Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Raindrops Keep Fallin' ...





... on my head!! I remember LOVING that song when I was a little girl (which totally AGES me, I know!)!! I love the rain! I love walking in it, splashing in the puddles, listening to it hit the roof of our tent when we are camping ... there is something so happy and soothing about the rain ...

Which brings me to today's project!! Oh how HAPPY this was to make!! Not only was this SOOO very easy and NON-TIME-CONSUMING ... it was really inexpensive to make as well ... and FUN!!

I started by perusing my MDS files looking for raindrops and umbrellas (and YES ... I have MANY!)!! I chose the rounded "chubby" raindrops from "Sunshine & Sprinkles" as well as the "curvy" raindrop from "Sweetest Dreams". The cloud is from "Epic Overlays" ...








After importing the images into my eCutter software (aka Silhouette Designer Edition), I copied and resized each of the raindrops LOTS of times. I also resized the cloud so that it would fit well on one of the 8"x10" canvases I had purchased (got a STEAL of a DEAL on those ... they were only $1.50/each at the local "big box craft store").









You could really use ANY designer series paper you had on hand ... I did a lot of mixing and matching until I came up with a combo I liked! (Wouldn't this be oh-so-stinkin' ca-YOOT in a baby's room???)







I adhered the umbrella to the canvas with my Tombo glue adhesive (the "handle" on the umbrella is just a 1/2" strip of Soft Suede that I adhered down and wrapped around the bottom of the canvas clear to the back) ... I also adhered some of the raindrops with Tombo and some of them I adhered with dimensionals. I like the "texture" that this created to give these canvases more depth ...

This could be a FUN class (hmmmm ... should be doing one in the future because this was FUN!! I said that already ... more than once ...)

I am ALSO very happy that I have such sunny and bright walls in my kitchen (shades of yellow make me happy!)! Not bad for a sunny-afternoon project ...

Paper: Etcetera DSP, I Am Me DSP, Soft Suede
Accessories: eCutter (Silhouette), Dimensionals, 8"x10" Art Canvas
MDS Downloads: Sunshine & Sprinkles (raindrop), Sweetest Dreams (raindrop), Epic Overlays (cloud 1 outline)

Thanks for stopping by!!

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Monday Montage #17



Best thing about Monday??? Why, Monday Montage, of course!! And you are NOT gonna be disappointed with what the girls have come up with this week ... so much beautiful FUN stuff!!




I haven't done a tri-fold-down type of card for quite a while. The base of this card is made with a piece of Watercolor Wonder DSP that is 4.25" x 12" ... it is scored at 3 1/2" and 9", which creates a standard, A2-sized card (4.25" x 5.5"). I love this paper WAY more than I had thought I would when all I could see was a photo of it ... the colors and patterns are SO MUCH FUN!!




I made a "belly band" to go around the middle ... all but one of the flowers/embellishments are attached directly to the belly band, so when you slide it off and open up the card, this is what ya get ...

And here's the belly band up close ... I wish we had a whole BUNCH of these woodcut sentiments (this "thank you" is from the March Paper Pumpkin Kit ... SUPER LOVE THIS!)!

Stamps:  Flower Shop, Petite Petals
Paper:  Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, Watercolor Wonder DSP
Ink:  Island Indigo, Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight
Accessories:  Pansy Punch, Petite Pansy Punch, Burlap Ribbon, Large Scallop Edgelits Die, "Thank You" Woodcut (March 2014 Paper Pumpkin)

Click "Back" to check out Melissa Stout's wonderful creation, and/or the "Next" button to see Amy O'Neill's brilliance as well!


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Friday, April 11, 2014

Fab Friday #39

It's Fab Friday Sketch Challenge Day!! And the Fab Friday peeps have been working their usually stampin' WIZARDRY to come up with some, well ... FAB samples for you to peruse today!!

This is my contribution to this week's challenge ... and when I was looking through MDS for something to "play" with, this little fox kept on speaking to me (and now I KNOW what the fox says!!)!! Isn't he ca-YOOT???

I believe I mentioned in my last post that I have a "thing" for the burlap ribbon (both in MDS and in the "real world"). I have to be honest when I say that I was not a fan when it first came out last year. Don't get me wrong ... I LOVED it, but I was AFRAID of it. It's width had me nervous. This little "arrow" embellishment was, I hate to admit, under my craft table on the floor. It didn't quite work out with something else I had been creating, and then it fell off the table ... and I was MUI-HAPPY when I noticed it down there and I was working on this card ... HAPPY DANCE TIME!

