Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Flower Gift Ensemble

Welcome Everyone!
I hope all my American visitors had an enjoyable Memorial Day weekend. The weather here sure was nice.
This gift ensemble is for my friend Lucy's daughter. I love this Making Memories patterned paper. I'm not really a 'brown' person, but the brown and pink Bazzill card stock along with the pretty flowered paper look so nice together. The gift ensemble includes a 6x6 tag album and a coaster post-it note holder in a matching gift bag.
I saw the tutorial for the tag album on Dawn's blog. This is an adorable little album and it is very easy to make. I was going to add pictures to the album, but then I thought Melissa might like to choose her own and add them. For the coaster post-it note holder, I followed the tutorial on Angie's blog. Though I changed the size of the gift bag, the original instructions are from SU. As I have the tutorial on my PC, I don't know how to link it. So, if you would like the instructions, please E-mail me and I will send them to you.
The challenge this week at 2RedBananas is to use flowers. I think I've got that covered! In addition to the MM flowered paper, I have used quite a few flower punches! There is still time to enter this week's challenge--visit their site and link your flower creation by Saturday.
Thanks for stopping by today.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

I'm Still Here & CASSB08

Hi Everyone!

Did you think I disappeared? I know, I have been a bad blogger lately. Since I got back to NY I have been quite busy doing things with my family. I even had family from FL visit last week. How funny is that--they are 30 minutes from me in FL and we see each other in NY?!?!? Anyway, I am now getting back into the swing of 'crafting' and will try to post at least twice a week.

Today I made the above 8x8 scrapbook page for Jennifer Buck's weekly CASSB sketch challenge. The base of the page is Festive Orange layered with Charcoal Black. Both card stocks are from Michael's. The candy corn patterned paper is a free download. I printed the title in Word using the Accent font. The stamped 'Happy Halloween' image is a Studio G stamp, stamped with Versafine Onyx Black and the pumpkin was colored with pencils. I used SU round punches and the round scallop punch. The jack-o-lanterns and the pumpkin border are both MS punches. These two punches are really neat--they punch and emboss. I put yellow card stock behind the jack-o-lanterns and black behind the border. Oh, and the picture is my niece Samantha and me! She was a bumble bee and I have on my favorite Halloween cardigan.

Thanks for stopping by and for sticking with me during my blogging absence.

Until next time, happy crafting!


Monday, May 11, 2009

Finished Christmas Cards

I did it again this year--I have my Christmas cards finished already! I really like getting them done early so during the holiday season I have time to work on Christmas projects and gifts.
For this year's cards, I used a white base, and layered with blue, red, and finally white again. The stamped image is from the retired SU Big on Christmas set. I'm sure you can't tell from the picture, but the snowman is popped-up with pop dots. I punched the snowflakes from the corners and used glue dots to attach three to each card. I also put some Stickles in the center of each flake.
The second picture shows the back of the card and the back of the envelope. The hand stamped snowman image on the back of the card is from a retired SU set. The snowman on the back of the envelopes is a $1.00 stamp from Michael's.
All images were stamped with Versafine Black Onyx and colored with pencils.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Clean and Simple Scrapbooking

Happy Belated National Scrapbooking Day!
Did you scrap yesterday? I did! I tried posting yesterday, but had trouble uploading to Blogger.
Every Saturday Jennifer (The Buck Stamps Here) posts a clean and simple scrapbook sketch. The first picture is what I made yesterday following this week's sketch (#7). I used Bazzill card stock for the 12 x 12 page and matted the photo on a darker blue. The ice skates were made with a Sizzlet die using shimmery white and silver card stock. Silver thread was used for the laces (quite a tedious task!). I used the same shimmery white for the snowflakes, which were punched with a MS punch. The title was done in Word using the Frosty font. You can see/participate in this week's sketch here. On another note, if you are ever in the Orlando area during December, you should definitely visit Gaylord Palms. Well, it is a beautiful hotel/complex, so worth visiting anytime. But, during December they have amazing ice sculptures. They also have ice skating then and the main atrium is decorated beautifully.
OK, let's get back on track here. The second photo is the 8 x 8 page I created for week #5. I used Michael's card stock and matted the photo on SU SAB DSP. The 'Fun in the Sun' is a sticker and the sandcastle strip was made with a Fiskar's border punch. The journaling was done in Word. And, guess what? I was the lucky winner that week! You can see the sketch here.
And, finally, the third photo is the 12 x 12 page I created for week #1. I used miscellaneous card stock. The letters were cut with the Sizzix Lollipop set. The ribbon is from Michael's. I also used the square scallop punch, square punch, and round punch. You can see the sketch here.
I haven't had a chance to participate in every sketch :( . I do like scrapbook challenges though because they get me going through photos that just keep piling up. Unless I am making an album for a special occasion, I am bad about scrapping.
That's it for today. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you are having a scrappy day!