Friday, September 25, 2009

Fabulous Friday!

We had rain -- lots of rain! -- this morning, but now it has quit and the sun is trying to shine. I spent the morning working on a new layout for the Cramfest "Horticulture Class" at ScrapbookDeals4U. The challenge was to use a flower cluster, ribbon or trim, and sparkle. Now that's MY kind of challenge!

I used a sketch from Pencillines for this one:

And because I didn't have any colored swirly bling, I colored my own. I used alcohol ink and my Tim Holtz applicator with a square of felt:

I just used a few drops of the ink and dabbed it over my bling; I added ink and dabbed until I got the shade I wanted.

I did this outside on a scrap piece of paper because I can tend to get a bit messy!

And this is what I ended up with.

From this ....

I mentioned that I was a lucky winner in the Construction Season Challenge at Willow Traders; and last week I received my prize! It was from The Scrapping Spot and contained not one, but TWO kits of paper and goodies. Aren't these beautiful?

The papers are the fabulous Jillibean Soup; two alphas and a big bag full of goodies!

And the papers in this one are by Harmonie, which I had never seen before. I am in love with these designs and colors!

... to this !

Had to open these up and play with them right away! This was for the LEO #10 challenge -- scrap a "then" and "now" comparison. I used Sketch #38 from 52 Sketches...52 Weeks:

The photo on the left is my youngest daughter at about age 2. The right hand photo shows HER daughter at age 1 1/2; I took that photo a couple of months ago. My daughter took one look at this and said, "Oh ... my .... God .... it's almost spooky how much she looks like me". Um, yeah - I have been telling her that "she looks just like her mommy" since the kid was born!

And this was for LEO #11, to use stitching on our layout. I pulled out my sewing machine and zig zagged away. (I also used the same sketch just because it was so much fun!)

The photos are from a recent trip to an area orchard with my mom. I look forward to early fall each year because it means Tanner's is open for the season.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend :)

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Blog hop weekend again!

I finished today's LEO #9 challenge just under the wire, posting it 10 minutes before deadline! This was another scraplift challenge, so I scraplifted Jennifer Halleck's "Tiny Town" layout in the September gallery at Scrapbook Sussies. See her original layout here!

These are photos from our Michigan trip in July. The papers and ribbon are My Mind's Eye Enlightened. The flowers and alpha are Making Memories; brads, Spare Parts.

The tomato season is coming to an end here in central Illinois, but I did manage to pick up a few red beauties this morning at our town's Farmers' Market. Also picked up a bag of "Aunt Shirley's Homemade Doggy Cookies", which made my two Boston terriers very happy.

Have a great Saturday!

Friday, September 18, 2009


After the summer off, I subbed at a high school Thursday for a science teacher whose wife (the school's art teacher) had a baby boy on Wednesday night; then I went back to the same school today to sub for the home economics/sociology teacher. This afternoon, the family living class turned out to be six senior boys -- and their current project is sewing the most adorable stuffed pumpkins from velvet fabric. It was kind of fun to watch them help each other cut, pin and sew and to listen to their banter as they worked. The kids were great both days; but I have to admit, it wore me out and this afternoon I needed an after-school nap!


When I scrapped the photo of Jeff's first Halloween costume last week, it was so much fun that I dug out two more of those old Halloween pictures and scrapped them for LEO challenge #7 and #8 at Willow Traders. The photos are not the greatest (they were undoubtedly taken with a Kodak Instamatic) but I love them for the memories that they spark.

This was for LEO challenge #7, to use some of the older stuff in our scrap stash, and to include buttons or ribbon too. The papers were Junkitz and Daisy D's from a couple of years ago. These photos are from 1982, my oldest daughter was four and my older son was 2. I made their costumes, and they were so excited to go trick or treating.

I used the paper bag that had wrapped a kit from Zany Zinnia for my die cut flowers and that zig zag edged strip on the left side. Loved the way those flowers turned out! I was also able to use this same layout for a challenge as part of the "Cramfest" at ScrapbookDeals4U.

