Thursday, July 17, 2014

Miss You

Hello all!

It worked out perfectly to be the right sentiment for finally getting a new blog post up! ;-)
I do miss YOU!

I had actually made one of the embellishments for the card on Tuesday while playing around with the Simon Says Stamp June Card Kit papers (by My Minds Eye and the polka dot vellum is by Doodlebug). It became the perfect inspiration for the rest of the challenge card. Simon Says Stamp is showcasing Paper Smooches and I had this really adorable PS Vogue Abode stamp set that seemed to fit quite well with the picture frame embellishment. I stamped one of the chairs and the hexagons from the stamp set onto two of the papers from the card kit that also happened to feature dots!

I hope you like it and leave me a note if you have time when you stop by!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Studio Calico SUGAR RUSH: Ray of Sunshine, Sun Ray, Here Comes the Sun...

Hello everyone!

The title of this post are the title options I have for a new 12 x 12 layout I finished today. 

I almost always have problems choosing a title. 
I think that I should start with the title really, but since I will be scrapping a lot of photos 
of Mount Lemmon throughout the year (Michael rides up there every weekend), and I don't want the title to always be "Mount Lemmon."

Although I should do a seasonal one with the same spot on Mount Lemmon during each season change. Hmm...better write that idea down somewhere so I can be sure to collect the pics or have him take them. ;-) 

I also bought all of the SUGAR RUSH add-onkits at Studio Calico last month and have barely played with any! Yikes!! The new OFFICE HOURS kits go on sale in about 3 hours! 

So I am challenging myself to try and use the older kits during the approximately 2-2.5 weeks I have before the next ones deliver. 

This layout is using only a tiny portion of the SUGAR RUSH Scrapbook kit.

I called it Sun Ray when I uploaded it to My Projects on but it really needed a bold
title on the layout itself. It might look a bit bare. Also, that is kind of my style. 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Simon Says Stamp - Rainbow of Color

Hello everyone! 

My second post today...and maybe not my last! 

As usual, I am behind on blogging so trying to catch up with on my creative adventures recently. 

Yesterday I received the March 2014 Simon Says Stamp Card Kit.
It is called Rainbow of Color and is super, super cute! 

An awesome kit that I had an idea for right away.
Luckily I found some time last night to make a card that I needed to go in a package this week.

I encourage everyone to subscribe to these kits. 
I always have a lot of fun using the goodies each month, even when I have to be slow at it. 
This is a subscription I don't really want to have to give up, but a nice option is that you 
can skip months when you don't like the preview. 
I have never done that. LOL

Which of your weekly/monthly craft subscriptions are you most fond of? 


Unity SOTW - Well...Check you out

Hello everyone! 

I have a card to share today but I actually made this card last week and meant to post 
it several days ago. 

Like many of you, I am running out of storage room in my craft studio. 
So I have to make some tough decisions on purging, and stopping some subscriptions. 
Unity Stamp of the Week is one of the subscriptions I was going 
to stop, but never got around to it. 

I adore this SOTW, so I am really glad I didn't yet let go of my subscription. 
This one is by Tifany DeGough.

It is so super adorable! 

I used a real manila folder for the library card insert. The red heart doily is a leftover from a Doggie Bag Embellishment Kit available at (each one is different, so not sure you can still get the heart). The paper is from an a couple of older 6x6 pad from my stash, and some cardstock from a card kit. I do like that I am using from my stash, but I have such a bad memory and can't seem to find the pad for the green paper. So what I can tell you is that I used a Simple Stories Snap 6x6 pad for the yellow. ;-) 

How good is your memory when your stash leftovers get mixed up? 

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Studio Calico Color Theory Ink Preview

I got lucky and caught the preorder for the new Studio Calico Color Theory Ink Bundle, which sold out fast! I had to wait several weeks to receive the inks so wondered if I should have just waited until I had seen more reviews. I am very pleased with these inks so far though!! I haven't had a lot of time to play with them so this is just a preview. They stamped true to color and I love that they dry so quick! There is a beautiful range of colors and it looks like we have another bundle to look forward to later this year. The color cards came free with my Studio Calico kit delivery. I also want to mention how much I love the Sugar Rush kits. I got all the add-ons! LOL 

Here are two photos of the Studio Calico Color Theory Dye Inks...including the stamp that I chose to stamp the ink onto their corresponding card. I am even considering the coordinating cardstock even though I have an over abundance of paper in this crowded craft studio. 

