Friday, May 4, 2012

Summer Smooches Decor Stencil

One of the techniques that we worked on in our scrapbooking classes was sponging. When I saw the Summer Smooches stencil available in April, I wanted to make my thank you cards for the month using it to show another way to add sponging to projects. I love the stencil, but didn't think it would take me forever to get the cards made! (I cut out parts and pieces for 30 cards!) Finally, I've finished most of them...still a few to go though!
Ingredients: Summer Smooches Decor Stencil, French Foliage
Paper: Crumb Cake, Pear Pizzazz, Newsprint, Very Vanilla, Soft Suede, In Colors DSP
Ink: Soft Suede, Pear Pizzazz, Poppy Parade, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight
Accessories: Sponge Daubers and sponges, Scallop trim punch, Victoria Crochet Trim, Summer Smooches Fabric Brads, Snail Adhesive

Don't you just love those fabric brads? These are not cards that will going in the mail, that brad is just too thick, but worked great for hand delivery in my orders!

Inside, I again stenciled the flower pattern in the corner. It's just so beautiful and well worth all the work!
Happy Stampin'! Celebrate National Scrapbooking Day on Saturday!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

More Scrapbook Pages

I wanted to share with you some of the scrapbook pages that I did at our overnight. Some of the pages are completely done, but some still need journaling or embellishments added. I feel like I got so much accomplished! Remember, it's not about being caught up, it's about doing it!!

I used the scallop punch to make the clouds, then sponged them to add a little color. The alphabet set is a retired it and couldn't get rid of it!! I love the fact that it punches out with the 3/4" circle punch and doesn't have to be cut out!

I made the kite on this page to match the kite that Faith and I had made that day, then used the inset embossed technique to give some texture.

I punched some mittens out of the oval punch and scalloped square punch and hung them with the mini clothespins. I need to do some others that I can hang by the journaling for the page.

Isn't this just the cutest little mitten muncher that you've ever seen??

This is one of pages that I taught in our scrapbooking classes using the new Dresden die and shading and sewing on a page. I also turned the heart around so that it had the "debossed" side facing the front. Love this page!

This is a fun photo that I took of little Evelyn's feet and her Mommy and Daddy's hands. I love that you can see a little of her face in the middle. Still needs to be journaled. I don't usually journal on my pages when I'm with a group. I start writing what I'm saying or misspelling words, so leave it till a quiet time at home.

Faith found Daddy's hard hat by the door one day as he was leaving for work and had to try it on. I used the Daisy #2 die for the flowers...just wish that it hadn't been on the retired list! I made the leaves from folded ribbon. I need to add more flowers and journaling to this page.
I love the Tasteful Trim die along the bottom!

I cut snowflakes with the Northern Frost strip (another one that's on the retired list) and made my own dimensional background paper. The snow along the bottom is just torn paper...easy!

This one is still a work in progress...don't you just love those eyes? They speak such volumes without a lot of words that we can understand yet. The background paper is an old one that I had been "saving" in my stash.
As you can see, my favorite subjects to photograph and then "have" to scrapbook are my grand kids! They are such precious gifts from God!!! Love them all to pieces!
Have some fun reliving those precious memories again!
Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Scrappin' Weekend

We had so much fun at our scrapbook overnight! Thank you, Staci for letting us invade your house with all our stuff! (And it was lots!)
We filled up the room! What a fun way to share tools and ideas!!
Katie got cold, so had to wrap up in her sleeping bag! She looks like a mummy! Donette was laughing at her! There were four of us that stayed the night and I was one of the last ones to go to sleep! Staci and I were up until 5:15 AM, then I was back up with Katie again at about 6:30 to start in again. Katie, with a young baby in the house, is used to not getting a full nights sleep, but me, not so much! I did really well on only an hour of sleep, but really crashed on Saturday night as soon as my head hit the pillow! What a fun weekend to get some pages FINALLY done! I worked on 10 pages, with just a few final touches and journaling to add to them, Katie did 11 pages, Staci 11, Donette worked on an album in progress, then several other pages, Carolann worked on cards, and Michaela did some awesome interactive pages that took a long time, but turned out so amazing!

Here's a few of our creations:
These are pages that Donette made of their trip to Seattle and the symphony there. It's hard to see in the photo, but she textured the letters, and I love how she added the tickets to the page.

This is one of Staci's layouts from their trip to New York. Look at the NBC sign from the Dresden
Die! How awesome is that?! What a great use of that die! The idea hit her about 5:00 AM, right before we went to bed for a couple of hours. See, inspiration does hit when you're tired! I love the Today show sign that she made too. Fun pages!

This is one of  Michaela's interactive pages. You turn the wheel on the left hand side, and it looks like she's blowing on the flower. It was amazing to watch her draw (yes, she drew out the face!!), plan and put into action this page! She's not putting any pictures on this will be an introductory page to her book. WOW!
This was a castle pop up that she made. How amazing! Both Katie and I thought about trying one of these for the pictures of Faith's castle birthday cake that Katie made.

This is my favorite page that Katie finished...again another interactive page that took her HOURS to do, but she ended up with 27 pictures on the page! That's a bunch!! On the waterfall pictures on the right page, you lift the flaps to see each of the pictures and mini pages underneath. Each of the eggs and the title were textured with different embossing folders and the grass along the bottom edge cut by hand by Yours Truly! This page is so colorful and fun and of course, one of my favorite subjects, my Granddaughter!!
I still need to take pictures of the pages that I worked on, so will share those with you tomorrow.

Just a reminder too, to check out the Retired Accessories list...they are GOING, GOING, GONE!
There are many things that are no longer available. Don't wait too long to order!
Happy Stampin' and playin' today!