Wednesday, March 31, 2010

1440 minutes

Few weeks ago Stephenie Haimen posted a cute little book she made to document one day in a life. Here is my version. I took the pictures yesterday, printed them this morning as 2.5x3.5 and just finished putting this all together. I used "Me and My Big Ideas" accordion album. I decided to go simple and used papers and stickers from the Creative Imaginations kit that I picked up at Michaels long time ago. I added only some orange Cloud 9 raindots and American Crafts letter stickers for the cover. It was quick but I think it is a good way of keeping those memories with us. Just a regular day.

Supplies: album (Me and My big Ideas), patterned paper and stickers (Creative Imaginations), raindots (Cloud 9), letter stickers (American Crafts), distress ink (Ranger), punch (Fiskars)

Creations from the last week

2 projects that I didn't have time to share last week. First of all simple card made using the sketch by Scraphaholic magazine.

Supplies: patterned paper (Basic Grey), scallop blade (Fiskars), punches (Fiskars), raindots (Cloud 9), letter stickers (Making Memories), vellum (unknown), brad (unknown)

Some old Basic Grey paper here and a vellum flower made using this tutorial by Betsy Veldman

Next is my last layout for Treasured Scrapbooking "We Love Our Memebers" contest.

Supplies: patterned paper (Amy Butler, Pink Paislee), paint (Making Memories), chipboard letters (Pink Paislee), cardstock stickers (Pink Paislee), rubons (Pink Paislee), butterfly sticker (Martha Stewart), punch (Fiskars), souffle pens (Sakura), distress stickles (Ranger), distress ink (Ranger)

I did my favorite thing here - recoloring. I used souffle pens to recolor the little circle stickers and the think paper strip and added some stickles to the butterfly patterned paper.

Gotta run now! We are late for the story time at Borders but I promise another post later today.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Things on Wheels

As some of you know I co-chair the Kids Crafts Committee at Fiskateers message board. Every month Amy E and myself think about fun craft project to make with kids and post it on the message board. We also offer a prize to fiskateers that feel inspired by our projects and share their own creations with us. Thanks Fiskars for letting us to offer these prizes.

This month's theme was things on wheels. I found this cute project on Family Fun website and I thought it is perfect for our montly theme.
Ella and I made it with some minor modifications:

1. Paint the tube
2. Mark the location of the cockpit
3. Cut out the part of the cockpit marked with *. Cut out the other part leaving one side attached. Fold the flap up to serve as a seat back.
4. Punch out four 2" black circles for the wheels. I added another layer of the thin chipboard for stability. Punch four 1" circles from silver paper or aluminum foil. I used the leftovers from the wrapping paper. Punch out one 1" black circle for the steering wheel.

5. Assembly the wheels together, punch holes in the centers and insert paper fasteners (preferably plain and not your favorite fabric covered brads)
6. Punch the holes in the tube for the wheels and the steering wheel and attach. Decorate as desired.
7. 8. Play!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010


It is Wednesday again and that means the new Twisted Sketch is up
This time the twist was Flight. 2 year ago we visited Wright Brothers National Memorial and I took those pictures of Ella running along the first flight line. I thought it will be appropriate to use them.

Supplies: patterned paper (Pink Paislee, Creative Imaginations, Studio Calico), cardstock (Core'dinations), letter stickers (Making Memories), lace border (Doodlebug), airplane tag (Jenni Bowlin), metal tag (unknown), USX, fingertip craft knife

Scrap That Baby blog started to introduce the DT members. I am so excited to be part of this talented group. The next challenge is coming on April 1st. Get you baby pictures ready!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Oh, baby

Lots of baby news here. First of all my baby turned 18 months old. Sweet and adorable as ever but now with less hair. We decided it was time to trim his long hair, so one day he went from this:

to this:

We came back from the kids hair salon with totally deserved First Haircut Award and a little baggie with his pony tail. The rest of the hair that fell on the floor was collected by Ella and tucked into another baggie. :)
I made this layout for the We Love Our Members competition at Treasured Scrapbooking. The challenge was to use symmetry and symmetrical it is :) The blue dots on the sides are dots of paint.
Supplies: patterned paper (Creative Cafe, GCD Studios), letter stickers (Heidi Grace), profile tag (unknown), punches (Martha Stewart), paint (Delta)

And now an announcement - I made the Scrap That Baby Design Team! It is a new challenge blog all about babies! Go check the current challenge and the introduction of the new Design Team. I am so excited to be part of this terrific team!

