Monday, March 21, 2011

hundred-acre halloween

Here is my youngest 2008 Halloween LO. The sketch is based on this weeks Creative Scrappers design.
The papers are Booville and Stampin Up's retired Bold Brights - Lovely Lilac and Green Galore. I love cut outs, but never seem to have the mojo to use them. Here is the scalloped circle, then I followed the sketch for the photos, then punched various sizes of circles from the coordinating printed sheets. The title is cut from cricut Pooh and San Serif. I added some black Stickles to the Halloween, then mounted the "hundred-acre" on dimensional. I made a bow out of some leftover ribbon, then sewed a little charm to it before tying it to the button and using glue dots to adhere. Thanks for looking! April

Saturday, March 19, 2011


This LO is inspired by a May 2010 pagemaps. I just love that site! Go check it out. There is always something and I don't feel like it is cookie cutter like the CTMH books.
The papers are standard cardstock and Recollections Rockets and Sprockets. I also have the matching stamps...aren't they too cute?!?!? I used the bubble border punch from EK Success. Images are all colored in watercolor pencil, then blended with SU's blending pen and embellished with a white gel pen and Sukura stardust pen. The are all adhered with dimensionals. Font is Almagro and the chipboard is Basic Grey and inked with SU's Taken with Teal. I used adhesive and mini glue dots to make the ribbon bumps. Thanks for looking! April

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


I know, two posts in one day. I am posting as I get them done, so hang with me! I love to see my son's face when he laughs...he is very expressive!
The base is Chocolate Chip and the patterned paper is Bo Bunny's Shabby Princess line. A lot of it is school themed. All the pieces are cut at 2.5". The patterned papers have Bo Bunny boy-themed rub-ons. The blue is Bo Bunny Back to Basics and punched with EK Success border punch. The ribbon is Stampin' Up Not Quite Navy. The stickers are Bo Bunny and coordinate with the Shabby Princess. Once everything was in place, I ran it in my sewing machine. Last, I added the matching brads. Simple, but cute. Thanks for looking! April

1st M&Ms

Yep, still catching up and will be for awhile. This is my youngest and his first m&m's. The LO is from pagemaps. I didn't have m&m themed paper, so I made my own. I'll give the details in the description.
The base is Stampin' Up Chocolate Chip textured cardstock. I used Versamark ink and stamped the circle stamp from the retired set called "Rivited". Once that set, I used the "m" from a little wooden dollar set from Studio g and sold at Michaels. The "m" is stamped in Whisper White craft ink. Next, is Real Red and cut at 10 1/2x10 1/2. The next layer is Whisper White and cut at 9 1/2x9 1/2. The photos are cropped at 4x5 1/2 and 4x4. The circles are punched in Garden Green (r), Real Red, Brilliant Blue (r), Yo Yo Yellow (r), Only Orange (r) and Chocolate Chip at 1 1/2". The "m" is Cricut's Lyrical Letters and uses the Jumbo feature. It is cut at 3/4" in Whisper White. I cut off the left side bumps to match the m&m logo, then run it through the Xyron sticker maker. The trick with the Xyron is to rub really well all the way around the image before you peel the plastic sheet. (I use a pen or tweezers to rub as close to the image as possible.) I inked the circles with their matching ink before attaching the m's to the middle. I have a dimensional under each. The journalling is on Yo Yo Yellow and uses Bookman Old Style and Bernard Condensed. The title is stamped with Chocolate Chip ink on 2" and 1 3/4" circles and I used bits of leftover ribbon to add a little more texture. Check out the close up of the base and handmade m's! Thanks for looking! April

Monday, March 14, 2011

Backyardigan Halloween

Here is my son as Pablo Penguin from the Backyardigans. The LO is inspired from a 2007 pagemaps. Cardstock is standard and Moxxie. I used rickrack from Hobby Lobby's little 99cent spools and ribbon from Michael's. I frayed the ends of the rick rack, then stapled the two in place. I stamped the leaves and acorn from Stampin' Up's Day of Gratitude set in Timber Brown, Blazing Red, Cactus Green, and Forest Green Staz-On. I cut them out and crumpled them to give them an aged and dried out look. The pumpkins are pieced from SU's Pumpkin Pie with the Wide Oval and circle punches, then inked in retired Only Orange. Pablo is the paper piece from the previous blog entry and the title is cut with Cricut's Don Juan font. Thanks for looking! April

