Thursday, January 31, 2013

I Wish I Could See You

Spent a lovely afternoon making cards with Farley yesterday. Before we started, however, it was imperative to make a shopping run to Stampers Corner in Elk Grove. I tried to resist buying this new stamp set but its will was too strong. It's a stamp line from My Favorite Things and oh, my, gosh, Farley, I have discovered there are hundreds of them. Take a look. Anyway, this one is called Peek-a-Boo. I just had to own her. The papers used are from the February Simon Says Stamp Card kit. I did do a tiny bit of paper piecing by stamping her dress on a separate piece of paper and cutting it out. Very bold, for me. I also colored her collar and flower in her hair with my new Inktense pencils. You can see I was really in a daring mood today. It was our goal to use up our kits. We were successful in make quite a few cards with this adorable kit. Unfortunately, I haven't yet used all of mine. That will take several more card making sessions. Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Road Trip

Skating in at the last minute on the Scrapbook Sketch Challenge over at PaperArtistsOnline. I struggle with single page layouts. I finally decided that I should make one that I could use as a title page for my Road Trip Scrapbook for the trip in September of 2012 with Chrissie. I have labored over this layout all darned month. Finally picked up the photo yesterday and finished it off tonight. The original sketch called for doily shapes. I substituted gears for that shape. I cut many of them on my Silhouette (along with the "steampunk branch and leaf and the arrows). The rest were cut with Spellbinders nesties. Everything was inked up with Tea Dye Distress Ink. Title is made with foam Thickers. I am so happy to use up something from my ancient stash. I am sure I have owned that bracket-shaped die cut paper for at least seven years. Thanks for looking.

Saturday, January 26, 2013


Created this layout for the Club Scrap Monthly Sketch Relay challenge. Took me all month to do it but I FINALLY, finally finished it. How can it take sooo long to put a title and journalling on a layout? Let me count the ways. 

Anyway, these photos were taken when my sister Chrissie and I attended West Coast Scrap's Scramp Camp with Farley (along with many other Club Scrappers) in Campbell, CA, in September. On the way, we made a stop in Livermore to see the World's Longest Burning Lightbulb (yes, indeed, we did) and on that same stop, we introduced Farley to the fun sport of Letterboxing. We also took her to one in Campbell. Funnily enough, both letterboxes were located indoors in sugar shacks. One was called Let 'Em Eat Cake and the other was Psycho Donuts. 

We feared Farley would turn to a pillar of stone when we took her into those dens of iniquity. However, we all survived without having an on-the-sport heart attack. Of course, Chrissie and I broke down and bought one cupcake but ALL resisted the Psycho Donuts. 

I used base from Earth & Herbs, purple from Sonoma and pink from Jubilee. Mats from Perfect Ten. Title cut with Quickutz Blossom font. Cupcakes punched with Martha Stewart punch and Stickled. Journaling computer generated. All edges inked with Dusty Concord DI. Love this sketch. Thanks for looking.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Week One - Weekly Chronicles

Back to the Weekly Chronicles project over at Club Scrap. This first week, our focus was on Resolutions. One of my yearly resolutions is to make exercise an important part of my daily life. On New Year's Day, hubby and I took our traditional walk to the American River to start the year off right. This layout was made with a Becky Higgins Project Life template, modified for my photos, and the kit called Aurora Borealis by Club Scrap. Thanks for looking.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Week 52 - Weekly Chronicles

A week late and a dollar short. But here's my last Weekly Chronicle for 2012. On to the new year. Used Becky Higgins digital page template and papers from Club Scrap's Full Circle kit. Journal card was an American Crafts freebie. 

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Pie Chart Fun

Finally got around to posting the January sketch for PaperArtistsOnline. My challenge, inspired by a Ronda Palazzari Crafters Workshop stencil, was to use a pie chart on the card. Come and visit to join the fun.

This card was made mostly with Basic Grey Serenade papers from the November Simon Says Stamp card kit. Stamp from another SSS kit. The pie chart, in case you are wondering, was hand cut. NOT on my Silhouette. Major step for me. Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year

Digital card created for the January Club Scrap Card Sketch Challenge. All supplies from Club Scrap. Thanks for looking.