Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Practical Scrappers Snow Project

I took 2 old poloroid pictures, scanned them, and reprinted them to make this one. That young lady in the fake fur is me.....all of 6 years old. I used Daisy D's paper kit Winter Fun. The yellow card is embossed with my Cuttlebug and Snow Dots folder. The trees are Doodlecharms, cut at regular and shadow, inked, glittered, and painted with dimensional paint (trunks). Great memories!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Say Cheese

At Practical Scrappers, we were supposed to create a layout of one of our Christmas traditions.   I chose the annual Christmas photo of the kids.  I used EveryDay Paper Dolls for the Camera....cut on real dial size 3 in silver foil and black.   Cut apart the silver to use as accent pieces.   Trimmed with a white gel pen....and rhinestones.  The little mouse is from Animal Kingdom....face is layered....and I added some circles for the ears.   I cut the legs/arms apart and reattached them. Face is inked and doodled and pop dotted.  I put a little Santa hat from Pooh and Friends on him, cut from red foil with white trim.   The cheese is the party hat from Doodlecharms.  Title is Stickers (so glad to use up some of those.....too many at Big Lots!!)  Added some Favorite Findings metallic snowflakes here and there....and some of that great red rhinestone bling!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Ice Cream - Practical Scrappers Week-end Sketch

There is a great week-end sketch at Practical Scrappers, and it made me think of this picture Kati took of herself and Emme.  Paper is K and Company and Me and My Big Ideas.  Cardstock is DCWV.  Added ribbon, rickrack, punched edging, and buttons.  The ice cream cones are concentric shapes of 2 1/2", 3 1/2", 4 1/2" from Stretch Your Imagination.  I added little pompons and beads to embellish and embossed the cones with the Argyle folder.   Attached photo corners to the picture and attached the photo and ice cream cones with pop dots.  Title is Remarks stickers in brown. 

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Paisley Birthday

The challenge at Practical Scrappers this week is to use stitching.  Hmmm....never done I called on my mom, the seamstress.  She practiced on some cardstock........I created a barebones layout with some great American Crafts Guy's Day paper...and told mom where to sew on it.  Added a great picture of my sister, Serita and some paisley embellishments from Stretch Your Imagination.  Added some little blingy rhinestones, pop dots, and a sticker title.  All in all, I like the look of the stitching and may be calling on my mom again in the near future.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Sitting by the Pool - Sketchy Thursday

I've had a great scrappin' week-end.....accomplished lots of projects.  This one was for the Sketchy Thursday Challenge this week....and the BINGO challenge at Practical Scrappers' online crop.  Boy, has that ever been fun!

This is Michael on vacation this summer.   Used Creative Imaginations paper.  Printed the text in a circle...cut it out with wavy edged scissors.  Added three concentric circles to the middle, layered with pop dots, and added 2 1/2" flip flops from Life's a Beach.   Embellished them with a daisy punch and rhinestones.  Used MS punch for the layers and topped off with ribbon from Target $1 bin and a couple of buttons.  Added a sequin Jolee's applique and some 1 1/2" flip flops. 

Football Fun

Don't forget the great online crop at Practical Scrappers this week-end.  This layout is for one of the challenges:  Feast or Football.   Reminded me of these great pictures I had of Kati and Michael throwing ball.  Simple layout....sometimes it's good to let the paper do the talking.   Football is handpieced........lettering is Keystone (a forgotten little cartridge that I love, esp. for sports.)

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Bicycle Built for Two

I've always loved this picture of my mom and aunt riding their bicycles.  I had this great teal/aqua/coral paper and loved the way it looked against the black/white picture.  Cut the flowers out of the paper and randomly pop dotted them....added rhinestones.   Tucked away some paper flowers here and there.   The coral background is torn, inked, and crinkled.  Finished everything off with some layered ribbon/trim.   what to do for the title....but there in my stash was this great metal "precious". I'm really happy with this one.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Kati Finds Nemo! Practical Scrappers Design Team -Acrylic Paint

Over at Practical Scrappers, the challenge for this week is using acrylic paint. For this layout, I used the paper bag/smoosh technique to paint a blue background on white cardstock. I used paper from DCWV Indian Summer paper stack for the rest of the background. Embellishments are from Life's a Beach. Seaweed is cut in regular and layers at 5" and 5 1/2" in light and dark green.......went over them with green dimensional paint. Glued the bottoms only so they would "flutter." Cut the fish border out at 2 1/2"....decorated with dimensional paint and glitter....separated....and hid them among the seawood.

