Thursday, July 26, 2012


So I love some of the quirky things Winnie the Pooh says.  For a "bear of very little brain" he can be very profound.  This LO is some of my favorite Pooh quotes.
The font is from Cricut's Pooh font and the character is Pooh8 from Pooh & Friends cartridge.  I used a doily and a scrap of Pooh paper along with washi tape from Queen & Co, Tim Holtz and SMASH.  The tickets along the side are from the awesome Rebecca who you can find here.  I used several different ways of adding the quotes - handwriting, stamping, and printing.  I used a heart punch and printed words from Tim Holtz, as well.  Thanks for looking!  April

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Angry Birds Birthday card

One of my BFF's sons is about to celebrate his 14th birthday...gosh, it just doesn't seem possible.  All three love Angry Birds, so I am making each one a themed birthday card.  I found this one here
The base is a 5x6.5" white card with layers of decorative paper from Around the Block and Whisper White.  I stitched around the edges in a wonky curvy path.  The sentiment (from a Michael's dollar stamp set) is stamped on Whisper White and the notch punched with the 1 3/8" square punch.  I wrapped some Cherry Cobbler baker's twine around the end & secured with a little tape on the back before attaching it to the card.  The Angry Bird directions are on the link above.  I did have to make a few tweeks, since I did not have the bracket die or the five-petal flower, so I used the word windo punch from SU and the bow from the present of Cricut's Doodlecharms (set at 3").  I mounted the top beak with dimensionals, as well as the finished bird.  Thanks for looking!  April

Penguin Punch-Art card

My brother in law really likes penguins, so I hunted all over the craftsites to find a penguin.  Many of the SU demos have several different choices, but this one posted on Splitcoast.  Isn't it just too cute?
The base is a standard A2 in Whisper White.  The Marina Mist is dry embossed using a Sizzix stars embossing folder with the Cuttlebug.  I took a scrap of Whisper White and tore the edges, inked it with Versamark, then heat embossed with clear glitter powder.  The penguin is made with Basic Black, Whisper White, and Pumpkin Pie.  I did not have all the punches, so I cheated and used my Cricut with George & Basic Shapes to cut the feet, beak, and the narrow oval for the face.  The beak is cut at 1/2, the white oval for the face is cut at 1 1/4", and the feet are cut at 1/2".  I used a scrap of red satin to make the bow, attaching it with a mini Zots glue dot.  The sentiment is from SU's Word Play, stamped with Tim Holtz Broken China distress ink, then punched with the SU scalloped circle punch.  I used Versamark to stamp the shooting star from SU's retired So Happy For You and heat embossed with clear powder over the the sentiment.  I also added a little bling over the "i" in wish. 
Inside, I used the stars from SU's retired Starring You and the Broken China distress ink, to stamp along the left edge.  Last, I stamped the sentiment from So Happy For You.  Sorry for the darkness of the photos, my new craft area has florescent lighting...YUCK!  Thanks for looking!  April
close up angle to show dimension

inside of card

Saturday, July 21, 2012

School SMASH

Education is important to me and plays such a big part of my life (I am a teacher), so here is a SMASH of my schools from elementary through college.  I printed pics of my schools from online, then used my favorite quote from Dr. Seuss's Oh, The Places You'll Go!  I used the label maker and stamps to write out the quote.  Stamps include Stampin' Up!'s Word Play, CTMH's giggle lower case, Inkadinkado's lower case, and Autumn Leaves License Plates alphabet.  I added a little doodles and a dot trail from school to school.  Thanks for looking!  April

