Monday, December 13, 2010

ABC Baby Book (H-K)

Hooray - 4 more letters done!

Monday, December 6, 2010

ABC Baby Book (F-G)

I keep plugging away at the ABC book. Had to take a break this week to get the house decorated for Christmas of course, but that just made me think - I would love to have this book done for a Christmas gift!

Hobby Lobby had these darling little brads in the shape of buttons and giraffes and both were just too cute to pass up.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

ABC Baby Book (D-E)

A couple more pages for the ABC Baby Book done!!

For half of the pages, I've covered old chipboard and grungeboard letters with coordinating scraps of paper that stand out from the background. I inked the edges to give them a little extra depth.


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

ABC Baby Book (A-C)

After seeing my alpha animal pages, my dear pregnant sis began hinting that an ABC book would make a lovely gift for a new mama. I found some bright papers and a matching set of stickers and embarked on a rather large baby book project. I had to buy a set of refill pages and figured, what the heck, why not include the numbers 1-10 too.

The main set of paper and the chipboard stickers come from K&Co, the pattern name is 'Wild Saffron'. I mixed in some plain paper and misc embellishments along the way. (The always adorable, busy as a bee and cute as a button stickers all came from the K&Co set. They are so, so cute!)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Alpha Animal Pages #3

The next pages that are finished up are the G and L. I've been working in no particular order and don't believe I'll make a page for every letter, but that's OK. Hey, it's my scrapbook and I can make my own rules!

I've given myself the challenge of using up existing items while working on these alpha pages. The G went a little overboard...I cut up tiny little bits of leftover rub-on alphas and rubbed them on the border of the G for faux stitching. I was listening to a really good Stephanie Plum audio novel and hardly noticed that I spent a good half hour on one silly letter.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Alpha Animal Pages #2

Here are a couple more pages from my Alpha Animal series. I've pretty much stuck with the same basic layout for each page. The scraps in my scrap album dictate what sort of word/animal area I end up with. For the B and E I had some misc. rub-ons to use up. I got a little creative making my own l and h on the Elephant page, but I just had to use those old alphas up. I even used dots from all the left over punctuation marks to create a dotted border on the bird background.

On the word lines for these two pages, I added some embellishing with my giant stapler and some eyelets that were lying around. In fact, the tan squares and orange frame on the Elephant page were scraps too. What a deal, if I can clear out more of my old stash, I can buy something NEW!!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Alpha Animal Pages

I came across these little puffy animal stickers a while ago and just had to buy them. (I think they might be SandyLion designs?) I had no particular use in mind and they've been sitting all lonely in the cupboard for months. I finally came up with an idea for several pages - combining these stickers along with some leftover grungeboard letters. Adding the stickers in this way makes the page more versatile, they don't need to coordinate with 'zoo' pictures or anything, I think they're just a nice backdrop for everyday photos.

Here's the A - alligator page.

12 x 12" background
10 x 10" green background frame
(3) 4.5" square frames - green
3.5" square frame - white
Scrap paper, stamps, thread

To start, I used a glue stick to cover the grungeboard letter. Using the little Close to My Heart sanding files, I could sand in the center and around the edges to distress it. Next up I added some vines with green thread and topped the white square with the alligator and leaf stickers. I stamped three "A" words on scrap paper and trimmed around each word. Next - everything got inked. I'm sure this is Walnut Stain from Tim Holtz' line. Last step, adhere it all down and add pictures!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

I love you two! - double 12" layout

This page has just enough pink to make it warm and mushy to match the sentiment, but it's not overly girly. (I don't think so anyway :) ) I'm always happier with my final layout if I think my son won't roll his eyes at it when he's 12. He might do that anyway... Oh well!

