Friday, October 25, 2013


When I was making cards the other day, I wanted to make some sympathy cards.  I always struggle with making sympathy cards.  I had the background paper by Basic Grey that I wanted to use, but then the challenge was to find some paper that coordinated with it since it was a weird color.  This paper from last year's winter collection by Fancy Pants coordinated beautifully with it.  I used some of my favorite crinkled crepe ribbon by Creative Impressions ( I think that is the brand) to give it even more color.  The stamp is from Bevy of Butterflies and I used my Creative Memories circle punch.  The ink I used is a Powder Puff chalk ink.
I also made some cards that could be sympathy or get well cards.  This card used one of the BEAUTIFUL big butterfly stamps from the Butterfly Beauty stamp set.  The background paper is from a baby collection by Little Yellow Bicycle, I think.  I bought a bunch of this paper when Cat was having a big sale since the colors are fantastic, it is a varnished paper with lots of texture, plus it works for travel, ocean, and lots of things--LOVE IT!  The rose paper is by My Minds Eye and the cardstock is by Bazzill.  The butterfly is stamped on a scrap of paper that I had.  I used a punch by Stampin Up to punch out the sentiment, which is from the My Thoughts are With You  set.  I love those sentiment collections since they are wonderful to grab when you want to make a bunch of cards.

I'm going to link this to the Friends with Flair hop as well as Cat's WOW Wednesday hop.  Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to leave a comment for a chance to win from Cat or Unity.  Two chances to win--FUN!!!!  Go back to Cat's blog and Unity's blog to check out everyone else's creations and leave more comments for even more chances to win.  

Friday, October 11, 2013


I can't believe I'm finally participating in Friends With Flair Friday.  It has been too long!  I spent a few days creating cards to replenish my mom's and my stash.  Of course, I had to use some of the fantastic stamps that Unity has for cardmaking.  To speed things along, I used sketches (card maps) by Becky Fleck - LOVE using her sketches for cards and scrapbook layouts.  I made the card pictured above using a stamp from the "My Thoughts are With You" kit.  I love the vertical sentiment!  The papers are from Bella Blvd., My Minds Eye, and Jillibean Soup, with carstock by Wausau.  The ribbon is by Offray.  This card is simple and fun.
This card features a stamp from one of my favorite series of stamps, "Wit and Wisdom" by Joslyn  I LOVE these stamps and couldn't wait to make a card featuring one of them.  The paper I used is by American Crafts, with cardstock by Bazzill and Wausau.  The ribbon is by Offray  The candle paper is embossed and adds some fun texture to the card.  I used Archival Ink by Ranger on both cards

My local scrapbook store, Cat's Creations Scrapbook in Mineral Wells, Texas, is where the majority of my supplies were purchased.  The birthday papers were actually purchased when she had some sale bins full of paper.  We are so blessed to have a great scrapbook store in our small town.  Lots of people from the Dallas-Fort Worth area drive over to visit our wonderful store.

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013


I'm excited to finally participate in WOW Wednesday.  I needed to re-stock my mom's and my card stash for a while.  When Cat had her latest big sale, I grabbed some birthday paper that is perfect for making birthday cards.  The paper is by American Crafts and I love how easy it was to make birthday cards with it.  I made the card above without even using a stamp!  The birthday candle paper is embossed and adds some fun texture to the card.  The ribbon is by Offray and the cardstock is by Bazzill and Wausau.
This is more of the same paper collection.  I cut around some of the balloons to make a scalloped pocket to slip the happy birthday tag inside.  The stamp is by Imaginisce and is one of their "Snag Em" stamps.  I used my handy dandy "We R" Corner Chomper to make my tag and the tiny attacher to attach the ribbon, which is by May Arts.  The cardstock is by Wausau.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013


This is the lapbook album that I've been working on for the past several weeks.  This album was inspired by an album designed by Kathy Orta, aka Paper Phenomenon.  I also used Rachel's modification of adding a chipboard cover and one inch spines.  I definitely want to give credit to these ladies for coming up with the design of the structure of this album.  I used a Tim Holtz die to create the cupid and heart on the front of the album  I used Viva Decor "Ferro" on the heart and arrow.
When you open the album, you see this page  It has space for a large photograph  The scrolls above and below the photo mat were made using the Viva Decor mother-of-pearl modelling paste and a stencil.  The two "folders" you see peeking out of the side pocket on the left are actually mini albums:
I made these using a Coluzzle template and blade set that I have had forever.  The bottom mini album has a cascade album inside to hold lots of photos.
As you "turn" the page, you come to this page, which has a place for another large photo and two more of the folder mini-albums peeking out of the pocket on the right.
These mini albums were made the same way the other two mini albums were made.
The back side of the page has another flap and some tags slid inside a pocket.  The flap has a spot for another photo on it, and the tags will hold three to six photos.
As you flip that page you see this flap with room for another vertical photo and it then another cascade album is revealed, as well as a spot for a "landscape" photo - there are two of these, one on each side of the album.
That flap also opens up to show more places for you to put photos.
This is what it opens up to on the opposite side.  

