Monday, September 27, 2010

Halloween Matchbook Minibook/& other Diva's Challenges

Here is my version of the Halloween matchbook mini-book. This was really fun to make. Lori has the complete directions to making as she is having this as one of the challenges at Creative Scrapbook Divas BlogHop. The hinges, key and inside label are Tim Holtz grunge board painted black then wiped with a little copper.

This shows the opposite side, there will be enough squares for 12 pictures or journaling if you use both sides of the strip.

I also painted these chipboard letters but they are too big for the book. They will have to go on the page within the scrapbook. Right next to my little one standing next to a plastic ghost as big as she is!!

Tag Mini-book

This lay-out ended up a bit on the busy side but I'm posting it to show how the tag folds out for extra pictures.
I utilized my stickers but used my metal leaves, in the square, to satisfy my need for texture and dimension. This is an accordian paper tag held together with a decorative paperclip.

This is my second challenge with the Divas this weekend. This is with Ann. She has done a full lay-out using "recipe cards" bundled together for extra pictures on her lay-out. Very clever and has alot of character. This is my version of getting some extra pics on a lay-out. I also have used matchbox minibooks and my Handmade Envelopes. Can't wait to see everyone else's versions of these challenges. One more challenge to go for me.

Back-To-School Lay-Out Challenge

This page was inspired by Creative Memories and by Sandy's Challenge she is running for the "Diva's". I love the handprints and the wooden bus! I made sure to include an oval journal block. The opposite site will include her colorful nametag that was on her kindergarten desk all year and some of her stories she did in writing later in the year.
Check out Sandy's site, she has great tutorials on how to make gift bags. I'm going back to make one. See my last post for the other 2 challenges I took up and the link to the Scrapbooking Diva's.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Teacup Tues

I would like to share with you some beautiful teacups at Martha's Teacup Tuesday. Her last few week's posts have had beautiful teacups. I am hoping to learn more about the collection I am so blessed to have passed down to me. She has several other links attached to her posts as well. These ladies really know their teacups!!!

I chose this as my first cup to post because messsages on cups are Martha's theme today, Sept 28th.(It is keeping my draft date and can't change it). This one says "Love the Giver".

This lovely treasure was made in England. It is an English Castle. If anyone knows more about these cups than I do, I would love to hear from you. I found so many wonderful suprises when I opened my old steamer trunk, which is where I chose to take these pictures today.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Faux Clay Seal Embellishments

This is a close-up of 3 out of the 5 in the next picture.
Plus I love how it coordinates with vintage style paper.

I put more rose clay seals on My Etsy after being so excited that I sold my last batch.
These 5 homemade faux clay seals are a wonderful embellishment for scrapbook pages, minibooks or collage art, and envelopes. The underside is flat. Two of the roses have white perfect pearls powder baked in, two have gold and the leaves have green perfect pearls. After cured they were edged it with pink and sealed with Ranger Glossy Accents. The "white roses" are also edged with walnut ink over the pink for an aged look.
Check this post showing my envelopes for examples of how
to use these seals.

Here is my thought for the week: When we are thankful, we are happy. It's hard to be thankful and angry at the same time. Find something within the chaos to be thankful for. Thank your child for something before correcting whatever it is in need of correcting.
The Golden Rule of Feeding your Family: We eat what is served and we appreciate what we get."
I'm still trying to instill this thankfulness into my kids hearts!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Scrapbook Diva Blog Hop

Join the Creative Scrapbooking Divas Pre-Fall Blog-Hop and tell them Lisa at Letters and Lace sent you!!

There will be tutorials and great ideas to inspire you and the chance to win prizes!!!

You will have until Tuesday 9/23 to submit your entries to be elligible to win...

It's Soccor Season!!

My little darling!!!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Scrapbook Pages/BlogCandy Gifts

Alecia from Creative Scrapbooking Diva's sent me a package of goodies for winning her challenge on the Diva web-site. Check out her home page as she has great scrapbook pictures to inspire you plus some super dicussions and tutorials.
Once you get started on the site, it's hard to stop surfing if you love to scrapbook. They have 150 members so the creativity goes an as well as the monthly challenges.

Have you ever made those little clothespin cuties? ( and click Chicken Socks) I have been making them with my 6yr old. They are so cute I had to make a little shadowbox for the completes ones and hang it on her wall. I used an unfinished bottom of a box, layered the inside and sides with pink PaperPerfect. It's like spreadable paper in a jar. We used a litte paint and glitter as per 6yr old.
Then I added the paper doily to the back and flowers to each corner. Cute!!! We have room to add 2 more.

These are pages I did months ago and just getting around to sharing them. This is a pretty simple lay-out but I wanted to extend to the outer portion of the pictures the characteristics of the bike. The whispies on the handlebars :) and the strings of pearls holding dangly gems around her seat.

This page includes one of my favorite quotes. I have made a mini-book with 17 quotes and 4 web-sites which is for sale on MY Etsy