Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Finally a new project

Wow, I hadn't realized it's been so long since I've posted here. Boy does time fly!

This is a mini I made for Sherwyn. I hope she likes it. Sherwyn and her husband have been friends of my dad's for some time and recent friends of mine. This album was made following Laura Denison's Ustream class from July.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

A box for secrets

This is a box I made my granddaughter for her birthday today. She loves Twilight and reading vampire books so I covered the box with DCWV Immortal Love paper. This stack has some pretty papers that can be used for other things since only a few sheets really look vampire-ish.  I exchanged the clasp for one I bought at Lowes that will allow her to lock it with a small padlock. I girl has to have a secure place to keep things from her brother and sister of course.

Happy Birthday Gabby!

I painted the box black and glued the paper on. Then I coated the outside paper with Liquitex Matt Medium to give it a little protection. I sprayed the top of the box with Iridescent Gold Glimmer Mist. The small blue and tan flowers were colored by patting Distress ink on the craft mat, adding spritzed water, then painting them with it. The back of the tag is where I wrote a birthday message. You can't really see it in the picture...there is a red rose on that black blob (lace) in the box. I whipped this out in two days, although most of one day was spent wasting expensive gas running around town looking for things I needed and should have already had. (I am my father's daughter afterall.)    :-)

Monday, August 15, 2011

Steampunk Mini

Hey ya'll. I know, long time no post.  :-)  I'm so far behind on my projects, and still I keep starting new ones! What is wrong with me?!@! 

The pages for this mini were made from folding a 12x12 sheet of cardstock as shown on the YouTube video by 7th Avenue Designs. I will make my next one slightly different by leaving some of the folds loose to make another page flap instead of a pocket. There are all sorts of variations you could do with this. I've had this Graphic 45 Steampunk paper for awhile. I decided I've petted it long enough...time to use it. Isn't all the Graphic 45 paper just luscious?

Friday, July 22, 2011

RAK from Margaret Ann

This is the sweetest surprise! I received this RAK from Margaret Ann all the way from Glasgow, Scotland a few days ago. I just now thought of posting it. Thank you Margaret Ann!!!  Not included in this picture are two packages of chocolate. The box arrived on a day when the temp was over 100ºF. Needless to say, the chocolates were a little bit melted so I put them in the fridge and forgot to put them in the picture. They were very good though. As Margaret Ann says, the only thing better than chocolate is chocolate from a friend. :)  This was such an awesome surprise and Margaret Ann was so thoughtful. The cover of the mini says "treat YOU like a Queen", and the pink pin on that very cute card says "Dancing Queen".

I don't know if you can see that this adorable little mini she made sits inside this cute box that she made to hold it.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

A couple of tags

I haven't posted in awhile so I thought I'd just post these two tags I made for a friend. I got the idea of how the dress form is covered from somewhere on the internet, it's not exact, but close. The rest of the tag and the other one is my own. Imagine that...I had an original idea. :D  I also made the satin flower. There is script stamping behind the feather but you can't see it very well in the picture.

Monday, June 20, 2011

A Home Depot kind of Father's Day

Laura Denison at Following the Paper Trail came up with this cute mini idea and showed it on her June 17th Ustream show. I think this paint can is just adorable. These minis use one of the gift card holders found at Home Depot. Our store didn't have much of a selection. My first choice would have been the barbeque grill but they didn't have it, so I think I was lucky they had this little paint tin.  I think it's really cute. Tell me what you think. (But keep it a secret. I haven't mailed it to my dad yet.) ;) I was going to actually include a gift card but I'm not sure if he has a Home Depot close to him.  Since the tags are so small I cut the pictures to cover the entire back. They're the same size as a gift card.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

My Mini Junk Journal

This is a mini version of the a Junk Journal that I made to carry in my purse. I use it to hold my coupons, make lists of the things I "need" and "want" when I go craft shopping. In the "want" section I make a list of the item, who has it, and how much it costs. I also have a list going for things I want to order from Scrapadabadoo. ;) You can't see it well in the video, but the pocket holding the coupon is made from the bottom of the packaging that the covers came in. I left this book pretty flat and plain because it will just get messed up in my purse anyway. I got the tag bookmark idea from Kathryn's Ustream class here Travel Journal.

See it on YouTube here:  

The End

A Walk in the Park

May 5, 2011. Three of my grandchildren and I walked in Chisholm Creek Park. It's a park with nature trails of various distances. We started on the paved paths but Gabby wanted to explore the dirt paths through the trees.

They decided to explore the dirt path.
Danielle stops to get a closer look a Frog.
We suddenly came upon a deer (circled). It's hard to see her
because I only had my phone camera so I couldn't zoom in.
She wasn't as as anxious to see us as we were her. She
was frightened away we when tried to get closer.

