Thursday, April 17, 2014

Visit to the ER Layout

** Sorry for the gross photos. **
Last May  Hunter slipped in a water puddle and cut his knee on a rock. We took him to the Emergency Room where he was stitched up and sent home in short order. The small photo on the top right was taken the day after his stitches were removed. Yea, it had opened back up, so he now has a scar.

Hunter chose the "Caution" background paper, he thought it was hilarious for this layout. LOL
I used the ER Visit cut file from Treasure Box Designs. (You can see it HERE.) This is the second layout I cut with my Silhouette Cameo, let's just say I LOVE the Cameo!!
I will give you a  peek at how I like to design my layouts. I place my photo mats and die cuts in my designer software so I can see everything (and make adjustments to sizes) before making my first cut. (Not only am I a visual person, but I am stingy with my paper too!! LOL)

This is a screen shot of my design in my software. (Notice I omitted the blue tab on the right top photo when I actually put my layout together.) Once I get my project designed I save a screen shot to refer back to once I have all of my layers cut. Doing it this way is way faster for me. While the kids sleep and I can't use my noisy cutter I can design everything, then it is just a matter of a few minutes to cut and assemble.
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Monday, February 17, 2014

The Jesus Bible Book Review


The Jesus Bible is a hardbound Bible geared toward children 9-12 years old. The Jesus Bible is not a children’s Bible storybook, but the New International Version full Bible. I love that this Bible is one that my children will find useful for many years to come with daily devotions, maps and charts and the handy concordance of key topics, place and people to aid and encourage Bible study, this is the first Bible I have seen that is geared for children to include these things.
 The Jesus Bible includes a “Where’s Jesus in…” section at the start of each book pointing out scripture that shows the presences of Jesus in that particular passage.
 The Jesus Bible is visually appealing to preteens/teens and has a contemporary feel to it. I know both of my children are excited to read, study and carry this Bible with them.
 Overall I am very pleased with The Jesus Bible and I am excited for my children to discover all that this Bible holds for them.

The Jesus Bible was sent to me in exchange for an honest review through the BookLook program.

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Friday, January 24, 2014

Art Impressions Shepherd and Sheep

How about one last (for now) Christmas card? I used Art Impressions Shepard and Sheep for this quick and easy card.  How cute is that little guy and is wooly little companions?
 I used the same Copic marker colors one this one and the Nativity Scene card I posted a couple of days ago. I am thinking I will use both images for my 2014 Christmas cards. (AI also has 2 more stamps, the wisemen,  that I am going to be buying to round out the set.) I double mounted the image and added a hand drawn frame just like on the previous card. I did add a sentiment to this one- BUT next time I will be using the stamp-a-ma-jig to get a better placement!! LOL
Here are the links to the Wisemen stamps:
Two Wisemen and Wiseman and Camel.
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Until later~

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Simply Perfect In Every Way

It has been ages since I completed a scrapbook layout! My photo printer stopped printing everything except black and yellow months ago, but a recent call to the manufacturer and now I am back in business with a new upgraded model! (Why didn't I call sooner?) The new printer did not come a minute too soon either, I had just taken some pictures and needed wanted to get them scrapped right away!
Hailey joined Girl Scouts last Fall and she is loving it! As soon as she found out the GS would be having a Buddy and Me Ball she asked daddy if he would be her date. He was more than happy to accept.
After buying the perfect dress and shoes, practicing her dancing and warning daddy, "If you do any dance moves that embarrassed me I will pretend I don't know you!" our little girl was ready for her first dance.
It was -45* outside and the temperature was falling when it came time to head into town. Daddy took her for some fast food (so she wouldn't have to get out of the warm truck) and then they headed to the Girl Scouts building. After leaving her snow pants and clunky snow boots in the truck she was ready for some fun.
Each girl received a corsage and each couple had their picture taken, and then the dancing began! Hailey was so excited that most of the girls from her troop were there too,  she had a blast! (As a part of the physical education class at school the kids have learned a lot of different dances. Because she knew so many dances, my otherwise slightly reserved girl had no problems getting her groove on! Thank you, Mrs. J!!)

