Saturday, December 10, 2011 Holiday Blog Hop!

Hello Crafting Friends!  In case you weren't aware Scrap-Mart is hosting a holiday blog hop with FANTASTIC prizes, including an Autographed Vagabond machine, a $500 Spellbinders bundle, and a Boss Kut Gazelle!! Check out blog for all the details!!

Here are a couple of peeks of one of my projects for the hop - visit the Blog for all the details (click image to enlarge)!

Be sure to check out the hop and enter to win the fabulous prizes!!  Thanks for stopping by today and Happy Crafting!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Preparing for Adventure!

Happy Friday everyone!  Just a quick post to share a layout I completed this evening using my Sizzix eClips machine, Tim Hotlz die and October Afternoon papers...
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The "adventure" title was cut from the Sizzix eClips Vacation cartridge and the yellow and green borders were cut with the Sizzix eClips Edges cartridge (hello my new favorite cartridge!).  The kraft tab and tags are all from the Tim Holtz for Sizzix Tiny Tabs & Tags die.  The stamping on the tags was done with The Stamps of Life Lines2Journal (fits perfectly) and Minis4Circles sets.  The stickers are October Afternoon.  Thanks for stopping by tonight and Happy Crafting!!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Birds of a Feather....

Ok, prepare to say Awwww..... Just a quick post to share a simple layout showcasing our new siberian husky puppies, Luke and Lexi - aren't they cute?!?

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The papers and stickers are all from the Amy Tangerine line from American Crafts. The feathers and photo corners are Quickutz die cuts. Thanks so much for stopping by today and Happy Crafting!

Sunday, October 23, 2011


Well Hello Hello Crafting friends - it's about time for a post now, don't you think?!?  I just returned from the Creating Keepsakes Convention in Kansas City where I got to help out in the booth and had a fantastic time!  I am so inspired to get some scrapbook pages done now - I just need to clean out the ole nook and get some pages done!
I have been creating though, and shot a couple of videos over the last month that I uploaded on youtube but haven't posted here yet.  I kept meaning to take photos but that hasn't happened yet, so here are the videos...the first is a layout using a sketch from the website:

Monday, September 12, 2011

Just Keep Swimming Layout & Video

Hello crafting friends - today I have a double page scrapbook layout to share with you.
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I created this layout with Bo Bunny paper, the Cricut Lite Four Legged Friends cartridge and the Creative Memories border punch system.  Here is a video showing how the page came together:

Thanks for stopping by today and happy crafting!!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Inspired by Amy Tangerine...

Ever since I signed up for Amy Tan's online class, I've been hoarding the Amy Tangerine supplies I purchased.  But I couldn't wait to use them, so I put together a fun and whimsical layout this evening.  Here is a video showing the details:

And here is the page [click image to enlarge]:
As usual, my scanner cut off about 1/4 of an inch on the bottom - I promise that I really do make my borders even LOL!  Someday I will get a true 12" scanner.   Thanks so much for stopping by today and Happy Crafting!!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

A Peek Into My Nook!!

Here is a quick video I made to show my friend Katie how I store paper in my Ikea Expedit shelves and I gave a quick overview of my Nook (excuse the current mess!). 

Thanks for watching!!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

A Simple Scrapbook Layout

Hi cyber crafting friends!!  I have a quick layout and video (gasp - yes I said video - I know it's been forever!) to share with you today.

And here is the completed layout - can you believe I didn't use a single die cut on this page?!?
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Thanks so much for stopping by today and Happy Crafting!!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

It's been awhile...

