Monday, January 30, 2012

Christmas Layouts

Last Saturday I went to an all day crop and was able to catch up on some scrapbooking. I'm pretty behind, these layouts are from 2007. The stickers are pretty old too. On the Cricut Circle messageboard some of us have challenged ourselves to use up our stash, so thats where the old stickers come into play.

I like to use 4x6 photos as much as possible. These were cut down a bit but not much. I know they say to crop in close to your subject. But how many of us look back at old photo's at Great Grandmas and remember laying on the kitchen linoleum floor and coloring in the summer time? Seeing the design in the linoleum brings back old memories. I love seeing all the background things in old pictures. If we always crop our photos my kids may not remember that Mom always had 2 Nativities in the family room. Or in the 2nd layout, that we had Taft Christmas in Uncle Tom's heated garage. Yes, I think that might make us Red Necks but it's a very nice garage. LOL  And with the whole Taft clan it's the best space for all of us to be in one room. 

I'll have more Christmas layouts this week.

Happy Scrapping

Friday, January 27, 2012

Good Mail Day and Blog Hop Winner!

Yesterday was a great mail day! I got stamps from Pink By Design and I received my  Teresa Collins idea book. I LOVE LOVE Teresa Collins and follow her blog daily. I have so many of her design lines.

 This is the front cover of the idea book. And the whole book is very much Teresa Collins. We're both love black and white and anything with bling. Her are a few of the pages in the book. There are just so many great ideas on every page.

 I rarely scrapbook about myself but this page makes me want to make a page about  where I am in my life right now.
 Wouldn't this make the most darling gift for a baby girl!

And here are the great stamps I ordered from Pink By Design. Just love Sarah's stamps. All the stamps in this set fit inside the stamped outline of the tag, I also bought the die that goes with this stamps set. I can't wait to make something with this!

And now on to the main event. I used to pick the winner. And one of these days I will learn how to post it on my blog.  The winner of the Sizzix embossing folder set is: SCRAPBLU
Blogger scrapblu said...
I love how you've combined modern and antiques. Your room is lovely!  Organization is not my strong suit. But I do store my cartridges in those CD/DVD bookcases that you see.
January 22, 2012 8:21 AM
Congrats Scrapblu! Please contact me at with your mailing address. You have until Feb. 3 to contact me or I will draw a new winner.  Thank you all for your kind comments and for hopping along with us on the "Show Me Your Craft Room" blog hop. 
Happy Scrapping


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Drag racing layout

I love doing guy layouts. I know lots of people have a hard time with them but for me they go together so much easier. I guess since there aren't many guy layouts out there I don't feel the pressure to make it look a certain way. And for my guys the rougher the better. My husband and son both love to drag race in Eddyville at the Eddyville Drags. Tyler does more drag racing than Roger but they both have fun racing. I, on the other hand just get a few more grey hairs every time they race!

I tore the black cardstock for a rougher look on the layouts. I really like the metal embellishments that look like gears. And the grey Magic Mesh is always great for guy layouts. The wrench is a sticker. 


The yellow numbers are put on each cars windshield before they race. The picture below that are of the guys looking at the race times. They both raced the Camaro that we had when we first started dating. It does make a difference when you have an experienced racer (Tyler) and a new racer (Roger). Even when they are racing the exact same car.

 I used rub ons and a CTMH stamp that says "little moments" on the main focal picture. It was a great October day and when I look at Tyler standing there talking with his Dad, it reminds me of when Roger was his age. Oh yeah, we've been married that long. LOL 

 The day they were racing Roger kept asking why I was taking pictures of gas cans, the tires,  the count down lights and different areas of the race track. I knew I could use them for this layout.
Happy Scrapping

Monday, January 23, 2012

Congrats Anniversary Card

We had such a busy and fun weekend. Saturday I was blessed to spend the day with a friend at a crop and I got 12 layouts done. Not as many as I hoped to get done but 12 more than I had done before. I always have such high hopes on how much I'll get done. I was able to get this card done for an anniversary. I'll be making it for all of the anniversaries we have in our families this year.
I think it's simple and elegant and goes together so quickly. My favorite kind!

The white base and white embossed layer is hard to see in the picture. I think the embossing plate is from Cuttlebug's Sentimentals set. I added red ribbon before I adhered the embossed mat to the base. Not sure where I got the round stamp image but it stamps crisp and clear. I than added the red "congrats" to the center and punched it with a scalloped punch. I think I would like it better with just a plain round punch but I don't have one in that size so the scallop will have to do. I used pop dots to add the circle to the center of the card and it's that quick and easy. Now I need to mass produce these for the rest of the year.

Happy Scrapping

Friday, January 20, 2012

Show Me Your Craft Room Blog Hop

 Welcome to the Show Me Your Craft Room Blog Hop.  Everyone has great craft rooms to share with you and some great organizational ideas. If you happened across this blog hop in the middle you can start by going to Lluvia's blog Sweet Bird Memories.   She has special blog candy for those that comment on every post. So make sure you start at her blog and follow along with us. 

This is one of my favorite parts of my scrap room. It's made up of 12 of the white cubes you can get at Micheals or JoAnns. There are 6 cubes on each side and my dear sweet husband mounted them on a platform that makes it the PERFECT height for my to stand and scrap. We also bought a large top that makes it the perfect place to spread everything out on. I love my white caddy that spins. It has so many cubbies for all the things you need right at hand. 

