Friday, October 29, 2010

Orange and Black Time

So I love Orange and Black and I do not celebrate Halloween.  This time of year Orange and Black is all over my house.  That's about the only colors I wear.  I even found my daughter a pair of orange and black striped tights that were supposed to go with a witch costume but I bought them for a different reason.  Yep it's baseball season.  It's World series time to be exact, and our team is winning 2 games to none.  Check out what I made to go over our TV when we cheer on our San Francisco Giants

Won't that look great with the game on that big screen?  Our kids usually go to a harvest celebration the night of Halloween but it is not happening this year so we are thinking about having an Orange and Black party of the baseball variety.  Game 4 of the World Series will be on that night and it is a possible clincher if they win Game 3 too.  So as for details on this, the pennants are just triangles stretched out on the Gypsy from George and Basic Shapes, the font is Sesame Street Sunny Day, all paper is just random stuff from my stash.  The I {heart} baseball, the baseball and bat, and the Home Run were all things that my Not so secret Sister from the Cricut messageboard had cut for me some time ago and I believe she used SCAL.  The scalloped circles and marquee shapes are Nesties and a QuickCutz die.  I also used some ink, lots of pop dots and the Swiss Dots Embossing folder.  Here are some close ups.

Let's Go Giants!!!!!
This is me and my baby watching Game 2 last night.  My 4 year old took this pcture with my rebel and other than the weird angle making me look like I have 3 chins, she did a great job!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Treat holders x2 and a layout

So I decided not to do a title on this page.  Can you guess the location of these pictures.  I am hoping it is obvious.  They are from my son's field trip last year to the San Francisco Zoo.  I was unable to attend, but thankfully his teacher was a scrapper too and made sure I had these for my album.  The blue background paper is from my stash(it's either from a Wausau pack or it's Bazzill Smoothies in Huckleberry Pie).  The pattern is from the All About Boys Stack.  I then took some white acrilyc paint and a brand new pencil (I used the eraser) to add some polka dots to the page.  The orange mat is also Bazzill smoothies in Tamgerine.  The Golden Gate Bridge was something I had made with the Destinations cartridge when I was demo-ing it at Costco.  I had kept it because I knew it would eventually be perfect for a page.  It was cut at 3.75 inches.  The monkeys were done with the New Arrival cartridge onmy Gypsy so I can't tell you the exact size but I know it was around 2 inches.  All layers were cut with scrap papers.

The Zoo entrance sign was cut from the Everday Paper Dolls cartridge with the Gypsy.  I stretched it out to fit over the picture.  This was only cut in grey.  I colored the word "Zoo" with a black permanent marker, then I inked the edges and then covered the whole thing in Crackle Accents.  After it dried I added a bit more ink.  I really love the effect.

I saw the most fab tutorial today from Joni at A Sticky Situation.  She is the owner of Inktegrity digi stamps, who I design for.  This tutorial however, has nothing to do with stamps.  it is a super cute, super fast treat holder.  I whipped up a couple just to try it out , but I will for sure be making more someday. 

Also after making the 60+ goodie bags for my kids friends the other say, they informed me that I needed something for their teachers as well.  This is somethign that has been floating around the web alot
recently although I remember making these 3-4 years ago with a group of preschoolers that I was teaching at the time.  They were made with orange scraps of paper and a few easy supplies.  I won't go into all the details as I am sure you have seen them before.  Then I just slid them open and scooted some candy inside, then slid them shut again.  I have never seen them with treats in them before but I think it works quite nicely.  The leaves are from Gypsy Wanderings and I cut the shadow as well as the regular layer.  On the shadow piece I inked it a bit since the scrap of paper I used was a bit too bright for this project.  The buttons are American Crafts and the twine is from the dollar store.  The darker green is Bazzill and I cut the strip at about a 1/4 of an inch before twisting it aroound my tweezers to make the vine.  I filled these with some Sugar Babies and mini Chic-O-Sticks. 

