Friday, August 29, 2008


I'm still here...I was away for a couple of weeks on a surprise vacation. How my husband kept it a secret from me for so long is beyond me. Ha!

This is my first digital page in what feels like forever. Our computer is back and working sweetly! Yeah! When we had our other computer I found this free template and I couldn't wait to try it out. It's a simple page (for me). This was the first time I have ever used a template. The clipping mask on Photoshop was helpful in this task.
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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Embossing here I come!!!!!

I could blame it on Splitcoast Stampers...or on all of the wonderful blogs I have visited...or, or, or. Never ever before did I want a die-cut machine. But ever since I started seeing these embossed cards and such, I just had to find out what it was. Turns out what I was "sold" on was the Cuttlebug embossing folders. I bought the Swiss Dots embossing folder and took it down to the scrapbook store to try it on the Big Shot.

In September, SU will be selling the Big Shot, along with their own dies. I am really excited!!!
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2 Cards...with embossing

This card is simple...very simple for me. Haha! It's a wedding card. I wanted it simple, but elegant. Oh, and silver embossed.

This could probably be a wedding card too.
I was at the scrapbook store today and saw a scrap that someone had stamped on. It was copper Pearl Ex powder on the blue paper. I was sold right away and decided I would have to try that when I got home. Copper never did a thing for me until the last scrapbook class when we used the copper-colored glitter. Now I really like it! The next time I do this sort of thing I will stamp first and then emboss, just so the embossed parts don't mess with the stamped image.

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Another Vacation Page

It feels like a long times since I have scrapped our 2007 vacation pictures. From what it looks like, I'm only have a few more days of the trip to scrap.

I typed out the journaling on Photoshop and printed it on transparency paper. I really like the "Zion" font.
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Monday, August 11, 2008

Chipboard & Paper Part 1

At the last scrapbooking class, Nettie was working on putting some paper on chipboard. I watched, asked some questions, and then decided that I wanted to do that. I've done it before, but this way is SO much easier!

This is what I did yesterday evening while watching Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Haha! It's a cute classic movie!

This star and the flower above are/were from the Basic Grey Boxer chipboard. I don't really care for the colors and designs on this chipboard, so I will cover it with paper that I like. What a great way to use the chipboard I already have!

I put some Zip Dry glue on the front of the star...

And then placed it onto the back side of the paper.
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Chipboard & Paper Part 2

Cut around the shape as closely as you can to the chipboard.

This is a file I bought from the hardware store. You can use other things, like nail-files. I've only begun to explore this area.

File paper off from the edges of the chipboard.

Project complete!
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Baja Breeze

All of these cards have something in common: SU's new In Color "Baja Breeze". I think it's quickly becoming one of my favorite stamping colors.

A bit of watercoloring and little circles punched out to make it look like bubbles.

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Thursday, August 7, 2008

8-1/2 x 11

I don't know what's happening to me, but 8-1/2 x 11 has been the theme for the day. Sometimes 12x12 seems so huge to me. I also notice myself being a little more simple. I'll just go with the flow. Maybe it will stop, or maybe this is taking me down another scrapbooking path.

3 Favorite things
1. Kraft paper
2. NEW SU scallop punch
3. 8-1/2 x 11 pages

This was my first page of the day. I had to do something while waiting for the new SU catalogs to be delivered. (They are here!!! YEAH!!) Kraft-colored paper and I are getting along really well right now. Ha! A couple of the green circles on this page were punched from a Basic Grey paper line called Boxer. The paper is way too busy for me, so I thought this was a good way to use it up. (You will see strips of it in the post below) The silver letters fror "road" are from Creative Memories. They are so old! Haha!

This picture looks blurry. I really wanted to draw the colors out of the pictures. The Yield sign is a picture I took and cut out. (If you look closely you'll see a bullet hole in to top right corner. Ha!)

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I wanted to combine the 3 pictures shown on these two pages, but it wasn't working. I really like how these pages turned out!

Baroque Motifs stamp set is so beautiful! I included some rub-ons. And then I stuck some rhinestones onto the rub-ons. I love it!

Simple page. Sorry about the blur. I found the letters for "Thom's" in an area where I keep 12x12 paper. They are Basic Grey letters. I love letters, and the more unique, the better!
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Baby Cards

Kraft-colored paper was what I was interested in the day I made these cards.

This narrow card was really hard to take a picture of because it didn't want to stay closed, so I had to hold it down a bit with my finger. I adhered a scallop circle to the middle of the card and then punched it with a regular circle punch to see through to the inside.

It's so simple and cute! Ha!

Another simple baby card made with the same set. This is a non-girly baby girl card. Ha!
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Monday, August 4, 2008

Recipe Box

A few months ago I started redoing my recipe box. There is an example in the SU catalog that I wanted to copy. Since I already had a recipe box, I decided I would use it instead of buying a new one. I put Close to Cocoa paper around the exterior of it. It's not perfect, but I like it! I am really into brown right now. This doesn't even match my kitchen...but again, that's ok! This is something I could one day redo again. This box isn't completely finished as I have tabs to make and more recipes to type and print out. The hand-written recipes are being kept as keepsakes.

The chipboard letters were painted with a cream-colored acrylic paint. I love the Baroque Motif stamp behind the letters.

The blue checkers is the original design of the recipe box. I guess I could paint it, but we'll see. You can see the different colored cards in the box. I have everything color-coordinated. The recipes cards were created in Photoshop (that is a lot of typing!) and then printed out and adhered to 4x6 colored cardstock. The categories are separated by chipboard "cards" that will eventually have tabs on them with words like "Dessert". I'll post again when the project is completely finished.

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I was at the scrapbook store today and they just received some new product. I'm not usually one to buy Jolee's (sp?) stickers, but I really was drawn to this sheet called Clubhouse. I had these pictures of my little brother Jacob in mind. In fact, I came home and started working on the page right away.

I have been wanting to do something with these chipboard numbers for awhile. There's no real reason for them, but I will probably journal something about how fast Jacob is growing up and how he was 7 years old in these pictures.

This is a page of my friend Carrie and I. She was the one who introduced stamping and Stampin' Up! to me. I remember getting into it, and then thinking stamping was such a waste! Haha! I'm so glad I changed my mind! She is also my SU upline.
I started this page a few days ago and finally finished it today. The paper is my favorite right now! You've seen it on here before. And I plan on using more! Haha!

I stamped some words in Whisper White Craft ink onto black paper and then trimmed.
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