Saturday, March 30, 2013

Saturday and CSI and some Noel Mignon

 Happy Saturday - been a long and enjoyable week.  Went to the coast Tues thru Thurs - went and re-visited the USS Lexington - had forgotten about all the ladder steps to get through it but we had a great time.  It was too cold to really enjoy the outside and the beach but it was wonderful just to be there.  Got to go running two days in a row down at Key Allegra - love running there - the homes are unreal ($$$) and the beach runs along and through it with the channels - don't know why but I can go on forever down there when I run - just something about the salt air I guess.  Then came back and worked Friday which is an off day for me to work.  Off today and headed back for two tomorrow.
Today I have a page to share for the Case File from CSI.  Please come join us there - it's a great group of DT members and a great site to inspire you.

Next I am working through my latest Noel Mignon kit using this adorable little guy as my subject.  He's just so darn cute! 
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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Saturday with Unscripted Sketches and CSI

 Happy Saturday - today is the end of my five days off which scrappy wise have been very productive.  Got my submission in for the Core'dination's design team which you can see if you scroll down my posts.  Then have been playing with a Noel Mignon kit that I got (can also see the results of that if you scroll back through my posts and today I intend to get a bunch of cards I need to get done knocked out.  But today I have my card for Unscripted Sketches - this was an easy card and I just flipped the sketch to suit my tag.

Next up is the page I did for CSI this week.  The photo and colors encouraged me to do a more dramatic page and I had these beautiful pictures of my daughter that she had taken when she was out in LA so went with that and used her dream of dance drive my page.

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Friday, March 22, 2013

Friday and Noel Mignon

 WOW it's Friday already - I have sooo enjoyed this week.  Been off since Monday and spent a day or two getting My Core'dination's Creative Frenzy submission ready to submit.  Please scroll down a few posts and you can see it.  I was really happy with how it came out - there are just so many wonderful Core'dination's products that it's hard to make a choice.  IN the meantime I gave in to temptation and ordered the latest Noel Mignon kit - Daffodil and I LOVE it.  I have to admit I sat with this adorable picture for almost an entire day because I just didn't know how to start a page anymore without just pulling out my Core'dination's cardstock but FINALLY the inspiration hit me and I was able to knock out not one but two pages.  AND there's sooo much left in the kit I should be able to do several more.  I'm scrapping this adorable little boy for my daughter's bff who was her college roomie and now they are living down in Houston and she's keeping this little sweetie for her a couple of days a week.

Also we had a little stress - one of the girls going on the cruise (my oldest and my youngest daughter had a Carnival cruise planned for awhile with their friends - my youngest daughter's friend backed out and Mom got asked to fill in - lucky me that they would even consider asking the old lady) who was acting as the leader got an email saying that the cruise was cancelled - the ship wouldn't be ready.  After her scrambling for two days trying to get ahold of the cruise line and after finally a 90 minute call late one night she got us booked on another cruise - same week but for seven days instead of five for just a small cost more.  SOOO excited!  So now we are going to see Jamaica, The Grand Caymans, and Cozumel.  Cannot wait!
Oh and the house was shown yesterday and is going to be shown again today - we lowered the price last week so here's hoping some lucky family will fall in love!
Well here's my pages - you can click on them and they will pop up in more detail.

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

For Your Inspiration!

Another new inspirational photo from For Your Inspiration!  Here's my card using the inspiration!  Used some Core'dination's cardstock with a new embossing folder from Darice and a digital stamp.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

"My Core'dinations Creative Frenzy"