Start out with the 12" background pages in white.
The green background square is 12 x 9" on the left and 12 x 1" on the right.
The Pink stripe paper is 3 x 12" on the left and 3 x 10" on the right.
There are 2 white frames and 3 gray frames at 4.5 x 6.5"
Other pink paper was cut in a scallop square shape then the sides were trimmed off to make them flat. The rest were literally scraps - cut into words using sure cuts alot. The hearts were cut at various sizes and layered up for some dimension. I stitched them together with a little X using embroidery floss before using glue dots to adhere them to the page.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Embossed and Distressed Letters

I was making up some thank you cards with page scraps this week and thought it would be cool to do some embossing. Here's how - start by placing your stickers down on a cutting mat or pad of paper. Place the paper to be embossed on top of the stickers. Rub over the top several times until the letters start showing through. Once you can see them, really press hard against the edges of the sticker to make a good impression. Keep the paper in place and sand or ink over the top to reveal the design. This works better with thicker stickers, but you can layer two on top of eachother to give more of an edge to the design.

Here are some samples of the finished items - the same stickers can be embossed over several times to make multiple projects.

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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Puppy dog 12x12 page

Pink Background 12 x 12"
Green frame 10.5 x 7"
Pink frames (1) 6.5 x 4.5" (2) 3.25 x 4"
White frame 9 x 5.5"
Flower pattern strip 12 x 2.5"

This little pup was cut using the Create a Critter Cricut cartridge and the photo corners were made with a 1.5" scalloped square cut on the diagonal.

This was a fun page to make. I like the girly pink and brown combo. All of the frames were inked using different shades of brown ink.

The dog was inked around the edges using a sponge dabber. I cut the edge of a piece of ribbon to make a little collar for him. Woof!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Campfire Page - Double 12"

Background pages 12 x 12"
Pink frames (2) 9.5 x 10.5"
White Frames (1) 7 x 8" (1) 5 x 3.5"
Brown Frames (1) 4.5 x 4.25" (1) 5.5 x 4.25" (2) 5.5 x 4.25"
Tree pattern paper strip (1) 11 x 3.25" (1) 9 x 3.25"
Button and thread scraps

This little campfire was cut using the Create a Critter Cricut cartridge. The layers were all cut the same size, about 4.5 inches or so, then when I glued them together, I shifted them so that there were little borders around the flames. I also used a little fabric paint around the edge of the white 'flame' for some added depth. Tie a little ribbon through each button then attach using a Glue Dot. As Paris would say, that's hot!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Big 'Ol Sun - double 12" pages

Here's a big bright page to display your summer photos on. The sun's face was cut using the pumpkin shape on Cricut's Doodlecharms cartridge. It measures about 6" tall. For the rays - cut strips from orange and yellow paper, tapering the strips so they get smaller toward the center of the sun.  The white frames on the left are 5 x 7" and on the right, they're 4.25 x 6.25".

After finishing the pages, I realized that the blue background was quite gaudy against the other colors, but oh well, it's done :) I suppose it might be my fault I was so distracted by my New Moon book on CD that I couldn't pay attention to my color palette. At last, I'm done with the book so I can pay more attention to my designs. Until I get my hands on Eclipse...

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Parade - 12 x 12 layout

Ever get the urge to collect up those bright little ticket tapes you see at a parade? Well I say go for it - and use them to embellish a page! I used them on the right hand side - stapled to the scallop circle. The Cupcake papers from Basic Grey coordinated just perfectly. 

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Simple 12x12 page

Green background 12x12"
Brown 10.75x10"
Blue frames (2) 5x7"
Rub-on words, button & ribbon scraps

I have to confess, I have become a full fledged Twilight addict. I always thought the premise of a vampire - werewolf love triangle was just too cheezy to be any good. After being prodded by so many people to check it out, I finally started on Twilight last week and couldn't put it down! I ended up listening to it on CD while cropping. Love it!