Wednesday, October 27, 2010


62 +1 That's how many goodie bage I made for this coming Friday.   This week the kids school will be having a costume party and parade for all the students.  Our family does not celebrate Halloween so I always volunteer to bring the goodie bage so I can make sure they are more of a Fall theme rather than Halloween.  So I made these little cuties.  They are inspired by, but not quite the same as some I saw at My Creative Time.  I used two different Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page sets for the toppers and some papers from my scrap stash along with a corner rounder for the overlay.  The pumpkins were cut with the Gypsy and Gypsy Wanderings with the shadow and I hid the lines.  The leaf is from Doodlecharms and then I stamped the faces with Peachy Keen Dolly Dumplins faces.  I added some stickles, white pen and Smooch paint for the stem. 

I loved these so much that I decided to do something for my hubby too.  Of course after making 62 of these I wanted to do something a bit different for him.  I decided to use one of the new fall images from Inktegrity.  This image is called Pumpkin House and is available in the store for just $2 and also includes an adorable little fence.  I cut a scrap of stampin Up Chocolate Chi[p with a QuickCutz die and scored it in the middle and embossed it with my Argyle cuttlebug folder.  The blue is a scrap of Core'dinations from the vintage collection.  I didn't have enough to cut a whole scalloped circle but I just folded it over abnd its only cutoff on the backside.  I then handcut the image that was colored with my random marker stash and some Distressed Stickles.  The pumpkin house is pop dotted.  I think this turned out masculine.  I am not sure if hubby will like it but I guarantee he will eat the candy!  This little gem was made for the Anything Goes challenge over at Inktegrity this week.  i hope you all decide to play along.  The winner gets $5 to spend in the store.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Inktegrity Hump day Inspiration

OK so I know Hump day has come and gone but it's been a long week and I have been a little pre-occupied watching my Giants in the playoffs.  I really thought they were going to clinch it last night at home, but alas the torture continues and it is back to Philly for another game.  So over at the Inktegrity challenge blog it is time for another challenge.  And there is also a surprise in store at the image blog.  Can you say free digis?  So go check it out. 

This is my card for this week's challenge using the Apple Basket image available in the store.  I am not sure about my coloring on this one but I was trying to get them to look like the gorgeous Pink Ladies we saw on our trip to the Apple Orchard last week.  I wish I could share a picture but Blogger is giving me problems at the moment. 

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Hey Pumpkin and the playoffs

Today I have two new projects to share with you.  It's time for a new challenge at Inktegrity.  The challenge is super simple, just link up any Fall or halloween themed project and be entered to win some free digis from the store.  Here is a card I created with the Tractor stamp set.  I decided to do a card that would fit into a business sized envelope.  This measures 8.5x4 inches.  I used some Tangerine Bazzill Basics cardtock as the base color and the yellow is Stampin Up from the Bold Brights collection before it was renovated.  I used my new Martha Stewart Deco Fan border punch which is part of a Punch Around the Page set.  The images were printed as close together as I could get them and then I just faked that they were attached by coloring a line and adding some silver dots/bolts to my wagon handle.  These were colored with my Zig markers and some stickles.  The edges were inked with some Cat's Eye chalk inks and I did the sky and grass with my Memento Dew drop ink pads and direct to paper technique. 

This is the challenge over at Papercraft Star this week.  I do not celebrate Halloween but I do usually go on the hunt at this time of year for paper that I can use for my husband's obsession which is San Francisco Giants Baseball.  When I saw this picture I was drawn to the tablecloth.  The bottom of it reminded me of a baseball jersey.  I thought it would be perfect for pics from a game.  But then when I went to dig out the pictures I cam across these from when my daughter played for the Jr Giants baseball team which is sponsored by the MLB team and teaches the kids things like confidence and leadership.  My hubby and I have coached for the last 3 years and were even asked to be league commisioners(which unfortunately due to other commitments we had to turn down).  So I set to work on basically copying this tablecloth onto a scrapbook page.