Paper from numerous manufacturers was used in this album.  One of the things I enjoy most about scrapbooking is mixing and matching paper collections.  The main collection I used was an older collection from SEI.  I supplemented it with paper from My Minds Eye, Echo Park, Bazzill, Little Yellow Bicycle, Pebbles, Heidi Grace, and BoBunny.  I used washi tape on the hinges inside the album and some cloth tape on the outside from Oriental Trading Company (it is similar to 7 Gypsies Gaffer tape).  I used punches by McGill, EK Success, Fiskars, WeR Memory Keepers, and Martha Stewart to create some of the embellishments.  There are not very many embellishments because this is a gift to a non-scrapbooker and I wanted to make it easy for them to adhere their photos.  Plus, the addition of the photos will significantly increase the thickness of this album and if there are very many embellishments it would be too fat.  

Several people asked me about teaching this as a class at Cat's.  Cat and I talked about it and the class will be on Saturday, August 24th.  I will begin working on the sample album this weekend using a current paper collection at the store.  Stay tuned for more details about the class as the sample is created so that we can share photos of it and will be able to give you a price.

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to leave a comment.  This post is linked to Cat's Creations WOW Wednesday and you will be eligible for a prize just by commenting  

Friday, May 31, 2013


These are my wonderful parents and they celebrated their sixtieth anniversary on May 23rd.  They didn't want a big celebration, just for the family to go out to eat together.   So we did just that and then went back to their house for a "speed photography" session.  As you may know, my mother has been battling renal cell cancer that has metastasized to two different areas.  The radiation treatments have taken a toll on her and she was not feeling well on their anniversary.  We got some wonderful photos of each one of us girls (there are three of us) and our families with my parents.  The dinner together and photography session only took two hours....and that included putting their living room back together since we had to rearrange it for the photographs.  We were thankful that my mother was feeling better by evening, but not really very good.  She had a few more bad days, but is back to feeling pretty good now.  Love it when she has several good days in a row! 
This is the anniversary card I made for them.  I used some Sizzix dies (this one and this one)that I purchased at my local scrapbook store, Cat's Creations Scrapbooks.  Everything I used for this card was purchased there with the exception of the brads I used for the center of the flowers.   The paper is from Canvas Corp. and the flowers are from Prima.
This is the first panel and the stamp is from the August, 2011 Kit of the Month  I love the sentiments that came in that kit!  I used a Viva décor pearl pen for the swirls and some Stampendous vintage embossing powder on the sentiment.  I love how their embossing powders have different colors mixed together--this had gold mixed in with the hunter green.  The shimmery corners are from the 3D Glitter Stamp Paint by Viva Décor.  I just got some on my finger and smeared it on the corners. 
This is the end panel and features a sentiment from a Fiskars stamp set.  In case you can't read it, it says "memories are the most beautiful pictures our minds can paint and nothing can ever erase them".  I thought that was a great sentiment for a sixtieth anniversary card. 
These are the center panels and I put a photo of each of us girls on them.  On the back is a pocket for each of us to put a note for them. 

Thanks for stopping by.  I am linking this blog post up to WOW Wednesday which is hosted by Cat's Creations Scrapbooks--you can comment to win a prize.  I'm also linking this up to Unity's Friends with Flair Friday blog hop, where you can also comment to win a prize.  SO.....comment for a chance to win two different prizes!!!

Monday, April 22, 2013


Thanks again for your encouraging comments during my week of Growing In Unity.  I had so much creating the layouts for the week.  There were an amazing 127 comments and picked
Emily H.
Emily, please email me with your contact info and the two itty bitties that you would like, so that Unity can send them to you.
Thanks again for your encouragement during this past week.  I read and treasure each comment.

Friday, April 19, 2013


This is a two page layout I did featuring my parents and using paper by Echo Park. 
This is the left-hand page of the two page layout and I used the sketch from the Unity Stamp Company Challenge.  The tape is paper tape by 7 Gypsies.  The black cardstock is by WorldWin and the shimmery red cardstock is by The Paper Company and the white is from my stash.  I used Adirondack, Staz-On, and Ranger inks.  The banners are embossed using Stampendous shabby green embossing powder--love this stuff!  The twine is the red shimmer twine from The Twinery.  The vellum is from my stash.  I used Glossy Accents on the word GaGa, which is what the grandkids all call my Mother.  The banner and holly border stamps are from "A Simple Christmas".  I used the Marah Johnson "Carnivale" alphabet set again for the word GaGa.  The ruler stamp, love them/love her stamp, and the date block are all from the June 2012 SMAK kit.  The heart is from "The Time is Now" kit. 
This is the right side page.  I also heat embossed the banners like I did on the other page.  I also heat embossed the journaling spot using the Stampendous shabby green embossing powder.  In addition to the 7 gypsies tape, I also used some Tim Holtz tape.  The journaling spot stamp and the sentiment on it are from the "Throught All Time" set and the words mother, father, grandmother, and grandfather are from the "Roots and Wings" set. 
I'm very blessed with wonderful parents and wanted to do a layout of them this past Christmas.  My mother has been battling cancer and just finished radiation treatment on Wednesday for the second metastases.  Hopeful that it will stay gone this time.  Very thankful for the wonderful doctors and facilities at UT Southwestern. 
Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to leave a comment for a chance to win some Unity stamps.  I am going to link this up to Friends with Flair, so you will have two chances to win some Unity stamps.  I have really enjoyed my week of Growing with Unity and appreciate everyone's sweet comments very much.  I will announce the winner on Monday for the two itty bitties.