Friday, July 31, 2009

Card Swap

Ok, it's been a quiet week here on my blog...but I was busy creating. One of my LSS ( I have 4 locally..scrapbook heaven!) has a card swap every month. Annette usually has about 12 girls participate. So I made 13 cards, 12 to swap and one to the LSS. She sells them in the store, it's her price for letting us play. So in a couple of weeks, I'll have 12 cards to send out...this month's theme is "Friendship" Enough is my card with instructions.....

Here are my products:

Bazzill Bling in 24 Karate (8.5x11)

K & Co Margo Blue applique Roses Glitter Paper

Beige cardstock of choice

Aqua Velvet ribbon (1/4" wide)

Sizzox Die "Top Note" (this was a special made for Stampin Up only, but any such die wous work. It is approx. 3 1/4 x 4 1/4)

Color Box Cats Eye Liquid Chalk in Charcoal

Cut Bazzil cardsto in half (5 1/2 x 8/12)Fold in half & score . Bling is heavy, so use caution not to rip or wrinkle.

Cut a piece of beige cardstock 3 1/2 x 4 1/2. Print "Your Friendship on lower part of title block as shown. I used CK Retrospect for my font, but use your favorite.

Softly ink edges of card, as shown. (note: I rarely use my ink pad directly on a you run the chance of having a teardrop shape on the edge and two, it destroys the felt. I use a cheap makeup triangle, dipped in ink. The risk of "hard edges" is almost eliminated ) DON"T GLUE DOWN YET!!!

With Rose Paper & die, cut out 1 shape. Cut this shape in half as shown.

Glue to title card along top. I had to trim a tiny little bit off each side.

Glue to front of card, being careful to center. I tied a simple overhand knot in the left end of ribbon. Using Glue Dots Continuous Line makes it simple to put down ribbon. (I love my ZipDry for everything else..)
I typed the rest of the sentiment "lightens every burden and makes the sun shine brighter" on beige cardstock. Inked edges and glued to inside...annnnddddd.

TaDaa!! A great card for a swap or for a special friend. Girls, we don't get to collect these like we do stickers....brighten someone's day. This week in fact.
And Keep Dreamin

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

July Kit

Well, Friday night was a great night at crop. I cropped for the first time at Scrapbook Junction in Minooka, IL. I met a few new ladies (might even make a fewfriends) and was able to get a couple of pages finished. I used the July MW Express Kit and worked some more on our trip home from Maine (2007!)

I had to pick some different cardstock than what was in the package, cause I wanted to use both the same color. I used the "postcards" that were in the kit. So they didn't just look like cardstock mats, I dirtied the edges, stamped some postage items on it (did I say the acrylic stamps were included? Really cute!), and drew journal lines. I used a ruler and a Zig Marker, but there are several stamps out there with journal lines. On the left one, I wrote it as if I was mailing a postcard home and the right one I just journaled about the cute motel. The title "From Maine to New York" was made with arrow (included) a strip off the liscense tag paper (included) , rub ons, a chipboard plaque covered in blue dot paper (included) and a NY liscense plate. The Journal block was in the kit, as was the darling "map" flowers. I dirtied them up with cat's eye chalk in the burnt sienna. The striped paper is so brilliant, that I had to use it! The mats are the blue & tan dot from the back of the stripe.

I still have many papers, embellishments, & journal blocks left. One page has old-fashioned bicycles on it. I have a great idea for that.. The papers are from Little Yellow Bicycle, Making Memories, and Graphic 45.

There are still kits left for sale. Check it out at my MemoryWorks Web Site.

Hope to see some of your layouts in the forum,

And. . .
Keep Dreamin

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Pink Nickels: BLOG CANDY ALERT!!!!

