Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Mini Squash Book Album


This is what it looks like opened :)

This is my first squash book album. I made it for a gift, and just crossed my fingers that it would come out alright. I thought they looked really hard to make, but aren't at all.
I didn't want to embellish the outside too much, because she may want to carry it in her purse, so decided to just add "Mommy's Brag Book" on the front. I took it to work to show a few friends, and came home with 3 orders to make more!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

My first Tri-Shutter card

So, I saw these tri-shutter cards on the Cricut site message board, and didn't really like them at first. But, I've seen so many really pretty ones that I have changed my mind. The ladies on there are sooo creative!
Anyways, I decided to try one last night. I used paper I am not real crazy about so I wouldn't feel bad when I gave up and threw it away, but, it turned out to be fairly easy to make, and I like the way it turned out.
If you are interested in trying one, there is a good how-to video on the Split Coast Stampers website - click here.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Mommy & Me, Daddy & Me Scrapbook Layout

I just finished this baby girl layout titled Mommy & Me, Daddy & Me. I love scalloped edges.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Mission Mommy Blog Spot

For all the mom's out there - if you are looking for ways to save money, check out Mission Mommy's blog. You will find tons of links to coupons, contests, giveaways, freebies, sales and so much more. Kimberly has done an outstanding job in putting together this awesome site! Be sure to check it out.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Mini Scrapbook Album

I made my first mini scrapbook album and am pleased with the way it turned out. It is for my daughter-in-law's birthday, and is all about their new kittens. I used 6x6 chipboard for the front and back of the book, and the paper I used to cover it made a really nice cover. Then, I used my Bind-It-All for the first time to bind it. Here is a picture of the front of the album.

It was really fun to make. I think I want to make some to sell on my website, but that will have to go on my to do list for a while as I finish a few other things.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Chocolate Eclair cake recipe

I dug out an old recipe today to make a dessert to take to a friend's house for Easter dinner, and it is so yummy I thought I'd share it here. Give it a try.

Chocolate Eclair Cake
1 pkg vanilla instant pudding (or 2 small pkgs)
3 cups milk
1 large container of Cool Whip
1 pkg Graham Crackers
1 can chocolate icing

Mix pudding mix and milk together in a large bowl.
Add Cool Whip to pudding and mix well. Set aside.
Line bottom of 13x9 cake pan with graham crackers.
Spread half the pudding / Cool Whip mixture evenly over the graham crackers.
Add another layer of graham crackers.
Spread remaining pudding / Cool Whip mixture evenly over the graham crackers.
Add another layer of graham crackers.
Cover with Chocolate icing.
Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Happy Easter

To all of my friends who celebrate Easter - Happy Easter to you. Have a wonderful day.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Easter Premade Scrapbook Pages

I finally finished the Easter layout with the bunny I was working on. I am really happy with how it turned out.
I sold it to someone at work, so maybe I will make another one.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Spring has Sprung

This beautiful, breezy spring weather we are having is awesome! I love having my windows open and am taking full advantage of it, because I know that the heat and humidity of summer in Florida is right around the corner, so the A/C will be on and my electric bill skyrocketing soon enough!
I've been in a bit of a creative slump again - seems to happen way too often - but have started to work on an Easter layout. Well, I've cut out a rabbit and picked out the paper, so I guess that counts as starting. I also have a couple of other layout ideas in mind so am going to try to get motivated this weekend. What do you do to get inspired when you are in a slump? Let me know by leaving a comment. I need all the help I can get!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Handmade St. Patricks Day Cards

I usually make my Christmas cards, and birthday or other special occasion cards when I need to give one, but or some reason, I've really been in the mood to just make cards lately. I guess seeing so many cute ideas in magazines and on the internet has inspired me.
I bought some cute rhinestone shamrocks at JoAnn's a while back, and wanted to make something with them. With St. Patrick's Day right around the corner, I decided to make a couple of cards. Here they are, showing the front and the inside.

St. Patrick's Day greeting card:

St. Patrick's Day notecard, for writing your own message:

Both cards are made from green cardstock, white cardstock and printed shamrock paper from the Season's Ultimate Scrapbook Stack from DCWV that I bought a couple of years ago. The greeting card front has the rhinestone shamrock and a strip of micro beads, mounted with double sided tape. The notecard has 3 small green rhinestones attached to the green scalloped frame. Happy St. Patrick's Day and the shamrocks inside both cards were computer printed.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Different Types of Stamp Pads

Let me start by admitting that I am really bad at rubber stamping. I just can’t get the hang of it. So, after attending the techniques class I wrote about, I decided to learn more about the different types of ink pads, hoping it will help. Time will tell. Here is a very brief summary of what I have learned about the most commonly used ink types for paper crafts:

Dye Inks

Dye Inks are fast drying, so won’t smear or smudge your project, but dry too fast to use for embossing. Unless you are using waterproof dye inks, it will run if used with wet coloring techniques, like markers, watercolor paints and pencils, etc.

Pigment Inks

Pigment Inks take a while to dry so will smear or smudge if you aren’t careful, but are good to use as a base for heat embossing. This type of ink is popular for scrapbooking and other projects that will be kept for a long time because it is fade resistant.

Solvent Inks

Solvent Inks are permanent inks that can be used on almost any surface, including paper, of course, as well as plastic, glass, metal, transparencies, and more. It will not bleed so can be used with wet coloring techniques, like markers, watercolor paints and pencils, etc.

Chalk Inks

Chalk Inks produce a softer look than other inks. They are available in both dye and pigment inks. (ColorBox and Stampa Rosa's Fresco are dye inks, Ranger Antiquities are pigment) Usually small sized stamp pads, they are easy to use for inking any size stamp, as well as for inking edges of paper.


Versa Mark is not really an ink, but a watermark, or resist ink. A few of the techniques to use it for are:

Stamp on colored cardstock, creating an image in a slightly darker tone than the paper color for an interesting look, color a stamped image with chalks, or use as a base for heat embossing.

Like I said, this is just a brief summary of what I have found. I think it is pretty helpful information. I hope someone else gets something out of it too.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Paper Craft Techniques Class

Today I went to a local scrapbook store and took a class on Techniques. It covered stamping and the different types of stamp pads, distressing with inkpads direct to paper or with sponge, using Versa-Mark with chalks and for heat embossing, watercolor with Twinkling H2O's (wasn't crazy about that), using Stickles with acrylic glaze on surfaces it won't adhere to well, masking (we used stick-on letters for the mask - pretty cool), using double sided "red" tape with glitter, and using different adhesives.
Most of these things I have done, but I learned a few new tricks. I especially liked distressing with ink using a sponge. It makes a much softer look than using the ink pad directly to the paper.
Using acrylic glaze, like Aleene's Paper Glaze or any of the other brands, under Stickles to make it adhere to glossy surfaces was new to me, and I use Stickles a lot, so that is good to know. The glaze also makes a good adhesive for adding things with glossy surfaces to your project, like buttons. It just takes a while to dry.
We took notes and applied each technique to little 5"x6" sheets of cardstock, then bound them into a book with chipboard covers using the Bind-It-All.
I have gone to classes in the past that I felt were a total waste of time and money, but, I think I got enough out of this one to say I'm glad I went.

Friday, January 16, 2009

I Love To Scrapbook

I love scrapbooking, and enjoy seeing other people's work and reading their tips and ideas, so decided to start my own blog to share some of my work and scrappy thoughts.
I also like making cards, so will start off by sharing the handmade cards I did for Christmas this year. I got the idea of using the MS branch punch to make the wreathes and trees from the Cricut message board, and came up with these 2 designs.