Monday, December 31, 2012

8th Grade... the older boy

I knew posting this one after the previous post today called 5th grade would lead people to think it's the same kiddo.... but it's not!  That was my younger son, this is the older one

***Sketch from Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge
***Also for Simon Says Stamp and Show's challenge of "Anything Goes"

Printed Papers - We R Memory Keeper Teen Angst & Geo Hectic

Guitar Stamp & Glittery Brads - We R Memory Keeper Teen Angst

Stamp & Distress Ink - Tim Holtz Black Soot

Tim Holtz Grunge Board coated with Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze in Sassy Silver & Orange Crush

Large Brad - Basic Grey

Guitar Brad - Creative Imaginations

Alpha Stickers - Making Memories

5th Grade

I cannot believe how big my "baby" is getting.... and these pictures are over a year old!  eek!  But I'm so glad he does very well in school & seems to actually enjoy it :-)

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, the very last sketch of the year and I did it in just  one morning... yay me!

Here is the right side --->

the pull-out at the top of this page is a CD of some skits his class put on during the school year... he was the "bad guy" in all of them!

and to the right/under the group photo is another pull-out of what his Gifted & Talented teacher thinks of him... all good stuff!

Products Used:
Printed Paper & Embellishments - Basic Grey Recess

Yellow Mat (first Page) - CloseToMyHeart Buttercup

Ribbon - Basic Grey Misc Fibers

Brad - Basic Grey

Alpha (first page) - Thickers Hocus Pocus

Flourish (first page) - Tim Holtz Grungeboard

Distressing Ink - Tim Holtz Vintage Photo

Splatters - Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze in Waterfall & Flirty

on Desk & Chair (bottom right corner or second page) - first I sprayed with Java Walnut Ink, dabbed off the excess before it soaked in, then layered on twice & heavily Tattered Angels Glimmer Glam in Copper Kettle

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Warm Thoughts

yet another Digi from DearieDollsDigis... so cute!  I just love her free digis :-)

Ya know what else was free?  this great sketch from Retro Sketches! YAY

Printed Paper & Colored Cardstock (including base) -  Echo Park Wintertime 12x12 Collection

White Cardstock - CloseToMyHeart

Edge Punch - Martha Stewart

Digi colored with Copic Markers then Viva Pens to dress them up

Misc Red Buttons & Twine from The Twinery


is where the heart is

I found this super cute Digi over at DearieDollsDigis and combined it with The Sweet Stop Sketch #191 to create FOUR of  this card for our soldiers

Background Paper - Pink Paislee Starlight

Printed Papers & Grey Cardstock - I Do & Abode

Greenish Blue Cardstock - CloseToMyHeart Juniper

Digi colored with Copic Markers

Ribbon - CloseToMyHeart Juniper

Friday, December 28, 2012


Sketch Frenzy Friday 122812 is very pretty yet very simple and made me think of my Martha Stewart Edge Punches... I really like these things :-)  I also wanted to make something for Unity's Friends with Flair since I normally forget on Friday, unfortunately.

I also linked up to The Old Back Porch: 52 Card Pickup

Printed Paper - Echo Park 12x12 Victoria Gardens

Ribbon - Making Memories Celery

Bling Brad - Making Memories

Felt Flower - Stampin Up

Tree Stamp - Unity's Growing In Unity

Ink - Memento Rich Cocoa

Sentiment Stamp - Unity's Miss You so Much

Ink - Tim Holtz Pickled Raspberry

Thursday, December 27, 2012


ok so when I first saw Creative Scrapper Sketch #240, I really didn't like it at all but I decided to really challenge myself to use it and while it's taken me all evening & a little bit of the afternoon to accomplish doing so, I did it.  And I'm happy with it!

I started with a plain piece of Vanilla Cardstock from CloseToMyHeart

Then I added Tim Holtz idea-ology mask Concerto

Sprayed with Tattered Angels Chalkboard Astrid (very light purple, looks blue in pic) & London Fog (tan)

Next I layered my photo on top of Teresa Collins' Journey tag & put that on a piece of CloseToMyHeart cardstock in Desert Sand, Distressing the base with Prima's awesome Distress Tool, and finally topped the whole thing with a little bit of journaling.

