Sunday, July 31, 2011

A Pair of Berries

For the first time this year, we grew berries in our backyard garden. Yum. The best thing about summer is fresh local berries, and you can't get more local than the back yard! Here is a photo of our first few blueberries and strawberries.

This was the inspiration for a set of cards I am working on. I finished the blueberries and raspberries today.

I am hoping to add other fruits from my vast collection of Flourishes stamps over the next few days. Believe it or not, I couldn't find the paper I had in mond from the dozens of paper pads I have on hand, so I printed out some digital papers on XPress cardstock. It worked great.

Off I go to bed. Another work week starts tomorrow. It's tough getting used to a regular job with regular hours and commuting traffic. I rather be crafting, but I guess I need some way to support this habit.

Scrapbook Sunday and a Reminder

Here it is - Sunday again. Really, I DID make some cards this week, but let's get to the reminder and you'll understand why there were no posts this week.

TODAY is Paper Maniac's LAST day in business. Everything is 80% off. I think we went from over 3,000 items at one point to just 53 left. We (that means ME really) have been packing like crazy after work each day and are finally caught up. If you want something at a great bargain - think stocking stuffers and hostess gifts) hurry over to the store before it's too late.

So here's the Sunday scrapbook page, which I did for the digital scrapbook challenge over on Splitcoast. The challenge was to use at least 5 different patterned papers, a cluster and some journaling on the page. This is my gorgeous niece (and goddaughter) in her Halloween costume last year.

She picked out all the elements of her costume. Don't you love the whimsical high tops? Cracks me up every time. I think I should have recolored the followers she was holding to blend in with the papers better, but I guess it's OK.

Thanks for looking. I am rushing off now to see how many of the Dirty Girls challenges I can get done while Dave is off golfing in the heat and humidity. You should see some of those cards in the days ahead!

Papers: Mary Fran – Can I Be Frank; Echo Park – Apothecary; Creativity by Crystal – Spooky Paper Collection

Clipping Masks – L. Whitlock, Essential Shapes; Scrapping with Liz – background Masks 1

Fonts: Pea Olson, St. Andrew

Elements: Mary Fran, May I Be Frank? Boodles of Fun – Go Digital Scrapbooking Collab Kit

Photoshop Elements 7

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Scrapbook Sunday

"Scrapbook Sunday" isn't a REAL day, but it does have a certain ring to it. Maybe I should set that as a goal and maybe I can catch up on some of my scrapbooking pages too. So welcome to the first scrapbook Sunday.

As you may or may not know, I do most of my scrapbooking digitally. It started in 2008 when we went on a super trip to Scandinavia with my in-laws and I wanted to make them a scrapbook too. I sure didn't want to make two of each page, so I gave digital a try and just love it. So cards are paper and scrapbook pages are digital.

Anyway, here is a little page to remember our courageous pansy who is flourishing in the most unlikely place.

I still cannot believe a single pansy seed survived the Minnesota winter.

Template: Kristin @ Pickleberry Pop
Digital Kit: Lindsay Jane Designs; clothespin - Birgit Kerr
Font: Pea Olson

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Jumpstarting My Mojo

Happy Saturday. Minnesota finally decided to go back to work last Thursday. It sure was good to get back, but after 3 weeks of being shutdown, there sure was a lot to do - and will be for awhile.

I had a very long crafting dry spell and wasn't doing much creating, but I sure continued with the collecting! There are many stamps awaiting ink and many papers waiting to be cut into. Like all the work waiting at my job after shutdown, I had a hard time figuring out where to start.

Then I discovered the card kits by Freehand Scraps, which awoke all the juices again. Here are two cards from the May kit.

Both of these cards are almost entirely as included in the kit, but I added the tri-colored string on the kite and stamped the sentiment from one of my Papertrey Ink sets. (Up and Away additions I think)

This card is also pretty well "out of the box" except for the stamped PTI sentiment (Boards and Beams)
Don't you love that ruffled ribbon? I learned something new in doing the ruffles.

I loved how these cards came out and it really did jumpstart my mojo. I am looking forward to making some of my own creations this weekend, so I hope you will come back and visit again. Maybe I will even get the blog decoration done too if it's as rainy as it's supposed to be. Who needs to do housework anyway?

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

My First Post on My New Blog!

Since Paper Maniac is closing, I decided that starting a new blog will help me transition from online retailer to an obsessed hobbyist. So here we are at my first post. This blog is still very much under construction, but should be up to speed fairly soon.

For my first post, I have a card that I made with today’s Splitcoast Sketch Challenge. I wanted something bright and colorful today – despite the heat.

The card base is Memory Box, which I just love for the white inside when it’s folded. This makes it so much easier to stamp your sentiment without adding more layers. The patterned paper is from a fun Kaisercraft paper pad called Party Animals. The balloons were stamped with a matching stamp set, colored in with Copics and cut out. I think this makes a fun birthday card for a child or adult.

Thanks for stopping by on my very first post. Please leave a quick word so I know you found me!


All the Details:
Stamps: Kaisercraft Party Animals
Papers: Memory Box cardstock, Kaisercraft Party Animals
Inks:Memento, Copic Markers
Other Goodies: Pop Dots, Martha Stewart bow