Tuesday, September 30, 2008

What do you get when you lock 2 friends/CTMH consultants in a basement for 14 hours and let their creative minds work?

This beautiful flip album! The tutorial (a printable .pdf!) for which, can be found here. Thank You Amy Celona! We followed the basic bones of the album but all of the details within were custom designed by Tara and I with the help of a very long list of supplies! See end of post, it's a biggie!

My good friend Tara Snyder came over Friday night for a Tastefully Simple party that I was having with the intentions of spending the night and we would crop. Well we got the big idea of giving this flip album a try. So down to the scrapping dungeon we went!

We got ourselves in real deep on this one! lol! We went to bed finally at 4am Saturday morning after putting 7 hours in on this. We really had the creative juices flowing! Later Saturday morning we were back at it for about 3 hours and then decided we needed a break.

Michael's and AC Moore were calling our names! We headed there to get 'sparkles'. We needed little red rhinestones for the holly berries so that was the excuse we used for our great escape! When we returned, we ate supper and back at it we went until we finished 4 hours later. We hit the hay finally around 12:30am.

I think I wore poor Tara out on this one, she's not used to burning the midnight oil like I am and this was even a stretch for me! I finally got a glimpse of what used to be my ankles today - 3 days later, the swelling from sitting on my tush for 14 hours finally went down enough to kinda see my ankle bones! Yay!

Swollen ankles was a small price to pay for this very needed weekend with a friend to kinda do what we wanted and most certainly enjoyed. So I am giving a big shout out to Tara "THANK YOU SO MUCH!" I really needed this and had a great time with you this past weekend! You are an AWESOME friend and downline. A big "THANK YOU" to my wonderful hubby too who took care of the kids all weekend!

Tara finally made her big escape Sunday morning! All 3 of my children woke up looking for her and were disappointed she was gone! My youngest Kaitlin (she'll be 3 in Nov.) really took a shining to her this weekend. Poor Tara thought that Kaitlin would never warm up to her! Well Kaitlin not only warmed up to her but Tara become her BFF this weekend! It was so cute, she couldn't get enough of her!

Thank You for stoppping by! Happy Scrapping and Stamping to you!

The Cover...
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Flip #1...
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Flip #2...
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Flip #3...
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Flip #4...
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Flip #5...
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Flip #6...
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Flip #7 & 8...
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Close up of Flip 7 & 8...
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Flip #9...
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Flip #10...
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Close up of center...
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Close up 1...
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Close up 2...
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Close up 3...
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Close up 4...
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Close up 5...
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Close up of poem...
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View from above...
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View of front open...
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THE LIST!

Close to My Heart ~
Markers: Cranberry, Barn Red, Olive, New England Ivy, Creme Brulee, Grey Wool, Grey Flannel, Honey & Crystal Blue
Inks: Heavenly Blue, Cranberry, Black, New England Ivy & Honey
Cardstock: Garden Green, Cranberry, New England Ivy, olive, Colonial White & Buttercup
Clear Sparkles, Creative Basics Evensong, Cranberry Grosgrain Ribbon, B1313 Merry Pursuits stamp set, D1313 December Word Puzzle stamp set, D1324 Christmas Melodies stamp set, D1243 Peace on Earth stamp set, Colonial White Bigger Brads, Gold Brads.

Creative Memories ~ Mini Circle Shape Maker punch, Snowflake punch

Stampin' Up ~ 1 3/8" Circle punch, 1 3/4" Circle punch, Ticket Corner punch, Scallop Edge punch, Round Tab punch, Scallop Circle punch & Horizontal Slot punch.

Cuttlebug ~ Snowflakes #2, Scallop Squares, Swiss Dots Embossing Folder

Sizzix ~ Hanging Snowflake #2, Sizzlits Snowflake #6

Other ~ Quikutz Blossum Shapes Square die, Red & Green Sparkles from Michaels, Martha Stewart Snowflake punch, Vellum, Marvy Uchida 2" Circle punch, Joann's Essentials Star Brad, Coluzzle Library Pocket Template, Computer Font - French Script MT

Monday, September 29, 2008

As promised...Here's the 2nd set...

This is the second set of cards that I made for my friend Mary. I got word today that she loves them! I am sooooo glad! Thanks for stopping by to take a peek!

