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Saturday, November 20, 2010

These Magic Moments

Hola!!!! I hope this finds you all well and happy!!! I have had this layout done for awhile and finally had an opportunity to add it to my blog. I hope you like it! I adore the photo of Carsyn...she looks so dreamy! I added the moon in photo impact....with the pumpkin and toy horse in her hand she reminds me of Cinderella at midnight.....
Lots of my fave K&Co papers here....I cut a hole with Plantin on the top layer....soaked it with water and scrunched it up to add lots of distress to the page! The tree is cut from Heritage and stretched in DS.
Blackletter for magic and computer generated 'these' and 'moments'...I cut 'moments' into to squares and added some TH distressing ink to the edges....a book page and a marque cut from Sentimentals. Photo corners are from Heritage and I've added some pearl accents.
The little mice are from My Community...I cut them in black just to add a quiet idea that they could be the horsemen.....Pumpkins and vines are from Happily Ever After....I've added some glossy accents to the tops of the pumpkins and tree to add a frosty look.

The clock strikes twelve...cut from Graphically Speaking...the little yellow flowers are also from this cart...lots of layers and scrunched and scrunched.......I've added a bit of the top of a corn stalk to the florals.

The scallop flower is from Plantin...just a circle cut and layered...the other flower is from Home Decor....I found these precious pins of the 'glass slippers' at the Dollar Tree...could not resist tucking them into the scene.
Hope you are all looking forward to lots of family fun for the Thanksgiving holiday coming up....I hope to be back soon!!!!!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Hello!! Is anybody out there??

Hello all you wonderful crafty souls!!! Among the things that have been keeping me busy these past few months is an upcoming wedding of my dear friend. I am the matron of honor and I just finished her gift. I don't know when I will post again or get around to all you other beautiful bloggers but I wanted to share this shadow box, I am so pleased with the outcome.
No surprises here....my usual loves went into this creation. I used some K&Co papers, prima flowers, ribbon, pearls, frames, stickles and pearl paints along with some of my fav cricut cuts.

I made a little flower out of tulle and a brooch using the graphically speaking clock to set the date of the wedding, a wonderful dollar frame from michaels, leaves from a child's year that I distressed with chalk and ink....also used a child's year to cut the mats for the invitation and the photo. The ribbon is ribbon from my friend that is being used in the wedding.

I just love the way these re purposed pearl beads look surrounding the photo mat and looped through the flowers.

What would a Sandy creation be without butterflies cut from sentimentals from sheet music and accented with black card stock. Live laugh love is from home accents. United and Love are both cut from Heritage.

The little orange flowers are re purposed earrings and the rose buds are my paper interpretation of a ribbon tutorial you can find on the ever inspirational blog What A Beautiful Mess. Lisa always has such lovely tutorials!!!
The flourishes are from home decor.

Forever is cut from home decor and accented with some pearl paint.
Well off I go....I hope to find more time in the near future for blogging and creating....miss you all so much!!!!!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Hello Friends

I am taking some much needed time out from scrapping. Life just does not seem to allow for the luxury of scrapping and posting right now. I really appreciate all of you so much, the comments and friendships that I have made through this passion are countless and priceless.

I hope to get back to crafting and posting when the time is right. In the mean time hugs and prayers to all of you.

Much Love,

Friday, June 25, 2010

Photo Opportunity

Wowzers....another Friday....how time flies when you're having fun!!!! Why do the summer days go by so much more quickly than the others.....truly fleeting!!!
This week @ SOUS we have a fabulous 2 page sketch....lots of fun for lots of pix! I took advantage of the layout to use the recent pix from a photo shoot I had with Mcauley at the local university lake. Lots of old papers here....DCWV Once Upon A Time stack, some sheet music and some book pages.
The clock is welded onto a lamp post in DS...both from Graphically Speaking, fence and marquee from Heritage, leaves are Paper Doll Dress Up and the flourish from Storybook.

Heritage is once again the cartridge used to cut this fun camera which fit perfectly with my layout title.