 The waves are LAB's wave border.....covered with an acrylic glaze with blue glitter in it. Then I went around the crests of the waves with some irridescent blue and silver glitter paint. Glued the bottoms only to get dimension. Nemo is a fabric applique I found in a clearance bin. Title is green Thickers and Mickey Font (2 1/2")

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Fishy Fun!

I loved the sketch at Sketchy Thursdays this week and this set of pictures of Craig and Dylan at the beach would work just right.  All the paper is DCWV Indian Summer stack (I'm using lots of this one....).  The fish are Life's a Beach....cut at 3" and 3 1/2"...embellished with ink, sharpie, and silver metallic gel pen.  Added ribbon, buttons, and red metallic flowers from JoAnne's $1 bin. 

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Bootiful - SOUS challenge

Stuck on U Sketches had a wonderful sketch this week.   As soon as I saw it, I knew what I wanted to do....but it took until today for me to get some time to work on it.  Used Imaginesce paper and black spider paper is Heidi Grace.  The title is Imaginesce and SYI pumpkins.   The circle is made from witch's hats (PDDU) and then filled in with little Halloween critters from PDDU and SYI pumpkins. 

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Boom Boom Pow + Practical Scrappers White core Cardstock Challenge

Practical Scrappers' challenge this week is to use white core out comes the DCWV. I used a pretty teal piece from Indian Summer as the background.....distressed the edges with sandpaper....added a teal patterned paper from the "stash" and took a piece of red from last year's Christmas stack....ripped the edges....and added a distressed star effect for the rest of the background. I placed chipboard stars of varying shapes under the cardstock and went over it with sandpaper. The sign is cut from George at 5 1/2" and 5"....added thickers and distressed the cardstock with sand paper. The "POW" is from Indie Art....cut at 4 1/2" in white and teal....distressed and inked with silver metallic ink....and cut the "POW!" out of silver metallic paper. Attached it with pop dots. The photo is matted with teal star paper. Found a green chipboard arrow I I covered it with some striped paper to match. Cut double stars from George in varying sizes....distressed them with more sandpaper....and layered with pop dots. Picture is "Boom Boom" Brown on Halloween!   Head on over to Practical Scrappers and join in the fun!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Pumpkin Roll - Chirper Challenge

Chirper Challenge wants pumpkin recipes this week.   I used our family's favorite Pumpkin Roll.  Paper is Autumn Recollections.   Made the pumpkin rolls from various size circles....MS circle cutter.....and the lollipop layering feature in Mickey and Friends.   Lots of ink and pop dots....ribbon and doodling.   Title is American Crafts stickers.  Great, great recipe!  If you would like to try it, check it out here:  Pumpkin Roll Recipe

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Halloween '09

My husband's family had a Halloween Bash this year.   Here are the adults!   Paper is a black polka dot glitter from DCWV.  The borders are dimensional stickers from WalMart and the bottom paper is is the rub-on title.  I attached some of the pictures with pop dots for interest.  The haunted house is PDDU, cut at 4 1/2" real dial size.   I added black glittery paint to the windows...and put some little 1" PDDU ghosts in the house.   Used silver metallic ink around the whole thing.  Attached with pop dots.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Look WhoOo's 8! Tri-challenge

Tri-challenge time at Practical Scrappers (use 3 different ribbons), Frosted Designs (put an owl in your project), and Stuck on U Sketches (follow their sketch).   This was a fun layout to do.....decided to use an old birthday picture of Kati....and the owl inspired the title:   Look WhoOo's 8!   Used Imaginesce paper (Cool Summer collection) and yellow DCWV cardstock.   The "8" is from Mickey Font as well as "LOOK".  The flowers are George, double cut and layered with pop dots.   Attached a little birthday hat from Doodlecharms on the owls, who were cut from DCWV Fall Glitter stack (2008).   Everything is inked (I need a case of Cat's Eye Chestnut Roan) and some "bling" was put on the "8"!

