Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Tuesday Throwdown #6

Happy Tuesday!  The challenge at Tuesday Throwdown this week is Black & White with a splash of color.  This works perfectly for me, since that's exactly how I'm doing my wedding album.  My bridesmaids wore dark purple, so I am using purple as an accent color through the album.

This is the right page that goes along with the "family" layout I did a few days ago. 

Patterned Paper - Paper Pizzazz and Miss Elizabeth's
Misc: K&Co Bridesmaids and Groomsmen stickers, Buttons and ric rac from stash, chipboard "&" pack from Michael's dollar bin

1. Tuesday Throwdown - black and white with one color
2. Stamp TV - black and white photo with color all over

Monday, June 28, 2010

Wedding Layouts

I created two layouts on Thursday morning (before my power went out for 21 hours!).

The first (left) page was using the Page Maps sketch for the LID Challenge on the Cricut MB.  

My brother (top left) walked my grandmother down the aisle.  The ushers took their seats (bottom left) and my grandmother and godmother were chatting in the bottom right photo. 

Close up of the stamping with silver embossing powder. 

For the right page, I used this weeks sketch at Sketches in Thyme

My brother in law walked my mother in law down the aisle.  My brother walked my mother down the aisle. (The stickers say "Mother of the Groom" and "Mother of the Bride")

Close up of stamping & other details:

Paper - Making Memories, Stemma, Recollections
Stamps - Dot Flourishes by Inkadinkado
Misc: Silver embossing powder by Inkadinkado, Adhesive Pearls, Cricut Storybook and Lacy Labels, MS Punch, ric rac, K&Co Stickers ("Mother of the Bride" and "Mother of the Groom"), white Gelly Roll pen

1. Sketches in Thyme - sketch
2. LID - sketch
3. Practical Scrappers - border punches
4. Creative Cottage - swirls and pearls

Crazy Weekend...

What a weekend!  It all started on Thursday.  Around 3:30 pm, we got hit with a MAJOR thunderstorm.  Hail was coming down in buckets.  The wind was blowing so hard that it ripped my plants to shreds. 

I took some pictures during the storm.  They aren't the clearest pictures, but it was raining so hard!

I took this picture out my front window during the storm.  The winds blew my metal porch furniture all over - the chairs were all soaked and upside down.

Hail collecting on my doormat:

Hail piling up in my flower beds:

The aftermath... this is one of my flower beds FULL of hail.  It looked like it snowed! The ice was the size of golf balls. 

Within about 30 seconds of the storm starting, my power went out.  Luckily it was daytime.  After the storm, my neighbors and I listened to the radio.  The winds were 75-80 miles per hour, and a tornado had touched down about 1-2 miles from my house!  Who knew tornadoes hit near Philadelphia? 

Anyway, my car and my husband's car have TONS of dents from hail, my screen windows have holes in them, and my garden has been torn to shreds.  But I was lucky. 

Most of my neighbors have broken windows and the ones with vinyl siding have hundreds of holes from the hail - it looks like someone shot their houses with a machine gun! 

Our power was out until noon on Friday, so it was about 21 hours total.  I was going through blog withdrawal!  It was too hot in my house without AC, so I couldn't even scrapbook!  I read a book on my front porch for the majority of the time. 

Friday night we went down the shore.  On Saturday, we hit a pothole and my front tire immediately went flat.  We had to drive home on a donut, and now I need to special order one of the low profile tires that my car takes.  Grrr....

And finally last night, I was doing laundry from the shore.  My stationary tub overflowed!  So I cleaned it all up, plunged the drain, and put towels on the floor to soak up the mess.  The sink seemed to be going down, so I did another load.  It overflowed AGAIN!  So it looks like I will be calling a plumber today as well.

I hope that you all had better weekends than I did...

Friday, June 25, 2010

June Christmas All Year Long

It's that time again!  On the 25th of each month, there is a Christmas card blog hop for the Magnolia-licious yahoo group.  It's great because I will have plenty of Christmas cards ready for this year!

I used Alva w/ flower and Alf with bell.  Aren't they adorable?  I get all of my stamps from Magnolia-licious.

If you want to start at the beginning of the hop, please click HERE.

If you came here from Kerry's blog, you're on the right track. 

The next stop on the hop is Lindsy's Blog.

Paper: Me & My Big Ideas
Stamps: Magnolia Alva w/ flower, Alf w/ bell, Studio G sentiment 
Cricut Plantin Schoolbook (Circles), Distress Inks, Silver Embossing Powder by Inkadinkado,

1. Sketch Saturday - sketch
2. Simon Says Stamps - friends

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Sherrod Studio Blog Hop

Hey everyone!  It's time for a blog hop!  My friend Kim from Sherrod Studio Stamps is hosting a blog hop to celebrate the re-launch of her stamp line.  

