Thursday, December 30, 2010

TJ's Just One December - Texture Plate Smoosh

I am on a roll! I'm in my second month of participating in the Technique Junkies Just One swap. I made this card using the Texture Plate Smoosh technique from the Dec. 2010/Jan. 2011 issue. This is a fun technique. A while ago (read LONG time ago) I had bought a pack of the Sizzix Texturz Texture Plates and sadly never got around to using them. I actually tried to sell them at a yard sale at scrapbooking retreat but there were no takers. I am so glad of that now!!! I have made a bunch of backgrounds using a few of the plates and have to say it is so easy to do!

Here is how I did it:
  1. Trim your white or cream cardstock to desired size. The recommended size in the newsletter was 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" but instead I cut mine to be a little bigger than the size of the plate.
  2. I chose three of the SU ink spots (Real Red, Yoyo Yellow and Only Orange) but any dye ink with work.
  3. Using the lightest color first I completely covered the plate. Then I dotted some Only Orange around the plate, followed by Real Red.
  4. The next step was to spritz the plate with water, the more you spritz the more the ink runs together.
  5. Take the cardstock and place it over the plate, rubbing lightly to absorb the ink. Remove and let dry.
  6. Trim as desired and VoilĂ , a fabulous background!
Sentiment: "Say it with flowers" by Melanie Muenchinger

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Christmas Cards for Shut-ins

My sister teaches Sunday School for the 6th - 8th grade at the church where I got married. To spread some holiday cheer she wanted her class to make Christmas cards for members who are shut-in.

I came up with 3 designs that I thought would be fairly easy to make. None of the kids who would be attending the class had never made cards before. I prepped all the supplies and my sister and I kitted all the cards into packs so it would be easy to keep everything together.

Unfortunately due to bad weather only 5 kids (3 girls and 2 boys) could make it. We were only able to get two of the designs made due to lack of time but a fun time was had by all.

Stamp: Penny Black Starlit
The was the first card that the class made. There was a little problem with the Simple Stick adhering to the background ink so we switched to using a Glue Pad.

My niece helped make some of this card to insure we had enough.

Stamp: Stampin' Up Snow Swirled Set
This was the second card the class made. Since they were now familiar with the techniques this one went very quickly. The only issue was making sure that the Stickles were used correctly. Less is more here when taking into account drying time!

My niece helped make some of these to insure we had enough.

Stamp: Memory Box Poinsettia - Limited Edition.
The class never made it to this card. We just ran out of time. It is amazing how quickly a hour can go by!

To insure we had enough cards for all the members my niece and my sister helped make these with me.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Technique Junkies Just One - November

After sitting on the sidelines for far too long watching the other Technique Junkies swap cards I decided to participate. This is the card I made for my partner using Herringbone Technique from the Dec. 2009/Jan. 2010 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter.

This technique is a great way to use up scraps that you have laying around!
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Friday, October 15, 2010

Fall is in the air

Fall in New England is the place to be! October 12th was a beautiful fall day here in Massachusetts and the leaves were beautiful.

For my 12 of 12 layout I focused on what was going on outside and wanted to capture the beauty that was in my yard though I managed to sneak in a picture of my usual breakfast, Thomas' English Muffins with peanut butter. Yum!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

September 12 of 12

My husband and I spent the weekend in Montreal which conveniently fell on the 12th so I could include pictures from our trip in my 12 of 12 layout. My husband was racing in the Esprit Triathlon - Olympic Distance. It had been a few years since we last visited Montreal and it was nice to spend some time in our favorite part of city, the Old City. There are many great shops and restaurants located there and it was nice weather for walking.

We got to visit with our kids in Burlington, VT on each leg of the trip which was a nice treat. We have not adjusted to being empty-nesters yet so we look forward to these visits.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

One and Only Beach Day

This summer has been a whirlwind of activity for us with preparing to send our sons off to college. So many plans this summer with no time to squeeze in a vacation at the beach like we have done for so many years. We were able to spend one day at Footbridge Beach in July which is early for us. Maine water does not even get remotely warm until mid to late August.

With our usual beach setup we plopped down for what we hoped would be a great beach day only to be buffeted with bone chilling winds whipping down the beach.

I love to people watch and this day provided lots of good entertainment. To the older, retirement aged guy next to us who had his nipple pierced with what looked like a very heavy anchor and tiny bathing suit, thanks for the visuals! I cringe every time I think of this. How that must have hurt!

We shivered under our beach towels until we could not take it any longer. Hating to leave the beach but knowing a nice hot shower was waiting for us back at my sister's house we packed up and left. Our day in Maine ended with dinner at the Harborside Restaurant in York. It is hit or miss there for me and this day was a miss. My kids tease me because we have this Top Chef mentality where we critique food and vote on our dished. The chef who cooked my Salmon dish would have been voted out for this meal. Great concept, good presentation but poor execution. The dish lacked seasoning. Dessert was no better. My Blueberry cobbler was more like a muffin with a layer of blueberries, not what I had in mind.

No day in Maine would be complete without a stop at The Goldenrod for some salt water taffy. Theirs is the best!

To commemorate our day which coincided with the one day late 12 of 12 I took 13 of 13 pictures. These pictures were taken with my iPhone using the Hipstamatic App. It is very cool and I love to play with the different films, flashes and lenses!