The girls find a 'fort' that someone built and left behind.
Danielle exploring the outside.
Gabby climbs out.


Gabby (11), Danielle (14), Garrett (15)
 It was a lot of fun on a beautiful, although a little hot, day. There are still some fun things to do that don't cost anything. ; )

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Holy Smokes! Something New!

Today I discovered K & Co's new SMASH Journal! I love it! I discovered it because I got an e-news from Stop and Scrap inviting people to pre-order this product—which I would have done in a heartbeat if they weren't sold out of the pre-orders already. While searching to see if I could find it somewhere else I discovered that SMASH has a blog. They are in my active blog list on the right, but here is the link:

Take a look at the video and see if you like it too. This is the way I normally keep track of what I do so why didn't I think of this? Hmmmmm  I can't wait until it comes out. I love all the extra little goodies that go with it too.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Once Upon a Springtime Fairy House

This is also from Laura Denison's Hexagonal Box pattern. This was done in quite a rush, otherwise I would probably have added a few more embellies. I think when I make another one the flowers holding the pockets together will need to be reinforced. I can see the sharp edges of the acrylic pages popping those in two before long. I also learned a couple of things by trial and error for the next one. :)

(Click on picture to enlarge.)

Life Can Be A Circus Mini

This is Laura Denison's pattern called Hexagonal Box.
Her Ustream class on this in invaluable.
(click on picture to enlarge)

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Flora and Fauna Paper Bag Mini

 Or click HERE to see it larger on YouTube.

This is a paper bag mini using the Kay & Co Flora and Fauna paper collection. The assembly is Kathryn at the Scrap[beach]'s take on the bag that was originally designed by Kathy Orta of Paper Phenomenon. Kathryn just made a few minor modifications to the way it was bound and added chipboard to one side of each page for extra strength. I finished the pages on my own because I couldn't watch the rest of the class after the first page due to pesky computer problems. I didn't even end up binding it the same way Kathryn plans to (her album isn't finished yet). Sometimes life just does not cooperate.

Some of my pages are not embellished a lot because I like the paper and wanted it to show, and also because I ran out of time to give it proper thought. :)  (I have to give it a lot of proper thought.)  I was also trying to only use supplies I already have on hand. I am on a scrapbooking spending freeze at the moment, or as someone said "a scrapbooking diet". But.....we know diets don't work for long, right?

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Liebster Blog Award

I received a blog award from Paula at PVCreations2010. Thank you Paula! Please make sure to go check out her blog.

Now I get to award 5 wonderful blogs with the same award!!

Check them out: (alphabetical order)
  1. elbeth going Scrappy
  2. Image Scrap (click on the Translator button to switch to English)
  4. Niamh's Creations
  5. Shana's Sweets
As a recipient of this award you must do the following:

1. Thank the giver on your blog

2. Link back to the blogger who gave you the award

3. Copy and paste the award on your blog

4. Reveal your 5 blog picks

5. Let them know you chose them by leaving them a comment

Thank you again Paula, it's so sweet of you to pick me as one of your five.

Please go visit the wonderfully talented people I've mentioned above. Their work will inspire you and you'll be glad you did! I wish I could have picked more (I have a long list), but since I couldn't, with the exception of one, I chose blogs that don't yet have a huge following (like several hundred) but deserve recognition for their great work.

Hugs, Paula

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Grungy Paper Bag Mini

Grungy Paper Bag Mini

I created this mini following Kathy Orta's 9-video YouTube series (also on her blog at I improvised here and there because I didn't have all of the same supplies that she did. I also didn't make quite as many minis-within-a-mini because of lack of time (and dare I say, laziness). Actually, I left out quite a lot of cool elements. I went for more simple. Kathy has a very unique way of making this mini from paper bags. As it says at the end of the video, there was one more two-pocket mini attached to the inside back cover with a magnetic closure, but I somehow left it out when I was taking the pictures.

Click here to see it on YouTube:  Grungy Paper Bag Mini

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Romance is in the air...♫

My lazy gal's version of Laura's Love Notes Box.

I didn't have the time to make the box from scratch like everyone else, so I covered a wood box with the Love Notes and English Rose Collections from Kaisercraft.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Adventures in Dallasland

It's one of those times when I don't have anything new to post so I thought I'd just mention that I'm back. I didn't know I was gone, but....hey, I'm back!  :)  A last minute opportunity came up for me to fly (very cheaply) to Dallas for a 3-day line dance workshop, so....after much arguing with myself I decided to go. I have to say, I had a blast. My dancing friends and I take class after class on new dances all day long, attend a dance in the evenings, and end the day with aching feet and exhaustion...and we call this FUN. LOL  It really is. I have to admit most of the fun is just being away with friends...laughing, talking, eating, and sharing a common interest. It was an adventure.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Where oh where has that little boy gone?

