Saturday, October 19, 2013

Some Fall Cards

Thought I'd share a few fall cards I'd made a while back.   

The basic ingredients of these are Spellbinders Leaves dies, patterened paper [can't remember what kind but it has a fall "feel" to it], Woodgrain Cuttlebug EF, some ribbon and brads.  I really liked the way they turned out.  I hope you like them, too. 

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Crop Connection, July 2013

I know it's been a while since I've posted.  I really have good intentions but my running seems to take precedence; therefore my time is spent in that direction, then to update that blog...well, let's just say I need to spread all my love between my three blogs.

Late June, I received a jury duty summons form.  Did THIS make me squirm!!  After submitting the form, I figured the time it took for them to look it over and call a new jury would land about the time of the Crop.  Usually, I'm getting excited 7-10 days before and start getting ready and packed.  This time all I had was anxiety...LOTS of it...because with my luck, I felt I was destined to have to appear at the end of the week when I would be on the road to Jackson.  My tablemates asked me off and on if I had received any information.  I wanted to see them so bad again.  Monday came and nothing in the mail...beginning to feel relieved.  Then Tuesday's mail arrived and I'm beginning to get excited!! left me with tons of things to do...mostly mentally in the fact I need to plan what to pack on a quick notice.  The packing is the easy part...the deciding what to take and what I want to do when I'm there, that's the work! 

Not having the usual preparation time, things just got tossed into large containers.  One of them is always used for "working" items; like an Ott light, extension cords, shelving, pillow to sit on, etc., etc.  Thankfully, I have learned to confine those things to one container leaving the others for all the "toys", I mean important things, I want/need. 

After all of this "work" got in motion, my excitement built and built on seeing my scrapping "sisters" again.  I don't know what it is about this Crop but it really is like a family reunion twice a year.  Some are close "relatives" while others are distant cousins.  Most of them you like, then there will be a couple thrown in the pile that you could care less if you saw again...just like family, ha! 

Believe it or not, I think I took less containers than before but, for the life of me, I can't see where I left anything...actually felt like I had more available.  Maybe I need to pack like this from now on...last minute.

The Brandon Municipal Building was a really nice building.  The room was large, the bathrooms stayed clean and supplied, and the lighting was GREAT...a necessary luxury when you are doing papercrafting on your table the entire time. 

Seems I took less pictures this year than in years past.  Not sure why...just happened that way.  I was hesitant in going for another reason.  I'd not made cards in a long time and really feel like I had to start over.  But when I got started, things seem to fall into place again.  Just haven't "progressed" any.  I loved my card that I submitted for the Card Contest and can't wait to pass it along.  It's a smaller than usual card.  I, also, wanted to do something different again this time so I made an easel card.  The opened view shows the fold in the card to make it sit up against the little flower at the bottom.  When it's laid down in place, the cutout lines up evenly.  I loved the subtle colors with the emphasis on the words.  I got 2nd Place and am proud of the little card.  It's so delicate.  What do you think? 

Here are some shots of us at the photo op. 

Caroline and buds forever!!

 Karen...looking great this Crop.  She's such a busy bee.  Wish we had gotten our pics together.  :(

The best tablemates ever...we are growing!  Vivian, Debbie, Karen, Terri, Me, Caroline.

We had shirts alike except I got a spot on mine just before someone decided to get pics...UGH!  The shirt read "Scrapbooking is a Hoot".  The theme this time was on owls.  So cute!

After all was said and done, I came out with 29 cards!!  That's a record for me.  Well...I had to make several birthday cards so I duplicated 12 of them.  Otherwise, they were ALL different.  I can hardly make two alike so this was a challenge in and of itself.  I won't bore you with all of them.  Here are a few.  Which do you like the best? 

I tried something a little different on this one by using the negative die with patterned paper behind it and adding some texture with the soft, green fiber string.

The butterfly is threefold.  The bottom one is blue, the second is green and the top is pink.  It was hard to capture the dimension.  I think this is my favorite one. 

I have to say I love this one, too.  LOVE the little dress die.  I embellished everyone of them.  Cut the card a little short so I could let the little birdie sit on the edge of the clothesline and added some sweet tiny hearts for his "notes". 

And, finally, my little cherry card.  Love the buttons and twine.  The inside reads "you're so sweet". 

That's it for now. 

Happy Stamping/Scrapping and Card Making, my friends!!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Crop Connection, January 2013

This January's Crop Connection did not disappoint.  Though I've not made many cards since last summer except those I needed at the moment, I was able to get some done I had a list for.  On top of that, I was able to do some freely...meaning free to create what I felt like.  Here are a few pics of the room:

 Then there were some of the things I just HAD to have, you know.  The first two stamp sets are my first from Close To My Heart.  I used one of the lace images and love it.

