Saturday, July 30, 2011

Happy Birthday to you!

I haven't been in a very creative mood.   I'm really grumpy and blah, just personal stuff going on.  Anyway, I tried creating to beat my funk, not sure if I am totally thrilled with the card, but just gonna roll with it.  I found this challenge at  The colors in the photo made me think of the blues, I used, and the sand, inspired the glitter. 
The background I used chalks and just dusted it across the white base.  I dug into my ribbon stash and found this ribbon, I thought it was a nice touch.  I got this adorable digital stamp from Mel Jen's Design Blog,her stuff is super duper cute! So I used my watercolor pencils to color the image, but I dipped the pencil tip in water and then colored.  After it dried I used my Martha Stewart glue pen and colored on top of the balloon color, and added glitter.  I cut it out using my fiskars shape cutter, and then used it to cut the brown frame around the image.  I used dimensionals and popped the image up.

Studio G card base

Pink, white, yellow glitter
Digital stamp

Fiskars paper cutter
Fiskars shape cutter
Watercolor pencils
glue glider pro


MelJens Design Team

Blog hop tomorrow!

There is a really cool hop going on tomorrow at
Birthday Sundaes
I couldn't figure out how to post their cute little button, that is specifically for the hop.  I am so unsure about this blog stuff.  Hope you guys check it out. The blog is cool, every week is a birthday challenge.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

My first digital layout

I am always up for trying new crafts, so I decided to try digital scrapbooking.  I got an adorable set from the site A-manda Creations.  It is called puddle jumper.  I have no idea what pictures I will put in it, but I wanted to try it out.  It was fairly simple I had it in Paint Shop Pro.  It is a simple layout, but I think once I get more into it I could do some more complicated ones.  I think this will be a nice addition to regular scrapbooking.  I might do some digital and print them and then add regular elements as well.
Question for anyone who does digital layouts, do you print them at home, send them to walgreens or just keep them on the computer??

Pink chipboard album

I found this cute square chipboard album at Michaels in the dollar section!  I was so surprised they had them in a few shapes.  I used a glue by US Artquest, perfect paper adhesive gloss.  It is the best glue I have ever found for doing chipboard albums, just make sure to go close to the edges. I picked it up at Michaels on clearance for $.49.
 All the patterned paper is from an Oriental Trading set.  The ribbon is soo cute and it is from Angela at Binger Crafter.    I need to add some kind of embellishments to the front and pages, I am just not sure what I want to do yet.  I found some stickers and used to spell out the saying.  I took glitter glue and traced the pink, and poured pink glitter on top.

I am linking it up to Make it myself Mondays at

Chipboard Album

Sparkle Frame

This project took a lot to get it finished.  It kept making me mad.  I tried to cover it in paper a few weeks ago and it looks cruddy. So I ripped the paper off, sanded it, and painted it pink. Still looked bad, so it got painted black. While the paint was still wet, I sprinkled pink glitter all over it.  I found the saying online, it is a digital stamp, but I can't remember where I found it.  I will do some searching and see who it is buy. The butterfly is a stamp, I got as a prize from Angela at Binge crafter I was her 200th follower!  She has a lot of really cool tips on her blog. I colored it with colored pencils.  I used homemade glue dots to attach the butterfly and sentiment.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011


I usually post a project instead me just rambling, but I am so excited. Scrapfest 2011 is at the Mall of America.  I live very close and I just purchased my badge.  I can't wait, I have never been to scrapfest or anything even similar.  I will post pictures when it actually gets here. 

I will have a project either later tonight or for sure tomorrow!

Monday, July 25, 2011


I had 3 people leave comments on the posts that had to do with my giveaway, so I decided to give all 3 of them the prize.  You will recieve a glass tile, bail, some papers and a little twine to make your own.  Just refer to the teacher gift post to get the directions for what I did.
Will the following people email me by Friday:

PJ Waldrop
June Houck

My email is iluvkatie74 at yahoo dot com

Thanks for the comments, I really appreciate them.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Mini Tinkerbell Album and GIVEAWAY!

I hope everyone is having a fantastic day today!  I made this album last night and I LOVE how it turned out.

It is made very similar to yesterdays album, but I did do a few things differently.

Front cover

I cut the circles on my fiskars cutter, and then turned the circles into stickers using my xyron. It used a lot more adhesive, but I like how they stuck to it.  I inked the edges of the coasters i aqua, and inked the edges of the photo mats in orange.  I used my crop a dile and easy peasy lemon squeezey it is done.

2 of the pages

back cover

All my paper and stickers came from a tinkerbell kit that I have had FOREVER!!  Another one of my finds while cleaning.  I am going to add ribbon to the ring, but other than that it is done.