This page came out of a few scraps I had from another project - the colors worked together quite well I think. The ribbons were folded on top of each other and sewn down with a sewing machine. Thread was tied through the buttons then they were adhered with Glue Dots.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Baby - Card

This super quick card uses just a couple scraps of paper - no fancy cuts necessary

Card base 5.25"x4"
stripe paper 4"x3"
pink paper 3.5"x1.5"
Embellishments: brown 'sticker' lace, ribbon scraps, rub-on scraps, 'baby' stickers

Ink edges of card base and papers
staple ribbon scraps to smaller rectangle
adhere sticker lace, stripe paper and pink paper to base
add 'baby' stickers and butterfly rub-ons

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Party! card

Card Base 5.25"x4"
Yellow 4.5"x3.25"
Green paper strip 4"x .5"
Party hat and shadow cut using Cricut ™ Doodlecharm cartridge - set at size 2.5"
"party!" word and shadow designed using SCAL and CK Mini font (approximate size 3"x 1.5")

Ink edges of confetti, yellow and green papers
Stack up layers and adhere
(Can you believe I made a card without ribbon !?!)

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Baby Wonderful Card

Yeah, yeah, I know there have been alot of baby cards on my blog lately. What can I say, my friends are fertile! I tried to abstain from adding ribbon, since this is for a boy, but a few buttons won't hurt right?

Card base 4.25 x 5.5"
Blue background 4.125 x 5.375 "
Yellow 3 x 4 "
Green 4.25 x 1.75"

Ink all papers including the card base with black ink.
Next, put your paperclip on, then glue stick the paper layers together - but don't glue down the blue onto the card yet. Sew through the paper on the left side of baby. Now it's safe to glue down the blue background. This will hide your stitching in between the layers of the card - you won't see ugly bobbin threads when you open it up. Next, apply rub on 'baby' letters, add stickers and buttons.

You have to check out this darling little paperclip - it came from Doodlebug Design - it's a little epoxy turtle - so cute!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Stay Cool - 12x12

These cheerful pages are a great backdrop for summer photos

Supply list:

(2) 12"x12" background pages
Left: Yellow 10.5"x6.5"
Pattern paper 4"x8"
(3) white frames 5.125"x 3.125"
Right: White 9.25"x8.5"
Blue frame and yellow frame 6.125"x4.125"
pattern paper 11"x4"
embellishments: letters, ribbon, staples, rub-on letters, ink,brads etc
Brown scallop and bracket cut with Cricut ™ Plantin Schoolbook Cartridge

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

The Falls 12x12

Here's a page designed for a trip to the falls

Supplies List:
2 - 12x12" background sheets - light brown
12 x 5.5" (left) blue paper
12 x 4" (right) brown polka dot paper
2 - 12 x 2" (top) circle pattern paper
5 x 7" green floral frame
6 x 8" green floral frame
5.25 x 7.25" yellow frame
6.25 x 8.25" yellow frame
Brown frames, (1) 4.25" square, (2) 3.5" square
scrap paper for letters (or sticker letters)
embellishments: arrow die cuts, buttons, circles cut from circle pattern paper, eyelets, chalk, ink, etc

The letters are 2.5 to 3" tall and were made using Sure Cuts Alot™ (SCAL) and a Cricut ™. The fonts are Andalus and CK Buzz. These can be purchased online through sites like

With SCAL, you can cut any true type font from your computer. The other nice feature is the visual display. If you have a small scrap of paper and the letters have to be cut just right, you can resize the letters on the screen to make sure they're sized right before you hit cut.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Sunny Days - double page spread

Here are instructions for this summer sunny page - it's masculine, but with cheery punches of orange and just a bit of ribbon and buttons to bling it up.


Background- 2 blue 12x12" sheets
Striped trim- 2 strips 3"x12"
Brown frame- 10.5x8" on left and 5.5x8" on right
Blue frame- 5x6.75"
Tan frames- 3 @ 4.25x6.25" and 1 @ 4.25x5.75"
Circles- Orange 4", 6.75", 2.5" Brown 2.25", 2.25"
Embelishments- title (sunnydays) 1"x5", ribbon scraps, sun sticker (1.5" circle), buttons, chipboard flourish (approx 4" tall)

Start by distressing - I used Tim Holtz Ink - Tea Dye color - for all the tan, brown and blue frames as well as the circles. The orange glitter paper doesn't take ink well, so I skipped those and skipped the 12x12" sheets as well. The striped paper came with an edge that has a sanded look, so that paper was ready to go.

