Sunday, February 28, 2010
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Many of us remember the day John F. Kennedy was assassinated. You remember exactly where you were and what you were doing. On 9-11 we all know where we were and what our feelings and fears were as the travesty unfolded. These events were tragedies in our nations history.
Now what about the great things. As I have watched our young athlete's in the 2010 Winter Olympics how can you not be proud. These young people and their families have given up so much. They have done this not just for themselves, but to bring honor to our country, the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
Now about that scrapbook, I have chosen to put these events and others in a separate scrapbook. I will put the good and the tragic, I will journal my feelings and reactions to these to the events of our life and country. Now you say "they will learn that in school" true they will. The question is will it mean as much to your children, grandchildren or great grandchildren reading it in your words and feelings. They will realize you were there when this all happened.
These are just thoughts from me to you. All of us experience and see remarkable things in our life. Remember when Neil Armstrong walked on the moon? Our children take that as a normal event. Most of us could tell them different when it all began.
Most of all remember to ; LIVE, LAUGH, LOVE AND SCRAP IT ALL!
Until next time, Barb
Friday, February 26, 2010
I actually made this in the back end of last year ... so Why am I showing it now? ... well it was for a challenge on an Online crop over at the Kit 'n' Kaboodles scrapbook cafe ... and there is another one on Saturday the 6th March 2010 ... it is such good fun ... I thought you may like to sign up and join in!
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
And....because I just can't seem to get enough of the Sprinklin Love Bee Cling Rubber Stamp by Stampendous....here he is again!!
So...first you'll need a pair of scallop scissors and a small hole punch...you then scallop edge your cardstock on all four sides. Then, take your hole punch and punch a hole inside each scallop; this will create that great border that you can get with those border punches... I find that drawing a line on the back of my cardstock helps to keep the holes aligned.
I stamped my little pal and colored him in with Prismacolor pencils...cut him out and popped him up on some new Helmar Zap Dots... I then printed my sentiment onto cardstock and cut it out...added the Prima flower and and here is my final card....
Stamp: Sprinklin Love Bee Cling Rubber Stamp by Stampendous, Cardstock: Coredinations; Flower: Prima; Scallop scissors: Fiskars; Color pencils: Prismacolor
I hope you'll give creating your own borders using your scallop scissors and a hole punch...be sure to link it up so we can take a peek!!
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
Easter is just around the corner (yes...it is!) and Stampendous has the most adorable chicks out there! I used the stamp set called Chick Ears to make panels for this coaster box. You can use this easy to make box for a desktop accessory, a gift for someone special or even a little Easter basket to give to a friend or co-worker. Ready to Hop-on-board and learn how to make one???
To make this project, you will need the following items:
5 chipboard coasters (I used 4x4 size)--you can get these from your favorite restaurant
patterned paper to cover the coasters ( you choose if you want to cover both sides or just one), crop-a-dile or sturdy hole punch, ribbon, stamps, ink, coloring tools for the images, adhesive, paper cutter, any embellishments you would like to add on
1. Choose 2-4 different papers/cardstock and cover your coasters. It is fine to cover just one side, but some people like to cover both sides. For this box, I only covered one side. The flower paper is from Chatterbox and is flocked! It is called fabulous flocked blossoms and is available in Creativity Boutique. I also picked 2 shades of coredinations cardstock to complement it.
Cut your cardstock/patterned paper into 4x4 squares. I cut each square on the diagonal before glueing it onto a coaster. To pick up the yellow in the flocked paper, I used a similar shade of ribbon to decorate the coaster, too.
2. Once all 5 of your coasters have been adorned with the patterned paper, you will need to tidy up the edges. I did so with Tim Holtz's fabulous sander (also available at Creativity Boutique). For this project, I didn't feel the need to ink the edges of the coasters, as they would be hidden. If you really must, go for it! It won't hurt...
3. Lay all of your coasters out and arrange them for assembling into a box. Decide which edges you want together, and punch holes for your ribbon bows. Think this over, and punch 2 coasters at a time...so that your holes match up! I punched 3 holes on adjoining sides of the coasters. If you choose to lace the coasters together in a different manner, that is not a problem. The hardest part of this is making sure your holes match up :)
4. Run lengths of ribbon through the holes so that you can build your box. There is no correct way to do this....whatever works for you! I built the sides up, and then glued the bottom onto the box.
Once I had 2 sides together and was happy with their positioning, I glued them together so they became fixed. The glue will dry clear, making your box more stable.
5. Stamp your images onto white cardstock, color then mount onto coordinating cardstock ( I used scraps from the rest of the project). I used yellow flocking on the chicks to make them fluffy. Attach the stamped image to the side of the box.
6. Here is the box completely assembled. I tied square knots with each bow and trimmed them close to the box.
7. You are now ready to fill your basket with goodies...you can fill it with anything you like!
Sunday, February 21, 2010
I know Valentine's day is over, but I really love making Love Cards... They can be used to give to your sweatheart any time during the year and even substitute for a quick anniversary card.
Have you seen the latest KnK kit??????? It is gorgeous! featuring the Shabby Green Door! and the new stampable, colorable flowers! YOU NEED THIS KIT!!! :D Hope everyone has a great weekend! and don't forget KnK has a crop coming up on March 6th!
Friday, February 19, 2010
Does this look a bit odd to you? Bare with me and all will be revealed.
Firstly I got a really really big manila tag and I blended Antique Linen; Fired Brick and Spiced Marmalade Distress Inks onto it.
Then I spritzed it with water ... stamped it with water ... then stamped it with a Coffee coloured ink. The stamp I used was the Stampendous Agapanthus.
