Friday, August 31, 2007

We've got a winner!

Congratulations to

Cheryl (aka CAKVD) of Madison, WI!!!

We just drew your name to receive the latest issue of Scrapbook Dimensions!

I didn't forget....

I'll have my daughter pick a winner for the latest issue of Scrapbook Dimensions Magazine later this afternoon! It's not too late to leave me a comment and get in the drawing!

Monday, August 27, 2007

Just Clownin' Around....

(click photo for larger image)

Clownin' Around is the name of the paper and embellishment kit I used to make this birthday hat and card. The digi kit is by Dani Mogstad and I just fall in love with everything she makes - the themes, the bright colors....she's amazing! When I saw this kit I knew I wanted to make a birthday hat and I remembered this multi-colored yarn I had stashed away, I thought about it and hoped it would match so I pulled it out and it seemed to work. I made a big pom pom for the top of the hat and a trim around the bottom (plus I added some to the card to match).

I used several different papers to make the hat and its hard to see them from the front so here are a few more views of the hat:

That's all for now!

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Holiday Cards and Other Stuff...

Oh, I just love making holiday cards, no matter what the holiday, its just fun. I did a Halloween card this afternoon with the Bewitched Paper and Embellishment Digi Kits by Dani Mogstad.

Have you backed up your computer lately? That is what I spent hours doing this morning - 11 CD's worth of stuff (yes that's eleven). I feel much better now that my precious photos and digi kits are backed up and safe. I have an external hard drive that I use to keep all my digi-scrapbooking stuff and photos on. Since its an 80 GB drive, I pretty much save everything there instead of my computer so the computer will always run fast. That's what I backed up today. Whew....glad that's done!

Next on my "to do" list is the grocery store and it happens to be a very yucky, rainy day here. I'd skip it if I didn't need to get lunch meat, bread, etc for dd's lunch for school tomorrow so....I guess I'm off to do that now! Happy Sunday :)

Friday, August 24, 2007

I'm giving away another copy of Scrapbook Dimensions Magazine!

Good Stuff....I just found out that my Altered Jiffy Pop project was picked for Hybrid Project of the Day over at Digi Pick of the Day and I also had an e-mail from Digital Artist Magazine asking for another project for next month's issue.

I'm in the process of rearraning things in my craftroom a bit and doing some decluttering. I hate to throw anything crafty away though....I always feel like I may want it later. I'm getting rid of a bunch of papers (not scrapbook papers but notes and stuff), scraps, etc. I also uncovered ANOTHER new copy of the current Scrapbook Dimensions! Hmmm.........

So....ANOTHER GIVEAWAY! Just leave a comment to this blog post or any new posts through Thursday, August 30th and I'll have my daughter randomly draw a winner from all of the comments next Friday (August 31st) to get a copy of the current issue of Scrapbook Dimensions Magazine. You can either leave me your e-mail addy or blog url to let me know how to contact you to get your mailing address OR just check back next Friday (Aug 31) to see if you were picked and contact me if you see your name.

Have a GREAT weekend!!!

Wednesday, August 22, 2007


Got my goodie box today from being published in the Aug/Sept issue of Paper Trends - LOVE the goodies!!!

So now I just need some time to play with it all!

The new card's are up on Di Hickman's blog for our weekly card sketch. Here's mine:

Supplies: DCWV Cardstock, K&Co Pattern Papers and Flower, Bobbin Ribbon, Colorbox Chalk Ink, Provo Craft Decorative Scissors.

Make sure to check out Di's Blog to see the sketch and the other cute cards.

Happy Wednesday :)

Monday, August 20, 2007

Back To School

Today was the first day of school and my daughter's first day of Second Grade. Boy, does time fly!!!
I have a little project here that I did for Bitten By The Bug, which is a blog my friend Regina has for the Cricut Machine. The "assignment" was to use the Apple from the DoodleCharms cartridge so I decided to alter a mini-chalkboard. I also used papers from Dani Mogstad's County Fair Digi Kit, ribbon, HS chipboard, MM button and added some chalk with a ribbon tied around it. The girls at Bitten By The Bug did some AMAZING things so make sure you go check them out!!!
Happy Monday :)

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Creating with Transparencies!

Have you made anything with Transparencies? I love the look of transparencies and the new clear books that are out. I have yet to make a clear book, although I did buy a few Styrene Blank sheets to make one with - these are a cheap alternative to the pre-made books and can be found at the craft store in the painting isle (where they have specialty & acrylic paints). You just buy the blank sheets and put them together to make your own book.

The transparencies can be found in the office supply store - for either ink-jet or laser printers. I have a box of transparencies that my mother gave me years ago that are made for copy machines, since a laser printer is pretty much the same, I use them in my laser printer and they work great.

Here are a few projects I've made with transparencies:

This is a card - the card base is made from a transparency. I put a photo on the inside of the card and used rub-ons around the photo. On the card front, I simply sewed a strip of paper, a flower and die-cut along the bottom.

This is a hybrid "Summer Fun Journal" I made for my daughter to write about her summer adventures. I used a transparency to print "Summer Fun" on and then sewed that to the front of the journal over the striped paper.

