Saturday, July 19, 2014

Hope everyone has been having a great Saturday so far. I've been doing all kinds of chores. I started my morning doing an in depth cleaning of my living room and must have removed a half a ton of  dust, dirt and of course cat fuzz. Thus, the downside of living in a construction zone with a woolly mammoth of a husband, and 3 cats. I do not contribute in any way to the mess.   I couldn't even type that with a straight face.

My craft room is next *cough* really *cough* I swear!!!

I'm also doing a major update to my blog so if you stop in and see it a mess, I'm hoping to have the majority of my changes completed by Sunday evening.

Another "chore" on my list today was uploading my photos to my PC from our trip to the coast back in May. I know I want to scrap them but I came home and just put my camera case away and have been using my phone to take pictures.  

I took nearly 200 photos with my Canon DSLR and these are just a few of my favorites.

If you are wondering about the "things" sticking up out of the sea of green in the bottom right photo above. Those are Elk antlers and the sea of green are ferns. The big male elk were laying down in this field and that was all you could see of them were their antlers. It was pretty funny.

The trip turned out to be really nice with very little rain, clouds or fog while we were there. This is not usually the case from past experience on the North Coast. Part of our day two of the trip included a visit to Prehistoric Gardens north of Gold Beach, Oregon.  

That big ole brontosaurus was one of the inhabitants that we got to visit. This is a great place for a little bit of a walk and shade on those warmer days. The guy in both of the collages is my woolly mammoth. Doesn't he look good in red?

Well back to my blog updates. Keep checking in and tell me what you think.

July CTMH Blog Hop - Skylark Part Two

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

All right I'm back. I had some technical difficulties that took me forever to get worked out. Went to get ink for the printer and realized that I was having network issues with the printer. That took me for EVER to get sorted out, or so it seemed. Which of course meant that I could not print photos for layouts. I'm seriously thinking about having Walgreen's or Costco do them in the future.

Then things were looking like they were going well but they were not. I ended up having to take the computer in to have a problem with my memory cleared up. That took forever and just got it back this evening!

That said, finally here's the finished scrapbook layout that I did using the  CTMH Skylark WOTG. I decided that I needed to add a couple more pictures and then add some cute dragonflies from the stamp set using Lagoon Ink, along with the Live in the Moment Stamp. I changed from the Slate in because I felt like there wasn't enough contrast.

These beautiful people are my sister in law Rene and her family. I didn't get to make it over to the Humboldt Coast with them but heck they had so many great pictures I had a hard time choosing which ones I wanted to use.

Because I was having such a good time working on the first layout I decided that would do a second page. I have to admit I'm not really big on "scrapping." I love making cards and the challenge of 3D paper projects but working the the Close to My Heart Workshops on the Go kits make it super easy. I'm actually looking forward to my next layout. Tell me what'cha think, I'm dying to hear from you guys!!!

July CTMH Blog Hop - Skylark

Monday, June 30, 2014

Happy Almost July everyone!! It's time for another blog hop!

If you came from Cydney Fowler's great blog, you are in the right place.  If you have jumped here and just discovered our blog hop, feel free to check the list at Damask Divas blog to find the complete list of blog hop participants.”

Super short post this morning. 

We have had a totally super busy month, with birthdays and visits from family back east, well Chicago anyway. My sister in law and here family were here for 15 days or so. This trip included dinners, out, movies a houseboat trip on Shasta lake that was pretty amazing and then the camping trip to Patrick's Point that nearly got rained out. I didn't make that trip but I did manage to grab a couple of photos from the trip to document for them. Guess what, this is my first ever scrap book page.

I used the Skylark Workshop on the go paper packet and some of the elements to put together a page and I really like how it turned out.  I ran out of ink while I was printing photos but stay tuned for part two of the the layout later today, I'm off to pick up ink, but tell me what you think of my first layout.

Now on to the super fantastic Kelly Janes.

Card Blank Overload...and the Pink Pipe Cleaner

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Well I can't believe May and June have come and gone already. I actually started this post in the middle of May. Time is really flying by and everyone has been crazy busy. I've been working on getting my craft room cleaned up,among what seems like a hundred other things. It seems like it's a never ending battle. I'd like to say that part of the problem is that we use this room as our computer room/game room /supposed to be dining room while we complete the main living area of our house. I basically share the room with my husband and his gaming gear. and I craft on the small dining room table, or I would if it was ever clear... Need I say more.

One of the things in my craft closet is a largish plastic scrapbook paper storage box. It is chock full of card blanks from that time a couple years back when my husband and I were planning an actual wedding and reception that got postponed. Twice. Due to circumstances beyond our control. We eventually eloped.

 The problem is it's not standard sized cards, or envelopes. It's petal cards with square inserts and reception blanks, argh... quite a few of them. I have both white and ivory inserts but only white petal cards due to a packing error. I was very adventurous back then, I chose to keep them cause I knew I'd used them.
I've been scouring the interweb looking for ideas, I'm sure I'll come up with something but until then that keep calling from the closet.

In the meantime I just have to keep my helper here from stealing things off my desk and table and be a little more helpful in the cleaning department.. He believes all art and craft tools belong to him and he's particularly fond of pipe cleaners. (And straws, washi tape rolls, sponge daubers, etc.) Sometimes it's hard to get stuff done.