So cute!
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Card close-up!
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The 2 side by side! (I want some for me!)
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Products used...
~Close to My Heart - Life Delights level 2 paper pack, Chocolate ink, Hollyhock ink, Blush ink, Colonial White Brads and Be True stamp set. CS colors are Chocolate, Hollyhock, Blush and Colonial White.
~Stampin' Up - One of a Kind stamp set, Cute and Curly stamp set, Curly Label punch, Scallop Edge punch, Boho Blossoms punch

Sunday, September 28, 2008

A Little Something for Mary

A very dear friend of mind asked me to make a little something for our friend Mary who needs all of our thought and prayers for her and her son this weekend while they head off to Pittsburgh's Childrens Hospital for the next 2 months. (Nothing serious so far, just testing) This is what I came up with. I had no cash to offer so I thought I'd offer a little time and talent instead. I really hope she likes them and not to much either that she won't want to use them! lol (I'll make you more if you run out Mary!!!) Thanks for looking and next time you look up, say an extra prayer for my friend Mary. Sorry, but I don't have a template for this yet, I made it as I went along.

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I will post a second set that I made for her tomorrow.

Products used...
~Close to My Heart - Life Delights level 2 paper pack, Chocolate ink, Simple Stitches Stamp Set, Say It In Style Stamp Set, Spot On Backgrounds Stamp Set. CS colors are Sweet Leaf, Hollyhock, Chocolate, Colonial White.
~Stampin' Up - So Many Scallops Stamp Set

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Call the Pope! A miracle has happened!

What miracle would that be, you ask! I actually remembered to buy batteries for my digital camera!!! I can't believe it either! So now I can get y'all caught up on what I've been working on.

I saw this stamp set in our new Close to My Heart Autumn/Winter Idea Book and knew I just had to have it. It is currently one of my favorites! It is called Merry Pursuits. Then I saw this little box on SplitCoastStampers and had to make one of these too. The tutorial can be found here. The cute little cards are all 3x3. All products listed can be found at the end of post. Thanks for stopping by!

The box...
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The cute little cards...
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A better pic of the top of the box...
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All products used are Close to My Heart unless otherwise stated

~Markers - Olive, New England Ivy, Cranberry, Barn Red, Creme Brulee, Crystal Blue, Honey, Grey Wool, Grey Flannel

~Creative Basics Evensong Collection, White Daisy cs, Cranberry cs, Garden Green cs, Cranberry Grosgrain Ribbon, Merry Pursuits Stamp Set, Merry Melodies Stamp Set.

~Fiskars Border Punch ~ Threading Water

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Family Favorites! Such a pretty place to put them!

Another month has gone by, my oh my! Where have I been? Well I've been very tired and pregnant! Sorry! It has taken me this long to get over the shock of it. I've been in denial! I am now 21 weeks! Yay, over half way! I told hubby the other day that I ought to be sleeping day and night by the time I'm full term! I can't get through the day without a nap! Is that normal? I am 31 now and this is #4 but still, I have never been this tired! My other excuse is... my batteries are dead in my digital! Do you think that I can remember to buy a pack just one of the many times I am at Wal Mart? Nope, not a chance. I bet I've been there 30 times now and have gotten home and said to myself..."Oh crap, I forgot to buy stinkin batteries AGAIN!" It sure would be nice if I could take more than like 10 pictures before the batteries died too!

ANYWAY...I made this a while back. It is one of my favorite pieces. I used everything Close to My Heart on it. They have this great little recipe card kit that coordinates beautifully with the Let's Get Together paper pack. The tin was a clearance find at Wal Mart...$1! Can't beat that! What else can I tell you about this...hmmm...it's late and I can't think straight. lol.

Oh, the flowers on the front are stamped with white acrylic paint on transparency film. This is super easy to do. I just blot a sponge in the white paint and then on to my stamp. When u go to stamp on the film, make sure the 'textured' side is up and press straight down and lift straight up. It will be very slippery so you have to be steady when you stamp it. Set aside to let dry. Once dry, cut out and apply to project as normal. I used YES paste to adhere my paper to the tin. It works wonderful. Doesn't wrinkle your paper one bit.

Well thanks for stopping by an taking a look. I need to go to bed now. Have to be all rested up for Monday morning! Doesn't everyone love Monday's!


Outside...
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Top view...
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Inside...
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Recipe Card Dividers...
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