Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Honduras 2006 Scrapbook Page on examiner.com

This was my submission for my second week on the Creative Team for GoneScrapbooking.com and it was published on the National Scrapbook site on examiner.com.  Each member of the team is supposed to submit a scrapbook page or card each week and there are one or two posted each day.  The team is very talented and this is a great site to find inspiration.

This is the front page of my scrapbook for our trip to Honduras to visit Melanie in August, 2006.  For some reason, the first and last pages of each album are the ones that I typically fail to get done on time. I also have many pages with spots left for journalling that have not been done. For more details on this page and the supplies used, please see the article on examiner.com posted today.

Try to stay cool!


Thursday, July 22, 2010

A weekend full of papercrafting

Last weekend I spent all day Saturday at a Shoebox Swap making cards.  The next day I went to a 7 hour crop at Archivers.  At the crop I worked on two small albums, an 8x8 wedding album and an acrylic baby girl album.  I was trying to get more cards and gift albums ready to take to The Lemon Tree in Wake Forest to sell.  I am going to go to the store this coming Friday evening,. 

At the Shoebox swap, I made 16 different cards.  Each card was unique and it was interesting to see all of the different styles. I haven't taken pictures of all of them, but I will do so and post them later.

Here are two baby boy cards that I made recently using scraps of leftover patterned paper and images colored with Copic Markers.  The first one is using an image from Whiff of Joy called Willow Holding Baby:

This next card was made using more paper scraps and Mamabella from Stamping Bella:

I love to use charms and ribbon on cards.  I used a safety pin to attach the charm to the bow on both cards.

I am ready for some cooler weather but it looks like the rest of the week is going to be pretty hot.


Monday, July 19, 2010

My First Gonescrapbooking.com Creative Team Submission

It was exciting to see my first submission as part of the Creative Team for Gonescrapbooking.com and the National Scrapbook column at examiner.com posted online today.  I submitted a card that I made for the Shoebox Swap that I went to this weekend.

Here are the two sample cards that I made, one with a red cardfront and the other with a navy blue one:  

For those who have never participated in a Shoebox Swap, each person creates a card.  They provide a kit complete with all of the supplies necessary to make the card along with instructions and a completed card sample.  All of the supplies and tools are placed in a shoebox.  Each participant then goes around the room and completes all of the cards using the materials provided.
This picture is of the shoebox with the kits inside it ready to go:  

For this swap I had to make 26 kits.  I decided to use the Ruffled Butterfly stamp from Stampendous because I could stamp it in red ink and it would not require a lot of coloring or could be left plain. I also wanted to use supplies that I had on hand, but did not have enough sheets of any one patterned paper to make a full card front.  So I looked for a layout that used small pieces of patterned paper and where I could substitute different combinations of patterned papers.

This picture shows the baggies containing the completed kits: 
Following are instructions for assembling the card:

  • Adhere cardstock to front of card and adhere patterned papers to cardstock 
  • Cut out butterfly image and color with Copic markers, if desired 
  • Adhere yellow blossom nestability shape to card 
  • Use glue dot in center of butterfly and place on yellow blossom shape 
  • Use glue dots to adhere Dew Drops 
  • Tie ribbon and use glue dot to adhere to card 
  • Use drop of liquid glue to add yellow ribbon flower to bow 
  • If desired, add Lemon Ice stickles to center of butterfly and ends of antennas
Please check out the article on examiner.com and gonescrapbooking.com. The article includes a complete list of the supplies used.



Friday, July 16, 2010


It has been a good week for me!  I have been really busy with work, family and papercrafting.  I am glad that today is Friday and that the weekend will soon be here.

 My scrapbook room is a mess and I need to get it organized but that will have to wait until next weekend.  I have been busy making cards and finishing up some small scrapbooks.  I am going to take them to The Lemon Tree store in Wake Forest after work and, hopefully, they will buy some more for the store. I love the store and the unique handmade items that they sell.

This is a card that I just finished up.  It was made using some scraps of patterned paper from my stash.  I keep trying to use up my leftovers from scrapbooking, but it takes quite a few cards to do so. The image is called Ruffles Surprise from Helz Cuppleditch for Stampavie. 

Here is another card made using the same papers and an image from Penny Black called Party Pooped.

Hope your weekend is good!


Monday, July 12, 2010

We had visitors this weekend

 My son came home on Friday and will be here for a week.  This is only his second trip home since we moved him to Ohio last August for school, so it is good to have him here. Also, my niece came to visit us from DC for the weekend.  We had a hard time coming up with interesting things to do, so we took her to eat barbecue and for a tour of the university campus. 

