Saturday, December 31, 2011

Top Ten (plus 1) :)

Here are my Top Ten for 2011 (plus 1... I couldn't resist the Birthday Banner I made for my daughter's 5th birthday in October!).

No particular order, although I do love the ones near the bottom as much as the ones at the top!



Monday, December 26, 2011

PTI December blog hop

Welcome to the PTI "Leftover" blog hop!

I had made several sympathy cards and then I made a mini album for my son's teacher and used  an image in All Booked Up.  Plus, the pattern paper and misting spray had been around for a couple of other projects.  So, here is the outcome.  Pinefeather is not the usual color of choice for me, but I think it turned out okay.

Happy Boxing Day to my Canadian friends!



Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from our family to yours! Kristin

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Sending you

I actually CASEd a Betsy Veldman card (but of course today when I try to blog the card... I can't find the original!) and pulled this off with OA paper and PTI supplies.


And Merry Christmas!


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

3 1/2 years in the making...

This layout is 3 1/2 years in the making...

Great American Scrapbook Convention here in Arlington, TX ... papers & sketch from a class from 2008!!!!

Pictures from a photo shoot from 2009!!!

But, it turned out great and I love it!

Holidays are getting closer!

Are you ready??



Friday, December 16, 2011

Lots of Cards Today

One month shouldn't contain the need to make so many sympathy cards when most of the recipients are in their 30s... but that is how the end of November was for many of my friends and their family.  I'll say it again... tell those you love how much you cherish them.  Put aside your differences and cling to your similarities.  Give them a hug! 



Sunday, December 11, 2011

Wish Big

Using a Make It Monday technique from a bit ago, here's a card I never uploaded.  LOVE that little "happy" banner!



Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Princess 5th birthday

Lots of cricut, CTMH, and PTI makes the perfect birthday LO, the perfect birthday "event" for the perfect birthday princess.



Sunday, December 4, 2011

Photo Finisher sympathy

I love the combination of these colors.  Photo finisher dies were just made for the perfect touch on a clean and elegant card.  Finally broke out the mini-pearls and so glad!



Saturday, December 3, 2011

MIM: Pleated Ribbon & PTI: Pages 30 min LO

The top page (left side of the layout) is for Leigh's Pages w/ Papertrey for a 30 minute LO. I used a sketch from this site and had completed my son's so I was sure I could do my daughter's in the time limit. I wanted to use the Make it Monday: Pleated Ribbon challenge so I used a bit of Terracotta Tile grosgrain ribbon as an accent to her page.

Now, for an apology of sorts.  I have neglected my blog for the first time in a long time and neglected the ladies I follow as well.  However, I have used my time to craft (a lot!) instead of surf (or even pin!).  So, I've decided to post the pictures of the things I've made without any (or much) detail.  If you want to know, please email me or leave a comment.

My goal by Christmas is to get back in the groove of visiting all of my blog friends too!



Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Season's Greetings... from 2010

So, I finally got around to scrapping Jake's layout from last Christmas.  Silver lining... I used this year's EchoPark "Season's Greeting's" line.  LOVE IT!  This sketch matches Emma's from last year (I uploaded it a long time ago... see it Here).  The sketch from page 1 is from Bug Junkie.  I honestly don't know if page 2 is a sketch from somewhere, or a combination of things put together- I almost always use a sketch though- so if you recognize it, please let me know so I can give credit.  I went through my book and didn't see it!

I used lots of PTI products too: Holiday Photo Finishers (stamps and dies), BB:Christmas, In the Meadow dies, Jar Labels 2 dies, ribbon, and cardstock... LOTS of cardstock.



Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Double (Indepence) Trouble

So, I was trying to be clever with my title... did it work? :)

I like using the same sketch for the kids' "event" layouts that go into their albums.  Then, just use the same family photo and then pics that feature them.  The paper is We R Memory Keepers and I used the cricut for everything else.  PTI's Pure Poppy is my only other addition (buttons, cardstock).



Sunday, November 20, 2011

PTI Scrapbook Sketch (November)

Just a quick post.  Leigh hosts 2 scrapbook challenges each month.  I finally participated.  Here is my layout for her sketch challenge for November.




So, I took a blogging break but not a crafting break.  I actually participated in a PTI Make It Monday and never uploaded it.  I've been trying to get some of my scrapbooking done and will do more of that this week.  So, perhaps less blogging, less cards, more layouts will be coming.  Hope to still see you stop by and comment, though!



Friday, October 28, 2011

Passing the Torch

Wow, has this month flown by!  I have really enjoyed working with the women of Amber Ink and running alongside the other torchbearers this month.

But, have I got a SUPER treat in store for you today!  I am so excited, thrilled, and honored that Leigh Penner has agreed to run with the Blue Torch for Amber Ink in the month of November. Whohoooooo!!! Can you hear me down here in TX, Leigh??? :)

She is a one in a million crafter and will blow you away!  So, get ready for an amazing month of projects!