...since I have updated my blog.  Summer craziness took over and now that we are headed into the new school year I hope to have more time to craft.  Emma's Throwback Thursday challenge was the perfect way to get my mojo flowing. The challenge was to use a "retired" Cricut cartridge on a project.  So here is my layout:
I actually used 3 retired cartridges on this page:  Camp Out (trees); Pooh Font (title); and Soccer (sunshine).  I cut the background shape with my new Creative Memories wavy square template - I love that template design.  The paper is from American Crafts.  The scan cut off a bit of the bottom, so the border is even all around, but you get the idea.  Thanks so much for the inspiration Emma and thanks to all who stop by!!  Happy Crafting!!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Family Layered Layout

Hi Crafting Friends!! Just popping in to share a simple layout with you today.  Don't you just love when you get a great family photo?!  I like to use one picture from the year on the cover page of my family scrapbooks (yes, I keep annual scrapbooks - I am an orderly person and just have to go in order - lol!).
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I wish I could say this is how we always look, but let's just say there is a reason it is going on the front page of the album - haha.

For this layout, I used the Sizzix Big Shot Pro Ribbon Square die for the background.  The title was cut on my Silhouette, and the sub-title is a Quickutz 4x8 font called Rollerskate (it is mounted on the Tim Holtz for Sizzix Hanging Sign die tucked under the title and photo).  The patterned paper is Marrakech by Basic Grey.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and Happy Crafting!!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

In a Pinch? Try some Pre-Designed Paper!

Wow - it's been a crazy month and my poor blog has been neglected - so sorry!!  When I'm short on time for scrapping, I love to grab some pre-designed background paper to serve as a foundation for my layout.  It's like adding a layer of dimension for  It's like Soup Starter for scrapbook pages (what ever happened to Soup Starter anyway?...)

For this layout, I started with the postage stamp paper from the For the Record collection.  I trimmed down the green graph paper and punched the edge with a Stampin' Up notebook punch.  I added another layer of patterned paper as a 'belly band' and mounted my photo so part of it would stick out of the green graph paper.  The arrangement of papers and photos adds visual interest (at least I think so!).  The fonts here are Quickutz Banana Split and Diesel.
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For my next layout (of my precious pup Tabitha!) I started with a Bo Bunny bracket shape background and mounted it on top of a coordinating patterned paper.  All I needed to add to finish the page was a few swirly flourishes from the recent Quicktuz Yearbook release - love those swirls) and a bold title cut from a retired Quickutz font called Stardust.  Waterfall Stickles added some sparkle too!  My scanner is not a full 12" and the image was off a bit from the scan, so the edges are a bit cropped off, but you get the idea - lol! 
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Thanks so much for stopping by today and Happy Crafting!!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Spring Has Sprung!

Well April marks my last month serving on the Club Ruby Design Team.  I will stick around as an occasional guest designer there, but I hope to spend more time catching up on my personal pages.  Here is a double page layout I created with the fabulous April kit - the papers are so happy!
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I can't put all the details here but you can check them out at Club Ruby.
I also had The Posh Box give my blog a bit of a makeover to convert to a 2 column style instead of a 3 column - this will allow me to post larger photos and videos so they are easier to see.  Thanks for stopping by today and Happy Crafting!!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Just a Quick One-Pager... share with you on this Monday morning!
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The papers and stickers are from Basic Grey's Lime Ricky collection - one of my favorites! The green is Bo Bunny double dot.  I cut the title using Quickutz Chick-a-Dee font and my Silhouette using the font from the Jingle portfolio.  Hope your week is off to a great start!!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Color Challenge Layout

If you are in the mood for a challenge, check out the color challenge on the Club Ruby blog today. Here is my take on it...
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The title is from a Sizzix Christmas Decorative Strip die.  The little mice are from the Cricut Winter Frolic cartridge. They are just too cute but took several tries before I could get them to cut clean.  
I used patterned papers I had left over from the December Club Ruby kit.  Thanks for stopping by today and Happy Crafting!!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Bird's Eye View Layout

Ok, as promised - here is the double-page layout I mentioned in my last post and a video of how I put it together.  Enjoy!!

And here is a photo of the final layout...

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Thanks for stopping by today and Happy Crafting!!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Bring Back Double Page Layouts!

