Friday, December 26, 2008

The Goodies and The Happy Dance...

First off - let me just say that if I sound a bit crazy in this post - it is only because I have been cooped up in the house for the most part of a week due to the snow. I was, however, able to make a quick trip to the Safeway - and there just happens to be a Hancock Fabrics store next door. And - Hancock Fabrics just happened to be having a 75% off "holiday" goodies - which did include some pieces of my favorite brand of goodies - KandCo!!! Oh yah - go me - it's my birthday... Well, not really my birthday - but can you see me doing the happy dance right now? I got all these goodies for $11 something including tax!! Ahhhh - shopping therapy for stir crazy mama stuck in crafty basement due to extreme weather conditions... good....































































Aren't they yummy? KandCo is one of my favorite lines ever! Mostly because everything that they have coordinates so well - and most of the work is already done for you. Don't get me wrong - I love me a good altering session where paint, chipboard, and the scissors are flying. But sometimes - you just really want a little special touch without tons of effort - and they never let me down :-) I don't have the matching papers to these new goodies right now - but I am going to go through my existing supply and try to match them up. Do you think the pink ones will go well with pics of the boys in pajamas opening presents like the Clone Trooper video games and such?! teehee - but does that really matter to me?? naw.......


I got started with another Page map and made this cute page about my DD when she got a new bike from Santa. Again - sorry for the crappy pics. I didn't start scrapping until the twins were born = so I feel it is only fair to go back to my "prescrapbooking era" pictures and get in some memories for her too...

It is all about her "happy dance". Oh man - was she the queen of that one!!!!!



I love how I actually got all these shots of her progressively being surprised, opening the package, and then jumping for joy. See - there was always a little photographer slash scrapbooker inside me even when I had a crappy little point and shooter...













































Let me say that I am not doing the happy dance about how this title turned out... But when I practiced outlining these Thickers - it just looked so un-clean compared to
the rest of the page that has more clean lines. And on top of that - these (&^%#@$!) Thickers are the vinyl ones -which means that most pens bead up on them or turn a bluish black - so I had to use paint dots instead. But - it is the memory that counts for this one - and my DD loved it - so okey dokey then...



Well - I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas day today. I know Santa did - just look at all the goodies that the boys left for him... Handmade cards, snowflakes, stickered up letters, and cookies from the toaster oven... So Santa tried to eat all the cookies and got to feeling sick (at midnight of course) before she remembered that she could just feed them to the dogs to get rid of the evidence... But "she" is feeling better now :-) Happy Holidays to all!!!


In case you are wondering what the note read - it said, "Enjoy your cookies and please don't leave us coal!" (Which my speech challenged twins pronounce as "cold"). They had many conversations about whether they thought Santa has been watching them when they fight with one another or have bad manners and they were seriously concerned about getting "cold" from him... Oh man - am I gonna miss this charade in a couple of years - it has been super leverage for good behavior for 6 years and running....

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Xmas hugs..

Sending Christmas hugs out to all my pals - thanks for all of your friendship :-) I am sure if we all lived closer - we would huddle in each others craft rooms for days at a time :-) I worked a Page maps sketch this time - perfect for the holidays!! According to my boys, don't forget to leave cookies for Santa and Jesus :-)






Saturday, December 20, 2008

Snowed in...





















Ahhh - the lovely fresh snow outside has made it impossible for me to get anything done outside the house. Bummer - I guess I'll have to go craft crazy instead.... teehee... It snowed all day and we are up to about 7 inches now tonight. Not as bad as other areas in the country right now - but still cold and yucky just the same...



Well - I have been wanting to alter some items to match the theme of my red craft studio - so I have been covering some things with paper and such...




Here - I took some crappy old nesting boxes that I got from freecycle - and made it into vertical storage for my yarn....







































Okay - I have this hideous decorative thing that goes outside in the spring sometimes - well - hardly ever because it is so ugly... But - I figure it will be a great place for my crafty lady friends to place their payments when they come over for classes... So - I uglied it up a bit more - only in a red theme....






























Okay - a storage box from Goodwill in an old world theme. Normally not a problem - but I wanted it to match the room - so I covered it with some Wild Asparagus papers... This one was hard to cover due to the fact that I couldn't remove the faux leather pieces because of the grommets - so I had to use a border of red cardstock to make up the difference...
