Did I forget to mention the ink pads were stackable! Love that feature even though it means the pads are a bit smaller than I would have liked. It so convenient to have one stack of so many colors taking up so little room. The Color Theory Inks are sold separately in the Studio Calico online shop. They are $4.99 per pad. The bundle was $54.99 (free shipping) for all 12 colors so that was a my opinion. I am not an ink expert, as that was one supply I was really sparse on when I first got into paper crafting but of the inks I have tried, these are at the top of my list of faves right now. 

Let me know if you have tried these inks or which ink is your favorite! 

P.S. The kitty stamp set is also from Studio Calico and was a Sneak Peak subscriber special offer that is no longer available. I don't have any kitties but the set was too adorable to pass up and I love cats. 


Wednesday, January 29, 2014

It's Mocha...on a scrapbook layout !

Hello everyone! 

I have another blog post, already!! ;-) 
Eventually I'll get up to those daily posts, or maybe not. I do plan on sharing a lot more often so thanks for stopping in! 

This layout is of Mocha. 

We rescued her in 2006. Michael found her online through a GSP rescue in Utah.
We had fostered a teeny dog (only 7 lbs) for a week in February 2006 when a neighbor had to go into a nursing home.
Ginny and Bebe didn't really get along well, so we found Bebe a good home with a friend of mine, her daughters, and their two dogs. Bebe was much happier in this home and became very close to their Golden Retriever, Goldie so it all worked out well. 

We did realize after that experience that we really wanted a second dog.
Michael was also interested in a German Shorthaired Pointer because of some dog rescues he had started following on Facebook.

Mocha (originally named Moe-Moe by the rescue) seemed like a perfect fit for us.
Michael thought she looked fairly small in the pics (around 40 lbs) which was good for us because Ginny was around 45 lbs and I didn't want two big dogs.

Mocha was very sickly though after she was rescued from wandering in the forest during winter. 
It took much longer to get her healthy than the rescue expected so she didn't arrive in Tucson, having been brought here safely in a car by Best Friend's Animal Society, until late March. 

She was also larger than expected. That was funny! It didn't matter though, of course we loved her from the minute we saw her.

It was rough timing though, because Michael went to India for 3 weeks in early April. 
Mocha had become immediately attached to him and then wondered where he had gone. She did get along great with Ginny and her presence also allowed Ginny to relax more when they were left alone. No more having to put Ginny in a crate when we left the house. 

The photo for this layout was taken in 2008 or 2009, probably 2009 by our friend Erin. 
It was before we got our third rescue, Bella and before Mocha had white hair on her face (which we think Bella caused LOL). 

Anyway, onto the layout. 

I made this using Glitz Design and Chic Tags, plus some American Crafts thickers (which were the last part to be added). Journaling is still a bit weird for me because I don't want to mess up the layout and sometimes I just want to say "cute" or "love this." I didn't put a date on this either. 

 Still awkward photos but I did take this in sunlight and love how the Glitz Design rhinestone sparkles! 

Here is a photo of Mocha taken recently. 

She looks a wee bit sad in this photo but was wondering why I was disturbing her circle turning as she tried to lay down, and was also having a bad day with lots of accidents. I was worried it might be diabetes but the vet thought maybe just an infection. She is all back to normal now. 

Tail wags and,

Monday, January 27, 2014

Scrapbook page without a title, how do you decide?

Hello everyone! 

These are not the best photos but I wanted to do a quick blog post of the most recent 12 x 12 layout I finished. It is using the new Heidi Swapp Hello Today collection. 

When I was working on the layout I only had stamps sets and the 12 x 12 paper pad. 
I also used Tim Holtz inks, which I love but I don't really love for this project. I want crisper stamped images, like when I used the Ranger ink.

Well I thought I would be showing the full layout but that photo really needs to be edited or retaken in much better light. 

My question really you start a layout with the photo or a title in mind? 

My layouts sometimes have a title but I didn't start out with one in mind 
and now I don't know what title it should have. Hmm...