Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween from my Pawsee!

Halloween 2009~

Hailey isn't feeling too well this Halloween. She is in "season" right now, so we had to dress around her "panties". She rocked the baby look. She wore her panties and a hoodie sweatshirt to look like a onesie. The pacifier didn't stay in her mouth long enough to get a great picture!

Pugsley modeled the eskimo parka. He looked like he was posing for the camera! LOL

Scooby tried to do the "boxer" look but she was so not into wearing the jacket and the hood over her head. I gave up trying to loop the boxer gloves around her neck. She was so not into the whole clothing thing. Last year she did great dressing up as a pumpkin!

This by far is the best costume this year. Pugsley totally loved his firetruck complete with doggie firmean and hat! He just makes me laugh. He got mad when I tried to put this costume on Hailey. He wanted it for himself.

You can barely see Hailey in the background checking out Pugsley in his outfit.

Hope these pictures made you smile! Happy Halloween!!

October Challenge Layouts

Well, for the Month of October, we had 12 challenges to complete at Scrappin-n-Chattin on Yahoo Groups. I can't get yahoo to cooperate and upload my photos, so I am putting them all on this blog post!

The first challenge was to use arrows in a layout - So I did this layout of Pugsley hiding in his toybox with his toys.

Page 1 - Where's Pugsley?

Page 2- In his toybox - (using two arrows):

The next challenge was to use flowers in a layout. For this challenge, I used fabric flowers that I created using my die cutting machine. The photo mat and tag are also fabric.

The next challenge was to use scallop edges. I created this scallop circle by hand for this layout.

Next we needed to use polka dots. I made a circle using polka dot papers to highlight this wonderful photo of me in bed. LOL

The next challenge was bling, and my Happily Ever After layout had the bling and sparkle. I used colored bling to highlight the prima flowers. I also love the glimmer and sparkle of the papers I used. They have soft glitter highlights. The buttons, pearls and laces all say sparkle to me.

The next challenge was to use the word "Believe". I knew this had to be a Christmas layout. The quote on the page says Believe, Believe, Believe, (and on and on):

The next challenge was for no photo. I decided to document all of the crazy Puggle songs I have made up since we adopted Pugsley. Page one has the title and some pictures of our guy. Page Two is decorated with envies, cards, papers, ribbons and inks. The songs are on the reverse of each card.

Now to do a challenge of a great person in our lives. I did a two page layout of two of my favorite pictures of my dad.

The next challenge was to use brads ( at least 6 ) I used 2 sets of three pawprint brads on this page showcasing my beloved boxer, Ruger.

The next challenge was to use bracket(s) in a layout. For this challenge I used brackets by Thickers to showcase the frehsman picture of my stepson Noah.

The next challenge was Halloween. These are photos from the first Halloween Joe and I spent together.

And the last challenge was to use portraits in a layout. I used two of Noah's senior portraits to complete this two page spread.

And that concludes my challenge layouts for October! I am still working on second pages for a few of these layouts, but I am not sure I will have them completed by tonight's deadline for the challenge. Either way, I feel like a winner! I love having more completed pages in our albums! Thanks for all of the challenges, Abby!!

Friday, October 09, 2009

Stitching Layout

Go over to The Character Cafe on Blogspot and check out this week's challenge!! They have a challenge to use stitching in a layout or card. I have to also thank my friends in my yahoo group Scrappin-n-Chattin - Abby issued a similar challenge there for September. Challenges tend to motivate me!

Here is my take on that challenge:

I have and the items to do hand stitching on a layout for literally years (like maybe 5 - 10), and I have never done it! I have used machine stitching on a few cards and a couple of layouts, but I never tried the hand stitching. Well, enter a challenge to use stitching and this is what I came up with!

I love how the circles and the stitched circles really compliment the photo and the designer cardstock. I took a cardstock with a design, then used my craft knife to cut around my favorite parts of the design. I layered that over a solid blue cardstock and the photo to allow the swirls to accent the photo. I added rhinestones to the centers of the swirls, flowers and circles using blue and green stones to compliment the colors of the layout.

The stitching is 3 strands of green floss using a running stitch. I mimicked the circles from the designs in the cardstock. It is a simple layout, but the colors really pop with the photo.

Thanks for taking a look!

Monday, October 05, 2009

Noah's High School Pictures

As I mentioned on my previous post, there was a challenge on my scrap list to use professional photos for your layouts. I also had been checking out, and the page map for this week really seemed to work with this school photo of Noah. I combined a few challenges on this one. I used the sketch, the professional photo and bling (skittles), and included a bracket to complete this layout.

Fast forward to Noah's senior pictures. It is hard to believe he is in his second year of college and I am finally scrapping his high school photos! LOL Better late than never, right?

This set completed the challenge for bling - sparkly ribbons, as well as the brad challenge.

This one garners bling in not only the ribbon, but it also shines from the metallic accents on the coaster. Again, I used brads for an accent.

More to come :)

Not So Happily Ever After

I made this layout to complete a number of challenges issued on two of my scrapbooking lists. It incorporates ribbon woven into other ribbons, buttons used as decoration and as the center of my butterfly. I also used a professional photo (per one challenge). There are three or more flowers used including the use of bling. The journaling for this layout is hidden in a pocket behind the layout. The story is personal since it is about the failure of my second marriage. Hiding it seem more appropriate.

Thanks for taking a look.

Friday, October 02, 2009

Waterfall Halloween Card

This is my first ever attempt at a waterfall card. The group I belong to, Memory Scrappers (see the blinkie on my sidebar) had a challenge to make an interactive card. I decided to try my hand at a waterfall card, and this is what I came up with:

I pulled a little crooked so this picture looks funny, but it all stayed inline even with my funky pull.

The card ends up with the sentiment showing~

I am pretty happy with my first attempt. I can see a lot of variations for this card.

Puggle Power - Doodling on a Scrapbook Page

I just finished about 15 layouts, and I wanted to share another couple of pages with you. The challenge here was to incorporate doodling into a layout. I had these great pictures of little Miss Hailey Marie, and I couldn't resist. I had so much fun just going crazy with the white gel pen on this black cardstock! The embellishments are from a paper collection by Rusty Pickle. It is called Rock Star. I used their doodle designs as a jumping off point to just have a lot of fun on both pages.

The elements are colored using chalks, pencils, and alcohol pens.

Grab a pen and go crazy with doodles! It is a lot of fun!

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Thursday, October 01, 2009

Halloween Card

For this week's challenge at Scrappy Frogs, we had to incorporate a tree. Since October is upon us, I decided what better way that a cobweb filled tree at Halloween! Scooby Doo is sneaking through the graveyard and the ghost is sneaking up behind Scooby Doo! Typical Scooby!

I hope you enjoy my card:

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Scrappin' With Suzy's Blog Candy

My friend Suzanne has a wonderful scrappin' blog, and this month she is offering an amazing blog candy! I simply LOVE these papers! I would love to keep them all to myself LOL, but her blog is too fun to not share~

Slip on over and check it out! Click on her banner for the main page of her blog.

Or click here to check out these amazing paper line and her blog candy post:

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