Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Happy Belated Blog Giveaway!!

  Now that everything's cleaned up and my scrap room is back to normal, I thought this would be a great time to celebrate the birth of something that has connected me to a world of wonderful talented people who give to me so much in inspiration and encouragement.  I started this blog March 15 of last year and have loved being able to share my life and creativity with friends, family, and so many others out there in the blogasphere.  To help celebrate I would like to give a little something back in the form of a giveaway!

  I've purchased two of these fabulous kits from Love Is In The Details.  One for myself, and one to share.  All you need to do to be entered is to leave me a comment on this post!  For a second chance to win, advertise my giveaway on your blog with a link back to this post.  Then put your blog address in your comment so I can check it out.  Closing date is Wednesday March 31, 2010. Good luck everyone, and thanks for celebrating with me :O)


Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Water, Water Everywhere.........

  Yesterday was the day I was to celebrate my Blogiversary!  I had great plans for what I would post, and maybe even attempt a giveaway, but.......
  I was sitting at my computer planning my next post, my little girl sound asleep in my lap when I heard an awful sound.  My husband had been polishing up my Jeep and was planning on washing off some of the salt and road dust that had accumulated these last couple of months.  My poor vehicle is rather neglected when he's not around to take care of it.  Anyway...I heard the outside tap turn on (it's quite noisy) and then I heard the sound of spraying water.  It should be noted that the plumbing for this line is located in the unfinished ceiling of my craft room.  I ran in only to see my photos, papers, albums, ect spread out on my counter, water showering down upon everything.  I yell for My husband to turn off the water and he does so quickly.  Too late....the damage is done!!
  At this point I decided it would be a good idea to go upstairs, sit down and take a deep breath (or two) and give myself a chance to calm down.  Meanwhile Kieth went down to clean things up and asses the damage.  I decided not to go down there again that night.  The next morning after reasurances that everything hadn't been destroyed I ventured down to see if there was anything left to salvage and found several sheets of warped papers, but most of the photos were intact.  My current album page was also a little warped but the photos weren't damaged thankfully as they were origionals 35mm film (no negs!).  Deep sigh...
  Needless to say, the Blogiversary had been forgotton.  Still working on clean up but will have some LOs from a fun get together this weekend to post later.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Back Online And Playing Catchup!

  It's been over 2 weeks since my last blog entry thanks to my recent internet upgrade.  I was offered a much speedier internet package, so of course I said yes thinking of all the blog hopping I could do in a much shorter amount of time.  But instead of racing around on the web, my browsing came to a complete slowdown, and uploading even the smallest files was impossible.  Sooo..... after many frustrating mornings, I called them up and explained my situation and they sent the tech out today.  Yeah!!  I'm back in business, finally enjoying the speedy browsing I was promised, but now I have a lot of catching up to do.
  Speaking of catching up, I thought I was finished with Feb and March 2002 photos and could finally move on to April, but as I was flipping through the next batch of photos I stumbled across a few more that I just couldn't leave behind.  So here is a quick layout I made to feature the Ice Rink my Dad made in his back yard with Tristan one year.  The story was the focus of this layout and so I looked to Ali Edwards' article in Creating Keepsakes May 2009 edition for inspiration.
Ice Skates: Cricut Cartridge "Winter Woodlans",  Patterned paper: My Mind's Eye "Wild Asparagus - Brothers",  Cardstock:  Unknown

Easter Layouts

  It was kind of nice to be able to work on some Easter layouts in the springtime instead of at Christmas or Halloween, even if it's Easter 2002.  The bright, cheerfull colours made the cloudy, grey day feel a little less gloomy.  Sorry about the poor picture quality.  I was having trouble with lighting and didn't want to use the flash as it tends to wash everything out.

  I found the tutorial for this Dalia flower here.  Helen Croft has many fabulous flower tutorials on her website.  I didn't know there were that many types of flowers out there.  The satin outfit Felicity is wearing in the top left corner of the layout is one that Doris picked up and my Mom trimmed with lace and embroidered a heart on the front of it.  It looks very old fashioned and could be something my great grandmother would have worn.
  I tried to make this layout a little more masculine by incorporating more blues and greens, although the pink still managed to sneak in there.  I drew in the stitching lines and outlined the flowers with a white gel pen, and the journaling and "Happy Easter" were done on the computer in Photoshop Elements.
Easter Baby:
Patterned Paper: Imaginisce "For Peep's Sake - Color Me Happy",  "For Peep's Sake - Tiptoe Through Tulips",  BoBunny "Alissa",  My Minds Eye "Magnolia - Starburst",  Cricut Cartridge: Storybook, Cardstock: Stampin Up

Happy Easter:
Patterned Paper:  BoBunny "Alissa",  Imaginisce "For Peep's Sake - Tiptoe Through Tulips,  Border Punch: Martha Stewart,  Buttons: Close To My Heart

Glimmer Mist Layout Inspired by Jana Eubank

  Jana Eubank an incredible designer for Tattered Angels created a layout that just blew me away using Glimmer Mist and a stensil.  I just had to create a layout using her page for inspiration, and here is what I came up with.

  I used my cricut and a whole punch to create my stensil instead of a purchased one.  I just loved the effect of outlining the finished shape as Jana did and so I scraplifted that as well.  Check out her blog From My Feathered Nest to see all her fabulous work as well as the origional layout.
  I used the Cricut to create most of my embellishment, and layered rubons with the diecut images and some chipboard images as well.  This is a much busier style of layout than my usual but I love the overall effect.  The only thing I wasn't crazy about was that the paper I used as the background was not overly thick and warped a bit from the moisture of the glimmer spray.  I tried drying under a stack of magazines, but this didn't seem to help.  Since I'm using the Creative Memory style book I had to adhere the page to another one so this helped a bit.

Rub-ons: Stampin Up,  Patterned Paper: Close To My Heart "Daydream",  Chipboard Accents: Basic Grey "Sugared",  Cardstock: Stampin Up & Unkown,  Glimmer Mist: Tattered Angels "Coffee Shop",  Cricut Cartridge: Storybook