Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Feeling Good!!

This week's song at Scrapping the Music is Feelin' Good" by Nina Simone and has so many wonderful lyrics to scrap!!!! I chose to use the title of the song as the title of my layout and I added to the lyrics to describe where my heart is these days.
The butterfly stands for hope and I choose to have hope even though things are really tough right now!! It's a new day, I have hope, its gonna be ok!
I had a lot of fun with this layout and I hope you will all join in the fun at STM!!!!

I hope you all have a wonderful evening!!!
Thanks for stopping by!!


Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Kids, Kits and Certification!!!

Good morning everyone!!! It's a gorgeous morning and I'm ready for a wonderful day!!! We are in the process of getting ready to leave for Seattle!! Whoo hoo!! We are going to see our kids and I can't wait!!! I look so forward to spending time with Matt and Beth and seeing all that they have been up to in the past year! I am looking forward to a hike at Green Mountain and spending some time at the ocean....ahhhhh heaven!!!

I am also excited because I will also be taking a class to become a certified Copic Marker instructor!!! I have been looking forward to this for quite some time and I am very excited to
share them with all of you!!! There are so many techniques and uses for Copic Markers, so be on the lookout for a Copic Marker Club to be starting up soon!!!
I also wanted to share with you that the Simply Fresh Arts kits are now available for pre-order!! Here are some pictures of the July Project Kit:

If you are interested in a Project kit or a paper crafting kit, stop by the Simply Fresh Arts blog for more info!!!
Thank you again for stopping by!!!
I hope you have an amazing day!!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Hero Arts Cards #1

Good Morning my friends!!!
I hope you had a great weekend!! We had some crazy weather here in Montana, but we did see the sunshine intermittently so that definitely brightened up our days!!!

We had a wonderful time with dad yesterday!! We were able to put in one of our square foot garden plots and finished planting one of our flower beds. It was so nice to work outside for a change. We grilled steaks in the afternoon and during the evening we had fun being storm chasers!! We saw some amazing lightning strikes and the rain was so heavy and fierce, we couldn't even hear each other talk. I think dad truly enjoyed the day!!

I wanted to share with you one of the Hero Arts Cards that I taught in my class last week.
Supplies Used:
Hero Arts Big and Small Flowers Set
Bazzill Cardstock
Tsukineko Memento Ink-Tuxedo Black
Tim Holtz Distress Ink-Tumbled Glass
PaperTrey Ink Sentiment Stamps
Doodlebug Glitter
Kaiser Craft Pearls
Martha Stewart Punches

1. Randomly stamp the background of an A2 card and fold in half.
2. Layer a white strip of cardstock and layer over a piece of kraft cardstock as shown.
3. Punch a scallop border and butterfly out of contrasting paper and randomly stamp to add depth.
4. Layer and adhere to cardbase as shown.
5. Stamp flowers with Tumbled Glass ink onto white cardstock and cut out.
6. Add ink to the edges of flowers to highlight.
7. Ink centers of flower stamps and stamp onto yellow cardstock, cut out and adhere to the center of flower.
8. Stamp leaves out of green paper and assemble flowers onto card base.
9. Embellish with glitter, twine and add sentiment.

Thanks for stopping by!!!
I hope you have a wonderful Monday!!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Scrapping the Music!!

With Father's Day coming up on Sunday, we are featuring the song "Father and Friend," by Alain Clark and his dad Dane Clark! It's an awesome duet with fantastic lyrics!!! I chose to use a picture of Benny and his daddy that was taken just before he left for basic training last year. He left as a boy and came home a man. Its so hard to believe a whole year has gone by, but yet it seams a lifetime ago. The lyrics I chose are as follows:
O sonny, so strange, to hear and see
That someone so different is, a soul like me.
You may have gone right, where I would have gone left.
But son, that’s alright. I will always have your back
See even though. I don’t always show.
I’m proud of you, my son.

Perfect lyrics for these two!!! I hope you join us this week and if you don't feel led to do a page about fathers, the design team at Scrapping the Music has many examples of other perspectives using this song!!!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great weekend!!!


Thursday, June 17, 2010

Little Red Scrapbook June Reveal

Hi there my friends!!! The June Gallery at LRS has been revealed so I thought I should get my projects up on my blog!!!! I just loved how easy this kit was to work with and I think that my cards were my favorite projects of the kit!!!
I just love it when the papers have patterns that you can cut out!!! These flowers were perfect to use as embellishments!!!! I also used a Hero Arts Stamp on this card.
Karrie gave us a challenge to cut our pictures and assemble them together on our projects. I chose to cut up one of the papers and reassemble on a card. The BG stickers were a perfect match with the papers!!
I bought the alpha add on and decided it would be fun to dye them with my Copic Markers. I just love the effect!!! As always, with Benny's layouts, I don't add any frills, so I thought it would be fun to cut out some Carino's Grill pieces and embellish with some Tim Holtz from my stash.
The die cut paper in this kit was absolutely awesome. I just love ledger paper!!!
My challenge for everyone was to create their own unique background. Sara and Rachel included Glimmer Mist in the kit, so I used a glimmer screen and plenty of distress ink to add to my background. Way fun!!!!

