B 4 blessings.....my 4 boyssss

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Thank FULL 4 You

Full hearts, full house and full tummies....LOL...I am so full of thanks for my family!!!! For this layout I used a background paper by K&Co and the rest are just simple card stock. I used a Fiskars corner punch to punch brown card stock, added the gold behind and fastened my corners with these fun brads.
You know when I got my new Sweethearts cart the first thing I went for was the flower...I cut the layers in three sizes 1, 1 1/2 and 2 inches....I layered 2 of each for the large flower and then 1 of each for the smaller version and then scatted various 1 and 1 1/2 inch ones throughout the vine cut from Paper Doll Dress Up... I added some mini buttons, bling and a few xtra leaves from A Child's Year, I also used this cart for the mat, hat and turkey.
Sweethearts was also used for the marquee, flourish, and Thank You. I used Lyrical Letters for the 4 and FULL. I added some pearl paint to the title and flourish.
A few buttons and stickers.....
Thanx for dropping by...you know how much I appreciate you....have a fabulous day~

Friday, November 27, 2009

Two Posts Today....SOUS and Practical Scrappers

This layout is of my sweet son Morgan...he was in NICU at 10 days for over a week...it was a very scary time and he is a true miracle as are all children...a true gift from God. This layout is from another beautiful Aymee Gandy sketch. I did some paper tearing and distressing. The little peek a boo cuts reveal hints of my strong faith and there is an angel watching over at the top because I know there was one watching over him...and me as he fought for his little life. The clock is set at 12/17 Morgan's bday...he will soon be 17....It also has the signs of time passing with the carriage and the clock in opposing corners.
I got truly festive with this Practical Scrappers challenge....this week it was to sew on a project and I am once again blessed to be there guest designer. I stitched everywhere I could think of...all the mats all the ribbon and lace and some faux stitching on the little heart. It features a pic of Mcauley last Christmas Eve as he prepared his plate for Santa...he is such an enabler for his mom...LOL....details posted below on both layouts....please scroll down......

This lovely flourish is from Home Decor as is the title...
I'm going to call these my tear drop flowers as I used the tear drop from Indie Art stretched in DS....placed the on a pop dot and added the pearl center...I love the delicate look of them and the little MS punch to accent.
I used very few colors so added some texture with embossing......continued below......
My Christmas tree is from Paper Doll Dress Up...I cut it in two sizes to add some pop...and of course pop dotted it together...some bling and ribbon to trim it.....and the toys under to finish it off of stickers from Jolee. I'm loving the sparkly branches I found at WM in the Christmas aisle.
Santa is a vintage image from the Graphics Fairy....I sewed it to three layers of green napkin to give it a quilted look....I love the delicate cut of Hope from my Home Decor......and how funny is Mcauley in his little hat....again from Jolee as are all the sticker embellies on this page.....
Ornaments cut from A Child's Year are embossed....painted with silver acrylic and trimmed with some MS cuts and a cricut heart from Plantin.....
Lovely red ribbon sewn onto black lace an lots of bling to boot......Hope you enjoyed these layouts.....Practical Scrappers, SOUS, and the Graphics Fairy can all be linked from my blog by buttons or blog links on my blog list....please visit each and see what fun is in store for you....come play along or download a free image.....thanx for stopping by!!!!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

Just wanted to take a moment during this busy time to wish each of you a happy and safe Thanksgiving....I am truly thankful for each of you.....image courtesy of The Graphics Fairy.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Acrylic Paint.....Practical Scrappers Challenge

Overwhelmed, honored, excited and touched...these are just some of the emotions I felt when Christine at Practical Scrappers asked if I would like to be a guest designer on their wonderful blog. This week the challenge was to use acrylic paints on a project....I really had fun and used my paints every where I could on this layout.

The picture is of my older sis just a few hours after she was born....It will be framed and I will give it to her as a Christmas gift. I used Plaid paints....Apple Barrel Bubble Gum and FolkArt Metallic Sequin Black. I distressed all the paper edges with the paints. Do you like the little vintage birth certificate? I used it as a background paper and added a little miniature version to the layout....I added my sister's info in my PhotoImpact program.

