Monday, April 28, 2008

water baby

Hey! Look! I made a page!

I feel like I haven't scrapped in FOREVER, and it's only been about a week. I made this beauty at the crop last weekend. I used the fairy tale mermaid paper Sharon sent me, along with a piece of teal cardstock (also courtesy of Sharon). As soon as I saw the mermaid paper I knew what I wanted to do with it.

To save face (or butt?) I used a cosmo cricket rub-on to cover E's precious cheeks. Gotta keep things G rated, right? Especially when it comes to my baby and her online safety. The censored rub-on as well as the "baby" rub-on are from the valentine's cosmo cricket set. Very "coot."

The water is pink already, didn't change that. Everyone kept asking if I did. Nope. We use crayola bath tablets here in the house of P. It's a must for any bath.

Okay, I also used a navy blue cats eye ink, fuzzy Thickers, bubble diecuts by Jolee's, and the polka dot rubon is Heidi Swapp (and for the record, Heidi, I love your stuff, but your rub-ons suck. They either stick too quickly or not quick enough. Very hard to deal with). Oh and a Making Memories memo pad paper thingy, and my Zig writer for the journaling. I think that's it.

Also note I messed up the journaling, so I quick fixed it by putting a heart rub right next to E's name. I accidentally went into auto pilot when writing and wrote "Eleana's" when it was only supposed to read "Eleana." WOOPS!

Monday, April 21, 2008

Lyric Challenge

Miss Sharon put forth the challenge of journaling a song lyric...not the whole song, not just "happy Birthday" and slapping down a picture of your kids with cake on the face...nope, needed to be a song with meaning be it humor or otherwise. I chose my wedding song "Amazed" by Lonestar.
Supplies: Creative Imaginations Polka Dot, bazzil, and my trusty Cricut for the flourishes.


Last summer my BIL and SIL hosted a backyard family BBQ. We all had a great time, the kids had even a better time! I have a million pictures of the kids enjoying themselves climbing and running and chasing and...and.... Well, this is the best moment of the evening...when Uncle Tony took out the garden hose...The kids went nuts with the water fun! I am just getting around to scrapping this great time! I had a really hard time narrowing down my favorite pictures, but I finally did it.

The Supplies: Paper by Scenic Route (Hampton and Metropolis). Title is chipboard from Lil Davis Designs, I used Tim Holz distress crackle paint (broken china) on the brackets - just because I was DYING to try the paint! (it's really fun!), Gelly Roll White pen, CTMH inks and of course my cat's eye can't do a LO without inking it up!

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Baby Shower Gifts

OK, so I have been working on this number for a long time!! Finally finished it the night before the baby shower!! Which was last weekend and I am now getting around to posting it. Give a girl a break - sheesh, you know what my ovaries have been through this week! LOL
Anyway, I wanted to do a BABY word book, but didn't get enough paper. *slaps forehead* So Miss. Nicole was so kind as to swap the word book for the Bo Bunny mini album.
I was so not into doing this album. Not in love with the papers. I had asked the mommy-to-be what she was having, but I didn't hear back from her, so was left to pick out random papers from my stash. In the end, I think it worked out just fine, I just had a hard time really pulling it together.

Now, a little note about the page with all the arrows. A certain person, who shall remain nameless, was making fun of me for putting all these arrows on one page, leaving room for a tiny little picture. Well, I thought it was cute/funny because they are all going to be pointing at the cute little baby. The Mommy liked it too...we have a similar sense of humor, so I knew it would work for her. So, there! LOL

Now, onto the can. I thought I would throw this one in totally last miniute. I only decided this because the girls decided to take a late night run to "The Dream". I decided to pick up some of this awesome paper and a can to make a "New Mommy Survival Kit" Sorry, I don't recall the paper line - I am sure that Miss. Nichole knows though because she's in love with it!! Anyway, here it is in all it's glory....

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Pirate Princess

Here's the new Pirate Princess line from Rusty Pickle! I'm proudly designing for THE PAPER TREE. Can I get a woop, woop???

Sorry there's no product run-down. I'm rushing to pack for a trip, so this is all I can show for now. I think I provided enough photos so you can see what's going on. Email me directly if you have questions.

It was a royal throw-down. Nicole - are you proud of me?????

The entire collection:

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Winter Wonderland layouts!

