Thursday, July 24, 2014

Cards for Everyday

Three of my cards were featured on the American Crafts blog last week. I usually stress out about my cards (they don't come naturally!), and these were no exception. But in the end, I like them; I really, really like them.

Why buy a card when you can make someone feel special with a handmade card? It doesn't have to be Valentine's Day or their birthday. Send one just because!

Warm the heart of that special someone with a card you've made yourself.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Scraptastic Kit Peeks

Take a look at the colorful sneak peeks from  Scraptastic! It's going to be hard to pick just one this month.  

August 2014 This Life Noted Kit-"Holy Moly, Me Oh My..."what a cute journaling card!
Celebrate Kit-a festive, happy kit, for so much more than birthdays. Those chipboard letters are the absolute cutest!

Boys of Summer kit-for boys and girls and adults too, the patterns are so versatile. I love those sheer letters and the flair. Game on!
Scrapping more boys than girls, I usually choose the kit that is more masculine. Lately, 
however, I've been making less obvious choices. We'll see!

Friday, July 18, 2014

A Button Challenge

There's a new challenge on the Scraptastic blog...buttons! Below are two examples that I created for (yesterday's) Thursday Challenge blog post. Both pages are created with products from Scraptastic's Either Way kit and add-on for July.

On Beach or Bust, several buttons are sewn onto the page, adding to the embellishment cluster at the bottom of the layered papers. Ooops...ignore that rogue "a" letter sticker; where the heck did that come from?! Journaling recounts how frustrating it is to travel to the Florida beaches on a Saturday in summer. The photo was taken at the start of our journey...before everyone's nerves had been frayed!

For the buttons on this page, I threaded a needle with floss and ran it all the way through the layout. Another method would be to tied the floss through the centers and then use adhesive to anchor the buttons to the page. Whatever floats your boat!

My next example is a page titled Springtime in Paris. No, we've never been, but we HAVE been to Epcot's France pavilion! I love how the fleur-de-lis turned out, cut with my die-cutting machine from the gold glitter paper in Scraptastic's Either Way add-on kit

Here I used a trio of buttons to compliment the die-cut flowers clustered along the bottom. And in this case, I wasn't compelled to add centers to my buttons. A little dab of liquid adhesive and they weren't going anywhere.

For a chance to win a future kit, enter a project in the challenge on the Scraptastic blog, where you will find more ways to use buttons by my friend, Susan Stringfellow.

Some people always like to finish off their buttons with thread, but I like the plain look just as well! What about you...any preferences?

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Surf's Up!

I know this blog has sat untouched for a couple of weeks now, but I have a good reason. We've been on vacation! And you know how that goes, with so much to do when you return...laundry, shopping, cleaning house, editing photos, etc. One week away and it takes several to catch up! Now I'm ready to get busy scrapping those beach pics. Here's one created with Scraptastic's June kit, Sail. 

Surfer Dudes features several extra large horizontal flags, layered from behind a colorful border strip. The strip on the left also anchors the photo of my son with two of his cousins at "Surf Camp". They were practicing dry-land surfing maneuvers before heading out on the water for the first time. 

All of the nautical-themed stickers, die-cuts and phrases in the Sail kit and add-on made embellishing the page a breeze! I love the contrast of the kraft-colored pieces against the red, white, and blue patterned papers. I dressed the pieces up with white stitching before using them as landing spots for my various embellishments. 

Surf's up...errr, I mean, next up, is a great all-purpose card created with products from the Sail kit. I began by attaching an image from the cut-apart sheet to the reverse/white side of one of the Fancy Pants frames, and then adhering all to the folded red cardstock card base. A couple of embellishments were added to finish it off, and now it's ready to celebrate a summer birthday or to carry a little note to a friend. 

Like the card says, "Enjoy your day!"

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Can It Be?

Does the calendar really say July? How did that happen?! The days move way too fast during the summer. It's such a great time of year when school and its accompanying pressures can be forgotten; and I want to enjoy every moment of it. Here is what the first day of "summer" looks like for me and my teen:

Everything is from the Scraptastic Sail kit and add-on. Two of the Fancy Pants frames, mounted on dark blue cardstock, highlight photos of that first day by the pool: my son after his morning swim practice, and my spot in the shade, with sunglasses, a good book, and an ice cold drink. 

The frames were further embellished with stickers:

A nautical-like flag was pieced from squares, triangles and rectangles of the same striped paper which borders the top and bottom of the page, with a wood veneer anchor, anchoring one side:

I love these lazy days by the pool. Take your time July and stay away August!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Bye-bye To A Scrapbook Icon

It wasn't exactly unexpected, as they haven't restocked popular products or ordered much in the way of new product for several months now. There's been lots of speculation and now it is confirmed. Two Peas is closing! Official word went out last week (while I was at the beach) and just as fast, the discussion boards were shut down. Word is that the gallery will go away on or around July 10th. Uh-oh!

So...if you are like me, and have quite a few years worth of work in their gallery, you may be interested in this fabulous gallery import tool developed by With your pea number and one click, all your photos, complete with descriptions, original date, and title are uploaded into a new album on's website. Awesome sauce!

Spread the word to all your Pea friends before the images are lost forever!

Here's a link to the tool:

(The only thing that would make this better is a tool for uploading my favorites gallery!)

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Seriously Silly

When my sister comes to visit, we often get together and do something touristy. It's not like she's never lived here! She grew up here, and comes back to visit at least 2-3 times a year. Still it's fun to experience the city of New Orleans and appreciate it like a tourist. 

On this particular day we wandered the French Quarter. Lots of window shopping and picture taking. Give me an old building, door with character, etc. and I'm all over it. 

Every once in a while I'd ask Kevin and his cousin to stand in front of an edifice and snap their picture too. And every once in a while I'd get a silly shot like this:

I'm really getting good use out of these papers from the Boys Rule collection. When I ordered a 12x12 paper pad (2 of each paper) I was worried that it was going to be too much! No way...I love this stuff!

With double of each sheet, I don't have to be stingy...and can layer to my heart's content!

And here's a little tip: To make that REALLY dark foam word coordinate better with the chalkboard look background paper, I rubbed a little bit of powder over the letters. Voila!

Do you ever play tourist in your hometown? What do you like to do?