Wednesday, January 28, 2009

4 new layouts...

Well I have managed to make 4 new layouts to add to my book. The one above is "lessons from dad" I did some real stitching and faux stitching on this LO.
The next one is from Alex's 5th birthday party, we had a pirate party. It is for a challenge on our ning group (found HERE) The sketch is from Julie Bonner

A perfect 10, this is from Hannah's party. the stamped image in the middle says"Every snowflake brings to mind how special you are you're one of a kind"Love Blooms, everything here was done using 3 sheets of paper. 2 of the same(the PP) and then the cream. I Cut the flowers and the swirls from the green side of the paper(the mat for the pictures too) I stamped the title in black ink and then embossed it with clear powder

Thursday, January 22, 2009

A moment to remember...

I made this picture frame for my sister. Now that I have finished this I have now completed my goal, and can now start doing LO's again.
The frame started out plain wood. I then painted and covered it in paper. The papers used are from DCWV, the circle stamp is from See D's circle words.

To give the frame some "pop" I hand cut flowers from the paper and pop-dotted them up over the same flower image.

I am so happy with how this turned out. I am sure my sister will love it.

Till next time*** Kathy

Monday, January 19, 2009

Almost done altering

I only have one more picture frame to go....YAY!!!! Here are the things that I have been working on. I have made 2 boxes, 50 magnets, 6 key chains(that will be used as tags for my bags when I go to a crop)

Here are the boxes that I made. The blue/purple one is for me, and the black one is for my mom.

The blue one was made using papers and die cuts from a die cuts with a view stack. I wanted to get rid of it and this was the perfect way to use them up.

The cutouts for the black one were all done using the slice(I love that thing)

I made these magnets using the crystals(or marbles what ever you want to call them) that you can get at Michael's that are flat on the bottom. I punched a circle, glued it to the bottom ,and then added a magnet. I love how easy they are and make a really quick gift. Last but not least are the key chains that I made. I found them in the dollar section at target. The back pops out so that you can personalize it. I decorated the front and then one the back I added my phone numbers. I am going to add them to my bags when I go to crops.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Inspire Me

This was a really fun project to make. I was shopping at Hobby Lobby (more Christmas clearance stuff) and I found the green bucket, pink garland, and the wooden star(that's actually an ornament) all for less than 1.00(for everything...nice right?) So I can home and looked in my stash and started to think. And this is what I came up with
I glued the pink garland to the top of the bucket using e6000 glue. Then I covered the star in paper and embossed flowers all over the black, then I cut a star using my slice and glued that down. I stamped "Inspire Me" in black and matted it twice. I then used pop-dots to adhere it to the star.

To make the little clip boards I covered white 4x4 cardboard coasters in paper and glued little clips to the top. I decorated each of them and then glued a wooden skewer that I covered in ribbon to the back.

The bucket is filled with foam and tissue paper 3/4 of the way up and then I topped it off with marbles(Alex picked out the pretty blue color) and then stuck the clip boards in. Right now its holding pictures of the kids but I plan on also using it to put swatches of color that I like and other things that inspire me onto it. I also plan on trying to join some atc swaps and then I will add those into the pot as well.Here it is by my desk with the photos on it. I really like this and I can not wait to add more stuff to it!

The weather today....-15 with a windchill of -35 to -40

Let me start by saying"Its flippin cold outside" The weather right now here in balmy Chicago is 15 below with a windchill that is 35-40 below. When we woke up this morning the thermostat read 63(I have it set at 73) Ummmm yeah do you see something wrong with that picture? Poor Alex was crying that he was cold, so we cuddled on the couch for a while(that doesn't happen often so it was very nice even though we were freezing)
I took some pictures of the ice on our windows and doors.

Above are the pictures I took of my living room windows. My blinds were frozen to the window sill.

Above is the ice/snow that has formed on the bottom of my front door(there is way more than that too, that is just a small part)

I will say that the snow looks very pretty. Here are a couple of pictures looking into my back yard.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Welcome to.....

MY MESS!!!! The "welcome" sign was another hobby lobby clearance find, at only 39 cents I couldn't leave it there. I had so much fun making this.

I have this sitting on my desk. Its very fitting too, you should see what my area looks like after about 30 minuets of me being in there.

I also picked up some really cute paper mache star boxes at hobby lobby too(do you see a theme here) I painted them and then heat embossed the pop out stars and the lid

My cousin just had a baby girl the other day and so I made her a picture frame from another find at hobby lobby. This was so much fun. I don't usually get to make things in pretty pinks with flowers and pearls. I am really happy with this one.

Last but not least, this was done for a challenge over on ning. We were challenged to take a container that was from something our child had used(formula containers, baby food jars stuff like that) Well Alex is to big for that stuff, so I used an empty can of cheesy pringles(his favorite chips)

Friday, January 9, 2009

My goal for the first half of January....

I want to alter everything in my closet that I have bought on clearance. I want to finish everything before I start to scrap again. I am doing good too, I only have a few more things to finish. Over the past few days I have altered 3 different things. First I made a picture frame. I picked it up at hobby lobby for 1.00.


I started by painting the whole thing silver. Then using stazon I stamped the flourishes all over it. I hot glued ribbon to the back and added a flower and I was done. It was very easy and I love how it looks.

Next I altered a planner that I got at Michael's for .50 I didn't care for the dogs on the cover so I made it fit my taste.



I covered the whole thing inside and out in paper. I even added paper to the binder clip(nothing is safe from my glue :) )

Finally I made yet another picture frame(as if I needed another one hehehe) I got this one at hobby lobby for 1.00 too. I just added paper and buttons painted the edges and this one was pretty much done.(that's my little Alex in the yard this summer....he was spiderman)

Thanks for stopping by and looking......happy scrappin'

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Its about time....

I have finally gotten down to my "cave" and have been able to create some things. Last night I made a birthday gift for a friend. She really likes candles so I made her one. I took a stamp and stamped it many times onto tissue paper. Then I cut it out and using my heat gun and a piece of wax paper I created my design. I added small pearls to the center of the little flowers and poof the candle was done. To decorate the holder I just used wonder tape to ad hear my ribbon and I added a charm. I really like how it turned out and I think she will too.

I was also finally able to make something for me. I have been making so many Christmas gifts lately that I haven't had time to make much for myself. I went to hobby lobby last night and I picked up a paper mache cube ornament for 21 cents(80%off). You can't beat that. I covered it in paper and added some fun stuff and poof a really cute accessory for my desk.

Thanks for looking....happy scrappin'

Monday, January 5, 2009

Better late than never

Well Happy New year everyone. I know I am a bit late, but we have been busy. I wanted to share my december design team LO with you(again I know I am late, but hey I posted it right)
You can check out the rest of the design teams wonderful creations by clicking HERE
Happy new year...till next time