Wednesday, December 30, 2009

December 30 - Just Priceless Page

I'm filling up my album for the girls quickly this week! :)

Today's page is an example of how you can use a mistake to your advantage by just making the best of it. When I make a mistake or something doesn't go as planned on a page or card and I have to figure out a way to cover it up I usually end up liking it even more and today's page is no different.

The 1-1/2" stripes of patterned paper were put on the right side and I was going to zig zag stitch each one on the right side of the strip of paper. I got the pink one done fine but then on the green one my machine decided to un-thread without me realizing it so I had just holes down the whole strip and it looked pretty silly. So I covered it up with Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon. Well I liked how it looked on the green strip so I decided to do it on all of the strips of paper and love how it turned out. To me it looks better than I think it would have had I just kept stitching them with white thread.

Yay for mistakes and mess-ups!
As usual all supplies used are Stampin' Up! with most of them being sneak peeks of the new Sale-A-Bration and Occasions mini catalogs that will be available on January 5th.

Occasions Mini:
Sweet Pea Paper Stack
Chocolate Chip Epoxy Brads
Stitched Felt Flowers

2009/2010 Idea Book & Catalog:
Jumble Alphabet Stamp Set
Priceless Stamp Set
Chocolate Chip cardstock, ink and grosgrain ribbon

* also used sewing machine with white thread and a bunch of different zig zag stitches.

Monday, December 28, 2009

December 28 - a&n Scrapbook Page

Somebody stop me - I am on a roll! Last night I sat down at my desk to do this page, got the paper picked out then couldn't do a thing with it. So I went back downstairs and did something else. Over the years I've found that if the mojo isn't there it just isn't there. It's nothing I can force out of me. :) I just have to wait until an idea strikes. And fortunately I didn't have to wait long - when I went back up tonight (I was going to make a card!) I started playing around with the page again and managed to finish it.
All supplies are Stampin' Up! and again most of them are from the new Sale-A-Bration and Occasion Mini Catalogs available January 5th. I got my Sale-A-Bration catalog in the mail today so they should be hitting your mailbox shortly if you haven't already gotten a copy. Or if you need one just let me know.
One thing I absolutely love from the Occasions mini catalog are the Chat Room rubons. Yeah, yeah - I know they are supposed to be for cards but has that ever stopped me from using it on a scrapbook page? NO WAY! :) I wanted to set the photo apart and add a little bit of journaling to the page too so I thought I would kill two birds with one stone - so I cut apart the different words and sayings from the Chat Room rubons and placed them around my girls in the photo. I used the white rubons because the background was dark, but the rubons also include a sheet in Chocolate Chip so if my photo would have had a light background I could have used those. Then in between each "saying" to separate them out a bit I drew a quick little heart with my white Signo pen.
For my butterflies (made with the new Beautiful Wings Sizzix Embosslet) I folded them in half with the insides together and put a Stampin' Dimensional under each wing. Then attached it to my page in the middle with an epoxy brad. The dimensionals on the wings gave them a fun 3D look.
That's it for tonight ~ hope you had a fantastic Monday and are enjoying the final days of 2009!
{ holly }
Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper Stack (Occasions mini catalog) - Item #117161
Chat Room Rubons (Occasions mini catalog) - Item #117199
Beautiful Wings Sizzix Embosslet (Occasions mini catalog) - Item #118138
Pretty In Pink Epoxy Brads (Occasions mini catalog) - Item #117271
Vintage Labels Stamp Set (Sale-A-Bration mini catalog) - Item #118392
Scallop Trim Border Punch (Sale-A-Bration mini catalog) - Item #118402
Jumble Alphabet Stamp Set (for "a" and "n") - Item #115119
Schoolbook Serif Alphabet Stamp Set (for "&") - Item #113510
Curly Label Punch - Item #112208
Wide Oval Punch - Item #112082
White Signo Pen - Item #105021
Soft Suede Designer Series Paper (Polka Dots) - Item #115688
Soft Suede, Pretty in Pink, Very Vanilla & So Saffron cardstocks
Soft Suede ink - Item #115657
Stampin' Dimensionals - Item #104430

Sunday, December 27, 2009

December 27 - Polka Dot Birthday Card

Today was time to work on some cards for my January card night. All 6 cards will be using spankin' new sets from the new Sale-A-Bration mini catalog and the new Occasions mini catalog that both take effect January 5th. This is just one of the 6 cards we will be making during January's card night which will be held on Thursday, January 14th. Want to come? Just let me know!