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Friday, March 19, 2010

I could eat him up

You can say I am biased but I think he was and still is the cutest baby in the world.

Another layout for the We Love Our Members contest.

Supplies: cardstock (Bazill), patterned paper (October Afternoon, Making Memories), tickets (Making Memories), letter strickers (Making Memories), acrylic leaves (Making Memories), floss (Bazill), chipboard tag (Heidi Grace), stamps (Fiskars), ink (Versamark), ribbon (unknown), button (Gap), pearls (Zva Creative), die and diecut machine (Quickutz)

It is difficult to see but I stamped the blue paper with versamark ink. Look closer and you will see little baby clothes and "baby boy" sentiment. I cut around the shoulders and arms with the craft knife and slide the butterfly wings into the slots behind his body.

Handmade flower to match the stripes on his hat. The blue button is from an old Gap coat.

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

So lucky

To honor the St. Patrick day (and the monochromatic green challenge at Treasured Scrapbooking) here is my green layout. Simple! Just like I love it :) This layout made me thinking about my style. I adore rich layouts with lot of texture and dimensional elements and sometimes I like to make them but my usual layouts are simple and clean. And I like them that way.

Supplies: cardstock (Recollections), patterned paper (Rusty Pickle), letter stickers (Creating Keepsakes for Jo-Ann), heart punch (Fiskars), pen (American Crafts)

I used 3 squares of patterned paper that fits Janna's week 10 challenge as well.

On the other note, Passover is just around the corner. Creative Jewish Mom has an awesome giveaway on her blog. she is giving away a copy of Pesach: Anything's Possible by Tamar Ansh, Crafting Jewish by Rivky Koenig, and a really nice Pesach scrapbooking kit from Crafting Jewish Style!
I am so excited about this new company that just launched few months ago! I didn't have a chance to see their products yet but I do have Crafting Jewish book that I love and use.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

A Perfect Moment

Remember the white roses from the last week? Some of them found their new home on this layout. The roses are made using this tutorial.

I was struggling with the title. Somehow "5 years younger, 30 pounds lighter" did not sound good. Than I noticed a sticker saying A Perfect Moment on the sticker sheet - the decision was made!

Supplies: cardstock (Paper Studio), die cut paper, journaling tag and sticker (Anna Griffin), leaves (Cloud 9), pearls (Zva Creative), handmade flowers

This week's Tuesday Trio challenge was to use at least 5 handmade flowers on the project. I have 6, so I think that answers the challenge. Check their blog to see the cute paper and yarn flower bouquets.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Twisted sketch #40 - staples

Time for the new Twisted Sketch! This time the twist was staples.

The chipboard swirls are covered with Ranger crackle paint. I punched out the circles from the Making Memories word confetti sheet and mounted the large circle with pop dots on top of the silver snowflake sticker. Then I added smaller snowflakes to the circles and the chipboard swirls.
I used the staples to frame the photos.

Supplies: patterned paper (Basic Grey), felt lace (Queen & Co), stickers (Making Memories), letter stickers (Target), snowflakes (Magenta Style), chipboard (Heidi Grace), paint (Ranger), staples

Go check the sketch and what other Design Members did with it! So inspiring!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Spring fever

I noticed lately that I don't have any desire to scrapbook winter pictures. Give me sun, summer pictures, flowers and I feel happy. Maybe it's because we had some great weather last week. The snow is melting away. Today we cleaned the last pieces of snow and ice from our deck. You can feel the spring in the air. Of course I know that another snow storm is always a possibility but I prefer not to think about it.