For challenge #8, we had to make a flower and use it. I grabbed some felt at Walmart and used it with a Sizzix die, then layered the pieces to make one big flower. The photos here are from 1990, and by then there were four little goblins: Jeff was 5, Jason was 10, Heather was 12 and Kristen was 2.

I'm taking the "When Live Gives You Lemons: Make Sweet Pages From Sour Photos" class by Sherry Steveson at Get It Scrapped, and this photo qualified for lesson 1: there were distracting background elements, too much space above the kids' heads, weird lighting and marks on the photo. I cropped the top and sides, inked the edges to hide the fact that the photos were a bit blotchy there, and hid some distractions with flocked felt spider webs frm We R Memory Keepers and the flower. AND ... the sketch was from 52 Sketches ... in 52 Weeks.

I love it when one layout works for more than challenge!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Goats have no manners!

Kaycee stayed with us through Sunday afternoon for the Homestead Festival. She and I went to the Flea Market, where she bought a Beanie Baby for $1.00 (remember the craze for those about 10 years ago???) We stopped by the Pork Producers tent for a pork burger and drink, then visited the petting zoo. We bought a cup of animal feed and in she went:

One very persistent goat decided that Kaycee was his new best friend, as long as she had that food in her hand. One thing for sure, goats have NO MANNERS.

There was an antique, classic and specialty car show along South Main Street -- actually right in the middle of the street. I love small town living, where you can actually do this! The antique fire truck belongs to the department in my home town (population under 400!) and was made the year my dad was born. Kaycee indulged me by climbing up and letting me take her picture. At 11, she is still young enough to enjoy this stuff, but the time is coming soon when she will be too cool to hang out with Grandma. So I'm taking advantage now!

And this one just because it made Kaycee laugh:

We finished off our afternoon with locally made Sisler's Ice Cream (one of the best!) at the new ice cream store in town. Chocolate for her, peanut butter fudge for me.

And another Homestead Festival is history ....

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Hometown Pride

Our town is celebrating its annual Homestead Festival this weekend, with lots of small-town community pride. My mom, my oldest granddaughter Kaycee and I went uptown for the parade.

Kaycee used the time waiting for the parade to catch a few rays:

The city crews had placed American flags on light poles along the parade route, straight down Main Street from the north to the south end, and they looked great waving in the breeze. I was pretty moved by the sight of a dozen or so current local National Guardsmen, military veterans and Boy Scouts, who carried this giant flag down Main Street to start the parade.

The flag is one of four that hang on big flag poles at the entrance to town from the interstate. It was nearly as wide as Main Street, and about three store-lengths long.

A couple more random parade shots:

The car carrying the Little Miss Junior Fair Queen stalled in the middle of the downtown area. A couple of parade patrolmen and the Explorers pitched in and pushed the car the last block of the parade route -- while Little Miss smiled and gave her best pageant wave from the back seat. Now that's poise!

The beautiful Anheuser-Busch Cyldesdale team. It's totally awesome seeing these huge, gorgeous animals coming at you. And the lead horse especially knew he was one fine looking animal as he strutted down the street. Awesome!

A local bank sponsors the fabulous South Shore Drill Team from Chicago each year.

Even with all the local pride and activity going on, I did manage to finish my layout for the LEO Challenge at Willow Traders. The direction was to use a non-straight edge; I satisfied that with the Bazzill die cut circle (actually, half the circle) and my Fiskars punch. The photo is from 1986, and it's my third child, Jeff, getting ready for his first Trick or Treat experience.

