Friday, October 30, 2009

It's been a crafty week!

I love making cards; and the cards that I love making the most are Halloween cards. I just love the colors, patterns and embellishments out there for Halloween! Those combinations of orange, black, green and purple really catch my eye.

My oldest daughter gave me some cute Imaginisce papers from her stash; and I was lucky enough to get some American Crafts papers in a grab bag from Zany Zinnia. Added to that were some odds and ends and fun stuff gathered from various sources. I had the best time creating these for my six grandkids. Love the way they all looked sitting on my table waiting to be mailed:


And because I can't resist showing off, here they are individually:








I also finished a birthday card to send to a friend, using a Stampin' Up stamp and my favorite little Martha Stewart butterfly punch:



The October THAW (THree A Week) at Willow Traders ended today. I'm so proud of myself for completing every challenge in both September AND October! My albums are getting nice and fat!

For #10, the challenge was to use denim on our layout. There isn't much on mine, but there is some. I cut up a square from an old pair of jeans, adhered it to scrap paper and cut flowers from it using a Sizzix die in my Wizard. Look in the bottom left corner for the result:


Challenge #11 was to "spin the wheel" on a color selection website, then use the resulting color combination. My combo was lavender, light blue and light green:


The lovely subjects are my oldest and youngest granddaughters enjoying some quiet time during a sleepover at Grandma's house.

And for the final challenge, the prompt was to use "candy corn colors" of white, yellow, orange and brown. I used My Mind's Eye "Enlightened" collection papers, which also included some green and blue.


Thanks for looking! and hope you have a
HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Join the fun this weekend

at ScrapbookDeals4U!

SD4U is hosting a Spooktacular Crop and Treat Weekend starting tomorrow, Oct. 29 and running through Sunday, Nov. 1! Martha and the Design Team have planned all sorts of challenges, games and prizes -- you won't want t miss it!

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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Do you like 7Gypsies?
Then go to Blue Moon Scrapbooking's blog and check out all the good stuff! There will be giveaways and a beautiful kit to celebrate 7Gypsies.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

It's a girls' weekend at Grandma's house!

We have had our youngest granddaughter, Anna, in the house since Wednesday afternoon while her daddy recovers from what looks like the flu. My daughter was worried about exposing Anna to the virus. She has been her usual charming and happy little self, but I think she is missing Mommy and Daddy. His fever went down last night and today, and it's been 5 days since he became ill, so it looks like she probably can safely go home tomorrow.

My other two granddaughters, age 11 and 8, came yesterday to spend the night also. Anna's mommy was here on Friday too; the five of us girls had a good time going to McDonald's. Grandpa felt more than a little overwhelmed by all the girliness!

During the week, I did manage to make a couple of cards. This one was for my niece's baby shower:

I did this layout early in the week for the THAW challenge at Willow Traders. The challenge was to scrap my favorite "nut(s)". I focused on four of them -- my oldest four grandkids having fun together during a sleepover at Grandma's.




I also used the layout for a challenge at Paper Posies: to use a border, strip journaling and pop dots. I cut out a few of the motifs and pop dotted them onto the patterned paper to add some dimension.

THAW #9 asked us to use an idea from a magazine or idea book. I chose to scraplift a layout by Rita Shimniok in the Fall issue of Scrapbooking and Beyond, using a photo taken during our vacation in Michigan.



I sandwiched this layout in between lunch and Anna's naptime Friday -- took me a little under 45 minutes, including printing the photo, and I posted it five minutes before the challenge deadline! Didn't know I could move that fast, scrapwise!

I had hoped to do some scrapping tonight, but this grandma is feeling pretty tired. I think I may take a hot bath, pour a glass of wine and relax a bit, then go to bed.

Have a great weekend!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

It's CHAOS!

That's the title of last night's layout, which I created for THAW #7 on Willow Traders. The challenge was to scrap about yourself for "Evaluate Your Life Day"; so I chose to document the mess I make when I scrap.


I bought a 2 inch square punch on sale at Hobby Lobby last week and so I was happy to use it! I punched up my photo and rearranged the pieces, not neccessarily in order, to emphasize the chaos theme. The sketch is from PageMaps.

