Friday, February 24, 2012

Scrappy Time

Today I am heading to my friend Narda's house for our mini scrappy retreat. She has her house all to herself this weekend and she invited me to come over and scrap. I of course said yes!

I have my car packed to over flowing, but don't want to forget something. We have a little collage project we will both be working on and I have lots of stuff packed for the collage, two mini albums, cards and some scrapbook layouts. I know I will not get it all done, but I will try my best!

Below is one of my latest projects. I needed a backing board for taking photos of layouts, cards and other crafty stuff. One of my favorite bloggers, Lisa Tutman Oglesby, posted this tutorial here, about photo styling. She made a similar photo board and that is where I got my inspiration. I made mine into an easel and only used recycled boards (we have a barn full) to create it.

I used existing tongue and groove scraps already cut to this length. About 20 inches.

I laid the boards out upside down on my table, locking the tongue and grooves together then laid two lengths of 1 x 4 on top and screwed all the boards together. I then added another 1 x 4 attached with a hinge, so I can use it as an easel. 
On the front I added a single strip of tongue and groove to the bottom as a rest for my layouts. 

A good wire brushing to clean up dirt and splinters and I was done. I think I will be adding a handle to the top, at the back, for easier carrying. I can use it flat or pop out the hinge and use it as an easel. 

I practiced taking photos and photographed my little Valentine greeting I display. 

This card was my recent birthday card from my friend Narda. Isn't it beautiful? 
I love having crafty friends!

Since I finished the board I wanted to try it out. And I am going scrapping this weekend and wanted some inspiration so I went through some layouts I have made. 

My hubby after shoulder surgery in his red felt tree skirt cape. 
He could not put on a shirt so I bought this cape as a joke.

My hubby turned 60 and we found this t-shirt in Old Town Sacramento just before his birthday and decided it would be his birthday shirt. I love when I have an easy title to come up with!

I scrapped some older photos recently. This one is two of my nephews back in 1961 or '62.

This photo is my sister Sally playing in the water in our front yard. 
The journaling is a scan of the back of the photo, written by my mom. 

This is one of me and my mom when I was small. I loved to hide behind my mom's big skirts. I used a sketch from Becky Fleck's Page Maps for this LO. 

My nephews Steven and Gregg playing cowboys in our front yard. My little nephew Gregg always was a very dramatic victim. He "got shot" with style! 

Another of my nephews at Christmas. 

My sister Sally and me with our Uncle Chester. He really was our favorite!

The candy aisle at Winco! There is every kind of bulk candy you could want!

Me and my sister Lou (the mom to the boys above). We were out shopping one day and found this card, and each secretly bought it for the other. We had a great laugh that night as we exchanged our cards. We both had no idea we had both bought each other the card. 

My son Henry and my hubby, back in 2000. I don't know what was so funny to Henry,
but I am so glad I caught this grin on film!!

My laundry is done and now I am off to scrap!!! Have a great weeknd, I know I will!
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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Happy Anniversary to Me

Today, February 16th is my 32nd wedding anniversary. 
Happy Anniversary to my hubby William. 

We have been through thick and thin, the good and bad, but we both still love and care for each other. We know we will always be there for each other. 
For the last 32 years and the next 32 years, hopefully! 

Here we are in 1980. 

And here we are in 2010. 

This is the card I made for Bill for our anniversary.
The stamp is an old set from Stampin' Up, Antique Autos.
I printed the sentiment on the computer.

Front, "I Love Everything Vintage"
Inside, "Including You... Happy Anniversary"

My hubby knows I really like "old" stuff, so he knows I do love him lots!

He always tells me that he only has a "store bought" card for me, but they always have sweet and loving sentiments, and I like them just the same. Someday he says he will go in my scrap room and make me a card. Oh, what a special card that would be. 

We did not go out to celebrate on our special day. Bill had ankle surgery just last Thursday, and even though Bill said he would be willing to go out, I knew he would not feel up to it. 
So tonight I cooked some rib eye steaks and pasta at home, and we will go out one day next week. 

