Monday, September 29, 2014

Flamed F100 Pickup Scrapbook Page

This is one of my favorite pages I made for my 
Photo Of The Week scrapbook album !
Not too many more photos to scrap
(there were just over 40 total!) and I'll be done!

Hand drawn, hand cut, hand painted flamed paper !

I drew and cut the flames on bright yellow 12 x 12 card stock.
I used two shades of orange and a bright yellow acrylic craft paints
to brush onto the card stock flames.

Once dry, they were glued to red card stock.

2013 is cut with a Cricut Create machine and the Library Fonts cartridge.

Thanks for looking =) 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Steampunked Scrapbook Pages

My first projects as a new member of the design team for Anything But A Card !

I admit that when I found out it was a Steampunk challenge, I was a bit worried, wondering what I had gotten myself into,  as I have nothing in my crafty stash that would work for that style. Then it came to me: look for digital scrapbooking components, surely there are some out there on the internet !

After a little bit of searching, I found an awesome kit that was perfect.
It is called Steampunk and is designed by Karry Dempsey at

I used My Memories Suite 5 digital design software to make my two projects.

I find it is easiest to use "outside" components, that means general digital kits by designers other than those at (or Stampin' Up! if you are using My Digital Studio software) , by keeping them in a separate folder on my computer desktop. I only keep the folder/kit I am working with on the desktop at the time, making less items to search through.  It can be tricky at times doing it this way, such as if you want to use a paper as a background layer it will need to be inserted into a photo box or shape that covers the entire background since components that are not installed directly into the software won't pop up on the search in the software.

Take a moment to check out the other fantastic creations, not only by design team members, but fans that have submitted links to their creations at

Thanks for looking =) 

Friday, September 26, 2014

1969 428 Mach 1 Mustang Scrapbook Page

Yet another photo I took and submitted to our local newspaper
to be considered as photo of the week.

The Ford logo paper was made by myself and
printed at home. 

The waving checkered flag paper strips are actually made from the
final piece left from two other pages I made with
the one 12 x 12 Disney's Cars themed scrapbook paper I bought
this past summer.
You can see the other two pages here

I used the Library Fonts Cricut cartridge with my Cricut Create machine
to cut the letters out of lightweight metallic silver paper. 
I probably should have cut out smaller letters and numbers then 
1969 rather than the 428 would have fit on the page. 

Thanks for looking =) 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Snowy View/Icicle Lights Scrapbook Pages

This photo was submitted to our local newspaper
to be considered as a Photo Of The Week.
I scrapped it, along with just over 40 others that I am
currently working on, to be a part of my 
Photo Of The Week scrapbook album.

The photo printed out darker than it should have like
so many of my prints do.

Snowflakes die and Snow wheel were from Stampin' Up!

Clear embossing powder, heat set


shimmery lightweight white and silver papers, unknown

Icicle Lights photo also submitted

 I used a clear dimensional "glue" to create icicles on the above page.

BONUS page, one of the photos I submitted that was printed!

Boring , simple page ( I really need to do something else with this....)

Snowflake border punch on the piece for journaling, unknown - there are no markings on it

Lightly sprayed background paper with shimmer spray (doesn't show)

Thanks for looking =)

Monday, September 22, 2014

Collage of Fall Items Scrapbook Page

Happy Fall !!!!!

I collected and arranged several fall leaves,
acorns and walnuts for a photo last year.
The photo was submitted to our local newspaper
for consideration as Photo Of The Week,
This is the photo scrapped for my 
Photo Of The Week scrapbook I've been working on. 

Background paper from an old Die Cuts With A View stack

Skeleton leaves were bought at Walmart years ago.

Buttons and dies are from Stampin' Up!

Gray Mulberry paper

Twines from my stash

Very Vanilla card stock die cut and pierced

Thanks for looking =) 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Sneak Peek Teaser

A sneak peek at some of the supplies I used for
the design team project I worked on all day today!
More details about the team I am one of the newest members of
and the project itself in a couple of weeks ;) 

Saturday, September 20, 2014

State Capitol Dome Scrapbook Page

This photo I took was submitted to our local newspaper
as consideration for Photo Of The Week.
It was chosen and printed as an "honorable mention".

I scrapped it for my Photo Of The Week album I've been working on
 the past few months. 

Papers are from an old Die Cuts With A View stack.

I lightly sponged tan ink over the bright white text paper.
I chose that text paper since it had a quote from Abraham Lincoln on it.