My DD helping me build a snowman for the second time that day! I used all different kinds of snowflakes on the paper because no two snowflakes are alike in real life lol. I used the MM Diecut paper which I adore.
I made my own bottle caps with pictures of the snowman's head and my daughter. These are so much fun to make and are easy to make. Using bottle caps, cut the picture you want to use to the size of the bottle cap, add gloo to the bottom of the bottle cap, just a lil. Next place the picture on top and then add gloo to the top of the entire picture and set it to dry for a while. It gives it the liquid glass effect and looks really cool.
I then used Stickles PEARLS, White Opal to create a snowflake. This type of stickles is great because of the look it gives. Really looks like a snowflake. Love it! I used snowflake confetti across the bottom of the picture. I used hinges to hide the journaling and two additional pictures underneath. I used snowflake brads, snowflake stickers, snowflake metal accents all to add some different flavor! lol

Different views

Inside the hinges

The Winter Wonderland layout was quick and easy, used the vellum title on top of paper that looks like wind. Added a snowflake sticker to the corner, above the sticker added another homemade bottle cap of the first snowman we made this day before daddy took it out with the snow blower! Then added three different size buttons to the opposite side to make it look like a snowman. Used my Liquid Glass to outline the snowman and his buttons, nose, eyes and mouth. Also outlined a few snowflakes. The paper is Creative Imaginations. There you have it folks! (((((((((((((((HUGGGGGGGGGGGSSSSSSSSSSSS)))))))))))))))))))))))

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Cards and Gift Boxes and such

Brought to you

Tonight, my friend Crysia came over and we got down to business. We needed to make cards for display in her store. Both the best store AND the best job in town. And since I'll soon be responsible for merchandising and design in her store, I had to really and I mean REALLY pimp this out.

But you know me...I hated everything I did. I've seen layered flowers dozens of times. Thinking, "Yeah, yeah, yeah, I can do that." Turns out, I couldn't. I had to layer this sucker FOUR TIMES before it seemed appealing to me. What would I do differently next time - Ink lighter. Go light to dark, in fact. These were the only colors that came with the kit, and the ric rac is my own embellishment. I layered colors on the card and took the pic from a magazine. The "Adore" stamp in the lower left corner is from Making Memories, courtesy my old pal Shannon! (Thanks again! Those are fabulous stamps!!!)

Next up, a self-made birthday box for my daughter's teacher! A cute little bear is inside. I didn't have wrapping paper or a gift bag. What's a scrapper to do? Cute paper by Shannon to the rescue. I made the box, the ribbon, and card all with coordinating paper. It was great fun. Shay addressed the card. We can't wait to give it to the teacher tomorrow!

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

missing my man

Okay ladies. I banged out yet another layout tonight. I love music with awesome lyrics (I even used to title my blog entries in college using song lyrics) and have had a couple of ideas using song lyrics floating in my head. (Scroll down to read a portion of the lyrics I used for this layout)

I drew my inspiration from a new song I cannot stop playing on my iPod. The song is "Crushed Beneath the Wait" by One Star Story. If you girls are a fan of Elsie (of Love, Elise fame) you probably are familiar with the vocalist of the band. Her name is Vanessa and she has white hot hair. She's a friend of Elsie's, and has been photographed by Elsie several times. Her band has finally released an EP on iTunes, which I found out about through Elsie. The music is simply amazing. I think I downloaded the whole EP.

Josiah has been gone now for a while, and doesn't anticipate being home for just as long as he's been gone. So we're frustrated and lonely, missing our daddy and husband around here. I've wanted to chronicle my feelings for some time regarding our constant separation. The song "Crushed Beneath the Wait" was such a boost for me. It says it all, and so I used the lyrics as the title and really the journaling of the page.

I'm embarrassed to say I don't have any pictures of Josiah and I together upon his arrival home, or I would have used one. I have plenty of him and Eleana though (look for a page about that lata!). So I decided to use an image of the boat he is currently stationed on, soon after it had pulled into the pier.

The song lyrics grab at my heart so strongly. I didn't include this in the page (ran out of room) but there's a point in the song where the lyrics go "you'll find me, you'll find me soon" and it just kills me. When Josiah and I first met in high school, before we were dating (but totally crushing on each other) we lost each other at an event, and when we found each other again we literally collided and we both said at the same time, "I was looking every where for you!" Josiah's always telling me he'll find me, no matter what the situation. It's comforting in a way to hear that, and it's all I can think of when he's away.

I used a piece from Basic Gray's Obscure line which featured a silhouette of a woman sitting in a chair to convey the idea of waiting. The colors were very sailory too, reds and blues. That worked considering I was totally planning on using the Whale of a Tale rub-ons I got from Sassafrass Lass (see pirate owl, whale, anchor, and waves). I threw in some thickers, a dash of Love, Elsie, and Making Memories papers. Gosh, I really just went crazy. I used Stickles to punctuate the edge of the paper, and to better define the silhouette of the woman. I ran out of room to spell "wait" in the page, so I used a "w" and 8. LOL

Crushed Beneath the Wait by One Star Story

The room, it starts to spin
and I begin
to realize that you may not find the way

walls begin to push me in
it's hard to see where this could end
the shadows start to fill this room
i'm hoping you will be here soon

don't be late
i'm crushed beneath the wait
crushed beneath the wait
of this empty room

room frusrtating, hopes are fading
as i'm waiting here for the call (not sure if it's call or calm?)
to come and let me know (know or go?)

walls now push me in
it's impossible to see the end
the shadows now fill this room
i'm hoping you will be here soon

don't be late
i'm crushed beneath the wait
crushed beneath the wait
so please come soon

don't hesitate
i'm crushed beneath the wait
crushed beneath the wait
of this empty room