I love the way this flower turned out... It was created with the leaf in A Child's Year. I stretched the leaf cut in DS and cut 12 separate petals all the same size and then just put them together with pop dots. I added both paint colors...dry brushing the edges with the black and added stickles....The Prima in the center and the others on the page were all painted to match the layout. Stop by and see Kristine at Your Memories here for these wonderful Prima flowers...she is having a sale right now, all of her Bind It All products in stock are 40% off!!!!
These precious little leaves were cut with Lyrical Letters. The butterflies were made by cutting them from Indie Art from transparencies. I added the black outlines with permanent marker and then painted over the marker with pink. On the front I added some pearl paint and stickles....I will be using these lots more I am sure. The mat is a card cut from ACY with some pearl paint accents. The punch is MS....the doily punch.
Buttons and bling...you can never have to many of those......
The miniature birth certificate with a button, charm and little prima and the lace is from WM. I also added some black fiber tied around the flower.
Hope on over to Practical Scrappers to see all the fun projects created with paints....you wont be sorry...and visit Kristine for some wonderful scrappy deals....hope you liked it.....if you would be interested in a tutorial on the flower or butterflies let me know....I'm thinking of doing one on both.....Thanx again to Practical Scrappers for the honor of being a guest designer on their site....I truly am a practical scrapper so this was such a thrill for me.
Don't forget reveal day @ SOUS....scroll down for that post as well.....Thanx for stopping by and have a fabulous day!!!!

Keep Christmas In Your Heart*****SOUS*****

Wouldn't it be wonderful if everyday we kept the meaning of Christmas in our hearts? This is a picture of my two older boys many a Christmas ago....and it makes me feel like Christmas when I look at it...so full of love for them. This week at SOUS we used a sketch by Beggahuna...I love her work and I hope you will check out her blog.....click on her name and it will take you there...she is amazing~I used a Christmas paper I had in my stash for the background paper....added a dark green behind and layered paper lace between...I added some poinsettia buttons to each corner.
I made a smaller version of the ACY flower from my PS post and some more of the butterflies in a bronze metallic....I may do a tutorial on these if anyone is interested.
I downloaded the sheet music from Grapicsfairy...her link is on my left column and she has amazing vintage clip art and images free for the taking...check her out too!
My holly is cut from Stretch Your imagination and pop dotted...I added lots of chipboard embellies and used some adhesive tags to hand write my title.
Hop on over to SOUS to see what the other DT members came up with....and come play along!!!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Just A Peek

Hey girls! I have not posted for a bit so wanted to just give you a peek at what I've been up to. I am so very happy with the way this flower turned out....I used my A Child's Year Leaf stretched in DS to create this one and I love it.....The project will post on Friday so hope you'll come back to see the rest!!!!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

I'm So Blessed

I am so touched and honored.....The DT over at Posh chose "Through My Eyes" for their Layout Of The Week!!!! If you have never visited Posh please pop over and take a look at all the wonderful talent and inspiration!!!! Thanx so much to all the talented DT members!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Dazzle*****Second Post Today...Please Scroll Down****

Happy Saturday all!!! This is a pic of Mcauley last winter...he does Dazzle me!!! I love b/w photos and wanted to carry the color theme over to my layout....I cut my paper lace snowflakes by welding them in DS...they are from A Child's Year....
Both of these flowers are from Home Accents...I made them with layers and layers of 2 of the snowflake cuts...added some buttons for center accents...I love the delicate look of these wonderful leaves from Stretch Your Imagination...I cut them and the title from some fab glitter paper I buy at WM.

I added both stardust and silver stickles to add some glitz....
I found these wonderful charms at M's on sale and added some wire twisted into the shape of a little heart.

