Thursday, December 30, 2010

Pagemaps "Storyboard Kits" Sketch Contest

The Toys Are Back!

There is a fun contest going on at Pagemaps. The winner gets an awesome kit from Storyboard Kits. Here is the sketch provided by Becky Fleck:

As you can see, I flipped the sketch 90 degrees.

These are my boys in their Toy Story costumes. They are huge Toy Story fans, and they have worn these costumes all over town: running errands, to the grocery store, they even wore them with me when I went to vote. By Halloween, Woody required some one-on-one time with my sewing machine!

Supplies used: Patterned Papers (Sassafras Lass, Recollections), Jillibean Soup cardstock, American Crafts alphabet, Making Memories tiny alphabet stickers, Spare Parts metal

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

My Life...In a Nutshell

Here's a super simple layout using an 8X10 print. This picture was taken on Thanksgiving day.

Handmade roses using a six-petal flower punch

Supplies used: Patterned Papers (Basic Grey, Reminisce, My Mind's Eye), Jillibean Soup cardstock, Reminisce stickers, American Crafts chipboard alphabet, Making Memories alphabet stickers, Recollections flower buds

Deck The Halls

This is my absolute favorite time of year, and it's looking a lot like Christmas at our house! I actually managed to get all of my indoor decorating done a week before Thanksgiving. I figure that it takes so much time and resources to decorate that I might as well enjoy them as long as possible.

Here's what crafty things I've been up to.

Somehow I lucked out this year, and my boys have left the gifts alone. Jack, age 2, decides to take a drum stick to the tree every so often.

My tree at night

I love a decorated mantle at Christmas.

The lights on my wreath decided to stop working.
Ugh. I just redid the thing, too!

The outside of my house takes on more of a whimsical feel. I was going for the gingerbread theme. My front door makes me smile!

I wanted some gingerbread cutouts, but waited too long to order them. My sweet husband cut them for me, and I had too much fun painting them. I see a whole colony of these sweet thing in my future. :)

My house at night. Our front trees are also covered in red and white lights.I love everything Christmas.

Wishing everyone a wonderful Christmas season!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

2 Months?!?

Has it really been almost TWO months since I last scrapped?!? I don't think that I've ever taken such a long sabbatical. Things have just been busy, and quite frankly, my scrapping mojo went M.I.A.! I was starting to wonder if it was lost forever, and so it felt great having some quality scrap time this week. I completed two layouts with two completely different looks.

25 Years Later

These are pictures of my little sister and me. I was six when she was born. Where does the time go?

I used a six petal flower punch to make the two larger roses.

I finger painted the white doily with metallic paint. I painted the butterfly with pink and metallic paint, and then I applied Stickles.

Supplies Used:
My Mind's Eye patterned papers, Basic Grey cardstock, American Crafts chipboard alphabet, Making Memories alphabet stickers, Prima Marketing crystals and flowers, Martha Stewart punch, and Robin's Nest dew drops.

Pouty Poo
Pouty Poo or Pouty Pooh? I'm not really certain, but I hereby nominate my son, Jack, as the world's biggest pouty poo! He thinks that he is punishing me with his silent bouts of sulking, but they actually give me a good ten minutes to get some things done around the house while he quietly laments on the floor. He is the most sweetest and the most opinionated little guy. I sure do love him.

I thought that these goofy monsters from Sassafras Lass were perfect for the pictures.

Supplies Used:
Sassafras Lass patterned papers, Jillibean Soup cardstock, Cosmo Cricket chipboard alphabet, American Crafts alphabet stickers, Spare Parts metal

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Saturday, September 11, 2010


Here's some sweet craftiness for you. It's not a paper craft, but I had more fun making these bad boys for my son's birthday party. I LOVE LOVE LOVE buttercream frosting, but let me just say that I had no idea how much butter and shortening went into that creamy bowl of
heaven until I whipped up a couple of batches myself. YIKES!
Those are marshmallows and chocolate chips for the eyes, 1/2 an Oreo cookie for Elmo's mouth, and an orange jelly bean for his nose.

...and cupcakes for the adults.

My Sweet Family

This is a current picture of my sweet little family. That adorable chipboard light is from RW Laser Cuts that was sent to me from the Pagemaps blog from a recent challenge. I inked the light and then applied stickles to the bulb. They are some pretty amazing pieces of chipboard! The intricate details are impressive.

Supplies Used:
Patterned Papers (Bo Bunny, K&Co), Bazzill cardstock, RW Laser cuts chipboard, Alphabet (American Crafts and The Paper Studio), Robin's Nest dew drops.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Gym Mates and First Catch

Gym Mates
Here is Sam and his cousin, Josh, receiving their certificates and ribbons for completing a semester of gymnastics together. They spent most of the semester doing what little cousins do best - goofing off!

I was recently decorating for my son's birthday party and thought that the rainbow crepe paper party streamers would look cute as a "lacy" type border. I cut a piece of paper in the shape of a circle, made little ruffles out of thestreamers, and taped them to the back of my paper - fast and festive.

