Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Glass Blocks

The other project I made were etched glass blocks. These were a fast, easy project to complete and my 7 year old daughter was able to help. First you cut out the design/name you want on contact paper. Adhere the contact paper to the glass block in the design that you like. For the etching part, I tried two different techniques. The "Craft" block was done using etching cream. It is easy to work with but I had to apply two applications due to the large area I was trying to etch. It came out pretty even and is there to stay! The "Snowflake" design was put on using a can of spraypaint that gave it the etched look. The final product had a very even look to it but the negative it that it tended to scratch easily. So there you have it... hope you enjoy!

Name Plaques

Alright, I have been busy with the holidays and my scrapbooking has suffered greatly... however, I have been able to whip out a few projects that were kind of fun and seemed to get a pretty nice reaction. The first project I made were name plaques for myself and my family. Unfortunately, I wrapped theirs before I took a picture. I say that because I actually liked the gift ones better. I changed the paper I made the last name with and it really made a big difference. I liked that it was a personal touch added to my gift giving.

The directions are pretty simple... I found a 12 x 12 tile at my local home improvement store. Using two different colors of cardstock, I cut out a large letter that I placed in the middle. I used design studio for this so that I could stretch and tilt to get the result I liked. I cut out 4 corners at 3 inches and finally cut out the last name using all lower case letters. These also were cut at 3 inches. I Mod Podged these on and let them dry for 24 hours. I followed that up with a matte clear coat finish. I used my Stone Script and Storybook cartridges for the tiles.

Monday, December 28, 2009

New Year

Okay... we are starting a new year soon. So, that means it is time for me to start making goals for this year. We are looking at a year full of changes in our household, the most major of which is relocating to a new city. After this school year ends, we will be moving from Indiana to the Dallas, Texas area. We are certainly looking forward to the move, but I have put all kinds of pressure on myself to make sure I document all of the "lasts" here in Indiana... for example, I need to make sure I get pictures of all of my kids playing in the snow, we need to visit all of our favorite traditional places during the holidays, and spending as much time with extended family as we can. And after we check all of those boxes, I need to do scrapbook pages for each of the kids albums as well as the family album... it is going to be a busy year. So... here are my goals for the year:

1. Clean out and get rid of all of the items that do not need to make the move with us.
2. Make the transition to the new home as easy on the kids as I can.
3. Post at least one scrapbook layout a week.

Really, I think these goals are achievable! Who needs sleep anyway?! I hope you and your families have a healthy and prosperous New Year!


Tuesday, November 24, 2009


Thanks to the ladies at Stuck On U Sketches for a great sketch. The heart was a little difficult for me to get a good shape on... but I did finally manage to get it a little less lopsided! Yipee for that! I loved the flowers I cut... they reminded me of some we saw on our visit to Cabo. But the flowers on their own were getting lost on the busy patterns in the background papers. So, I thought I would place some wide brown ribbon behind the flowers. It helped because it gave it some texture and lifted the flowers off the page a bit. After sanding some of the flowers to "roughen" them up, I added some stickles. (Sometime I like to add a little bling to distressed elements!) After fussing over it the past few days, I decided to leave it alone and go ahead and post it. :)

Supplies used:
DCWV Papers - Mi Casa (Perfect for a vacation in Mexico!)
Stickles - Lime Green
Story Book Cartridge
Stone Script Cartridge
Wild Card Cartridge
Design Studio
Stamps - random ones I have had so long, I no longer know the brand
Chalk - ColorBox - Dark Brown
Brads - Recollections
Embossing Powder - copper
Pop dots - EK Success
Adhesive Dots - Zots

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

My Girl Rocks!

I am so excited about this LO! It was designed using the sketch at Stuck On U Sketches (Thanks Aymee for a great sketch!) This is one of my favorites for many reasons: #1 I actually had the page designed BEFORE the event! That never happens in my world. #2 I think it turned out great! I love everything about it (And there are not too many of my LO that I feel that way about! #3 The picture featured on this page is of my darling 7 year old daughter at the Miley Cyrus concert in Indianapolis on Nov. 16th. She was sooooo excited and we had so much fun! #4 This is going to be an easy LO to add to. I plan on adding a second page with some of the pictures we took at the concert! (Clearly I didn't have that part done before the concert!) :)

As for the details:
The paper is DCWV Metallic stack, We R Memory Keepers, DCWV The Glitter Stack
Bottom layer is stamped and embossed
Cut outs are from Hannah Montana Cartridge and Storybook
Glitter is Stickles - Star dust
Ribbon and gems are misc. supplies I had laying around!
The frame was distressed using sand paper.
I also used a lot of Pop Dots! I liked the layered effect of it!

I hope you enjoy this LO as much as I do! Thanks for looking!

Saturday, November 14, 2009


I realize I am a little behind with this post but I really liked the way the page turned out so I decided to post it anyway! This LO is based on a sketch at SOUS on October 30th. I think all of their sketches are so amazing, I wanted to work back to be sure to do them all.

This is a picture of my daughter on a camping trip with her cousins last summer. I used Storybook for the scalloped edges on the background paper and the flourishes. I used walk in my garden for the flowers. The paper is from MME (Magnolia - love this stack!)The letters are chipboard from Colorbok that I chalked. I added distress stickles to the letters for a little bling. The ribbon and buttons are some that I have had sitting around for a very long time! By the time I was finished, I realized that my LO looked very little like the original sketch but I guess that just means that I made it my own! I hope you enjoy it!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Recent Layouts

I am sooo behind on my scrapbooking it is not even funny! Recently I tried to take some old photos that I had not scrapped yet and put them in LOs. These are some of the LOs I came up with! Thanks for looking!

Monday, November 9, 2009


I recently found the Stuck On U Sketches blog and wanted to join the fun. There are so many talented people with such amazing ideas. I love checking out all of the variations of the same sketch!

For my LO, I used a picture of my children at the pumpkin patch. I used my Expression to cut the leaves using Stretch Your Imagination. The leaves range in size from 2 - 3.5 inches. After I cut them, I crinkled them, chalked them, and embossed them with copper embossing powder. The papers are from SEI. The letters are Heidi Snapp (rhyme upper - clear). I embossed these with embossing powder to give them the metallic look.

Thanks for looking... I had a lot of fun making this LO... I just wish the picture did a better job of showing the layered leaves. They look so much better than the photo shows them!
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