Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Helllooooo......

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!!