Aren't these gorgeous roses just to die for? A gift from Floren @ Generations Crafting...you gotta check her out girls...the best deals ever....click on her icon on my sidebar and give her a little visit. The clock is set @ 6:11,the date the photos were taken.
somemore beautimus flowers!
Mcauley is standing by a lamp post in the photo...so I thought why not continue the theme onto the page....I topped my lamp off with a cut from Heritage.....I folded it to give it a dimensional look and then added vellum to look like 'glass'...pop dotted to give the 3D feel. More Paper Doll Dress Up vines.
You can see that I used a mask on the corner of the paper....it is a clock and I sprayed it with some Tim Holtz ink watered down in a spray mister. The charm attached to the fiber says 'reach for the moon'.
My dragonflies are cut from Lyrical Letters...I added some vellum wings which are coated with stickles.....various adhesive gems are added for body and eyes!
Hope you enjoyed the layout...thanx for stopping by! Have a fabulous weekend!

Friday, June 18, 2010

The Graduate

Happy Friday everyone! This wseek we have a really fantastic sketch @ SOUS...so much fun to put this layout together and an oppotunity to use lots of pix. I chose to make all my photos b/w and keep the same theme in the papers for the layout. This is a stack I've had forever from Me & My Big Ideas. Lots of distressing and inking on the papers.
As part of an English assignment the students had to write a speech about middle school. This is a copy of Mcauley's. I used Blackletter for my font on this layout and welded the main title in DS.

PCMS....the middle school my son attended. The graduatation cap is from A Child's Year and I've highligted a bit with some starlight stickles.
The diploma cut is also from ACY....I've placed adhesive bling in various shapes, sizes and colors to accent some of the pics
I jus adore the photo of Mcauley in the Fadora and of course my DGN, Donny, had to try it out....toooooo funny.
I really like this sketch, may have to use it again.....so versitile and fun....so now go check out the rest of the DT and the wonderful submission by the talented
Barb (aka crafygirl)! We are so pleased to have Barb join us this week as a special guest designer!
That's it for now......thanx for stopping by!!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Momma's Boy

It's Friday again...wooowhooo! I must start this post with yet another apology. I was so excited last week to start visiting all my bloggy buds and had a great start...then I started feeling ill and ended up in bed with what I thought was a stomach bug....but after several days of getting worse I finally went to the ER to learn that I had appendicitis....so I am now recovering and still lagging behind with all the fun in blog land.....I must ask again for forgiveness and send out huge hugs to all of you who have been such great sources of encouragement. I really do like my life to be ho-hum....and hope to get back to that soon. It just seems to have been one thing after another lately. So as I recover I promise to get out there and pay you some much overdue visits!!

This week I am combining the SOUS challenge with a DT submission for Generations Crafting. We had no sketch this week @ SOUS....but a fun embossing challenge. These wonderful Lullaby LaneWebsters Pages just require so little work...they are so beautiful all alone, so there really isn't a whole lot to this page.
The photo is of my precious son with the lovely bouquet of roses he gave me for Mother's Day this year. The title font is from Lyrical Letters. One of the embossed embellishments on my layout is this hinge I made in DS with the hinge from Storybook with the Fleur De Lis from Home Decor. I embossed with my cuttlebug and then added some Perfect Pearls by Ranger to enhance. I also used my crop a dile to add the grommets.

I've added 3 of the way fun to make Tim Holtz roses that are so ever popular right now. I love to add some xtra petals and have a tutorial coming up showing this technique. I have added a couple of Say It With Crystals Prima Bling to each side of my flowers.

I've used my A Child's Year cart to make the leaves to accent my roses. The buckle was a mark down find @ M's in the sewing section. I have cut 1/2 inch strips of card stock to resemble a belt and embossed with a border folder from cuttlebug. I used my black pen to add some 'stitching' and once again some of the perfect pearls in silver. Behind the photo I've also added two distressed pieces of card stock embossed with the handwriting folder and then accented with the green patina for Perfect Pearls.

Hope you enjoyed my take on the embossing challenge.....Please check out the other projects from the DT @ SOUS.

Please remember to check out Generations Crafting for all of your scrappy needs....you will find these wonderful Websters Pages and the beautiful Prima Bling along with so many other products available at wonderfully competitive prices!