The "band" alphas are from Bo Bunny Chunky Chips in Black

Last I made rosettes with just my paper trimmer, some Teresa Collins Noel Cardstock & Bling black brads from Making Memories

5th Grade Football

ok so this is over a year old but at least I've not gotten it scrapped!  yay, me!

I used Creative Scrappers Sketch #238 which at first I didn't care for at all but then I kept looking & looking  until I finally decided I could, infact use it for this pic of my little man

Background paper - Kaiserscrapbook Lone Ranger

Football & Football text paper - Boxer Scrapbook

Stickers - Creative Memories

"Football" Stamp - CloseToMyHeart In The Game

Ink - CloseToMyHeart Cocoa

Cardstock (photo matting & "Football" base) - CloseToMyHeart Cocoa, Chocolate & Dessert Sand

"Ike" Alpha Stamps - CloseToMyHeart Rustic Used with VersaMark & Stampin Up White Embossing Powder


Tim Holtz Distress Stain in Picket Fence

Viva Glass Effects in Blackberry & Viva Pearl in Black

Puffy Paint in White

I miss you

Operation Write Home Midweek Throwdown is to create a Miss You card & since I already had these images printed out to use, the timing was perfect for me!

Sentiment Stamp - Basic Grey

Ink - CloseToMyHeart Topiary

Image - Robert Jackson Digi

Colored with Copic Markers

Papers - Echo Park 12x12 Life is Good Kit

Distress Ink - Tim Holtz Walnut Stain

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

You are Stinkin' Cute

yes, yes you are!  and so is this digi from DearieDollsDigis and at my favorite price too... Free!  insert me doing cartwheels here

Sketch provided by Sketch Frenzy Friday, it's from 122112

Printed Paper - Pebbles Seen & Noted 6x6 pad

Digi colored with Copic markers

Flower - Prima

Brad - Making Memories

ok so I should have looked at my pic before putting all my stuff away because the one of the left is the correct color... the one on the right has a green tint because my curtains in the craft room are lime green ;-)

I made the skunk gray because I tried one with Copic N10 & N8 but it was way too dark, I couldn't see his little face so I switched over to light grays... guess I need to purchase more markers! HA

I love Digis

I do!  You can have SO MANY and not have them take up any space in the old craft room :-)  I found Robert Jackson thru Sandy Allnock at Operation Write Home.  And even though his digis are not free, they are so different from others I've seen I decided to purchase a few that I thought I could really use.  Here are two of the ones I purchased... I love them!

I used Deconstructed Jen's Sketch #82 for all of these

This first group of three cards, I tried my hand at making their skin look Hispanic and am pretty happy with how they turned out.

This second group I went with African-American families.  I tried a couple of different colors to get them where I like them, I'm happy with how they all turn out.

All Digis are colored with Copic markers.

Let me know if you have suggestions on how I can improve them!

Printed Papers - Stampin' Up

Ribbon - CloseToMyHeart

Flowers - 7 Gypsies

Pearls - Making Memories

Distress Ink - Tim Holtz Frayed Burlap

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

My Crib

no not my whole house... just my crafty space!

I dug out the old crib springs & cleaned them up while I was waiting for the family to get out of bed this morning.  This afternoon after all the gifts were opened, a trip to my oldest son's best friend was made for their exchange & back home again, my handy dandy husband made blocks for the wall & got it hung up for me!  I think it looks FANTASTIC with a few cards I've received... I'll add more as I get them so maybe some time in the future if you send me a card you might just see it on the crib wall!

Here's what that whole corner/side of the room looks like:
my room isn't a very big room plus it has a double window (6' wide x 5' tall) on the back wall, a single glass door to the kitchen, and double glass doors to the living room... wall space is prime real estate in my world!

Friday, December 21, 2012

I'm here for you

so when I found DearieDollsDigis the other day, I copied a BUNCH of her free digis... they are just so wonderful!  This is another of hers :-)

Colored with Copic Markers & Liquid Peals in Buttercup on the Sun

Papers - Creating Keepsakes

Sentiment I made up myself, I know it's not the greatest but I was thinking as the little blue bird

Thursday, December 20, 2012

hot stuff

another wonderful digi stamp freebie from Dearie Dolls Digis, I'm loving these! and there are MORE to come.... every day!