Speaking of Giveaways.  Raina is having a fantastic giveaway when she reaches 350 followers.  Click here to go to Raina's.  Then I still have a giveaway on here, that only 2 people have signed up for.  Plus, when I hit 25 followers, I will be having some blog candy. :)


Glue Dots
Xyron Sticker maker
Studio G Ink, Aqua, Orange
Tinkerbell Kit
Crop a dile
Binder Ring

Friday, July 22, 2011

Mini Summer Album

I am challenging myself to not buy anything new.  I have a lot of supplies that I should be using and it is actually making me more creative. I have a craft room, but I also have to share it as a play room and computer room.  That makes my space limited and my husband always puts stuff on my side of the room.  GRR...  :)   I am trying to organize it, use supplies and then figure out what to do with the projects.  Up until now I have just giving them away, but I think I might actually sell this one.  What do you think?  Good enough to sell?  Do you think $6 is fair for it?  There are a lot of pictures and they go in order.

Anyway, I picked up the coasters on clearance for $.40 for 8 of them and I used 6 of them for the book.  I wanted to use something other than my cricut, I don't have a spatula for it, and it rips the paper when you take it off, but with my buying freeze, I have to wait for the spatula.  Anyway, I used this fiskars cutter, I got it from my bestie, she bought a ton of scrapbooking stuff, but doesn't scrap, so she gave it all to me.  It is definitely a 2 person job using it, otherwise you can't put enough pressure to cut.

I glued all the paper on, and then cut extra circles in different sizes to add dimension to the pages.  I cut 3 inch circles for the picture mats.  I inked the coasters in chocolate chip and inked the picture mats in the glue.  Then I added the embellishments.  Using my crop a dile I punched holes and added eyelets for extra strength.  Added a binder ring, and that is it.  I might dig for some ribbon to add to the binder ring, but that is later today or tomorrow.  I think next time, I would either not use the eyelets or use less pages.  I suppose you can use a bigger binder ring, but I don't think I have any and I'm not buying.  LOL   I need to keep telling myself that.

all the pages covered

inside page

Another set of pages

back cover

Front Cover

i just wanted to add the album is supposed to look dirty-ish... Is that a word.  The paper had spots on it that came on it, so I kinda wanted to match that dirty outdoors-y look.


glue glider pro
acid free tacky glue

Crop a dile
fiskars cutter
Sakura Gelly roll pens

Paper/ Embellishments
Summer kit


Studio G Green
Stampin Up Chocolate chip

Flower Hanger

I actually managed to get a project done yesterday, it was kind of a miracle and it took less than an hour.  I did it while the girls were coloring and making jewelry. 

It was a simple project.  I found this flower in the basement, and spray painted it black, then adhered the paper to cover it.  I used die cut letters from a set I found, lost in the garage, and used my sticker maker to put them on.  The "dot" for emily was a flower bead, and the flower embellishments were ones I won from a hop a few months ago.

Here is a close up, the glue wasn't totally dry that is why it looks wrinkly.
Wooden Flower hanger
Black spray paint
acid free tacky glue
DCWV paper
flower bead
mini glue dot
xyron sticker maker

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Quick giveaway post

I just wanted to do a quick post. Scrappin For Kenzie  is having an AWESOME giveaway for 100 followers.  There is a ton of stuff, and it is worth checking out.

Speaking of giveaways, on one of my earlier posts, I posted a giveaway and no one entered.  Go back, find the post and leave a comment here, letting me know what you thought of the project,  and i will draw a winner monday.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Happy Birthday

File of scraps

after I picked colors, my pile
Hi!  My daughter is having a playdate tomorrow, so I am betting that I will not have a chance to post a project.  So I got an extra one done today.  I used an Artful Delights Sketch.  I love her sketches, I have used them quite a bit. Over at Whimsical Wednesday there is a use your scratches challenge.  I always try and use scraps.  One of the requirements is to show your scrap pile that you use, so here they are.

For my card, i used a Studio G Base, and cut my scraps to 1.5 x 4 and inked the edges using white ink and aqua ink, both studio g.  I put a little adhesive on the back and started winding my twine around the bottom.  I then put them on my base.

I drew the circle with a colored pencil, and colored the image from Digital Delights By Louby Lu, his name is Celebration Charlie.


Studio G base

digital stamp
homemade twine
studio g ink

glue glider pro

fiskars circle cutter
paper cutter

Artful Delights
Whimsical Wednesday

Have a Beachy Day!

I wanted to make a summery type of card. There is a challenge at Paper This and That for a slice of summer card. Which at first I was thinking watermelon or something like that, but once I had this idea, it stuck with me.  I took a Studio G card base is it 5x5, I covered it with light blue paper. The aqua paper I ran through the cuttlebug to make it look like waves.  The brown paper I wanted to have a beachy look.  I took and tore it at an angle to have it look like white foam on the beach. I colored all the cute little creatures and sand castle with Rose Art colored pencils and cut them out with my Cutterbee.  I will say I absolutely LOVE my CutterBee.  It is so awesome, it is sharp and the best for cutting out digital stamps.
Using a 1" circle punch I punched out the sun, and then glittered it up with Studio G glitter glue.  I drew the rays on with it as well.  I typed the sentiment on the computer and printed it out.
Sun :)

Close up of octopus and waves.

