Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Pink Princess Gatefold Pocket Tag Mini

Mini album with belly band,

Album is for, and about, my niece Sylvia.

This mini used LOTS of scraps and embellishments I've had for years.  Very cool.

This last tag was the reason I decided to call it "Pink Princess..."
Watch the short video for a closer look.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Distressed B-Day Card with Lace

My mom turns 68 this week!  I created this card with vintage in mind, but could not find the photo of her that I thought I had when she was very little.  So I had some fun putting this one together instead.

Shaped card, frame, and all cuts from Art Philosophy cart. Stamps from CTMH "Celebration" set. Paper Bazzill Basics. Ribbon, lace, and embroidery floss, various.  Sizzix TH embossing folder. Spray & Sparkle in gold from Crafter's Companion (great stuff!).  Momento black ink.  Distress Inks in Vintage Photo, Milled Lavendar,  and Spun Sugar.


Stamp TV:  Mix It Up Monday - DISTRESSING - STV12MON5  Distress a card and include some form of a Tag.

 FCCB:  #99 – Fancy Trims   Use fabric, lace or other trims on your project  

I love how the CTMH stamps and cuts from Art Philosophy work together!

Edges are roughed up and inked - truly distressed.

All that sparkle comes from Crafter's Companion's gold Spray & Sparkle.  Cool stuff!

I also had the opportunity to try out some glass etching - a first for me.  So simple!  Again I used the Art Philosophy cart.  The glass block frame already had the "R" monogram on it.  I simply added the scroll corners. 

I used Armor Etch for the scrolls.

Tough to photograph, but here's the finished product.  Frame was a steal from Home Goods.
Original photo.  Great smile Mom!


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Friday, February 17, 2012

"All My Children..."

Include a funny title or phrase on your project 

This week over at FCCB we're having so much pun!  Well my card's not so "punny," more just humorous.  I just picked up these stamps and was thrilled to use them for this challenge.  Yep, that's me!  My "kids" are all furbabies.  

I was trying to use some more interesting cuts for this card, but my beloved cricut was having (blade I think) issues and I couldn't get any more cuts.  So the one cut is the card, which I love and use all the time, and its from Art Philosophy.   The decorative edge is so elegant and invites so many fun design ideas.

 Penny Black Stamp:  Every Pet's Dream.  Sentiment from Peddlar's Pack.  Cardstock from Bazzill, and Crafter's Companion. Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. PrismaColor pencils. Momento ink.  Fibres from Michaels.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

"Be Mine" Valentine's Day Banner

Include a heart on your project 


My Craft Spot: Monday Challenge #43 - Valentine's Day


 This Valentine's Day I made my sister and her family a banner to help get them in the spirit.  I love making banners, they're so festive and charming.  And with not too many letters, this one came together quickly.  See the quick video below for a more detailed peek.
Carts used: Art Philosophy, Ribbons & Rosettes, Storybook

 For more details, watch the video now...
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Saturday, February 4, 2012

I Love Decorating with Photographs!

Years ago I belonged to a book club dedicated to home decor, crafts, and improvements.  One of the books in that collection was called "Decorating with Family Photographs." This was back in the infancy of digital photography, and I didn't even own a real camera, only the disposable kind.  I liked the idea of a whole wall or staircase filled with pictures, especially vintage ones.  I just felt it "made" a home and was plain old interesting.  (Check out other ideas on my Pinterst board )

You know what? As the single gal I just admired the concept, but never acted on the thought.  What was I going to have, a dozen pictures of my baby girl pug on the wall?  (Come to think of it that wouldn't have been all that bad!)  Well I finally got married at 38 and was so fortunate that my husband came with kids (voila, photo ops galore!), and a super-awesome family with a rich history of photos.  His mom was generous to loan me entire albums of their family to scan, even Jim's father's baby book from the 1930s, and "glamour" shots of both sets of grandparents back in the early days of the depression.  Wow, what a gift!

I already have several walls (that staircase wall is coming along) and multiple bookshelves with family photos on them.  While at HomeGoods recently ( - great items at great prices found here) I picked up some items to decorate the top of a naked bureau in our entry.  I did buy candles for the candlesticks from another store, but I need something different, so I know there's still an element missing.

As I was arranging this new vignette, I had input from all the family members... what photos to go in the frames, how to arrange them, color schemes, ect.  (This photo makes them look a variety of colors from green to orange, but they really are mostly sepia toned.)  At one point, while getting the nod of approval from Jim, I hugged him and said, "I am so happy to have a wealth of family photos to decorate with, its something I've always wanted.  It makes me really feel a sense of family, and makes our house feel like a home - with interest and history!"  I love him for adding that texture to our lives!

Entry bureau.  Holds leashes and dog walking accessories; and homemade afghans and quilts for getting cuddly (with dogs) in front of the TV.

 I did have my grandparent's 1940 wedding photo on the bureau too, but decided it fit better here.  I figured I could periodically swap it with the other 8x10 on the bureau.
Etagere in the entry of our bedroom.  Opposite this is a bookcase jam packed with books and what else...?  More photos of course.
 I'm not much of a scrapbooker, but as my brother-in-law recently sent me a CD of family photos of their lives in Germany, I couldn't resist creating a layout featuring my nephew on horseback.  I pulled out an old LO of one of my favorite pix of Jim, framed them, and added a little wall vinyl courtesy of my "Word Collage" cart.  Instantly more photo decor in my office.
Office wall, above my desk.  Yes, I know, the "r" in "paper"  is AWOL.  I need to fix that.
My new L.O. featuring Dom and his first week ever of riding lessons in Austria.  AWESOME subject matter!

Here's a visual list of the photos profiled here.  Thanks for checking in to my blog.  Happy snapping!

Washington, 2008

North Dakota, 1940

North Dakota, 1948

Washington, 1963

Munich, Germany, 2010

Austria, 2010