I used Pals Paper Arts Sketch #149 but I tweeked it just a little bit

I'm also saying this is for Operation Write Home's Mid Week Throwdown color combo of red, white & blue

Printed Snowflake Paper - Creative Memories (super old)

Copic Markers

Alpha Stamps - CloseToMyHeart Atomic Lower Case

Stamp Ink - Tim Holtz Chipped Sapphire

Cardstock - CloseToMyHeart Outdoor Denim & Daisy White

Chipboard Square - CloseToMyHeart

and my latest supply... Viva Pearlen Pen in White... thanks to Sandy at Operation Write Home, I had to give these a try & I LOVE them

A thing of Beauty

 is a joy forever.

Sentiment - Close To My Heart Joy Forever

Ink - Close To My Heart Outdoor Denim

Operation Write Home has a great tutorial on their blog that I had to give a try. And while mine didn't turn out nearly as nice as the  ones in the tutorial did, I still kinda like them.

Ribbon - Close To My Heart White Organdy

Image Stamp - LeBlanch

Image Ink - Colobox Black

Stampin Up Clear Embossing Powder

Shading Inks:
  1st card - Close To My Heart Juniper
  2nd card - Tim Holtz Tumbled Glass
  3rd card - Tim Holtz Stormy Sky

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Thank You for Everything

I really enjoy Operation Write Home's Midweek Throwdown Challenges!  This week it's a color combo: red, white & blue

I combined OWH's challenge with Tuesday Morning Sketches #177, I enjoyed this sketch so much that I ended up making a Baker's Dozen... each slightly different

Aren't these Digi Stamps the cutest?  I just came across this blog last night & spend a couple of hours going back as far as I could to snag as many freebies as possible!  and let me tell ya, I got a lot :-)

These are from DearieDollsDigis

Fantastic Find!

Digi colored with Copic Markers

Printed Papers - My Mind's Eye American Made 12x12 Paper Kit

Distress Inks - Tim Holtz Chipped Sapphire & Barn Door

Twine - The Twinery

Sentiment Stamp - Scrapmaster's Paradise Bold Sentiments I

Stamp Ink - CloseToMyHeart Pacifica

Misc white buttons colored with Copic Markers

and I just realized on these last four that I should have colored the top left corner of the digi blue & left the stars white... DOH!  But it still works & I really like how these ALL turned out

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

bunches of butterflies

For these I used Operation Write Home Sketch #151 and some scraps of this beautiful paper from My Mind's Eye called OohLaLa in 6x6

Stamp - Tim Holtz Papillon

Ink - CloseToMyHeart Black

Distress Ink - Tim Holtz Frayed Burlap

Circle Punches - Creative Memories

Twine - The Twinery

I mixed them all up so no two are just alike, I even played with the twine until I found I like them horizontally on one piece of paper the best


I belong to this Private/Secret Group on Facebook to help me money (it worked the first month but this month, I failed!) 2.use the supplies I have (most definitely working nicely).  We issue challenges to each other every Sunday which we have an entire month to get done & posted to the group, this time the challenge was called "Write It Out" using those papers that have lines or specific patterns on it for journaling, plus at least 5 sentences, a picture, at least one piece of patterned paper and embellishments.

I combined this challenge with Sketch# 239 over on Creative Scrappers and I'm so very happy with how this page has turned out!

Here's the pull-out tag:

*This was a Basic Grey kind of layout... I used Origins & Wisteria for the embellishment papers & a few stickers (yes, I used stickers... it was shocking to me as well!)
*Page Base is from a very old Making Memories paper pack called Just Chillin' Boys.
*Ink Drops - Tim Holtz Distress Stain in Weathered Wood & Peeled Paint; plus Making Memories Ochre
*Bling - Pebbles Jewel Candy Dots
*Paper Clip - making memories Paperie Greenhouse
*Twine - The Twinery
*Alpha Stickers - MyMind'sEye Lush Green

Saturday, December 15, 2012

This week at Our Creative Corner we challenge you to put together a last minute Christmas card using Purple & Silver... what a fun color combo!  I LOVE Purple & it just happens to be our school color so I'm thinking teacher cards here ;-)

I used LOTS of supplies I've had sitting around for a while & most I don't even know where they came from so I think I'll just tell you the things I DO know & let the others just be.

Adorable Snowman Digi Stamp - Sypder's Corner where she has a weekly freebie every Wednesday but you can always buy her old Digis at her store & on occasion you can win them!