Stamps: Occasions Alphabet
Paper:  Cajun Craze, Very Vanilla, Retro Fresh DSP
Ink:  Cajun Craze, Basic Black Marker (for fox's eyes)
Accessories:  Chalk Talk Framelits, Burlap Ribbon, Gold Sequin Trim, 1" Circle Punch, Arrows Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Essentials Wooden Elements
MDS Downloads:  Nursery Alphabet








Here's a photo of the actual sketch so y'all can play along ...











And ... Here's a link to the Fab Friday Challenge Blog so you can play along:

Fab Friday Challenge Blog

Check out the Fab blogs of my fellow Fab Friends:

Cindy Beach
Brian King
Justin Krieger
Amanda Mertz
Brenda Myers
Marla Reed
Jan Tinklenberg

Have a fantabulous day! From Millan.Net

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Missing Miss Tiffany ...

Happy Middle-of-the-Week, Friends!! Cannot beLIEVE that we are already well into April! Where HAS this year gone alREADY??? Sheesh!! Seems like we JUST had Christmas ... and it's going to be all too soon when it rolls around again ...

This is a layout I did of my daughter's BFF, Tiffany. She has felt like part of our family since the girls were in grade school (they met somewhere around second or third grade and have been besties ever since!)!! They have spent countless hours with sleepovers, eating, laughing, talking, playing ... she really is one of us!

She left to serve a mission for our church in the Philippines just over six months ago. We are so very proud of her! It's fun getting weekly emails from her and hearing of all the people she is meeting and all of the experiences she is having. LOVE THIS GIRL!!

I also think I am ADDICTED to the burlap ribbon ... not only in real life, but DIGITALLY (YAY FOR MDS!)!! OH-MAN-OH-MAN-OH-MAN!! You can soooo easily "recolor" this in MDS to match whatever you are working on ... MUI-FABULOUS-O!!

MDS Ingredients:
Stamps - Chevron (Chevron -7 grunge)
Paper - Old School
Embellishments - Burlap Ribbon (folded, flower, flag - all recolored in Crumb Cake), Mis-Stitched, Brad (Very Vanilla)
Punches - Flag Punch
Font - Albermerle Swash.

From Millan.NetHope the sun is shining wherever you are!

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Stamp Review Crew - Oh, Hello Edition

I am so happy to FINALLY be able to play along with the Stamp Review Crew!! There are a LOT of talented and super-crafty-fun people in this group, and I am honored to have been asked to join in! This week, we are doing a "review" of the "Oh, Hello" stamp set!! Let's get started!!





Just to refresh your memories (or to, perhaps, introduce many of you to it!), here is the stamp set with which we are working this week ...

And here's what I did with it! Actually, I took the "chevron" image AND the "Oh, Hello" image from MDS and imported them into my eCutter software (Silhouette Studio Designer Edition). I cut the chevron out in Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry, Bermuda Bay and Whisper White ... then I mixed/matched them until I got a grouping I liked and glued it down to some good ol' Basic Black. The rose was made using the Bigz Spiral Flower Die and BOTH Primrose Petals AND Crushed Curry cardstock. I "roughed up" the paper with my Sanding Block (the Primrose Petals was actually some Core'dinations paper). I like the look of it with the roughed-up edges, don't you?? And, of course, had to add me a little bit o' GRUNGE (I swear that Gorgeous Grunge is the LITTLE BLACK DRESS of stamp sets ... GOTTA have it!).

Stamps:  Gorgeous Grunge
Paper: Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Primrose Petals (Core'dinations), Basic Black
Ink:  Crushed Curry, Bermuda Bay, Basic Black
Accessories:  Bigz Spiral Flower Die, Gold Baker's Twine, Whisper White Baker's Twine, Sanding Block, eCutter (Silhouette)
MDS Downloads:  Oh, Hello

Click "Next Blog" to check out what Paula Wright has done with this set ... and "Previous Blog" to see Mary Rindal's take on our challenge!!


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Friday, April 4, 2014

Flat & Fabulous Freaky Swap!

