Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Confessions of a Scrapaholic.....

Yes, I am a "SCRAPAHOLIC" - I'll admit it and I'm PROUD OF IT!

Here is how I know...

I decided to make a gift for a friend and co-worker's wedding.

Now I'll admit it, I should have started it sooner than a week before the wedding, but I started it at an all day crop on a Saturday and thought I could finish it that day. In fact, I even brought two other projects to work on, just in case I did. < insert GIANT LOL here!!!>

Well, the album incorporated many different techniques and products, and yes, of course GLIMMER was involved! I didn't finish it that Saturday, but I did have a great time scrapping with the "DOO CREW! "

I ended up staying up until 1 and 2nd AM on the following Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights to try to finish it so I could get it out by Fed-ex last Thursday, and YES, I even made it into work on time each morning!

Well, last Wednesday night at 2am, I had about an hour left to go and had to make a decision - stay up till 3am, and get up at 7am? Or go to bed, get that extra hours sleep, and bring my scrap stuff with me to work the next day, and finish it on my lunch hour???

What do you think I did?? ....................

Yup, I caved in and off to bed I went - AND YES I did bring a box of supplies with me to work the next day!

Well, at least they know of my addiction at work, and didn't seem too surprised.
(My boss even calls me "Scrappy!")

Most of what was left to do was ribbon tying around the rings, and I added the spiral flowers and was still able to finish it and get it out for Friday delivery!

I did hear from the groom on Monday, and he said he and his bride loved it! < Insert BIG SMILE here!>
I had lots of fun making it and will be incorporating the techniques into a class I want to teach at Scrap-a-Doodle Doo in the future. I have the papers all picked out. So far the plan is to use Heidi Swapp papers in all black and white and it will have a HOME theme - so watch for class sneak peaks and info.

In the meantime - please let me know how you think this album came out -- I'd LOVE to hear your comments!  

I created this album out of a pattern that I made using a file folder as a template
and I cut it into the shape of a heart.
It measure @ 10" x 10"
Most of the papers used were from the Kaiser - Le Chateau Collection -as well as their rub ons.
I just love the blues, browns and black of this collection!
Also some 7 Gypsies paper too and some from my "stash" too!

There are Prima Flowers, and some spiral paper flowers that I made on the front cover.
The front "page" is made from paper covered chipboard, as well as the L and the H.
The paint on the "&" and the paint on the bottom is Ranger's Distress crackle paint in Antique Bronze.

A little Glimmer Glam on the flowers is a GOOD thing! 

Inside of the cover - again chipboard -covered with paper. I created a little "pocket" by cutting out the pattern on the Kaiser paper, inking it with Ranger Distress Chipped Sapphire, and only adhering the bottom and sides. A little leftover lace on the bottom too.
This is a piece of Grundgeboard that I cut to make a small inside page - lots of techniques here -
First - I sprayed it with Tattered Angels CHALKBOARD GLIMMER MIST -Cornflower, then I added some Ranger Distress Ink -Antique Bronze, and I used a Stampin' Up rolling stamp -I think it is called Vintage -with black Stazon Ink - I LOVE how it came out!

I covered the back of the Grungeboard page with this cool paper that had the silver beading on it -inked the edges with the Chipped Sapphire and I liked the look of the rolling stamp so much - I added it here too!
Lots of stuff going on here - this page was made with Ranger's Sticky Back Canvas.  I took a piece of the same Kaiser paper that is on the front cover and used a transfer technique to set onto it.  I then gave it a coat of Tattered Angel's Espresso Glimmer Glam.  I made 2 pockets with more paper - added a Tim Holtz Ornate Plate with the word family highlighted.  The lace along the edge of one paper was white - and sprayed with Electric Blue and Walnut Gold GLIMMER MIST.  Edges were also hit with the Distress Ink Chipped Sapphire.
Close up of the Canvas - and the card inside is from a box of PRIMA Journaling sheets, I added a rub on, swiped it through some GLIMMER MIST - and put cardstock inside that was also given a GLIMMER MIST Mask treatment for added photos and memories.
This I think is my favorite page ( or at least one of them! LOL!) the back of the canvas -sprayed with Cornflower CHALKBOARD GLIMMER MIST - Stamped with Stazon Black Ink - with a swirl stamp - the BIRD stamp and the words are from 2 different Close to My Heart Stamp sets - and the SPARKLE is from

This little page starts out with Sticky Back Canvas - same transfer technique as the full page -then I added a photo mat and adhered it with 3D foam tape on the bottom and 2 sides - to create a pocket - into which I slipped a Tattered Angel's Card - that was matted for an added photo on the back and highlighted with GLIMMER GLAM and Mist using a paint brush.

Distress Ink ( chipped sapphire) and some Electric Blue Glimmer Mist and a little water and scrunching gives a nice effect I think - don't you?!  I made a pocket here too - with another tag for added memories.
Melissa Frances Vintage Keyholes -this was once white - but see what a little Glimmer Glam can do!
Spring Rain Glimmer Mist on the mats - Chalkboard Mist on the heart with some Distress crackle Antique Bronze, along with a strip of PRIMA IOD Tape, all give this clear acrylic page some cool elements.