I blinked and all of a sudden he's 17!

It's a Tim Holtz kind of birthday card for my grandson's 17th birthday. I do often wonder where the time goes. It seems like only yesterday he was just a little squirt.

I borrowed Kathy Orta's idea for using a fragment and spinner for the pocket watch, the rest is my own. I inked the name plate with Vintage Photo Distress ink then used two colors of Distress powder to make it rusty looking. You can't tell in the picture, but I clear embossed the name. I needed some way to secure the money and thought the binder clip would work great—love those binder clips! I love those cute little Timmy paper clips too, so I just had to stick one of those on there somewhere. It was feeling a little lonely though so I gave it a ticket for company. The stamps on the envelope are from the Graphic 45 Proper Gentleman collection.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Mary, Mary, how does your garden grow?

Ok, I know those aren't the exact words, but I've only got so much space, ya know. :)

I'm calling this a fantasy flower since I'm not so sure it really resembles a rose. A couple of days ago while buried in the white stuff, I decided to experiment with making a rose/fantasy flower out of 1 1/2" wired ribbon. I've seen this done before, where you fold the ribbon in half then sew a running stitch down the non-folded edge, gather it up and roll it up like a cinnamon bun. So I was just standing there at my counter with my ribbon, watching TV, wishing I weren't out of Diet Dr. Pepper....I started pinching the wired edges into pleats and scrunches—just pushing them together, and it stayed! So I just kept going and when I had enough I rolled it up. Got out the hot glue and glued it together. I had to borrow Alice's idea of adding dew drops because I accidentally got some hot glue on a petal that I couldn't get off. So I pooled a spot of hot glue (dew drop) in that spot to cover it. Then I added a couple more to balance it out. I didn't notice until I saw the picture that my mesh is off center. It should be smaller.

Today I am making some paper bag pages...following along with Kathy Orta's (Paper Phenomenon) YouTube series. I also finished my grandson's birthday card. I've been working on it for two days. Why does it take me so long to make a simple card?

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Just another snowy day in Kansas.

Today I thought I'd post a few pictures of what it looked like in Wichita today. What does it look like where you live?

A little snow doesn't keep these kids from going to school.

Wichita State University student going from parking lot to classroom.

Students of Riverside Leadership Magnet Elementary School

Sedgwick County Park

No swimming today.

I'm glad I stayed home.

Snow plows to the rescue on 13th street (my neighborhood).

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Queen for a Year - Monthly Scrap Journal

See the video of the whole thing on YouTube
by clicking here: Queen for a Year Journal

This is my final scrap journal to hold journaling and mementos of the things I do each month—a few pictures, souvenirs, notes, etc. It's my second attempt. You may have seen some pages of my first one that I posted earlier in January. I had two problems with that one: (1) I discovered too late that I should have done a month on each side of the page. Since I didn't, I didn't want to have to make eight more pages like those, and (2) I remembered that I had been wanting to use the Teresa Collins pink and black paper (with the crowns of course!) for this project. So.....this is what I now have.

This is a modified version of Laura Denison's Tall Envelope mini (Following the Paper Instead of making the back side of the envelope like she did I made the same pockets front and back (so each month would be the same). I made mini calenders for the side tags. The top pocket (which is the inside of the envelope) will hold a folded sheet of paper that I've journaled on.

I got the idea to make my journal this way when I happened upon Donna-Marie Designs ( She does some really nice work, and her mini that is similar to this one looks much better. I wanted to keep mine simple . I will make tags as I go if I need them. Thank you Laura and Donna.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Flower Power (Satin Flowers)

I had a request (yep, just one) to post pics of my satin flowers. The first two I have on hand, the rest have been given as gifts. I'm in the process of making more, but they each come out a little differently depending on the supplies and mood of the moment.

Purple flower. (For some reason my camera makes it blue.)

This one is really purple.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Alcahol Ink Storage

This is an Idea I got from Wende at Passionately Paper. I live in a studio apartment, therefore all of my scrapbooking and crafting is done at the end of my kitchen counter/bar area. I have to do some improvising on storage space, so as you see in this picture my Glimmer Mist, Alcohol ink, and Stickles are stored on the back of my stove. (This works for now because I dont have all that many.) The pots and pans (that I rarely use) live in the dishwasher (never use) so that I can use the cupboard where they were meant to be stored for some crafting supplies. I try to keep my obsession out of my living area. :) I don't want to live in my scrap room.

These are PVC pipe sections. I intended to buy a length of 3/4" PVC pipe and cut it to size myself. I was thrilled to discover that Lowe's sell's these 1 1/2" pieces in bags of 10 for a little over $2 each. I never could have cut them evenly myself. The bottles don't sit all the way down in these pieces because there is a ridge inside halfway down. That's ok with me. It works.