The brads are faux, meaning I made them from 1/4" circles
punched from black card stock then coated with 
a clear drying dimensional "glue". 

sketch found at

Thanks for looking =) 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Crocus Scrapbook Page

Another photo I took and submitted for consideration as Photo Of The Week in our local newspaper. I made it into a scrapbook page for my Photo Of The Week album I've been working on the past few months.

I have yet to add journaling, that will be on and underneath the orange scalloped circle die cut.

It doesn't show in the photo, but I ran the scalloped edge piece through a tiny polka dot Texturz plate.

The die cut butterfly has embossed swirls on it. The die from Stampin' Up! cuts and embosses at the same

I totally forgot to run the bottom die cut edge of the Pumpkin Pie card stock through the coordinating embossing folder, ugh !!!!! I knew I wanted to do that, but forgot as I was laying the things out on the page to determine lengths of ribbon to cut..... "I ought to adhere some of these pieces now so they'll quit shifting.........." Oh well.

Purple card stocks, retired from Stampin' Up!
Orange paper with lines, purple and white plaid paper are from old Die Cuts With A View paper stacks
Ribbons and rick racks, unknown as they were bought in a grab bag of scraps at a yard sale some time ago
Nestabilites scallop edge circle die
Tasteful Trims die from Stampin' Up! (scallop edge on the purple piece)
I don't recall the exact name of the large single scallop die with coordinating embossing folder that were from Stampin' Up! , they are Edgelits dies (orange piece)

Sketch from

Thanks for looking =)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Hittin' The Highway Scrapbook Page

Super simple scrapbook page I made for my Photo Of The Week album.

Papers from and old Die Cuts With A View stack.

Thanks for looking =)

Monday, September 15, 2014

Journal Cards for a Baby Scrapbook

All images from various stamp sets and wheels,
all now retired, and sold by Stampin' Up!

One of the projects I thought I was going to be able to do
while recuperating from surgery last month.
I had no idea that I used abdominal muscles
while rubber stamping !!!!
Seriously, my second week of recovery I thought I'd try
to stamp and color these "journal cards", 
but simply stamping pulled the surgical site, causing too much discomfort! 
I nearly finished them up the other day.
I have yet to color the baby animals quilt block
and I'll "shadow stamp"a square of pink ink on one 
and blue ink on the other cards with the saying.

The original plan was to make these then redo two old pocket photo albums,
removing some photos to make space to add these cards while I was laid up.
That never happened.................. oh well, maybe one day this winter
while I am cooped up in the house staying warm during the predicted
severe winter ;) I like winter - when it snows! 
I dislike the lack of sunlight.
This year I am planning on spending more time in the
craft dungeon with several daylight bulbs glowing,
working on photo albums while listening to music
in hopes of fending off the winter blues.
In the mean time, I need to get out and enjoy
these perfect fall days, soak up the sunshine and 
cool, crisp fall air !!!!!

Thanks for looking =)

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Fresh From The Garden Tomatoes and Bruschetta Pizzas

(I meant to post this in late August)

Just when the tomatoes started ripening,
horn worms feasted on my
tomato plants as well as the tomatoes themselves,
grrrrrrrrrrrr! I lost half of them.

We were then hit with a heat wave,
record setting high temperatures and no rain for a week
soon followed by severe storms then fall weather.
No more tomatoes from my plants this year,
and there were soooooo many green ones on them still ! 
I know, you can fry or pickle green tomatoes,
but I'm going to pass on that. 

The 17 large tomatoes we did get were pretty tasty.
I had enough to share with my parents, too,
so that made me (and them!) happy.

The bruschetta pizza above is simple to make,
the recipe was found on the back of a box of 
Lipton Recipe Secrets Savory Herb with  Garlic mix.
It is also online at their website, I'll share it below



  • 1 envelope Lipton® Recipe Secrets® Savory Herb with Garlic Soup Mix [or Onion Soup Mix]
  • 2 cups seeded, chopped tomatoes
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 (12-in.) thin crust prebaked pizza crusts
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 425°. Combine Lipton ® Recipe Secrets ® Savory Herb with Garlic or Onion Soup Mix, tomatoes and oil in medium bowl. Let stand 5 minutes.
  2. Put crusts on baking sheets. Evenly top crusts with tomato mixture. Top with shredded mozzarella.
  3. Bake 10 minutes or until crust is crisp and cheese is melted and bubbling.
  • Tip: Don't have a pizza crust? Try using a loaf of crusty Italian bread.

Thursday, September 11, 2014


Never forgetting 9/11/01
I want to take time today to make more hand made cards to add to those I've completed so far this year to send to Operation Write Home.    

