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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Went down my list and needed one more invitation to family for Wendy's grad party, so I colored this cutie and popped a diploma in her fist instead of the sunflower. I had to get the invite out fast, so I didn't have time to glitz her with Stickles and Liquid Glass, but he's a guy and won't care! LOL
These invitations are for Wendy's friends. They are layered postcard-type invites. I stamped Bella in red for school colors of red and white, but popped the cards with black inking oin the edges and stamping of the sdentiment. The words are all from the CTMH set You're Invited, the Bella is DiplomaBella. I embellished each card with a 2009 charm I bought at Michael's. Wendy will make her list and hand these out before the end of the week. Since most all of them are graduating as well, I don't know how many will make an appearance--we'll see!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Graduation Tilda

I used the Tilda with Sunflower again, and cut off the flower. I rolled a small square of white cdstock and tied it with fiber to make a diploma, then colored another hand to adhere ontop of her original hand to give it diomension. I stamped a grad hat from a Studio G $1 stamp set from Michael's onto colored paper and cut it out. I colored with Copics, glitzed again with Liquid Glass and Stickles and attached her with dimensional tape. The sentiment is from a CTMH stamp set, and I used fiskars scissors to cut the pretty border on the green strip on the right. Most of my invitations for Wendy's party are Bellas, but I had to try Tilda as well, and I think it turned out well.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Graduation Party Invites

Who can resist an invitation from the Belle of the ball, Bella??? I got these beautiful card bases from a bud on Luckybug Yahoo group (thanks Shelly) and created my daughter's graduation invitations.
I stamped and colored Bella, glitzed her with Liquid Glass and Stickles, mounted her with dimensional tape, popped the embossing out with ink, glitzed that with Stickles, and stamped the sentiment and inked the scalloped ovals and circles.

Some cards didn't allow for wenough room for allof Bella, so I just cut her legs off. I did that for one of Wendy's birthday parties, she still remembers that I cut the legs off her fave Barbie to make the Barbie stand-up cake. She was five at the time, poor traumatized thing.

Here I added my own scalloped diecuts, inked the edges and added the olive-colored flower brads. I almost hate to mail them out, I never remember to keep an invitation for myself!
These are going out to my friends and family. Wendy is inviting her own friends, and I think I'll make her invitations, but not as extensive as these. Anyway, I made a total of twelve cards for this shindig.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Vacation pages from siesta Key, FL

I love to use memorabilia like pictures and words from brochures, postcards, tickets, etc. On this first page I used a picture from the condo assn. brochure that was an ariael view of the condo with the beach at the bottom. The picture of the condo unit wasn't the greatest, so I covered it up with a postcard of the Key. Nice thing about postcards, you can journal on the backs. I made my own hinge and attached the postcard to cardstock, so there is journaling AND more photos underneath the postcard.
We went to Chili's one night for supper and I asked the manager if I could take the table menu of alcoholic drinks home with me. I cut out the margaritas and made myself a lip-smacking border at tyhe bottom of the page.

I went out of the box with this layout by journaling text onto the photos digitally. I even have Wendy with a dialogue bubble above her head in one shot! To match up with the previous page, I made a border with the green cardstock from the postcard mat on the first page, cutting the waves with a fiskars scissors. I decorated my border with a whole package of flipflop 3D stickers.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

ABC Friend Quiz

So here's the skinny: Copy and paste my list to wherever you write (word, works, etc.) Change the answers to your own, then post to your blog with a link to mine ( or when your blog friends copy yours, they link to you). Let's see how far this gets.
Age: 50+
Bed size: King size (to fit hubby in too)
Chore you hate: Floors
Dad's Name: Robert
Essential start your day item: Med. Coke from Burger King
Favorite actor(s): Nicolas Cage, Hugh Jackman
Gold or Silver: Diamonds are a girl’s best friend
Height: 5’5”
Instruments you play(ed): Guitar
Job title: Office Manager/Program Assistant
Kid(s): Chase and Wendy
Living arrangements: Ranch-style house, hubby, kids
Mom's name: Pat
Nicknames: Pat, Chicken Liver Pate, Patty
Overnight hospital stay other than birth: A few… not fun !
Pet peeves: Lack of common courtesy, lying
Quotes you like: “I ink, therefore I am”
Rightie or Leftie: Rightie
Siblings: 2 sisters, Kathy and Dee
Time you wake up: 6:30 am…
Umbrella: Three: 1 for home, 1 for car, 1 for work
Vegetable you dislike: Peas
Ways you run late: I think I have time to sneak into craft room before work, then look at clock and realize I don’t have time to put on my makeup (yikes)
X-rays you've had: Last one was for pneumonia
Yummy food you make: Homemade pizza
Zodiac: Aries

Memorial Day Tilda

Here is my take on the Memorial Day Tilda. I knew buying a gross of those toothpick American flags would come in handy. I've had them for at least eight years and they've decorated cupcakes, a US Army tank cake and a display of patriotic Barbies. I had about four left, and put them onto my newest Tilda cards. The Tilda I used was actually holding a sunflower, which I cut off to make room for Old Glory.

