Thursday, September 27, 2012

Heritage Mini Album

Hi everyone!  I have been working on this heritage mini album for a little while and I finally completed it so I thought I would show you a few of my favorite pages. The mini album is from Bo Bunny and I used my favorite color combo of red, black and white.  I did add a few extra pages for special mementos.

Both of my parents are from Oklahoma near the panhandle and I have such wonderful memories of time spent there. My mothers parents lived on a farm and grew wheat and raised cattle while my father and his parents lived in town and owned the local gas station.  We had the best of both worlds!

My paternal grandparents high school senior pictures.

My Grandads' Mobil gas station in Jet, Oklahoma.  It is still there but is not a working station anymore.  My Grandad loved for all of his grandkids to come and visit him at work which we did often :)

These are pictures of my maternal grandparents.  My Grandma just recently celebrated her 94th birthday!

Oh the farm!  So much fun and laughter.  The smaller picture is of their house in the 1940's.

Pictures of my mom and dad as children and as seniors in high school.  So handsome and beautiful!  My father was an athlete and my mother was a cheerleader.  My father went on to become an engineer and my mother a schoolteacher.  Very inspiring!

Me and my brother and sisters.  I am the youngest (and the cutest!)

Our first home which my parents bought when I was born. As you can probably see from the pictures, our mom liked all us kids to dress in matching outfits.  I don't remember ever minding:)

The last page!  I just  need to finish writing about all of the great things I remember from my childhood.  Hope you enjoyed a peek into my family!

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Thinking of You

Hello everyone!  Happy Tuesday to you.  I cannot believe it is the last week of September already.  Where does the time go?  Today I have a card that uses a functional stamp set in a softer way.  The stamp set, 'Highly Confidential' from Raisin Boat is a set that could easily be used in an office setting.  I wanted to use those stamps to create a softer, more feminine card and I think this card succeeds.

I gave this card a vintage feel by inking all of the edges with distress ink and then used soft shades of brown and blue for that feminine feel.  I love the versatility of this set and think they made a beautiful background.  Of course, the pearls and flowers help to make it more delicate and I also inked up the twill ribbon with blue Memento ink for a gentle touch of color.

A close up of one of the charming accessories in the set made much more delightful by holding up a sweet sentiment!

The Raisin Boat supplies used for this card:
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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Owl always love you!

Hello everyone!  I have a bittersweet post today.  My daughter who recently graduated from college, just returned from a San Francisco job hunt/interview trip.  While she was there she shopped a bit (of course!) and brought me home this darling stamp set from a San Francisco stamp company called Yellow Owl Workshop.  She knew I would love it and she made me promise to make her something with it.
She has always wanted to live in San Francisco and her trip went extremely well!! She will be moving there next week.  This is bittersweet because I am so excited that she is realizing one of her life-long dreams but I will miss her dearly.  In honor of her leaving home and to use this sweet stamp set, I made her a small picture.
I used colors that she likes and three different designer papers went into this.  The brown polka dots and tiny orange heart are from My Mind's Eye 'Honey Cake', the yellow polka dot background is from Teresa Collins 'Everday Moments' and the sentiment background is from Melissa Frances "Attic Treasures'  I layered them together and then added some tiny hearts cut with 'Tiny Tags' from Papertrey Ink.  The ink is all Memento and the trees are stamped in 'Morocco' and 'Pear Tart' and the cute owl in 'Peanut Brittle'. I knew I wanted to use the word owl in the sentiment so I came up with this and printed it out.  A small memento for what I am sure will be a small home and something to let her know how much we love her.

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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Raisin Boat 3-D Challenge!

Hi everyone!  A new challenge is up at the Raisin Boat blog!  I hope you join us because it means you get to craft AND possibly win a stamp set of your choice! The challenge this month at Raisin Boat is 3-D so I took this opportunity to make an easel card.  I also recently received a package of Raisin Boat goodies in the mail and I wanted to showcase one of the gorgeous stamp sets.

This set, 'Arboretum Leaves' is perfect for Fall and the sentiment is so true!  The leaves in this set stamp so beautifully with a lot of detail.  I layered them with an embossed 'Need for Tweed' background, a Martha Stewart border punch and a strand of metallic gold ribbon.  I also sprinkled a few bronze gems here and there for a bit more shine.

Easel cards are wonderful because they mail flat but then can be displayed as a small work of art!  The inside of this card features another sentiment from the 'Arboretum Leaves' set and another fabulous leaf. I used the doily border punch as the edge for the card to rest on and there is still room above that to write a personal message.  Check out the Raisin Boat Blog for the rest of the crew team creations!  This month you can use ANY stamp for the challenge.  If Raisin Boat stamps are used, it will count as two entries!
The Raisin Boat supplies used for this card

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Hi everyone! I have another sweet baby project to share with you. Raisin Boat recently released 5 new Laundry Line sets and this one for babies was too cute to pass up.  This set is filled with darling images  and sweet sentiments.  This is the 'Loads of Love' set

This is a congratulations card but I wanted to use all of the sentiments so I created four pages of cuteness.  I kept it gender neutral by using all pastel colors but you could certainly make it just for a boy or girl.  All of the "laundry" images have little wooden clothespins on them and I added Diamond Glaze for a special touch.  The clotheslines are all burlap string and each page is embellished with gems and glitter.  I will let these charming images speak for themselves.

Each page features an adorable image and sentiment. So very sweet!

I love this sentiment.  So very true....

A close up of the cuddly bear :)

Perfect fit for the last page.  Check out this darling set and the other fabulous 'Laundry Line' sets at Raisin Boat.

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