Cupcakes anyone? I crocheted this cupcake pin cushion for my husbands Grandma who is a quilter. I plan to make her a set - but we'll see if I get them all done before Xmas.... I actually finished this one a month ago - but I recently got some good ideas on how to jazz it up from crafty gal Kara's blog (http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_jXzwspOlTpY/SSGf7-NdkhI/AAAAAAAAEhE/xktDVlUVaPQ/s1600-h/13.jpg )












































I was able to attend a class where we made this Podium style scrapbook from Club Scrap. It stands up freely on my mantle so people can flip through it easily - it is pretty cute - and useful... It is only half full right now though - on my to do list...



































































































Present for the sister - for her "furry child". I put Crystal Effects over the embies on the front because it will be for her to keep in her purse. This one took me quite a while though because it was originally a Wiggles Alphabet book - with 24 stinkin' pages.... That is a lot of covering, painting, and filing... I am leaving the pages plain with just the patterned paper because it only measures 3x3 and I want her to have enough room to put decent sized photos in there - not have to trim them down to micro size.....




























Well - I hope your to do lists are widdling down and your holiday spirit is high. Tomorrow, the boys have chosen to bake cookies "for Jesus because his birthday is coming up". They say, "There's only two things I like about Christmas. Getting presents and Jesus' birthday!".... So sweet - I am so glad they remember the important things :-)

Monday, December 15, 2008

Lollipop Lollipop oh lolli lolli lolli......

Man oh man did a lot of effort go in to actually getting this page accomplished... I have had these lollipop themed pics on the PC forever and a day (okay - just since Halloween) - but still - I am trying to scrap current and catch up at the same time... Okay - so I was a good girl and sent the pics to Walgreens dot com photo printing last night so that I could pic them up today. Well - then I got lazy and didn't actually get ready to leave the house until the afternoon. Hmmm - upon trying to leave to pick them up - there was a strange white powder whirling around the air.... It was snowing - ughhhh - I totally hate snow. Probably because I am a really bad driver in any kind of inclement weather conditions. This probably stems from the fact that my parents would never let me drive in the snow because it was "too dangerous" rather than actually teach me how. There were many a snowy Friday game days where I could be found walking to school in my Cheerleader uniform with long johns underneath..... freezing my butt off of course...

Okay - so yes - I actually made it to the Walgreens - car and family in one piece. My boys of course had to remember that Walgreens is actually a great place to find Backugan Battlebrawlers when they can't be found anywhere else. So since I was going to pick them up for stockings anyway - I decided - sure - go ahead and pick them out yourself. Upon paying for the photos and Backugan figures at the photo counter - I realized that I had left my wallet near the computer at home when I was paying bills online. Crap!! So - yes - I went home and got it and came back for the whole lot. Yes - still snowing (yuck!).

Okay - photos - check. Sketch and Paper - check. Embellishments to match my theme - NO check. Hmmm - what in the world am I going to do to make a lollipop themed page with no lolli's... So I had to make them myself with stamps and punches. And of course - I added some bling even though it is a boys page. Everything could use a little bling in my opinion....

Well - I hope you can see how you can make embies to match your theme even if you don't have any premade ones. I used SU! stamps and these SU! punches: Word Window, Scallop Circle, 1" circle, 3/4" circle, 1 3/8" circle, 1/16th hole punch, and scallop border. Big Thanks to GS ladies for offering a free mini class this month - I completely loved this sketch :-)





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Happy Monday everyone - here's to a great week!!




Wednesday, December 10, 2008

'Nother gift...

Here is a little recipe book that I made for my mother for a Xmas gift. I just used the thin little pieces of chipboard that come inside your products like embellishments or paper. Viola - free bare chipboard. There are really hundreds of things you can do with these little gems - so whatever you do - don't throw them away!!! Here is a list of a few ways to use them in projects -
Mini-album covers

Die cut them

Have a favorite image on your Cricut cartridge? Cut it out 6 times all in the same size, pop a ring through a hole near the top, and you have your own shaped mini book. these can cost upwards of $8 at the craft store...

Paint them

Texture/ emboss plate them

Cover with paper for your own chipboard accents to match any project


Pierce shapes and cover with Crystal Effects for your own epoxy style buttons

This type of material works excellent for die cut letters for titles


Cut and use them for your own templates for future projects

Tags, tags, tags....

Use for sturdy labels around the house

Door hanger signs



Here is a project I used mine for this week. It is a recipe book for my (55 year old) mother. Her kitchen theme is Hello Kitty, so I just went with it. Normally I wouldn't do things so cutesy - but I am trying not to let my personal taste get in the way of a gift idea. I swear - if there is something that a 13 year old girl would like - my mother would love it... Anyway - I placed the holes at the top instead of the side so that it could stand freely while she is cooking... I used the "From the Kitchen" set from Stampin' Up! - it worked out really well for this project...








































I also grabbed a matching pen when I grabbed the sticker set for this project. I was going to attach it with a long ribbon but I think I will leave it free so that she can use it whenever she wants to...