 Well it's come around again - the Design Team call over at Core'dinations.  I have been with this team since 2009 when my daughter, Kim Moreno, talked me into trying out (she was on the team at the time) and I did it's been a wonderful four years.  I LOVE this cardstock and can't even imagine starting a layout without thinking ok which one of the awesome lines will I start with or use on my page.  Over the years I have found that creating a page with no patterned paper is sooo easy!  There are so many beautiful lines and patterns in this cardstock and so many creative ways to use it.  And well I'm an over achiever - when this came out it was hard for me to choose which papers I wanted to use so I came out with more layouts than the three - but it was just too hard to choose between them that I gave up and decided to submit them all.  And there's also that now that I just work part-time I have more time on my hands to spend here in my craft room!
First off is a page I did using some of the Cosmo Cricket woodgrained cardstock (love this line!), and then sanded it. Then I embossed some basic core with different embossing folders which I sanded it as well with my Sand It Gadget, wiped it with a piece of my Dust Bunny.  Then I used a die cut and cut, embossed and sanded my flowers and put them together.  The Tim Holtz Seasonal line was perfect to use for my title - I just cut out the words I wanted and sanded them.  You can click on any of these pictures and they will pop up for you so you can see them in greater detail. With these flowers that you roll up I've found it's better to sand your cardstock before you use the die cut - it becomes too fragile after it's cut to sand well.

Here is is in a little closer detail the wavy piece there was run through a crimper and then sanded and die cut.


Next up is a page using some of the Basic Grey collection as my background I punched the edged, sanded the sheet and then lightly went over the sanded area with ink. Then I added the piece down the middle which is from the Fancy Pants collection - this sheet is actually done with the whitewash.  I die cut the flowers and the leaves.  Tip on using a die cut on your leaves - once you have cut and embossed them with the die cut itself - run them through your Xyron sticker maker (I have the 250 which is a little wider than the sticker one) and THEN sand it.  Stems are so delicate as well as flourishes that if you try to sand them without having them glued down to the sheet they will tear apart - this way they are easy to sand - when you are done they are already glued so just add them where you want them. On my flowers I used the rest of the Fancy Pants that I used down the middle to make the flowers.  Also check out there under the picture there's a Core tag which I embossed and added a gem to.

Next up is a page using some of the Tim Holtz Collection.  First off I scored a frame around where I was going to focus my page - actually double scored it - two sets of lines.  As you score use your Sand it Gadget to sand over the scoring ridge while it's still on the score ridge - much easier and cleaner than trying to sand it after you are done scoring.  Then I sanded down outside my scoring to really accent a frame look.  To create the red portion of the page I used a circle cutter I think was made by CK (OLD tool of mine) and sanded over it again and again moving it around behind my page - I really like how it came out.  Then I used a strip of The Jenni Bowlin line with the stars.  I used some of the Tim Holtz kraft and embossing it and cut out sections, also just tore a few pieces.  Added some of the Jenni Bowlin black/kraft piece and cut out circles of it. Oh and then I sanded and cut out my title from the letters on a sheet from the Jenni Bowlin line- ran then through the Xyron machine and put them on some black cardstock which I cut around the letters so when I put them on my page they popped a little more.

Next up is a page done with some of the Basic Grey collection.  I used a matching sheet and sanded it and then folded it and sewed it to the top to create a ruffle.  I also framed my picture with a coordinated sheet, sanded it and tore it.  I die cut flourishes and leaves as I explained above and added those.  A couple of the flowers are layered with Petaloo's coordinating petals.

For this page I went for some bright papers - the pink and the whitewash sheet from the Fancy Pants collection, the green from the Jenni Bowlin line. I used some words from the Stacy Julian papers. There's two of the new Core smooth tags - one I journaled on and one I used a rub on on - they are great for stamping too. 

Then I just couldn't image submitting a submission without using of of the Core Amour - one of my favorite lines.  I used three different sheets from the Onyx collection on this and then added some of the Doily s that I sanded and cut out from the Basic Grey collection.  I also cut out some florals from the Jenni Bowlin paper I used in the above layout.  The white/black flowers are from some of the 6 X 6 White Wash collection.

