Friday, November 21, 2008

How long has it been???

I can't believe I haven't posted since June...I actually stepped away from scrapbooking for awhile and I am starting to get recharged. I promise more posts to come. I have started working on Christmas Scrapbooks for a few co-workers and family that I hope to get some of the pages posted within the week...I have to wait until my new Cricut Xmas cartridges are coming in the mail to get more of the pages finished. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving. Pin It

Saturday, June 28, 2008

I have passed 1000 visits!!!!

I can't believe it...I have passed the 1000 mark. I will hopefully get back to posting more regualrly here in the next week or two...Off to the Dells later this week. I hope everyone has a great 4th of July holiday coming up... Pin It

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Disney 12x12 2 page layout swap

I joined a 12x12 Disney 2-page swap through SCS. I finished the master page today. Let me just start by saying I LOVE my new Cricut Expression...I cut everything with that machine...I picked the theme of Animal Kingdom, partially because I was going to start working on that part of our vacation album. The base of the pages are Kraft cardstock. I found a great deal on the green fern print paper (under the giraffe) at Archiver's...the paper was only $.05/each. I started by tearing the fern printed paper, sprayed with water and crumpled tightly. I then used a Tim Holtz Tea Stain ink pad to distress the paper a bit more. I layed the paper out and let it dry and distressed a bit more with the tea stain pad. The technique yielded a paper with the texture of leather...I had done this technique once before with brown paper bags. Of course the title and animals were cut using the Expression. I wanted an African mask on the page somewhere, so I experimented with the snake head. I used the red double stick Super Tacky tape and attached some hemp string to the back and created what I think looks like a mask...I could be reaching though...I also decided to give the animals Mickey Ears to establish Animal Kingdom Disney and not just a local zoo. If you are a participant in the swap and are taking a sneak peak...I hope you are looking forward to getting this page...I loved creating it for you.
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Saturday, April 26, 2008

More Disney????

Just when I didn't think I could do anything else Disney...wait that would never happen...hahaha. I finished my Disney Recipe 6x6 page swap...I Cricut-ed 27 Daisys...I used a favorite recipe for Tir-A-Misu and you go. I can't wait to see what I am getting back...
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Disney Scrapbook in Progress...

I haven't posted for a long I have been working on our Disney trip album. I went to an all day crop with a friend and I was able to work on some are the ones I finished...
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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Easter 2008

Here is this years photo from Easter...hopefully I will not take the whole year again to get it in the album.
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Easter 2007

I have a policy for my scrapbooking...I have to get last years pictures in the book before this years far it has been so-so working. Here is last years Easter picture taken at the American Legion in Fox Lake. This was the year Riley got T-Boned by this little boy anxious to find this golden egg (the one in Riley's hand) was a huge basket. She was knocked over so hard she had the wind taken right out of her, she is only like 45 pounds (nothing really) and she cried and it hurt. She wasn't able to get any eggs by the time she stood up and was walking. Somehow she ended up with the golden egg after all.
This page was done using DCWV (my fave for scrapbooking) and an unknown pink gingham patterned paper, paper blooms from Target $1 spot, plastic flat backed rhinestones from Hobby Lobby, and Easter Rub-ons from Hobby Lobby. I used my Alphalicious cartridge for the Cricut to do the letters and I journaled on the computer.
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Isn't this the first day of Spring?

Happy Spring you snow shoveling goofball...this is what Mother Nature gave us on the first day of Spring. She must be angry. We actually got more snow than I thought we were was yucky. Except for the dog and kids...who btw LOVE this stuff. Time to update the Martha Stewart outdoor furniture this year. Yikes! Pin It

Papertrey Ink ATC Swap

Here was my first ATC swap (artist trading card) for Papertrey Ink. I think they need to get me on the payroll over there...hahaha. These were the swaps I got back...they are so beautiful. This picture really doesn't do them justice. I am so glad to have found SCS and see and email with so many talented and creative people...I am blessed.
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Women of Life Stamp Set

I just got a new shipment of Papertrey Ink stamps on Monday...BTW, I ordered them on Thursday and got them already...PTI RAWKS!! Anywho, I made this card with the Sweet Blush and Berry Sorbet ink (Palette Ink) and CS. The green ink is also Palette from PTI but I cannot remember the name. The Ribbon is also PTI...I used the buy it now option with them and it came as a bundle. BTW, their ribbon is really really gorgeous. I didn't get the ribbon last month so I decided to get it this month...I can't wait to see next months colors. The stamp set is called Women of Life and I LOVE it! Enjoy! Pin It

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

They are finally what?

