Thursday, January 24, 2008

Angel's Valentine sketch challenge

Well, Angel posted a sketch Tuesday morning and a challenge to go with it! Since I'm home with Emma and Michael (BOTH are sick!), I decided to pass the time by making a card :) I'm not crazy about it, but it gave me something to do! LOLThe colors are Rose Red, Pretty in Pink, Basic Black and Whisper White. I embossed the scrollies on both the black and pink paper with Pretty in Pink craft ink (the black didn't turn out like I wanted though....). I used versamark and classic ink to stamp the heart in Rose Red and embossed it. Then I punched that out with my scallop circle punch. For the sentiment, I used classic inks - Pretty in Pink and Rose Red - then inked the edges with So Saffron.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Perfect Layers tutorial

Good morning everyone! I wanted to make a tutorial to show everyone how the Perfect Layers tool works! This is a GREAT tool! I LOVE mine and don't think I could scrapbook without it!
So to get started, I decided Iwant to make a 3/8" border around my picture. So I got out my Perfect layers ruler that has the 3/8" mark on it. Now look at it from the end. You'll see this:
Going clockwise from the top left the 4 measurements are 1/8", 5/8", 3/8", and 1/4". The VERY FIRST thing you need to do is adhere your photo (or top layer, whatever it may be) to your next layer (you CAN do multiple layers, just one at a time).
Since I want a 3/8" border, I lay the ruler like you see here:
If you look closely at the blue line on my paper, you can see a white line. This is NOT on my paper, it is the "lip" on the ruler. Notice that I have the ruler laying so you can READ 3/8". Now I'm going to scoot it over to the left until it catches on the picture (sometimes you have to press down really hard! And sometimes you have to eyeball it!)
Now, it's hard to see what I did next, because I had to take the pictures AND try to do everything. I pressed down on the ruler with my left hand (I'm right handed, so if you are a lefty, you MAY want to flip this!) and took the exacto knife down the edge of the ruler with my right. This pic shows the ruler, but not my left hand (it was on the camera! LOL)
Once I got to where I thought was 3/8" past the end of the photo, I stopped.I then continue with these steps until I've got the whole picture (or top layer) cut out!
And there you have it! Now my picture is perfectly matted on this fun paper! If I wanted to do a second mat, all I would do is mat this entire thing on my next layer and start over again!
I hope this helps you! Enjoy!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008


Look at my sweet boy! Isn't he SO CUTE?!?! He was in SUCH a good mood last night! Look at that smile! I can't capture that too often! He isn't prone to smiling a lot when the camera is out! LOL Gotta love it! Now look at this next picture!NO I DID NOT cut his hair! LOL My Photoshop happy mother gave him a digital haircut! LOL She thinks this looks better than the first! I wouldn't know WHAT to do if we cut ALL his curls off!
I LOVE that smile!

My BIG girl!

LOOK! Emma's lost her first tooth! Can you believe it?!?! She's 5 years, 2 months, and 10 days! GAH! She's growing up SO fast! LOL I couldn't get her to STOP making this silly face! BUT if she smiled you couldn't see the "hole"! LOLHer Daddy pulled it out. If you look in this next picture (sorry for those who don't like mouth pics!), you can see her new tooth is ALREADY coming in BEHIND where this one came out! I'm concerned about it, but I'm going to wait until this tooth is all the way in before assuming anything "bad". It's almost guaranteed she's going to need braces.... Look at those BEAUTIFUL, TIGHTLY spaced baby teeth!

Now Angelo, look at this picture. I honestly believe he's going to have straight(er) teeth than Emma!

From my Open House/Crop

Well, here are some cards I made for my Open House/Crop this past weekend. I picked 5 techniques to highlight and made everyone got to make the cards they wanted! It was VERY nice. The techniques we highlighted were Stamping on a candle, markers, emboss resist, rock 'n' roll, and explosion books. It ended up that the people I had signed up for the explosion book saw how much fun the candles were and changed their mind! LOL Fortunately, I ALWAYS have candles on hand! Hopefully, I'll get pics of them later!

Now the card I posted last time is the emboss resist we made. BIG hit!

The next one is from the Rock 'n' Roll technique. I had trouble coming up with one because usually it's done with a solid image, but I don't have any solid LARGE images right now. I asked over at SCS and Chris (cdjkssss) came to my rescue with this great card! She used Priceless, True Friend, and Tres Chic. Well, I don't have the last 2, so I improvised! I used Priceless and Time Well Spent. Since I don't have ANY background sets (working on resolving this), I used ribbon to fill in the area to the right of the image. This was the Chocolate Chip Taffeta. I also changed the colors slightly. Chris used Apricot Appeal, Certainly Celery, Tempting Turquoise, and Whisper White. I used So Saffron, Green Galore, Tempting Turquoise, and Whisper White. Also, Chris used the ticket corner punch, which, again, I don't have, so I improvised with the 1/2" circle punch. I had to work with what I have! Michael limits my spending! LOL

Finally, I have the sample I made for markers. I knew what set I wanted to use... HELLO Heartfelt! LOL I LOVE this set. I had seen a card at SCS where the stamper (sorry I can't remember who) had used Le Jardin. Well, I had some I couldn't use (not my style....) And I think this turned out nicely. The colors are Always Artichoke, So Saffron, Soft Sky, and Very Vanilla for the cardstock (this scan doesn't do it justice!) and Bashful Blue, Ballet Blue, Old Olive, and Always Artichoke for the markers. The ribbon is the Bashful Blue Taffeta ribbon.

The Open House/Crop went nice! We had pizza, veggie plate, Michael's cheese dip, Nilla Wafers, Goldfish, Chocolate Chip Cookies, watermelon, and a Pumpkin cake that was REALLY yummy! We did our samples and others worked on projects - Katie was making birth announcements for her soon to be here daughter, Elizabeth was working on birthday cards for the year, and Jennifer was pounding away at her scrapbook pages! We had 6 people total, but 2 were new stampers (Hi Lynda and Kathy!) and one was just getting over a bug (hugs Meg!), but wanted to come sit with us for a little while!

OK, that's all from that! I'll be back shortly to share pics of the kiddos!

Friday, January 4, 2008

Try 2

OK I think I figured it out! Take a look at this! It's my revised version :)

All I did was color in the words, but it definitely looks more finished!

A new card!

See?!? I DO stamp.....sometimes! LOL I've been working on this card for 2 days! In between taking care of the kids, shopping, cleaning, running my business, and surfing the net! So here it is!

This is using the Time Well Spent Hostess set. I embossed it with clear embossing powder and stippled So Saffron, Groovy Guava, and Rose Red over top. Using a paper towel, I wiped off the excess ink and the image shows through - Emboss Resist. The cardstock colors are the same as the inks I used and I also added Garden Green. Although I AM proud that I FINALLY made something, I feel this is missing something. I made this using the SC30 sketch from SplitCoast Stamper's.... I like it, but feel it's missing something..... Anyone have an idea? Oh and it needs to be something Stampin' Up currently carries - this is for my Open House next weekend.

Thursday, January 3, 2008


Well, I did it! I went and got my haircut short(er)! Angelo didn't like it (he kept brushing it out of his way whenever he would lay on my shoulder!) and it kept getting in the way! So for a reminder - here's my before picture!
Now, notice it has a red tint. And notice that it's all AROUND my neck and the ends are kinda scraggly! And it's REALLY limp! Now look at my NEW hair!

Well? What do you think?!? Nothing TOO drastic (or shocking), but more of a light brown and less red, and inches, yes inches, shorter! Honest opinions please!