Wednesday, September 29, 2010

American Crafts Dear Lizzy

This line is so spring-timey and cute!  It made a perfect birthday card.

Happy Birthday Card

Products Used:
Wacoal –cardstock; Core’dinations – cardstock; American Crafts – patterned paper, cupcake sticker; Cosmo Cricket – letters; Stickles; Ribbon from stash

Tools used:
Cuttlebug; Nestabilities circle and scallop circle die; Martha Stewart corner punch

Monday, September 27, 2010

Use the Force to Use Your Stash

Ever wonder how to use those themed papers and embellies?  Its a tough one for me too.  So I gathered the Force, with a little inspiration from May Flaum and the Use Your Stash class, I put some of these themed things to use.  Please forgive my cookie decorating skills.  They need a little work.  But they sure did taste good!

The Force is Strong with This Cookie

Products used:

Creative Imaginations - rubons and patterned paper; American Crafts - sticker letters, chipboard stickers, cardstock, patterned paper;  Technique Tuesday - chipboard; Making Memories - expoxy buttons; Bazzill - cardstock; My Creative Chaos - journaling card; button and chipboard from my stash; Rubber Stampede and Colobox inks.

Tools used:

Friday, September 24, 2010

I've Been Blogged!

If you've made it down to the bottom of the page, you'll know that I have a small etsy store, A Wonderful World, that features my photography.

I don't really promote it, and rarely add anything new.  A few prints have sold just the same, which is like waking up Christmas morning and finding out Santa Claus had come during the night.

So I was totally surprised this afternoon when an email popped up from alamodestuff, (who has a very cute store, by the way)

letting me know she had featured my work along with other Alabama artists today on the ScoutieGirl blog. 

Look, that's my tractor on the bottom right.  Well, my father-in-law's tractor.  But my photo!

I'm honored to be featured, and in the company of so many other talented arts and crafters.

It's Finally Available!

Late yesterday I got the email I had been waiting for:  the new software for the Silhouette machine, Silhouette Studio, is available to download (for free!). 

Of course I ran home and downloaded it immediately, and I am LOVING it!  The interface is so much more polished and easier to use than the Robocraft software, and I'm loving the new features like patterned fill and unlimited undo.  You can even see how your paper fits on the carrier mat, which makes it tons easier to make more precise cuts.  And for all you Mac lovers out there, its available for Macs, so now you can play with the Silhouette too!

I'm reading through the manual to teach myself all the great feature, but until then, you can head over to the Silhouette blog.  They've got some great screen shots of the user friendly interface, and demonstrate some of the cool new features.

Sometimes I Cross Stitch Too

I can’t just have one hobby.  Photography, scrapbooking, crafts…add cross stitch to the list.  I’ve been cross stitching since I was a kid, and I love it.  The more intricate the design, the more difficult the pattern, the more I love it.  I like a challenge.  

I’ve been working on 2 pictures to put in our guest room.  They are from this book I’ve had forever and ever:

I finished the first of the pair an unspecified amount of time ago.

It’s been waiting on its mate.

Hmmmm….maybe I’d better find something else for the guest bedroom wall…

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Dreaming of a New House…Literally

Mark and I are moving.  Now, we have to do some renovations and replace carpet, so the house isn’t even on the market yet.  But we’re still moving.  We’ve been looking around at new houses, and it’s about all we talk about.  So it’s no surprise that it’s crept into the subliminal.  I’ve been having very vivid dreams lately about buying houses and touring houses.  It's keeping me up at night, and I can’t wait until we find one, hopefully with a room I can devote to my scrap stuff!

Until then, I wanted to capture some of my feelings and memories about our current house.  It’s another layout from the Use Your Stash class.  

This Door

The chipboard letters are from  the Dollar Spot at Target from ages ago, but they were teal striped, so I painted them with Tim Holtz Distress Paint, which sort of flaked off, so I sealed them with Diamond Glaze.  Also, I read somewhere about stamping on cork, so I pulled out a package of Quickutz cork, cut the scalloped circles with the Cuttlebug, and stamped it with Staz-On ink. 