Adhere stripe border, circles, brown frames, blue frame and tan frames. Lastly adhere stickers, title, etc. Adhere buttons and ribbon with Zots™ or other stronger adhesive.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Greeting Card - Hi!

For this cute greeting card, you'll need the following supplies:
Card Base: 5"x4"
Red polka dot paper: 5"x4"
Pattern paper: 3.5"x2.5"
Yellow scallop trim: 4.5" long, .75" tall
silver and pink staples
Yellow ribbon scraps
Chipboard or Grungeboard letters H and I - approx 2" tall

I started by painting the grungeboard pink to match the colored paper. I used some old fabric paint I had in a shiny pink color. It spread out thin enough so that the grungeboard texture was still visible.

Next up - ink all the edges. I used Tim Holtz - Antique Linen color (I'm addicted to his inks) for just a hint of distressing.

Staple through the scallop, then adhere it to the card. Staple the yellow ribbons behind the pattern paper, then adhere the patterned paper to the background. By stapling before adhering, you avoid seeing staples when you open the card.
Adhere the HI letters using glue or a stronger adhesive.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Relax - Easy Scrapbook Pages

This 12x12" double spread holds (4) 4x6" photos and is an easy layout for summer or vacation pics.


The hammock/palm tree pattern was pre-printed (originally a 12x12" sheet). Cut down palm tree paper to 10x10" size and adhere to a piece of 10.25x10.25" sparkly green paper for just a hint of bling around the edge.

Poke holes every 1/4' or so along the bottom edge of the hammock and stitch with brown embroidery floss. Tie the end of the floss around each 'tree' and tie a tag to the right hand tree.

For the four picture mats, cut (4) 6.5x4.5" white mats and (4) 6.25x4.25" orange mats. The words and flowers are strips of scrap paper from the same vacation paper pack.

The letters are a mix of leftover chipboard letters I had hanging around. The R and A are actually Grungeboard (Tim Holtz) that I dabbed with a green ink to match the color palette of the papers.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Hello Baby Card

A sweet little card to welcome a sweet little addition.

Card Base: 5.5" x 3.5"
Brown Background: 3.25" x 5.5"
Pink Background: 1"x 5.5" 
Alpha Stickers or cutouts at 2" tall
6" coordinating ribbon
2 buttons and string
index tab style sticker

Cut along the long side of the brown paper with decorative scissors or cut into scallop shape on the Cricut. Sand the edges to coordinate with the distressing on the letter stickers.

For the tab sticker - insert pink paper into the label slot. Write on the paper before you insert it or place stickers on top for 'hello'. Attach tab sticker to the first letter B.

Tie string through buttons. Cut a small 1.5" piece of ribbon and tie it around longer piece of ribbon for faux knot.

Adhere pink paper to lower edge of card. Adhere brown background on top. Adhere ribbon to right hand side. Place BABY stickers onto card. Adhere buttons using glue dots or other stronger adhesive.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Knit Hat - Alpaca Blend Yarn - so soft!

Yeah, I know it's summertime, and a winter hat is the last project you're thinking about. If you've got a long car trip, or for that matter, a long day in a lawn chair planned, summer is a great time for those small knit projects.

For this hat, I used a very soft, very warm alpaca blend yarn  in 'natural' - sort of an off white color - made by Bernat ® (Link to Bernat's Website Here - Alpaca Blend Yarn). One skein worked fine for the hat with plenty of leftover yarn. The pattern is a little more advanced, not that it's hard to do the increasing and decreasing needed for the lace pattern, but because it's tough to keep track of all those rows! Have no fear, if you just want a little lace, see option 2.

needles - size 2 double pointed
tapestry needle
one skein yarn (120 yards)

Finished measurement is 20" around and 7" tall.
Start by casting on 80 stiches on a circular needle or spread out between several double pointed needles.
Rows 1-7 - knit in a 'knit one - purl one' rib for 7 rounds
Row 8 - Repeat this pattern "k 4, knit front and back of 5th stich" so that you end up with 96 stiches on your needles
Rows 9-10 knit
Row 11 - "k, YO, K2tog, YO, SSK, K" repeat to end of round
Row 12 -  "k 2, YO, k2tog, k 2" repeat to end of round
Row 13 -  "YO, k2tog, k2, YO, k2tog" repeat to end of round
Row 14 -  "k2tog, k4, YO" repeat to end of round
Rows 15 - 18 Repeat rows 11-14