These other sets I got for .50 each.  I just couldn't resist these cuties.  The two larger sets were only $2.00 each.  I got all of these sets at Market Mania. 

I thought these two sets would go well with my running scrapbooks.

Then I picked up a couple of other things.

Then there's the desk of my good friend, Karen, that says this is the way she "thinks" and "creates"...I'd die if this was mine.  Funny, how everyone is so different.

Some last day photo ops...Karen thought she was going to get my neck in the cane for a 'funny' pic but I'm not an idiot!!  LOL

I won First Place for my card entry.  My friend, Karen, won Second Place.
This card has a different fold to it.  You lift up the white panel and fold down the red panel to reveal the message.

Then there's that sweet little Izzy.  I just love her sweet smile and personality!!  She's really growing up fast.

I'll post the pics of the cards I made later on.  This is enough for you to get hold of for now.  The ladies at Crop Connection do an outstanding job.  I always look forward to seeing them and ALL of my scrapping friends that I see at no other time in the year.  Love you all!!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Card in Two

I saw this card somewhere [sorry I do not remember where or who or I would be tickled to give her credit] and saved it, printed it, and looked at it several times knowing I wanted to do one just like it. There wasn't a thing I didn't like about it. I especially loved how it looked like it was just floating in air.

First, I want to say that the colors did not show up well. This card is purple and soft yellow on a neutral card base. I started with some Naturals cardstock cut long ways where it stands taller than wider. Cut off the end about 1.5 inches and set this piece aside. Now at the bottom of the card itself cut off about a half inch. Adjust according to your "floating" pieces you want to use; I used stars. Score the top part [don't know if you can tell] 1/8" two rows, skip an 1/8 and repeat. In other words, you will have two lines scored then a space, two lines scored then a space, etc.

I took my Stars Nestabilities and used the 3 smallest of the 5. There's a large one for the middle, 3 medium with one out of a patterened paper for the center star and 3 smaller stars to be the center of all three stars. The largest star was also embossed. I used purple cardstock for the largest and all 3 small stars. Two medium sized stars were die cut in a soft butter cardstock and one out of coordinating patterened paper.

The large star is put together with dimensional tape between each star. The other two stars are just laid one on the another. I had some pretty, small crystal rhinestones that I colored with More Mustard marker and placed them in the center of the smaller stars.

Attaching to card: Attach the top of the large star in the center of the top piece with a glue dot leaving the bottom unattached. Place a smaller completed star underneath the large one and carefully place it on the top piece by the tip of it so it appears to be "floating". Repeat with the other star. With the bottom piece laid in line with the inside of the card, check and see that there is ample space visible when the stars will be attched to it. Before attaching it to the top piece, fold it with the stars laying over the loose piece. Select a stamp that will fit appropriately on the unattached piece. At this time, remove it and stamp your sentiment. Now it is time to put mini glue dots [or tape] where it cannot be seen on the bottom of all three stars. Gently lay the top over the bottom piece and when it is in line perfectly, press in place. This is not hard at all...just a little wordy. Refer to photo and see what I am talking about.

On the inside, I stamped the coordinating sentiment along with the gift in this set. In order to keep it from looking bland, I added some tiny rhinestones in the open spaces in the image. This brought the front and inside together nicely. On the back, I stamped the balloon in this set and drew a line for the string.

Paper: Naturals Ivory (SU), patterened paper (K & Company) and purple and soft yellow solid (The Paper Studio)
Stamps: Birthday Whimsey (SU ret.)
Ink: Lavendar Lace
Other: Star Nestabilities, Martha Stewart Scoreboard, Glue Dots, Rhinestones and More Mustard marker (SU-for string on balloon on the back of card, not shown)

I hope you like this card. I thoroughly enjoyed making it and want to make more in different themes. It would be so cute with leaves, hearts, flowers, snowmen, presents, etc.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012


There must be something to this "memory" thing, ha!! I've started my second scrapbook and am really enjoying it.

I've had my pictures printed of all the races I've done. As some of you may know, I did a scrapbook entirely of my first marathon. I started from the very beginning of when I made the decision to do it, got some pics throughout my training, and finally the marathon itself. It was one of the most gratifying things I'd done in a long time. The memories came alive as I relived each moment. This book had a lot of journaling in it which I still love to read over and over again.

Since I had enjoyed that one so much, I got to thinking that I would start a scrapbook on my half marathons. I really love running those races. That distance seems to just "fit" me. Thirteen miles makes me feel strong and healthy and usually leaves me with the feeling that I can do a few more. Though I hope to do another marathon or two, that's really not my forte. Okay...this blog is about stamping and scrapping, so let me get back to it.