Ok, see I was surfing the MemoryWorks Message Board (yes, you too can go in there and read what's going on in the scrapbook world), and I followed a link by one of the girls. For all you bloggers, you need to check this out. And because I know so many of you don't blog, but you read them...check this out. In addition to just the contest and FREE product (follow the rules, they'll show you how to enter) she has some great tips and ideas. And links to even more blogs...that's how we learn things...reading and then doing. Check it out! Pink Nickels: BLOG CANDY ALERT!!!!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Happy Monday

I don't have any scrapbooking to talk about today! I spent my weekend preparing for VBS at my friend Amy's church, Steve & I went to a local town festival Saturday late afternoon, church on Sunday, the neighbor dog's birthday (it was sooooo cute) and then the kickoff of VBS!
I will elaborate a bit more on Zorro's birthday. Tori had balloons and ribbons with paw prints on it decorating the deck. She went on-line and found a "doggy cake", made with honey, carrots & peanut butter. Buddy scarfed it up! And instead of ice cream, they had frozen doggie yogurt. Again, it was a hit with my Buddy. Seems afterall, that he likes junk food!!
They have a little tiny, tiny Yorkie, Mia, who was dressed up in a cheer outfit! When she walked the little skirt was too cute. It was a great party with a total of 6 dogs..lots of sniffing and ear licking, but no fights. It's unusual to go to a birthday party without one of the kids fighting...or crying. Thanks for such a fun time.
I'm going to start creating something with my new July MemoryWorks kit this afternoon, so I'll be sure to post some pics. And my stamping up! order should be in by Wednesday. So much to get excited about.
Don't forget to hop over to DreamTalkin.ning to see the 100 Scrapbook inspirations that I've posted. I'll be giving you 10 a week for 10 weeks. They will have challenges attatched with them, so get busy. I'll pick a random name on Sunday for each challenge I pick...and someone will recieve a little prize. Be sure to sign in and post them on your page. See you at DreamTalkin

And Keep Dreamin


Saturday, July 18, 2009

Buddy's first Party Invitation

Ok, girls. This is just too cute and I had to share it! My neighbors have 3 dogs..Zeus, Zorro, & Mia. In our mailbox today, this is what we received..not Steve & I, but Buddy got mail! It is a cute origami puppy, complete with tags that say "Buddy".
The paper rolled up in his mouth was the invitation to Zorro's Birthday party! And now the dilema, what do you get the dog that has everything? A tie? Cologne? Gift card to PetCo? Buddy & I are going today to pick out something special. I mainly wanted to post this so you could see other fun things to do with your paper crafting. Hope you gals get to crop some this weekend. Don't forget to check the Forums for the 100 Scrapbooking inspirations. Starts Monday. Get inspired and get showing your projects.

Keep Dreamin

Thursday, July 16, 2009

It's been a long time since I have been this excited about a kit. On National Scrapbook Day, MemoryWorks (the new company I'm an independent sales consultant with) had a flash like this. A Mega Kit. So, I scooped up 4 kits(for myself, Patty, Sally & Crystal) thinking it was a good deal. When the kit came..WOW!!! So much stuff, and not unrelated stuff like you get with other companies. It all coordinates. So here's your opportunity to get the newest one...but don't think too long....they will be gone.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Our Boy

I have a friend Marie, whom I haven't seen in ages, who was young and had no children. But she loved to scrapbook. Soooo, she did layouts of her little dog. Did I say layouts? I meant entire albums of her dog. The puppy is an adorable little thing. And takes a great picture. Marie kept nagging me and nagging me to get more dog items in the store. Well, I didn't...probably just to annoy her! Anyway, I hope Marie is reading this blog...cause I have done my First Dog Layout! I have always had a dog or 3, but I just never had all this time on my hands. Time to really get to know them, never be parted from them (when I shower, he sits right by the shower door!), and NEVER was I going to do a dog layout!
So here is my dog layout. I'm in love with this guy... The only thing that would make him better is if he could talk with me and had opposable thumbs. I have entered this into a sketch challenge at a LSS.

I had some metallic blue cardstock from one of those paper packs. The kit was from Cloud 9, embellisment was Jolee's, and the name alphas are from Making Memories. They are felt, gives a great texture to the page. I found a paw print pattern on-line (I googled 'free paw print pattern"), and cut it out of tan & black cardstock (stamping up!). I popped up the "T" and , as usual, inked the edges of the tan paw. A little journaling and alphabet rub-ons on pg2 and it was done. I did it while watching the Home Run Derby on Monday and the All Star Game on Tuesday. Scrapbooking and Baseball...doesn't get much better than that!