Here's the photo I started with:


Now you know why we eat out on the patio so much when it's warm, and in the family room when it's not! (yes, that is the table in my kitchen) My younger daughter has told me "when we were kids, if we had made a mess like that, we would have been in BIG trouble!" And her point being ..... ????

This is the card I was making when I made that big mess:


I used a Fiskars embossing plate for the spider web and then sanded the embossed areas. Hard to see in the photo, but I brushed some glitter gel stuff over it to give it some shine. The card will be making its way to one of the six grandkids at the end of the week (two cards down, four to go!)

The hubby is golfing today (it's the "Louie Open", a fun little tournament organized by a family frien. They play rain, shine or snow -- it's only about 45 degrees out but the sun is shining ... yeah, I think they are insane, but it keeps them off the streets) That means I can scrap in peace without any guilt about laundry or dishes left undone; and I can run through Wendy's drive through and get lunch instead of cooking. Sounds like a plan to me!

Thanks for looking!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Blog hopping again!

It's Friday, which means Weekend Blog Hop-ping at Willow Traders! Today also was the "due date" for THAW Challenge #6 -- a scraplift challenge! We chose a layout to scraplift from the gallery of a challenge prize sponsor. Since I was using a Scrapbook Sussies kit that I won in the last LEO Challenge at WT, I also scraplifted a layout by design team member Leah Wright at SS. You can see Leah's layout here.

And here is my layout. My youngest granddaughter, Anna, stayed overnight Monday and brought with her a pair of Halloween "meow socks" (they have kittens on them). She really loves her meow socks and insisted on trying to put them on herself. Notice the shoe on the wrong foot and the look of concentration on her little face:

As soon as Hubby saw those photos on my computer screen, he said "You're gonna scrap those, aren't you? Those will make a really cute page." Is he getting it or what?!?!?

For someone who only works "when she feels like it" (I do substitute teaching and freelance marketing communications work), I feel pretty busy lately. Since my mother in law's health is not good (she is in the late stage of Alzheimer's disease), my husband asked me to start putting together some photo tribute boards to honor her when ... well, you know .... We don't anticipate needing them right away, but I want to be sure to do this great lady justice on the display. It's hard getting myself to start, but I know I have to. I just received a gorgeous kit from A Million Memories (I won it in a challenge a while back) and I'm thinking that the blues and serene colors in this kit may be just what I need to dive into this project.

And then, there is the wedding .... the official Kristen and Ian wedding website on TheKnot.com tells me that today we are 176 days away from "d day". Now that sounds like quite a ways away, unless you're helping to plan a wedding. Then, not so much. Kristen is stressing with all the stuff left to be done, but actually she has done a great job already of getting most of the major components in place. She has a beautiful gown ordered, her bridesmaids have ordered their dresses; we have a lovely place for the ceremony and reception; the caterer and liquor vendor are on board. There is music (by a very talented classmate) for the wedding, and a DJ for the reception. A photographer has been hired and engagement photos taken (waiting for the CD so I can post a couple -- they are fantastic!). Still lots to be done, but the really major things are on board. So, I tell her every now and then to BREATHE!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend!

Monday, October 12, 2009

I scrapped those grandkid pictures!

I couldn't wait to scrap all those photos of the grandkids from last week! The THAW (THree A Week) Challenge at Willow Traders is going on all month, and I was able to work the layouts into the next two challenges.

Challenge #4 is due today, October 12; so the challenge is to use "a dozen of something". My "12" were a sprinkling of Petaloo jeweled flowers. I won this fabulous kit from Scrapbook Sussies in the September LEO Challenge (lucky me!), and the Zinnia papers and rub on's from My Little Yellow Bicycle were perfect for the pictures!

















The littlest granddaughter -- Anna, 20 months old -- is coming over tonight and will be here tomorrow; hoping to get a shot of two of her for the next scrap challenge (if I can get her to sit still long enough)

Friday, October 9, 2009

Invasion of the grandkids ...

Heather, my oldest daughter, left her older son, Ethan, 8, here with us last week. We had a great time just hanging out, going uptown for bagels at the coffee place, to McDonald's and the apple orchard (it was raining, so no pictures that day, unfortunately).


On Tuesday, my older son Jason's three kids stayed overnight too -- our house was very full!