What do you think.  Perfect for these pics right?  I used basically the same papers from the card plus some black from my stash and a white 12x12 piece for the background.  The black was run through my Cuttlebug with the swiss dots folder.  I was able to achieve the 12 inch embossed design with a technique that I learned on Tim Holtz's blog that has you cut a slit in the top of your folder.  The scalloped edge is Martha stewart Three Dot edge punch. also part of a PATP set.  I decided to forgo a title here and simple print the organization's logo onto cardstock.  I cut the logo and the yellow shadow with my Creative Memories circle cutters and the Scallop Circle is a Nestabilitie.  The polka dots were done with Creative memories punches.  mY husband doesn't usually have much to say about my stuff, but as soon as I showed him this page he said to me "hey the bottom of that reminds me of a baseball jersey" LOL.  So speaking of the Giants.  They are the National League Division Champions.  Bring on the Philadelphia Phillies, it's playoff time!!! 

Sunday, October 10, 2010


Every year my children's school does a Walk-a-thon fundraiser that raises over $14000 for the school.  This year was my daughter's first year to participate.  I used an older sketch from Pagemaps that was part of the LID (Laying it Down) weekly sketch challenge over on the Cricut Message board.  The green and orange paper are American Crafts, the blue is Stampin Up ( I don't know the name but it came in the Brights pack before the color changes and I really need more of it.  SU friends could you please tell me the name and tell me if it is still available) The patterned paper is from Die Cuts with a View All About Boys stack.  I used some ribbon that I bought at Beverly's in the trims section, Paper Doll Dress Up and my Cricut for the shoe.  I cut it out twice and trimmed the bottom for the two colored shoe and added a tiny piece of twine for the laces.  The title is cut from George and basic Shapes as is the tag shape on the ribbon.  A few stickle dots complete the look. 

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Fall time is Crop time

Hi there everybody.  Fall is here which means it is almost time for me to go to my twice yearly Scrapbook Crop retreat.  A bunch of us gals meet up together in beautiful Albion near the beach in a beautiful log cabin lodge, staty in our PJs all weekend and just craft.  My mom comes all the way from Clovis to attend with me.  I thought it would be fun to document how we pack for our trip.  Joni at Inktegrity is getting ready to release some great new fall images and I thought this tractor and wagon full of crafty goodness would be perfect.  This definately looks like how we pack.  I colored the images with my Zig pens and used some Crackle Accents on the wheels along with some buttons from my stash.  The scrapbook 101 book is paper ptieced and I added some flowers and buttons from my stash to make it look like a real scrappy stash.  I also cut out some faces from Paper Doll Dress Up and the Cricut to look like my mom and I.  This paisley print paper has been in my stash for quite awhile waiting the perfect page and I believe it is Daisy D's from like 2006.  The teal polka dots is from a K and Co baby stack.  The brown is Stampin Up Chocolate Chip.  I used Hello Kitty Font and the Paisley Cuttlebug folder for my title.  I will be adding a picture of us and my filled to the brim SUV.  Check out the Inktegrity blog for your chance to win these sweet images and visit the store tomorrow for all the new releases.

               Tractor Set $5.00 USD

Apple Basket $2.00 USD
Pumpkin House $2.00 USD

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Daniel in the Lion's den

My son participated in a program called Kids disciples that was started with a bunch of kids who had attended various Vacation Bible Schools.  IOt was taught by a woman that is a retired missionary.  They put on a play about Daniel in the Lion's Den.  Braden loved dressing up and playing a part even if he did have to be one of the bad guys.  I am trying to use up my stash and have not bought paper other than solid cardstock in over a year.  The patterned paper is Die Cuts with a View stack 6 and the red is a scrap of Stampin Up's real Red, the teal was in my scrap stash and not sure where the solid white background is from.  The sketch was from Pagemaps.  I used my Gypsy along with my new Sesame Street font for the title, George and Basic Shapes fro the large star and a star shaped hole punch for the tiny stars, and some border punches and ink to complete the look. 

Apple picking time

I have never been apple picking but I sure would love to.  I really need to find out if there is a place around here to go.  I wanted to share with you some sneak peeks of some soon to be released images over at Inktegrity.  The apple card was colored with my Close to my Heart watercolor pencils and an Aqua painter brush.  I added some doodling with my pens on the little hanky and some CTMH Liquid glass for some shine.  I used the sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches.  All my paper is American Crafts except for my white which is from Walmart and red which is a scrap of Stampin Up that was in my bin from my gumball layout the other day.  The patterned paper is from last years American Crafts Christmas stack but works so perfectly for this.  It's hard to tell but the image is actually on the inside of the card.  The outside is cut with Nesties as is the frame that was then embossed with the Swiss Dots cuttlebug folder. 

