Monday, March 26, 2012

Beware Big Belly Bump

If you don't like looking at BIG prego belly bumps or if stretch marks bother you SKIP this POST. I have put together a mini album for my prego pictures.

I won this wonderful purse chipboard mini album from Flying Unicorn during their blog hop. Since I only have boys, I initially thought I'd make the album for my niece. Knowing how little people can be tough on mini albums i decided to make the album look like a jean purse. When I grabbed the jeans and decided how I wanted to cut them, I realized the jeans I wanted to use were the maternity overall shorts I wore for BOTH my pregnancies (at least for the last one as long as my belly could fit in them). At that point I remembered I had lots of prego belly pictures that needed scrapping. I tried my best to stay true the overalls and add the straps.

Due to the volume of pictures I went ahead and built a you tube picture show.

Here's one last project a HOPE banner. I wanted to to be the title but it really did not "fit" with the album.


Bazzill Basics - Prismatics - 8.5 x 11 Cardstock - Dimpled Texture - Classic Blue

Bazzill Basics - 12 x 12 Cardstock - Smooth Texture - Ivory

Bazzill Basics - Prismatics - 12 x 12 Cardstock - Dimpled Texture - Frosted Pink

Bazzill Basics - Prismatics - 12 x 12 Cardstock - Dimpled Texture - Intense Pink

Bazzill Basics - 12 x 12 Cardstock - Canvas Texture - Purple

BasicGrey - Kissing Booth Collection - 12 x 12 Collection Pack

BasicGrey - Kissing Booth Collection - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Heartbreaker

EK Success - American Girl Crafts - Petite Punch - Flower

EK Success - Paper Shapers - Slim Profile - Large Punch - Retro Flower

EK Success - Paper Shapers - Slim Profile - Edger Punch - Double Crochet Lace

EK Success - Paper Shapers - Slim Profile - Edger Punch - Flower and Flourish

Fiskars - 3-in-1 Corner Punch - Romantique

Fiskars - Lever Punch - Small - .75 Inch Flower

Fiskars - Lever Punch - Medium - One Inch Flower

Fiskars - Decorative Corner Lever Punch - Three Petals

Ranger Ink - Glossy Accents - Clear Dimensional Embellishment

Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Adirondack Alcohol Ink Applicator

Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Frayed Burlap

Martha Stewart Crafts - Double Craft Punch - Large - Monarch Butterfly

Ranger Ink - Ice Stickles Glitter Glue - Black Diamond

Ranger Ink - Ice Stickles Glitter Glue - Gold

Ranger Ink - Stickles Glitter Glue - Icicle

Prima - Say It In Crystals Collection - Self Adhesive Jewel Art - Bling - Swirls - Clear,

Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Tea Dye

Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Vintage Photo

Silhouette America - Cameo - Electronic Cutting System

Tattered Angels - Glimmer Glaze - Midnight Rendezvous

Tattered Angles - Chalkboard Collection - Glimmer Mist Spray - Medallion

We R Memory Keepers - Eyelets - Standard - Warm Metal

Zva Creative - Self-Adhesive Crystals - Curly Sue - Pink,






best flex molds

acrylic paint

iridescent paint

Recollections punches- large, med, small daisies and looped edge punch

Clear Stamp - Journal Card

water color paper

old dictionary

spackle chipboard letter

dusty attic corner flourish

Monday, March 12, 2012

100 Followers Celebration

I'm so happy to have reached 100 followers. I promised one lucky follower a prize for reaching this milestone. selected the number 80 and by calculations that makes

my WINNER. Jessica please email me your address, and I'll get you envelope of goodies in the mail. Thanks everyone.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Top Ten on the Tenth: Flowers

So while working on last month's album I knew I wanted it flower filled. As I was thinking about what flowers to use I decided to create a TOP TEN of my favorite flower tutorials. I love making my own embellishments ESPECIALLY flowers so that they coordinate perfectly to whatever layout or mini album I'm making.

Now on to the list:

10. Good old pin wheels for an even cooler touch add an edge punch. Or even circle pinwheels

plus another type using corner punches

9. My pal Allison's super easy folded flowers these look great made from material too.

8. metal flowers

7. kusudma flowers

6. passion daisy

5. Aster I also saw a tut using these steps but with felt and yarn twisted through. I think another strip of paper or ribbon twisted up and down as you curl the flower would look cool. And cutting slants you can get another aster like flower. And here's just one variation of the aster

4. glass flowers

3. wildroses

2. GabrielaP's 6 petal rose

1. And my "most favoritest flower" elegant ruffled flowers

Friday, March 2, 2012

Frugal Friday on The First- March

Today's Frugal Friday on the First Tip:

If you do not have ink in the color you want to use for edge distressing use a marker. I will trace around an item with a marker and if I want more of an inky look I'll run the edge in a damp sponge. Also a light mist of water work well to give an awesome distressed look.

Check out these wild roses. For the tan and brown roses I used a thin generic pink marker and a little dab of water.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Grunge Fun on March One

Bring on another month! And to kick this month off. I put the final touches on my latest GRUNGE page. This page will be part of my mom's calandar mini album. And it is using the Laura Denson's stack the deck binding technique.
These tags all slide into the page which is actually an envelope.

As a wonderful surprise for my birthday my wonderful scrap pal Amy sent me these stunning royal purple rose and the matching sparkly butterflies. Here blooms and butterflies far out-do anything any manufacture can make. You can shop for her goodies here. My purple paint fought me as I made this flourish so it came out a tad smeary. The copper flowers are made from polymer clay and a mold from Penni Jo.

These flowers are wild roses found at this tutorial.
Here's a close up of one of Amy's amazing flowers. The fence was cut on my silhouette and I painted with acrylic paints. I used one Donna Salazar scraps and this tag with the purple monarch butterflies is also part of her collect. Adding grunge and following one of Natasha's lacing tutorials made me feel the total Girl Grunge spirit.

Cardboard title traced in copper acrylic paint. This shoot shows off the Ginger Smooches I won at a challenge on Girlie Gunge. When I first sprayed it I thought "man what will I do with this you can't see you can hardly see it." Now I swear I will use on every page to give it this final glistening effect. Close up also of Natasha's very cool stitching tutorials.

This locket was made with my silhouette. I was Ecstasy to find that the silhouette store had a locket, but I decided to improvise. It's a spot to store more picture.

Products used
• GCD Studios - Donna Salazar - Spring in Bloom Collection - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Spring Journal Cards [x]
• GCD Studios - Donna Salazar - Spring in Bloom Collection - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Tags, Ribbons and Mosaics [x]
• Silhouette America - Cameo - Electronic Cutting System [x]
• EK Success - American Girl Crafts - Petite Punch - Flower [x]
• EK Success - Paper Shapers - Decorative Punch - Retro Flower - Extra Large [x]
• The Whale of a Punch - Retro Flower Punch [x]
Amy's hand made goodies
Smooches Ginger