The circle cut is from Lyrical Letters as is the title....the mat is a card cut from A Child's Year. The butterflies are from Indie Art...both the circle and the butterflies were painted with acrylic metallic silver...found some beautiful glittered branches in the Christmas aisle at WM...also got the buttons there...the snowflake buttons were in the craft aisle and the silver pearl buttons from the sewing section....I also found the black lace with the bling added in their bridal aisle.....hope you like it!!!!

Thanx Kim...What a wonderful thing to wake up to....

Kim passed me this wonderful award that really touched my heart....I have made so many friends through scrapping and blogging....The reason for this award speaks to my heart and I am so blessed to have Kim share it with me.

This award is given to blogs that are exceedingly charming. These bloggers are not interested in increasing their own status, but rather aim to find friends and be friends. The hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are born!

Now I have the pleasure of passing to 5 others....

To all of you...you have touched me....I appreciate you....you all scrap so much for the love inside and it is clear you want generations to know and love your family the way you do....you have all been a blessing....

Brenda...I remember how encouraging and wonderfully supportive you were to me from my very first post on the cricut mb....if it were not for your encouragement I may not have even begun to blog...you truly scrap from the heart....

Sandi....I feel like I know you...you too have given me so much encouragement right from the start...your heart is so big I can just feel the love overflowing from it...I think we are distant relatives....LOL...your layouts always have a family theme and I love to see the photos you share along with your talent...they give me a true since of family and bring a smile to my face...or maybe even a tear to my eye...

Nanne....Your work inspired me right from the start...I always loved and still love looking for your latest creation...you scrap for your family and the love for them is so clear in each layout....we shared an email that talked about the very thing this award is about...the connections we've made and how we scrap for our families and not recognition....your humor is always present and brings warmth and love to all....I would like to say you are my twin...but alas you are way too young...LOL....

Leah...you feel like my little sis....so full of love for your babies and always such a fun attitude...you too scrap for the love of your family and truly work on being a real blogging friend...you add such personal touches to your comments...usually surrounding the love of your family....I love to read about you antics as it reminds me so much of the days when my babies were young...thanx for that.....

Diane....you always scrap such wonderful events....travels and moments....you have built me up from the start....always telling me how wonderful I am....thanx for that...we all need a Benjamin and you truly have the heart of one...you scrap your family with the art of true love....

I have to say this is one of my fav awards....it is so true that I'm blessed to have made these wonderful connections...thanx for appreciating me and encouraging me....wish I could pass to more....these five have been so special because they have been a part of my scrapping from the beginning...but each of you mean so much to me....the comments and love you give are truly appreciated....I love all of you out there in blog land and appreciate your friendship and support more than words could ever say...thanx to each of you for that.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Grammas....just antique little girls

This weeks sketch for the SOUS challenge was provided by the wonderful Aymee Gandy. I wondered across this fantastic pic of my gramma and her brother....the original was not in great shape so I very happy with the one I have been able to copy...not perfect but a treasure to me....it is over 90 years old so I feel very blessed to have run across it.

I decided to frame this layout....I found these fab frames on sale for $4.00 and they are 12x12....a wonderful find. The beautiful hydrangea branch and the bright pink prima were both part of the kit supplied by Kristina at Your Memories Here...hope you'll pop over and check out her sale too....the coupon code is turkey so please pop over and see what fab finds she has to make your projects spectacular.
This close up of the hydrangea branch does not do it justice....it is just stunning....it worked perfectly for my gramma who loved flowers. The butterflies are from Indie Art, accented with pearl paint and stickles. The branches are from Storybook and the background accent cut is from Home Decor.
The primas are so pretty and I love how I was able to use the beautiful minis along with the larger prima....the center is accented with a button. I added some pearl paint to the branches just for fun.
I used a Fiskars border punch to punch up the edges of the photo with some hot pink paper...the flourish is Home Decor and the lace was made with a border from Storybook. I found the little metal catch at the hardware store and knew it would work so well on a layout. I burned the edges of the background paper and added some pages from an old book behind it as well as behind the photo.
I added a little fence from Paperdoll Dress Up and some lace and ribbon along the bottom of the picture. Gramma is cut from Storybook...the rest of the title is computer generated and printed on vellum....I cropped my gramma from the pic and placed her in a K&Co mini frame....I love these little frames. Thanx so much for stopping by....I so appreciate you all!
Please hop over to these blogs.....
A Scraphappy Southernbelle....Aymee Gandy...our wonderful designer
Your Memories Here...and don't forget the coupon code....TURKEY
SOUS....we want to see what wonderful inspiration you can provide.....join in the fun!!!!!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Thanx So Much Crystal.....side note...can't leave comments