Thanks for stopping by!!! I will be back to share my Scrapping the Music layout!!!
Have a wonderful day!!!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Celebrating 26 Years!!!

I remember when we were first married.....we would look at couples who had been together for ten years and think, "WoW!" that's a long time. Now we are the "old" couple who have been married did time go by so quickly?? It hasn't always been easy. I know I can be difficult to live with, but I have a husband who is very caring and compassionate. A true soul-mate who is still my very best friend!! We work way too much these days, but we still make sure to find the time to spend together. Whether it is a cup of coffee on the front porch or a sandwich between jobs, we make sure to have those moments to connect. I am so thankful for my husband!!! We have been blessed beyond measure!
This is one of my favorite pictures of us. It shows the love...(along with the wrinkles, lol) that we have for one another. I look forward to another 26 years sweetie!!! I love you!!

Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.
~ 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a.

Thanks for stopping by!!!
I hope you have a wonderful day!!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Hero Arts Cards

I've been having some fun with Hero Arts Stamps!!! Love, love, love their clear stamps!!!
I tried stamping with Tim Holtz distress inks, black inks and adding color with distress inks, fussy cutting, and layering. So many ways to play!!!! Here's what I came up with:
This class is scheduled at Simply Fresh Arts on Thursday and then later in the week I will post instructions for each card.

Thanks for stopping by!!!
I'm off to work on the Father's Day Make N Take!!!

Little Red Scrapbook June Sneaks!!!

I just have to tell you that I totally enjoyed this kit!!!! It was so easy and fun to work with and the colors were perfect for any kind of photo. I hope you have a chance to grab your kit before they are sold out!!! Without further ado, here are my sneaks for June!!!

I had some fun dying the Alphabet Club Thickers with my Copic Markers...very manly indeed!!!
I loved all the flowers in the kit...the patterned paper flowers especially!!!!
I loved the Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist included in the can see some of the spray in this next layout!!
I also used a glimmer screen along with the Glimmer mist which you will be able to see when the Gallery goes up!!
I look forward to the reveal!!!
Thanks for stopping by!!!
Have a great day!!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Scrapping the Music!!!

I just love the Scrapping the Music Challenge!!! It is one challenge that always speaks to my heart in one way or another!!! This week's song by Chasen is no exception!!! The lyrics to Crazy, Beautiful are so true and I think we all need to remember that we don't need to have anyone's approval, we have to believe in ourselves and who God made us to be!!! Here are the lyrics in case you haven't heard this song before:

Everybody’s been there everyone’s the same
but mostly we don’t care isn’t that a shame
We bring us down face after face
the inside is beautiful but the outside we want to change.
We want to change.
Whoa you’re oh so beautiful, you don’t need anyone’s approval
You’ve got to believe in your self you know you are
You’re crazy beautiful
Well every new year you say your gonna change
From the way you live to how much you weigh,
we don’t want to change.
Whoa you’re oh so beautiful, you don’t need anyone’s approval
You’ve got to believe in your self you know you are
You’re crazy beautiful
Take a look it’s all around you
See the world from different views
The way you shine from the inside
I know with out a doubt
It’s more than what you’ll be
In the world’s eyes.
Whoa you’re oh so beautiful, you don’t need anyone’s a approval
You’ve got to believe in your self you know you are
You’re crazy beautiful

and here is my layout:
Its a simple one, but its the lyrics that need to shine!!!

Thanks for stopping by!!!

Proper Gentleman Card Set Instructions

Materials needed:

Graphic 45 A Proper Gentleman 8x8 Papers
Bazzill Cardstock-Black and Cream
Tim Holtz Type Charms
Tim Holtz Grungeboard

Supplies Needed:
Distress Ink
Adhesives including Zip Dry or Beacon 3 in 1
Decorative Border Punch
Corner Rounder
  1. Cut black cardstock to 4 ¼”x11, fold in half, and round the bottom edges.
  2. Cut hat and cane paper to 4” x 4 ¼””, round bottom edges and glue to card base.
  3. Cut red paisley paper to 3 ¾” x 3” and round all edges and glue to the bottom of card base as shown.
  4. Glue the black cardstock ribbon over the red rectangle from the top of card base as shown.
  5. Cut button paper to 3” x 2 ½” and round all edges.
  6. Choose a vintage car picture and glue to the button rectangle and glue as shown.
  7. Add sentiment.
Decorate the inside as desired:

I love to decorate the inside of my cards too. I cut some white or cream cardstock slightly smaller than my card base and add a strip of patterned paper and I add a design element from my patterned paper to finish it off.

