Monday, August 31, 2009

Autumn Harvest time

Oh my goodness, I love the Harvest font in this release! It seems to be almost "pilgrimish" in style. I think it's my favorite part of the Thanksgiving release. For this page, I used the bushel basket and sign with the new ear of corn die, KS0976. Twig is made from the leaf center and berries from the Rev 0248 autumn leaves.

To add texture, I ran the corn cobs through the dots goosebumpz then inked them for even more dimension.

Here I've used the scroll tree border, minus the mini leaves that come with it on a separate cookie cutter die. Great idea, QK! Love that. Large title leaves and berries are Rev 0248. Title fonts are Magnolia, Moonlight and Jacqueline.

On this page I used jewel leaves instead of the falling leaves that come with it.

This month's QK Club die is a wishbone. How cute is this! I've used the Harvest font and scalloped oval on this card

and on this card, the wishbone on the 2x2 scalloped journal circle.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Two layouts

This page was bugging me but I couldn't figure out why....then it hit me. This was not Mother's Day, it was my birthday! LOL So I've changed the date since I scanned this. Silly me.

Pattern papers are Basic Grey, Eva. QK used - label, SOF nesting circles & flowers, 3D nesting flowers, Moonlight, Supermarket and Chick-a-dee (exclamation point) alphas. Hearts are Cuttlebug.

For this page of Cyndi and Jeffery at the Point, I used Basic Grey, Granola. Love the color palette in this line. QK used --hedgehog, Disco and Stardust alphas, and circle border embossing folder.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Altered album cover

I've had this 6x6 recipe book on the shelf waiting for an altered cover for years (yes, I'm embarrassed to admit--YEARS!) after I participated in a holiday recipe swap. It was just one of those things that didn't scream out at me I guess. Well, yesterday during some purging, rearranging, and tieing up loose ends, I FINALLY added the finishing touches to the album. Yay! I think it turned out pretty cute. Hope you like.

I used rubons along the side, added ribbon and a tiny metal spoon. For the title, I used the QuicKutz mixing bowl and spoon, Spellbinders nesting ovals and scallops, and for the drips I used Dimensional Magic. I love that stuff and need to remember to use it more often.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Two new exclusives from Scrapbuggy!!

The rag doll die was designed by Emma, of Scrapbuggy, for whom she was named. Isn't she sweet? I love this photo of Cyndi and Sally when they were just 2 and 3. We had this picture taken at the fair. In addition to the new rag doll, I've used the Chandelier alphabet, nesting ovals and scallops by Spellbinders, and the flourishes are parts of the exclusive flourish border by ScrapMart. Papers are Life's Journey by K&Co. (Sorry for the slightly crooked scan.)

I dug out these old photos of our trip to Sea World so I could use the dolphins. The pics were pretty crappy but actually look pretty good when cropped off and showcased in this border frame. I used the photo frame border with the squares border to make a large film strip. Accent waves are from the Relax gift set, title fonts are Nutmeg and Moonlight.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Sad news in Muppetland

(AP) EPHRATA, Washington (Jul 09) -

Muppet lovers were stunned to learn of the discovery made by local residents, Grace and her grama, of what at first appeared to be a chicken, as they made their way to Patrick Park one day this past July.

"At first glance we thought it was just another drunk chicken in a flower bed", the pair reported, "but on closer inspection, we were shocked and saddened to see it was not just any chicken, but Elmo from Sesame Street, dressed in a chicken costume...and wreaking of alcohol."

The reason for Elmo's unexpected demise is still unclear at this time. It is speculated that after a night of partying, an inebriated Elmo, making his way back to his owner's residence while still in costume, was likely accosted by the family dog, rendering the muppet unconscious, subsequently abandoning the toy in a flower bed on Roosevelt Street. Elmo Muppet, whose owner has yet to be contacted, remains among the flowers.

A reward is being offered for any information leading to the identification of the dog in question. At this time no charges have been filed and the dog is not considered a suspect, but is certainly a dog of interest.

If you have any information regarding the circumstances surrounding this case, please contact The Children's Television Workshop at 123 Sesame Street.

I had so much fun doing this layout! The story came about as we came across this poor Elmo toy in the flower bed on our way to the park. We made up a story as to how he came to rest here and it just kept going getting funnier and funnier!

For the "newspaper clipping" I printed my journaling on yellow/ivory cardstock to mimic newsprint leaving lines around the text boxes. I made the Sesame Street sign using rounded rectangles, a half circle and Studio skinny mini alphabet. Title font is Diesel Classic, stars are from the USA set and the negative is from the exclusive Archiver's photo strip border. Stitching is actually rubons.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Evil Bernadette

No, this is not Grace's evil twin! This is Grace being silly and threatening to use the rolling pin on grampa. LOL! For the title on this fun page I've used Moxie and Sonja classic alphabets. Embellishments are 2x2 witch's hat, rolling pin, speech bubble, and tiny hot mitt from the 4x4 chef costume dies.

Journaling--the story behind the photo:
Making baguettes. Grace and I decided to make baguettes to have with our pasta dinner. For dinner we sliced open the loaves and added garlic butter. They were delicious. While I made the "real" ones, she wanted to make her own mini version. It was the cutest little bitty baguette! But she could not seem to remember the word baguette and referred to them as bernadettes. It was so cute the name stuck and forever more baguettes will be known in my kitchen as bernadettes.

