Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Cards a Plenty!

So, I've been busy lately doing mostly my scrapbooking for my Disney Trip in 2015 (Jake's 5th Birthday).  HOWEVER, my Family reunion was last weekend, and for the silent auction I donated hand made cards, and I worked on these for about 2 weeks!  This was the only thing broght in for the auction, and our Treasurer liked them so much, she bought them!  YES!

I won this stamp set from Nina Marie's Blog, and I shamelessly copied these cards, so not my original ideas.  
They are cute though!!
Copic coloring on Fox and Owl and clouds
Water color with Distress Inks

Saw this stamp set on sale at Hobby Lobby, had to have it!  However, I found that it worked really well with no line coloring!  I tried this 3 times before getting it "right".  Copic coloring for beginners!  I'm getting better!

When I first got interested in stamping and card making, I would watch Lawn Fawn videos every day they posted a new one, and went into the back posts and watched as many as I could!  Love Lawn Fawn!  

Shaker card from various sequins and beads from when I used to do all those felt applique Christmas decorations.  Copic Coloring.

Made this when I first got this stamp set!  SO CUTE!
Copic Coloring (flamingos), pigment ink stamping (trees and heart), distress ink background
Ranger Ink Glossy Accent

My very first set I got from Lawn Fawn! 
Clouds are from my new die set from Paper Smooches
Distress Inked background and Copic Coloring


I love the Lawn Fawn Mini stamp and die sets!  Great prices for very cute stamp sets!
I LOVE this Jack-a-lope!  I also use that sentiment for Santa Cards!
Copic coloring, Distriss Inked background
simple cute stamp set, got it since we got an awesome ice cream maker, 
but have yet to gift anybody ice cream, but I'll be ready!
Copic Coloring on this one.

Apparently I'm kind of lucky on the Blog give-aways!  I won a gift card from Avery Elle and got this too cute Wild Birthday set!
Copic coloring on the Hippo and banner, paper die cut background

Simple cards!
The heart was from my Cricut, it's one of the lacy simple or everyday or holiday cards, I can't remember!
Hocus Pocus was from stamps that I had, cat is a wooden stamp, Hocus Pocus is a cheap $1 spot stamp from Michael's. Background is Sizzix Swirl Embossing Folder

These are from stamp sets I got from Hobby Lobby or Michaels (again on sale)
Make A wish - Distress Ink - water color on the Sizzix Swirl Embossed background
Many Thanks - background distress ink over embossed background.  Folder is from Sizzix, not sure what it's called.

And, This one is from an really old Stampin Up floral layering set.  
Pink And Green are Distress Inks stamped on Water Color paper then painted over with water to blend.  
Such a fun and easy technique!
Happy Birthday is Heat Embossed over Vellum, just stuff I have in my stash.
I bought this (and several others) stamp set in the late 90s and early 2000s.  Still quite lovely!

So, as you can see I've been busy!
Happy Crafting!!!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

New Toy!!!

So, As you know, I do a lot of scrapbooking.  Card Making is something new to me,and I do love doing it, but my first love is to the pictures.  So, for my birthday, my husband surprised me beyond my wildest dreams when he got me my new toy

Introducing my new Cricut Explore Air 2!

I was hesitant to want one of the newest machines that Cricut was coming out with.  Mainly that you always need to have an internet connection to even use this.  And, as I just found out, unless I'm not doing it right, you can ONLY use cartridges that you have linked to your account, you cannot use a cartridge that is not linked to your account.  I find this strange, because it's a physical cartridge, you should be able to use it, but that's another story.  This was found out because I'm having trouble linking one of my newest cartridges because it says it's already linked but it was new when I got it.  

BUT, the best part about this pretty mint green machine, is that I can cut images from my own computer as well as my system fonts.  Check out what I've cut out so far that I don't have cartridges for!

My son is on the Orioles this season.

This is only my first time playing with the new features, so I cannot wait to try more!
I'll be sure to post once I do!
And, I'm working on my Disney World album.  Here's my latest page, still a work in progress (WIP) but it's coming along nicely!
(and probably some Say Cheese elements in there as well)

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

I Love Pizza!

So, I have a really great friend and co-worker who was so very nice enough to give me a gift card for Christmas and instructed me to "Get something for yourself, no buying other gifts or dinner, just something for yourself!"  and I DID!

I got a great stamp and die set from Lawn Fawn.  I have LOVED it since I first started following their blog.  So, I made this thank you card for him.

Copic colors:
Pizza:  R27, E00, E33, E57, Y21
Pizza Cutter: 
Blade:W1, W5,W7
Handle: E33, E57, Y28
Memento tuxedo black ink pad
Stamped toppings from Recollections Pigment Ink Mini Pack
Red, Green, and Brown

All the card stock was just some stuff I had in my stash
Card base is heavy white card stock from Michael's (Recollections)

Happy Cardmaking!!!

