Saturday, April 20, 2019

Back After a LONG break!

LONG POST!  That's what happens when you don't post for 7 months! Sometimes I just don't know where time goes!  I can't believe I haven't posted since last August!  It was probably last August that I began making Christmas gifts for my children.  I bought each couple two sets of towels (towels, wash clothes, and hand towels) and monogrammed each towel with their last initial.  Here's a sample:


I think I monogrammed 22 towels in all for the adults!  I love the way they turned out too! I only give Christmas gifts to the grandchildren that are 18 and under, so this year I needed 7 beach towels, so I  monogrammed one beach towel for each with their full name.  Motive to my madness...now when they come over to swim, we'll all know who didn't pick up their towel off the pool deck! LOL!


I've made many cards, but didn't take photos of them.  Seems like I'm always rushed and need to get the cards out right away.  I have managed to get a little scrapbooking done in the last several months though.  Here's a few that I've completed.


Photo of my beautiful granddaughter, Georgia and her husband, Mike. I used Echo Park Victoria Gardens collection, and the solid green is a really old piece from Basic Grey. I cut the title work with the Cameo, coated it with clear Wink of Stella, then added glossy accents on top. The blooms are something I found in my stash from Prima (I've had it forever!) I designed the tag at the top in the Silhouette program and then popped it with foam tape. I cut thin strips of gold card stock and framed the edges of the layout. Journaling is behind the photo strip.


Photos of my Mama and her siblings. Not sure of the date but I'm guessing sometime between 1945 and 1948. This was all eight of the Pace siblings. I used Carta Bella Our Family collection for this layout.The title work was cut with the Cameo, including the filmstrip piece which I backed with a cream colored paper before adhering the letters. I added some Nuvo drops on the letters. Swirls/flourishes were also cut with the Cameo and Nuvo drops were added to them also. Quotes and sayings were part of the ppr collection and I backed them with black paper like I did with the photos and them popped them up with foam tape. Journaling pulls out from behind the photo on the left and basically just tells who is in the photos. I added faux stitching with a white gel pen on the journaling tag. 



Photo of our adventure to the Escape Room...Lots of fun! I cut 1/2 inch strips from black card stock and built a wall on a white background. The little prisoner is a print and cut file from the Silhouette store. I made a sign to go over the sign he was holding to show where we were and the date. I designed the title work with the Silhouette program and cut out 4 layers in white, then cut a black and a red "escape" to layer over the white. I printed the tag "we did it" and popped it up with foam tape. The arrow is a Hero Arts die. The metal tag is REALLY old! I think I've had it since I started scrapping 20 years ago!! It says: "It doesn't matter where you go, it's who's beside you that counts" So true! Journaling was computer generated and reads: 


I loved my birthday visit to Lots of Locks Escape room. What a great family activity. The best part – aside from getting out of the locked room in less than 60 minutes – was watching my family work together as a team! Teamwork and Listening are key to finding all the clues and putting them together to find the way out of the locked room and you all did a GREAT job of both! Kimmer, I'm sorry you missed it…but so glad we could go to another escape room when you came home for Christmas! What a great way to celebrate my 68th birthday! 




This handsome young man is my grandson Allen, in his football gear for this season's football. The background paper is an old piece of Bo Bunny dotted green paper. Everything on this was cut with the Cameo with the exception of the photo. I saw the stacked letters on a layout on Pinterest (you can find it on my Pinterest boards), so I designed my own and stacked them then cut them out with the Cameo. The title work I also designed in the Silhouette Program. I also saw it on a layout on Pinterest, but I believe it was a digital page, so I just made my own title, created a backup layer in black then printed it and cut it with the cameo (turning off the cut lines for the actual words and just cutting the outline of the image). The name tag was also created in the Silhouette program and cut out. The big football was an image I have in my library that came from the Silhouette store. Stars were also cut with the Cameo. Quickest layout ever....once I finished designing all the elements! LOL! No journaling on this one, the photo is pretty self-explanatory. 



Photo of my mother and her sisters with her parents. Not sure of the year. I used ppr from the Carta Bella Welcome Home collection. Flowers are a stamp from Altenew as are most of the leaves. The smaller dark green leaves were cut with the Cameo and colored with Copic markers. The flowers are pop dotted around the photo. The large letters in the title are from a VERY old alpha set in my stash. The smaller letters are sticker letter (also very old items!) Journaling tells who is in the photo and was computer generated. I added a bit of doodling on the top and bottom of the light mat. The camera is a clip art I've used on layouts before...it was brought into my Silhouette program and re-sized to a size that would work well on this layout. The herringbone patterned paper is from a 6 x 6 paper pad from Crate Paper.