I know ... I know ... it still looks odd ... but stay with me. I used a one inch square punch to punch random one inch squares from my tag. I say random ... I made sure some had a stamped image and some did n't. Then I mounted all nine on a 6"X6" card blank.
Hopefully you don't think it looks odd now. This took about 10 minutes in total and it makes a great note card ... alternatively ... add a greeting or a 3d butterfly and you have a lovely greetings card too.
Have a great weekend everyone ... I am off to see Sir Tim of Holtz so I just know mine is gonna be great :0)
Thursday, February 18, 2010
This is just what happened to me this past week when we were experiencing still another gloomy and cold winter day. In an attempt to bring some sunshine into my day, I decided to make gift bags and tags for friends. These are the result. Rather than using a fabric dye on the 4x4 canvas totes, I used diluted Glimmer Mist and/or Adirondack and 7 Gypsies' color washes. I prepared my mixes until I got just the light springy colors I wanted and soaked the bags. If the color became too deep or dark, a simple spraying from my kitchen nozzle changed that easily.
I also dyed tulle, tags, lace and ribbons at the same time and used hand made and pre made flowers. I stamped on one and highlighted the stamped image with metallic inks. I hope my friends will enjoy these gifts made with love.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
and get busy using them. For my card I thought I would show you the changes that can happen is you add a little snip here and there with your deco scissors...
First here is my card with no fancy cuts at all:
ThenI pulled out my ripple scissors and cut the pink strip:
I then used the same scissors to cut the brown strip too:
I added a rubon to the bottom and then put some crystal laquer on the hearts so they are shiny:
For this card I lined up strip that were cut with the scallop scissors to create this fun bottom for my card:
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
I immediately thought to myself, MINI ALBUM!! I imagined keeping the front and back page with the handles on and cutting the handles off the middle bags. So I brought them with me recently to a weekend crop and started working on them. It's a work in progress but I wanted to show you what I've come up with so far...those empty bags have become this...
I found scrapbook paper pack called "Vintage Collage Stack" also at Michael's and I did a lot of precise cutting out of images for the bags plus liberally used Prima flowers and lots of Tim Holtz inks. The backs, where I will be putting my pictures are looking like these..
I'm not sure how I'm going to attach it all at this point or if I will use the inside of the bags as well but as I said, it's a work in progress.
I just wanted to show you that you don't have to always spend a lot of money buying an album and can sometimes find some objects in stores that you can alter into something very useable and pretty. I'll show you it when I finish it so you can see how it turned out! Just do a little thinking outside the box!
Monday, February 15, 2010
Last week I showed you how to make adorable embellishments from bottle caps. Here is a card that I made for a friend at work. Notice the bottle cap on it? I made it myself to match the patterned paper I used in the card. This card is made with the September KNK kit and stamps from Stampendous. All items are available in the Creativity Boutique store! The sentiment reads 'We all know that birthday calories don't count'
Did you know that the KNK monthly kits are fantastic for card-making? The papers, cardstock and embellishments are all coordinated to work together. Next time you are ready to make some cards, pull one out of your stash and get creating! They are not just for scrapbooking.
Sunday, February 14, 2010
I really loved this picture of Meagan from last spring. We were in the middle of a graduation day photo shoot and she decided to start making faces at the tree. Silly girl! I used the February Kit from KNK for this layout! I think this may be the first time I ever used grey as a background. I really like it! I used the Smooch to color in the stamped butterfly. Don't forget to try my challenge from last week.
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Like almost every scrap booker I know, I love to spend lots of time on
every layout making sure everything is just perfect, that I've been as
creative as possible and going so far as to make lots of my own
embellishments and titles. But, there are times when I just want to
get the layout finished and in its album. I still want it to showcase
the photo or photos but I really don't want to spend hours and hours
to do so.
I use a simple formula for ten minute layouts. First, I use premade
stickers or letters for my titles. Second, I stick to some pretty
basic shapes: rectangles, squares, circles. Third, I use hand
journaling rather than computer generated. Fourth, I use premade
embellishments such as flowers, journal tags and photo mats. And
lastly, I try to put a bit of a twist into each layout: In the "Just
Jack" layout, I repurposed the journal cirlcles to create an attention
getting border, in the "You Crack Me Up" layout, I slanted everything
and in the "Rob" layout, I journaled around the circles, up and over
and down the photo. In the "Peek a Boo" layout, I used the paper left
over from cutting out a circle.
Four layouts in about forty minutes and I am pleased with them all.
Friday, February 12, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Sunday, February 7, 2010
A few weeks ago my hubby and I were in a local produce store and I saw this bag of bottle caps in the home brew section (you know, where you can make your own beer).
I saw the price and had to get them (insert photo of hubby rolling his eyes)
Now comes the fun part...get out your Big Shot (or similar machine). Place the first acrylic pad on the platform. Arrange up to 15 bottle caps, upside down so the sharp edge is facing up) on the pad, then cover with the 2nd acrylic pad.
Now run this through the bigshot...
and you are going to do the happy dance when you take off the top acrylic pad~~you have smooth topped bottle caps that are soooooo ready to be decorated for you to use on layouts, cards, and any other papercrafting project you come up with~
To decorate, use a 1" circle punch to cut paper that coordinates with your project.
Adhere it to the inside of the bottle cap with glossy accents. Cover the paper with glossy accents to seal. Be careful that you don't get airbubbles (you can use a paper piercer to break the bubbles if you have any). Set aside to dry overnight...
When it dries, it will look like this (yes, this is different paper but it was already dry to show you)...