Friday, January 27, 2017

Its Been A While

I've decided I want to try to start blogging again, focusing on crafty things.  Nothing fancy, nothing flashy, just what I'm doing with my Scrapbooking and my newest hobby, Card Making!  I have a few things to show you now, but I'll get this thing going and do some cool stuff.

I'll get better at product description and pictures in future posts.  For now, here's what I've been doing

I got a Lawn Fawn stamp set for Christmas just in time to make Valentine's day cards!
I'm just starting on my Copic Coloring, but it's sure fun!

I'm just now starting to scrapbook my WDW trip for Jake's Birthday in 2015.  Here's the title page!
I used my cricut for this one!  Mickey and Friends and Micky Font
The silhouettes of the parks were pieced together mostly from shapes from the Disney carts and misc shapes.  The tree is also all cricut, and the ornaments and lights were cut in heavy white card stock and then colored with Copics.  Turned out so awesome that I did the gifts that way too!  Saves time looking for all the paper in the right colors!

I hope to be back sharing my crafty side soon!  And, i'll probably throw some family news and happenings along the way too.  

Have a Crafty Day!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Let the Planning Begin!

So, after a rocky 2014, we have made a decision for this year, and we hope all works out.  Our decision - Take Jake to Walt Disney World the 1st week of December for his Birthday!  And, as the Holiday season will be in full force, we will also get to see all the Great Christmas stuff in WDW I've always wanted to see!

So, it's only February, why are we planning already and have since January?  Because you MUST!  That's why!  There's a bunch to consider, a bunch to plan, and a bunch to get all worked up about.  I'm trying to find that balance of having fun planning and knowing that not all plans will work, but some unexpected things will happen, both good and bad!  We have already picked the dates and will be staying at 1 of 2 resorts depending on availability, so it's time to gather information.

I have started off with making my WDW Planner, that will double after the trip for Jake's very own scrapbook of the trip.  I wanted to have something simple, that looked good and that I could easily customize, so I did what I thought and swore I'd never do.  I bought an 8 1/2 x 11 3 ring binder scrapbook - a SN@P! album from Simple Stories.  I am a CM scrapbook girl, and I was highly disappointed about all the changes CM / Ahni to Zoe did this last year, making it really hard to get the one album type that I LOVE.  I HATE POST BOUND AND 3 RING BINDERS for Scrapbooks!  YUCK!  But, with this, pages going in and out, I thought it would be okay.  We shall see....

Anyway, this is what I got...
I actually saw at Michael's a SN@P! binder that was 8 1/2 x 11, which is what I was looking for, but I don't think they are available anymore.  I almost got the 8x6, but I wanted to just print out stuff on my computer and put in in the binder.

And, this is where I got my ideas and downloads to get the binder together.  I'm changing it up a bit, and once I get it finished, I'll post all the goodies here.

I am changing up the dividers.  The link above goes a little more granular than I want, separating dining as it's own category, I'm going to put it in the parks sections/other section since we will be dining mostly in the parks anyway.

Here are my dividers I'm going to do:
  • General - travel plans, "best/worst" charts, daily trip planning, packing lists, etc
  • Hotel - Maps, contact information, Magic Bands, etc
  • Park section - each park will have it's own section which will include park hours, dining options, what we want to do here, FastPass+ tips
    • Magic Kingdom
    • Epcot
    • Animal Kingdom
    • Hollywood Studios
  • Other - this will include stuff for Downtown Disney, extra activities, etc
It should be fun getting this all together!  I've already started printing out and reading all about the FastPass+ system.  However, there are so many tips and suggestions on how to use this wonderful thing called FastPass+ it's a little overwhelming, and you start to get worried you will do it wrong and nobody will have any fun, and then....take a breath... it will be alright and everybody will have fun.  Really. They will!

Again, this is the hardest part about planning.  There are some people that so over plan this that they forget they need to enjoy it too!  I want to do as much planning as we know whats going on, but I don't want the plans SET IN STONE because not all plans work.  I just hope we get a good reservation at a restaurant.  You have to make them 6 months in advance.  Yes, I said 6 months!  And, they fill up fast.  I'm just hoping we at least get a reservation!  Last time we called 6 months in advance and all we could get in the parks was at Hollywood Studios at the SiFi Drive in Diner at 5 pm, which was awesome, but we also had late lunch plans that day so we were not too hungry at 5 pm.  Oh well, it was fun!

Oh, and apparently, the wait for Anna and Elsa in the magic Kingdom is generally 5 hours.  Yes, I said 5 hours.  Can you freakin imagine??  I so hope Jake won't be disappointed he doesn't get to see them, and I'm hoping seeing all the other characters are enough!

We are also trying to focus on "non-princess" things to do, and we have read about some great games and suggestions for the boy to enjoy.

Anyway, let's plan!