Monday, June 20, 2011

Pure Michigan

Today was a crazy day. We unloaded and brought the file cabinet downstairs. Wow! I knew I have saved a lot of school papers, book reports, etc. that Tyler and Emily have done through the years. It wasn't until I seen it all laid out on the table, did I realize just how much. It is going to take a few hours to trim it down a bit. Then we headed out for some new tires. There went my scrapping budget for a few months. Oh well, I REALLY needed them!

Tyler and I found some cream filled cookies for the dogs. They are now setting on the counter. We will see if any of the neighborhood kids sneak a treat!

One of the "Pure Michigan" commercials came on TV last night and provided the inspiration for this page. I am always scrapbooking pages about places we go, people we see, but have never made a page about the wonderful state we live in. After our busy day today, I finished up the page I started last night.

I used the Bless This Nest, Jubilation, and Miracle stamp sets for the stamped details.

While editing my picture of the layout, I seen these great quotes Emily has added to some pictures. I LOVE THEM! I thought I would share with you what miss Emily has been up to today while Tyler and I were getting tires put on the car.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Mojo Monday 195

A great challenge for cardmakers. I decided to give it a go! Here is my entry for this week. I hope you play along too. You can find the info on the Mojo Monday blog.
My try...

Close up of the cupcake frosting using liquid applique. Fun stuff!

Off to visit the inlaws! Have a great fathers day!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Beautiful You

Last night I was all excited to do some of the VSBN challenges over at splitcoaststampers. I worked my butt off to finish this layout in under 2 hours, and had it all set to upload under the sandwich challenge. Yup, I did a challenge that was due last month. I guess I need to take my own advise and read things through a little better before jumping on the bandwagon. Oh well, another page is done and I had a great time wrapping my page around a sandwich theme. Do you think it resembles a Turkey sandwich???

The thin borders represent the thin bread. The star of the sandwich is the Turkey or in this case Emily. The lace ribbon is the mayo.

The butterflies represent the lettuce, tomato, and cheese. They are from the Fill in the blank set. Which I LOVE!!! I just received this set, so I am sure you will be seeing more of it in the near future.

Are you seeing the sandwich yet????

Ok, now off to check out the correct challenges for this month. We have a busy weekend planned, so am not sure how I will squeeze them in, but I am going to try!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Retirement Card

A very layered card I made this morning as a request from my Mother In Law. She has a dear friend retiring and asked me to make something extra special. Since the card itself and flower have a lot of depth to them, I had to make a 1/2" deep box to put it in.

The birdhouses are stamped with Smoothie, Lagoon, and Gypsy inks and from the Bless This Nest CTMH set.

Thanks for looking and I hope you are enjoying my little crafty projects:)

Saturday, June 4, 2011

A Twist on Journaling

At work the other day I pulled out a prescription pad and the add for Lipitor caught my eye. Of course my coworkers thought I was crazy when I said I just found the "inspiration" for my next page. They didn't see the add the same way I did. Sadly, I can't find where I put it so I can't post it. Sadness! Anyhow, here is my version...

The journaling areas on the page are my interpretation of the ad. I had to think of how to recreate it, so I am including a little instruction. Keep reading.....

A couple other things to point out first. The Letters are outlined with a Black Sharpie. No need to use extra paper and time matting the letters when there is a Sharpie nearby. Of course, I had a couple "slide offs" I needed to cover, so I added a couple quick stitches to cover them up. This added a little extra detail and no one will ever know I was actually covering a mistake.

To add another accent to the page, I folded some 1/2" paper strips and hand stitched over them. A little paper ribbon accent to fill in some space that I didn't know what else to do with.

Now onto the journaling technique..........
First grab your piece of paper, ruler, and exacto knife. I actually did all this after the page was already assembled, so I knew right where I wanted the journaling holes to be. Just be careful not to cut through all the layers.

Cut one cut down the center of where you want your "hole" to be, then make several horizontal cuts going across your vertical cut. I chose this plaid paper to make it easy to cut along the pattern lines. Cut your strips at various lengths to add a little randomness to the shape.

When your done cutting, you should have something like this....

Next, cut your strips off at various lengths, leaving at least 1/4" of each cut strip.

Use your fingers or guiling tool to roll up the remaining part of your cut strips. I found my fingers worked quite well.

I then added a little ink to make the curls stand out. Adhere to your page or a piece of paper, add your journaling in the hole.