Monthly Archives: September 2013

A Scrapfest Sampling

Scrapfest was this past weekend at Mall of America. It’s an event I look forward to each year. Three days of workshops, make and takes, and new products. I’ve started adding an extra day at the end so that I can have some time in my craft room to try out the new techniques I’ve learned and play with the new stuff I’ve collected. It’s a fun and refreshing weekend.

So, I have a few things to share. One of my favorite card workshops was ‘Groovy Mini Cards’ by Archiver’s. We used cling stamps by Unity to make these cards. I love those sticklers on the paint can.


Then, at home, I spent a little more time playing with the stamps and came up with this.


The design and colors were inspired by the Case Study Challenge #158. I’m going to submit it there later tonight.

I also enjoyed the “Lovin’ Life” pages workshop by Bella Blvd. We made two really cute, not wedding-related pages and a card using their Love and Marriage line. I had to make some modifications to the design though because I do not like feathers. I know they’re trendy right now, but they just don’t do it for me. It’s something about the way they feel. And, that they’re from birds.

For the pages, I just left them off. I may add another embellishment in that spot after I add photos to the pages, or I may not. The feather was a really prominent part of the card, though I had to give some thought to what to replace it with. I finally settled on a cluster of embellishments, including a sentiment from the groovy Unity stamps. It’s hard to read in the photo, but it says “you color my world. ”



A Ball-Inspired Card

My family volunteered at the fabulous Curtain Call Ball for Children’s Theatre Company this weekend. My daughter and I were well-positioned to admire all of the gowns as they came in. My daughter- 13 years old- likes bold colors and lots of bling. I prefer classic black. Here is my ball-inspired card:

I stamped Jazzy Swirls by Autumn Leaves in Versa Mark ink and then heat embossed with Zing black embossing powder. I embellished the card with a classy button from Bazzill Basics Paper, a tiny tag cut with my Silhouette Cameo and coated with Glossy Accents, and a scrap of ribbon from my stash.
I have a couple other ball-inspired ideas rolling around in my head, but I’ve been slowed down by a cold (courtesy of the aforementioned daughter). We’ll see if I get them made later in the week.

Scrapbooking our 2012 vacation

As we prepared to leave for our 2013 summer vacation to Manitoba and Ontario, I felt compelled to finally get the photos from our 2012 vacation to Seattle in a scrapbook. I managed to complete a couple of pages before we left and have been working on the book since we returned four weeks ago (in occasional 30 minute work sessions, of course).

It’s coming along pretty nicely, I think. I’m about a third finished. I’m using photo sleeves by We R Memory Keepers and October Afternoon’s Boarding Pass and Simple Stories Urban Traveler papers and embellishments, and my Silhouette Cameo. Here are a couple of the pages I’ve completed so far.




Clearly I need to spend a little time figuring out the best ways to photograph my pages. These are not very good. I’ll work on that– when I’m not scrapbooking.

Really, one more thing?

One more thing

I am a working mom. My husband of 20 years and I have two teenage children– a 13 year old dancer and a 16 year old gamer. I have a highly rewarding and very demanding job that I happily give almost 50 hours a week to. I make some attempt to keep order in my home, shop for a lot of groceries, prepare at least one meal a day, and occasionally call my mother.

My life is full and busy.

I don’t really need one more thing.

But, as I’ve grown as a crafter, as I’ve learned more techniques and find myself drawn to my craft room more often, as I’ve become an eavesdropping member of the paper crafts blog community, I find myself drawn to creating my own blog. I’m ready to share some of what I make. I want to be able to take on a challenge and comment on other crafter’s work.

So, here I am. With one more thing.