Pablo Paper Piecing

My son loves the Backyardigans, so I decided to do a special piece for one of his LOs. (It will be in the next posting.) I found the image on Yahoo! images, then dropped it into a document to resize it. After printing, I used a pencil to trace the image on the back side to have a sort of carbon transfer, then traced the needed pieces on the selected cardstock. I used retired SU colors Brilliant Blue, Yo Yo Yellow, Bordering Blue and Barely Banana. For his propeller, I used thin satin ribbon, made a bow, then cut the tails. The image on the left is the printed image and the one of the right is the finished paper piecing. Thanks for looking! April

Thursday, March 10, 2011


Yea, we not what you think! My youngest has had developmental delays in all areas, so we have spent the better part of his life in some kind of therapy - from physical/occupational to speech. Here is a LO showing two of his therapists and some of their activities.
It is inspired from a Feb 2009 pagemaps. Base is generic cardstock, printed is Recollections. The border punch is EK Success. The little boy is from The Greeting Farms' Roll Call kit. The legos are leftovers from my older son's birthday party and the tile letters are from Spare Parts. It is sort of difficult to see the title in the photo, but it can be viewed better by clicking on the photo. Journalling is on vellum cardstock and uses Comic Sans font. Thanks for looking! April

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Stamp Something's March Digi Challenge

So here is my contribution to Stamp Something's challenge. I made this anniversary card for one of my BFFs. She loves Twilight as much as I do, so I made this one with the Greeting Farm's Dressy Edward and Dressy Camille digis. They are colored in watercolor pencils, then blended with SU's blending pen. I used Zig's two way glue pen to add glitter to Edward's tie and Bella's bow and shoes. The card base is 6 inches, with the layers cut at 5.5 and 5. The base color is retired SU Bordering Blue, then Basic Grey, and Whisper White. I stamped the swirls from Artful Inkables twilight set in Staz-On Dove Grey. I then spritzed with Sea Breeze Smooch and, once dry, added the bling. The sentiments are from Stampin Up's Congrats and Whimsical Words. The front sentiment is mounted on a wide oval and rounded punch. The ribbon is SU's Night of Navy. Inside, I used SU's scalloped border punch, a couple of gem brads and the wedding rings are from Hobby Lobby and are mounted with glue dots. Thanks for looking! April

Friday, March 4, 2011


Here is my daughter's 3rd grade class Titanic Exhibit.
The LO is inspired by December 2010 pagemaps. The paper is from Recollections at Michael's and Bazzill cardstock. It is really hard to tell in the photo, but I used Tim Holtz masking stencils (clock and gears) and Vanilla Shimmer Smooch spritz to add a little character and shimmer to the bottom left corner of the page. It's faint, but it is there! I printed the journalling in Andalus and Algerian fonts, then used the pinking hearts border punch from EK Success and Stampin Up. The title and flourish are cut from black vinyl from George and Basic Shapes and Ashlyn's Alphabet fonts on the cricut. The flower is from Michael's Brides brand table confetti and cut apart and pieced together to make the larger flower and the center is a large black skittle. Thanks for looking! April

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Boo-day Boy

I am finally back to scrapping and am so far behind, it's sad. This is my son's second birthday and is inspired by pagemaps. I have a hard time finding a way to utilize so many photos, but I like the simplicity of the LO.
The base is from a paper pack and the journalling is on vellum in Waltograph font. Most of the photos are cut to 3 3/4" square and the tilted photos are 4" square. The areas where the characters are on the left are supposed to have additional photos. I mounted a couple of the photos on dimensionals, as well as the characters. I also used a couple of Mickey head paper clips I got at the Disney parks. Characters are cut with the Mickey and Friends cricut cartridge. Thanks for looking! April