Monday, September 28, 2015

Dad's Truck - Scrap Page

This is a scrapbook page I made in memory of my Dad who recently passed away 
and his show truck he spent several years making one of a kind.
The page was created to display in his truck along with a note about the truck.
I also displayed the hat he wore to many car shows.

I had a few hours to make this page last Thursday since it was decided that day
we would be driving his truck to a HUGE weekend long car show 
rather than taking one of our own classic vehicles.
We have gone to this event that celebrates America's Mother Road,
Route 66, every fall for the past several years.
My Dad was never able to attend due to his failing health. 
We left early Friday morning and arrived home late yesterday evening.
It was a bittersweet weekend for me, as you can imagine.............

DAD'S was die cut from lightweight chipboard with a die set
that I bought from Stampin' Up! years ago. 
The apostrophe was hand cut since the die set has none.
The edges of the die cuts were lightly inked.

TRUCK was stamped with the old Alphadots stamp set by Stampin' Up! 
with black ink on kraft card stock then paper punched out. 
Each letter is attached with a pop dot / dimensional. 

What do you think of my wheel and tire embellishment?
 Did you know that is what it was supposed to be ? 

I die cut a scalloped circle from black card stock then trimmed the scallops off .
I cut out the center of the circle, this makes the tire.
I've done this technique on several projects over the years.

I add die cut circles from silver card stock and hand cut pieces that are 
accented with ink pens to recreate the look of a wheel.
They are all glued into place then attached to the page
with pop dots / dimensionals. 

Three assorted scraps of ribbon and ric rac were hot glued into place.

A "gear" was die cut from silver card stock then lightly inked.
It is one of a set of four from Joy crafts that I bought at
a couple of years ago. 

I hand cut the banner that was stamped with an image from 
a set sold by Stampin' Up ! ( I do not remember the name of it). 

Two of the photos are mounted with black corner photo mounts,
the other is matted onto textured black card stock and glued in place.

The decorative papers were all leftovers from a set I bought
years ago at Big Lots. I have no idea of the name or manufacturer.

I can't bring myself to say that it is "my" truck;
I probably never will. 
I have yet to drive it myself, much less bring it to my house.
He wanted me to have it, as does my Mom............... 
Sniffle. It's only been a month.

Thanks for looking =) 

I'd like to enter this page in the
and the
optional twist is to use your favorite technique.
I like to make masculine/car relatedprojects,
so coming up with the tire and wheel 
technique some time ago has been one of my favorite
(along with faux black and white photos!) .

EDITED October 4, 2015:
My page was the random winner at Scrapbook Blessing Club for September !

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Mom's 70th Birthday Card

*I forgot to hit publish on this post*
This is the card I ended up making (after tossing around several ideas) for my Mom's 70th Birthday. It was a bittersweet birthday since Dad just passed away not quite two weeks before. There was no celebrating this year, in fact she didn't want to do anything, we didn't even have a cake. Having the water heater break, leaving a watery mess on the floor first thing that morning didn't help any........ She and I were able to spend some time together working out plans for Dad's Celebration of Life, though.

Moving on, the card is quite a mish mash of stuff, isn't it? I used fishing line to suspend the 70 from, had hoped they would float above the stamped panel more, but it didn't quite work as planned. If I had doubled up my dimensions to make the gap thicker, it would have worked better. I should have just removed the fishing line and glued the 70 to the background piece, the line, although clear, is still visible and a distraction.

Most supplies used were from Stampin' Up!, nearly all of which are no longer available.

Almost Amethyst card stock was run through an embossing folder (Fancy Fan?).

Eggplant Envy card stock was die cut with a large clear scalloped square die for the card base and a circle plus a scalloped circle Nestabilities die for the frame.

The 70 was die cut with my Cricut Create and Library Font cartridge. It was painted with metallic silver.

The Butterfly is a stamp image with matching paper punch from, Papillion Potpourri. I water colored it with ink from my ink pads then spritzed it with a home made shimmer spray.

The larger rolled flowers are simply paper punch circles of Vintage Violet card stock that I cut into spirals with scissors, rolled then hot glued into place on a small circle shaped scrap of paper. The top edges were decorated with clear drying glue and glitter.

The small white flowers are from the Flower Trio punch that I trimmed in between two of the petals and glued into place to create a bit of dimension. I water colored the centers, adding a rhinestones.

The leaves were cut from Old Olive card stock with a Sizzix Die, Little Leaves (? I think was the name) and I added a darker green water colored edge.

There are silver thread loops behind the flowers and clear rhinestones on each scallop of the card front base frame.

The small white tag is a paper punch , MOM is made with clear stamps from Technique Tuesday.
The Happy Birthday is a stamp from the Elegant Greetings set by Stampin' Up!

What a mess !!!!

Thanks for looking =)

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

First Signs Of Fall

The firebush is starting to change

First colorful leaf that blew in from somewhere
as there are no trees with leaves that have changed
on our property yet,

Butterflies love this flower

Hints of color on the firebush with that lone
yellow leaf on the ground near it.
Notice all of the green leaves in the trees behind still.