I also want to take a minute and say thanks to Jessica for handing off the torch to me this month.  I had some pretty big shoes to fill.  She set a high standard and I hope I did her justice :).

Enjoy Leigh!!


Thursday, October 27, 2011

Amber Ink Recap

I can't believe my time with Amber Ink is almost up!! Here is a recap "in pictures" of all the projects I showcased this month.

I'll be back tomorrow to pass the torch and I am SO thrilled and honored that she agreed!!  You should be excited too.... (counting the minutes :) lol)



Monday, October 24, 2011

Amber Ink Project 6

I can't believe this is my final project for Amber Ink!  I've had a great time this month and I hope you've enjoyed seeing some different types of crafty things that can be done with the things in their shop.

Here I used the Shot to the heart iPaper as the mat for the picture and the sentiment "You still give me butterflies", a digistamp, as my title both from the Amber Ink Shop on my layout.

I also used misting spray for the first time! FUN!!

I'll be back later this week to wrap up and show you all the projects at once as well as "Pass the Torch" on Friday!



Thursday, October 20, 2011

Amber Ink Project 5

I can't believe that I only have two projects left to show you.  First up is a set of Christmas tags.  On another forum I frequent has been a lot of talk about traditional vs. non-traditional use of color at Christmas time.  I am typically a VERY traditional Christmas-color kinda gal.  However, when I saw this Christmas iPaper in the Amber Ink Shop I immediately knew I was going to make Christmas tags.  I used some Bazzill shimmer cardstock for the pinked edge circle, and stamped the snowflake and to/from in a coordinating pink.

I pulled out a cute "Mom" and "Dad" stamp, some twine, and some pretty ribbon tied in bows to finish them off.

What kind of things to you have planned for the holidays?  Check out the Amber Ink Shop for all the goodies there and see what you can find. Check out the Amber Ink Blog for lots of inspiration!



Monday, October 17, 2011

Amber Ink Project 4

Back again with another fun card for my 4th Amber Ink project.  This time it is a "card combo" because I wanted to carry the theme (and this awesome iPaper) over to an envelope.  I used a coordinating die on the card, envie, and iPaper to tie everything together (as well as a cute little flower embellie).

Did a bit of sewing on the iPaper this time (and again, you would NEVER know this wasn't paper I hadn't bought online or at a retail store... LOVE it!), and then added on a clear acrylic tag to coordinate with the pattern on the paper and the sentiment on the tiny tag.  Lots of ribbon and a big flower embellishment help to tie everything together.

Head on over to the Amber Ink Shop today and check out what they have in store for you! (lol, couldn't resist!)... there are also some great projects featured on the Amber Ink Blog by my fellow torchbearers.



Thursday, October 13, 2011

Amber Ink Project 3

Welcome again to another Amber Ink crafting project.  One more time I am breaking away from traditional card making because I like showcasing what this company's products can bring to your crafting "table"... Again with the iPaper because I love it so!

Halloween is just around the corner and we all need to add a little "creepy, crawly" flourish- even to our craft area.  Here, I downloaded and printed their Spider Polkadots-Candy Corn Tiny (so cute!) iPaper and put my cricut to work again cutting out a picture frame.  The iPaper was the base, black cardstock for the web and white cardstock for the back and "foot" to make it stand up. 

While this is an older picture, I do love it.  I don't mind having non-traditional pictures (like this of my daughter looking down) because I remember the moment.  They were both giggling so hard they couldn't make a straight face.  My kids (being a scrapbooking mom) know I like at least 1 "good" picture and they both were trying (even tho my dd was only 2) and no matter what they did they just had the giggles.  Such good memories!

Take a look through some of Amber Ink's paper and stamps and see what you find that sparks a memory of you growing up with your family or your kids today.  It'll be worth it!



Monday, October 10, 2011

Amber Ink Project 2: Oh What a Doll!

Welcome back to another Amber Ink project!  Today I am showcasing two digiStamps: Oh What a Doll! and a cute princess babe.  These are separate images you can get at the Amber Ink Shop. This was my first *real* time venturing into digiStamps, even though I have used printed journalling off the computer.  And, I must confess I am no copic coloring goddess like many other crafters.  I actually sold all my copics awhile ago.  I do use watercolor pencils and like the effect, but mostly I paper piece stamped images.  So, I needed to see what I could do with this princess image to do her justice.

And, well, I paper pieced her! I traced her onto the Yellow Dot iPaper after printing out my page onto regular copy paper using something similar to a lightbox.  Then, I cut out her dress and shoe (as one piece), and her crown.  I adhered those pieces to the cardstock image I had printed her on and then finished coloring her with watercolor pencils.  Then, I die cut her image and a mat out of cardstock.  I printed the sentiment and die cut it as well.  The pattern paper was die cut multiple times with a scallop border.  Everything was adhered to the card base and the princess matted image was popped up.  Buttons, pearls, and stickles were added as finishing touches because she is, after all, a PRINCESS! :)