Colored with Copic Markers, top hat band is Liquid Pearls in Majestic Purple

a little Ice Stickles in Diamond

Silver Cardstock Background - Bazzill Basics Bling

Glitter Cardstock -  American Crafts

PomPoms - JoAnn's (at the checkout, impulse buy that paid off... LOL)

Silver Strands - in the Fabric knitting aisle back when Wal-Mart had one of those

Inside the card:

Stamp - CloseToMyHeart Holiday Warmth

Ink - CloseToMyHeart Hydrangea

I hope you've enjoyed my card this week & I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with!  Now go be crafty :-)

Friday, December 14, 2012

Man On The Moon

my heart is heavy for the families in Connecticut tonight, such a sad sad day

Operation Write Home Sketch #149

Crop Chocolate's weekly challenge "On your project (LO, card, altered item, home decor, etc) combine ribbon with an embellishment like a brad, buckle, charm, sticker, bling, etc."

Printed Papers - My Mind's Eye So Sophie

Distressing Ink - Tim Holtz Walnut Stain

Digi Image - Two For Tuesday

various Copic Markers

Bling - Clear, Teal & Orange from MyMind's Eye, Light Blue from Paper Studios

Misc Ribbons

This one is a little different as the papers are from FarmHouse

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Thanks a BUNCH

Operation Write Home Sketch #150 came at just the right time for me as I had this urge to play with my Copic Markers today

Printed Paper - Pebbles May Bouquet Collection

Sentiment - ScrapMaster's Paradise Bold Sentiments I

Ink - CloseToMyHeart Sunset & Cranberry, StampinUp Concord Crush

Digi Image - Spyder's Corner (remember she has a new freebie every Wednesday!)

Copic Markers

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Hung by the Chimney

The Sweet Stop Sketch 188 is helping me get my Christmas card making kicked into high gear, this is the latest I have ever really gotten going, kinda stinks that I'm such a slacker this year on it & I hope I can get enough to at least cover the family... eek

Printed Papes - Crate Paper 12x12 Peppermint Collection Kit

Red Cardstock - CloseToMyHeart Cranberry

Stamps - Unity Stamp Co Hung by the Chimney

Stamp Ink - Memento Black & Grey

Colored with Copic Markers & Bic MarkIt Markers

Sentiment Stamp Ink - CloseToMyHeart Cranberry

Gold Brads - Making Memories

Distress Ink - Tim Holtz Vintage Photo

Fabric on a Card

For Our Creative Corner this week, we are to use fabric & do some kind of stitching on our creation

Background Paper - Canvas Corp Tan & Ivory Mini Dot Reverse

Embossed with Lifestyles Crafts Bloom folder

Topped with CloseToMyHeart Lagoon Ink

Cardstock - CloseToMyHeart Lagoon Cardstock

Fabric - Riley Black Verona

Buttons - CloseToMyHeart Colonial White Collection

Brown Cardstock - CloseToMyHeart Chocolate

Cream Cardstock - CloseToMyHeart Colonial White

Stamps - Stampers Best Sewing Kit

Stamp Ink - CloseToMyHeart Lagoon & Tim Holtz Antique Linen

Ribbon - CloseToMyHeart Daisy White Organdy

Ribbon colored with Tim Holtz Color Wash Stream

Distressed using Prima Marketing Tool (which I LOVE)

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

A Vintage Love

Operation Write Home's Midweek Throwdown is Love & Hugs which I combined with a stamp that I got  free with my order from Stampers Best!  how awesome is that?!

Printed Papers - CloseToMyHeart Heritage

Image Stamp - Stampers Best Evening Walk

Ink - Memento Rich Cocoa

Sentiment Stamp - CTMH Art Philosophy

Embossed Using Versa Mark & Stampin Up Winter White

Heart Punch - Creative Memories

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Grunge Stars & Stripes

today I worked on & off (seemed like mostly off to me because of work, aka my real job, driving me crazy) but I still have time tonight to finish up with today's challenge posted over on Operation Write Home, I know I've done this challenge the last time they put this one up too :-)

all cardstock - Tim Holtz/Core'dinations  Distress Colleciton

Stamp - Stampers Best Grunge Stars & Stripes

Ink - Tim Holtz Chipped Sapphire & Barn Door

Sentiment Stamp - VivaLasVegas

Twine - The Twinery