This is a hybrid card I made and wanted to print the round glitter embellishment on something transparent to add to the front of the card. I printed on a transparency and then added some vellum behind the transparency to make it a little less transparent.

Do you have any projects made with transparencies or a clear book? I'd LOVE to see them if you do so leave a comment and let me know!
Also....I'd love to see any altered art projects you've got, no matter what they are made of.... just leave me a link in the comments section!


I had a comment Monday from JanMary that said:

Just getting into hybrid - any suggestions of sites/boards for inspiration? Thanks

Hi JanMary - I listed some a few days ago that I like to visit, here they are:

Scrap Gypsies
Scrapbook Dimensions Magazine
Girl Talk Blog - each Tuesday is "Altered Tuesday" so you'll find great altered projects that are hybrid then.
Digi Shop Talk Hybrid Gallery

Another new one I'm adding is: Digi Freebies Blog (free digi stuff!!)
But there are a LOT more. If anyone knows of a good site, leave me a comment so I can add it to the list!

Happy Wednesday :)

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Whatever Girlfriend!

Alright, so I am in love with this funky new kit by Trish Jones and Sausan called "Big Girls Panties". It's just too fun and the colors....oh my gosh - Amazing!

I did up this wooden purse and once I got the papers on I almost stopped because it simply didn't need anything else, the papers are so amazing. But....I saw the "Whatever Girlfriend" word art and the "So?" journaling spot so I HAD to add them! I LOVE the way this turned out, I took so many photos of this but couldn't get one that did the project justice, anyway I love it and will soooo be carrying this purse around!!!

This purse is pretty big, bigger than it looks in the photo, its about 9" across. I printed out the pattern papers from this digi kit, traced the shape of the purse onto the paper, cut the shapes out and adhered them to the purse. For the Whatever Girlfriend embellishment, I digitally placed the "Whatever Girlfriend" word art onto the "So?" journaling spot, printed it and cut it out. I cut three pieces of polka dot ribbon to put behind this embellishment, added a skull & crossbones sticker and adhered it to the front. On the purse handle I used more polka dot ribbon - I sewed the sides of the ribbon together and made a casing to cover the purse handle. That's it!
Happy Sunday :)

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Who's getting a free copy of Scrapbook Dimensions???

We have a winner!!!! Last Saturday I posted that I would send a free copy of the latest Scrapbook Dimensions to anyone that made a comment on my blog this week. This morning my daughter and I printed out all the comments from this week, cut them in strips and she drew one. Its....................................

Suzy H from Halifax Canada !!!

Thanks so much to all of you for your nice comments!!!! I really enjoyed reading them all!!!

And speaking of comments - here's one I received yesterday:

I am intrigued by the digi-scrapping and altering but have no idea how to begin! Any thoughts that you can blog about as to how to learn and do this? _Marie

What a great question, because I've had several people ask me about this (Hybrid: Digi & Traditional Scrapping). Its actually easy the way I do it (because I'm limited in my Digi skills!). Most of the time I just print out the digi papers and elements, cut them out and use them just like traditional scrapping supplies. I have a project that I did a few weeks ago for the Girl Talk Blog that shows this. I'll post the photos here but you can go here to see the full post: Altered Tuesday ~ Framed Summer Memories

I used the Dani Mogstad's Heat Wave Kit for this project. All of the embellishments were printed from her kit, I just added the ribbon bow, the button and some brads.

A few other places to learn more about hybrid scrapping are:

These are just a few of the places I go, if anyone knows of a good site to add to this list, please let me know!

Have a great weekend! I finished a project (late) last night for Trish Jones and I'll post it later today.....Boy, I had to put my "big girl panties" on for this project (just check back later - LOL!)

Friday, August 10, 2007

An Altered Jiffy Pop Project!

Do you remember Jiffy Pop? I do and I was quite surprised to see it in the dollar section at Target the other day. I guess it kinda faded out when microwave popcorn got big. But Jiffy Pop was fun....there's just something about that big bump of popcorn that grows as you shake it on the stove burner. O.K.... so where am I going with this - LOL! Why an altered project, of course!

This is a project I did for Dani Mogstad. It's made using a brand new kit called "County Fair". I thought making the Jiffy Pop into a gift would be fun so I decided to make it a Movie Night Kit, decorated and adding a video store gift card.

The Jiffy Pop has a round cardboard cover that is held in place by the thin metal sides that bend over it (the black rim around the cover). All you have to do is open the sides and take the cardboard top off. I measured the top but decided to leave it in place and make another top to go over the original top. I thought it would be best to leave the instructions, ingredients and all that important info on the original top in place since I planned to make this a gift. The top measured 7" so I opened up my imaging program and made a 7" circle to design the top. After designing the top, I cut a slit in it to stick the gift card in and added some ribbon and a button.
Now I have this:

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I thought this would be a fun gift for a teacher or friend or neighbor ~ especially with the fall nights ahead.

More later.....

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Newsletter Is Up At Scrap Gypsies!

We've got a new newsletter just up at! You have to check it out! I believe you have to be a member on the site to view it, so go sign up HERE really quick (only takes a second) and then go HERE to view the newsletter.