That adorable scarecrow is 24 and a mechanical engineer in Chicago now; and I suppose this Halloween will find him celebrating with his friends in Wrigleyville. *Sigh* But wasn't he cute!? (actually, he still is ... )

Thanks for looking!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Hooray! Friday is here and

that means it's another Blog Hop at Willow Traders! I made a card earlier in the week, for a "use a quote" challenge at Paper Posies:

The LEO Challenge is going strong at Willow Traders, and I'm happy that I've made it through Challenge #5 without using any skips. The challenge was to use a sketch from the May offerings at Nuts About Sketches. I used the May 4 sketch:

For this challenge, I cracked open my April "Teenage Girl" kit from A Kiss on the Chic, with these lovely Prima and Glitz Design papers. The burlap and big flower are Prima too; the rest is various stuff from my stash of supplies. Those SEI hearts have been lying around since Creative Keepsakes Convention 2007!

The photo is my youngest daughter, Kristen, waiting to go onstage at her first dance recital in 1994. At age 6, she LOVED the red lipstick, feathers and bling! Come to think of it, she still likes red lipstick, feathers and bling.

That makes 85 layout pages for me so far in 2009. Not a huge number by most scrappers' standards, but it's tremendous for me -- I completed only 36 pages in all of 2008!

The LEO #6 challenge is posted now, so I can just keep my scrapbook supplies right where they are. (Hubby won't mind eating out in the family room tonight; really he won't ...) This is our town's annual Homestead Festival weekend, so I'm going with my mom after lunch to tour the Owen Lovejoy Homestead (it was a stop on the Underground Railroad) and our county historical museum. She has lived in this county for 55 years and has never visited either one!!!!

Have a great Friday!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Has this ever ...

... happened to you? I finished a layout yesterday for the LEO Challenge #4 at Willow Traders. I finished it (except for the journaling) and posted it right under the wire on the deadline. So far so good. Then ... I picked it up to move it, and found out that I hadn't gotten quite everything glued down. All my tiny flowers and a few letters went flying.

In a way, it was just as well. I wasn't all that happy with the placement of my flowers, so it gave me a chance to redo the arrangement. And while I was at it, I added some butterflies, more flowers and a big of bling. Also completed the journaling.

This is the finished layout. The challenge was to use an older photo. I found this one from March 1998. It's my older son, Jason, holding his one-day-old daughter, Kaycee. He was really young when she was born, and I don't think he was quite prepared for that giant wave of parental love that hit him when she arrived.

The papers and journaling tag are MME Bloom and Grow, with Daisy Bucket rub-ons and Prima flowers, all from the fabulous Bloom and Grow kit from Scrapbook Deals 4 U. I added cardstock by Wausau and DCWV; Ranger Stickles; alphas cut with Cuttlebug Olivia and Baby Face fonts; scallop cut with a Quickutz long die in my Wizard; butterflies punched with a Martha Stewart punch; and some tiny rhinestones from Walmart. I applied the big rub-on to white cardstock, cut it out and popped it up with thick Pop Dots to give it some dimension. The layout design was inspired by a PageMaps sketch. I converted the photo to black and white because the colors and lighting were awful.

Thanks for looking! Have a great Thursday!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

What a great weekend!

Considering that I didn't have a darned thing planned for the Labor Day weekend, it turned out to be pretty busy. Three of our four kids and four of the grandkids were here at some point over the weekend. (The only thing that would have been more perfect is if our oldest daughter, SIL and two grandsons could have been here from Minnesota) I tried to get my grandson Ryan (age 9) to let me take his photo, but he hid or covered his face every time. He is soooo cute, and I want to do a layout with recent photos, but he is at the "I hate having my picture taken" stage. So much like his dad! His sisters, Kaycee and Shelbie have no problem letting me take their photos!

Here are a couple of quick shots (the lighting in my family room is horrible for photos!)

Shelbie, age 8 - check out the "tattoos" on her arm! She loooooves to have her picture taken!

Kaycee, 11, and Ryan, 9, looking for music on the computer

Sigh --- I wish you could see his freckles, he is adorable!!!!!

Anna with "BaPa" and her beloved raggedy pink puppy

In between all of the activity, I finished my layout for the LEO #3 challenge at Willow Traders. The challenge was to use a non-scrapping item, something we usually might throw away.