That's it for today, I'm working on the my post for the July CTMH Blog Hop coming up on the first. If anyone has any suggestions on what to do with these blanks send me a comment, I'd love to hear it. See you soon.

June Blog Hop "Timberline"

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Hi everyone, I'm back for the Close to My Heart June blog hop! 

So, if you came from Cydney Fowler's great blog, you are in the right place.  If you have jumped here and just discovered our blog hop, feel free to check the list at Damask Divas blog to find the complete list of blog hop participants.”

This month our little group is working with the Timberline paper pack, it's a great paper pack for more of those summertime camping/outdoor photos or those big and little boys in your life. In my case I was needing something for my mom. She is always writing notes and cards and I find her buying stationary a couple times a year, the last time she was looking she was fussing about wishing there was something a bit more masculine for some of the men she knows. I thought finally something I can give her that she needs and I know she'll use. 

In my brainstorming and trying to find a more neutral/non floral approach to cards I ran across a great inspiration card on Pinterest here. Very elegant and simple at the same time and just enough layers. Even better it is a variation on a one sheet wonder card using a 6 by 6 sheet of paper, meaning I can make several from a portion of a sheet and still have more than enough for other projects and I can extend the paper paper pack.

What do you guys think? My husband saw this and said "Wow, cool, a father's day card? I love the bug!"  Boy approved, yippee.

 All products used in this are Close to My Heart, for this card I used the argyle pattern from the Timberline paper pack, Lagoon actually Twilight and Colonial White cardstock. This adorable dragonfly was stamped with lagoon ink. It's actually from the Skylark Worksop on the Go Scrapbooking Kit.  If you are interested in amy of these projects you can click on the Close to My Heart badge in the corner or any of the product links which will take you to my store.

The next blog hop participant on the list Kelly Janes  Hope you have a great time on our hop and checking out all the creations using Timberline. If you get lost, just hop on over to  the Damask Diva's Blog for the full list.”

May Blog Hop -- Balloon Ride!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Woot!! Hi Everyone, I'm so excited for my very first blog hop!

If you came from Lisa Barefoot's great blog, you are in the right place.  If you have jumped here and just discovered our blog hop, feel free to check the list at Damask Divas blog to find the complete list of blog hop participants.”

In case you were not aware. I am a Close to my Heart Consultant. My creative muscle has been languishing as far as I'm concerned and I this hop was just the thing I needed to help keep me doing creative things. The paper pack we used this month was Balloon Ride.  I love it. Love all the colors but I especially love the balloons.

This is a card in a box. The whole thing actually folds flat and fits in an envelope. To make this I used the paper and some of the embellishment from the Balloon Ride Workshops on the Go Kit. It's full of all sorts of goodies. My favorite thing about this paper pack though is the Balloon Paper from the kit. To make this box I followed the guidelines from a tutorial on SplitCoast Stampers here and went to work. The hardest part of the project was cutting out the balloons from the paper.

I used Lagoon card stock for the box and less than a single sheet from paper pack to decorate the outside of the box. And the clouds were hand cut and inked with Crystal Blue Ink.

That's about it for me right now, leave me a comment and let me know what you think!

“The next blog hop participant on the list Traci Williams. Hope you have a great time on our hop and checking out all the creations using Balloon Ride. If you get lost, just hop on over to  the Damask Diva's Blog for the full list.”

Diamonds and Pearls

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Happy Easter Saturday everyone. I hope everyone has some great plans for the holiday weekend. I'm looking forward to spending some time with my family at the new home of my Niece. At 18 is the first time she's hosted a family holiday and needless to say she's a little nervous. It should be fun.

Today I've got another set of stick pins that I made for the Stick Pin swap group over at Mini Album Scraps. I know that some people wonder why someone would choose to do projects like this. I have to say I just love how pretty the pins are and I do like pretty and I love seeing what everyone else is doing.

I also like that one of the requirements is the presentation piece that is made for them. It makes me stretch my creative imagination and really work on techniques. My biggest problem is that I think it take me forever to come up with a basic idea and then determining the papers or materials and embellishments to fill the project out. This time in conjunction with a horrible work week I had issues with the cut files I used that were of my own making. There is nothing worse then having a piece of very special paper and not wanting to ruin it so it takes some trial and error to get things just right before cutting.

Again, I'm working on my lighting skills. One day I'll get figure out a set up that lights everything up beautifully on a consistent basis. I have a feeling it's going to come in the form of the light in my upstairs office.

My inspiration for this was from a post earlier this week over at Craftin' Chaos. I loved the little favor box she used and went to the Silhouette Online Store to locate a similar box as her file was not available. You can find it here.  I used Close to My Heart card stock  for the base of my box. I love it, it cuts great and is wonderful to work with. The awesome silver leopard spot paper is by Anna Griffin and embellishments for the box are all Close to My Heart.

The glitter card stock I used was from the DCWV Twinkle Glints 6X6 stack and it's backed with CTMH White Daisy card stock and the grey ribbon was from my stash.

The lighting stinks but I used pearl flourishes on the box along with sparkles. The theme was Diamonds and Pearls after all and what girl wouldn't love to receive a blinged out box of pretty pins.

I think these little boxes would be great for giving small gifts so you may see more in the future.  I hope you enjoyed this and we'll see you next time!