Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Using some MLS Scraps!

After making the 2 cards for Erin's teachers, my scraps form My Little Shoebox have been sitting on my table.  Last night I decided I should play with the stamps...I don't do enough stamping!  I loved this little flower stamp!  I stamped it in a line across the yellow paper and then stamped it on 3 different colors of scraps of MLS I had!  A great way to use up the little pieces!  I then cut the colored flowers out and applied 3D Crystal Lacquer to them.  I have kind of been on a 3D Crystal Lacquer kick lately!  Then once they dried, I used some pop dots and placed them over the flowers I had already stamped.  The happy stamp is also from MLS.  I stamped it and then drew over the letters with the Crystal Lacquer...it is a fun, shiny look!  And since my favorite thing in scrapbooking right now is tiny alphabets, I used some of mine from MLS to spell out birthday!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Last Day of Preschool

Today was Erin's last day of preschool...for this year.  She'll be at the same preschool next year but with a different teacher.  Her teacher this year was also Isaac's teacher for his 2 years of preschool so I think next year will be a bit strange (for me) at least at first! :)  Here is a picture of how happy she is to have the summer start!  (ok, not really, she just liked the bouncy house!)

I made a few thank you cards for the teacher and assistant.  I used some My Little Shoebox Farmer's Market that I had left from this album!  Such great paper and can be used for way more than "farm"!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Dynamic Duo Blog Hop!

Welcome!  Today is day 8 of the Dynamic Duo Blog Hop featuring products from Punky Sprouts and TaDa Studios!

I did my album using the newest album from Punky Sprouts, the Trunk Punky.  The Sweetie Sprout is still my favorite but this is a very close second!  Loved working with this!  (not that they aren't all wonderful!)  I received the Jolly Holly Days paper from TaDa to work with.  What a great Christmas line!  I knew when I saw it that I wanted to make a little recipe book of all the treats we make each year.  Here is what I did:

I decided to paint all the chipboard a cream color.  I hadn't painted everything like this since my very first Punky album!  There are no embellishments on the front because I know this is going in the kitchen with my cookbooks!

Here is the album opened up.  So far the flaps are blank...originally this was going to be for my mom and I was going to write something here but now I'm not so sure I'm not keeping it!  :)

To add some dimension to the book while still keeping it relatively flat, I decided to cut out some of the designs from the TaDa paper and use Sakura's 3D Crystal Lacquer on them.  I love this stuff!  It is so easy to use!  I also used some Baker's Twine on every page.

This TaDa paper had great designs for fussy cutting...so great that even someone who doesn't much care to fussy cut (ME!) couldn't resist!  This ric-rak is cut from the paper.

Loved this Gingerbread man with the bite out of his head!  I have been meaning to stitch on the canvas pages of a Punky album since I started designing for them and I finally did it!  I used a big needle and used the Baker's Twine.  I did it freehand...no marking where to do it so the stitches are all different sizes but I really like how it turned out!

Here's a close up of the stitching.

Loved these stockings and just had to "hang" them! 
These great big scallop edges are one of the reasons I love this album!  So glad there are 2 of these pages in the book!

Hard to tell in the picture, but here are 2 little acrylic pages that open in the middle.

Some more great shapes for fussy cutting!  On these, I put a little bling before I put the 3D lacquer on it!  Works great!

And there you have it...all my favorite recipes in once easy place!  Can't wait to pull this out at Christmas and have the kids look at it with me!

As with any great blog hop...we have prizes!
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Post comments to show your participation. New inspiration will be posted daily. At the end of the 12 day hop, please go to each manufacture’s blog and post a comment telling them your favorite album style and favorite paper collection used in the samples shown during the hop. Your name will then be entered in a drawing to win both! 3 winners will be picked!

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Cocoa Daisy Crop

Last weekend, one of my favorite online sites, Cocoa Daisy, had their spring crop.  With tons (well, 18) of challenges, fun games, great classes, and some great RAKS it was hard to keep up! :)  I had some great aspirations of getting a lot of layouts done, especially since they give the week after to get them done.  But, life keeps happening even when I want to scrap! :)  Pretty happy that I got 3 done though.

Patterns and Colors Challenge:  For this one there was a picture of some fabric that we were to use for inspiration.  They were very bright and had lots of different patterns and I immediately thought of this MME paper.  We also had to use circles or squares, mist and a border punch.  I just love how this one turned out!

Standing in a Line Challenge:  Pretty obvious from the name...this one we had to use lines of some sort.  I had my pictures in a line, used strips of paper in a line and doodled a line for the border.  There were so many pictures for this, I kept it super simple...even for me! :)

Night Market Challenge:  This challenge was to use black as the background and use pictures of something at night.  These were the only night pictures I had and they aren't good but I still wanted to scrap them and this seemed the perfect time!  Not my best layout but glad to have the story down!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Memory Lane

I made this album using a Punky Sprouts album and some Basic Grey paper.  These pictures were taken in 1985 by an 11-year-old me!  They aren't great...somehow I don't think my cheapo 110 film camera took great pictures!...but I love how this album turned out!  Hope you enjoy it too!  And please excuse the thumb you see in any of my pictures! :)

Friday, May 6, 2011

Big Year!

As the school year winds down, I finished up this First Day of School layout.  This was a big year for us as far as school goes.  Erin started preschool and Isaac started 1st grade so it was his first experience with full day.  I just love these pictures of them...even if it was raining!  Erin was a tad bit nervous and sort of had the giggles but kept looking at Isaac as if to see what to do! 

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Thanks A Latte!

Not sure why I have decided that all Teacher Appreciation gifts should be "punny" but it seems I have! :)  Here is what we made the teachers for yesterday.  I totally took the easy way out and printed it from here!  I knew this is what I wanted to do and was going to make a card but when I saw this one, I thought it was perfect!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

And the Winner is...

The winner of the Sweetie Sprout album and Crate Paper goodies is #13...Scrapping Miami!  Send me your address at lynn.reaney@comcast.net and I will get that out to you!  Congrats!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Teacher Appreciation Week

Last year I had a blast with our Teacher Appreciation gifts. (day 1, day 2, day 3, day 4, day 5)  I haven't done the gifts from us yet but this year at Isaac's school, I have been leading the 5th grade leadership class.  I have about 15 fifth graders that I meet with for 20 minutes every other week.  For teacher appreciation week, I thought it would be fun if the leadership class had a little something for every teacher, every day.  Keep in mind that we therefore had 20 minutes for 1 kids to make 100 little gifts! :)  Luckily, they are great kids and we were able to finish all of these!  I made it so that they just had to do a bit of work on each one.  Here's what we did:

Day 1: I have a couple girls who like to do their "creative" writing so they wrote berry on these.

 Day 2: I thought these would be challenging to make but the 3 girls working on them, whipped through them!  I used the instructions from here.  There are little fortunes inside that say "We are fortunate to have you at West!"
Day 3: This one was for all the artists...they all did different borders.

Day 4: I cut the slits on the printed circles ahead of time and then they used one of my big punches and then slid it on the pencil.  This was the last one I decided to do and I think it turned out to be my favorite.

Day 5: The flowers were cut out on my Cricut which made this easier to prepare!  The kids wrote "Thanks for helping us bloom" on the flowers.