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

I {heart} Vampires SMASH

I am a bit of a horror/occult nut.  I love books and movies of the paranormal genre.  I still remember the first time I saw a clip of Salem's Lot...I was 8, maybe 9, and it was the middle of the night.  I snuck out to the living room to watch tv.  It was the scene when the graveyard worker hears scratching inside the grave he is getting ready to fill in and he opens the lid.  The kid in the coffin sits up, grabs him by the neck, and...yeah, I screamed bloody murder and didn't sleep with the lights off for weeks!  I watched the remake mini-series when I was pregnant with child number two - hubby was at a meeting, preschooler in bed - and it still scared me silly...I was watching it with the lights on, blanket to hide under, and remote in hand to change channel at the last second.  I know...what a wimp!  LOL
I have read tons of stories from The Ultimate Dracula to Twilight to Bram Stoker's Dracula and love them all.  I had to read it for a college lit class - Literature of the Occult - most awesome lit class ever!  If you have never read Dracula...I beg you, read it!  It honestly sets the bar for good vampire stories.
So, if you have not noticed, I love snatching pics from the internet.  I also swiped an extra NECA New Moon trading card I had stashed.  The blood is the Martha Stewart Drippy Goo punch.  I used the little SMASH post-it tags and the journal slip is from the Entertainment SMASH pad.  I wrote where the vamps pictured were from, as well as adding my movie ticket from Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.  The tab sticking from the Underworld pic is punched from the Decorative Label punch from SU and held in place with a Tim Holtz mini paperclip.  The journalling is actually the backing from the SMASH pockets packet, trimmed and mounted on the journal slip.  I covered the resturants part with more "blood"...I couldn't resist the "Dinner is Served"...come on, it's totally campy and you know it!  The sticker next to Edward is from a Hallmark sticker set my daughter graciously shared with me.  The title is from a clearance rack at Michaels and I used the Autumn Leaves license plates alphabet to finish the title.  The black background behind it was a left over piece using the checker board from Artful Inspirations Twilight-inspired line of stamps.  Thanks for looking!  April


So, I spend a lot of time making pages that features things I like, but I don't do many about me specifically.  This is one of those times that feature me.  I am entering it into Pixie Dust Studio's Spa-color challenge
So the colors we have to include are pink, blue & light green.  I used those in the image and carried it through the other embellishments.  The bubble paper is from EK Success.  I used scraps of Wisteria Wonder, robin blue, petal pink, DCWV polka dot xmas paper, and bubble pink swirls.  I used a square punch to make the notches in the flags.  I ripped the blue bubble paper and put it on the opposite corners.  I used a scrap of spatter paper (it sort of looks like stones you would find in a bathroom or spa) and then put the clock made with the Tim Holtz/Sizzix weathered clock behind it all.  The image is Day at the Spa Pixie from PDS and is colored with copic markers, then mounted on a nestabilities scalloped circle.  I used liquid glass on the bubbles after accenting them with a clear stardust gel pen.  I also layered the face and towel wrap using dimensionals.  I added a few pearls to the wrap.  The title is cut from Cricut's Mickey font and Doodletype.  I used some of my washi tape throughout to highlight the things I do when I have time to myself.  Thanks for looking!  April
close-up of Spa Day Pixie

Monday, July 9, 2012

u & i

This is my daughter with her BFF.  The two of them are always hamming it up for the camera.  I am entering it into a pagemaps embellishment challenge
The layout is from a sketch offered for the challenge.  The base is Bazzill Core Color in bubblegum pink with layers of Bo Bunny.  These are all scraps from a album class I took a couple of years ago.  The brown is also Bazzill.  I used my nestabilities scallop circle in SU Certainly Celery.  I used a square punch to make the notches on the flags and my machine to add stitches.  The border is from Martha Stewart.  The title is stamped using sketchy font from Autumn Leaves in Timber Brown Staz-On.  The "&" is self-adhesive chipboard from Basic Grey and is lightly sponged in Soft Sky ink.  The images are TGF Miss Anya Lounge and Special Autumn, colored with copic markers and mounted with dimensionals.  The photo is also mounted on dimensionals so that the tag slides behind.  The tag is a scrap of the matching Bo Bunny with a tab made from the decorative label punch and fixed with a wide eyelet.  I used the polka dots embossing folder for the strip at the bottom right and the tab punch for the date plaque.  The chocolate flag has a stamp from 7 Gypsies, stamped in Whisper White craft ink.  Thanks for looking!  April

