Sunday, September 29, 2013

untitled so far

Hello my crafty visitors! :)

So, I really have been trying to use only stash. However, I bought these Fancy Pants papers about a month and a half ago so I guess technically they are new. ;)  I did use some other stuff that IS old stash... some Maya Road kraft doily embelllishements, so stick pins, some buttons, and a couple Charlene's Button Box handmade buttons in flower shapes. The doilies on the doily print paper are the exact same doily as the paper doily I had in my stash, which I colored with Scattered Straw Distress Stain.

I had the papers in my workbox that went with me to crop yesterday, but I didn't have any pics chosen to go with them. However, I loved the papers so much that I made a layout anyway, hence why this doesn't have a title yet since I don't know what pics will go with it. ;)

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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Almost Time


Here's another use your stash layout! The background paper is from Kaiser, and I used all sorts of embellishments from my stash. Chipboard swirl, a transluscent clock (I think from Maya Road?), bling brads from BoBunny, glittered chip bird I think from K&Co, some ephemera that is possibly from 7gypsies, a felt scallop border, a doily, a heart button from Charlene's Button Box...

The picture is from a little over a week before I gave birth, so it's perhaps the only pic of me at my preggo hugeness. LOL  Normally I'm not fond of the one-photo layouts but sometimes that's all you have! Work with what you got, right?

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

zoo adventure


Here's another "use your stash!" layout! This time I'm using up some Kaiser Craft papers. I just love the colors. And they went well with the photos.

We were visiting my mom in Oklahoma, this is just a few pictures of the Oklahoma City Zoo.

I used some CTMH stamps, they are boy stamps in circle seal shapes, and after stamping them I punched them out with a circle punch, to use them as embellishments. They went well with the stamped seal motif in one of the printed papers (the split circle shape). 

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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Back To School

Happy Sunday!

Here's a second layout with the Echo Park collection, Paper & Glue that I made a few weeks ago as a "guest designer" for my friend Irene of Little Masterpieces kit company.

This one is very busy! lol but the papers are a little busy. I think they are super cute! I love the globe sticker.

Kits to make this layout will be available through my friend's website soon, if you want one, drop her a line and she'll save you one. :)

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Saturday, September 14, 2013

Field Trip!


I apologize for the photo, I took it at my friend's house, where I did not have time to get a good shot set up.

A few saturdays ago, my friend Irene of Little Masterpieces asked me if I'd be willing to help her at her kit booth at a crop. She said she always paid for a helper to come, not so much that she thought it would be too busy but that she wanted company as well as a help if needed. I was game! She also told me to bring stuff to scrap as there'd be time to scrap at the booth. So I did.

HOWEVER, I ended up being her "guest designer" that day instead! I designed 4 layouts that day for her, two sports ones and two school ones. These school ones were designed using Echo Park's Paper & Glue collection.  I'll post the other school layout tomorrow. This one is my favorite of the two. :)

And if you think you'd like this kit when she's finished kitting them up, stop by her website and drop her a note, she'll save one for you!

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Friday, September 13, 2013

Sword Play


I have been seriously using up my stash lately. Here's another layout using up a Kaiser line!

The arrows are from the Cricut Boho Iron on cartridge. I also found a postage border on Elegant Edges that I liked, and added some stars to it before cutting it out. The paper line had a sheet that had stars in circles, and I punched those out in 1 inch circles, then covered them with epoxy bubbles (actually epiphany punch bubbles but I got rid of the punches).

We had gone to a fencing practice to see some friends, and my son was, of course, fascinated with the fencing! My friend Alex took a break to give my son some pointers (haha) and let Kevin poke him a few times with the swords. ;)

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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Knight in Shining Armor

Hello! :)

I don't always design my own pages. I occasionally buy kits. I like to use kits when I first get to a crop and need to "get in the groove" or toward the end of a long crop when I'm not ready to quit but don't have a lot of time left to come up with something but don't want to quit too early either... so pull out a kit!  I bought this kit from my friend Irene, who has a kit business Little Masterpieces. I bought this one from her some time ago, and recently finished it. It uses BoBunny papers and embellishments.

The pictures are of my hubby on our wedding day. :)

My only worry is that I'm nearly out of kits!

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Brick Town


Here is another layout from our trip to Oklahoma to visit mom a couple years ago. I used We R Memory Keepers collection (one about family from a few years ago) for almost this whole trip. However, there's an aditional WRM sheet that had this map of Oklahoma on it. I used my cutter to cut a star out of a square and adhered that right over the town my mom lives in. I also cut the title. There's a cute banner made of circles printed with maps but I don't remember the manufacturer... maybe Studio Calico? hmm. I'm too lazy to go dig it out of my embellishment bag to see. lol

We went into Oklahoma City to Brick Town, a downtown attraction that has been completely rehabbed into a canal with a water taxi tour. Kevin loved the boat ride, and the sites were fun to see!