Well they finally made it into the world this morning at 1:00am. I feel like I was in labor all night...Lola has proven herself to be a GREAT mommy to her 4 kittens. I have been told by my youngest the black & white is named 'Cuddles'. Personally I think she looks like a cow with those colors. There is also an all black, a tortiseshell calico and another black with brown and white markings. I had a feeling they would be here last night some time...Lola must have gotten under our bed and had 2 before we even heard them. Tom heard them first and woke me up to help get them from under the bed. Now they are sleeping next to me as I type this...they are just too cute for words. Wait til the other girls get home from school...they won't believe it.
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Friday, February 29, 2008

SCS Chalkboard technique

I made this quickie card for a friends birthday. I missed the birthday last week, but I will be seeing her tonight. I did the chalkboard technique from SplitcoastStampers weekly email . You first stamp your image in white craft ink and then with your pastels, you go over the white ink. I used real red, pumpkin pie & green galore chalks. The image was from a Sale-a-Bration set from last year called Happy Harmony. I actually just mounted this set. I also used Real Red, Basic Black & Pumpkin Pie DSP CS from SU!, Papertrey Ink White CS, unknown vendor textured orange cs. I used the piercing tool and white rollerball ink pen to highlight the orange frame. I finished it off with a stamp for the Happy Birthday embossed with Black EP. I hope she enjoys it, I enjoyed making it.
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Thursday, February 28, 2008

SCS Color Challenge 2/25/08 CC155

I finally did my first SCS challenge...This challenge was for the colors of River Rock, Basic Black & Whisper White. I also included Shimmery White as well...I used 2 different stamp company stamps on it as well, Papertrey Ink-Just Hatched & SU! So Swirly Jumbo Wheel & Elegant Greeting. I embossed the little bird (Papertrey Ink) in the scallop circle with black embossing powder, I rolled the jumbo wheel in VersaMark and then rolled on the black paper in 3 lines and then embossed them with black powder as well. I stamped Thinking of You from Elegant Greeting in VersaMark and then used Clear embossing powder. I cut the rectangles in my Cuttlebug with the Nestabilities dies. I did sponge River Rock classic ink on the Shimmery White CS on the Scallop Circle and the Scalloped rectangle. The round punches used were 3/4, 1, 1 1/4 inch punches. I really had a good time making this card...even with all of the embossing on it. That is one of my favorite techniques to do.
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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

These are the beginnings of a baby scrapbook I am making for my oldest and dearest friend. She and her husband are expecting their first child, they do not know the I had to make a book that was non-gender specific...not so easy all the time...I kept wanting to put flowers all over the place. The DSP is from SU! called Cutie Pie, the solid CS is unknown (hobby Lobby) it had a texture and it really matched very well as far as I am concerned...Almost spot on. I used various punches to make the pages a bit more interesting. I am also including a first 6 months of calendars (downloaded from Nichole's blog at Papertrey Ink-
I also altered a plain clipboard from Office Max so she could have it close to her changing table etc...asnd when she writes in milestone activities she can put it into the book and have a picture on the opposite page for the first 6 months...
I loved making this album, with the DSP it went really quick. Everything matched.
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Green Thumb

Looking at this picture this may not be the clearest picture ever taken...Yet another card made from my favorite set...Green Thumb. These are the flower stamps in the set...
I used a dauber to sponge the sky in and the grass...I love the acrylic stamps because I was able to manipulate the stems on the flowers how I wanted them to be...I was able to curve them and not have super straight stems. The CS is all SU! Basic Grey, Whisper White & Blue Bayou, Ink was Soft Sky, Blue Bayou & Certainly Celery. I also used Stickles inside the flowers...hard to see. I left this card blank...I am sending it to my DSS Little Sis in her package this month.
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Green Thumb

Here is a short post...I decided to do an ATC swap. I have never done one before. This one is for my favorite stamp co. currently...Papertrey Ink. I am in fact, waiting for my next order to arrive...tomorrow??? I hope. This is the one set I own from them currently called Green Thumb. This stamp set has so many images in it...I am going to use the pea pod stamp with Palette Inks to decorate a onesie for my girlfriend who is delivering next did I get sidetracked?? Any-who...I adore the strawberry stamp...actually anything strawberry (or owls) I love. The base CS is SU! Real Red, River Rock & Whisper White, Ink pads are Craft Inks-Real Red & Old Olive, I used left over Making Memories brads and word window punch (?)...these were super fast and easy to make... Pin It

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Today was the day....