I spent a lot of time this weekend mass producing card kits for an upcoming Shoebox Swap.  I had to make 26 kits and one completed sample card.  While I like doing assembly-line production of cards, the hard part was creating a layout that I was happy with.  I am looking forward to seeing what other people come up with for the swap.

Here are a couple of cards that I made to use up more of my stash of scraps:

This one was made using some scraps of Scenic Route paper and a cute Fluffles stamp:

This card was made using an image from Penny Black called Cinnamon and another scrap of striped patterned paper.


Saturday, July 10, 2010

Exciting news!

I am very excited to share the announcement that I have been named to the newly established creative team for Gone Scrapbooking.  There will be nine on the creative team, and having seen some of their work, I can tell you that they are awesome and that each has a unique style!

Examiner.com is an online national and local news source. Irene Swain is the National Scrapbook Examiner and also hosts the GoneScrapbooking.com website.  Both sites will provide inspiration for paper and digital scrapbooking and cardmaking.  Make sure you add these sites to your favorites so that you don't miss out on any of the great ideas.

As a member of the creative team I will be submitting either a card or scrapbook page each week for publication on examiner.com and GoneScrapbooking.com.  Unlike a lot of other design teams, submissions are not restricted to specific vendors or themes. 

For more information on the members of the creative team, on examiner.com or on Gonescrapbooking.com please follow the links provided.

I am looking forward to being a member of the creative team!


Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Wow, it’s hot out there!

It was so hot outside today with the temp over 102. I felt sorry for my husband who works for the Post Office and had to be out in it all day long. I also feel bad for my daughter in NYC who has no air conditioning at home. I have a hard time being outside for the few minutes it takes to go from my office to my car. I can’t imagine how hard it must be for them and for everyone else in a similar situation.

Since I have been indoors so much lately, I have been busy making cards. I am low on birthday cards so I have been focused on getting lots of those made. I am trying to use up my scraps and my stash, so you will notice the same papers and colors repeated in the cards.

Here are a few more birthday cards that I made using the Basic Grey Two Scoops line. The first one is of Cuppacakeabella perched on top of a yummy cupcake. She was colored with Copic markers and Stickles were added for some bling. I used my Blossom Nestabilities templates,some Two Scoops stickers, a border punch and pink ribbon.

The next one is of 3 decorated cakes and has been colored with Copic markers and has ribbon and Dew Drops added as embellishments.

Try to stay cool!


Monday, July 5, 2010

It's Been a Quiet 4th of July Weekend

We have enjoyed the holiday weekend relaxing at home and just taking it easy.  Sometimes that is the best way to go!

I went to a crop at the Stamping and Scrapbooking Room in Greensboro on Saturday with some good friends.  It was lots of fun and I was able to complete a bunch of Birthday and Baby cards. It takes me so long to make a card, each one is truly a labour of love.

I am trying to use up some of my scraps of patterned paper, as well as some of the lines of paper that I have had in my stash for some time.  I loved the Basic Grey Two Scoops line when it came out and bought a lot of it.  Unfortunately, it never seemed to go with any of my photos so I never used it in my scrapbooking.  It works great for cards and I have made many birthday and baby cards with it.

Here is one of the baby cards I made yesterday with Two Scoops.  I used Mamabella from Stamping Bella, colored the image with Copic markers and added some flowers, pearls and ribbon.

Here is a birthday card I made with Two Scoops using the Fluffles Eat Dessert stamp.  I cut the image out and mounted it on a scalloped circle using my Nestabilities.  I used a Martha Stewart border punch and added ribbon to finish it off.

I hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday weekend!


Thursday, July 1, 2010

My last graduation cards for the year!

Well, better late than never!  I think I am finally finished making graduation cards for all of our friends and relatives, or their kids,  who have graduated this year. 

I love the Bella stamps and like the fact that they are fast to color with Copics. That is good when you have to make a lot of cards quickly. When I make graduation cards I try to use the school colors and it just turned out that two of the graduates were from colleges with the same colors, royal blue and gold. One graduated in nursing so I used the Booboobella stamp and I used Diplomabella for the other one. These cards were just simple and easy, nothing very elaborate.

Last year was my family's turn for graduations, as all three of our kids graduated, one from high school, one from college and one from grad school.  Fortunately, none of the graduations were on the same day, but the one in NYC was the same week as one of the NC ones.  I still haven't finished scrapbooking all of the pictures from them.

Hope everyone has a safe and wonderful holiday weekend!