Fall Ribbon Tree

My first project for Practical Scrappers was to make a layout featuring 3 different ribbons.    I adore ribbon anyway so this one was fun!  I divided my 12 x 12 cardstock into three sections:   in the first, I put vertical striped paper, the middle is a blue cardstock, and the third is horizontal striped.  I used red rickrack as one border and a brown stitched ribbon as the other.  I then added a moss green thin strip of ribbon down the middles of the patterned paper for interest and dimension.   I cut an 8" tree from Stretch Your Imagination......added interest with a gold gel pen and 3 different colors of brown inks.   I took bits of red, yellow, brown, and orange ribbon....folded them into "v" shapes and attached them to the tree for leaves....trimmed them out with buttons.  Used the maple leaf from Stretch Your Imagination....cut on shadow and regular, in sizes ranging from 1 1/2" to 2 1/2".....gel pen and ink for definition and scattered them all around the left side of the page.  And for Meg Beauchamp and Frosted Designs, I added a little sticker owl I had in my stash. 

Friday, October 9, 2009

Witch's Brew - Practical Scrapper's Challenge

Made this layout of Kati last Halloween for the Practical Scrapper's Challenge which was to use decorative edge scissors.  Paper is last years DCWV Fall stacks and the green spider paper is from Target.  The little witch embellishment is from PDDU and Pooh and Friends. (Details are on my other blog:  Love, Laughter, and Creations!)  Used spiders and webs from PDDU cut on real size 2" and 3".   Title is a vellum sticker I had in my stash. 

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Fall Fun!

This is the first layout I've made without having a picture first.  I was playing around the other day and made a cute little crow out of Doodlecharm's eggs for a card.  I liked him so much, I decided to make a layout with him.   Kati will have to get photographed at the Cedar Bluff Fall Festival in a couple of weeks.

The paper on this one is DCWV Green Stack.  The title is Pooh Font (Marker), cut in yellow and inked with a mahogany ink.  The fence is PDDU, detailed with a bronze gel pen and ink.  The crows are Doodlecharm eggs and PDDU for the hats.  More details are on my other blog,  The pumpkins are George ovals, inked, glued together, and embellished with rafia bows. 

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

You Take the Cake

Baby Bo's 2nd birthday!   This layout depends on the pattern paper........used Sassafras Lass and Prima well as American Crafts Game Day.  The title is cut from ZooBalloo and the clown is PDDU.

Here is a close up of the clown:

Tuesday, September 1, 2009


Another Emme layout!  I babysat for her one day, and we made cookies.  Easy layout....just pattern paper, ribbon, and George flowers with buttons.   The title is Pooh and Friends cut at 2 1/2" with George flowers for the "o's" - all attached with pop dots.

Prince Charming...........NOT!

There is an adorable little frog sitting on a bench at the waterfront in Charleston, SC.  I loved this picture of Kati with him!  Paper is DCWV....lettering is Opposites Attract and Alphalicious.  Stars are George.

The frog is hand pieced.  I found a clip art image I used for the body....cut out of mulberry paper.  The head and eyes are George ovals.   The crown is Alphalicious. 

Thursday, August 20, 2009

We Are Family

While scrappin' vacation photos, I noticed that lots of them had a theme....of well, it looked like we mostly like each other (Imagine that....when 18 people go on vacation together!) I started by making the collage of 2 x 2 photos on an 8x8 piece of cardstock....added some 2 x 2 decorative squares for interest and framed it all with knotted ended ribbon which I wove over the pictures. Added some silver buttons as I was trying to put silver to make the layout cohesivie. Everything else on here is just cut by hand......fron 1 piece of doublesided cardstock! Added ribbon, buttons, and silver elements. Title is Opposites Attract and chipboard 9from Target).

Friday, August 14, 2009

Practical Scrappers

Practical Scrappers has a contest this week where you are supposed to use at least 3 stickers. I love this layout of my family in the Bahamas. The title is stickers........the ocean is torn cardstock.......the sand is layered sandpaper. I hand cut and pieced the palm tree out of fun foam using a coloring book page pattern. Used black sharpie to add details. Added a sand castle sticker...a little fish with bubbles (stickers), and some real and sticker sea shells.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Our Little Lady Turns Two!