Morgan went into the hospital for surgery today (adenoids & ear tubes in both ears), this morning at 6am we were there. I already had not slept since I was ready when my husbands alarm started going off at 5am. Morgan was very happy and full of spirit this morning. I almost felt really abd I had not told her what we were going for...otherwise I would never had gotten her in the car to go. She actually didn't have the meltdown until we made it to the 3rd floor surgery waiting room...then she went as limp as a wet noodle. Kids, of course, have this great talent for not going where and when you need them to...They go limp and weigh like 1000 pounds...I'll have to remember that when I am going somewhere I don't want to next husband will try to pick me up and I will just go limp and my legs will be like jell-o. The nurses were super great with her...Condell has gotten much better with their nursing staff...they are very caring and patient. Morgan sat on the rolling bed for a wile and then they brought in the 'happy' juice. Boy, do I neeeeeed that. She mellowed out and had the funniest look on her face...She drank it with no problems...and it really smelled bitter too...she was quite a trooper at that point. I watched the doctors roll her down the hall and was told where to wait for her...she had a bracelet on that I was told would let me track her progress in the surgical ward and when she was in recovery, her code turned pink. The whole time I was being told this, I thought of O'Hare Airport and the last time we were there...looking at the arrivals & departures screen. That was exactly what I was thinking when I watched her code turn green (surgery) to pink (recovery) and then we were escorted back to her. I looked at her and thought, she looks so tiny sitting there in this chair...she was padded in with her favorite blanket and pillow. She did have an I.V. in and I had just told my husband I would start to cry if I saw that...I guess I just remember the pain of I.V.'s...not the labor pains or delivery of the three girls...just the I.V.'s I got at the time. I, of course, did cry a bit but then I sat next to her watching the Doodlebops and stroked her hair and kissed her all over her head. A little while later the nurse came to take the I.V. out and sent us on our way...Morgan has really been sleeping in and out today, but she has told me her ears feel fine and her throat doesn't hurt...then she puckers for a kiss...bless her heart. Pin It

Friday, February 01, 2008

On a different note...

I do not normally post personal issues here on the blog...I guess I am afraid it will clog the creative juices...However, I found out the day before yesterday that my youngest child, Morgan, will undergo surgery later this month to get her Adenoids removed and tubes put into both ears. I have had no experience with this type of I am on uncharted territory. I also found out that she will be released later the same day. Isn't that too soon? I always feel no matter what you have done in the hospital, they should keep you awhile. I just haven't been able to sleep since finding out the news, how am I going to be the closer to surgery? I haven't told her anything, she is only 5-1/2. But I have heard her say quite adamantly..."I am not going to any hospital." Quite reminded me of my grandfather who often said the same thing...usually right when he knew he didn't have an option. Well I hope to reconcile this within myself...hopefully within the next 3 weeks. Pin It

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

The song remains the same...only the name changed...

Yes...I changed the name of my blog...I have been occupied with this for some time...don't ask why. I decided on the title: My Inky Little Secret...I really wanted to find a name that said a little about is the back story...I was bitten by the scrapbooking/paper crafting bug seriously about 3 years ago. Before that I had always crafted something...I had rubber stamped as early as 10 years ago (my first SU workshop). I really became a scrapbooker about 3 years ago...I worked at Hobby Lobby for about 4 years and I started buying a lot of scrapbooking/paper crafting items...A LOT! I am still finding things I didn't know I bought...or re-bought things I already had...I know its a sickness (this is my therapy). Now present day...I just re-organized everything in my laundry room (acting creative space) and created a little scrapbook nook for myself...I rather enjoy the space-I now know where things are and things are getting used. The thing husband never had a clue how much stuff I really had until I organized it and brought it out into the open...I can imagine myself thinking...I can scrapbook and rubber stamp here in my little cave never letting him see what I really had OR I can make everything look nice and suffer the consequences for letting him SEE everything. So I took the later option...I still see his mouth open in shock sometimes when he sees all of the stamp pads I own all lined up and looking pretty...heck I think I still do it sometimes also...But the point of the matter is this craft was my Inky Little Secret for a long time...just don't tell him about the bags of embellishments I have in my other cabinet in the laundry room...okay? Pin It