Here's mine:

My found items were a couple of the buttons; a photo ripped off a promotional brochure; cardboard; string and twine; a leather thong and ribbon used for ties on the buttons; and woven flowers that the dog chewed off a pair of sandals a couple of years ago (yeah, I was not a happy girl when he did that! but I did hang onto the flowers just for something like this) I used a toy truck and chalk ink to make the tire tracks at the top of the page.

Here's a better look at the left side:

and here's the right:

The layout deign was from a sketch by Hillary Heidelberg, from the March 2007 "One in 48" challenge class at NYC Scraps. The papers are Basic Grey Archaic. The photos were from a dune buggy at Saugatuck, MI. We were whizzing along the curves of the dunes, sometimes feeling as though we would go almost sideways (of course we never did) Those buggy tires are rock solid, actually I felt very safe -- and I hate fast rides and heights. The little girl sitting next to me in the buggy was about 4, she was waving her hands in the air down the hills, yelling "woot! woot!" and having a great time, sitting there so cool in her little white sunglasses and pony tail. Hard to be a wuss when the cherub next to you is totally unafraid and having a blast.

Thanks for looking! Have a great week.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

I should have bought a

lottery ticket this week, because Lady Luck was sure smiling on me! First, I won that beautiful kit on A Million Memories. THEN, my name was drawn as the winner of a kit from The Scrapping Spot from among the participants in the Construction Season Challenge at Willow Traders. Then, topping off one lucky week, I won the August kit challenge at ScrapbookDeals4U. There is going to be absolutely no excuse not to scrap!

My third child, Jeff, surprised me yesterday afternoon by arriving on the 5:30 train from Chicago, and is here until Monday. Not that we'll probably see a whole lot of him, since he likes to catch up with his friends when he's home. But we'll cook out tomorrow with him, second child Jason and his family, and my mom. Should be a fun time!

I finished my layout last night (or technically, this morning, since it was about 2 am) for the LEO #2 challenge at WT. Our challenge was to use one of two posted color palette inspirations. I chose this one:

I thought the 7Gypsies Gypsy Market papers would show beautifully the green, gold, coral, sandstone and brown hues in the palette, so I paired them with photos from Stanley Market in Hong Kong. I liked the way it came out:

This is a better view of the left side:

... and the right:

The sketch is one from Debbie Hodge at Get It Scrapped and I've used it at least three times now! I didn't have the color of rhinestones I needed, so I colored a couple of pink ones with green alcohol ink; worked great! I hit the bottom paper and the flowers with my Stickles to add a little shine. This makes four pages now for my Hong Kong/China album -- it's only taken four years to get that much done! But the Gypsy Market paper is great and it's good inspiration to finally get these photos scrapped.

Thanks for looking! Have a great Labor Day weekend!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Oh my gosh, look at this!!!!

Yesterday was just so cool! I was hanging out on the forum over at A Million Memories and noticed a post by owner Michelle Quinn, announcing the winner of the recent "Get Your Blinkie On Contest". I'm pretty nosy, so I looked to see who the lucky winner was ... and it was me!!!!!

This is the beautiful August kit that I will be receiving:

I am beyond excited!!! and sending a great big thank you to Michelle. This will be my first AMM kit; but I am sure not the last! To see more of their beautiful kits, visit their website. I love their forum and gallery; so much inspiration there!!!

I finished a couple more fun layouts. On the first one, I used a sketch from Inspired Blueprints along with a kit that a good friend sent to me from The Scrapping Spot. This was a fun layout because the blue Bo Bunny paper did all the work with those cute dandelion graphics:

A new LEO (layout every other day) Challenge has started over at Willow Traders. The first challenge was to scraplift from someone else's layout in the WT gallery. I lifted a layout by Hillary Heidelberg, and came up with this:

The papers and jewel brads are 7Gypsies Gypsy Market, and the flowers and bling flourish are by Prima.

Thanks for looking!