Saturday, January 31, 2009

Coming Soon

The paper dolls were mailed out today (except Christine - I still need your address). Here are a couple of bad pics of the dolls this morning. They crack me up!

These paper dolls were cut with my Cricut machine using the Paper Doll dress up cartridge.

Challenge - Day 31 Woo Who

Day 31.... Can you believe it? I think we're all champions so I changed my play list in celebration.

Today's page is "Women in the Outdoors". I have been admiring Megan's titles and decided to use one of her ideas. Sorry about the bad pics of the lo. If I have time tomorrow I may try to replace them with better pics. It started out as one page then it grew to two. I know they don't match. I'm trying to break my matchy matchy thing. Papers and chip board embellies are from Fancy Pants "daily grind" collection. The bling is from Walmart. The title is made from Thickers and an old label maker (credit to Megan).

The next "Women in the Outdoors" event is May 16th at the Rock Island Conservation Club, so mark your calenders.

Thirty-one down and zero to go. We made it, we made it. What you can't see (thankfully) is me doing my happy dance. Lest see... when does the next challenge start? Oh no, it starts tomorrow. :oO

Friday, January 30, 2009

Challenge - Day 30

I've struggled with these pics since Feb 08. This is a page for my dad. I was trying to do something he would like. Everything comes from my stash, unknown manufacturer. Sorry.

I couldn't help myself I had to put in some stitches, you know surgery and all.

Thirty down and only one to go. Can you believe it?

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Paper Doll Update

Hey Crazies I'll be mailing out paper dolls (and more details) to you an Saturday. I heard from Sherry and Stephani yesterday. Seems they are having trb posting to my blog. It looks like all seven of us are in. Christine, I need your address. If anyone has any question, you can e-mail me at

Goodbye Blago...

Goodbye Blago... Welcome Governor Quinn, please remember we the citizens of Illinois and the nation are watching.

Challenge - Day 29

I took the simple route tonight. Paper is from Fancy Pants, felt flowers are EK Success, journaling spot from Martha Stewart; gel pen, paper piercer,and stamps are from Stampin' Up and StazOn ink.

It's going to be tough to let it sit in the box until Valentines Day. Can you guess what I'll be doing on the 14th?

Twenty-nine down and only two to go.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Challenge - Day 28

Well I'm cutting it close tonight. This is another Mt Pleasant page. The last few years there's been a steam fire engine on display. The firemen that restored it did a wonderful job. My dad said this was the most beautiful restoration job he has ever seen. Paper and Embellishments are from Fancy Pants "The Daily Grind" collection, brads and paper clip form my desk, and title is thickers. Yes, I finally got to try thickers. Black thickers on black paper not the best idea, so I added dots with a white Signo Pen from Stampin' Up. I want to add some doodling (spelling) but I'm tired so I decided not to risk it.

Good night!

Twenty-eight down and only three more to go.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Challenge - Day 27 Ribbons/Fibers & Summer memories

I love scrapbooking because you get to relive those wonderful memories. Today's page is just that for me. I get to spend time with friends and family while doing something that I love. What more can you ask for. Today's page is about my introduction to Pope Creek Archery. Paper and chipboard embellishments are from Fancy Pants "Daily Grind" collection, title letters are from Heidi Grace. Yes those are the one's I just won from Christina. Thanks Christina!

Yes if you look you will see my behind. Sorry but sometimes scrapbooking is ugly. Now you know why I often say "Pardon My Caboose".

Twenty-seven down and four to go, for this month anyway.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Paper Dolls Anyone ?

I was thing about doing a page about the crazies that I'm doing this challenge with. I want to use paper dolls and was wondering if I sent you all a paper doll would you dress her up and mail her back to me? I would like you to use scraps from your stash. Anyone interested? I'll give more details later if you all would like to participate.

Challenge - Day 26 Buttons

The first time I saw this paper it reminded me of outer space. So I had to use it with a couple of my eclipse pics. The paper is from Cloud9, the Rub-ons are from Stampin' Up. The buttons could be from anywhere. By the way, the next total lunar eclipse will be Dec. 21, 2010.

If you love old buttons you may want to check out Martha Stewart's Craft of the day for Jan. 25th. It's a button necklace.

Here is the link

Twenty-six down and only five to go.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Challenge - Day 25 Rubber Stamps revisited

I already posted my stamping challenge but I realized I did it on Jan 18th, one day early. Here's another one. Glad I realized it. Today I did an 8x8 page about the cat. With out children you use your pets. I did a digital layout and an acrylic overly with stamps. The digi stuff came as part of Photoshop. The acrylic sheet came from Ben Franklin, StazOn ink, and the stamp sets (Cold Play and Inspired By Nature) are Stampin' Up.

I found it hard to photograph the acrylic s sheet, sorry.
Twenty-five down and six to go.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Challenge - Day 24

Today I finally made books for my mom and myself. They have a place to record specials dates like birthdays and anniversaries. Mom wanted hers to be simple, gray and white with a splash of color. Hope she likes it. Mine is move vintage. Papers are Best Occasions from Walmart (Moms) and Kaisercraft (made is Australia - Mine). Embellishments were from my stash except for the butterfly from EK Success. I bound the books using the "Bind-it-all" machine.

Twenty-four down and only seven to go.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Challenge - Day 23

Not much to say about today's layout except the photos were taken during various walks. The papers used were from Best occasions (Walmart). I chose papers with very little pattern so that the photos would stand out. The stickers are from Cloud 9. I used a little + sign in the middle, but I need to find a large"and" sign ( the kind that looks like a backwards 3).