The back of the Acrylic page - Always remember the rule for Acrylic scrapping - What goes on the front -needs to be duplicated on the back.
I love the little bird cages in this line - this one  and the word LOVE are from the Rub-Ons that go with Kaiser papers.
More rub ons and a place for more photos - I love the stripe on this page!
This Heart was made out of a Grungeboard sheet and sprayed with Cornflower Blue Chalkboard Glimmer Mist -then I applied a mask and sprayed it with Sapphire Glimmer Mist.  I created another pocket for memories, and tore the edge and Distress Inked with Chipped Sapphire here too.  I added another Tattered Angel's card that was matted for added photos here as well.
More of the lovely stripe - along with a rub on "Every Day is a Gift" the light paper on the right was edged with a Fiskar's punch to look like lace - then swiped through some Glimmer Mist that was left on the spray mat  - there is more Antique Bronze Crackle paint here too - and I also left the punched side open and used 3D Foam tape on only 3 sides - for another pocket. The large ric-rac ribbon is only adhered on the top and bottom, allowing for mementos to be slipped underneath.
A small clear acrylic page here was coated on one side with Tattered Angel's Espresso Glimmer Glam, and a TA's Card was added on the front, after a little painting.
Just spray your Glimmer Mist on your spray mat - dip your paint brush in it - and highlight wherever you see fit! YUMMY!
The back of the acrylic page has another place for a photo - that has been masked and sprayed too!
Last page - the bird cages are already on the paper - I added rub-ons, a photo mat where you can see how I used the chipboard swirl as a mask and then used the beautiful blue GLIMMERED swirl as and embellishment! - The edges of the mat were also touched with the Antique Bronze paint too!
Here is the back - I added 2 rub-ons - and the ribbon again is only glued on the 2 edges -so they can slide photos or mementos under it too!
I punched a hole and tied on these cute elements with a hemp like cord - the large key is from Tattered Angels, the 2 smaller pieces were painted with GLIMMER GLAM - and have a little sparkle now - but you can't see it very well in this photo - TRUST ME  - sooo COOL!!

I hope you enjoyed looking - and are INSPIRED to CREATE!

Again -watch for info on future class that will be a take off on this project - using many of the techniques - BUT will be a different shape and theme!

THANKS again - and leave me a note to say you were here!


Tuesday, August 17, 2010

It's all about the GLAM !!

GLIMMER GLAM by Tattered Angels that is!!

Look at this lucious project I am making as a mixed media heart album, a gift for long distance friends who are getting married on Saturday - not sure if I will have it finished in time though - It may be a late surprise!

I started it on Saturday - and have been up very late the last 2 nights - for some reason - my creative "mojo" hasn't been kicking in until midnight!! This is not condusive with working full time!!

Anyway - my friend Adina wanted to see a peek of the GLAM - so here are 2 pics of what I did on the non-sticky side of Ranger's Sticky Back Canvas - wait until you see what I did to the front / sticky side of it!!

After cutting out the heart shape - I sprayed the canvas side with Cornflower Blue CHALK GLIMMER MIST - then stamped it with Stazon Black ink - in swirls and a saying from a CTMH stamp set.

After that - out came the paint brush - and I highlighted the swirls with Tide Pool GLIMMER GLAM! 

I LOVE THE STUFF!  Hope you do too!

Sorry for the small pictures - anything bigger came out blurry

- I promise the photos of the finished project will be bigger.


Beach in a Bottle Class - full photos

Well folks - I taught my Beach in a Bottle Class to 9 super ladies at Scrap-a-Doodle-Doo in Ramsey, NJ on Friday night!  Everyone seemed to have a great time - and ALL of these talented ladies ( and one adorable girl) did an amazing job! 

Here are picks of the finished / complete project. 

Elements used in this project are:
Bo Bunny 12" Paradise Cutouts
Blue & 5 Brown Dew Drops
wire/cord & metal starfish and sand dollar
sea shells & beach glass & sand
Black Stazon Ink
Mud Puddles "Beach Pieces"
SEI Bronze Chalk
Tattered Angels Seaside Costal Breeze Stamp set

There was even talk about a "Jar of the Month" Club ~ LOL!!! 

I'll have to put my creating cap on  - and search for the perfect jars - and see what I can come up with.....
Stay tuned for more JAR CLASSES - I have a cool idea brewing - I just need to find the time to put it together!!

Thanks for looking -- please leave a comment and let me know you've stopped by!


Friday, August 13, 2010

Friday the 13th!

Today is going to be an AWESOME DAY - the begining of a GREAT weekend!

Tonight I am teaching my "Beach in a Bottle" class at Scrap-a-Doodle-Doo!  Can't wait to get CREATIVE!

Tomorrow - is an ALL DAY "Private" Crop with 7 of my Scrap-Buddies - I've got LOTS of things planned!
I will be working on a mixed media album using Sticky-Back Canvas from Ranger, some clear acrylic sheets, and some yummy paper and lots of stuff!  It will be a gift for a long distance friend/coworker who will be getting married later this month!  I hope create the basis for an upcoming class too!