Birthday card

I first have to give credit for this card to Jenny Moors ( she created a similar card using her birthday embossing folder and nestabilities plates. Her color scheme was a little more muted and this card but very beautiful. I thought of making this card for a older girls birthday so when my youngest went to her friends bday this Sunday I thought this card was too bold for a 5 year I made another identical to this one, only lighter colors...and of course I was in a hurry to get to the party I did not take a picture of the card I gave. The color scheme was pink base card, lime green birthday embossed, and white and pink Nestabilities. The ribbon became a pink tafetta and I did stamp a candle on the cupcake. I tried everything on a scratch paper for this...I tried a lime green flocking that I happen to have handy (didn't work), a hologram embossing powder (didn't work)...I think because the paper is textured it was becoming difficult. The only thing that would work I guess would be to emboss in white and then color the embossing with an SU marker in green or pink.
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Birthday Explosion Box

My youngest daughter went to a birthday party for a friend from daycare this weekend. I made the birthday card (see previous post) and this explosion box for the mother of the birthday girl to put pictures from the get together in. I used the new SAB stamp set Birthday Whimsy for the birthday cake. I also had a scapbook page kit from Dena Fishbein ( for the paper...I almost Ebayed this paper set and then I thought I loved the colors so much that I would use it for something...and I did. I followed the explosion box tutorial at SCS and boy was it simple and fast to make. The mother loved it...she is a scrapbooker herself, so she appreciated it. Enjoy!
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Monday, January 21, 2008

YEAH...Another page finished!

This is one of my favorite pages to date. This was also last year, this is my youngest daughters first 'big girl' has Ariel on it (one of my favorite Disney princess'). My husband was helping her ride it down the street to the stopsign. I took extra time with the paper on the bottom of the pages...I cut around and the circles and created a bottom border. I wish I knew what paper co. it was...however, when I was looking through embellishments for the page I came across rub-ons from the same company...they actually matched the page exactly. Now I know I have way too many embellishments running around when I don't even know what I have to use. Once again the Cricut was used for the title, there are buttons on the page that also matched the colors of the page and a piece of chipboard ( is SU!) painted pink to highlight a picture of Morgan riding her bike on her own steam. The journaling was printed on vellum and mounted on a different cardstock from the bottom. The other thing I have been doing with my pages is having elements popping off the page with dimensional adhesives...I do not know if I am going to continue with this idea...on cards you can totally see it on scrapbook pages...not so much. I keep my pages in page protectors so you don't really see the dimensional elements as well.
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Recent Scrapbook Pages

Okay...okay, the name of the blog is Project: Scrapbook. So where are all of the scrapbook pages you ask? Well, here are 2 12x12 layouts that were finished recently. Let me first say, these pictures are approximately 6 months old...Yes, I am behind. The first layout is from the Racine Zoo in Racine Wisconsin. I visited the zoo with my kids and best friend Alisha and her kids last year. The kids were off from school and we were looking for a 'new' place to visit. This zoo was really nice. It was substantially more laid back than the 'big city' zoos we normally visit and they had a surprising amount of wildlife to view. This is a definite re-visit for this year. I almost always use DCWV textured cardstock for my scrapbook is very sturdy to use and it does have an eye appealing texture that I love. I know I know...I don't use SU Cardstock...mostly because I can only get it in variety packs now and not just wholepacks of 1 color...I do however, use SU CS to mount photos or to use in my Cuttlebug as accents on the page. The other paper I used on this layout is my FAVORITE brand of manstream scrapbook paper...BASIC GREY. I tore the paper for the corner pieces and distressed the edges by rolling it ans crumpling it. I also was able to use my Cricut to cut the title page (I almost always use te Cricut for titles). Other items used on this page was my computer to type the journaling...I know how most scrapbookers like to journal in their own handwriting and sometimes I do...however, for the most part I like the clean-ness of the computer fonts and with all of the choices to use I think I have close to 800 different types to choose from-I almost always prefer them), clear stamps from Art-Muse (I think) in zoo creatures, and a large brad/button that says 'buddies' with my Crop-A-Dile.
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Friday, January 18, 2008

Fresh Fruits

Finally the sun is in honor of that...a sunny and happy card.

