Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Whoooo loves ya, baby?

I've become totally addicted to Pinterest.  I can spend hours upon hours just cruising different boards and picking out new ideas and projects to try.  I was surfing last evening and found this Pin with these totally adorable little owls!!  I fell in love right away!

The base of the owl is made from the Pillow Box die for the Big Shot so he can hold a yummy little surprise.  His feathers were punched from the Sale-A-Bration designer series paper...which I totally love and it will make me really sad when I can't get anymore.  I had fun trying to figure out all the pieces and putting it together into my version of this cool project!

Just like the pin, I just might make myself an army of little rainbow owls.  They make me happy :)

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Froggie gets some friends

Remember my little froggies?  Well, I finally got around to putting them on cards!  I have a hostess club meeting tomorrow night.  We have a card swap each month and this little guy is my February offering. I made a dozen of these cards which got my fingers a bit inky but I think they were totally worth it.

The background of the card is brayered and inked on Glossy White cardstock. I enjoy brayering on glossy at times because it can be a little more forgiving than just using Whisper White.  I wanted to be able to blend my colors a little more and I find that the glossy cardstock helps me do that.

The water is brayerd with Marina Mist and Tempting Turquoise with the water on the horizon being sponged Tempting Turquoise.  The sky was created by sponging on Bashful Blue with Marina Mist layered on the top.  The lily pad was sponged on using a large heart mat punched out of a sticky note with Always Artichoke and a Garden Green edge.

I say this everytime I brayer a background...I really need to get my brayer out more often! I hope you enjoy my little friends as much as I do :)

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Scrampin' in Extreme Grunge

Last night I got a rare opportunity to spend a few hours in my stamp room doing a little scrapbooking.  I'm heading to a crop this weekend with some friends and I want to have my layouts ready to receive photos. My goal is to get our trip to Wisconsin last year in a book before Saturday night is over.  Meaning...I have lots of layouts to make before I get there.

I decided to use the March Scramp Klub as the inspiration for my pages.  Granted, the colors are different, the layouts are a bit different, and I added an extra stamp set that we won't be using in the klub but the inspiration is there :)  I used Grunge Rock and Extreme Elements to make these layouts.  Cherry Cobbler, Basic Gray, and Basic Black were my colors for this book.  (Pacific Point is the primary color for March Scramp Klub)  These pages turned out just smashingly good!  I'm so excited to get my pictures on these pages!

Now, I just need to make about 6 more layout pages and try not to forget my Notes & Details set for journaling and I should be all set for Saturday night :)

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Happy Mardi Gras!

We had an amazing weekend at my VFW post.  We threw a murder mystery dinner party on Saturday and had a absolute blast.  Our theme was 1857 Mardi Gras complete with party goers and pirates.  A lot of work went into making this dinner a success and it really turned out beautifully.  The photo to the right is our amazing cast of characters.  I'm the one all the way to the right in the beaded head dress.  I got to play the role of the narrator for the event, guiding everyone through the story.  And I'll have to say, the Goodwill store and area resale shops really made out well with our little adventure. I found a couple new shops  that I'm excited to go back and do a bit of real shopping at some of these stores we found...but not until March, of course!

I had to thank all of the awesome volunteers who made this party such a smashing success.  I pulled out Artistic Etchings.  The crown reminded me of the Mardi Gras king.  Colors used in these cards are Daffodil Delight, Garden Green, and Elegant Eggplant.

I created the background by stamping off twice before hitting the Whisper White card stock.  I wanted to be able to see the colors but not have it as dark as the frame.  Stamping off is a great, easy technique that makes a nice background.

Pretty simple card.  I really enjoyed making them.  Now, I just need to sign them and get them in the mail.  I think that will be my goal for tonight.  Enjoy!!

March Scrapbook Club - Grunge Rock

It's time to register for the March Scramp day!!  Our stamp set of the month is Grunge Rock.  I love love love this set and these layouts are really cool.  I'm going to be using Grunge Rock to scrap the photos from last summer's vacation to House on the Rock.

Registration for March is open now.  Follow this link --> CLICK HERE to learn more about Scramp Klub and to register for the March class!  We'll be meeting on Sunday, March 18 at 1:00pm.

See you then!!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Busy busy busy

I didn't realize how long it had been since I last posted.  The last couple weeks have been a bit of a whirl wind for me.  Nothing major.  I totallly do this to myself :)  I do a lot with my local VFW Ladies Auxiliary.  Tomorrow, we're having a murder mystery dinner that, of course, I volunteered to plan and run.  I feel like we started talking about this 2 days ago with how fast it's come up where in reality, it's been over 4 months.  Wowzers!!  I'm going to spend my day shopping and doing food prep.  We're cooking dinner for 60 in a kitchen that's slightly smaller than my own. 4 burners and 1 oven. Should proove to be interesting!

Tonight is our first Scramp Klub meeting.  I'm SO excited about it.  This first klub meeting uses the Flower Fest stamp set.  I'll be sure to post some pictures over the weekend of our first meeting. I'm really looking forward to a little relaxation after what, I'm sure, will be a busy, packed day.  Plus, I wanted to pull together a few more of these pages so I could use them as a gift for one of my friends.  It's almost as if I can get the best of all worlds...scramp with my friends and accomplish a part of my to do list.  That doesn't happen very often in my world, you know!  If you want to join us for next month's gathering, click on the Scramp Klub 2012 link at the top of my blog for more information about the March meeting.

Finally, I'll leave you with a little love from my baby.  He turned 14 last week.  We had Nana Delicious Meatloaf for our family birthday celebration last night with our extended family...and of course, cake!  I have the hardest time getting this kid to just smile.  He's such a ham :) 

Have a great weekend, everybody!!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Stop hating bows!

Ok, you know who you are.  You...yes, YOU!  You're far from what I'd call the bow whisperer. As a matter of fact, you go out of your way to make cards and scrapbook pages that don't even use a plain ol piece of ribbon.  I want you to stop being afraid!  Make ribbon your friend!

See the nifty photo to the left?  This is what I call a "cheaters bow".  No tying, not knots.  It's just some adhesive and a couple of strategically placed loops.

The photo on the right is a sample card from our Technique Notebook Session 3 that uses one of these quick and easy cheaters bows.  Go ahead and give it a try.  What's the worst thing that can happen?  You might actually find a love for ribbon after all!