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Thanks, Veterans Scrapbook Page

I finally made it down to the craft dungeon for a while the other day.
This was the first time I've spent much time down there since having surgery,
creating three fairly quick scrapbook pages.
I know I can't tug open heavy drawers and such just yet,
but I was able to get enough basics out to complete a couple
more scrapbook pages for my 
Photo Of The Week scrapbook album.
I have thirteen more pages to complete before it is finished.
It has been kind of fun, but I do think I prefer digital scrap booking ;)

On to the page featured today:
In 2012 I made nearly 100 hand made
Thank You cards 
to give to Veterans on an Honor Flight.
I took a photo of some of them,
as I always try to photograph my projects.
With Veteran's Day coming up,
I decided to submit one of those photos to
our local newspapers Photo Of The Week contest.
I was surprised that they chose it as one of
the "honorable mentions" to be printed in black and white.
This page is meant to show that photo off.

Closeup to show the layering of various paper punched stars
and the hand piercing around the stars. 
You can also see the subtle dry embossed wide lines.

I used the old Plaidmaker template from Stampin' Up!
(it was meant to be used as a stencil)
and an Empressor tool stylus to make the wide
dry embossed lines on lightweight 12 x 12 white paper.
The paper is what came in the sleeves of the scrapbook
I am using. Although it really is too light weight to 
make a nice page, I decided to use it anyway
because the lines would be easier
to emboss on it. I simply ran my thumb
along each groove, creating small indentations
where the stencil was which made it
easier then to go back over with the stylus. sketch I used as inspiration

Thanks for looking =)

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Kenny Rogers Concert

Last minute decision to go see the legendary
Kenny Rogers
in concert at a local amphitheater.
Beautiful evening outdoors
a wonderful concert ! 
Definitely memorable and 
Mr. Rogers still has it :) 
It was such a good show. 
Thank you Mr. Kenny Rogers <3

Friday, September 5, 2014

Fives Challenge

There is a mini challenge this week at Anything But A Card - USE FIVE !
The Fifth Sunday Challenge... "USE FIVE"!! Use the number 5 or five items, five colors, five words... what ever FIVE represents to you. 

I decided to whip up a digital scrapbook page to submit.

5 "layers" - 4 papers plus the layer of photos and alphabet punches/text
5 colors - black, two grays, yellow and white
5 photos and 5 punches to make the paw print photo collage
5 letters in the name
Lastly, Kitty turned 15 this year, a multiple of the number 5!

I used the original version of My Digital Studio to create the page.

TIP#1: flip the photo you wish to use in the upside down heart punch portion of the paw to be upright on your page. If you don't flip the photo upside down before inserting into the heart that is upside down, the photo will be upside down on your page since the program "clips" the photo to the shape as if it were right side up. I'm not sure if I made that very clear ? 

TIP#2: make one circle punch then copy and paste it three more times so they are all the same size. You can group them together then enlarge or reduce in size as needed to look proportionate to the size of the heart punch. Once you are happy with the size and placement of the punches in relation to each other to make the paw print, you may want to group all of them together to move the around on the page as one until you get it where you like. Ungroup to insert each photo individually into each punch portion of the paw print. 

TIP#3: use stamps to create your own decorative background papers. I used overlays on two of them to give them texture then a cat stamp image on the third (though it is mostly covered up). All stamps were color coordinated to the paper layers.

Thanks for looking ! 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Pop Up Box Card and Boston Creme Pie Cupcakes

 Above is the pop up box card birthday card I made for my mother's birthday. 
All stamps and supplies (other than "Mom") were from Stampin' Up!,
most are now retired.
I have directions for the first one I made posted here

This is one of the "Boston Creme Pie" cupcakes I made her.
It doesn't look that great,
but they tasted just fine !

I'm certain the make them from scratch recipe
that included a home made chocolate ganache topping
would have been oh so delicious, but I decided to try to
make them with easy to use store bought items. 
Yes, mom is worth it but I wasn't quite up to all the work involved 
with making everything, pudding included, from scratch. 

Simple Boston Creme Pie Cupcakes Recipe

1 box of butter recipe yellow cake mix

French Vanilla instant pudding mix,

Container of premade chocolate icing

Bake cupcakes according to cake mix directions,
but do not use paper muffin pan liners. 
Instead spray/grease each tin well and
pour mix directly into pan. 

Prepare instant pudding mix to make a pie milk amounts,
1 3/4 cup rather than 2 cups for the brand I used. Chill.

Once cupcakes are baked and completely cool, 
carefully remove them from their pans then cut in half horizontally.

Place a dab of pudding in the middle of the two halves.

Ice the tops.