Supplies Used:
Patterned Papers (Sassafras Lass, October Afternoon, Jillibean Soup, Basic Grey), Bazzill cardstock, American Crafts foam letters, Cosmo Cricket chipboard letters

First Catch

Here's Sam fishing with his Papa. Sam caught his first fish with his new Buzz Lightyear fishing Rod. The jury is still out on who was the most excited about the first catch of the night - Sam or Papa!
I have been itching to use some of the Basic Grey Max and Whiskers chipboard pieces. Aren't they cute?!?

Supplies Used:
Patterned Papers (Basic Grey, October Afternoon, Fancy Pants), American Crafts chipboard letters, Sassafras Lass cardstock letters

Monday, August 16, 2010


Where has the summer gone? It's hard to believe that August is halfway over! I haven't had much time to scrap lately, but I did manage to create this layout last night - my first layout this month!

These are pictures of my son at his 4th birthday party. I used scraps of Basic Grey, Sassafras Lass, and October Afternoon. The cute little banner stickers and butterfly are Jenni Bowlin. I generally like to scrap using 1-3 pictures, and so 11 pictures is a big deal for me!

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Friday, July 16, 2010

Christmas In July!

Have Yourself a Super Little Christmas

I finally got around to scrapping a Christmas photo. I adore Christmas, but it's just not my favorite thing to scrap.

This was the photo that we used for our Christmas postcard that was sent to family and friends. Samuel was quite upset because he wanted it to say, "Have yourself a super BIG Christmas!" He didn't exactly get the sentiment this year!

I used mainly scraps for this layout. For the title work, I have a set of Paper Studio (Hobby Lobby brand) chipboard letters. I applied a coat of Star Dust Stickle for some sparkle. Let me just say that I have gotten more mileage out of that set of chipboard letters - worth every penny! For the white on black font, I just selected a text box on Word, chose to fill it with black, and then selected a white font. I did this for the title and journaling.

My Joy

These are my boys hamming it up for the camera. I just love the bright and cheerful colors in these Fancy Pants papers - perfect for summertime layouts.

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Pagemaps Challenge: At The Beach

Jack had so much fun on our trip to the beach.

I created this layout for a challenge at Pagemaps.
This was the required sketch and color palette. I am always inspired by Becky Fleck sketches!

Supplies Used:
Patterned Papers (Creative Imaginations, GCD Designs, My Mind's Eye), Jenni Bowlin BINGO card, American Crafts chipboard letters

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Hello, Summer!

Happy summer! I am looking forward to scrapping summertime photos. My husband left for travel this week, which meant that I scrapped the nights away. Here are some things that I accomplished.

My Daily Confession

I don't normally scrap *just* me, but I felt that it was "appropriate" since I was using one of my favorite Scriptures. :) With everything going on in this world that we live, Psalm 112:7 has been one of my trusty go-to confessions.

I just love all of the bright primary colors and cheerful prints of these papers.These roses are some of my favorite flowers to make using a 6 petal flower punch. Here is the tutorial in case you haven't seen it:

I hand cut the other flowers from an older sheet of Imaginisce paper.

Supplies Used: Patterned Papers (Imaginisce, Sassafras Lass, Queen & Company, Basic Grey), American Crafts chipboard letters.

Little Pals

I used sketch #109 from Creative Scrappers for this layout. Most of the patterned papers are from the new Max and Whiskers Basic Grey line.

I had a 5X7 and a 4X6 copy of this photo. I used the 5X7 as a mat for the smaller print.

Supplies used: Patterned papers (Basic Grey, My Mind's Eye, October Afternoon, Sassafras Lass), Prima flowers, American Crafts chipboard letters, Making Memories tiny alpha stickers.

Me and My Buddy Boo

This is Jack and me on Mother's Day. Sam is not pictured because he was being a pouty-poo and elected to not participate. Argh!
I used some of my old scraps for this simple layout. Why do the "simple" layouts take me just as long as the more detailed ones?!?

Fireman Sam and His Firehouse Dog

My boys on Halloween - Another sketch from Creative Scrappers. As you can see, I got slightly carried away with all of the circles. Let's just blame it on the Texas heat!

Supplies Used: patterned papers (Queen and Co, Jillibean Soup, Recollections), American Crafts foam letters, Paper Studio chipboard letters

Wonder Women

I found this sassy animal print trim at Hobby Lobby. Isn't it cute?

Supplies Used: Patterned Papers (Basic Grey, My Mind's Eye), Prima flowers, K & Co chipboard

"Sonny" With a Chance of Shine

Jack is such a lighthouse in our home. He radiates joy all around him (as long as things are going his way!).

I have officially reached my "quota" for scrapping bluebonnet pictures. I am a sucker for anything associated with a flower...time to move on to an overflow of beach pictures! I am loving all of the whimsical suns that I have been seeing on layouts. A super cute touch for summertime layouts.

Supplies Used: Patterned papers (Basci Grey, My Mind's Eye, Queen & Co, Sassafras Lass), Bazzill cardstock, Prima flowers, American Crafts chipboard letters

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