Just as I was complaining to myself of only seeing single page scrapbook layouts on my nightly blog hopping routine, I realized my own blog has been guilty of this very offense {gasp}.   Don't get me wrong, I love single page layouts, but the majority of my scrapbooks are filled with double page spreads, so I want to make sure my blog reflects my actual scrapbooking.  SO....
I started working on a two page layout last night and then decided I would video the process.  A typical page for me - lots of photos, some memorabilia, and just a couple of die cut embellishments to accent the memory.  Not too complex.  Baseball theme (no surprise there...hehe).  Hopefully I'll finish the spread and video to post sometime over the weekend.  So stay tuned double page layout friends!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Jack-A-Razzi Layout!

I love this photo of my son - I changed it to black & white to avoid cluttering the image.  For my layout, I used the new Spellbinders Sprokets dies  to add movement along the page.  The Tim Holtz for Sizzix Filmstrip and Chip Block dies added the perfect accents to my layout.  You could use the Sizzix Tim Holtz gears for this as well.
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My brother-in-law snapped this photo of my son Jack during my niece Claire's baptism (see last layout post).  I gave Jack my camera to get some photos and boy did he take the job to heart!! I plan to add my journaling about the day on the film strip openings.  The paper here is from October Afternoon's Thrift Shop line.  Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Godparents Again!

Happy Saturday everyone!  Ok, here is another baptism layout, but this time for my niece and now Godchild, Claire.  Isn't she darling!?  I used the February Club Ruby Kit for this layout - the papers and embellies in the kit are fabulous!
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I can only post a pic here, so check out Club Ruby for all the details! Thanks for stopping by today and Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011


I hope you are all doing better on your resolutions than I am!!  Wow - January is passing quicker than I can keep up!!   My first baby turned 11 (gasp!), I had a fabulous vacation with my family at Universal Studios (look for Harry Potter layouts soon - lol) and the Steelers are headed to the Super Bowl (again)!  Life is good.  Here are a couple of projects I've been working on lately:
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This is my niece and now god-daughter, Brooke - isn't she precious?!  I worked off of this sketch and changed it up a bit.  The patterned paper is Pink Paisley and the solid/washed look paper is Basic Grey.  I used my Sizzix Eclips Special Occasions cartridge for the 'Baptism' title, and Quickutz Banana Split font for 'Brooke's'.  The curly border is a Sizzix Sizzlet decorative strip and the cross is from Spellbinders.  I added stickles to border and cross for a bit of dazzle.

Next up is a cute Valentine's Day card (look at me working ahead!!) - I am not a big card maker so I am always tickled when I love how a card turns out.
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The base of the card was made using Spellbinders Scalloped Hearts and regular Hearts nestabilities. I cut the larger scalloped heart 'on the fold' to convert it to a card. The layered plain heart helps to hide the seam. The tiny cupid and arrow are from the Quickutz Cookie Cutter Love Shapes set. I glued on a sprinkling of mica flakes and inked the edges for effect. The stamp is a Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous ticket stamp that first perfectly onto the Spellbinders fancy label!  Thanks for stopping by today and happy crafting!!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

New Year, New Resolutions!

So raise your hand if one of your New Year's resolutions is to post on your blog more frequently - can you see mine held up high and waving?  LOL!  Ok, so along with that goal, I am also hoping to include more sketches.  There is something thereaputic about putting together a sketch for me, and I sketch out just about every layout either before I put it together (now sometimes it turns out to look nothing like the sketch but that is where I start from), or after if I like how a layout turned out and want to use it for future reference.  That is what I did in this case.  So here is a page I completed for this month's Club Ruby kit - which is totally awesome by the way!  Check out Club Ruby for all the details of how I put this together.
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And here is the sketch I am adding to my file (notice I changed the karate theme to soccer so I won't be stuck thinking of the sketch specific to the page I created and added a 'belly band' across the pages to better tie them together)...
So what are your crafty resolutions?  In addition to posting on my blog more frequently and adding more sketches, I intend to improve my photography skills.  Oftentimes when I see a layout that "wow's me", it is the photos that catch my attention first.  I got a Nikon D7000 for my birthday a few months ago and a nifty Crumpler camera bag for Christmas so I have no excuses - lol!!
Thanks for stopping by today and happy crafting!!