Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Hang In There

I hope my friend liked the "Hang In There" card I made for her.

Hang In There stamp set, Stampin' Up!
Whisper White, Basic Black card stock from Stampin' Up!
"school bus orange" card stock - unknown manufacturer
Texturz plate, Stampin' Up!
numerous classic inks from Stampin' Up! to water color with
Bashful Blue sponged on the background

I stamped the image twice. The first I barely inked the cat portion of the main stamped image so there would not be a solid image. My intention was to make it look like a sense of motion once I applied the popped up watercolored cat part to it. I also stamped the leaves again and added a second popped up layer. 

Thanks for looking =) 

Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day 2011

The photograph of a Marine holding a folded flag was found on Photobucket, posted by Conormacnessa.
The poem on the background is  Freedom Is Not Free by Kelly Strong.
Scrapbook page was made by myself using My Digital Studio from Stampin' Up!

Please take a moment at 3 PM to remember

Sunday, May 29, 2011

School Bus Card

I hope my sons school bus driver liked his retirement card

Everything was handcut, except the headlights that I used a punch for.

Card stocks from Stampin' Up!
Whisper White
Basic Black
Real Red
Metallic Silver
"school bus orange" - unknown manufacturer

Classic ink from Stampin' Up! (sponged on)
Bashful Blue - around a home made cloud stencil
Basic Gray - to make the pavement
 Only Orange sponged on the bus

Crystal Effects on Whisper White card stock for the windshield and headlights

Signo white gel pen and Going Gray marker for details

Thanks for looking =)

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Show Truck Scrapbook Pt7

  images ©1990-2011 Stampin' Up!
 images ©1990-2011 Stampin' Up!

 images ©1990-2011 Stampin' Up!

The two gray pages were made with items from Stampin' Up!, although most are retired now.
Going Gray card stock
Basic Black card stock
Making Tracks Stampin' Around wheel
5/8" Real Red grosgrain ribbon
Alphabet Attitude (I think this was the name ....) stamp set for the numbers
Snap Stamps - NOT from Stampin' Up!- for the words

The striped paper is from the same page kit as the other "automotive" themed papers I used on a couple of previously posted scrapbook pages from this album (there are 7 posts total over the last several days; the first post has more information about this project).

Thanks for looking =)

Friday, May 27, 2011

Show Truck Scrapbook Pt6

All papers used came from a "stack". I tore diagonally one sheet of the leaf print paper, through the middle section. I sponged chocolate ink along the torn edges (white core of the paper had been showing). I layered the middle section on striped paper then the two corners on another striped piece of paper.

The cocoa piece of paper that the photos are mounted on has been distressed along the edges. This was then mounted on chocolate paper.

The letters were cut from chocolate textured card stock with an electronic die cutting machine.
I used shimmer paints on the letters  .

Thanks for looking =)

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Show Truck Scrapbook Pt5

All papers used on this project came from a "stack".
The letters were cut with an electronic die cutting machine.

Thanks for looking =) 

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Show Truck Scrapbook Pt4

Another two page spread, this one uses more paper and embellishments from the travel themed page kit I bought at a discount store (also used on two previous pages posted). The papers are really lightweight and the images grainy, certainly no comparison to the quality of Designer Papers from Stampin' Up!.

The photos are mounted on, and the letters are cut from, Baja Breeze card stock from Stampin' Up!

I used an electronic cutter machine that my parents bought me for my birthday- the first time I really used it - to create the letters. The font I used is Diner.

Thanks for looking =)

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Show Truck Scrapbook Pt3

Although the home made shimmer spray warped the pages, I like how this two page spread turned out.
I sprayed a piece of light tan card stock with a gold shimmer spray to make it resemble the paint on their truck. I freehand cut with a pair of scissors along lines I drew on the red paper, lined them up then glued them onto the shimmer paper - to resemble the stripes on the truck. 
The photographs are mounted on metallic silver card stock from Stampin' Up!

Thanks for looking =)

Monday, May 23, 2011

Show Truck Scrapbook Pt2

I could not get any decent photos of this scrapbook page. This particular page has super shiny silver card stock on it to resemble the center of the wheel - and I just noticed that I photographed it before I had added the red brake part behind the chrome wheel !