Starting Monday in the DreamTalkin Forum, I'm starting 100 Inspirations. I found the list in Jessica Spragues' blog archives. She did 100 in 10...100 inspirations in 10 days. I think that overwhelmes me, so I'm going to do the list over 10 weeks. And for every one of the inspirations you pick up, run with, and post a layoutor project using, will get your name in the random drawing for a gift. We start over every Sunday, so that should give every one a chance to enter to win. I know that Patty keeps winning the layout contests at Top-n-Crops every month. Let's give her some competition here, OK?
Have a great weekend. there is an on-line blog at that has crop challenges this weekend. Christmas in July Crop. Lot's of challenges already started..some free templates, new card ideas & give-aways. I'm plugging in, mostly because I need to scrap, but also I want to challenge myself to get some things done. Oh, and did I say there were prizes? I love those too.
Since I'm not in Oklahoma anymore, I need to hear from you on-line. Get some cropping done and....

Keep Dreamin'

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

No More Excuses!

I know, I really suck as a blogger. You would think, WAY UP NORTH WITH NO FRIENDS that I would have all the time in the world to sit at this computer and just type a little story..or 2. But for some reason, my heart hasn't been in it. BUT I am going to try it again. I would love to have several followers here we go. A new post.

Life in Bolingbrook is anything but boring. Why this week alone I've:
1. Been to the grocery store
2. Took clothes to the dry cleaner

3. Walked the dog and met a new neighbor (more about that later)

4. Watched the HomeRun Derby (men in uniform...what's not to like?)

5. Watered the garden and pulled a few weeds.
And it's only Tuesday. Just imagine what the week ahead has in store...vacuming, dusting, cooking! But I have been sneaking in scrapbooking also. Steve is my new cropping buddy, as I've set up a tv tray in the family we can be together (you know how much he likes that! no, seriously he does, makes me crazy!) So since I've been cropping, what have I been doing, I hear you ask. I'm sad cause you don't really want to hear about my exciting life here in the frigid north {57 degrees right now! I'm writing this with my windows closed and my hoodie on!}

As some of you know, I've started "selling" from a company named MemoryWorks.
We sell alot of the name brand things you can find in any store...BasicGrey, Making Memories, Seven Qypsies, Cosmo Cricket, and more. The reason I put " around selling is because, I'm not selling much, only buying. (But if you want to shop, click on the link above and shop away) Anyway, they have a killer kit of the month, and I've been playing with it. The first one I got had tons of birthday themed stuff in it. it all coordinated, so all I had to add on these layout was stickles, adhesives, and a journaling stamp


I decided to do my first birthday...couldn't call it a party..there was no presents..

Pics are needing to be resized before adding. I plan to put one larger one on the 1st page and 2 smaller ones on the cream matting. A sketch (downloaded from the MemoryWorks site) was the basis for both pages. I just turned the sketch one time to get a different look.

The Bingo Cards are from Jenni Bowlin , and come in large as seen here (5x7) or in small (2x3) . It worked out that my actuall birthdate was on my cards, so I circled them with (what else?) lime green stickles. The cupcake top and bottom are chipboard which I glued paper with my ModPodge, and sanded the edges using my Basic Grey Precision File Set (only $7., pg 55 of our book). The small files make it so easy to get into the tight corners. I inked everything, of course with Color Box Fluid Chalk in dark brown. Use a light touch, cause you can easy get it too dark. I popped the "frosting" up with pop dots. I love a little dimension.

See, I don't write often, but when I do, I can't shut up!! The July kit just came in the mail yesterday, and I can't wait to dig into it. It is about travel, vacation. Go to my site to look at it: It's too late for this month, but you can let me know and I'll subscribe you for August. I can't wait for mine to come in.

Don't forget to go to our forum, DreamTalkin.ning, sign up and lets start sharing ideas and pics.

In the meantime...Keep Dreamin'