Under the Mistletoe

Well, not really UNDER the Mistletoe, but that was the first thing I thought of when I heard Bo Bunny’s new Christmas line was named Mistletoe.

Before you start thinking of kissing or anything romantic, let me tell you that this new line from Bo Bunny is young, childish, whimsical and fun in traditional Christmas colors and a beautiful light blue.

Here’s one sample page I made for Capture-A-Memory:

 

This is the last portrait of my family before my son left for bootcamp in the U.S. Navy. I added a bit of black cardstock, some ribbon and a few Maya Road pins. The flowers were cut out of Bo Bunny paper using the Tim Holtz/Sizzix Tattered Flowers die.

This one features a much older photo … for a $5 donation to a pet-rescue organization, we got this Polaroid of my children and my cat with Santa. Cute, huh? The Bo Bunny paper made this layout so easy. Everything — title, patterned paper, tree, “stamping” is all part of one sheet of paper. I used some others to make a photo mat, added a bit of ribbon and cut the journaling block (cut from another sheet of paper) and it’s done. It took all of about 5 minutes, yet looks like I spent hours. Thank you, Bo Bunny!

With a piece of leftover Bo Bunny paper, I made this quick little card. It uses two stamps from Stamps by Judith, Copic Markers and a bit of Stickles for some sparkle and shine. The base of the snow globe is colored in Y28 and then AtYou Spica pen in gold. It is the closest look to actual metal I have been able to achieve with Copic markers.

 

 

Welcome Home Banner

My son just finished a two-year tour in Guam with the U.S. Navy. His next tour is attached to the Marine Corps, so he is headed off for training in San Diego and will then be moving to Hawaii.

I am certainly proud of Christopher, but I miss him terribly.

Naturally, when I found out he was coming home for a few weeks, I had to do something special to welcome him home.

I created this banner that says “Welcome Home” to hang in the window and put out a few flags in the flowerbeds. I know the glare is awful, but that is my beautiful son standing under the banner.

I created it with a Lifestyle Crafts die. The set cuts both the outer pennant and the inside for a perfect mat.

I used papers from My Mind’s Eye American Made collection, and added cardstock from American Crafts for the mats and letters. The embellishments are also from My Mind’s Eye (leftover from another project I made). The letters are Street Sign, cut on my Cricut.

Mounting the banner is easy … I used a bit of baker’s twine. The dies create these tabs, you just put adhesive on them and fold them over the string and it is done.

The project is quick and easy, but it provides a large “punch”.

Since then, we have had a BBQ and fireworks, gone on a boat ride around the lake, visited Cabela’s and endured several days without power. Welcome home, Christopher!

Friends

One of my dearest friends has had a difficult year. She’s had one virus and infection after another — so many that she’s lost 30 pounds! And, she was recently diagnosed with an ailment that promises plenty of pain and some lifestyle changes.

I wanted to send her a card that would let her know I was thinking of her, but I did not want to send the traditional “get-well-soon” card. When I discovered stamps by Art Impressions, I knew they would be perfect. How can you not laugh when you look at this …

These ladies crack me up and I thought she might get a kick out of it — and it may remind her of our group of friends and how we laugh together (although never in swimsuits and heels!).

So, the card is on its way to her house, but I wanted to share it here, too. The cardstock is from American Crafts and I colored the image with Copic Sketch Markers. I added a bit of pink to their shoulders because a sunburn is sure to set in when drinking on the beach!

A trip to the zoo

I love going to the zoo and watching the animals. I cannot help but take pictures of nearly all of them. And, while some have multiple photos and can easily be turned into their own individual pages, I also ended up with single photos of many different animals. So, I combined them and came up with this layout:

Here’s a closer look:

I used paper from Bo Bunny; cardstock from American Crafts; my Cricut (to cut out the letters); and some brads from Eyelet Outlet (don’t you love those little hippos!).

To Gnome You is to Love You

I discovered the cutest set of word stamps from Stampin’ Up in their latest catalog. I absolutely loved them and knew I HAD to have them (I have a thing for gnomes). However, I really didn’t like the set of gnome stamps that coordinated. So, I began a quest to find some gnomes that I liked.

Believe it or not, there are not a lot of gnome stamps on the market (at least not many that I could find).

Lawn Fawn released a really cute set at CHA and I immediately ordered them. But, while I was shopping for them, I stumbled across a company I had not heard of before called Paper Smooches and they had the most adorable gnome stamp. So, I ordered it as well.

I haven’t had a chance to play with my Lawn Fawn stamps yet, but I did make this with the Paper Smooches gnome:

Isn’t he the cutest?!

I colored him with Copic Sketch Markers and used some leftover American Crafts Cardstock, Reminisce paper and some vintage paper by Rusty Pickle to complete the card.

The saying stamp is from Stampin’ Up.