Candy the Squirrel will be released soon too.  I paper pieced him with papers from my scrap stash and added a bit of coloring and chalk.  For his tail I cut it out twice and on the top layer used my Crop-a-dile II to punch holes to give him a polka dotted tail to match that of the squirrel in the patterned paper.  This paper is from last year's Autumn stack from Recollections, not sure where the orange is from but I used it in the pumpkin card last week.  Some yellow cardstock from my stash was pleated and folded and a sentiment was handwritten to complete this.  this card is also using the sketch challenge over at the Inktegrity challenge site, won't you please play along with us? the winner gets some free digi images.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Beary Special

I usually scrap pictures almost as soon as I get them printed so imagine my surprise when I found these pictures from the beginning of the last school year.  I had forgotten that a friend had given them to me since I was working on the day that the kids got to bring their favorite teddy bear to preschool. Kamrie brought Tenderheart Care Bear.  The reason she has this bear is because for Homecoming my junior year of high school the Peer Counselors decorated their float in my parents backyard and the theme was In the Time of the CareBears.  We made CareAlot Land and the pictures from that are in the very first scrapbookt hat I ever created.  We all dressed up like Care Bears and I was Tenderheart bear so when Kamrie was born my mom bought her this stuffed version.  I followed the sketch posted over at ScrapTiffany.  I used paper from CosmoCricket's Girl Friday collection and cardstock from my Stash.  Both pinks are American Crafts, not sure what the yellow is, the brown in the bear is SU Chocolate chip.  Of course I also used my Martha Stewart loop punch.  The background shape was cut on my Cricut from the Storybook cartridge and stretched out on my Gypsy. 

This was my first attempt at this type of bear.  I was too scared to make her entire body.  I basically cut out a few circles and an oval and a couple of tear drop shapes as well as a heart and then played around with those.  The smaller circles were trimmed by hand and became the ears and hands, the heart was trimmed and became the nose and of course the teardrops became the eyes.  I used some halk, chalk ink, my white signo pen, a brown pen and a pop dot to complete this.  Some doodling and Stickles finished this off.  For anyone who is wondering the title is also done on the Gypsy with the Pooh Font.  Oh and the ribbon up top was an afterthought but I thought it needed something frilly and girly.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Sweet Sugar

Sweet sugar, that's what I call my baby girl.  Well she's not a baby anymore but that's another story.  I have been known to have a sweet tooth which is probably why my family decided to take me on a road trip to a really neat candy store for Mother's Day last year.  If you are ever in Northern California stop by Powell's Sweet Shoppe (in Windsor or Healdsburg).  This place was so much fun with lots of things that you can't find anywhere else.  My hubby picked up some of his favorite childhood sweets, Zots.  Not to be confused with my favorite adhesive by the same name :)  All cardstock in this layout is from Stampin Up's Bold Brights collection (before they did the color changes).  Well the purple is not because the purple in that pack is actually more pastel.  This is Wausau cardstock and the white is my good ole Walmart stuff.  The title is done on my Cricut with my Gypsy and Pooh Font on the Marker and Marker shadow features.  Tons of circles from George and Basic Shapes.  The gumball machine was located on the Sweethearts cartridge which I do not own so I used my favorite trick.  I placed the cut on my virtual mat and then opened another layer and placed shapes on top that were the same or similar until I created my own version.  It was cut completely with George.  I need opinions on this machine though.  As you can see I placed a picture of gumballs in the machine but I am not sure I like it.  Hubby thinks I should just cut out the gumballs for it.  I was thinking if there was some way to shrink the picture to include more gum that would be really neat.  All ideas appreciated.

As you can see in this close up, I pop dotted the turny thing and the opening thing(not the technical terms).  I think that part turned out really cute.