The card is really much warmer looking? Sorry for the bad photo!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

12 of 12 in 2012 February

On Sunday it was the second 12th of the month this year and I am participating in
the 12-of-12 in Twenty12 project. 

On the twelfth of each month, I take 12 photos of what ever is going on that day. This is something more manageable for me than Project 365. 144 photos instead of 365. 
And this is a leap year so it would have been 366!

After I take the photos I am making a two page layout with journaling describing each photo. 
There are photos depicting the simple everyday things like what we had for breakfast, 
what we worked on that day. 

I start taking photos in the morning and continue until evening and then scrapping 
the twelve photos on a layout, Or you can post on a blog, what ever works for you. 

If it is a day with a big event, your photos can all be about that event, 
or like this past Sunday, just around our ranch. 

My two page layout is above, and each individual side of the layout below.

All of my layouts are going in a separate album. The layout below is my title page, 
that I just completed this month. 
I will be making all the layouts for the album from my big stash of basicgrey paper. I am also using the same Quickutz alpha dies for each layout and numbering each photo in Picasa. But the arrangement of the photos and basic grey paper line will be different each month. 

You can see my January 12 of 12 layout here
Look for March coming up about mid March!

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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

A Before.......

Today I am posting a couple of "before's"......to keep me on track to get them finished!! 

I have a couple of painting projects that I need to get done, and I figured if I posted them here, I might actually complete them in a timely manner!

First is a quick one to complete. I use this shelf my son built in high school wood shop for towels in my bathroom. I have two fabric boxes that sit on the top and bottom shelves that I bought at Ikea, that fit perfectly. But they were getting worn and soiled, and as they have card board stabilizers sewn inside, I could not wash them. Last time I went to Ikea, I bought some new boxes, but in a new print, cream & black toile. So I decided this shelf needs a new paint job also, so I will be painting it black. 

My next project is this table. It is my old dining room table I now use in my solarium. It has been through years of wear and tear with three boys. And keeping it in the solarium, where it can get up to 160 degrees on a hot day if the windows are not opened has also been hard on the finish. I will be painting it a creamy white and distressing the edges, as it will get that way soon around my house!
Ignore the painted floor that is really showing its age, another project to tackle! 

Both have been scrubbed with TSP cleaning solution, a bit of sanding and next the paint. 

Check back, for the finished looks! 

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Heart Card Art

On Saturday I held a Valentine Card party at my home. I had not had a Valentine Card making party in many years and I decided it was time to have another. I invited all my crafty friends and Kelli, Narda, Leanne, Sonja, Mallary, Karen, Megan and Mary were able to come and play.

I had put together the three cards above for the papercrafters to make at the party. I provided all the supplies for the girls to make these three. I wanted to include several
stamping techniques on the three samples. 

On the first red & white heart card I included some heat embossing. I stamped the hearts with Versamark ink on the red card stock, sprinkled on some white embossing powder and heated the powder to make the shiny white hearts. It always is fun to watch the powder transform into 
the shiny finished image. Three of the heart stamps also have a matching punch,
so cutting the images is a snap.

The second card with the pretty Apothecary Art label, I had the girls hand color the label using blender pens and ink from the stamp pads. So easy to get matching color on your images with out having to buy a pen to match your papers and inks. Plus, it makes a lovely water color images, instant art! 
The pink card edge also has a die cut and embossed edge using the new Stampin' Up edgelits die and embossing folder that match. 

The third type writer card used the new tiny heart embossing edge folder and the new Your My Type stamp. This was the quick card to make, simple hand fussy cutting of the type writer image. Quick and easy, and using dimensional foam dots make the typewriter and punched hearts pop off the card front. 

I had made the cards in these photos as samples displaying some of my favorite Stampin' Up stamps, dies and papers. The card below uses the new Framelits dies. And a collage of Valentine stamps. 

Below are my crafty ladies working on their cards. I am so glad they came to play!

I think I need to make the Valentine Card party and annual event! 

Almost all card supplies are from Stampin' Up

Thanks for visiting and if you have any questions about the cards or supplies, 
please leave a comment. 
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