Friday, September 12, 2014

CSI

 It has been a long and very stressful two weeks but we are finally settled into a house here in San Antonio which will be our temporary residence until we find a place up in Lake Granbury and have closed on our house.  It was horrible!  We are just too old to be doing all this by ourselves.  Wednesday last two truck show up at 9 am and finally unload the last of everything at the new place around 7 pm.  Unfortunately we got tired and didn't realize that they had just unloaded all the heavy boxes that needed to go upstairs in the garage!  Then Thursday we head out to the house to clean and get the cats.  Get there and there's no water - city has it off for some reason.  So we clean until around 12 - head back to catch the dish man here.  Thats with a full truck load yet again (after 5-10 already) and with an entire storage room full before we even started!  Then head back out - full load yet again - finally water and house is clean with an amazing amount of work even though I thought I was living in a clean house!  Just move out to realize you aren't!  Cats NONE too happy to join us !  Poor Tess has never lived anywhere else and didn't come out from behind the TV until my son came over and finally heard her squeek!  BUT on a good note both seem to be happy to stay inside here which I'm glad of - don't want to find them run over so hoping to make them house cats until we get to where we are going.
Here to share with you my page for CSI this week.  Used lots of Core'dinations on this - started with a black base which I sanded down to show through the core - then I stamped.  Also added some Core Impressions in Basic Grey to show some texture.  Love love love Em's sketches!
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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Graphic 45 and Core'dinations!

Today I have two pages for you with Graphic 45 and Core'dinations.  Graphic 45 has worked with Core'dinations to create cardstock that perfectly matches their papers and I love working with it - makes it soo easy! For this first page I have used squares of both patterned paper and embossed Core'dinations and alternated a patchwork patten.
 For this page I cut my cardstock into sections, embossed and sanded them and then adhered them to an extra sheet of carstock.  Then I covered my seams with patterned paper strips.
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Saturday, August 23, 2014

CSI - Case File 136

 I'm busy packing things up.  At least we finally found a place to move to and have been approved. We are just renting here in town near Jason and Maria.  The plan is to find a home or a lot to build a home in Lake Granbury within the next year.  But it's AMAZING what all has to be cleaned and packed after 15 years.  Went and matched paint to cover nail holes in the living room only to realize that it's either colored a different paint (which I don't think I would do when I painted it the first time!) or aged different in the sun - room so back to the paint store for another $22 can of paint to paint over a half a dozen holes!  Plus a shelf in my scraproom that I have no idea is put up there and I know I didn't paint behind during the last paint color.  Fun!  At least we are through with company so I can pack up everything but what we have to have.!
Today though I did get time to sneak in a little playtime and play along over at CSI this week.  I hate missing a file!  One of the journaling prompts was about a solitary pleasure so I chose this photo of my first solo ride in my kayak down at the beach in Rockport paddling through all the massive expensive homes along the channels including George Straights home.  Could paddle right up to their backyards and see how the rich and famous live!

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Gossamer Blue

Wow I've been SOOOO busy!  We finally sold our house and of course they want to close like ASAP!!! So I have been packing and trying not to freak out.  We wanted to wait until everything was in place before renting a place here (until we can find a permanent place up in Lake Granbury) and finally bit the bullet today and picked out one.  It's of course not want we want for anything permanent but will do for a year or less.  Nice neighborhood and pretty yard - house ok - plenty of room.  That alone will be a major relief when it goes through although filling out an application for a rental is worse than buying a house!
Brandy is here for a few days between classes - Kim and Madi come today or tomorrow for Madi's check up after her elbow surgery so will have a house full with boxes everywhere! Dad helped Brandy get a new car and so she now has new wheels for her new life after nursing school. 
As you can imagine packing the scraproom is the worst because I just know I'm going to need some of this!
Here's my August Gossamer kit pages.



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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Core'dinations and Petaloo

Happy Monday! This week we are hanging with our friends from Petaloo with Back To School projects. And you know there are prizes up for grabs during these fun weeks!
How to win:
Leave a comment on the Core blog all week long.
Head over to Petaloo blog, check out their inspiration and comment to win.
Check out our Facebook page and let us know how much fun you are having!
Winners will be announced on the blog Monday August 18th.
- See more at: http://www.coredinations.com/index.php/2014/08/11/coredinations-and-petaloo-back-to-school/#sthash.JpvyXLrb.dpuf
This week we are hanging with our friends from Petaloo with Back To School projects. And you know there are prizes up for grabs during these fun weeks!
How to win:
Leave a comment on the Core blog all week long.
Head over to Petaloo blog, check out their inspiration and comment to win.
Check out our Facebook page and let us know how much fun you are having!
Winners will be announced on the blog Monday August 18th.
- See more at: http://www.coredinations.com/index.php/2014/08/11/coredinations-and-petaloo-back-to-school/#sthash.JpvyXLrb.dpuf

What a great match up between two fabulous companies! This week we are hanging with our friend over at Petaloo with Back to School projects as well as a few others. And you know there are prizes up for grabs during these fun times.  HOW TO WIN! 
First leave a comment every day on the Core'dination's Blog.
Head over to the Petaloo Blog and leave a comment to win.
Check out our Facebook page and let us know how much fun you are having!
Winner's will be announced on the Core'dination's blog on Monday the 18th 
I love working with both their products.  I have several projects here for you today!.