Just wanted to give a big shout out to Crystal at scrapcandydesigns. She passed this award to me and I am so very touched. I had received this and posted my questions and answers a few days ago so I would like to pass this to all my followers. Please take one.....I only ask that you follow the rules posted on the original post.....so take a look...copy and paste and add this award to your blog....you all deserve it...we work so hard on a passion we share and it is so wonderful to have such a vast source of inspiration to tap into...I have so enjoyed reading every ones answers and gaining some insight to each of you who have already posted this one.

On a side note.....I am having trouble leaving comments on some of the blogs I visit....If you have not received a comment from me lately please know I have tried....when I click on the comment button my computer just freezes up.....so....especially if you have left a comment on a recent post of mine and I have not gotten back to your blog....I'm sorry....I will keep trying....I know how much your comments mean to me and I want you to know how much I love visiting your blogs and sharing with you as well......I have seen so many beautiful projects and read about some struggling with family loss etc....prayers....big hugs and happy Monday to all!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Love... the best gift of Christmas..... SOUS Challenge

Happy Friday everyone! Today is reveal day at SOUS and this weeks sketch is a beauty....I chose a picture of my 2 oldest boys from Christmas past...don't they look dapper in their little Christmas coats....so cute. I chose Once Upon a Time DCWV paper for the background and instead of adding another paper I chose a ribbon accent along the side. I made the poinsettia from Lyrical Letters and once again the lovely rose from Home Decor. The snowflakes are from A Child's Year and I purchased the little silver metallic ones. The mat is from A Child's Year with a few pearl paint drops around the edge. I downloaded Away In A Manger sheet music to add behind the pic. Click HERE to go to the site....they have lovely illustrations and I will be using it alot for holiday layouts I'm sure.
These little branches are also from Home Decor and I used my Martha Stewart branch punch to add the greenery.
A few gold and icicle stickles to add some glimmer.
I adore these little K&Co mini frames and they work so well on layouts.... the Love is cut from Home Decor too. Hop on over to SOUS to see what the other DT members created and come have some fun with this wonderful sketch!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Mother Love Envelope Pocket Mini

I found an awesome tute on you tube for this wonderful envelope pocket album and had to try one. I made this for my sis and each tag insert will hold photos. The album is made from plain envelopes covered with paper scraps and embellished. You can find it on you tube by searching for A Piece of Craft....Marion is so very talented. I also plan on doing a tute later because I used so many cricut cuts.....The front has one of the roses made from the Home Decor heart petal flower...I'm loving these...I also added the lock from Indie Art....Mother is from Storybook and love from Home Decor. I've added tons of fiber and ribbon.
I embossed a couple of tags made a Graphically Speaking flower....a Storybook border and the key from Indie Art on these pages.....The papers are scraps from K&Co.
Another Storybook border some Heidi Grace flowers....DCWV papers and a ribbon of gems. I also added a couple of the Plantin tags. The insert on this page is cut to size and punched with my Martha Stewart Doily punch.
On these pages I added some pop outs just for fun...some stickers, another SB border, Indie Art butterfly, silk flowers fiber and ribbon.
Here are the pop outs opened up...Live Laugh Love is from Home Accents.

I love this little Home Decor bird...so cute...some more SB borders, GS flower and Heidi Grace flower....Faith is Home Accents.
Some gold paper lace a GS flower, ribbon, fibers and a bird and frame both for Home Decor...he is perched on a bit of fiber.
The back of the book has another Indie Art butterfly and a Home Decor rose....the leaf is from A Child's Year.....thanx for stopping by....