Thanx for stopping by today!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Pecking Order

Hi everyone, I'm back!!!! I was whisked away for a little birthday trip last week and have missed being involved in the SOUS reveals for the past 2 weeks! It was wonderful to get back to scrapping and set aside all the other stuff life brings my way!
This week we have a wonderful sketch from pagemaps and I used the double photo design to scrap some pix of myself and my siblings from my birthday last year. My family does not love to have pix taken but I will keep taking them and scrapping them even against their will....LOL! We seldom have an opportunity to get everyone in a photo so I am happy to have these. I used K&Co papers and my new Songbird cartridge for this page.
All of the birds and birdcages along with the title are all from the circut cart Songbird.
I distressed my papers and inked the edges, a bit of lace between the pix and lots of adhesive pearl accents.
Together is cut from Graphically Speaking.....The numbers that show our sibling 'pecking order' are from a clock making kit. I used the clock mechanism for another project and had thrown the adhesive numbers into my scrap supplies...finally found a great use for them!
The birdcages on the Songbird cart were the whole motivation for adding it to my collection, I just love them!
Being the frugal scrapper that I am I knew I could create the tickets that are so popular on layouts....so I did just that~ I purchased a roll of plain white tickets @ Constructive Play Things for a song. I distressed them with some ink and added the words using the font from Storybook. I also used my Crop A Dile Big Bite to add the grommets to the flowers made with the cornflower punch from MS. The blue flowers have several layers of the same flower bound together.
My birds are cut with the Songbird cart and I added wings from Indie Art. The greenery is from Stretch Your Imagination.
I have missed all of you so much and cannot wait to pay you all a bloggy visit to see what you've been up to!!!!
So now hop on over to SOUS and check out the teams designs...they are all awesome....and we have a winner to the blog candy give away as well.....congrats Lisa.....hope you enjoy the goodies!!!!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Kansas Son Flowers Bloom In Heaven

HI!!! Hope you are all well! This weeks challenge at SOUS is to use buttons...so buttons I used!
For this layout I chose a picture of my dad and uncle as wee lads....1932...wow~My dad is the wee one on the right....just a boy of 2yrs. I chose the title to represent these boys as sons of my dear grandmother...of course all of them are blooming in heaven now.
I used K&Co Tim Coffey stack. The marquee is from Sentimentals and is double layered with a solid card stock. The 'button holes' were created with markers and then I added the buttons that are stitched with embroidery floss. I laced the ribbon around the buttons to 'attach' the marquee that I cut apart.

Kansas is cut from 50 States, Son Flowers is from Lyrical Letters, welded in DS. The tractor and windmill are both from Heritage.
I created the sunflowers by layering 3 of the flower cuts from Graphically speaking @ 1/2 inch increments. I used the sun cut from the same cart cut at 1 inch and 3/4 of an inch and then added buttons to the centers. I used my fingers to curl the petals a bit. The leaves are from Heritage and the wheat stalks from My World. The fence is cut from Paper Doll Dress Up.
1932 is cut from Pooh Font, I love love love the 'wood' look. In the center of these flowers I added some beads held in place with paper glaze.
Hop on over and check out the DT creations.....you will enjoy what you see!
Thanx for stopping by today!!!!!

Monday, May 10, 2010

You're Going Places Baby....what a fab award!!!

Well what can I say....except thanx Barb.....I have received so many lovely awards and must apologize to the sweet blogger buddies who have passed awards that I have not had time to share....hope I can make amends when school is out on the 21st.....yay!!!!
I swore I would not allow that to happen again so here is a wonderful award passed to me by our sweet craftygirly.....hope you will pay her a visit...she is so very talented and just the bestest bloggy bud!!!