 The drawers hold all of my ribbon, stamps, ink pads, I think I have 3 drawers of border punches. There's a drawer of adhesives, paints, I love that everything has it's own drawer and things aren't mixed together.

This is the back side of my scrap island. I wanted this to be more open so I could have all my paper right at hand and my adhesive machines handy.

 You can see my wall of closets behind my island. Two closets hold all my holiday decorations and the other two closets have scrap supplies in them. You can never have to much storage. 

 This is my flower storage. I bought this at Micheals and have had it organized many different ways, but this is my favorite and most useful. Every flower I own is in this unit. It hangs right beside my scrap island.

This table doesn't go with my black, white and pink theme but I LOVE it and have had it for a very long time. It's an antique and I love that the sides flip up when you need them. I use it as my cutting table. I also have some stamps in the black and white Anna Griffin binders. I wish I could get more of the binders but HSN has stopped selling them and I can't find them anywhere. My bulletin board is full. I took a large frame and added large molding and painted it black. It fits the room great. 

This old dry sink holds snacks in one side of the top doors and smaller projects I need to work on. The bottom is full of idea books and the drawers hold envelopes for cards I make and memorabilia that needs to be added to scrapbook pages. 

I store all my twine in these old fashioned sugar jars. The spools fit in there perfectly and you just thread the twine thru the top and it unrolls great. All this great twine is from Pink By Design, I was the lucky winner of all of this great twine.

My Cricut table is an old wood door I found on the curb, I added spindle legs and painted it all black. I really do use both of my Cricuts and I realize after seeing this picture I might have a slight addiction to Cricut cartridges. I don't like the shelves under my table but it's a quick solution for a short time until I figure out another way to store them. On this table I have my Sizzix embossing machine that looks like a  purse. LOVE it. I have my large Sizzix machine, the Design Runner I don't use as much any more and of course my Gypsy that I use all the time. You can also see the ribbon press that I thought I had to have and rarely use. We all have tools like don't we!

I love these iron baskets for my Seasonal cartridges. I put cardboard in the bottom so the cartridges wouldn't slip thru the bottom. They fit great 2 wide and there's plenty of room to add more in both baskets.

 I store my fibers in this black cupboard. Love the cubbies and easy access.
This is also a favorite. Love the tower of cubes that hold so much stuff. Brads, eyelets, letters, bling, acrylic, tags, everything has it's own drawer. And everything is labeled. I think my label maker is my favorite tool! The old camera's on top are from both of our families. The teeny tiny camera is real and actually took pictures. It was from my Dad's Sr. class trip when he was in high school.

 This is how I store my scrap paper. It makes it quick and easy to grab a drawer and take it to my scrap island.
This cupboard holds all of my embossing folders, old Sizzix dies and the notebooks on the top shelf hold cutting guides for the Cricut.

This is my beverage corner. It's tucked under the stairs. I have a mini frig. with Dt. Pepsi and Starbucks frappuccinos. The mini coffee pot is great for heating water for cappuccinos or tea.

Heres a bigger view of my room. As you can see the ceiling is low because it's in the basement. But it's a long room with plenty of room for everything. I need to recover my rocker but that's not happening anytime soon. It takes away from scrap time.

 Of course any great blog hop needs some blog candy. All you have to do is become a follower and leave a comment. This is open to US residents only. I will draw the winner Jan. 25. You will have until Jan 31 to contact me.

Well, this post was more picture heavy than I expected. There are so many great rooms in this hop. Make sure you hop to Amy Jo's blog  for more great ideas. I hope you enjoy looking at each of them. Here is the complete line up if you happen to miss anyone.


Wednesday, January 18, 2012

4 Wheeler card

The 4 Wheeler card is from my twin nephews and all teen boys in our family this year. I find a card and use it for all teen guys for the year. It's easier to mass produce cards for the year than to reinvent the wheel each time I need a card.

Around here we call them 4 wheelers but on the Gypsy or in the Cricut book they call it an  ATV. It's cut with the Dude cartridge and it takes a bit of thought to figure out which layer you want to be each color.I also had a bit of trouble with the handle bars. They have so many little cuts and thin pieces so I used the Gypsy to Hide Contour lots of the small cuts.

I embossed the green mat and used white gel pen to outline the edges. It just seemed to be a bit plain without the white detail. I also used some small square metal brads for the corners. Just quick and easy.

Happy Scrapping

Monday, January 16, 2012

High heel card w fringe

This is a card I made for my nieces birthday. It seems the girls really like the frilly fringe. The shoes were cut at 4" with the Forever Young cartridge. The marques are from the Storybook cartridge, on the front of the card the marques are cut at 2 3/4" and the inside one is cut at 4". The flower bling is from my stock. It's a quick and easy card. My favorite kind.

Happy Scrapping

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Same purse- different looks

This is a purse I have made many times. I've used it as a teacher appreciation gift for my daughter who is a teacher. I've used it for a gift bag for birthday cash and I've also filled it with different colors of twine and used it as a goodie bag for some crop buddies. This is the original purse I made and has been  my favorite. I think it's because I LOVE this paper.
These are the other purses I've made. I use my Gypsy to cut it as large as possible. But you can also use the Fit to Page button on your Cricut and it will be a pretty good size.
I usually try to match the purse to the paper I use for the card that goes with it. Big and little girls alike really love the frilly trim.

I use white velcro that is already cut into small circles. The rhinestone buckles are attached with glue dots.
It's really best to use double sided paper but I just use whatever matches the cards I make.

Happy Scrapping
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