And since it is the start of a new year I'm going to change the card night rules up just a bit - in 2010 you will no longer have to pay the $8 supply fee AND place a $25 order. You can come to card night and make the 6 cards without having to place an order your only cost will be the supply fee. Or if you'd rather place an order with a minimum of $25 you no longer will have to pay the supply fee. There will also be a goodie option available if you'd still like the free goodie bag that comes with the orders without having to place an order. With no goodie bag your supply fee will be the normal $8, and if you'd like to get the goodie bag without placing an order you can pay a $12 supply fee (instead of the $8) which will include the same bag of goodies that people placing an order will receive. And during Sale-A-Bration the goodie bags should be STOCKED FULL! Confused yet? I hope not! But if you are PLEASE let me know and I'll try to explain it. :)

And now - on to the card! This one uses the new Vintage Labels set that is one of the free sets included in the Sale-A-Bration mini catalog. Definitely one of my new favorites! It also uses the new polka dots Sizzix embossing folder which makes it SO easy to add some fun texture to your cards and projects.

Oh! And one last quick thing that I'll get into more detail in a later post - all stamp sets in the new Sale-A-Bration and Occasions mini catalog are also now available as CLEAR STAMPS! :)

Vintage Labels Stamp Set (Sale-A-Bration mini catalog) - Item #118392
Certainly Celery cardstock - Item #105125
Bermuda Bay cardstock - Item #115317
Very Vanilla cardstock - Item #101650
Brushed Silver cardstock - Item #100712
Soft Suede cardstock - Item #115318
Silver Embossing Powder - Item #109131
Soft Suede Polka Dot Ribbon - Item #115612
Chocolate Chip ink - Item #100908
Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder (Occasions mini catalog) - Item #117335
Small Heart Punch (Occasions mini catalog) - Item #117193
Stampin' Dimensionals - Item #104430

Saturday, December 26, 2009

December 26 - Friends Page

My New Year's Resolution (OK, one of them!) is to KEEP THIS BLOG UPDATED! And look - I'm even starting early! :)

If you've been following this blog or even just checking it every once in a while you know that during the past year I've kind of shifted from scrapbooking to cards. Cards were a great distraction for a while (quick & easy) but my heart really does belong to scrapbooking.
I'm a storyteller and the best way for me to tell a story is through a scrapbook page. Even if I don't have a lot of words I love letting the photos tell the story. And during the past few weeks it has been KILLING me not to go up to my little room and whip out a few pages. I've taken some fun pictures the past year that I've done basically nothing with yet so I have a lot of scrapbooking ammo for the next few months while I work on getting caught up. So from this point on I'll be having many more scrapbooking pages mixed in with the card ideas I post.

Tonight after I got all of the Christmas toys cleaned up and put away I finally had a chance to hole up in my room for a few hours and get back into the swing of the scrapbooking thing and BOY DID IT FEEL GOOD! I've really missed it so much! Of course it also helped that I had a bunch of cool new supplies to play with too. Stampin' Up!'s Occasions Mini Catalog that comes out on January 5th has so many cute new things in it that will help you make the coolest scrapbook pages and cards. Almost everything on this scrapbook page is from the new Occasions Mini Catalog - if you want a copy be sure to let me know. (And there are a few Sale-A-Bration items thrown in too - if you're thinking "what on earth is Sale-A-Bration?" it's a promotion with exclusive products and stamp sets that you can earn for FREE with every $50 order! Just contact me with any questions!) Until tomorrow...

Vintage Vogue Stamp Set (2010 Occasions Mini) - Item #117690
Chocolate Chip Ink - Item #100908
Chocolate Chip 12"x12" Cardstock - Item #107102
Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper Stack (2010 Occasions Mini) - Item #117161
Welcome Neighbor Designer Series Paper Pack (2010 Sale-A-Bration Catalog) - Item #118401
Sweet Pea Stitched Felt (2010 Occasions Mini) - Item #117266
Scallop Trim Border Punch (2010 Sale-A-Bration Catalog) - Item #118402
Scallop Trim Corner Punch (2010 Occasions Mini) - Item #118870
Chocolate Chip Stampin' Write Marker - Item #100071
Corner Rounder Punch - Item #109047
Small Heart Punch (2010 Occasions Mini) - Item #117193
Stampin' Dimensionals - Item #104430

and my sewing machine with some white thread. :)
{ holly }