For this award I must talk about where I see myself 10 years from now and pass along to 10 other bloggers....so here goes....a little quote I like....I know it's a bit ironic for a scrappy little me...but I love the truth of it....so while I scrap my memories I try not to get bogged down in the past and focus on the future...so this is a wonderful award....
"I know why God put our faces on the front and not the back....because he wants us to look where we are going and not focus on where we have been."....touched by an angel....
Ten years from now.....I would love to have all unresolved issues with my son's in the past....I see myself being a fantastic gramma....very possible as my oldest son is 20 and youngest 14.....spending time with all of them and building more wonderful memories.....I hope to find myself settled.... emotionally, spiritually, financially and physically. I would love to be remarried to a true soul mate looking forward to many new and fun experiences together. I love to travel and hope to be able to do even more....I am sure I will still be a scrappy little blogger binding the friendships I have now and creating new ones.....
with that said I am passing this to SOUS....I love my sistas I'm not counting them in my 10....love to make up my own rules....LOL
I am passing to some faithful followers and some new followers....I want to pass it to all of you...but the fun thing is...we are such a small blogging world....I know you will all get it in time....as far as I'm concerned...we are all going places baby~~

Friday, May 7, 2010

You make me smile!

Happy Friday!!! Yay....another Friday and another reveal for SOUS. This week we have another beautiful Liz Qualman sketch to inspire everyone, and all of us have some very fun diverse layouts to share with you.
I chose these pics of Mcauley and I...my own little Mother's Day memento....You make me smile....and he does. I changed the photos to b/w and added the blue to my denim jacket. I had this fab 29th Street Market paper that I paired with some K&Co prints from the Tim Coffey stack.
Instead of my usual cricut flourishes I decided to use some pearl sprays and accent the layout with adhesive pearls to tie it together. The alphas are from Memory Makers. I purchased an inexpensive book called "Letters To My Mother"....I tore some of the pages out to add to my layout. I've used distress ink in tea dye on all the edges.
I'm still using up that lace doily...LOL....a little trim and another flower....boy I've really gotten lots of goodies out of one doily....and more to use! I've also added some metal brads tot he flower center. The paper flowers are layers of the K&Co paper along with some solid card stock. I've cut the flowers from the snowflake/flower cut on my Home accents cart....2 ea in 2 and 2 1/2 inches. I then pulled the petals from behind each layer to the front of the patterned paper.
I've been wanting to add a banner to a layout and this worked beautifully. I used Stand and Salute to make the banner....added some lace and pearls and then cut the title font from Storybook. There is a small MS doily punch border accented with pearls along the bottom of the pic. The marqee is also from Storybook.
Hop on over to the SOUS blog to see all the other fab creations and check out the winners of the Guest Designer spots.....Thanx for stopping by today!

Friday, April 30, 2010

Legacy of Love

Hi all!!! Better late than never applies to this post in so many ways...sorry I was behind on getting this layout ready for the SOUS reveal today...but life happens. Speaking of life happening this is a photo of my maternal great grandparents. I have so little information on them it makes me sad, but I sure love this photo!
To the best of my knowledge this my great grandparent's wedding photo. I used some editing to create the individual pics from the original portrait. I am really inspired to get started documenting my family tree....few relatives left to help put the pieces together but through ancestry.com I was able to contact a third cousin who has already offered so much help to get me started....if you're reading this Mike a big cyber hug and many thanx!!
I used my fave K&Co papers for this layout (sketch by pagemaps). I also added some sheet music, lace, pearl necklace, bling, prima and handmade flowers. The title is cut from Heritage.
My frames, birds and marquee are from Sentimentals. The other cricut cuts are the Home Decor flourish.
I had purchased some old sheet music from a flea market and ran across these pages of The Wedding of Punch and Judy.....lol....I thought some of the words from the song worked really well for the theme of this page. My roses are the Tim Holtz that everyone is making right now. I also added some of the lace flowers I've been making from an old doily.
The light frame in this photo has been accented with paper glaze to help it stand out a bit from the background paper.
Some buttons for flower centers and accents...the letters for the initials are cut from Storybook.
I added a little poem that I thought of as I made this layout...Computer generated with Isabella font.
another doily flower....
a close up of some of the sheet music, lace and pearls....
The poem reads....
A little bird once told me of your legacy of love,
how two hearts were joined, with blessings from above.
But I only know small pieces of this tale you see,
I wish that you could bend from Heaven and tell the rest to me.
I know that my great grandmother passed away when my grandmother was very very young....I wish I knew the rest of the story....maybe I'll find out!
Thanx for stopping by today...don't forget to check out the rest of the DT's creations for this fab sketch....come along and play with us if you have time!!!!