One of the members of my scrapbooking group on FB issuesd a layout challenge.
2 page layout-check
1 basic color-Beige
2 accent colors-Black and red
Min. 2 photos per page-Yep
I journaling block-Got it
Simple embellishment-Oh yeah!
So while the other ladies are trying to settle on a deadline I got my layout done. :-)

 I used an old My Mind's Eye Lost and Found collection. I really wanted the photos to be the focus of the layout so I kept things very simple.

 For the left page I used a die cut page, a 4x6  and a 5x7 photo, I added a strip of coordinating designer paper and a punched border. I added a little journalling, a few black rhinestones and the butterfly that was one of the coordinating pieces. They red glitter accents were already on the paper.

The right side is where I used my 8x10 photo collage. A matching strip of paper and rhinestones to tie the two pages together and then I added an embellishment cluster to finish this page. I popped dotted a die cut from the collection on top of some black tulle I ruffled and tied and 3 black feathers. 
A close up of the feathers, tulle and die cut.
It is hard to believe how grown up my little girl looks!! I don't need to tell you that she had a wonderful time, and will remember this night for years to come. Daddy took her for ice cream (her most favorite thing EVER!!) after the dance and by the time she got home she was totally worn out, but oh so happy. I must say, Hailey's first dance was "Simply Perfect In Every Way!"
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Monday, January 20, 2014

Art Impression- Nativity Scene

I Discovered Art Impressions last month. (Thank you very much Pinterest!!) I had looked over the web site and added a few stamps to my wish list, well when they had an end of the year sale I could not restrain myself! I ordered 5 new Christmas stamps!

 This is Nativity Scene, I thought the little people and animals were too cute to resist! Oh boy does this stamped image love Copic Markers. Even though I used a boat load of Copics, it only took a short time to color everything in. (LOL, after I had my card all done and uploaded the photos I noticed that the Baby Jesus looks as if he has Elvis hair!! Too funny to redo it, I think I like it that way. I will just be a little more careful about that next time.) This image is most definitely in the running for my Christmas card 2014!
 I wanted the image to really stand out so I kept the design very simple. I double matted the image panel and then used a very fine-tipped marker to free hand a basic frame.
 I have one more Christmas card I will be sharing next time, and then hopefully I will have some Valentine's cards show you.
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Saturday, January 18, 2014

CTMH Christmas Village card

This is my second card using the Close To My Heart Christmas Village stamp set. I used a couple of different buildings and the snowman, but I ended up using the cozy little house again. Their are several little buildings in this set, perfect for using individually or grouped together to make your own scenes. I immediately fell in love with these darling little buildings, they remind me so much of our trips to Metamora, IN. The streets of Metamora are lined with gaily painted homes and shops, this card is how I image the town looks at Christmas time.

The Sweet Shop gets my mouth watering just thinking about what what goodies are inside!:-)
I love the layout, it could be tweaked to create several different looks. Buttons, ribbon, bows, oh my!
I used Copic makers again, I just can't help myself. LOL  A couple of
thin strips of red cardstock make the image pop against the neutral background.
Tip: Place all of your stamps on a large stamp block or stamp press, this makes it easy to have perfectly aligned images for mass producing cards.
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Friday, January 17, 2014

Christmas cards- 2014

YES! I have been working on Christmas cards to send out this year- 2014! I know, I have 11 months to worry about that, right? Well, yes. But, I did not like the cards I made for 2013 and I wanted to kind of prove to myself I could make a "cute" card.
For the first time ever I will not be sharing my 2013 card on my blog, it was that bad! LOL So, get prepared to see lots of Christmas cards throughout the year.
The first up is a CTMH stamp set- Christmas Village:

I love all of the buildings in this set, they are cute and it is fun to color them. The designer paper and cardstock are from my stash. Tip- The circle of designer paper under my button was punched from the strip, I then covered the strip with my image and you would never know I had punched a hole in it. I colored the image with Copic markers and then added a little Stickles to the snow on each building.

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Until later~