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Flood 2013


Here's a layout I did of the flood this year. This area gets flooded almost every year because of the Mississippi and the various creeks that handle all the storm water. Most of our floods, while annoying and costly to clean up, they are not emergencies like they used to be. The city I live in has gotten very good at handling floods, and most of the homes that got flooded regularly have since been torn down. This year though, a lot of the flooding was due to too much rain in a short time, and a lot of houses that never have a problem got flooded basements.  Some of the pictures (top right) are of the stormwater drainage/creek by my work parking lot, which kept getting a little flooded though not while I was parked there.

I recently finished using up all the Amy Tangerine papers from her first release, and this is one of the layouts. The cloud paper was perfect in my mind. ;)  I also used some thickers for the title.

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Monday, September 9, 2013

Jo's Famous Pizza


If you ever get down south, in this case, Edmond Oklahoma... you should really stop in a Jo's Famous Pizza restaurant! One can easily get bored of pizza around the QC, but this small southern franchise does have something unique (to me!) to offer.  Firstly, they had some pizza flavors I'd never tried. Second, they allow you to order pizza in different flavors up to 4 quarters. Perfect for us since there were four of us!  But best of all, they brought my son a small pizza cardboard and a small ball of pizza dough to play with while we waited! BRILLIANT!  He was completely consumed by the novelty of playing with the pizza dough. Mom and I dug through our purses for things he could use to press patterns into the dough since a fork wasn't enough! lol  And their pepper poppers were AWESOME. I don't often scrapbook restaurant visits unless they are tied to a birthday celebration or something but this one was memorable.

I used a We R Memory Keepers collection from a few years ago that was in my stash, which I believe I've used for this most of the pics from this vacation. :) The embellishments all came from the collection except for the tiny buttons. The paisleys were fussy-cut from one of the printed papers. I used the cricut to cut the title letters, I believe the font is from the CM Cheerful Seasons cartridge. 

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Sunday, September 8, 2013

Best of Times


Here's a kit I designed for the couple friends who like to buy kits.  I used a lot of cricut cartridges for this one.

Elegant Edges for the die cut shape on the right, and it's shadow.
Flower Shoppe for the rolled flowers
Party Picks and Pennants for the banners (CCR exclusive cartridge)
Phrases for the words and oval

Unfortunately I can't remember what manufacturer the paper came from! I just know I bought it at the last remaining LSS we have here, Scrapbooking Studio. I also used some lace from my stash.

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Saturday, September 7, 2013

Des Moines Science Museum


Another "use your stash" layout for you today!  It also happens to be more Kaiser papers. I used to buy almost every collection of Kaiser Craft papers that came out! I still love them, but rarely see Kaiser in person to buy anymore. I also used some old rubons and some letter stickers from my stash, a Bazzill embossed paper star, and a T-rex cricut cut from Dinosaur Tracks cartridge. The bottom border is cut from a Fiskers border punch.

When we were in Des Moines in May, we stopped to see the DM Science Museum, and they had a replica of "Sue", the T-Rex that resides at the Chicago Field Museum plus a special exhibit on dinosaurs. Score for us! Kevin enjoyed digging for dino bones, plus the other exhibits like the lego car making, the rocket making and the weather tv station where they sometimes actually broadcast the weather on a local tv station.

Hope to see you again, thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

DemiCon 36


Here's a layout using up some old Kaiser stash I had, plus some Maya Road chipboard gears, rubons, and Thickers. I apologize about the glare on the photos! It's very annoying to have that. :(   Anyway, this is actually a FOUR page layout! Because I had so many pics I wanted seen and not hidden in flap books. Since I had plenty of this stash, I just went for it. I like to do multiple pages sometimes, for the big events.

I used Picket Fence Distress Stain on the chipboard gears, which I thought turned out very nice. I fussy-cut the robots from the printed papers. Since this event is a Science Fiction convention, it seemed appropriate. :)  I also added our nametags as memorabilia on the last page of the layouts, but I couldn't find my husbands nametag yet so I left space for it to be added later.

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Monday, September 2, 2013

at work

Here's another layout I created with the Mamarazzi 2 line of papers from BoBunny. :) I also used a scrap of ribbon and some Jillibean letters. :)

This is a picture of a friend of mine who is a teacher at one of the schools I drive school bus for. I'm stopped at her school, and she didn't know I had my phone out ready to take her picture at my school bus door. :)

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