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Moving SMASH

Moving is always bittersweet, but when it is without choice, it's especially difficult.  My hubby lost his job in 2010 and, after working a couple of contract positions, finally got a permanant job.  So, we moved from the only home our kids have known, leaving behind our best friends and our children's godparents...absolute torture for all of us.  However, there is good in all the sad...the five of us are finally back together under one roof.  I am sure you can imagine how hard being a long-distant parent can be, but we have finally settled into our groove again.  Happy family means time for momma to get crafty!
I pulled pics of our old and new houses from online, as well as the local college icons.  The cool moving stickers are from Jolee's.  I doodled around the big quote (black SMASH book).  The journalling is from the Blank SMASH pad and I left it as a flap for hidden journalling and stuff under the panel.  Thanks for looking!  April

Thursday, July 5, 2012

2012 Books SMASH

Here is my list of books I have finished reading this year.  I have pics from some and left a space to add pics or write in more as the year progresses.  I wanted to see how much I actually read in a year.  Mind you, this doesn't cover the fanfic or online stories I have read (way more than paper books!) but I still wanted to show my kids the value of reading over the course of the whole year.  (I have to get my daughter to do this in her SMASH - at 12 years old, she reads as much if not more than I do!)
Pictures of the covers were found online and printed on cardstock.  The dictionary piece is from and odds and ends set I was given for completing my heart journal.  The lined pattern paper is from the Art C bits and pieces set I found on clearance at Michaels.  I used bits of washi tape from Queen & Co.  The title lettering is from Tim Holtz stickers and the SMASH label maker.  I look forward to filling the rest of the page in throughout the duration of the year.  Thanks for looking!  April

Oh, Those Summer Nights

This is for TGF's Retro-Fresh challenge for summer and Anyone for Anya's Just Use It challenges. 
standing as easel card
The base is turquoise with layers of bubble gum pink and some cute beach patterned paper I was given by my mom-in-law.  I used the Martha Stewart lacy heart border punch and EK Success corner rounder for punches.  I used my machine to stitch around the layers with zig zag and small straight stitches...I just don't do well on curves - sheesh.  The image is from TGF's Miss Anya Rain, Snow, Shine set and is colored with copic markers.  Her face, bangs, and sunglasses were colored again on another stamped image, then cut out and mounted on the base character with dimensionals.  I used some liquid glass for the lenses, and some bling on her sandals and shirt.  I used a gel pen to add details to the skirt.  The layer she is mounted on is also mounted with dimensionals.  The sentiment is printed on a label maker.  I made this an easel card, so the inside is decorated with matching scraps and a wonky button tied with jute twine, that kinda reminds me of beach debris and broken shells you might find on the beach.  Thanks for looking!  April
closed card

Wednesday, July 4, 2012


So here are my favorite TV Shows of all time...I love Criminal Minds, Eureka, In Plain Sight, The West Wing, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Grey's Anatomy.  I could happily watch re-runs over and over and never get really bored.  I have several others I love too (Bones, NCIS, Star Trek: The Next Generation), but these are my top favs. 
I found these great pics online, printing them on cardstock.  It's a great option, as you can drop them into a word doc and reformat the size.  The paper underneath is from my scrap stash.  Also hiding in the top left corner is an old Trivial Pursuit (Star Wars edition) question card.  I also keep extras of embellishments I make and use them, like the one at the bottom of the page.  The journalling is done on a cardstock sticker school-themed set from Michael's.  A little heart in a round spiral paperclip finishes the page.  Thanks for looking!  April