Friday, May 15, 2009

New Tilda Multipurpose card

I call it my multi-purpose card because it serves several purposes. The first being it meets the qualifications for the Magnolia Tilda with Wings challenge, so I posted it to Diana. The wings I used were from a Stampin Up set. I colored the card with my Copics of course, and added some shimmer to Tilda's hair with copper stickles, and Liquid Glass to her shoes, buttons and wings. I also set two tiny jewels in the wings.
I liked the card a lot, so I made four of them altogether for a Yahoo group swap. Other than these cards, I've been so busy with work it's pathetic. Now that classes are over, parents think we have nothing to do at the office, but we just hosted the catechist and volunteer dinner (and I took about a hundred pics of that!). Our accountant is out for family health issues for an unknown amount of time, so I've been filing check requests and deposits. Registrations are coming in, and next month we're supposed to send out tuition statements for next school year--and my boss wants to take vacation days!
I was supposed to have off Thursday for the mother of all Rummage sale, but ym girlfriend cancelled on me last minute and I went to work instead. ANd tomorrow I was supposed to drive to Cedar Creek with my sister but she cancelled on me. The only thing not cancelled is my job. Oh well, I guess that means more time for me to make cards and create layouts, not a total wash!!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Tilda card

Here is my May Mingle card for Magnolia-licious Yahoo Group. I believe the theme was April Showers bring May flowers, so you could go both ways with the card, flowers or showers. I've not colored this Tilda before so used her for the first time. I think I need more Copics to blend the colors a bit more, Plus I need to take a class. I finally broke down and purchased the copic blender marker, but every time I use it I have to trash the image--ugh! I'm Copic-challenged!

Two new cards

I made these cards today for a new challenge on Snowmanycards Yahoo group. The challenge was to make a vintage card, with image, patterned paper and embellishment. This was an ATC that I embellished to "make it mine". I put mulberry paper and a ribbon of coordinating paper behind the image and used coordianting patterned paper for the base.
I again used an ATC from a previous swap, added my own embellishments to it and the card, and backed the image with mulberry paper and patterned paper.
They are both blank note cards, so I can use them for just about anything. Now I need to get to my May Mingle card using a Tilda image!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Blog Candy Alert

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I have got to get busy on some scrapping and crafting!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Triple Exchange Swap

Just finished a Triple Exchange Swap with members of one of my Yahoo groups. The exchange called for making an ATC, a tag and a card with a summer theme. There are three to a group. I love Bella these Bella-stamped images, she's so summer! Put her together with flowers and she's gorgeous!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Bella Pages

One of my favorite subjects to scrap??? My granddaughter, Bella. I'm restricting myself to one page per month, although there are times and photos I just have to create special pages for, of course! Above, Bella gets her usual princess treatment from Daddy and Great Grandma. This opage qualifies for the Survivor game I am participating in, using diecuts on my page. The title, background photo framing, tag and flower are all cut from dies.
Below, Bella in March.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Well, I made a card so far on this National Scrapbooking Day. Couldn't do much more, I'd been sick all week, left a mess from packing up for last weekend's scrap retreat and bags were still loaded. So I spent ALL DAY cleaning, cleaning out, and organizing my space. All my journaling boxes, squares, rubons and handmades are in one pretty white box. Flowers are organized by color in the plastic bin up top.
If you can take your eyes off my daughter's self-portrait art project from several years ago (yes, it is missing an eye, lord knows where it went to), you'll notice my upside down Stickles velcroed to my file. Above them are my paltry few quickutz dies, and to the left of the "orange girl" are misc bling in magnetic containers.

Since hubby won't attach particle board to my wall, I've had to be creative with the corkboard. The bags hold plastic slide mounts and my color wheel. Below the board are my containers of embellies, organized by color. Copics are there as well, and all my scissors are at hand. Finally, my cutting mats and paper trimmer are kept handy.
My craft room is as organized as I can make it without any aggressive organization furniture. Hubby refuses to buy or build for me, so I have to think outside the box. My closet (not shown)has a two-drawer dresser with sweater and shoe hanging storage. I saved up the money for my white wire paper storage shelves from Target, and on the opposite wall (not shown) I bought a long handmade dresser at a rummage sale that I bought, had delivered, and filled before he got home that night.
Even with the challenges, I manage to steal time and love the pages I do and the cards I make, and I am such a happy crafter!

Friday, May 1, 2009

Picked up a Bug at the Crop

I have been down and out for the whole stinking week with a very aggressive case of bronchitis. today is the first day I feel human again. I haven't even unpacked my bags from the weekend crop and that was five days ago!
Meanwhile, I have some pages to show off. The above is one I finished last weekend. It's my daughter's second dance she's gone to. I like that I made her pic large and cut her out, to go along with the other photos I took of the two of them. She loves it because I added Hello Kitty to her page! She's at that age of woman/girl, with both of them tugging at her. While I want to keep her my little girl, I can't help but be curious as to the woman she's becoming.


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