This week we are hanging with our friends from Petaloo with Back To School projects. And you know there are prizes up for grabs during these fun weeks!
How to win:
Leave a comment on the Core blog all week long.
Head over to Petaloo blog, check out their inspiration and comment to win.
Check out our Facebook page and let us know how much fun you are having!
Winners will be announced on the blog Monday August 18th.
- See more at: http://www.coredinations.com/index.php/2014/08/11/coredinations-and-petaloo-back-to-school/#sthash.JpvyXLrb.dpuf
First up I created a family layout starting with some cardstock from the White Wash collection.  This sheet has a turquoise  core base.  I laid it over my Score It and sanded over the ridges.  Then I layered several sheets of cardstock which I had embossed and then sanded with my Sand It Gadget and dusted off with my Dust Buddy.  I used several different Petaloo flowers on here which perfectly match my cardstock!
 Next up are a couple of teacher cards I created using some of the Petaloo flowers as well as the matching ribbon.

 Lastly I have a Best Wishes card.  Love the lace, flowers and leaves from the Petaloo stock!  It goes so well with my embossed Black Magic cardstock!
Thanks for stopping by and hope you enjoy the hope and win tons of goodies!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

"Core'dinations Design Team Call"

Can't believe it's that time again for re-applying to this fabulous team!  Can't say enough about how great this team is to be on.  Such a great cardstock and it's so versatile! I have done a variety of layouts and projects over the years.  I have also prepared set out photos and instructions as well as video how tos.  I also love to stamp and have used the 110 cardstock for my stamping projects.  Here are some of my layouts, tags and cards to show you.  I want to show you a variety of techniques here that I have used.
For this first page I started with some Tim Holtz cardstock which is  just wonderful all by itself.  Then I embossed in sections some white cardstock which I then pieced back together as I glued it on my page.  Then I used some Gelatos  and some water to add purple to the embossed page.  I then layered several die cuts - some of which were lightly sanded to give them a weathered look.  I made flowers from die cuts which I embossed, sanded and sprayed with Mr. Huey spray.
 
   For this first page I used some of the Black Magic.  Love the different core colors it comes it.  I scored several lines on my cardstock and then punched out some borders in a different color and sanded them with my Sand It Gadget and dusted them off with my Dust Buddy.  I created the flowers using a die cut from Spellbinder's, sanded them down and then curled them.  Then I sprayed them with some Mister Huey mist and after they dried I added them.
 For this second layout I used some of the Jenni Bowlin cardstock and sanded it.  Then I embossed several different patterns on grey cardstock, sanded them, cut them in squares and then sewed them to my page.  I used the Tim Holtz shattered for my red which is awesome just used alone without embossing or sanding but can be embossed as well.  The flowers were created with die cuts and the Tim Holtz kraft cardstock.  I  sanded  them and then put them together.  I've added a close of up the flowers.  You can see that I sanded the edges before putting them together - this shows the kraft core underneath.
 For this next layout I started with some Tim Holtz Seasonal cardstock.  I love the chance to use this paper as it almost creates the layout on it's own.   First I sanded it down.  Then I stained around the frame of the page and then while protecting the middle section I sprayed Mr. Huey spray mist around the stained frame.  I cut leaves from my Cameo, embossed and sanded them.  I cut a piece of another sheet of the Tim Holtz Seasonal cardstock - this time in green, sanded it and used it as my title. I added a close up of the edge on this.
 For this page I had a great time scoring my paper.  I started with a point at the bottom and radiated my score lines from there. I've found that if you sand your lines while you still have the paper on the ridge on the Score-It it gives you a cleaner sanded edge.    Then I embossed and sanded a circle and added my title and photo.  The title was cut from a Silhouette die cut with Coredinations cardstock.
 For this page I started with a piece of black cardstock.  I scored a frame and then sanded the outside of the cardstock from my scored marks.  Then I cut a sheet of red cardstock to fit inside this area.  I laid my cardstock over some old Creative Keepsakes circle cutting tools and sanded and moved them and sanded some more.  Then I created more circles using some cardstock which I embossed and sanded as well as some Jenni Bowlin pieces.  The Snow Fun of the title is cut from the Jenni Bowlin Vintage Brights collection.  I just sanded the letters I needed and cut them out.
 Next I have a couple of cards I created.  The first I patched together different embossed pieces to create a heart shaped flag for 4th of July.
 Next I raided my scraps and embossed different fall colored sheets of cardstock, dusted them off and punched out circles.  Then I just layered them over my card base, added a sentiment and a fan shaped flower I made with cardstock and a Tim Holtz embossing plate.
 This last card I made using some of the Graphic 45 cardstock.  I sanded the pre-embossed cardstock to show the kraft base.  Then I used a sheet of kraft cardstock, double scored it both top and bottom and cut slits to weave my May Art's ribbon through.
 For these tags I started with some fall colored Core'dinations tags.  I embossed them, sanded them with my Sand It Gadget and then using some Tim Holtz inks inked the embossed parts.  I then added some flowers and leaves I had made using die cuts, sanded and then sprayed with Mr. Huey mists.


Thank you for your consideration of my submission.  This is a fabulous team to work with!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Saturday posting with CSI!

 Hope you are having a great weekend.  Met with Jason and Maria to start planning the wedding.  Because of her status she needs to get married here, then apply for her green card and then they will have the big (I mean her dad said around 300 people!) wedding in Mexico next year. Yes she's the only girl!  Today I have my page for the Case File this week over at CSI.  Loved these pictures of the kids floating the river and going over the rapids.  Looks like SOOO much fun!  Em's sketches always make it so much more fun.  I love to start with a sketch!





Then I got my copy of Scrap 365 in which I'm published this month.  Will be sharing my page with you later this month when CSI posts all of them.


Off to work an extra shift tomorrow - someone has to pay for this wedding!  Then class on Monday and work again Tuesday and then have a kayaking date on Wednesday afternoon and off to Houston on Thursday to spend the weekend with Brandy!  Have a great week!