Photos in the layout are much clearer than they appear. It's hard to tell but the papers used are black and gray.
Twenty-three down and eight to go.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Challenge - Day 22 Birthday and Club

Some pages come easier than others, and today's page was a fun one. I printed a few pictures from my husbands 50th, and narrowed the paper selection down to to a few papers. Since it about the big 5...0... , I decided to ask DH to make the final paper choice. I think he did a good job! He said blue is his fav color and this paper looker like a celebration. Paper is from Fancy Pants, Rub-ons from Stampin' Up, and the curly things were cut by my Cricut machine. Yes, "curly things" is a technical term. The journaling is printed on a transparency, from Hammer Mill.

To Christiana's clubbies...Did you notice the club sketch. Can you believe it? I normally wait and do it the week of club.
Twenty-two down and only nine to go....... another one bits the dust.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Challenge - Day 21

My plan for today was to do a birthday page. As I started to put away the "Mr. Campy" paper, I couldn't help myself. So here is another camper page. This time I tried EDS. Maybe tomorrow I'll get inspired and do a page. I used Cosmo Cricket's My Campy paper and blackboard, of course. The Xyron EDS page protectors can be purchased from your local "I Remember When" demonstrator .

I love taking pictures of mirror and window reflections. You can get some really cool images.
Twenty-one down and Ten to go.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Challenge - Day 20 eyelets

Today's page is my attempt at the eyelet challenge. I got the idea from a sales brochure for KaiserCraft. So I scrap lifted the parts I liked and added some of my own. My DH and I caved this year. Yes, we bought a used camper. We still love tent and tipi camping but at 3:00 am, it's sure nice to have your own bathroom!!! I used "Mr. Campy" paper and black board from Cosmo Cricket, eyelets and a rub-on letter from Stampin' Up, and I used my new fantastic wonderful "Big Bite" from Crop-A-Dile to set the eyelets. Two of the photos are in black and white because their colors clashed big time with this paper.

Thanks Christina for this challenge. It forced me to open the "Big Bite" and give it a try.
Twenty down and eleven to go.

Monday, January 19, 2009


I spent the last four hours trying to get my post up loaded. I've been having this trouble since I started using larger photos. It's very frustrating to spend more time fighting the upload than I spent on the page I'm trying to post. Did a speed test on my Internet connection. Things are fine there,so the large photos may have to go. Any one else having this problem? So much for my day off.

Challenge - Day 19

Today 8x12I kept things simple(and subtle), so the photo stands out. On this upload there's a watermark over the pic, it is being submitted to a magazine so, I had to. Sorry! The paper is DCVW, ribbon is Stampin' Up, and the patches are courtesy of my husband. I'll be using Xyrons EDS 8x12 page protector.

I love Monday holidays, don't you?
Nineteen down and only twelve to go. :0

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Challenge - Day 18, Rubber Stamps

During Christmas I did a modified version of "The Twelve Days of Christmas" for my husband. During the twelve days he received items for his/our hobbies. Things like beads, buffalo hair pines, and tin cones (to use while making things for our tipi). Bobber stops for fishing. Knocks for bow shooting. I did a little research and found the 12 days of Christmas started after sundown on Dec. 25 and continued until the Day of Epiphany. I thought I'd make a book for him. There are fourteen pages that are stamped with pine boughs and some with pine cones. The paper patterned paper in from Cosmo Cricket, the card stock from Ben Franklin (?), ornaments were cut with my Cricut. I also use my Bind-it-all machine for the first time. Is was soooooo easy.

Eighteen down and only thirteen to go.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Challenge - Day 17 Chistmas and Favorites

Once again today's page is a twofer. It is my Christmas and my favorite manufacture page. This page is about my favorite Christmas gifts. I really can't choose which one the best. I love them all. Please notice the tag on the Cricut. It's the actual tag my Mom had on my package. Cool, right? Now for my favorites: Paper - Cosmo Cricket (look at the bottom of the page), Adhesive - Xyron, Transparencies - Fancy Pants, Stamps and Stamp pads - Stampin' Up, Printer - HP Photosmart C8180, and and of course my new Cricut Expressions Machine. I do want to admit that my favorite paper manufacture changes often. There are so many wonderful papers out there.

I was asked if I would increase the size of the pictures that I post. Christina, you asked for it you got it. : ) I want to thank Megan and Christina for their help with html gadgets. Thanks a bunch. I've added a play list starting with train songs, of course. Thanks for sticking with me as I stumble through learning about blogs.

Seventeen down, fourteen to go.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Challenge - Day 16

Today I've taken the easy way out. I knew I would be running short on time (this is club night at Christinas) so I did something super simple. While my club snack was in the oven I took one of those pre-cut kits and made twenty four 8x8 pages. The paper kit came from Wally World's clearance isle. Cheap cheap cheap. I'm thinking about giving them to my Mom, with an album, some letter stickers and embellishments. Maybe I can get her hooked on scrapbooking too.

Once again sorry about the poor photo. Indoor photography is not my thing, but let me outdoors and I do fine. Hopefully over the weekend I can get my projects done so I can photograph them in natural light.

Sixteen down and fifteen to go. We're on the down hill slide.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Challenge - Day 15

Hi, anyone enjoying the weather? I am. I know I'm a little strange. I think this is so invigorating. You know your alive when you step out into below zero temps. Don't get me wrong I think it's really cold outside, but I like the cold better than hot summer days.

Day fifteen ... My pages today are missing the journaling. I'm going to use my white sigma pen directly on the black area next to the ribbon/button. So I going to check into some of my facts. I don'twant to get something wrong. I used my new Cricut machine to cut the title. Woo Who! That cricut is one of my new favorites. :o)

It's hard to believe, but we're almost half way through the challenge. I'm doing better than last year. Fifteen down only sixteen to go!