Tuesday, February 22, 2011

School Bus Ride

It has taken me months to get my mojo going as far as layouts. I am so far behind, but simply felt overwhelmed by anything larger than a card...why?  Who knows....
So, this weekend, I managed to sit down and finish several layouts of my grandson.
This is his first day riding the school bus to Kindergarten. I love the way they take such good care and that all of the younger students are assigned seats in the front near the driver. After teaching for years, I know how the older ones like to harass the little ones!  Hayden has little concern for the older kids. He walks around with the confidence of a sixth grader!
Spread your wings and FLY!

I love to use a bit of bling on the pages, but with a boy....well, you have use very little or he'll tell me about it! LOL!

Supplies: Cosmo Cricket "Earth Love" paper, K & Co butterflies, and Recollections rhinestones.

PS: After seeing the page photographed, I realized my "Y" was a bit caddy-wompus! The anal-retentive part of me had to fix it!

Since I have been neglectful in my scrapbook layouts, I am posting this on
Easy Crafts Projects, rather than my usual card entry there! Surprise!

Love the Hippie Chick!

I love this image and continue to use it whenever I need a "mood swing" card for a good friend! Let's face it, everyone feels better after a day of shopping!

Supplies used: Bazzill Cardstock "Edges"; SEI Glitzmas Red Swirl paper; Bazzill ribbon; Bazzill flowers; and the adorable stamp is from Shirley's2Girls, BFF!  I had to mix several shades of Copics to get just the right "jeans" look, but it was worth it.

My BFF is a child of the 60's, too, so she will LOVE IT!

It's the "old hippies" in us!

It fits in perfectly with the challenge at:
DoYouStack Up? (Dots)

Sadly, More Sympathy Cards

It seems as though bad news is coming 'round every corner. I suppose that as I get older, that will be the case....
This is a card I made this weekend. Unfortunately, I had to make two.

I used K & Co papers from the older Ancestry stack. I just bought the new Painted Garden and Susan Wright Nature packs this last weekend. I love their collections for all occasions, but they seem to work particularly well for these somber moments.
I was also experimenting with the seam binding that I had dyed and crinkled. Found out that I need to use a much stronger ink mixture to get a real saturation on the ribbon!  But I love the idea of matching the ribbon to the projects as I go along!

This card is to be entered in the Cardabilities sketch challenge #25, and the Inspiration sketch at InStyle Stamps.

Serious, and a Bit of Whimsy!

 Please scroll down if you are here to see my second post for today ... Whimsy!

Now that this card has been delivered, I can post it! I had to be careful that the friend I made it for wouldn't see it on my blog before her actual birthday!
She has been instrumental in my cardmaking and encouraging me to expand my techniques! She is definately Someone Special!
I am trying to move in the direction of more layered, vintage cards. My absolute card "divas" are Sarah Martina and Ashley Newell Cannon. Yes, I'm not embarassed to say, I want to be just like them! 
Here is my Graphic 45 project. I love those papers!

I was able to dig out all my favorite embellishments... we have lace, a doily, a flower, stickpins, twine, pearls, and lots and lots of ink! This is the girly side of me and I love it! I'm not so much into the pinks and the dainty ribbons, but the vintage look is right up my alley!

This card will be proudly entered at Flourishes (Birthday) and the
Stamptacular Sunday Challenge (Someone Special)
The Whimsy Part....
I also made a card for a monkey-loving friend that has a little girl. I know it was my friends' birthday, but I wanted her daughter to get a kick out of the card, too!
I am a big sock monkey lover from back in the 60's (yes, I'm admitting to my age here) and these newer versions that are in the stores are adorable!  My husband even bought me one a few years ago just because I mentioned loving them as a child. My grandson slept with it during his visits for a long time.  The images are simply a strip cut from a pattern paper I found at Michael's last year. Manufacturer?  Who knows!  Don't you wish they would all mark their papers?
Entered in the:
 Delighful Challenges (Animal)
Digi Doodle Shops Best (Anything Goes)