Here's a little info about the reasons for the re-launch of the line:

Hi There!
This is Kim. I started my stamp line a year ago but decided to take some time off to due to personal and business decisions that I needed to make. As life would have it, things started happening. First we got burglarized and without insurance we couldn't replace important things that were taken, then a couple of days after that we had a financial setback. My hope in launching the new stamps and bringing back old favorites is to raise money to help our family get back on our feet again. We are grateful to everyone we know who have given us so much love and support as we work our way back to feeling safe and secure again.



I have made two cards for this blog hop.  For the first one, I used the "Gamer" set.  Isn't it perfect for any little boy?  I made this card for my nephew.  I will likely use it for his birthday (next March), but I didn't put a sentiment in case I need to use it for another occasion. 

Solid Cardstock by The Paper Co
Stamps by Sherrod Studio
Bic Mark it Markers

For the second card, I used the "Rock and Roll" set.  My favorite uncle (and godfather) plays the guitar and his 50th birthday is July 7th, so this was perfect timing!  I just love the flourishes around the guitars and music notes!  

Solid Cardstock by The Paper Co
Stamps by Sherrod Studio, "You Rock" sentiment by Studio G
Cricut Lacy Labels
Bic Mark it Markers & White Gelly Roll Pen
Music Note Brads 
Silver Embossing Powder by Inkadinkado 

The next stop on the hop is the lovely and talented Leah of Paper Blossoms.   
If you want to start at the beginning of the hop, please visit Sherrod Studio.  

In order to be eligible for the prize draw, be sure to comment on the blogs of all 6 hop participants. 

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

A Graduation Card

I am going to a graduation party this weekend for my nextdoor neighbor's son, so I made this card for him.

I saw a youtube video on how to do the "emboss resist" technique, so I tried it for this card.  It was very easy and I loved the results!  

Patterned Paper from unknown source (I bought a "holiday" pack of 100 sheets of paper - this was the VERY first scrapbook paper I bought!), Solid cardstock by The Paper Co, Stamps by Studio G, Clear Embossing Powder by Inkadinkado, Versamark Watermark Stamp Pad, Tim Holtz Distress Inks,

PS - Please stop back tomorrow and join me in the Sherrod Studio blog hop!  

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Tuesday Throwdown #5

Happy Tuesday!  The challenge at Tuesday Throwdown this week is dry embossing.  Our sponsor is Glitterbabes Art Shop, so I used their Hippo in a Tube Image.  Isn't it cute?

I liked the way that the water turned out on my card from last week, so I did it again.  I used Glossy Accents on the water and the goggles.  

Paper - The Paper Co
Stamp - Hippo in a Tube by Glitterbabes Art Shop
Misc - Cuttlebug Swiss Dots, Houndstooth, Argyle, and Circles, Glossy Accents, Bic Mark it Markers, Silver embossing powder, red ribbon from stash, Marvy 1" square punch

1. Tuesday Throwdown - dry embossing
2. Caardvarks - wet or dry embossing (I've got both)
3. Sir Stamp a Lot - punch it

Monday, June 21, 2010

Family (Wedding) Layout - SOUS

Here's another layout for my wedding scrapbook. I am sharing the left page today, but the right page will be shared next Tuesday (for my Tuesday Throwdown DT post).

I used this lovely sketch from SOUS:

This is one of my favorite pictures.  It's my mother in laws hands holding her tissues.  I love that our photographer caught moments like these.

Paper - DCWV, Me & My big ideas
Misc: Nestabilities Circle (4"), Cricut Plantin Schoolbook (4.5" circle and text), Adhesive pearls, ric rac, buttons from stash, adhesive rhinestones, Stampin Up Ticket Corner Punch, White Gelly Roll Pen

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Six Quick and Easy Father's Day Cards

Nothing like procrastinating....

I realized this morning that I still hadn't made any Father's Day cards.  So I made these.  Nothing stunning, just some quick and easy cards.

The inside of each card says "happy father's day."

For my dad (he loves classic cars):

For my father in law:

For my grandfather and my husband's grandfather:

For my husband (from the dogs):

This card is my favorite.  It's for my other grandfather: (He was a Colonel in the Army and part of the airborne unit in WW2)

Patterned papers - K & Co
Misc: Cricut Stand & Salute, Everyday Paper Dolls, Heritage, Marvy Paw Print Punch, Distress inks, Sharpie Marker, 

1. Cards for Men - father's day
2. Cupcake Craft - one for the boys
3. Fantabulous Cricut - card for Dad

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Tuesday Throwdown #4

Happy Tuesday!  The challenge at Tuesday Throwdown this week is "celebrate summer."  When I think of summer, I always think of the beach, so I did a beach theme for my card.