Emme Grace turned two this month and celebrated with a ladybug picnic. Too cute! Here is the layout of her birthday and some pictures of her delightful ladybug food.

Used a sketch from Scrapbooks, Etc. Ladybugs are Doodlecharms, cut at 1", 1 1/2", and 2". Added crystals for eyes and spots........little thread antennae. Title is Remarks stickers, chipboard for the Target $1 bin, and "2" is Alphalicious cut at 4 1/2" on regular and shadow....attached with pop dots. I used felt and paper flowers and attached buttons to the center.

Friday, July 31, 2009


We chartered a fishing boat last week on vacation. Had tons of fun, but all we caught were sharks. Used Life's a Beach for everything here.....shark at 4" (inked) at 3". Lettering is 2" cut on silver metallic foil. The background is embossed striped paper, torn into waves, and pieced together. Added some bright blue ribbon trim, and used about a million pop dots.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Wet Toes

Took my sweet little nephew Bo to the beach for the first time last week. He really didn't know what to think of the waves, but he kept squealing, "Wet Toes!" This layout is pretty minimalistic as far as my scrappin' tends to go, but I don't think it needs another thing. I used American Crafts paper.....cut it out to make waves....used some for the border too. The seagulls are from Life's a Beach....cut on 4"........layer in grey......regular cut in white. Used black sharpie, gold gel pen, and silver ink to make them look real. Bent one wing on each so the layout would have some dimension.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Craig Did It!

Just getting around to scrappin' Craig's graduation. I used a paper set from Oriental Trading as well as some individual papers and embellishments I've been collecting through the year. Used his program and ticket on the pages too. 2009 is Cricut Keystone in metallic silver.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Feelin' Kinda Crabby

Here is Michael at Joe's Crab Shack while in Myrtle Beach. I printed the picture as an 8 x 10; then trimmed around him. I cut a large circle (used a dinner plate template) out of the polka dot paper and cut it in half; attached slightly offset. The wave rubon and whales come from the paper set, but I needed a bigger one. Cricut to the rescue.....whale is from Life's a Beach....added ink and used Sharpie to doodle the plaid. The crab is from LAB too. Inked and popped...and don't you just love those huge wiggle eyes. Title is from American Crafts lettering ( 3 varieties) Buttons to finish the edge...........and just HAD to put that adorable little parrot rubon on Michael's shoulder

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Sea Swirls - A Spoonful of Sugar #61

Just returned from a family vacation to South Carolina, and this is my first layout from the trip. I thought the pictures were so cute and went with the patterned paper so well, I didn't want to "decorate" it too much. Used pop dots behind a couple of pictures for dimension. The Swirls are from Mickey and Friends.....layered and inked with a silver metallic ink for depth. No title because his name is written in the sand on the bottom picture.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

scrap swap characters

I signed up for a swap where you had to make a paper doll and a title for a boy, a girl, a holiday, and anything goes. Here are my creations!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

You Are My {Son}shine

I found this rather old picture of my son, Craig (he's now 19). I cut out the face and framed it with the SYI sunflower. I added some George Triangle 2 between the layers for some added zip....inked and pop dotted the whole thing. Used the leaves from the tree on SYI, cut on cardstock and metallic. Flower stem is cut from Animal Crackers - glittery polka dot paper is from there too. Background paper is American Crafts Game Day. Used Opposites Attract for the lettering...little doodling and glitter. Accent pieces are Thickers and buttons.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

3 Bugs on a Rug

I got the cutest little set of Sizzlet dies, cut them on white cardstock, and colored them with watercolors. I wanted to use them in a scrapbook page......and I had this great bug wrapping paper. Found some old pictures of Craig, DJ, and Evan playing on the porch with a turtle...and here is the result. Added a SYI caterpillar and a Pooh and Friends turtle to the mix and attached all with pop-dots. Paper is DCWV Animal Crackers.....chipboard/sticker title.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

White Chocolate Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake

I want to scrap.......but everyone has a birthday, or mother's day, or an anniversary.....and all I do is make cards. Then I had a swap to get here that is. But I plan to make at least 2 layouts before the week-end is over!!!

This layout was fun.....ZooBalloo vine and made the raspberries from 1" George Circles and a hole punch. (and a lot of patience I might add....rather tedious!)