Wow...I have been going through all of my stamp sets and deciding what I want to keep...I think I will keep this one. I don't know why...but I have wanted to make a lemon card for some reason...go figure. Here is my contribution. I found the ribbon at Michael's in their $1.00 bin...I loved it!
I used the cuttlebug to emboss So Saffron and I first stamped the lemon with So Saffron and then overstamped with Summer Sun. Enjoy. Pin It

Thursday, January 17, 2008

What I've been working on...

I LOVE this card...I saw the layout and aging technique at the Papertrey blog. They used a beautiful stamp set called 'On A Limb'...I was gorgeous. Since I am trying to save $$ for Regionals coming up I decided to try their card with a stamp set I already own...Garden Silhouettes. This was a former hostess set that is no longer available...*tear*. The colors of the cardstock are Chocolate Chip, Confetti Cream and Purely Pomegranate. The stamp was first stamped with Purely Pomegranate (which my pad is really juicy for some reason), then I colored over the branches with Chocolate Chip Marker...But to go back even further...I first took the Confetti Cream and cut it into random blocks. I aged each block with a sponge and Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Tea Stain...I did this in a circular motion. I then reassembled the blocks onto a piece of Purely Pomegranate. I tied the Purely Pomegranate Satin Ribbon around the front of the card. On the inside I took a spare piece of Confetti Cream and used a Fiskars Border Punch, stamped a 'Thinking of You' sentiment in the same type of ink like the front Purely Pomegranate and Chocolate Chip Marker. The inside piece of cardstock was also aged with the same Tea Stain Distress Ink. I can imagine all the different possibilities with this type of layout...easpecially in the soft subtles family group coming up for Spring.
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Saturday, January 12, 2008

New craft 'nook'

It took me some time but I finally organized enough to scrapbook and create cards without feeling like I don't know where something is...I am able to get quite a bit done in this new and improved is certainly better that working from my dinig room table and having to put everything away after using it...I think that discouraged me from creating...I was always so tired from dragging everything out and then getting so late and having to put everything back...Now I can leave something on my table for a day or two and not feel like we wouldn't have anyplace to eat the next morning because a scrapbook layout was on the table...enjoy.
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Friday, January 11, 2008

Baby Shower Card

I made this card for a friends baby shower. I finally made a transparent card. I found some acetate, however I am not sure if the acetate was the right weight...the package said Medium Weight. I forgot I had bought this awhile ago to use and found it when I cleaned out my craft room. I also used the Nestabilities to cut the scallop rectangle and regular rectangle. I embossed them in my 'bug' as well. I colored in PregaBella with SU markers-Bordering Blue & So Saffron. I used a white irridescent pigment pad to stamp the circles on the transparency using Seeing Spots Stamp Set. I was not really happy with the words that I stamped...they seemed a bit blurry...but they say (on the outside) Friend, Sister, Daughter and on the inside it says Mother. These are all the things she is now.
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Thursday, January 10, 2008

My newest Bella

This is a really close up picture of her. I did this for a DSS Swap at SCS. The martini glass has Crystal Effects over it, unfortunately you are unable to get a good looky-loo...and I did make her drink an Appletini (I love so much!) not a Cosmo as the title of this Bella would suggest. I used the Sanded Background stamp on the Chocolate Chip CS, the striped paper is from scraps I had laying around. The Bella is stamped and colored in on Whisper White with SU! Markers, mounted on More Mustard and Chocolate Chip CS. The ribbon is brown organdy ribbon from Hobby Lobby. The sentiment stamp is actually from A Little Birdie Told Me. This card actually took no time at all to complete. Enjoy. XO Pin It

Friday, January 04, 2008

A Little Birdie Told Me...
I finished this card for a swap I did. The cardstock is Perfect Plum, Pale Plum & Barely Banana. Ink is Perfect Plum. I used the Sanded background stamp, Rhinestone Brads, 3/8" Organdy Ribbon-White & ticket corner punch. This was a pretty easy card to create and the color palette can be easily changed...I just love this color combination.
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