Finally I wanted to do a few cards .  Here I have used the Basic Grey 6 X 6 papers, the dotted papers and then some of the Pastel collection.  On both the last two cards I have done the stamping and coloring on a sheet of the Pearls collection.  Love how it gives it just a little more of a pearlized look.

Thank you for stopping by and checking out my submission.  This is just a fabulous team and the leadership from Mindy, Anthony and Ellen is just awesome!  I hope I get the opportunity to continue to watch this exciting company grow.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Saturday with Unscripted Sketches and CSI

 Happy Saturday!  This week has gone too fast - probably because I worked an extra day.  Hate when that happens!  But today I have a card and my layout for CSI. If you haven't heard Core'dination's is having a Design Team call so I'm busy preparing my submission for that.  AND I just got a Noel kit in the mail and can't wait to play with that.  First up is the card for Unscripted Sketches - check out what all the rest of the Design Team has in store for you as well. 


Next up I have may page for the Case File at CSI.  Had fun with this one and journaled about my crafting throughout the years. The quilt is one I made - one of my favorite ones which is double stitched and the warmest blanket or quilt I own.  The baby blanket is one of the probably over a hundred that I have made through the last 18 years while working at the hospital for all the doctors and nurses and of course close friends.  This one is actually for a great-grandchild coming soon.   If you are interest the entire journaling is here:

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Saturday, March 9, 2013

Happy Saturday with Unscripted Sketches and CSI and a little extra

 Hope your weekend is going well - hate that it's going to be a short night since I have a 12 hour day tomorrrow and another one Monday and Wednesday!  We and did a little shopping today and met a friend for lunch.  Ugly outside - raining and gloomy - nice to have a fun day planned.  Here's my card for Unscripted Sketches this week.  It really is straight IRL!

 Then over at CSI this week we have a fun Case File and Em has created a really neat sketch for us to use.  I had so much fun with this one.  This is my daughter, Brandy, and her bff, Liz, with some pictures I confiscated from their facebook pages.  Used some of the awesome woodgrain cardstock from Core'dination's and sanded it to created the wood look in the background!

Then I just had to scrap this adorable picture of my daughter's friend's baby, Gavin, whom I have taken on scrapping for Mom and Dad.  Picture was just too cute.  Papers are from Authentique.
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Thursday, March 7, 2013

For Your Inspiraton

 Happy Thursday!!  It's beautiful here!  Determined to get out and either run or ride my bike today.  Today we have another inspirational photo for you from For Your Inspiration..  I just got my 6 X 6 pack of Tim Holtz Shattered collection from Core'dination's and felt like this was the perfect cardstock to use for this inspirational card.  I used some Cornish Heritage Farms stamps on the card as well.  The ribbon is from May Arts - my favorite ribbon to use! 

Then I have another card for you just because St Patrick's Day is just around the corner.  I used the Glitter Silk Core'dination's cardstock on here and embossed it.  I used a Designed 2 Delight digital stamp for my shamrock jar.

And if you have not yet heard about it there's an exciting message over at Core'dinations!
They are having a Design Team call - you can find out everything you need to do here.  This is a fabulous company to work for.  I've been with them three years and LOVE them.  I'm definitely going for another chance and hope you will too!

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Saturday, March 2, 2013

Unscripted Sketches and CSI

Another week has flown by and once again I'm here with a card and a layout or two! The weather here has been up and down - warms up during the day and then cold at night which makes for fabulous sleeping.  BUT been windy as well which makes working out challenging but hopefully
First up is my card for Unscripted Sketches this week.  Challenging sketch but had fun with it. 

Then next I have the new Case File over at CSI - man I love playing along with these - have been challenging and rewarding.  The Design Team is incredible and they have given me so much inspiration!  This is my beautiful granddaughter, Madison who has always been our dreamer girl - used to feel she lived in Madi-land where everything was wonderful.  She's grown up to be in incredible girl, outgoing and talented but you can still catch glimpses of her daydreaming back in Madi-land!

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