Sunday, August 17, 2014

Good Things Are Going to Happen

This card was made with the scraps from my "Into the Sunset" layout.

Into the Sunset - Two Ways!

This card was created for some friends who have owned and operated a Western-themed bar & grill for many many years, but have now decided to retire. As I created the quilted star and played with the embellishments in this October Afternoon collection, I noticed the phrase "Into the Sunset" on one of the pieces. Is there any more appropriate phrase for a retirement card? 
Especially a Western-themed retirement card???
 Supplies by: October Afternoon (Sasparilla), Tim Holtz, Bazzill, and Maya Road

A few weeks after I made the card, I started playing with my July Scraptastic kit and found that the colors felt warm and inviting. They made me think of the sunset in Los Cabos, Mexico while Sonni and I went horseback riding on the beach.  As the layout came together, I found myself struggling for a title. I couldn't get "Into the Sunset" out of my head because it seemed perfect here as well. It felt strange to use the same title yet again. But I eventually caved in and realized that no one would actually care!

Supplies by: Scraptastic Club Kit

Hello There Sunshine

I'm trying to get back into the habit of immediately creating a card with the scraps I have leftover from a finished layout. I'm too quick to just stash the scraps away and think, "I'll make a card another time." That thought process has left me card-less! Which isn't good when I need a card and just don't have the time to sit down and create one at that time.  I need a stash of finished cards to grab and send when the occasion arises. Don't we all???
This card was created with the scraps from the "Come Sail Away" layout.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Come Sail Away

Memories of Mexico.
And a spectacular vacation with dear friends.  
My Scraptastic Club kits had been piling up while I was working on the newest Epcot Kissing Passport. But now that it's done, I'm diving into my kits and enjoying every moment!
This is from the June Scraptastic Sail kit as well as a few things from my own stash, including cork paper from Creative Impressions. 

Supplies by: Scraptastic Club Kits, Creative Impressions, Doodlebug, Joann Essentials, Recollections, Making Memories, and Mark Richards

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Epcot Kissing Passport 2.0!

I've been overwhelmed at the online response over the Epcot Kissing Passport I created back in 2010. I never dreamed that there would be such a response! So a very heartfelt thank you to all have commented here as well as those that have given praise on other websites.
The positive feedback has lead me to create a new and improved passport. 

The previous version was 4x8 in size and meant to be carried through the theme park to be stamped. After thinking about it more, I decided that even something that small can be irritating to carry all day long.  Plus the book itself could be damaged along the day's journey. This time I was going to create a bigger and more detailed book...that will never leave home.  

The book comes with a small, separate, re-sealable plastic bag that could easily be stuffed into a camera bag or even the pocket of a pair of shorts. Inside the bag are the white squares of paper to be taken to the Kidcot Fun Stops in each country to be stamped.  It also includes a small instruction guide showing how each photo will appear in the book so they can plan their photo accordingly: either landscape or portrait. Once they get home, they can adhere their stamped squares and photos into the book. 

The book itself was truly a pleasure to make and I'm excited to share it with you!

 As with the previous passport, I'm sorry to say that I cannot sell them based on copyright laws. But please feel free to take this idea and make it your own!

Supplies by: Simple Stories (Urban Traveler & Smarty Pants), Doodlebug, May Arts, Dress It Up Buttons, Recollections, and American Crafts
Special thanks to Susan Stringfellow and Kayla Thompson

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

National Scrapbooking Day 2014 - Disney Dream

National Scrapbooking Day celebrations continue through this week at Disney Scrappers!
So I'm continuing with the challenges to see how many I can complete before the 2014 celebration comes to a close. 
Challenge #2 asked us to pick 1 of 2 sketches that Susan Stringfellow provided for us.  Since I had already done 2 layouts featuring Disneyland, 2 featuring Walt Disney World, and 1 featuring Adventures by Disney, I thought it was time Disney Cruise Line was represented!
Making flowers is something I really enjoy doing but this time I did NOT make these gorgeous little beauties.  They are made by Recollections.  When I saw them at Michaels I thought they would be perfect on a beach layout.  The starfish isn't real!  It's a resin piece I found at Michaels a few years ago. But I did include actual seashells from Castaway Cay!

Supplies by: K & Company, Bazzill, Creative Impressions, American Crafts, Recollections, Michaels, and Tim Holtz

Sunday, May 4, 2014

National Scrapbooking Day 2014 - Mouse ♥

Challenge #5 at Disney Scrappers asked us to use washi tape.  Something I never really got into using.  So I had to do a little shopping for this one.  I remembered a washi tape sample layout that was done back when I was working at Archivers and decided to use that as my inspiration.  

I took a plain piece of 11½ x 11½ white cardstock and attached strips of washi tape over the entire page.  I went over the taped pieces very carefully to make sure there were no lose edges sticking up.   Because my next step was to send it through my Cricut to cut out the Mickey shape.  Then it was attached to a slightly larger piece of white cardstock, which was then attached to a full 12x12 piece of black to give it a great border. To give even more definition to the Mickey shape, I pulled out my sewing machine and stitched around the inside.  

One of the big things I love about these challenges is how they get you out of your box.  And even use supplies that you may not have used in years such as brads, book labels, and old school paper flowers.  

Supplies by: Bazzill, Recollections, Fancy Pants, Prima, Dress It Up Buttons, and American Crafts