So here is a sunny layout. The pictures are from last May. Eli is just sitting there, enjoying the sun and attention. I used sketch 188 from Scrapbook Challenges. It also works well with Janna's week 9 challenge - use only one sheet of patterned paper. To make a yellow mat I painted the paper with yellow paint and added few brushstrokes with white paint. Simple!

Supplies: patterned paper (G.C.D. studios), journaling sticker and chipboard (Heidi Grace), letter stickers (Cloud 9), paint (Ranger)

This layout was done for the We Love Our Members contest over at Treasured Scrapbooking. I had to follow some rules but honestly I don't care too much how I did. I just love this layout. I think I am going to frame it in a shadow box.

The picture is from our visit to Israel last February. The almond trees just started to blossom and it was so pretty. I took a strip from the Basic Grey laser-cut paper and used it as a template to create a gentle inked flower border. The white laser-cut border is a leftover from another project. The silk flowers branch is from Michaels.

Supplies: cardstock (core'dinations), patterned paper used as a template (Basic Grey), journaling tag (Anna Griffin), white laser-cut border (Pink Paislee? not sure), letter stickers (Paper Studio), souffle pen (Sakura), ribbon (unknown), flowers (Michaels), border punch (Fiskars)

Here is a sneak peak of another project. I spent hours last week making those flowers. It is addicting!

Friday, March 5, 2010

12 months

I saw this Shimelle's template and immediately knew how I want to use it. Every month during Eli's first year I took his pictures with the bunny. 12 months - 12 pictures. I made the collage and added the text in Picasa and printed it as one picture.

I covered the pink dots on the Pink Paislee border sticker with fine blue glitter. The rub-on swirls didn't want to stick to the page. I went over the swirls with the glaze pen.

Supplies: patterned paper (Pink Paislee), border sticker (Pink Paislee), sticker letters (Doodlebug), rub-on (Heidi Grace), glitter (Arts Glitter), glue pen (Sakura), glaze pen (Sakura), die and diecut machine (Quickutz)

I love those pictures. The only thing I would do differently is to keep the same clothes - the simplest white bodysuit would be the best I think.

P.S. By the way, my January Project 12 layout was featured on Scrapbook and Cards Today blog, right here.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Tuesday Trio - sketch no 9

I found a new challenge blog. The special thing about this blog is that it is an Israeli blog. Every week Dvora, Maya and Dailly post a new challenge. The fun thing is that the blog is both in Hebrew and in English so everybody can play along. This week the challenge was to use a sketch.
I made a layout and a card. The layout came together quickly. I inked the pink cardstock with white brilliance ink and layered several snowflakes. Simple and cute!

Supplies: cardstock (DCWV), patterned paper (Doodlebug), stickers (Doodlebug), letter stickers (Doodlebug, Scenic Route), vellum snowflakes (unknown), acrylic snowflakes (Cloud 9), glaze pen (Sakura), snowflakes punches (Martha Stewart), ink (Brilliance)

Next I decided to make a card. I started with Quikutz flourish die, I cut it first from the green paper and than just the flowers from the blue paper scraps. All supplies for this card came from my scrap drawers. I even don't remember the manufacturer.

Supplies: die (Quickutz), stamp (Hero Arts), corner punch (Fiskars), acrylic stickers (Cloud 9), glaze pen (Sakura)

The green patterned paper I wanted to use has pink polka dots. I re-colored them with my blue glaze pen - custom patterned paper in a minute!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

The dress

1992.... long time ago. I still remember designing this dress in my head, going to the market to buy the fabric. I don't remember if I used a pattern or not, probably not since I didn't have any. I loved my dress and wore it for my friend's wedding. I gave it later to my younger cousin. Sometimes I wish I would keep it... But now I have this layout, about The Dress.
I used core'dination cardstock as a base. The Studio Calico paper that I used on the left of the layout and for the flowers has blue and green in it. I recolored it with black. The punched border mimics the black lace and I just had to add some stitching.

Supplies: cardstock (core'dinations), patterned paper (Studio Calico, Basic Grey), overlay (Hambly), border punch (Fiskars), circle, scallop and leaf punches (Fiskars), corner punches (Fiskars), pearls (Martha Stewart, Kaiser Krafts)