Monday, July 28, 2008

Log Cabin Frames and some shopping!

I made these Log Cabin frames as a thank you gift to my brother-in-law & sister-in-law. They are always generous in letting us bunk with them in their camper during vacation and this is just a tiny way for us to say 'thanks'!! Supplies: wooden cabin frames by Don Mechanic; Old Ivy, Bright Red and Burnt Umber acrylic paint by Plaid; Dymo red and green cartridges; and pictures printed on Epson R1800.
The detail of the brown cabin. I did not paint every spot completely giving it more of a rustic/grungy feel! I also dabbed some of the red paint with a textured brush (don't know the name of it).
The detail of the green cabin. I also dabbed brown paint over this one to give it that extra worn look.

*Shopping Alert*

I just can't seem to help myself, but you are going to squeal just like I did in the store... the dollar store that is!!!! Oh yeah, I found these 7 Gypsies stamps in the dollar store. I snagged up the congratulations (self inking) $5.95, proof $8.95, note to self $8.95, events $4.95, and baby $4.95 (which unfortunately was the events wrongly packaged so now I have harm though it was only $1). I also got the leather braided eyeglass holder (for binding purposes!) and this cute 10 picture accordion picture frame by Candlewick Press. That's nearly $28 savings on the 7 Gypsies alone!!

I don't know about you, but I think I made out like a bandit....yeeehaaaw!!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Fresh Watermelon

Ah, Sweet sweet summer! I made this watermelon tag shaped sign for a few reasons.

1. I was preparing for a Cricut demonstration at my local scrapbook store.
2. My kitchen is watermelon themed.
3. I wanted to try out the Tim Holtz crackle paint.

Strangely enough this sign has it's home in my craft room and not my kitchen...I think it is time I move it!

*Update on the fridge situation** Well speaking of our kitchen....we bought a new Kitchen Aid bottom mount freezer today, it is plugged in and already cold!! Yeah! It has a water dispenser inside the fridge, kinda weird, but I hope it feels nice and comfortable in our home and it plans on staying for a loooong time! Now I just need to go grocery shopping because we only own condiments at this time...hahaha. Really I just have to laugh at this whole situation, because who has luck as horrible as us??? I do have to thank God our bad luck is with materials and not our family and our health....Yup that's me always looking for the bright side!

Supplies: Tag shaped chipboard; dark green, light green, magenta, and black cardstock; black acrylic paint; Tim Holtz Distress crackle paint in 'antique linen'; 'Fresh' die cut from Opposites attract Cricut cartridge; 'Melon 5 cents' and watermelon shape (circles cut in 1/2) cut from George and Basic Shapes Cricut cartridge; tear drop punch by Fiskars; embossing ink; Fuchia ultra thick embossing enamel by Ranger; black ink by Memories; green embroidery floss; pink sheer ribbon by Offray; black & white gingham ribbon; and Stampin' Up embossing gun.
I love how the embossing powder came out a little textured like a real watermelon slice!! It looks so shiny and moist that I want to eat it!!! Don't you just LOVE crackle much texture it sure looks great on top of that black acrylic paint!

On a lighter note I went shopping on Tuesday and here are my goodies I just had to have!

The Zutter Bind-It-All and 2 sizes and colors of combs. I have been eyeing this for some time because I collect tons of stuff sain person would throw away just for a scrapping opportunity (i.e. clothing tags, cards, packaging, boxes, etc) I need to give a special thanks to Elizabeth Kartchner's blog especially this post and this post where she used her Bind-It-All and made it look super duper cute I was SOLD and I wanted it even more!!! Thanks Elizabeth, you are such an inspiration to us all!

Last but certainly not least on my purchase extravaganza was another color of the Tim Holtz Distress Crackle Paint in "Spiced Marmalade". I now own 6 colors and just yesterday requested my local scrapbook store to purchase me 4 other colors I need for a project, along with 2 Paint Dabber colors! Tim, you are the only male who really ROCKS this are such a staple and I hope to see you and your awesomely grungy products for tons of years to come!!!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Vacation Album

Ahh vacations, we all look forward to them all year long. I helped my cousin make this vacation album as a gift to her mother-in-law. We bought this kit a few weeks ago in Wal-Mart which I am sad to say when I went in Wal-Mart a couple of days ago the scrapbook section no longer carries Kurio or EK Success it is ALL Martha Stewart. I don't have a problem with her, it is just I LOVE Kurio and the Disney products from EK Success. C'mon what happened here???
Back to the subject at hand, my cousin brought a stack of her vacation pictures over to my scrap haven and we picked her 10 favorites to use in the album. It took us about 4 hours to put it all together, not too shabby (time wise) I think.

Like many children on road trips the infamous question "are we there yet" was asked numerous times. So these little words on the page over their Duragno really has a significant meaning. I absolutely love that her daughter Hannah came up with the idea of making a wig out of seaweed. I found an eyelash fiber in my stash that matched perfectly to flow from the picture, giving it a 3-Dimensional feel. Ha! sometimes I surprise cousin was thinking the same idea as I pulled the fiber out and laid it over the page!! Great minds think alike, thanks for sharing my love of Scrabooking Corina!! We liked that the suitcase album looks like a cluttered suitcase with lots of odds and ends hanging out!
Unless otherwise noted all the supplies came from the Kurio "Wish you were here mini book kit".

Supplies: Red staple
Supplies: page anchor and brown brad by Creative Impressions; and black eyelash fiber.
Supplies: Blue washed frame from Colorbok's Neutral Scrap Pack.Supplies: Green washed paper from Colorbok's Neutral Scrap Pack; eyelet; white embroidery floss; and metal tree charm by Colorbok.
Supplies: Gray patterned paper (with train tracks) from Colorbok's Neutral Scrap Pack.

I tell you little mini scrap kits like this really save some time to make a quick and easy album. Which is super nice when they are for a gift like this one was!

Monday, July 21, 2008

Another Goodbye

Well, It has been a while since my last post. In that time, I have said farewell to another friend who is off to another state to make new adventures in her life. I also worked my hiney off for a week pulling 1:30AM nights of graphic design just so I could go on vacation. Then I went on vacation and I am still a little on the vacation recovery process right now (laundry, cleaning, organizing).

Vacation was a blast, however when we got back our bubble was burst by our fridge dying and we lost a ton of food. I would like to say that this is the first time this has happened to us, but it was actually the fourth. Yes that's right the FOURTH, and this is in a 3 year period and 2 Brand new fridges. Sigh, I would like to think I am too young to say this, but they sure don't make things like they used to. We've had this fridge fixed last year (forking out $400) but now it is time to decide if we should try our luck with a 3rd new fridge or just fix it again for another $400 buckaroos???
So any-whoo. How about another card creation of mine? This farewell card goes with the friendship album in the previous post. You will notice I used the scraps from the book to make the card ... so they match!!!

Supplies: Patterned papers by K and Co.; rub on letters by Making Memories; chipboard letters by Kurio, paper flowers by Prima; jewel ribbon brad by Oriental Trading; black sheer ribbon; green gemstone stickers; and black ink by Versa Color.

Supplies: Patterned papers by K and Co.; blue paper; brown cardstock; black sheer ribbon; "Where there is great love.." quote by My Minds Eye; corner rounder by Creative Memories; scalloped scissors by Provo Craft, and black ink by Versa Color.Supplies: brown cardstock; black sheer ribbon; "Where there is great love.." quote by My Minds Eye; corner rounder by Creative Memories; scalloped scissors by Provo Craft; and black ink by Versa Color.