Thursday, May 27, 2010

I love October Afternoon

October Afternoon, Farm Fresh. Are these not cute papers!?? Love the color combos, patterns, and cute vintage feel to these. They are just ..... comfortable. :)

Courtney and Logan ready to hit the water on opening day. Are they are hoot or what. LOL I love these pics. And the papers. Doesn't it look like a kitchen from the 50s? I love it!

Dies used here are the QK skillet and place setting, various circles (for the tag) and medium scallop edger die.

The fish is Cottage Cutz and the "cross stitching" (xes) from QK Katie. Border stitching is actually rubons, and the metal license plate is Karen Foster. Isn't it cute?

Prima flowers, buttons and misc bling.

Again from the Farm Fresh collection. I love those papers.

Various flower/scallop shape dies, buttons, bling, QK tickets, photo corners, and mini scallop edger.
The fish is actually the QK anime bird. I cut the wing in half to make the fins and the "lips" are actually the end of a balloon shape.

For this card I used leftover scraps of the October Afternoon Farm Fresh papers. I don't think I have ever cut a full piece of paper to make a card, other than for the base of course. I thought this plaid was perfect for a father's day card so here it is.
Paper flower from dictionary paper, prima flower and bling for the center, glimmer mist, and ink.

Thank you card for teacher featuring the apple embossing folder by QK. Sentiment and stitching are rubons.

To add a little extra punch, I made an apple charm from shrink plastic and pinned to the ribbon.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Busy weekend!

Me thinks I've found my scrappy mojo! Yay! ;) Hand is doing much better so I'm able to do most everything I used to. The fingers won't lay flat though so holding small items is still next to impossible....but I can scrap nearly as good as new now so that's the good news. Here are the fruits of this weekend's scrappyness.

First of all, check out the new slideshow (see it on the menu to the left) for the vintage mini book I made this weekend. I really really love how it turned out!! They are some of my favorite old pics of me as a baby that I've been wanting to scrap for years. This just seemed the right time I guess. :) Papers for the entire book are Material Girl by Cosmo Cricket, misc. tags, lots of ribbons, metal charms, beads, buttons and ephemera. It was one of the most fun projects I've done in a while! And it was made from.....are you sitting down......empty toilet paper rolls!!!! Yep. The ultimate in recycling projects! LOL Plus I used tons of old stash which I love. :) Here's the cover.

Now for some of the layout I completed. Logan loves trains. LOVES trains. His dad works on the railroad. What a co-inky-dink! For this page I used pattern papers by Pebbles, Inc. The trains are Animal Stackers and the circles are from the Li'l Buddy collection. Train engine and tickets are QuicKutz, alphas are QK Diesel Classic and Studio skinny mini. "Train tracks" are machine sewn zigzag stitch and tickets are hand-lined and stamped.

Here is Logan again with more train toys. Again using Pebbles, Inc. Li'l Buddy paper collection. I love that line for boys. The color scheme is so cool. Embellies made with QK nesting stars and nesting circles. Journaling and title 'tags' are library cards; misc mini brads, string, staples, and Heidi Swapp metal clip. Spiral punch by Stampin Up.

Here are a few leftover pics I just couldn't part with. Outtakes can be as fun to scrap as the good pics! LOL Silly kiddos were so excited about their new p.j.'s I couldn't get them to stop acting goofy long enough to get a good picture. So I decided, why not just use the outtakes. :) Papers here are Cosmo Cricket Storytime from a few years ago.

Emmy's future is so bright, she had to grab somebody's oversized shades and try to keep them from falling off her little face! LOL Papers for this page are Basic Grey, Mellow. Dimension added with foam tape and fabric paint, spiral punch by Stampin Up, misc. zigzag rubons and QK scallops and dots embossing border.

QuicKutz scallops and dots border embosser. I love this design. But I think I did it upside down. LOL That's my only complaint about the new folders....they are so hard to tell which side is which as the impressions aren't nearly as pronounced as they used to be on the metal goosebumpz dies. Still, they work really well and they add a really nice touch when you need a little something but don't want to overwhelm a page or card.

And one more. This is Christopher's big catch at the derby in February. He won something with this whopper .... I think his prize was a fishing trip come to think of it. This page is 8.5x11 and will go in his fishing/hunting album. Metal licence plate title is Karen Foster, title is QK Chicken Noodle and Studio skinny mini. Boat and pilings are Cottage Cutz dies. Their dies are fabulous, by the way. If you haven't tried them, you really should. Super cute designs and they work exactly the same as QuicKutz and in the same machines as well.

Here's the rowboat and piling. Isn't it cute!?

Sunday, May 16, 2010

helping grampa

Logan had so much fun digging through Grampa's tools and toys in the shop. He was fascinated by the reloader (this red thing he's playing with -- it's for reloading shotgun shells), and found lots of other things to get into, as you can see by him practically crawling into Randy's cupboard! LOL

Papers are Basic Grey Mellow. Dies used are QK scallop edges, small and medium; leafy vine border, drill and tape measure, and the title is the Santa's Workshop alphabet.

