Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Holiday Wishes

Ack! Christmas is only 10 days away. Time has been flying for me since we added 6 extra people to our household this season. This is a paper bag album that I started last year, and just barely finished! Please someone stop me from buying Christmas paper next year. I have way too much left over from these last two years.






Fun little details: distressed tag with Christmas rub-ons, glittery poinsettias, stamped tag, a little twine and a bit of ribbon.



More chocolate Stampin-Up ribbon. Yum!

I hope you all have finished more on your  Christmas to-do lists than I have! Merry Christmas and happy scrapping. Dee2

Monday, December 7, 2009

Holiday Memories Family Scrapbook Album

This is another recent holiday creation. I had so much fun transforming this lunchbox tin with soft snowflake blue and rich peppermint red. 



There are hidden tags and charms throughout the ribbon on top, and how cute is the giant jingle bell? :)



Not sure if you can see, but I accented the snowflakes with Stickles and Martha Stewart glitter.




The first page/tab: a 3x5" photo can be slipped behind the title pocket.  I really love how these colors look together. :)  I wasn't sure if I was going to sew fro this project, but the white thread gave all the pages a nice finished look.



The backside of the first page. I did some layering and stamping with a Jenni Bowlin image.



I added lots of shading, ribbon, and journaling tags to the pages, but trued to keep things from getting too bulky or dark. I like inky, but not to the point of looking grungy.




A page with some journaling tags stuffed in, and layered with some Prima flowers.

This is on eBay if you're interested in seeing all of the pages and details. Thanks for stopping by, and happy crafting! :) Dee2

Friday, December 4, 2009

Sweet Baby Boy

This is a baby boy album I put together for a friend a few weeks ago.



 I used Little Yellow Bicycle Papers mixed with cardstock in orange, blue, and green. It turned out so sweet. :) I tied some tags on the binder rings with the baby's name, and a note welcoming him into the world on one of the other tags.



Sorry the lighting is poor as I took the pics at night.



Just thought I'd share a little of what I've been up to while I've been MIA. :) Happy Scrapping. Dee2

Friday, November 13, 2009

PFOPs Christmas Shoppe Challenge 2

This is my contribution to PFOPs Christmas Shoppe Challenge this week.



I used BoBunny's Snowy Serenade line on this album. When I saw the papers online I thought I'd pass, but they are so richly textured and beautiful in person. I was inspired to pull out the plum colors in this paper from reading the MoxieFabWorld blog. They're hosting a Plum Crazy Challenge, and it is my new favorite color as I am trying to embrace my daughter's love of purple.



 I tried to bring out the subtle burgundy and blue in the papers, and emphasized it all with plum cardstock.

Notice the burgundy flower? I made that myself with some ribbon, and a gold sprig from Prima. I think it turned out nicely.


I used vellum and pearls all throughout the album for snowflakes and scrolls. I was hoping it would give it a nice wintery feel.




Accented with shimmery lavender stitching and flowers. What do you think? :) If you want to see the full 12 pages check it out HERE on eBay. Happy Scrapping!

Dee2

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Count Your Blessings

This is a little tag book I put together for our upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. 




I used some Library Pocket cards I cut out and layered them with Reminisce patterned paper. The pockets were a die-cut at my LSS. Not sure what system it's from.

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I intend to go back and add stitching to all the pockets, but I was trying to keep it simple as a sample for the store. I stamped the title, and then I crackle painted over the top for some texture.



I will use the tags for each person to write what they're thankful for, and the other side is to attach a photo of the author.





I made one for each person who will be sharing our holiday table, and plan to just snap some pics and print them out that night.





A sweet table decoration that doubles as a memory keepsake. Hope this idea inspires.

Hmm Supplies Used. I'm bad at this.
Cardstock: I admit it's there. I just don't know where I got it or what brand it is.
PP: Reminisce
Ribbon: May Arts, Maya Road ric rac
Gems and Gold Leaf: Prima
Velvet Flower: Maya Road
Button: Um.. BG? :D
Stamps: Jenni Bowlin, Inkadinkado
Brads: Surely you can find those without my help. Haha. They're bronze if that helps.

Happy Scrapping. ;)

Dee2


Monday, November 9, 2009

Santa Paper Bag Album

This is a paper bag album I made last year. I finished out some of the pages that just weren't working for me.



On the cover I just changed to a bigger ribbon on the tags. I still like what I did before. You might see some small changes in style.


I dressed this page up with more layers on the paper strip, added some flourishes, and that yummy flower. If I could do it over again I might emboss the cardstock. Alas, my glue was not letting go. ;)



This was the only page that had to be completely redone. You ever have one of those, what was I thinking moments? Well, I glued over one. Haha. This is on eBay if you want to see more pics.

Is everyone else playing with Christmas crafts now? I have some altered projects I want to do as decorations around my house. I used to put my decorations up on my birthday (Nov. 29th), then the day after Thanksgiving, but now I have a hankering to get all mine out now. Is it too early? :) What if I promise not to play Christmas music yet?

Happy Scrapping! Dee2


Thursday, November 5, 2009

Fall Paper Bag Album and Over the Top

This is the last of the paper bag albums I made a few weeks ago. It is a bit softer in color than the others, but still deliciously Autumn in hue.