I cut a large circle from Basic Black card stock, a smaller half circle from Basic Gray card stock then used the "chrome" card stock (manufacturer unknown) to create a wheel. Using a stylus, I made grooves on the silver card stock to simulate the detail on the wheels. The background card stock came from that same page kit as the grungy black from the Route 66 page posted previously.

Real Red card stock that I scored lines on every 1/2 inch to resemble the pleated red filters under the hood.
The photos are mounted on that shiny silver (faux chrome) card stock.

Thanks for looking =) 

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Show Truck Scrapbook

I finally made my first, real, 12x12 scrapbook !!!! It is pretty basic, nothing elaborate. I wanted to make a special book of my parents show truck for them. I have a few photos I've taken of it over the years that chronicle some of the changes the truck has gone through. I thought a scrapbook of those photos, as well as a place to keep all of the various dash plaques they've collected over the years, would make a nice gift.

I happened to find a photo printer at a yardsale just before I started this project. It was a nice little stand alone HP printer that included one new in package ink cartridge and some paper so I thought I'd take the chance and buy it for $25. I normally would never buy electronics at yard sales, but knowing I was going to make this scrapbook I thought it might be nice to have.

After I brought it home and opened it up, I got worried that it would not work - the ink cartridge was dated 2007! I was happy that it did work (it locked up on me frequently though, so aggravating) and is a pretty nifty little unit, but I'll stick to going to a store for developing my digital photos. It took me nearly 5 hours to sort, resize and print 41 photographs. It takes two minutes to print out one photograph. I won't be using that printer for large photo batches anymore, far too time consuming ! The photos did turn out great for the most part, several were too dark or were cropped off (same issues I have with printing at the store many times). It will be nice for a quick picture here and there though.

On to the project.

I created 18 pages, a couple are two page spreads, several are single pages. As I said before, they aren't anything fancy, but I'll share them with you over the next few days anyhow.

It started with a basic black "leatherette" postbound 12x12 scrapbook that included 10 sheet protectors I found at a local discount store . 

Some of the items used are from Stampin' Up!; others are from various other manufacturers. 

I kept it pretty simple with no bulky embellishments. I didn't want to take a chance on them damaging photos on the opposite page, not to mention adding extra bulk and weight to the project.

I'll show a couple of pages a day over the next several days.

This is the first photo of the truck that I have at one of the first car events they attended with it. Dad had just started personalizing the truck at this point.

I printed the logo off of the computer. 
The grungy black background came from a page kit I bought at that same discount store as the album. 
The photo and printout are layered on red paper. 

Textured teal background paper.
Strip of Going Gray card stock (Stampin' Up!) stamped with tire tracks Stampin' Around Wheel.
The tag was made by cropping out just the wheel/tire from a photograph, reducing the opacity slightly, adding text then printing it. Layered on red paper. 

Brilliant Blue card stock stamped with Versamark ink and Classic Pickups stamp set, all from Stampin' Up! (retired paper and stamp set). 
Same red paper as the two layouts above.
Black photo mounts.
I reduced the opacity on a photograph, added text, then printed it out to make the tag.

My plan is for them to add the dash plaques to the even pages. Dash plaques are small pieces of lightweight metal or magnetic sheets that are printed with colorful graphics stating the name and date of the event they attended. They are normally given out to the first registrants of an event, such as the first 50 that show up. 

Thanks for looking =) 

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Lizard On The Loose

I just cant get anything done today it seems ! 

I thought I saw a blur out of the corner of my eye this morning while I was in the kitchen. This was just after the cicada incident so I thought I was imagining things, on edge. 

As I was cleaning out the microwave this afternoon, there was another blur - quickly followed by Kitty (also known as fat cat) scurrying about the dining room. She only moves that fast if she is after something and sure enough, she was - a large lizard ! 

It looks like one of them that came out of the tree we had cut down earlier this spring. I wonder how long it was in here, exactly how it got in here...... too snake like for me, they creep me out.
They especially creep me out when they lose their tail and the disembodied tail wriggles around on the floor , eeeeeeewwwwwwwwwwwwww! 