 I am entering this in Paper This And That July Challenge


Studio G Card Base
coredinations cardstock, brown, teal, yellow

Recollections Dimensionals
Glue glider pro

Digital Stamps
Studio G Glitter Glue yellow
studio G glitter silver

Rose Art Color Pencils
Cuttlebug divine swirls
1 inch hole punch

Crochet Cotton Addiction

Big pile of colors
So, a few days ago I found this super cool tutorial on how to make your own bakers twine. Here is the link for Life Sweet Life blog. I love the look of the twine, but it gets so spendy to have all the colors that you want.  Basically the tutorial says to use crochet cotton and markers to make your own.  It is not exactly the same, but it is close and so easy.  I was INSPIRED!!!  My mom has tons of crochet cotton, and she is the best mommy ever and let me take as much as I wanted.  I took solid colors, variegated colors, and a big roll of white to make my own.  I now have about 100 different colors.  Not only do i have white and colored twine, I did some with more than one color.  Black and orange, red and pink, red and green, pink and yellow. The list goes on.

These I made myself.

The only thing I did differently than the tutorial is I used cardboard strips so I could wrap 6 or 7, instead of one at a time.  I am storing them on embroidery floss cards, so they stay nice and neat.

Predone crochet cotton

I will be linking this up to Made it Myself Mondays.

Monday, July 18, 2011

My first wiper card

Here it is flat

Card open

I am super excited.  I really like to try new things and I just tried a wiper card.  So over at ScrapbookaholicbyAbby you have to use Bling. Well, that is easy, I LOVE Bling!!   Then, Cricut Love wants a wiper card, and she included some fantastic directions.  Using all those specifications, this is what I came up with.  Hope you like it. :)

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:
Scrapbookaholic By Abby Challenge 9: Use Bling
Cricut Love Wiper Card Challenge
Made it Myself Monday at you had me at craft
Delightful Sketches

Coredinations, Gemstones, Citrine
My Minds Eye, Fly a Kite, Spring Twine
Coredinations, White glitter cardstock
Glue Glider Pro
Studio G glitter glue yellow
gems from my stash
 Punnyliscious from My Pink Stamper
Digital stamp for bee

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Red, white and blue at Patches of Pink

I wanted to alter this photo album.  I found it on clearance a few months ago, and I couldn't pass up the deal I got. 

When I heard about this challenge at Patches of Pink, its fate had been

Not only is this for a challenge, there is also a design team call for Patches of Pink.  I love using her digi stamp that her husband made and I think it would be so fun to be on her team.  So I decided to try.  :)

This is the how I cut the paper to have the window.
All the paper came from Oriental Trading.  I used my glue glide pro to adhere all the paper to the photo album.

 The flowers are from Plantin School book, they are cut at 2", 1 3/4", 1 1/2", and 1".  Using mini glue dots out the layers of flowers together and top with a button.
close up of flowers
photo album
glue glider pro
plantin schoolbook cartridge
mini glue dots
4 sheets 12x12 paper

PS Please ignore my pretty sheets. I am really not feeling well, and I think a certain problem is about to flare up, so I crafted in bed and I wanted to get this up before I got too sick. Thanks for understanding.

Teacher Gift Necklace, Plus Giveaway

I am not feeling very well today, but I still wanted to put up a project.  My daughter is doing a Summer Academy this summer and I wanted to have a cute gift to give her teachers at the end of the month.

It was a really simple project.  I cut the paper to 1"x1" and used the rub ons for the letters.  Put the glass tile on top of the pape , and then trim the little overhang off.  Put the glass tile aside and put a mini glue dot on the back and started wrapping the twine around it.  Make sure there is excess twine to wrap around the front.

Side view to see the twine tied up the side.

Using craft glue to attach the paper to the tile make to get glue around the twine, and squeeze.  This part gets a little messy but easy to clean up after. :) 

After the image is all glued down wrap the twine around the front of the glass tile and tie a bow.  Flip the tile over and attach the bail using craft glue.

That's it Super Duper Easy!  I just an not sure what I want to do for the necklace...any ideas?


I just want to thank everyone who has looked at my blog and especially those who have become followers.  So I will be giving away the supplies to make this pendant.  You will receive a glass tile, bail, twine, a mini glue dot and a few different papers.  Just so you have options.  :)

Leave a comment on this post, I will pick a winner on Tuesday.


7/8"x7/8" glass tile
medium aanraku bail
My Minds Eye twine, Lime Twist, Spring
October Afternoon, Rub Ons
Mini glue dot
Echo Park, A Walk in the Park, Mother Nature
CutterBee scissors