  1. Cut black cardstock to 5” x 10” and fold in half.
  2. Cut black paisley to 4 ¾” x 4 ¾” and glue to card base.
  3. Cut a black cardstock strip to 4 ¾” x 1” and a herringbone strip to 4 ¾” x 7/8” and layer.
  4. Glue the layered strip 1 3/8” from the bottom of card as shown.
  5. Cut black cardstock to 3” x 5”.
  6. Cut green argyle to 2 ¾” x 4 ¾” and layer.
  7. Glue in center of card as shown.
  8. Cut out picture of choice and adhere to the front of the card.
  9. Stamp sentiment and cut out as desired and glue to card.
  10. Decorate the inside as desired.
  1. Cut black cardstock to 5 ½”x 8 ½” and fold in half.
  2. Cut black paisley to 4 ¼”x 3 ¾” and adhere to the top of the card base.
  3. Cut the herringbone paper to 4 ¼” x 1 ½” and glue to the bottom of the card base.
  4. Cut a strip of black cardstock to 4 ¼” x ½” and glue over the seam.
  5. Cut the button patterned paper to 3” x 4 ¾”.
  6. Cut a piece of black cardstock to 2 ½”x 4 3/8” and punch one long edge with a decorative punch.
  7. Layer your gentleman on top of the black cardstock and button rectangle as shown and glue to the center of the card.
  8. Add Sentiment.
  9. Decorate the inside as desired

  1. Cut black cardstock to 4 ¼”x11” fold in half and round bottom edges.
  2. Cut the button patterned paper to 4 1/8”x 3 ½” and glue to the top of the card base.
  3. Cut the diagonal strip to 4 1/8”x1 ½”, round the corners, and adhere to the bottom of the card base.
  4. Find the Vintage Gentleman sheet of paper that has the ruler on it and cut it to 41/4”x ¾”.
  5. Cut black cardstock to 4 ¼”x1” and punch one edge with a decorative punch. Layer the ruler on top.
  6. Layer one of the images on the Vintage Gentleman sheet onto the Grungepaper and arrange with two other images as shown.
  7. Cut out Dad and glue onto Type Charms with Glossy Accents and glue to card as shown.
  8. Decorate the inside as desired.
These cards are perfect for dad or any other "proper gentlemen" in your family!!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Ahhhhh....the sun is shining once again!!!

I am on my way out the door do my daily run/walk routine. I am loving getting out and exercising!! It certainly makes a body feel better!!! I have a long way to go to get back into shape, but I am ready!!!! I am so thankful for another sunny morning!!! We missed the sun yesterday, and I don't know how long it will shine today, but I am going to enjoy it all I can!!!

Today will be a busy day since I am finishing up working on Simply Fresh Art's first Project kit...Here is a sneak peek for you:
Its a cute little vintage album full of October Afternoon goodness!!! I just love the little Maya Road Kraft envelopes too!!! So fun to stick mementos and ephemera in!!!
All the details will be up on the Simply Fresh Arts Blog soon!!!!

...And I am teaching a masculine card class this evening!!! I just love these Graphic 45 papers!!! They will make perfect Father's Day cards and with his special day just around the corner...why not make something special for dad???

...also, I have been getting ready for Thinking Inking Class tomorrow!!!! We are making Tim Holtz famous roses and using his embossing folders!!! Way fun!!!

These roses are made out of grunge paper and are not as hard as they appear!!!

Well I best get myself out the door or the day will get awy from me!!!


Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Benny's Senior Board

I had a lot of fun working on Benny's senior board. My friend Erika gave me the idea of using the 7 Gypsies Receipt Tray, and it worked out perfectly!! I can change the photos out easily and in fact, I have already done so! I added the graduate picture yesterday to add the finishing touch!! The only problem was narrowing down the photos!! There are so many memories of his growing up years, but I think that his childhood and high school years have been represented very well!!!

Here's the full view:
Isn't he the cutest???
I just love my little cowboy!!!
The stories are all true!!!!!
What a lucky guy to have such wonderful sisters!!!
He tried a little bit of everything...even a little drama!!!
These pictures were taken Freshman and Senior Year...boy what a difference four years makes!!!
White men can jump!!!!
and what senior board would be finished without the Mr. Panther Swimsuit Competition Winner!!!!
It's official....high school is out forever!!!!
Materials used:
7 Gypsies Receipt Tray
Tim Holtz Ideology
7 Gypsies Papers
AC Thickers
All these goodies can be found at Simply Fresh Arts!!!

Thanks for stopping by and sharing my memories with me!!!!
Have a wonderful evening!!!

It's Official!!!!!!

Benny has graduated and summer is finally here!!! The past month was crazy busy, but we made it through! We cooked, cleaned, decorated, and celebrated with family and friends and enjoyed every minute of it!!! Here are some photos from the celebration:
Benny and friends at his Graduation party.

Benny's sisters are his biggest fans!!!
Benny and Andrew and Megan!!
Benny and I after the ceremony...we are so proud of you!!!

Benny and Grandma
Benny and Heidi
Benny and Bethany

What a wonderful day it was!!!
Even Grandpa was smilin!!!!!

We are now celebrating summer break...(thank goodness!!!) and I have a ton of projects to share with you!!! I will be back later tonight to share Benny's Senior board made with the 7 Gypsies Receipt Tray!!!

Hope you have a wonderful day,