Row 19 - "k, YO, K2tog, YO, SSK, K" repeat to end of round
Row 20 - "k 2, YO, k2tog, k2tog" this will begin the decrease at the crown (you should be left with 75 stitches after this round)
Row 21 - "k2tog, YO, k2, YO"
Row 22 - "YO, k2tog, k, k2tog" (60 stitches remain)
Row 23 - "k2, YO, k2tog" repeat to end of round
Row 24 - "k, YO, k2" repeat to end of round
Row 25 - "k2tog, k2tog, YO"  repeat to end of round (45 stitches remain)
Row 26 - "k, YO, k2tog" repeat to end of round
Row 27 - "k2tog, YO, k2tog, k2tog" repeat to end of round (30 stitches remain)
Row 28 - "k2tog, YO, k2tog, k2tog" repeat to end of round (20 stitches remain)
Row 29 - k2tog for entire round (10 stitches remain)
Row 30 - k2tog for entire round (5 stiches remain)
Cut yarn and thread through open loops. Pull very tightly so that the last couple rows of knitting shrink up so they're not so bulky.

Option 2 - not so intense!!
Begin with rows 1-18 above

Row 19 - knit round
Row 20 - "k 4, k2tog" repeat to end of round (75 stitches remain)
Row 21 - knit round
Row 22 - "k 3, k2tog" repeat to end of round (60 stitches remain)
Row 23 - knit round
Row 24 - knit round
Row 25 - "k 2, k2tog" repeat to end of round (45 stitches remain)
Row 26 - knit round
Row 27 - "k, k2tog" repeat to end of round (30 stitches remain)
Row 28 -  k2tog entire round (15 stitches remain)
Row 29 - If you can do it - knit 3 tog for entire round (5 stitches remain) it's not an easy task, but it makes much less of a bump on the top of the hat. Cut yarn and sew through the remaining stiches. (If you can't wrestle through those 3 stitches, just keep k2tog until you are left with 5-6 stitches.)

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Thank You card

Here's a basic card pattern that makes a nice thank you card, but you could adapt it with three designs and one sentiment for any occasion. The hearts and flower designs on this card were cut out of a scrap of pattern paper that was made up of circle type designs already.

Card Base: 3.5" x 5.5"

Center paper (pink) - 1 @ 3.5"x 3.5"
Side paper (pattern) 2 @ 3.5"x 1"
Background circles - 3 @ 1.25"
Design circles - 3 @ 1"
Background square - 1@1.25"
Top square - 1 @ 1"
Ribbon 10"

Start by stamping the dot border and sentiment on a larger piece of paper. Cut around the stamped image to create a 1" square with an even border on all four sides. Ink the edges of all pieces, including background papers. Adhere background papers to base. For 'tied' ribbon - cut a 2" piece of ribbon and loosely tie it around one of the background ribbons for a less bulky knot. Adhere both ribbons onto seam of background papers and trim to fit base. Adhere background circles and background square. Use dimensional adhesive to attach smaller circles and sentiment to the top of the card.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Rubber Duckie Card

This card is super cute for thank you cards, baby shower invites or 'welcome baby' cards.

Base: 3.5" x 5.5"
Blue paper 2.5" x 5.5"
Polka Dot 1" x 5.5"
Black Ribbon 5"
Orange paper 4"x4"
Yellow paper scrap
Black Ink

Stamp or sew decorative edge at top of blue paper. Ink the edges of all papers. Adhere blue paper and polka dot paper to card base. Tie knot or bow in the center of black ribbon and adhere to seam of blue/polka dot paper. Cut a 4" circle from orange paper, ink edges and adhere to lower left side of card. Stamp duck on yellow paper and trim around image. Adhere duck using dimensional adhesive. Stamp sentiment on front of card and you're done!