Xmas 2009

I know, two posts in one day - whoo hoo!  Well, I finally have all three kids up to the start of 2010 in their scrapbooks!  That is a feat, let me tell you.  Now, I have 2 1/2 years to catch up times 3 kiddos.  Yea, good times. 
The LO is based on a May 2011 pagemap.  The base is Whisper White with layers of DCWV Christmas stack and Wild Wasabi.  The border is Martha Stewart.  I made the flags from scraps and used a square punch to make the notches.  Once they were in place, I used my sewing machine to add a little texture.  (My son's book is getting a little thick, so I am shying away from too many layers or heavy embellishments.)  I used the coordinating DCWV chipboard set to make the title.  It was very quick and easy to assemble.  Looking at it now, I wish I had some cream cardstock for the base or maybe I should have distressed it a bit with some ink.  Oh well, we always want to change something, right?  Thanks for looking!  April

Cartoon SMASH

Seriously, what kid did not spend a few hours a week in front of the TV...especially us kids of the 80's.  I have been having a blast watching the revival of many of those shows and, sadly, many do not measure up.  My kids love the new Thundercats, Transformers Prime, and GI Joe: Renegades.  I miss the old GI Joe...did you know it is on HUB late at night?  My first goofy childhood crush was with Rick from Robotech...I was 10 and he was soooo cute for a cartoon.  LOL
Anyway, here are my favorites in SMASH form.  I found pics online, printing them on cardstock.  Granted, these are not all I watched or loved, but I had to fit in 30-some-odd years of cartoons.  I used some of my SMASH washi tape and journalling from the SMASH favorite things pad.  I also left it as a flap with journalling underneath. 
What are some of your all-time favorite cartoons?  My top 5 are: Robotech, Scooby Doo, Where Are You?, Dungeons & Dragons, GI Joe: An American Hero, and Disney's Gargoyles. 
Thanks for looking!  April

Monday, July 2, 2012

Around the World SMASH

This is a page dedicated to my grandparents.  A lot of who I am is based on them and I always loved their sense of adventure.  They were involved in many service organizations and travelled all over the world - from Europe, to Japan, to the Furtile Crescent - they had seen it.  I used to talk to my grandmother about all the places she had travelled and dreamed of doing the same.  This is one of their groups in Egypt circa the 1960's.  I used Little Yellow Bicycle's Pack Your Bags paper scraps and stickers, along with the K & Co odds and ends pack and the SMASH label maker to fill the page.  The circles around my grandparents is made with a 1/2" and 3/4" circles punched within each other.  Thanks for looking!  April

1st Degree Black Belt

This is when my son earned his first degree black belt in Taekwondo.  The LO is based on a December 2011 pagemaps.  The base is Basic Black with layers of Moxxie and Whisper White.  The sticker border, dragon, and figure is from Karen Foster Designs.  The title is from Say It With Stickers.  I used the SMASH label maker for the subtitle.  The title and journalling are mounted on nestabilities.  Simply sweet...thanks for looking!  April

Tiger Cub

Yay, I am making some headway today!  This is from 2009 and is my son's first year as a Tiger Cub Scout.  The paper is made for Boy Scouts and the words I used are cut from the Bobcat sheet.  I used my sewing machine to make straight and zig zag stitches in random places.  I used my acrylic license plate letters from Autumn Leaves to stamp the year.  I think it adds interest, as well as some texture to a basic layout design.  Thanks for looking!  April

What a Face

Here's another catch up page for my middle child from 2009.  He makes the silliest faces and I couldn't help but capture one of them.  The LO is inspired from a November 2004 pagemaps.  The paper is a primary green base with some cute tie paper I found a craft store several years ago.  The red ribbon is tied like a tie and adhered with zots glue dots.  The title and journalling is printed on vellum and placed with small red brads.  The embellishment is a scrap of Whisper White cardstock with layers of navy and a scrap of the patterned paper.  Thanks for looking!  April

Halloween '08

Still playing catch up with the kids scrapbooks.  This is my son as Optimus Prime from the Transformers.  Layout is based on a pagemap.  Colors are Only Orange with layers of Moxxie and Recollections violet.  Accents are the coordinating Moxxie stickers, brads, and SMASH label maker.  I used the drippy goo punch for the border strip.  Quick and easy.  Thanks for looking!  April