I almost couldn't bring myself to use that Prima Rose, and the Stampin Up! ribbon that ties it closed. Please someone help me not become a supply hoarder. :)




Love this sweet Sassafras Lass paper mixed with the lacy trim.




Love the big yellow blossom - it has been sitting on my desk for months keeping me company. I had to replace it before I was able to use it. Haha.




I have been awarded this blog memento 6 times this week so I thought I would respond. Feel free to skip this part. ;)


Where is your cell phone? 
Charging

Your hair? 
Boring

Your mother? 
Night Owl

Your father? 
Recently back from Iraq. 

Your favorite food? 
Pizza

Your favorite drink?
 Water

 Your dream last night? 
Waitress 

Your dream/goal?  
Raise my children to fear the Lord, and keep His commandments.

What room are you in?
Bedroom

Your hobby? 
Orienteering

Your fear? 
Missing the Mark

 Where do you want to be in 6 years? 
Content. 

Where were you last night? 
Etsy.com

Something that you aren't?  
Tall

 Muffin? 
Blueberry

 Wish list item?  
White shelves

 Where did you grow up?
Army

Last thing you did? 
Change a diaper

What are you wearing? 
 flip-flops

TV? 
None

 Friends?
Blessings

Your life?
Busy

Your mood?
Weary

 Missing someone?
 Baby Brother

Vehicle? 
Junk

Something you aren't wearing? 
A feather boa

Your favorite store? 
Half Price Books

Favorite color?
 Green

When was the last time you laughed?

When my daughter told me she had a great idea "Milkshakes for bedtime snack!"

Last time you cried?
Tonight

Your best friend?
Hubby

One place you go to over and over? 
Target

One person who emails you regularly?
Canadian Meds for Less

Favorite place to eat? 
Johnny Carinos


Dee2

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Shabby Vintage Christmas Cards

I put these Christmas cards together recently. They came together quickly after I threw away the idea of stamping. ;)




This is the second card I put together. The first ended up crumbled in the trash. I was just trying to get an idea of where to go with the cards. It's a bit simple, but works for me. I was hoping the white Maya Road velvet bloom would remind one of a snowflake.



I found this image in a Crafty Secrets tag book. I thought it was super cute all on it's own so I kept the background simple.



A little distressed and shabby. Don't you love this ribbon? I have been unable to use it before now because it's too pretty! :)




I decided to play with a crinkled tag like I have been on my paper bag albums. I like the dimension it added.


Isn't this sweet? I thought the pink velvet ribbon went well with the little girls. I wish it would snow here in Tejas. Maybe for Easter? Haha.

Hope you like my version of shabby vintage. :) Happy scrapping. Dee2

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Very Merry Vintage

It's finally November! I just love this time of year: cooler weather, hotter drinks, more time with family and friends, Thanksgiving, my birthday, reflections on faith and Christmas. We are one day into the holiday season, and I am ready to put up my Christmas tree. Sadly, I have been under the weather with a severe migraine for almost a week so I am mostly hiding under a pillow these days.

Here is a little something I worked on recently. I've decided to call this my Very Merry Vintage album.



I love the foamy white mixed with the snowflake blue. The vintage candy cane is another Etsy find, and don't you love the minty ribbons all pulled together on the spine?




I layered a mint-green vintage button with twine, vintage inspired lace, and a sweet happy holidays rub-on.




I find that when I am going for vintage - I just have to give myself permission to put on as many layers as I want - like an old woman who has passed the point where you can wear too much make-up.




Love the heavy metallic photo corners with the sweet blue image.




Oooh there's Santa sneaking out of the chimney. I hope he left lots of goodies.




Do you even want to know how many different companies are represented on this one page? I count 8! I'd give you a prize for mentioning them all, but 2 are really rather impossible unless you're one of the salesclerks that rang me up last week. :)




A few scallops to edge things out.
 
Can't wait to get a kiss under the mistletoe this year. :)



Love the ribbons on this page - simple, subtle, sublime.



Very Merry Vintage indeed. Hope you like! Happy Scrapping.
Dee2


Sunday, October 25, 2009

Our Family Home

It was a quiet week in my craft room. I pulled out shelves, and gave some charming papers the chance to inspire me. Most just mocked at me that they'd been sitting around far too long, so I slipped them back into their hiding places to contemplate their bad attitudes. 





It took me some time to sort through what I want to work on next. Sorting through my scraps made me want to get together some things for Etsy, but then I decided I really needed a Big Shot if I was going to try to create a following there. Follow that train? ;)



Can I share my good deal? I managed to get this brand spanking new for $43 including the tax and shipping. I am not a hello kitty fan, but you can't beat that right? :) Now to sketch some ideas for tags..





This is a paper bag album I put together when I did the last two. I love the colors of it. They're very autumnal and homey. There's a little bit of most of my favorite companies represented here: Pink Paislee (happy sigh), Maya Road, Sassafras Lass, My Mind's Eye, a little Basic Grey. I'm not afraid to mix it up!



I see some Graphic 45. I have an idea brewing for using some of their Christmas papers. One more wee before I break out all my Christmas supplies.




I just love the layout of these last few albums. I am not done playing with the design yet. I am seeing more flaps in the future. :)




Little vintage lace I found on Etsy last year. Is yellow okay for Autumn? Reminds me of the changing leaves - just not here in Dallas. :)

Happy Scrapping friends! I hope to sneak some time in the craft room soon.

Dee2





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