Here's a project I have in it this month, Altered School Supplies - you can find the full instructions & more photos in the newsletter:

A few more things I can share are two more projects for Scrap Gypsies:

(Used Pamela Gibson's "Vintage Style Deliciously Cloudy Spring" Paper Pack.)

(Used Meredith Fenwick's "Funkalicious Font" and "Doodley Doo Funkalicious Stamps")


Di has an adorable paper pack that you can download FOR FREE in the Scrap Gypsies newsletter, each month she's going to add to it - here's a little peek:

Think that's all for now.....Remember, If you are into Hyrbird and also into Trish Jones Designs, She's putting together a Hybrid Team so link me up with some hybrid eye candy if you are interested in joining the team. You get acess to all of Trish's stuff in exchange for 3 projects per month!

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Wednesday's Stuff...

Did this little card for Di Hickman's Card Sketch and also a Caardvarks Challenge. I used a FREE Digi Kit from Shabby Princess that you can get here: Express Yourself Digi Kit. I loved the colors and the flowers in this kit and did I mention IT'S FREE!!!!

Speaking of digi kits, I found this one this morning when I was checking out Di Rigdon's site and fell IN LOVE. I hope its alright that I post a picture here:

I love the digi embellishments with this kit! Just too cute! There is also a solid paper pack that goes with it. I've already spent my monthly craft allowance and this is just killing me....I may have to cave.

Do you do hybrid? Trish Jones is looking for some Hybrid girls to add to her team. I need to get back with her regarding the requirements but am guessing it'll be 2-3 projects per month (I'll edit that if it changes but Trish is pretty laid back and I know it won't be anything major). If you are a hybrid scrapper (do layouts, and maybe some cards or altered thrown in, using a mix of digi and traditional) and you like Trish's style, hook me up with a link to some hybrid stuff you've done if you are interested!

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Tuesday Stuff...

My daughter and I went to see the movie "Hairspray" today and WE LOVED IT!!! My daughter is 7 and aside from a little kissing and I think one mild bad word, it was perfect - she loves musicals and broadway/theatre so this was right up her alley. We decided we would go see it again and bring Dad next time. I give it a BIG THUMBS UP!

I had a nice e-mail from Scrapstreet today asking to publish a card I did for the September issue. That made my day! If you haven't seen this online mag, go check it out NOW: Magazine, IT'S FREE!!!!

I also finished a project last night for the Scrap Gypsies Newsletter. I'll post it here as soon as it comes out (which should be in the next few days), I thought it was a neat project: Altering School Supplies.

Speaking of school supplies, here's a school bucket I did (this is the one that's in Scrapbook Dimensions), I can post it now that the mag is out:

Happy Tuesday!!!

Sunday, August 5, 2007

Get your Layouts, Cards or Altered Art ready....

and go post them in the gallery at! Scrap Gypsies is a great site where anything goes....Traditional, Hybrid or Digital and we LOVE Layouts, Cards, AND Altered Art. Each day we pick one project from our gallery for "The Gypsy Gem of the Day" and you get a PRIZE! Right now the prize is a gift certificate from Shabby Elements (the digital store owned by the fabulous Di Rigdon - all you crafters have to check out her templates at Shabby Elements too). Scrap Gypsies is a new site so we are trying to build up our members - the good news is that since we are still new, your chances of being picked are VERY good! So what are you waiting for....go post your latest projects right now! Not only do you get bragging rights for being the Gypsy Gem of the Day, you get a prize!

I wanted to post a little card I did that just came out in this month's Digital Artist Magazine:

For this card I used Dani Mogstad's Crazy Love Paper and Embellishment kits, Dani's Alpha Cards and Paper Borders plus some ribbon, a button, etc. Happy Sunday!

Saturday, August 4, 2007

A Good Mail Day!

Don't ya love a good mail day?! I (FINALLY) got my new Paper Trends AND Scrapbook Dimensions came today too!!! I have one project in Paper Trends and two projects in Scrapbook Dimensions. I was excited to see that my project in Paper Trends was a two-page spread (Yea!).

Here's a peek:

I love Scrapbook Dimensions! It's all about Hybrid (using digital AND traditional supplies) which is something I love to do. The magazine features a variety of projects: Cards, Layouts and Altered and it also has good articles and how to's for Hybrid Scrapping. In fact, I love this magazine so much - I'm going to give one away.....just leave me a comment here on my blog to ANY post in the next week (Aug 4 - Aug 10) and I'll have my dd randomly pick a name to send it to. You can either leave me your e-mail addy or blog url to let me know how to contact you to get your mailing address OR just check back next Saturday (Aug 11) to see if you were picked and contact me if you see your name.

Have a GREAT Weekend!

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Wanted to pop in and post this card I did for this week's card sketch for Di Hickman:

I used K&Co Papers, Bazzill, cotton lace, hemp cord, a chipboard tag, twill sticker by AMM, antique buttons and flowers. I cut a "window" out of the front of the card with the flowers and pattern paper showing through so when you open the card, the flowers are on the inside.

Busy with lots of stuff today so gotta run.....more later.....