Happy Friday, Ladies and Gents!!! Today I am sharing a card that I made for the most recent Control Freaks Swap (it was called Flat and Fabulous ... the challenge was to make a card that didn't have a lot of BULK or DOO-DAHS that would make it chunky for mailing). We got a LOT of GORGEOUS samples ... this is the one I submitted. I also used this for today's Free for All challenge over on SCS. I actually called the challenge "Tone On Tone", challenging the participants to use at least TWO layers directly on top of one another that were the same color ... I like the dimension it adds when we do this ...

I am kinda LOVING making little butterfly bodies with staples ... I KNOW that this has been done by LOTS and LOTS of crafty peeps for a VERY long time. I didn't used to like it ... at ALL. But now I kinda LOVE how perfect the staples are for this particular function ... I think staples were MADE to be butterfly bodies on all things crafty!!!

Stamps: Postage Due, Off the Grid, Gorgeous Grunge, Itty Bitty Banners
Paper: Very Vanilla, Soft Suede, Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Etcetera DSP
Ink: Soft Suede, Pool Party, Calypso Coral
Accessories: Victoria Crochet Trim, Postage Stamp Punch, Bitty Butterfly Punch, Corner Rounder Punch, Circles Framelits, Bitty Banners Framelits, Staples

From Millan.NetI must really be one of the "grown ups" now. I was at a family get together last night when my nephew comes up to me and says, "Yeah, I see you running across 11th Avenue all the time in the mornings. I keep thinking I should shout out and say, 'Hey! How's it goin'?' as you pass by ... but I don't wanna freak you out." Because we all KNOW I have an issue with falling down (if you have no clue to what I am referring, see THIS POST HERE)! Then, his darling wife (whom I happen to LOVE) leans in and says, "Yeah ... you wouldn't wanna startle an OLD PERSON while they are running!!" WHAT.THE.HECK??? (LOVE YOU, ALISON!) So ... I went home and licked my wounds for the rest of evening ... WHEN DID I GET TO BE ONE OF THE OLD PEOPLE???? Sigh ... I guess it happens ... but I'm ONLY 27!!!

Have a happy weekend!

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Chalkin' It Up!


I've had a few of these cute little chalkboards staring at me for MONTHS!! I have been ACHING to do something with at least ONE of them ... and I KNEW I wanted to incorporate something from MDS in some way with some chalk ... SOOOOO ... when I got home last night I somehow got a BEE in my bonnet and attacked one with GUSTO!! (You can't really tell from this photo, but as I was trying to take this photo, the grass was FROZEN OVER ... and the sky started dumping down SNOWFLAKES not long after I finished!!)

I used the "Off the Grid" stamp with some Whisper White Craft Ink to put this image on my little chalkboard ... then I used a little bit of the same ink on a sponge to "smudge" the edges to give it a more "chalky" look ... I thought that making the butterflies out of vellum was a better idea than making "colorful" ones ... they were such a fun compliment to the chalk!



This little "bloom" is from the Spring Break II digital download ... I pulled it into my eCutter software and set it all up to cut out on some vinyl ...

I used the "negative" image of my cutout to add to the chalkboard. I put the vinyl down on the chalkboard and then just colored the "spaces" in with my little piece of chalk. Peeled the vinyl pieces off and VOILA!! I have decided that I am going to use the rest of my little chalkboards to make a new one of these for each season as they come by ... SO much fun!!

Stamps: Off the Grid
Paper: Watercolor Wonder DSP, Vellum
Ink: Whisper White Craft
Accessories: Gold Sequin Trim, Tag a Bag Gift Boxes (mini clothespins), Blossom Party Bigz Die, Boho Blossom Punch, Itty Bitty Flower Punch, Elegant Butterfly Punch, Bitty Butterfly Punch, Soft Subtles Candy Dots, eCutter (Silhouette), chalk, small chalkboard, vinyl
MDS Download: Spring Break II

By the end of the day (after having taken the photos) we had some BLUE in the sky and some SUNSHINE!! My body has NO idea what season we are in ... do ya think that by putting this little chalkboard up I can help straighten out Mother Nature??? Hoping so!!

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Monday Montage #16



Oooooo-la-laaaa!! It's Monday Montage time!! And I'm feeling the effects of the sunshine I've seen ... recently ... which seems to be hiding as I type this ... as it is SNOWING outside!! Eeeeek!!!