More gifts on my to do list - so stay tuned :-)
~Heather

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Quick and Easy gift idea...

Hello Hello! I went to a class tonight that I thought I would share with you. We made this great make and take Candy Dish from Cardstock. It turned out pretty cute - and I'll probably make several of them for gifts... You can fill them with cookies, ornaments, candy, whatever you like! Here are the instructions that I received from the class:















Materials -
  • 1 sheet 12x12 cardstock
  • 9 squares of patterned paper cut to 3 3/4 squares, with 4 of these being cut in half again on the diagonal to form triangles.
  • Scoring tools
  • Metal loose leaf ring, as large in diameter as possible
  • hole punch


Directions:

1. Score the length of the 12s12 sheet of cardstock at 4" and 8", turn 90 degrees and do the same thing again. The score marks create a grid of 9 squares.


2. On the 4 corner squares only, score a diagonal line from the outer corner to the inner corner, now you have formed two triangles from these squares. (Do not extend this line through the center square - only the outer 4).


3. Fold on all score lines and crease them towards the center. (The diagonal folds in the corner squares will be "mountain folds, and the horizontal and vertical folds will be valley folds.)


4. Center and adhere your cut patterned paper triangles to the inside of the triangle folds in the four corners of the paper. Center and adhere the squares to the remaining 5 squares on the inside. You can repeat this process on the outside of the dish if you wish as well.


5. Punch holes in the 4 corners of the cardstock by pinching together the two folded halves of the 4 corner squares. (I used my Cropodile which worked well).


6. Insert the metal loose leaf ring through the 8 holes and tie ribbons around the ring if desired.


Note - you could start with a smaller paper size to create a smaller version of this bowl that would be great for centerpieces, place cards, etc.
(Original class taught by Susan Mast....)

Here are some helpful pictures of this project....



Have fun and post links if you make your own :-) I would love to see different variations of this project...

Scrap happy again...

I was finally able to sneak in a scrap page tonight - it has been a while though... These pictures are of my Dd when she was getting her first real haircut. We didn't have a very good camera back then, but I was determined to scrap them anyway. Thank goodness for the advancement of digital photography - which I have yet to master - but at least I stopped using my flash on everything :-) This page is based on a sketch by Val Salmon (aka: my scrap idol)...











































Have a Happy Scrappy Weekend!!!

Friday, December 5, 2008

For me?! Blush Blush...



I have been presented this blog award from my Gal Pal Nenamarie at http://alohanmabuhay.blogspot.com/ . Wow, what a nice surprise!! Marie has really challenged herself to learn everything she can about card making - and I think she has learned faster than anyone I have ever seen!!
The rules are:
1). Display the award on your site.
2). Put a link to the person who sent you the award.
3). Give the award to 8 more people.
4). Notify them of receiving the award.
5). Advise them to pick it up at your site.

Following is the translation of the Portuguese words and the rules for the award:
"This blog award invests and believes in proximity -(creating friendships)!" [meaning, that blogging makes us 'close' -being close through proxy]. These are the other words to be included with the award:
These blogs are exceedingly charming. These bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in prizes or self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbon of these awards are cut, even more friendships are propagated.
Please give more attention to these bloggers!Deliver this award to 8 bloggers who must choose 8 more and include this written text into the body of their award.

The following recipients are:
1. Heather (the great :-) @ http://joemamainks.blogspot.com/ . A wonderful card maker, spiritual inspiration, and good friend...
2. Christina - my talented neighbor @ http://sometimescrafter.blogspot.com/ . Her quilts are so awesome, not to mention that cute baby of hers!!
3. Jessica - another fellow card maker with such great style! @ http://jessicanorthwest.blogspot.com/ . She is also a fabulous cook to boot....
4. Valerie Salmon @ http://gotsketch.blogspot.com/ . She is dedicated to providing sketches that never cease to amaze me. As popular and busy as she is - she still takes the time to answer my questions and her classes are the best!! Seriously....
5. Lisa - a dedicated card maker who strives to learn anything and everything! She reminds me of myself when I first got bitten by the card making bug. @ http://lisabeesponderings.blogspot.com/
6. Beate - a totally awesome chic who loves to alter as much as I do - and all around great person :-) @ http://creativepaperprincess.blogspot.com/
7. Daniel @ http://danielshobbyblogg.blogspot.com/ . My friend Beate turned me on to his blog - and I have been hooked every since. He has such a gift for altered art with mixed media, and he is very inspiring to my young sons as well...
8. Jill @ http://isthismylifereally.blogspot.com/ . A dedicated scrapbooker and extreme hockey fan. She makes me laugh and keeps me inspired to be productive with my scrapping :-).
Thanks for always inspiring me crafty people - and be sure to pass on the love!!