Layout of my son when he was about 4, riding the tractor with his uncle Jerry.  Leaves were stamped and cut with die.  Chickens were printed and cut with the Silhouette Cameo. Journaling is tucked behind the photo.

I also had to have some surgery to remove a growth from my neck right under my right ear.  Thanking God that it was benign!  Surgery took 2.5 hours and 25 staples down the side of my face and neck and it's taken me over 2 months to get over it.  I didn't bounce back nearly as fast as I thought I would! Feeling much better now, so hopefully, I'll be back to normal soon...whatever normal is! LOL!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  If you've left me a comment, please know that I sincerely appreciate each and every one!   Hope to see you again soon!
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Saturday, August 25, 2018

Back Again!

I've managed to get a few things done in my craft room this week.  A couple of cards and a new layout to share with you.  


This first card is one I made after watching this video from Jennifer McGuire.  This is a super cute card when it's all finished.  I used the inside rectangles on the front of the card. All the flowers I used are from Altenew's Garden Treasure stamp set.  The greenery is die cut with a MFT Leafy Greenery Die set.


I stamped lots of images and then added them to the layers inside the card.  The background was stamped with a large background stamp from IO.  You should go watch the video...super cool techniques


This second card was created using 1/4 inch washi tapes.  I just layered them on a card sized rectangle, then trimmed it and added it to a card base.  The sentiment is Birthday Palooza from SSS.  I cut the "Happy" directly from the washi tape background, then popped it with craft foam. Added a few sequins and it was complete!


This is a layout I just completed.  Photos were taken over 10 years ago.  I was working in St. Augustine and my husband decided to make the trip with me and we spent each evening exploring this wonderful city.  Full description of what I used can be found in my gallery at scrapbook.com.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  If you've left me a comment, please know that I sincerely appreciate each and every one!   Hope to see you again soon!
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Thursday, August 16, 2018

A few more cards to share...

Surprise! Surprise! I'm back again!  I know this breaks from my normal wait a month before posting...just trying to keep you on your toes! LOL!  I have a few more cards to share!  Unfortunately, I had to make a sympathy card and a card for a friend who recently broke her foot.  So, trying to stay on top of things, I thought I'd share them with you!



This first card I made for my DIL who recently lost her mother.  I used Altenew's Garden Treasure stamps.  I made the striped background as well as the gray strip in my Silhouette Cameo program. I stamped the blooms in shades of gray (however, I think one of the stamps must have had a touch of pink ink on it still, because the blooms have just a touch of pink in them...weird!) Stamped the leaves in green and fussy cut all images.  The sentiment is also from Clearly Besotted. Grey striped panel is popped off the card base with craft foam.


Stamp used for this card is from Penny Black.  I used a small strip of black strip that I made and printed. After stamping and coloring with Copics, I fussy cut the edge of the bloom so that they would hang off the edge.  Popped the panel with craft foam and put some pink card stock on the right side. Sentiment is also from Clearly Besotted.  I added a few drops of Nuvo morning dew to finish it off.


Always in need of restocking my birthday cards, I made this card following a video from Jennifer McGuire.  Super easy to make. I used craft card stock.  I stamped the white background with white ink with a stamp from Impressions Obsession.  The candles were created in the Silhouette program and cut out with the Cameo as was the sentiment inside the card. I added a touch of sparkle with a clear wink of stella brush to the flames and I added glossy accents to the candles on the front of the card. Sentiment on the front of the card is from PTI. The circles on the front are the circles I cut from inside the card.


It's difficult to photograph the inside of this card...this was the best shot I could get.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  If you've left me a comment, please know that I sincerely appreciate each and every one!   Hope to see you again soon!
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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

WHOOSH!....and another month rolls by!

Another month has flown by and I don't know where the time goes! I've stayed very busy doing some vinyl work for my church, but I did find the time to make a few birthday cards.  Seems like birthday cards are the ones I use the most and it doesn't hurt to have a few on standby! I didn't go out and check to see if these cards met any of the current challenges....just thought I'd share with you.


I really love this first card.  I used a NBUS stamp from SSS (Beautiful Flowers) and I love that it covers the entire length of the card without having to mask and stamp!  I colored the image with Prismacolor pencils then cut around the right side and popped it off the card base.  I added a piece of pink behind the flowers.  The sentiment is also from SSS. I also added a few Nuvo drops in pearl.


This card is just something I was playing with....the tulips are a small stamp from Clearly Besotted and have matching dies.  I stamped, colored with Copics, and popped on a white card base that I made some clouds on using a piece of masking paper and distress inks.  The sentiment is also from Clearly Besotted.