I began my scrapbook with my very first half marathon race at Seaside, Florida. A cold front had come in the night before. It was a terrible storm! We were in our camper and the wind was awful. We could hardly sleep. By morning, the storm had passed over and blue skies were above. It was beautiful! left temps colder than the city's record with terrible winds. Gusts were so strong. There's no telling what the wind chill factor was. From what I remember, the temp was in the low 30's WITHOUT the wind figured in!! We were freezing while waiting to start...I mean freezing! I remember fussing a couple of weeks prior because of running my longest training run in strong winds. I really got mad that I didn't have "perfect" weather for my longest run. Little did I know that that day probably helped me through the race.

The next half was 11 months later. I was really excited about it. It was the Mardi Gras Half in New Orleans. I knew it was going to be exciting with a ton of people, unlike Seaside. It was going to be a fun race. I was running so well and having the best time. I called Kent to let him know that all was well and better than expected and had decided to increase my speed. I was a little over halfway at that point. Then it happened...I fell!!! I mean fell flat on my face!! I had never been so surprised cause I didn't see it coming. The raised repair-work the City had done on the street had caught my foot and sent me barrelling in the air. Well, I'll spare you all the details. But this race probably had more memories than most.

I look back and wonder why in the world I wanted to do more half marathons. The first one was so cold and windy and the second one I was skinned alive. But I never focused on those things; only that I wanted to do another and another and another. There have been 6 half's to date. There would have been more this year but I fought a terribly bad case of bronchitis which knocked me out of 2 more as well as my first trail race, which was a little longer than half marathon distance.

Since I've printed all of my race photos, I have another book in mind. This one will include all the other races since I've started racing. I wish I had taken photos of Kent when he did his races all these years, but honestly, I did not like runners [as a whole]. They were always nasty and sweaty when they finished and I can't stand to sweat or feel dirty. Well, things have changed because now sweat makes me feel clean; at least, clean until I'm wearing dried sweat...yuk! I know that makes NO sense to non-runners. The general racing scrapbook will include him and me. This is fun and I still have a lot to do today.

Happy Scrapping [yeah, this came from my lips]!!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

'12 Summer Crop Connection

Let me say up front that this post is filled with pictures. This summer's Crop Connection was not disappointing, as usual. Guess one of the best things is getting together with friends. There's nothing like being with those that have the same toys you do and playing and playing and playing. When you go to CC, you step back into a world of childlike freedom where everything is provided for you and all you have to do is concentrate on creating or whatever you want to do WITHOUT the guilt of cleaning this or cooking that or anything that breaks your concentration. I love it!!!

This summer's theme is "Christmas in July". Tables were decorated, cute clothes were worn, nails were painted red and green, and even the 'happies' were festive. It's like having Christmas off and on throughout the entire time. And, speaking of times, here are the hours: Thursday, 4:00 pm-11:30 pm; Friday, 9:00 am-11:30 pm; Saturday, 9:00 am-10:00 pm. It's crazy cause most never leave except to go to the bathroom, shop, eat or walk around cause you're tired of sitting. It's so much fun!!

With all of that said, let me start with pictures of the hostesses and some of the room I was in. There were two rooms this time but once I took these pics, I forgot to go back and get some of the other room. Vendors are available to purchase your goodies from, too, which I got no pics of them either.

Andrea, Nadine & Deanna [the best hostesses in the world!]

Table mates hard at work...well, kinda...
Caroline [whom I've been with along with Terri for a long time now]
Terri [she's feeling much better and without her oxygen this time]
Karen [see what I mean?], who I met last summer and we just clicked so well; she's hooked on CC now!
Debbie, Terri's SIL, met at January's CC and she's hooked, too.
My card entry won 2nd place and I was very excited about that. I've not been on my game for a while and am pleased it was even considered. Details will follow in a different post.
CC had the usual door prizes winning by placing tickets in a bowl of choice. I rarely win a thing but this year me and Caroline both won one. We even won third place for table decoration, which I did not get a pic of...ugh! We were on a roll at our table! I got a nice paper holder filled with all kinds of things from Michael's. There were all different kinds of papers/cardstock that I've not seen before and was worth a good bit of $$...yay! Just so thrilled to have this did not disappoint!
Caroline won a very nice, chic Ott's favorite color!!! I couldn't get her to feel sorry for me enough to give it to me, ha!
The table behind us had this cute elf which they posed using different props. It was unique and so cute. We got our picture taken with it; this one without Karen as she was not feeling well and later getting there.
Next is a pic of Andrea and Deanna lovingly laughing at each other. Cute!
A final pic at the end of the crop with all of us present.
It was a fun time spent with great friends. For any that have not attended one of these crops, you really need to consider it. It's WELL worth it!