Saturday, November 28, 2009

Drawing Update!

We have been SOOOOOOOOOOOO busy with family, Thanksgiving, and trying to get ready to go back to work! I haven't had time to finish filling the box, so that means a few more days to enter the drawing!

I will keep you all updated, so please get your names in soon!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Tiz the Season of GIVING

I am putting together one of the large flat rate boxes full of scrapping supplies from my stash. Some items will be new in the box. Some items may have a sticker or two that has been used, but everything will be fun and usable.

Isn't getting a grab box fun?? Sometimes it is all the inspiration you need for a new project!

You don't have to do anything special to enter. I need you to leave a comment that you would like to be in the drawing. I will collect names until Thanksgiving, and I will draw the winner the day after Thanksgiving.

Be sure you leave a comment to be entered in the drawing! I don't' want to risk missing anyone's entry.

Happy Holidays!!!

Friday, November 20, 2009

No Photo Layout Challenge

For Scrappin' n Chattin' this month, one challenge was to create a layout with at least three embellishments but no photos! This didn't sound very easy. Once I started looking around for ideas, I found some wonderful inspiration at Laura Vegas' blog. She has been published in Creating Keepsakes Magazine many times. She designs for Making Memories, too. Anyway, she did a great layout called "Me Today". I loved it, and I did my own take on this to meet this month's challenge.

This is page 1:

This is page two:

Here I just put all sorts of embellishments and items that I loved, and that I felt described me mostly without words. I love how this all turned out.

I used papers from SEI and Making Memories. The embellishments are from everywhere! I know a few of the manufacturers: Making Memories, SEI, Me and My Big Ideas, Top Line Creations, Martha Stewart, K & Company, and many more. The letters are from Thickers. The rub-on's are from Top Line Creations.

Thanks for taking a look.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Mixed Font Layout Challenge

For Scrappin' - Chattin' we had a challenge to use a mixed font in a layout, and I teamed that with week 44's sketch at 52 weeks 52 sketches. This is what I came up with. We took these pictures a few years ago at Christmas & New Year's. We had all of the family there on Joe's side. It crazy, but fun to get pictures of everyone.

This one is Joe and Noah:

And then the three generations -- Louie, Joe and Noah -- The Hendrix Men

Friday, November 06, 2009

Design Team Card Entry

I am applying for a new Design Team. The first challenge was to creat a card using solid and patterned cardstock, a stamped image, inking (including the stamped image), ribbon, a brad or brads, die cut image from a Cricut, Nesties, etc., and one other element of your choice.

After creating my Thanksgiving layout, I had some scraps left over and I thought they would make a great card. The patterned papers are from Heidi Grace for Fiskars. The solid cardstocks are from Die Cuts with a View. I die cut the top note shape using my Storybook Cricut Cartridge, and I die cut the brackets using my Plantin Schoolbook Font Cartridge. I cut the squares for the papers using both my paper trimmer, and my square punches -- depending on the size.

I used an Inkabilities stamp "Just for you" stamped with Versamark Ink, and then I embossed the image using chocolate truffle embossing powder from Viva Las Vegas Stamps. I inked the edges of all of my items using ColorBox Cat's Eye Chalks in creamy brown. I used pop dots under the Just for You element to give it a little extra emphasis.

I had the brass buckle, brads, and the vanilla ribbon in my stash. I can't give credit on those because I don't recall where I bought them.

For this project I used a variety of adhesives. I utilized pop-dots, glue dots, 2-way glue, and 3M adhesives their ATG Gun and Scotch liquid adhesive for the small elements.

I learned that wonderful ribbon trick from a YouTube video last night. I love how that looks running through the card.

I continued the elements inside to bring a cohesive feel the my project.

On the back, I wanted to do something different. I always include my Boxer Brats Scraps and the date on the cards and other items I make. I found two wonderful boxer dog stamps that I use for the headshot image.

I wanted the back to match the rest of the card, so I used the same process to stamp and emboss my boxer dog image. I used the individual letters in the Inkabilities set to stamp out my "Boxer Brats Scraps 2009".

I hope you like this project!

Thanksgiving Layout

With Thanksgiving fast approaching, the challenge at Scrappy Fogs Challenge Blog was for the design team to create a project about Thanksgiving Dinner. I did a layout of our family from last Thanksgiving. It was the first time I used my tripod and timer to actually have ME in a family holiday table photograph. For that reason alone, I needed to scrap this!

I love these papers! The photo really doesn't do their rich color and details justice! I found them in the Heidi Grace line from Fiskars.

Take a gander over the The Scrappy Frogs Challenge Blog and see all of the great Thanksgiving inspired projects!

Check back to my blog often. I have a surprise coming for December! My birthday is coming and I would love to get to 500 followers -- I know it is a huge ambition! More details coming soon!

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

The Protective Love of a Big Brother~

I snapped these pictures yesterday evening. Little Miss Hailey had her "Pup-er-a-tor" removed yesterday. In layman's terms, she was spayed. When she got home she was so groggy and in so much pain. She was shivering, and very lethargic. I placed her carefully in my big chair with the pillow and warm blankets. I wanted her to be able to snuggle in and be comfy. I went into the kitchen to fix dinner, and big brother, Pugsley had crawled up in the chair and was watching over little Hailey. He stayed there for 5 straight hours. I finally moved him at ten o'clock, because my favorite show was on television. Pugsley woulnd't be detoured! He climbed on the arm of my chair, and watched over her the rest of the night.

It was just brotherly love.

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