Which brings me to THIS card, a combination of stamping, MDS-ing and eCutter-ing (with some fun shapes I pulled from MDS). I decided to add the little bit of "bling" on the cloud as a bit of a "shiny" lining (since I only have GOLD sequins, I had to adapt from the typical "silver" lining!)!!

I got the sun shape from the "All Time Fave" download in MDS; the "sunshine" is from "Moments Ago"; the clouds are the Cloud Punch; the raindrops are from "Sweetest Dreams"; and the "you're" and "my" are BOTH from "Friendly Phrases" - I cropped them from other sentiments and put them together as one and then printed them out!! And then, of course, had to add me a little bit of grunge-y-ness. Hence, the "Off the Grid" stamp in the background ...

Stamps: Off the Grid
Paper: Pacific Point, Whisper White, Crushed Curry, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie
Ink: Pacific Point:
Accessories: Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Crushed Curry Chevron Ribbon, Gold Sequin Trim, Oval Punch, Silhouette Cameo eCutter
MDS (My Digital Studio) Downloads: All Time Fave (Sun), Moments Ago ("Sunshine"), Cloud Punch, Sweetest Dreams (Raindrops), Friendly Phrases ("You're" and "My")

Click "Back" to check out the MAGNIFICENT Melissa Stout, and/or the "Next" button to see the Artistic Amy O'Neill!


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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Of Mothers and Sons ...

It is hard when your kids grow up ... and go AWAY to go to school (even if it IS only an hour in one direction for me to get to my oldest, and about an hour-and-a-half in the OTHER direction for me to get to my youngest ... and about 10 minutes across town for my son in the middle). As a result of my daughter being the youngest AND the one who is around the most, a LOT of my digital scrapbooking with MDS has been done of HER ... or HER and HER FRIENDS ... or ME and HER ... or the DOG ...

However, this has always been a favorite photo of mine (and my BOYS need some equal MDS time!). We took this during the Fall of 2006, a mere two months after my son had started his first year of college. He was with us that day as our family did one of our most TREASURED family traditions ... pressing apples for juice in Alpine. Despite the fact that he is giving me a piggyback ride ... AND despite the fact that my niece is giving us the "rabbit ear" treatment from behind, I just LOVE this. Wow ... hard to believe this was taken 6 1/2 years ago!!


MDS Ingredients:
Stamps: Lemonade Stand (Honeycomb), Seriously Teen (Design 1 and Grunge 4), Ink Splatters (Ink Splatter 5)
Paper: Grad Party, Newsprint; Punches - Wide Oval, Square, Flag; Embellishments - Seriously Teen (Washi Tape 7), Keep This Memory (Title Ticket), Happy Hello (Baker's Twine), Natural Designer Buttons (Small Dark 1)
Font Chaparral Pro

Have a wonderful day ... and hug someone you love!! From Millan.Net

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Fab Friday #38

Fab Friday is HERE once again!! Yesterday was the FIRST day in a VERY long time that I didn't have ton of things I HAD to do ... so I thought getting my card ready for today would be a SNAP!! Then ... I decided to give my blog a facelift ... which always takes WAYYYYY longer than I remember (well, maybe NOT ... but I always try to delude myself into thinking it won't take me that long. I had been in the habit of changing my blog header with each season, but I got lazy - and I LIKED my last header, which was only about 7 months old!) ... But I digress ...

I finally DID get around to making my card for today's challenge (OBVIOUSLY!)!! At first I looked at the color challenge and went WHAT??? My mind was ... blank ... but I have had this stamp set for a long while and have NEVER used it, so it's about TIME, don'tcha think??

Stamps: Postage Due, A Dozen Thoughts
Paper:  Pistachio Pudding, Baked Brown Sugar, Sahara Sand, Whisper White, In Color Patterned Paper
Ink:  Pistachio Pudding, Baked Brown Sugar, Sahara Sand
Accessories:  Postage Stamp Punch, Petite Pennants Builder Punch, Arrows Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Gold Sequin Trim, Baked Brown Sugar Ruffled Ribbon, Staples





Here's a pretty picture of what the color challenge actually is ...






And ... Here's a link to the Fab Friday Challenge Blog so you can play along:

Fab Friday Challenge Blog

Check out the Fab blogs of my fellow Fab Friends:

Mindy Backes
Cindy Beach
Brian King
Justin Krieger
Amanda Mertz
Brenda Myers
Marla Reed
Pam Steckman
Jan Tinklenberg

Have a Happy!!!From Millan.Net

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