At dinner, Ryan (he's the one in the striped shirt; he's 9) didn't want to let me take his picture, so I told the kids they could make ugly faces if they wanted. So this photo is entirely my fault! Lighting is horrible for photography in my kitchen, blurry shot, etc. but I love it anyway.

My mom and I took them to the park Wednesday:


This is Kaycee, she's a sixth grader and almost too cool for the park ...
And I can count on Ryan to find alternative ways to use the equipment:

Shelbie, 8, enjoyed the swings.

The monkey bars were fun too!

I still managed to get some scrapping time in. Shelbie was my "guest designer" on a Halloween card, picking out the papers and colored spider and bling for me. She loved that drippy goo punch by Martha Stewart -- "that drippy stuff is COOL! and it better be on the card you send me this year!" She loves bling, too.

I took these pictures last Saturday of Heather's two boys, 4 year old Cameron and Ethan. Pepper the dog was hoping for some of that pizza to fall his way! The layout was for #2 of the October THAW (THree A Week) challenge at Willow Traders -- use the entire alphabet on your layout in some way. I printed it out on clear Dymo Letratag tape and added it as a border. The papers are My Mind's Eye. I sanded the K & co chipboard letters and rubbed them with distress inks to tone down their formerly bright color. The stars are cut with a little QK buckle die.

Challenge #3 was entitled the "Moldy Cheese Challenge": I took the photo on this one at the park Wednesday. Ryan absolutely hates to have his picture taken, but saw me pointing my camera and said, "Okay -- ONE picture!" I love this shot:

The paper is Fancy Pants "About a Boy". The labels are Stampin' Up "Certified"  set ; I love this set and use it a lot on the grandkids' layouts. I hit a few of the splotches and spots on the paper with Stickles for a little added texture and shine. The alpha is Cuttlebug Baby Face. Martha Stewart border punch, WR Memory Keepers snap, Me and My Big Ideas rhinestones, Bazzill cardstock.
I drove up to Minnesota yesterday to bring Ethan home, and I'll be staying until tomorrow. Heather and I scrapped together last night (something we don't get to do often enough!)
Have a great Saturday!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

New month, new challenge!

The THAW (THree A Week) Challenge at Willow Traders is on! Challenge #1 is to use "something sweet" on your layout. So .... I did a layout about the blueberries we bought during our Michigan trip; and to get the photo I needed (see top left corner) I just "had" to bake a blueberry pie, and cut myself a nice piece -- topped with Cool Whip and accompanied by a cup of hot coffee. The things I do for my craft! hehe




The design is inspired by a layout by Christi Spadoni in Scrapbooking & Beyond. I've used it twice now; love it!

Heather and the boys are here, and at dinner I thought I would torment the kids by taking pictures of them eating pizza.



Ethan decided to make a "scared" face for me. Pepper the dog had to get in on the fun too.


I took this one of Cameron before he decided it would be fun to duck!

Happy Saturday!

My oldest daughter, Heather, and her two boys (Ethan, 8 and Cameron, 4) are here from Minnesota for the weekend. Heather is going to be the maid of honor for my younger daughter Kristen's wedding, and today is the day to choose the bridesmaids' dresses.

I just finished "save the date" cards for the wedding. They are not photographing well because of the soft gray color of the cards and the Stickles on the stamp, but you can get the idea:




These are my layouts for the final two LEO challenges at Willow Traders. The challenge for the first was to create a shaped layout. I used a die cut cardstock page from Jenni Bowlin as my base:



The photos are my oldest granddaughter enjoying the petting zoo at our recent Homestead Festival. The title comes from a comment by the young man who was supervising the animals, in regard to the way the goats push and crowd anyone with a cup of food.

And this one was in response to the final challenge, to use ink or paint on the layout. I used metallic ink along the edges of the patterned paper and ink to stamp script on the pp, to stamp a distress pattern on my cardstock and to ink the edges. The design is based on a layout by Christi Spadoni in Scrapbooking & Beyond's fall issue. The photos are from a recent trip to Michigan; we spent an afternoon visiting winery tasting rooms and sampling (and buying!) the wines.



Now on to the October THAW Challenge (three a week)! I think Heather and I will be scrapping tonight after the boys go to bed.