All in all it was a nice family day with a few bumps here and there.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Erika Graduates

My niece Erika graduated from high school on June 12 and what better way to capture June 12th than her graduation party. We also finally got to meet Tyler, who is the youngest in our extended family, when his parents, Justin and Amanda (my nephew and niece-in-law), came home from Georgia for a visit. A great time was had by all. Congratulations Erika!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

April Showers

Look what April showers brought! For my 12 of 12 I again took pictures of my garden. I am so in love with my garden this year. The rainy weather has made for beautiful, lush flowers and everything is so green. I hope it will last so that all the new plants I have planted will acclimate to their new home. My husband added stepping stones to our granite bench. We finally found the right stones at a local stone yard and I love them! The bench is made from granite pieces that we found on our land, something leftover from the previous owners. The copper firepit is something I have wanted for a while and cannot wait to use it! My husband will be building a base for it out of granite blocks since any grass underneath will die. So many things coming together this year!

Monday, April 12, 2010

12 Signs of Spring

Today is the 12th of April and what better way to celebrate Spring in New England than with 12 signs of Spring! I love this time of year though I could live without the aggressive attack of the May flies! We have spent a lot of time on making our yard be what we want it to be and love this time of year when we once again get to witness the beauty of all that we have planted. It makes all that awful weeding, mulching and mowing worth it!

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Monday, March 15, 2010

12 of 12 and a Great Weekend

How awesome is it that the 12 of 12 for March falls on a weekend when I am away with friends at a scrapbooking retreat? It was great! We stayed at the Linden Tree Inn in Rockport, MA. Innkeepers Tobey and John Shepherd took great care of us during our stay. I got to choose my room and had a fun time checking them out. I settled on Room 22 which was decorated in a pineapple motif with a nice king size bed! Every morning we were treated to Tobey's homemade scones which were soooo good! Cranberry, currant and almond along with John making eggs for us as we each wanted them. Lunches were sandwiches and ended with Chicken Ceasar Salad which was so good! Dinners were of course delicious! Thursday: Turkey Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes, Green Bean Casserole, Mesclun Salad and bread Friday: Haddock with sour cream and dill, Asparagus, Salad and bread. Saturday: Chicken Pot Pie and Salad followed by frost-your-own chocolate cupcakes! Tobey is a great cook! Along with the snack shelf with anything you could want we were well fed! Tobey also greeted all of us with a great goody basket filled with all sorts of crafty items. So fun! I had a great time! Thanks to Tobey and John for making it a great weekend and to my friends for a fun time as usual!

So for my 12 of 12 layout I took pictures of the inn, my room, my friends working hard on their books, the snack shelf, the beach which is right down the street, Karen and I from the top of the house and one of our dinners centered with a group shot of my friends!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Crafty Time Card Challenge

My friends Karen and Cheryl came over yesterday to make some cards. Last month when we met we challenged each other to design a card with a set of stamps that we picked out for each other. Since we were at my house we got to pick from my much neglected stash of Stampin' Up stamps. This was a fun challenge!

I picked for Karen the Friendly Flowers set and for Cheryl, the Fabulous Flowers set. Have I ever mentioned that I LOVE flowers????? Cheryl and Karen decided together and chose Wonderful Wings for me.

I have to say that I really enjoyed doing this and I think they did too. We ended up repeating this challenge for next month with different sets and cannot wait to see what we all come up with for our next designs! It is a great way to use sets that are sitting on a shelf begging to be used!

Here are the results:

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

February 12 of 12

It has taken some getting used to, this remembering to take 12 pictures on the 12th day of every month. I was never in the habit of taking pictures of every day things but I think that at the end of the year I will really appreciate these single days of the month when normal life gets captured for us to look back on.

This 12 of 12 day was a little more than an ordinary day. It was the day that my husband and I took off from work to celebrate our birthdays. We do this every year. Our birthdays are almost 2 weeks apart and being able to make it a nice long weekend, coupled with the holiday was very nice.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Herringbone Technique

I subscribe to the Technique Junkies newsletter. Every time I get a new issue I am amazed and awed by the talent these women have! How do they come up with all these ideas??? I have tried a few of the techniques and love the results. I tend to shy away from ones that have many supplies that I do not have. I want to use all the stuff I already own without having to go buy more. This year I pledged to myself that I would use my stash and so far I am doing pretty well on it.

So last night I had my friends Karen and Cheryl over to make some cards. In the latest issue of the TJ's newsletter (Dec. 2009/Jan. 2010) features the Herringbone Technique (page 5) by Club Scrap. I have seen so many great cards using this technique come through on the Yahoo group that goes along with the subscription. I wanted to show my friends how to do it.

Here are the cards I made:

Sunday, January 17, 2010

January 12 of 12

I am starting the New Year off with participating in the 12 of 12 challenge. The 12 of 12 challenge entails taking 12 pictures on the 12th of every month. These pictures detail what happened on the 12th, every day life things. I am going to use the pictures I take as a sort of diary and I am looking forward to this challenge!

I was able to get January 12th's pictures done and put in a digital layout. Not bad for my first time and the fact that I was able to scrap them in a timely manner is no small feat for me!