BAA cow horns for tusks and the tail for the trunk. I cut off the hippo's ears and handcut the elephant ears. I trimmed the end off the hippo's tail and replaced it with A's zebra tail

Here's the layout.
Grace age 7, on vacation last August at Fort Wayne Children's Zoo in Indiana.
Long list of dies used on this page:
Archiver's exclusive tropical leaves, hippo, giraffe, zebra and pattern arrow
Exclusive Build an Animal monkey and cow
2x2 lion
2x2 peek a boo bunny
2x2 leaf
nesting tags
Diesel classic alphabet
Exotic Island Grand alphabet

Friday, March 13, 2009

baby card

My friend is expecting her first grandchild in June. This is a card for the expectant parents made with the QuicKutz exclusive Easter Bunny die. I've also used the 2x2 exclusive tree die from Hobby Lobby, 2x2 garden basket, 4x4 rain puddle, 4x4 tree, and rounded nesting squares. Alphabet is chick a dee.

Inside message:

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Another mini book

This one is for Mila. These books are so fun to make and really make great use of scraps too.
click on any image for a full size slide show if you'd like to read the book. :)

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

BAA (Build an Animal) & Easter Bunny Exclusive QK Dies

Here are a few of the animals I've made using the BAA and Easter bunny exclusives. These particular animals are on their way to new homes. They are such fun to make and aren't they just adorable. None of the accessories (carrots, banana, bows, etc) are glued down so their new owners can accessorize as they wish, or not at all, should they so choose.
*Please note that not all of the accessories pictured are part of the actual BAA and bunny die sets.

This bunny, with his Easter basket, has been stickled and spruced up a bit since his photo was taken, and was used in Sally's baby book.

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Fun bind it all project

I was checking out the BIA blog this morning (see link on the left) and saw this fabulous notepad project. Having a hard time keeping a notepad by the phone, I decided to make one of these immediately. Pretty sure Randy won't be snagging this one by accident to take out to the shop. (I'll make one for him to keep out there too.)

Here's the inside. Across the back is a slide pocket to put the chipboard back of the memo pad into. Isn't this a great idea!

Little Miss Personality

What a smoochie little face, huh. :) Squishable Emmy hamming it up for the camera.

For this page I used the QK nesting hearts, Rev. summer of fun flower die, and the Chick-a-dee and Stardust alphabets.

Saturday, March 07, 2009

QT patootie

For this layout of sweet Emmy, I used the exclusive ladybug border die by Scrapbuggy, Rev tree and puddle from the Feb release, MaryJane and Honeybee alphas. Stickles added for fun!

Thursday, March 05, 2009

the Rainy Day book

Another junk mail credit card book made with the Bind it All. This one is for Feliciano, who will be 4 next month. :)

This fun book gave me the chance to showcase lots of fun QK dies that I don't use often, but most adorably the little rubber boot from the newest release. Isn't it cute!

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Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Build An Animal Party Monkey

This cute BAA monkey is all dressed up and ready to party! Birthday card for Feliciano who turns 4 on April 15. I love the monkey from the build an animal (BAA) die set and had to use it! So I made his card before all the March birthday cards that I should be working on. LOL. Also used here are the QK nesting balloons, ballcap (with the San Diego Chargers logo on it for my son-in-law LOL), present, and grass. Cute background paper is from DCWV Nana's Kids stack. TFL!

Exclusive BAA die

This is the duck from the Build an Animal (BAA) exclusive die from Scrapyland. The design for this, and the adorable Easter Bunny die, was done by Emma/Sparkle, who does amazing work. I'm so happy to have one of her creations...well, both. I couldn't resist either one of these dies!!

The bow is from the Easter Bunny exclusive, font is Chick a dee, ladybug is from the exclusive border I designed for Scrapbuggy (I feel so special when I get to say that LOL). Other dies used are the 2x2 grass and new sunburst border.