May 18, 2011

Where it all began

I know that most of the people who drop by my blog do so because they are interested in a specific project that I have posted elsewhere- either on FB, the circle blog, or the MB.  But I thought I would do something a little different tonight.  Instead of sharing a new project, I wanted to share an old one.  Infact, this is what I consider the begining of my scrapping.  Tonight Carrie from the Greenbean's crafterole posted a link to a this very cool "smashbook" video.  Well, this book really brough back memories of where my scrapping began.  So, I went upstairs and dug this book out of a box.  I took a few quick photos, and wanted to share them with you.  So, here is the fun part.  I would love to challenge you to do the same.  Dig out your "first scrapbook"  take some photos and post them on your blog.  Then come back here and share a link.  I would love to see where it began for you.  As a very small incentive I would like to offer up some blog candy.  The candy will be a Cricut Cartridge- Birthday Cakes- NEW IN PACKAGE.  Here are the rules:

1. Take photos of your first scrapbook and post them online (MB, blog, photobucket album, FB).
2. Link your post back to this site ( )
3. Come back here and leave a comment telling me where I can check out your first album, be sure to let me know what you like best about my album as well..

As I will be on vacation for the next week I am going to leave this open until 11:59 PM CST on May 31, 2011.  You need to do all three steps listed above to be eligable for the prize.  On June first I will pick one RANDOM winner. 
Seriously look how much stuff was shoved in there.

the book that started it all, it would be a few years of books
 like this before I learn what scrapbooking is....

Playbills from theater productions I attended or was a part of

notes from my friends- there were lots of pages like this

My name cut out of magazine letters- notice the stickers, everywhere!
My star crushes!

Enough said!
once a photo junkie, always a photo junkie!
My senior HS picture
I don't even know what all of this was from, but It was fun!

Senior theater trip to NYC

OK- Now it's your turn, show me your stuff!

Card of the week- cancer stinks

I wanted to share yet another untraditional card for a friend with Breast Cancer.  This is the second card I have created for her using the Campin' Critters cart.  I would have never imagined this would be the way I use this cart, but it really seems to work. 

May 15, 2011

Happy Anniversary- Card

My husband and I will be celebrating 10 years together next month.  For a bit of an anniversary treat we are heading to DC next weekend.  My husband and kids actually left a few days ago to go to my parent's house, and I will meet them on Thursday.  As I have finals this week, I couldn't go yet, but my hubby ran the Pittsburgh Marathon today.  A few weeks ago he suggested that he would take the kids to my parents a bit early and go out alone and I could just meet them.  I jumpped at the chance to be home alone for a few days.
Well, not so alone.  This weekend a couple of my scrappy friends came over to play.  I have been so productive.  I created 17 cards, 2 t-shirts, 2 vinyl decals, one yourstory album, a dozen roses, and maybe a few more things I'm not recalling now.  I plan to share those projects with you this week.  So, here is a sneak peak at all of the projects.  Yeah, I'm making it tiny on purpose so that you have to come back to see all the!

Now that I have given you a glipse of all of the projects I want to share the details of the anniversary card I made for my hubby.  The card was inspired by the current cricut circle blog challenge (not the link will not work for you if you are not a member of the circle).   The basics of the challenge is to use three items from this tic-tac-toe board:

I choose to work with the far right column.  I have to admit this really challenged me to think outside my box-litterally, I had to take my imagine out of the box- haha.  I used the pattern papers from Hopscotch Image Cartride, the tree is from Campin Critters, the grass is from Everyday Paper Dolls, the birds are from Life's a beach, the font is Cake Basics, and the inside shape is Elegant Edges.  WHOO, I don't know that I have ever used that many carts on one tiny little card, but the end product was well worth it!  Oh, and the inside phrase and the birds were cut out of vinyl instead of paper to make it a bit easier to transfer.


front details- top

front details- bottom

May 14, 2011

Scrap day with the gals

I feel so fortunate to have some local gals to scrap with.  Right now my husband and kids are out of town, so I have spent the last 24 hours scrappin' with some friends JANICE A and JAN SCHMECKPEPER.  We moved all of the toys out of the toy room- ok, just the ones on the floor, and set it up as an overflow craft room.  The Imagine, the cuttle bug, and one E are set up in my craft room.  The loft/ kids playroom is set up with folding tables for a mini crop weekend.  As I have already shared my craft room HERE, today I want to share my "overflow" space. I hope to be reworking my entire craft space this summer so please be sure to stop by for updates. 

May 10, 2011

Card of the week May 10, 2011

As I mentioned last week I am making it a personal goal to send a card every week to a friend with breast cancer.  This week's card is a bit untraditional, but I really love it.  I used campin' critters for the images.  This cut is supposed to have a river in the middle instead of a road, but as soon as looked at the cartridge I started planning on how do use it as a road instead. 

May 6, 2011

April showers card

A friend of mine is battling breast cancer right now.  Last week she underwent a mastectomy on her left breast to remove the cancer.  The surgery went well and she is now resting at home and starting the healing process.  I have made it a personal goal to send her a card or package weekly for the next few months.  This week I did both.  I sent her a package with my pink journey cartridge and this card.  I know it is a big no-no to give away carts that are gypsy linked, but I thought in this case it was worth the risk.  I have had the cartridge since last summer.  I wanted to purchase one for my friend, but when I looked on ebay I couldn't find one for less than $100.  At that point I made the decision to part with mine.  My friend doesn't use her G that much so I don't think she will mind.

Now for the card.  I created this card using the April showers Cartridge for the umbrella.  Create a critter for the cloud, paisley for the rainboots, elegant edges for the inside, and mother's day bouquet for the rain drops and inside flowers.  The idea for this card actually started with the rain drops.  I added glitter using loose glitter and glossy accents, a bit of twine for the flower stems, and some gems in the flower centers.  The rain drops and flowers are actually the negatives from the favor flowers I made last week.  It is a pretty simple card, but I wanted to so something along the lines of April showers bring may flowers.  I think it is fitting for someone recovering.  Even after the worst storms beautiful flowers bloom.  I

May 1, 2011

Calling cards and favors

Yesterday I hosted a circle crop for the local gals in my area.  I made these calling cards and favors for the event.  Thanks for taking a peak.

The cards measure 3x3 as per the typical calling card.  Each card was punched at the bottom with a punch, and a three layer flower was added to the card.  The flowers were cut from the mother's day bouquet cart.  To do the favors I used a 1.5 inch pot, placed some easter grass (and lots of hot glue) in the bottom.  The flowers were attached to a lolly pop stick and a small ribbon was added.  It really was a simple project, but it turned out even better than I expected. 

Calling Cards