So how did we get it out of the house ? After Kitty got it cornered I had my son get a clear plastic box while I kept an eye on it. He then used a yard stick to scoot the lizard out of the corner then I slammed the box over the lizard while keeping Kitty from trying to chase it off. My son started scooting the box across the floor towards the kitchen, our plan was to scoot it all the way to the door outside. Along the way he caught the lizards tail under the edge of the box on the tile kitchen floor and off it came, eeeeeewwwwwwwwwwww! Guess who got to clean that mess up ? No, not him since he did it, mom of course. What would they do without me ?!?

13 Year Cicada Invasion !

The 13 year cicadas are making their appearance. I was being "swarmed" by them today.... eeek !

I opened the kitchen door this early morning to let Ringo out and thought I felt something wet fall onto my arm, "must be my imagination, how could something wet fall from the ceiling" . Then I thought, "Oh, maybe it was a bug, a spider!, and I thought it felt like something wet" so I turned around to look around on the floor. Lo and behold, it was a freshly hatched cicada - and unbeknownst to me, the shell was sticking to my sock ! I assume it just hatched, fell from the upper portion of the inside of the door jamb when I opened the door. The shell must have come down with it, fell onto my sock. I flipped it outdoors, it buzzed about in circles on the ground obviously still getting the wings dried out and working properly. Ringo had a go at trying to catch it,  but quickly lost interest.

I am amazed at the number I have seen so far this morning, flying all around the yard up to the trees. They are also crawling up out of the flower beds I have put in since moving into this house by the dozens today. I'm done pulling weeds in the flower beds for the time being, these critters are creeping me out  - and landing on me !

Edited to Add: Ick!!! The driveway was covered with them by days end
I see a new chore in my future, sweeping the driveway each day. 

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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Masquerade Mask Card

My son was invited to a Sweet Sixteen birthday party, masquerade ball themed. This is the birthday card I made.

Tulipe Die, Stampin' Up!  retired  (I cut it into sections then glued it back together differently)
old glossy gold card stock, Stampin' Up! retired
mask free hand cut from lightweight glossy photo paper ( I should have used the really nice glossy card stock from Stampin' Up!', but this paper was thinner so it was easier to shape the nose piece)
Kaleidacolor/Stampin' Up! ink pad - it's so old, but still juicy! retired 
I stenciled the envelope with the other portion of card stock from the die cut piece. 
Word Play digital stamp set with My Digital Studio software from Stampin' Up! for the inside

Thanks for looking =) 

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

First Card Made With Items From Stampin' Up! - 2000

Wow, it was 11 years ago that I was first introduced to Stampin' Up! - and immediately signed up as a Demonstrator!

This is the first card I ever made, it was the Make and Take at the workshop I attended. I didn't even get to see the demonstration because my friend that had been invited and was taking me as her guest was running late so we missed it. None the less, after drooling over the Idea Book and making the project, I was bitten by the Stampin' Up! bug.

It's wonderful too see how my stamping abilities have improved as well as how far the company has come over those years. Not to mention how much my crafty stash has multiplied - enough with all of the MUST HAVE new stuff that Stampin' Up! comes out with every year, how the trends have changed ! I don't need anything from the new Mini Catalog, I don't need anything from the new Mini Catalog............. right !

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Equestrian Dreams

Kentucky Derby Day ! 

I received a piece of junk mail recently with the above really neat "postage stamp" on it.

Seeing it inspired me to share the card below that I created a couple of years ago. It is so simple, I really like how it turned out. In fact, it was shared on Splitcoaststampers for a Clean And Simple challenge and was chosen as a favorite for the week - what an honor !

All items, except the jute twine, are from Stampin' Up!, most of which are now retired:
Equestrian Dreams stamp set
Close To Cocoa card stock and ink
Kraft card stock
Punch, I am not certain of the name but I think it was Label
jute twine from my craft stash

Thanks for looking =) 

Friday, May 6, 2011

Hummingbirds Are Back

The hummingbirds are back ! I first noticed one buzzing around a purple columbine plant last week. I only have two birds, maybe three, every year but I still put out the feeder.

These are a couple of old photos that I took several years ago with my new at the time camera. I have been unsuccessful at getting any so far with my newer camera. They know I am standing there !