Here are the colors I used:

The Butterfly Garden

When we visited the Butterfly House at the Detroit Zoo, we got some amazing photos of the butterflies and the foliage they live in. I wanted to pick up the bright colors in the photos on my scrapbook page, but I didn’t want it to look like a child’s birthday party with primary-colored cardstock. So, I used Copic Sketch Markers to airbrush a design that was as elegant as the butterflies and I added homemade 3-D butterflies as an accent. Here’s what I came up with:
 Click on the images for a larger view.
SUPPLIES:
Cardstock: American Crafts (white textured & Black), DCWV (orange), Paper Accents (white smooth)
Copic Sketch Markers: G14, YR18, N9, Y35, colorless blender & Multiliner
Copic Airbrush System
Letters, stamp: Tim Holtz
Corner Rounder: Creative Memories
Thread: We R Memory Keepers Sew Easy system
Punch: EK Success
Mini Glue Dots
Other: Brads
INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Airbrush butterfly flight path on cardstock.
2. On a smooth sheet of cardstock, airbrush with multiple colors then spritz with Colorless Blending Solution and let dry. (The Colorless Blender gives a pitted design where it lands on the airbrushed paper)
3. Cut into strips and round the edges with a corner rounder.
4. Adhere to page and then use Sew Easy to stitch edge.
5. Add letters for title.
6. Crop photos & use punch to crop small pictures
7. Mat large photo with black and then orange. Use N9 Copic Marker to edge orange mat.
8. Adhere photos to page as shown.
9. Add journaling block and brads.
10. Stamp butterflies, cut out (cut off antennae) and airbrush.
11.  Use a Mini Glue Dot to attach just the center of the butterfly to the page. Ink just the antennae portion of the stamp and stamp them on each butterfly. Then, bend the wings slightly to create a 3-D image.

Mama’s Baby Chicken

I love my chickens. They are so much fun to watch.

When I learned of a twine contest at the online store A Cherry On Top, I knew my new barnyard friends would be a perfect match.

This page features my most unique chicken. She reminds me of an owl. My husband says she looks like a chicken hawk. But we bonded the first evening we brought her home and I immediately began calling her “Mama’s Baby.” The name stuck since chickens seem to be rather difficult to name.

Here’s the page I created showing Mama’s Baby at just a few days old:

Click on the image for a larger view …

The paper is from Creative Imaginations & October Afternoon; cardstock: American Crafts; Twine: May Arts; metal embellishments, charm & black #2: Tim Holtz; cork #2: CTMH; other: Distress Ink, vintage images

In the bottom corner, I created a tag and then wrapped it in twine. Then I used one of the vintage images to make a charm, which I pinned with a key to the tag.

And, along the left side, I used twine as a bit of an accent on both the numbers and the top of the page.

I also inked the area around the  letters after I attached them to the page. I thought it made them stand out and provided a bit more definition.

What do you think?

Welcome, Henry

My brother and sister-in-law recently expanded their family.

To show off my newest nephew, I created this adorable page using papers and embellishments by Little Yellow Bicycle, cardstock from American Crafts, Ribbon from Bo Bunny and the We R Memory Keepers’ Sew Ribbon tool. The ribbon tool was easier and faster than I predicted. I think I might be adding it to my collection very soon!

We Got Chickens!

Ever since visiting Key West in 2005, I have been in love with the chicken.

If you haven’t been, wild chickens hang out on the streets of Key West. There is nothing more surreal than pumping gas at a city gas station while watching a chicken wander around the parking lot!

And so my fascination with chickens began …

For the past several years I have been trying to convince both my parents and my in-laws to get chickens. Despite my promises to help care for them, neither one gave in.

Then, we moved to the country and what was once a dream has become a very real reality.

I am know the proud mamma of six baby chicks and I created this page to mark the fabulous occasion. (Click on the image for a larger version)

I used papers from TPC, cardstock from American Crafts and some leftover ribbon to create this page. The flowers were made using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Tattered Flowers Die and the journaling block was made with a punch from EK Success. For the title, I used Ashlyn’s Alphabet and the Cricut. The gems are from Queen & Co.

Here’s a close-up version of the right side …

A Special Birthday Card

In a few weeks, my baby boy will be 21.

I know. I cannot believe it either. It seems like just yesterday I was meeting him for the first time.

I always thought I would be with my kids when they turned 21 and I looked forward to buying them their first drink. But, since my son is halfway around the world, serving his country at a Naval hospital in Guam, I won’t be able to share the special day with him. Instead, I thought I would send him a very special card …

This card was created by Kathy at Paper Phenomenon. You can follow her step-by-step directions, here …

It can be used as a mini-book, added to a scrapbook page or whatever. It’s super adorable and I’ve already made several. But this one I wanted to serve as a card for my favorite little boy!

It opens …

And opens …

and opens …

And opens …

And then it has three little tags that come out (I made mine with the Tiny Tabs & Tags Sizzix/Tim Holtz Die and the Cricut Gypsy & Old West cartridge).

I love it. It only takes one piece of 8 1/2 x 11 paper to make the base. Then I used scraps from Bo Bunny, American Crafts and Webster’s Pages, along with some leftover rub ons, Jolee’s and a few metal pieces from Ideaology.

Soon, it will be off to Guam to welcome my baby boy into adult hood!