Cute little die cuts that come in the BG Mellow paper pack. The hearts and flower petals are also part of the kit.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Hitting the Mark

Grace got a rifle for Christmas, one that used to be Randy's. Pat got these pictures when they went to the range for her first try at target shooting. Yes, this is her first time! Just look at that target. Pretty awesome, huh. :)

Paper is Karen Foster
Dies used:
QK nesting stars
QK sketchbook
Archiver's exclusive arrow
I put the journaling and remaining photos of the shoot in this mini book which slides into a slot on the page. I backed the layout with a piece of kraft to make it more sturdy. There are ten more pics in the mini book.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Shiver me timbers! or, "Looks like Captain Bob's seaman's eye is a little rusty"

The misadventures of Randy and Bob continue with this episode of the two scallywags hauling away Randy's old work truck. We have a very narrow driveway, the only access to where the truck was parked, and Bob, a retired tugboat captain, backed the trailer in to load up the truck. Read on......

Daily log, page 1:
Compensating for set and drift from the outset can save a lot of extra sailing later on. Skill in estimating set and drift comes from experience or "seaman's eye", as well as from practice in examining charts and the tide and current tide tables. ~ excerpt from Boaters Bowditch by Richard K Hubbard

Daily log, page 2:
Randy and Bob hauled the old truck over to Bob's place so Randy would have room to work on it. He's still hoping to get it running again one day. He's been hoping this for almost 3 years now, but who's counting....In the process, Captain Bob pulled off a chunk of the house. He muttered something about set and drift and said he'd be back later to fix it. That was in April...should I call him?

Dies used:
QK notebook page
QK pirate scroll
QK nesting diamonds
QK compass goosebumpz embosser
QK Relax gift set - sailboat and waves

Sunday, May 09, 2010


Emmy is the last of all the grandbabies. It's hard to believe she's already two and a half!! :( Just look at that adorable little face! Sorry about the blurry image. The lumpy roses don't make the scanner very happy, I'm afraid.
QK paper doll alpha
QK nesting ricktrack circle set
Tim Holtz adage tickets
Spellbinders nesting bracket labels
Don't know who makes the roses, they were a RAK from a friend. They're sure cute, aren't they.

Saturday, May 08, 2010

Grands and Greats

Love this picture of the kids at my mom's. These are all but two of our grandkids - mom and dad's great grands!

I used Little Boy Blue papers from My Mind's Eye, Quite Contrary line.

Dies used:
QK 4x4 and 2x2 trees
QK cc heritage set
QK 4x4 tabbed label
QK Espresso alpha
QK Chicago alpha
QK Chocolate alpha (ampersand)

Friday, May 07, 2010


Grace and I love making cupcakes almost as much as we love scrapping together. Good thing grampa loves eating them!! LOL.

For this page I used the Sweet Stack by DCWV. I couldn't toss the cover sheet, it was so pretty, and plus it was glittery so I used it for the border along the bottom of this page, for the cupcake, and I also cut out the letters and used them for the title. Cute, huh!

Dies used:
QK nesting stars
QK nesting scallop frame
QK cookie cutter mini index tab
CottageCutz cupcake
QK Katie skinny mini alpha
QK measuring cup
QK mixing bowl and spoon

The Girls

Grace and Olivia looking at another scrapbooking project. They love going through the basket and checking out all the mini books and other projects. This one is a joke book I sent home with Olivia.

Dies used:
QK scallop edger
QK Chocolate and Espresso alphabets
QK nesting hearts and nesting circles
QK Ladybug border die, which I designed for Scrapbuggy :)
Large ladybug cut on the Cricut; antenna are actually the apostrophe from the QK Nutmeg alpha

Thursday, May 06, 2010

New House Card

Sally and Dom finally bought their first house!!! I'm so proud and happy for them. :) They're still moving in and we haven't seen it in person, but I'm sure we will soon since Randy has already been informed his contractor skills will be required at some point in the near future. LOL
Love this card design, originally a mother's day card, scraplifted from PaperCrafts Magazine and modified to fit the theme. Papers by Crate Paper, embellishments are Quickutz dies.

More itsy bitsy birdhouses

ETA: You can find a link to download the template here on Rhonda V's blog.

Using up scraps and having a ball with these adorable little birdhouses (template by Nichole Heady)!! Making them is fun, but decorating them after is a blast! Go crazy and make enough to decorate a whole tree. Wouldn't these be cute in themes??? Or for gift boxes or party favors!! Cute!

For the front opening and the base, I used these dies, but you can use a hole punch if you don't have a cookie cutter circle, and just cut the base 1.75x1.75 inches if you don't have a small square.

They take only minutes to make but once you make a couple you'll want to make more and more!