Sunday -- GAME DAY! or should I say night!  We bought tickets to the MET'S Game in the new CITY FIELD - for Phil for Father's Day - I researched games/dates/teams/seats/times - and picked this one that was supposed to start at 1pm on a Sunday - perfect - right?? - WELL - good old ESPN came along and changed it to an 8:30pm game!!! UGH!! - As long as the weather is good - I guess it will be okay - Phil has been dying to go to the new staduim - he even bought me a METs T-Shirt yesterday -and a new jersey for himself ( THANK YOU HONEY!)   I am so looking forward to spending the day with all my "boys" before Nick goes back to school in NH next weekend!

Now to share some "LOVE" - Glimmer Goodness LOVE that is!!  

The beautiful and talented Liz Hicks who works for Tattered Angels - (LUCKY GIRL!! - I wanna be her when I grow up!) - has an AWESOME BLOG - and is holding a FRIDAY the 13th GIVE AWAY of my favorite "ELIXIR of LIFE"  - so HOP on over to her BLOG - take a peek at all of her posts - become a follower and leave a comment about something you would like her to blog about - and you will be entered for your chance to "win" a Glimmery Surprise!


Have a GREAT weekend everyone!!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Those Dollies are making me loose sleep!!

And I love it!! -- well - not the tired feeling I will have tomorrow - BUT
the FUN I had doing this layout challenge!

( I think I am hooked on challenges now - SO WATCH OUT! and get me some No-Doze!)

You can check out the challenge on their AWESOME Blog:

Basically - make a layout using Olive Green / Purple / Cream - that's it!

Soooo ..... Here I go!  I pulled out my scrap crap in those colors last night.

Here is the pile of goodies - I call it "All that and a Bag of Chips!" 

Well - I didn't end up using everything - but then I did end up using some other elements that called to me while I was creating! Olive Vine Glimmer Mist was one of those items - of course!

Here is a layout with 2 photos - each of me with one of my 2 wonderful sons.  These are actually from Christmas 2007 - but I loved our smiles in them and held on to scrap them until I could figure out what I wanted to do with them.

I am very pleased with the results - Let me know how you like the finished entry for this challenge!

Here are some close ups and details:

I covered chipboard letters with paper, and inked them - oh - I didn't have an "N" left in the set -so I "modified" an "M" and the last "S" is from a different set of letters too.

Can you see the purple mesh?  I was from a bag of onions and I've saved it for a few months until I found the right Layout for it -- YES, I am a SCRAP-A-HOLIC - but that is why they call it "Scrapbooking"  right? LOL!

OK - last close up - the one flower looks yellow - but it is actually cream.  The crinkly Green frame was fun to make and distress, oh - and I've had those beads for a while and I'm so happy I got to use them!

Thanks for looking! Now it is time for bed!


Wednesday, August 4, 2010

My Best Friend!


He is my husband, my partner, my lover, the father of my children, my childhood sweetheart, and most of all he is MY BEST FRIEND.

I have known him and loved him for more than 1/2 of my life.  He is the one I can turn to, who will always listen, and give support whenever needed.  Plus  - we have fun together!

So - when I saw a design challenge for the Design Dollies Blog this month "This week's challenge is in honor of Friendship Day, which was August 1st! (Who would've thunk?). Create a project honoring a close friend!" - I knew who would be my subject.   

Check out their COOL Blog!  Lots of GREAT TALENT:

This photo was taken when we took a "Cruise to Nowhere" out of NYC, back in Oct of 2006, for our 24th Wedding Anniversary.  Phil truly is...

I had fun doing all kinds of "stuff" to this layout.  I made the frame using a Fiskar's edge punch.  I made the flower using a heart punch and a circle punch. I made a folded pleat on the bottom left. Tearing, rolling inking, and of course masking and Glimmer Misting!

The paper is "foof-a-la Red, Black, Cream" that I got from my favorite scrapbook store, Scrap-a-Doodle-Doo in Ramsey, NJ.  The lace is antique lace that I bought at a weekend we went away down the shore earlier this year.  I added buttons, brads, and the letters were left overs that were a bright shiny silver - so I roughed them up with a sanding tool, and inked them with black Versamark - then added a little silver SMOOCH paint too! Oh - the black card to the right of the photo is the cardboard that Prima flowers come on - I liked the shape - so I sprayed it with a little Glimmery "Elixir of Life" and gave it a new life on my layout! =D

Here is a close up of the card.

Here is a close up of the lace.  See the little piece that I turned red with Red Velvet Glimmer Mist!
Just YUMMY! Oh- and here you can see the pleating and some silver shimmer in the left corner too!

Here is a close up of the flower I made using punched out hearts that I inked on the edges, spritzed with water, then smushed up, and let semi dry.  While they were still a little damp -I put a decorative brad through the ends and did some more smooshing and crinkling until it looked the way I wanted.

Well - I hope you enjoy looking at this layout as much as I had fun making it!
Thanks for looking,