For this card, I used the Peek A Boo die from MFT, the large stitched rectangle was cut with the SSS die.  I had one tulip left from the previous card so I popped it into the opening and added a distress inked background.  I also added a few tiny pieces of bling.


This card is mostly made with Washi tapes.  I added strips of Washi tape to a 4.5 x 5.5 inch background, then adhered it to a white card base.  I used some MFT alpha dies to cut the "happy" from the panel, then cut foam letters too.  I added them back into the cut outs from the Washi panel.  The "birthday" sentiment was stamped with versamark ink and heat embossed in white.  It looked kind of plain, so I added some thin strips of the green to form a border.


This is a card I made for a friend of mine who will soon turn 76.  I always try to send him something unique, so I made this slider card.  I made this card using techniques from a video from Jennifer McGuire. You can see what it looks like opened up in the photo below. The sentiment was die cut 4 times and layered from a MFT die.  I cut the sliding mechanism with the Cameo (although I've since ordered the die to do this).  The balloons are from Sunny Studios and have a matching die. The sentiment inside the card is from PTI (and I've had it forever!)



Thanks so much for stopping by!  If you've left me a comment, please know that I sincerely appreciate each and every one!   Hope to see you again soon!
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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Where does the time GO!!

PHOTO HEAVY POST

I have been SO busy lately....well, actually for the last couple of months!  I've done quite a bit of scrapping and made a few cards too, so I thought I'd share with you today. I've also been super busy preparing for Vacation Bible School which is actually this week!

I've been scrapbooking quite a bit lately.  I've missed scrapbooking the last few years, but I think I'm getting back in the swing of it now. If you're interested in how I made these pages, here's a link to my gallery at scrapbook.com.  I explain how each layout was created on that site.  Most of my layouts also include journaling, which is also in my gallery at scrapbook.com.









I've also got a few cards to share with you...


This is the card I made for my great granddaughter, Ellie for her 2nd birthday.  It's a really cool card that folds up to make a little book. It used 4 - 8.5 inch squares of card stock and the rest is just folding and scoring...and of course, decorating the card.



Used an edge die to cut the edge of the pink.  Backed it with some glittery paper I made with some score tape and glitter. Cut the sentiment from the same glitter paper that I made.  Popped the pink panel over the glitter paper...and done.



This flower card was stamped on the card base with a PB stamp, then I stamped it on water color paper that I had smooshed some color on and then cut the blooms out and popped them over the stamped image.

The second card....I created the diagonal striped background in my Silhouette program and then layered a sentiment over it that was die cut with a stitched edge die. 


This last card was created using a strip of the paper from previous card and cutting it to match the curved teal paper.  The teal paper was dry embossed with an old embossing folder.  The sentiment was generated with the Silhouette program and printed on the card base. 

Thanks so much for stopping by!  If you've left me a comment, please know that I sincerely appreciate each and every one!  I know this is a photo heavy blog post, but if you've managed to make it through to the end....bless you!  Hope to see you again soon!
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Monday, April 16, 2018

What I've been up to lately....

I can't believe how busy my life is sometimes!  I thought I was busy when I was working...but retirement...WHEW!  I really stay busy now!  I think I might also have a bit of an attention problem too.  I have so MANY hobbies that I love, that I tend to flit from one thing to another!  Am I the only one that does this??  I love quilting, sewing, scrapbooking, card making, reading, tatting...the list could go on and on!  Lately I've also been doing a good bit of volunteering at my church.  Vacation Bible School is coming up and there's lots to be done.  

Here's some of the boards I made last week for VBS.  I cut all the images on my Silhouette Cameo...bearing in mind that the Cameo only cuts a 12 inch wide image....that meant I had to cut all of these in pieces and then piece them together!  I've never worked on anything this large, and was scared to death that I'd ruin the boards the church had made for me to make the signs!





















To give you a little perspective on how large these boards are...I stood beside them to have my photo made.  Seeing a photo of me makes me realize just how "old and fat" I am! LOL!


I've also done a good bit of scrapbooking recently.  I scrapbook on 12 x 12 papers.  I'm trying to get some of my older photos done so that my children will know more about who their ancestors are.  If you want more information on how I made these layouts, I've given descriptions in my gallery at scrapbook.com (here's a link...sgoetter)  Here's a bit of what I've done in the last few months....







I've also made a few cards in the last couple of months, but nothing specific for any of the challenges.  I miss playing in the challenges, but I just can't seem to get everything done that I want to do!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  If you've left me a comment, please know that I sincerely appreciate each and every one!  I know this is a photo heavy blog post, but if you've managed to make it through to the end....bless you!  Hope to see you again soon!

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