Products used:
JoAnne’s – Kraft Cardstock; Core’dinations – cardstock; MME – patterned paper; Sassafrass – patterned paper; October Afternoon – patterned paper; Target Dollar Spot – chipboard letters, brads; Quickutz – cork; Offray – ribbon; We R Memory Keepers – brads; Karen Foster – brad; Tim Holtz – Distress Paint; Diamond Glaze; Staz-on – Inks

Tools used:
Cuttlebug, Cuttlebug Swiss Dot embossing folder, Nestabilities scalloped circle die

Monday, September 20, 2010

New Goodies!

Recently I received this awesome package of new goodies from My Scapbook Stash.
October Afternoon – Seaside

Crate Paper – Restoration

This is my first foray into Crate Paper.  I can’t believe I’ve never tried this line before!
I can’t wait to use my new goodies, and share them with you!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Saturday = Football!

It’s no secret: I love love love college football.  Today my beloved Alabama Crimson Tide (2010 NCAA National Champions, in case you haven’t heard) takes on the Duke Blue Devils.  

Here’s a big ol’ ROLL TIDE ROLL!

I also like to eat.  Here’s a layout I did for the Use Your Stash class at Big Picture Scrapbooking about some yummy fried chicken and bacon stuffed waffles at Hash House a Go-Go in Las Vegas.  Isn’t the little toaster just adorable?


Products used:
Cosmo Cricket – patterned paper, word cards, sticker, chipboard sticker; Heidi Swapp – chipboard letters; American Crafts – chipboard letters, vinyl flowers, rub on; MOD designs – epoxy stickers; MAMBI – paper tape; Martha Stewart – journaling cards; MME – journaling cards; Tim Holtz – Distress Ink; Rubber Stampede – ink

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Using Your Stash is Fun!

May Flaum is one of my favorite scrapbookers.  She has a fun, irreverent style, and is a great teacher to boot!  I’m taking her class, Adventures in Scrapbooking: Use Your Stash, right now at Big Picture Scrapbooking.  The premise of the class is to take out your pictures, grab stuff from your stash, and USE YOUR STUFF to SCRAPBOOK.  What a concept! Stop hoarding all the stuff you bought and use it for what you bought it for, and capture your memories to boot!

The class is great fun, and we’re starting the third of four weeks.  I’ll be sad when it’s over.  But there’s been tons of inspirations and challenges that I haven’t been able to get to, so I’ll be going back to this information for a long time to come!

One challenge was to use neutral cardstock to scrap an everyday picture.  Here’s my version. Ozzy makes an appearance:

Butterfly Love

Products used:
American Crafts – Cardstock; Little Yellow Bicycle - Patterned Paper, butterfly diecut, stick pins, stickers, epoxy stickers and buttons; Maya Road – rub on; Cosmo Cricket – chipboard letters; Crystal Stickles; Mist – homemade.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The Obligatory Welcome Post

Thanks for stopping by.  How about a bit of an introduction, shall we?
I’m thirty-something, born, raised, and living deep in the heart of Dixie- Mobile, Alabama. I drive a VW Jetta.  I love photography, scrapbooking, and crafting, so that’s what this blog is going to be about – with some other stuff thrown in.  I have a wonderful husband, Mark, and an adorable kitty, Ozzy.  They may occasionally make an appearance.  

On to the good stuff…

If you haven’t ever visited Christine Middlecamp’s blog, go now.  Not later, now.  She is a fantastic scrapbooker with innovative techniques.  A couple of months ago, she led a 16-part tutorial of doilies.  Here’s my version:

I had a great time with this, and I learned a lot. 
Christine’s unique layering techniques were great to try out, especially the way she uses transparencies.

Christine is about to take a break from blogging, so run over there and print all of the doily tutorial, and her other tutorials, before they are gone!


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