Difficult to see, but the hostas are covered with huge spiderwebs - eek ! 

Time to turn around my photo memory boxes I made for my pets.
Each side is seasonally decorated.

It doesn't feel like fall here.
Temperatures are well above normal for this time of year
nearing 90 degrees for highs ! 

Friday, September 18, 2015

Hanging Heart - Remembrance Quote

This is hanging that I made for display at the
Celebration of Life for my Dad.

The heart shaped base is foam that the heads of small red 
carnation like flowers were pushed into.

I did not make the base portion, 
it is actually from a framed piece I bought 
on clearance after Valentine's Day years ago.
I ripped out the plain flower covered heart from the
rustic frame so I could use the frame. 
I knew one day I would find a use for that heart ! 

The ribbon for hanging is also repurposed from
something else and hot glued onto the back.

I made my own word art, printing it out onto 
white card stock then cutting it into a banner/flag shape.

The red rose was made with the spiral flower die
from Stampin' Up! and red card stock inked with burgundy ink.

The leaves were cut from Always Artichoke cardstock
with a flower paper punch, also from Stampin' Up!
The edges were inked.

The white flowers were made with another flower punch
from Stampin' Up! and lightly inked with Barely Banana.
 I placed yellow rhinestones in the middles.

All pieces were hot glued to the base after I curled them to my liking.
There is thin gold cord looped underneath the florals for extra detail.

   Thanks for looking

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Sympathy Card I Received

This is a lovely handmade card that a long time "pen pal"
made and sent to me in Sympathy of my Dad's passing. 

Lovely colors, images and a fun layout.
I love it.
Thanks, Margy! 

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Never A Dull Moment Digi Kit

Yet another kit release for JMC Designs
at Scraps-N-Pieces,
Never A Dull Moment !
What a fun, colorful kit for your digi scrapping needs

I used the template, also designed by Jodi at JMC Designs,
for the above layout. It was created and shared for a template
challenge at Scraps-N-Pieces. 
I used the template in Photoshop Elements 10. 

 The above page was created with another

The above crafting chaos was from a card I made for my mom recently
(I'll be sharing it on the blog soon).
I've had a couple chaotic crafty days the past three weeks after
my father's passing. I made a few items for his
Celebration of Life in addition to some 
quicky thank you cards and moms birthday card.
My dining room table also had a huge mess on it,
being taken over for my photo slideshow project.
Sorting, canning, editing, restoring old photos I had been lent
by relatives in order to make a slideshow for the 
Celebration of Life.  WHEW !!!!!!!!
It has been a whirlwind these past few weeks.
Things should be settling down soon.
I'll still have my hands fuller than normal with helping
out my mom, but now that we have made it through 
the Celebration of Life planning/ event itself,
I should have more spare "me" time  :) 
I have a few paper crafty items to share in the next
couple of weeks, then it will time before I know it
to share another House Of Cards project as well as
more digital scrapbook pages
for JMC Designs !!!

The contents in the colorful, fun Never A Dull Moment digi kit:

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Laura Leigh Digi Kit

There is a fun digi kit by JMC Designs
in the Scraps-N-Pieces store,
Laura Leigh.

These creations are meant to be printed out onto iron on transfer paper to put on t-shirts for children.
Digi kits can be used for so much more than scrapping !

Here are two "masculine" pages I made 
In Remembrance 
of my Dad's recent passing. 

to each of you that has left condolences :)

I just saw the sneak peeks for next months releases
from JMC Designs,
you are going to love them !!!
There will be five more new kits next month.
I can't wait to work with each of them,
but one in particular as it was a suggestion of mine ;)

The lovely Laura Leigh kit is half off through september 30th.
Here are the kit contents:

Friday, September 4, 2015

Kind Hearted Digi Kit

There are two new kits being released by JMC Designs in the store.
This is the second, Kind Hearted

This is a set of four fun card fronts that were 
simple to put together with items
in the Kind Hearted digi kit. 
The sentiments/tags are NOT included.
 I made those with a simple text box placed over shapes
in the My Memories Suite program that I 
designed the card fronts in. 

My mom is alive and well (as she can be after losing her husband
of 48 years almost two weeks ago).
I made this facebook cover should anyone like it
since I made one in remembrance of my 
dad's recent passing. 

Here are the contents in the Kind Hearted digi kit:

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Caddyshack Digi Kit

There are two new kits being released by JMC Designs in the store today.
The first is Caddyshack. It's great for guys (and gals!) that enjoy golfing, or if you are like me and have no golfers in the family, the kit can be used for other fun digital projects.

A facebook cover I created in My Memories Suite software
The letters are NOT included in the kit.

Scrapbook page inspired by one on the cover of an old magazine
from Creating Keepsakes

Caddyshack kit contents:

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Kick It Digi Kit

is perfect for your little (or big!) soccer players. 
However, if you are like me and have no soccer photos to scrap,
there are other ways to use many of the kit contents as I have above. 

Here are the images of the contents in each part of  the kit.
Each portion is sold separately in Bits N' Pieces kits.