As we were cleaning up after our bread baking, grampa Randy came in and proceeded to give Grace a hard time, as he is prone to do. They love teasing each other. She picked up the rolling pin and proclaimed, "I think Randy needs a rolling pin treatment!" We laughed so hard at the look on her face with the evil rolling pin ready to start swinging. I love that Grace has the family trait whacky sense of humor. We always have such fun when she comes to stay with us.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Being Grace

Grace is all girl, if you haven't figured that out by now. LOL. She loves loves loves dressing up and always has. She needs to reason, no costume party, no big event. It's just fun. :)

The white eyelet background paper is by Making Memories, pink pattern papers are by Pink Paislee, gold metallic cardstock is DCWV, black and white cardstock is textured Bazzill. Quickutz dies used on this page are the Archiver's exclusive hearts border (for the individual hearts), large scallops border, Scrap-Mart's exclusive flourish border (just a piece of it), nesting ovals, and 2x2 crown. Title alphabets are Metro skinny mini, Fiesta grand, and the G monogram set.
Journaling is computer generated.

Lots of hand drawn doodling, ribbon and bling because, well, it's a princess page and every princess needs bling!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Weird Science

I am so loving the new Halloween QK dies!! Even though I have yet to use them on any Halloween pages, these dies have been the perfect accents to all of Gracie's Slime Explorers photos, wouldn't you agree?

For this page, I've used the test tube in the title to replace the letter "i" in Science. This was a no-brainer! :) The alphabets I used are Zelda Grand and Studio Classic. The embellishments are nesting stars, solid and outline, and the 4x4 chalkboard.

I found this image online of scientific equations, printed it out and used it on the chalkboard.

Here is the test tube title treatment.....say that ten times fast. LOL Cork paper for the stopper, vellum for the test tube.

I need suggestions for FREE slideshow sites!!!

I just received email from Bubbleshare. If you are a fan of theirs, you will, no doubt, have received this notice as well. For those who do not use the site, here's the deal. I'll have to find another site to use for my slideshows. PLEASE leave some links in the comments!!!! I have until November 15 to get everything uploaded to a new place.


Monday, August 10, 2009

More Slime Explorers

The new Halloween release dies by QK are just the thing for the pics of Grace and her brownie troop's Slime Explorers event last summer. Here is another layout using the flasks die. I've altered it a tad by making the slime ooze out over the beaker into a puddle. The frog is a button, the alphabet is Haunted and the title box is the house number sign.
Stickles added for pizzaz, vellum and cork paper used for the beaker and stopper.

Sunday, August 09, 2009

I LOVE spooky!

Even though I don't care all that much for Halloween, I LOVE Halloween dies and shapes. They can be used for so much more than just Halloween projects. Check out these spooky ideas.

Here is Grace and one of her Brownie Girl Scout friends at the Slime Explorers event in June, 2008. The girls all had so much fun making goo and slime! I have lots of pictures of Grace at this event and I knew immediately the flask die would be the perfect embellishment for them! I love the Haunted font and used it with the spooky scroll border for the title.

I cut the beakers from vellum and used cork paper for the stoppers. The "liquid" inside the beakers is cut from metallic paper, embossed with the circles embossing folder then jazzed up with stickles.

The spooky tree from the cookie cutter house and tree is a fun touch with the spooky border. Other dies used on this page are Rev flourish, 2x2 frog, nesting diamonds, and Diesel Grand alphabet.

For this love card I used the haunted font, test tube, and No.73 alphabet. I cut the stopper from cork paper. Do you get my play on words? -- Love potion number nine! The mat is a nesting label by Spellbinders and the border punch is Doily lace by Martha Stewart.

Inside I used MaryJane and Flirt fonts and the Rev frame heart.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Fun at Patrick Park

Few of the pictures we took at the park during Gracie's visit this summer. Papers are all Making Memories Fresh Anthology line, Sydney collection.

Having Fun at Patrick Park layout
QK dies used here:
paisleys (some of the paisleys are matching chipboard pieces from the MM collection)
Mary Jane alphabet
Jacqueline alphabet
Hey, Up There layout
QK dies used:
MaryJane alphabet
Jacqueline alphabet
4x4 layered tree
4x4 puddle
small and large scallop borders

Hangin' Around layout
Journaling block by Spellbinders
QK dies used:
MaryJane alphabet
Jacqueline alphabet

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Our summer adventures

Cyndi and Pat came over late Friday night to pick up Grace. They got back home about 1 a.m. It's been so hot they wanted to drive in the cool of the evening and I sure can't say I blame them for that. If you've been watching my weather pixie, you know it's been in the 100s here this past week or so. Gracie's departure was a little sooner than we all had planned, but things changed and we had to rearrange some things. We had such a fun-filled summer there is nothing to complain about though. :)

Scrappy camp was a huge success and, while we didn't get as much scrapping done as we thought we would, we did get a few projects done as well as many non-scrappy projects and had a blast.

We made iron on transfers and sent home a tee shirt and matching tote for Gracie to carry home all her scrappy goodies. :)

We had a fun bbq for the Fourth of July and made red/white/and blue foods and cute place cards. Grace had lots of poppers and snap-its and we were treated to a fun fireworks display by the neighbors across the street. We painted the mudroom and the rest of the kitchen, and repainted her little table and chairs. The table used to be navy and the chairs were bright red.
and built a house of cards

and painted our faces

Grace cooled off in the sprinkler almost every day.

We went to the park.

and she still had time to read 28 books in between all our activities!!!!!!!!!

We had girls' spa night while grampa was gone one evening.

Grace learned to sew. Her first project was a pillow for grampa. It turned out great and he loves it! She also made a blanket for her doll and can't wait to sew more projects with her mom. She did really well and I'm so glad she enjoys it!

We made baguettes (which will now and forever be known in my kitchen as "bernadettes" - LOL ;)

Grace practiced her karate

and made Christmas gifts for her mom, dad and brother. She also made place cards for a tea party she is planning for after school starts.

It was a busy summer and we can't wait for next year already!! We had such a fun time I'm already counting the days still she comes back for a weekend in the fall when the guys go hunting. :)