Close up of the "water"

Patterned Paper - American Crafts, DCWV
Stamp: Magnolia Tilda Surfing, Edwin Surfing
Misc: Distress Inks, White Gelly Roll Pen, Stickles, Liquid Pearls, Glossy Accents, Letter Beads, Adhesive Rhinestones

1. Tuesday Throwdown - celebrate summer
2. A Spoon Full of Sugar - sunshine
3. Daring Cardmakers - the world is your oyster - places around the world (this card reminds me of my honeymoon in Hawaii!)
4. Magnolia-licious Birthday Bash - bling it
5. Magnolia Down Under - swirly swirls (the surf board and ocean have lots of swirls)
6. Stampin for the weekend - summer/travel 
7. Sentimental Sundays - summertime
8. The Shabby Tea Room - summertime

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Groom & Groomsmen Layouts

I didn't have many pictures of the guys getting ready, as the photographer was at my house while the girls were getting ready.  So I compiled the only 4 pictures I had into this layout.

As you may have noticed in my previous post, I am only using selected colors in my wedding scrapbook.  I am using black, white, silver, and purple. 

I wanted these two pages to be masculine, so I think I succeeded...

Left Page:

Right Page:

For the right page, I used the sketch at Stuck on You Sketches:

Patterned paper: DCWV, Paper Pizzazz, Me & My Big Ideas
Misc: Jolees Embellishments, Paisley Stickers from AC Moore (company unknown), Stampin Up ticket punch, White Gelly Roll Pen (for journaling and faux stitching), K&Co Journaling tag

1. SOUS - sketch
2. Aly's - stitching (faux stitching on the journaling paper)
3. Creative Inspirations - stitching
4. Busy Beauties - anything goes
5. Penny's Paper - photo inspiration (black, white, and gray)
6. Charisma Cardz - spots and stripes

Parents of the Bride Layout

I've been working on my wedding album, so I thought I would share a few layouts. 

Left Page:

Right Page:

Paper: Me & My Big Ideas, DCWV, Paper Pizazz
Misc: Primas, Jolees, Making Memories Letter stickers, Adhesive rhinestones & pearls

1. Cupcake Craft - dazzle us (sparkle)
2. Alphabet - F is for flowers
3. A spoon full of sugar - floral delight
4. Stampel Magie - flowers
5. Create4Fun - black & white + 1 color (purple)
6. Daring Cardmakers - pearls

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Tuesday Throwdown #3

It's Tuesday, so that means it's time for another challenge at Tuesday Throwdown.  The challenge was a nautical/water theme.  I've been meaning to scrap these pictures of the dogs at the beach for a while, so this was the perfect opportunity.

I am making an 8x8 doggie scrapbook for my mother in law, so that she can have some pictures of her "grandpuppies."  She helps us out so much with the dogs.  She even comes over to walk them on days that my husband and I are both at work. 

Paper: I was using up some scraps left over from my Hawaii album.  The tan & blue paper is Miss Elizabeth's.  I am not sure about the polka dot paper (it may be by My Mind's Eye).

Cricut Life's a Beach, Distress Inks, Nestabilities Circle, Gelly Roll White Pen

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

A Quick and Easy Birthday Card

I made this card for my mother in law's birthday. She has palm trees and tropical colors all over her apartment, so this card is very appropriate.

I didn't use many embellishments, the paper was just too pretty to cover up. This is a 4.5 x 6.5 photo mat from the DCWV Travel Stack.

Patterned paper - DCWV Travel Stack
Stamps: Hawaiian Tilda, Inkadinkado Sentiment
Misc: Adhesive rhinestones, Distress Inks, Liquid Pearls, Stickles

1. Tuesday Throwdown - trees and nature
2. Just Magnolia - hot and spicy
3. Pile it on - eat your veggies (veggie colors)
4. Magnolia Stamp Lovers - summer theme
5. The Pink Elephant - gotta wear shades
6. Stampavie and more - summer
7. Cupcake Craft - summer

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Tuesday Throwdown #2

I had so much fun making these layouts.  I just got Create a Critter, so this gave me the perfect opportunity to try it out.  The challenge at Tuesday Throwdown this week is trees and nature.

My friend Shel is pregnant and she has chosen to do a nature theme for baby Avery's nursery.  These two layouts will be framed for her to hang on the wall.

Patterned paper (has animals all over it) - DCWV spring stack
Misc - Cricut Create a Critter, Tim Holtz distress inks,